Duty of correspondence: Facts over opinion

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak reminded journos to correspond responsibly based on facts and not manipulated information based on half truths and/or unverified sources.

NST story:

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak speaking at the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) Petronas Malaysian Journalism Awards 2016. Pix by Yusni Ariffin

KUALA LUMPUR: The media play an important role in helping the people distinguish between facts and wild allegations, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Speaking at the Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) Petronas Malaysian Journalism Awards 2016 tonight, he said the media is free to disagree with the government but it should be based on facts.

“You don’t have to agree all the time with the government but please disagree on facts, not on wild allegations.

“I admit that the era of ‘government knows all’ is over and there are weaknesses here and there but I will not accept completely unfounded allegations.

“(To the media).. please help me distinguish between wild allegations and facts as we owe it to the country and the people,” he said at the event, held at the Shangri-La Hotel here.

Najib pointed out that there were unfair allegations from a former leader on the investments made by the current government but not the previous governments.

“Why the double standards? This is a question that we must ask.

“Truth is something that we hold on to and the people will use it to decide what is good for them, the society and the country,” he said.

Malaysia, Najib said, has a bright future ahead and the people must reject baseless accusations thrown at the government.

“Do not say that we are a failed state or on the verge of bancruptcy. We must unequivocally reject these baseless accusations.

“We will work as hard as we can to make Malaysia a top 20 nation in 30 years,” he added.

Present were Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak and MPI chief executive officer Datuk Dr Chamil Wariya.

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And The Sun Daily:

PM Najib reminds media of its duty in distinguishing wild allegations from facts

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak delivering his speech during the 2017 Malaysian Press Night and 2016 MPI-Petronas Malaysian Journalism Awards at the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur on April 21, 2017 — Sunpix by Asyraf Rasid

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak has reminded the media of its “instrumental” duty in distinguishing wild allegations from facts.

He said while he was willing to accept flaws and weaknesses in the government, he will not accept wild allegations which are unfounded.

“I do not expect the media to agree with the government on everything.

“But please disagree on facts and not wild baseless allegations,” he said in his speech during the 2017 Malaysian Press Night and 2016 MPI-Petronas Malaysian Journalism Awards presentation at the Shangri-La Hotel, Kuala Lumpur, Friday night.

Also present was the Prime Minister’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak and Malaysian Press Institute (MPI) chief executive officer Datuk Chamil Wariya.

Citing instances when news regarding the alleged presence of 40,000 Bangladeshi phantom voters during the 13th General Election had hit social media, Najib said it would be an impossible task given the logistics.

“It would take 100 jumbo jets each carrying 400 passengers to make that happen, which is impossible to go undetected,” he said.

He also pointed the deal between Saudi Arabia’s state oil company Saudi Aramco to invest US$7 billion (RM30.8 billion) into an oil refinery and petrochemical project in Johor which almost did not get through due to the initial perception that the country was on the verge of bankruptcy.

“The government’s opponents often prefer not to engage with us on facts.

“They create false propaganda, some of which sadly gains traction internationally,” he said.

Noting the current crisis affecting the print media due to emergence of online media, Najib said there will always be a way for the print media to emerge stronger with better strategies.

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It is obvious that Prime Minister Najib acknowledge and respect the power of public opinion, especially in the age of information where technology enabled information and content to be seamless spread at unimaginable speed and reach.

However, if and when the journos continue to be a tool of ‘Fake News’ and extend stories with manipulated and fabricated information, lies and slander, then it would add confusion to the public.

This is because most public do not have the resources, which include time, to verify what have been published through media.

Of course there would be the argument of taking legal steps to straightened out issues but as the ‘benefit of first strike’ would already form the the under lay of opinion for many.

As the popular saying does, “It is cheaper to get things right the first time around”.

Right and accurate stories are very important element for market confidence in any tactical and strategic move by the Government for its people. Particularly, in any social economic development programs.

Otherwise and the incessant continuance to harp on stories based on manipulated and fabricated information, lies and slanders is what Prime Minister Najib describe as “National saboteur”.

Example of exactly a month ago, compounding bad journalism about the Malaysian economy going south, insolvent and lies and slander about Government leaders practice kleptocracy almost lost the RM7 billion deal Petronas was negotiation with Saudi Aramco for RAPID.

Some Malaysian media provide the coverage of stories about errand Malaysian Opposition personalities going abroad to incessantly bad mouth many aspects about the country, people, administration, judiciary and worse of all, economy.

Even meeting business leaders and academias, they openly proclaim that the “Malaysian economy is bankrupt”.

Some Malaysian media extend the severity of these lies by continue printing and harping these stories despite information proclaimed by these so few ‘unpatriotic’ elements are totally baseless.

Extend a lie is as good as making the lie. At that moment, media is an extension of mala fide of an Oppositions’ political agenda, which is to realise a win by the way of demonisation strategy.

It is a fair comment for Prime Minister Najib to engage the media community and put forth his position of tolerance against ‘Fake News’.

Published in: on April 22, 2017 at 09:00  Comments (1)  

Sinking before set sail

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s & Co. personal agenda formalised through Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) has shown that it cannot hold water and rats are scuttling ship as it sinks, because of unhealthy practices such as cronyism and nepotism.

Founding member and Central Working Committeeman Kamarulzaman Habibur Rahman called a media conference to announce his resignation, expresses his deep disappointment against the President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yasin and Deputy President Dato’ Mukhriz Mahathir for very unhealthy practices.

“We have vision how to make PPBM successful. However, bit by bit negative elements start to creep in. I started to realise in PPBM, there is distinction between classes and caste. Those who knows personally the President, Deputy President and Secretary General would earn a place of the higher class”.

He also added “Those who can work are treated like second class!”.

Jumlah ahli PPBM Kedah yang berdaftar

A party formed out of disappointment by disappointed former UMNO leaders and members naturally would be disappointing and brought upon further disappointment especially to the grassroots because of its unholy original ill intention.

There are a lot of stories of internal squabble now that the party is trying too hard to form footing with the appointment of protem chiefs and committee members.

Considering the party hardly able to build a good footing and strengthen its membership even in the home state of the Chairman and Deputy President, it is doubtful it would be better elsewhere.

It is not surprising at all that the ship taken in water and now started sinking, even before it set sail for battle.

Quad erat demonstratum.

Published in: on April 20, 2017 at 00:20  Comments (4)  

It is in the numbers

Much ado about many quarters making a big fuss about the over simplication of BN only managed to obtain 47% of votes at the 13GE, thus Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and Barisan Nasional do not enjoy the majority support of Malaysians.

The fact is that, Malaysian democracy is based on the ‘First Past Post’ system Westminister-styled Constitutional Monarchy where the number of seats obtained in the Dewan Rakyat is the determining factor for His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong to invite and form a government right after a general election.

British Prime Minister Theresa May this morning (GMT) announced that she would go to the House of Commons tomorrow hoping to get 2/3 majority from MPs so that the ruling of the Fixed Term Parliament Act could be put aside and a general election could be called on 8 June 2017.

