Hornbill Unleashed

August 28, 2015

Sensational US$650m suit filed for Umno against Najib

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najib,-umno,-lawsuitThe time for posturing by Prime Minister Najib Razak may now well have passed after a sensational legal suit was filed on Umno’s behalf against him in the Kuala Lumpur High Court this morning in respect of the controversial RM2.6 billion donation.

The lawsuit accuses the party president of having committed a fraud on its members by his receipt of the gargantuan sum in March 2013 and his subsequent use of it without the party’s knowledge.

Alleging that he had breached the Umno constitution, the provisions of the Societies Act, 1966 and his common law duties as trustee, the suit seeks as its primary relief the repayment by Najib of US$650 million which he is alleged to have spirited out to a Singapore bank account not owned by Umno. (more…)

Bersih website blocked ahead of rally?

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 9:15 AM

After its warning yesterday, Bersih’s website has reportedly been blocked from internet access starting late last evening.

Users on certain service providers have reported being unable to access http://www.bersih.org, which has returned an ‘Error 404’ page indicating the site is inaccessible.

The move follows the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) warning yesterday that all sites “promoting” the rally planned for this weekend to call for Prime Minister Najib Razak to resign,will be blocked claiming the “websites could threaten national stability”. (more…)

Take pride in attending Bersih 4.0, See tells rally participants

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See (seated, centre) and other state PKR leaders in a photo call during the press conference yesterday.All Sarawakians attending the Bersih 4.0 gathering in Kuching this Saturday will be proud that they have participated in an event that will change the nation.

Batu Lintang assemblyman See Chee How said Bersih 4.0 is a people’s movement calling for the rise of all Malaysians for a clean and fair election, good governance, saving the country’s economy and freedom of expression.

“It is foreseeable that this Bersih 4.0 will draw record crowd, but as the leaders of the civil movement like Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan and Maria Chin Abdullah had made clear, this peaceful gathering is not a protest but it is a pledge of the people to work towards these four main thrusts of Bersih 4.0,” he said in a press conference here yesterday. (more…)

‘Red shirts’ cancel showdown with Bersih 4 this weekend

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:59 AM

The red-shirted anti-Bersih group has called of their march just hours after defiantly vowing to go ahead with their protest against the Bersih 4 rally this weekend.

The decision was made after the group’s leader, – Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Mohd Yunos (photo) – met Kuala Lumpur police chief Tajuddin Mohd Isa and Dang Wangi police chief Zainol Abu Samah this evening.

“We had our statements taken by the police and discussed with the Kuala Lumpur CPO and the Dang Wangi OCPD. (more…)

PBB’s arrogance can have undesirable effects on BN

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:03 AM

Chief Minister Adenan Satem, who is the state Barisan Nasional chairman, is determined to secure his five-year term, so much so that he wants to field only “winnable” candidates in the coming state election.

He ignored the protest of Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP), which is a member of the state BN, when he announced that the five incumbent assemblymen now in Parti Tenaga Rakyat Sarawak (Teras) will defend their seats which SPDP claims to be their traditional seats.

The five incumbent assemblymen won the seats while they were still SPDP members. But now they have formed Teras after a protracted crisis in SPDP. Teras is not a member of the BN coalition, but Adenan believes the new party can deliver the five seats. (more…)

Haze, haze, haze, and more haze engulfs Sarawak

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:03 AM

The long dry spell is what native farmers, shifting cultivators in particular, need to turn vegetation in their padi farm plots into tinder before they set them alight.

Every year at this time, Sarawak would be engulfed in thick smoke because of their burning activities.

In recent years, however, the smoke has grown thicker and the air more unhealthy because plantations also resort to burning to clear the land.

While the authorities aren’t really particular about the burning activities of padi farmers, they are continuously monitoring the plantations who are prohibited from clearing land by open burning, to reduce the haze – yes, haze they call it nowadays – and so keep the air quality level healthy. (more…)

Anguished kin supportive of detained activists

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Following the arrest of 17 Kin say youth should speak up, not be silenced.and activists outside Parliament on Tuesday night, several of their supporters and family members have been keeping vigil outside the Jinjang police detention centre.

