Prioritise on LGE’s case?

Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Centre)  activist Cynthia Gabriel urged that the case on DAP Secretary General Lim Guan Eng be given a priority attention.

The Edge Market story:

‘AG should prioritise Guan Eng’s corruption charge’ says C4 Centre

KUALA LUMPUR (May 22): The Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4 Centre) has urged for the Attorney General’s office to prioritise the corruption charge of the newly-appointed Minister of Finance, in order to uphold good governance.

In a statement, the centre today said it is troubled that Lim Guan Eng has been appointed as Finance Minister, despite earlier statements by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir that he can only be appointed if he has been cleared of his corruption charge.

“We acknowledge that there is no legal compulsion that prevents Lim’s appointment as minister, while still answering for a corruption charge. However, there are good governance principles that underlie the importance of Tun Dr Mahathir’s earlier statement.

“Public officials must uphold full accountability for their actions, and corruption must be completely absent — how can this be neglected with the newly-minted cabinet and especially [with] the leadership of the finance ministry at stake?” said C4 executive director Cynthia Gabriel.

Gabriel said while swiftness is required to implement the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government’s promises to the people and its 100-day policy goals, the government should also walk the talk on systemic reforms.

“Therefore, the rule of law and due process in clearing Lim Guan Eng must uncompromisingly be followed, before any federal appointments,” she added.

Additionally, C4 also urged for greater transparency on the process between the prime minister and the attorney general’s office to instill confidence in the public sphere that no strings were pulled, demonstrating due process was adhered to, despite the urgency.

“We trust that the PH government is vigilant and must not falter at this pivotal moment in Malaysian history. Precedent must be set for future generations, such that reform truly takes root in Malaysia,” the centre said.

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It is rather odd that Gabriel inaugural statement post appointment of the Special Task Force reactivated to investigate the so called 1MDB scandals, is not anything related to the strategic investment company which is now under the Ministry of Finance (MOF) Inc.

The fact Attorney General Tan Srì Apandi Mohamed Ali was asked to go on leave last Monday by Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, had arisen suspicion by many.

AG Apandi in the capacity of Public Prosecutor who charged Lim, then Chief Minister of Penang for corrupt practices, in June 2016.

Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir also reactivated the Task-Force to investigate on 1MDB matters, headed by Tan Srì Abu Talib Othman and members comprised of former AG Tan Srì Abdul Gani Patail, former MACC Chief Commissioner Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed, newly appointed MACC Chief Commissioner Dato’ Seri Shukri and Gabriel herself.

In reference to PP Vs Lim Guan Eng, Gabriel as the so called graft-watch-dog should be mindful that so far, no new evidence has been tendered in consideration of the prosecution’s case.

Therefore, there is neither reason for AG Apandi nor the Solicitor General currently acting as his behalf should review the case but to allow the case to continue on its normal cause without any interference.

In one of his daily media conference, Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir promised the “Separation of powers”, hence the Public Prosecutor should be allowed to do their duty and the bench be given the independence to hear the case, in the name of justice.

When Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir announced his first top five of his Cabinet days after his Pakatan Harapan were declared winners of the XIV GE, DAP Secretary General Kim Guan Eng was named the Minister of Finance.

Then days later after being highlighted by many including the netizens, Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir said “Lim Guan Eng got to clear his name first”.

Yet, yesterday he swore in before His majesty Seri Paduka Yang DiPertuan Agong as the Minister of Finance as his corrupt parctices case is still ongoing.

This is also what Gabriel highlighted.

The Star story:

Guan Eng must be cleared of corruption charges before becoming Finance Minister, says C4


  • NATION
  • Tuesday, 22 May 2018

PETALING JAYA: Lim Guan Eng must be cleared of any corruption charges before becoming the Finance Minister, said the Centre to Combat Corruption and Cronyism (C4).

“The C4 Centre is troubled that Lim has been appointed as Finance Minister despite earlier statements by Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad that he can only be appointed if he has been cleared of his corruption charge,” its executive director Cynthia Gabriel said in a statement on Tuesday (May 22).

Lim is currently facing charges of using his position as the former Penang chief minister to obtain a plot of land and a bungalow at below market value.

He was also charged with gaining gratification for himself and his wife Betty Chew Gek Cheng by approving the application for conversion of agricultural land to a public housing zone in Balik Pulau to a company.

Despite his ongoing trial, Lim was sworn in as the new Finance Minister on Monday (May 21).

“While there is no question about Lim Guan Eng’s suitability for the candidacy, it raises questions about how the Pakatan Harapan is pushing his appointment through,” said Gabriel.

“Public officials must uphold full accountability for their actions, and corruption must be completely absent – how can this be neglected with the newly minted Cabinet and especially the leadership of the Finance Ministry at stake,” she added.

She said the Pakatan government needed to “walk their talk” of systemic reform, adding that the country needs clean and honest leaders.

Gabriel added that the rule of law and due process in clearing Lim must be followed uncompromisingly before any federal appointments.

She said that as such, the Attorney-General’s (AG) office has to treat Lim’s case with the greatest urgency and the highest priority.

“We urge greater transparency about the process between the Prime Minister and the A-G’s office to instil confidence in the public sphere that no strings were pulled, demonstrating that due process was adhered to despite the urgency,” she said.

Gabriel acknowledged that there were no legal implications that prevented Lim from taking up the role.

She, however, noted that there are good governance principles which underlay the importance of Dr Mahathir’s statement.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/22/guan-eng-must-be-cleared-of-corruption-charges-before-becoming-finance-minister-says-c4/#vOzHk55r7rYhuDvC.9

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Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir already ‘Flip-Flop’ped on several items pertaining to his Cabinet and other strategic appointments last week. The omision of the appointment of Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Imternational Trade and Industry are worrying analysts.

The retired MACC Deputy Chief Commisioner Dato’ Shukri Abdul came back after Tan Sri Zulkefli quit, and begins his new term with a drama from the past.

The Star story:

New MACC chief breaks down in recounting what he went through (full story)


PUTRAJAYA: Newly appointed Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull broke down when he recounted his time running away from Malaysian authorities to the United States.

This came in 2015 after his former boss Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohamed at the MACC decided to indict former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak over the RM2.6bil that was found in his personal bank account.

Shukri said that the commission had well-founded basis to initiate an investigation into SRC International, a subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), which had been accused of transferring millions of ringgit into Najib’s private account.

According to Shukri, Abu Kassim asked him whether he was ready for the consequences of indicting a sitting prime minister, which could have led to their dismissal.

However, on the day in July 2015 when Abu Kassim was going to do indict Najib, former Attorney-General Gani Patail was removed from his position.

The announcement came along with the reshuffling of the Cabinet that also saw the sacking of the Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Rural and Regional Development Minister Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, who had also raised questions about 1MDB.

With all these sackings foremost in his mind, Shukri left for Washington on July 31, 2015, to bring up the 1MDB issue with US authorities.

Wary, he released misleading information that he was headed to Saudi Arabia, and he heard that people were waiting to arrest him in Jeddah.

Shukri said that before he left for Washington, he faced tremendous pressure.

“The witnesses I interviewed had been taken away.

“I was threatened to be fired, was told to retire early and was even threatened to be sent to the training division,” he said.

The trip to Washington had its own drama.

“I noticed someone was following me (in Washington). My team in the United States took pictures of the man who was following me.

