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Is the game is afoot with the arrest of political aide to PKR President Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim in the high profile investigation of the ultra-sensational ‘Semburit’ shocking video during the Sandakan by-election?

The Star story:

Anwar’s aide arrested in connection with Haziq sex video case


  • NATION

  • Wednesday, 17 Jul 2019

PETALING JAYA: Perak PKR leader Farhash Wafa Salvador Rizal Mubarak has been identified as the politician arrested by the police to assist in investigations into a sex video scandal that has embroiled Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.   

Farhash, who is the political secretary of PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, was nabbed along with two other suspects in Pasir Gudang, Johor on Tuesday (July 16), according to sources.

Farhash had previously asked Azmin to quit if the evidence over the sex video clips was overwhelmingly against him.  

Prior to this, Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz, as well as five others, were picked up by the police as part of ongoing investigations into the scandal.

Haziq has confessed to being one of the two men involved in sexual acts in the video and claims that the other is Azmin.

Azmin has, however, categorically denied this.

Haziq was first detained at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport on June 14, and three days later, the police set up a special task force, led by Comm Huzir to investigate the case.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/17/anwars-aide-arrested-in-connection-with-haziq-sex-video-case/#MrcCxpi0SozQkbxe.99

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It is very interesting to what the Police might find from the investigation after the arrest.

The permutation of questions is almost infinite.

Who is the person in bed with Haziq Abdullah Abd Aziz, who complained through his video posting viralled through the Facebook platform about his despicable act at the Sandakan Four Points Sheraton.

How is Wafa Salvador involved in this?

How is Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim?

Could it be the chap committing the Section 377A of the Buggery Act under Penal Code, is a Cabinet Minister?

Then, if there are any definitive answers to all ambiguities, individually all and sundry, most of the average person on the street watching stories about this topic would there on, asks a few more.

Is Gerontocracy Prime Minister really sincere about handing over the Premiership to Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim, now that the ambiguity of “Two years” is from the point PH took over from BN or the last time it was asked to the former?

Then again, what is the most likely ‘succession plan’ in the head of the Gerontocracy Prime Minister?

Is it to at some point of time, pass over the baton to Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim or stretch as long and create the opportunity for the latter falls into the conniving trap of “He is unfit to become Prime Minister again!”.

Of course, that could be the more likely succession plan in the head of the Gerontocracy Prime Minister.

This theory fits with the conspiracy of two different prongs manoeuvred by Gerontocracy Prime Minister.

The first one is about PPBM strengthening themselves, at least at Dewan Rakyat Level by ‘encouraging’ defectors from UMNO.

It is a serious change of heart (Or U-Turn on the policy of NOT accepting defectors outside PH upon their thunderous but schocking in toppling BN on 14GE).

So far 16MPs abandoned the nationalist party but only 14 out of the joined Mahathir’s party, which simply more than doubled PPBM’s seat in Dewan Rakyat from 13 to 27.

The second one is Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim didn’t waste much time to enthroned himself as the heir apparent by quickly getting to win the Port Dickson Parliamentary seat and the Presidency of the party that was created for and about him, PKR.

Regardless how eager and impatient Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim is to ascend the PM VIII seat, he is trying his best to be nonchalant about it.

Which is not exactly successful. Politic pundits are giving the opinion otherwise, especially as Gerontocracy Prime Minister fortifying himself with manoeuvres and getting his agents in the likes of Chairman of Council of Elders Daim Zainuddin and Economic Adviser Dr Muhammed A Khalid to put their ‘hands’ all over the place within the Federal Government eco-system.

Back to the first bit of Gerontocracy Prime Minister strengthening his position. He and/or his agents managed to get UMNO MPs in the likes of Mas Ermieyati, Mustapha Mohamad, Nor Azmi, Ikmal Hisham, Dr Abdul Latif Ahmad, Hamzah Zainuddin and others to abandon UMNO in quite just sixth months after BN unable to retain power in the Federal Government and all but two State Governments.

It was said the exercise was ‘engineered’ by a ‘shadow’ UMNO. He either was asked or volunteered to broker the ‘exodus of UMNO MPs as Independent’, with the specific objective to quite soon there on join PPBM and strengthen the party which started as the most junior in the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

Many was made to believe that if this ‘shadow’ UMNO leader manage to create a ‘substantial UMNO crossover into PPBM’, then he would be part of the ‘equation for the succession plan’, which is very high on the stake by global eyes watching on the Malaysian politics.

‘Succession planning’ is utmost in the order of priority when Malaysia’s scorecard is measure. At present, it is substantially low as globally, the feeling on the:

1. Lack and defective of political stability and moving ahead

2. Lack of clarity of policies and decisions made

3. Grave lack of implementation and follow through of policies, which include knee-jerk reversals and cancellation, not withstanding mega projects and worse of all, the ones involving G-to-G as direct stakeholders

In the second act of the ‘Succession Plan’ schedule, it is believed that the DAP is throwing itself firmly behind Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim and the substantial faction of PKR.

It means that this is the single most substantial component within the PH ‘unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenient-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows’.

It was said the day after DAP thunderous win in Sandakan two months ago, some senior DAP leaders demanded that Gerontocracy Prime Minister announce the time table of the Succession Plan.

That, sent the PPBM inner circle helter skelter trying to manoeuvre their political position.0

The current ‘Semburit scandal’ is probably a major spanner thrown in the works of Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s Succession Plan.

The man-of-the-season Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Mohamed Ali’s name has suddenly been peppered with shock and shame.

The Star story:

Video casts a shadow over Azmin


The beleaguered Datuk Seri Azmin Ali seems to have the support of the most influential man behind the Prime Minister but the burning question is why the police investigation into the sex video is taking so long. 

THE Hari Raya open house of Datuk Seri Azmin Ali was one of the grandest he has hosted in his political career.

There were thousands of guests at his official residence in Putrajaya but notably absent were many of the top PKR figures, including party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

The Azmin team has been seething over the sex video issue and had apparently “rescinded” – the term used by the team – invitations sent out to PKR’s power couple.

Several PKR leaders and journalists who received formal invitations to the open house were also informed a few days before the event that they had been uninvited.

The move was the talk of PKR circles because to be uninvited is unusual to say the least. 

It was a rather petty and childish move but it showed how angry the Azmin team is about what they see as a plot to destroy their boss.

The video implicating Azmin in a sex tryst does not seem to have affected his appeal if the crowd at the open house was anything to go by.

But it was the presence of Tun Daim Zainuddin, arguably the most influential man behind the Prime Minister, that sent a potent signal that evening.

The low-profile tycoon, who arrived with his wife, was in one of his ill-fitting shirts that looked two sizes too big for him and which almost reached his knees. 

Daim’s silence on the video issue has been read as a sign of disapproval but his appearance that evening gave Azmin a much-needed boost.

The Azmin team is elated because they think that their man now not only has the support of the Prime Minister but also an influential man behind the Prime Minister.

Azmin also crossed an important hurdle last week when the police established that the bank transaction documents in the video accusing Azmin of corruption were forgeries. 

It would be tempting to think that the worst is over for Azmin, that the issue seems to be tapering off rather than escalating. 

But this is one sex scandal that just won’t go away yet.

“Nothing ever disappears once it gets into the Internet,” said political commentator Tawfik Ismail.

The hidden hands behind the expose have been relentless, systematically releasing more videos related to the sex allegations that are aimed at shaping public opinion.

There have also been protests calling for Azmin’s resignation and labelling him a “semburit” or homosexual.

“Azmin has survived as a Cabinet member but to go a step further, that is out of the question for now,” said a political insider.

In that sense, the “vicious libel”, as Azmin calls it, may have disqualified him as a prime minister candidate in the foreseeable future.

Many have noted the lack of outrage or urgency like when Anwar was slammed with all manner of sex-related accusations 20 years ago.

Lawyer Khaw Veon Szu said people are simply tired of the constant politics. 

“Things like the rising cost of living are more worrying to them. I sense people are also disgusted with this kind of politics,” said Khaw.

Back in 1998, Anwar came under fierce attack from the mighty Barisan Nasional while the Opposition, especially PAS, rallied to his support.

This time, the Opposition has gone to the sidelines to watch the show while those within Pakatan Harapan pretend that all is well, reluctant to judge or to show support for Azmin.

But the burning question at this point in time is the progress of the police investigation.

The impression, said Tawfik, is that the police seem to be tip-toeing around the matter.

This is a politically sensitive case and the first big test for Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Ab­­dul Hamid Bador since his appointment. 

He probably does not wish to make any missteps and has promised not to pressure the special taskforce set up to look into the case.

Azmin loyalist Dr Afif Bahardin has urged the police to also investigate the mastermind behind the accuser Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz, who is clearly not acting alone.

“We must identify who is behind it. These are dangerous people especially if they are bidding for power,” said Afif, who is also a Seberang Jaya assemblyman.

The police have kept a tight lid on their probe, including the all-important question of whether the video is authentic or a deepfake.

The veil over the investigation has also generated all kinds of rumours, including claims that there will be a cover-up.

The fact that the Prime Minister has pre-empted things by saying that he does not believe the allegations and declaring the video fake does not make things easy for the investigators. 

Those critical of the way the issue is being handled complain that Dr Mahathir has unfairly set the tone and that his statements are the soundbites that people will remember.

“Who would dare go against the narrative of the No. 1?” said a PKR division chief.

As of now, even the most seasoned of politicians are unable to predict how this issue will turn out.

What is clear though is that it has dented Pakatan’s image.

The ball is at the feet of the special police taskforce.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/analysis/2019/07/07/video-casts-a-shadow-over-azmin/#8AmR4SUu8E67z0rj.99

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The tainted Minister’s role and place in the Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s Succession Plan is either at best compromised or worse still, fizzling away systematically.

What added to the ‘Succession Plan’ was the commentaries on the opportunity arisen from Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s 94th birthday.

The Star story:

Play for Malay votes on Dr M’s birthday


Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was flooded with birthday greetings but the Malay parties probably gave him the best present by pushing for a Bill that will inject some 3.9 million new Malay voters into the voting pool. 

VIDEOS and pictures of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s birthday are still streaming on social media.

The “birthday boy” has been round the block 94 times but he is still able to bring on his own unique responses to the occasion that makes it a talking point each year.

However, Dr Mahathir’s recent birthday was probably the most scrutinised for hints of what lies ahead.

His tweet was accompanied by a trio of carefully picked photos – one of him seated at his work desk, another of him by the French windows in his office gazing out to the horizon and a close-up shot of him smiling broadly and flashing the V-sign.

