The Aziz Gambit

Recently, the editorial piece of Utusan Malaysia took the opportunity to add insult to injury by asking former UMNO President Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak for apologise to UMNO members for the “Lying”, in the context of the 1MDB fiasco.

That piece received a lot of flak amongst UMNO grassroots and those who are IT savvy and active social media practitioners.

UMNO leaders also were quick to react, which include MT member Dato’ Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi

Utusan Malaysia:

APA agenda Datuk Aziz Sheikh Fadzir? Kenapa memperalatkan Utusan untuk mendesak DS Najib memohon maaf kepada seluruh ahli UMNO kerana isu 1MDB? Apakah Aziz adalah sebahagian daripada games plan Mahathir-Daim untuk terus memecah belahkan perpaduan UMNO selepas PRU ke 14?

Datuk Aziz amat melampau kerana SPRM belum pun membuat sebarang pendakwaan atas fitnah “utama” kononnya Najib mencuri RM2.6 Bilion duit 1MDB. Maka apa asas Aziz untuk menuduh Najib telah bersalah dan mesti meminta maaf?

Beliau sudah mendahului Mahkamah kerana menjatuhkan hukuman bersalah kepada Najib sedangkan 38 pertuduhan yang sedia ada pun tidak ada kaitan dengan tuduhan mencuri duit 1MDB. Ini amat teruk kerana beliau menuduh Najib seorang penipu. Kecuali dia menafikan dia bukan “Awang Selamat “.

Kenapa ini berlaku? Apakah Datuk Aziz tanpa pengetahuan sesiapa turut disiasat oleh SPRM menggunakan AMLA atau “tax evasion”. Strategi Kerajaan PH hari ini ialah mengugut sesiapa sahaja yang dianggap penting kepada UMNO. Aziz adalah Pengerusi Eksekutif/Ketua Pengarang Utusan, akhbar milik UMNO yang amat dibenci oleh PH.

Aziz sudah sama dengan PH yang bimbang populariti Najib akan melenyapkan fitnah bahawa kekalahan BN di PRU ke 14 kerana faktor 1MDB. Bukan kerana janji 100 hari dan kemunafikan Kerajaan PH yang bijak berbohong. Datuk Aziz boleh menafikannya, tetapi dia mesti sedar bahawa tindakannya itu menguntungkan PH dan mengelirukan ahli UMNO.

Tindakan Aziz menggunakan ruangan pojok Utusan “Awang Selamat” untuk menyelar Najib sebagai penipu kebetulan berlaku sehari selepas Najib mengadakan sembang santai fb di PWTC.

Berdasarkan program tersebut, ternyata Najib tetap popular dan disenangi oleh golongan muda yang dahagakan jawapan kepada berbagai isu yang melanda pentadbiran Kerajaan PH hari ini. Terkini viewers video program tersebut ialah 602,656 penonton.

Apakah adil Aziz menggunakan temubual Najib bersama Marry Anne Jolley dari Al Jazeera untuk membuat kesimpulan bahawa Najib adalah bersalah.

Semua tahu Marry pernah dihalau daripada Malaysia pada tahun 2015 kerana sikap hipokrit beliau. Lihatlah soalan beliau yang cuba mengaitkan Najib dengan pembunuhan Altantuya.

Kalau Aziz mahu memelihara professionalisme kewartawanan Utusan, dia sepatutnya menghantar wakil Utusan pula menemubual Najib terutamanya apa maksud Najib dia tidak boleh semak sumber dana politik yang masuk ke akaun peribadi beliau. Sedangkan Najib juga sudah memuat naik 6 printscreen dokumen ke dalam fb beliau pada 10.9.2018. Ia bukti sumber dana politik yang beliau terima.

Bahkan apa salahnya dia hantar wakil Utusan menemui Menteri Luar Saudi yang pernah membuat kenyataan bahawa dana itu adalah tulin daripada Raja Arab. Kenyataan Saifuddin Abdullah baru baru ini tidak boleh pakai kerana itu bukan keluar daripada mulut Menteri Luar Saudi sendiri.

Bahkan pada penghujung tahun 2015, DS Zahid pernah menyatakan dia telah berjumpa sendiri keluarga penderma.

Justeru, Aziz perlu meminta maaf kepada Najib kerana terlalu gopoh membuat kesimpulan. Kalau dia enggan maka eloklah ahli UMNO “Memboikot” Utusan. – UTUSAN ONLINE

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The fact that at the moment all the Chief Editorial posts which include Editorial Adviser within the Utusan Group is vacant and former Kulim-Bandar Baharu MP Dato’ Aziz Sheikh Fadzir sits as the Executive Chairman.

He was appointed to the Utusan Melayu Bhd BoD in the days after UMNO President Dato’ Sri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi took office as the eighth UMNO President.

Like it or not, it is the presumption by many that Awang Selamat’s jibe against the former UMNO President is somewhat with the consent of the party President since UMNO is considered a media mouthpiece for the party.

Many in the UMNO grassroots are baffled if not aghast why is the party media organ not focusing its salvos on the Government and it’s fashionable daily cock-ups and mistakes, which include the recently tabled Bajet 2019 instead.

They are demanding Awang Selamat to explain.

Utusan Malaysia and UMNO Leadership ought to be fostering better working relationship and deep understanding in moving forward, as part of party’s effort to remain as an effective and tough Opposition and en route to recover for the 14GE and post 14GE by-election losses.

On that note, at one point of time UMNO President Dr Ahmad Zahid would have to come out and express his views on this, to put matters to rest.

Some say, this part of the Aziz’s wicked strategy to take over Utusan since at has been known that UMNO is considering hiving off its investment in the media group.

In the opinion of staunch cyber-writer for UMNO Ab Jalil Backer:

UMNO Perlu Jual Saham Utusan

1. Utusan mempunyai aset sekitar RM500 juta namun ia mempunyai tanggungan yang cukup besar juga.

2. Saya tidak pasti berapa jumlah saham sebenar UMNO dalam Utusan namun saya percaya ia melebihi 60%.

3. Mana-mana akhbar di dunia hanya boleh terus berkembang jika mendapat iklan yang banyak.

4. Berhadapan dengan prejudis kerajaan baharu dan sikap cauvinis pengusaha Cina yang kaya raya, sukar untuk Utusan terus hidup selagi UMNO antara pemegang saham utama.

5. Tindakan UMNO melantik Datuk Seri Aziz Sheikh Fadzir sebagai Pengerusi baharu juga adalah satu kesilapan.

6. Aziz tidak mungkin dapat memulihkan Utusan. Saya percaya ketika ini beliau mula berkira-kira untuk menjual aset Utusan sahaja untuk membiayai kos operasi. Apa akan jadi selepas habis aset dijual?

7. Justeru Utusan perlu diselamatkan sebagai lidah orang Melayu dan Islam dalam dunia persuratkhabaran. Utusan adalah sebahagian warisan orang Melayu.

8. UMNO harus mengorbankan maruahnya dan menjual pegangan saham dalam Utusan kepada pihak lain. Biarlah Utusan terus hidup.

9. Hasil jualan saham Utusan mungkin mencecah ratusan juta bolehlah dimasukkan dalam simpanan tetap untuk kos operasi parti.

10. UMNO tidak memerlukan Utusan untuk menang Pilihan raya, namun orang Melayu memerlukan Utusan sebagai satu kelangsungan perjuangan dan maruah pejuang kemerdekaan.

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After all, despite promoting UMNO to speak up especially through the right channels, Dr Ahmad Zahid also has the Herculean task in keeping the ship company tight as it sails into bad weather, in the middle of cold and darkest nights to come with limited resources.

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Published in: on November 7, 2018 at 10:00  Leave a Comment  

Gambit game-changers, part one

The colours of Malaysian mainstream politics just became surreally psychedelic with hallucinating dynamic colours shifting about alive, since soon-to-be PKR President Anwar Ibrahim’s handsome win in the Port Dickson by-election concluded last night.

The entrance of long time ‘heir apparent to the Premiership’ Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim back into the pit of mainstream politics, is very interesting and subliminally earth shattering.

Firstly, he is a man yet to be officially ascended to the PKR throne as an elected President and no more ‘Dear Leader’ (Ketua Umum), quite soon.

Second, his party (PKR, which is today an evolution of a political movement ‘Reformasi’ he started upon his sacking from Cabinet and Deputy Prime Minister 2 Sept 1998 and UMNO as Deputy President 3 Sept 1998 by the same man who is Prime Minister today, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad), is the largest block of coalition parties which is the ruling Federal Government of the day.

Third, the (un)holy-marriage-of-back-stabbing-strange-bedfellows between Anwar’s, Dr. Mahathir’s and Lim Kit Siang’s parties shockingly tipped the scale for political control on 9 May 2018 XIV GE, left of them, all and sundry not really have a clue how to go about business when they were handed power by His Majesty the Agong to form a Federal Government under his name.

It took weeks for Prime Minister Dr Mahathir to sort out the full Cabinet set up, only to manifest the horse-trading behind closed doors was more than just a mere series of storm-in-a-teacup of threats and ultimatums.

This is not withstanding as a man of 22 years of premiership and 15 years of statesmanship, he was not too contented with those whom he could pick from to fill in all the strategic positions of Ministers of the Crown.

Hence, the speed and roll out of the formation of the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP), which was actually doing the bidding for and on behalf of the Prime Minister with the absence of ultra vires power.

To date, more Chief Secretaries and civil servants, heads of department, chief executives and senior management, key personnel, official representatives appear before the five-man CEP, all and in sundry than before the Federal Government in the name of His Majesty Tuanku Agong.

Right after the hundred day ‘running in period of the New Malaysia Federal Government’, the CEP wanted to stand down and each of the members were to go off and back into their own individual normalcies but vehemently rejected by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir.

