The Third Emergency

Democratic Action Party, which has been proven to Chinese Chauvinists and desires to wipe out the Special Malay Rights enshrined in the Federal Constitution and oppose any bills brought forth for the interest of the development of Malays and Islam, has slowly uncovered their wicked plan to gain control through the upcoming 14GE.

DAP is fielding two young Melayus amongst majority Chinese candidates for the Selangor State seats.

One of the, is a 30 years old Jamaliah Jamaluddin, who is a Majlis Bandaraya Petaling Jaya Councillor since 2006, She is also the grand daughter of a notorious leftist Angkatan Wanita Sedar (AWAS), who annexed into the Malayan Communist Party and eventually turned a ruthless terrorist.

Malaysiakini story:

Shamsiah Fakeh di mata Jamaliah

Jamaliah Jamaluddin  |  Diterbitkan  |  Dikemaskini

ULASAN | Saya, Jamaliah Jamaludin ingin mengucapkan terima kasih kepada pimpinan parti DAP ke atas kepercayaan dan keyakinan terhadap saya dan telah mengumumkan saya sebagai bakal calon kawasan DUN Bandar Utama, Selangor pada hari ini.

Saya berumur 29 tahun dan telah berkhidmat sebagai anggota Majlis Bandar Raya Petaling Jaya sejak tahun 2016.

Saya juga telah menyertai parti DAP sejak awal tahun 2016 kerana ia merupakan sebuah parti yang memperjuangkan hak dan kepentingan rakyat tanpa mengira bangsa, agama, jantina dan pendapatan.

Nenek saya adalah allahyarhamah Shamsiah Fakeh, seorang wirawati dan pejuang bangsa yang amat penting dalam sejarah kita.

Beliau adalah pemimpin AWAS, organisasi wanita pertama dalam sejarah Malaysia, dan beliau juga merupakan seorang pejuang kemerdekaan pada waktu Tanah Melayu dijajah oleh British.

“Sebenarnya aku bukanlah pemimpin wanita Parti Komunis Malaya atau seorang tokoh wanita yang terkemuka.

“Aku hanya seorang pejuang wanita yang berjuang melawan British untuk kemerdekaan tanah air dan untuk emansipasi (kebebasan) wanita.”

Ini adalah kata-kata nenek saya.

Nenek saya adalah idola saya.

Jikalau bukan apa yang nenek sentiasa ajarkan kepada saya tentang perjuangan, tentang Malaysia ini tanah milik kita semua, tidak kira apa jua kaum, bangsa, jantina, tentang berani dan betul, saya tidak akan mempunyai satu impian pada suatu hari, kita akan mempunyai satu kita akan mempunyai satu negara yang berpaksikan rakyat dan bukan kroni.

Pada masa penjajahan British, nenek saya tiada pilihan selain daripada menyertai dalam perjuangan dan peperangan.

Hari ini, saya berjuang atas prinsip menegakkan keadilan, mengukuhkan sistem demokrasi berparlimen dan menolak politik rasuah, perkauman dan ekstremisme.

Oleh itu, saya telah memilih berjuang bersama DAP dan Pakatan Harapan untuk Umno-BN yang telah merosakkan Malaysia sebagai sebuah negara kleptokrasi terkemuka antarabangsa.

Pimpinan DAP dan Pakatan Harapan telah memberi kepercayaan kepada saya untuk menyumbang dan berbakti kepada negara ini, sebagai seorang anak muda, seorang wanita, dan seorang cucu srikandi bangsa.

Saya akan meneruskan perjalanan saya, dan saya tidak akan berhenti sehingga impian saya dan impian semua rakyat Malaysia ini dibebaskan daripada cengkaman Umno dan BN dicapai.

Demi Malaysia baru yang lebih baik, demi masa depan Malaysia tercinta!


JAMALIAH JAMALUDDIN ialah bakal calon DAP dan Pakatan Harapan DUN Bandar Utama.

Tulisan ini tidak semestinya mencerminkan pendirian rasmi Malaysiakini.

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As DAP leaders under Supremo Generalissimo Lim Kit Siang more aggressive, provocative and insidious of stirring issues which include materials uttered which should be investigated under Seditious Act, the heat is coming up on the strategy of the ‘politics of hatred’.

So other streams of DAP Chauvinist Chinese leaders in the likes of Ng Koo Ham, Nga For Ming, Teresa Kok and ‘Superman’ Hew.

They play the role of protagonists, similar to run up of the IIIGE on 10 May 1969, where the Police blamed “Radical elements” incite the people of opposition ethnic groups to clash beginning of 13 May 1969.

The “Radical Elements” is believed to the leaders of Malayan Communist Party, infiltrating to the political parties and trade unions and sow the ‘politics of hatred’.

This is clear when the Second Emergency was started from June 1968 and their infiltration through civilian bodies were seamless, can be seen in the outcome of the tensions created and escalating which erupted as racial riots a year later.

 

The conflict may not come in the short term but as these DAP brainwashed Melayus started to seep through the Malaysian community especially the Melayus and the younger generation, they would start to slow incite their targets and ‘new converts’ to challenge the norms, conservative nature and manner how to go about life and stir things about.

Of course, then the more arrogant, rude and protagonist leaders would be more aggreesive to create the discomfort, distrust and eventually the strategy of ‘politics of hatred’ would be infuse seamlessly.

Then the more conservative majority would try to stand up against all the protagonist challenges, humiliation and escalated accusations. However, it would be too late as the tension between groups would be so high and thick.

Upon the unleash of conflict, the usual cries scripted as of “Majority oppressing the minority”, “Police state!” etc would be perpetuated if not escalated through global media.

It is highly probable that foreign powers, especially super power like United States would intervene with ‘armed forces ready to discharge the use of lethal force’, especially when their enterprises, interests and/or individuals being compromised not only by the tension conflict between groups but the emergence of terrorist cells such as DAESH in seizing the moment of chaos and creating hazards in the nation.

The Third Emergency when we know the nation is under the control by proxy of a superpower, establishing an associate state in the region for their interests.

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Published in: on April 22, 2018 at 23:00  Leave a Comment  

PM Najib: PNB’s 40 years success due to Government policies

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak said that on top of the effective management, Federal Government policies are some of the key success factors of Permodalan Nasional Berhad’s (PNB) 40 years success in the Minggu Saham Amanah Malaysia 2018 in Batu Pahat today.

“Polisi Pak Pandir Pembangkang”, he quipped on the Oppositions’ manifesto to rescind Goods Services Tax and re-introduce Sales and Services Tax it replaces.

“I saw on television the other day. If I am not mistaken, an accountant said there is no guarantee that prices of goods would reduce if GST is taken away”.

He also cautioned that the good fortune from the growth and expansion of PNB over the past forty years would end and start to decline, if the Opposition comes to power.

The Mole story from Bernama:

Investment in PNB will be affected if opposition comes to power

PM Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the launching of Malaysian Unit Trust Week at the Batu Pahat Stadium today.

PM Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the launching of Malaysian Unit Trust Week at the Batu Pahat Stadium today.

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BATU PAHAT, April 19 2018 : The people’s investment in Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) will be affected if the opposition were to wrest control of the government with their ‘Pak Pandir’ policy, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said.

The Prime Minister said based on the Ministry of Finance’s findings, the abolition of tolls, goods and services tax (GST) and the National Higher Education Fund Corporation, as promised in the opposition manifesto, would increase the national debt to RM1 trillion or 80 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) from 50.8 per cent.

“It will have a bad effect on Bursa Malaysia… the currency will be affected.. PNB will be affected.. unit trusts will be affected.

“Bursa (Malaysia) is getting stronger. This is a closely linked the farsighted economic management of the country. This is not a trivial matter to be politicised,” he said at the launch of the Malaysian Unit Trust Week at the Batu Pahat Stadium here today.

PNB is the country’s largest fund manager, managing funds worth RM200 billion through 13.4 million unit holders of various ASNB trust funds. – Bernama

Prime Minister Najib also announces on behalf of PNB that a RM700,000 contribution for.he haemodialisis unit at Batu Pahat Hospital.

The other announcement is PNB would be participating in building 5,000 affordable homes in Johor.

Published in: on April 19, 2018 at 15:00  Leave a Comment  

Again, where is the beef?

This alleged white collar crimes involving individuals named by deposed US Attorney Loretta Lynch announced with the intent to cause ‘shock and awe’ almost two years ago really have so far been proven baseless, since no one has been charged anywhere with any acts of crime.

Straits Times story:

Indonesia court rules yacht seizure in 1MDB case invalid

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JAKARTA – An Indonesian court on Tuesday (April 17) ruled that the seizure of a luxury yacht linked to a US investigation into scandal-ridden state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was invalid and without legal basis.

“We declare the confiscation by police as invalid and legally baseless,” Justice Ratmoho told the hearing at the South Jakarta District Court.

On Feb 28, Indonesian police in Bali confiscated the 92-metre, Cayman Islands-registered Equanimity yacht off Bali as part of a joint operation with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Mr Ratmoho said the seizure should have been carried out “under the reciprocal legal assistance framework as stipulated by the 2006 law, which gives the mandate to the law and human rights ministry,” and not the police.

The US Department of Justice had earlier alleged that the Equanimity, valued at US$250 million (S$328 million), was among assets purchased by Malaysian banker Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low, using funds siphoned from 1MDB.

The funds, believed to be more than US$4.5 billion, were laundered in several countries including the US. The department filed a civil case in June 2017 in a bid to recover the assets.

Mr Ratmoho also said there has been no court ruling that the owner of the yacht committed a crime. “(If) there is no (proven) crime, there should not be any confiscation,” he said.

The US court documents say that Mr Low, an associate of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, had no formal role at 1MDB, but had considerable decision-making influence.

But in early March, Malaysia’s national police chief Mohamad Fuzi Harun, citing an on-going investigation, said Mr Low never worked for 1MDB and he did not make any business decision for the company.

The Bali police had planned to hand over the confiscated yacht to the US authorities after the Feb 28 seizure, but the company claiming legal ownership of the yacht took the matter to court in Indonesia, citing legal flaws.

Mr Andi Simangunsong, a lawyer representing Equanimity Cayman Ltd, told reporters earlier this month (April) that the yacht was not linked to any criminal case in Indonesia, therefore the local police had no authority to seize the vessel.

He added that a reciprocal legal assistance arrangement between Indonesia and a foreign country is possible but it must go through the law and human rights ministry, not just through the police.

He argued that the handing over of the yacht to the US authorities by the police would constitute a breach of legal procedures.

1MDB’s woes have weighed down Datuk Seri Najib politically, following a July 2015 revelation that some US$700 million (S$922 million) allegedly linked to the state fund were deposited into his personal accounts.

Mr Najib has said the money was a political donation from Saudi royals. He has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the Malaysian authorities.

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/indonesia-court-rules-yacht-seizure-in-1mdb-case-invalida

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Unless proven with evidence, it is considered malicious slander and lies. 1MDB Chief Executive Officer Arul Kanda Kandasamy had been very consistent since he started talking to media about 1MDB about there is “No theft from 1MDB”.

Now, Arul opined that the Opposition is now having him on their sights and began shelling indiscriminately.

The Malaysia Kini story:

Arul Kanda: 1MDB roadshow prompted DAP to roll out ‘big bazooka’

Malaysiakini Team

16 Apr 2018, 10:28 am (Updated 16 Apr 2018, 11:40 am)

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INTERVIEW | In the run-up to the 14th general election, 1MDB chief executive Arul Kanda Kandasamy has been zipping around the country to explain issues plaguing the state fund, which is expected to be a key election issue.

In an interview with Malaysiakini, he revealed a long list of places where he had visited to conduct town hall meetings, which he believes had courted attention from the opposition.

This, Arul Kanda said, included the likes of DAP’s Tony Pua, whom he described as his “best friend.”

“Each time he speaks about 1MDB, he must mention Arul Kanda. I think the guy really loves me. But what’s interesting is also that DAP has recently rolled out a big bazooka, in terms of Lim Kit Siang, the supremo.

“So, to me, it shows that the opposition is genuinely worried and concerned at the fact that we’re going around sharing information and facts openly, having question-and-answer sessions and allowing anyone to attend.

“I think this has destabilised them and they realise they need to go one step above Tony Pua, and get Lim Kit Siang to come out and start attacking Arul Kanda to chip away at the credibility, because they are concerned that the message is now getting across,” he added.

Arul Kanda was referring to Lim (photo), who earlier this month accused him of peddling fake news about the 1MDB scandal.

This was after Arul Kanda told Indonesian magazine Tempo in an interview that he had no knowledge of businessperson Low Taek Jho’s relationship with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak or the latter’s stepson Riza Aziz.

“I was giving a truthful answer to which I had no knowledge of the facts and I refused to speculate. So, I don’t think you can fault me for that.”

Roadshows will go on

Lim had also challenged Arul Kanda to stand in GE14 on a “1MDB ticket” instead of going on a nationwide roadshow.

However, Arul Kanda said he intends to press on with the roadshows.

Asked if this was a form of campaigning on behalf of BN, he stressed that it was his duty to explain 1MDB’s position.

“What you have now are the investigations which frankly don’t involve us directly,” he said, in an apparent reference to the US Department of Justice probe, as well as investigations in several other jurisdictions.

“However, the opposition and the media are spinning these things to implicate the company and by extension, the Finance Ministry and government, to make them look bad.

“So, our role is to give the company’s perspective, the story of the events and to give facts. Then people can decide based on that,” Arul Kanda added.

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/420020

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Arul even explained about the assets and obligations of 1MDB, including the financial instruments involved.

The Malaysia Kini story:

The mysterious 1MDB ‘fund units’, three years on

Malaysiakini Team

16 Apr 2018, 10:07 am (Updated 16 Apr 2018, 5:34 pm)

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INTERVIEW | Arul Kanda Kandasamy was brought into 1MDB as its chief executive officer at a time of crisis, in early 2015, as debt collectors came knocking in.

At that time, 1MDB was also facing mounting pressure on the status of Brazen Sky Ltd’s US$2.33 billion “units” investment in a Cayman Islands-registered fund. Brazen Sky is a subsidiary of 1MDB.

This was Arul Kanda’s first order of business when he declared, a week after his appointment, that the 2012 Cayman Islands investment had been fully redeemed.

