Bring in the Marines

Finally, Government has brought in the MOF in-house consulting group which has tremendous illustrious experience in capital restructuring, debt recovery and cash-flow management, as a solution to resolve 1MDB’s woes which drew too much attention and a lot of flak from so many quarters.

The Star story:

Prokhas steps into 1MDB

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

PETALING JAYA: Prokhas Sdn Bhd, the in-house restructuring outfit of the Finance Ministry (MoF), has been tasked to help sister company 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) deal with cash-flow problems tied to its debt obligations.

It is learnt that Prokhas was roped in to assist 1MDB, which needs about RM5bil this year to meet its debt obligations.

“Prokhas has come into the picture, which is why CIMB Investment Bank Bhd that was appointed two weeks ago to look into the sale of 1MDB’s energy assets has been out of the job,” said a source.

The amount due this year is largely to cover the payment of a US$975mil term loan taken by 1MDB Energy Holdings Ltd that falls due on Aug 31 this year. At the current exchange rate of 3.64 to the US dollar, the maturing term loan is valued at RM3.55bil.

1MDB Energy Holdings is the energy unit of 1MDB that was supposed to list by the first quarter of this year under the new name of Edra Global Energy Bhd. But 1MDB withdrew its proposal on Feb 28 this year because it could not meet the listing requirements.

“CIMB was roped in to arrange for the sale of Edra Energy, which is about the only asset that can be sold immediately to raise funds for 1MDB to help meet its debt obligations,” said a banker.

But its mandate was terminated on April 1 – just a week after the investment bank was appointed.

The other portion of the RM5bil obligation this year comes from interest cost totalling around RM1.4bil on all other outstanding loans that 1MDB has taken over the last five years.

1MDB is RM41.9bil in debt to fund a buying binge over the past five years, as the company built up a portfolio of power and energy assets, as well as amassing prime landbanks earmarked for future development.

While the power plants acquired from Genting Bhd and Tanjong Plc are generating some cashflow for the company, it is not enough to cover its interest cost and planned development expenditure.

Last year, 1MDB had to defer a debt payment taken to finance the purchase of Tanjong’s power plants in 2012 for RM8.5bil.

An outstanding amount of RM2bil was finally settled with the assistance of billionaire T. Ananda Krishnan, who owns Tanjong, after two delays.

Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah had, in his winding-up speech in Parliament on March 25, said that the Government had formed a special task force to look into 1MDB’s performance, as well as the debts borne by the firm.

He had earlier in March told Parliament that 1MDB’s financial position was “unsustainable” with a cashflow problem.

The Government, Husni said, had already extended RM950mil to 1MDB as a “standby credit” facility to address its short-term financial needs.

The firm generated a revenue of RM4.26bil for the year ended March 31, 2014, but reported a loss of RM665mil as finance cost ballooned to RM2.4bil.

As it is, 1MDB’s total US dollar-denominated borrowings stand at a staggering US$7.5bil, or RM27bil, at the current exchange rate.

Based on these outstanding debts, 1MDB’s interest payment cost amounts to at least RM1.2bil a year over the next seven years.

In 2022, the massive US$3bil bonds taken by 1MDB Global Investment Ltd will reach maturity.

1MDB is 100%-owned by the MoF, but unlike other Government-linked investment companies, the ministry has never had board representation in the company.

But as worries about 1MDB’s financial obligations are reaching a boiling point, the Government has taken a more active role.

Prokhas is a special project outfit under the MoF and is involved in various corporate restructuring work for the Government. The company was set up in 2005 to take over the role of Danaharta Nasional Bhd.

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Pro-Khas was an SPV created by then Minister of Finance Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad as a solution after the Asian Financial Crisis of 1997-8 saw the 38 banks and financial institutions were laden with bad debts and non performing loans.

It came into operation the day Tun Dr. Mahathir took the reign of the MOF and the economy, which was bleeding due to the currency attack mounted by hedge fund managers led by George Soros.

All of these bad debts and NPLs were taken over by Danaharta and systematically hived off, so that the financial institutions could focus on their business as banks and finance companies.

Amongst the outcomes are the banking system and capital-debt market did not crash and completely paralysed commerce and the economy. The rationalisation of the banking-financial system and capital-debt market provided opportunity where local banks are merged into six groups and the fittest stockbrokers survived.

That provided opportunities for new universal stockbroking licenses were issued then onwards and boutique investment bankers started to colour the capital-debt market, which provided the catalyst to commerce and expand the economy.

This is something that Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak should have taken much earlier and quashing the opportunity for so much loose talk and speculations been made about the Government’s strategic investment house.

Pro-Khas is a very familiar and credible entity to resolve capital-debt related issues, which was initiated by the Government and put the debt and capital market back on track in a short span of time.

The same time, transparency is required to absolve the leadership and 1MDB which undergone so much attention in bad light and put 1MDB back on track.

Amongst many other programs designed for the majority of Malaysians in the rural areas, 1MDB has been providing a lot CSR projects, especially in utmost remote and under developed areas and settlements. It specifically enabled the fast track solution which alleviated the delivery of infrastructure such as electrification, processed water and communications.

This initiative is a good move indeed. Never the less, the story about 1MDB still needed to be told for all the right reasons.

Published in: on April 8, 2015 at 11:00  Comments (4)  

The Lame Blame Game

The failure of Opposition MPs to co-ordinate themselves to defeat the Government on amendments to the Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA) Bill was passed without changes, resulted to the lame blame game amongst the partners-of-unholy-marriage-of-(in)convenience-between-backstabbing-strange-bedfellows.

Pakatan MPs defend absenteeism in Parliament after anti-terror law passed unchanged

BY SHAZWAN MUSTAFA KAMAL

Tuesday April 7, 2015
02:54 PM GMT+8

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KUALA LUMPUR, April 7 — On the defensive after the controversial Prevention of Terrorism Bill was passed unchanged today, opposition lawmakers blamed the Home Ministry for what they claimed to be undue haste in pushing through the new law that revives preventive detention.

