Ride on MRT, not take MRT for a ride

The Mass Rapid Transport (MRT) system recently opened for public use is to ease of congestion for Klang Valley dwellers, which eventually when fully completed would take 160,000 plying the roads and brought the strategic value of better quality of life, increased productivity and growth.

It is by no means for consumers to utilise any of the component of the MRT system for other purposes than to travel within the 51km line spread through 19 stations, from Sg. Buloh to Kajang.

Media Statement by MRT Corp Director of Communications Dato’ Najmuddin Abdullah:

MEDIA RELEASE
SAME TOUCH ‘N GO CARDS NEEDED FOR PARKING AND TRAIN TO GET SPECIAL RATES

Kuala Lumpur, 21 July 2017: Mass Rapid Transit Corporation Sdn Bhd (MRT Corp) wishes to address several issues which have arisen following the opening of Park and Ride facilities in conjunction with the commencement of full service of the MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) Line.

MRT Corp has received several complains from users of the various Park and Ride facilities along the SBK Line of them not being charged the RM4.30 per entry rate and having to pay more despite using the MRT service.

MRT Corp Director of Strategic Communications and Stakeholder Relations Dato’ Najmuddin Abdullah said in order for users to enjoy the RM4.30 per entry rate, the user has to follow several steps.

Firstly, he said users must use the same Touch ‘n Go cards which they had used to enter the Park and Ride, to get on the train by tapping it at the MRT station fare gates.

“The same card used to enter the Park and Ride has also got to be used at the fare gates of the station before boarding the MRT train because this is the only way that we can differentiate who has parked and ridden on the train, and who has not,” he said.

Najmuddin said those who fail to use the same Touch ‘n Go card would unfortunately be charged the full standard hourly parking rates despite taking the train by using a different card or by buying a token.

“Cases of those who used the Park and Ride who were charged the standard hourly rate was mainly due to this,” he said.

In addition to having the use the same card at the Park and Ride and to ride the train, Najmuddin said there were also several other steps which needed to be followed.

He said on the return journey, users must also ensure that the same Touch ‘n Go card is used to exit the station, and then exit the Park and Ride.

“Please take note that tapping in during the first journey, and tapping out during the return journey, has to take place at the same station, which is the MRT station that is attached to the Park and Ride.

“We have had instances where a user took the train at a station attached to a Park and Ride, and then returned to the park and ride by bus. This will result in the standard hourly rate being charged,” he explained.

In addition to this, on the return leg, there is a time limit of two (2) hours between a user tapping out of the fare gates at the MRT station and to exit the Park and Ride.

Users should also be aware that if they use the same Touch ‘n Go card for the Park and Ride to tap in at the fare gates at a station, and then exit the fare gates at the same station without getting out at another station, they will also be charged the standard hourly rate.

“What this means is that if a person enters a station, takes the train everywhere but does not get out at any station, then returns to the station where he or she began the journey and tap out there, he or she will not get the special rate,” he explained.

Dato Najmuddin said MRT Corp will add more signage at the Park and Ride to explain what was needed to be done so that users could enjoy the RM4.30 per entry charge for those who used the MRT service.

“In view of the situation, we urge those who have used the Park and Ride and complied with the steps mentioned above except for the step about using the same card to ride on the train to seek refunds from MRT Corp,” he said.

Please email to mrtparkingfeedback@mymrt.com.my or call the MRT Corp Parking Operations Unit at 03 – 2081 5328 or 03 – 2081 5330.

Najmuddin said this only applied to the Park and Ride at Sungai Buloh, Phileo Damansara, Maluri, Taman Midah, Taman Suntex, Bandar Tun Hussein Onn, Bukit Dukung and Sungai Jernih.

For the other parking facilities along the SBK Line such as at Kwasa Damansara, Kwasa Sentral, Bandar Utama, Pusat Bandar Damansara, and Kajang; Najmuddin said they were owned and controlled by external parties

“Users can contact their operators of these car parks directly for any issues to be addressed,” he said.

The parking rates for the Park and Ride facilities are attached.

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Someone attempted to abuse the 8,080 parking bays specially built by MRT Corp for MRT commuters but not go on the MRT system. Hence, without using the Touch N Go Card end-to-end (enter and park, ride on MRT, return ride on MRT and exit the parking), one would not enjoy the special rate of RM4.30 whole-day-parking charge.

The fact is that MRT Corp built the huge amount of parking facilities in selected stations just outskirt of the city limits is to encourage commuters to ride on the MRT system instead of drive into the city and add into the congestion.

This parking facilities is being complemented by the 300 feeder buses take would ply each station in the radius of five kilometre, to further provide comprehensiveness of the MRT system which designed as part of Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s economic and social transformation agenda.

Government heavily subsidies the MRT system with the fare is only RM5.50 a journey of 51 km from Sg. Buloh to Kajang, in 84 minutes of absolute comfort and precision travel, anytime of the day, any day of the week.

Even during the damnest rush hour, compounded by the worst torrential thunderstorm.

It is a lesson for Malaysians to have the right attitude, now that the Government is doing so much to uplift the quality of life if not brought forth betterment in the growth.

 

Published in: on July 21, 2017 at 17:00  Leave a Comment  

Doomed Three Dog Night

The staunchest supporters of the Opposition are not buying in and having the confidence of the game with the recent development within Pakatan Harapan with the pronouncement of the High Council list.

The Malay Mail Online:

A doomed election strategy

Thursday July 20, 2017
7:27 AM GMT+8

Praba Ganesan

Praba Ganesan is chief executive at KUASA, an NGO using volunteerism to empower the 52 per cent. He believes it is time to get involved. You can contact him at prabaganesan@hotmail.comor follow him on Twitter @prabaganesan

JULY 20 — Within the next 10 months, the 14th general election would have concluded.

Before Muslim fasting begins in May 2018, either Najib Razak has led Barisan Nasional (BN) to 15 straight national victories; or all non-BN parties accumulate 112 or more seats and seek to negotiate a working majority to rule — which includes the possibility of a BN government with the help of others inside Parliament.

This column is not in support of BN. However, it has grave concerns about Pakatan Harapan’s chances reliant on a packed roster with every personality ever to have graced national politics — as long as they are now sworn enemies of the present BN government.

The stratagem is doomed to fail.

If Pakatan delivers, then I’d gladly eat humble pie. I’d concede to the enlightenment a room of aged men brings with their sins adorned on their sleeves.

A window-dressing structure    

I’ve urged for renewal, positing that both Anwar Ibrahim and Mahathir Mohamad’s eras have passed and would be better elders than the tip of Pakatan’s attack.

The notion has been ignored.

In response they offer a leadership structure, which is a sham. It at best only agrees on the order in which leadership names appear on an A4 paper.

Anwar gets to have his name at the top, as de facto leader. He is presently ineligible to contest a parliamentary seat before 2023. The former deputy prime minister has never faced a party challenge since 1993 so he expects the country to have the democratic rigour he appears to disdain for himself.

Mahathir is chairman. He oozes with experience in exerting much power in what were designed as emeritus positions, as evidenced by his decade at Petronas, Proton and Perdana Leadership Foundation.

He was the large shadow over both prime ministers Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib Razak, and only a fool would expect less from the control-freak from Kedah. He took on the mega sized multi-portfolio filled prime minister’s department.

The current situation is easier.

The chairman speaks publically, and the de factor leader passes notes to lawyers and family. An uncomfortable balance presides.

Cue the third name.

To insulate rather than regulate is the layer referred to as coalition president in the guise of Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

She won’t harmonise the two men, but rather seek to mitigate Mahathir’s claw for prominence in her husband’s absence by sandwiching him. She may have a position, but she is no match for Dr M’s Hyde.

Which brings us to the deputy presidents; Pribumi president Muhyiddin Yassin, DAP secretary general Lim Guan Eng and Amanah president Mohamad Sabu.

Muhyiddin neither leads his party nor this coalition, Lim’s party faces deregistration as the Registrar of Societies (ROS) predictably squeezes them in an election cycle, and Amana is unsure of its appeal.

The three deputy presidents have four vice-presidents. Which is odd because the PKR man at that level, Azmin Ali, is Selangor’s mentri besar.  His words would be revered by virtue of the richest state’s machinery and resources at his disposal, above those posited on top of him let alone those parallel to him in the leadership chart — Pribumi’s Mukhriz Mahathir, DAP’s Chong Chieng Jen and Amanah’s Salahuddin Ayub.

Saifuddin Abdullah as secretary-general is expected to weld the group together with no elected position in any party, state assembly or the Dewan Rakyat.

M. Kulasegaran is treasurer-general for a coalition which manages its finances at their own parties, which becomes a shy point on what the appointment is supposed to espouse.

The age average is above 60, and only Sarawak’s Chong is under 50 years of age.

Lim Kit Siang lurks in the fringe, Nurul Izzah Anwar is PKR election director and Rafizi Ramli has a separate organisation operating around PKR but with tentacles in other parties with big data he’d insist the leadership structure must adopt.

This is without stating the obvious that there are palpable holes in the Borneo game, a PAS itch no one can scratch and floating policies thin on narratives.

It is clearer by the day, that an actual and not a symbolic power structure with the name at the very top empowered to lead with a mandate is inescapable if Pakatan wants to maximise the personality driven campaign.

The worst kind of egos can rise together if the common enemy is their only objective and they adhere to a leader. This is not the case in this sordid play, instead here it is a powder keg of power-grabs.

We have so many names

What is left then?

In the lead-up to the last general election, a disgraced ex-Selangor mentri besar Muhammad Muhammad Taib or popularly referred to as Mike Tyson was paraded about by PAS.

Muhammad’s stars fell when he was in trouble when caught with RM3.8 million travelling to Australia. He was acquitted and served as a minister thereafter.

Within a few years, expressed religious piety and criticism of his former colleagues was seen as adequate to render him as an asset to the cause. He left PAS since for PKR.

Reject BN — with no intention to answer past misdeeds — and you are in, for name recognition is prioritised. No distinction is made between fame and infamy.

Fast forward to 2017, it unravels as the strategy for the coming election.

Accuse BN — as Pakatan has done before — and flaunt the turncoats as irrefutable proof of the charges.

Defend the credibility of Pakatan to govern, by padding up the brochure with the turncoats.

Meet the larger-than-life challenge by displaying Mahathir at every chance, right or wrong, the most talked about Malaysian over the last 40 years stands on a Pakatan Harapan stage now.

The three gaps — incontrovertible evidence of scandal claims, experience at the helm and rock star — are plugged by the new arrivals.

Perfect, to some.

To others, like myself, lift the veil and what remains are some uncomfortable truths.

If turncoats are welcome without disapprobation of their years in power, are scandals malleable to political expedience?

If capacity is not met by the energy of youth unencumbered by the sins of the past, but rather prefer to stuff corrosive waste by-products of an uninspired past as the best solution, those not raised in that toxic period are likely to be unimpressed. Name recognition works both ways.

If shock and awe is to come from a man who disposed a former prime minister through poison letters, then there would be moral questions which would outlast the election result. I have faith in my people, to know why Mahathir loomed over millions of lives mercilessly for decades.

The naïve contention that adding one more name only adds on to vote totals and with zero likelihood to force an equal or more votes to dissipate is what fuels the “crowded roster” strategy.

Perhaps this columnist is old-fashioned to assume leadership has to be relatable rather than manned by personalities. Again, we will all find out in the months to come.

* This is the personal opinion of the columnist.

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The line up itself hardly convincing enough for Pakatan Harapan’s own people to offer to the Malaysian public as the alternative to unseat Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak.

The Opposition particularly PKR and PAN may face a tough uphill challenge because voters not only want to see the ‘Big Picture’, but also how they can be served.

The Malay Mail Online story:

GE14: The local tipping points

Thursday June 29, 2017
7:59 AM GMT+8

ICYMI

Praba Ganesan

Praba Ganesan is chief executive at KUASA, an NGO using volunteerism to empower the 52 per cent. He believes it is time to get involved. You can contact him at prabaganesan@hotmail.comor follow him on Twitter @prabaganesan

JUNE 29 — Tip O’Neill is attributed with the saying, “All politics is local.”

I understand we currently are not fans of meddlesome Americans, but perhaps our country’s politicians might want to reflect on the sage advice from the late Speaker of the US House of Representative.

Tip knew a thing or two about winning, and losing.

