Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, son of Sarawak Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud, has threatened legal action over media reports on assets and wealth attributed to him or his father which he claims are untrue.
Testifying at the Kuala Lumpur Syariah Court today during hearing of his former wife’s Shahnaz A Majid (left) RM100 million ‘mutaah’ (gift following divorce), Mahmud also claimed that the case was part of the global conspiracy against him and his father.
“I will take action but not in this (syariah) court but in other courts,” he said.
Mahmud however did not name the person or the organisation he intended to sue. (more…)
The Sarawak Governor’s son, businessman Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib, today denied a string of accusations by his former wife’s lawyers, including the allegation that there were many women in his life.
Testifiying in the Syariah High Court here in the “mutaah” (conciliatory gift) suit brought by Shahnaz Abdul Majid, he also denied that his father, Abdul Taib Mahmud, was the richest man in the world, as alleged by her lawyers.
Mahmud was queried on the names of friends who had reported to him that Shahnaz had instructed them to track his every movement. He said they included his driver and staff at their workplace, Sarawak Securities. (more…)
In my last article on the Taman Medan church, I discussed briefly about the dispute raised by a group known as Concerned Lawyers for Justice (CLJ) against the ruling made by the Selangor Committee for the Welfare of Non-Muslim Faiths (or Hesi) co-chaired by state exco member Elizabeth Wong.
While Hesi had issued its directive that all religious groups can operate from a ‘certified-fit’ for occupation commercial building, without having to further apply for a permit from the local council, CLJ’s attempt to urge Wong’s retraction of her statement is anything but punitive.
In the first place, even Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali is crystal clear about the church’s right to place the cross back to its façade, after it was removed following the protest by some 50 demonstrators. (more…)
Malaysia could go bankrupt if Umno continues to ignore Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s warnings on the debt-laden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), said former Umno vice-president Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib.
Muhammad said this was possible if Umno continued to support Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s leadership, which he said was fraught with greed and weaknesses.
“If Umno members continue to throw their support behind a leader who has lost his capabilities and is extraordinarily greedy, at this rate the country could become bankrupt,” Muhammad, who is popularly known as Mat Taib, told The Malaysian Insider. (more…)
It is really ironic that Malaysians – not matter what our ethnicity or background – are facing our worst social challenge during an era when the government has made ethnic harmony, national unity and efficient governance its flagship policy.
Whatever the government’s intention, it has seemingly decided to bombard us with the phrase 1Malaysia, perhaps in hopes that we will all be filled with the spirit of brotherhood and camaraderie through long-term exposure to the gimmicky slogan.
It is time to face a simple fact – in Malaysia, not all Malaysians are equal. It is something that most Malaysians understand, and is actually enshrined within the Constitution. (more…)
Sarawak’s Forest Bill 2015 which the state legislature passed yesterday was slammed by state PKR chief Baru Bian, who said the requirement on publishing notifications on the extinguishment of native customary rights (NCR) land in local newspapers was “nonsensical and impractical” for indigenous people who lived in the remote interiors and who were illiterate.
The bill has a provision requiring that the state government gazette to extinguish NCR claims be published in at least one local newspaper in circulation in Sarawak. This is to be done when the state wants to acquire NCR land for forest reserves or protected forests. (more…)
With public confidence in him at an all-time low, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak may face a Malay tsunami in the 14th general election, former information minister Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin (pic, below) said.
He said Malaysians did not trust the government’s financial management due to the scandals surrounding the debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), and this had been further exacerbated by Putrajaya’s recent proposal to raise the age to withdraw the EPF (Employees Provident Fund).
Zainuddin added that the government’s propaganda unit, the Special Affairs Department (Jasa), was seen as unprofessional and taking sides in the conflict within Umno. (more…)
Sarawak’s negotiation with national oil firm Petroliam Nasional Berhad (Petronas) for an increase in oil and gas royalty payment has made no headway.
