In the name of fostering Sarawak-Persekutuan relations

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In the heat the many goodies offered as the precursor of the upcoming Sarawak State Election (PRN), Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem offered the purist gift as a gesture of brotherly love in the name of fostering better relations between the people of Sarawak and Semenanjung.

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak was offered a Dayak consort. Since Prime Minister Najib is a Muslim which provided for polygamous marriages, she is eligible to be his wife.

Maybe Adenan said it jokingly, but it is a recognition and endorsement that Prime Minister Najib did a lot for the betterment of Sarawak and its people. For instance, the toll free Pan Borneo Super Highway.

Out of public knowledge, Yayasan 1MDB funded 60 over CSR programs and projects, mostly in the interior of Sarawak to greatly improve the quality of life for the pockets of communities projects like electrification, water salienation and education.

Prime Minister Najib did make rigorous efforts to be closer to Sabah and Sarawak, since assuming the Prime Minister position on 3 April 2009. This had gone appreciated by Sabahans and Sarawakians, who see Prime Minister Najib as trying to catch up on what lacklustre left by the previous BN leadership.

The Malay Mail story:

Najib trumps Dr M in number of visits to Sarawak, Adenan says

The Malay Mail Online
BY SULOK TAWIE
The Malay Mail Online
12 March 2016

Najib trumps Dr M in number of visits to Sarawak, Adenan saysView photos

Chief Minister of Sarawak, Tan Sri Adenan Satem speaks at the International Anti-Corruption Conference in Putrajaya September 3, 2015. ― Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
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KUCHING, March 12 — Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem hit out today at Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for allegedly failing to do enough for his state in the 22 years he served as prime minister.

The first-term chief minister qualified this with the number of visits Dr Mahathir made to Sarawak during his rule, which he claimed could be counted with the fingers on both hands.

“For 22 years he was the prime minister, how many times did he visit us?” Adenan asked at the three-day Malaysia Inklusif Negara Digital (Minda) programme launched by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak at the Kuching Waterfront here.

“This shows that he did not care much for Sarawak,” he claimed.

Unlike Dr Mahathir, Adenan said, Najib has visited Sarawak 47 times since he became prime minister in 2009.

He said this even surpasses the sum of all visits made by the country’s previous prime ministers.

“Why? Because he (Najib) loves Sarawak. When he visits, it is not empty-handed. He gives millions of funds for the state,” he said.

Adenan added, however, that Najib’s frequent trips to Sarawak had nothing to do with coming state election.

The Sarawak leader said the biggest project that Najib has approved is the construction of the over 1,000km-long RM17 billion Pan Borneo Highway, which is expected to be fully completed by 2023.

He said the prime minister has also approved the long overdue construction of bridges crossing some of Sarawak’s rivers that were proposed decades ago.

He noted that although Malaysia is facing an economic slowdown due to the sharp drop in the crude oil prices, the federal government has still allocated a large development fund for Sarawak.

Sarawak, Adenan added, needs federal funds because it is lagging far behind Peninsular Malaysia.

“There about 5,000 villages scattered throughout the state that need to be connected by roads and Internet to outside world,” he said.

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For the record, since April 2009 Prime Minister Najib visited Sarawak 47 times. This more than double in 22 years Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad as the Fourth Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Najib has been consistently providing more allocations and personally oversee the development of many infrastructure, economic and social development and even social projects in Sabah and Sarawak, in his very frequent visits to the ground in both states.

In the ongoing visit, Prime Minister Najib just announced a RM1 million grant for the new Anglican Chapel near Kuching.

Adenan suggestion isn’t bad at all. Sarawak Dayaks are equally beautiful, talented and with many world class skills. A perfect example is Miss World 2014 representative for Malaysia Dewi Liana Seriestha. This drop dead unsurpassed beauty is a performance artist.

In the olden days, leaders of a nation would offer a talented princess as bride to another as the gesture of the good relationship fostered between the two nations and her people and the common expectation for the future.

It should be regarded as a proud brotherly-love offering by Malaysians, to the Malaysian leader.

Published in: on March 12, 2016 at 19:00  Comments (1)  

Blitzkrieg over BN

Tun Dr. Mahathir and the motley crew of new ounfd comrades in the chorus of motley true of Opposition leaders and anarchists

Tun Dr. Mahathir and the motley crew of new ounfd comrades in the chorus of motley true of Opposition leaders and anarchists

The contagion effect of the ‘Citizens’ Declaration’ inked and announced exactly a week ago may not have the desired effect but never the less, it could be a lethal weapon against Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak in the short-to-medium term of mainstream politics.

Whether or not the ‘Citizens’ Declaration’ is flawed or not, in the mind of these political bandits, its the end that justify the means.

What would Third Barisan Nasional (BN) Chairman and the motley crue of  Opposition and the array anarchists and law disobedients do, now they already share a platform and joint declaration, which they jointly inked as a document exactly last week?

They could start a Semenanjung-wide campaign of simultaneous roadshows in the heat of the Sarawak State Elections (PRN), expected somewhere in late April.

Let’s say 30 different road show ceramahs spread over 12 Semenanjung states in the span of a few or even one weekend. This is something very much within the Oppositions’ traits, expertise and resources.

They don’t even need to have many audience in each ceramahs, Even 200-250 attendees would by manipulated by their spectrum of well utilised social media channels and portals.

All these could be live-streamed over the internet and all social media channels.

BN and Federal and Semenanjung State Goverments key personalities would be busy trotting all over Sarawak, trying to cover the 80-odd DUN seats.

No one would provide them effective attention response. This could be the next move, right after Zaid Ibrahim’s planned 27 March rally.

Imagine the hype they could create and the soundbites, which they shall echo indiscriminately as if it is the representation of the 23 million Malaysians in Semenanjung.

So far, they have managed to create a massive dent at the perception on Prime Minister Najib’s and equally the Federal Government based on substianted claims, circumstances and manipulated series of events entwined with manipulated and false information, in sundry.

Nevermind the thin bit of the consistencies of allegations, especially in the rabid attacks by Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Sarawak Report and the unsubstantiated reports by foreign media led by Neo Con Jewish controlled Ruport Murdoch.

For instance, many actually bought in on falsehood of the various ‘Foreign authorities’ investigations on the mult-idimensional scandals of 1MDB’. Even “He (PM Najib) might be arrested if he travels abroad and would be tried by ICJ”.

Since clarifying on these ‘foreign agencies’ investigations last September, till present day none of these investigations ever contacted 1MDB, AGC nor the Police to facilitate or get facts, to complete these so called ‘investigations’.

Amongst the Opposition, DAP provided the strongest force. It was said that there are some skeptics amongst the CWC members on the decision to ‘jump into bed and sleep’ with the staunchest of anti-DAP personality, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

It is very naive to project that DAP would not state their expectations, when the Chinese Chauvinist Emperorissimo of Middle Malaysia Lim Kit Siang met and made the deal with his arch political enemy for the past 49 years.

The projected Citizens’ Declaration move during the Sarawak PRN may not bring the desired effect to Adnan Satem leading his first charge for a Sarawak mandate. However, it would be politically damaging to already badly hurt perception against BN as a whole.