It is not to the pleasure of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir in any way as he is spirally into a viscous cycle of paranoia, deep distrusts of people, fear and lost at sea of realism.

The Star story:

Dr M: some civil servants may still be loyal to BN, affecting new administration


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And Bernama story:

Dr Mahathir explains civil servants’ loyalty to government of the day

Administrative and diplomatic officers (PTD) taking selfie with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. — Bernama photo

PUTRAJAYA: The loyalty of civil servants such as administrative and diplomatic officers and police and military personnel to the government should not be up to the point of complying with directives contrary to the law, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

If government officers found that the task entrusted to them was clearly wrong or criminal in nature, they should not comply with the instruction, he said.

“You don’t have to follow all orders, just those that come in accordance with government policies,” he said at a town hall session for about 3,500 administrative and diplomatic officers (PTD) here yesterday.

The session was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Cabinet ministers and the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.

“If, as the prime minister, I order you to kill someone, would you do it? There’s a difference between an instruction in accordance with certain policies and an order to commit a crime,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said it was wrong if a government officer received an instruction to commit a crime, such as the concealing of criminal evidence.

Dr Mahathir said government officers should strictly ignore improper directives such as campaigning for political parties despite being threatened with action.

“If you all say no, don’t tell me all of you will be punished?” he said.

Asked whether the government would come to the aid of civil servants who had been subjected to action for not abiding by the directives of the previous administration, he said the government was prepared to discuss and restore them to their positions.

Dr Mahathir said he had to look into the reports first to ensure that those who were actually victimised could be given a reprieve, while also taking into account the financial position of the government.

“Some have been given a reprieve, but the total number is too big, and some may have been missed out by our investigation.

“If they were (missed out), please provide details why they were ‘punished’ earlier and the government will restore them to their previous position or pay what is owed to them,” he said.

Dr Mahathir also said that in the effort to fighting wrong, the government officers must accept the fact that they would be ‘punished’ but they should believe that what they did would eventually bring good.

Acknowledging that he himself was ‘punished’ by the previous administration, including by stopping his monthly allowance and putting fear into his friends to keep them away from him, Dr Mahathir said these were challenges that must be faced in championing what was right.

“If I were to have gone along with them even after being ‘punished’, what would have happened to the country and our society? So, we have to accept ‘punishment’ for our refusal to do what’s wrong,” he said.

On the other questions and grievances on governance aired at the session, the Prime Minister said he would study, have discussions and seek evidence before making any decision.

“Many wrote to me. Now, I have a stack of letters and I have 18 hours (a day) to read them,” he said.

On Malaysia’s foreign relations, Dr Mahathir said the country practised a policy of being friendly with all nations of the world without regard for their ideology and reserved the right to criticise if they committed wrong regardless of whether they were big or small.

He said Malaysia used its influence in helping to resolve conflicts in neighbouring countries such as the Philippines and Thailand, but failed to influence countries of the Middle East.

“We have met with (Middle Eastern) leaders but our advice was not accepted, so we failed to influence them,” he said.

The Prime Minister said Malaysia came to the defence of Palestine because of the gross injustice against the people of that country, whereby their land was seized by the Jews.

He also said that terrorism could not be eradicated if the focus was on combating terrorism with weapons without identifying the reasons for terrorism. — Bernama

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And the damnest word he used is “Sabotage”. This is the context for the arrest of the elusive businessman Low Taek Jho.

The Sun Daily story:

Mahathir suspects sabotage is reason why Jho Low evading arrest

BALI: Sabotage within the government is among the reasons why it is difficult for Malaysia to pin down and arrest fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, said Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pix)>.

He said he believed that was the reason why Jho Low managed to evade arrest.

“I think he is hiding somewhere,” he said when asked if there was sabotage within the government by way of information leakage.

“(Tun) Daim (Zainuddin) says somebody is informing him (Jho Low). One time he was in Hong Kong. When we reached Hong Kong, he had flown away already,” Dr Mahathir told Bernama and RTM at the conclusion of the inaugural Asean Leaders Gathering here Thursday. Daim is the chairman of the five-member Council of Eminent Persons (CEP).

The Asean meeting, held on the sidelines of the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, carried the theme ‘Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Overcoming Development Gap through Regional and Global Collaborative Actions’.

Malaysia is seeking Jho Low to assist in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd investigation. — Bernama

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All of these happened since June is not without the ‘witch hunting and post Nazi styled culling’, though one of the first few phrases he said upon the euphoria of coming back to power is “We are not seeking revenge”.

One of the considerable laughing stock item of pockets of chin-wags about town is Prime Minister Dr Mahathir announcements and statements manifesting the grave inconsistencies on trade and economic foreign policies, which have Flip-Flopped too many times over in too short of time.

All of these happened is not without Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim moving steadily meeting each of the HRHs Malay Rulers and His Majesty Tuanku Agong, re-establishing his friendship and network.

Anwar also toured around the region to meet strategic Government and industry leaders.

At the same time, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir is on the continued path of irritating HRH Malay Rulers.

The ultra cold relationship between His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XV and the Prime Minister is very glaring.

The body language of His Majesty during the official swear in of the Prime Minister VII is abundantly clear that the private relationship between the two is to a level of cold-freeze burn.

The abrupt cancellation of the official birthday celebration of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong is the first in this nation’s sixty years history.

It is a very important annual formal event where the relationship of the Crown, his people and the relationship with the rest of the world is demonstrated in the exchanges of wishes and pleasantries.

More the part two of this essay.

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Korban untuk orang Melayu?

Hari Wuquf 1439H menjanjikan segala hikmah dan barakah kepada umat Islam, tetapi tidak kepada Bangsa Melayu sekiranya dasar dan perlaksanaan untuk mendukungi usaha untuk memajukan mereka, dicadangkan diubah.

Laporan Nikkei Asian Review:

Mahathir advisers propose reviewing Malay privileges to reform economy

Long-standing Bumiputra policy favors ethnic majority, from scholarships to contracts

CK TAN, Nikkei staff writer

August 20, 2018 21:08 JST

Updated on August 20, 2018 23:22 JST

KUALA LUMPUR — Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s hand-picked advisers have recommended changes to Malaysia’s Bumiputra policy, a set of affirmative actions aimed to lift the social welfare of the majority-ethnic Malays. The policy, introduced in 1971, accorded a wide range of favoritism — from scholarships to access to government contracts based on ethnicity, rather than on merits.

Past attempts to revise the policy have been met with strong protests from conservatives in the country, including Mahathir, who argued that Malays would be diminished in their own birthplace without state support.

“We want to get it right this time,” Daim Zainuddin, the head of the Council of Eminent Persons, told reporters on Monday. The former finance minister did not reveal the recommendations but said the advisory council would induce “positive mindset change” and competitiveness of the Bumiputra, or sons of the soil.

“Any program proposed and developed should not be to the detriment of economic growth nor at the expense of other social groups,” Daim said.

The suggestions from the advisory council were part of a report, completed on Monday, recommending the government review decadeslong policies seen as promoting abuse of power and hampering progress.

The report, Daim said, was a culmination of 100 days of feedback from over 350 individuals at more than 200 organizations, which included regulatory enforcement agencies, trade associations and social activists.

To grow the economy further, the report proposed a new framework for investment incentives that are “outcome-based” for the promotion of sustainable and inclusive growth, he said.

The country’s fiscal position would be strengthened with a revised tax policy aiming to increase the government coffer in the wake of the abolishment of the goods and services tax, a crucial revenue component.

The recommendations, if adopted by the government, would overturn long-held practices, partly blamed for widespread corruption and abuse of power that hindered progress.

Critics say that the Bumiputra policy, for example, has led to corruption. Beneficiaries who have won government contracts without an open tender sell their stakes for a quick profit. Those who actually take on a contract will become beholden to continuous state support, without which they could not survive in an open market.

Former Prime Minister Najib Razak tried to revise the policy when he came into power in 2009, proposing to liberalize the economy to increase competitiveness. But his proposal was immediately slammed by Mahathir.

Mahathir, now in power for the second time, appears to realize how such discriminatory policy based on one’s ethnicity could hinder the country’s stated goal of becoming a developed economy by 2020.

The prime minister, now on a five-day official visit to China, lamented over the weekend at how Malaysia has fallen behind other countries due to the lack of a “learn and produce” mentality. “In Malaysia, we like to buy and that’s it,” Mahathir said in Beijing on Sunday at a meeting with Malaysian citizens living in China.

But it is not clear how ethnic Malays, who account for about two thirds of the country’s population, would accept any revision to the nearly five-decades-long Bumiputra policy. If implemented without a wide consensus, the revision could push the conservatives to throw their support behind the opposition, led by the United Malays National Organization, the party that Mahathir once belonged to.

UMNO has recently formed a loose alliance with the conservative Malaysian Islamic Party, or PAS. Both parties, which advocate the protection of race and religion as ideology, are seeking to challenge the Mahathir-led Pakatan Harapan, or the Alliance of Hope.

The five-person council, set up immediately after Mahathir came into power after the May 9 election, was tasked to advise the government on institutional reform and resolving the financial scandal in state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

Other members of the council include Zeti Aziz, the former central bank governor of Malaysia; Hong Kong-based tycoon Robert Kuok; Hassan Marican, the former president of Petroliam Nasional, or Petronas; and Jomo Kwame Sundaram, who served for seven years as the United Nations assistant secretary-general for economic development.

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Pengumuman Pengerusi Majlis Orang-Orang Tua bertentangan dengan isu yang sama, semasa Penggal 1 Parliamen XIV membahaskan soalan yang dikemukakan kepada Menteri.

