The ICERD discourse

There has been a lot said about International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) and more importantly recently there are some quarters who seek to question the need to protest against the possibility of ratification of the said Convention, especially when Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir has recently announced that the ratification will not take place at this point of time, notwithstanding after he made an announcement and a pledge at the General Assembly in the UN that Malaysia would ratify such Conventions.

To many, it is common sense and the right thing to do that Malaysia adopt the treaty, and what the current government is doing is obviously ethical and therefore any inquiry or conversation as to the Prime Minister Dr Mahathir’s speech at the UN is down-right ludicrous.

The same crowd also would go on to say that the Prime Minister Dr Mahathir has since made a u-turn and is not ratifying the convention and therefore any protest on ICERD is also equally ludicrous.

The problem in having rules of absolutes, coupled with negating the right of expression and speech is that we stifle democracy, and Malaysians stifle rules of policy making that takes in to account all stake holders’ rights when deciding what is good for a nation state as a whole. 

Before going in to the crux of the argument as to why the conversation pertaining ICERD is still relevant notwithstanding the Government recent u-turn on the ratification of the Convention Malaysians needed to be pointed out an inherent weakness in the current method of governance and policy making adopted by the current government.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir delivering Malaysia’s national statement at the 73rd United Nations General Assembly’s general debate, said that the ‘New Malaysia’ will firmly espouse the principles promoted by the United Nations in its international engagements and these include the principles of truth, human rights, the rule of law, justice, fairness, responsibility and accountability, as well as sustainability.

“It is within this context that the new government of Malaysia has pledged to ratify all remaining core UN instruments related to the protection of human rights.”

He said nonetheless that “We will accord space and time for all to deliberate and to decide freely based on democracy.”

Now when making a pledge to the world at large, the issue is was this just political double speak or was this issue a genuine attempt to garner political legitimacy at the international political scene without concern of accountability from Malaysia as a whole, which includes the majority Muslim population.

The point is simple, The Federal Government is empowered by Article 74(1) read with the Federal List in the 9th Schedule, Article 39, and Article 80(1) of the Federal Constitution; to enter in to treaties internationally but the proviso is that it needs Cabinet Approval. The point to ponder at this juncture is whether the ratification of these treaties was discussed at parliament and did it get the Cabinet approval before the speech was made. 

An accountable government would have first sought to get the feedback from all stakeholders and discuss the matter before the speech were made and pledge be given at the international arena. Why should the nation state be made to look like fools when politicians’ practices irresponsible politics at the international stage, and as usual the politics of UMNO being a race-based party and its legacy will be blamed for this detraction. 

What people failed appreciate in its entirety when evaluating the PM‘s motives is that the person who gave the pledged at the UN is a leader of the only race-based party in the current government, which party is the weakest in regards to parliamentary seats, and is actively trying to stigmatise UMNO while coveting MP from UMNO to hop over to strengthen his current Party Position.

While it is convenient to be a hypocrite and to practice thievery and coercion due to political expediency it is definitely silly to drown out any semblance of conversation on these issues because it is only through debate and conversations that we promote accountability in governance and it further creates a thinking voter which is needed in a vibrant democracy. 

The Conversation pertaining to ICERD, be it a street protest or discussion in parliament is needed and crucial notwithstanding the ratification of which has been postponed.

Some of the main arguments and narratives put forth pertaining to the positives in ICERD and the contemporaneous sustenance of Malay rights issue are the following;

1. There is no way Article 153 would be affected simply because we need a special majority of change the Constitution and therefore with Malaysia comprising of majority of Malays this will not happen;
2. Even if Malaysia ratify the treaty it can be limited, and it would not affect the manner in which things are done in Malaysia;
3. Parliament is not selling its sovereignty to decide what it best for the Malays or the rest of Malaysian Society at large by ratifying convention at MP are the law makers and they control what is allowed and what is not to be the common morality which is reflected in policy and laws in Malaysia.

Respectfully, this is only part of the picture, and it would be morally irresponsible not to provide the circumstances how ICERD might affect our current political and legal landscape.  

Malaysians need to realise the following crucial facts;

1. The Guardians of the Constitution are not solely Parliament.  In actually fact the Courts play a very crucial role guarding the applicability of rights based on common morality and public policy.
2. It is noted that, the Federal Court and at time even the High Court has been known to interpret provisions in the constitution either widely or narrowly. 
3. Courts generally interpret the law based on precedent i.e. locally and foreign decided cases. The judges also take cognizance public policy prevalent morality in deciding as to whether to interpret a matter narrowly or widely. Often, it is conveniently referred to this as judicial activism based on the ‘Rule of Law’.
4. Therefore, in taking in to account the above issues it is very probably for the certain rights to be given a narrow interpretation upon ratification of ICERD. This can happen even if the Constitution is not amended. 
5. The Judiciary is independent and neither is it political. Therefore, Parliament has no control over the Judiciary, and neither can the PM nor the King bully or interfere with Judicial Activism simply because we have Separation of Powers in this great Nation State. This is part of a functioning modern Democracy. Therefore once we ratify a treaty there are far reaching consequences.
6. An example of where ratifications of international treaty has affected local laws and policy can be seen in Australia. The reason why Australia is used as an example, because just like Malaysia it has a written constitution, it is based on common law, its political system is based on a Federation which head is the Queen. The examples of international treaty having an impact on local law, policy and local morality can be observed in the following cases;


a. Toonen v Australia (1994)

Mr Toonen complained to the International Human Rights Committee about Tasmania’s criminal laws which made homosexuality illegal. Toonen claimed that the law contravened Article 17 and 26 of the ICCPR because the laws interfered with his right to privacy and self-discrimination. The HRC agreed with Toonen. The Federal Parliament responded to the HRC finding by passing the Human Rights (Sexual Conduct) Act 1994 to override the Tasmania law which criminalised homosexuality. Eventually in 1997 the State of Tasmania repealed the law criminalising homosexuality due to Toonen case.


b. Koowarta v Bjelke-Petersen

The Aboriginal Land Fund Commission entered into a contract to buy a pastoral lease in Queensland. The Queensland Minister for Lands refused to give his consent to the transfer of the lease on the basis that Queensland Government policy was opposed to the acquisition of large parts of the State by Aborigines. Mr Koowarta, an Aborigines, brought an action against the Premier of Queensland, Mr Bjelke-Petersen, for breach of sections 9 and 12 of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth). It is noted that RDA was passed due to Australia’s obligation under CERD. The Queensland Government responded by challenging the constitutional basis of the Act.  In Koowarta v Bjelke-Petersen, the High Court upheld the validity of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975, and in short allowed the transfer of land notwithstanding the State Government policy at that time.


c. Tasmania Dam Case – Here Australia Federal Government ratified the Convention for the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in August 1974. Part of its scheme involved the listing of properties under the World Heritage List. The Tasmanian Government requested that a certain area of Tasmania be listed under the Convention. A subsequent Tasmanian Government authorised the construction of a dam on the Franklin River within this area. The area was accepted by the World Heritage Committee for entry into the World Heritage List in December 1982. In short notwithstanding that land came under the purview of the state due to its external affairs power the Federal Government here managed to dissipate the Tasmania State rights and stopped the Dam from being built, as a result of the internal convention that it had signed, which allowed the lands to be listed as a world heritage site.

What shown here is that notwithstanding any rights and powers in the Federal Constitution, once we ratify certain treaties, there is a very real possibility that these international obligations will affect the relationship between Federal and State Government, and Rights provided to certain segments of society, and in many of such cases parliament would have no choice but to comply. 

Whether we as a nation would want this to occur collectively, would have to be predetermined by a Conversation, and this protest against ICERD is a testament to that.     



Published in: on December 6, 2018 at 14:30  Leave a Comment  

Malignant Media Mode

In the days of the ‘New Malaysia’, apparently the new administration still resorts to the old ways of presenting their politics and gunning the opponent.

The Malay Mail Online story:

Report: Tabung Haji deposits short of RM4b, at least

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 2 — Malaysia’s dedicated savings fund for Muslims to perform the mandatory haj pilgrimage should have RM64 billion in assets, but has been found to be short of RM4 billion in deposits in 2016, according to The Sunday Times.

The weekend edition of Singapore daily The Straits Times reported that Tabung Haji (TH) has nine million depositors, but it has yet show the audit of its 2017 accounts following a change in its board and senior management after the 14th general elections in May, suggesting that the losses in deposits could have climbed since.

The newspaper also cited an anonymous senior official in the Pakatan Harapan (PH) government saying the TH management had “faked last year’s accounts to justify its dividend payout” of up to 6.25 per cent just before the May 9 elections, which brings the total to RM2.7 billion.

Today’s disclosure cracks open further the lid on a new financial can of worms after the new TH board filed police reports against its former chairman and several other members of the senior management over two issues: that RM22 million in the fund’s welfare arm Yayasan Tabung Haji had been diverted for political activities last year; and the savings fund’s 95 per cent stake sale in PT TH Indo Plantations, a plantation company which had owned 83,000 hectares of land in Indonesia, to PT Borneo Pacific for US$910 million (RM3.8 billion) in 2012.

