Hornbill Unleashed

July 24, 2016

US’ civil suits on 1MDB no conspiracy, says Nurul

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Nurul IzzahLembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar says the civil forfeiture lawsuits filed by the US Department of Justice with regard to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) cannot be regarded as part of a conspiracy against the country.

Speaking at an open house event at Lembah Pantai here today, Nurul explained that other countries including Switzerland and Singapore were also investigating the alleged misappropriation of funds from 1MDB.

“If this is indeed a conspiracy then that would mean that the whole world is involved in a conspiracy against Malaysia,” she said.

She added that back in 2011, her father, former Opposition de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, had warned that 1MDB would throw the country into debt.

“He had already told us that if we fail to uncover the truth about 1MDB, the country would be in great debt and now look at us.” (more…)

Is People’s Power the answer?

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With the latest action by US Department of Justice, calls for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to step down are getting louder with former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad calling for a “people’s power” movement to topple the current prime minister.

Is People’s Power the way out?

After all, it is quite clear that the Parliament – tightly controlled by Barisan Nasional (BN) despite losing majority votes in 2013 – will not move to pass a vote of confidence against Najib.

In fact, there is no guarantee that Umno/BN will be voted out when the 14th General Election is called. Even if Mr “MalaysianOfficial 1” is named, it is still possible for him to win. (more…)

If you are Muslim and Malay, are you ready for change?

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The Malay who talks about the injustice meted out to non-Muslims, or who writes about hypocritical, double-standard Malay Muslims, is NOT bashing his own race, nor is he denigrating Islam.

Malays, in particular, refuse to acknowledge that most critiques are not about the religion, but are in fact criticisms of the Malays who have misinterpreted a particular phrase, or religious edict.

Something is wrong when Muslims who commit crimes,  like some of our corrupt leaders, make several visits to Mecca, for umrah or the haj to “cleanse” their souls.

No! They cannot treat Mecca and Medina like a big spiritual washing machine, to launder their blackened souls.



Pakatan parties say would join Bersih 5

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Bersih 2.0 yesterday said another edition of its iconic rallies would 'very likely' be held to protest against Malaysian government leaders. — Reuters picOpposition leaders have expressed support for a Bersih 5 rally mooted in response to US authorities’ bid to seize over US$1 billion in assets allegedly obtained using funds misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali concurred with electoral watchdog group Bersih 2.0 that the development in the US merited a response by Malaysian citizens to demonstrate their displeasure with the government.

“Yes, we will discuss that. This is the right time to mobilise all the support among the civil societies, political parties and also citizens of Malaysia,” he told reporters when met at the sidelines of an open house here.

“This is a real issue that can bring us together for the next elections. We will discuss that in the next meeting with the civil societies,” Azmin said. (more…)

Dr M’s lawyer tells Shahrizat : M’sians not stupid as cows

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A lawyer has told Wanita Umno chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil, who classed the US’ forfeiture lawsuit against 1MDB as foreign meddling, that Malaysians are not as stupid as cows.

“My dearest Shahrizat, the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) court forfeiture cause papers have nothing whatsoever to do with foreigners meddling in our beloved nation’s internal affairs.

“In fact, it’s to do with our own fraudsters meddling with foreign laws and regulations,” said Haniff Khatri Abdulla in a Facebook post today.

“So, don’t ever dare to think that we, the rakyat Malaysia, are as stupid as cows. In fact, even actual cows by now, should already know the actual truth,” he added. (more…)

Latheefa slams BN: Stop playing down DoJ suits

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latefah-Ahmad-Shabery-CheekJAYA: Latheefa Koya, a member of the PKR leadership, has accused leaders of Umno, Barisan Nasional and the federal government of “desperate and embarrassing” attempts to play down the suits by the US Justice Department involving funds linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

She dismissed Umno supreme council member Ahmad Shabery Cheek’s statement yesterday that the US law suits were just a “normal matter.”

Latheefa said: “Let there be no doubt that nothing like this has ever happened in the history of our nation.”

The US Justice Department seeks the seizure of USD1 billion in luxury property, royalty rights, a private jet and other assets believed to have been acquired with money that the FBI claimed was embezzled from 1MDB.

Latheefa said Ahmad Shabery’s statement was “irresponsible and outrageous” and that what he claimed to be just a “normal matter” was actually the biggest seizure of assets of its kind in US history.

She said the matter involved money-laundering on a massive scale involving the purchase of yachts, hotels and a jet, paintings by Van Gogh and Monet and even a Hollywood movie.

The forfeiture suits were causing massive damage to Malaysia’s reputation and the economy, she said.

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Lack of info on coding in schools prompts concern among educators

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An ambitious initiative to integrate coding into the national school curricula has worried teachers. — Picture by Saw Siow FengAn ambitious initiative to integrate coding into the national school curricula has worried teachers groups who said they were unaware of the preparations taken for the plan meant to begin in January.

