Saturday, September 5, 2015

What if the 7 are axed from Umno?

What would happen if reports about axing seven Umno leaders are true?

Will there be more dissension in the party? Will factions grow? And most important is, will party president and Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak find the breather to run the party and the central administration?

There are already rumors circulating in the media and social network that deputy president and axed deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin's team already preparing him for the onslaught. And that goes for vice president Shapie Apdal dan Kedah Mentri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir.

But is there a need to get rid of them?

According to WhatsApp messages that go viral, seven Umno leaders will be axed during the Sept 9 supreme council meeting.
Among those on the chopping block named in he message are former deputy prime minister and Umno number two Muhyiddin Yassin and Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir.
The others on the list are vice-president Mohd Shafie Apdal, who was also former rural and regional development minister, Kulim Bandar Baru MP Aziz Sheikh Fadzir, former Terengganu menteri besar Ahmad Said, former Perak exco member Hamidah Osman and Sepanggar MP Jumat Idris.
Muhyiddin and Shafie were dropped from the cabinet on July 28 for their critical views on how Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak was handling the 1MDB crisis.

However, Mukhriz downplayed the issue, saying he has not been notified of any such action.

"List ni macam-macam (has all sorts of claims)... But as long as this does not turn into a reality, I cannot respond,” he is quoted as saying by Berita Harian.

"I read all sorts of messages on WhatsApp, but until now there is no statement from anyone, especially those from Umno headquarters. Therefore, I cannot accept the alleged information,” he added.

Mukhriz's father, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has been at the forefront of the campaign to push for Najib’s ouster but since Mukhriz has also throwing support on Najib, there is no need to 'punish' Dr Mahathir by getting his son off the post and party.

The former prime minister is currently being investigated for criminal defamation concerning his remarks at Bersih 4 last weekend.

His double appearance at the protest, which among others called for Najib's resignation, drew criticism from several Umno leaders.

Come Sept 9, I think some theories would go wrong, a few would come true.

However, I am for anything that would help strengthen and improve the party...

Bersih encourages 'kurang ajar'

                

Remember this slot from P Ramlee's 'Labu Labi'?

Stomping on pictures of the people we hate is 'kurang ajar', let alone spitting on it. If you think others are okay if you stomp on their father's poster, you should let them do the same on your father's poster or picture.

Who taught you that? Your mother? Or father?

It makes you look racist. The Malays had never done that, not to any leader of different race and politic. However, you simply incite racial hatred and sentiment.

This is Malaysia, sis. We must observe each other's sensitivity; race, religion and culture. If we don't respect each other, we won't have a place to hide should a racial riot erupts.


We may avow our dissatisfaction toward our government by taking to the street but what you had done - although gain support from your own people - is arousing anger from others, especially the Malays.

Be reminded that the government, notably the police were so tolerant during Bersih 4.0 although it was declared illegal.

What is your gain by doing so? That you are a hero?

Maybe it's not wrong by the law but you offended many people, especially the Malays and Muslims. Before it explodes into racial issue, why don't you just apologise for the sake of the nation? Let's live together harmoniously.
Police offers monetary rewards to those who can give information leading to the arrest of several Bersih 4 rally-goers who stomped on a poster which has images of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang.Kuala Lumpur Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) chief Zainuddin Ahmad said that the police has given time for the perpetrators to give themselves up but has yet to hear from any individual."The police took this thing seriously as it had create a tense situation that could lead to public disorder."Because of that, the police calls upon any party which has information on the perpetrators to show up and help the police.“Police will offer monetary reward to those who could give information that leads to the capture of the perpetrators," he said in a statement last night.
Several political parties and non-governmental organisations nationwide have lodged police reports urging the authorities to take stern action against the perpetrators.

Utusan Malaysia on Thursday said there were more than 30 reports lodged by various groups, including Umno members in Penang and Pahang, as well as a youth group in Selangor.

Police reports were also made by PAS Selangor members against Bersih 4 rally organisers and participants after photographs emerged showing a few participants allegedly stomping on pictures of Abdul Hadi.

The mammoth rally held in the vicinity of Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur was by and large peaceful, and went on for 34 hours without violence.