Menteri Hal Ehwal Ekonomi Dato Sri Azmin Mohamed Ali meyakinkan Dewan Rakyat bahawa peruntukan untuk MARA menaja pelajar diperingkat ijazah ditambah kepada 58,000 pelajar IPT tempatan dan 7,000 pelajar IPT diluar negara.

Peluang pendidikan merupakan salah satu teras utama apabila Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB) diperkenalkan pada tahun 1971, bagi mengimbangi ketidak-sama-rataan dan menampung jurang sosio-ekonomi antara Bumiputera dan Bukan Bumiputera.

Apakah dasar untuk memberikan kemudahan, bantuan dan menaja pelajar Melayu, samada peringkat sekolah menengah atau menara gading, merupakan ‘menggalakan amalan korup dan salahguna kuasa, dan menghalang kemajuan ekonomi’?

Jika Kerajaan dibawah Perdana Menteri Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad menerima cadangan ini dan menggubah dasar dan perlaksanaan, terutama mengenai hal ehwal pelajaran bagi Bangsa Melayu, maka ianya amatlah malang sekali.

DEB menjadi ‘Korban’ demi kuasa yang beralih dari tangan orang Melayu yang mendasari kepentingan Bangsa Melayu tanpa menjejaskan hak kaum lain, kepada golongan majoriti.

Published in: on August 20, 2018 at 23:55  Comments (3)  

Larangan Kementerian Haji Saudi untuk urus Furada

Kementerian Haji dan Umrah Kingdom of Saudi melarang Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) untuk menguruskan jemaah Haji dari Malaysia yang menguruskan visa mereka secara peribadi (Furada).

Kenyataan media TH

Laporan New Straits Times:

Tabung Haji will no longer manage pilgrims on Furada visa

By Nadia Hamid – August 12, 2018 @ 3:01pm

KUALA LUMPUR: Effective immediately, Tabung Haji (TH) will no longer manage Malaysian pilgrims on Furada (private) visas.

This follows a directive from the Saudi Arabian Haj and Umrah Ministry, the TH Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Division said in a statement, adding that the new regulation was for pilgrims from all countries.

“This year, the Haj and Umrah Ministry has decided to place pilgrims on Furada visas from all countries in a specific tented area, separate from those handled by their respective countries.

“This initiative was taken by the ministry so as to be able to better manage pilgrims on Furada visas,” the statement said.

Apart from allocating of 30,200 for Malaysian pilgrims, the Saudi Arabian embassy in Malaysia also provides Furada visas on a case by case basis.

“TH respects and will follow the rules and regulations set by the Haj and Umrah Ministry for the sake of the safety and comfort of pilgrims, whether those who are already there (under TH) or those on Furada visas.

“As part of the risk management plan set by the Saudi Arabian government, TH has also been required to provide a certain number of additional beds at all 18 buildings where Malaysian pilgrims are placed, in case any emergency or unforeseen incident should take place in the Holy Land,” the statement said.

TH also advised the public to be careful and not be easily influenced by any individual or agency offering Furada visa or haj packages not authorised by TH.

“The public should be careful so as to avoid cases of fraud which often happen during the haj season,” it said.

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Kenyataan media TH yang dilaporkan NST ini adalah respons kepada kenyataan peguam Dato’ Abu Backer Sidek berkenaan TH tidak menguruskan Jemaah Haji Furada dari Malaysia.

Ianya disiarkan dalam Sinar Harian

TH digesa kendalikan bakal jemaah Haji Visa Furada

TH digesa kendalikan bakal jemaah Haji Visa Furada

Abu Backer Sidek
A-A+ (Ubah saiz teks)

KUALA LUMPUR – Pertubuhan Pejuang Rukun Negara dan Perlembagaan menggesa agar Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) mengendalikan bakal jemaah Haji Visa Furada (visa urusan sendiri) sekali gus memudahkan peluang bakal jemaah yang kurang berkemampuan untuk mengerjakan ibadah haji tahun ini.

Pengerusinya, Datuk Abu Backer Sidek, berkata, keenganan TH melaksanakan urusan bagi proses surat kelulusan yang telah diterima rakyat seolah-olah merampas peluang tersebut dari rakyat.

Menurutnya, TH di bawah kerajaan baharu sepatutnya lebih peka dan membantu memudahkan rakyat bukannya mengambil tindakan yang merugikan.

“Saya difahamkan Kedutaan Saudi telah memberi kelulusan 500 visa dan mungkin menjangkau ke 1,000 tetapi mereka yang terima surat ini hanya mampu melihat surat kelulusan sahaja jika tidak mampu kerana TH tidak mahu mengendalikan mereka.

“Ada kumpulan seperti pesara polis, kakitangan kerajaan, guru-guru, dan invidu yang menerima surat kelulusan ini bukannya golongan yang mampu untuk mengambil pakej mengerjakan haji dengan pihak swasta. Jadi mereka amat mengharapkan kepada TH.

“Pada saya, mereka seperti dikhianati oleh TH. Peluang itu dirampas kerana TH menutup pintu mengendalikan jemaah Visa Furada,” katanya kepada Sinar Harian ditemui di Lobi Menara TH, di sini, hari ini.

Terdahulu beliau berusaha untuk menemui pihak pengurusan tertinggi TH bagi mendapatkan penjelasan dan status sebenar perkara berkenaan bagaimanapun gagal.

Beliau dalam pada itu menambah, TH wajar meneruskan proses bagi mengendalikan jemaah Haji Visa Furada bagi mengelakkan berlaku pembaziran.

“Menerusi sumber dalaman yang boleh dipercayai, saya dimaklumkan sekiranya TH tidak mengendalikan bakal jemaah visa Furada ini, akan ada 300 kekosongan katil yang telah ditempah. Nilai untuk satu katil adalah RM7,000. Jadi bayangkan berapa kerugian di situ.

“Jadi mengapa tidak TH teruskan sahaja pengendalian ini sekurang-kuranganya untuk tambahan satu lagi penerbangan,” katanya.

Visa Furada adalah pemberian mutlak Kedutaan Saudi kepada mana-mana individu mahupun syarikat terpilih menawarkan pakej haji.

Sebelum ini, TH mengendalikan jemaah yang memperolehi Visa Furada dan membuat beberapa penerbangan tambahan bagi musim Haji.

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Tindakan TH ini adalah wajar kerana Jemaah Haji Furada Malaysia wajar bertanggung-jawab atas urusan Haji mereka sendiri kerana visa yang dikeluarkan Kedutaan Besar Kingdom of Saudi itu sebenarnya dibuat diluar sistem TH.

Semua Jemaah Haji Malaysia melalui TH diuruskan bermula dari menerima surat tawaran mengerjakan Haji dan pengurusan passport dan visa, melalui proses yang sedia ujud antara TH dan Kementerian Haji dan Umrah Kingdom of Saudi.

Kenyataan Backer yang mengelirukan ini hanya menimbulkan keresahan perasaan rakyat Malaysia, terutama dikalangan orang Melayu kerana isu berkenaan Haji, pengurusan jemaah dan TH dianggap sebagai isu-isu yang amat sensitif.

Dalam akaun Facebook Backer, beliau juga membuat komen:

Ketua Rombongan Haji menipu lagi…dulu kat tak Batal Penginapan Percuma Jemaah Transit / memerlukan TAPI Bila bakal jemaah Baji minta Bilik maka TH minta bayaran KINI Visa Furada pula di katakan Kem Haji Saudi tak benarkan TH uruskan. Semua Negara di Dunia ada Visa Furada yg di keluarkan atad Budibicara Duta dan mana mungkin aemua Negara Operator Hajinya boleh uruskan bakal jemaah Haji berkenaan TAPI Maaysia aje tak Beleh ??? SYED SALLEH TUNJUK BUKTINYA JIKA BERKATA BENAR!!!

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Ini bukan kali pertama Backer cuba untuk menimbulkan keresahan dikalangan orang Melayu mengenai pengurusan jemaah Haji Malaysia.

Sinar Harian 25 Julai 2018

TH nafi penginapan bakal jemaah ditarik

TH nafi penginapan bakal jemaah ditarik

Datuk Seri Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman dan Timbalan Pengarah Gerakan Haji Mohd Hisham Harun berkata demikian di Sepang, hari ini.
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SEPANG – Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) menafikan dakwaan sesetengah pihak menyatakan mereka menarik kemudahan penginapan percuma bagi jemaah transit melebihi satu hari seperti disediakan pada musim-musim haji terdahulu.

Pengurus Besar Kanan Haji, Datuk Seri Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman menjelaskan, tiada keperluan bagi bakal jemaah haji transit menginap di kompleks TH susulan pelbagai penambahbaikan yang telah dilakukan.

Menurutnya bermula musim haji tahun ini, beberapa penambahbaikan telah dilakukan TH termasuk menyediakan penerbangan ‘direct transit’ dari tujuh stesen berlepas lain.

“Bakal jemaah daripada stesen lain tidak perlu keluar dari KLIA ke Kompleks TH Sepang kerana penerbangan mereka akan diteruskan dengan penerbangan sewa khas ke Tanah Suci.

“Ia sekaligus memendekkan tempoh menunggu jemaah dari stesen luar untuk berlepas ke tanah suci,”katanya dalam satu sidang media di sebuah hotel di sini, hari ini.

Menjelaskan mengenai perkara itu, Syed Saleh berkata, pada musim haji terdahulu kemudahan penginapan percuma disediakan di Kompleks TH Kelana Jaya dari stesen lain atas kekangan penerbangan atau jadual penerbangan transit aqal melebihi satu hari sebelum mereka bertolak ke tanah suci.

