Wednesday, August 06, 2008

JASA rumoured to allocate RM80 Million for PM's UMNO campaign

The planned report posted yesterday materialised. Some 20 supporters and 50 media personnel were present at the Kuala Lumpur ACA office at the Rumah Persekutuan. The Star August 5th report below:

UMNO veteran lodges ACA report on top leadership

By TEH ENG HOCK


KUALA LUMPUR: An UMNO veteran lodged a report with the Anti-Corruption Agency against the party’s top leaders.

Selangor veteran leader Datuk Mazlan Harun, who is also a former UMNO Youth exco member, did not make it clear what the report was about but said it was to alert the ACA on possible abuse of power in the run-up to the party elections in December.

“The ACA report is to ensure there is no abuse of power because we all want a free and fair elections,” he told reporters Tuesday after spending an hour being interviewed by ACA officers at the agency’s office here.


Muar branch leader Datuk Kadar Shah, the son of the late UMNO permanent chairman Tun Sulaiman Ninam Shah, accompanied Mazlan as he presented documents as proof to the ACA.

Asked who were the leaders implicated in the report, Mazlan said: “Those in power”.

“Who do you think is most powerful in Malaysia?” he said.

It is understood that the complaint was based on an open letter written by UMNO Petaling Jaya Selatan division chief Kapt (Rtd) Datuk Zahar Hashim and addressed to the party’s secretary general demanding that both party president Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and his deputy Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak be disciplined for allegedly abusing their power.

In the letter, dated July 11, Zahar asked for the party’s 2008 version of the Code of Ethics to be enforced only in December instead of July.

This was because Abdullah and Najib had breached the code on July 10 in a briefing with division, Youth, Wanita and Puteri leaders.

Zahar said they had openly campaigned and appealed for the top two posts to be uncontested, while Abdullah also promised to hand over power as party president to Najib in mid-2010.

Zahar called the act as "political corruption of the highest order", and claimed the duo had abused government machineries and given cash and gifts to UMNO members in a bid to sustain their position in the party.

Other UMNO veterans present at the ACA office were Kadar's brother Hassan Tun Sulaiman, who is also Muar division UMNO committee member and former Bandar Tun Razak division secretary and Sang Kelembai blogger Zaharin Mohd Yasin.

Hassan said the transition of power between Abdullah and Najib in 2010 was wrong, as the current Supreme Council can only decide if it was carried out before December.

"The new members of the Supreme Council elected in December are the ones who can make a decision on the transition of power in 2010," he said.

Zaharin said the transition was unconstitutional, as the party constitution does not provide for a transition of power.

"But we accept resignations. It actually means Abdullah is resigning in 2010, but that is if he is still party president then," he said.

In a statement, Civil Movement Against Corruption (Gerak) chairman Mohd Nazree Mohd Yunus urged the ACA to investigate all those involved in money politics in the UMNO elections at all levels.

"Gerak supports Datuk Mazlan Harun for reporting political corruption involving the UMNO president. The allegations by Datuk Zahar Hashim that the Prime Minister is involved in money politics should be looked into," he said.

Due to the confidentiality of any reports and statements given to ACA, Mazlan did not gave much comment. His report puts in question the seriousness of Abdullah Badawi's government to address the alleged corruption problem.

Dato Zaid Ibrahim, Minister in charge of law at the PM Department, was reported to have said that an independent ACA is a neccessary compliment to the judicial reform.

Former journalist Syed Imran in his blog, Kuda Ranggi yesterday asked the Government to prove its sincerity for an independent ACA for this case that will effect the Prime Minister. ACA falls under teh jurisdiction of the PM Department.

The issue raised by Kapten Zahar's letter and Mazlan Harun's ACA report relates to the arranged meeting of UMNO branch chiefs with the Prime Minister by JASA, a Ministry of Information agency believed to have contravened the recently issued Tataetika.

It raises the unethical practises in the use of Government machinery for intra party election and the corrupt political practise of bribing for political support in the form of "kain pelikat" gifts, providing travelling pocket money, hotel accomodation, and etc.

Rumours at UMNO coffehouse talk put the amount allocated by JASA for the PM's UMNO party political program at RM80 million. This excludes the donations of "kain pelikat" and pocket money by individual politicians.