As we enter the one-year cycle where an election must be had, the lonely thoughts of politicians must surely be turned toward the electorate. The General Election — a day long snapshot of registered voters who oblige the Election Commission and turn up at their designated voting centre with the appropriate identification — will determine who will inherit the 112 parliamentary seats necessary to elect a prime minister.

The prime minister determines the fate of Malaysia.

But before we get all sanctimonious about change and destiny, it all falls back to the local seat and the specifics of the constituency.

I say it again, it’s all local.

Familiarity to the locality and the locality’s familiarity with the candidate will matter massively anytime; but when compounded with an increasingly demanding electorate interacting with social media, this election will have a huge local tangent to it. There are 222 different elections deciding one prime minister.

But why is that understanding not widespread?

General Elections appear not to be localised because of one thing, coverage.

Local news chapters are rare, like the Ipoh Echo, and therefore specialisations are lacking. The major print companies do have presence in key towns outside Kuala Lumpur providing content for regional editions, but they are limited operations. Add to the politicisation of these publications, local news travels via person to person conversations.

In an election, national news companies would be stretched with even the office accountant liable to be sent out to cover the 222 parliamentary and four hundred plus assembly seats. Local news is not invisible to locals, but it is to the national audience. The exaggerated interest in national leaders, amplifies the value of the national campaign as opposed to the events transpiring within the constituency.

But by how much?

The local effect

Khalid Ibrahim won the Ijok state seat in 2008, after losing a by-election there in 2007 to the same opponent K.Parthiban. Five years later, after completing his first term as the non-Umno mentri besar with state sentiments in support for the-defunct Pakatan Rakyat, Khalid’s hometown Ijok would seem a quintessential safe seat.

It wasn’t, because word was rife that he would lose if he stayed on.

While Khalid ran Selangor, the voters in Ijok mattered more than how the other 55 seats in the state felt about the man.

The mentri besar contested in Port Klang instead.

In Kedah’s Kulim Bandar Baru, PKR Secretary-General Saifuddin Nasution was defeated in 2013.

It was unexpected since he was facing Abdul Aziz Sheikh Fadzir, the loser to the often derided Zulkifli Noordin in 2008. Saifuddin was the national face, and three time candidate in the state. Perhaps the voters in Kulim did not see enough of Saifuddin or cared little about his appearances on the national stage, for they turned their backs on him.

In the same general election, a different Saifuddin — Abdullah — lost in Temerloh to PAS youth chief Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi despite being well-covered as deputy higher education minister, a Twitter celebrity and well-liked by young people across the country. Unfortunately, he failed to muster enough young and old votes in his Pahang constituency to fight off the Islamist firebrand.

Saifuddin Abdullah has since left Umno and now is on the other side as secretary general of Pakatan Harapan.

To top it off, constitutional law expert Dr Abdul Aziz Bari put his name on the ballot in his hometown of Sabak Bernam in Selangor and duly lost to his less regarded opponent Mohd Fasiah Mohd Fakeh.

Several of these races swung awkwardly, even though the candidates appeared in strong stead from the national telescope.

Which is why some of us are left scratching our heads when getting the results.

Sadly for the candidates, politics did end up local.

All Putrajaya, pitchforks too

In the flurry of opposition leaders putting out their analyses on why person A from party X trumps person B from party Y, the local game is steadily falling into a secondary concern.

The imagining that Gerik, Terengganu Hulu, Bentong and Alor Gajah can wait and be served in the short window after dissolution is foolhardy at best. These voters are not carbon copies of their parents, and they are most demonstrably fickle.

Of course in the lead-up to voting day, all candidates discard their business suits and miraculously find worn out shoes. But in 2018, will days be enough?

This belated approach seems out of touch, just like many candidates.

To build consensus on local issues, over an ageing bridge or reinvigorating local activities, it takes time. Issues can’t just be subsumed by an arriving aspirant because there is electoral gaiety.

The locals are invested in the issues, they’d like their champions to be invested too.

There are examples of parachute candidates succeeding, but always these stories are accompanied by evidence that their opponents are new as well or been around but withdrawn from the people.

The overconcentration of interest to the power negotiations will wane efforts in the constituency, which is the ballgame.

This is a timely reminder to those in the game to recalibrate to the 222 contests as individual challenges rather than rely purely on the pull of national issues cutting through all concerns. In a close race, it is almost always the local considerations swaying votes to help one candidate over the finishing line.

Early candidate announcement, constituency service hours clocked and coffees shared in late night sessions may have a larger impact than what many think.

But of all currencies, time is one which is most appreciated.

While all politics is local, the information about it being local is well-documented and discussed. It’s time politicians woke up to the truth in it.

* This is the personal opinion of the columnist.

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Of course, the offering for the voters are not just the face, personality, ability and aptitude and attitude, but the plan as well.

A mandate offering is worthless without where to go, how to get there and who is actually going to oversee these journey and realisation of objectives.

The Malay Mail Online story:

Why election manifestos are important

Friday July 14, 2017
9:23 AM GMT+8

Boo Su-Lyn

Boo Su-Lyn is a feminist who loves reading fiction. She tweets at @boosulyn.

JULY 14 — When I wrote a story illustrating the Pakatan Harapan parties’ stand on various issues, some Opposition supporters were apparently upset and somehow perceived the article as an attack on the coalition.

I used to believe that it didn’t matter what political parties stood for as long as there was a change in government, because I thought back then that real competition would force both sides to come up with better policies.

I don’t believe that now.

There is no reason why we should shortchange ourselves and vote for a party or coalition seeking to be Malaysia’s first ever alternate government without demanding for substantive pledges of reform.

This is the 21st century.

Malaysian politicians and parties should not act as if the country is still fresh from independence and use racial/religious campaigning, instead of focusing on policy-based ideologies like the mature democracies Malaysia hopes to join ranks with.

The article I wrote shows clearly that PKR, DAP, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) and Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) do not wish to take firm stances on issues which they believe (rightly or wrongly) will offend the Malay-Muslim electorate, such as whether they will abolish Bumiputera policies, enhance Muslims’ personal liberties, protect the rights of non-Muslims in the issue of unilateral child conversions to Islam, or even something as basic as reviving local council elections.

Although the DAP may say that the English subject should be made a compulsory pass in SPM, for example, the fact that the four parties are contesting the 14th general elections as one big coalition, not as singular parties, means that their individual party stands don’t mean anything.

Voting for DAP means voting for PPBM and vice versa.

And right now, we don’t really know what Pakatan Harapan as a whole stands for aside from their wanting to abolish the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and to return the money stolen from 1MDB to the people (how exactly, we don’t know).

It is also dishonest for political parties to be ambiguous on issues of race and religion.

Muslims have the right to know if Shariah enforcement will remain just as excessive under the current Barisan Nasional (BN) government or if it will be relaxed in a Harapan administration. All Malaysians deserve to know if Bumiputera policies will be gradually dismantled in a Harapan government, or if they will be retained despite their obvious ineffectiveness.

Keeping silent on those issues means Pakatan Harapan is essentially lying to Malaysians, some of whom might not vote for them if they picked one stand over the other.

Political parties cannot please everyone. Taking a stand on anything will invariably turn off some people.

But in a democracy, voters have the right to know what exactly their candidates stand for. Otherwise, why bother voting at all? How can we judge their performance in government when we don’t know what their pledges are to begin with?

The lack of a manifesto from both Harapan and BN, when GE14 is due in about a year, shows that both sides do not expect to be judged and elected based on their policies and ideology, but based on their racial and religious identity.

It is not enough either to campaign solely on one’s promise to fight corruption because all political parties claim to be cleaner than the other.

What happens after embezzled funds are returned to the people? How will the country be governed in other sectors like the economy, education, healthcare, and security, just to name a few?

Pakatan Harapan’s refusal to spell out how they will tackle racial and religious issues means they are ideologically similar to BN and PAS, all conservative across the board and predisposed to their own community.

How is that change?

* This is the personal opinion of the columnist.

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Former MP for Petaling Jaya and DAP Publicity Chief Dr Kua Kia Soong issued a voracious attack against Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad on his proclamation to be Pakatan Harapan “Top Dog”.

MAHATHIR AS THE TOP DOG OF PAKATAN HARAPAN: AN UTTER BETRAYAL OF REFORMASI

Press statement by Kua Kia Soong, Suaram Adviser, 20 July 2017

It was bad enough when Pakatan Harapan made an alliance with the unrepentant former autocrat, but now that Mahathir has been made the ‘top dog’ of the coalition, it is the biggest betrayal of the Reformasi Movement yet.

Well, now that Mahathir has been made the Chairman of the coalition, Pakatan Harapan will have to answer for all his scandals. PH must be prepared for more than the RM30 billion forex losses incurred during Mahathir’s term.

It is not as if the former Prime Minister had sincerely become a ‘born-again democrat’ by showing a sliver of contrition, but up to now, he has not. He is not sorry for the white terror of Operation Lalang; for the political conspiracy against Anwar Ibrahim and saying on record that the latter is morally unfit to be PM because he is a womaniser and sodomiser; for squandering more than RM100 billion in the financial scandals during his term in office through crony capitalism and bailing out failed businessmen including his son…

The litany of woes inflicted under Mahathir’s rule has been well-documented and every community has its story: The 10,000 indigenous peoples who were forcibly displaced from their ancestral homes in Bakun in order to make way for yet another of Mahathir’s grandiose dam projects at a time when the project had been suspended during the financial crisis in 1998; the Indian plantation workers whose communities were destroyed through Mahathir’s neo-liberal capitalist policies and who were forced to become urban settlers; the needless communal controversies created around mother tongue education during the eighties including the Unified Examination Certificate in 1975, the National Culture Policy, the unqualified school administrators sent to Chinese schools in 1987, and others.

Let us not forget that Mahathir was also the first Prime Minister to claim that Malaysia is an Islamic state and as recently as the 2013 general election, criticised Najib for wasting public money on the Chinese voters after they had voted for the Opposition. He is also the top dog in the new ‘Pribumi’ party which is only open to ‘Pribumis’ no less.

You have to be a “Zombie Democrat” to accept such a party into the coalition that is supposed to embody the Reformasi Movement! Do the PH leaders still remember what their Reformasi programme stands for?

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On this side, though situation have significantly improved as compared as two years ago this very month when the ‘rebellion within’ trying to topple Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak was quashed, things could be much better.

A serious transformation is required, particularly on the offering of leaders for the voters to consider.

The Star story:

Analysis

Sunday, 9 July 2017

More is not merrier in Sabah

 

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Heartland politics: The Kadazandusuns are quite cohesive as a cultural group but their political alliances are all over the place.

Heartland politics: The Kadazandusuns are quite cohesive as a cultural group but their political alliances are all over the place.

The Kadazandusuns say they are ready for change but their votes are split multiple ways every general election, many of their political leaders have overstayed while the younger generation feel disconnected with the leadership.

DATUK Henrynus Amin has gone from being a small fish in a big pond to being a big fish in a small pond.

Henrynus always wears this big smile and he is one of those rare thinking politicians. He was also a big name in Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) until a few years ago when he was sidelined after losing in a fight for the No. 2 post in the Kadazandusun-based party.

He is now president of Pakar, the newest political party in an already over-crowded field in Sabah.

His friends were not surprised about his latest venture but there was dismay within the segment of the Kadazandusun community who are rooting for change in the general election.

The Kadazandusun vote is already split multiple ways and Pakar has further jumbled up the situation.

Or as Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Musa Aman has said: “The more the merrier”.

The irony is that during his time in PBS, Henrynus had tried to persuade the three Kadazandusun-based parties in Barisan Nasional – PBS, PBRS and Upko – to merge into a single entity so that the community would have a more unified and stronger voice.

When it failed, he took his unity project to the opposition parties but that also went nowhere.

So what happens? He goes off to form a new party to add to the carnival.

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Henrynus: Leading a new political party in a crowded field.

Henrynus: Leading a new political party in a crowded field.

Henrynus is known for his grassroots politics and broad Christian network. He said Pakar would be launched in the Kadazandusun heartland of Keningau where the legendary “Batu Sumpah” is located and where more about his new party would be revealed.

Kadazandusun leaders often talk about strength in unity but the trouble is that everyone wants to be the big boss. If they cannot become the leader in the party, they form a new party where they can be the leader or they join another party to get what they want.

The phenomenon is not unique to Sabah, it used to be rampant in the peninsula too until it dawned on politicians that voters are not into mosquito parties nor do they trust politicians who hop here and there.

