Thursday, August 24, 2017
In early June, Teddy Teow, the schemer behind the MBI International (MBI) virtual money game Ponzi scheme scam, was arrested by the Ministry for Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism (the Malay acronym KPDNKK).
Words are Teddy Teow was arrested at a condo in Penang in the midst of shagging someone's wife. To know Teddy Teow, read Malaysian Digest here.
The-called quick money investment scheme extended to finance corrupt ventures. MBI was behind the royal-linked tax evasion and corruption cases involving two or more Tan Sris in March 2017 (read ABITW here).
Their scheme is described in the slideshare in here.
The Unspinners, in their late April posting here, suspected MBI is funding political slash fund for Lim Guan Eng and DAP Penang. It is the suspected conduit to channel the money abroad to a "safe house" in a money money centre, which could be Hong Kong.
Back when MBI and the owner were raided , RM177 million was frozen by KPDNKK. (read about it in MLM website here and The Star here).
Monday, August 21, 2017
The official versions of BNM forex losses by government during the hey days of Tun Dr Mahathir was less than RM10 million.
However, the government position changed from not true, to only paper loss, and finally Raja Petra raised the point that the then Prime Minister and Minister of Finance lied to the public, Parliament, and cabinet.
Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah used to claim the losses could be at least RM16 billion derived from the negative capital position of BNM. Dato Murad have been talking of US$10 billion. The exchange rate then would mean it could range from RM30 to RM40 billion.
The Mole columnist, Salahuddin bin Hisham, who debunked the current claim on the slide of ringgit, posed the question: Did BNM forex wipe out the country’s reserve? The foreign reserve then was less than RM100 billion, thus the losses could be in that ball park.
Now, Raja Petra's posting over the weekend here is more alarming:
The real losses were more than US$13 billion or RM130 billion at today’s value. The monthly turnover was RM700 billion, while the total forward position was US$150 billion.
Saturday, August 19, 2017
IN another ceremony in Kuantan recently, work to start the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) was launched, an event that was aimed at bringing a sense of awareness to the people of Pahang of an economic initiative that would be a game changer to the state.
Transportation and logistics improve accessibility and it is sure fire to raise economic activities and bring development to areas outside the major urban centres. Nitpicking on the corporate banners and signs in Chinese meant for officials from China has no significance.
The China-bashing arguments on compromised sovereignty, the fear China dominance, high national debt and questioning the project’s viability may have run its course.
Foreign direct investments
Thursday, August 17, 2017
Sunday was a working day in Kedah.
A judge at the Alor Setar court rejected DAP lawyers appeal against the 5 day remand of Penang exco member, Phee Boon Pah. Come Monday, a lower rank judiciary official in the Penang Court could override a judge decision.
This send certain reputable anonymous blogger, Captain M into suspicion that there is more than midst the letter and spirit of the law in the decision of the Judicial Commissioner, Yang Arif Dato Abdul Wahab Mohamed. (read here).
Words among legal professionals is that Wahab's decision is personal. Apparently, he was rejected out of a certain office and had to take a difficult career path. The reason is not known but the reason could be office politics or any other reason.
God forbid it is not corruption.
Wednesday, August 16, 2017
Yesterday, there was a court filing in Shah Alam by Dato Khairuddin Abu Hassan against Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, Jho Loh with the circus to seek the return of the much talked about pink diamond [read Mkini here].
The filing could be to divert the adverse attention from the failed Nothing To Hide 2.0 effort by PPBM Armada in Shah Alam
It could also be to divert attention from the arrest of Penang DAP exco, Phee Boon Pah for corruption. He failed to get release from the 5-day remand in Alor Setar on Sunday, but successfully secured release at Penang Court on Monday.
Suddenly a statement from Khairuddin is circulating this evening.
Sunday, August 13, 2017
We received a tip-off in the middle of the week before last that Jho Loh is "cooperating" with the US Department of Justice (DOJ).
The source speculated that he could implicate Dato Mohd Najib to save his skin. Yes, the source is not from the Anti-Najib Campaigners, but pro-Najib. It sounded rather protective.