New York Times have the transcript of Prime Minister May’s announcement at Number Ten this morning:

Theresa May Announces Early Election

Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain announced on Tuesday that she would call an early election, seeking to strengthen her government’s mandate while it negotiates the country’s withdrawal from the European Union.

Prime Minister Theresa May of Britain called on Tuesday for a general election, which she had previously ruled out. Read a transcript of her remarks, as released by the Conservative Party in Britain.

I have just chaired a meeting of cabinet where we agreed that the government should call a general election to be held on the 8th of June. I want to explain the reasons for that decision, what will happen next and the choice facing the British people when you come to vote in this election. Last summer after the country voted to leave the European Union, Britain needed certainty, stability and strong leadership, and since I became prime minister, the government has delivered precisely that. Despite predictions of immediate financial and economic danger, since the referendum we have seen consumer confidence remain high, record numbers of jobs, and economic growth that has exceeded all expectations.

We have also delivered on the mandate we were handed by the referendum result. Britain is leaving the European Union and there can be no turning back. And as we look to the future, the government has the right plan for negotiating our new relationship with Europe. We want a deep and special partnership between a strong and successful European Union and a U.K. that is free to chart its own way in the world. That means we will regain control of our own money, our own laws and our own borders, and we will be free to strike trade deals with old friends and new partners all around the world.

This is the right approach and it is in the national interest, but the other political parties oppose it. At this moment of enormous national significance, there should be unity here in Westminster, but instead there is division. The country is coming together, but Westminster is not. In recent weeks, Labour have threatened to vote against the final agreement we reach with the European Union, the Liberal Democrats have said they want to grind the business of government to a standstill, the S.N.P. say they will vote against the legislation that formally repeals Britain’s membership of the European Union and unelected members of the House of Lords have vowed to fight us every step of the way. Our opponents believe because the government’s majority is so small that our resolve will weaken and that they can force us to change course.

They are wrong, they underestimate our determination to get the job done, and I am not prepared to let them endanger the security of millions of working people across the country, because what they are doing jeopardizes the work we must do to prepare for “Brexit” at home, and it weakens the government’s negotiating position in Europe. If we do not hold a general election now, their political game playing will continue, and the negotiations with the European Union will reach their most difficult stage in the run-up to the next scheduled election. Division in Westminster will risk our ability to make a success of “Brexit,” and it will cause damaging uncertainty and instability to the country.

So we need a general election and we need one now, because we have at this moment a one-off chance to get this done while the European Union agrees its negotiating position and before the detailed talks begin. I have only recently and reluctantly come to this conclusion. Since I became prime minister, I have said there should be no election until 2020, but now I have concluded that the only way to guarantee certainty and stability for the years ahead is to hold this election and seek your support for the decisions I must take.

And so tomorrow I will move a motion in the House of Commons calling for a general election to be held on the 8th of June. That motion, as set out by the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, will require a two-thirds majority of the House of Commons. So I have a simple challenge to the opposition parties. You have criticized the government’s vision for “Brexit,” you have challenged our objectives, you have threatened to block the legislation we put before Parliament. This is your moment to show you mean it, to show you are not opposing the government for the sake of it, to show that you do not treat politics as a game.

Let us tomorrow vote for an election; let us put forward our plans for “Brexit” and our alternative programs for government, and then let the people decide. And the decision facing the country will be all about leadership. It will be a choice between strong and stable leadership in the national interest, with me as your prime minister, or weak and unstable coalition government, led by Jeremy Corbyn, propped up by the Liberal Democrats who want to reopen the divisions of the referendum, and Nicola Sturgeon and the S.N.P.

Every vote for the Conservatives will make it harder for opposition politicians who want to stop me from getting the job done. Every vote for the Conservatives will make me stronger when I negotiate for Britain with the prime ministers, presidents and chancellors of the European Union. Every vote for the Conservatives will mean we can stick to our plan for a stronger Britain and take the right long-term decisions for a more secure future.

It was with reluctance that I decided the country needs this election, but it is with strong conviction that I say it is necessary to secure the strong and stable leadership the country needs to see us through “Brexit” and beyond. So tomorrow, let the House of Commons vote for an election, let everybody put forward their proposals for “Brexit” and their programs for government, and let us remove the risk of uncertainty and instability and continue to give the country the strong and stable leadership it demands.

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It is a strategic political move for Prime Minister May, of taking the Conservative party inherited from Prime Minister David Cameron last summer despite a narrow 2015 GE win.

He summarily resigned when the British public decided from Britain to leave European Union (Brexit) in a referendum.

Prime Minister Cameron came to power in the May 2010 GE by forming a coalition with the Liberal Democratic party, because Conservative do not enjoy a clear majority to be invited to form a government by Queen Elizabeth.

Prime Minister May is maximising the opportunity as Conservative strongest opposition Labour is in conundrum where the weak leadership of the leftist leaning Jeremy Corbyn is highly popular amongst majority of his own party’s MPs.

As such, political analysts are bent on Conservative to do better than the May 2015 GE, where Prime Minister Cameron only managed to obtain 36.9% of votes casted translated in 331 MPs out of the 650 seat House of Commons.

YouGov.uk latest poll:

Yougov.uk early poll after PM May’s announcement for 8 June 2017

If the projection of Conservative getting 44% of votes which could translate to 395 MPs in the House of Commons and a clear 140 seat majority, then Prime Minister May would enjoy the control of over 60% of the House of Commons.

That is even bigger than Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s 1983 GE win, which was after the pumped-up feeling with Britain’s win in the Falklands War the spring the year before.

It is interesting to extrapolate that on to the Malaysian political scenario. at 13GE in May 2013, BN under Prime Minister Najib obtained 47.4% votes translated into 133 MPs in the 222 seat Dewan Rakyat, a clear 54 seat majority over aggregated Opposition MPs.

Yet, there are quarters making a fuss about Prime Minister Najib not having majority popular votes. BN won a 54 majority over the Opposition and control 60% of Dewan Rakyat in the current 13th Parliament.

Ceteris paribus, even if Prime Minister Najib manage to maintain BN’s exact same numbers in the next 14GE,  he would still be invited by His Majesty SPB YDP Agong to form a government even before the 14th Parliament is convened.

Political analysts are making a guesstimate 14GE would be held in six months time.

Taking into consideration that there is a rebellion within DAP where grassroots are not happy with Lim Kit Siang for his gross overstaying and alliance with half-a-century nemesis Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and Penang Chief Minister and party Secretary General Lim Guan Eng’s corruption case.

The recent resignation of four DAP Yang Berhomats and several Branch Charimen is a clear demonstration that the rebellion is snowballing into something ugly.

On top of that, the de facto Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim is incarcerated and there is a serious power play within PKR top echelon. Deputy President and MB Selangor Dato’ Seri Azmin Ali is on a clear race against Vice President and Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli in the turf war.

PAS is no longer with the Opposition coalition, now named Pakatan Harapan and saw a major break up.  The splinter party PAN is without a strong grassroots footing. After all, Pakatan Rakyat especially PKR enjoyed PAS’s grassroots machineries in the past three GEs.

Dr Mahathir should not be a major consideration of the aggregate of threats that Prime Minister Najib is taking BN to face, especially now the glaring inconsistencies and contradictions of the former BN Chairman for twenty-two and a quarter years.