The subtext to that was that his work and the country are his priorities, but what was the V-sign about?

The V-sign is associated with victory after Winston Churchill used it at the end of World War II.

Political aide and film-maker Syed Azidi Syed Aziz read it as an encrypted signal that Mahathir will be up there for “two more years”.

Dr Mahathir had described his birthday wish as “very simple” and that is to set the country on the road to recovery.

“Sounds like a journey that’s going to take more than two years,” said Syed Azidi with a laugh.

There was also a certain poignant tone to many of the birthday wishes coming in for Dr Mahathir. 

“For once, there was little nastiness or exchanges. People know that time is not on Dr Mahathir’s side, they want to celebrate the occasion while they can and if he is still around next year, then that’s good,” said former MP Jeff Ooi, who is also a widely-read columnist for several Chinese newspapers.

But the most interesting was the way those whose careers were built on running him down but are now fawning over him with sweet wishes.

Even opponents, including Datuk Seri Najib Razak, put aside their rivalry to wish him well. 

Some even suspect a grudging admiration on the part of Najib for the elder man, who at 94, is still up there and fighting.

“It was a gentlemanly gesture because birthdays are always a good occasion for all of us,” said Lanchang assemblyman Datuk Seri Sharkar Shamsudin.

Bersatu supreme council member Akhramsyah Sanusi said people out there see Dr Mahathir as a reliable pair of hands at the steering wheel given the burden he is carrying from the previous government and his largely inexperienced team.

“No need to read too much into politicians wishing each other well, that is politics. What the common people think is more important. There is some disappointment in Pakatan Harapan but this has been cushioned by the level of trust in Dr Mahathir,” said Akhramsyah.

Dr Mahathir’s return to the top post was initially seen as revenge politics and he spent much of last year adapting to his new partners and the new way of running things.

“He has shown he is in charge, he’s asserting his powers as PM. Other parties (in Pakatan) may be bigger but they know he is the boss. No one will be able to tell him to go off before he is ready, that much is clear,” said Syed Azidi.

In short, there is no way he will agree to naming the transition date until he is ready to call it a day.

Surveys and polls have pointed to a decline in ratings for Dr Mahathir. Yet, politically speaking, he is much stronger and more secure than a year ago. 

“Of course, he is stronger than before. The number of MPs in Bersatu shot up by 100%,” said Sharkar, referring to the Umno crossovers to Bersatu.

A great deal of Dr Mahathir’s clout in Pakatan also has to do with the way he has played the game. 

For instance, a senior Umno figure claimed that Dr Mahathir’s Malay unity call was less about getting Malay parties to come together than a veiled warning to his coalition partners.

“How can two big Malay parties join a tiny party? His message was aimed at DAP and PKR, that if they push him to the wall, he can rope in PAS and Umno for support. He is also telling Anwar to go slow if he wants to make it.

“There is also a message for Umno and PAS – he is saying that if the Malays continue to break up, don’t blame him because he has tried his best,” said the senior Umno man.

The Umno figure said Dr Mahathir is a stubborn creature who dislikes getting advice or being told what to do. 

He said that another thing to remember is that Dr Mahathir does not concede defeat in a fight. If you take him on, be prepared to go the distance.

Pakatan leaders know him well as a former arch enemy and are only now learning to work with him as their ally.

He is still springing surprises on them like what happened in Parliament a few days ago. 

He chaired a discussion with Opposition party leaders on the Bill to lower the voting age and when they emerged, they had reached a stunning decision to amend the Bill to enable the automatic registration of voters at age 18.

According to Sharkar, a whopping 3.9 million new Malay voters would be added to the voter registration list under the automatic registration move.

The main beneficiaries would be Malay-Muslim parties like PAS, Umno and Bersatu.

The Malay parties had basically come together in a sophisticated play for Malay votes ahead of the next general election. 

It will be like a huge blood transfusion for these Malay parties and pose a huge challenge to Chinese-dominated parties like DAP.

During the press conference to announce the decision, Dr Mahathir could be seen smiling indulgently at Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob. 

It was a smile that said: Mission accomplished!

And suddenly, people could understand what was behind the cosy picture of Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman chatting with Najib on the sidelines of Parliament.

All this happened on Dr Mahathir’s birthday and the joke is that this might be his favourite birthday present.



Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/analysis/2019/07/14/play-for-malay-votes-on-dr-ms-bday/#Dd5BT3UX1pBhSLBS.99

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Now comes to the interesting theory.

This week, saw the landmark Dewan Rakyat bi-partisan passing of the Bill to allow automatic voting age and qualification for 18 year olds.

After tweaking the original proposed Bill, Gerontocracy Prime Minister managed to obtain unequivocal support from the Opposition, UMNO, PAS and GPS.

It is a step up from the humiliating defeat for the amendment Bill to the Federal Constitution brought forth by Gerontocracy Prime Minister, not quite three months ago in the last Parliamentary session.

All the recent developments, independently or all and sundry, would be a ‘trigger’ on the move to ‘dethrone’ Gerontocracy Prime Minister?

More so, a little over a week ago Gerontocracy Prime Minister invited UMNO and PAS to join PPBM.

UMNO President Dato Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi rejected the invitation as “UMNO is not willing to work with DAP” and yesterday, PAS President Tuan Guru Dato Seri Hj Hadi Awang coyly said, “No appetite (Tiada selera)” to the invitation.

Hence, for the so called failed UMNO leader who aspires with the “Prime Ministerial quality”, his manoeuvres to amalgamate all the Malay and Bumiputra MPs from UMNO, PAS and GPS and fortify the Gerontocracy Prime Minister against the possible heightening pressure from Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim with his PKR faction and strong DAP plus PAN support is withering away.

At least for the moment.

And the latest arrest on the investigation of the ‘Semburit Scandal’ which is believed to include Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim’s own Political Secretary, is likely to diminish to trigger within PH to openly run Gerontocracy Prime Minister down?

Then again there are those who believe that however impatient Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim is, he would not dare to try and run Gerontocracy Prime Minister down openly.

Not even when DAP is willing to do the bidding for him.

Published in: on July 17, 2019 at 10:00  Leave a Comment  

“Brace! Brace! Brace!”

It is unclear how brash and rude should the Malaysian Government or any of it agencies do to treat China or any major firms from one day would to be the global’s leading economy but this ought not to be a foremost option.

The Straits Times story:

Malaysia seizes $328 million held by Chinese state-owned unit in HSBC

Leslie Lopez

Regional Correspondent

In Kuala Lumpur

Malaysian authorities have seized more than RM1 billion ($328 million) held by China Petroleum Pipeline Engineering Ltd (CPP), a Chinese state-owned company.

In an unprecedented move in Malaysian banking, the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government ordered global banking giant, HSBC, early this month to transfer the funds held in CPP’s account in Malaysia to Suria Strategic Resources Sdn Bhd, which is wholly owned by the Ministry of Finance.

The moves came against the backdrop of an ongoing dispute involving two multi-billion-dollar energy pipeline projects that were suspended last July, said lawyers and bankers familiar with the situation.

In response to queries from The Straits Times, CPP, which was the lead contractor for the pipeline projects awarded in November 2016 by the previous government of prime minister Najib Razak, confirmed that the funds were transferred out.

“CPP firmly abides with the laws of Malaysia and is perplexed by the unilateral transfer of monies without notifying CPP,” said the company, a unit of China’s state-owned oil and gas giant China National Petroleum Corp.

The HSBC corporate office in Kuala Lumpur declined comment, citing client confidentiality.

It is currently unclear why the money was seized nor what powers the government used to seize it.

CPP added that it is currently speaking to the relevant parties in a bid understand the basis of the transfer.

“Once we have further information, CPP will take the necessary and appropriate actions to protect its rights. We hope that our Malaysian counterparts can resolve this with us through amicable means,” the company said.

Bilateral ties between Beijing and Kuala Lumpur turned tense shortly after the PH government came into power in May last year and started reviewing or cancelling a series of high-profile deals with China reached during the Najib administration. Prime Minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad ordered the suspension of the multi-billion-dollar East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) and the two CPP-led pipeline projects.

The ECRL project – which will stretch along the east coast from Kota Baru, in the north-east, to Kuantan before cutting across the peninsula to Port Klang on the west coast along the Strait of Malacca – has since been revived under refined (CHECKING: Should we use “revised” instead of “refined” CAN CHANGE TO REVISED) terms and will now be built at an estimated cost of RM44 billion, down sharply from the original price tag of RM66.5 billion.

But the CPP pipeline projects – a 600km multi-product pipeline along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia costing RM5.35 billion and a gas pipeline network in the east Malaysian state of Sabah costing RM.4.06 billion – have remained in limbo.

The PH government is also questioning why roughly RM8.3 billion, or 88% of the contract value of RM9.41 billion, was paid out by the previous government through the Ministry of Finance-owned Suria Strategic Resources despite only 13% of the work purportedly being completed.

Bankers familiar with the situation said that following the suspension of the pipeline project certain bank accounts held by CPP, including the monies in HSBC, were frozen by the Malaysian government.

At the time of the suspension of the pipeline projects, Malaysian press reports alleged that the monies initially paid out by Suria Strategic Resources were diverted to third-party Cayman Island companies linked to the scandal at 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB). But CPP has strenuously denied those allegations.

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Latheefa Koya did not respond to queries about the latest government move.

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Giving face and providing grace is very important for business, if not global international diplomacy. Especially more so for China.

Unless the intent is a direction beyond the boundaries of friendship.

Malaysia is in a very precarious trade and foreign relations which China. Upon the 9 May 14 GE took over last year, Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad took very tough and ‘unfriendly’ gestures with China.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng was even more arrogant when it comes to all dealings by firms, from China.

The much coveted ECRL was cancellation was announced unilaterally, that brought forth a knee-jerk reaction.

Then Gerontocracy Prime Minister and some of his Cabinet colleagues, which include the Chairman of the Council of Elders went to China and smoothen out all of these bad blood between us and the Super Power.

Otherwise, the Malaysian people would start to get use to the international air travel instruction before an aircraft do a very rough landing.

Published in: on July 13, 2019 at 19:00  Leave a Comment  

Carouseling past ghosts

The ghouls of ghost of Christmas past came haunting, when the Government under Gerontocracy Prime Minister no longer want to continue subsidies for small holders but instead coming with a scheme for small holders by project management instead of amalgamation

The Star story:

‘Merge settlers’ land for higher yields’


ROMPIN: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has proposed an amalgamation of Felda settlers’ land for greater wealth and benefits.

The Prime Minister said settlers would contribute their land, which when merged must be managed by professional estate managers.

