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December 12, 2013

Making the rakyat pay

Selena Tay

The recent price hikes are just the beginning. Tolls, public transport fares, Quit Rent, sewerage and cooking gas too will go up soon enough.

No leader of a nation will trouble its citizens unless he himself is in trouble. And this seems to be the case with Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak for right now he is having trouble in servicing the nation’s national debt.

The solution however is very simple. He just needs to trouble the citizens by obtaining funds from them to service the debt and that is what he is doing now via subsidy cuts. (more…)

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December 10, 2013

Hamas leader meets Najib, Anwar to take a second crack at national reconciliation

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Anwar (left) meeting Meshaal at the office of the Palestinian Cultural Organisation in Kuala Lumpur on December 5. – The Malaysian Insider pic, December 9, 2013.Amin Iskandar

Anwar (left) meeting Meshaal at the office of the Palestinian Cultural Organisation in Kuala Lumpur on December 5. – The Malaysian Insider pic, December 9, 2013.On the sidelines of last week’s Umno general assembly, a senior Palestinian leader got Umno and Parti Keadilan Rakyat to meet secretly to revive reconciliation talks that started after the 13th General Election, we has learnt.

It was the second reconciliation talks after the May 5 polls since former Indonesian vice-president Jusuf Kalla, who are close to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, acted as an intermediary between both leaders. (more…)

December 9, 2013

Why not remove ministers and replace with Rosmah, says ex-NST chief editor

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LEE SHI-IAN

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should consider appointing his wife as Minister of Special Affairs as she seems to be adept at carrying out the duties of several ministers, said former New Straits Times group editor-in-chief Datuk A. Kadir Jasin (pic).

Kadir, in commenting on the recent Umno general assembly, said from the various reports on the event, the most popular topic was Najib’s public praise of his wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, for her “good deeds” to the country. (more…)

November 12, 2013

The world’s MOST FRUGAL first couple – Najib and Rosmah?

The world's MOST FRUGAL first couple - Najib and Rosmah? Malaysia Chronicle

Believe it or not, Prime Minister Najib Razak and wife Rosmah Mansor are among the most ‘frugal’ first couples in the world, according Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Shahidan Kassim.

“I believe our spending for the complex is among the lowest because of the frugal spending system we have in place there,” Shahidan told Parliament on Monday.

Sad to say, in the very next breath, Shahidan was forced to admit he had never made any “specific comparison” before arriving at such a ‘guesstimate.’ (more…)

‘Greedy’ Umno’s lopsided budget for Sarawak

Awang Abdillah

In 2014, Sarawak is expected to contribute over RM76 billion towards Petronas and the federal government’s coffers; in return Prime Minister Najib has offered RM2 billion.

The federal government has been operating on straight deficit budgets since 1998. The latest budget for 2014 as announced on Oct 25 is no different.

Throughout this period there has been no undertaking to adopt fiscal reforms to attain surplus budgets resulting in accumulative national debt to the tune of about RM520 billion as of end June 2013, as reported by the Finance Ministry. (more…)

Najib is worse than Mahathir… and that’s not yet including ROSMAH!

Najib is worse than Mahathir... and that's not yet including ROSMAH! Stephen Ng

It is said that hell broke loose whenever Dr Mahathir Mohamad could not get things done his way. People who knew him would testify to it.

A good example is when former prime minister, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was quoted in “The Awakening” describing Dr Mahathir as someone who “… believes his way is the only way. When I tried to do things differently, he believed that I was doing things wrongly. But that is Dr Mahathir.” (more…)

November 7, 2013

What’s happened to Putrajaya’s appeal, ask Mongolia and Altantuya’s dad

Altantuya's father Setev Shaariibuu wants a speedy end to the case involving his daughter's brutal murder as he has a RM100 million suit against Abdul Razak Baginda, and the government and the two others accused. - The Malaysian Insider pic, November 6, 2013.V. ANBALAGAN

Altantuya’s father Setev Shaariibuu wants a speedy end to the case involving his daughter’s brutal murder as he has a RM100 million suit against Abdul Razak Baginda, and the government and the two others accused. – The Malaysian Insider pic, November 6, 2013.Setev Shaariibuu, the father of murdered Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu, and the Mongolian government want to know what is happening to Putrajaya’s appeal against the acquittal of two former police commandos for killing her in 2006.

