Hornbill Unleashed

July 30, 2015

Bersih 4.0 rally to push for Najib’s resignation

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Bersih will hold rallies in three cities to push for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s resignation and institutional reforms to prevent prime ministerial corruption.

The Aug 29-30 overnight rally would be held at Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

Bersih said that the series of events over the past two days – the removal of Abdul Gani Patail as attorney-general, co-opting four out of 13 Public Account Committee members into cabinet and the removal of dissidents in cabinet – had triggered the call for the rally.

“Najib had virtually ruled out all possibilities for truth on the 1MDB scandal to be unearthed and criminals to be brought to justice by a series of political moves on July 27 and 28. (more…)

Bersih can proceed with rally but must follow all laws, KL police chief says

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Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah says the Bersih 4 rally will be held on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu from August 29, 2pm to August 30. ― File picPoll reform watchdog Bersih 2.0 need fear no crackdown on its planned rally next month to demand Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s resignation as prime minister as long as it follows all laws, city police chief Datuk Tajuddin Md Isa has promised.

The police will even help smoothen the process for participants if the group’s representatives go through the proper channels, Tajudidin said.

“They can do it as long as it is done according to and with respect to the law. We don’t have a problem,” he told Malay Mail Online when approached last night during the police Raya open house celebration in Sungai Besi. (more…)

Will it be the natives or the Norwegian who will be damned?

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Two opposing forces are at play in the controversy surrounding the plan to build the Baram Dam in northern Sarawak, while a third force, Chief Minister Adenan Satem’s government, stands on the side-line to see who
to believe.

On the one side are the natives, who are under threat of being displaced, and their NGO friends, while on the other are Norwegian Torstein Dale Siøtveit and the power company he heads as CEO of Sarawak Energy Berhad
(SEB).

The natives, at least 20,000 of them, with the help of several local and international NGOs like the Bruno Manser Fund (BMF), SAVE Rivers, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM), Saya Anak Bangsa Malaysia (SABM), Malaysians for Teoh Beng Hock, Pusat Komas, Damn the Dams, Pahang Raub Ban Cynide in Gold Mining Action Committee (BCAC), Baramkini, Persatuan Komuniti Prihatin Selangor & KL (Prihatin), Kuala Lumpur & Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall Youth Section, Sabah Women’s Action Resource Group (Sawo), Knowledge and Rights with Young people through Safer Spaces (KRYSS), Dignity International, Pax Romana-ICMICA, and School of Acting Justly, Loving Tenderly, Treading Humbly (SALT), reject the dam out of both real and imagined fears. (more…)

MACC panels: Don’t hinder 1MDB task force

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The five independent oversight panels of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said there should be no interference or pressure on the special task force investigating 1MBD.

“The task force must be given the widest possible latitude to conduct the investigation without fear or favour.

“In this matter, we strongly feel it is highly pertinent to ensure the integrity of MACC as an independent anti-corruption commission is maintained and not compromised,” read their joint statement today. (more…)

Najib must now expel Muhyiddin to stop Umno revolt, say former ministers

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Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin at the Umno general assembly last November. Many say Najib can only consolidate his power by removing his former deputy from his party post, following the Cabinet reshuffle this week. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 30, 2015.Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak has no choice but to sack his deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin if he wishes to consolidate his position, former Umno ministers said.

Despite Najib stripping Muhyiddin of his Cabinet post, the deputy Umno president still wielded power in the party and had leeway under the party constitution to mount a challenge against Najib, former minister Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin said.

And Najib would have to move fast, as pressure mounts following a leaked video clip appeared to show Muhyiddin telling of the prime minister’s admission to having US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) deposited into his personal bank accounts. (more…)

In leaked video, Muhyiddin says Najib admitted RM2.6 billion in his accounts

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Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is seen outside his house last night as many leaders, family and friends visited following his removal as deputy prime minister yesterday. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, July 29, 2015.Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak admitted that US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) was transferred into his accounts, former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said in a video (see below) that has leaked on the Internet.

In the video, Muhyiddin appeared to be informing his guests at his home last night that he had confronted Najib on The Wall Street Journal’s report that US$700 million (RM2.67 billion) of funds from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB)-linked firms were deposited into Najib’s personal accounts.

