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November 12, 2013

‘Probe into Global Witness video still ongoing’

Ng Ai Fern

Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) assures today that the Global Witness video case, which exposed alleged corrupt dealings implicating Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, is still being investigated.MACC deputy commissioner (Operations) Datuk Seri Shukri Abdull also denied claims that the commission did not investigate many cases, especially those involving top politicians.

He stressed that all cases were being handled seriously and an improved conviction rate was proof of that. (more…)

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October 12, 2013

Stupidity acceptable in wasting money

Anisah Shukry

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission can’t act against ‘stupidity and carelessness’ in wasting public money as there are no legal avenues to charge civil servants in court.

SHAH ALAM: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) today called for a review on the country’s laws and procedures, as it is powerless to take action against government servants who are “stupid and careless” enough to waste millions of ringgit in taxpayer’s monies.

“We have to relook the country’s laws because carelessness is not an offence, making the wrong decisions is not a crime,” said MACC chief Abu Kassim Mohamed at a forum on the Auditor General’s (AG) 2012 report today. (more…)

August 22, 2013

MACC to seek French assistance in Scorpene probe

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Aidila Razak

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is applying to use the Mutual Legal Assistance Act (MLA) to get help from the French authorities in its probe into the Malaysian government purchase of the Scorpene submarines.

According to PKR Subang MP R Sivarasa (left), this was explained to PKR MPs during their meeting with MACC officials in Kuala Lumpur today.

“(MACC’s) investigations are ongoing… However, to use the MLA they have to go through the attorney-general.

“He holds the door and decides if it’s open or shut,” he told reporters after the meeting. (more…)

July 5, 2013

Earn our trust, MACC

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FMT 

MACC has to do better than beg the public to trust it to do its job “without fear or favour”. So far it has not even attempted to earn that trust, for instance by revealing at least some details of how far it has gone in investigating allegations of corruption involving Taib Mahmud. By its own admission, the probe began years ago. Has Taib even been interrogated? If he has, what did he say? Did his answers give the commission some idea of the lines of investigation it should take? The answers to these and similar questions cannot conceivably derail the investigation, but would go some way towards gaining the public’s trust.

It’s no good saying that it’s unethical to reveal details of an ongoing investigation because of the need to protect the subject’s reputation in case he is innocent. Anyone who seeks or holds public office must subject himself to public scrutiny. He cannot claim the same level of privacy that an ordinary citizen has the right to. (more…)

July 2, 2013

MACC’s multi-agency task force a sham?

Joseph Tawie

SAVE Rivers said that many reports were lodged against Chief Minister Taib Mahmud as far back as “five or six years ago” and MACC had allegedly been “completely indifferent and quiet”.

A coalition of Sarawak NGOs has accused the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) latest announcement of a multi-agency task-force investigate allegations against Chief Minister Taib Mahmud as just another ‘sandiwara’.

Save Sarawak’s Rivers Network (SAVE Rivers) which comprises NGOs and concerned citizens questioned the “unusually” late bid by MACC to set up the agency. (more…)

July 1, 2013

‘Taib probe taking time over vast documents, witnesses’

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Nigel Aw

The probe into corruption allegations against Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud has been prolonged by the vast number of documents and witnesses that investigators have to go through, said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

“There are many documents and many parties are involved as well as witnesses that are all over (the country),” MACC investigation division secretariat assistant commissioner Lim Bee Kean told a press conference at the commission’s headquarters in Putrajaya today.

Lim (left) said to date the MACC has poured through more than 400 files and has recorded statements from more than 20 individuals who are believed to be linked to the matter. (more…)

MACC probe against Taib still going on

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TRINNA LEONG

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has pored through more than 400 files in their probe on corruption allegations against Sarawak’s Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud (picture).

This was revealed by the MACC investigation division secretariat assistant commissioner Lim Bee Kean, who added they had also questioned and recorded statements from 20 individuals believed to be involved in shady land deals and who were mentioned in a Youtube video by international corruption watchdog, Global Witness (GW).