The Pakatan Rakyat (PR) MPs said their 26 colleagues who were missing during the debate of the bill in the Dewan Rakyat last night had “legitimate” reasons for skipping out, adding that there was no prior instruction for all opposition lawmakers to be present.

“When tabling laws like this, they should give more time as the Act is not a small issue,” PAS Shah Alam MP Khalid Samad told Malay Mail Online, referring to the Home Ministry.

“Don’t make it normal practice to drag proceedings until 2am,” he added when met at the Parliament lobby.

PAS chief whip Datuk Mahfuz Omar, who was himself absent last night, claimed that he had no idea there would be block voting on the anti-terror law.

“I had a planned engagement in Kedah.There was no instruction for us to be present.

“I did not know there would be block voting,” he told Malay Mail Online.

PKR chief whip Datuk Johari Abdul played down the absence of PR MPs, saying that “most” of the them were present.

“Most of them were, only a few were not here and we had concrete reasons,” Johari, who was also absent said.

But DAP Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua asserted that most of his party’s were present, and that federal lawmakers were aware that the Pota would be deliberated yesterday.

“We were here. Of course there would be block voting, the point is to be prepared for that,” he told Malay Mail Online.

The Pota was passed without amendment at the Dewan Rakyat at about 2.25am this morning after a debate of more than 12 hours.

The bill was passed after the ninth block voting, with the final voting favouring the government when 79 MPs from Barisan Nasional (BN) agreeing on the bill while 60 MP from PR disagreed.

Tabled in Parliament last Monday, Putrajaya’s proposed new law will allow authorities to detain suspected terrorists without bringing them to court for up to two years, with a Prevention of Terrorism Board (POTB) empowered to renew the detention order for an indeterminate amount of time.

Judicial reviews of such sentences are not permitted, according to the Bill, except for questions on its compliance with procedural matters.

Opposition lawmakers have claimed such provisions mirror that of the now-repealed Internal Security Act (ISA) 1960 which was often used to silence political opposition to the establishment.

They also argued that the government already have strong existing laws like the Special Security Offences (Special Measures) Act to deal with terrorism, noting that it allows for long detention for investigation.

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi did not address the question but argued that existing laws were not equipped with preventive powers, which is required to deal specifically with terrorism.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/pakatan-mps-defend-absenteeism-in-parliament-that-passed-anti-terror-law-un#sthash.1lugUqQu.dpuf

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In an extended several proposals by Opposition MPs which include notable lawyers such as N Sunrendan and Mohamed Hanipa Maideen to make changes to the POTA Bill.  The whole process saw these proposals being debated and voted and Dewan Rakyat sitting ended at 0225hrs earlier today.

Despite some heated exchanges between MPs of both side of the augur chamber, the Opposition failed to change the Bill which was introduced and defended by Home Minister Dato’ Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

NST story:

Dewan Rakyat passes POTA without amendment

7 APRIL 2015 @ 7:30 AM

KUALA LUMPUR: The Prevention of Terrorism Bill (POTA) 2015 was passed without amendment at the Dewan Rakyat at about 2.25am after a debate of more than 12 hours.

The bill was passed after the ninth block voting, with the final voting favouring the government when 79 members of parliament (MPs) agreeing on the bill while 60 disagreed.

Earlier, the bill which was smoothly debated at the policy stage, passed through a difficult committee stage when numerous amendments were proposed by opposition members of parliament to the extent that the debate and winding up stage had extended into the early morning.

The situation was made more difficult when the opposition insisted on amending almost all the 35 Clauses, forcing eight block voting to be carried out for each motion for amendment proposed throughout the debate at the committee stage before the final vote was made to pass the bill.

However, all the block voting ended with the vote favouring the government, thus rejecting the motions for amendment proposed by the opposition.

Among the motions for amendments proposed by the opposition were for the rank of the police officers involved in the arrest of any suspected person should not be lower than a Superintendent and for the period of remand not to exceed 14 days compared to 21 days as the proposed in the bill.

The opposition also proposed for several provisions, including under Article 13-28 concerning detention order and restriction be scrapped as they were described as having mala fide (bad intention).

Home Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi when winding up the debate at the committee stage said the government was not in the opinion that the amendment proposed by the opposition should be made now.

He said POTA should be seen with the eyes of faith to really understand the government’s intention in introducing the law, while at the same time, should not be compared to the Prevention of Crime Act (POCA) 1959.

Earlier, when winding up the debate at the policy stage, Ahmad Zahid said the element of rehabilitation was the main priority in the implementation of Pota.

He pointed out that this was because Pota could not be viewed only from the legal aspect alone as it was more ‘preventive’ in nature.

“The element of rehabilitation on the detainees is a priority. The detention record of the detainees to the extent that the act was abolished, that is, from a total of 10,800 ISA detainees, 90 per cent were successfully rehabilitated,” he said.

Ahmad Zahid also gave an assurance that Pota would not be abused and no one who had political differences of differing opinion would be detained under this law.

“This is the transparency of the present government where we allow the freedom of political differences,” he said.– BERNAMA

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The fact that Opposition MPs fail to co-ordinate amongst themselves intra and inter party for this Bill is reflective of the coalition is getting brittle by the day.

Published in: on April 7, 2015 at 18:30  Comments (7)  

Rolling out the ‘3L’ program

Former Opposition Leader and now sodomy and sexual deviant convict Anwar Ibrahim’s petition for a Royal Pardon has failed. So it is time to capitalise this opportunity and make the best of it.

The Malay Mail online story:

Anwar denied royal pardon, say lawyers

Wednesday April 1, 2015
10:01 AM GMT+8

ICYMI

KUALA LUMPUR, April 1 — Malaysia has rejected a petition seeking a royal pardon for jailed opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who is serving a five-year prison term for sodomy, his lawyers said today.

