FELDA’s fortification from land being flogged off

FELDA made the move to to fortify’s their interest in the Kuala Lumpur Vertical City by making Police report on 12 Dec 2017, as part to get a Registrar’s Caveat on the 16 parcel of land with regards to the development agreement with Synergy Promenade Sdn Bhd. (SPSB)

FELDA Chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad said this when interviewed by The Mole earlier this morning at his office. The Registrar Caveat was placed on top of a Private Caveat, submitted in April 2017.

“I (FELDA) only wants the land back”

He also admitted that FELDA at this point of time is not rectifying the Development Agreement signed between FELDA Investment Corporation Sdn. Bhd. (FIC) and SPSB as the Master Developer on 3 June 2014.

Shahrir confirmed that FELDA Board endorsed the irrevocable Power of Attorney (PoA) agreement with SPSB in September 2014. SPSB applied for the Development Order (DO)  and obtained from DBKL in June 2015, upon the latter obtaining an irrevocable Power of Attorney.

“Why do you need the land when you already got the Development Order”, asked Shahrir.

He also said then FELDA Chairman and Director General signed four Sales and Purchase Agreement (SPA) to hive off the 16 land parcels in the said KLVC project, beginning December 2015 till end of 2016.

“Our concern is this. If the land has gone to the developer, where is our protection? What happens there is a change of ownership? Whose fault it would be?”.

It is most likely, SPSB needed the land to be transferred with their name as the new land owner in order to gain financing for the project.

It is the regular practice that financial institutions encumber land as part of the condition to give finance to a property development project.

“It is a land grab!”

He also added, “You don’t tell us anything. You don’t inform us anything anything. With the unlimited PoA, you are supposed to develop that land”.

In June 2015, the Malaysian economy was a more declined state compared to when SPSB obtained the irrevocable Power of Attorney. It was after global oil price plummeted from over USD100 per barrel to slightly over USD20 per barrel.

In such challenging situation, it is unlikely SPSB would able to raise financing through investments.

“Without ownership the land, they already got the DO. The protection is still on the land”.

It gives the indirect suggestion that SPSB with the ownership of said 16 parcels of land or any of the said parcels could be transferred to another party by SPSB and FELDA had no control over that deal.

A company with an irrevocable PoA and DO, could be flipped for a very lucrative consideration.

Furthermore, with land ownership such as the prized 16 parcels of land in Jalan Semarak off Jalan Tun Razak area, which is a stone’s throw from the CBD and KLCC, is very good catch.

The nation was shocked with the Berita Harian headline on 21 December 2017.

Pindah milik tanah FELDA Jalan Semarak dicurigai

FELDA berisiko kehilangan hak ke atas tanah strategik di Jalan Semarak. – Foto Aizuddin Saad

Kuala Lumpur: FELDA berisiko kehilangan hak ke atas tanah strategik di Jalan Semarak di sini, yang dianggarkan bernilai lebih RM200 juta apabila ia dipercayai bertukar hak milik menerusi transaksi diragui sejak 2015.

Tanah itu kini dimajukan dengan projek Kuala Lumpur Vertical City (KLVC) membabitkan tujuh menara, termasuk menara ikonik FELDA dikenali sebagai KLVC Tower1A.

Carian dalam portal Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) mendapati Menara KLVC Tower1A sudah diluluskan untuk dimajukan dengan bangunan pejabat 68 tingkat meliputi 59 tingkat pejabat, dua tingkat podium pejabat termasuk parkir, enam tingkat tempat letak kereta, dua tingkat parkir bawah tanah, taman atas bumbung dan helipad.

Sumber memberitahu BH, pindah milik tanah itu dipercayai berlaku apabila Felda Investment Cor-poration Sdn Bhd (FIC) melantik sebuah syarikat tempatan sebagai pemaju utama pada 3 Jun 2014 dan diberikan surat kuasa wakil penuh (full power of attorney) bagi membangunkannya.

Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad adalah Pengerusi Felda dari 2011 hingga Januari 2017; Pengerusi Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) mulai 1 Januari 2011 hingga 19 Jun lalu dan Pengerusi FIC sejak ditubuhkan pada 2 Julai 2013 sehingga 2017.