PH leaders previously claimed TH was being used as a pyramid scheme where dubious deals were struck to pay out dividends to depositors.

The pilgrimage funds are government-guaranteed and are further straining the Treasury that is already struggling with a sovereign debt of RM1 trillion that the new PH administration can hardly afford.

The Singapore paper said the government is mulling several options for TH.

One of them is to slash dividends for the next few years so that TH’s profits from its diversified portfolios can offset the obligations to depositors and narrow the loss of assets.

But the paper analysed that such a move could increase public anger which would further dent PH’s popularity which according to opinion polls, has dropped below 50 per cent since it took Putrajaya half a year ago.

Another option the government is said be to considering is a revamp of TH’s 150 real estate assets globally, and its stakes in over 100 listed companies, though it will be years before the yields can be seen.

“If we simply impair or cash out on our bad investments, depositors will start withdrawing,” an anonymous senior official was quoted saying.


There is no transparency in this story. A personality or personalities within TH Group is still leaking out information, more so to foreign media, of information yet to be verified.

If there was actual dodgy happenings within any firm, then there are proper procedures have to be sorted out.

The foreign media quoted a senior PH official, which only provide the slant of this story is on a political bias.

Then again, the ruling party of the new Federal Government had been on ‘Blame-Game’ mode and overwhelming use the ‘Trial by Media’ bias and propaganda machine, to rationalise for their own failures of managing the nation.

The fact is that the economy is on a bearish trend when RM exchange to USD is on the rise, KLCI already lost 200points, commodity prices have gone down and Government investment arm Khazanah Nasional Bhd. already lost almost RM65b in market capitalisation if it’s portfolios.

Maintaining the integrity and public confidence for TH, which is the primary agency to manage the savings and investments of Hajj pilgrims and use the proceeds for generation of Hajj operations, is very critical.

In any move, commercial or political, the interest of the 9.7million depositors, who are 100% Malay-Muslim and form the majority of Malaysians.

Published in: on December 3, 2018 at 10:30  Leave a Comment  

The Aziz Gambit

Recently, the editorial piece of Utusan Malaysia took the opportunity to add insult to injury by asking former UMNO President Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak for apologise to UMNO members for the “Lying”, in the context of the 1MDB fiasco.

That piece received a lot of flak amongst UMNO grassroots and those who are IT savvy and active social media practitioners.

UMNO leaders also were quick to react, which include MT member Dato’ Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi

Utusan Malaysia:

APA agenda Datuk Aziz Sheikh Fadzir? Kenapa memperalatkan Utusan untuk mendesak DS Najib memohon maaf kepada seluruh ahli UMNO kerana isu 1MDB? Apakah Aziz adalah sebahagian daripada games plan Mahathir-Daim untuk terus memecah belahkan perpaduan UMNO selepas PRU ke 14?

Datuk Aziz amat melampau kerana SPRM belum pun membuat sebarang pendakwaan atas fitnah “utama” kononnya Najib mencuri RM2.6 Bilion duit 1MDB. Maka apa asas Aziz untuk menuduh Najib telah bersalah dan mesti meminta maaf?

Beliau sudah mendahului Mahkamah kerana menjatuhkan hukuman bersalah kepada Najib sedangkan 38 pertuduhan yang sedia ada pun tidak ada kaitan dengan tuduhan mencuri duit 1MDB. Ini amat teruk kerana beliau menuduh Najib seorang penipu. Kecuali dia menafikan dia bukan “Awang Selamat “.

Kenapa ini berlaku? Apakah Datuk Aziz tanpa pengetahuan sesiapa turut disiasat oleh SPRM menggunakan AMLA atau “tax evasion”. Strategi Kerajaan PH hari ini ialah mengugut sesiapa sahaja yang dianggap penting kepada UMNO. Aziz adalah Pengerusi Eksekutif/Ketua Pengarang Utusan, akhbar milik UMNO yang amat dibenci oleh PH.

Aziz sudah sama dengan PH yang bimbang populariti Najib akan melenyapkan fitnah bahawa kekalahan BN di PRU ke 14 kerana faktor 1MDB. Bukan kerana janji 100 hari dan kemunafikan Kerajaan PH yang bijak berbohong. Datuk Aziz boleh menafikannya, tetapi dia mesti sedar bahawa tindakannya itu menguntungkan PH dan mengelirukan ahli UMNO.

Tindakan Aziz menggunakan ruangan pojok Utusan “Awang Selamat” untuk menyelar Najib sebagai penipu kebetulan berlaku sehari selepas Najib mengadakan sembang santai fb di PWTC.

Berdasarkan program tersebut, ternyata Najib tetap popular dan disenangi oleh golongan muda yang dahagakan jawapan kepada berbagai isu yang melanda pentadbiran Kerajaan PH hari ini. Terkini viewers video program tersebut ialah 602,656 penonton.

Apakah adil Aziz menggunakan temubual Najib bersama Marry Anne Jolley dari Al Jazeera untuk membuat kesimpulan bahawa Najib adalah bersalah.

Semua tahu Marry pernah dihalau daripada Malaysia pada tahun 2015 kerana sikap hipokrit beliau. Lihatlah soalan beliau yang cuba mengaitkan Najib dengan pembunuhan Altantuya.

Kalau Aziz mahu memelihara professionalisme kewartawanan Utusan, dia sepatutnya menghantar wakil Utusan pula menemubual Najib terutamanya apa maksud Najib dia tidak boleh semak sumber dana politik yang masuk ke akaun peribadi beliau. Sedangkan Najib juga sudah memuat naik 6 printscreen dokumen ke dalam fb beliau pada 10.9.2018. Ia bukti sumber dana politik yang beliau terima.

Bahkan apa salahnya dia hantar wakil Utusan menemui Menteri Luar Saudi yang pernah membuat kenyataan bahawa dana itu adalah tulin daripada Raja Arab. Kenyataan Saifuddin Abdullah baru baru ini tidak boleh pakai kerana itu bukan keluar daripada mulut Menteri Luar Saudi sendiri.

Bahkan pada penghujung tahun 2015, DS Zahid pernah menyatakan dia telah berjumpa sendiri keluarga penderma.

Justeru, Aziz perlu meminta maaf kepada Najib kerana terlalu gopoh membuat kesimpulan. Kalau dia enggan maka eloklah ahli UMNO “Memboikot” Utusan. – UTUSAN ONLINE


The fact that at the moment all the Chief Editorial posts which include Editorial Adviser within the Utusan Group is vacant and former Kulim-Bandar Baharu MP Dato’ Aziz Sheikh Fadzir sits as the Executive Chairman.

He was appointed to the Utusan Melayu Bhd BoD in the days after UMNO President Dato’ Sri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi took office as the eighth UMNO President.

Like it or not, it is the presumption by many that Awang Selamat’s jibe against the former UMNO President is somewhat with the consent of the party President since UMNO is considered a media mouthpiece for the party.

Many in the UMNO grassroots are baffled if not aghast why is the party media organ not focusing its salvos on the Government and it’s fashionable daily cock-ups and mistakes, which include the recently tabled Bajet 2019 instead.

They are demanding Awang Selamat to explain.

Utusan Malaysia and UMNO Leadership ought to be fostering better working relationship and deep understanding in moving forward, as part of party’s effort to remain as an effective and tough Opposition and en route to recover for the 14GE and post 14GE by-election losses.

On that note, at one point of time UMNO President Dr Ahmad Zahid would have to come out and express his views on this, to put matters to rest.

Some say, this part of the Aziz’s wicked strategy to take over Utusan since at has been known that UMNO is considering hiving off its investment in the media group.

In the opinion of staunch cyber-writer for UMNO Ab Jalil Backer:

UMNO Perlu Jual Saham Utusan

1. Utusan mempunyai aset sekitar RM500 juta namun ia mempunyai tanggungan yang cukup besar juga.

2. Saya tidak pasti berapa jumlah saham sebenar UMNO dalam Utusan namun saya percaya ia melebihi 60%.

3. Mana-mana akhbar di dunia hanya boleh terus berkembang jika mendapat iklan yang banyak.

4. Berhadapan dengan prejudis kerajaan baharu dan sikap cauvinis pengusaha Cina yang kaya raya, sukar untuk Utusan terus hidup selagi UMNO antara pemegang saham utama.

5. Tindakan UMNO melantik Datuk Seri Aziz Sheikh Fadzir sebagai Pengerusi baharu juga adalah satu kesilapan.

6. Aziz tidak mungkin dapat memulihkan Utusan. Saya percaya ketika ini beliau mula berkira-kira untuk menjual aset Utusan sahaja untuk membiayai kos operasi. Apa akan jadi selepas habis aset dijual?

7. Justeru Utusan perlu diselamatkan sebagai lidah orang Melayu dan Islam dalam dunia persuratkhabaran. Utusan adalah sebahagian warisan orang Melayu.

8. UMNO harus mengorbankan maruahnya dan menjual pegangan saham dalam Utusan kepada pihak lain. Biarlah Utusan terus hidup.

