Monday, November 11, 2019

Not in Mahathir's life will Najib be acquited [Updated]


In a matter of few hours, High Court judge, Dato Mohd Nazlan Ghazali will deliver his decision on whether there is prima facie and Dato Najib will be required to put a defense.

We are now at the parking lot of the Jalan Duta to hear the decision.

Many months ago, a chance meeting in Bangsar with one of the defense council claimed Najib should be absolved but Tun Dr Mahathir will not allow for it.

SRC is a low lying case to prove Pakatan Harapan allegations on 1MDB and SRC against Najib since 2015.

Friday, November 08, 2019

Mahathir's Pakistan arm deal could further strain relation with India



The boycott of Malaysian oil palm by India may not be strong enough a message from India to Malaysia.

Tun Dr Mahathir had to test it further by getting into a military deal with Pakistan. The deal involving 400 anti-tank missile was reported by India's Times Now and uploaded on You Tube on November 5th recently.

Under Mahathir, Malaysia is taking a rather unconventional position on foreign policy to antagonise the superpowers, regional powers like India and even its neighbours.

Few days ago, India expressed reservation from being part of a regional trade pact, RCEP.

Monday, November 04, 2019

Disciplinary complain filed against Hishamuddin

The thrown under the bus with the throw-ee

A call received from a PWTC-based person on Saturday morning tipped-off that Dato Lokman Noor Adam lodged a formal complaint to the UMNO's Supreme Council and Disciplinary Board against Dato Hishamuddin Hussein Onn.

It was about time as few other parties are heard preparing similar complains. Disciplinary Board Chairman was reported in early November confirming investigations done on Hishamuddin and the complaint is the formality required to proceed.

Anger have been mounting for this blatant disregard for party leadership and betrayal on the party by Hishamuddin that was left unaddressed.

Dato Zahid Hamidi received the brunt of the fury following announcement to support Tun Dr Mahathir to finish his term as Prime Minister by 6 UMNO members of Parliament known to be close allies of Hishamuddin.

Their action ignored an announced Supreme Council decision to only allow authorised members to undertake any political negotiation with other political parties.

When Zahid mentioned in his speech at the UMNO Federal Territory convention of taking actions against sabotageurs and announced empowering Dato Johari Gani to take action against two leaders from Segambut and Titiwangsa divisions, it was not received well by UMNO supporters on social media.

Unless he gets Hishamuddin's hide, supporters were sceptical of Zahid's resolve to address the problems of turncoats and sabotageurs within the party. His warning was brushed off as typical political theatrics.

The complain will eventually prove Zahid is serious. Like his previous move to collaborate with PAS, he is stealth and patient in his political moves.

This time a suspended Hishamuddin could upset Mahathir's move to stay in power and forcing him to resign.

Friday, November 01, 2019

Tanjong Piai by-election is a test for DAP


Tanjong Piai sits at the southernmost tip of mainland Asia. In the 90s, there were ideas and proposals to take advantage of the attraction to turn it into a major tourist destination.

However, it never got off the ground. There were no serious commitment from both state and federal government.

Fishery, and local tourism are the main economic activities. Kukup is a popular seafood spot to Johor Baru folks and Singaporean.

The by-election arising from the death of Member of Parliament and Deputy Minister, Dr Farid could be considered as god-sent to give Tg Piai the national attention.

Currently, the political crowd are moving south for nomination tomorrow.

As they exit Simpang Renggam, the constituency of Dr Maszlee Malek and before driving towards Tg Piai, they would be reminded of his promise to offer no toll to vehicle exiting Simpang Renggam.

Politics of broken promises will be the main conversation for the next two weeks till polling date.

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

A 2010 article on Mahathir making its round on social media


An ole article on Tun Dr Mahathir from Bangkok Post is making its around on social media.

The link to the article on the May 30 2010 posting of a blog, that is dedicated to an unbiased discussion on Mahathir, is being passed around through Whass App messages within the professionals, middle class and elite crowd.

The title, "The corruption of Mahathir" is nothing unusual, but why now? Of all, what is being revealed that have never been revealed before by any other writers?

Since becoming #PM7, nothing he did has come to fruitation. All his moves ended up disastrously. Will the article serve any purpose to assist or exploit Mahathir's shaky situation now?

Do figure it out. It is being reproduced below:

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Countering Kua's “I didn’t know we had an Orang Asli prime minister!”


Tun Dr Mahathir claimed himself to be Malay. His Indian bloodline came from his Malayali grandfather, recently great great grandfather, from Kerala.

He maybe lying as it is believed it is his father, but he could be accepted as Malay. His mother is Malay with a Wan title, and constitutionally fulfilled other criteria of professing Islam, and following Malay customs.

In his blog posting to defend his presence at the Malay Dignity Congress, he was lambasted by Dr Kua Kia Soong for the use of the term indigenous.

Kua have been critical of PH government and Mahathir lately for not fulfilling his desired reform. But his remark has racist intent to manipulate and dispute the Malay indigeous status.

