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March 20, 2013

Can Najib convince ‘frustrated’ Yong to return?

Joseph Tawie

SUPP’s choice of a new face as a candidate for Stampin has not gone down well with everyone, with many in the party wanting the incumbent to retain the seat.

Sarawak United People’s Party (SUPP) is in a dilemma over its candidate for the Stampin parliamentary seat. While the party leadership has decided on Wilfred Yap to battle DAP’s Chong Chieng Jen, the other top leaders in the Sarawak Barisan Nasional coalition want Yap dropped.

These “top leaders” don’t believe Yap, who is SUPP Youth secretary-general, can beat Chong, who is DAP secretary-general and currently Bandar Kuching MP. In the 2011 state election, Chong wrested Kota Sentosa from BN. (more…)

March 18, 2013

Santa Claus politics underscore Malaysia’s elections, says Singapore paper

TMI

As Election 2013 fever spurs Malaysian politicians from both sides to serve up expensive sweets to boost their bid.

As Election 2013 fever spurs Malaysian politicians from both sides to serve up expensive sweets to boost their bid, a Singapore paper reminded voters today that they would be the ones to pick up the tab.

“The intense fight for votes has led both the administration of Prime Minister Najib Razak and the opposition PR to promise more and more populist measures.

“You could call it Santa Claus politics,” Reme Ahmad, assistant foreign news editor in the widely-read Straits Times, wrote in an opinion piece for the paper’s Sunday edition. (more…)

March 15, 2013

Expired PM is desperate, fears losing Sabah, other PR leaders incl Anwar next

Malaysia ChronicleTIAN PLEADS NOT GUILTY: Najib is desperate, fears losing Sabah, other PR leaders incl Anwar next

MP for Batu Tian Chua pleaded not guilty to Sedition charges pressed against him by Prime Minister Najib Razak’s government for allegedly linking the ruling Umno party to the Lahad Datu intrusion.

“These are politically-motivated charges and I will clear my name through the court,” Tian said as he made his plea.

His lawyers, Latheefa Koya and N Surendran, minced no words in his defence.Calling the charges a gross abuse of power and the judicial processes, they slammed the Najib administration for putting Umno above the government. (more…)

GE13 will be on 13 May 13?

Ken

It is already past March 8, 2008, more than five years since the last general election and yet Parliament has not been dissolved.

Parliament will dissolve automatically on April 29, 2013.

If Premier Najib Abdul Razak does not dissolve Parliament by that date, that would be most embarrassing for him and confirm to all that he is indeed a very weak leader – it’ll be a gift from Najib to former premier Mahathir Mohamad and Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to kick him (Najib) out for good.

So, it is clear that Parliament will be dissolved by April 29, 2013, unless the war in Sabah does not end and Najib declares a state of emergency throughout the nation. (more…)

‘Expired PM’s economic figures are fictional’

Ong Kian Ming

March 13, 2013, national news agency Bernama quoted Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak as saying:

“We have been able to buck the external global economic trend. In the last quarter, we achieved 6.4 percent growth, which indicates the resilience of the national economy.

“When we talk about benefits to the people from 2009 to 2011, our gross national income (GNI) per capita has grown from US$6,670 to US$9,970, roughly about 49 percent. There is no country in the world that has achieved this kind of result.”

Najib said this in the ‘Conversation with the PM’ programme aired by Media Prima group’s TV3 on Tuesday night (March 12). (more…)

March 9, 2013

Anwar predicts minimum 10-seat majority in GE13

Chong Pooi Koon, Bloomberg

On day one of taking power, a People’s Alliance government would liberalise newspaper licences, Anwar said in an interview in Kuala Lumpur today.Pakatan Rakyat will win the country’s upcoming general election with a parliamentary majority of more than 10 seats and control at least six of the nation’s 13 states, leader Anwar Ibrahim said.

Policy priorities within the first 100 days would include education, corruption and government procurement. No retribution would be taken against past leaders, including Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who sacked him in 1998, he said.

“I don’t want to sound over confident, but I believe looking into the trend now it will be a comfortable majority,” the 65-year-old politician said. “Beyond 10 is comfortable.” (more…)

March 7, 2013

Najib miscalculates with his guessing game

Selena Tay

Can it be said that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak plans to delay the dissolution of Parliament, thus effectively delaying holding the 13th general election?
Is there a plan to delay the general election? All things certainly seem to point to that direction.

