Better late than never

Settling debts is noble despite it is late. War bonds raised for the ‘Great War’ almost a hundred years ago was finally paid, yesterday.

London Evening Standard:

UK debt from First World War finally repaid

Debt repaid: a poppy installation at the Tower of London to commemorate the centenary of the First World War last year (Picture: Getty)

STANDARD REPORTER
Published: 09 March 2015 Updated: 12:44, 09 March 2015
Britain’s outstanding First World War debt has finally been repaid after the Chancellor redeemed £1.9billion from a bond.

The 3.5% War Loan was the most widely held of any UK Government bond with more than 120,000 holders, or 60% of all holdings of government gilts.

It comes as the Government looks to remove all other undated gilts in its portfolio, some of which have origins going back to the 18th century.

About 97,000 of these investors held less than £1,000 and almost 38,000 holders owned less than £100, according to the Treasury.

The 3.5% War Loan was issued in 1932 by the then-chancellor Neville Chamberlain in exchange for the 5% War Loan 1929-47, which was issued in 1917 as part of the effort to raise money to pay for the First World War.

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The Debt Management Office estimates that Britain has paid some £5.5 billion in total interest on the 5% and 3.5% war loans since 1917.

Current low interest rates mean the Government is able to refinance the debt with new bonds.

The Treasury is also looking to remove all six of the other remaining undated gilts in its portfolio, including some debt originally issued in the era of the South Sea Bubble in the 18th century.

The plan to repay the First World War debt was announced in December, when Chancellor George Osborne said: “We can, at last, pay off the debts Britain incurred to fight the First World War.

“It is a sign of our fiscal credibility and it’s a good deal for this generation of taxpayers. It’s also another fitting way to remember that extraordinary sacrifice of the past.”

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Imagine the war bonds and promisories  for World War II and the two Gulf Wars. The future generation of a great nation is eternally debated for the politics of previous leaders, who defined the “Britannia shall rule the waves” maxim.

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Muhyiddin: Ketua Audit Negara wajar semak 1MDB

Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin menyokong penuh saranan agar Ketua Audit Negara menyemak secara telus dan menyeluruh semua kedudukan kewangan, asset dan liabiliti, kegiatan, transaksi dan kommitmen 1MDB, agar segala tohmahan dan andaian dapat di jawab secara muktamad.

Kenyataan Muhyiddin:

KENYATAAN AKHBAR YAB TIMBALAN PERDANA MENTERI BERHUBUNG ISU 1MDB 6 MAC 2015

Dalam mesyuarat Jemaah Menteri pada 4 Mac 2015, Jemaah Menteri telah diberikan taklimat oleh 1MDB dan firma auditnya Deloitte berhubung beberapa dakwaan yang dibuat terhadap dana pelaburan strategik itu. Saya menyambut baik arahan YAB Perdana Menteri supaya Ketua Audit Negara mengesahkan secara bebas akaun 1MDB yang mana laporannya akan diserahkan kepada Jawatankuasa Kira-Kira Wang Negara untuk penelitian lanjut.

Saya berpandangan Ketua Audit Negara wajar mengaudit akaun 1MDB secara telus, bebas dan menyeluruh dengan meneliti akaun 1MDB sejak awal penubuhannya.

Ini kerana beberapa tuduhan penyelewengan yang dilemparkan terhadap dana pelaburan strategik itu adalah berhubung urusniaga yang dibuat sejak tahun 2009 yang tidak termasuk dalam tahun kewangan 2013 yang diaudit oleh firma Deloitte.

Ini termasuk tuduhan berlakunya penyelewengan dalam usahasama antara 1MDB dan PetroSaudi International seperti yang ditimbulkan oleh beberapa portal berita. Saya percaya pengauditan yang telus, bebas dan menyeluruh adalah penting untuk membersihkan nama dana pelaburan strategik milik kerajaan itu daripada sebarang tuduhan penyelewengan dan salah laku.

Oleh kerana dakwaan terhadap 1MDB melibatkan urusniaga korporat yang agak kompleks serta menyentuh kepentingan negara dan kerajaan, Ketua Audit Negara mestilah diberikan sokongan sumber, kepakaran dan tempoh masa yang tidak terlalu lama untuk menyiapkan satu laporan yang lengkap dan komprehensif. Ini penting untuk memulihkan reputasi 1MDB dan mengembalikan keyakinan pelabur.

Audit forensik hendaklah dilaksanakan untuk menentukan tiada penyelewengan kewangan berlaku dalam urusniaga 1MDB. Pada masa yang sama, Jawatankuasa Kira-Kira Wang Negara juga boleh memulakan siasatannya sendiri tanpa perlu menunggu Laporan Ketua Audit Negara disiapkan.

1MDB mesti memandang serius semua dakwaan yang dilemparkan terhadapnya terutama di media sosial. Untuk membersihkan nama 1MDB, tindakan undang–undang hendaklah diambil terhadap sesiapa sahaja yang melemparkan tuduhan tidak berasas.

Lembaga Pengarah 1MDB juga perlu mengambil tanggungjawab bersama dan bersedia menghadapi tindakan undang-undang sekiranya hasil siasatan mendapati terdapat kecuaian atau penyelewengan dalam urusniaga 1MDB.

Lembaga Pengarah perlu memberikan penjelasan tentang beberapa urusniaga yang kelihatan tidak memberikan keuntungan jangka panjang kepada syarikat dan kerajaan. Kerajaan juga akan menanggung kerugian jika penstrukturan semula 1MDB melibatkan penjualan tanah TRX dan Bandar Malaysia yang diperolehi pada harga yang rendah daripada kerajaan dan hasil penjualan digunakan untuk membayar hutang syarikat.

Saya juga ingin menegaskan bahawa sebarang usaha untuk menangani isu 1MDB tidak wajar melibatkan tindakan menyelamat (bail out) syarikat tersebut dengan menggunakan dana awam.

TAN SRI DATO HJ MUHYIDDIN HJ MOHD YASSIN

Timbalan Perdana Menteri

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Ini merupakan sejajar dengan kommitmen yang dibuat Perdana Menteri Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak mengenai akaun dan kedudukan kewangan, asset dan liabiliti 1MDB perlu disahkan secara bebas oleh Ketua Audit Negara dan juruaudit bebas dan laporan itu akan disemak oleh Jawatankuasa Kira-Kira Awam (PAC).

Laporan Utusan Malaysia semalam:

Sahkan akaun 1MDB- PM arahkan Ketua Audit Negara,

-Laporan akan diserah kepada PAC

05 Mac 2015 1:08 AM

KUALA LUMPUR 4 Mac – Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak telah mengarahkan Ketua Audit Negara untuk mengesahkan secara bebas akaun 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
Menurut kenyataan Pejabat Perdana Menteri hari ini, laporan Ketua Audit Negara akan dise­rahkan untuk pemeriksaan telus kepada Jawatankuasa Kira-kira Awam (PAC) yang bersifat bipar­tisan sepenuhnya dan mencerminkan komposisi Parlimen.
Ia menyatakan Perdana Menteri telah memberitahu Kabinet mengenai langkah itu.
“Jika terbukti ada salah laku, undang-undang akan dikuatkuasakan tanpa pengecualian,” kata Najib.
Kenyataan itu menerangkan perdana menteri hari ini memang­gil 1MDB dan juruaudit mereka, Deloitte menghadap Kabinet berikutan laporan media baru-baru ini berkaitan syarikat pembangunan strategik milik penuh kerajaan itu.
Setelah menerima penjelasan dari 1MDB dan Deloitte, Kabinet melahirkan keyakinan bahawa tidak terdapat sebarang salah laku dalam 1MDB, dan hasrat mereka supaya syarikat itu dibenar melaksanakan hasil semakan strategiknya yang dicadangkan,” kata kenyataan itu.
Walaupun demikian, ia mengambil perhatian bahawa kerajaan telah meminta Ketua Audit Negara memeriksa akaun 1MDB sebagai langkah lanjutan.
Ia berkata, 1MDB telah memberi taklimat mengenai situa­si semasanya dan menjawab siri pertanyaan dikemukakan oleh menteri-menteri kabinet, termasuk Perdana Menteri dan Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin.
Deloitte katanya, memberi keterangan menyeluruh tentang urusan mereka dengan 1MDB dan mengesahkan bahawa firma itu telah mengaudit dan mengesahkan akaun syarikat berkenaan.
“Kabinet diberitahu bahawa dakwaan baru-baru ini yang ditujukan kepada 1MDB, adalah berkaitan transaksi pihak ketiga seperti Petrosaudi, bukan 1MDB.
“Pelaburan relevan 1MDB telah dikembalikan sepenuhnya dengan keuntungan signifikan yang tersedia diaudit,” menurut kenyataan itu.
Sementara itu, Presiden dan Pengarah Eksekutif Kumpulan 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Arul Kanda berkata, adalah jelas semua serangan yang ditujukan kepada 1MDB hanya bermotif politik dan sengaja dibuat sebagai percubaan untuk melemahkan syarikat dengan menyebarkan dakwaan tidak berasas dan lebih bersifat spekulasi yang seterus­nya akan memberi kesan kepada ekonomi.
“Sehubungan itu, 1MDB amat mengalu-alukan permintaan Per­dana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak supaya Ketua Audit Negara mengesahkan akaun 1MDB, yang mana sebelum ini telah diaudit oleh Deloitte yang juga satu daripada firma terkemuka dunia.
“Kami akan memberi kerjasama sepenuhnya kepada Ketua Audit Negara dan berharap hasil penemuannya dapat menjawab segala spekulasi yang ditimbulkan baru-baru ini,” katanya dalam kenyataan di sini hari ini.
– See more at: http://www.utusan.com.my/berita/nasional/sahkan-akaun-1mdb-1.66125/najib-tun-razak-1.66130#sthash.HtUaMbbU.dpuf

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Apa yang menarik ialah keyakinan yang diunjurkan oleh Muhyiddin sebagai orang nombor dua dalam Kabinet dan Kerajaan dimana dana awam tidak akan digunakan untuk menyelamat (bail out) mana mana entiti dalam kumpulan 1MDB, sekiranya perlu berlaku sebarang penstrukturan modal, kedudukan kewangan dan asset, kommitmen dan liabiliti 1MDB.