“However, investigations began in June 2011, even before the video was released,” Lim told a press conference at the commission’s headquarters in Putrajaya today. (more…)

June 28, 2013

Question on Taib’s ‘naughty’ MACC rejected

Ram Anand

The parliamentary secretary today rejected a question by DAP’s Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) action against Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Lim told reporters at a press conference outside the Dewan Rakyat today that his question was rejected by Dewan Rakyat secretary Rosmee Hamzah on the basis that it was a “hypothetical” question.

Lim wanted to ask whether the government would take any action against Taib for calling MACC “naughty” earlier this year, and who had also expressed his refusal to cooperate with MACC in the wake of a controversial video by international corruption watchdog Global Witness. (more…)

April 16, 2013

Why I shall vote in GE13

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Philip Yeoh

I shall vote to give Malaysia a better chance of stemming the bleeding of our public finances and downward spiral in our standard of living.

I shall vote to protect our land and people from policies, practices and businesses that threaten our ecological safety and integrity.

I shall vote to open the door for reforms in our institutions of governance particularly the judiciary, MACC, police and the central bank.

I shall vote to introduce mechanisms to ensure proper behaviour and professionalism in civil servants and institutions of public order. These will include the long-awaited IPCMC that should be under the direct oversight of the Parliament, not a Cabinet minister. (more…)

April 7, 2013

Sack Taib or abolish MACC, Pakatan tells Najib

SYED JAYMAL ZAHIID AND MOHD FARHAN DARWIS 

Datuk Seri Najib Razak must force Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud to resign for refusing to cooperate with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) or dissolve the agency, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lawmakers said today. 

The leaders pointed out that the MACC would be rendered pointless if politicians accused of graft could enjoy legal immunity and refuse to cooperate with the anti-graft authority at their whim.

“Caretaker Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak should show his commitment towards fighting corruption by either demanding the resignation of Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud or else abolish the MACC. (more…)

March 21, 2013

Civil society in two minds over RCI on Taib and kin

Hazlan Zakaria

Civil society NGOs were in two minds over the call for a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) to investigate documented claims of abuse of power and graft by Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud and extended family members.

The CM (left in photo) and those close to him were allegedly linked to land grabs involving native lands, later disposed for logging and palm oil plantations at huge profit.

One group supported the call for the RCI as being the only way the matter may be investigated, expressing a total lack of confidence in the independence and impartiality of the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in handling it. (more…)

February 16, 2013

MACC’s ‘endorsement’ of vote-buying alarming

Kim Quek

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) heretical interpretation of the Election Offences Act 1954 (the Act) on corruption is most alarming and warrants an emphatic rebuttal.

In the front-page headline story of Sin Chew Daily on Feb 13, MACC’s deputy chief commissioner (prevention) Sutinah Sutan was quoted as saying that for corruption offences committed during an election, our laws only deal with individuals, not political parties. As such, money or gifts given to electorate to induce votes for a political party is not an offence. It is an offence only when the gift is given to induce votes for a specific candidate. (more…)

February 4, 2013

Zahida-Shafie sex scandal flares up again as infighting in Sabah Umno rises ahead of GE13

Zahida-Shafie sex scandal flares up again as infighting in Sabah Umno rises ahead of GE13

Maria Begum

A free-for-all seems to have broken out among Sabah Umno leaders with political rivals of Zuhairie DaEngine suspected of instigating the sudden revival of a sex scandal involving starlet Zahida Rafik to embarrass the federal minister for rural and regional development.

“We are surprised to hear that the MACC has finally agreed to guestion Zahida’s driver. Why now?” Zuraida Kamaruddin, the PKR MP for Ampang, who had exposed the scandal last year.

“In the past, we had lodged so many reports but these were ignored and swept under the carpet by the authorities, so the question remains – why now? And who is behind the MACC’s sudden decision to take action, who is so powerful who can make the MACC respond with such sudden speed.” (more…)

February 3, 2013

Transformation in mindset, values and work culture needed

Lim Sue Goan

Malaysia has been moving up and down in international rankings since Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak introduced the transformation plans. Improvements are mainly made to administration and efficiency, while the spiritual and thinking dimensions are left to decline.

In the 2011 Forbes Best States for Business, Malaysia jumped three spots to 31st while Kuala Lumpur is the second-best shopping city in Asia Pacific, according to the latest Globe Shopper Index.