The dateline is approaching near and Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is desperate as he knows that the rakyat is waiting anxiously for the polls to be held.

Despite his rhetoric that “everyone has gone back to Barisan Nasional”, he has not displayed any sense of urgency in holding the polls at all. (more…)

March 6, 2013

BN becomes caretaker gov’t on March 8

Tommy Thomas

Parliament’s term is five years. Article 55(3) of the federal constitution states: ‘Parliament unless sooner dissolved shall continue for five years from the date of its first meeting and shall then stand dissolved.’

Because the current Parliament had its first meeting on April 28, 2008, it shall automatically ‘stand dissolved’ on April 28, 2013.  As it is an instance of automatic dissolution, no action by any person is required to trigger it.

By virtue of Article 55(4), the 13th general election (GE13) ‘shall be held within 60 days from the date of the dissolution of Parliament’. Hence, the very last date on which GE13 can legally be held, at least for Parliament, is June 28, 2013. (more…)

CNN’s John Defterios Also Flogged FBC Media’s Illegal Services To Microsoft, Azerbaijan, Uzbeks, Khazakhs, Mubarak.. !

Sarawak Report

For a fat fee FBC will promote you on its regular news programmes – Defterios interviews Najib on CNN

American blogger Josh Trevino’s belated confessions about the more than one million ringgit he received from Malaysian PMs Abdul Badawi and Najib Razak to attack and slander the opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and others has left his former colleagues and bosses at FBC Media exposed.

This includes the high-profile CNN anchorman John Defterios, who was the registered President and a shareholder of FBC Media until shortly before the company folded in 2011. (more…)

March 1, 2013

Altantuya, C4 & the Immigration: Who gave the order & deleted the records?

Altantuya, C4 & the Immigration: Who gave the order & deleted the records?

J. D. Lovrenciear

The savage murder of the late Altantuya continues to haunt Malaysians’ imagination, logic and emotions all across the nation.

It is a ‘blockbuster story’ that permeates every nook and corner of cities and villages. Just utter the word ‘Mongolia’ and everybody gets the drift.

It certainly continues to puzzle many across our borders, and surely the Mongolians are not exhausted of wondering too.

Back in our own yard, the Altantuya episode continues to plague and haunt the political terrains on both sides of the divide – the BN and Opposition parties, as the politicians and their die-hard fans fight it out over the ‘right’ and ‘wrong’ of the episode. (more…)

February 14, 2013

Twins of evil

Mariam Mokhtar

He was a Machiavellian ruler who is alleged to have corrupted his way to the top, and became Malaysia’s longest serving prime minister, but will the historians have to revise Malaysian history?

Some argue that former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad, who ruled Malaysia with an iron fist for 22 years, should be remembered as a visionary leader and a tireless administrator. Others disagree and call him a ruthless dictator who silenced his critics and allowed corruption, cronyism and nepotism to flourish.

Today, Mahathir (left) is as divisive as ever and despite being retired, has managed to upstage the current Prime Minister, Najib Abdul Razak, many times during the latter’s tenure. (more…)

January 29, 2013

Support for BN not solid enough

Galvin Wong

BN has changed tack as the 13th general election looms, and the new strategies appear to pay off.

Ever since Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak took office in 2009, speculation on the date of the 13th general election (GE13) has been rife and constant. As we enter the fourth year of Najib’s term in office, the polls have still not been called. However, with March the most likely polling month, a macro overview of Barisan Nasional’s strategies over the past three years – analysing their effectiveness and BN’s final tactics these two months – is in order.

When Najib took over in 2009, BN’s political rhetoric has been one based on moderation. He started the 1Malaysia slogan that has since been incorporated in numerous government programmes. He promised political change which he did fulfil albeit very reservedly. (more…)

January 27, 2013

Social media a double-edged sword for Umno

Boo Su-Lyn

Najib stressed that voters at the coming 13th general election were more concerned with what the government could do for them in future. – File pic

Social media is both a boon and a bane for Umno as it caused Barisan Nasional (BN) to lose its customary two-thirds parliamentary majority in Election 2008, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said yesterday.

