Thursday, July 18, 2019

AG gave wrong opinion to save Guan Eng for "rompak GST" remark

That was the commotion yesterday when Dewan Rakyat Speaker, Dato Mohd Ariff bin Mohd Yusof made a decision to not send Minister of Finance, Lim Guan Eng to the Select Committee for disciplinary action.

Pasir Salak MP, Dato Tajuddin Abdul Rahman was reprimanded for calling Deputy Speaker "pondan" and remarks against a Minister in Parliament.

Guan Eng's "rompak" statement, not only was in contravention of Parliamentary code of conduct, but had a far more reaching impact on the economy and country.

The PAC, with the majority members from PH, concluded in their report that the RM19.4 billion of GST refund is not missing.

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Nazri-Najib spat: Freedom of speech and Freedom in politics

Sure, freedom of speech, but are we ready and able to tolerate, if not accept, statement to refer to the President as Hitler or in our case, on the Prime Minister or one's Party President?

The initial impression of Dato Nazri's opposition to the appointment of Dato Najib as BN's official Adviser was him containing any criticism against Dato Zahid's decision and his good friend from Pemuda days, Dato Najib.

It made Khairy's opposition limited to his "I am not comfortable where I am" quote. When Nazri speak, others move aside. None could match Nazri in being frank thus will not get their desired media coverage.

However, this may not be the Nazri that is loyal to the President and known in the past for his role as designated barking dog. This is a macho Nazri speaking on his personal capacity and known in limited circle as not having tolerance of man under queen control or weak leadership. He has more than a wife and even his latest addition has controversy of her own, but he is very much in control. 

Nazri's spat against Najib's appointment is a common example of Malaysians attitude towards freedom of speech.

Monday, July 15, 2019

Felda land amalamation is suspiciously a mega land grab

The government may want to engage directly with the settlers to get their support — convince them that the merger exercise would, in the long run, benefit them. They have nothing to lose. - Salleh Buang
The Sunday Times yesterday published an article by their columnist on legal matter, Salleh Buang entitled Merging Felda plots the key.

There was hardly any arguments to convince the public that amalgamation of smallholders land to be managed but that became the title.

In fact, the above quote was the key takeaway of Salleh's article. He was dwelling on the legal ownership of settlers' over the land and hardly expressed his agreement.

One can assume that Dato Abdul Kadir Jasin loyalist and NST acting CEO, Mustapha Kamil Mohd Janor has started the public relation exercise for Felda amalgamation after the disastrous launch on Hari Peneroka past week.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Mukhriz, Muhyiddin in Mahathir, Anwar proxy war

The interviews of Dato Mukhriz with Nikkei Asia Review and Dato Husam Musa with Sinar Harian opened a new front for the silent war between Tun Dr Mahathir vs Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim for the coveted position of the Prime Minister of Malaysia.

Dato Seri Azmin's ambition could be considered to have found a conclusive ending.

It could be the ploy of Anwar's camp to take the succession narrative from himself to the choice of the next Deputy Prime Minister.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Rezeki oleh Hamka

Hamka berkata ...

Rezeki tu bukan bermakna kamu dapat apa kamu nak. Tapi bila kamu terima apa yang Tuhan anugerahkan.

Kamu belajar tentang sirah. Tahu Mariam tak berkahwin tapi dapat anak. Itulah rezeki dia.

Kamu tengok pula sirah Aishah. Kahwin tapi tak dapat anak. Itu pun rezeki dia.

Allah hantar Musa kerumah Firaun sebagai anak angkat untuk membawanya ke syurga. Tetapi tetap juga Firaun menjadi manusia paling celaka yang memilih neraka.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Happy Birthday Tun, but spare her soul

It's Tun Dr Mahathir's 94th birthday today. Believe in 2 days, it will be Tun Siti Hasmah's.

Do not know exactly cause have not being invited for any of their birthday bash for few years. Not sore cause it is a conscious decision.

Till today, our position have not been proven wrong in any fair and untampered court of law. While, the court of public opinion is increasingly becoming agreeable to what we view of them.

As told to a friend of more than 40 years, we had the foresight to anticipate the present disaster for the wrongful decision the majority had made.

Nevertheless, at such a very late age and still holding on to the highest executive position, it is a feat no mortals other than Mahathir could have thrived.

Certainly he must for the gruelling task in hand to clean up the mess of his own doing.

Tuesday, July 09, 2019

Move to remove Muhyiddin from PPBM

Quite sure, the public must be puzzled with the move by Tun Dr Mahathir to call for Malay unity and called upon all Malay parties to join PPBM.

Many Malays including among the intelligentsia Melayu failed to realise that Malay unity is a myth that is not achievable. It is political cliche seldom used by Mahathir to draw support. In the practical sense, majority of Malay is united under UMNO-PAS cooperation. Mahathir is just drawing on straws in desperation.

Yesterday after the PH Presidential Council meeting, Mahathir said not to form new Malay parties but join existing ones. Why is he focused on Dato Ibrahim Ali's Putra and Dato Ezam Md Noor's Negara?

He went on further to say PH cannot accept new component parties. UMNO and PAS members can join PPBM or Amanah, instead. Is he kidding to wish PAS would join PAN?

It does not make sense.

Monday, July 08, 2019

Can Mahathir possibly have 126 MPs with Felda settlers leaving as he delivers his speech?

Vehicles were going in and out of Mahathir's home till 3 AM

Saturday night's posting claiming Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim got the numbers and could request an audience with the Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong caught the attention of social media and blogosphere for a usually quiet weekend.