“1MDB hopes that the redemption of these funds, in full, draws a line under this matter,” he said in a statement on Jan 13, 2015.

But to date, a line could not be drawn as the investment in Bridge Global Absolute Return Fund SPC, the Cayman Islands-registered fund, was never fully redeemed.

Malaysiakini, in a recent interview with Arul Kanda, grilled him about the status of the “fund units”.

When Arul declared the Brazen Sky “fund units” were fully redeemed at the beginning of his tenure, US$1.39 billion was supposedly in cash and immediately expended while the remaining US$940 million in units was meant for a sale to Aabar Investments PJS Limited (Aabar BVI).

It caused a stir when caretaker prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, who is also caretaker finance minister, claimed the remaining amount was also redeemed “in cash” but the Finance Ministry was later forced to clarify, two months later, that it was still in “fund units”.

Arul Kanda later took the rap, claiming that he thought the redemption was fully in cash as he was unaware of the planned sale of a portion of the fund units, which was inked before his appointment.

The sale of the remaining US$940 million Brazen Sky “fund units” to Aabar BVI never took place.

The standard explanation, and reiterated by Arul during the interview, was that the planned sale was “superseded” by the binding term sheet with the International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) on May 27, 2015.

This 2015 “white knight” deal saw IPIC providing 1MDB with a US$1 billion advance and assuming responsibility on the principal and interest payment of US$3.5 billion in 1MDB’s bonds in exchange for an asset swap which included the Brazen Sky “fund units.”

But even this did not go through as the deal eventually fell apart and both 1MDB and IPIC went to arbitration and later, a settlement.

So, three years after Arul Kanda declared the Brazen Sky “fund units” were fully redeemed, what has happened to the remaining US$940 million?

Highly intelligent and polished in his oratory skill from his debating days, Arul Kanda had a set explanation for every question hurled at him and rarely deviates from them.

He was initially coy about the remaining “fund units” but after repeated grilling, he acknowledged that they remain unredeemed. Below is a transcript of that conversation, which has been edited for brevity, grammar and accuracy.

Malaysiakini: In terms of the Brazen Sky units, ultimately you redeemed a part of it. What’s the status of the remaining US$940 million? Was it fully redeemed?

Arul Kanda: So in terms of the fund units that I told you, we have a rationalisation plan, and the plan required us to monetise our assets, over time, to meet our obligations. So there is an ongoing process and you have seen 1MDB has met every single interest payment under the remaining debt, so we have a process under which we have progressively monetised our assets as a whole.

Malaysiakini: But with regard to the US$940 million, has it been drawn down to pay for something or is it still US$940 million (in fund units)?

Arul Kanda: We have partially monetised some of the fund investment.

Malaysiakini: Brazen Sky, specifically?

Arul Kanda: Well, I can speak in general terms, right? We have partially monetised, but as I told you, we have a programme and we will utilise what is most efficient for the company and in terms of meeting our immediate requirements.

Malaysiakini: So, are you not willing to answer in terms of what happened to those units?

Arul Kanda: No, I am not saying that.

Malaysiakini: I mean you answered in very general terms but we asked you a very specific question.

Arul Kanda: I am saying in general terms because… you are welcomed to ask whatever questions you want, guys, this is an open scenario… and equally, I can give you the answer, right?

You have to bear in mind, we have commercial considerations and we have also confidentiality considerations. Remember, we signed the settlement agreement with IPIC, the settlement agreement covered a lot of things.

But frankly, we have constraints on what we can say and what we can’t say. So ultimately, I would love to answer your question, but there are commercial considerations and confidentiality considerations.

Malaysiakini: Are you suggesting that what happened to those (Brazen Sky) units is confidential? I think you have a duty to somehow give an explanation to Malaysians what exactly happened to those units.

Arul Kanda: Well, as I told you, there is a rationalisation plan and from the company’s perspective, it will be used the in the most efficient way to monetise its assets, over time, in order to pay the debt – that’s our responsibility.

Malaysiakini: Forgive us for harping on the remainder of the fund units. The reason why we are actually on this is simply because a couple of days after you took on the job, you told the Malaysian people that this has been fully redeemed. As you stated, there was some confusion about the fund units and it was later superseded by the IPIC binding term sheet. So, to date, more than three years since you made the public statement and told Malaysians that this has been disposed of, it still seems to be there. So we would like you, if you could, to explain what is the status.

Arul Kanda: Well, we have been very open about how we are meeting our debt obligations. So if you look at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report, there is very detailed set of cash flow, if you look at the various ceramah sessions I have done over a few years, particularly over the last two months, we always said first we needed cash for the operation of the company and pay back short-term debts. As a result, we sold Edra, then we have the real estate Bandar Malaysia, Tun Razak Exchange, Air Hitam (land)…

Malaysiakini: I’m sorry… you just said…

Arul Kanda: You keep asking the same question, you have to let me answer. So how and what is monetised over time is a function of what is the most efficient for the company to do. That’s the simple answer. So I can’t tell you today that I will monetise the units, or tomorrow I will monetise the lands or the day after I will monetise the other. At the point in time, what is most efficient for the company, that’s all we will do.

Malaysiakini: Will you, or will you not, go on record to explain the status of the remainder of the Brazen Sky units. If you are not willing, then we will move on.

Arul Kanda: As I said, the value is there, we are always open about it.

Malaysiakini: What’s the value?

Arul Kanda: US$2.5 billion. We are open about that.

Malaysiakini: That was before the earlier redemption, what’s the remaining amount?

Arul Kanda: We maintained US$2.5 billion as the value and as I told you, what we monetise – Edra, land, fund investment – it depends on the needs of the company and what is most efficient.

The total assets of the company today are RM43 billion – I have publicly stated that – they make up of the land value, the fund investment and also Aabar BVI deposits. That’s RM43 billion.

Malaysiakini: US$2.5 billion is Brazen Sky units?

Arul Kanda: No, no, approximate US$940 million is Brazen Sky. US$1.5 billion is 1MDB Global Investment Ltd (1MDB GIL).

Malaysiakini: So, meaning this US$2.5 billion is still available? Has it not been disposed of?

Arul Kanda: Yes, as I told you, we got a plan over time and we have multiple assets and we will utilise or monetise the assets as needed to meet the requirement. But if your question is what is the value of the company’s assets today, the value of the company’s assets today that we have publicly stated is RM43 billion. But remember, as I said, some of the assets have been transferred to the Finance Ministry, some are still on the balance sheet, you know.

Malaysiakini: So the US$2.5 billion is still available for 1MDB to use?

Arul Kanda: Of course, it is part of the rationalisation plan.

The DOJ version of events

For clarity, 1MDB had invested almost US$3.83 billion in “fund units”. This was US$2.33 billion by Brazen Sky and US$1.5 billion by 1MDB GIL. Both are 1MDB subsidiaries.

After previous redemptions in 2014, the remaining sum of the Brazen Sky investment stands at US$940 million and coupled with 1MDB GIL, now stands at close to US$2.5 billion.

The repeated delays in disposing of the “fund units”, which would, in theory, be more liquid than assets such as power plants and land, raise concern about the Department of Justice’s claim that they are “relatively worthless”.

Going by the DOJ court filings, the “fund units”, including the Brazen Sky investment, were a front for money that had already been misappropriated.

But if the “fund units” were worthless, how could 1MDB possibly redeem US$1.39 billion from the initial US$2.33 billion in the “fund units”?

The DOJ claimed this was achieved through a US$975 million Deutsche Bank loan which, through multiple intermediaries, was sent to Brazen Sky’s account. Brazen Sky then sent the money out again, and after passing through the same intermediaries, the money came back to it.

“The purpose of this unnecessarily complicated funds flow was to create the appearance that fund units in the Brazen Sky Account were being redeemed for cash and being paid forward to 1MDB, thereby fraudulently disguising the fact that the fund units were illiquid and relatively worthless,” the DOJ said in its filing.

But for Arul Kanda, the DOJ filings are unproven claims which have been sensationalised.

“I think there’s complete sensationalisation, right? How many times has the US attorney-general conducted a press conference with this huge supporting cast, just to say this lawsuit is being filed.

“And if you look at the content of the lawsuit, there’s a lot of info, which is actually not relevant to the genesis of the case, which is the attempt to seize certain asset from a certain named person. That’s one part of it.

“The second part of it, despite that razzmatazz press conference, very serious allegations were made but two years on, that civil lawsuit has still not gone to court.

“The DOJ itself has requested for a stay to be extended further recently. To me, that’s not in the interest of justice. I am speaking generally because of the case. As far as 1MDB is concerned, we are not involved in the case,” Arul Kanda said.

Likewise, he a pointed out that there was no admission of guilt in caretaker prime minister Najib Abdul Razak’s stepson Riza Aziz’s move to settle with the DOJ. The DOJ had implicated Riza as one of the beneficiaries of allegedly misappropriated 1MDB funds.

“Riza Aziz has entered into settlement agreement with DOJ, under which there is no admission of wrongdoing, no liability on him and the fact is the settlement cannot be used against him in any civil or criminal process

“So this DOJ lawsuit raises a lot more questions,” Arul Kanda said.

The settlement is specific to Red Granite Productions, a film production company co-owned by Riza. He has also been named in the forfeiture of other assets allegedly acquired using 1MDB-linked funds which remain unresolved.

Who is managing the units?

Meanwhile, Arul Kanda was not willing to reveal what entity is currently managing the so-called “fund units”.

Specifically asked about this twice during the interview, Arul Kanda said that the question was “not relevant” and stuck to his script that 1MDB’s various assets, including the US$2.5 billion worth in “units” would be monetised eventually.

“I think the more relevant question is what is the importance of the fund investment.

“If you look at the rationalisation plan, there three parts: Number 1 – The disposal of Edra in order to generate cash that was used to pay debt and manage our operations. Number 2 – the development and sale of land – TRX and Bandar Malaysia, etc.

“And finally, the monetisation of the fund unit investments. That’s US$2.5 billion between

1MDB GIL and Brazen Sky, it fluctuates, depending on the valuation, then US$3.5 billion deposit paid to Aabar BVI.

“Well again, we can go back and talk about this, frankly that’s not relevant, right? What is relevant is, can 1MDB, over time, monetise its assets in an efficient enough manner in order to meet its debt obligation?

“And the answer to that, as you have seen, we presented to the PAC and we explained to the people, this is assets that are available and this is our plan over time to pay,” he said.

It was previously reported that Bridge Partners Investments Management (Cayman) Ltd was the fund manager, However, it’s track record has been brought into question.

Arul Kanda told the PAC that BSI Bank, which is where Brazen Sky had its account, introduced the fund manager.

BSI Bank has since been shut down by authorities for serious regulatory oversight in relation to the 1MDB matter.

https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/420016

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The allegations without evidence includes Chairman of Opposition pack Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

The Fourth Prime Minister has heightened his attacks on Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak since over three years ago, with Jho Low being the top of the scapegoats to sow the strategy of ‘Politics of Hatred’.

He totally refused to accept the Public Accounts Committee report which was published and the testimony of Deputy PAC Chairman Dr Tang Seng Giaw, who is DAP MP for Kepong, that there is no evidence of Prime Minister Najib involvement in 1MDB woes.

Even former MITI Minister who is currently the Chairman of AirAsia X Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz took the opportunity to add salt to injury, by insinuating that not enough efforts done to recover assets allegedly stolen from 1MDB.

The Star story:

Rafidah Aziz: I managed to track down luxury yacht Equanimity in Phuket last year


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    Indonesian officials prepare to board the luxury yacht 'Equanimity', reportedly worth some 250 million USD and owned by Jho Low, a former unofficial adviser to the Malaysian fund 1MDB, at Benoa Bay in Bali on February 28, 2018 / AFP PHOTO

    Indonesian officials prepare to board the luxury yacht ‘Equanimity’, reportedly worth some 250 million USD and owned by Jho Low, a former unofficial adviser to the Malaysian fund 1MDB, at Benoa Bay in Bali on February 28, 2018 / AFP PHOTO

    PETALING JAYA: Fomer Cabinet minister Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz claims she managed to locate the luxury yacht “Equanimity” in waters off Phuket, Thailand last year.

    On her Facebook page on Sunday, Rafidah posted photos and videos that she took of the yacht, which has been linked to personalities surrounding 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

    One photo showed crew members on board the Equanimity as it sailed while another had the yacht’s tender (a smaller boat used to transport people and supplies between the yatch and shore) docked at the marina in Phuket at night with two people standing next to it.

    Rafidah said she managed to pinpoint the exact location of the Equanimity using the vessel’s automatic identification system while on a diving trip one year ago.

    image: https://content.thestar.com.my/smg/settag/name=lotame/tags=

    She said she was told that the tender was docked in Phuket that night as the owner was celebrating Valentine’s Day on shore with his guests.

    She added that a simple Internet search was able to reveal the owners of the yatch and quoted the ‘SuperYatchFan’ website, which named Low Taek Jho and his Hong-Kong based investment fund Jynwel Capital as the owner of the vessel, valued at US$250mil (RM974.5mil).

    On Thursday (March 1), Multimedia and Communication Minister Salleh Said Keruak released a statement saying that there is no tangible proof that the Equanimity is owned by Low, better known as Jho Low.

    Salleh Said’s statement came after Reuters reported that Indonesia had seized the Equanimity in Bali.

    It said that the yacht was being sought by the US Department of Justice as part of a multibillion-dollar corruption investigation linked to 1MDB.

    It also mentioned there were 34 crew members on board.

    Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/03/05/rafidah-says-tracked-down-yacht-in-phuket/#AmBITmC31S6sQeoo.99

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    It is quite easy to sum things up. Police investigation papers, no. Charge, no. Trial, no. Judgment, no. Sentence, no.

    Have some people been eating bisons and trying to pass them as beef?

     

Published in: on April 17, 2018 at 20:45  Comments (1)  

Battle for Johor

Johor is jewel prize for the storming army of evil darkness, to fight for and grab in the upcoming 14GE, only the Johoreans at large at not hoodwinked about the armies of lightning guised as the ‘Illuminati Eye’ would hv met their Waterloo

The much awaited Joceline Tan’s Sunday column:

Chinese dilemma in Johor

ANALYSIS

Sunday, 15 Apr 2018

by joceline tan

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A week is a long time in politics and what a week it has been in the politics of Johor – from the Crown Prince’s controversial statement on the politics of his state to the chaotic supermarket run on Wednesday night.