The prime minister told CNN anchor Fareed Zakaria at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Switzerland yesterday that voters were getting more educated and critical.

“I see the advent of ICT, social media as both something good, but also our bane. Could be our Achilles heel as well,” said Najib in the interview with Fareed. (more…)

January 20, 2013

Run-up to tense election puts M’sia on edge

– Reuters

A win for Pakatan Rakyat would put Malaysia into uncharted political territory.

Malaysian economist Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajuddin gave a presentation in Singapore last week that cost him his job.

His analysis, outlining risks for investors from a narrow election victory for Malaysia’s opposition, was reported by a Malaysian online news site as a prediction the long-ruling Barisan Nasional coalition government would fall this year.

The response from his employer, government-linked Bank Islam, was swift. It suspended him on Monday and Azrul, who was its chief economist, told Reuters he would resign this week. (more…)

January 18, 2013

Deepak says will reveal all on Bala’s second SD to MACC today

Ida Lim

Controversial businessman Deepak Jaikishan said today he expects to reveal everything about P. Balasubramaniam’s second sworn statement in 2008 in relation to the 2006 high-profile murder of Mongolian model Altantuyaa Shaariibuu.

Deepak (picture) said he was summoned by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) this morning at about 10.

“They want me to give a statement on the SD2,” he said, referring to private investigator Balasubramaniam’s second statutory declaration, which contradicted his first sworn statement. (more…)

Muhyiddin’s honorary doctorate and RM23m deal

Ida Lim

The DAP’s Ong Kian Ming today urged Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to explain if his honorary doctorate from the United States Sports Academy (USSA) is linked to a RM22.9 million Education Ministry deal involving the institution’s local agent, allegedly helmed by a Puteri Umno leader.

The USSA, which yesterday awarded Muhyiddin (picture), the education minister, an honorary doctorate, had last June sent its staff to Malaysia to train 1,000 physical education teachers under its “International Diploma in Physical Education and Scholastic Sports (IPDESS)” programme. (more…)

BN’s denial syndrome not helping

Jeswan Kaur

The show of support at the Saturday rally is yet another clear indication that the rakyat wants a change and that too for the better.

The politicking post-Himpunan Kebangkitan Rakyat continues for the federal government which is bent on having the last laugh, that too at the expense of its nemesis, the opposition Pakatan Rakyat.

Last Saturday’s gathering dubbed “the people’s uprising” at Stadium Merdeka under the aegis of Pakatan, which saw a turnout of some 100,000 supporters, was all about demanding that the ruling Barisan Nasional government do the “right thing” which included reforming the electoral system, reviewing the Felda administration, equal treatment for Sabahans and Sarawakians and upgrading the use of the English language and preserving Bahasa Malaysia. (more…)

January 16, 2013

Bank Islam chief economist suspended

Abdul Rahim Sabri

The chief economist of Bank Islam has been suspended following media reports on a presentation he made predicting a narrow victory for the opposition Pakatan Rakyat in the 13th general election.

The top officer, Azrul Azwar Ahmad Tajudin, received the suspension letter yesterday afternoon, after allegations of “serious misconduct” were made against him.

Contacted byMalaysiakini today, Azrul said he did not know the reason for his suspension but confirmed that it was linked to the presentation he made in Singapore recently. (more…)

January 15, 2013

Malaysian PM caught up in murder, bribery scandal

Malaysia's Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi (L) and his successor Najib Razak shakes hands after casting their votes for the deputy president of the the ruling party United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) at general assembly in Kuala Lumpur on March 26, 2009. Malaysia's outgoing premier Badawi issued a damning indictment of the ruling party, saying it was contaminated by greed, complacency and internal rivalries.Lindsay Murdoch

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Photo: AFP

THE plot has all the trappings of a B-grade movie: the murder of a glamorous Mongolian socialite amid allegations of high-level bribery, blackmail, betrayal and political cover-up.

But these are real-life events, and they could set back the chances of Malaysia’s ruling coalition in an election that Prime Minister Najib Razak must call by midyear.

