Politico-economic terrorists II

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s strongest enemies within UMNO had come out and lashed against the use of Security Ordinance (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) for the detention of former Batu Kawan UMNO Vice Chief Khairuddin Hassan and former Political Secretary to the Fourth Prime Minister Matthias Chang.

The Star story:

Published: Monday October 12, 2015 MYT 11:54:00 AM
Updated: Monday October 12, 2015 MYT 1:17:57 PM

Dr M, Ku Li team up to slam Sosma detention of 1MDB critics

BY DINA MURAD

(From left) Shafie, Muhyiddin, Dr Mahathir, Tengku Razaleigh, Sanusi and Ong.

 

PUTRAJAYA: A group of Barisan Nasional leaders headed by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad have come together to voice out against the prosecution of former Batu Kawan Umno vice-chief Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and his lawyer, Matthias Chang, under the new anti-terrorism law.

Reporters filled the Perdana Leadership Foundation in Putrajaya on Monday to hear Dr Mahathir speak alongside Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, former Umno secretary-general Tan Sri Sanusi Junid and former MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat against what they claim is the Government’s abuse of power.

“The government should release them. Don’t detain people under Sosma because that’s not what Sosma is for. Sosma is for terrorists. Do you think Matthias or Khairuddin are terrorists? They merely reported what they think is a crime. For reporting that, you are questioned and detained? That is an abuse of power,” said Dr Mahathir, who repeated his call for a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“The government is not functioning according to the laws of the country but beyond the laws. That’s why we have come here to make a statement that we are against the abuse of laws of this country and other activities of government which are questionable,” he said.

“We hope that the people will understand why we have taken this stand and I hope that the people will also express their objections to the government arresting and detaining people without any legal basis for their action,” he added.

Both Khairuddin and Chang were detained under Section 124 of the Security Offence (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012 over offences deemed detrimental to parliamentary democracy.

The press conference was held while Khairuddin and Chang were being charged at the Kuala Lumpur magistrate’s court with attempting to sabotage the country’s banking and financial systems.

Khairuddin was arrested after making several reports overseas, including in Singapore, Switzerland, France and Hong Kong against 1MDB.

Sosma was initially introduced to combat terrorist threats in Malaysia, and the Government had assured that the act would not be used against political opponents.

“Based on the Prime Minister’s promise on April 16, 2012, the two citizens must be released immediately and the authorities must provide a guarantee that no one else will be arrested under the Act merely for expressing their views, opinions, criticisms or take part in any action which is authorized by the Constitution and laws of the country,” read a statement by the group and co-signed by another former MCA president, Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, who was not present at the press conference.

Muhyiddin, Razaleigh and Dr Mahathir have all stood up as critics of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Muhyiddin’s opposing views on the state investment fund was what caused him to be dropped in the July 28 Cabinet reshuffle alongside Shafie.

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The media conference was made by Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin, Former Trade and Industry Minister and Semangat 46 President Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Former Transport Minister and MCA President Tan Sri Ong Tee Keat and Former Rural and Co-operative Development Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Shafie Apdal.

These ‘Former’ Club members should objectively look at what Khairuddin and Chang did, which was to promote the negative opinion and erosion against the confidence of Prime Minister Najib’s administration.

The action was not only in Malaysia, but in a few countries which include Singapore, Hong Kong, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom and United States.

Khairuddin and Chang are believed to have made reports with the law enforcement authorities with all the countries except United States, where he was arrested at his home after he was barred from exiting the country at Immigration Malaysian border control, KLIA on 18 September 2015.

NST story:

Khairuddin arrested; Azmin questioned

BY KHAIRAH N. KARIM – 19 SEPTEMBER 2015 @ 1:00 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: Police today arrested former Umno member Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan on suspicion of having committed activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy, an offence under the Penal Code.

Khairuddin, who was sacked from Umno after he was declared a bankrupt, was picked up at his house yesterday evening and was taken to the Dang Wangi police headquarters for questioning.

It is understood his property was also auctioned off after he was declared bankrupt, but he was later bailed out by a notable figure.

He was supposed to report to the Bukit Aman this Monday for his statement to be recorded regarding his recent action in sending documents on the RM42 billion 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) matter to the Attorney-General of Switzerland.

He had tried to leave the country through KLIA yesterday morning by taking a 10.30am flight to London.

However, he and his lawyer, Matthias Chang, were barred by Immigration from leaving the country.

“We were blacklisted by Immigration on the advice of the police,” Khairuddin said on his Facebook posting.

Dang Wangi police chief Assistant Commission Zainol Samah, however, said he did not have details of the arrest. He said investigations were being conducted by federal police in Bukit Aman.

“The arrest was made by Bukit Aman… they are conducting the investigations,” he said.

Khairuddin was sacked from Umno and lost his position as Batu Kawan division vice chief after being declared a bankrupt in accordance to the party constitution.

Khairuddin also claimed that a meeting with Immigration officers at the department’s offices proved fruitless as all he and Chang were told was they were not allowed to travel due to a request from Bukit Aman. Chang confirmed the arrest.