It is as though it is only relevent for Orang Asli.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Despite Zaiton's paranoia, insider dare confirmed Najib's TH revelation as true

Zakhir Mohamed in a selfie with Hizamuddin Jamalluddin of TH

The day Lembaga Tabung Haji had to admit a revelation Dato Najib made of the institution still on a sell down mode instead of making fresh new investment, Hizamuddin Jamalluddin, a blue eye boy of Dato Zaiton Hassan was seen doing a selfie with blogger Zakhir Mohamed on his FB.

Hizamuddin became a blue eye willing to "fix" his colleagues with false report, in which it actually save him instead, and was tipped as a possible CEO candidate from inside.

He questioned why a character by the name of Mao "bantai" him. It is quite a typical denial or in-denial reaction of guilt.

If not, why would he expect the Mao character has ulterior motivation? Does it occur to him, ethics, morality and comradeship remain as relevant as ever?

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Halim Saad questioned why PLUS debt not paid?


If three is a crowd, four is a party.

It came to the attention of this blogger that the pioneer of PLUS, Tan Sri Halim Saad with a Dato Wong Gian Kui entered a bid for PLUS.

The offer is for Khazanah's 51% stake for RM5.3 billion and came with 25% discount on toll rates. The discount is not the interesting part of the offer. For comparison, Guan Eng announced an 18% discount during Budget 2020 and MAJU offered a higher 36% discount.

The issues raised against Khazanah in the letter of offer relate to PLUS debt status.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

MUSICAL INTERLUDE: Blackbird

"You were only waiting for this moment ....
... to arise ...
... to be free ....
The Beatles (1968)          

From HPU to Kongres Maruah Melayu, Budget 2020, corporate revelations, Lim Guan Eng and DAP, lots of issues to write. Unfortunately, need a cerebral, spinal and pectoral break to observe and wait for events to unfold..

The moments are happening. Events unfolding.

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Another political Malay group launched


Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (PUTRA) held a launching ceremony at the Kelab Sultan Sulaiman fields yesterday.

There were 5,000 white chairs laid out on the field and by the look, it may have been filled up with yellow colours looking well with the city skyline.

The timing of their launch is exactly two weeks after the Himpunan Perpaduan Ummah (#HPU914), which culminated into signing of the Piagam Muafakat National between UMNO and PAS to end decades of political animosity.

Naturally, there were critics coming from UMNO and maybe PAS members, and supporters, that the launch of yet another Malay, Muslim based political party will further divide the already politically divided Malay votes.

The general belief is it will further weaken the Malay majority presence and bargaining power in government.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Appeal Court judge insulted Islam and Sultan


There was a decision made by the Court of Appeal yesterday against Selangor religious authorities in relation to the publication of Irshad Manji's book published by a company owned by Dato Zaid Ibrahim's son.

The Court of Appeal judge Umi Kalthum Abdul Majid, who chaired a three member bench with other members, Hasnah Mohamed Hashim and Suraya Othman uttered an insulting words against Islam and indirectly, state sovereign, the Sultan of Selangor.

The report by FMT mentioned:
"The appeal is allowed in part,” Umi said, adding that the conduct of the state religious authorities would lead to the “law of jungle and rule by ulama”.
According to lawyers contacted, Judges have the discretion to make any comments in court. However, are they not bound by any form of ethical code for judges, or the least, decent common courtesy in their conduct in court?

Thursday, September 26, 2019

Local media "lembab" coverage of US Mail pullout plan


Though our posting "US withdrawal from global mail could cripple local logistics" two days ago did not got much hits, it may have drew out an official statement from Pos Malaysia.

That is what this blogger wish to believe since the url was messaged to a key corporate personality behind Pos. 

It took a statement by Pos to alert mainstream media and got them to report on the USPS intention to pullout yesterday. That is how hopeless local media's new hound are.

Foreign media have been reporting for months on the possibility of USPS pulling out from Universal Postal Union (UPU).

It is good that they finally responded after a blogger made a posting.

However, by the time local media covered this news with critical implication on local logistics, UPU agreed to a compromise to prevent US from pulling out.

For readers, forget the kaki bodek mainstream media.

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Zeti took 26 days to deny, how many days to response on Ecotive?


The PNB announcement on the appointment of Jalil Rashid as PNB CEO was made on August 29th, 2019. Subsequently, Tun Dr Mahathir said he was not informed of the appointment. Then, it was  complete silence from PNB Chairman, Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz.

One can hear the pin drop at the Chairman office at PNB headquarter.

Finally after 26 days, Zeti issued a denial, After so long, it hardly said anything but the usual corporate communication bullshit of claiming they followed procedure. There was hardly any meat.

If they did follow procedure, why was Mahathir not in the know (video HERE) as it is not customary of him to not know of important appointments? Of all person, Zeti would be the last person not to know Mahathir expect to be kept abreast? Even any appointments to be made by Dato Paduka Mukhriz or Dato Seri Faizal Azumu within their respective state still need his prior approval!

Is Zeti confirming the rumour Mahathir is beginning to show early signs of senility or dementia to forget and as one PPBM MP said, he is on remote memory? 

