Obsoletus generat obsoletus

It is science that only a complete obsolete personality in character, behaviour, thought process and attitude can relate and attest to another. The Psuedo-Emperorissimo of Middle Kingdom in Malaysia has time and again proven this.

The pro-Opposition Anwarista controlled online news portal story:

Kit Siang says Ku Li can be next PM in his ‘Save Malaysia’ agenda

Published: 28 April 2015 12:04 PM
Like former law minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim, DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang said he too felt Umno veteran Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah to be a good choice for the next prime minister.

Lim said in view of the current problems faced by both the Barisan Nasional (BN) and Pakatan Rakyat (PR), he came up with several likely candidates to be considered for the top post and Tengku Razaleigh was one of them.

He said this was part of his effort to push the “Save Malaysia” idea – forming a new government that comprise lawmakers from both sides of the political divide – to keep up with the changing political landscape.

“I had in fact named several names, from Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak and Sabah among the present batch of 222 MPs who could be considered as possibilities as prime minister material of such a “Save Malaysia” grand coalition – and Tengku Razaleigh was one of them,” he said in a statement.
The Gelang Patah MP said it was important to have someone who could win the confidence of the current batch of MPs to lead the national agenda of “Save Malaysia” to defend constitutionalism, the rule of law and moderation.

In the statement, which was also his speech at a ceramah in Pengkalan Rinting, Johor Baru last night, Lim presented the audience with two options as solutions to the current impasse and multiple crises faced by the country.

“Either have snap general election or the present batch of 222 MPs should rise above race, religion and party affiliation to elect a “Save Malaysia” PM who is committed to defend constitutionalism, the rule of law and moderation,” he said.

Lim said Malaysia is in a “no man’s land” because the country has never been engulfed with so many crises at one time, giving the example of the RM42 billion 1MDB debts, the GST, the racial and religious polarisation, the loss of confidence in the prime minister and troubles within Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Rakyat.

“For the first time in the nation’s history, there is open speculation as to who should be the new prime minister of Malaysia,” he said.

For the formidable task, Lim said Malaysians must be prepared to put their differences aside and concentrate all the energies on a common agenda – to save Malaysia from all the forces threatening to tear the country asunder.

“I had said that the prime minister of such a ‘Save Malaysia’ coalition can come from either side of the present political divide, can be from the Peninsular Malaysia, Sarawak or Sabah and can be a man or a woman.

More importantly, he said that the next PM must be able to win the confidence of the 222 MPs and be able to lead the national agenda of “Save Malaysia” to defend constitutionalism, the rule of law and moderation “as Malaysia’s way of life and as a model to the world”. – April 28, 2015.

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/kit-siang-says-ku-li-can-be-next-pm-in-his-save-malaysia-agenda#sthash.0w9Dfib7.dpuf

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Maybe Malaysians should be reminded that this person who have been in active Malaysian politics since the mid-1960s is recommending another who is of the same generation. Both simply refuse to retire and bow away from mainstream over-the-table politics.

Despite Tengku Razaleigh once sat at the helm of Pernas, Bank Bumiputra and Petronas as one of the pioneer executives and later the Finance Minister for eight years, that were all in very distant past. To be precise, more than 30 years away.

Ku Li is only known for his fondness to relate to something in the past. Like still raising the ‘tin stock pile’, whenever he tries to relate the current economic scenario and offer his idea of a ‘solution’.

There is no way Ku Li can be Prime Minister. No BN MP would be in the right frame of mind to support him, considering that he is a totally a spent bullet in every single perspective and depth.

The very least, it is unimaginable how would Malaysia benefit from a thought process, energy and dynamism of a man who is 78 years old.

The one time celebrated blue-eyed man of Tun Razak has not said anything remotely worthy of ‘thought provoking’  (in the positive way) in the past thirty years. In fact, he doesn’t get to be invited to speak that often.

Certainly not by international conferences, forums and convergence of MNCs.

He effectively has no new ideas what so ever and totally cannot relate to the current issues, technology and way of doing things, let alone what is the inclination and how young people think.

In suggesting, it is without any ounce of doubt that Kit Siang himself is obsoletus.

The fact that Kit Siang did not suggest via media that the Oppostion should invite Ku Li over to across the Dewan Rakyat chamber and assume the vacant post of the Opposition Leader, demonstrates that even his own party is not convinced that Ku Li is a leader material.

Published in: on April 28, 2015 at 15:00  Comments (1)  

Dirgahayu, TLDM

In the current flavour of the 26th ASEAN Summit now in Kuala Lumpur and Langkawi where Malaysia is chairing, the world should be reminded that the Royal Malaysian Navy celebrates its 81st anniversary today.

It was formed as Straits Settlement Naval Volunteer Reserve and it has grown so far ever since. RMN is now a formidable and respectable naval force in region, especially after acquiring submarine force capability and assets since 2009.

Two RMN Perdana Class submarines in Sepanggar Bay and an RMAF S61 Nuri helicopter approaching and the Mount Kinabalu as the backdrop

Two RMN Perdana Class submarines in Sepanggar Bay and an RMAF S61 Nuri helicopter approaching and the Mount Kinabalu as the backdrop

Malaysia is a maritime nation. 30% of the nation’s food resource and over 90% of the trade requires safe passageway in the open seas.

Coupled with the fact that the world’s second most busiest maritime passageway, the Straits of Melaka and South China Sea are part of the nation’s Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) as defined under United Nation Conference Laws of the Sea (UNCLOS), arisen the requirement for a strong naval and maritime force.

A detailed map of China's claims into ASEAN nations' EEZ

A detailed map of China’s claims into ASEAN nations’ EEZ

It is imperative that a seemingly formidable naval and maritime force exist to police and serve the security and defense requirements and obligation, to maintain the safe passageway as well as sovereignty and the defence of the realm.

In the complexity of modern day hybrid of economic, political and even military projection of power and eventually control and dominance, Malaysia too must keep herself abreast with all these developments. Needless to say, makes the necessary preparations and upgrade existing capability and role and positioning.

China's military maneurvres affecting neighbouring nations and region the past 40 years are centred on hydro-carbon deposits

China’s military maneurvres affecting neighbouring nations and region the past 40 years are centred on hydro-carbon deposits

China should back off from its aggressive maneuvers in South China Sea and stick to commitment of the Document of Conduct (DOC)  signed with ASEAN in November 2002, which agreed to resolve issues which include multiple claims on disputed territories via multilateral discourses based on United Nations Convention Law of the Seas (UNCLOS) dated 1982.