Most of the family members were unwilling to talk to the press. For those who did, they wanted the public to know their detained kin are good people.

The father of Universiti Sains Malaysia student Lee Chung Lun said he felt “hurt” that his son was detained, but stressed he supported his son’s endeavour.

“All my life, I’ve never been in a cell. But my son, who has always shown good behaviour, has been remanded for three days. (more…)

Prove it if you met the RM2.6 billion donor, Dr Mahathir tells Zahid

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Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi claims he met with the Middle Eastern family who donated Rm2.6 billion into the accounts of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 26, 2015. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi must prove that the Middle Eastern donor who gave RM2.6 billion to Datuk Seri Najib Razak had huge sums of money to give away to Malaysia and other countries, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He urged the deputy prime minister to reveal the source of the money, the nature of the donor’s business and his bank details.

“Zahid says he has seen the Arab who gave the money. Then let him give proof that this Arab has huge sums of money to give away to Malaysia and many other countries. Which countries?

“What is the source of this money? What business does he do? What is the name of the bank he uses? (more…)

Open Letter to Najib

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Najib-Razak-david-_3392712b“In every age it has been the tyrant, the oppressor and the exploiter who has wrapped himself in the cloak of patriotism, or religion, or both to deceive and overawe the People.”– Eugene V Debs

Dear Prime Minister,

The late great American journalist, Edward R. Murrow, said, “No one man can terrorize a whole nation unless we are all his accomplices.” Here in Malaysia, the ordinary Rakyat have ceased to be your accomplices.

In the GE-13, you lost the popular vote and were denied two-third majority in Parliament. If you were to hold an election today, I do believe you would lose, or barely win and only because, as former Bersih chairperson Dato Ambiga Sreenevasan said in her New York Times op-ed piece, “Once again, the people of Malaysia risk being cheated out of an election.” (more…)

Why every patriotic Malaysian should participate in Bersih 4

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I know that many people are afraid of confrontation and the possibility of violence, the fear of the unknown, the fear of disrupting our lives.

Some have argued over the futility of Bersih rallies but they are wrong, because the groundswell is growing ever bigger and more powerful. The world and yes, even our detractors, our intimidators are listening and they fear us more than we do them!

There are enough naysayers who believe that being placid and non-provocative is the safest path in our humdrum lives – just pray for karma, divine intervention and trust in our own spiritual supreme being, our god and the inherent “goodness” of our leaders. Vote them out at the next election if we disagree with their wayward governance, we say. Stay the peace, don’t provoke the unknown, the possible retribution. (more…)

Umno Youth pressuring KJ to support Najib?

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Pro-Najib factions within Umno Youth are pressuring their chief Khairy Jamaluddin to make a stand on whether or not he supports the Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

According to a source within the Youth wing, four Umno Youth exco members demanded that Khairy make a stand at the wing’s meeting yesterday.

“They demanded that Khairy state what is his stand, whether he is for Najib or against.

“This upset Khairy, who said he couldn’t make such a statement. So he made a compromise, which he announced at yesterday’s press conference,” the source told Malaysiakini on condition of anonymity. (more…)

This weekend, stand up for our country

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The stage is set for Bersih 4.

Many Malaysians have been waiting for this, and now it is coming at a poignant moment in our nation’s history – our confrontation with a corrupt system concretised vividly in the form of a man who has received an astronomical amount of money that he shouldn’t have but is abusing the nation’s institutions and bending the nation’s laws to exonerate himself and persecute people who are investigating his alleged transgression, a man who is using his supreme power to save his own skin and deceive the public.

This is a moment we have never experienced before. At no time in our history has a single person in the highest office of the land drawn so many Malaysians together to go against him. (more…)

Will Najib survive the weekend?

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 8:00 AM

najib,surviveIt was only in June that Idris Jala, whose term as senator and minister ended yesterday, defended Prime Minister Najib Razak’s administration in an open letter to Bloomberg, an opinion piece on Forbes notes. Yet now, rightly or wrongly, Malaysians lament his poor leadership and have placed all the nations woes at his feet.