Konglomerat yang bermula dari dana bernilai RM4 billion sebagai entiti pelaburan strategik semasa PM Najib mula mengambil alih sebagai Perdana Menteri ke VI,  kini mempunyai asset dinilaikan melebihi RM50 billion.

Antara program program pendidikan asas dan khidmat rakyat (CSR) oleh 1MDB

1MDB merupakan entiti kommersial pelaburan strategik Kerajaan, yang begitu kontroversi dan hebat dibincangkan oleh banyak pihak secara aktif terutama media baru dan sosial. Ianya lebih menarik perhatian umum apabila sering diulas secara kritikal oleh Perdana Menteri Malaysia IV Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad dan Mantan Menteri Kewangan Tun Daim Zainuddin.

Ianya dijadikan modal politik Pembangkang walaupun hakikatnya 1MDB banyak melakukan program program khidmat rakyat (CSR) melalui Yayasan 1MDB, yang dananya datang dari keuntungan melalui pelaburan dan pulangan 1MDB.

Setakat ini Kerajaan gagal menangani persepsi negatif mengenai 1MDB dan penjelasan yang diusahakan setakat ini terutama oleh politikus Kerajaan sebenarnya makin mengelirukan.

Ketua Pengarah Eksekutif 1MDB Arul Kanda bersama Timblan Menteri Kewangan Dato’ Hj. Ahmad b. Hj. Maslan

Ketua Pengarah Eksekutif 1MDB Arul Kanda telah memberikan terumramah eksklusif kepada Mingguan Malaysia, dalam usaha untuk meningkatkan kefahaman rakyat mengenai konglomerat pelaburan strategik Kerajaan itu, tiga minggu lepas.

1MDB tamatkan spekulasi

15 Februari 2015 12:09 AM

Kuala Lumpur 12 Februari 2015 TEMUBUAL bersama Presiden & Ketua
MUKADIMAH : Sebagai sebuah syarikat pembangunan strategik dimiliki sepenuhnya oleh kerajaan Malaysia, 1MDB dilanda satu demi satu isu daripada pelbagai entiti, yang kebanyakannya mendapat maklumat daripada pihak ketiga.
“Tiada siapa mahu datang bertanya terus kepada kami, walaupun kami membuka pintu untuk memberi penerangan,’’ kata Presiden dan Pengarah Eksekutif Kumpulan 1MDB, Arul Kanda . Jumaat lalu, beliau mengumumkan pembayaran penuh pinjamannya berjumlah RM2 bilion, sekali gus membuktikan dakwaan pelbagai pihak kononnya 1MDB gagal berbuat demikian, hanya spekulasi semata-mata. Dalam wawancara eksklusif bersama Mingguan Malaysia, yang merupakan sesi sulungnya dengan media sejak menerajui 1MDB pada 5 Januari lalu, Arul menyampaikan mesej yang terang dan jelas arah tuju 1MDB di bawah kepimpinannya. Arul menjawab dengan penuh keyakinan terhadap soalan-soalan yang dikemukakan dan sengaja tidak diberikan awal oleh Pengarang Berita Ekonomi, Johardy Ibrahim , Penolong Pengarang Berita Ekonomi, Fauzi Jaafar dan wartawan Zunaidah Zain on dalam wawancara di pejabatnya, kelmarin.
MINGGUAN : 1MDB melunaskan pembayaran hutang RM2 bilion, yang didakwa pihak tertentu sebagai “tertunggak” dan bakal diisytihar NPL (hutang tidak berbayar). Apa signifikannya?
Arul Kanda : Pinjaman tersebut dibayar lebih awal dari tarikh akhir, sejajar dengan perjanjian kemudahan pinjaman. Dengan lunasnya pembayaran ini, saya menegaskan komitmen 1MDB akan terus memenuhi kehendak hutang kami, apabila tiba tempoh akhirnya. Yang paling penting, apa yang kami lakukan Jumaat lalu, diharap akan menamatkan segala spekulasi yang tersebar tentang kami. Terdapat banyak laporan tentang perkara itu, antaranya hutang 1MDB akan dilangsaikan oleh ahli perniagaan terkemuka, Ananda Krishnan.
Sejujurnya, Ananda sendiri pun tidak pernah bercakap apa-apa tentang perkara ini. Ini adalah satu spekulasi yang dimulakan oleh pihak ketiga. Fikirlah. RM2 bilion adalah satu jumlah yang besar dan ini sepatutnya melibatkan RHB dan Maybank tetapi mengapa mereka tidak membuat apa-apa pengumuman rasmi berkenaan perkara ini? Apa yang saya boleh katakan, kami akan berjumpa dengan pemberi hutang apabila ia sudah sampai tarikh akhir. Dan Jumaat lepas, telah kami buktikan.
Laporan New York Times minggu lalu, mengaitkan saudara dengan Jho Low. Sebenarnya, apa hubungan saudara dengan hartawan itu?
Arul Kanda : Ya, saya pernah berjumpa dengannya di Kuala Lumpur. Ini sama seperti saya berjumpa dengan orang lain yang terlibat dalam dunia perniagaan kerana saya berada di sektor perbankan. Tetapi Jho Low tiada kaitan dengan 1MDB dan saya tidak menjumpai sebarang dokumen yang mengaitkannya dengan syarikat ini. Malah, dakwaan yang mengatakan ayahnya atau kawannya menjadi pengarah di 1MDB juga tidak tepat.
Ini satu lagi spekulasi. Jujurnya sebagai ahli perniagaan, saya tidak mahu memberi reaksi kepada sebarang aktiviti yang menjurus kepada berita-berita berbentuk spekulasi. Tetapi saya juga mempunyai kuasa untuk menghentikan apa jua cerita dibawa mereka. Apa yang boleh saya buat ialah akan terus bercakap secara jujur dan menerangkan fakta yang betul.
Nama saudara dikaitkan. Kenapa tidak mengambil tindakan menyaman pihak yang membuat tuduhan sedemikian?
Arul Kanda : Saya pernah terfikir (untuk menyaman) tetapi kita ada bisnes dan kita perlu pastikan projek kita dapat berjalan dengan baik. Kita tidak mahu semua perkara ini mengganggu apa yang telah kita rancangkan. Ini kerana, politik bukan bidang kepakaran kita. Sebenarnya, saya agak kecewa kerana setelah kita buka ruang untuk mereka datang berjumpa, masih ada lagi kenyataan-kenyataan tidak berasas dikeluarkan tanpa menyemak fakta yang betul dengan pihak kami.
Saya hanya boleh membuat kesimpulan bahawa kenyataan yang dikeluarkan itu lebih cenderung kepada politik semata-mata. Saya amat terbuka dan sudah berjumpa dengan semua media yang mengkritik kami. Tetapi pihak satu lagi, tidak berbuat demikian. Apa lagi yang boleh saya buat untuk menjelaskan kedudukan sebenar. Apa yang saya maksudkan “terbuka” dengan mereka adalah untuk mendapatkan maklumat yang betul tetapi bukanlah seperti menganjurkan debat atau forum. Malangnya, kadang kala bila saya buat kenyataan, ia diputar belit.
Selain itu, satu lagi perkara yang ingin disentuh ialah akaun tahunan syarikat. Walaupun, 1MDB sebenarnya ialah syarikat swasta dan bukan syarikat disenaraikan tetapi laporan akaun tahunan syarikat dibuat dengan teliti dan mempunyai 175 muka surat. Tetapi apabila kami terlalu terbuka pula, ada pula yang menyerang dengan menggunakan laporan tersebut.
Adakah 1MDB menetapkan tempoh tertentu untuk saudara pulihkan syarikat?
Arul Kanda : Lembaga Pengarah memberi ruang kepada saya untuk menilai segala keperluan dan mengambil kira pelbagai aspek sebelum mengambil langkah tertentu untuk pulihkan syarikat. Tiada sebarang tempoh masa diberikan untuk tindakan ini diambil. Untuk itu, saya melihat kepada semua aset yang ada demi manfaat rakyat. Cabaran sentiasa ada kerana kami sedar mempunyai hutang yang perlu dilunaskan dan akan memastikan dapat menjana segala aset itu dengan baik.
Apakah perancangan syarikat bagi tahun kewangan 2015 ini?
Arul Kanda : Kami akan meneruskan tanggungjawab untuk meningkatkan nilai ke atas aset. Saya tahu dan sedar disebabkan salah faham yang timbul, orang lebih banyak bercakap tentang hutang kami berbanding aset-aset yang dimiliki, misalnya loji jana kuasa, yang mana telah selesai penggabungannya, macam-macam boleh dibuat seperti disenaraikan, jual syarikat atau jual stesen jana kuasa persendirian ini. TRX pula, bila tanah plot dah sedia, kami boleh jualkan kepada pihak swasta yang berminat.
Apa yang saudara maksudkan “Lembaga Pengarah memberi ruang menilai segala keperluan”?
Arul Kanda : Maksud saya ialah kami juga mungkin mempertimbangkan beberapa keputusan yang sukar demi manfaat pemegang saham kerana mempunyai tanggungjawab yang perlu dipenuhi. Antara yang mungkin dilaksanakan termasuklah melupuskan aset, membatalkan projek, mempercepatkan projek atau letak lebih ekuiti ke atas sesebuah projek itu supaya lebih cepat dijalankan. Keputusan ini bukan satu perkara yang mudah kerana kami memiliki tanggungjawab yang harus dilaksanakan.
Lupuskan aset luar negara dahulu?
Arul Kanda : Saya tidak mahu membuat sebarang kenyataan berbentuk spekulasi berhubung keputusan yang akan dibuat. Kami sangat terbuka berhubung perkara ini. Saya memberi contoh, jika kita membeli sekeping tanah untuk disimpan selama lima tahun bagi meningkatkan nilai tetapi pada tahun ketiga kita berdepan masalah hutang dan perlu melangsaikan bayaran tersebut, jadi tindakan yang boleh diambil, mungkin kita terpaksa menjual tanah tersebut. Bagaimanapun, dalam langkah melupuskan aset, seperti yang dinyatakan, kita bercakap tentang aset yang pelbagai dan nilai pada aset tersebut. Tidak semestinya pada aset-aset luar negara sahaja.
Misalnya dengan aset tenaga yang kita ada, macam-macam kita boleh buat sebagai langkah untuk menjana hasil daripada aset tersebut, begitu juga dengan projek TRX dan juga Bandar Malaysia. Bagaimanapun, bagi projek Bandar Malaysia, ia mungkin mengambil masa kerana kita perlu mengalih tapak pangkalan tentera di Sungai Besi itu. Tetapi kita yakin apabila adanya kemudahan kereta api berkelajuan tinggi di Bandar Malaysia kelak, kita tidak dapat bayangkan nilai yang dapat dijana daripada pembangunan tersebut.
Saya ingin memberi contoh bagaimana tiga projek utama di Kuala Lumpur iaitu KLCC, Mid Valley dan KL Sentral yang menyumbang kepada peningkatan nilai. Kuala Lumpur perlu dibentuk semula dan pembangunan baharu seperti ini dapat memberi manfaat kepada negara dan juga rakyat khususnya.
Menyentuh tentang Pulau Cayman, masih ramai yang tertanya-tanya apakah rasionalnya meletakkan duit di situ?
Arul Kanda : Sebenarnya, kita tidak meletakkan duit di Pulau Cayman. Kita mendaftarkan dana di situ dan pelaburannya dibuat di seluruh dunia. Ini penting untuk kita fahami, bukannya duit yang kita laburkan di Pulau Cayman tetapi adalah dana yang didaftarkan.
Duit tidak diletakkan di Cayman?
Arul Kanda : Seperti yang dinyatakan, pelaburan itu dibuat di seluruh dunia dalam pelbagai instrumen dan lokasi. Cayman ialah satu daripada pengawal selia dana terbaik di dunia untuk membuka dana. Ini adalah kebenarannya dan kita boleh lihat beribu-ribu dana didaftarkan di Pulau Cayman. Dengan mengambil contoh Sime Darby, ia disenaraikan di Malaysia tetapi asetnya tidak semestinya hanya ada di negara ini sebaliknya ada di negara lain seperti Indonesia dan Papua New Guinea. Sama juga seperti dana, dibuka di bawah pengawal selia Pulau Cayman tetapi duit dilaburkan di seluruh dunia.
Saudara sedar kontroversi mengaitkan Cayman sebagai tempat menyorok wang oleh mafia?
Arul Kanda : Kita sedar ada yang mempertikaikan kenapa kita melabur dalam dolar Amerika Syarikat (AS), kenapa bukan di Malaysia dan kenapa bukan dalam Ringgit. Cuba lihat pada penyata kira-kira 1MDB, kami mempunyai AS$6.5 bilion (RM23.41 bilion) sukuk antarabangsa yang diterbitkan dan bila dapat liabiliti dalam dolar AS, kita perlu uruskan pendedahan mata wang memandangkan kita perlu bayar bon itu setiap tiga atau enam bulan. Jika kita simpan aset berasaskan dolar AS, secara tidak langsung akan mengurangkan risiko ke atas mata wang. Ini merupakan sebab mengapa wang itu disimpan dalam dana dolar AS dan ternyata mempunyai kelebihan dari segi cukai dengan berpandukan bidang kuasa dana.
Terutama dalam keadaan sekarang dengan penyusutan ringgit, secara tidak langsung memberi kelebihan kepada syarikat. Kita mempunyai aset dalam dolar AS dan dapat menebusnya untuk kegunaan kita. Saya difahamkan terdapat lebih 200 syarikat Malaysia bertaraf global yang juga mempunyai dana di situ. Jadi tidak timbul soal “mafia”. Saya pasti pihak berkuasa Pulau Cayman juga akan sedih jika mendengar tentang perkara seperti ini. Tidak ada apa-apa hendak disorokkan kerana semuanya dinyatakan dengan jelas dalam akaun tahunan.
Apa jadi pada 60 peratus pelaburan yang ditebus tahun lalu?
Arul Kanda : Kita sudah tebus 60 peratus daripada pelaburan itu tahun lalu dan penggunaannya semua dinyatakan dengan jelas dalam laporan tahunan itu. Tetapi malangnya, tiada siapa mahu melihatnya dari sudut positif. Kenapa orang yang menuduh ini tidak bercakap tentang ke mana duit itu, sebaliknya melihat tentang RM2.3 bilion. Tidak ada apa hendak disembunyikan. Menyentuh tentang baki 40 peratus itu pula, kita akan masukkan dalam laporan akaun selepas ini. Adalah tidak adil apabila orang mengharapkan kami untuk melakukan sesuatu yang di luar batasan kerana kami juga seperti syarikat-syarikat lain yang tertakluk kepada peraturan dan undang-undang syarikat.
Menyentuh tentang penyenaraian unit tenaga 1MDB, ada laporan media menyatakan akan dibatalkan kerana 1MDB akan menghentikan cadangan terbitan sukuk sebanyak RM8.4 bilion. Adakah ini juga satu spekulasi?
Arul Kanda : Maaf, saya tidak boleh memberi komen berhubung perkara ini kerana tertakluk di bawah garis panduan Suruhanjaya Sekuriti. Apa yang boleh saya nyatakan ialah tugas kami membangunkan aset di mana aset itu boleh dijanakan dan kami sentiasa mencari peluang terbaik untuk menjana aset berkenaan seperti aset-aset tenaga. Kami sentiasa meneroka peluang bagi meningkatkan nilai kepada pemegang saham.
Bagaimana dengan laporan tentang 1MDB akan menarik diri daripada projek jana kuasa 3B?