9. Hasil jualan saham Utusan mungkin mencecah ratusan juta bolehlah dimasukkan dalam simpanan tetap untuk kos operasi parti.

10. UMNO tidak memerlukan Utusan untuk menang Pilihan raya, namun orang Melayu memerlukan Utusan sebagai satu kelangsungan perjuangan dan maruah pejuang kemerdekaan.


After all, despite promoting UMNO to speak up especially through the right channels, Dr Ahmad Zahid also has the Herculean task in keeping the ship company tight as it sails into bad weather, in the middle of cold and darkest nights to come with limited resources.

Published in: on November 7, 2018 at 10:00  Leave a Comment  

Gambit game-changers, part one

The colours of Malaysian mainstream politics just became surreally psychedelic with hallucinating dynamic colours shifting about alive, since soon-to-be PKR President Anwar Ibrahim’s handsome win in the Port Dickson by-election concluded last night.

The entrance of long time ‘heir apparent to the Premiership’ Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim back into the pit of mainstream politics, is very interesting and subliminally earth shattering.

Firstly, he is a man yet to be officially ascended to the PKR throne as an elected President and no more ‘Dear Leader’ (Ketua Umum), quite soon.

Second, his party (PKR, which is today an evolution of a political movement ‘Reformasi’ he started upon his sacking from Cabinet and Deputy Prime Minister 2 Sept 1998 and UMNO as Deputy President 3 Sept 1998 by the same man who is Prime Minister today, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad), is the largest block of coalition parties which is the ruling Federal Government of the day.

Third, the (un)holy-marriage-of-back-stabbing-strange-bedfellows between Anwar’s, Dr. Mahathir’s and Lim Kit Siang’s parties shockingly tipped the scale for political control on 9 May 2018 XIV GE, left of them, all and sundry not really have a clue how to go about business when they were handed power by His Majesty the Agong to form a Federal Government under his name.

It took weeks for Prime Minister Dr Mahathir to sort out the full Cabinet set up, only to manifest the horse-trading behind closed doors was more than just a mere series of storm-in-a-teacup of threats and ultimatums.

This is not withstanding as a man of 22 years of premiership and 15 years of statesmanship, he was not too contented with those whom he could pick from to fill in all the strategic positions of Ministers of the Crown.

Hence, the speed and roll out of the formation of the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP), which was actually doing the bidding for and on behalf of the Prime Minister with the absence of ultra vires power.

To date, more Chief Secretaries and civil servants, heads of department, chief executives and senior management, key personnel, official representatives appear before the five-man CEP, all and in sundry than before the Federal Government in the name of His Majesty Tuanku Agong.

Right after the hundred day ‘running in period of the New Malaysia Federal Government’, the CEP wanted to stand down and each of the members were to go off and back into their own individual normalcies but vehemently rejected by Prime Minister Dr Mahathir.

It is not to the pleasure of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir in any way as he is spirally into a viscous cycle of paranoia, deep distrusts of people, fear and lost at sea of realism.

The Star story:

Dr M: some civil servants may still be loyal to BN, affecting new administration


And Bernama story:

Dr Mahathir explains civil servants’ loyalty to government of the day

Administrative and diplomatic officers (PTD) taking selfie with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. — Bernama photo

PUTRAJAYA: The loyalty of civil servants such as administrative and diplomatic officers and police and military personnel to the government should not be up to the point of complying with directives contrary to the law, says Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

If government officers found that the task entrusted to them was clearly wrong or criminal in nature, they should not comply with the instruction, he said.

“You don’t have to follow all orders, just those that come in accordance with government policies,” he said at a town hall session for about 3,500 administrative and diplomatic officers (PTD) here yesterday.

The session was also attended by Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Cabinet ministers and the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa.

“If, as the prime minister, I order you to kill someone, would you do it? There’s a difference between an instruction in accordance with certain policies and an order to commit a crime,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said it was wrong if a government officer received an instruction to commit a crime, such as the concealing of criminal evidence.

Dr Mahathir said government officers should strictly ignore improper directives such as campaigning for political parties despite being threatened with action.

“If you all say no, don’t tell me all of you will be punished?” he said.

Asked whether the government would come to the aid of civil servants who had been subjected to action for not abiding by the directives of the previous administration, he said the government was prepared to discuss and restore them to their positions.

Dr Mahathir said he had to look into the reports first to ensure that those who were actually victimised could be given a reprieve, while also taking into account the financial position of the government.

“Some have been given a reprieve, but the total number is too big, and some may have been missed out by our investigation.

“If they were (missed out), please provide details why they were ‘punished’ earlier and the government will restore them to their previous position or pay what is owed to them,” he said.

Dr Mahathir also said that in the effort to fighting wrong, the government officers must accept the fact that they would be ‘punished’ but they should believe that what they did would eventually bring good.

Acknowledging that he himself was ‘punished’ by the previous administration, including by stopping his monthly allowance and putting fear into his friends to keep them away from him, Dr Mahathir said these were challenges that must be faced in championing what was right.

“If I were to have gone along with them even after being ‘punished’, what would have happened to the country and our society? So, we have to accept ‘punishment’ for our refusal to do what’s wrong,” he said.

On the other questions and grievances on governance aired at the session, the Prime Minister said he would study, have discussions and seek evidence before making any decision.

“Many wrote to me. Now, I have a stack of letters and I have 18 hours (a day) to read them,” he said.

On Malaysia’s foreign relations, Dr Mahathir said the country practised a policy of being friendly with all nations of the world without regard for their ideology and reserved the right to criticise if they committed wrong regardless of whether they were big or small.

He said Malaysia used its influence in helping to resolve conflicts in neighbouring countries such as the Philippines and Thailand, but failed to influence countries of the Middle East.

“We have met with (Middle Eastern) leaders but our advice was not accepted, so we failed to influence them,” he said.

The Prime Minister said Malaysia came to the defence of Palestine because of the gross injustice against the people of that country, whereby their land was seized by the Jews.

He also said that terrorism could not be eradicated if the focus was on combating terrorism with weapons without identifying the reasons for terrorism. — Bernama


And the damnest word he used is “Sabotage”. This is the context for the arrest of the elusive businessman Low Taek Jho.

The Sun Daily story:

Mahathir suspects sabotage is reason why Jho Low evading arrest

BALI: Sabotage within the government is among the reasons why it is difficult for Malaysia to pin down and arrest fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, better known as Jho Low, said Malaysian Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pix)>.

He said he believed that was the reason why Jho Low managed to evade arrest.

“I think he is hiding somewhere,” he said when asked if there was sabotage within the government by way of information leakage.

“(Tun) Daim (Zainuddin) says somebody is informing him (Jho Low). One time he was in Hong Kong. When we reached Hong Kong, he had flown away already,” Dr Mahathir told Bernama and RTM at the conclusion of the inaugural Asean Leaders Gathering here Thursday. Daim is the chairman of the five-member Council of Eminent Persons (CEP).

The Asean meeting, held on the sidelines of the annual meetings of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, carried the theme ‘Achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Overcoming Development Gap through Regional and Global Collaborative Actions’.

Malaysia is seeking Jho Low to assist in the 1Malaysia Development Bhd investigation. — Bernama


All of these happened since June is not without the ‘witch hunting and post Nazi styled culling’, though one of the first few phrases he said upon the euphoria of coming back to power is “We are not seeking revenge”.

One of the considerable laughing stock item of pockets of chin-wags about town is Prime Minister Dr Mahathir announcements and statements manifesting the grave inconsistencies on trade and economic foreign policies, which have Flip-Flopped too many times over in too short of time.

All of these happened is not without Anwar “Mat King Leather” Ibrahim moving steadily meeting each of the HRHs Malay Rulers and His Majesty Tuanku Agong, re-establishing his friendship and network.

Anwar also toured around the region to meet strategic Government and industry leaders.

At the same time, Prime Minister Dr Mahathir is on the continued path of irritating HRH Malay Rulers.

The ultra cold relationship between His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XV and the Prime Minister is very glaring.

The body language of His Majesty during the official swear in of the Prime Minister VII is abundantly clear that the private relationship between the two is to a level of cold-freeze burn.

The abrupt cancellation of the official birthday celebration of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong is the first in this nation’s sixty years history.

It is a very important annual formal event where the relationship of the Crown, his people and the relationship with the rest of the world is demonstrated in the exchanges of wishes and pleasantries.

More the part two of this essay.

Published in: on October 14, 2018 at 12:30  Leave a Comment  

Korban untuk orang Melayu?

Hari Wuquf 1439H menjanjikan segala hikmah dan barakah kepada umat Islam, tetapi tidak kepada Bangsa Melayu sekiranya dasar dan perlaksanaan untuk mendukungi usaha untuk memajukan mereka, dicadangkan diubah.