They noted that it has been more than two months since the acquittal of former chief inspector Azilah Hadri and corporal Sirul Azhar Umar, but there has only been silence from the Attorney General’s Chambers. (more…)

November 5, 2013

“Something’s very wrong” with PM Department’s RM20b “slush funds”

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PR lawmaker

The Prime Minister’s Department (PMD) has become “addicted” to discretionary funds, a DAP Member of Parliament said today, so much so the amount had touched RM20 billion in four years since 2011.

Describing it as having reached an “unprecedented stage”, Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong said the budgeted RM6.9 billion “near slush funds” now made up 15% of the country’s RM46 billion development budget for 2014, compared with only 0.3% in 2010.

“The overall development budget has dwindled over the years but PM’s ‘near slush funds’ have grown exponentially. (more…)

November 2, 2013

Malays are both the problem and solution

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Mariam Mokhtar

In order to have a deeper insight into Malaysian politics, one must first attempt to understand the Malay mind, or more importantly, the Umno Baru Malay mind. If the shutters are down, no progress will be made. If the blinds are half drawn, some development may take place, but if the curtains are fully open, much progress is promised. Until the Umno-Malay mind is liberated, everyone else, from ordinary Malays to non-Malays, will fumble around in the dark.

Despite their differences, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad were unanimous in blaming the Chinese for Barisan National’s (BN) poor performance in GE13. (more…)

Najib flip-flop In London, defends Allah ruling for security, harmony reasons

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Najib addresses the World Islamic Economic Forum in London on October 29, 2013. - Reuters file pic, November 1, 2013.

Najib addresses the World Islamic Economic Forum in London on October 29, 2013. – Reuters file pic, November 1, 2013.Once again, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has chosen to open up on a touchy subject in Malaysia while travelling abroad, defending the court ruling which effectively banned Christians here from using the word Allah.

He said that the curb against the Catholic weekly, Herald, using the word Allah was necessary to protect public security and national harmony, going as far to describe the Herald as a publication with wide circulation.

The Herald publishes 14,000 copies every week and all are sold within the confines of churches. (more…)

November 1, 2013

What the PM needs to do now

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105071-gstRanjit Singh

If there is a popularity poll conducted now, I believe that the ratings for Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib Tun Razak would be at its lowest ebb.

Prime ministers must sometimes make tough calls which would not be soothing for the masses but that’s the way it is.

President Obama’s Obamacare that governs healthcare spending in the US has not attracted much support but those in the domains of the power must sometimes make unpopular decisions. (more…)

Hidden story of Robert Kuok

忠政快讯

Recently, the government offended Robert Kuok, as a result, the Malaysian economy suffered great blow! After the official Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao’s visit to Malaysia, the Najib government now really understands Robert Kuok’s influence on China!

In order to benefit their cronies, they arm twist to swallow Robert Kuok’s sugar empire. The cronies get richer by 10s of billions, but it caused a national loss of more than 200 billion! Those who has insider info can only curse: PKHKC it!

Malaysia sugar king left forced to leave Malaysia, but became the world’s sugar king! He bought the world’s largest sugar mills in Australia, invested USD10 billion, It is the world’s largest sugar cane sugar refining industry, living up to the name of the world’s sugar king. (more…)

October 31, 2013

Budget and political risks

OKU-Budget-2014-300x202Lim Sue Goan

Our Prime Minister is known for his careful approach. But then why did he announce to abolish white sugar subsidies and the 6% GST from April 2015 in the 2014 Budget?

The Malays consume a lot of sugar, and for GST at a relatively high level of 6% instead of 3 or 4% will aggravate the financial burden of low to middle-income families. With the government having rejected the GST bill in 2009, why such a “bold” step this time?

