Man-possessed, obsessed or power crazy?

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir drops another dirty bomb by announcing a new Opposition party would be formed by him, existing Opposition parties and individuals involved in the initial launch of the ‘Mahathir-Lim Kit Siang Declaration’ launched 4 March 2016.

Channel News Asia story:

Mahathir to lead formation of new party, coalition against BN

By Sumisha Naidu, Malaysia Correspondent, Channel NewsAsia Posted 14 Jul 2016 18:32 Updated 14 Jul 2016 20:00
Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. (File photo: REUTERS/Samsul Said)
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KUALA LUMPUR: Former Malaysian prime minister Mahathir Mohamad has announced that the group of political figures and NGOs behind the citizens’ declaration against Prime Minister Najib Razak will work together to oust the ruling Barisan Nasional government in the coming election.

He also said he would be one of the founding members of a new party that would join this coalition.
“We agree that we together will work to defeat BN in the coming general election,” Dr Mahathir told the media on Thursday (Jul 14).

“Even though we aren’t a political party, we represent a group of citizens of the opinion that the current Barisan government has taken actions detrimental to the country, specifically Najib.

“But all have agreed in any election, we will field only one candidate, maybe from any party … And all will support that one candidate.”

Dr Mahathir has been a vocal critic of Prime Minister Najib for some time, accusing him of financial mismanagement and misappropriating public funds.

It is unclear how the yet-to-be-named coalition will function in the current political landscape. The grouping currently consists of members of NGOs and individuals from parties already part of an opposition coalition – Pakatan Harapan.

But the leader of that coalition, Wan Azizah wan Ismail, was noticeably absent from Thursday’s meeting and news conference. Ms Wan Azizah is the wife of Anwar Ibrahim, the man Dr Mahathir has been accused of helping to put behind bars in the 1990s.
Dr Mahathir, who quit UMNO earlier this year, also said he would be a founding member of a new party that would be part of this coalition, as current parties may not “appeal” to everyone.

“I think there is a need for a new party to be formed to represent people who are not yet in the group but who wishes to have the same objectives as the group,” he said. “And when that is formed, that group just now (the new coalition) is willing to accept them as member of the group.”

Dr Mahathir added that he won’t contest the polls or position himself as a candidate for prime minister. When asked about who would be the new coalition’s candidate for prime minister, the 91-year-old said: “We will cross the bridge when we reach it.”

Dr Mahathir said his son, Mukhriz Mahathir, and former deputy prime minister and deputy president of UMNO Muhyiddin Yassin had expressed interest in joining the new party. However, they did not attend Thursday’s meeting.

There had been speculation Dr Mahathir would form a new party to be an alternative to UMNO – a political body exclusively for ethnic Malays. However, at the press conference, Dr Mahathir said this was still being decided on.

– CNA/ec

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The Straits Times story:

Mahathir Mohamad to launch party to challenge PM Najib

“We who oppose Najib cannot achieve victory unless we work together as a coalition,” said Dr Mahathir.

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KUALA LUMPUR (REUTERS) – Former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday (July 14) announced plans for a new party that would join an opposition alliance in a bid to oust the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition led by scandal-tainted Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Speculation had been rife over the past week that Dr Mahathir, 91, Malaysia’s longest serving prime minister, was planning to start a party with three other former leaders of the United Malay National Organisation (Umno) which Mr Najib now leads. “We who oppose Najib cannot achieve victory unless we work together as a coalition,” said Dr Mahathir.

He added that he would not contest the next general election, due to be held in 2018, or position himself as a candidate for prime minister.

Dr Mahathir has been critical of Mr Najib’s handling of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal and called on him to resign.

He was coy when asked if the three former Umno leaders – Mr Muhyiddin Yassin, Mr Mukhriz Mahathir and Mr Shafie Apdal – would join him in the new party, saying only that he was “very open”to the idea.

Dr Mahathir said he and his colleagues had yet to decide if the new party would represent the Malay-Muslim majority or eschew racial lines. He also did not give a time frame for when the party will be formed.

Last month, Mr Najib announced an Umno Supreme Council’s decision to sack Mr Muhyiddin, who was then deputy president, and Dr Mahathir’s son, former Kedah Chief Minister Mukhriz, from the party.

Both have been tough critics of Mr Najib, calling for his resignation following allegations of graft and mismanagement at 1MDB.

Umno vice-president Shafie later quit the party in protest against his suspension pending an investigation into his conduct in questioning Mr Najib’s handling of 1MDB.

In February this year, Dr Mahathir quit Umno, saying it was seen as “supporting corruption” under Mr Najib’s leadership.

The Wall Street Journal has reported that global investigators believed more than US$1 billion (S$1.35 billion) entered Mr Najib’s personal bank accounts, much of it from 1MDB. None of the information publicly disclosed about the 1MDB investigations across the world has shown any connection between alleged misappropriation of money linked to 1MDB and the prime minister.

Mr Najib has denied any wrongdoing and Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali cleared him in January of any corruption or criminal offences. He said that US$681 million, deposited into Mr Najib’s personal account in March 2013 before a general election, was a gift from a member of Saudi Arabia’s royal family and most of it was returned.

BN coasted to victory in two by-elections earlier this month.

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This would definitely be another political antic, which would eventually fail when the drive to work together in the ‘Unhholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows’, is never about common drive for the rakyat or nation.

They are just interested to get power.

This lot in the past have been proven to fail so many times. Barisan Alternatif, Barisan Rakyat, Pakistan Rakyat and more recently, Pakatan Harapan, all failed.

This new party would be the third Opposition coalition since the ‘Political Tsunami’ as the result of post 12GE and the ‘Black April Declaration’ of Anwar Ibrahim’s legal qualification to run in politics (April 2008).

Even when they got their formula right like in Selangor, they did not use the mandate they got to bring the state into a better position. Instead, they dwindled into political backstabbing like the ‘Kajang Move’, which is nothing but to do a coup d’etat on a Menteri Besar for no valid reason but internal power struggle.

That was just within one party, which now severely fragmented with key personalities having deep distrust again each other. More over, when their Supreme Leader in serving time as a convicted criminal.

Now they are trying to make that work with a sworn nemesis. A man who was the enemy of every single individual in this delusional political hallucination, impaired by unknown obnoxious political narcotics.

That created the crave the greed for having a whiff of power by trying to sell this hair-brain scheme of ‘another Opposition party’. Not withstanding that they never got it right ever since classical Opposition parties (DAP and PAS) tried to ride on the dis-popularity of Dr Mahathir and BN upon the sacking of Anwar Ibrahim in 1998.

It is the right thing to do for Dr Mahathir to go on the political bandwagon properly, via a political organisation in his quest to topple Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak through the democratic process of ballot paper in the next GE.

However, what happened to the so called ‘1.27 million signatures collected’ for the Dr Mahathir-Lim Kit Siang declaration, launched 4 March 2016?

Even there were only 70,000 genuine signatures collected, is Dr Mahathir prepared to admit that they have been taken for a ride for a futile effort which had no tacit value which resulted Prime Minister Najib being ousted?

The past sixteen months, Dr Mahathir and his ANC tried too many political antics which failed but not at the expense of some people as collateral damage.

For example is the attempt to demonise Prime Minister Najib’s administration by falsely projecting that Tabung Haji funds are being utilised to “Bail out 1MDB through TRX”, slightly over a year ago. There were handful Hajj pilgrims about to get their opportunity to serve the fifth tenet of Islam summarily withdrew their savings, only to learn later that the story was a total manipulation.

The Fifth UMNO President tried so many political stunts to oust Prime Minister Najib. He instigated for the people to rise to express their dismay, engineered a ‘Task Force’ to be conveniently quick formed the moment foreign media publish an unsubstantiated story incriminating Prime Minister Najib, manipulated to get the Cabinet to revolt, instigated UMNO delegates to put pressure at party General Assembly and even attempted to get MPs to do a ‘Vote of no confidence in Parliament’.

All these failed miserably. He even suggested that foreign powers come and meddle into domestic politics, just to oust Prime Minister Najib.

The nation rightfully should be spared from pandering into more unproductive politicking. To the majority, it is already over bearing.

NST story:

New coalition is nothing but a ‘dangerous liaison’ based on frustrations – Rahman Dahlan

 

BY BERNAMA – 15 JULY 2016 @ 12:29 AM Facebook 4 Twitter Share 4

KUALA LUMPUR: Barisan Nasional (BN) describes the announcement of a new party made by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad as a healthy democratic process.

However, BN Strategic Communications Director Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan said it would only weaken the opposition further and strengthen the chances of BN to win big in the next general election.

“We will continue to rigorously fight for our principles and our struggle. We will defend our track record. “We have gone through worse and more formidable challenges before and Alhamdulillah, we managed to overcome each and every one of them,” he said in a statement here, today.

Dr Mahathir today announced that he would form a new party which will be a component of a new opposition pact in facing the 14th General Election.