The deadlock is all that some opposition elected representatives need to take pot shots at Chief Minister Adenan Satem, with some saying the state’s power to negotiate had been diluted when it accepted Petronas’ offer of a 10% share in the Malaysia Liquefied Natural Gas Sdn Bhd (MLNG) and the RM2.1 billion contracts.
There may be some truth to that.
At the very least, by giving contracts to Sarawak-owned companies worth RM2.1 billion annually; the agreement to work on five areas of cooperation to enable larger Sarawak participation in the state’s oil and gas industry; and the opening of three licensing offices in Kuching, Miri and Bintulu to better facilitate Sarawak companies in the application of licences, answer queries and run regular licensing and tendering workshops, will buy Petronas precious time – that another year of 5% royalty is a saving of 15%, the additional increase that Sarawak is seeking. (more…)
If there is one hot topic which both sides of the political divide in Sarawak, as well as all the NGOs and the full spectrum of the many very vocal societies, associations and activist organisations have all agreed upon, it’s on the one single issue of illegal immigrants.
Over the years, these aliens had either sneaked into the country or had started off being legally employed but after the expiry of their work permits, had illegally stayed back as ‘underground workers’.
It has been estimated that since the 1990s there are now some 300,000 illegals working in the state, mostly from Indonesia although the number of Pakistanis and Bangladeshis has risen in recent years as well. (more…)
Perlis mufti Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin has taken a sarcastic dig at Deputy Finance Minister Ahmad Maslan for belittling the intelligence of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad over the Goods and Services Tax (GST).
“If even Dr M doesn’t understand GST, what more the people of Malaysia whom nearly all are not as experienced in matters of the national economy than he, to understand about GST?”
“If one whom the majority of Malaysians consider as ‘less intelligent’ (to avoid using the word ‘stupid’ because of statements regarding GST, says Dr M who is renowned for his intelligence doesn’t understand GST, is he saying that he is more intelligent compared to Dr M?” asked Asri in a caustic statement on his Facebook last night. (more…)
The Society for Rights of Indigenous People of Sarawak (Scrips) made history by launching a series of oral histories on April 18 in Bintulu by the representatives of six communities.
The first six oral history books covers the following communities in Sarawak:
- Lepo’ Kenyah, Long Bangan, Sg. Belaga
- Tebalau, Long Sobeng, Tinjar Baram
- Iban, Nanga Jangin, Ulu Lemanak
- Malay, Kampung Tungkah Melayu, Sg. Sebangan
- Bisaya, Batu Danau, Limbang
- Bidayuh, Kampung Mugat, Serian
The distribution of flowers in the Taman Medan neighbourhood today following a protest a week ago against a church drew mixed reactions from local residents.
Some appeared taken aback when a group from the Malaysians for Malaysia movement went around handing out flowers in the Muslim-majority area where the protest occurred outside the Community of Praise Petaling Jaya church last Sunday.
A man who was approached with some flowers at a mamak restaurant at the commercial area where the church’s shop lot building is located asked the group if the flower distribution activity was religious-related. (more…)
Perlis mufti Datuk Dr Mohd Asri Zainal Abidin has taken Datuk Ahmad Maslan to task for reportedly saying that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad lacked understanding about the goods and services tax (GST).
Without naming the deputy finance minister, Asri said he now wondered whether a fool could be appointed to important posts in the government.
“If someone who the majority of Malaysians perceive as ‘less intelligent’ (to avoid using the word stupid) because of his statements on GST, says that Tun M, who is famous for his intellect, does not understand GST, then is the person who made that statement wiser than Tun M?” Asri wrote in a Facebook post. (more…)
The Community of Praise Petaling Jaya church, which removed its cross from outside its building after a protest by a group of Muslim residents, has finally broken its silence over the incident that took place a week ago.
Paul Packianathan, the senior pastor of the church, said the church has chosen to “forgive” the protesters for what they did last week.
