Tan Seng Giaw: Najib not accountable over 1MDB dealings

“Legally, how do we take actions against people who do nothing”, YB Tan Seng Giaw, MP for Kepong and Deputy Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

He said this outside the Dewan Rakyat after the PAC tabled their report to Parliament, last Thursday.

They say, “A picture paints a thousand words”. In this case, it is a motion picture and an admission the moment by the Deputy Chairman of the PAC as soon as the PAC report is tabled in Parliament.

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Auctoritate regis?

In his deep distraught of being asked to leave the MB Kedah, Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir decided to give a low blow and issued a statement which draw the fundamental question; Did he get the authority to speak on behalf of His Majesty?

NST story:

Mukhriz not backing down, asks party rebels to apologise to Sultan of Kedah

BY MELISSA DARLYNE CHOW –

31 JANUARY 2016 @ 5:01 PM ALOR STAR: Embattled Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir is showing no signs of backing down, despite facing a revolt from within Kedah Umno.

In a strongly-worded statement issued today, Mukhriz described the actions of 12 division chiefs and two deputy chiefs in “dragging” the Youth, Wanita, and Puteri wings chief and young leaders within Umno, to the press conference on Jan 20 as irresponsible.

“As a matter of fact, several of those present said that they were not informed beforehand the purpose and contents of the statement made.

“I believe that the pressure (in calling for me to be sacked as Menteri Besar and state Umno chairman) does not represent the majority voice of Umno members, and more importantly, the people of Kedah,” he said.

Mukhriz said the actions of the group, who had called for his removal, had also cast a shadow on the various celebrations held in conjunction with the birthday of the Sultan of Kedah.

He said the Sultan of Kedah, as well as the Kedah Council of Regency, were offended by the move taken by the group. Mukhriz further lamented that following the press conference, six of nine state executive councillors failed to show up for the scheduled exco meeting last Wednesday, “which clearly violates the rules of their appointment as civil servants, as well as the oath taken before the ruler.”

Mukhriz also asked that the 14 party division chiefs, whether directly or indirectly involved with the press conference on Jan 20, and the six state executive councillors who were absent from the meeting, to apologise to the Sultan of Kedah and the council members.

“Until this crisis is resolved, all state executive councillors and state assemblymen have to carry out their responsibilities they have been entrusted with,” he stated.

The rice bowl state has been plunged into crisis, following a declaration by state Umno leaders, led by Kedah Umno deputy chairman Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, that they had lost confidence and faith in Mukhriz’s leadership as MB and state Umno chairman, and asked for an immediate change.

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/01/125054/mukhriz-not-backing-down-asks-party-rebels-apologise-sultan-kedah

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The press statement is here:

This defiance would not stop the fact that Mukhriz is on the way out. 14 of out 15 UMNO Division Chiefs want him out. 19 ADUNs signed SD to state that they no longer support him as MB, which translate of losing majority control of DUN.

It is no secret that the power civil servants of Kedah Civil Service (KCS) no longer co-operative with Mukhriz as Mentor Besar. And the nail to the coffin, on Friday after MT UMNO meeting party President Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak said the Council of Regent accepted all nominees for the next MB.

Prime Minister Najib also did have the audience His Majesty for the matter already. It means that the matter was sought to be resolved through the proper channels.

It is expected that Mukhriz had to be dragged out with his feet kicking around. However, the baffling question is did Mukhriz obtain authority to use the phrase “Turut murka”?

Raja Petra asked the paramount question of ‘Save Kedah or Save Mukhriz?’.

Menteri Besars being asked to leave prematurely isn’t something new. Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad himself 20 years ago got then Tan Sri Osman Aroff to go and installed then Dato’ Seri Sanusi Junid instead.