The petition was filed by Anwar’s family in February after his sentence was upheld by Malaysia’s highest court. There was no immediate comment about the ruling from Malaysia’s government.

Anwar, who once posed the greatest threat to Malaysia’s long-ruling coalition, was found guilty of sodomising a former aide, a charge that he said was a politically motivated attempt to end his career.

He was head of a three-party opposition alliance that made stunning gains in the 2013 election, which for the first time raised the prospect of a genuine challenge to the coalition that has ruled Malaysia since independence in 1957.

Anwar was the ruling party’s rising star in the 1990s until he fell out with then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. His family and political party have voiced concern about his health and conditions in prison since his sentence was upheld. — Reuters

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/anwar-denied-royal-pardon-say-lawyers#sthash.tlTYCwWQ.dpuf

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Anwar’s political career will end here too.After this, the Director General of Prisons probably would write to the Speaker of the Dewan Rakyat and His Excellency would do what is provided in the Federal Constitution; declare Permatang Pauh Parliamentary seat vacant.

The Star story:

Published: Friday March 27, 2015 MYT 10:25:00 AM
Updated: Friday March 27, 2015 MYT 2:56:43 PM

Anwar no longer Permatang Pauh MP, says lawyer

BY CHRISTINE CHEAH

KUALA LUMPUR: Senior federal counsel Amarjeet Singh says the petition for a royal pardon over Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy conviction by his family has been disposed, and he is no longer Permatang Pauh MP.

“Our stand is a decision has been made. The Constitution has spoken for itself,” Amarjeet said to reporters.

However, Anwar’s lawyers N. Surendran, Latheefa Koya and Dr Dheeraj Bhar said the decision by the Pardons Board was not confirmed and would only be made known in the Appellate and Special Powers Court here on Wednesday.

The decision was conveyed to Anwar’s lawyers in the form of an affidavit issued by Datuk Nursiah Arshad, the Prime Minister’s Department legal affairs director-general, who is also part of the Pardons Board secretariat.

Amarjeet said the applicants had asked for the delay in announcing the decision in order to convey it to Anwar first.

Surendran confirmed that neither Anwar nor his family was informed of the decision, which was made Thursday.

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He then will inform the Election Commission Chairman and the EEC would convene to decide on the by-election for the rakyat of the said constituency to be given their right, for an MP to be elected and represent them in Parliament.

PKR is facing disintegration. Along with it, the Opposition loose coalition of (un)holy-marriage-of-(in)conveniences-between-back-stabbing-strange-bedfellows would disintegrate too.

The cracks are very clear when DAP CEC issued a statement that they no longer want to work with PAS President Dato’ Seri Hadi Awang, because of Hudud. Hadi is not an Opposition Leader without experience or contribution. He was one time the Opposition Leader in Parliament (11th Parliament Nov 1999-Apr 2004).

The best to do now is salvage whatever reminiscence of Anwar’s political tracks and make it satirical.

Probably someone could make a bit of money, as Anwar’s bizarre political legacy could be preserved so that more especially younger Malaysians could have the opportunity what he did and how he tried to burn the nation down, for his quest for power and hoodwink people for his in-despicable lust and sexual addiction.

The Prisons Department could provide one corner within any of the prisons complex and do a showcase centre about Anwar Ibrahim’s life; a fiery student leader, ISA detainee, admission into UMNO, won the 6GE and given a post as a Deputy Minister, toppling UMNO Youth Chief and eventually toppling UMNO Deputy President and taking over as Deputy Prime Minister with Minister of Finance job.

During these times, Anwar had several despicable sexual habits of buggering up men, adulteration with married women and fornication.

He was exposed by the Special Branch of the Royal Malaysian Police in 1993 but then Prime Minitser Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad was not convinced enough until 2 September 1998 when he was summarily sack from all Cabinet posts. A day later, UMNO Supreme Council sacked him as a party member.

He riled up the people with voracious and malignant lies about Dr. Mahathir, his closes Cabinet colleagues, IGP, AG and eventually the entire Federal Government system and got too many to rise against the system in a massive mobstreet-styled demonstration, known as ‘Reformasi’.

‘Reformasi’ later became transformed as a political party, KeAdilan and PKN later combined with the Partai Sosialis Rakyat Malaysia to become Parti KeAdilan Rakyat as we know today.

The showcase centre would serve as a facility to exhibit the chronology of Anwar’s life; as an anarchist, political animal and sexual deviant. Artifacts and video footages would be displayed. Most of all, at the end of the showcase, visitors are allowed to view Anwar’s lifestyle as a sodomy convict through looking glasses.

This special program, which would we opened to public should be called as ‘Lawat, Libur, Liwat’ of the ‘3L’ program. The number of visitors admitted in day should be limited because Anwar is an old man (68 years old). Hence, the hours that visitors are allowed to have a peek at him through the glass (probably during his reading, feeding or political pantomimes) should be limited to probably 4-5 hours a day only.

It is in a way a living monument for the nation to honour Anwar as a failed politician, citizen, family head and probably someone who is supposed to embrace the teaching of God.

Most of all, Malaysians could benefit from the entire end-to-end big picture truth and watch for themselves a sick man who for a few times almost became the Prime Minister. After all, Anwar Ibrahim was an addict of attention even though how negative it was and he would enjoy meeting five thousand new faces every weekend and public holidays, if not everyday.

The mini gift shop at the end of this facility could provide jobs and activities for thousands of inmates of the Malaysian prison system, via the cottage industry program.

Published in: on April 1, 2015 at 10:44  Comments (11)  

Divine

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Generally, in many counts Malaysians are bent against changes. Even when these changes brought about progression.

The story captured is from Facebook posting of the Kedah-northern-most-small-town-of-Kokdiang-born Norizan bin Shariff. He is also very well known in the cybersphere as Nobisha.

The negative-mindedness of these small village local surau clergies is so bizarre that they are even willing to charge then Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad with such unimaginable slander for wanting to be divine. Just because of synchronising the clock between Semenanjung and Sabah and Sarawak.

