Sunk in attempt to sabotage Johor

Faust of ‘Flip-Flop’ Dr Mahathir failed in his attempt to sabotage the Johor economy and future global trade on the Forest City, in his strategy to demonise Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak as part of the integral plan to destroy the BN Government.

The Star story:

Monday, 23 January 2017 | MYT 11:27 AM

Khaled Nordin: Dr M won’t succeed in scaring Johoreans

 

BY NABILA AHMAD

JOHOR BARU: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s efforts to intimidate Johoreans with statements about Chinese nationals being given citizenships at the mammoth Forest City project will not succeed, says Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin.

The Johor Mentri Besar said Dr Mahathir’s allegations about the US$100bil (RM443bil) investments in the project were not based on facts and he was “out to scare the people of Johor”.

“The total land size of the state is 1.8 million hectares while the total land size affected in the Forest City project is only 1.977ha, which is only 0.108% of the land in Johor.

“With only less than 1% of the area involved, it is impossible for the China mainlanders to occupy the state and this shows that Dr Mahathir is only making the accusation to scare Johoreans,” he said.

“The Forest City project is a state government project while the investors are foreigners who happen to be from China.

“It is not 100% foreign-owned as locals have a 42% stake in it,” he said at the Muafakat Johor Chinese New Year Bazaar 2017 organised by the Pasir Gudang Tiong Hua Association here in Taman Johor Jaya.

He added that the project, expected to complete in 30 years, is important as the state now needs big projects to compete with Singapore.

“The world economy is very challenging now and without foreign investments, we will be faced with a worsening economic situation,” he said.

Khaled said there was no proof to allegations that some 700,000 Chinese would get citizenships by buying property at Forest City.

“I believe the rules applied by our Immigration Department are very strict as it is impossible for Chinese mainlanders to get Malaysian nationality only by purchasing a house in the state,” he said.

In an exclusive interview with The Star, Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar accused Dr Mahathir of fear-mongering by playing racial politics that he claimed had no place in the state.

The Ruler said then he was “deeply offended and hurt” by the political spin against mainland Chinese investments in the state.

He singled out Dr Mahathir for “putting political interests above Malaysian interests, particularly Johor”.

In response, Dr Mahathir said in a letter to The Star that he was quoting a report by Bloomberg on the details of Forest City, of which he said has yet to be challenged nor denied.

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The Faust of ‘Flip-Flop’ Dr Mahathir tried to frightened Johoreans by manipulating and lying about the consequences of the Forest City development to the Malays.

In full appreciation of the sanctity of UMNO to the Johorean Malays, he falsely projected that 700,000 mainland Chinese would eventually be given citizenship and the Johorean Malays would lose power in their own state, the birth place of UMNO.

The strong outright calls by HRH Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar last week and several attempts of the Faust of ‘Flip-Flop’ to rebut and manipulate his earlier calls, is the clearest depiction of Dr Mahathir’s humiliating failure.

What started as a political stunt which failed miserably, inadvertently is also a failed strategic economic sabotage against Johor.

The madness of Faust of ‘Flip-Flop’ Dr Mahathir in his obsession to oust Prime Minister Najib has started to take a toll even on the Malaysian economy, which should be viewed as a political-anarchy.

A good example is the economy that would be driven by the Forest City Development. The 700,000 foreigners, mainly believed to be from mainland China are of the extra-upper middle income or more.

If they make Malaysia their residence, means they would be paying income tax. Let say pro-rata their income attributable from Malaysia is RM1mil per annum.

Hence, they would pay RM260,000 income tax. That is on top of RM15-20,000 in GST each on the consumption they make.

That is already in the neighbourhood of RM40bil for the Inland Revenue Board and Royal Customs, of reoccuring revenue annually. Johor State Government would also benefit from all the local authorities taxes and charges.

The Faust of ‘Flip-Flop’ failed to foil, even for a obsessed political agenda.

Published in: on January 23, 2017 at 14:38  Comments (5)  

“He (Dr M) would invent crisis!”

“He (Dr Mahathir) would invent crisis!”, proclaimed political analyst and former Transparency International (Malaysia) Tunku Aziz describing how Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir in his manipulative and deceptive ways to demonise and bring down Prime Minister Najib.

Dr Mahathir has been manipulating, lying, slandering, back paddling, contradicting himself and making about 180 degree turns, to capture the moment of glory in his obsession to demonise Prime Minister Najib.

This include in manufacturing crisis.

An example is the complain that his minion made to various international authorities which include the AG office of United States of America and Switzerland about 1MDB. So far, no real progress have been made on these authorities’ side to nab these “International white collar criminals”.

It is utter shameless of disbelief proportion the hypocracy that the Statesman willing to do in his desperation trying to win an inch for a brief moments, in attempts and stunts which failed all the way in his objective to oust Prime Minister Najib coming to two years now.

Published in: on January 21, 2017 at 18:12  Comments (6)  

Cornered rat

Master of machiavelli politics and champion of ‘Flip-Flop’ Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad still attempting to have the last say by manipulating his earlier statements about Johor which shameless drew flak from HRH Sultan Johor himself

Letters in The Star:

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Dr M replies on Forest City issue

I DON’T know if it is true about HRH the Sultan of Johor throwing a challenge to me over the development of Johor Baru.

Maybe it is only The Star which is interpreting what HRH says as a challenge to me.

But unless HRH denies he is challenging me, I will take the report of The Star as the truth.

I admit I am at a disadvantage here. While people can say what they like about me, and I welcome their freedom to say so, I hope that in responding to HRH’s challenge I will not be arrested and jailed without trial.

If it is with trial, I welcome the arrest.

Now, what did I say? Nothing more than repeating a report by Bloomberg in the press. But I appreciate why Bloomberg is not challenged nor denied.

What did Bloomberg say in its report on Nov 22 last year?

It said that a China Chinese company will build Forest City in JB which can accommodate 700,000. It went on to say that planeloads of China Chinese are being flown in to view the man-sized model (with pictures) and they have and will buy most of the properties in Forest City.

I doubt if many Johor Malays and Chinese are buying or going to buy these apartments. There just aren’t that many Malaysians to buy all these properties.

Bloomberg, in the same report, mentioned 60 other developments similar to Forest City, and these are also being sold to mainland Chinese.

Looking back to 1819, when Sultan Ali of Johor did not lease Singapore to the British, the Temenggong signed the lease. And look at Singapore today. A part of Johor is now a foreign country – well developed no doubt, but a foreign country.

There will be in all more than a million foreigners living in JB Forest City and the 60 other deve­lopments. These new places will not become a foreign country but they will have an inordinate percentage of foreign people. If they stay long enough, they will be entitled to become citizens of Malaysia.

Yes, I promoted foreign direct investment. But it was not about buying land in Malaysia, developing them and selling them to foreigners who will stay here.

FDI is about investment in the manufacturing industry. Malaysian companies will construct the building and Malaysians will work in the industries. They will acquire skills and start their own manufacturing business.

Malaysian contractors are completely capable of building all kinds of buildings and develop land. We don’t need foreigners to do this. Look at Malaysia today. Ninety per cent or more of these new buildings and development are by Malaysian companies. Majority of the buyers are Malaysians, and they are the people who stay there.

But when foreigners buy land, there is not even an inflow of capital. Much of the money will be borrowed locally. And they can do their business with their own banks.

Whatever foreign companies earn will be expatriated, and will result in outflow of capital. When the scheme is introduced wherein you can buy property in China and get one flat or house free in Malaysia, no profit will be made in Malaysia, therefore no taxes will be paid to the Malaysian Government.

Let all transactions be transpa­rent. Publish all documents about the investments, the number of workers, their home countries, the buyers, the banks which finance and all expatriation of funds. Do this honestly. No hiding.

So let the truly international Transparency International examine the exposed official documents. Let the people see the documents to prove their genuineness.