Agenda Daily story:

Bekas MB minta Mukhriz akur… cerita pengalamannya diminta undur oleh Tun M

TERAKHIR DIKEMASKINI: 29 JANUARI 2016 BY BH
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Bekas Menteri Besar Kedah, Tan Sri Osman Aroff yang ‘diundurkan’ daripada jawatannya pada tahun 1996 meminta Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir akur dengan keputusan parti mahu menggantikannya dengan pemimpin lain.
Beliau yang digantikan dengan Tan Sri Sanusi Junid oleh Perdana Menteri ketika itu, Datuk Seri Dr Mahathir Mohamad juga minta pihak yang terbabit tidak mengaitkan krisis UMNO Kedah sekarang dengan pihak istana.

Menteri Besar Kedah keenam itu menyarankan semua yang terbabit akur dengan pendirian parti yang sudah membuat keputusan berhubung kedudukan Mukhriz.

Osman berkata, beliau pernah mengalaminya apabila Dr Mahathir selaku Presiden UMNO ketika itu mahukannya meletakkan jawatan walaupun dipertahankan oleh 22 Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri (ADUN) Kedah.

Katanya, ketika itu pihak istana tidak pernah campur tangan dan terus berkecuali sehingga isu selesai dengan pengundurannya atas dasar mengikut arahan ketua.

“Di pihak mana sekali pun, jangan guna nama istana kerana setahu saya istana tidak pernah masuk campur dalam urusan politik seperti ini. Sultan Kedah (Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah) tidak pernah ikut campur hal politik, baginda berkecuali,” katanya.

Beliau juga berkata, Kedah berdepan masalah jika Mukhriz terus kekal Menteri Besar tanpa mendapat sokongan dan dokongan parti.

Justeru, beliau minta Presiden UMNO, Datuk Seri Najib Razak segera membuat keputusan bagi menjernihkan kembali keadaan dengan tidak membiarkan kemelut politik negeri berpanjangan.

“Parti di peringkat negeri sudah membuat pendirian hilang kepercayaan kepada pimpinan mereka. Perdana Menteri tidak boleh bertangguh lagi kerana keadaan boleh jadi lebih buruk jika perkara ini dibiarkan berpanjangan. Najib perlu buat keputusan segera.

“Apa yang jelas di sini, jika Menteri Besar kekal tanpa sokongan parti yang mendokongnya, maka pentadbiran negeri Kedah akan berada dalam masalah. Jika bermasalah bagaimana pentadbiran akan berjalan dengan lancar,” katanya.

Sementara itu, beliau membidas dakwaan kononnya Barisan Nasional (BN) akan kalah pada Pilihan Raya Umum (PRU) akan datang jika Mukhriz disingkirkan kerana berpendapat keputusan PRU berdasarkan gerak kerja parti untuk mendekati rakyat.

“Untuk kata muktamad BN akan kalah pada pilihan raya, …itu tidak adil. Kita tidak boleh kata kemenangan itu disebabkan seseorang semata-mata kerana seluruh jentera buat kerja untuk mendapatkan undi rakyat.

“Apa yang penting dalam apa jua keadaan selepas ini, BN perlu kembali mendekati rakyat dan berusaha memenangi hati rakyat bagi menghadapi pilihan raya,” katanya.-29/1/2016

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Recently Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim and Dato’ Sri Ahmad Said saw the same fate. Of course they were deeply displeased and even slighted badly. However, their defiance did not reach to the level of speaking on behalf if HRH Sultans of the respective state.

Let us hope the defiance would not lead to something that Anwar Ibrahim did and would repeat, is he is in the position today.

Published in: on January 31, 2016 at 18:03  Leave a Comment  

Quo vadis inquisito?

Despite Attorney General Tan Sri Apandi Ali’s landmark pronouncement on closure of on Tuesday the USD620million ‘donation’ from a Saudi Royal to Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and drama that follow suit, it is still unsettled.

The Malaysian social media is still cluttered with more of these noises and the intensity of them being echoed is staggering. It is a sign of desperation by the detractors who are kicking themselves for how situation turned out against their game.