By many counts, Anwar Ibrahim was actually a bigger threat to Prime Minister Najib in 2013.

Projections are made with numbers, which are derived by the complex aggregate of various analysis, patterns and matrix formulated on current issues.

The numbers are on Prime Minister Najib’s side. Hence, his specific instruction for party machineries to be on ‘Alert Five’ and unapologetic incessant attacks on the Opposition.

Published in: on April 18, 2017 at 23:59  Comments (3)  

Quid Pro Quo

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak reminded pro-BN social media activists to drum up the charge and no longer be apologetic to the Oppositions’ manipulation, lies and slanders, on the cyber-sphere platform which he describes as the “Next battlefield in the road to Putrajaya”.

His NajibRazak.com posting:

HIMPUNAN AKTIVIS MEDIA SOSIAL 2017

Saturday April 15th, 2017Blog, Featured Articles

Malam semalam amat bermakna bagi saya kerana dapat berjumpa, berhimpun dan bergaul bersama aktivis media sosial pro Kerajaan Barisan Nasional.

Mereka ini bukanlah calang-calang orangnya, mereka ini panglima di alam maya yang begitu setia mempertahankan dasar Kerajaan Barisan Nasional, mempertahankan maruah parti dan membidas segala pembohongan yang giat dipermainkan oleh pembangkang sejak sekian lama.

Saya berkeyakinan tinggi para aktivis media sosial kita ini juga, akan terus memainkan peranan mempertahankan Kerajaan dan membantu mengekalkan Barisan Nasional di Putrajaya.

Ini semua kerana mereka, seperti saya dan jutaan rakyat Malaysia lagi, percaya bahawa di bumi Malaysia ini tidak ada pilihan yang lebih baik daripada Barisan Nasional.

Saya mahu para aktivis media sosial kita juga ada kepercayaan diri dan melihat bahawa anda semua bukan sekadar aktivis tetapi adalah pejuang nasionalis.

Medan perang kita hari ini sudah berubah, tidak lagi dalam bentuk fizikal atau face to face tetapi alam maya atau ruang siber adalah medan perang yang baru.

Jika kita imbas kembali apa yang berlaku dalam dua Pilihanraya Umum dahulu, Kerajaan Barisan Nasional terdedah kepada serangan tanpa ada bala tentera yang boleh menangkis serangan tersebut.

Tetapi hari ini, saya lihat bahawa sudah ada penambahbaikan dan kita telah berjaya menghimpunkan ramai aktivis media sosial, panglima-panglima alam maya kita yang setia bersama Barisan Nasional, yang tetap percaya kepada perjuangan dan dasar kita.

Namun, dalam kita berjuang bersama-sama menghala ke medan perang, sudah tentu ada prinsip asas yang perlu kita gariskan dan praktikkan.

Pertama, saya menyeru kepada semua untuk mengelakkan pertelagahan sesama sendiri. Kita mesti komited kepada perjuangan secara bersama, berjuang menegakkan Kerajaan Barisan Nasional.

Kedua, kita mesti memperluaskan lagi rangkaian alam maya kita. Kita perlu tentukan kandungan dan mesej kita kepada rakyat dan berkongsi maklumat sesama kita agar ia dapat disebarkan dengan lebih meluas dan lebih berkesan lagi.

Kita mesti berusaha berkomunikasi dengan influencers dalam pelbagai bidang dan membina rangkaian kita agar mereka juga terlibat bersama dengan kita.

Ketiga dan yang terakhir sekali, amanat saya kepada semua adalah kita perlu belajar daripada apa yang berlaku dalam Pilihanraya Umum dahulu.

Kita mesti tangkas dalam respons kita dan tidak terperangkap, sepertimana yang berlaku pada hari mengundi dalam Pilihanraya Umum Ke-13 di mana pembangkang telah menyebarkan berita palsu mengenai kononnya kita membawa masuk pengundi Bangladesh untuk mengundi, bahawa kononnya kita mewujudkan keadaan blackout di tempat tertentu untuk memanipulasi undi.

Cerita ini semua langsung tidak masuk akal, tetapi ramai terpedaya dengan berita ini yang sedikit sebanyak membawa kesan kepada pengundi dan pilihan raya itu sendiri.

Saya jangkakan bahawa dalam Pilihanraya Umum yang akan datang, pembangkang akan kembali menggunakan taktik kotor serupa, melontarkan sesuatu yang tak terfikir oleh kita nanti untuk membuatkan orang marah dan benci pada kita.

Ingatlah bahawa pembangkang hanya berpegang kepada satu prinsip sahaja iaitu “If you cannot convince them, confuse them”.

Taktik kotor mereka amat jelas, jika mereka tidak dapat meyakinkan pengundi agar mempercayai janji-janji kosong atau kata-kata manis mereka, modus operandi mereka adalah untuk mengelirukan rakyat agar menimbulkan ketidakpercayaan serta kemarahan terhadap Kerajaan Barisan Nasional.

Kita sudah lama berada dalam ‘defensive mode’. Cukuplah. It is now time to attack !

Insya-Allah, dengan semangat juang dan kesepaduan sesama kita, kita mampu peroleh kejayaan besar dalam PRU 14, dan Putrajaya akan kekal milik Barisan Nasional !

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Gone were the days when Prime Minister Najib in private reminded some of us to be respectful and administer maximum restrain to respond on Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s allegations when the latter openly attack the former exactly two years last month.

Dr. Mahathir invoked lies upon lies continuously, having little regards to the contradictions and inconsistencies that he is making along the way in his effort to topple Prime Minister Najib through the strategy of demonisation.

Prime Minister Najib also not was shy to remind on the maxim that Dr. Mahathir is deploying  in leading the Opposition attacks against he former’s leadership and administration, “If you cannot convince them, confuse them”.

It is reflective in the effort of former highly respected media barons in Dr. Mahathir’s time, now reduced to be an extension of the latter’s demonisation strategy.

Dato’ A Kadir Jasin’s FB

Dato’ A Kadir Jasin, for example is someone who refused to adopt technology in the height of the ‘Anwar Ibrahim Black Eye’ episode, where the Reformasi-ists were actively using then dubbed ‘The New Media’ to win the imagination and the hearts and minds. The target was the younger, educated and more tech-savvy captive audience.

“This internet phenomena is just a fad”, when NST news people begged him to get more access to online media.

Today, not only Kadir turned into the cybersphere to get his thoughts in the open as a blogger, he has also resorted to be an active facebooker. Wealth of experience and gift of the lingo facilitated his effort of ‘confusion’, via his social media accounts.

Another recent example of ‘confusion’ created is the issue created on the appointment of Defense Minister Dato’ Seri Hishamuddin Hussein to an extended post in Cabinet of Special Function Minister by Prime Minister Najib.

Needless to say, they are losing grounds and market share in the cybersphere. Cybersphere readers have started to abandon Dr. Mahathir for his incessant manipulation, lies, slanders and most of all, inconsistencies and contradictions.