Najib’s and Idris’ defence of the Malaysian economy may be correct, yet both men also know that despite all the evidence, the majority of Malaysians still think little of the prime minister, his administration and the country’s performance.

His fatal mistake was to belatedly admit receiving US$700 million from a foreign donor on Umno’s behalf, the opinion suggests. That has turned a significant portion of his own supporters against him. (more…)

Economic panel will do little to soothe markets, say critics

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The special economic committee will propose immediate and medium-term measures to strengthen the economy, after reviewing concerns about the ringgit and the stock market. However, Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz is absent from its line-up. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 27, 2015. Malaysia’s bid to restore investor confidence with an economic task force including top bankers is insufficient given questions about a troubled state fund and the absence of the central bank chief from the team, analysts said.

The special economic committee, announced yesterday by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, will propose immediate and medium-term measures to strengthen the economy, after reviewing concerns about the ringgit and the stock market.

Najib has been embroiled in a political storm amid graft and financial mismanagement allegations at debt-laden state fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), whose advisory board he chairs. (more…)

Saifuddin: Students’ own right to attend Bersih 4

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Former higher education deputy minister Saifuddin Abdullah has chastised universities for barring their students from attending the Bersih 4 rally.

He lamented the heads of some universities are behaving like Umno leaders, and said that it would be within the rights of students to attend the rally as long as they are peaceful.

“Some university leaders are acting like Umno leaders. That’s very unfortunate. You don’t have to make a statement that you bar students from attending Bersih 4.

“It is really up to them (the students). It is their right to attend. (more…)

BARU BIAN: SUPPORT BERSIH 4 FOR OUR COUNTRY’S SAKE

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Malaysia is in deep trouble after years of mismanagement and corruption under BN rule. All Malaysians should go out to support Bersih 4 this weekend, whether in KL, Kuching or KK, or indeed in any other city around the world to register our dissatisfaction over the way our country is being run. The demands of Bersih 4 for clean and fair elections, good governance, saving the country’s economy and freedom of expression, are consistent with PKR’s struggles. These demands should resonate with all right thinking Malaysians here and abroad.

It is our duty as loyal and patriotic citizens to speak up against lawlessness and corruption, and we must not be misled by those who say otherwise. Loyalty to the country requires us to stand up against a government that has lost its moral compass and that is led by politicians mired in corruption scandals which have earned our country worldwide notoriety. (more…)

Street protest, no-confidence vote can’t unseat Najib, says ex-editor

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Datuk A. Kadir Jasin says Datuk Seri Najib Razak has built an exclusive circle around him and would not easily give up his post. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, August 27, 2015.Veteran journalist Datuk A. Kadir Jasin last night said he believed Datuk Seri Najib Razak will remain in power till the next general election, and that neither street rallies nor attempts to hold a vote of no confidence against him would force the prime minister out of office.

The former group editor-in-chief of the News Straits Times said he was pessimistic because Malaysia was in a situation where the prime minister did not need the people’s support.

“If our purpose this weekend is to overthrow Najib, it will not happen. Street protest will not change Najib because if he wants to resign, he would have done so,” Kadir said in reference to the two-day Bersih 4 rally in Kuala Lumpur, which will also be held in Kuching and Kota Kinabalu. (more…)

Ambiga: Leaders dish out garbage, Bersih gives hope

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Electoral watchdog Bersih is no stranger to holding rallies, with tens of thousands of Malaysians having heeded its clarion call and taken to the streets in the past.

But the movement is not without sceptics and critics, the latter being ruling politicians and those aligned to them, who never fail to recycle the same script of Bersih wanting to topple the government through undemocratic means and that it is a marionette of the opposition.

The critics, on the other hand, remain pessimistic as to what the rallies can achieve and therefore refrain from participating, claiming that since no significant change would come about in the aftermath, there is no need to risk arrest or be subject to tear gas and chemical-laced water that potentially wait Bersih participants. (more…)

Najib, avoid a ‘cold war’ with the folk

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I walked into a café at Mont Kiara recently, and there a group of chauffeur-driven rich men’s wives were having their cup of coffee.