The Johor palace which has been closely watching the unfolding political developments seems to have stepped up its game. And it is a game where the royals set the rules and the rest of us watch on, not quite understanding how the game is played.

Although Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim or TMJ as he is known, said that his statement on Johor politics came from his heart, the perception was that he would not have acted without his father’s blessings.

All this has to be seen in the context of the image of the Sultan of Johor. His popularity is at an all time high, he has built up a reputation as the people’s Sultan and everywhere one turns in Johor Baru, there are billboards declaring, “Daulat Tuanku”.

Although the palace angst seems to be aimed squarely at Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, it affects the rest of Pakatan Harapan given that he is their Prime Minister nominee.

“The palace signal could not be clearer, it was like a sharp spear. How do you react to that?” said a DAP politician.

According to the DAP politician, it might impede the Malay momentum that Pakatan needs in Johor and it has complicated DAP’s push to win more seats and make inroads into the mixed seats.

“Even people who have warmed up to us, they will be asking themselves whether there will be a confrontation with the palace when it comes to appointing the MB,” he said.

But even without the palace factor, DAP had encountered problems in its grand design to wipe out MCA in Johor. The plan to move their big names to difficult seats in Johor and elsewhere has not been smooth.

The strategy was to pitch their big names against counterparts from MCA and Gerakan or what DAP leaders termed a contest of “king fight king”.

However, not many DAP big names were willing to risk it, with several of them indicating they will only move to seats where they can be assured of winning.

To date, only Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong has taken what is seen as a real plunge, venturing into Ayer Hitam to take on the MCA deputy president.

Ironically, the biggest fight may be in Perak rather than in Johor. Perak DAP chairman Nga Kor Ming is expected to take on Gerakan president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Keong in Teluk Intan. His star in the party will rise if he beats Mah.

Kulai MP Teo Nie Ching who raised the battle cry to wipe out MCA – she used the term “wei jiao” (annihilate) – has backed away from taking on MCA vice-president Datuk Chua Tee Yong in Labis.

She wants to remain in Kulai which she won by more than 13,000 votes in 2013.

Gobind Singh Deo, the son of the late Karpal Singh, is also reluctant to leave his Puchong seat. He was asked to consider Labis but after checking out the constituency, he decided against it.

The DAP leadership had also tried to make Skudai assemblyman Dr Boo Cheng Hau go to, first, Ayer Hitam and then Labis. Lim Kit Siang had personally met Dr Boo to persuade him but Dr Boo’s view is that the party should have given him more notice so that he could have carried out some political programmes instead of just parachuting in.

He has insisted on remaining in Skudai where he managed to maintain the people’s support despite being sidelined by the DAP leadership.

Dr Boo’s former protege Tan Hong Pin, who is Mengkibol assemblyman, recently posted an open letter on Facebook pressing Dr Boo to take a risk and make a sacrifice for the future of the party.

Tan said he was willing to give up his Mengkibol seat and go to Skudai. That upset Dr Boo’s supporters who slammed Tan for betraying the man who used to be his sifu.

The fact that Wong Tack is again contesting in Bentong against MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai suggests that DAP is unable to live up to its “king fight king” objective.

Wong was a sensation in 2013 when he projected himself as a passionate environmentalist before falling off the radar screen.

He cannot compare to what Liow has brought to Bentong and putting Wong against the MCA president makes the battle elsewhere less convincing.

There are several other reasons as to why the DAP offensive in Johor may have backfired.

The Chinese do not agree with the idea of wiping out MCA which has played a significant role in sorting out Chinese issues and providing the link between the government and SMEs and other businesses.

The community, especially the business sector and Chinese guilds and associations, have expressed concern about a move that will see “Chinese kill Chinese”.

But wasn’t that what the Chinese voters did to MCA and Gerakan in the 2013 general election?

The thing is that in 2013, Chinese voters were told that they were voting against Umno but the end result saw the Chinese almost wiping out MCA and Gerakan candidates.

This time, it was a direct pitch to finish off MCA and it did not go down well with community leaders, they do not support the strategy to wipe out MCA.

Some of them have asked why they should kill off Dr Wee who has championed Chinese education and spoken up on Chinese issues. They see him as a capable leader.

They feel that they are being asked to choose between “fish and bear’s paw” or “yu yu xiong zhang”, a classic Chinese saying denoting a difficult choice between two rare delicacies during China’s imperial era.

It is not like gambling, where you can bet on both Sports Toto and 4D at the same time.

Those critical of the strategy said it was conceived by an elite group in the party who did not brainstorm before deciding to implement it.

The plan was also viewed with suspicion by some who perceived it as a scheme to get rid of people who are not aligned to the powerful Lims.

The DAP offensive was also supposed to be complemented by its partners. DAP, said the above party politician, had hoped that big names like Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Nurul Izzah Anwar and Mohamed Sabu would move south to lend their clout.

As Pakatan’s Mentri Besar candidate, Muhyiddin ought to be taking on Datuk Seri Khaled Nordin in Kempas and Pasir Gudang. But the former Deputy Prime Minister is contesting in Pagoh as well as the Gambir state seat.

Mat Sabu has opted for a safe seat in Kota Raja, Selangor, while Nurul Izzah is eyeing a safe haven in either Permatang Pauh or Pandan.

The Malay partners failed to rise to the occasion and that is why it is difficult to convince people that a Malay tsunami is on the way. With DAP alone playing the strongman politics has also sent the wrong signal to the Malays in Johor.

Aiming to capture Johor was a high-stakes game and DAP seems to have under-estimated the distrust that the Malay rulers have for Dr Mahathir. It was quite a blow to be labelled a “fork-tongued individual”.

It is too late to back off.

“When you beat the war drum, you’ve got to charge ahead or else the urge to win will be deflated,” said the above DAP politician, borrowing from the ancient Chinese strategist Zhuge Liang.

Perhaps the most curious aspect of DAP’s “king fight king” strategy is that only the second liners are being sent to the battlefront, while the top guns are staying put in areas where even a banana tree would have won as a DAP candidate.

It gave the impression that the top leaders were not willing to do or die.

But those who have been studying Lim’s politics over the years think the Gelang Patah MP may have a surprise up his sleeves. They cannot believe that DAP’s most powerful figure will take the easy way out and remain in Gelang Patah which he won with a majority of more than 14,000 votes.

Speculation that he would risk it all in Johor Baru seems to have petered off. Some thought he would go to Bentong but that is now also out of the equation.

A new round of speculation has begun over where Lim will go. Will he stay put in Gelang Patah or will he head north?

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/analysis/2018/04/15/chinese-dilemma-in-johor-daps-grand-design-to-kill-off-mca-in-johor-is-not-going-as-smoothly-as-expe/#5BvePl64ee2ShtsR.99

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The mood in Johor now isn’t what it was in 13GE, ‘Ubah’.

Johoreans, who would be the receiving end by the 14GE, isn’t quite convince their agenda would looked after for than the invading armies of evil.

The past ten years, the transformation in Johor especially in the southern region has been tremendous. The state now boost that the fourth most wealthiest in the Federation.

The Iskandar Region area, RAPID in Penggerang and the expansion of Johor Bahru limits manifest the physical growth Johoreans saw and gotten benefit of.

As simple as the massive highway system all over southern Johor, opened up new residential, commercial and industrial developments. That comes with the mushrooming of hypermarkets, which trickles down more opportunities for the local.

Johor also is proud of the program to provide affordable housing, even within the Johor Bahru city limits.

Published in: on April 15, 2018 at 10:00  Leave a Comment  

30 years Fake News left uncorrected

An urban myth about Sultan Johor Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail, pertaining to being the cause of Private Adam Jaafar went amok thirty years ago was unravelled.

Malaysiakini story:

Adik Prebet Adam bela keluarga diraja Johor

Selepas lebih 30 tahun akhirnya ahli keluarga Prebet Adam yang dikaitkan dengan insiden membabitkan keluarga diraja Johor membuat pengakuan hari ini.

Kata adik bekas anggota tentera itu Hawa Jaafar abangnya itu bukannya meninggal dunia akibat dibunuh almarhum Sultan Johor, Sultan Iskandar Sultan Ismail.

“Adam mengamuk di Jalan Chow Kit pada 1987 kerana masalah di tempat kerja, bukannya kerana adik kami dibunuh almarhum sultan,” katanya seperti dipetik BH Online hari ini.

Nama Prebet Adam menjadi perhatian selepas dia mencuri selaras mesingan M-16 dan motosikal dari kem tentera di Ipoh dan menuju ke Kuala Lumpur.

Dia berusia 23 tahun ketika itu.

Dalam kejadian 17 Okt 1987 itu, Adam yang memiliki kemahiran sebagai penembak tepat tiba di Kuala Lumpur ketika keadaan politik sedang panas.

Dia kemudian mengamuk dengan melepaskan tembakan menggunakan M-16 menyebabkan seorang maut dan beberapa yang lain cedera.

Pada kaca di bilik hotel tempat Adam menginap sementara, ditemui mesej yang di tulis pada cerminnya: Malam sial untuk Adam. Misi: membunuh atau dibunuh.

Dia menyerah diri kepada dua jeneral tentera yang berunding dengannya pada petang 19 Okt.

Belanja RM3,000 sekepala

Insiden itu mencetuskan cakap-cakap yang tidak dibuktikan bahawa Adam berang kerana adiknya mati di tangan Sultan Iskandar.

Semalam pewaris takhta Johor, Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim – juga cucuanda kepada Sultan Iskandar – memberikan hadiah kepada sejumlah pengunjung pasar raya AEON di Tebrau City.

Tunku Ismail membelanjakan sejumlah RM1 juta – atau RM3,000 untuk satu kepala – buat pengunjung bertuah pasar raya berkenaan.

Hari ini pasar raya berkenaan ditutup sehingga notis lain dikeluarkan.

Perkembangan yang menggembirakan banyak pihak itu juga berlaku beberapa hari selepas Tunku Ismail membuat kenyataan mengecam pemimpin tertentu yang disifatkannya sebagai “lidah bercabang”.

Ia mendapat reaksi yang rencam daripada pelbagai pihak dan segera menghangatkan keadaan kerana ia berlaku selepas Parlimen Malaysia dibubarkan.

Hawa berkata semua adik-beradiknya masih hidup kecuali seorang yang meninggal dunia pada 1975. Itu pun – katanya yang ditemui media di George Town, Pulau Pinang – akibat kebakaran rumah.

“Saya minta maaf kepada keluarga Diraja Tunku Mahkota Johor (TMJ), Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim, kerana terpalit dengan fitnah yang membabitkan abang saya, Prebet Adam,” katanya dipetik BH Online.

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Private Adam’s family stepped forward to tell their side of the story believed to be inspired by Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim’s posting in the Southern Tigers Facebook, warning against “The man with forked tongue”.

Amongst many of Almarhum Sultan Iskandar’s, passion is the Armed Forces. He ascended as the eighth Seri Paduka Yang DiPertuan Agong on 26 April 1984 and assumed the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces.

He made it a point to visit Armed Forces on duty during Hari Raya Aidil Fitri holidays, be it at the borders or on warship patrolling the nation’s waters.

When he ascended the Johor Throne in 1981, he read Friday prayers sermon in mosques all over the state.

As the Yang DiPertuan Agong, he addressed the congregation after Aidil Fitri Hari Raya prayers.

Almarhum Sultan Iskandar was indeed a very kind and generous Ruler. He is a very caring Sultan too.

The noble trait is also manifested in his son, present Sultan Johor Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar and grandson, Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim.

It is good that we Malaysians be reminded of ‘Gurindam Dua Belas’.

GURINDAM DUA BELAS

karya: Raja Ali Haji

Satu

Ini Gurindam pasal yang pertama:

Barang siapa tiada memegang agama,
Sekali-kali tiada boleh dibilangkan nama.
Barang siapa mengenal yang empat,
Maka ia itulah orang yang ma’rifat
Barang siapa mengenal Allah,
Suruh dan tegahnya tiada ia menyalah.
Barang siapa mengenal diri,
Maka telah mengenal akan Tuhan yang bahri.
Barang siapa mengenal dunia,
Tahulah ia barang yang teperdaya.
Barang siapa mengenal akhirat,
Tahulah ia dunia mudarat.

Dua

Ini Gurindam pasal yang kedua:

Barang siapa mengenal yang tersebut,
Tahulah ia makna takut.
Barang siapa meninggalkan sembahyang,
Seperti rumah tiada bertiang.
Barang siapa meninggalkan puasa,
Tidaklah mendapat dua termasa.
Barang siapa meninggalkan zakat,
Tiadalah hartanya beroleh berkat.
Barang siapa meninggalkan haji,
Tiadalah ia menyempurnakan janji.

Tiga

Ini Gurindam pasal yang ketiga:

Apabila terpelihara mata,
Sedikitlah cita-cita.
Apabila terpelihara kuping,
Khabar yang jahat tiadaiah damping.
Apabila terpelihara lidah,
Niscaya dapat daripadanya paedah.
Bersungguh-sungguh engkau memeliharakan tangan,
Daripada segala berat dan ringan.
Apabila perut terlalu penuh,
Keluarlah fi’il yang tiada senonoh.
Anggota tengah hendaklah ingat,
Di situlah banyak orang yang hilang semangat
Hendaklah peliharakan kaki,
Daripada berjaian yang membawa rugi.

Empat

Ini Gurindam pasal yang keempat:

Hati itu kerajaan di daiam tubuh,
Jikalau zalim segala anggotapun rubuh.
Apabila dengki sudah bertanah,
Datanglah daripadanya beberapa anak panah.
Mengumpat dan memuji hendaklah pikir,
Di situlah banyak orang yang tergelincir.
Pekerjaan marah jangan dibela,
Nanti hilang akal di kepala.
Jika sedikitpun berbuat bohong,
Boleh diumpamakan mulutnya itu pekung.
Tanda orang yang amat celaka,
Aib dirinya tiada ia sangka.
Bakhil jangan diberi singgah,
Itulah perampok yang amat gagah.
Barang siapa yang sudah besar,
Janganlah kelakuannya membuat kasar.
Barang siapa perkataan kotor,
Mulutnya itu umpama ketor.
Di mana tahu salah diri,
Jika tidak orang lain yang berperi.