The new opposition pact will also feature DAP, PKR and Parti Amanah Negara as its component parties. Abdul Rahman said BN would reach out to the public and tell them not to place their trust in a rickety coalition, driven by a man whose singular objective is to topple the current prime minister, by hook or by crook. He said the coalition partners have no common agenda for Malaysia.

“What they have is a “dangerous liaison” based on their acute frustration and failure to capture the imagination of the rakyat. BN intends to checkmate them every step of the way,” he added. He said: “BN will face anyone, anytime, anywhere for the future of this beloved country.” — BERNAMA

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/07/158298/new-coalition-nothing-dangerous-liaison-based-frustrations-rahman-dahlan

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It is sinful to manipulate the hope and emotion of the rakyat at the expense of time, resources, energy and opportunities wasted pandering to all these unnecessary politicking, just to serve a man-possessed’s obsession for power madness.

*Updated 15 July 2016 0045hrs

Published in: on July 14, 2016 at 21:00  Leave a Comment  

Lessons from Paracels XXX: ICJ reject China’s claims

China's fictitious 'Nine-Dash-Line'

China’s fictitious ‘Nine-Dash-Line’

The International Tribunal in the Hague rejected claims to rights in the South China Sea, which is a landmark international decision on overlapping claims and disputes in South China Sea by many nations, most members of ASEAN.

BBC.com story:

Beijing South China Sea claims rejected by court

15 minutes ago

China has accelerated construction on some disputed reefs
An international tribunal has ruled against Chinese claims to rights in South China Sea, backing a case brought by the Philippines.
The Permanent Court of Arbitration said there was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control over the waters or resources.
China described the ruling as “ill-founded”.
China claims almost all of the South China Sea, including reefs and islands also claimed by others.
The tribunal in The Hague said China had violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights. It also said China had caused “severe harm to the coral reef environment” by building artificial islands.
China’s Island Factory
Mysteries and maritime claims
In pictures: How the ruling affects the livelihood of Filipino fishermen
Why is the South China Sea contentious?
Flying close to China’s new islands
Rivalries underneath the South China Sea
The ruling came from an arbitration tribunal under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), which both countries have signed.
The ruling is binding but the tribunal, the Permanent Court of Arbitration, has no powers of enforcement.
The US sent an aircraft carrier and fighter jets to the region ahead of the ruling, prompting an angry editorial in the Global Times, a strongly nationalist state-run newspaper, calling for the US to prepare for “military confrontation”.
Meanwhile, the Chinese Navy has been carrying out exercises near the disputed Paracel islands.

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And Bloomberg story:

 

China Has No Historic Rights to South China Sea Resources, Court Says

David Tweed

July 12, 2016 — 5:22 PM HKT

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International Court to Rule on China’s Sea Claims
Philippines challenged China’s sea assertions in Hague court
China claims more than 80 percent of South China Sea

China’s assertions to more than 80 percent of the disputed South China Sea have been dealt a blow with an international tribunal ruling it has no historic rights to the resources within a 1940s map detailing its claims.
“There was no evidence that China has historically exercised exclusive control over the waters or their resources,” the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague said Tuesday in a statement. “The tribunal concluded that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the seas falling within the ‘nine-dash line’.”
The case was brought by the Philippines, arguing that China’s claims don’t comply with the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea. While the court says the ruling is binding, it lacks a mechanism for enforcement.

China’s assertions are based on a 1947 map showing vague dashes — known as the nine-dash line — looping about 1,120 miles (1,800 kilometers) south of China’s Hainan Island and covering about 1.4 million square miles. It contends its claim is grounded in “historic rights” and reclaimed reefs and islands are its indisputable territory. China boycotted the arbitration process and vowed to ignore the result.
The ruling risks inflaming tensions in a waterway that hosts about $5 trillion of trade a year and plays a vital link for global energy shipments. China has stepped up its assertions under President Xi Jinping, straining ties with fellow claimants like the Philippines and Vietnam.
For a QuickTake explainer on China’s territorial disputes, click here.
“The result of the arbitration is non-binding as far as China is concerned,” Chinese Admiral Sun Jianguo said in June. “The Chinese government has already repeatedly made it clear that it will not accept it, will not attend the arbitration, does not acknowledge it and will not implement the result.”
The U.S. insists it has the right to protect freedom of navigation in the waters and has carried out voyages and flights near features claimed by China. In May, China sent fighters and warships to warn the USS William P. Lawrence, a guided missile destroyer, when it sailed close to one of its outposts in the Spratly Islands.
Many of the court’s findings concerned the rights to territorial seas generated by various features. China has reclaimed some 3,200 acres (1,290 hectares) of land and built ports and runways. Under UNCLOS, man made islands don’t generate maritime entitlements.
Scarborough Shoal
The Philippines brought the case to the court after China’s coast guard seized the Scarborough Shoal in 2012. Beijing declined to submit formal documentation in defense of its claims, though it filed a position paper in December 2014 arguing the Philippine submission was a sovereignty dispute and outside the court’s jurisdiction. The PCA rejected that argument.

China has completed at least one of three planned airstrips on the reclaimed reefs, and has installed lighthouses, radar and other facilities it contends are mostly for civilian purposes. It landed a civilian aircraft on Fiery Cross earlier this year and a military plane collected sick workers from the reef in April. China says it has the right to install weapons to defend its sovereign territory.
While the U.S. doesn’t take a position on the claims, it worked diplomatic channels to garner support for the court’s jurisdiction ahead of the ruling.
Map of China and Philippines claims to Scarborough Shoal
Map of China and Philippines claims to Scarborough Shoal
Foreign Ministers from the Group of Seven expressed concern over the territorial tensions in April. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said the G-7 shouldn’t “hype” the issue.
China’s actions have pushed some Southeast Asian nations closer to the U.S. and Japan. The U.S. started joint patrols with the Philippines in the South China Sea in March, while Japan has been supplying patrol ships to Vietnam.
“Countries across the region have been taking action and voicing concerns publicly and privately,” U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter said last month. “As a result, China’s actions in the South China Sea are isolating it, at a time when the entire region is coming together and networking. Unfortunately, if these actions continue, China could end up erecting a Great Wall of self-isolation.”

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These are the salient points to the decision made by the international tribunal at the Hague this morning:

Inquirer.net story:

Key points of arbitral tribunal’s verdict on PH-China dispute

 

By: Matikas Santos
@MSantosINQ
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05:34 PM July 12th, 2016

Demonstrators, police, and media gather outside the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, ahead of a ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on the dispute between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea. China has intensified the drumbeat of its opposition to an international tribunal’s ruling expected Tuesday that could threaten its expansive claims in the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)
Demonstrators, police, and media gather outside the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands, on Tuesday, July 12, 2016, ahead of a ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) on the dispute between China and the Philippines over the South China Sea. China has intensified the drumbeat of its opposition to an international tribunal’s ruling expected Tuesday that could threaten its expansive claims in the South China Sea. (AP Photo/Mike Corder)

The international Arbitral Tribunal on Tuesday issued its award on the arbitration case between Philippines and China over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) dispute.

BACKSTORY: Philippines wins arbitration case vs. China over South China Sea

In a 501-page award, the Tribunal decided in favor of the Philippines and said that China does not have historic rights to the South China Sea and that their “nine-dash line” claim has no legal basis.
READ: Key points of arbitral tribunal’s verdict on PH-China dispute

Below are five key points included in the summary statement released to the media

(1)Historic Rights and the ‘Nine-Dash Line’:

The Tribunal concluded that, to the extent China had historic rights to resources in the waters of the South China Sea, such rights were extinguished to the extent they were incompatible with the exclusive economic zones provided for in the Convention.

The Tribunal also noted that, although 2 Chinese navigators and fishermen, as well as those of other States, had historically made use of the islands in the South China Sea, there was no evidence that China had historically exercised exclusive control over the waters or their resources.

The Tribunal concluded that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights to resources within the sea areas falling within the ‘nine-dash line’.

(2)Status of Features:

The Tribunal noted that the reefs have been heavily modified by land reclamation and construction, recalled that the Convention classifies features on their natural condition, and relied on historical materials in evaluating the features.

The Tribunal found historical evidence to be more relevant and noted that the Spratly Islands were historically used by small groups of fishermen and that several Japanese fishing and guano mining enterprises were attempted.

The Tribunal concluded that such transient use does not constitute inhabitation by a stable community and that all of the historical economic activity had been extractive. Accordingly, the Tribunal concluded that none of the Spratly Islands is capable of generating extended maritime zones.

The Tribunal also held that the Spratly Islands cannot generate maritime zones collectively as a unit. Having found that none of the features claimed by China was capable of generating an exclusive economic zone, the Tribunal found that it could—without delimiting a boundary—declare that certain sea areas are within the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines, because those areas are not overlapped by any possible entitlement of China.