Malaysia scored worst in the 2012 Bribe Payers Survey while the Global Financial Integrity (GFI) report ranked Malaysia as world’s second with up to RM196.8 billion of black money having flowed out from the country in 2010. (more…)

January 31, 2013

Rewards should be linked to performance

 Lim Sue Goan

 The Royal Malaysian Customs is a lucky government department. Why? Some 12,500 Customs officials will be rewarded with a special half-month salary as an incentive for achieving a record revenue collection. However, the Inland Revenue Board (IRB), which has also performed well, has not been rewarded.

The Customs created a new revenue collection record with RM32.318 billion last year, while the IRB also broke its tax revenue record with RM124.692 billion as of December 28 last year, which was a 13.76 per cent increase compared to the previous year. (more…)

January 26, 2013

Beng Hock, his killers & the MACC forever captured in landmark documentary of his death

Beng Hock, his killers & the MACC forever captured in landmark documentary of his deathSteve Oh

 Teoh Beng Hock was the man who died while in the custody of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) headquarters in Shah Alam.

We read about him, we saw his photo in the news, and we remember the emotive images of his sobbing sister.

We knew him as a political worker.

He was law-abiding and trusting of the MACC, a government anti-corruption agency – the good guys who go after the bad guys. (more…)

January 16, 2013

What’s the status on Taib, MACC?

Joseph Tawie

With Swiss MPs pushing for their government to freeze Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s assets, eyes are now on MACC’s as yet undisclosed investigations.

Sarawak DAP today demanded to know the progress of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s investigations into Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s properties allegedly worth billions of ringgit.

State party secretary Chong Chieng Jen said it has been two years since MACC opened a file on Taib.

“But until today, I have not seen any progress of the investigation. MACC should speed up its investigation. (more…)

January 8, 2013

Desperation in December

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Rom Nain

At least for some.Desperation evidently does strange things to God’s creatures, including some already-anxious Malaysian politicians and their minions. And nowhere has this been more obvious than during the recent month of December; a period often hyped as the season of cheer and plenty, but this time around coming across as the season of fear and stupidity.

If pushed for a time frame, I’d say it all began barely a week before Christmas. Perhaps inspired by a previously silent (though certainly not holy) night and the medically recommended seven hours of sleep, not one, but two prominent individuals came up in the mainstream media on Dec 20 with what they must have thought were brilliant suggestions. (more…)

December 29, 2012

Panel: Review loopholes that hinder probe on Taib

Mkini

The current loopholes in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009 need to be plugged to strengthen the capability of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in fighting graft, said Mohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad, chairperson of the parliamentary special committee (PSC) on corruption.

The loophole in Section 23 of the Act has been cited by MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Mohd Shukri Abdull as a hindrance to investigating Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud, despite his son having allegedly benefited from state contracts. (more…)

December 24, 2012

Najib’s joke for Christmas : Candidates screened by MACC.

Candidates screened by MACC? NO WAY!

Stephen Ng

I look with the disgust the proposal that candidates from all political parties should be screened through by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) before the 13th General Election.

On the surface such a proposal looks good, until one starts to peel the skin and see how rotten the idea is at the core.

First, the MACC is under the prime minister himself. For this same reason, despite evidence that came out of the French judiciary that Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak could be involved in a high-profile corruption case in the Scorpene deal, no investigation has been carried out by the MACC. (more…)

December 9, 2012

MACC seeks AG’s review of decision on Musa

Hafiz Yatim

This was disclosed by one of the panel members at a public forum held by the Bar Council and MACC today.The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s Operations Review Panel has requested the attorney-general to review its decision on the RM40 million allegedly channeled from timber trader Michael Chia to Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman.

Bar Council vice-president Chris Leong had posed questions on the disclosure made in Parliament that the controversial case was closed. (more…)

November 23, 2012

‘HK chief prosecutor’s statement damning’

Teoh El Sen

Kevin Zervos has indicated that there was a conspiracy to cover up the RM40 million “political donations” case by Malaysian authorities, says PKR’s strategic director.

The statement yesterday by Hong Kong’s chief public prosecutor points to a conspiracy by Malaysian authorities to cover up and halt investigations against Sabah chief minister Musa Aman and timber tycoon Michael Chia over the RM40 million “political donations” case, claimed PKR strategic director Rafizi Ramli today.