It had Malaysia Today, Third Force, Malaysia Chronicle and PH blogs reposted the article. The hits was in the 5 figures. In times blogs are not attracting as much readers as FB or other social media platforms, so the claim, it is not bad.

It certainly gave Anwar supporters a hard-on. That should worry both females and males.

However, the bigger worry was the posting could hardened the arteries of Tun Dr Mahathir. The old man had long resigned to the fact that his time should have come during his second heart surgery at IJN. It is his rich children, proxies and cronies that are now worried.

Sources close to a security personnel were saying vehicles were coming in and out of Mahathir's home in Seri Kembangan, near Palace of the Golden Horses till the wee hours of 3 AM last night.

Saturday, July 06, 2019

Anwar ready to meet Agong with enough MP support

Anwar met the Agong in May 2018, then Acting Sultan of Pahang  

UMNO Veteran Club Secretary General, Datuk Mustapha Yaakub posted in his Facebook yesterday evening. He heard Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim is short by 4 seats and sufficient to pressure Tun Dr Mahathir to resign in the current Parliamentary session.

In another posting, he wrote without referring to anyone, though he hated a person for destroying the Malays, he wish he die in Iman and Allah forgive his sins.

This morning a source close to Dato Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi confidently claim he is short by 3 seats. When asked if Zahid signed any Statutory Declaration to support as claimed by most political columnist, he gave an emphatic, NO!

Except perhaps Dato Nazri Aziz, he affirmed UMNO is neither supporting Anwar nor Mahathir and will remain steadfast with the opposition coalition of BN and ummah unity with PAS. 

This evening an important source of information claimed Anwar has the number and is ready to meet the Seri Paduka Baginda Yang DiPertuan Agong with the Statutory Declarations of MPs already signed.

When asked in jest will it be on September 16th, the source said this is for real. It is only a matter of when he will seek the audience with Agong?

So everyone read Zahid wrongly?

Thursday, July 04, 2019

Lowering voting age, MP asset declaration, and IPCMC

Rummaging through the unread yesterday's The Star newspaper this morning, three news item on the current Parliament seating caught our attention - tabling to lower voting age bill, MP asset declaration motion, and draft bill for IPCMC in final stages.

Despite claim it is infested by DAP inflitrators, The Star remain a BN-owned newspaper.

There was a cross deal in the market on Media Prima and it turned out UMNO sold their minority stake to Tan Sri Syed Mokhtar. It is a confusing situation. Is SM is still with Tun Dr Mahathir as his NGO office at Yayasan Bokhari is still in operation and seldom used for press conference? Or he still maintain relation with UMNO?

Media Prima is controlled by a fund managed by Morgan Stanley. It is speculated the fund is Tun Daim's.

Back to the subject in hand ...

Wednesday, July 03, 2019

Tun Dr Mahathir met "Tun" Lim Kit Siang for 45 minutes

The above picture was viralled by Raja Petra and reached one Whass App (WA) group.

For the benefit of the Malaysian cabinet, it is a social media platform, where a group of people could share with each other information in the form of text, image, video and url links.

It is useful for discussion with and getting feedback from other cabinet members before making any surprise and stupid statements to media or on social media that is in conflict with the policies of government and PH manifesto.

If Tun Dr Mahathir kept viraling pictures of his meetings with Lim Kit Siang and reach WA Groups, it means the path of the nation is determined by them too.

Kit Siang should also be made Adviser to the Government or Senior Minister together with Mahathir to legitimise for them veto powers for life and they could dictate and direct the nation without the need to be in Parliament or Cabinet.

He already is not a Minister in cabinet.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

"Surat layang" on Telenor-Axiata merger

Khazanah Nasional is likely to convene its Board meeting today or anytime soon.

Three new members, including a Professor from China and a Malaysian involved in establishing China's US$500 billion Tencent will be introduced. Its the company Wee Choo Keong used to shoot Dato Siew Ka Wei with corruption allegation but no charges by MACC yet.

Nevertheless, it is making sense of the China link buy that pushed prices of Khazanah related counters last month or two.

There is a long list of decisions allegedly accused as "jual negara" deals to be made. One particular deal is Tan Sri Jamaluddin Ibrahim's wet dream for Axiata-Telenor merger.

Monday, July 01, 2019

Politically speaking: The return of Zahid and Mat Hasan

The rumour of Dato Ahmad Zahid Hamidi returning from gardening leave to resume the UMNO Presidency have been going around for few months.

It was long anticipated that there was sufficient time for politician-led MACC to slap him with additional 33 more charges related to alleged corruption involving RM42.76 million from Ultra Kirana Sdn Bhd in relation to the Overseas Visa System and One Stop Centre in China.

When he was charged last week, a friend texted to comment Zahid is gone. But when he made the long expected surprise yesterday, the impulsive comment from most non-politician observers is to question UMNO for accepting a tarnished Zahid back.

Is Zahid gone or back?

Friday, June 28, 2019

Illegal application of civil forfeiture law would back-fire badly

It is often claimed the quotation, "The law is an ass" came from the legal genius of British legal system, Lord Denning. Apparently, it is not.

The quotation, as Wikipedia puts it, means "The law, as created by legislators or as administered by the justice system, cannot be relied upon to be sensible or fair".

In Malaysia, government MPs simply aye all laws proposed by government on the instruction of the Chief Whip, which under BN, was Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and subsequently replaced by Dato Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

The law drafter may have given enforcement agencies too much power to the extent junior officers could abuse the law at will. However, the blame has to be with the whip system, which insisted voting is done along party line and decided by party leaders.

