Thursday, June 22, 2017

Is Mahathir's lie on 1MDB about to be unravelled soon?


To pro-BN political pundits, the latest on DOJ is political ploy between the pro-Democrat attorneys and Mahathir.

Apparently, the sceptical responses and critics hurled at DOJ by BN politicians got their attention. DOJ responded through Malaysiakini. Why only Malaysiakini? Is it for real? Is it another proof of  collaboration with foreign government to topple democratically elected Malaysian government?  

If it is taken in good faith that the e--mail exist, there is still a shroud of doubt as to why DOJ website did not make public their response on their website (see here.) Only two on their search engine.

Malaysiakini chose to highlight in their headline, "DOJ: We're in the business of facts, not insinuations" and FMT report based on Malaysiakini report highlighted "DoJ says its court filings based on reasonable facts".

The last para in the second attempt for seizure and forfeiture against those that allegedly laundered money from 1MDB, as taken from Bigdog here, as below:
“A civil forfeiture complaint is merely an allegation that money or property was involved in or represents the proceeds of a crime. These allegations are not proven until a court awards judgment in favor of the U.S.”

Monday, June 19, 2017

Clinton Foundation donation: Mahathir and Syed Saddiq should sue RPK


Since lawyer Hanif Khatri and Dato Abdul Kadir Jasin answer to any arguments questioning the validity and admissibility of the latest DOJ submission is to challenge anyone to sue them, then it is suggested that both the accused and implicated Tun Dr Mahathir and Syed Saddiq should sue RPK.

In his posting, "Syed Saddiq knew the US-DoJ attack was coming", Raja Petra claimed that Mahathir paid US$5 million to Clinton Foundation to get DOJ to submit the 'flimsy' charges to the US California Court last year.

He implicated Tun Daim and Syed Saddiq. It is claimed also Syed Saddiq told his friends that Mahathir spent RM50 million on the whole foreign attack exercise to topple Dato Najib.

In the earlier posting, "Mahathir is playing his last card in a futile attempt to oust Najib", he merely said millions were spent on the July 20th 2016 announcement and more for the June 15th 2017 announcement.

Friday, June 16, 2017

How Pascal Najadi lied to cash in on his father's death

Kring kring ...
An unknown number called into our handphone after Terawih last week.

Usually we would not pick it up and rather wait them text something. If they is an urgency, there will be a text message to ask to return call or whatever the brief intention of the call.

This time we accepted the call.
"Hello ah ... are you ....?"
It was a deep grouchy Chinaman voice speaking English with a common folk Chinese accent. 
"Can you introduce yourself. It is only the proper phone ettiquate."

"Oh sorry ... I am XXX (name to be witheld). Saya dapat nombor awak dari ini Dato YYY. Are you itu blogger apa itu nama A Voice ...?

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

How Sarawak Report was caught lying and Rafizi tried to spin SRC issue to Shafee Abdullah?


The SRC issue being spinned by Rafizi could not gain much attention lately except to the diehard. Simply, anything coming out of Rafizi's mouth is not believeable.

Although Rafizi's blocked website SPRM Insider released claimed investigation papers, MACC hardly blinked an eye. The claim is it is documents leaked by Dato Bahari in-cohoot with Tan Sri Abu Kassim and other Dato still in MACC.

Till they acknowledged it came from them, who would gave attention? Would they do so as it tantamounts to breachng OSA?

Maybe Rafizi is not interested to tell the truth but only spin to get public attention. Coming to an election, it is the number of votes that matter, not political correctness.

It only serve to reinforce the diehard, not necessary change election. It needs winning the big block of more scrutinising fence seaters!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Is police reshuffling to position Zulkifli Abdullah as future IGP?


The frontpage of Utusan Malaaysia today highlighted statement by Inspector General of Police, Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim reiterating plan to revamp the top management of police.

It will be due soon after Hari Raya and many officers will awating the news with bated breath.

This is in response to recent arrest by MACC on the involvement of top officers in Melaka, D7 and Narcotic Division in money laundering and corruption.

One or few of the arrests could also be the handy work of problematic MACC officers [read previous posting here].

The general response by the few lower rung police officers contacted  has been welcoming. It is good to revive the image of police. One reservation received is that the revamp done should be transparent and genuine.

Utusan Malaysia report below:

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Positive attitude following police arrest of MACC officer


This blog had once expressed worry before that a "war" could break out between enforcement agencies. Following MACC campaign against enforcement agencies, particularly police, the suspicion is it will be soon.

Police did responded with the arrest of MACC officer, Rommy bin Ma'aruf. (Read in Harian Metro here.)

According to the blog Captain M here, the police-arrested officer was a problematic one and had a history. His errand ways for the past two years have now come to light.