“That way, I am confident the amalgamated land can produce higher yields. The profits will then be divided accordingly among the settlers who contributed their land,” he told reporters after attending the Felda Settlers’ Day celebration at Felda Selancar 3 here yesterday.

Dr Mahathir said part of the combined land could also be allocated for other crops.

“If there is diversity over a large area, not only can we fulfil the local but foreign demand as well,” he said, adding that the Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Ministry would advise on what crops would be suitable.

However, Dr Mahathir admitted that it would be difficult to change settlers’ behaviour as many of them were now senior citizens and were used to doing things the old way.

“We used to give management of the land to the settlers but they can’t adjust their way of life. Today, farming vegetables and fruits can give better returns than palm oil or rubber but they are still sticking to the old crops.

“Perhaps, of a 2,000-acre piece of land, 200 acres can be used for other crops while the rest is planted with oil palm,” he said.

In his speech, Dr Mahathir said settlers would face problems when the price of palm oil dropped due to their over-reliance on a single crop.

He said settlers would then ask for subsidies unlike the large estates which were managed professionally.

“Even when you have 10 acres of land and have good crops, it will not give as good as the returns of 10,000 acres of land.

“That is why settlers always suffer when the price of rubber or palm oil drops,” he said.

During the event, Dr Mahathir also launched the Settlers Development Programme to help increase their income.

The programme was part of a comprehensive action plan based on smart farming and innovative downstream activities.

To implement the programme, the government had approved RM1bil in grant allocations that would be disbursed in stages over four years.

Also present were Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail, Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Bakke Salleh and Felda director-general Datuk Dr Othman Omar.

Azmin said Felda must no longer be used as a tool by politicians.

“Unfortunately, over the past years, we have politicians who played politics until the settlers became victims and were burdened with major problems.

“Today, I stand before you to tell you not to let politicians use Felda settlers any longer for their political interests,” he added.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/08/merge-settlers-land-for-higher-yields/#s2etOerWZQxjhmUQ.99

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More than half of the said million acres of FELDA settlers are already under FELDA Technoplant (FTPSB) program. Precisely, 55%.

It is a professionally run estate-like project management program for FELDA settlers.

If the program is already on going and already proven to provide positive result, what exactly is Gerontocracy Prime Minister talking about on Hari Peneroka Kebangsaan?

Repackaging a recycled product and reselling?

Isn’t that, “Playing politics”?

For the record, FTPSB has been around over a quarter of century. Means it was incepted dead centre in Gerontocracy Prime Minister previous administration.

If the ongoing FTPSB program isn’t about getting the one million acres by the 113,000 odd FELDA settlers’ smallholding professionally managed, then is the fresh minted proposed FELDA program is about re-amalgamation of the 45% remaining acreage currently not under FTPSB?

Would this exercise require more capital, for either FELDA or FTPSB, which is very scarce for the Federal Government?

Perhaps, the capital could be best utilised for other programs like propping the commodity price or getting more downstream industries set up, within the nuclei of the FELDA hinterland.

Perhaps, it is an avenue for a corporate exercise for the benefit of the selected few.

On the note of “Playing politics”, having the ‘two tigers on the same hill’ already manifested its danger.

One tiger may have growled that he would not quit but to get a fierce tiger to be ‘humiliated’ in the circus of global spectators is uncalled for.

It takes a lot to convince the 113,000 odd FELDA settlers and a simple speech at Hari Peneroka Kebangsaan wouldn’t quite do.

Then again the ‘FELDA icon’ star celebrity Chef Redzuan “Dumpster Mouth” Ismail’s faux pas is terribly demeaning towards the FELDA settlers.

NST story:

‘Felda settlers must work hard’ – Chef Wan

KUALA LUMPUR: Celebrity chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail or Chef Wan has just been named a Felda Icon by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Rompin yesterday.

Upon accepting the Felda Icon Award, Chef Wan took to Instagram to tick off “lazy” Felda settlers who refused to help themselves and waited for the Government’s help.

He said: “As the price of palm oil is not certain, Felda settlers should work hard to cultivate cash crops to supplement their income. It will help us reduce our dependency on imported food.

“Malaysia is blessed with good soil and there is a lot of idle land. The Government should privatise this land for cash crops.

“I’ve travelled to Australia, Norway and Sweden for my TV shows and saw how the people cultivate cash crops and raise livestock, making full use of the land and contributing to the economy.

“Back home, many of my fellow Felda settlers sell off fertiliser subsidies given to them by the Government, and when they receive dividends, they marry two or three times and ‘breed like cats’!

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Perhaps there should be a hybrid program with successful plantation GLCs, for this to quite work.

A proper crisis management task force with all stakeholders and a global task force should be formed and project managed.

Otherwise, Gerontocracy Prime Minister would have the ample time to resolve the matter.

Former Deputy Minister in-charge of FELDA Ahmad Hj Maslan is spot on about resolving FELDA settlers’ debt is one of the top ten Pakatan Harapan Manifesto.

FELDA settlers don’t quite see the way out of their conundrum but being taken around the carousel, with the ghost of Christmas past.

Majority of them are in debt for the re-plantation programs and now the commodity price is all time low, these FELDA settlers are caught with their pants down.

The attitude of Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s administration to no longer fend the FELDA settlers in challenging times, is adding salt to injury.

Perhaps in Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s tendency to crave for global attention for universal and geopolitical sensational issues, he should take up the lead for a global level task force for palm oil.

Demonstrate some meaningful effort which would be convincing enough that the current Federal Government isn’t at all an incompetent one but able to provide some practical solutions to hardline issues that the nation is facing.

Probably, that’s why they walked out in droves during the Hari Peneroka event.

*Updated 1845hours

The Minister in-charge of FELDA defended the ‘Dumpster Mouth’ instead of standing up for the four million extended FELDA family:

NST story:

Azmin defends Felda settlers over Chef Wan’s ‘lazy’, ‘breed like cats’ remarks

KUALA LUMPUR: Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali today defended Felda settlers who were branded “lazy” and “breeding like cats” by celebrity chef Datuk Redzuawan Ismail, popularly known as Chef Wan.

Azmin said the latter’s view of the settlers was a personal one.

He said he believed that Felda settlers had a bright future and potential if they continued to support the government’s initiatives.

“Never mind, it was his (Chef Wan’s) personal view. What is important right now is as the government, we have tabled a new policy in Parliament for Felda settlers.

“Yesterday, we could see that the prime minister’s (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) speech received a positive reaction from the settlers.

“This morning, I had a discussion with the prime minister and he wants action to be taken immediately to ensure the success of the initiative,” he told reporters in Parliament.

Published in: on July 8, 2019 at 16:30  Leave a Comment  

Bersatu selepas kita usaha robohkannya….

Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad who also PPBM Chairman made a call for all the various Malay political parties be combined and consolidated as a unified Malay party, “For common good”.

The Star story:

Dr M urges Umno members to join Bersatu


JOHOR BARU: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is urging Umno members to join Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

The Bersatu chairman said that even if the party is strong, one which deviates would still be rejected by the people.

“Johor used to be an Umno stronghold, but after Umno lost its direction, we have been able to make inroads into the state,” he said during the state Bersatu’s Hari Raya celebrations held in Taman Johor Jaya here on Friday (July 5).

Dr Mahathir said Umno used to be the only Malay-based party but things were different now as the community is split six ways between as many political parties.

He stressed that it was important for the Malays to unite, as the six political parties were only able to amass 10% of support each and needed assistance from others.

“Those days, I was rooting for the Malays to join Umno but now I am calling them to join Bersatu,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said there are already moves to set up more Malay-based parties, which would increase the number up to 10.

He said this would further split up and weaken the Malays.

When asked if a move to invite former Umno members to join Bersatu would cause friction within Pakatan Harapan, Dr Mahathir shrugged it off and said this was not a concern as they are free to look for new members.



Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/07/05/dr-m-urges-umno-members-to-join-bersatu/#pwCbf4ECzfELySkK.99

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This came after the clear ‘line of succession’ in the minds of many about Gerontocracy Prime Minister is having his own agenda for a successor and not ‘Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim’ as Malaysians made to believe as part of the deal of PH taking charge of the Federal Government post 9 May 2018.

However, that point hit a very serious glitch a few weeks ago with the ‘shocking Semburit’ video revelation.

The presumed ‘plan B’ which is to bring Minister of Economic Affairs Azmin Ali into the direct line of succession has now believed to be scuttled.

Joceline Tan’s weekly political analysis column on The Star story:

Video casts a shadow

The beleaguered Datuk Seri Azmin Ali seems to have the support of the most influential man behind the Prime Minister but the burning question is why the police investigation into the sex video is taking so long. 

THE Hari Raya open house of Datuk Seri Azmin Ali was one of the grandest he has hosted in his political career.

There were thousands of guests at his official residence in Putrajaya but notably absent were many of the top PKR figures, including party president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

The Azmin team has been seething over the sex video issue and had apparently “rescinded” – the term used by the team – invitations sent out to PKR’s power couple.

Several PKR leaders and journalists who received formal invitations to the open house were also informed a few days before the event that they had been uninvited.

The move was the talk of PKR circles because to be uninvited is unusual to say the least. 

It was a rather petty and childish move but it showed how angry the Azmin team is about what they see as a plot to destroy their boss.

The video implicating Azmin in a sex tryst does not seem to have affected his appeal if the crowd at the open house was anything to go by.

But it was the presence of Tun Daim Zainuddin, arguably the most influential man behind the Prime Minister, that sent a potent signal that evening.

The low-profile tycoon, who arrived with his wife, was in one of his ill-fitting shirts that looked two sizes too big for him and which almost reached his knees. 

Daim’s silence on the video issue has been read as a sign of disapproval but his appearance that evening gave Azmin a much-needed boost.

The Azmin team is elated because they think that their man now not only has the support of the Prime Minister but also an influential man behind the Prime Minister.

Azmin also crossed an important hurdle last week when the police established that the bank transaction documents in the video accusing Azmin of corruption were forgeries. 

It would be tempting to think that the worst is over for Azmin, that the issue seems to be tapering off rather than escalating. 

But this is one sex scandal that just won’t go away yet.

“Nothing ever disappears once it gets into the Internet,” said political commentator Tawfik Ismail.

The hidden hands behind the expose have been relentless, systematically releasing more videos related to the sex allegations that are aimed at shaping public opinion.

There have also been protests calling for Azmin’s resignation and labelling him a “semburit” or homosexual.

“Azmin has survived as a Cabinet member but to go a step further, that is out of the question for now,” said a political insider.

