Hornbill Unleashed

August 14, 2016

Defuse 1MDB ‘atomic bomb’ pleads Umno division

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:01 PM

Zahari-ShaariiiAn Umno divisional leader has pleaded for speedy resolution of issues such as the controversy over 1MDB which he said had hit the party “like an atomic bomb”.

Zahari Shaari, head of Shah Alam Umno, speaking at the divisional assembly today, gave a list of issues facing the party.

1MDB was top of his list. “This has hit us like an atomic bomb… Please resolve it quickly,” he said, according to Malaysiakini.

He said changes in government policies, such as that on the hiring of foreign workers, caused Umno to suffer from an impression that the government was toothless in the face of pressure.

Other issues he highlighted were the rising cost of living because of the imposition of GST and the reduction of government subsidies, the report said.

The meeting was opened by Umno Vice-President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who is Home Minister and Deputy Prime Minister.

In March, he had announced an immediate freeze on the import of foreign workers, except domestic helpers and maids, and employers were told to recruit from the existing pool: this included those whose work permits had expired, and employers had until June 30 to regularise the workers’ papers.

Zahid’s decision came after months of controversy about plans to import 1.5 million workers from Bangladesh over five years, in which questions were raised about the role of his brother in the agreement with Bangladesh. He had then said the issue was closed.

FMT Reporters

1 Comment »


    UMNO’s desperate talk is taking a sinister turn.

    Instead of sacking their PM who has been caught stealing billions from the people and then blatantly lying about it, they are seeking out whistleblowers to ‘punish them’ for leaking the information.

    Mr Muttalib is blaming those whistleblowers for ‘tarnishing the country’s image’ rather than the high level thieves who actually stole the money and then spent it in an orgy of embarrassing excess in nightclubs the world over.

    In the process he is squaring little Malaysia up against countries like the United States, whom he accuses of ‘interfering’ in his sovereign country by revealing his boss’s dirty secrets and impounding stolen assets.

    In fact, it wasn’t local whistleblowers who shopped Najib, it was Jho Low’s behaviour that gave the game away. Later shocked foreigners tipped off the DOJ that the outrageous sums being spent round Vegas and Hollywood had been stolen.

    That is against US law, so Malaysian political thieves should heed their own words and not interfere in the US by breaking their national laws against money-laundering.

    Indeed, the more that these UMNO side-kicks stick up for Najib the more the rest of the country, their followers and the rest of the world realise they must be as dirty and compromised as he is.

    Any ‘honourable’ party would have asked such a tainted leader to step aside for the sake of the country. Instead UMNO are adopting a bunker mentality and accusing the rest of the world of ‘interfering’ in their perceived right to rig elections and then pillage funds.

    Malaysia needs to be part of the global economy to keep its level of prosperity. Investors do not come to countries where leaders attack foreigners and issue witch-hunts against critics of corruption – UMNO are making Malaysia into a rogue state, just to protect their local crime boss, Najib.

    Comment by Basri — August 15, 2016 @ 5:17 PM | Reply

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