So come out with it.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

US withdrawal from global mail could cripple local logistics


And, yet Minister Gobind Singh is still pussyfooting. Incapable of making a decision or the government officers have not advised him on what to do?

US Postal Service (USPS) will be opting out of the global mail system amidst plummetting volume of international document delivery, rising e-commerce delivery from China, and terminal rates lower than domestic delivery rates.
Barring an eleventh-hour agreement, the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) will leave the Universal Postal Union (UPU) on October 17, ending 144 years of U.S. involvement in the international body that governs the exchange of mail and postal parcels between countries, and perhaps fundamentally changing the landscape of global air shipping.

Members of the 192-member United Nations body will gather on September 25 and 26 in Geneva, Switzerland in only the third “extraordinary Congress” in UPU history. The key agenda item will be to vote on what UPU is calling the “possible revision of small packet remuneration rates,” which is the core issue to determine the future of U.S. involvement.

Monday, September 23, 2019

Milo Ais Jho Low: Bukti anda rapat dengan Najib


Minuman Milo panas, Milo ais, dan Milo ais bertopping serbuk Milo popular di Malaysia.

Tidak lama lagi, satu lagi minuman Milo baru akan memasuki pasaran iaitu Milo Ais Jho Low.

Hari ini di mahkamah, DPP Dato Gopal Sri Ram bertanya saksi Dato Shahrol, CEO pertama 1MDB bukti Jho Loh rapat dengan Dato Najib.

Shahril memberitahu mahkamah bahawa dia selalu jumpa Jho Low di rumah Dato Najib. Sebagai bukti saya selalu minta minuman Milo Ais.

Begitulah kuatnya minuman Milo Ais sebagai bahan bukti.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Lim Guan Eng quiting?


There is talk Lim Guan Eng may not be presenting the budget come October.

A message received this morning is alarming. Reproduced below with the source witheld, it claimed Guan will be quiting his MOF post:
XXX has information that a Senior Minister is unhappy with the way the country and finances are being handled.

Apparently there are divergent views with the Ruling Govt.

As a consequence he may leave the Team and resign.

Rumor has it that it is Lim Guan Eng our Finance Minister!
Is it possible for DAP to vacate a strategic position?

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

If Amhari has home in Perth, Shahrol may have a Swiss account?


Yesterday, Tan Sri Shafee presented documents in court to reveal CEO of Terengganu Investment Agency (TIA, then changed to 1MDB), Dato Shahrol suggested Federal government tookover TIA.

It was revealed TIA is the idea of His Highness Sultan of Terengganu and indirectly, it was Pak Lah's cabinet that approved establishment of 1MDB, never Najib.

Again, star witness of the prosecution and could be the most worrying witness to defence, Datok Amhari Effendi Nazaruddin bombed out to not only, unable to collaborate his view, but was uttering hearsay in court.

Amhari admitted to know Low Taek Jho since his BNM days. He acknowledged borrowing US$200,000  on a payable-when-able basis from Jho Low and surprised more than US$800.000 wired into his BSI Switzerland account. It was written somewhere he planned to buy a second bungalow.

It is safe to assume Amhari was bought over by Jho Low. His testimony is as good as rubbish destined for the garbage bin, without Shafee need to probe into the possibility he owns a home in Perth.

Shahrol is on deck as the next witness after Amhari for the 1MDB-Tanore case.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Moving sermon at PWTC ...


Only two media reported on the sermon by PAS Deputy President Tuan Ibrahim at PWTC yesterday. Astro Awani merely mentioned the sermon as part of the Islamic Unity Gathering, #HPU schedule.

Malaysiakini reported on the story of Jews inciting the Muslims from among the people of Aus and Khazraj in Medina by reminding past rivalry. They see the political angle of the story as response to Tun Dr Mahathir and other PH leaders attempt to discredit #HPU.

The owners may not find it neccessary to report more on the content of the sermon. The sermon can be heard in full on Parti Islam Se-Malaysia (PAS) Pusat Facebook HERE from 36:00 onward.

Yours truly was there yesterday.

Noticeably nearing the end of the sermon, the congregation was moved to tears by the call from Tuan Ibrahim on Muslims to unite on the basis of common faith (aqeedah).

While #HPU is the gathering of two political parties with the aspiration to rebuild the nation, it was made on the platform of faith. There are challenges that need to be overcome and overcoming challenges need strength.

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Country Heights, MyKad scam, and invading wild boar


A friend in Melaka called to share on the depressing property market, particularly Country Height's Cheng Ho City project at Klebang.

At the same time, the laughably academically challenged, but cocky Melaka exco member from DAP and Melaka Agriculture, Agro-Based, Entrepreneur Development and Cooperative Committee chairman, Norhizam Hassan Baktee told The Star recently of the invasion of wild boars from Sumatra into Pulau Besar.

Believe it or not, he claimed it was a sea-borne invasion meanings the pigs and even piglets swam across from Sumatra to the mystical island.

OK OK kamu YB, we have to believe you. However, is the DAP Malay YB subtly trying to tell us something?

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Samosa seller lesson in business turnaround for GLC executives


The global economy has not turned south when BN lost the general elecction.