Rafizi said it also gives an impression that the Malaysian authorities – either the Attorney-General’s chambers, the MACC or both – had supplied inaccurate information to Hong Kong’s Independent Commission Against Corruption (ICAC), and in turn had tarnished the investigations. (more…)

November 4, 2012

Monster Gift! – Michael Chia Handed Huge Hummer To Son Of ‘Friend’ Nazri Abdul Aziz

Sarawak Report

Member of Mohammed Nedim’s protection team and the half million ringgit status symbol, Hummer H2, that has ended up in the hands of the Nazri family, but which is still registered under the name of its purchaser, Michael Chia!

This big black beast of a car is an American Hummer 2 SUV, one of the most expensive vehicles in the world, costing around half a million ringgit on the Malaysian market.

For well over a year one of these models, registration number WNX9776, has been driven around KL by Mohamad Nedim Nazri, the son of a key Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz. (more…)

November 3, 2012

Amangate – will Najib clean up Nazri’s mess?

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Kim Quek

 Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department cum de dacto law minister Nazri Abdul Aziz’s attempt to disown responsibilities for his contradictory statements in parliament on the grounds that he was only the reader – not the author – of those statements has brought serious concern to the soundness of the Barisan Nasional political leadership.

The senior minister was confronted with evidence of his son Nedim (left) using a luxurious vehicle registered in Michael Chia’s name, who together with Musa Aman (Sabah chief minister), were cleared by Nazri of corruption in parliament earlier. (more…)

October 24, 2012

MACC panelist under fire for defending Musa

Calvin Kabaron

MACC panelist Abdul Rahman Dahlan’s credibility is now under question after he openly defended Musa Aman over the RM40 million political donation.

Kota Belud MP Abdul Rahman Dahlan has been reminded that he sits on a Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) panel and should not be too quick to jump and openly defend his Umno colleagues who are subject to corruption investigations.

Abdul Rahman sits on a MACC’s Special Committee on Anti-Corruption.

Last week he jumped to Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman’s defence over the RM40 million issue. (more…)

October 21, 2012

Amangate: Umno sinks into deeper quagmire

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Kim Quek

Parliament should consider censuring Minister Nazri Aziz for giving completely contradictory answers in the House within the short interval of one week in respect of the contraband S$16 million (RM40 mil) cash seized in Hong Kong International Airport which both Nazri and Prime Minister Najib Razak denied that it was Sabah Chief Minister Musa Aman’s money, claiming it was donation to Sabah Umno.

It should also consider rebuking Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak for having irresponsibly denying that the illegal attempt by Michael Chia Tien Foh to board the plane with the contraband cash was not an act of smuggling cash in breach of the law, simply because Nazri has made some dubious statements in parliament. (more…)

October 19, 2012

What’s the tit-for-tat for RM40m?

CT Ali

It is simply no longer funny when you see what they are doing to our country, its economy and its future.

“Every political party has the right to receive political donations” so said Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. I agree that it is the right of any political party and any Barisan Nasional politicians (you must not forget to say that) to accept donations.

You received RM4,000? Okay lah!

What about RM40,000? Still okay. (more…)

October 13, 2012

Reveal sources of RM40mil ‘contribution’, gov’t told

Transparency International-Malaysiakini

Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) is calling for authorities to reveal the sources of the RM40 million “political contribution” to Sabah Umno, that a Sabah businessman was caught trying to smuggle into the country from Hong Kong.

Referring to Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz’s parliamentarywritten reply to Batu MP Tian Chua, its secretary-general Josie M Fernandez said TI-M was “appalled” that Nazri has stated “no elements of corruption was proven” in the case. (more…)

October 11, 2012

Umno MP’s sentence upheld, stay granted

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Malaysiakini 

The Shah Alam High Court has upheld a six year jail sentence and a RM400,000 fine handed to Sabak Bernam MP Abdul Rahman Bakri and his aide Rosli Busro for making false claims.

Judge Akhtar Tahir initially ordered for the sentence to be carried out immediately, but the defence team managed to argue for a stay of execution late this evening.

However, the bail amount for Abdul Rahman has been increased from RM50,000 to RM80,000.

The accused will have a final chance to argue for their freedom at the Court of Appeal leve.