“I asked him (Najib) from whom? He did not mention the name, from somewhere in the Middle East. How much?… Hard to count, he said ‘a lot, a lot’. (more…)

Will Nazir Razak save the day for Malaysia?

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Malaysia has been making the news for all the wrong reasons. The 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Bhd) debacle has become a weapon for former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to publicly call for the ouster of current Premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Political parties on both sides of the aisle are mired in internal squabbles. There can­not be a worse time for Malaysian politics.

Adding to the chaos is a recent report in the Asia Sentinel that Najib’s brother, Datuk Seri Nazir Razak, himself a critic of Putrajaya’s politics, is roping in moderates such as Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah to form a new political party. (more…)

Najib’s manoeuvre cripples 1MDB probes

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The removal of Abdul Gani Patail as attorney-general as well as the cabinet reshuffle points in the direction of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak consolidating his position amidst the raging 1MDB imbroglio.

Najib’s move dealt a blow to both the investigations into 1MDB by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and the special task force.

On the PAC front, the committee’s chairperson Nur Jazlan Mohamed was appointed as deputy home minister, while three other PAC members were also appointed to the government. (more…)

New AG: Abdul Gani removed lawfully

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Newly appointed Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali said the removal of his predecessor Abdul Gani Patail had been carried out in accordance with the Federal Constitution.

Mohamed Apandi, in his first official statement as AG, said Article 145(6) does not apply as it is a saving provision which only applies to the attorney-general from 1959 to 1963, which was Cecil M Sheridan.

“In the interest of administration of justice, it is important that the public is not misled into thinking otherwise. (more…)

Reject corruption on the grounds of pride and honour, says Tunku Ismail

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TMJThe screenshot poster depicting the Tunku Mahkota of Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim on his stance that he would never support any individual or organisation that condones corruption. — Screenshot photo from the Johor Southern Tigers Facebook page.

 In a posting against the abuse of power for personal gain, the Tunku Mahkota of Johor declared he would never support any individual or organisation that condones corruption.

Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim cited honour and pride as the basis for rejecting corruption in a Facebook posting at about 2pm on the Johor Southern Tigers Facebook page today.

By 5.30pm, the post had garnered more than 12,100 likes and about 230 comments from fans. (more…)

Don’t praise Najib’s administration, Tony Pua urges British PM

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Datuk Seri Najib Razak (centre) is implicated in a financial scandal surrounding 1MDB and an opposition lawmaker has urged British Prime Minister David Cameron not to lend the Najib administration any legitimacy by praising him. – The Malaysian Insider pic, July 29, 2015.Tony Pua today urged British Prime Minister David Cameron not to give the legitimacy sought by the Malaysian administration, ahead of his visit here tomorrow.

Pua said he hoped that there would not be any “pretentious praise” for the sake of political diplomacy while Malaysia was under a cloud of financial scandal involving state-owned investor 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and allegations which implicated the prime minister himself.

“While we do not need your interference over our sovereign affairs, we also do not need any pretentious praise embedded into polite diplomatic speak which will lend any legitimacy desperately sought by Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s administration,” Pua said in an open letter to Cameron. (more…)

Leaked video: Ex-DPM says Najib admitted RM2.6b in account

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A leaked video clip depicting Muhyiddin Yassin talking about allegations that millions were transferred into Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s private accounts is currently making rounds.

The grainy video clip, which appears to be recorded using a mobile phone, depicts Muhyiddin addressing several guests at his home on the topic last night.

Among those present were Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mohamad and former Umno supreme council member Kadir Sheikh Fadzir.

Although certain parts of the 53-second video clip were inaudible, Muhyiddin appeared to be suggesting he had confronted Najib on the allegation.
(more…)

Bukit Aman fire: Chance coincidence or bad omen

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What a coincidence!

A day after the nation learnt of the sacking of Muhyiddin Yassin as DPM, the change in Attorney-General and the uncertain fate of the 1MDB probe following the promotion of four Public Accounts’ Committee members – including its chairman Nur Jazlan Mohamed – to the Cabinet, superstitious Malaysians can add yet an accident to the list of unlikely incidents – the fire at Bukit Aman police headquarters that happened today.

The fire, which broke out at the 9th and 10th floor of Menara 2, which house the Criminal Investigation and Narcotics departments was brought under control by 7.47pm.