Laporan Nikkei Asian Review:

Mahathir advisers propose reviewing Malay privileges to reform economy

Long-standing Bumiputra policy favors ethnic majority, from scholarships to contracts

CK TAN, Nikkei staff writer

August 20, 2018 21:08 JST

Updated on August 20, 2018 23:22 JST

KUALA LUMPUR — Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s hand-picked advisers have recommended changes to Malaysia’s Bumiputra policy, a set of affirmative actions aimed to lift the social welfare of the majority-ethnic Malays. The policy, introduced in 1971, accorded a wide range of favoritism — from scholarships to access to government contracts based on ethnicity, rather than on merits.

Past attempts to revise the policy have been met with strong protests from conservatives in the country, including Mahathir, who argued that Malays would be diminished in their own birthplace without state support.

“We want to get it right this time,” Daim Zainuddin, the head of the Council of Eminent Persons, told reporters on Monday. The former finance minister did not reveal the recommendations but said the advisory council would induce “positive mindset change” and competitiveness of the Bumiputra, or sons of the soil.

“Any program proposed and developed should not be to the detriment of economic growth nor at the expense of other social groups,” Daim said.

The suggestions from the advisory council were part of a report, completed on Monday, recommending the government review decadeslong policies seen as promoting abuse of power and hampering progress.

The report, Daim said, was a culmination of 100 days of feedback from over 350 individuals at more than 200 organizations, which included regulatory enforcement agencies, trade associations and social activists.

To grow the economy further, the report proposed a new framework for investment incentives that are “outcome-based” for the promotion of sustainable and inclusive growth, he said.

The country’s fiscal position would be strengthened with a revised tax policy aiming to increase the government coffer in the wake of the abolishment of the goods and services tax, a crucial revenue component.

The recommendations, if adopted by the government, would overturn long-held practices, partly blamed for widespread corruption and abuse of power that hindered progress.

Critics say that the Bumiputra policy, for example, has led to corruption. Beneficiaries who have won government contracts without an open tender sell their stakes for a quick profit. Those who actually take on a contract will become beholden to continuous state support, without which they could not survive in an open market.

Former Prime Minister Najib Razak tried to revise the policy when he came into power in 2009, proposing to liberalize the economy to increase competitiveness. But his proposal was immediately slammed by Mahathir.

Mahathir, now in power for the second time, appears to realize how such discriminatory policy based on one’s ethnicity could hinder the country’s stated goal of becoming a developed economy by 2020.

The prime minister, now on a five-day official visit to China, lamented over the weekend at how Malaysia has fallen behind other countries due to the lack of a “learn and produce” mentality. “In Malaysia, we like to buy and that’s it,” Mahathir said in Beijing on Sunday at a meeting with Malaysian citizens living in China.

But it is not clear how ethnic Malays, who account for about two thirds of the country’s population, would accept any revision to the nearly five-decades-long Bumiputra policy. If implemented without a wide consensus, the revision could push the conservatives to throw their support behind the opposition, led by the United Malays National Organization, the party that Mahathir once belonged to.

UMNO has recently formed a loose alliance with the conservative Malaysian Islamic Party, or PAS. Both parties, which advocate the protection of race and religion as ideology, are seeking to challenge the Mahathir-led Pakatan Harapan, or the Alliance of Hope.

The five-person council, set up immediately after Mahathir came into power after the May 9 election, was tasked to advise the government on institutional reform and resolving the financial scandal in state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad.

Other members of the council include Zeti Aziz, the former central bank governor of Malaysia; Hong Kong-based tycoon Robert Kuok; Hassan Marican, the former president of Petroliam Nasional, or Petronas; and Jomo Kwame Sundaram, who served for seven years as the United Nations assistant secretary-general for economic development.


Pengumuman Pengerusi Majlis Orang-Orang Tua bertentangan dengan isu yang sama, semasa Penggal 1 Parliamen XIV membahaskan soalan yang dikemukakan kepada Menteri.

Menteri Hal Ehwal Ekonomi Dato Sri Azmin Mohamed Ali meyakinkan Dewan Rakyat bahawa peruntukan untuk MARA menaja pelajar diperingkat ijazah ditambah kepada 58,000 pelajar IPT tempatan dan 7,000 pelajar IPT diluar negara.

Peluang pendidikan merupakan salah satu teras utama apabila Dasar Ekonomi Baru (DEB) diperkenalkan pada tahun 1971, bagi mengimbangi ketidak-sama-rataan dan menampung jurang sosio-ekonomi antara Bumiputera dan Bukan Bumiputera.

Apakah dasar untuk memberikan kemudahan, bantuan dan menaja pelajar Melayu, samada peringkat sekolah menengah atau menara gading, merupakan ‘menggalakan amalan korup dan salahguna kuasa, dan menghalang kemajuan ekonomi’?

Jika Kerajaan dibawah Perdana Menteri Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad menerima cadangan ini dan menggubah dasar dan perlaksanaan, terutama mengenai hal ehwal pelajaran bagi Bangsa Melayu, maka ianya amatlah malang sekali.

DEB menjadi ‘Korban’ demi kuasa yang beralih dari tangan orang Melayu yang mendasari kepentingan Bangsa Melayu tanpa menjejaskan hak kaum lain, kepada golongan majoriti.

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Larangan Kementerian Haji Saudi untuk urus Furada

Kementerian Haji dan Umrah Kingdom of Saudi melarang Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) untuk menguruskan jemaah Haji dari Malaysia yang menguruskan visa mereka secara peribadi (Furada).

Kenyataan media TH

Laporan New Straits Times:

Tabung Haji will no longer manage pilgrims on Furada visa

By Nadia Hamid – August 12, 2018 @ 3:01pm

KUALA LUMPUR: Effective immediately, Tabung Haji (TH) will no longer manage Malaysian pilgrims on Furada (private) visas.

This follows a directive from the Saudi Arabian Haj and Umrah Ministry, the TH Public Affairs and Corporate Communications Division said in a statement, adding that the new regulation was for pilgrims from all countries.

“This year, the Haj and Umrah Ministry has decided to place pilgrims on Furada visas from all countries in a specific tented area, separate from those handled by their respective countries.

“This initiative was taken by the ministry so as to be able to better manage pilgrims on Furada visas,” the statement said.

Apart from allocating of 30,200 for Malaysian pilgrims, the Saudi Arabian embassy in Malaysia also provides Furada visas on a case by case basis.

“TH respects and will follow the rules and regulations set by the Haj and Umrah Ministry for the sake of the safety and comfort of pilgrims, whether those who are already there (under TH) or those on Furada visas.

“As part of the risk management plan set by the Saudi Arabian government, TH has also been required to provide a certain number of additional beds at all 18 buildings where Malaysian pilgrims are placed, in case any emergency or unforeseen incident should take place in the Holy Land,” the statement said.

TH also advised the public to be careful and not be easily influenced by any individual or agency offering Furada visa or haj packages not authorised by TH.

“The public should be careful so as to avoid cases of fraud which often happen during the haj season,” it said.


Kenyataan media TH yang dilaporkan NST ini adalah respons kepada kenyataan peguam Dato’ Abu Backer Sidek berkenaan TH tidak menguruskan Jemaah Haji Furada dari Malaysia.

Ianya disiarkan dalam Sinar Harian

TH digesa kendalikan bakal jemaah Haji Visa Furada

TH digesa kendalikan bakal jemaah Haji Visa Furada

Abu Backer Sidek
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KUALA LUMPUR – Pertubuhan Pejuang Rukun Negara dan Perlembagaan menggesa agar Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) mengendalikan bakal jemaah Haji Visa Furada (visa urusan sendiri) sekali gus memudahkan peluang bakal jemaah yang kurang berkemampuan untuk mengerjakan ibadah haji tahun ini.

Pengerusinya, Datuk Abu Backer Sidek, berkata, keenganan TH melaksanakan urusan bagi proses surat kelulusan yang telah diterima rakyat seolah-olah merampas peluang tersebut dari rakyat.

Menurutnya, TH di bawah kerajaan baharu sepatutnya lebih peka dan membantu memudahkan rakyat bukannya mengambil tindakan yang merugikan.

“Saya difahamkan Kedutaan Saudi telah memberi kelulusan 500 visa dan mungkin menjangkau ke 1,000 tetapi mereka yang terima surat ini hanya mampu melihat surat kelulusan sahaja jika tidak mampu kerana TH tidak mahu mengendalikan mereka.

“Ada kumpulan seperti pesara polis, kakitangan kerajaan, guru-guru, dan invidu yang menerima surat kelulusan ini bukannya golongan yang mampu untuk mengambil pakej mengerjakan haji dengan pihak swasta. Jadi mereka amat mengharapkan kepada TH.

“Pada saya, mereka seperti dikhianati oleh TH. Peluang itu dirampas kerana TH menutup pintu mengendalikan jemaah Visa Furada,” katanya kepada Sinar Harian ditemui di Lobi Menara TH, di sini, hari ini.

Terdahulu beliau berusaha untuk menemui pihak pengurusan tertinggi TH bagi mendapatkan penjelasan dan status sebenar perkara berkenaan bagaimanapun gagal.

Beliau dalam pada itu menambah, TH wajar meneruskan proses bagi mengendalikan jemaah Haji Visa Furada bagi mengelakkan berlaku pembaziran.