“I sent the pictures to MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki, and asked him to send it to the then Inspector-General Police,” he said, adding that he made it clear that he knew that men were following him.

Shukri said he felt unsafe in Washington and decided to go to New York, where he met up with a friend who worked in the New York Police Department (NYPD).

“I got protection from the NYPD and they provided me with three bodyguards,” he said.

Shukri said he then returned to Washington.

It was in recounting this episode during his Tuesday press conference that Shukri broke down in tears, saying he felt guilty when he was told that his men who were working for him had been incarcerated.

“I felt helpless and was frustrated for failing to protect my men.

“I cried in front of the mat salleh (Caucasians). My men and I had been accused of conspiring to topple the (Barisan Nasional) government,” he said.

Shukri finally retired in August 2016 at the age of 56. During his farewell speech, he hit out at an “individual” who had alleged that he was involved in a conspiracy to topple Najib and his administration.

Abu Kassim, who was appointed MACC chief in 2010, was also replaced by Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad in 2016.

Shukri served at the anti-graft body for 32 years before he retired. He first joined the then Anti-Corruption Agency in 1984 as investigations officer after graduating from Universiti Kebangsaan Malay­sia.

He rose up the ranks and served as ACA director in Perlis, Kelantan and Sabah.

Upon his return to the headquarters in July 2006, he was promoted to the post of assistant investigations director and two months later, was promoted yet again to be the director of investigations.

In 2010, he took on the position of MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations), which he held till his retirement.

Pakatan Harapan appointed Shukri to head the MACC when it took over Putrajaya after GE14.

He clocked in for work at 10.29am on Monday (May 21), having received his appointment letter just about an hour before reporting for duty.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/22/new-macc-chief-breaks-down-in-recounting-what-he-went-through/#zek5Oy6cOIjig5Ih.99

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Never mind all the showboating before. All the dramas, manipulations, slanders and lies, which were the basis of Malaysians’ thought and decision when they went to the polls on 9 May.

Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir and his Motley Crew, have in exactly two weeks demonstrated that they are inconsistent and drama is the best that they have to sell, instead of a bankable plan.

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Published in: on May 22, 2018 at 14:00  Leave a Comment  

PM ‘Flip-Flop’ped on ‘New Malaysia’

Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad ‘Flip-Flop’ed on his own words about DAP Secretary General “Lim Guan Eng has got to clear his name first” as the latter swore in before His Majesty SPB YDP Agong as the Minister of Finance.

The Star story:

PM: Lim must clear his name before taking up finance post

NATION

Tuesday, 15 May 2018



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PUTRAJAYA: DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng can only be officially appointed Finance Minister if and after he is cleared of his corruption case.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad clarified that Lim has merely been named Finance Minis­ter but has yet to take his oath of office.

“Every minister must be someone who is qualified for the position.

“If there is a case against such a person, we cannot appoint him or her,” he told reporters after meeting with ministry secretaries-general to explain the functions and roles of the new government here yesterday.

 

 

Dr Mahathir stressed that the rule of law must be followed, and the Government will have to wait until Lim is cleared of charges before he can be made the minister.

Asked who would take charge of the Finance Ministry for now, he said: “I am not taking charge but they report to me.

“We have a panel which will look into the work at the ministry. Some implementations which can be carried out, will be carried out.

“For some, we will need to wait until the minister is appointed.”

Dr Mahathir said while there is no alternative candidate for the post, it is understood that where ministries need to make a decision but the head has not been established, matters will be brought to the Prime Minister.

Lim, 58, is currently facing trial in Penang, charged with using his position as a public officer to gain gratification for himself and his wife Betty Chew Gek Cheng by approving the application for conversion of agriculture land to a public housing zone in south-west Penang to a company, Magnificent Emblem Sdn Bhd.

He is also charged with using his position to obtain for himself a plot of land and a bungalow at 25 Jalan Pinhorn, George Town, from businesswoman Phang Li Koon for RM2.8mil, a price which he allegedly knew was not commensurate with the property’s market value at the time of RM4.27mil.

On a separate matter, Dr Maha­thir, who is also Pakatan Harapan chairman, said its component parties will submit names to him for consideration as Cabinet ministers, and stressed that he will make the final call on their posts.

He said PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail met him last week to submit 10 names, although he had only asked for an initial three.

He said priority will be given to three names on that list to be part of the core Cabinet which will be made up of 10 people including himself.

Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu has also sent a letter suggesting three names for ministerial positions, he said.

“Our stand is that the parties will give us the names. I will decide which ministry they will be in charge of.

“Maybe I will meet the party chiefs one more time,” Dr Mahathir said.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/15/pm-lim-must-clear-his-name-before-taking-up-finance-post/#biX1BR2BrgBwMJCj.99

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This statement the Prime Minister made is definitely the opposite of what happened in Istana Negara a few minutes ago.

Lim currently under going trial in Penang for a corrupt practices crime and under active investigation by MACC for another case.

It is obvious that Prime Minister Dr Mahathir isn’t consistent about what he plans to do.

Earlier, he announced that he would also sit in the Cabinet portfolio for Education.

The Star story:

PM to take on Education Minister’s post

  • NATION
  • Friday, 18 May 2018

     

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will take on a second Cabinet portfolio as Education Minister.

Meanwhile, Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will serve as Women’s Affairs and Welfare Minister.

“I took over the education portfolio because I think so many people are uneducated in this country,” he said, tongue-in-cheek, at a press conference yesterday after a Paka­tan Harapan presidential council meeting.

“I thought I would give my attention to that.”

He said Malaysia’s way of teaching is “outdated” and hoped more Malaysians will be computer-savvy.

“We should devise new ways of teaching,” said Dr Mahathir, adding that he will introduce an online system to teach students in schools.

He added that there will only be one ministry in charge of all matters regarding education, unlike the previous administration which had a Higher Education Ministry on top of the Education Ministry.

Dr Mahathir’s ministerial post was seen by some as contrary to a promise in Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto that says the Prime Minister should not hold any other positions, especially Finance Minister.

To a question about the Sabah chief minister holding the state’s finance portfolio, Dr Mahathir simply said: “The Sabah chief minister is not the Prime Minister.”

When asked what role newly-released Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim would hold in the Pakatan government, Dr Mahathir said Anwar would be in the “top six” in the presidential council.

It was explained that the council will consist of six top leaders.

“The top six meet when there are problems or important decisions to make,” said Dr Mahathir, adding the council will meet every month.

On Anwar’s absence from the event, Dr Wan Azizah said: “He will join in the next meeting.”

Anwar had earlier said he will not make an immediate return to politics, and plans to give a series of talks overseas.

Asked why there was a delay in naming the Cabinet, Dr Mahathir said there were four parties in the coalition, each with their demands and he had to ensure each candidate is suitable.

“We will announce it tomorrow (Friday) if I can do things in time. If not, I have to delay it,” he said.

Dr Mahathir had announced three ministerial positions filled by Pakatan’s top leadership.

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin will be Home Minister, while DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng will helm the Finance Ministry and Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu is Defence Minister.

Dr Mahathir said he aims to get all the ministers sworn in by Monday.

He also announced the setting up of a special task force to safeguard the interests of the Indian community, women, youth and orang asli.

Its aim is to give attention to minority groups, with the Indian community being the priority.

Dr Mahathir also said Opposition leaders who were in the previous government cannot be accepted by any Pakatan Harapan parties.