A check with an ANC side source found there is some truth to it but the extent of the "cooperation" is not known.
Another source speculated that Jho Loh could be a "crown witness" and that way, get let off with a slap in the hand. They called it state witness in the States.
Me no lauyar, but our logic, based on some understanding and opinion of law practitioners, limited access to certain people, and years of following 1MDB before the public is aware of such a thing, tells me that something does not feel right.
Thursday, August 10, 2017
The pro-Tun vehemently denied Tun Dr Mahathir was in a state of panic when the Special Taskforce announced the formation of a RCI on BNM forex loss.
Mahathir detractors claimed he left for London to celebrate Hari Raya to consult with Clare Brown on their next course for diversion and new offensive. He could afford to bring his grandchildren back for Hari Raya so it was no excuse to celebrate with them.
Before that, in June, Mahathir put up a front to claim he is not afraid of RCI. His lawyer then told the media that Mahathir is ready to testify to the RCI. Sometime in early July, he dared Dato Najib to "tangkap" (imprisoned) him. However, things went a little different.
During the Special Task Force, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Tan Sri Nor Mohaamed Yakcop talked too much. For Nor, he need to save his skin because Mahathir, Anwar and Lim Kit Siang looked to gang up to accuse the late Bank Negara Governor and himself.
In London, Mahathir made another of his frequent U turn to endorse Anwar as next PM. Words are he had sent people, Minister-level, to lobby with the Task Force members to save him.
Today, it is confirmed that he is not as brave as he seemed as he filed for a judicial review to remove the RCI panel. (Read MMO here).
Tuesday, August 08, 2017
No writer's block. Just malas mood to sit and type away on a table.
That is till a friend complained of looking at Abu Juling face on the blog. Whichever way he give his political support, he is too tarnished to be of political value.
The legal discussion on the CJ appointment is an interesting subject to write. But Tan Sri Johan Jaafar's column in The Star here on Tun Dr Mahathir's 1997 trip to South America in the midst of the currency crisis storm is a window of opportunity not to be missed.
It is the awaited lead to uncover more of Buenos Aires to Mahathir in the scheme of things today. It answers why certain things happen in a certain way.
Friday, August 04, 2017
Tan Sri Abu Sahid, or popularly referred as Abu Juling among Muarians, attracted quite the attention for his intention to take over PLUS's highways for RM30 billion.
He claimed to have the "blessing of the highest level in the country" but Works Minister, Dato Fadillah Yusoff denied (read Malaysia Reserve here).
Abu himself admitted he is still trying to get hold off Khazanah Nasional managing director, Tan Sri Azman Mokhtar.
Is he for real?
Thursday, August 03, 2017
Zuraidah Kamaruddin, the MP for Ampang denied involvement in Universiti Selangor (UNISEL) at a political campaign in Bukit Indah recently.
It sounded strange to come from this long believed member of the Azmin faction within PKR.
Zuraidah's name crashed in the political market ever since her underling, an AMK member in her PKR Cabang, Adam Rosly was charged in court for corruption-related cases and money laundering.
There was open criticism by Adam towards Dato Seri Azmin Ali. It was followed by war of words between Zuraidah and Rafizi Ramli.
Zuraidah is suspected as one of the four channels used by Azmin to raise political funding through local council contracts. Both Zuraidah and Adam are sore with Azmin for washing his hands.
On UNISEL, Zuraidah is neither accused nor implicated in any alleged wrongdoings. Also, she is not a member of the Board of Trustee of UNISEL or state exco member in charge of education.
Her denials indicate she is washing her hands from Azmin. Denial of "involvement' could only raise suspicion of something not right happening in UNISEL.
During Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim's days as Menteri Besar, UNISEL was an issue linked to the bigger issue of Talam Corporation Berhad (now Trinity Corporation Berhad).
Thursday, July 27, 2017
The response to the lambasting of Top Dog cum Tok Wali cum Tun Dr Mahathir by Dato Najib [read here] at Invest Malaysia by the opposition leaders was telling. They were not bothered to defend his past.