On March 1, Sessions Court Judge Azhaniz Teh Azman Teh had handed down the sentence after finding Abdul Rahman and Rosli guilty of eight charges of making false claims for programmes which never took place, amounting to RM80,000. (more…)

October 6, 2012

Experts say MACC’s procedures flawed, not the law

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Hafiz Yatim

Legal experts have disagreed with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) assessment that some laws should be amended before it can be more effective in nabbing top corrupt politicians.

On Wednesday, Kubang Kerian MP Salahuddin Ayub, a member of the parliamentary select committee (PSC) on corruption, revealed that the MACC had argued it was hampered by “archaic provisions” in existing laws.

Salahuddin (left) had cited a case raised by the MACC to the PSC in which a wealthy state leader could not be prosecuted because of flaws in the law, despite six investigation papers being opened on the said individual. (more…)

September 24, 2012

Kit Siang: Is Najib telling MACC to hands off Taib?

Malaysiakini

DAP has asked if Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s call not to entertain allegations about  Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud’s alleged billions in wealth was a signal to enforcement agencies not to probe or question the matter.

“I have no doubt that without Najib’s pre-emptive strike today, the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) would have taken the completely neutral but meaningless stand that it was prepared to investigate into the BMF report about Taib and his family’s gargantuan wealth and asset accumulated from 31 years of Taib’s chief ministership of Sarawak.

“But with the stern signal from Najib today, would MACC dare to initiate investigations into Taib … and would there be any BN MP who would dare to endorse or support a full MACC investigation into the BMF report?” asked Lim in a statement today. (more…)

August 5, 2012

More shocking AIMST exposé on the way

FMT Staff

PKR promises to reveal ‘financial mismanagement’ involving top MIC leaders next week.

The MIC-run AIMST University mismanagement exposé by PKR has rattled the largest Indian political party in the country, enough to warrant two conflicting statements from two MIC leaders within the last two days.

PKR national strategy and policy bureau secretary S Gobi Krishnan said similar to how the university had outsourced its cafeteria contract, MIC president, G Palanivel, seems to have outsourced his decision-making to a mere vice-president and central working committee members in regard to the issues raised. (more…)

January 12, 2012

Rural Sarawak haulier scam uncovered

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Hafiz Yatim

The Sarawak Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has uncovered a multi-million ringgit scam by transporters involved with the transportation of vital goods to rural and interior areas in the vast state.

State MACC chief Bahri Md Zin told Malaysiakini that the transporters were found to make false claims amounting to hundreds of thousands over the goods that they transported to the rural areas.

“On top of that, when we posed as officers from the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry late last year, they tried to bribe our officials.

“Hence, on top of making false claims, some of them will face charges of trying to bribe our officers. We are hauling them up from today until the end of next month to charge them in court,” he said.

Bahri said the transporters are registered under the National Price Control council and the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry. (more…)

December 18, 2011

Cowgate: Talk straight please, MACC!

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Kim Quek

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) defended its position on December 16 with regards to the National Feedlot Centre scandal on two fronts: through the issue of a statement and at a press conference given by MACC chief commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed after the closing ceremony of a MACC programme at the Anti-Corruption Academy .

In the statement quoted by Bernama, the MACC denied that it had not taken any action. It said that it did scrutinise the complaint from NGOs regarding the abuse of a government loan to purchase luxurious condominiums by National Feedlot Corporation, and found no corruption element, and hence passed the case to the police.

Atn the press conference, Abu Kassim said that since the scandal was exposed in the 2010 Auditor-General’s Report in October, the MACC had already started studying it from the corruption point of view., The issue of whether the MACC is or is not probing the case does not arise, since the MACC’s earlier measure to pass the case to police was only a response specifically directed at the particular complaint of irregularity in using the loan to purchase the condos. Since it was a case of misuse of public loan, it was forwarded to police for further investigation. (more…)

December 16, 2011

MACC keeps mum on Taib Mahmud graft probe

S Pathmawathy

Ironically, the officer – MACC investigation division deputy commission Azmi Mohd – did so at a forum organised by graft watchdog Transparency International-Malaysia (TI-M) to discuss corruption in forest management and sustainable development.A senior Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officer yesterday refused to comment on the status of its investigations into graft allegations against Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud.