I personally feel this could be attributed to three key factors:

1. The government has full confidence in the country’s unique “subsidy rationalization.” (more…)

Budget 2014: What’s next?

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Raja Ahmad Shahrir

  • Are we to just sit back and go back to business as usual, with the frame of mind that all these plans tabled last Friday will bolster the economy as it said it would?
As expected, Budget 2014 included the GST implementation, reduction of subsidy (one item now but more in the near future), and allocations to boost the economy, all within the Prime Minister’s “five thrust” framework, with the hope of improving the fiscal deficit.

From a planning perspective, I believe that the budget contains steps needed to grow and enhance the economy through the development of basic infrastructure, enhancing human capital development by focusing on the right sets of skills and knowledge, boosting economic activity to increase domestic and foreign investments and restructuring the tax system to enhance revenue. However, this is the same general view, year in, year out. (more…)

October 30, 2013

Allah issues: Taib turns table on Najib

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Herald AllahMohd Ariff Sabri Aziz

  • Unlike any other Chief Minister or Menteri Besar, Taib Mahmud has the mental disposition to disassociate himself and his party PBB from Umno’s machinations.
Umno president Najib Tun Razak and his brand of politics has no place in Sarawak and the Chief Minister made that pretty clear recently.

Although Taib Mahmud invited Najib to officiate the Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) congress assembly recently, he didn’t waste any time in giving Najib a few lessons in mature politics. (more…)

October 29, 2013

Improving budget management: Our obssession with the 55% debt ceiling

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BankruptcyNextExit_medSakmongkol AK47

MPs were supplied with voluminous documents relating to the state of the economy. We were ploughing through the documents to analyse the management of the economy while Najib drone on waxing lyrical, poetic and at times, waxing sarcastic over his thematic budget. 2014 has another theme. The theme of the 2014 budget is ‘Strengthening economic resilience, accelerating transformation and fulfilling promises’. If that makes him happy, so be it. Giving an artful theme to the budget does not make it a better budget. The devil is in the details.

But where is the promise of giving RM1200 BR1M which he sold the voting public in last May’s elections? Where is the promise to narrow the gap between the rich and the poor? (more…)

October 28, 2013

‘Detention of The Herald shows assurance ignored’

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Dukau Papau

The detention of 2,000 copies of the Roman Church’s publicationThe Herald last Friday at the Kota Kinabalu Airport by the Home Affairs Ministry has shown that the ministry’s officials have ignored Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s assurance that the world ‘Allah’ can be used in Sabah and Sarawak, said Baru Bian, chairperson of Sarawak Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR).

“The prime minister’s assurance does not hold water as proved by the detention of these copies of The Herald.

“Najib and his cabinet ministers were only intensely trying to mislead and pacify Sabahans and Sarawakians by saying that the ban does not apply to Sabah and Sarawak,” said Baru (right), who is the Ba’Kelalan assemblyperson. (more…)

October 25, 2013

Will Najib show his gratitude to Borneo?

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FMT Staff

Last year’s budget announcement was a painful revelation of what the federal leaders thought about Borneo. Will this year be different?

Hours away from the Budget 2014 announcement, there is continued skepticism and wonder over how grateful Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak will be to Sabah and Sarawak.

Random checks with grassroots leaders from both sides of the political fence drew guarded views and outright skepticism.

Enthusiasm in Sabah and Sarawak is running at an all time low mostly due to Najib’s (mis)handling of the Allah issue and his refusal to censor Umno lackeys and ‘ultras’ and his policy inconsistencies. (more…)

Najib’s Budget 2014 acid test

Bridget Welsh

Malaysia’s Budget 2014 represents the most important economic policy initiative of Najib Razak’s premiership. After scraping through GE13 and deal-making his way to an unchallenged presidency of Umno, there are no immediate political obstacles undermining his ability to implement the economic reforms he has repeatedly promised investors and international financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund.