Lima

Ini Gurindam pasal yang kelima:

Jika hendak mengenai orang berbangsa,
Lihat kepada budi dan bahasa,
Jika hendak mengenal orang yang berbahagia,
Sangat memeliharakan yang sia-sia.
Jika hendak mengenal orang mulia,
Lihatlah kepada kelakuan dia.
Jika hendak mengenal orang yang berilmu,
Bertanya dan belajar tiadalah jemu.
Jika hendak mengenal orang yang berakal,
Di dalam dunia mengambil bekal.
Jika hendak mengenal orang yang baik perangai,
Lihat pada ketika bercampur dengan orang ramai.

Enam

Ini Gurindam pasal yang keenam:

Cahari olehmu akan sahabat,
Yang boleh dijadikan obat.
Cahari olehmu akan guru,
Yang boleh tahukan tiap seteru.
Cahari olehmu akan isteri,
Yang boleh dimenyerahkan diri.
Cahari olehmu akan kawan,
Pilih segala orang yang setiawan.
Cahari olehmu akan ‘abdi,
Yang ada baik sedikit budi,

Tujuh

Ini Gurindam pasal yang ketujuh:

Apabila banyak berkata-kata,
Di situlah jalan masuk dusta.
Apabila banyak berlebih-lebihan suka,
Itulah landa hampirkan duka.
Apabila kita kurang siasat,
Itulah tanda pekerjaan hendak sesat.
Apabila anak tidak dilatih,
Jika besar bapanya letih.
Apabila banyak mencela orang,
Itulah tanda dirinya kurang.
Apabila orang yang banyak tidur,
Sia-sia sahajalah umur.
Apabila mendengar akan khabar,
Menerimanya itu hendaklah sabar.
Apabila menengar akan aduan,
Membicarakannya itu hendaklah cemburuan.
Apabila perkataan yang lemah-lembut,
Lekaslah segala orang mengikut.
Apabila perkataan yang amat kasar,
Lekaslah orang sekalian gusar.
Apabila pekerjaan yang amat benar,
Tidak boleh orang berbuat honar.

Delapan

Ini Gurindam pasal yang kedelapan:

Barang siapa khianat akan dirinya,
Apalagi kepada lainnya.
Kepada dirinya ia aniaya,
Orang itu jangan engkau percaya.
Lidah yang suka membenarkan dirinya,
Daripada yang lain dapat kesalahannya.
Daripada memuji diri hendaklah sabar,
Biar dan pada orang datangnya khabar.
Orang yang suka menampakkan jasa,
Setengah daripada syirik mengaku kuasa.
Kejahatan diri sembunyikan,
Kebaikan diri diamkan.
Keaiban orang jangan dibuka,
Keaiban diri hendaklah sangka.

Sembilan

Ini Gurindam pasal yang kesembilan:

Tahu pekerjaan tak baik, tetapi dikerjakan,
Bukannya manusia yaituiah syaitan.
Kejahatan seorang perempuan tua,
Itulah iblis punya penggawa.
Kepada segaia hamba-hamba raja,
Di situlah syaitan tempatnya manja.
Kebanyakan orang yang muda-muda,
Di situlah syaitan tempat bergoda.
Perkumpulan laki-laki dengan perempuan,
Di situlah syaitan punya jamuan.
Adapun orang tua yang hemat,
Syaitan tak suka membuat sahabat
Jika orang muda kuat berguru,
Dengan syaitan jadi berseteru.

Sepuluh

Ini Gurindam pasal yang kesepuluh:

Dengan bapa jangan durhaka,
Supaya Allah tidak murka.
Dengan ibu hendaklah hormat,
Supaya badan dapat selamat.
Dengan anak janganlah lalai,
Supaya boleh naik ke tengah balai.
Dengan kawan hendaklah adil,

Supaya tangannya jadi kapil.

Sebelas

Ini Gurindam pasal yang kesebelas:

Hendaklah berjasa,
Kepada yang sebangsa.
Hendaklah jadi kepala,
Buang perangai yang cela.
Hendaklah memegang amanat,
Buanglah khianat.
Hendak marah,
Dahulukan hujjah.
Hendak dimalui,
Jangan memalui.
Hendak ramai,
Murahkan perangai.

Duabelas

Ini Gurindam pasal yang kedua belas:

Raja mufakat dengan menteri,
Seperti kebun berpagarkan duri.
Betul hati kepada raja,
Tanda jadi sebarang kerja.
Hukum ‘adil atas rakyat,
Tanda raja beroleh ‘inayat.
Kasihkan orang yang berilmu,
Tanda rahmat atas dirimu.
Hormat akan orang yang pandai,
Tanda mengenal kasa dan cindai.
Ingatkan dirinya mati,
Itulah asal berbuat bakti.
Akhirat itu terlalu nyata,
Kepada hati yang tidak buta.

Tamatlah Gurindam yang duabelas pasal yaitu karangan kita Raja Ali Haji pada tahun Hijrah Nabi kita seribu dua ratus enam puluh tiga likur hari bulan Rajab Selasa jam pukul lima, Negeri Riau

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Almarhum Sultan Iskandar lived up to the expectation of the Ruler of Johor, how envisaged and chronicled by Raja Ali Haji, one hundred seventy five years ago.

*Updated 1700hrs

Published in: on April 12, 2018 at 13:30  Leave a Comment  

Political promise of transformation

Last night Barisan Nasional (BN) Chairman, Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak launched and unveiled the BN Manifesto, spectacular in form and substance that awed majority of Malaysians.

In all, the 364 initiatives could be summed up as the fourteen core offerings.

It is more visible when the 220 page book is summarised.

The Star story:

BN manifesto: A vision for the nation


KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional’s general election manifesto unveiled by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Saturday night contains 341 initiatives divided into 14 thrusts.

Following are the 14 thrusts are some of the key initiatives:

1. Mothers and women first

*Facilitating the process for single women in securing loans by permitting the combination of incomes with siblings or parents who fulfil eligibility requirements.

* Encouraging women to generate secondary incomes by easing microcredit loan requirements for women entrepreneurs who conduct businesses part-time.

* Encouraging the private sector to allow pregnant mothers to leave work an hour early.

* Extending the duration of tax incentives to 24 months for women who return to the job market.

* Adapting the flexible work hour scheme for mothers with children aged 2 and below.

* Providing incentives to companies that provide childcare centres and facilities for breastfeeding mothers.

* Allocating 7 days of special leave per year for women who are caregivers to their children or immediate relatives who are ill.

* Establishing one-stop centres that include childcare centres and entrepreneur centres for Felda settlers, in all Felda settlements, that is administered by the Confederation of Women Felda Settlers Malaysia.

2. A home for everyone

* Granting tax exemptions on housing rental income.

* Establishing a special bank to facilitate loans for affordable and low-cost housing priced RM300,000 and below.

* Providing tax incentives or development funds to encourage banks and housing developers to offer rent-to-own schemes.

* Introducing a single entity to synchronise all affordable housing initiatives, including the monitoring of construction work.

* Providing a Public Housing Assistance Scheme to assist renters who may be categorised as poor or Persons with Disabilities (PWDs).

* Upgrading long-houses in Sarawak, water-houses in Sabah, Orang Asli houses and estate workers housing units in the Peninsula.

* Ending the policy of Bumiputera lot discounts for property valued at RM1mil and above.

3. Three million jobs

* Speeding up the development of the Malaysian Vision Valley, a 150,000 hectare area that is projected to create 1.3 million job opportunities.

4. More smiles in Sabah and Sarawak

* Improving the quality of telecommunications coverage across Sabah and Sarawak with an allocation of RM2 billion.

* The rights of Sabah and Sarawak under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 will be realised by consensus.

5. Futuristic Transportation

* Introducing the TN50 Public Transport Pass (costing between RM50 – RM150) that gives unlimited monthly access to public transport for students, working youths, senior citizens and the disabled.

* Building an electrified railway line from Subang Jaya to the Subang Skypark Terminal as part of the integration of railway transportation.

* Adding more streetlights in Felda settlement areas.

* Upgrading 419 kilometres of sewerage pipelines in Felda areas.

6. Digital empowerment

* Reducing the cost of employing foreign domestic workers by introducing an Online Domestic Helper System.

7. Made in Malaysia

* Continuing efforts to develop the Small and Medium Enterprises (SME) sector to assist Chinese entrepreneurs by strengthening the role and function of the Secretariat for the Advancement of Malaysian Entrepreneurs (SAME).

* Supporting food truck businesses by creating special areas for them to do business and instituting programmes for vehicle modification.

* Enhancing the contribution of Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to the national economy through digital transformation by providing grants and credit guarantee opportunities to expand access to new international markets.

8. A newer BR1M

* Providing a one-off assistance of RM1,500 for the children of BR1M recipients that enrol in higher education institutes.

9. Rakyat’s economy

* Raising the minimum wage in phases to at least RM1,500 within five years.

* Providing a special incentive of RM5,000 to every Felda settler.

* Enhancing the well-being of employees of Government-Linked Companies and Government-Linked Investment Companies who earn RM2,500 and below through expanded insurance coverage, increased healthcare benefits and increased cost of living allowance.

* Creating a special grant for replantation worth up to RM7,500 per hectare for each qualified Felda settler in the next 5 years starting 2018. This grant is to reduce up to 70% replantation debt of Felda settlers.

* Writing-off the Felda settlers’ debt from the purchase of FGV shares.

* Allocating a special fund worth up to RM300 million to write-off extraordinary or extreme debt of all qualified Felda settlers for the next 5 years starting in 2018.

* Intensifying Felda 2.0 initiative via 15 plans for 2018 and 2019 with an allocation of RM300 million to create a smart community and sustainable local economy. This initiative will be continued to all Rancangan Felda nationwide and will benefit settlers and second generations residing in Rancangan Felda.

* Minimising the involvement of middlemen in agricultural and fishery products in order to reduce the prices of basic food items and increase the incomes of farmers and

fishermen.

* Expanding the funds for the Agricultural Assistance Scheme and replanting of palm oil, rubber, cocoa and kenaf smallholders.

* Allocating a special assistance scheme worth RM222 million for Felcra, Kesedar and Ketengah settlers.

* Reducing the maximum limit on interest rates and late payment charges for credit cards.

* Revising individual and corporate income tax rates to ensure Malaysia remains competitive in the regional market.

* Allocating RM3 million for the Art Practitioners Welfare Fund (Tabung Kebajikan Penggiat Seni TKPS) every 5 years.

* Providing an individual tax incentive of RM1,000 a year for those who contribute towards the development of national cultural arts.

10. Future oriented education

* Equipping five million school-going children with digital skills for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (IR 4.0) within five years.

* Increasing the number of subjects in the Dual Language Programme (DLP) to make it more comprehensive.

* Improving English language proficiency in schools through the Dual Language Programme (DLP), High Immersion Programme (HIP) and the introduction of English medium schools in Sabah and Sarawak as pilot projects.

* Introducing special student discount cards to reduce the costs of transportation, Government services and education-related necessities.

* Incorporating more historical facts and perspectives from Sabah and Sarawak to enhance the History subject syllabus.

* Establishing an Institute of Native and Indigenous Peoples Studies at Universiti Malaysia Sarawak and Universiti Malaysia Sabah.

* Qualified citizens with overseas examination certificates that are equivalent to Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia (SPM) and Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM) will be considered for enrolment in higher education institutions (HEI), under the condition that they obtain a credit in Bahasa Malaysia and a pass in History – this criteria also applies to issues pertaining to Unified Examination Certificate Senior Middle (UEC).

11. Live healthy

* Increasing the current individual income tax exemption rate for parents’ medical expenses from RM5,000 to RM10,000.

12. Peaceful Negaraku

* Transforming the police elite corps such as the Special Tactics and Intelligence Narcotics Group (STING), Special Task Force on Organised Crime (STAFOC) and the Special Task Force for Anti-Vice, Gambling and Gangsterism (STAGG) to increase the effectiveness of efforts in eradicating drugtrafficking, gambling, triad gangs and organised crime.

* Increasing the number of high definition closed-circuit television cameras (CCTV HD) in high-crime areas.

* Increasing the number of Voluntary Patrolling Scheme members to increase security controls and preserve the peace in areas with high crime rates.

* Boosting community involvement in crime prevention through PDRM’s initiatives by using the Volunteer Smartphone Patrol application.

* Ensuring all Police lock-ups in the country are equipped with high definition closed circuit television cameras (CCTV HD), as a way to prevent incidents of death, suicide and fighting during detention.

13. TN50

*Emboldening the role of youth in national development by generating new, fresh and creative policy ideas.

*Increasing the youth’s engagement with local governments (PBT) by establishing Youth PBT Councils that are capable of empowering

the role and voice of the youth at the local government level.

14. Universal Childcare

*Implementing a Universal Child Care policy by developing a curriculum, inclusive programmes and nutritious food guidelines, besides training professional childcare personnel.

*Adapting the flexible work hour scheme for mothers with children aged two and below.

Other Major Highlights

* Establishing a special non-Muslim unit in the Prime Minister’s Department to promote dialogue on equality and mutual understanding between races.

* The rights of Sabah and Sarawak under the Malaysia Agreement 1963 will be realised by consensus.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/04/07/bn-manifesto-a-vision-for-the-nation/#hyQR4bBApRZxZ9Fs.99

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It is a continuation and an extension of the Transformation Plan Prime Minister Najib brought the nation to embark, less than a year after ascending into office as the Seventh UMNO President, Fifth BN Chairman and Sixth Prime Minister, nine years ago.

Starting with basics, three million new jobs would created.

Saturday April 7, 2018
09:12 PM GMT+8

ICYMI

Barisan Nasional president Datuk Seri Najib Razak pledged more job opportunities for Malaysians. — Picture by Mukhriz HazimBarisan Nasional president Datuk Seri Najib Razak pledged more job opportunities for Malaysians. — Picture by Mukhriz HazimKUALA LUMPUR, April 7 — In its14th general election manifesto, Barisan Nasional (BN) chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak pledged the coalition will a create a whopping three million jobs for Malaysians.

He said among others, it can be done by expediting the creation of the Malaysian Vision Valley (MVV) which is expected to create 1.3 million jobs.