MACC made it clear they will not compromise with officers taking bribes. (Read FMT here) They are willing to cooperate (Read M'kini here). An open and positive attutide exhibited by MACC (Read Bernama here).

Friday, June 09, 2017

Sabah judge not firm on own Sabah Watergate decision


There was outcry by the public on the big corruption case in Sabah regarding the Sabah Water Department.

To show court firmness on this matter of public concern, a huge bail sum on the accused former Sabah Water Department director Ag Mohd Tahir Ag Talib was set

Initially, it was set at RM10 million. It was then appealed and reduced RM5 million. Then, another appeal to drastically reduce to RM2 million. Despite that, the judge seemed to allow somewhat of a "layway plan."

And, some segments of the public are not happy with the decision.

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Red herring for Azmin


The last words of a Tan Sri very close to Tun Dr Mahathir, meaning really close, after that morning breakfast in KLCC two years ago to correct the wrongful RM42 billion lesap figure of 1MDB is still fresh in the mind.
"You watch out Azmin."
It was not long before that someone close to Mahathir, or it could be even Mahathir himself said, "Mukhriz is a weak leader".

So, as we see it, the current claim Mahathir is trying to place Mukhriz is just a political game.

"Boboi" is only doing a face saving after losing the Kedah MB post. And off course, fillial son helping and defending the father.

Monday, June 05, 2017

Puntung died yesterday: Extinction of Sabah rhino?


The inevitable came yesterday and it is certainly sad.

After 10 years effort by the NGO Borneo Rhino Alliance to save and breed the Sumatra rhino species - last three Sumatra Rhino in captivity,  at the sanctuary in the Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Puntong the only female rhino left died yesterday.

Borneo Post online reported the sad news yesterday:

Sunday, June 04, 2017

China tough-talking Jokowi shutdown Malaysia's telco installation


Indonesian President, Joko Widodo made another visit to the Natuna Island recently to witness a military exercise after a visit last year that sent a strong message to China of their opposition to their 9 dash line claim.

Jokowi told newspaper in November last year, "There is no compromise on sovereignty." 

Last year, he visited Natuna on an Indonesian warship and held cabinet meeting on the warship that clashed with Chinese fishing vessels last year. Comment by senior Chinese officials on right of access made them nervous.

However, Natuna does not fall within the 9-dash line claim by China. Nevertheless, analysts see public view of China interest as a national security threat.


An FB here highlighted Indonesia had recently closed a Malaysian company telco installation on the island. Malaysia never made any claim on Natuna. Is the Indonesian now being unfriendly ever since China made large investment in Malaysia and there received paltry investment in a recent visit by President Xi Jianpeng?

Or ini semua wayang kulit Jowo, as the FB commented?

Friday, June 02, 2017

Merdeka MRT station, Menara Merdeka and reviving Merdeka Park


This is a sneak review of the Merdeka MRT station.

Saw this on Dato Najmuddin Abdullah of MRT Facebook few days ago. The clipping is not on You Tube so got a hacker to download from his FB to be uploaded here.

Work is still being done so MRT is not releasing the full video clipping.

It is also a sneak preview of one of the themed stations. For this one, it is Rukunegara, an important nation building statement.

By July, this station will be operational.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Uber also turning into a public transportation menace


It happened before with one mode of public transportation when undercutting existing regulated services and low price is a priority over other considerations.

It is a matter of time something happen to Uber or Grab or any of this new ride-sharing innovation and convention-challenging mode of public transportation.

In January, the complain was Uber, Grab drivers becoming ulat at KLIA and KLIA2 to encroach into designated areas meant for taxis.

In the latest incident, a pregnant lady riding an Uber last week was robbed and suffered a miscarriage. That will put any women into a long depression and into a state of fear. She claimed the driver had an accomplice seating in the front seat

Malaysians being Malaysians, their automatic reaction is to blame the government.

They conveniently forgot it was public pressure that contributed to the incident. Public insisted and supported Uber and Grab despite the unclear legality. The public refused to accept the concern on safety and possibility criminals infiltrating as part-time UBER driver.

And, public pressure and less-than-adequate existing services partly made it necessary to allow such services.

Monday, May 29, 2017

More on Proton-Geely deal Mahathir hid from public


For quite sometime a while, the social media and blogs had revealed Tun Dr Mahathir relative's interest in Proton vendor and alleged the Taiwanese that brought Mitsubishi idea for a Malaysia car, Rin Kin Mei as Mahathir's proxy in Proton.

In TV3 news this evening, Tunku Aziz asked the outright question: Is Mahathir the real owner of Proton? 

He posed the question in view of the reaction of Mahathir to Syed Mokhtar's decision to sell 49.9% shares in Proton to Geely.