(3)Lawfulness of Chinese Actions:

Having found that certain areas are within the exclusive economic zone of the Philippines, the Tribunal found that China had violated the Philippines’ sovereign rights in its exclusive economic zone by (a) interfering with Philippine fishing and petroleum exploration, (b) constructing artificial islands and (c) failing to prevent Chinese fishermen from fishing in the zone.

The Tribunal also held that fishermen from the Philippines (like those from China) had traditional fishing rights at Scarborough Shoal and that China had interfered with these rights in restricting access.

The Tribunal further held that Chinese law enforcement vessels had unlawfully created a serious risk of collision when they physically obstructed Philippine vessels.

(4)Harm to Marine Environment:

The Tribunal considered the effect on the marine environment of China’s recent large-scale land reclamation and construction of artificial islands at seven features in the Spratly Islands and found that China had caused severe harm to the coral reef environment and violated its obligation to preserve and protect fragile ecosystems and the habitat of depleted, threatened, or endangered species.

The Tribunal also found that Chinese authorities were aware that Chinese fishermen have harvested endangered sea turtles, coral, and giant clams on a substantial scale in the South China Sea (using methods that inflict severe damage on the coral reef environment) and had not fulfilled their obligations to stop such activities

(5)Aggravation of Dispute:

Finally, the Tribunal considered whether China’s actions since the commencement of the arbitration had aggravated the dispute between the Parties.

The Tribunal found that it lacked jurisdiction to consider the implications of a stand-off between Philippine marines and Chinese naval and law enforcement vessels at Second Thomas Shoal, holding that this dispute involved military activities and was therefore excluded from compulsory settlement.

The Tribunal found, however, that China’s recent large-scale land reclamation and construction of artificial islands was incompatible with the obligations on a State during dispute resolution proceedings, insofar as China has inflicted irreparable harm to the marine environment, built a large artificial island in the Philippines’ exclusive economic zone, and destroyed evidence of the natural condition of features in the South China Sea that formed part of the Parties’ dispute.

BACKSTORY: #InquirerSeven FAQ about the Philippines vs. China arbitration case

The Convention

Under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) a coastal state needs to have land before they can claim rights to the sea. The international treaty has been signed and ratified by both the Philippines and China.

“You need to have land before you can have rights to the sea. It’s as simple as that.You cannot just have rights to the sea without owning land,” former Solicitor General Francis Jardeleza said in a forum at the University of the Philippines (UP) Law Center in 2014, citing the basic principle of UNCLOS.

China asserts it has “indisputable sovereignty” and “historic rights” to over two-thirds of the 3.5 million square kilometers South China Sea using its “nine-dash line” claim that overlaps with the UNCLOS-mandated 200-nautical-mile Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The line, encircling an area roughly the size of Mexico, overlaps territories claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan. China argues that its historic rights justify the line. But the Philippines insists that these rights cannot be used to define sea borders.

The Philippines says since the South China Sea is mostly sea, there is no land mass or clumps of islands and rocks there large enough to generate sea borders that will span the over 2 million square kilometers China is claiming with its nine-dash line.

In recent months, China has conducted massive land reclamation activities turning submerged reefs into artificial islands capable of hosting military equipment and structures.

Unclos, however, does not recognize artificial islands and states that these are not entitled to a 12 nautical mile territorial sea nor a 200 nm eez.

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This ruling, which would be treated as precedence,  is expected because China had no evidence to furnish their claims on areas which they called ‘Nine-Dash-Line’.

China’s refusal to accept the ruling is also expected because their case is lame, based on unilateral pronouncement of the area by Kuomintang in 1947.

Recently, China already pre-empted that they will not recognise any international tribunal which include the United Nations Tribunal on the disputed overlapping territories, when the Philippines decided to take the matter for international arbitration in 2013.

China rejected the Hague ruling.

NST story:

China rejects Hague tribunal judgement

 

BY AFP – 12 JULY 2016 @ 5:54 PM

 

BEIJING: China “does not accept and does not recognise” the ruling by a UN-backed tribunal on its dispute with the Philippines over the South China Sea, the official Xinhua news agency said Tuesday.

The comments, in a brief dispatch that did not identify a source, follow a ruling by the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the Hague that China has no historic rights to its claimed “nine-dash line.”

Earlier, an international tribunal ruled that China has no legal basis to claim “historic rights” to islands in the South China Sea, in a bitter dispute that risks stoking further tensions in Southeast Asia.

“The Tribunal concluded that there was no legal basis for China to claim historic rights within the sea areas falling within the ‘nine-dash line’,” the tribunal said in a statement. –AFP

Read More : http://www.nst.com.my/news/2016/07/157869/china-rejects-hague-tribunal-judgement

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This would be another phase of game of geo-politics and crafty diplomacy, as China’s influence in the region is an upcoming military superpower as well as major trading partner, particularly amongst ASEAN nations which include the Philippines.

China is expected to be more aggressive in their manoeuvres, especially on the three installations already built presumably grr the China PLA-Navy purposes in the disputed areas.

United States Navy, which is a close ally to the Philippines would use the result on this tribunal and increased PLA=Navy maneuvres to heighten their presence and presentation of power.

ASEAN nations and China are supposed to finalise the Code of Conduct (COC), which all inked as Document of Conduct (DOC) in November 2002. They have agreed to fall back to UNCLOS, as the referral provisions to mitigate any maritime and matters pertaining to the sea.

However, COC is yet to be enforced since the negotiation process for the final document had not been completed at this stage.

It is interesting to observe the outcome of this landmark ruling.

*Updated 1815hrs

Published in: on July 12, 2016 at 17:37  Comments (2)  

The scaled-down Nuremberg trial

Our own Supreme Court Mr Justice Robert Brown, acting as a Public Prosecutor. Just like Nuremberg

Our own Supreme Court Mr Justice Robert Jackson, acting as a Public Prosecutor. Just like Nuremberg

Generalissimo of Chinese Chauvinist Middle Malaysia Lim Guan Eng trial for corruption with regards to the approval of sale for the parcel in Kg Manggis and the private purchase of the detached house at 25 Jalan Pinhorn below market price, is comparable to the Nuremberg trial of 1946 against Nazi leaders.

The Straits Times story:

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng pleads not guilty to graft charges

PUBLISHED 9 HOURS AGOUPDATED 2 HOURS AGO

Lee Seok Hwai
Penang Chief Minister and prominent opposition leader Lim Guan Eng has pleaded not guilty to two graft-related offences on Thursday (June 30), Malaysian media reported, in a case that has jolted the country.

Mr Lim, 55, claimed trial to the charges related to his purchase of a bungalow at below-market-prices last year and improper change of state land use at the Penang High Court. He was then released on bail set at RM1 million (S$335,300).

The vocal critic of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak had been formally charged at the Penang Sessions Court on Thursday morning after three months of accusations by ruling Umno party leaders that he had bought his house last year at RM2.8 million (S$939,000) from a businesswoman with dealings with the state government, when the market value of the property was RM4.7 million.
He faces up to 20 year in jail if convicted under Section 23 of the Anti-Corruption Act and Section 165 of the Penal Code

The businesswoman who sold the bungalow to him was also charged under Section 109 of the Penal Code for abetting Lim to obtain a “valuable property” for RM2.5 million when it was valued at RM4.27 million.

“He obtained the property knowing that you have business dealings with the state government,” reads the charge.

Ms Phang also claimed trial and was given bail of RM200,000.

The High Court set case management for Sept 22, when it will consider whether to conduct a joint trial after perusing all the documents.

Pressmen, police stationed at George Town courthouse for LGE to be charged

Mr Lim, who has demanded Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak explain a massive financial scandal linked to state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), was arrested at his office on Wednesday by officers from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

After spending the night in MACC custody, he was taken to the court at 10am on Thursday in a motorcade of seven vehicles. He looked relaxed and was wearing his favourite red tie, Malaysiakini reported.

He smiled and told reporters, “I am alright”.

Inside the courtroom, he hugged his teary mother, sister Hui Ying, and wife Betty, who looked distraught, Malaysiakini reported. He also shook hands with his father Kit Siang, adviser of his Chinese-majority party Democratic Action Party (DAP).

Hours before the hearing, police had mounted roadblocks along the road before the MACC building leading to the Penang courthouse, resulting in long traffic jams. A police spokesman told The Star the measure was taken to ensure Mr Lim’s transfer from the MACC office to the court went smoothly.

 

The public gallery at the Penang Sessions Court was already filled to the brim with journalists, DAP supporters and other opposition politicians hours before Mr Lim’s arrival shortly after 10am.

Mr Lim has been chief minister of Penang since 2008 and has led the opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP) since 2004 as secretary-general.

Under Mr Lim’s leadership, Malaysia’s second-richest state has, by most accounts, been imbued with new vigour.

