Friday, April 28, 2017

PPBM's devious and dishonest politics

PPBM have been making claims that they have strong support from the rakyat, particularly Malays due to unhappiness on micro-level issues.

High on the list are rising cost of living, GST, students' scholarship, and civil servants budget.

The usual Chinese bashing of Mahathir era campaign will take the form of China FDI to replace DAP bashing. No more bashing of Najib for donating to Chinese schools.

One odd issue is special rights of Malays but to appease DAP, they will likely do it through Perkasa or the latest addition is Bertindak.

The issues are purely sentiment and outright propaganda. The narrative could neither be verified with statistics or survey nor sound argument.

They know Dato Najib's macro-management and policies are excellent and necessary thus difficult to debate. It will ricochet to Mahathir.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Anwar statement on Forex loss tallies, More questions ...

Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim was called in by the special taskforce enquiring on the foreign exchange speculation losses by Bank Negara Malaysia in 1994.

He issued a statement relating to the enquiry. Bit late but understandably he is in prison.

Anwar quoted few personalities that has passed on. Unless his statement in the enquiry differs from the released statement, it generally tallies with what were already known.

Anwar denied being aware of the losses but did express concern on the riskiness of the operation to Bank Negara Governor then, the late Tan Sri Jaafar Hussein twice.

He said he was not told the real situation. Jaafar only admitted later of not knowing the real situation too.

The officer in charge, now Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yaacob did not give the true situation of the Bank's trading operation to the Governor.

Who gave him the go ahead to undertake such massive speculative operation? If he never did, it could be considered a criminal offense.

Will he reveal there exist person when called in by the Special Taskforce? More so, if is another Keling.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Adversarial "dakwah" unsuitable for Malay Archipelago

PERKASA Information Chief, Ustaz Hasan Basri's reactions to critics from Indians, Hindus and non-Muslims generally to reports controversial Muslim Indian preacher, Zakir Naik was given PR is rather discomforting.

Some of critics hurled at Zakir are harsh, racially insensetive, and politically provocative.

It is not politically correct for the ustaz to dish put words like "sekolahkan" (harsh word for to educate), or labelling of "noodies".

Our former fellow in Perkasa Supreme Council should appreciate their emotional reaction to read reports Zakir was offered citizenship.

There are local born Indians that has yet to receive approval for citizenship application.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Obstructing corruption prosecution in Malacca?

After the Johor State exco, Dato Latif Bandi prosecution last week, a politician closely linked to Malacca Chief Minister is reportedly to be charged today, Tuesday.

Got wind that the politician, which was formerly attached with Malacca City Council, was conveniently appointed to a Special Officer post.

Sources claimed invisible hands are trying to "block the process of law". The detail is not known yet.

But this is bad news for the effort to abolish corruption. It is something Prime Minister Dato Najib will not tolerate.

Monday, April 24, 2017

1MDB-IPIC resolved, Cap Bunga resort to petty misquote

1MDB-IPIC has resolved their impasse.

While the Cap Bunga would like to accuse the diverted money from the original destination as money laundering, they fail to realise an important point of law in the evidence.

It was high officials of IPIC that instructed to change the account to receive the disbursed money. With legal documents in place, it is a sure home run in any court for 1MDB.

Till today, Abu Dhabi has not charge the high officials for any crimes.

With the resolution to the impasse, Chap Bunga supporters have no more issue left to pick on but to recycle same old, same old answered, debunked and resolve issues.

Thus, they are latching on to dear life with only a Malaysiakini misquote of Dato Johari Ghani.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Arabisation and Malay culture of the future

Pix from Utusan Malaysia article here on Mekah's Malay community
Tan Sri Johan Jaafar wrote a column in The Star with regard to the recent Congress on Culture.

He is repeating a call once made by Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim when he was holding the Culture portfolio as Minister.

He wrote here, "... as the Malays become more Muslim, they become less Malay.",

One observation on the nature of Malays is that they are quite flexible. They are able to adapt, or adopt or embrace the best or the worst of other culture and influences.

Being flexible has it's advantage for a race that is still trying to rediscover its past glory and regain back lost time.

However, Johan Jaafar, Rais and many others are concern with Malay adopting other culture and forsaken their own in the name of Islam.

More so, Malays have its own Islamic tradition and intellectual history.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mahathir to leave divided PPBM

The latest Raja Petra posting, Mahathir is second-fiddle to Kit Siang, talks about Mahathir being used by Lim Kit Siang to do what he knows best - to destroy. The previous posting highlighted part of the work of his hand of destruction.

Apparently, his need to destroy 1MDB was motivated more than just IPP. Many of the privatisation he dish out to his proxies and cronies will be expiring and banks are breathing on their neck. So he needs new allies to topple Najib at all cost - UMNO, Malays, his dignity, inconsistency, U turn et al.

However, this time RPK feel he is not in the driver seat. He will be leading the Pakatan Harapan but will end up being the stooge of Lim Kit Siang and DAP. The reason Kit Siang is "shy" to tell acknowledge he does not want the position and feels Mahathir is more effective.

In other word, Kit Siang allows him to be his own self and it will favour DAP's power pursuit immensely. They have used and discarded PAS before. Now they have PAS reject to follow their command. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mahathir and the Tall Poppy Syndrome manipulation

One observation of the current political narratives in Malaysia is that public is not clear in what they want.

They make demands, but when it is addressed, they forgot the original demand and change to a new demand.

