Monday, April 21, 2014

Najib signs US$400 billion with IMF!

No. Our prime minister did not do that!

However, this is the latest rumor to put the government in rickety. Worse, it was created by some high ranking government officials and senior ex-servicemen who are inclining toward the opposition. And when such a story hits the street, believers come aplenty!

Another simple logic why 'Najib signed the syndicated loan during his visit to Turkey' last week was that, Barisan Nasional government has spent almost all from our US$130.6 billion foreign reserves! (They should read what the IMF says about Malaysia)

"No sir! He (Najib) did not only sign the FTA with Turkey. Few IMF top guns were there, and they approved US$400 billion for Malaysia, making us the world's largest debtor. Najib is selling the country to the IMF and the US.


"For that reasons, Barack Obama has agreed to visit Malaysia (later this month)," according to this former deputy sec-gen of a ministry during a coffee table talk at a hotel last night. I was there to attend a wedding reception but the group of about 16 people (I know some of them) proceeded to the coffee house for some chats.

Among them were 'sidelined' Umno politicians, Pakatan Rakyat supporters, former senior journalists and academicians whom I believe are Anwar Ibrahim's supporters.

When I said no such signing took place in Ankara, they 'whacked' me by saying it was done in discreet. Again, I denied it by saying they were spewing lies about Najib with the intention to incite more people to hate the government.
ANKARA, April 17 (Bernama) -- Malaysian businesses should seize the opportunities to expand and flourish in Turkey to take advantage of the growing bilateral ties, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
At the same time, he said, Turkish businesses should reciprocate by increasing their investments and trade ties with Malaysia.
"The Prime Minister (Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan) and I are both strongly committed to bilateral partnership, and there is no clearer example of this commitment than the Malaysia-Turkey Free Trade Agreement (FTA), which we will witness later today," he said in his keynote address at the Turkey-Malaysia business luncheon hosted by The Union of Chambers and Commodity Exchanges of Turkey here.
Also present were Turkish Deputy Prime Minister, Ali Babacan, and Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci.
Najib said he felt positive towards the two-way trade, adding that based on the current investment trend, Malaysia and Turkey were targeted to increase trade volume to US$5 billion in five years' time.
"In 2013, Malaysia's total trade with Turkey was over US$1 billion.
"Bilateral trade will increase significantly with the implementation of the Malaysia-Turkey FTA," he said.
The FTA would also strengthen economic and technical cooperation in areas such as small and medium enterprises, services, agriculture and food, healthcare, energy, e-commerce, research and development and the car sector, he said.
I showed them this news from Bernama but they said 'why must we sign FTA with a Turkey when the amount of trade was not significant? There was other reasons for the visit'!

Fed up and dejected, I left politely.

If lies like these go unchecked, it will definitely has heavy adverse impact on the people's trust in the government. While it is not shocking anymore to see some government officials joining the pool of liars and slanderers from Pakatan Rakyat, I think the PM's media team - especially those dealing with social media players - has been very incompetent since the last general election.

There is no need for us to borrow from the IMF, World Bank or other international financial institutions. Our economy and fundamentals are strong, much stronger than some of the developed nations (read Moody's report).
Moody’s said Malaysia’s capital market depth, large buffer of foreign exchange reserves (totalling US$130.6 billion in February 2014) and a favourable debt structure guard against a disruptive reversal of the non-resident accumulation of Malaysian government debt. - See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/money/article/malaysia-can-withstand-external-financial-shocks-moodys-says#sthash.rmUMC7Z4.dpuf

The officers appointed to fend PM and the government did not do much to 'cushion the fall'. Their crisis management approach is of Class D. I don't want to say more about them but Najib MUST know, and it is not too late to revamp the team.

Similarly, it applies to Umno information bureau. PM should put a non-minister who is not busy with ministerial duties, to lead it.

Let's not talk about Information Department and JASA...

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Obama refuses Anwar

It was wise of US President Barack Obama not to have any meeting nor discussion with Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim when he starts his official visit to Malaysia next week.