TAPAK projek pembangunan Kuala Lumpur Vertical City (KLVC) di Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur. – Foto Aizuddin Saad

Urus tadbir mengelirukan

Menurut sumber itu, semua keputusan pelantikan syarikat terbabit, dipercayai dibuat oleh FIC, tetapi hanya dimaklumkan kepada Lembaga Pengarah FELDA tiga bulan kemudian, iaitu pada 2 September 2014 untuk kelulusan secara retrospektif.

“Ia agak mengelirukan dari segi urus tadbir kerana Lembaga Pengarah FELDA tak tahu siapa sebenarnya buat keputusan, sama ada FIC atau FELDA kerana ketika itu ada orang yang sama duduk dalam FIC dan dalam FELDA.

“FELDA keluarkan surat kuasa wakil kepada syarikat pemaju untuk bangunkan kawasan terbabit, namun tanah berkenaan kemudian didapati dipindah milik kepada syarikat itu sejak Disember 2015,” katanya.

Carian BH di Jabatan Tanah dan Galian Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur juga mendapati satu daripada tanah iaitu lot 390 seluas 16 hektar yang sebelum ini menempatkan ibu pejabat lama FELDA, Anjung FELDA dan Wisma FELDA ditukar nama kepada sebuah syarikat lain yang ada kaitan dengan pemaju utama projek itu pada 21 Julai 2016.

TAPAK projek pembangunan Kuala Lumpur Vertical City (KLVC) di Jalan Semarak, Kuala Lumpur. – Foto Aizuddin Saad

Difahamkan, sehingga kini tiada pengumuman dikeluarkan FELDA berhubung pemindahan hak milik tanah itu atau transaksi pengambilalihan tanah antara FELDA dengan pemilik baharu tanah itu.

BH turut bertemu pemaju itu di pejabatnya untuk mendapatkan penjelasan lanjut, tetapi seorang pengarah syarikat terbabit enggan memberi sebarang komen.

Mengikut laporan media pada 14 Mei 2014, kawasan itu mulanya dirancang dimajukan sebagai projek pembangunan bercampur komersial dan kediaman dengan nilai pembangunan kasar (GDV) melebihi RM500 juta oleh anak syarikat FIC, iaitu ENCORP Bhd.

Namun, pada 6 November 2014, DBKL menerima permohonan kebenaran merancang kawasan sama daripada pemaju utama KLVC dan bukan ENCORP.

Semakan di Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM) juga mendapati kontraktor utama projek KLVC adalah sebuah syarikat baharu yang hanya ditubuhkan Januari lalu.

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Shahrir said at this point of time, they are not seeking to redress the Development Agreement which SPSB is required to cough up RM500 million or 10% of the Gross Development Value (GDV) of the said project.

He seemed not in discomfort of the public perception of the whole matter and only focused on retaining or recovering FELDA ownership on the 16 land parcels.

FELDA announced a forensic audit would be carried out and a report would be issued by the same accounting within 30 days, on top of the Police report made.

 

 

 

 

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Published in: on January 15, 2018 at 23:59  Leave a Comment  

Melayu Johor rasa DAP membelakangi PPBM

Dalam kajian yang dilakukan ISEAS Singapura oleh Felo Kanan dan Presiden IDEAS Wan Saiful Wan Jan membayangkan PPBM ditolak masyarakat Melayu Johor kerana dibelakangi DAP.

Laporan Harakah Daily:

Melayu Johor anti DAP, PAN dan PPBM – IDEAS

DR KAMARUL ZAMAN YUSOFF 11 JANUARY 2018

 

 

AGAK mengejutkan bila membaca hasil kajian terbaru Wan Saiful Wan Jan selaku Ketua Eksekutif IDEAS merangkap Felo Pelawat Kanan ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore, bertajuk “Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia In Johor: New Party, Big Responsibility”.

 

Antara dapatan utama hasil kajian setebal 49 muka Wan Saiful yang baru sahaja diterbitkan di dalam siri penerbitan ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute, Singapore, bertajuk Trends in Southeast Asia (2018: No. 2) ini adalah membabitkan penerimaan masyarakat Melayu Johor terhadap DAP, iaitu:

(1) 62 peratus daripada masyarakat Melayu Johor berpendapat Pakatan Harapan (PH) adalah dikuasai oleh DAP.

