The ‘Mini Melayu Tsunami’

PM Najib and DPM Muhyiddin at the press conference about the UMNO VP and MT results, in Putrajaya

PM Najib and DPM Muhyiddin at the press conference about the UMNO VP and MT results, in Putrajaya

Prime Minister Dato’ Srì Mohd. Najib Tun Razak lauded MB Kedah Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir’s attempt to earn a place as UMNO Vice President during nationwide party election yesterday, as “Encouraging performance”.

The Star story:

Published: Sunday October 20, 2013 MYT 9:52:00 PM
Updated: Sunday October 20, 2013 MYT 9:54:16 PM

Umno polls: Encouraging performance from Mukhriz, says Najib

PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir showed encouraging performance in Saturday’s contest for a vice-president post, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“Although he is new and announced rather late his intention to contest the post, he has shown that he has good support in the party,” said the Umno president.

Najib said the stiff contest between Mukhriz and incumbent Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who is also Defence Minister, was expected this time as the contest was open.

“When it was left to the grassroots members to choose, surely some popular leaders would be their choice, hence the stiff contest,” he told a news conference at the Palm Garden Golf Club, here.

He regarded the contest as healthy in Umno, a familial party.

A total of 146,500 delegates from 191 Umno divisions cast their votes under the electoral college system to pick the three vice-presidents.

Each candidate among the top three in terms of the number of votes garnered, received one vote from a division.

The official results for the vice-presidential contest announced early today, showed Hishammuddin getting a stiff fight from Mukhriz when they Shahrizat Abdul Jalil said Mukhriz’s attempt at wresting one of the three Umno vice-president posts showed his mettle as a young leader.

“Mukhriz has garnered convincing support from the grassroots members. He is one of the credible young leaders.

“His achievement in the contest is very noticeable and good as a young leader in his first attempt for the high post in Umno,” she told Bernama.

Puteri Umno chief Mas Ermieyati Samsudin hoped that no one would dispute the election results as the grassroots delegates had made their choice. – Bernama

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It is clear that Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak is proud which is illustrated him focusing on how UMNO is being transformed into a more democratised party with broader based number of members who are eligible to decide their leaders. And the process is done simultaneous across the country in 191 Parliamentary constituencies.

However, the seventh UMNO President was probably obtuse and missed the most important point that this result demonstrates; UMNO grassroot wanted a change and not status quo.

The fact is that Mukhriz obtained more popular votes than incumbent Vice President Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Hussein.

Considering that the latter has the advantage of being an incumbent, a Cabinet Minister in two Ministries and in the final round of campaigning struck ‘strategic alliances’ with Wanita and Pemuda, barely won the third placing in the race for UMNO Vice Presidency.

In some ways, UMNO failed this phase of the ‘Transformation Plan’.

Prime Minister Najib must be mindful of this very strong message.  It is part of the ‘writings on the wall’, as a precursor to 14GE. Failure to this would spell disaster for UMNO and eventually its demise as a mainstream champion for the Malays.

Even Fourth Prime Minister and a strong champion for the ‘Malay Agenda’ Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad strongly send the message that UMNO should listen to the aspiration and soundbites of the Malays and not just amongst themselves.

Mukhriz’s support of 54,315 grassroot votes in over 20,800 UMNO branches translated firmly through 91 divisions should be seen as a ‘Mini Malay Tsunami’.

*Updated Monday 21Oct2013 0700hrs

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‘Transformation Plan’, how?

Dulu, Kini dan Selamanya

Dulu, Kini dan Selamanya

The Chairman of UMNO 2013 Party Election Tan Sri Tajol Rosli Ghazali just announced the results of the top position after the contest.

President:                 Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak (not contested), 59 years old

Deputy President: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin (not contested), 66 years old

Vice Presidents:

Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (185 divisions), 60 years old

Dato’ Seri Ahmad Shafie Afdal (174 divisions), 56 years old

Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Hussein (100 divisions), 52 years old

Vice President posts (by default)

Wanita Head:           Dato’ Seri Shahrizat Abd. Jalil, 60 years old

Youth Head:             Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, 37 years old

Puteri Head:             Mas Ermieyati Samsuddin, 37 years old

Only one out of the eight posts had a change. Even that happened because the previous Puteri UMNO Head had to vacate the post due to statutory obligation as part of the party constitution that there is an age limit.

Everything else remained status quo.

The “Thirteen Million Plus Ringgit” question now is; What and how is the ‘Transformation Agenda’ for UMNO when there is hardly any top leadership change where as the Malay based Opposition parties are giving more room and opportunity for regeneration of its top leadership?

The addendum to that; What is UMNO ‘succession plan’? How is the nationalist party able to remain relevant to continue the struggle of the Malay Agenda of “Aliff Baa Taa”, without a proper strategy for future top leadership?

A party of 3.4 million members cannot tweak their way through time and worry about the river when they reach at the bridge. Probably it that worked well the past 67 years but soon, for UMNO to remain relevance simply cannot be left to chance.

The fact is that by 14 GE or there abouts, the President would be 63 years old, Deputy President 70 years old and all the Vice Presidents would be 64, 60 and 56 years old respectively.

Conservatism that UMNO stand for is not about the fact that the nationalist party is a ‘Grand Old Party’ by and for old people. That is the fundamental of the struggle that lead to the birth of the nation and her spirit and soul, which reflected in the Constitutional Monarchy system, Federal Constitution and value system and practice of the Malaysian society.

Yes, now that the contest is done all of us should close in the ranks and work together as a party. After all, in a few days time BN got to face PAS in the Sungai Limau by-election with the recent passing of former PAS MB of Kedah Tan Sri Azizan Abdul Razak.

However, the baton of leadership should be passed after a proper planning and grooming. This is to ensure the party struggle is affirmed of its continuity. It is an assurance that the ‘Transformation’ is being carried through in the right direction, for the right reasons.

How, now?

