Dalam politik apa sahaja boleh berlaku. Musuh masa lalu boleh menjadi kawan pada masa ini, serta sebaliknya.
Begitu yang dilihat berlaku dalam perkembangan politik terkini apabila Dr Mahathir Mohamad dan Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah dikatakan telah mengadakan pertemuan awal minggu ini.
Tindakan itu meningkatkan spekulasi berkaitan langkah mereka bersama terhadap Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Razak, yang sedang berdepan krisis kepercayaan awam ekoran dakwaan skandal 1MDB.
Sumber yang rapat dengan Mahathir, perdana menteri paling lama dalam sejarah Malaysia, mengesahkan bahawa pertemuan itu berlangsung pada Selasa tetapi tiada butiran lain diketahui setakat ini.
Pertemuan itu turut dilaporkan oleh Asia Sentinel yang mendakwa ia berkaitan pembentukan kerajaan perpaduan untuk mengetepikan Najib.
“Terdapat kemelut kepimpinan di Malaysia dan muafakat dicapai hanya seorang sahaja calon untuk tamatkannya.
“Orang itu ialah Ku Li (Razaleigh), satu-satunya jalan,” seorang rakan Razaleigh yang tidak dinamakan dipetik sebagai berkata.
Halangan terbesar, menurut analisis Asia Sentinel, dalam isu undi tidak percaya di parlimen.
Menurut portal berita itu, kedua-dua mereka percaya terhadap sokongan bulat pembangkang, yang menguasai 89 daripada 222 kerusi, walaupun undi PAS masih boleh dipersoal.
BN memiliki 132 kerusi dengan 88 daripadanya milik Umno.
Selain itu, kata Asia Sentinel lagi, satu lagi halangan yang mungkin wujud daripada speaker dewan Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.
Mahathir, 90, dan Razaleigh, 78, pernah menjadi musuh dalam perebutan kerusi presiden Umno pada 1987.
Pertembungan itu menyebabkan lahirnya parti serpihan Semangat 46. Parti Melayu itu bagaimanapun kemudian dibubarkan dan Razaleigh kembali menyertai Umno.- mk
Mahathir and Razaleigh Teaming Up
to Sink Najib...
Malaysia’s deteriorating political situation has driven two once-implacable foes – former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and his onetime rival for UMNO party leadership Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah – together to try to form a unity government to remove current Prime Minister Najib Razak.
“There is a leadership crisis in Malaysia and the consensus is that only one candidate can end it,” said a longtime friend of Razaleigh who played a role in setting up a meeting between the two figures. “That is Ku Li [Razaleigh’s nickname], the only solution. The question is how to put together the mechanics of how it is to be done.”
Sources in Kuala Lumpur say Najib has dug in his heels and refuses to entertain the idea of stepping down voluntarily. It is believed he has threatened to bring down other politicians and officials with him if he is forced out.
Friends and associates of Razaleigh have been trying for weeks to persuade him to join the effort to oust Najib. But the fact that the former enemies within the United Malays National Organization would seek common cause is an indication of how deep Malaysia’s political and economic crisis has become.
Mahathir and Razaleigh met Tuesday, August 11, the source said, adding that the biggest hurdle with be forcing a vote of no-confidence in the parliament.
The two believe they would have unanimous support from the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition, which holds 89 of the 222 parliamentary seats although some Parti Islam se-Malaysia votes would be questionable after the fundamentalist Islamic party split earlier this year. Attempts to reach Pakatan officials were unsuccessful.
The ruling Barisan Nasional holds 132 seats, but UMNO has only 88 of them. A general election is not due until April 2018 – unless events overtake Najib’s defenses.
“The parliament is dysfunctional in that the speaker [Pandikar Amin Mulia] is not a democratic speaker,” said the source, a constitutional lawyer. “He controls parliament on behalf of the ruling coalition instead of being a neutral speaker. He won’t allow a vote of confidence on an incumbent prime minister who has lost the confidence of the people.”