It is a case of political Peloponessian War, with very strategic possibilities that would see the power-shift for Malaysia by 2018, for the first time since 59 years.

It is impossible to even imagine the odds to spare UMNO/BN from the political shelling and onslaught against its President/Chairman.

Published in: on March 11, 2016 at 03:00  Comments (2)  

Tak tumbuh, tak melata

Generasi hari ini wajar sedar bahawa kekuatan Presiden UMNO V tatkala dicabar pada April 1987 teletak kepada pendukung utama yang berjaya mengekalkan kuasa beliau, walaupun tipis, dan sekali gus memberi nafas untuk meneruskan Kepimpinan yang akhir berhasil mengujudkan legasi sehingga beliau menjadi Negarawan dan pemimpin Melayu terbilang.

Rang Cuit Dato’ Zaini Hassan Utusan Malaysia:

1987: Najib dan nyawa politik Mahathir…

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ZAINI HASSAN (ZAINIBINHASSAN@GMAIL.COM) | 09 Mac 2016 6:25 PM

KEPUTUSAN pemilihan UMNO pada 24 April 1987 menyaksikan Dr. Mahathir Mohamad menang tipis dengan majoriti 43 undi untuk jawatan Presiden parti. GAMBAR ARKIB UTUSAN

KEPUTUSAN pemilihan UMNO pada 24 April 1987 menyaksikan Dr. Mahathir Mohamad menang tipis dengan majoriti 43 undi untuk jawatan Presiden parti. GAMBAR ARKIB UTUSAN

PADA malam 23 April 1987, kira-kira 29 tahun lalu. Satu perhimpunan telah diadakan di Hotel Hilton Kuala Lumpur. Hotel di Jalan Sultan Ismail ini antara hotel antarabangsa terawal di ibu kota, sekarang sudah hilang dari pandangan setelah ‘direbankan’ (flat­­tened) untuk dibuat bangunan baharu, yang kini dikatakan terbengkalai.
Cukup genting pada masa itu pe­rebutan kuasa antara dua tokoh – Dr. Mahathir Mohamad dan Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah (Ku Li).
Hilton menjadi markas jentera Mahathir, manakala Hotel Regent di Jalan Imbi menjadi markas Ku Li.
Perhimpunan Agung UMNO dan pemilihan akan diadakan di PWTC keesokan harinya pada 24 April.
Perhimpunan di Hilton itu diadakan oleh Dr. Mahathir bagi mengumpul sokongan. Suasana amat terde­sak. Dr. Mahathir selaku Presiden UMNO dan Perdana Menteri terasa amat terancam. Dia cukup tertekan. Dia menghadapi tentangan maha hebat untuk mempertahankan jawatan Presiden. Ku Li bukan calang-calang orang dan Dr. Mahathir merasakan dia boleh dikalahkan.
Berlaku perpecahan yang amat dahsyat dalam sejarah politik Mela­yu ketika itu. Satu peperangan politik umpama kisah Clash of the Titans dan David and Goliath.
Akibatnya terbentuk dua team. Team A dan Team B. Team A Mahathir bersama Tun Ghafar dan Anwar Ibrahim serta Team B Ku Li bersama Musa Hitam, Pak Lah, Datuk Manan Osman, Rais Yatim, Datuk Zainal Abidin Zain. Najib selaku Ketua Pemuda UMNO juga dikatakan menyatakan sokongan kepada Team B.
Dr. Mahathir yang terdesak membuat perancangan. Dipanggil semua penasihatnya, termasuk ADC atau Ketua Pengawal Peribadinya, Mohamad Ali (Pak Ali). Beliau perlu memikirkan dengan cepat. Masa tidak lama sebelum pengundian pagi keesokan harinya.
Hanya 11 jam sahaja yang tinggal.
“Ali pergi cari Najib cepat!” kata Dr. Mahathir kepada Pak Ali.
Pada waktu itu, di Bukit Tunku; Najib dan isterinya Rosmah sedang mengemas kediaman yang baru mereka sewa serta menyambut teta­mu. Najib tidak mahu memikirkan soal UMNO atau apa yang berlaku di Hotel Hilton pada malam itu.
Sebaliknya, Dr. Mahathir amat memerlukan sokongan Najib. Masa ketika itu cukup genting.
Di kediaman ibu Najib, Tun Rahah di Jalan Eaton pada malam yang sama, kelihatan masuk deretan radio car (kereta peronda polis) dan sebuah kereta besar semacam kereta Perdana Menteri.
“Saya yang tinggal depan rumah Tun Rahah nampak kereta itu ma­suk. Saya pun keluar menemui Tun Rahah.
“Kelihatan body guard Dr. Mahathir tiba bersama radio car itu.”
Dr. Mahathir mengarahkan pengawal peribadinya itu mencari Najib. Najib perlu dibawa dengan kereta besar Perdana Menteri ke Hotel Hilton pada malam itu juga. Najib perlu ditunjukkan kepada perwakilan. Sokongan Najib kepada Dr. Mahathir adalah penentu.
“Saya bertanya kepada Tun Rahah apa yang perlu dilakukan. Beliau berkata, mintalah Najib pergi sebagaimana Tun Razak taat kepada Tunku dahulu.”
Itu kata-kata Datuk Idris Shaari Mat Aris yang saya andaikan sebagai bapa angkat atau guidance angel kepada anak-anak Tun Abdul Razak.
Idrislah yang mula mengasuh Najib bermula beliau pulang dari England sehingga menjadi Menteri Besar Pahang pada usia yang muda dan pengalaman yang cetek. Idris ialah Pengawal Peribadi kepada Tun Razak dan apabila Tun Razak mening­gal beliau menjadi Setiausaha Sulit kepada Tun Rahah.
Saya menemui Idris kelmarin dalam satu mesyuarat di Kuala Lumpur. Sebagai seorang yang sudah berusia 70an fikiran Tok Deris, panggilan kami kepadanya, masih tajam. Cuma fizikalnya agak lemah dan memerlukan tongkat dan pembantu untuk berjalan.
Mendengarkan kata-kata Tun Ra­hah itu maka Idris meminta body guard Dr. Mahathir mengikutinya ke kediaman baharu Najib di Bukit Tunku.
Semasa kami tiba dengan petrol car dan kereta besar Perdana Menteri itu, Najib sedang menemui tiga orang perwakilan dari Pahang.
“Saya masuk ke dalam bilik dan berjumpa Najib. Saya kata Dr. Mahathir minta Datuk (Najib) pergi juga malam ini ke Hilton.
“Mummy (Tun Rahah) pun cakap pergilah Tok.”
Najib menjawab: Takpalah, Deris pergilah dulu.
Saya masih merasa was-was dan bertanya sekali lagi dengan Najib, adakah beliau akan pergi?
“Setelah mendapat jaminannya maka saya pun pergi. Saya bagi tahu Ali bahawa Najib akan pergi ke Hilton. Saya juga pergi ke Hilton dan saya diminta Ali berada di tepi pentas.
“Semasa saya tiba Tok Mat (Datuk Mohamed Rahmat) sedang berucap menghentam Najib,” kata Idris sambil ketawa.
Dr. Mahathir mengarahkan supaya satu kerusi di meja utama dikosongkan bagi memberi tempat kepada Najib.
“Kemudian Ali memberitahu saya Najib sudah sampai.” Kata Idris, beliau nampak Najib tiba dengan kawan lama sekolahnya di St. John’s Institution, bernama Dr. Tiagi.
Apabila Najib masuk semua hadirin bangun bertepuk tangan. Nada ucapan tiba-tiba bertukar. Dr. Mahathir amat gembira de­ngan kemunculan Najib itu.
Akhir sekali keesokan harinya Dr. Mahathir menang mengalahkan Ku Li dengan margin yang tipis. Dr Mahathir menang sebanyak 43 undi ke atas Ku Li, iaitu 761 berbanding 718 undi untuk jawatan Presiden UMNO.
Dr. Mahathir hampir tersungkur. Tak perlulah saya bagi details apa yang berlaku semasa pengundian itu sedang dijalankan. Mengapa tiba-tiba bunyi bising dengan lagu-lagu dan lampu tiba-tiba padam.
Akibat kemenangan Dr. Mahathir itu Team B dianggotai oleh 11 ahli UMNO (dikenali sebagai UMNO 11) membawa ke mahkamah kerana dikatakan pemilihan itu tidak sah.
Kes itu telah dibicarakan di hadapan Hakim Harun Hashim di Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur pada 4 Februari 1988.
Setelah beberapa siri perbica­raan yang mengambil masa selama tujuh bulan, Harun telah memutuskan bahawa di bawah undang-undang, beliau tiada pilihan me­lainkan mengisytiharkan UMNO sebagai pertubuhan yang tidak sah kerana wujudnya beberapa cawang­an yang tidak didaftarkan dan dianggap tidak sah di bawah Akta Pertubuhan.
Cuma moral kisah daripada cerita Datuk Idris tadi ialah: Najib ketika itu telah memberi pengorbanan yang paling besar atas nama kesetiaan kepada Dr. Mahathir sehingga dapat beliau mentadbir negara selama 22 tahun seterusnya.
“Apakah Dr. Mahathir mengetahui mengenai kisah itu? Mahathir tidak tahu…” kata Idris.
Najib telah menyelamatkan nyawa politik Dr. Mahathir!
– See more at: http://www.utusan.com.my/rencana/1987-najib-dan-nyawa-politik-mahathir-1.198723#sthash.5UyxyYLk.dpuf