Looking East is not about asking the countries of the East to buy land in Malaysia, develop and sell to the people from these countries. Yes, we have encouraged foreigners to make Malaysia their second home. But their numbers are very small. Looking East is not about mass immigration of hundreds of thousands. It is about Malaysians learning about how these Eastern countries developed themselves.

It is easy to accuse me of being a racist. I have been called a Malay ultra before.

This labelling, this demonising actually exposes the lack of credible arguments against what I do or say. It reflects a fundamental lack of basis for the arguments against me.

This is a multiracial country. People of different ethnicity, language, religion, culture and even economic wellbeing have lived in this country in peace.

In many countries, even a slight difference in the interpretation of their common religion has resulted in violent conflicts and wars. But relatively speaking, Malaysia is stable and peaceful.

It is stable and peaceful because we accept each other as we are. During my 22 years as PM, there were no significant racial clashes. Differences, yes, but no violence. And the country grew.

Had I been a racist, my period would have seen turmoil and regression in this country.

You can dispute what I say. That is your democratic right.

I dare The Star to publish what I say in full. It is a measure of the Government fear of the truth that the mainstream media is strictly controlled.

I will accept this article being totally blacked-out because we are living in a kleptocratic country where truth is anathema, only to be whispered but never said aloud.

I am a Malaysian born in Kedah. Malaysia is my home and the object of my loyalty. If I have to be accused of lese majeste for what I say, so be it.

DR MAHATHIR MOHAMAD

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We doubt it Bloomberg mentioned that the so called “700,000 Chinese would be given citizenship”. It was Dr Mahathir who instigated this notion is his blog posting ‘FDI’.

20.But during Najib’s China trip, he claimed that he succeeded in getting 150 billion Ringgit of FDI. No details were given. I am sure that most of this FDI would involve selling land, Government’s and 1MDB land to pay the debts which everyone knows have been incurred by them. We are going to see large chunks of Malaysia being developed by the foreign buyers and being occupied by them. Eventually they would demand for citizenship and they will participate in Malaysian politics including in elections. Whatever ideology they believe in might change the colour of Malaysian politics.

That is pure instigating, designed to rile the sentiments of Malaysians, particularly Johorean Malays to sow further hatred against Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s administration.

The fact that Dr Mahathir opened his rebuttal to the The Star interview with HRH Sultan Ibrahim of Johor yesterday insinuating that he might be arrested and jailed without trial is itself sinister.

Unless, the former Fourth Prime Minister of 22 years be given the quarter of the benefit f the doubt that he is not a sinister politician, willing to scorch earth when the game does not fall on his plan.

Considering that more and more coming to believe that he has already suffering dementia and senility for the array of contradictory statements, opinions and opposing stances within a short span of time is already a strong reason for him to no longer engage the public.

The nation cannot afford to have a ‘Flip-Flop’ Statesman, who has proven to me the “Champion on U-turns” off late.

There is actually a limit on how a cornered rat could exit even trapped. Referring to this statement issued to the The Star as response against the interview with Sultan Johor, Dr Mahathir’s administration is not actually stirling silver.

In November 1985, 18 people in Kampung Memali, Baling died upon a Police operation to arrest some militant religious teachers and his followers.

In October 1987, 108 people were arrested under Operasi Lallang. The english daily The Star license to print was revoked.

Dr Mahathir could easily sum up during his administration, things were much better. It is because he ruled with fear and he was a master Machiavellian politician. Everything must be done by his way and the speed that he wanted, regardless the cost.

His policies and approach were never as engaging and inclusive, as being introduced and practiced now.

It is ashamed that Dr Mahathir decided to grossly digress from his stature as a Statesman, to muddle in and roll in gutter politics. For that, be the most nefarious political rat ever in Malaysian history.

He should have been a guest at the State Banquet in Istana Anak Bukit, to commemorate Tuanku Sultan Abdul Halim’s 91st birthday.

Published in: on January 17, 2017 at 10:15  Comments (6)  

Dr M ‘Flip-Flopped’ & running with tail behind his hind legs on Najib’s initiative for the rakyat

Fourth Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad ‘Flip-Flopped’ on his opposition against BR1M, an initiative introduced by Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak as direct subsistence for the B40 five years ago, during the launch of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia tonight.

The Malay Mail Online:

Dr M says would abolish GST, make BR1M statutory

BY IDA LIM

Saturday January 14, 2017
11:05 PM GMT+8
SHAH ALAM, Jan 14 — The federal opposition will gradually repeal the controversial Goods and Services Tax (GST) if it is elected into power, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

Although previously calling the 1Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) “bribery”, the former prime minister and chairman of Parti Pribumi Malaysia also said a Pakatan Harapan government would convert the cash handouts into statutory aid.

“GST will be abolished gradually and replaced with a sales tax according to the people’s will,” he said in his speech at PPBM’s launch here, without elaborating further.

Even before he could finish his remark on the GST’s abolishment, the red-clad crowd erupted into loud cheers of “Hidup Tun!” (long live Tun) as soon as they heard the word “abolished”.

The cheers were more subdued, however, when he repeated his words and completed his remark.

Dr Mahathir also declared that PPBM along with other opposition parties would form a “clean” government—especially in terms of elections—with various reforms to be carried out.

He said this new government would ensure that no bribes would be given out in any form to voters to gain support during elections.

“If it is found that BR1M is important, then this money will be distributed by government servants. BR1M cannot be included in any party’s’ manifesto.

“If it is agreed by the people, BR1M will become a statutory aid that is determined by laws and ordinary budget. The prime minister cannot determine its distribution or the amount, or the way it is given,” he added.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/dr-m-says-would-abolish-gst-make-br1m-statutory#sthash.6xlrxFzg.dpuf

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Bantuan Rakyat 1 Malaysia (BR1M) was first introduced in 2012 as subsistence direct to the target group, which is the B40, upon Federal Government’s rationalisation and reform on subsidies and economic transformation program. It was an idea mooted by Bank Negara, during the days of ‘laboratories’ created when Prime Minister Najib’s administration was preparing on new policies and economic and government transformation in 2010.

The program, now is categorised by different group of recepients.

Dr Mahathir attacked BR1M as a form of ‘bribe’ by Prime Minister Najib, to get the B40 supporting BN.

Inadvertently, Dr Mahathir acknowledged the transformation that has been introduced by Prime Minister Najib did brought positive effect for the rakyat. And now, he wants BR1M to be tweaked into statutory.

The fact is that he is running out of issues to rubbish Prime Minister Najib, considering many of the latter’s policies and strategic initiatives have brought positive result which the rakyat has been benefitting.

How his Opposition ‘Barisan Rakyat’ would try to mitigate the grave short fall in Federal Government coffer for operating budget by RM40 billion plus per annum by abolishing the consumption tax is not clear at this time. It is doubtful that it could be supplemented even if the Opposition whipped up IRB, Royal Customs and Local Authorities to generate RM40 billion plus that is collected annually under GST.

So far consumption tax in the form of GST is the fairest system of collecting revenue from the rakyat’s consumption of goods and services, without imposing higher personal income tax or any introduction of new taxes.

Globally, consumption tax has been proven to work in most economies, be it modern and developed or the struggling under-developed ones.

Published in: on January 14, 2017 at 23:59  Comments (9)  

The economy going bankrupt and failing state indicators

There are some really skewed personalities with sinister agenda going around trying to convince the gullibles and ill-informed in their strategy to oust the current Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, why bold lies like “The nation is going to be bankrupt” and ‘The economy is failing”. However, the reality is quite the opposite.

The Star story:

Thursday, 12 January 2017 | MYT 4:33 PM

Mercedes-Benz M’sia’s sales hit record in 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: Mercedes-Benz Malaysia (MBM) posted an all-time record sales of 11,779 units in 2016, up 9% from 10,845 units sold in the previous year.