“Menerusi sumber dalaman yang boleh dipercayai, saya dimaklumkan sekiranya TH tidak mengendalikan bakal jemaah visa Furada ini, akan ada 300 kekosongan katil yang telah ditempah. Nilai untuk satu katil adalah RM7,000. Jadi bayangkan berapa kerugian di situ.

“Jadi mengapa tidak TH teruskan sahaja pengendalian ini sekurang-kuranganya untuk tambahan satu lagi penerbangan,” katanya.

Visa Furada adalah pemberian mutlak Kedutaan Saudi kepada mana-mana individu mahupun syarikat terpilih menawarkan pakej haji.

Sebelum ini, TH mengendalikan jemaah yang memperolehi Visa Furada dan membuat beberapa penerbangan tambahan bagi musim Haji.


Tindakan TH ini adalah wajar kerana Jemaah Haji Furada Malaysia wajar bertanggung-jawab atas urusan Haji mereka sendiri kerana visa yang dikeluarkan Kedutaan Besar Kingdom of Saudi itu sebenarnya dibuat diluar sistem TH.

Semua Jemaah Haji Malaysia melalui TH diuruskan bermula dari menerima surat tawaran mengerjakan Haji dan pengurusan passport dan visa, melalui proses yang sedia ujud antara TH dan Kementerian Haji dan Umrah Kingdom of Saudi.

Kenyataan Backer yang mengelirukan ini hanya menimbulkan keresahan perasaan rakyat Malaysia, terutama dikalangan orang Melayu kerana isu berkenaan Haji, pengurusan jemaah dan TH dianggap sebagai isu-isu yang amat sensitif.

Dalam akaun Facebook Backer, beliau juga membuat komen:

Ketua Rombongan Haji menipu lagi…dulu kat tak Batal Penginapan Percuma Jemaah Transit / memerlukan TAPI Bila bakal jemaah Baji minta Bilik maka TH minta bayaran KINI Visa Furada pula di katakan Kem Haji Saudi tak benarkan TH uruskan. Semua Negara di Dunia ada Visa Furada yg di keluarkan atad Budibicara Duta dan mana mungkin aemua Negara Operator Hajinya boleh uruskan bakal jemaah Haji berkenaan TAPI Maaysia aje tak Beleh ??? SYED SALLEH TUNJUK BUKTINYA JIKA BERKATA BENAR!!!


Ini bukan kali pertama Backer cuba untuk menimbulkan keresahan dikalangan orang Melayu mengenai pengurusan jemaah Haji Malaysia.

Sinar Harian 25 Julai 2018

TH nafi penginapan bakal jemaah ditarik

TH nafi penginapan bakal jemaah ditarik

Datuk Seri Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman dan Timbalan Pengarah Gerakan Haji Mohd Hisham Harun berkata demikian di Sepang, hari ini.
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SEPANG – Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) menafikan dakwaan sesetengah pihak menyatakan mereka menarik kemudahan penginapan percuma bagi jemaah transit melebihi satu hari seperti disediakan pada musim-musim haji terdahulu.

Pengurus Besar Kanan Haji, Datuk Seri Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman menjelaskan, tiada keperluan bagi bakal jemaah haji transit menginap di kompleks TH susulan pelbagai penambahbaikan yang telah dilakukan.

Menurutnya bermula musim haji tahun ini, beberapa penambahbaikan telah dilakukan TH termasuk menyediakan penerbangan ‘direct transit’ dari tujuh stesen berlepas lain.

“Bakal jemaah daripada stesen lain tidak perlu keluar dari KLIA ke Kompleks TH Sepang kerana penerbangan mereka akan diteruskan dengan penerbangan sewa khas ke Tanah Suci.

“Ia sekaligus memendekkan tempoh menunggu jemaah dari stesen luar untuk berlepas ke tanah suci,”katanya dalam satu sidang media di sebuah hotel di sini, hari ini.

Menjelaskan mengenai perkara itu, Syed Saleh berkata, pada musim haji terdahulu kemudahan penginapan percuma disediakan di Kompleks TH Kelana Jaya dari stesen lain atas kekangan penerbangan atau jadual penerbangan transit aqal melebihi satu hari sebelum mereka bertolak ke tanah suci.

“Bakal-bakal jemaah haji tahun ini yang memilih untuk berlepas dari KLIA hanya perlu melapor diri di Kompleks TH Sepang empat jam sebelum masa penerbangan. Tiada keperluan untuk menyediakan bilik penginapan,”ujarnya.

Bagaimanapun katanya, jika waris dan bakal jemaah yang memilih untuk datang awal dari waktu dan tarikh lapor diri, mereka perlu membuat persediaan tempat tinggal sendiri.

Sementara itu selain Kompleks TH Sepang, tujuh stesen berlepas lain yang disediakan TH di seluruh negara adalah di Alor Setar, Pulau Pinang, Johor Bahru, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Bharu, Kota Kinabalu dan Kuching.

Pada masa sama, Syed Saleh menafikan satu posting tular di media sosial yang mendakwa jemaah haji terpaksa menjadi gelandangan kononnya disebabkan kerajaan menarik balik kemudahan.

Syed Saleh menjelaskan dakwaan itu tidak benar, jika senario itu memang berlaku setiap kali musim haji kerana bakal-bakal jemaah diiringi waris dan ahli keluarga yang menghantar mereka ke kompleks TH sebelum berlepas.

“Yang ramai itu waris, saudara mara. Bukan jemaah. Tidak timbul masalah gelandangan. Itulah senario musim haji di mana sanak saudara berkumpul untuk menghantar ahli keluarga mereka menunaikan haji,”katanya.

Tambahnya, TH sentiasa berusaha menyediakan dan menambahkan baik perkhidmatan kepada pada jemaah haji semasa di tanah air mahupun ketika di tanah suci.

Kelmarin, beberapa gambar tular di media-media sosial memaparkan suasana padat di Kompleks TH Sepang dengan dakwaan bakal jemaah haji terpaksa menjadi gelandangan kerana kerajaan tidak menyediakan penginapan percuma.


Penjelasan Pengurus Besar Haji Dato’ Seri Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman ialah respons keatas kenyataan Backer, yang mempersoalkan TH tidak menyediakan penginapan bagi bakal-bakal Jemaah Haji Malaysia, juga tular akbar kenyataan Backer melalui media sosialnya dan dilaporkan Sinar Harian.

TH dituntut kembalikan penginapan percuma

Abu Baker Sidek

Abu Baker Sidek
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SHAH ALAM – Tabung Haji (TH) dituntut mengembalikan perkhidmatan penginapan percuma kepada bakal jemaah haji yang transit musim ini.

Pengamal Undang-undang, Datuk Abu Baker Sidek berkata, ini kerana buat pertama kalinya dalam sejarah, penginapan percuma kepada jemaah haji dihapuskan dan dikenakan bayaran yang dianggap mahal kepada jemaah.

Katanya, sedangkan bakal jemaah haji selaku pendeposit wajar mendapat layanan terutamanya dalam pemberian penginapan percuma sebelum berlepas ke Tanah Suci.

“Selama bertahun-tahun, bakal jemaah haji daripada Kedah, Perak dan lain-lain negeri diberi penginapan secara percuma selama satu hari sebelum ke Tanah Suci tetapi tidak lagi bermula musim ini,” katanya yang mendapat aduan daripada jemaah haji.

Jadi beliau berkata, TH wajar memberi penjelasan berhubung ketiadaan penginapan percuma yang disediakan sebelum ini.

“Saya menggesa dan meminta pihak TH supaya mengubah keputusan berkenaan dan memberikan penginapan percuma di seluruh negara kepada bakal jemaah haji yang memerlukan untuk transit sebagaimana yang dilakukan selama 35 tahun yang lalu,” katanya.

Beliau berkata, jika TH gagal berbuat demikian, beliau akan memfailkan satu permohonan di mahkamah untuk mendapatkan perintah mandatori dan menghalang TH serta ejen-ejennya daripada mengenakan apa-apa bayaran kepada bakal jemaah haji yang menggunakan perkhidmatan penginapan di bawah badan pengurusan haji berkenaan.

Abu Baker berkata, bermula musim ini, semua urusan berkaitan haji di Kompleks TH Kelana Jaya berpindah ke premis baharu iaitu di Kompleks Tabung Haji Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur (KLIA).

Sehingga kini Sinar Harian masih berusaha mendapatkan respons rasmi daripada TH bagi mendapatkan penjelasan lanjut.

Ketika menghubungi bahagian perkhidmatan awam TH, kakitangan badan pengurusan haji itu mengakui sebelum ini, TH ada menyediakan tempat penginapan iaitu asrama kepada bakal jemaah haji di Kompleks TH, Kelana Jaya.

Kakitangan TH itu berkata, bermula tahun ini, bakal jemaah haji dari negeri-negeri akan melaporkan diri di cawangan TH di negeri masing-masing dan akan transit di KLIA sebelum meneruskan penerbangan ke Tanah Suci.