They forgot their demands and got lost in current affairs or propaganda.

It could be a reflection of political immaturity. Politics as in governance and public policy, not partisan exchanges Malaysians wrongly associate politics with.

Or it could be some deep imbedded problem inside.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

JAIS-MAIS impropriety or COA bias leaning?

The overturn judgement that form negative impression of Court of Appeal

The Star reported yesterday a Court of Appeal judgement against JAIS, the Selangor Islamic Religious Department.

JAIS lost a lawsuit by landowner and developer, United Allied Empire Sdn Bhd (UAE) in the force acquisition of a 26-acre of land at Bestari Jaya.

A list of state statutory bodies were instructed by the court to pay cost of RM100,000, including Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS).

The temptation to rejoice as it is somewhat of a vindication [read here, here and here].

But one is talking of the Court of Appeal (COA) here. Do read back this past posting here that had a passing remark on COA.

Friday, April 14, 2017

If not politically acceptable, just appoint Anifah DPM II!

There is hardly any issue for Dato Najib to appoint Dato Hishamuddin as Minister with Special Functions in the Prime Minister’s Department.

Firstly, it is his prerogative and it is an administrative matter. More so it is a BN government internal matter.

So it is none of the goddamn business of opposition bloggers like Dato Abdul Kadir Jasin or Shabuddin Hussin, and opposition leader like Lim Kit Siang to make instigation comment.

They forgot they are in opposition and should be sorting out their own own internal problems!

Secondly, it is not the first time that such a position was made. As Rocky pointed out here, none of those appointed to the position rose to become Prime Minister.

Politics could be part of the concern.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

F1: Another Mahathir serial planning failure

Tun Dr Mahathir just made a remark that the way to bring down the number of civil servants is through privatisation. It is a political statement intended to send the message his past initiative was justifiable and he has solution for every problem.

An early rumour claimed Mahathir will leave PPBM to head Pakatan Harapan. He will chair PH and be the proposed Prime Minister. If  succeed, he will persuade Kelantan Agong to forgive Anwar and pass the post to him.

There is something illogical but this is what was heard.

Nevertheless, CUEPAC President was not happy with Mahathir's comment. Pushing the civil servants to the private sector means loss of job security. However, the real problems are it was marred with cronyism, power abuse and corruption, false efficiency, rising cost of living, and easy money from stock market play.

It is reasons like these that Mahathir's past legacies, except the physial pyramids he built, could not last. The policy initiatives of Dato Najib's father, late Tun Abdul Razak lasted till today. Only few failed but it was Mahathir's undoing.

F1, Proton and public transportation are another set of Mahathir's shiny example of planning failure and implementation that went astray due to political expediency.

Monday, April 10, 2017

KEMAS infiltrated with Shafie Apdal people!

Jabatan Kemajuan Masyarakat or the Department of Community Development (in short KEMAS) is a Department under the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (KKLW).

It was established in 1961 as a Division for adult education to abolish illiteracy with the underlying belief that literate parents will appreciate the need to give their children education.

With the launch of New Economic Policy in 1970, its role was expanded role beyond adult education to include children early education, skill training, community development, and professional training and development.

One of the mission is to disseminate information and provide understanding on government policies. It serve to inculcate positive attitude among the rural communities towards development and be self reliant in uplifting their economic, social and educational well being.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Soy sauce for "bunga telor"

"Bang, kita ada wedding hari ini".

Hmmm ... murmuring to myself this morning, "Another weekend and another wedding." But no reply to the wife.

She knew we were reluctant. Without kids, no payback in sight from the contributions to wedding.

"Kita kena pergi, Bang. Jemputan kawan baik arwah Pak Murad dan Mak Cik Pe'ah. Mak pun nak ikut kita."

The "mak" word mentioned means its chaffeur duty for the only son-in-law.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Opposing Islam or just politics?

PAS President, Dato Seri Hadi Awang presented the amendment to Act 355 on syariah law (henceforth to be referred to as RUU 355) in Parliament today. After a year of waiting, the final moment finally arrived.

It is not the introduction of hudud law as twisted and spin by DAP propagandist. Despite the explanation given, opponents still insist in arguing to link the amendment with hudud.

How will the law eventually come to be received?

Many predicted it will not get passed since some component members of BN, particularly non-UMNO political parties, and East Malaysians did not agree.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Dear Selangor Mufti ....What is the fatwa on MAIS default?

Since our March 21st posting to explain there is no official request from the palace for apology and court determined "default" by MAIS [read here], there is no comment or fatwa by the Selangor Mufti, Dato Mohd Tamyes bin Abdul Wahid.

As a member of MAIS and the authority on Islamic jurisprudence to issue fatwa, he should be concerned with the court judgement against MAIS.

Tamyes is currently embroiled in the issue of Valet prayers, in which MAIS, or maybe it is JAIS, ordered such service be stopped.

It must be important and significant that he has to make his position heard. But why no position on MAIS's financial default, in which the civil court made a decision that MAIS failed to honour on a promise.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Weak Judges, Corruption, and Golf

More time for golf now

There was an emotional send-off at the Palace of Justice last Friday.

It was the last day for the out-going Chief of Justice, Tun Ariffin Zakaria after 25 years service in the judiciary. Now that he has retired, he will have more time for golf.

He will not be bounded by judiciary ethics and could play with anyone he wish. It is sad that an anonymous blog attempted to smear his good name to insinuate he was a corrupt and had his golfing paid by contractors.

