“Tok Arab gila!”

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir admitted he is aware about the “RM690 million donation” and the Malaysian Attorney General proclamation of “No wrong doings” at OIC summit in Istanbul on Thursday.

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad would have no choice to accept it despite him not believing in it, which in his own words “Tok Arab gila!”

However, the man-possessed obsessed Statesman is not known to have the humility of being a gentleman and admission of defeat nor guilt.

Published in: on April 16, 2016 at 13:00  Comments (7)  

Another compounded failure

Another Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad sordid and pathetic attempt to topple Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, sank before the ship is even in open sea when Opposition Leader Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail backed off from his ‘Save Malaysia Campaign’.

The Malay Mail Online story:

Why Dr Wan Azizah won’t have anything to do with Dr M-led Save Malaysia group

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal
Published: April 13, 2016 06:53 AM G

KUALA LUMPUR, April 13 — PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail has unsheathed her claws against Save Malaysia frontliner Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, revealing at last her reasons for refusing to join the movement seeking to oust the ruling coalition.

The mild-mannered Dr Wan Azizah, who replaced Anwar as opposition leader after her husband was jailed for sodomy last year, previously stated she would not be a part of the non-partisan movement but was coy on why she stayed away.

She opened up to Malay Mail Online yesterday, after Dr Mahathir’s interview with The Australian, where the former prime minister said that Anwar did not have the morals to lead the country.

“I regret Dr Mahathir should choose to continue to express rancour and venom against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. This persists despite Anwar’s magnanimity in forgiving Mahathir’s previous excesses.

“But when he chose to repeat the scurrilous attacks on Anwar’s character using the same institutions he had helped control and wield influence over, and now chooses to attack, I think that is nothing short of being unacceptable,” Dr Wan Azizah said.

Dr Mahathir has in the past repeatedly attacked Anwar’s character and used the latter’s sodomy charges to justify why he could never become prime minister.

In the same interview with the Australian paper, Dr Mahathir also said Anwar — who will be 69 in August — is “too old” to become the country’s next prime minister.

Dr Wan Azizah also sought to explain her position regarding the Save Malaysia group which has been endorsed by other federal opposition lawmakers as well as civil society leaders and even some Barisan Nasional (BN) veterans.

She said the group, led by Dr Mahathir, should not just be about removing the current prime minister, but must also seek to meet the public’s demand for institutional reform.

“First I believe the declaration should be expanded to one that meets people’s demand for institutional reforms and concrete actions to see the end to endemic corruption,” she said, referring to the Citizens’ Declaration mooted by the Save Malaysia movement.

“Secondly Dr Mahathir must understand in any meaningful collaboration with the opposition and civil society, we cannot opt for autocratic methods because we have worked throughout based on consensus; prioritising the welfare of the people particularly affected by the current economic malaise and flawed governance,” she added.

The Permatang Pauh MP said that Dr Mahathir must learn to accept the fact that it was not up to him, but voters to decide on who should lead the country.

“Controlling mindsets only represent the old order,” Dr Wan Azizah said in a veiled reference to Dr Mahathir.

Dr Mahathir, together with politicians from both sides of the divide and civil society, launched the Citizens’ Declaration on March 4 in a movement called Save Malaysia to push for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s resignation.

The former prime minister was allowed on stage during Pakatan Harapan’s protest against the Goods and Service Tax last week and was also seen attending the Bersih 4 rally last year.

– See more at: http://m.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/why-dr-wan-azizah-wont-have-anything-to-do-with-dr-m-led-save-malaysia-grou#sthash.Y9CfAIog.dpuf

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This is another series of failures, since the Statesman attacked Prime Minister Najib openly attack in March 2015. His full intention of ousting the leader which 160,000 delegates endorsed as the President in the last UMNO party elections (November 2013) and Malaysians voted (BN won 133 seats of 222 Parliament seats in 13GE May 2013).

A year ago Tun Dr. Mahathir lied by alleging that Prime Minister Najib is responsible for “RM42 billion lesap” (missing) from 1MDB’s coffer and completely refused any explanation on the matter. He didn’t want to wait until the investigators completed their work.

It turned out that the figure was recorded as ‘Borrowings’ in the Annual Report YE31March2015 and was properly audited by international audit firm Deloitte and submitted to Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia.

The findings of Public Accounts Committee tabled to Parliament on 7 April 2016 in a report about 1MDB also confirmed that Tun Dr. Mahathir lied when he used the amount as “Lesap”, in the attempted to create a scandalous opinion and demonise Prime Minister Najib.

He then on got his minions to do a run on Tabung Haji, with the controversy on the 67,954 sq. ft. plot acquisition within Tun Razak Exchange (TRX), crying foul that the “Unassuming and innocent old folks’ life savings for Hajj being looted for 1MDB bail out”.

However, that failed.

Then he tried to instigate then Deputy Prime Minister to pressure Prime Minister Najib upon the WSJ alleged report of “Personal monies originated from 1MDB was deposited into Prime Minister Najib’s accounts”.

Then the Attorney General as part of the conspiracy, quickly form a ‘Special Task Force’ to investigate and ready to charge him with false information, was to add to the pressure. That failed too.

The Fifth UMNO President trying to use through party vines, to create the deep satisfaction amongst grass roots at Division Level meetings. He got a few to actively hype the notion that UMNO delegates at December party AGM would force the pressure for Prime Minister Najib to resign.

That failed too.

He was out to do political stunts. Even the ones which breaks the law and the lines he himself drew, when he was the Prime Minister and till the last BERSIH 3.0.

He actively campaigned for MPs to vote no confidence against Prime Minister Najib. At one time, he even went around saying in his speeches that the Speaker of Dewan Rakyat expressed (to him in confidence, of course!) his dissatisfaction and wanted to resign.

That failed too.

Then his son Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir instead was ousted as Menteri Besar Kedah out of a rebellion of party leaders and elected representative. The Fourth Prime Minister summarily quit UMNO, in reaction to his son’s ousting.

That didn’t carry any traction.

Tun Dr. Mahathir at arms with the Opposition, particularly his nemesis for 49 years Lim Kit Siang and DAP

Tun Dr. Mahathir at arms with the Opposition, particularly his nemesis for 49 years Lim Kit Siang and DAP

On 4 March 2016, he joined forces with all of his nemesis and former political enemies which include NGO leaders, to do a ‘Mahathir Declaration’ for a mass petition, to demonstrate the rakyat’s wish for Prime Minister Najib to resign.

It drew tremendous flak from UMNO and once his staunchest supporters, for willing to work with Chinese Chauvinist DAP in the likes of Lim Kit Siang, Theresa Kok, Tony Pua and anarchists like Hishamuddin Rais, Maria Chin and Ambiga.

He tried to coax the Opposition, to do a series of roadshow campaign to drum up public support and sign his ‘Mahathir Declaration’ petition.

That failed too. It did not get the attention and traction he hoped for.

He even admitted that the path and actions that he is taking and trying to get at least a million Malaysians to do is “Unconstitutional” and trying to drag His Majesty Seri Paduka Baganda Yang DiPertuan Agong and HRH Malay Rulers to pander into his politics is really despicable.

Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad should be investigated for sedition.

Today, another failure presented itself as the man still is bent of his goal and trying to use the Opposition to achieve it when he failed through his usual channels.

However, the Opposition Leader said that is Tun Dr. Mahathir who needed them more than they needed him. It is obvious that for over five decades, the man is Opposition’s Numero Uno.

All these compounded to the fact that while Tun Dr. Mahathir is obsessed of trying to topple Prime Minister Najib come what may, all his moves which demonstrated his desperation to succeed on his sordid desire failed at every step.

What he personally gained is probably in teaching so many younger Malaysians really bad examples. Disrespect the law even to a point of doing ‘Unconstitutional move’ to achieve whatever you interpret as important and right thing to do.

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Tun Dr. Mahathir’s minion Khairuddin Abu Hassan failed to undermine the authority and validity of His Majesty SPB YDP Agong’s appointment of Tan Sri Apandi Ali as the Attorney General and carrying out his duties, which include charging him and fellow economic saboteur Matthias Chang.