“If they are here, I would hug them now,” he said.
He explained that forgiveness was the lesson taught by Jesus Christ when he was crucified. (more…)
While our DPM may be waxing lyrical about painful truths and beautiful lies, ordinary Malaysians are grappling with the reality of living with the Goods and Services Tax (GST). And the truth is, like Muhyiddin aptly put, painful.
While many officials have tried their best to paint a pretty picture about GST prior to its launch, life in Malaysia today isn’t a bed of roses. Just ask Sepanggar MP Jumat Idris.
In a Facebook post dated April 18, he said he finally understood the rakyat’s plight regarding GST. He then shared his own personal experience about the higher costs of hospitalisation due to GST. His son was recently admitted for nerve treatment that cost RM20,000, with an added RM1,200 for GST. (more…)
Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has called for the goods and services tax (GST) to be abolished.
“I think it should just be abolished,” he said, receiving a thunderous applause from the 500-strong crowd at a forum in Kuala Lumpur today.
Mahathir said this when asked if the GST should stay as it is, or have its 6 percent rate revised or scrapped.
“Before, there was the sales tax. If you want to hike the sales tax a little, that’s ok.
“But you are introducing a system that even the officers don’t understand,” he said. (more…)
Dr Mahathir Mohamad today commented on the extravagance of the wedding of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s daughter, calling it the “wedding of the century”.
“This isn’t the wedding of the year but the wedding of the century.
“But when they went to Kazakhstan with 300 people, it wasn’t reported by mainstream media.
“Who are these 300 people?” asked the former PM at at the ‘Bicara Negarawan: You Are Not Alone’ talk in Kuala Lumpur. (more…)
In yet another expose on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), whistleblower website Sarawak Report claims it has new documents to show that USD$330 million meant for partner PetroSaudi International has actually been deposited to businessman Low Taek Jho.
In an article today, the website said its investigators have documents showing an application by 1MDB to Bank Negara for the amount to be transferred to PetroSaudi.
However, Sarawak Report said it has in possession records showing the amount was allegedly banked in to Good Star Limited instead, a company purportedly controlled by Low, popularly known as Jho Low.
This is in addition to the USD$700 million it said in its first expose ‘Heist of the century’ in investigations made jointly with London’s Sunday Times, had allegedly been siphoned off to Low, based on leaked emails that to date have not been denied. (more…)
Sarawakian showbiz personality Vernon Kedit is among the many political greenhorns expected to cut their teeth at next year’s state election which Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem will have to call before mid-June 2016.
With 11 new seats added to Sarawak’s 71-seat state legislative assembly under the Election Commission’s proposed redelineation of the state’s electoral map, the political grapevine is already buzzing with talk on who will get the nod from their respective parties to contest the forthcoming state election.
Among the parties, PKR is thought to field the most number of new faces. The party had announced they would contest in 49 seats, the seats they were allocated in the 2011 election by the Pakatan Rakyat coalition.
With the coalition now in tatters at state level, PKR could even field candidates in all the 11 new seats. (more…)
It is expensive to fall sick, and never more so than now. Granted, medical care is affordable at government hospitals and clinics but those are not ideal places to see the doctor.
While they may have the best equipment and services, they are usually crowded and it could take hours before one gets into the doctor’s office. The wait for a surgical procedure could lastweeks, if not months.
On the other hand, private hospitals are a welcome change. Walking into a private hospital today is like stepping into a five-star hotel.
But such luxury comes at a high cost, and the cost will get higher from April 1 when the goods and services tax (GST) is imposed. (more…)
Dr Mahathir Mohamad today said his indebtedness to former premier Abdul Razak Hussein will not blind him to any wrongdoing which may have been committed by the current premier.
While he may feel he owed his political career to Abdul Razak and has helped the son’s rise to the top political position, Mahathir said he will not turn a blind eye to any wrongdoing.