And though the fire was not an inferno, news of it spread like wildfire through social media as photos and various comments made their rounds.
(more…)

PAC probe into 1MDB to go on, says deputy chairman

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Former PAC chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed is wrong to state that the hearing on 1Malaysia Development Berhad by the Public Accounts Committee has to be halted, says deputy chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 29, 2015. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) hearing into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) will go on as scheduled, despite the loss of four members following the Cabinet reshuffle, PAC deputy chairman Dr Tan Seng Giaw said today.

He said former PAC chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed was wrong to state that the hearing must be halted until new members are elected in October, as they still met the quorum according to the Dewan Rakyat’s Standing Orders.

“We have got to continue. We have nine members left, and all you need is three members plus one chairman to form a quorum, according to the Standing Orders. (more…)

Nazir issues ‘Game of Thrones’ caution

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Game of Thrones is a popular American fantasy drama television series created for HBO, which has accumulated legions of fans worldwide.

The plot revolves around the battle of various kingdoms for the ‘ultimate’ throne to become the supreme ruler of the land. And this quest is replete with back stabbing and betrayals.

And now, the brother of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has warned that Malaysia should not descend into a similar state.

As always, Nazir, the chairperson of CIMB, put forth his views in a simple Instagram posting, which included an image of the popular series. (more…)

‘AG’s removal bolsters conspiracy claim’

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The abrupt removal of Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail midway through the special task force investigation into 1MDB has raised suspicions.

“To terminate his service in the middle of an ongoing investigation involving the prime minister raises a lot of questions about the intention behind this ‘sacking’,” Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (Ideas) chief executive Wan Saiful Wan Jan (photo) said in a statement today.

The task force comprises the police, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and Bank Negara, and it refers to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for legal advice. (more…)

Muhyiddin warning against attempts to sack him from Umno?

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Despite his cavalier attitude in accepting his termination from the Cabinet, Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin may be now warning party leaders against making any attempt to remove him from his party position.

Being a man of his vast political experience, the former deputy prime minister would surely have expected that his recent outbursts against Prime Minister Najib Razak would lead to his eventual removal from the Barisan Nasional federal administration.

The only question was when and who would be the man to replace him.

Over the weekend, Muhyiddin had during an Umno event in Cheras repeated his criticisms over Najib’s handling of state-investment arm 1Malaysia Development Berhad – triggering what observers noted has been a long awaited decision to reshuffle the Cabinet. (more…)

Cabinet reshuffle will destroy party, says Umno deputy permanent chair

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s decision to axe his Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin from Cabinet will soon destroy the party, its deputy permanent chairman Tan Sri Mohamad Aziz (pic) has warned.

Mohamad told The Star that Najib would be blamed if Umno fell, as he was responsible for removing Muhyiddin Yassin and vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal from the Cabinet.

Mohamad reminded Najib that he commanded the party due to support from the grassroots, just like Muhyiddin and Shafie. (more…)

No team of rivals for PM’s cabinet

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najib-lincolnIt appears that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who announced his reshuffled cabinet yesterday, does not see the wisdom in the time-tested adage that a politician should hold his friends close and his enemies even closer.

When Abraham Lincoln became the President of the United States in 1861 he realized that he needed all the help he could muster to govern the country, which was reeling from the civil war and at the brink of dissolution. On top of all that, Lincoln was almost a fish out of water in Washington. Its’ politics were practically foreign to him. He had few strong allies. His problems seemed almost insurmountable.

So he made a strategic decision to include his major rivals in his cabinet. When he was asked why he made these appointments Lincoln answered as follows: (more…)

Save your integrity and quit while you can, ex-minister urges Zeti amid 1MDB scandal

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Chief of Malaysia's central bank Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz. — Reuters picTan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz should not allow her name and Bank Negara’s reputation to be dragged through the mud in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal, a former Umno minister said in urging the central bank’s governor to quit while she was still able.

In a blog post today, former information minister Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin said Zeti is now in a tough spot after the central bank was instructed yesterday by lawyers representing Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor to conduct a probe on the alleged leak of their client’s confidential banking information.

The prime minister’s wife had urged for the probe within 72 hours from yesterday after links were drawn between her account and the 1MDB scandal in the latest round of allegations published by whistleblower site Sarawak Report. (more…)

Will Muhyiddin also be purged as Umno No 2?

