“Tegur Raja Awak dulu”

It is interesting that former Throne Man in NSTP Dato’ A Kadir Jasin came out in the guise for the defence Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is the current spat of ‘Bangsa Johor’, by publishing a third person’s blog posting to analytically argue what is best for Johor.

Maybe Kadir is not aware that the third party posting which he most recently did could be construed as seditious.

Considering all three KKA members is believed to be non Johoreans, they are unable to differentiate the woods from the trees when the context of ‘Bangsa Johor’ is raised.

WE have received an e mail, citing displeasure of Kadir’s posting on the matter and we shall publish it here.

“Terima kasih kerana memberikan Kawan ruang untuk membahasakan kepada mereka yang tak paham budaya Johor antara sesama orang Johor, rakyat dengan pentadbiran, rakyat dengan Sultan dan keaturan sistem kehidupan anak Johor.

Kawan mungkin bersetuju seorang berkedudukan dan peranan sebagai Raja ada adab untuk menyuarakan sesuatu pendapat. Namun, Dato’ Kadir nampaknya tidak menghargai pendapat Tuanku Sultan Johor, dengan terus memaparkan pendapat seangkatan dengan Awak.

Hakikatnya, dari penulisan Awak, tidak sedikit pun menunjukkan Awak cuba menegur Raja Awak dahulu. Percubaan dengan membahasakan pun tidak, apatah lagi Awak nak menyuarakan apa Raja Awak cakap dan buat, sepanjang alpan belas bulan ini.

Kawan bukan bermaksud Tuanku Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah.

Kalau tak paham bahasa, Kawan bermaksudkan Raja Mandaliar Awak tu yang mengadu domba orang-orang Melayu dengan segala hasutan, agar berlaku segala syak wasangka, curiga dan perasaan durjana tiba.

Raja Mandaliar awak tu bersifat umpama mengalahkan Raja; berbuat segala tindakan dan mengeluarkan segala ucapan, tuduhan dan tohmahan tanpa sebarang peduli mengenai bukti atau peruntukan undang-undang.

Sebegitu angkuh membelakangkan tatasusila dan nilai budaya Melayu, dan bertindak umpama mempunyai imuniti dari undang-undang.

Mungkin Awak sendiri sudah lupa bagaimana keadaan menjadi Raja di NSTP.

Namun, sebagai rakyat sehaya Kawan tidak lupa apabila Awak begitu angkuh cuba mempertahankan Raja Mandaliar Awak tu, tatkala perpaduan orang Melayu diuji semasa sahabat Awak yang memberikan sebegitu banyak  Awak peluang untuk seorang anak Kedah menguasai seribu dinar.

Kawan miming sador Awak sengaja tidak menghargai dalam pertentangan menggulingkan Mohd. Najib bin Abdul Razak, beliau sememangnya Anak Johor dan bangga dengan warisan Johornya.

Awak dengan sengaja menggunakan gelaran warisan Bugis, yang sememangnya antara ciri dan komposisi integral yang mendefinisikan ‘Bangsa Johor’, sebagai ruang untuk memperolok-olokkan Mohd. Najib, yang sememangnya waris keturunan Bugis dari ayahandanya Abdul Razak Hussein dan nendanya Mohamed Noah Omar.

Keturunan Bugis ini juga warisan pemerintahan Kesultanan Johor, semada yang kuno maupun yang moden.

Apakah Awak memperolok-olokkan keturunan orang lain ini sebenar mesej tersirat bahawa Awak mempunyai inferioriti kompleks atas keturunan Awak sendiri?

Raja Mandaliar yang Awak mempertahankan itu dipercayai mempunyai masalah akibat keturunan darah Keling beliau, yang berasal dari Kerala itu, terpaksa mengharungi diskriminasi oleh masyarakat bangsawan Kedah berkisah seabad lampau.

Bila dilihat dan kaji reaksi mereka yang berkudrat sama dengan Awak yang masih lagi mencari rezeki menulis sebagai wartawan dan wartawanita dari akaun sosial media mereka mengenai komen Raja Mandaliar Awak mengenai Bangsa Johor, rata-rata pendapat Awak berdua adalah minoriti.

Semenjak sekian lama Johor menerima Awak dengan baik. Sadorlah, sebelum anak-anak Johor bertindak sebaliknya.

Awak begitu tegar dalam ‘Perjuangan Anti Korupsi’, yang kunun-kunun didalangi oleh pemimpin tertinggi sekarang ini. Hakikatnya, Awak tidak sedetik pun membangkitkan segala perbuatan rasuah dan salah guna kuasa, termasuk yang Awak sendiri sador mendapat restu Raja Mandaliar.

Bagaimana Awak sebahagian dari empat orang mengambil alih dua syarikat bernilai RM800 juta, dua dekad lepas?

Apakah Raja Mandaliar Awak itu bertahap seumpama maksum, yang tiada langsung salah-cacat-cela, dahulu, kini dan selamanya?

Ini termasuk apa yang berlaku oleh anak Johor.

Sudah-sudahlah hidup bermuka-muka dan banyak talam ini. Awak sebagai anak kampung dari Kedah yang tiada berharta untuk dimodalkan sendiri pun menikmati manisan dari suntingan sistem privatisi perladangan yang penuh cacat-cela salah guna kuasa dan kronyism ini”.

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There is some truth in this. Kadir never found any position or arguments of Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad even having a slight deform, let alone be critical about it.

Considering that Dr Mahathir pushed the envelope almost to the extreme end, which include breaking the law such as sedition, Kadir remained obtuse at every single matter.

Published in: on August 26, 2016 at 15:31  Comments (5)  

Divide and Insult

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad received more lashing when he chided the 1920s Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Abu Bakar of Johor for the Statehood Nationalism of ‘Bangsa Johor’ which united and brought Johoreans sense of belonging, by none other than the present Sultan Ibrahim of Johor.

The Malaysian Digest story:

“He Is Going Around Dividing The People, While I Am Uniting M’sians,” Sultan Of Johor Rebukes Mahathir

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Published on Thursday, 25 August 2016 13:05

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s comment about ‘state citizenship’ being bad for unity has earned the attention and displeasure of the Sultan of Johor.

Yesterday, Mahathir had made the comment about the damaging effects about emphasizing the idea of being people of different states at the Perdana Leadership Foundation discourse on “The Federal-State Relations in Malaysia”.

Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar immediately issued a response in a statement given to a local English news daily published today.

“Tun Mahathir’s uncalled for remarks reflect his complete ignorance of Johor’s history.

“My great-grandfather Sultan Sir Ibrahim in 1920 made the clarion call Bangsa Johor to unite the various races in Johor under one flag for greater cooperation, harmony and peaceful existence. No race or individual was marginalised. He has been proven correct.

“The Bangsa Johor concept was initiated even before Tun Mahathir was born. He has no idea of what he is talking about,” said the sultan in rebuking Mahathir, The Star reports.

However Sultan Ibrahim did not take kindly to Mahathir’s comment on the matter, saying that the latter was not qualified to talk about unity.

He also put the ball back in Mahathir’s court, saying that the former prime minister is the one taking the confrontational approach and picking quarrels with world leaders as well as driving the wedge further between Malays.

“He is going around dividing the people including the Malays, while I am uniting Malaysians of all races including the Malays.

“It is a figment of Mahathir’s imagination. He is stirring the hornet’s nest and my advice to him is to keep his mouth shut.

“He has quarrelled with many world leaders including with our neighbour Singapore and putting Malaysia in a spot.

“And now he talks about unity with an incredible straight face.

“Tun Mahathir is the root cause of the present problems in the country. He has no right to interfere in my state. I will not tolerate his antics,” the Johor Sultan said.

Many netizens have since rallied to the Sultan’s stinging criticism of Mahathir, pointing out that having pride in your home state also translates into patriotism, with the Sultan being recognized for his untiring efforts in promoting education as a key to unite the races.

Meanwhile, Mahathir’s uncalled for comment has raised the ire of ordinary Johoreans leading to its Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin telling off Mahathir, asking him not to talk about matters beyond his understanding.

He also echoed the Johor Sultan’s view that strengthening pride in one’s state beyond race and religion contributes to the unity of the entire nation.

“To Mahathir, there is no need for him to speak and comment on matters that is not his field of expertise. It is something that he cannot appreciate

“The rise of Johor nationalism does not in any way seek to separate from the Malaysian federation.

“Strong states, with a strong society, will form a strong federation,” he said in a statement today.

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And The Star story:

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Johor Sultan hits out at Mahathir

JOHOR BARU: The Sultan of Johor strongly rebuked Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over the former prime minister’s disapproval of the Bangsa Johor concept.

Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar expressed his displeasure over the remarks made by Dr Mahathir that the concept could disunite the people.

“Tun Mahathir’s uncalled for remarks reflect his complete ignorance of Johor’s history.

“My great-grandfather Sultan Sir Ibrahim in 1920 made the clarion call Bangsa Johor to unite the various races in Johor under one flag for greater cooperation, harmony and peaceful existence. No race or individual was marginalised. He has been proven correct.

“The Bangsa Johor concept was initiated even before Tun Mahathir was born. He has no idea of what he is talking about,” said the Sultan.

Dr Mahathir, asked for his opinion about the Bangsa Johor concept at the 20th Perdana Dialogue Series themed “Federal-States Relations” at the Perdana Leadership Founda­tion yesterday, had said unity among Malaysians could slide if the people practised too much parochialism.

Dr Mahathir said the people should all be known as Malaysians, instead of the people of Johor or Kedah because “only when we are united can the nation prosper”.

While Johor has the right to promote the idea of Bangsa Johor, Dr Mahathir said what should be pushed instead was for the people to embrace that they are all Malaysians rather than identifying themselves from the state they originate from.

“After all, we are all citizens of Malaysia, irrespective of our colour, religion, ethnicity or even position,” Dr Mahathir had said.

Sultan Ibrahim yesterday said Dr Mahathir was not qualified to talk about unity.

“He is going around dividing the people including the Malays, while I am uniting Malaysians of all races including the Malays,” he said.

Sultan Ibrahim said Dr Mahathir should understand all states enjoyed their own unique pride but that did not mean they were leaving the Federation.

“It is a figment of Dr Mahathir’s imagination. He is stirring the hornet’s nest and my advice to him is to keep his mouth shut.”

Sultan Ibrahim said Dr Mahathir had earned a reputation for being a confrontational person who had caused division, especially in his foreign relations policy.

“He has quarrelled with many world leaders including with our neighbour Singapore and putting Malaysia in a spot.

“And now he talks about unity with an incredible straight face.

“Tun Mahathir is the root cause of the present problems in the country. He has no right to interfere in my state. I will not tolerate his antics,” the Johor Sultan said.

