Najib must tackle question head on, as otherwise it might dampen foreign investor’s confidence in the nation and consumer sentiment.
Bukit Katil MP Shamsul Iskandar Akin has expressed disappointment that questions directed at Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was being rejected by the Speaker.
“The Prime Minister should not hide behind the Speaker and avoid important questions,” he said during a press conference in the lobby of Parliament House.
The MP stressed that Najib must tackle questions head on, as otherwise this might dampen foreign investor’s confidence in the nation and consumer sentiment. “I challenge Najib to face Parliament professionally and answer these questions. This involves integrity and trust,” he said. “If not, it’s an admission that we are indeed facing a crisis.”
Apparently, the Speaker rejected three questions posed by Shamsul, all directed to the Prime Minister. One of the questions was on the Prime Minister not stating his stand on his sacked deputy Muhyiddin Yassin’s statement that the country was facing a grave problem of trust deficit.
Shamsul also asked the government’s rationality on maintaining the 1Malaysia concept while the Prime Minister had openly supported the racist Malay rights Red Shirts rally recently.
He said that the controversial 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) has already tainted the image of the country, and questions posed in Parliament on the company should be answered. “It concerns the integrity of the country.”
“The Speaker shouldn’t reject just questions as it also involves the integrity and image of the nation,”
The 1MDB scandal has already tainted Malaysia’s image at an international level and the leadership of the Prime Minister will continue to be questioned, he said. “The refusal of the Prime Minister to defend the 1Malaysia concept also shows inconsistency in the nation’s unity agenda.” - fmt
Undi tak percaya - sesi akan datang....
House rejects seven questions on Najib-1MDB...
The parliament secretariat has rejected in chambers at least seven questions related to controversies surrounding Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and 1MDB.
Tian Chua (PKR-Batu) had his two questions rejected. The first was whether 1MDB accounts had been frozen in Switzerland and Hong Kong, and if the government would be cooperating with the probe there.
This was rejected on the grounds that it was prejudicial and could confuse the public.
His second question was regarding the US Justice Department's reported corruption probe on 1MDB. This was rejected on grounds that questions were based on statements made in the press are there not allowed in the House.
"If the government doesn't verify these allegations, then we are forced to assume that these foreign reports are real," Tian told Malaysiakini later.
Gooi Hsiao-Leung's (PKR-Alor Setar) asked a similar question about the US Justice Department probe which was rejected on the same grounds.
Two other questions he asked were also rejected.
One was a question asking the prime minister if he received RM42 million from a company linked to SRC international in his private accounts as reported by the Wall Street Journal.
"But these are not statements made in the press, this is investigative writing by the WSJ. [...] This is not hearsay, these are factual matters that have been shown to exist to an extent," Gooi (photo) said at a press conference at the parliament lobby.
'Blanket ban on 1MDB questions'
The other question that was spiked was to ask the prime minister whether his lawyers Hafarizam Wan and Aisha Mubarak were being paid by the government for representing him in his pending lawsuit against the WSJ.
This was rejected on grounds that it can be answered by other ministers.
A question by Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah (Amanah-Kuala Terengganu) on whether the federal government, through the Terengganu Investment Authority, had wanted to use Terengganu's oil as collateral was also rejected in chambers.
"The question was directed at the federal government, but they rejected it as a state government matter. There is a blanket ban on 1MDB-related questions," said Raja Kamarul Bahrin (photo).
Wong Chen's (PKR-Kelana Jaya) question to the finance ministry for a copy of Yayasan Rakyat 1Malaysia's (YR1M) accounts particularly with regard to what the RM190 million donation from the Genting Group was spent on, was also similarly thrown out.
There are many lingering questions linked to 1MDB and Najib.
Besides the RM42 million transfer, there's also the RM2.6 billion donation Najib received and the progress of various probes into the debt-ridden sovereign wealth fund. - mk
Kalu Najib kata dia benar dan tiada apa2 masalah dengan 1MDB, pasai apa dia kelepiaq habih semua soalan berkaitan dengan 1MDB?
Sistem berparlimen Westminster: Undi tak percaya mesti didahulukan...
Usul undi tidak percaya terhadap Perdana Menteri, Datuk Ser Najib Razak yang bakal dibawa Ahli Parlimen pembangkang pada sidang Dewan Rakyat hari ini, mesti didahulukan berbanding usul lain.
Justeru, Ahli Parlimen Bukit Mertajam, Steven Sim Chee Keong membantah perbuatan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said yang meletakkan usul itu di tempat ke-25 daripada keseluruhan 28 usul.
Menggariskan tiga sebab kukuh kepentingan usul itu, beliau berkata, ia selaras dengan sistem berparlimen Westminster amalan Malaysia yang meletakkan kesahihan sesebuah kerajaan bergantung kepada mandat dari Parlimen.
“Jika pentadbiran sedia ada gagal untuk mengekalkan mandat dari Ahli Parlimen, sesebuah kerajaan itu hendaklah sama ada meletak jawatan atau membubar Parlimen.
