Hornbill Unleashed

August 27, 2015

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…)

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…)

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…)

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

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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…)

Why educating your children about money is important

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It is hard being a parent in the consumption-driven 21st century. A toddler’s favourite toy is often a tablet, and parents deliberate on whether mobile phones are a necessity for their school going children.

More and more shopping malls have mushroomed in the urban areas, and paying over RM10 for a glass of fruit juice or cup of coffee, or RM20 for one’s meal at a posh cafe has become the new norm.

Parents, hence, need to educate their children about money to strengthen their defence mechanism against external influences like friends, advertisements and branded goods, says Zaid Mohamad, a parental coach and author of Smart Parents, Richer Kids.  (more…)

Rafidah: Are Umno’s strings being pulled for RM2.6b?

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Former minister Rafidah Aziz has questioned whether Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s acceptance of RM2.6 billion, said to be from a Middle Eastern donor, has opened Umno to being manipulated by foreigners.

“Umno is the backbone of the BN government. Influencing Umno would mean influencing the government,” Rafidah is quoted as saying in a Sinar Harian report today.

She questioned whether the alleged political donation would mean the government is now indebted and could be influenced by outsiders.

“The question is, what pacts have been made for the contribution? What was promised (to the donor)? (more…)

Bersih go-ers can seek sanctuary at 3 churches

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The Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur Julian Leow has confirmed that three Catholic churches in Kuala Lumpur will open their doors to Bersih 4 participants who wish to seek sanctuary.

“It is in this great spirit of compassion that the Catholic Church has decided to allow St John’s Cathedral in Bukit Nanas, St Anthony’s Church in Pudu and Fatima Church in Brickfields to be places of sanctuary during Bersih 4,” said Leow in a press release.

Leow also clarified that the Catholic Church was not aligned to any political organisation and that the church has been praying for the country. (more…)

Middle class may need housing subsidies if property sector not reformed, say researchers

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Kuala Lumpur saw no new housing projects below the price tag of RM500,000 being launched last year, despite the maximum house price median of RM274,000 per unit, a study by the Khazanah Research Institute notes. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 25, 2015.Middle-class Malaysians may end up needing government subsidies for housing if current property prices continue to increase, a report by the Khazanah Research Institute (KRI) said, calling for immediate intervention by all stakeholders to transform the housing sector in Malaysia.

KRI research director Dr Suraya Ismail said the median price range for housing was “skewered” towards the smaller portion of Malaysia’s population, or those in the higher-income bracket.

If this continued, social housing benefits would need to be applied to households earning up to RM10,000 a month, which fall in the middle-class category.

This means not only the bottom 40% of households, but also the middle 40% of the Malaysian population, would need subsidies for affordable housing if current prices prevail. (more…)

A-G has no business heading new task force, says lawyer

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Lawyers have criticised Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali's appointment as head of the National Revenue Recovery Enforcement Team (NRRET), saying the country's top prosecutor should not be part of the investigation team. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 25, 2015.Attorney-General (A-G) Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali has no business heading a newly set up task force to investigate the debt-laden 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), a lawyer said.

S. N. Nair said the A-G, who is the public prosecutor overseeing criminal prosecution, should never be part of any investigating team.

“The public prosecutor’s role is to only review investigation papers and decide whether there is sufficient evidence to charge persons under applicable laws,” he told The Malaysian Insider.

Nair said this in response to a report in Sin Chew Daily that the new A-G is heading the National Revenue Recovery Enforcement Team (NRRET) which compises Bank Negara, the police, Customs Department and Inland Revenue Board. (more…)

Students of #OccupyParliament pressure PM to quit

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Fahmi-ZainolThe pressure on Prime Minister Najib Razak to resign from his post has intensified now that a group of students have staged a sit-in called #OccupyParliament just days before the Bersih 4.0 is set to take place from August 29-30.

According to a report in Malay Mail Online last night, the group of 50-100 is led by student activist Fahmi Zainol, the former Universiti Malaya student council president, who got into trouble last year when he invited former Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim to a talk on campus grounds despite university authorities prohibiting it. (more…)

Swiss aim for new law to return stashed funds

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Switzerland expects to adopt a new law by the end of the year that will speed restitution of illicit funds stashed in the Alpine country, where thousands of ‘politically exposed persons’ are believed to hold bank accounts, a top Swiss official said in Berne on Monday.

Swiss authorities are cooperating with a number of countries, among them Haiti, Egypt, Tunisia and Ukraine, to return stolen assets that have been frozen following changes in power, said Valentin Zellweger, head of the Foreign Ministry’s Federal Department of International Law.

Specifically, they are working to return US$40 million to Tunisia, a “big slice” of the US$60 million stashed during the era of former leader Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali, Zellweger said. (more…)

You can lock us up, but you cannot imprison our minds

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Some of you may disapprove of street protests, but only the naïve would think that the five demands of Bersih 4 could be met after just one rally.

Only clean elections will ensure, that the remaining four demands, which are saving the economy, a clean government, the right to dissent, and to strengthen parliamentary democracy, will be met.