The fact is that many are watching all the military manoeuvres by PLAN and tough diplomatic warnings, China is out to set ‘De Facto Control’ in the South China Sea.

The Wall Street Journal story:

China Set to Consolidate ‘De Facto Control’ of South China Sea, Philippine Official Says

By JASON NG and BEN OTTO

April 26, 2015 6:39 a.m. ET

KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines cautioned Sunday that China will likely continue reclamation work in the South China Sea and called on Southeast Asian nations to confront the issue before their much-larger neighbor extends its influence over the contested waters.

Beijing claims sovereignty over nearly the entire South China Sea. In recent months, China has been expanding two islands it controls and began construction of seven new islets in the sea under its reclamation program.

China is “poised to consolidate de facto control of the South China Sea,” Philippine Foreign Affairs Secretary Albert Del Rosario told his counterparts during a meeting of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

The implications, he said, are “urgent and far-reaching, going beyond the region to encompass the global community.”

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Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines and Brunei—all members of Asean—lay claim to part of the sea. Asean members and China signed a nonbinding pact in 2002 to refrain from actions in the disputed region such as building on islets. That pact was to lead to a legally binding code of conduct in the region, which remains pending.

The Philippines and Vietnam have accused China of breaking the deal through its recent activities, while China says it is entitled to undertake construction projects within its own sovereign territory. Manila has long led the charge against China in the disputed waters, last year warning Asean members that Chinese reclamation threatened to militarize the region and filing a complaint at the United Nations.

Mr. Del Rosario warned that if China successfully completes its reclamation work before signing the binding code—“which is likely to happen”—any eventual agreement would have the effect of “legitimizing China’s reclamation.”

“Asean should assert its leadership, centrality and solidarity,” Mr. Del Rosario stressed. “Asean must show the world that it has the resolve to act in the common interest.”

Chinese officials didn’t immediately comment publicly on Mr. Del Rosario’s remarks.

Write to Jason Ng at jason.ng@wsj.com and Ben Otto at ben.otto@wsj.com

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It is a very important ingredient to maintain sovereignty, safe passageway for maritime and economic purposes, serve the extension of foreign and other policy and above all, maintain neutrality.

The progression of China’s attitude of territorial expansion and imperialism, especially in the unsubstantiated claims of the Nine-Dash-Line is a growingly thorny and worrying issue to ASEAN nations. One of hand China wants to be ‘friendly’ with ASEAN but the aggressiveness and  actions of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Navy points the other way.

The Code of Conduct

The signatories of the Document  of Conduct

Despite being signatory to the Declaration of Conduct in November 2002 with ASEAN, China has demonstrated her unwillingness to progress further to ensure that Conduct of Conduct (COC) is complied but intead stubbornness to adhere.

Almost a year ago, ASEAN through its Secretary General made the call that “China should exit the ‘Disputed Waters’ , which will conducive to restore confidence in the talks to resolve the multiple0claims by others”.

It is necessary that the desire which has since been translated into wrongful (as per defined by UNCLOS) occupation should be impeded from further progression.

Associated Press story:

Philippines urges ASEAN to stop China’s land reclamation in South China Sea

Published April 26, 2015 Associated Press
KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia – The Philippines on Sunday urged the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations to take immediate steps to halt land reclamation by China in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, warning that failure to do so will see Beijing take “de facto control” of the area.

Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert del Rosario told a meeting of ASEAN foreign ministers that if China’s construction of artificial islands on reefs claimed by other countries is allowed to be completed, then Beijing will impose its claim over more than 85 percent of the sea.

Rosario urged the grouping to “stand up” to China by urging it to halt its reclamation work.

China, Taiwan and ASEAN members Malaysia, the Philippines, Vietnam and Brunei have overlapping claims in the South China Sea.

ASEAN has maintained a cautious stand in the dispute to avoid angering China, a key trading partner.

Rosario said the reclamation threatened to militarize the region, infringe on rights of other states and damage the marine environment.

He warned that China, which has been dragging its foot on ASEAN’s push for a binding code of conduct governing behavior in the sea, will aim to complete its reclamation activities before it agrees to conclude the code.

If this happens, he said that the code will legitimize China’s reclamation.

“The threats posed by these massive reclamations are real and cannot be ignored or denied,” he said. “ASEAN should assert its leadership, centrality and solidarity. ASEAN must show the world that it has the resolve to act in the common interest.”

The Philippines filed a case with an international arbitration tribunal in 2013 challenging China’s claim.

Beijing has defended the reclamation, saying it is Chinese territory and the structures are for public service use and to support Chinese fishermen.

Malaysian Foreign Minister Anifah Aman said Friday that ASEAN leaders are expected to raise concerns over Chinese land reclamation at their two-day summit starting Monday and will seek to speed up plans for the code of conduct with China.

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Atolls and reefs within the Nine-Dash-Line that China illegally occupy or for lack of better words, invaded, have since witness the rapid reclamation exercise and construction for bigger permanent facilities such as an airstrip.

IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly story:

China starts work on Mischief Reef land reclamation

Airbus Defence and Space imagery dated 19 July 2014 and 30 January 2015 shows the start of dredging by China at Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands. (CNES 2014/Distribution Airbus DS/IHS)

Airbus Defence and Space imagery dated 19 July 2014 and 30 January 2015 shows the start of dredging by China at Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands. (CNES 2014/Distribution Airbus DS/IHS)

James Hardy, London and Sean O’Connor, Indianapolis, IN – IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly
11 March 2015

Airbus Defence and Space imagery dated 19 July 2014 and 30 January 2015 shows the start of dredging by China at Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands. (CNES 2014/Distribution Airbus DS/IHS)
China has begun to create land on Mischief Reef in Beijing’s latest move to firm up its South China Sea claims.

IHS Maritime identified the dredger as Tian Kai , a trailing suction hopper dredger operated by CCCC Tianjin Dredging Co Ltd that was in the area from 14 January to 16 February.

The Airbus imagery shows Tian Kai dredging a channel close to one of China’s existing platforms in the reef, and depositing the spoil on the reef to create a landmass.