The groups expressed concern that they have not been informed of the move that not only involves educating students on coding, but also to integrate the skill into the pedagogy of teaching starting in the new school year.

National Union of the Teaching Profession president Hashim Adnan said while he believed in the importance of equipping the next generation with coding literacy, the programme may be doomed unless the proper foundation is laid before its introduction.

“If they say they are going to start in January, it’s going to be a failure if there isn’t enough preparation,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted. (more…)

‘Embarrassing for Shabery to claim US DOJ’s suits a normal matter’

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Umno minister Ahmad Shabery Cheek and others in the government were told to stop their desperate and embarrassing attempts to downplay the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) civil forfeiture suits against 1MDB.

PKR central committee member Latheefa Koya slammed the agriculture and agro-based Industries minister for being irresponsible and outrageous, in saying that the DOJ’s legal suits were a “normal matter”.

“He displays an utter lack of concern for Malaysian taxpayers’ money,” she said in a statement, adding this was the biggest seizure of assets of its kind in the history of the United States.

“What he claims is a ‘normal matter’, involved money laundering on a massive scale involving the purchase of yachts, hotels and a jet, paintings by Van Gogh and Monet and even a Hollywood movie!” she said in a statement today. (more…)

Malaysian Official 1 mentioned 36 times in US court papers

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While the highest legal officer in the country and former Federal Court judge, Mohamed Apandi Ali said premier Najib Abdul Razak was not named in the United States government suit, the figure termed ‘Malaysian Official 1’ was cited 36 times in the civil action of forfeiture.

These include two paragraphs where the court document – on page 75 paragraph 263 – quoted Apandi’s press conference this January where he cleared Najib.

As Petaling Jaya Utara and DAP national publicity secretary MP Tony Pua has pointed out, Malaysian Official 1 can be no other person than Najib.

Pua in a press conference on Thursday said there were three tranches of payments or deposits made to Najib’s accounts between 2011, and the last and controversial one was the US$681 million made some time in March 2013, before the 13th general election and after a US$3 billion 1MDB bond was issued. (more…)

After DOJ expose, GE14 likely to be pushed back

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No prime minister of Malaysia has ever been investigated by the FBI. The announcement, made no less by FBI’s number 2 and the United States attorney-general, was the biggest indictment on 1MDB to date.

Scandalous revelations, topped with Beverly Hills mansion, penthouses, yachts, Van Gogh and money-laundering, provide all the political ammunition which could easily be exploited by the prime minister’s opponents. The expose gave to the 1MDB saga something which it lacks all along – an image and a language the rakyat can relate to and outraged by, told by an authoritative institution whose sole job is none other than hunting criminals.

With fingers pointed and spotlight directed at ‘Malaysian Official 1′, the pressure is on Putrajaya. The FBI certainly said it as it is; “International public corruption”, “global money-laundering conspiracy” , and “the Malaysian people have been defrauded on an enormous scale”.

While it is an ongoing civil lawsuit, the chief of the FBI’s International Corruption Unit noted that a criminal investigation is ongoing. Subsequently then, the worst has yet to come for the culprits of money-laundering and plunder. (more…)

Seizure of assets not ‘normal matter’

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An Umno Supreme Council has attempted to trivialise the seizure of 1MDB-related assets. Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek seeks to downplay it by calling it a “normal matter”.

Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) central committee member Latheefa Koya says it is irresponsible to dismiss the US department of Justice lawsuit to forfeit assets acquired from monies embezzled from 1MDB as just a normal matter.

“His statement is irresponsible, outrageous and displays his utter lack of concern for Malaysian taxpayers’ money.  What he claims is just a ‘normal matter’ is in fact the biggest seizure of assets of its kind in the history of the United States.

“What he claims is a ‘normal matter’ involves money laundering on a massive scale involving the purchase of yachts, hotels and a jet, paintings by Van Gogh and Monet and even a Hollywood movie,” she says. (more…)

What will it take for Najib to resign?

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The US Department of Justice (DOJ) in its affidavit presented last week stated that certain individuals and companies misappropriated more than US$3.5 billion from 1MDB, a public trust agency of the Malaysian government.

The most damning accusation was against ‘Malaysian Official 1′ for receiving RM2.6 billion 1MDB funds into his three personal accounts of a local bank.

Who is this ‘Malaysian Official 1′? It does not take rocket science to know that this was none other the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Abdul Razak, and the chairperson of the 1MDB board of advisers.

Why did the US Justice Department initiate this investigation? For the simple reason that the money defrauded from Malaysian taxpayers was used by certain individuals with well-placed connections in Malaysia to invest and buy properties in the US for their personal and family benefits. (more…)

DoJ, Some thoughts about what happens next, on the US side

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As always, John Bertelson clarifies everything so well.

Some thoughts about what happens next, on the US side:

The US Government already has seized all of this property. So now Aziz and Jho Low cannot sell anything and try to get their money out of the US.