However, with rank-and-file sentiment growing restive in the face of a financial scandal linking Najib to irregularities in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad investment fund, some of the component parties in the BN could be open to changing horses. The Malaysian Chinese Association, for instance, has grown disenchanted with UMNO’s increasing embrace of fundamentalist Islamic views and Malay-first rhetoric. Christian parties in East Malaysia could also be up for grabs.
How much real clout the two elderly politicians have is unknown. Although Razaleigh, 78, has retained his seat in parliament, he has been out of a leadership position since 1987, when he challenged Mahathir for the premiership and lost in a battle that split UMNO and guaranteed their enmity. Mahathir, 90, remains a more potent force, but he has been attempting to bring down Najib for more than a year, largely without traction.
However, the economic situation may play as much of a role as politics in forcing the issue. Global Risk Insights, the international risk rating agency, warned on August 12 that the 1MDB scandal has “shattered business confidence in Malaysia” and that the government has been distracted as a result from dealing with economic issues like the impact of falling global oil prices on oil-dependent Malaysia’s government debt. Household debt is climbing.
The ringgit, having fallen through the psychologically important RM4:US$1 barrier, is one of the globe’s worst performing currencies. The raid on the currency from global traders appears to be picking up speed, with the ringgit weakening to RM4.25 to the US dollar before the central bank used enough reserves to drive it back down to RM4:03. Banks have begun to limit retail withdrawals to RM3,000 and currency traders say there is a shortage of foreign currencies as people seek safer havens in the dollar.
In the meantime, Najib may be losing his grip on UMNO. He still has the loyalty of a large number of the 191 divisional cadres, mostly through vast payments that provide them with electoral resources and jobs between elections, but the grass roots are another matter.
An extraordinary video went viral earlier this week, for example, of a young woman going postal on Najib during an UMNO women’s wing gathering in Langkawi, accusing Najib in a screeching voice of having “urinated on the 3 million UMNO members. He needs to be sent for medical treatment.” The video has been seen by hundreds of thousands of people.
Bersih, the reform NGO, has ordered what it hopes will be a massive rally for August 29. Mahathir is urging people to attend and has suggested they bring water bottles to mop up the tear gas. The police have threatened to block the rally.
The focal point of the whole mess is 1MDB, which was set up as a state-backed investment fund in 2009 with the advice of Jho Taek Low, the young Penang-born tycoon and friend of the Najib family. In the intervening years, the fund, as a result of what appears to be extraordinarily bad management, has run up debts that by some estimates have reached RM50 billion, an unknown amount of that unfunded.
In early July, the Sarawak Report and the Wall Street Journal reported that US$680 million was transferred from unknown sources through a complex web of transactions to Najib’s personal bank account at AmBank in Kuala Lumpur prior to the 2013 general election. Sarawak Report has released graphic details on the flow of millions of ringgit through banks, companies and government agencies linked to 1MDB into accounts held by Jho Low, as he is known, and other accounts.
Najib has said the money was not for his personal use, leaving others to hint that it came from Middle Eastern sources to be used in the 2013 election. But sources have told Asia Sentinel that at least RM1billion flowed out from Najib’s accounts overseas. Neither the source of the money nor its final destination is clear. Certainly, given the relatively small amounts needed to fund electoral races in Malaysia, it would seem impossible to spend such a huge amount
On his blog, Che Det, Mahathir ridiculed the idea that the money came from unknown Arab sources, saying “his claim that Arabs donated billions is what people describe as hogwash or bullshit. Certainly I don’t believe it and neither can the majority of Malaysians if we go by the comments on the social media. The world had a good laugh.” - asiasentinel
Mungkin PRU 13 sekali lagi la kita...
Tak ramai yang melaporkan berita Pkr saman Najib dan SPR kerana melanggar Akta Pilihanraya atas isu dana politik RM2.6 bil. The Star turut melaporkannya.