“Bakal-bakal jemaah haji tahun ini yang memilih untuk berlepas dari KLIA hanya perlu melapor diri di Kompleks TH Sepang empat jam sebelum masa penerbangan. Tiada keperluan untuk menyediakan bilik penginapan,”ujarnya.

Bagaimanapun katanya, jika waris dan bakal jemaah yang memilih untuk datang awal dari waktu dan tarikh lapor diri, mereka perlu membuat persediaan tempat tinggal sendiri.

Sementara itu selain Kompleks TH Sepang, tujuh stesen berlepas lain yang disediakan TH di seluruh negara adalah di Alor Setar, Pulau Pinang, Johor Bahru, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Bharu, Kota Kinabalu dan Kuching.

Pada masa sama, Syed Saleh menafikan satu posting tular di media sosial yang mendakwa jemaah haji terpaksa menjadi gelandangan kononnya disebabkan kerajaan menarik balik kemudahan.

Syed Saleh menjelaskan dakwaan itu tidak benar, jika senario itu memang berlaku setiap kali musim haji kerana bakal-bakal jemaah diiringi waris dan ahli keluarga yang menghantar mereka ke kompleks TH sebelum berlepas.

“Yang ramai itu waris, saudara mara. Bukan jemaah. Tidak timbul masalah gelandangan. Itulah senario musim haji di mana sanak saudara berkumpul untuk menghantar ahli keluarga mereka menunaikan haji,”katanya.

Tambahnya, TH sentiasa berusaha menyediakan dan menambahkan baik perkhidmatan kepada pada jemaah haji semasa di tanah air mahupun ketika di tanah suci.

Kelmarin, beberapa gambar tular di media-media sosial memaparkan suasana padat di Kompleks TH Sepang dengan dakwaan bakal jemaah haji terpaksa menjadi gelandangan kerana kerajaan tidak menyediakan penginapan percuma.

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Penjelasan Pengurus Besar Haji Dato’ Seri Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman ialah respons keatas kenyataan Backer, yang mempersoalkan TH tidak menyediakan penginapan bagi bakal-bakal Jemaah Haji Malaysia, juga tular akbar kenyataan Backer melalui media sosialnya dan dilaporkan Sinar Harian.

TH dituntut kembalikan penginapan percuma

Abu Baker Sidek

Abu Baker Sidek
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SHAH ALAM – Tabung Haji (TH) dituntut mengembalikan perkhidmatan penginapan percuma kepada bakal jemaah haji yang transit musim ini.

Pengamal Undang-undang, Datuk Abu Baker Sidek berkata, ini kerana buat pertama kalinya dalam sejarah, penginapan percuma kepada jemaah haji dihapuskan dan dikenakan bayaran yang dianggap mahal kepada jemaah.

Katanya, sedangkan bakal jemaah haji selaku pendeposit wajar mendapat layanan terutamanya dalam pemberian penginapan percuma sebelum berlepas ke Tanah Suci.

“Selama bertahun-tahun, bakal jemaah haji daripada Kedah, Perak dan lain-lain negeri diberi penginapan secara percuma selama satu hari sebelum ke Tanah Suci tetapi tidak lagi bermula musim ini,” katanya yang mendapat aduan daripada jemaah haji.

Jadi beliau berkata, TH wajar memberi penjelasan berhubung ketiadaan penginapan percuma yang disediakan sebelum ini.

“Saya menggesa dan meminta pihak TH supaya mengubah keputusan berkenaan dan memberikan penginapan percuma di seluruh negara kepada bakal jemaah haji yang memerlukan untuk transit sebagaimana yang dilakukan selama 35 tahun yang lalu,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, jika TH gagal berbuat demikian, beliau akan memfailkan satu permohonan di mahkamah untuk mendapatkan perintah mandatori dan menghalang TH serta ejen-ejennya daripada mengenakan apa-apa bayaran kepada bakal jemaah haji yang menggunakan perkhidmatan penginapan di bawah badan pengurusan haji berkenaan.

Abu Baker berkata, bermula musim ini, semua urusan berkaitan haji di Kompleks TH Kelana Jaya berpindah ke premis baharu iaitu di Kompleks Tabung Haji Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA).

Sehingga kini Sinar Harian masih berusaha mendapatkan respons rasmi daripada TH bagi mendapatkan penjelasan lanjut.

Ketika menghubungi bahagian perkhidmatan awam TH, kakitangan badan pengurusan haji itu mengakui sebelum ini, TH ada menyediakan tempat penginapan iaitu asrama kepada bakal jemaah haji di Kompleks TH, Kelana Jaya.

Kakitangan TH itu berkata, bermula tahun ini, bakal jemaah haji dari negeri-negeri akan melaporkan diri di cawangan TH di negeri masing-masing dan akan transit di KLIA sebelum meneruskan penerbangan ke Tanah Suci.

“Tempoh menunggu untuk ke Tanah Suci tidaklah mengambil masa yang lama sehinggakan bakal jemaah perlu menginap,” katanya.

Difahamkan, bakal jemaah dan waris yang mahu menginap, TH menyediakan bilik di Movenpick Hotel and Convention Centre (MHCC) di Sepang tetapi kos penginapan ditanggung sepenuhnya oleh jemaah.

Penerbangan pertama haji akan berlepas pada Ahad ini sementara penerbangan terakhir ke Tanah Suci dijangka pada 14 Ogos depan.

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Pengurusan Jemaah Haji Malaysia dibawah TH adalah lebih efisyen sekarang bernabding musim Haji terdahulu. Ini kerana peroses untuk menguruskan Jemaah Haji Malaysia lebih repat dan kemas, terutama komplex baru TH Movenpick di Sepang yang mula beroperasi musim Haji ini.

Soal immigrasi Kingdom of Saudi juga diproses di KLIA, berbanding dengan apabila tiba di Jeddah atua Madinnah. Ini juga tidak mengambil kira Jemaah Haji Malaysia merupakan jemaah haji antarabangsa yang menggunakan terminal haji baru di Jeddah.

Effisyensi pengendalian dan pengurusan Haji mewajarkan Jemaah Haji Malaysia tidak perlu lagi diberikan penginapan apabila mendaftar untuk berangkat mengerjakan Haji.

Sekaligus, subsidi yang ditanggung TH berjumlah lebih RM13,000 seorang tidak meningkat, dimana bayaran yang dikenakan bagi setiap Jemaah Haji TH Malaysia masih kekal pada RM9,980 seorang.

Subsidi Haji ini berjumlah hamper RM400 juta setahun.

Laporan Mole.my

Pilgrims don’t need accommodation due to shorter transit time

Datuk Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman

Datuk Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman

Ahirul Ahirudin
Written by Ahirul Ahirudin

SEPANG – July 25, 2018: The more efficient flight and processing procedures for those going on their pilgrimage now means that they do not need pre-departure accommodation.

The better system results in a transit time at the complex here of just a few hours, said Tabung Haji senior general manager Datuk Seri Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman in reaction to a suggestion by Wanita Umno leader Datuk Noraini Ahmad that the agency reinstate the free accommodation service.

“We used to provide accommodation on a first come first served basis because there was a time when pilgrims were on transit at our complex for more than a day.

“But since three years ago we have improved the processes so that the transit time does not exceed three hours,” said Syed Saleh.

Including the complex here, there are eight departure stations in the country, from where the pilgrims are brought directly to the KL International Airport. Their transit period will take only two or three hours.

The departure points are in Alor Setar, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Bharu, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.

So far there have been 24 flights to Saudi Arabia.

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Difahamkan, Backer tidak berhubung dengan Bahagian Hal Ehwal Awam dan Kommunikasi Korporat TH dan berusaha mendapatkan penjelasan sebelum membuat kenyataan dan kemudian tular dalam sosial media, berkenaan pengurusan Jemaah Haji Malaysia musim 1439H ini.

Kedua insiden ini membukti Backer dengan sengaja memilih untuk memburukkan TH dan menimbulkan keresahan dikalangan orang Melayu, yang sememangnya sensitif dan mudah menimbulkan reaksi berkenaan isu yang sebenarnya boleh diperjelaskan sekiranya dibangkitkan sebelum mebuat kenyataan dan menularkannya.

Ini adalah contoh bagaimana TH diserang melalui media sosial oleh pihak yang tidak bertanggung jawab dan mungkin berkepentingan.

Hakikatnya, maklumat boleh diputar-belitkan dan akibatnya, orang Melayu sendiri akan rugi sekiranya terpedaya dengan perkara yang sebenarnya mudah diperjelaskan.

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Zahid: UMNO Bangkit dan Memandang kehadapan

Calon Presiden UMNO pada pemilihan parti Sabtu 30 Jun 2018 ini Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi berhasrat membawa wadah perjuangan orang Melayu itu kehapadan dan terus mewarisi kerjasama dengan etnik lain tanpa menafikan hak mereka dalam usaha memartabatkan kepentingan orang Melayu dan Bumiputera.

Seorang pemimpin yang pernah menerajui organ parti pelbagai peringkat sepanjang tiga puluh tahun ini, beliau mempunyai rekod menyuarai dan membawa agenda akar umbi dan warga marhaen dalam UMNO.

Ini termasuk sebagai Ketua Pemuda Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO, mencabar Presiden UMNO ketika itu mengenai persepsi amalan ‘kronyism’ dan ‘pilih-kasih’ Kerajaan dalam ucapan dasar mesyuarat agung tahunan sayap parti pda tahun 1997.

Zahid juga pernah ditahan oleh Polis dibawah Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA) dalam episod pemecatan Timbalan Perdana Menteri dan Presiden UMNO pada 2 dan 3 September 1998.

Pendekatan Zahid apabila menjadi Menteri juga membawa perbezaan dan mengukir sejarah.