In that sense, the “vicious libel”, as Azmin calls it, may have disqualified him as a prime minister candidate in the foreseeable future.

Many have noted the lack of outrage or urgency like when Anwar was slammed with all manner of sex-related accusations 20 years ago.

Lawyer Khaw Veon Szu said people are simply tired of the constant politics. 

“Things like the rising cost of living are more worrying to them. I sense people are also disgusted with this kind of politics,” said Khaw.

Back in 1998, Anwar came under fierce attack from the mighty Barisan Nasional while the Opposition, especially PAS, rallied to his support.

This time, the Opposition has gone to the sidelines to watch the show while those within Pakatan Harapan pretend that all is well, reluctant to judge or to show support for Azmin.

But the burning question at this point in time is the progress of the police investigation.

The impression, said Tawfik, is that the police seem to be tip-toeing around the matter.

This is a politically sensitive case and the first big test for Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Ab­­dul Hamid Bador since his appointment. 

He probably does not wish to make any missteps and has promised not to pressure the special taskforce set up to look into the case.

Azmin loyalist Dr Afif Bahardin has urged the police to also investigate the mastermind behind the accuser Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz, who is clearly not acting alone.

“We must identify who is behind it. These are dangerous people especially if they are bidding for power,” said Afif, who is also a Seberang Jaya assemblyman.

The police have kept a tight lid on their probe, including the all-important question of whether the video is authentic or a deepfake.

The veil over the investigation has also generated all kinds of rumours, including claims that there will be a cover-up.

The fact that the Prime Minister has pre-empted things by saying that he does not believe the allegations and declaring the video fake does not make things easy for the investigators. 

Those critical of the way the issue is being handled complain that Dr Mahathir has unfairly set the tone and that his statements are the soundbites that people will remember.

“Who would dare go against the narrative of the No. 1?” said a PKR division chief.

As of now, even the most seasoned of politicians are unable to predict how this issue will turn out.

What is clear though is that it has dented Pakatan’s image.

The ball is at the feet of the special police taskforce.

Joceline Tan was an associate editor of The Star and continues to contribute political analyses. The views expressed in this article do not necessarily reflect the views of The Star.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/analysis/2019/07/07/video-casts-a-shadow-over-azmin/#ZYOg2QVzZ3zmChIj.99

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This is the same day Phillip Golingai made the analaysis of Azmin’s strength.A crack in Anwar and Azmin’s relationship


It seems that these two politicians, like most divorced Hollywood superpower couples, face irreconcilable differences. 

LAST Sunday, an infographic showing where the 50 PKR MPs purportedly stood in the party’s civil war went viral on the WhatsApp platform. Team Anwar (PKR president Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim) had 45 MPs while Team Azmin (PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali) had five.


That night at a cafe in Petaling Jaya, I was having coffee with PKR friends who were in the middle leadership of the party. I asked them how accurate was the infographic 

“This one is ours, this one, this one, this one, this one has left, this one with us, this one has left, this one is loyal,” said a PKR Supreme Council member, who is with Team Azmin, as he went through the faces of the MPs marked as Team Anwar on the infographic.


“Fifteen MPs plus Azmin, that’s 16 PKR MPs with Team Azmin,” he said. “Those who are 100% committed. The 50/50 MPs will follow when Azmin becomes DPM (Deputy Prime Minister).”

The infographic turned out to be propaganda to falsely show that Azmin is losing support. It tried to give the impression that rats were abandoning the sinking Azmin ship torpedoed by a sex tryst video scandal. 

The PKR Supreme Council member admitted that after the fractious PKR polls in November, a federal minister and a deputy minister have jumped ship and have joined Team Anwar. But he said it was expected as these leaders are lalang (weeds).

On Tuesday, a new infographic went viral. This time Team Azmin had an extra “MP” – Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz. (Sometimes, I’m amazed by Malaysians’ sense of humour.) 

We also discussed the contrasting style of Azmin and the mastermind of the plot to bring down the Economic Affairs Minister who Haziq (since sacked as PKR Santubong Youth Chief) alleged is the man with him in the sex video shot in a hotel on May 11. Azmin is “quiet” while the plotter is “noisy”.

Azmin is trying to keep the noise level of the scandal to a minimum. He is not giving sound bites so that the story will die a natural death. Anyway, Malaysians mudah lupa (quickly forget) and some are getting tired of the scandal’s sordid nature. He is trying to portray that he is all work, focusing on improving the country’s economy. 

The nefarious plotter is keeping it noisy through timed exposes, such as the latest video clip allegedly showing the movements of Azmin and Haziq on the 20th floor of the hotel where the video was allegedly made and of youth protesters asking Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to sack Azmin. 

“Azmin is quiet. That is his nature. He is meticulous in his thinking. And he makes his moves quietly. When he hits his enemies, they won’t know what hit them. He is a silent ‘killer’,” said the PKR Supreme Council member. 

“X (the nefarious plotter) is very noisy. He will make so much noise that you would know that he is coming for you.”

The sex scandal has injured Azmin politically. He is bleeding but it is not a fatal stab, yet. 

Will Azmin survive?

It all depends on whether he has the backing of the Prime Minister. So far it looks like Dr Mahathir is standing by his man.

The PKR supreme council member predicted that when things quiet down – say around Hari Raya Haji next month – we might see a new Deputy Prime Minister. 

We also discussed how the not-in-the-know public assumed that Azmin is an ungrateful, ambitious politician who has betrayed his political mentor, Anwar, several times to climb the ladder of power. 

Like a coin, there is another side to the story. It seems Azmin felt that Anwar had betrayed him three or four times. 

I related to my coffee mates what a PKR founding member told me last year when the PKR deputy president race was heating up, and Anwar was seen as supporting Rafizi Ramli against Azmin. 

“When Pakatan Rakyat won Selangor in 2008, Azmin should have been the Selangor Mentri Besar. He was the Selangor PKR chief but instead, the party leadership put up Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim who was a nobody back then,” the PKR founding member told me. 

“After Pakatan Rakyat won Selangor for the second time in 2013, they again appointed Khalid as Selangor Mentri Besar. Naturally, Azmin should have been the Mentri Besar as he was Selangor PKR chief and deputy president of the party.”

He continued: “When they removed Khalid as MB, instead of putting Azmin in, they first tried with Anwar and then Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as MB candidate. Eventually, Azmin became the Mentri Besar.”

In the PKR polls in 2014 and 2018, the PKR supreme council member said there were attempts to unseat Azmin as party deputy president. In 2014, it was Khalid and Datuk Seri Saifuddin Nasution Ismail trying it and in 2018, it was Rafizi. 

From Anwar’s side of the coin, Azmin is seen as defying the party leadership when he “took” the Selangor MB post from the then PKR president Wan Azizah. He also managed to bulldoze his choice of replacement – Amirudin Shari – to replace him instead of the party leadership’s pick, Dr Idris Ahmad. Azmin also managed to get himself appointed to the powerful post of Economic Affairs Minister. 

Some describe the decades-long relationship between Anwar and Azmin – which began when the former was Deputy Prime Minister and the latter was his private secretary – as “retak menanti belah” (a crack waiting to split). It seems they, like most divorced Hollywood superpower couples, face irreconcilable differences. 

Last Sunday, the big news of the day was that Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi quit his six-month-long garden leave to return as Umno president. 

This is a bukan biasa biasa (a Datuk Seri Najib Razak catchphrase which means “not the usual”) manoeuvre. Some read it as a move by Umno leaders aligned with Team Anwar to wrest back control of the party, which has been seen as leaning toward Dr Mahathir under the leadership of Umno Deputy President Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan.

From talking to Umno leaders, out of the remaining party 37 MPs, about 10 are with the group that favours Anwar as Prime Minister. 

In this Malaysian version of House Of Cards, it is a numbers game. Whoever has the most MPs will rule the country. 

Just like that fake infographic on which side the PKR MPs are with, Team Anwar might have fewer MPs than claimed.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/its-just-politics/2019/07/07/a-crack-in-anwar-and-azmins-relationship/#T05mm3QS03YZjfw5.99

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There is a very interesting twist in the development, we regards to consolidating the Malay strength at the Parliamentarian Level without taking the true grass root support base which supposed is being represented by these MPs.

Quite a week ago, UMNO President Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi made the pronouncement that he back in full party active service after a hiatus of seven months, of his he asked Deputy President Dato Seri Mohamad Hj Hassan to take over the duties of the President.

Hardly in six days, former President Dato Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak sternly urges UMNO at all levels to stand up and give a strong support to President Zahid.

MKini story:

Najib: Terima kepimpinan Zahid, jangan buat huru-hara dalam Umno

Alyaa Alhadjri
 (Dikemaskini )

Najib Razak menggesa anggota Umno agar tidak mencetuskan “huru-hara” dalam parti itu dan menerima Ahmad Zahid Hamidi yang kembali sebagai presiden.

Bekas presiden Umno itu berkata, mana-mana anggota yang tidak gembira dengan kepulangan Zahid perlu menunggu beliau menghabiskan mandatnya selama tiga tahun.

“Beliau balik sebagai presiden sebab dia ada mandat sampai tiga tahun. Kita terima (kepulangannya). Kalau kita tak suka, kita tunggu tiga tahun. 

“Tapi jangan buat huru-hara dalam parti, jangan ada kem dalam parti,” katanya ketika menlancarkan mesyuarat Umno Setiawangsa hari ini.

Beliau turut menggesa anggota Umno agar bersatu “demi rakyat Malaysia” dan memberi perhatian kepada isu berkenaan rakyat, bukannya soal dalaman parti.

Mengulang dakwaan kegagalan kerajaan menunaikan janji manifesto, beliau berkata Umno perlu bersuara dalam isu seperti penjagaan kesihatan, kos sara hidup dan peluang pekerjaan untuk mendapatkan semula sokongan rakyat.

“Biar rakyat yakin dgn kita. Kalau kita huru-hara berperang (dalam parti), rakyat tak yakin kepada kita.

“Kita nak berkuasa balik kan? Buatlah cara nak berkuasa balik, jangan bergaduh saja,” katanya sambil maklum parti itu memang mempunyai sejarah kemelut dalaman antara pemimpinnya.

‘Umno-PAS senjata ampuh’

Sementara itu Najib menyifatkan kerjasama parti itu dengan PAS sebagai “senjata ampuh” untuk menewaskan kerajaan PH.

“Kalau esok parlimen dibubarkan, BN dengan kerjasama PAS boleh tubuh kerajaan baru. Inilah antara senjata yang ampuh.