Otai Reformasi leader resigned in protest of Mahathir's leadership of Pakatan Harapan. At the forum “Mahathir, agent of change or agent of destruction?”, panel were divided and few notably viewed him as doing more harm than good. [Read FMT here.]
Hishamuddin Rais comment below is viralling on social media as he stressed that Mahathir is aimless:
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
A friend with the opposition tip-off political movement within UMNO to oust Najib. He believes there is justified reasons.
It seemed almost similar to the thinking of someone close to Tun Dr Mahathir that facts do not matter but the (claimed) principle justified. Whatever principle, it is mere excuse for power and self serving economic interest.
That tip-off came late because it's long known Dato Husni Hanazlah is involved. Rosli Md Sah FB here revealed the UMNO division officials confer in Perth. Few months ago, there was a Bandung pow wow involving Perak UMNO and PPBM leaders.
What was our April posting, "PPBM's devious and dishonest politics" about then?
As we approach the general election, the distinction between truth and lies seemed irrelevant. The campaign is going to be dirty and dirtier, or rather bloody ugly. It will be far worse and tricky than yesterday's skirmish between UMNO and PPBM Youth in front of PWTC.
Monday, July 24, 2017
At the end of the previous posting here, there was a link to a Malaysiakini report (read here) of veteran MP, Ann Clwyd putting a motion to debate 1MDB in the House of Commons. For non-M'kini subscriber, more accessible news in The Malaysian Insight (TMI) here.
It is no co-incident that the early day motion was tabled after Tun Dr Mahathir returned from his London family raya gathering. It is widely suspected there was a meeting to collaborate a new spin on 1MDB with Sarawak Report's Clare Rewcastle Brown.
SR is currently aggressively spinning and promoting this new development and as usual to blow it out of proportion.
Friday, July 21, 2017
This posting should be read together with the previous posting here.
US Supreme Court judge, Clarence Thomas questioned US District of Justice use of civil asset forfeiture.
The article below:
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Last week's reported incident of UK police giving notice to Raja Petra to refrain from writing about Sarawak Report's Clare Rewcastle Brown will not deter him from writing more about her.
In a country that practises and respect free press that Dato Najib faced barriers to undertake defamation lawsuit against her, the action she had taken to make a police report is unbecoming of western journalist that subscribe to the mantra of free speech and freedom of the press.
She herself is no less a writer of facts intertwined with fiction.
Her action indicate a sense of desperation no less than Tun Dr Mahathir's attempt to politicise the RCI on forex loss as a political attack against him.
Friday, July 14, 2017
Two days ago, the media reported Defense Minister and Special Function Minister, Dato Hishamuddin Tun Hussein Onn will be making a visit to the few Gulf state countries including Saudi Arabia.
Sundaily here highlighted the intention of his visit as a fact finding tour to understand the latest development on the ISIS threat.
Hishamuddin was reported by Asean Economy website here expressed concern of fleeing militants from the success of Iraq forces in Mosul and Raqqa re-establishing themselves in Asean.
The Malaysian royal police is giving more emphasis on anti-terrorism with IGP recently announced reshuffling of the top brass of police with the creation of another Deputy IGP post dedicated to anti-terrorism effort.
With regarding to the visit, Malaysiakini here reported Hishamuddin would also be playing the role to officially understand the Qatar-Gulf crisis.
It was reported in the foreign media that the crisis has to do with terrorism and militancy threat.
Thursday, June 22, 2017
To pro-BN political pundits, the latest on DOJ is political ploy between the pro-Democrat attorneys and Mahathir.
Apparently, the sceptical responses and critics hurled at DOJ by BN politicians got their attention. DOJ responded through Malaysiakini. Why only Malaysiakini? Is it for real? Is it another proof of collaboration with foreign government to topple democratically elected Malaysian government?
If it is taken in good faith that the e--mail exist, there is still a shroud of doubt as to why DOJ website did not make public their response on their website (see here.) Only two on their search engine.