He said parties like Umno are facing “migration problems” with many members leaving.

“We have also set a principle that will be enforced now, that any members of the Opposition have to become Independents first and then declare their support for the Pakatan government.

“Those formerly part of the government cannot join Pakatan or its parties. This is our decision as of now but we might revise it in the future,” he said.

On 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) handouts, Dr Mahathir maintained that the Government will continue with the financial aid but will take another look at who gets it.

“BR1M is not to be seen as rasuah (bribery) or corrupting the people into supporting the Government.

“It should be regarded as a way of mitigating social problems,” he said.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/18/pm-to-take-on-education-ministers-post/#Y82Sh8lCdfJFis0H.99

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He ‘Flip-Flop’ped and later announced that MP for Simpang Rengam Dr Maszlee Malik would instead assume the post for the Ministry with the most employee, when highlighted that in the Pakatan Harapan Manifesto, the Prime Minister is not supposed to sit in any Cabinet post.

The Star story:

Dr M steps back from being new Education Minister

  • NATION
  • Friday, 18 May 2018

PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has stepped back from his intention to become the new Education Minister today, to abide by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) manifesto.

He said in a video published on Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s Facebook page, “That is the position of the manifesto and I cannot break it at the moment ..(unless) of course, there is a demand that I should take education.”

The Pakatan manifesto had promised that the Prime Minister would not take on other ministerial posts, especially that of Finance Minister.

In the list of Cabinet Ministers released today, the new Education Minister is International Islamic University Malaysia (IIUM) lecturer and terrorism researcher Dr Maszlee Malik.

Maszlee Malik, the Simpang Renggam MP, joined Pribumi in March, and sold gold and silver political memorabilia to help fund his election campaign.

The inconsistencies are good reflection that neither Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir nor Pakatan Harapan thought through in totality what they were supposed to do and roles and functions they were supposed to fill.

The fact is that the Cabinet took so long to be announced and properly sworn in before His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong is also evidence they neither expect to get the results they achieved at XIV GE nor form a Federal Government.

Strategic Cabinet Ministerial posts such as Foreign and Internationally Trade and Industry, which are very important ministries considering that global trade and relationship is the nation’s lifeline, are not included.

Yet, the Council of Eminent Persons was the first to be announced and already met six times.

An important fact to consider that Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir had only the experience to work with PPBM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin in an administration.

The former had never worked with Wan Azizah, Lim Guan Eng, Mohamad Sabu, Gobind Singh Deo, M Kulasegaran, Salahuddin Ayub, Dr. Zulkefly Ahmad, Rina Harun, Dr. Maszlee Malik nor Dato’ Seri Azmin Mohamed Ali.

Now that they managed to oust the Barisan Nasional (BN) Government, it is very dodgy for them to deliver their promises, as well provide the stewardship for the Federal Government machinery for steam ahead even at the rate and progress the previous administration did.

Imagine a ninety plus year old Captain who has retired the past fifteen years and only had the experience with one out of fourteen senior officers, to steward a large ship carrying valuable cargo through rough seas at the same vector, racing against time.

Malaysians should realise that all these are indications that the Federal Government, resources and the course of the nation would not progress on the same vector that it had before.

 

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

Bite the bullet!

Acting UMNO President Dato’ Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi urges UMNO and Barisan Nasional (BN) party leaders and members to ‘Bite the Bullet’, face reality and move on, to carry on the struggle for the sake of the people and nation.

New Straits Times story:

Acting Umno president Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says party’s survival now lies on the “undivided and strong support” of its members. Pic by AIZUDDIN SAAD

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today called on Umno members to continue giving their support to the party’s leadership, including other Barisan Nasional component parties to ensure survival.

Zahid, who is now carrying out the duties of Umno president, said the party’s survival now lies on the “undivided and strong support” of its members.

“At this rate, the future and survival of our race are at a critical state. Therefore, Umno must be restructured to ensure it remains relevant as a political organisation that can safeguard the Malays and Malaysians as a whole.

“Let us leave behind all the political nostalgia and improve ourselves to ensure our political survival.

“We must think and conduct self-evaluation to find out our weaknesses. The “rehabilitation” process must be carried out at all level; from top to bottom, as well as at the branch and division levels.

“We must eliminate political liability and face this,

“I believe that everything happens for a reason; for us to be better and rise up again,” he said in a press conference with Umno-Online that was published on it’s website.

Also present was Umno deputy president Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein.

Zahid later asked Umno members at all levels to continue giving their support not just to him and Hishammuddin, but also other leadership at state, division and branch levels.

He also called on members to make “adjustment” as the party is now an opposition.

“For that, we have to be a constructive opposition. Our failure this time will lead to another success, if we practise istiqamah and will work harder for it.

“Every branch is obliged to be more open and wise in managing different views of the members, who want fresh change.

“Let us face the reality and rise again together,” he said.

Meanwhile, Zahid said as BN is the only party that has 78 members of parliament, every action from now on will be made as a group.

“InsyaAllah (God willing), every action will be taken as a group. We will not allow BN MPs to be teared apart one by one.

“Any negotiation and discussion will be made in groups. As we are all aware, Umno and BN have been in power longer at the Federal level.

“We must fix all the damages and immediately rebuild the “mansion.”“

“We are at a very difficult phase and our political journey is still far away, but we must remember that this is not the end”.

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The UMNO Vice President and now acting on the President’s role and former Deputy Prime Minister Dr Zahid also asked UMNO leaders and members to change their attitude.

Utusan online story:

Ahli UMNO perlu ubah sikap

AHMAD ZAHID HAMIDI dan Hishammuddin Tun Hussein dalam sidang akhbar khas di Kuala Lumpur semalam.
AHMAD ZAHID HAMIDI dan Hishammuddin Tun Hussein dalam sidang akhbar khas di Kuala Lumpur semalam.

KUALA LUMPUR 19 Mei – Ahli-ahli UMNO perlu mengubah sikap masing-masing bagi menghadapi fasa getir ketika ini demi kelangsungan dan perjuangan parti.

Naib Presiden UMNO yang menjalankan tugas-tugas Presiden parti, Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi berkata, atas sebab itu kepemimpinan di semua peringkat parti perlu disusun semula bagi membolehkan UMNO tetap relevan.

Katanya, usaha itu perlu dilakukan untuk memastikan UMNO sebagai parti politik yang masih berupaya memayungi orang Melayu dan rakyat keseluruhannya.

“Kita perlu muhasabah dengan memperbaiki segala kelemahan dan kekurangan parti selama ini, justeru proses pemulihan mesti bermula daripada peringkat atas sehingga akar umbi.

“Kelangsungan politik UMNO hari ini berpaksikan kepada sokongan padu ahli pelbagai peringkat dan keyakinan sepenuhnya terhadap kepemimpinan parti,” lapor UMNO Online, yang memetik Ahmad Zahid dalam sidang akhbar khas di sini, hari ini.

Yang turut hadir, Naib Presiden UMNO yang menjalankan Tugas-tugas Timbalan Presiden parti, Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein.

Terdahulu, kedua-dua pemimpin berkenaan mengadakan perjumpaan tertutup bersama Badan Perhubungan UMNO Melaka dan Pulau Pinang di Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra (PWTC), di sini.

Jelas Ahmad Zahid yang juga Ahli Parlimen Bagan Datuk, setiap ketua cawangan wajib berlapang dada dan bijak menguruskan pandangan yang berbeza daripada ahli yang kini mahukan pembaharuan yang segar.