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Where else Menteri Besar of Johor Dato’ Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin chided his former Boss for failure to appreciate Johoreans pride of togetherness is in-sync with the notion of being a loyal citizen to the Federation of Malaysia and in anyway would not contradict otherwise.

The Star story:

Thursday, 25 August 2016 | MYT 3:09 PM

Dr Mahathir slammed for criticising Bangsa Johor concept

JOHOR BARU: Johor Mentri Besar Datuk Mohamed Khaled Nordin has blasted former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for claiming that the Bangsa Johor concept will divide Malaysians.

He said the sentiments of Johor nationalism do not mean a break-up of the federation.

“Johor is a state that is part of the Federation of Malaysia and will continue to support its close relationship with the Federal Government.

“However, the relationship between Johor and the Federal Government should be interpreted in the spirit of partnership rather than unitary,” he said in a statement Thursday.

He was responding to Dr Mahathir’s claims that parochialism, including the Bangsa Johor concept, will divide Malaysians, which could result in the break-up of the federation.

He added Bangsa Johor is a state political identity that promotes unity and goodwill among the multiracial society here.

Mohamed Khaled said the concept calls for muafakat (consensus) of all races, uniting all communities and faiths under one state identity based on harmony, understanding and tolerance.

“A united Bangsa Johor will not only make the state and its people better but strengthen Malaysia as a federation,” he said.

According to him, Johor nationalism and the Bangsa Johor concept are special identities that have been long synonymous with the state and its people.

Mohamed Khaled stressed that as early as the 1920s, modern Johor’s second Ruler, Sultan Sir Ibrahim al-Masyur, introduced and implemented the concept of Bangsa Johor.

“This is proof that the term and usage of Bangsa Johor were established before independence and way before the creation of Malaysia,” he said.

He added that people should accept the rise of Johor nationalism and Bangsa Johor as part of Malaysia’s diversity.

“I urge them to understand the meaning behind the rise of Johor and its nationalism, where the state becomes a moral compass for us to appreciate the diversity that we have in the country that will make Malaysia progressive.

“To Tun Dr Mahathir, I hope he will not make comments about things with which he may not be familiar, appreciate or understand.

“We in Johor will continue to be proud in defending the concept that has successfully united the people in the state for many years,” he said.

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The Minister of Multimedia and Communication Dato’ Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak agrees with MB Johor Khaled that the Statehood Nationalism of Bangsa Johor is not contradictory to the spirit of Nationalism  and Tun Dr. Mahathir should not talk about matters he comprehend little about.

The Star story;

Thursday, 25 August 2016 | MYT 7:59 PM

Salleh: Dr M should not meddle in Johor affairs

 

BY JOSEPH KAOS JR
PUTRAJAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should not “meddle” in the affairs of Johor, said Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

The Multimedia and Communications Minister said the former prime minister should respect the state’s usage of the term “Bangsa Johor” as it is something that has been practised for a long time already.

“He should not meddle in the affairs of Johor. The state has used the term Bangsa Johor for a long time.

“Our country consists of many states and we who are from other states should respect of their decisions,” Dr Salleh said after launching the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 mobile phone here.

He said the term “Bangsa Johor” does not affect relations between Malaysians from different states.

“The Bangsa Johor concept does not divide the people. The usage of the term helps to unite people of different backgrounds. And Johoreans still admit they are Malaysian citizens,” he said.

Dr Mahathir had said that parochialism, including the Bangsa Johor concept, will divide Malaysians and could even result in the breakup of the Malaysian federation.

He said this at the 20th Perdana Dialogue Series, which was themed “Federal-States Relations”.

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Tun Dr Mahathir now falls in the same category of rogue politicians being lambasted by Sultan Ibrahim of Johor, in the company of Chinese Chauvinist Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and former MB Perak Mohamed Nizar Jamaluddin.

Johoreans rally up in the grounds of Istana Pasir Pelangi to voice their displeasure against former MB Perak Nizar Jamaluddin

Both Opposition leaders made political statements, which drew Johoreans to rally and stand up with their Sultan and voiced their displeasure.

Considering that Johor has been good to Tun Dr Mahathir, for him to comment against the concept of ‘Bangsa Johor’ in the tone of an agent of disunification and anti-Federal sentiments clearly manifest his utter lacklustre understanding of Johor, history of Johor and sentiments of Johoreans.

It is shameful for the Statesman who longest served the nation as the Prime Minister recently drew too much flak for his faux pax and outrageous statements.

A few days ago the family of his own loyal lieutenant Tan Sri Megat Junid lambasted him for suggesting the former Deputy Home Minister acted in the many detention order issued using the dreaded Internal Security Act (ISA), when Dr Mahathir was the Home Minister for 11 years.

Tun Dr. Mahathir also invited foreign authorities to come and meddle in domestic politics which include ousting Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak when the former’s various tactics of his open warfare against the latter since March 2015 failed miserably.

Published in: on August 25, 2016 at 23:15  Comments (2)  

Dereliction of duty, lying or signs of senility

Let us pray that the Statesman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is manifesting his true biological position of his faculty undergoing a phase of senility, in the recent outcry from the claims of about all ISA detention order were not signed by him then as Home Minister after Tun Musa Hitam summarily resigned but instead his Deputy, Allahyarham Tan Sri Megat Junid.

Bernama.com story:

Megat Junid’s Next-Of Kin Hope Tun Mahathir’s Claim Just A Slip Of The Tongue

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PUTRAJAYA: Family members of the late Tan Sri Megat Junid Megat Ayub are hoping that it was just a slip of the tongue when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad claimed that the former deputy home minister was fully responsible for signing detention orders under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

Megat Junid’s eldest son Datuk Megat Fairouz Junaidi said it was very odd for such powers to be delegated to a deputy minister without the knowledge of Dr Mahathir himself as the then home minister.

“We are hopeful that Tun Mahathir, who was very much respected by our late father, had a slip-of-the-tongue moment when he said those words.

“If he (Megat Junid) did sign those detention orders, it must have been done upon approval and within the knowledge of Tun Mahathir. In fact, there is a big possibility that it was done upon instruction from Tun Mahathir himself as the then home minister and prime minister,” he told a press conference here today.

Megat Fairouz, representing his siblings and mother Puan Sri Faizah Shuaib, said this in response to a blog post which stated that Dr Mahathir had denied that he was the one who signed detention orders under the ISA.

The blog post also stated that Dr Mahathir admitted that even after taking over the post of home minister from Tun Musa Hitam in 1986, he had delegated the powers to detain any individuals under the ISA to Megat Junid, who served as deputy home minister for 11 years.

-BERNAMA

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Otherwise it would be either gross abuse and indecency of the dreadful Internal Security Act (ISA) where the Home Minister allows by his own conscious to sign the detention papers as prepared by the Police and officers of the Home Ministry for detention without trial.

Or worse still, he lied.

He allowed the abuse of the dreaded law to sign the detention order not prescribed and provided under the Internal Security Act as persons authorised to issue such detention order and all the while, he was hoodwinking Malaysians about it.

If there is any shred of true in tis claim, then a comprehensive investigation should be conducted with immediate effect.

During the tenure where Tun Dr. Mahathir was the Home Minister and Deputy Home Minister then was Megat Junid, Operation Lalang was launched on 27 Oct 1987 where 106 politicians, Opposition leaders, NGOs were detained under ISA.

It was a bleakest episode of the history of Malaysian democracy.

Never the less, it is poor taste for a Statesman to put on a blame on a very lieutenant, who would never be allowed to say his side of the story about what happened in the Home Ministry for 11 years since Tan Sri Megat Junid had been recalled to face his Maker almost nine years ago.

*Updated 1600hrs 

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad claimed ignorance to the statement by Tan Sri Megat Junid’s eldest son Megat Fairousz about the ISA detention order.

Malaysiakini.com story:

Mahathir claims ignorance over Megat Junid’s ISA orders

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Published Today 2:17 pm Updated Today 2:40 pm

 

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has claimed ignorance over the Internal Security Act (ISA) detention orders that were supposedly signed by former deputy home minister, the late Megat Junid Megat Ayub.

This came after Megat Junid’s eldest son Megat Fairouz Junaidi reportedly said it would be very odd for his late father to sign the detention orders without Mahathir’s knowledge.

“I don’t know about that. I have never seen it. This is news (to me),” Mahathir told reporters in Putrajaya today when asked about Fairouz’s statement.

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Published in: on August 24, 2016 at 08:12  Comments (3)  

Strange-ICU-bed-fellows

PKR should be reminded that former UMNO Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin called the aimless-party “Dying” once as two ICU patients would be good for each other, even if they are working together and trying to capitalise on Muhyiddin as “Victim of UMNO”.

The Star story:

Monday, 1 August 2016

‘With Muhyiddin by our side, we’re stronger’

SHAH ALAM: Having former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muh­yiddin Yassin (pic) joining forces with PKR to explain to the people about 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is a positive development, says Datuk Seri Azmin Ali.

The PKR deputy president and Selangor Mentri Besar said it was the duty of Opposition leaders and civil societies to work together to explain the issue.

“By working together, we can become a formidable force,” he told the press after attending the state Warriors Day with Selangor Ruler Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah at the Selangor Memorial Monument here yesterday.

He said it was up to Muhyiddin to decide whether to join any party or not, as what was important was the cooperation to save the country and its economy.

He said a road show to explain the issue to the people would start soon.

In George Town, Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said Muhyiddin should join one of the Pakatan Harapan parties to become the Opposition’s prime ministerial candidate.

“He must join Pakatan first. For us, he must be Pakatan’s choice,” he said.

The speculation about Muhyiddin assuming the role arose when former law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim said Muhyiddin had the potential to be appointed as the new Opposition’s prime ministerial candidate, once he assumed leadership of the new party mooted by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Lim, however, said it was not up to him to decide on Muhyiddin’s candidature as it should be discussed among the Opposition parties.

Umno supreme council member Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani said the planned road show was of no consequence and would not affect the Government in any way.

“We cannot stop people from holding a nationwide tour.

“It has been done before, most of the issues were old issues and there is nothing new to be explained to the people.

“It would be better if they try to find the solutions.

“That is more important than talking about 1MDB for 365 days like there are no other issues,” he said.

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The fact is Muhyiddin’s sacking as Deputy Prime Minister a year ago and from UMNO a few weeks back, did little repercussion to Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, his leadership and UMNO or even BN.

Unlike when Anwar Ibrahim was sacked 18 years ago next month, hardly any UMNO leaders at Cabinet, MT UMNO or Division level stood up for him.

Even outside UMNO, Muhyiddin has hardly any followings. Not amongst the Malays. Moreover, the Non Malays.