Arul Kanda : Sekali lagi, ini juga satu spekulasi dan kami tidak boleh mengeluarkan kenyataan lagi. Jika sesuai, kami akan umumkan kemudian, tetapi buat masa ini, kami tidak dibenarkan untuk berbuat demikian.
Bagaimana aset-aset milik 1MDB?
Arul Kanda : Berkaitan dengan aset, kami sentiasa mengambil kira kepentingan MoF dan juga rakyat. Sehingga 31 Mac 2014, aset dan liabiliti kami berjumlah RM51.4 bilion dan RM48.9 bilion.
Sebenarnya, apa yang orang di luar sana boleh harapkan kepada 1MDB

Arul Kanda : Kami akan terus fokus kepada perniagaan. Disebabkan isu hutang, orang lupa tentang asas syarikat ini, bahawa kami mempunyai 5,500 MegaWatt tenaga, antara terbesar di negara ini, terbesar di Mesir dan Bangladesh. Kami melihat ini satu pencapaian utama bagi syarikat.
Di samping itu, tanah kami di TRX yang berkeluasan 28.33 hektar mempunyai saiz yang hampir sama dengan KL Sentral. Cuba tengok KL Sentral 12 tahun dahulu dan sekarang, jauh berbeza. TRX akan dilengkapi stesen MRT terbesar di Kuala Lumpur dan kami juga akan menjalin kerjasama dengan sebuah syarikat pemaju hartanah yang berpangkalan di Australia, Lend Lease tidak lama lagi untuk pembangunan 6.88 hektar membabitkan pembinaan hotel, tiga menara kediaman dan pusat beli-belah dengan GDV dianggarkan RM8 bilion.
Bandar Malaysia pula yang melibatkan kawasan seluas 202.3 hektar di tengah bandar raya Kuala Lumpur akan menjadi hab komersial, budaya, pendidikan, sosial dan pengangkutan yang mesra alam. Apabila kereta api berkelajuan tinggi ditempatkan di situ, ini akan dihubungkan dengan MRT bersama pusat beli-belah Pavilion KL, KLCC, hotel termasuk pembinaan rumah mampu milik.
Orang sentiasa beranggapan hari ini dapat tanah terus boleh dibangunkan sedangkan ia melibatkan banyak kerja yang perlu diselesaikan pada peringkat awal seperti mendapatkan kelulusan Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL) dan berbincang dengan pihak Telekom Malaysia atau Indah Water Konsortium. Kita tidak boleh terus bangunkan dengan serta-merta tanpa ada perancangan.
Bagi saya, TRX dan Bandar Malaysia ialah projek multi dekad yang dibangunkan setakat ini. TRX sebagai contoh akan disambung dengan terowong Smart dan kami juga sebenarnya pada masa sama cuba untuk memperbaiki Jalan Tun Razak. Sekarang kerja-kerja di TRX masih di peringkat gali tanah dan akan ambil masa untuk disiapkan. Dalam beberapa bulan akan datang, kami akan buat pengumuman terbaharu tentang rakan kerjasama.
Apakah 1MDB ada sasaran tertentu untuk dijadikan rakan kerjasama projek ini?
Arul Kanda : 1MDB amat terbuka dalam soal ini dan kita keluarkan permohonan cadangan (ROP) kepada mana-mana syarikat sama ada tempatan atau luar negara untuk membuat bidaan pada tender projek.
TRX ini akan menjadi platform awal bagi 1MDB untuk membawa masuk pelaburan langsung asing (FDI) ke negara ini, yang juga merupakan antara tugas utama kami.
– See more at: http://www.utusan.com.my/rencana/1mdb-tamatkan-spekulasi-1.59530#sthash.G6ZGPny1.dpuf

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Dalam masa yang sama, pihak 1MDB yakin serangan Pembangkang keatas konglomerat pelaburan strategik Kerajaan itu berupa niat jahat politik yang sememangnya berpotensi untuk menjejaskan ekonomi, terutama dalam cabaran ekonomi global semasa yang terjejas akibat kesan penurunan harga pasaran minyak.