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It is unsure whether these foreign law enforcement agencies did take necessary steps to get the co-operation of the AG and the various different authorities which are eye balling the case involving the controversy created on and about 1MDB. By far, that added confusion warrants more statements for clarifications, required to be issued today.

AG Apandi’s statement for the day that they would co-operate if requested by foreign law enforcement authorities:

‎STATEMENT BY THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL

30 January 2016

1. I note the statement issued by the Office of the Attorney-General of Switzerland, and further remarks attributed to the Swiss Attorney-General by an American newspaper, concerning an investigation into two former officials of 1MDB.

2. I and the relevant Malaysian authorities are keen to establish all the facts about 1MDB that have led to recent allegations against the company. That is why a number of investigations – including by the Public Affairs Committee, the Royal Malaysian Police, and the Auditor General’s Department – are currently on-going.

3. The Malaysian authorities, including the Attorney-General’s Chambers, are committed to working with all relevant foreign law enforcement entities through the applicable international conventions and agreements. Similarly, 1MDB has from the outset cooperated with the enquiries.

4. Regarding the recent public statement by the Office of the Attorney-General of Switzerland, my office intends to take all possible steps to follow up and collaborate with our Swiss counterparts, and we look forward to receiving the findings of their investigations and materials through the normal channels. These materials will then be reviewed, alongside the findings of other relevant authorities and our own investigations, to determine the appropriate course of action.‎

5. Contrary to recent media reports, the investigations into donations that were made to the Prime Minister are entirely separate to those into 1MDB. The Attorney-General’s Chambers exhaustively reviewed the report provided by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and, as has been announced, found no evidence of wrong-doing and hence have instructed for the cases to be closed.‎

6. Any attempt by media organisations to conflate the two sets of investigations is irresponsible and prejudicial‎.

‎TAN SRI MOHAMED APANDI ALI
ATTORNEY-GENERAL‎
MALAYSIA‎

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1MDB was also quick to reiterate their position about no foreign authorities ever got in touch with them for any form of queries or investigations.

Media statement by 1Malaysia Development Berhad

Issued on 30 January 2016

For immediate publication

Swiss Attorney-General Office Statement

1MDB refers to a statement issued by the Office of the Attorney-General of Switzerland on Friday 29 January 2016 relating to an on-going investigation. As we have previously stated, 1MDB has not been contacted by any foreign legal authorities on any matters relating to the company. 1MDB remains committed to fully cooperating with any lawful authority and investigation, subject to advice from the relevant domestic lawful authorities, and in accordance with international protocols governing such matters.

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It is quite baffling if there are any investigations by foreign law enforcement authorities, why none of them have made the necessary queries through the usual proper channels?

Yet, the Neo Con Jewish controlled foreign media keeps harping on the matter despite some of those which are not aligned to them, have resided to the fact that some of the previously assumed controversies like the USD620 donation is explanable.

This prolonged continuation of very distractive noises is counter productive. Especially in the current Malaysian economy despite being fundamentally sound but affected by the volatility of the global economy, which is artificially violated.

This noise would also just add to the confusion and causing many to have the ripples quite having the good confidence otherwise, especially from the perspective of corporate governance and the administration of the rule of law.

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End game

After a long eight months of political roller coaster tumbles around several very sharp and precarious twists, the Attorney General finally released the statement that Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak is cleared of criminal wrong doings in the  USD681million ‘donation’ from West Asia, initially raised by WSJ and echoed by Sarawak Report.

NST story:

AG’s Chambers clears Najib of wrongdoing in donation, SRC International cases

BY AZURA ABAS AND FAZLEENA AZIZ – 2

6 JANUARY 2016 @ 12:20 PM KUALA LUMPUR: The Attorney-General’s Chambers today cleared Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak of any criminal wrongdoing in the case involving a donation from the Middle East, as well as that involving SRC International.

The AG’s Chambers will also return the three investigation papers on the cases, and has instructed the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to close the IPs.