This is all leading to concerns and critiques of AMLA or the civil forfeiture law.

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

After Megat got the boot, time for dancing FGV Chairman to ...

There was public outcry on the social media to the video of FGV's Hari Raya gathering and Chairman Dato Wira Azhar Hamid joined dancing to the tune Gloria Gaynor's "I will survive".

The song is appropriate for FGV to inspire its staff after a RM1 billion net loss for FY December 2018 due to impairment and provisions. EBIT for first quaarter 2019 dropped by 19% from RM96 million to RM78 million.

Whatever Azhar said about becoming a high performance company and strategic shift, the current snap shot on CPO and strategic shift to durian may yet to be convincing.

The party-like atmosphere was in bad taste to stakeholders and Felda settlers participating in the various Felda schemes.

The land FGV is planting on are leased land from Felda. Though it does not belongs to the settlers and Felda is a government agency, FGV should take into consideration the sufferings of settlers in the Felda schemes.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Will Kadir Jasin be the new Felda Chairman?

An excerpt in this blog's February 28th, 2019 posting entitled "Is NEAC 2.0 to endorse "jual negara", including TH's asset?" reads:
Felda and FGV have been forced to sell lands and properties.

Effort by new Felda Chairman, Tan Sri Megat Zaharuddin Megat Md Nor to put together short, medium and long term plan to revive Felda was hardly appreciated. The one research sensation economist insist to only to sell assets only.

Heard Megat given up and seeking to resign. Among the names to replace would be Dato Mustapha Mohamed and Dato Abdul Kadir Jasin.
The Edge reported 2 hours ago: Megat Zaharuddin resigns as Felda chairman. It is Edge daily headline for today. Will that mean Kadir Jasin could be the next Chairman of Felda?

Monday, June 24, 2019

Within 3 years ... From last year or today?

After the video of Tun Dr Mahathir hesitant body language went viral yesterday, The Star today reported a CNBC interview of Mahathir saying he will step down within 3 years.

Having Monday morning blues.

In between one doctor appointment to another doctor for mother at a hospital, the question that pops up is when do the 3 years begin?

If it is from last year, Mahathir would pass the premiership presumably to Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim within the latest 2 years time.

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Narrative shifting to Mahathir's choice of successor

The above picture of Tun Dr Mahathir's staring posture at Dato Seri Azmin Ali in a meeting went viral. The joke is Mahathir is pondering as to why Azmin would do such thing.

It could be any meeting with government officers in Putrajaya, but the small room led to speculation that it is in Bangkok, where Mahathir attended an ASEAN Summit and Azmin is there too.

The common feedback received from friends across various political parties is Azmin is finished, kapish!

Mahathir is not likely to choose Azmin as Deputy Prime Minister or pass the premiership to Anwar.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Semburit, the movie: Neither Anwar nor Mahathir, who then is the 3rd party?

Since the last posting on the alleged Azmin Ali-Haziq Aziz sex video, this blogger have been pondering over who could be the hands behind the video release and its distribution, Haziq's brevity to confess, and his brimming confidence as he came out of the police after a night of interrogation.

In her column last week, Joceline Tan believed Haziq "seems to have gone into this high-stakes game with his eyes wide open". He seemed to be a well-trained Matahari, a WW1 spy doing work for the German.

It means he has a handler, the term to describe those given charge to manage these so-called agents or operatives. Joceline described it as hidden hands.

However, it is not an easy task to know and the best one could do is to figure out by analysing the outcome of the actions.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Kit Siang cannot forget politics, Political economy Malaysia cannot be without politics

The frontpage of The Edge Daily reads above.

As much as Prof Jomo Sundrams wants Malaysian to forget about politics and return to it for the next general election, it is hard to divert public attention to the economic problem from the hottest, biggest and most revealing sex scandal ever.

Forget the law and court for a while, because as far as court of public opinion, Dato Seri Azmin Ali is finished.

The video of Haziq admitting to the homosexual relation and clearer second set of video is shaping public opinion, and no denial and diversionary attempt by Azmin will be of any help.

The report by an Australian media that the video was not altered and video of a videographer-blogger, 1Peluru sealed his fate from being the 8th Prime Minister.

Yes, lets take a break from the political scandal to ponder on the fate of the nation.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Post-Raya war erupt with Latheefa's appointment, Azmin's sex video!

The meeting at Tun Dr Mahathir's home means DAP has thrown their card on the table.

Do not forget Lim Kit Siang said they will leave DAP should PH steer away from the reform agenda.

In not so many ways, DAP is deadset on their Malaysian Malaysia agenda to emulate Singaporean Singapore agenda and even the manner it is executed.

As far as Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim, he has to stick with DAP because they seemed to be the last left still supporting him through and through.

Even in PKR, the reformasi agenda is losing steam and factionalism has even eroded his dominance in PKR.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Snap election is a long planned Mahathir option

It was Wednesday, May 15 2018.

Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim was pardonend by Duli Yang Maha Mulia Seri Paduka Baginda Yang Di Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V and released from prison.

After an audience with Agong in the day time, he attended a political rally at Padang Timor Petaling Jaya at night. An estimated 10,000 attended but it is not his usual number of audience.

It was a rush job and furthermore, the next day Muslims was to begin fasting for Ramadhan. Malays tend to refrain from politics during the holy month.