“Inilah perpaduan Melayu-Islam sejati yang akan menentukan masa depan kita,” katanya sambil berkata kerjasama itu sudah terbukti dalam beberapa pilihan raya kecil.

Ketika ditanya pemberita kemudiannya sama ada wujud kem dalam Umno, Najib menjelaskan beliau merujuk kepada komen-komen di media sosial oleh sebilangan kecil pihak tetapi dibesar-besarkan.

“Kita mesti hentikan ini semua… Saya nak kita bersatu untuk rakyat.”

Zahid menyerahkan tugas presiden kepada timbalannya Mohamad Hasan pada Disember lalu, di tengah-tengah desakan agar beliau meletakkan jawatan.

Sejumlah pihak dalam Umno ketika itu mengkritiknya sebagai gagal menunjukkan hala tuju parti, selain keluarnya beberapa anggota parlimen daripada parti itu.

Beberapa jam sebelum Zahid mengumumkan kembali bertugas sebagai presiden, bekas ketua pemuda Khairy Jamaluddin – yang dilihat rapat dengan Mohamad – berkata beliau patut mendapatkan pandangan daripada Majlis Tertinggi Umno dulu sebelum membuat keputusan.

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A few days earlier than the Friday UMNO Setiawangsa General Meeting, former Vice-President playing the duties of Deputy President Dato Seri Hishammuddin Hussein gathered about 20MPs at his office in Jalan Ampang Hilir for dinner and meeting.

It is not quite what actually transpired but this came quite a follow up to President Zahid’s announcement of coming back into active as the elected UMNO President and the announcement at the media corner of Parliament pertaining to division of duties amongst top leadership.

Bera MP Dato Ismail Sabri shall continue as Opposition Leader in Dewan Rakyat and Dato Seri Mahadzir Mohd Khalid would be the Opposition Chief Whip.

It is not interesting to get back why Gerontocracy Prime Minister made the call about “The Malays are too fragmented” and a very interesting point that “UMNO, PAS and all Malay parties are invited to join Bersatu (PPBM)”.

After it was uncovered through socmed platforms that Hishammuddin and Azmin met under the guise of ‘end of year’ holiday in Morocco last Christmas, many started to believe that the former engineered the 16 UMNO MPs who betrayed and crossed over from the Opposition position.

The other slowly manifesting itself as an urban legend is that Hishammuddin is engineering more cross overs, for the fortification of PPBM within the Pakatan Harapan ruling parties especially in the stand off, if and when Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim and most of PKR and the full backing of DAP decides to openly challenge Gerontocracy Prime Minister to step down and away from Federal Government.

This back-channel negotiatons and deals are supposed to provide Gerontocracy Prime Minister enough MP support to remain as a legitimate Prime Minister, even as a minority one and no other quarters within Dewan Rakyat could demonstrate they have more support from MPs to be sworn as the Eighth Prime Minister.

Of course that not withstanding the Gerontocracy Prime Minister at some point of time between now and May 2023 is able to convince His Majesty YDP Agong XVI to dissolve the XIV Parliament and pave way for a fresh General Election.

The irony to Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s call in PPBM Johor on Friday is that he is probably the most notorious culprit that set the Malays, the majority of Malaysians, fragmented and splintered apart.

When he was the UMNO President, who spent his leadership years sowing hatred so that UMNO and PAS people would continuously up-at-arms as enemies.

It was under his watch that UMNO was declared illegal by Kuala Lumpur High Court on 4 Feb 1988 and there on, the Malays were split right in the middle between UMNO and Semangat 46.

Ten years later he went after Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Ten years later, he went after Dato Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, successfully defeated UMNO in a GE after they refused to kow-tow to the Gerontocracy man.

It is wrong to view the Gerontocracy Prime Minister a rock solid leader. He keeps changing his mind, for the sake of political expediency. Upon hours of toppling Najib and UMNO as the ruling party, he arrogantly stated that “PH shall not accept leaders who wants to cross over”.

Quite months later, it was “Non problematic leaders”.

Then it became more fluid to “UMNO leaders who jump out and becomes Independent first. Then after they have repented (from their sins), they can join us”.

16UMNO MPs and droves of UMNO ADUNs especially from Sabah abandoned their party.

Yet it didn’t shift the ground. Only some leaders jumped out.

The fact is that, UMNO grassroot is united and steadfast in their resolution, to be part of the nationalist-Unionist party.

Despite attempts to sink UMNO, it’s grassroot are very strong in having faith that their leaders would not scuttle their vessel, no matter how in trouble they are in.

Published in: on July 7, 2019 at 10:00  Leave a Comment  

Paying peanuts for pros

The new business philosophy of ‘Paying peanuts for pros’ has suddenly re-emerged with the Malaysia Baharu under Gerontocracy Prime Minister.

NST story:

KUALA LUMPUR: FGV Holdings Bhd shareholders have today shown dissatisfaction towards their board of directors’ performance when they voted to reject their pay packages.

Last year, FGV posted net losses of RM1.08 billion, dragged by falling palm oil prices as well as impairments and provisions totalling RM1.04 billion. This was on the back of RM3.23 billion revenue.

FGV chairman Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid said all directors had been re-elected but resolutions related to their pay packages had been rejected by major shareholders Federal Land Development Authority (Felda), Koperasi Permodalan Felda and Lembaga Tabung Angkatan Tentera.

Azhar said FGV board members were currently discussing the most appropriate thing to do and looking at all options available.

“I, myself, don’t know the basis for the major shareholders to reject the board of directors’ remuneration package.

“It seems that the shareholders’ message to the board of directors is ‘we want you to work but we’re not paying you’ which I think is a little bit irrational,” Azhar told reporters after a gruelling five-hour FGV shareholders’ meeting here today.

According to FGV’s 2018 annual report, its board of directors consists of Azhar, Mohd Hassan Ahmad, Datuk Dr. Othman Omar, Datuk Yusli Mohamed Yusoff, Datuk Mohamed Suffian Awang, Datuk Dr. Salmiah Ahmad, Dr. Mohamed Nazeeb P.Alithambi, Datuk Mohd Anwar Yahya, Dr. Nesadurai Kalanithi and Datin Hoi Lai Ping.

Based on FGV’s 2018 annual report, the fee payable to Azhar as chairman of the board was RM1.95 million, versus the total remuneration of RM5.74 million for the board, which consists of 10 members.

When asked if FGV directors would resign, Azhar said: “There is no immediate decision among directors, for now. We are considering all options.”

He stressed that FGV directors were responsible and professional in executing their duties.

“We consider all factors carefully to put forward plans that would ensure sustainability of FGV. But today’s vote gives the impression that our efforts for the past 18 months are not appreciated,” Azhar said, dejectedly.

To another question if FGV directors would go on working without being paid, Azhar reiterated that the board had yet to collectively decide on their next move.

“What concerns us most is the interests of the company,” he remarked.

Felda is FGV’s biggest shareholder with a 33.7 per cent stake, while KPF and LTAT own 5.25 per cent and 1.25 per cent respectively.

The rejected resolutions were specifically to approve the payment of 2018’s directors’ fees, payment of a portion of directors’ fees payable from June 26, 2019 until the next annual general meeting (AGM), and the payment of benefits payable from June 26 until the next AGM.

Shareholders also rejected the resolution for directors to allot and issue shares pursuant to Section 75 of the Companies Act, 2016.

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This is not the first time the question of pay for directors and executives of civil servants and GLCs, even the listed firms, have been openly raised by the leadership.

It is presumed that the large shareholders, adhered to the wishes of their Boss.

In the recent months, Gerontocracy Prime Minister and his adviser have sounded out that professionals in strategic places should do “national service”.

Probably to be thrifty on the kitty is required in these trying times.

However, how is the Government ensuring that they are getting the best talents to serve their cause.

Civil servants and executives, including in the listed firms are mostly those who have had considerable experience and exposure.

Some, for almost half a century.

Take the BoD of Khazanah Nasional Bhd which decided to leave literally weeks after the present Government was formed.

Never mind the cold shoulder treatment they have gotten. The consolidated corporate experience the entire BoD at the time of departure is a quarter of Millenium, plus or minus a few dead years.

Perhaps Gerontocracy Prime Minister could get replacement talents for those who prefer or asked to leave.

Then again, the issue would these ‘peanuts paying pros’ be providing the best of themselves, for the ‘national service’ that they are providing.

Or they are just serving to pander the stop-gap leadership of Gerontocracy Prime Minister, who may or not be around in the mid term of the mandatory electoral period.

The rakyat did decide on the ruling party for what it was in their expectation, slightly over a year ago.

The general feeling is that they did not get a good deal for their political decision. It is believed that many of them who made the decision overpowered by sentiments, have now be quietened for the outcome that they have to face.

This AGM is also something alarming. The general public is wondering whether or not the BoD consulted the significant shareholders for their proposed resolutions, to be passed at the mandatory meeting.

Then there is also the ganging up of significant shareholders to shoot down the BoD proposal, in the open.

The Star story:

Unmasking the FGV remuneration saga


THE recent freeze on the remuneration payout of FGV Holdings Bhd (FGV) directors by its three major and substantial shareholders especially Felda – while is understandable from the perspective of financial performance – also has that tinge of irony resembling “a father/mother disciplining his/her child in public”.

At FGV’s marathon annual general meeting which lasted five hours on June 25, the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) which is FGV’s biggest shareholder with a 33.67% stake – alongside Koperasi Permodalan Felda Malaysia Bhd (5%) and the Armed Forces Fund Board (1.25%) – had voted against three resolutions pertaining to the remuneration of FGV’s directors.

Under resolution one, FGV sought its shareholders’ approval for payment of directors’ fees amounting to RM2.55 million in respect of financial year ended Dec 31, 2018 (FY2018).

Resolution two involves payment of a portion of directors’ fees to non-executive directors up to an amount of RM1.18 million from June 26, 2019 until the company’s next AGM while resolution three sought shareholders’ approval for the payment of benefits to non-executive directors from June 26, 2019 until the company’s next AGM.

As a conduit for communication, I wonder if he had ever engaged the FGV board to raise his objection on the remuneration issue prior to the AGM.

If yes, did the FGV board provide satisfactory explanation or justification over the quantum? Assuming that the FGV board had stated its stance on the matter, shouldn’t he initiate an engagement between both the Felda and FGV boards to reach an understanding, thus resolving any impending concerns beforehand?

Otherwise, one cannot be blamed to think that the board nominee could not have chosen a better timing to drop a bombshell. This is given, it is a rarity for shareholders to re-elect the board of directors but voted against resolutions related to the directors’ remuneration.