Thanks to PH and the deceived voters for putting up and chosing a rebels into government. Immediately, investors pulling out in hordes, financial markets crashed, and foreign and trade relation strained.

Despite being ahead of the downturn before the rest of the world, it could have be a typical down cycle of economy and cycle of history.

However, the failed leadership of Mahathir-led PH government and the incompetence and over-politics its Ministers made it bad to worse, and subsequently bottomless worst. There is no sign of a turnaround unless there is political stability and consistency in government policy.

And, when face with an economic crunch, the typical MBA-holders, lettered-membership accountants, and ex-government servants in the management and Board of Directors of Banks, GLCs and even private and public enterprise resort to their textbook for generic strategies.

Monday, September 09, 2019

Malaysia's "democrasy plane" crashed?


For pondering ....

Off late, been hearing views on the practise of musyawarah among the wise and learned.

It was promoted as a better system of government than western parliamentary democrasy and Council of Elders (aka CEP).

Sunday, September 08, 2019

Memanggil, memprorog dan membubarkan Parlimen


KOLUMNIS

Kuasa Agong menurut Perkara 55

08 Sep 2019
Sinar Harian

ZAINUL RIJAL ABU BAKAR

BARU-BARU ini Perdana Menteri Britain, Borris Johnson telah mendapat pekenan daripada Ratu Elizabeth untuk menggantung Parlimen Britain bagi membolehkan beliau melakukan sesuatu perkara berkaitan dengan Brexit di mana rakyat Britain telah menyuarakan hasrat mereka melalui referendum untuk Britain keluar dari Kesatuan Eropah.

Dari sudut perundangannya menggantung Parlimen seperti ini disebut sebagai prorog. Prorog adalah suatu situasi di mana Ketua Negara menggantung Parlimen tanpa membubarkan Parlimen itu sendiri. Saya cuba mencari satu kalimah jelas mentafsirkan prorog ini tetapi tidak ada yang tepat, yang paling hampir adalah mengantung Parlimen. Mungkin disebabkan itulah Perlembagaan Persekutuan mengekalkan istilah prorog ini dan tidak menggunakan mana-mana kalimah lain.

Saturday, September 07, 2019

Mukhriz sold when Opcom shares suspiciously rigged


The last para on the posting, "Did PH government issued fake news on NFCP to rig Opcom shares?", reads:
By the time required disclosure is made to Bursa Malaysia, the seller will be known and one can confirm if there was any rigging.
Gathered from Bursa Malaysia filings, Dato Mukhriz sold shares in Opcom on three seperate occasions.

Friday, September 06, 2019

No more Axiata-Telenor poison pen letter ...


.... for the time being.

The two poison pen letters on the Axiata-Telenor merger published in this blog in July [HERE and HERE] should be the last.

Till other issues within Axiata arise, quite sure it is cause the merger is off.

The Star reported today:

Thursday, September 05, 2019

Did PH government issued fake news on NFCP to rig Opcom shares?


The National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan (NFCP) is not something new. It has long been discussed in the industry. Read USP report here for more information.

In mid-August itself, Lim Guan Eng was the person to have thrown the figure of RM21.6 billion requirement out in public.

Nothing significant happened to Opcom shares until it spiked by 43% on August 28th and caught the attention of social media.

There was a correction but it went up again yesterday by 16% or as high as 8.5 sen. to bring the trading range to 55 and 67.5 sen.

It is certainly something to be excited for the stock market. A concept play or theme to excite interest back to the humdrum market throughout PH administration.

However, it led to a cynical comment by a FBer that Dato Mukhriz was helping a friend.

Wednesday, September 04, 2019

Cronyism: Prequel to a repeat of the past


On Aug 29, the shares of Opcom Holdings Bhd, a company engaged in the manufacture and sale of fibre optic cables and cable-related products, rose 41.11 percent in a day. The reason?

The Pakatan Harapan government had approved the RM21.6 billion National Fiberisation and Connectivity Plan.

There is no doubt that the fiberisation of Malaysia is sorely needed – and the large amount of money that has been committed thus far is a clear sign that at least in Pakatan Harapan’s government, at least one minister is doing his best to fulfil his portfolio.

This is not the first time that Opcom has had such good fortune, especially under a Mahathir-led government.

Tuesday, September 03, 2019

Negative PR agency for Guan Eng blame game, TH "isi bakul sendiri"


Lim Guan Eng's response to the so-called boycott of non-Bumiputera product campaign came off as  different messages being disseminated to different language media.

Hard on the English media but softer on the Malay media. Did he hired a PR agency for this conflicting messages?

PR agency is in the strange "persuasion business". According to Forbes.com:
PR can be used to protect, enhance or build reputations through the media, social media, or self-produced communications. A good PR practitioner will analyze the organization, find the positive messages and translate those messages into positive stories.
Of late, PR agency seemed to be wrongly used from the usual practise to create positive image and brand for the client and cause

Last week, Datin Wan Norhiyati Wan Ibrahim (Yati) organised an interview for Dato Zukri for his last day at Tabung Haji. Rocky Bru's response on Tweeter was amusing: Tell me if it it's not a case of "angkat bakul sendiri"!

