Messy mis-informed mocked Madam

Deputy Prime Minister Datin Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail message delivered by Dewan Rakyat Deputy Speaker Dato Mohd. Rashid Haron on the upcoming 5G connectivity, only to disclaim it later and gotten a reaction of the latter, in all awkwardness and confusion, followed the perception on the mockery of how things are sorted out and done.

New Straits Times story:

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail did not, at any time, say the government would provide its full cooperation for the implementation of the Enhanced Malaysia International Internet Gateway (EM-IIG) High-Speed Broadband project. – NSTP/MUHD ZAABA ZAKERIA

PUTRAJAYA: News reports quoting a speech by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail on the Enhanced Malaysia International Internet Gateway (EM-IIG) High-Speed Broadband developed by Xiddig Cellular Communications Sdn Bhd are incorrect.

The Deputy Prime Minister’s Office said the text read out at the launch of the project was not approved by the deputy prime minister or her office, adding Dr Wan Azizah did not assign anyone to read her speech out for her at that event held in Shah Alam today.

“Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah did not, at any time, say the government would provide its full cooperation for the implementation of the EM-IIG project. Using the Deputy Prime Minister’s name without her permission is not something that she takes lightly.

“Organisations are warned not to use or distribute material using the Deputy Prime Minister’s name without her permission. Action will be taken if falsehoods like this are repeated,” said the DPM’s Office in a statement today.

Several news portal today had reported that Malaysia would have the fastest Internet access speed with the 5G platform in Southeast Asia via EM-IIG High-Speed Broadband that was expected to be up and running in 2022.

The deputy prime minister was quoted as saying the RM5.45-billion project encompassed the installation of the world’s largest optical fibre involving a 110,000-km line, adding the first phase of the project was expected to be ready in November, with the Internet line linking Pengerang, Johor, to Putrajaya, where consumers could get a speed of up to one gigabit per second.

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And Malaysiakini story:

DPM’s office says her name misused in speech on high-speed broadband

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Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s office today claimed her name was misused for a speech at the launch of the Enhanced Malaysia International Internet Gateway (EM-IIG) High-Speed Broadband project.

“The text read out at the launch of the project was not approved by the deputy prime minister or her office.

“The deputy prime minister also did not assign anyone to read her speech out for her at the event,” it said.

The speech was read out by Dewan Rakyat deputy speaker Rashid Hasnon, who is also PKR’s Batu Pahat MP, in Kuala Lumpur, today.

The speech, purportedly read out on behalf of Wan Azizah, had said the government would provide full cooperation on the implementation of the EM-IIG project.

The speech was reported by national news agency Bernama, which has since retracted the story.

“Wan Azizah did not, at any time, say the government would provide its full cooperation for the implementation of the EM-IIG project.

“Using the deputy prime minister’s name without her permission is not something she takes lightly.

“Organisations are warned not to use or distribute material using the deputy prime minister’s name without her permission,” it said.

Wan Azizah’s office said action would be taken if such incidents are repeated.

The EM-IIG project, developed by Xiddig Cellular Communications Sdn Bhd, is intended to provide “the fastest internet access speed with the 5G platform” through the installation of the world’s largest optical fibre involving 110,000km line.

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Earlier, The Edge on Bernama story on the speech delivered by Deputy Speaker Rashid’s speech Xiddig Cellular event:

Malaysia to have fastest internet access speed in Southeast Asia — Wan Azizah

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KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 22): Malaysia is to have the fastest Internet access speed with the 5G platform in Southeast Asia via the Enhanced Malaysia International Internet Gateway (EM-IIG) High-Speed Broadband that is expected to be ready in 2022.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said the RM5.45-billion project encompassed the installation of the world’s largest optical fibre involving a 110,000-km line.

She said the first phase of the project was expected to be ready in November, with the Internet line linking Pengerang, Johor, to Putrajaya, where consumers can enjoy a speed of up to one gigabit per second.

“Now, at a speed of 13 megabits per second, it will take 51 minutes to download a 5GB high-definition video but with the implementation of the project, the video can be downloaded in just eight minutes,” she said in her speech at the launch of the project.

The text of her speech was read out by the Deputy Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat, Datuk Mohd Rashid Hasnon.

Dr Wan Azizah said that according to cable.co.uk, the Internet speed in Malaysia was ranked 48th with an average speed of only three megabits per second and the speed was still considered unsatisfactory.

The EM-IIG, which involved the installation of optical fibre of 150 terabytes, would offer high-speed Internet access at low prices parallel to the government’s preparation towards the Industrial Revolution 4.0, she said.

“Alcatel Submarine Networks will install a 7,500-km-long submarine optical fibre from the international Internet hub in Hong Kong to Malaysia and extend it to Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines. The project will benefit people not only in this country but also subscribers from around the world when the cable is connected to the outside world,” she said.

Dr Wan Azizah said the government would provide full cooperation for the implementation of the EM-IIG project because it would assist the growth of new high-tech industries besides generating the economy to raise the country to developed-nation status.

The EM-IIG, developed by XiddiG Cellular Communications Sdn Bhd, would reduce the digital gap between the urban and rural areas, she said.

As a social responsibility initiative, the company would provide free high-speed Internet service to all government schools, hospitals and health clinics as well as public universities nationwide, she added.

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This is very embarrassing for the Federal Government in such a very important information and communication policy and delivering a paramount component of the industrial revolution (I.R.) 4.0.

If the Deputy Speaker Rashid has been hoodwinked or deceived to deliver a false speech on behalf of Deputy Prime Minister Wan Azizah, then a mere statement demanding an explanation from the organisers is considered mild.

The delivery was in the presence of media and it was rightfully reported nationwide, quite soon after it was delivered.

It is the onus of Deputy Speaker Rashid to make a Police Report and let the Commercial Criminal Investigation Department to work on sorting out the mess if not mockery deliverance of statement.

Media exchanges would just confuse the public even more.

After all, Deputy Speaker is a post in the esteem office of the legislative branch of His Majesty’s Federal Government. Even is it is filled by an elected representative through political democracy process, the Deputy Speaker should not be behaving and/or acting like other politicians.

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Published in: on January 22, 2019 at 22:00  Leave a Comment  

Addressing the deliverables

Good of the Prime Minister addressing global forums and is heightening the pace and spread of universally correct issues, which was of grave interests to his.

However, the people voted for ‘change’ is not interested in the Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohammad’s trips abroad ever so often. Japan. China. Indonesia. Singapore. Thailand. United States. United Nations. United Kingdom. Papua New Guinea. And others.

Austria next.

They voted for his Leadership to address all the deliverables, promised and yet to be seen. Not even ten percent, as it is coming to a year soon since he and his cohorts seized power, through democracy.

Many believe the Prime Minister should be babysitting most of his Cabinet, for not addressing all the deliverables they promised the rakyat.

It is not like the rakyat demanded these deliverables and promises. It’s the Prime Minister and his ruling party leaders, who are now enjoying their position in the Cabinet and GLCs, who created the ‘Amalgamated Hopes’ (Pakatan Harapan) and listed now a series of promises and deliverables documented as ‘Manifesto’.

Please, put everything the right side up. The interest of the nation is paramount to Dr. Mahathir’s. Not his speeches. Not his messages, snubs, banters, insults. Not his awards bestowed.

They want more trade. They want bigger economy and more trickle down effect. They want to see more jobs and opportunities created in shorter time.

All and in sundry.

Otherwise, he did very well in his global role as the Dear Leader of the Perdana Leadership Foundation. He is very respected Statesman.

Now, the rakyat want a Chief Executive for the nation and nationhood sake.

It is not too much ask, is it? Ekk?

Published in: on January 20, 2019 at 16:28  Leave a Comment  

Rabidus Rottweileri

Corporate player Ancom Bhd Executive Chairman and former Chairman of Tourism Dato’ Dr Siew Ka Wei is the latest target of former MP and lawyer Wee Choo Keong’s rabid blog attack.

The Star story:

Former tourism board chairman remanded by MACC over alleged power abuse


  • NATION

  • Wednesday, 9 Jan 2019

PETALING JAYA: Ancom Berhad has confirmed that its executive chairman Datuk Dr Siew Ka Wei (pic) has been remanded by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over allegations of power abuse during his tenure as Tourism Board chairman. 