You may recall, with some irony, that in 2010, a government leader warned delegates at the BN convention that the greedy and power crazy Opposition coalition was attempting to take over Putrajaya. He said, “BN is a responsible coalition. You can place your hopes and trust in us. The people can trust us to do not only what is right, but what is in their best interests.” (more…)

Umno rep: TMJ’s warning must apply to Johor tycoons

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After Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim issued a warning against those trying to get close to his father, the sultan, for personal interest, an Umno state assemblyperson said the caution should likewise apply to state’s tycoons.

The warning by Tunku Ismail in a Facebook post last Saturday appears to have been directed at Umno, for it came a day after Umno vice-president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi met with the Johor sultan and later declared the monarch believed that only Umno can unite Malays.

However, in a blog posting today, Umno’s Kempas assemblyperson Tengku Putra Haron Aminurrashid Jumat appeared to touch on a matter that has been a source of controversy for the Johor royal family.

There have long been criticisms of the major developments in the state, initiated mostly by Chinese businesspersons backed by the Johor royalty, which have seen mostly Malay villagers displaced or their livelihood affected. (more…)

Swiss 1MDB probe focuses on two executives

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Switzerland’s Office of the Attorney-General (OAG) has opened a criminal proceeding against two executives and unknown persons from Malaysia’s troubled state investment fund for suspected corruption and money laundering.

In a statement released in Zurich yesterday, the OAG clarified the nature of its investigation into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), which was first made public last Friday.

The proceeding has been initiated because of suspected corruption of foreign officials, suspected misconduct in public office and suspected money laundering, the OAG said.

Under Swiss law, authorities say they are looking into unknown persons when they are still unsure about who was involved. (more…)

Undergrads advised not to attend Bersih 4 rallies or face action

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Students from public universities are warned that they face stern disciplinary action if caught taking part in this weekend's Bersih rallies around the country. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, August 25, 2015.Undergraduates are advised by Higher Education Minister Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh not to be involved in the Bersih 4 peaceful rallies planned by the organisers for this weekend.

Idris said besides contravening the law, their participation in the Bersih gatherings would also smear the reputation of their higher learning institutions.

“Don’t need (to participate)… this will not only inconvenience the public, but the traders too.

“Don’t listen to the allegations that our general elections are not clean. (more…)

As Bersih 4 looms poll finds most M’sians happy being sheep

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Bersih 4 is touted to be one of the biggest rallies yet – barring perhaps the Malay activist organised anti-Malayan Union marches pre-Merdeka – despite claims by Umno that street demonstrations are not our culture.

Organisers and observers have noted that the prevailing dissent against unpopular government policies like the GST, the 1Malaysia Development Berhad scandal and worsening economic conditions will provide ample traction for the movement.

But as the weekend of the rally draws nearer, the pro-electoral reform movement Bersih 2.0 has been beset with several problems, one being its controversial decision to hold the rally for two full days on Aug 29 and 30, prior to the Merdeka celebrations on the 31st. (more…)

Swiss Look Into Connection Between Banking Sector and 1MDB

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Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks at a news conference earlier in August. Swiss authorities opened a probe into a pair of transactions reported to the country’s money-laundering office linked to a state investment fund whose advisory board Mr. Najib heads. Probe is related to suspected corruption of foreign officials and money laundering.

Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak speaks at a news conference earlier in August. Swiss authorities opened a probe into a pair of transactions reported to the country’s money-laundering office linked to a state investment fund whose advisory board Mr. Najib heads.

Swiss authorities have opened a criminal probe into the relationship between “suspicious transactions” in the country’s banking sector and a troubled state investment fund tied to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak.

A spokesman for Switzerland’s Office of the Attorney General said a pair of transactions reported to the Swiss Money Laundering Reporting Office, or MROS, triggered the investigation, which is focused on the 1Malaysia Development Bhd. fund, or 1MDB. The 1MDB advisory board is headed by Mr. Najib. (more…)

August 25, 2015

New body of independent candidates to field 42 in upcoming state elections

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The coming state election will be a crowded affair as people associated with Sarawak for Sarawakians (S4S) have formed an alliance called Calon Independent Alliance (CIA) to gear up for the election.

In a press conference this morning, former DAP member and Pujut State Assemblyman Fong Pau Teck announced that CIA targeted to field 42 candidates in both urban and rural constituencies.

Attending the press conference yesterday were CIA representatives from Miri, Kapit, Bintulu, Sibu and Kuching.

“CIA is made up of representatives of independent candidates. We are not a political party and therefore, there is no need for us to register. We now have more than a dozen of persons who have confirmed contesting in the coming state election,” said Fong. (more…)

Army and cops back for Penang’s National Day

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

The Malaysian Armed Forces and the police will take part in the 2015 National Day celebration in Penang after all.

Armed Forces chief Gen Zulkifli Mohd Zin said they would take part in the procession after the Penang State government withdrew its state-level national day celebration theme and adopted the national theme.

Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar said PDRM would also take part in the celebration. “Okay, we will join the parade,” he said.

