Nurul Izzah wajar bagi nasihat agar Papa bertaubat

Naib Presiden PKR Nurul Izzah Anwar wajar berhenti untuk teruskan memolitikkan hukuman penjara lima tahun Papanya Anwar Ibrahim dan sewajarnya sebagai seorang anak berkempen untuk mengajak seluruh warga Malaysia terutama dikalangan Islam untuk mendoakan Ketua Pembangkang itu bertaubat dan dosanya diampunkan.

Laporan portal pro-PKR Malaysiakini:

12:26PM – 27 Feb 2015

‘Izinkan Anwar minum teh bersama Agong’

 

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim perlu dibenarkan menghadiri sidang Dewan Rakyat bulan depan, termasuk menghadiri majlis minum petang diraja bersama Yang di-Pertuan Agong selepas acara pembukaan, kata anaknya.

“Beliau perlu dibenarkan memenuhi jemputan Seri Paduka Baginda untuk minum petang bersama. Ada tempat khas untuk ketua pembangkang dalam majlis itu,” kata Nurul Izzah, juga ahli parlimen Lembah Pantai.

Dalam sidang medi di pejabat PKR hari ini, beliau menunjukkan kad jemputan ke sidang Parlimen pada 9 Mac sehingga 9 April ini daripada yang dipertua dewan.

Surat rasmi itu dihantar menggunakan sampul surat bertulis ‘Urusan Seri Paduka Baginda’, tambah Nurul Izzah.

Menurutnya, surat undangan kepada Anwar dihantar selepas beliau dijatuhkan hukuman lima tahun penjara pada 10 Februari.

Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi semalam berkata kuasa untuk membenarkan Anwar keluar untuk menghadiri sidang mulai 9 Mac terletak pada peguam negara.

Menurutnya lagi, pandangannya itu berbeza dengan timbalannya, Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

Wan Junaidi sebelum ini berkata Anwar boleh membuat permohonan kepada Kementerian Dalam Negeri jika mahu menghadiri sidang Parlimen.

Walaupun bersalah dan layak dilucutkan jawatan, Anwar masih lagi sah sebagai ahli parlimen Permatang Pauh sementara menunggu keputusan Lembaga Pengampunan.

Keluarganya menfail petisyen pengampunan diraja awal minggu ini.

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Hakikatnya, Mahkamah Persekutuan sudah pun secara muktamad memtuskan Ketua Pembangkang Anwar Ibrahim bersalah meliwat Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan dan beliau sendiri mengakui melakukan perbuatan jijik itu apabila menanda-tangani petisyen memohon pengampunan dari DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong.

Soal datang ke Parlimen untuk menghadiri sessi pembukaan penggal Dewan Rakyat dan minum teh bersama baginda tidak wajar timbul kerana Anwar ialah seorang banduan yang sedang menjalani hukuman lima tahun penjara. Seorang banduan tidak sepatutnya dikecualikan dari dihukum dan menghadiri apa apa majlis, termasuk dalam kapasiti rasmi.

Sebagai tambahan, isu Anwar menjalani hukuman penjara kerana secara muktamad didapati bersalah oleh Mahkamah Persekutuan tidak lagi menjadi minat ramai untuk diperjuangkan. Malah, hanya segelintir sahaja yang masih lagi cuba untuk meneruskan perjuangan yang terbukti sia sia ini.

Nurul Izzah sebagai anak wajar mengajak orang ramai sama sama berdoa agar Papanya berubah dan bertaubat, dalam masa menjalani hukuman penjara ini. Sesungguhnya, perbuatan jijik dan keji meliwat merupakan jenayah seksual dan penyakit, yang perlu penawar dari suntikan spiritual juga.

Published in: on February 27, 2015 at 16:30  Comments (24)  

770 surface combat ships compared to 710

US Navy has lost its supremacy as the most feared naval force to China’s Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) Navy when a USN Admiral told US lawmakers about the six more submarines against Uncle Sam’s.

RT.com story:

China outpaces America in sub numbers – US admiral

Published time: February 26, 2015 07:51 Get short URL
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The Chinese Navy now has more diesel and nuclear attack submarines than America does, a US Navy admiral told lawmakers. Some of them are “fairly amazing” and Beijing is exploring new ways of projecting its power on the seas.

The Chinese are experimenting with new geographic location, length of missions and new weapons, Vice Admiral Joseph Mulloy, deputy chief of naval operations for capabilities and resources, told the House Armed Services Committee’s Seapower Subcommittee on Wednesday.

“They may not be the same quality, but their submarine forces are growing at a tremendous rate. They now have more diesel and nuclear attack submarines than we have,” the admiral told the lawmakers. “They are producing some fairly amazing submarines and they are actually deploying them.”

Read more
​NATO member Turkey to buy $3.4 billion worth of incompatible Chinese antimissiles

The Chinese naval missions included at least three deployments into the Indian Ocean, Mulloy told the committee. They can also send strategic ballistic missile submarines on missions lasting for 95 days.

“We don’t think they have nuclear weapons on board, but we’ve seen them producing the missiles and testing them,” the admiral said. “We know they are out experimenting and looking at operating and clearly want to be in this world of advanced submarines.”

The US Navy reported having 71 commissioned submarines. The Chinese, according to Pentagon estimates voiced last year, has 77 principal surface combatant ships, more than 60 submarines, 55 large and medium amphibious ships, and about 85 missile-equipped small combatants.

Read more
US could permanently base warships in Australia – admiral

Despite having world largest defense budget, the US has been looking wearily at other nations building up their armed forces. China is investing heavily in new technology, seeking to project its military power in the Pacific region.

Washington has repeatedly criticized Beijing, saying it’s using its military to put leverage on other regional players, including US allies like Japan and South Korea, in territorial disputes.

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If a submarine is deemed to be the equivalent of ten surface warships when a consideration for naval conflict is drafted, then PLAN  now has 60 additional surface warships as compared to the USN.

USN currently operates 283 ships and 3,659 aircrafts.

The U.S. Navy has identified a need for 313 combat ships, but under the current plans will only be able to afford 232 to 243. In March 2014, the Navy is considering counting deployable ships such as minesweepers, patrol craft, and hospital ships in the “battle fleet” in order to reach a count of 291 and also ships that have been put in “shrink wrap”.

The navy had established a minimum requirement for 11 aircraft carriers, but dropped to 10 when Enterprise was retired in December 2012, before Gerald R. Ford enters service.

As compared to PLAN, as of 1987, it consisted (as it does now) of the naval headquarters in Beijing; three fleet commands – the North Sea Fleet, based at Qingdao, Shandong; the East Sea Fleet, based at Ningbo; and the South Sea Fleet, based at Zhanjiang, Guangdong and about 2,000 ships.

China's military maneurvres affecting neighbouring nations and region the past 40 years are centred on hydro-carbon deposits

China’s military maneurvres affecting neighbouring nations and region the past 40 years are centred on hydro-carbon deposits

This massive naval force power is without a doubt be a major threat around the region, especially with China’s heavy-handedness attitude and approach towards issues such as multiple claims on specific areas which include Exclusive Economic Zone such as the fictitious Nine-Dash-Line.

PLAN has been deploying warships right into EEZ of her neighbours, which include Malaysia. The oath taking in James Shoal almost two years ago is still fresh in everyone’s mind.

This is new development is something not comforting.