There was nothing significant in the speech. The usual pleasantaries and complimentaries, including an odd one for Tun Dr Mahathir.

Almost all the winning Pakatan Harapan leaders were there, except Mahathir.  In place is Tan Sri Muhyiddin as token representation from PPBM. More so, they have been friends since student days at University of Malaya.

At that same moment, Mahathir was elsewhere ... 

Monday, June 10, 2019

China's capacity to call Trump's bluff in trade war

The news from the international media on the US-China trade war tend to highlight POSUS Trump's slapping one block of tariff rise after another.

It is as though China is helpless. Far from it as one message reveived from a former Merchant Banker reads....

The US has an unpayable National Debt of US$22.5 Trillion rising at the rate of $1.2 Trillion a year, plus an unfunded debt of $220 Trillion.

Wednesday, June 05, 2019

Selamat Tinggal Ramadhon, Selamat Hari Raya


للَّهُمَّ لاَ تَجْعَلْهُ آخِرَ الْعَهْدِ مِنْ صِيَامِنَا إِيَّاهُ، فَإِنْ جَعَلْتَهُ فَاجْعَ  لْنِيْ مَرْحُوْمًا وَ لاَ تَجْعَلْنِيْ مَحْرُوْمًا _

Yaa Allah! Janganlah Engkau jadikan puasa ini sebagai puasa yg terakhir dalam hidupku. Seandainya Engkau menetapkan sebaliknya, maka jadikanlah puasaku ini sebagai puasa yg dirahmati, bukan puasa yg sia-sia.

Seandainya masih ada padaku dosa yg belum Engkau ampuni atau dosa yg menyebabkan aku disiksa karenanya, sehingga terbitnya fajar malam ini atau sehingga berlalunya bulan ini, maka ampunilah semuanya wahai Dzat Yang Paling Pengasih dari semua yg mengasihi.”

Yaa Allah! Terimalah puasaku dgn se-baik² penerimaan, perkenan, kema’afan, kemurahan, pengampunan & keridhaan-Mu.

Sehingga Engkau memenangkan aku dgn segala kebaikan, segala anugerah yg Engkau curahkan di bulan ini.

Selamatkanlah aku dari bencana yg mengancam atau dosa yg berterusan. Demikian juga, dgn rahmat-Mu, masukkanlah aku ke dalam golongan org² yg mendapatkan (keutamaan) di Lailatul-Qadar. Malam yg telah Engkau tetapkan lebih baik dari seribu bulan.”

Semoga perpisahanku dgn bulan Ramadhan ini bukanlah perpisahan utk selamanya & bukan juga pertemuan terakhirku. Semoga aku dapat kembali bertemu dgn Ramadhan mendatang dalam keadaan penuh harapan & kesejahteraan.

Aamiin aamiin Yaa Mujiibas-Saailiin

Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Allahu Akbar, Walilahilham.


Saturday, June 01, 2019

Will there be post-Raya resolution to 1MDB with Jho Low detention?

There have been murmuring as to why the new IGP, Dato Hamid Bador is talking to the media too often.

Hamid Bador's frequent presence in the media is ridiculed as a new artiste on a popularity campaign.

One thing noticeable is the frequent attack of DAP towards police and Hamid Bador's statements are diverting it away. His willingness to implement IPCMC albeit watered down killed off critics.

The statement that is getting the sinister remark is the one on Jho Loh. Latest being Hamid Bador said he will be detained soon.

It will mean Jho Low will be "shanghaied" to Malaysia soon, after Raya perhaps.

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Tommy Thomas conflicted: He mediated on behalf of Seafield Hindu Temple!

In his explanation to media, The Star reported Tommy Thomas explained his "sacking" of Syazlin Mansor as lawyer for Housing and Local Government Ministry due to her being conflicted.
Thomas said this was one of the reasons he requested Housing and Local Government Minister Zuraida Kamaruddin revoke Syazlin’s appoint­ment to represent the ministry and the Fire and Rescue Depart­­­ment at the inquest.

Syazlin’s appointment, said Thomas, caused a conflict of interest in the inquest proceedings because apart from representing the ministry and the department, she also stood in for Muhammad Adib’s family.

“The interests of these parties may conflict and it was unacceptable for her to act for all parties.
MyKMU writer Abdul Jalil Backer asked why use the conflicted excuse? Everyone including Tun Dr Mahathir's lawyer, Hanif Khatri is asking why only now?

However, there is no dispute with the particular reasoning. However, if Syazlin is conflicted, Tommy too is conflicted. He should have refrained from getting involved in the Inquest and withdraw from making any decision. Not only the public had forgotten, Tommy may have forgotten.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Tommy Thomas lost his mantle, But Daim... ?

If you take on the mantle of a profession or an important job, you are taking on the responsibilities and duties which must be fulfilled by those in the profession or job.

Taking on the mantle means taking charge or assume role of leadership. Cambridge dictionary described mantle as a position of responsibility or authority.

Malaysiakini reported Attorney General, Tommy Thomas denied social media claim that he "told Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and former Council of Eminent Persons chairperson Daim Zainuddin there is no solid proof to convict Najib Abdul Razak on the allegation that funds were embezzled from 1MDB."

This statement confirmed Tommy lost his mantle. It is unthinkable for a supposedly brilliant defense lawyer to assume public could not figure it out. For quite awhile, this blog saw indications he was losing it.

Back in June 2018, this blog posed the question of whether he can prepare the cases on 1MDB, SRC etc. against Dato Najib and Datin Rosmah.