Mahathir have been "crying" and pretending not to know of the discussion with Geely and earlier, Volkswagen in which he was willing to have them as shareholders. The deal Volkswagen deal did not go through because they insist on majority control.

Apparently, Mahathir agreed on some terms with Geely that would have been worse than the "jual negara" accusation he made against Dato Najib.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Late Jaafar Hussein made scapegoat for forex loss?


According to Raja Petra's latest Malaysia Today posting, the late BNM Governor, Tan Sri Jaafar Hussein was made a scapegoat
for the BNM foreign exchange speculation losses.

It partly explains why the Special Task Force enquiry on Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop yesterday was unusually short.
"(Tan Sri) Nor Mohamed, who is Khazanah Nasional Berhad deputy chairman, arrived at the finance ministry here at 3.25 pm today. He was seen leaving the compound about 45 minutes later." 
http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/05/26/forex-scandal-nor-mohamed-gives-statement-to-task-force/
As star witness or the supposed accused in the case, there should be lengthy questions presented to him.

Friday, May 26, 2017

US Navy challenge China claim on disputed South China Sea


It is unlikely war would be break out in this region this Ramadhan. But a development yesterday could make those aware of the situation nervous.

The Manchester incident was followed up by an Indonesian threat and suspected to be  a reaction to the US-Arab-Islamic Summit in Riyadh which signal a show of force to fight against ISIS. However, that may not be the critical issue to result in a war.

ISIS is a war against an invisible threat. It is just difficult.

In The Mole on Monday, columnist Salahuddin bin Hisham wrote of attempt to "slow the boat to China". He viewed the fear on sovereignty as excessive and dumbfounded.

For one, it cannot be after US President Donald Trump received China President Xi Jian Peng at his Mar-a-Largo resort in Florida in late April and announced to the world of the lucrative deal done with China (including for his own daughter) from China. [Read Vice.com blog here]

Interestingly, he wrote:

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

TIME what? Manchester more pressing ....


Was alerted last night of TIME magazine report dated May 22nd 2017 entitled "5 World Leaders Less Popular than President Donald Trump".

It must be from the last issue dated May 22nd because the May 29th issue is about Kremlin spy ring [read here].

The original sender, likely a PPBM sympathier who forwarded to a former state UMNO officio, must have took notice this FMT report here.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Will a former US President question "Ivana Bint" Trump's Saudi donation?


The big story on the "von" Trump family visit to the Middle East yesterday was the visit by surrogate first lady, "Ivana Bint" Trump, as the local Arab News refer her, to the Jewish holy site of the western wailing wall [read CNN here].

The Jews claimed the wall is the remnant of King David (Nabi Daud to Muslims) temple was taken down to build over the Masjidil Aqsa.

Slate magazine was shocked with the sight of Ivana in tears coming out of an important site to her Judaism faith.

They expected her to be the forefront of avant garde feminism. Religion may not run  concurrent to liberal leaning thought according to the orang putih thinking.

The issue that will likely be raised is the US$100 million donation pledge received from Saudi Arabia and Ivana's intiative, Women's Empowerment Fund [read CNN here].

In her show, Oprah Winfrey was not comfortable with Ivana's praise women's right effort by the Saudi.

The Independent headlined it as "Ivanka Trump praises Saudi Arabia on women's rights after country donates $100 million to her cause."


Monday, May 22, 2017

No lip service on police corruption, please!


Apart from the case of Dato Ramli Yusof, hardly do this blog criticise the police force.

In appreciation for their contribution to the security of the nation despite personal difficulties, limited resource, pre-war police stations, poor working condition, and lower-than-army pay and perk, it is unfair to burden them more than they should be held for.

The recent wave of arrest for corruption by MACC on law enforcement officials, in which a corporal was caught with RM800,000 in his safekeeping, three cops held for protection racket, two OCPD involvement in illegal gambling money, collusion with drug syndicates, harassment on sub-ordinates, outsider could transfer out officers, dirty loyalist cop retained, demand for sponsorship, etc, is too alarming to be ignored.

It confirms how corrupted the country has turned out. His Majesty Sultan Nazrin of Perak has every right to be concerned.

Saturday, May 20, 2017

David Teo got slapped, but Mahathir reduced to a minnow


The pentaksub will be furious and cannot take this kind of denigration of their revered lord.

True enough, having followed him for decades and supported him for more than a decade, he became someone we do not know anymore. 

The video of the incident on the night of TN50 townhall style dialog between PM Dato Najib and people from the entertainment-side of the creative industry on May 17th [read MMO here] became the #3 most trending on the Internet.

The mystery behind the series of action remains but Tun Dr Mahathir cannot stand that some member of the public was impressed with Dato Najib's coolness with the situation.

It proves Najib could have  handled Nothing2Hide, but out of respect for Mahathir then, he avoided a confrontation.