In a surprise press conference this morning, Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali said their investigation had showed that the prime minister had committed no wrongdoing in the cases.

“I am satisfied that based on the evidence submitted to me by MACC, the sum of UDS681 million (RM2.08 billion) transferred into the personal account of the prime minister between March 22 to April 10 in 2013 was a personal donation from the Saudi royal family, given without any consideration.

“I am satisfied that there was no evidence to show that the donation was a form of gratification given corruptly.

“The evidence showed that the donation was not an inducement or reward for doing or forbearing in relation to his capacity as a prime minister,” he said. He said that investigation also showed that in Aug 2013, a sum of USD620 million (RM2.03 billion) was returned by Najib to the Saudi royal family, as the sum was not utilised.

On the case of SRC International, Apandi said their investigations concluded that Najib had not committed any criminal offences under the MACC Act 2009 and the Penal Code.

He said the reasons were based on evidence that the prime minister did not abuse his position during a Cabinet meeting which had approved the government guarantee on the RM4 billion loan to SRC International from Retirement Fund Inc (KWAP).

Apandi also noted that the loan approval was done properly. “There is no evidence to show the prime minister had solicited or was promised any gratification from any party either before, during or after the decision was made at the Cabinet meeting.

“The evidence as whole does not disclose any conflict of interest or corrupt practices on the part of the prime minister,” he said. Apandi said there was also no evidence to show that the prime minister had any knowledge or had been informed that monies had been transferred into his personal account from SRC International

. He said evidence also indicated that the prime minister was of the belief that all payments made to him was from a Saudi royal family donation transferred into his personal accounts earlier.

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/01/124061/ags-chambers-clears-najib-wrongdoing-donation-src-international-cases

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Despite there are more than handful of Malaysians who wanted to believe that Prime Minister Najib did commit a white collar crime. This final closure by the Chief Public Prosecutor very much seals their hope in the wrong chest and now being given its burial at sea.

Never the less, damage has already been done.

The package to demonise Prime Minister Najib started from Sarawak Report’s incessant and rabid barks on the purported scandalous and dodgy financial deals by and within 1MDB.

It was echoed by Opposition Leader primarily DAP Chief Strategist Tony Pua andPKR Chief Strategist Rafizi Ramli.

Then came former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, who brought altogether a more complicated twist which left so many Malaysians even pro-BN Malay supporters dwindled in disbelief.

When the Statesman lambasted Prime Minister Najib aloud in the open, the foreign media particularly those controlled by Neo-Con Jewish shelled on the Malaysian leader’s and Government position in the proportion of a major psychological war in preparation of an actual one.

Let us not dwell on how obsessed the Fifth UMNO President in trying to get the Cabinet, UMNO members and eventually members of the public to rise against the sitting Prime Minister.

Prime Minister Najib in a little slip here and there in general maintain his coolness to the discomfort of many of his own supporters and calmly instructed a full investigation by the authorities.

The Auditor General and Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee were also tasked to investigate to the fullest, to ensure that all stones are unturned to get to the truth.

In the same opportunity, to clear his name after WSJ reported that “In 2013, USD690million flowed from the Middle East into Najib Razak’s personal Ambank account”.

Of course, all the investigation should be based on the laws on the land and not perception.

Then there was political upheaval which saw then his own Deputy Prime Minister tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin coming into the stone pelting game and took pot shots, openly on UMNO platform.

That was preceded by a Federal Government Cabinet reshuffle and another series of sporadic mutiny by pockets of UMNO middle level leaders and members.

Prime Minister Najib faced UMNO delegates in early December and stood tall, pronouncing “The war against the detractors and those who tried to sabotage and split the unity within UMNO”.

As in the infamous ‘Old Blue Eyes’ song, several lines are quite relevant to the story which already arrived to this point.

Published in: on January 26, 2016 at 17:16  Comments (4)  

Kearah Penguasa Penerbangan Awam Malaysia, Bhg 1.

