24 November 2014

Antara Najib dan Jokowi...

Jokowi naik pesawat Garuda Indonesia kelas ekonomi menuju Singapura...

Beza kepimpinan Jokowi dan Najib...

Sebaik saja mendarat di Lapangan Terbang Soekarno-Hatta di Jakarta Isnin lalu, Presiden Indonesia Joko Widodo (Jokowi) baru saja mengumumkan pengurangan subsidi minyak di Istana Merdeka yang disiarkan secara langsung di televisyen. 

Dalam perjalanan ke hotel penginapan di Cikini, Jakarta Pusat, jalan mulai sesak akibat demonstrasi yang diadakan bagi membantah kenaikan harga minyak dan kenderaan beratur untuk memenuhkan tangki mereka sebelum harga baru dikuatkuasakan.

Berkuatkuasa 12 tengah malam pada 18 November, 2014, harga minyak Premium (RON88) naik Rp 2,000 (55 sen) menjadi Rp 8,500 (RM2.35) seliter.

Harga minyak solar (diesel) turut naik menjadi Rp 7,500 (RM2.07) seliter dari sebelumnya Rp 5,500 (RM1.52) seliter.

Demonstrasi yang diadakan tidak begitu besar (mengikut standard Indonesia) dan masih terkawal walaupun terdapat peserta membakar tayar.

Selain Jakarta, terdapat juga bantahan di beberapa daerah lain tetapi belum mencapai tahap membimbangkan.

Televisyen seperti TV One, Kompas TV dan lain-lain menyiarkan reaksi langsung masyarakat terhadap tindakan pemerintah Indonesia mengurangkan subsidi minyak serta menunjukkan bagaimana stesen minyak sesak akibat pengguna yang mahu memenuhkan tangki mereka dengan harga minyak lama.

Stesen televisyen turut mewawancara pengguna yang marah-marah dengan tindakan pemerintah Indonesia mengurangkan subsidi bahan api.

Tempo Online melaporkan, Naib Presiden Indonesia Jusuf Kalla sebagai berkata, pada mulanya, pengumuman pengurangan subsidi minyak itu seharusnya dilakukan menteri berkaitan.

Tetapi pada minit-minit terakhir diputuskan biar Jokowi sendiri yang mengumumkan keputusan tidak popular itu.

"Hal itu menunjukkan risiko apa pun akan ditanggung presiden. Kami bersedia untuk tidak popular dengan keputusan ini," katanya seperti dilaporkan Tempo Online.

Keesokan harinya semasa bersarapan di hotel, televisyen menyiarkan reaksi pemimpin pembangkang yang tidak bersetuju dengan tindakan Kabinet Jokowi itu.

Pemimpin pembangkang berhujah mengapa mereka tidak bersetuju dengan tindakan pemerintah itu dengan bebas dan disiarkan secara langsung melalui televisyen.

Di akhbar-akhbar utama juga begitu. Pandangan yang menyokong dan menentang pengurangan subsidi minyak memenuhi dada-dada akhbar dan masyarakat boleh menilai sendiri hujah tersebut.

Jib dan Mama terbang ada kelas...

Sebaik saja mendarat di Lapangan Terbang Antarabangsa Kuala Lumpur Jumaat lalu, media melaporkan Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan Datuk Seri Hasan Malek baru mengeluarkan kenyataan tiada lagi subsidi petrol RON95 dan diesel bermula 1 Disember.

Menurut Hasan, kerajaan memutuskan penetapan harga runcit bagi petrol RON95 dan diesel mengikut kaedah pengapungan terkawal berbanding Mekanisme Harga Automatic (APM) yang dilaksanakan sejak 1983.

Bayangkanlah keputusan besar kerajaan seperti ini hanya diumumkan Hasan yang sebelum ini seringkali menjadi kontroversi dengan kenyataan-kenyataan "bijaknya".

Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak tidak berani mengumumkan sendiri keputusan besar kerajaan seperti ini.

Jangan kita harapkan pula bantahan masyarakat akan disiarkan televisyen. Jangan kita harapkan pemimpin pembangkang yang membantah keputusan ini akan diberikan peluang berhujah mengapa Malaysia masih memerlukan subsidi bagi RON95 dan diesel.

Berita-berita sebegini hanya dapat dibaca dan ditonton di media atas talian.

Sebagai balasannya, media atas talian ini yang hanya melaporkan apa yang berlaku dituduh sebagai pro pembangkang dan akan dihalang membuat liputan di acara kerajaan dan Perhimpunan Agung Umno.

Inilah bezanya di antara Jokowi dan Najib. Jokowi berani mengumumkan sendiri keputusan tidak popular pemerintahannya berbanding Najib yang bersembunyi di sebalik Hasan.

Jokowi menunjukkan kepada rakyat Indonesia apa ertinya seorang “pemimpin”.

Sayangnya semenjak menjadi perdana menteri pada 2009, Najib masih belum lagi menunjukkan “kepimpinannya”.  – Amin Iskandar,TMI

A photo taken on July 23, 2014 shows the crash site of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17, in a field near the village of Grabove, in the Donetsk region. AFP
Dutch complete MH17 wreckage recovery in Ukraine...

Dutch experts on Sunday completed the recovery of wreckage from the crash site of downed Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 in eastern Ukraine and have sent it to a government-controlled city en route for the Netherlands

"(Transport of) the recovered wreckage from flight MH17 is under way towards Kharkiv," by train, the Dutch Safety Board (OVV) said in a statement.

Trucks carrying larger pieces of wreckage drove to Kharkiv on Saturday, it added.

Dutch experts, charged with body part recovery and also leading the probe into the July 17 crash that killed all 298 people on board, are to reconstruct parts of the doomed Boeing 777 in the Netherlands as part of their investigation.

"When the wreckage has arrived in Kharkiv, transportation to the Netherlands will be prepared," the OVV said.

"At this point it cannot be said when and in what way this transport will be carried out."


Kiev and the West have claimed that the airliner was shot down in the conflict-torn area by separatist fighters using a BUK surface-to-air missile supplied by Russia. Moscow denies the charges, pointing the finger at Kiev.

So far 289 victims had been identified through body parts recovered from the site, but no wreckage had yet been retrieved due to safety issues.

Most of the victims on the flight from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur were Dutch nationals.

Investigators began the removal operation a week ago under the auspices of monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) amid fears that full-scale fighting could break out again in the area.

"Despite the complex circumstances and local safety situation, the team was able to work as planned under the guidance of the OSCE," the Dutch Safety Board said, hailing good cooperation from "local services".

Some debris not considered useful to the investigation was left at the site, the OVV said, and would be picked up by local services. – AFP





cheers.

23 November 2014

MB saman Utusan & Melayu jadi Red Indian,kata hakim...


Menteri Besar Pahang Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob memfailkan saman terhadap Utusan Malaysia berhubung tulisan “Hebat Sangatkah Adnan?’ yang disiarkan pada 9 November lalu.

Utusan menerima surat 18 November daripada syarikat guaman Manjeet Singh Dhillon dengan nilai tuntutan saman sebanyak RM15 juta, lapor akbar Umno itu.

Utusan tidak akan mengeluarkan sebarang komen mengenai saman tersebut memandangkan ia bakal menjadi kes mahkamah.

Perkara itu dinyatakan oleh Awang Selamat, yang dianggap sebagai suara Utusan, dalam kolumnya hari ini.

Awang Selamat sebelum ini, tanpa menafikan peranan dan kerja keras Adnan, berkata ramai berpendapat BN di Pahang boleh menang lebih besar jika beliau umumkan berundur selepas PRU-13.

Menurut kolumnis itu, Utusan sebelum ini menerbitkan laporan khas tentang kebanjiran 30,000 warga asing terutama Bangladesh di Cameron Highlands.