Desperate

Mahathir just had to make comment like this:

Friday, May 19, 2017

There's something about KSP


There is something about the Treasury Secretary (the acronym normally referred to as KSP), Tan Sri Dr Irwan Serigar bin Abdullah. KSP could mean anything from Ketua Setiausaha Perbendahraaan to probably a keling shoefetish psychotic.

On a serious note, there have been rumour from Putrajaya for few years of collusion associated with one politician with an SUB, but apparently expanded to include the KSP, a TKSU (which could likely be a promoted SUB), and a powerful PA that could determine outcome through assigning of files to the right person. Have not done research on this so one can't spill the bean yet without the specifics.

The sore point with KSP is the manner budget cut was made - mindless 20% across-the-board budget that compromise most basic function of government such as police, army, law enforcement (with special attention to graft busters), and could extend to include education and foreign affairs. Police sargeants takes 6 months to get their their out-station work claims. 

Yet it is heard he still insist to fly first class and stay in his entitled suite without much conscience to pay at least €700 per night with enforcement officers on assignment to Kota Kinabalu staying below their entitlement in budget hotels and flying AirAsia.

However, this posting is more about something not quite right with his appointment as Chairman of TRX and Bandar Malaysia.

Monday, May 15, 2017

PPBM fake survey to entice PAS


FMT report on a survey done late last year by those who later joined PPBM was strange.

The media portal seen as mouthpiece of PPBM reported supreme council member, Dato Dr Rais Hussin claiming "Survey shows Malaysians want Muhyiddin as PM".

An excerpt below:
The survey polled 3,000 people in 30 parliamentary constituencies in Barisan Nasional (BN) and opposition-held states, as well as Sabah and Sarawak. The survey, conducted late last year, was commissioned by a group which has now joined PPBM.
When presented with Muhyiddin, 37.3% said they were agreeable while 25.1% said they were opposed. The rest were unsure.
That is not a conclusive study to show Malaysians want Muhyiddin.

Embarassed by Rais's conclusion, party’s information chief Datuk Kamaruddin Md. Noor was reported by The Mole here to acknowledge it is inconclusive and outdated.

Such survey could be bias and manipulated. There is intention when it praised PAS profile as the most popular party in the country, as reported by MMO here.

True enough, sources from within PPBM claimed there was no such survey conducted. It is fake news game.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

TI's theory on defense does not eradicate corruption


Rhetorics do not eradicate corruption [reads The Mole column here.]

So do manipulating survey and ratings done by TI-M President, Akhbar Satar here to get a negative outcome at a time there were positive serious effort to eradicate corruption.

He should have emulated former DAP MP, Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye here, who as Senior Vice-Chairman of The Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation gave moral support to MACC for their 3-year deadline to move up the Corruption Perception Index.

Lee highlighted the move as a signal to all political parties to not compromise on graft.

In this respect, the congratulatory message by MACC Director General Dato Dzulkifli came with a bold reminder to UMNO to stay away from graft.

Having said that, Akhbar Satar latest article in the business weekly Focus Malaysia on defense procurement only shows his ideas on corruption eradication is merely academic.

His analysis is flawed, not practical, and lacked a workable solution.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

UMNO's 71st anniversary immediate dilemma


Tonight UMNO will begin it's 71st anniversary.

It's inception in 1946 is synonymous with the struggle for independence and the formation of the new nation of Malaya in 1957 which then enlarged to include Sabah, Sarawak and Singapore (before it was sacked out in 1965) become Malaysia in 1963.

UMNO formed the first coalition called Perikatan and later it was enlarged into Barisan Nasional. Since independence, the coalitions led by UMNO have been ruling the country and majority of the states in Malaysia. 

It holds two third majority but has since relinquish that dominance in the 2008 general election. It is believed that BN will never ever get that two third dominance. Not only that, the general election this time around will  be more challenging than the previous one.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Wesak surprises on FBI and Country Heights


Happy Wesak to all Buddhist.

It is the day to celebrate the enlightment of Buddha. Sometimes it is described as Buddha's Day.

Two news today were rather shocking or as described in this posting title as "Wesak surprises".

Surprise to some party and perhaps, shocking to another party. For the rest of us, hopefully there is enlightenment.

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

G25 is Mahathir's ploy to incite religious sentiment


In the past few general elections, it will be preceded by religious instigation.

At one time, it was the kalimah Allah and Catholic publication, The Herald issues. Earlier, it was the conversion of Azlina @ Lina Joy Christianity.

There is also the interfaith issue with regard to the faith of children of usually Hindu couple, in which one of the spouse converted to Islam.

The amendment to Act 164 to resolve the issue of children faith was to be tabled in the last Parliament seating but postphoned.