“Yes, he was picked up from his house in Mont Kiara. He is being taken to Dang Wangi,” Chang told The Malaysian Insider.

Khairuddin is currently being held overnight at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters, Chang said. There will be a remand hearing at 9.30am at the station tomorrow, in front of a magistrate.

The portal said Khairuddin was being investigated for attempt to commit activity detrimental to parliamentary democracy, a charge under the Penal Code.

Meanwhile, Selangor Mentri Besar and PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali is being investigated for a speech he made during the Permatang Pauh by-election campaign and for wearing the yellow Bersih 4 T-shirt, which was deemed illegal.

He was called to have his statement recorded at the Dang Wangi police headquarters yesterday and was accompanied by former Bar Council president Datuk S. Ambiga and his lawyers, Latheefa Koya and N. Surendran.

Azmin is being investigated under sections 4(2)(f) and 4(1)(c) of the Peaceful Assemblies Act 2012 for organising and participating in an unlawful assembly and section 8 of the Printing Presses and Publications Act 1984 for wearing the banned T-shirt.

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/09/khairuddin-arrested-azmin-questioned

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This act should be seen as tantamounts to economic sabotage.

Security Offices (Special measures) Act 2012, also known as SOSMA

Security Offices (Special Measures) Act 2012, also known as SOSMA

What Khairuddin and Chang did was to breach No. (1) of the opening to SOSMA (2012).

The Former Club members clearly interfering with the process of law enforcement as the duo’s arrest were made in accordance of a law passed by Parliament. The Police have been monitoring the ‘disaster duo’s activities and their statements, which include manipulation of facts, fabrication and lies designed  to ridicule, cast a negative aspersion and sow hatred towards Prime Minister Najib.

The Minister of Communication and Multimedia Dato’ Sri Mohd. Salleh Tun Said Keruak said on Saturday “There is definitely a reason why we detain someone under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma). We don’t take action as we like, when there is no strong proof”.

The Former Club politicising the matter could be construed as emulating the behaviour of the Opposition. The Opposition have resorted the same method, intensely after the sacking for Former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim on 2 September 1998.

Just like the Opposition, the ‘disaster duo’ realised that Prime Minister Najib cannot be toppled in the general election nor party elections. Hence, they resorted to demonise him through the various means employed and work towards getting the rakyat to be riled up and rise against the leadership.

It is unlikely that these Former Club members are really into the principles of the ‘disaster duo’ being arrested for SOSMA (2012) since they have not raised any objection to others who have been arrested.

Since the Former Club members were former high powered member of the Cabinet at some point of time, they should be able to organise and seek clarification on the matter from the Home Minister. However, they chose to politicise the matter, in the manner how the Opposition does it.

*Updated 400pm

‘Disaster Duo’ Khairuddin and Chang would be charged for sabotaging Malaysia’s banking and financial services.

Bernama.com story:

Khairuddin, Chang Charged With Attempt To Sabotage Malaysia’s Financial Position

KUALA LUMPUR, 12 Okt -- Bekas naib ketua UMNO Bahagian Batu Kawan Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan (kiri) dan peguam Matthias Chang (dua kanan) dibawa ke Mahkamah Majistret Kuala Lumpur, Isnin, menghadapi tuduhan cuba mensabotaj sistem perbankan dan kewangan negara. --fotoBERNAMA (2015) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

KUALA LUMPUR, 12 Okt — Bekas naib ketua UMNO Bahagian Batu Kawan Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan (kiri) dan peguam Matthias Chang (dua kanan) dibawa ke Mahkamah Majistret Kuala Lumpur, Isnin, menghadapi tuduhan cuba mensabotaj sistem perbankan dan kewangan negara.
–fotoBERNAMA (2015) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 12 (Bernama) — Former UMNO Batu Kawan division vice chief Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and lawyer Matthias Chang Wen Chieh were charged in the Magistrate’s Court here today with attempting to sabotage Malaysia’s banking and financial services.

Khairuddin, 53, and Chang, 65, allegedly committed the offence at five locations between June 28 and Aug 26, this year.

The five alleged locations are, the office of the France Economic and Financial Crimes Division chief in Paris; Charing Cross Police station, London, United Kingdom; office of the Switzerland Attorney General in Bern; WaiChan Police station, Hongkong; and Cantonment Police Headquarters, Singapore.

The charge under Section 124L of the Penal Code (Act 547) read with Section 34 of the same Code, carries a jail term of up to 15 years upon conviction.

No plea were recorded from the two accused when the charge was read to them before Magistrate Siti Radzeah Kamarudin who did not allow bail.

During the proceeding, Khairuddin’s counsel Mohamad Hanif Khatri Abdulla requested for bail and speedy transfer of the case to the High Court.

The lawyer said Khairuddin had been in remand for 29 days, and Chang, five days. However, deputy public prosecutor (DPP) Masri Ahmad Daud objected: “the charge falls under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) which is non-bailable”.

The DPP asked for one month to transfer the case to the high court.

“The charge against the two accused is like any case, such as drugs and murder.