Adnan kemudian dikatakan berang dan mengaitkannya dengan agenda media untuk menjatuhkan pemimpin selain mahu melariskan akhbar bagi mengelakkan syarikat akhbar rugi dan tutup.
- mk


Photo: ADNAN YAAKOB SAMAN LIDAH RASMI UMNO UTUSAN RM15 JUTA HANYA KERANA MENGATAKAN "HEBAT SANGATKAH ADNAN?".
http://omakkau.blogspot.com/2014/11/adnan-yaakon-saman-lidah-rasmi-umno.html
Adnan Yaakob sues Utusan for RM15mil...

Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob is suing Utusan Malaysia for RM15 million, over a commentary it published two weeks ago.

The Malay-language daily said it has received a letter of demand dated Nov 18, for the article ‘Is Adnan that great?’ published on Nov 9.

The letter came from Adnan’s lawyer Manjeet Singh Dhillon, it said.

“This is just for information, it is not appropriate to say more than that because this will become a court matter,” wrote Awang Selamat today, which is the newspaper’s official pseudonym.

The offending article was published following the fatal mud flood on Nov 5 in Cameron Highlands, calling Adnan arrogant and urging him not to overstay his welcome. Three people had died in the flood waters.       

It accused him of being incapable of resolving illegal land clearings in the state, and has become a liability to Umno and Pahang.

“His leadership style is no longer suitable even though his supporters argue that he has the charisma to control the unique politics in Pahang.

“But the grassroots want change. Other states have already changed menteris besar but Pahang still has the same person whose rating and popularity has fallen,” Awang Selamat wrote two weeks ago.- mk


'Malays to be Red Indians if UMNO, PAS don’t unite'...

Former chief justice Abdul Hamid Mohamad today urged PAS and Umno to unite in order to stop DAP from attaining federal power, which he said would result in Malays suffering a fate similar to ‘Red Indians’ in the United States.

“Malays’ problems are not limited to the abolishing of the Internal Security Act (ISA) or Sedition Act,” he said.

“The problem is they face the threat of becoming like Red Indians in their own land,” he added.

He said that PAS and Umno must now join hands to ensure that the rights of Malays and Muslims are not threatened by DAP.

Hamid said that PKR cannot be expected to champion the cause of Malays because the party fights for “only one Malay”, in an apparent reference to PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.

“I don’t mention PKR because the party never said it is fighting for the Malays. It only fights for one Malay, that too if that person still considers himself a Malay,” he said.

He, however, said that Umno leaders must change the perception that the party is corrupted.

“Umno should continue being the dominant party for Malays and Muslims. The problem is their leaders,” he said.

“The number one factor why people hate Umno is because the perception of corruption. They have must correct this, not by talking but by actually avoiding corruption,” he added. - mk


Tun Hamid: Sekat DAP jadikan Melayu Red Indian

Mujahid Yusoff - Kenapalah bekas hakim ni tak bercakap isu negara pengeluar minyak menghapuskan subsidi harga minyak untuk rakyatnya. Macamana PAS dan UMNO nak berhabung kerana Melayu Kerajaan Persekutuan meminggirkan hak Melayu Kerajaan Kelantan dengan menafikan hak royalti hasil minyak. Jangan asyik nak menjaja isu Melayu kalau sesama Melayu pun tak berlaku adil, dengan bahas mudah - Melayu Umno tidak berlaku adil kepada Melayu PAS.

Hans Deus - Dulu PAS pernah masuk BN utk selamatkan UMNO (1969), apa dah jadi...ditelannya PAS sehingga gigi PAS jadi tumpul. INi lagi dah 4 penggal PAS perintah Kelantan, Terengganu dan Kedah 1 penggal, mengapa UMNO mahu jatuhkan?

Apa nama - "Where have we gone wrong". asked Najib. Hello Najib, this is one of the wrongs in the context of unity. By the way, Red Indians are hard working and not lazy as what Mahathir mentioned. So do not compare.

Vgeorgemy - Abdul Hamid Mohamad, it was the rampant corruption and crony capitalism made UMNO loosing the political power in those states controlled by PR. Based on your analysis, UMNO can never can be transparent and do any good for Rakyat. UMNO needs to change before any political party able to cooperate with them. Wish you all the best. 

Angry_Voter - The way UMNO Malays are bleeding the nation's wealth I am sure many Malays really do not mind if DAP attains the federal power. I am sure Malaysia will be in better hands compared to being under UMNO pirates. This former judge is really not that smart to compare the situation of the Malays with that of the Red Indians.




cheers.

11 soalan cepumas untuk Najib jawab pasai 1MBD...


Ahli Parlimen Gelang Patah Lim Kit Siang berkata langkah untuk mengugut Tony Pua dengan tuntutan mahkamah adalah satu contoh yang buruk kepada menteri-menteri lain tentang bagaimana untuk mengelakkan akauntabiliti.

Beliau menggesa Najib membuat kenyataan untuk menjawab beberapa soalan mengenai 1MDB, iaitu:

1. Mengapa kerajaan mengeluarkan surat sokongan bagi  bon 1MDB bernilai AS $3.0 bilion (RM9.6bn)  yang dikeluarkan pada bulan Mac 2013?

2. Mengapa 1MDB membayar purata lebih daripada 10% sebagai "komisen tertentu, bayaran dan perbelanjaan" untuk mendapatkan pinjaman berjumlah AS $3.0 bilion (Mac 2013) dan AS $ 1.75 bilion pada (Mei 2012)?

3. Mengapa 1MDB mengalihkan AS $1.1 bilion daripada AS $ 3.0 bilion yang diperolehi oleh anak syarikatnya, 1MDB Global Investment Limited untuk membayar balik hutang sendiri dan menampung perbelanjaan operasinya?

4. Mengapa 1MDB bersetuju menerima jaminan pinjaman korporat oleh International Petroleum Investment Corporation (IPIC) dengan syarat-syarat yang membebankan itu?

5. Mengapa 1MDB melabur AS $1 bilion dalam usaha sama dengan PetroSaudi pada tahun 2009, sebuah syarikat dengan tiada rekod prestasi dan asal-usul yang meragukan?

6. Mengapakah 1MDB melabur AS $2.32 hasil daripada penebusan pinjaman PetroSaudi pada tahun 2013 dalam dana pelaburan legap dengan Bridge Capital Partners di Kepulauan Cayman?

7. Mengapa Kementerian Kewangan tergesa-gesa mengambil alih anak syarikat 1MDB, SRC International Sdn Bhd?

8. Mengapa 1MDB terlebih bayar bagi aset kuasanya - Genting Sanyen (RM2.38bn) dan Tanjong Energy (RM8.5bn) yang memerlukan kemerosotan serta-merta sebanyak RM1.2 bilion daripada yang direkodkan sebanyak RM2.6 bilion?

9. Mengapa Kementerian Tenaga, Teknologi Hijau dan Air mengubah dasar tender terbukanya untuk kuasa baru?

10. Mengapa kerajaan Persekutuan menjual tanah super-primanya kepada 1MDB pada harga yang sangat rendah diskaunnya?

11. Mengapa firma audit antarabangsa - Ernst & Young dan KPMG menarik diri dari kerja audit yang lumayan mereka dengan 1MDB masing-masing pada 2009 dan 2012?

Najib's lawsuit won't stop DAP pursuing 1MDB...

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's threat to sue DAP lawmaker Tony Pua won't stop the party's pursuit of answers from 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng said Najib's letter of demand served on Pua yesterday is "historic" as a PM has never filed a legal suit against an opposition lawmaker.

"However, DAP will not be detracted by the prime minister’s proposed defamation suit to desist from persisting with our questioning and probing of 1MDB.