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Penang tunnel made "Chickadee" enchained with sorrow to debate Najib

"Chickadee", tell me what's wrong
You're enchained by your own sorrow
In your eyes there is no hope for tomorrow
How I hate to see you like this
There is no way you can deny it
I can see that you're oh so sad, so quiet
"Chickadee", tell me the truth
I'm a shoulder you can cry on
Your best friend, I'm the one you must rely on
You were always sure of yourself
Now I see you've broken a feather
I hope we can patch it up together
Pun from lyric of Chiquitta by ABBA

We thought Lim Kit Siang backed out because Dato Najib would have used the debate to raised issue and exposed his embarassing past, personal and subversive activities, including his fake law degree degree and humbling begnning as a pork seller in Batu Pahat, Johor.

Raja Petra thought Najib would used it to raise issues Kit Siang raised against Tun Dr Mahathir in the past such BMF, BNM Forex, Maminco, Perwaja and the list goes on.

There is also the possibility Dato Najib would use the debate to question on the "kewayangan" (dramatic spin) of his son, Lim Guan Eng on the misleading economic and financial statements and information.

Yesterday, we were told to think further.

Monday, May 27, 2019

LKY's grandson gay marriage and gay PM-in-waiting for Malaysia

The late Lee Kuan Yew's grandson, Lee Huan Wu married his male partner, Hang Yirui in a same sex marriage in Cape Town, South Africa.

On his Instagram, he wrote: "Today I marry my soulmate. Looking forward to a lifetime of moments like this with [Huanwu]."

The father of the bridegroom (or bride, whichever the preference) and younger brother of Singapore Prime Minister, Lee Hsien Yang was asked by South China Morning Post for comment.

He said, "I believed my father would have been thrilled to know this."

Lee Kuan Yew's view on homosexuality was compiled by His answer was legal and scientific. It's a defensive mode to maintain his firm misdemeanour, but remain politically correct with the times.

Sunday, May 26, 2019

Restoring GST means PH admitted Guan Eng messed up the economy

Still anti-GST? 

For three years in a row - May 1st 2014  and 2015, and April 2nd 2016, Pakatan Rakyat supporters held an anti-GST rally.

Thoughout the GE 14 campaign, GST was the main and most impactful political weapon of mass destruction for Pakatan Harapan to demolish the then ruling Barisan Nasional.

Few Ministers, including Prime Minister recently admitted rising prices was a result of profiteering along the supply chain, but back then, GST was blamed for price increases. Now that the system has reverted to SST, prices increased even more and rapidly.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

Not only Deloitte was raided, PMO too ... Lack of evidence?

In the previous posting on Lim Kit Malam, the pun for him chickening out from a debate with Dato Najib, this blog touched briefly of the Deloitte raid by police on Thursday.

One former 1MDB staff questioned why the raid now when the case is already charged in court? Does it have anything to do with the trial being repeatedly postphoned?

Trial for cases related to 1MDB is supposed to commence May 1st but under guise of public interest, DPP requested for a new date and High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah fixed the date for August 19-29th, whole months of September and October, and early part of November.

It is heard that the 1MDB cases had problems with documentations in addition to problems to corroborate the evidence involving foreign money trails.

In other word, it could mean AG have insufficient evidence.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Kit Siang out-danced, Media just no class

Dato Najib challenged Lim Kit Siang for a free style debate.

Without the usual play hard to get by one side in any typical political debate challenge in Malaysia, Najib went along to agree on all conditions set by Kit Siang.

He only insist on free style debate, and in jest, as long as RSN Rayer is not moderator..

It was most welcoming to see that it could come to an agreement in two days. But Kit Siang choked and withdrew.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Government has new leads on Jho Low: Real or Drama?

At the time public was still in a daze over Jho Low and 1MDB, contrary to the advise of a source close to former PM Dato Najib cautioninh against drawing a conclusion, this blog raised issue on Jho Loh back in early February 2015 with the posting, "Time for Jho Loh to start singing".

It was followed by an April 2015 posting, "Why still no Jho Loh lawsuit against NYT?"

Sources from Penang was saying Tan Sri Larry Low is not as rich as he potrayed himself to be. MWE is not entirely his show, but together with Thai partner. Larry's family moved from Thailand to Penang.

Talk was Jho Loh borrowed money from his father, fathers' friends, and even Ah Long to invest in gifts to win the hearts of potential clients. The Whale book revealed Jho Low modus operandi was buying his way into friendship and access.

The early tip-off on Jho Loh blamed Dato Najib, but 1MDB had many good intentions and CSR, thus it has to be given a chance. More benefit of the doubt as more information received from Terengganu.

An opportunity to meet CEO Dato Shahrol raised suspicion that there are character problem with those running 1MDB and blame should fairly be directed to Jho Low.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Hua Wei to Hawau

Top US tech companies begin to cut off vital Huawei supplies after company is blacklisted by White House

  • Chip makers including Intel, Qualcomm, Xilinx and Broadcom are said to have told their employees they will not supply Huawei until further notice
  • Also, the US has pressured both allies and foes to avoid using Huawei for 5G networks that will form the backbone of the modern economy

Published: 2:44pm, 20 May, 2019

Top US corporations from chip makers to Google have frozen the supply of critical software and components to Huawei Technologies, complying with a Trump administration crackdown that threatens to choke off China’s largest technology company.

Friday, May 17, 2019

TH's Q1 "profit" for the starry-eyed and gullible to believe

Three strikes and the batter is out in a baseball game.