Sunday, May 07, 2017

A meaningful bilateral relation for 3 million Malaysians

Datok Najib with the Pope during his 2011 visit

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs made a press release to inform of the working visit of Vatican City by Dato Anifah Aman.

Relation between Malaysia and Vatican has improved significantly since the incident of July 2013.

The issue then was between Ministry of Home Affairs and the Malaysian Catholic Church following the ban on the church publication, The Herald in Malay and vociferous Archbisop Murphy Pakiam [read bigdogdotcom here].

The then envoy from Vatican, Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Joseph Salvador Marino initially expressed a critical view but later apologise for the misunderstanding after a meeting with Dato Anifah.

All parties agreed to end the rumpuss [read here].

Subsequently, Malaysia appointed former Minister from Sabah and former MP for Penampang, Sabah, Tan Sri Bernard Dompok as the first Ambassador to the Vatican in 2015 [read here].

Dompok said his appointment was a follow-up to effort to establish ties subsequent to Najib's visot in 2011.

Najib was the first PM to make serious effort to establish ties with Vatican City [read MMO here]

Anifah's working visit could lead to more significant cooperation between both countries.

The press release below:

Thursday, May 04, 2017

Bumburing's political narrative does not stand a chance against Anifah's


Dato Anifah Aman's latest statement explained MySabah, an effort he initiated to cut across all political affiliation to address outstanding Sabah issues. [Rocky Bru has the full statement here.]

Yours truly was present at the second Forum in Kota Kinabalu in 2015 [read here].

If local graduate Dato Saifuddin Abdullah thinks political freedom is new politics, then this is also a new and more positive politics beyond partisanship that has catched on.

All Parliament support for the North Korea issue recently. Another is UMNO and PAS, two squabbling major political parties are willing to sit together on Islamic interest.Also, non-UMNO BN components' opposition against RUU 355 together with certain opposition parties.

Half full and not half empty for 1MDB's Bandar Malaysia


1MDB announced that the agreement to undertake the 60% shares in Bandar Malaysia Sdn Bhd consortium of Iskandar Waterfront Holdings Sdn Bhd (IWH) and China Railway Engineering Corporation (CREC) had lapse.

They failed to meet their payment obligation thus the Bandar Malaysia revert to the original 100% shareholding by Malaysia of Finance.

Malaysiakini was quick to highlight in their report that "... RM7.4 billion deal collapses." FMT was less provocative as merely "Bandar Malaysia Agreement lapses" to publish a Bernama report.

At the material time, it is not clear why IWH-CREC did not execute the agreement. It could be any thing from China capital control measures to IWH commitment for Johor.

However, this is not half empty but half full as it is beneficial and opportunity for 1MDB to realise better value for Bandar Malaysia.

Monday, May 01, 2017

Bernie Ecclestone made someone "look like idiot"


This headline will infuriate a pentaksub.

If it has to be too frank to awake him from his illusion, so be it.

The message need be sent.

The man is no god and perfect as pentaksub wants all to be believe that he refuse to accept and shut others from expressing a viewpoint.

It is about Singapore's Strait Times here reporting SIC International CEO, Razlan Razak reaction to comments by former owner of F1, Bernie Ecclestone here.

Friday, April 28, 2017

PPBM's devious and dishonest politics


PPBM have been making claims that they have strong support from the rakyat, particularly Malays due to unhappiness on micro-level issues.

High on the list are rising cost of living, GST, students' scholarship, and civil servants budget.

The usual Chinese bashing of Mahathir era campaign will take the form of China FDI to replace DAP bashing. No more bashing of Najib for donating to Chinese schools.

One odd issue is special rights of Malays but to appease DAP, they will likely do it through Perkasa or the latest addition is Bertindak.

The issues are purely sentiment and outright propaganda. The narrative could neither be verified with statistics or survey nor sound argument.

They know Dato Najib's macro-management and policies are excellent and necessary thus difficult to debate. It will ricochet to Mahathir.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Anwar statement on Forex loss tallies, More questions ...


Dato Seri Anwar Ibrahim was called in by the special taskforce enquiring on the foreign exchange speculation losses by Bank Negara Malaysia in 1994.

He issued a statement relating to the enquiry. Bit late but understandably he is in prison.

Anwar quoted few personalities that has passed on. Unless his statement in the enquiry differs from the released statement, it generally tallies with what were already known.

Anwar denied being aware of the losses but did express concern on the riskiness of the operation to Bank Negara Governor then, the late Tan Sri Jaafar Hussein twice.

He said he was not told the real situation. Jaafar only admitted later of not knowing the real situation too.

The officer in charge, now Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yaacob did not give the true situation of the Bank's trading operation to the Governor.