"DAP will continue to press for a full accounting in the public interest, the financial viability and rationale of 1MDB, especially in using tens of billions of ringgit in debts to finance its business operations," said Lim in a statement today.

Pua, who is Petaling Jaya Utara MP, along with PKR Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli has been actively questioning various aspects of 1MDB's finances, activities and accounts.

"DAP hopes that whilst this suit by the prime minister is personal and private, the management decisions taken by 1MDB and the Finance Ministry is public and of national interest, will not stifle public discourse and choke off any media coverage on 1MDB when it involves RM41.9 billion in debt and RM 49 billion in total liabilities.

"Should this (suit) happen, then this would be a national disservice to 30 million Malaysians and contrary to the principles of transparency and accountability," added Lim.

He said claims that 1MDB can service its RM41.9 billion debt because it has RM51.4 billion in assets is false, because the total value of assets should be compared against the total value of liabilities. Debt, he said, is only one part of the liabilities.

With RM49 billion in liabilities, he said 1MDB has only RM2.44 billion in excess of assets over liabilities.

However, quoting a report by The Edge Malaysia, Lim (left) said this includes land valuation gains, which he argued cannot be used to service loans because these gains do not generate revenue.

If this is taken out of equation, along with the goodwill from purchasing assets from independent power producers, those excesses will be wiped out and 1MDB would be left with excess of liabilities over assets of RM4.7 billion, he said.

“This raises the likelihood of a debt default and whether 1MDB has the capacity to repay its loans.

“Whether 1 MDB possesses the funds to repay its loans and interest, as well as remain solvent, when its assets include public assets of the highest priority given in trust for national economic development and public interest, is the critical question of national importance,” he said.

‘Bad example’

Meanwhile, Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang said the move to threaten Pua with a lawsuit sets a bad example for other ministers on how to evade accountability.

He urged Najib to make a statement to answer some questions regarding 1MDB, namely:

1. Why did the government issue a ‘letter of support’ for 1MDB's US$3.0 billion (RM9.6bn) bonds issued in March 2013?

2. Why did 1MDB pay an average of more than 10 percent in "certain commissions, fees and expenses" to raise its loans of US$3.0 billion (Mar 2013) and US$1.75 billion (May 2012)?

3. Why did 1MDB divert US$1.1 billion of its US$3.0 billion raised by its subsidiary, 1MDB Global Investment Limited to repay the former's own debt and cover its operating expenses?

4. Why did 1MDB agree to accept a corporate loan guarantee by International Petroleum Investment Corporation (IPIC) with such onerous terms?

5. Why did 1MDB invest US$1 billion in a joint-venture with PetroSaudi in 2009, a company with no track record and dubious origins?

6. Why did 1MDB invest the US$2.32 billion proceeds from the redemption of Petrosaudi loans in 2013 in an opaque investment fund with Bridge Capital Partners in Cayman Islands?

7. Why did the Ministry of Finance hastily acquire a 1MDB subsidiary, SRC International Sdn Bhd?

8. Why did 1MDB overpay for its power assets - Genting Sanyen (RM2.38bn) and Tanjong Energy (RM8.5bn) which required an immediate impairment of RM1.2 billion out of its recorded goodwill of RM2.6 billion?

9. Why did the Ministry of Energy, Green Technology and Water reverse its policy of open tenders for new power?

10. Why did the federal government sell super-prime land to 1MDB at heavily discounted prices?

11. Why did international auditing firms - Ernst & Young and KPMG quit their lucrative work with 1MDB in 2009 and 2012 respectively?

“Although the current budget parliamentary meeting is to end on Thursday, 27th November 2014, it will the height of irresponsibility for Najib as Prime Minister, Finance Minister and Chairman, 1MDB  Board of Advisers to evade and avoid accountability for the numerous questions that have been raised over the 1MDB scandal and which have not been  satisfactorily explained by the Deputy Finance Minister, Ahmad Maslan.

“Najib should in fact arrange for a full debate in Parliament to be held on his ministerial statement on 1MDB,” Kit Siang said in a statement today. - mk

Hearty - Malaysian The people has the right to know the true picture of RM41.9 billion debts incurred on behalf of Malaysia, as we all owned the liabilities of 1 MDB ! Using simple calculation of dividing this debt of nearly RM 42 Billlions by the 30 Millions population, each of the Malaysian citizen has inherited debt of RM 1400 each head for now ! Najib can not stop us from wanting to know the truth , opposition MP Tony Puah is doing his job.

Fairnsquare - A 40 billion Ringgit debt, will mean every of the 30 million Malaysiane, be it Malays, Chinese, Indians, East Malaysians etc., will share about RM1,333.00 of the debt each, when equally divided by the population. Under the circumstances, transperancy becomes crucial. Irrespective of the defamation suit UMNO has to explain to the people, the 65% of which are Bumiputras if we will become liable to the debt or if it is just an opposition ploy. The 1MDB miust explained. It is not in the interest of the opposition but all the Rakyat. 

T/S - Why did international auditing firms - Ernst & Young and KPMG quit their lucrative work with 1MDB in 2009 and 2012 respectively?...coz KPMG n Ernst & Young refused to cover up all the wrong-doings of 1MDB!!!!


Jika harga minyak mentah global meningkat, bagaimana?

Ahli Parlimen Kluang, Liew Chin Tong berkata, kerajaan perlu merangka langkah yang akan diambil bagi meringankan beban rakyat sekiranya harga minyak mentah global kembali meningkat.

Menurutnya, harga minyak mentah global sememangnya sudah turun lebih murah daripada harga RON95 iaitu RM2.30 seliter dan diesel (RM2.20), lapor Roketkini.

“Seperti yang disebut berulang kali, sejak 31 Oktober lalu rakyat telah pun seperti membayar ‘cukai minyak’. Maka kami mengalu-alukan, walaupun tetap berhati-hati, kemungkinannya turunnya harga minyak dan diesel.

“Kami menggesa kerajaan mendedahkan kaedah dan formula sistem ‘pengapungan terkawal’ – atau dipanggil ‘apungan kotor’ oleh pemain industri – yang akan digunakan untuk menjaga ketelusan,” kata Chin Tong dalam satu kenyataan sebagi mengulas pengumuman Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri, Koperasi dan Kepenggunaan, Datuk Hasan Malek bahawa kerajaan akan memansuhkan subsidi bagi petrol RON95 dan diesel bermula 1 Desember ini.

Beliau yang juga Pengarah Pendidikan Politik DAP menggesa kerajaan memandang lebih jauh ke hadapan, dengan meningkatkan kecekapan sistem pengangkutan awam yang cekap dan murah agar rakyat Malaysia tidak lagi bergantung kepada petroleum.

“Melihat kembali, kritikan Pakatan apabila kerajaan menaikkan harga minyak di saat harga minyak mentah global menurun Oktober lalu ternyata tepat. Kini kerajaan terpaksa ‘u-turn’ selepas kesannya mula terasa,” katanya lagi.

Beliau juga sekali lagi menggesa Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak agar membentangkan semakan semula Belanjawan 2015 kerana nilai subsidi dan perolehan hasil minyak jauh berubah daripada anggaran asal.

The Edge Weekly sebelum ini melaporkan, bagi setiap USD1 penurunan harga setong minyak mentah, kerajaan bakal kehilangan pendapatan kira-kira RM650 juta.- harakahdaily

Gabenor Bank Negara atau PM yang menipu...


cheers.

22 November 2014

Din - sapa kata saya nak letak jawatang...


Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin sekali lagi menafikan khabar angin bahawa beliau akan meletak jawatan.