Kata beliau, ahli-ahli UMNO pula perlu memainkan peranan sebagai pembangkang yang konstruktif dan efektif di setiap negeri selain berusaha menghapuskan ‘political liability’.

“Saya minta ahli-ahli UMNO di semua peringkat memberi sokongan kepada kepimpinan parti dan yakinlah bahawa apa yang berlaku ini pasti ada hikmahnya,” katanya.

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However. as expected the blaming game commences. UMNO Youth Chief Khairy Jamaluddin.

The Sun story:

Khairy: We should have told Najib about lack of support

Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin speaks during a press conference at PWTC, on May 15, 2018. — Bernama

 

PETALING JAYA: Umno’s biggest mistake in the run-up to the 14th General Election was its failure to acknowledge that the grassroots had rejected the party, said its Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin.

“What happened was we became delusional; we got drunk on our own Kool-Aid and we got carried away.

“We didn’t want to bell the cat. Nobody, after former deputy Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was purged, after Datuk Seri Shafie was purged … Nobody wanted to acknowledge we had a problem. That was a terrible mistake on our part,” he told Channel News Asia yesterday.

Khairy said he wished he had told then-prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Abdul Razak what it meant after he dropped Muhyiddin and Shafie from his Cabinet after both publicly criticised him over 1MDB.

He said the mistake of failing to speak the truth in order to protect Najib is one he will personally have to live with for the rest of his life.

“Was there a signal? Yes, there were clear signals but we became oblivious to the signals,” Khairy said.

“This must not happen again, we must not ever allow Umno leaders to be detached from reality and not ask tough questions. If we continue with our feudal mindset of protecting the leader from the truth, Umno will go extinct,” he said.

Khairy said the loss was a collective responsibility while at the same time blaming Najib’s leadership for BN’s disastrous showing.

He said both BN and Umno need to accept that they have been systemically rejected by the people.

He said when BN lost its two-thirds majority in 2008, the then-prime minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was replaced by Najib but the party did not change operationally.

The Umno Youth chief said Umno thought that by changing the head everything will sort itself out.

“We cannot make the same mistake again,” Khairy said.

He pointed out it was not just rejection of Najib, but also the rejection of Umno and BN.

“It was a systemic rejection of what we stand for and if we can accept that, then we can start to rebuild this party,” he added.

Khairy said there were four things Umno and BN would have to do in the next year or two in order to offer itself as a “credible alternative” to the PH government within five years.
He said for starters, Umno and BN need to make sure the numbers are preserved.

Secondly, he said Umno needs to defend itself against any attempts from the PH government to de-register the party for failing to hold its party elections.

He said thirdly, BN needs to learn to be a strong and credible opposition in Parliament by providing checks and balances.

Khairy said finally, the party needs to work on structural changes to reflect the changing aspirations of the people.

He said it was time for Umno to re-look its structure, including the possibility of opening its membership to all Malaysians regardless of race or religion.

“We should seriously consider all options. What model do we want? United Malays National Organisation or United Malaysian National Organisation? What is our DNA, what is our reason d’être?

“These questions need to be asked; we should not be fixed in what model we take. Everything is on the table,” Khairy said.

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That statement surely is not reflective of the right attitude to portray for the benefit and inspiration of the UMNO and BN youth, if not Malaysians as a whole.

The immediate former UMNO President and Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak was quick to respond for Khairy’s banter against him over media.

The Star story:

Najib: Khairy should have spoken up privately about any problem

  • NATION
  • Saturday, 19 May 2018

 

PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Khairy Jamaluddin and other Barisan Nasional leaders should have spoken up earlier if they had a problem with his leadership.

“As far as I’m concerned, I’ve always practised an open leadership style,” Najib told the Malay Mail.

“People were free to voice their comments, even differences of opinion. I’m quite open about it, except that I wanted it to be done in private, because we should not attack each other as members of the government,” added Najib.

The Pekan MP said that Khairy was free to voice his dissatisfaction or concern to him.

“Khairy was free to come and see me. Then I could then decide, whether to accept or not to accept.He didn’t do that. I mean, he admitted that he didn’t do that,” he said.

Khairy had earlier told Channel News Asia that Umno had been decimated during the general elections because it had become so detached from reality and thought it was invincible.

Khairy said that Umno members were “delusional” and “drunk on our own Kool-Aid”.

He also admitted that he regretted not telling Najib that the grassroots had rejected them.

Najib did not mention names, but seemed to indirectly allude to former Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and former Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, who were both punished after they had spoken out in public against Najib’s handling of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy.

“He (Khairy) should realise that I’m not going to dictate against anyone with difference of opinion. I only want party discipline, and those who were disciplined by the party, it was because they broke party discipline,” he said.

Najib told the portal that he never forced his ideals on any Barisan members.

“If you attack the leadership openly, that’s against party discipline.

“But if you come and say: ‘Sir, I disagree with you. I think you should do it this way.’ That is not against party discipline,” he said.

Najib has since resigned as president of Umno and chairman of BN. His duties have been taken over by his former deputy, Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/19/najib-khairy-should-have-spoken-up-privately-about-any-problem/#owUm6Xdh7d5qMEmH.99

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It is rather childish for UMNO Youth Chief Khairy to air his comment on BN’s failure to retain its position as the Federal Government and most of the State Governments through media in that manner.

As if it would make Malaysians, especially the youth have more faith in BN from now on.

Amongst thinking youth, that would probably create more doubts on supposed BN’s future steward, for his ability to stand up and tell the truth when it matters.

The Malays have a saying for such, ‘Rumah siap, pahat pun berbunyi’.

It translate to ‘When the house is ready, that is when the pounding on the wall begins’. Khairy as a political opportunist, is shining brighter with such theatrical statement.

As the UMNO and BN Youth Chief, Khairy should prove his mettle now and start working the ground instead of making statements through the media.

UMNO Youth should realise that the past five years at the helm of UMNO Youth Movement, Khairy did not do much, especially working through the youth organisations and student movements.

That is the reality that they have to face and overcome and ‘Biting the Bullet’ should start yesterday!

Former Prime Minister Najib in his first explanation on UMNO and BN’s worst performance since the past thirteen GE, said he was a victim of slander and lies.

The Star story:

Najib: I did not steal, I’m a victim of political attacks

 

PEKAN: Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) said he did not steal from the people and is now the victim of political attacks in order to weaken Umno.

“I’m not a person who steals what belongs to the people,” said Najib when addressing members of the Pekan Umno branch during a meeting he officiated on Sunday (May 20).

“The people of Pekan knows I did not steal. For 42 years I have served the people here.

“Now I am targeted because I was a Prime Minister and the leader of the political party. So if my brand is weakened, then Umno’s name will also be weakened. This is a political strategy,” he added.

Najib added that he would continue to support the fight for Umno’s case, even though Barisan Nasional no longer controls Putrajaya.

“I readily accept the defeat with an open heart but now we must continue to fight for the people and we must show the people that we are sincere,” said Najib who stepped down as Umno president last week.

It was the Pekan MP’s first visit to his constituency after successfully defending his seat during GE14 but which also saw Barisan lose the simple majority in Parliament.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/20/najib-i-did-not-steal-im-a-victim-of-political-attacks/#8fpETcoES0Y5L94R.99

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The fact is that all allegations against Former UMNO President Najib has yet to be proven.