Be reminded that civil servants golfing was the issue raised by MACC before the on-going corruption clean-up on public officials up to KSU, GLC CEOs, law enforcement personnel, politicians and war chest operators, late Boon Siew's stepson, and now royal household-linked taukeh.

If it is for certain, it should have been raised when he was in office. It was mean and insensitive to raise it on his last day.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

"Malu, segan, dan bermaruah" politics

For the past few postings, blogger Bigdog have been growling over use of fake news in opposition political campaign, specifically Tun Dr Mahathir's PPBM.

Initially, he ranted over an Australian-based Malaysian ex-reporter for inability to back the spin in his blog here that Petronas President, Dato Wan Zulkiflee attempted to sabotage the Aramco deal.

The Keling tried to divert government-side attack of economic sabotage on opposition with a lie.

Sarawak Report assisted with another diversion on a big data company. The response by a close associate working in the company was simply, "Bollocks!"

Again, the compulsive liar orang putih was caught publishing fake slanderous pictures of Datin Seri Rosmah in India and made the ridiculous claim of a RM30 million "contract" to murder Hussain Najadi.

Bigdog revealed fake news writers failed to background checked Taek Jho Lho after the embarassing bomb exploding in their face.

Hope blogger friends on the other side still clinging to Mahathir's past learn the Malay words, malu, segan, dan bermaruah by now.

Immature politicians on this side seeking cheap publicity, photo ops, and hijacking others' effort need lesson on malu, segan, dan bermaruah too!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Being true to Islam

Sorry no up-date for quite few days this week. Not up to it.

Rather than write on politics or economics/corporate or government policy, we like to be spiritual on this third day of Rejab and a Friday.

This morning, we received a message and it checked out to be true. It was something we used to say that in a certain aspect, the German and Japanese imbued Islamic value better than the Muslims in a certain endeavour but without the Islamic labeling.

Seeing how committed Markel is on human rights and her support to Malaysia on fighting for the fate of the Rohingya, the German Chancellor is more Islamic than some OIC leaders..

Monday, March 27, 2017

KKLW contract recipients from Shafie are infiltrators

Early this month, Gerakan Akar Umbi UMNO Malaysia urged MACC to investigate a posting made by blogger Captain M in January here with regard to RM100 million water pipe installation for Gaya Island, Sabah.

Such stories on Dato Shafie Apdal's corruption is plenty. Putting together admissible proof in court is one issue as it is tedious to put an undisputable case. However, existing proofs show corruption exist. Indications leading to Shafie are plenty and an open secret in Sabah.

When he led KKLW, many projects exist on paper and paid for but it was either not delivered or never too off. He thinks he got it all covered up with himself passing responsibities to KSU or the state is in charge of certain aspect of projects.

The money trails are every where and traceable from within the country. Someone and somebody are bound to speak. More so, when they are detected and caught. These white collared criminals can't survive even a night in a mosquito infested police jail.

It leads back to an earlier hint of PMO being infiltrated by Shafie Apdal people to send misleading report to Dato Najib. Apparently, it raised a few eye brow. For their comfort, this is not a joke or fun and games. There are names.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Beauty and the PTD

Malaysia had been consistent in their censorship policy on foreign film. Pirate videos do enter the market, but that is a law enforcement issue.

Sexual theme movie including gay theme movie like Brokeback Mountain banned in the past should remain censored and banned by Film Censorship Board (LPF).

The recent controversy with regard to the entry of Disney's Beauty and the Beast into Malaysia highlighted the "beastly" side of the higher hierarchy of civil servants called the Pegawai Tadbir Diplomatik (PTD).

Caught in a dilemma between continuing film censorship policy, and pressure from Disney's refusal to cut so-called gay scenes thus withdrawing the film distribution, the PTD mafia decide to blame it on MACC.

Friday, March 24, 2017

1MDB bomb that blew up on the protoon instead

When anyone resort to spin, or deceptive cheap headline, or fake news and false fact or preposterous accusation (as Tun Mahathir is doing now) or argue incessantly, it simply mean they have NO CASE.

It is the same message the propaganda team and cybertroopers of Dato Najib should know.

Two days ago, Matthias Chang tried to viral a dramatic message that a nuclear bomb will explode on Dato Najib.

It was no nuclear bomb but him delivering a 40 minute sermon like a womanising TV evangelical Minister deceiving public for donation in a Sunday morning TV show.

It was comedic and impossible to be taken seriously when he mentioned:
"Facts will be out in cyberspace soon. Beyond my control."

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Infiltration inside PMO

In Sabah, Dato Seri Shafie Apdal is going around his targeted constituencies.

His political rally is particularly lavish. It is more lavish than any BN political rally in Semenanjung.

The custom with Shafie at political rallies and constituency visits is to give away money.

At the end of his speeches, one has to clear out or get crush by the maddening crowd rushing for the RM50 or RM100 note he distributes.

Although the only project he brought to Semporna was a fish "tukun" project, it was the way he learned from one of his father-in-laws to get popular.

These days, Parti Warisan Sabah gets the crowd by holding lucky draws giving away car or motorcycles.

Political rallies are held in air conditioned tents to cool the crowd before they try to fire them up.