Same goes with the consumption tax introduced in Budget 2014 (October 2013), Goods and Sales Tax (GST), which comes into force today. Ministry of Finance issued a brief to explain GST broadly.

Just like the synchronisation of the clock almost thirty four years ago, changes brought upon questions by the dis-informed society. Like the clock story, rather than getting more information, many would rather speculate, manipulate and ridicule which adds to the confusion further.

Earlier was the Hudud Enactment, unanimously passed by the Kelantan State Assembly. Even learned ones refuse to deploy proper methods and processes despite the hype surrounding then the propose Bill, which had so huge traction through time.

When it was passed, many reacted in very childish mannerism although they proclaim to champion the many universal values but being stupid about things and issues that they disagree or not music to their ears. The media that prop their agenda even lied about it.

When they are dealt with, they are unable to deal with their own lies based on inability to respect the overwhelming wishes of the Kelantanese people.

In different ways, the synchronisation of time then and introduction and enforcement of GST is for the betterment of Malaysia.

Maybank Group President Dato' Abdul Farid Alias's statement on GST

Maybank Group President Dato’ Abdul Farid Alias’s statement on GST

We believe, in time these people today who ridicule GST would be proven wrong.

Benefits of the GST are expected to provide the uptrend in export and mechanism for a more balanced Federal Government budget which expected to be surplus by the time the nation enters the developed nation status by 2020.

Unfortunately, some of these information and mechanisms are probably too technical for the average Malaysians’ immediate consumption. It is like combining the understanding of the mechanism of a new tax with macro economy and monetarist policy, all in the same breadth.

The simple diagram to explain the effect of GST to consumers through the supply chain

The simplified diagram to explain the effect of SST to consumers through the supply chain

Hardly it is impossible to translate them in making the common people understand better. Its more likely the case of not doing enough.

Then again, trying hard enough must include the effort to simplify it for the consumption of the majority. For instance, in the words of a blogger who contributed so much in translating economics language into chewable food for thoughts, “I think the most important reason for backing GST is that its the one instrument that can raise enough revenue to properly fund the required social transfers to make a real dent in inequality“.

Simplified diagram to explain the mechanism of GST

The simplified diagram to explain the mechanism of GST

What is the downside of this episode is that all the Federal Government agencies and departments had a full eighteen months to work out the whole strategic communication strategy and roll out plan.

The synchronisation of information gathering, strategic communication planning, roll out of medium term and tactical plan and timing of dissemination of information isn’t godly at all. However systemic failure, should be seen as sinful.

Published in: on April 1, 2015 at 00:37  Comments (2)  

Contra voluntatemque maioris

It is obvious the liberals is grossly disrespectful of the aspiration and the will of majority, despite through democratic means and obtaining unanimous support from an augur house of a legislative chamber.

The pro-Anwarista story:

Hudud laws will signal Malaysia has abandoned moderation, says G25

Published: 25 March 2015 12:52 PM

Datuk Noor Farida Ariffin is the spokesperson for the group of eminent Malays. The group says that no state in Malaysia can currently satisfy the pre-conditions needed before implementing hudud law. – The Malaysian Insider pic, March 14, 2015.

Malaysia will send a signal to the world that it has abandoned moderation should the PAS-led Kelantan government be allowed to enforce hudud in the state, said the G25, a group of retired high-ranking Malay civil servants who want a rational discourse on Islam.

The group said Malaysia would be seen as a country governed by religious laws that were subjected to the interpretation of clerics, and urged Putrajaya to protect the Federal Constitution as the country’s supreme law.

“Since Independence, this country has chosen the path of moderation. The prime minister has continued to steer the government along this path and has launched the Global Movement of Moderates to show to the world that the country is committed to the principle of moderation.

“The imposition of PAS’s hudud laws will signify to the world that Malaysia has abandoned the moderate path. We will be seen as a country governed by religious laws which are subjected to the vagaries of interpretation of the ulama who are also fallible human beings,” G25 said in a statement.
The group said that a multiracial country with an open economy like Malaysia could not afford to alter the secular character of its Constitution to allow for the implementation of PAS’s hudud enactment.

G25 added that it supported Dr Chandra Muzaffar’s view that the Federal Constitution was not un-Islamic, and said any attempt to amend the Constitution to allow hudud’s implementation would violate the Malaysia Agreement.

It also raised doubts as to whether Kelantan’s hudud law, as detailed in the Kelantan Shariah Criminal Code (11) Enactment, 1993 (Amendment 2015) would succeed in upholding justice, given the diversity of juristic interpretations of the law.

G25 added that the Kelantan government was pushing for hudud without even having met the conditions required for its implementation, as outlined by Yusuf al-Qaradawi, the Chairman of the World Union of Muslim Scholars.

Al-Qaradawi had said that a society must ensure the economic needs of the people were met, employment opportunities were provided for all, and poverty was eradicated before hudud could be enforced, said G25.

“In light of the above elucidation by Sheikh Qaradawi, can any state in Malaysia claim to have satisfied the pre-conditions in order to allow for the implementation of Hudud?” said G25.

The group also cited Islamic scholar Professor Hashim Kamali, who analysed PAS’s original 1993 enactment and found that it “failed to be reflective either of the balanced outlook of the Quran or of the social conditions and realities of contemporary Malaysian society”.

Hashim, who heads the Institute of Advanced Islamic Studies (IAIS), also said, “the Hudud Bill exhibited no attempt to exercise Ijtihad (creative thought) over new issues such that would fulfil the ideals of justice and to encourage the development of a judicious social policy.”

G25 said that a perusal of the 2015 hudud enactment revealed it continued to emphasise punishment rather than repentance and rehabilitation as espoused in the Quran.