Another important fact is that raison d’être, Malaysians voted for of drama, slander and lies.

Khairy is his capacity as the UMNO and BN Youth Chief, did not work against both although he and the movements under his command had almost three years of ample time and space to do it.

At large, neither UMNO and BN led Government policies nor implementation failed the nation and the rakyat, the past 70 years.

Another paramount fact that since assuming the office as the Sixth Prime Minister nine years ago, Najib tried to bridge the gap between Semenanjung and Sabah and Sarawak and introduced serious programs for the economic and development of the rural Malaysians in the two states.

Some serious bullet biting got to be done here, for the future of younger Malaysians and Malaysia.

 

Published in: on May 20, 2018 at 22:00  Comments (1)  

A New Medieval Malaysia

So many are elated upon the results of recently concluded XIV GE and dubbed the dawn of a ‘New Malaysia’ when the Opposition Coalition topple the ruling Barisan Nasional of 69 years.

However, the dawn of this so called ‘New Malaysia’ isn’t that promising when a ninety three years old former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad had sworn in as the Seventh Prime Minister on Friday 11 May 2018.

For starters, it takes almost ten days to announce a full Cabinet. Even that is without the Foreign Minister.

Channel News Asia story:

PM Mahathir Mohamad announces Malaysia Cabinet

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Friday (May 18) unveiled his list of 14 Cabinet ministers to be sworn in next week, after the King approved the selection of names following a meeting at the palace.

The swearing-in ceremony will be held on Monday at 11.30am at the Istana Negara.

Since his election win, Dr Mahathir has announced five Cabinet ministers, including Lim Guan Eng as finance minister, Muhyiddin Yassin as home affairs minister and Mohammad Sabu as defence minister .

Earlier on Friday, Dr Mahathir withdrew himself as education minister to honour a pledge in the coalition manifesto. The portfolio will now be taken by former university lecturer Dr Maszlee Malik.

A foreign minister was not named.

In a statement, he named PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali as the minister of economic affairs and DAP deputy chairman Gobind Singh Deo as the minister of communications and multimedia.

He also appointed PKR Wanita chief Zuraida Kamaruddin as the housing and local government minister; DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke Siew Fook as the minister of transport and DAP vice-chairman Kulasegaran Murugeson as the minister of human resource.

The others named on Friday include Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub, as the minister of agriculture and agro-based industry; Amanah strategic director Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, as the minister of health; and Titiwangsa MP Rina Harun of Bersatu, as the minister of rural development.

Mohamed Azmin said that he found out about the appointment after he was informed by Selangor State Secretary Mohd Amin Ahmad Ahya, and that he intends to meet Dr Mahathir as soon as possible to get further clarification on his appointment as minister of economic affairs.

“I thank Tun Dr Mahathir for his faith in me leading such a senior ministry. The responsibility is very big as the work is to revive the national economy,” Mohamed Azmin  told reporters after an event to break fast.

“However, I have informed the Sultan of Selangor about this and have told him that I also informed him that I will be meeting the prime minister soon, maybe tonight or at the latest tomorrow, to get further clarification on the scope of duties entrusted to me,” he said.

Full list of ministers: 

Prime Minister: Dr Mahathir Mohamad

Deputy Minister: Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail

Home Minister: Muhyiddin Yassin

Education Minister: Dr Maszlee Malik

Minister of Rural Development: Rina Harun

Minister of Women and Family Development: Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail

Minister of Economic Affairs: Mohamed Azmin Ali

Minister of Housing and Local Government: Zuraida Kamaruddin

Minister of Finance: Lim Guan Eng

Minister of Transport: Anthony Loke Siew Fook

Minister of Communications and Multimedia: Gobind Singh Deo

Minister of Human Resource: Kulasegaran V Murugeson

Minister of Defence: Mohamad Sabu

Minister of Agriculture and Agro-Based Industry: Salahuddin Ayub

Minister of Health: Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad

Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/pm-mahathir-mohamad-announces-malaysia-cabinet-10247844

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These are appointments as per Article 43 of the Federal Constitution.

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Article 43 of the Federal Constitution

However, instead a Council of Eminent Persons was announced seven days ago and already started working and calling persons in respective authoritaty position to appear before them.

At the moment, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir is legally and effectively a one-man Government.

Earlier, the Prime Minister pronounced that he would be Minister of Education.

Then, he ‘Flip-Flop’ped because their own promises stated they weren’t supposed to do that.

Did he forget or completely oblivious of their own promises?

Also, he announced the recently sworn in Menteri Besar Selangor would be sworn in as the Minister of Economic Affairs at 1130hrs on Monday.

Perhaps he too should be the Malaysian Ambassador to Indonesia, since the job is now a political appointee.

Then the nominated Minister of Finance who is supposed to swear in before His Majesty on Monday too, is also supposed to appear in Pulau Pinang criminal High Court before Madam Justice Hadhariah Syed Ismail for an ongoing graft trial.

The Star story;

Guan Eng’s trial set to go on

NATION

Thursday, 17 May 2018

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GEORGE TOWN: The corruption trial of Lim Guan Eng is set to continue on May 21 after being postponed due to GE14.

The former Penang Chief Minister’s lead counsel, Gobind Singh Deo, said the case would be brought up for mention in the High Court.

Lim pleaded not guilty on June 30, 2016, to two counts of corruption over the conversion of agricultural land to residential status and purchase of a plot and bungalow at below market value.

He was charged with using his position as Chief Minister to gain gratification for himself and wife Betty Chew Gek Cheng by approving the application for conversion of agricultural land to a public housing zone in Balik Pulau to a company, Magnificent Emblem Sdn Bhd.

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Lim faces a second charge of using his position to obtain a plot of land and bungalow at No. 25, Jalan Pinhorn, on July 28, 2015, from businesswoman Phang Li Koon for RM2.8mil, at below market value.

Phang pleaded not guilty to a charge of abetting him.

The trial was delayed after both filed motions to declare Section 62 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act as unconstitutional.

Justice Hadhariah Syed Ismail dismissed the applications and the defendants referred the matter to the Court of Appeal, which ruled that Section 62 was unconstitutional. The Federal Court later overturned the ruling.

It was also reported that Lim could only be officially appointed as the new Finance Minister if and after he is cleared of his corruption case

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/17/guan-engs-trial-set-to-go-on-hearing-resumes-on-monday-after-break-for-general-election/#o4w1Xd5ZfHmi0LHD.99

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By that note, the nominated Minister of Communications and Multimedia, who is too supposed to appear before His Majesty for the swearing in, is expected to appear before the High Court judge defending his client.

Ah yes! The nominated Minister of Finance is an ex-convict and His Majesty’s Treasury at the moment is without an effective Chief Secretary since the immediate past was sent away to Public Services Department.

Let is also take note all matters pertaining tax at the moment seems to be decided by four men and a lady, in a forum called Council of Eminent Persons, which is completely absent from being mentioned anywhere in the said Acts in the name of His Majesty, passed by His Majesty’s Parliament.

Sounds like Medieval Malaysia, brought forward, isn’t it?

Published in: on May 19, 2018 at 13:00  Comments (2)  

The one-man Government

It has been 175 hours since Malaysians decided for the ‘New Malaysia’ and yet Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad remained as a one-man Federal Government as no other Cabinet Ministers have been sworn in.