The people he promote was instructed to give away their own "BR1M". MACC or EC should keep an eye out.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Istana request no apology, but court judge MAIS wrong

Pursuing to this blog's posting here and here on MAIS issue with several parties including Banks, Rockybru wrote in an update posting here that:
... MAIS demanded that the bloggers apologize to the Selangor Sultan in writing, within 24 hours, or it would sue. The Istana, for the record, made no such demands of me.
As far as MAIS denial on the allegation of throwing the name of Sultan, it is taken on good faith.

However, without a formal request from the Istana, MAIS demand on bloggers to apologise to the Sultan came out looking rather odd in view of their denial.

More so, it is beyond the financial means of bloggers seldom slandered as receiving "chicken feed" to spend money to advertise in mainstream newspapers.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Diverting corruption money into political war chest

In politics, a war chest is funding obtained from donors well in advance of a campaign, usually accumulated by an incumbent for either re-election or to contest a more advanced office, or provided by a wealthy candidate to their own campaign. The possession of such excess funds may discourage otherwise viable candidates from a primary or general election challenge. - Wikipedia
Underlying the 1MDB issue being propagated by DAP and Tun Dr Mahathir is the issue of political funding.

Before the last general election, Mahathir had a meeting with the IPP owners in Buenos Aires and they were complaining of 1MDB nationalising IPP.

When 1MDB invited Mahathir to launch a CSR for the fishermen of Langkawi for GE13, he turned it down and grumbled as to why nationalise after the trouble to privatise.

So it has to be more than mere issue with policy.

During the last GE, too few and too little of Mahathir's corporate cronies donated to the BN political war chest.

The intention was to tell Dato Najib that "you can be President but I am still in control of UMNO war chest".

Mahathir passed to Pak Lah only enough money for the 10th GE but UMNO assets were not transferred to Pak Lah.

Friday, March 17, 2017

D-day for Nor Yakcop, Who gave him the go ahead?

  • Was the forex "gambling" loss by Bank Negara Malaysia announced in 1993 linked to the attack on the ringgit which Tun Dr Mahathir blame on George Soros?
  • Was there any manipulations of BNM's account by government and bank officials then?
Those are among the questions asked in this blog's posting on February 24th 2017 here.

There are many more in the posting and the various links. And, the questions and information on the humongous loss, as claimed by former BNM Adviser, Dato Abdul Murad Khalid, of USD10 billion does not end there.

Still few more being held back.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Nervous in Damansara [Up-dated]

The Mrs is due to be in the op room to confirm possible blockage found in her CT scan.

The cardiologist said it may or may not be a blockage. However, an angiogram needed to confirm.

She is already in. We are sitting in the waiting room feeling rather nervous. Good to have two elderly Indian ladies giving comforting words.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Is a Bank Director linked to organised crime, international money laundering?

Yesterday, MACC striked again.

This time it is 12 enforcement officials into Azmin-territory in Selangor for corruption involving massage parlours. The arrested officials are policemen, local council, dan bomba including two police inspectors.

[For an inkling on how bomba can be corrupted and cause trouble to the system, read here].

The Mole reported here that:
"The suspects were believed to have received between RM300 and RM10,000 for every massage parlour. The agency also seized RM25,000 from the home and office of one of the inspectors."
It could be part of the reaction to allegation protection were given to Along Taman that beat up on an innocent lorry driver.

However, the latest raids and the one on Tan Sris and Dato Seri seem to indicate the current wave by enforcement officials is to pursue organised crime and big time money laundering operations.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Is The Star sabotaging investigation of underworld Tan Sris and Dato Seri?

The Star today here reported Tan Sri Tan Kok Ping denied being investigated.

Yes, this is still related to yesterday's afternoon posting, "Royal-linked Tan Sri among raided for tax evasion, corruption".

And yes, yesterday's posting gave link to The Star's report here.

Believe The Star may have sabotaged investigation by NRRET-led team into tax evasion by giving details in their report:
The raids were said to have been conducted in Penang and Johor, with more details expected to be revealed soon.

The two Tan Sri businessmen are from Penang and Kedah respectively, while the Datuk Seri is from Johor.
More details than necessary as The Star revealed below:

Sunday, March 12, 2017

Royal-linked Tan Sri among raided for tax evasion, corruption

Mingguan Malaysia frontpage today is a major scoop in the fight against corruption, tax evasion, and abuse of power.

The paper reported two Tan Sri; Tan Sri "A" and Tan Sri "B" raided yesterday. Tan Sri "A" for tax evasion, illegal gambling, corruption, and extended opening of night club.

While, Tan Sri "B" was raided also for tax evasion, manipulation of sale and purchase of land, trickery on the Malays, and hoarding wealth.

Read it in Mingguan Malaysia here. Better still, go buy for more detailed reports.

MMO reported on Mingguan Malaysia report here. Speculation is stife that the likely person be "Tan Sri" Lan Kok Ping as reported in MMO in 2013 here. Mingguan report described Tan Sri "A" operation here.

If it is Kok Ping, he was the person that pressured Lim Guan Eng to stop the cancellation of development of Kg Buah Pala as promised by both Guan Eng and Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim during GE2008.

He sits on the board of the Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce together with Guan Eng's wife Betty Chiew. However, confirmation is still awaiting and it may likely not be him.

Before any claim of planned raids to hit at opposition supporters and donors, Tan Sri "B" is believed to be close to a BN-friendly Sultan and in a BN state.

Friday, March 10, 2017

Royal support against corruption and abuse of power

His highness Tuanku Ibrahim, Sultan of Johor gave both the blessing and support to MACC to carryout investigation and subsequent course of action. As reported by The Star here, his highness said the palace will not interfere nor protect anyone.