The Board of Directors said in a statement on Wednesday (Jan 9) that MACC has been granted a four-day remand order to assist in investigations involving a RM100mil tourism contract that was awarded before GE14. 

“The Board has convened an emergency board meeting this afternoon to assess the implications of the above on the Group’s operations, its shareholders and other stakeholders who may be affected directly and indirectly, and to determine the possible course of action to be taken,” it said. 

It added that the Group’s operations remain unaffected by the incident. 


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2019/01/09/former-tourism-board-chairman-remanded-by-macc-over-alleged-power-abuse/#DFud1OyDL7svbvm8.99

And The Edge story:

Ancom chairman Siew Ka Wei remanded over RM100m tourism contract

KUALA LUMPUR (Jan 9): Ancom Bhd executive chairman and former Tourism Malaysia chairman Datuk Dr Siew Ka Wei was remanded for four days over a RM100 million tourism contract awarded before Malaysia’s 14th general election, The Malaysian Insight reported today.

The Malaysian Insight reported that Siew was remanded with the chief of a private firm Elizabeth Ken Tze Ying.

“Magistrate Irza Zulaika Rohanuddin ordered their remand until Jan 12,” The Malaysian Insightreported.

Siew is also Ancom Logistics Bhd executive vice chairman and Nylex (M) Bhd group managing director, according to Ancom Bhd’s website. Ancom Logistics and Nylex are subsidiaries of Ancom Bhd.

Meanwhile, Bernama reported, without revealing names, that a former chairman of a government agency with the title “Datuk” is in remand for four days beginning today for alleged power abuse involving a government contract worth more than RM99 million.

It was reported that a woman, who is a chief executive officer of a private company, is also in remand for the same case.

“The remand order against the two individuals was issued by Magistrate Irza Zulaika Rohanuddin.

“According to an MACC source, the former chairman was believed to have abused his position by recommending a company through direct appointment to carry out a digital promotion campaign project totalling more than RM99 million using the agency’s fund,” said Bernama.

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Previously, this politician-turned-blogger incessantly went after TM Group CEO Dato’ Sri Shazali Ramli and MCMC Chairman Dato’ Shahril Tarmizi.

There was an unnecessary blog posting on the personal life of the ex-Celcom and TM Boss.
The politician who had ‘jumped’ around at least three different corners, MCA, DAP and eventually PKR, also went after Malaysia Airlines over six years ago.

We would like to reiterate what we thought of Wee’s incessant blog postings on specific targets were.

It illustrates the indescriminate bashing attitude instead of using the bloggosphere as a communication tool to reach out to more people“.

Wee is a very learned solicitor who has a wealth of experience in mainstream politics, before taking up on active social media as his medium.

For the record, chemical-engineer-turned-corporate-man Siew took over from Wee as the Chairman Tourism Malaysia, was appointed when Dato’ Seri Nazri Tan Sri Aziz was the Minister in-charge of Tourism.

It is interesting to see what social media’s differing take on him.

Let is hope MACC do a ‘Speedy Gonzales’ investigation on Siew’s case. Otherwise, it is probably a drama we would like watch on what is the truth of the case, which originated from a series of blog story.

Perhaps Wee would also like to elaborate in sparkling detail on other graft cases which MACC investigated linked to former Chief Minister of Penang and Minister of Rural Development, for the sportsmanship of it.

How about the case about the Cabinet Minister son’s arrest recently and investigated on the alleged use of drugs?

Published in: on January 9, 2019 at 21:00  Comments (1)  

Kuasa-usaha

Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad mengaku bahawa parti Chauvinis Cina DAP dan pemimpin yang satu masa lama menjadi seteru beliau sebagai pemimpin utama orang Melayu, merupakan tinggal kuasa-usaha dibelakang kejayaan mengagalkan Kerajaan yang diterajui oleh orang Melayu

Utusan Malaysia

DAP Yang Tentukan Kedudukan Saya Sebagai Perdana Menteri – Dr Mahathir

January 7, 2019

Abdul Mursyid

KUALA TERENGGANU – Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad hari ini mengakui DAP memainkan peranan penting dalam menentukan segala perkara dalam pentadbiran kerajaan Pakatan Harapan (PH) termasuk berkaitan kedudukannya sebagai Perdana Menteri.

Dr. Mahathir berkata, memang pada awalnya dalam politik, DAP adalah sebuah parti seteru namun keadaan telah berubah menjadikan parti tersebut sebagai rakan sekutu kepada Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) di bawah satu pakatan, PH.

“Saya tahu ada pendapat mengatakan DAP parti musuh, tapi saya nak bagi tahu bahawa yang tentukan saya akan jadi pengerusi PH dan bakal PM (Perdana Menteri) jikalau menang dalam PRU lalu adalah DAP.

“Mereka (DAP) tentukan siapa pemimpin dan siapa akan pegang jawatan selepas berjaya ambil alih kerajaan, semuanya ini datang dari DAP. Jadi, kalau orang kata (DAP) musuh, kenapa pilih saya.

“Mereka juga sedar, kerosakan yang dilakukan pemimpin kerajaan terdahulu perlu disingkirkan dan sebab itulah kita menang dalam PRU-14,” katanya.

Dr. Mahathir yang juga Pengerusi PH merangkap Pengerusi Bersatu menyatakan perkara itu ketika berucap merasmikan Pejabat Bersatu Negeri Terengganu di Ladang Tok Pelam di sini hari ini. – UTUSAN

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Hakikatnya, Dr Mahathir tergamak menjadikan diri sendiri sebagai alat politik mereka yang menentang kuasa orang Melayu sebagai tunggak Kerajaan dan dasar-dasar pro-Melayu dan Islam.

DAP ujud atas sentimen menentang kuasa orang Melayu dan hampir kesemua kerusi yang dimenangi parti itu ialah kawasan dimana orang Melayu bukan majoriti.

Published in: on January 7, 2019 at 22:00  Leave a Comment  

Das boot!

It is time for Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to sack failed Minister in-charge of Unity P Waythamoorthy, as Media Adviser to the Prime Minister Dato’ A Kadir Jasin also calls for the resignation.

NST story:

Waytha Moorthy should resign as minister – Kadir Jasin

KUALA LUMPUR: Hindraf (Hindu Rights Action Force) chairman P. Waytha Moorthy should resign as a Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department due to his incapability in safeguarding the national unity.

The Scribe blog writer Datuk A Kadir Jasin in sharing the public sentiment on Waytha Moorthy said he had lost the confidence of the masses due to his action in promoting division among the people.

Kadir said Waytha Moorthy had become a ‘liability’ to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and advised the latter to voluntarily relinquish the ministerial post.

“I am now in full agreement with public sentiment that Waytha Moorthy had lost his credential and position to continue becoming a minister, more so a minister who is charge of the national unity.

“He has become a character who creates division. It is better for him to step down voluntarily rather than placing burden on Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, despite the latter’s assurance that he was okay (with his performance).

“I apologise for saying this, but (Waytha) Moorthy had been given the opportunity and the highest honour as a Cabinet member but he had wasted it,” said Kadir in his latest blog entry today.

Waytha Moorthy has come under fire following his statement which was deemed derogatory for alleging abuse of human rights involving the Indian community.

He had allegedly said Hindu temples in Malaysia were demolished without reason by the authorities and called for the ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

Waytha Moorthy was also accused of fanning racial tension in the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple riots last month which claimed the life of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

Kadir said the culprits must be tracked down and duly punished.

He said it was tragic for Muhammad Adib, who was merely carrying out his duty to save lives and properties, was caught in the crosshairs and paid dearly with his life.

“We could continue to fan our emotions and if we are being irresponsible, we may also fan people’s emotions in Adib’s name.

“However, is that what we really want; and particularly, is that what Adib would want when he chose to become a fireman and rescuer?

“There are always element of risks in any job that we choose. Adib was well aware of the risks,” he said.

Kadir said those who wish to help should instead look into assisting the victim’s parents.

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“I am now in full agreement with public sentiment that Waytha Moorthy had lost his credential and position to continue becoming a minister, more so a minister who is charge of the national unity.

“He has become a character who creates division. It is better for him to step down voluntarily rather than placing burden on Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, despite the latter’s assurance that he was okay (with his performance).

“I apologise for saying this, but (Waytha) Moorthy had been given the opportunity and the highest honour as a Cabinet member but he had wasted it,” said Kadir in his latest blog entry today.