The gathering was to call for Najib to step down, as well as for institutional reforms to take place to ensure accountability and transparency in governance.

NOTE: Where are DAP, PKR and their NGOs? Where is Bersih? Do they allow, promote and encourage this?

POTA is national security

For the sake of national security, I believe Malaysians should rally behind the government in enforcing the Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota), which has officially come into force as of September 1.

Home Minister who is also Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said in a statement yesterday the act will allow authorities to take action against Malaysians suspected of being involved with the Islamic State or other terrorist organisations.

A new law, known as the Special Measures Against Terrorism in Foreign Countries 2015 (Smata), was also drafted together with Pota, and will allow the Immigration Department director-general to suspend or cancel the travelling documents of any Malaysian involved in a foreign terrorist organisation.

"Smata also grants powers to the Home Minister to order a non-Malaysian citizen to hand over their travel documents if they are suspected of being involved in or supporting terrorists acts."The foreigner can be handed over to the police, who can detain them for up to 14 days for investigation purposes," he added.
Pota was tabled and passed in Parliament last March, together with several amendments to existing laws such as the Penal Code, the Special Offences (Security Measures) Act (Sosma), the Prevention of Crime Act (Poca) and the Prisons Act.
Smata, as well as the amendments to the Penal Code and Sosma took effect on June 15 this year.
There were a total of three, namely Pota, Poca and Prisons Act amendments which took effect on Sept 1.
Last November, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak presented a white paper in Parliament calling for new security measures to curb the threat of the Islamic State terrorist group.
And again, the government has given assurance that Pota will not be used to detain opposition leaders and dissents, as they had claimed several times.
Its strictly for national security, and in light of more Malaysians arrested for suspected involvement with the IS, it leaves us to no choice but to apply the new law.
Or do we have better options?

Friday, September 4, 2015

Here comes a true leader...

This is about a true leader who takes full responsibility of his own 'wrongdoing'.

Although the court has yet to find him guilty, he tendered his resignation and presented himself before the judge and jurors, walked to jail and waited for the verdict.
GUATEMALA CITY — Hours after resigning his post as the president of Guatemala, Otto Pérez Molina, a former general and the nation’s most powerful man, was sent to jail to await the conclusion of an evidentiary hearing into his role in a multi-million dollar customs fraud.

The decision to detain Mr. Pérez Molina, much like his resignation, is unprecedented in Guatemalan history and was a stunning conclusion to a day of swift change in the Central American nation. Mr. Pérez Molina tendered his resignation overnight, and by mid-morning on Thursday the country’s Congress had accepted it.

He then presented himself before the courts for the evidentiary hearing, where prosecutors played more than six hours of wiretapped conversations.

At the conclusion of the hearing, which will resume early Friday, the judge ordered the former president to be held at Matamoros prison in central Guatemala City. Mr. Pérez Molina, on his way out of the courtroom, spoke briefly to reporters, maintaining his composure.

“It’s one thing to listen but another thing to investigate,” he said, referring to the long day of taped conversations. “All Guatemalans have to respect the law, and I assure you I will respect the law and this process.”
Whether he is guilty or not, doesn't matter.

But the way he 'wrapped up' the controversy makes him a true gentleman!

Combating corruption

Our government is serious in combating corruption and this has been proven by the increase in the number of cases been convicted.

Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)'s conviction rate had soared from 54 per cent in 2009 to 78 per cent in 2014.

"The international Corruption Perception Index Malaysia has also improved three places from 53rd out of 175 countries in 2013 to 50th in 2014. This was the second best placing in ASEAN after Singapore," he said in a statement yesterday.

Ahmad Zahid, who is also Home Minister, said the government intended to do far more, and has set itself aiming to be in the top 30 by 2020.

"We are looking into plans to strengthen the independence of both the MACC and the office of the Auditor-General," he said.

 (Also read MACC advisory board head slams anti-graft watchdog chief for rebuking Malaysia)

Ahmad Zahid said last year the United Nations Convention Against Corruption review had praised the government for its work stating that Malaysia "has received recommendations for best practices in a total of 23 areas, the highest number out of all countries reviewed.