DAP is the most popular ethnic Chinese party in Malaysia. It won 38 seats in the federal Parliament in the 2013 general election, forming the second-largest single bloc of MPs after Umno’s 88 seats.

Mr Lim told a press conference after his court hearing on Thursday that he will stay in his job for now.

“For the time being, I will remain Penang Chief Minister. But the state DAP committee will have a meeting to decide,” he said after being released on bail. The party was due to hold an emergency meeting on Thursday afternoon.

Mr Lim is no stranger to state prosecution, having been jailed for 12 months in 1998 after being found guilty for sedition.

An angry opposition alleged that Mr Najib was behind the charges against Mr Lim, accusing the premier of mounting a political offensive and planning to call snap elections next year – one year ahead of schedule, Agence France-Presse reported.

Malaysia’s attorney general, Mohamed Apandi Ali, who cleared Mr Najib of wrongdoing over the 1MDB scandal in January, is leading the prosecution.

“The Najib administration is now abusing all its… power to politically persecute its leaders to cripple the opposition before the general election,” Mr Tony Pua, DAP national publicity chief said according to AFP.

Mr Najib faces allegations that billions of dollars were plundered from 1MDB. The accusations, which emerged last year, include the revelation that Najib received at least US$681 million in deposits to his personal bank accounts in 2013. Mr Najib and 1MDB deny any wrongdoing.

But Malaysia’s opposition has been unable to capitalise on the controversy, having been in disarray since the jailing of former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim for sodomy last year.

“I think the arrest of Lim Guan Eng (and the corruption charges) will hurt the opposition nationally as Lim is another charismatic figure,” Oh Ei Sun, senior fellow at S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies told AFP.

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Former Federal Court Judge appointed as Attorney General Tan Sri Apandi Ali short of a few days to his first year in AGC, is personally leading the charge to charge and prove beyond reasonable doubt Lim is guilty for the two counts of corruption.

It is a very prolific case involving the Executive of a State since MB Selangor Dato’ Harun Idris was charged for corruption in the 1970s. In 1997, Tan Sri Muhammad Muhd Taib had to relinquish his post after he was charged in a Queensland court for attempting to take out AUD2.4million in cash, without authority approval.

Lim’s wife and Phang Li Khoon, who is the other person being charged pertaining to the case against Lim, are business partners. That very much crucified Lim against his own false political moral calls all these years.

Please read Miss Lim’s comprehensive take on the web of corrupt practices in the case.

It is very interesting to observe the reaction to this case. No one, even amongst Penangties, is actually standing up to cry “LGE is innocent”.

In the minds of many since the build up of the corrupt practices by Bukit Gelugor MP Dato Shahbudin in Dewan Rakyat, then Minister of Housing and Urban Wellness Dato’ Abdul Rahman Dahlan and former Batu Kawan MP Dato’ Huan Cheng Guan, whatever available against Lim is rather convincing.

This case is already affecting the DAP.

The Straits Times story:

Lim Guan Eng’s arrest divides opinion along party lines

Ms Phang Li Koon, who sold the land on which Mr Lim’s house stands, is accused of having business links with the state administration.

PUBLISHEDJUN 30, 2016, 5:00 AM SGT

GEORGE TOWN • Is Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng guilty?

It was clear on social media yesterday how divided Malaysians were over this question as they digested the news of Mr Lim’s arrest and the two corruption charges that loom over him.

The Democratic Action Party (DAP) secretary-general was yesterday arrested by plainclothes policemen and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers, who escorted him from his 28th-storey government office in the Komtar tower.
Penang’s popular leader is serving his second term, and showing the way forward with his so-called government of Competency, Accountability and Transparency (CAT).

Thus, it was a big surprise for many to see him being attacked since March by Umno leaders over the purchase of a bungalow, said to be bought below-market price at RM2.8 million (S$940,000), when similar units would allegedly be able to fetch RM6 million.

And then there were the accusations that the two-storey house, which sits on 10,000 sq ft of land, was sold by a businesswoman, Ms Phang Li Koon, who is said to have business dealings with Mr Lim’s state administration.

To Mr Lim’s fans, the attacks are a waste of time, when the detractors should be chasing up a huge scandal involving the RM2.6 billion said to be linked to Prime Minister Najib Razak, which the authorities have not dealt with.

“Indeed, sad news… RM2.6b run free and RM2.8 million, get hauled up by goons,” wrote one Malaysiakini reader yesterday.

Others questioned why Mr Lim needed to be held overnight by MACC. Facebook user Daweena Gill, writing on Mr Lim’s Facebook page, said: “Why must he be in the lock up…? He has nothing to hide and honestly, he is not the type to hide or run away”.

To Umno leaders, the charges are comeuppance for Mr Lim, whose DAP is relentless in attacking the government on various issues.

Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan, Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and one of Mr Lim’s harshest critics, said: “Clearly, DAP’s slogan of being the most clean political party in Malaysia does not hold water, post Lim Guan Eng’s arrest by MACC today. Transparency and accountability must be practised, not preached.”

Reme Ahmad

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The Demoractic Action Party is obviously ready that their leader would be in trouble, already prepared themselves to encircle-the-wagon the moment the cavalry charge against them is made.

The Star story:

Thursday, 30 June 2016 | MYT 9:31 AM

LGE charged: DAP to hold emergency meeting

 

BY CRYSTAL CHIAM SHIYING
GEORGE TOWN: Penang DAP will be holding an emergency meeting Thursday following the arrest and charge of the party secretary-general Lim Guan Eng.

“Penang DAP will hold a meeting tomorrow (Thursday) to make decisions on ways to overcome this political crisis,” Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow (pic) said in a statement on Wednesday.

He added that DAP regretted the arrest of Lim, who is also Penang Chief Minister.

“We were also shocked to learn that Lim will be charged in the Sessions Court in George Town for two offences tomorrow morning.

“The first charge was related to the rezoning of a land in Balik Pulau, and the second case will be about the purchase of Lim’s bungalow,” said Chow.

He added that the charges were not related to the Taman Manggis issue at the moment.

“We urge all DAP members and supporters in the state and country to stay calm to face this hard time,” he said.

Bukit Bendera MP Zairil Khir Johari confirmed Thursday that the meeting would take place at noon.

Lim’s counsel Gobind Singh on Wednesday night said his client had been a cooperating with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission in its investigations against him.

“They could have just told him (Lim) to be present in the court Friday,” he said.

On reports that Attorney-General Tan Sri Apandi Ali would lead the prosecution team, Gobind said it was of no issue.

“Bring them on and let the battle begin as we are ready to take them on,” said Gobind.

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If Lim is found guilty his time, it might be his second stint in prison. He was incarcerated for 18 months from August 1998 for seditious and criminal defamation against then Melaka Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik in 1994.

Without any doubt, Lim’s defence on the case would expected to be centred on the case is a ‘political prosecution’ rather than the Penang Chief Minister willingly and consciously committed a crime, pertaining to the Kg Manggis approvals and the purchase of his current abode.

The case would promise interesting political roller coaster of Lim’s defence inferring matters irrelevant to the case, as part of their expected poor defence to wiggle the obnoxious, rude and autocratic DAP leader out as a free man.

It would be just like Nuremberg in 1946.

Published in: on June 30, 2016 at 17:00  Comments (2)  

Tam-mat

Majlis Tertinggi UMNO petting ini memecat Timbalan Presiden UMNO (yang sedang digantung dari tugas oleh MT UMNO) Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd. Yassin dan Mantan Pengerusi Perhubungan UMNO Kedah Dato’ Seri Mukhriz Mahathir akibat bekerjasama dengan Pembangkang dalam gerakan menumbangkan Perdana Menteri Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak.

Laporan Utusan Malaysia:

UMNO pecat Muhyiddin dan Mukhriz

24 Jun 2016 6:19 PM

Presiden UMNO, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak berbincang sesuatu dengan Naib Presiden UMNO, Datuk Seri Dr. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi sebelum mempengerusikan mesyuarat majlis tertinggi UMNO di Menara Datuk Onn, Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra (PWTC) di sini hari ini. – UTUSAN/FAUZI BAHARUDIN

KUALA LUMPUR 24 Jun – Majlis Tertinggi UMNO hari ini membuat keputusan memecat Timbalan Presiden, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin dan bekas Menteri Besar Kedah, Mukhriz Mahathir.
Sementara itu, keahlian Naib Presiden UMNO, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal digantung sehingga Jawatankuasa Disiplin UMNO menyiapkan laporan.- UTUSAN ONLINE
– See more at: http://www.utusan.com.my/berita/politik/umno-pecat-muhyiddin-dan-mukhriz-1.346568#sthash.7lhHZma0.dpuf

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Sementara itu, Naib Presiden Dato’ Seri Mohd. Shafie Apdal divantung keahliannya.

Mereka telah terlibat dalam gerakan Anti Najib Campaign (ANC) dalam beberapa siri sidang mereka yang mereka sertai, menggesa Perdana Menteri Najib untuk berundur.