Waytha Moorthy has come under fire following his statement which was deemed derogatory for alleging abuse of human rights involving the Indian community.

He had allegedly said Hindu temples in Malaysia were demolished without reason by the authorities and called for the ratification of the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

Waytha Moorthy was also accused of fanning racial tension in the Seafield Sri Maha Mariamman Temple riots last month which claimed the life of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

Kadir said the culprits must be tracked down and duly punished.

He said it was tragic for Muhammad Adib, who was merely carrying out his duty to save lives and properties, was caught in the crosshairs and paid dearly with his life.

“We could continue to fan our emotions and if we are being irresponsible, we may also fan people’s emotions in Adib’s name.

“However, is that what we really want; and particularly, is that what Adib would want when he chose to become a fireman and rescuer?

“There are always element of risks in any job that we choose. Adib was well aware of the risks,” he said.

Kadir said those who wish to help should instead look into assisting the victim’s parents.

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The subliminal message is about Kadir doing Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir’s bidding through media.

It’s a classic Dr. Mahathir act.

He is losing ground from the support and confidence of the Malay-Muslim majority, which has eroded substantially since leading the Pakatan Harapan in defeating Barisan Nasional 14GE seven months ago.

It is not like Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir coalition enjoyed the majority of Malay-Muslim votes at 14GE.

Now that PKR Chief Strategist Rafizi Ramli’s think tank organ INVOKE published that the support of the Malay-Muslim eroded a further 33% of seven months ago, the push is coming to the shove.

At this deficit point of even lower Malay-Muslim support, Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir’s Leadership is on a decline.

Published in: on December 21, 2018 at 19:00  Leave a Comment  

Sack them!

All those supporters and/or admirers of Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and dismayed and deeply disturbed by the death of young fireman Adib Kassim, should sternly demand the immediate sacking of Cabinet Ministers P Wathyamoorthy, M Kulasegaran, Dr. Xavier Jayakumar and Selangor Exco P Ganabatirau without condition.

UMNO Youth demanded that they be charged.

The Star story:

Firefighter Adib’s death: Umno Youth wants four ministers to be charged


NATION

  • Tuesday, 18 Dec 2018

PETALING JAYA: Umno Youth is calling for the Attorney General to charge Ministers P. Waytha Moorthy, M. Kulasegaran, Gobind Singh Deo and Dr Xavier Jayakumar, as well as Selangor executive councillor V. Ganabatirau, over the death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

Umno Youth chief Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said the five Indian leaders should be charged under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insults with intent to disrupt the peace.

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“Umno Youth once again urges P. Waytha Moorthy to resign as the Unity and Social Well-being Minister because not only did he fail to clear racial tensions, he flamed the anger of the Indian community by blaming the police over the fracas at the Sri Maha Mariamman temple, leading to violent riots on the second night,” he said.

Dr Asyraf said as administrative members of the government, these ministers should avoid using racial sentiments in their statements.

He also called on the authorities to take swift action in prosecuting those responsible for the death of Muhammad Adib.

“Umno Youth wants the investigation and prosecution to be done transparently, fairly and without bias.

“Not only must justice be done, it must also be seen to be done,” Dr Asyraf said in a statement Tuesday.

Umno Youth also urged the public to stay calm and avoid from igniting any racial or religious sentiments that could further exacerbate the situation.

Muhammad Adib, 24, passed away at 9.41pm at the National Heart Institute (IJN) on Monday (Dec 17).

His remains were brought back to his hometown in Kampung Tebengau, Kedah, for the funeral on Tuesday.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/12/18/firefighter-adibs-death-umno-youth-wants-four-ministers-to-be-charged/#UVj5KDtEIICyOc2f.99

PETALING JAYA: Umno Youth is calling for the Attorney General to charge Ministers P. Waytha Moorthy, M. Kulasegaran, Gobind Singh Deo and Dr Xavier Jayakumar, as well as Selangor executive councillor V. Ganabatirau, over the death of firefighter Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.

Umno Youth chief Datuk Dr Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said the five Indian leaders should be charged under Section 504 of the Penal Code for intentional insults with intent to disrupt the peace.

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“Umno Youth once again urges P. Waytha Moorthy to resign as the Unity and Social Well-being Minister because not only did he fail to clear racial tensions, he flamed the anger of the Indian community by blaming the police over the fracas at the Sri Maha Mariamman temple, leading to violent riots on the second night,” he said.

Dr Asyraf said as administrative members of the government, these ministers should avoid using racial sentiments in their statements.

He also called on the authorities to take swift action in prosecuting those responsible for the death of Muhammad Adib.

“Umno Youth wants the investigation and prosecution to be done transparently, fairly and without bias.

“Not only must justice be done, it must also be seen to be done,” Dr Asyraf said in a statement Tuesday.

Umno Youth also urged the public to stay calm and avoid from igniting any racial or religious sentiments that could further exacerbate the situation.

Muhammad Adib, 24, passed away at 9.41pm at the National Heart Institute (IJN) on Monday (Dec 17).

His remains were brought back to his hometown in Kampung Tebengau, Kedah, for the funeral on Tuesday.


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/12/18/firefighter-adibs-death-umno-youth-wants-four-ministers-to-be-charged/#UVj5KDtEIICyOc2f.99

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If Prime Minister Dr Mahathir could sack public and civil servants and executives of GLC for abuse of power, corrupt practices and losses, on top of “Being a tool and accessory to a Kleptocratic Government”, then it is about blood now.

The Ministers and politicians with executive positions and already instrumental in the strategy of politics of sowing hatred and seditious remarks.

The Star story on Monday:

Dr Mahathir expresses grief over death of fireman Adib

Monday, 17 Dec 2018

PETALING JAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has expressed his deepest condolences on social media, voicing his grief over the death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim.  

“I am very sad to receive this news. May his soul be placed among the righteous. Takziah to the family of Allahyarham Muhammad Adib on his passing. Al-Fatihah,” the Prime Minister tweeted.  


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Like the civil servants and executives, it would take time to prove the cases against them.

Let the Police do their investigation of the death of Adib, now classified under Section 302 for murder.

However, an immediate course of action is very necessary to prevent further erosion of the spirit of unity and togetherness of tolerance and muhibah amongst Malaysians and the multi-ethnic multi-religious communities.

The demand for the resignation is too mild and grossly inadequate. They should be sacked and Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir should demonstrate his seriousness on the death of Adib, up and above his grief.

Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir has a duty to the nation. A man in His Majesty’s Service to preserve lives and property, horridly died in critical care after being pulled out from his service vehicle and lynched whilst in uniform by the roadside.

An eye for and eye. A tooth for a tooth.

*Updated 2300hrs

More calls for Minister Wathyamoorthy.

Former Deputy Minister and founder of pro-right pressure group PERKASA Dato’ Ibrahim Ali demanded for Wathyamoorty to be sacked.

So is Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir’s own party youth wing.

Malaysiakini story:

Pemuda Bersatu serah memorandum desak Waytha dipecat kepada Dr M

Memorandum itu antara lain berkata beliau gagal meredakan ketegangan kaum dalam isu Kuil Sri Maha Mariamman.

Pemuda Bersatu telah menyerahkan memorandum kepada Perdana Menteri Dr Mahathir Mohamad bagi menggesa pengguguran P Waythamoorthy sebagai menteri.

Menurut sumber dalaman Bersatu, memorandum itu diserahkan di pejabat Mahathir – yang juga pengerusi Bersatu – hari ini.

Antara sebab yang dinyatakan mereka bagi menggesa pemecatan Waythamoorthy adalah beliau selaku menteri bertanggungjawab terhadap soal perpaduan dilihat gagal meredakan ketegangan kaum dalam isu Kuil Sri Maha Mariamman dan Subang Jaya hujung bulan lalu.

Waythamoorthy juga disebut sebagai menyalahkan polis kerana didakwa tidak mengendalikan isu itu dengan baik, dan gagal meminta maaf berhubung video sepuluh tahun lalu yang memaparkannya dalm satu wawancara mengkritik apa yang disebutnya sebagai diskriminasi terhadap kaum minoriti, terutama India.

Difahamkan Ketua Pemuda Bersatu Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman turut ada ketika penyerahan memorandum itu.

Waythamoorthy menerima tekanan pelbagai pihak – termasuk dalam Pakatan Harapan (PH) – untuk meletakkan jawatan susulan kematian anggota bomba Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim dua hari lalu.