Juga di Mkini - PKR antaranya menuntut kesemua keputusan di 222 kerusi parlimen dibatalkan sebelum sebuah pilihan raya umum yang baru diadakan.
Ini sekadar bergossip politik jer, ok.
Bagi saya, berat nanang kes ni ! Selama ini saya tidak fikir baik BN maupun PR akur kepada undang2 yang menghadkan belanja kempen PRU kepada RM200k Parlimen dan RM100k DUN. Tahun bila undang2 tu .... 1954, sebelum Merdeka lagi, beb ! Zaman 5 sen pun masih ada nilai. Ingat cerita Seniman Bujang Lapok di mana mamat tiga orang tu berkongsi 10 sen sorang nak bayar pengayuh beca ?
Undang2 tetap undang2.... kan ? Anda tidak bersalah selagi tidak didapati bersalah. Selagi tidak ada repot atau saman dibuat, isu ini tidak timbul langsung.
Tapi bila ada orang buat repot dan/atau kemukakan saman ? Masing2 akan keluarkan bukti lah apalagi dan terpulang kepada hakim menentukannya.
Kes ini menarik sebab ia isu RM2.6 billion !
Lebih menarik bila pemimpin2 Umno BN sendiri yang mendakwa RM2.6 billion itu merupakan dana politik.
Errr .... bukan dah tukar jadi derma ke ? Hahahahaha ...... entahlah labu... kita layan jer. Ini semua kes MUNGKIN.
Tu la.... mungkin pun mungkin la, lepas satu-satu KEMUNGKINAN disogokkan kepada rakyat bagi menjustifikasikan RM2.6 bil itu, tapi kena fikirkan juga implikasinya.
Menarik juga untuk kita tunggu alasan Rahman Dahlan atau Saleh Keruak untuk menepis saman ni. Kalau lekat, PRU 13 sekali lagi la kita !
Dulu geng Anwar punyalah keliling negara dengan Black 505 kerana tak puashati dengan keputusan PRU13, kali ini mereka dihadiahkan pula satu lagi modal untuk agenda yang sama. Cuma kali ini modal itu dihadiahkan oleh Najib.
Inilah contoh kesan negatif bila Umno BN diheret oleh Najib dalam isu peribadinya. Kalau betul RM2.6 billion itu diagihkan kepada calon2 PRU13 BN, mungkin taklah terkilan sangat calon2 terbabit. Kalau habuk pun tak dapat ? Habis tu macamana orang Najib boleh kaitkan duit itu dengan dana politik ?
Perlu diingat juga, Umno BN sudah pasti ada salurkan dana politik yang resmi, yang mana ada direkodkan oleh SPR ( ada ke ? ). Jadi MUNGKIN RM2.6 billion ini adalah tambahan kepada dana sedia ada.
MUNGKIN Rahman Dahlan akan beri satu lagi keMUNGKINAN baru ..... ya, duit itu memang didermakan untuk dana politik Umno tapi tidak semestinya dibelanjakan masa kempen PRU13. Ia dana untuk pembangunan setiap kawasan dan juga untuk sedekah kepada rakyat yang memerlukan.
Tidak ada rekod sebab sebagaimana Najib menerima amanah, begitu juga calon2 yang menerima dana itu diberi amanah mengagihkan dana ikut pandai mereka.
Hmmmm .... tidak ada siapapun yang mahu tanya calon2 BN samada mereka ada terima sebarang dana tambahan dari Najib sebelum PRU13 lalu.
Kalau semua kata tidak ada terima sebarang dana tambahan dari akaun peribadi Najib, nak kata apa pulak ?
Kena lah periksa cek stub .... atau penyata akaun. Kepada siapa dan berapa... semua boleh disemak. Tapi kenapa semua calon2 BN senyap jer ...... ?