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UMNO President Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak responded to the ‘Transformation Agenda of UMNO’ question.

Transformation of Umno and Malaysia still on track, Najib insists

BY LEE SHI-IAN
OCTOBER 20, 2013

Najib gestures to the media during a press conference in Putrajaya, today. He expressed confidence that the newly-elected Umno leaders can work as a team to transform Umno and Malaysia. - The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, October 20, 2013.Najib gestures to the media during a press conference in Putrajaya, today. He expressed confidence that the newly-elected Umno leaders can work as a team to transform Umno and Malaysia. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Nazir Sufari, October 20, 2013.Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak today insisted that the party’s transformation was on track although the same leaders retained the party’s top five positions after yesterday’s polls.

“It is not a necessity for the present batch of Umno leaders to be replaced in order to transform the party. The current Umno team has the calibre and talent to bring about transformation,” he said.

Najib acknowledged that the party’s leadership, including newly elected vice-presidents Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal and Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, have a lot to live up to.

“We carry the hopes and expectations of the party members who cast their votes for us. We have a national and party agenda which we are expected to deliver upon,” he said.

Najib was confident that the leaders who had won would be able to work as a team to transform Umno and Malaysia.

He said at a press conference at the IOI Golf Resort in Putrajaya that the election had been conducted smoothly.

“Now that we have settled the issue of party elections, it is time to continue with transforming the party and the country. There is a lot of work to be done,” the Prime Minister said.

He rubbished rumours that the 150,000 Umno members nationwide had been instructed to maintain the status quo of the party’s leadership, saying,  “It is a quite impossible feat even for me to influence the 150,000 members nationwide and get them to vote for what I want instead of letting them choose on their own.”

On the tussle between Hishammuddin and Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, Najib said the fierce fight was expected.

“These are two popular individuals and politicians, obviously the support garnered by both men was nothing less than expected.

“In any election, there will never be a result which will satisfy all parties. There will always be winners and losers in any election.”

However, he praised Umno members for their maturity in making their choices. He also cautioned those who had won not to be arrogant or complacent.

Najib said he would be discussing the issue of making special appointments to the Umno supreme council with party deputy president and Deputy Premier Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

“It is within my discretion as party president to make special appointments and there are a few talented professionals whom I will be evaluating,” he said, declining to elaborate. – October 20, 2013.

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Prime Minister Najib said “It is not a necessity. The current Umno team has the calibre and talent to bring about transformation”.

However, he completely missed the most important point.  Probably Prime Minister Najib has been obtuse and been looking inwards on each of the top leadership that will be closest to him for the party. Naturally, these leaders would ‘circle their wagon’ around him.

It is not about calibre and talent but perception. It is actually a matter of faith, integrity and credibility. A few of the current Vice Presidents voted in are of doubtful integrity and credibility and majority of the rakyat see them as nothing but ‘Tainted’ and even ‘Corrupt’.

A serious problem of perception also plagued Vice President Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

19 October 2013| last updated at 06:37PM

UMNO ELECTION 2013: Hishammuddin regrets being labelled a ‘weak leader’

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KLUANG — Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, who is defending his vice-president’s post in Umno today, has expressed regret at being labelled a weak leader by certain quarters.

The Defence Minister who is also Acting Transport Minister, said the presumption was baseless and ill-intentioned.

“I am far from being weak. If I am, the country would already be in chaos. I would not have been able to initiate the amendment to the party’s constitution.

“I would not have sustained for five years in the Home Ministry or be part of the 13th general election or the party election today,” he said at the Sembrong Umno division delegates’ meeting at Sekolah Menengah Sains Sembrong, here.

Hishammuddin said it was easy for others to point fingers at him, thus it was necessary for him to provide a justification for the delegates to appreciate his contributions.

He said, as someone who was on the right track, he was confident of thedelegates’ absolute support for him.

He said, as someone who was on the right track he was confident of the delegates’ absolute support for him.

“When the intrusion in Lahad Datu, Sabah happened, I temporarily relocated there with my family for three weeks to ensure that the security there remained intact,” he revealed.

Meanwhile, Hishammuddin’s eldest daughter Nasya Alyssa, 24, despite being seven months’ pregnant came to the centre to express support for her father.

She arrived with her husband Muhd Anas Zawawi Khalid, 26, mother Datin SeriTengku Marsilla Tengku Abdullah and younger brother Faris Hussein.

Hishammuddin in a light moment shared with the 481 delegates that he could not wait to become a grandfather. — BERNAMA

Read more: UMNO ELECTION 2013: Hishammuddin regrets being labelled a ‘weak leader’ – Latest – New Straits Timeshttp://www.nst.com.my/latest/font-color-red-umno-election-2013-font-hishammuddin-regrets-being-labelled-a-weak-leader-1.379993#ixzz2iFq0Yw3l

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It is disturbing when the UMNO President and Prime Minister completely missed the plot, for his own preferential personalities in the party top echelon. UMNO has also been seen as no longer focused to champion the Malay issues and agenda.

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Here comes the dirty trick

The heat of the race for UMNO Vice Presidency went into over drive when rumours with malice intent got its way to be reported in pro-Opposition news portal. Riong Kali’s news portal erroneously reported this story laced with definite malice to smear MB Kedah Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir’s good name and clean image in this contest.

Mukhriz raises the stakes in VP race with 1.2m SMS blast plus “windfall” for party branches – sources

BY MD IZWAN AND MOHD FARHAN DARWIS
OCTOBER 18, 2013

Mukhriz is putting in some aggressive measures in the final day of campaigning for the VP race in the Umno polls tomorrow. The Malaysian Insider pic, October 18, 2013.

Mukhriz is putting in some aggressive measures in the final day of campaigning for the VP race in the Umno polls tomorrow. The Malaysian Insider pic,

October 18,  2013.Umno vice-president hopeful Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir has revved up his campaign by sending out an estimated 1.2 million SMS appealing to Umno delegates to vote for him and, if his critics are to be believed, is handing out the cash too.