The Malay idiom is "isi bakul angkat sendiri" (filling up one's basket and lifting it oneself). Is there no third party to say it on their behalf or to confirm his denial?

Sunday, September 01, 2019

Chinese FBer call on non-Malay Bumiputera to assimilate


Until all races can drop their defence for their own race and start assimilating, the Malay bumiputera agenda can only and should be intensified.

This is unhealthy for the country. Yet, everyone is pointing fingers to each other's races.

As long as non-bumis and non-Malays are unwilling to let go of their defence, Malays and bumiputeras should never give more space for the advancement of the nons.

Think about it.

Friday, August 30, 2019

Sime Prop CEO: Is Hisham Hamdan the choice of Zeti's or Mahathir's?


The rumour Dato Voon Tin Yow of Ecoworld to be Sime Properties CEO with RM260,000 monthly paycheck has subsided.

Under pressure from blogs, online media and socmed, including Dato Kadir Jasin, Tun Dr Mahathir had apparently gave the N.O. few days ago.

Kadir may not necessarily be Mahathir's voice since he is more Tun Daim than Mahathir. A mainstream media reporter confirmed to yours truly their cold treatment towards each other evolves around Economic Adviser, Dr Muhammad Khalid

A new rumour going around is that the new Sime Properties CEO will be Hisham Hamdan. The current acting CEO, Datok Wan Hashimi will remain COO.

Is it the choice of Sime Prop Chairman, Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz or Mahathir aka Mat Khalid?

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Why Zeti goes to London often?


The mystery of the frozen Singapore account of the spouse to a former BNM Governor have not been known.

Yet...

However, a set of annual return of a London-based company, Ecotive Limited turned up at our doorstep.

It has one of its shareholder in the name of Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz, the daughter of the emminent economist, academic, and social commentor, Royal Professor Ungku Aziz.

The full return is as follows:

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Prosecution's last hope today for SRC case


At the start of the SRC trial against Dato Najib, this blog repeatedly wrote the SRC allegation does not hold up under Penal Code 403 for misappropriation of property.

It was the original charge planned and leaked by Sarawak Report.

Last week, the last witness for prosecution from MACC, Senior Assistant Commissioner (Special Operations Division), Rosli Husain, said their lead to investigate came from SR but did not seek Clare Rewcastle for statement. He did not even bothered to find out of leakages in MACC investigation.

Duh! His lead was not even from the more credible Wall Street Journal, but the spinning and highly manipulative SR.

It smells conspiracy to high heaven.

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Did Perak MB, state sssemblymen interfere rape investigation?


On August 2nd, Fatihah Jamhari, a lawyer and women activist wrote in NST to raise concern on the late progress of rape investigation involving a DAP state assemblyman and Perak exco member, Paul Yong.

Fatihah was not happy with the police attitude. MCA Woman Chief, Dato Heng Seai Kie was called in for investigation for making allegation forensic report was missing.

She is not totally wrong as no forensic report was attached in the first IP to AGC. It was only available one month after the incident.

Hannah Yeoh was vocal too albeit only on August 19th, but left untouched by police. Nga Kor Meng retaliated by revealing her grandfather was a communist.

Fatihah raised a long list of concerns and one worthy of highlighting is: Is he given special privileges because of his status as an assemblyman and a state exco member?

If not for public pressure, this case may have been buried and no prosecution.

Friday, August 23, 2019

TH Zukri only had angioplasty, Better spin Yati


Last week's posting on Dato Zukri Samat's resignation got noticed by Tabung Haji.

That story have been spreading for quite a while but there was neither denial nor confirmation from TH. His last day is on Merdeka Day next week but no official statement coming from TH.

TH's PR hitwoman, Datin Norhiyati's response is only to leak it for last Saturday's Weekly Edge to report as rumour.

Message likely from Yati claimed as follow:
FYI. Zukri stepped down due to health reasons. Tun M tak nnak accept until he showed all his med records. Daim takde kena mengena in TH and tak kacau. Eton position as board pun intact..
She used the health reason as story line. The Edge story looked lengthy, but said nothing new.

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Mahathir cabinet reshuffling could break-up PH


Yesterday evening, a former opposition MP, whose party now is the ruling party, sent the following message:
Breaking news! 
Dr Mahathir told ministers at cabinet meeting today that portfolios will be reorganised. Tonight, he's meeting PH party leaders
Subsequently, he send a link from a Chinese newspaper, Oriental Daily reporting Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim did not attend the meeting and Dato Mustapha Mohamed to join cabinet.

Daim freezing relation

Earlier rumour heard was Tok Pa is to be made Economic Adviser to PM, and current adviser and possibly others linked to Tun Daim in PM office removed.

It was indicative of a cold front developing between Tun Daim and Mahathir. Those on Daim payroll but working with Mahathir will surely be in a dilemma.

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

S'pore frozen account of ex-BNM Governor's spouse?


Why? Why? Why?

Why must people share information of public concern and interest, more so matters that have grave implication for country with us?

