Hornbill Unleashed

April 26, 2013

Malaysia’s GE13 too close to call – former US ambassador

Malaysia's GE13 too close to call - former US ambassadorJohn Malott

Malaysia’s 13th General Elections on May 5 will be the most important — and the most hard-fought — in Malaysian history. The United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) and its coalition partners have ruled the nation since its independence in 1957. But now, for the first time in history, the Malaysian opposition is united and strong, and it believes it has a real chance of coming to power.

And also for the first time, UMNO, as well as those who have benefited politically and economically from their connections to the ruling party, fear that the voters might reject their party and the system that have governed the country continuously for over five decades. (more…)


March 22, 2013

Singapore denies claims it facilitates tax evasion

Today Online 

Screenshot of one of the scenes in the video clip where a lawyer made a claim that Singapore facilitates tax evasion in Malaysia.SINGAPORE, March 22 — The Singapore government has rubbished claims made in an online video about corrupt land deals in Sarawak, in which a lawyer alleged that the island facilitates tax evasion in Malaysia by withholding information requested by the Malaysian government.

In response to media queries, the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Ministry of Finance (MOF) said last night that the claims are “simply false”.

The denial came two days after the video by non-governmental organisation Global Witness, which was posted on YouTube on Monday, showed investigators posing as foreign investors interested in buying land in Sarawak as they recorded snippets of their conversations with Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri AbdulTaib Mahmud’s cousins and lawyers. (more…)

October 3, 2012

Petronas, Singapore’s Keppel in talks for Pengerang power plant


Pengerang residents take part in a protest against Petronas’s RAPID project, September 30, 2012.

State oil firm Petronas is negotiating with Singapore’s Keppel Corp for a gas-powered energy plant in Pengerang, Johor that may supply electricity to the island state, The Straits Times reported today.

According to the Singapore daily, Keppel may get a 30 per cent stake in the 1,200MW plant that will be part of Petronas’s Refinery and Petrochemicals Development (RAPID) project in Pengerang.

The deal will also be the first investment involving a Singapore firm in Malaysia’s domestically dominated power sector. (more…)

September 20, 2012

Singapore’s success a REAL WARNING to Malaysians, especially Sabahans & Sarawakians!

Daniel John JambunSpore’s success a REAL WARNING to M'sians, especially Sabahans & S'wakians!

The latest report which says that Singapore is the wealthiest nation in the world by GDP per capita, beating out Norway, the U.S., Hong Kong and Switzerland, has further embarrassed our own country, Malaysia, which is Singapore’s closest neighbour and economic rival.

This report is especially painful for Malaysia because we know Singapore started off as an island of fishing villages with no natural resources. It survived and prospered as an entrepot (a trading post where merchandise can be imported and exported without paying import duties), and imported raw materials for its needs, industries and exported processed products to the world.

It is still buying nearly everything from other countries, mainly Malaysia, including sand, water, oil, vegetable, fruits, to name just a few. (more…)

August 27, 2012

IMPACT OF BN’S ‘DEVIL’ POLITICS: M’sia most bankruptcies, S’pore world’s richest!

IMPACT OF BN'S 'DEVIL' POLITICS: M'sia most bankruptcies, S'pore world's richest!

Christopher Fernandez

About fifty years ago, the tiny island-state of Singapore was part and parcel of Malaysia, but has over the years emerged as a country with a per capita Gross Domestic Product of US$56,532 (RM175, 250) as of 2010, which measured by their purchasing power parity, has beaten Norway, the United States and Hong Kong to make Singaporeans the richest people on earth.

This “transformation” or “reformation” in Singapore from a squalid backwater compares in contrast with a 55-year mandate exclusively given to Barisan Nasional to develop Malaysia over a longer period with the nation nowhere being near to even be considered for developed status. (more…)

July 15, 2012

Crime statistics: Who cares?

Justin Santiago

The recent attempted attack on a high-profile target in a high-profile location — no less than Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the Prime Minister’s Office in Putrajaya — puts the debate on the perception that crime rates are rising in Malaysia to rest.

Forget about the statistics and who has got it right or wrong or whether they have been obfuscated or not. The plain fact of the matter — as the above reported incident has shown — is that criminals have become bolder and that even the prime minister had better look over his shoulder lest he becomes part of the statistics.

Crime is no longer confined to dark alleyways at odd hours of the night. It is increasingly happening in public places — car parks in malls have been a hot favourite recently — and in broad daylight. (more…)

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