(2) 71 peratus daripada masyarakat Melayu Johor berpendapat DAP adalah anti Melayu dan anti Islam.

 

Lebih memberikan tamparan kepada DAP, sebuah parti sekular, adalah dapatan hasil kajian ini mengenai penolakan masyarakat Melayu Johor terhadap pendekatan sekular dalam politik, iaitu:

(1) 90 peratus daripada masyarakat Melayu Johor berpendapat peningkatan keagamaan adalah bagus.

(2) 84 peratus daripada masyarakat Melayu Johor berpendapat lebih ramai orang Islam perlu berada di dalam kerajaan.

(3) 81 peratus daripada masyarakat Melayu Johor berpendapat agama seseorang calon (pilihan raya) adalah penting.

 

Lebih jauh daripada itu adalah dapatan hasil kajian ini yang mendapati bahawa masyarakat Melayu Johor bukan sahaja sangat tidak menyenangi DAP, malah PAN dan PPBM juga, iaitu:

(1) 85 peratus daripada masyarakat Melayu Johor tidak menyenangi DAP.

(2) 69 peratus daripada masyarakat Melayu Johor tidak menyenangi PAN.

(3) 60 peratus daripada masyarakat Melayu Johor tidak menyenangi PPBM

 

Lebih menarik ialah kesimpulan hasil kajian ini, iaitu bahawa:

(1) Para pemimpin PPBM berpendapat bahawa kelangsungan jangka panjang PPBM bergantung kepada kemampuan PPBM untuk memenangi sekurang-kurangnya sebuah negeri, khususnya Johor.

(2) Pengundi sasaran utama PPBM, iaitu masyarakat Melayu Johor, bagaimanapun belum lagi menyertai mereka (“not yet jumping onto their bandwagon”), kerana kebimbangan utama mereka mengenai DAP, dan ketakutan ini tergambar di dalam maklum-balas perlahan terhadap gerakan menambah keahlian PPBM (mengikut data yang diberikan oleh Setiausaha PPBM Johor, Osman Sapian, kepada Wan Saiful, setakat 8 Julai 2017, PPBM mempunyai kira-kira 7,000 ahli yang telah disahkan).

 

Paling menarik adalah kesimpulan hasil kajian ini bahawa penentu terpenting adalah di dalam agihan kerusi antara parti-parti dalam Pakatan Harapan kerana, kata Wan Saiful, jika PPBM hanya mendapat kerusi-kerusi majoriti tinggi Melayu (“the high-Malay seats”) dan kurang kerusi-kerusi campuran (“the mixed seats”), maka sangat tidak mungkin untuk PPBM mencapai matlamat mereka untuk menguasai Johor (“it will be highly unlikely they will achieve their ambition of capturing the state”). Ini kerana, kata beliau, tidak mudah untuk memikirkan satu senario di mana undi Melayu akan berayun begitu besar (“it is not easy to imagine a scenario where the Malay votes would swing to a significant enough extent”).

 

Sementara agihan kerusi Dewan Undangan Negeri antara parti-parti dalam PH masih belum dimuktamadkan, berdasarkan kepada agihan kerusi Parlimen yang diumumkan di dalam Konvensyen PH baru-baru ini yang menyaksikan PPBM hanya diberikan 10 kerusi berbanding 8 PKR, 5 DAP dan 2 PAN, maka jelaslah bahawa matlamat PPBM untuk menguasai Johor kelihatan seperti sudah terkubur. Ini kerana, seperti didedahkan oleh Pengerusi PPBM Johor, Datuk Dr Shahruddin Salleh, dan Setiausaha PPBM Johor, Osman Sapian, strategi PPBM Johor adalah untuk bertanding antara 20 ke 22 kerusi daripada keseluruhan 26 kerusi Parlimen yang ada di Johor (bagi membolehkan PPBM turut menguasai kerusi-kerusi campuran).