Party insiders and his supporters said the Kedah Menteri Besar still has a good chance to win despite ground reports and his father, influential former Umno president Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad suggesting he may not stand a chance as he was not among those endorsed by the leadership.

“His machinery is going around the country wooing younger Umno supporters,” said a grassroots leader familiar with Mukhriz’s campaign officials.

The leader also told The Malaysian Insider money or “hujan emas” (windfall) will hit the divisions and branch members.

“From the information we received, since this morning, Mukhriz’s machinery had gone all over the country,” he said but refused to reveal the amount distributed to delegates.

Some 146,000 delegates will be voting for new office-bearers tomorrow in an “electoral college” system following amendments to the party’s constitution in 2009.

However, the grassroots leader cautioned that the new voting system will not guarantee a win to any candidate.

“For one, we have a bigger group of delegates voting. They might openly agree with their division chiefs on who to vote but we don’t know who they’ll subsequently vote for at the end of the day,” he said.

A Johor division leader confirmed Mukhriz’s supporters were campaigning more aggressively since this morning.

“They are actively wooing delegates, especially the young,” he said.

Besides Mukhriz, the other contenders for the three vice-president spots are Felda chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Samad and former Malacca chief minister Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam.

They will be facing off incumbents Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal and Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Although it is hard to predict Mukhriz’s chances, party sources said about 80,000 of the delegates comprised youths and Mukhriz will have a good chance of winning if he manages to get 50% of the support from this group. – October 18, 2013.

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Mukhriz vehemently denied that his campaign machinery issued such SMS.

“I categorically deny what was reported both in English and Malay and demand The Malaysian Insider retract the story. I suspect The Malaysian Insider have ill intent by publishing the story and has somewhat tarnished my image as someone who uphold integrity in all that I do”, said when contacted.

“If The Malaysian Insider does not publish an open apology and retract the story by 1000am by tomorrow, then I will not hesitate to take legal action against them”.

This dirty trick is expected since Mukhriz’s popularity amongst the UMNO grassroots increase by the day, across the board. It has been demonstrated from the reception that he receives in all ‘Meet The Candidates’ sessions all over the country in the past two weeks.

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A senior political analyst of an English daily remarked that findings from sources Mukhriz ran a clean campaign and at the moment is ranked one of the favourites for one of the three Vice President posts.

Sources amongst grassroot delegates in Johor and Sabah who would be voting tomorrow, two of states with the most UMNO Divisions and members, favoured Mukhriz as one of the three Vice Presidents even though he did not have the opportunity to meet with them in his whirlwind campaign.

It is in the direct interest of some UMNO leaders to see that Mukhriz does not succeed as  one of the three UMNO Vice Presidents. It is not a surprise if they resort to deploying dirty tactics like falsifying information such as in this TMI story and work with pro-Opposition news portal to achieve their goal.

Screenshot of TMI's false report about Mukhriz Mahathir's the night before D-Day

Screenshot of TMI’s false report about Mukhriz Mahathir’s the night before D-Day

Published in: on October 19, 2013 at 00:01  Comments (33)  

The bigger man

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Two whole days have passed by; so many still quiz amongst themselves “Who the hell is she?”. Despite her baseless scathing ambush towards Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir which was published by NST on the day after Hari Raya Haji and made so many perturbed, the smiley Menteri Besar Kedah demonstrated his kindness as reaction towards her.

18 October 2013| last updated at 12:24AM

Mukhriz takes veteran’s ‘advice’ in stride

By A. AZIM IDRIS | news@nst.com.my
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VICE-PRESIDENT CONTEST: He says he has the credentials after working his way up from bottom

PUTRAJAYA: DATUK Mukhriz Mahathir said yesterday he was not offended by Umno veteran Datuk Rahmah Abdul Hamid’s criticism on his decision to contest for the vice-president post.

Addressing Rahmah, 81, as “aunty”, Mukhriz said he respected her opinion about his candidature.

Rahmah, who is the mother of Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, had on Tuesday expressed disappointment at Mukhriz’s decision to contest.

Her remarks had become a hot topic of discussion in cyberspace, with many criticising her for not being fair to Mukhriz. However, the Kedah menteri besar insisted that he was not at all offended and accepted Rahmah’s perspective because he had known her well at a personal level.

“Well, I respect her for her opinion because I have known Aunty Rahmah for a long time.

“When I was studying in Japan for five years, she had helped me and hosted me at her home many times. So I have nothing but the upmost respect for her,” he said after holding a closed-door meeting with Selangor Umno delegates at a hotel near here yesterday.

Rahmah’s late husband, Datuk Jamaluddin Abu Bakar, was a diplomat.

Mukhriz, nonetheless, said he believed that contrary to Rahmah’s opinion, he did possess the credentials to be an Umno vice-president.

“I think I did go through the whole process as I started as deputy branch chief in Jitra, Kedah, and tried my best to win the Umno youth chief post in Kubang Pasu, which I lost.

“But then, I became an Umno Youth executive committee member with the highest votes before offering myself for the Youth chief position, which I also lost.”

Mukhriz, who is the youngest son of former Umno president Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, said his active participation in the party was only noticed in the past decade because his father had disallowed his children from being involved in the party while he was helming it.

“My brother Mokhzani and I found ourselves unable to work our way through the party ranks when our father was president of Umno. So, I guess it is not really my fault. But I accept her (Rahmah’s) criticism well and will try my best to improve from there on.”

Read more: Mukhriz takes veteran’s ‘advice’ in stride – General – New Straits Timeshttp://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/mukhriz-takes-veteran-s-advice-in-stride-1.378647#ixzz2i29UvtjR

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Rahmah Abdul Hamid clearly gave her views without having due thought through process  and proper referencing because Mukhriz in a short puff of breadth standing after the ‘Meet the Delegates’ event in Putrajaya yesterday, shot her points down gently and politely for the gross inaccuracy.