Malaysiakini chose to highlight in their headline, "DOJ: We're in the business of facts, not insinuations" and FMT report based on Malaysiakini report highlighted "DoJ says its court filings based on reasonable facts".
The last para in the second attempt for seizure and forfeiture against those that allegedly laundered money from 1MDB, as taken from Bigdog here, as below:
“A civil forfeiture complaint is merely an allegation that money or property was involved in or represents the proceeds of a crime. These allegations are not proven until a court awards judgment in favor of the U.S.”
Monday, June 19, 2017
Since lawyer Hanif Khatri and Dato Abdul Kadir Jasin answer to any arguments questioning the validity and admissibility of the latest DOJ submission is to challenge anyone to sue them, then it is suggested that both the accused and implicated Tun Dr Mahathir and Syed Saddiq should sue RPK.
In his posting, "Syed Saddiq knew the US-DoJ attack was coming", Raja Petra claimed that Mahathir paid US$5 million to Clinton Foundation to get DOJ to submit the 'flimsy' charges to the US California Court last year.
He implicated Tun Daim and Syed Saddiq. It is claimed also Syed Saddiq told his friends that Mahathir spent RM50 million on the whole foreign attack exercise to topple Dato Najib.
In the earlier posting, "Mahathir is playing his last card in a futile attempt to oust Najib", he merely said millions were spent on the July 20th 2016 announcement and more for the June 15th 2017 announcement.
Friday, June 16, 2017
Kring kring ...An unknown number called into our handphone after Terawih last week.
Usually we would not pick it up and rather wait them text something. If they is an urgency, there will be a text message to ask to return call or whatever the brief intention of the call.
This time we accepted the call.
"Hello ah ... are you ....?"It was a deep grouchy Chinaman voice speaking English with a common folk Chinese accent.
"Can you introduce yourself. It is only the proper phone ettiquate."
"Oh sorry ... I am XXX (name to be witheld). Saya dapat nombor awak dari ini Dato YYY. Are you itu blogger apa itu nama A Voice ...?
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
The SRC issue being spinned by Rafizi could not gain much attention lately except to the diehard. Simply, anything coming out of Rafizi's mouth is not believeable.
Although Rafizi's blocked website SPRM Insider released claimed investigation papers, MACC hardly blinked an eye. The claim is it is documents leaked by Dato Bahari in-cohoot with Tan Sri Abu Kassim and other Dato still in MACC.
Till they acknowledged it came from them, who would gave attention? Would they do so as it tantamounts to breachng OSA?
Maybe Rafizi is not interested to tell the truth but only spin to get public attention. Coming to an election, it is the number of votes that matter, not political correctness.
It only serve to reinforce the diehard, not necessary change election. It needs winning the big block of more scrutinising fence seaters!
Monday, June 12, 2017
The frontpage of Utusan Malaaysia today highlighted statement by Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim reiterating plan to revamp the top management of police.
It will be due soon after Hari Raya and many officers will awating the news with bated breath.
This is in response to recent arrest by MACC on the involvement of top officers in Melaka, D7 and Narcotic Division in money laundering and corruption.
One or few of the arrests could also be the handy work of problematic MACC officers [read previous posting here].
The general response by the few lower rung police officers contacted has been welcoming. It is good to revive the image of police. One reservation received is that the revamp done should be transparent and genuine.
Utusan Malaysia report below:
Sunday, June 11, 2017
This blog had once expressed worry before that a "war" could break out between enforcement agencies. Following MACC campaign against enforcement agencies, particularly police, the suspicion is it will be soon.
Police did responded with the arrest of MACC officer, Rommy bin Ma'aruf. (Read in Harian Metro here.)
According to the blog Captain M here, the police-arrested officer was a problematic one and had a history. His errand ways for the past two years have now come to light.
MACC made it clear they will not compromise with officers taking bribes. (Read FMT here) They are willing to cooperate (Read M'kini here). An open and positive attutide exhibited by MACC (Read Bernama here).