“Henrynus is trying to provide an alternative to younger professionals who are critical of the ruling party but whether he can leverage on it to win in the general election is another thing,” said political analyst Dr Arnold Puyok.

The Kadazandusun vote is a matter of concern for Barisan Nasional. Although Barisan won most of the Kadazandusun seats in the last general election, a number of the seats were won with markedly reduced majorities.

“All the state and parliamentary seats dominated by the Kadazandusun can be considered marginal seats for Barisan, meaning that they can go either way. There are no safe seats for Barisan in the Kadazandusun areas. Our studies show that Kadazandusun support is tilted to the opposition,” said Dr Puyok.

Kadazandusun intellectuals like Prof Felix Tongkul is convinced that the community is ready for change.

“Even in the last election, they were ready for something else,” said Tongkul, who is Sabah’s foremost earthquake expert.

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Dr Arnold Puyok

Dr Arnold: The Kadazandusuns are looking for a hero figure.

He said the signal was clear as daylight in 2013 when then Upko president Tan Sri Bernard Dompok lost in Penampang to PKR newcomer Darrel Leiking who has since hopped over to Parti Warisan.

The Penampang defeat was a metaphor of the turbulence among the Kadazandusuns. The affable Dompok had so much going for him – he was the incumbent, a federal minister and he had met the Pope twice – yet he lost badly to Leiking.

But despite the overwhelming mood for change, to “tukaron bangkad” or change the shirt, the opposition parties won only five state seats and one parliamentary seat.

The Kadazandusun, said Dr Puyok, are quite cohesive as a cultural group but there is no individual figure to bring them together as a political grouping.

“There is no such thing as total unity in any community but there are too many leaders with their own interests and agenda,” said the Unimas senior lecturer in politics.

Or as Tongkul put it: “They want change but what’s the alternative? That’s when people scratch their heads.”

There are some 28 political parties in Sabah of which at least six are led by Kadazandusun figures. But the opposition parties seem unable to strike an agreement on seats.

It was every man for himself in the 2013 election and the circus of multi-cornered fights resulted in Barisan winning the state with a two-thirds majority.

The signs, said Dr Puyok, are pointing to a repeat performance in the 14th general election.

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Darrel: Warisan deputy president set to retain Penampang seat.

Darrel: Warisan deputy president set to retain Penampang seat.

The Kadazandusun’s disgruntlement with the ruling coalition range from the perception that they are marginalised in the civil service to issues of native customary land rights and religious freedom. Many of them are also unable to accept that the Federal Government calls the shots on policies affecting the state.

At one stage, the notion of secession was quite popular but that has tapered off. Reality has sunk in following the spate of kidnappings and intrusions on its eastern shores.

Sabahans realise that they need the military and federal might to safeguard their security especially with the IS-held Marawi just a boat ride away.

The religion factor cannot be discounted. Christians and Muslims have become more conscious of their respective religions. The Christians are also starting to wear their religion on their sleeves.

The mountainous road that winds from the west to the east of Sabah is dotted with the blue and white signboards indicating the presence of Catholic churches. There must have been about 80 such signs which were reportedly erected by a cancer survivor as a testimony of his faith and gratitude.

But it was also a sign of the far-reaching church network among the community.

The Kadazandusun are also quite envious of Sarawak’s ability to close its borders and the way the indigenous leaders speak up. Most of all, they envy Sarawak for being able to keep out Umno.

The anti-Umno sentiment is quite strong among them. They equate Umno’s entry into Sabah to the dilution of Kadazandusun control over state affairs and political power.

They have not forgiven Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad for “Project IC”, a covert operation granting citizenship to illegal immigrants so as to offset the Kadazandusun population.

They blame Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as being instrumental in bringing down the PBS government in 1994 and which paved the way for Umno’s entry.

Even Warisan president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal is still trying to shake off his past ties with Umno.

The undercurrent to this litany of anti-federal sentiment is that many Kadazandusun are probably still hankering for the good old days when they were the king of the hill and when their leaders controlled the state government.

But the past is unlikely to be recaptured because Muslim-majority seats now outnumber Kadazandusun seats.

Part of the discontent also has to do with the growing gap between the younger cohort and the political leaders from the community. Old is not necessarily gold in politics, many leaders have overstayed and they lost touch with contemporary expectations.

An aide to a Sabah minister said that the disconnect is all too real because 40% of Sabah constituents are below 40 years of age.

Opposition parties, on the other hand, are still dominated by figures who had fallen out with the ruling coalition or what some call “recycled politicians”.

The opposition also has its share of people who are past their shelf life and they know who they are.

The community’s most famous politician Tan Sri Joseph Pairin Kitingan, who is also Deputy Chief Minister, has indicated that he will not be contesting the next election. His exit will mark the end of an era but it will also set the stage for others to make way for younger faces.

Another over-stayer, PBRS president Datuk Seri Joseph Kurup, is said to be grooming his young and handsome son, Arthur, to contest the election. Upko’s Dompok would probably be making another go at it if he had not been defeated in 2013.

It is quite ironic that the Kadazandusun who are so suspicious of Umno are now interested in Parti Warisan which is led by Shafie, a former Umno leader.

Shafie’s events in Kadazandusun areas are still drawing huge crowds and they seem to love him. His events are well-organised and he evidently has a considerable war chest.

But a Kuching-based journalist who has seen it all said the Barisan side has yet to show their hand.

“Shafie may have a huge gas tank, but the other side probably has a gas field,” said the journalist.

It is going to be another over-crowded political carnival in Sabah.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/opinion/columnists/analysis/2017/07/09/more-is-not-merrier-in-sabah-the-kadazandusuns-say-they-are-ready-for-change-but-their-votes-are-spl/#mkv1qzByd62go00U.99

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Seemingly, in the combined complex variation of the uneasiness and distrust marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strage-bedfellows, rebellion within Pakatan Harapan component parties, unravelling of the lies and slanders against Prime Minister Najib and 1MDB issues are not actually scandals but problems, the tide has turned.

It is for BN advisers to take heed and make the necessary planning, ahead of the much anticipated 14GE.

Published in: on July 21, 2017 at 12:00  Leave a Comment  

That Dog won’t hunt!

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad admitted he is the Pakatan Harapan Mongrel, which indirectly is giving away that he would come in as the “Seventh Prime Minister” in the event the Opposition wrest power and an abstract actually being the sledge dog powering the Chinese Chauvinists of DAP to come into power.

The Star story:

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 | MYT 5:24 PM

Dr M: I’m top dog in Pakatan Harapan

PUTRAJAYA: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he is the “top dog” in Pakatan Harapan by virtue of his appointment as chairman of the Opposition coalition.

“I am one of the leaders but it is agreed that I am the chairman. I will chair the presidential council and to a certain extent in the hierarchy in Pakatan, I’m a top dog there, lah,” he told a press conference at the Perdana Leadership Foundation here Tuesday.

Dr Mahathir, who is also Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman, was replying to a question whether his position was equivalent to that of prime minister designate.

The veteran statesman was recently appointed Pakatan chairman, with his former nemesis, PKR adviser Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, named the de-facto leader and PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail the president.

Dr Mahathir had reportedly said that the everyone in the pact was “equal among each other”.

Pressed further, Dr Mahathir said a country could not have three prime ministers at the same time.

“Now, there’s only one prime minister. There’s a need of a leader to lead the respective parties,” he said, adding there was no problem between him and Dr Wan Azizah in terms of hierarchy.

“Even in Pribumi, we have a chairman and a president, who is Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin. But have you seen us fighting with each other? No,” he said.

Earlier at the press conference, Dr Mahathir challenged Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to a debate, adding it could serve as an opportunity for both of them to clear their names.

The Nothing To Hide 2.0 debate was proposed to be held on Aug 13 in Shah Alam.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/07/18/mahathir-mohamad-top-dog-in-pakatan/#21boFGTF52kUB4PR.99

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On 14 July 2017, Dr Mahathir made the call during a media conference for Pakatan Rakyat and announced the ‘New Structure of High Council’.

Top nine out of twelve Pakatan Harapan High Council positions are the Malays. The Chinese, both representative of DAP, only have two seats. None from PKR.

It is very suspicious because the Chinese Chauvinist party contributed 42% of Pakatan Harapan MPs. To be exact, 30 out of 88 MPs are DAP of Chinese ethnicity. This is the drama to front the Malays, to realise power.

 

Pakatan Harapan High Council

It is the fact that DAP has almost exhausted its ability to amass votes from the Malaysian Chinese. Any increase of votes for them would not translate to additional Parliamentary seats they can garner.

Hence, for the Chinese Chauvinists DAP to come to power, they need the Malay votes.

At large, the Malays are very suspicious and distrust the DAP, for the explicit reasons of their glaring Chinese Chauvinism, Anti-Malay and Anti-Islam traits for the past half a century.

His Majesty the King wouldn’t accommodate Tun Dr. Mahathir at arms with the Opposition, particularly his nemesis for 49 years Lim Kit Siang and DAP

DAP never made attempt to dispel this and their traits are urban legend, demonstrated too many times all over Malaysia.

These Chinese Chauvinists DAP needed the right ‘Trojan Horse’ to penetrate into the Malay hinterland votes. They tried but failed to get it through Anwar Ibrahim nor PAS, since 10 GE in November 1999.

Dr. Mahathir is the perfect opportunity to realise that. In his personal vendetta and massive bruised ego to topple Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, the third Barisan Nasional Chairman fostered a working relationship and announced it prior to his ‘Deklarasi Rakyat’ March 2016.

PAS splinter, rejected and dejected leaders formed Parti Amanah Rakyat (PAN), which  never had the ability to garner the Malay votes. In fact, they are struggling to win over the support of PAS supporters and sympathisers.

The Kedah born “Recalcitrant” politician even tried to sell his ‘Deklarasi Rakyat’ lemon to then His Majesty Seri Paduka Yang DiPertuan Agong XIV, who is also HRH Sultan Abdul Halim Muadzam Shah of Kedah, to oust Prime Minister Najib.

When cornered by journalists, he caveated his earlier masked statement about assuming to be the “Seventh Prime Minister”.

In last Friday’s media conference, Dr. Mahathir spoke about sexual deviant convict Anwar Ibrahim to be the “Eight Prime Minister”. He even revealed the plan on how the PKR de facto leader, to come back into mainstream politics.

The Rakyat especially the Malays would not be easily hoodwinked by seemingly compulsive liar Dr. Mahathir with his perpetuated lies and drama again.

More over, he is now a Chinese Chauvinists DAP puppet and trying to sell the Malay out by using his clout as a Statesman would no longer sell, despite he managed to get some of the majority sown into hatred against Prime Minister Najib, UMNO and BN.

Then again, in the heat of then the unresolved 1MDB woes the Malays were put to the test and prevailed.

*Updated midnight

 

 

 

 

 

Published in: on July 18, 2017 at 21:00  Comments (4)  

Modern Rakyat Transportation

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak officially launched the Mass Rapid Transport SBK route from Sungei Buloh to Kajang this afternoon, making a landmark of moving Malaysia forward and Lembah Klang a more liveable and productive urban area.

Astro Awang story:

MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang opens today, benefits 1.2 million people

MRT Sungai Buloh-Kajang opens today, benefits 1.2 million people

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Abd Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor during the launch of the MRT SBK line at the Tun Razak Exchange Station today. – Astro AWANI / SHAHIR OMAR

KUALA LUMPUR: The launching of the second phase of the Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) Sungai Buloh-Kajang (SBK) line today might just change the lives of some 1.2 million people staying near the facility around Klang Valley.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said apart from saving time and cost, the world class infrastructure system also acts as a catalyst of change for the people.

He said around 400,000 commuters are expected to use the 51 km route every day.”A four-coached train will be able to give a comfortable ride to some 1,200 commuters. Imagine the space needed if each and every one of them continue to use their own vehicles to commute to work.

“If the commuters were to leave their cars at home and take the train, imagine the empty space that we could have on the roads, and vehicle owners could also save time and cost,” he said after launching the new route at the Tun Razak Exchange Station here today.

Apart from offering free rides along the MRT SBK line today, Najib also announced a 50 per cent discount on the fares for the MRT, LRT and Monorail services for all users from tomorrow to Aug 31 in conjunction with the independence anniversary of the country.

The SBK line has 19 stations and will start operations at 4pm today. It will also have seven transit stations to existing rail services.