Allahyarham cedera parah ketika bertugas semasa kekecohan di kuil itu.

Selain itu, pungutan suara atas talian yang mendesak perkara sama juga telah mengumpul lebih 300,000 tanda tangan.

Sebelum ini, Waythamoorthy bersama tiga lagi menteri – M Kulasegaran, Gobind Singh Deo dan Dr Xavier Jayakumar – antara lain mendakwa polis tiba lambat di tempat kejadian ketika kekecohan tercetus.

Berkenaan rakaman video itu pula, Waythamoorthy menjelaskan ia dinyatakan dalam konteks yang sangat berbeza.

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It is expected the call for Minister Wathyamoorthy’s sacking would be compounded, especially in the wake of Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir’s sharp decline in popularity.

Utusan Malaysia story:

Populariti Tun Dr. Mahathir, PH menjunam

Populariti Tun Dr. Mahathir, PH menjunam

MAHATHIR MOHAMAD

MAHATHIR MOHAMAD

KUALA LUMPUR 19 Dis. – Kaji selidik bulanan yang dijalankan Invoke Malaysia (Invoke) mendedahkan populariti Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad dan Kerajaan Persekutuan sejak Pakatan Harapan (PH) mengambil alih jatuh merudum, berbanding di awal pentadbiran.

Bekas Naib Presiden PKR, Rafizi Ramli berkata, kaji selidik dua minggu lalu menunjukkan populariti Dr. Mahathir menjunam kepada 53 peratus sahaja berbanding 72 peratus pada Jun lalu.

Katanya, hasil kaji selidik itu mendapati penurunan mendadak sebanyak 20 peratus dalam kalangan responden daripada ketiga-tiga kaum iaitu Melayu daripada 66 peratus kepada 45 peratus, Cina (87 peratus kepada 65 peratus) dan India (84 peratus kepada 64 peratus).

“Saya terus mengikuti sentimen rakyat di bawah melalui kaji selidik bulanan dan profiling pengundi yang banyak membantu kempen PH di dalam Pilihan Raya Umum ke-14. Komen netizen di portal berita utama secara terang-terang menunjukkan terasingnya rakyat Malaysia sesama sendiri.

“Setiap kumpulan kaum hidup di bawah tempurung sendiri. Kita tidak sedar perubahan ketara di dalam kumpulan kaum lain, kerana kita hanya bergaul sesama kaum sendiri. Saya bukanlah gemar membawa berita buruk, tetapi kalau ia benar ia tetap perlu disampaikan,” katanya menerusi blognya, rafiziramli.com.

Pada Jun lalu, 72 peratus responden yang ditanya menyatakan mereka gembira dengan prestasi Dr. Mahathir sebagai Perdana Menteri.

Responden Cina memberikan markah tertinggi iaitu 87 peratus, diikuti dengan responden India sebanyak 84 peratus manakala 66 peratus responden Melayu turut berpuas hati dengan prestasi beliau (dikira tinggi memandangkan PH tidak memenangi undi Melayu dalam PRU-14).

Rafizi sememangnya terkenal dengan kaji selidik sentimen yang dilakukan menerusi pertubuhan bukan kerajaan (NGO) Invoke yang diasaskan beliau.

Sebelum PRU-14, Rafizi menerusi Invoke meramalkan Pakatan Harapan mampu merampas tiga negeri daripada Barisan Nasional (BN) iaitu Kedah, Perak dan Johor dengan kedua-dua negeri tadbiran pakatan itu iaitu Selangor dan Pulau Pinang dikekalkan.

Ramalan itu ternyata tepat, malah PH juga berjaya menawan Melaka dan Negeri Sembilan. – UTUSAN ONLINE

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Duty First

Eighth UMNO President Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi handed the duty of the nationalist party to Deputy President Mohammad “Tok Mat” Hassan.

The Star story:

Zahid steps aside as Umno president, hands over duties to deputy


NATION

  • Tuesday, 18 Dec 2018

PETALING JAYA: Bowing to the mounting pressure from within his party, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has announced his decision to step aside from his role of Umno president.

“Based on the struggle faced by the party today, I have decided to entrust the deputy president (Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan) the tasks of the president,” he said.

Ahmad Zahidi, who is facing a number of graft charges in court, said that he felt the concerns of some Umno leaders who are worried that they might feel the pressure, or be investigated with allegations he has faced.

“To strengthen the party, and in the interest of all, Member of Parliament and assemblymen, necessary measures need to be taken,” he said in a statement released on Tuesday (Dec 18) night. 

Dr Ahmad Zahid also called on MPs and assemblymen not to jump ship.

Full text of Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s statement

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1. Umno wajib di selamatkan dari rebah.

2. Akar-umbi amat mengharapkan  pemimpin Umno bersatu hati untuk menterjemahkan halatuju Umno sesuai dengan slogan baharu ‘Umno Bangkit’.

4. Saya merasai keresahan segelintir pemimpin Umno keran khuatir mereka akan menerima tekanan, siasatan and tuduhan demi tuduhan seperti yang saya alami.

5. Demi keutuhan Umno dan demi kepentingan pimpinan di semua peringkat terutama Ahli-Ahli Parlimen dan ADUN-ADUN serta Umno Bahagian-Bahagian, langkah-langkah menyelamatkan situasi tersebut harus dilakukan segera.

6. Berdasarkan kepada kemelut yang dihadapi oleh parti hari ini, saya mengambil keputusan untuk memberi kepercayaan kepada Timbalan Presiden untuk menjalankan tugas-tugas sebagi Presiden.

7. Saya harap semua polimek mengenai kepimpinan ditamatkan dan saya mahu kepimpinan di peringkat akar umbi fokus memperkukuhkan parti.

8. Saya menyeru supaya tiada lagi tindakan keluar parti daripada Ahli-ahli Parlimen dan ADUN-ADUN.

Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi


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PETALING JAYA: Bowing to the mounting pressure from within his party, Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has announced his decision to step aside from his role of Umno president.

“Based on the struggle faced by the party today, I have decided to entrust the deputy president (Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan) the tasks of the president,” he said.

Ahmad Zahidi, who is facing a number of graft charges in court, said that he felt the concerns of some Umno leaders who are worried that they might feel the pressure, or be investigated with allegations he has faced.

“To strengthen the party, and in the interest of all, Member of Parliament and assemblymen, necessary measures need to be taken,” he said in a statement released on Tuesday (Dec 18) night.

Dr Ahmad Zahid also called on MPs and assemblymen not to jump ship.

Full text of Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s statement

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1. Umno wajib di selamatkan dari rebah.

2. Akar-umbi amat mengharapkan  pemimpin Umno bersatu hati untuk menterjemahkan halatuju Umno sesuai dengan slogan baharu ‘Umno Bangkit’.

4. Saya merasai keresahan segelintir pemimpin Umno keran khuatir mereka akan menerima tekanan, siasatan and tuduhan demi tuduhan seperti yang saya alami.

5. Demi keutuhan Umno dan demi kepentingan pimpinan di semua peringkat terutama Ahli-Ahli Parlimen dan ADUN-ADUN serta Umno Bahagian-Bahagian, langkah-langkah menyelamatkan situasi tersebut harus dilakukan segera.

6. Berdasarkan kepada kemelut yang dihadapi oleh parti hari ini, saya mengambil keputusan untuk memberi kepercayaan kepada Timbalan Presiden untuk menjalankan tugas-tugas sebagi Presiden.

7. Saya harap semua polimek mengenai kepimpinan ditamatkan dan saya mahu kepimpinan di peringkat akar umbi fokus memperkukuhkan parti.

8. Saya menyeru supaya tiada lagi tindakan keluar parti daripada Ahli-ahli Parlimen dan ADUN-ADUN.

Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi


Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/12/18/zahid-steps-aside-as-umno-president/#I2vZJLaDYbmdjW2W.99

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Mohammad, who was a banker by profession and a successful corporate leader, would be defending his DUN Rantau seat after Election Court declared the announcement of his win uncontested on 14GE 9 May 2018 as null and void.

The former Menteri Besar Negeri Sembilan won the recent party election as the Deputy President defeating MP Ketereh Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

It is likely Zahid would still remain as the Opposition Leader since he is the democratically elected Leader of the largest Opposition party in Dewan Rakyat.

The Bagan Datuk MP currently is facing 46 charges, which many considered to be a very cunning political manoeuvre to weaken UMNO.