Dalam Malaysia bergerak kearah mencapai status negara maju dengan mengambil kira kedudukan dan geografi, data perdagangan, jumlah penumpang, kargo dan penerbangan  awam, maka peranan, fungsi dan kuasa yang sedia ujud pada Jabatan Penerangan Awam (DCA) wajar dipertingkatkan sebagai Penguasa Penerbangan Awam Malaysia.

DCA setakat ini berjaya mengawal selia penerbangan awam dalam ruang udara seluruh Malaysia (Semenanjung, Sabah dan Sarawak) bagi semua pesawat menggunakan laluan yang ditentukan ICAO.

1250 pengawal laluan traffik data (ATC) bertugas 24 jam bagi mengawasi laluan dan susun-atur semua pergerakan dalam dan sekeliling 24 lapangan terbang diseluruh negara.

Kecekapan dan piawaian petugas ATC yang dikawal selia DCA ini dilatih melalui program-program Malaysian Aviation Academy (MAvA), yang daehulu dokenali sebagai Kolej DCA.

DCA juga melalui Akta Penerbangan Awam berperanan untuk menentukan agar semua operator penerbangan awam diMalaysia dilesenkan, menurut garis panduan ICAO.

Ini merangkumi keperluan bagi menentukan dan audit dibuat agar semua operasi, dokumentasi, senarai peralatan, sistem sokongan dan kakitangan adalah menurut piawaian antarabangsa.

Antara sebahagian dari keperluan ini ialah isu isu kawal selia keselamatan dan risiko bagi segala peralatan, prosedur, manual dan kecekapan dan kemampuan terutama apabila berlaku kecemasan samada dilandasan atau udara.

Ini penting kerana operasi bagi pesawat dimana operatornya berdaftar dan penerbangan yang bermula atau berasal dari Malaysia, perlu mendapat keyakinan bahawa ianya dibawah garispanduan dan disahkan oleh sebuah agensi penerbangan yang berkredibiliti, iaitu DCA.

Kecekapan dan kemampuan warga DCA melaksana tugasan ini dengan baik menjurus kepada DCA diberikan kepercayaan untuk melatih tenaga kerja yang sama sehingga peringkat kepakaran, terutama dikalangan negara-negara kerjasama Selatan-Selatan.

Jalinan kerjasama ini dipanjangkan apabila ahli ahli African Civil Aviation Commission (AFCAC) menerima latihan kawal sedia traffik dan penguasaan keselamatan di MAvA. Tanya dibiayai oleh Malaysian Technical Co-operation Program (MTCP), sebuah peruntukan oleh Kementerian Luar Negara (Wisma Putra).

Ini sekaligus memanjangkan lagi skim skim pelabagai latihan yang ditawarkan pelbagai agensi Kerajaan dan GLC bagi membantu negara-negara kurang membangun. Bantuan latihan ini secara tidak langsung melunaskan sebahagian dari dasar luar negara Malaysia dipersada geo-politik global.

Bahagian kedua akan membincangkan pengalaman dan sumbangan Malaysia dalan memajukan penerbangan awam antarabangsa.

 

Published in: on January 18, 2016 at 09:56  Comments (3)  

False fearture for FGV

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Errand social media users with ill intent to demonise the FGV Group of Companies for the purpotedly bad medical letter guarantee for the employees, have been viralising the fake information.

FGV issued an official denial to quash all these bad press, which already ridiculled many of the workforce.

This is clearly an abuse of the democracy for information with the advancement of technology and content for communications.

This is not the first case of such abuse. Earlier yesterday, false information of demise of Jalan Ampas film industry legend Tan Sri Jins Shamsuddin viralled in social media.

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Rationalising the 1MDB conundrum

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Happy Lunar New Year of the Goat

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Disini Lahirnya Sebuah Cinta

Selamat Hari Kemerdekaan ke 57. May God preserve the Federal Constitution and the spirit, values and virtues that it stood for then and now.

 

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