China’s existing presence on Mischief Reef consisted of two small concrete platforms that included buildings and shelters for fishermen.

Other data from IHS Maritime suggests that China is deploying its latest China Coast Guard (CCG) offshore patrol vessels to monitor potential outside interest in the dredging activities. AISLive data showed that Haijing 3307 , a 3000-tonne OPV fitted with water cannon and capable of embarking a helicopter, patrolled an area to the southeast of Mischief Reef from 5 to 24 January and again from 12 to 27 February.

Chinese media have also released satellite images suggesting China is beginning to create a landmass at Subi Reef, which is about 25 km southwest of the Philippine-occupied Thitu Island: Manila’s only Spratly island to have an airstrip. China’s presence on Subi Reef previously consisted of a concrete platform that included buildings, a helipad, and geodesic dome probably fitted with communications equipment.

Meanwhile, Beijing has reacted strongly to comments by the Vietnamese head of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in which he rejected China’s ‘dashed-line claim’ to the South China Sea.

ASEAN secretary general Le Luong Minh told Philippine reporters in Jakarta on 4 March that all ASEAN claimants opposed the dotted line concept because it did not accord with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and because the dotted line covered “90% of the South China Sea”.

“There is no way it can be accepted by any party to UNCLOS,” Le said.

Le described China’s land reclamation activities in the Spratly Islands as potentially dangerous as they were changing “the status quo”.

“The expansion and illegal [occupation] of islands affect the status quo and [they are] complicating the situation,” he added.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei responded on 11 March by saying that ASEAN was not a party to the South China Sea dispute and that Le “has many times made partisan statements that do not accord with the facts nor suit his position” as ASEAN secretary general.

“This is a serious deviation from the neutral position ASEAN and its secretary general ought to have on the relevant issue, and damages the image of ASEAN as a regional international organisation,” Hong added.

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It is considerably unlikely that China would bow to diplomatic pressure and response positively, despite the steady growth of trade between the ambitious neo-pesudo Super Power and ASEAN. A good example is that being a signatory of DOC, China refuse to resolve the Scarborough Shoals issues with the Philippines at the International Court of Justice.

The only way to check on PLAN for further illegal intrusion and possession on atolls and reefs especially in disputed multiple-claims territory such as the Spratlys and most of South China Sea under the unsubstantiated Nine-Dash-Line is to have a formidable naval force.

Hence, the Royal Malaysian Navy must be expanded in its role and capability in the soonest and shortest time to ensure that it serves the obligation to provide defence of Malaysia’s EEZ on top of its new role as the ‘extension of Malaysia’s foreign policy’.

Published in: on April 27, 2015 at 01:30  Comments (14)  

Not allowed under the “Queen’s peace” rule?

The relatives of those who killed by the British Army in 1948 near Batang Kali, are claiming from the British Government to own up for the shooting of the 24 men.

BBC.com story:

1948 Malayan killings case reaches UK Supreme Court

14 minutes ago
From the section UK

Relatives of the dead men lost a case at the Court of Appeal last year

Relatives of the dead men lost a case at the Court of Appeal last year

Relatives of 24 men killed by British troops in Malaya in 1948 have begun making their case in the UK Supreme Court for a public inquiry.


Five judges are considering whether the UK has a duty under human rights laws to investigate the shooting of villagers at Batang Kali.


The families, who say the men were “massacred”, had their case rejected by the UK Court of Appeal last year.
British forces at the time of the killings said the men were insurgents.


Lawyers for the families argue that Britain has a responsibility to commission an independent inquiry under the European Convention on Human Rights – even though the convention was signed after the incident took place.
BBC legal affairs correspondent Clive Coleman said the case was “extraordinary and very troubling”.
He said the relatives of the 24 men had fought a “six-and-a-half-decade battle to get the case to the highest court in the land”.


Among those attending the Supreme Court proceedings was 78-year-old Madam Lim Ah Yin, who was 11 years old at the time of the killings.


She said: “I want to let them [the judges] know the struggle and hardship that my beloved mother suffered after the death of my dad during the massacre.”


The families’ solicitor, John Halford, said those killed were “British subjects living in a British Protected State”.
“They and their families have a right to meaningful British justice.”


Last year, the Court of Appeal heard that at least three of the soldiers who were on patrol and at least five villagers who were at Batang Kali were still alive.


They were told oral evidence from living witnesses, including soldiers and the appellants, would be available to an inquiry.
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What is the case about?

Last year relatives said their “journey to seek redress and justice has not come to an end”

On 11 and 12 December 1948 – when Malaya was still a British colony – 24 villagers were killed by a platoon of Scots Guards during a raid at Batang Kali.


The men were Chinese migrant workers suspected by the British of helping rebels during the Malayan Emergency – a conflict between communist guerrillas and British and Commonwealth forces, which lasted 12 years.
An investigation at the time cleared the soldiers of wrongdoing, but in 1970 some of the soldiers said the villagers had been executed.


In the 1990s, authorities in Malaysia opened an investigation, but it was halted before a conclusion was reached.
There have been numerous calls for a public inquiry – all of which have been rejected by the UK.
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‘Deeply regrettable’
Giving last year’s Court of Appeal’s ruling, Lord Justice Maurice Kay said it was alleged that 24 civilians were “executed without any justification, and that the authorities thereafter have either covered up what occurred or have been reluctant to take the necessary steps to enable the truth – whatever it may be – to be revealed”.


He added: “This has never been accepted by the British authorities, who have maintained that the deceased were shot while they were attempting to escape.”


Michael Fordham QC, representing relatives, said that what happened in 1948 remained a “hugely significant and unresolved instance of human rights abuse”.


He told the court that, despite the passage of time, it was still worthwhile for “historic wrongs” to be investigated.
The judges acknowledged that the original investigation into the killings had been “woefully inadequate”, and said it was “probable” the relatives’ case would succeed in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.


In 2012, a UK government spokesman called the 1948 incident “deeply regrettable” but said a public inquiry “would not be able to reach any credible conclusions given the length of time passed”.

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It is thought that all responsible or had first hand knowledge of this bloody incident are no longer alive. Hence, no one is unable to come forth, to testify if there is any inquiry or tribunal.