MBM president and chief executive officer Dr Claus Weidner said Mercedes-Benz continued to be the number one premium car brand locally with a 2.4% market share and hoped to retain its pole position in 2017.

“2016 was an exceptional year in the history of MBM. We achieved a tremendous milestone as we contributed towards the global success of Mercedes-Benz, which set a new record with double-digit growth of 11.3% and over two million vehicles sold worldwide.

“We are working hard to sustain our success here in Malaysia,” he told a media briefing on the group’s 2016 performance in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

MBM’s record-breaking performance came as demand for Mercedes-Benz vehicles in the Asia-Pacific region achieved a new high, increasing by 19.3% compared to 2015 which totalled 734,109 vehicles delivered to customers.

Malaysia was listed as a contributor to this best in history growth along with other leading Asia Pacific countries, namely Japan (+3.5%), South Korea (+25%), Australia (+14.8%) and Taiwan (+17.4%).

Amid the challenging economy, Weidner said MBM’s strategy of prioritising customer service had paid off and kept its sales performance at a steady pace throughout 2016.

He said MBM’s production plant in Pekan, Pahang, produced 7,882 vehicles last year, recording a growth of 2.2% from the previous year.

He said the group also offered a comprehensive financing at 1.88% and has a loan portfolio of RM1.8bil currently, with four out of every 10 vehicles sold being financed and insured by its sister company, Mercedes-Benz Services Malaysia.

“MBM will continue to invest in dealer network, upgrade facilities and up skill its manpower in Malaysia,” he added.

Meanwhile, MBM vice president (sales and marketing) Mark Raine said the company hoped to register another stellar performance in 2017, banking on new model launches expected this year together with the 17 models launched last year.

On the impact of weak ringgit on car sales and pricing, he said MBM would continue to monitor all influencing factors, but as of now, it had no plans to increase the prices of its vehicles. – Bernama

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The record sales of the German automobile is a very good indicator the upper middle class have spare cash to splurge. That is up and above that their faith of the economy is strong and it is going concern, for their firms to continue operating with foreseeable profits and healthy cashflow to undertake such luxurious acquisitions.

Other services catered for the upper middle class such as fine and gourmet dining, 5star and above accommodations have started to strongly present their demands. This include private and leased jet and charter services.

Otherwise, they would have taken measures like conserving the utility of resources and safeguarding assets, especially cash and securing financial commitments.

How about the bulk lower middle class. This is the group which is said to be making the most noise, affected by the so called “Intolerable increasing cost of living” and coupled by the urban-lower middle middle income trap.

The liquidity amongst them is very supportive of the retail and local economy, which is reflective in the strengthening nation’s favourite family restaurant, which is seeking listing in Bursa Malaysia again.

The Star story:

Thursday, 5 January 2017 | MYT 5:01 PM

QSR Brands to open 30 more KFC outlets this year

KUALA LUMPUR: QSR Brands (M) Holdings Sdn Bhd (QSR Brands) is planning to expand its KFC business by adding up to 30 new outlets nationwide this year.

Chandrasagran Munusamy, general manager for KFC operations at QSR Brands unit QSR Stores Sdn Bhd, said the expansion would materialise with or without the relisting of KFC or QSR Brands on the local bourse this year as speculated.

He said funding for KFC’s expansion in Malaysia was not an issue and was not the main reason for the relisting.

“Thirty outlets were opened last year without any funding issue and to-date we have a franchisee of 665 KFC outlets nationwide.

“Malaysia has great potential and we want to open 20 to 30 more outlets this year in areas that we have identified,” he said after launching the new KFC Cheezy Mushroom Crunch in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

Chandrasagran said the cost of opening a new outlet would vary between RM1mil and RM4mil depending on whether it would be a drive-thru restaurant, a shoplot restaurant or one in a shopping complex.

It was reported recently that the fast-food franchise brand was returning to Bursa Malaysia after being taken private in 2013 by CVC Capital Partners, Employees Provident Fund and Johor Corp.

The relisting is expected take place this year with its initial public offering capable of raising up to RM2bil.

“The funds from relisting will cover many areas, not necessarily for the KFC expansion plan only. The management is working on it now, however, nothing much has been finalised,” Chandrasagran said, adding that he projected another incremental sales growth for KFC Malaysia this year.

QSR Brands, which currently holds a franchisee of over 750 KFC restaurants in Malaysia, Singapore, Brunei and Cambodia, is also the operator of Pizza Hut in Malaysia (370 outlets) and Singapore (75 outlets).

Meanwhile, senior general manager for KFC marketing Angelina Villanueva said despite the bleak economic outlook, the food and beverage industry was very competitive nowadays.

“The demand for KFC in the country is intact and KFC Malaysia is doing well in terms of sales.

“For the new KFC Cheezy Mushroom Crunch product, we are looking at 15% contribution to the overall revenue. We hope 2017 will be another good year,” she said. – Bernama

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The fact is that for QSR to maintain 750 outlets all over the region and still making money (bulk of the outlets are in Malaysia), it is reflective of  the market’s liquidity and propensity to spend.

The liquidity amongst the upper lover 40% and lower middle class is also reflective the strong support for of a local kopitiam chain seeking IPO.

The Malay Mail Online:

Malaysian restaurant chain PappaRich said to mull Singapore IPO

Thursday January 12, 2017
04:59 PM GMT+8
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12 — PappaRich Malaysia Sdn., a food chain selling local cuisine from nasi lemak to curry laksa noodles, is considering a Singapore initial public offering, people with knowledge of the matter said.

The company, which opened its first restaurant in Malaysia in 2006, is targeting to achieve a valuation of at least S$200 million (RM892 million) in the share sale, according to the people. It aims to conduct the offering as soon as this year, one of the people said.

Any deal would add to a rebound in the Singapore IPO market last year, when fundraising surged more than fourfold to US$1.7 billion (RM7.58 billion), data compiled by Bloomberg show. PappaRich would follow other Southeast Asia-based restaurant chains including ABR Holdings Ltd., which operates Swensen’s ice cream parlors, and Oldtown Bhd in gaining a listing to fund expansion.

A representative for PappaRich, which is based near Kuala Lumpur, said a listing has always been a consideration as the company considers fundraising options to support its expansion plans. PappaRich “would certainly” expect to have a valuation in excess of S$200 million upon listing, based on comparable businesses, he said.

Oldtown, which makes instant coffee and runs cafes, has risen 18 per cent in Kuala Lumpur trading over the past 12 months. Shares of Thai dessert chain After You Pcl, which raised US$21 million in a Bangkok IPO last month, have surged 167 per cent from their offer price.

More than 1 million customers dine at the PappaRich outlets monthly, according to its website. The company has about 100 outlets globally including locations in Malaysia, Singapore, China, Australia, New Zealand and the US, the website shows. — Bloomberg

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/money/article/malaysian-restaurant-chain-papparich-said-to-mull-singapore-ipo#sthash.ImuUYOr8.dpuf

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More on the strategic front, initiatives are being made and strengthening the position of Malaysia two become another global shariah compliant fund hub.

Thursday, 12 January 2017 | MYT 1:33 PM

Malaysia launches 5-year Islamic fund, wealth management blueprint

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has launched a five-year Islamic Fund and Wealth Management Blueprint to further strengthen the country’s position as a global hub for Islamic funds by 2021.

The plan, the first of its kind globally, is also aimed at developing the country as an international provider of Islamic wealth management services.

It was launched by Second Finance Minister Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani at the International Fund Forum 2017 in Kuala Lumpur on Thursday.

The 51-page blueprint comprises three strategic thrusts, namely, strengthen Malaysia’s position as a global hub for Islamic funds, establish the country as a regional centre for shariah-compliant sustainable and responsible investment, and develop it as an international provider of Islamic wealth management services.

“The Islamic wealth management industry is still at a nascent stage of development as compared with other segments of the Islamic capital market.