Allah is great! Currently on the third consecutive strike, but have not let up on fasting. With the neb on and fingers still able to pound away on the keyboard, Bursa Malaysia this week comes to mind.

CI plunged 30 points first hour Monday morning only to recover back in the morning trade. Prior to the event, there was a barrage of negative reports on Malaysian economy, ringgit, stock market, and investors by-passing Malaysia.

It turns out Investment Bankers churning out the negative reports (and foreign media "viraling" as news) went on a "house buy" to go against their own bearish reports. The gullible locals were selling into a bear trap.

Nevertheless, the market did not turned bullish but bearish with one analyst giving a bottom target for CI at 1580 and one BFM mid-morning comment was talking about 1600 as resistance, intended as support perhaps.

The market would not have been this blur had some smartass accountant and their hair splitting standards not handcuffed local institutions from sticking themselves out for the nation's bourse.

With market condition as such, suddenly Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) announced its first quarter profit of RM440 million on the back of RM623 million earning. One can't imagine how many out there will be gullible enough to believe.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Eventually, Justice Nazlan may need to dismiss SRC case

Failure to comply with the rules of discovery may, in more serious cases, result in an action being dismissed, or a defence being struck out and judgment entered accordingly - Shearn Delamore & Co.
Yesterday's SRC trial in court saw the testimony by 37th witness, Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd (IPSB) managing director Datuk Dr Shamsul Anwar Sulaiman.

Dr Sam, as he is known in his close circle, did not know the RM42 million IPSB transfered was meant for Dato Najib's personal account. Otherwise, he would not have signed the transfer had he know it is Najib's personal account.

And he told the court the transfer was acting on e-mail instruction from IPSB's fund provider, Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia (YR1M).

In case the public forgotten, Dr Sam was the second person remanded for questioning by MACC in July 2015 and was mentioned to be charged for corruption in the charge sheet leaked by Sarawak Report, which was allegedly prepared by Tan Sri Gani Patail and subsequently denied by MACC.

Dr Sam's statement proved SRC money did not go to Najib's personal account as per the charge made by AG and investigated by MACC. This could certainly throw off the case

Nevertheles, it doubtful High Court Judge Mohd Nazlan Ghazali dare to allow it. It is not due to the open secret among certain lawyers that he is Dato Gopal Sri Ram's "boy".

If he could not make MACC provide document to the defense team's discovery, it is unlikely he could dismiss the case or rule no prima facie.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

SRC trail: Negated are the "witness tampered" testimonies

Last week or two saw a chorus of KWAP's witnesses gave testimonies that seemed scripted to pin on Najib.

It started with the wide media coverage to the testimony of the 29th witness, AVP Amirul Imran Ahmat, and confirmed by witnesses #33, Ambalagam Marapan and witness #34, Amirah Muhammad Nor.

However, Amirah was caught by defense lawyer giving testimony similarly worded as Ambalagam. She admitted MACC assisted with the choice of words or as quoted in Malay, "...SPRM telah bantu saya dengan ayatnya saja."

A lawyer cautioned in jest against accusing MACC tampering with the witness, but "assisting with words" was the way to put it when caught being coached.

Monday, May 13, 2019

No political stability insight

DAP is beating their propaganda drum claiming their thumping win in Sandakan means Muslim voters are willing to accept DAP.

MMO's analysis to claimed Malu Apa BossKu is not really factor any more is part of the DAP message.

It is a matter of time the fad will wear off as it loses the spontaneity. Political analyst Dr Abdul Latiff Mohd Ibrahim felt that "developments in Najib’s corruption trial had dented the bossku phenomenon".

Nevertheless, the fact that this Malaya-critical Penampang boy, Phillip Golingai wrote an article to discuss means it will be around for a while. More so, Najib is providing healthy and factual critic of the PH government.

Phillip mentioned the more commonly heard conversation on the ground, in Sandakan at least, was the succession plan to Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

At 54% turnout, no analysis is relevant

From the day PBS announced Datuk Linda Tsuen as candidate for Sandakan by-election, it was a lost cause already and interest is lost on the by-election.

However, at 54% turnout, no analysis of the DAP win is of any relevence. It is neither a win for the people as Dato Shafie Apdal claimed nor snap out of three consecutive losses for PH.

There is no significant message given out by a by-election with 37% voters turnout as at 1:00 PM afternoon.

It is as positive as the only positive poll on PH's anniversary as government which seemed cooked up for Mahathir to claim voters still prefer PH over BN or other parties.

The winner only goes to the side able to bring out voters at that last dash near tea time. In Sabah, lunch hour is 12 PM.

Thursday, May 09, 2019

Black Thursday: Face saving for police, More AG drama at SRC trial

Several postings to poke finally brought out a reaction from the police.

Yesterday on the third of Ramadhan, police reacted with a civil forfeiture charge against Dato Najib and Datin Seri Rosmah. There was no criminal charge made, but civil charge instead.

And, it seemed more of face saving from a glaring embarassment to Police CID. It is already an embarassment for PH as they celebrate their one year anniversary in power today.

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

One hijrah year: Mahathir subtly acknowledged he is wrong

Today is the second day of Ramadhan. Yesterday, after Terawih prayer, it was exactly a hijrah year and one day that Dato Najib's home was raided upon his return from 1MDB-funded Kg Baru Mosque.

It is not to commemmorate the momentous occasion. As of May 7th today, it is 9 days to May 16th midnight and stretching to May 17th, they day it will be exactly one Gregorian year since the raid. Till today, there has been no charges with regard to the seized goods.