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Following Muhyiddin Yassin’s ouster as deputy prime minister, there is now speculation that he may also be purged as Umno deputy president.

Umno blogger Shahbudin Husin said this may be decided in the Umno supreme council meeting this Friday, which is expected to be an awkward one between Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and Muhyiddin.

“If Muhyiddin’s criticism of the prime minister and 1MDB was used as a basis to drop him as deputy prime minister, then it is not impossible that it can also be used to accuse Muhyiddin of tarnishing the party’s and president’s good name in front of Umno members. (more…)

Syed Ali: I agree with Muhyiddin on 1MDB

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Cheras Umno division chief Syed Ali Alhabshee says he agrees with former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin on the concerns surrounding 1MDB.

“As a party member, I agree with Muhyiddin’s view that if the 1MDB issue is not solved, it will become a liability to Umno and BN.

“Like what Muhyiddin said, if this issue involved one or two ringgit, it is fine (but it involves billions) and there is no problem if 1MDB ceases to exist.

“But the 1MDB issue has become a topic of discussion for people of all ages and can no longer be curtailed,” Syed Ali added in a blog posting today. (more…)

July 29, 2015

Gani’s sacking points to desperate move by Najib, says Sarawak PKR chief

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PKR Sarawak chief Baru Bian says the haste with which Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail was removed raises many questions. – The Malaysian Insider pic, July 28, 2015Embattled Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is desperately trying to consolidate his position amidst the damaging exposes implicating him in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandals, PKR Sarawak chief Baru Bian said.

He said this today in response to the sudden “retirement” of Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail as the Attorney-General at the same time as the replacement of Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as the deputy prime minister.

“So sudden was this move that even the discarded A-G was caught by surprise when he learnt that he was in ill health and hence retiring. (more…)

Do Sarawak Chinese love Adenan enough to vote for BN?

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Sarawak’s Barisan National camp has been on a week-long high since the Merdeka Centre in Kuala Lumpur publicised a recent poll on July 22 showing that Chief Minister Adenan Satem is now enjoying a 60 per cent popularity rating among the Chinese in the state.

While such polls in the past would usually be based on actual surveys garnered from between 5,000 and 20,000 respondents from a fair cross-section of a targeted group, it would normally have an error reading of between 3 and 10 per cent.

Readings on the ground as well as popular coffee shop talk seem to confirm that the poll is fairly accurate and realistic. Adenan has indeed won both praise and admiration from many Sarawakians, not just the Chinese. He has certainly been able to get his message across in less than two years since he took over as Sarawak chief minister. (more…)

Najib’s Cabinet reshuffle only compounding crisis, says Ambiga

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Hakam president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan says today's Cabinet reshuffle is proof that one man can have too much power and can change things to affect any investigation to his alleged wrongdoings. – The Malaysian Insider pic, July 28, 2015.Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s move to reshuffle his Cabinet has only made Malaysia’s current political crisis worse, National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said today.

“What happened today breaches every rule that forms the core principles of a democracy,” Ambiga said of the Cabinet reshuffle announced today, which saw Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin being sacked as deputy prime minister and replaced by Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“This is only compounding the crisis, not solving it,” she said, adding that Najib now had “so much power” in his hands. (more…)

Ambiga: Get ready for street protests again

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Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan claimed the public was frustrated with the Najib administration’s handling of the country’s finances and 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), and will react by taking to the streets. — Picture by Choo Choy May Ambiga: Get ready for street protests again unless MPs act to suspend Najib administration

Federal lawmakers must now push for the formation of a new temporary government or risk a street protest, prominent lawyer and head of Malaysia’s National Human Rights Society (Hakam) Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said today.

The civil activist claimed the public was frustrated with the Najib administration’s handling of the country’s finances and 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), and will react by taking to the streets. (more…)

What irony? SUPP is getting into DAP’s nerves

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Sarawak DAP is feeling the heat because Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) is moving in the right direction.

When someone feels he is being crowded out, he tends to jump at anything that looks like space and fresh air.

That seems to be what DAP has been doing lately, looking at every opportunity to disagree with SUPP, even to the extent of discrediting a fair proposal.