I happened to overhear part of the conversation about them going down to the streets of Kuala Lumpur for Bersih 4.

One of them was overheard saying, “Me? I have ordered my Bersih gear a long time ago!” Impressive, indeed! I was told that a few of them even carry titles of ‘Puan Sri’.

It appears that the upcoming Bersih 4 rally this weekend has picked up so much momentum compared to the last one in 2012, and by now, Najib Abdul Razak should realise that his days as prime minister are numbered. (more…)

Internationally, it’s game over for Najib

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Ever since he became prime minister in 2009, Najib Razak cut a very impressive swath overseas.

Armed with his impeccable English, a product of his British education, and dressed immaculately in his elegant bespoke British suits, Najib talked a good game. He traveled the world and spoke of how he wanted to reform Malaysia’s political and economic systems and transform his nation into a model for the world.

He spoke at the United Nations time and again of a Global Movement of Moderates, of which Malaysia would be the leader. He spoke of Malaysia as a tolerant nation that respected all religions and races.

In contrast to former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad, whose trips were primarily to Third World nations, Najib actively courted the United States and European nations – the lands of Mahathir’s dreaded “orang putih.” (more…)

Let’s BERSIH with dignity and discipline

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Bersih-4The great labour leader and civil rights activist, Caesar Chavez, once said, “When you have people together who believe in something very strongly – whether it’s religion or politics or unions – things happen.”

And things will happen when we come together on 29 August and, in one voice demand to be heard. Our demands ─ clean elections, a clean government, the right to protest, the strengthening of parliamentary democracy and the saving of Malaysia’s economy ─ are just and deserve to be heard!

We have reached a stage when we have to collectively take action for the common good of the nation. The existing system and institutions meant to serve the larger public interest have failed as evident by the recent harassment of investigators attempting to get to the bottom of the corruption scandal that has gripped the nation. (more…)

August 27, 2015

Bersih spokeswoman labels Masing ‘racist’, prejudiced

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karen,jamesBersih 4 Kuching spokeswoman Karen Shepherd, an Orang Asal with a British father from the days of the white rajahs and later British colonial rule, has expressed dismay that Senior Sarawak Minister James Masing attacked her in Bernama, the national news agency, on August 26 in “racist” terms by referring to her complexion and concluding that she was a foreigner interfering in the affairs of Sarawak and Malaysia. “Masing is being prejudiced. The Eurasians have contributed a lot to Sarawak.”

“They include the children of the deputy state secretary and the former state secretary, the nephews of the current Chief Minister, the children of the former Deputy Chief Minister, and the children of the former Director of Immigration and the children of the present Governor.” (more…)

British envoy happy Sarawak mega dam projects on hold, says report

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British high commissioner to Malaysia Vicki Treadell (centre) speaking to Chevening scholars at the pre-departure briefing and reception held at the British High Commision last week. She is on an offiicial visit to Sarawak this week. – Pic courtest of the British High Commission, August 26, 2015.Lamenting on the massive devastation of Sarawak’s rainforest over the past 40 years, the British high commissioner to Malaysia is pleased with assurances that mega hydroelectric power projects will be reviewed.

Speaking exclusively to The Borneo Post on Monday, Vicki Treadell said Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has given the assurance that his administration will review the implementation of such projects in the state.

“Your chief minister said he’s going to put it (building of mega dams) on hold, and he wants to review it. And I think that’s a good thing, to make a proper economic analysis. Certainly I go by what he said,” Treadell told The Borneo Post. (more…)

SUPP, UPP better be ready for the thrashing at coming polls

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Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) Kuching branch chairperson Lily Yong’s take of the party’s chances of retaking Padungan, which she puts at 15 percent regardless of who the candidate the fields, is the bitter truth.

It is really not just in Padungan; SUPP will be lucky to have a fighting chance in almost all those Chinese-majority seats traditionally allocated to the party.

But if it is any comfort to SUPP, it is not the only party facing this problem.

United People’s Party (UPP) may be its rival but ironically it is in the same boat. (more…)

A call to gather in solidarity with Bersih 4 this weekend

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santiago,bersihGeorge Orwell wrote that if liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.