Although the Pakatan Rakyat leader had recently announced about the possibility of meeting Obama, the White House today made it stand that it will not going to take place.

Wouldn't it be frustrating for Anwar and 'old buddy' former US ambassador to Malaysia John Malott?
WASHINGTON: President Barack Obama does not plan to see Malaysian Opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim when he is in Kuala Lumpur next week, though US officials on Friday did not rule out a lower-level meeting.
Obama will become the first sitting US president to visit Malaysia in nearly half a century when he touches down in the country on April 26.
Asked whether Obama would make time during his schedule in Malaysia, which includes a state dinner and talks with Prime Minister Najib Razak, national security advisor Susan Rice indicated he would not.
"I think that the president is not likely to have that meeting - there may be other engagements at other levels," said Rice.
Obama will however hold a town hall meeting with what he calls young leaders from all over Southeast Asia and will also meet civil society representatives in Kuala Lumpur.
Obama's trip, which begins in Japan, also includes stops in South Korea and the Philippines. – AFP
I guess Obama, whose administration was fond of tying knots with the opposition of many countries, had realised what Pakatan Rakyat's politics are all about!

'Convicting Anwar was done in public interest'

It is safe for the court to convict Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim on the charge of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan as there was ample evidence which could be confirmed and proved, ruled the Court of Appeal.

The court said, even assuming there was no corroboration to support Mohd Saiful's evidence on the factum of penetration, it was safe to convict the respondent (Anwar).

The Court of Appeal three-member panel of judges led by Justice Datuk Balia Yusof Wahi in an 85-page written judgement dated April 11, said there were also other evidence from which elements of the charge could be confirmed and proved.

In the judgement released to the press yesterday, the court held that the issue of contamination and possible tampering of DNA samples taken from Mohd Saiful by the case's investigation officer Superintendent Jude Blacious Pereira were also not proven.
"In our considered opinion the contention that the investigation officer had tampered with the exhibits (the samples) is devoid of any merit. We do not see how the learned trial judge could be faulted in his findings," said the judges.
On the insinuation by the defence that Jude had tampered with the exhibits, they said, the court did not find that his act of cutting open the exhibits amounted to tampering of the exhibits.
The coram said they noted the explanation given by Jude that in doing so, he had merely complied with the Inspector-General of Police Standing Order.
The other judges who heard the appeal were justices Datuk Aziah Ali and Datuk Mohd Zawawi Salleh.
On March 7, the Court of Appeal overturned the Jan 9, 2012 High Court's decision acquitting Anwar of sodomising his former aide Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan, 26, at a Desa Damansara condominium unit in Bukit Damansara between 3.10pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008.
The panel also said they found no ground to disturb the findings of the trial judge Datuk Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah on the issue of credibility of Mohd Saiful and there was nothing improbable about his evidence.
"It is trite law that credibility of witnesses is domain of the trial judge. We are satisfied that the learned trial judge had sufficiently considered and appreciated the evidence of first prosecution witness (Mohd Saiful)," said the panel.
They said the court had scrutinised the evidence of Mohd Saiful carefully and the coram were in full agreement with the High Court Judge when he found that it was not difficult to understand why Mohd Saiful had acted in the way despite insisting he did not consent to Anwar's act.
The Bench said the court also agreed with the finding of the High Court Judge on the credibility of Mohd Saiful and there was nothing improbable about his evidence.
They also held that the delay in lodging the police report over the sodomy allegations was not fatal by itself to the prosecution's case as long as there was cogent and acceptable explanation offered for the delay.
Mohd Saiful had lodged the police report on June 28, 2008, two days after the incident.
On the issue of identification of "Male Y," the court also held that the evidence of chemist Nor Aidora Saedon attached to the Chemistry Department of Malaysia was essential.
The judges said Nor Aidora developed the DNA profiles of "Male Y" from exhibits of a white toothbrush, a "Good Morning" towel and an empty mineral water plastic bottle obtained from the lock-up cell in which Anwar was the sole occupant.
"After having conducted her analysis, Nor Aidora found that "Male Y" is the same contributor of the DNA retrieved from the exhibits recovered from the lock-up and she came to the conclusion that the contributor of the DNA and "Male Y" is from the same source.
The Bench further held that the law would fail to protect the community if it admitted fanciful possibilities to deflect the course of justice.
Anwar was released on RM10,000 bail with one surety pending his appeal at the Federal Court against this ruling.
He was represented by counsels the late Karpal Singh, Ramkarpal Singh, Sangeet Kaur while the prosecution was led by Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah.
What does this mean?