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Peristiwaan politik beberapa hari terakhir sebelum pemilihan Majlis Tertinggi UMNO paling getir alam sejarah itu wajar dibawa semula agar realiti hari ini sebenarnya mempunyai riwayat lampau.

Masyarakat hari ini wajar menilai bagaimana, keputusan beberapa Kemimpinan pelapis se[erti Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak mengubah susur galur bukan jahaja UMNO, tetapi Negara.

Kejayaan Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad mengekalkan Kepimpinan beliau dan jawatan Perdana Menteri, untuk 16 tahun lagi dan mebawa negara dan rakyat ke mercu yang lebih tinggi, merupakan kerjasama dan setiakawan dalam satu pasukan.

Ianya bukanlah hasil beliau seorang sahaja.

Barisan MT UMNO dan Kabinet, termasuk dari parti komponen parti bersama-sama memikul tanggungjawab kerja dan keputusan yang dibuat, wajar dengan konsep ‘Tanggungjawab Bersama’ (Collective Responsibility).

Personaliti dalam pasukan yang memikul amanah dan tanggungjawab ini silih berganti, sepanjang 16 than lagi Kepimpinan Tun Dr. Mahathir sehingga persaraan pada 31 Oktober 2003.

Mereka mengharungi pelbagai cabaran dan ribut, seperti pengharaman UMNO oleh Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur pada 4 Februari 1988, pengkhianatan PBS keatas BN saat akhir PRU 8 November 1990 dan krisis Perlembagaan 1993.

Namun, episod politik paling mencabar ialah apabila Timbalan Perdana Menteri dan Presiden UMNO Anwar Ibrahim dipecat. pada 2 dan 3 September 1998.

Dalam kekeliruan politik dan ramai akar umbi UMNO dan rakyat Malaysia terutama orang Melayu begitu emosional dan menolak Kepimpinan Dr Mahathir akibat dari pemecatan itu dan gerakan ‘Reformasi’, ramai pemimpin memilih teguh untuk bersama beliau.

Sekiranya Naib Presiden UMNO ketika itu seperti Najib memilih untuk menentang beliau, tidak mustahil Dr. Mahathir berjaya digulingkan terutama sentimen menolak Presiden UMNO itu begitu kuat dan mengakibatkan beberapa badai politik mencabar.

Kini, Dr. Mahathir sendiri memilih untuk menggunakan isu-isu tertentu seperti beberapa elemen dari skandal 1MDB yang beliau sendiri mengaku tidak dapat membuktikan selain dari memainkan dan manipulasi fakta dan cerita separa benar.

Ianya dibuat bersungguh-sungguh semata mata memainkan persepsi, emosi dan menghasut Kabinet, MT UMNO, pemimpin UMNO teringkat Bahagian, Perwakilan UMNO di PAU 2015, Ahli Parlimen dan rakyat untuk banglit, menentang dan menggulingkan Perdana Menteri Najib.

Namun, setakat ini semuanya tidal berhasil dan gagal.

Jumaat lepas, Dr Mahathir dilihat beget terdesak apabila selepas mengumumkan keluar UMNO empat hari sebelumnya, beliau berjaya untuk mendapatkan Pembangkang terutama pimpinan Chauvinis Cina DAP untuk berkongsi pentas, menanda-tangani ‘Deklarasi Rakyat’ untuk menolak dan menggulingkan Perdana Menteri Najib.

Rata-rata, orang Melayu termasuk penyokong tegar Dr. Mahathir sendiri tidak dalat menerima dan menyelar tindakan politik terdesak ini.

Tanya akan mengundang lebih ramai orang, terutama pemimpin-pemimpin dan personaliti yang terlibat, mula tampil memberikan pendapat negatif mereka dan mengimbau kembali kegalan, kecacatan, permainan politik kotor dan dosa Dr. Mahathir sepanjang 35 tabun lampau.

Hakikatnya, tidak banyak kebaikan akan diperolehi dari ‘Membuka pekung didada’ dan ‘Mengeruk neraka’ ini. Namun sekiranya Dr. Mahathir yang dilihat begitu terdesak sehingga hilang pertimbangan untuk menjatuhkan sehingga mengguling Perdana Menteri Najib, maka sistem pertahanan mulai sekarang ini merupakan serangan keatas beliau.

Dalam 35 tahun bergelumangan dengan pelbagai asam garam arus politik perdana, Dr. Mahathir bukanlah seorang yang maksum dan mempunyai senarai panjang kelemahan, kegagalan, permainan politik kotor dan dosa politik.

Amat malang sekali sekiranya generasi hari ini dicelikkan dengan pelbagai kisah negatif mengenai Negarawan yang beget berjasa dan legasi beliau menadi igauan generasi muda Malaysia, akibat dari kesan tindakan politik obsessif Dr. Mahathir sepanjang setahun ini.