The weekend Bersih 4 rally is about the space for Malaysians to come together to make their demands for free and fair elections, a transparent government, the right to demonstrate, the strengthening of the parliamentary democracy system and saving the national economy so it is heard, loud and clear, by the government.

And to do so even if the government is not prepared to hear these legitimate demands or respect the rakyat’s inherent right to dissent. (more…)

Sultans needed to stop PM, wife from becoming king and queen

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The people now realise they need the sultans to prevent the prime minister and his wife from becoming “king and queen”, said former information minister Zainuddin Maidin.

He was commenting on Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ismail Iskandar’s hard hitting speech yesterday.

The former Utusan Malaysia editor-in-chief asked if those elected by the people of Johor, including Umno division chiefs in the state and the menteri besar understood the meaning contained in the speech.

He noted how the sultan had urged elected representatives to execute their duties for the interest of the people and not for personal gains. (more…)

Interpol must ‘clarify’ role in pursuit of SR editor

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Clare-Rewcastle-Brown,-Interpol,-Fair-TrialsAn international human rights organisation has asked Interpol to “clarify its involvement” with regard to the issue of an arrest warrant and a red notice request by the Malaysian police against British investigative journalist Clare Rewcastle Brown.

In a letter issued yesterday by executive director Jago Russell, Fair Trials also asked Interpol secretary-general Prof Dr Jurgen Stock to “explain the approach [Interpol] will follow in the assessment of any Red Notice request against Rewcastle Brown.”

Fair Trials’ letter points in particular to a Rakyat Post report on August 7 which suggested that “[f]ederal police [were] confident of [Interpol]’s cooperation following discussions between Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar and [Interpol] Secretary-General Jürgen Stock during the ASEAN police chiefs meeting in Jakarta, Indonesia” which took place earlier this month. (more…)

No such thing as illegal assembly under new law, lawyer tells police

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Police have no legal authority to declare a peaceful assembly as illegal nor stop such gathering, a lawyer said, citing the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 (PAA).

Latheefa Koya, who is part of the PKR central leadership council, said PAA does not give the police the power to make such a declaration.

“The whole concept of obtaining the permission of the authorities to hold a gathering, which existed under the repealed Section 27 of Police Act 1967, has been done away with under the PAA,” she said in a statement yesterday (more…)

Bersih and all M’sians must support the right changes

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The upcoming Bersih 4.0 rally has given me mixed feelings. The first rally had a significant meaning. It was focused and targeted at creating more awareness on voting rights and the promotion of a fair and transparent electoral system.

Despite a misconception that the Bersih movement was an Opposition’s political instrument, it was widely accepted by Opposition politicians and a good number of BN politicians as well. Politicians from both sides had signed and supported the pledge to a fair and open campaign during the 2008 general election.

It is fair to say that Bersih had achieved a fair share of success in educating largely urban voters about their rights and expectations. The 2008 general election had seen an awakening of the urban voters. They had sent a signal to both the ruling coalition and the Opposition parties that governance is more important than racial politics. (more…)

Malaysia Scandal Wreaks Havoc on Economy

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Malaysia Scandal Wreaks Havoc on EconomyCurrency, investment, stock market, GDP all face headwinds

Malaysia’s central bank is clearly losing the battle to defend its national currency, the ringgit, which fell to RM4.2275:US$1 on Aug. 24 before recovering slightly on Bank Negara buying, with the pace accelerating as the international financial community continues to lose confidence in the country’s deteriorating economic position and its massive twin financial scandals.

Events over the weekend did little to inspire confidence, with police arresting 29 protesters before they could even start a rally and charging them with Sec. 124 of the penal code, a nebulously worded amendment that deals with “activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy” and carries penalties up to 20 years in prison. (more…)

Students: If Parliament cannot, we’ll occupy Jinjang

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After being swept away from outside Parliament House by police last night, a student group is determined to continue camping outside the Parliament, or at least outside the Kuala Lumpur Central Police Lock-up in Jinjang.