This project also could have a positive effect on the environment because 160,000 vehicles in the Klang Valley were expected to be off the roads, thus reducing 752,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emission annually.

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The 51 km line, which part completion from Sungei Buloh to Semantan was opened since 16 Dec 2016, is the answer to reduce 160,000 vehicles entering the Kuala Lumpur city limits.
There 19 stations along the SBK line where seven of them are underground. The fully air-conditioned and all the necessary amenities underground stations are designed to move 1200 passengers for each train set comprises of four carriage, at the interval of 3-4 minutes during peak time.

At the moment, there is even 4G Maxis line connectivity in the underground stations, which include the deepest of all, the TRX station at 44 metres below road level (14 floors).
It is very modern and unsurpassed compared to any global system of equivalent.
The Star story:

Monday, 17 July 2017 | MYT 3:56 PM

Najib: Malaysia’s MRT is world class

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KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said he was told Malaysia’s MRT is better the MRTs in London, New York and Hong Kong and at par with that of Singapore.

The Prime Minister said he had spoken to someone who had travelled on other MRTs and the man said Malaysia’s system is among the best in the world.

“I said, let’s try to do a ranking of MRT stations to find out where we stand in the world? The person said we are better than London, we are better than New York, we are better than Hong Kong, and we are at par with Singapore,” said Najib said in his speech when launching Phase Two of the Sungai Buloh-Kajang (MRT SBK) line here.

Najib did not reveal the identity of the man, but said that he felt enormous pride and personal satisfaction over the completion of the MRT project.

“As Malaysians, we can stand tall today that we have a world class project for the people. We are seeing not just the MRT but the shape of the future of Malaysia before our eyes,” Najib said.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/07/17/najib-malaysias-mrt-better-than-london-new-york-hong-kong/#EMvqgteDEGU0ReQG.99

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The MRT SBK line is very strategic because it passes high density suburban areas through the city centre and back into suburban areas.

It origins from Sungei Buloh, Kota Damansara, Damansara Utama-Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, Section 16, Bangsar-Damansara Heights through the heart of the city such as KL Central (through Muzium Negara), Merdeka Statdium, Bukit Bintang, Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) and all along the highly congested road of Kuala Lumpur-Kajang, passing through major Tamans.

Along the SBK route, there are 40 institution of education and 40 malls within five hundred yards of the stations.

It is the cheapest transportation system in the country where Prasarana would charge the rate of 10 sen per kilometre. A journey from Stadium Kajang to the city is now for RM3.80, for travel time of 34 minutes, anytime of the day.

 

 

 

Published in: on July 17, 2017 at 16:00  Comments (1)  

M(ahathir’s)otley Crew

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad mocked Malaysian democracy by naming the sexual deviant convict Anwar Ibrahim as the ‘Great Leader’ (Ketua Umum) of the revamped motley crew of the Opposition Pakatan Harapan to be the ‘Eigth Prime Minister’ when they come to power, failing to name the ‘Seventh’.

Pro-Opposition portal Malaysiakini story:

Anwar, Dr M on top of Harapan’s finalised line-up

8 comments     Published Today 12:29 am     Updated Today 1:45 am

Pakatan Harapan has finalised its coalition logo and leadership structure, after months of negotiations.

PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim will be the coalition’s de facto leader while Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be Harapan chairperson.

The following is the coalition’s leadership line up:

  • De facto leader: Anwar Ibrahim (PKR)
  • Chairperson: Dr Mahathir Mohamad (Bersatu)
  • President: Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (PKR)
  • Deputy presidents: Muhyiddin Yassin (Bersatu), Lim Guan Eng (DAP), Mohamad Sabu (Parti Amanah Negara)
  • Vice presidents: Azmin Ali (PKR), Mukhriz Mahathir (Bersatu), Chong Chieng Jien (DAP), Salahuddin Ayub (Amanah)
  • Treasurer: M Kulasegaran (DAP)
  • Secretary: Saifuddin Abdullah (PKR)

The decision was announced by Dr Mahathir at a press conference following the coalition’s meeting at the PKR headquarters in Petaling Jaya just after midnight today.

He was flanked by Harapan party leaders, each holding the coalition’s new logo.

Mahathir said the coalition will finalise other details in its constitution before submitting its registration to the Registrar of Societies in about a week’s time.

Harapan was supposed to have finalised its structure months before, in order to register the coalition with the Registrar of Societies (ROS).

However, the decision was postponed in order to obtain feedback from PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim over Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia’s proposal.

Bersatu had reportedly made concessions agreeing that Wan Azizah would be the president of Harapan instead of Muhyiddin.

However, Bersatu was adamant that Mahathir should be made chairperson.

‘Announcing the 8th PM’

Asked if this means Anwar will be the coalition’s prime minister candidate, Mahathir said a pardons process will be pursued by the coalition once it comes into power.There will be an interim prime minister before Anwar, he said, because the legal process for Anwar to re-enter politics could be a long one.

Asked who will be the interim PM, Mahathir said an announcement will be done later.

“We will announce who the seventh PM will be, but today we will only announce the eighth one,” he said.

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It is clear evidence that the four Opposition parties are unable to get their act together to even offer one single candidate if their coalition unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows wins the mandate of the Malaysian voters and comes to power.

It is also a strong suggestion that amongst themselves, they have a deep distrust on the personality that should be the person to lead the charge in the void currently on the irrevocable conviction of the sexual felon Anwar Ibrahim.

Pakatan Harapan is unable to name a shadow Prime Minister because their own party members, supporters and sympathisers would revolt against a name personality.

Let alone the fence sitters.

 

This is glaringly clear because each top leaders of the parties that make the composition of Pakatan Harapan are defective, have skeletons in the closets and still going around with baggages.

Wan Azizah of PKR is a personality of poor leadership, no vision, lack of ideas and in all almost all circumstances she had been in, she is disoriented, delusional or completely lost of any bearing.

She admitted on global tv that she is willing to be a ‘seat warmer Prime Minister’ if the Opposition comes to a point of commanding the Dewan Rakyat.

Sacked Deputy Prime Minister and Deputy UMNO President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd, Yassin is someone who is unable to even get support of his own party and the recent rebellion within PPBM is enough to demonstrate how weak a leader he is and not able to command his own people.

Muhyiddin also been proven to be a distrusted deputy who conspired to topple his own Boss upon PPBM Deputy President Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir’s testimony in court yesterday.

Astro Awang story:

Mukhriz admits Dr M, Muhyiddin had plans to topple Najib

Mukhriz admits Dr M, Muhyiddin had plans to topple Najib

Mukhriz filed the suit on May 3, 2016, claiming that Tengku Sharifuddin had issued two statements of a defamatory nature against him in April of that year.

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir today admitted that his father and former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin had plans to topple Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“I agree that my father tried to topple Najib and this plan started not in 2015 but much earlier, in 2014,” he said in his testimony in the High Court here.

Mukhriz, 52, who is deputy president of the opposition Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM), was responding to a question from counsel Datuk Seri Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos during cross-examination in the defamation suit brought by Mukhriz against Datuk Seri Tengku Sharifuddin Tengku Ahmad, the press secretary to the Prime Minister.

Asked by the lawyer whether he agreed that Dr Mahathir and Muhyiddin conspired to topple Najib, plaintiff Mukhriz said: “I do not want to use the word conspiracy, but they had a similar intention.”

 

Mukhriz said the matter was public knowledge, especially among Malaysians, and it had also circulated on social media and the mainstream media.

Mukhriz, who acknowledged having contested the vice-presidency when he was in UMNO, agreed with Jahaberdeen that in UMNO politics the post of vice-president was regarded as key to eventually becoming the prime minister.

He also agreed with the lawyer that he had contested for and won a post in the UMNO Youth executive committee, lost in the contest for the post of UMNO Youth chief and lost in the contest for a post of UMNO vice-president.

The state assemblyman for Ayer Hitam, Kedah, said he had no intention of becoming prime minister when he contested for a post of UMNO vice-president.

Earlier, Mukhriz, in his witness statement presented to the court, said the media statements issued by defendant Tengku Sharifuddin had tarnished his reputation in the eyes of the public.

Mukhriz, who was represented by counsel Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla, was the first witness on the first day of the hearing of the suit.

Mukhriz filed the suit on May 3, 2016, claiming that Tengku Sharifuddin had issued two statements of a defamatory nature against him in April of that year.

He claimed that the statements implied that Dr Mahathir and Muhyiddin conspired in a malicious campaign to topple a legally elected government and that the plaintiff was still involved directly in the plot of Dr Mahathir and Muhyiddin.

The hearing before Judge Datuk Ahmad Zaidi Ibrahim continues tomorrow.

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Mat Sabu who was a rejected and dejected PAS leader is simply an uneducated clown, who earn very little respect of the Malaysian public.

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is a scandalous leader who is undergoing trial for criminal charges of corruption.

Third Barisan Nasional Chairman Dr. Mahathir also lost credibility and integrity when he finally admitted that he ‘Flip-Flop’ped on Anwar Ibrahim.

The Malay Mail Online:

Thursday July 13, 2017
08:07 PM GMT+8

In an interview, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad withdrew his previous rejection of Anwar and said he would not stand in the way of the latter becoming prime minister if Pakatan Harapan wins the general election. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

 

In an interview, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad withdrew his previous rejection of Anwar and said he would not stand in the way of the latter becoming prime minister if Pakatan Harapan wins the general election. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

KUALA LUMPUR, July 13 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today admitted to the turnabouts on matters such as his views on Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, but denied he did so from fear of being prosecuted.

The former prime minister wrote on his blog to claim today that his paradigm shifts were instead motivated by his desire to challenge those whom he accused of stealing from the country.

He also said his turnabout on Anwar was not his first, saying he had done so “long before” he finally agreed to support the latter to become prime minister, despite previously saying that Anwar must never rise to the position.

“In the effort to destroy the demon, I found common ground with the parties opposed to Umno and BN (Barisan Nasional).

“I found common ground with Anwar Ibrahim. I found that Anwar and me can work together after I had made my U-turn,” he wrote on his blog today.

In an interview with British media, Dr Mahathir withdrew his previous rejection of Anwar and said he would not stand in the way of the latter becoming prime minister if Pakatan Harapan wins the general election and Anwar somehow secures a royal pardon for his second sodomy conviction.

Days later, however, Dr Mahathir appeared to shift again, when he was reported by The Star Online news portal as disputing his reported support for Anwar to become PM.

Dr Mahathir and Anwar had been considered irreconcilable foes until their recent “reconciliation”, and political rivals promptly seized on the volte-face to accuse the former prime minister of abandoning any remaining principles in his quest to remove Datuk Seri Najib Razak as prime minister.

Dr Mahathir’s son, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, testified in court today that his father has been working to remove Najib since 2014.

Critics also accused Dr Mahathir of seeking to reconcile with Anwar to prevent the latter from implicating him in Bank Negara Malaysia’s foreign exchange scandal from the late 80s to early 90s, which is now the subject of a Royal Commission of Inquiry.

The former prime minister today claimed that the RCI was not formed to investigate the losses that have been estimated to be as much as RM30 billion, but to silence critics of the Najib administration.

Since leaving Umno after failing to unseat Najib, Dr Mahathir has shifted his position on various matters, such as embracing opposition party DAP and its leaders whom he had attacked and reviled as recently as during campaigning for Election 2013.

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The offer to Malaysian voters for an interim blurrish and disoriented Prime Minister in the process of trying to deconvict a sexual felon, to come to power should be seen as nothing but a political insult of unimaginable proportions.
This is pure politics, they are attempting to shove down the Malaysian voters’ throats. A convicted sexual deviant is supposed to be a better Prime Minister for Malaysia after his blurrish and disoriented leader of a wife stand in.
This against a Prime Minister who has proven to lead the nation out of the stiffest global economic challenges, increased real economic growth per capita, rationalised subsidies and rolled out strategic projects to bring the whole nation to move forward together without any communities in any region being isolated.
The charge of ‘A Government of Kleptocracy’ is a fallacy which the Opposition is unable to prove despite intense use and co-operation of foreign media lambasting a series of rabid accusations without hard evidence.
On top of that these ‘complaints’ filed based on stories with fabricated and unsubstantiated evidence tendered as ‘proofs’ by agents of the Malaysian Opposition leaders concocted and filed with foreign authorities, to paint the ugly lie of the people and nation are being victimised through the ‘ring of international kleptocracy practices’.
In the final analysis, the motley crew of personalities with far from having pristine track record as politicians and public servants, in deep distrust of and against each other trying to sell lemons which are already been disproven. Instead, they are to be unsubstantiated compounded packs of manipulations and lies shoved into the treats of Malaysian voters, as alternative to a system which already worked so well.
Published in: on July 14, 2017 at 02:00  Comments (4)  

WM 11 Versus PNB 11

Dalam keghairahan ketamakan mencari kemenangan politik sementara melalui ‘sensasi lima minit media’, kedapatan veteran wartawan-menjadi-hartawan yang hilang kedudukan relevannya, bertindak untuk masyarakat terus mencemuh dan makin memandang rendah beliau.