Dalam wawancara yang disiarkan akhbar milik Umno, Utusan Malaysia hari ini, Muhyiddin berkata beliau masih ligat dan tangkas, dan akan terus kekal dalam Umno

Tegasnya, beliau akan memikul tugasnya selagi diberikan kepercayaan oleh anggota parti dan presiden, Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

"Saya fikir saya ada lagi keupayaan untuk membantu pimpinan Umno dan kerajaan. Jadi saya akan terus berikan perkhidmatan.

"Tak payahlah nak bicarakan soal bila saya nak berhenti atau apakah benar begitu.

"Saya berfikir juga, kalau sudah dianggap bersedia (hadapi pilihan raya) bolehlah saya berundur tetapi saya tengok keadaan sekarang tidak sebegitu, dilihat masih penting untuk saya berada di sini dan saya kena terus bantum,” katanya.

Muhyiddin yang juga timbalan perdana menteri berkata beliau dan Najib akan mengagihkan sebahagian daripada tugas rasmi mereka kepada menteri lain bagi meluangkan lebih masa untuk parti.

Menurutnya, beliau dan Najib “tenggelam” dalam urusan kerajaan sehingga tidak meluangkan masa yang cukup dalam hal ehwal parti.

"Saya katakan kita sudah capai tahap agak kritikal, kalau perubahan atau pembaharuan tidak dilihat berlaku, bimbangnya kita boleh kalah.

"Isyarat itu sudah jelas di hadapan kita, kalau tidak bertindak dengan tegas terhadap pimpinan di peringkat mana-mana sekalipun untuk membawa perubahan, maka terpaksa kita ambil tindakan sewajarnya," katanya lagi.

Wawancara khas itu dijalankan sempena perhimpunan agung Umno yang akan berlangsung dari 25 sehingga 29 November ini.- mk


To quit, or not to quit...

The buzz in Umno of late is that Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin wants out.

And the man taking over as DPM is Umno VP No. 3 Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein. Not Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, the VP No. 1 as “many” had expected.

But first things first. Is Muhyiddin really resigning?

“He should,” said a “well-connected” Umno man going on to list out what he see as Muhyiddin’s “inefficiency, shortcoming and weaknesses”.

All of which said he, “is no good for the party”. Hence, “he should go”.

Such an “assessment” is subjective, of course, and I’ll leave it there. The thing is – he “should” (resign) and “is he” (resigning) are different matters altogether.

Said a veteran Umno watcher, Muhyiddin’s “departure” is no secret in Umno and “in fact many party members feel this Umno general assembly (November 25-29) will be his last as deputy president”.

That would mean they expect Muhyiddin to complete his term as Umno deputy president (which is to run until 2016) and take a final bow come the next assembly. Or maybe, a bit earlier.

“Many say even if stays on he will be challenged for the number two post in the next party elections.” So said the party watcher, claiming he “dug out” the info from Umno “reliable contacts”.

Still there are Umno folk who see Muhyiddin making a quick exit i.e. before his term is up.

Against such a backdrop, comes the “talk” of Hishammuddin being groomed or already picked by Datuk Seri Najib Razak to be Muhyiddin’s successor. To be Najib’s second in command in government.

All that based on how the Umno fraternity “reads the political situation and going-ons”. Politicians that they are, Umno leaders and members alike, love to “analyse” and “read between the lines”. So to speak.

And just what are their “readings”?

For one, when Najib opened the recent Selangor Umno convention, it was Hisham who officiated the closing ceremony later in the day, having to fly from Terengganu where he attended another Umno do. (Najib is head of Selangor Umno as well.)

Zahid, meanwhile, attended an official government event (a seminar on jihad v militant) while Muhyiddin’s duty was to grace the Malaysia Cup final and present the coveted trophy to the winners.

Many see that as an endorsement of Hisham. A signal from Najib.

Then there’s the committee tasked to vet resolutions for this year’s Umno assembly. Put simply,  a committee which can “determine” or rather set the tone for proceedings by deciding what can be debated and what cannot. The committee as we know is headed by Hisham.

A source in Umno HQ tells me it’s normal for a VP be assigned to head the committee. But the fact remained that Najib or “ibu pejabat” picked Hisham instead of Zahid or Datuk Seri  Shafie Apdal, the other VP in Umno.

Anyway a point of contention among Umno members is that Zahid is naib presiden nombor satu by virtue of garnering the highest number of votes in the VP race at last year’s party elections while Hisham came in third.

By convention VP No. 1 is the choice for any “promotion” should a situation warrant it. And as we know, Umno deputy president equals deputy PM. That has always been the equation. Thus far.

But Umno has seen VP No. 3 being picked before when in 1976 Tun Hussein Onn chose  (Tun) Dr Mahathir Mohamad as DPM ahead of (Tun) Ghafar Baba and Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah who came in first and second respectively in the  Umno VP elections a year earlier.

“True it happened before but that was at a time when Umno’s strength was not in question. Masa tu Umno solid boleh lah pakai sifir tu. Sekarang sifir sudah lain,” the Umno strategist retorted.

However, said the Umno watcher, Najib could very well “prefer” Hisham as his cousin enjoys a high profile internationally compared with Zahid , what with his good command of the English language and what-not.

To that, the Umno strategist had this to say: “Hisham should not leverage on his popularity with MH17, MH370”, obviously referring to the praise heaped on Hisham on the way he “handled” the situation, especially his fielding of hard questions posed by the international media.

And he went on to say by-passing Zahid “will not be good for Umno” to which the  Umno watcher concurred, saying from information gathered, Umno members generally feel by-passing Zahid is a “serious matter and can even cause cracks in the party, something an already weak Umno can ill afford”.

“It can’t be denied Zahid is popular in Umno. And if Hisham is seen as loyal to Najib so, too, is Zahid, if loyalty is a criterion, that is. Remember Zahid was at one time Najib’s political secretary many years ago,” said the party watcher who has been “observing” Umno since the late 1970s as a party activist then.

Still, some Umno members opined in the event difficult decisions have to be made “a compromise must be worked out without hurting Zahid and Hisham”.

There are others who feel it will not come to that as Najib need both VPs to “make him stronger”.

Umno members seen as pro-Muhyiddin and self-proclaimed neutrals dismissed the whole Muhyiddin quit episode as speculation or “some higher ups, including Najib, testing waters”. Elaboration was not given though.

Nonetheless a party leader from Perak, known to be outspoken, has this to say: “If there’s  anyone who should  go for the sake of Umno, then its Najib himself. Follow Muhyiddin and get Zahid and and Hisham to be number one and two”.

Well anyway, now it is said that Muhyiddin, despite earlier contemplating resignation, is having a change of heart upon his return from haj recently.

That’s one headache less for Najib. He doesn’t have to make a hard decision (choosing Hisham or Zahid). At least for now. –  Mohsin Abdullah,TMI

Quitting is last thing on my mind...

Amid rumours that he would quit, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says he is still ‘alive and kicking’ and will continue to serve for years to come.

He said he would remain in his post as long as he has the confidence of the Umno president Najib Abdul Razak and his party’s members.

“I think I still have the ability to assist the Umno leadership and the government, so I will continue with my services. There is no need to discuss when I will resign or whether it’s true that I’ll resign.

“I think if we are ready (to face general elections) then I can step down, but to me it seems that is not the situation, so it is important that I remain here and help,” he said in an interview with Utusan Malaysia published today.

Muhyiddin, who is also Umno’s deputy president, added that he and Najib will delegate some of their official duties to other ministers, in order to spend more time reforming the party.

He said he and the PM have been ‘buried’ in government affairs, to the extent of not spending enough time on party affairs.

“We are at a critical juncture. If reform or renewal is not seen to be done, I am worried that we will lose (the next election).

“The writing is already on the wall. If we don’t take stern action on the leaders of any level to bring change, then we will have to bear with the consequences,” he was quoted as saying, when asked about preparations for the 14th general election.

