Hornbill Unleashed

October 15, 2012

Can we continue to rely on BN?

Chua Jui Meng

Will Najib be as cool if it was Pakatan that had received RM40 million as political contribution?

I have known some double tongue people but Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak really takes the cake when it comes to double-speak, that too without the blink of an eyelid.

He not only blatantly double-speaks, he also applies two sets of laws – one for his Barisan Nasional-Umno cronies and another for others – to suit his and BN-Umno’s agenda.

Najib also abuses all government law enforcement agencies to intimidate his political rivals. (more…)

October 14, 2012

Bede Hong : Soros, Mahathir and Malaysiakini

Bede Hong

George Soros is the first and, to my knowledge, only Jewish person I’ve ever met. I remember it was an early afternoon towards the end of 2006. I was sent to a fancy hotel, I cannot remember which, to join a horde of other journalists.

There were at least 30 news people present. A number of foreign journalists too. I brought along my Nikon with a 50mm lens attached, paid for out of my own pocket.

The tea and stale crumpets were appropriately ignored. The reporters, especially those from the Chinese dailies, were extemporaneously polite. (more…)

October 11, 2012

‘Wahai Dr M, Umno, Utusan, NST, Star’ – what say you now: Najib met Soros

Stan Lee 'Wahai Dr M, Umno, Utusan, NST, Star' - what say you now: Najib met Soros

Talk about sweet revenge. News that Prime Minister Najib Razak had met up with U.S. billionaire George Soros raised a hoot of laughter with delighted Malaysian activists and opposition leaders, who had suffered relentless attacks by the government-controlled press over the past weeks for receiving funds from Soros-linked foundations.

Soros is the number 1 enemy of Najib’s Umno party and his predecessor, former premier Mahathir Mohamad. Using the government-controlled mainstream media, Mahathir had led a campaign that opposition leaders said was aimed at scaring the conservative Malay electorate back into the Umno fold by using Soro’s Jewish origins as a bogeyman. (more…)

PM Najib met Soros in New York

Steven Gan

Prime Minister Najib Razak had a private meeting with billionaire financier George Soros – the man seen by Umno faithful as enemy no 1 – in New York two years ago.

The hush-hush meeting, which was first revealed last week by Subang parliamentarian R Sivarasa during his    debate with Perkasa information chief Ruslan Kassim, was held at the luxury Plaza Hotel in Manhattan. (more…)

October 8, 2012

The threat of foreign funding

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Wong Chin Huat

WHY don’t civil society organisations register as societies in Malaysia, resorting instead to being listed as companies? And don’t Malaysians deserve to be suspicious of groups which are highly critical of the government and which are propped up by foreign funding?

According to both the state and the national media, Malaysians should be wary. A 21 Sept 2012 New Straits Times front-page story said it all — there is a “Plot to destabilise govt”. And those behind this plot are human rights groups — with Suaram in the forefront — , civil society organisations, and news portalMalaysiakini by virtue of the fact, it seems, that they receive foreign funding, among others, from no less than George Soros. (more…)

September 28, 2012

What Dr M told war survivor Soros

Steven Gan

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad told billionaire financier George Soros, a survivor of the Second World War, how he had personally witnessed a British soldier being killed by Japanese troops.

In a three-page personal letter he wrote to Soros six years ago to seek the support of his then-nemesis for his Perdana Leadership Foundation’s global anti-war efforts, Mahathir recalled the unforgettable incident in Alor Setar during the Japanese invasion of Malaya.

“The bayoneting death of a young British soldier by the Japanese in my hometown had left a lasting impression on me,” Mahathir wrote in his Jan 11, 2006 letter, a copy of which is with Malaysiakini. (more…)

September 27, 2012

Dr M asks for Soros’ help in peace project

Steven Gan

“I am glad that your opinion of me has changed,” wrote former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad in a personal letter to then nemesis George Soros six years ago – 11 months before he met the billionaire financier for the first time.

In the letter, Mahathir referred to the Jan 7, 2006 interview with Soros by New Straits Times when the philanthropist visited Jakarta for an interfaith meeting, where he said he agreed with the measures the Malaysian premier had taken to deal with the regional financial crisis of 1997-98.

Four days later, Mahathir wrote a three-page letter to Soros urging the much-maligned currency speculator to join him in his Global Peace Forum project, which sought to criminalise war and outlaw it as an option to settle international conflict. (more…)

September 23, 2012

Ops Suaram: What next, BN?

Jeswan Kaur

The government is making sure it does all within its power to ‘bury’ Suaram, in any way possible.

It is no secret that Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud practically owns the state and together with his family and cronies has raked in millions allegedly using fraudulent means to clean up the state’s rainforest of its priceless timber.

Still, Taib who has been safeguarding his chief minister’s seat for 31 years now has never been prosecuted under any law, despite there being proof of his corrupt and meandering ways.

From the look of things, it seems that nothing is going to stop the 76-year-old Taib from further plundering Sarawak’s rainforest and usurping the native customary rights land of the indigenous people of Sarawak . (more…)

September 13, 2012

‘Government also funded foreign NGOs’

G Vinod

The Malaysian government provided financial aid to anti-apartheid and pro-Palestinian movements, said several NGOs.

The Malaysian government and several local corporations gave financial support to anti-apartheid movements in South Africa in the 80s, said Centre for Independent Journalism executive director Masjaliza Hamzah

“We are also providing support to pro-Palestinian cause. Civil society movements have to secure funds from wherever they can to manage their operations,” Masjaliza said at a press conference here today. (more…)

September 12, 2012

What’s the difference between BN and Soros?

Kua Kia Soong

In the BN government’s on-going witch hunt against Suaram to try to discredit us for pursuing the suspected corruption scandal over the Scorpene deal in the Paris court, they now try to suggest that there is a problem with us having received funds from George Soros’ Open Society Institute.

The domestic trade minister wants Bank Negara to investigate if there is “money laundering” involved. In so doing, the minister has unwittingly put Bank Negara in an embarrassing position.

George Soros is well known as a currency speculator, philanthropist and promoter of open society. What is baffling is the BN government’s problem with Soros.

From the BN government’s propaganda, there seem to be two problems: (i) He is Jewish. (ii) He is a currency speculator. (more…)

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