Mr Najib denies involvement but the allegations will not go away. The internet in Malaysia is running hot with allegations by a disaffected businessman, Deepak Jaikishan, who is well connected in the ruling United Malays National Organisation. (more…)

January 10, 2013

Najib’s ratings at 63pc, but response lukewarm to BN and government, will he dissolve the parliament ?

TMI

A new poll of voters released today points towards hotly contested elections this year, with fewer than half of those surveyed saying they were happy with the government or the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN).

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s ratings, while still relatively high, dipped slightly by two points to 63 per cent in the poll conducted late last month, from 65 per cent in November.

According to Merdeka Center, the survey carried out among voters in Peninsular Malaysia at the end of December 2012 found that the prime minister’s approval rating had slipped slightly from 65 per cent in November 2012 to 63 per cent. (more…)

Altantuya killed on the Deepak-Ropiaah Bukit Raja land? Is this why Boustead was roped in?

Wong Choon MeiAltantuya killed on the Deepak-Ropiaah Bukit Raja land? Is this why Boustead was roped in?

A startling piece of information relating to the macabre murder of Altantuya Shaaribuu has been dredged up in the on-going debate over the RM160mil Boustead Holdings Bhd deal, wherein the public-listed firm is believed to have been roped in to buy 223 acres of land in Bukit Raja, Selangor so as to silence a string of corruption expose’s levelled by ally-turned-foe Deepak Jaikishan at Prime Minister Najib Razak and wife Rosmah Mansor.

Was the beautiful 28-year-old Mongolian translator, allegedly Najib’s mistress at one time, killed on that land by two of his former bodyguards in 2006 – shot twice and then her body bombed to bits by military-grade C4 explosives to prevent identification? (more…)

January 9, 2013

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS AT MUHYIDDIN’S DOOR: No direct denial from Najib, only ‘healthy’ claim

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS AT MUHYIDDIN'S DOOR: No direct denial from Najib, only 'healthy' claim

Nawawi Mohamad, Stan Lee

Regardless of whether Prime Minister Najib Razak is telling the truth about his health, his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin has managed to make another advance. Umno watchers say the die has been cast and Najib’s failure to issue a categorical denial he did not suffer a stroke recently will not stop Muhyiddin, who is now on high gear to take over as the next Umno president.

And the target timeline remains the same – before the 13th general election which must be called before June this year.Yes, the writing is on the wall for the underperforming Najib and his unpopular wife Rosmah Mansor. (more…)

January 2, 2013

Out with the old, in with the new

Mariam Mokhtar

Puppet shows, ‘Punch and Judy’ politics, farcical presentations, tragicomedies, drama queens, flip-flops, U-turns, dress rehearsals and of course, pornographic productions can be used to sum up current Malaysian politics.

It is amazing what the subconscious reveals. When MCA keeps asking if Hadi Awang or Anwar Ibrahim would make the better prime minister, you know what the ruling coalition are thinking – that BN is doomed.

Why would one of the main component parties in BN talk about opposition candidates for the post of prime minister? If they thought they stood any chance of winning GE13, they would be discussing which BN candidate should lead the country, rather than which opposition politician would make the best PM. (more…)

Which will it be: Najib or Umno?

Awang Abdillah

Dissatisfied Umno members believe Najib Tun Razak and Rosmah Mansor are the party’s “main liabilities” that threaten the future of Umno.

The recent 66th Umno general assembly sent out clear signs of increasing dissatisfaction among delegates with Najib Tun Razak’s leadership and that a decision must be made before the 13th general election.

Since Najib took over from Abdullah Ahmad Badawi as PM in early 2009, the former’s leadership has been directionless. He has been inconsistent and indecisive with his policies. (more…)

December 26, 2012

Who needs Santa when we have Najib?

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Mariam Mokhtar

The world has Father Christmas. In western folklore, he is the legendary figure who brings presents to the homes of good children on the night of Christmas eve. He is usually portrayed as a chubby, joyful, white-bearded man who wears black boots and a red suit trimmed with white fur. Santa lives in the North Pole with Mama Claus, and is assisted by his magical elves and flying reindeer.Who needs Father Christmas when we have Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak?