The prosecution needs time.

“This case involves sabotage, to undermine the country. It is more serious than a murder case. We are only applying an existing provision,” he said.

— BERNAMA

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One of the glaring trait of the Opposition is that they always stand up for anti-establishment criminals.

Published in: on October 12, 2015 at 13:30  Comments (6)  

Politico-economic terrorists

It is undoubtedly the incessant spread of falsehood of the notions that Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak is under international law enforcement investigations are designed to erode public and global confidence, which will effect the economy and probably rile the people up to topple the Federal Government through undemocratic and unlawful means.

The Star story on Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to Washington D.C. and discussions with top level US Security and Foreign Relations officials.

Published: Sunday October 11, 2015 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday October 11, 2015 MYT 7:30:45 AM

DPM: 1MDB didn’t crop up in talks with FBI, CIA

BY LEANNE GOH

Picture time: Dr Ahmad Zahid taking selfie pictures with the Islamic Centre Imam Abdullah Khouj from Makkah, Saudi Arabia, after performing Friday prayers at the centre. Looking on are (from left) Malaysian Ambassador to the United States Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin and Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim. — Bernama

Picture time: Dr Ahmad Zahid taking selfie pictures with the Islamic Centre Imam Abdullah Khouj from Makkah, Saudi Arabia, after performing Friday prayers at the centre. Looking on are (from left) Malaysian Ambassador to the United States Datuk Dr Awang Adek Hussin and Home Ministry secretary-general Datuk Seri Alwi Ibrahim. — Bernama

THE subject of 1Malaysia Development Bhd being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation never cropped up in meetings Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had with the FBI and other agencies in the United States.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the 1MDB issue was never raised. “I’ve met the top officials from so many parties; it was not raised by the FBI, CIA (Central Intelligence Agency), (US state secretary) John Kerry and any other party we met.

“I met FBI deputy director (Mark F. Giuliano) and senior FBI officials – not one word was mentioned about 1MDB,” he told Malaysian journalists here on Friday.

He was asked if FBI officials he met brought up the issue of alleged investigations into 1MDB.

Last month, the Wall Street Journal reported that the FBI was investigating 1MDB for alleged money laundering.

“Maybe, the issue is big as it is being shouted about in our country. It is used as a political issue, but 1MDB is not a big issue to them here at all,” he said.

During his week-long working trip here, Dr Ahmad Zahid, who is also the Home Minister, held discussions with the CIA and FBI on national and regional security, the Islamic State, security in the South China Sea and migrants.

On Thursday, he met Kerry at the State Department to sign a document on Homeland Security Presidential Directives No 6, a pre-requisite for Malaysia to join 38 other nations to participate in the US Visa Waiver Programme.

On 1MDB, the DPM advised Malaysians against being influenced by unsubstantiated claims that the US intelligence agencies were conducting investigations on it.

Commenting on the latest developments concerning 1MDB on the home front, he urged certain quarters not to question the credibility of the enforcement agencies investigating the sovereign fund.

“I urge everyone, especially leaders from our own party, to stop provoking the people,” he said.

“We must trust the relevant agencies to complete their investigations and conduct a fair and open probe in accordance with the law.”

He added that such irresponsible statements only divided the people and party, and was unnecessary as the country faced numerous economic and other challenges.

“For a leader who is still respected and holding an important position in the party, any action taken should promote unity in view of the challenges faced by Umno, Barisan Nasional and the Government,” he said in obvious reference to former DPM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.

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The lies being perpetuated and echoed of “Prime Minister Najib being investigated by the US FBI, a Grand Jury would issue an arrest for him” and “Probably be arrested and tried by the International Court of Justice”, should be seen as economic sabotage if not economic terrorism.

That is probably why Former UMNO Batu Kawan Vice Head Khairuddin Abu Hassan and Former Political Secrretary to the Fourth Prime Minister Matthias Chang has been arrested and hell under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA).

The Star story:

Published: Friday October 9, 2015 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday October 9, 2015 MYT 8:21:30 AM

Khairuddin’s lawyer Chang held under Sosma

 

BY FARIK ZOLKEPLI
KUALA LUMPUR: Lawyer Matthias Chang, who represented former Batu Kawan Umno vice-chief Datuk Seri Khairuddin Hassan, has been detained.

Held at Dang Wangi district police headquarters, Chang is believed to have been detained under Security Offences (Special Measures) Act (Sosma) 2012.

Chang’s lawyer Fahmi Abd Moin said his client was arrested after he visited Khairuddin at 2pm yesterday.

“Investigation is under Section 124(k) and 124(l) of the Penal Code. He is being detained for 24 hours under Sosma.

“After that, it depends on police whether to release him or further detain him for up to 28 days,” said Fahmi. Chang is now said to be on a hunger strike over his detention.

Chang’s arrest is the latest development in a long-running saga, which began with Khairuddin’s arrest on Sept 1.

He was then released on Sept 23 but rearrested the same day.

Khairuddin, who had made two police reports against 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), had been travelling to various countries lately to submit documents related to the company to authorities there probing the matter.