In May last year, Najib said the MVV would be developed into five clusters: the Central Business District, Nature City, Edu-Tech Valley, Tourism and Wellness, and New Liveable Township.

The project would be developed over 153,000 hectares, encompassing Seremban and Port Dickson in Negeri Sembilan.

IN THE GALLERY


  • Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak speaks during the launch of Barisan Nasional manifesto at Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil on April 7, 2018. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

  • Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak (centre) and other party members waves Barisan Nasional flags during the launch of the party manifesto at Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil on April 7, 2018. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

  • Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak gestures after the launch of the party manifesto at Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil on April 7, 2018. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

  • Barisan Nasional supporters gather inside the Axiata Arena Bukit Jalil for the launching of BN manifesto for GE14. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim

  • Barisan Nasional supporters gather inside the Axiata Arena Bukit Jalil for the launching of BN manifesto for GE14. — Picture by Mukhriz Hazim

  • Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak gestures after the launch of the party manifesto at Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil on April 7, 2018. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

  • Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak launches the BN manifesto at Stadium Axiata Bukit Jalil April 7, 2018. — Picture by Azinuddin Ghazali

  • Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Razak launches the BN manifesto at Stadium Axiata Bukit Jalil April 7, 2018. — Picture by Azinuddin Ghazali

State news agency Bernama previously reported Najib saying that the project was planned to be developed in phases until 2045.

The manifesto launched tonight also pledged to reduce dependency on foreign workers, and to “widen” the flexible work arrangement in the public sector.

The employment of those with disabilities may also be increased in various sectors, including being appointed as local councillors and Senate members.

Companies which employ those with disabilities may also receive additional tax incentives.

Employment opportunities for the disabled may also be widened, with the creation of a “one-stop special portal” to market their services.

BN also promised to introduce financial literacy module in schools and increase the public’s financial literacy by widening the outreach of the Credit Counseling And Debt Management Agency.

As previously articulated in various engagements, especially with Malaysian youths and under the context of ‘TN 50 Discourse’, the Federal Government is embarking towards the digital economy and ensuring the workforce amongst the youth and future generation would be skilled and suited for the demand of the changing economy and economic platform.

Earlier in the week, independent opinion such as the Managing Partner of PwC Malaysia projected the Malaysian economy would be global 24th position by 2020.

The Star story:

PwC: Malaysia to be 24th largest economy in the world by 2050

BUSINESS NEWS

Thursday, 5 April 2017

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia, a medium-sized economy, is expected to improve its ranking to be the 24th largest in the world by 2050.

PwC Malaysia managing partner Sridharan Nair said Malaysia, already in the 27th position in terms of gross domestic product (GDP) contribution to the global economy, needed to invest in technology and education to further improve its ranking.

“Malaysia has a reputation for being pro-business and pro-investment,” he told Bernama during the 2018 Asia-Pacific Council of American Chambers of Commerce Business Summit here yesterday.

Malaysia would be on a steady growth path over the next 20 years, he said, adding that it would still do well despite some short-term ups and downs, as would be expected from a growing and emerging economy.

Malaysia has always been a trade and investment-friendly country with ease of doing business. However, according to Nair, Malaysia needs to tackle the issue of wage increase in tandem with the higher economic growth in order to benefit the people.

While Vietnam and Indonesia might rank higher in the global economy in terms of their contributions to the GDP due to the size of their population, he said, Malaysia was still doing well for a medium-sized economy.

Nair said the Emerging 7 economies (Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, India, Russia, China and Indonesia) were projected to dominate the world’s top 10 economies in 2050.

South-East Asia, he pointed out, currently captured high value-added US investments. — Bernama

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As part of the game to realise that, the most strategic bit of the BN Manisfesto is Prime Minister Najib intends to optimise the nation’s most prized resources; women and youth.

Of course, in the minds of the common voters, their biggest concern is the rising cost of living. The past month, Federal Government through agencies have been increasing allowances and the civil servants even got an across the board raise, as a direct effort to put disposable income into peoples’ pocket.

This BN Manifesto brought more goodies to the Malaysians under the B40 category, as His Majesty’s treasury chests have in a better position to alleviate their basic hardship.

The Star story:

BN manifesto: Double joy for BR1M recipients


KUALA LUMPUR: Recipients of the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) received a sweet surprise when Barisan Nasional chairman Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak pledged several increments for them.

In front of a 40,000-strong crowd at Axiata Arena in Bukit Jalil, Najib who is also Prime Minister announced a new BR1M category.

Recipients with household incomes of RM3,000 and below will have their BR1M payment doubled from RM400 to RM800 in June and August this year.

“This means that your BR1M payment for this year will be increased from RM1,200 to RM2,000,” said Najib at the launch of the election manifesto Saturday night.

He also announced that those with a household income of between RM3,000 and RM4,000 will have their BR1M payment increased from RM300 to RM600 in June and August.

This makes their total payout increase from RM900 to RM1,500 this year.

For those who are single with a household income of RM3,000 and below will have their BR1M payment increased by RM150 in June, making it RM600.

The new category for BR1M is for those with a household income of between RM4,000 and RM5,000. They will receive a total of RM700, which will be made in two payments of RM350 each in June and August.

Najib said the extra funds for the BR1M payments was possible due to the good financial and economic health of the country.

“We also had an increase in the Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection, which the Opposition often criticises.

“Because of our strong economy, the Barisan government would like to share the initiatives with the people,” he said.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/04/07/bn-manifesto-double-joy-for-br1m-recipients/#ATTzss2kx4rOFQ21.99

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All the increase in allowances, salary and direct subsistence would translate a more active domestic market and would promote the bigger cycle for every Ringgit available in the open.

It is by far the boldness economic transformation agenda, by optimising all domestic resources having the complete systemic support of affordable homes to all, higher quality of life, higher productivity from higher skilled workforce which translate to higher household income, more comprehensive infrastructure nation wide and welfare of family units, especially working parents with young children.

BN, which a political organisation of 14 component parties ensure all pockets of Malaysians anywhere in the Federation, would be included in the transformation.

A Sabahan MP’s note on the BN Manifesto about the policy of ‘inclusiveness’:

KENYATAAN DATO’ SRI ANIFAH HAJI AMAN

Manifesto Barisan Nasional bagi PRU 2018 bersifat inklusif, realistik dan berkesinambungan dengan apa yang telah dilakukan kerajaan sebelum ini.

Manifesto Barisan Nasional juga menekankan sifat konsensus dan ‘power sharing’ yang sebenar antara negeri dan pusat: konsisten dengan agenda memperkasakan semangat MA63. Mengenali YAB Perdana Menteri, saya yakin dengan ketulusan beliau untuk memperbetulkan kesilapan dan kesalahan pada pihak kerajaan Persekutuan – khususnya pada zaman sentralisasi kuasa di bawah pimpinan Tun. Dr. Mahathir dahulu.

Dalam hal ini, Manifesto Barisan Nasional adalah jauh lebih ke hadapan dalam pemerkasaan negeri-negeri Borneo berbanding Pakatan Harapan. Bahkan, cadangan untuk menubuhkan Jawatankuasa Khas Kabinet untuk menyemak MA63 dalam Manifesto Pakatan Harapan adalah ‘redundant’, kerana sudah pun dilakukan oleh Kerajaan BN pimpinan YAB Dato’ Sri Najib Razak – dengan saya sendiri mempengerusikan jawatankuasa tersebut. Ini sekaligus menunjukkan betapa Pakatan Harapan sebenarnya tidak peka dengan sebarang perkembangan berkaitan MA63.

Justeru, demi kesinambungan dan pembangunan berterusan rakyat Sabah, saya berharap agar sokongan dan mandat diberikan semula kepada Barisan Nasional.

*Dato’ Sri Anifah Haji Aman*

7 April 2018

Kuala Lumpur

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Foreign Minister Anifah had been playing a very paramount role inthe Malaysian foreign policy and international diplomacy the past nine years.

The transformation is immense as Malaysia is gaining more prominence and higher role in various global dialogue and it is a very strategic extension of Malaysia’s foreign trade.

An MP of forty years representing people of Johor Bahru and has been in the central core administration in various capacity since Tun Razak’s time opined that Prime Minister Najib’s leadership is optimising competency and capability.

New Straits Times story:

The Barisan Nasional manifesto is realistic and something that can be implemented and are not based on populist measures, said Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad. Pic by NSTP/HAIRUL ANUAR RAHIM

JOHOR BARU: The Barisan Nasional manifesto is realistic and something that can be implemented and are not based on populist measures, said Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad.

The incumbent Johor Baru member of Parliament said the promises made in the manifesto were based on the country’s capability and competence.

“It is also based on the BN government’s experience and knowledge in administrating the government with the aim of taking the country forward,” said Shahrir.

He said in comparing BN’s manifesto with the one announced by Pakatan Harapan (PH), the promises they made for Johor seemed to have been ‘copy-pasted’ and a lot them were copied.

“They always claim that Malaysia is bankrupt, so how would they know how to bring the country forward.

“BN’s advantage is that we look at the country’s ability in detail and with knowledge. What we promise can be implemented. For Example, we can raise the amount for Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) because we know that the country’s income from the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will continue to rise every year.

“The opposition cannot see all these benefits because they are ruled by emotion. To them, everything is Najib’s (Prime Minister Najib Razak) fault,” said Shahrir.

He said the opposition also failed to come up with a manifesto that people can take seriously, as they do not pay attention to the people’s needs and requirements.

“The opposition talked about replacing the GST with the SST (Sales and Service Tax) and firing civil servants. For me this is all a drama.

“For BN, administrating or running this country is not a drama. The rakyat want a responsible, experienced, knowledgeable and adaptable government,” said Shahrir.

He was speaking to the media after closing the Science and Mathematics Olympiad organised by Gagasan Pendidikan Melayu Malaysia at SMK Bandar Baru Uda.

Shahrir, who is also Felda chairman, said the manifesto will also continue with the changes that were started in 2017 which would make Felda more inclusive.

“The focus will be on the settlers income and the question of the settlers’ debts, especially the excessive ones. For the next five years starting this year, Felda has allocated a total of RM300 million to help settlers settle their debts so that their income will not be affected,” said Shahrir.

He said in BN’s manifesto, Felda settlers would also be eligible for the replanting grants that was announced in the 2018 Budget.

“The grant, which provides a fund of RM7,500 per hectare, was initially provided for other smallholders but under the manifesto, we will include Felda settlers so that they too can enjoy the grant,” said Shahrir.

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The last bit is probably the most important bit, for BN’s struggle for the people. It had been the cornerstone policy of BN taking the  nation to move  forward, grow and achieve better stature. However, it is without compromising the Bumiputera Agenda. It is policy to alleviate and uplift them not at the expense of the others.

New Straits Times story:

KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional promises that the special position of the Bumiputeras and Muslim citizens, as stated in Article 153 of the Federal Constitution, will continue to be strengthened without marginalising the other races.

BN stressed that while the position of Islam as the Federal religion will continue to be preserved, the rights and freedom to embrace and practice other religions will still be protected by the government.

Among the highlights in the party’s manifesto is to establish an Al-Quran University to produce more huffaz (scholars who have memorised the Quran), graduates who possess skills not only in memorising the Quran, but are also equipped with expertise in other professional fields.

Barisan Nasional stresses that while the position of Islam as the Federal religion will continue to be preserved, the rights and freedom to embrace and practice other religions will still be protected by the government. Pic by RASUL AZLI SAMAD

The coalition aims to produce at least 125,000 huffaz with professional qualifications such as in Science, Mathematics and Engineering.

The existing tahfiz (religious schools) on the other hand will be complemented with the Giat MARA Skills Training Scheme.

BN will also continue to implement the Bumiputera Economic Transformation 2.0 agenda to ensure Bumiputeras play a significant role in the country’s economic development.

Launched by the prime minister in November 2011, the Bumiputera Economic Transformation Roadmap 2.0 sets out six principles of economic transformation, namely market-friendly, need-based, merit-based, transparent, pro-growth and sustainability in order to build a competitive advantage.

Another focus of the party is to ensure Malaysia becomes a leader in the global halal industry with Bumiputeras as the main industry driver.

BN also hopes to establish a committee on the harmonisation of syariah and civil courts and to empower the Syariah Court.

In an effort to improve the Islamic banking system, BN hopes to introduce a syariah-compliant Home Sale and Purchase Agreement by amending schedule H and G of Act 118, the Housing Development (Control and Licensing) Act.

Several other areas that the party hopes to improve include:

• Restructuring aid to the Orang Asli by constructing infrastructure that improves their quality of life, provides robust economic opportunities and diversifies income sources.

• Increasing the quality of haj and umrah management services as well as the wellbeing of pilgrims.

• Enhancing the role of mosques as activity centres for the Muslim community through the Mosque Transformation Programme.

• The mosque administration and management personnel will be given training and al-Hafiz will receive an increase in allowance.

• Increasing the number of surau that are allowed to hold Friday prayers.

• Establishing a special fund to upgrade the education and safety regulations of religious schools to meet national standards.

• Improving the quality and expertise of stakeholders in Islamic administration such as the imam, fardu ain and kifayah (KAFA) and takmir teachers, religious teachers, syariah officers and Syariah Court judges, an Islamic Training Academy of Malaysia (ALIM) and Syariah Judiciary Academy of Malaysia.

• Providing Arabic Language Intensive Training Courses to assist Sijil Tinggi Agama Malaysia (STAM) holders to pass the Imtihan Qabul examination, which is the main requirement for higher education qualification in Arab countries.

• Continuing to support the independence of the Palestinian state and recognising Baitulmaqdis as its official capital.

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So far, more than nine of ten promises have been delivered or work-in-progress. More goodies are included, to ensure everyone is not left behind in the Transformation Plan for Malaysia.

This is why voters decided who to lead and take care of business, so that everyone can do about the business in going concern and gets a bottomline.

Published in: on April 8, 2018 at 15:00  Leave a Comment  

Titah Tuanku: Make changes from within

HRH Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim penned his thoughts (titah) the day after the Opposition leaders assembled in Taman Dahlia, Pasir Gudang, Johor, which serves as a very good reminder for all Johoreans in particular and Malaysians, in general.

Johor Southern Tigers Facebook:

PANDANGAN IKHLAS SAYA UNTUK RAKYAT JOHOR YANG SAYA SAYANGI

Hanya pandangan peribadi saya untuk rakyat Johor.