Writing is on the wall

After all, tell-tale signs of a friction within the Felda family has become more visible to the public of late which FGV Chairman Datuk Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid has vehemently denied at the recently concluded AGM. 

Media reports have surfaced in recent times that Felda is reviewing its land lease agreement (LLA) with FGV.

In retrospect, Felda handed over the management of some 355,000ha of its plantations via a 99-year LLA to FGV as part of the latter’s flotation exercise in 2012. In return, Felda was to receive payments of RM248 million annually as leasing fee in addition to a share of profits at a quantum of 15% per annum.

However, in view of a dip in crude palm oil (CPO) prices, FGV is only able to fork out an average of RM400mil a year in contrast to Felda’s minimum requirement of RM800mil per annum to manage and ensure the well-being of land settlers.

The recent stepping down of Felda chairman Tan Sri Megat Zaharuddin Megat Mohd Nor after barely 11 months appointed to the post is perhaps a harbinger of worsening discord within the Felda family although Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has played down the resignation by pointing to “health reasons”.Back to the drawing board

Given that both communication and engagement are crucial tools to strengthen rapport with shareholders, perhaps the FGV board should in the future be more proactive in engaging with their major and substantial shareholders as well as the various institutional investors.

After all, engagement with relevant stakeholders is very crucial for better understanding of the company’s operations apart from being a perfect avenue for the company to update its performance which is very much under public scrutiny of late.

This applies to engagements at both external level and even those with internal link. A case in point was the very fact that the proxy of Koperasi Permodalan Felda Malaysia raised certain concerns which struck the mind as if the FGV Board has turned a deaf ear or not interested in addressing the grievances raised by the members of the cooperative.

Now that shareholders had voted against the remuneration package at the AGM, the only option to “unfreeze” the directors’ remuneration package is to call for an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to seek a fresh mandate.

But this can be seen as a waste of money and resources, which can be better used to manage the array of challenges on the business front that FGV is facing.

At the end of the day, while I agree that directors’ remuneration should be linked to performance, perhaps a little leeway can be considered for a turnaround company in the likes of FGV. Perhaps a reasonable degree of appreciation should be accorded to the new board members as a form of motivation for their efforts and commitment. 

Give them time

My humble view is to give them a year to bring about a desired degree of turnaround bearing in mind the atrocious financial situation FGV is in right now. After all, the FGV board members are all newly appointed.

Having been duly re-elected, it will be unfair to deny the directors meeting allowances and other critical benefits when a herculean task is expected of them all. Moving forward, my reckoning is that the chief concern should not just centre on the quantum of remuneration but how to engage major and substantial shareholders to foster better understanding and acceptance of the issues at hand and how to tackle them effectively. 

An outright rejection as per the outcome of FGV’s recent AGM may be too harsh on the directors who are all expected to commit and work hard to provide directions to turnaround the company.

Worst still, this can invite repercussion given that the directors – unhappy that they are deprived of their fees and other perks – might simply decide to resign en masse. This can then be a major blow to FGV which will have to waste more time and resources to recruit new directors.

Surely, in this age and time, we cannot longer expect people to render national service without being duly compensated for their efforts and commitments. Even our athletes who excel at world stage are conferred monetary rewards as a form of appreciating their sacrifices to the country.

What is done is done but looking back, I cannot help thinking that the current impasse could be avoided at all cost if the board of FGV has done the necessary shareholder engagements (especially with major shareholders and institutional investors) while not take things for granted.

This is itself an invaluable lesson to other companies on never undermining the importance of shareholder engagements and their voices.

The views expressed in the article represent the views of the writer and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Institutional Investors Council of Malaysia (IIC).

Lya Rahman is currently the adviser/secretary to the IIC. She was formerly general manager of the Minority Shareholders Watch Group.


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FGV Chairman Dato Wira Azhar Abdul Hamid is a corporate leader known for speaking his mind up and standing up, for responsibilities.

As the CEO of MRT Corp, Azhar summarily quit almost five years when construction workers died in an accident during the construction of the Sg Buloh-Kajang line.

Azhar, who was in the largest oil palm plantation conglomerate Sime Darby since 1992 replaced Tan Sri Isa Samad as FGV Chairman in 2017.

Published in: on June 30, 2019 at 12:00  Leave a Comment  

Sodom-me Three

Are we going through another episode of buggery, with the arrest of complainant Haziq Abdul Aziz by the Police?

NST story:

Haziq nabbed at KLIA

KUALA LUMPUR: Police have arrested Muhammad Haziq Abdullah Abdul Aziz, the man who claimed to be in the sex videos that implicated a cabinet minister, at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) this afternoon.

It was learnt that the 27-year-old Santubong PKR Youth chief was apprehended while preparing to board a flight to an unknown destination.

Bukit Aman Criminal Investigations Department director Datuk Huzir Mohamed, confirmed the arrest was made by a team from the Classified Crime Investigation Unit.

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Every ten years, Malaysians have to be subjected to this roller coaster sordid politics of a heinous crime against morality.

It was then Deputy Prime Minister Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim of the separate buggery of speech writer Munawar Anis, adopted brother Sukma Saasmitamadja, lecturer Hairani Nafis, Meor Razak, and wife’s driver Azizan Abu Bakar.

Ten years later, political aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

These buggery acts was used by Anwar to turn the Malaysians into topsy turvy and split the nation really wide.

Anwar was convicted, twice and for the second time, exhausted the process for recourse till Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad got him pardoned upon Pakatan Harapan’s successful take over the Federal Government and all but two State Governments in the 14GE concluded 9 May 2018.

Published in: on June 14, 2019 at 21:16  Comments (1)  

Chicken, running away

Emperorissimo of DAP Chinese Chauvinism proven that he isn’t what quarter-of-a-man that he ought to be and instead a demonstration of being a major cowardice when he backtracked on his challenge to former UMNO President Dato’ Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak for an open debate.

The Star story:

Kit Siang calls off debate with Najib after advice


  • NATION

  • Thursday, 23 May 2019


PETALING JAYA: DAP stalwart Lim Kit Siang has called off the much-anticipated debate with former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak over fears that it may turn into a racial conflict.

“As there is a great likelihood that the debate on ‘How Malaysia became a global kleptocracy and how we can become a leading nation of integrity’ between Najib and myself could be turned into a Malay vs Chinese conflict… I have decided not to proceed with the debate with Najib,” he said in his blog post on Thursday (May 23). 

Lim noted that the debate between them should be “the battle against corruption, abuses of power and criminal conduct like money laundering”, which is not a racial or religious issue, but an issue of good values and good governance.

The Iskandar Puteri MP said in the past 48 hours, he had received advice from many Malaysians, even those overseas, urging him not to debate with Najib.

Some of the advice include that Najib has nothing to lose, the people cannot see any benefit from the debate and that it can cause more harm than good.

Lim acknowledged that his decision will be greeted “with tempests of allegations that (he is) a coward”. 

“My 53 years of politics is an open book for Malaysians to judge whether I am a coward or not, and I am always prepared to subject myself to the judgment of Malaysians. 

“However, there is one thing I will not compromise – the higher interests of the nation and Malaysians,” he added.
Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/05/23/kit-siang-calls-off-debate-with-najib/#TuPMzYurgIlTtW1s.99

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Former Prime Minister Najib got a whiff that the ruling Pakatan Harapan leaders felt that Emperorissimo Lim would likely lose the open debate, especially against facts presented.

Malaysiakini story:

Najib: I received info Harapan fears Kit Siang will be defeated

May 23rd, 2019 (Updated May 23rd, 2019)

Minutes after Lim Kit Siang issued a media statement announcing his withdrawal from a debate with Najib Abdul Razak, the latter said he received information that Pakatan Harapan was planning to pull the plug on the event.

In a Facebook posting this evening, the former premier said there were concerns within Harapan and DAP that Lim could be defeated.

“I notice that there are steps put in motion to cancel the debate. They are worried Lim might be vanquished in the debate,” he added.

Lim had cited concerns that the debate could be used to stir up racial sentiments and denied that his decision was due to cowardice.

Meanwhile, Najib claimed there were also those in Harapan who are concerned that he would raise issues which Lim (photo) would find difficult to deflect, as well as expose the coalition’s propaganda as lies and slander.

“Harapan should have full trust and confidence in Lim because he has been DAP’s boss for more than 50 years.

“Harapan should know that nobody would be forced to watch the debate and that public funds would not be used for the event.

“In the spirit of democracy and transparency, let this debate proceed with the title suggested by DAP, which I had agreed to,” he added.

The debate was first mooted by Najib in a recent media interview due to Lim constantly attacking him in the latter’s media statements over the 1MDB scandal.

Following this, the DAP veteran, who accepted the dare, suggested that the debate be on “How Malaysia became a global kleptocracy.”

Najib subsequently agreed to the title, but said that in fairness, other topics must also be included.

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It was Emperorissimo Lim who proposes that Former Prime Minister Najib ought to debate him on the topic of ‘Kleptocracy’.

Malaysiakini story:

Kit Siang proposes debate on kleptocracy, says ball in Najib’s court

 (Updated )

DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang today proposed kleptocracy as a topic after former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak challenged him to a debate.

“Najib accuses me of being obsessed with him. He cannot be more wrong. I would not be interested in him one bit if he did not have the dubious distinction of being the single Malaysian who had wrought the greatest damage to Malaysia, both to the present and future generations, with his kleptocratic legacy. 

“In the circumstances, should one debate with a kleptocrat, a pathological or habitual liar?

“Probably the best subject for debate is ‘How Malaysia became a global kleptocracy and how we can become a leading nation of integrity’. The ball is in Najib’s court,” he said in a statement.

Najib, in an interview, said he had responded to Lim every time he issued a statement and that it would be better if they just had a “freestyle debate.”

However, Lim said Najib’s interview was not “spared of lies.”

“Is Najib a pathological or habitual liar? …He said he answered me every time I made a statement, which is a downright lie.” 

Lim said there were several issues which Najib had not addressed despite being raised repeatedly.

Among these is the revelation by former MACC review panel member Lim Chee Wee, who said that Najib was not investigated for corruption as he had sacked the attorney-general.

Lim also pointed to claims by businessperson Deepak Jaikishan that Najib’s wife Rosmah Mansor was the de facto prime minister.

The DAP leader added that Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s observation that Najib had continued to act innocent despite the serious charges against him had gone unanswered.

Najib is facing 42 charges for corruption, money-laundering and abuse of power over the 1MDB scandal. He has denied any wrongdoing.