Pelancaran “Deklarasi Mahathir-Kit Siang”

Pada 4 Mac 2016, Muhyiddin dan Mukhriz telah turut serta Mantan Presiden UMNO Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad bersekongkol tengan Pembangkang seperti Lim Kit Siang, Mohamad Sabu, Azmin Ali, Teresa Kok, Zaid Ibrahim dan anasiro-anassir anarkis seperti Maria Chin, Ambiga dan Hishamuddin Rais untuk melancarkan ‘Deklarasi Rakyat’.

Mereka bertindak menyerlar kepimpinan dan parti UMNO/BN dengan nada umpama Pembangkang, dengan bertujuan untuk menjatuhkan Perdana Menteri Najib dan secara tidak langsung, Kerajaan BN yang sah dipilih melalui proses demokrasi yang menurut peruntukan Perlembagaan.

Ianya bertujuan sebagai drama politik untuk mengumpul tanda tangan rakyat sebagai petisyen untuk mendesak agar Perdana Menteri Najib berundur. Walaupun hakikatnya, petisyen ini tiada nilai apa-apa untuk mencapai objektif melalui peruntukan Perlembagaan.

Apa yang menarik ialah pengaruh Muhyiddin dan Mukhriz kepada kempininan menengah dan akar umbi UMNO.

Hakikatnya, semasa Muhyiddin dipecat Julai lepas daripada Kabinet sebagai Timbalan Perdana Menteri, kurang dari 10 dari 191 Ketua Bahagian UMNO  seluruh Malaysia tampil untuk menunjukkan sokongan maupun simpati, walaupun beliau masih lagi Timbalan Presiden UMNO.

Mukhriz juga mengalami keadaan yang sama. Awal tahun ini, semua Ketua-Ketua Bahagian UMNO di Kedah telah mengumumkan kehilangan keyakinan dan mendesak beliau meletakkan jawatan sebagai Menteri Besar Kedah.

Setelah dua minggu drama tarik-tali dalam politik, Mukhriz akur bahawa Exco beliau sendiri tidak bersamanya.

Akhirnya Mukhriz menyerah kalah dan berundur. Beliau sedar, gerakan menentang beliau ini mendapat sokongan majoriti dalam DUN Kedah dan Majlis Penasihat diRaja akur kepada arus perubahan ini.

Kehilangan kedudukan mereka dalam platform UMNO ini bermakna kemampuan mereka untuk terus mengerakkan kempen ANC akan makin terbatas dan secara perlahan-lahan, mereka akan jadi politikus yang tidak relevan lagi.

Lewat ini, mereka gagal menarik sokongan yang menyakinkan dari akar umbi walaupun brrusaha keras membuat ‘road show’. Kumpulan serpihan GKCM tiada kemampuan untuk meraih sokongan akar umbi kepada mereka berdua.

Pendekata, macam film Melayu purbawara zaman 1950an tertera: Tam-mat. 

 

Published in: on June 24, 2016 at 18:30  Comments (1)  

Put your money where your mouth is

Opposition Leader Wan Azizah chided the notion that Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to take over her job by challenging him to contest in the the 14GE and get elected into Dewan Rakyat.

BH online story:

RABU, 22 JUN 2016 @ 2:53 PM

Wan Azizah cabar Tun M bertanding dalam PRU

 

Oleh Siti Sofia Md Nasir siti.sofia@bh.com.my

 

GEORGETOWN: Ketua Pembangkang, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Ismail mencabar bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohammad untuk bertanding pada pilihan raya umum akan datang sekiranya tokoh negara itu mahu terus membabitkan diri dalam kancah politik.

Dr Wan Azizah berkata, Dr Mahathir perlu berbuat demikian bagi membuktikan dirinya layak untuk menerajui blok pembangkang.

“Jika beliau mahu menjadi Ketua Pembangkang, masuk bertanding dahulu. Atau sekurang-kurangnya menjadi ahli di mana-mana parti terlebih dahulu,” katanya ringkas ketika ditemui di Hospital Pulau Pinang (HPP) di sini, hari ini.

Terdahulu, Dr Wan Azizah meluangkan masa kira-kira 10 minit menziarahi Menteri Besar Kedah, Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah di wad Unit Rawatan Rapi (ICU) HPP.

Turut hadir, Timbalan Ketua Menteri, Datuk Abdul Rashid Hasnon dan Timbalan Angkatan Muda Keadilan PKR, Dr Afif Bahardin.

Selanjutnya di : http://www.bharian.com.my/node/167142

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Earlier than that, Minister of Communication and Multimedia Dato’ Seri Mohd. Salleh Said Keruak challenged the Fifth UMNO President to be Opposition Leader since the new budding relationship with Opposition, mainly Lim Kit Siang and Mohamad Sabu.

Astro Awani story:

Salleh dares Dr Mahathir to become leader of the opposition

Bernama | Published on June 22, 2016 07:46 MYT
KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak has dared Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to oppose Barisan Nasional (BN) openly as an opposition politician instead of hiding behind a so-called non-political or non-partisan movement.

‎‎The Communications and Multimedia Minister said, taking an official leadership position in the opposition was morally the right thing for the former prime minister to do since he was already performing a de facto role.

In his blog sskeruak.blogspot.com, Salleh noted that since last month, BN had achieved landslide victories in the Sarawak state election as well as the two parliamentary seat by-elections in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar.

This, he said, was despite it being mid-term and despite Dr Mahathir’s unprecedented global smear campaign against prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

“It’s clear that the opposition is in total disarray, and is not able to fulfill its responsibility to Malaysians by offering a workable alternative government. The opposition obviously needs help,” the minister said.

“In light of this opposition predicament, Dr Mahathir should lead the opposition into the next general election. Furthermore, the opposition should show sincerity in welcoming Dr Mahathir into the opposition by issuing an open invitation for him to become a member and their leader,” he said.

‎Salleh said it was clear that Dr Mahathir does not wish to retire from politics and still wants to be very much in the thick of politics.

“Dr Mahathir should commit himself full time to politics by officially becoming a member of one of the opposition parties and take a leadership role in that party.
“This would demonstrate Dr Mahathir’s sincere commitment to his political struggle,” he said.

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Fifteen months ago, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad decided to openly attack Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak and many issues were raised to justify why the latter had to resign immediately.

The one which became the core was the allegations of scandals of 1MDB, which include “RM42billion missing”.

Then the attacks became more voracious and the argument was Prime Minister Najib had to be removed, to save UMNO and preserve BN in power.

After trying many stunts through out, Tun Dr. Mahathr was unable to get any of his manoeuvres to carry traction. This include getting the Cabinet, UMNO Supreme Council, UMNO General Assembly to pressure the resignation and majority of MPs in Dewan Rakyat do a vote of no confidence against Prime Minister Najib last December.

In his compounded frustration, he quit UMNO in February when his associates believed to be in MACC failed to complete a proper investigation, to implicate Prime Minister Najib. That did not carry traction either,

Hence, in early March he teamed up with Opposition leaders such as live long nemesis Lim Kit Siang and others which include Mohamad Sabu and anti BN elements such as Maria Chin, Ambiga and Hishamuddin Rais to do a ‘Deklarasi Rakyat’, to get public support to oust Prime Minister Najib.

Despite proclaiming to have managed to get 1.27 million signatories, the Anti Najib Campaign success is marred by dubious online petition.

Tun Dr. Mahathir formalised his association with the Opposition during the Sg Besar and Kuala Bangsar simultaneous by-elections, where UMNO candidates amassed very encouraging larger majority as compared to 13GE three years ago.

Coupled with the BN landslide victory in the recently concluded Sarawak State Electio, it is evidently clear that Malaysians of diverse backgrounds and location are not shy to throw their support behind BN. Even the Chinese are making their way back to support BN.

This also translate to the rakyat demonstration of their confidence to Prime Minister najib’s leadership as his transformation agenda began to demonstrate results, amidst the challenges of global economic slump.

It is apt that Tun Dr. Mahathir is being challenged to lead the Opposition. Even his ally within the Opposition such as Zaid Ibrahim is speaking aloud in this notion, believed on behalf of Tun Dr. Mahathir himself.

FMT story:

Zaid: Mahathir will gladly take the Opposition leader role

FMT Reporters | June 22, 2016

Former law minister dares BN to walk the talk and compete in a clean and fair election, without the ‘referee being on their side’.

PETALING JAYA: Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad “will gladly” accept Communications and Multimedia Minister Salleh Said Keruak’s challenge to be the opposition leader, Zaid Ibrahim said today.

The former law minister churned out a series of tweets in response to Salleh’s blog posting yesterday, which challenged Mahathir to fight Barisan Nasional (BN) openly as an opposition politician, instead of hiding behind non-political or non-partisan movements.
This was the right thing to do, Salleh had said, given that Mahathir was “already performing a de-facto role (in the Opposition)”.