This include if any of these men of G platoon, 2nd Scots Guard who rounded up Chinese villagemen in a plantation near Batang Kali Selangor on 12 December 1948, who believed they acted under the “Queen’s Peace” rule.

After all, the British and Commonwealth Forces were present in Malaya were in a state of war, despite it wasn’t declared as a ‘war’.

Malayan Communist Party, whose members are the Malayan People’s Liberation Army and predominantly of Chinese ethnicity, continued the struggle of an armed rebellion as terrorists despite Japanese Imperial Army surrender on 15 August 1945.

They were initially armed by British commandoes at the start of World War II as part of the resistance group in Malaya, during the Japanese occupation (8 December 1941 – 15 August 1945).

A quarter of million dollars bounty for Chin

A quarter of million dollars bounty for Chin “Butcher of Malaya” Peng, from a 1950s Straits Time headline

On 16 June 1948, these rebels killed three British planters in Sungai Siput, Perak and the British government administering Malaya summarily declared the whole peninsular under a state of emergency.

They terrorised the common people, paralysed infrastructure, destroyed amenities and this adversely affected economy. Rubber trees in plantations were hacked, factories, smokehouses and dredges were attacked and destroyed.

War is a tragedy. The man who started and led this armed rebellion to begin with and for over 42 years, has too died since.

The attempt to absolve this case in the name of human rights should also be extended to the other over 10,000 souls perished as the result of brutality caused by the armed rebellion of MCP. Mr Fordham QC should consider this larger lot as well.

Published in: on April 22, 2015 at 23:59  Comments (12)  

The sum of all fears

Some of us were invited to have a private session with Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, about a week after he lashed his critics against Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and openly asked the Sixth Prime Minister to go.

We heard from the Fifth UMNO President’s own mouth on the points he had in his head, considering that he has been complaining   (in private) about the eldest son of the former’s political idol for quite a bit now.

“I cannot be seen as disagreeing with everyone”, a consistent phrase he had reminded us for a few times in our private engagements over more than two years.

 PM Najib's first GE: BN fared worse than 12GE despite UMNO gaining 9MPs more. MCA lost 8MPs where else Dap gained extra 10MPs


PM Najib’s first GE: BN fared worse than 12GE despite UMNO gaining 9 more MPs. MCA lost 8MPs where else DAP gained extra 10MPs

Despite, Tun Dr. Mahathir kept this thoughts to himself threw his relentless support, to ensure BN win big in 13GE. He was out campaigning, as if he was still an active politician.

He was all over Kedah. He was in Johor Bahru. He was in Selangor. He was on stage, to lend Ku Nan’s bid for Putrajaya Parliamentary seat. He even campaigned for unknown Dr. Mazlan Ismail, in his attempt to defeat Anwar Ibrahim in Permatang Pauh.

He also did say that if Prime Minister Najib fared worse than his predecessor, in all fairness, then he should go. Over all, BN did worse in 13GE as compared to 12GE despite wrestling Perak and Kedah back from the Opposition.

At the State Assemblies in 13GE

At the State Assemblies in 13GE. The one time UMNO/BN ‘fixed deposit’ saw the impairment of quarter of DUN seats where else it was a very thin margin in Terengganu and Perak

Particularly in Selangor, where Prime Minister Najib then was BN and UMNO Liaison Chief. UMNO saw the reduction from 21 to 12 ADUNs and BN only manage to scathe with five MPs.

Now, the good doctor penned what he said to us in private for the benefit of all.

We are not sure what is the plan now since UMNO party elections is so far away. What is immediately interesting how this will affect the Permatang Pauh by-election which is coming up around the corner, where it was a perfect opportunity for the people to bury Anwar & Co. for good.

Never the less, it is a situation where the ‘sum of all fears’ for too many people, especially within the party.These are the same people who kept the status quo in late October of 2013, when they could have made a difference.

Published in: on April 20, 2015 at 11:45  Comments (28)  

“You are not alone in telling the truth”

 

Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yasin praised Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for his consistency and perseverance in standing up and telling the truth, from the days as an ordinary UMNO member and young doctor till present day, which include against the West and champion the efforts to criminalise war.

Astro Awani story:

‘You’re not alone in telling the truth, Dr M’, says Muhyiddin

Astro Awani | Updated: April 19, 2015
(First published on: April 19, 2015 17:11 MYT)
KUALA LUMPUR: Any clues of extremism among Malaysians must be immediately blocked and addressed before it poses serious threat to the stability and peace in the country, deputy prime minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today.

Strong measures, he said must be put in place to keep such threats in check and address its root causes.

“Malaysia has done so by introducing tough laws to deal with such threats, including the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) which has been passed by the Parliament recently,” he said when delivering his keynote address at the International Forum ‘Engaging The Young To Criminalise War and Energise Peace’ at Putra Word Trade Centre (PWTC) here.

Muhyiddin who is also Education Minister during delivering the keynote address to the 300-odd participants, also commended Dr Mahathir on his role as a proponent of war movements with the establishment of the Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War — the foundation which Dr Mahathir founded and sits as chairman.

Muhyiddin lauded Dr Mahathir for speaking his mind and expressing his views and advocacy against war.

“Tun has been very vocal in voicing out the brutal truth about war and the misery he causes to the mankind. and therefore calls for war to be made a crime. I must praise you, Sir for your bravery, perseverance in stating the brutal truth about and your guts to stand against a powerful nation,” said Muhyiddin.
Muhyiddin said the theme for this international conference was most appropriate as it had clear and precise message to the young, as they assumed an important role in the shaping of the future.

“The organisers have also scheduled the young members of the pioneering CWC to share their world views of what their movement is all about, their hopes and aspirations,” said Muhyiddin.

He added the young generation must understand and appreciate that this country had been blessed in many ways, and that there was no armed conflict or massive loss of life like in other places.

“I remind you of this to highlight to our young audience here of what peace and goodwill can bring to all of us, not just in our own homes and backyards, but also at the international level. And because we have given our children the best in education, health care and welfare, most Malaysians enjoy a high standard of living.

“Many are able to seek jobs internationally, all because of a solid background in primary and secondary education,” he said.

Muhyiddin also advised the young that they must appreciate the time and Dr Hasmah’s effort on her involvement to the projects under CWC.