The next step, as John B points out, is for Aziz, Jho Low, and others to prove in a court of law that the property truly was purchased with their own money and was not the result of stealing money from 1MDB.

Of course, they cannot prove that. The FBI and DOJ filing is thorough and professional. The proof is all there. It even includes the transcripts of wiretapped phone calls of Jho Low talking to his bankers.

The US Government will hold all of that property — the real estate, the paintings, the rights to “Wolf of Wall Street,” etc. IN CUSTODY (or trust) on behalf of the people of Malaysia, from whom the money was stolen. (more…)

Lecturer: Stop ‘provocative’ Red Shirt rallies

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Prof-Dr-Ahmad-Atory-HussainA senior lecturer wants the government to stop provocative rallies that could spark racial tension, such as the Red Shirt rallies organised by an Umno division leader.

Prof Dr Ahmad Atory Hussain said the Red Shirt rally goes against the peace that Malaysia has tried to retain for years.

“Everyone has the right to organise rallies. It is part of democracy. But this rally goes overboard in expressing their tensions and feelings. It can jeopardise harmony and peace in Malaysia. This is not the Malay way. We are not Arabs. Our ways and cultures are different, he told FMT.

“When a rally is allowed, our security should be guaranteed,” said in response to plans announced by Sungai Besar Umno division leader Jamal Yunos. He intends to match a proposed Bersih 5 demonstration to call for Prime Minister Najib Razak to step down. (more…)

What is kleptocracy?

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In 2004 Transparency International named Indonesia president Suharto as the most corrupt world leader of the past 20 year who stole between US$15 billion to US$35 billion. He topped notorious kleptocrat Ferdinand Marcos of the Phillipines who robbed between US$5 billion to US$10 billion.

What is actually kleptocracy?

‘Klepto’ is thief, ‘cracy’ is rule.

Therefore, literally kleptocracy means ‘rule by thieves’.

  • A rule of government of any possible kind, which those in power exploit and steal national resources.
  • That used its power and official position for personal gain or to steal from its people.
  • Aiming to stay in power – corruption, collusion and nepotism.


Schoolyard bully act by red shirts

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Portraying themselves as vanguards of democracy, 30 red-shirt protesters gathered outside the Sogo departmental store in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday. Despite being able to only muster a handful of rabble rousers, they unabashedly flexed their limited muscles and issued a dare.

In doing so, they called their bluff and hoped that no one could see through their false bravado. The red-shirt group was initially said to have gathered in a show of strength against critics of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

However, red-shirt poster boy Datuk Jamal Yunos presented a different agenda for the feeble attempt at show of strength. The Umno grassroots leaders declared their opposition to “damnable” individuals like Bersih 2.0 chair Maria Chin Abdullah, social activist Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan and former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

These three figures are central to the electoral reform group Bersih 2.0’s plan to rally the public to go to the streets to protest against the government after lawsuits were filed from the US justice department to seize more than US$1 billion of assets tied to state fund 1MDB. (more…)

Najib, the Mighty PM

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najib_doj_600The US Department of Justice has alleged that more than USD1 billion worth of assets owned by three individuals: Najib Razak’s  step son Riza Aziz, Jho Low, a Malaysian business tycoon and Khadem Al-Qubaisy, former managing director of Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund, International Petroleum Investment Company, could be money stolen from 1MDB.

Though repeated umpteen times that the allegations against these individuals are not in a criminal but civil case, the badly injured naysayers from the past Sarawak state and twin by-elections adamantly hold on to unsubstantiated information about the DoJ’s allegations.

Even scandal-smeared former Umno leaders like Tun Mahathir and Muhyiddin Yassin are jumping on the bandwagon, despite Najib’s name not being mentioned even once. And what made them so sure that the purported account under the name “Malaysian Official 1” belongs to Najib? The name itself reflects that it’s more of a plot to oust Najib, a democratically elected leader. (more…)

No need for us to confirm, WSJ’s 1MDB articles are clear enough, Dow Jones tells PM’s lawyers

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After WSJ’s July 2 bombshell, Najib immediately responded by saying that he has never taken 1MDB money for personal gain. — File picDow Jones & Company has told lawyers acting for Datuk Seri Najib Razak that there was no need for them to ask if Wall Street Journal (WSJ) had meant to accuse the Malaysian prime minister of misappropriating funds as the business daily’s reports provide a clear answer to their questions.

In its reply to Najib’s lawyers signed off by Dow Jones’ counsel and chief compliance officer Jason P. Conti, the US publisher that owns WSJ said that the two articles in question— a July 2 news report titled “Malaysia leader’s accounts probed” and an opinion piece on July 6 titled “Scandal in Malaysia” – were based on available facts.