Friday, June 09, 2017
There was outcry by the public on the big corruption case in Sabah regarding the Sabah Water Department.
To show court firmness on this matter of public concern, a huge bail sum on the accused former Sabah Water Department director Ag Mohd Tahir Ag Talib was set
Initially, it was set at RM10 million. It was then appealed and reduced RM5 million. Then, another appeal to drastically reduce to RM2 million. Despite that, the judge seemed to allow somewhat of a "layway plan."
And, some segments of the public are not happy with the decision.
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
The last words of a Tan Sri very close to Tun Dr Mahathir, meaning really close, after that morning breakfast in KLCC two years ago to correct the wrongful RM42 billion lesap figure of 1MDB is still fresh in the mind.
"You watch out Azmin."It was not long before that someone close to Mahathir, or it could be even Mahathir himself said, "Mukhriz is a weak leader".
So, as we see it, the current claim Mahathir is trying to place Mukhriz is just a political game.
"Boboi" is only doing a face saving after losing the Kedah MB post. And off course, fillial son helping and defending the father.
Monday, June 05, 2017
The inevitable came yesterday and it is certainly sad.
After 10 years effort by the NGO Borneo Rhino Alliance to save and breed the Sumatra rhino species - last three Sumatra Rhino in captivity, at the sanctuary in the Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Puntong the only female rhino left died yesterday.
Borneo Post online reported the sad news yesterday:
Sunday, June 04, 2017
Indonesian President, Joko Widodo made another visit to the Natuna Island recently to witness a military exercise after a visit last year that sent a strong message to China of their opposition to their 9 dash line claim.
Jokowi told newspaper in November last year, "There is no compromise on sovereignty."
Last year, he visited Natuna on an Indonesian warship and held cabinet meeting on the warship that clashed with Chinese fishing vessels last year. Comment by senior Chinese officials on right of access made them nervous.
However, Natuna does not fall within the 9-dash line claim by China. Nevertheless, analysts see public view of China interest as a national security threat.
An FB here highlighted Indonesia had recently closed a Malaysian company telco installation on the island. Malaysia never made any claim on Natuna. Is the Indonesian now being unfriendly ever since China made large investment in Malaysia and there received paltry investment in a recent visit by President Xi Jianpeng?
Or ini semua wayang kulit Jowo, as the FB commented?
Friday, June 02, 2017
This is a sneak review of the Merdeka MRT station.
Saw this on Dato Najmuddin Abdullah of MRT Facebook few days ago. The clipping is not on You Tube so got a hacker to download from his FB to be uploaded here.
Work is still being done so MRT is not releasing the full video clipping.
It is also a sneak preview of one of the themed stations. For this one, it is Rukunegara, an important nation building statement.
By July, this station will be operational.
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
It happened before with one mode of public transportation when undercutting existing regulated services and low price is a priority over other considerations.
It is a matter of time something happen to Uber or Grab or any of this new ride-sharing innovation and convention-challenging mode of public transportation.
In January, the complain was Uber, Grab drivers becoming ulat at KLIA and KLIA2 to encroach into designated areas meant for taxis.
In the latest incident, a pregnant lady riding an Uber last week was robbed and suffered a miscarriage. That will put any women into a long depression and into a state of fear. She claimed the driver had an accomplice seating in the front seat
Malaysians being Malaysians, their automatic reaction is to blame the government.
They conveniently forgot it was public pressure that contributed to the incident. Public insisted and supported Uber and Grab despite the unclear legality. The public refused to accept the concern on safety and possibility criminals infiltrating as part-time UBER driver.
And, public pressure and less-than-adequate existing services partly made it necessary to allow such services.
Monday, May 29, 2017
For quite sometime a while, the social media and blogs had revealed Tun Dr Mahathir relative's interest in Proton vendor and alleged the Taiwanese that brought Mitsubishi idea for a Malaysia car, Rin Kin Mei as Mahathir's proxy in Proton.
In TV3 news this evening, Tunku Aziz asked the outright question: Is Mahathir the real owner of Proton?