Published in: on February 26, 2015 at 20:27  Comments (4)  

Thank you Mahfuz for affirming the court system

In trying to make a high profile murder case into a political media circus, PAS former Vice President and MP for Pokok Sena Dato’ Mahfuz Omar affirmed the 13 January 2015 Apex Court uninamous decision of Corporal Sirul Azhar’s conviction and be bent to the gallows.

The pro-Anarista news portal:

Media teleconference with Sirul still on, says Mahfuz

BY YASMIN RAMLAN Published: 22 February 2015 10:48 AM Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar on Monday via a teleconference call. – The Malaysian Insider pic, February 22, 2015. PAS today has confirmed that the teleconference session with former police commando Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar will go ahead as planned despite reports that no green light was given by the Australian Immigration Department. PAS information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar told The Malaysian Insider today that the session, which is expected to last about 15 minutes, will be held around 11.30am at the PAS headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. Declining to elaborate on the details of the teleconference, the Pokok Sena MP said the reason for the session is to give a chance to the Malaysian media to have a chat with Sirul, who is now detained in Australia. “I’m not sure of the details… because he spoke to Malaysiakini before this, I feel now is the time to give others the chance to talk to him,” he said. When asked if he was aware of reports by the Australian media that authorities have yet to approve the session and that interviews within detention centres were not generally allowed, Mahfuz replied in the negative. “I do not know about that,” he said. On Friday, Mahfuz said the 15-minute teleconference with Sirul, who was sentenced to death by the Federal Court alongside Lance Corporal Azilah Hadri last month, will be organised on February 23. “He will give his commitment. He is just waiting for the right time. He will inform me so that I can announce it to the media.” he said. The move followed Sirul’s readiness to come clean on his role in the Altantuya saga, following a phone interview he gave to news portal Malaysiakini recently. Sirul had, among others, said he was only taking orders, a claim immediately rubbished by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday, leading to renewed public interest in the case.– February 22, 2015. **************

Mahfuz is clowning trying to politicise the fact that Sirul Azhar is now a fugitive in Australia, as he failed to appear when the Federal Court decided on 13 January.

The fact is that the court system exhaustively found Sirul and Chief Inspector Azilah Hadhri guilty to ordering Mongolian citizen Altantuyaa Shaariibuu between 1000pm 19 October to 100am 20 October 2006.

Whether or not Sirul’s story about “Taking orders from ‘higher up'” to exterminate Altantuyaa has yet to be proven beyond hearsay if not a political rude lousy excuse since his own defence team never did adduce this very important point nor equally other damming ones, during the trial.

Just like recently upheld conviction by the Federal Court for buggery, Anwar Ibrahim too had his day in court to detest the charge in accordance to the science of evidence but he did not.

However, what is fact is that by arranging for the media teleconference scheduled tomorrow morning, Mahfuz made Sirul confess as a co-perpretator of a murder committed.

Inadvertently, Mahfuz as a seasoned opposition politician attested to the court system and judiciary. Sordidly attempting to skew it for a political agenda which already dead in the water, is not the best of what the Malays not expect from the second largest political party which representing them.

*Updated 130pm

Mahfuz Omar’s attempt to muddle into Sirul Azhar’s state of being a murderous fugitive turned into a puddle when the scheduled so-called ‘teleconference’ with Brisbane did not happen. Some called the whole thing as a hoax.

The Star story:

Published: Monday February 23, 2015 MYT 12:48:00 PM
Updated: Monday February 23, 2015 MYT 1:25:19 PM

Teleconference with Sirul fails, Mahfuz grilled by the press

BY RAHMAH GHAZALI AND NADIRAH H. RODZI

KUALA LUMPUR: A highly-anticipated 15-minute teleconference between Malaysian media and Sirul Azhar Umar failed to materialise, resulting in awkwardness for the host, PAS information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar.

The teleconference, which was supposed to take place at 11.30am Monday at PAS headquarters here, was delayed for about 45 minutes when 15 attempts to call the former police commando failed.

Mahfuz said he had sent a text message to Sirul at 10.44am to alert him that he would be calling him for the teleconference via a different number.

“He responded with, ‘Okay, Datuk’,” said the Pokok Sena MP, before giving up on trying to reach Sirul.

Mahfuz also showed the text of the prior conversation between him and Sirul to the press as a proof that they were in contact.

“I apologise for the inconvenience caused. The line might have been congested,” he said.

Earlier, while waiting for the phone call to go through, Mahfuz was grilled by some reporters as to why he wanted to be “involved” by seemingly advocating Sirul in the high profile murder case of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu.

“I’m not trying to meddle but this case has received worldwide attention and we would like to know the motive behind the killing.

“In 2009, Sirul had also admitted that he was merely a scapegoat and he was only carrying out his duty after receiving an order,” he said.

He was further pressed by several reporters whether the man at the end of the line would be Sirul, as there was no visual.

“That’s up to you to decide, but for me as someone who has been in contact with him, I know for a fact that it will be him,” he said.

Mahfuz also denied influencing Sirul into giving a teleconference, saying that Sirul was willing to speak to the media on his own accord.

He also claimed that he was not privy to what Sirul would say to the press.

“He has spoken to news portal Malaysiakini before, we just thought that it would be fair for the rest of the media to have a chance to speak to him too,” he said.

Sirul, 43, was reported to have been in Australia since November and was detained in Brisbane last month is now being held at the immigration detention centre in Sydney.

He had failed to appear in the Federal Court which sentenced him and former chief inspector Azilah Hadri, 38, to death for the October 2006 murder of Altantuya, then 26.

Mahfuz has been in contact with Sirul since he offered himself as a confidant following allegations by Sirul’s mother that his son was just carrying out his duty as instructed.

Ending the press conference, Mahfuz said he would be flying to Sydney with Sirul’s family members next week and the details would be made known to the press on Friday.

Published in: on February 22, 2015 at 23:58  Comments (6)  

Happy Lunar New Year of the Goat

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Yankee Doodling Dogsbody

Deceptive champions of democracy masquerading as United States of America and the founder of Westminster-styled Constitutional Monarchy, United Kingdom should be ashamed of their “concerned” remarks upon the Federal Court unanimous decision to uphold Court of Appeal judgment of incarcerating Permatang Pauh MP Anwar Ibrahim.

Pro-Anwarista news portal:

US, UK concerned with Anwar’s sodomy verdict

Published: 11 February 2015 12:17 AM
The United States and the United Kingdom have both expressed concern over the Federal Court’s decision to uphold PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s conviction for sodomy.

In separate statements, officials from both countries said that Anwar’s case raises questions about the independence and fairness of Malaysia’s judiciary, and the country’s rule of law.

“The United States is deeply disappointed with Mr Anwar’s conviction following a government appeal of the original verdict finding him not guilty,” said Bernadette Meehan, a spokesperson of the US National Security Council.

“The decision to prosecute Mr Anwar and the conduct of his trial have raised a number of serious concerns about rule of law and the fairness of the judicial system in Malaysia,” Meehan said in a statement emailed from PKR’s communication’s secretariat.
“These concerns are compounded by the government’s intent to expand its sedition law, which Prime Minister (Datuk Seri) Najib Razak had pledged to repeal, to prosecute government critics.”

Meanwhile the UK’s Minister for Asia, Hugo Swire also said that he was deeply concerned by Anwar’s imprisonment.

“His case raises worrying questions about the independence of the judiciary and rule of law in Malaysia. As such, we have consistently raised our concerns with the Malaysian government,” said Swire in a statement emailed to The Malaysian Insider.

Anwar starts his five-year jail term today after the Federal Court quashed his appeal against a conviction of sodomising former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan in 2008.