Satu masa lampau Media Baron Dato’ A Kadir Jasin kini sebagai politikus Pembangkang cuba ‘mengeruk neraka’ dengan memaparkan berkenaan Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) membida beberapa no. plet pendaftaran  melalui proses biasa tender terbuka Jabatan Pengangkutan Jalan (JPJ),

Kadir juga secara rendah etika dan semangat kepertanggung jawaban (unscrupulous) memaparkan perbualan WhatsApp peribadi beliau dengan Pengerusi PNB Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar berkenaan pembidaan no plet pendaftaran.

Walaupun digambarkan persoalan dan perbualan dengan Tan Sri Wahid ialah persoalan “keperluan untuk PNB melaburkan sejumlah wang untuk mendapatkan 25 no.plet pendaftaran tersebut”, yang sebenarnya dikaburi dan muslihat yang tidak berapa licik.

Majlis Pimpinan Teringgi Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia

Ianya sebenarnya mempunyai agenda politik yang tersirat dan untuk mengukuhkan serangan kepada institiusi Kerajaan dalam usaha menimbulkan keresahan dan meniriskan keyakinan rakyat kepada Kerajaan Memerintah.

Hakikatnya, PNB mempunyai tabung lain yang dibezakan dari tabung utama bagi tujuan pelaburan, penjanaan pulangan dan pengkukuhan pasaran melibatkan syarikat-syarikat tersenarai dimana PNB mempunyai pegangan saham strategik, penguasaan atau pelaburan.

Kadir juga memaparkan Wahid menjelaskan dalam perbualan mereka bahawa pembidaan no. plet tersebut bertujuan termasuk sebahagian dari usaha ‘penjenamaan’ (branding), terutama bagi kenderaan yang sering berkunjung merata negara.

Ianya sebahagian missi antara lain meningkatkan kefahaman masyarakat, mengemaskan kinikan maklumat bagi mereka yang berada diakar-umbi dan mendekati masyarakat, terutama dikalangan 13 juta pelabur dalam 10 skim yang ditawarkan PNB.

Kos untuk membida dan mendapat 25 no. plet pendaftaran ini melalui tender terbuka biasa JPJ sebenarnya RM419,060.00. Ianya bukanlah perbelanjaan hangus kerana sebenarnya kesemua no. plet pendaftaran ini sekarang milik proprieti PNB dan dirakamkan sebagai asset dalam kunci kira-kira.

Paling penting, selepas ini PNB berhak menjual mana-mana antara no. plet pendaftaran ini terutama sekiranya ditawarkan dengan harga pasaran yang lebih tinge dari harga bida. Malah, ianya sebahagian dari amalan industri permotoran dimana no. plet. yang telah dimiliki, dijaja dalam pasaran terbuka.

Kadir juga cuba menyindir no. plet pendaftaran yang baru dimiliki PNB bukan untuk kenderaan PNB bagi tujuan “penjenamaan”, malah “kita tengok siapa akan guna nombor PNB1 atau PNB11 itu – sang dewa atau dewi penghuni kamar eksekutif atau cawangan ASB bergerak?”.

Hakikatnya, Tan Sri Wahid sebagai seorang Akauntan Berkanun yang mempunyai pengalaman meluas sebagai pemimpin korporat dipelbagai syarikat tersenarai dan industri dan juga Menteri Kabinet menjalani hidup dalam keserdahanaan.

Beliau kini menggunakan Proton Perdana bernombor plet W8D, ehsan dari Kerajaan Persekutuan setelah lengkap berkhidmat sebagai Menteri Kabinet sepanjang satu penggal Dewan Negara.

Kembali kepada tabung berasingan dari tabung utama dimana wang pelaburan. Tabung PNB ini adalah lebih RM40 billion nilainya dan diluar dari tabung bernilai RM226 billion, dimana pelaburan terkumpul lenin 13 juta pendeposit dan penyimpan melalui 10 skim unit amanah yang diperkenalkan semenjak Amanah Saham Nasional pada 1981.

Tabung PNB ini ialah dimana pelaburan selain dari sekuriti kewangan dibuat, seperti pembelian hartanah. Hartanah merupakan antara pelaburan PNB yang memberikan pulangan lumayan, terutama nilai terkumpul dan pasaran, lenin-lebih dilokasi estrategia seperti Kotaraya London.

Kadir seolah-olah naif dan tidak paham realiti untuk mensensasikan dan mengaharapkan cerita pembidaan no.plet pendaftaran ini sebagai skandal terbaru, sebenarnya bukanlah wartawan biasa yang meningkat sehingga menjadi Ketua Pengarang Kumpulan sebuah akhbar terbesar dinegara.

Tahun 1992, beliau bersama tiga orang lain, Nazri Abdullah, Mohd. Noor Mutalib dan Khalid Abdullah menguasai Realmild Sdn. Bhd., sebuah syarkat betmodal dua Ringgit yang menguasai Kumpulan NST dan Sistem Televisiyen Malaysia Bhd. (TV3), melalui Malaysian Resources Corporation Bhd.

Rasanya, tidak perlu untuk membangkitkan disini bagaimana beberapa orang wartawan dan pengurusan kanan sebuah kumpulan akhbar mampu untuk menguasai sebegitu besar syarikat dan bagaimana pembiayaan berjaya dilakukan.

Namun apa yang lebih penting ialah sebagai Media Baron, Kadir dikatakan menggunakan NST untuk mendapatkan no. plet pendaftaran ‘WM11’. Alasan yang digunakan masa itu ialah “Penjenamaan” juga.

Amat menarik untuk mengetahui apa berlaku kepada no. plet pendaftaran itu sekarang.

Kadir yang suatu masa lampau seorang wartawan dan pengarang yang disegani dan hormati, sejak dewasa ini makin terdesak semenjak menjadi politikus melalui MPT Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia.

Beliau makin terjebak dengan ‘politik longkang’, yang sememangnya berniat jahat telah secara langsung menjatuhkan kedudukan beliau sebagai wartawan yang dihormati.

Posting yang bermula dari perbuatan Kadir sendiri troll di Facebook mereka yang menghadiri Rumah Terbuka PNB Selasa 5 Julai 2017, kini dijadikan posting blog pula.

Ramai mencurigai tindakan mengkontroversikan dan mungkin mencari peluang untuk menjadikan pembidaan no. plet pendaftaran PNB ini sebahagian dari strategi Pembangkang untuk menimbulkan keresahan, mengikis keyakinan rakyat dan membangkitkan kebencian terhadap Perdana Menteri Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak.

Sekaligus, ianya serangan peribadi kepada Tan Sri Wahid dan usaha untuk meniriskan keyakinan rakyat terhadap seorang akauntan berkanun yang amat berjaya sebagai pengurus professional, sepanjang kerjaya beliau.

 

Anak kelahiran Johor Bahru, hasil kebanggan sistem MRSM dan Dasar Ekonomi Baru itu telah berjaya membawa transformasi sepanjang 15 tahun ini menggurus syarikat strategik seperti UEM, Telekom Malaysia, Maybank dan Menteri Kabinet yang bertanggung jawab mengenai hal ehwal EPU dan strategi bagi program keusahawan Bumiputera.

Kepimpinan mantap dan strategi telah terbukti bagaimana UEM menyelesaikan dan menyusun semula hutang dan TM berjaya dibezakan antara perniagaan teras, berpotensi maju dan antarabangsa dimana Axiata Bhd. telah lahir.

Laporan The Star:

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

More restructuring for PNB after value of companies rise by RM20bil

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In describing his plan of “building a distinctive world-class investment house”, PNB group chairman Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar (pic) said he wants to see PNB investee companies go back to their core activities.(Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) group chairman group chairman Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar (right) speaking to reporters at a briefing on PNB’s 2016 annual review on Monday March 27.)

In describing his plan of “building a distinctive world-class investment house”, PNB group chairman Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar (pic) said he wants to see PNB investee companies go back to their core activities.(Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) group chairman group chairman Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar (right) speaking to reporters at a briefing on PNB’s 2016 annual review on Monday March 27.)

KUALA LUMPUR: Permodalan Nasional Bhd (PNB) will continue to unlock value in its companies, encouraged by the RM20bil rise in market value of its six main listed entities.

In describing his plan of “building a distinctive world-class investment house”, PNB group chairman Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar (pic) said he wants to see PNB investee companies go back to their core activities.

He alluded to more restructuring taking place to create more “pure play” companies within the PNB stable.

“We would like our investee companies to focus on their core activities.

“For example, plantation companies focusing on improving their yields and extraction rates, as opposed to looking at other areas,” he told reporters at a briefing on PNB’s 2016 annual review yesterday.

Wahid reckons that the announced demerger plans for Sime Darby Bhd and UMW Holdings Bhd had excited the market. This, in turn, has contributed to a rise in the market value of its six main listed companies by RM20bil since the beginning of the year.

The said companies are Malayan Banking Bhd, whose market capitalisation has increased by 9.6% or RM8.1bil, and Sime Darby by 16% or RM8.8bil, while UMW has gained 34.4% or RM1.8bil, Chemical Company of Malaysia Bhd has soared 71.6%, SP Setia Bhd has jumped 11.5% and MNRB Holdings Bhd has seen its market value upped by 20.7%.

It should be noted that the local stock market has gained more than 6.3% since the beginning of the year, after three years of consecutive declines.

“The focus is on fundamentals. We want to grow our investee companies’ profits so that it reflects on their dividend payouts,” Wahid said.

Meanwhile, PNB president and group CEO Datuk Abdul Rahman Ahmad said the restructuring of PNB’s investee companies would unlikely involve divestment of stakes by the investment fund.

“There is no intention to reduce our stakes. We are very invested in the domestic public equity market.

“What we hope to achieve is enhance the value of our investee companies,” he said.

Abdul Rahman, who was made PNB CEO last October and who was previously the head honcho of national private equity firm Ekuiti Nasional Bhd, explained that value creation in companies could involve mergers and acquisitions or the spin-off of non-core assets. He added that some companies may need cost-cutting initiatives or to grow organically.

On PNB’s investment strategy, Abdul Rahman said that PNB was looking to increase its investment allocation to overseas assets, but would revisit the plan when the ringgit stabilises.

“Now is not the right time to invest abroad,” he said.

In 2016, PNB’s asset under management grew by 4.7% to RM266.51bil. The largest fund-management firm in the country paid a total of RM15.3bil in net income to its unitholders last year, which was 2.9% lower than a year earlier, dragged by the broader weakness in the local equity market performance.

A total of 98.2% of PNB’s investment is in Malaysia, while the remainder 1.8% is overseas. Some 69% of its asset allocation is in equities, 3% in private equity, 4% in fixed income and 3% in property. It has some 20% lying around in cash.

On the 2017 outlook, Wahid said PNB is bullish on its outlook for the stock market this year backed by global growth, stability in the ringgit and improvement in export activities.

“This is despite the expectations of rising US interest rates and continuing volatility in commodity prices,” he said.

According to PNB’s projections, Malaysia’s economic growth would likely pick up to 4.4% this year from 4.1% in 2016.

On the implementation of PNB’s six-year strategic plan, Wahid said it had already started early this year.

The plan, dubbed the “Strive-15 Strategic Plan 2017-2022”, was announced last year after both Wahid and Abdul Rahman took up PNB’s top management roles.

The plan aims to deliver sustainable and competitive returns for PNB’s unitholders.

“Since the announcement of the plan last November, our strategic companies such as Sime Darby and UMW have announced demerger exercises.

“We hope these would excite the market and support corporate growth in Malaysia,” Wahid said.

During the briefing, PNB announced an income distribution of more than RM1.5bil for five of its funds.