The Sun story:

Khairuddin fails to strike out charge

Posted on 13 April 2016 – 02:53pm
Tamarai Chelvi
newsdesk@thesundaily.com

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Khairuddin Abu Hassan (pix) failed in his bid to strike out his charge after a High Court dismissed his application on the grounds that it has no jurisdiction to determine the validity of the appointment of the Attorney General (AG), today.

High Court judicial commissioner Nordin Hassan said Yang Di-Pertuan Agong (YDP) appoints AG on the advice of the Prime Minister and the “prerogative” powers of YDP is “non-justiciable” by the court.

“The court has no jurisdiction to determine the validity of the appointment of the AG, who was appointed on July 27, 2015,” said Nordin. He said he obtained the date from one of the affidavits filed in the court, for the case.

“Preliminary objection (by the respondent) is allowed and the application filed on Feb 4, 2016 is rejected,” said Nordin.

On Oct 12, last year, Khairuddin and Matthias Chang were charged with attempting to sabotage banking and financial services in the country between June 28, 2015 and Aug 26, 2015, at several location such France, United Kingdom, Singapore, Switzerland and Hong Kong.

The charge for attempting to commit sabotage under Section 124L of the Penal Code, which is punishable for a maximum of 15 years jail.

On Feb 4, 2016, Khairuddin had filed a notice of motion stating the charge for attempt to be struck out or set aside as the AG Tan Sri Apandi Ali has no valid power to prosecute him, under Article 145 of the Federal Constitution on Oct 12, 2015.

He claimed that AG did not have power on Oct 12 as the former AG Tan Sri Gani Patail’s termination of service was contrary to Article 145 (6) of the Federal Constitution.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Mohd Abazafree Abbas raised preliminary objection saying Khairuddin is abusing court process as the issue of the legitimacy of the appointment is not under the jurisdiction of the court.

He said the application is “non-justiciable” by the court and it is a “premature” application. He said the notice of motion should be heard before a Session Court, which presides over the case and not the High Court.

He also said the applicant should file a “judicial review” and not by way of notice of motion.

However, Khairuddin’s lawyer Haniff Khatri Abdulla said on the validity of the charge, which was framed against his client. He said the charge can only be framed by a legitimate AG.

Therefore, he said the issue of the appointment affects directly to his client’s charge.

He also submitted the subject of the application is not that Apandi cannot be appointed as AG but whether there was a legitimate “AG” at the time, when the charge was framed against his client, on Oct 12.

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Published in: on April 13, 2016 at 10:30  Comments (3)  

Splenetic Sabahan

Semporna MP Dato’ Seri Mohd. Shafiee Apdal is incorrigibly splenetic in sordidly aggravating an issue which Malaysia considered resolved by suggesting in Parliament to resolve the kidnappings,  the Philippines’ claim over Sabah should be brought to International Court of Justice (ICJ) to be resolved once and for all.

The Star story:

Tuesday, 5 April 2016 | MYT 8:27 PM

Lawmakers: End Sabah kidnappings ‘once and for all’

 

BY MARTIN CARVALHO, HEMANANTHANI SIVANANDAM, andSUZANNE LAZAROO

KUALA LUMPUR: MPs from both sides of the divide have called for a “once and for all” solution to end kidnap-for-ransom incidents off eastern Sabah.

A vocal Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal (BN-Semporna) demanded for a White Paper on the kidnappings in Sabah and that the Philippines government be held accountable.

“I am very disappointed that Sabah’s security and sovereignty of the nation are discussed only through a motion.

“It is time we have a White Paper on the matter,” the former Cabinet member said, adding there were nine kidnappings in the state between 2012 and 2016.

He said this when debating the special motion filed by Datuk Datu Nasrun Datu Mansur (BN-Silam) in the Dewan Rakyat on Tuesday.

On April 1, four Sarawakian sailors were kidnapped off Pulau Ligitan along the Malaysia-Philippines border in the Celebes Sea.

Shafie also lamented the lack of enforcement of the sea curfew in eastern Sabah, saying there were still boats plying the waters at night.

He also laid blame on the Philippines’ claims over Sabah which he said had contributed to the intrusions.

“We must settle all this once and for all and refer this to the International Court of Justice,” said Shafie.

Datuk Jumat Idris (BN-Sepanggar) proposed that it was high time the navy based its warships in the affected areas and conduct aeriel patrols.

“Indonesia sent five warships and two planes to save 10 of its citizens who were kidnapped by the Abu Sayyaf,” he said.

Jumat said if Malaysia is unable to solve the issue alone, then it should ask for international help.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim, in his winding-up speech, said the Government has taken immediate steps to ensure that the situation does not escalate.

He said these include the temporary suspension of barter trade activities in the waters there.

“We will also postpone the launching of the passenger ferry service to Philippines, which was supposed to start on May 1.

“Stern action will be taken against vessels found violating the curfew,” he said, referring to the Eastern Sabah Security Command’s dusk-to-dawn sea curfew.

Shahidan explained that syndicates behind the kidnap-for-ransom acts had changed their tactics and are now targeting slow-moving and less protected targets.

He said they no longer target island tourist resorts and fish farms because they are now well protected.

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The issue is so obsolete if not totally irrelevant to the several kidnappings, off the coast of Sabah.

First of all, Malaysia does not recognise these claims made by neither the Philippines Government nor the reminiscence of the Sulu Sultanate.

Secondly, Ii is a constitutional fact that Sabahans already made their choice to join Federation of Malaya in the formation of Federation of Malaysia, which was enforced on 16 September 1963 by an international treaty and recognised by United Nations.

Thirdly, it has been settled that Spain which annexed and colonised the Sultanate of Sulu denounced its claim on Sabah 1885, which was later part of the British Crown Colony as British North Borneo.

The Brief on the Kingdom of Spain cessation and colonisation of the Sultanate of Sulu and later in 1885, denounced it in favour of British North Borneo

The Brief on the Kingdom of Spain cessation and colonisation of the Sultanate of Sulu and later in 1885, denounced it in favour of British North Borneo

Fourthly, Shafie must be able to do a bit of research that the treaty of the lease on what is today the east half of Sabah to the Austrian emissary to Hong Kong and British North Borneo Chartered Company in 1878, was ceded after Spain colonised the entire Sultanate of Sulu.

Fifthly, Shafie as one time Deputy Minister of Defence must understand and appreciate that the kidnappers that have been terrorising in the Sulu Sea are members and splinters of the brutal Abu Sayyaf militant group.

That itself is  a rogue splinter off the Moro International Liberation Front (MILF) and today present themselves are nothing more than as a bunch of criminals.

Fiery Cross Reef, which is Cina PLA-Navy newest military installation in the disputed territories which the China name as the 'Nine-Dash-Line'

Fiery Cross Reef, which is Cina PLA-Navy newest military installation in the disputed territories which the China name as the ‘Nine-Dash-Line’

They are not freedom fighters. They are ruthless common criminals, who prey on innocent tourists, sport diving enthusiasts, fishermen and sea man of merchant shipping that ply the Sulu Strait. They show little mercy and capitulate hostages heads, to obtain their goals.

The Sulu marauders are plying the Sulu Strait ad Eastern Sabah Sea for prey, and the modus operandi is to demand for USD millions as ransom to release the hostages.

They should be dealt as criminals and act according. Regardless under United Nations Convention Laws of Seas (UNCLOS) or the Malaysian Police Act, Maritime Act, Penal Code, UNCLOS and other existing laws.

Map showing Chinese construction in the disputed Spratly Islands

Map showing Chinese construction in the disputed Spratly Islands

Shafiee of all Parliamentarians must know all these intrusions and acts of crimes are within the jurisdiction of the police and internal security, to  manageme issues in an SPV East Sabah Command (Esscom)..

Shafiee Apdal Gäng Loceng theatrics is very animated, designed instigate this who are  confused of acts

There is no requirement to take operational  and tactical issues under Esscom to be escalated for Foreign Office (Wisma Putra) make it an issue at the senior officials’, minister’s and eventually head of government’s agenda to discuss at the layered ASEAN dialogue and summit.