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The fact is that the open debate, which Former Prime Minister Najib counter challenge of Emperorissimo Lim’s agreement for a debate would be proven disastrous for the ruling PH if not probably uncover the various sinister agenda of undermining the interests of the country, especially the Malays, who are the majority of Malaysians.

The deterioration of the performance manifested in management of the economy, the open opposition amongst Members of Government in likes the ruling party leaders, Hannah Yeoh Vs Khalid Samad, Azmin Vs Lim Guan Eng, Maszlee Malik Vs DAP and the Doyen of Crony Capitalism and Chairman of ‘Majlis Orang-Orang Tua’ Daim Zainuddin Vs Lim Guan Eng eroded more of their popularity if not confidence.

Underperforming Minister of Youth and Sports who is also PPBM Youth Chief Syed Saddiq insists that his Cabinet colleagues shouldn’t attack the Education Minister Maszlee, especially on bias against the Malays on the Matriculation and Chinese controlled commerce issues.

Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is obviously very displeased with the performance of the ruling party leaders in the Government, without sparing his own Cabinet members.

The fact that his Media Adviser Dato A Kadir Jasin did his bidding by sounding out underperforming Ministers and Deputy Ministers should quit, is a clear sign.

The Star story:

Step down, Kadir tells non-performing ministers, mentris besar and excos


  • NATION
  • Wednesday, 22 May 2019


KLANG: Ministers, mentris besar, chief ministers and state executive councillors who do not meet the mark after a year in charge should relinquish their posts, says Datuk A. Kadir Jasin.

Writing in his blog The Scribe, the Prime Minister’s special media adviser did not mince his words, saying that those who were incapable of handling the job entrusted upon them should ship out.

“If there are those who are still crawling and feeling around a year after being given the opportunity and responsibility, then it is our responsibility to ask them to reconsider their positions, and if needed, to voluntarily leave so that others can replace them,” said Kadir.

He said a year was long enough to learn the ropes on how to do their jobs in order to meet the people’s aspirations.

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“He (Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad) certainly is more aware as he himself has given his cabinet a mark of only 50%,” said Kadir.

When asked in an interview recently how he would rate his Cabinet, Dr Mahathir said he gave it “five out of 10”.

“I am very conservative. I have been in the government for 22 years and I know how government functions, but these people (ministers) are new – they do not know how,” Dr Mahathir had added.

Meanwhile, Kadir wrote that from his understanding, the mark that Dr Mahathir gave was based on average grading.

“There are those below 50 (points) and those above 50. Those below 50 can be targeted to be replaced,” he said.

According to Kadir, people, especially those who voted Pakatan Harapan, had the right to assess who in their opinion had succeeded or failed to meet their aspirations.

He said those holding key positions in the civil service, statutory bodies and government-linked companies must also ship out if they under-performed or were still loyal to the previous Barisan Nasional government.

He added that some of those appointed by the Barisan government were still in their positions and still loyal to their previous bosses or continued to adhere to the old ways of doing things.

“They are directly and indirectly sabotaging the Pakatan government in order to keep their positions,” said Kadir.

He said this was because they knew it was the only way to protect and keep their “previous involvements” secret.

“In principle, the public service must be neutral and loyal to the government of the day,” said Kadir.

The veteran journalist added the time had come for the Public Services Department and the Public Services Commission to remove the “virus” loyal to the previous administration in order for the executive and administrative branches of the government to collectively serve the people and the nation.


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In the deterioration of the expectation from the public on PH’s failure to deliver the past solid year, which include to imprison Former Prime Minister Najib and growing demands for for former convict PKR President Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim, Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir is believed to heighten the game for him to remain in power.

He former Prime Minister who came back as the seventh Prime Minister back paddled on his vow not to accept UMNO-BN crossovers at the time when PH won the 14GE, by accepting 14 UMNO MPs.

Within six months of power, his party grew from the weakest in the ruling coalition to now having 27MPs.

It is said that PPBM operatives are engineering another 8 MPs, to bring up PPBM’s position of 35 MPs.

It is political necessity for him to remain as the seventh Prime Minister a little longer than the much talked about “Two years term”, which stretches at most just another 12 months.

Now that Emperorissimo Lim yellow-bellied himself from a very precarious lost on an open debate with Former Prime Minister Najib, which could probably deteriorate the much needed Malay support for the already deficient confidence for PH to remain in power come-what-may the next GE, be it quite within short or the full term, Gerontocracy Prime Minister Dr Mahathir’s ability to hang on to power is slightly extended.

The Wentworth ought by now, be known Central Chicken Coup.

Unless any of the Chickadees willing to sound out against this cowardice Supremo.

Buck! Buck! Buck!

Published in: on May 23, 2019 at 23:00  Leave a Comment  

‘D’ is for Demand

The Gerontocracy Prime Minister is facing a tighter spot upon the recent first anniversary of his ‘Marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows’ ruling Government, which saw an across the board below average performance.

Needless to say the gradually the economic contraction and continuous revision of smaller economic growth and the much coveted Bursa Malaysia KLCI psychological indicator dipped 300points within then 52 weeks of Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s administration.

The market is getting very edgy.

Race relations is at the lowest ebb, ever. So is the relationship between the Federal Government and the Royals.

The failure on the issues such as ICERD, resignation of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XV and the summary replacement with Sultan Abdullah of Pahang, probably didn’t make it better.

Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s leadership and administration is seriously facing the challenges of ‘Murphy’s Law’.

Even the Doyen of Capital Cronyism and Chairman of the ‘Majlis Orang-Orang Tua’ Daim Zainuddin is not shy of sounding out Gerontocracy Prime Minister’s administration.

Daim to gov’t: Start trusting civil service or you’ll be ‘dead’

 (Updated )

Despite the prime minister claiming that some civil servants are out to undermine Pakatan Harapan, one of his closest advisers has called on the government to trust them if it wished to ensure political longevity.

In an interview with the South China Morning Post, Daim Zainuddin went so far as to state that the government would be “dead” if it did not begin working with the country’s more than 1.6 million civil servants.

“Now you are in government. When you are in government, you have to deliver. You cannot deliver by yourself. The civil servants are the implementers, not you.

“You plan policies, then you say (to the civil servants), take over. 

(When) you don’t trust them, they just sit down,” he was quoted as saying in the interview published today.

The former chairperson of the Council of Eminent Persons claimed that many civil servants have expressed their unhappiness over the extent of political appointments in ministries.

While not dismissing Putrajaya’s claims of sabotage, including by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Daim noted the trust deficit must be worked on.

Civil servants, he believes, are likely to back the government of the day, even if they had only served one government all this while.

“That I don’t know (sabotage claims). But you have to work with (the civil service). Without them… you are dead.

“The civil servants have been coming to see me. They say ‘Oh, minister doesn’t trust me…’ and they (the political appointees) run the ministry,” he said.

“How can they run the ministry? They are outsiders. I have been telling the ministers the civil servants have been there since the British. When the British came here, they brought the civil service. 

“And you try now to discard them? You cannot.”

‘Civil servants also voters’

Daim, who served as finance minister during Mahathir’s first tenure, pointed out that civil servants and their families are also voters.

“I have been telling them, whether you like it or not, there are 1.6 million civil servants. And we are paying them every day. 

“Can you imagine? One, plus a wife. Plus one child. (There are votes there, so get them on your side or) you are in trouble. You know?” he was quoted as saying.

Daim’s remarks come just two days after Mahathir said that certain quarters, including those in the civil service, are unhappy with the Harapan administration due to its efforts to combat corruption.

“There are some who feel the government is not as good as the previous one because this government does not allow bribes,” he had said.

“There are some who feel this government should not continue, but (the country) should go back to being a corrupt government which benefits them.”

Mahathir had previously claimed that a culture of sabotage existed among civil servants in explaining the government’s move to “clean up” its agencies and departments.

In March, his deputy Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail also reminded civil servants of different political affiliations not to sabotage the government, but serve the people.

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What is interesting is Rocky’s Bru take on Daim is very edgy on one of senior Cabinet Minister’s actions, not in tandem with the Civil Service in his Ministry.

Finance Minister and DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng has been demonstrations his colours and becoming more of an irritant to Gerontocracy Prime Minister.

It has been said recently quite after the successful Sandakan by-election, he and several DAP leaders faced off and demanded that Gerontocracy Prime Minister put the specific timetable for his departure as the seventh Prime Minister and exactly when Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim to replace him as the eight Prime Minister.

Gerontocracy Prime Minister wasn’t to pleased that he called his inner circle thereafter and they converged till 300am, to come to the solution of treating this matter.

Obviously Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim is impatient to come to power and DAP is doing the bidding for him.

BH story:

Tarikh dilantik PM ke-8 sedang dibincang – Anwar

BANGI: Tarikh untuk Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim dilantik menjadi Perdana Menteri kelapan, sedang dibincangkan bersama Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Ketika memaklumkan perkara itu, Anwar yang juga Ahli Parlimen Port Dickson, berkata perbincangan antaranya dengan Perdana Menteri itu berjalan baik.

“Soal tarikh dan sebagainya (mengenai pelantikan sebagai Perdana Menteri) biarlah beliau (Dr Mahathir) berbincang dengan saya seperti yang sedang berlaku dengan baik.

“Saya tidak ada masalah sama sekali kerana Dr Mahathir punya peranan pada masa sekarang dan beliau harus diberi ruang.

“Andai kata saya ambil alih (kepimpinan) pun, peranan Dr Mahathir tetap ada sebagai seorang negarawan yang banyak berjasa kepada negara kita. Saya tidak fikir isu (penyerahan kuasa ini) adalah masalah,” katanya kepada media selepas menyampaikan ucaptama pada Konvensyen Belia Kebangsaan 2019 di Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (UKM) di sini, hari ini.

Beliau berkata demikian ketika diminta mengulas proses pelantikannya sebagai Perdana Menteri yang dijangka dalam tempoh kira-kira setahun dari sekarang, berdasarkan perjanjian dicapai bersama parti komponen Pakatan Harapan (PH) sebelum Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-14 (PRU-14).

Ditanya mengenai ‘ulang tahun’ pembebasannya daripada penjara yang genap setahun esok, Anwar menzahirkan rasa syukur dan memanfaatkan kebebasan itu dengan menemui pelbagai pihak dari dalam dan keluar negara menemui rakan lama.

Anwar mendapat pengampunan penuh Yang di-Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V pada 16 Mei tahun lalu selepas rayuan pengampunan penuhnya dipertimbangkan pada Mesyuarat Lembaga Pengampunan bagi Wilayah-Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur, Labuan dan Putrajaya.