“Malaysia, with its comprehensive Islamic finance ecosystem and track record in innovation, is at an advantageous position to play a lead role in shaping the concept and driving the development of Islamic wealth management services,” the blueprint highlighted.

It also outlined 11 recommendations for Malaysia to achieve the desired status by 2021, and which focus on addressing impediments to growth and innovation, while identifying potential opportunities for collaboration and partnerships, as well as accelerating the process of building scale.

The recommendations, among others, provide enabling frameworks to support innovation in Islamic markets, enhance market access and international connectivity, promote the growth of private equity, as well as spur institutional participation in Islamic funds.

It also includes facilitating new digital business models, products and services for Islamic fund and wealth management, develop facilitative market infrastructure for Islamic wealth management, and fortify talent pipeline for Islamic wealth management.

As Malaysia operationalises the blueprint, utmost attention would be given to the phased implementation of initiatives under the respective recommendations.

It is recognised that there might be further shifts that would influence the dynamics of the global and domestic marketplace, including the emergence of new factors.

Therefore, the recommendations are designed to provide sufficient flexibility within the overall objective of the blueprint to enable appropriate adjustments and realignment in such situations. – Bernama

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It is ashamed there are professionals and the educated lot amongst us who are taken in with these proposterous notion that the nation is heading towards bankruptcy out of sheer lame political rhetorics, simply to demonstrate their political agenda is out of steam but still continue hitting multiple layer of brickwalls.

At the strategic level, limited layers dwell into markets in Malaysia as an open economy and its open for business. Business activities comes with sorts of commercial papers being traded and exchanged fr assets against debts, where shareholders plan their portfolio based on trends and strength of specific sector.

Published in: on January 12, 2017 at 20:15  Comments (1)  

Haram tuduh tanpa bukti

Dalam kegilaan Dr Mahathir untuk menghasut rakyat agar bangkit untuk menentang dan menjatuhkan Perdana Menteri Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak, beliau tergamak menakrifkan sumbangan CSR 1MDB melklui Yayasan 1MDB bagi 1,000 imam kampung pergi menunaikan Haji adalah “Mencuri” dan “Haji tidak mabrur”.

Utusan Malaysia:

Haji 1MDB tidak mabrur – Dr. Mahathir

31 Disember 2016 12:22 AM

KUALA LUMPUR 30 Dis. – Bekas Perdana Menteri, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad menyifatkan orang yang melaksanakan ibadah haji melalui Program Khas Haji Perdana Menteri-Yayasan 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) tidak mendapat haji yang mabrur.

Pengerusi Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) itu membuat dakwaan berkenaan sewaktu berceramah di Taman Wira Mergong, Alor Setar, Kedah, baru-baru ini.

Katanya, haji yang tidak mabrur itu berpunca daripada duit penajaan program tersebut kononnya haram kerana dicuri oleh Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“Najib boleh menghantar 1,000 orang ke tanah suci kerana dia menggunakan duit curi, jadi penghantaran mereka ini ke Mekah adalah tidak mabrur.

“Apa yang jadi saya ingat mereka tidak mendapat haji mabrur, tetapi Najib sanggup melakukan apa sahaja,” katanya.

Dalam masa sama, beliau memburukkan Perdana Menteri kononnya tergamak menggunakan duit curi semata-mata mahu ‘membeli’ hati rakyat.

“Inilah sikap Najib yang sanggup melakukan apa sahaja dan sehingga hari ini, kerajaan kita kekurangan duit. Malah, rakyat terpaksa mengeluarkan wang sendiri contohnya ke hospital, kita terpaksa mengeluarkan wang sendiri untuk membeli ubat,” katanya.

Tuduhan sedemikian tidak mengejutkan kerana Dr. Mahathir juga pernah mengatakan Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) yang memberi manfaat kepada jutaan rakyat yang memerlukan sebagai salah satu bentuk rasuah dan haram diterima.

– See more at: http://www.utusan.com.my/berita/politik/haji-1mdb-tidak-mabrur-8211-dr-mahathir-1.426208#sthash.s2T5H16O.dpuf

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Semestinya, ia menimbulkan reaksi yang amat bertentangan sehinggakan beberapa orang Mufti telah menyatakan pandangan mereka bahawa kenyataan Dr Mahathir adalah songsang dan tidak bersesuaian.

The Malay Mail Online:

Tun M bukan Tuhan, mufti Perak ulas program haji 1MDB

Monday January 2, 2017
7:47 PM GMT+8
KUALA LUMPUR, 2 Jan — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad tidak berhak menentukan sama ada ibadah haji seseorang diterima Allah (mabrur) atau tidak, kata mufti Perak.

Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria membidas bekas perdana menteri itu yang menyatakan jemaah haji ditaja Yayasan 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) tidak mendapat haji mabrur.

“Manusia tidak berhak menentukan haji seseorang itu mabrur dan diterima Tuhan atau tidak,” katanya seperti dilapor portal Berita Harian.

“Itu bukan hak manusia tapi hak Allah. Allah yang tentukan haji itu sah atau tidak sah, apatah lagi rakyat tidak berdosa yang menerima tajaan (bantuan) daripada seorang Perdana Menteri, apakah ia (bantuan) tidak baik.

“Macam mana kita nak kata haji diterima atau tak, siapa yang rekod (kerana) yang tentukan Allah, itu hak Tuhan. Oleh itu, janganlah kita melampau sampai hak Tuhan pun nak diambil.”

Bimbang tuduhan sedemikian memudaratkan umat Islam, beliau menggesa Dr Mahathir menghentikan dakwaannya kerana tidak ada bukti program khas itu diperoleh dari sumber haram.

Pengerusi Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) sebelum ini mendakwa Bantuan Rakyat 1Malaysia (BR1M) haram kerana ia merupakan rasuah daripada kerajaan.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/projekmmo/berita/article/tun-m-bukan-tuhan-mufti-perak-ulas-program-haji-1mdb#sthash.cuSmsV0H.dpuf

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Hari ini Dr Mahathir mengeluarkan posting blog mengenai ketaksuban beliau mengenai 1MDB yang diagihkan sebagai CSR adalah hasil dari “Kecurian”. Namun hakikatnya, beliau tidak pernah membuktikan kewangan Yayasan 1MDB merupakan hasil yang datang dari ‘Perbuatan curi’.

Malah, Dr Mahathir sendiri tidak pernah mempersembahkan secara sistematiza dan bersubstantif bahawa kegawatan kecairan yang dialami oleh 1MDB berpunca dari perbuatan kriminal.

Setakat ini, beliau hanya menggunakan material-material sebagai dipaparkan media asing (yang tidak ada pernah dibuktikan atau bahan yang dipaparkan itu disahkan).

Material-material ini memang mencalarkan persepsi  namun tiada mahkamah kriminal dalam duni setakat ini, menggunakan mana-mana bahan ini sebagai sandaran untuk sebarang pendakwaan dijalankan dan mereka yang kunun-kunun bersalah, didakwa menurut undang-undang negara mana pun.

Sebagai contoh, pengumuman gempar yang dibuat Peguam Negara Amerika Syarikat Loretta Lynch pada 20 Julai 2016, yang disertai wakil-wakil Department of Justice dan Internal Revenue Service. Setelah 6 bulan berlalu, adakah apa-apa perkembangan keatas kes itu?

Namun, kegemparan yang berlaku seolah-olah ianya bagaikan semboyan kiamat bagi orang-orang tertentu telah dibunyikan dan dunia akan terbelah bagi mereka yang dituduh sebagai “Pesalah” ini.