“In your letter you ‘seek confirmation as to whether it is [our] position as taken in [The News Article and The Opinion] that [your] Client misappropriated nearly USD700 million belonging to 1Malaysia Development Berhad’,” Conti wrote in his reply for Dow Jones, referring to the July 8 request for confirmation from Najib’s lawyers in Hafarizam Wan & Aisha Mubarak Advocates & Solicitors. (more…)

PTPTN studying new payment method for private sector borrowers

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The National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) is studying a suitable approach including salary deduction for repayment of education loans taken by private sector and government-linked corporaton (GLC) employees.

Its chairman, Datuk Shamsul Anuar Nasarah said this was to achieve the target of collecting at least RM5 billion each year in terms of loan repayments.

“In the government sector, we have implemented salary deduction to facilitate government staff who had taken PTPTN loans to make repayments.   “While for the other sectors, we will look at ways of encouraging borrowers in the private sector and GLCs to make repayments including through salary deductions,” he told reporters at the Open House held by Yayasan Global Mesra (YGM) at Pangsapuri Villa Putra, here today.


Why PKR is cold on Penang snap polls

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An early election in Penang may not work to Pakatan Harapan’s advantage. — Picture by K.E. OoiAn early election in Penang may seem like little risk to Pakatan Harapan parties given how DAP and, to some extent, PKR have enjoyed tremendous public support there since Election 2008.

But PKR’s reluctance on DAP’s plan is not without merit as many party leaders said a statewide election now will result in former ally PAS contesting as a rival, especially in seats currently held by PKR.

PKR officials believe that this will result in three-cornered fights, which could jeopardise the seats the party currently has in the state assembly. Multiway fights in the Sarawak election had already shown the danger to the opposition when their support is divided.

“That is an issue which we are facing. It is quite obvious that it is a given (PAS contesting in PKR, DAP seats if snap polls called) and PKR’s seats especially might be affected. (more…)

July 23, 2016

Guan Eng’s right to explain to public, lawyer raps AG

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Attorney-general (AG) Mohamed Apandi Ali has been told not to “threaten” Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng for addressing the public on his court case.

Lim’s lawyer Gobind Singh Deo said as chief minister, Lim had a right to explain his stand to the public.

“He is the chief minister of Penang and there is a need for him to explain to people why it is he claimed trial to those charges and why it is he claims innocence.

“I call upon the AG to stop threatening my client, failing which I will not hesitate to move contempt proceedings against him in the Penang High Court,” said Gobind in a statement today. (more…)

Why 1MDB’s is a civil suit, not criminal

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The Malaysian government cannot just sit and say that they are waiting for the US to come up with more information on the 1MDB financial scandal as there is enough evidence now to move on with investigations, says a lawyer.

“They cannot say that because no names have been named because they cannot pretend that the ‘Malaysia official number one’ named in the reports is someone that they cannot track. It is very clear who it is linked to,” says Latheefa, who is also with opposition PKR.

She was commenting on the recent lawsuit filed by the US Attorney General to seize assets that it said were the result of $3.5 billion (RM14.22 billion) that was misappropriated from the Malaysian investment arm 1MDB.

“It is not just any civil suit in a conventional sense, it is a civil suit in the sense that they have taken the first step to seize the properties from the company. There is a difference between a civil suit that involves two individuals, as this is between the US government and 1MDB. (more…)

Riza reaps what he sowed for selling his soul, says estranged sister

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From Rosmah’s  first daughter
Azrene ( Riza’s Sister) from her blog:

One day a boy slept, someone came knocking at his door
He opened it a tad bit and a voice called out from the great outdoors.
It asked him what he wanted in exchange for some shelter and succour
His mind warned him as did his body- do not take what is offered
But his traitorous heart heard what was laid out by the door and it rocked him to the core.
It was all he had ever wanted and so much more.
His hand reached out and he let it in and that was the end of his solace
Because he took the offering laid at his door. (more…)

Discuss libido, but not nursery crimes?

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A few most disturbing videos are making its rounds on Malaysian social media. They all show men eerily singing popular nursery rhymes in English, Malay and Chinese while their hands caress the young children oblivious to what is going to happen to them.

“Itsy bitsy fingers, are ticking your knees, let’s play a game, it’s just you and me,” the male teacher sings in the video as his hands slowly cups the face of the little girl.

A father sings, “Suriram, ram, ram, Suriram yang dara” as he slowly opens the button of the pajamas of the unsuspecting little girl in the video.

An uncle sings, “One two three four five six seven, where is your uncle’s love? Come here, come here, I want to hug and kiss you,” as he dries the hair of his nephew and starts touching the boy in the video. (more…)

Despite DOJ’s move, don’t expect the gov’t to fold

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I could write a 600-word blog before getting to the point here, but I will get right to it: The 1MDB asset seizure is likely to have minimal impact on Malaysian domestic politics.

To recap… the US Justice Department has announced it was filing “civil-forfeiture complaints against more than US$1 billion of assets allegedly acquired using funds misappropriated from a Malaysian economic development fund,” known as 1MDB, according to The Wall Street Journal, which has extensively covered the 1MDB saga.