‘Free to speak’

On another matter, Muhyiddin said delegates at the upcoming Umno general assembly should be free to speak on any subject, including hot-button issues such as whether national-type schools help or hinder national unity, on the Sedition Act 1948, and issues of race and religion.

He said the party leaders and delegates have a responsibility to raise issues, and the assembly is the best platform for them to do so.

However, he said the speakers should also come forward with suggestions instead of merely raising issues, and also be tactful, to not hurt the feelings of others.

“Some people have reminded us not to say this or not to say that. For me, the members need to be given the freedom although they should know how to deliver it without hurting the feelings of others.

“Let it be sweet to the ears but sting in the heart because what was said is true. These are basics that I think our speakers could use,” he said.

Previously, Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Mansor (left) said that party members were told not play up racial and religious issues, or personal issues between members, during the assembly.

“We should not touch on personal problems, sensitive race issues and sensitive problems between Umno members.

“They can do what they want in accordance to the guidelines given by Hishammuddin Hussein, as the vice-president in charge of these matters,” he said.

Umno would be holding its 65th annual general assembly from Nov 25 until Nov 29 at the Putra World Trade Centre. - mk




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Jib nak saman Tony Pua pasai 1MDB...


Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak hari ini menghantar surat tuntutan kepada Tony Pua ekoran kenyataan yang dibuat terhadapnya pada 3 November mengenai 1 Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) yang disifatkannya sebagai 'sangat tertekan dan memalukan'.

Dalam surat yang ditandatangani peguamnya Datuk Mohd Hafarizan Harun, Pua diminta menyiarkan penarikan balik kenyataan itu dan memohon maaf dalam masa 14 hari dalam dua akhbar nasional atau menghadapi tindakan saman ekoran ucapannya yang dirakamkan pada 3 November bertajuk "Tony Pua: Najib is creating the biggest scandal ever in the history of Malaysia."

Ahli Parlimen Petaling Jaya Utara itu juga diminta mengeluarkan video itu dari Internet, hentikan sebarang kenyataan fitnah dan membayar sejumlah wang pampasan kepada Najib.

Hafarizam berkata, kenyataan Pua dalam video itu "bermaksud dan membawa maksud" Najib tidak layak menjadi perdana menteri dan pemimpin Barisan Nasional, menimbulkan skandal terbesar dalam sejarah Malaysia; bersikap kejam, kuku besi dan tidak boleh dikritik, serta zalim dan menindas rakyat.

"Arahan anak guam kami adalah kenyataan fitnah dan yang serupa dengannya membawa kepada tuduhan yang serius dan/atau fitnah terhadap anak guam kami dan menyebabkannya berasa malu dan menerima tekanan hebat," menurut surat itu.

Video itu mengandungi ucapan Pua mengenai isu kontroversi 1MDB semasa majlis makan malam kutipan dana pada 3 November.

Menurut transkrip dalam surat itu, Pua berkata:

"Inilah masalah Barisan Nasional. Tiada siapa yang berani bantah perdana menteri, dan Najib sekarang seperti raja. Raja yang menimbulkan skandal terbesar dalam sejarah Malaysia. Besar! Tiada siapa yang berani bersuara, tiada, sama ada pemimpin MCA atau Gerakan atau pemimpin Umno.

"Amat memalukan skandal milik 100% entiti menteri kewangan dengan lembaga penasihat dipengerusikan perdana menteri sendiri tidak mampu menyerahkan akaun tepat pada masanya terutamanya apabila syarikat besar dan menjadi tumpuan dengan hutang 36 bilion.


"Hanya satu sebab ini boleh berlaku. Sebabnya adalah semua MCA, MIC, Gerakan tidak berani mencabar perdana menteri mereka sendiri, semuanya kata okay okay terima kasih, teruskan dan rompak duit rakyat."


Peguam Najib berkata, Pua mengeluarkan kenyataan sama "berulang kali" dan terus menyiarkannya dalam beberapa forum, portal berita, media sosial dan media online.

"Berbeza dengan kenyataan fitnah diatas, anak guam kami sebagai pengerusi Lembaga Penasihat 1MDB hanya memberi nasihat kepada Lembaga Pengarah 1MDB yang ditugaskan mengurus dan mengendalikan 1MDB, bukannya zalim dan menindas serta autokratik dan tidak terbuka kepada kritikan, bukan pemimpin yang terlibat dengan korupsi dan bukan pemimpin yang merompak duit rakyat.

"Sewajarnya, dakwaan tidak berasas dan salah anda dengan tujuan utama mahu menyerang dan merosakkan nama baik serta reputasi anak guam kami tanpa sebab kukuh.

"Oleh demikian, tindakan anda itu berniat jahat," menurut surat itu.

Surat itu menyatakan jika Pua gagal mengemukakan jawapan balas yang memuaskan hati, tindakan undang-undang akan dimulakan terhadapnya "termasuk permohononan injuksi menghalang sebarang penerbitan lanjut."

Pua memberitahu The Malaysian Insider peguamnya, Gobind Singh sedang meneliti perkara itu dan akan memberikan respons sewajarnya.

Tambahnya, media TV3 juga hadir bersama wakil firma guaman Najib ketika menyerahkan surat kepada kakitangannya hari ini, namun beliau tidak ada di pejabatnya.

Hafarizam ketika dihubungi mengesahkan surat itu sudah dihantar ke pejabat Pua, namun menafikan pihaknya menjemput media datang bersama.

"Saya hanya suruh penghantar surat serahkan surat itu, seperti penghantar surat yang lain mereka menaiki motosikal. Tidak ada rombongan besar.

"Saya menafikan sebarang niat dan diluar pengetahuan saya ada publisiti sebegini. Hanya menghantar surat tuntutan seperti biasa," katanya.

Tambahnya, beliau masih tidak dapat lagi laporan daripada Pua yang mengesahkan sudah menerima surat tersebut. – tmi


Najib threatens to sue Tony Pua over 1MDB...

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has threatened to sue DAP lawmaker Tony Pua for his remarks on the state-owned 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

A letter of demand served on Pua this afternoon claimed that he had defamed Najib in a Youtube video.

The video, entitled: 'Tony Pua: Najib is creating the biggest scandal ever in the history of Malaysia', was recorded at a DAP fund raising dinner in Petaling Jaya on Nov 3 and uploaded by Media Rakyat.

Pua had questioned why BN component parties did not dare challenge Najib, who chairs the 1MDB board of advisors, even though the multi-billion ringgit company was late in submitting its accounts.

Among others, Najib demanded an unequivocal written apology from Pua and a retraction of the alleged defamatory statements.

The letter, which was sighted by Malaysiakini, was issued by legal firm Hafarizam Wan and Aisha Mubarak.

Contacted later, Pua confirmed his office staff had received the letter of demand.

"My lawyer, Gobind Singh Deo is looking into the matter and would respond accordingly," he said.

Najib 'distressed and embarrassed'

The letter of demand said Pua's remarks had meant that Najib was not a “competent leader; is cruel, harsh, autocratic and not open to criticism; is tyrannical and oppressive and has created the biggest scandal in the country.”

It added that the statement also carried the meaning that Najib had "conspired against the country in bad practices; is a corrupt leader, robbed and misused the people's money and abused his power."

"Contrary to your defamatory statements above, our client (Najib) being the chairman of the board of advisors of 1MDB only renders advice to the board which is tasked for the management and operation of 1MDB, not a tyrannical and oppressive autocratic who is not open to criticism and shuns criticism, not a leader involved in corrupt practices and not a leader who robs the people's monies," read the letter.

It said Pua's statement was aimed at damaging Najib's goodwill and reputation for "no justifiable reason" and had caused the prime minister "tremendous distress and embarrassment."

It added that the apology and retraction are to be published in at least two national newspapers which page and size to be determined by Najib.