Meehan said National Security Advisor Susan Rice had met with Malaysian opposition leaders in April 2014, where the latter delivered a message from the US President on human rights.

Meehan said the message was that countries who uphold the human rights of all their citizens – regardless of their political affiliation, ethnicity, race, religion or sexual orientation – are ultimately more prosperous and more stable.

“The United States and Malaysia have built a strong ‘comprehensive partnership’, and we remain committed to expanding our cooperation on shared economic and security challenges affecting our countries’ interests in Asia and globally.

“In that context, we urge the Government of Malaysia to apply the rule of law fairly, transparently, and apolitically in order to promote confidence in Malaysia’s democracy, judiciary, and economy.”

Swire also said the UK encouraged Malaysia to recognise the importance of international confidence in its judicial system and to restore trust in its commitment to human rights.

“Malaysia is an important partner and friend to the UK. We continue to believe that the integrity of the rule of law is a key part of its success, as are the values of moderation and tolerance.” – February 11, 2015.

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There are clear mockery on the principles deceptively they stood for and propagate throughout the world.

First of all, this is about the rule of law and buggery is still an offensive act of crime under the Section 377B of the Penal Code. It is the same criminal law in Singapore and most of the Commonwealth nations (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Maldives and Jamaica. It is also the model for similar laws that remain in force in Bhutan, Brunei, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Tuvalu, Samoa, Malawi, Mauritius, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Ghana, The Gambia, Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia).

Second, this case had been about a private citizen (Mohd. Saiful Bukari Azlan) who made the complaint to the Police that he was buggered by Anwar, on 28 June 2008. The Police and chemist investigated and Attorney General found that the evidence had merit to charge Anwar in a criminal court.

Third, the merits of the case which include the samples of semen (taken from Saiful’s anus) and DNA (taken from items in the Police lock-up) were rightfully obtained and permissible to be adduced in the court. Apparently, they belong to Anwar.

Fourth, Anwar had his day in court. It is a damming fact that he did not use the provision to speak from the witness box under oath to prove his innocence. Instead he used it as his political soap-box, to perpetuate his morbidly dying drama of being a political victim.

Fifth, the courts are independent because against popular believe, the High Court Judge let Anwar off. Of course in March 2014, the five-man bench Court of Appeal disagreed with the January 2012 Kuala Lumpur High Court decision.

Sixth, the advanced and more sophisticated of society in the US and Britain need not view the case as ‘politically motivated’ but instead should view Anwar’s incarceration as ‘justice served’ for a case which was exactly about ‘An employer sexually harassing and manipulated a subordinate’.

Seventh, Anwar never did repent despite he was found guilty for buggering his wife’s driver Azizan Abdul Razak in a Kuala Lumpur High Court on 8 August 2000 and the Court of Appeal upheld the decision. Closely looking at the Federal Court judgment on 2 September 2004, one could note that the judges did believe that the act of buggery did happen. It is just that the technicalities of ascertaining the precise time made the Apex Court judges to allow Anwar to walk away as a free man.

Extracts:

“The testimonies of one Dr. Mohd Fadzil and one Tun Haniff and the conduct of the first Appellant (ie Anwar) confirmed the appellants’ involvement in homosexual activities. However such evidence did not corroborate Azizan’s story that the appellants sodomised him on the date, time and place specified in the charge.”

Additionally, the majority also held:

“even though reading the appeal record, we find evidence to confirm that the appellants were involved in homosexual activities and we are more inclined to believe that the alleged incident at Tivoli Villa did happen, sometime, this court, as a court of law, may only convict the appellants if the prosecution has successfully proved that the alleged offences as stated in the charges, beyond reasonable doubt.”

Anwar did sin and all these seven points proven that he did. The United States and Britain must do better, if they want to be respected for the principles they stood for.

Published in: on February 11, 2015 at 08:30  Comments (24)  

Dr Mahathir was right all the while

The Federal Court decided moments ago the same decision Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad made sixteen and a half years ago; Anwar is guilty as a buggeror.

Pro-Anwarista news portal story:

ANWAR GUILTY

BY THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Published: 10 February 2015 11:41 AM
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, whose coalition for the first time took 52% of the popular vote in the last general election, was today convicted for sodomy by Malaysia’s highest court.

As the verdict was delivered, Anwar turned and hugged his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

He then turned to his son, who was seen nodding his head at something that Anwar told him. Anwar then kissed his grandchildren.

“Remember what I told you, you must go to school,” Anwar told his grandson.
His lips quivering, Anwar also hugged his daughters who were in tears.

Dr Wan Azizah’s father, Wan Ismail Wan Mahmood, was also in tears. “You have to be strong,” Dr Wan Azizah was heard telling her father.

Anwar kept assuring his family and other Pakatan Rakyat leaders hugging him that he was all right.

He was overheard telling one of them, “I knew it was bad”.

Many of his supporters were crying in court. Patron for people’s movement, Negara-ku, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan was seen comforting Dr Wan Azizah while DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng gave Anwar a bear hug.

The court is adjourned for one hour following an application from Anwar’s lead counsel Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram.

The mood outside the court room was sombre as many tried to hold back tears.

A tearful Elizabeth Wong, who is Selangor exco member, was heard telling supporters to “go see the boss”. Anwar was later seen consoling a supporter who was crying uncontrollably.

Meanwhile, outside the court complex, supporters of both Anwar and Saiful Bukhari Azlan were told to disperse. Riot police could be seen getting ready to control the crowd and to prevent any untoward incident.

Anwar’s supporters asked for permission to see their leader for one last time and started moving to the back of the court complex.

One of Anwar’s lawyers, Ramkarpal Singh, told reporters the defence would be seeking a lower sentence.

Anwar, 68, is staring at a five-year jail sentence meted out by the Court of Appeal, which in March last year overturned High Court’s decision to acquit him of sodomising his former aide, Saiful.

The prosecution has filed a cross-appeal for an enhanced sentence, which could stretch up to 20 years.

Anwar, the PKR de facto leader, will lose his Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat if he is fined more than RM2,000 or jailed for more than a year and does not receive a free pardon.

Lawyer Shailender Bhar who followed proceedings outside court through Twitter said he was “surprised” by the verdict by the bench.

“The submission presented by the defence suggest ed Anwar will be freed,” he said.

Another lawyer Ramesh Sivakumar said this decision had altered some of the fundamental legal principles in sexual offence cases.

“The courts can now on completely disregard any need for corroborative evidence” he said.

In this case, he said although Saiful’s credibility was shattered, yet the bench ruled he was a reliable witness.

“To my mind, the bench has set dangerous precedent on sexual offences which is easy to allege by a complaint but difficult to prove innocence by accused,” he added.

The former deputy prime minister’s legal battle in the second sodomy case began in August 7, 2008, when he was charged with sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, at an apartment in Damansara.

The High Court had in January 2012, acquitted Anwar, but this was overturned by the Court of Appeal in March last year.

The first sodomy case against Anwar was in 1998, after he was sacked from the government.

He was then accused of sodomising his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s former driver Azizan Abdul Razak but was acquitted in a 2- 1 majority ruling by the Federal Court in 2004. – February 10, 2015.

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A more comprehensive story by The Malay Mail Online:

Anwar gets five years as Federal Court maintains sodomy conviction

BY SHAZWAN MUSTAFA KAMAL
PUBLISHED: FEBRUARY 10, 2015 12:13 PMUPDATED: FEBRUARY 10, 2015 02:42 PM

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 10 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been sentenced to five years’ jail after the country’s apex court today upheld an earlier Court of Appeal ruling that reversed his acquittal of sodomising former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

The verdict today effectively ends Anwar’s legal options to challenge the conviction. He now stands to lose his Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat as the law bars anyone fined over RM2,000 or imprisoned more than one year from serving as a lawmaker.

