Mukhriz: LGE no qualms about lying, for unscrupulous agenda

Lim Guan Eng: Busted!

Deputy Minister of International Trade and Industry Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir demanded that Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng also apologise to the whole of Malaysia, instead just to HRH Sultan of Johor. He questions the credibility of the Chinese Chauvinist DAP Secretary General and the immature but sinister political games that he played.

Mukhriz’s statement this evening in response to Lim’s apology nine hours earlier:

While its appropriate that Lim Guan Eng apologizes to DYMM Tuanku Sultan Johor & his subjects, he must also apologize to all Malaysians, for arrogantly stating that he said no such thing about Johor, only later to admit & apologize that he did. Lim’s threat to sue the media for incorrectly reporting that he had made disparaging remarks in an interview with an Australian radio station and his claim that the remarks were in fact “made privately in a closed-door session” with the Foreign Correspondents Association of Singapore are moot points and designed to divert the attention away from the main issues. Is it not an oxymoron to have a “private” session with the media that is not to be reported?

What the rakyat are disgusted about is the fact that Lim had denied he had rubbished Johor overseas when it was later proven irrefutedly that he did. Lim must not only apologise to the foreign journalists that he misled, but also to BN for his latest unfounded accusation that the so-called BN controlled media misrepresented him. His brand of politics gives the country a bad name.

Is this the governance he means when he talks about what great things DAP is doing for Penang? With this latest episode, the rakyat should be wary of all Lim’s statements as he has absolutely no qualms lying to further his unscrupulous agenda.

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Mukhriz made a remark against Lim when he refused to admit the statement and in fact resorted to lie instead. Her lied about Johor being a more dangerous place as compared to Penang. He lied about making that statement at the Singapore Foreign Correspondent Association luncheon.  He even attempted to lie but claiming  what he had said at the luncheon was a “Private conversation”.

Previously, Lim rubbished Mukhriz in capacity as the Deputy Minister MITI in a personal attack about the agenda of discluding Penang in his tour for investment and trade missions abroad. ‘Failure to bring in investment into Penang”, was Lim’s ‘best-defence-is-to-attack sordid political tactics, for his administration’s failure to convince not only new investors but retain existing investors in the state.

He obviously lied about his success to increase FDI for the past three and half years. Worse still, he manipulated facts and spin on how under BN, the whole industry eco-system was plannned, created, built, expanded and maintained to be conducive to what Penang is today.

Then again, what could we expect from someone who was once a convict and whose lie, landed him in jail.

Published in: on September 30, 2011 at 21:54  Comments (3)  

Malaysian Insider’s pants on fire

The Malaysian Insider's Jahabar Sadiq

A little over a month ago, former Malaysia Airlines Chairman Tan Sri Tajudin Ramli took online news portal The Malaysian Insider, the Chief Editor Jahabar Sadiq and writer Syazwan Mustafa Kamal to court. It was for spewing continuous lies that Tajudin aggregated a loss of RM 8 billion during his tenure. The amount of RM 200 million was the same record suit against a media company in Malaysia.

MI never substantiated their claims.

Malaysia Airlines is a plc. Its annual returns is readily available for public consumption. Through out Tajudin’s service in the national carrier, Malaysia Airlines only aggregated RM 908.4 million losses. Even that, was mainly attributable to loss of foreign exchange and the effect on currency attack during the Asian Financial Crisis 1997-8. In fact till March 1997, Malaysia Airlines were showing hefty profits.

Since MI vehemently refused to retract their 31 March 2011 piece“MACC clears AG on graft charges”, they had to face to suit when Tajudin’s lawyers presented to the courts in August. The RM 200 million suit was obviously over bearing for MI and Jahabar. Unless MI could come up with substantiate evidence to prove that Tajudin did make Malaysia Airlnes lost RM 8 billion, then it would be very tough battle for them to win this one. It was also said that former media Dark Lord Kalimullah “Riong Kali” Hassan tried to use his clout and ‘muscle his way around’ in his attempt to get Tajudin to let go of the suit.

So they did the right thing when one is most unlikely to win in a suit. It was believed that the lawyers went to talk to Tajudin’s.

It was said they managed to secure an agreement. MI was asked to publicly apologise to Tajudin on their unsubstantiated allegations. It is believed that part of the agreement, MI has to publish the apology in main stream newspapers.

Credibility of MI is undoubtably lost with this apology. In the same stroke, it vindicated all the lies been spewed against Tajudin even in the context of the Opposition trying to score on political points against the Government.

Then again, it is now fashionable for the Opposition to apologise when they lie. Unable to no longer hold his ‘lie’, Chief Minister of Penang did so late this morning to HRH Sultan of Johor.

Published: Friday September 30, 2011 MYT 1:30:00 PM
Updated: Friday September 30, 2011 MYT 1:57:36 PM

Guan Eng apologises to Johor Sultan

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has apologised to the Sultan of Johor for his alleged remarks on Johor’s deteriorating crime rate.

He made the apology at a press conference in Komtar at 1.10pm Friday.

Lim, however, did not admit making the statement and said he was still trying to locate the recording of what he said in Singapore.

“The Sultan of Johor, Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar, had said he was offended by the statement made by me against Johor.

“Out of respect to the Johor Sultan, I wish to fully apologised to the Johor Sultan and his subjects, the people of Johor. I have no intention whatsoever to discredit Johor or any other state,” he said.

Lim was alleged to have made the remarks at a Correspondents Club of Singapore luncheon last month.