Kenyataan Ketua Pengarah Eksekutif 1MDB Arul Kanda semalam mengenai ini:

Statement by 1MDB President & Group Executive Director Arul Kanda

“It is clear that the attacks being directed at 1MDB are politically motivated. These are deliberately coordinated attempts to undermine the company by spreading unsubstantiated allegations and speculation, which in turn could potentially harm the economy.

“In light of this, 1MDB welcomes the Prime Minister’s request for the Auditor General to verify 1MDB’s accounts, which have been audited by Deloitte, one of the world’s leading firms. We will cooperate fully with the Auditor General and hope that the outcome of his findings put to rest recent speculation.”

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Maklumat dari laporan Ketua Audit Negara dan juruaudit bebas ini kelak perlu diuruskan secara bijak untuk memberikan kefahaman bagi lebih ramai orang untuk faham keadaan sebenar. Pengurusan kommunikasi perlu effektif, progressif dan disesuaikan dengan kehendak masyarakat Malaysia sebagai pihak berkepentingan (stakeholders).

*Dikemaskini tengah malam

Published in: on March 6, 2015 at 19:29  Comments (22)  

Identity established?

Tony Fernandes who led AirAsia in 2013, took blogger to court and bankrupted him of RM5million for this 9 April 2013 poating

Tony Fernandes who led AirAsia in 2013, took a blogger/bloggers writing as Another Brick in the Wall’ to court and bankrupted him of RM5 million for this 9 April 2013 posting

Apparently, despite having the advantage of having a boss being a BoD member of the largest circulating English daily, AirAsia wanted to bankrupt a blogger/group of bloggers.

The Malay Mail online story:

AirAsia wants blogger declared bankrupt for failing to pay RM5m defamation fine

Published: March 5, 2015 06:00 PM   In the September 24, 2013 judgment, the Kuala Lumpur High Court granted an injunction to block Salahuddin from further publishing or repeating false and defamatory statements relating to the airline’s safety record, as well as a claim that one of its planes had crashed upon landing.— Reuters pic KUALA LUMPUR, March 5 — AirAsia said today it has started legal proceedings to declare a blogger bankrupt after the latter failed to pay RM5 million over defamatory remarks against the airline. “AirAsia who obtained a judgment and an injunction in a defamation suit against blogger Salahuddin bin Hisham (anotherbrickinwall.blogspot.com) has proceeded to file bankruptcy proceedings against Salahuddin for failing to pay the RM5 million aggravated and exemplary damages awarded by the Kuala Lumpur High Court in September 2013,” the low-cost carrier said in a brief statement today. In the September 24, 2013 judgment sighted by Malay Mail Online, the Kuala Lumpur High Court granted an injunction to block Salahuddin from further publishing or repeating false and defamatory statements relating to the airline’s safety record, as well as a claim that one of its planes had crashed upon landing. The defamatory statements were published on the blog “Another Brick in the Wall” on April 9, 2013 in an article titled “AirAsia crash?”. Salahuddin was also ordered to remove the article within a day of the court’s ruling. The court also ordered Salahuddin to publish a statement to declare the article as untrue, as well as an unconditional apology according to AirAsia Berhad’s terms within three days from the court order. Besides being ordered to pay RM5 million in damages to AirAsia Berhad, the blogger was also ordered to publish an unconditional apology in local papers The Star and New Straits Times in a weeks’ time from the court the order. According to the judgement by Justice Datuk Nor Bee Ariffin, the blogger did not enter an appearance for the case. It is unclear if Salahuddin has complied with all the points in the judgement, but the blog post was still accessible at the time of writing. – See more at: http://m.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/airasia-wants-blogger-declared-bankrupt-for-failing-to-pay-rm5m-defamation#sthash.RdFgWiMM.dpuf

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It is utter baffling that the so-called ‘most successful low cost carrier’ resort through legal means to resolve a blogger’s posting. Considering that then AirAsia CEO Tony Fernandes is known for his media sophisticated savviness, prowess and reach.

It is unsure whether Fernandes or any of his media/PR team ever established an attempt to engage the blogger/bloggers in question. Even if the posting was erroneous.

Probably as a slick and media savvy award-winning entrepreneur and corporate executive if not a market giant, Fernandes should have seriously made positive and progressive attempts to engage ‘hostile bloggers’.

After all, these cyber writers represent a handful segment of society who are blog-savvy. More over, those who have some degree of ‘indirect influence’ on some of the opinion makers.

Unless Fernandes in his sordid blog-blindedness, fail to understand that bloggers such as Another Brick in the Wall did contribute many times to make the world being run or influenced by corporate citizens in this blessed nation, a better place.

Another real brick about this wall is that as far back as we can remember, it has never been established who is or are person/s writing and posting stories in this blog.

It is also unsure whether the blogger/bloggers behind one of the oldest right wing SOPO blog was/were served the writ to defend him/her/themselves in a civil court in 2013.

It is very interesting to note and analyse by bankrupting this blogger/group of bloggers, would the perception towards AirAsia is actually better or actually improved?

At the end of the day, the perception and comfort of majority users are defined by their own personal experience and what were reported in the mainstream media.

This include accidents/mishaps/equipment malfunctions, regardless or not bloggers are erroneous in their postings. It is not nice to be reminded that when it rains, it pours.

Let us just hope if this Salahuddin Hisham is wronged by this bankrupcy judgment, he would now stand up and put it aside. Individuals shouldn’t be bullied by corporate entities.

Published in: on March 5, 2015 at 21:15  Comments (11)  

Cameron learns from Najib

In the run up of the May 2015 GE, British Prime Minister David Cameron promises young Brits an affordable housing ownership program, which Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak introduced three years earlier.

BBC.com story:

2 March 2015 Last updated at 15:10

Cameron promises 200,000 starter homes if Tories win election

David Cameron tries his hand at carpentry with apprentice Kial Foye during a visit to the Barratt Homes Evolve development in Grays, Essex

Why can’t the UK build 240,000 houses a year?
Some 200,000 homes will be made available to first-time buyers in England by 2020 if the Tories win the election, David Cameron has promised.

The coalition government has already announced plans for 100,000 cut-price homes for people aged under 40.

The PM said the Tories would double it if elected, to give more people the security of owning their own home.

Labour said the plan was inadequate and housing groups warned affordable rented schemes would lose out as a result.

First-time buyers under the age of 40 in England can now register to buy new homes at a discount of up to 20% off the normal price.

Fees waived
The offer is part of the government’s new “starter homes” scheme to encourage home ownership and construction on previously used “brownfield” land.

The 20% discount will be paid for by waiving the fees homebuilders have to pay to local authorities under so-called Section 106 agreements, amounting to at least £45,000 per dwelling on brownfield sites.

The Conservatives say homes worth £250,000 outside London – or £450,000 in London – would be eligible for the scheme and that first-time buyers would have to repay the 20% price advantage if they sold within five years.

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David Cameron: “In every single decade since the 1960’s, we’ve built fewer homes”
In a speech in Colchester, Mr Cameron said there was “a particular kind of security that comes with owning your own home” that “too many people have been denied”, due to what he described as a “quiet crisis” in affordability.

“The young people in their 20s and 30s still living with their parents, desperately saving for their own place. The couple who want a child but can’t afford to upsize – even though they have both got have full-on, full-time jobs. It shouldn’t be this way.

“Our goal is a Britain where everyone who works hard can have a home of their own.”

‘Not shoeboxes’
He said Britain’s biggest builders, including Barratt and Taylor Wimpey, had signed up for the expanded scheme and it would be designed so that new properties could not be “snapped up by buy-to-let landlords”.

Young households graphic
He added: “We’ve shown what we expect starter homes to look like – not rabbit hutches or shoeboxes, but decent, well-built, homes with gardens – places to start and raise a family.”

Mr Cameron said the UK had suffered from a “chronic” shortage of housebuilding for decades but that action taken during the past five years meant the UK was on course to deliver 200,000 new homes a year by 2017.

He said a future Conservative government would also extend the Help to Buy scheme in England – intended to help those trying to get on the housing ladder who could afford mortgage repayments but were struggling to raise a deposit – until 2020 and make it easier for council house tenants to buy their homes.

‘Disappearing dream’
But Labour said the government had presided over the lowest levels of housebuilding since the 1920s and home ownership was at its lowest level for three decades.

Speaking at an event in Brighton, Labour leader Ed Miliband said there would be “no greater priority” for an incoming Labour government than housing.

“David Cameron’s plan on housing has failed Britain and failed families,” he said. “For far too many people, the dream of home ownership is disappearing into the distance.”