Pua was also asked to cease making any similar "defamatory statements" through a written undertaking.

Najib also wanted the alleged offending video to be removed as well as a "suitable sum" in compensation.

The letter added if Pua failed to respond to Najib's demands within 14 days, legal proceedings would be initiated.

Meanwhile, Media Rakyat confirms that they had received a letter of demand from Najib’s lawyer as well.

“Najib threatens to sue Media Rakyat over the 1MDB video. We have received a letter of demand from Najib’s lawyer this afternoon,” said Media Rakyat on its website.

The pro-opposition video site which was founded in 2007 produces clips related to current events and political speeches.- mk


Anonymous_Ingrates  - Najib is peeing in his pants and sweating now. 14 days? if want to sue, go ahead lah!!!!!!! Let the shit hits the fan, the rakyat wants to knows everything and all needs to be transparent. Najib.... you better not wish what you hope for. You are surrounded by nincompoops.

Mr Malaysian  - Najib,instead of suing, why don't you just be transparent? 1MDB is of National interest. When you hide, people question, you sue! Ini macam style Gangster !! 

APA INI?  - Pick up the challenge, Tony. Malaysians want to see Najib in court - for good or for bad! Problem with corruption in Malaysia is getting at the big fish. Wish you luck and COURAGE!

Versey PM  - Najib is ill-advised. As mentioned by many, once in court, many facts and related matters that most Malaysians ( the kampong folks and those busy earning a living & have no time to care much about politics or national issues) would not have known will come to light. If this case were to be brought up in court, it surely will catch the attention of the international communities world wide, so even if PM Najib wins the case, it will be of no advantage to him but may even ( and most likely) be detrimental to his standing in the eyes of the world who will make their own assessment of him and the case. Don't forget that the ex-PM, Dr M, had also commented on this 1MDB. Regardless of whether people like him or not, Dr M's comments on national issue still carry some weight in the eyes of the world leaders, particularly PM Najib was recommended by him to his successor, the 5th Malaysian PM, Tun Abdullah Badawi.

T/S - Time to put Najib on the stand & see how our judges decides... Go ahead Tony!!!




cheers.

21 November 2014

BN dipalit lumpur dan sumpahan Cameron Highlands...

Cameron Highlands

Sekiranya Cameron Highlands ini diumpamakan seperti seorang manusia, sudah lama ia sudah meninggalkan kita semua. Nafasnya yang sesak bertambah semput, sakitnya yang tenat menjadi nazak. Sayangnya, tiada siapa ambil peduli ketika ia sakit.

Maka, kemurkaan Sultan Pahang, Sultan Ahmad Shah terhadap Ahli Parlimen Cameron Highlands, Datuk Seri G. Palanivel dan menitahkan beliau untuk segera mengambil langkah-langkah bagi mengelak tragedi yang sama berulang kembali pada masa akan datang adalah tanda-tanda yang mengakui bahawa Barisan Nasional (BN) gagal mengambil kira kepentingan penduduk Cameron Highlands selama ini.

Imej BN di palit lumpur

Tragedi banjir lumpur di Cameron Highlands ini bukan sahaja meninggalkan kesan trauma kepada penduduknya tetapi juga turut mengheret Barisan Nasional (BN) dalam kancah pergelutan politik yang jarang dilihat di Malaysia.

Persoalan bagaimana seorang Ahli Parlimen, Presiden sebuah parti politik kaum India di negara ini dan juga seorang menteri yang bertanggungjawab dalam hal ehwal Alam Sekitar ini gagal memberikan perhatian yang sewajarnya terhadap isu-isu alam sekitar di kawasan parlimennya sendiri.


Jika alam sekitar dikawasan parlimennya sendiri ‘dicabul’ beramai-ramai, mana mungkin agensi kementerian yang berada dibawah seliannya mampu mencegah jenayah alam sekitar di kawasan lain? Ini bukan serangan karakter tetapi ini adalah persoalan integriti dan kredibiliti seorang Ahli Parlimen dan Menteri yang ‘lumpuh’ dalam menyakinkan rakyat akan isu-isu berbangkit melibatkan tragedi banjir lumpur ini. 

Bagaimana mungkin beliau tidak sedar akan isu penanaman sayur secara haram? Malah bagaimana mungkin beliau tidak sedar akan kawasan berkenaan yang dibanjiri dengan pendatang tanpa izin? Ini hanya akan terjadi sekiranya tiada penekanan terhadap aspek ‘turun padang’ olehnya.

Malah, cadangan beliau baru-baru ini untuk melaksanakan program penanaman sejuta pokok di seluruh Cameron Highlands terutama di kawasan hutan terosot disambut dengan kritikan sinis akan mengapa program berkenaan hanya dicadangkan selepas berlakunya tragedi banjir lumpur yang pertama pada 23 Oktober 2013 yang lalu.

Bersaralah Palanivel

Namun begitu, tindakan segelintir ahli politik yang mendesaknya untuk meletakkannya jawatan sebagai Ahli Parlimen Cameron Highlands adalah keterlaluan. Ini hanya akan merumitkan keadaan kerana BN terpaksa pula memberikan fokus kepada pilihanraya kecil sedangkan fokusnya kini harus diletakkan pada kebajikan penduduk Cameron Highlands itu sendiri.


Tetapi atas dasar tanggungjawab dan integriti, Palanivel haruslah memikul tanggungjawab terhadap tragedi yang menimpa di kawasan parlimennya sendiri. Rasa tanggungjawab ini harus ditunjukkan dengan bersara terus daripada kesemua jawatan politik yang dipegang oleh beliau tetapi pada masa yang sama kekal sebagai Ahli Parlimen Cameron Highlands yang dimenanginya dengan majoriti tipis. Ini sahaja solusi terbaik buat masa sekarang untuk Barisan Nasional dalam memulihkan kembali sokongan penduduk Cameron Highlands khasnya dan rakyat Malaysia amnya.

BN tidak boleh lagi menampilkan ahli politik veteran dalam pentas politik negara. Kini adalah masanya untuk BN menampilkan seorang calon yang muda dan berkaliber untuk meneruskan legasi BN di Cameron Highlands. 

Sama ada calonnya daripada MIC mahupun parti-parti lain itu tidak menjadi persoalan tetapi calonnya haruslah seorang individu yang memiliki kedinamikan berpolitik yang kuat dan tahu menghargai keunikan Cameron Highlands.

Kemunculan kuasa ketiga

BN tidak boleh memandang rendah akan musuh mereka yang sedang menanti di Cameron Highlands iaitu Parti Sosialis Malaysia (PSM) yang sudah pun merangka gerak kerja untuk merampas parlimen Cameron Highlands pada pilihanraya umum ke 14 nanti. Kemungkinan untuk menyaksikan pertandingan tiga penjuru antara BN, Pakatan Rakyat (PR) dan PSM adalah tinggi dan sekiranya PR bersetuju untuk berundur dan membenarkan PSM berentap dengan BN maka BN tidak boleh merendah-rendahkan calon tempatan daripada PSM itu nanti.

Strategi politik BN haruslah mengambil kira senario politik yang sedang berlegar di Cameron Highlands dan bagaimana rakyat akan dapat manfaat daripadanya. Kebangkitan kuasa ketiga ini mampu memecahkan undi dan seterusnya menghakis kepercayaan masyarakat Cameron Highlands terhadap BN. 



Hakikatnya, BN tidak boleh lambat walau selangkah kerana sukar untuk menganggarkan kepantasan musuh. Kelemahan Palanivel sebagai Ahli Parlimen dan menteri adalah kekuatan buat parti pembangkang dalam memanipulasikan undi serta simpati penduduk untuk mendominasikan pilihanraya yang akan datang nanti.

Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak tidak boleh bersikap sambil lewa kerana BN sendiri hakikatnya telah membuka ruang kepada pembangkang untuk mengkritik dan memainkan isu ini dengan menjadikan kepercayaan rakyat sebagai pertaruhan.

MB Pahang juga harus bertanggungjawab

Beban kesalahan terhadap tragedi ini juga harus digalas oleh Menteri Besar Pahang. Maka, sewajarnya PM harus menjadikan penggal ini sebagai penggal terakhir Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob sebagai Menteri Besar Pahang.

Pahang telah melalui sumpahan yang amat memilukan melibatkan isu Lynas di Gebeng dan kini sumpahan tersebut merasuk di Cameron Highlands. Apa pun, Pahang nyata memerlukan satu ruang untuk menghirup dan bernafas semula udara yang segar. Maka itu hanya akan dapat dilakukan apabila berlakunya rombakan pentadbiran negeri. Ketika itu, izinkan, anak-anak muda BN untuk melakukan revolusi tersebut.

Harus diingat, untuk membebaskan Cameron Highlands daripada sumpahan ini, BN harus membuat keputusan yang drastik yang membabitkan dua orang ahli politik ini. Sekiranya BN memilih untuk mempertahankan kedua-dua mereka dan tidak mempedulikan rakyat maka BN hanya menghitung hari-hari terakhir di Parlimen Cameron Highlands khasnya dan di negeri Pahang amnya. - Edwin Michael,fmt

map spr cameron highlands dan palanivel montage

Is this the beginning of the end for Palanivel...

The writing is on the wall for MIC’s President G Palanivel.

Pahang Sultan Ahmad Shah has declared that the MIC President has just dropped the ball in Cameron Highlands, and the consequences have been tragic.

His Highness has said that Palanivel’s continued indifference even after the flooding of last year, was disappointing as the same tragedy had recurred. He also said that elected officials should not only appear when an election is near.

This forthright condemnation by the Sultan is even more damning because Palanivel is also the minister for natural resources and environment. The environment!

The minister in charge of the environment allowed his constituency to be inundated with mudflows and landslides a year after the first calamity, which is why His Highness did not hold back his words in regard to Palanivel.

One would think that Palanivel would have learnt two key lessons in the last decade despite becoming a full minister and president of MIC:

Losing the Hulu Selangor seat despite being a four-term MP there, MIC deputy president then and a deputy minister. He lost the Indian vote despite being the assumed chief of all Indians in the country. That would have embarrassed anyone, substantially more a veteran politician;

Having been told repeatedly that the people of Hulu Selangor did not desire him, either during the by-election of 2010 or the general election of 2013, he headed north to Cameron Highlands instead so that he could be a candidate again.

If you are rejected over and over, you might want to learn how to be loved by people. Ignoring them is not the best way for Palanivel to endear himself to the voters of Cameron Highlands and to establish the integrity of the MIC.



Already there are murmurs that Palanivel is not in the good books of Prime Minister Najib Razak. The prime minister will host the Umno general assembly soon and the last thing he needs is the Sultan of his home state telling the public that his minister is inept. If Najib does not respond, then it becomes an issue of disrespecting the palace by allowing the situation to get so bad.

Sensing there is blood in the water, like any natural born shark, MIC strategy chief S Vell Paari has gone for the jugular, accusing his president of being recalcitrant for missing the Sultan’s visit to the Lembah Bertam tragedy site, this year and last.

Anyone can see that unless Palanivel mounts a serious media campaign to resuscitate his flagging fortunes, he is as good as gone.

Vell Paari is not alone as the support from the MP next to Cameron Highlands, Tapah’s M Saravanan is already being talked about.

No one seems to want to get into the Palanivel corner right now, and the situation can only get from bad to worse in the short term.

Businessmen with vested interests are beginning to hedge against Palanivel and are backing the Vell Pari-Saravanan camp now. Wonder who they are? - A Pillai,fmt

Storynya di sini dan sini


Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi Syariah Pulau Pinang Adam Tumiran dan pasangannya Nurul Izani Mat Isa berjalan keluar dari mahkamah selepas dibebaskan daripada tuduhan berkhalwat 4 tahun lalu. – Gambar The Malaysian Insider oleh Hasnoor Hussain,  21 November, 2014.
Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi Syariah
Hakim Mahkamah Tinggi Syariah bebas tuduhan khalwat.
Baca sini dan sini  

Sungguhpun Lee Chong Wei dah kena gantung, kan mama ada...


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1MDB: Jawaban Najib hanya 'copy and paste' & firma China bayar untuk ahli politik BN dapat "Datuk"...


Ahli Parlimen Pandan, Rafizi Ramli telah mengajukan 4 soalan rasmi bagi sidang Dewan Rakyat kali ini untuk mendapat maklumat lanjut mengenai pelaburan 1MDB dari Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak. 

Hari ini, beliau mendapat jawaban daripada Najib bagi soalan no. 38 yang saya ajukan. 

Malangnya, kata beliau Najib tidak memberi sebarang jawapan malah menyalin bulat-bulat (copy and paste) perenggan yang sama dalam soalan-soalan lain berhubung 1MDB setakat ini. 

Jawapan Najib mengenai perkara itu adalah seperti di bawah yang diulang dalam soalan-soalan lain: “1MDB memastikan fi dan perbelanjaan adalah dinyatakan dengan betul di dalam penyata kewangan yang telah diaudit. Apa-apa maklumat lain yang telah dinyatakan di dalam penyata kewangan adalah milik persendirian (proprietry) syarikat”. 

Menurut Rafizi, keengganan Najib memberi maklumat mengenai pelaburan 1MDB adalah satu penghinaan kepada Dewan Rakyat. 


1mdb najib razak
Pindah wang ke Cayman Islands,story di sini dan sini  

Namun, perkara yang lebih membimbangkan beliau ialah keengganan itu memberi gambaran ada sesuatu yang perlu disembunyikan. 

Katanya, oleh kerana skandal 1MDB membawa risiko besar kepada kedudukan kewangan negara dan Najib menyembunyikan maklumat dari rakyat, beliau percaya masanya telah tiba supaya institusi-institusi utama negara mengambil tindakan untuk campur tangan dalam menentukan di mana dan ke mana dana rakyat yang diambil 1MDB ini. 

"Maka, pada hari ini saya akan menulis secara rasmi kepada Ketua Audit Negara, Tan Sri Ambrin Buang untuk memulakan siasatan ke atas 1MDB bagi menentukan apakah risiko yang dibawa oleh 1MDB kepada tanggungan hutang Kerajaan Persekutuan setakat ini, mengambil kira prestasi kewangan 1MDB setakat ini," ujarnya dalam satu kenyataan. 

Beliau juga akan menulis secara rasmi pada hari ini kepada Gabenor Bank Negara Malaysia, Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz supaya memulakan siasatan terhadap aliran dana dan pemindahan dana keluar masuk negara yang melibatkan 1MDB mengikut peruntukan di bawah Akta Penggubahan Wang Haram (Anti Money Laundering Act). 



Tambahnya, mengikut peraturan anti-penggubahan wang haram (anti money laundering) yang diterima pakai secara bersama di seluruh negara, sebarang aliran dan pemindahan wang keluar masuk sesebuah negara perlu diisytiharkan dengan maklumat terperinci mengenai latar belakang pemindahan itu seperti dari mana wang itu datang, siapa yang menguruskan wang itu, syarikat mana terbabit, untuk apa wang itu digunakan dan lain-lain. 

Beliau yakin Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz akan membuat tindakan yang betul dengan menyiasat dan mengumumkan butiran dana 1MDB yang sebelum ini sering kali dipindahkan ke seluruh dunia. 