 

Bila PPBM hanya diberikan 10 kerusi majoriti tinggi Melayu sahaja, bukannya antara 20 ke 22 kerusi seperti yang dirancang oleh PPBM Johor, di peringkat Parlimen maka agak sukar dibayangkan PPBM akan diberikan kerusi-kerusi campuran di peringkat Dewan Undangan Negeri. Berdasarkan kepada logik Wan Saiful, bila PPBM tidak diberikan kerusi-kerusi campuran, maka sudah tentulah matlamat PPBM untuk menguasai Johor kelihatan seperti sudah terkubur.

 

Bagi saya, hasil kajian Wan Saiful ini menjadi bukti nyata betapa PPBM membuat satu kesilapan yang besar bila ia memilih untuk bersekongkol dengan DAP.

 

Tahniah kepada Umno yang mengikut hasil kajian Wan Saiful ini, masih lagi disukai oleh 67 peratus daripada masyarakat Melayu Johor dan kepada PAS yang mendekati Umno dengan 48 peratus sokongan daripada masyarakat Melayu Johor.

 

Tidak lupa juga, takziah kepada PPBM Johor. – HARAKAHDAILY 11/1/2018

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Menurut Pengarah MAPAN UUM Dr Kamarul Yusoff yang pakar dalam kajian mengenai PAS mengenai rumusan kajian Wan Saiful, kelangsungan PPBM bergantung kemampuan menguasai sebeuah negeri ‘Simpanan Tetap’ BN seperti Johor.

Apa yang menarik ialah kebarangkalian orang Melayu Johor beralih pilihan mereka dari UMNO ke PPBM amatlah amat tipis.

Dr Kamarul sebelum ini membuat intepretasi bahawa kunjungan Pengerusi PPBM Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad ke peja bat DAP merupakan titik tolak dimana sebahagian dari penyokong tegar DAP akan menolak doktrin ‘Malaysian Malaysia’ parti Chauvinis Cina itu.

Laporan Mynewshub.cc:

Tun M Tersungkur Agenda “Malaysian Malaysia”?

in Politik/Utama & Sensasi

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KUNJUNGAN buat pertama kali Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad ke Ibu Pejabat DAP malam tadi menjadi lambang tersungkurnya beliau secara rasmi kepada agenda “Malaysian Malaysia” yang beliau sendiri bermati-matian menentangnya sebelum ini demi kepentingan dan survival kaum Melayu negara ini.

Pengarah Pusat Kajian Politik Malaysia (Mapan) Universiti Utara Malaysia (UUM), Dr. Kamarul Zaman Yusoff berkata, generasi baharu negara wajar tahu apa itu “Malaysian Malaysia” DAP yang berakar umbi daripada deklarasi gabungan parti pembangkang dalam The Malaysian Solidarity Convention (MSC) di Singapura pada 9 Mei 1965.

Kata beliau, dalam Deklarasi MSC oleh gabungan parti pembangkang di Singapura waktu itu tercatat kemas kenyataan yang berbunyi “Malaysian Malaysia” bermaksud sesebuah negara dan negeri tidak dikenal pasti berdasarkan ketuanan, kesejahteraan dan kepentingan kaum tertentu sahaja.

Malah, kata beliau, kenyataan itu selari dengan Deklarasi Setapak pada 29 Julai 1967 yang mencatatkan tentang komitmen DAP kepada idea menjadikan Malaysia sebagai sebuah negara bebas, demokratik dan sosialis berprinsipkan kepada kesaksamaan kaum.

“Begitupun, jangan diingat konsep “Malaysian Malaysia” DAP ini hanya diperjuangkan oleh pemimpin veteran DAP sahaja kerana pemimpin muda yang sedang berkuasa dalam DAP berpegang teguh dengan konsep ini.

“Setiausaha Agung DAP, Lim Guan Eng bercakap mengenai Perlembagaan Persekutuan bahawa membezakan rakyat Malaysia antara bumiputera dan bukan bumiputera (kononnya) cara berkesan membahagikan rakyat Malaysia menjadi warga kelas pertama dan kelas kedua.

“Setiausaha Organisasi Kebangsaan DAP, Anthony Loke Siew Fook turut bercakap mengenai keperluan mengkaji semula dasar bumiputera dan bukan bumiputera.