In Malaysia, Najib has assumed the role of Santa, with his various handouts. Najib does not have Santa’s long white beard nor rosy cheeks, but many women claim to be envious of his luscious red lips. (more…)

December 24, 2012

Malaysian Carpet Dealer Names a New Figure in Scandal

So far Cecil hasn't said yea or nayJohn Berthelsen

So far Cecil hasn’t said yea or nay

Deepak Jaikishan names well connected lawyer in murder cover-up

Perhaps the most crucial – and quoted – document seeking to tie Najib Tun Razak, the current prime minister of Malaysia, to a murdered Mongolian beauty named Altantuya Shaariibuu was a sworn declaration filed on July 1, 2008 by a Kuala Lumpur-based private detective named Perumal Balasubramaniam.

That document, which detailed allegations of an affair between Najib, the then-defense minister and the 28-year-old woman, lasted just three days before it was dramatically reversed. Police allegedly picked up Balasubramaniam and took him to a Kuala Lumpur police station where he was told his family was in serious danger if he didn’t reverse his statement. (more…)

December 22, 2012

DANGER AHEAD: All eyes on ‘kamikaze’ Dr M amid talk of racial clashes & Najib QUITTING

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DANGER AHEAD: All eyes on 'kamikaze' Dr M amid talk of racial clashes & Najib QUITTING

Nawawi Mohamad

Dangerous times are ahead for Malaysia as its ruling party UMNO desperately twists and turns to redeem itself ahead of a general election that some believe will be won by the Opposition and others, that it may never even take place.

Political sources tell Malaysia Chronicle that UMNO divisions in three states – Johor, Terengganu and Perak – have already begun the ball rolling to get scandal-plagued Najib Razak to step down both as Prime Minister and UMNO president.

The latest tell-tale signs that infighting is reaching a head are the rumors of racial riots spread by several pro-UMNO bloggers. (more…)

December 20, 2012

Deepak, Musa the guns used in Dr M’s ‘guerrilla warfare’ against Najib & Rosmah?

Nawawi Mohamad, Stan LeeDeepak, Musa the guns used in Dr M's 'guerrilla warfare' against Najib & Rosmah?

When you want to get at someone who has influence and power, you have to plan and execute with precision and style in order to create maximum and lasting impact. Otherwise, it could backfire badly and you might end up hurt or even dead! That is life in Malaysia’s take-no-enemies, an-eye-for-an-eye political arena.

However, even the best laid and supported plans cannot guarantee success all the time. For example, Umno leaders Musa Hitam, Tengku Razaleigh and Anwar Ibrahim all went against their former boss Mahathir Mohamad with the backing and blessings of their supporters. Yet they failed to oust the wily and Machiavellian Mahathir, who stayed on to rule Malaysia for 22 years. (more…)

December 18, 2012

It ain’t over till the FLOM sings

Mariam Mokhtar

If wife of former Philippine president Ferdinand Marcos, Imelda Marcos is famous for her shoes, then Rosmah Mansor, the spouse of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is noted for her bags and rings. But fashion accessories are not her only forte, unlike most Malaysians, she can set aside subpoenas and has the time, money and inclination to write a book.
Surely the book is not the best medium to “explain” herself, if it is true that Malaysians only read two-and-a-half pages a year.One moment, both Najib and Rosmah (left) are riding high on the wave of public opinion and their belief that “we can do no wrong”. Next moment, they are at rock bottom and having to fend off accusations; hence the book. Did she publish details of her life and her rise to prominence, out of conceit or an act of desperation? (more…)

December 16, 2012

Torrent of Revelations Against Najib Continues

John Berthelsen

Anybody seen Deepak?

A rattled Najib tries to figure out how to counter allegations of criminal cover-up

A controversial businessman and onetime family friend of Malaysia’s prime minister appears to be doing what the country?s political opposition has been unable to accomplish for years: publicly tie the top UMNO leader to serious and politically damaging crimes.

In a spate of interviews with opposition and independent websites that seemingly deliver new and damaging revelations each day, Deepak Jaikishan has now connected Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, Najib?s brother Nazim and Najib?s wife, Rosmah Mansor, to the politically charged cover-up of the 2006 murder of the jet-setting Mongolian beauty Altantuya Shaariibuu, itself a part of a much bigger scandal involving ?114 million in kickbacks to top Malaysian politicians for the purchase of French submarines. (more…)

December 14, 2012

Frantic Najib in Sabah, again?

