08 May 2019

“A Stupid Little Boy”...

Mahathir May Target 
The Royal House’s Business...

Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim should have kept his mouth shut and let the 93-year-old Mahathir completes his premiership. It would be easier to intimidate PM-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim than PM Mahathir Mohamad, the old political “war horse”. The junior should know that the old man thrives when challenged, especially from the monarchy.

But the impatient crown prince could not wait to take revenge over the bad blood between Mahathir and Johor royal family, which date back to the early 1990s, during the Malaysian leader’s first period in office when the government removed immunities enjoyed by the Malay rulers following multiple episodes of assault by the Johorean royal house.

Clearly irritated by the junior who keeps provoking him and his government, Mahathir yesterday (May 6) called the Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail “a stupid little boy” who does not know anything. The PM said – “Well, he is stupid because he does not know what is happening. So, don’t talk. If you don’t know anything, don’t talk.” But the veteran and politician didn’t stop there.

“I don’t want to comment on the Sultan Ibrahim of Johor. If I say anything that is not good – it is not nice because he is the Sultan,” – said Mahathir. Many observers might have missed the significance of this remark. This could be interpreted to mean that the premier is “giving face” to Sultan Ibrahim, but is ready to attack him should the sultan chooses to join the bandwagon.

The outspoken crown prince has been criticising PM Mahathir and the federal government over matters that he thinks will affect the royal institution – from opposing the ratification of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court to insisting that the power to appoint the Johor’s Chief Minister resides with the Johor Sultan to telling “outsiders” not interfere with Johor’s internal affairs.

The supposedly sultan-in-waiting had even urged the people not to change the previous crooked Prime Minister Najib Razak, but annoyingly suggested that the people need to change the current Prime Minister Mahathir. But the dubious land transfer to the Sultan Ibrahim of a parcel of 4.5-hectare Bukit Chagar land worth RM495.3 million becomes the “crème de la crème” of the war of words.

The Johor Crown Prince, or TMJ (Tunku Mahkota Johor) as he is popularly known, obviously was trying to defend what many see as another “land grab” by the Sultanate of Johor when he complained that the noble deeds of the Palace of Johor were not being given enough credit. He asked – “How much land the Johor Sultan has given to the people and the government until now?”

TMJ has claimed the Johor royal family was a victim of “character assassination” and was being unfairly criticised over the Rapid Transit System (RTS) project. However, he fails to explain, let alone justify, how the land worth an eye-popping RM495.3 million was quietly transferred to his family – despite the fact that the land rightfully belongs to the federal government.

Was he trying to say that it was perfectly alright to grab a federal land worth half a billion Ringgit just because the royal family had in the past donated land for mosques and temples? It was precisely this remark of TMJ that had gotten Mahathir “excited”, hence calling the crown prince a stupid boy who does not know what is happening.

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“Little Boy

Like President Trump, the Johor Crown Prince has taken his war on Twitter, challenging a certain “Kadir” (believed to be referring to Kadir Jasin, the communications adviser to PM Mahathir) to proceed to “finish off” the royalty as planned at a meeting at Menara Ilham, the place where the Council of Eminent Persons (led by Mahathir’s trusted adviser Daim Zainuddin) hold their meetings.

But on Monday (May 6), the prime minister’s media adviser retaliated – calling for authorities to reopen old cases against the Sultanate of Johor. Interestingly, the country has a newly crowned Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Abdul Hamid Bador, an extremely loyalist of Mahathir. And curiously, Mr. Kadir made the call just hours after his boss Mahathir called the TMJ “a stupid little boy”.

Armed with a photo of “Little Boy”, coincidentally the code name for the U.S. atomic bomb dropped on the Japanese city of Hiroshima on 6 August 1945 during World War II, Mr. Kadir skillfully posted a message on Facebook saying – “The ‘Little Boy’ is extremely dangerous although it is small and does not know anything. So we have to do something. Merely talking is not enough.”

In a blast against the Johor Crown Prince, who had earlier challenged Kadir Jasin to finish the Johor Royal House all out 110%, and not 50%, the veteran journalist said 50% is sufficient – referring to the power of the atomic bomb. According to figures published in 1945, 66,000 people were killed as a direct result of the Hiroshima blast, and 69,000 were injured to varying degrees.

Johor Royal House - Benalec - Sand Mining
Johor Royal House - Benalec - Sand Mining

In retaliation to the Johor Crown Prince’s boastful claim that the royal family had been involved in various businesses since 1897, Kadir posted his message – “We ask the new IGP to reopen the IP (investigation papers) which were frozen or closed and for the Inland Revenue Board to determine how much taxes Mados Sdn Bhd has paid since it’s been in business for hundreds of years.”