It was reported that an alleged transcript of Lim’s speech, released on the Internet, quoted him as saying: “You don’t have to worry about your safety when you come to Penang. In Johor, if you are a Singaporean, you are likely to get kidnapped.”

Lim had said Thursday he was unsure if the remarks were made in a private capacity but denied saying so in his prepared speech text at the function.

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Lim should also apologise to Bernama and TV3. Like Datuk Rocky said this morning, “Siakap senohong, gelama ikan duri….”. These cases of MI and Lim had to apologise this weekend, aren’t they a good example of ‘reversal of fortune’?

Regardless, YB Salahuddin Ayub should beware. He could be next.

Published in: on September 30, 2011 at 16:04  Comments (11)  

Tuanku offended, LGE now throwing the ‘OSA card’ again?

DYMM Tuanku Sultan Ibrahim Ismail Ibni Almarhum Tuanku Sultan Iskandar, Sultan Johor dan Ketua Turus JMF

Yesterday, HRH Sultan Johor Tuanku Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar expressed his dismay of being offended by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s remark at a luncheon with Singapore Foreign Correspondent Association on 12 August. He broke protocol to state his displeasure, to the press.

Johor sultan: I’m offended

2011/09/30
Jassmine Shadiqe
news@nst.com.my
JOHOR BARU: Sultan of Johor Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar yesterday said he was offended by the disparaging remarks about the state allegedly made by Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng recently but added that as a ruler, he would stay above politics.

The sultan said politics should be left to politicians and the people should not be dragging rulers into politics.

“Yes, I was offended when I got to know about that statement, but I don’t want to react, because as a ruler, I shouldn’t be dragged into politics.
“Don’t speak for me. I am capable of doing it… I have the interests of my rakyat and also foreigners living in Johor at heart.”

Sultan Ibrahim also said Johor police under its chief, Datuk Mokhtar Shariff, had been entrusted with the security of the state and that he was doing his job.

He said this during an exclusive interview with the New Straits Times at his office here.
Lim had come under fire from numerous parties, who demanded that he apologise to the Sultan of Johor for his alleged statements made during a luncheon function in Singapore last month.

TV3, during its Buletin Utama prime time news on Monday night, had played an audio recording of a voice that was said to be Lim’s, making disparaging statements about the public security situation in Johor.

Lim was alleged to have said: “Penang was number one last year in terms of cutting crime by 27 per cent. For the first six months… also cut crime by another 25 per cent. Whereas in Johor, a Singaporean is likely to get kidnapped. Won’t have that problem when you come to Penang.”
Lim’s alleged statement was reportedly made while he was attending a luncheon organised by the Foreign Correspondents Association of Singapore on Aug 12.

Meanwhile, during the interview, Sultan Ibrahim also shared his plans for Johor.

Among them is to open Istana Bukit Serene once a year for the public to enjoy the scenic view from the palace, once the landscaping in the Danga Bay area was ready.

He said the date and the mechanism had yet to be determined, but the aim was to allow people to enjoy the state’s beauty and glory from the vantage point of the palace.

Sultan Ibrahim also said the stalls in Jalan Pantai Lido would be demolished and the traders moved.

“Pantai Lido will be a place where the rakyat can stroll and enjoy nature at its best without any inconveniences.”

Another “mess” that would be removed are the illegal stalls in the Stulang area here.

Sultan Ibrahim said these would be demolished and the traders moved to a better place where cars would no longer be parked haphazardly and cause traffic jams.

In Pontian, Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said Lim’s statement was disrespectful to his fellow leaders from other states.

He described Lim’s statement as irresponsible and unbecoming of a state leader.

“It is irresponsible and disrespectful when someone bad mouths the other states.

“This is not the Barisan Nasional way. I never said ‘Don’t go to Penang’ when I was the Johor menteri besar.”

On calls by Umno Youth urging Lim to apologise, Muhyiddin said it was the right thing to do.

“If Lim feels he has done wrong, then there is no harm in him apologising.”

Muhyiddin said Lim’s statement, which compared the crime rates between Johor and Penang, was inaccurate as statistics had shown that the crime rate in all states had dropped by 15 per cent.

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This was not the first time the Opposition displeased HRH Sultan Ibrahim. He issued titah murka against PKR last year. HRH Sultan Ibrahim even revoked PKR Vice President Chua Jui Meng’s DPMJ award.

The Mole which contacted the Penang Chief Minister’s Political Secrretary Zairil yesterday on his Boss’s statement in Singapore, refused to get co-operation to ‘set the record straight’.

Lim, who is Chinese Chauvinist DAP Secretary General cannot just dispute the episode by refusing to comment, just because “I haven’t heard the tapes”. The video footage on what he said is very clear on the statement which made Johoreans offended. In fact, the full transcript of what he said at the Singapore Foreign Correspondent Association has already been published here.

His lame excuse which was aired on NTV7 that, “It was a private conversation”.

How could that ‘conversation is private’ when he was there in the capacity of the Chief Minister of Penang with a scheduled itinerary and the Singapore FCA is an NGO representing the foreign press in the island?

Here is clearly busted, twice. He lied when Bernama published the report the first time few days ago and he is still lying now, when what should appear to be someone caught with his pants down. What more bluffs is Lim trying to play now? Use the Official Secrets Act wild card?

Then again, even though he is clearly in the wrong, he gets his guys to distort and spin the response. That is how the DAP Secretary General abuse and manipulate the practice of democracy.

Published in: on September 30, 2011 at 09:12  Comments (2)