In August 2004, Mukhriz was voted as UMNO Youth Exco with the highest votes. As an UMNO Youth Exco, BN featured him as the candidate for PAS controlled Jerlun Parliamentary seat  in 8 March 2008 12GE and won, with an increased majority.

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In March 2009, he lost his bid for UMNO Youth Chief post in a three cornered fight against then UMNO Youth Vice Chief Khairy Jamaluddin and former MB Selangor Dato’ Seri Dr Mohd. Khir Toyo. Despite failure to succeed in the contest, a few weeks later he was lined up as Deputy Minister of MITI in Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s first Cabinet.

In the recently concluded 13GE, again Mukhriz was put against another test when he opted to contest in the Air Hitam DUN seat where PAS won in the 12GE instead for a ‘sfaer seat’. This is despite the fact that Prime Minister Najib already sounded out to him that he is supposed to lead the BN charge in Kedah and if they succeed, he is the Prime Minister’s choice for the Menteri Besar.

UMNO Kedah Liaison Chief Dato' Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir

UMNO Kedah Liaison Chief Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir

Mukhriz lead a very successful campaign in Kedah. Not only BN wrested the Kedah State Government from PAS, BN Kedah’s contribution to the Dewan Rakyat increased by 150% from 4 in 12GE to 10 in 13GE. In reality, UMNO Kedah helped to strengthen UMNO’s standing when the State Liaison contributed 60% of the increased 10 UMNO seats in Dewan Rakyat.

Rahmah actually contradicted herself  when he was quoted by NST by saying  “Umno works religiously from ground to the top and if you have not spent time building the party or being a coolie, then you will not understand the sentiments of party members”.

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The fact that it is her son Khairy Jamaluddin who did not work his way up through party vines. When Khairy was brought into UMNO Youth Education Bureau in 2000, he was given the leg up and made the secretary not because he qualified or had the relevant experience but he was then Special Officer to Deputy Prime Minister in Home Ministry.

When Khairy wanted to challenge for the UMNO Youth Vice Chief post in 2004, the powers that be then manipulated their way to ensure that high potential competitors such as then MT UMNO members Dato’ Azimi Daim and Dato’ Mohd. Norza last minute withdrew from the race.

Mukhriz in his own right and limited space, time and resources already proven himself to be a strategic leader and achieved way above average results. His stance, strategic plan and role in Prime Minister Najib’s ‘Transformation Agenda’ is also very clear.

It is time for the 146,500 UMNO delegates to decide. Probably it is worthy to consider Mukhriz for the strategic post of UMNO Vice President based on the principles and value system that he upholds, achievements and strategic plans. Lets not deny the fact that he is also very popular amongst the Non UMNO folks too. After all, they make up for the mandate which UMNO enjoyed since 1955.

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Tak kenal, maka tak cinta

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FELDA settlers make Police report

NST 17 October 2013

NST 17 October 2013

A group of FELDA settlers and shareholders of FELDA Global Ventures Holdings Bhd. (FGV) made a Police report yesterday in Slim River. This is regarding the issue about the announcement of former FGV CEO Tan Sri Sabri Ahmad’s so called ‘resignation’ from BoD of FGV and MSM, as per made through Bursa Malaysia website on 29 August 2013.

The Police report is made based on the posting on this blog, which drew nationwide attention.

Announcement of resignation of Tan Sri Sabri Ahmad from BoD of FGV made through Bursa Malaysia website, 29 Aug 2013

Announcement of resignation of Tan Sri Sabri Ahmad from BoD of FGV made through Bursa Malaysia website, 29 Aug 2013

These diehard FELDA supporters have asked the Police to investigate on the matter which appeared for public knowledge in this blog. FGV announced through Bursa Malaysia website on 29 August 2013 about Sabri’s resignation due to “Personal commitments elsewhere”.

Isa Samad's letter to Sabri Ahmad informing of the "Cessation as BoD member of FGV and MSM" dated 2 Sept 2013

Isa Samad’s letter to Sabri Ahmad informing about the “Cessation as BoD member of FGV and MSM” dated 2 Sept 2013

However, FGV Chairman Tan Sri Isa Samad only wrote to Sabri informing him about being “Ceased as a director of FGV, MSM, FGV Biotechnologies and Global Green Fuel” in a letter dated 2 September 2013 and requested that the latter to sign the resignation letters from the BoD of each aforementioned companies.

Something is definitely amiss here.

If found guilty of false disclosure or announcement to authority exchanges such as Bursa Malaysia, under Section 122B of Securities Industry Act stated that the maximum penalty of RM3 million fine and/or 10 years jail.

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Who is she, again?

Rahmah Abdul Hamid

Rahmah Abdul Hamid

The upcoming race for Supreme Council seats in the current UMNO party election, media gave a lot of coverage for too many personalities to have their say in how and why the 146,500 delegates representing the 20,800 branches who would be voting for the 191 UMNO divisions this Saturday.

16 October 2013| last updated at 12:15AM

‘Choose competent leaders’

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EXPERIENCE COUNTS: They must heed needs of all races

Umno veterans say delegates who will be voting in the party election on Saturday should select vice-presidents and  leaders who are incorruptible and all-rounders.

They want the three vice-president posts to be given to candidates who have “climbed the ropes” and are well-versed with party affairs.

Umno Veterans Club secretary Datuk Mustapha Yaakub said the vice-presidents’ posts should be occupied by candidates who were prepared to work at any level.

“The delegates must choose leaders who are clean; free from corruption, have not misused funds, or been involved in any sex scandals.

“Reject candidates who are unscrupulous and are only out to seek a place in the supreme council for personal interests.”

This was what party president and prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak meant by a political transformation, he said.

Umno’s top leadership must be made up of those who understood the needs of the rakyat, he said, pointing out that come the next general election, the party would also have to gain support from non-Malay voters.