In the hour long forum from Level 4 Auditorium at Menara Dato Onn, Putra World Trade Centre, Zahid also explained the recent misconception about UMNO co-operating with traditional enemy DAP.

The announcement of the leave of absence is seen as Zahid differentiating his personal issues from the burden of perception in doing his duties as the President.

His message for the party to be strengthened is the demonstration of the courage of an elected leader of his command and duty over his own affairs, upon to manage to rise at the top in a party of three million members and over twenty two thousand branches.

He succeeded the Leadership of UMNO and Barisan Nasional in the worst position of 59 years of general election history and experience.

Published in: on December 18, 2018 at 23:00  Leave a Comment  

Get the murderers!

Selangor Police announces that the young Kedah-born fireman Adib Kassim’s death, who has been a victim on duty responding to the recent USJ temple riot, has been reclassified under murder investigation.

NST story:

Policemen stationed near the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Subang Jaya. – NSTP/AIZUDDIN SAAD

KUALA LUMPUR: The death of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim is now a murder case.

Deputy Selangor police chief, Datuk Ab Rashid Ab Wahab, in confirming this, said the case is now being investigated under Section 302 of the Penal Code.

“The case was previously being investigated under Section 307 of the Penal Code for attempted murder, following the injuries sustained by Adib in the incident at the temple in Seafield, Subang Jaya last month.

“However, we have reclassified the case to murder,” he said in a brief statement tonight.

Adib died at the National Heart Institute tonight, almost a month after the incident at the Sri Maha Mariamman Temple in Subang Jaya which ultimately cost him his life.

On Nov 27, the 24-year-old and his team had responded to a vehicle fire report outside the temple.

However, Adib was dragged out of the vehicle and set upon by a mob.

He was later rescued by members the public who rushed him to the Subang Jaya Medical Centre (SJMC) for treatment. He was later transferred to the IJN to receive further treatment.

He was subsequently placed on life support, with his condition critical.

Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim passed away at the National Heart Institute in Kuala Lumpur, this evening. – NSTP.

Despite initially showing signs of recovery, his condition took a turn for the worse on Sunday. IJN, in a statement, said his lung functions had deteriorated.

He passed away at 9.41pm tonight, with his family by his side.

The Sri Maha Mariamman Temple was reportedly the centre of a tug-of-war between rival committee members as well as a housing developer, which had bought the land it was located on.

Trouble began on the morning of Nov 26 when a clash broke out between two groups of people at the temple, with the riot defused only when police arrived.

The next day saw the incident which would eventually cost Adib’s life.

The Save Sri Maha Mariamman Temple task force had claimed that Adib was not assaulted by a group of rioters but was instead hit by a fire engine.

The claim was angrily refuted by the Fire and Rescue Department. Police later confirmed the department’s stand that a fire engine did not run Adib over, and that he was assaulted by rioters.

In the ensuing days, police arrested 106 people to facilitate a probe into the case. Four men, aged between 21 and 24, were the latest to be released on remand on Dec 10.

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Some people should literally be hanged for the death of Adib, who was in uniform and pulled from he Fire Services van and lynched by the road as the two machine achieve arrive in respond to the calls of emergency as vehicles were burning caused the riot.

Adib and the entire firemen crew were in uniform and Fire Services when they were attacked.

 

The first media statement by Minister-in-charge of Unity, P Wathyamoorthy, who was once a leader of the leftist Hindu group which in the past fanned hatred and seditious statements, shocked the nation. Especially when he specially said the Police was not responding to the emergency call at the said USJ temple.

It also compounded the general public further anger against him..

Let us pray that they conclude this quite quickly and charge those amongst the 106 and probably others, for the Section 302 Penal Code crime.

In the list announced by the Police who have been investigated for recent racial and for seditious statements, Wathyamoorthy tops the list.

Our condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Adib, who volunteered in hazard and peril to save people and properties but instead lynched to death.

Al-Fatihah

Published in: on December 18, 2018 at 00:00  Leave a Comment  

Master-mind-games

The most recent political manoeuvres and shifts even gotten those who propped Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s ability and sincerity to bring about ‘change’ to Malaysia in the lemon they sold to Malaysians the past two and half years of effective Pakatan Harapan-ship.

Malaysiakini story:

Mahathir must step down to save Reformasi

COMMENT | Our decision regarding PM’s imminent embrace of Umno defectors could determine nation’s fate for generations to come.

COMMENT | It should be plain by now that we are on the threshold of seeing the reincarnation of Umno through Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and his party Bersatu.

Soon, the scores of Umno MPs will dwindle to a handful, with almost all the defecting MPs migrating to boost up the small number of Bersatu MPs, making the latter party one of the largest, if not the largest component party of the ruling Pakatan Harapan coalition.

What’s wrong with stuffing up Bersatu with ex-Umno MPs that would increase Harapan’s total numbers?

There would be nothing seriously wrong with that actually, if Umno had not almost ruined the country with astronomical corruption, corroded the entire government administration, and fractured the country with unbridled racism and religious extremism – and if the country was not being led by a dubious reformist leader, Mahathir.

Mahathir has shown unmistakable signs that he is reverting to his previous mode of autocratic rule in the Umno era, during which he destroyed democratic institutions, enhanced racism and brought rampant corruption and cronyism, which system of governance later served as a foundation for former premier Najib Abdul Razak to launch his world-renowned massive kleptocratic frolics.

Mahathir is no reformist

That Mahathir is no reformist is evidenced from his refusal to abolish the myriad repressive laws and dismantle racist institutions, like the brainwashing set-up of the National Civics Bureau (BTN) as pledged before the last election.

His reluctance to bring in institutional reforms is also seen in his persistent refusal to disclose the reports of the Committee for Institutional Reforms and the Council of Eminent Persons. It is obvious that the revelation of those reports would have embarrassed him for his lack of action in the direction recommended in such reports.

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This call came following the report about former Minister and UMNO Supreme Council member Dato Seri Hamzah Zainuddin’s statement of the agreement to defect after he and five other UMNO MPs proclaimed their severance from the nationalist party.

Hamzah: 36 BN MPs pledged support for Dr M

This includes those from Umno, Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah and MIC.

Larut MP Hamzah Zainuddin, who left Umno today, claimed that 36 BN MPs have signed a pledge of allegiance to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

“There are 33 from Umno, one from Parti Bersatu Rakyat Sabah and two from MIC who signed (letters of) support for the prime minister. This was not decided a day or two ago. It was decided about a month ago.

“This group sincerely want to ensure that the government (of the day) is stable and ensure that no one uses Parliament to dethrone the PM because we are hearing suggestions (of such).

“If the political situation is not stable, it would cause problems to the people. That is why we want stability and we support the PM to lead. This is all in the nation and the people’s interest,” he said, according to Berita Harian.

When asked if Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was aware of this development, Hamzah replied that the “boss” was unaware.

When asked if Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was aware of this development, Hamzah replied that the “boss” was unaware.

When asked if Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi was aware of this development, Hamzah replied that the “boss” was unaware.

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The fact is that, the Pakatan Harapan Government under Prime Minister Dr Mahathir’s Leadership have progressed very little into eighth month into power.

Only two out of the top ten ‘Change Agenda’ has been rolled out. Even that is in progress and have not achieved the success they promised to Malaysians.

One is the crucifixion of ‘UMNO Bogeyman’ ghastly stories, which currently the outrageous multiple criminal charges thrown against UMNO Leaders in the like of former Prime Minister Dato Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, UMNO President Dato Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Treasurer Dato’ Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor.

Former Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman is also on the hit list and expected more would be added.

This, on top of the last weekend’s massive converge of Malay-Muslim in a thunderous show of force which spooked the Non Malays, particularly PKR-DAP.

It is translated in DAP Emperorissimo Lim Kit Siang’s comment to the fate of the ‘Reform Agenda’ in the nothing-new ‘Malaysia Baru’.

The Malay Mail Online story:

Kit Siang: Malaysia Baharu won’t last without Malay support

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 15 — Pakatan Harapan (PH) must strive to win over the Malay community to ensure the country’s revival since the general election is not erased, said DAP’s Lim Kit Siang.

In an interview with Malaysiakini, the Iskandar Puteri MP said the dominant community’s backing was crucial in order for the pact to remain in power and implement its intended visions and reforms.

There is a need for more Malays to come on board. This (the 25 to 30 per cent) was enough for May 9 — for a change but it is not enough for a revival.