Tulah saya kata, tak semudah itu untuk Najib kata Kes Selesai walaupun diberikan alasan Derma.
Untuk pengetahuan Najib, ramai yang tidak percaya dana itu Derma. - dinturtle
MACC probes Chief Sec, PSD head over transfers...
Several reports have been filed with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) against Chief Secretary to the Government Ali Hamsa and Public Services Department (PSD) director-general Mohamad Zabidi Zainal(pix,above).
A source told Malaysiakini that the reports were filed by people vexed over the transfer of MACC special operations director Bahri Mohamad Zin(below) and strategic communications director Rohaizad Yaakob last Friday.
"There have been several reports filed under Section 48 of the MACC Act 2009," added the source, on condition of anonymity.
Section 48 of the MACC Act concerns offences regarding obstruction of investigation.
It is also learnt that similar reports have been lodged against the police for arresting MACC officers and seizing their laptops, as well as documents related to investigations into SRC International Sdn Bhd, and the transfer of RM42 million into Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s accounts.
The police were probing MACC officers over the leak of classified documents pertaining to the SRC probe.
Bahri was transferred after he lashed out at the police, and for claiming that hidden hands were responsible for their action.
Rohaizad (photo) was transferred a day after he met an opposition delegation which went to the MACC headquarters to express support.
Both men were transferred to the Prime Minister's Department but this was later cancelled and the two were reinstated.
Meanwhile, sources also told Malaysiakini that MACC second-in-command Mohd Shukri Abdull met Ali Hamsa and Mohamad Zabidi early this week to register his protest over the transfer.
"He also reminded the two that they could have flouted the law," said a source.
Immediately after news of their transfer broke last Friday, Mohd Shukri (photo), who was then in the US, told Malaysiakini in a text message that his men were acting under his instruction.
"Return my men, take me instead," he had said.
Ali Hamsa had downplayed the transfers, saying they were not related to the investigations on 1MDB.
MACC had also organised 'solat hajat' or special prayer sessions seeking divine protection for its officers in the course of their work.
Yesterday, former attorney-general Abu Talib Othman said those responsible for the transfer could have flouted the law vis-a-vis Section 186 of the Penal Code for obstructing public servants from discharging their duties.
Section 186 of the Penal Code carries a penalty of two years' jail, a maximum fine of RM10,000, or both.
MACC: Our officers did not file reports
In a media statement this evening, MACC deputy commissioner (prevention) Mustafar Ali denied that his officers had filed the reports.
"MACC strongly denies that its officers filed the reports against Ali Hamsa and Mohamad Zabidi under Section 48 of the MACC Act 2009.
"Apart from being baseless, MACC is of the view that the media report has the motive to sour the good relationship between public agencies and the leadership of the public service.
"Meanwhile, MACC appreciates the cooperation of the media and hopes that the media will be more responsible and not publish reports based on sources who are not valid," he added.
Malaysiakini had inadvertently stated that MACC officers had filed the reports when it was actually lodged by the public. This was later corrected.- mk
Did Dr. Wan Azizah Break The Rules
When She Ate Nasi Lemak On The KTM Train...
Who would've thought that a couple of photos of PKR President Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail eating nasi lemak on-the-go would've gone viral? Well, that's exactly what happened.
Many were quick to point out that it is against the rules to eat or drink on public transport such as the LRT, MRT, Monorail, and KTM Komuter, where Dr. Wan Azizah is believed to be on.
Turns out, Dr. Wan Azizah was taking the Electric Train Service (ETS) from KL Sentral to Ipoh.Where eating is actually allowed. Dr. Wan Azizah was on a KTM Komuter because the ETS is currently using KTM trains in addition to a limited number of ETS trains, as new sets have yet to be approved for operation.
Facebook user King Jason pointed out that there is even a cafeteria in every ETS train that sells nasi lemak, amongst other food items.
So, the moral of the story is... please do your research before commenting on social media, guys...
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