It is very timely for Prime Minister Najib to remind the 500 0dd pro-BN/Government social media activists converged, aptly described as “Nationalists’ to carpe diem the opportunity and ‘corner of the market’.

It is time, Tit for Tat!

Published in: on April 15, 2017 at 18:00  Leave a Comment  

Compensatio More

The suit by Selangor State Government and MAIS against Redha Resources Sdn. Bhd. and Bank Muamalat Bhd.

Majlis Agama Islam Selangor (MAIS) should convene and view in totality with regards to the contract pertaining the accommodation for the purpose of Kolej Ugama Islam Selangor (KUIS), otherwise lodge a Police report of probable deception against favor contractus.

It is important as it is also only fair to protect the sancity MAIS as an institution enacted by a series of state laws passed by the Selangor State Assembly.

The Commercial Crime Division of the Police Force is compelled to investigate if any Police report was lodged.

Any abuse and/or misconduct by officials in the interpretation and execution of any contracts entered on behalf of the body, would be investigated and the road for resolution would be opened.

The investigation should include any information highlighted through media.

One important information is the publication of a document of a suit (Ref: 22NCVC-205-o4/2015) by Selangor State Government and MAIS against a private limited company and a high street bank.

This is of public interest and should be taken seriously, especially if there are any elements of fraud which include the issuance of certificates pertaining to building quaffed to be occupied, only authorised by local authorities.

The action of the officials of MAIS so far in the treatment of the contract and case is thought by certain quarters to give the perception to reflect the hubris attitude.

Otherwise, the suit should be investigated also for mora solveni. The sum involved in the case of RM125 million is material enough to warrant an independent investigation.

At the Dewan Rakyat yesterday, it is interesting that Opposition MPs are allowed to present a private members’ bill with the explicit intention of raising penalties of existing shariah criminal laws. It is to befit the position of Islam as the religion of the Federation of Malaysia, as per the Federal Constitution Article 3(1), with any exception for the authority of death penalty.

It is ashamed if MAIS does not live to the expectation of the body which is the authority and administrator for religious matters in Selangor, the most populous and industrious state in the Federation.

*Glossary

Compensatio more: Delay in payment or performance on the part of both the debtor and the creditor

Hubris: Excessive pride or self-confidence.

Mora solveni: Delay in payment or performance in the part of the debtor

Published in: on April 7, 2017 at 07:15  Comments (6)  

AG of thy Crownth Decideth

The Opposition is very displeased that their demonisation strategy to rubbish Attorney General Tan Sri Apandi Mohamed Ali’s (AG) decision of the treatment on the 1MDB investigations based on the so called donation RM2.6 billion and SRC International conducted by MACC submitted on 31 Dec 2015, still stands.

Sin Chew Jit Poh posting Bernama report:

Appeals by Malaysian Bar, Zaid and Khairuddin dismissed

2017-04-04 17:26
PUTRAJAYA, April 4 (Bernama) — The Court of Appeal today dismissed the appeals by three appellants including the Malaysian Bar for leave to commence a judicial review to challenge the Attorney-General’s (AG) decision over closure of investigations relating to the RM2.6 billion donation.

The decision was made by a three-member panel comprising Justice Datuk Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid, Tan Sri Idrus Harun and Datuk Abdul Rahman Sebli.

Justice Umi Kalthum who chaired the panel said they unanimously agreed to dismiss all three appeals with no orders as to the cost and affirmed the order of the High Court.

The Malaysian Bar, former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Zaid Ibrahim and former Batu Kawan Umno vice head Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan were appealing against a High Court’s refusal to grant them leave to initiate a judicial review.

The trio sought among others to quash Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali’s decision to absolve Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak of wrongdoing over the RM2.6 billion deposited into his account.

On Nov 11, last year, High Court Judge Datuk Hanipah Farikullah rejected the trio’s leave applications, ruling that the AG had absolute discretion under Article 145 of Federal Constitution on prosecution and the court had no jurisdiction to hear the matter.

Zaid filed his application on Feb 2, last year seeking for an order to quash the AG’s decision and compelling him to institute criminal proceedings against the prime minister under the appropriate provisions of the Penal Code and/or the MACC Act 2009.

The AG had on Jan 26, last year found that no criminal offence was committed by Najib in relation to SRC International Sdn Bhd and the alleged RM2.6 billion donation.

In his application filed on Feb 3, last year, Khairuddin wanted a court order to quash the decision by Mohamed Apandi to exonerate Najib of any wrongdoing relating to the MACC investigations into three matters.

Khairuddin sought to challenge Mohamed Apandi’s decision that he was satisfied that no criminal offence was committed by Najib pertaining to the RM2.6 billion donation, transfer of funds by SRC International into his personal banking account and provision of a loan by pension fund KWAP to SRC International.

In March last year, the Bar also filed the application seeking to quash the decision communicated by the AG through a press release issued on Jan 26, last year that no criminal offence had been committed by Najib in relation to three investigation papers submitted by the MACC to the AG.

Malaysian Bar president George Varughese told the media he would seek legal advice on whether to file leave to appeal to the Federal Court.

Zaid’s counsel Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram said his solicitors were confident in obtaining instructions to take the matter further while Khairuddin’s lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla said he would take the matter to the Federal Court.

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AG Appandi is acting on behalf of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong by the powers provided under Article 145 of the Federal Constitution.

The official website of the Attorney General Chambers stated:

The Attorney General is the principal legal adviser to the Government. His role and responsibilities are provided for in Article 145 of the Federal Constitution. Article 145 of the Federal Constitution provides:

(1) The Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall, on the advice of the Prime Minister, appoint a person who is qualified to be a judge of the Federal Court to be the Attorney General for the Federation.

(2) It shall be the duty of the Attorney General to advise the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or the Cabinet or any Minister upon such legal matters, and to perform such other duties of a legal character, as may from time to time be referred or assigned to him by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or the Cabinet, and to discharge the functions conferred on him by or under this Constitution or any other written law.

(3) The Attorney General shall have power, exercisable at his discretion, to institute, conduct or discontinue any proceedings for an offence, other than proceedings before a Syariah court, a native court or a court-martial.

(3A) Federal law may confer on the Attorney General power to determine the courts in which or the venue at which any proceedings which he has power under Clause (3) to institute shall be instituted or to which such proceedings shall be transferred.

(4) In the performance of his duties the Attorney General shall have the right of audience in , and shall take precedence over any other person appearing before, any court or tribunal in the Federation.

(5) Subject to Clause (6), the Attorney General shall hold office during the pleasure of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and may at any time resign his office and, unless he is a member of the Cabinet, shall receive such remuneration as the Yang di-Pertuan Agong may determine.

(6) The person holding the office of Attorney General immediately prior to the coming into operation of this Article shall continue to hold the office on terms and conditions not less favourable than those applicable to him immediately before such coming into operation and shall not be removed from office except on the like grounds and in the like manner as a judge of the Federal Court.

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Solicitors for UMNO convincingly put forth the arguments for the power of the AG and attempts by the Bar Council to remove him.