“The truth is, I am indebted (to Tun Razak). Tun Razak uplifted me to become prime minister, and I tried to make his son prime minister (too).
“I love (him). I love (him). But even though I love (him), we must be concerned. (more…)
Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak cannot be forgiven for losing RM42 billion through state investment vehicle, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today
The country’s longest serving prime minister said that debts accumulated by the controversial fund were not small amounts, adding that if Najib was not stopped, this would continue and more money would be lost.
”We cannot forgive anymore, we have to focus on this (1MDB).
“If we don’t stop this, it will continue to happen,” he said at a forum at the K-Klub in Taman Melawati today. (more…)
Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin denied he was involved in an alleged plot by several of the wing’s members to topple his boss, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
“Saya anak jantan, saya tak perlu machai-machai (I am a man, I do not need any lackeys) to topple anyone,” he told reporters, when met at the Permatang Pauh nomination centre in Bukit Mertajam today.
“I am a straightforward person. If ever I wanted to do it (oust Najib), I would do it myself,” added the youth and sports minister who was in Permatang Pauh to support BN candidate Suhaimi Sabudin in the May 7 by-election. (more…)
Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Mansor has urged protesters against a church in Petaling Jaya on Sunday to emulate Sabah and Sarawak in forging ties between different religious communities.
“You know, they should follow what is happening in Sabah and Sarawak. Church and a mosque can exist side-by-side.
“During Friday prayers, the church will open the parking lots for Muslims to park their cars in the church.
“On Sunday, the mosque will open their gates for people going to church to park their cars. (more…)
Since Dr Mahathir Mohamad embarked on his tirade against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, a string of Umno leaders have come out to pledge support for their embattled president.
Even those who disagree with him on issues such as the debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) have remained silent or put their views across in a subtle manner.
So it came as a surprise when Umno lawmaker Nur Jazlan (photo) proposed that Najib seek a new mandate in snap nationwide polls.
He said this would allow the prime minister to “cleanse” himself, his family and administration of the very negative perception cast on them. (more…)
Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor has dismissed claims that there was a plot among Umno Youth leaders to topple Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
He also urged bloggers making these allegations to be god-fearing and not spread malicious rumours.
“How can you believe blogs? You know, sometimes blogs lie. They have different agenda.
“I talked to (Umno deputy youth chief Khairul) Azwan, he told me no such thing, (what he said) was spinned in a different way,” Tengku Adnan told Malaysiakini when contacted. (more…)
There are enough evidence to support an investigation on the wealth of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s family, Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching said today.
This follows an adviser of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) who yesterday said a probe cannot be conducted based on a mere suspicion.
“The New York Times has stated in their article dated Feb 8 this year that they have obtained invoices and other documents showing millions of dollars in jewellery ordered for (prime minister’s wife) Rosmah Mansor in Hong Kong in 2008 and 2009. (more…)
Charlie Chaplin once said: “Life is a tragedy when seen in close-up but a comedy in long-shot.”
This is similar to bloopers that depict hilarious incidents accompanied by rib-tickling narratives and musical scores.
For the audience and narrator – it is the long-shot. But to the individuals involved in these misadventures – it is the close-up.
It seems that Nazir Razak (below left) has been viewing his brother’s political conundrum from a distant vantage point and this apparently motivated him to post an image of Michael Jackson with the title of his hit number ‘You Are Not Alone’ on Instagram. (more…)
Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) will pay a heavy price if the party agrees with Pulai MP Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed’s view that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should dissolve the Parliament to pave the way for a snap election.
Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali, in issuing the warning to Umno members today, said that a snap election would only bring defeat to BN and Umno due to the many ongoing and unresolved issues faced by the people.
“It is not wrong for Najib to dissolve the Dewan Rakyat. But in my opinion, if such a move is taken right now, Umno will be ‘bungkus’ (finished) and BN will ‘jalan’ (come to an end),” he told The Malaysian Insider. (more…)
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said the old must make way for the young when the time comes for the latter to be independent.