“Many other prominent Muslim scholars such as S.A.A. Maududi, Salim el-Awa, Muhamad al-Ghazali, Mustafa al-Zarqa and Cherif Bassiouni have opined that the application of hudud as an isolated case without providing the necessary context and environment is not only unrealistic, but is more likely to induce the opposite result and frustrate, rather than satisfy, the Islamic vision of justice and fair play.

“In addition, they emphasise that the Hadith, as recorded in Sahih Al-Bukhari, and which is also a legal maxim, provides that Hudud must be suspended in doubtful situations,” said G25.

PAS President Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang is seeking to table a private member’s bill in Parliament during the current sitting ending April 9, which, if passed, would allow the Kelantan government to enforce hudud in the state.

The bill is to amend the Shariah Courts Act (Criminal Jurisdiction) 1965, which limits the power of the Shariah courts to a maximum penalty of RM5,000 in fine, three years’ jail and six strokes of the rotan.

An amendment is required in this law to enable Kelantan to carry out hudud law, after the state assembly on Thursday unanimously passed the Shariah Criminal Code II Enactment 1993 (Amendment 2015).

If tabled in Parliament, Hadi’s private member’s bill only needs the support of 112 MPs, or a simple majority, for it to be passed if the full house of 222 MPs are sitting.

Barisan Nasional (BN) has yet to issue an official statement in support of hudud, while BN Back Benchers Club chief Tan Sri Shahrir Samad said the 87 Muslim Umno MPs and 10 Muslim PBB MPs may vote based on their conscience.

However, Umno MP Datuk Nur Jazlan has already stated he will not support the enforcement of hudud, while Padang Rengas MP Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz became the first minister from the party to dismiss attempts to implement hudud in Malaysia, saying such talk was “stupid” as it could never legally happen.

De facto law minister Nancy Shukri yesterday, similarly dismissed the chance of hudud being implemented in Kelantan, saying the private member’s bill on the issue will not get a single vote from Sarawak lawmakers in Parliament. – March 25, 2015.

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It is an utter shameful statement by former Ambassador Noor Farida Ariffin representing the so-called ’eminent educated and liberal Malays’ G-25, when such opinion are put forth publicly.

It is doubtful that these really exclusive club of has-been Malays tried to properly present their case on Hudud to any of the 45 Kelantan State Assemblymen before it was tabled, debated and voted last week. Hudud was not something that came out of the blue but instead was given a lot of hype, even through mainstream media well ahead before last week.

That would be the proper ‘moderate persons’ manner of addressing an issue, especially when it was brought before a legislative chamber to be tabled, debated and later decided by members voting the Bill.

Instead, they did not and now they resort to attack the unanimous decision by Kelantan State Assembly which such statements.

Uninamous decision by the Kelantan State Assembly means that all 45 Yang Berhormats agreed and voted with the Bill. During the debate, none of the State Assemblymen who are democratically elected by the people of Kelantan on 8 May 2013 13GE spoke against it.

It is regretful that Noor Farida who served the nation in the field of international diplomacy and trained professionally to hold decorum resorted to invoking personal opinion against a lawful decision undertaken by a State Assembly, just because it didn’t go her way.

If persons like her refused to address any issue the proper way through proper channel which include engagement before a draft was even tabled in a legislative chamber, she should claim to be ‘moderate’. Probably ‘spoilt’ is more appropriate, if not ‘radical’.

Published in: on March 25, 2015 at 15:30  Comments (33)  

Single out the tree from the woods

The Chinese Chauvinist DAP leaders are able to single out a tree from the woods when they refuse to work with PAS President Dato’ Seri Hj. Hadi Awang but remained as part of the Opposition lose coalition of unholy-marriage-0f-inconvenience-between-backstabbing-strage-bedfellows Pakatan Rakyat,

Pro-Anwarista news portal story:

DAP stays in Pakatan but ends ties with PAS’s Hadi

Published: 24 March 2015 10:52 AM

 DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng says DAP has decided yesterday to end ties and cease to work with PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. – Pic courtesy of DAP, March 24, 2015.


DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng says DAP has decided yesterday to end ties and cease to work with PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang. – Pic courtesy of DAP, March 24, 2015.

DAP says today it will end all ties with PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, a move which puts the opposition pact, Pakatan Rakyat, in limbo.

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said the DAP central executive committee meeting last night had decided to “end ties and cease to work” with Hadi although it remained committed to PR. The party will discuss the pact’s future with PKR.

“DAP is unable to work with a PAS president like Hadi Awang who persists in such dishonest and dishonourable acts,” Lim said in a statement today.

“As Hadi is the PAS leader in PR, DAP’s decision to end all ties with Hadi will effectively put the PR leadership council in limbo. DAP will meet the PKR leadership to discuss the future course of PR,” he said.
Explaining the party’s reasons for ending ties with Hadi, Lim said he had first, betrayed the collective decision made by the PR leadership council on the nomination of PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail last year as the sole candidate as the new Selangor menteri besar after Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim was sacked from PKR.

Lim said Hadi’s betrayal, by unilaterally nominating three PAS assemblymen instead, had “resulted in a full-blown and protracted crisis” that threatened to bring down the PR Selangor government.

Hadi had also failed to honour his own words at the leadership council meeting on February 8, where it was agreed that Kelantan PAS’s hudud bill to amend the state’s Shariah Criminal Code Enactment II (1993) would first be discussed by all three PR party leaders, before it was tabled in the legislative assembly.

And third, Lim said Hadi had gone ahead to submit a private member’s bill on March 18 to Parliament without presenting it first to the PAS central committee and to the PR leadership council.

Lim said these actions showed that Hadi was “cooperating with Umno to violate this spirit of consensus as well as the common policy framework”, actions which he said jeopardised the opposition pact.

Affirming DAP’s commitment to PR, Lim also stressed that the party’s 37 federal lawmakers would oppose Hadi’s private member’s bill should it be raised in Parliament.

