12 March 2015

Din tak relevan lagi, patut berhenti...

Naib Presiden PKR, Rafizi Ramli menggesa Timbalan Perdana Menteri Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin dan ketua bahagian Umno Cheras, Datuk Syed Ali Alhabshee supaya meletak jawatan. 

Beliau berkata ini kerana Muhyiddin menjadi tidak relevan lagi berikutan pengumuman kerajaan untuk menyelamatkan 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Bagi Syed Ali pula, Rafizi berkata, ketua bahagian Umno Cheras seperti dalam kegelapan mengenai apa yang berlaku dalam Umno.

"Beliau nampaknya tidak tahu apa-apa tentang apa yang sedang berlaku dalam parti. Jadi dia tidak patut bercakap  seolah-olah dia mewakili Umno," kata ahli Parlimen Pandan itu kepada Malaysiakini.

Minggu lalu, Muhyiddin berkata kerajaan tidak sepatutnya menyelamatkan syarikat yang dibebani hutang itu, tetapi Menteri Kewangan II Datuk Husni Hanadzlah memberitahu Dewan Rakyat hari ini bahawa RM950 juta telah diperuntukkan sebagai "kredit tunggu sedia" untuk 1MDB.

Semalam, Syed Ali mengecam Rafizi kerana mendakwa beliau dimaklumkan oleh seorang ketua bahagian Umno bahawa hampir RM1 bilion akan disuntik ke dalam syarikat itu. 

Menurut Ahli Parlimen PKR itu, perkara itu telah dinyatakan kepada Ketua-ketua Umno bahagian semasa pertemuan tertutup dengan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak pada hari Ahad.

Syed Ali, yang menganjurkan pertemuan itu, menafikan perkara itu dan menuduh Rafizi merekanya dan mencabar beliau mendedahkan sumbernya.

Mengulas mengenai perkara ini, Rafizi berkata Syed Ali dan Umno tidak sepatutnya membuat cabaran, terutamanya apabila dia (Syed Ali) tidak menepati janjinya untuk mengisytiharkan hartanya. - mk

Irrelevant Din should quit...

PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli has called on Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Cheras Umno division leader Syed Ali Alhabshee to resign.

He said Muhyiddin should throw in the towel since he has been rendered irrelevant following the government's announcement of a bailout for 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

As for Syed Ali, he pointed out that the division chief appeared to be in the dark about what is happening in Umno.

"He does not seem to know anything about what is going on in the party. So he should not speak as if he is representing Umno," the Pandan lawmaker told Malaysiakini.

Muhyiddin had last week stated the government should not bailout the debt-laden firm but Finance Minister II Husni Hanadzlah told the Dewan Rakyat today that RM950 million has been set aside as "standby credit" for 1MDB.


Yesterday, Syed Ali lambasted Rafizi for claiming that he was informed by an Umno division leader that close to RM1 billion would be injected into the company.

According to the PKR MP, this was conveyed to Umno division chiefs during their closed-door meeting with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak on Sunday.

Syed Ali, who organised the meeting, denied this and accused Rafizi of fabrication and challenged him to reveal his source.

Commenting on this, Rafizi said Syed Ali and Umno should refrain from issuing dares, especially when the latter has not kept his word on declaring his assets.

"It is unbecoming of a political leader to keep issuing challenges when his credibility is shattered for his refusal to make good on his word," he added.

'Keep your house in order'

Rafizi said the fact that an Umno division leader spilled the beans to him with the hope of getting the message across pointed to a serious and widening gap between the Umno leadership and grassroots.

"I suggest Syed Ali spends more time managing the split in Umno rather than throwing challenges," he added.

On Tuesday, Rafizi (left), in accepting Syed Ali's dare, revealed his assets, expenditure as well as his current income as a MP and previous salary in the corporate sector.

The Umno division chief, who also agreed to disclose his assets, however wanted to do so via an independent mechanism.- mk

Stand firm on 1MDB or lose credibility, DPM told...

Last week, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin raised eyebrows when he issued a statement which appeared to contradict his boss on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Though he had denied this, Muhyiddin, however, made one thing crystal clear - the government should not bail out the ailing firm.

Today, the government announced that it has set aside RM950 million for 1MDB, terming it as "standby credit".

This was approved last month while the decision to audit the firm was made after last Wednesday's cabinet meeting.

Sharing his views on this, veteran newsman A Kadir Jasin said Muhyiddin - who made his statement a day after the audit plan was revealed- risked soiling his reputation if he backed down.

"Muhyiddin must stick to his guns, or he would be seen as not being credible," he told Malaysiakini.

DPM has many supporters

The former News Straits Times group editor-in-chief said many in Umno are supporting the deputy prime minister on this issue.

"Not only in Umno, but many Malaysians in general are also behind him because they want to know the truth. If he backs down, then he would be disappointing a lot of people," he said.

Asked if in other words, the ball is now in Muhyiddin's court, Kadir replied that the ball is in everyone's court since 1MDB is a government-owned firm.

"If he withdraws, then we smash the ball at him instead of passing it to him," he said.

Kadir also urged politicians on both sides of the divide to move beyond mudslinging on this issue for it concerns the nation’s future.

On whether this could see a challenge being mounted against Najib in the party polls slated for next year, Kadir replied: "We are not even sure if the next party polls would be held."

Why the call for an audit?

He said Umno had often postponed its polls when it is close to a general election.

However, Umno does not need to wait for its party polls to oust Najib as speculation is rife that there are attempts to pressure him to step down.

Kadir, who is a close associate of former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamd, is himself seen as being part of this movement due to his blog postings that have been critical of the Najib administration.

Responding to the recent developments concerning 1MDB such as the audit and the issue being raised in the cabinet, the veteran newsman said it signals one of two things.

"First, the prime minister suddenly feels that he has to be transparent, or, that 1MDB is in such a financial mess that things can no longer be swept under the carpet," he added. - mk

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