The decision also leaves the Pakatan Rakyat opposition pact without a leader.

When reading out the summary of the case, Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria said the offence under Section 377B of the Penal Code was concerned with acts of carnal intercourse against the order of nature, and that consent was not a necessary ingredient to the commission.

“It is beyond reasonable doubt that PW1 (Saiful) was sodomised by the appellant (Anwar). The appeal against the conviction is dismissed,” Ariffin said when delivering the unanimous decision.

After hearing submissions from both sides and taking a brief recess, the judges came back to hand down the same five-year sentence that the Court of Appeal gave Anwar last year.

IN THE GALLERY
Supporters of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim are seen outside the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya February 10, 2015. ― Picture by Mayuri Mei Lin
Supporters of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim are seen rallying behind the police barricade outside the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya February 10, 2015. ― Picture by Mayuri Mei Lin
“The court dismissed both appeals and affirms sentence of five years,” Arifin said.

Earlier, Tan Sri Muhd Shafee Abdullah, the private lawyer appointed to lead the prosecution, argued that this was not the first time Anwar was convicted of sodomy and pressed for a heavier penalty as the offence permits for jail of up to 20 years.

He contended that the sentence should not be lesser than the six years Anwar had received during his first sodomy conviction that was later reversed.

“What I can do is to suggest that five years in prison wrong in principle. It cannot be anything lesser than what he had been given many years ago,” Shafee said.

Submitting to mitigate the sentence, Anwar’s lawyer Ramkarpal Singh asked the court to consider the opposition leader’s past contributions to the country and to ignore his previous conviction.

“Your Lordships should take into account whether Court of Appeal judiciously considered the sentence and reflect that these are very special facts to the case.

“If your Lordships are not with me… it is then my submission no good reason on enhancing sentence on the facts of this case,” he said

Earlier, Arifin said the Federal Court concurred with the subordinate courts that Saiful was a credible witness.

He also said that the apex court accepted the DNA evidence tendered by the prosecution, explaining that degradation did not prevent the samples from being usable and that there was no break in the chain of custody as claimed by Anwar’s lawyers.

“Based on the above findings, we agree with the Court of Appeal judges,” Arifin said.

Further, the Chief Justice said there was not merit to Anwar’s claim of a political conspiracy in the charge and that such a defence was not considered by the three courts hearing the case.

Despite the claim, Anwar did not deny being present at the time and place of the alleged sodomy, Arifin noted.

“We hold no merit in in the appellant’s unsubstantiated claims of political conspiracy,” he said.

Immediately after the decision, Anwar turned around and hugged wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the rest of his family burst into tears.

The opposition leader appeared stoic as he made a series of calls on his mobile phone to inform people of his conviction.

The sombre air that began descending on the courtroom as Arifin began his summary became overwhelming after the decision was delivered, as Anwar’s allies also began tearing up.

One by one, family, friends and supporters came up to hug him and say their farewells as Anwar tried to contain his own emotions.

Behind him, his young grandchildren looked on, apparently unaware of the significance.

“Are we done yet?” one grandson asked.
Dr Wan Azizah was seen asking her father to “be strong”.

Despite her advice, the PKR president and Nurul Izzah Anwar both began sobbing uncontrollably as the judges returned to deliver their sentence.

Anwar then kissed Dr Wan Azizah on the forehead to console her, before turning to address friends and supporters present.

“See you in some years,” he said.

His lawyers earlier asked for a one-hour adjournment in order to prepare submissions for his sentencing.

Anwar and his lawyers later huddled together in discussion.

The offence under Section 377B of the Penal Code that Anwar is convicted of allows for a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison as well as caning. The 60-year-old Anwar may not be caned, however, due to his age.

The High Court had in 2012 acquitted Anwar of the 2008 charge but the appellate court ruled on March 7, 2014 that the trial judge had erred when rejecting the DNA evidence produced in the case.

Lead prosecutor Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah has indicated the prosecution’s intention to seek a jail term of longer than the five years handed down to Anwar when he was convicted last year.

The Federal Court hearing was presided over by a five-member panel led by Arifin. Others include Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif and Federal Court judges Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Embong, Tan Sri Suriyadi Halim Omar and Datuk Ramly Ali.

Anwar was represented by a 14-man defence team led by former Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram. Others include lawyers R.Sivarasa, Latheefa Koya, N. Surendran and Gobind Singh Deo.

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This also proven that former Inspector General of Police Tun Mohd. Haniff Omar and his Special Branch officers were right all along about then Deputy Prime Minister and all powerful Minister of Finance Anwar Ibrahim all along.

The first reports about the latter’s ‘unnatural sexual habit’ surfaced somewhat twenty two years ago.

All along, Anwar Ibrahim focused on the excuse of ‘political conspiracy against him’ to harness mass support of ordinary people by rising against a “Corrupt, unjust and filled with cronyism practices”.

It actually caught on the imagination of many, started from the ‘Reformasi Movement’ a few days after he was unceremoniously sacked as Deputy Prime Mininister of 2 September 1998 and from UMNO, a day later.

The mob street ‘Reformasi Movement’ snowballed into a political movement called KeAdilan and later Parti KeAdilan Nasional (PKN) was formed and his wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail became the president.

To strengthen it further, PKN joint forces with Partai Sosialis Rakyat Malaysia (PSRM) and Parti KeAdilan Rakyat was formed. Anwar as the ‘Advisor’ of PKR, fortified their anti-BN chats with Chinese Chauvinist DAP and PAS and managed to partly cripple BN in the March 2008 ‘Political Tsunami’ where BN lost 2/3 majority control of Dewan Rakyat for the first time and five State Governments.

After Mohd Saiful Bukari Azlan made a Police report on 28 June 2008 against Anwar Ibrahim for buggering him, the latter continued the ‘conspiracy about toppling him’.

As a reaction and defense system to this investigation, Anwar launched a deception about “31BN MPs ready yo jump into his bandwagon and Pakatan Rakyat is about to take over the Federal Government by or on 16 September 2008″.

The Government was quick to issue a statement on the Apex Court decision to uphold the March 2014 Court of Appeal judgment of five years jail.

Government’s statement on Anwar Ibrahim

10 FEBRUARY 2015 @ 12:40 PM

PUTRAJAYA: The government has issued the following statement after the Federal Court upheld the Appeal Court’s decision in finding Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim guilty of sodomy.

“The judges will have reached their verdict only after considering all the evidence in a balanced and objective manner. Malaysia has an independent judiciary, and there have been many rulings against senior government figures.

“The police report against Anwar Ibrahim was brought by a private individual – Anwar’s employee and personal assistant – not by the government. As the victim of a serious sexual assault, he had every right to have his case heard in court.

“In this case, exhaustive and comprehensive due process has been followed over many years. That process is now complete, and we call on all parties involved to respect the legal process and the judgment.”

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The Federal Court today is upholding the Court of Appeal judgment for five years incarceration. The last time Anwar was incarcerated for the same offence it was for nine years jail. However that was fifteen years ago.

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NST story:

Anwar sent to prison

BY NST TEAM – 10 FEBRUARY 2015 @ 3:09 PM

PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who was in the courtroom at the Palace of Justice was led away by policemen to serve his five-year jail sentence in Sungai Buloh prison.