Assalamualaikum W.B.T. Saya ingin mengambil kesempatan ini untuk berkongsi pandangan dan pesanan saya kepada rakyat Johor yang saya kasihi sekalian. Saya memberi nasihat dan berkongsi pendapat saya bukan sebagai ahli politik yang perlukan undian, tetapi ia datang dari hati saya sebagai seorang anak Raja yang berkhidmat kepada rakyatnya. Taat setia saya adalah kepada Sultan saya, negeri Johor dan rakyat saya. DYMM Sultan Johor dan saya saling berkongsi pandangan dan inisiatif apa yang terbaik buat masa hadapan negeri Johor. Bukan sahaja dalam segi pentadbiran kerajaan tetapi untuk memperbaikinya dan menjadi kuasa ekonomi dalam negara, menangani mentaliti ektrimis, menaiktaraf sistem pendidikan dan sistem kesihatan.

Dengan senario politik yang berlaku sekarang dalam negara, tidak kiralah parti yang memerintah atau parti pembangkang, rakyat perlu pandai menilai apa yang terbaik untuk negeri kita dan negara. Dalam situasi politik, rakyat hanya dengar apa yang disampaikan oleh ahli politik di dalam ucapan mereka atau di media sosial. Tetapi yang tahu situasi sebenar adalah DYMM Sultan Johor dan saya sendiri. Apa sahaja rahsia sulit dan agenda mereka kami tahu. Semua maklum bahawa ahli politik ini apabila inginkan sesuatu, mereka akan menabur janji-janji manis. Saya bukan ahli politik tetapi saya juga ada agenda saya sendiri dan agenda saya adalah untuk kedaulatan negeri Johor dan kesejahteraan rakyat Johor.

Semua maklum bahawa UMNO dilahirkan di negeri Johor, di dalam istana negeri Johor. Saya tahu buat masa ini rakyat semua berkecil hati terhadap kepimpinan negara dan saya faham. Bagi pandangan saya, UMNO perlu lebih aset daripada liabiliti. Ia bermakna UMNO perlu bertukar cara pentadbiran dan pemikiran serta polisi terutama sekali sistem hirarki. Kita perlu lebih aset iaitu orang-orang muda yang ingin berkhidmat kepada negara dan berkongsi pengetahuan mereka yang berpotensi.

Saya juga tidak akan lupa siapa yang merosakkan UMNO, yang menjadi peneraju dan melahirkan kroni-kroni, melahirkan korupsi, melahirkan proksi dan juga siapa yang cuba menarik kuasa-kuasa Diraja termasuklah cuba untuk membubarkan Askar Timbalan Setia Negeri Johor (JMF) yang kami semua sayangi. Kedaulatan negeri Johor jangan dipersoalkan. Kami telah wujud dari tahun 1885 sehingga kerajaan persekutuan juga belajar protokol, pentadbiran dan perlembagaan daripada kami. Kami adalah negeri pertama yang mempunyai perlembagaan sendiri dan ia menjadi contoh kepada negara. Kadangkala kita tidak boleh menyalahkan sesebuah organisasi atau parti oleh kerana hanya seorang yang bermasalah.

Saya tidak lupa pada tahun 1992 ketika saya kecil dahulu dan nakal di sekolah, cikgu akan bercakap kepada saya, “Awak jangan main-main, awak tu kerabat diraja. Jika saya mengadu kepada Mahathir, habis awak.” Begitu juga dengan kisah Prebet Adam dimana Almarhum Sultan Iskandar iaitu datuk saya yang tidak ada peluang untuk mempertegakkan diri kerana ketika zaman itu tiada kemudahan internet, semua media dikawal oleh kerajaan.

Media mengeluarkan kenyataan kononnya prebet Adam mengamuk apabila mendapat tahu adik beliau dibunuh oleh Sultan Johor ketika itu. Sedangkan Prebet Adam tiada adik lelaki dan hanya ada adik perempuan yang meninggal dunia ketika berumur 2 tahun dalam tragedi rumah terbakar. Saya juga ada berjumpa dengan seorang individu berasal dari Kedah pada tahun lepas. Beliau yang bercerita kepada saya yang beliau berjumpa dengan Prebet Adam dan Prebet Adam menceritakan bagaimana dia dipaksa sepanjang 10 hari di dalam bilik sel yang gelap oleh anggota polis untuk mengaku yang Sultan Johor membunuh adiknya. Inilah yang sanggup dilakukan oleh kepimpinan tertinggi kerajaan ketika itu demi mendapatkan kuasa sepenuhya di dalam negara.

Rakyat jangan mudah tertipu dengan individu lidah bercabang dua seperti ular. Buat masa ini individu tersebut bukan ingin selamatkan negara tetapi apa yang dia sedang lakukan sekarang adalah kerana takut apa akan terjadi kepada anak-anaknya pada masa akan datang. Sedangkan orang yang paling kaya di dalam dunia pun belum pasti mampu untuk melahirkan tiga orang anak yang ‘billionaire’. Nasihat saya kepada rakyat Johor, jikalau kita tidak suka sesuatu dengan kerajaan, laungkan suara kita untuk pastikan mereka tahu apa yang kita inginkan. Anda semua mempunyai DYMM Sultan Johor dan saya di mana kami boleh sampaikan suara rakyat kepada kerajaan yang memerintah dan kepimpinan tertinggi dalam negara. Jangan sesekali anda sangka yang kami tiada inisiatif untuk memperbaiki sistem yang berada didalam kerajaan.

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan yang saya hormati. Jikalau anda mahu berperang atau mahukan pertembungan antara kerajaan negeri Johor dan kerajaan persekutuan ia tidak akan mendatangkan apa-apa faedah. Jikalau kami mampu melahirkan ramai lagi anak muda yang ada potensi, sanggup berkhidmat kepada negara dan kami boleh pastikan yang dia mampu mewakili kerajaan, kita boleh mengubah segala-galanya daripada dalam.

DYMM Sultan Johor dan saya mempunyai agenda dan perancangan tersendiri. Agenda utama kami adalah untuk negeri Johor tetapi apa cara untuk kami sampai ke Putrajaya, kami tidak boleh kongsikan kepada anda semua. Ia adalah sulit dan rahsia. Saya bukan ingin menyokong mana-mana parti politik tetapi untuk mengubah nasib negara dan memperbaiki sistem, bukan untuk menjatuhkan kerajaan. Kita perlu mengubahnya daripada dalam.

Jadi, saya dan negara-negara jiran kami berpandangan, jika kapal ini telah berjalan dengan baik selama berpuluh tahun dan mempunyai masalah oleh kerana nakhodanya yang bermasalah, tidak perlu tukar kepada enjin yang baharu. Duduk di dalam kapal yang sama, dan membimbing nakhoda tersebut dan beritahu ke mana kita mahu pergi. Cukup ini sahajalah yang dapat saya kongsikan bersama rakyat. Tetapi rakyat Johor perlu percaya kepada visi DYMM Sultan Johor dan saya sendiri. Tidak perlu banyak perkara untuk dijadikan contoh. Cukup satu perkara kecil sahaja yang boleh saya beritahu anda semua untuk dijadikan sebagai contoh.

Apa yang anda lihat dengan apa yang saya lakukan dalam pentadbiran Persatuan Bolasepak Malaysia (FAM) adalah sama apa yang kami akan lakukan di pentadbiran peringkat tertinggi. Bola sepak hanyalah minat saya. Pada 30hb Jun 2016, saya ada mengeluarkan satu kenyataan dalam laman rasmi JOHOR Southern Tigers yang mengatakan kami akan memusnahkan apa yang anda bina dan kami akan bina yang lebih baik. Ia adalah satu pembayang apa yang ingin saya lakukan kepada sistem pentadbiran FAM ketika itu. Saya tidak kongsikan perkara ini kepada ramai pihak tetapi hari ini saya akan kongsikan kepada semua. Misi saya ketika menyertai FAM adalah untuk memperbaiki dan mempertingkatkan struktur sedia ada. Ia juga untuk menukar struktur perlembagaan dalam FAM bagi memastikan kuasa Presiden FAM dan Persatuan Bolasepak adalah terhad. Mereka hanya menjaga Jawatankuasa Tatatertib, pengadil dan pasukan kebangsaan. FAM juga tidak lagi memberi arahan dan terlibat dengan apa yang berlaku kepada pasukan, kelab, kewangan dan pentadbiran liga. Apa yang saya lakukan adalah saya mengubah perlembagaan di mana kami melabur kepada FAM, melabur kepada semua pasukan dan kami menjaga kepentingan Malaysian Football League (MFL). Ini adalah sebab mengapa saya keluar daripada FAM kerana kuasa tiada kepada Persatuan Bolasepak sama seperti di negara-negara luar. Kuasa berada pada badan berkecuali yang menguruskan liga seperti LaLiga (Sepanyol), Seria A (Itali), English Premier League (England), Bundesliga (Jerman) dan sekarang di Malaysia adalah MFL. Tetapi jangan salah tafsir dengan menganggap Presiden FAM sebagai proksi. Beliau bukan proksi tetapi adalah individu yang layak dan boleh bekerjasama dengan MFL. Ini diibaratkan seperti latihan saya sebelum agenda saya yang lebih besar di peringkat tertinggi melibatkan pentadbiran sistem negeri dan kerajaan.

Tuan-tuan dan puan-puan, saya datang dari keluarga dan hidup di dunia yang anda tidak boleh lihat dan dunia itu dikawal rapi. Anda lihat bagaimana pergerakan sesuatu rejim dan organisasi sulit mengawal dunia. Kami juga mempunyai sistem yang sama tetapi kami organisasi yang berbeza. Jika anda lihat bagaimana organisasi sulit mengawal negara-negara besar daripada sebuah tanah kecil di Timur Tengah dan inilah yang kami lakukan disini untuk mengawal takdir sesebuah negara. Ia telah dilakukan sejak zaman nenek moyang saya dan kami akan meneruskannya untuk rakyat bagi ‘restore the order’ apabila ia terkeluar daripada ‘order’ tersebut. Itulah tanggungjawab kami dan ia akan sentiasa menjadi tugas kami.

Sekarang ini, di dalam negara situasi politik agak berkucar kacir. Tetapi ia tidak semestinya adalah pengakhiran dunia (kiamat). Inilah masanya untuk ‘restore the order’ dan melaksanakannya kepada sistem yang telah dirosakkan oleh individu yang berumur 93 tahun ingin menjadi Perdana Menteri sekarang ini. Jangan tertipu, buka mata anda, gunakan akal fikiran dan ikut bayangan yang akan saya berikan kerana saya tahu apa yang anda tidak tahu. Anda perlu percaya kepada saya kerana saya tahu apa yang ingin saya lakukan. Inilah masanya untuk bumi selatan mengawal sesetengah situasi dan memulihkan semula ‘order’ yang telah dirosakkan oleh individu yang tamakkan kuasa dan duit. Jangan mudah terpengaruh dan percaya dengan apa yang anda dengar semalam di Pasir Gudang. Negeri Johor tidak akan pernah lupa kepada individu yang ingin membubarkan Angkatan Setia Negeri Johor (JMF) yang telah wujud sejak 1886 dan berangan mahu menarik kuasa Sultan Johor yang memerintah serta memperkecilkan perlembagaan negeri Johor yang telah wujud sebelum adanya negara bernama Malaysia.

Ingatlah wahai rakyat Johor yang saya kasihi sekalian. Bersatu kita teguh bercerai kita roboh. Selagi rakyat Johor bersatu bersama-sama dengan kepimpinan DYMM Sultan Johor termasuk saya, pelbagai perkara yang kita mahukan boleh dicapai untuk masa hadapan anak cucu cicit kita. Jangan kita berpecah belah dan mudah dipermainkan dengan anasir-anasir luar yang mahu menghancurkan kedaulatan negeri ini. Lihatlah apa yang telah saya lakukan terhadap bola sepak. Bola sepak ini hanyalah latihan. Ia ibarat saya ke ‘driving range’ sebelum pertandingan golf sebenar.

Jangan tukar kapal jika enjin masih berfungsi dengan baik. Jangan menukar nakhoda kapal tetapi benarkan sultan saya dan saya membimbing nakhoda tersebut demi anda.
Ubah dan pertingkatkan apa yang perlu diubah dan apa yang perlu dipertingkatkan untuk negeri dan negara yang tercinta.

DYAM Mejar Jeneral Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Tunku Mahkota Johor

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MY HONEST OPINION FOR MY BELOVED PEOPLE OF JOHOR

Just my personal opinion Johorean

Assalamualaikum and peace be upon you. I would like to take this opportunity to send a message and express my views to the beloved people of Johor. I’m giving my advice and sharing my views not as a politician, but rather a message from my heart as a young prince serving his people. My loyalty is to my Sultan, the state of Johor and to my fellow Johorean. HM The Sultan of Johor and I have shared our views and initiatives for what is best for the state of Johor in the future. All aspects have been taken into consideration which not only covers the governance of Johor, but also the blueprint to make Johor an economic powerhouse in this country. Along with this, we’ve also addressed issues to tackle extremism as well as upgrading the educational system and healthcare.

With the political senario that is currently happening in our country, regardless whether or not it’s the ruling government or the opposition, the people must be smart in evaluating what is best for our state and country. Currently, the people are only hearing what the politicians are saying through their speeches or reading articles circulating on social media. The ones who know the real situation is HM The Sultan of Johor and myself. We know their secrets and agendas. Everyone is well aware that when a politician wants something, they will make sweet promises. I am not a politician but I too have my own agenda, and my agenda is to ensure the sovereignty and the welfare of the state of Johor.

Everyone knows that UMNO was formed in Johor. In a Johor’s state palace to be exact. I know the people are discouraged by the leadership of the country and I understand. In my view, UMNO needs to have more assets than liabilities. It means UMNO needs to revamp the way it governs, change the way it thinks and it’s policy. One important factor in my opinion is the current party’s hierarchy system. We need more assets in the form of young talents who are ready to serve the country and share their knowledge and replace the old guards with those who have these potential.