When they share, we are obligated to God and country to expose, if not pose the necessary questions for the respective party to respond intelligently in public view.

Why must such responsibility keep falling on our lap?

While our contemporaries are comfortably retiring, we are still burdened with such conscience.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Fallacy of the Muslims argument in defending Zakir Naik



Those were the words of Zakir Naik that is in the centre of the current controversy. Tun Dr Mahathir have met him and defended the decision to allow him to stay.

His politics for politics sake nature saw the political need to make Zakir a controversy.

Before Zakir said those words deemed sensitive to Chinese, Indian and Malaysians of immigrant roots in Kota Baru, Mahathir dropped a hint that the government has no choice but to keep him. If sent back to India, he is a dead man. And no other country wants him.

It is either him giving new excuse to retain Zakir in Malaysia or giving fodders for the like of his fellow party man like Tan Sri Rais Yatim, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz and Syed Saddiq to call for his extradition back to India. Typical Mahathir testing the water.

Mahathir was also throwing a spanner into the work. It seemed intended to anger the Hindu and Malay Muslims, in which subsequent solution will amaze the public with his brilliance and regain the support from both segment of voters for the waning PH.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Anwar to be PM by mid-September?


We'll be fighting in the streets
With our children at our feet
And the morals that they worship will be gone
And the men who spurred us on
Sit in judgement of all wrong
They decide and the shotgun sings the song

Don't get fooled again - The Who
Seeing the current big hot issues of Lynas, Dong Zong, Zakir Naik, Koon Yew Yin and Jawi/khat issue unfolding, it just makes no sense.

The PH government has been in power for 15 months, but still blaming previous BN government.

However, these issues were systematically made to crowd the media are not disagreements between BN vs PH, but PH vs PH.

Do they not have Whass App groups to communicate among themselves?

While all these is happening, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim seemed quite relaxed.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Media missed significance of Kimanis election petition decision

Gravity Hill along Jalan Kimanis-Keningau

There is a spot along the Kimanis to Keningau highway, where one gets the illusion of mineral bottle roll or standstill vehicle gradually move uphill against gravity.

There was a decision in court yesterday with regard to the status of the Member of Parliament for Kimanis, Dato Anifah Aman. The media wrongfully misunderstood the judgement.

Their report gave the illusion it is the end of his political carrer by reporting his win as conclusively null and void. Anifah could still roll uphill.

In the case of The Star, their subsequent report still missed the point:

Thursday, August 15, 2019

TH's Zukri Samat asked to resign?


Remembered Mowardi Mahmud of Sinar Harian writing glowing tribute for TH's CEO, Datuk Zukri Samat in January.

Hanya Jauhari mengenal manikam (only a gemologist appreciate gems), he titled his article.

Heard from two sources that Zukri had submitted his resignation from TH and his last day will be on August 31st.

No official announcement found yet. At least, BebasNew.com.my could have broken the news first.

Apalah...!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Can incompetent Bee Yin be trusted to decide on Lynas license extension?

Toxic waste monster of Pasir Gudang, Lynas?
Or husband's? 

DAP had a meeting yesterday on the Lynas issue but kept silence of it. They must have strategised something for today's cabinet meeting.

No specific news from the cabinet meeting. However, if they had followed any SOP as revealed by British sitcom Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, there is one move they are likely to do.

They will push to establish a commitee spearheaded by the concerned Minister, Yeo Bee Yin to submit a recomendatuon to cabinet.

Decision on Lynas extension of its license to operate is to be made on August 15th tomorrow. However, the problem is do the public trust Yeo Bee Yin's ability to handle the issue?

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Loud quarelsome old men phenomenon


Retired Brigedier General Arshad Raji told Zakir Naik to shut for insulting Indians.

Apparently, Zakir Naik told the audience at his Kota Baru stadium speech that Malaysian Hindus should be thankful for the far better treatment they get from the majority Muslims in Malaysia than the treatment minority Muslims get from majority Hindus in India.

If Zakir wanted to expose the bad treatment of minority Indian Muslim, he could have reworded it in a more politically correct way than get himself entangled in local political exchanges.

Nevertheless, the overly talkative and opinionated retired soldier, Arshad usually miss the crux of issue and repeatedly need be corrected.

The matter was not about local Indians but Hindus.

So much for his sensitivity towards Indians, a former founder of IJM Berhad insulted our serviceman.

Where the f^¢& did he hid his loud mouth?

Sunday, August 11, 2019

To murder over an accident, manifestation of more than anger


Resorting to murder in the heat of anger over an accident dispute is certainly a gesture beyond expression of anger.

During festive season, traffic is heavy and the queue goes for miles.

Long distance driving is risky and prone to accidents. In the accident, no life was affected, except dents on the car.

It is usual for both drivers to blame the other. And in Malaysia, it is common of it the guilty party to be more vocal and aggressive attitude to get away. They even try their luck to make something out of it.