“Konsep Malaysian Malaysia DAP kekal terpateri dalam DAP sehingga kini terbukti apabila laman web rasmi DAP menegaskan DAP komited memperjuangkan “Malaysia Malaysian” sosialis demokratik yang bebas,” katanya dalam satu kenyataan di Facebook hari ini.

Portal propembangkang melaporkan Mahathir sejak menyertai gabungan parti pembangkang Pakatan Harapan dan selepas 22 tahun berkhidmat sebagai Perdana Menteri memomokkan DAP buat pertama kali menjejakkan kaki ke ibu pejabat parti DAP malam tadi .

Malah, Mahathir dirakam duduk di dalam bilik mesyuarat Ibu Pejabat DAP di Kuala Lumpur dengan wajah penuh bangga berlatar belakangkan logo gergasi DAP bersama-sama Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

Mengulas lanjut, Kamarul dalam kenyataan sama mengingatkan Mahathir tentang bukunya sendiri yang diterbitkan tahun lalu bertajuk “Tun M: Inilah Perjuangan” yang memuatkan penentangan keras Mahathir terhadap perjuangan “Malaysian Malaysia” DAP.

Antara lainnya, Mahathir yang diangkat oleh DAP dan parti pembangkang lain untuk menjadi Pengerusi Pakatan Harapan selepas keluar daripada UMNO itu pernah menyebut dalam buku tersebut:

“Orang bukan Melayu asyik menuntut hak persamaan, meminta supaya dimansuhkan hak istimewa orang Melayu. Sedangkan mereka tinggal di negara ini, mendapat kewarganegaraan, juga merupakan satu keistimewaan. Mereka boleh mengamalkan cara hidup mereka sendiri, bahasa sendiri, itu pun satu keistimewaan.”

“Mereka tidak boleh punyai sistem pendidikan sendiri, kita hapuskan sekolah jenis kebangsaan, mereka tidak boleh mengamalkan budaya mereka, malah nama pun perlu ditukar kepada nama Malaysia, sepertimana yang dilakukan di Indonesia dan Thailand, pada masa itu barulah kita boleh mansuhkan hak istimewa orang Melayu.”

Justeru, katanya, apabila Mahathir sudah berkunjung ke Ibu Pejabat DAP parti yang memperjuangkan hak persamaan kaum di bawah konsep “Malaysian Malaysia”, maka tidaklah boleh disangkal lagi telah tersungkurnya beliau kepada agenda DAP. – MYNEWSHUB.CC

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Published in: on January 11, 2018 at 23:00  Comments (1)  

Champ of the Malays questions ‘Cina Buta’

Pertubuhan Pribumi Perkasa Malaysia (PERKASA) Dato’ Ibrahim Ali questions the rationale of the Chairman and founder of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad rather short tenure as the Seventh Prime Minister, if Pakatan Harapan wins the 14GE.

“What can Tun (Dr Mahathir) do within six to twelve months?”.

Ibrahim also questions about Dr Mahathir’s ‘Cina Buta’ship as the interim Prime Minister is about providing a route for sodomy-convict Anwar Ibrahim and founder of Parti KeAdilan Rakyat to be ascended as the Eighth Prime Minister.

As someone who is leading an NGO championing the Malay Agenda, Ibrahim is ambigous on intention for the allocation of seats amongst the Pakatan Harapan component parties even PPBM is allocated the most (52 seats) within Semenanjung.

“Malangnya, kerusi yang diperuntukan kepada PPBM galah ‘Grade C'”.

He also added, “The winner is PKR!”.

It is obvious that Ibrahim see that PPBM, a party formed as an exact carbon copy to UMNO in form and spirit, being taken for a ride.

More so, for Anwar’s personal agenda. Worse still, Anwar’s is Chinese Chauvinists DAP’s puppet and trojan horse, for the past three GEs.

This is on top of Ibrahim’s proximity to Dr. Mahathir, who encouraged him to form PERKASA in June 2008 upon the ‘Political Tsunami’ on 12GE where DAP managed to capture Penang.