Mados Sdn Bhd, a name associated with the Johor royal family, has been involved in sand extraction business for ages. According to a Companies Commission of Malaysia search by Malaysiakini in 2014, the grandfather of the crown prince, Sultan Iskandar Sultan Ismail, holds a 99.95% stake in Mados Sdn Bhd with the remaining shareholders being his second wife and nine out of 10 children from two marriages.

The company belonging to the Sultanate of Johor is also involved in property investment, provision of management services, timber logging and quarry operation. Under the previous Barisan Nasional government, the Johor royal family was allowed not only into billion-dollar project such as Forest City, but were also selling sand to Singapore – allowing the island republic to reclaim its land base.

However, according to Asia Sentinel, the illegal business of mining sand came to an abrupt stop when the new government of Pakatan Harapan takes over. The Royal Malaysian Customs Department, instead of closing one-eye like they had done under Najib regime, has confiscated barges operated by a company called Benalec, owned by Johor royal crony named Daing A Malak Daing A Rahaman.

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Johor ex-CM Mohamed Khaled, Zamani, Sultan Ibrahim and Daing A Malek

Interestingly, crony Daing A Malek has a 15.6% stake in Esplanade Danga 88 Sdn Bhd, which has 34% shares in the Forest City project. But the man who controls Esplanade Danga 88 is none other than Sultan Ibrahim who owns 64.4%. Other companies that have royal fingerprints included Spektrum Kukuh Sdn Bhd (SKSB) and Spektrum Budi Sdn Bhd (SBSB).

Benalec’s 70%-owned SKSB and SBSB are in turn owned by Daing A Malek (9%) and Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Idris (21%). SKSB and SBSB become the vehicles of Benalec Holdings for the reclamation of 1,410.3 hectares off the coast of Tanjung Piai and another 712.3 hectares of reclamation along the coast of Pengerang.

But despite the absence of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report, SKSB and SBSB went ahead with the Johor reclamation projects due to the royal strings. So, it’s not just about the possible tax evasion that the Johor Palace could face in its hostility with PM Mahathir, but also the obstacles of continuing to milk its business cash cows.

Now, do you understand why we said the Sultanate of Johor should be careful what they wish for? If you want to challenge Mahathir, you better make sure you’re as clean as a whistle. In the same breath, do you also understand why we said the real fireworks would start after the installation of 61-year-old Abdul Hamid Bador as Inspector-General of Police (IGP) this month? - FT

Johor RTS Rapid Transit System Proposal - Map
Seperti cacing kepanasan...

1. Jika sekiranya Tun Mahathir Mohamad selaku Perdana Menteri tidak bertegas berhubung sekeping tanah di Bukit Chagar, Johor, sudah pasti kos pembinaan Sistem Aliran Transit atau Rapid Transit System (RTS) akan meningkat lagi sekurang-kurangnya sebanyak RM 500 juta.

2. Tanah ini asalnya kepunyaan Negeri atau State Land tetapi telah diberi kepada Kerajaan Pusat dalam tahun 2012 dengan cara tukar ganti.

3. Mengikut bebagai laporan media, hanya 2 hari selepas beberapa perbincangan termasuk yang diadakan dengan Sultan Johor, tanah tersebut telah berpindah tangan dari Tanah Kerajaan Pusat menjadi kepunyaan Sultan.

4. Katanya bagi mendapat sokongan Sultan secara terbuka menjelang pilihanraya umum yang baru lepas, tanah seluas 4.5 hektar itu yang telah dirancang bagi projek RTS diberi kepada Sultan secara PERCUMA oleh Najib.

5. Justeru, mengatakan beliau TIDAK TAHU MENAHU pun tanah 'miliknya' itu akan dibina RTS adalah suatu pembohongan yang tidak boleh diterima oleh akal yang waras.

6. Amat mustahil semasa perbincangan di antara Suruhanjaya Pengangkutan Awam Darat atau SPAD dengan Sultan, langsung tidak disentuh berkenaan tapak pembinaan, keluasan tanah dan sebagainya.

7. Sebenarnya penglibatan Sultan di dalam pelaksanaan projek RTS dan projek lain TIDAK PERLU dan TIDAK BOLEH kerana ia adalah tanggungjawab Pentadbiran, apatah lagi ianya bercanggah dengan Perlembagaan Negara yang melarang Sultan mencampuri hal ehwal Pentadbiran.

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8. Itulah akibat apabila Sultan tersebut tahu di mana tapak RTS akan dibina, maka dalam tempoh 2 hari sahaja selepas dipersetujui tanah tersebut dipindahmilik kepada Sultan TANPA PEDULI akibat perbuatan tersebut.

9. Kini tak sampai pun 24 jam selepas Perdana Menteri membuat ugutan, tiba-tiba Sultan cuba menunjukan beliau seorang pemurah (???) dengan rela hati memberi kawasan tersebut secara percuma kepada Kerajaan Pusat sedangkan umum tahu tanah yang bernilai RM 500 juta itu telah diberi secara percuma kepada beliau oleh Najib; ini satu lagi drama yang dilakukan.