A baseball bat to beat a person to death in broad daylight is not usu. Perhaps, the first to be publicly reported.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Doa buat ketika waktu Wukuf di Arafah


Insya Allah, hari Arafah bagi tahun 2019 jatuh pada hari ini, Ogos 10hb dan Wukuf di Arafah akan bermula pada mulai jam 12.21 tengah hari dengan khutbah Arafah.

Bagi kita di Malaysia, ia bersamaan  waktu solat Asar jam 5.21 petang hingga jam 6.21 petang.

Kenangan 8 tahun lepas pasti kembali. Kisah pengembaraan rohani kami bermula di SINI.

Wukuf di Arafah merupakan suatu ketika yang hening dan penting buat kewujudan kita sebagai makhluk dan hamba Allah di dunia serta ummah kepada Rasul terakhir, Muhammad.

Ketika satu jam yang penuh istimewa itu, berdoa kita ...

Ya Allah kurniakanlah padaku kejayaan terbesar - selamat dari api neraka dan masuk ke Syurga Firdaus

Poison pen letter: Unmasking of Mohan a/l K Thomas [UP-DATED]


The stream of critics on Attorney General, Mohan a/l K Thomas @ Tommy Thomas is endless.

From the manouvre to get Dato Hanafiah Zakaria to acquit Lim Guan Eng of the Jalan Pinhorn bungalow case, Tommy's latest are the embarassing penalty of RM30,000 imposed by the court for failing to get Tan Sri Shafie Abdullah for contempt of court, and calls for his resignation following his conflicted role in the Inquest on the death of fireman Mohd Adib

His latest decision to remove Hanafiah as Solicitor General III and sent him into cold storage as senior research officer at the Judicial and Legal Training Institute (ILKAP) in Bangi is biting him back.

Tuesday, August 06, 2019

Desperate? Push button? Deklarasi Perpaduan Ummah?


Malaysiakini reported Tun Dr Mahathir had a closed door meeting with MBs and MPs.

Nothing much reported and disclosed.

According to PPBM watcher and former Mahathir loyalist, Zakhir Mohamed, it is "desperate engagement" .

Monday, August 05, 2019

AirAsia episode: Indicative of directionless Malaysian aviation


MITI Deputy Minister gave a positive statement on the prospect of the Malaysian Aerospace industry. Recently, Selangor MB announced a positive new initiative.

However, these days rosy statements, launchings, and announcement of plans are nothing to be excited.

Unless it is a Deputy Minister from DAP that is pushing it from behind, nothing gets funding approval from Minister of Finance.

More so, that is Aerospace. The equally and larger Malaysian aviation industry looks clueless as to where it is heading.

Including the Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, even taking account the broken promises at GE14 campaign, DAP's Transport Minister, Anthony Loke is amang the few most impressive Ministers. Yet he does not seemed to be able to put things in the right perspective.

Amang is Minister of Tourism's way to pronounce among.

There were defensive supporters of MAS and Malaysia Airport then against the upstart and loud new model aviation brought by low cost carrier, Air Asia.

Maybe it is long overdue to bury the hatchet and move on. They were right and MAS failed miserably for being clueless.

Friday, August 02, 2019

DEDICATED TO ZETI: Have I told you lately by Van Morrison


Have I told you lately that I love you
Have I told you there's no one above you
Fill my heart with gladness
Take away my sadness
Ease my troubles, that's what you do

Oh the morning sun in all its glory
Greets the day with hope and comfort too
And you fill my life with laughter
You can make it better
Ease my troubles that's what you do

There's a love that's divine
And it's yours and it's mine
Like the sun
At the end of the day
We should give thanks and pray to the One

Thursday, August 01, 2019

Battle for the highways: Mahathir versus Lim Guan Eng?


For that matter, another opinion claimed it is Tun Daim vs Lim Guan Eng.

It may seemed the same to the common folks, but to political economic watchers, it may not be.

The current focus of Tun Dr Mahathir is to remain in power, but the twice Finance Minister, Daim view power differently with eyes slanted for opportunity. In the past, the two may have moments where they are not in-sync.

Be that as it may, Guan Eng announced government plan to takeover four city highways from Gamuda and introduce congestion charges.

Public still see it as toll charges to remain. PH government still not honouring their election promises. Toll forever!

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

"Noose" tightening around Guan Eng's neck


On a recent weekend trip to Penang, we got invited for seafood dinner at Pantai Acheh, near Nibung Tebal, Penang.

He was the same Chinese businessman that gave us the family background of Jho Low and the information he borrowed money from his father's friends to impress people of positions, influence, and celebrities to develop his business interest.

This time around the conversation was about former Chief Minister of Penang and now Minister of Finance. He knew us as a blogger from KL. Dare not tell we are Johorean, and more so, same hometown as Lim Guan Eng's, Batu Pahat.

The last thing we should do is to tell that,  turn him into a fire breathing dragon, and ruin dinner. Johorean are proud and friendly people, but Guan Eng and his Johorean Chinese cronies gave Johoreans a bad name in Penang.

It was a wonderful dinner, but the outcome of the conversation should be worrying for the Batu Pahat-an, who made Penang his home base and bought a bungalow at Jalan Pinhorn albeit with no swimming pool.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Mahathir's manouver for Najib not to attend coronation


Daulat Tuanku!