Also present were Founder/Chairman of The Kuala Lumpur Foundation to Criminalise War (KLFCW) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Founder/Chairperson of The Criminalise War Club (CWC) Tun Dr Siti Hasmah Mohd Ali and Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman.
Read more at: http://english.astroawani.com/malaysia-news/youre-not-alone-telling-truth-dr-m-says-muhyiddin-58192?cp

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There would be some who would prefer to read what Muhyiddin said today and construe it as a subliminal message in support of Tun Dr. Mahathir’s call for Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak to quit.

However, it is also important to relate what the UMNO Deputy President said in Jakarta, when the Fourth Prime Minister called for the current Prime Minister to go.

Astro Awani story:

Sebagai ahli UMNO, Dr Mahathir berhak bersuara – Muhyiddin

Astro Awani | Kemas kini: April 09, 2015
(Diterbitkan pada: April 09, 2015 16:29 MYT)
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Sebagai ahli UMNO, Dr Mahathir berhak bersuara – Muhyiddin
Muhyiddin minta Tun Mahathir beri Najib peluang tadbir dengan cara sendiri
JAKARTA: Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin menegaskan sebagai ahli UMNO, Tun DR Mahathir berhak untuk bersuara dan menulis sesuatu, lapor Bernama.

Muhyiddin juga dilaporkan berkata beliau tidak merasakan Dr Mahathir mempunyai niat tidak baik apabila mempersoalkan tentang dana pelaburan negara 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

“Saya tidak fikir Tun (Dr Mahathir) berniat tidak baik sebab dia kata dia ahli UMNO dan sebagai ahli UMNO dia berhak untuk bersuara dan kita tidak menyekat beliau bersuara, menulis sesuatu.

“Kita hadapi masa mencabar, kita nak UMNO dan BN (Barisan Nasional) kuat,tak apalah pembangkang kuat tak kuat itu soal dia tetapi yang penting diperingkat UMNO kita mesti bersatu sebab kita akan hadapi rakyat dalam pilihan raya akan datang,” Muhyiddin dipetik sebagai berkata oleh Bernama.

Timbalan Perdana Menteri berada di Jakarta sempena lawatan kerja tiga hari yang berakhir hari ini.

Menyentuh kritikan Dr Mahathir terhadap Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, Muhyiddin berkata beliau menghormati kedua-dua pemimpin dan tidak mahu membuat kenyataan yang berat sebelah kerana apa yang lebih penting ialah rakyat mahukan kebenaran dan parti akan menghadapi pilihan raya.

“Kita kena berlaku adil kepada rakyat,untuk berlaku adil kepada rakyat ialah dengan memberitahu perkara sebenar. Apa yang rakyat mahu ialah kebenaran,apa yang rakyat mahu ialah cerita yang benar.

Kalau mereka mendengar daripada pihak lain, (akan timbul) pelbagai cerita,tetapi tidak dapat disahkan (sama ada) benar (atau) tak benar, jadi (akan) timbul banyak tanda soal dalam kepala dan benak rakyat dan pasti itu tidak baik untuk kita,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, kabinet pernah berbincang mengenai perkara itu dan berpendapat bahawa dalam hal seperti itu terutama yang menyentuh peribadi perdana menteri atau keluarganya dan 1MDB, Perdana Menteri lebih tahu daripada orang lain.

Muhyiddin berkata, satu perkara yang perlu diberi perhatian ialah bekas perdana menteri itu diketahui umum sebagai seorang tokoh dan pemimpin sebelum ini dan beliau masih mempunyai pandangan, berpengaruh dan ada pengikutnya.

“Sebab itu, apabila beliau mencetuskan beberapa perkara dalam penulisan beliau, saya sendiri secara peribadi tidak memandang ringan. Ia ada impak dan kesannya. Kalau dia (Dr Mahathir) menyentuh mengenai urusan kerajaan, yang mana patut kita jelaskan, kita patut jelaskan,” kata Muhyiddin.

Muhyiddin berkata, dalam isu tertentu yang menyentuh soal seperti 1MDB dan hal yang ada kaitan dengan perdana menteri sendiri, Najib juga boleh bertemu dengan Dr Mahathir untuk menjawab bagi menjelaskan
perkara sebenar.

“Saya setuju supaya bukan sahaja Perdana Menteri menjelaskan (isu-isu yang dibangkitkan oleh Dr Mahathir) untuk pengetahuan umum supaya tidak ada salah anggapan dan salah fahaman tentang perkara tertentu, penting juga penjelasan untuk pengetahuan rakyat. Tetapi saya fikir yang agak baik ialah pertemuan, kalau Datuk Seri Najib sebagai anak dan Tun sebagai bapa, maka saya pun begitu.

“Jumpalah Tun, kalau dah jumpa dahulu, mungkin perlu jumpa lagi, elok jumpa lagi sebagai bapa dan anak, saya percaya Tun Mahathir pasti akan menerima dan Datuk Seri Najib tidak akan berasa janggal. Janggal makna anda tahu, anda berasa seperti anda tahu bukan (sesuatu yang) luar biasa,” kata beliau.

Katanya, jika bersemuka dan saling memahami, maka Najib boleh bertanya dan berbincang secara ikhlas dan mungkin isu yang dibangkitkan itu tidak berterusan serta tidak menjadikan kerajaan pimpinan Najib dalam keadaan serba salah.

Namun dalam masa yang sama Muhyiddin juga meminta Dr mahathir agar memberi peluang kepada Najib untuk mentadbir negara dengan caranya sendiri.

“Ada pandangan berbeza, tetapi biarlah pimpinan kerajaan hari ini cuba laksanakan perkara yang kita fikir beri impak kepada pembangunan sosioekonomi rakyat menerusi program transformasi, rasionalisasi subsidi, bantuan rakyat dalam bentuk BR1M dan sebagainya, ada impaknya walaupun Tun tidak begitu bersetuju dengan perkara begitu,” katanya.
Read more at: http://www.astroawani.com/berita-malaysia/sebagai-ahli-umno-dr-mahathir-berhak-bersuara-muhyiddin-57484?cp

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Muhyiddin, who has been known to make bold statements, asked that Prime Minister Najib to continue and engage Tun Dr. Mahathir and address issues raised which include the many unanswered bits which deemed scandalous in the 1MDB episode.