The AMLA law allows for the seized goods to be held for six months and any extension will require a court order. Upon reaching a year without any charge, there is no more legal avenue for the police to hold back the properties and money seized.

In March 18th posting, this blog raised the issue of some goods were possibly missing and the seizure done at the condominiums was in absence and without owners' signature to acknowledge the goods seized.

It was done in contravention of the Criminal Procedure Code. The police stands to be liable to any dispute on the goods seized. Dato Najib raised about the UMNO money declared by police was short.

Monday, May 06, 2019

Selamat berpuasa: Japanese researcher on fasting won Nobel Prize

Wishing all Muslim happy Ramadhan. May their Ramadhan be both physically and spiritually fulfilling experience.

For non-Muslim, they could join the festivity for the fasting as a researcher claimed it induce anti-aging health benefit. In 2016, a Japanese scientist, Yoshinori Ohsumi won a Nobel Prize in medicine for autophagy or a process of cell "eating itself" during fasting.

C&EN website reported:

Sunday, May 05, 2019

Nuthin' Floydian about Maszlee and Teo Nee Ching, Chun Wai

We don't need no education
We don't need no thought control
No dark sarcasm in the classroom
Teachers leave them kids alone…
"Another Brick in the Wall" was Pink Floyd's several parts songs from their 1979 album, The Wall.

It is rock opera, which explores the life of a character facing abuse from his schoolteachers, an overprotective mother, and the breakdown of his marriage contributing to an eventual self-imposed isolation from society, symbolised by a wall.

Critics described it as overblown and pretentious but it is one of greatest rock album or all time and one of the most well known concept album of all time also.

This blog used Another Brick in the Wall to represent one brick or voice of many bricks that make up the wall.

Wong Chun Wai's column of same title in The Star today dealt with the recent issue of opening matriculation entry to other races.

Friday, May 03, 2019

Rome Statute protest tomorrow, Noor Farida bluff called, and bunkum liberal arguments

There will be a Rome Statute protest to be held tomorrow Saturday May 4th at Sogo, Jalan Tunku Abdul Rahman Kuala Lumpur. It will the begin with a parade after zohor prayers at Masjid Jameq.

Come in WHITE!

The crowd may not be as large as the anti-ICERD gathering several months ago, because similar gatherings are being held throughout the country since last week. In Johor, there were gatherings held district-to-district with regard to both the Rome Statute and Johor Constitution.

Nevertheless, the protest is expected to attract a significantly more sizeable crowd than any gathering by the pro-Rome Statute "elite Bangsar type" liberals.

Even the political party supporters of the current ruling government has insufficient followers and incapable of gathering sufficient number as show of support. They do not have PAS to be exploited anymore.

Thursday, May 02, 2019

Mukhriz's "Santa Claus", PPBM's War Room Director convicted by SC

Santa Claus collects toys and distribute it to the children from needy families during festivities. Malaysia's version of Santa Claus collects "toys" and "distribute" it for "raya".

In the news today is about "Santa Claus" for Dato Mukhriz being convicted by Session's Court for offenses under the Securities Industry Act 1983 and Capital Market and Services Act 2007.

The KL Sessions Court convicted two former directors; namely Datuk Norhamzah Nordin and Mohd Azham Mohd Noor and an accounts manager of Kosmo Technology Industrial Bhd for furnishing false statements to Bursa Malaysia Securities Bhd.

In a piece entitled, "SC chairman axed, will Ranjit be investigated?" dated October 1, 2018, the blog The New Malaysia Times highlighted that Norhamzah was acquitted for the same charge in 2016,

It is commendable of new SC Chairman, Syed Zaid Albar, brother to now PPBM member Tan Sri Syed Hamid Albar, for revisting the case in May 2018 after the departure of the jagah Tan Sri Ranjit Ajit Singh.

Norhamzah was PPBM's War Room Director at the last GE14. Apparently, he switched his political allegiance from UMNO to Parti Pribumi Bersatu.

Removed as Johor PPBM Chairman, Muhyiddin attacked by cybertrooper

The drama played out by PPBM after the emergency MPKT meeting was that everything resolved and all will back Tun Dr Mahathir. Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin claimed ignorance and apologised to Mahathir.

There have been thousands of political quarrels that will have this sort of scene as part of the repertoire but subsequently, the quarrel will continue. More so, one is talking about the quarrelsome Mahathir.

Muhyiddin also has a history of being sneeky to play along, prepare and confront at the last minute to ouster his target.

In the past, his victims include former Johor Menteri Besar and the man who brought him up in UMNO, late Tan Sri Osman Saat, former Deputy PM, Tun Musa Hitam, former PMs, Tun Abdullah Badawi and Dato Seri Mohd Najib Tun Abdul Razak.

Mahathir does not have much time and it is only expected that his move agaunst Muhyiddin will be soon and swift. The war between Mahathir and Muhyiddin has been declared.

Initially, the rumour was Muhyiddin will resign from the Johor PPBM Chairmanship after Hari Raya, but it does not take long. Mahathir already announced removed exco member, Mazlan Bujang as new state Chairman.

[Correction: The Star reported the then Chairman of PPBM Johor was former MB, Dato Osman Sapuan. Muhyiddin is PPBM President.]