*Dikemaskini 10 Jan 2017 1600hrs

Kenyataan rasmi 1MDB mengenai harta yang didakwa tanpa bukti sebagai ‘dicuri’ yang salurkan untuk program CSR:

Media statement by 1Malaysia Development Berhad 
Issued on 10 January 2017 
For immediate publication
 
 
Stop the lies on 1MDB, Tun M
In a recent series of blog postings and public statements, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamed has once again lied about 1MDB, this time in relation to Yayasan 1MDB sponsorship for the Program Khas Haji (Special Haj Programme).  Tun M wrongly claims that the Yayasan 1MDB Haj sponsorship was funded through “stolen” money. 1MDB strongly denies this baseless and unsubstantiated allegation. On the contrary, 1MDB has legitimate business operations, formerly in energy production and more recently, in real estate development. Funds generated from these business operations are contributed to Yayasan 1MDB, which then uses such funds to sponsor the Program Khas Haji.
 
Since its inception in 2010, Yayasan 1MDB has provided sponsorship for approx. RM 690 million of worthy causes across Malaysia and for all Malaysians, delivering 60 projects in education, healthcare, youth development and community services. Such projects have had an impact on the lives of 2.8 million Malaysians.
 
Examples of such activities can be found on the 1MDB website, ranging from Dana PIBG Grants and Academic Grants to SPM / STPM students to Academic Grants for Sri Murugan Centre and Unified Examination Certificate Holders, as well as Dana Belia 1Malaysia and 1Malaysia Mobile Clinics.
 
Apart from Program Khas Haji, Yayasan 1MDB also supports other programs such as the Program SPM Jabatan Perkhidmatan Awam (Public Service Department), which is currently sponsoring over 600 Malaysian scholars across all races. 

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Hibiscus-Trinightly fractured strategy

The formula of the Opposition dismantling the Pakatan Rakyat (by splitting PAS into dissenter group and showing their true colours of political misfit with DAP), formation of PAN and getting chummy-chummy with Founder of UMNO Baru Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad would prove their peril plan would eventually fail.

Joceline Tan’s much sought after Sunday Star political analysis:

Sunday, 18 December 2016

A big play for the Malay vote

 

BY JOCELINE TAN

Shifting sands: Najib and PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang came together for the Rohingya cause while the body language between Dr Mahathir and DAP’s Lim Kit Siang was positively cosy during the Amanah convention.
Shifting sands: Najib and PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang came together for the Rohingya cause while the body language between Dr Mahathir and DAP’s Lim Kit Siang was positively cosy during the Amanah convention.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak may be inching towards that elusive feel-good factor while Pakatan Harapan is still struggling to sort out its partnership issues.

POLITICIANS on this side of the Malacca Straits have been transfixed on the trial of Ahok in Jakarta.

The blasphemy trial of Ahok, as the Jakarta Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama is widely known by, has gripped audiences in neighbouring countries which have a significant Muslim population.

Ahok is the highest-ranking Indonesian official ever charged with insulting a religion in Indonesia and the Islamist groups had held mass demonstrations against him. Add to that the fact that he is a Christian Chinese and an ally of President Joko Widodo and one can see why it is such a riveting issue.

When Ahok was elected Governor of Jakarta two years ago, many Malaysians especially those of Chinese descent had hailed Indonesia as a beacon of tolerance and progressiveness while running down Malaysia as intolerant and discriminatory.

The same people now seem strangely silent, unsure what to make of his reversal of fortune.

According to KRA political risk analyst Amir Fareed Rahim, the Ahok debacle is as much about religion as it is about a political power play surrounding the gubernatorial election in February and the presidential polls further down the road.

It is also very much about class issues and anti-Chinese sentiments. The anti-Chinese mood at the height of the demonstrations was so real that the Sin Chew Daily correspondent in Jakarta moved out of his rented house and checked into a hotel on the outskirts of the capital.

Race, religion and politics – there is no escaping it, whether in America, Europe, Indonesia and, of course, Malaysia.

Non-Muslims are struggling to wrap their heads around the Islamism they see at home and abroad.

The Muslims are going through an epochal moment in history to assert their identity, to make their voices heard and to tell the world that they will not compromise on their beliefs.

PAS is planning a big gathering in February next year to rally support for its Private Members’ Bill ahead of the new session of Parliament in March.

Proponents of the Bill say it is necessary for a higher quality of Syariah judges and to increase penalties for the court. But opponents of the act have criticised it as unconstitutional and see it as a step towards hudud law.

There are shades of what is going on in Indonesia happening on our shores, with Muslim politicians telling non-Muslims not to comment on Islam or oppose laws that are meant for Muslims.

A Muslim NGO recently said that, “in Malaysia, there are hundreds of Ahok’s,” the implication being that too many non-Muslims are commenting on Islam.

“At the end of the day, one clear message coming out is that Islamic issues can energise the ground. It’s an emotional thing, it touches on nerves and it moves people. If you are not sure, steer clear from using Quranic verses, it’s very sensitive,” said Amir.

PAS is asking Muslims to come out to show their support. If Umno joins in, the rally could be the biggest gathering of Muslims the country has ever seen.

Top leaders of PAS and Umno have already joined hands in rallying for the Rohingya cause but the February gathering could take things to another level.

Politically speaking, the gathering will send a chilling signal to multi-racial Malaysia – that if the two biggest Muslim parties gang up (three million in Umno and 800,000 in PAS) , there is little that they cannot do.

Tuan Ibrahim: ‘PAS is not interested in working with parties which hit out at it’.
Tuan Ibrahim: ‘PAS is not interested in working with parties which hit out at it’.
This could be the backdrop to the general election which is expected to take place next year.

The outcome of the 2013 general election was an intensified repeat of that in 2008. But with the shifting sands and changing tides, the next general election will be more difficult to predict.

The Chinese social discourse has begun to view Pakatan in a more realistic light. The Chinese intelligentsia is not thrilled with DAP’s newfound love for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. They can also see that without PAS, Pakatan can forget about Putrajaya.

But they still dislike Umno. In short, there will be shifts here and there but no major surprises on the Chinese front.

The opinion of many political analysts is that the next general election will be about the Malay vote although none of them can confidently predict what the new Malay political landscape will look like.

There are two new Malay splinter parties in the form of Amanah and Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia and there is Dr Mahathir doing what it takes to destroy the party that he led for 22 years.

But Pakatan had a break-through last week when it signed a cooperation agreement with Parti Pribumi. The coalition wanted Parti Pribumi as full-fledged partner but its president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was not keen on being the most junior partner. The compromise was an agreement to cooperate.

Amir: The message coming out is that Islamic issues can energise the ground.
Amir: The message coming out is that Islamic issues can energise the ground.
The arrangement also allows Muhyiddin to continue negotiating with PAS because Parti Pribumi is eyeing seats traditionally contested by PAS.

Unlike Dr Mahathir, Muhyiddin has yet to fully warm up to the unconventional styles of Pakatan leaders. He is still adjusting from being a big fish in a big pond to being a big fish in a small pond.

His body language during the signing of the agreement was rather stiff and formal. Then again, who can blame him when Pakatan leaders keep advocating Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim as the preferred Prime Minister candidate.

It is rather messy on the Pakatan side for a number of reasons.

Amanah has turned out to be a non-starter.

Amanah leaders like Datuk Husam Musa and Khalid Samad were such big stars in PAS but are unable to bring out the same wow-factor in Amanah.

The party is trying to ride on Dr Mahathir and Muhyiddin and it is quite amusing to see Amanah leaders hanging on to the two former Umno leaders and rushing to stand behind them during press conferences so that they can be in the photo frame.

Ties between the leaders of Pakatan partners are not exactly warm either. There is an undercurrent of rivalry and even resentment. During the recent Amanah national convention, the PKR-led Selangor government was chastised for favouring PAS over Amanah.

However, the most pressing issue for Pakatan is the question of PAS. DAP and Amanah do not want PAS, yet they need PAS to come along to avoid what happened in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections.

It is one of those supreme ironies and Muhyiddin has been tasked to slow-talk PAS.