This is in reaction to the arrest of a Johor exco member, Datok Abdul Latif Bandi over land scandal as reported by The Star here. Last week, his son, officers, a lawyer, two developers, and another suspect were detained and money in bank accounts, luxury car and motorcycles were seized.

Following yesterday's arrest, The Star here reported MACC raided the exco members home and 150 luxury brand handbags, a Vellfire, and cash seized. 

His highness is believed to have made the statement after receiving an audience from a top MACC official of MACC at the palace.

MAIS demanded apology

An anonymous commentator with the nicname Unknown asked, "So... Apa cerita sekarang?" in the posting, "Selangor royal default?"

For update of Unknown, Rockybru here gave link and quoted from the posting the next day. He also quoted The Mole's coverage of the  posting, "MAIS denies blogger's allegations but gives no details".

Alerted by friends that FMT reported, "MAIS tells bloggers, apologise to Selangor sultan or face legal action".

Wednesday, March 08, 2017

Unite and support, less talk and no more nonsense

In a crisis moment like this, Malaysians should put aside race, religion, politics, and personal interest and opinion to unite for country in support of government effort to save the Malaysians held as "hostage by the North Korean government".

With the situation tense and delicate, we share the call by Rocky Bru here for Malaysians, particularly politicians to stop making statements and threats. This is not the time for politics, insults and smart alec.

It is comforting that opposition leader like Lim Guan Eng understand the need to unite and support the government in moments like this. [Video in this blog here.] DAP went further call for a joint-partisan Parliamentary "peace mission" yesterday.

The intention is good but it may not be that simple to execute. Blogger Husin Lempoyang here cynically highlighted the potential problems. It must best left to professional diplomats to handle as they are the ones capable at threading through the various diplomatic channels and the circumstances not known to the public.

As happened before during the Tandau invasion by Suluk terrorist, there will always be Malaysians saying the darndest thing without giving much effort and thought to understand before making any remarks.

Tuesday, March 07, 2017

LATEST: Malaysians held hostage by North Korea!

On Sunday, CNN here reported North Korea launched four ballistic missiles in which three missiles  reached into Japan's Exclusive Economic Zone. It is believed to be a provocative reaction to a South Korea-US joint military exercise.

North Korea claimed they have the capability to launch Intercontinental Ballistic Missile (ICBM) to the US However, CBS News here reported the US do not see they have reached the level of capability. However, Washington is concerned and see it as a serious threat. 

Washington Post here reported "China expressed its dismay over the launch, with a Foreign Ministry spokeswoman saying it “opposes” launches that undermine U.N. resolutions. Russia, meanwhile, was more blunt, describing itself as “seriously worried” about the launches which raise tensions in the region."

In last night's China Global TV program with Tin Mei, a Senior Captain in the Chinese navy claimed that contrary to the common belief, it is not easy for Chinese to "control" North Korean military action. UN will be calling a special meeting on the missile launch.  

The North Korean reaction may have to do with the heightened tension with Malaysia due to the investigation on the murder of Kim Jong Num is leading to North Korean agents.

US is calling for North Korea to be relisted as countries practising state sponsored terrorism.

Monday, March 06, 2017

Selangor royal default?

Over the weekend, viral were pictures of Tun Dr Mahathir in Johor Baru giving a defiant pose against the Sultan of Johor.

At the tail-end of his life, he is ready and willing to openly take on the royals. He has often poke fun at the royals, whenever he goes through the Malayan Union routine in his speeches at political rallies.

In a speech in London near the end of his premiership, in which a student asked when he will resign, he told the audience that Malaysians can be anything but "jadi Raja".

The brave student was not Khairy Jamaluddin but son of a Putrajaya official then. History of that incident need be corrected.

At the same time, historians need to re-look their analysis of Mahathir. His past actions to do constitutional amendments could be more than to curb royal abuses.

It maybe something imbedded in his psyche similar to his need to shame Singapore with a crooked bridge as symbol.  

However, this posting is not about royal misbehaviours or Mahathir, but financial mischief made under the name of the Sultan by a religious state institution.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

When situation warranted, Wisma Putra acted

It is the same action as the gut feel of Dato Dennis Ignatius, but it is not done in a brash and harsh manner.

The Malaysian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Dato Anifah Aman officially issued a statement for the expulsion of North Korean Ambassador, Kong Choi in accordance to the Vienna Convention of Diplomatic Relations (1961).

Malaysia do not need to explain its actions.

However, Wisma Putra explained the decision to do was due to the refusal of the Ambassador to explain his disrespectful actions to accuse the police and authorities in Malaysia as in-cohoot and part of a conspiracy with other countries to wrongly accuse North Korea.

Friday, March 03, 2017

Rashness and brashness not mark of a seasoned diplomat

Former diplomat, Dato Dennis Ignatius's blog here have been getting quite a bit of promotion lately from FMT. Few of his postings were republished [read here, here and here].

Despite the close working link between FMT and PPBM, it is still considered a fair comment from a retired long serving diplomat.

Though many former top civil servants, diplomats (G25 for instance), and even policemen are heard to be "hired gun" of Tun Dr Mahathir and the opposition political party, PPBM he led, it would be insulting to assume him as one.

Even though, Dennis is beginning to sound like an irritant, he is not any loud voices in a teh tarik session of pensioners.