“Tempoh menunggu untuk ke Tanah Suci tidaklah mengambil masa yang lama sehinggakan bakal jemaah perlu menginap,” katanya.

Difahamkan, bakal jemaah dan waris yang mahu menginap, TH menyediakan bilik di Movenpick Hotel and Convention Centre (MHCC) di Sepang tetapi kos penginapan ditanggung sepenuhnya oleh jemaah.

Penerbangan pertama haji akan berlepas pada Ahad ini sementara penerbangan terakhir ke Tanah Suci dijangka pada 14 Ogos depan.


Pengurusan Jemaah Haji Malaysia dibawah TH adalah lebih efisyen sekarang bernabding musim Haji terdahulu. Ini kerana peroses untuk menguruskan Jemaah Haji Malaysia lebih repat dan kemas, terutama komplex baru TH Movenpick di Sepang yang mula beroperasi musim Haji ini.

Soal immigrasi Kingdom of Saudi juga diproses di KLIA, berbanding dengan apabila tiba di Jeddah atua Madinnah. Ini juga tidak mengambil kira Jemaah Haji Malaysia merupakan jemaah haji antarabangsa yang menggunakan terminal haji baru di Jeddah.

Effisyensi pengendalian dan pengurusan Haji mewajarkan Jemaah Haji Malaysia tidak perlu lagi diberikan penginapan apabila mendaftar untuk berangkat mengerjakan Haji.

Sekaligus, subsidi yang ditanggung TH berjumlah lebih RM13,000 seorang tidak meningkat, dimana bayaran yang dikenakan bagi setiap Jemaah Haji TH Malaysia masih kekal pada RM9,980 seorang.

Subsidi Haji ini berjumlah hamper RM400 juta setahun.


Pilgrims don’t need accommodation due to shorter transit time

Datuk Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman

Datuk Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman

Ahirul Ahirudin
Written by Ahirul Ahirudin

SEPANG – July 25, 2018: The more efficient flight and processing procedures for those going on their pilgrimage now means that they do not need pre-departure accommodation.

The better system results in a transit time at the complex here of just a few hours, said Tabung Haji senior general manager Datuk Seri Syed Saleh Syed Abdul Rahman in reaction to a suggestion by Wanita Umno leader Datuk Noraini Ahmad that the agency reinstate the free accommodation service.

“We used to provide accommodation on a first come first served basis because there was a time when pilgrims were on transit at our complex for more than a day.

“But since three years ago we have improved the processes so that the transit time does not exceed three hours,” said Syed Saleh.

Including the complex here, there are eight departure stations in the country, from where the pilgrims are brought directly to the KL International Airport. Their transit period will take only two or three hours.

The departure points are in Alor Setar, Penang, Johor Bahru, Kuala Terengganu, Kota Bharu, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching.

So far there have been 24 flights to Saudi Arabia.


Difahamkan, Backer tidak berhubung dengan Bahagian Hal Ehwal Awam dan Kommunikasi Korporat TH dan berusaha mendapatkan penjelasan sebelum membuat kenyataan dan kemudian tular dalam sosial media, berkenaan pengurusan Jemaah Haji Malaysia musim 1439H ini.

Kedua insiden ini membukti Backer dengan sengaja memilih untuk memburukkan TH dan menimbulkan keresahan dikalangan orang Melayu, yang sememangnya sensitif dan mudah menimbulkan reaksi berkenaan isu yang sebenarnya boleh diperjelaskan sekiranya dibangkitkan sebelum mebuat kenyataan dan menularkannya.

Ini adalah contoh bagaimana TH diserang melalui media sosial oleh pihak yang tidak bertanggung jawab dan mungkin berkepentingan.

Hakikatnya, maklumat boleh diputar-belitkan dan akibatnya, orang Melayu sendiri akan rugi sekiranya terpedaya dengan perkara yang sebenarnya mudah diperjelaskan.

Published in: on August 12, 2018 at 21:00  Comments (2)  

Zahid: UMNO Bangkit dan Memandang kehadapan

Calon Presiden UMNO pada pemilihan parti Sabtu 30 Jun 2018 ini Dato’ Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi berhasrat membawa wadah perjuangan orang Melayu itu kehapadan dan terus mewarisi kerjasama dengan etnik lain tanpa menafikan hak mereka dalam usaha memartabatkan kepentingan orang Melayu dan Bumiputera.

Seorang pemimpin yang pernah menerajui organ parti pelbagai peringkat sepanjang tiga puluh tahun ini, beliau mempunyai rekod menyuarai dan membawa agenda akar umbi dan warga marhaen dalam UMNO.

Ini termasuk sebagai Ketua Pemuda Pergerakan Pemuda UMNO, mencabar Presiden UMNO ketika itu mengenai persepsi amalan ‘kronyism’ dan ‘pilih-kasih’ Kerajaan dalam ucapan dasar mesyuarat agung tahunan sayap parti pda tahun 1997.

Zahid juga pernah ditahan oleh Polis dibawah Akta Keselamatan Dalam Negeri (ISA) dalam episod pemecatan Timbalan Perdana Menteri dan Presiden UMNO pada 2 dan 3 September 1998.

Pendekatan Zahid apabila menjadi Menteri juga membawa perbezaan dan mengukir sejarah.

Doa untuk pejuang bangsa: (dari kiri) Birg Gen Rahim, Jen Tan Sri Zulkifli, Dato’ Seri Zahid, Dato’ Dr Latif dan wakil Kelab RAMD

Beliau merupakan Menteri Pertahanan pertama yang memberi penghormatan kepada 1 Rejimen Askar Melayu dengan secara rasmi mewakili Kerajaan Malaysia bagi pada upacara memperingati ulang tahun ke 70 pertempuran dimana 146 perwira terdiri dari pegawai dan anggota Askar Melayu gugur mempertahankan kubu di Bukit Chandu, Singapura pada 14 Februari 1942.

‘Projek Jiwa Murni’ yang diperkenalkan Kementerian Pertahanan merupakan strategi Kerajaan dibawah pimpinan Zahid untuk menggunakan sumber teinikal dan kepakaran tentera dalam membawa pembângunan terutama infrastruktur dikawasan luar bandar terutama pendalaman Sabah dan Sarawak.

Penerimaan rakyat keatas kepimpinan beliau sebagai wakil rakyat juga membuktikan keyakinan dalam memperjuangkan kepentingan mereka. Dalam PRU 14 baru ini, Zahid mendapat pertambahan majoriti berbanding dengan dua pencabar utama dalam pertandingan merebut keresi Presiden UMNO.

Apa yang lebih menarik ialah kerusi Parlimen Bagan Dato’ merupakan demografi pengundi dikalangan orang Melayu paling kecil peratusan berbanding dengan dua kerusi Parlimen pesaing beliau dalam pertandingan jawatan Presiden UMNO itu.

Ini mengukuhkan bahawa penerimaan kepimpinan Zahid sebagai wakil rakyat dikalangan pengundi Bukan Melayu juga lebih menyakinkan.

Zahid secara yakin menerima kepertanggung jawaban untuk meneruskan wadah perjuangan UMNO dan memperingkatan sokongan orang Melayu, yang terbukti masih mendukung sokongan rakyat dengan kedudukan parti yang ditubuhkan sebagai suara massa orang Melayu untuk menentang empayar kuasa besar dunia, iaitu Britain lenin 72 tahun lampau.

Latar belakang Zahid juga jalan sebagai seorang marhaen dan mendapat pengajian dari IPTA tempatan, berbanding dengan kedua-dua pencabar beliau yang berasal dari golongan menenegah atas dan menerima ijazah dari universiti di United Kingdom.

Beliau juga mempunyai rekod sebagai pemimpin UMNO yang menunjukkan minat dan keterbukaan menerima sebarang aspirasi akar umbi. Ini mudah dibuktikan dalam perjalanan sebagai pemimpin UMNO sepanjang 30 tahun ini menyantuni pelbagai organ parti disemua peringkat, seluruh negara.

Ini merupakan modal berharga bagi Zahid membukti bahawa beliau merupakan personaliti yang paling layak menerajui parti keramat orang Melayu untuk bergerak kehadapan membawa perjuangan nasionalism dan mempertahankan kedudukan Islam dan orang Melayu, sebagai yang termaktub dalam Perlembagaan Persekutuan dan parti UMNO.


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Kilang Kirim & Co.

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad made another U-Turn when he announced that the High Speed Railway (HSR) is postponed instead of cancelled.

The Star story:

HSR project postponed, not scrapped, Dr M tells Japanese media (updated)


Tuesday, 12 Jun 2018
11:23 AM MYT




PETALING JAYA: Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad seemed to have walked back from an earlier decision when he told a Japanese publication that the high-speed rail project had been merely postponed, not cancelled.

Speaking to Nikkei Asian Review on the sidelines of the Future of Asia conference in Tokyo, he said Malaysia cannot afford the project at this moment but signalled that the door is still open.

“We cannot say we will never have high-speed rail (HSR) in Malaysia. What we can do is we can postpone the project because it is far too costly at this moment,” he said.