Take for instance, SUPP’s Lee Kim Shin’s proposal to include July 22, 1963, the year Sarawak gained independence from British colonial rule, into the history textbooks in schools. (more…)

Gani says in the dark over sudden termination

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Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail (pic) says he was not aware of the decision that was conveyed by Chief Secretary Tan Sri Ali Hamsa this morning. ― File picTan Sri Abdul Gani Patail today expressed ignorance over the announcement that his service as Attorney-General has been discontinued due to health reasons.

When contacted by Malay Mail Online, Gani only said that he was not aware of the decision that was conveyed by Chief Secretary Tan Sri Ali Hamsa this morning.

“I don’t know, OK? I don’t want to say a word right now,” he toldMalay Mail Online when asked when the decision was made.

Ali Hamsa announced this morning that Abdul Gani’s tenure as A-G was discontinued yesterday owing to the latter’s “health”. (more…)

Najib fortifies his position, or so he thinks

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najibAnd so the curtain comes down on Muhyiddin Yassin. Prime Minister Najib Razak’s decision to replace him with Zahid Hamidi comes as an act of retaliation for his aggressive speech to the Cheras division of Umno, in which he disclosed that not only had he advised Najib to resign from the 1MDB advisory board, but also that none of the cabinet ministers had the faintest idea of what was going on in the scandal-ridden government-owned company.

Actually, a cabinet reshuffle has been an oft-whispered rumour for quite some time now. Najib has been looking to consolidate his power by surrounding himself with loyalists who will not question his actions and will defend him from the attacks of former PM Mahathir Mohamad and from the rakyat’s anger, particularly over the high cost of living. (more…)

Time Magazine advises Obama to avoid Najib

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US President Barack Obama should steer clear from the Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, an article published by Time magazine yesterday suggests.

Topping the five-item list of reasons for Obama to do so is the 1MDB scandal.

“But recently, all the news coming out of Malaysia is negative. After becoming embroiled in a corruption scandal, Najib yesterday sacked his deputy and Malaysia’s attorney-general in an apparent purge of critics.

“British Prime Minister David Cameron  is facing a domestic backlash for pushing forward with a visit to Kuala Lumpur this week despite the snowballing controversy,” says the report that was published online yesterday. (more…)

I’ll have to relinquish PAC post, says Nur Jazlan

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Following his appointment as deputy home minister, Nur Jazlan Mohamed said he would have to relinquish his position as Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chief.

He also revealed the committee’s hearings concerning 1MDB in August will have to be postponed.

This follows the appointment of four PAC members as cabinet minister or deputy ministers.

The other three BN MPs are Reezal Merican Naina Merican, Mas Ermieyati Samsudin and Wilfred Madius Tangau. (more…)

Najib’s manouveur cripples 1MDB probes

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The removal of Abdul Gani Patail as attorney-general as well as the cabinet reshuffle points in the direction of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak consolidating his position amidst the raging 1MDB imbroglio.

Najib’s move dealt a blow to both the investigations into 1MDB by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and the special task force.

On the PAC front, the committee’s chairperson Nur Jazlan Mohamed was appointed as deputy home minister, while three other PAC members were also appointed to the government. (more…)

Can Najib’s Cabinet reshuffle save him, ask analysts

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Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak (centre) and his new deputy, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, at the announcement of the Cabinet reshuffle yesterday. The circumstances and timing of the reshuffle have cast doubt on the integrity of the probe into scandal-ridden 1MDB. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Kamal Ariffin, July 29, 2015.Although Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has purged his Cabinet of dissidents, such as Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, it is still unclear whether he would be able to silence other critics in Umno and regain flagging public support.

On one hand, a Cabinet that is solidly behind him will give the prime minister room to address concerns about the economy – the number one concern of most voters according to surveys – in the hopes of regaining public support.

On the other, the circumstances and timing of the reshuffle have cast doubt on the integrity of the government’s probe into scandal-ridden state investor 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), which is Najib’s brainchild. (more…)

Muhyiddin dropped, Zahid named as DPM

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Muhyiddin Yassin has been dropped as deputy prime minister in the latest cabinet reshuffle unveiled by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak this afternoon.

Umno vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has been named as the new number two and would also retain the home ministry portfolio.

Speculation had been rife that Muhyiddin, who is also Umno deputy president, would be axed due to his critical remarks regarding the 1MDB imbroglio.

Also axed is another vocal critic of 1MDB Mohd Shafie Apdal. (more…)

Nur Jazlan: PAC 1MDB probe now on hold

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Outgoing Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairperson Nur Jazlan Mohamed said the parliamentary committee’s hearings in August will have to be postponed.