Muhyiddin is a Federal level leader who is unpopular in Sabah and Sarawak. Even in his home state Johor, hardly Johoreans are crying for his sacking.

Despite claiming to be “UMNO Totok”, the developments the past year are slowly pointing towards that he is not a force within or even outside UMNO to be reckoned with.

Published in: on August 1, 2016 at 20:00  Comments (3)  

BNC is extending ANC?

Syed Akbar Ali, also known as blogger Syed Outside The Box is Gerard Rajaratnam's guest on BNC 'Help Malaysia'

Syed Akbar Ali, also known as blogger Out-Syed The Box is Gerard Rajaratnam’s guest on BNC ‘Helo Malaysia’

Cakap tak serupa bikin. It seems that the recently rebranded Bernama News Channel (BNC) is doing the Federal Government and Leadership a gross disservice by providing avenue of a voracious and highly obnoxious Anti Najib Campaign (ANC) personality opportunity and space as a guest in one of its prime time shows.

BNC is an agency which is wholly funded and bound under Ministry of Communication and Multimedia (KKMM) instructions, is also the propaganda arm of the Federal Government.

The KKMM Minister who is determined to set things up right in the times of manipulation of information, half truths, slanders and lies thrown indiscriminately to demonise Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, his leadership and administration.

Bloggers and cyber-writers who were supporters of PM Najib, here seen at National Press Club awards night, are now staunch Anti Najib Campaign personalities.

Bloggers and cyber-writers who were staunch supporters of PM Najib, here seen at National Press Club awards night, are now the most voracious Anti Najib Campaign personalities (With the exception of the only Non-Man is this line!)

Syed Akbar Ali, also known by his nom d’plume Out-Syed the Box, is one of those personalities who KKMM Dato’ Sri Mohd. Salleh Said Keruak should be going after for his manipulation of information, lies, slanders and outright cyber-anarchy writings almost ever other day.

This rogue blogger deletes all his posting within 18 hours of putting it up on public domain because he himself is very aware that the blog postings obnoxious, any of his writings could be cited up for serious felony such as sedition and instigating the public, wth existing laws of the land.

Of course, like a coward, Syed Akbar just lambast an attack without even having the audacity to stand up for what he wrote but quickly dispose them, before any law enforcement agencies are aware of his obnoxious writings and started to act on him.

Syed Outside the Box on BNC 'Help Malaysia'

Syed Outside the Box on BNC ‘Helo Malaysia’

Instead, BNC got him in ‘Helo Malaysia’ and got him talking about interpretation of Islam, which include ‘Kafir Harbi’.

If KKMM Minister Salleh or key personalities within the Ministry are oblivious of Syed Akbar, then they should do a little bit of homework. Seriously!

Syed Akbar, an active integral proponent of ANC, has been writing on stories without any shred of evidence, to ridicule the blog readers about all the conspiracy stories, manipulation and lies with the explicit purpose to demonise Prime Minister Najib.

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If they are a bit more diligent, then they might stumble on the fact that Syed was charged by Attorney General for sedition mocking Islam sometime seven years ago. Syed used the nom d’plume, “Mufti Murtad” in provocatively sharing his seedtious thoughts about Islam online.

Regardless, this operational cock up on BNC’s part against KKMM and Ministers’s own policies and determination is utter shameful. Especially, providing prime time air time for a key member of ANC.

Published in: on July 31, 2016 at 09:30  Comments (4)  

SC throwing the books at Jani’s partners?

In the game of white collar crime, corporate and market players are no island and the interlink, intriguely layered and through complex web of dealings and sophisticated commercial papers.

Then again, ‘insider trading’ is often the best excuse to go after active market players, especially to those who could have access to strategic and delicate information. When the going gets tough, the market players get tougher or shall falter.

Dato' Yeow Kheng Chew

Dato’ Yeow Kheng Chew

Word from the grapevine is circulating that Securities Commission (SC) is charging Dato’ Yeow Kheng Chew, former Executive Director of Kencana Petroleum Berhad, Paulene Chee Yuet Fang, her remisier Tan Yee Chee for insider trading in relation to the proposed merger of Kencana Petroleum Berhad and SapuraCrest Petroleum Berhad in 2011.

Is an official press release from SC is expected soon?

‘Insider trading’ is SC’s so called flavour-of-the-year crussade.

This is very interesting because K C Yeow has been former Sapura Kencana Bhd Chairman Tan Sri Mokhzani Mahathir’s long time business partner.

Both of them quit Sapura Kencana board almost 16 months ago.

The Star story:

Friday, 6 March 2015

Mokhzani and Yeow to keep stakes in SapuraKencana

BY YVONNE TAN

“We have no plans to sell,” Mokhzani told StarBiz. Asked on the duo’s next move, he said they “don’t know just yet”.

“We have no plans to sell,” Mokhzani told StarBiz. Asked on the duo’s next move, he said they “don’t know just yet”.

PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Mokhzani Mahathir and close associate Yeow Kheng Chew, better known as KC, have no plans to sell their combined stake of 9.12% in oil and gas (O&G) giant SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd (SapKen) following their resignations from the board of the company.

“We have no plans to sell,” Mokhzani told StarBiz.

Asked on the duo’s next move, he said they “don’t know just yet”.

Mokhzani and Yeow collectively hold a 9.12% stake in SapKen through Khasera Baru Sdn Bhd, which is the company’s fourth largest shareholder.

Based on yesterday’s closing price of RM2.45, the stake is worth some RM1.3bil.

Shares in SapKen yesterday fell close to a two-month low, as investors sold ahead of a perceived stock overhang in the company, following the exit of the two directors from its board.

Mokhzani, who was the vice-chairman of SapKen, and Yeow, one of the company’s non-executive directors, told Bursa Malaysia on Wednesday that they had resigned due to “personal reasons”.

Their exit raised concerns if the duo would follow up on their resignations and reduce their interests in the oil and gas giant.

“In a knee-jerk reaction, some investors sold their interests for fear of an overhang,” said a broker.

Usually an overhang occurs when there are concerns that a sizeable amount of shares in a company are to be sold, hence limiting the upside movement of the stock.

But an investment banker described as unfounded the concerns of Mokhzani and KC disposing of their stake in SapKen.

“If they want to divest their stake, they would not resign because it would be value destructive,” said the banker.

To a question, Mokhzani dispelled speculation that the resignations were due to disagreements with regard to the operations of the group under the current environment where oil prices have slumped.

“No, the resignations were not caused by a disagreement,” Mokhzani said.

The president and group chief executive officer of SapKen is Tan Sri Shahril Shamsuddin, who has a 16.71% stake.

Since more than 18 months ago, speculation has been rife that both Shahril and Mokhzani did not see eye to eye and there was talk that there was a disagreement between the two on the operations and expansion plans of the group.

The banker speculated that the more likely reason for the resignations was a possible corporate exercise that Khasera Baru was undertaking that could put Mokhzani and Yeow in a conflict of interest situation should they remain on the board of SapKen.

Apart from SapKen, both Mokhzani and Yeow have a major investment in the form of O&G service provider Yinson Holdings Bhd.

They hold an 18.55% stake in Yinson via Kencana Capital Sdn Bhd, which is the second largest shareholder after company chairman Lim Han Weng, who has 22%.

In 2012, childhood friends Mokhzani and Shahril merged their businesses, Kencana Petroleum Bhd and SapuraCrest Petroleum Bhd, to form SapKen. It became the biggest privately owned integrated oil and gas company in the country.

Following that, Khasera Baru had a stake of about 15% in the O&G outfit, while Shahril held 16.71% via Sapura Holdings Sdn Bhd.

Last February, Khasera Baru sold a block of 190.3 million shares for RM4.30 apiece, netting about RM820mil in total.

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How and why something happened so long ago only being actively sought after now is as good as the next person’s guess.

Probably the Long Arm of Corporate Law took tad long to figure the tit.

Coincidentally, Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad started his open attacks against Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak moments after the duo exited as active personalities in Sapura Kencana.

Probably some would view that as ‘conveniently’. Needless to say, many has been expecting this ‘Open season’, especially the intensity and voracity of the former’s attack on once the anointed successor after Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi being ousted.

Regardless, this is an interesting development to watch.

*Updated 1545hrs

The Edge Market story on K C Yeow being charged by SC.

SC charges Kencana’s former ED KC Yeow with insider trading

By Chen Shaua Fui / theedgemarkets.com | July 29, 2016 : 2:09 PM MYT

KUALA LUMPUR (July 29): Kencana Petroleum Bhd’s former executive director Datuk Yeow Kheng Chew, better known as KC Yeow, along with two individuals were charged with insider trading at the Sessions Court here today.

The other two individuals, Paulene Chee Yuet Fang and her remisier Tan Yee Chee were charged for abetment.

The trio were alleged to have committed the offence in relation to the proposed merger of Kencana Petroleum Bhd and SapuraCrest Petroleum Bhd in 2011.

 

In the local corporate scene, Yeow is known as the partner of Datuk Mokhzani Mahathir in the oil & gas business.

Yeow was the former non-executive director of SapuraKencana Petroleum Bhd. He relinquished his position on March 4, 2015 for personal reasons.

The three claimed trial to the charge. Yeow was out on bail for RM1 million with two sureties, while Chee and Tan were bailed at RM800,000 and two sureties. The court did not request them to surrender their passport.

The presiding Judge Zulqarnian Hassan has fixed the case management on Aug 11.

According to the charge sheet, Yeow, 64, was charged for buying 1.16 million shares in Kencana Petroleum Bhd through Chee’s Central Depository System account, while in possession of information on the proposed merger of Kencana Petroleum and SapuraCrest on July 8, 2011, three days before the offer letter for the merger being issued.

The charge further stated Yeow would have expected such information to have had a material effect on the price of the shares, and ought reasonably to have known that such information was not generally available.

Therefore, he was accused of committing an offence under section 188(2)(a) of the Capital Markets and Services Act 2007 (CMSA).

Meanwhile, Chee and Tan were charged for abetting Yeow in commission of the insider trading offence, and that they have committed an offence under Section 370 (c) of the CMSA, read together with section 188(2)(a) of the CMSA.

Upon conviction, the trio shall be punished to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years, and to a fine of not less than RM1 million.

Recall that the boards of SapuraCrest Petroleum Bhd and Kencana Petroleum Bhd have agreed to their merge on Aug 5, 2011.

The merger, worth a total of RM11.85 billion, was carried out under Integral Key Sdn Bhd (IKSB), a special purpose vehicle. The letter of offer from IKSB was dated July 11, 2011.

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Memahami kes saman sivil DoJ

Kekeliruan mengenai pengumuan Peguam Negara Amerika Syarikat Loretta Lynch mewakili Jabatan Kehakiman (DoJ) keatas empat individu, yang sedang disiasat atas beberapa kesalahan, berkenaan asset 1MDB kini dijadikan modal politik.