He has made police reports on 1MDB in Singapore, Switzerland, France and Hong Kong.

He was sacked from his position in February following his reports on 1MDB.Khairuddin first made a police report against 1MDB on Dec 12 last year following reports in national and international media pointing to flaws in the company’s management of taxpayer funds.

Malaysian Bar president Steven Thiru said he was appalled by the arrest of Chang under Sosma.

“We are appalled that a member of the Bar is being treated this way for acting on behalf of his client. I believe this is a serious attack on the independence of the Bar.

“We will be doing all we can to protest the arrest,” he said.

A vigil organised by the Bar Council was held in front of the Dang Wangi police station to protest Chang’s arrest.

Meanwhile, human rights group Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) has called on the Government to immediately cease all political detentions under Sosma.

Strongly condemning Chang’s detention, Suaram executive director Sevan Doraisamy said in a statement that the group was disgusted at the blatant disregard for human rights and rule of law.

“The act of silencing political dissidents with such laws cannot be anything less than a blatant threat and intimidation against those who dare challenge the current status quo,” he added.

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The Minister of Communication and Multimedia Dato’ Sri Mohd. Salled Tun Said Keruak explained that the law enforcement agencies have the necessary reasons why these actions are taken against these economic saboteurs.

Astro Awani story:

Firm grounds to detain individuals for threatening security – Salleh Said

Bernama | Published on October 10, 2015 15:35 MYT
SALLEH: There is definitely a reason why we detain someone under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma). – File pic
PUTRAJAYA: The government does not act arbitrarily in detaining or taking legal action against any individual without strong grounds, says Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

As such, he said any detention was not solely politically motivated as claimed by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed, simulaneously labelling the claims by the former prime minister as utterly baseless.

“The accusation is totally baseless. What we do is in accordance with the existing rules.

“There is definitely a reason why we detain someone under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (Sosma). We don’t take action as we like, when there is no strong proof,” he told reporters after launching the ministry level Zumba and People’s Sport Carnival programme in conjunction with the National Sports Day here, today.

He said this when asked to comment on claims by Dr Mahathir that Malaysia was now seen by the world as a ‘pariah’ nation when anybody could be arrested, investigated, detained and charged via the abuse of national laws.

The statement was written by Dr Mahathir following the detention of a former UMNO leader, Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and his lawyer, Matthias Chang under the Sosma for lodging an international report on 1MDB.
Commenting further, Salleh said during the administration of Mahathir, the former prime minister also stressed that it was the duty of the government to look after national security.

“We must investigate any quarters aiming to disrupt the stability of the nation, that is most important, because our emphasis is on a peaceful Malaysia,” he said.

In addition, Salleh said the government under the leadership of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak practised an open government whereby the people would not be punished just for giving their views or had differing views on the government policy.

“But don’t give views which are different to the point of breaching the limits of the law. Or to the point of adversely affecting security, unity and inter-communal relations and religion.

“Or being involved in efforts to topple the leadership and in cahoot with those who are not Malaysian nationals. If this takes place, it is the duty of any government to take appropriate action,” he added.

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The focus had always been using 1MDB as the excuse for these global law enforcement agencies been conducting all sorts of investigations against crimes like theft, corruption, abuse of power, unlawful movement of ones and worse still, money laundering. The truth is that there is none of these said international investigations.

The fact is that the opening page of SOSMA is very clear for the intent to protect the nation’s interests, even against economic saboteurs.

Security Offices (Special measures) Act 2012, also known as SOSMA

Security Offices (Special measures) Act 2012, also known as SOSMA

SOSMA is the right tool to be thrown against those who are clearly incessant in their efforts to demonise the administration Malaysia and erode public and global confidence towards.

These individuals incessantly spread manipulated half truth and fabricated stories and lies, on top of working in concerted with Neo Con Jewish controlled media to get the global attention and effect to their cause.

They conveniently use the excuse of the 1MDB case, which is under active investigation (as confirmed by the Attorney General) and incessantly projected the falsehood that Prime Minister Najib is involved in a high level criminal activity and cover up steps are being taken.

This would justify their call for Prime Minister Najib to go. Otherwise, they perpetuate the manipulations and falsehood with the Neo Con Jewish controlled global media, the confidence on how the nation is being managed is systematically being eroded.

They conveniently throw in issues like the shrinking of the MYR against USD is attributable to the eroding global economic confidence on Prime Minister Najib’s leadership. The fact is that, lately there has been a turn around.

The business sections of these global media focused and expand the matter through various angles. The objective isto tarnish the global economic and commercial confidence on Malaysia.

The end game is clear when the intention to get the Malaysian public riled up and rise and topple Prime Minister Najib through undemocratic means.

Prime Minister Najib took Barisan Nasional to the rakyat and won his first mandate in March 2013. The 13GE saw BN wrestled Perak and Kedah from the Opposition and UMNO increased its representation in Dewan Rakyat from 79 in past Parliament to 88.

Later that year, UMNO gave Prime Minister Najib a thunderous overwhelming mandate to continue as the Seventh President.