This follows the appointment of four PAC members as either full ministers or deputy ministers in the reshuffle announced by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak earlier today.

Nur Jazlan (photo), who has been appointed deputy home minister, said he will have to relinquish his position as PAC chairperson as ministers and deputies are not allowed to hold PAC positions. (more…)

Quickly disband task force, PM and deputy told

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In a sarcastic tweet, former law minister Zaid Ibrahim has urged Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his new deputy Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to swiftly disband the special task force on 1MDB.

“Can the PM and his new deputy quickly disband the 1MDB task force? The farce has gone for too long,” Zaid said.

He was responding to Najib’s decision to replace Muhyiddin Yassin with Zahid in a cabinet reshuffle announced this afternoon. (more…)

New cabinet will boost public confidence ?

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Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is confident the new Cabinet line up will increase public confidence in the government and BN ahead of the 14th general election.

“Insha’Allah, I believe that the new Cabinet line-up will drive forward the government’s ability to deliver on our promises to the people at the last general election,” he said.

Najib also assured that the interest of the nation and her people are of utmost importance.

“Nothing is more important than the needs of Malaysia and the people – I will always put their interests above all others,” he added in a media statement. (more…)

‘Was AG on verge of filing charges on 1MDB?’

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Veteran newsman A Kadir Jasin has questioned whether Abdul Gani Patail was removed as attorney-general because he was on the verge of filing charges in the 1MDB case.

He said this in reference to the investigation of the special task force on 1MDB including claims that RM2.6 billion was deposited into Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s private bank accounts.

“Is it because he is about to charge the 1MDB perpetrator or perpetrators in court that his tenure was prematurely terminated? (more…)

Najib’s Cabinet reshuffle, A-G move to halt 1MDB probe, says Azmin

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Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali says that the country needs a total reform now to return the confidence of the people and the international community. – The Malaysian Insider pic, July 28, 2015.Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s sacking as deputy prime minister and Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail’s removal as Attorney-General gives the impression that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib is stopping any investigation against him, Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali said today.

Gani was part of a special task force that was investigating allegations that Najib had US$700 million (RM2.67 billion) of state funds allegedly transferred to his personal bank accounts.

Meanwhile, Muhyiddin had been critical of Najib’s handling of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) which sits on a RM42 billion debt. (more…)

Is Cabinet revamp a move to mitigate 1MDB investigation?

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By all indications, it would seem that embattled Prime Minister Najib Razak is moving to mitigate fallout and possible negative outcome from the ongoing investigation into the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal.

He has after all, moved to reshuffle the federal Cabinet, with several ‘surprise’ movements in other government postings with ties to the ongoing multi-agency investigation into alleged improprieties into 1MDB.

The most obvious, of course, is the removal of former deputy prime minister and Najib’s loudest critic in the cabinet, Muhyiddin Yassin during this afternoon’s Cabinet reshuffle. (more…)

Muhyiddin: No worries if my head rolls over 1MDB

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Muhyiddin Yassin has stressed that as far as the 1MDB issue is concerned, he has his own stand and principle.

This, he added, is to defend the people, the good name of Umno and national interest.

“If I was dropped (as deputy prime minister) for my stand on this issue, I accept it,” he said in a media statement.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak announced that Muhyiddin, who is also Umno deputy president, was dropped as deputy prime minister this afternoon in a cabinet reshuffle. (more…)

PM: Axing Muhyiddin difficult but necessary

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Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said today removing Muhyiddin Yassin as his deputy was a difficult decision but it was necessary to ensure that the cabinet could function as one.

“The decision to replace Muhyiddin was a difficult decision, but I was forced to do so in order for the cabinet to move as one.

“I thank Muhyiddin for his contribution as well as the other ministers and deputy ministers who are no longer in the government, ” he said after announcing the reshuffle of his cabinet in Putrajaya this afternoon. (more…)

Muhyiddin had it coming, says Nazri Aziz

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Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz says the Cabinet is the prerogative of the prime minister and he will naturally have to appoint people who are loyal to him and those with whom he feels comfortable. – The Malaysian Insider pic, July 28, 2015.Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s sacking was not a surprise as he had clearly gone against the Cabinet decision on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue, Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said.