Wajar difahami dahulu sebelum membuat kesimpulan tidak berdasarkan fakta, tetapi atas persepsi yang dicanangkan.

 

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DoJ kata Ya, 1MDB kata tidak, PM Najib minta siasatan menyeluruh

Setelah beberapa hari negara digemparkan oleh pengumuman Peguam Negara Amerika Syarikat Loretta Lynch berkenaan “Siasatan keatas empat orang individu berkenaan harta dikaitkan dengan 1MDB”, kekeliruan mengenai keadaan setakat ini dan kekeliruan makin memuncak.

Perdana Menteri Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak mender agar semua phial yang dibabitkan dalam siasatan DoJ untuk bertindak dan membersihkan nama masing-masing.

Utusan Online:

Bersihkan nama masing-masing

Pastikan tiada wang rakyat disalahgunakan – Najib

KAMIL MASLIH | 26 Julai 2016 1:31 AM

PUTRAJAYA 25 Julai – Kerajaan mahu semua individu yang dinamakan oleh Jabatan Kehakiman (DOJ) Amerika Syarikat dalam isu 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) supaya membersihkan nama mereka dan memastikan tiada wang rakyat disalahgunakan.
Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak berkata, kerajaan mengambil serius terhadap laporan tindakan saman sivil DOJ ke atas 1MDB dan bersedia memberi kerjasama sepenuhnya kepada semua pihak bagi melengkapkan siasatan.
“Kerajaan tetap pandang berat atas perkara ini dan mahu supaya siapa yang dinamakan itu ambil tanggungjawab bersihkan nama mereka dan pastikan tiada wang rakyat disalahgunakan, ini prinsip kita.
“Kita harap lambat laun, akan tahu kebenarannya dan jangan terbawa-bawa dalam soal ini. Kita buat urusan kita dan serahkan mengikut proses keadilan yang sewajarnya,” katanya.
Beliau berkata demikian ketika berucap dalam majlis penyerahan surat tawaran menunaikan fardu haji Program Khas Haji Perdana Menteri di Masjid Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin di sini hari ini.
Seramai 1,100 orang yang terdiri daripada imam, ketua kampung dan Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kemajuan dan Keselamatan Kampung (JKKK) menerima surat tawaran daripada program yang ditaja oleh Yayasan 1MDB dengan kerjasama Lembaga Tabung Haji (Tabung Haji).
Yang turut hadir, Ketua Setiausaha Perbendaharaan yang juga Pengerusi 1MDB, Tan Sri Dr. Mohd. Irwan Serigar Abdullah; Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom dan Pengerusi Tabung Haji, Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim.
Pada 21 Julai lalu, Perdana Menteri memberitahu, kerajaan memandang serius laporan DOJ dan sedia bekerjasama dengan semua pihak serta badan siasatan di peringkat antarabangsa.

Menurut Najib, kerajaan juga menggesa 1MDB memantapkan lagi kedudukannya agar bertambah mantap dan kukuh bagi membolehkan lebih banyak program sosial dilaksanakan.
“1MDB banyak menjadi celaan hari ini sehingga banyak yang lupa program sosial 1MDB, ini (Program Khas Haji) satu daripada banyak program termasuk program baik pulih rumah dibuat selama ini, tolong nelayan, wanita, belia, tolong dalam masa banjir dan sebagainya, beratus-ratus juta ringgit telah dikeluarkan,” katanya.
Jelas Najib, dana sebanyak RM10.4 juta telah dikeluarkan oleh Yayasan 1MDB untuk menaja jemaah haji dalam program berkenaan tahun ini.
“Tahun ini kita mencatatkan jumlah besar iaitu 1,100 bakal jemaah haji. Program ini bermula tahun 2011 dengan jumlah 111 orang, setakat ini kita sudah menghantar 4,611 jemaah menunaikan ibadah haji,” katanya.
Najib memberitahu, beliau terpanggil untuk melaksanakan program tajaan haji itu bagi menghargai golongan yang ikhlas berjuang di peringkat akar umbi bagi meninggikan martabat dan kesucian agama Islam.
Dalam pada itu, Perdana Menteri menegaskan, kerajaan akan terus melaksanakan agenda Islam berpandukan prinsip Maqasid Syariah agar Malaysia benar-benar menjadi negara Islam yang dicontohi dan dibanggakan.
Katanya, beliau juga mengutuk kejadian serangan letupan bom di perkarangan Masjid Nabawi, Madinah pada 5 Julai lalu dan mengingatkan semua pihak agar tidak mengamalkan fahaman yang keterlaluan sehingga merosakkan keamanan.
– See more at: http://www.utusan.com.my/berita/nasional/bersihkan-nama-masing-masing-1.362438#sthash.l6cbAhft.dpuf

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Penjelasan yang diringkaskan oleh Lim Sian See:

JABATAN KEHAKIMAN KATA YA, 1MDB KATA TIDAK

Blog, COLUMNIST July 24, 2016July 25, 2016 editor

Oleh Lim Sian See

Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat (DOJ mendakwa berbilion wang dicuri daripada 1MDB dan melancarkan pembekuan aset kononnya bagi mendapatkan semula ‘kehilangan’ itu namun 1MDB menegaskan ia tidak kehilangan wang dan semua aset sudah dikira.

Ringkasnya, DOJ mendakwa ada orang mencuri wang anda dan mereka akan dapatkan semula wang itu, disebalik 1MDB sudah katakana, “Tidak. Ia bukan wang kami.”

Mengapa kejadian pelik ini berlaku?

Mari kita jejaki wang itu, khususnya tiga sumber dana yang didakwa DOJ, sebagai sumber wang dicuri.

SUMBER DANA DIDAKWA DICURI 1:
Good Star, sebagai sebahagian daripada Perkongsian antara PetroSaudi dan 1MDB.

Apa yang dibayar 1MDB:
USD1.83 bilion di mana USD1.03 bilion dipindahkan kepada Good Star dan USD800 juta kepada PetroSaudi.

Apa terjadi kepada wang itu:
Usahasama itu diubah menjadi pinjaman. Pinjaman itu sudah dibayar oleh PetroSaudi kepada 1MDB melalui unit pelaburan berjumlah USD2.32 bilion (prinsipal + faedah/dividen).

Apa terjadi kepada unit pelaburan itu?
USD1.4 bilion ditebus dan digunakan 1MDB untuk tujuan modal kerja dengan bakinya sebanyak USD940 juta dalam bentuk unit pelaburan.

Apa terjadi kepada baki USD940 juta unit pelaburan itu?
Baki USD940 juta dalam bentuk unit itu dijamin oleh syarikat yang dipertikaikan Aabar Investments PJS Ltd yang diperbadankan di British Virgin Islands (Aabar-BVI) dan sudah dikenalpasti sebagai pertukaran aset dan hutang antara 1MDB dan IPIC, namun kini melalui proses timbang tara.

Hakikatnya:
1MDB tidak boleh berkata atau mendakwa wang Good Star atau PetroSaudi adalah milik mereka.

Apa terjadi seterusnya?
Tiada apa apa.

Setakat apa melibatkan 1MDB, PetroSaudi sudahpun membayar kembali pelaburannya dan tambahan USD481 juta keuntungan dan dividen. Tiada wang yang perlu dituntut daripada Good Star mahupun PetroSaudi.

Agak menariknya di sini, jika Jho Low dan Riza dinamakan dan dituduh atas salahlaku kerana menerima wang daripada Good Star, maka adalah mengejutkan mengapa Gabenor Turki sebelum ini, Putera Turki yang juga anak ketujuh Raja Abdullah dan pengasas PetroSaudi, Tarek Obaid tidak dikenakan tindakan biarpun turut disebut FBI, mereka juga menerima wang daripada Good Star.

SUMBER DANA DIDAKWA DICURI 2:
Syarikat dipertikaikan Aabar-BVI yang menjadi sebahagian daripada perkongsian Abu Dhabi dan 1MDB.

Apa yang dibayar 1MDB?
USD3.51 bilion kepada Aabar-BVI sebagai cagaran, pelaburan perkongsian dan opsyen penarikan diri dalam perjanjian. Sebagai tambahan, terdapat USD940 juta jaminan dalam unit pelaburan Cayman dan jaminan kepada USD1.5 bilion dana GIL seperti disyorkan bank berpangkalan di Switzerland, BSI Bank.

Apa terjadi kepada aset dijamin dan wang diberikan 1MDB?
Keseluruhan pembayaran dan jaminan USD6 bilion itu dikenalpasti sebagai aset perjanjian pertukaran 1MDB-IPIC dengan IPIC sebagaimana berikut:

Aset daripada 1MDB:
USD3.5 bilion deposit tunai dibayar kepada Aabar BVI.
USD1.5 bilion dana GIL (Pengurus dana disyorkan BSI dan dijamin Aabar BVI)
USD940 juta unit dana Brazen Sky (Dijamin oleh Aabar Investments Abu Dhabi – bukan syarikat dipertikaikan, Aabar BVI dan ini turut dinyatakan dalam laporan Ketua Audit Negara serta Jawatankuasa Kira-Kira Wang Awam, PAC).

Aset daripada IPIC:
Mengambil alih bon prinsipal 1MDB, USD3.5 bilion
Mengambil alih faedah bon 1MDB, USD1.5 bilion
Membayar tunai USD1 bilion kepada 1MDB yang dilakukan pada Jun 2015

IPIC kini sedang menafikan yang Aabar-BVI adalah syarikat mereka dan membatalkan perjanjian pertukaran aset namun 1MDB menegaskan Aabar-BVI adalah syarikat milik IPIC. Lantaran itu, ia kini melalui proses timbang tara.

Kes itu kini melalui prosiding di Mahkamah Timbang Tara Antarabangsa London yang bermula bulan lalu.

Mengapa 1MDB memindahkan atau membuat perjanjian dengan Aabar-BVI biarpun IPIC dan Aabar Abu Dhabi tidak memiliki syarikat itu?

Ketika 1MDB menandatangani perjanjian perkongsian dengan Aabar Investments PJS di Abu Dhabi, perbincangan adalah dengan Pengerusi Aabar, Khadem Abdullah al-Qubaisi dan Pengarah Urusan mereka, Mohamed Badawy Al-Husseiny, di mana kedua-duanya juga dinamakan FBI bersama Jho Low.

Ketika perjanjian dimeterai, 1MDB turut mendapatkan peguam dalaman dan dari luar bagi mengesahkan Aabar Investments PJS Ltd di British Virgin Island dimiliki Aabar Investments PJS di Abu Dhabi.