This is believed to be the largest asset seizure in US history, and the Justice Department has targeted a wide range of purportedly 1MDB-related assets that were supposedly bought with misappropriated money from the state fund – classy art, a private jet, the rights to the movie ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’, luxury real estate in New York and Los Angeles, and more. It’s an impressive list of potential seizures, and an important case showing the power of the Justice Department’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative. (more…)

There are bigger cases to work on than FAM, Johor crown prince tells MACC

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The Johor crown prince has hit out at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) for its interest in the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM), saying it has other cases it should work on.

Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim said he wished to resolve the problem of alleged corruption in the FAM on his own.

“Your actions show that MACC is so desperate to investigate FAM. There are plenty of other bigger cases in the country that MACC still are not able to solve.

“Perhaps it’s better to focus on these unsolved cases. The information in the pendrive belongs to me,” he said in a statement posted on the Southern Tigers Facebook page. (more…)

Pua: Did 1MDB get defrauded or are Arul Kanda and Co oblivious?

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Did 1MDB get cheated or is the management in charge clueless about the billions in missing funds as alleged by the US Department of Justice (DOJ), asked DAP lawmaker Tony Pua.

“The question 1MDB must respond to is whether it finally accepts that it is a victim of a treasonous fraud in the light of the lorry-load of hard evidence presented.

“Or are 1MDB chief Arul Kanda Kandasamy and his team still oblivious to the entire scam where multi-billion dollars have been lost?

“How difficult is it for these super-clever executives to figure out if the money is missing or otherwise?” Pua asked in a statement today. (more…)

1MDB is no longer just about stolen money

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1mdbSo many countries are now investigating 1Malaysia Development Berhad: in the course of them doing that, I hope some are not subtly holding this country to ransom. Given our endless predicaments, it is important to ensure that our sovereignty and vital interests are not compromised when dealing with others.

It is important to keep vigilant of treaties signed, concessions made, and foreign policies promulgated during this difficult time.

How could we raise so much money through bonds and then use the proceeds for unimaginable wayward indulgences? Are reputable investment bankers and sophisticated bond investors blind or are they part of the conspiracy?

It is just too convenient to push the responsibility to the Malaysian government (present and future) and the Malaysian taxpayer. It is time investment bankers are held accountable and bond-holders take a “haircut”. I don’t care, maybe we should just default on the bonds and damn the sovereignty ratings: there is not much reputation left to protect in the first place. (more…)

Snap polls: PKR chiefs to meet on Tuesday

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azizahParti Keadilan Rakyat is reported to have asked for more time to ask for members’ views about the DAP’s proposal to call for fresh state elections in Penang

PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said party leaders would meet on Tuesday to discuss the matter further. She stressed that any decision should be made jointly by Pakatan Harapan, according to Malay Mail Online.

Bernama had reported from Penang earlier in the day that Lim had said a meeting of Penang Pakatan leaders would be held tomorrow.

However in Kajang, Wan Azizah told reporters attending her open house that “we have asked from him (Lim Guan Eng) more time so we can deliberate because it is going to be on the basis of Pakatan Harapan to hold the snap polls. We are still in the process of actually meeting and discussing”, she was quoted as saying. (more…)

DPM launches East Malaysia International Internet Gateway project

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Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi speaks during the launch of The East Malaysia International Internet Gateway project, in Kota Belud July 23, 2016. — Bernama picThe East Malaysia International Internet Gateway (EM-IIG) project will create jobs for locals, boost economic growth and ensure that domestic and international businesses remain viable and competitive.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi hopes the EM-IIG project will lure foreign investors to set up their research and development base here.

“I hope this project can be fully implemented for the benefit of locals,” he told reporters after the ground breaking ceremony of EM-IIG project in Kampung Rampayan Laut, here today.

Ahmad Zahid said the project would assist government plans to reduce the digital gap between the rural and urban population via the provision of high speed broadband Internet. (more…)

Learn the consequences of kleptocracy, says TI-M

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akhbar satarMalaysia’s leaders must be prepared for the consequences of kleptocratic actions, warns Transparency International Malaysia president Akhbar Satar.

He said kleptocratic governments “impose massive tax burdens on the public and enterprises. A kleptocratic government treats its country’s treasury as though it is its own bank account,” Akhbar told FMT. “They exploit the wealth of the public and use the proceeds for their own use or glorification; they spend funds on luxury projects to obtain more commission.”

He was commenting on the forfeiture complaint filed by American federal prosecutors to seize assets said to have been acquired through funds looted from 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

Akhbar noted that for a nation to be labelled as a kleptocracy, it must be ruled by a government dominated by unethical leaders pretending to be honest but who have rampant greed and are involved in corruption. (more…)

PKR Youth backs Bersih 5 rally to urge Najib’s resignation

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PKR Youth has voiced their support for the mooted Bersih 5 rally to urge for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s resignation.