It has declared an income distribution of 6.0 sen per unit for Amanah Saham Malaysia (ASM) and 6.5 sen per unit for Amanah Saham Bumiputera 2 (ASB 2) for the financial year ending March 31, 2017.

The income distribution for ASM and ASB 2 involves a total payout of RM1bil and RM384.7mil, respectively.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2017/03/28/more-restructuring-for-pnb-companies/#ipg08W9xWpVeo1sE.99

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Baru-baru ini, nilai pasaran (market capitalisation) Maybank mencecah RM100 billion. Ini bukti kepimpinan dan strategi mantap yang Tan Sri Wahid unjurkan sebelum 2013, yang menunjukkan hasil sekarang.

Amat menarik, 48% pegangan saham dalam Maybank merupakan skim-skim unit amanah dibawah PNB. Seara singkat, pelabur dan pendeposit skim unit amanah PNB memiliki hamper RM50 billion nilai pelaburan.

 

Ini berbanding dengan Kadir, yang mendapat Realmild dengan mudah pada 1992 dan kemudian ‘bercerai’ dari Kumpulan NSTP hampir lapan tahun kemudian dengan membawa Berita Publishing Sdn. Bhd. pula, yang dikatakan sebuah syarikat media yang mempunyai 100 kakitangan.

Hari ini, syarikat penerbitan begitu banyak majalah ternama seperti Malaysian Business, Jelita, Anjung Seri, beberapa buah buku dan sebagainya itu sudah gulung tikar.

Hakikatnya, usaha malang seorang wartawan veteran yang gagal sebagai pemain korporat cuba dengan taktik kotornya untuk menjatuhkan imej sorang pemimpin korporat dan pengurus professional seperti Tan Sri Wahid, telah gagal.

 

Chartered Accountant turned investment banker turned professional turnaround manager turned corporate restructurer turned banker turned economic minister. Now, Chairman of an investment fund of RM270 billion

Mungkin Kadir patut kembali memohon agar Dr Mahathir, yang pernah ‘menghidangkan  dua buah-buahan (peluang) dalam dulang perak’ kepada beliau untuk memberikan satu lagi peluang.

Amat penting seorang pemimpin media yang begitu dihormati satu masa yang tidak lama lampau, menebus kembali sebarang maruah yang basi setelah beliau melumurkan selut dimuka sendiri.

*Dikemaskini 800pm

Kenyataan Pengerusi PNB Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar mengenai penulisan Kadir:

Assalamualaikum wbt & salam sejahtera,

Saya dengan segala hormatnya merujuk kepada tampalan blog Datuk A Kadir Jasin 8 Julai 2017 berkenaan pembidaan nombor pendaftaran kenderaan siri PNB. Izinkan saya memberikan pencerahan berkenaan isu yang disebutkan.

1. Sebagai seorang ahli korporat, saya percaya bahawa penjenamaan korporat itu adalah penting untuk memperkukuhkan penambahbaikan secara fundamental sesebuah organisasi. Ini berdasarkan prinsip atau falsafah “Form without substance will not get you anywhere. But when you combine form with substance, you will go a long way”. Falsafah korporat ini telah saya laksanakan dengan jayanya semasa menerajui Kumpulan UEM-Renong (2001-2004), Telekom Malaysia (2004-2008) dan Maybank (2008-2013).

2. Saya berbesar hati kerana telah diberi kepercayaan untuk menerajui Kumpulan PNB sebagai Pengerusi Kumpulan pada 1 Ogos 2016. Saya dan Dato’ Abdul Rahman Ahmad yang telah dilantik sebagai Presiden & Ketua Eksekutif Kumpulan telah membentangkan Pelan Strategik PNB 2017-2022 pada 26 November 2016. Pelan ini mensasarkan PNB menjadi sebuah firma pelaburan distinktif bertaraf dunia dengan 3 teras strategi utama iaitu i. Meningkatkan Pulangan Secara Mapan; ii. Memacu Kecemerlangan Operasi dan iii. Pengurusan Pelaburan Berkesan . Pasukan PNB sedang giat melaksanakan Pelan Strategik ini dan Alhamdulillah, reaksi awal pasaran amat memberangsangkan dimana nilai pasaran 6 syarikat-syarikat strategik PNB telah meningkat sebanyak RM31 bilion untuk 6 bulan pertama 2017. Pasukan PNB juga telah berjaya melaksanakan migrasi sistem teknologi maklumat (IT) semasa cuti Hari Raya Aidilfitri baru-baru ini yang membolehkan transaksi unit saham amanah ASB/ASN, dll dilakukan tanpa menggunakan buku simpanan lagi. Ini telah memudahkan lagi pelabur untuk berurusan dengan ASNB.

3. PNB telah ditubuhkan pada tahun 1978 dan bakal menyambut ulangtahun ke 40 pada tahun hadapan 2018. Kami sedang dalam perancangan untuk memperkukuhkan jenama PNB. Kebetulan siri nombor kenderaan “PNB” ditawarkan oleh JPJ untuk bidaan pada bulan April 2017. Kami telah memohon daripada Menteri Pengangkutan supaya 25 siri nombor PNB (1,2,3,8,10,11,18,20,30,50,60,70,80,90,100,111,118,200,300,400,500,600,700, 800 & 900) dikhususkan kepada PNB tanpa pembidaan. Walaubagaimanapun kami telah diminta oleh JPJ untuk membida nombor-nombor tersebut seperti umum. Jumlah bidaan adalah RM336,059 berdasarkan purata bidaan nombor siri PMY,PMX dan PMW. Ia telah ditingkatkan kepada RM419,006 untuk memastikan PNB mendapat kesemua 25 siri nombor tersebut (purata RM16,760 untuk satu nombor). Nombor-nombor tersebut adalah untuk kegunaan kenderaan-kenderaan rasmi Kumpulan PNB termasuk cawangan ASNB bergerak, kenderaan Hotel-hotel PNB Perdana, PNB Merdeka 118, dll.

4. Kami membuat keputusan berdasarkan apa yang kami fikir terbaik untuk PNB dalam jangkamasa panjang. Nombor-nombor tersebut bakal menjadi aset jenama PNB dan pembayarannya dibuat secara langsung kepada JPJ tanpa melalui mana-mana agen atau pihak ketiga. Untuk makluman, dana RM419,006 datangnya dari dana milik PNB yang berjumlah RM40 bilion bukan dari dana milik pelabur-pelabur ASNB yang berjumlah RM226 bilion. Jadi, pembelian nombor-nombor tersebut tidak akan menjejaskan pulangan kepada pelabur-pelabur sama sekali.

5. Untuk pengetahuan, Alhamdulillah saya selesa menggunakan kereta nasional Proton Perdana sebagai kereta rasmi dengan nombor pendaftaran W8D. Nombor tersebut adalah satu manfaat yang saya perolehi semasa berkhidmat sebagai Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri (2013-2016). Sebagai seorang daripada keluarga miskin yang telah diberikan pendidikan dan biasiswa di bawah Dasar Ekonomi Baru, saya amat terhutang budi kepada Kerajaan dan Negara Malaysia. Sebab itulah saya bersedia berkhidmat selama satu penggal dan membuat yang terbaik mengikut kemampuan saya.

6. Saya bersama-sama Ahli-ahli Lembaga Pengarah PNB, Dato’ Rahman dan barisan pengurusan PNB akan terus menjalankan amanah yang telah diberikan kepada kami demi kepentingan PNB, 13 juta pelabur-pelabur ASNB dan negara kita Malaysia. Sokongan berterusan rakan-rakan semua amat kami hargai.

Terima kasih & salam hormat.

AWO. 08.07.17.

 

 

 

 

Published in: on July 8, 2017 at 13:30  Comments (2)  

Lemau dan Masuk Angin

Dr. Mahathir bergambar dengan jemaah di Masjid Acton selepas Sembahyang Sunat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri, yang dipercayai terdiri dari pelajar Malaysia

Perdana Menteri ke IV Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad semakin tiris modal politik dan terpaksa meraih perhatian semasa musim Hari Raya Aidil Fitri ini kerana tidak lagi relevan dalam arus perdana politik Malaysia.

Dalam posting blog Che Det berkenaan ‘BerHari Raya di London’, jelas beliau semakin terdesak kerana tiada idea baru dan modal drama, tohmahan, fitnah dan dusta selama hampir 30 bulan ini dalam impian dan agenda menjatuhkan Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak hakikatnya gagal.

Para ketiga sendiri menunjukkan Dr. Mahathir seorang hipokrit, kerana beliau sendiri tidak melakukan apa yang diungkap berkenaan khutbah sembahyang sunat Hari Raya Aidil Fitri di Acton, Barat Laut London.

“Menyeru kepada kehidupan orang Islam seperti yang dikehendaki agama Islam – iaitu berbaik-baik sesama orang Islam dan juga dengan bukan Islam”.

Sepanjang 30 bulan ini beliau berbohong, memfitnah dan menghasut agar orang Islam membenci Perdana Menteri Najib. Ini termasuk dalam bulan Ramadan baru ini. Beliau terus-terusan menghasut dan berburuk sangka, dengan jelas niat politik jahat.

Ini tidak terkecuali mengecam orang Cina dalam MCA, walaupun parti itu pernah menyelamatkan karier politik Dr. Mahathir sendiri.

Maka itu, beliau berjaya mengekalkan mengekalkan kuasa selepas undi masyarakat Cina kepada Barisan Nasional kukuh semasa orang Melayu membelakangkan UMNO pasca episod pemecatan Anwar Ibrahim.

Presiden UMNO ke V itu memang jelas kelihatan makin terdesak, dengan andaian yang bermaksud menghasut rakyat Malaysia untuk menolak Barisan Nasional.

Dakwaan Dr. Mahathir pelajar Malaysia di United Kingdom terutama sekitar London takut dan mengelakan dii dari berdampingan dengan beliau kerana kesan tindakan mereka adalah meleset. Seperti mana biasa, tiada bukti.

Beliau sendiri menukilkan bahawa pelajar Malaysia tersebut tidak bertanyakan hal ehwal politik Malaysia.

Ianya jelas satu lagi fitnah kerana mana mungkin penaja mereka termasuk wakil Kerajaan di Pejabat Edu Malaysia beribu pejabat di Malaysia Hall akan ada butiran mengenai siapa bertanya apa, terutama pasca Sembahayang Hari Raya Aidil Fitri.

Hakikatnya, amalan biasa pegawai beribu pejabat di Malaysia Hall akan bersembahyang di Queensborough Terrace, Bayswater.

Sekiranya pelajar-pelajar ini membuat kunjungan dimana Dr. Mahathir menginap semasa di London secara rahsia, ianya lagi tidak diketahui. Sesungguhnya, beliau akan tinggal di tempat yang dijamin keselamatannya dan tidak boleh diakses, tanpa kebenaran.

Perkembangan ini termasuk faktor ucapan, kenyataan dan tulisan beliau adalah jelas bahawa Pengerusi BN ketiga semakin terdesak dan politik kepalsuan dan berpaksikan agenda peirbadi, nafsa dan ego ini makin tidak laku dan terpinggir,

Sekiranya tuntutan agama Islam agar umat Muhammad S.A.W. menggunakan kemulian Ramadan dan Syawal ini untuk bertaubat, bermaafan dan mengekalkan silaturahim terutama dikalangan sesama Islam yang bersaudara, diketepikan, malah sebaliknya terus dipetingkatan.

Maka hakikatnya secara prinsipnya Dr. Mahathir akan mengkhianati segalanya, demi kuasa, agenda peribadi dan keangkuhan dengan tafsiran sendiri akibat tidak akur kepada apa-apa sempadan.

Ini amat menyedihkan bagi seorang Negarawan yang akan berumur 92 tahun dalam seminggu lagi dan pernah satu tempoh lampau berjasa dan melakukan banyak transformasi kepada negara dan rakyat Malaysia.

Sesungguhnya biskut Hari Raya yang sangat sedap dan istimewa ramuan, rasa dan rupanya itu akan sampai satu ketika menjadi lemau dan masuk angin. Masa itu, ianya layak menjadi dedak binatang berbanding sajian tetamu terutama yang dimuliakan.

 

 

 

Published in: on July 2, 2017 at 23:30  Comments (4)  

Living On A Prayer

The partiality of media is apparent when it is selective in their stories about a flight from a very ‘friendly’ low cost carrier, when the mitigating matters could probably witness the worst air disaster in Malaysian aviation history.