Excerpts:

Albeit the noble move taken by The Bar, there is a certain group within the legal profession which has expressed an unfavorable response towards the move namely The Judicial and Legal Service Officers Association of Malaysia (JALSOA), quoting that the move is “obstructing the exercise of powers and discretion of the AG as provided by Clause (3) of Article 145 of the Federal Constitution,”. On the other hand, the Bar Council has taken its dissatisfaction to a judicial level by filing a judicial review application in the court asking for review of decision of the AG in closing the case relating to Prime Minister and 1MDB, where the AG decided not to initiate any proceedings against the Prime Minister.

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It is utter disgrace and gross dishonour for the Bar Council to challenge the discretion of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong to empower the AG on all legal matters representing the Crown, on behalf of the people.

The Bar Council, Zaid and Khairuddin used the courts to stage their extended sordid political drama.

The drama by one of those seemingly a Drama Queen minion to this extended drama being spun at spur-sharged-over-drive into globally scandalous notion, trying to warm the hopes up of the detractors harping on the demonisation strategy against Prime Minister Najib.

NST online story:

Swiss attorney general upbeat on prospects for 1MDB probe

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Switzerland’s Attorney General Michael Lauber says the probe into 1MDB is making progress based on money-laundering reports, bank documents and work with Singapore and other countries. AP
By Reuters – April 5, 2017 @ 5:39pm
BERN: Swiss Attorney General Michael Lauber expressed confidence on Wednesday that his money laundering probe into scandal-hit Malaysian fund 1MDB would bear fruit despite Malaysian authorities’ refusal to cooperate.

“It’s not hopeless, in fact it’s the opposite,” Lauber told a news conference, saying the probe was making progress based on money-laundering reports, bank documents and work with Singapore and other countries.

“It would have been very desirable from our perspective if Malaysia had cooperated,” he said. But “we’re still confident that we can successfully conclude the process in this area, in particular in the open cases against the two banks,” he said, referring to Swiss private banks BSI and Falcon.

Malaysia again rebuffed Switzerland’s request for legal assistance in probing 1MDB, Lauber’s office had said in November.–REUTERS

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The fact is that, has yet any of the basis of criminal conduct in this over-rated trumped up case been properly and legally established with indisputable evidence to be the case unto prima facie?

According to 1MDB, which is supposedly the victim and aggrieved party to these web of sophisticated globally networked white collar crimes, have not been contacted by any foreign authorities pertaining on investigations their respective home turf.

This include the Suisse AGO.

Interestingly, there have been no such charges of embezzlement, money laundering and/or fraud and sundry ever brought upon against any 1MDB officials at country where the strategic investment company is based.

The Bar Council and Zaid, being guild and member of the trade professionals should be seriously reprimanded for demonstration to the Crown of gross unbecoming of professionals and wasting the court’s time and resources.

Published in: on April 6, 2017 at 07:00  Comments (1)  

NewGen validated Flower Party is ‘Non-Halal’

Party-hopper Ezam Mohd. Nor who very recently abandoned Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin to start a new party renamed as Corruption Free Party’ validated the perception that the letters are not corrupt free leaders.

The Star story:

Friday, 31 March 2017 | MYT 1:52 PM

NewGen Party is now Parti Bebas Rasuah

PETALING JAYA: The New Generation Party (NewGen Party) has changed its name to Parti Bebas Rasuah (PBR) and announced the appointment of new central executive committee members.

“We take this opportunity to confirm that we have decided to change the party name to ‘Parti Bebas Rasuah (PBR)’,” said PBR founder S. Gobi Krishnan (pix), adding that the changes were submitted to the Registrar of Societies on Friday.

PBR also announced several new appointments, including former Umno, PKR and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia member Datuk Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor as the new PBR president.

Former Batu Kawan Umno deputy head and Pribumi member Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan is the new PBS deputy president.

Syed Nazarudin Syed Aziz and Rajaretinam Armuggan have been named PBR vice presidents.

Gobi, who is former PKR national strategy and policy bureau secretary, maintains his position as PBR secretary-general.

Tan Chee Seng has been named treasurer, Abdul Ghani Haroon is information chief, and Surendran Shamugam is a central executive committee member.

The NewGen Party was registered in September 2013, and is a multiracial party targeting young people.
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/03/31/newgen-party-is-now-parti-bebas-rasuah/#mGXRJizgx9RSMJf2.99

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Ezam who started an UMNO man in the 1990s, became a notorious critic against corruption. He summarily joined Anwar Ibrahim’s movement when the latter was sacked as DPM and Deputy President of UMNO, and carried on “The struggle of against cronyism and oppressive Government to hide the truth”.

Right after the ‘Political Tsunami 2008’, Ezam abandoned PKR and rejoined UMNO citing the corrupt practices by then PKR Supremo Anwar Ibrahim’s right hand man Azmin Mohamed Ali’s manoeuvres in Selangor.

In UMNO, he began a crusade against PKR and Anwar led Pakatan Rakyat and that earned him to the high and strategic position of Director of Communications at Treasury, which is effectively an aide to the Prime Minister.

In early October 2016, Ezam quit UMNO again. A few days later, he joined Dr. Mahathir’s and Muhyiddin’s Flower Party.

Astro Awani story:

Ezam Mohd Nor joins Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia

Harits Asyraf Hasnan, Astro Awani | Translated by: Suganthi Suparmaniam
Published on October 13, 2016 14:09 MYT
KUALA LUMPUR: Former Senator, Datuk Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor today confirmed that he will be joining Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), led by former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Mohamad Ezam said he had met Dr Mahathir and PPBM president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to discuss about him joining the party.

“I met Dr Mahathir on Tuesday and have submitted membership form to Muhyiddin on Wednesday morning,” he told Astro AWANI.
Mohamad Ezam before this has been a vocal critic of Dr Mahathir following his mentor, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sacking from the government in 1998.

On Oct 3, Mohamad Ezam had announced his resignation from UMNO, making it the second time for him to do so.

He said he took the decision to defend his quest and struggle for change.

Mohamad Ezam recently quit his senatorship, triggering speculations that he would return to PKR to strengthen Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s position as the party’s number one.

He left his service at the Finance Ministry as communication director effective April 1, 2016, well before his contract ended. His contract was supposed to end next year.

Mohamad Ezam initially left PKR in 2007 after announcing he had lost faith in the leadership of Anwar. He was previously Anwar’s right hand man.

He then rejoined UMNO in 2008.

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Six weeks later, probably another conscious struck Ezam like freight train on the run and he repositioned his thoughts about Flower Party leaders. Eighteen years earlier, he was prepared to go into street battle for the oppression Dr. Mahathir did as a leader, trying to protect his abuse of power, corrupt and cronyism practices.

Muhyiddin too wasn’t a ‘kosher’ leader. He has had his share of perceived corrupt practices when he was MB Johor (1986-95), which saw massive privatisation and property development, particularly in the Greater Johor Bahru area.

Hence, Ezam summarily quit Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, citing “Wanting to concentrate to the struggle against corruption”.

An interesting analysis by NST:

What next for Ezam after yet another political party exit?

By BARADAN KUPPUSAMY – January 2, 2017 @ 11:43am BARADAN KUPPUSAMY
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Mohd Ezam Nor, a rising former political secretary to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, still commands newspaper comments on his political moves although he has lost all credibility as a politician.