Shouts of “Hidup Anwar!” were heard in court as Anwar was taken away with his wife Datin Seri Azizah Ismail in tow.

Outside the court complex, more than 1,000 supporters chanted Reformasi after being told of the verdict that sent Anwar to prison for five years.

Some of them were seen holding and waving the party’s flag and several of them also climbed onto the barricade with chants of “Reformasi” while waiting for Anwar to be escorted out of the court.

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It is clear not only there would be a by-election in Permatang Pauh Parliamentary constituency, to replace Anwar as the MP but eventually a new Opposition Leader should be nominated. The loose Opposition coalition of the-marriage-of-(un)holy-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows would now have to appoint a new leader too.

The most important bit to Tun Dr. Mahathir and Tun Mohd. Haniff Omar being right all the while is that Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan got his justice, after six years, seven and a half months.

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AWO’s bullish thoughts on Moody’s high rated Malaysian economy

We received this brief ten hours ago from Chartered Accountant-turned-Minister in-charge of EPU Dato’ Seri Abdul Wahid Omar on the recent Moody’s bullish rating on the Malaysian economy and what Malaysian business could do to help sustain:

As Malaysians enjoy lower RON95 petrol price of RM1.70 per litre effective 1 February, some may have missed credit rating agency Moody’s announcement  on 30 January 2015 that affirmed Malaysia’s A3 rating & Positive outlook.

An “A” rating is considered upper-medium grade & is subject to low credit risk. Positive outlook refers to a likely rating upgrade over the medium term (12-18 months).

Here’s my 1-2-3 take on Malaysia’s rating.

1)There are 3 global rating agencies ; Moody’s, Standard & Poor’s and Fitch . Moody’s and S&P are the two main agencies reatained by most global issuers. All three rating agencies have rated Malaysia at A3/A- but with different rating outlook. Moody’s is Positive, S&P Stable and Fitch Negative. At A3/A-, Malaysia has the 2nd highest credit rating in ASEAN after Singapore (AAA), and one notch above Thailand (BAA1), two notches above Philippines (BAA2) and three notches above Indonesia (BAA3). Brunei is not rated. Other ASEAN countries are below BAA3 (minimum level considered to be investment grade).
2) Moody’s is generally positive on Malaysia due to the Govt’s commitment to fiscal deficit reduction & reforms and Malaysia’s fundamental credit strengths – notably macroeconomics stability, domestic capital market depth and favourable Govt debt structure. This provides resistance to a more adverse external economic environment, lower oil prices & global financial market volatility. Moody’s acknowledged they have seen ongoing fiscal deficit reduction & actual implementation of significant reform. This includes, among others, the managed float system for petrol & diesel in Dec 2014 that effectively eliminated subsidies, reduced Govt reliance on oil revenues to 30% in 2014 and implementation of GST come 1 April 2015 which will broaden our revenue base. Meaning Malaysia has been doing the right things & potentially could have been upgraded if not for the recent sudden drop in global oil prices & market volatility. On economic fundamentals, Moody’s expects Malaysia to continue to exhibit faster growth, lower inflation & a more robust external payments (current account in Balance of Payments) position than other A rated countries. Other strengths include favourable demographics, resurgence of private investment since ETP, macroenonomic stability anchored by credibility of BNM & Govt’s favourable debt structure & depth of onshore capital markets. Only 3% of Govt debt is denominated in foreign currency.
3) What are Moody’s concerns?
First is the high level of household debt which is mitigated by low unemployment & high level of household financial assets. Second is the external payments position but Moody’s believes that Malaysia is likely to sustain a structural current account surplus & that foreign currency reserve adequacy will remain in line with other A rated countries. Third on clarity of off-budget financing entities to analyse contingent risks to Govt.

Notwithstanding the concerns, the Posiitive outlook reflects confidence that fiscal consolidation will be sustained despite prolonged low commodity prices. What could move the rating up?

Continued track record in fiscal deficit reduction and stability in the affordability & refinancing of Govt debt.

What could move the rating down? Worsening of fiscal deficit or crystallisation of large contingent liabilities.

What can Malaysian businesses/corporates do to help? Well, there are many things businesses/corporates can do to help the country / economy.

Top three;

1) Help grow the economy. Optimise your expenditure. Please spend domestically if you can afford it. Invest domestically.
2) Be generous to your employees. If you make more profit, share it with them. They can do a better job in stimulating private consumption out of the bonus paid.
3) Be a responsible corporate citizen. Dont evade tax, dont bribe to get contracts, embrace inclusiveness & sustainability.

Let us all do our respective parts to navigate through 2015 & beyond Thank you & with best regards.

AWO.

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Ngeh gnawed

Perak DAP Chairman Ngeh Koo Ham attacking Rembau MP Khairy Jamaluddin via twitter for statements against Sam Bacile’s video clip “Innocence of Islam”

Perak DAP Chairman and former Senior Exco under DAP-puppet Menteri Besar’s Perak State Government Ngeh Koo Ham should not think that Malaysians have forgotten about his anti-Islam statement two years ago when he is taking pot shots against Agriculture Minister Dato’ Seri Ismail Sabri Yaacob.

The pro-Anwarista portal story:

Ngeh demands apology, threatens to sue Ismail Sabri over Facebook post

By EILEEN NG

Published: 2 February 2015 4:59 PM
Perak DAP adviser Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham has denied ever owning any shares in the popular cafe chain Old Town White Coffee. – The Malaysian Insider pic, February 2, 2015.
The DAP’s Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham will sue Cabinet minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob for saying that he owns shares in the Old Town White Coffee café franchise and that he is anti-Islam unless the Barisan Nasional politician retracts the claims.

The Perak DAP adviser is giving the Agriculture and Agro-based Industries minister 48 hours to take back his remarks which were posted on his Facebook account, urging Malay consumers to boycott Chinese businesses.

“There is not an iota of truth that I have shares in Old Town White Coffee or that I am anti-Islam.

“I never have, neither have I now nor in any part of my life, had shares in Old Town White Coffee,” he told The Malaysian Insider today, noting that this was an old allegation that he had repeatedly denied in the past.
Ngeh also said he was not anti-Islam, citing his social work among the Muslim community in Perak, where is the Beruas MP.

Ngeh said he would lodge a police report against Ismail Sabri in Ipoh tomorrow and urged the minister to apologise quickly.

The DAP politician also said he was shocked that the minister, who was his senior at the law faculty of Universiti Malaya, would make such a racist claim.

“I know him personally, he should have called me to verify the claims,” he said.

In his Facebook post, Ismail Sabri said Malay consumers had a role in helping the government fight profiteers by using their collective power to lower the price of goods.

“Forgive me for sharing my views, but besides the Ministry of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism, which uses the Price Control Act and the Anti-Profiteering Act to act against traders who raise their prices indiscriminately, the greatest power lies with consumers.

“The majority of consumers are Malay, Chinese are a minority, if the Malays boycott their businesses, they will surely have no choice but to reduce their prices,” he posted on the social networking site.

Ismail Sabri, who was the former domestic trade and consumerism minister, confirmed to The Malaysian Insider that the statement was made by him on his Facebook account.

The post has been shared numerous times by other Facebook users and several also congratulated him for being “bold” in his statement.

Ismail Sabri had also singled out the Old Town White Coffee café chain owned by OldTown Bhd, saying Ngeh owned shares in the company.

“Malays are still refusing to boycott (Old Town White Coffee) what more when its owner is said to be the DAP Ngeh family of Perak who are known to be anti-Islam.