Two nights before Muhyiddin signed the agreement with Pakatan, he joined PAS deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man at a PAS ceramah in Paya Jaras, Selangor. It was not the first time Muhyiddin was on a PAS stage but this ceramah was supposed to signal the formation of a new opposition bloc.

Roslan: ‘We can accept PKR but Amanah has betrayed our Islamic struggle’.
Roslan: ‘We can accept PKR but Amanah has betrayed our Islamic struggle’.
Muhyiddin said his party intends to be the bridge between PAS on the one hand and Amanah and DAP on the other.

But it was a bridge too far because moments after the ceramah ended, Tuan Ibrahim told reporters that PAS could not accept any kind of cooperation with Amanah and DAP.

Tuan Ibrahim is a no-nonsense and serious-minded ulama who almost never smiles. He said PAS is not interested in working with parties who “hit out at PAS every day” and he did not take kindly to Amanah’s declaration to capture Kelantan or to take on PAS in every seat.

He is also very critical of Umno and slammed the Sarawak Report for its accusation that PAS accepted RM90mil from Umno.

“We can accept PKR but Amanah has betrayed our Islamic struggle and DAP is our Enemy No. 1,” said PAS corporate communications director Roslan Shahir.

The opposition’s problem is that with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in jail, there is no leader whom the component parties look up to.

Dr Mahathir aspires to that role but his party is too new, it does not have the numbers to call the shots and his new friends do not really trust him.

By now, Pakatan and PAS should be showcasing what they have delivered and achieved in their respective states. Instead, issues of political partnership and electoral seats continue to take centrestage.

In the meantime, their favourite target Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has his eye fixed on the end game.

Najib has just concluded a very successful Umno general assembly which showed that the party is with him and that members reject former leaders who are with DAP.

Despite the 1MDB controversy, he has made his mark on the international stage and he returned from China with a basketful of investments and a reputation as a special friend of China.

Earlier this week, Najib and his Singapore counterpart Lee Hsien Loong finalised the agreement for the High Speed Rail project between Kuala Lumpur and Singapore during which the two sons of former Prime Ministers lauded their bilateral ties.

Two days later, Najib looking relaxed and casual in a blue open-necked shirt, took an inaugural ride on the Klang Valley MRT after launching the much awaited rail service.

He is sending the signal that he can bring it on and that he is the Prime Minister that other governments want to do business with.

Is it possible that Najib could be inching towards that feel-good factor that is so important in a general election? That will certainly be better than a Malay show of numbers.

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The analysis sums it all. Pakatan Harapan plus Pribumi Bersatu would not able to amass enough Malays votes in the Malay majority constituency to turn the tide for them to take Putrajaya.

First of all, they don’t have enough armies to after 120 over Malay majority Parliamentary constituencies, which is currently majority of them are being represented well wth UMNO and PAS representative.

Be realistic. One of the most important success feature of winning during General Elections is a good campaign and ground machinery.

PKR isn’t at the highest curve. In fact, it this very much sliding down. The fragmentation pf the party key personalities has started to become prevalent on how they would no longer be able to garner the support of fence sitters, especially urbanites like they used to,

PKR don’t have their own people. They used to rely on PAS to mule the works. Now, PAN has joined PKR into the same problem. This is not withstanding the fact that lesser and lesser activists and volunteers are inspired to step up during GEs to roll their sleeves and socks, to add the void in a typical machinery-defective constituency machinery,

Previous, both had PAS mules to do the works for them.

Next, the laughable Pribumi Bersatu. Yes they are very busy going around Semenanjung doing their sales pitch and rubbishing UMNO and demonising Prime Minister Najib along the way.

However, are they getting the numbers signed up. Especially the ones that matter. The ones who are very familiar how to run party machinery during elections, be it by-elections or GE.

Considering that the hibiscus party has a former UMNO Baru Founder and President, sacked UMNO Deputy President and Deputy Prime Minister and sacked UMNO Kedah Liaison Chief and MB Kedah as key personalities, the absolute numbers who have signed up to go with them is very poor.

Look at the Supreme Council of the dissident party. Hardly any worth political personality to be awed about.

The party cannot even have even a single proper division with only a few branches are managed to be formed, sporadically. Not even in the constituencies of the President in Pagoh or Deputy President in Jerlun or Kubang Pasu.

Pribumi Bersatu is expected to deliver the Malay votes, particularly the fence sitters for the Chinese Chauvinist DAP with this Motley Crew.

Even the majority of DAP middle level leaders, grassroots and sympathisers are skeptical about this. Not to mention the deep discomfort amongst the old hard cores when the Chinese Chauvinist Emperorissimo Lim Kit Siang foster the relationship with Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

At this point and how things are comcenient being developed warmly for UMNO/BN and PAS, the numbers should be pointing to the direction of another failure of Barisan Alternatif, Barisan Rakyat, Pakatan Rakyat and now Pakatan Harapan.

UMNO and PAS may not formally team up for 14GE. However, the leaders of the two parties now getting warmed up to each other could strike a deal of ‘horse-trading’ constituencies.

The three-cornered-fight in the twin by-election of Kuala Kangsar and Sg Besar proven to be the boon for UMNO-BN.

They could continue this ‘Co-Operation’ to ensure that UMNO still has sizeable control over BN-majority Govt where else PAS retained some sizeable number of seats.

In the final analysis, both UMNO and PAS leaders understand without them ‘working together’, Chinese Chauvinists within DAP would be the net gainer and playing the master role in a Malay-puppet Govt.

Published in: on December 19, 2016 at 01:30  Comments (4)  

Ghost of past Ma(ha)dness

Founder of UMNO Baru and recently Pribumi Bersatu Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is probably the man least trusted to venturing into with, as the intriguing developments within the last eighteen months presented his sinister Machiavellian traits and propensity to over manipulate, lie, slander, backstab and hypocrisy, to suit his personal political agenda and ego at the expense of everything.

The most recent is the revocation of invitation to attend the swearing in ceremony of His Majesty Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XV at Istana Negara, by Keeper of the Royal Seal.

The Star story:

Sunday, 11 December 2016

Mahathir’s past gets in the way

 

BY JOCELINE TAN

TUN Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s relationship with the Malay Rulers has been one of ups and downs.

But it hit a new low this week when he was “disinvited” to the installation of Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan as the new Yang di-Pertuan Agong this Tuesday.

It appeared to be a slip-up that became an embarrassment for both sides.

An invitation letter had been sent to him but the former premier was apparently not supposed to be on the guest list and another letter retracting the invitation followed suit.

There are few secrets in the age of social media. The second letter went viral and it became quite clear that Dr Mahathir’s past had once again caught up with the present.

The blame game for the faux pas is still on.

But those in the know would be aware of Dr Mahathir’s stormy relationship with the Kelantan palace through much of the 1990s.

The “Lamborghini episode” is often singled out as epitomising how the Mahathir regime had made things difficult for the Kelantan palace because of its association with then Semangat 46 leader Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

It is likely that the slights and attacks on the Kelantan royal house during the Mahathir years have not been entirely forgotten.

“Mahathir should accept that his past acts may have been forgiven but not forgotten by the Kelantan palace. He is now at the receiving end, the wheel has turned,” said Datuk Alwi Che Ahmad, assemblyman for Kok Lanas in Kelantan.

Several other well-known personalities have also been “disinvited” to the royal installation and among them was Ketereh MP and Umno information chief Tan Sri Annuar Musa, then a young, handsome and controversial minister who took on the Kelantan palace.

The royal snub could not have happened at a more inconvenient time for Dr Mahathir whose Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia is trying to establish itself as the Malay alternative to Umno.

Dr Mahathir is already in the bad books of the Sultan of Johor who has made no bones of his disapproval of the elder man’s brand of politics.

The Johor Sultan enjoys an exceptionally high rating among Johoreans and it will be difficult for Dr Mahathir to campaign in Johor the way he campaigns in other states.