Looks like no 'escape' for Anwar! He will have to go to jail...

Friday, April 18, 2014

'Dua Melayu' squabble over Karpal

Please la Khairy Jamaluddin and Zulkifli Noordin. Stop squabbling over Karpal Singh's death!

Whoever started it, doesn't matter. You 'Melayu' should bury the hatchet and start working on the common agenda agreed upon - help the Malays enhance their economic standing and ensure a bigger win for Barisan Nasional in the next general election.

Work together to pin down our common enemy, Pakatan Rakyat.

Malaysia Insider
Karpal is no more with us. We sympathise for his family and friends but who will show sympathy for 'Melayu' like us if we keep on bashing each other over a 'titty' matter like this?

Unless you want to see 'Melayu' drifting apart.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Malott's bad breath!

Former US ambassador to Malaysia John Malott is at it again - his malodorous stigmatisation on Malaysia has made him even more restless after an announcement by the White House that President Barack Obama will visit Malaysia soon.

His hostile perception on Malaysia was so unbearable to the extent that he wished Obama would cancel the trip to 'an already tarnished nation'.

Speaking to Asia Sentinel, the old 'macaw and diplomat' said:
I don't have any problem with Obama visiting Malaysia, provided he reaches out to Malaysians on both sides of the aisle and all sectors of society, including the Christian community, whose rights are being trampled on by their government,” said John Malott, a former career foreign service officer who served as ambassador to Malaysia from 1996 to 1998 and who has emerged as Malaysian government's severest western critic. “But this has to be a visit that is based on the reality of what kind of country Malaysia really is today – and not to believe the talking points that Malaysia is still a tolerant multi-racial, multi-religious, harmonious, moderate Islamic nation, an economic success story, and a role model for others. It no longer is.”
He calls himself a diplomat?

Malott was never a diplomat and neither was him an ambassador. He came to Malaysia to spy the country, its system and the administration, getting more closer to the opposition than to the legitimate government, incited hatred among Americans and the foreign media toward the country and helped painted a bad picture about US-Malaysia relations.

He mocked at our judiciary and the Constitution and tried to help the Opposition run down the democratically-elected government.

Given the power and position, I believe he would advise Obama not to come to Malaysia, the host nation that treated him well when he was ambassador. 
“So the issue is -- how can you talk about establishing a ‘strategic partnership’ with such a government?” Malott asked. “Maybe that is what will have to be downplayed or even canned for this visit. To me, the idea of a declaring a strategic partnership with a government whose faults have now been revealed to the world, day after day, seems politically unwise.”
Malott also questioned what strategic benefits the US can obtain from Malaysia.
“What strategic value does Malaysia have that it warrants America to hold its nose and ignore the trampling of democracy and political freedom, not to mention the corruption and cronyism that hurt American business interests there?” he asked. “And with Mahathir, the great anti-American, increasingly calling the political shots and Najib's popularity the lowest of any Prime Minister in polling history, will a ‘strategic partnership’ with the US survive Najib's departure?”
Read about his comment on MH370 and other matters, hoping Malaysia will meet the fate of a few Middle East nation namely Iraq, Libya, Syria, Yemen and Algeria - the countries that US had part in its downfall and economic falter.

Malott also questioned what strategic benefits the US can obtain from Malaysia. 
“What strategic value does Malaysia have that it warrants America to hold its nose and ignore the trampling of democracy and political freedom, not to mention the corruption and cronyism that hurt American business interests there?” he asked. “And with Mahathir, the great anti-American, increasingly calling the political shots and Najib's popularity the lowest of any Prime Minister in polling history, will a ‘strategic partnership’ with the US survive Najib's departure?