Seventh Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir’s priority was the release and absolution from all convictions of his former Deputy Prime Minister for five years who later turned as a political nemesis for eighteen years before the two teamed up to topple the immediate past Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak

Anwar: Working with Dr M was crucial to topple BN


  • NATION
  • Wednesday, 16 May 2018


  • PETALING JAYA: For many Malaysians, it has been surreal to see Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah sharing the same stage with Tun Dr Mahathir, the man who first put her husband in jail back in 1998, in what was seen as a politically-motivated move.

    However, for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim it was essential for PKR to work with Dr Mahathir to remove Barisan Nasional from Federal power, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

    “A new partnership was essential to overcome the deeply entrenched, corrupt system that was presiding over Malaysia,” Anwar told the Australian daily on May 15, a day before his expected release.

    He said after working with Dr Mahathir for many years, he understood that the former and now current Prime Minister cares deeply about Malaysia and the people of Malaysia.

    The Sydney Morning Herald said Anwar expressed confidence that he would be able to work with Dr Mahathir, whose star power and tireless campaigning had led Pakatan Harapan to victory on May 9.

    Anwar said he never lost hope, even though he had been imprisoned over two sodomy charges for a total for 11 years.

    “I always believed in the wisdom of the people and that if we fought hard enough we would eventually prevail,” he said.

    Anwar’s first sodomy charge was in 1998, when he was the deputy prime minister and protégé to the then-prime minister Dr Mahathir.

    Following the charge, Dr Mahathir sacked Anwar from Cabinet and it then triggered the formation of PKR and the reformasi movement.

    Anwar was found guilty and sentenced to jail in 1999, but was released in 2004 after his sodomy verdict was overturned.

    In March 2014, Anwar was sentenced to another five-year jail term for a second sodomy charge. That sentence would bar him from contesting in GE14.

    Despite that, Anwar remained as PKR’s de facto leader and had played a role from behind bars.

    He told the Sydney Morning Herald that the hardest thing about being in jail was missing his children and grandchildren.

    In this new era, he reminded Malaysians to uphold “respect for all Malaysians” – a reference to addressing racism embedded in the country’s laws – “independence of the judiciary, rule of law, free media and proper separation of powers”.

    “The road ahead will challenge the best among us to deliver what we promised to the people,” he told the Sydney Morning Herald.

    “At a time when democracy is in retreat around the world, I hope that the people of Malaysia have given some hope to people around the world clamouring for their own freedom,” he added.

    Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/16/anwar-working-with-dr-m-was-crucial-to-topple-bn/#C1gRa2vWxhioyHWh.99

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Almost twenty years ago this September, Anwar Ibrahim then Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy UMNO President was sacked by Fourth Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for “Hedious and immoral sexual deviance”.

Later Anwar was convicted for rogering his wife’s driver Azizan Abu Bakar.

Ten years ago this June, political aide Saiful Bukhari Azlan made a Police report against Anwar for rogering him. He was incarcerated in 2015 after exhausting all avenues to set away the judgment and sentencing.

NST story:

In this file photo, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim pauses as he speaks to his assistants at a break session during his sodomy trial in Kuala Lumpur February 14, 2011. Anwar will have to serve out his remaining 16 months of his five-year jail sentence after the Federal Court dismissed his review application to set aside his sodomy conviction today. Reuters Photo

PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim will have to serve out his remaining 16 months of his five-year jail sentence after the Federal Court dismissed his review application to set aside his sodomy conviction today.

In a unanimous decision, a five-man panel chaired by Chief Judge of Malaya Tan Sri Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin ruled that there was no merit in the application.

“The court finds that there is no merit in this application and that this not a fit and proper case to be heard in this court,” the judge said.

In his review application, Anwar is seeking the court to invoke Rule 137 of the Rules of the Federal Court 1995 and review the decision of the previous five-member panel of the Federal Court, led by Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria.

Alternatively, he wants the Federal Court to re-hear his appeal on its merits.

Following the decision today, Anwar who has now served a year and 10 months in jail will have to complete his five-year jail term.

Anwar, 68, filed the review application on April 30 last year after the Federal Court on Feb 10 last year affirmed his guilt for sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 31.

The others presiding were Chief Judge of Sabah and Sarawak Tan Sri Richard Malanjum, Federal Court judges, Tan Sri Hasan Lah, Tan Sri Abu Samah Nordin and Tan Sri Zaharah Ibrahim.

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It is clear Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir put politics ahead of the governing the nation as the absence of a Cabinet which had not been sworn in yet, the function of the Executive of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong’s government in the form of Federal Government’s policy and decision making is left to one man.

One crucial limb of the Executive is the Ministry of Finance where His Majesty’s purse and treasury chest is without a Minister of Finance and the Chief Secretary of Treasury Tan Sri Dr. Irwan Siregar was transferred out to the Public Services Department.

NST story:

 

At ninety three in less than eight weeks time, the Prime Minister is at a high risk of being incapacitated, even with a common cold. For the record, Dr. Mahathir survived two cardio arterial by-pass surgery.

In the lingo of Risk Management, the nation is at its most precarious time. Our best guess is that no bookmakers are willing to take bets, as the odds is high.

Published in: on May 16, 2018 at 23:10  Leave a Comment  

Flip and Fake

Corporate giant Tony “Flip-and-Fake” Fernandes may be in hot water for his air claims that amongst other things, he was forced by Malaysian Aviation Commission (MAVCOM) to cancel additional flights for the recently concluded XIV GE.

The Star story:

Mavcom lodges police report over Tony Fernandes’ claims

 


  • NATION
  • Tuesday, 15 May 2018

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) has lodged a police report against Tan Sri Tony Fernandes over claims that it had instructed AirAsia to cancel all 120 additional flights the airline had scheduled before GE14.

Calling Fernandes’ accusations “baseless and malicious”, it also denied the AirAsia Group CEO’s claims that Mavcom had summoned AirAsia.

“Mavcom has never issued any directive to AirAsia or any other airline to reduce or cancel any flights where regulatory requirements are met,” it said in a statement on Tuesday (May 15).

According to Mavcom, on April 13 and 18, AirAsia had via the Civil Aviation Authority of Malaysia applied for a total of 54 additional flights (27 return journeys with a maximum volume of 13,660 passengers) to be operated during the GE14 period, which Mavcom approved on April 17 and April 18 respectively.

At 3.20pm on April 20, the airline requested for an additional 86 flights (43 return journeys with a maximum volume of 15,480 passengers).

However on April 23 morning, AirAsia sent Mavcom a revised flight application for 66 additional flights (33 return journeys with maximum volume of 12,274 passengers) for the period of May 6 to 13 with a note to disregard its earlier applications.

Mavcom said it had approved all 66 additional flights that AirAsia applied for by April 23.

It added that on April 19 and April 20, Mavcom executive chairman Tan Sri Abdullah Ahmad sought clarification from all airlines if there was sufficient demand for the additional flights requested.

“Only AirAsia proceeded to reduce its application for extra flights while Firefly, Malaysia Airlines and Malindo Air maintained their requests,” it said.

“Mavcom further reiterates that it had not issued any directive to any airline to reduce or cancel any flights.

“Inclusive of AirAsia, Mavcom approved additional flight applications of the various Malaysian-based airlines as of 24 April 2018, totalling 166 flights (83 return journeys with a maximum volume of 26,434 passengers),” it added.

Mavcom said it is mandated under the Malaysian Aviation Commission Act 2015 to act as an independent regulator for economic and commercial matters related to civil aviation in Malaysia.