Asked by Malaysiakini about the status of MACC’s investigation against Taib during the question-and-answer session of the public forum, Azmi appeared taken aback and said he had informed the forum organisers that he would not take questions that were “too detailed”.

“I told the organisers that I will not be answering certain questions, and these are questions I will not be able to answer,” he said. (more…)

September 29, 2010

Hornbill case: Whistleblowers on the line

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By Hafiz Yatim

Case of allegedly unlawful dismissal, which usually does not attract much attention, has caught the eye not only of the media, but the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) as well.

All eyes are now now focused on questions of possibly inappropriate practices in a Sarawak government-owned firm, Hornbill Skyways Sdn Bhd, over its purchase of an aircraft.

The MACC is now monitoring closely the legal battle between Horbill Skyways and its former GM.

(more…)

August 21, 2010

UMNO and MACC strangling each other

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By Pak Bui

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) head prosecutor Abdul Razak Musa made a humiliating spectacle of himself in front of the coroner’s court during the hearing into the death of Teoh Beng Hock.

His self-abasement is a terrible setback for UMNO’s efforts to regain votes in the next general election. The MACC has plumbed the depths of public mistrust, and in so doing has reflected badly on its masters in UMNO.

Public anger towards the MACC will also be directed against UMNO, since Malaysians of all races understand that the MACC behaves as a political weapon, wielded by UMNO and its allies against their opponents.

The MACC’s move to attack celebrated Thai pathologist Dr Pornthip Rojanasunand appears to have backfired. Abdul Razak Musa was ill-prepared, and cracked under the intense pressure on him to cast doubt on the Thai doctor’s findings that Teoh’s death was no suicide. (more…)

June 5, 2010

Malaysia’s democracy on trial

Chris Wright, The Australian Financial Review

Anwar Ibrahim’s trial will be a crucial moment not only for his opposition party, but also the government, writes CHRIS WRIGHT from The Australian Financial Review

But while Anwar is under pressure in court, it’s the government, and in particular the  UMNO party at its heart, that is struggling, and not just with election results. Even in a country with a largely compliant mainstream press (but a vibrant alternative media), the government and the country’s other key institutions have found themselves mired in scandal.

When Anwar Ibrahim walks into the Kuala Lumpur High Court today, (more…)

The Council of Najib

By Dreamweaver

Angry grey clouds scudded across the sky over the huge green onion dome rising above the magnificent mock Moghul splendour of the prime minister’s office in Putrajaya. Thunder boomed as the howling wind whipped up the fluttering flags bringing with it the promise of rain. A late afternoon thunderstorm was about to unleash its fury on the land below but deep in the bowels of the building insulated from the capricious weather, a secret high level meeting was in progress.

Its seven participants are among the most powerful people in this nation of 28 million people. (more…)

November 18, 2009

Corruption – the Malaysian pestilence!

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By Sim Kwang Yang

Eleven public officials from the Ministry of Youth and Sports as well as some businessmen have been charged in court for alleged corrupt practices as reported in the Auditor General’s report.

Visibly pleased during an official visit to the Anti-Corruption Agency HQ, the PM praised the management and men of the agency for their good work, and encouraged them to go after the corrupt, no matter what their rank and status.

Have these high-profile anti-graft cases restored the confidence of the ordinary street-wise citizens, especially those who live and work in large urban centres? Has the BN government therefore displayed their political will to rid the nation of this crippling scourge forever? The answer must be an emphatic “no”!

Even the very pro-government national daily, the New Straits Times, shares my scepticism. In an editorial that appeared on 25.10.2007 under the title “Delivering the goods”, the paper has this to say:

“As it is, while there has been a very conspicuous campaign to curb corruption, this has not been matched by public progress reports in terms of proven cases, litigations, and court hearings. In the fight against corruption, the bureaucratic preference for washing the dirty linen behind closed doors should not apply. When the seeming reluctance to do anything which can be construed as undermining the morale of the civil service is taken as an indication of the weakness of enforcement and the lack of political will, it can only reinforce the perception the anti-corruption drive has been long on rhetoric and short on delivery.”

(more…)

October 25, 2009

New! Improved UMNO! Washes whiter than white!

By Bunga Pakma

umno-najib1What a week!  Though I have faithfully been following doctor’s orders and not getting my knickers in a twist, it is impossible for me completely to avoid the whirlpool-in-a-septic-tank that is public political life.