I will never forget those who damaged UMNO. The forerunner who gave birth to cronyism, those who gave birth to corruption and proxies, those who wanted to strip away the power of the royal institution and those who attempted to disband our beloved Johor Military Force (JMF). Do not question the sovereignty of Johor. We have been established since 1885. In the early days of the formation of Malaysia, the central government learnt protocols, adopted the structure of governance as well as the constitution from us. We were the first state to have our very own constitution and has been a model to other countries. We should not blame the whole organisation or party because of one problematic individual.

I won’t forget the year 1992. Back then I was a small and naughty kid in school. My teachers will say, “Do not play a fool, you are royalty, if I were to report you to Mahathir, you are done for “. Same goes for the story of Private Adam, where my late grandfather, Almarhum Sultan Iskandar was not given a chance to defend himself. Back then we did not have the luxury of the internet and all media were controled by the government.

The media reported that Private Adam apparently “ran amok” when he got news that his brother was murdered by the Sultan of Johor. Private Adam did not have a brother and only a sister who perished in a fire at home when she was 2. Last year I met an individual from Kedah who told me that he met with Private Adam who told him how he was forced for 10 straight days in a dark cell by policeman and confess that the Sultan of Johor had killed his brother. This is how low the highest government’s leadership then is willing to go to have absolute power in this nation.

I hope the people are not easily fooled by a forked tongue individual. At the moment he is not trying to save the country, he is more worried of what will happen to his children in the future. Even the wealthiest person on earth would not be able to give birth to three ‘billionaires’. My advice to the people of Johor is, if you have a problem with the government then raise your voice and let them know what you want. All of you have me and the HM Sultan of Johor to convey the peoples voice to the highest leadership in the country. Never for once think that we have no initiative to fix the system within the government.

Ladies and gentlemen. If you want to fight or start a war between the Johor government and the federal government, a head on collision, it does not bring any benefits. If we can produce more young talents with potential, willing to serve the country so we can ensure he or she is capable of representing the government, we can change everything from the inside.

HM Sultan of Johor and I have agendas and plans. Our main agenda is the state of Johor, but how we reach Putrajaya, we can’t disclose to all of you as it is private and confidential. I do not any political party, but in order to change a country’s fate and improve the system, it is not by bringing down a government. We need to change it from the inside.

Our neighboring countries and I believe that if a ship has been sailing fine for many years but has an issue due to its skipper, do not fix it with a new engine. We stay on the same ship and guide the skipper to where we want to go. That’s all I’m sharing with the people. But the people of Johor must believe in the vision of HM Sultan of Johor and I. I do not need to show many examples. Just one small example is enough for me to illustrate for you.

What you saw with what I did with the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) administration is similar to what we will do with the administration at the highest level. Football is only my hobby. On the 30th June 2016, I released a statement with a quote on the JOHOR Southern Tigers official page saying, “We will destroy what you have built and we will build an even better one”. It hinted on what I wanted to do with the FAM administration at that time. I did not share it with many people, but today I will share it with all of you. My mission when I joined the FAM was to fix and improve the existing structure. It was also meant to change the FAM’s constitution ensuring that the powers of the FAM President and Football Association are limited. They will only look after the disciplinary committee, referees and the national teams. The FAM will no longer have the power to instruct or be involved in matters related to teams, clubs, the finances and the league’s
administration. What I did was I changed the constitution whereby instead of investing in the FAM, we invested in all the teams and we took care of the interests of Malaysian Football League (MFL), no longer the FAM. This was why I left the FAM because the power is no longer with the Football Association just like in other countries. The power is with a neutral body that manages the league just like in LaLiga (Spain), Serie A (Italy), English Premier League (England), Bundesliga (Germany) and now in Malaysia. It’s called the MFL. Don’t misinterpret it by thinking that the President of the FAM is a proxy. He is not a proxy but an individual who is qualified and can work together with the MFL. Once again, the modus operandi is simply my training before partaking my bigger agenda which is the highest levels involving the state and federal administration.

Ladies and gentlemen, I come from a family and live in a world that you cannot see and that world is carefully guarded. Just look at the small state regime in the middle east and the secret societies that controls the world. We are a totally different organisation but what we do is pretty similar. That is what we are doing here, to shape the destiny of a nation from the small southern state. It has been done long ago by my fore fathers and we will keep on doing it for the people. To restore the order when the order steps out of line. That is our duty and will forever be our duty.

At the moment, the political situation in the country is a bit messy, but it is not the end of the world. This is the time to restore the orders and implement systems that have been damaged by individuals who are dreaming of becoming Prime Minister. Do not be deceived, open your eyes, use your minds and follow the clues I have given because I know things you don’t know. You only have to trust me, I know what I am doing. This is the time for the South to take control of the situation that has been damaged by money and power greedy individuals and stear it in the right order. Do not be easily manipulated into believing whatever you heard last night in Pasir Gudang. Johor state will never forget that individual who tried to disband the Johor Military Force (JMF) an organisation that has stood since 1886 and that same time, dreaming of diminishing the Sultan’s power, belittling our constitution that has been here since before the inception of the country called Malaysia.

To my beloved people of Johor, we must remember that United we stand, divided we fall. As long as the people of Johor are together with HM The Sultan of Johor and I, we can achieve anything for the future of our children and grandchildren. Do not be easily played by the bad influences out there who want to destroy the sovereignty of this state. Look at what I have done for football. It is merely training at driving range before the real tournament.

Don’t change the boat if the engine is not broken, don’t even change the skipper but allow HM The Sultan of Johor and I guide the skipper for you. Change what needs to be changed and upgrade what needs upgrading for the sake of our beloved country.

HRH Major General Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Crown Prince of Johor

Johor Mesti Sentiasa Jadi Johor

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The message is very strong. Johoreans are reminded to make their choice based on weighing the merits of the future offered to them.

Published in: on April 7, 2018 at 23:59  Leave a Comment  

The theatrics of Tua Kutuk

It was a day of so many dramas by Fourth Prime Minister and de facto leader of an illegal political organisation Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

He made seditious remarks to berate the professionalism of the Police and Armed Forces, as if His Majesty’s armed forces and police are presently supporting a dictatorship, likening to President Fredinand Marcos’s regime.

The Malaysiakini story:

Dr M: Tunggu saya dibunuh baru polis, tentera nak sedar?

Diterbitkan  |  Dikemaskini Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad hari ini mengkritik polis dan tentera kerana masih menyokong Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Beliau mengimbas kembali bekas diktator Filipina Ferdinand Marcos yang hanya dapat dijatuhkan selepas pasukan keselamatan tidak lagi menyokongnya selepas Marcos membunuh musuh politiknya, Benigno Aquino pada 1983.

“Saya ingin mengingatkan anda tentang Marcos…Dia boleh menjadi diktator kerana mendapat sokongan polis dan tentera.

“Tetapi selepas dia membunuh Aquino, polis dan tentera memutuskan untuk tidak lagi menyokongnya dan dia pun dijatuhkan.

“Saya tertanya-tanya adalah polis dan tentera (di Malaysia) sanggup menunggu sesiapa di kalangan kita dibunuh terlebih dulu, termasuk saya, sebelum mereka sedar…,” katanya pada sidang media di Kuala Lumpur hari ini.

Ketika ditanya sama ada beliau benar-benar risau nyawanya terancam, Mahathir berkata, “Dengan lelaki ini, saya bimbang tentang semua (perkara).”

Bekas perdana menteri itu mengulas kenyataan Panglima Angkatan Tentera Malaysia Jeneral Tan Sri Raja Mohamed Affandi Raja Mohamed Noor yang menggesa anggota keselamatan setiakepada kerajaan bawah pimpinan Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Beliau menyifatkan gesaan itu bertentangan dengan Perlembagaan Persekutuan yang menyatakan pasukan keselamatan perlu setia kepada Yang di-Pertuan Agong dan negara, bukan perdana menteri dan kerajaan.

“(Dan) polis nampaknya terikat dengannya (Najib). Mereka kini mengambil arahan daripadanya sehingga melanggar undang-undang dan melakukan jenayah, misalnya menangkap (bekas pemimpin Umno) Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan,” dakwanya.

Selain polis dan tentera, Mahathir juga mendakwa Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) dan Lembaga Hasil Dalam Negeri (LHDN) sebagai “bersubahat” dengan Najib.

“Mereka semua bekerjasama dalam memusnahkan demokrasi di negara.

“Ini dakwaan saya terhadap mereka. Mereka boleh guna undang-undang terhadap saya tetapi saya tahu undang-undang yang digunakan itu bukan undang-undang sebenar, tetapi undang-undang autoritarian,” katanya lagi.

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The Police and Armed Forces sworn their utmost loyalty to His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong. By that, they have to duty to serve His Majesty’s Federal Government which is headed by the Prime Minister.

The power of the Prime Minister (by the way of the Minister of Defence) is clearly provided under the Armed Forces Act 1972. To suggest otherwise, it is unconstitutional.

It is terribly wrong and seditious to utter “It means (Prime Minister) Najib has his own armed forces”.

He also demeaned other Federal Government authorities in the likes of MACC and Inland Revenue Board, which powers were enacted by Parliament Acts  as “Accomplice of (Prime Minister) Najib”.

In Pasir Gudang, the adjacent port town to Johor Bahru tonight, de facto Opposition leader Dr. Mahathir announced that all Opposition candidates of DAP, PKR, PAN and those presumed under the illegal political movement PPBM would use the PKR logo as the common logo.

The Mole story:

Pakatan to use PKR logo in GE14

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – April 6, 2018: All component parties of Pakatan Harapan will contest in the general elections using the PKR logo.

This was confirmed by Pribumi Bersatu information chief Datuk Kamarudin Mohd. Nor today when asked how his party will campaign following its temporary de-registration by the Registar of Societies (RoS) yesterday.

Pakatan, which has yet to be registered with RoS, comprises Pribumi Bersatu, DAP, PKR and Amanah.

“We have decided to use PKR’s logo and it’s not just us (Pribumi Bersatu). DAP and Amanah have also agreed. As for our respective parties’ machinery, they will also be working under PKR’s logo.

“In a way, it was good of Najib (Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak) to have us temporarily de-registered, otherwise each of us would have kept on insisting to contest under our respective logos. Najib had united us,” he quipped.

Talk of Pakatan contesting under PKR’s logo was widely talked about yesterday following the RoS decision and the DAP’s announcement that it will not contest using its  symbol.

The official announcement on the use of PKR’s logo is expected to be made at a Pakatan gathering in Pasir Gudang tonight.

Kamarudin expressed confidence that the pact has enough time to explain to the people why Pribumi Bersatu will use the PKR logo.

“The people are well aware of our issue with the RoS, so it’s not going to be difficult to explain to them,” he said.

The de-registration was due to Pribumi Bersatu’s failure to submit some documents and the its financial statement.

RoS Director-General Surayati Ibrahim said the party was given 30 days starting yesterday to re-submit the documents or risk permanent de-registration.

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In his speech, Dr Mahathir admitted it was not an easy decision to make for the four different political groups to come and agree to use the PKR logo.

DAP, the party with the most MPs in the 13th Parliament and won 38 constituencies, agreed to forego their traditional ‘Rocket’ logo in the 14GE, which is very much round the corner.

The Presidential Council between the four political groups decided last year that they would use a common political platform and logo for the 14GE, to wrangle support from the voters.

However, their application for Pakatan Harapan was rejected. Dr. Mahathir’s own party was declared provisionally disbanded by the Registrar of Societies yesterday, after failure to comply its own constitution and rectify the 428 complaints by its own members.

In the final analysis, Dr. Mahathir to swallow his vomit, that naturally attached to any reminiscence shred of decency and integrity by accepting his nemesis of half a century and ‘comrades in arms’.

What is worse, he is swallowing any shred of dignity to beg for shelter under the house that was created to oppose every sense of leadership and tyranny exactly two decades ago.

Irony is when the very basis of their establishment was to get rid of him and now he uses their symbol to represent himself. The ones in that faction know how ridiculous they look now?

If they had any common sense in them they would spurn him away like a diseased dog in towards GrandChamberlain of incorrigible compounded lies very much in Mat Sabu’s direction instead

That is Tua Kutuk for you. Unimaginable how low he’d go to serve his Machiavillean obsesssion as a man-possessed.

Published in: on April 6, 2018 at 23:00  Leave a Comment  

Status Quo

As expected, the dissident party formed by obsessed and man-possessed Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad Parti Pribumi Malaysia Bersatu failed by its own rules and administration of the party’s Constitution and declared disbanded by Registrar of Societies (RoS).

The Star story:

RoS slaps Pribumi with temporary disband order (update)


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PETALING JAYA: The Registrar of Societies (RoS) has ordered Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Pribumi) to temporarily disband for 30 days.

RoS director-general Surayati Ibrahim said Pribumi has failed to fulfil the RoS’ notice requesting for documents and details regarding its annual general meeting (AGM) that was held in December last year.

Speaking at a press conference, she said the RoS served Pribumi with the temporary disbandment notice under Section 14 of the Societies Act 1966 at 12.30pm on Thursday (April 5).

Pribumi, co-founded by former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, is not allowed to use its logo or conduct any party activity during its disbandment with immediate effect.

“Pribumi is not allowed to conduct any activities during the 30 days. The RoS will take further action if it infringes upon the order,” Surayati said, declining to comment on what further action the RoS will take.

It has 30 days to fulfil the RoS’ request for more documents, failing which, the party will be permanently disbanded.

The Pakatan Harapan component party can lodge an appeal within the 30 days.

Surayati also declined to comment on allegations that it is a political ploy to bar Pribumi from contesting in the general election. She said the RoS was acting on complaints from party members.

The disbandment came as Pakatan filed a judicial review on Feb 21 in its bid to obtain a court order to compel the RoS to respond to its letter to become a registered coalition.

In its affidavit, Pakatan stated that it wrote a letter on July 28 last year to the RoS director-general to register the coalition and again on Aug 21 and most recently Feb 6, 2018, asking for a response.

Pakatan claimed that it did not get a reply and is seeking a mandamus order for the respondent to register it as a coalition under the Societies Act 1966.

The Home Ministry had earlier said ongoing investigations into Pribumi due to complaints received over its AGM is holding up Pakatan’s registration as a formal coalition.

Without RoS’ approval of its registration, Pakatan will not be able to use its official logo to contest in the polls. It will likely use PKR’s logo to contest in the general election.

Pakatan comprises PKR, DAP, Pribumi and Amanah.