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Launching the program Perumahan Rakyat 1 Malaysia (PR1MA) in Batu Pahat at the launch of Jelajah Janji DiTepati on 7 April 2012.

This 22 March 2013 Bernama story is PR1MA CEO Dato’ Abdul Mutalib Alias’s statement on affordable housing, which are houses 20% cheaper off market price.

Najib to launch affordable housing project in Kuantan

Published: 22 March 2013 3:14 PM

PETALING JAYA, March 22 — Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak will launch the Perumahan Rakyat 1 Malaysia (PR1MA) Kuantan at the Jelajah Janji Ditepati (Promises Fulfilled Roadshow) tomorrow.

The housing project, comprising federal, state and private land, will cater for the housing needs of the people across three major constituencies in the Kuantan area, namely Bandar Kuantan, Indera Mahkota and Paya Besar.

Established by the government to promote home ownership among Malaysians in the middle-income group, the announcement of PR1MA Kuantan is timely as it is strategically located within the three constituencies with a total population of 467,000 people, PR1MA chief executive officer Datuk Abdul Mutalib Alias told a press conference today.

He said the demand for affordable houses has been increasing steadily in Pahang with the bustling petrochemical industry in Gebeng, automotive industry in Pekan and the growing township of Kuantan.
“With the price of a double-storey house in Kuantan already reaching RM500,000 in some areas, PR1MA Kuantan will help fulfil some of the demand for affordable housing for middle-income earners in an area that is essential to the success of the East Coast Economic Region,” he said.

PR1MA Kuantan will be an integrated development, comprising PR1MA homes, public parks, retail outlets, a shopping mall, offices and other public and communal amenities.

It is easily accessible via Jalan Gambang, Jalan Tanjung Lumpur and Jalan Pekan, Abdul Mutalib said.

The project will be a mix of double-storey and apartment homes, with the starting price expected to be at least 20 per cent lower than the prevailing market price in Kuantan.

Abdul Mutalib said the demand for affordable houses by middle-income earners in the Kuantan area is among the top five demand areas in Malaysia, on par with Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

He said PR1MA Kuantan will be the first integrated development of its kind that would offer affordable lifestyle homes in a safe and secured environment.

Abdul Mutalib encouraged eligible buyers to quickly register their name for PR1MA Kuantan homes through its website at http://www.pri1ma.my. — Bernama

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Unlike PM Cameron, ‘Affordable housing’ was never an election agenda for PM Najib. Actually, he already had ‘affordable homes’ programs launched, especially for the lower middle class and young families as far back as December 2011.

Star’s story:

Wednesday December 14, 2011

Najib: More firms willing to build affordable homes

 

BY SARBAN SINGH
NEWSDESK@THESTAR.COM.MY

SEREMBAN: More companies and developers have indicated their interest to take part in the Government’s initiative to build quality affordable homes under the 1Malaysia Housing Programme (PR1MA).

Revealing this, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said the response from the private sector had been extremely encouraging and he expressed confidence the Government’s desire to build more such homes in urban areas for the middle income group would be realised.

“More (companies and developers) will be coming onboard,” he told reporters after launching Sime Darby’s PR1MA project in Labu near here yesterday.
Najib said PR1MA Corp was scouring the country looking for areas where more such projects could be carried out.

Launched last year, PR1MA is a scheme to provide affordable quality homes within the Klang Valley for young Malaysians who earn RM3,000 or less.

Depending on the location, the houses would be priced between RM150,000 and RM300,000 while the minimum size would be 243sq m.

Sime Darby, in collaboration with PR1MA Corp, will build some 2,200 dwellings on a 220ha area in Bandar Ainsdale in Labu near here.

It will build 420 units under phase one of the project, with half being landed strata homes and the remaining 210 units comprising low-rise town houses or cluster homes.

The units would also have innovative sustainable features such as a common solar system and rainwater harvesting systems.

In total, it planned to build 21,120 affordable quality homes, roughly half of which would be landed properties, in various such schemes here and in Selangor.

Najib expressed hope that construction would be completed within 16 months.

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PM Najib also considered cheaper housing for civil servants.

Rakyat Post story:

PUBLISHED: Oct 10, 2014 08:24pmUPDATED: Oct 10, 2014 08:24pm

More affordable housing in new budget

In Buget 2015, more affordable homes will be built, while the government has also made it easier for individuals to own homes.
KUALA LUMPUR Oct 10, 2014:
To address the issue of home ownership at affordable prices, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak announced several projects and programmes under Budget 2015.
In his speech, Najib announced the building of 80,000 affordable housing units under the 1Malaysia People’s Housing Programme (PR1MA) with an allocation of RM1.3 billion.
“To enable more people to own houses, the ceiling of household income is raised from RM8,000 to RM10,000.
“In addition, a Rent-To-Own Scheme will be introduced specifically for individuals who are unable to obtain bank financing.”
He also announced that the National Housing Department (JPN) is to build 26,000 units under the People’s Housing Programme (PPR) with an allocation of RM644 million; and Syarikat Perumahan Negara Berhad (SPNB) to build 12,000 units of Rumah Mesra Rakyat (RMR) and 5,000 units of Rumah Idaman Rakyat.

“SPNB will also build 20,000 units of Rumah Aspirasi Rakyat on privately-owned land,” he added.
To enable more people to own their first home and reduce the cost of buying a house, Najib said the government has agreed to extend the 50% stamp duty exemption on instruments of transfer and loan agreements and increase the purchase limit from RM400,000 to RM500,000.
“This exemption will be given until Dec 31, 2016.
“He also announced that the government had agreed to improve Skim Rumah Pertamaku under the purview of Cagamas by raising the ceiling price to RM500,000 in line with the stamp duty exemption.
“In addition, the age of borrowers to qualify for the scheme will be increased from 35 to 40 years.”
Najib also stressed that to make the living conditions more comfortable for the rakyat who live in public low-cost housing, RM40 million will be allocated under the Public Housing Maintenance Programme, while RM100 million will also be allocated under the 1Malaysia Maintenance Fund for maintenance of private low-cost housing.
For civil servants, Najib stressed that the government was committed to increasing the construction of houses under 1Malaysia Civil Servants’ Housing or PPA1M.
“Currently, 10,639 PPA1M houses have been approved for construction.
“In 2015, to enable more civil servants to buy PPA1M houses, the government agrees to build an additional 5,380 units, including 1,600 units in Putrajaya, Bukit Jalil (1,530 units), Papar, Sabah (1,290 units) and Bukit Pinang, Kedah (960 units),” he said.
In addition, Najib said that the government would improve PPA1M by reducing the minimum price of houses currently at RM150,000 to RM90,000 per unit with a minimum floor area of 850 square feet; raising the qualifying requirement of household income from RM8,000 to RM10,000 per month; and by providing a facilitation fund of up to 25% from the project cost for developers participating in the scheme.
“Comfortable homes will contribute to increased productivity. For this, the government allocates RM500 million for repair and maintenance that will be implemented in stages for military, police, teachers’ and medical staff’s quarters nationwide,” he said.
In addition, Najib announced that RM105 million is allocated to Ministry of Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government for maintenance of government quarters under the MyBeautiful Malaysia Programme covering 126 locations.

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It is refreshing that the Melayus are far ahead in thoughts for the rakyat, even ahead of the Orang Putehs considering Britain is known for its social consciousness for her people.

Published in: on March 2, 2015 at 23:59  Comments (7)  

Nurul Izzah wajar bagi nasihat agar Papa bertaubat

Naib Presiden PKR Nurul Izzah Anwar wajar berhenti untuk teruskan memolitikkan hukuman penjara lima tahun Papanya Anwar Ibrahim dan sewajarnya sebagai seorang anak berkempen untuk mengajak seluruh warga Malaysia terutama dikalangan Islam untuk mendoakan Ketua Pembangkang itu bertaubat dan dosanya diampunkan.

Laporan portal pro-PKR Malaysiakini:

12:26PM – 27 Feb 2015

‘Izinkan Anwar minum teh bersama Agong’

 

Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim perlu dibenarkan menghadiri sidang Dewan Rakyat bulan depan, termasuk menghadiri majlis minum petang diraja bersama Yang di-Pertuan Agong selepas acara pembukaan, kata anaknya.

“Beliau perlu dibenarkan memenuhi jemputan Seri Paduka Baginda untuk minum petang bersama. Ada tempat khas untuk ketua pembangkang dalam majlis itu,” kata Nurul Izzah, juga ahli parlimen Lembah Pantai.

Dalam sidang medi di pejabat PKR hari ini, beliau menunjukkan kad jemputan ke sidang Parlimen pada 9 Mac sehingga 9 April ini daripada yang dipertua dewan.

Surat rasmi itu dihantar menggunakan sampul surat bertulis ‘Urusan Seri Paduka Baginda’, tambah Nurul Izzah.

Menurutnya, surat undangan kepada Anwar dihantar selepas beliau dijatuhkan hukuman lima tahun penjara pada 10 Februari.

Menteri Dalam Negeri Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi semalam berkata kuasa untuk membenarkan Anwar keluar untuk menghadiri sidang mulai 9 Mac terletak pada peguam negara.

Menurutnya lagi, pandangannya itu berbeza dengan timbalannya, Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar.

Wan Junaidi sebelum ini berkata Anwar boleh membuat permohonan kepada Kementerian Dalam Negeri jika mahu menghadiri sidang Parlimen.

Walaupun bersalah dan layak dilucutkan jawatan, Anwar masih lagi sah sebagai ahli parlimen Permatang Pauh sementara menunggu keputusan Lembaga Pengampunan.

Keluarganya menfail petisyen pengampunan diraja awal minggu ini.