Najib has gone on record to claim that he will reduce government debt, tighten spending and make the Malaysian economy more competitive. International watchers were initially bought over by all the different acronyms coined by the government, such as the ETP (Economic Transformation Programme). (more…)

October 23, 2013

PM: Christians in Sabah, Sarawak can use ‘Allah’

FMT

Prime Minister Najib says Christians in Sabah and Sarawak are not affected by the Court of Appeal ruling on the ‘Allah’ term.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak said the Appeals Court’s decision on the use of the word Allah does not affect Christians in Sabah and Sarawak.

Najib said the contents in the 10-Point Agreement decided by the federal cabinet on the matter would be maintained for the two states.

“…recently when the Appeals Court made its decision on the use of the word Allah, it did not at all touch on the practices of Christians in Sabah and Sarawak, in fact the 10-Point Agreement is still being maintained,” he said. (more…)

October 22, 2013

Najib ‘unclear’ on nation’s direction, opined experts

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APF

Though the PM is seen to be in control, the reality may not be reflective as he is under pressure to reform Malaysian economy

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak strengthened his hand in ruling-party elections but analysts said questions remain over his stop-start plans to reform Southeast Asia’s third-largest economy amid resistance from conservatives.

Najib was unopposed as president of the long-ruling United Malays National Organisation (Umno) in the party’s polls, the final results of which were tallied late Saturday. (more…)

October 6, 2013

Fighting corruption: The stark reality

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FMT

Let’s get our cheerleaders and start patting our backs for coming within the tops for corruption, again.

It is sheer nonsensical and incomprehensible when the public rattles in anger the moment issues surrounding corruption brew up. But,why the whining and complaints when we have re-elected the crooked government back into power during the May election? We could have booted out the corrupt with a cross but decided to keep the garbage with continuous power to rule and now suffer the consequences. The argument is neither speculative, nor a bedtime fiction but stark reality that is razor sharp hurtful.

The Auditor-General’s Report has annually stripped naked the BN government in revealing how hard- earned tax payers monies are spent in manner that borders vulgarity. The income taxmen will not wink an eye to persecute and prosecute any individual or company even for a sen; and literally beat the devils out of you if one cannot justify his personal accounts. With the current tax system, the liability falls squarely on the shoulders of the payee and there is no two ways about it. (more…)

September 11, 2013

ACCORDING TO SCRIPT: Accept acquittal of Najib’s bodyguards from Altantuya murder – IGP

ACCORDING TO SCRIPT: Accept acquittal of Najib's bodyguards from Altantuya murder - IGP Malaysia Chronicle

It looks like the Altantuya murder script that the Malaysian Opposition has been warning against is starting to unfold according to plan.

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar has called on the country to accept the decision of the Appeals Court to acquit the two former bodyguards of Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor from murder charges.

“I think it is not necessary. Why should we conduct a new investigation?” Malaysiakini reported Khalid as saying at a press conference today. (more…)

August 27, 2013

To find Altantuya killers : no endless possibilities at all!

Nawawi Mohamad, Stan Lee

Although the Appeals Court judges did not give many details for their decision to acquit the Altantuya killers except to say that there had been serious misdirection by the lower court, there is little doubt the most glaring flaw was why did they fail to order a retrial, and instead so ‘kindly’ dished out an acquittal – which would mean the killers can never be charged again for the same crime?

This is why apart from the public outcry, there is a lot of unease in the legal fraternity. To almost everyone in the country, it is like the powers that be are trying to shield Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor.

And to add salt to the country’s wound, these ruthless ‘invisible hands’ are once again using the nation’s court system to get themselves and their cronies out of a sticky situation. It is beyond shocking, how could they? (more…)

Altantuya changed everything

CT Ali

Why, you may ask, has this Razak Baginda-Altantuya affair not brought down Najib and caused the downfall of the Umno-led BN government?

Watergate resulted in the resignation of an American president and the indictment, trial, conviction and incarceration of a number of Nixon’s top administration officials. No sex, no corruption, no cronyism, no murder, no national security issues…just Nixon lying to the American people!