Dokumen lampiran adalah Sijil Pengesahan Pemilikan yang dikeluarkan bagi syarikat Aabar di BVI yang dipertikaikan. Sijil ini dikeluarkan oleh Offshore Incorporations Limited (OIL) beribupejabat di Hong Kong dan teraju antarabangsa dalam perkhidmatan syarikat dan perbadanan antarabangsa.
Sijil Pengesahan Pemilikan ini mengesahkan dua pengarah Aabar Investments PJS Ltd di BVI adalah Pengerusi dan Pengarah Urusan Aabar Investments PJS dan pemilik tunggalnya ialah syarikat Abu Dhabi, Aabar Investments PJS.

MENGENAI OIL:
Beribupejabat di Hong Kong, OIL juga mempunyai pejabat di BVI, Singapura, Taiwan, Shanghai, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, United Kingdom, Cyprus dan Dubai serta mempunyai 220 kakitangan.

Oil adalah anak syarikat Kumpulan Vistra yang mempunyai 2,300 kakitangan di 40 negara dengan ibupejabatnya di Hong Kong.

Dalam dokumen rasmi perbadanannya, Pengerusi dan Pengarah Urusan daripada syarikat induk serta peguam daripada dalaman dan luar melalui proses usaha wajar (due diligence) mengesahkan kepada 1MDB, syarikat Aabar Investments PJS Ltd di BVI secara sah dimiliki Aabar Investments PJS di Abu Dhabi. Maka apa lagi yang perlu dilakukan 1MDB dan untuk mendapatkan pengesahan ia bukan sebuah syarikat palsu?

Pemilikan Aabar BVI dan pemindahan dana turut disahkan oleh audit dilakukan firma luaran, KPMG dan Deloitte selepas itu dan tiada amaran tercetus mengenai pemilikan syarikat itu. Kedua-dua firma audit itu tentunya sudah bertemu atau menghubungi Aabar di Abu Dhabi bagi mengesahkan transaksi itu.

Bagaimanapun, bagi alasan yang tidak diketahui, IPIC bersetuju kepada perjanjian pertukaran itu, membayar USD1 bilion, membayar faedah bon USD3.5 bilion dan hanya pada April 2016, selepas 10 bulan perjanjian ditandatangani dan bertahun selepas 1MDB menyatakan mereka sudah membuat kesemua pembayaran kepada Aabar dalam penyata kewangan yang boleh diakses orang awam.

Perkara Utama:
1MDB tidak boleh menyatakan atau mendakwa wang yang dipindahkan daripada Aabar BVI kepada Jho Low, Red Granite atau sesiapapun sebagaimana didakwa Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat adalah milik mereka. Bagi 1MDB, Aabar BVI adalah sah dan dimiliki IPIC. Jika terdapat wang dicuri daripada Aabar BVI, ia dicuri daripada IPIC dan bukannya 1MDB.

Jika 1MDB mendakwa wang itu milik mereka bermakna keseluruhan prosiding timbang tara di London antara IPIC dan syarikat itu akan runtuh dan 1MDB akan terpaksa membayar berbilion manakala IPIC akan terlepas, disebalik hakikat, kedua-dua eksekutif kanan IPIC, Pengarah Urusannya daripada 2007 hingga 2015, Khadem dan Pengarah Urusan Aabar PJS, Mohamed Badawy Al-Husseiny adalah penama dalam kes penyitaan aset Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat.

Apa akan terjadi seterusnya?
1MDB perlu focus untuk memenangi kes timbang taranya dengan membuktikan yang dua eksekutif kanan Aabar dan IPIC telah bertindak menggunakan kuasa mereka di dalam Lembaga Pengarah dua syarikat itu dan kesemua pemeriksaan telah mengesahkan Aabar BVI adalah milik Aabar Investments PJS Abu Dhabi dan IPIC.

1MDB yakin mereka mempunyai bukti mencukupi dan fakta yang kukuh bagi memenangi kes ini berikutan keengganan mereka untuk membayar faedah bon yang dijadualkan biarpun memiliki RM3 bilion dalam simpanan dan membiarkan dua bon yang dijamin IPIC untuk tertunggak hingga menyebabkan IPIC untuk membayarnya.

Jika 1MDB memenangi kes ini, aset bernilai USD4.5 bilion akan dapat dimiliki semula daripada IPIC. Jika berlaku demikian, yang kemungkinannya sangat tinggi, IPIC akan mengambil alih bon USD3.5 bilion dan membenarkan 1MDB untuk menyimpan USD1 bilion yang mereka bayar sebelum ini. IPIC kemudian akan menjadi pihak bertanggungjawab untuk menuntut semula aset USD4.5 bilion dalam Aabar BVI.

SUMBER DANA DIDAKWA DICURI 3:
Wang USD1.5 bilion yang dilaburkan 1MDB untuk dana pelaburan BSI Bank.

Apa yang dibayar 1MDB?
USD1.5 bilion yang dilaburkan dalam dana pelaburan berdaftar sebagaimana disyorkan BSI Bank. USD1.5 bilion ini adalah sebahagian daripada perolehan bon USD3 bilion pada 2013 (turut dikenali sebagai dana GIL 1MDB yang diraih daripada cadangan perkongsian dengan Aabar bagi memajukan Bandar Malaysia pada 2013. Baki USD1.5 bilion digunakan 1MDB sebagai modal kerja bagi membangunkan Tun Razak Exchange (TRX), Bandar Malaysia dan perniagaan janakuasa.
Putera Diraja Abu Dhabi, Jeneral Sheikh Mohammed Zayed Al Nahyan, menyaksikan majlis pemeteraian perjanjian pada 2013.
Perjanjian perkongsian Bandar Malaysia ditandatangani pada Mac 2013 di mana 1MDB dan Aabar masing-masing dicadangkan untuk meraih USD3 bilion dan kedua pihak itu akan menyumbang kepada syarikat 1MDB-GIL bagi membangunkan Bandar Malaysia.

Berikutan kegagalan Aabar untuk meraih USD3 bilion pada tempoh ditetapkan dan perkongsian itu tidak berjalan lancer, 1MDB membuat keputusan untuk menggunakan separuh wang itu sebagai modal kerja manakala selebihnya digunakan dalam dana pelaburan bagi mengelak tanggungan negatif (atau membayar faedah bagi dana yang tidak digunakan daripada pinjaman).

Apa terjadi kepada wang yang dilaburkan dalam dana pelaburan?
Wang itu masih dilaburkan dalam dana yang asalnya dirancang untuk digunakan bagi sebahagian daripada pertukaran aset dengan IPIC memandangkan ia dijamin oleh Aabar BVI.

Apa akan terjadi seterusnya?
Memandangkan pertukaran aset itu sudah dihentikan, dana ini sudah berada dalam fasa penuntutan. Bagaimanapun, menuntut satu unit USD1.5 bilion bukanlah seperti kita mengeluarkan wang dari bank. Dana itu sendiri perlu menjual pelaburan mereka sebelum membayar 1MDB. Difahamkan, proses ini kini hampir selesai.

Berapa sebenarnya ‘Wang Rakyat’ yang digunakan oleh 1MDB setakat ini?
Modal berbayar RM1 juta dibayar oleh Kerajaan Malaysia. Baki dana sehingga RM42 bilion pada satu masa diraih daripada bon dan pinjaman bank.

Berapa banyak pinjaman yang masih ditanggung 1MDB?
Selain tiga bon, kesemua baki pinjaman, kemudahan kredit dan bon lain sudah dibayar sepenuhnya oleh 1MDB ketika proses rasionalisasi hutang yang bermula pada 2015.

Sejak awal 2015, 1MDB sudah melangsai dan mengeluarkan hutang berikut daripada tanggungan mereka:

Bayar penuh RM3.5 bilion pinjaman Powertek daripada satu konsortium bank.
Bayar penuh RM1 bilion kemudahan kredit daripada kerajaan
Bayar penuh USD150 juta pinjaman Bank Exim
Sukuk RM2.4 bilion Bandar Malaysia diambil alih oleh pembeli 60 peratus Bandar Malaysia.
Memindahkan RM800 juta pinjaman Perkeso kepada pembiayaan projek TRX. Pinjaman ini sudah dibayar.
Mengenepikan hutang RM6 bilion yang ditanggung berikutan penjualan Edra
Bayar penuh pinjaman RM2 bilion Marstan diuruskan Ananda Krishnan yang dipinjam bagi membayar pinjaman Maybank RM2 bilion
Bayar penuh USD975 juta pinjaman Deutsche Bank

Selepas kesemua pinjaman ini sudah dibayar, 1MDB masih lagi mempunyai RM2.3 bilion dalam bentuk tunai dan turut memiliki bon berikut:

RM5 bilion bon jangka panjang pada 2009 yang akan matang pada tahun 2029. Bon ini terikat kepada pembangunan berterusan TRX dan akan diseimbangkan dengan aliran tunai pembangunan itu.

Bon 2012 bernilai USD3.5 bilion yang dijamin IPIC dan akan matang pada tahun 2022. (Jika 1MDB memenangi kes timbang tara maka bon ini akan dibeli IPIC).

Bon pada 2013 bernilai USD3 bilion yang akan matang pada tahun 2023. Bon ini terikat kepada pembangunan Bandar Malaysia di mana 1MDB memiliki 40 peratus dan diseimbangkan dengan aliran tunai pembangunan ini.

Berapa sebenarnya ‘Wang Rakyat yang hilang berikutan saman sivil Jabatan Kehakiman ini?
Tiada. Memandangkan jumlah yang didakwa dicuri adalah daripada pinjaman yang 1MDB ambil seperti di atas dan pinjaman itu tidak tertunggak, tiada wang Malaysia hilang. Ini turut mengambil kira pertikaian IPIC akan selesai dengan menyebelahi 1MDB dan bon GIL USD1.5 bilion ditebus.

Adalah penting untuk kita lihat, selain bon USD3.5 bilion yang dipertikaikan dengan IPIC, 1MDB tidak menghadapi tunggakan terhadap mana-mana pinjaman atau bon. Malah, sebagaimana dinyatakan di atas, kebanyakan pinjaman sudah dilangsaikan.

Perkara utama terakhir:
Adalah penting untuk kita utarakan, tiga sumber dana yang disenaraikan Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika Syarikat adalah urusan terus dengan kerajaan serta kerabat diraja negara Arab dan 1MDB membayar secara terus kepada akaun yang diarahkan oleh mereka. Jika 1MDB ditipu, bermakna negara terbabit turut bersubahat menipu 1MDB.

Atau, jika 1MDB adalah satu penipuan, maka negara terbabit dan kerabat dirajanya turut berpakat dengan 1MDB untuk menipu.