He posed the question in view of the reaction of Mahathir to Syed Mokhtar's decision to sell 49.9% shares in Proton to Geely.
Mahathir have been "crying" and pretending not to know of the discussion with Geely and earlier, Volkswagen in which he was willing to have them as shareholders. The deal Volkswagen deal did not go through because they insist on majority control.
Apparently, Mahathir agreed on some terms with Geely that would have been worse than the "jual negara" accusation he made against Dato Najib.
Saturday, May 27, 2017
According to Raja Petra's latest Malaysia Today posting, the late BNM Governor, Tan Sri Jaafar Hussein was made a scapegoat
for the BNM foreign exchange speculation losses.
It partly explains why the Special Task Force enquiry on Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop yesterday was unusually short.
"(Tan Sri) Nor Mohamed, who is Khazanah Nasional Berhad deputy chairman, arrived at the finance ministry here at 3.25 pm today. He was seen leaving the compound about 45 minutes later."
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/05/26/forex-scandal-nor-mohamed-gives-statement-to-task-force/As star witness or the supposed accused in the case, there should be lengthy questions presented to him.
Friday, May 26, 2017
It is unlikely war would be break out in this region this Ramadhan. But a development yesterday could make those aware of the situation nervous.
The Manchester incident was followed up by an Indonesian threat and suspected to be a reaction to the US-Arab-Islamic Summit in Riyadh which signal a show of force to fight against ISIS. However, that may not be the critical issue to result in a war.
ISIS is a war against an invisible threat. It is just difficult.
In The Mole on Monday, columnist Salahuddin bin Hisham wrote of attempt to "slow the boat to China". He viewed the fear on sovereignty as excessive and dumbfounded.
For one, it cannot be after US President Donald Trump received China President Xi Jian Peng at his Mar-a-Largo resort in Florida in late April and announced to the world of the lucrative deal done with China (including for his own daughter) from China. [Read Vice.com blog here]
Interestingly, he wrote:
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Was alerted last night of TIME magazine report dated May 22nd 2017 entitled "5 World Leaders Less Popular than President Donald Trump".
It must be from the last issue dated May 22nd because the May 29th issue is about Kremlin spy ring [read here].
The original sender, likely a PPBM sympathier who forwarded to a former state UMNO officio, must have took notice this FMT report here.
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
The big story on the "von" Trump family visit to the Middle East yesterday was the visit by surrogate first lady, "Ivana Bint" Trump, as the local Arab News refer her, to the Jewish holy site of the western wailing wall [read CNN here].
The Jews claimed the wall is the remnant of King David (Nabi Daud to Muslims) temple was taken down to build over the Masjidil Aqsa.
Slate magazine was shocked with the sight of Ivana in tears coming out of an important site to her Judaism faith.
They expected her to be the forefront of avant garde feminism. Religion may not run concurrent to liberal leaning thought according to the orang putih thinking.
The issue that will likely be raised is the US$100 million donation pledge received from Saudi Arabia and Ivana's intiative, Women's Empowerment Fund [read CNN here].
In her show, Oprah Winfrey was not comfortable with Ivana's praise women's right effort by the Saudi.
The Independent headlined it as "Ivanka Trump praises Saudi Arabia on women's rights after country donates $100 million to her cause."
Monday, May 22, 2017
Apart from the case of Dato Ramli Yusof, hardly do this blog criticise the police force.
In appreciation for their contribution to the security of the nation despite personal difficulties, limited resource, pre-war police stations, poor working condition, and lower-than-army pay and perk, it is unfair to burden them more than they should be held for.
The recent wave of arrest for corruption by MACC on law enforcement officials, in which a corporal was caught with RM800,000 in his safekeeping, three cops held for protection racket, two OCPD involvement in illegal gambling money, collusion with drug syndicates, harassment on sub-ordinates, outsider could transfer out officers, dirty loyalist cop retained, demand for sponsorship, etc, is too alarming to be ignored.
It confirms how corrupted the country has turned out. His Majesty Sultan Nazrin of Perak has every right to be concerned.