"Jika saya tidak mendapat sebarang maklumat dari Bank Negara Malaysia, saya akan membuat permohonan rasmi kepada badan-badan serupa di Hong Kong, Singapura dan Switzerland agar siasatan rasmi di bawah peraturan anti-penggubahan wang haram (anti money laundering) juga dimulakan di negara-negara ini terhadap 1MDB," ujarnya lagi. 

Rafizi akan mengedarkan surat-surat yang dihantar kepada Ketua Audit Negara dan Gabenor Bank Negara Malaysia menjelang akhir hari ini. - harakahdaily
Najib giving non-answers on 1MDB...

In an outburst that clearly showed his total exasperation with the prime minister, MP for Pandan Rafizi Ramli said he felt insulted by Najib Razak’s “non-answers” to every question posed on the 1Malaysia Development Board or 1MDB.

“This is the same answer to all questions. It’s safe to conclude that Datuk Seri Najib will not give a single answer regarding 1MDB or details of the funds.”

He added, “I don’t want to go into the details on the kind of insult this is to the House, when we have a Prime Minister who’s not willing to answer any question.

Rafizi said this in regard to questions posed to Najib pertaining to Bridge Partners, a firm that received 1MDB funds that were parked in the Cayman Islands.



Calling the PM’s vague answers “worrisome”, Rafizi said he and other MPs were determined to get to the bottom of the business dealings of 1MDB.

“More importantly, I will write to the Governor of Bank Negara, Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz today, because when funds are transferred and details are not disclosed, it could be investigated under the Anti-Money Laundering Act,” he said.

Rafizi also expressed his frustration that even after careful deliberation, it was difficult to bring about any form of accountability to 1MDB legally as most transactions were conducted on a “willing seller-willing buyer basis” although it could be argued the transactions did not benefit the public.

“Bank Negara, if it is indeed strict about the Anti-Money Laundering Act, should have the statutory declaration and information about the channeling of the funds, because it is not a small amount of money. It’s RM 7 billion.”



Rafizi also said 1MDB had money trails in Singapore, Hong Kong and Switzerland that he would pursue until he got some concrete answers.

He said, “Along with that, we will also report to the authorities of other nations that 1MDB has funds in or agents managing these funds.”

He cautioned that if BNM also responded in the same fashion as the PM, he and his team would take their investigations to the next level by engaging the relevant authorities in Singapore, Hong Kong and Switzerland in their bid to prove money laundering did take place under the guise of investments under 1MDB. - fmt

Kalaimagan Perakasam - It is so shameful to know that the PM who has been given the mandate by the people is keeping so silent on this issue. Totally disappointed. If you don't have answers, it makes people think there is plenty of truth in Rafizi's claims, Mr. PM? You are letting the people down. I am quite sure you are going to go on stage during the UMNO Gen ASSY and boast about how well the country is run, how much FDI has come when there is none ( as no one can testify this as you speak), run down pakatan leaders for questioning the kerajaan and you on 1MDB but beware that many attending the assembly will also want to have some answers. You owe the people some answers sir and if you don't come up with acceptable answers the dwindling trust in you will sink below ground level.

Adam Ambrose - Najib's effort to transfer tax payers' money oversea by using 1 MDB as proxy. This is part of his plan together with his brother to secure a safe heaven at Cayman Island is something goes wrong in Malaysia.

Sukumaran Chandran - Never in the history of the country did we see such hugh losses of funds incurred without proper explanation by the government.

NYT: Firma China dakwa bayar untuk ahli politik BN dapat Datuk

Sebuah syarikat perlombongan China mendakwa telah membayar untuk ahli politik BN mendapatkan gelaran Datuk bagi memudahkan operasi lombongnya di Bukit Besi, Terengganu.

Li Yang, ketua eksekutif CAA Resources, memberitahu New York Times (NYT), mendakwa dia telah membayar kira-kira AS$100,000 (RM336,501.90) bagi setiap ahli politik, yang mempunyai kepentingan tidak langsung dalam lombong itu.

Menurut laporan itu, Li, 27, yang merupakan anak lelaki hartawan besi di China, didakwa berbuat demikian sebagai sebahagian daripada rancangannya untuk "membina hubungan" dengan ahli politik dan pihak kerabat.

"Jika kedua-duanya menyokong anda, maka anda boleh melakukan apa sahaja yang anda mahu, kerana sumber asli semuanya dikawal oleh mereka," Li dipetik sebagai berkata.

Menurut akhbar itu lagi, Li juga dipetik sebagai berkata bahawa dia "hanya mengikuti amalan biasa di Malaysia".



Dalam reaksinya, Menteri Besar Terengganu Datuk Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman (atas) berkata beliau tidak tahu mengenainya.

"Ini tak ada dalam makluman saya. Maaf," kata Ahmad Razif, yang juga bertanggung jawab atas sumber asli dalam mesej teks kepada Malaysiakini.

NYT berkata CAA beroperasi di Malaysia selepas Beijing bulan lalu mengumumkan rancangan untuk memperkenalkan piawaian mengenai hak-hak tenaga kerja, perlindungan alam sekitar dan hubungan masyarakat bagi industri itu.

Di Bukit Besi, kata laporan itu, CAA menghindari potensi isu-isu tenaga kerja dengan mengupah pekerja tanpa kesatuan dari Kemboja, Myanmar dan Vietnam.

Para pekerja, kata Li, bekerja mengikut sif 12 jam, tujuh hari seminggu dan dibayar berdasarkan berapa banyak perolehan lombong.

Para pekerja kolar putih, termasuk akauntan dan jurutera, dibawa dari China.

CAA juga menghindarkan daripada melakukan penilaian kesan alam sekitar dengan membahagikan lombong itu kepada dua, masing-masing berkeluasan kurang daripada 500 ekar.

Hanya lombong yang berkeluasan lebih besar daripada 500 hektar perlu dinilai untuk kesan alam sekitar.

  Lombong Bukit Besi pernah menjadi lombong terbesar di dunia dan menjadi sumber bekalan untuk industri besi keluli Jepun semasa Perang Dunia II. Ia ditutup pada tahun 1971.- mk

NYT: China firm paid for BN politicians' datukships...

A China mining company admitted to paying for the datukships of BN politicians in order to ease operations at its iron ore mine in Bukit Besi, Terengganu.

Li Yang, the chief executive of CAA Resources, told the New York Times that he had paid about US$100,000 (RM336,501.90) per royal title for the politicians.

The politicians from the "ruling party" have indirect stakes in the mine, NYT reported.

According to the report, Li, the 27-year-old son of a wealthy iron magnate in China, did so as part of his plan to "build ties" with politicians and royalty.

"If you’ve got these two to support you, then you can do anything you want, because the natural resources are all controlled by them," Li is quoted as saying.

According to the US daily, Li also said that he was "simply following common practices in Malaysia".

In immediate response, Terengganu Menteri Besar Ahmad Razif Abdul Rahman said he knows nothing about it.

"I have no knowlege about this. I'm sorry," Ahmad Razif, who is also in charge of natural resources, said in a text message to Malaysiakini.




Poor labour, environmental standards

NYT said that CAA is in Malaysia as Beijing had last month announced its plans to introduce standards on labour rights, environmental protection and community relations for the industry.

At Bukit Besi, the report said, CAA avoids potential labour issues by hiring non-unionised worker from Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam.

The workers, Li said, work 12-hour shifts, seven days a week and are paid based on how much the mine makes.

The white collar workers, including accountants and engineers, are brought in from China.

CAA also avoids having to conduct environmental impact assessments by dividing the mine into two, each with less than 500 acres.

Only mines larger than 500 acres have to be assessed for environmental impact.

The Bukit Besi mine was once the world’s largest mine and supplied the Japanese steel industry during the World War II. It closed in 1971.- mk


Read - NYT full article




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