“As long as the Malays don’t change, the Chinese will take the opportunity to oppress the Malays,” said Ismail Sabri.

Ngeh today said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should reprimand the agriculture minister for his remarks.

“Najib has always been proud of his 1Malaysia slogan. He should ask himself whether this minister is fit to lead the country.

“I am shocked that a minister can be so racist. How can he make a statement based on total lies?” he asked.

Ismail Sabri told The Malaysian Insider that his statement was directed at Chinese businesses whom he said were “reluctant” to lower their prices.

“I am referring to Chinese traders who are reluctant to reduce the prices of goods even though the price of petrol has come down.

“What I want to emphasise is for people not to depend solely on the government to ensure the price of goods comes down because as consumers, they can use their power to pressure businesses,” he said. –

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Maybe Ngeh should be reminded of his anti-Islam statement via his twitter almost two and half years ago.

The Star story:

Wednesday September 19, 2012

Uproar over Ngeh’s tweet on anti-Islam video

PETALING JAYA: Perak DAP chief Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham has sparked an uproar over his tweet questioning whether Muslims were “wasting time and energy” in protesting the controversial anti-Islam Innocence of Muslims video clip.

Politicians from both sides of the divide banded together to hit out at Ngeh, with many calling him insensitive.

Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin described Ngeh’s comments as insensitive and offensive, adding: “It clearly shows that he and DAP have failed to understand Islam and Muslims, our respect for the Prophet and our feelings.”

He also noted that Ngeh had indirectly criticised PAS who were planning to join a peaceful assembly on Friday over the matter.

“No wonder PAS cannot trust DAP when their senior leaders regularly betray a lack of respect for Muslims,” Khairy said.

In his Twitter account, Ngeh, who is Sitiawan assemblyman, posted: “Khairy wants Muslim protest against Sam Bacile. For Islam or his political gains? Are Muslims wasting too much time and energy on this?”

It was reported that Umno and PAS members are planning a massive protest on Friday against the anti-Islam film that mocks and insults Islam and the Prophet Muhammad.

Information, Culture and Communications Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim tweeted that Ngeh was unfit to be a political leader for denying the rights of Muslims to uphold their religion.

PAS Youth secretary Khairul Faizi Ahmad Kamil said Ngeh should be careful with his statements, pointing out that it was not Khairy who mooted the idea to hold a massive protest on Friday.

“This issue involves all Muslims and it is mandatory for Muslims to protect the good name of Prophet Muhammad regardless of their political affiliation,” he said yesterday.

Kota Belud MP Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said Ngeh displayed “extreme insensitivity” in questioning whether the planned protest was politically motivated.

MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai said Ngeh’s comments reflected insensitivity towards the feelings of Muslims.

He stressed that the displeasure against the video clip had nothing to do with politics and that even Google and YouTube had taken measures to deal with the matter.

“How can people in our country use this as a political tool? This is the problem with some, especially in DAP, who always look at things with a political slant,” he said.

Former DAP vice-chairman Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim said the remark by Ngeh was unsustainable and uncalled for.

Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Zambry Abdul Kadir slammed Ngeh, saying it was not right for him to make such a statement especially in relation to such a sensitive issue.

Three police reports have been lodged against Ngeh.

Ngeh said he was very disappointed that some people had twisted the meaning of his tweet, reiterating that he respected the rights of everyone to protest or demonstrate.

“There is no doubt that I condemn the video but my tweet was a question and not a statement as some have claimed, belittled Islam,” he said.

“I agree with the Malaysian Young Ulama that there needs to be restrain and a need to not cause further unrest. We should focus on the person who made the video and not the whole of the United States, where there are also Muslims living.”

February 2, 2015.

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It does not matter if latter Ngeh apologised. The fact is that, he is anti-Islam. It is also reflective when he had a twitter banter with former Perkasa Youth Chief Armand Azha on Old Town’s White Coffee Halal certification.

Ngeh Koo Ham’s banter against Armand Azha in twitter on Old Town WHite Coffee Halal certificate

Isn’t it funny that Ngeh came into the defence of Old Town White Coffee in that intensity?

The fact is that Ngeh is cornered by his own statements.

 

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Orde-Wingate’s Burma Brigade To Be Revived For Cyber Warfare

Brigadier Charles Orde-Wingate’s legendary 77th Brigade “Chindits” is to be revived to fight the growing cyber-warfare and psychological warfare, particularly in social media.

BBC.com story:

Army sets up new brigade ‘for information age’

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The Army is setting up a new unit that will use psychological operations and social media to help fight wars “in the information age”.

Head of the Army General Sir Nick Carter said the move was about trying to operate “smarter”.

The 77th Brigade, made up of reservists and regular troops and based in Hermitage, Berkshire, will be formally created in April.

It has been inspired by the Chindits who fought in Burma in World War Two.

‘Bespoke skills’
An Army spokesman said the unit would “play a key part in enabling the UK to fight in the information age” and that it “consists of more than just traditional capabilities”.

Chief of the British Army Gen Sir Nick Carter. The Army, led by Gen Sir Nick Carter, could face cuts following the general election

He said: “77 Brigade is being created to draw together a host of existing and developing capabilities essential to meet the challenges of modern conflict and warfare.

“It recognises that the actions of others in a modern battlefield can be affected in ways that are not necessarily violent and it draws heavily on important lessons from our commitments to operations in Afghanistan amongst others.”

Recruitment for the brigade, 42% of whose personnel will be reservists, will begin this spring.

Its members will come from the Royal Navy and RAF as well as from the Army.

One former commander of British forces in Afghanistan has warned the new operation should not mean fewer troops on the frontline.

Colonel Richard Kemp said: “My view is that this should not be done at the expense of combat troops. Where are these 2,000 people going to come from?”

“They are likely to come from savings made in combat troops. I think that’s a mistake.

“I think the British forces have already been cut far too much in a very uncertain and increasingly dangerous world.

He acknowledged the need for this type of innovation, but said “it should be added to the forces, not created out of savings found elsewhere.”

The creation of the new unit is part of a major restructuring of the military under the Army 2020 plan, which will see the military scaled down to around 82,000 regular troops in the next five years.

Chindits in the Burmese jungle, 1943
The new unit is said to share the “spirit of innovation” of the Chindits in the Burma Campaign of 1942-45
The unit will also seek “new ways of allowing civilians with bespoke skills to serve alongside their military counterparts”.

The Army spokesman said it would share the “spirit of innovation” of the Chindits in the Burma Campaign of 1942 to 1945.

Chindits was the name given to the Long Range Penetration (LRP) groups that operated in the Burmese jungle behind enemy lines, targeting Japanese communications.

The new unit will also use the old Chindit insignia of a Chinthe, a mythical Burmese creature which is half-lion and half-dragon.

Tony Redding from Kent, whose father was in the Chindits, told the BBC he was disappointed by the move. He said: “Sadly the Ministry of Defence didn’t inform the surviving Chindit veterans of the decision to use the badge in this way.

“I’ve tried very hard to look for similarities and the only common denominator I can find is that the Chindits 70 years ago were a highly unconventional force. Perhaps this new force are to use some unconventional means of warfare.”

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Brigadier Charles Orde-Wingate commanded the 77th Brigade in Burma during World War II and the highly effective guerrilla warfare gave the Japanese Imperial Army a good run for their money.

It is part of the Ministry of Defense (MOD) strategic media game where the control of perception and first impression of the world public matters, in the challenges with dynamism of the integral communication and information at cyber speed and reach.