“I (a)m sure Tun M will gladly accept Salleh’s dare to be opposition leader if BN is willing to make our election free and fair (sic).”
Zaid also claimed that with money and propaganda, BN can win elections and be proud of it.
“They use money, projects and propaganda, and they are proud of winning. Even the ‘referee’ is on their side,” he said referring to the Election Commission.
“Salleh and company have no guts to fight in a clean and fair election; that’s why they keep making challenges against Tun (Mahathir),” Zaid tweeted.

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It is time for Tun Dr Mahathir to put the money where his mouth is, if he is really sincere about “Saving Malaysia” by ousting Prime minister Najib and BN from power.

 

Published in: on June 23, 2016 at 01:31  Leave a Comment  

The spring of content

The Emperorissimo of Chinese Chauvinism Lim Kit Siang came to terms that Barisan Nasional is taking back its place as the viable political vessel for majority of Malaysians, which include the Chinese.

MMO story:

Bigger wins for BN if PAS stood alone in by-elections, Kit Siang claims

 

Published: June 22, 2016 05:17 PM GMT+8

Latest Update: June 22, 2016 05:59 pm GMT+8

DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang said PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad was wrong to suggest that straight fights would have helped the opposition maximise its chances in the two seats. — Picture by Choo Choy May
KUALA LUMPUR, June 22 — Lim Kit Siang offered today a different view of how the opposition would have fared in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar if the battles had been fought one-to-one between PAS and Barisan Nasional (BN): The ruling pact would have won with much larger vote margins.
According to the DAP veteran, PAS vice-president Idris Ahmad was wrong to suggest that straight fights would have helped the opposition maximise its chances in the two seats.
Instead, Lim said many supporters of Pakatan Harapan would have fled to BN’s fold, preferring the ruling pact over PAS and its policies.
“It is therefore fortunate that the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections were not straight one-to-one fights between BN and PAS, for far from ‘maximising victories for the opposition’, BN would have won by an unprecedented humongous majorities of over 16,000 in Sungai Besar and over 11,000 in Kuala Kangsar,” he said in a statement.
Last Saturday, BN went home victors from the two by-elections, beating PAS and Pakatan Harapan’s Amanah by 9,191 votes in Sungai Besar and 6,969 votes in Kuala Kangsar.

 

In Sungai Besar, Amanah took second place with 707 votes ahead of PAS while it was the reverse in Kuala Kangsar, with the latter beating the former by 801 votes.
Yesterday, Lim in a statement said the outcome of the polls has sparked renewed discussions on how to avoid three-cornered fights in the next general election.
He suggested that the opposition revisit a previous proposal for PAS to concentrate only on seats in Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah and Perlis, while allowing Amanah to focus on other states.
But Idris in his remarks to Malaysiakini today, called the suggestion “illogical”, also telling Lim that if this were the case, then DAP should only focus on winning seats in Penang, where its influence is strongest.
The Bukit Gantang MP also repeated his party’s assertion that PAS should be allowed to field candidates in all the seats it previously contested, and that there would have been no issues in the first place if the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar polls been straight fights with BN.
But Lim insisted that PAS’s straight fight formula would not be the “magic potion” needed to defeat BN in the next federal polls, not especially after the way in which the Islamist party had split from Pakatan Rakyat (PR) last year and not unless the opposition can once again agree on a common policy framework.
PR broke up last year after PAS resolved in its annual muktamar to sever ties with the DAP following the two parties’ fallout over hudud.
Pakatan Harapan was later formed without PAS although the Islamist party has maintained ties with PKR in Selangor.
– See more at: http://m.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/bigger-wins-for-bn-if-pas-stood-alone-in-by-elections-kit-siang-claims#sthash.HXcKdrUO.dpuf

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The strategic leader of DAP which have 37 MPs has resided to the fact that the Opposition pact Pakistan Harapan is at its weakest point, now that they have lost PAS and PKR is split into headless factions.

They no longer command the trust of majority of Malaysians, considering the tide moved back towards BN as demonstrated in the Teluk Intan by-election.

The confidence for BN versus the endless rabid politicking by the Opposition is empirical with the landslide Sarawak State Election concluded just over a month ago. DAP failed miserably to win the Sarawak Chinese votes.

The Sg Besar and Kuala Kangsar simultaneous by-election is evidently clear that the Semenanjung Chinese too are moving back to BN.

This is not withstanding the fact that Opposition teaming up with Fourth Prime Minister and Fifth UMNO President Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad proven to be a bane to their own agenda and confidence amongst the fence sitters.

This is compounded the dismay of their own hardliners, particular amongst the DAP old guards.

Published in: on June 22, 2016 at 18:30  Leave a Comment  

Denial towards dementia

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad as expected, is in the denial of the outcome of the two by-elections which he dubbed as a “Referendum by the rakyat”.

He is also in denial the fact that his gutter politics which digressed from his own poor understanding of the situation, the 1MDB issues no longer fly with the grassroots and the Chinese have started back to vote BN.

Most important, majority of Malaysians would rather throw support and stick with Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak to move the nation forward then anyone else.

The fact that the Fifth UMNO President don’t really providing a credible solution to the aftermath from the ousting of Prime Minister Najib as the UMNO President/BN Chairman and Prime Minister of Malaysia.

That is by no means that he has any shred of dignity as a gentleman, for the disablity to admit defeat especially when it is clear on all fronts the battle which he participated, lost.

There is probablity that the ninety one years old supposedly a Statesman who keeps repeating rhetorics of which many without clear evidence but his own personal interpretations, muddled up with his own compounded emotions and frustrations are facing the cruel truth which evidently is unfolding slowly very much against his agenda and prophecy.

It is ashamed that eventually that would progress the leader who was hailed for a longtime as a strategist and master tactician, towards dementia.

Age is a natural enemy against the epitome of biology.

Published in: on June 20, 2016 at 16:30  Comments (3)  

Burning down the house

Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak finally burned the bridge with Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad for wishing him to continue to remain and campaign for the Opposition, particularly the Chinese Chauvinist DAP.

The Star story:

Sunday, 19 June 2016 | MYT 5:32 PM

Najib hopes Dr Mahathir will continue to campaign for Opposition

 

BY NEVILLE SPYKERMAN
KUALA KRAI: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should continue to campaign for the Opposition because it is good for Barisan Nasional, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak in jest.

Responding to questions from reporters here on Sunday, the Prime Minister said the lesson from the two by-elections in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar was clear.

“The more Tun Mahathir campaigns for the Opposition, the better for Barisan. I hope he doesn’t stop,” said Najib during a press conference after handing over keys to new homes for 31 families affected by the 2014 floods.

Barisan swept to thumping victories in both the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar parliamentary seats on Saturday, winning by far bigger margins compared to the 2013 general election.

Barisan’s Budiman Mohd Zohdi garnered 16,800 votes to win the Sungai Besar parliamentary seat with a whopping 9,191 majority.

His nearest contender, Amanah candidate Azhar Abdul Shukur received 7,609 votes while PAS’ Dr Rani Osman bagged 6,902 votes.

In the 2013 general election, Barisan candidate, the late Tan Sri Noriah Kasnon won the seat with a razor-thin majority of 399 votes.

In Kuala Kangsar, Barisan candidate Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid won the seat previously held by her late husband Datuk Wan Moham­mad Khair-il Anuar Wan Ahmad, with a higher majority of 6,969 compared to the 1,082 votes recorded in the 13th general election.

Her victory was even more commendable considering that she had not been able to campaign as she is still undergoing iddah (waiting pe­­riod) after her husband’s death.

Mastura received 12,653 votes, defeating PAS’ Dr Najihatussalehah Ahmad who got 5,684 votes and Ama­nah’s Dr Ahmad Termizi Ramli with 4,883 votes, while independent Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary received a paltry 54.

Voter turnout was 74% in Sungai Besar and 71% in Kuala Kangsar.

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The Fifth UMNO President campaigned hand-in-hand with DAP leaders such as Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng in the recent Sg. Besar and Kuala Bangsar by-elections, specially in Chinese majority voting quarters.

He proclaimed “Its a referendum for the rakyat to reject Najib’s leadership”.

However, it failed miserably and BN garnered encouragingly increased majority in both seats, even against the combined votes PAN and PAS candidates got..

Tun Dr. Mahathir failed further when Chinese voters, especially in Sg. Besar decided to throw their support back again behind BN.

Joceline Tan’s story:

Sunday, 19 June 2016

BN captures the Chinese vote

 

BY JOCELINE TAN
The thumping victories in the dual by-elections signal that Barisan Nasional is on the comeback trail, with the Chinese vote swinging back.

THE political tsunami has retreated and the wind is blowing in Barisan Nasional’s favour once again.

Barisan swept to a landslide victory in both seats, winning Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar with massive majorities.