Who gave him the go ahead to undertake such massive speculative operation? If he never did, it could be considered a criminal offense.

Will he reveal there exist person when called in by the Special Taskforce? More so, if is another Keling.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Adversarial "dakwah" unsuitable for Malay Archipelago


PERKASA Information Chief, Ustaz Hasan Basri's reactions to critics from Indians, Hindus and non-Muslims generally to reports controversial Muslim Indian preacher, Zakir Naik was given PR is rather discomforting.

Some of critics hurled at Zakir are harsh, racially insensetive, and politically provocative.

It is not politically correct for the ustaz to dish put words like "sekolahkan" (harsh word for to educate), or labelling of "noodies".

Our former fellow in Perkasa Supreme Council should appreciate their emotional reaction to read reports Zakir was offered citizenship.

There are local born Indians that has yet to receive approval for citizenship application.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Obstructing corruption prosecution in Malacca?


After the Johor State exco, Dato Latif Bandi prosecution last week, a politician closely linked to Malacca Chief Minister is reportedly to be charged today, Tuesday.

Got wind that the politician, which was formerly attached with Malacca City Council, was conveniently appointed to a Special Officer post.

Sources claimed invisible hands are trying to "block the process of law". The detail is not known yet.

But this is bad news for the effort to abolish corruption. It is something Prime Minister Dato Najib will not tolerate.

Monday, April 24, 2017

1MDB-IPIC resolved, Cap Bunga resort to petty misquote


1MDB-IPIC has resolved their impasse.

While the Cap Bunga would like to accuse the diverted money from the original destination as money laundering, they fail to realise an important point of law in the evidence.

It was high officials of IPIC that instructed to change the account to receive the disbursed money. With legal documents in place, it is a sure home run in any court for 1MDB.

Till today, Abu Dhabi has not charge the high officials for any crimes.

With the resolution to the impasse, Chap Bunga supporters have no more issue left to pick on but to recycle same old, same old answered, debunked and resolve issues.

Thus, they are latching on to dear life with only a Malaysiakini misquote of Dato Johari Ghani.

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Arabisation and Malay culture of the future

Pix from Utusan Malaysia article here on Mekah's Malay community
Tan Sri Johan Jaafar wrote a column in The Star with regard to the recent Congress on Culture.

He is repeating a call once made by Tan Sri Dr Rais Yatim when he was holding the Culture portfolio as Minister.

He wrote here, "... as the Malays become more Muslim, they become less Malay.",

One observation on the nature of Malays is that they are quite flexible. They are able to adapt, or adopt or embrace the best or the worst of other culture and influences.

Being flexible has it's advantage for a race that is still trying to rediscover its past glory and regain back lost time.

However, Johan Jaafar, Rais and many others are concern with Malay adopting other culture and forsaken their own in the name of Islam.

More so, Malays have its own Islamic tradition and intellectual history.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mahathir to leave divided PPBM


The latest Raja Petra posting, Mahathir is second-fiddle to Kit Siang, talks about Mahathir being used by Lim Kit Siang to do what he knows best - to destroy. The previous posting highlighted part of the work of his hand of destruction.

Apparently, his need to destroy 1MDB was motivated more than just IPP. Many of the privatisation he dish out to his proxies and cronies will be expiring and banks are breathing on their neck. So he needs new allies to topple Najib at all cost - UMNO, Malays, his dignity, inconsistency, U turn et al.

However, this time RPK feel he is not in the driver seat. He will be leading the Pakatan Harapan but will end up being the stooge of Lim Kit Siang and DAP. The reason Kit Siang is "shy" to tell acknowledge he does not want the position and feels Mahathir is more effective.

In other word, Kit Siang allows him to be his own self and it will favour DAP's power pursuit immensely. They have used and discarded PAS before. Now they have PAS reject to follow their command. 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Mahathir and the Tall Poppy Syndrome manipulation


One observation of the current political narratives in Malaysia is that public is not clear in what they want.

They make demands, but when it is addressed, they forgot the original demand and change to a new demand.

They forgot their demands and got lost in current affairs or propaganda.

It could be a reflection of political immaturity. Politics as in governance and public policy, not partisan exchanges Malaysians wrongly associate politics with.

Or it could be some deep imbedded problem inside.


Saturday, April 15, 2017

JAIS-MAIS impropriety or COA bias leaning?

The overturn judgement that form negative impression of Court of Appeal

The Star reported yesterday a Court of Appeal judgement against JAIS, the Selangor Islamic Religious Department.

JAIS lost a lawsuit by landowner and developer, United Allied Empire Sdn Bhd (UAE) in the force acquisition of a 26-acre of land at Bestari Jaya.

A list of state statutory bodies were instructed by the court to pay cost of RM100,000, including Selangor Islamic Religious Council (MAIS).