The ability to control social media has become a priority in the strategy of controlling any fields of warfare.

It is believed that the traditional politically adverse nations to the UK and United States such as Russia, China and even North Korea have invested a lot to be strategically commanding in the cyber warfare game.

The ongoing global warfare against international terrorism such as the current conflict against Islamic State so-called Jihadist is getting more chronic and complicated. The battle has been taken into cybersphere when the US Central Command social account was hacked by pro-IS ‘Cyber Caliphate’.

BBC.com story:

12 January 2015 Last updated at 23:10

US Centcom Twitter account hacked by pro-IS group

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The Twitter and YouTube accounts of the US military command were suspended for a few hours after being hacked by a group claiming to back Islamic State.

One message on Centcom’s Twitter feed said: “American soldiers, we are coming, watch your back.”

It was signed by Isis, another name for the Islamic State. Some internal military documents also appeared on the Centcom Twitter feed.

Centcom said it was “cyber-vandalism” and not a serious data breach.

In a statement, it said there was no operational impact and no classified information was posted.

“We are viewing this purely as a case of cyber-vandalism,” it said. Later on Monday, its Twitter feed became visible again, although not active.

Embarrassingly, the hack happened as President Barack Obama was giving a speech on cyber-security.

Reflecting on major breaches like a recent hack of Sony Pictures, Mr Obama said in his speech the US had been reminded of “enormous vulnerabilities for us as a nation and for our economy”.

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His spokesman Josh Earnest said the US is looking into the Centcom hacking.

He said they were investigating the extent of the incident, and that there was a significant difference between a large data breach and the hacking of a Twitter account.

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This is an irritating hack rather than a matter of major security concern, but it will inevitably lead to a review to see if there are any more fundamental vulnerabilities in the US military’s public facing web and Twitter accounts.

The material posted on the site represents an amateurish and unconvincing attempt to publicise “secrets”. Most of the information is hardly secret at all – the postal address at the Pentagon of the Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey.

A variety of maps and diagrams were also posted by the hackers. Two appeared to be slides from a presentation at the Lincoln Laboratory – a government funded think-tank at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

They showed maritime defences on the Chinese coast, but not in any great detail. There were also simple maps of North Korea showing population centres, nuclear installations and missile sites.

You can find maps showing the same things on the websites of many US think-tanks.

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An unnamed Pentagon official told Reuters the hacking was an embarrassment but did not appear to be a security threat.

And Professor Alan Woodward, from the University of Surrey, said he did not consider the attack to be a major breach of security.

“I wouldn’t say it’s trivial, but it’s just a slip,” he told the BBC.

“Twitter accounts are usually looked after by an individual in an organisation – it’s very easy to give away that password.

“In terms of if this is a hack into something secret, or sensitive – no, it’s not. An individual has made a slight mistake.”

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IS have been very effective using the media, which include social media for their publicity. Their psychological warfare which encompasses the recoding of execution of foreign nationals and journos managed to struck fear in the eyes and minds of millions of people worldwide.

This is on top of their overwhelming success in recruiting fighters and sympathisers from ordinary people, through their strategic use of social media.

Thousands of multinationals which include 40-50 Malaysians, not only just men but women too, to be drawn into their organised international terrorism which have since grown into a formidable conventional army in Syria and Iraq.

The inability to control the cyber warfare would prove to be disastrous.

Almost ten years ago, the suicide bombers struck a co-ordinated attack on the London Underground system and bus. 52 people were killed and 770 others were injured. It was later proven that the suicide bombers communicated using ams just before the attack commenced.

That was a very painful lesson for the Brits and their paranoia did prove to be substantial.

Almost three weeks ago, British Prime Minister David Cameron pronounced that encrypted communication which include social media would not be allowed in the UK.

The Telegraph story:

Spies should be able to monitor all online messaging, says David Cameron

The Tory leader said: ‘If I am prime minister I will make sure that it is a comprehensive piece of legislation that does not allow terrorists safe space to communicate with eachother’

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The Security Services will be given the powers to read all messages sent over the internet, if the Conservatives win the general election.

David Cameron, the Prime Minister, made the pledge at a campaign event attended by up to 100 Conservative activists in Nottingham.

The police and the intelligence agencies have expressed concerns that they are not able to access the content of some of the new ways to communicate over the internet.

The Prime Minister – who on Monday morning chaired a meeting of the Security Services to discuss lessons that be learned from last week’s terrorist attacks on Paris – said a Tory Government would pass a law in the next Parliament to ensure that the police and Security Services can read internet messages.

The problem at the moment was that new ways of communicating over the internet were impossible for the agencies to keep track of, he said.

Plans for a Communications Data Bill – branded a “snoopers’ charter” by critics – were blocked by Liberal Democrat opposition in the Coalition, but Conservatives have signalled they will revive the legislation if they secure an overall majority in May’s general election.

Mr Cameron said: “The next Government will have to legislate again in 2016. If I am prime minister I will make sure that it is a comprehensive piece of legislation that does not allow terrorists safe space to communicate with eachother.

“That is the key principle: do we allow terrorists safer spaces for them to talk to each other. I say no we don’t – and we should legislate accordingly. And if I am in Government that is what you will get.”

He added: “I have a very simple principle which will be the heart of the new legislation that will be necessary. In our country, do we want to allow a means of communication between people which even in extremis, with a signed warrant from the home secretary personally, that we cannot read? “Up until now, governments have said: ‘No, we must not’.

“That is why in extremis it has been possible to read someone’s letter, to listen to someone’s telephone, to mobile communications.

“But the question remains: are we going to allow a means of communications which it simply isn’t possible to read. My answer to that question is: ‘No we must not’.

“The first duty of any government is to keep our country and people safe. The attacks in Paris demonstrated the scale of the threat that we face and the need to have robust powers through our intelligence and security agencies in order to keep our people safe.

“The powers that I believe we need, whether on communications data, or on the content of communications, I feel very comfortable these are absolutely right for a modern, liberal democracy.”

Mr Cameron also said that a Tory Government would pass a new law to ensure that the intelligence agencies would be able to track phone calls and internet messages.

He said that this power to track “who made which call, to which person, and when” was “absolutely crucial not just in terrorism but finding missing people, murder investigations, almost every single serious crime.
“What matters is that we can access this communications data whether people are using fixed phones, mobile phones or more modern ways of communicating via the internet.”

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Lessons from Paracels XX: Najib’s Extended and Multi-tiered Diplomacy

China's imaginary and unsubstantiated Nine-Dash-Line

China’s imaginary and unsubstantiated Nine-Dash-Line

Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s extended and multi-tiered and multi-pronged diplomacy is his administration’s strength to manage the multiple geo-political issues arisen from the multi nations’ claim over the Nine-Dash-Line in South China Sea.

Eurasia Review story:

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MORE NUANCED THAN JUST ‘HEDGING': MALAYSIA AND SOUTH CHINA SEA DISPUTES – ANALYSIS

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As ASEAN Chairman this year Malaysia has to tackle the South China Seas disputes. Malaysia’s supposed “hedging” stance should be viewed more comprehensively.

By Oh Ei Sun*

2015 sees Malaysia stepping up to the rotating chairmanship of ASEAN, just as the ten member states are poised to embrace the much anticipated ASEAN Economic Community (AEC). Amidst the continued global economic slowdown, it is perhaps understandable that much attention has been focused on AEC as yet another impetus to spur regional economic growth, and by extension on Malaysia’s hopefully adroit skill in ASEAN’s driver’s seat.