The Profumo Affair forced the resignation of Britain’s War Minister and ended 13 years of unbroken Conservative government rule. This was a tale of how the rich, famous and powerful indulged in sex, with suicide, intrigue and espionage thrown in for good measure. (more…)

August 26, 2013

Altantuya’s murder: Endless possibilities

1185637_10151589179036560_1923316937_nAnisah Shukry

The cast of this murder mystery – including the prime minister himself – are not yet off the hook, pending appeals and a civil suit that promises more answers.

An exotic model murdered by explosives. A prime minister linked by the court of public opinion. A jilted lover living in exile. And a shady, multi-multibillion ringgit deal between two countries.

They sound like tropes Sydney Sheldon would dream up of  – the perfect ingredients for a cheesy mystery-cum-romance novel one could breeze through on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

But there is no ending for this mystery; on the contrary, the saga has taken on a new twist with the acquittal of Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar – two men who were originally convicted of her murder, but who now walk free. (more…)

Altantuya murder: Public inquiry needed

 Kua Kia Soong

There have been too many inconsistencies in the Altantuya case which warrant truthful answers.

Nothing short of a full public inquiry into the Altantuya murder and the motive for her murder will do.

The acquittal of the two former bodyguards of then defence minister Najib Tun Razak by the Appeal Court is the ultimate in the farce that has typified the Altantuya murder trial since 2006.

The prosecution of the case has been disgraceful from the start, with the failure to establish the motive for Altantuya’s murder the most questionable of all. (more…)

August 21, 2013

Cops face another big day in Altantuya murder, Friday

AltantuyaRITA JONG

The Court of Appeal on Friday will deliver its ruling on the appeal of two former police commandos who were convicted for the murder of Mongolian model and translator Altantuya Shaariibuu in 2006.

Counsel Datuk Hazman Ahmad, who is representing former chief inspector Azilah Hadri, told The Malaysian Insider today that he was informed by the court of appeal registrar about the judgement date.

Azilah was jointly charged and convicted with Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar by the High Court in Shah Alam in 2009 for murdering Altantuya, 28, at a forest reserve in Shah Alam in October, 2006.

Both were then with the Bukit Aman Special Action Squad and were in Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s security team. Najib was then the deputy prime minister and defence minister. (more…)

June 26, 2013

No Najib link to Altantuya’s murder ?

Hafiz Yatim

The prosecution in the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder conviction appeal argued in court today that there was nothing to link then deputy prime minister Najib Abdul Razak to the death of the Mongolian woman.

This is because the first accused, Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, had admitted in his defence testimony that “what he did was on his own”, deputy solicitor-general III Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah told the Court of Appeal.

Tun Abdul Majid (left), the number five in the Attorney-General’s Chambers, admitted that political analyst Abdul Razak Baginda, who was acquitted of abetting in the murder, knew Najib. (more…)

June 17, 2013

Transformation plans encounter obstacles

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Lim Sue Goan

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has insisted to continue his transformation plans after the general election. However, lingering racism and racial politics have made progress difficult for the National Transformation Plan.

National transformation requires talents, foreign investment and technology. However, racial clamour has turned down these conditions, making Najib’s efforts less effective.

There are respective plans to retain talents in the public and private spheres. To retain talents in the public sector, college or university students and graduates are encouraged to participate in various governmental departments’ internship programmes to attract more freshmen into the government. (more…)

June 13, 2013

Under pressure, Najib to dump all five aides who lost GE13 contest

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TMI

The move signals Najib’s seeming resolve to clear out the Umno “war room” that has come in for criticism following Election 2013.

All five political aides to Datuk Seri Najib Razak will be dropped from office for purportedly putting their interests above the prime minister’s in what is seen as a move to axe the deadwood weighing down his office ahead of Umno elections this year, Barisan Nasional (BN) sources have told The Malaysian Insider.