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Hakikatnya, Mahkamah Persekutuan sudah pun secara muktamad memtuskan Ketua Pembangkang Anwar Ibrahim bersalah meliwat Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan dan beliau sendiri mengakui melakukan perbuatan jijik itu apabila menanda-tangani petisyen memohon pengampunan dari DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong.

Soal datang ke Parlimen untuk menghadiri sessi pembukaan penggal Dewan Rakyat dan minum teh bersama baginda tidak wajar timbul kerana Anwar ialah seorang banduan yang sedang menjalani hukuman lima tahun penjara. Seorang banduan tidak sepatutnya dikecualikan dari dihukum dan menghadiri apa apa majlis, termasuk dalam kapasiti rasmi.

Sebagai tambahan, isu Anwar menjalani hukuman penjara kerana secara muktamad didapati bersalah oleh Mahkamah Persekutuan tidak lagi menjadi minat ramai untuk diperjuangkan. Malah, hanya segelintir sahaja yang masih lagi cuba untuk meneruskan perjuangan yang terbukti sia sia ini.

Nurul Izzah sebagai anak wajar mengajak orang ramai sama sama berdoa agar Papanya berubah dan bertaubat, dalam masa menjalani hukuman penjara ini. Sesungguhnya, perbuatan jijik dan keji meliwat merupakan jenayah seksual dan penyakit, yang perlu penawar dari suntikan spiritual juga.

Published in: on February 27, 2015 at 16:30  Comments (26)  

770 surface combat ships compared to 710

US Navy has lost its supremacy as the most feared naval force to China’s Peoples’ Liberation Army (PLA) Navy when a USN Admiral told US lawmakers about the six more submarines against Uncle Sam’s.

RT.com story:

China outpaces America in sub numbers – US admiral

Published time: February 26, 2015 07:51 Get short URL
Reuters/Guang NiuReuters/Guang Niu

The Chinese Navy now has more diesel and nuclear attack submarines than America does, a US Navy admiral told lawmakers. Some of them are “fairly amazing” and Beijing is exploring new ways of projecting its power on the seas.

The Chinese are experimenting with new geographic location, length of missions and new weapons, Vice Admiral Joseph Mulloy, deputy chief of naval operations for capabilities and resources, told the House Armed Services Committee’s Seapower Subcommittee on Wednesday.

“They may not be the same quality, but their submarine forces are growing at a tremendous rate. They now have more diesel and nuclear attack submarines than we have,” the admiral told the lawmakers. “They are producing some fairly amazing submarines and they are actually deploying them.”

Read more
​NATO member Turkey to buy $3.4 billion worth of incompatible Chinese antimissiles

The Chinese naval missions included at least three deployments into the Indian Ocean, Mulloy told the committee. They can also send strategic ballistic missile submarines on missions lasting for 95 days.

“We don’t think they have nuclear weapons on board, but we’ve seen them producing the missiles and testing them,” the admiral said. “We know they are out experimenting and looking at operating and clearly want to be in this world of advanced submarines.”

The US Navy reported having 71 commissioned submarines. The Chinese, according to Pentagon estimates voiced last year, has 77 principal surface combatant ships, more than 60 submarines, 55 large and medium amphibious ships, and about 85 missile-equipped small combatants.

Read more
US could permanently base warships in Australia – admiral

Despite having world largest defense budget, the US has been looking wearily at other nations building up their armed forces. China is investing heavily in new technology, seeking to project its military power in the Pacific region.

Washington has repeatedly criticized Beijing, saying it’s using its military to put leverage on other regional players, including US allies like Japan and South Korea, in territorial disputes.

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If a submarine is deemed to be the equivalent of ten surface warships when a consideration for naval conflict is drafted, then PLAN  now has 60 additional surface warships as compared to the USN.

USN currently operates 283 ships and 3,659 aircrafts.

The U.S. Navy has identified a need for 313 combat ships, but under the current plans will only be able to afford 232 to 243. In March 2014, the Navy is considering counting deployable ships such as minesweepers, patrol craft, and hospital ships in the “battle fleet” in order to reach a count of 291 and also ships that have been put in “shrink wrap”.

The navy had established a minimum requirement for 11 aircraft carriers, but dropped to 10 when Enterprise was retired in December 2012, before Gerald R. Ford enters service.

As compared to PLAN, as of 1987, it consisted (as it does now) of the naval headquarters in Beijing; three fleet commands – the North Sea Fleet, based at Qingdao, Shandong; the East Sea Fleet, based at Ningbo; and the South Sea Fleet, based at Zhanjiang, Guangdong and about 2,000 ships.

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

This massive naval force power is without a doubt be a major threat around the region, especially with China’s heavy-handedness attitude and approach towards issues such as multiple claims on specific areas which include Exclusive Economic Zone such as the fictitious Nine-Dash-Line.

PLAN has been deploying warships right into EEZ of her neighbours, which include Malaysia. The oath taking in James Shoal almost two years ago is still fresh in everyone’s mind.

This is new development is something not comforting.

Published in: on February 26, 2015 at 20:27  Comments (5)  

Thank you Mahfuz for affirming the court system

In trying to make a high profile murder case into a political media circus, PAS former Vice President and MP for Pokok Sena Dato’ Mahfuz Omar affirmed the 13 January 2015 Apex Court uninamous decision of Corporal Sirul Azhar’s conviction and be bent to the gallows.

The pro-Anarista news portal:

Media teleconference with Sirul still on, says Mahfuz

BY YASMIN RAMLAN Published: 22 February 2015 10:48 AM Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar on Monday via a teleconference call. – The Malaysian Insider pic, February 22, 2015. PAS today has confirmed that the teleconference session with former police commando Corporal Sirul Azhar Umar will go ahead as planned despite reports that no green light was given by the Australian Immigration Department. PAS information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar told The Malaysian Insider today that the session, which is expected to last about 15 minutes, will be held around 11.30am at the PAS headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. Declining to elaborate on the details of the teleconference, the Pokok Sena MP said the reason for the session is to give a chance to the Malaysian media to have a chat with Sirul, who is now detained in Australia. “I’m not sure of the details… because he spoke to Malaysiakini before this, I feel now is the time to give others the chance to talk to him,” he said. When asked if he was aware of reports by the Australian media that authorities have yet to approve the session and that interviews within detention centres were not generally allowed, Mahfuz replied in the negative. “I do not know about that,” he said. On Friday, Mahfuz said the 15-minute teleconference with Sirul, who was sentenced to death by the Federal Court alongside Lance Corporal Azilah Hadri last month, will be organised on February 23. “He will give his commitment. He is just waiting for the right time. He will inform me so that I can announce it to the media.” he said. The move followed Sirul’s readiness to come clean on his role in the Altantuya saga, following a phone interview he gave to news portal Malaysiakini recently. Sirul had, among others, said he was only taking orders, a claim immediately rubbished by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday, leading to renewed public interest in the case.– February 22, 2015. **************

Mahfuz is clowning trying to politicise the fact that Sirul Azhar is now a fugitive in Australia, as he failed to appear when the Federal Court decided on 13 January.

The fact is that the court system exhaustively found Sirul and Chief Inspector Azilah Hadhri guilty to ordering Mongolian citizen Altantuyaa Shaariibuu between 1000pm 19 October to 100am 20 October 2006.

Whether or not Sirul’s story about “Taking orders from ‘higher up'” to exterminate Altantuyaa has yet to be proven beyond hearsay if not a political rude lousy excuse since his own defence team never did adduce this very important point nor equally other damming ones, during the trial.

Just like recently upheld conviction by the Federal Court for buggery, Anwar Ibrahim too had his day in court to detest the charge in accordance to the science of evidence but he did not.

However, what is fact is that by arranging for the media teleconference scheduled tomorrow morning, Mahfuz made Sirul confess as a co-perpretator of a murder committed.

Inadvertently, Mahfuz as a seasoned opposition politician attested to the court system and judiciary. Sordidly attempting to skew it for a political agenda which already dead in the water, is not the best of what the Malays not expect from the second largest political party which representing them.

*Updated 130pm

Mahfuz Omar’s attempt to muddle into Sirul Azhar’s state of being a murderous fugitive turned into a puddle when the scheduled so-called ‘teleconference’ with Brisbane did not happen. Some called the whole thing as a hoax.

The Star story:

Published: Monday February 23, 2015 MYT 12:48:00 PM
Updated: Monday February 23, 2015 MYT 1:25:19 PM

Teleconference with Sirul fails, Mahfuz grilled by the press

BY RAHMAH GHAZALI AND NADIRAH H. RODZI

KUALA LUMPUR: A highly-anticipated 15-minute teleconference between Malaysian media and Sirul Azhar Umar failed to materialise, resulting in awkwardness for the host, PAS information chief Datuk Mahfuz Omar.

The teleconference, which was supposed to take place at 11.30am Monday at PAS headquarters here, was delayed for about 45 minutes when 15 attempts to call the former police commando failed.

Mahfuz said he had sent a text message to Sirul at 10.44am to alert him that he would be calling him for the teleconference via a different number.

“He responded with, ‘Okay, Datuk’,” said the Pokok Sena MP, before giving up on trying to reach Sirul.

Mahfuz also showed the text of the prior conversation between him and Sirul to the press as a proof that they were in contact.

“I apologise for the inconvenience caused. The line might have been congested,” he said.

Earlier, while waiting for the phone call to go through, Mahfuz was grilled by some reporters as to why he wanted to be “involved” by seemingly advocating Sirul in the high profile murder case of Mongolian model Altantuya Shaariibuu.

“I’m not trying to meddle but this case has received worldwide attention and we would like to know the motive behind the killing.