The tourism and culture minister said Muhyiddin’s cutting speech at the Cheras Umno division meeting last Sunday must have been the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back.

“In the Cabinet, we had agreed that only Husni would talk about 1MDB until the task force investing had completed its job,” he said referring to Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah. (more…)

July 28, 2015

Dear Sarawakians, from a concerned fellow ‘Malayan’

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Hello Sarawakians, first of all happy independence day and Selamat Hari Raya. Hopefully the double celebration has brought a momentous time to all of you over the past week.

From what I read about the independence day celebration, it was a moment to celebrate the unity of Sarawakians of all races and creed, and also a time to look back at a period before Sarawak joined the Federation of Malaysia.

A great many things have been discussed about Sabah and Sarawak over the past few years, such as the lack of attention from Putrajaya, unfair petrol royalty agreement, institutionalised religious intolerance, demand for autonomy, and even the possibility of secession. (more…)

The Edge files review on suspension of publications

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The Edge media group is taking the appropriate legal recourse to reverse the suspension of its two publications The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily, with the filing of a judicial review today. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, July 27, 2015.The publisher of The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily today filed a leave application to seek a judicial review of the Home Ministry’s decision to suspend both newspapers for three months.

A media release by The Edge Media Group Corporate Communications said the application was filed through the legal firm Raja, Darryl & Loh.

The statement said the publisher had requested that the application be heard on an urgent basis. (more…)

Umno mouthpieces mute on Muhyiddin

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The Umno-owned Malay language newspaper Utusan Malaysia did not publish deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin’s fiery speech yesterday.

Speaking at the Cheras Umno division annual general meeting yesterday evening, Muhyiddin Yassin warned that the party was suffering a perception crisis due to the 1MDB controversy.

He even said that should the general election be held soon, Umno would lose.

A check in today’s Utusan revealed nothing on Muhyiddin’s speech or the Cheras Umno division meeting. (more…)

Don’t speak on 1MDB until probe finished, PM’s Office tells DPM, government leaders

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The Prime Minister’s Office has released a statement saying everyone especially members of the administration including Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin should wait for the outcome of the probe into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

“The investigation is ongoing and we should give those involved space to perform their duties.

“Therefore, all parties – especially those from the government, including Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin – should wait for the findings of the investigation to be released. (more…)

PAS to Muhyiddin: Don’t just talk, act on 1MDB

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There is no need for Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to lament about 1MDB, and his boss Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, if he doesn’t turn his words into action, says PAS.

Otherwise, it is all just a show to save Umno, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man said today.

“Muhyiddin’s seriousness in the 1MDB issue can be measured in his willingness to urge cabinet to lift The Edge‘s suspension and also to reveal the Auditor-General’s interim report on 1MDB to the public.

“If these two things can’t be done by Muhyiddin, consider his lamentations yesterday as a show to reduce the damage against Umno,” Tuan Ibrahim (photo) said in statement. (more…)

Suhakam raps ‘appalling’ handling of 1MDB fiasco

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The Human Rights Commission (Suhakam) has demanded that the government explains its travel ban on several MPs, allegedly for criticising the growing 1MDB financial scandal.

The commission is “appalled” by the manner in which the government has handled the 1MDB scandal, particularly in suspending two business publications under The Edge Media Group and banning opposition MPs from travelling abroad, Sukaham chairperson Hasmy Agam said today.

“The commission also regrets the unexplained and perplexing decision of the Immigration Department of Malaysia to limit the freedom of movement of several individuals, glaringly opposition politicians and human rights activists. (more…)

1MDB exposes not against democracy, lawyers tell police

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A number of people are under investigation for expressing opinions on the debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad, with The Edge Group’s daily and weekly papers suspended for three months over their 1MDB reports. – Reuters pic, July 27, 2015.Lawyers have expressed concern that police are investigating a media owner, publisher and opposition members for “activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy”, pointing out that the individuals were merely expressing opinions on the debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

They said police were abusing their power by classifying their investigations under Section 124 of the Penal Code as opinions expressed over 1MDB were in no way intended to bring down the federal government.

Section 124 relates to activities deemed detrimental to parliamentary democracy. It contains several provisions, including printing, selling, circulating and being in possession of any document or publication detrimental to parliamentary democracy. (more…)

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