Kesatuan Mahasiswa Malaysia secretary Nazrul Nazir told Malaysiakini that #Langkahsiswa will continue with its plan to camp outside Parliament if all 17 of their comrades arrested are released after the remand hearing this morning. Failing this, they will “occupy Jinjang” in solidarity with them.

“We will not stop our demands,” Nazrul said in front of the barricaded compound near the lock-up complex as about 50 students, NGO members, politicians and members of the public stood in solidarity with the arrested students in Jinjang through the wee hours of this morning, while another group of students slept on cardboard boxes by the roadside. (more…)

Bar sets up legal team, hotline to help those arrested during Bersih 4

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President of the Malaysian Bar, Steven Thiru, says the 'urgent arrest team' can be reached via SMS anytime during and after the rally. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 25, 2015.The Bar Council has set up a team of lawyers to provide legal assistance to anyone likely to be arrested by police during the Bersih 4 rally, its president Steven Thiru said today.

He said rally-goers can send their details including their name, identity card number and the police station they are taken to (if known) via the short messaging system to two phone numbers provided.

The contact numbers are 018-321 1506 and 011-1214 0877.

“The urgent arrest team will try to contact the arrested person and to arrange legal assistance as quickly as possible,” he said in a statement today. (more…)

Ringgit slumps to 17-Year low on 1MDB debt woes, growth concern

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Malaysia’s ringgit sank to a 17-year low as concern about the finances of a state investment firm at the heart of a political scandal worsened the outlook for an economy rocked by plunging oil prices and an emerging-market selloff.

The ringgit depreciated 1.3 percent to 4.2680 a dollar as of 10:17 a.m. in Kuala Lumpur, reversing Tuesday’s 1.2 percent gain, according to prices from local banks compiled by Bloomberg. It reached 4.2990, the lowest since July 1998, and has weakened 18 percent in 2015.

Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Co. may pull out of a plan to help restructure 1Malaysia Development Bhd.’s $3.5 billion of debt, Singapore’s Business Times reported Wednesday citing an unidentified person. (more…)

‘Do you hear the people sing?’

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 A modern representative democracy is a system of government where its citizens elect parliamentarians through free and fair elections to represent them in decision-making. These decisions are subject to the rule of law, which applies equally to all citizens, in the protection of their human rights. In addition, democracy also involves the active participation of all its citizens in politics and civil life.

Malaysia was born as a representative democracy. However, within the past years, and more so in the past few months, it is becoming increasingly obvious that all semblance of democracy is faltering. The past general election has neither been free nor fair, with widespread gerrymandering and malapportionment, and a mainstream media wholly owned by governmental parties that provided no air-time for opposition views. (more…)

‘Top cop has no power to transfer senior officers’

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Former inspector-general of police Musa Hassan said the country’s top cop can only approve the transfer of police officers below the rank of assistant superintendent and positions above that must receive approval from the Police Force Commission.

He commenting on the abrupt transfer of former police Special Branch deputy director Abdul Hamid Bador, who holds the rank of deputy commissioner of police, according to Sinar Harian.

“The transfer of officers that must receive approval from the commission are those with the rank assistant superintendent and above. (more…)

Malays not ‘bangsat’, it’s leaders who cause party to lose, says Umno veteran

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Tan Sri Sanusi Junid (centre), seen here at the launch of a book by fellow Umno veteran Datuk Seri Sabaruddin Chik (right) earlier this year, is questioning the use of the word 'bangsat' by Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak, calling it a new low in the party's history. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 26, 2015.It is not the Malays who should be called “bangsat” (outcasts), Umno veteran Tan Sri Sanusi Junid said, but leaders who are responsible for the party’s loss of power.

The former Umno secretary-general, who appeared taken aback by the use of such a word, said it should not have been used by an Umno leader to address the community.

He was commenting on Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s warning a few days ago that the Malays will become “bangsat” if Umno loses power.

Najib had said that he picked the word because no other words could depict the situation of the Malays who would be hard-pressed if Umno lost its power. (more…)

MACC sends notices to ‘missing persons’ families

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Notices have been sent to the families of businessman Jho Low and the former top officers of SRC International Sdn Bhd, Nik Faisal Ariff Nik Othman Kamil and Suboh Mohd Yassin, to appear before the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission to assist in its investigations.