Lim also reminded Prime Minister Datuk Seri Naji Razak to make a clear stand whether Barisan Nasional (BN) opposed or supported Kelantan’s hudud enactment, and whether the prime minister supported Hadi’s private member’s bill.

The DAP leader said it was Umno who had instigated PAS to push for hudud law in Kelantan by promising federal government support.

The Kelantan legislature unanimously passed the amendments to the state’s hudud enactment on March 19.

DAP and PKR cried foul, saying the amendments were more than just a few changes as PAS initially promised, and were in fact a new law.

Lim said Najib must also explain why Umno’s 12 assemblymen in the Kelantan assembly had voted in support of hudud.

PAS’s insistence on hudud almost became a catalyst for PR to split but some have said that breaking up the opposition would only serve BN’s agenda. – March 24, 2015.

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How is that possible, to recluse Hadi but continue to work with PAS?

Hadi is a democratically elected PAS President and the last time anyone checked, he had grassroots support amongst PAS members across the nation.

This is politics par excellence because it is a really lame mime act, to be dramatised in the next act of a dying thread of political play which should have stopped the day the curtain was raised.

The fact still remain that the Opposition Coalition is cracking into splinters but some leaders are trying to Uhu-it, so that it remained to be perceived as ‘intact’ amongst the anti-BN hopefuls and aspirants.

The Chinese Chauvinist DAP like it or not is still very much dependent on PAS to canvass for Malay support and votes, especially in seats like Gelang Patah.

Especially now that PKR is already deadish after the migration and expulsion of strategic leaders such as Khalid Ibrahim, Ezam Md Noor, Lokman Noor Adam, Zainur Zakaria, Salehuddin Hashim and many others who through the past 15 years abandoned the futile struggle based purely on one’s personal problems and desires. Most importantly, now the Anwar Ibrahim being incarcerated.

The 21 Dewan Rakyat seats held by PAS is still substantial even though DAP is holding 38 seats. This because DAP have limited number of constituency left to venture into, since they have already got all the Chinese majority and most of the mixed-ethnic seats.

Singling the tree out of the woods is about Chinese Chauvinist DAP leaders hoodwinking the Non Malays, especially the Chinese who are very uneasy with the unanimous newly enacted Hudud Law in Kelantan.

Published in: on March 24, 2015 at 12:16  Comments (8)  

Dirgahayu Tuanku

 

Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar is now the fifth Sultan of modern Johor Sultanate.

The Star story, based on Bernama original posting:

Published: Monday March 23, 2015 MYT 10:34:00 AM
Updated: Monday March 23, 2015 MYT 12:42:50 PM

Sultan Ibrahim crowned fifth Ruler of modern Johor

 

Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar being crowned by state mufti Datuk Mohd Tahrir Samsudin

Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar being crowned by state mufti Datuk Mohd Tahrir Samsudin

JOHOR BARU: Sultan Ibrahim Almarhum Sultan Iskandar was crowned the fifth sultan of modern Johor with pomp and pageantry at the Istana Besar here on Monday.

Raja Zarith Sofiah Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah was also crowned, at the same ceremony, as the Permaisuri of Johor, a title used for the first time in the state.

The ceremony, which was aired live over RTM and TV3 and beamed to a large screen at Dataran Bandaraya, was witnessed by thousands of people in Johor and the rest of the country.

The ceremony was also witnessed by Sultan Ibrahim’s mother Enche Besar Hajah Khalsom Abdullah; the sultan’s elder sister Johor Tunku Puteri Tunku Kamariah Sultan Iskandar and the sultan’s younger sister Tunku Besar Zabedah Sultan Iskandar.

The Tunku Mahkota of Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim and Che Puan Khaleeda Bustamam as well as the other children of Sultan Ibrahim also witnessed the historic ceremony. – Bernama

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The elaborate majestic event was almost the same one his grandfather, Almarhum Sultan Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim had city fives years ago. His late father, Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Ibni Sultan Ismail chose not to have a coronation when he ascended the Johor throne thirty four years ago.

The full event which was covered by most TV stations, has been made available online by Jabatan Penerangan.

The most interesting bit about this coronation is that Sultan Johor is the only Ruler out of the nine Malay Rulers who is crowned with a crown, instead of a tanjak. The State Crown was actually designed in 1886 by jeweller J.W.Benson in London and was enhanced with more diamonds and rare gems by Almarhum Sultan Ibrahim in 1925.

Published in: on March 23, 2015 at 12:00  Comments (1)  

The ripple that avalanched

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen. Academician Daddy should not be complaining about the adverse reactions towards his daughter’s Aisyah Tajudin below the belt stunt, because probably he was indirectly part of the problem.

The Malay Mail story:

After threats to BFM presenter, father asks what has become of Malaysia

Friday March 20, 2015
08:32 PM GMT+8

 

 

KUALA LUMPUR, March 20 — The father of a radio presenter who was harassed over a video critical of hudud today asked if Malaysia remained a safe place to reside if simply expressing opposing views attracted such threats as rape and even death.

Noting that most of the threats appeared to originate from Malays, Professor Dr Mohamad Tajuddin Mohamad Rasdi asked how such a culture of hostility came to exist, questioning if it is rooted in the flaws of the country’s leadership or education.

“Is this country safe for our children to live in? If a simple point of view is raised against such an issue as hudud or even such an issue as democracy and clean elections can produce outbursts of murder, rape and burning people alive, what does it say about our country, its citizens and our leadership? Where did this culture come from?” Mohamad Tajudin said in letter published by news portal The Malaysian Insider.

“I have noticed that the ones making threats of this nature come from mostly Malays who I assume are Muslim. Where did we, as a nation go wrong in educating these Malays? What are we teaching in our secondary schools? More importantly are our public universities producing people of such culture?”

He expressed hope that none of those who issued the threats were products of Malaysia’s public universities, else they reflected poorly on vice-chancellors of such institutions.

“Yes, they are passable engineers and architects but are they barely passable Malaysian citizens, or passable Muslims or worse are they even passable human beings with a humane conscience? ‘Apa sudah jadi?’” he added.