“In 2009, Sirul had also admitted that he was merely a scapegoat and he was only carrying out his duty after receiving an order,” he said.

He was further pressed by several reporters whether the man at the end of the line would be Sirul, as there was no visual.

“That’s up to you to decide, but for me as someone who has been in contact with him, I know for a fact that it will be him,” he said.

Mahfuz also denied influencing Sirul into giving a teleconference, saying that Sirul was willing to speak to the media on his own accord.

He also claimed that he was not privy to what Sirul would say to the press.

“He has spoken to news portal Malaysiakini before, we just thought that it would be fair for the rest of the media to have a chance to speak to him too,” he said.

Sirul, 43, was reported to have been in Australia since November and was detained in Brisbane last month is now being held at the immigration detention centre in Sydney.

He had failed to appear in the Federal Court which sentenced him and former chief inspector Azilah Hadri, 38, to death for the October 2006 murder of Altantuya, then 26.

Mahfuz has been in contact with Sirul since he offered himself as a confidant following allegations by Sirul’s mother that his son was just carrying out his duty as instructed.

Ending the press conference, Mahfuz said he would be flying to Sydney with Sirul’s family members next week and the details would be made known to the press on Friday.

Published in: on February 22, 2015 at 23:58  Comments (6)  

Happy Lunar New Year of the Goat

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Published in: on February 18, 2015 at 22:30  Comments (1)  

Yankee Doodling Dogsbody

Deceptive champions of democracy masquerading as United States of America and the founder of Westminster-styled Constitutional Monarchy, United Kingdom should be ashamed of their “concerned” remarks upon the Federal Court unanimous decision to uphold Court of Appeal judgment of incarcerating Permatang Pauh MP Anwar Ibrahim.

Pro-Anwarista news portal:

US, UK concerned with Anwar’s sodomy verdict

Published: 11 February 2015 12:17 AM
The United States and the United Kingdom have both expressed concern over the Federal Court’s decision to uphold PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s conviction for sodomy.

In separate statements, officials from both countries said that Anwar’s case raises questions about the independence and fairness of Malaysia’s judiciary, and the country’s rule of law.

“The United States is deeply disappointed with Mr Anwar’s conviction following a government appeal of the original verdict finding him not guilty,” said Bernadette Meehan, a spokesperson of the US National Security Council.

“The decision to prosecute Mr Anwar and the conduct of his trial have raised a number of serious concerns about rule of law and the fairness of the judicial system in Malaysia,” Meehan said in a statement emailed from PKR’s communication’s secretariat.
“These concerns are compounded by the government’s intent to expand its sedition law, which Prime Minister (Datuk Seri) Najib Razak had pledged to repeal, to prosecute government critics.”

Meanwhile the UK’s Minister for Asia, Hugo Swire also said that he was deeply concerned by Anwar’s imprisonment.

“His case raises worrying questions about the independence of the judiciary and rule of law in Malaysia. As such, we have consistently raised our concerns with the Malaysian government,” said Swire in a statement emailed to The Malaysian Insider.

Anwar starts his five-year jail term today after the Federal Court quashed his appeal against a conviction of sodomising former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan in 2008.

Meehan said National Security Advisor Susan Rice had met with Malaysian opposition leaders in April 2014, where the latter delivered a message from the US President on human rights.

Meehan said the message was that countries who uphold the human rights of all their citizens – regardless of their political affiliation, ethnicity, race, religion or sexual orientation – are ultimately more prosperous and more stable.

“The United States and Malaysia have built a strong ‘comprehensive partnership’, and we remain committed to expanding our cooperation on shared economic and security challenges affecting our countries’ interests in Asia and globally.

“In that context, we urge the Government of Malaysia to apply the rule of law fairly, transparently, and apolitically in order to promote confidence in Malaysia’s democracy, judiciary, and economy.”

Swire also said the UK encouraged Malaysia to recognise the importance of international confidence in its judicial system and to restore trust in its commitment to human rights.

“Malaysia is an important partner and friend to the UK. We continue to believe that the integrity of the rule of law is a key part of its success, as are the values of moderation and tolerance.” – February 11, 2015.

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There are clear mockery on the principles deceptively they stood for and propagate throughout the world.

First of all, this is about the rule of law and buggery is still an offensive act of crime under the Section 377B of the Penal Code. It is the same criminal law in Singapore and most of the Commonwealth nations (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Maldives and Jamaica. It is also the model for similar laws that remain in force in Bhutan, Brunei, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Papua New Guinea, Tonga, Tuvalu, Samoa, Malawi, Mauritius, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, Solomon Islands, Sri Lanka, Ghana, The Gambia, Botswana, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia).

Second, this case had been about a private citizen (Mohd. Saiful Bukari Azlan) who made the complaint to the Police that he was buggered by Anwar, on 28 June 2008. The Police and chemist investigated and Attorney General found that the evidence had merit to charge Anwar in a criminal court.

Third, the merits of the case which include the samples of semen (taken from Saiful’s anus) and DNA (taken from items in the Police lock-up) were rightfully obtained and permissible to be adduced in the court. Apparently, they belong to Anwar.

Fourth, Anwar had his day in court. It is a damming fact that he did not use the provision to speak from the witness box under oath to prove his innocence. Instead he used it as his political soap-box, to perpetuate his morbidly dying drama of being a political victim.

Fifth, the courts are independent because against popular believe, the High Court Judge let Anwar off. Of course in March 2014, the five-man bench Court of Appeal disagreed with the January 2012 Kuala Lumpur High Court decision.

Sixth, the advanced and more sophisticated of society in the US and Britain need not view the case as ‘politically motivated’ but instead should view Anwar’s incarceration as ‘justice served’ for a case which was exactly about ‘An employer sexually harassing and manipulated a subordinate’.

Seventh, Anwar never did repent despite he was found guilty for buggering his wife’s driver Azizan Abdul Razak in a Kuala Lumpur High Court on 8 August 2000 and the Court of Appeal upheld the decision. Closely looking at the Federal Court judgment on 2 September 2004, one could note that the judges did believe that the act of buggery did happen. It is just that the technicalities of ascertaining the precise time made the Apex Court judges to allow Anwar to walk away as a free man.

Extracts:

“The testimonies of one Dr. Mohd Fadzil and one Tun Haniff and the conduct of the first Appellant (ie Anwar) confirmed the appellants’ involvement in homosexual activities. However such evidence did not corroborate Azizan’s story that the appellants sodomised him on the date, time and place specified in the charge.”

Additionally, the majority also held:

“even though reading the appeal record, we find evidence to confirm that the appellants were involved in homosexual activities and we are more inclined to believe that the alleged incident at Tivoli Villa did happen, sometime, this court, as a court of law, may only convict the appellants if the prosecution has successfully proved that the alleged offences as stated in the charges, beyond reasonable doubt.”

Anwar did sin and all these seven points proven that he did. The United States and Britain must do better, if they want to be respected for the principles they stood for.

Published in: on February 11, 2015 at 08:30  Comments (24)  

Dr Mahathir was right all the while

The Federal Court decided moments ago the same decision Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad made sixteen and a half years ago; Anwar is guilty as a buggeror.

Pro-Anwarista news portal story:

ANWAR GUILTY

BY THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

Published: 10 February 2015 11:41 AM
Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, whose coalition for the first time took 52% of the popular vote in the last general election, was today convicted for sodomy by Malaysia’s highest court.

As the verdict was delivered, Anwar turned and hugged his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail.

He then turned to his son, who was seen nodding his head at something that Anwar told him. Anwar then kissed his grandchildren.

“Remember what I told you, you must go to school,” Anwar told his grandson.
His lips quivering, Anwar also hugged his daughters who were in tears.

Dr Wan Azizah’s father, Wan Ismail Wan Mahmood, was also in tears. “You have to be strong,” Dr Wan Azizah was heard telling her father.

Anwar kept assuring his family and other Pakatan Rakyat leaders hugging him that he was all right.

He was overheard telling one of them, “I knew it was bad”.

Many of his supporters were crying in court. Patron for people’s movement, Negara-ku, Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan was seen comforting Dr Wan Azizah while DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng gave Anwar a bear hug.

The court is adjourned for one hour following an application from Anwar’s lead counsel Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram.

The mood outside the court room was sombre as many tried to hold back tears.

A tearful Elizabeth Wong, who is Selangor exco member, was heard telling supporters to “go see the boss”. Anwar was later seen consoling a supporter who was crying uncontrollably.

Meanwhile, outside the court complex, supporters of both Anwar and Saiful Bukhari Azlan were told to disperse. Riot police could be seen getting ready to control the crowd and to prevent any untoward incident.

Anwar’s supporters asked for permission to see their leader for one last time and started moving to the back of the court complex.

One of Anwar’s lawyers, Ramkarpal Singh, told reporters the defence would be seeking a lower sentence.

Anwar, 68, is staring at a five-year jail sentence meted out by the Court of Appeal, which in March last year overturned High Court’s decision to acquit him of sodomising his former aide, Saiful.

The prosecution has filed a cross-appeal for an enhanced sentence, which could stretch up to 20 years.

Anwar, the PKR de facto leader, will lose his Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat if he is fined more than RM2,000 or jailed for more than a year and does not receive a free pardon.

Lawyer Shailender Bhar who followed proceedings outside court through Twitter said he was “surprised” by the verdict by the bench.

“The submission presented by the defence suggest ed Anwar will be freed,” he said.

Another lawyer Ramesh Sivakumar said this decision had altered some of the fundamental legal principles in sexual offence cases.

“The courts can now on completely disregard any need for corroborative evidence” he said.

In this case, he said although Saiful’s credibility was shattered, yet the bench ruled he was a reliable witness.