It is understood that the notices were sent earlier this week, after the MACC announcement last Saturdaythat it was looking for Jho Low, Nik Faisal and Suboh.

“Yes, notices have been given to Jho Low’s family in Penang and also to the others,” a source from the MACC said, speaking on condition of anonymity. (more…)

Sanusi: Malays not ‘bangsat’, their Umno leader is one

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Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had shocked the public when he resorted to the word ‘bangsat (bastard) todescribe the state of Malays if Umno loses.

However, former minister and Umno veteran Sanusi Junid in an interview uploaded on Youtube suggested that the word should apply to the Umno leader who led Malays to the current state.

“Now there is the threat that Malays may become ‘bangsat’ if Umno loses so the person responsible for this is the reason why Malays will become ‘bangsat’. (more…)

Umno man files report in S’pore on PM’s account

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Umno man Khairuddin Abu Hassan has filed a report with the Singapore police headquarters on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s personal accounts.

The report, he said, also concerned 1MDB president Arul Kanda’s “lies” regarding 1MDB subsidiary Brazen Sky Limited’s bank account in BSI Singapore.

In a Facebook post, he said the police report was filed with the Commercial Affairs Department at 10.30am.

Previously, the former Batu Kawan Umno division chief handed ‘evidence’ to the Swiss attorney-general regarding 1MDB. (more…)

Bersih 4 rally hurts weak ringgit, economy, says Rahman Dahlan

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Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan sent a tweet on the Bersih 4 rally, saying it was not wise to have it now as the world is in the midst of an 'economic meltdown'. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 26, 2015.An Umno minister today slammed electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 over its decision to hold a mass protest at the height of the economy crisis, warning that the event could cause the value of the ringgit to further deteriorate.

Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said the Bersih 4 rally would, in fact, bring more harm than benefit, particularly for the economy and urged that it be postponed.

“You do #Bersih4 at the height of global economic meltdown. How smart! Tq for making it even worse for everyone.

“I urge #Bersih4 to postpone its demo. It will bring more harm to us than benefit, especially to the economy that Bersih wants to protect,” the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister said in a series of tweets. (more…)

Abu Dhabi’s IPIC mulls pulling out of 1MDB’s debt plan

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1MDB,-IPICAILING 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), a state-backed firm at the heart of a huge political scandal in Malaysia, is set for more financial pain amid signs that Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) could pull the plug on a plan to help restructure its US$3.5 billion debt, barely three months after it agreed to do so.

The Business Times understands that IPIC and its subsidiary Aabar Investments, which have had significant dealings with 1MDB, are having second thoughts over the agreement that was hoped would cut 1MDB’s debts by RM16 billion (S$5.3 billion) in exchange for undisclosed assets.

“The deal is as good as off,” said a reliable source. (more…)

Interpol urged to clear air on S’wak Report editor

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Interpol has been urged to provide updates on the request for a Red Notice against Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle Brown, that is sought by Bukit Aman.

In a letter by Londan-based human rights group Fair Trials, Interpol’s secretary-general Jürgen Stock was also asked to explain the approached used to assess the Red Notice request.

Fair Trials said this in view that media reports suggest that the Malaysian police have met Stock to discuss the matter in Indonesia and that the Malaysian authorities were “confident” of Interpol’s “cooperation”.

“Fair Trials has noted Interpol’s ‘firm commitment to the rules set out in its constitution’ and welcomed the recent steps taken to create a more transparent rules-based approach […] (more…)

Education Minister reminds teachers to stay away from Bersih 4 rally

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Education Minister Datuk Mahdzir Khalid has advised teachers that their careers may be in jeopardy should they take part in the Bersih 4 rally this weekend. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, August 26, 2015.Although it is sure that no teachers will take part in the Bersih 4 rally this weekend, the Education Ministry has reminded educators to stay away from any assembly that violates their contract with the government.