Doa untuk pejuang bangsa: (dari kiri) Birg Gen Rahim, Jen Tan Sri Zulkifli, Dato’ Seri Zahid, Dato’ Dr Latif dan wakil Kelab RAMD

Beliau merupakan Menteri Pertahanan pertama yang memberi penghormatan kepada 1 Rejimen Askar Melayu dengan secara rasmi mewakili Kerajaan Malaysia bagi pada upacara memperingati ulang tahun ke 70 pertempuran dimana 146 perwira terdiri dari pegawai dan anggota Askar Melayu gugur mempertahankan kubu di Bukit Chandu, Singapura pada 14 Februari 1942.

‘Projek Jiwa Murni’ yang diperkenalkan Kementerian Pertahanan merupakan strategi Kerajaan dibawah pimpinan Zahid untuk menggunakan sumber teinikal dan kepakaran tentera dalam membawa pembângunan terutama infrastruktur dikawasan luar bandar terutama pendalaman Sabah dan Sarawak.

Penerimaan rakyat keatas kepimpinan beliau sebagai wakil rakyat juga membuktikan keyakinan dalam memperjuangkan kepentingan mereka. Dalam PRU 14 baru ini, Zahid mendapat pertambahan majoriti berbanding dengan dua pencabar utama dalam pertandingan merebut keresi Presiden UMNO.

Apa yang lebih menarik ialah kerusi Parlimen Bagan Dato’ merupakan demografi pengundi dikalangan orang Melayu paling kecil peratusan berbanding dengan dua kerusi Parlimen pesaing beliau dalam pertandingan jawatan Presiden UMNO itu.

Ini mengukuhkan bahawa penerimaan kepimpinan Zahid sebagai wakil rakyat dikalangan pengundi Bukan Melayu juga lebih menyakinkan.

Zahid secara yakin menerima kepertanggung jawaban untuk meneruskan wadah perjuangan UMNO dan memperingkatan sokongan orang Melayu, yang terbukti masih mendukung sokongan rakyat dengan kedudukan parti yang ditubuhkan sebagai suara massa orang Melayu untuk menentang empayar kuasa besar dunia, iaitu Britain lenin 72 tahun lampau.

Latar belakang Zahid juga jalan sebagai seorang marhaen dan mendapat pengajian dari IPTA tempatan, berbanding dengan kedua-dua pencabar beliau yang berasal dari golongan menenegah atas dan menerima ijazah dari universiti di United Kingdom.

Beliau juga mempunyai rekod sebagai pemimpin UMNO yang menunjukkan minat dan keterbukaan menerima sebarang aspirasi akar umbi. Ini mudah dibuktikan dalam perjalanan sebagai pemimpin UMNO sepanjang 30 tahun ini menyantuni pelbagai organ parti disemua peringkat, seluruh negara.

Ini merupakan modal berharga bagi Zahid membukti bahawa beliau merupakan personaliti yang paling layak menerajui parti keramat orang Melayu untuk bergerak kehadapan membawa perjuangan nasionalism dan mempertahankan kedudukan Islam dan orang Melayu, sebagai yang termaktub dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan dan parti UMNO.

 

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Kilang Kirim & Co.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad made another U-Turn when he announced that the High Speed Railway (HSR) is postponed instead of cancelled.

The Star story:

HSR project postponed, not scrapped, Dr M tells Japanese media (updated)

NATION

Tuesday, 12 Jun 2018
11:23 AM MYT

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PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad seemed to have walked back from an earlier decision when he told a Japanese publication that the high-speed rail project had been merely postponed, not cancelled.

Speaking to Nikkei Asian Review on the sidelines of the Future of Asia conference in Tokyo, he said Malaysia cannot afford the project at this moment but signalled that the door is still open.

“We cannot say we will never have high-speed rail (HSR) in Malaysia. What we can do is we can postpone the project because it is far too costly at this moment,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said Malaysia would need an HSR but it is something to only consider in the future.

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After being sworn in as prime minister, he had announced on May 28 that Malaysia will be dropping the HSR project with Singapore, citing it as an “unnecessary project”.

However, in his interview with Nikkei Asian Review, Dr Mahathir commented that the Singapore HSR project is merely postponed.

“We actually postponed the implementation of that project.

“High-speed trains are most effective where the distance is very long. But where the distance is short, it doesn’t contribute much.

“So we need to rethink high-speed rail,” he said.

Dr Mahathir also suggested the possibility of building an HSR “right through the Peninsula”.

“We cannot say we will never have high-speed rail in Malaysia – there will be a need for high-speed rail in the future,” he said.

Last month, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng also said the Government’s decision to scrap the HSR project was not only due to the high price tag of building it, but also steep cost burden to maintain the 350km link in the longer term.

This decision was also part of cost-cutting moves to slash the federal government debt of over RM1 trillion, Lim said.

He told the South China Morning Post that the new administration estimated the initial cost of the high-speed rail project was likely to be more than RM100bil.

Singapore’s Ministry of Transport said it had yet to receive an official notification that the project had been cancelled.

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Raja Petra Kamaruddin dubbed this “Cancelling the cancellation”.

It is announcements such as this would erode the market confidence, if not now affecting the perception of the global commercial and capital, financial and debt markets towards Malaysia.

Earlier, Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir announced that the national debt is RM1 Trillion which saw the trigger of a series of reaction.

Bursa Malaysia recorded foreign funds dumped RM5.8billion worth of holdings and the KLCI dipped to 1770 points.

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Becoming Doubting Thomas over Tommy

There are many voices of discern to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s adamant stance of putting up lawyer Tommy Thomas for His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XV’s consideration as the Attorney General

The Mole story:

Why Tommy Thomas cannot be the person for the job

by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – June 4, 2018: While many have brought up race and religion to protest Tommy Thomas’ appointment as the attorney-general, the general argument among lawyers however, pivots to that of his professional interests.

Lawyer Fatihah Jamhari for example, was of the opinion that appointing Thomas as the AG would put him in a precarious position given the latter’s illustrious background representing politicians from both side of the political divide.

“He has acted for Lim Guan Eng in the corruption charges against the now Finance Minister. Why would anybody with an ounce of ethics want to place himself in such a position?” Fatihah argued.

Thomas has been shoved into the limelight since yesterday following reports that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has not acted on his appointment and has asked Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to reconsider his choice as the AG of Malaysia.

The reason behind the King’s objection of Thomas was never made known but Malaysian Insight reported that it was due to the fact that the former, along other Malay rulers were adamant that the AG should be a Muslim Malay.

While a member of the Bar Council had highlighted that the Federal Constitution mentioned nothing about race and religion being the prerequisites to be the AG, Fatihah pointed out  otherwise.

Stressing on the role of the AG that encompasses not only prosecution and legal conduct for government suits but also rendering legal advice on all relevant matters, she contended that Thomas would not be able advise the government on Islamic matters.

“This include advice on Islamic laws or other laws that affect the five pillars of our social contract under Articles 3, 152, 181 and Part III,” she said.

Civil and Syariah lawyer Mohd Fasha Musthafa also concurred with Fatihah’s view adding that the AG must also be well-versed in criminal laws and according to him, such a thing was not Thomas’ area of expertise.

In backing his view, Fasha cited Article 145 (3) of the constitution which pointed out that the AG is also the highest ranking public prosecutor in the country and is also known as the Public Prosecutor.

“Having said that, the AG must be an excellent criminal law practitioner. The knowledge and experience is needed for him to evaluate cases and exercise his discretion, to institute, conduct or discontinue any proceedings for an offence.

“Thomas is not known as a criminal lawyer. I’m not questioning his ability but his firm does not even list criminal law defence as area of practice,” said Fasha.

Thomas’ involvement with the late exiled-leader of Malayan Communist Party, Chin Peng, was also touted by detractors as one of the reasons Malaysians should object his appointment as the AG.

But where an Umno member raised Thomas’ role as Chin Peng’s lawyer in an unsuccessful litigation to bring back the communist leader to Malaysia as a reason to object his appointment, lawyers Muhammad Iza’an Azalan and Faidur Rahman Abdul Hadi highlighted Thomas’ personal sentiment for Chin Peng.

They were referring to Thomas’ September 17, 2013 obituary on Chin Peng where the latter penned glowing remarks about Chin Peng and that he would take his place as a major national icon once “the true history of Merdeka would be researched and published.”

“We are not attacking his role as Chin Peng lawyer but more on his personal sentiment for Chin Peng. Thomas can defend a rapist by the cannot go around saying he supports a rapist,” Iza’an argued.

In the event that Thomas’ appointment as the AG is realised, Fatihah and Faidur concurred that doing so could compromise the integrity of the AG Chambers when dealing with cases involving his firm.

They however, pointed out that appointing a lawyer as AG isn’t something that had not been done before. A case in point was the appointment of Tan Sri Mokhtar Abdullah.

The only difference was that Mokhtar became a judge before he was appointed as AG (1994 – 2000).

“Judges can be lawyers but once appointed he will have to give up practice. It will take a lot of trust, one that we Malaysians don’t have for Thomas to begin with,” was Fatihah and Faidur’s contention.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir started to show his expected old and usual true colours of himself in the guise of ‘The New Malaysia’, by being recalcitrant in getting his away even at the displeasure of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda.

The Star story:

Dr M on Tommy Thomas impasse: We are holding on to our principles

NATION

Sunday, 3 Jun 2018
7:10 PM MYT

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PETALING JAYA: Tommy Thomas’ support for a secular state is not amongst the reasons why his candidacy for Attorney General was rejected by the King, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir.

Several other reasons for the impasse have been touted, amongst them  allegations that since Thomas has represented Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng in his corruption cases, he would not be an impartial AG.