Though he mentioned his daughter’s recent marriage and lamented how difficult it was for him to let her go, Najib also appeared to be referring to Dr Mahathir Mohamad, especially since he raised the former premier’s Vision 2020.
“It is normal for the old to want to protect the young. But when it is time to let go the young to make them independent, then let them go,” he said in his blog today. (more…)
The Taman Medan church that was forced to remove a cross from its building during a protest will only put it up again after it gets a written approval from Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali.
Lawyer Derek Fernandez said the church took this stand as it feared for the safety of its representatives and parishioners.
“The church will seek the assistance from MBPJ as well as the police when they put up the cross again to avoid any untoward incident,” said Fernandez when met at the Petaling Jaya police headquarters today.
He was there to accompany the church representative who was called by the police to assist in their investigation into the protest. (more…)
The proposal for troubled investment firm 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) to set up an RM12.6 billion aluminium smelter in Sarawak’s Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) in Bintulu has fallen through.
The Sarawak state assembly was told today that the proposal, made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak on June 17, 2011, to set up the plant in a joint venture with the Abu Dhabi-based Mubahala Development Company, would not materialise.
It was reported that the prime minister had made the proposal under a strategic cooperation during the visit of United Arab Emirates’ crown prince Sheikh Mohammed Zayed Al Nahyan. (more…)
CIMB Group Chairperson Nazir Razak today said that the earlier the 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) issue is cleared up, the better it would be for the rakyat.
“It’s also important for us to put the elephant in the room behind us. This whole 1MDB issue, the earlier it is cleared up, the better for everyone.
“When issues are not cleared up, people tend to expect the worse,” he said.
Speaking to reporters at the sidelines of the Invest Malaysia 2015 forum in Kuala Lumpur, Nazir (pix, below) also expressed disappointment with 1MDB’s absence at event.
He confirmed that the debt-ridden state investor had been officially invited invited for the annual event. (more…)
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak simply couldn’t resist taking a dig at his current number one critic Dr Mahathir Mohamad in his keynote address at Invest Malaysia 2015 today.
Najib in his speech mentioned how “certain quarters” had said that it could be lonely in telling the truth.
“There has been some talk lately in Malaysia about how it can be lonely in telling the truth,” said Najib at the event in Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Kuala Lumpur.
“Well, I can tell you that I don’t feel lonely standing here today.” (more…)
Dr Mahathir Mohamad took on the arduous task of calculating the purchases made by 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) through its RM42 billion loan and claimed that some RM27 billion is still unaccounted for.
“These are all the purchases known. They add up to RM14.7 billion. So there is approximately RM27 billion left.
“More than US$1 billion was said to be paid to Petro Saudi without verification as to the value of this company or its assets. (more…)
The Bill states that the Sarawak Government would gazette any notification to extinguish NCR rights.
Opposition Leader Baru Bian has described the Forest Bill 2015, passed by the Sarawak Assembly on Wednesday, as oppression of the Orang Asal.
It does not take into consideration, he added, that the Orang Asal often live in the deep interior where the government gazette doesn’t reach them and where there are no newspapers. “This Bill is nonsensical and impractical,” he fumed. “Many Orang Asal are even illiterate.”
“Even if the Orang Asal come down to the District Office, perhaps once a year, how do you expect them to read if they are illiterate? Even many of their relatives are illiterate.” (more…)
Datuk Seri Najib Razak must take drastic measures to revamp his administration style, Umno veteran Tan Sri Rais Yatim said today, adding that the prime minister could no longer rely on the people surrounding him.
The former minister (pic, right) told Astro Awani that Malaysians remained dissatisfied with the answers given to them on the controversies surrounding Najib.