Bak kata orang, “Tak tumbuh tak melata, Tak sungguh orang tak kata”. Dosa dan luka lama akhirnya diungkit, demi tindak balas emosi orang-orang Melayu dan mereka yang pernah begitu taksub dengan pemimpin ulung UMNO sendiri, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

Published in: on March 9, 2016 at 23:59  Comments (16)  

So, who is next?

Strange bedfellows sleeping together

The unbelievable did happen when former sworn enemies got together, for common a goal to oust Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak with their proclamation of ‘Save Malaysia’ from the MOU ‘Citizen Declaration’ inked yesterday.

The Star story:

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Dr M initiates citizens’ declaration to oust Prime Minister

 

BY AKIL YUNUSandASHLEY TANG

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PETALING JAYA: Four days after quitting Umno, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has teamed up with key political figures and civil society leaders to initiate a citizens’ declaration to demand the removal of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The group of more than 50, including suspended Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, signed the 37-point declaration during a ceremony at the Universiti Malaya Alumni Association clubhouse.

The former prime minister renewed his attacks against 1MDB, including its joint venture with Petrosaudi International Limited.

Dr Mahathir also revisited the controversy surrounding the RM2.6bil in Najib’s personal bank accounts, pointing to discrepancies between the Prime Minister’s explanation and reportedly that of a Saudi minister.

“To this day, WSJ (Wall Street Journal) continues to report about 1MDB and Najib has not sued them. He can sue them in the country where WSJ is published,” said Dr Mahathir.

The former premier also claimed that he was forced to initiate a citizens’ movement as existing avenues had been crippled.

“Normally, we can make reports and then the police will investigate.

“If there is evidence of wrongdoing, then the Attorney-General can take the case to court. But right now, that system is not working,” he told reporters after the signing ceremony.

Other signatories to the declaration included former Kedah mentri besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, PKR vice-presidents Rafizi Ramli and Tian Chua, lawyer activist Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, former PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa, former PAS information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar, Amanah deputy president Datuk Salahuddin Ayub, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, and Bersih 4 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah.

Four other individuals who endorsed the declaration but were not present for the signing included Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin, DAP national publicity chief Tony Pua and lawyer Matthias Chang.

Asked if his collaboration with the Opposition would lead him to join Pakatan Harapan, Dr Mahathir said it was not the case.

“We are all here today as concerned Malaysians. There’s a difference between the citizens’ agenda and party agenda. The media must understand that,” he said when asked if he was now endorsing the Opposition’s goals.

Muhyiddin said he was not afraid that the party would take further action against him following his decision to sign the declaration.

“Even if I’m still an Umno member, I’m firstly a citizen of Malaysia and have the right to speak,” he said.

Azmin, who is the Selangor Mentri Besar, said the citizens’ movement was consistent with PKR’s stand all along.

“Anwar (Ibrahim) made a strong stand from prison yesterday to support this position (taken by Dr Mahathir). We are all concerned citizens who are here to support the initiative,” he said.

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Pro-Anwarista News Portal story:

We have only one thing in common – remove Najib as PM, says Dr Mahathir

Published: 4 March 2016 3:52 PM | Updated: 4 March 2016 9:36 PM
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad sat with old political allies and foes today to obtain the people’s support to sign a declaration seeking Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s removal as the country’s prime minister.

Among those present were Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, DAP parliamentary chief Lim Kit Siang, former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik.

“There is only one thing common among us, we as citizens want to express our worries and concern about what is happening to our country.
“We want to sign the declaration, which includes the removal of Najib as the prime minister,” Dr Mahathir said to a packed press conference in Kuala Lumpur, with the words “Selamatkan Malaysia” (Save Malaysia) in the background.
“We call upon all Malaysians, irrespective of race, religion, political situation, creed or parties, young and old, to join us in saving Malaysia from the government headed by Najib Razak,” read a joint statement from the group.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaks at the press conference today which saw political foes coming together calling for Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s resignation. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, March 4, 2016.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaks at the press conference today which saw political foes coming together calling for Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s resignation. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, March 4, 2016.
Others present included former Bersih co-chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Bersih chairman Maria Chin Abdullah, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim and activist Hishammuddin Rais.

From among Pakatan Harapan were DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke and vice-chairman Teresa Kok, Parti Amanah Negara vice-president Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa, and PKR vice-presidents Chua Tian Chang and Rafizi Ramli.

Two PAS leaders, its elections director Datuk Mustafa Ali and Pokok Sena MP Datuk Mahfuz Omar, were also present.

The declaration, titled “Citizens Declaration”, among others calls for Najib’s removal as well as “those in concert with him”.

It was signed by 58 individuals, including Dr Mahathir’s wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, who was also present today.

In his speech, Dr Mahathir said those present were there as citizens and not representatives of their political parties.

Reading from the declaration, he said Najib’s administration had inflicted damage to the nation and caused Malaysia to be listed as among the most corrupt nations.

He said Najib’s removal from office must be through non-violent and “legally permissible means”.

Those who helped to cover up his “misdeeds” must also be removed, he added.

The declaration also touched on some reforms to institutions, such as moves to restore integrity to “undermined institutions” such as the police, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Bank Negara and the Public Accounts Committee.

At a press conference later, Dr Mahathir said the movement would find ways and means to force Najib to resign which included moving another motion of no-confidence in Parliament.

“We know the last one failed because it could not get enough support so we will also take our campaign to Barisan Nasional MPs,” said Dr Mahathir.

He added that the movement’s next step would be to hold the March 27 closed door gathering of anti-Najib forces.

He also said the movement was not driven by political parties and that politicians who signed did so in their personal capacities.

“This is not for or against Umno or about joining the opposition. It is not a political movement but a people’s movement,” he added.

Those gathered today, however, did not discuss Najib’s replacement in the event he resigned. – March 4, 2016.

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Asia One story:

A 90-year-old ex-premier and his strange bedfellows

A major realignment in the Malaysian political landscape was officially sealed yesterday as former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad led top opposition leaders, senior Umno leaders and political activists in signing a declaration to work together.

This “rainbow alliance” that aims to topple Prime Minister Najib Razak and implement reforms for public institutions was lauded by jailed opposition chief Anwar Ibrahim, even though it is led by his former mentor who sacked him in 1998 and accused him of sodomy.

A huge poster put up at the signing ceremony of the so-called Citizens’ Declaration yesterday proclaimed Selamatkan Malaysia, or Save Malaysia.

Said former Bar Council chief Ambiga Sreenevasan, who was one of the 58 signatories: “It is not just about removing one man but also reforms.”

Questions remain over whether the group can actually steer Tun Dr Mahathir into areas other than his one chief aim of removing Datuk Seri Najib. While the signatories may share the same bed, do they have the same dream?

“I term it political opportunism,” political analyst Khoo Kay Peng, who runs his own consultancy, told The Straits Times. “He (Mahathir) pretty much lays down the rules. Clearly, if the opposition is not faltering as it is today, it doesn’t need to ride this opportunism.”