The same time, one time Minister of Youth and Sports and Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs in then Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s Cabinet between 1995-2003, asked his former Boss to allow time for the announced audits to be carried out in 1MDB.

The past six weeks, Muhyiddin had been very consistent on 1MDB and issues be addressed, in the open.

He was the first Cabinet Minister to ask then Prime Minister ‘Flip-Flop’ Dato’ Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to quit upon forming the Federal Government post 12GE, which resulted in BN losing for the first time the two-third majority control in Dewan Rakyat and five-plus-one state to the Opposition.

Acknowledging Tun Dr. Mahathir’s consistency and perseverance is a good step for further initiatives to stop the rot or perception on the rot, especially in government strategic investment such as 1MDB and programs which are supposed to benefit the people.

Published in: on April 19, 2015 at 19:45  Comments (5)  

Solidarity: Maturity of leadership

Menteri Besar Kedah and UMNO Kedah Liaison Chief Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir demonstrated his leadership maturity when the UMNO and BN Kedah made a strong resolution to support the leadership of Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak in Alor Setar this morning.

Bernama.com story:

Kedah Umno Gives Full Support To Najib, Mukhriz

ALOR SETAR, April 18 (Bernama) – Kedah UMNO has pledged full to the leadership of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Dr Mahathir.

Its deputy chairman, Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah said this was agreed at a special meeting of Kedah UMNO Liaison here, Saturday.

He said the special meeting also agreed that Mukhriz should not make a statement on the issue on April 24 in Kuala Lumpur.

“We have also agreed to cancel the Kedah Umno Liaison meeting on April 24,” he told a press conference after the special meeting at Seri Mentaloon, the menteri besar’s official residence.

Mukhriz was not present in the meeting room during the press conference.

The special meeting which began at noon and ended two hours later was also attended by Barisan Nasional (BN) state assemblymen in Kedah.

It was chaired by Mukhriz, who is also Kedah UMNO Liaison chairman.

All UMNO division chiefs were present at the special meeting except Datuk Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim (Baling), Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom (Jerai) and Datuk Mohd Johari Baharom (Kubang Pasu).

The only BN state assemblyman missing from today’s meeting was Datuk Ahmad Lebai Sudin (Bukit Lada).

Ahmad Bashah, who is also the Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism, said those who did not attend the special meeting were overseas and had sent representatives.

The meeting also agreed to respect the views of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and wants him to give Najib the time to address the issues raised.

It also supported the prime minister’s decision urging the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to conduct an audit of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

He said the question of Kedah UMNO unity did not arise as shown by the special meeting which fully supported the prime minister and the menteri besar.

Asked whether Kedah UMNO would take action against Ahmad Lebai for urging Mukhriz to quit if he failed to support Najib, he said it was up to UMNO headquarters.

Ahmad Bashah also said Ahmad Lebai’s remark calling on Mukhriz to quit the menteri besar’s post was a personal statement and did not represent any party.

— BERNAMA

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Mukhriz managed to convince the many UMNO Kedah Division leaders and ADUNs to come into a single voice, which include to support his own leadership as MB and UMNO Kedah. Mukhriz was presented as BN’s choice of  MB Kedah by Prime Minister Najib after BN wrested Kedah from PAS two years ago.

At the eve of 13GE campaign, Prime Minister Najib announced that Mukhriz shall be MB Kedah if BN was returned to power.

UMNO Kedah leaders who made the media conference at Seri Mentaloon after this morning’s special meeting also pronounced their highest regards for Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and requested that Prime Minister Najib be allowed more time to resolve some of the issues raised.

Deputy Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumerism Dato’ Ahmad Bashah who is UMNO Kedah Deputy Liaison Chief also explained in the media conference Mukhriz should not issue any statement on the matter. In short, UMNO Kedah asked Mukhriz not to be made to choose between his loyalty to Prime Minister Najib and as a son to Tun Dr. Mahathir.

The manner this issue which could be very tricky and dodgy personally for Mukhriz is a demonstration of his political leadership and maturity. Considering that he has only been in the chair for less than two years, it is a good notch up his sleeve.

Getting solidarity from the diversity of the various UMNO Division Chiefs and ADUNs and their political ambitions and affiliation itself is also an interesting development to be watched closely.

Published in: on April 19, 2015 at 00:01  Comments (2)  

The trusted washing machine

The Malaysian Insider has proven itself to be a tool to extend the Anwarisra agenda with the habitual  consistancy of  spinning and manipulating facts and words and eventually manufacturing new ones.

This is what their story about what Minister in Prime Minister’s Department Dato’ Seri Abdul Wahid Omar take on 1MDB’s solvency:

Minister admits 1MDB debt burdensome, Putrajaya to stop all new loans

BY MOHD IZWAN

Published: 17 April 2015 12:39 PM
Datuk Seri Abdul Wahid Omar admitted that the Ministry of Finance’s strategic investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) is a burden, given its failure to generate cash flow against its huge debts.

The minister in the prime minister’s department said that 1MDB had taken loans from banks and the capital market to purchase assets, but failed to raise cash flow, causing it to be unsustainable.

Wahid said 1MDB had expanded by taking loans from banks and the capital market which they had used to purchase assets, including IPPs, causing their debt to rise to RM42 billion as of March 2014.

“So you can imagine the quantum; it is very high and tough,” he said at a forum in Petaling Jaya last night.
Responding to questions posed by the audience, Wahid said that as long as the assets were not able to generate cash flow, 1MDB will fail to be sustainable.

“Unless it can generate cash flow, it will not be sustainable,” he said.

He added that the debt is expected to have an impact on 1MDB and that three strategic steps have been taken to address the problems.

“They have taken strategic steps to re-evaluate the business model and structure, and three decisions have been taken,” he said.

According to Wahid, these included halting all forms of new loans, focussing on the two main projects, namely the Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) and Bandar Malaysia, and to ensure the initial public offering of IPP Edra Energy can take place soon.

“These are the strategic steps that have been identified,” he added.

Criticism has been mounting over 1MDB, which was established in 2009 and has chalked up debts of up to RM42 billion.

This led to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak ordering the Auditor-General to “independently verify 1MDB’s accounts”, with the findings to be submitted to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC). – April 17, 2015.