The perception is that the royals regard Dr Mahathir with a mix of suspicion, scepticism and esteem.

Many of the Malay Rulers appreciate what Dr Mahathir did for the country during his years in power.

At the same time, they have never forgotten the humiliation of having their constitutional powers clipped and scaled back by the former premier.

Dr Mahathir has not given up trying to present the one million signatures that he collected for his Citizen’s Declaration to the Conference of Rulers.

His audience with the outgoing Yang di-Pertuan Agong had not gone the way he wished because Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah is mindful of the Constitution and the country’s system of parliamentary democracy and removing an elected Prime Minister via a signature campaign did not fall within that framework.

Palace sources said Dr Mahathir had subsequently tried to get an audience with the Kelantan Sultan but he evidently underestimated how the Kelantan royals feel about him.

It will be hard to live down the latest royal rebuff and he is fortunate that the monarchy’s hold on the Malay mind is not what it used to be, otherwise his party would be dead in the water.

The conventional way of looking at Dr Mahathir’s actions is that he is a quarrelsome man with a super ego and who cannot accept it when he does not get his way.

He is more complicated than that and he will continue to confound people who try to define him. But one consistent trait is that he is always changing the rules.

He does not believe in playing by the conventional rules and most of all, he does not like to play by anybody else’s rules but that of his own.

For instance, his problems with the Malay rulers was partly due to him refusing to play along with them.

His predecessors had been blue-bloods and aristocrats, he was the first commoner to become Prime Minister.

It is likely he wanted to show them who was in charge of the country and show them he did.

The trouble is that even though he is no longer in charge, he expects Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak to play by his rules. But Najib was not having any of that.

Dr Mahathir’s cameo appearance at the DAP national convention last Sunday showed just how far he is prepared to go to bring Najib down.

Some said he wanted to thumb his nose at Umno after the way he was criticised during the Umno general assembly.

The DAP side preferred to explain his attendance as proof that the party is not anti-Malay and Dr Mahathir rose to the occasion by praising DAP as more Malaysian than MCA and Gerakan.

But privately, some DAP politicians are gloating over how the once mighty leader has had to swallow his pride. It was quite a coup for DAP to have the former Umno president come to their national convention and wax lyrical about the party.

According to Sin Chew Daily, the delegate turnout for the convention was only about 31%, the lowest in years and the elder man’s presence helped inject some oomph! to the gathering.

On the other hand, it is quite pathetic that the party had to bring in a former foe for their most important gathering of the year, whitewash his past and hang on to his every word of praise.

The man whom DAP used to condemn as the cause of the country’s problems is now lauded as a the man who can “save Malaysia”.

It is more than politics coming full circle, as some have put it.

The opposition front then known as Pakatan Rakyat rode a popular wave by condemning Barisan Nasional and blaming Umno for all the ills in the country.

Yet, it is now clinging to former Umno leaders for political leadership.

The sense is that the moral high ground is giving way under the feet of opposition politicians. The saying that there are no permanent friends or enemies in politics has become a convenient excuse for politicians to jump into bed with whoever can help them.

DAP has calculated that associating with Dr Mahathir will soften its Chinese image among the Malay middle-ground. The downside is that the party comes across as opportunistic and short on principles.

That is what the thinking class is saying out there, that there is little difference between the two sides and it will cause the opposition front to lose the moral high ground.

DAP leaders were clearly put on the defensive in trying to defend their newfound friendship with Dr Mahathir and a top party leader said those who could not agree with their new ties with Dr Mahathir should leave the party.

Just three short years ago, DAP convinced the Chinese to put their faith in PAS. Now they are selling Dr Mahathir as the new saviour.

But what exactly did Dr Mahathir hope to gain out of the association? His party was formed to take on Umno and to deliver the Malay vote to Pakatan Harapan. It is unclear if the close association with DAP will help Parti Pribumi achieve that.

“Where Dr Mahathir is concerned, it is pure politics. People imagine he is senile or suffering from Alzheimer’s. I think he is a smart operator except that he is running out of time and options. He has become desperate, like a car with no GPS, turning here and there,” said political commentator Dr Azmi Omar.

The political landscape is in a state of flux. On one side, Umno and PAS are in the midst of a blooming romance and on the other side, Dr Mahathir has become the new BFF of the opposition front.

It is quite mortifying for the former premier to be shut out of the palace ceremony to usher in the new Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

It has never happened before and he is somewhat of a persona non grata where the palace is concerned.

His supporters say this is not the way to treat an elder statesman but his critics say his actions and statements of late have been anything but that of a statesman.

To rub salt into injury, Najib recently praised Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi whom he said “has shown how a former prime minister should behave”.

Dr Mahathir is a political animal par excellence but taking on Najib has turned out to be far more tortuous than he could have imagined.

Things will not get easier with the palace factor coming into play.

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The fact is that through the years Dr Mahathir have spoken poorly of HRH Malay Rulers openly as heredity rulers who are uninterested to take care the people, have now risen and demonstrated their displeasure on his politics and statements.

Dr Mahathir tried to pretend that there has never been bad blood between him and the nine Royal Household throughout these years. This is especially as the Fourth Prime Minister, he used the Parliament to amend the powers and immunity of the Rulers twice (1984 & 1993).

As such, he tried to take his ‘Deklarasi Dr Mahathir-Kit Siang’ muddled in the fake “1.4 million signatories” to shove it in the face first the SPB YDP Agong XIV and later the Council of Rulers, in his sinister agenda to oust Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak.

Then again, if details of Dr Mahathir’s politics against Prime Minister Najib changed far too many times. First is was the allegations on the 1MDB financial fiasco.

He shifted the amount “Disappeared from 1MDB books” so many times. RM42bil, RM24bil, RM18bil, RM16bil, RM12bil, RM8bil were the amount that were “Stolen from 1MDB” (depending the time and place this ceramah was made).

His battle cry a year and quarter ago was about “Saving UMNO”.

Then after a series of events, like him exiting UMNO in January and Dato’ Seri Mukhriz being sacked at MB Kedah, it didn’t create the ripple he wanted. Hardly any top leaders left the party in support of him.

In fact, UMNO members treated it as non event and majority of Malaysians were nonchalant,

So in March, he teamed up with arch enemy of half a century Chinese Chauvinist DAP Emperorissimo Lim Kit Siang and other Opposition leaders. It was a political move which took so many by surprise, considering all both leaders have pronounced about each other in the past.

Then he changed the battle cry to, “Saving Malaysia”.

This political-madness did not augur well, either with DAP hard core older supporters. Nor to the Malays who in the past was sympathetic or willing to give Dr Mahathir the benefit of the doubt, for the so called ‘Champion of the Malay Agenda” for so long.

What is unbelievable now is that how Dr Mahathir is trying to hoodwink his way to undo everything he had casted in the mind of the Malays about DAP and its Chinese Chauvinism and anti-Malay policies and stance.

 

After half a century of creating DAP as the bogeyman for the Malays, Dr Mahathir said DAP leaders are giving assurances that they would abide the Federal Constitution, particularly provisions of Islam and Special Malay Rights.

All appeared as a lie on top of a previous lie. More over, the splinter party he founded with sacked UMNO Deputy President and Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin is also a Malay based party instead of a multiracial one.

Prime Minister Najib sums it up quite aptly at the MCA national convention recently:

In the final analysis, Dr Mahathir went to Chinese Chauvinist Lim Kit Siang and Opposition Leaders because he is desperate to topple Prime Minister Najib out of office.

At the Parti Amanah Negara convention today, Dr Mahathir proclaimed that “PAS is a confused party”. PAN is a splinter group of Young Turks, more inclined to Anwar Ibrahim liberal brand of Islam and many believes=d is being funded to directly challenge the pro-Ulama’ PAS traditionalists.