In the episode with North Korea, Dennis pre-empted Wisma Putera to call for the expulsion of the North Korean envoy and highlighted Malaysia can't arrest the diplomats, together with attention grabbing prediction of the defection of the envoy.

Frankly, what is it with the retired Mahathir-era government men and women. When in service, they were silence to Mahathir's abuse of power, corruptions, and systematic destruction of the political, social and economic fabric of the country, including the civil service.

Thursday, March 02, 2017

Most stupid survey and statement ever from a TI-M President

Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) released the latest 2017 Global Corruption Barometer (Asia Pacific). It is another corruption perception index but as gauged by ordinary folks.

From TI website here, the role of TI-M reads as:
From villages in rural India to the corridors of power in Brussels, Transparency International gives voice to the victims and witnesses of corruption. We work together with governments, businesses and citizens to stop the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals.
However, the statement by TI-M President on the 2017 GCB survey was neither a "voice" nor effort to "work together" to stop corruption. It was politically motivated.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Petronas-Aramco strategic tie-up

Off all people, Tun Dr Mahathir should be the last person to not know why foreign leaders do official visits.

Foreign leaders exchange official visits to strengthen bilateral relationship as platform for cooperation. From thereon, it evolves into business, investment, cultural, education and various people to people social and economic exchanges.

Mahathir could be envious or jealous because no Saudi Arabian King made an official visit or undertake any major investment or donation during his 22 years premiership.

Most likely, Mahathir knows the the official visit to Malaysia would vindicate Dato Najib from the allegations made against him.

It was Mahathir who orchestrated the political assasination with people he used to dub as enemy of the state. He sparked the 1MDB debt problem.

Mahathir will need to get his not-so-maestro media spinners to discredit and nit pick issues on Aramco's RM31 billion investment in Pengerang's RAPID.

Friday, February 24, 2017

1993 Forex loss, 1997 Ringgit crisis; Any connection?

Prime Minister's Office announced a Special Taskforce, as approved by Cabinet as opposed to some former Attorney General chimply formed one, to investigate the foreign exchange losses by Bank Negara Malaysia as announced in 1993.

The taskforce should comprise representatives of various government agencies as well as highly respected individuals who were experts in certain fields. The Chairman is former Chief Secretary, Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hasan.

This Tun Dr Mahathir era PTD man better not do a Sir Humphrey Appleby to cover-up his fellow civil servant. He was given the term of reference "to make recommendations and suggestions as soon as possible for the consideration of the Cabinet for follow-up action to be taken, including the setting up of a Royal Commission of Inquiry, if necessary, based on the outcome of the probe."

Since Mahathir is willing to be investigated, Lim Kit Siang is willing to cooperate and join Tan Sri Annuar Musa in an UMNO roadshow to explain the role of the taskforce, and Tan Sri Zeti too is willing to cooperate (Raja Petra raised of her involvement as Manager of BNM London), it should proceed.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Madinah appointment highlight problem with civil service

Till the court make another decision on the definition of public officer, a clearer demarcation on the legal authority of politicians vis-a-vis civil servant will have to wait. It is an important decision in the light of high officials in government being charged for corruption and money laundering.

The latest warning from MACC Chief Commissioner, Dato Dzulkifli could mean a Member of Parliament will be charged soon. Still waiting on the development of the investigation in Malacca and Selangor.

Since the statement by Dato Johari Ghani on the bloated civil service, public discussion has not subsided. The latest appointment of Tan Sri Dr Madinah Mohamad as Auditor General of Malaysia to replace the retiring Tan Sri Ambrin Buang has its significance with regard to the commonly heard complain on civil service incompetency and efficiency.

A political issue was raised by PKR Communication Director, Fahmi Fadzil on the political statement made by her husband, Datuk Ridzuan Abdul Hamid, who is the UMNO Kepong Division Head in the midst of Tun Dr Mahathir's failed coup using 1MDB to topple Dato Najib at the UMNO General Assembly n 2015.

What is interesting is their MP for Kepong from DAP, Dr Tan Seng Giaw came to their defense. [Read in Sundaily and Mkini]. However, Fahmi Fadzil and echoed by Cynthia Gabriel of C4 have valid issue on her qualification

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Still on tort misfeasance of public office

The above image came from a former Deputy Public Prosecutor in his private view with regard to Tun Dr Mahathir and his role in the BMF and foreign exchange scandal.

In the past posting here on tort misfeasance of public office, The Mole here wrongly assumed in their report that it is the opinion of this blog.

It was the opinion of a prominent lawyer cum activist whose identity will remain anonymous.

They got an anti-Najib lawyer, Aidil Khalid to rebut. Highlighting this so that Aidil knows he is up against the opinion of another lawyer, a prominent one.
Tony Pua and several Cap Bunga politicians claimed PM Dato Najib committed tort of misfeasance of public office.

The legal question: Is the PM considered a public official?

Monday, February 20, 2017

Chancellor Merkel says Islam not source of terrorism

Angela Merkel also called on Europe and its allies to cooperate with Russia in the fight against Isis Getty

Angela Merkel says Islam is ‘not the source of terrorism’ and calls for Muslim states to join fight against terror

German chancellor renews calls for Islamic religious authorities to speak ‘clear words on the demarcation of peaceful Islam and terrorism in the name of Islam’

Samuel Osborne | @SamuelOsborne93 | a day ago 130 comments

Islam itself is not the source of terrorism and it is critical to include Muslim countries in the fight against Islamist terror, German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said.