Dr Mahathir said Malaysia would need an HSR but it is something to only consider in the future.


After being sworn in as prime minister, he had announced on May 28 that Malaysia will be dropping the HSR project with Singapore, citing it as an “unnecessary project”.

However, in his interview with Nikkei Asian Review, Dr Mahathir commented that the Singapore HSR project is merely postponed.

“We actually postponed the implementation of that project.

“High-speed trains are most effective where the distance is very long. But where the distance is short, it doesn’t contribute much.

“So we need to rethink high-speed rail,” he said.

Dr Mahathir also suggested the possibility of building an HSR “right through the Peninsula”.

“We cannot say we will never have high-speed rail in Malaysia – there will be a need for high-speed rail in the future,” he said.

Last month, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng also said the Government’s decision to scrap the HSR project was not only due to the high price tag of building it, but also steep cost burden to maintain the 350km link in the longer term.

This decision was also part of cost-cutting moves to slash the federal government debt of over RM1 trillion, Lim said.

He told the South China Morning Post that the new administration estimated the initial cost of the high-speed rail project was likely to be more than RM100bil.

Singapore’s Ministry of Transport said it had yet to receive an official notification that the project had been cancelled.



Raja Petra Kamaruddin dubbed this “Cancelling the cancellation”.

It is announcements such as this would erode the market confidence, if not now affecting the perception of the global commercial and capital, financial and debt markets towards Malaysia.

Earlier, Prime Minister Dr. Mahathir announced that the national debt is RM1 Trillion which saw the trigger of a series of reaction.

Bursa Malaysia recorded foreign funds dumped RM5.8billion worth of holdings and the KLCI dipped to 1770 points.

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Becoming Doubting Thomas over Tommy

There are many voices of discern to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s adamant stance of putting up lawyer Tommy Thomas for His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XV’s consideration as the Attorney General

The Mole story:

Why Tommy Thomas cannot be the person for the job

by Zaidi Azmi

KUALA LUMPUR – June 4, 2018: While many have brought up race and religion to protest Tommy Thomas’ appointment as the attorney-general, the general argument among lawyers however, pivots to that of his professional interests.

Lawyer Fatihah Jamhari for example, was of the opinion that appointing Thomas as the AG would put him in a precarious position given the latter’s illustrious background representing politicians from both side of the political divide.

“He has acted for Lim Guan Eng in the corruption charges against the now Finance Minister. Why would anybody with an ounce of ethics want to place himself in such a position?” Fatihah argued.

Thomas has been shoved into the limelight since yesterday following reports that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong has not acted on his appointment and has asked Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to reconsider his choice as the AG of Malaysia.

The reason behind the King’s objection of Thomas was never made known but Malaysian Insight reported that it was due to the fact that the former, along other Malay rulers were adamant that the AG should be a Muslim Malay.

While a member of the Bar Council had highlighted that the Federal Constitution mentioned nothing about race and religion being the prerequisites to be the AG, Fatihah pointed out  otherwise.

Stressing on the role of the AG that encompasses not only prosecution and legal conduct for government suits but also rendering legal advice on all relevant matters, she contended that Thomas would not be able advise the government on Islamic matters.

“This include advice on Islamic laws or other laws that affect the five pillars of our social contract under Articles 3, 152, 181 and Part III,” she said.

Civil and Syariah lawyer Mohd Fasha Musthafa also concurred with Fatihah’s view adding that the AG must also be well-versed in criminal laws and according to him, such a thing was not Thomas’ area of expertise.

In backing his view, Fasha cited Article 145 (3) of the constitution which pointed out that the AG is also the highest ranking public prosecutor in the country and is also known as the Public Prosecutor.

“Having said that, the AG must be an excellent criminal law practitioner. The knowledge and experience is needed for him to evaluate cases and exercise his discretion, to institute, conduct or discontinue any proceedings for an offence.

“Thomas is not known as a criminal lawyer. I’m not questioning his ability but his firm does not even list criminal law defence as area of practice,” said Fasha.

Thomas’ involvement with the late exiled-leader of Malayan Communist Party, Chin Peng, was also touted by detractors as one of the reasons Malaysians should object his appointment as the AG.

But where an Umno member raised Thomas’ role as Chin Peng’s lawyer in an unsuccessful litigation to bring back the communist leader to Malaysia as a reason to object his appointment, lawyers Muhammad Iza’an Azalan and Faidur Rahman Abdul Hadi highlighted Thomas’ personal sentiment for Chin Peng.

They were referring to Thomas’ September 17, 2013 obituary on Chin Peng where the latter penned glowing remarks about Chin Peng and that he would take his place as a major national icon once “the true history of Merdeka would be researched and published.”

“We are not attacking his role as Chin Peng lawyer but more on his personal sentiment for Chin Peng. Thomas can defend a rapist by the cannot go around saying he supports a rapist,” Iza’an argued.

In the event that Thomas’ appointment as the AG is realised, Fatihah and Faidur concurred that doing so could compromise the integrity of the AG Chambers when dealing with cases involving his firm.

They however, pointed out that appointing a lawyer as AG isn’t something that had not been done before. A case in point was the appointment of Tan Sri Mokhtar Abdullah.

The only difference was that Mokhtar became a judge before he was appointed as AG (1994 – 2000).

“Judges can be lawyers but once appointed he will have to give up practice. It will take a lot of trust, one that we Malaysians don’t have for Thomas to begin with,” was Fatihah and Faidur’s contention.

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir started to show his expected old and usual true colours of himself in the guise of ‘The New Malaysia’, by being recalcitrant in getting his away even at the displeasure of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda.

The Star story:

Dr M on Tommy Thomas impasse: We are holding on to our principles


Sunday, 3 Jun 2018
7:10 PM MYT


PETALING JAYA: Tommy Thomas’ support for a secular state is not amongst the reasons why his candidacy for Attorney General was rejected by the King, said Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir.

Several other reasons for the impasse have been touted, amongst them  allegations that since Thomas has represented Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng in his corruption cases, he would not be an impartial AG.

“Lim Guan Eng is in the government and Finance Minister, there is no reason for Thomas to be Lim’s friend,” Dr Mahathir told the press after a state Pakatan Harapan meeting in Kedah on Sunday (June 3).

He said Thomas was Lim’s lawyer, but said at the same time Thomas has also represented Barisan Nasional leaders.

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“Yes, he is a lawyer for everybody even for Barisan Nasional, and is just making an income,” Mahathir said.

On whether Putrajaya will propose a new candidate if the King rejects Thomas’ candidacy, Dr Mahathir said they will follow the law.

“We do matters according to the laws and the Federal Constitution, but the King is acting on advice of the government,” he said.

“We are holding on to our principles,” he added.

Article 145 (1) of the Federal Constitution states that “The Yang di-Pertuan Agong shall, on the advice of the Prime Minister, appoint a person who is qualified to be a judge of the Federal Court to be the Attorney-General for the Federation”.



Probably many younger Malaysia don’t realise this habit of Prime Minister Dr Mohamad to stubbornly go directly or indirectly against and challenge the role, position and powers of HRH Rulers, all and in sundry.

This is a serious stand off between Istana Negara and Putrajaya, in the administration of the Seventh Prime Minister and the Keeper of the Royal Seal already invited the brethren Rulers to convene tomorrow and sort this matter up.

What is very interesting is what Tommy Thomas himself said in 2007 about the decision of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda.

The power of Rulers in rejecting appointment

By Tommy Thomas himself, written in 2007.

“Hence, the legal consequences of failure to consult the Conference of Rulers or the Conference not approving a candidate submitted by the Executive are not specified therein, thereby suggesting that all the authorities referred to in that Article must approve a particular candidate.

Thus, in my opinion, the Conference of Rulers is entitled to reject a candidate for appointment submitted to it if a majority of Rulers deem him unsuitable for the constitutional office of judge.

What may be beyond their constitutional right to be consulted is to repeatedly reject several candidates for a single position which would then remain vacant for a substantial period of time resulting in a constitutional impasse. No doubt, the good sense of those involved in the selection process would ensure that such an eventuality does not occur.


The checks and balances system under Article 122 B(1) was put in place so that no one authority has sole monopoly over judicial appointments. In order for the constitutional system to work efficaciously some “give and take” has to take place. Consensus is the objective; not brushing aside of the views of the major actors.

The importance of the constitutional right of the Conference of Rulers to be consulted on judicial appointments under Article 122 B(1) is further demonstrated by Article 38 (4) which declares that no law directly affecting “the privileges, position, honour or dignities of the Rulers shall be passed without the consent of the Conference of Rulers”.

In my opinion, theright to be consulted under Article 122 B(1) constitutes a “privilege” or “position” within the meaning of Article 38 (6). Hence, the right of the Conference of Rulers to be consulted thereunder cannot be removed or diminished without their consent.”

– by Tommy Thomas, 5th September 2007


The is a group of lawyers who are going against the appointment of Tommy Thomas as AG.