Saturday, May 20, 2017
The pentaksub will be furious and cannot take this kind of denigration of their revered lord.
True enough, having followed him for decades and supported him for more than a decade, he became someone we do not know anymore.
The video of the incident on the night of TN50 townhall style dialog between PM Dato Najib and people from the entertainment-side of the creative industry on May 17th [read MMO here] became the #3 most trending on the Internet.
The mystery behind the series of action remains but Tun Dr Mahathir cannot stand that some member of the public was impressed with Dato Najib's coolness with the situation.
It proves Najib could have handled Nothing2Hide, but out of respect for Mahathir then, he avoided a confrontation.
Mahathir just had to make comment like this:
Friday, May 19, 2017
There is something about the Treasury Secretary (the acronym normally referred to as KSP), Tan Sri Dr Irwan Serigar bin Abdullah. KSP could mean anything from Ketua Setiausaha Perbendahraaan to probably a keling shoefetish psychotic.
On a serious note, there have been rumour from Putrajaya for few years of collusion associated with one politician with an SUB, but apparently expanded to include the KSP, a TKSU (which could likely be a promoted SUB), and a powerful PA that could determine outcome through assigning of files to the right person. Have not done research on this so one can't spill the bean yet without the specifics.
The sore point with KSP is the manner budget cut was made - mindless 20% across-the-board budget that compromise most basic function of government such as police, army, law enforcement (with special attention to graft busters), and could extend to include education and foreign affairs. Police sargeants takes 6 months to get their their out-station work claims.
Yet it is heard he still insist to fly first class and stay in his entitled suite without much conscience to pay at least €700 per night with enforcement officers on assignment to Kota Kinabalu staying below their entitlement in budget hotels and flying AirAsia.
However, this posting is more about something not quite right with his appointment as Chairman of TRX and Bandar Malaysia.
Monday, May 15, 2017
FMT report on a survey done late last year by those who later joined PPBM was strange.
The media portal seen as mouthpiece of PPBM reported supreme council member, Dato Dr Rais Hussin claiming "Survey shows Malaysians want Muhyiddin as PM".
An excerpt below:
The survey polled 3,000 people in 30 parliamentary constituencies in Barisan Nasional (BN) and opposition-held states, as well as Sabah and Sarawak. The survey, conducted late last year, was commissioned by a group which has now joined PPBM.
When presented with Muhyiddin, 37.3% said they were agreeable while 25.1% said they were opposed. The rest were unsure.That is not a conclusive study to show Malaysians want Muhyiddin.
Embarassed by Rais's conclusion, party’s information chief Datuk Kamaruddin Md. Noor was reported by The Mole here to acknowledge it is inconclusive and outdated.
Such survey could be bias and manipulated. There is intention when it praised PAS profile as the most popular party in the country, as reported by MMO here.
True enough, sources from within PPBM claimed there was no such survey conducted. It is fake news game.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
Rhetorics do not eradicate corruption [reads The Mole column here.]
So do manipulating survey and ratings done by TI-M President, Akhbar Satar here to get a negative outcome at a time there were positive serious effort to eradicate corruption.
He should have emulated former DAP MP, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye here, who as Senior Vice-Chairman of The Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation gave moral support to MACC for their 3-year deadline to move up the Corruption Perception Index.
Lee highlighted the move as a signal to all political parties to not compromise on graft.
In this respect, the congratulatory message by MACC Director General Dato Dzulkifli came with a bold reminder to UMNO to stay away from graft.
Having said that, Akhbar Satar latest article in the business weekly Focus Malaysia on defense procurement only shows his ideas on corruption eradication is merely academic.
His analysis is flawed, not practical, and lacked a workable solution.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
Tonight UMNO will begin it's 71st anniversary.
It's inception in 1946 is synonymous with the struggle for independence and the formation of the new nation of Malaya in 1957 which then enlarged to include Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore (before it was sacked out in 1965) become Malaysia in 1963.