Luke Rintod

The prime minister is expected to be in Sabah tomorrow to shore up support for the Barisan Nasional among the Christian community ahead of the Christmas celebrations.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is scheduled to visit Sabah twice this month, in what many here consider as an increasingly desperate effort to retain his coalition government’s grip on what is looking like a battle-ground state.

Najib is expected to arrive in Sandakan tomorrow (Dec 15) to open the annual congress of Sabah Barisan Nasional minor partner, Liberal Democratic Party (LDP), the following day. (more…)

December 13, 2012

BN goes into begging mode

Dean Johns

It’s astonishing but true. Even as Malaysians are so terminally disenchanted with BN that the prime minister is reduced to literally begging for another term in office to “reform”, the snouts of regime members and cronies are still in the proverbial trough.

Umno and MCA are still claiming that parcels of land in Selangor acquired during BN rule of the state at RM1 per square foot have been used for kindergartens and public halls, despite the opposition uncovering so far the fact that one been developed for condominiums, another for an MCA divisional headquarters building, and a third for a hawker centre. (more…)

December 9, 2012

Carpets, mattresses and dirty linen

Mariam Mokhtar

Carpet trader Deepak Jaikishan and ex-IGP Musa Hassan have stirred up more political controversies. The question on everyone’s lips is, “Why are they singing now?”

Former inspector general of police Musa Hassan claimed that he was unsuccessful in his efforts to alert his superiors, the Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and the Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein to the problems in the police force. (more…)

KUNG FU INFIGHTING overtakes Umno: Sabotage now the main task, money the raison d’etre

KUNG FU INFIGHTING overtakes Umno: Sabotage now the main task, money the raison d'etre

Nawawi Mohamad, Wong Choon Mei

There’s a set of lyrics (reproduced below) making the rounds that reflect the undercurrents dominating the recently-held UMNO congress although Prime Minister Najib Razak and other party leaders have insisted the annual meet showed a more united spirit than in 2008 when UMNO was led by Abdullah Badawi.

But even in that claim of unity, what were Najib and former leader Mahathir Mohamad doing but to blame Badawi for UMNO’s worst electoral performance in the 2008 general election. (more…)

December 8, 2012

No power tariff hike if Pakatan rules

Syed Jaymal Zahiid

PKR says this can be achieved through contract renegotiation with the IPPs.

PKR promised today to slash power rates by throwing in a new deal with the independent power producers (IPPs) including reducing its profit which the opposition had described as “obscenely high”.

Wong Chen, the party’s investment and trade bureau head, said under the current contracts, the IPPs’ return of investments (ROIs) stood at a whopping 19% and a Pakatan Rakyat government would reduce it to 10%. (more…)

December 1, 2012

Years of living precariously in Malaysia

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Aliran – Mustafa K Anuar

Mustafa K Anuar comes up with a tongue-in-cheek take of some of the weird things happening in the country.

Wily foreign elements are fully aware that Malaysia desperately needs a submarine or two

Malaysians are living in the grip of fear, not necessarily because of the spike in crime. Perceived or otherwise. Nor is it necessarily because of the number of deaths on the road which has risen over the years.

And certainly not because of two jet engines — as well as large amounts of money — that have somehow flown out of the country. (more…)

November 29, 2012

Shahrizat: May 13 could repeat if Umno lost

Clara Chooi

The spectre of May 13 was raised once again today at the opening of the Wanita Umno general assembly here, as the wing’s leader Datuk Seri Shahrizat Abdul Jalil used the bloody racial clash to encourage delegates to work harder for Umno’s victory.

Shahrizat used the bloody racial clash to encourage delegates to work harder for Umno’s victory.

The politician warned told nearly 1,000 delegates at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC) here that a weak Umno would spread uneasiness among the Malay community and possibly invite the same racial conflict that caused the bloodshed during the 1969 tragedy.  (more…)

November 28, 2012

French lawyer: Najib, Razak Baginda ‘priority witnesses’

Kuek Ser Kuang Keng

She is representing human rights NGO Suaram in the probe by the French judiciary.Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his confidante Abdul Razak Baginda are the “priority witnesses” in the investigation of the Scorpene scandal, said French lawyer Apoline Cagnat.