These include the absence of a statute of limitations which helps to stop wrongdoers evading prosecution, the establishment of 14 specialised anti-corruption courts, where judges are instructed to hear cases within one year and can be held accountable for non-compliance.

These also included the initiatives within the private sector, such as integrity pacts to fight bribes and collusion, which has recorded more than 142,000 that had signed it in Malaysia, he said.

Ahmad Zahid said these included the high level of commitment to tackle graft internationally, whereby Malaysia had received praise for taking steps to expedite extradition procedures and simplifying requirements for evidence.

"In countries with high levels of corruption, efforts to tackle poverty and promote development suffered because of this," said the Deputy Prime Minister, adding that that was not the case in Malaysia.

Ahmad Zahid said the incidence of poverty in the country was reduced from 3.8 per cent in 2009 to 0.6 per cent in 2014.

While the World Bank ranked Malaysia as the 18th easiest place to do business out 189 economies in 2015, and in the IMD Yearbook 2015, Malaysia was ranked as the 14th most competitive country out of 61 economies surveyed, he said.

"We would not have achieved these results if corruption was not being addressed with the full force of the law, said the Home Minister.

Noting that the theme of the International Anti-Corruption Conference currently being held in Putrajaya is Ending Impunity , he said that the Parliament Account Committee (PAS) would be re-instituted in the next parliamentary sitting and its enquiries would continue.

Ahmad Zahid added that it was unfortunate for heads of international non governmental organisations (NGOs) to come to Malaysia, only to be duped into recycling baseless allegations and unwittingly involving themselves in the country s internal politics.

We are confident we will win the war against corruption, and will continue reforms to improve integrity and transparency within the public and the private sectors.

In Putrajaya yesterday,  Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Paul Low said those who are found to have violated the law will be charged and prosecuted, and that the independence of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) must be defended.

Speaking off the cuff while delivering his keynote address at the International Anti-Corruption Conference (IACC), Low said Malaysians should even take to the streets like Indonesians did to protect their Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) when it was threatened.

“If anybody touches the sanctity and independence of this institution, I believe the people should be very vocal, they should criticise and if necessary, they should go to the streets,” Low said to roaring applause from the delegates.

“You may say this is all political talk. But I am not a politician. I do what I promise,” he said.

Calling the graftbuster agency “the apple of my eye”, a candid Low also vowed to defend the commission at all costs.

“The MACC is the apple of my eye. I think you all know what that means.  And if anybody touches the apple of my eye, I will protect it and I will strike back.

“I will protect the institution of MACC in whatever investigation they do and I will protect them at any cost.”

Thursday, September 3, 2015

'Pak Pandir' talks

"NEVER IN MY WILDEST DREAM THAT MY PREDECESSOR IS AGAINST ME IN THIS MANNER" - Najib Tun Razak

Well, former premier Tun Dr Mahathir IS against him. We know; the whole world knows. Its all about 1MDB and 'corruption' that are yet to be substantiated.


"But he is no longer the prime minister so (he) shouldn't take centre stage," the Prime Minister said at the opening the World Capital Markets Symposium in Kuala Lumpur.

Najib did not mention Dr Mahathir in his speech but it was obvious that he was referring to the elder statesman.

Former Cabinet minister Zaid Ibrahim, meanwhile, took swipe at Najib by suggesting Malaysians should rally behind Dr Mahathir in ensuring Najib resigns from Putrajaya.

His speech at the Royal Selangor Club, I think is more uncompromising that Bersih 4.0. Exceprts:
Najib's removal must be our common priority. I repeat: his removal is our priority. To do this there is only one option available: either we rally behind Mahathir, or we have to live with Najib for a long time. If we have to work with a group within Umno to remove Najib, then we must.
I can't say if these people are talking for Malaysians but they are so determined to flush out Najib and his administration.

There are also allegations that Dr Mahathir, Zaid and other Umno/ex-Umno leaders are working closely with the Opposition to oust him by using Bersih 4.0 and whatever available means.