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In the week where PH celebrated its first anniversary of toppling BN for the Federal Government at the 14GE, they have very little to show for after a whole year.

Lim Guan Eng and DAP is not about to tow the line and kow-tow to Gerontocracy Prime Minister, which many are seeing of being himself all again.

DAP yearn for change and undoing everything in the system that has been practiced since day one Merdeka.

It is abundantly clear of their agenda that they wanted the minority to have control and power of the majority and any obstacle to prevent for such should be undone.

It is very interesting how Gerontocracy Prime Minister wants to play this and stop from Anwar and majority of his PKR faction plus DAP from coming to power and undo the ‘Malay Agenda’ and dislodge the power of majority completely and subject them to the rule by the minority.

Published in: on May 15, 2019 at 13:26  Leave a Comment  

‘V’ is for Vindication

The fate and future of the largest political party UMNO as it sails through one storm after another, weathering external and internal threats, lies on the leader’s most intent to see its dismantled and demise, as much as the survival beyond the current Gerontocracy Prime Minister.

Nevermind who has failed in their stewardship of UMNO and capable to steer it back, weathering all the storms.

Amongst those in power now, who would have the strongest desire and determination to see the dismantling and demise of UMNO.

a. Pakatan Harapan Chairman Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad

b. PKR President and de facto Prime Minister Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim

c. DAP Secretary General and Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng

d. PPBM President and Home Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yasin

e. DAP Adviser and long time leader Lim Kit Siang

Of course, collectively they all have a combined multidimensional reason for the dismantling and demise of UMNO.

However, there is someone amongst them is more motivated then the rest.

The answer itself lies in multidimensional presentation of the spirit and form on the intent.

In the first place, two of them are staunch anti-Malay politicians, whose fundamental struggle to destroy the social-contract between the Malays and Non Malays.

It is believed they have already stretched their captive market and they are unable to grow their power base substantially from their stance of their political ideology and approach.

Hence, it is pointless to tone down for the new captive market and trying to grow and better focus on retaining their political market share.

Who would benefit the most when UMNO has been dismantled and demised?

Published in: on March 28, 2019 at 20:52  Leave a Comment  

Cross the Rubicon

The Malaysian Government created unnecessary confusion and further public discourse on the official position of the nation’s status regarding the ICERD and Rome Statute, which warranted the Rulers to stand up and give Titah on the matter and in the tone of violation of the Federal Constitution.

The Malay Mail story:

Johor Sultan warns against ratifying UN conventions, accuses Putrajaya of violating Constitution

KUALA LUMPUR, March 23 —  Johor Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar has accused Putrajaya today of going against the Federal Constitution in its move to ratify several core human rights conventions, including the recent Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

In an address at his birthday celebration in Johor Baru, he also harshly labelled those who are allegedly disputing the authorities of state rulers and governments when it comes to Islam, water, forestry, and land as “traitors”.

“Any party that touches the rights and powers of a ruler or state government, is breaking the law and can be considered as traitors,” he said.

“The action of the federal government to ratify ICERD and signed the Rome Statute is an action that is contradictory to the Federal Constitution because it touches on the power of the rulers and the special status of the Malays as well as the sanctity of Islam in the country.”

The text of his speech was published by his crown prince Tunku Ismail Ibrahim on his Facebook page.

ICERD refers to the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination — which Putrajaya has backed off from ratifying following pressure from Malay-Muslim lobby groups.

The ICERD seeks to oblige countries to ensure that everyone, regardless of race, is able to enjoy a long list of rights some may take for granted, including the right to freedom of expression, the right of peaceful assembly, the right to work, the right to housing, the right to medical care, social security, education and even the right to access places for the public’s use such as restaurants, theatres and parks.

“The government should remember on the social contract in the history of the formulation of the Federation of Malaya, where the special status of the Malays and the powers of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong along with the Malay rulers are not to be touched or infringed,” the sultan added.

The sultan’s remark came even after Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah has decreed earlier this month to dispel any misinformation regarding the International Criminal Court Statute, including the claim that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong will be exposed to the prosecution.

Wisma Putra has also repeatedly explained that the Agong cannot be held responsible towards the four core international crimes covered by the statute: genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes, and the crime of aggression.

Putrajaya also explained that ratifying the statute does not require the agreement of the Conference of Rulers, since it does not fall under the nine issues stipulated under Articles 159(5) and 38(4) of the Constitution.

Despite that, it said the Cabinet will still inform the Agong of the decision in respect of the principles of Constitutional Monarchy.

Sultan Ibrahim today warned the federal government against ratifying any international conventions just for the sake of foreign recognition, claiming it would jeopardise the rights and sovereignty of the country and its citizens.

Pakatan Harapan had in its manifesto pledged to ratify core United Nations conventions to in order to protect the human rights of Malaysians.

Sultan Iskandar then reminded members of the public that Johor is an independent sovereign state that has existed prior to the Federation of Malaya and Malaysia.

“This sovereignty means Johor has powers and rights in executing matters as enshrined in the state and Federal Constitution,” he said.

Despite the sultan’s claim, as one of the states in the federation of Malaysia, Johor’s jurisdiction is spelled out in the Ninth Schedule of the Constitution. Foreign policy is under the jurisdiction of the federal government.

The remark today came following a protest by Malay-Muslim groups yesterday in Johor, who submitted a memorandum to the sultan protesting against acceding the Rome Statute.

Recently, Johor crown prince Tunku Ismail Ibrahim has questioned Putrajaya’s ratification of the Rome Statute, causing Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to dismiss the statement made by Tunku Ismail as being his personal opinion, saying the prince is not an elected representative. 

NST story:

Msia accedes to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court

MARCH 5, 2019 @ 12:04AM 

BY AZURA ABAS

PUTRAJAYA: Malaysia on Monday signed the Instrument of Accession to the Rome Statute of International Criminal Court.

Foreign Minister Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah signed the instrument following the decision of the Cabinet during its meeting on Dec 12 last year.

The instrument was deposited to the Secretary-General of the United Nations on the same day.

“Malaysia’s accession to the Rome Statute reflects its commitment to combating international crimes for global peace and security.

“As a responsible member of the international community, Malaysia stands firm by its belief in the rule of law and acknowledges ICC’s complimentary role to existing domestic laws.

“Malaysia stands ready to work together with all state parties in upholding the principles of truth, human rights, rule of law, fairness and accountability,” Wisma Putra said in a statement.

On Feb 15, Yang Di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah was informed by Saifuddin of the decision of the Cabinet on the matter.

“The prime minister had previously written to His Majesty, the acting Yang Di-Pertuan Agong (Sultan Nazrin Shah) on Dec 26, 2018, informing the latter of the Cabinet’s decision on the matter.”

The ICC was established in 2002 and is governed by the Rome Statute.

The ICC is the first permanent, treaty-based, international criminal court, with the objective to end impunity against the perpetrators of the most serious crimes of concern to the international community, namely genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and crimes of aggression.

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Further confusion is added that a media report stated Gerontocracy Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad said there are a few paramount issues of reservation on Malaysia ratifying the Rome Statute.

NST story:

PM: We want to ratify Rome Statute, but…

KUALA LANGAT: Malaysia is keen on ratifying the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, subject to conditions and only if it is brings in positives for the country, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

This, he said, was because of the various freedoms spelt out under the statute, some of which could be at odds with Malaysia.

“We want to ratify but it is subject to our conditions in this country. There are certain things that they want to do that under the Rome Statute which we cannot do. For example, under the Rome Statute, there is absolute freedom for everybody to do all kinds of things.

“There are men marrying men, women marrying women. I do not know what they do when they marry. But they are very funny people. We do not have to be funny people like them. That, we do not accept. We only accept the good ones,” Dr Mahathir told a press conference after launching the Love My Palm Oil campaign in Pulau Carey on Sunday.

Dr Mahathir was asked to comment on a statement by the Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, whom in his birthday speech, reportedly accused Putrajaya of violating the Federal Constitution by signing the Rome Statute.

Sultan Ibrahim was quoted as saying that the Rome Statute, along with the attempt to ratify the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD), had touched on the monarchy, Malay privileges and sanctity of Islam.

He was also quoted as saying that “anyone who touches on the rights and powers of a monarch or state government has violated national laws and can be considered traitors.

“The federal government’s intention to ratify ICERD and sign the Rome Statute is a move that is against the Federal Constitution because it touches on the powers of the monarch, Malay special privileges, and the sanctity of Islam in this country.”

Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir said Public Accounts Committee chairman Datuk Seri Dr Ronald Kiandee will keep his position despite making the move from Barisan Nasional to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM).

“This is not a legal matter. It is a promise made by Pakatan Harapan. We can do it anytime (replace the PAC chairman). We will stick to our promise but it is not necessary that when moment something happens, you have to drop everything.

“We will think about and we will find a good candidate. At this moment, he (Ronald) remains PAC chairman,” said Dr Mahathir, who is also PPBM chairman.

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The gross inconsistency and lack of clarity for the Federal Government policies, decisions made, announcements and serious doubts on the roll out and implementation brought forth worsening confidence on the Pakatan Harapan Government.

There is a strong rumour that Chinese top commercial leaders also expressed the grave lack on confidence to do business in Malaysia.

Recently, it was believed that Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng and Political Secretary Tony Pua went to Hong Kong and met several leading Chinese global business owners.

The issue of the unilateral cancellation of Mega Projects was brought up and questioned during the meetings.

This include the ECRL highway project from Port Kelang to Tumpat in Kelantan is Malaysia Government’s is not reliable to follow through a decision and agreement made.

The incompetency of the Malaysian Government to plan and managed the nation on behalf of the rakyat is abundantly clear.

In this instance by acceding to the Rome Statute is a manifestation of inking a document and having after thought, which include not agreeing to the full set of terms.

On 8 December last year, half a million Malaysians, predominantly the Malay-Muslim converged and had a massive anti-ICERD demonstration in Dataran Merdeka.

Other issues which made the majority of Malay-Muslims very concerned had manifested their deep displeasure of not anguish.

It is time they converge again in a massive demonstration. The violation of the Federal Constitution, in letters and spirit is the matter of grave concern.

This violation include as Malay the official language.

DAP Ministers and Deputy Ministers have used Mandarin in their official Federal Government communique.

After all, Islam as the religion of the Federation of Malaysia, the role and position of HRH Rulers and articles pertaining to the Malays are defining ingredients of the nation.

When they ‘Cross the Rubicon’, they have to deal with the wrath.

Published in: on March 24, 2019 at 20:00  Leave a Comment