Cagnat (left in photo) told a briefing for Malaysian parliamentarians today in Singapore that, of the seven witnesses submitted by Suaram and accepted by the French judiciary, Najib and Razak are the most important.

“I hope the judges manage to interrogate them,” she said. (more…)

DEEPAK BOMBSHELL: Wanita’s Raja Ropiaah ‘stole’ land while Najib’s family made ‘millions’

Wong Choon MeiDEEPAK BOMBSHELL: Wanita's Raja Ropiaah 'stole' land while Najib's family made 'millions'

It looks like Deepak Jaikishan, known for his close ties to Rosmah Mansor the wife of Prime Minister Najib Razak, is no longer so happy with the controversial first couple or their Umno party mates.

Deepak, a carpet trader who is branching out into bigger business, has accused Umno women’s wing leader Senator Raja Ropiaah Abdullah of ‘stealing’ land from his company Astacanggih Sdn Bhd and reselling a portion of it to a third party.

In his exposures to Malaysia Chronicle at an exclusive interview, Deepak also alleged that a member of Najib’s family had taken a ‘commission’ worth millions for Najib’s role in getting the land owned by the Ministry of Defense privatized to Raja Ropiaah in 2005 under a project called Puspahanas. (more…)

November 27, 2012

MORE SWEET WORDS from Najib & BN but will M’sian Hindus & Christians take the BAIT?

MORE SWEET WORDS from Najib & BN but will M'sian Hindus & Christians take the BAIT?

Joe Fernandez

Unelected Prime Minister Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, still stubbornly in a state of denial, has made the preposterous claim that change and reform, as the people have been clamouring for since 2008, are possible by returning the ruling Barisan National (BN) to power.

In short, there’s “no need to gamble away their future” by handing over Putrajaya to the Opposition. Better the known devil i.e. Umno/BN than the unknown Opposition Angel, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohd has echoed.

Najib of course has a vested interest in pushing this disingenuous line. (more…)

Is Pakatan really ready to govern?

CT Ali

If what Anwar has done in PKR and Pakatan is testimony to what he is capable of doing, then he is not acceptable to the Malays.

The thing with a general election is this: politicians stand in front of us minus their arrogance, minus their latest Mercedes, minus their mansion in their gated community, minus their secretaries, aides, friends and all the trappings that money can buy to humbly ask you for your votes.

And no matter who they are, in politics there will come that moment when doubt enters their mind and they will nervously ask themselves if maybe this will be the time when karma will hit them in the face. (more…)

November 20, 2012

‘Damn the dams’ or you’re out, Sarawak natives tell PM

Kow Gah Chie

Shouting their slogan “Damn the dams” in five languages and unfurling banners that read “stop Murum dam” and “Stop Baram dam”, the group started the 500 metre march at 10.30am from the Bukit Aman police headquarters.Some 30 indigenous people and members of various NGOs today marched in the rain to Parliament to demand Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak put a stop to plans by the Sarawak government to construct 12 mega dams in the state.

The march, aimed at submitting a memorandum to the prime minister, was organised by two NGOs – Damn the Dams action group and Save Sarawak’s Rivers Network (Save Rivers). (more…)

November 17, 2012

Police gang-rape: Licence for sex?

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Mariam Mokhtar

The people want policemen, who are accused of criminal behaviour, to be punished, but more often than not, justice is rarely seen.

The alleged gang-rape of an Indonesian woman by three Malaysian policemen in a police station has shocked the nation and many questions remain unanswered: Why did the other policemen on duty not intervene to prevent the act? If the policemen on duty were only made aware of the rape later, why did they not report it? Is rape commonly used as a form of intimidation by the police? How many other rapes which have been committed by policemen go unreported? Are police recruits not aware that the highest standards of behaviour are expected from them, at all times? (more…)

November 16, 2012

AFRAID OF SCORPENE LAWYER: Hisham refuses to clear Bourdon’s trip to brief Parliament

Maria Begum

There’s only a week to go but Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein has refused to give the green light for French lawyer William Bourdon to enter Malaysia where he is due to brief Members of Parliament on the latest in the Scorpenes corruption trial, in which Prime Minister Najib Razak has been heavily implicated.