DAP also came into power when wealthiest and most industrious state, Selangor fell to the Opposition on 8 March 2008. The party controlled by Chinese Chauvinist is the biggest and most influential partner in Opposition coalition Selangor State Government as PKR heads it.

Published in: on January 9, 2018 at 23:30  Leave a Comment  

Serving expired and end-of-shelf-life offering

The Opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan itself requires to hope for miracle in their bid toppling the Barisan Nasional Government for almost 60 years and coming to power with the majority mandate, with offering like Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad as the choice as the Seventh Prime Minister.

Reuters story:

JANUARY 7, 2018 / 6:10 PM / UPDATED AN HOUR AGO

Malaysia’s opposition alliance names 92-year old Mahathir as PM candidate

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) – Malaysia’s opposition coalition on Sunday named 92-year old former premier Mahathir Mohamad as its prime ministerial candidate for a general election that must be called by August.

FILE PHOTO Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad speaks during an anti-kleptocracy rally in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia October 14, 2017. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin/Files

With the country’s most popular opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in jail, Mahathir is seen as the biggest threat for Prime Minister Najib Razak, who is engulfed in a corruption scandal.

Mahathir, who earned a reputation during his 22-year tenure as prime minister of being a no-nonsense authoritarian with little time for dissenters promoting liberal values, stands to become the world’s oldest leader if the opposition wins.

A victory could also potentially pave the way for former Mahathir foe Anwar to become the prime minister.

Mahathir and Anwar’s wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will be the Pakatan Harapan coalition’s candidates for the premier and deputy prime ministerial posts respectively, secretary general Saifuddin Abdullah said at the alliance’s convention.

If the opposition wins, the component parties have agreed to immediately commence the legal processes to obtain a royal pardon for Anwar, Saifuddin said.

“…So that Anwar could immediately play a role in the federal government and subsequently be proposed as a candidate for the eighth prime minister,” he said.

FILE PHOTO Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad and opposition leader Wan Azizah listen during an anti-kleptocracy rally in Petaling Jaya, near Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia October 14, 2017. REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin/Files

The Mahathir-Anwar coalition and their endorsement of each other is a turnaround from their bitter feud that has shaped Malaysia’s political landscape for nearly two decades.

Anwar was once a protege of Mahathir, and the rising star of Malaysian politics, but they had a falling-out in the late 1990s. Soon afterwards, Anwar was jailed on charges of sodomy and graft, after being sacked as the deputy prime minister. He denied the charges, dismissing them as politically motivated.

Anwar later led an opposition alliance to stunning electoral gains in 2013. Najib’s Barisan Nasional coalition lost the popular vote in that election, but managed to stay in power after winning a majority of the seats in parliament.

But Anwar was convicted and jailed again in 2013 for sodomizing a former aide, a charge he and his supporters describe as an attempt to end his career.

The sodomy conviction disqualifies Anwar from political office and from contesting the next election. A royal pardon, however, would let him contest.

Opposition to Prime Minister Najib has brought Anwar and Mahathir back together, with their parties now working in the opposition coalition.

Najib has been embroiled in a corruption scandal involving state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB). In civil lawsuits, the U.S. Justice Department has alleged that about $4.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB.

The fund has denied any wrongdoing and Najib, who founded 1MDB, has denied all allegations of corruption against him and was cleared of wrongdoing by Malaysia’s attorney-general.

Reporting by Liz Lee, writing by A. Ananthalakshmi; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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This is should be received as a sad anecdote to Malaysian politics, as by then Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is almost 93 years old. Hence, his ability to work and productive for Malaysia is highly doubtful.

This is the manifest of the Opposition do not really have anything fresh and good to offer, even a candidate to take Malaysia forward in the global challenges.

Even political columnists are doubtful of the notion.

Joceline Tan’s column in The Star:

Anwar not in favour of Dr M as PM


PETALING JAYA: A poster of a Pakatan Harapan Cabinet featuring Datuk Seri Azmin Ali as the Prime Minister has gone viral.

The line-up with the tagline “Muda, Dinamik, Wibawa” (young, dynamic, integrity) began circulating shortly before Pakatan’s presidential council meeting on Thursday (Jan 4) afternoon.

It was clearly a counter-campaign against Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s bid to be named the coalition’s prime minister candidate.