Through history, the no other leader have undergone the Opposition’s commitment of resources to topple an UMNO/BN led Prime Minister. Democratically, they have failed miserably.

Simply put, they lied to instigate. The intention is to topple Prime Minister Najib. They know it cannot be done through democratic means. That must be one of what SOSMA is designed for.

These drastic steps recently undertaken by law enforcement agencies such as the Royal Malaysian Police, as the most prominent guard of internal security, and Attorney General’s Chambers, the ultimate Public Prosecutor to ensure bad persons are dealt with and through the books, is about the nation’s interests.

Published in: on October 11, 2015 at 11:30  Comments (3)  

Misinformed and missing the target

IS suspected arrested by the Royal Malaysian Police

The Council of Rulers through Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal yesterday issued a statement in their concern about the matter pertaining to 1MDB and the matter has been presented as being perceived not solved within the period which caused public uneasiness.

News Straits Times story:

Solve credibility issues fast, Malay Rulers urge leaders

8 OCTOBER 2015 @ 2:42 PM

** The following is the full text of the statement issued by the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal, Datuk Seri Syed Danial Syed Ahmad, after the pre-council meeting of the Conference of Rulers at Istana Negara on Tuesday. The 239th meeting of the Conference of Rulers, ended on Wednesday.

“The Malay Rulers are sensitive to the rakyat’s unease and worries over the criticism of the government’s credibility and integrity in administrating the country. “The discretion of the Malay Rulers has been sought to help resolve the problems affecting the country at the moment.

“The Malay Rulers have a religious obligation to ensure that peace and prosperity can continue to prevail in the country in a stable political atmosphere, with the people living in harmony.

As such, the Malay Rulers, after a joint discussion, feel that they have an obligation to issue a statement concerning the questions and controversies affecting the country at the moment, which is the 1MDB issue.

“The Malay Rulers are aware that the government is presently conducting an investigation. The Rulers stress that there is a need for the government to complete its investigation into 1MDB as soon as possible. If there is any proof of wrongdoing, the government must take stern action on the party concerned. All those concerned should extend their sincerest cooperation for the investigation to achieve its objectives.

“The findings of the investigation must be reported comprehensively and in a transparent manner so that the people will be convinced of the sincerity of the government which should not conceal facts and the truth. Failure to provide a convincing clarification and answers might result in a crisis of confidence.

“As a consequence, the people believe, whether based on reality or perception, that this is among the causes for the plunge in the value of the Malaysian Ringgit, impacting the country’s financial market and economic climate negatively and at the same time adversely affecting the world’s view of Malaysia.

“The Malay Rulers are concerned that if the issue is not handled wisely and allowed to prolong, it could jeopardise the country’s economy, the people’s livelihood, as well as threaten public order and national security.

“With this, the Malay Rulers remind all leaders to always adhere to the principles of upholding the Constitution and the rule of law, as prescribed in the Rukunegara. To ensure that the government receives the people’s trust, that its leaders are respected, that political stability is guaranteed and that the economy continues to grow, all leaders must constantly ensure that justice is meted out equitably and transparently based on the law.

“To this end, enforcement agencies and regulatory institutions such as the police, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Bank Negara, Attorney-General’s Chambers and the judiciary, as well as related government bodies should be worthy of God’s trust and the people’s faith and carry out their duties transparently, and with credibility and integrity.

“Leaders must always give priority to issues such as security, tranquility, peace and harmony as well as place national interests and the people’s concerns above their own.

“The Malay Rulers view seriously issues affecting race and religion and would like to remind leaders of political parties and non-governmental organisations not to sensationalise racial and religious issues to garner the people’s support for their parties or for themselves.

“The Malay Rulers wishes to remind that the long-prevailing interracial and inter-religious harmony and solidarity has been the main pillar for the stability of an independent, peaceful, progressive and prosperous Malaysia.

“As such, the harmony and solidarity of the people should be safeguarded at all times and never be sacrificed for shallow political aims.”

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/10/solve-credibility-issues-fast-malay-rulers-urge-leaders

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It is believed the statement was issued after HRHs had their pre-council meeting.

It is a very important underlying notion that HRHs highlighted that criminals should be brought to face all the necessary law enforcement and legal processes.

On the other hand, the statement was used, echoed and manipulated by many parties in the expansion their political contention and agenda, on top of aggravating the matter further. Undoubtably, it is to erode the public confidence against the Government.

Especially with the intent to demonise Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak. Opposition leaders already criminalised him even before investigations are completed.

What is interesting is the Attorney General’s statement on the progress of the 1MDB investigations.