The temptation to rejoice as it is somewhat of a vindication [read here, here and here].

But one is talking of the Court of Appeal (COA) here. Do read back this past posting here that had a passing remark on COA.

Friday, April 14, 2017

If not politically acceptable, just appoint Anifah DPM II!


There is hardly any issue for Dato Najib to appoint Dato Hishamuddin as Minister with Special Functions in the Prime Minister’s Department.

Firstly, it is his prerogative and it is an administrative matter. More so it is a BN government internal matter.

So it is none of the goddamn business of opposition bloggers like Dato Abdul Kadir Jasin or Shabuddin Hussin, and opposition leader like Lim Kit Siang to instigate.

They forgot that they are in opposition and should be sorting out their own own internal problems!

Secondly, it is not the first time that such a position was created. As Rocky pointed out here, none of those appointed to the position rose to become Prime Minister.

Politics could be part of the concern.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

F1: Another Mahathir serial planning failure


Tun Dr Mahathir just made a remark that the way to bring down the number of civil servants is through privatisation. It is a political statement intended to send the message his past initiative was justifiable and he has solution for every problem.

An early rumour claimed Mahathir will leave PPBM to head Pakatan Harapan. He will chair PH and be the proposed Prime Minister. If  succeed, he will persuade Kelantan Agong to forgive Anwar and pass the post to him.

There is something illogical but this is what was heard.

Nevertheless, CUEPAC President was not happy with Mahathir's comment. Pushing the civil servants to the private sector means loss of job security. However, the real problems are it was marred with cronyism, power abuse and corruption, false efficiency, rising cost of living, and easy money from stock market play.

It is reasons like these that Mahathir's past legacies, except the physial pyramids he built, could not last. The policy initiatives of Dato Najib's father, late Tun Abdul Razak lasted till today. Only few failed but it was Mahathir's undoing.

F1, Proton and public transportation are another set of Mahathir's shiny example of planning failure and implementation that went astray due to political expediency.

Monday, April 10, 2017

KEMAS infiltrated with Shafie Apdal people!


Jabatan Kemajuan Masyarakat or the Department of Community Development (in short KEMAS) is a Department under the Ministry of Rural and Regional Development (KKLW).

It was established in 1961 as a Division for adult education to abolish illiteracy with the underlying belief that literate parents will appreciate the need to give their children education.

With the launch of New Economic Policy in 1970, its role was expanded role beyond adult education to include children early education, skill training, community development, and professional training and development.

One of the mission is to disseminate information and provide understanding on government policies. It serve to inculcate positive attitude among the rural communities towards development and be self reliant in uplifting their economic, social and educational well being.

Saturday, April 08, 2017

Soy sauce for "bunga telor"


"Bang, kita ada wedding hari ini".

Hmmm ... murmuring to myself this morning, "Another weekend and another wedding." But no reply to the wife.

She knew we were reluctant. Without kids, no payback in sight from the contributions to wedding.

"Kita kena pergi, Bang. Jemputan kawan baik arwah Pak Murad dan Mak Cik Pe'ah. Mak pun nak ikut kita."

The "mak" word mentioned means its chaffeur duty for the only son-in-law.

Thursday, April 06, 2017

Opposing Islam or just politics?


PAS President, Dato Seri Hadi Awang presented the amendment to Act 355 on syariah law (henceforth to be referred to as RUU 355) in Parliament today. After a year of waiting, the final moment finally arrived.

It is not the introduction of hudud law as twisted and spin by DAP propagandist. Despite the explanation given, opponents still insist in arguing to link the amendment with hudud.

How will the law eventually come to be received?

Many predicted it will not get passed since some component members of BN, particularly non-UMNO political parties, and East Malaysians did not agree.

Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Dear Selangor Mufti ....What is the fatwa on MAIS default?


Since our March 21st posting to explain there is no official request from the palace for apology and court determined "default" by MAIS [read here], there is no comment or fatwa by the Selangor Mufti, Dato Mohd Tamyes bin Abdul Wahid.

As a member of MAIS and the authority on Islamic jurisprudence to issue fatwa, he should be concerned with the court judgement against MAIS.

Tamyes is currently embroiled in the issue of Valet prayers, in which MAIS, or maybe it is JAIS, ordered such service be stopped.

It must be important and significant that he has to make his position heard. But why no position on MAIS's financial default, in which the civil court made a decision that MAIS failed to honour on a promise.

Monday, April 03, 2017

Weak Judges, Corruption, and Golf

More time for golf now

There was an emotional send-off at the Palace of Justice last Friday.

It was the last day for the out-going Chief of Justice, Tun Ariffin Zakaria after 25 years service in the judiciary. Now that he has retired, he will have more time for golf.