“Sidang itu tidak boleh berlangsung seperti biasa. Satu-satunya cara untuk menguji sama ada mandat itu wujud, sama ada sesebuah kerajaan itu sahih, ia mendahulukan usul undi tidak percaya seawal mungkin,” katanya pada kenyataan media hari ini.
Kata Steven, tiga sebab itu ialah pertikaian kesahihan belanjawan, sesebuah kerajaan yang tiada mandat tidak boleh membuat keputusan penting dan ketetapan sebelum ini menunjukkan usul undi tidak percaya didahulukan berbanding usul lain.
“Jika usul tidak percaya itu tidak dibenarkan, saya menyeru semua Ahli Parlimen dari kedua-dua pihak – pembangkang atau kerajaan menolak semua usul yang dibawa sebagai tanda menolak pentadbiran Najib.
“Sidang kali ini menguji integriti semua Ahli Parlimen terhadap tanggungjawab kita kepada rakyat dan negara. Kita tidak boleh mengecewakan rakyat yang menderita akibat pentadbiran rejim ini,” katanya.
Sebelum ini, Ahli Parlimen Petaling Jaya Selatan, Hee Loy Sian memberi notis kepada parlimen untuk membentang usul tidak percaya terhadap Najib dan ia sudah disenarai dalam kertas aturan mesyuarat pada susunan ke-25 tetapi wujud kemungkinan ia tidak sempat dibentang pada sidang kali ini. - roketkini
Utusan Melayu ordered to pay Anwar RM200k, plus interest...
Judge Hue Siew Kheng also rejected the move by Utusan's lawyer, Firoz Hussein Ahmad, who tried to bring up Anwar’s sodomy conviction in his argument.
Anwar's lawyer N Surendran said the ruling showed was proof that the Umno-owned newspaper was not practising responsible journalism.
"This vindication proves that Datuk Seri Anwar has been slandered by Utusan Malaysia, which is known by all to be owned by Umno.
"They still repeat such cases and we hope this will be a clear lesson for them. This is not the way of running a responsible newspaper," Surendran told reporters outside the court.
Anwar won his suit against Utusan and its chief editor Abdul Aziz Ishak in 2013, following the daily's publication, citing his interview with the BBC in 2012, that he supported lesbians, gays, transexuals and bisexuals.
Justice VT Singham, who delivered the decision before his retirement, took the daily to task for failing to practise responsible journalism.
Some 50 activists and PKR members led by the Otai Reformis group also gathered in front of the court today to 'welcome' Anwar.
They carried banners and shouted 'Reformasi!' when a convoy of Prisons Department vehicles escorting Anwar arrived at the court complex about 2pm.
Surendran also took the Prison Department to task on the matter of proper medical treatment for Anway, which his family members have raised on several occasions.
"We have raised the issue time and time again and he (Anwar) still has not been provided with treatment for a serious problem on his right shoulder.
"His family members, friends andf supporters are very disappointed that this matter is being dragged on. He has not been getting the medical treatment that he needs," Surendran added.- mk
Najib In Trouble – Get Ready For A Snap Election Next Year 2016...
The poll, apparently, showed that the crucial Malay vote bank for Najib regime stood at a pathetic 31% as compared to 52% registered in January this year. In other words, the pink lips has lost a whopping 21 percentage points since the 6% GST, RM42 billion 1MDB scandal, RM2.6 billion “donation” found in his personal bank account, and whatnot, exploded.
Interestingly when the poll was conducted, 5 major events haven’t happened yet namely – Red Shirts rally, Al-Jazeera documentary on Altantuya’s murder, Najib’s hiding from IACC conference, FBI’s investigation into 1MDB money laundering, and China Ambassador visit to Petaling Street (Chinatown). These events occurred only in September.
This month (October) we witnessed one of Najib’s warlords Tajuddin threaten to slap every Chinese that he could land his hands on. Then we have the biggest bombshell – a decree by nine Malay Sultans questioning 1MDB scandal. And central bank governor Zeti has since revoked permission for 1MDB to do investments abroad. So, you’ve roughly 3 events in October.
In short, after the poll which found Najib’s popularity dropped like a rock in August, the country has been rocked by another 8 major events or revelations. Throw in the ringgit’s spectacular depreciation to RM4.48 to a dollar (Sept 29), and you have 9 bad news stacked against Najib son of Razak. The latest toll hike adds the number to 10.
You don’t need a rocket scientist to predict the result if a new poll is to be conducted today. None of the above ten events are advantageous to Najib. Was it a coincidence that PM Najib suddenly calls the ethnic-Chinese as “sons of Malaysia” today, instead of the traditional “migrants of Malaysia” label, after the poll found that only 5% of the race supported the regime?
Of course, if the ethnic-Malay support were to remain at above 50%, the money is on the table that Najib wouldn’t give two hoots about the local Chinese, who have been used as punching bag by Najib’s political party UMNO for as long as one can remember. Now that his own race is not in favour of him, he runs to the Chinese to suck up to them. Continue reading...