It also seemed like the handiwork of PKR supporters given that PKR leaders dominated 12 of the 27 posts that placed Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir as the Deputy Prime Minister.

The proposed Cabinet line-up in this viral image has Datuk Seri Azmin Ali as the prime minister.

At around the same time that day, a statement by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim was released, urging the coalition to “heed the voice of the people”.

It was quite a cryptic statement and although he did not mention anything about the tussle over the prime minister post, there were two giveaway points – he advised Pakatan to respect the spirit of consensus as well as to consult non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and activists on key issues.

He was basically telling the coalition that any decision made on the prime minister candidate has to be by consensus – that is, all four parties must agree rather than put the matter to a vote.

Those in the know say that his advice about consulting NGOs was aimed directly at Dr Mahathir because two leading women NGO leaders had met the Pakatan chairman and former premier last week to share their views.

They had also told the 92-year-old leader that they will boycott Pakatan in the general election if he is the prime minister candidate.

The sentiments are not favourable to Dr Mahathir and the wish-washy press conference that took place at the conclusion of Thursday’s meeting spoke volumes.

It was obvious that the coalition could not reach a consensus on the choice of prime minister.

And although PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah and Azmin attended the meeting, they were both absent from the press conference.

Pakatan leaders have done quite a swell job of keeping the discord under wraps. If not carefully handled, it will lead to an internal crisis.

Apart from the press statement, PKR insiders said Anwar had also despatched a letter from Sungai Buloh stating his views on the issue. He is clearly not in favour of Dr Mahathir for the post.

“Anwar is not being personal or out for revenge. He does not believe that Mahathir represents our reform agenda,” said a PKR leader.

The presidential council meeting was supposed to set the stage for Pakatan Harapan to declare Dr Mahathir as their prime minister candidate at their convention on Sunday (Jan 7).

It is unclear whether the pro-Mahathir camp would be able to push through their agenda without PKR coming along.

Pakatan leaders thought Dr Mahathir would be their trump card in the general election. Instead he has become a bone of contention for them.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/analysis/2018/01/05/anwar-not-in-favour-of-dr-m/#kCqL7zc3uAh1rKvC.99

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They are still selling the lemon for getting a pardon for Anwar Ibrahim, who is currently serving a five year jail for sodomising political aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan in June 2008, months after the ‘Political Tsunami’ at 12GE.

However, if the Opposition pact managed to win the majority mandate at the 14GE, they would have make a representation to His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XV.

At this audience, they would get the invitation to form the new Federal Government. If they had submitted Dr Mahathir as the candidate as the new Prime Minister, there is a good chance it would be rejected.

It is an open secret that His Majesty is not comfortable with the Fourth Prime Minister. It has been a while Dr Mahathir was excluded from formal events at Istana Negara, despite his stature as a Statesman and holding the P.M.N. and P.S.M. Federal Government award.

In his obsession and personal vendetta to topple Prime Minister Najib, Pakatan Harapan and PPBM Chairman Dr. Mahathir Mohamad crossed the line and even HRH Rulers uttered ‘Titah Murka’ and spoke sternly against him.

It is very hard to think the Rulers Council would go with him as the Seventh Prime Minister.

The other delusional thinking is the announcement of division of seats to be contested by Pakatan Harapan component parties, just for Semenanjung. PPBM is allocated 52 seats and PKR is allocated 51 seats in the next 14GE.

It is a herculean task for PKR to contest that many seats, now that PAS is no longer is the Opposition coalition. In the past three GEs, PKR has been reliant on the PAS election machinery and even support, to get the party for Sodomy-convict Anwar Ibrahim’s personal agenda.

Of course, Parti Amanah Negara is without grassroots and non able to replicate PAS’s effective election machinery.

PPBM is another party with doubtful ability with the election machinery to contest 52 Parliamentary seats. Presently, even at Supreme Council level PPBM is lack with a line of strong and effective leaders.

In a nutshell, the Opposition coalition yet to offer a good deal to Malaysians for taking Malaysia forward but singing the old song, almost same tune but repackaged with out-of-shelf-life packaging.

 

Published in: on January 7, 2018 at 19:00  Comments (1)