It is being handled quite well now, in the midst of the complexity of various layers on international law and UNCLOS thrown into it,

Shafiee, on one side should pelted with rotten tomatoes and tosses with fowl eggs for his gravely sordid attempt to regain whatever bits leftover of his standing, as a skeptic and rogue mainstream politician who last July got sacked from Cabinet.

Shafiee would do his outrageous claim aloud, to sublimely trick everyone’s attention by tossing a spanner-in-the-works for , for all the intense improductive debate go back and forth, at the gross expense if the real, opportunity to work and resolved issues

It is just time for prominent Sabah leaders starts calling Shafie names. In good times, it was “Lanun”.

Published in: on April 6, 2016 at 01:59  Comments (2)  

Seditiously instigating

Statesman and Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad probably committed sedition by instigating the rakyat to rise and demand that HRH Rulers force the resignation of Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak.

He admitted that His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong had constitutional powers to appoint a Prime Minister but not to dismiss one.

The Fifth UMNO President used the excuse of the UMNO experience in May 1946 where the masses, demanded HRH Malay Rulers to reject the Malayan Union even after they have inked the creation of the crown colony.

Since Kemerdekaan, Federation of Malaya (Malaysia after 16 September 1963) has been governed based on the Federal Constitution where the Westminster-syled constitutional monarchy system adopted is carefully provided and mentioned. This include the formation of the Federal Government and appointment of a Prime Minister.

It must be seditious for him to go around instigating the rakyat to demand His Majesty SPB YDP Agong and HRH Rulers to defy the Federal Constitution, just to satisfy to meet his political desire for Prime Minister Najib be ousted.

It is two more full years before Prime Minister Najib has to present to His Majesty SPB YDP Agong for the consent to dissolve the current 13th Parliament. Till then, Prime Minister Najib has the constitutional right to remain as the Malaysian Prime Minister.

It is also very irresponsible for Tun Dr. Mahathir to work towards the oust of Prime Minister Najib without having a consequential successor suggested as a successor.

Tun Dr. Mahathir to attempt to rile the rakyat up against Prime Minister Najib without thinking he consequence is no different to the ouster of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and Arab Spring against Libyan leader Col. Mummer Gaddafi.

Both nations never recovered from the ugly consequence of the ouster of the said leaders.

In the global challenges of volatile economy, organised terrorism, geo-political conflict and humanity issues, Tun Dr. Mahathir placed his own political agenda and interpretation of disqualification of the Prime Minister without providing proofs ahead of the nation’s interest.

His latest manoeuvres proven that he is not shy even committing crime of sedition, to serve his goal.

Published in: on March 30, 2016 at 01:43  Comments (2)  

Another game is afoot

The hunt on Penang Chief Minister and Chinese Chauvinist DAP Mini Emperorissimo Lim Guan Eng is drawing in the target closer into the crossed hair-line, for the killing shot be made as the one time political predator has been making mistakes.

The Star story:

Wednesday, 23 March 2016 | MYT 11:43 PM

Rahman Dahlan makes fresh allegations against Guan Eng

More in News
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan (pic) has produced what he claims is fresh evidence of corruption against Lim Guan Eng (DAP-Bagan).

The Urban Well-being, Housing and Local Government Minister said he would submit the documents to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to aid investigations against Lim, the Penang Chief Minister, over controversial land and property deals.

Abdul Rahman, who was wrapping up his ministry’s reply in the Dewan Rakyat, said he received documents showing the company had bought a plot of land meant for affordable housing, but was later converted into a hospital and hotel project.

“I will submit the documents to the MACC to facilitate their investigations. I am sure those named will be called for their statements to be recorded,” he said.

According to him, the documents revealed that the company did not intend to develop the land but instead planned to dispose it to a third party.

Rahman said the land at Taman Manggis had initially been gazetted by the state government to build affordable houses in the state, which Lim claimed he knew nothing about.

“He has disappointed the people of Penang, as the land was meant for the lower-income group, but was instead sold to a company for a private project,” he said.

Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham (DAP-Beruas) challenged Rahman to repeat his allegations outside the Dewan.

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Lim in his sordid attempt to manipulate the sentiment of MPs in augur house through challenging the Deputy Speaker on being called as a ‘Liar’ for allegations that Federal Government through the Ministry of Urban Wellness, Housing and Local Authorities (KPKT) determines of the price of affordable homes including in Penang, failed.

His protests and recalcitrant above being conduct unbecoming a member of Dewan Rakyat got him and fellow Opposition MP Anthony Loke (DAP Rasah) got ejected by the Deputy Speaker.

The Star story:

NationHome > News > Nation
Thursday, 24 March 2016 | MYT 12:01 AM

Guan Eng: I was ejected from Parliament for defending Standing Orders

 

BY D. KANYAKUMARI

KUALA LUMPUR: Lim Guan Eng is claiming that his ejection from Parliament Wednesday shows that debates in the Dewan Rakyat are not conducted in accordance with Standing Orders.

Lim, who is Bagan MP, said it was disappointing that Deputy Speaker Datuk Ismail Mohamad Said could deem the use of the word “bohong (lies)” as parliamentary.

“It was decided in 1986 that it was unparliamentary for anyone to use it.

“Anyone who used this and did not retract it gets kicked out, but this time the person trying to defend the Standing Order was the one ejected,” he said.

Ismail had ruled that Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan Abdul (BN-Kota Belud), when using the word “bohong”, was referring to what Lim said, and not directed at him personally.

Lim, speaking to reporters at Parliament lobby, claimed this was the first time an MP was ejected for defending house rules.

“He (Abdul Rahman) wasn’t talking about facts. All he said was ‘the one who is lying is Bagan’.

“The fact that it was me who was ejected is an indication that the whole debate was not conducted according to Standing Orders,” said Lim.

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Rahman’s allegations, which he said would be passed to MACC for investigations and all the details about the controversial purchase of his rented detached house  of seven years at 25 Jalan Pinhorn at RM2.8million last October, would land Lim in a boiling caldron.

In a note by the Penang Land Authority, the property was value at RM4.8 million, to determine the RM122,000 per annum quit rent.

Blogger Lim Lian See has the complete analysis of the said property deals.

The property deal Rahman was mentioning is his speech to rebut his Ministry’s debate time in Dewan Rakyat, was the land meant for housing for the poor (PPRT) was hived off the a private developer with the initial story of building a private hospital.

It is believed that they are some linkage between the personalities in acquisition of the Kg. Manggis land by KL International Dental Centre and the sale of the no 25 Jalan Pinhorn bungalow which was sold at RM2.8million, where as that they are believers that the property is worth RM6 million.

The Mini Emperorissimo Lim finally got comfortable and wanted to make Georgetown his based and the moment he if off guarded, that is when he has become the predator instead of the victim. And the younger Lim knows, its a difficult hunt to get out of from.

Published in: on March 24, 2016 at 05:00  Comments (2)  

Legisperitis cum non malitia

The rogue lawyers within Bar Council who tried to run Attorney General Tan Sri Apandi Ali down at their AGM on Saturday, in their effort to realise the Oppositions’ strategy to topple Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s leadership, failed when it is interpreted that decision on criminal cases made by the Public Prosecutor is not opened for Judicial Review.

The Star story:

Monday, 21 March 2016 | MYT 9:51 PM

A-G’s decision to prosecute not subject to judicial review, says former top judge

KUALA LUMPUR: Case law states that the power of the Attorney-General over criminal matters and his decision whether or not to prosecute is not open to judicial review, says former Chief Justice Tun Zaki Tun Azmi (pic).

He cited two cases where two former Lord Presidents – Tun Mohamed Suffian Hashim and Tun Mohamad Salleh Abbas – affirmed that the Federal Constitution is clear about the A-G’s powers.

“Tun Suffian’s learned decision in Long Samat v Public Prosecutor in 1974 provides a nice backdrop to the controversy raging today about the nature of the Attorney-General’s prosecutorial powers.