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Salam...
Saudara... selidik dulu info yang dapat jangan menampakan kebodohan anda.. adalah tidak masuk akal sebuah jabatan diberi peruntukan sebanyak 80 juta...

Anonymous said...

Nonsense! RM80 million is too much money for any government agencies. Hei!Responsible with ur "fact".

pancaroba said...

i wonder how the PKR take care the money side of their campaign because before this there's an issue concerning the PKR raisefund.hmmm...anyone care to unleashes the fact? because we all always hear about the UMNO/BN side on dealing with their money but seldom revelation of the pakatan rakyat side.

Anonymous said...

Rumors are still rumors. It cannot be trusted unless it has been proven truth. Rumors are just to spread bad image of the current government administrations. Those are just bad tactics.

-voters-

A Voice said...

Anon 10:30 AM

The words came from someone with standing. BUt I didn;t lie. I said its a rumour.

If it is too much, what exactly wud be the right amount?

Thats the response the title rumour rumour wish to draw out? :)

Voters,

I dare you to do a mubahalah to say there was no gift of kain pelikat, money and hotel lodging?

NO muqabalah plse :)

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Bung Karno said...

Bagi kain pelikat pun dah cukup untuk ketua cawangan ? Berapa punya murah lah dia orang ni.

Kain pelikat tu kalau buat pakai solat, alamat tak dapat pahala solat.
Kalau buat doa untuk Dolah, doa tak tak diluluskan.

Anonymous said...

UMNO culture?


Molongkolong

Ramlan said...

Don't trust this story so much. There's no proof yet. But always remember that Dato' Mazlan Harun and Dato' Zahar Hashim are closely relate to Dr Mahathir and we also knows that Dr Mahathir is always try to step down Pak Lah...So, just think of it..

Anonymous said...

under Dollah nothing is impossible...

Anonymous said...

What is 80 million compare to 600 million for each UMNO Div before..

I don't know, but for sure God knows.

Anonymous said...

People like u... a voice, always take advantages on the things without care wheather it's truth or not. Make situation became more worse without guilty. What kind of person u're. I will watch u deeply until u know to separate "right" and wrong.

God bless u.

A Voice said...

Appreciate the comments.

I do not claim to be a journalist like Reuters. I do not passout rumours as fact.

But there were financial news service like Telerate and many other that reports rumours. The Star used to be famous for publishing financial pages with such news.

Even if it is presented as fact, it doesn't mean readers are oblige to trust and agree.

Where press freedom is not quite genuinely free, trees do not shake without some wind blowing.

If it is not RM80 million, how much?

Thus far, no detractors of thsi report have yet deny the part of kain pelikat, RM100-250 cash given, hotel lodging, excursiin to putrajaya and shopping?

They are blaming Ku Li, Dr Mahathir, Kaptan Zahar, Mazlan, etc but not deny that happened. Even some links are wrong.

Ramlan,

Mazlan Harun and his father, the famous Dato Harun Idris are S46 activist opposing Dr Mahathir and UMNO at one time.

Isn't that presenting wrong fact as fact?

HeroTamil said...

Anon is rite!!!

Wakakakakakaka... rumors of RM 80,000,000 is a bit too gross lah brader....

if you disperse it among the ketua cawangan i.e is around 22,000 of them
it comes out almost RM3,600 each. It is preposterous!!!

Well let say, the last 2 yrs, the selling price Was RM 200.00 only..
But taking account to the post of Ketua Cawangan... we should markup aroung 50%.. come out to RM 300, taking account of today's cost of living we add up another 30% ..making it around figure to the total of RM 400.00,
Lodging (sharing basis)and transport well let cost upto RM 450.00 Making it all RM 950.00...
it only comes up to aroud RM 20.9M

Then kalau harga Ketua bahagian let say RM 5000.00.. 220(Kawasan Parlimen plus minus sikit Parlimen sarawak lah)..another Rm 1.1M

Campur semua... ONLY RM22M.
Well...that should be ok lah...;)

A Voice said...

Herotamil

Terima kasih dengan sumbangan anda kepada perbincangan ini.

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