Despite hue and cry over resistance by a Chinese printing company to give workers off day, all plans for the official installation of the new Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong went according to schedule and ran smoothly.

All the seatings were in place last night according to Tuanku Abdullah wishes to be done in accordance with gazetted protocol.

The front row should be meant for Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir and wife, seated next is the Deputy Prime Minister and husband, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim and followed by former Prime Minister Dato Seri Najib and wife, Datin Seri Rosmah.

Sources claimed there was a bit of commotion when a member of the royal family checked at night to find someone pulled a fast one to place Najib's seat in the back row.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Anwar's blur and will repeat past mistakes

... Anwar was speaking about nation-building and gave an academic approach to the issue including stressing that all races must live as one happy family.‬ Anwar did not however explain how that can be done. - Raja Petra
The Star headlined Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim's talk at Parliament as his plan to "accelerate need based policy".

The reports by NST and Malaysiakini headlined as need based NEP and affirmative action to address inequality. CNA was more direct to mention moving away from policies favouring Bumiputera.

The policy discourse in Malaysia had always been need based versus NEP or affirmative action. Unless the term need based affirmative action exist, Anwar seemed clueless and trying to please all.

Anwar is at the same juncture he was 13 years ago, when he was at a lost. He may repeat to take the same mistaken path and suffer disappointment.

Friday, July 26, 2019

FRIDAY REFLECTION: Defending syariah court means preserving spirituality for all Malaysians


"...the Bible tells us that we're created in the image of God. And instead of believing that, we've decided to create God in our image. So now we can all make up our own god. Since there isn't any real God, we make up our own god. And so, our gods are the gods we feel comfortable with." - Dr David Paul Jeremiah
The link to the above video was sent by a Catholic friend.

The opening part of video at 2:35 mentioned people stopped believing God created us and now they are their own god.

It strikes the right chord against those with preferential version of God as only compassionate, but ignore tenet of Islam on belief in the hereafter, and existence of heaven and hell. Some liberal Islam blogger believe we die as any plant and animal to be reduced to compose heap..

It maybe inappropriate to some Muslims to use a Pastor's lecture to justify the cause of religion over secularism. More so, on a Friday.

However, though Senior Pastor Dr David Paul Jeremiah is promoting his evangelical cause and few Christian doctrines such as original sin are not concurrent with Islam, there is universality in the message he brought.

It is not about looking at differences but a common message.

Thursday, July 25, 2019

"Surat layang" on Telenor-Axiata merger (Part 2)


In case blog readers forgot, Part 1 can be found HERE dated July 2.

Since then, there was a blog called Selamatkan Celcom. It is remenisance of the days of insider blogs like Sime Darby Insider and another on Islandar Johor.

The allegations on Sime Darby had some truth and eventually, it came out in the open when Sime reported a collossol loss in the billions and heads roll. Same with Iskandar, the exposed executives eventually removed and even charged in court leading to a new management team.

A reminder to Telekom and Axiata. The management are under fire and implosion from within is the most dangerous. It may not be completely true but denial or force may not be sufficient to silence the attack.

Another episode of the surat layang reached yours truly. It is a follow up on the earlier surat layang.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Can drones uplift Azmin's political career?

Ah huh, my turn to snoop on him and his guavas

The boo Dato Seri Azmin Ali got from selected settlers attending Settlers Day at Felda Selancar 3, Rompin was not the first.

It is not a one-off dissatisfaction, but is already a widespread opposition against the Felda settlers' land amalgation plan.

With the open quarrel and exposure made between and his rival, Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, it needs a miracle for Azmin to recover politically.

Azmin mentioned at the thanksgiving gathering sunday of his expressed wish to help his alif ba ta (abbreviation for religion, race and nation).

It is not for certain, but he may have a fighting chance to recover through the support of the rural farming community.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Mahathir's moral suicide to defend Azmin


Tun Dr Mahathir should have gone let it be by speaking words of wisdom, but he had to be there in the hour of darkness for Dato Seri Azmin Ali and police chief, Dato Hamid Bador.

For though they may be parted, there is still a chance that they will see. It could have been the answer to have Mahathir standing right in front of me, but he should have let it be.

Mahathir's blog posting today was intended to relieve pressure off Hamid for his original but unidentified position. More so, his subsequent comments on time wasting and distrustful civil servants are seen as self defeating.

But, Mahathir's intention to defend Azmin is too glaring that it is suicidal.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Anwar has no number, but does Mahathir have?


Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim has a bad habit of being over confident.

He is a goal poacher like the legendary Gerd Nuller, Eric Van Nistelroy and many others. But, he is no Mark Hughes or Brian Robson or other scoring midfielder who could carry the ball for the last 10 yards to score.

This blog did wrote he was ready to bring his more than 112 signed SDs of support to the Agong and doubted Tun Dr Mahathir had 126 SDs.

However, it is not expected of him to lose the ball in the last 10 yards or wrongly counted 50 fake SDs on the way to istana.

Maybe it was expected. But did he?

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