“Courts cannot compel (the A-G) to institute any criminal proceedings which he does not wish to institute or to go on with any criminal proceedings which he has decided to discontinue,” he said.

In a similar vein, Zaki said Tun Salleh Abas in PP v Zainuddin in 1986 stated that the Constitution gave the A-G “an exclusive power respecting direction and control over criminal matters” and “his decision is not open to any judicial review”.

Zaki also said that any resolution by an NGO to call for the A-G’s forced resignation had no effect whatsoever in law because he was appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong on the advice of the Prime Minister under Article 145(1) of the Constitution and he holds office at the pleasure of the King.

The A-G’s powers over prosecution, he said, were prescribed by Section 376 of the Criminal Procedure Code and under Article 145(3) of the Federal Constitution.

“Under Article 145(3), the Attorney-General shall have power exercisable at his discretion to institute, conduct or discontinue any proceedings for an offence, other than proceedings before a Syariah Court, a native court or a court-martial,” Zaki said.

However, the former Chief Justice said, it was not within the A-G’s power to order investigative agencies to discontinue their investigations or close their files.

“They remain free under their parent law to do their work diligently and independently, to close or reopen their files and to submit and re-submit their findings to the AG for his prosecutorial decision,” he said.

Zaki, however, believed that in a Constitutional democracy, no power can be absolute or unfettered in the sense that its recipient was free to abuse his position, act mala fide (in bad faith) or with bias.

“Public office is a public trust. All public powers must be exercised in good faith, in a neutral, detached manner, in accordance with the existing law and with the public interest in mind.

“Words such as ‘absolute’ and ‘unfettered’ to describe the power of a constitutional agency are anachronistic and must be discouraged,” he said.

Zaki asserted that abuse of power is not condoned by the Constitution, but it must also be made known that not every issue of state is required automatically to end up in the lap of the judiciary.

Constitutional and administrative law has always recognised some clear limits on what is subject to judicial scrutiny, he said.

Zaki however stressed that although a decision was non-reviewable in a court it did not imply that the authority concerned was above the law and was free to act arbitrarily.

“It simply means that the decision is unsuitable for judicial scrutiny.

“Other, more adequate, alternative remedies may exist, for example a parliamentary inquest during question time, an electoral censure during elections or an enquiry by a Royal Commission,” he said.

Zaki said that in criminal cases, whether credible evidence exists or whether the evidence is adequate to mount a case and whether the evidence is rebuttable in reply are questions for the A-Gs discretion.

“He determines ‘all important questions of policy … and the attitude to be adopted by the prosecution towards material objections raised or demands made by the accused with respect to the evidence,” he said, alluding to the case of PP v Datuk Harun Idris in 1976.

Zaki said that in Malaysia courts could not order a prosecution on their own initiative or on a complaint from a citizen. – Bernama

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The Bar Council on Saturday won by a slim majority to call for AG Amanda’s resignation.

Channel News Asia story:

Malaysian lawyers call for Attorney-General’s resignation

Many lawyers believe there was a conflict of interest when Attorney-General Apandi Ali ordered the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to cease corruption investigations into Prime Minister Najib Razak.

By Sumisha Naidu, Malaysia Correspondent, Channel NewsAsia
Posted 19 Mar 2016 13:19 Updated 21 Mar 2016 17:44

KUALA LUMPUR: More than 700 Malaysian lawyers have debated and passed a motion calling for Attorney-General Apandi Ali to step down for closing corruption investigations into Prime Minister Najib Razak.

At the Malaysian Bar’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday (Mar 19), Mr Apandi, a former judge, was a hot topic.

Many lawyers believe there was a conflict of interest when Mr Apandi ordered the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission to cease investigations into the close to US$700 million deposited into Mr Najib’s bank accounts in 2013 as well as SRC international, a former subsidiary of state investment firm 1MDB.

A copy of the resolution shows the Bar calling for his immediate resignation “for the good of Malaysia, to restore public confidence and perception of the rule of law, in particular the administration of criminal justice in Malaysia”.

The Bar wants the Solicitor General to assume the role and responsibilities of Public Prosecutor in the cases involving the Prime Minister, 1MDB, SRC international and the millions deposited in Mr Najib’s accounts “considering the disability of the Attorney General to continue to act as Public Prosecutor for these cases by reason of passed conduct and the existing competing and conflicting roles of the Attorney General”

Last week, the Malaysian Bar also filed an appeal for a judicial review of Mr Apandi’s decisions.

Said Steven Thiru, President of the Malaysian Bar: “It’s coming from the Malaysian Bar which is the sole body that represents the practicing lawyers in peninsular Malaysia, in west Malaysia, so certainly it would have a bearing.”

At the Malaysian Bar AGM, lawyers pushed through resolutions condemning the passage of the National Security Council Bill as well, fearing authorities could abuse the power it confers on them in areas declared by the council as “security zones”.

The Bar also approved a motion calling on the Malaysian government to stop Internet censorship and restore access the media sites that have been blocked recently including The Malaysian Insider.

The site was blocked in Malaysia in February after it published an article quoting a source who alleged the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission had enough evidence to charge Mr Najib.

The site has since shut down operations, partly because of losses in advertising revenue as a result of the block.

– CNA/av

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Members of the Bar Council viewed the move to call for AG Apandi’s resignation should be as seditious.

The Bar Council was lambasted even by Opposition leaders for calls unbecoming of a legal fraternity, which is defying the Federal Constitution for demanding a Judicial Review on AG Amanda’s decision to not pursuit the incomplete IPs made by MACC against cases which related to Prime Minister Najib.

Pro-Opposition news portal Malaysiakini story:

Malaysian Bar ‘tainted’ by motion at AGM to remove AG

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Published 18 Mar 2016, 4:43 pm Updated 18 Mar 2016, 4:50 pm 37 comments

A Penang DAP backbencher said the Malaysian Bar has been “tainted” by its actions against attorney-general (AG) Mohamed Apandi Ali and his decision not to press charges against Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Seri Delima assemblyperson RSN Rayer is referring to the Bar’s plan to table a motion to seek Apandi’s removal at its AGM and the application for judicial review to challenge the AG’s decision not to prefer charges against Najib in relation to the RM2.6 billion donation.

Rayer, who is also a lawyer, said he personally felt the two issues have tainted the position of the Bar as a professional regulatory body for advocates and solicitors in Malaysia into a partisan organisation which is pro-opposition and anti-government.

“The Bar Council is urged to withdraw this action for a judicial review as it will not meet the legal pre-requisites as the Bar Council is not aggrieved by this decision of the attorney-general who decided not to prefer charges against the Prime Minister.

“It seems to me that this action of the (Malaysian) Bar Council has drawn wide criticism as being a busybody and further fuelled speculation that the Bar is now very pro-opposition and anti-government, although I personally do not subscribe to this misconception as I think the Bar still upholds law and justice in this country,” he said in a statement today.

The Malaysian Bar is holding its AGM in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow.

Rayer said Apandi Ali is the Attorney General and Article 145 of the Federal Constitution gives him the power to decide on all matters related to prosecution.

He added that moving a motion to call for his resignation or removal at the Bar AGM may not be the legally correct thing to do.

“It is wrong for the Bar Council to propose and debate a motion calling for the removal of the newly appointed AG when it is legally and constitutionally clear that the appointment of the AG is the prerogative of the Agong on the advice of the Prime Minister.

“I urge the Bar Council to abort debating this motion because the Bar cannot be seen to be doing something for the sake of doing something, although it may not have any legal impact lest we want to be the laughing stock of the entire nation,” he added.

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It is not sure whether Bar Council members considered the fact that MACC admitted that they on 31 December 2015 submitted an ‘incomplete’ or more likely defective investigation papers on the so called RM2.6billion donation credited into Prime Minister Najib’s personal account and SRC International.

The confusion created by MACC on the drama on the submission of the defective IPs itself points towards the agency is making political leanings and the conspiracy theory.

AG Apandi has been very stern about carrying out his duties based on the information presented to him, free from any pressure or interference.

