A strong reminder

Foreign Minister Dato’ Sri Anifah Hj Aman in his official capacity  issued a very strong statement to an international media, pertaining to the current political conundrum which is stirring a lot of confusion, spiralling a lot of manipulation, amplification of lies and ridiculing too many people be it Malaysians or people dealing with Malaysia.

OPEN LETTER TO THE NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR

1.     It is regrettable to see Tun Mahathir seeking to undermine his own country in the international media as part of a personal political vendetta.

2.     It is irresponsible of any citizen, let alone a former prime minister, to spread lies and distortions about state owned companies – saying for example that RM42 bn is missing from 1MDB to create public anxiety, when in fact these are audited debts backed by RM51 bn assets. These reckless claims have affected market sentiment towards Malaysia.

3.     Furthermore, it is telling that he continues to mount his attacks, rather than wait for the findings of the enquiries currently being undertaken by Malaysia’s central bank, Auditor General, and parliament’s bipartisan Public Accounts Committee. This shows that Tun Mahathir is not interested in answers from the appropriate lawful authorities. Rather, he is just using 1MDB as an excuse to topple the serving prime minister, Najib Tun Razak.

4.     And all because his personal demands, as Tun Mahathir himself has acknowledged, are not being met. Prime Minister Najib, as Malaysia’s democratically elected leader, will do what he thinks is right for the nation, and will not allow rule by proxy.

5.     Tun Mahathir told the New York Times that UMNO “lacks vision and talented people”, that it “has become a repository of patronage-seeking politicians”, and that members “try to keep out people who are more intelligent than themselves”. But it is Tun Mahathir who led the party for 22 years. It was he that, during his time, worked to cultivate ‘yes men’ and entrench his position – even introducing a quota system for the UMNO presidency to prevent challengers – rather than bringing in talent and strengthening the party. It is Prime Minister Najib who democratised the party constitution to make it far easier to challenge him for his job.‎

6.     For Tun Mahathir to accuse Prime Minister Najib of acts “verging on criminal” is simply outrageous, and entirely false. It is a measure of the reforms put in place under Prime Minister Najib’s administration that Tun Mahathir has the freedom to be so vocally critical of the party and government he once led.‎

7.     But Tun Mahathir is abusing that freedom, and his privileged standing as a former prime minister, to indulge in reckless and baseless personal smears against Prime Minister Najib and his family. Most Malaysians would rather see Tun Mahathir retire gracefully than continue to damage the standing of his own country for personal political gain.

Y.B. Dato’ Sri Anifah bin Haji Aman
Minister of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia‎

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  1. did Najib do anything to improve the system in umno which was introduced by Mahathir the so called dictator…

  2. Yup.

    Nowadays more than 100000 people are involved in choosing Majlis Tertinggi UMNO members.

    • Yet Najib has to control only about 190 Division leaders to continue being Presiden. And the 190 control the Branch Chairmen many of whom (I’ve spoken to a few) would just raise their hands.

      But on major issues like throwing out the Sedition Act that protects the sensitive Articles of the Constitution that represent the rights and interests of the Malays, the majority of the Division leaders spoke up. Najib even flip flopped on that Sedition Act.

      And this 1MDB is a major issue. The Division Leaders have met – once arranged by Ismail Sabri at PWTC and Ismail announced that they (about 50 did not attend) were satisfied with Najib’s explanations. But this issue is far from being resolved.

  3. Lately so many talents within UMNO are surfacing but sadly this acquired skill is restricted to apple polishing only. The last one was that loudmouth Nazri.

    Do read “Anifah Aman misses the point by a mile by JMD”

    https://jebatmustdie.wordpress.com/

  4. yup, in his official capacity. we got that, loud n clear. tq. !!!

  5. Here are a few questions:

    1. Is that a governmental, Foreign Ministry matter for him to sign as the Foreign Minister of Malaysia?

    2. If so, was it drafted by a career diplomat, one of the senior Foreign Ministry Officers serving at the Malaysian UN Mission in New York, for example? Was that drafted by Anifah himself in his hotel room, rushed up in between appointments?

    3. If so, how come it doesn’t sound like one, not even referring to the specific NYT report (which btw was an interview sought by the NYT correspondent, not like TDM having sent a letter, as the wording “told the NYT” can imply

    4. Is the TDM-Najib spat very much an UMNO matter, not causing “lowering the Ringgit” (Bank Negara has issued a statement clarifying it), not dampening market sentiment (unlike Lim Guan Eng pointing out about “crime-infested Johor” while on so-called investment mission in Hong Kong)?

    5. If so, shouldn’t he have used the title Vice President or Member of Supreme Council of UMNO, instead of Foreign Minister of Malaysia?

    Note that former US Secretary of State (Foreign Minister) Hillary Clinton is now haunted by her past use of official email for non-official communication, affecting a little her candidacy as President of United States.

    • Bank Negara says “.. current movements of the country’s ringgit currency are affected by both global and domestic developments.

      “Global developments would include the investor expectations relating to monetary policies of major central banks and the trends in crude oil and gas prices, Domestic factors include concerns about government linked entities and ratings related issues.”

      No mention or indication Tun Mahathir causing those concerns. What’s Najib doing about it? What’s the rakyat/UMNO going to do about it?

    • Bank Negara said on June 3 it had launched a formal enquiry into 1MDB, whose Board of Advisors is chaired by Prime Minister Najib. Something big must be wrong at 1MDB for Bank Negara to do it.

      Whose fault and responsibility was it? The 1MDB staff? The BoD? The Board of Advisers? All of the above?

    • I agree with Ray. Anifah Aman should sign as an ‘ UMNO member’ or a ‘ Party Boot licker’. I cannot imagine an FM of Malaysia would chastise a great Malaysian Statesman like Tun M to the N.Y. Times. The Msian govt with Najib as its leader has become a source of embarassment for the people of Msia. Sudah sudah lah Najib. The Lim Kok Wing new punah sihat seems to be pitching Malays against Malays.

      • Correction : Agree with Isa.

  6. TDM “spread lies and distortions about state owned companies”? That’s a huge accusation. In the name of a Foreign Minister, too. And of a former, well revered Prime Minister at that.

    TDM “saying .. RM42 bn is missing from 1MDB to create public anxiety”? Surely people know what TDM meant was 1MDB needs to explain where the money went to. The apparently rushed-up so-called Open Letter making general accusations without adequate explanations did Anifah and the country more harm than good.

    New York is the base of the diplomatic representatives of more than 190 independent nations of the world at the United Nations. They are generally quite well informed, read a lot and analyse news on other countries – heck, that’s their bloody job.

    Anifah forgot that these people always talk this kind of things at the usual diplomatic lunches, cocktails and dinners. By training, they won’t be shaking their heads but simply smile and maybe raise an eyebrow or two upon mention of the Open Letter.

  7. All this will go away if pm just answer the questions.i meant really answer the questions.

  8. Open Letter from Foreign Minister who required help from PM wife to called another PM wife to bring back stranded citizens.

    He rejected offer to be Deputy Minister and he must be grateful to person who appointed him as Minister.

    Strong reminder from weak guy.

  9. Whether he can “really” answer “all” the questions depends on whether there were any hanky panky done by 1MDB staff and “orang suruhan”.

    That there were no answers given for so long suggests so. Nobody can expect to hide behind “that’s secret info” and “already audited accounts” on a wholly-owned government company owing RM42 billion.

    Come to think of it, it looks like it’s going for the long haul.

  10. When will TDM release proofs of the disappeared RM42 billion? Answer that before diverting issue to why did they borrow RM42 billion?

    • I thought that was the question he has been asking?


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