In the comments section of pro-opposition news site Malaysiakini, many readers warned against working with Dr Mahathir. They worry that once he achieves his aim of ousting Mr Najib, the other parts of the declaration would be forgotten.

Anwar’s message from prison, analysts say, was a bid to reassure those who were hesitant to back the 90-year-old.

Many remember that Dr Mahathir, during his 22-year tenure as prime minister until 2003, jailed and harassed opposition leaders and activists.

The statement by Anwar said: “I support the position of friends in civil society, political parties and individuals including Tun Dr Mahathir, (former deputy PM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and others to build up strength and understanding together.”

As they say in politics, there are no permanent enemies, only permanent interests.

“Politics makes for strange bedfellows,” said political analyst Amir Fareed Rahim at KRA Group. “It is interesting to see that it was Anwar who issued the statement of support and not Dr M openly soliciting Anwar’s support.”

As Dr Mahathir himself pointed out at the meeting held at the alumni club of Universiti Malaya: “As you can all see, this is a very strange group of people. There is only one thing in common – we are citizens of this country.”

Analysts say both sides hope to gain by latching onto each other.

For Dr Mahathir, the motley crew gives him another shot at trying to oust Mr Najib after he failed to do so as a respected Umno veteran last year. He quit the ruling party on Monday.

The opposition, meanwhile, is torn by internal bickering even as Mr Najib is engulfed by a huge financial scandal that rattled Malaysia’s international standing.

The opposition now hopes to ride on the names of Dr Mahathir and Mr Muhyiddin to attract Malay voters, especially in rural areas where the bulk of Umno’s strength lies, say analysts and politicians.

The opposition in the past one year lost two key Malay leaders – Anwar was jailed and revered Islamic leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat died. Datuk Nik Aziz was the spiritual leader of Parti Islam SeMalaysia, which has since bolted from the opposition.

Still, it will not be easy for Malay voters in Peninsular Malaysia to look beyond the usual racial lens to accept the new alignment.

“Umno members may be very uncomfortable with the idea of him (Dr Mahathir) working together with their sworn enemy Anwar, while the general Malay community may not be too keen on him working with the Lims of DAP,” said Mr Amir, referring to Mr Lim Kit Siang and his son Lim Guan Eng, two key leaders at the Chinese-based Democratic Action Party.

Asked whether Anwar’s release would be part of the new movement’s agenda, Dr Mahathir replied: “We are concerned about removing Najib.”

– See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/90-year-old-ex-premier-and-his-strange-bedfellows#sthash.51MW4tmo.dpuf

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Strange bedfellows are jumping into bed and sleeping together. In the disbelief of many, in their lifetime they would never imagine Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, dubbed as ‘Ultra Malay’ would join forces with sworn enemy DAP Chinese Chauvinist Supremo Lim Kit Siang.

The good doctor’s staunchest supporters are coming with the lamest excuse to rationalise this madness.

It is clear this declaration is all about Tun Dr. Mahathir cannot accept that the past one year he tried so far to oust Prime Minister Najib through the Cabinet, MT UMNO, UMNO General Assembly and even some segment of the rakyat with his two days appearance in last August BERISH rally did not fly.

In the ‘political orgy’ at UM Alumni Clubhouse, there is PKR Deputy President Azmin Ali, Parti Amanah President Mat Sabu, former PAS VP Husam Musa, BERSIH Chairman Maria Chin, Former Bar Council President Ambiga Sreenivasan, Anarchist Hishamuddin Rais, amongst others.

Even the voice from Sg Buloh prison, former Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim lends his support to Tun Dr. Mahathir.

The Star story:

Thursday, 3 March 2016 | MYT 9:25 PM

Anwar declares support for Dr M

BY AKIL YUNUS

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PETALING JAYA: Jailed Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) has declared support for arch nemesis Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in his efforts to pressure Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to resign.

“I support the position of friends in civil society, political parties and individuals including Tun Dr Mahathir, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and others to build up strength and understanding together as articulated by the leader of the Opposition recently.

“This understanding will focus on the demand for Najib to resign as Prime Minister as he has clearly failed to lead this nation,” he said in a message from prison on Thursday.

Anwar is currently serving a five-year jail term for sodomy at the Sungai Buloh prison.

The former deputy prime minister, who was sacked from Umno by Dr Mahathir in 1998 and later jailed for sodomy, said it was time for the rakyat to stand together and to set aside personal vendettas.

“We must together chart a new way forward to save our beloved nation,” he said.

Anwar also said the call for change also necessitated reforms in key institutions within the country.

He called for the rights of the people to be returned through free and fair elections, and independent judiciary, free media, and economic policies that are refocused on fresh economic growth.

“We have also learned from history that meaningful transition of power cannot happen only with a change of leadership but it also demands a systemic change,” he added.

Dr Mahathir had recently proposed the setting up of a core group to remove Najib, with some members of the Opposition saying they were ready to work with the former premier.

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Today, the commonly agree on the oust of Prime Minister Najib.

However, the intriguing and equally burning “Thirteen Million Plus Ringgit” question is; Who shall replace Najib as the Prime Minister?

It is not so difficult to see that Pakistan Harapan (DAP, PKR and Amana) could come to a consensus that they want Anwar as the next Prime Minister.

The not so intriguing question as a subsequent question is that, how would they have Anwar as the next Prime Minister? Currently, Anwar is serving a five years sentence for sodomising his political aide Mohd. Saiful Bukhary Azlan in June 2008 and legally, all avenues have been exhausted to get him pardoned.

So who would be the personality that Tun Dr. Mahathir and Pakistan Harapan, agree to be the next Malaysian Prime Minister?

Tun Dr. Mahathir’s and Lim Kit Siang’s answers about being together in the media conference is telling. When asked would the former UMNO President accept if DAP wants to ascend the Prime Ministership, “We would have a General Election. We want a free and clean election. We cannot people stop people from voting DAP”.

That is very intriguing by many counts. Is Tun Dr. Mahathir suggesting that the elections all the while is not “Clean and free”? What is more intriguing is that for a former UMNO President (twice; the UMNO which was deregistered on 4 Feb 1988 and UMNO Baru) to outright say that “No problem for DAP to rule the country” is politically outrageous!

The Malaysian Digest story:

“No Problem For DAP To Rule The Country, As Long As It’s Not Najib” – Tun M

Print Email Details Published on Friday, 04 March 2016 23:50
KUALA LUMPUR: For a desperate man like former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, it no longer matters which political party takes over the country in the future as long as he can remove Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak from office.

Speaking to the media at the Universiti Malaya Alumni Association Club at the press conference held after he signed the 36-point Citizens’ Declaration, the longest serving ex-premier admitted that he is willing to allow his one time arch nemesis, DAP, to replace the incumbent ruling party Barisan Nasional (BN).

“We want a clean election. It is the voters’ right to vote for the Opposition. I can’t stop any party from competing [in the election],” the 91-year-old said.

Asked if he would join the campaign to express his support towards jailed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, he remarked, “I’m not campaigning with or for UMNO, I am campaigning for the citizens of this country to remove Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.”