The former senator’s frequent jumping from one party to another and his stringent criticism of his former home after leaving, are reasons for the credibility loss, the most important capital a politician can have.

The latest is that he quit Party Pribumi (PPBM) after signing up just over a month ago.

The abrupt departure speaks volumes of Ezam as a politician and of PPBM as a political party.

Why are people leaving PPBM? Why are resignations and sackings happening in the party?

It all gives the impression that the party is imploding even before it takes off on its mission to challenge Umno’s hold on Malays.

The fact that Ezam has left after joining over a month ago does not speak well of PPBM as a party.

“Initially PPBM was making big waves with Tun Dr Mahathir (Mohamad) leading the charge along with Muhyiddin and Mukhriz. People like Ezam were attracted to it, seeing it as an emerging political force in the country,” said a political analyst, referring to former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and former Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, both of whom were ousted from Umno.

“But that dream has evaporated and people are starting to quit PPBM,” he said adding a big question mark now hangs over the party’s long term viability.

“Will it automatically fold after the next general election?” he said, adding that this question is written all over PPBM.

Dr Mahathir is chairman of PPBM and has said he wants to use his political clout to form a grand coalition of opposition parties to take on BN in one-on-one contests.

Dr Mahathir’s aim is to topple Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

But PAS, the second biggest Malay party, is a spoiler, refusing to have anything to do with its splinter PAN and its sponsor DAP, two other opposition parties in the Pakatan Rakyat coalition.

Controversy dogged PPBM soon after it was formed in June.

Its name excludes non-Malays from its membership, its key founders were all ex-Umno and it accepted as members several Malay radicals precluding any support from political moderates.

Dissension also hit the new party. One of its founding members, Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan, quit in October over alleged differences with Muhyiddin while the party’s Srikandi (Women’s) wing chief Anina Saadudin was sacked from her post.

Their departure fueled speculation that many founding members were unhappy with Muhyiddin’s leadership and they signaled that they had little confidence in him.

“Most of the time, Muhyiddin was away overseas while we are struggling to recruit new members,” said a youth member of the PPBM. “He is not hands on like Dr Mahathir.”

Besides, early members are questioning Anina’s sacking when Muhyiddin himself is caught up in a scandal of his own.

Ezam’s resignation, ostensibly because his reform NGO objected to his political role, is yet another blow to PPBM.

Ezam was a heir apparent to Anwar but that role was taken over by Datuk Azmin Ali, the Selangor Mentri Besar. He edged out Ezam and Anwar, who is in prison, could do little about it.

“Ezam left PKR in disgust blaming Anwar for not protecting him against Azmin and soon he was making feelers to Umno,” said a former political ally of Ezam.

“Badawi was persuaded to accept Ezam into Umno and Ezam took up Umno’s causes up until 2009 when Badawi resigned,” he said, referring to former Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Badawi.

“Ezam was given all the opportunities to resume his career in Umno under both Badawi and Najib but unfortunately he was not accepted by Umno members. They saw him as a traitor,” he said.

Najib took over the country’s helm in 2009.

Ezam could not go back to PKR, the party he had condemned after leaving for Umno.

Furthermore all doors to enter PKR were closed by supporters of Azmin who were against him and besides, he had long lost Anwar’s favour, without which he cannot survive in PKR.

Ezam thus saw an opportunity when Dr Mahathir and other ex-Umno members formed Parti Pribumi.

“Ezam could have easily mistaken the sound and fury that accompanied the founding of Parti Pribumi as the next big and lasting change in our politics,” said a political analyst adding, “sadly for people like Ezam and others, they were mistaken.”

“Ezam badly miscalculated and burned his Umno bridges too soon and left for Pribumi but he found Pribumi not to his liking either,” he said adding the new party is all sound and fury, and nothing else.

Ezam is like a lost soul again looking for a port to berth and finding none.

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Khairuddin Abu Hassan is Dr Mahathir’s most important operative in many of their manoeuvres to demonise Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and his administration by hyping up the 1MDB financial woes by spinning it into a scandalous and contentious episode.

They made complaints to various authorities all over the world and worked very closely particularly with Neo Con Jewish controlled media such as Sarawak Report, Wall Street Journal and the likes, to hype on many of unsubstantiated stories over and over again.

It is very peculiar for Khairuddin to abandon Dr. Mahathir’s party to be a part of another party, which renamed itself as ‘Corrupt Free Party’.

Inadvertently, Khairuddin and Ezam are validating the perception that Flower Party leaders are not free from corruption and/or corrupt practices such as favouritism and nepotism is very much in practice in the six month old party.

And now, the ‘Corrupt Free Party’ wants to be part of the Opposition coalition.

The Star story:

Tuesday, 4 April 2017 | MYT 11:52 AM

Parti Bebas Rasuah applies to be in Pakatan Harapan

PETALING JAYA: Parti Bebas Rasuah (PBR), formally known as the New Generation Party, is applying to be a component party of Pakatan Harapan.

In a statement, PBR deputy president Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan said he would be submitting a formal application for PBR to be part of the coalition at the office of the Opposition Leader in Parliament building in Kuala Lumpur at 3pm Tuesday.

“I am representing the president and will be accompanied by the secretary general, information chief and the treasurer of the party to submit the formal application,” said Khairuddin.

He said PBR president Datuk Ezam Mohd Nor is unable to attend the handover of the application as he is out of the country.
Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/04/04/parti-bebas-rasuah-to-be-associate-member-of-pakatan-harapan/#RQG8atEsoeszJwCr.99

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This is actually a contradiction to the principle he is holding on to as Pakatan Harapan leaders aren’t free from corrupt practices. An example is DAP Secretary General and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng who is in trial for corruption.

There are lots of allegations made against PKR Deputy President Azmin Ali in his capacity as MB Selangor and his administration.

At the moment, the buzz is about a former Special Officer putting up a challenge against PPBM Deputy President and former MB Kedah Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir for a debate on how Dr Mahathir’s sons accumulated so much wealth.

Hence, Ezam’s inconsistency is getting more chronic for the ‘Non Halal’ association opposing the so called principle he is standing by.

Published in: on April 4, 2017 at 18:30  Comments (2)  

Kisah Seribu Malam

Laporan khas Utusan Malaysia mengenai perjanjian PIC antara Petronas dan Saudi Aramco

Eksekutif dan para perunding Petronas bertemu secara aktif dan merundingkan projek Petronas RAPID dengan rakan sejawatan mereka di Saudi Aramco semenjak tiga tahun dahulu, untuk mencapai keyakinan dan persetujuan bahawa syarikat minyak ‘seven sisters’ ini untuk melabur di Penggerang Integrated Complex bulan lepas.

Saudi Aramco mengadakan ‘Selidikan Rapi’ (Due diligence), sebagai amalan tadbir urus universal biasa bagi menentukan perkara-perkara seperti kedudukan kewangan dan anjaran projek, sudut perundangan, teknologi dan sistem sokongan dan seluruh eko-sistem sebelum bersetuju melabur sebagai rakan kongsi.