This comes after the US Department of Justice (DOJ) forfeiture lawsuit earlier this week, where they are seeking the return of assets allegedly stolen from 1MDB funds.

“We think we need the Bersih 5 rally to save the country from being ruined further.

“Bersih 5 is the best medium for the Malaysian people right now, (that is to) gather peacefully, as is enshrined in the constitution, to claim back our rights as citizens,” said PKR Youth deputy chief Afif Bahardin in a statement today.

The rally is needed because the 1MDB scandal has clearly put the sovereignty and the economy of the country in dire straits, he said, adding that the prime minister’s silence on these issues is a further betrayal to the people. (more…)

Where did the US$3.5 billion go?

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More than US$3.5 billion in funds belonging to 1MDB was allegedly misappropriated by high-level officials of 1MDB and their associates. Where did the money go?

“On paper the US$1 billion was for resource rights, instead (it was) used for personal enrichment… (including) gambling debts in Las Vegas casinos, a luxury yacht, interior decorators in London, millions in property including a Bombardier jet costing US$35 million,” said Deputy Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation Andrew McCabe.

Almost all of us would have a hard time grasping how much US$3.5 billion is. Perhaps a photo guide of the assets allegedly bought with money misappropriated from 1MDB would put the amount in perspective.

Here’s the list of the purportedly ill-gotten assets: (more…)

Parking hike only for us commoners?

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There is perhaps no other city hall quite as confusing and fond of flip-flops as the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

Looking at how the DBKL revoked its 150% parking fees hike in the posh Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) area less than 48 hours after implementing it, one cannot help but come to conclusion that the DBKL is fond of going zero to 60 in 15 seconds, then abruptly screeching to a halt when it realises its tyres are on fire.

Following a meeting between DBKL and Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor  (better known as Ku Nan), the exorbitant parking hike— announced just a few days ago— was revoked in TTDI, but why?

Although not all of the TTDI area can be considered ‘posh’, it is a well-known fact that there are numerous members of the rich and powerful who have set up their homes there in mansions so large, you’d need Google Maps to navigate your way through them.

The hike in parking fees was implemented in order to reduce congestion in Bukit Bintang, Bukit Damansara, Sri Hartamas, Desa Hartamas, Solaris Mont Kiara, and Bangsar. (more…)

Umno ‘trying to straighten a wet thread’ on 1MDB

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khairuddin-abu-hassan_Tengku-Adnan_1mdb_600A former Umno divisional leader, Khairuddin Abu Hassan, has accused Umno leaders of “trying to straighten a wet thread” in the controversial issues around 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

He challenged Umno’s leaders to debate the 1MDB controversy on air via Radio-TV Malaysia after Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor had called for opposition politicians to not act in haste.

Khairuddin accused Tengku Adnan and Umno leaders of not holding on to their faith in Islam by appearing to condone bribery and corruption.

“Enough with Umno’s leaders attempting to straighten a wet thread.

Najib Razak (Umno president and prime minister) must take responsibility in the 1MDB scandal,” Khairuddin said in a statement today. (more…)

NY law firm held funds taken from 1MDB, says report

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1mdb_law_60016A law firm in New York has been identified as a key transit point for money that had allegedly been misappropriated from 1MDB and used in multimillion-dollar deals.

The civil suits filed by the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) in Los Angeles on Wednesday, had named Shearman & Sterling LLP as the owner of a trust account through which illicit funds flowed for the purchase of luxury real estate and private jets in the US, the Wall Street Journal reported.

The DoJ had filed suits on Wednesday saying that over US$3.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB.

In its suits, the DoJ said it sought to seize assets “involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to launder money misappropriated from 1MDB”. (more…)

‘Red shirts’ leader says will ‘paint KL red’ if Bersih 5 happens

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Jamal addresses members of the media outside the Sogo Shopping Mall in Kuala Lumpur July 23, 2016. — Picture by Yusof Mat IsaUmno’s Datuk Jamal Yunos today vowed to hold a counter rally at the same place and time as Bersih 5, if organisers of the latter event proceed with the proposal.

The Sungai Besar Umno division chief was the face of the September 16 gathering last year that was called the “Red Shirts rally”, among others, and which featured crowd trouble among attendees.

“If there is a street demo to paralyse the democratic system, if this happens, we will then hold version two of the red rally, which we expect to have more than 300,000 people who will paint KL red again,” he told reporters in a press conference outside Sogo today.

Over 30 red-shirt members gathered here today for what was initially thought to be a gathering against critics of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, but which Jamal’s supporters later said was to announce the rally.


Snap polls: Wait for tomorrow, says LGE

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lim-guan-eng_penang_pkr_amanah_600The DAP is still waiting for a consensus from the two other parties in Pakatan Harapan about calling for a snap state election.

The DAP’s Secretary-General, Lim Guan Eng, said Pakatan partners PKR and Parti Amanah Negara were already aware of the need and reason for the state elections.