He will not be bounded by judiciary ethics and could play with anyone he wish. It is sad that an anonymous blog attempted to smear his good name to insinuate he was a corrupt and had his golfing paid by contractors.

Be reminded that civil servants golfing was the issue raised by MACC before the on-going corruption clean-up on public officials up to KSU, GLC CEOs, law enforcement personnel, politicians and war chest operators, late Boon Siew's stepson, and now royal household-linked taukeh.

If it is for certain, it should have been raised when he was in office. It was mean and insensitive to raise it on his last day.

Saturday, April 01, 2017

"Malu, segan, dan bermaruah" politics


For the past few postings, blogger Bigdog have been growling over use of fake news in opposition political campaign, specifically Tun Dr Mahathir's PPBM.

Initially, he ranted over an Australian-based Malaysian ex-reporter for inability to back the spin in his blog here that Petronas President, Dato Wan Zulkiflee attempted to sabotage the Aramco deal.

The Keling tried to divert government-side attack of economic sabotage on opposition with a lie.

Sarawak Report assisted with another diversion on a big data company. The response by a close associate working in the company was simply, "Bollocks!"

Again, the compulsive liar orang putih was caught publishing fake slanderous pictures of Datin Seri Rosmah in India and made the ridiculous claim of a RM30 million "contract" to murder Hussain Najadi.

Bigdog revealed fake news writers failed to background checked Taek Jho Lho after the embarassing bomb exploding in their face.

Hope blogger friends on the other side still clinging to Mahathir's past learn the Malay words, malu, segan, dan bermaruah by now.

Immature politicians on this side seeking cheap publicity, photo ops, and hijacking others' effort need lesson on malu, segan, dan bermaruah too!

Friday, March 31, 2017

Being true to Islam


Sorry no up-date for quite few days this week. Not up to it.

Rather than write on politics or economics/corporate or government policy, we like to be spiritual on this third day of Rejab and a Friday.

This morning, we received a message and it checked out to be true. It was something we used to say that in a certain aspect, the German and Japanese imbued Islamic value better than the Muslims in a certain endeavour but without the Islamic labeling.

Seeing how committed Markel is on human rights and her support to Malaysia on fighting for the fate of the Rohingya, the German Chancellor is more Islamic than some OIC leaders..

Monday, March 27, 2017

KKLW contract recipients from Shafie are infiltrators


Early this month, Gerakan Akar Umbi UMNO Malaysia urged MACC to investigate a posting made by blogger Captain M in January here with regard to RM100 million water pipe installation for Gaya Island, Sabah.

Such stories on Dato Shafie Apdal's corruption is plenty. Putting together admissible proof in court is one issue as it is tedious to put an undisputable case. However, existing proofs show corruption exist. Indications leading to Shafie are plenty and an open secret in Sabah.

When he led KKLW, many projects exist on paper and paid for but it was either not delivered or never too off. He thinks he got it all covered up with himself passing responsibities to KSU or the state is in charge of certain aspect of projects.

The money trails are every where and traceable from within the country. Someone and somebody are bound to speak. More so, when they are detected and caught. These white collared criminals can't survive even a night in a mosquito infested police jail.

It leads back to an earlier hint of PMO being infiltrated by Shafie Apdal people to send misleading report to Dato Najib. Apparently, it raised a few eye brow. For their comfort, this is not a joke or fun and games. There are names.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Beauty and the PTD


Malaysia had been consistent in their censorship policy on foreign film. Pirate videos do enter the market, but that is a law enforcement issue.

Sexual theme movie including gay theme movie like Brokeback Mountain banned in the past should remain censored and banned by Film Censorship Board (LPF).

The recent controversy with regard to the entry of Disney's Beauty and the Beast into Malaysia highlighted the "beastly" side of the higher hierarchy of civil servants called the Pegawai Tadbir Diplomatik (PTD).

Caught in a dilemma between continuing film censorship policy, and pressure from Disney's refusal to cut so-called gay scenes thus withdrawing the film distribution, the PTD mafia decide to blame it on MACC.

Friday, March 24, 2017

1MDB bomb that blew up on the protoon instead


When anyone resort to spin, or deceptive cheap headline, or fake news and false fact or preposterous accusation (as Tun Mahathir is doing now) or argue incessantly, it simply mean they have NO CASE.

It is the same message the propaganda team and cybertroopers of Dato Najib should know.

Two days ago, Matthias Chang tried to viral a dramatic message that a nuclear bomb will explode on Dato Najib.

It was no nuclear bomb but him delivering a 40 minute sermon like a womanising TV evangelical Minister deceiving public for donation in a Sunday morning TV show.

It was comedic and impossible to be taken seriously when he mentioned:
"Facts will be out in cyberspace soon. Beyond my control."

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