The Opposition leaders get more vocal of late. Even anything the said about 'Najib should go' gets full support and 'endorsement' from Zaid. Former Kedah MB Sanusi Junid has also joined the bandwagon by blaming Najib for all the 'downturns' hitting the country.

Well, everyone is free to say or opine about Najib. My only concern is BN government. Should Najib steps down, the 'Domino Theory' will apply, and who would become our next PM? Lim Kit Siang? Nurul Izzah? Ku Li? Or Dr M again?

And of course, my greatest concern is the rakyat. With the ailing economy and smaller purchasing power due to ringgit declining value, how would they survive the coming years if no efforts are undertaken by our politicians, both from the ruling party and the Opposition, to correct the imbalance?

Many believe Najib should be given the time to correct that. Managing the economy is not like making fairy tale promise that 'we could settle the MH17 issue in one day'! Remember who said that?

The Malaysian economy, Najib said, is in a stronger position than it was during the 1997 Asian Financial Crisis to bear any "incoming storms".

"Local companies now have stronger balance sheets and governance, while structural reforms to the financial and banking sector has strengthened it against "intense bouts of volatility", Najib said at the World Capital Markets Symposium, an event organised by the country's Securities Commission.

"We are on track to achieve our goal of becoming a high income status nation by 2020," Najib said.

The ringgit, Asia's worst-performing currency this year, has been hit by China's slowing economy and the ongoing political crisis in the country.

Najib established a special economic team last month to ensure continued growth and boost confidence in the ringgit and the country's stocks.

Yes, it was a good move but still, the issue of 'cukup makan, cukup pakai' (enough to eat and wear) is  boiling up.

In Gurun last week, a car assembly plant was left to no choice but to lay off about 300 workers due to declining market - a direct impact of the low-value ringgit. I heard Proton too was considering similar option. What about factories and other businesses?

So, what is our priority, actually? A new government? Will Najib's departure help? If it does, tell me how!

Will the new government and prime minister has the magic to push up ringgit to its previous level in a month? Does he has the formula to push up prices of commodity like rubber and tell the world to do so? What can he do to hike up the world's crude oil price, one of the killing factors that hurt many economies?

We got so many 'Pak Pandir Moden' today who claim supremacy in their opinion and analyst. However, they are the ones who 'reaped and made' during their tenure with their respective Cabinet portfolios. Please try denying this!

Frozen!

Swiss authorities said on Wednesday they had frozen funds in Swiss banks amid investigations of Malaysia's troubled state investment fund, 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), on suspicion of corruption and money laundering.

Both Swiss and Malaysian authorities are conducting inquiries concerning the fund, whose advisory board is chaired by Prime Minister Najib Razak. The fund has been dogged by controversy over its $11 billion debt and alleged financial mismanagement.

"The Office of the Attorney General of Switzerland (OAG) has frozen assets amounting to several tens of millions of US dollars on Swiss bank accounts," an OAG spokeswoman said.

"At this early stage of the procedure, the OAG is analysing and consolidating evidence. The OAG is already in contact with the Malaysian authorities. International cooperation with foreign countries, in particular with Malaysia, will probably be necessary to establish the facts," she said.
(1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is unaware that any of the company’s Swiss bank accounts have been frozen by authorities in Switzerland.
“As far as 1MDB is aware, none of the company’s bank accounts have been frozen,” the state investment firm said in a statement late Wednesday.
The company said it was still trying to obtain a better understanding of the investigations being conducted by the Swiss authorities so that it could extend its fullest cooperation).

Swiss financial regulator FINMA has also said it was checking with some Swiss banks on whether they have done business with 1MDB.

Malaysia's attorney general last month denied reports that a new task force would investigate 1MDB, saying the new body was just a "rebranding" of an existing team that focuses on crimes such as tax evasion and illegal fund flows.

The OAG last month opened criminal proceedings against two executives of 1MDB as well as against unknown persons on suspicion of corruption of foreign officials, misconduct in public office and money laundering.

"The proceedings are based on two notifications of suspicious transaction reports by the Swiss financial intelligence unit MROS," the OAG statement said.

FINMA, however, declined comment on the status of its inquiries.

NOTE: Which is which now, frozen or not?