“[…] We must be able to increase the Malay understanding (of the government) and their support. More Malays must take ownership (of the change),” he told the news portal.

However, he said that efforts to convince the Malay community to back PH must be balanced with preserving the backing of the country’s other communities.

Failing that, Lim predicted that the PH government would not be able to stay in power.

“The ‘New Malaysia’ will fail, and we can go back to pre-May 9,” he was quoted saying.

He warned of the spreading “toxic politics of hate and fear” and cited the rally against the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination organised by PAS and Umno recently as an example.

While he said both parties were in decline, effort must still be made to counter their narrative.

Lim previously told Malaysians that true change will not be possible within a single term under PH, noting that the pact needed to undo over six decades of alleged abuse and corruption inflicted on the country by the previous government.

While PH managed an unforeseen victory in the general election, it did not do so with strong support from Malay voters.

Polls by think tanks such as Ilham Centre and Merdeka Center have placed Malay support for the coalition to be as low as in the region of 17 to 20 per cent.

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Obviously the neighbourhood of quarter of million in demonstration of precision peaceful assembly, not to mention rubbish-free, send tremors through the spine of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir’s party PPBM.

As the supposed voice of the Malays in the Federal Government, there are not able to amass vectorially enough attention and support.

In short, their politics don’t resonate the sentiments and conviction of the Malay-Muslim majority.

Political analyst Joceline Tan’s most recent column:

Wake-up call for Pakatan govt


ANALYSIS

The Islamic flavour, the sheer numbers and single-minded purpose of protesters at the anti-Icerd rally means that the government cannot afford to ignore what the Malays want. 

A 93-YEAR-OLD driving through the streets of Kuala Lumpur does not sound like a good idea. But Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad showed that he still has a steady pair of hands as he drove into the city centre on Saturday.

According to a staunch supporter, Firdaus Abdullah, the Prime Minister wanted to see for himself the aftermath of the biggest Malay-Muslim protest in history.

Dr Mahathir is famous for scolding the Malays, be it for not remembering the past, for not working hard and, more recently, for not being more critical of corruption.

But he must have been pleasantly surprised to find that those at the mammoth anti-Icerd (International Con­ven­tion on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination) rally that ended an hour or so earlier had done a fantastic clean-up job and left the streets even cleaner than before they descended on the city centre.

Many have described the rally as a “class act” – the protesters were disciplined and did not resort to rude sloganeering or uncivic behaviour as was the norm in past mega rallies.

It was conduct that even Dr Mahathir, known for his exacting ways, could not find fault with and it has also silenced many critics out there.

It is hard to guess what is going through his mind in the wake of the biggest challenge to his New Malaysia government.

A lesser man would have panicked, but Dr Mahathir has been rat­her sanguine in his response to the whole thing.

Besides, he could hardly blame the other side for what had happened because the Icerd issue was what KRA chief strategist Amir Fareed Rahim called an “own goal”, resulting from a total miscalculation on the part of Pakatan Harapan.

It was the golden opportunity for the Opposition to prove that the majority of Malays – two-thirds, to be exact – are not with the Pakatan government.

And prove it they did on Dec 8 when their supporters turned the streets of downtown Kuala Lumpur into rivers of human beings.

“Identity politics, especially of race and religion, still has a strong appeal in Malaysia. The two major Malay opposition parties have shown that they can unite over such issues and mobilise their support base,” said Amir.

It was a purely Malay-Muslim protest that set off alarm bells in the Mahathir administration.

The Prime Minister will be under pressure from now on to consider the Malay factor when making government policies.

“Many Malays feel they cannot rely on the government to defend their priorities on Islam and Malay rights. If this goes on, it will affect the credibility of the government,” said an aide to a Bersatu politician.

A common remark on social media was that this is a wake-up call for the powers-that-be.

At the peak of the rally, Yin Shao Loong, a policy officer to the Economic Affairs Minister, had tweeted in response to those belitt­ling the rally: “Make all the snide asides you want about this being a rally for racism or a cover for crooks. This mobilisation is a wake-up call. PH needs to get out to the Malay heartland with people and policies that will have a transformative impact.”

The Pakatan government is too consumed by the blame game which they believe can carry them through to a second term in Putrajaya.

Some say it is unfair to expect so much so soon of the new government which is floundering in unchartered waters.

“People talk of a honeymoon period, but when you are the government, there is no honeymoon. People who put their trust in you expect you to deliver right away,” said the above Bersatu aide.

A more subtle signal coming from Saturday’s rally is the overwhelming numbers of young Malays, especially those in their 20s and 30s.

It means the Opposition has support from the Malay youth cohort.

In short, the Malays/Muslims will have the biggest say over the future of Malaysia.

“The Pakatan government needs to tread carefully on Malay issues. Its Malay support base is too narrow, it needs to put serious attention and effort to win the Malay hearts and minds,” said Amir.

There is little doubt the rally sent jitters through the Pakatan side even as their supporters tried to discredit it.

The concern was not only about the size, but the way the protesters moved with a single-minded purpose. The rally was sending out the message that when Malays are united, anything is possible.

Pakatan leaders know the danger of mega protests, be it the Arab Spring or what is now happening in the streets of Paris.

Their own support for the Bersih rallies chipped away at the then government’s hold on power.

“The government is not in any real danger. But it will be a bumpy ride ahead if issues like the economy are not properly addressed,” said election expert Datuk Prof Dr Redzuan Othman.

The government has resembled a chariot being pulled by horses running in different directions.

A couple of horses seem to be running on broken legs, and that is why Dr Mahathir may have to respond to the wake-up call by reshuffling his Cabinet, among other things.

He needs to fix his chariot soon and replace some horses, because by May 2019, he will reach the mid-point of his two-year tenure, or what is known as the lame-duck phase as Prime Minister.

Unless, of course, he plans on staying on indefinitely.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/analysis/2018/12/10/wakeup-call-for-pakatan-govt-the-islamic-flavour-the-sheer-numbers-and-singleminded-purpose-of-prote/#hsruOqpA5mmZvTm1.99

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Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir has not able to deliver the ‘change’, though the propaganda is still harping on the ‘Malaysia Baru’ which has proven to be anything but lame and defective.

The common man of the street is already feeling the heat of the ‘change’ is heading down south.

Amongst many things, often Prime Minister Dr.Mahathir’s tendency to travel and working abroad is more prevalent than him spending time amongst the pockets of diverse Malaysian communities and interests.

Presently, he is on his second trip to Thailand in three months. His thrice visit to Japan in six months and failure visit to China, is still talked about.

Never mind the ‘Reform Agenda’. Basic statistics already worrying. Domestic economy, retail, tourism, oil and gas, foreign trade, foreign relations are already heading the other way, in rates digressing steeper than expected.

Federal Government investment arm Khazanah Nasional Bhd already lost RM65billion worth of market capitalisation as the the psychological market confidence factor in the translation of KLCI index dipped touching 1650 points on the bearish trend and exchange rate of USD to RM hit above 4.20 and on the uptrend.

Considering that the global price of oil and gas is on the bearish trend, the cost of production is actually going up. The latest news of Federal Government agreeing to the rise in electricity tariff would have pivotal effect across the board.

This is not what the majority of Malaysians signed on when they booted out Barisan Nasional from power on historical date of 9 May 2018.

Perhaps they have somewhat bought into the ‘UMNO Bogeyman’ hollow-win stories. However, the reality is that the biggest loser is the Malay-Muslim, which is the largest bit of Malaysian composition.

Inter-race relations is at its most precarious position since the May 1969 racial riots.

Anti-ICERD Rally Demonstrates The Malay-Chinese Divide

Amy Chew, CNA

They came by car, train and buses from across the country in the tens of thousands, turning the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, into a sea of white last Saturday (Dec 8) to rally against the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD).

Stirred by Islamist party PAS’ call that the rally was a “jihad” and former ruling party UMNO’s exhortation for “Muslim unity”, the protestors went ahead despite Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad announcing ICERD would not be ratified.

The huge turnout showed how race and religion became tools for the opposition to mobilise the masses against the new Pakatan Harapan (PH) government.

“I came here to defend Islam. We worry the government has merely delayed and not cancelled the ratification of ICERD,” said 51-year-old PAS member Surizan Sulaiman, who travelled by car from Kuantan, Pahang.