UMNO formed the first coalition called Perikatan and later it was enlarged into Barisan Nasional. Since independence, the coalitions led by UMNO have been ruling the country and majority of the states in Malaysia.
It holds two third majority but has since relinquish that dominance in the 2008 general election. It is believed that BN will never ever get that two third dominance. Not only that, the general election this time around will be more challenging than the previous one.
Wednesday, May 10, 2017
Happy Wesak to all Buddhist.
It is the day to celebrate the enlightment of Buddha. Sometimes it is described as Buddha's Day.
Two news today were rather shocking or as described in this posting title as "Wesak surprises".
Surprise to some party and perhaps, shocking to another party. For the rest of us, hopefully there is enlightenment.
Tuesday, May 09, 2017
In the past few general elections, it will be preceded by religious instigation.
At one time, it was the kalimah Allah and Catholic publication, The Herald issues. Earlier, it was the conversion of Azlina @ Lina Joy Christianity.
There is also the interfaith issue with regard to the faith of children of usually Hindu couple, in which one of the spouse converted to Islam.
The amendment to Act 164 to resolve the issue of children faith was to be tabled in the last Parliament seating but postphoned.
Sunday, May 07, 2017
|Datok Najib with the Pope during his 2011 visit|
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a press release to inform of the working visit of Vatican City by Dato Anifah Aman.
Relation between Malaysia and Vatican has improved significantly since the incident of July 2013.
The issue then was between Ministry of Home Affairs and the Malaysian Catholic Church following the ban on the church publication, The Herald in Malay and vociferous Archbisop Murphy Pakiam [read bigdogdotcom here].
The then envoy from Vatican, Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Joseph Salvador Marino initially expressed a critical view but later apologise for the misunderstanding after a meeting with Dato Anifah.
All parties agreed to end the rumpuss [read here].
Subsequently, Malaysia appointed former Minister from Sabah and former MP for Penampang, Sabah, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok as the first Ambassador to the Vatican in 2015 [read here].
Dompok said his appointment was a follow-up to effort to establish ties subsequent to Najib's visot in 2011.
Najib was the first PM to make serious effort to establish ties with Vatican City [read MMO here]
Anifah's working visit could lead to more significant cooperation between both countries.
The press release below:
Thursday, May 04, 2017
Dato Anifah Aman's latest statement explained MySabah, an effort he initiated to cut across all political affiliation to address outstanding Sabah issues. [Rocky Bru has the full statement here.]
Yours truly was present at the second Forum in Kota Kinabalu in 2015 [read here].
If local graduate Dato Saifuddin Abdullah thinks political freedom is new politics, then this is also a new and more positive politics beyond partisanship that has catched on.
All Parliament support for the North Korea issue recently. Another is UMNO and PAS, two squabbling major political parties are willing to sit together on Islamic interest.Also, non-UMNO BN components' opposition against RUU 355 together with certain opposition parties.
1MDB announced that the agreement to undertake the 60% shares in Bandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd consortium of Iskandar Waterfront Holdings Sdn Bhd (IWH) and China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC) had lapse.
They failed to meet their payment obligation thus the Bandar Malaysia revert to the original 100% shareholding by Malaysia of Finance.
Malaysiakini was quick to highlight in their report that "... RM7.4 billion deal collapses." FMT was less provocative as merely "Bandar Malaysia Agreement lapses" to publish a Bernama report.
At the material time, it is not clear why IWH-CREC did not execute the agreement. It could be any thing from China capital control measures to IWH commitment for Johor.
However, this is not half empty but half full as it is beneficial and opportunity for 1MDB to realise better value for Bandar Malaysia.
Monday, May 01, 2017
This headline will infuriate a pentaksub.
If it has to be too frank to awake him from his illusion, so be it.
The message need be sent.
The man is no god and perfect as pentaksub wants all to be believe that he refuse to accept and shut others from expressing a viewpoint.
It is about Singapore's Strait Times here reporting SIC International CEO, Razlan Razak reaction to comments by former owner of F1, Bernie Ecclestone here.
Friday, April 28, 2017
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
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
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
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 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.
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