Among political pundits and commentators, honoured Reader, you will find no more superficial observer in the country than Yours Truly here.  My contact with newspapers amounts to no more than reading the headlines at the local newsstand. I don’t have a TV and I don’t listen to the radio.  Yes, I do have a look at Malaysiakini in the morning over the cornflakes, and I do read what my brethren post on HU. But I’ve got a job to attend to and trolling the Net for lurid outrages does not raise a thrill in me.  Superficiality is in a sense my strength.  Heaven knows that what’s on the surface is frightening enough.

The earliest thing my memory can drag up from the mists of time is that UMNO seems to have held a general meeting last week.  Specks of glitter-dust left over from the razzmatazz remain among the dust and tattered banners in the dark, deserted PWTC.  I remember the “image” of that event as I’d remember some quasi-carnival event in the Mall—a canopy, stage, and display with balloons, flags, music and lights to launch a brand of soap.  “And now, the, New! Improved UMNO! Washes whiter than white! [In more ways than one.] Now suitable for dirty laundry of ALL races! and so forth.

To be fair to the makers of Trojan, Omo, and Daia, I must say that I’ve always thought the detergent section of the supermarket a cheery one. It’s kinda nice to see shelves of excited coloured sacks and boxes enthusiastically standing up for the virtues of cleanliness and transparency, taking dirt and filth of all kinds to daily account for their never-ending evil.

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August 28, 2009

Newspapers smear Teoh Beng Hock and “foreign instigators”

By Pak Bui

Utusan ShitIt’s confirmed! The newspapers are full of propaganda and they stink to high heaven!

Malaysian newspapers have been falling over themselves to fawn over Umno and the Sarawak BN.

The mainstream media in KL have published endless claims of Teoh Beng Hock’s “likely suicide” and his being “on the take.” The whitewash has vacillated between trying to bury the story on the inside pages, and trying to publish the MACC’s version of events, at the same time.

The MACC officers seem to be convinced they can smear Teoh Beng Hock’s name without fear, because they are playing for the side that controls the ball and the referee. They do not see any injustice in accusing a dead man, who cannot defend himself, or sue the MACC – as long as the MACC get off the hook. (more…)

August 23, 2009

Questions over “tip-off” regarding MACC and Teoh Beng Hock

By Pak Bui

LOGOsprmThe anonymous letter written by “MACC Officers” in Officialese (mind-numbing bureaucratic language) has stirred up a swarm of questions. RPK, as usual, has done Malaysians a favour, by stimulating debate, and publishing the anonymous letter in full on the Malaysia Today website.

Could it be true?

One obvious question is: are the allegations against a senior Selangor MACC official true? We should adhere to the age-old tenet that any indicted person is innocent until proven guilty. But the Selangor MACC’s record speaks for itself.

The Selangor MACC launched a rabid attack on the PR government, “probing” allocations of funds of less than RM2500. It appears unlikely that Umno can unseat PR’s Selangor government by fair means, because Khalid’s administration has performed well overall, as Nizar’s did in Perak. (more…)

August 17, 2009

MACC — My many questions!

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By Sim Kwang Yang

tiong KSThe Star headline on Sunday reported that MACC officers went to Tiong King Sing’s office and interviewed him from 2 pm until 6.30 pm in the presence of Tiong’s lawyers.

Why was Tiong NOT summoned to the MACC HQ and denied legal assistance, as was done against several aides to DAP dignitaries in Selangor?  Why was Tiong not summoned in the evening and questioned for 10 hours till early the next morning in the way Teoh Beng Hock was interviewed?

Why was Tiong not immediately arrested as a suspect, and if he resisted arrest, immediately beaten up, as was done to Wong Chuan How, personal aide to Ronnie Liew? (more…)

July 27, 2009

Remembering Teoh Beng Hock

Teo-Beng-Hock_CandleBy Kenny Gan

As we mourn the untimely death of Teoh Beng Hock, whose life was cruelly snatched away in the prime of his youth, it seems as if the nation is moving under a long dark cloud, like a partial eclipse of the sun which will not go away.