Ms Merkel, who has been critical of the US ban on travel from seven Muslim-majority countries, made her remarks at the annual Munich Security Conference, with US Vice President Mike Pence in the audience.

The Chancellor said European countries could not fight Islamist terror alone and urged predominantly-Muslim countries to join the fight.

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Pursuing the Islamic cause wisely

The Star column reported unofficial election counts showed Ahok, the Hakka nickname for Basuki Tjahaja Purnama leading by 42.87% of the votes.

Anies Baswedan, a former education minister, at 39.76%, and Agus Harimurti Yudhoyono, the son of former Indo­nesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, 17.37%

Ahok catapulted to governorship in 2014 when previous Governor, Joko Widodo, was elected Indonesian president. He became the first non-Muslim to hold the post of Governor to 83% Muslim Jakarta in 50 years.

Jokowi support his former Deputy and fellow reformer despite the difference in style. Jokowi displayed Javanese politeness while Ahok is blunt, no nonsence in style.

Survey done generally showed satisfaction to his performance, but his style attract opposition.

Ahok is facing opposition from conservative Muslim groups such as the Islamic Defenders Front (FPI) and moderate Muslim groups such as Muhammadiyah.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Gobi desert, China migration, and fear-mongers

A spin maestro for PPBM claimed China is exporting it's population to Malaysia due to the expanding Gobi desert. He threw in a fact that the desert is expanding at the rate of 3,600 square km annually..

To help give him a sense of preportion, the Peoples' Republic of China (PRC) is 9,600,000 square kilometre.

Wikipedia described PRC's geography as "Mountains (33 percent), plateaus (26 percent) and hills (10 percent) account for nearly 70 percent of the country's land surface. Most of the country's arable land and population are based in lowland plains (12 percent) and basins (19 percent), though some of the greatest basins are filled with deserts."

Wikipedia also described Gobi desert only "covers parts of northern and northwestern China, and of southern Mongolia."

As for the natural or man-made phenomenon of desertification, China and Mongolia is in a race to exploit resources from the desert. It is "home to herders and farmers, the world’s fastest-growing economy, vast copper and gold mines and is China’s main domestic energy source." [Read it here.]

It shows Cap Bunga engaging in a propaganda and psywar against investment from China to create panic and fear among Malaysians by political deception.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Valentine's Day love for the Constitution

Yesterday was Saint Valentine's Day.

It is the annual debate of whether Muslim should celebrate this pagan ritual turned into a day to commemurate love in memory of a Christian Saint.

So one early morning message received suggested to forget Valentine Day but remember the death of war hero Leftenen Adnan and his fellow Askar Melayu comrades-in-arm.

Al Fatihah to all of them.

Take note that the battle took place in Singapore. The Askar Melayu fought to defend Singapore!

When forwarded to a friend, whose a Tan Sri Muhyiddin friend and supporter, he messaged back his agreement and also to ask to remember it is his birthday.

Happy Birthday bro.

In Johor Baru, there was an unusual Valentine Day initiative by the assemblyman for Kempas, Dato Tengku Putra Haron Aminurrashid Jumat (TP).

Monday, February 13, 2017

Anifah's priority should be work, not cheap politics

Lim Kit Siang, claimed as the de facto Opposition leader by Dato Najib, made a poser to ask why Foreign Minister, Dato Seri Anifah himself did not deny the rumour he resigned from cabinet.

Anifah is not answering because as mentioned by Dato Seri Ahmad Zahid, who revealed Anifah as the Minister that Azmin put into play with his tweet, left for Brussels on Saturday.

If unconvinced, the above picture is Anifah on the walkalator at KLIA on the way to board his plane on Saturday. He is in Brussels to represent Malaysia for a High Level Conference on Mediation.

Anyone doing serious work and not playing foolish politics or seeking cheap publicity should know that Brussels is the headquarter for the European Union.

Anifah should ignore Kit Siang in his second childhood.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Azeez, Donald and Marine

Over BFM radio this morning, overheard a spokesman from the flotilla humanitarian mission to Myanmar urging the public to not be prejudicial and think positive as their effort is part of nation building. 

The exact reply whenever anyone voice their scepticism of Dato Paduka Azeez Rahim. At times, things need bulldozing to get things done. 

If it is not Azeez, who else are willing to do the humanitarian efforts that he has been doing over the years?

Yes, there is also Yayasan Salam, done quietly and without any publicity. Sometimes it is hoped that Azeez would adopt more Islamic (or other religion too) approach for left hand not know what the right hand is doing.

It would be perceived as more sincere. It avoid accusation of publicity seeking and politicising leveled against him. 

Whatever past cynicism against Azeez, he has earned the respect from many veteran politicians and his own cynics.

But, publicity has its role to propagate the message and attract support for continual effort. 

Azeez passion to help his kinfolk at the Bay of Bengal is understandable. Tamil is a second language at home. Only this time it has to be treated differently.

Yes Rohingya, but No Trump

Not that there will be the recurrence that led to the death of Nurfarizam, but there has to be respect for international diplomatic practise and the rule of law. There are ways on how to get things done.

When it was first mooted that Malaysia send a humanitarian aids and a communique was issued by Foreign Minister, Dato Anifah Aman to push an OIC resolution for access to aids, Myanmar's response was to oppose and not allow. 