“Lim Guan Eng is in the government and Finance Minister, there is no reason for Thomas to be Lim’s friend,” Dr Mahathir told the press after a state Pakatan Harapan meeting in Kedah on Sunday (June 3).

He said Thomas was Lim’s lawyer, but said at the same time Thomas has also represented Barisan Nasional leaders.

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“Yes, he is a lawyer for everybody even for Barisan Nasional, and is just making an income,” Mahathir said.

On whether Putrajaya will propose a new candidate if the King rejects Thomas’ candidacy, Dr Mahathir said they will follow the law.

“We do matters according to the laws and the Federal Constitution, but the King is acting on advice of the government,” he said.

“We are holding on to our principles,” he added.

Article 145 (1) of the Federal Constitution states that “The Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall, on the advice of the Prime Minister, appoint a person who is qualified to be a judge of the Federal Court to be the Attorney-General for the Federation”.

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Probably many younger Malaysia don’t realise this habit of Prime Minister Dr Mohamad to stubbornly go directly or indirectly against and challenge the role, position and powers of HRH Rulers, all and in sundry.

This is a serious stand off between Istana Negara and Putrajaya, in the administration of the Seventh Prime Minister and the Keeper of the Royal Seal already invited the brethren Rulers to convene tomorrow and sort this matter up.

What is very interesting is what Tommy Thomas himself said in 2007 about the decision of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda.

The power of Rulers in rejecting appointment

By Tommy Thomas himself, written in 2007.

“Hence, the legal consequences of failure to consult the Conference of Rulers or the Conference not approving a candidate submitted by the Executive are not specified therein, thereby suggesting that all the authorities referred to in that Article must approve a particular candidate.

Thus, in my opinion, the Conference of Rulers is entitled to reject a candidate for appointment submitted to it if a majority of Rulers deem him unsuitable for the constitutional office of judge.

What may be beyond their constitutional right to be consulted is to repeatedly reject several candidates for a single position which would then remain vacant for a substantial period of time resulting in a constitutional impasse. No doubt, the good sense of those involved in the selection process would ensure that such an eventuality does not occur.

 

The checks and balances system under Article 122 B(1) was put in place so that no one authority has sole monopoly over judicial appointments. In order for the constitutional system to work efficaciously some “give and take” has to take place. Consensus is the objective; not brushing aside of the views of the major actors.

The importance of the constitutional right of the Conference of Rulers to be consulted on judicial appointments under Article 122 B(1) is further demonstrated by Article 38 (4) which declares that no law directly affecting “the privileges, position, honour or dignities of the Rulers shall be passed without the consent of the Conference of Rulers”.

In my opinion, theright to be consulted under Article 122 B(1) constitutes a “privilege” or “position” within the meaning of Article 38 (6). Hence, the right of the Conference of Rulers to be consulted thereunder cannot be removed or diminished without their consent.”

– by Tommy Thomas, 5th September 2007

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The is a group of lawyers who are going against the appointment of Tommy Thomas as AG.

The Star story:

Appointing Tommy Thomas as AG promotes cronyism, say lawyer groups

NATION

Monday, 4 Jun 2018
3:32 PM MYT

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KOTA BARU: Pakatan Harapan is promoting cronyism by insisting on appointing Tommy Thomas as the Attorney-General, say lawyer groups.

They said this is because Thomas is Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s counsel in his ongoing corruption case.

Concerned Lawyers for Justice (CLJ) secretary-general Fatihah Jamhari and Young Professionals (YP) chief executive Faidhur Rahman Abdul Hadi said Pakatan Harapan was going against its promise to restore the rule of law.

“The proposed appointment of Thomas only serves to perpetuate the notion that this new government has all the hallmarks of the old Barisan Nasional government when it comes to cronyism and abuse of power, as he is Lim’s counsel in the ongoing corruption case against him.

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“The conflict of interest could not be more manifest,” they said in a joint statement Monday.

On May 21, the High Court postponed Lim’s corruption trial as his lawyers planned to propose to the new AG to drop the corruption charge.

“If Tommy is appointed as AG, he will be put in a precarious position of respecting his office and the confidentiality privilege he has for his client.

“Why would anybody with an ounce of ethics want to place himself in such a position?” they said.

CLJ and YP added that an AG should also be an excellent criminal law practitioner.

“But Thomas is not known as a criminal lawyer … his firm does not even list criminal law defence as its area of practice,” they noted.

By virtue of Article 145(3) of the Federal Constitution, the AG is also the highest-ranking public prosecutor in the country, and is also known as the Public Prosecutor (PP).

“Knowledge and experience is needed for him to evaluate cases and exercise his discretion to institute, conduct or discontinue any proceedings,” they said.

They agreed that racial and religious backgrounds were immaterial.

“What truly matters is the fact that they must understand the constitutional and legal provisions as well as the subtle nuances of our local narratives and history.

“The AG is in charge not only of prosecution and legal conduct for the government suits, but also renderS legal advice to the Government on all relevant, legal matters as stipulated in Article 145(2).

“This includes advice on Islamic laws or other laws that affect the five pillars of our social contract under Articles 3, 152, 153, 181 & Part III.

“How can we expect a person who is not familiar with the peculiarities of our Constitution to work in the best interest of safeguarding the interests that lie in it?

“For example, Thomas had once clearly declared that Malaysia is a secular state, much to the insult of Article 3 of the Federal Constitution.

“He had also said in the past that Rukunegara has no legal bearing. This is on top of his personal feelings for Chin Peng, a communist, who was regarded as an insurgent to the country,” they said.

CLJ and YP also pointed out Tommy’s inability to converse well in the national and official language of Malaysia, pursuant to Article 152.

The powers of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong under Article 145 must be read harmoniously with the spirit of the entire Federal Constitution, taking into consideration of the oath taken by the ruler to uphold the sanctity of Islam as the religion of the Federation, they said.

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Even yet to be appointed as the Attorney General, Tommy Thomas first duty of not moral obligation is to advise Prime Minister Dr Mahathir of his interpretation of the power of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda.

Not with standing PrimeMinister Dr. Mahathir’s to still stubbornly wish to go against the pleasure of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda, then Thomas ought to be wise enough not to accept, come what may.

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Backstabbing-Stranged-Bedfellows

In the euphoria of the ‘New Malaysia’ brought forth by the ousting of Barisan Nasional (BN), then Opposition Coalition led by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad resumed power and control but with the most ‘uneasy’ partners.

Free Malaysia Today:

May 24, 2018

Think tank sees no chemistry in PH

Soo Wern Jun

 

Ilham Centre director Hisomuddin Bakar says the power struggle among PH parties has become apparent.

PETALING JAYA: A think tank has observed that the parties in Pakatan Harapan (PH) have yet to show they can work together as a team.

Speaking to FMT, Ilham Centre director Mohamad Hisomuddin Bakar said the power struggle among component parties had become apparent.

“PH may have won several states from Barisan Nasional (BN), but the components have yet to achieve a sense of understanding as parties in a coalition,” he said.

“They may have achieved their goal of taking over the government, but they were not ready for a win this big or, rather, they are now wearing an oversized shirt, as the Malay saying goes.

“That is why the governments in states such as Kedah, Perak and Johor seem unstable.”

He said the coalition, in order to meet its challenges, must first acknowledge that it had not won the May 9 election based on its strength.

“It was the people’s massive rejection of the BN-led government that brought victory to PH. Because of that, there are a lot of governing processes it is not used to, or not prepared to take over, on such a big scale.”

Hisomuddin said PH would find it hard to bring reforms to states remaining under BN unless the coalition was strengthened.

He said the coalitions’s defeat in Perlis and Pahang reflected the weakness of its presence in both states.

“Now, without a strong presence in both states, the few PH reps there will face a difficult time fighting the battle for reforms.”

He cited the problems in deciding on the menteris besar for Kedah and Johor as further evidence of a lack of teamwork in PH.

“For Kedah, PPBM was taking the lead in GE14. By right, the understanding should be that it will take the MB’s post, but there was interference from PKR,” he said.

“In Johor, there was interference from Amanah. This should not have happened if there had been good chemistry among components parties.”

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It is abundantly clear about the inability of the four parties which formed the coalition that was invited to form the Federal Government by His Majesty Seri Paduka Yang DiPertuan Agong XV, to work together.

A clear example is the announcement of the Cabinet. It was done in three different stages.

The first one was Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad as the Prime Minister and all the four party top leaders as Cabinet Ministers which is om 12 May 2017.

Then the second one, where were only nine names announced.

Even after the Cabinet was sworn in on Monday 20 May 2018, two very strategic posts namely Ministers for Foreign Affairs and International Trade and Industry were omitted.

It is expected there would be a third round of announcement and swearing in ceremony as Istana Negara.

In the past thirteen post GE, none of the BN Chairmen had ever needed this long and stages to announce and gotten the Cabinet sworn in before His Majesties.

It is because the understanding between UMNO, as the lead and mainstay of BN and component parties and honouring the understanding and respect.

Even when certain BN component parties like MCA did quite badly, then the said BN Chairman would ensure the agreed number of representation of the party and the Malaysian Chinese they front, are appointed to the Cabinet.

What is very peculiar is that a Council of Eminent Persons was announced ahead of the mainstay of the Cabinet of Fourteen, which the same day that all Pakatan Harapan leaders were nominated for their respective Cabinet posts.

Adding to the oddity, the CEP had started working and summoned many key personalities and even announced an Institutional Reform Council, way ahead even the Cabinet Minister reported for duty.

The Star story:

IRC to find flaws in system


  • NATION
  • Wednesday, 16 May 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: The newly set up Institutional Reforms Committee (IRC) says it has been tasked with examining the present state of key institutions and laws and recommending necessary reforms to ensure these institutions are not subverted for extraneous ends.