In reality, Dr Mahathir is creating madness out of his obsession. The Opposition (Pakatan Harapan + Pribumi Bersatu + PAS) would have to face the Malays, which is the largest group voters and most parliamentary constituencies.

This madness would not happen smoothly because each parties have separate and even opposing ideology and agenda. All of these opposing variances can never be sorted out. A good example is the formation of Pakatan Rakyat, since 2008.

For Dr Mahathir to go around meeting the Malays attempting to canvass the hope of this political party of Motley Crew could get their act together and later post 14GE and form a Federal Government, to carry of business of running the country itself is a notion of madness.

Probably in the scheme of things on many variances to the complicated formula and in the mind of obsessed and man-possessed Negara-sawan it looks promising. However to go around trying to hoodwink simpleton rakyat that this is their offering and would work is madness.

It is at par of Hitler selling his ideals of Nazi to the gullible Germans.

Published in: on December 11, 2016 at 19:00  Comments (3)  

Hanuman Gila!

Kegilaan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad makin menjadi-jadi apabila menyalahkan istana menurut selera politik apabila sebagaimana biasa beliau gagal menerima hakikat bahawa beliau sendiri punca apa yang berlaku lewat ini.

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8 Dec 2016 | Uncategorized

Pada 10 haribulan 11, 2016, saya menerima jemputan dari Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-Raja yang menjunjung titah perintah Majlis Raja-Raja untuk menghadiri Mesyuarat Majlis Raja-Raja Yang Ke-244 (Khas) di Istana Negara, Kuala Lumpur pada hari Selasa 13hb Disember 2016 bersamaan 13 Rabiulawal 1438H jam 11.00 pagi sempena Istiadat Melafaz dan menandatangani Sumpah Jawatan oleh Seri Paduka Baginda Sultan Muhammad V, Yang di-Pertuan Agong dan Duli Yang Maha Mulia Paduka Seri Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah ibni Almarhum Sultan Azlan Muhibbuddin Shah Al-Maghfur-Lah, Timbalan Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

Saya jawab bahawa saya akan hadir kerana saya anggap acara ini sebagai acara nasional yang tidak ada kaitan dengan mana-mana parti politik.

Pada 6hb Disember, 2016 saya terima surat dari Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-Raja yang menyebut:

“Dengan hormat saya menyusuli undangan yang dihantar kepada YABhg Tun dan memaklumkan bahawa undangan tersebut adalah dibatalkan.
Surat ini bermaksud untuk mengelak sebarang kesipuan (embarrassment) jika YABhg Tun hadir pada hari dan ketika tersebut kerana Pejabat ini tiada menyediakan kerusi kepada YABhg Tun.”

Rupa-rupanya acara negara adalah sebahagian dari politik parti.

Saya minta maaf kerana membuat anggapan yang salah. Saya akan ambil ingatan bahawa Istana Negara adalah milik Najib dan Parti Barisan Nasional.

Sekian.

Terima Kasih.

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Tun Dr Mahathir sebagai Mantan Perdana Menteri berniat jahat dengan menukilkan dua para terakhir.

Semestinya beliau sedar dan amat faham hanya Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong dan sekelian baginda Raja-Raja Melayu sahaja yang menitahkan sebarang arahan kepada Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-Raja.

Oleh demikian, pihak pentadbiran dan Eksekutif tak mungkin ada hak pun, jauh sekali berkuasa untuk mengeluarkan arahan kepada Penyimpan Mohon Besar Raja-Raja untuk menarik balik dan membatalkan undangan kepada Dr Mahathir untuk istiadat menanda tangani dan melafaz peralihan kepada SPB YDP Agong XV.

Hakikatnya, sebagai Negarawan Dr Mahathir dewasa ini melibatkan diri dengan mengeluarkan kenyataan, ceramah dan ucapan, terlibat dalam aktiviti politik yang tidak melambangkan kedudukan dan penghormatan beliau terima, terutama dari negara.

Beliau sewajarnya menunjukkan contoh yang baik dan menjadi warga model agar menjadi ikutan golongan muda. Sebaliknya beliau telah beberapa kali berbohong, melemparkan tohmahan dan fijnah, demi kegilaan ego agenda politik peribadi.

Menyalahkan pentadbiran dan Eksekutif sebagai dalang dalam undangan ini dibatalkan merupakan reaksi yang tidak bertanggung jawab. Ianya selari dengan segala apa yang tidak memenuhi selera beliau apabila mereka yang diharapkan, beralih pendapat dan kedudukan mereka keatas kegilaan apa yang dihajati oleh Dr Mahathir.

Dr Mahathir juga tidak sedikit pun menyebut berkenaan beberapa pemimpin lain yang undangan mereka untuk istiadat yang sama juga dibatalkan. Ianya seolah-olah memangsakan Tun berdua sahaja.

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Kera Sumbang

Pengecualian bagi majlis terpenting dalam sejarah negara terutama apabila undangan yang sudah dikeluarkan ditarik-balik, adalah indikasi bahawa perbuatan, tutur-kata dan tindakan seseorang Negarawan itu tidak lagi melambangkan seorang pemimpin yang layak dan wajar dibariskan dalam apa-apa upacara rasmi negara.

Laporan Malaysiakini:

Jemputan Dr M ke majlis Agong dibatal, kerusi tak disedia

 

Undangan supaya Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad ke istiadat menandatangani surat sumpah Yang di-Pertuan Agong dan timbalan baginda pada 13 Disember ini dibatalkan.

Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-raja dikatakan memaklumkan perkara itu kepada Mahathir melalui surat bertarikh 5 Disember (kelmarin).

Ia juga dikatakan bagi “mengelak kesipuan (embarrassment)” kerana tiada kerusi untuk Mahathir disediakan dalam istiadat itu.

Ia dialamatkan kepada Yayasan Kepimpinan Perdana yang diasaskan Mahathir di Putrajaya.

Seorang pegawai Mahathir ketika dihubungi Malaysiakini mengesahkan menerima surat itu.

Malaysiakini sedang cuba menghubungi pejabat Penyimpan Mohor Besar Raja-raja bagi mendapatkan pengesahan dan penjelasan mereka.

Kandungan surat itu dikatakan mendoakan Mahathir berada dalam keadaan baik dan sihat serta turut memohon maaf kepada beliau.

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Ini kali pertama undangan kepada seorang Mantan Perdana Menteri bagi istiadat yang melibatkan Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong ditarik semula.

Bagi seorang Negarawan yang pernah berkhidmat dan berjasa kepada Negara dan dianugerahkan bintang kebesaran tertinggi, untuk dikecualikan menunjukkan bahawa beliau merupakan seorang yang dilayan sebagai persona non grata.

Ada beberapa kemungkinan ini berlaku. Pertama, walaupun Tun Dr. Mahathir merupakan seorang mantan Perdana Menteri, baru-baru beliau melibatkan diri dengan demonstrasi haram BERSIH 5 dan berucap.

Beliau juga pernah meminta kuasa asing untuk campur tangan, dalam kegilaan beliau untuk menumbangkan Perdana Menteri Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak.

Dr. Mahathir pernah juga berkata “Agong dibawah tahanan rumah (house arrest)” apabila pada masa itu permohonan beliau untuk mengadap DYMM Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong XIV belum diperkenankan,

Ini semua belum diambil kira ucapan-ucapan dan penulisan yang beliau buat, yang dianggap menghasut agar rakyat membenci, seterusnya bangkit untuk bergerak dan menumbangkan Perdana Menteri Najib.

Istiadat ini merupakan salah satu yang akan menjadi lipatan sejarah dimana ianya akan dihadiri oleh kesemua DYMM Raja-Raja Melayu, TYT Negeri, Menteri Besar, Ketua Menteri, Menteri Kabinet, Hakim Mahkamah Persekutuan, Pegawai-Pegawai Kanan Kerajaan, Panglima Panglima Servis ATM

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