With reference to the statement issued by the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal on behalf of the Malay Rulers on 7 October 2015 and prior adverse or negative statements and comments against the Attorney General’s Chambers (AGC) on the delay in the completion of the investigation related to 1MDB and a decision thereon, the AGC wish to state the following.
The Task Force on investigations into 1MDB has never been dissolved or disbanded and the AGC has never made any statement to that effect. In fact the investigations conducted by the respective agencies were never at any time halted or hindered. The Attorney General has been constantly monitoring and giving instructions to the relevant agencies whenever the investigations were referred to the AGC, including instructions to expedite investigations.
As of today the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP) and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) have not completed their investigations as some key witnesses’ statements have yet to be recorded.
As for the Central Bank of Malaysia (CBM), the investigation was conducted into 1MDB for an offence under paragraph (4)(b) of Part 1 of the Fifth Schedule to the Exchange Control Act 1953 namely, knowingly or recklessly making a statement which is false in a material particular. The investigation paper (IP) was submitted to the AGC on 21 August 2015.
Having studied the IP, the Deputy Solicitor General 1, Datuk Tun Abd Majid bin Tun Hamzah, decided that there was no offence committed by the 1MDB officials and directed that no further action should be taken. The IP was returned to CBM on 11 September 2015. Hence the decision had been communicated to CBM on the same day.

However, on 1 October 2015 CBM transmitted a letter of request to AGC to have the decision reviewed. Having considered the request and the fact that there was no new evidence made available, the Attorney General decided to maintain the decision made earlier.
In this respect, the AGC would like to state that what had been in the news between 12 September 2015 until today concerning the IP still being with AGC and that discussions were ongoing, is inaccurate and not true.

ATTORNEY GENERAL’S CHAMBERS MALAYSIA

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The clarification was to set the record state on the investigations that are being carried out simultaneously by different agencies in different angles and jurisprudence on 1MDB.

It is important that prior HRHs issue a formal statement, the matter should be seen to be researched thoroughly first. Unless there are amongst HRHs who probably wanted to use the forum of Council of Rulers, to indirectly make a political statement even on behalf of others.

It is without a doubt 1MDB is a matter of public concern.

Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was quick to respond to the concern raised by HRHs.

The Star story:

Published: Thursday October 8, 2015 MYT 6:59:00 PM
Updated: Thursday October 8, 2015 MYT 8:49:22 PM

DPM: Govt taken note of Malay Rulers concern over 1MDB

 

BY AKIL YUNUS

PETALING JAYA: The Government has given the assurance that proactive measures are being taken to address the concerns of the Malay Rulers pertaining to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issue.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi (pic) said the Executive had taken note of and welcomed in good faith the contents of the statement from the Keeper of the Rulers’ Seal on Tuesday.

In the statement issued following a pre-council meeting of the Conference of Rulers at Istana Negara, the Malay Rulers said that Government should complete the investigation into the 1MDB controversy swiftly and take “the appropriate stern action” against anyone involved as failure to do so could lead to a crisis of confidence in the current leadership.

Dr Ahmad Zahid said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Cabinet members “fully uphold and respect the system of constitutional monarchy and also the concept of separation of powers among the various organs of Government as enshrined in the Constitution.”

“This includes provisions relating to the powers of the Conference of Rulers,” Dr Ahmad Zahid said in a statement.

Here’s a translation of Dr Ahmad Zahid’s statement, which was in Bahasa Malaysia:

“Government duly takes note of the statement by the Conference of Rulers during its pre-council meeting. Verily, it shows that the principle of constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy in Malaysia complements one another.

The Government is committed in upholding the separation of powers, hence every organ of the Government must be allowed to function as described in the context of the Federal Constitution. This includes provisions relating to the powers of the Conference of Rulers.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and the Cabinet fully uphold and respect the system of constitutional monarchy and also the concept of separation of powers among the various organs of Government as enshrined in the Constitution.

All decrees by the Conference of Rulers are kindly noted and the Government has already taken the necessary proactive measures to address these issues. Indeed, the people’s prosperity and rule of law should be given priority in any decision and statement of all parties.

Hence, the probe on any party whatsoever should adhere to the rule of law, while any demand to speed up or slow down investigations should not happen.

Nevertheless, the Government would like to emphasise that all the information regarding the investigation will be conducted in a fair and open manner. The legal system enshrined in the Constitution is clear and if any party is found guilty, then action will be taken.

It has been made known that the Government is currently in the process of achieving a debt rationalisation plan for 1MDB. The plan has been well-received by local and foreign investors.

The Government will in the near future present all of 1MDB’s transactions for debt reduction through divestment of company assets. The Government has always cared for and respected the Council of Rulers’ decrees.

Therefore, national economic stability, the recovery in the value of the Ringgit, racial harmony, and reducing the cost of living are all primary focuses for the Government.

Every effort is being taken to ensure that these issues can be resolved in the near future.

It is hoped that there will not be any party, which issues statements to paint an image as if the Government is not making any effort to confront these issues, which have been polemicised. Give the relevant authorities the opportunity and space to resolve these problems in the best manner possible.”

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However there are other more serious matters that warrants the attention and perhaps the official statement of the Council of Rulers. The immediate instance is the ‘Islamic State’ (IS).

The fact is that IS is a global terrorism problem, where Muslims have been seen and portrayed as extremists and brutal protagonists using the religion of Allah as an excuse and the drive to inflict pain and brutal murder on others, even fellow Muslims.