To this end, the panel said it would consult extensively with all stakeholders and invite their active participation, reported Bernama.

“We will then present the recommendations to the Government through the Council (Team of Eminent Persons) with a view to reinstating the integrity of the institutions and promoting and enhancing the rule of law,” the committee said in a statement last night.

The formation of the five-member committee was announced by the Team of Eminent Persons in a statement earlier yesterday.

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“These shortcomings in the system need to be identified and addressed.

“It has also become imperative to appoint persons of unquestionable integrity to lead these institutions,” it said.

Chaired by retired judge of the Court of Appeal Datuk K.C. Vohrah, the other members of the committee comprise retired Court of Appeal judge and Suhakam commissioner Datuk Mah Weng Kwai; National Patriots Association president Brig-Jen (Rtd) Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji; Tunku Abdul Rahman Professor of Law at Universiti Malaya Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi and National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan. The statement pointed out that the rule of law was the basis upon which Malaysia as a democracy was founded.

“The rule of law is about accountability, just laws, transparency, open government, institutional independence, an independent judiciary, and checks and balances,” it said.

Meanwhile, the Government’s Team of Eminent Persons formed the IRC to help bring about “positive change” in the country.

The committee will report to the Team of Eminent Persons, which will then present the report to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

In a statement yesterday, the Team of Eminent Persons said that while it was set up to advise the Government on economic and financial matters, economic reform on its own could not bring about the desired change unless accompanied by institutional reforms.

The Team of Eminent Persons, which is led by former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin, consists of ex-Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz, former Petronas president Tan Sri Hassan Marican, Hong Kong-based tycoon Robert Kuok and economist Prof Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram.

It was set up on Saturday to advise the Government on economic and financial matters during this transitional period. — Bernam

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It is doubt that this unorthodox manner of getting things done would actually provide productivity to the Federal Government machinery in the short and medium term.

What more, to get the agreement of all the political parties which formed the Federal Government and most State Governments, especially the aspirations and hopes of their own members are not quite in tandem and complimentary to each other.

Just like a marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-estranged-backstabbing-bedfellows.

 

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Prioritise on LGE’s case?

Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Centre)  activist Cynthia Gabriel urged that the case on DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng be given a priority attention.

The Edge Market story:

‘AG should prioritise Guan Eng’s corruption charge’ says C4 Centre

KUALA LUMPUR (May 22): The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Centre) has urged for the Attorney General’s office to prioritise the corruption charge of the newly-appointed Minister of Finance, in order to uphold good governance.

In a statement, the centre today said it is troubled that Lim Guan Eng has been appointed as Finance Minister, despite earlier statements by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir that he can only be appointed if he has been cleared of his corruption charge.

“We acknowledge that there is no legal compulsion that prevents Lim’s appointment as minister, while still answering for a corruption charge. However, there are good governance principles that underlie the importance of Tun Dr Mahathir’s earlier statement.

“Public officials must uphold full accountability for their actions, and corruption must be completely absent — how can this be neglected with the newly-minted cabinet and especially [with] the leadership of the finance ministry at stake?” said C4 executive director Cynthia Gabriel.

Gabriel said while swiftness is required to implement the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government’s promises to the people and its 100-day policy goals, the government should also walk the talk on systemic reforms.

“Therefore, the rule of law and due process in clearing Lim Guan Eng must uncompromisingly be followed, before any federal appointments,” she added.

Additionally, C4 also urged for greater transparency on the process between the prime minister and the attorney general’s office to instill confidence in the public sphere that no strings were pulled, demonstrating due process was adhered to, despite the urgency.

“We trust that the PH government is vigilant and must not falter at this pivotal moment in Malaysian history. Precedent must be set for future generations, such that reform truly takes root in Malaysia,” the centre said.

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It is rather odd that Gabriel inaugural statement post appointment of the Special Task Force reactivated to investigate the so called 1MDB scandals, is not anything related to the strategic investment company which is now under the Ministry of Finance (MOF) Inc.

The fact Attorney General Tan Srì Apandi Mohamed Ali was asked to go on leave last Monday by Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, had arisen suspicion by many.

AG Apandi in the capacity of Public Prosecutor who charged Lim, then Chief Minister of Penang for corrupt practices, in June 2016.

Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir also reactivated the Task-Force to investigate on 1MDB matters, headed by Tan Srì Abu Talib Othman and members comprised of former AG Tan Srì Abdul Gani Patail, former MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed, newly appointed MACC Chief Commissioner Dato’ Seri Shukri and Gabriel herself.

In reference to PP Vs Lim Guan Eng, Gabriel as the so called graft-watch-dog should be mindful that so far, no new evidence has been tendered in consideration of the prosecution’s case.

Therefore, there is neither reason for AG Apandi nor the Solicitor General currently acting as his behalf should review the case but to allow the case to continue on its normal cause without any interference.

In one of his daily media conference, Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir promised the “Separation of powers”, hence the Public Prosecutor should be allowed to do their duty and the bench be given the independence to hear the case, in the name of justice.

When Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir announced his first top five of his Cabinet days after his Pakatan Harapan were declared winners of the XIV GE, DAP Secretary General Kim Guan Eng was named the Minister of Finance.

Then days later after being highlighted by many including the netizens, Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir said “Lim Guan Eng got to clear his name first”.

Yet, yesterday he swore in before His majesty Seri Paduka Yang DiPertuan Agong as the Minister of Finance as his corrupt parctices case is still ongoing.

This is also what Gabriel highlighted.

The Star story:

Guan Eng must be cleared of corruption charges before becoming Finance Minister, says C4


  • NATION
  • Tuesday, 22 May 2018

PETALING JAYA: Lim Guan Eng must be cleared of any corruption charges before becoming the Finance Minister, said the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4).

“The C4 Centre is troubled that Lim has been appointed as Finance Minister despite earlier statements by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that he can only be appointed if he has been cleared of his corruption charge,” its executive director Cynthia Gabriel said in a statement on Tuesday (May 22).

Lim is currently facing charges of using his position as the former Penang chief minister to obtain a plot of land and a bungalow at below market value.

He was also charged with gaining gratification for himself and his wife Betty Chew Gek Cheng by approving the application for conversion of agricultural land to a public housing zone in Balik Pulau to a company.

Despite his ongoing trial, Lim was sworn in as the new Finance Minister on Monday (May 21).

“While there is no question about Lim Guan Eng’s suitability for the candidacy, it raises questions about how the Pakatan Harapan is pushing his appointment through,” said Gabriel.

“Public officials must uphold full accountability for their actions, and corruption must be completely absent – how can this be neglected with the newly minted Cabinet and especially the leadership of the Finance Ministry at stake,” she added.

She said the Pakatan government needed to “walk their talk” of systemic reform, adding that the country needs clean and honest leaders.

Gabriel added that the rule of law and due process in clearing Lim must be followed uncompromisingly before any federal appointments.

She said that as such, the Attorney-General’s (AG) office has to treat Lim’s case with the greatest urgency and the highest priority.

“We urge greater transparency about the process between the Prime Minister and the A-G’s office to instil confidence in the public sphere that no strings were pulled, demonstrating that due process was adhered to despite the urgency,” she said.

Gabriel acknowledged that there were no legal implications that prevented Lim from taking up the role.

She, however, noted that there are good governance principles which underlay the importance of Dr Mahathir’s statement.

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Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir already ‘Flip-Flop’ped on several items pertaining to his Cabinet and other strategic appointments last week. The omision of the appointment of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Imternational Trade and Industry are worrying analysts.

The retired MACC Deputy Chief Commisioner Dato’ Shukri Abdul came back after Tan Sri Zulkefli quit, and begins his new term with a drama from the past.

The Star story:

New MACC chief breaks down in recounting what he went through (full story)


PUTRAJAYA: Newly appointed Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull broke down when he recounted his time running away from Malaysian authorities to the United States.

This came in 2015 after his former boss Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed at the MACC decided to indict former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak over the RM2.6bil that was found in his personal bank account.

Shukri said that the commission had well-founded basis to initiate an investigation into SRC International, a subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which had been accused of transferring millions of ringgit into Najib’s private account.

According to Shukri, Abu Kassim asked him whether he was ready for the consequences of indicting a sitting prime minister, which could have led to their dismissal.

However, on the day in July 2015 when Abu Kassim was going to do indict Najib, former Attorney-General Gani Patail was removed from his position.

The announcement came along with the reshuffling of the Cabinet that also saw the sacking of the Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, who had also raised questions about 1MDB.

With all these sackings foremost in his mind, Shukri left for Washington on July 31, 2015, to bring up the 1MDB issue with US authorities.

Wary, he released misleading information that he was headed to Saudi Arabia, and he heard that people were waiting to arrest him in Jeddah.

Shukri said that before he left for Washington, he faced tremendous pressure.

“The witnesses I interviewed had been taken away.

“I was threatened to be fired, was told to retire early and was even threatened to be sent to the training division,” he said.

The trip to Washington had its own drama.

“I noticed someone was following me (in Washington). My team in the United States took pictures of the man who was following me.

“I sent the pictures to MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki, and asked him to send it to the then Inspector-General Police,” he said, adding that he made it clear that he knew that men were following him.

Shukri said he felt unsafe in Washington and decided to go to New York, where he met up with a friend who worked in the New York Police Department (NYPD).

“I got protection from the NYPD and they provided me with three bodyguards,” he said.

Shukri said he then returned to Washington.

It was in recounting this episode during his Tuesday press conference that Shukri broke down in tears, saying he felt guilty when he was told that his men who were working for him had been incarcerated.

“I felt helpless and was frustrated for failing to protect my men.