The Star story:

Sunday, 25 June 2017 | MYT 5:43 PM

Perth – Kuala Lumpur AirAsia X flight turns back due to technical issues

PETALING JAYA: AirAsia X flight D7237 bound for Kuala Lumpur from Perth, Australia has returned to Perth Airport due to a “technical issue”.

AirAsia X in a statement on Sunday confirmed that the flight “landed safely” at 10am (Perth time), about three hours after it departed with 359 passengers on board.

“Passengers were attended to by our ground staff upon landing and all necessary assistance are being provided,” said AirAsia X.

It added that airline engineers are taking precautionary steps to check the aircraft.

“Guests on board the flight will be transferred to the next available flight or the recovery flight which is scheduled to depart Perth at 20:30 hours (Perth time) tonight,” said the airline in a Sunday statement.

“The safety of our guests is our utmost priority,” it said.

Passenger Sophie Nicolas who was on board the flight told Australian publication PerthNow that she heard a small explosion from the left wing.

“You could tell by the cabin crew’s reaction that it was really bad,” she told PerthNow.

She said the captain then announced the plane would be returning to Perth.

“He said ‘I hope you all say a prayer, I’ll be saying a prayer too and let’s hope we all get back home safely. It was terrifying,” said Nicolas.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/06/25/air-asia-x-flight-turns-back-perth/#MPSThhx4Bs3Lf51Z.99

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There are many issues arisen from the incident. Especially for an aircraft which has been in operations for less than two years.

The latest fleet of AirAsia A330s use Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines.

Considering the aircraft and engines are very new, it is a major global aviation interest how did the blades of the port side engine blew off mid flight when she is levelled flying 90 minutes away northeasterly over South Indian Ocean towards Kuala Lumpur.

What is more astonishing, the aircraft shook violently on the turn back towards Perth.

The Star did not even carry the story about the aircraft could be grounded for months, to the rare incident for such a new aircraft.

NST story:

The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said the investigation report on AirAsia X Flight D7237, will be released in several months.

KUALA LUMPUR: An AirAsia X airplane grounded in Perth, Australia after it was forced to turn back to the city’s airport following an engine malfunction while en route to Kuala Lumpur, may take several months to be cleared for release.

In a statement, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) said the investigation report will be released in several months.

Flight D7237, which was flying on Sunday morning with 359 people on board, was about 90 minutes into the journey when the problem surfaced.

“As a result of an in flight engine fault, the aircraft was subjected to moderate airframe vibration. The flight crew elected to return to Perth,” read the statement posted on ATSB’s website.

The bureau said it will be interviewing personnel involved, examining the engine damage, and downloading and analysing data and cockpit voice recorders.

Deputy Transport Minister Datuk Abdul Aziz Kaprawi said that the probe will involve the manufacturers of the aircraft’s engine (Rolls Royce), adding that there will be a thorough investigation not only of AirAsia planes, but other airlines which use the same engines as those on the A330 aircraft (flight D7237).

Aziz added that a preliminary report submitted by AirAsia to the Department of Civil Aviation shows that the airline had followed all mandatory maintenance and procedures required of the engine.

He said that AirAsia has been instructed to give its full cooperation to the ATSB in its investigation.

DCA director-general Datuk Seri Azharuddin Abdul Rahman said the airline will be providing a full status report after the ATSB wraps up its investigation and the airline has fully addressed the issue.

The engine must also be replaced before the aircraft returns to Malaysia, once the ATSB has wrapped up investigations.

Aviation expert Professor Dr Mohd Harridon Mohamed Suffian said roping in the manufacturer in the investigation is a good idea, as the ATSB had reported that Rolls Royce engines for Airbus have a propensity for similar issues, based on statistical analysis.

Harridon cited reports that one of the blades in one of the aircraft’s turbines had broken off.

“This would have caused an imbalance to the engine, and this in turn would have caused the engine to constantly and intensively vibrate. Even though the engine had been shut down, the turbine would keep rotating due to the windmill effect, as the aircraft is moving at a high speed of 300 knots on average.

“The windmill effect is akin to blowing high gusts of wind into the turbine and this wind causes the turbine to rotate. There were a couple of incidents within these couple of years regarding turbine blade failure in Rolls Royce engines, and some of them due to the fact that a particular batch of turbine blades were deformed materially during the manufacturing process,” he said in an interview with the New Straits Times yesterday.

Dr Mohd Harridon said that investigators must look at, among others, what took place during the flight to establish the cause of the turbine blade breaking off.

He also stressed that there should be thorough checks on the airplane’s maintenance records to establish if the proposals noted down after the checks had been followed.

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The Star is noticed to have failed to highlight that AirAsia X and AirAsia have into past lost their Airline Operating Certificate (AOC) believed mainly due to non compliance, which include failure to update the operating manual.

The Sun story:

Air Asia X investigating cause of AirAsia X-D7 237 incident (Updated)

PETALING JAYA: AirAsia is currently conducting an investigation with its aircraft engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce in finding the cause of the incident involving AirAsia X flight D7 237 which forced the plane to turn back following technical difficulties near Perth, yesterday.

In a statement, today, the low-cost carrier said it is also cooperating fully with the Australian aviation authorities.

“The safety of our guests and crew is of utmost importance to us.

“We would like to stress that AirAsia Group has always strictly followed the maintenance programme prescribed by our manufacturers,” it said.

AirAsia stressed that the airline also complied with all regulations and requirements as set forth by every country where the airline operates, including Australia.

“In Australia, AirAsia Group has also regularly passed safety and security
audits conducted by the local aviation authorities.”

The airline group has also initiated the process of undergoing voluntary Iata Operational Safety Audit (Iosa) auditing for all airlines within the group, including AirAsia X Malaysia, AirAsia X Indonesia and AirAsia Indonesia, with AirAsia X Malaysia receiving two Iosa audit certificates in 2015 and 2016.

The AirAsia X flight heading to Kuala Lumpur was forced back to Australia on Sunday morning due to a technical problem, with one passenger saying the plane was “shaking like a washing machine”.

The Airbus A330 aircraft from Perth to Kuala Lumpur experienced problems about 90 minutes into the journey.

According to other reports from the Australian media, several passengers had recorded the video of the aircraft, described as “shaking like a washing machine”, while the pilot made the announcement asking everyone on board to pray on the way back to Perth.

The aircraft eventually landed safely, with Perth Airport reporting a “technical issue”.

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The incident was made worse with the stupid and highly distasteful remark by a failed politician Dato’ Zaid Ibrahim, who attacked the Captain who encouraged passengers to say a prayer as he commandeered the aircraft back to its origin.

The Star which is a media group where the principal officer of the AirAsia Group Tony Fernandes sit in the BoD, chose to highlight the AirAsia X CEO Dato’ Kamaruddin Meranun’s attack on Zaid’s obvious faux pas.

The Star story:

Tuesday, 27 June 2017 | MYT 7:59 PM

AirAsia X Group CEO hits back at Zaid Ibrahim for criticising pilot

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PETALING JAYA: AirAsia X Group CEO Datuk Kamarudin Meranun (pix) has hit back at DAP’s Datuk Zaid Ibrahim for criticising the AirAsia X flight D7237 pilot who had asked his passengers to pray for their safety.

“What is wrong with asking for prayers in whatever religion when you are in a tight position, seeking divine intervention while doing whatever humanely possible?” Kamarudin asked.

“Making statements is always easy when you are safely on the ground,” he said.

In a post on his Facebook page on Tuesday, Kamarudin said he would have done the same thing.

“As a believer, he (the pilot) asked everyone to pray with him as he guided the plane to safety. I would have done the same thing,” he said.

He praised the pilot for being calm and in control in ensuring the safety of all those on board, and added that he stands by the pilot and his team for their decisions.

On Monday, Zaid criticised the pilot in a series of tweets saying that it was irresponsible for the pilot to urge to passengers to pray while the plane experienced distressing technical difficulties.

In a separate statement, MIC treasurer-general Datuk Seri S. Vell Paari called Zaid’s statement “irresponsible and unbecoming”.

“I find it amusing that Zaid Ibrahim has made an issue out of this incident when the focus should be on congratulating the AirAsia X pilot and his crew for bringing all the passengers of flight D7237 home safely,” he said.

The low-cost carrier flight with 359 people onboard was en route to Kuala Lumpur from Perth on Sunday but had to return to the Perth Airport an-hour-and-a-half later due to a technical issue.

Passengers had reported saying that the Airbus A330 was “shaking like a washing machine”.

The flight landed safely at 10am (Perth time), about three hours after its departure.

AirAsia X has said it is conducting an investigation into the cause of the “technical issue” together with engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/06/27/airasia-defends-pilot-over-zaid-post/#XLu0r1prydF3YIMH.99

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It is good to have a friendly media as an extension to the marketing and promotion effort for a low cost carrier such as the AirAsia Group, which business model is very reliant on the volume of take ups.

However, the media should not be noticed to be ‘kind’ in the manner of watering down or completely omitting some of the stories, especially the severity of incidents.

Especially when it comes to safety issues and non compliance or even worse, negligence.

It is very distasteful to thread and trot on the misery of others, especially after a deadly tragedy. However the doomed aircraft of the tragic AirAsia Indonesia flight from Surabaya to Singapore  has been found 19 months ago to have defective maintenance issues.

 

 

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Freeing FGV from Fiasco

Steps are being taken to untangle the mess in Felda Global Venture Bhd (FGV), which was listed five years ago to the one of the world’s premier commodity producer and end-to-end player, currently plagues with multiple controversies and alleged scandals.

NST story:

FGV crisis to end soon

(File pix) FGV chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad. Pix by Adi Safri

THE fate of Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd’s (FGV) boardroom tussle will finally be resolved this week, and the ultimate decision will depend on its golden shareholder.

After a series of statements and counter-claims from both camps — FGV president and chief executive officer Datuk Zakaria Arshad and FGV chairman Tan Sri Mohd Isa Abdul Samad — a resolution could come as early as today.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had given his assurance that the issue would be settled before the end of Ramadan.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri will be celebrated on Sunday.

Zakaria, who was forced to take leave to facilitate an internal audit, has confirmed that he will reply to a show-cause letter from the board either today or tomorrow.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, which has initiated an investigation into FGV,
has made quick progress and the probe was 60 per cent completed as at Friday.

But the key factor will be the government, or specifically the Finance Ministry, which owns a golden share in the world’s third biggest palm oil producer .

“As the golden shareholder, the government has the jurisdiction to appoint and revoke three key positions in FGV,” a source told the New Straits Times yesterday.

“The positions are that of FGV chairman, FGV president and the Finance Ministry representative to the FGV board,” the source said.

Stakeholders, including the National Felda Settlers Children Association (Anak), have offered their own proposals for resolving FGV’s woes.

FGV, one of the biggest initial public offerings in the world when it was listed in 2012, debuted at RM5.39 per share.

Its share price and market capitalisation has taken a beating since then, attributed to low commodity prices, downstream losses and management issues. FGV closed at RM1.76 a share on Friday.

Anak chairman Mazlan Aliman had last week suggested that FGV’s biggest shareholder — the Federal Land Development Authority (Felda) — call for an extraordinary shareholders meeting to vote on the re-composition of FGV’s board of directors.

This would be costly and take time, and was not likely to happen given the expected timeframe to resolve the impasse, the source said.

Anak members had also proposed that Felda chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Samad replace Isa as FGV chairman, another unlikely possibility as it would go against the best interest of good corporate governance.

Shahrir was appointed Felda chairman in January. Prior to that, Isa was chairman of both Felda and FGV.

“Remember that a month ago, Felda submitted three names to be on the FGV board,” the source said, pointing out that Felda did not currently have board representation in FGV.

Felda’s proposed nominees for the FGV board are believed to be Felda board member Datuk Abu Bakar Harun, deputy director-general in economic development Datuk Ab Ghani Mohd Ali and deputy director-general in management Datuk Muzzammil Mohd Nor.

Last week, at a breaking-of-fast programme with more than 6,000 Felda settlers in Johor, Najib said the government was committed to transforming FGV into a corporate company with high value in terms of revenue and shares.

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This afternoon, Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission invited former FGV and Felda Chairman Tan Sri Isa Abdul Samad to be interviewed and probably had his statement taken in Putrajaya.