“There’s no confusion on our part, we are very clear and what is necessary is for a consensus to be reached. We are still waiting for the agreement from PKR (and Amanah). We are having a meeting on Sunday, let’s wait for the announcement,” he told reporters today.

Asked if an announcement would be made about the snap election, Lim said there was a possibility that an announcement would be made as to whether to call for the snap election or not. (more…)

State PKR: Sarawak Day very significant day for Sarawakians

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See fields questions from the press.Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) describes Sarawak Day as a very significant celebration for Sarawakians in the fight for the state’s right from the federal government.

Its vice chairman See Chee How said it was crucial for all the people, irrespective of their political affiliations and differences, to stand up and fight for Sarawak’s right.

“I feel that Sarawak Day celebration is a very significant and meaningful to the people of Sarawak… so let us all stand up and be united in our fight for our rights,” See said, concurring with Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem who had called on the people to stay united behind the government to pursue the matter.

He told reporters this after attending the celebration, which was officiated at by Yang diPertua Negeri Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud and Adenan at Kuching Waterfront yesterday. (more…)

Content no longer — CM

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Taib waves to the crowd. From left are Abang Johari, Adenan and Uggah. – Photo by Muhammad Rais SanusiSarawak is no longer content being behind other states in the country after over 50 years of independence in Malaysia.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem said “we do not want to be in a position where after over 50 years in Malaysia”, schools in the state remained without electricity and treated water supply, while roads were unfinished or there was no access at all.

“If it is 20 years or 30 years, we do not mind. But it is 53 years, more than half a century, we cannot tolerate it anymore.

“Therefore, we ask the federal (government) to be more sympathetic when we question the rights for our resources. Because that is our rights,” he said during the inaugural official celebration of Sarawak Day graced by Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud yesterday. (more…)

Bishop urges people to live the love, peace of Sarawak

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The different ethnic group of Sarawak holding hands in praise and worship.Bishop of Sibu Right Reverend Joseph Hii from the Catholic Church calls on all Sarawakians to live the love and peace of Sarawak by being people of peace.

In the preaching of the word session during the ‘Sarawak Independence Day: A New Dawn’ celebration on Thursday night at Sibu Gateway, he regarded Borneo Island as the ‘Garden of Eden’.

“Tonight (Thursday) we are celebrating Sarawak’s birthday and we give thanks to God for the fruitfulness of this land and the many blessings He gave us,” he pointed out.

He enthused that Sarawak was the land of peace because she was born from peace.

He said July 22 was a day to remember the struggles of those in the past so that peace would come to the people. (more…)

CM: Vital to know why we are part of Malaysia

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Actors in a scene of a stage play on ‘Anti-Cession Movement’.The inaugural celebration of Sarawak Day is a success, but Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem wishes that a reference to the Inter-Governmental Committee Report, Malaysia Agreement and Malaysia Act could have been mentioned during a special performance staged to commemorate the history of Sarawak.

The show touched on Sarawak being one of Brunei’s territories, the reign of the White Rajahs under the Brooke family which lasted a century, the Japanese Occupation, Anti-Cession Movement and eventually, Sarawak’s independence.

Adenan’s official address pointed out that it was vital to inform Sarawakians why the state became a part of Malaysia.

“We have just been related to the history of Sarawak, from the time of the Brunei Sultanate to almost the present day. But the part that was not mentioned, which I wish could have (been) mentioned, was the Inter-Governmental Committee and the Malaysia Agreement,” he said at the Sarawak Day celebration in Kuching Waterfront here yesterday, where the opening ceremony was officiated at by Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud. (more…)

July 22, 2016

Netizens, politicians post Sarawak Day greetings

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Sarawak-DayA wave of Sarawakian pride and patriotism swept across social media as netizens and politicians from the state celebrated Sarawak Day.

July 22, 1963, is significant to the people of Sarawak as it marked the first day of self-governance of the former British Crown colony, with many viewing the date as Sarawak’s Independence Day.

Today, many Sarawakians took to social media to celebrate Sarawak Day and show their love for their homeland through messages, artworks and even a video.
State Minister for Local Government Dr Sim Kui Hian uploaded a video explaining the significance of the date, while PBB’s federal minister Rohani Abdul Karim took to Facebook to wish Sarawakians. (more…)

Malaysia’s Prime Minister Finally in Danger?

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Malaysia’s Prime Minister Finally in Danger?For the first time since he began a 20-year livelihood of theft of vast amounts of Malaysian government funds that began at least in 1999 when he was named defense minister for the second time, Prime Minister Najib Razak’s kleptocratic career may finally be in danger.

It is rare, if ever, that a foreign head of state and an ally of the United States government has been hit with charges as devastating as those released on July 20 by US Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch against suspects in what she called an “an international conspiracy to launder funds misappropriated from a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund.”

Although he is identified only as “Malaysian Public Official No. 1,” it is clear that Najib is the target of what Lynch called “the largest single action ever brought” under the US’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative.