Namun perkara utama paling penting adalah:
Jika 1MDB berjaya memenangi timbang tara IPIC dan menebus semula USD1.5bilion dana GIL, maka 1MDB benar-benar boleh menyatakan ia tidak pernah hilang wang atau wangnya dicuri.

Ini bermakna, adalah mustahil untuk Jho Low, Riza, Khadem, Malaysia Official 1 atau sesiapa sahaja dalam isu ini telah mencuri wang daripada 1MDB untuk membeli atau melabur dalam aset yang mahu disita FBI.

Tetapi ia juga mungkin bermakana ada seseorang yang ditipu. Ia mungkin IPIC Abu Dhabi atau ia adalah keuntungan sah yang dibuat daripada pelaburan dana.

Tetapi wang siapa digunakan untuk dibeli karya seni, hartanah? Ia mungkin wang IPIC Abu Dhabi, wang Arab Saudi atau ia mungkin hasil keuntungan daripada pelaburan dana

http://www.mynation.news/jabatan-kehakiman-kata-ya-1mdb-kata-tidak/

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Hakikatnya, laporan Jawatan Kira-Kira Wang Negara (PAC) setelah 10 bulan memanggil pika terlibat untuk meneri keterangan, merangkumi laporan diasatan Ketua Audit Negara mengariskan kedapatan kelemahan diproses pengurusan 1MDB.

PAC mengesyorkan siasatan lebih menyeluruh dilakukan.

Pihak Polis pula mengesahkan siasatan dari perspektif jenayah terutama jenayah kommersial telah aasuk fasa kedua.

Utusan online:

Siasatan 1MDB masuk fasa kedua

NAZWIN NAZRI | 21 Julai 2016 4:01 PM

KUALA LUMPUR 21 Julai – Polis Diraja Malaysia (PDRM) akan memulakan siasatan fasa kedua berhubung isu 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) dalam tempoh terdekat.

Ketua Polis Negara, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar berkata, pihaknya hampir selesaikan fasa pertama isu tersebut dan telah memanggil lebih 25 individu untuk rakam percakapan termasuk bekas Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif 1MDB, Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi.

“Dalam fasa kedua ini, kita akan menghantar pegawai ke luar negara untuk rakam percakapan saksi yang berada di sana.

“Kita komited dalam menjalankan tanggungjawab berdasarkan lima syor yang disarankan Jawatankuasa Kira-Kira Wang Negara (PAC),” katanya dalam sidang akhbar di Pusat Latihan Polis (Pulapol) di sini hari ini. – UTUSAN ONLINE

– See more at: http://www.utusan.com.my/berita/nasional/siasatan-1mdb-masuk-fasa-kedua-1.356189#sthash.2lbOGTsy.dpuf

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Sebagaimana jenayah kommersial dan kolar putih lain, siasatan akan mengambil masa. Proses untuk menjejaki pengaliran transaksi , mengumpul bukti termasuk keterangan saksi dan pengesahan dokumen berkenaan, adalah rumit.

Ketelitian dan ketepatan amat penting untuk menentukan agar kes boleh didakwa apabila dimajukan kepada pihak Peguam Negara.

Kerap-kali, siasatan kes jenayah kommersial memerlukan kepakaran termasuk proses audit forensik. Sekiranya transaksi berlaku melangkaui sempadan, maka keperluan untuk mengesahkan bukti dokumen dan lokasi transaksi amat penting untuk menentukan kes cukup kukuh apabila dikemukakan.

Oleh demikian, proses siasatan pelbagai pihak termasuk agensi luar negara sedang berlaku dan aktif.

Sewajarnya, semua pihak bersabar dan memberi pihak berkenaan ruang untuk melengkapkan tugas mereka agar kebenaran boleh dipaparkan dan sekiranya berlaku jenayah, pesalah laku boleh didakwa.

Setakat ini, pejabat Pegram Negara Switzerland (OAG) and Penguasa Kewangan Singapura (MAS) telah mengumumkan siasatan mereka kepada kes berkenaam transaksi 1MDB tidak melibatkan Perdana Menteri Najib.

Sebagaimana seruan Perdana Menteri Najib, semua pihak bertanggung jawab membersihkan nama masing-masing. Hakikatnya, Timbalan Pengerusi PAC sendiri mengesahkan Perdana Menteri Najib tidak terlibat dalam sebarang laku 1MDB, walaupun pengumuman AG Lynch mengandaikan sebaliknya.

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The quick annals of purported crime (in the eyes of DoJ)

Last night, in the midst of heatedness and red neck chest thumping politics in Cleveland, Ohio, Department of Justice (DoJ) issued a very insinuating media conference in Washington D.C.

Only a fraction of the hour long media conference, like the ones previously issued by Office of the Auditor General Suisse, rambles about investigations against unclear personalities vaguely related to the MOF Inc. strategic investment corporation 1MDB.

There are some interesting FAQs listed Lim Sian See to this entire episode, taken in totality. Especially purported the two Malaysian entrepreneurs, living and making their living in the United States.

The USA Govt’s Department of Justice (DOJ) have filed civil cases to seize the assets they believe is linked to 1MDB, from three individuals under the USA’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative.

Q1. Who are the three individuals?

They are Riza Aziz, stepson of Prime Minister Najib Razak; Jho Low, a Malaysian financier; and Khadem Al Qubaisi, the former managing director of Abu Dhabi’s sovereign-wealth fund IPIC and the former Chairman of Aabar Investments PJS responsible for dealing with 1MDB at that time.
Q2. What is the USA’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative?

It is an initiative started in the year 2010 by the USA Govt under the US Department of Justice (DOJ) with the aim to seize and recover assets within the USA which the DOJ suspects is linked to corruption from a foreign country and return them to the originating country.
Q3. Why is the DOJ investigating this case?
In March 2015, the DOJ received a complaint from Sarawak Report. Further complaints appears to also have been made by Tun Mahathir loyalist, Khairuddin Abu Hassan.
Q4. What is the DOJ actually filing against the 3 individuals and what will happen next?
The DOJ is filing civil cases against the 3 individuals to ask the courts to seize their assets. The courts will then check if the identified assets are being claimed by anyone else. If no one else is claiming these assets then the courts will ask the DOJ to prove that these assets have indeed been stolen or received illegally.
Q5. Is Prime Minister Najib Razak also charged?
No. He is not charged and not named in this case despite Tun Mahathir previously saying in September 2015 that Najib is afraid to go overseas as he will be caught by the FBI. This is untrue as not only is this a civil case but Najib is not even named in the suits.
Q6. Will anyone go to jail if the assets are seized?
No. These is a civil suit and not a criminal case. If the courts find in favour of the DOJ, only the assets are seized. There is no jail terms or criminal conviction.
Q7.  If the court allows the assets to be seized, what happens to the seized assets?
The assets are eventually returned back to the whomever the DOJ believes it is stolen from – in this case, 1MDB.
Q8. Are the assets purchased with money stolen from 1MDB?
1MDB has consistently maintained that no money was stolen and can account for where its money has gone to. However, 1MDB is currently in dispute with IPIC where 1MDB maintains that it has paid or deposited or guaranteed up to USD6 billion by a company called Aabar Investments PJS BVI upon the instructions of Aabar’s the then Chairman, Khadem Al Qubaisi and the then Managing Director.

IPIC disputes that it owns Aabar Investments PJS Ltd (BVI) and thus denies it has received these funds from 1MDB.

This dispute is now in arbitration at the London Arbitration Center and will take many months. However, 1MDB is confident that they will win this case and stand a good chance to recover their money – which is why 1MDB had earlier refused to pay the interest on a USD3.5 billion bonds despite comfortably able to, which triggered the bond guarantee by IPIC thus leading to the arbitration process.
Q9. If the money is not stolen then why is the USA DOJ acting on the complaint?
It is possible that some of the money that was paid by 1MDB into the Aabar Investments PJS Ltd (BVI) controlled by Khadem – which IPIC denies is owned by them, may have been used to fund various investments in the USA including real estate, investment in films, artwork and companies.
Q10. How much worth in asset is impacted by the USA DOJ?

No specific amounts have been confirmed yet but reports by NYT and WSJ is quoting up to USD 1 billion.
Q11.  Why is the PM’s step-son Riza Aziz involved.

WSJ had previously reported that investigators believe that Red Granite, Riza Aziz’s film company received USD$155 million in loans from the Aabar Investments PJS Ltd (BVI) much of which went to finance the 2013 movie “The Wolf of Wall Street. and to purchase properties.

WSJ said documents show three transfers to Red Granite Capital in 2012 – US$60 million, US$45 million, and US$50 million.

Of this, US$105 million was booked by Red Granite Capital as a loan, while the other US$50 million was moved to the company through intermediaries.

“Among the intermediaries, according to people familiar with investigations and the person familiar with 1MDB: Telina Holdings Inc, a company that had been set up in the British Virgin Islands by Mr Al-Husseiny and his boss, Khadem Al Qubaisi.”

According to WSJ , the US$50 million loan from Telina Holdings has been repaid, citing people familiar to the investigations.

A Red Granite spokesperson told WSJ that the company “has been repaying and will continue to repay all its loans. “Red Granite had no reason to believe at the time that the source of Aabar’s funds was in any way irregular and still believes the loan to be legitimate,”

“What Red Granite have done and will continue to do is develop and produce successful and acclaimed movies that have generated more than US$825 million in worldwide box-office revenues.”

 

Q12.  So, if it was a loan or investment into Red Granite and is already part repaid or being repaid from a successful film company, why is Riza Aziz still the target of a civil suit?
In the USA, if you make profits based on funding which the DOJ suspects was from an illegal source then this is called “profiteering” and hence your profits are also considered illegal and can be seized – essentially making money out of illegal funding. This is different from stealing money.

The DOJ will then have to prove that Red Granite is aware that the funding or loan that they received is deemed illegal.

 

Q13. What about Jho Low’s investments?
Not much has been revealed what assets or the amounts of investments are owned by Jho Low, who is a fund manager, in the USA but Jho Low had confirmed before that he has real estate holdings in the USA and may have co-invested in some US-based companies.

 

Q14. How long will this civil cases take before a judgement is reached?
Similar cases have taken years as both sides present their arguments to the US courts for the judge to make a final decision.

 

Q15. Is there anything unusual about this case?
Yes. Typically, the supposed victim of any stolen money has to make a complain to the USA DOJ to request the DOJ to seize any assets they deem was purchased using the stolen money. In this case, 1MDB has consistently maintained that there is no money stolen and they can account for all their investments or transfers but the DOJ seems to be still going ahead with filing civil suits to recover stolen money even though the “victim” said no money has been stolen.

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The mitigating and salient points in the case, are pertaining to individual entrepreneurs in the commercial dealings.