Walaupun Petronas mampu untuk menjana dana dalaman untuk projek PIC ini, sebagaimana yang dijelaskan Presiden dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Kumpulan Datuk Wan Zukiflee Wan Ariffin di The Star pada 22 Februari 2017 , namun kerjasama yang mencapai perkonsgian ini merupakan keputusan ‘menang-menang’ kepada kedua dua belah pihak.

Kepentingan strategik perkongsian dalam PIC ini amat jelas. Pertamanya, ia bermaksud Saudi Aramco akan menentukan bekalan huluan minyak mentah sehingga 300,000 tong sehari untuk ditapis dan proses.

Saudi Aramco merupakan pengeluar hiliran minyak mentah terbesar didunia berjumlah 10 juta tong sehari. Jadi kejayaan mengadakan perkongsian dengan syarikat pembangunan strategik minyak ini merupakan peluang ems bagi Petronas.

Keyakinan Saudi Aramco untuk melabur dalam projek RAPID yang bernilai RM31 billion ini menunjukan keyakinan mereka sebagai ‘seven sisters’ atas kemampuan Petronas dari perspektif dayamaju dan membuka peluang yang besar. Terutama penglibatan Saudi Aramco dalam pasaran rantau ini.

Sebagai timbal-balas, perkongsian dengan Saudi Aramaco bukan sahaja memberikan kepentingan strategik Petronas keatas jaringan kommersil sediada dan potensi Saudi Aramco, malah kemampuan membuka lebih banyak pintu peluang.

Ini dijelaskan dalam temuramah The Malay Mail Online Naib Presiden Eksekutif Kumpunan Petronas Md Ariff Mahmood  mengenai topik  yang sama:

Aramco JV was well thought out, says Petronas

BY WONG SAI WAN AND KAZI MAHMOOD

Monday March 27, 2017
06:58 AM GMT+8
KUALA LUMPUR,March 27 — The joint venture with Aramco for the Refinery and Petrochemical Integrated Development (RAPID) was not done overnight but had been looked at since 2014, said Petronas group executive vice-president Md Arif Mahmood.

Arif said the Malaysian unit was “never forced into the joint venture” and had always been eyeing a partner like Aramco.

Arif, who is the downstream chief executive officer, dismissed as “not credible” reports which said that senior Petronas officials were against the joint-venture with the Saudi Arabia’s oil giant Aramco in the RAPID project and had to be forced into it.

Instead, he said, the partnership was “an obvious and perfect” one.

“How can we be forced to do this deal? We were looking for a partner that would complement the project. We are not selling RAPID as reported. It’s a 50-50 partnership,” he said in an interview with Malay Mail.

“We are looking for partners to invest and co-invest. And selling and co-investing are very different.”

Arif said the joint-venture was going to be a long-term marriage, and Petronas was not going to be forced into such a massive venture with a foreign partner.

“I am going to make this very clear. It had to be within the terms agreeable, not only for us but agreeable to both parties before we could actually get to the stage where we are now.”

Asked why Aramco was chosen as a partner of all the global players, Arif said the joint venture was mutual and it was a perfect match.

“We were looking for a partner that would complement the project and that is the obvious criteria when you are looking for partners.”

Petronas needed a partner that would be able to leverage their strength and manage the risks at the same time.

“Why Aramco? It is the biggest crude supplier in the world with a supply capacity of 10 million barrels a day,” he said.

“This refinery needs a specific type of crude oil that will allow us to make the necessary cut to supply to the petrochemical plants.

“To have a crude supplier as a partner, for long-term crude security, that itself is a good reason why Aramco.”

Arif said the deal with Aramco was not made within short notice.

“Not many people are aware of this, that is the discussions between Petronas and Aramco have been ongoing for some time.”

He said the Saudis had a look at this venture from 2014, and visited the site that was just being cleared for construction.

“The discussions with the Saudis took more than two-and-a-half years. They looked at the due diligence of the investment opportunities. It is not like it is only yesterday we decided to partner Aramco.

“Just to be clear, RAPID is just a sub of the whole Pengerang Integrated Complex (PIC) project. The whole complex today has seen a progression of 60 per cent and we are doing well,’ he said.

Asked whether RAPID would be refining only Aramco’s crude oil following this deal, Arif said since the partnership is on a 50-50 basis, Aramco will supply at least 50 per cent of the 300,000 barrels of crude oil to be refined at RAPID.

Aramco is investing US$7 billion (RM31 billion) cash, an amount that will be invested within a year upon the signing of the agreement, giving Aramco equal ownership in selected ventures and assets of the RAPID project with Petronas.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/aramco-jv-was-well-thought-out-says-petronas#sthash.AwSkzuhw.dpuf

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Amat malang kerana tindakan tidak bertanggungjawab seorang mantan wartawan yang bermasalah dan kini telah bersembunyi di Australia sebagai blogger Ganesh Sahathevan untuk mengambarkan bahawa Datuk Wan Zulkiflee adalah antara yang dimasksudkan oleh Perdana Menteri Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak sebagai ‘Pensabotaj Ekonomi’.

Amat jelas juga beliau sebagai blogger pro-Pembangkang menggunakan strategi ‘menghasut bertujuan kebencian’ (demonisation), sama yang yang digunakan pemimpin Pembangkang untuk meningkatkan kemarahan dan kebencian rakyat, dan seterusnya menghakis keyakinan keatas Kepimpinan dan Pentadbiran Perdana Menteri Najib.

Namun, beliau mungkin mengalami masalah kerana kefahaman bahasa kebangsaan yang lemah mengakibatkan kegagalan untuk menjelaskan antara penulisan terbaru beliau, dimana Ganesh ini sebenarnya wajar disifatkan sebagai ‘Pensabotaj Ekonomi’ kerana percubaan lemah untuk menghakis keyakinan kepada Presiden Wan Zulkiflee.

Hakikatnya, Presiden Wan Zulkiflee merupakan sebahagian dari pasukan yang berkerja keras semenjak ‘Seribu Malam’ lampau untuk menentu projek strategik Petronas iaitu RAPID di Penggerang Johor, beroperasi sebagai dirancang dan berdaya maju staregik.

Published in: on March 27, 2017 at 08:00  Comments (1)  

“Bollocks!”

This picture which was shot by us when then recently elected MP for Jerlun Mukhriz Mahathir, about to launch “Berani Berubah” campaign to run for UMNO Youth Chief. Seen here is Mukhriz tidying up speech, Press Secretary Azrin Zizal and Merbok UMNO Youth Chief Abd. Karim Ali, at Titigajah, Alor Star on 6 Sept 2008

One of the premier ‘Fake News’ provider Sarawak Report is caught with another deception journalism when the story about a European enterprise providing ‘Big Data’ analytics for politics to ruling Barisan Nasional is not true.

“It is a failed investigative reporting, laced with lies and inaccurate information”, said former Press Secretary to Dato’ Sri Mukhriz Mahathir for ten years Azrin Zizal Abdul Aziz, who was mentioned in the story.

Azrin was relieved when Mukhriz appointed Menteri Besar Kedah and is now a consultant for ‘Big Data’ analytics and director of the KL office of SLC (Cambridge Analytica).