So it was worrying to hear Azeez was adamant to go on February 3rd with a big send off by Prime Minister Dato Najib and PAS President Dato Seri Haji Hadi Awang. 

Azeez statement to say Myanmar gave assurance was not sufficiently comforting. Having followed UN's OCHA tweeter, they too were denied access.

But all prayers was for his safe passage and hope the cargo reached the Rohingya. 

There was a bad news of a Ko Ni, a Muslim constitutional lawyer close to Aung Sung Suu Kyi and NLD, killed in broad daylight at the Yangoon Airport.

For Azeez, there was a glimmer of hope as Suu Kyi seemed to make a U-turn. She urged the majority to protect minority. The worry on the rise in sectarianism in Myanmar remains.

On the day Azeez was leaving Port Klang, Anifah was meeting the Bangla Deshi High Commissioner at Putrajaya to seek explanation for their refusal to allow the flotilla to port in Bangla Desh.

In his statement, he express regret with their decision. Bangla Desh had closed their border to not allow Rohingya to enter their border or any humanitarian aids to Rakhine state allowed.

Maybe Malaysia has to stopped being generous to Bangla Desh and replace their labourer with Rohingya.

What was surprising is Azeez-led flotilla insisted to port at Teknaf. The Kelab Putra 1Malaysia advanced team earlier suggested Chittagong.

Shouldn't they consult Wisma Putera first. One can't simply land at any port. There must be Visas to be obtained first. Most importantly, can the smaller port take in such size a ship?

Nautical Aliya could not dock in the relatively shallow port.

However, the ship arrived at Yangoon port on February 9th to hand over 500 tonnes of aids to Myanmar’s Minister of Social Welfare, Relief and Resettlement Win Myat Aye.

Not only they were made to wait almost 12 hours before allowed to dock, they were received by a NO ROHINGYA protest. A Buddhist monk claimed the protest was merely against the use of the name Rohingya.

Myanmar public do not acknowledge Rohingya as minority. The aids could reach Rakhine state but what chance will it reach the Rohingya?

The team should have note the softer tone in PM's speech at the OIC meet in Kuala Lumpur. The final communique mentioned to "develop and implement inter-faith and inter-communal dialogues".

Any effort will be under the auspices of international bodies like UN and OIC and done accordance to international law and protocol.

Jangan main redah saja, brader. Malaysia took the lead in this effort and all eyes are on our conduct. Let's not embarass the country.

Trump and Le Pens

Only Donald Trump is thick skinned to any embarassment to do things not according to normal practices of governing. In public at least but not sure in private.

During campaign, Hillary Clinton claimed he is thin skinned and easily excitable with his Tweeter.

The US Court had halted his "Muslim ban" to stop travellers from seven Muslim majority nations. The latest news received reported that Trump lost at the Court of Appeal too.

He is furious and claimed national security is at risk. Expect him to make a legal challenge all the way to Supreme Court.

But will he be successful after his tirade with the judges. He lashed out at Judge Jason L. Robart, the federal judge in Washington State who issued a temporary hold on the President’s anti-Muslim travel ban.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) said Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch relayed in a private meeting that Trump’s comments on the judiciary were “demoralizing” and “disheartening.”

Trump's natural retaliation was to do a personal attack with the hope it will discredit his statement. His own nominee to the Supreme Court told many others too. Read here.

Trump's attention must be taken away byNordstorm departmental store decision to take off Ivanka's clothing line from its store. It could be business reason or to avoid future conflict of interests.

His master spinner, Kellyanne Conway urged the president's supporters to buy Ivanka's line of clothing and acessories. That is in violation of government's ethics rule!

And, a senior adviser backs her?

Guess Malaysiakini is right to headline an article only Mahathir can do a Trump. The resemblance is uncanny.

For Trump, the Court of Appeal decision must be an embrassment for him in his meeting with Airlines.

They have been asking government to improve the airports. Trump himself have said during campaign that US airports are looking like third world country.

Congress did not give Obama the money to upgrade airport and infrastructure. Will they give it to Trump?

Still fresh on everybody's mind is FBI James Comey's last minute investigation announcement bomb on Hillary Clinton that handed Trump and Republican a whitewash victory. It continued the trend from Brexit to Trump-it.

In the same mess in France, it is Marine Le Pen rival, Francois Fillon being investigated for a 'fake job' scandal. His children is currently being questioned by police.

By the look of it, the far right candidate will win the first round by default.

Get ready for the same line of argument as Brexit with France opting out of Euro, even at the risk of a massive default.

Similar to Trump, Le Pen have been advocating to deport refugee. Le Pen is more brave. She called for French Jew to give up Israeli citizenship.

Unless the poll failed again, it will be a right turn for another French revolution.

Be it Trump or Le Pen, the telling signs that scroll in:
"Each combines disaffection from the established parties – all liars, damn liars – a sense of dispossession where one cannot separate economic and job safety issues from wider cultural insecurity, which leads to a reversal of attitude towards newcomers and foreigners."

It is tell tale sign to the Najibs, Annuar Musas, Habiburs, Media Primas, MyKMUs and various Strategic Communication Teams.

Populism politics is the flavour of the day even though the Malaysian version is out of touch with reality and both sides of the political divide can be deemed as liars.

Will the race be for the lesser liar, hypocrit and thieves? Will the one more astute in the game of  propaganda, cyber-viral, and publicity seeking strive?

Or it is just back to basic?

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