 

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It is very unlikely PPBM would be able to furnish all the requirements of RoS within the stipulated thirty days and hence, reverse the rule of temporary disband of PPBM.

This is not the first time that a political party under the leadership of former Barisan Nasional (BN) Chairman received the identical fate.

On 4 Feb 1988 Kuala Lumpur High Court Judge Mr Justice Dato’ Harun Hashim deregistered the United Malay Nationalist Organisation (UMNO) founded by Dato’ Onn Jaafar in 11 May 1946, for failure to keep branch meeting legally as per required by party’s constitution.

The implication of this RoS ruling is quite far reaching. The application for thwe formation of Pakatan Harapan as the Oppositions’ coalition mirror to BN would now fail.

Dr. Mahathir admitted that the Opposition parties on their own would not able to topple the might and advantage of BN as the incumbent ruling party. One of the plan B tactic to tackle the problem faced by de-registration of PPBM and failure to register Pakatan Harapan.

A coalition means that the parties coming together to challenge BN would have a common logo, manifesto and even agenda to match the incumbent.

So far, the Pakatan Harapan Manifesto has been regarded by many as defective, which include former DAP leaders.

What’s lacking in Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto

March 10, 2018

The manifesto lacks three vital changes i.e. a race-free agenda; a progressive tax structure and a truly democratic society.

By Kua Kia Soong

The Pakatan manifesto for GE14 promises many things and the most welcome ones are the calls to repeal draconian laws, make several commissions directly answerable to Parliament and cut the PMO fat, which is long overdue. Beyond these critically needed reforms, the manifesto is long on populist concepts but short on actionable specifics. The current water crisis in Selangor is yet another reminder of the dire consequences of such cavalier populist policies as Selangor’s free water policy. Is providing cheaper cars the answer to our traffic problems or purely populist? The manifesto proposal to “resolve (the) issue of unilateral child conversion in a harmonious manner” is no doubt well-intentioned but wishful thinking in the current toxic climate without spelling out the clear constitutional and juridical positions on this issue.

Fundamentally, the manifesto lacks three vital changes sorely needed to take our country into a new beginning after sixty years of BN rule, namely: a race-free agenda to unify the nation; a progressive tax structure to redistribute wealth and a truly democratic society.

1. A truly democratic society

Term limits for the PM, CM & MB are welcome and overdue. We are told that it will not be applied retrospectively to Selangor and Penang, the states that PH already rule. Why not? The democratic principle behind the term limit for these posts is simply that elected officials can over time obtain too much power or authority and thus makes them less representative of all the citizens. It is also to prevent chances of corruption. As we have seen only recently, even within a two-term service, corporate interests including those in property and finance can provide inducements to the incumbent leaders such as drastic discounts on house purchases. There is clearly a correlation between the length of time a politician serves and the degree to which he/she has opportunities to engage in corruption. So, if Pakatan truly believes in democracy, it should adhere to the two-term limit for their MB in Selangor and CM in Penang as of now.

2. A national agenda

Now with Pakatan having embraced the leader of Parti Pribumi as the prospective Prime Minister, there is no mention of an end to the NEP in their GE14 manifesto. This is indeed bad news for those who had hopes of a more liberal economic policy and also for all who have criticised the government for its racially discriminatory economic and educational policies. PH tries to suck up to the “Malay Agenda” by proposing puzzling proposals such as “restoring State Sultans’ powers”. Which sultan’s powers are PH referring to that have been weakened? The ones that Mahathir effected during his reign? Please be specific.

And are we going to go through the same “statistical charade” that we have seen through the 50 years of NEP with the manifesto’s proposal to “increase Bumiputera equity through GLC management buyouts? Which class of Bumiputeras is going to gain from this? Doesn’t it matter whether or not the poorer Bumiputeras benefit? The statistics on “Bumiputera equity” are meaningless when such equity can be resold to Non-Bumiputeras as soon as it is allocated and when Bumiputera companies fail such as happened during the 1997 financial crisis.

Instead of needs-based measures that target the lower-income and marginalised sectors, the Pakatan manifesto follows the same divide-and-rule method of BN’s. Thus, Indians have been specifically identified for special treatment as increasing their numbers in premium schools and Mara institutions. But the manifesto does not specify by how much. And what about the Chinese, Eurasians and the Orang Asli? Pakatan would like to “invest in training schemes for Indians” but a needs-based policy would be more cost effective and unifying to open the “Bumiputeras Only” institutions in this country to all Malaysians.

The NEP was scheduled to end in 1990 but has become a populist never ending policy to win over the Bumiputras while benefiting mainly the political elite. Instead, it is common sense that poor rural Malaysians should be assisted based on their needs according to the particular economic sectors in which they live and work. Today, with the lack of ethnic diversity in the civil and armed forces, it is high time that recruitment and promotion in these services are based on merit. Does PH address this? Does PH propose an expiry date for the NEP or is this not going to be realised in our lifetime?

3. Progressive taxes on the super-rich

Pakatan does not tell us how their many populist promises will be financed. There are no fiscal policies to redistribute wealth, never mind fundamental changes in economic policies, including nationalisation of utilities. Malaysia is one of the few countries where the super-rich do not have to contribute part of their wealth to finance state welfare. How much do the top 10% of earners contribute to total tax revenues?

Across the developed world, the rich are expected to pay a substantial share of taxes and this share has risen in recent decades. According to the OECD, the top 10 per cent of earners contribute about a third of total tax revenues — 28 per cent in France, 31 per cent in Germany, 39 per cent in Britain and 42 per cent in Italy. America’s wealthiest households contribute a larger share to government than in any other OECD country, at 45 per cent. In Europe, they certainly have more to show for it — social services, unemployment benefits, a national health system and other social benefits. Despite this, Warren Buffett, one of America’s richest men recently criticised the US tax system as manifestly unfair since he is taxed at a lower rate than his secretary!

Malaysia’s income tax system grants greater tax savings for the rich as well as encourages tax evasion. We rank among the world’s top countries for illicit outflow of money. What reforms does the Pakatan manifesto propose to prevent tax evasion? The limited coverage has resulted in poor revenue generation. Without sufficient revenue, individual income tax cannot provide substantial funds for poverty lifting projects.

Similarly, we do not see a higher marginal tax rate on high-income earners and a correspondingly lower tax rate for lower income earners; an incremental Capital Gains Tax on property; a progressive inheritance tax; a tax on all international financial transactions and hedge funds; a progressive tax on all luxury goods.

4. A progressive economic policy:

Pakatan has all along stood for the same neo-liberal capitalist policies as the BN. Consequently, their manifesto does not have a progressive economic policy including nationalising all utilities and essential services including water resources, health, public transport and energy. They have not proposed measures to ensure that government enterprises such as the GLCs are owned and controlled by the Malaysian peoples at federal, state and local levels and to bring respite to our lowest paid workers who deserve a decent standard of living and not populist crumbs.

5. Mother tongue education as part of the National Education System

The Pakatan manifesto pledges to recognise the UEC and to build one Tamil Secondary school. That is good. But are the Chinese and Tamil schools still going to be treated like step children in this country with a few schools being allowed to be built and the Chinese Secondary schools getting occasional funding at the pleasure of the government whenever elections are round the corner?

6. Defence cuts

The Pakatan manifesto is silent about their defence policy, which is surprising as they speak vociferously against the commissions that are creamed off from big arms deals. While we are agonising over giving our lowest paid workers a guaranteed minimum wage of RM1,500, the government is coolly shopping for the next generation Multi-Role Combat Aircraft to replace the MIGs. British Aerospace (BAE) is trying to flog their Typhoons and other special offers in a RM10 billion arms deal! It is expected that the government will go through with this deal as soon as they get their mandate after GE14.

Beyond GE14

It is time that BN and PH take human rights seriously and respect all Malaysian citizens irrespective of ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender or sexuality so that we can march forward as a unified nation. Furthermore, in the states under both BN and PH, deforestation by developers goes on uninhibited, highways, tunnels and land reclamation continue unabated without concern for the environment, the public commons and the marginalised people living there. A just, democratic and progressive alternative calls for a living wage and rights for all workers; a reasonable pension at retirement; affordable and liveable housing; free tertiary education (means tested for the well-off); formal or informal elected local government; commitment to international human rights practices and covenants.

The neo-liberal ideologies that both BN and PH practice involves allowing private developers to buy up public assets. Such a practice has serious consequences in that it overrides and neglects the people’s interests and degrades our precious environment which is regarded as a free resource. As a result, we are left with polluted air, questionable water quality, and limited green commons. We want a Government that will take the lead in sustainable development initiatives such as renewable energy, that will benefit ordinary Malaysians and their environment. The current reliance on the private sector results in environmentally harmful and socially destructive projects. A people’s government would enforce recycling measures, responsible waste disposal and enact laws to protect animal welfare. Such a progressive government would also make it a priority to put the rights and livelihood of the Orang Asal at the top of the national agenda by recognising their rights over the land they have been occupying for centuries, prohibiting logging in Orang Asal land and ensuring all Orang Asal villages have adequate social facilities and services.

Kua Kia Soong is SUARAM adviser.

The views expressed are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of FMT.

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It is believed the common logo the Opposition would use is the PKR logo. It is their only salvation to come up with a near forminable offering for the rakyat as an alternative to BN, to take the nation foward.

Then again, PPBM failed to attract the best amongst the Malays to be on their bandwagon. The very least, the better ones within UMNO itself.

The fact is that only a handful of competent and experienced party leaders at middle or grassroots level, followed Dr. Mahathir, former UMNO Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yaasin and deposed MB Kedah Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir when they left UMNO.

If Dr. Mahathir expects to get results against the fact of it is bad reliance on PKR grassroots machinery in the upcoming 14GE as his own followers from UMNO and PPBM are unable to get their act together and get properly organised.

Factor the scenario without a new ‘turf war’ or ‘rebellion’ within PKR, then nothing else could be said about what is coming forth but ‘Wishful Thinking’.

In last three GEs. KeAdilan and later PKR has been reliant almost entirely on the PAS grassroots and election machinery.

So, it might as well be as Status Quo again, this round.


Published in: on April 5, 2018 at 15:00  Leave a Comment  

Ghastly skeletons in the closets and the haunting the come-back Old Man

Fourth Prime Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should really reflect the basic development agenda he systematically ignored even isolated many quarters of indigenous Sabah and Sarawak, all for his own political vindictive during his twenty two and a quarter years as the Prime Minister.

NST Story:

Pairin: Sabah, Sarawak progressed only after Mahathir left office

APRIL 3, 2018 @ 10:57PM

BY NST

KOTA KINABALU: Deputy Chief Minister Tan Sri Pairin Kitingan has taken umbrage with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over the latter’s statement that Sabah and Sarawak could progress at a faster rate if its leaders were “less greedy”.

He said it was “extremely ironic” that Dr Mahathir should say so when the two states had lagged behind during the 22 years the former prime minister was the nation’s leader.

He said, since the 93-year-old Pakatan Harapan chairman left office, Sabah and Sarawak had progressed by leaps and bounds.

The Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) president also took Dr Mahathir to task for his comments about administrative issues and that if the federal and state governments were concerned, they would upgrade the infrastructure of both the states.

“Has he not heard of the Pan Borneo Highway?”

Pairin said the Sabah stretch of the highway alone would cost almost RM13 billion, covering a distance of 730km from Sindumin all the way to Tawau.

“What did Dr Mahathir give us when he was prime minister? Pittance compared to what we are getting now. He is in no position to talk about giving us better infrastructure. As prime minister of 22 years, he did not do it. He is going to start giving at 93?

“As we near the halfway mark of the 11th Malaysia Plan (11MP), nearly RM15 billion has been allocated for Sabah by the federal government, and this year alone the sum stands at RM3.87 billion,” he said.

To compare, said Pairin, under the 7MP (1996-2000) when Dr Mahathir was prime minister, RM6.93 billion was allocated, under the 8MP (RM13.2 billion), 9MP (RM17.7 billion) and 10MP (RM21.96 billion).

Understandably, these are electoral promises from Dr Mahathir, now that the 14th general election is near, but it begs the question of his sincerity as these were pledges he failed to deliver in the 22 years he served as prime minister.

“Was Mahathir ever concerned about the rural people of Sabah and Sarawak? To demonstrate the contrasting promise and actual delivery, the Rural Development Ministry was allocated with a sum of RM107.8 million under the 7MP from 1996 to 2000 and RM1.42 billion under the 8MP.

“Under the present administration led by Datuk Seri Najib Razak, RM10.2 billion was allocated between 2011 and this year under the 10th and 11th MP.”

Pairin stressed that there had also been greater empowerment to local civil servants of the two states, now that eroded rights sealed in the Malaysia Agreement 1963 were returned, something that was ignored during Mahathir’s tenure.

Najib, said Pairin, was the only leader who understood and recognised the sentiments of the people over the rights enshrined in MA63, so much so that he even agreed to the formation of the National Steering Committee meeting on the Devolution of Powers to Sabah and Sarawak that is co-chaired by Datuk Seri Anifah Aman and Datuk Seri Nancy Shukri.

The prime minister had even openly declared and assured any rights that were either deliberately or inadvertently taken from Sabah and Sarawak will be duly restored and returned, said Pairin.

“(One of Najib’s) first deeds when he took over as prime minister in 2009 was to declare Malaysia Day a national public holiday, giving due recognition to the formation of Malaysia on Sept 16 in 1963. It also gave the people of Sabah and Sarawak a stronger sense of belonging to the nation.

“It was also Najib who was bold enough to call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry on Immigrants in Sabah which resulted in a damning report about Project IC and the many other alleged misdeeds of the past administration under Dr Mahathir.

“Dr Mahathir had also played the musical chair-like Chief Minister’s Rotation System to suit his fancy and tune when he was the prime minister. Is that the trait of a leader who is concerned about the people of Sabah and the desire for more progress?

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Pakatan Harapan Chairman Dr Mahathir is pretending to be naive at this point of time, to show how the interests of the Sabahans and Sarawakians are centred in his mind.

It would be the greatest, (in Dr Mahathir’s own words, “Sandiwara”).

Federal Government, both under Tun Abdullah Badawi and Prime Minister Dato’ Srì Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, contributed and achieved so much more in half the time of Dr Mahathir’s administration.

Published in: on April 4, 2018 at 11:08  Leave a Comment