“If there is no such change, Umno will lose the support of the people. The party will cease to remain relevant,” he warned, reminding Umno members that the party’s fate was in their hands.

Outgoing Johor Umno liaison committee secretary Datuk Ahmad Zahri Jamil felt the top echelons in Umno should comprise personalities who had a thorough understanding of how to manage the country.

“Umno is a party that looks after Malay affairs, but as stated in the Constitution, the rest of the population must also be looked after.

“It is, therefore, imperative that the next leadership, especially the vice-presidents and the supreme council members, hold good qualifications and are able to represent the people.”

Ahmad Zahri, 64, advised voters to look at the backgrounds of the contenders vying for the relevant posts in the election before casting their ballots.

“This year’s party election serves as a true test of the democratisation process for Umno,” he said, stressing that delegates must make full use of their vote to ensure that the candidates they selected had proven leadership qualities.

Veteran Datuk Rahmah Abdul Hamid, 81, has found “experience” an important factor to consider when choosing the right candidate.

“Anybody looking to be elected into office should have served the party, starting out at the lower ranks,” she said, while voicing her disappointment at the entrance of Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir into the vice-presidency race.

“While I have nothing against him, I feel that Mukhriz has been pushed far too quickly up the ranks. He has not even served as division leader yet.

“Umno works religiously from ground to the top and if you have not spent time building the party or being a coolie, then you will not understand the sentiments of party members.”

She said Mukhriz should instead spend his time focusing on Kedah and get accepted by the people there first.

She pointed out that, in contrast, incumbent vice-president (Datuk Seri) Hishammuddin Hussein had his foot on the ground and knew the party’s ins and outs.

“He has been the Umno youth chief before, and he has moved up the ladder in a proper way, being groomed by the party.”

She also gave credit to vice-presidential candidates Tan Sri Isa Samad and Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, saying both had their share of experience.

Read more: ‘Choose competent leaders’ – General – New Straits Timeshttp://www.nst.com.my/nation/general/choose-competent-leaders-1.376936#ixzz2hrwxOhuG

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Some of the personalities quoted here earned their stripes having served at least Ketua Bahagian UMNO post. Like Dato’ Ahmad Zahri Jamil, who was also Johor Government civil servant JCS officer turned State Exco and a right hand man when Dato’ Abdul Ghani Othman was the Meneteri Besar Johor.

But who the hell is this Rahmah Abdul Hamid?

What qualification does she has and/or earned, to voice her “Dissapointment against Dato’ Paduka Mukhriz Mahathir”?

The fact is that Mukhriz was Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s choice to learn the onslaught to recapture Kedah just before 13GE and delivered Kedah back into BN’s fold very successfully. Prime Minister Najib also named Mukhriz as the next MB Kedah during the 13GE campaign if and when BN returns to power in a state where two previous UMNO Presidents and Prime Ministers hailed from.

Probably Rahmah is too old or oblivion to analyse simple facts but Mukhriz provided the necessary qualification for ‘BN’s election battle experience’. Out of the increase of 9 UMNO’s seat in Dewan Rakyat of the current 13th Parliament, UMNO Kedah under Mukhriz’s watch and battle command contributed six.

Probably Rahmah should look at her own son Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar first before shooting her mouth. Not only Khairy never schooled in this country, he never had any relevant working experience before he was appointed Special Officer to the Home Minister in 1999. Yet by 2004, he was appointed Deputy Chief of Staff in the Prime Minister’s Office.

The fact is that Khairy Jamaluddin only worked under the concept of gainfully paid employment for a mere 69 months at the most. It is almost impossible for anyone to worked that little, could have a saving to buy a decent car, let alone a property in Damansara Heights.

Let’s not go to where someone who has very little and minimal relevant work experience, was able to subscribe almost thirteen million ECM Libra shares by Mid 2006 and appointed Executive Director to the stockbroker which then just earned the universal stockbroking license from SC to be an investment bank. That scandal is still a mystery till present day.

Rahmah’s track record in UMNO is unclear. The fact that her name does not catch on even after a while is the perfect illustration she is someone who is not known to be linked to the party. Her capability to analyze politics is also doubtful.

Who the hell is she again, to say something like that to the press?

Published in: on October 16, 2013 at 15:30  Comments (41)  

Violating the Rulers’ Will

The day two million Muslims give their ultimate submission to Allah s.w.t. at the Wuquf congregation in Arafah is the day their Muslim borthers and sisters in Malaysia hold their breadth for deep prayers, as His Majesty’s Court of Appeal decides on the ‘kalimah Allah’ case.

Riong Kali news portal take on the subject matter:

“Allah” issue set to test Malaysia, regardless if Herald wins or loses tomorrow

BY LEE SHI-IAN
OCTOBER 13, 2013

Whatever the outcome of tomorrow’s ruling on whether the Roman Catholic Church can use the word “Allah” in its weekly publication the Herald, it will definitely impact Malaysia and the international community, said PAS central committee member Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa (pic).

Mujahid said no matter what the Court of Appeal decides, politicians will continue to raise the issue and Islamist parties like PAS will be tested in its call for the freedom of faith.

“Malays will be tested in their pursuit of defending Islam but at the same time complying with Article 11 of the Federal Constitution, where the freedom of faith is protected,” he told the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

Mujahid added that the theory that Christians proselytise Muslims will increase and they will be seen as the enemy of Islam.

The Parit Buntar MP said there were several issues which the appellate court would take into consideration, including Islam as the religion of the state and multi-racial dynamics.

He felt that the influence of the ruling party, Umno, may play a part.

“The issue also covers the freedom of the press, as Catholics were banned from using the word ‘Allah’ in their publication The Herald. But the High Court ruled that the ban was contradicting the notion of freedom, despite the publication being limited to Christians only,” WSJ reported Mujahid as saying.

“However, I think that the issue was given such a highlight for the purpose of political gain instead of exploring a brighter future in interfaith relations.

“Both Umno and PAS will be forced to play the racial and religious card for the purpose of wooing voters.