Nevertheless, the disputes over the territorial and maritime sovereignty of a large part of the South China Sea, although apparently quietened down late last year, continued to be a latent challenge for all regional parties concerned. How skillfully Malaysia, both as a claimant party as well as ASEAN chair, handles the South China Sea disputes in relation to its three ASEAN co-claimants as well as China is crucial to regional peace and security.

Priority for economic cooperation

Recently, some researchers characterised Malaysia’s management of its South China Sea dispute with China as a “hedging” one, balancing its national interest of maintaining close economic relations with Beijing with the “regional” interest of ASEAN solidarity vis-a-vis China. While this “hedging” label on Malaysia may be partially accurate, it begs a more comprehensive and nuanced view of Malaysia’s international role as well as a more realistic regional outlook.

Firstly, for hundreds of years, Malaysia (and its preceding constituent states) has been a vibrant regional trading hub. This is especially so when the country undertook rapid industrialisation in the last half century, albeit with the vital assistance of foreign investments. The prevalent Malaysian national psyche, including and especially that of the ruling elite, thus exhibits a strong natural predilection toward economic concerns such as improved trade and investment, as opposed to overly ideological and nationalistic concerns.

Malaysia’s trade volume with China is indeed tremendous, surpassing US$100 billion annually over the last few years, making China its largest overall trading partner, and Malaysia China’s largest trading partner in Southeast Asia. These fruitful and escalating bilateral economic ties thus understandably overshadow the intermittent South China Sea disputes, which do not show any immediate or even medium-term resolution.

Malaysia’s non-adoption of the more confrontational approaches of Vietnam and the Philippines in the South China Sea disputes is therefore not surprising. Vietnam unfortunately experienced protracted and traumatic armed conflicts in its road towards nation-building, and its arguably more nationalistic attitude can thus be somewhat understood. The Philippines for obvious domestic reasons was not endowed with the massive economic development (and the resulting preference for trade) seen in the case of Malaysia.

Regional solidarity

But even if the term “hedging” were to describe Malaysia’s handling of the South China Sea disputes, it should at least be construed in a wider context. It is widely known that in addition to maintaining fertile trading relations with China, Malaysia, not unlike its many Southeast Asian neighbours, also welcomes the United States to continue playing a constructive role in regional security matters. Joint exercises (including maritime ones in or near the disputed waters), port calls and anti-terror efforts, to name but a few, continue to be cornerstones of US-Malaysia security cooperation.

Malaysia’s US-friendly stance, at least in security-related aspects, thus does not differ substantially from that exhibited by either Vietnam or the Philippines. It is perhaps also interesting to note that Malaysia and China will reportedly hold their first-ever joint military field exercise later this year.

Indeed, Malaysia certainly did not abandon regional solidarity with its neighbours when it comes to the South China Sea disputes. Malaysia remains committed and is proactively pushing for eventual region-wide solutions to the disputes. Malaysia is also equally comfortable with China’s preference for bilateral dealings over the South China Sea issue.

But whether bilaterally or multilaterally, Malaysia is flexible in terms of the ways and means – direct negotiation, mediation, joint development, arbitration, adjudication or otherwise – for resolving the disputes. Most of these have been successfully employed to conclusively settle its territorial disputes with neighbours such as Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore.

Malaysia, in this respect, looks favourably toward the region-wide (including both China and Southeast Asian claimant states) adoption of the Code of Conduct (COC) on the South China Sea. Although the COC supposedly does not touch on sovereignty issues, it should provide a pragmatic framework for potentially managing, if not resolving, the South China Sea disputes. As ASEAN chairman Malaysia is likely to accord high priority to the adoption of the COC.

Confrontational benefits elusive

More fundamentally, it could also be argued that the more aggressive approaches preferred by the Philippines and Vietnam in dealing with China on the South China Sea disputes did not quite produce the results that they would have desired. For example, in the aftermath of the Philippines’ 2012 run-in with China over the Scarborough Shoal (which China calls Huangyan Island), Beijing assumes de facto control over access to the territory.

Similarly, despite Vietnam’s repeated skirmishes with China over the Paracel Islands/Xisha, these remain firmly under Chinese administration. As such, other Southeast Asian claimants, Malaysia included, could not elicit positive lessons from such confrontational styles.

Even the Philippines and Vietnam did not always confront China resolutely over the South China Sea disputes. In the midst of the Scarborough Shoal standoff, the Philippines inaugurated a China-funded dam project. Vietnam, which shares similar ideological outlook with China, often sees its South China Sea conflicts with China tone down after high-level party-to-party visits between the two countries.

For all these reasons, and with the benefit of a more comprehensive grasp of regional and international power-play realities, Malaysia may be said to more than just “hedge” its way out of the South China Sea disputes. It hews to a more comprehensive approach towards the eventual peaceful resolution of these disputes.

*Oh Ei Sun is a Senior Fellow with the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University. A version of this commentary also appeared in Global Times.

 

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Oh’s brief analysis basically sums up Prime Minister Najib’s diplomacy and friendship with world leaders which include President Xi Jinping of China, President Barack H. Obama of United States of America, President Vladimir Putin of Russia and President David Cameron of United Kingdom.

This is not withstanding the extremely close relationship with Brunei Sultan Sir Hassanal Bolkiah, the Philippines President Benigno “Nonoy” Acquino III and Singapore Prime Minister Brig. Gen. (NS) Lee Hsien Loong.

The continuous and pro-active work spearheaded by Foreign Minister Dato’ Seri Anifah Aman fortified the foreign policy and extended multi-tiered and multi-pronged diplomacy further, which include the non-permanent membership of UN Security Council, Chairmanship of ASEAN and in the Commonwealth Office in Whitehall.

The ‘consultive approach’ really bore fruit even in the trickiest spot.

However, some statements made through media by Cabinet colleagues such as Defense Minister Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Hussein is taking all these good work a few steps the other direction.

NST story:

Eastern Sabah hotspot for militant activities: Hishammuddin

BY TASNIM LOKMAN – 23 JANUARY 2015 @ 5:38 PM

LABUAN: Eastern Sabah continues to be a hotspot for militants to spread their skewed ideologies, in line with the Islamic State (IS) belief, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

Speaking to reporters at the Labuan Air Force Base site visit, Hishammuddin said based on intelligence, terror activities were very much active here with existence of Darul Islam elements.

He said it was important that countries in the regions, specifically Brunei, Indonesia and the Philippines were on the same page in handling the terror threat, adding that the government will take preventative measures to avoid the situation from getting worse.

“What we are doing here (making Labuan Air Force Base as the front line and working with the Asean community in addressing militancy activities) now is to have preventative measures.

“Terror activities, especially IS, is still under control but if we don’t take immediate action, it can be very serious and worsened,” he said, adding that Syria and Iraq failed to address it earlier, having to bear the cost now.

On making Labuan as the front line and headquarters for the Air Force, Hishammuddin said the decision saw the state as a strategic defence location.

He said the stability and security of the region needs to be holistic, where they will use a more creative approach.

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It is not sure the rational for the Minister in-charge of External Security to share all these information with the general public and how it would benefit them or the nation. Especially when these matters provide little comfort or worse still, reduced confidence for the general Malaysian public and a few notches lower for the international perception towards Malaysia.

However, the media crave politician would capitalise every moment to be relevant in the Malaysian media and hopefully, in the international media even at the expense of the political implication or perception towards the country.

Published in: on January 24, 2015 at 23:59  Comments (10)  
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