“We fear the worst given the way the Najib administration has been attacking SUARAM and even banned non-MPs from accessing the Parliament press conference lobby. If there is no guilt, why not allow Bourdon to come in and brief us all. If Najib is innocent, there is no need to deport Bourdon or to shut up SUARAM. Instead, as PM, he should welcome the chance to clear his name for himself as well as for his country,” PKR MP for Batu Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle. (more…)

SAD TO SAY, Najib’s ‘nambikkai’ focused only on ballot box, his own survival

Filed under: Politics,PRU 13 Election — Hornbill Unleashed @ 12:00 AM
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Joe FernandezSAD TO SAY, Najib’s 'nambikkai' focused only on ballot box, his own survival

Prime Minister Najib Razak, in his Deepavali Day message, has again asked the Indian Nation in Malaysia – a people without territory in the Diaspora – to place Nambikkai (trust) in him. If he wants to be given the benefit of the doubt, there’s little indication that he deserves it.

This should not be about a man, a personality cult, but a system. Leaders come and go, but a system lives on, a people live on.

Indians, others as well, cannot continue to be held to ransom by whoever occupies the Prime Minister’s chair. (more…)

November 13, 2012

The Armed Forces in Umno quagmire

Filed under: Corruption,Human rights — Hornbill Unleashed @ 12:00 AM
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S Thayaparan

Military guys are rarely as smart as they think they are, and they’ve never gotten over the fact that civilians run the military.” – Maureen Dowd

The recent statement by Navy chief Abdul Aziz Jaafar as to the justification of the acquisition of the Scorpene submarines is further evidence that our armed forces is mired in the political quagmire that Umno finds itself in.

The controversial purchase, not to mention operational efficiency, of these submarines pales in comparison to the politicisation of our security apparatus, which has reached unprecedented depths unheard of in so-called functional democracies. (more…)

November 12, 2012

Making elections better

(From left) Mitt Romney, Barack Obama, Najib and Anwar (Romney and Obama pics source: Wiki commons)

Hwa Yue-Yi

“A LOT of people pick who to vote for the way they pick which sports team to support.” So said an American friend in a recent conversation about the US presidential elections.

Voters across the US go to the polls on 6 Nov 2012 unless Hurricane Sandy has delayed the holding of the elections. Malaysian voters will do the same within the next six months. In both countries, many would consider elections the hallmark of democracy. And most would say that democracy is a good thing – certainly Datuk Seri Najib Razak, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney do. (more…)

Remembering the 2007 Bersih rally

Selena Tay

Five years after the historic first Bersih rally on Nov 10, 2007, EC’s shenanigans and electoral fraud still continue to haunt us.

Five years ago, exactly on a Saturday on Nov 10, scenes of the first Bersih rally took to the streets in Kuala Lumpur. The most famous scene was the one featuring the FRU (Federal Reserve Unit) truck firing the water cannon beneath the STAR-LRT line to Sri Petaling.

The crowd then was estimated to be around 30,000 to 40,000. Who at that time would have thought that there would be two more Bersih rallies to follow? (more…)

November 10, 2012

I stand by my views, says letter writer

Steve Oh

The following in an open letter by Steve Oh, the man who penned the letter which is at the centre of a police investigation.


Dear Malaysiakini,

I am sorry to learn about the police visit to your office yesterday, not just one or two but 15 of them.

It lends credence to former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s idea of ‘a police state’. If not over my letter, I am sure the police will find another reason to visit your office. It is mind-boggling why so many were necessary and you must have run out of tea or coffee. (more…)

November 6, 2012

WMD – Weapons of Mass Distraction

Mariam Mokhtar

Royal Malaysian Navy (RMN) chief Admiral Abdul Aziz Jaafar claimed that the RM3.4 billion Scorpene submarines would give the navy more “muscle” and help prevent a repeat of the ‘1511 episode’; these are Umno’s latest Weapons of Mass Distraction (WMD).

Abdul Aziz’s remarks are a smokescreen intended to distract us from the growing scandal of the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Nazri Abdul Aziz, his son Nedim and the crony, Michael Chia.

The charges are serious; alleged money laundering, corruption, cover-ups by the police, judiciary, Bank Negara and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), as well as conflict of interest. (more…)

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