Zulkifeli and Khalid were commenting on the decision of Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng who announced the withdrawal of the state level national day celebration theme of ‘Bersih, Cekap, Amanah’. (more…)

Zahid, explain why SRC still being probed

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The new deputy prime minister, Zahid Hamidi, claimed that not a single sen of the US$700 million transferred to Prime Minister Najib Razak’s accounts came from government pension fund, Retirement Fund Inc (KWAP).

He said the money came from just one Middle Eastern donor, and that they were channelled‎ through multiple companies to avoid detection. “No KWAP money was used by Umno or deposited into Najib’s accounts. I saw the documents,” ‎said Zahid when officially opening the Sri Gading Umno division meeting yesterday. (more…)

Rep: Umno using DEIG to divert attention from 1MDB

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Members of the public should not allow the Darul Ehsan Investment Group (DEIG) issue to distract them from 1MDB, Semambu assemblyperson Lee Chean Chung says.

While stressing that any public policy should be subject to scrutiny, he warned that Umno was attempting to capitalise on the DEIG issue to divert attention.

“I think this is an attempt to distract public attention from 1MDB, which is clearly a big scandal.

“Any best plan is also subject to accountability. I am sure that everyone is watching, but don’t be confused by Umno’s tactic of sowing confusion and diverting attention,” Lee told reporters at a press conference in Petaling Jaya today. (more…)

Minister advises uni students against Bersih 4 rally

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Undergraduates were today advised by Higher Education Minister Idris Jusoh not to be involved in the Bersih 4 gathering planned by the organisers for this weekend.

Idris claimed that besides contravening the law, their participation in the Bersih gatherings would also smear the reputation of their higher learning institutions.

“Don’t need (to participate), this will not only inconvenience the public, but the traders, too.

“Don’t listen to the allegations that our general elections are not clean. Actually, our elections never happen that way […] and there had been Bersih (protest gatherings) before,” he said after his visit to the Karangkraf Media Group’s complex in Kuala Lumpur. (more…)

Bersih nets RM1.5m, will publicise account

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Electoral reforms pressure group Bersih, on its own volition, will make public its accounts in view of the large amount of donations it has received.

In a press release today, Bersih chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah said public response to Bersih’s donation drive for the Bersih 4 rally had been overwhelming.

“To date, we have received over RM1.5 million in donations. This far exceeds our initial budget of RM200,000 which was based on a shoe-string estimate and our sense of economic hardship Malaysians are enduring.

“We were ready to use our reserves to cover any gap between our expenditure and donations. Also, we expected to raise more funds through our annual fund-raising dinner later this year. (more…)

Now Penampang Umno wants Muhyiddin censured

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

After one Sabah Umno division nominated newly minted Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as the party’s deputy president, another wants Muhyiddin Yassin, the current No 2, to be censured.

Penampang Umno division passed a resolution for Muhyiddin to be censured for failing to uphold the party’s reputation, integrity and honour, reported The Star Online today.

According to the report, the division claimed Muhyiddin flouted Article 20.8 of the Umno constitution in his speeches at the Cheras, Pagoh, Kemaman, Kluang and Semporna division meetings, by allegedly passing negative comments detrimental to the party. (more…)

Probe ‘certain powers hiding SRC witness’, says Gobind

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A DAP lawmaker has urged the authorities to find out who is attempting to hide the main witness in the SRC International probe.

He wants this person or persons investigated under Section 186 of the Penal Code.

Gobind Singh Deo (photo) was responding to the revelation by former police special branch deputy directorAbdul Hamid Bador, who alleged that the main witness had disappeared with the help of certain powers.

Without going into details, he said one of the main witnesses sought by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was previously hidden in Indonesia and Thailand, and is now in hiding in New Zealand.

Calling for a full and open investigation, Gobind said the identities of the so-called ‘certain powers’ must be established. (more…)

‘Check with crown prince first to avoid red faces’

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A veteran newsman has called on Umno leaders, including Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, to check with the crown prince of Johor before making statements on behalf of his father, Sultan Ibrahim Ismail.

“Just to be safe and to avoid embarrassment.

“After this, (Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad) Zahid (Hamidi) or any of the Umno politicians, including Najib, may want to check with (Crown Prince) Tunku Ismail before making any statement on behalf of his father the Sultan of Johor,” Ahiruddin Attan (photo) said in a posting on his blog Rocky Bru.

Last Friday, Zahid, after an audience with Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Ismail, told Kota Tinggi Umno delegates that the Johor ruler is counting on Umno to unite the Malays. (more…)

No one is interfering in PDRM: DIGP

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

The allegations that outsiders are interfering in the administration of the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) are untrue, said Deputy Inspector-General of Police Noor Rashid Ibrahim today.

Noor Rashid said all administrative decisions were made by the IGP Khalid Abu Bakar, assisted by him as the deputy IGP and the department directors.

“Nobody is interfering in the PDRM’s administration […] we decide on our own,” he told reporters after opening a training course for the Taser Electro Shock Gun, Evidence.com and Axon Body Camera system at the Police Training Centre (Pulapol) in Kuala Lumpur. (more…)

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