The principles which Tun M holds now are in stark contrast for what he stood for when he helmed the country between 1981 and 2003, which sees him now in desperate partnership with DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang in a bid to unseat UMNO and BN.
-mD

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Surely they are not that gullible to take Malaysians for granted if not being stupid that they cannot solve a problem by introducing another problem.

Would Tun Dr. Mahathir agree if Anwar Ibrahim, a Deputy he sacked on 2 September 1998 for “Sodomising his wife’s driver Azizan Abu Bakar, Sukma Saasmithatmadja, Mior, Dr Munawar Anas and Hairani Mohd. Nafis” to be the next Malaysian Prime Minister?

That would take time. First of all, Tun Dr. Mahathir and his Motley Crue need to present themselves to the Council of Rulers and get HRHs consent to pardon Anwar. That would obviously take time.

Otherwise, who are the alternatives? Lim Kit Siang? Or Lim Guan Eng? Would the Fifth UMNO President, who have been describing Lims as “Racists and extremists”, accept any of these Chinese Chauvinists as the next Prime Minister?

How about Azmin Ali? Would PKR President who herself has been aspiring to the Prime Minister even agree for the Deputy President to ‘steal’ her opportunity?

What is very interesting is what is Lim Kit Siang’s and DAP’s expectation for throwing support behind Tun Dr. Mahathir. Could it be that their KPI for the Ultra-Malay is to deliver Malay votes to DAP.

That would be most treacherous! Not for UMNO but the Malay race.

The permutation is very complex. As we learned during MBA in a course of System Thinking, Prof. Robert Flood of Hull taught “One cannot solve a complex problem with a simplistic solution. It would never work!”.

Tun Dr. Mahathir just took Malaysians for another self-serving complex political ride!

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Egg for omelette or face?

Suspended UMNO Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin defied the popular notion that he would quit UMNO after last Friday’s MT UMNO to suspend him from his post, and would to remain and struggle for his quest within UMNO.

Straights Times story:

Muhyiddin to challenge suspension from UMNO

Former Malaysian deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin will lodge a report challenging his suspension from a high-ranking position within the the country’s ruling party.

By Melissa Goh, Malaysia Bureau Chief, Channel NewsAsia
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysian deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin will lodge a report challenging his suspension from a high-ranking position within the the country’s ruling party.

At a news conference on Thursday (Mar 3), Mr Muhyiddin said he would write to the Registrar of Societies (ROS), a department under the Ministry of Interior, to seek clarification on whether his suspension was in breach of party constitutions.

However he said he would remain with the party. “I will stay in UMNO, it’s in my blood,” he said.

Speculation was rife that Mr Muhyiddin would resign from the the United Malays National Organisation (UMNO), after being suspended as deputy president by the party’s supreme council on Feb 26. It had unanimously agreed that he had failed in his duty to assist the party’s president, Prime Minister Najib Razak.

He said that it was better to stay within UMNO and fix it, saying the problem was with party members, not the party itself.

He was axed from Mr Najib’s cabinet in July 2015 after he openly criticised the Prime Minister over troubled state investment fund 1MDB and the large sum of money allegedly deposited in Mr Najib’s personal accounts.

The 68-year-old had also been Malaysia’s deputy prime minister until he was sacked last July.

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On Monday, Fifth UMNO President Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad announced he is quitting the nationalist party.

Monday, 29 February 2016 | MYT 4:49 PM

Dr Mahathir quits Umno, again

BY DINA MURAD
PUTRAJAYA: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has resigned from Umno.

He said that he made the decision in light of Umno’s support for the actions of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Among the other reasons are the RM2.6bil and 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) issues.

“The organisation that is led by Najib today is no longer the Umno which was founded on May 11, 1946,” he said.

When asked whether his son and former Kedah mentri besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir would also leave Umno, he said:

“I can’t speak for my son but my wife joins me in leaving Umno.”

At a press conference at the Perdana Leadership Foundation here on Monday, Dr Mahathir said he would not start a new party nor would he be joining another party.

“I have dedicated myself to Umno even when I was expelled by Tunku Abdul Rahman. I have never joined any other party. I have always supported Umno but Umno is no more,” he said.

“Some people say I’m disappointed that my son is not Prime Minister.
If I wanted my son to be Prime Minister, I could have promoted him during the time I was Prime Minister but you know very well that he could only go into politics after I left,” Dr Mahathir said.

“I don’t practise nepotism. In fact, my relatives feel that I am too strict on this.”

Before the press conference, he attended a meeting with leaders of Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah).

Dr Mahathir was expelled from Umno after the 1969 riots and was only readmitted to the party in 1972.

This is the second time Dr Mahathir is quitting the party, which he led from 1981 to 2003, when he was prime minister.

He first quit in May 2008 during the tenure of former prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

In 2009, he rejoined Umno when Najib became prime minister.

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After openly going against Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak for almost a year, the Fourth Prime Minister yet to achieved desired outcome.

He threw all sorts of issues against Prime Minister Najib, which include the ‘moving figures’ of the scandalous strategic corporation’s case of ‘theft and money lost’.

He became the staunch leading figure of Anti-Najib Campaign (ANC). One time an enemy of foreign media, now he is their darling. Even the Neo Con Jewish controlled media is giving him the airtime.

Dr. Mahathir’s staunchest supporters even lied in their zest to create the hype towards diminishing public confidence, about Prime Minister Najib would be arrested if and when he travels abroad. Especially to France, Switzerland, United Kingdom and Unites States.

Dr. Mahathir also hoped that the series of attacks and ‘revelations’ made by foreign media in the demonisation of Prime Minister Najib would eventually cause the latter to cave in and leave or be forced to leave, in many phases.

The MT UMNO did not force him to leave. The UMNO General Assembly did not force him to leave. There was never a coup d’etat by Cabinet Ministers. No was there a vote of no confidence in Parliament.

Dr Mahathir even joined the illegal BERSIH 4.0 rally 29-30 August last year and he attended twice. That was hardly successful.

In his determination to see his desire for Prime Minister Najib to go, he gave endorsement for rebellion within UMNO through very isolated Branch leaders. That did not fly too.

So his last stunt through the UMNO platform was to quit the party, to send somewhat a ripple effect.

What is interesting, he also hoped that Muhyiddin would follow his path and leave UMNO.

The Star story:

Monday, 29 February 2016 | MYT 5:15 PM

Dr Mahathir hopes Muhyiddin will also quit Umno

BY DINA MURAD

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PUTRAJAYA: Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad hopes suspended Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin (pic) will follow him out of the party.

“I hope so,” he said when asked if the former deputy prime minister would also leave Umno.

Earlier, Dr Mahathir announced that he was quiting the party because it supported the actions of Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

On whether his son Datuk Seri Mukhriz, who recently quit as Kedah mentri besar, would follow him out of Umno, he said: “I can’t speak for my son but my wife joins me in leaving Umno.”
Former Batu Kawan division vice-chairman Datuk Seri Kairuddin Abu Hassan, who was present at the press conference, announced that he too was leaving the party.

Khairuddin has lodged several police reports against 1MDB overseas.