NST story:

MACC summons Isa, wife to Putrajaya HQ

(File pix) Former Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) chairman Tan Sri Isa Samad and his wife have been called by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to have their statements recorded. Pix by Aizuddin Saad

KUALA LUMPUR: Former Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) chairman Tan Sri Isa Samad and his wife have been called by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to have their statements recorded.

Sources told the New Straits Times that the commission has summoned the couple to its headquarters in Putrajaya tomorrow at 10am.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced that Isa had voluntarily relinquished his post as FGV’s chairman, and appointed Tan Sri Sulaiman Mahbob as acting chairman.

FGV is currently being investigated by MACC for possible misconduct and abuse of power following a boardroom tussle between Isa and suspended chief executive officer Datuk Zakaria Arshad.

On June 9, the NST reported that one of MACC’s focus areas was on alleged power abuse by a top official who had allowed FGV to pay for his wife’s travels on first-class flights although she is not entitled to such benefits.

Sources said this was among the details included in the documents that had been seized by the MACC earlier this month from the FGV headquarters at Menara Felda.

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This was after a series of MACC officers visits to FGV HQ at Menara Felda in KLCC and several documents were taken away last week.

It was after FGV BoD decided that CEO Dato’ Zakaria Arshad and CFO Ahmad Tifli be forced to take leave, pending internal investigations on the alleged wrongdoings in the operations of FGV.

The Star story:

Thursday, 8 June 2017 | MYT 1:23 PM

FGV: Isa welcomes MACC probe, but refuses to resign

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- Bernama pic

– Bernama pic

KUALA LUMPUR: Saying he welcomes an ongoing corruption investigation, Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGV) chairman Tan Sri Isa Samad (pic) has rejected calls for him to step down following his public falling out with FGV’s suspended president and chief executive officer Datuk Zakaria Arshad.

Isa said there was no reason for him to resign as he did not do anything wrong.

Umno supreme council member Datuk Mohd Puad Zarkashi had on Wednesday called for both Isa and Zakaria to resign from their positions as their “open warfare” was shameful to FGV and showed that there was no consensus between the two.

“That is his opinion. Nowadays, there are so many views, some people understand and some don’t,” said Isa.

“It’s best to know the full story, which is what I’ve been saying – don’t interpret it differently,” he told reporters after presenting Ramadan aid to the needy at Menara Felda on Thursday.

Isa also said he welcomed the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s investigation into improprieties involving the company.

“That is their job. Let them do their work according to their process. My process (at the company level) is to issue a showcause letter, allow Zakaria to reply, and then we make a decision,” he said.

More than a dozen MACC officers had earlier arrived at Menara Felda here to retrieve documents belonging to Zakaria in relation to an investigation on delayed payments owed to FGV subsidiary Delima Oil Products Sdn Bhd by Safitex, an Afghan company it had dealings with.

Isa also said it was a “good move” to appoint former minister Datuk Seri Idris Jala as an independent party to offer recommendations on the suspension of Zakaria and three other senior managers.

“We welcome his appointment with open arms and, of course, we will work with him,” added Isa.

Zakaria and three others were issued a letter by Isa on Tuesday asking them to take an indefinite leave of absence pending a probe into the dealings between Delima Oil and Safitex.

The other three suspended officers are FGV chief financial officer Ahmad Tifli Mohd Talha, FGV Trading chief executive officer Ahmad Salman Omar, and Delima Oil Products senior general manager Kamarzaman Abd Karim.

Read more at http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2017/06/08/isa-welcomes-macc-probe/#Odltf153ykxY6hAA.99

Prior to the ‘suspension’ of Zakaria and Tifli, FGV Chairman Isa had asked Zakaria to resign and vacate his post.

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NST story:

Zakaria Tells Isa He Won’t Resign As CEO, Urge MACC To Investigate FGV

All were not done in accordance to Company’s Act 1965.

Isa was seen to be very arrogant in his conduct as the Chairman of the FGV BoD. Hence, he was literally brought down to size.

Bernama story as carried by The Mole:

Isa no longer chairman of FGV

by Syndicated News

Sulaiman held senior positions in the civil service and is now chairman of several companies.

Sulaiman held senior positions in the civil service and is now chairman of several companies.

Syndicated News

Written by Syndicated News

PUTRAJAYA — June 19, 2017: Tan Sri Isa Samad has voluntarily relinquished his position as Felda Global Ventures Holdings chairman and will be replaced by retired senior civil servant Tan Sri Dr. Sulaiman Mahbob.

Isa however has been appointed acting chairman of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD) also with immediate effect.

In announcing this today, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said he had earlier met with Isa and former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Idris Jala to discuss FGV’s future and Isa’s role.

“Isa voluntarily agreed to relinquish his position as FGV chairman. In appreciation of Isa’s role, I agreed to appoint him the acting SPAD chairman,” Najib told reporters after handing over keys to owners of the 1M Public Servants Housing Programme (PPA1M) Selasih here today.

Najib said that internal action will be taken to determine the legal process and through the FGV inquiry board, the decisions against the FGV Chief Executive Officer Datuk Zakaria Arshad and three other senior executives who were asked to go on leave recently.

“This is necessary as it represents the governance principle of a public listed company. The investigation does not mean they are guilty. The FGV board will make a just decision as soon as possible,” he added.

According to Najib, the restructuring reflects the government’s desire to place FGV on a firm footing and ensure a bright future for the company.

Asked why Sulaiman was named acting chairman, he said: “This is until we make a final decision. We needed a quick change. If a new person is appointed by the board, it will take a while. We want FGV to operate uninterrupted.”

Sulaiman, 68, was an independent non-executive director of FGV as well as chairman of  Telekom Malaysia and the Minority Shareholders Monitoring Group, Malaysian Institute of Economic Research and Jambatan Kedua Sdn. Bhd.

He has vast experience, having served the government for over 38 years, including as director-general of the Economic Planning Unit and secretary-general of the then Ministry of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs. — Bernama

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The announcement came after Isa had been called to meet Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak.

Despite the global economic recession in 2015-16 which affected the trade of commodity due to crash of raw oil price, FGV maintained profitability the past five years and dividend yield.

However, the market price of the stock dipped well below listed price of RM4.60. It hit bottom low recently, when the boardroom tiff between Isa and Zakaria became a nationwide headline.

It is necessary for the confidence towards FGV is nurtured back quickly. The ability to perform and pay dividend annually as a corporate entity is half of the story.

Public confidence, especially amongst the Felda settlers who were very bullish when Prime Minister Najib personally endorsed the listing of FGV and quip as “The new frontier for the FELDA community into global business” had the hope of so many of 113,000 settlers’ families.

The recovery of FGV confidence would prop back the market price and capitalisation. So many institutional investors representing the larger segment of Malaysians are the stakeholders.

 

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Misdirection of Facts

There are several ambiguities arisen from the second US Department of Justice (DoJ) announcement, which is a second almost to the first anniversary.

Considering there is no actual development since the explosive announcement made by former US Attorney General Loretta Lynch last July, DoJ did a follow up announcement.

The fact is that DoJ has never released where they get this source of information.

The Sun story:

DoJ urged to reveal identities of ‘opposition’ complainants on 1MDB

Pedestrians walk past a 1MDB billboard near the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) construction site in Kuala Lumpur on March 11, 2014. — Sunpix by Asyraf Rasid

 

PETALING JAYA: The US Department of Justice (DoJ) must come clean and reveal the identities of Malaysians responsible for filing the complaints on alleged misappropriation linked with the state firm 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Barisan Nasional strategic communication director Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan said it was clear that the DoJ’s investigation was triggered by complaints made by certain individuals to undermine the government.

He claimed those who brought the complaints were playing a part in the opposition’s plot to topple Najib and the “democratically elected government of Malaysia”.

“My suspicion is that these complainants are actually Malaysians with heinous political agenda against the Prime Minister and the government,” he said.

“Malaysians deserve to know who these complainants are and the DoJ should reveal their identities immediately …,” he said in a statement.

The DoJ in an announcement of its latest civil suits on Thursday seeks to seize another US$540 million (RM2.3 billion) in assets allegedly stolen from 1MDB. The department had last year filed a similar suit in relation to the troubled firm.

1MDB in an immediate response said the allegations raised by the DoJ which had linked the firm were not backed with proof.

Reiterating 1MDB’s stand, Abdul Rahman, who is also the minister in the prime minister’s department, stressed that the state investment arm was not the party to the civil law suit filed by DoJ.

“In fact, the assets that the DoJ alleges were wrongfully procured and seeks to seize, were in fact purchased by entities that are not legally owned nor controlled by 1MDB,” he added.

Stating the suit as filled with “various unproven allegations”, Abdul Rahman said the law suit needed to be based on provable facts and not contain baseless rhetoric.

“More importantly, the allegations made by the DoJ must first be proven in a court of law, before it can be accepted as fact,” he added.

He also reminded that the 1MDB had previously been placed under scrutiny of the Public Accounts Committee, which the bipartisan parliament team had not found any evidence of misappropriation.

Meanwhile, Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said the DoJ should take legal action against Malaysian Official 1 (MO1).

Hishammuddin, who is Umno vice-president, added the DoJ is being “irresponsible” and would only loose its credibility for continuously making “baseless” allegations, without considering a legal action.

“If DoJ has proof, they should charge those they accuse. Don’t make baseless statements.

“This is justice, Those who are accused can explain and given a chance to clear their names.

“If they (DoJ) accuse and no (follow up) action, then their credibility should be questioned,” Hishammuddin said during a press conference after a briefing session on the party’s handbook on the 14th general election held at Putra World Trade Centre.

Hishammuddin explained by press charging, the DoJ will have a chance to confront the accused and settle the issue legally.

He added the DoJ will do a “big favour” to everyone by revealing who MO1 actually is should a trial be held.

“(MO1)could be anyone, people would want to spin it the way they want it to.

“This is all speculation, if they have proof they should charge, but until then, how would we know who is actually MO1,” he said.

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The arise the question why are they not transparent about it.

1. Compared from the previous leak where they have distorted the facts.

2. US authorities until today has not made an official request for evidence. Hence, they have no formal evidence to and with no official request Government-to-Government, they cannot use any evidence in court.

That is why they are taking civil action, because its based on informal leaked information which they are unable verify if its accuracy, veracity and genuine information.

The fact is that DoJ actually has nothing but unfounded leaked information which is neither can be validated nor accurate.

The interregnum period between the two administrations (Presidents Obama and Trump) which DoJ had no action made against AG Lynch’s pronouncement last July is evidently  clear they have nothing tangible to work with and on.

All except hearsay.

The third para stated on the DoJ press release on 15 June 2017:

“According to the complaints, from 2009 through 2015, more than $4.5 billion in funds belonging to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) was allegedly misappropriated by high-level officials of 1MDB and their associates”.

What is even more interesting is the last para.

“A civil forfeiture complaint is merely an allegation that money or property was involved in or represents the proceeds of a crime. These allegations are not proven until a court awards judgment in favor of the U.S.”

There is a strong probability of the civil action to recover assets in the various forms listed vis-a-vis against individuals might fail due of lack of credible evidence.

Otherwise, many pondered on how did DOJ get so “alleged” accurate information from A-Z of everything which went on and about 1MDB and all related transactions.

It is interesting to track on the origin of this leak.

On the same note, DoJ has never requested for any evidence which has been investigated in Malaysia, by any of the authorities.

Needless to say it is very usual for US Government to very aggresive in requesting for evidence from friendly nations, which include Malaysia. More over, when it is about money laundering.

Why is it taking so long for this announcement to be made? Why is it takse so long to only to take civil action?

It is unusual for US law Enforcement agencies especially in the likes of FBI to be inefficient.

The next question is which US law enforcement agency contacted any of the Malaysian law enforcement agencies for anything with regards to this informal information?

Any international co-operation between US and Malaysia must be through the Attorney General Chambers. That is within the ambit of the US-Malaysia treaty on Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters.

The fact is that for the past year any informal communication between any Malaysian Enforcement Agency is informed to AGC.

This is the clear evidence this episose of political drama by DoJ is based in leaked and distorted information.

That itself is a miscarriage of justice.

To add icing to the conspiracy, WSJ which has been proven to fabricate their stories in the effort to sensationalise and make the 1MDB issue as contentious, been quoting “unnamed sources”.

This misdirection of facts is compounding to an unbelievable story a malfeasance in office, for those in the US DoJ.

Published in: on June 18, 2017 at 23:51  Comments (14)