Despite his anger over the incident Mohamad Tajudin said he was prepared to forgive Aisyah’s detractors, claiming that it was the society that created those blinded by rage.

Aisyah received the threats on various online platforms after a video titled “Hudud Isi Periuk Nasi? [Kupas] (Does hudud fill our rice bowls?)” was uploaded on the business radio station’s website and YouTube channel yesterday.

In it, she points out that even as Kelantan is attempting to implement hudud, the east coast state is facing other problems like its homeless flood victims, as well as increasing drug and divorce cases.

Users also urged the authorities to take action against Aisyah, accusing her of insulting Islam.

BFM later removed the video and apologised for any offence caused.

Kelantan, administered by Islamist party PAS, passed amendments to the Shariah Criminal Code II 1993 yesterday in a bid to enforce hudud law in the state ― despite fierce opposition from its Pakatan Rakyat (PR) allies, the DAP and PKR.

PAS is expected to table private members’ bills in Parliament to remove legal roadblocks in the implementation of the Islamic penal code that punishes apostasy with the death penalty and theft with the amputation of limbs.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/after-threats-to-bfm-presenter-father-asks-what-has-become-of-malaysia#sthash.Ds8LROh1.dpuf

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It is obvious that Tajudin as an academician failed to impart the concept of ‘respecting others’, especially when this democratic right is made via the legal process of democracy.

It is unsure that as someone who is supposed to be learned, he should have stressed the fact that the bill was tabled, debated and voted by all Kelantan State Assembly representatives.

Tajudin of all should be very aware that globally of late, making a mockery if not making insulting statements out of something adherence in Islam received very adverse reaction.

It may not be universally acceptable but then again, why stir the storm by make these statements which knowingly will definitely draw anger if not physical reaction even by certain quarters. Even as a parody.

Tajudin is trying to rationalise that it is alright to slight and insult an enactment which was unanimously passed by Kelantan State Assembly, without the consequence of Newton’s third law?

Those who desire a ‘Moderate World By and With Muslims’ must also practice ‘moderation’ towards the majority Muslims.

If any of them are trying to be funny with all these values they try to impose onto others, then they must make extra effort to understand the values, principles and philosophy if not interpretation of faith on what these Muslim majority have been holding onto close to their hearts, generations after generations.

Tajudin also must be mindful that in the advancement of communication, ‘small and little talk’ go a long way especially when it is in the public domain. Obviously, it would strike much more nerves that one first imagined that it would provoked.

Published in: on March 21, 2015 at 13:30  Comments (15)  

Crossing the liberium

Unless their understanding of matters pertaining to Islam is deep and wholesome, then liberal Malay-Muslims should be more intelligent in their sordid quest to win in arguments instead of using mockery and cynicism.

It is very low to bring irrelevant issues like socio-economic standing in an attempt to be thought-provoking challenging the wisdom and duty to implement what is all along Islam’s principle and philosophy of justice and recourse against crime.

Failed politician Zaid Ibrahim’s statement, reported by the oldest English daily:

Lazy, stupid’ Malaysians turning to religious laws, says Zaid

Thursday March 19, 2015
07:29 PM GMT+8

KUALA LUMPUR, March 19 — Former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim chided Malaysians today for becoming a “lazy, stupid and greedy” nation that is now prepared to let religious laws govern life.

Comparing Malaysia with his recent experience in neighbouring Vietnam, Zaid said this penchant for an easy fix has made Malaysians fascinated with religious laws that they think can somehow be a perfect panacea for the country’s many problems.

“We have had no such periods of difficulty and life was never that hard for us… This benign state of affairs, however, has proven to be a curse because it has made us lazy, stupid and greedy!” the former law minister wrote in his blog.

According to Zaid, Malaysians live in a world of fantasy, believing that the country’s wealth will never run out and political leaders never need to be held accountable.

“Lately, we have even become too lazy to think of all our problems, and we can’t be bothered to contemplate the potentially painful solutions we need to fix them,” said Zaid.

“We want easy answers for everything, which explains our newfound fascination for God’s laws. We want religious laws to regulate our lives and believe that, somehow, using God’s laws will make everything perfect.”

Zaid claimed that this fantasy manifested itself, among others, in the Malays’ purported belief that holy men should be their leaders, and moral policing would lead to honourable and corruption-free lives.

“We fantasise that moralising is government business, and to gratify ourselves with a sense of power we believe that others are always less perfect than we are,” he added.

“We think it’s harmless to divide and rule the people as we have done since Independence, and that we can dispense with having national unity or a national identity.”

The Kelantan state legislative assembly today passed amendments to the Shariah Criminal Code II 1993 to pave the way for the controversial implementation of hudud laws in the state.

Zaid is a staunch critic of hudud, with his column in English daily The Star today warning PAS that voters will punish it in the next general election for its insistence on pushing through its hudud plans in Kelantan.

The former Kota Baru MP also said that the Islamist party is desperate to remain relevant among voters, particularly in Kelantan, following the demise of the party’s spiritual leader Datuk Nik Aziz Nik Mat who wielded great influence in the Pakatan Rakyat ally.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/lazy-stupid-malaysians-turning-to-religious-laws-says-zaid#sthash.0IosbS5c.dpuf

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Zaid, Aisyah and the like-minded Malay-Muslim liberals should be mindful that the Hudud Enactment which passed unanimously yesterday was tabled as a bill, debated and voted just like any law within any of the legislative chamber in Malaysia.

Or for that matter, it is the same process adopted by any Commonwealth nation which upholds the practice of democracy and Westminster-styled Parliamentary system.

What ever their hang ups against it, it was supposed to be brought into the forum in the augur house by any of the Kelantan Assembly representatives.

In reality, that did not happen. Either they did not try or could not get any of the Kelantan State Assembly YBs to voice it up when the bill was tabled and debated. Even the one who represented PKR, a party which supposedly carry the liberals’ aspiration of their interpretation of ‘justice’.