– See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/minister-admits-1mdb-debt-burdensome-putrajaya-to-stop-all-new-loans#sthash.3cCNiw4M.dpuf

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According to this story, 1MDB was reckless in raising financing which include borrowings to fund its acquisition but failed to generate adequate ensure the cash-flow to service these financing commitments.

Now, compare that with what Wahid actually said about 1MDB at the Akademi Kapten Hussein.

“It was a strategic investment management company. Their model was to raise long term bonds. Aided by Government guarantee, it would help to lower cost of funds and invested in long term investments”.

“The burden of servicing (the financial commitments) such a high debt is difficult. So until and unless the assets are able to generate the cash-flow, it is not sustainable. That is something the board and management of 1MDB had realised and they have undertaken a strategic review of their business model and capital structure and they have decided three things:

1. Not to incur any new debts unless to meet the current debt obligations or refinance the current obligations

2. They have agreed not to embark on any new projects or ventures and focus the efforts on the two big projects; TRX and Bandar Malaysia

3. Work as much as possible to get the IPO of Edra Energy (holding company of the IPPs) going. This IPO will get proceeds to reduce their debts. Plus if they were to reduce their holdings to below 50%, then they are able to de-consolidate all the debts at subsidiary level.

There were a number of allegations as contained in the Sarawak Reports and a number of other publications. It would be investigated. Prime Minister has made a commitment for an audit to be undertaken by the Auditor General and the report would be presented to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

Lets draw a line. We will do that audit for all the past actions. But what is important is for us to be constructive and focus our efforts on solving the current issue”.

Summarising the story should not tantamount to putting words into the Minister’s mouth. That is manipulating what the Fellow of Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and former President and Group CEO of the largest commercial bank, Maybank, actually said.

Spinning even in dry mode is utterly ‘laundering information’. Unless going low is the best that Anwaristas could do trying to stir up shit storm when their boss’s agenda has guttered into oblivion, then they should uphold the true principles of journalism which is telling the true story.

It is good business for mainstream media for online media to take up advertisement spaces as part of settlement means through inadvertent legal obligation.

Published in: on April 18, 2015 at 10:00  Leave a Comment  

AWO as ‘Red Box’ Minister?

AWO as the ‘Red Box’ Minister, to focus on the finance in PM Najib’s transformation agenda

Rumours circulating that Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak is relinquishing his post as Minister of Finance and Minister in Prime Minister’s Department (in charge of EPU) Dato’ Sri Abdul Wahid Omar will replace him in a Cabinet reshuffle anytime soon.

Wahid who is Fellow Certified Accountant and member of Malaysian Institute of Accountants was the immediate past President of Maybank Group. Before that he was the CEO of Renong Group and Telekom Malaysia.

He has had more than 28 years of hard nose experience in merchant and investment banking, corporate finance, over all and turn around management in infrastructure, telecommunication and commercial banking is thought to be the best candidate to assume this job. His wealth of experience, which include macro economic and economic transformation planning the past two years would be invaluable to propel the nation forward under the stewardship of Prime Minister Najib.

Prime Minister Najib has less than five years to bring up the nation to a level befitting a developed nation status, as per envisaged by Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad when he started the initiative as ‘Vision 2020′ almost a quarter century ago.

He also wanted to reduce the deficit of the Malaysian economy, rationalise and restructure subsidies aimed for the needful lot and address the borrowings.

At the same time, all these initiatives are couple with economic transformation programs to propel the nation into a high value economy and provide more jobs and opportunities, especially in a vast growing younger Malaysian denomination and live up to the challenges of their expectations.

It makes perfect sense to have a full time Finance Minister, who is able to focus on both the strategy and tactical roll outs. The fact that Wahid is apolitical and play the role with utmost professionalism would be a boon for Prime Minister Najib to realise his transformation agenda for Malaysia.

Other names have also been floated around in the Cabinet reshuffle. This include a new Minister of Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs, Deputy Finance and Information and Communication Ministers.

Published in: on April 17, 2015 at 12:30  Comments (6)  

Noble intentions

Writer of the letter and Fourth Prime Minister and the dotting wife

The banter between Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak on several strategic issues, gets different perception from different people which include professionals below thirties.

7:54AM Apr 14, 2015
By Goh Wei Liang

I believe

I believe Dr Mahathir Mohamad had noble intentions when he raised a few questions publicly to the prime minister. At his age, what else could he possibly want? Dr Mahathir spent three decades of his life in government (22 years as PM) and continued to give advice on issues even after his retirement. He only wants what is best for the party and the soil that we stand on today – Malaysia.

I believe the prime minister still has the highest level of respect for Dr Mahathir, judging from his tone and angle during the Soal Jawab. The sacrifices and contributions Dr Mahathir made in developing unity and growing our economy throughout his years as prime minister are engraved in the hearts and memories of many of us. He gave the good years of his life to this country.

I believe Dr Mahathir’s questions on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) were fair. Many are confused with what’s happening. But the confusion stem from the complexity of the topic (money markets and corporate finance are dry topics to many) and further complicated by the many statements out there. There have been too many contradicting statements including those from the Treasury and 1MDB CEO.

Let’s not forget the fact that people also read Sarawak Report and The Edge’s stories on this topic. I wonder why the government or Treasury hasn’t setup a 1MDB Taskforce (Comms) just like we always do with other issues. If we are gonna talk, shouldn’t we have just one source, one voice and one storyline with solid facts?

I believe that the RM50 billion assets and RM42 billion liabilities are on the table as audited. But we must understand also that 1MDB is losing money with these assets and investments. Soon, the net assets will become net liabilities if we do not restructure not just the debt but also the subsidiaries and the operating procedures soon enough. We cannot depend only on monetising some of the ‘idle’ assets quickly, such as Tun Razak Exchange.

We must never forget those companies and transactions that cause 1MDB to be in the red. Otherwise, profits from TRX will just end up covering the losses elsewhere. I know we have the expertise in government, Treasury and other investment arms to help turn around this into a success and I believe we can.

I believe the prime minister has taken bold steps and was being transparent in his actions on 1MDB. He made the right move when he ordered the auditor-general to verify 1MDB accounts after which the report will be passed on to the Public Accounts Committee which comprises of opposition leaders like Tony Pua. Let’s be fair and honest here. Did you expect the prime minister to make this move? Surely not if you think he has something to hide.