“The people surrounding Najib can no longer help him. In fact, one vice-president is already calling for change,” the special advisor to the government on Social and Cultural Affairs was quoted as saying. (more…)
Seasoned opposition figure Sylvester Belayong Jayang is throwing his weight behind a Barisan Nasional lobby group in the proposed new state seat of Bukit Semuja, one of 11 created in the latest delineation exercise for Sarawak.
Sylvester, a failed candidate in two elections, the 2008 parliamentary election and the 2011 state election, said he has decided to shed his opposition streak to ensure a “clean start” for Bukit Semuja as a new seat.
He said he has opted to join a Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) lobby group led by former five-term Tarat and Kedup assemblyman Frederick Bayoi Manggie, who has come out of retirement to help stamp PBB’s claims over Bukit Semuja. (more…)
Well here I was at the ‘chap fan’ (Chinese mixed rise, err, rice) stall one blistering Saturday after the introduction of the much dreaded goods and services tax or GST which was going to send prices of goods higher – how much higher was the question.
I smiled as I looked over the more than 50 dishes laid out for us, anything from an array of vegetables to soup, fish to meat, soybean concoctions, roasted, braised, fried – you name it, it was there. A half-hundred of mouth-watering, delectable dishes. And they are cheap.
There are few places that you can have things so cheap: two fish/meat dishes plus a vegetable for RM6. Now, that’s a bargain right, even if it is a suburb of KL/Klang; Setia Alam to be precise. Heck, prices here are the same as in KL anyway. (more…)
With Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak taking a jabback at his mentor Dr Mahathir Mohamad today in saying “I am not alone”, will it result in open season for the tussle of power in Umno?
Certainly Najib is facing the toughest test in his sixth year of leading Malaysia, following criticisms of his policies and actions. This is coupled with the implementation of the Goods and Services Tax earlier this month, which is facing teething problems, amidst simmering unhappiness from those feeling the pinch.
Ironically, the PM’s biggest threat does not come from the opposition Pakatan Rakyat but like his predecessor Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, his staunchest critic is from within Umno, namely Mahathir. (more…)
Najib Abdul Razak may have repeatedly stressed that he is only an adviser to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) but Dr Mahathir Mohamad has insisted the prime minister is responsible for calling the shots in the debt-ridden firm.
The former premier said it was unlikely that the management of 1MDB dared to defy the company’s adviser, who is also the finance minister.
He added that whatever Najib “advised” was ultimately a directive.
“It is inexcusable that the management which is appointed by the prime minister would reject his advice. (more…)
A pro-Umno website has claimed that Umno Youth leaders could be attempting to plot the ouster of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
However, the wing’s exco member Arman Azha Abu Hanifah, who was named as one of the conspirators, dismissed this.
According to MYKMU.net, a meeting was held last night where Umno Youth deputy chief Khairul Azwan Harun “attempted to influence” Johor Umno Youth division leaders to go against Najib.
The meeting was attended by Arman as well as other Umno Youth exco members Syamsul Baharin Putra Ahmad Shibi, Sheikh Ahmad Nafiq Sheik A Rahman and Mohamed Shafri Abd Aziz. (more…)
Gerald Rentap Jabu as director and shareholder of Solaire Sdn Berhad (Solaire), the operator of the ill-fated helicopter that crashed on April 4 and killed guests home-bound from the wedding of Prime Minister Najib Razak’s daughter, is news.
It is news because Gerald is the surviving half of Solaire; the other half was the pilot of the helicopter, American Clifford Fournier.
With Fournier dead, director and 50 per cent shareholder Gerald could very well turn out to be Solaire’s main actor in the ongoing investigations into the tragedy that killed six people – former minister and Najib’s confidante Jamaluddin Jarjis, Kedah businessman Robert Tan, a private secretary in the Prime Minister’s Office, Azlin Alias, Aidana Baizeva, bodyguard Raskan and Fournier. (more…)
There is an increasing disconnect between the citizen and the politicians in power. Their lack in terms of the popular vote at the last general election underlines this reality.