Handpicked to run in the May 5 polls, Datuk Latt Shariman Abdullah, Datuk Shahlan Ismail, Datuk Mohd Shafei Abdullah, Datuk Mohamad Fatmi Che Salleh and Datuk Mohamed Suffian Awang have come under attack from Umno bloggers and pro-establishment critics following their embarrassing defeat in the 13th general election. (more…)

May 3, 2013

Vote for justice, says Altantuya’s dad

RK Anand 

Setev Shaariibuu is still looking for closure. And he urges Malaysians to vote for justice on polling day, which falls on the eve of his daughter’s birthday.

Seven years have passed since the gruesome murder that sent shockwaves throughout the nation. But it continues to haunt the political arena.

The life of a beautiful, young woman had been tragically robbed. She was shot, and her remains blown up with explosives.

Despite his repeated denials, there are those who still believe that the blood trail leads right up to Najib Tun Razak’s doorstep. (more…)

April 25, 2013

Anatomy of a political strategy

Zefry Dahalan

Has Najib erred in his insistence on fielding ‘winnable’ candidates?

Umno president Najib Tun Razak began talking about fielding “winnable candidates” as early as 2010.

The mood in Umno then was to blame Najib’s predecessor, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, for Umno’s dramatic losses in the 12th general election. Many said he blundered in his choice of candidates by accepting the proposals of the state Umno chiefs instead of listening to the grassroots.

In most cases, the state Umno chiefs were also the chief executives of their states. It was said that at least in Selangor, Kedah, Perak and Negeri Sembilan, the state chiefs proposed only their loyalists, sidelining potential candidates who were popular at the grassroots. (more…)

March 29, 2013

The never-ending guessing game

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Jeswan Kaur

The election guessing game is wearing everyone out but Najib continues with his nonchalant stance.

A nation’s election is a litmus test that reveals the aptitude of politicians; but for Malaysia, elections have become a ground for politicians to make false promises, cheat and engage in corrupt acts.

Not only that, Malaysia might just be the one and only nation where politicians treat elections like a circus, hopping onto different bandwagons as and when timing dictates.

It is also in Malaysia that politicians dastardly underestimate the rakyat, treating voters at their whims and fancies. (more…)

March 28, 2013

GE13: What’s at stake for Malaysia?

Nile Bowie

Whoever takes Putrajaya must defend the interests of the people and enhance their happiness and economic well being.

Malaysians of all walks of life will soon go to the polls to take part in an election, the outcome of which will have long-ranging implications that could see significant changes in how the country is governed.

The incumbent leader, Najib Tun Razak, is campaigning for his first mandate at the polls, and his government has legitimised itself through its growth-promoting management of the economy and a series of populist measures aimed at lifting the burden on the poor. (more…)

March 27, 2013

Najib throws more election goodies

Anisah Shukry

The prime minister announces four changes to the 40,000 staff of seven statutory bodies ahead of the polls.

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak today announced sweeping benefits for the 40,000 staff of seven government statutory bodies, ahead of the general election which must be held within weeks.

The benefits to be given to LTAT (Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera), LHDN (Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri), EPF (Employees Provident Fund), Tabung Haji, Perkeso, Perhebat (Armed Forces Veteran Affairs Corporation), and Bank Simpanan Nasional are: (more…)

Nazri: BN not jittery about Election 2013

TMI

The Barisan Nasional (BN) still has a month before its mandate expires and wants to complete its duty to help the people, minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz said today as he scoffed at claims the ruling coalition had yet to call national polls because it had cold feet.

Delay over Parliament’s dissolution has prompted speculation that the BN is not ready to face a stronger opposition at the 13th general elections, where according to some political observers, it could lose federal power for the first time since Independence in 1969. (more…)

March 25, 2013

Altantuya chapter closed with Bala’s death?

Jeswan Kaur

Does PI Bala’s untimely death also put an end to the battle for truth to be revealed? Does his passing close the Altantuya murder ghastly chapter for Najib and Rosmah?

The country’s sixth prime minister has blood on his hands; yet Najib Tun Razak did not even once consider the aftermath of his actions and continues to rape the laws of this nation.