On Fernandes’ statement that “within 24 hours, we were summoned by the Malaysian Aviation Commission”, Mavcom refutes that any AirAsia staff members were summoned between April 17 and May 13 to appear before the Commission regarding the matter.

After receiving brickbats over AirAsia’s endorsement for Barisan Nasional, Fernandes released a video on Sunday (May 13) apologising for “buckling under the pressure”.

He said the low-cost carrier added 120 extra flights, which would have carried 26,000 people on top of normal flights and reduced ticket prices.

Unfortunately, he said, this put him under even more pressure when the government realised that the airline was ferrying so many voters.

“Within 24 hours, we were summoned by the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom) and told to cancel all those flights,” he claimed.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/05/15/mavcom-lodges-police-report-over-tony-fernandes-claims/#LVEZDGVSFPfFtp2v.99

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The AirAsia Group co-founder Fernandes was very quick to “Flip and Fake” with a lame story how he was co-erced into coming up with several items in his attempt campaigning for Barisan Nasional (BN).

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An AirAsia X A330-300 livery carried the BN Blue and the air stewardess even wore blue instead of the infamous AirAsia red dress.

It takes an effort to change an aircraft livery and specially ordered blue uniforms for the cabin crew.

By that score, it is unbelievable that Fernandes did all that “under pressure”!

Fernandes also said the the Malaysia commercial aviation industry does not require  MAVCOM to made the industry progress and lambasted the aviation authority.

Bernama.com story:

No need for Mavcom , says Tony Fernandes

| May 15, 2018

AirAsia chief says transport ministry is capable of fulfilling role that Mavcom is playing now.

BANGKOK: The transport ministry is more than capable of helping the local airline industry grow, without the need for the Malaysian Aviation Commission (Mavcom), AirAsia Group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes said today.

Expressing his disappointment with the commission, Fernandes said Mavcom should remain independent and treat all industry players fairly.

“I’ve always wanted (for the industry) to be treated fairly. It’s not about (being) good to AirAsia and bad to Malaysia Airlines Bhd (MAB), or good to MAB and not to AirAsia. Do what is good for Malaysians.

“We (at AirAsia) wanted Mavcom because we thought it would be great for the industry, and for them to be independent and look at the industry fairly.

“But I think it’s better to not have Mavcom,” he told Malaysian reporters at the airline’s #HalfABillion Guests Flown Celebration here today.

Fernandes was responding to questions on the police report lodged by Mavcom today over his claim that the aviation regulatory body told AirAsia to cancel all additional 120 flights it requested during the 14th general election.

The AirAsia head said dealing with Mavcom was difficult and resulted in AirAsia deputy group CEO (digital, transformation, corporate services) Aireen Omar, AirAsia Malaysia CEO Riad Asmat and AirAsia X Malaysia CEO Benyamin Ismail facing difficult situations.

“Airene, myself, Ben and Riad had nothing short of torture when dealing with Mavcom.

“AirAsia and I will never stop fighting for fair industry practices and demand decisions to be made for the benefit of all Malaysians,” he said.

Shortly after Mavcom said it lodged the report, AirAsia issued a statement saying it has evidence and facts to back Fernandes’ allegations.

“We would like to emphasise that the video released by Fernandes on Sunday, May 13, 2018 is fully supported by evidence and facts, including direct communication between Riad and Mavcom executive chairman Abdullah Ahmad.

“We will divulge the evidence and facts to the appropriate authorities, at the right time,” the airline said.

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It is good that Fernandes is consistent for being a ‘Drama King’ and conveniently and unjustly blame others, especially authorities and GLCs  for his own shortcomings and/or whenever he and his ideas hit a brickwall.

It is that consistent that any utterance of words from his mouth carry little credibility and his integrity as a corporate leader is full of inconsistencies, manipulation and probably, lies too.

Published in: on May 15, 2018 at 23:30  Comments (1)  

(Tax) Break for boomers with Blue

Malaysian youths got a goodie never been given before when Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak announced tax free income for everyone under the age twenty six, beginning the financial year 2017.

“This include those who have paid income tax”.

NST story:

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak tonight announced three pieces of ‘good news’ for the people if the Barisan Nasional (BN) government is given a fresh mandate in the 14th General Election. NSTP Pic by OSMAN ADNAN.

PEKAN: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak tonight announced three pieces of ‘good news’ for the people if the Barisan Nasional (BN) government is given a fresh mandate in the 14th General Election.

In a 30-minute speech, delivered at 10pm amid a backdrop of the humble, two-room wooden house in Pekan built by his father, the late Tun Abdul Razak, Najib addressed a 4,000-strong crowd, some of whom had gathered as early as 7pm.

To a roar of approval from the crowd, the prime minister announced that if BN is given a new mandate, youths aged 26 and below would be fully exempted from paying income tax.

“I understand that the youths need money for their expenses such as buying a car, paying their house rent as well as to give money to their parents. As a government that cares, this marks the first time that this is being done,” he said.

Najib said the income tax exemption, he said, would apply to the 2017 assessment year. Those who had paid their taxes last year, he added, would receive a full reimbursement.

As for the second piece of good news, Najib announced that a special two-day public holiday would be declared if BN wins the election.

The holidays, he said, would fall on May 14 and 15, which are a Monday and Tuesday. For states whose weekends fall on a Friday and Saturday, the special public holidays would fall on a Sunday and Monday.

“This would give time for Malaysians to spend time with their families as well as make their Hari Raya Aidilfitri celebrations,” he said.

His third piece of good news, which drew loud cheers, was on the exemption of toll charges for five days of the Hari Raya holidays.

Najib said all highways would be toll-free two days before Aidilfitri to enable the people to return to their hometowns, as well as on the first three days of Aidilfitri.

Najib said these pledges, as well as those made in the BN election manifesto, were proof that the opposition’s claims that Malaysia was a failed or bankrupt nation is untrue.

“A bankrupt or failed nation as claimed by the opposition cannot promise all this. We do not need saving, we are a successful nation,” he said.

He also recorded his appreciation to Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, other BN leaders and members at all levels for their dedication to BN’s struggle. He said in the months leading up to the election, he went down to the ground to meet the people and understand their needs and wants.

“This gave me the opportunity to meet the people. All the hands I clasped, each face I saw, all these moments hold a special place in my heart,” he said.

Najib said that apart from being a leader and prime minister, he is also only human.

I have feelings and emotions. I’ve been insulted, ridiculed, slandered but I see it as God’s test and what I have to endure. But when I see the faces of the people I’ve met, who told me to not give up, these wounds and scars disappear.

“It is these moments also which strengthened my resolve to continue and fight,” he said.

GE14, said Najib, will determine Malaysia’s future. He expressed hope that the people will vote based on careful consideration and

“I, Najib Razak, on behalf of BN candidates, humbly ask for voters to without a doubt in their hearts, choose BN, a party which is proven and always keeps its promises.

“For 60 years, we have led this country and effected change after change. If given a new mandate, we will make Malaysia even greater,” he said.

REPORT BY NAJMUDDIN NAJIB, HIDIR REDUAN AND TN ALAGESH

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This means that wage earners whose had a net salary after the deduction of  income tax at source, would get refunds. In the history of the Inland Revenue Board, this is the first time an age group had been totally absolved from to the duty for the coffers of His Majesty’s Treasury.