“But both parties also need to handle it more maturely because their actions will affect the interfaith and racial fabric of the country,” added Mujahid, who had visited almost 30 churches in his quest to promote interfaith dialogue.

He pointed to Somalia and Myanmar as examples where tragic acts of violence had been committed in the name of religion, which only ended up depicting a negative image of religion.

Dr Mujahid said politicians must find the political will to condemn citizens who use faith to promote violence and hatred among Malaysians.

The Court of Appeal ruling due to be delivered tomorrow is the result of a lower court judgement in 2009 which ruled that the Catholic Church had the constitutional right to use the word Allah in the Bahasa Malaysia editions of the Herald.

In early 2010, the same court ordered the Herald not to use the word while the government appealed the decision.

Last month, the Catholic Church argued before the appellate court that it should be allowed to use the word as it had been used for centuries by Malay-speaking Christians.

The government argued that the restriction on the use of the word was not in bad faith as it had been done from the internal security and public order aspect.

The government also argued that the word was specific to Muslims.

The Wall Street Journal reported that observers, including Dr Patricia Anne Martinez, feel tomorrow’s decision will go against the Herald, partly due to the current political climate.

Martinez, a Malaysian scholar of Islam who is a practising Catholic, said Umno had been using Islam for political mileage.

“There has been a lot widespread negative publicity about the use of the word ‘Allah’ and the Herald case,” she told WSJ, noting that Umno had also raised the issue while campaigning in the 13th general election in May to show it was championing the Islamic cause.

Muslim Lawyers Association vice-president Azril Amin said they were not oppressing non-Muslims nor were they stopping them from practicing their religion.

Azril, a lawyer representing the Federal Territory Islamic Religious Council, said the government’s argument was that the proper use of the word Allah should be reserved for Muslims.

Editor of the Herald Father Lawrence Andrew said that he was not tired or worn down by the long legal battle. He said when justice is denied, tiredness is not a factor because you have to consider the commitment you have for the good of the people.

“We are just stating what is in Article 11 of the Federal Constitution, which says we have the right to worship and to manage our religious affairs. So, therefore, we are basically fighting for religious freedom,” the WSJ quoted Father Lawrence as saying. – October 13, 2013.

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The fact is that there is no such test. Suggesting otherwise is a depiction of the person’s failure to understand history of this nation in its current form and laws enacted and in place, was given birth to. By far, it is also a failure to comprehend the Federation of Malaysia Constitution.

This is not withstanding inadequacy to understand the principles and practices of norms and value system of the Malaysian society, particularly the Malays who are the majority.

Christian Federation of Malaysia challenging the use of ‘Kalimah Allah’ in depiction of God is nothing but a sinister agenda because it is about making the bible in Malay available to the Malays in Semenanjung. To use ‘Allah’ in depiction of God is to confuse the Malays, who already accustomed to Allah s.w,t.

Article 3.1 & 3.2 of the Federal Constitution

Article 3.1 & 3.2 of the Federal Constitution

The Federal Constitution is very clear. Islam is enshrined not only as the religion of the Federation of Malaysia but positioned in Article 3 of Part 1, where Islam has been definitive characteristic of this nation, along with other the name, states, territories and the supreme law.

Despite the Federal Constitution allow the freedom in practice of faith other than Islam, that liberty is bordered only to Non Muslims. This is defined clearly in Article 11(4).

These and the provision for Syariah Law and Court, formed part of the Treaty of Persekutuan Tanah Melayu inked on 21 January 1948 between HRH Rulers and High Commissioner Sir Edward Gent representing His Majesty King George VI. This is the treaty that replaced the Malayan Union and became fundamental basis when the Federal Constitution was drafted by the Commission headed by Lord Reid for the Kemerdekaan and the birth of the new and sovereign nation on 31 August 1957.

HRH Malay Rulers, UMNO representataives, Menteri Menteri Besar and British High Commissioner at the Federation of  Tanah Melayu Treaty, inked on 21 Jan 1948 at King's House, Kuala Lumpur

HRH Malay Rulers, UMNO representataives, Menteri Menteri Besar and British High Commissioner at the Federation of Tanah Melayu Treaty, inked on 21 Jan 1948 at King’s House, Kuala Lumpur

The position of Islam as the Religion of the Federation is one of the conditions when HRH Rulers agreed that upon achieving Merdeka, this nation would be ruled by the rakyat in a democratic system of Constitutional Monarchy. Suggesting otherwise in any form or connotation is simply violating HRHs’ will.

Simply put, that is durhaka. Professing it further to a point of serious contention, manipulation grossly out of context and provocation is just seditious.

Especially when one of HRH already pronounced in his titah that “Allah is exclusively for Muslims and Non Muslims are prohibited from using the sacred word”, earlier this year.

The Malay NGOs showing the support, outside the Palace of Justice in August

The Malay NGOs showing the support, outside the Palace of Justice in August

It is wrong for someone like Martinez to suggest that UMNO used to the ‘kalimah Allah’ issue for political mileage in the 13GE campaign. UMNO as a nationalist party had been struggling for Islam as part of the definitive component of the Malays, ever since the incorporation of the party as the amalgamation and consolidation of 29 Malay NGOs in May 1946.

UMNO was an integral part of the series of consultation and negotiations between HRH Rulers and British High Commissioner since 1947, to replace the Malayan Union.

Al Kitab; The Malay bible

Al Kitab; The Malay bible

In a nation where a Malay has been defined by the Federal Constitution, the Malays comprises of over 60% of Malaysians. The Malays have tolerated and accommodated Christianity since 500 years ago and had no issues to live together with the Christians in a typical Malaysian community. The Malays have respected the Christians and Christianity.

This is because all along Christianity had been professed only to the Non Malays and the scriptures and literatures have been made available and freely in their mother languages and/or English only.