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However, it did not create the desired effect. Dr Mahathir’s departure became an almost non event. His exit from UMNO came celebrated by the Opposition leaders, which include one time sworn nemesis Chinese Chauvinist Supremo Lim Kit Siang.

The suspended Deputy UMNO President, who is still UMNO Pagoh Division Chairman did proclaim that he is ‘UMNO Totok” (Hardliner). His announcement to remain and work within UMNO is seen as a major snag for the Anti-Najib Campaign, as lesser and lesser UMNO support are turning their backs against the party regardless who is the leader.

This also means that it is certain that the three-million-plus UMNO members put the party ahead individuals, despite the propaganda to demonise Prime Minister Najib.

As UMNO would slowly solidify from the attempt to defragmentise the party the past one year, the Opposition is falling into disarray with the obvious split in PAS and PKR and how desperate they are especially after Anwar Ibrahim’s fate has been sealed as a convict.

The Opposition now is even warming up to a one-time nemesis, in the attempt to gain grounds with the confused fence sitters.

Straits Times story:

Malaysia’s opposition stalwart Lim Kit Siang discussed anti-Najib efforts with Mahathir

 

PUBLISHEDMAR 1, 2016, 1:06 PM SGT

Shannon TeohMalaysia Bureau Chief
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s opposition stalwart Lim Kit Siang confirmed on Tuesday (March 1) that he had met Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his ally Datuk Zaid Ibrahim on their efforts to oust Prime Minister Najib Razak.

The Democratic Action Party’s (DAP) parliamentary chief told a Selangor leadership meeting that he had discussed “the current national situation” with Dr Mahathir, who left Umno on Monday in protest at Datuk Seri Najib’s leadership.

“DAP will support all efforts to ‘Save Malaysia’ as distinct from campaigns to ‘Save Najib’ or ‘Save Umno’,” he said.
Last year, Mr Lim called for a grand coalition between opposition leaders and those against Mr Najib from Barisan Nasional (BN), calling it a campaign – a slogan that has recently been adopted by Dr Mahathir.

The former Malaysian prime minister – who remains influential despite his 2003 resignation that ended 22 years in power – had on Monday proposed a “core group” of national leaders with a joint objective to remove Mr Najib from power.

Mr Najib has denied allegations of graft worth almost US$700 million (S$983.4 million) and financial mismanagement of RM42 billion (S$14.1 billion) in loans raised by state investor 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Mr Najib has so far fended off all threats, including sacking deputy Umno president Muhyiddin Yassin from his deputy prime minister post last year.

The Straits Times understands that aside from Mr Lim, Dr Mahathir has also met other opposition leaders such as Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) Deputy President Azmin Ali, Parti Islam seMalaysia (PAS) President Abdul Hadi Awang.

Former law minister Zaid Ibrahim has called on Malaysians to rally behind Dr Mahathir, and is planning a March 27 meeting of prominent individuals to work towards the common goal of ending the Najib administration.

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That meeting did not augur well with Malay hardliners.

The Malay Mail Online story:

Malay groups warn Kit Siang about using Dr M-Umno feud as ammo

Thursday March 3, 2016
09:51 AM GMT+8

UPDATED:
March 03, 2016
10:27 AM GMT+8
Utusan Malaysia reported Jaringan Melayu Malaysia president Azwanddin Hamzah as saying that DAP’s Lim Kit Siang (pic) was acting like ‘batu api’ in his last meeting with the former prime minister. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
Utusan Malaysia reported Jaringan Melayu Malaysia president Azwanddin Hamzah as saying that DAP’s Lim Kit Siang (pic) was acting like ‘batu api’ in his last meeting with the former prime minister. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa
KUALA LUMPUR, March 3 — Two Malay rights groups today cautioned DAP’s Lim Kit Siang against using Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s current conflict with Umno for political capital.

Utusan Malaysia reported Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) president Azwanddin Hamzah as saying that the DAP veteran was acting like “batu api”, the Malay term for agent provocateur, in his last meeting with the former prime minister.

“What we saw was Kit Siang trying to use Dr Mahathir’s influence for his own political interest… we are (sic) informed that their meeting was based on Kit Siang’s old ties with the former prime minister when they fought each other politically, so we would like to remind him not to try and take advantage on Dr Mahathir,” Azwanddin told the local Malay daily.

Perkasa Youth chief Irwan Fahmi Ideris expressed similar sentiment and urged other politicians to give Dr Mahathir some space.

“He has just announced his decision to quit Umno. That is a personal decision and we have to respect it,” he was quoted in the Utusan Malaysia’s report.

“But politicians, especially the opposition, have to remember not to make an immediate decision, assessment and use Dr Mahathir’s name for their own interests.”

On Monday, Dr Mahathir announced his decision to leave Umno, claiming the party he once led now only functions to protect its president Najib.

He also alleged that Najib was responsible for the current climate of fear in the country.

Lim subsequently said he had met arch-rival Dr Mahathir for discussions.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/malay-groups-warn-kit-siang-about-using-dr-m-umno-feud-as-ammo#sthash.r4SLoLgO.dpuf

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Former MB Kedah Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir also wanted to remain and continue the struggle within UMNO. So is Vice President Dato’ Seri Shafiee Apdal. Shafiee was sacked from Cabinet, in the same reshuffle last July where else Mukhriz resigned last month, for falling out of support from fellow UMNO Assemblymen.

The question is now, the egg has been broken. Like the cliche’ goes, for an omelette or it is actually now on someone’s face?

*Updated 330pm

The egg on the face has now evolved into a custard dish, for a recipe of long term desert to be served cold.

The Edge Market story:

Dr Mahathir must admit past wrongs, civil society says or ‘No’ to Najib ouster

By The Malaysian Insider / themalaysianinsider.com | March 3, 2016 : 11:57 AM MYT
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KUALA LUMPUR (March 3): Civil society leaders say they want an acknowledgement from Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that he was responsible for the erosion of country’s institutions before they can consider joining his agenda to remove Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

The former prime minister must also make a commitment to holistic reforms, as the current flawed system was to blame for ongoing scandals involving the country’s leadership.

Any plan to oust Najib must also include institutional reforms, they said, or removing the prime minister without addressing systemic chance would be pointless.

Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4) director Cynthia Gabriel said the move to remove Najib must include long-term structural reforms.

“If it is just to replace Najib with Zahid and then business as usual for Umno, we will only be putting our country in further jeopardy,” she told The Malaysian Insider, in reference to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

“Removing Najib alone will not allow us to come on board. We need to cut the tree and its roots, we need systemic change.

“And we need a clarion call from Dr Mahathir that the changes he plans to lead must be holistic, incorporating openness and accountability in government, measures to cut corruption and uphold the rule of law.”

On that note, Cynthia said it was crucial for the former prime minister to acknowledge his actions during his 22-year rule which destroyed the independence of Malaysian institutions.

“Our proposal is for him to acknowledge his wrongs from his long tenure and make a public admission that he did traverse many human rights rules and destroyed the independence of our institutions, and that he, indeed, regrets his actions.

“That is the only way we can move forward as citizens,” she said.

Dr Mahathir, who stepped down as prime minister in 2003, is both praised and criticised for modernising Malaysia, as well as for eroding civil and political freedoms.