Prime Minister Najib also announced a complete toll free of the highway system for five days, to commemorate this years Hari Raya Aidil Fitri.

These three goodies are on top of the 264 other offered when Prime Minister Najib as the BN Chairman unveiled the ruling coalition manifesto.

Published in: on May 8, 2018 at 23:30  Leave a Comment  

Johor shall remain Blue

Johor shall remain progressively and productively strong under Barisan Nasional (BN) as the voters decide tomorrow, amidst the many speculation the coalition party led by UMNO would get a massive hit and falter.

Menteri Besar Johor Dato’ Seri Khaled Nordin is optimistic that Johoreans shall decide to remain steady on course and for future to come, with the right strategy planned and a broad follow through and implementation already in good progress.

“MB Khaled promised delivered what he promised five years ago. His ratings for delivery and implementation have actually gone up”.

Our observation find that generally Johoreans are not bothered by over politicking, especially at national level.

Probably, it is because they have experienced the ‘Chinese Tsunami’ and BN already saw its worst performance in Johor GE.

One BN Division Chief who is defending his State Assembly seat said “We have 17,000 Chinese voters (in the Parliamentary constituency). If we can get only 4,000 votes from them, we are home free”.

During a walkabout in a pasar malam of a kampung off Parit Jawa, Muar MP and BN Division Chief Dato’ Razali Ibrahim is well liked by the folks, be it amongst the Malays, Chinese and Indians.

Razali whose home is in Seri Menanti, which is almost bordering Batu Pahat, has a well staffed service centre in Muar town.

“In a recent event of 1MDB CEO Arul Kanda’s roadshow on the lies and negative perception about the (business problem manipulated into a political scandal) the strategic investment firm, MCA managed to fill half the hall in UMNO building. And they asked questions!”.

PPBM Youth Chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman, who is hardly in Muar even in this XIV GE is attempting to wrest the traditional UMNO constituency from Razali.

Ledang BN Chief Dato’ Ir. Hamim Samuri also is at ease, when talked to about his Parliamentary constituency said “I have a service centre here in Tangkak. However, I don’t wait for (people to come with) problems. I go after problems!”.

Hamim speaks with a notable Muarian twang, is also well received by his constituents. He was observed at the only Friday prayer in this XIV GE in a Sengkang, near Bukit Gambir.

He was the amongst the last to leave.

PPBM President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is attempting to wrest the State Assembly seat, on top defending his Pagoh Parliamentary seat.

“He never served this constituency. It is unlikely they would vote him”.

Another observation worth considering about Johor is that the Opposition coalition, especially PPBM and PAN is very thin on grassroots election machinery.

“These Malay political hopefuls cannot even find a candidate’s polling agent for the PDMs (polling centres). You do realise, in an election especially a GE, you are in trouble if your machine is weak”.

Johor had been a traditional BN stronghold as UMNO was born in the state 72 years ago, this Friday.

“I predict status quo for BN Johor, if not better results”, said an astute observer. “The three corner fights would spread the Opposition resources thin”.

He also added “Muhyiddin was UMNO Deputy President and been at the helm of Pagoh UMNO Division since 1983 (then Muar-Pagoh). How was Pagoh UMNO affected with Muhyiddin’s sacking?”.

He is right. Muhyiddin’s unceremonious departure did not hurt Pagoh UMNO three years ago. If PAS never did well in Johor, how could PAN dent the traditional Malay seats.

“PKR is nowhere, especially when they have no PAS machinery to depend on. The fate of Opposition politics in Johor is only left to DAP”.

In the last GE, the former MB Johor Tan Sri Abdul Ghani Othman said then “If only 15% of the Chinese voted BN, Johor is Opposition free”.

Ghani, now Chairman of Sime Darby Plantations goes around quietly in Ledang and Pagoh to do his bid for this campaign.

Johor UMNO is known for the service to the Bangsa Johor. It is this track record is the basis of the optimism, not withstanding the polling centres analysis based on UMNO branches intel and head count.

A good example is this is the BN Seri Gading Parliamentary candidate Dato’ Aziz Kaprawi. He not only served the constituency which is in the out skirts of Batu Pahat town where 42% of the voters are Chinese, Aziz and previous Seri Gading brought so much development into this once a back water Java-nese centric kampung.

Aziz as the Deputy Minister of Transport got the High Spreed Railway (HSR) between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore stops at Pura Kencana, a village next to Parti Raja.

“An election is a game of numbers. If you had worked your constituency, you should know how your party stand”.

Political intel stated the high turn out at Opposition coalition is due massive ‘Groupie-Effect’.

“It is generally the same people moving around. Where can you get a high Chinese turn put at Opposition coalition rallies, especially in Malay majority areas?’, opined a true blue Johorean.

Published in: on May 8, 2018 at 09:30  Leave a Comment  

Haliza: We would bring development that should have been here

BN candidate for Batu Pahat Parliamentary seat Haliza Abdullah promised for the development that should have brought to the town but instead taken for other satellite towns.

“I will not promise you the sky but I would ensure that the development which should have been brought here but instead went to towns like Seri Gading and Parit Sulong”.

She spoke to the Chinese voters in a temple Jalan Jenjang, in own one of the oldest towns in Johor.

Apparently, she has been to a temple everyday to meet the Chinese voters since the XIV GE campaign started last Saturday.

She then on for three other venues.

Haliza is the Batu Pahat BN Wanita Chief and the first woman BN candidate for Batu Pahat.

Published in: on May 4, 2018 at 23:30  Leave a Comment  

Achehnese ‘David’ trying to slay a Giant

A political novice is banking on his Achehnese roots clout around Jerai and Yan and hoping to unseat against an incumbent, who had served the constituents well.

Newbie Akhramsyah Muammar Ubaidah Sanusi is challenging incumbent Mej. Jen. (Rtd.) Dato’ Seri Jamil Khir Baharom, who is the Minister-in-charge for Religious Affairs, for the Jerai Parliamentary seat.

“Abang Jamil is very popular here. He has been very diligent attending and serving all mosques and suraus in Jerai for four years, without ever talking about politics”, said Dato’ Boey Chin Gan.

Boey is contesting for the N22 Gurun DUN seat as the BN candidate.

Akhramsyah is a High Council member of PPBM, the party formed by disgruntled and rejected UMNO leaders and members led by Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, sacked Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and sacked MB Kedah Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.

Boey, who is a likeable personality around Jerai like Mej. Jen. (Rtd) Jamil, was Mukhriz’s MCA Adviser when he was contesting for the Ayer Hitam DUN seat in the last GE.

It is unlikely that the folks around Jerai whose lives centred around the communal mosques and suraus would decide for Akhramsyah instead of “Abang Jamil”.

Akhramsyah, a Chemical Engineering graduate from Imperial College and was a career Shell man, never did well in mainstream politics nor blogging.

He vied for UMNO Youth Exco in 2009 and failed miserably. In the absence of a good grassroots machinery, it makes it quite difficult for him to convince the Jerai folks to reject Mej. Jen (Rtd) Jamil.

“It is very weird to see Akhramsyah using the ‘Black Eye’ (PKR) logo!”, A political analyst’s observation on the first born of late Tan Sri Sanusi Junid, since both of them are notorious for their anti-Anwar Ibrahim stance.

It is clear the ‘Flip-Flop’ would not resonate well with the traditional Jerai voters.

Published in: on May 3, 2018 at 12:00  Leave a Comment