From allegations that he was involved in the murder of Mongolian native Altantuya Shaariibuu to the  startling revelation by seasoned lawyer Cecil Abraham (through another lawyer) that Najib had directed him to prepare another version of the statutory declaration that absolved the premier from having anything to do with Altantuya, the prime minister has to reconcile with the fact that the rakyat no longer wants a scheming leader to lead the country. (more…)

March 24, 2013

Is Malaysia’s electoral system ready for GE13

 Dr. Wolfgang Sachsenröder

With a possible, some say probable, watershed and regime change for Malaysia’s increasingly competitive political system in the pipeline, it is useful to look into the election system and its mechanisms.

The media, fascinated with personality clashes, campaign highlights and the outcome of elections, don’t look too often into details of the electoral law. And most voters don’t care much whether the ruling governments tweak the rules in their own favour, most often by changing the boundaries of precincts more or less unnoticed – the old, widespread, and popular gerrymandering. Malaysia is not alone here, but the discrepancies in the electoral size of constituencies in favour of Malay and against Chinese areas have been “adjusted” frequently and helped the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) to safeguard its dominance over the last decades. (more…)

Guessing game continues

S Retnanathan

The guessing game when Parliament would be dissolved continues and the latest hunch is on Monday (March 25).

The guessing game when Parliament would be dissolved, which began some nine months ago, continues with Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak not showing any indication when Parliament would be dissolved to pave way for the country’s 13th general election.

However, political observers and pundits, after failing to guess the right date of the dissolution of Parliament on numerous occasions, are now saying that the highest law-making body in the country would be dissolved on Monday. (more…)

March 23, 2013

Ahead of GE13, Najib goes direct to voters with ‘Action Kit’

JAHABAR SADIQ

The cover of the Action Kit explaining what can be found inside.

Taking a leaf from Barack Obama’s first US presidential campaign in 2008, Datuk Seri Najib Razak is appealing directly to first-time Malaysian voters with an “Action Kit” to help him win Election 2013.

Apart from the kit that contains a booklet, pen, collar pin and stickers, the prime minister’s personal blog is also being filled with video clips explaining Gross National Income (GNI), Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Gross Domestic Product (GDP) which have shown an increase since he took office in 2009.

Sources in Najib’s Barisan Nasional (BN) say some 3.3 million first-time voters will be key to the ruling coalition’s performance in the country’s 13th general election. (more…)

March 22, 2013

Najib’s election gamble

TAY TIAN YAN

So, rumours spread around that the Parliament would be dissolved today.

A check on the PM’s schedule reveals that BN component parties will meet on this day to discuss election manifesto, and by logic the Parliament will not be dissolved before the manifesto is passed.

Could it be Today then?

Possible, but Najib will go to Pekan for a campaign event on Saturday, together with a fund-raising event for the Kuantan independent Chinese high school.

How about next Monday? Very likely, as the Negeri Sembilan state assembly will have to be dissolved automatically the following day. (more…)

‘Feet-dragging Najib being unfair’

Hawkeye

The prime minister is being unfair to the people by keeping them on their toes with regard to the election date, says a PKR man.

GEORGE TOWN: Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is being unfair to the people if he continues to indulge in the guessing game on when the general election will be held, said a PKR official.

Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, who is the party’s communications director, said although it is the prerogative of the prime minister to decide when best to call the national election, Najib’s strategy is unfair to Malaysians as it shows he is selfish. (more…)

The truth serum behind Najib’s ETP

KPRU*, via e-mail

When Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak launched the Economic Transformation Programme (ETP) on Sept 21, 2010, it was done with the intention of keeping Malaysia on the right track to a high-income status nation by the year 2020.

In 2012, the ETP boasted that 72 out of the 131 EPPs launched surpassed its GNI target of RM830 billion and also its private investment target worth RM94 billion.

The ETP also boasts of its pool of acronyms; EPP, NKEA, SRI, SEDIA, IRDA, NCIA, RAPID, BOs, BLESS, and much more. And yet, your average Joe and Jane on the street not only does not fully understand the ETP, they seem to be left out from the fruits of the labour of the ETP. (more…)

When will Najib suspend Taib?