It is about a civil suit commercial in nature by DoJ and how it is related to 1MDB is very unclear.

It is not a criminal case though the AG did mention about “Corrupted 1MDB officials”.

Yet, DoJ felt it was necessary to invoke the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative to seize the assets, with the excuse of assets and funds embezzled by public officials anodised for personal gains. There on, only  the investigation is completed.

1MDB already pronounced that no foreign authorities which include the FBI and DoJ are in touch with the strategic investment corporation. Neither do they have any assets in the United States.

In the final analysis, where is the beef with this FBI/DoJ investigation?

*Updated 1700hrs

Malaysian Attorney General Tan Sri Apandi Ali’s strong statement on the latest development brought forth on DoJ’s statement last night.

PRESS RELEASE

US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FILING OF CIVIL ACTION

 

The Attorney General notes that a civil action in rem has been filed by the United States Department of Justice (US DOJ) for the forfeiture of relevant assets and that it is presently a matter within the civil court in the United States.
The Attorney General further notes that the basis of the civil action in rem to forfeit assets undertaken by the US DOJ relates to the alleged laundering of money misappropriated from 1MDB. However, the Attorney General emphasized that to date –

(i) there has been no evidence from any investigation conducted by any law enforcement agencies in various jurisdictions which shows that money has been misappropriated from 1MDB; and
(ii) there have been no criminal charges preferred against any individuals for the offence of misappropriation of funds from 1MDB.
The Attorney General also expressed his strong concerns at the insinuations and allegations that have been made against the Prime Minister of alleged criminal wrong doing in relation to the civil action in rem filed by the US DOJ.

The Attorney General intends to clarify that at no point in the civil claim filed by the US DOJ is the Prime Minister named as adefendant or have been alleged to have committed any criminal wrong doing.

Presently there is an ongoing investigation conducted by the RoyalMalaysia Police concerning matters related to 1MDB.
Given that the investigation is underway, it would not be appropriate to divulge details that may compromise the investigation.
The Attorney General must emphasise that it is crucial to preserve the integrity of the investigation as the public must not doubt the outcome of the investigation.

To date the Attorney General’s Chambers has yet to receive any request from the US DOJ to obtain any information or evidence. However, we would welcome such a request in line with our commitment in international cooperation and collaboration in our fight against money laundering and corrupt practices.

As the Public Prosecutor, the Attorney General will not hesitate to initiate proceedings against the perpetrators of criminal acts provided there is sufficient evidence to do so.
Any wrongdoing must and will be punished.

Malaysia will always uphold the rule of law.
TAN SRI DATO’ SRI HAJI MOHAMED APANDI BIN HAJI ALI

ATTORNEY GENERAL MALAYSIA

21 JULY 2016
http://www.agc.gov.my/agcportal/index.php?r=portal2/article&menu_id=MEFwUEVtZWVIcGdjb0c5Tkpadi8vZz09&artikel_id=RG8zVnNFd3Y2U0NxNXY5N2hSa2JWdz09

 

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Bully’s blue bollocks blooming in bane

Opposition partner PKR isn’t convinced with Mini Emperorissimo of Middle Malaysia Lim Guan Eng tactics especially when the latter has gone gone blue after getting panicky for his corruption case (now in criminal court play), manifested in bully nature when cornered as a trapped animal.

The Star story:

Tuesday, 19 July 2016 | MYT 11:14 PM

PKR ‘not convinced’ on snap polls

 

BY ROYCE TAN
PETALING JAYA: PKR says it is not convinced with the reasons and intentions given by DAP for holding snap elections in Penang.

Party president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the party’s leadership, however, “is ready to discuss the matter with the Pakatan Harapan component parties.”

“The political bureau of Keadilan held its weekly meeting to discuss various issues including the snap elections in Penang.

“The bureau is of the opinion that we are not convinced by the aim of having snap elections.

“However, the Keadilan leadership is ready to continue discussions with other Pakatan Harapan component parties on the matter,” Dr Wan Azizah told reporters after the meeting at the party headquarters here.

DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng, earlier speculated that he would attend the meeting, did not show up.

PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali said a meeting with Pakatan Harapan parties would be held in the “near future” but it would not be revealed to the media.

“We have discussed just now and one of the matters is there is a proposal to hold a snap election but we need explanations from the state government about it.

“This is a normal matter. We did not turn it down, we just want a clarification,” he said.

A decision to hold snap polls in the state was made at the DAP central executive committee (CEC) meeting Monday night, according to Pakatan Harapan sources from Selangor.

Details of the meeting are unavailable, but it is learnt that six DAP leaders went to present their case to Dr Wan Azizah at her Bukit Segambut home in Kuala Lumpur after the meeting.

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Mini Emperorissimo Lim grossly over-reacted worse than a spoilt child after The Star senior political columnist Joceline Tan published her usual Sunday column.

Sunday, 17 July 2016

Snap election for Penang?

 

BY JOCELINE TAN

THE noise level over Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s corruption charges has yet to subside but talk is rife of a snap election in Penang.

Speculation of snap polls in the state has taken on a life of its own despite the deafening silence on the part of DAP’s top-most leaders. It is hard to tell whether the silence is a sign that something is brewing or that the leaders are not keen.

The move would make Penang the only state other than Sarawak to go it alone and the implications are immense.

The snap election idea, according to a DAP insider, was first floated during the DAP central executive committee (CEC) on the afternoon after Guan Eng was charged in court.

Emotions were still raw after a dramatic morning that saw Guan Eng facing two charges of abuse of power and businesswoman Phang Li Koon, from whom he purchased his Pinhorn Road bungalow, charged for abetment in the transaction.

Top on the meeting’s agenda was to discuss whether Guan Eng should take leave from his Chief Minister office. The question was quickly settled because the consensus was that he should stay put.

This party is famous for demanding that politicians resign for issues big and small but given the sense of siege in the party that day, it would not have been the done thing for any of the DAP leaders to suggest that Guan Eng go on leave. In fact, it would have been the death knell for anyone foolish enough to propose it.

After it was decided that Guan Eng would stay on as Chief Minister, a party veteran, described as “one of the most tame personalities”, mooted the idea of a snap state election.

It would show their opponents in Barisan Nasional who is the boss in Penang, the party would be able to ride on public sympathy and the people would get the chance to reaffirm their support.

Two of the younger leaders in the CEC liked the idea and joined in arguing for it. One of them was Selangor DAP chairman and Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua who put up a strong case.

But, said the above DAP insider, all three advocates of snap polls were not from Penang. The Penang-based CEC members, on the other hand, kept quiet and did not contribute to the proposal.

The most glaring thing was the silence on the part of the two powerful Lims. Neither the father nor son said anything on the proposal and no one could tell what they were thinking.

However, it is clear by now that the idea does not appeal to the Lims, especially the elder Lim. Kit Siang has been around since the 1960s, he has seen it all and he must have sensed how dangerous an early and stand-alone state election could be for his party and, more so, when his son is at his most vulnerable.

“It is an option but there are also misgivings that we are trying to disrupt the legal process. It would be seen as calling the people to judge the case,” said party insider.

DAP and its partner PKR have the numbers to dissolve the State Assembly. But the reality is that DAP is not in a position to face a snap election. It is not even ready to hold its much-postponed party election.

Calling for a state election now means that the party has to confront issues which it can ill-afford to do at this juncture.

DAP, said the insider, would have to deal with the thorny issue of candidates, of who to retire off and new faces to bring in. That is a problematic thing in every election and could derail an already unstable situation.

The norm in every party is to bring in about 30% new faces as part of the renewal process but it is doubtful Guan Eng would be able to do that without the risk of a breaking of ranks. At the same time, calling for fresh polls without significant changes in the line-up would be meaningless.

“No one can rock their grip on the Chinese vote. An election will divert attention from the trial and distract from any incriminating evidence. But what is the point of voting in a status quo line-up?” said a Penang lawyer.

It will also raise questions of costs and expenses. The Sarawak election cost tax payers RM181mil and a separate election for Penang will likely cost at least half of that.

“It will open a Pandora’s Box. Can Guan Eng get a mandate equivalent to that in 2013? Anything less, whether in seats or votes, will be deemed an erosion of support,” said a Penang lawyer.

Simmering issues like internal party problems, friction with PKR and the residual impact of expelling PAS will also bubble to the surface.

The party will also have to address the succession issue of who will take over after Guan Eng. All eyes are on senior state exco member Chow Kon Yeow whom some call the “CM presumptive”. But the boyish-faced politician has been playing it cool and trying not to open his mouth unnecessarily.

The last couple of years has also seen a dip in Guan Eng’s image. His habit of blaming Barisan for everything has started to wear thin.

The educated class has grown uncomfortable with his authoritarian style, be it his propensity for mega projects as well as his way of dealing with dissent in his party and coalition.

“The noise level has gone up,” said the DAP insider.

Penang’s civil society are starting to balk at all those mega projects which one NGO figure termed as “so Mahathir”.

On Wednesday, Penang Forum, a grouping of Penang NGOs, came up with an alternative transport master plan for Penang. It was presented as “better, cheaper and faster” than the mega-bucks plan favoured by Guan Eng’s government.

Their audacity is seen by some as a challenge to the state govern­ment’s grandiose plans and a sign that they are not holding back anymore.

The group’s new frontline face is the well-spoken Datuk Dr Sharom Ahmat who used to be the Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Universiti Sains Malaysia.

For a number of years, these NGOs were enamoured with Guan Eng’s leadership. One of them used to describe the Chief Minister as “the most wonderful man”, another was awarded a Datukship while others were appointed to the boards of state GLCs.

But the love affair seems to be cooling off. The political tsunami is over and there is an opinion shift taking place especially among the intelligentsia.

The social media comeback on Guan Eng’s corruption charges was not as “hot” as some DAP leaders had expected it to be. There were many DAP diehards and right-wingers defending him but there were also many voices criticising him.

“You watch him say something today, another thing tomorrow, and after eight years, you get a better picture of what he is really like,” said the Penang lawyer.

Guan Eng’s position in his party is unshakable at the moment. His father will see to it that there will not be any moves to undermine his son.

His grip in the party will ensure that he holds on to his government post. It explained why the party moved so swiftly to endorse him on the very day that he was charged. It was to tell everyone that Guan Eng is staying put as DAP secretary-general and also Chief Minister.

“Moreover, the rebels in the party are no longer around. There is no one left to question his leadership,” said the lawyer.

Another deterrent to early polls is having to face the Barisan might. They saw the smooth operation of the Barisan machinery in the Sarawak state election. It was the same in the recent by-elections where Pakatan Harapan was hopelessly outflanked even in Selangor where it is the government and has full access to state facilities and resources.
They can see that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is on a strong footing and is now dictating the political momentum.