“I cried in front of the mat salleh (Caucasians). My men and I had been accused of conspiring to topple the (Barisan Nasional) government,” he said.

Shukri finally retired in August 2016 at the age of 56. During his farewell speech, he hit out at an “individual” who had alleged that he was involved in a conspiracy to topple Najib and his administration.

Abu Kassim, who was appointed MACC chief in 2010, was also replaced by Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad in 2016.

Shukri served at the anti-graft body for 32 years before he retired. He first joined the then Anti-Corruption Agency in 1984 as investigations officer after graduating from Universiti Kebangsaan Malay­sia.

He rose up the ranks and served as ACA director in Perlis, Kelantan and Sabah.

Upon his return to the headquarters in July 2006, he was promoted to the post of assistant investigations director and two months later, was promoted yet again to be the director of investigations.

In 2010, he took on the position of MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations), which he held till his retirement.

Pakatan Harapan appointed Shukri to head the MACC when it took over Putrajaya after GE14.

He clocked in for work at 10.29am on Monday (May 21), having received his appointment letter just about an hour before reporting for duty.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/22/new-macc-chief-breaks-down-in-recounting-what-he-went-through/#zek5Oy6cOIjig5Ih.99

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Never mind all the showboating before. All the dramas, manipulations, slanders and lies, which were the basis of Malaysians’ thought and decision when they went to the polls on 9 May.

Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir and his Motley Crew, have in exactly two weeks demonstrated that they are inconsistent and drama is the best that they have to sell, instead of a bankable plan.

Published in: on May 22, 2018 at 14:00  Leave a Comment  

PM ‘Flip-Flop’ped on ‘New Malaysia’

Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad ‘Flip-Flop’ed on his own words about DAP Secretary General “Lim Guan Eng has got to clear his name first” as the latter swore in before His Majesty SPB YDP Agong as the Minister of Finance.

The Star story:

PM: Lim must clear his name before taking up finance post

NATION

Tuesday, 15 May 2018



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PUTRAJAYA: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng can only be officially appointed Finance Minister if and after he is cleared of his corruption case.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad clarified that Lim has merely been named Finance Minis­ter but has yet to take his oath of office.

“Every minister must be someone who is qualified for the position.

“If there is a case against such a person, we cannot appoint him or her,” he told reporters after meeting with ministry secretaries-general to explain the functions and roles of the new government here yesterday.

 

 

Dr Mahathir stressed that the rule of law must be followed, and the Government will have to wait until Lim is cleared of charges before he can be made the minister.

Asked who would take charge of the Finance Ministry for now, he said: “I am not taking charge but they report to me.

“We have a panel which will look into the work at the ministry. Some implementations which can be carried out, will be carried out.

“For some, we will need to wait until the minister is appointed.”

Dr Mahathir said while there is no alternative candidate for the post, it is understood that where ministries need to make a decision but the head has not been established, matters will be brought to the Prime Minister.

Lim, 58, is currently facing trial in Penang, charged with using his position as a public officer to gain gratification for himself and his wife Betty Chew Gek Cheng by approving the application for conversion of agriculture land to a public housing zone in south-west Penang to a company, Magnificent Emblem Sdn Bhd.

He is also charged with using his position to obtain for himself a plot of land and a bungalow at 25 Jalan Pinhorn, George Town, from businesswoman Phang Li Koon for RM2.8mil, a price which he allegedly knew was not commensurate with the property’s market value at the time of RM4.27mil.

On a separate matter, Dr Maha­thir, who is also Pakatan Harapan chairman, said its component parties will submit names to him for consideration as Cabinet ministers, and stressed that he will make the final call on their posts.

He said PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail met him last week to submit 10 names, although he had only asked for an initial three.

He said priority will be given to three names on that list to be part of the core Cabinet which will be made up of 10 people including himself.

Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu has also sent a letter suggesting three names for ministerial positions, he said.

“Our stand is that the parties will give us the names. I will decide which ministry they will be in charge of.

“Maybe I will meet the party chiefs one more time,” Dr Mahathir said.

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This statement the Prime Minister made is definitely the opposite of what happened in Istana Negara a few minutes ago.

Lim currently under going trial in Penang for a corrupt practices crime and under active investigation by MACC for another case.

It is obvious that Prime Minister Dr Mahathir isn’t consistent about what he plans to do.

Earlier, he announced that he would also sit in the Cabinet portfolio for Education.

The Star story:

PM to take on Education Minister’s post

  • NATION
  • Friday, 18 May 2018

     

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will take on a second Cabinet portfolio as Education Minister.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will serve as Women’s Affairs and Welfare Minister.

“I took over the education portfolio because I think so many people are uneducated in this country,” he said, tongue-in-cheek, at a press conference yesterday after a Paka­tan Harapan presidential council meeting.

“I thought I would give my attention to that.”

He said Malaysia’s way of teaching is “outdated” and hoped more Malaysians will be computer-savvy.

“We should devise new ways of teaching,” said Dr Mahathir, adding that he will introduce an online system to teach students in schools.

He added that there will only be one ministry in charge of all matters regarding education, unlike the previous administration which had a Higher Education Ministry on top of the Education Ministry.

Dr Mahathir’s ministerial post was seen by some as contrary to a promise in Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto that says the Prime Minister should not hold any other positions, especially Finance Minister.

To a question about the Sabah chief minister holding the state’s finance portfolio, Dr Mahathir simply said: “The Sabah chief minister is not the Prime Minister.”

When asked what role newly-released Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim would hold in the Pakatan government, Dr Mahathir said Anwar would be in the “top six” in the presidential council.

It was explained that the council will consist of six top leaders.

“The top six meet when there are problems or important decisions to make,” said Dr Mahathir, adding the council will meet every month.

On Anwar’s absence from the event, Dr Wan Azizah said: “He will join in the next meeting.”

Anwar had earlier said he will not make an immediate return to politics, and plans to give a series of talks overseas.

Asked why there was a delay in naming the Cabinet, Dr Mahathir said there were four parties in the coalition, each with their demands and he had to ensure each candidate is suitable.

“We will announce it tomorrow (Friday) if I can do things in time. If not, I have to delay it,” he said.

Dr Mahathir had announced three ministerial positions filled by Pakatan’s top leadership.

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be Home Minister, while DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng will helm the Finance Ministry and Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu is Defence Minister.

Dr Mahathir said he aims to get all the ministers sworn in by Monday.

He also announced the setting up of a special task force to safeguard the interests of the Indian community, women, youth and orang asli.

Its aim is to give attention to minority groups, with the Indian community being the priority.

Dr Mahathir also said Opposition leaders who were in the previous government cannot be accepted by any Pakatan Harapan parties.

He said parties like Umno are facing “migration problems” with many members leaving.

“We have also set a principle that will be enforced now, that any members of the Opposition have to become Independents first and then declare their support for the Pakatan government.

“Those formerly part of the government cannot join Pakatan or its parties. This is our decision as of now but we might revise it in the future,” he said.

On 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) handouts, Dr Mahathir maintained that the Government will continue with the financial aid but will take another look at who gets it.

“BR1M is not to be seen as rasuah (bribery) or corrupting the people into supporting the Government.

“It should be regarded as a way of mitigating social problems,” he said.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/18/pm-to-take-on-education-ministers-post/#Y82Sh8lCdfJFis0H.99

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He ‘Flip-Flop’ped and later announced that MP for Simpang Rengam Dr Maszlee Malik would instead assume the post for the Ministry with the most employee, when highlighted that in the Pakatan Harapan Manifesto, the Prime Minister is not supposed to sit in any Cabinet post.

The Star story:

Dr M steps back from being new Education Minister

  • NATION
  • Friday, 18 May 2018

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has stepped back from his intention to become the new Education Minister today, to abide by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto.

He said in a video published on Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s Facebook page, “That is the position of the manifesto and I cannot break it at the moment ..(unless) of course, there is a demand that I should take education.”

The Pakatan manifesto had promised that the Prime Minister would not take on other ministerial posts, especially that of Finance Minister.

In the list of Cabinet Ministers released today, the new Education Minister is International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) lecturer and terrorism researcher Dr Maszlee Malik.

Maszlee Malik, the Simpang Renggam MP, joined Pribumi in March, and sold gold and silver political memorabilia to help fund his election campaign.

The inconsistencies are good reflection that neither Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir nor Pakatan Harapan thought through in totality what they were supposed to do and roles and functions they were supposed to fill.

The fact is that the Cabinet took so long to be announced and properly sworn in before His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong is also evidence they neither expect to get the results they achieved at XIV GE nor form a Federal Government.

Strategic Cabinet Ministerial posts such as Foreign and Internationally Trade and Industry, which are very important ministries considering that global trade and relationship is the nation’s lifeline, are not included.

Yet, the Council of Eminent Persons was the first to be announced and already met six times.

An important fact to consider that Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir had only the experience to work with PPBM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin in an administration.

The former had never worked with Wan Azizah, Lim Guan Eng, Mohamad Sabu, Gobind Singh Deo, M Kulasegaran, Salahuddin Ayub, Dr. Zulkefly Ahmad, Rina Harun, Dr. Maszlee Malik nor Dato’ Seri Azmin Mohamed Ali.

Now that they managed to oust the Barisan Nasional (BN) Government, it is very dodgy for them to deliver their promises, as well provide the stewardship for the Federal Government machinery for steam ahead even at the rate and progress the previous administration did.

Imagine a ninety plus year old Captain who has retired the past fifteen years and only had the experience with one out of fourteen senior officers, to steward a large ship carrying valuable cargo through rough seas at the same vector, racing against time.

Malaysians should realise that all these are indications that the Federal Government, resources and the course of the nation would not progress on the same vector that it had before.

 

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