We are united in anger at the sheer pointlessness of his death and the suspicious circumstances under which it happened. We are saddened at his youth, dismayed by his impending marriage missed by a few short hours and moved to tears that he will never see his unborn child.

We are also frustrated over the disdainful shrugging off of responsibility by the MACC. We are frustrated with the lumbering investigation of the police, whom few believe will be impartial. (more…)

July 26, 2009

Malaysians continue to die in march to a better future

By Apang

Yes, tragic, condemned, brutal, inhumane, outrageous, terrible, inexcusable, unforgettable, tearful rhetoric is heard, yet again. Not only Teoh’s fTeo-Beng-Hock_Candleamily members and other loved ones, but all Malaysians, have heard of, and seen images of, this questionable death.

The latest outburst regarding the death of Teoh Beng Hock, rightly regarded as suspicious, is heard all over again. Malaysia Boleh! In this instance, Malaysians show they are humans, with emotions, and they can differentiate fact from fiction, among other things.

Allow me to put this scene in a “Malaysia Boleh” perspective. I am convinced that the BN knows only too well the mentality, or reality, of the vast majority of Malaysian voters. So this latest event, by the MACC, the newest member of the BN’s extended family, of Teoh’s death while in MACC custody will be only a minor hiccup. (more…)

July 24, 2009

What is a Royal Commission?

By Pak Bui

Teo-Beng-Hock_CandleTeoh Beng Hock’s political martyrdom is another catastrophe in the barely hundred-day-old infancy of Najib’s malformed administration.

Prime Minister Najib has bowed, finally, to public demands to set up a Royal Commission to review the interrogation tactics of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). But he has refused to allow the royal panel to probe the harrowing death of the Selangor political aide.

Teoh died during, or following, MACC interrogation. He died after the MACC denied him his basic human rights. This was labeled the first “political death” of the Najib regime by 17 civil society groups, including the Bar Council, Jamaah Islah Malaysia, the Centre for Independent Journalism, and Suaram. (more…)

July 23, 2009

MACC: what “politicising”?

By Sim Kwang Yang

lim_kit_siang_In a malaysiakini story headlined “Stop politicising Teoh’s death”, Nasri the de facto Law Minister accused Lim Kit Siang of trying to turn the MACC issue into a racial issue.

This strange term “politicising” (what a twisted mouthful!) is one of the most often used mantras ensuing from the lips of BN ministers in over three decades.  It has also been dutifully quoted in headlines in the mainstream media during the same period.

Everyday, I browse through three or four newspapers online in the USA and UK, and have not encountered this term even once all these years.  It is indeed a unique and prominent Malaysian word in our political language.  It deserves some attention.

We have to ask: why is politicising any issue such a big crime?  Is there a law against it?  What is politicising anything anyway? (more…)

July 22, 2009

MACC: Damn this race thing……. again!

By Sim Kwang Yang

Teoh Beng Hock

The de facto Law Minister Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz has accused DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang of turning Teoh Beng Hock’s death into a racial issue.

As a character from Alice in Wonderland would say, “It’s getting curiouser and curiouser.”  For the life of me, I cannot recall having read or heard LKS saying anything racial about Teoh’s death, and he is a man of many words!  It takes a racist to see other people’s racism when none in fact exists.

Then, Malaysia Insider carries a story with the headline Dr. M says the Chinese are the real masters of the country. That is even more surreal than Asri’s deluded vision.

Dr. M said that he will be called a racist by Chinese racists because of his view.  So we will not call him a racist.  Name calling is not a valid argument anyway. (more…)

July 21, 2009

MACC: damn this racist thing!

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By Sim Kwang Yang

MACC HQLast Sunday, I sat down with Eddie Ng and some friends at my Cheras neighbourhood coffee shop.  Eddie is a local DAP official and a newly appointed Councillor to represent residents in our area in the city council.

Eddie had to step away on some errand.  He does have a large and bulky frame, and as his huge back disappeared into the Pasar Malam crowd, my neighbour – an old man — asked me who he was.  I told him Eddie was our newly minted local councillor.

The old man mused, “He is the next one to go into the MACC HQ.”

Without batting an eye lid, his wife beside him retorted, “Don’t worry about him.  He is too large to lift up.  Even if 4 or 5 men can lift him up, they won’t be able to squeeze him through the window!” (more…)

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