10. Mungkin ketegasan Tun Dr. Mahathir itu membuatkan beliau dan anaknya 'Seperti Cacing Kepanasan'.

11. Bagi kepentingan umum, khasnya Bangsa Johor atau rakyat Johor, Kerajaan Negeri HARUS mengeluarkan senarai tanah, projek sama ada sah atau melanggar undang-undang seperti penjualan pasir secara berluasa kepada Singapura, bauksit dan penglibatan beliau secara terus atau proksi di dalam mana-mana perniagaan di negeri itu; ini termasuklah sebidang tanah yang luas di Bandar Maharani, Muar untuk pembangunan, tanah Kuarters TNB di Stulang Laut yang dibeli dengan setengah nilai pasaran (value) kemudian dijual kepada pemaju Singapura, tanah perladangan kira-kira- kira 50 ribu ekar.

JCorp Bhd dan anak-anak syarikatnya pula TERPAKSA membantu menampung kos bolasepak JDT.

Bagi mengelakkan sebarang keraguan, Kerajaan negeri juga perlu menyenaraikan tanah-tanah dan lain-lain termasuk jumlah kenderaan yang TIDAK BERBAYAR CUKAI import dan cukai jalan yang TELAH DIPULANGKAN atau DIBERI secara percuma dan jumlah cukai kereta yang dibayar diumumkan. Selamat Berpuasa. - Tamrin Tun Ghafar    

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Rule of law mesti dilaksanakan 
no dongeng,no pilih bulu...

Kerajaan PH akan menjadi bahan jenaka rakyat marhein kalau Rule of Law hanya bertakhta di bibir tetapi tidak dilaksanakan kerana pilih bulu ketiak, bulu dada dan bulu hidung untuk bertindak. Rakyat sudah muak dengan dongeng rule of law. Rakyat mahu dilaksanakan tanpa bilang bulu, kasta, lebai, raja atau pun lanun berpuaka.

Menyembah Allah raja dan penyamun sama statusnya pada satu saf. Yang menentukan syurga atau neraka itu hak Allah. Dalam rule of law semua rakyat, termasuk raja yg hidup super mewah atas sokongan rakyat jelata, mesti mendapat keadilan yang sama.

Sekarang seluruh rakyat Malaysia, termasuk beruk, siamang, babi montel di hutan, tahu keluarga sultan Johor super kaya dalam bisnes. Apa yg rakyat ingin tahu bagaimana istana dengan mudah memiliki tanah, dan apakah mereka bayar atau dapat percuma?
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Memang rakyat salut kalau keluarga istana bijak dalam bisnes tanpa melibatkan khazanah negeri atau rakyat diperkosa. Menurut kenyataan akhbar dari istana Johor kononnya tanah Bt Cagar itu mahu dikembalikan kepada kerajaan tanpa membayar pampasan. Kononnya istana bagi free atas ihsan dan cintanya pada rakyat. Soalnya apakah pihak istana membeli tanah itu? Berapa harganya? Betulkah tukar hak milik tanah itu dibuat dua hari selepas perbincangan mengenai projek keretapi laju ke Singapura?

Ini rakyat hendak tahu. Ini rakyat mahu SPRM dan PDRM menyiasat. Sekiranya terbukti ada penyelewengan atau korupsi maka mereka yg terlibat mesti diheret ke pengadilan. Ini baru rule of law dilaksanakan. No nonsense.

Banyak lagi kes yang melibatkan istana Johor yang terpendam. Kalau benar kerajaan PH hendak melaksanakan rule of law maka berbagai agensi yg terbabit dalam urusan jenayah dan kehakiman mesti bertindak proaktif, dan bukan ram teloq sampai teloq kemuruk. Rakyat sokong institusi raja berperlembagaan tetapi tidak menyokong raja yang menganggap dia maharaja dan boleh melakukan apa saja tanpa tertakluk kepada rule of law. Allah-hu-Akhbar. - Yahaya Ismail

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Kalau nak tutup kedai2 makan tutup sekali pasaraya2,McD,KFC,Pizza,Starbucks tu semua.Dah lah siang memang orang tak boleh meniaga,malam pulak dilarang bukak kedai.Macam mana peniaga2 nak bayar upah pekerja,sewa kedai.  Nabi sendiri pun hanya 3 hari solat tarawih di masjid dan kemudian solat di rumah kerana tak mahu sahabat2 baginda menganggap solat tarawih itu wajib. Ingatlah bahawa memberi nafkah untuk keluarga itu wajib dan tarawih itu sunat saja,tak perlu terlampau keras dalam menjalankan ibadah. - f/bk

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