This is not the first time Bar Council is deemed political and acting as an extension of the Opposition, in the strategy to demonise the sitting Barisan Nasional Government.

A professional body using 'intellectual discourse' to demonize the Police Force

A professional body using ‘intellectual discourse’ to demonize the Police Force

The Bar Council even tried to deny Sabahans’ and Sarawakians’ prerogative as enshrined under the Federal Constitution pertaining to immigration matters in both states.

The “Thirteen Million Plus Ringgit question” is would the Malaysian public be protected by the legal fraternity behaving as politicians and continuously play or allow itself to be an extension of digressing politics and confuse the general public?

The right to refuse entry and banish, based on provisions in the Immigration Act

The right to refuse entry and banish, based on provisions in the Immigration Act

The Opposition and Opposition friendly NGOs such as the Bar Council is making hue and cry on the Sabah State Government to impose their powers to ban persons ‘Deemed Criminals’ such as PKR Vice President Nurul Izzah Anwar from entering the state.

The Bar Council has been consistently abuse its position as the legal fraternity and make political statements via their interpretation of legal matters, which many times defy decisions made even at Apex Court level.

Chief Justice, Chief Judges and Federal Court Judges are those who went through rigorous selection process which the final assent is made by Council of Rulers and His Majesty Seri Paduka Baganda Yang DiPertuan Agong.

AG Apandi was a serving Federal Court Judge before appointed as Attorney General last July, which received the royal assent.

The statement made by former Chief Justice Tun Zaki Tun Azmi simply ricochet the egg pelted by Bar Council back to their own faces, for their malicious intent to play Oppositions’ politics and ridicule and confuse the Malaysian public.

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The Master Machiavellian

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Hooded wanker or hoodwinked?

Pro-Opposition groups are voicing their gross skepticism of Opposition leaders teaming up with Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to oust sitting Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, in a baffling show of co-operation between strange bedfellows last week.

The Star story:

Sunday, 13 March 2016 | MYT 7:48 AM

Opposition-aligned groups slam Dr Mahathir’s ‘leadership’ over bid to oust Najib

 

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KUALA LUMPUR: Several groups aligned to the Opposition have slammed the movement allegedly led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to oust Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as Prime Minister.

Badrul Hisham Shahrin, popularly known as Chegubard, acted as spokesman of Saturday’s gathering here that brought together a number of speakers from various groups.

He said the groups called out for the rejection of Dr Mahathir as the movement’s leader, reminding participants of his alleged transgressions against the people and country during his tenure as prime minister.

“This is a dead end. This is just a clash between Mahathir and Najib.

“We have been fighting against both of them. Why is it that now we must choose between them?” said Badrul.

Dr Mahathir, together with a group of key political and civil society leaders, had initiated a citizens’ declaration demanding Najib’s removal as Prime Minister.

“Why does this initiative, this citizens’ declaration exists?

“It is because the people are scared. It is because the people did not rise up,” claimed political activist Haris Ibrahim.

According to Badrul, they believe that Dr Mahathir was only using the move for his own political agenda and not in the interests of Malaysians.

Many of the speakers at the event recalled the days when Dr Mahathir was prime minister and attribute what they described as the degradation of the country’s institutions to his time in power, especially in the 1998 reformasi (reformation) era.

“We cannot raise him up as a figure of change.

“If he fights, that’s all right. If we (the people) make use of him, that’s all right. But to prop him up as the leader and place him in the front, that is not right,” claimed Badrul.

Another concerned participant asked why was the declaration’s signatories did not consult the public, or at least their respective party members, before signing it.

“Why was there no consultation? Why was no feedback taken? Why so secretive?

“Bersih was about to have a roadshow. If they were going to organise a roadshow, why didn’t they use the roadshow to get feedback before signing the declaration?” asked Kohi Kogi, a member of Jaringan Rakyat Tertindas (Jerit).

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Opposition are now shy to pronounced that their ‘relationship’ with Tun Dr. Mahathir is not carte blanche.

The Star story:

Sunday, 13 March 2016 | MYT 10:55 PM

Wan Azizah: PKR willing to work with Najib, with conditions

 

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BUKIT MERTAJAM: Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) is willing to team up with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in order to “Save Malaysia”, says Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail (pic).

The PKR president, however, said there would have to be set terms and conditions to for the co-operation to work and to bring progress to the country.

“We will not work together if doing so will bring losses to the country and the people,” she told reporters after attending a seminar on women empowerment here Sunday.

Wan Azizah, who is also Permatang Pauh MP, said veteran DAP leader Lim Kit Siang had also voiced the same intent in his blog.

She added that the move was in line with her husband, jailed PKR de factor leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s aspiration to save the country first by putting conflicts aside.

Lim, in a blog post earlier Sunday, had said that he was prepared to work with any Malaysian to Save Malaysia – not just Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin – but also Najib.

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This is what a DAP leader Charles Santiago’s thoughts of deep scepticism:

Tun Dr. Mahathir, from dictator to saviour?

 

House of Cards is a hugely popular American political drama that centres around a politician’s elaborate plan to make himself the President of the US after he gets passed over for appointment as secretary of state. Every episode is peppered with plots of manipulation and greed for power.

Kevin Spacey plays the ruthless politician who makes pacts with his nemesis and teams up with strange bedfellows to become the most powerful man on earth. The point here is that everyone who comes on board his bandwagon have a personal agenda, simmering vengeance, need for revenge: in short, an axe to grind.

On Friday, we saw a group of Opposition politicians, Bersih leaders and representatives from non-governmental organisations band together with former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad to sign a Citizens Declaration to oust premier Najib Razak.

Dr Mahathir says the ‘Save Malaysia’ campaigners have come together as citizens to kick out the top guy in the country, who is single-handedly ruining Malaysia’s economy and tarnishing the image of the nation through autocratic means.

I agree that Najib must go for the better of the country and her people. But in this quest for justice one must not also forget that Dr Mahathir is the root cause of the rot that is affecting every Malaysian today.

One cannot deny that his 22 years in power was made possible by the use of draconian laws to jail dissidents and critics. Dr Mahathir introduced money politics in UMNO, robbed the judiciary of its independence, clamped down on street protests and kept a heavy lid on freedom of the media.

He also jailed his one-time prodigy and former deputy Prime Minister, Anwar Ibrahim, who is still being persecuted under the guise of justice after a sham trial.

No matter what the controversy, Dr Mahathir found himself right smack in the middle of it when he held the top job in Malaysia.

Dismissing his autocratic ways does no justice to the scores of people and activists who were victims of his iron-fist rule.

We fast forward to Friday, and nothing has fundamentally changed, although it was a historic meeting of people who built their careers opposing each other. The Declaration is to remove Najib and not to get rid of UMNO. And it has no tangible mention of ways to find durable solutions for the people who are marginalised, discriminated and left to fend for themselves. It makes no reference to the aborigines or workers’ rights.

The Save Malaysia coalition has ironically only made a passing reference to reforming national institutions, which are crucial to ensure the next government would be accountable and transparent.

Not long ago close to half a million people took to the streets to demand for free and fair elections. Three Bersih rallies before that saw scores of protesters being tear gassed for demanding for an independent elections commission, independent judiciary and a free media.

These aspirations have not been clearly stipulated in the Declaration as the rallying cry of the people, except for a one-liner stating the obvious fact that the people are suffering.

Will ousting Najib while keeping UMNO and the institution intact really solve the rakyat’s increasing financial hardship and other pressing problems?

This Declaration, therefore, is a rushed document that did not think through these pertinent issues. But now that we have a peoples’ manifesto, how do we use it to engage and mobilise them to remove Najib?

As for Mahathir critics, the question would still remain if this is an act of revenge because Najib had flatly refused to continue Dr Mahathir’s policies, setting in motion the crumbling of his legacy.

The onus is now on civil society representatives and political parties to ensure Dr Mahathir does not hijack the movement.

Clearly the jury is still out…

Charles Santiago
MP FOR KLANG

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It is obvious that this ‘Citizens’ Declaration’ is something not really well though through, concocted in rush after all the plans by Tun Dr. Mahathir in the attempt to oust Prime Minister Najib since a year ago failed.