On Monday, the retired statesman decided to quit Umno in protest against Najib whom he has been criticising for more than a year. He mooted the idea of a “core group” who shared the same goal of ousting the prime minister.

But electoral reform coalition Bersih 2.0 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah said Dr Mahathir must also share the blame for the transgressions seen in high office today.

“For instance, the PM holding the finance minister position has had past record, and it is being continued by Najib,” she said, in reference to Dr Mahathir starting the current practice of the prime minister also holding the finance portfolio which he did at different points during his tenure.

“And now particularly, when investigations are on how finances in the country are being managed and the billions allegedly found in Najib’s personal accounts, (the prime minister) should not be holding the finance minister position,” she said.

Maria said even when Bersih held its fourth rally last August to demand Najib’s resignation, it had set clear conditions that there had to be institutional reforms.

“We don’t want a new leader but then corruption and abuse of power still exists as a result of the system not being fixed.

“Because then we can change the prime minister 10 times over, but the country will still be in the same state we are in now,” she told The Malaysian Insider.

As such, whoever wanted to get rid of Najib must have a larger plan for reforms, she said.

“If you look at history from Dr Mahathir’s time, when (Tun Abdullah Ahmad) Badawi came into power, he said he had some reforms, when Najib came, he also said there would be reforms, but we don’t see any of it happening.”

Long-time activist and former PKR deputy president Dr Syed Husin Ali lauded plans for a new movement to remove Najib.

“It’s a good sign that people are coming together to change the leadership.

“But it is not enough to replace Najib, we have to change the corrupt and cruel system as well.

“It has to happen together as it is the system that allows him to do this.”

Opposition politicians have so far reacted positively to Dr Mahathir’s call to join forces for Najib’s ouster, saying they were aware of the conflicting agendas regarding reforms and the fact that the retired statesman still wanted to see Umno remain in power.

On that score, Maria said they would only make a decision whether to join Dr Mahathir in his bid to remove Najib, after meeting with the non-governmental organisations under the Bersih 2.0 coalition next week.

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It is expected the good doctor would make a joint media conference with the Opposition tomorrow.

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Old Guards’ Guild

Chinese Chauvinist Emperorissimo of Middle Malaysia Lim Kit Siang confirmed his meeting on Monday with Ultranationalist Fourth Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, to discuss on moving the Anti- Najib Campaign (ANC).

The Star story:

Tuesday, 1 March 2016 | MYT 3:09 PM

Kit Siang says met with Dr M to discuss national issues

BY D. KANYAKUMARI

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PETALING JAYA: Lim Kit Siang (pic) says that he had met with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and discussed issues affecting the country.

In his speech at the Selangor councillors meeting on Tuesday, the DAP adviser said that he had met with the former premier as well as former law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim.

“I have met and discussed with Mahathir on the current national situation as well as Zaid on his March 27 initiative.

“Both were encouraging developments to find a solution to the national issues,” he said, adding that DAP would support all efforts to save Malaysia.

“Hopefully, along with a grand coalition made up of MPs from both sides of the political divide,” he noted.

Lim, however, said he could not comment on what was discussed.

“There is a lot to be done and deliberated and we need to take those steps now.

On who would lead this “grand coalition”, Lim said there were too many things to consider.

“We are in a deep canyon now. It should not be a decision made solely by political parties but by the people and all their representatives.

“Which is why it is important for this grand coalition to work as only with the support of the 112 MPs can we move on from this current situation,” he said.

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The two had been political nemesis since 1969 and at odds with each other, either in the augur house of Parliament or making separate statements taking pot shots against one another.

It is most unorthodox meeting of the two, especially on a political agenda.

The former Fifth UMNO President has called Emperorissimo Lim as “Racist”, far too many times. In reciprocity, Lim said too many nasty things against Dr Mahathir also.

It is very surprising that Dr Mahathir met Lim hours before the Fifth UMNO President announced his departure from the nationalist party, citing irreconcilable differences with party President Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak. Dr Mahathir also see that UMNO is beyond reprieve.

It is the Chinese Chauvinist desire to defeat BN through UMNO by breaking the Malays up. They have been hard nose at this since People’s Action Party (PAP) entered the Malaysian political scene upon the inclusion of Singapore in Federation of Malaysia on 16 Sept 1963.

When Singapore was expelled on 9 August 1965, Democratic Action Party (DAP) was formed as a spin off to continue the struggle of the Chinese Chauvinist agenda to overpower the Malays and take over reign of the nation.

For more than 7 months, Lim have expressed Oppositions’ intention, especially DAP, for Dr Mahathir to join their cause to go after Prime Minister Najib, who have been on the Oppositions’ target sight to be defeated in their strategy to cripple UMNO/BN, since April 2007.

Apparently, the man who said that “UMNO is my life” met with a bunch of Opposition leaders as the leaves the nationalist party for the third time.

The question now is, if Dr Mahathir is willing to work with the Oppositions; agenda to so-called “Save Malaysia”, then the Thirteen Million Plus Ringgit questions shall be; Is he willing to have a DAP man as the next Prime Minister if and when BN falls?

We can’t help but when burning ideas suddenly combusted through the arteries in the clotted mind, like ‘Council of Elders’ as the Good Doctor demanded Prime Minister Najib incept, does it now mean to include personality like Chinese Chauvinist Emperorissimo Lim?

Published in: on March 2, 2016 at 09:00  Leave a Comment  

Malicious media

The Wall Street Journal is nothing but a media with malicious intent as a tool of Anti-Najib Campaign, when 1MDB was quick to reiterate the fact that no monies within their group was transfered to Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s personal account.

Media statement by 1Malaysia Development Berhad

Issued on 01 Mar 2016

For immediate publication

Response to Wall Street Journal

1MDB has consistently maintained that it has not paid any funds to the personal accounts of the Prime Minister.

This has been reiterated by multiple lawful authorities including the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the Malaysian Attorney General, and various reputable international publications, who have confirmed that these funds came from Saudi Arabia.

Despite this, the Wall Street Journal continues to repeat the same disproven allegations.

However, not once has the publication offered any conclusive evidence to support its claims, with the only justification for their continued attacks being information that they claim to have obtained from unnamed and anonymous sources.

This reliance on anonymous sources, who may or may not exist, betrays a lack of basic journalistic standards on the part of the Wall Street Journal and the fact that the publication has lost all semblance of balanced reporting.

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As highlighted by Datuk Rocky, the convenience of keeping the substantiated story is damningly pointing towards the media is in cohort with the ANCs.

Evidently, the incessant rabid lies spewed were part of the strategy to demonise Prime Minister Najib, since the Opposition is unable to topple him or the BN Govt despite the intense tries since nine years ago this April.

ANC elements have been harping on Neo Con Jewish Ruport Murdoch’s controlled media, which is carrying the strategy of demonising Prime Minister Najib.

Australia media reported that News Corp paid NSW Crown Prosecutor for stories. In a parliamentary enquiry, News Corp executive Rebekah Brooks admitted they paid the Police for stories. That is how ethical, they are.

It is without a doubt of the ulterior motive.

Published in: on March 1, 2016 at 17:00  Comments (1)