The Star story:

Appointing Tommy Thomas as AG promotes cronyism, say lawyer groups


Monday, 4 Jun 2018
3:32 PM MYT

By Sira Habibuimage:



KOTA BARU: Pakatan Harapan is promoting cronyism by insisting on appointing Tommy Thomas as the Attorney-General, say lawyer groups.

They said this is because Thomas is Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s counsel in his ongoing corruption case.

Concerned Lawyers for Justice (CLJ) secretary-general Fatihah Jamhari and Young Professionals (YP) chief executive Faidhur Rahman Abdul Hadi said Pakatan Harapan was going against its promise to restore the rule of law.

“The proposed appointment of Thomas only serves to perpetuate the notion that this new government has all the hallmarks of the old Barisan Nasional government when it comes to cronyism and abuse of power, as he is Lim’s counsel in the ongoing corruption case against him.


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“The conflict of interest could not be more manifest,” they said in a joint statement Monday.

On May 21, the High Court postponed Lim’s corruption trial as his lawyers planned to propose to the new AG to drop the corruption charge.

“If Tommy is appointed as AG, he will be put in a precarious position of respecting his office and the confidentiality privilege he has for his client.

“Why would anybody with an ounce of ethics want to place himself in such a position?” they said.

CLJ and YP added that an AG should also be an excellent criminal law practitioner.

“But Thomas is not known as a criminal lawyer … his firm does not even list criminal law defence as its area of practice,” they noted.

By virtue of Article 145(3) of the Federal Constitution, the AG is also the highest-ranking public prosecutor in the country, and is also known as the Public Prosecutor (PP).

“Knowledge and experience is needed for him to evaluate cases and exercise his discretion to institute, conduct or discontinue any proceedings,” they said.

They agreed that racial and religious backgrounds were immaterial.

“What truly matters is the fact that they must understand the constitutional and legal provisions as well as the subtle nuances of our local narratives and history.

“The AG is in charge not only of prosecution and legal conduct for the government suits, but also renderS legal advice to the Government on all relevant, legal matters as stipulated in Article 145(2).

“This includes advice on Islamic laws or other laws that affect the five pillars of our social contract under Articles 3, 152, 153, 181 & Part III.

“How can we expect a person who is not familiar with the peculiarities of our Constitution to work in the best interest of safeguarding the interests that lie in it?

“For example, Thomas had once clearly declared that Malaysia is a secular state, much to the insult of Article 3 of the Federal Constitution.

“He had also said in the past that Rukunegara has no legal bearing. This is on top of his personal feelings for Chin Peng, a communist, who was regarded as an insurgent to the country,” they said.

CLJ and YP also pointed out Tommy’s inability to converse well in the national and official language of Malaysia, pursuant to Article 152.

The powers of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong under Article 145 must be read harmoniously with the spirit of the entire Federal Constitution, taking into consideration of the oath taken by the ruler to uphold the sanctity of Islam as the religion of the Federation, they said.



Even yet to be appointed as the Attorney General, Tommy Thomas first duty of not moral obligation is to advise Prime Minister Dr Mahathir of his interpretation of the power of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda.

Not with standing PrimeMinister Dr. Mahathir’s to still stubbornly wish to go against the pleasure of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda, then Thomas ought to be wise enough not to accept, come what may.

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In the euphoria of the ‘New Malaysia’ brought forth by the ousting of Barisan Nasional (BN), then Opposition Coalition led by Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad resumed power and control but with the most ‘uneasy’ partners.

Free Malaysia Today:

May 24, 2018

Think tank sees no chemistry in PH

Soo Wern Jun


Ilham Centre director Hisomuddin Bakar says the power struggle among PH parties has become apparent.

PETALING JAYA: A think tank has observed that the parties in Pakatan Harapan (PH) have yet to show they can work together as a team.

Speaking to FMT, Ilham Centre director Mohamad Hisomuddin Bakar said the power struggle among component parties had become apparent.

“PH may have won several states from Barisan Nasional (BN), but the components have yet to achieve a sense of understanding as parties in a coalition,” he said.

“They may have achieved their goal of taking over the government, but they were not ready for a win this big or, rather, they are now wearing an oversized shirt, as the Malay saying goes.

“That is why the governments in states such as Kedah, Perak and Johor seem unstable.”

He said the coalition, in order to meet its challenges, must first acknowledge that it had not won the May 9 election based on its strength.

“It was the people’s massive rejection of the BN-led government that brought victory to PH. Because of that, there are a lot of governing processes it is not used to, or not prepared to take over, on such a big scale.”

Hisomuddin said PH would find it hard to bring reforms to states remaining under BN unless the coalition was strengthened.

He said the coalitions’s defeat in Perlis and Pahang reflected the weakness of its presence in both states.

“Now, without a strong presence in both states, the few PH reps there will face a difficult time fighting the battle for reforms.”

He cited the problems in deciding on the menteris besar for Kedah and Johor as further evidence of a lack of teamwork in PH.

“For Kedah, PPBM was taking the lead in GE14. By right, the understanding should be that it will take the MB’s post, but there was interference from PKR,” he said.

“In Johor, there was interference from Amanah. This should not have happened if there had been good chemistry among components parties.”


It is abundantly clear about the inability of the four parties which formed the coalition that was invited to form the Federal Government by His Majesty Seri Paduka Yang DiPertuan Agong XV, to work together.

A clear example is the announcement of the Cabinet. It was done in three different stages.

The first one was Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad as the Prime Minister and all the four party top leaders as Cabinet Ministers which is om 12 May 2017.

Then the second one, where were only nine names announced.

Even after the Cabinet was sworn in on Monday 20 May 2018, two very strategic posts namely Ministers for Foreign Affairs and International Trade and Industry were omitted.

It is expected there would be a third round of announcement and swearing in ceremony as Istana Negara.

In the past thirteen post GE, none of the BN Chairmen had ever needed this long and stages to announce and gotten the Cabinet sworn in before His Majesties.

It is because the understanding between UMNO, as the lead and mainstay of BN and component parties and honouring the understanding and respect.

Even when certain BN component parties like MCA did quite badly, then the said BN Chairman would ensure the agreed number of representation of the party and the Malaysian Chinese they front, are appointed to the Cabinet.

What is very peculiar is that a Council of Eminent Persons was announced ahead of the mainstay of the Cabinet of Fourteen, which the same day that all Pakatan Harapan leaders were nominated for their respective Cabinet posts.

Adding to the oddity, the CEP had started working and summoned many key personalities and even announced an Institutional Reform Council, way ahead even the Cabinet Minister reported for duty.

The Star story:

IRC to find flaws in system

  • Wednesday, 16 May 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: The newly set up Institutional Reforms Committee (IRC) says it has been tasked with examining the present state of key institutions and laws and recommending necessary reforms to ensure these institutions are not subverted for extraneous ends.

To this end, the panel said it would consult extensively with all stakeholders and invite their active participation, reported Bernama.

“We will then present the recommendations to the Government through the Council (Team of Eminent Persons) with a view to reinstating the integrity of the institutions and promoting and enhancing the rule of law,” the committee said in a statement last night.

The formation of the five-member committee was announced by the Team of Eminent Persons in a statement earlier yesterday.


Working together: The IRC panel comprises (from left) Vohrah, Mah, Mohd Arshad, Dr Shad and Ambiga.

“These shortcomings in the system need to be identified and addressed.

“It has also become imperative to appoint persons of unquestionable integrity to lead these institutions,” it said.

Chaired by retired judge of the Court of Appeal Datuk K.C. Vohrah, the other members of the committee comprise retired Court of Appeal judge and Suhakam commissioner Datuk Mah Weng Kwai; National Patriots Association president Brig-Jen (Rtd) Datuk Mohamed Arshad Raji; Tunku Abdul Rahman Professor of Law at Universiti Malaya Emeritus Prof Datuk Dr Shad Saleem Faruqi and National Human Rights Society (Hakam) president Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan. The statement pointed out that the rule of law was the basis upon which Malaysia as a democracy was founded.

“The rule of law is about accountability, just laws, transparency, open government, institutional independence, an independent judiciary, and checks and balances,” it said.

Meanwhile, the Government’s Team of Eminent Persons formed the IRC to help bring about “positive change” in the country.

The committee will report to the Team of Eminent Persons, which will then present the report to Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

In a statement yesterday, the Team of Eminent Persons said that while it was set up to advise the Government on economic and financial matters, economic reform on its own could not bring about the desired change unless accompanied by institutional reforms.

The Team of Eminent Persons, which is led by former Finance Minister Tun Daim Zainuddin, consists of ex-Bank Negara governor Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz, former Petronas president Tan Sri Hassan Marican, Hong Kong-based tycoon Robert Kuok and economist Prof Dr Jomo Kwame Sundaram.

It was set up on Saturday to advise the Government on economic and financial matters during this transitional period. — Bernam



It is doubt that this unorthodox manner of getting things done would actually provide productivity to the Federal Government machinery in the short and medium term.

What more, to get the agreement of all the political parties which formed the Federal Government and most State Governments, especially the aspirations and hopes of their own members are not quite in tandem and complimentary to each other.

Just like a marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-estranged-backstabbing-bedfellows.


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