Its minister Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid said teachers, as civil servants, should know their role as they have taken their oaths.

“I don’t think there are any teachers who would do this. But if there are, it would be individuals, not in a group or they might not have a teacher status.

“If they are brave (to join the rally), then they should be prepared to bear the consequences,” he told The Malaysian Insider in an exclusive interview. (more…)

‘AG must explain if he is a complete puppet of the PM’

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Newly-minted attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali must explain why the re-named special task force will no longer investigate 1MDB, said Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua today.

The DAP lawmaker said this is despite repeated government assurance that the special task force would be able to independently complete its probe into 1MDB and the RM2.6 billion deposits into Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s personal bank accounts.

“Malaysians deserve the right to know why the investigations on 1MDB and its related companies which were carried out by the task force are stopped. (more…)

Time for economic solutions, not committee distractions

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In true dignified Bangsa Johor style, Johor monarch Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar has finally broken his silence and urged the government to deal with the economic problems faced by Malaysians today.

While couched as a gentle reminder rather than a stern rebuke, his words perhaps would remind our national leaders that setting up yet another committee – in this case, a Special Economic Committee – would not be the solution he had in mind.

In his speech at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Johor Special Forces Regiment, as shared on the Johor Southern Tiger Facebook page, the sultan said: “I am aware and sensitive to the concerns of my subjects. The unstable political and economic situation the country is in now is a major issue which has to be dealt with immediately. (more…)

Dr M insists Najib’s RM2.6b linked to 1MDB

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Former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad has insisted the RM2.6 billion in deposits in Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak personal bank accounts is linked to troubled state-fund 1MDB.

This is despite the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) declaring that the money was a donationand was not linked to 1MDB.

“I think it has something to do with 1MDB despite the explanation that it was a donation,” said Mahathir in an interview with the Financial Times published today.

Mahathir also reiterated that no one could believe that the large sum of funds was actually a donation. (more…)

August 26, 2015

Time to ‘Bersih’ this weekend

Filed under: Politics — Hornbill Unleashed @ 12:00 PM

I congratulate Malaysiakini for winning another award confirming it as the people’s choice for professional and credible media in a place of manipulated news, censorship and outright lies.

The win serves as a poignant reminder of the ongoing struggle of Malaysians against the political tyranny and moral lapse of a nation, and its leadership cast adrift.

Malaysiakini is exceptional because it has not followed the compliant media pack in vending official propaganda (albeit it now carries more government news than before) but stuck to the bold publication of the truth that the power stewards of the country don’t want people to know.

It is what an independent and responsible newspaper does but few do in Malaysia. (more…)

Bersih 4.0 gets green light from Sarawak police

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song Kheng Hai (Custom)Unlike the response from their peers in the in Kuala Lumpur and Sabah, Bersih 4.0 Kuching rally has been given the green light.

Kuching police chief Assistant Commissioner Roslan Bek Ahmad said they were allowing the rally to go on and would facilitate what was needed on that day.

“We have spoken with the organisers and they seemed to be on the same page as we are. We want the rally to be carried out in order so it would not disrupt the peace in the city and create problem for others.” (more…)

The Pan Borneo Highway is on but at what human cost?

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Tuna, an Iban from Rumah Mujah Sungai Satai in Bintulu will be evicted within 30 days from Aug 16 to make way for the RM27 billion Pan Borneo Highway.

She will be part of the 600 or so families who will not be compensated nor relocated to a newly constructed village or settlement.

The reason for her predicament is that the Land and Survey Department in Sarawak has accused the families of being squatters on state land. They have made their appeals to their MP, Tiong King Sing, parti chief of BN coalition partner SPDP. (more…)

Arteries near Dataran blocked this weekend

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 Eighteen arterial roads leading to Dataran Merdeka this weekend will be blocked ahead of the Merdeka Day parade and Bersih 4 rally.

According to the Kuala Lumpur traffic police Mohd Nadzri Hussain, the road closures will begin on Wednesday to facilitate the preparations for the Merdeka Day parade next Monday.

The routes will be closed at 6am daily and are expected to be reopened in stages by noon each day. (more…)

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