It also a fact that more and more Malaysians have been discovered to be involved and arrested for activities pertaining to IS. For the record, 123 Malaysians have been arrested for IS.

What is interesting to note, so far none of those who have been arrested by the Police for IS is a Non Malay and/or Non Muslim.

Amongst those who have been arrested are members of His Majesty’s Armed Forces. The number is eleven.

Straits Times story:

ISIS arrests: 6 security personnel among 10 held in Malaysia

The six security personnel were arrested along with four others in a sting operation conducted across six states on Wednesday, said the Royal Malaysian Police. They are suspected of planning to obtain weapons to launch terror attacks.
PUBLISHED AUG 21, 2015, 5:00 AM SGT

Amy Chew Regional correspondent In Kuala Lumpur
Malaysian police arrested six security personnel, allegedly linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group, for planning to obtain weapons to launch terror attacks, just days after bombs exploded in neighbouring Thailand.

The six were arrested along with four others, bringing the total number of suspects to 10, in a sting operation conducted across six states on Wednesday, according to the Royal Malaysian Police.

The arrests of security personnel have raised concern that ISIS is targeting this particular group for recruitment as they are trained fighters with access to weapons. In April, two air force personnel were arrested for their links with ISIS.

The 10 newly arrested suspects, aged between 24 and 42, include two civil servants, one former interior designer and one kindergarten teacher.

“We believe they were planning to acquire weapons to launch attacks in Malaysia,” said Inspector- General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar in a statement yesterday.

One of the civil servants is a woman who married a Malaysian ISIS member via Skype while he was fighting in Syria. Her husband has returned to the country and was arrested last month, a senior counter-terrorism official who asked not to be named told The Straits Times.

The suspects are believed to be spreading ISIS ideology, collecting funds to assist the militant group and arranging for Malaysian ISIS members to go to Syria.

“Investigations also revealed that they were assisting returning ISIS fighters to enter the country,” Tan Sri Khalid added.

Mr Khalid said that the suspects were also recruiting people for ISIS and hiding information of the group’s activities.

Malaysia tightened security in April after police arrested 29 ISIS suspects who were in the final stages of planning to blow up strategic buildings in Kuala Lumpur and the administrative capital of Putrajaya. They were also planning to kidnap VIPs for ransom.

The latest arrests bring the total number of ISIS suspects nabbed since last year to 121.

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Probably HRHs would consider paying a little more attention to the IS matter. Firstly, all HRHs are Constitutional Head of Islam in their respective states. IS is a matter where the teachings of Islam have been adulterated for militancy purposes.

Many unarmed non combatants have been executed brutally even in front of cameras and benefit of global viewership, in the name of IS’s sinister interpretation of Islam. Despite the horrid cold blood murders, many are drawn to their struggle.

IS operatives are very effective in their recruitment and issuance of instructions which include to execute killings and bombings, through conniving ways of social media and communication tools.

Secondly, IS managed to find its way in the imagination and aspiration of many Malaysian Muslims. This should be a very worrying matter since they see the ‘Jihad’ brought through the IS struggle is a salvation against the peril of modern life, especially against the interests of Muslims universally.

The third point is that all HRHs are Regimental Head of various Armed Forces outfits. His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong is the Field Marshall of the Malaysian Armed Forces.

It is very alarming that eleven members of His Majesty’s Armed Forces, who have received training in handling weapons, have been arrested by the Police for IS related activities. This itself is a matter of grave concern.

Hence, HRHs should want to highlight for all Armed Forces services and outfits pay a little more attention on the servicemen and servicewomen and take necessary steps to avoid them being influenced and drawn into the falsehood of militancy in the name of Islam through the IS sinister jihad.

The fourth point, it is obvious that Malaysia has been added as a nurturing ground for a growing global terrorism and extremists adulterating the teachings of Islam for crimes against humanity purposes.

Regardless, the rising number of Malaysians arrested for IS is very alarming. This warrants an attention with issuance of statement of the Council of Rulers, if at all they wanted to highlight on a matter of public interest involving crime.

Inadvertently, this shall pave the way for the unique monarchy system of the Council of Rulers as rotational Head of State and Constitutional Head of Islam to stand up in the eyes of the global citizen sternly against international terrorism and militancy.

Published in: on October 8, 2015 at 20:00  Comments (7)  

The inflamer is cooked

Federal Court this morning rejected activist Assoc. Prof. Dr. Azmi Shahrom’s application to declare the Sedition Act 1948 as invalid.

The Star story:

Published: Tuesday October 6, 2015 MYT 10:05:00 AM
Updated: Tuesday October 6, 2015 MYT 11:03:06 AM

Court dismisses Azmi’s challenge, rules Sedition Act valid

BY QISHIN TARIQ

PUTRAJAYA: Law lecturer Azmi Sharom (pic) has failed is in his bid to have the Sedition Act 1948 declared unconstitutional.

The Federal Court panel lead by Chief Justice Arifin Zakaria dismissed Azmi’s application, and ordered that it be remitted to the Sessions Court.