The opposition parties – UMNO and PAS – claimed ICERD threatened the position of Islam and the special rights of the Malays in the country.

ICERD USED BY UMNO’S ELITE TO DIVERT ATTENTION FROM CORRUPTION CHARGES: ANALYSTS

Analysts suggested UMNO had seized on ICERD to divert attention away from the corruption allegations facing several of the party’s senior leaders.

Former prime minister and president of UMNO Najib Razak is currently facing 39 charges of money laundering, criminal breach of trust and abuse of power. Several other senior members of UMNO have been charged in court.

“UMNO’s elites saw this ICERD as an amazing opportunity to divert attention from the corruption cases, court trials, by using a very powerful issue – the notion of what the nation is and the position of Malays,” said political scientist Chandra Muzaffar, president of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST).

PAS, on the other hand, saw an opportunity to boost its standing.

“PAS saw a huge opportunity to strengthen their political position. PAS does not have to grapple with corruption, for them it is mobilisation, something which they are very good at grassroots, to boost their standing,” added Chandra.

“The way it (ICERD) was presented to the Malays by the opposition …there was a lot of distortion, even downright lies. ICERD in no way threatens Islam, the monarchy, Malay rights,” said Chandra.

“ICERD allows for affirmative action … this means it does not threaten the special privileges of Malays,” he added.

ECONOMIC ISSUES CONTRIBUTED TO TURNOUT: ANALYST

Thrown into this mix was the unhappiness of those rural Malays – the fishermen, farmers, rubber tappers – who feel that they are being sidelined by the new government.

This cocktail of racial and religious brew inflamed passions that were on full display last Saturday, prompting analysts to warn it could potentially turn into a flashpoint if the situation is not managed well by all parties.

“It (ICERD) really hurts Malay sentiment. Don’t push us too hard. The word ‘amok’ comes from Malays. If Malays are very angry, they can become irrational. We don’t want that to happen. We want peace,” said Dr Mohd Khalid Kassim from PAS who stressed that he was speaking in his personal capacity.

“We must ensure ICERD is out indefinitely in Malaysia as it affects our religion and Bumiputra privileges,” he said.

Bumiputra, or sons of the soil, refers to Malays and indigenous people in Malaysia.

“I think the big turnout reflects the growing discontent amongst the Malay constituencies and signals PH to not take the rural voters for granted. Many fishermen, rubber tappers and Felda settlers feel that they are being sidelined by the new government,” said Asrul Hadi Abdullah Sani, senior analyst at BowerGroupAsia.

Felda refers to the Federal Land Development Authority, a government agency which was founded in 1956 to develop land and handle the resettlement of rural poor into newly developed areas to organise smallholder farmers growing cash crops.

“While race and religion may have been the headline for this rally, cost of living, affordability of goods, opportunities for employment and affordable housing will be the deciding factor in the next election,” said Asrul.

NEW GOVERNMENT FACES BATTLE TO MAINTAIN SUPPORT AS FORMER REGIME PUSHES BACK

Equally significant, last weekend’s events were an example of the difficulties that are typically seen to plague new governments that oust long-running regimes.

In the case of Malaysia, Pakatan Harapan unseated UMNO which had ruled the country for 61 years, making it one of the longest-running regimes in the world.

“After many decades in power, the old regime forces have numerous supporters and stakeholders throughout bureaucratic, governmental, legal and community institutions with a great deal to lose,” said Professor Greg Barton, chair of Global Islamic Studies, Deakin University.

“Many resort to publicly supporting reform whilst covertly undermining it.

“Invariably, they (new government) face both open push-back, and more insidious attempts at covert meddling, from the ancient regime forces,” said Prof Barton.

“Whenever there are clashes or tensions along communal lines, that ostensibly appear to be racial or religious in nature, there are competing elite interests that are attempting to mobilise mass support by inflaming communal tensions,” he added.

Prof Barton pointed to Indonesia’s chaotic transition from an autocracy to a democracy in 1998 when sectarian violence erupted and claimed many lives as an example.

“This was very clear in Indonesia two decades ago under the reformist transitional presidencies of BJ Habibie and Abdurrahman Wahid,” said Prof Barton, who wrote a biography on Wahid.

ECONOMY, MERITOCRACY KEY TO PH SURVIVAL

‘I think the lesson learnt from the anti-ICERD rally is that the government should not move too quickly just to appease the vocal urban voters,” said Asrul of BowerGroupAsia.

“Such an entrenched mindset (on race and religion) must be tackled tactfully through engagement and education,” said Asrul.

Political scientist Chandra said the government could practise meritocracy in place of ratifying ICERD.

“You start by tending to the needs of people regardless of ethnicity, reward people on the basis of excellence and ability. Make those changes even if it’s gradual,” said Chandra.

“At the same time educate people, develop their understanding of society,” he said.

Asrul said there is a need for Pakatan to focus on the needs of the majority in order to retain support.

“PH government should focus on quick and easy wins that affect the majority to keep the momentum of winning the general election and defeating Najib Razak. Difficult issues such as ICERD should be tackled with a more long-term strategy in mind,” said Asrul.

“For Malaysia to transition through this difficult period of consolidating democratic reform, and to achieve its full potential, will require exceptional leadership from every quarter of Malaysian society,” said Prof Barton.

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In many ways, UMNO as the nationalist party is the symbol of Malay-Muslim, which is the fundamental of mainstay Malaysian politics for over seven decades. UMNO managed to gel the Malay-Muslim support, which is clearly demonstrated even at the point of demise Barisan Nasional’s power, the party formed by Dato Onn Ja’afar and amalgamated and consolidated 29 Malay NGOs in May 1946 is evidence the unity that could be fostered when push comes to shove.

Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir’s PPBM is unable to match that. They maybe at the helm of power by the de facto of a very fragile marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-bakcstabbing-strange-bed-fellows, it is clear the party of former UMNO leaders is very thin on nationwide machinery and grassroots support.

Even in the Malay-Muslim majority constituencies.

The sentiments The fear on the projected path of for the Fifth and longest serving UMNO President (original and ‘UMNO Baru’) is his wrath for the damnation of the nationalist party, which was a member for almost the majority part of his seventy two years in politics.

The Malaysiakini story:

Mat Hassan: Kami rayu Dr M tak bubarkan Umno

Lu Wei Hoong
 (Dikemaskini )

Mohamad Hassan menjelaskan bahawa pertemuan beliau bersama empat pemimpin Umno lain dengan Perdana Menteri Dr Mahathir Mohamad bukan bagi membincangkan keputusan untuk meninggalkan parti itu.

Sebaliknya, kata timbalan presiden Umno itu, mereka merayu kepada Mahathir supaya tidak membubarkan parti berkenaan, yang pernah dipimpinnya selama lebih dua dekad.

“Ia hanya kunjungan hormat,” katanya kepada Malaysiakini, hari ini.

“Tun M (Mahathir) kata Umno akan dibubarkan. Kami merayu kepadanya supaya tidak berbuat demikian,” katanya.

Mohamad menyifatkan perjumpaan itu diadakan dalam suasana yang mesra.

“Tun menerima kami. Saya pernah bekerja di bawahnya. Belanja kami sate dan macam-macam.

“Dunia ini bukan sahaja mengenai politik. Ia mengenai hubungan. Kami membuat kunjungan hormat dan pada masa sama kami kata, ‘tolong jangan bubarkan Umno’. Dia janji tidak akan berbuat demikian,” katanya.

Dalam hantaran di Facebook sebelum ini, wartawan veteran A Kadir Jasin mengesahkan gambar tular pertemuan perdana menteri dengan pemimpin Umno itu sebagai tulen dan berlangsung pada Oktober.

Selain Mohamad, antara yang turut hadir dalam pertemuan itu ialah bekas menteri wilayah Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, bekas menteri kpdnkk Hamzah Zainuddin, bekas menteri undang-undang Shahidan Kassim dan bekas menteri pembangunan luar bandar Noh Omar.

[Baca berita penuh]

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The demise of UMNO as a nationalist party and spoils of of victory is probably Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir’s man-possessed scheme of things objective.

The manœuvres and shifts within UMNO are at leaders’ level and not the main body, which the grassroots. By cutting of the head and straggling resources and access to assets, is most likely to get UMNO imploded and the over three million ordinary members disorganised and unable to be mobilise for anything.

Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir’s obsession with his own political agenda and interest above the nation’s and at the expense of the aspirations of majority of Malaysians, is a mind-boggling master-stroke towards uncertainty, with mathematical permutation cannot be projected.

It is not surprising that his Machiavellian mind is strategising the ‘Divide and Rule’ and keeping the Malay-Muslim’s between UMNO and PAS wedged, as the two have more in common and working towards a new ‘Melayu Baru’.

In the absence of a proper succession plan and the agenda is have newly elected PKR President Dato’ Seri Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim despite the biggest share in the ruling Federal Constituency to not succeed as the Eighth Prime Minister.

The fear of de facto Eighth Prime Minister Anwar is apparent in his comment and tone upon getting his reaction of the massive exodus of UMNO MPs and leaders from Sabah and Semenanjung, which is about the diluting the power base of his own support.

This is not withstanding that the manoeuvres and shifts of MPs would create the imbalance of his own clout within Pakatan Harapan. It is mind boggling of Anwar’s influence of confidence and support from the valued Sabah and Sarawak combined 58 MPs, which is over 26%.

The other King Maker is the support of DAP. Combined with the centrally controlled party of 42 MPs, that is over 40% of the Dewan Rakyat. Then again, Anwar would have to come up with a very good offering to get DAP into his scheme, which is a possibility of having the first Non Malay Deputy Prime Minister formula.

A crystal-ball muddled, in so many clouded diversions rapidly flashing without any pattern.

It is a three-dimensional game of Risk and Chess, combined played by a very seasoned and strategically minded politician, whose productivity as a man still working full time as a Group Chief Executive of a very large firm of 1.6 million employees over the age nine three, itself is a medical miracle.

This is as the rest of Malaysia is fixated on the three-dimensional game of Master Mind, all and sundry.

One is reminded of the glaring comment of the son of Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir, who is also his party’s Deputy President and currently the Menteri Besar of Kedah, when the two were in the height of running down then UMNO President and Fifth President Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, “Nothing new”.

Dejavu adds the complexity of these, mind games.

Published in: on December 15, 2018 at 22:30  Leave a Comment  

No real weighted woes in TH

The Minister in charge of Religious Affairs Dato’ Seri Mujahid Yusof ought to be treating the facts pertaining Tabung Haji (TH) wholesomely accurate and without political overtone, because a lot is at stake here.

In a ‘shock and awe’ revelation made at Parliament this morning, Mujahid blamed TH for its Hibah exercise which he malignantly described as, “Illegal”.

The Star story:

Mujahid: Tabung Haji paid dividends illegally since 2014 as debts exceeded assets


KUALA LUMPUR: Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) has been illegally paying dividends (hibah) to its depositors since 2014, says Datuk Seri Dr Mujahid Yusof Rawa.

The Minister in charge of Islamic affairs explained that the dividend payments had contravened the Tabung Haji Act 1995 as TH had more debts than assets in the previous years.

He cited TH’s 2017 financial report, tabled in Parliament on Monday (Dec 10), which showed that it has more liabilities (RM74.4bil) than its total assets (RM70.3bil).

This meant a total deficit of RM4.1bil as of Dec 31, 2017. 

First, its assets cannot be less than its debts and second, there must be profits to be distributed. 

“TH has been declaring hibah since 2014, not in accordance with the Act, because its assets have been less than its liabilities,” he told reporters during a press conference in Parliament on Monday (Dec 10). 

TH’s 2017 financial report, audited by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), had recommended the Government initiate a “comprehensive turnaround plan” to address the RM4.1bil gap, said Dr Mujahid. 

Under the plan, Dr Mujahid said PwC had proposed setting up a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to take over, rehabilitate and maximise the recovery of its underperforming assets. 

He added that the SPV has been approved by Cabinet and it will be in operation before the end of 2018. 

Dr Mujahid said that TH will be placed under the supervision of Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) on Jan 1, 2019, and expressed confidence that the turnaround plan will be implemented by the government as soon as possible

“Cabinet had discussed the turnaround plan thoroughly and given our full support and endorsement to the plan, so that TH’s financial position can be regularised and the people’s confidence can be restored. 

“To ensure the long-term sustainability and resilience of TH, the government has decided to place it under the supervision of BNM administratively, from Jan 1, 2019.” 

Meanwhile, Dr Mujahid also said depositors may receive their dividend payouts for 2018. 

“Now that the restructuring plan is here, if we can fulfil two conditions and if there is profit, then definitely we will get (dividends). 

“But that will be announced before the end of the year, we have not close out accounts for the year yet.” 

Dr Mujahid also hinted that further action may be taken against the previous administration of TH. 

“Since 2014, TH has been giving dividends without fulfilling the two conditions. So, where did they get the money? I leave that to you,” he said. 

“That will be dealt with later,” he added.

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The announcement by Minister Mujahid is a politically very hazardous.

What is interesting in Minister Mujahid’s statement that no mention of the the clear policies of how TH’s treatment of assets, borrowings, added value or impairment of losses and investments.

Clearly, how then Auditor General Tan Sri Ambrin Buang signed off the audited accounts.

The fact is that TH is not facing not had faced liquidity and cashflow issues, troubled borrowings and in the exact line to explain 1MDB commercial issues, “Mismatch between assets, borrowings and cashflow management”.

Two Fridays ago it was revealed that TH made two Police reports against previous TH Chairman, Group Managing Director, CEO and several current key management personalities.

What is interesting is that they are pertaining to Yayasan Tabung Haji activities “inclined to be political” last year and a corporate exercise of disposal of subsidiary and assets of plantations in Indonesia, six years ago.

Were there red flags raised by then the Auditor General?

Another interesting fact is about TH’s holdings and investments in Bank Islam Malaysia Bhd (BIMB).

TH de-invested most of it’s holdings in BIMB throughout 2016 and 2017 and obtained a premium, which very positive to TH’s balance sheet and directly, the 9.7 million depositors.

That’s comparatively to present capital and financial market level and performance.

TH maintained operations for the benefit of depositors and aspiring Hajj pilgrims all over the country, on top a globally Hajj operations in Saudi, year-on-year, which what it was formed to do.

This is a point which Minister Mujahid should continuously stress on instead of making ‘shock and awe’ announcements, which is political in nature and would confuse TH depositors and aspiring Hajj pilgrims more and provide comfort for their savings.

The fact that exactly week ago, a foreign news carried a malignant media story to hit at TH, added to the political overtone of Pakatan Harapan leaders pawning TH at an effect with the expense of TH depositors and aspiring Hajj pilgrims.

What is interesting is the Malay-Muslim confidence of the Pakatan Harapan leadership in the Federal and State Governments, all and in sundry, is on the eroding and bearish trend.

More so in the recently concluded successful highly peaceful and incident free rally of 300,000 Malay-Muslim that send a thunderous message that their interest cannot be taken lightly or at their expense.

Minister Mujahid should strive to preserve the 9.7million confidence with uplifting developments in TH instead of using it for politics and at the expense of the too many simpletons who saved in TH and aspire to fulfil the fifth tenet of Islam.

Majority of those who saved in TH are not analytical enough to understand the corporate decisions made by professionals, to preserve the strategic interest in TH’s investments, which is to extend and strive for better benefits to more the 9.7million depositors and on record the over a million Hajj pilgrim aspirants.

The horror past ghost in making malicious political revelation at the expense of TH caused a few thousand to lose their assigned queue for Hajj, by closing their accounts due to a media shock started by a blogger. This happened a three and half years ago.

Minister Mujahid also announced the creation of a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to sort out TH financial and commercial woes is also to politicise and cast the aspersions that TH is heading into a deep financial crisis, which is heading the receivership and administration destination.

Obviously, some quarters would commercially benefit from the corporate exercises which would be undertaken by such SPVs.

On top of that to announce that Bank Negara Malaysia would be the governing authority over TH is to politically demonise the current corporate governance of TH which include the Auditor General and all the acts and authoritative bodies are incompetent or inadequate.

Minister Mujahid should call for the extensive due diligence and quicken the Police investigations on TH, instead adding into the political overtone.

In the final analysis, political overtone outweighing the strategic interest of the simpleton amongst rural and lifetime savers of TH, is a road for calamity of the majority Malay-Muslim, way pass the political lifespan of the current leaders in power.

The institutional credibility and integrity of TH should never in anyway be the pawn of political masters.

Published in: on December 10, 2018 at 15:00  Leave a Comment