He started with making speeches in the open. It attracted attention and he utilised the media, especially social media platforms and foreign media to expand and escalate his demand against Prime Minister Najib.

He worked closely with Opposition leaders, pro-Opposition and foreign media.

He was trying to rile up the rakyat to a point of critical mass. At the same time, he used sentiments on UMNO platform to gain traction and support, primarily after Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin and Rural and Entrepreneur Development Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Shafiee Apdal were sacked last July.

However, it didn’t fly.

His minions also leaked part of the information pertaining to internal Tabung Haji (TH) discussions on the process and decision to acquire the 69,754 sq. ft. parcel earmarked for luxury residential within the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) development.

It was hyped and cited in such away that the Anti-Najib operatives intended to create the panic run against TH, as part of the demonstration of the Malays rejecting Prime Minister Najib’s leadership.

However, despite the lousy PR to explain the issue and debunk all the lies and negative perception against the strategic intent and benefits of the acquisition, the Anti-Najib move using TH failed miserably.

By August, his ceramahs were intensified. He went to Johor, to try and inflame the anti-Najib sentiments. There were curious audience but no real numbers, to make thing matters. At least not through the party.

Then on 29 and 30 August, the man who once dejected public demonstration crossed the very line he drew. He attended the illegal BERSIH 4.0, two days in a row.

Then it was said that his minions went all over the world making reports on and against 1MDB scandals and this point was hyped, to create the demonic perception against Prime Minister Najib.

In the attempt to diminish public confidence in the strategy to demonise Prime Minister Najib, in October the Statesman even uttered “He (Prime Minister Najib) might be arrested if he travels abroad and tried under ICJ”.

It is simply a stupid lie because Prime Minister Najib did travel to the United States and United Kingdom twice from then till now and other European states which include Turkey.

The Anti-Najib operatives tried to work through party during the AGMs at Division level in October-November, but non avail. UMNO General Assembly came in early December and the Fifth UMNO President could not effectively get the delegates to rise and topple Prime Minister Najib before and during the GA.

Almost immediately, they tried to get ‘No Confidence Vote’ against Prime Minister Najib through Dewan Rakyat. That failed too.

When MACC submitted the incomplete investigation paper (IP) to Attorney General on 31 December 2015, they issued a media statement knowingly that AG Tan Sri Apandi Ali would reject the IP on the ‘RM2.6billion donation’ and ‘SRC International’.

Tun Dr. Mahathir pre-empted that AG would throw the case away. It is the proof that senior MACC officers had conspired with the former Prime Minister, to topple Prime Minister Najib.

When his son Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir eventually resigned after two weeks of political stand off drama, due to lack of confidence and support amongst Kedah UMNO Division leaders and ADUNs, the situation worsened for the longest serving prime minister.

He tried to ride on the suspension of Tan Sri Muhyiddin as UMNO Deputy President. But not many people, especially within UMNO is bothered.

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So as an obsessed and possessed man who demonstrate much lesser rational, Tun Dr. Mahathir managed to get very strange bedfellows like DAP Supremo Lim Kit Siang, PKR President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, PKR deputy President Azmin Mohmaed Ali, PAN President Mohammad Sabu, former bar Council President Ambiga, BERSIH Chairman Maria Chin and anarchist Ishamuddin Rais to share the same platform and ink the ‘Citizens’ Declaration’.

That was the breaking point of many Tun Dr. Mahathir’s own hardliners, loyal supporters and sympathisers.

This marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows, opens a new horizon on what Tun Dr. Mahathir willing to do to topple Prime Minister Najib. This include what deal he did with his arch enemy for the past 49 years.

It is naive to exclude that DAP leaders would not not expect anything from the UMNO President and Ultra Malay leader for 22 years, for getting them to come onboard of his personal obsession.

It was said that within the DAP, there were many skeptics of this new relationship with their sworn enemies and they are actually out of reason to rationalise when their hardliners and staunch supporters of many years.

The joint venture did not come easy by Opposition leaders themselves. PKR President Wan Azizah already made a strong statement that Tun Dr. Mahathir needed the Pakistan Harapan support, more than they need him.

Last May, in the attempt to dislodge the confusion of Tun Dr. Mahathir’s rabid attacks against Prime Minister Najib, it was said that “He (Dr. Mahathir) would not take up a war if he doesn’t think that he would win”.

Apparently, the one time regarded as Master Strategist failed at all the tactics to bring Prime Minister Najib down and the demonisation strategy would cost UMNO/BN in the next GE.

The “Thirteen Million Plus Ringgit” question is, whether Dr. Mahathir made a lousy calculation and projection this round or he was hoodwinked by some people very close to him, and used him to hoodwink the larger majority of Malaysians, to topple Prime Minister Najib

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The past a year and half, he had been an obsessed, man-possessed?

Published in: on March 13, 2016 at 23:30  Comments (2)  

Blitzkrieg over BN

Tun Dr. Mahathir and the motley crew of new ounfd comrades in the chorus of motley true of Opposition leaders and anarchists

Tun Dr. Mahathir and the motley crew of new ounfd comrades in the chorus of motley true of Opposition leaders and anarchists

The contagion effect of the ‘Citizens’ Declaration’ inked and announced exactly a week ago may not have the desired effect but never the less, it could be a lethal weapon against Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak in the short-to-medium term of mainstream politics.

Whether or not the ‘Citizens’ Declaration’ is flawed or not, in the mind of these political bandits, its the end that justify the means.

What would Third Barisan Nasional (BN) Chairman and the motley crue of  Opposition and the array anarchists and law disobedients do, now they already share a platform and joint declaration, which they jointly inked as a document exactly last week?

They could start a Semenanjung-wide campaign of simultaneous roadshows in the heat of the Sarawak State Elections (PRN), expected somewhere in late April.

Let’s say 30 different road show ceramahs spread over 12 Semenanjung states in the span of a few or even one weekend. This is something very much within the Oppositions’ traits, expertise and resources.

They don’t even need to have many audience in each ceramahs, Even 200-250 attendees would by manipulated by their spectrum of well utilised social media channels and portals.

All these could be live-streamed over the internet and all social media channels.

BN and Federal and Semenanjung State Goverments key personalities would be busy trotting all over Sarawak, trying to cover the 80-odd DUN seats.

No one would provide them effective attention response. This could be the next move, right after Zaid Ibrahim’s planned 27 March rally.

Imagine the hype they could create and the soundbites, which they shall echo indiscriminately as if it is the representation of the 23 million Malaysians in Semenanjung.

So far, they have managed to create a massive dent at the perception on Prime Minister Najib’s and equally the Federal Government based on substianted claims, circumstances and manipulated series of events entwined with manipulated and false information, in sundry.

Nevermind the thin bit of the consistencies of allegations, especially in the rabid attacks by Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, Sarawak Report and the unsubstantiated reports by foreign media led by Neo Con Jewish controlled Ruport Murdoch.

For instance, many actually bought in on falsehood of the various ‘Foreign authorities’ investigations on the mult-idimensional scandals of 1MDB’. Even “He (PM Najib) might be arrested if he travels abroad and would be tried by ICJ”.

Since clarifying on these ‘foreign agencies’ investigations last September, till present day none of these investigations ever contacted 1MDB, AGC nor the Police to facilitate or get facts, to complete these so called ‘investigations’.

Amongst the Opposition, DAP provided the strongest force. It was said that there are some skeptics amongst the CWC members on the decision to ‘jump into bed and sleep’ with the staunchest of anti-DAP personality, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad.

It is very naive to project that DAP would not state their expectations, when the Chinese Chauvinist Emperorissimo of Middle Malaysia Lim Kit Siang met and made the deal with his arch political enemy for the past 49 years.

The projected Citizens’ Declaration move during the Sarawak PRN may not bring the desired effect to Adnan Satem leading his first charge for a Sarawak mandate. However, it would be politically damaging to already badly hurt perception against BN as a whole.