The US Justice Department investigation is a damning indictment of the entire structure surrounding 1MDB. It found that from 2009 through 2015, more than US$3.5 billion in funds belonging to 1MDB were misappropriated from an entity ostensibly created by the Malaysian government to promote economic development in Malaysia through global partnerships and foreign direct investment, and intended to be used for improving the well-being of the Malaysian people. (more…)

Adenan: Sarawak will stay in Malaysia

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Sarawak Governor Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud (second right) with Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem (centre) at the Sarawak Day celebration. — Picture by Sulok TawieSarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem said today that Sarawak is committed to remain in Malaysia but will continue to fight for its rights.

The chief minister cited the state’s rights as enshrined in the Inter-Governmental Committee Report, the Malaysia Agreement and the Malaysia Act 1963.

“Our position is clear, that is, there will be no secession from the federation of Malaysia now and in the future,” he said at a celebration to mark Sarawak Day at the Kuching Waterfront here.

He asked civil societies, the Sarawak for Sarawakians, and nationalists not to harbour any thoughts of secession from the federation.

“If you are advocating for secession, our answer will be no,” he said, asking the groups to instead strive to work with the state government for a better future and to make Sarawak an equal partner in Malaysia. (more…)

We’ll keep fighting, reminding Putrajaya of Sarawak’s rights – Adenan

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Adenan SatemIt is the duty of Sarawak to remind officials from Kuala Lumpur of the pertinence of the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Tan Sri Adenan Satem, who pointed this out during Sarawak Day 2016 celebration today (July 22), conceded that “there has been constant erosion of power given to us over the last 50 over years.”

He said Sarawak was in the process of claiming its rights and there had been a response from the federal government – a committee had been formed to work out the details.

“Those officials in Kuala Lumpur were not even born in 1963. They are ignorant. It is therefore our duty to remind them of the agreement.

“I dare say that Sabah will follow through but we must fight for our own. The first step is to declare Sarawak Day to show that we are thankful to those who fought for our independence,” he said at the celebration graced by Head of State Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud at Kuching Waterfront. (more…)

‘Sarawak Day’ the right term for July 22 – Masing

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Masing fielding questions from the media.Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Datuk Amar Dr James Jemut Masing believes that ‘Sarawak Day’ is the most appropriate term for July 22.

He said this is because history shows that July 22 was the day Sarawak had its very first elected government.

“Sarawak Day is the most appropriate term to mark the day when Sarawak achieved self-rule. It is the day we had an elected government,” Masing told The Borneo Post yesterday.

Masing, who is also Infrastructure Development and Transportation Minister, pointed out that though Sir Alexander Waddel might still be the governor representing the British Queen at that time, the fact was that Sarawak had achieved self-governing status. (more…)

Why we must stand up for the Malaysian Bar

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The government plans to amend the Legal Profession Act (LPA) 1976, the law governing Malaysian lawyers, and proposes to have two government representatives sit on the Bar Council.

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru told me in an interview that Putrajaya is also proposing that the two representatives report to the government, even though Bar Council meetings are required by law to be confidential.

The Malaysian public generally doesn’t seem too fussed about the proposed LPA amendments, maybe because they think that it doesn’t affect them.

Drastic changes to a law governing the legal profession may not directly affect the ordinary citizen’s day-to-day living, but Malaysian democracy will take another step backwards when one of the last few remaining independent institutions in the country falls under the control of the government. (more…)

Bersih 5 rally mooted after US DOJ’s 1MDB suit

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Bersih 2.0 committee member Maria Chin Abdullah said that Bersih has been consistent in their stand against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s administration. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng Bersih 2.0 is considering holding a Bersih 5 public rally here after the US Department of Justice filed a lawsuit seeking to recover more than US$1 billion in assets bought with money allegedly embezzled from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

The polls watchdog chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said today that it is currently in the process of negotiating with civil society and various non-governmental organisations on planning for the public protest, which she said would be best held soon.

“Bersih’s process is that we have to consult the NGOs before we actually make any decision. That is definitely an agenda on the table,” she told a press conference outside the Election Commission’s (EC) headquarters here.

Chin added that Bersih would also not hesitate to work together with former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, but only if he agrees with the reform agenda that they have set up. (more…)

Who is #MalaysianOfficial1?

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One cannot help, but to note the amount of attention given to the press conference given by the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) last night.

Instead of pressing charges against 1MDB officials or implicated persons as many would have assumed, it was rather an application to confiscate assets amounting to some US$1 billion (RM4.04billion) allegedly stolen from the sovereign fund founded by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Five were implicated. “Malaysian Official 1”, Najib’s stepson Riza Aziz, Jho Low and two other Abu Dhabi officials.

In Harry Potter, the main antagonist Lord Voldermort is referred to as “you know who” or “he who must not be named”. Nearly every witch or wizard dares not utter his name. (more…)

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