Whatever reasons or explanation the prime minister gives on 1MDB will never be accepted by critics now. As supporters of the government, the party and as concerned citizens, we should wait for the auditor-general’s report on 1MDB before we comment further.

Table audit on 1MDB fast

I believe we should applaud the prime minister when he agreed with Umno Youth’s request that the audit should be thorough and completed as soon as possible. This is the single, most credible piece of document that could answer all questions out there, hopefully, and we must have it on the table fast.

I believe the Economic Planning Unit of both the federal and state government of Johor should come out publicly to share and explain the cost benefit analysis for the proposed crooked bridge (within the borders of Malaysia). The government can afford a bridge but the benefits must far outweigh the costs for anyone to invest in it. Besides environmental and legal issues, of course. Surely someone has done some studies on this project, no?

We have heard the argument that the bridge will allow ships of certain sizes to pass the Straits of Johor and it could boost the shipment volume in Tanjung Pelepas, Pasir Gudang and perhaps Kuantan. But there might be other issues and challenges that we don’t know and the agencies should not leave the prime minister in the shooting range. Speak up!

I believe the prime minister when he said that he did not order anyone to kill Altantuya and he has never met or known her. Swearing on the Quran is not a small matter. It is a grave and heinous sin if the truth is otherwise. And there is not a shred of evidence which links the victim to the prime minister. The closest we have seen was the doctored photo by an opposition leader.

I believe Dr Mahathir still cares for the prime minister and perhaps wanted to see a different side of him. The prime minister and Barisan Nasional must enter into the combative mode – attack and not backpedal to defend ourselves all the time. We must make a stand on policies and key issues, make it loud and clear. We need to focus on the details in whatever we do and whenever we communicate.

After all, in this age of digital and social media where information flows freely and perception is key in politics, we should be detailed, fast, strong and articulate or risk falling behind.

I believe with Dr Mahathir’s vast experience in politics and government, if both could still work with each other, Barisan Nasional will be at its strongest when that happens.

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GOH WEI LIANG is a senior analyst at a government agency. He blogs at http://manifestogwl.blogspot.com

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This is a letter published in Malaysiakini by a young man who grew up and benefitted from the nation building and growth during Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s tenure. He has since looked up on the Statesman.

Mr. Goh is an economics graduate from Australia and crunch up numbers, for the purpose of measuring up and strategic planning in Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s transformation plan and agenda.

Mr. Goh’s letter makes most sense as compared to all the “We fully support the leadership of Prime Minister and UMNO President Najib” calls, almost daily events now being featured by mainstream media especially tv stations.

It is a good time for UMNO leaders to wise up quickly and learn something from young Mr. Goh.

Published in: on April 14, 2015 at 10:30  Comments (41)  

PLA protagonists’ powerful ploy

China People’s Liberation Army finally admitted using cyber-technology as an offensive weapon, affirming their position on their cyberspace prowess in the age where all walks of everyday life is dependent on communication and connectivity.

China (Finally) Admits to Hacking

An updated military document for the first time admits that the Chinese government sponsors offensive cyber units.

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By Shannon Tiezzi
March 18, 2015

China’s military has finally pulled back the curtain on its cyber strategy, admitting for the first time that it (like countries around the world) has cyber units set up not only for defense, but for attack.

Officially, China’s line has always been that its government does not sponsor any form of hacking. Those denials rang hollow to foreign experts, however, who pointed both to evidence of Chinese cyberattacks and to the sheer folly of a country of China’s size and global importance not including cyberespionage in its intelligence-gathering arsenal.

Now Beijing may finally be ready to drop the charade. The updated edition of The Science of Military Strategy, an authoritative analysis of China’s military thinking, includes references to China’s cyber-warfare units. “This is the first time we’ve seen an explicit acknowledgement of the existence of China’s secretive cyber-warfare forces from the Chinese side,” Joe McReynolds of the Center for Intelligence Research and Analysis told The Daily Beast. “[T]hey’ve come out and said, ‘Yes, we do in fact have network attack forces, and we have teams on both the military and civilian-government sides.’”

The Science of Military Strategy, published in Chinese in 2001 (and translated into English in 2007) is a staple reference not only for Western scholars but for senior PLA strategists and decision makers, explains Andrew Erickson, an expert on Chinese military affairs at the U.S. Naval War College. The updated edition was published in Chinese in December 2013 but only recently became available to foreign analysts. China is well aware that the book is widely studied by foreign experts as well as Chinese military thinkers, meaning the reference to cyber-attack forces was likely a carefully considered decision.

McReynolds said China has dedicated cyber units operating in both the military and the civilian sphere. Within the PLA, China has “specialized military network warfare forces” for carrying out both offensive and defense cyber operations. China also has cyber specialists within civilian organizations, including the Ministry of State Security and the Ministry of Public Security, “authorized by the military to carry out network warfare operations.”

China has previously acknowledged that its military employs cyber experts – for example, a story about a 30-person “Blue Army” of PLA cyber-specialists made headlines in 2011. However, China continued to insist that its cyber capabilities were 100 percent focused on defending Chinese networks, rather than probing foreign systems for information or weaknesses. “The Blue Army’s main target is self-defense. We won’t initiate an attack on anyone,” a senior PLA official insisted when news of the unit’s existence broke.

Foreign Ministry and Defense Ministry spokespeople have likewise consistently and categorically denied that the Chinese government sponsors hacking activities of any kind. Now that The Science of Military Strategy has stated otherwise, “[t]hey can’t make that claim anymore,” McReynolds said.

The news that China does, in fact, have units of cyber spies won’t be “earth-shattering” to foreign experts, James Lewis, an expert on China’s cyber strategies at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told The Daily Beast (see here for more from Lewis on China’s cyber activities). However, the new openness on the part of the PLA could have long-lasting implications if it does turn out to be part of a policy shift.

The U.S. government has been seeking to entice more PLA transparency on cyber issues by openly explaining its own cyber-strategy. Those overtures hadn’t paid off – China continued to block any real discussion by denying it partakes in any cyber-espionage activities. The acknowledgement of offensive cyber units in The Science of Military Strategy may mean that Beijing is increasing cyber transparency, which could pave the way for discussions on the issue.

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This very much attest the theory of China’s invasionary and dominance attitude.

Published in: on April 13, 2015 at 18:30  Comments (10)  
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