It is a case of political Peloponessian War, with very strategic possibilities that would see the power-shift for Malaysia by 2018, for the first time since 59 years.

It is impossible to even imagine the odds to spare UMNO/BN from the political shelling and onslaught against its President/Chairman.

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So, who is next?

Strange bedfellows sleeping together

The unbelievable did happen when former sworn enemies got together, for common a goal to oust Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak with their proclamation of ‘Save Malaysia’ from the MOU ‘Citizen Declaration’ inked yesterday.

The Star story:

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Dr M initiates citizens’ declaration to oust Prime Minister

 

BY AKIL YUNUSandASHLEY TANG

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PETALING JAYA: Four days after quitting Umno, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has teamed up with key political figures and civil society leaders to initiate a citizens’ declaration to demand the removal of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The group of more than 50, including suspended Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali, Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik, signed the 37-point declaration during a ceremony at the Universiti Malaya Alumni Association clubhouse.

The former prime minister renewed his attacks against 1MDB, including its joint venture with Petrosaudi International Limited.

Dr Mahathir also revisited the controversy surrounding the RM2.6bil in Najib’s personal bank accounts, pointing to discrepancies between the Prime Minister’s explanation and reportedly that of a Saudi minister.

“To this day, WSJ (Wall Street Journal) continues to report about 1MDB and Najib has not sued them. He can sue them in the country where WSJ is published,” said Dr Mahathir.

The former premier also claimed that he was forced to initiate a citizens’ movement as existing avenues had been crippled.

“Normally, we can make reports and then the police will investigate.

“If there is evidence of wrongdoing, then the Attorney-General can take the case to court. But right now, that system is not working,” he told reporters after the signing ceremony.

Other signatories to the declaration included former Kedah mentri besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir, PKR vice-presidents Rafizi Ramli and Tian Chua, lawyer activist Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, former PAS vice-president Datuk Husam Musa, former PAS information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar, Amanah deputy president Datuk Salahuddin Ayub, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, and Bersih 4 chairman Maria Chin Abdullah.

Four other individuals who endorsed the declaration but were not present for the signing included Umno vice-president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal, former finance minister Tun Daim Zainuddin, DAP national publicity chief Tony Pua and lawyer Matthias Chang.

Asked if his collaboration with the Opposition would lead him to join Pakatan Harapan, Dr Mahathir said it was not the case.

“We are all here today as concerned Malaysians. There’s a difference between the citizens’ agenda and party agenda. The media must understand that,” he said when asked if he was now endorsing the Opposition’s goals.

Muhyiddin said he was not afraid that the party would take further action against him following his decision to sign the declaration.

“Even if I’m still an Umno member, I’m firstly a citizen of Malaysia and have the right to speak,” he said.

Azmin, who is the Selangor Mentri Besar, said the citizens’ movement was consistent with PKR’s stand all along.

“Anwar (Ibrahim) made a strong stand from prison yesterday to support this position (taken by Dr Mahathir). We are all concerned citizens who are here to support the initiative,” he said.

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Pro-Anwarista News Portal story:

We have only one thing in common – remove Najib as PM, says Dr Mahathir

Published: 4 March 2016 3:52 PM | Updated: 4 March 2016 9:36 PM
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad sat with old political allies and foes today to obtain the people’s support to sign a declaration seeking Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s removal as the country’s prime minister.

Among those present were Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali, DAP parliamentary chief Lim Kit Siang, former deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and former MCA president Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik.

“There is only one thing common among us, we as citizens want to express our worries and concern about what is happening to our country.
“We want to sign the declaration, which includes the removal of Najib as the prime minister,” Dr Mahathir said to a packed press conference in Kuala Lumpur, with the words “Selamatkan Malaysia” (Save Malaysia) in the background.
“We call upon all Malaysians, irrespective of race, religion, political situation, creed or parties, young and old, to join us in saving Malaysia from the government headed by Najib Razak,” read a joint statement from the group.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaks at the press conference today which saw political foes coming together calling for Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s resignation. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, March 4, 2016.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad speaks at the press conference today which saw political foes coming together calling for Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s resignation. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Afif Abd Halim, March 4, 2016.
Others present included former Bersih co-chairman Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan, Bersih chairman Maria Chin Abdullah, Datuk Zaid Ibrahim and activist Hishammuddin Rais.

From among Pakatan Harapan were DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke and vice-chairman Teresa Kok, Parti Amanah Negara vice-president Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa, and PKR vice-presidents Chua Tian Chang and Rafizi Ramli.

Two PAS leaders, its elections director Datuk Mustafa Ali and Pokok Sena MP Datuk Mahfuz Omar, were also present.

The declaration, titled “Citizens Declaration”, among others calls for Najib’s removal as well as “those in concert with him”.

It was signed by 58 individuals, including Dr Mahathir’s wife, Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali, who was also present today.

In his speech, Dr Mahathir said those present were there as citizens and not representatives of their political parties.

Reading from the declaration, he said Najib’s administration had inflicted damage to the nation and caused Malaysia to be listed as among the most corrupt nations.

He said Najib’s removal from office must be through non-violent and “legally permissible means”.

Those who helped to cover up his “misdeeds” must also be removed, he added.

The declaration also touched on some reforms to institutions, such as moves to restore integrity to “undermined institutions” such as the police, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Bank Negara and the Public Accounts Committee.

At a press conference later, Dr Mahathir said the movement would find ways and means to force Najib to resign which included moving another motion of no-confidence in Parliament.

“We know the last one failed because it could not get enough support so we will also take our campaign to Barisan Nasional MPs,” said Dr Mahathir.

He added that the movement’s next step would be to hold the March 27 closed door gathering of anti-Najib forces.

He also said the movement was not driven by political parties and that politicians who signed did so in their personal capacities.

“This is not for or against Umno or about joining the opposition. It is not a political movement but a people’s movement,” he added.

Those gathered today, however, did not discuss Najib’s replacement in the event he resigned. – March 4, 2016.

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/we-have-only-one-thing-in-common-remove-najib-as-pm-says-dr-mahathir#sthash.Fwxmb85S.dpuf

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Asia One story:

A 90-year-old ex-premier and his strange bedfellows

A major realignment in the Malaysian political landscape was officially sealed yesterday as former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad led top opposition leaders, senior Umno leaders and political activists in signing a declaration to work together.

This “rainbow alliance” that aims to topple Prime Minister Najib Razak and implement reforms for public institutions was lauded by jailed opposition chief Anwar Ibrahim, even though it is led by his former mentor who sacked him in 1998 and accused him of sodomy.

A huge poster put up at the signing ceremony of the so-called Citizens’ Declaration yesterday proclaimed Selamatkan Malaysia, or Save Malaysia.

Said former Bar Council chief Ambiga Sreenevasan, who was one of the 58 signatories: “It is not just about removing one man but also reforms.”

Questions remain over whether the group can actually steer Tun Dr Mahathir into areas other than his one chief aim of removing Datuk Seri Najib. While the signatories may share the same bed, do they have the same dream?

“I term it political opportunism,” political analyst Khoo Kay Peng, who runs his own consultancy, told The Straits Times. “He (Mahathir) pretty much lays down the rules. Clearly, if the opposition is not faltering as it is today, it doesn’t need to ride this opportunism.”

In the comments section of pro-opposition news site Malaysiakini, many readers warned against working with Dr Mahathir. They worry that once he achieves his aim of ousting Mr Najib, the other parts of the declaration would be forgotten.

Anwar’s message from prison, analysts say, was a bid to reassure those who were hesitant to back the 90-year-old.

Many remember that Dr Mahathir, during his 22-year tenure as prime minister until 2003, jailed and harassed opposition leaders and activists.

The statement by Anwar said: “I support the position of friends in civil society, political parties and individuals including Tun Dr Mahathir, (former deputy PM) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and others to build up strength and understanding together.”

As they say in politics, there are no permanent enemies, only permanent interests.

“Politics makes for strange bedfellows,” said political analyst Amir Fareed Rahim at KRA Group. “It is interesting to see that it was Anwar who issued the statement of support and not Dr M openly soliciting Anwar’s support.”