However, lately it has become a nuisance to that societal equilibrium when Malay bibles have been made available in Malay communities in Semenanjung. Adding insult to that, there have been Christian activists prosetylising the Malays.

That is not acceptable.

All of these facts would just aggregate that the sense of respect and the values of togetherness fostered as defined by the principles of Rukun Negara have been violated. These violations are not mere tests but more of provocation and making the situation aggravated, when the matter is taken to the courts for a legal tussle.

These provocations and insults of Islam and value system of the Malays would simply translate to the same moves against HRH Rulers. HRH Rulers are absolute figureheads as enshrined by the Federal Constitution and respective State Constitution on matters pertaining to Islam and Malay traditions and heritage.

*Updated 1115hrs

The Federal Constitution prevailed. Court of Appeal unanimously decided that Home Minister acted appropriately four years ago.

Published: Monday October 14, 2013 MYT 9:54:00 AM
Updated: Monday October 14, 2013 MYT 10:37:05 AM

Govt wins appeal, Herald banned from using word ‘Allah’ over public safety

BY QISHIN TARIQ

PUTRAJAYA: Catholic weekly The Herald will not be allowed to use the word “Allah” to refer to the Christian God, ruled the Court of Appeal.

The panel, lead by Justice Mohamed Apandi Ali, overturned a High Court decision and unanimously ruled Monday in favour of the Government’s appeal, saying that the minister had not acted in any way that required a judicial review.

The court also found that there had been sufficient material considered by the minister in taking action under the Printing and Publications Act 1984.

Thus the panel set aside all orders made by the Kuala Lumpur High Court in conjunction with its allowing the Church’s judicial review back in 2009, with no order as to cost.

The three-member panel, which also included Justices Mohd Zawawi Salleh and Abdul Aziz Abdul Rahim, each prepared their own judgements, though Justice Mohamed Apandi read a brief summary, saying the full judgement was over 100 pages long.

“Our common finding that the usage of Allah is not an integral part of the Christian faith. We cannot find why the parties are so adamant on the usage of the word,” he said.

The panel found that such usage of the word would cause confusion and that in the interest of public safety, the court chose to grant the Government’s appeal.

“The welfare of an individual or group, must yield to the interest of society at large,” said Justice Mohamed Apandi, adding that this should be read alongside the constitutional freedom of religion.

Senior federal counsel Suzanna Atan represented the Government, while lawyers Porries Royan and Annou Xavier acted as counsel for the Church.

Annou told reporters that they will only be able to confirm in several days time if the Church would appeal to the Federal Court.

The Home Ministry and Government were appealing against the Dec 31, 2009 High Court decision in allowing the church’s judicial review to lift the Ministry’s ban on the use of the word “Allah” in The Herald to refer to the Christian god.

On July 9, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Kuala Lumpur had filed an application to the strike out the Government’s appeal although it was later unanimously denied by another Court of Appeal panel.

The church, led by Archbishop Murphy Pakiam, had filed the judicial review on Feb 16, 2009, naming the Home Ministry and the Government as respondents.

They sought, among others, a declaration that the decision by the Home Ministry on Jan 7, 2009, prohibiting the use of the word ‘Allah’ in The Herald was illegal and that the word ‘Allah’ is not exclusive to the religion of Islam.

The weekly, published in four languages, has been using the word ‘Allah’ as a translation for ‘God’ in its Malay-language section, but the Government argued that ‘Allah’ should be used exclusively only by Muslims.

Published in: on October 14, 2013 at 01:30  Comments (25)  

Wings clipping the vessel

Though expected, the dreaded outcome eventually prevailed and confirmed. UMNO Wanita and Pemuda delegates through the newly introduced ‘electoral college system’ voted the ‘tainted’ and ‘Neo Con Trojan Horse’ back in.

Published: Sunday October 13, 2013 MYT 12:46:00 AM
Updated: Sunday October 13, 2013 MYT 12:53:28 AM

Umno polls: Liberal, progressive agenda has prevailed, says Khairy

BY RAHIMY RAHIM AND RASHVINJEET S.BEDI

Khairy Jamaluddin with his wife Nori Abdullah and mother Datuk Rahmah Abdul Hamid.Khairy Jamaluddin with his wife Nori Abdullah and mother Datuk Rahmah Abdul Hamid.

KUALA LUMPUR: Re-elected Umno youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin said his progressive and liberal agenda has been endorsed by the grassroots.

He said that if the grassroots did not accept the agenda tha he brought along, it would be reflected in the results, pointing out that his opponents used a regressive agenda.

“If I wanted to win comfortably, I could have used a right-wing formula. I wanted to show that you can be a progressive and win in Umno,” he said during a press conference at PWTC.
He added that the progressive agenda had to start with the youth who would one day bring the party forward.
“We have to start somewhere. We must be ahead of the curve,” he said.
He however stressed that the official results were not out and victory could not be taken for granted.
Unofficially Khairy has won a thumping simple majority in the contest, which pitted him against four other contenders.
When asked about the difference between this election and the previous one in 2009, he said each had its own challenges.
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Four weeks ago, UMNO Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin vowed to change UMNO from being the nationalist party since 1946 into a centrist party.

Published: Sunday September 15, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday September 15, 2013 MYT 11:44:22 AM

Khairy aims to make Umno Youth more centrist

BY NIK MAZWIN NIK ANIS AND RAZAK AHMAD

PUTRAJAYA: Khairy Jamaluddin, who looks set to be returned unopposed as Umno Youth chief, will use his second term to cultivate a more centrist approach for the wing that has traditionally been a pressure group.

He said that being vocal in expressing right-wing sentiment in defending the interests of the party was no longer appropriate.

“I am trying to change the DNA of Umno Youth from being mostly right-wing and Malay-centric to a more centrist wing that focuses on issues and their solutions,” Khairy said in an interview.

With nominations due on Saturday, Khairy has yet to be challenged in the post that he won in the 2009 polls, beating Datuk Mukhriz Tun Mahathir and former Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo.