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Tommy Thomas, Noor Farida, and Prof Shad fighting for a "worthless" statute

DAP Charles Santiago's grouse with the four "Professor Kangkung" was their warning to the Malay Rulers that as Supreme Commander, the Agong is open to the risk of being prosecuted by the International Criminal Court (ICC).

It is no new material. Tun Dr Mahathir's childish quarrel with TMJ insinuated of a vocal royal opposing Rome Statute for the pleasure of beating people up.

If Tommy Thomas is true at the UM Forum to say no such risk since any military action is a civilian government decision, then Mahathir is laying blame to the Supreme Commander of the Johor Military Force.

As written in earlier postings, the ICERD and Rome Statute issues could have been laid to rest if not for the stubborn Foreign Minister, Dato Saifuddin Abdullah.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Tommy Thomas: One boo boo after another, a "wayang" to follow

Talk at the courts is the 11-member AGC team on the SRC case is facing a snag. Tommy Thomas was angered by the new revelations by defense that he screamed "lazy bum!" at his legal team.

Tommy's unbecoming behaviour is certainly no morale booster for his team members, who are sick and tired with AGC being made used off to pander to Tun Dr Mahathir's revenge and political witch hunting. His first case as prosecutor looks likely to end up as a loss. The case will fall apart the moment Shafee and his team start attacking the issue of entrustment and dominion over the money.

Over the weekend, Tommy Thomas participation in the Rome Statute Forum added more controversies to his already long list. IGP was reported saying Rome Statute Forum at UM is under probe for sedition and AG will be investigated along. His revelation of BN government's intent to rectify the Statute does not hold up.

AGC may not cooperate by not charging Tommy and the other penalists, especially Dr. Syed Husin Ali. However, it will only confirm the growing perception that AG is not as fair minded as many claimed him to be, but instead bias and bigot.   

Since retracting Lim Guan Eng's corruption case, the sniggering in the legal community is on the claimed Constitutional expert's true expertise as a retraction specialist.

Another case over the weekend will certainly blow over and destroy further his reputation. This retraction will remind the public of Guan Eng's case.

Sunday, April 28, 2019

STING, STAFOC, STAGG and smartass

Many may have heard the line, "The law is an Ass".

That quotation is neither insulting the law nor law enforcement. It was a title of a book of anecdotes in the practise of law that makes no common sense.

Same with the intention of this posting. Before moving into the subject matter on  disbandment of police elite forces - STING, STAFOC, and STAGG, there is this story about ass that reached our smartphone this morning.

It's a Sunday. It is intended to start light.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Will Koon Yeow get upset now that is known PTMP PDP consortium partner is a bankrupt?

In the posting on Chow Koon Yeow losing his temper on BfM, he mentioned the tender process on the Penang Transport Master Plan (PTMP) including the Penang South Reclamation project is still on-going.

Chow reiterated the total cost forecasted is RM46 billion and was upset with an interviewer because the radio station earlier quoted from The Star's estimated cost for the project of RM70 billion.

Will Chow be upset now that the social media is viraling a published banruptcy notice of Tan Sri Ooi Kee Liang with the message that allagedly claiming:
Wah... Penang govt awarded the RM46 billion PTMP project to a company where the owner is bankrupt?
The viraled notice dated March 29th is as below:

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Is there a mystery hand orchestrating the SRC deposit, BMM raid, and leak to WSJ?

In a previous posting HERE, doubt was raised on a BNM officer ability to quote exact clause of the law contravened in his police report about half an hour after the raid on Ambank office.

The subsequent witnesses seemed be giving glowing words of Dato Najib's generosity that a commentator twitter asked where is the part Najib is the "pencuri, penyamun dan perompak" (thief, bandit and robber)?

Husin Lempoyang hinted Mahathir's "mencuri, menyamun dan merompak" or his plundered wealth can be seen in his children.

Today's witness, Umi Devi spent a whole day reading from text. Who prepared for the bank officer? Why was she allowed to read prepared text instead of being cross examined by the DPP? Does she has hearing problem thus could not do a Q&A?

Yesterday, prosecutor raised a pertinent issue, in which RM42 million of RM104 million of SRC money went to Najib's account, but what happen to the rest?

MMO reported:

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Will DAP's preferred David Wong be the next CJ?

Tan Sri Richard Malanjum last day in office was on April 13th. He retired  after 27 years in the judiciary.

The glowing tributes began to pour in to describe his journey from Tuaran to top office at the Justice of Palace as epic. Bar Council President attributed his short tenure as making an indelible mark.

Naturally, Sabah Law Society would gave him the highest tribute as leaving behind a legacy.

Chief Justice for Sabah and Sarawak, Datuk David Wong Dak Wah gave tribute to Mulanjam's mobile unit initiate to resolve citizenship issues in Sabah. The former DAP candidate for Sandakan is said to be one of the candidate to replace Mulanjum.

There was no farewell ceremony but his last message pen as Frank Sinatra's song, My Way was to ask to protect the judiciary

He seek from his colleagues, “All I ask from you is to protect the judiciary no matter what others may say".

Monday, April 22, 2019

Chow Koon Yeow: "Benda boleh marah. Buat apa jawab"

A new fad on Social Media now is the one liner: Thing can be ... Why ...?

There is: Things can rebrand, Why change government? Things can be accuse, why investigate? Things can be pissed on, Why honour promise? Things can be fake certificate, Why study?

The permutation is endless and funny.

This audio viralling of BFM interview with Penang CM, Chow Koon Yeow can be posed with the same question:

Things can be angry  Why need to answer? 

Its an approach to evade question. It only means something is not right ...

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