DAP is good at making noise on issues but their grassroots organisation and machinery is quite lacking. For instance, some DAP leaders were disappointed with the less than impressive turnout at the candle­light vigil for Guan Eng outside the MACC headquarters the night before his appearance in court.

The modest crowd chanting support outside the High Court the next day was even more embarrassing. It was like a dripping tap compared to the deluge of people who flooded the streets after Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sacking in 1998.

Some in DAP are also worried that Barisan may declare emergency rule, using its powers under the National Security Council Act and that would be disastrous for Penang.

Snap polls would be impactful if Selangor also comes along but Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali is not the suicidal sort. There are also issues in Selangor that Azmin would prefer not to tackle right now.

The silence from the two Lims and the leaders in Penang speaks volumes. They can see danger signs in the idea and they are not going anywhere near it.

Moreover, said the DAP insider, there are voices from beyond Penang who say that the party must come first. Going for a state election because of one man is not on for them.

Besides, they are not sure what will come out when the trial proper begins later this year.

Some of them are spooked by talk of new charges stemming from the controversial Taman Manggis land in George Town. Stories about a Penang-born fund manager based in Hong Kong and his links with Penang politicians have also begun to circulate in a way that seem to point to something big in the making.

Then there is talk that the authorities are investigating the manner by which the former Penang racecourse stretch of land was rezoned. All this has added to the unsettling times.

There are simply too many fires all over the place and a snap state election could be the biggest blaze of all.

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Obviously Mini Emperorissimo Lim would be accorded his right to rebut after Miss Tan’s story was published in the nation’s largest English daily in circulation. However, he waived that privilege but instead summarily threatened The Star and Miss Tan for that piece.

The Malay Mail Online story:

Guan Eng threatens to sue The Star for ‘misleading report’

Sunday July 17, 2016
05:30 PM GMT+8

KUALA LUMPUR, July 17 — Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has directed his lawyers to send a notice of demand to The Star and its columnist Joceline Tan over an article he claimed to be defamatory.

Lim who is also DAP secretary-general said the piece titled “Snap Election for Penang?” published in the newspaper’s Sunday edition today which detailed an alleged discussion on snap polls in the northern state by his party’s central executive committee as recounted by an “insider” was a “false and misleading report”.

“I have instructed my lawyers to send a legal notice of demand for defamation against The Star and its columnist Joceline Tan for its false and misleading report today, ‘Snap election for Penang?’,” Lim said in a statement.

“Whilst there is nothing new with these repeated attempts to disrupt party unity and the Penang state government with serial lies, this column by Joceline Tan clearly ‘crossed the red line’ and was made in bad faith to smear my reputation and image with fresh and baseless allegations of impropriety,” he added.

However, the details of what Lim considered defamatory in Tan’s column were not mentioned.

Lim also stressed that it was not the first time he had been defamed by the daily and Tan, citing his past defamation suit against them in 2012 which was resolved with The Star publishing an apology.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/guan-eng-threatens-to-sue-the-star-for-misleading-report#sthash.zO2bYlBv.dpuf

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This is gross abuse of freedom of media, which is one of the right which the Opposition supposedly championing, in their quest to unseat Barisan Nasional for power.

Miss Tan’s analysis is a fair comment by any count, considering the series of reaction pfMini Emperorissimo and his DAP CEC staunchest supporters.

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All these could plotted, since the alleged corruption case of the 25 Jalan Pinhorn bungalow acquitsition was built up and tied to the Kg Manggis parcel rezoning and other development approvals.

This is nothing as compared to the criminal defamation Mini Emperorissimo Lim did to then Chief Minister of Melaka Tan Sri Abul Rahim Thamby Chik, where the former was convicted and incarcerated.

Imagine, this bully on highly respected political columnist Tan is without Mini Emperorissimo Lim and his DAP politburo have yet to assume power.

Tun Dr. Mahathir at arms with the Opposition, particularly his nemesis for 49 years Lim Kit Siang and DAP

Tun Dr. Mahathir at arms with the Opposition, particularly his nemesis for 49 years Lim Kit Siang and DAP

Miss Tan’s analysis on DAP through her column especially on the Sunday Star through the years is obvious that she, as expected  of a seasoned political journo, has her stream of moles even within DAP.

Her writings have proven to be a credible political analysis. It evidently clear that her column is very much awaited if not sought after by so many  politicians, political observers and critics alike, for umpteenth years.

The case on in criminal court play is hurting DAP. Many amongst Penangistes, who are the success factor to ascend a Johor Bahru-born DAP leader to the CM-ship of Penang, have now been made disappointed for this blatant abuse of power for personal greed.

Their sentiments are being alleviated through some of the DAP CEC members.

The Malaysian Outlook story:

DAP Splits Over Snap Election Poser in Penang

20th July 2016

Speculation has been rife that Penang’s ruling party, the DAP, would dissolved the 40-man legislative assembly to pave way for a snap state election.

It’s learnt that the DAP central executive committee (CEC) had decided in a meeting on Monday to postpone the triennially held party poll, due for this year, for another 18 months as a shielding move for the snap election.

By postponing it, a source said a faction in the party, tagged as ‘Team A’, wanted to ensure that Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng would continue as the party secretary-general until the next general election.

“By postponing the party CEC polls, Team A can get rid of all its enemies in the party’s candidature for the snap and general elections.

“This will ensure survival of the dynastic rule in DAP if Guan Eng goes to prison for corruption,” claimed the source.

DAP is counting on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to call for the general election next year rather than in 2018.

DAP’s grand plan to call for a snap state election however, has hit a snag.

PKR, its senior partner in the loose political marriage called Pakatan Harapan, has poured cold water on the hot plan following a party political bureau meeting on Tuesday.

After a lengthy deliberation during the meeting, PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said that the party was unimpressed with the reasons given to hold a snap election.

“PKR political bureau has taken a stand that we were not convinced with the objectives and directions to hold an emergency election,” she said in a brief statement released on Tuesday night.

But she said PKR would continue to deliberate on the issue with other coalition partners, Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) included.

PKR and DAP top guns are said to have discussed the matter in an earlier meeting.

The DAP is split right in the middle now, thanks to the graft charges brought against Guan Eng.

While Team A wants a stand-alone snap poll, another faction, labelled ‘Team B’, is dead against it.

Team B wants to get rid of Guan Eng as the chief minister, and subsequently as the secretary-general.

An insider said a group of seven top Penang DAP leaders held a closed door meeting to discuss about the political situation immediately after Guan Eng was detained by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) on Wednesday June 29.

In the meeting, a consensus is said was reached after much deliberation that Guan Eng had to relinquish his position as chief minister once he was charged the next day.

However, the plan is said was foiled by the timely arrival of DAP supremo and Guan Eng’s father Kit Siang and DAP action national chairman Tan Kok Wai in Penang on that night of arrest.

“The local leaders were ‘advised’ by the party seniors not to rock the boat,” said a branch leader.

The popular Chow Kon Yeow is being propelled by the Team B faction in DAP to become the next Penang Chief Minister.
The popular Chow Kon Yeow is being lobbied by the Team B faction in DAP to become the next Penang Chief Minister.
Team B wants the popular Penang DAP chairman and senior Executive Councillor Chow Kon Yeow to helm the DAP-led state government.

Of course Team A is against it, hence postponement of CEC election and the urgency to hold a snap state election.

A reliable source said Team A had outlined plans A and B to face a snap poll.

Plan A is to retain Guan Eng as the chief minister if DAP and its allies win the snap election as expected.

But, if Guan Eng was sent to jail over the corruption charges he faces now, Team A would appoint another person, not Chow, as the chief minister.

That Guan Eng’s successor will also be appointed as party secretary-general.

The name mooted here is DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke Siew Fook, the Seremban MP and Chennah assemblyman.

If this happens, Penang will have another outsider, this time from Negeri Sembilan, as the chief minister.

The state seat speculated to be presented to Anthony Loke is Tanjung Bungah, currently held by Teh Yee Cheu.

In March this year, Guan Eng had already appointed Anthony Loke, 39, as a director in Penang Hill Corporation (PHC), a state government-link company (GLC).

Tanjung Bungah is a state seat under the Bukit Bendera parliamentary constituency.

Team A is said to have toyed the idea in a secret meeting among its leaders after the CEC meeting on Monday.

DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke is speculated to take over as Penang Chief Minister.
DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke could take over as Penang Chief Minister.
Teh, alongside woman assemblymen Yap Soo Huey of Pulau Tikus and Lydia Ong Kok Fooi, are expected to be axed for the state election.

Also speculated to be dropped are current state executive councillors and assemblymen Phee Boon Poh of Sungai Puyu, Danny Law Heng Kiang of Batu Lanchang, Chong Eng of Padang Lalang and Lim Hock Seng of Bagan Jermal.

According to some internal survey, current public support for the DAP and Pakatan Harapan is favourably 52%, largely due to sympathy that Lim was a victim of selective persecution and prosecution, against 48% for Barisan Nasional (BN).

The DAP wants to capitalise on that public sentiment to regain Penang because the party believes support could erode if Guan Eng was imprisoned prior to the general election.

“If Guan Eng is jailed, the voters could be convinced that the DAP government may not be whiter than white as claimed by the party,” said an observer.

With PKR “unconvinced” and Team B rapidly canvassing grassroots backing for its plan, how Team A going to push for the snap election would be a beguiling political play.

Penangites are in for an exciting few weeks.

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This is not withstanding the uneasiness even dismay of many DAP staunchest supporters and leaders alike on the ‘partnership’ with the Chinese Chauvinist party nemesis of five decades in the ultra-Malay former UMNO President and Prime Minister.

Nevermind the future of this apparent not well thought through ‘Unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows’.

This bully is a manifestation of the attitude of Mini Emperorissimo Lim and DAP to hard handedness, in their approach to deal with critics when they are facing crisis.

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Malaysia’s own ‘Mr Justice Robert Jackson’ leading the charge. Just like in Nuremberg in 1946.

It is also reflective that the magnitude of the corruption case being brought down on him by Malaysia’s own ‘Mr Justice Robert Jackson’, is reaching worrying critical level.

If DAP is convincing enough that the case against their Secretary General as the Chief Minister of Penang is not at all criminal but politically motivated, then Miss Tan is right that a Snap State Election is ripe for the picking.

Half a century of nemesis now chumy-chumy: Let the Penang rakyat decide

Let the rakyat decide.

Then again, last night’s PKR’s stance is evidence that even their own spouse in the ‘Unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows’ for the past two electoral terms is not convinced, in different perspective of DAP’s strength and survivability in Penang.

Published in: on July 20, 2016 at 04:00  Leave a Comment  
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