Khairy stressed that he would not compromise on the party’s core struggle to uphold the interests of Islam, the Malays and the country.

”We will still fight to empower the Malay community, protect the sanctity of Islam and defend this country, but the way we do this must be different,” he said.

One plan he has to re-orientate the wing is to set up a “finishing school” to groom potential young leaders who will be identified from the ranks of Umno Youth and Puteri Umno and from among new members still studying in universities.

The finishing school will expose the members to what Khairy calls “the new politics” and will train them on topics such as human rights, media relations and the social media.

“Whatever I can do to change the DNA of Umno Youth I will do in this last term and one way I want to do it is by rewriting our political education training module for use in the finishing school,” he said.

He added that both the Umno president and deputy president had agreed to the proposal to set up the finishing school which will be headed by supreme council member Datuk Saifuddin Abdullah.

The 37-year-old Khairy admitted that his approach to politics has not gone down well with conservatives in the party who accuse him of being too liberal in his outlook.

“I get called all sorts of names, but I think this is the way forward. If I get a second term I will be 41 years old at the end of it, which is just the right age for me to leave Umno Youth.”

“What I want to do is make sure the changes I am making remain in place after I am gone.”

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As a ‘solutions-based’ political party, UMNO would lose its ideology. Instead, UMNO would then pander to popularism and the gallery, and accept issues such as apostasy, protelysation and LGBT practices amongst the Malay-Muslims.

Wanita UMNO gave Shahrizat Abdul Jalil a thumping support, despite her tainted image in the NFC-scandal involving her immediate family and the more recent the Yayasan Kebajikan Negara.

These Wings are UMNO’s major operation subsidiaries, where the tactical moves are being engineered and realised. These results would not be acceptable to the growing segment of the population  professional and educated ladies and they would isolate themselves away from the party. The workforce amongst women especially in the graduate and professional bands are growing compared to the men.

The win must form a content of rejoice for the majority of Wanita UMNO. They ramblessly trying to convince amongst themselves that they have made the right choice ‘protecting the unity of the Wanita UMNO’, to soldier on the same of Perjuangan and the continuity agenda. However, in reality they are just a bunch of inward looking infighting-achievers who might win a penny, but eventually lose the pound.

As Khairy is already boasting that “The Liberal agenda prevailed”, it is safe to assume his minions would eventually replace the current senior and top leadership in UMNO Divisions across the board. Most likely within the next two party elections.

By then, UMNO’s soul as a nationalist, conservative and right wing political party for the Malays would systematically fizzle out and dissipate in favour of the liberalist ideology and centrist approach.

It is safe to state that the ‘Thinning of the Wedge’ has begun. There is an apt Malay proverb for this, ‘Sokong membawa rebah‘.  All the support for the victors tonight are those who would be blamed when UMNO finally face the defeat in upcoming two GEs, at the most.

Published in: on October 13, 2013 at 01:00  Comments (52)  

Disclosure of Deceit

Website of Bursa Malaysia

Screenshot of Bursa Malaysia portal dated 29 August 2013, of the FGV announcement of Sabri Ahmad’s resignation from the BoD

It has come to our attention that FELDA Global Ventures Holdings Bhd. (FGV) announced on 29 August 2013 to Bursa Malaysia of the resignation of former Group President and CEO Tan Sri Sabri Ahmad from the Board of Directors (BoD). The reason for resignation is stated as “Due to other commitments”.

Isa Samad's letter to Sabri Ahmad informing of the "Cessation as BoD member of FGV and MSM" dated 2 Sept 2013

Isa Samad’s letter to Sabri Ahmad dated 2 Sept 2013 informing of the “Cessation as BoD member of FGV and MSM” and requesting him to sign the resignation letters

However, it is alarming that FGV Chairman YB Tan Sri Isa Samad wrote to Sabri in a letter dated 2 September 2013 for the purpose of:

  1. Informing Sabri that he ceased to be member of BoD of several listed companies under the FGV Group which include FGV (from 29 August 2013) and MSM Malaysia Bhd. (from 5 September 2013), both listed in Bursa Malaysia
  2. Informing Sabri that he ceased to be member of BoD of several non listed companies under the FGV Group which include FGV Biotechnologies Sdn. Bhd. (from 15 July 2013) and Global Green Fuel Sdn. Bhd. (from 29 August 2013)
  3. Requesting Sabri to sign the resignation letters from BoD all the said companies, prepared and attached
Screenshot of MSM announcement to Bursa Malaysia dated 5 September 2013 for the resignation of Sabri from the BoD

Screenshot of MSM announcement to Bursa Malaysia dated 5 September 2013 for the resignation of Sabri from the BoD

On 5 September 2013, a corporation under the FGV Group MSM Malaysia Bhd. (MSM) announced that Sabri also resigned from the BoD and also for the same reason, “Due to his other commitments”.

We have been reliably informed that till present day, none of these letters are signed by Sabri.

The undated and unsigned letter prepared by Isa Samad for Sabri Ahmad to make his mark, resignation as BoD member of FGV

The undated and unsigned letter prepared by Isa Samad for Sabri Ahmad to make his mark, resignation as BoD member of FGV

The undated and unsigned letter prepared by Isa Samad for Sabri Ahmad to make his mark, resignation as BoD member of MSM

The undated and unsigned letter prepared by Isa Samad for Sabri Ahmad to make his mark, resignation as BoD member of MSM

Hence, if Sabri did not resign as a member of the BoD from any of the said companies, how could FGV disclose to Bursa Malaysia for the announcement of ‘his resignation’ from BoD of FGV and MSM?

Did they do a false declaration to Bursa Malaysia?

If FGV and MSM did, then they should be investigated under the Sect 122B of the Securities Industry Act. It is a crime punishable by a hefty RM3 million fine and ten years jail for committing deceitful statutory declaration, such as a change in the boardroom.

Published in: on October 11, 2013 at 10:30  Comments (21)