The five-man panel also included Court of Appeal president Justice Md Raus Sharif, Chief Judge of Malaya Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin, Justices Abdull Hamid Embong and Suriyadi Halim Omar.

The Universiti Malaya lecturer, who was dressed in a grey dress shirt and brown tie, was seen shaking his head upon hearing the decision.

The courtroom was full of supporters and lawyers as early as 8.30am, Tuesday.

On Nov 5 last year, the Kuala Lumpur High Court invoked its power under Section 84 of the Court of Judicature Act 1964 to refer Azmi’s sedition case to the Federal Court for determination, as it involved questions of constitutionality.

Azmi, a columnist with The Star, had claimed trial on Sept 2 to making seditious comments in an article titled “Take Perak crisis route for speedy end to Selangor impasse, Pakatan told,” that was published on an English online portal on Aug 14.

Azmi, 45, was charged under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act, with an alternative charge under Section 4(1)(c) of the same Act.

He faces a maximum fine of RM5,000 or jail not exceeding three years or both.

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Dr Azmi was charged under Sedition Act for the comments he made on an article “Take Perak Crisis Route For Speedy End To Selangor Impasse”, which was published on 14 August 2014.

The Star story

Published: Tuesday September 2, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Monday September 8, 2014 MYT 3:11:27 PM

Azmi faces sedition charge

PETALING JAYA: Uni­versiti Malaya law lecturer Assoc Prof Dr Azmi Sharom (pic) is expected to be charged with sedition today over comments made on an online portal over the 2009 Perak crisis.

He is expected to be charged under Section 4(1)(b) of the Sedition Act 1948.

Under the section, anyone who utters any seditious words faces a fine of not more than RM5,000, a jail term of not more than three years, or both, if found guilty.

Azmi declined to comment on the possibility of him being charged for making the statements.

The English online portal reported that the law professor was previously under probe for his quotes in an article titled, “Take Perak crisis route for speedy end to Selangor impasse, Pakatan told”, which was published on Aug 14.

Azmi is an associate professor at the Faculty of Law of the university.

He obtained his PhD from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London after completing his studies in University of Nottingham and University of Sheffield.

His areas of expertise are both the Malaysian and International Envi­ronmental Law and the Conflict of Laws.

Azmi is also president of the Universiti Malaya academic staff union .

He is the latest to be caught in the recent sedition dragnet, following last Thursday’s charging of Padang Serai MP N. Surendran at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

Surendran is alleged to have committed the offence at the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya in his capacity as counsel for Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim by saying in a YouTube video that the Sodomy 2 proceedings against Anwar were “an attempt to jail the opposition leader of Malaysia”.

Surendran was previously charged on Aug 19 for allegedly making statements regarding the judgment of the appellate court in Anwar’s second sodomy case in a YouTube video.

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Dr Azmi isn’t the only person who has the tendency to talk aloud, which often antagonise others, be charged under the same Sedition Act. Former Melaka Chief Minister Tan Sri Rahim Thamby Chik is also having the same book thrown at him for maliciously accusing the Raja Muda of Selangor of being Catholic.

NST story:

Ex-Malacca CM charged over FB post on Selangor crown prince ‘conversion’

5 OCTOBER 2015 @ 12:52 PM

SHAH ALAM: Former Malacca chief minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik today pleaded not guilty to a sedition charge over his Facebook posting on the religious status of Selangor Crown Prince Tengku Amir Shah.

Abdul Rahim was charged under Section 4 (1) (c) of the Sedition Act at the Shah Alam Sessions Court this morning. He also pleaded not guilty to another charge under Section 233 (1) (a) of the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998.

He was later granted bail at RM7,000 with one surety.

Rahim had via a Facebook posting on Sept 25 claimed that Tengku Amir had converted to Catholicism. His claim was subsequently slammed by the Selangor Council of the Royal Court, which said Rahim’s statement “reeked of sedition and slander” and could arouse hatred of Muslims towards both the Raja Muda and the Sultan of Selangor.

The council had said it was perturbed that Rahim did not take any steps to verify the truth behind the postings made in other portals before presenting his comments and opinions.

“It would have been easy for him to check the truth of the information if he had a sense of responsibility,” said the council in a statement on Sept 30.

Several police reports were subsequently lodged against Rahim over his claims.

Rahim later admitted that the source of his claim came from an unsubstantiated website, and issued three apologies in the period of four days over the issue.

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2015/10/ex-malacca-cm-charged-over-fb-post-selangor-crown-prince-%E2%80%98conversion%E2%80%99

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The cliche’ of ‘Look before you leap’ is very much at play here. ‘Watch before you say anything’, is how the Malays would say it, ‘Cakap siang, pandang-pandang. Cakap malam, dengar-dengar‘.

It is people like these very small group who stirs up the nation and rile up the rakyat with their outrageous calls, which overstep the boundaries of understanding, tolerance, accommodation and work and live well together with their narrowed interpretations and perspecive.

This landmark ruling very much fortifies the Sedition Act is constitutional.

Published in: on October 6, 2015 at 11:15  Comments (7)