Karpal Singh dies in accident

Utusan Online reports that DAP veteran, lawyer and Bukit Gelugor Member of Parliament, Karpal Singh died in a road accident in Tapah early this morning.

The accident occured at Kilometer 301.6 of the PLUS highway north-bound near Gua Tempurung at about 1.30am.
TAPAH 17 April - Ahli Parlimen Bukit Gelugor, Karpal Singh maut dalam satu kemalangan ngeri di kilometer 301.6, Lebuh Raya Utara-Selatan menghala arah utara berhampiran Gua Tempurung pada kira-kira pukul 1.30 pagi ini.
Turut terkorban dalam kemalangan berkenaan ialah pembantu peribadi beliau, Michael Cornandez.
Karpal yang dipercayai dalam perjalanan dari Kuala Lumpur ke Pulau Pinang kerana perlu menghadiri satu kes mahkamah mati di tempat kejadian akibat cedera parah.
Kemalangan berlaku apabila kenderaan jenis Toyota Alphard yang dinaiki Karpal melanggar sebuah lori yang cuba menukar laluan tanpa memberi isyarat. - UTUSAN ONLINE

I've known him in person ever since I started reporting from the Parliament in the early 80s. It saddens me.

Although he was with DAP, I looked up at him as a great politician, how he added colors to Malaysian politics.

My sympathy and condolence to his family.

'Shut down PDRM!'

DAP's P Ramasamy should burn down his house if one of the walls crack. And if the Penang deputy chief minister owns a rubber tree estate, I believe he will chop each and every tree if he finds one which is not productive.

This is the kind of mentality he has. So pathetic!

How could a Malaysian politician ask for the 'shutting down' of Polis DiRaja Malaysia (PDRM) over a custody dispute involving a Hindu woman and her Muslim convert ex-husband?

Did he realise that the authority was trying to sort out the problem as both courts - Seremban High Court and the Syariah Court - gave equal right to both of them, respectively? It wouldn't be nice to label Ramasamy as a 'racist' but he only cared for the rights of the mother and not the father, who is a Muslim.

And for that reason, he got the chick to label Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi and Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar as 'thugs'! What is he? 'Kepala gangster?'
Seeing red with the men in blue, Penang Deputy Chief Minister P Ramasamy has suggested that the police department be closed down. 

"If the police cannot protect the victim, they might as well shut down the police department," Ramasamy told a press conference today.
The DAP leader was responding to Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar's justification of police inaction in the custody dispute involving a Hindu woman and her Muslim convert ex-husband.
 S Deepa was granted custody of her two children by the Seremban High Court last Monday. But two days later, her ex-husband Izwan Abdullah snatched their six-year-old son and allegedly assaulted the 30-year-old clerk when she attempted to stop him from driving away.
Despite a police report being lodged, Khalid said no action would be taken because the syariah court had granted Izwan custody as well. 
Ramasamy also took Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to task for defending the police chief over this matter.
Grow up, please, and be a true Malaysian politician! There must be a legal solution to the 'family matter', unless Rama wants to turn it into a 'religious fury'. 
 
And who is he to say Zahid and Khalid were unfit for their posts when he himself is a 'lousy politician' for failing to help Penang Indians uplift their living standard! If Zahid and Khalid were 'thugs' for allowing cases of custodial deaths to continue, he himself is a 'coward Indian leader' for failing his own people!
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The death of laborer Murugan Muniandy, 37, at the Seberang Jaya Hospital on April 13 is regretted (our condolence and sympathy for his family) but Rama's allegations that the the police was behind it, is more regrettable because investigation was still in progress.
"We respect the police and we want to work closely with the force but we cannot tolerate deaths in custody, we want those responsible to be hauled up for action.
"Those who die in custody are often the poor and marginalised, whose families have no one to turn to and have no proper safety net or protection," Ramasamy added.
Please check your tongue! You wanted PDRM to close down but now you said you wanted to work closely with them.

How many tongues have you got?