As Dr Mahathir himself pointed out at the meeting held at the alumni club of Universiti Malaya: “As you can all see, this is a very strange group of people. There is only one thing in common – we are citizens of this country.”

Analysts say both sides hope to gain by latching onto each other.

For Dr Mahathir, the motley crew gives him another shot at trying to oust Mr Najib after he failed to do so as a respected Umno veteran last year. He quit the ruling party on Monday.

The opposition, meanwhile, is torn by internal bickering even as Mr Najib is engulfed by a huge financial scandal that rattled Malaysia’s international standing.

The opposition now hopes to ride on the names of Dr Mahathir and Mr Muhyiddin to attract Malay voters, especially in rural areas where the bulk of Umno’s strength lies, say analysts and politicians.

The opposition in the past one year lost two key Malay leaders – Anwar was jailed and revered Islamic leader Nik Aziz Nik Mat died. Datuk Nik Aziz was the spiritual leader of Parti Islam SeMalaysia, which has since bolted from the opposition.

Still, it will not be easy for Malay voters in Peninsular Malaysia to look beyond the usual racial lens to accept the new alignment.

“Umno members may be very uncomfortable with the idea of him (Dr Mahathir) working together with their sworn enemy Anwar, while the general Malay community may not be too keen on him working with the Lims of DAP,” said Mr Amir, referring to Mr Lim Kit Siang and his son Lim Guan Eng, two key leaders at the Chinese-based Democratic Action Party.

Asked whether Anwar’s release would be part of the new movement’s agenda, Dr Mahathir replied: “We are concerned about removing Najib.”

– See more at: http://news.asiaone.com/news/malaysia/90-year-old-ex-premier-and-his-strange-bedfellows#sthash.51MW4tmo.dpuf

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Strange bedfellows are jumping into bed and sleeping together. In the disbelief of many, in their lifetime they would never imagine Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, dubbed as ‘Ultra Malay’ would join forces with sworn enemy DAP Chinese Chauvinist Supremo Lim Kit Siang.

The good doctor’s staunchest supporters are coming with the lamest excuse to rationalise this madness.

It is clear this declaration is all about Tun Dr. Mahathir cannot accept that the past one year he tried so far to oust Prime Minister Najib through the Cabinet, MT UMNO, UMNO General Assembly and even some segment of the rakyat with his two days appearance in last August BERISH rally did not fly.

In the ‘political orgy’ at UM Alumni Clubhouse, there is PKR Deputy President Azmin Ali, Parti Amanah President Mat Sabu, former PAS VP Husam Musa, BERSIH Chairman Maria Chin, Former Bar Council President Ambiga Sreenivasan, Anarchist Hishamuddin Rais, amongst others.

Even the voice from Sg Buloh prison, former Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim lends his support to Tun Dr. Mahathir.

The Star story:

Thursday, 3 March 2016 | MYT 9:25 PM

Anwar declares support for Dr M

BY AKIL YUNUS

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PETALING JAYA: Jailed Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic) has declared support for arch nemesis Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in his efforts to pressure Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to resign.

“I support the position of friends in civil society, political parties and individuals including Tun Dr Mahathir, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and others to build up strength and understanding together as articulated by the leader of the Opposition recently.

“This understanding will focus on the demand for Najib to resign as Prime Minister as he has clearly failed to lead this nation,” he said in a message from prison on Thursday.

Anwar is currently serving a five-year jail term for sodomy at the Sungai Buloh prison.

The former deputy prime minister, who was sacked from Umno by Dr Mahathir in 1998 and later jailed for sodomy, said it was time for the rakyat to stand together and to set aside personal vendettas.

“We must together chart a new way forward to save our beloved nation,” he said.

Anwar also said the call for change also necessitated reforms in key institutions within the country.

He called for the rights of the people to be returned through free and fair elections, and independent judiciary, free media, and economic policies that are refocused on fresh economic growth.

“We have also learned from history that meaningful transition of power cannot happen only with a change of leadership but it also demands a systemic change,” he added.

Dr Mahathir had recently proposed the setting up of a core group to remove Najib, with some members of the Opposition saying they were ready to work with the former premier.

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Today, the commonly agree on the oust of Prime Minister Najib.

However, the intriguing and equally burning “Thirteen Million Plus Ringgit” question is; Who shall replace Najib as the Prime Minister?

It is not so difficult to see that Pakistan Harapan (DAP, PKR and Amana) could come to a consensus that they want Anwar as the next Prime Minister.

The not so intriguing question as a subsequent question is that, how would they have Anwar as the next Prime Minister? Currently, Anwar is serving a five years sentence for sodomising his political aide Mohd. Saiful Bukhary Azlan in June 2008 and legally, all avenues have been exhausted to get him pardoned.

So who would be the personality that Tun Dr. Mahathir and Pakistan Harapan, agree to be the next Malaysian Prime Minister?

Tun Dr. Mahathir’s and Lim Kit Siang’s answers about being together in the media conference is telling. When asked would the former UMNO President accept if DAP wants to ascend the Prime Ministership, “We would have a General Election. We want a free and clean election. We cannot people stop people from voting DAP”.

That is very intriguing by many counts. Is Tun Dr. Mahathir suggesting that the elections all the while is not “Clean and free”? What is more intriguing is that for a former UMNO President (twice; the UMNO which was deregistered on 4 Feb 1988 and UMNO Baru) to outright say that “No problem for DAP to rule the country” is politically outrageous!

The Malaysian Digest story:

“No Problem For DAP To Rule The Country, As Long As It’s Not Najib” – Tun M

Print Email Details Published on Friday, 04 March 2016 23:50
KUALA LUMPUR: For a desperate man like former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, it no longer matters which political party takes over the country in the future as long as he can remove Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak from office.

Speaking to the media at the Universiti Malaya Alumni Association Club at the press conference held after he signed the 36-point Citizens’ Declaration, the longest serving ex-premier admitted that he is willing to allow his one time arch nemesis, DAP, to replace the incumbent ruling party Barisan Nasional (BN).

“We want a clean election. It is the voters’ right to vote for the Opposition. I can’t stop any party from competing [in the election],” the 91-year-old said.

Asked if he would join the campaign to express his support towards jailed Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, he remarked, “I’m not campaigning with or for UMNO, I am campaigning for the citizens of this country to remove Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.”

The principles which Tun M holds now are in stark contrast for what he stood for when he helmed the country between 1981 and 2003, which sees him now in desperate partnership with DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang in a bid to unseat UMNO and BN.
-mD

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Surely they are not that gullible to take Malaysians for granted if not being stupid that they cannot solve a problem by introducing another problem.

Would Tun Dr. Mahathir agree if Anwar Ibrahim, a Deputy he sacked on 2 September 1998 for “Sodomising his wife’s driver Azizan Abu Bakar, Sukma Saasmithatmadja, Mior, Dr Munawar Anas and Hairani Mohd. Nafis” to be the next Malaysian Prime Minister?

That would take time. First of all, Tun Dr. Mahathir and his Motley Crue need to present themselves to the Council of Rulers and get HRHs consent to pardon Anwar. That would obviously take time.

Otherwise, who are the alternatives? Lim Kit Siang? Or Lim Guan Eng? Would the Fifth UMNO President, who have been describing Lims as “Racists and extremists”, accept any of these Chinese Chauvinists as the next Prime Minister?

How about Azmin Ali? Would PKR President who herself has been aspiring to the Prime Minister even agree for the Deputy President to ‘steal’ her opportunity?

What is very interesting is what is Lim Kit Siang’s and DAP’s expectation for throwing support behind Tun Dr. Mahathir. Could it be that their KPI for the Ultra-Malay is to deliver Malay votes to DAP.

That would be most treacherous! Not for UMNO but the Malay race.

The permutation is very complex. As we learned during MBA in a course of System Thinking, Prof. Robert Flood of Hull taught “One cannot solve a complex problem with a simplistic solution. It would never work!”.

Tun Dr. Mahathir just took Malaysians for another self-serving complex political ride!

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