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.

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