Najib has no excuse of even waiting for Taib's term to be due because Sarawak's last state elections were held as late as 2011 and if he's not suspended or removed, Taib may stay in power till 2016.Wong Chin Huat

Najib has no excuse of even waiting for Taib’s term to be due because Sarawak’s last state elections were held as late as 2011 and if he’s not suspended or removed, Taib may stay in power till 2016.

WITH the video evidence of Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud’s first cousins and well-connected lawyers involved in shady land deals, there is only one legitimate question to ask: When will PM Datuk Seri Najib Razak suspend Taib?
Taib can claim that he and his cousins are not close because their father, former chief minister Tun Abdul Rahman Yaakub, was once at war with him, or that the cousins were naughty in using his name, but no denial can negate two facts: one, such land deals (and tax evasion) are serious commercial crimes; two, Taib is implicated. (more…)

Najib must step down; he cannot function as PM any longer!

Aliran

Years of speculation as to who drafted private investigator P Balasubramaniam’s second statutory declaration dramatically came to a close on 16 March 2013 at the Bar Council’s 67th annuel general meeting when Bala’s lawyer, Americk Sidhu, revealed the identity of the person.

Najib must step down pending a probe

Years of speculation as to who drafted private investigator P Balasubramaniam’s second statutory declaration dramatically came to a close on 16 March 2013 at the Bar Council’s 67th annuel general meeting when Bala’s lawyer, Americk Sidhu, revealed the identity of the person. (more…)

March 21, 2013

SCORPENE-ALTANTUYA LINK? Phone call threat to splash acid on the face of SUARAM’s Nalini, staff

Stan LeeSCORPENE-ALTANTUYA LINK? Phone call threat to splash acid on the face of SUARAM's Nalini, staff

Malaysian NGO SUARAM has received a threat from an unknown person threatening to splash acid on the face of Executive Director, Nalini Elumalai.

“SUARAM is in fear of the safety of the staff and as such,” the NGO said in a statement.

It has called a press conference for this evening where it will reveal further details. The threat was made via a phone call received around 1.15pm.

SUARAM will lodge a police report  to safeguard its staff.

Scorpene and Altantuya connection (more…)

March 20, 2013

‘BN Pilihan Rakyat’ fails to sizzle

G Lavendran

After tucking into free meals of chicken and receiving ‘ang pow’ packets, half the crowd left the event before the arrival of PM Najib.

There was a sea of people at the Meru secondary school field in Kapar yesterday afternoon to attend the Barisan Nasional’s ‘Pilihan Rakyat’ gathering.

Busloads of them were ferried from throughout Selangor to the MIC organised event, and at one point the crowd was estimated to be about 50,000.

The highlight of the event was the speech of the Prime Minister but by the time Najib Tun Razak arrived, half of the crowd, having tucked in free KFC snack plates, deserted the field. (more…)

March 19, 2013

Umno’s seven deadly sins

Mariam Mokhtar

On a whirlwind visit to four areas in Kelantan, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak should have returned a triumphant man, having addressed a record turn-out of 50,000 people at the ‘Bekwoh (Gathering with the People)’ meet in Tanah Merah. Then he listed the “seven sins of the opposition”. Why the magnanimity? Why only seven sins?

In the early Christian world, the seven deadly vices or seven cardinal sins were used to teach the failings of man and his tendency to sin. The seven deadly sins are lust, gluttony, greed, sloth, wrath, envy and pride. (more…)

Najib presents BN’s report card in ‘State of the Union’ today

JAHABAR SADIQ

BN is banking on Najib to pull its candidates in the general election through, not the other way round.

In keeping with a presidential approach to politics, Datuk Seri Najib Razak will table his Barisan Nasional’s (BN) report card of initiatives and achievements in a “State of the Union” speech tomorrow night, say government officials.

His party officials and critics have pointed to Najib’s presidential-style campaign since taking office in 2009 as a key factor to get votes in BN’s Election 2013 campaign. The election is expected to be held within a month. (more…)

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