“Bollocks!”, was the first thing he said when contacted about the Sarawak Report story.

The story used Swiss Le Temp story about former Geneva University researcher Nicholas Giannakopolous as a basis, which Sarawak Report claimed victory to gotten him suspended from his academic-research post after being exposed.

Excerpts from Rewscastle-Brown’s ‘Fake News’ blog:

Latest On Geneva’s 1MDB Snooper Raises Fears That Najib Is Employing ‘Big Data’ Tactics To Try Swing GE14

24 March 2017 2 comments
Journalists from Switzerland’s Le Temps newspaper have unearthed a startling connection between the snooping private investigator, Nicolas Giannakopoulos, who conducted a bizarre seminar on 1MDB at Geneva University and Malaysia’s governing Barisan National party.
The newspaper has in the process identified concerns that individuals closely connected to Barisan National are preparing to employ the latest highly controversial (and expensive) ‘Big Data’ tactics to swing voters at the next election.
SLC (Cambridge Analytica) uses ‘Big Data’ to influence voters. It’s SE Asia Office is in KL

Nicolas Giannakopoulos, who was recently suspended from his position at the University following an expose by Sarawak Report, is the Swiss agent for SLC (otherwise known as Cambridge Analytica).

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Rewcastle-Brown also claimed Giannakopulous “Has been long widely suspected of using his association with its Global Studies Unit for his raft of private businesses, which are associated with commercially ‘Black Ops’, frequently on behalf foreign governments, such as Kazakhtan and now, Malaysia”.

Of course it is lie and she cannot provide any evidence to her claim. Even a fabricated one, like many before.

“If they are so-called ‘across the water’ (Sarawak) journos can’t even get this right, how could you trust them with stories so far away like Cayman Islands with very complex information, mechanics of investment banking deals and transactions”, Azrin added.

It is believed that operatives loyal to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Chairman Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad have started to use this Rewcastle-Brown’s fake news to be viraled.

It is the extension of the demonisation strategy against Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, especially all of Dr. Mahathir’s moves exactly the past two years have either failed or shown very poor outcome.

This is include his operatives making reports to the Department of Justice (DoJ) which led to the infamous 21 July 2016 announcement by then US Attorney General Loretta Lynch on “Kleptocracy practices in Malaysia”.

Recently, a Federal Court Judge in California made a judgment which is going unfavourable direction of Dr. Mahathir’s attempt to oust Prime Minister Najib.

Published in: on March 25, 2017 at 15:00  Comments (2)  

Belit dan Sumpit

Strategi menghasut termasuk menyelitkan dusta agar timbul kebencian dikalangan rakyat sebagai senjata jangkapanjang Pembangkang untuk menjatuhkan Kerajaan Barisan Nasional diamalkan dipelbagai peringkat, termasuk penyokong walaupun berada di luar negara.

Mantan Wartawan yang menjadi Blogger pro-Pembangkang Ganesh Sahathevan masih lagi gagal membuktikan tuduhan bahawa Presiden dan Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Petronas merupakan antara individu yang dimaksudkan Perdana Menteri Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak sebagai “Mensabotaj ekonomi”.

Ini jelas dari laporan The Mole apabila portal akhbar itu yang telah menghubungi beliau gagal untuk menjawab isu pokok tulisan kami berkenaan beliau adalah “Pensabotaj ekonomi negara”.

Blogger accuses another of sabotaging economy

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Zaidi Azmi
Written by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – March 23, 2017: A Malaysian journalist/blogger based in Australia has been accused by a local blogger of being an economic saboteur following the former’s criticisms against the recently signed Saudi Aramco-Petronas joint venture.

To Zakhir Mohamed, who blogs as Big Dog, Ganesh Sahathevan had manipulated two news reports about Saudi Aramco pulling out of the deal.

According to Zakhir, Ganesh’s blog post on March 19 had insinuated that Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Petronas group chief executive officer Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin were not on good terms.

“He (Ganesh) attacked and accused Wan Zulkifllee of being a saboteur of the country’s economy,” wrote Big Dog.

“Then, he baselessly dragged the EPF (Employees’ Providence Fund) into the matter by arguing that taxpayers’ money will eventually be used to bail out Rapid (if Saudi Aramco decided not to invest by taking an equity),” he added.

Rapid refers to the Petronas Refinery and Petrochemical Development project in which Saudi Aramco decided to participate.

Any controversy on the Saudi Aramco-Petronas joint venture was thrown out of the window when they inked the deal last month during King Salman’s official visit to Kuala Lumpur.

Ganesh, who was contacted by The Mole today, reacted to Big Dog’s allegation by cynically expressing his happiness and said he was flattered that an “Umno blogger has taken notice of my work”.

The former journalist with the local Sun newspaper maintained that what he wrote about Wan Zulkiflee was based on official news reports and press releases by Saudi Aramco.

“He (Big Dog) does not dispute my story….. I would be happy for him to do so.

“I have put all the references out there (in the posts) so that readers can decide for themselves. Having said that, let me now turn to Big Dog,” Ganesh wrote.

“Nowhere has he (Big Dog) addressed the main bloody issue that I raised (in another blog post on March 13), which is the very existence of the bloody USD$7 billion cash injection,” he wrote.

An attempt to check the post which Ganesh said was not addressed by Big Dog failed because it could not be accessed.

When contacted again, Ganesh claimed that the blog post had been blocked.

In 2000, Ganesh was sued by Malaysian tycoon Tan Sri Vincent Tan in Malaysian and Australian courts for defamation after he sent two e-mail about the apparent troubles affecting Tan’s Berjaya Group to journalists with foreign news organisations.

The gag order imposed on him was struck down by the Australian supreme court two years later.

(Note: Zakhir is the chief executive officer of The Mole.)

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Beliau menggunakan peluang untuk respon yang diberikan The Mole untuk membuat tuduhan baru dengan menyifatkan penulis Zakhir Mohamed sebagai “UMNO blogger”.

Ini juga jelas satu pembohongan tiada bukti Zakhir merupakan seorang blogger mewakili atau dilantik oleh UMNO.

Mungkin blogger Ganesh ini mempunyai masalah kerana kelemahan menguasai bahasa kebangsaan sebagai rakyat Malaysia, namun penulisan BigDogDotCom yang direspon beliau kepada The Mole ini sebenarnya mempertikaikan tulisan beliau yang menuduh Datuk Wan Zukiflee dengan tindakan yang wajar sifatkan sebagai ‘Pengkhianat Negara’.

Malah, Blogger Ganesh dalam tulisan blognya memanipulasi laporan akhbar untuk sandaran posting itu, sebenarnya beliau sendiri adalah contoh yang disifatkan Perdana Menteri Najib itu.

Beliau juga gagal menunjukkan bukti bahawa dana daripada KWSP akan digunakan sebagai ‘Bail out’ projek RAPID yang dibangunkan Petronas itu. Ini adalah tabiat penyokong Pembangkang, yang begitu mendukung pendekatan pemimpin yang mereka sokong untuk memanjangkan kebencian sebagai strategi politik.

Published in: on March 24, 2017 at 13:00  Comments (2)