The “referendum”, as some have termed the by-elections, has gone the way of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The wins prove that Barisan is still the king in these Malay heartland type of seats but the icing on the cake was the return of Chinese votes to Barisan.

There has been a big Chinese swing back that will be the talk of the town in the days to come.

The coalition did very well in Sekinchan, the Chinese heart of Sungai Besar. Sekinchan is 80% Chinese and a notorious DAP stronghold.

Barisan won a lot of goodwill when it brought home two Sekinchan fishermen who were detained in Indonesia.

In Kuala Kangsar, Barisan won back Jerlun new village, a black area and epicentre of the opposition in 2013, securing some 57% of the votes.

This is despite DAP bringing in heavy artillery like Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to campaign there.

Perak MCA chief Datuk Seri Dr Mah Hang Soon’s numerous rounds of door-to-door campaigns paid off.

“There is a tremendous warming-up of Chinese votes towards Barisan. It is a turning point for us,” said Dr Mah who is also a Perak executive councillor.

Amanah came in last in Kuala Kangsar and second in Sungai Besar where it was saved by the Chinese vote.

DAP went everywhere in orange to promote the new party, dragging Dr Mahathir along with them but their efforts failed to bear fruit.

It was a case of once bitten, twice shy – voters, especially the Chinese, bought into DAP’s sales pitch about PAS in 2013 and not many of them wanted to be played out again.

It is yet another wake-up call for DAP which has been taking the Chinese vote for granted. The rhetoric of DAP leaders has not been matched by delivery.

The party is now in two state governments and people want solutions to their daily lives but DAP leaders spend too much time indulging in political rhetoric and raising issues without offering solutions.

DAP’s finale ceramah in the centre of Sekinchan town on Friday night was meant to seal in the Chinese vote.

But it was missing energy, excitement and people. There were almost as many empty chairs as people.

Some blamed the MCA concert, featuring a famous Hokkien singer from Taiwan, going on in the nearby temple compound. It was standing room only over there and the audience was singing along to all the songs.

Ng Suee Lim, the local DAP strongman and Sekinchan assemblyman, is very popular but his party’s strategy to ride on national issues like 1MDB and the RM2.6bil donation flopped big-time.

The issues were too big and complex and went right over the heads of the local folk. They were not interested in taking a stand on issues they did not understand.

In hindsight, Barisan’s man in Sungai Besar, Budiman Mohd Zohdi, was the one with his feet firmly on the ground.

He is the original kampung boy who could tell his audience when the first KFC came to town, he remembered when a matinee in the cinema cost only 40 sen and he would point out the Hainanese kopitiam where his father likes to eat.

He spoke about local issues and promised relevant things like upgrading the market in Sekinchan which is shamefully rundown.

In fact, only the Barisan candidates in the two seats voted.

The other candidates were all imported and that is not the way things are done in the Malay heartland.

It has been a hard landing for Amanah and it showed in the body language of Amanah president Mohamad Sabu – he has not been his bubbly self and his trademark heh-heh-heh grin was missing.

Amanah’s dependence on the Chinese vote does not augur well for the party.

Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar were exactly the sort of seats that DAP had in mind for Amanah.

But the results show it cannot deliver the Malay vote and is struggling to replace PAS in Pakatan Harapan.

As for PAS, the party feels vindicated that its rival has been put in its place.

PAS cannot rival Umno in Selangor but the results show that its supporters did not stray to Amanah.

Barisan will never recover the kind of supremacy it enjoyed during its golden years but it is on the comeback trail.

Pakatan Harapan enjoyed a brief golden period but it squandered the opportunity and lost the momentum.

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There is very little option left for the man-possessed who supposed to have demonstrated his statesmanship instead of the open war, trying to oust Prime Minister Najib for the fast fifteen months.

Needless to remind, the Third BN Chairman failed all the way through in the various attempts and political stunts and sundry. The aggregated lies, exaggeration and manipulation might be bought in by some UMNO members.

However after a solid fifteen month of shelling against the former against the current President, UMNO as a political vessel still remained intact and the structure integrity is still sound.

This is not withstanding that he worked with the Neo Con Jewish controlled foreign media to meet his personal agenda. He went against one of his cardinal principles by  inviting foreign powers to intervene in Malaysian politics and oust Prime Minister Najib.

His proclamation and attacks against UMNO the past year already left many hardliners in utter disbelief, feeling very sore and hurt.

Crossing the line, first at BERSIH 4.0 in August last year and conveniently miss the National Day parade the very next day.

Six months later, Tun Dr. Mahathir established comrade-in-arms with DAP particularly Lim Kit Siang left many stalwarts the very bitter feeling for a leader whom principally UMNO members had reverence on.

At this juncture, he either continue to work with the Opposition, mainly DAP and soldier on trying to wage the political war against UMNO and BN.

Never the less, internally DAP at Central Working Committee is facing issues on this relationship. Already within DAP with ome of the older guards are opposing the notion of working with their nemesis of fifty years.

However, they might eventually drop him like a bad habit because the man once dubbed “Ultra Malay” by onetime the de facto leader of the Chinese Chauvinist party, had proven to be a bane for the political cause.

Alternatively, he tries to burn UMNO within with his further road show instigations in the guise of ‘Gabungan Ketua Cawangan’ through a small band of rebels within the mid level UMNO echelon.

This, like the past year would not able to get the desired effect and traction and leave him further frustrated.

The fact is that Tun Dr. Mahathir has not been able to burn UMNO down since the failed ‘rebellion’ of UMNO delegates in last December’s UMNO General Assembly and Dewan Rakyat ‘Vote of No Confidence’.

His self departure from UMNO last February failed to cause any ripple at al within the party. The matter was treated as a non event.

Hence, he would not able to progress further from this point in burning UMNO down, from within or outside.

There on, it would turn the evilness as a man-possessed into unimaginable but unbearable state never seen before.

The result of the simultaneous by-election seats demonstrated that UMNO still remain intact and the leaders and party machinery are very resolved, despite the former President’s incessant rabid barks,

Eventually, out of shame for his failure and the contradiction in the aggregated proclamations he made and the principles he previous stood for,  he would find the shame is unbearable. In his stubbornness, he would self exile into oblivion, away from Malaysia.

Published in: on June 19, 2016 at 21:01  Comments (3)  

According to Dr Mahathir, proven rakyat is for Najib

Using Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s logic, rakyat is for the leadership Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak because the former said the simultaneous Parliamentary by-elections in Sg Besar and Kuala Kangsar is the rakyat’s referendum to support or reject the UMNO President/BN Chairman.

The Star story:

Saturday, 18 June 2016 | MYT 7:22 PM

BN sweeps to victory in Sg Besar and Kuala Kangsar

PETALING JAYA: Barisan Nasional retained both the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar parliamentary seats with higher majorities.

The official count for Sungai Besar as of 9pm is Barisan garnering 10,572 votes with PAS getting 4,507 votes and Amanah 4,323.

In the 2013 general election, Barisan won the seat with a razor-thin 399 votes.
In Kuala Kangsar, Barisan’s tally stood at 12,332 votes with PAS getting 5,634, Amanah 4,865, and Independent 58.

Not only did Barisan retain both seats with higher majority, the Chinese votes also swung back to the Barisan. PAS did well in rural polling streams while Amanah garnered DAP votes in town areas.

The Sungai Besar by-election sees a three-way fight between Barisan Nasional’s Budiman Mohd Zohdi, who is also a Sungai Panjang assemblyman, PAS’ Dr Abdul Rani Osman who is also a Meru assemblyman, and Parti Amanah Negara’s Azhar Abdul Shukur.

In Kuala Kangsar, it is between Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid of Barisan Nasional, Dr Najihatussalehah Ahmad of PAS, Prof Dr Ahmad Termizi Ramli of Parti Amanah Negara and Independent candidate Izat Bukhary Ismail Bukhary.

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The master wizard Dr. Mahathir’s crystal ball is clouded. Probably out of being a man-possessed and the mixture of his hatred and obsession against Prime Minister Najib totally overpowered his best judgment.

The Third BN Chairman never admitted defeat in all the manoeuvres failed miserably of his open war to oust Prime Minister Najib since fifteen months ago.

Tun Dr. Mahathir even took Prime Minister Najib to court, in the political stunt to attract attention.

Even in the landslide BN victory (72 out of 82 DUN seats) in the recently concluded Sarawak State Election, Tun Dr. Mahathir had the audacity to insult Sarawakians that “Najib is now the slave for Sarawak. It is not about BN victory. This is the result for Sarawak State Election”.

Tun Dr. Mahathir is now officially an Opposition after demonstrating treachery against UMNO/BN which he led for over 22 years by campaigning for Amanah candidates in both Parliamentary constituencies, literally hand in hand with Opposition leaders such as Mat Sabu and Lim Kit Siang.