It is obvious liberals do not respect the principles of democracy, like how they falsely represent themselves to champion the vox populi.

They conveniently use their ‘for principles of democracy’ when it serves their intent and purpose. However, when democratically elected Kelantan State Assembly representatives unanimously voted for the Hudud Enactment Bill, they throw below the belt potshots.

How can the liberals be taken seriously when they behave like uneducated, under-loved, poorly brought up and intolerable spoilt-social-misfits, whenever their aspirations are crossed. Worse still, by the wish of the majority.

This is a trait of nothing but political anarchists.

Published in: on March 20, 2015 at 15:00  Comments (4)  

Pointing towards dementia

Where Ku Li when Gua Musang was cut off from the massive floods late 2014? Was he part of the rescue and supplies effort to relieve his own constituent?

Disgruntled and multiple-times recycled out-dated politician Tengku Razaleigh should be reminded how he was elected as an MP, right from the start till the last GE before making rhetorical speeches to affirm his standing as a spent-bullet.

Pro-Anwarista news portal:

Whom do you serve, Ku Li asks MPs

BY EILEEN NG

Published: 17 March 2015 1:43 PM
Tan Sri Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah urged his fellow MPs today to decide whether they were willing to give up their powers to “forces” outside Parliament by putting party interests first in their decisions, or remember their pledge to serve the people.

Malaysia’s longest-serving federal lawmaker said this was because the power of Parliament had shifted to the leadership of political parties, a development that he termed as “outside the Constitution”.

He said it was also against the provisions of the Constitution and did not reflect a constitutional democracy.

“All elected reps have to make a decision if they want to fulfil the pledge they made when they were first elected as a member of this Dewan or if they are willing to relinquish their right to powers outside the Dewan Rakyat.
“The decision has to be a fundamental decision for the people. It is a historic decision if they want to serve and bow to the needs of the people or if they want to be with the party leadership,” he said when debating the royal address in Parliament today.

The Umno Gua Musang MP said parliamentarians should make their decisions based on their conscience.

He said this meant being brave to accept or reject suggestions in the interest of Malaysians the MPs represented, although it might mean going against the wishes of their respective parties.

“In the meantime, we also need to act as a group and as a team to offer ourselves to uphold the sovereignty of the people as well as voters,” said the lawmaker who is also known as Ku Li.

He added that the Parliament is the institution responsible for the wellbeing of the country and its citizens.

As members of Parliament, federal lawmakers have taken an oath to serve the country as well as uphold the Federal Constitution in the interest of the people.

“Let me remind you the pledge is not for any parties or their leaders,” he added.

Ku Li said the country is now faced with an unprecedented situation where its economy and institutions responsible to uphold the rule of law and parliamentary democracy had eroded, while national unity was on the decline.

He said this had caused a crisis which has seeped into the grassroots, causing economic and political gridlock.

“This situation presents an opportunity to the Dewan Rakyat to play an important role in the nation’s development. No other institution, be it political or non-political, can overcome this gridlock apart from the members of the House,” he added. – March 17, 2015.

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The Gua Musang MP since 1974 and the founding and only President of defunct Parti Semangat 46 did contest and win all the General Elections (GE) he participated under parties, not on his own name and as an independent entity.

It is unfair for Ku Li to make the rhetoric call and ask MPs to decide based on the perceived perception of some part of the rakyat they represent. Conveniently, that would ignore the fact that the party which propped any candidate all the way even after becoming an MP, does represent the majority of the constituency.

The fact is that Ku Li no longer speak on behalf even representing a fraction of the minority.

Historically, he failed in the race as UMNO Deputy President twice (1981 & 1984) and nearly missed trying to topple then Dato’ Seri Dr. Mahathir Mohamad in the nail-biting “Team B challenging Team A” April 1987 party elections.

Consequently, he and some of his Team B mates (which include PM ‘Flip-Flop’ Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and former KKMM Minister Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim, Ph.D) sponsored twelve UMNO members to challenge the AGM. The outcome saw Kuala Lumpur High Court declared UMNO deregistered on 4 Feb 1988.

After failing to re-register UMNO as ‘UMNO 46′, Ku Li & Co. formed Semangat 46 which almost fragmented the Malays in half. His coalition with PAS, DAP and PBS under Angkatan Perpaduan Ummah was confident to topple BN in the November 1990 VIII GE.

The April 1995 IV GE saw Ku Li & Co, even with the coalition with DAP and PAS fail to unseat BN as the Federal Government. Hence, in 1996 he managed to convince his Semangat 46 posse to disband the Malay party and rejoin UMNO.

The face and impression of a politician in the same mindset, the past forty years

All the way when Ku Li contested his first GE in 1969 as a DUN candidate in Kelantan, he has been riding a party ticket. Unlike Tan Sri Shahrir Samad, Ku Li never contested and won any elections even bi-election on his own name as an independent entity.

Without doubt at 78 years old, Ku Li is the oldest MP if not Parliamentarian (taking the Dewan Negara into consideration as well). If Ku Li is still talking about rhetorics and ‘political romances’ of the past, then probably he is demonstrating signs of old age mind dysfunction.

One interesting point to note that since last year, there was this sporadic rumour that Ku Li is projecting himself as a worthily replacement to bind all the Opposition MPs if and when Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim is incapacitated, probably for incarceration.

Rumours rife about him actively going around the country, particularly Sabah and Sarawak to instigate towards how the Federal Government has been depriving them from the consolidated revenues.

It is not sure how the Opposition politicians responded to this. However, it would not augur well with the growing young Malaysians who are getting into the eligibility as a voter. It is taking the consideration of his age if not his thought process, which is so obsolete and diverse from the expanding biggest stakeholders.

Regardless, he is way out of date and relevance.

Published in: on March 17, 2015 at 15:30  Comments (7)  
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