“To my mind, the bench has set dangerous precedent on sexual offences which is easy to allege by a complaint but difficult to prove innocence by accused,” he added.

The former deputy prime minister’s legal battle in the second sodomy case began in August 7, 2008, when he was charged with sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, at an apartment in Damansara.

The High Court had in January 2012, acquitted Anwar, but this was overturned by the Court of Appeal in March last year.

The first sodomy case against Anwar was in 1998, after he was sacked from the government.

He was then accused of sodomising his wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail’s former driver Azizan Abdul Razak but was acquitted in a 2- 1 majority ruling by the Federal Court in 2004. – February 10, 2015.

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A more comprehensive story by The Malay Mail Online:

Anwar gets five years as Federal Court maintains sodomy conviction

BY SHAZWAN MUSTAFA KAMAL
PUBLISHED: FEBRUARY 10, 2015 12:13 PMUPDATED: FEBRUARY 10, 2015 02:42 PM

PUTRAJAYA, Feb 10 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has been sentenced to five years’ jail after the country’s apex court today upheld an earlier Court of Appeal ruling that reversed his acquittal of sodomising former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

The verdict today effectively ends Anwar’s legal options to challenge the conviction. He now stands to lose his Permatang Pauh parliamentary seat as the law bars anyone fined over RM2,000 or imprisoned more than one year from serving as a lawmaker.

The decision also leaves the Pakatan Rakyat opposition pact without a leader.

When reading out the summary of the case, Chief Justice Tun Arifin Zakaria said the offence under Section 377B of the Penal Code was concerned with acts of carnal intercourse against the order of nature, and that consent was not a necessary ingredient to the commission.

“It is beyond reasonable doubt that PW1 (Saiful) was sodomised by the appellant (Anwar). The appeal against the conviction is dismissed,” Ariffin said when delivering the unanimous decision.

After hearing submissions from both sides and taking a brief recess, the judges came back to hand down the same five-year sentence that the Court of Appeal gave Anwar last year.

IN THE GALLERY
Supporters of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim are seen outside the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya February 10, 2015. ― Picture by Mayuri Mei Lin
Supporters of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim are seen rallying behind the police barricade outside the Palace of Justice in Putrajaya February 10, 2015. ― Picture by Mayuri Mei Lin
“The court dismissed both appeals and affirms sentence of five years,” Arifin said.

Earlier, Tan Sri Muhd Shafee Abdullah, the private lawyer appointed to lead the prosecution, argued that this was not the first time Anwar was convicted of sodomy and pressed for a heavier penalty as the offence permits for jail of up to 20 years.

He contended that the sentence should not be lesser than the six years Anwar had received during his first sodomy conviction that was later reversed.

“What I can do is to suggest that five years in prison wrong in principle. It cannot be anything lesser than what he had been given many years ago,” Shafee said.

Submitting to mitigate the sentence, Anwar’s lawyer Ramkarpal Singh asked the court to consider the opposition leader’s past contributions to the country and to ignore his previous conviction.

“Your Lordships should take into account whether Court of Appeal judiciously considered the sentence and reflect that these are very special facts to the case.

“If your Lordships are not with me… it is then my submission no good reason on enhancing sentence on the facts of this case,” he said

Earlier, Arifin said the Federal Court concurred with the subordinate courts that Saiful was a credible witness.

He also said that the apex court accepted the DNA evidence tendered by the prosecution, explaining that degradation did not prevent the samples from being usable and that there was no break in the chain of custody as claimed by Anwar’s lawyers.

“Based on the above findings, we agree with the Court of Appeal judges,” Arifin said.

Further, the Chief Justice said there was not merit to Anwar’s claim of a political conspiracy in the charge and that such a defence was not considered by the three courts hearing the case.

Despite the claim, Anwar did not deny being present at the time and place of the alleged sodomy, Arifin noted.

“We hold no merit in in the appellant’s unsubstantiated claims of political conspiracy,” he said.

Immediately after the decision, Anwar turned around and hugged wife Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as the rest of his family burst into tears.

The opposition leader appeared stoic as he made a series of calls on his mobile phone to inform people of his conviction.

The sombre air that began descending on the courtroom as Arifin began his summary became overwhelming after the decision was delivered, as Anwar’s allies also began tearing up.

One by one, family, friends and supporters came up to hug him and say their farewells as Anwar tried to contain his own emotions.

Behind him, his young grandchildren looked on, apparently unaware of the significance.

“Are we done yet?” one grandson asked.
Dr Wan Azizah was seen asking her father to “be strong”.

Despite her advice, the PKR president and Nurul Izzah Anwar both began sobbing uncontrollably as the judges returned to deliver their sentence.

Anwar then kissed Dr Wan Azizah on the forehead to console her, before turning to address friends and supporters present.

“See you in some years,” he said.

His lawyers earlier asked for a one-hour adjournment in order to prepare submissions for his sentencing.

Anwar and his lawyers later huddled together in discussion.

The offence under Section 377B of the Penal Code that Anwar is convicted of allows for a maximum punishment of 20 years in prison as well as caning. The 60-year-old Anwar may not be caned, however, due to his age.

The High Court had in 2012 acquitted Anwar of the 2008 charge but the appellate court ruled on March 7, 2014 that the trial judge had erred when rejecting the DNA evidence produced in the case.

Lead prosecutor Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah has indicated the prosecution’s intention to seek a jail term of longer than the five years handed down to Anwar when he was convicted last year.

The Federal Court hearing was presided over by a five-member panel led by Arifin. Others include Court of Appeal president Tan Sri Md Raus Sharif and Federal Court judges Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Embong, Tan Sri Suriyadi Halim Omar and Datuk Ramly Ali.

Anwar was represented by a 14-man defence team led by former Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram. Others include lawyers R.Sivarasa, Latheefa Koya, N. Surendran and Gobind Singh Deo.

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This also proven that former Inspector General of Police Tun Mohd. Haniff Omar and his Special Branch officers were right all along about then Deputy Prime Minister and all powerful Minister of Finance Anwar Ibrahim all along.

The first reports about the latter’s ‘unnatural sexual habit’ surfaced somewhat twenty two years ago.

All along, Anwar Ibrahim focused on the excuse of ‘political conspiracy against him’ to harness mass support of ordinary people by rising against a “Corrupt, unjust and filled with cronyism practices”.

It actually caught on the imagination of many, started from the ‘Reformasi Movement’ a few days after he was unceremoniously sacked as Deputy Prime Mininister of 2 September 1998 and from UMNO, a day later.

The mob street ‘Reformasi Movement’ snowballed into a political movement called KeAdilan and later Parti KeAdilan Nasional (PKN) was formed and his wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail became the president.

To strengthen it further, PKN joint forces with Partai Sosialis Rakyat Malaysia (PSRM) and Parti KeAdilan Rakyat was formed. Anwar as the ‘Advisor’ of PKR, fortified their anti-BN chats with Chinese Chauvinist DAP and PAS and managed to partly cripple BN in the March 2008 ‘Political Tsunami’ where BN lost 2/3 majority control of Dewan Rakyat for the first time and five State Governments.

After Mohd Saiful Bukari Azlan made a Police report on 28 June 2008 against Anwar Ibrahim for buggering him, the latter continued the ‘conspiracy about toppling him’.

As a reaction and defense system to this investigation, Anwar launched a deception about “31BN MPs ready yo jump into his bandwagon and Pakatan Rakyat is about to take over the Federal Government by or on 16 September 2008″.

The Government was quick to issue a statement on the Apex Court decision to uphold the March 2014 Court of Appeal judgment of five years jail.

Government’s statement on Anwar Ibrahim

10 FEBRUARY 2015 @ 12:40 PM

PUTRAJAYA: The government has issued the following statement after the Federal Court upheld the Appeal Court’s decision in finding Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim guilty of sodomy.

“The judges will have reached their verdict only after considering all the evidence in a balanced and objective manner. Malaysia has an independent judiciary, and there have been many rulings against senior government figures.

“The police report against Anwar Ibrahim was brought by a private individual – Anwar’s employee and personal assistant – not by the government. As the victim of a serious sexual assault, he had every right to have his case heard in court.

“In this case, exhaustive and comprehensive due process has been followed over many years. That process is now complete, and we call on all parties involved to respect the legal process and the judgment.”

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The Federal Court today is upholding the Court of Appeal judgment for five years incarceration. The last time Anwar was incarcerated for the same offence it was for nine years jail. However that was fifteen years ago.

*Updated 1600hrs

NST story:

Anwar sent to prison

BY NST TEAM – 10 FEBRUARY 2015 @ 3:09 PM

PUTRAJAYA: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who was in the courtroom at the Palace of Justice was led away by policemen to serve his five-year jail sentence in Sungai Buloh prison.

Shouts of “Hidup Anwar!” were heard in court as Anwar was taken away with his wife Datin Seri Azizah Ismail in tow.

Outside the court complex, more than 1,000 supporters chanted Reformasi after being told of the verdict that sent Anwar to prison for five years.

Some of them were seen holding and waving the party’s flag and several of them also climbed onto the barricade with chants of “Reformasi” while waiting for Anwar to be escorted out of the court.

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It is clear not only there would be a by-election in Permatang Pauh Parliamentary constituency, to replace Anwar as the MP but eventually a new Opposition Leader should be nominated. The loose Opposition coalition of the-marriage-of-(un)holy-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows would now have to appoint a new leader too.

The most important bit to Tun Dr. Mahathir and Tun Mohd. Haniff Omar being right all the while is that Mohd. Saiful Bukhari Azlan got his justice, after six years, seven and a half months.

Published in: on February 10, 2015 at 12:45  Comments (8)  
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