Even the Chinese voters are coming back to vote BN. It is clear they distrust the joint venture between lifelong nemesis Dr Mahathir-Lim Kit Siang.

This is on top of some of Chinese views that Dr. Mahathir and Lim Kit Siang is sabotaging their economy. This will affect them especially they are beginning to buy into some of Prime Minister Najib’s economic transformation plan.

Tun Dr. Mahathir also demonstrated gutter politics whilst campaigning in Sg Besar and Kuala Bangsar. This is actually a digression from his stature seemingly as a Statesman for demeaning the good office of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong for refusal to grant him audience for present his doubtful “1.4 million signatories of Deklarasi Rakyat”.

Considering the challenges of the holy month of Ramadan, BN’s improved majority in both constituencies and clean political campaign concentrating on the constituents and local development issues is a clear proof that despite Tun Dr. Mahathir’s dirty politics and joint venture with the Opposition failed to win the support of the rakyat.

It is without a doubt that Malaysia should be behind Prime Minister Najib to move forward for the betterment of the nation and sailing through the global economic and geo-political storm instead of bickering through very unproductive gutter politics and slanders.

*Updated 2200hrs

Sg Besar by-election

BN 16,800 votes

PAN 7,609 votes

PAS 6,902 votes

Majority 9,191 (BN majority against PAN + PAS 2,289). 13GE BN majority was 399 votes.

Kuala Kangsar by-election

BN 12,332 votes

PAN 4,865 votes

PAS 5,634 votes

Majority 6,698 (BN majority against PAN + PAS 1,775). 13GE BN majority was 1,082 votes.

*Updated midnight

PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK HAILS LANDSLIDE ELECTION WINS

1.       I am grateful to the people for putting their faith in Barisan Nasional ‎again. As a mid-term government being targeted by unprecedented politically-motivated slander, we are especially humbled that we ‎received such landslide results. Our official majority in Kuala Kangsar was 6,969, compared to 1,082 in the 2013 general election; and 9,191 in Sungai Besar, compared to 399 in 2013.‎

2.       Tun Mahathir Mohamad turned the elections into a referendum on my leadership. He campaigned for his former enemies in the opposition, dishonourably smearing his own party with crude language and claiming to speak on behalf of the people. But this betrayal was motivated by personal interest, not the national interest.‎

3.       Now, with these two huge majority wins, ‎and BN’s landslide 72 out of 82 seat Sarawak election win last month, the people have shown their confidence for and trust in BN. They rejected Tun Mahathir’s lies, they rejected his unworkable coalition of former enemies, and they rejected the incoherent opposition – partly because of their alignment with Tun Mahathir.‎

4.       I would like to thank all the BN machinery, well led by Deputy Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi‎. BN succeeded because we worked as a team‎. ‎We prevailed, and, if we continue to work tirelessly for the people and remain united, we will always prevail.

5.       As long as I am Prime Minister, the interests of the people will come first. We will deliver on our promises to them. My priority will continue to be the economic welfare, social wellbeing and security of all Malaysians. ‎

PRIME MINISTER’S OFFICE
18th June 2016

The Star story:

Sunday, 19 June 2016 | MYT 12:02 AM

Najib: People reject Dr Mahathir’s lies

 

BY TAN YI LIANG

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PETALING JAYA: The big wins secured by Barisan Nasional in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections showed that the people rejected Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, said Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pix).

Expressing his gratitude to the voters for putting their faith in Barisan, the Prime Minister said they rejected Dr Mahathir’s lies, “they rejected his unworkable coalition of former enemies and they rejected the incoherent opposition – partly because of their alignment with Mahathir.”

Najib said Dr Mahathir had turned the elections into a referendum on his leadership, “campaigning for his former enemies in the Opposition and dishonourably smearing his own party with crude language and claiming to speak on behalf of the people in his own interests.”

“As a mid-term government being targeted by unprecedented politically-motivated slander, we are especially humbled that we ‎received such landslide results.

“Our official majority in Kuala Kangsar was 6,969 compared to 1,082 in the 2013 general election; and 9,191 in Sungai Besar compared to 399 in 2013,” Najib in a statement on Saturday.

Najib said that with these huge majorities and Barisan’s landslide 72 out of 82 seat wins in the Sarawak election last month, the people have shown their confidence for and trust in Barisan.

“I would like to thank all the BN machinery, well led by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi‎.

“BN succeeded because we worked as a team‎. ‎We prevailed, and, if we continue to work tirelessly for the people and remain united, we will always prevail,” said Najib.

“As long as I am Prime Minister, the interests of the people will come first. We will deliver on our promises to them. My priority will continue to be the economic welfare, social well-being and security of all Malaysians,” said Najib.

Published in: on June 18, 2016 at 21:00  Comments (4)  

“Who did Mueller sleep with?”

Outgoing MAS CEO Christoph Mueller recent statement to German media about some of the staff “Were sleeping on jon” the justification why 6,000 persons thought to be the more productive ones of the now defunct national carrier previously known as Malaysia Airlines Berhad, irritated some of the affected professionals.

Malaysiakini story:

Outgoing CEO: Many MAS employees were doing nothing, some sleeping

136 comments Published 17 Jun 2016, 4:16 pm Updated 17 Jun 2016, 9:29 pm

Outgoing Malaysian Airlines Bhd (MAS) CEO Christoph Mueller said he had to cut 6,000 jobs because many of the 20,000 employees were “doing nothing”.

He said he was not impressed with the state that MAS was in when he first took over the Malaysian flag carrier.

“Despite all the announcements by the government, a turnaround wasn’t initiated by the time I became CEO.

“Many of the 20,000 employees who worked for the airline had nothing to do. In fact, when I walked through the hangars, people were sleeping. That’s why I had to radically cut 6,000 jobs,” Muller told German broadcaster Deutsche Welle (DW) on its web portal.

He said MAS was in dire straits before he took over because of poor personnel management and a bloated workforce.
He said that was why he laid off 6,000 workers and streamlined the firm’s operations.

Mueller said MAS also suffered from a bloated and overpriced supply chain, partly because the airline bought products from suppliers at prices 20 to 25 percent higher than the market value.

“Everything from pens to US$200-million aircraft were purchased at these rates. I am not saying that we were bad negotiators, and in any case corruption is punishable also in Malaysia,” he told DW, delicately explaining the matter.

Mueller also pointed out that MAS had about 20,000 suppliers and, as a result, the glut made it difficult for the airline to get a volume discount from anyone.

“Since I took over, we have managed to downsize the number to about 4,000 suppliers. But our goal is to cut it further to some 2,000. By doing this, we’ve reduced our procurement costs,” he said.

He noted that the airline has had a spate of bad luck in recent years – the disappearance of MH370 and shooting down of MH17 that gave it bad press – but expressed incredulity that the carrier could have been in the red at all.

“Malaysia Airlines has a proud heritage. It’s known as the epitome of Asian customer service. Given the country’s macroeconomic conditions, with economic growth averaging over five percent for 55 years now, it’s difficult not to make money with this airline,” he said.

He observed that the previous so-called turnaround plans announced for the airline were half-hearted at best.

However, Mueller is confident that with the management reforms he has put in place, MAS will be in the black again by 2018.

The German will officially step down in September this year – well ahead of his initial three-year contract, citing personal reasons.

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Mueller statements irked many, who are known to the rising star within Malaysian Airlines were made to leave since the exercise to terminate the 6,000 staffs came from the winding up of the original formerly listed company and the setting of an SPV.

“If Mueller said we were sleeping on the job, let me ask who is he sleeping with?”, remarked a veteran of Malaysia Airlines of 27 years service before he was summarily sacked because of Khazanah’s corporate manoeuvres.

He was believed to be referring to a rumour about a CEO of GLC who summarily resigned despite non completion of contract period after his wife found out about his extra-marital affair.

Mueller’s other justifications about Malaysia Airlines’ poor financial position is about acquiring equipments and goods from vendors, which is 15-20% higher than market value.

That is quite baffling because since almost 20 years ago, Malaysia Airlines is a plc listed on then Kuala Lumpur Stock Exchange (now Bursa Malaysia). Being a plc means there stringent processes of acquisition through the tender board, board pf directors and perhaps on some assets like aircrafts, involving Khazanah and Ministry of Finance.

These processes then had to under a series of audit process, either internally which the management eventually had to answer to the audit committee and a statutory external auditor.

Under Mueller, Malaysia Airlines Berhad shed a lot of its traditional routes which include Amsterdam and Paris and the new carrier is focusing of becoming a regional airline.

“If Mueller said we slept on the job and now we are no longer there, how is the company getting along? Is he making encouraging profits?”.

Now that Mueller is not even completing his contractual term, if it is true that what he said about the untimely termination of 6,000 staffs last September and 6,000 more expected by this September would eventually be the net loser to the German’s and Khazanah;s corporate games.

Published in: on June 18, 2016 at 16:00  Leave a Comment  
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