Despite their poor performance, there has been no soul searching nor any attempts to make a difference. On the other hand there is perhaps a glee and confidence that with continued gerrymandering they would be able to hang on to power.
To expect a change through the electoral process when all things are stacked against the voter shows how skewed the present system is. Our only hope remains in the possibility of a “third force”, a group of people who will give leadership to a new and inclusive future. (more…)
Dr Mahathir Mohamad is on the warpath against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak but chose to be diplomatic in his trademark cynical manner when quizzed on the latter’s jab at him earlier this morning.
“Good luck to him. I wish him well,” the former premier told reporters at the sidelines of a forum in Kuala Lumpur.
He was responding to Najib’s speech at InvestMalaysia 2015 today, where the prime minister took a swipe at Mahathir’s claim of being alone in seeking the truth.
During his speech at the social media forum earlier, the doctor-turned-politician spoke on various issues ranging from calling for a change in leadership, pornography and teenagers growing new “appendages” (more…)
Good Star Limited, the firm of Low Taek Jho that allegedly siphoned off millions from 1Malaysia Development Berhad in 2009, was found to have transferred over US$500 million (RM1.8 billion) to one of the businessman’s bank accounts at BSI Bank Limited in Singapore from 2011 to 2012, said whistleblower site Sarawak Report.
Citing documents from the republic’s monetary authorities, it said the account was under the name of Abu Dhabi-Kuwait-Malaysia Investment Corporation (ADKMIC), of which Low, also known as Jho Low, was listed as the beneficial owner.
ADKMIC was the name of the company Low fronted in July 2008, which had previously engaged in the buy-up of a 53% shareholding in the Utama Banking Group (UBG), a company controlled by Tun Abdul Taib Mahmud’s family, the report added. (more…)
In the midst of all the outrage against the Taman Medan cross protest, one man has decided to try a different approach – to laugh at the silliness of the entire affair.
Ridiculing the protesters, which ironically was sparked by outrage as well, MIC leader Vell Paari cited a few absurd examples, including converting all cross junctions to roundabouts, banning mathematics due to the “ ” symbol and not using the lower case “t”. All items listed bear a resemblance to the offending cross, and as such, should be equally offensive to the protesters.
Vell Paari’s remarks might be viewed as mocking, but he was quick to emphasise that it was not directed at Muslims, but the few who were narrow-minded. (more…)
Reverting to my 1Bangsa Malaysia series, I have recently been challenged by my book editor that I should try writing a consistent and integrated thesis but which is not necessarily a grand theory. But for those interested in my grand theory notion, please read the preface to my book.
The 1Bangsa of Malaysians is only possible when there is national integration with constitutional integrity. My argument is quite simple. There can be no 1Bangsa of Malaysians if we do not have a similar shared vision about life and our common space issues; and consequently agree on principles requisite for good behaviour and right conduct in our public spaces. I am assuming we want and are ready to address that original shared vision and related challenges by 2020. (more…)
The support shown towards the #Kita Lawan anti-GST rallies has revealed the rakyat’s unhappiness with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak’s administration for being obstinate and proceeding to implement the GST which replaces the sales and services tax.
While the rakyat is forced to shoulder the burden of having to pay extra for goods and services consumed, Putrajaya has adopted the “denial syndrome” and is pretending that all is well vis-à-vis GST and that the people are not reacting negatively to it.
At least that is the position taken by the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry, with its Minister Datuk Seri Hasan Malek claiming that the people have understood and accepted the GST. (more…)
Datuk Seri Najib Razak must immediately answer allegations raised by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, another Umno lawmaker said today, noting that the failure of the prime minister to do so would be detrimental to the party.
Pulai MP Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed, who is also Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman, said today that Najib should not put off answering Dr Mahathir’s questions or simply try to ignore it till the next general election.
“Najib has to answer the questions soon otherwise the future of the party will be affected,” he told reporters in Kuala Lumpur today. (more…)