Tuesday, November 24, 2015

A member sacked... and no Muhyiddin

No telling is needed, many believe she knows why!

Hamidah Osman, the Umno Gopeng women’s wing division chief, who was sacked and stripped of her party membership today, said she had yet to receive formal notification of the matter.

She said she had only heard about the sacking from rumours but had not received the news from any party official.

“I don’t know for sure but I have been told that (about the sacking) by others,” she said when contacted this evening.

She said she will hold a press conference on the matter at a later time.

(A few hours prior to the meeting, Supreme Council member Ismail Sabri Yaakob said there was no agenda to sack any members).

The sacking and revocation was announced by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak following the party’s Supreme Council meeting at Parliament this evening.

Najib said this was done with regards to disciplinary matters in which the Supreme Council unanimously agreed to sack Hamidah Osman from her post and the party.

“Other matters were discussed, too, but no decisions were reached,” Najib said at the press conference after the meeting.

Hamidah previously had been critical of Najib’s administration and had urged the Prime Minister, who is also Umno president, to step down, apart from also raising issues on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Commenting more on the reason why the Supreme Council meeting this time was held at Parliament, Najib said it was because the Dewan Rakyat was still sitting.

“We are having this meeting in Parliament because we need to be near the Dewan in case there is a call for a block vote,” Najib said, adding that this was not something uncommon as the Opposition had also done it before.

And for the first time ever, no international dialogue - held at each and every general assembly - will not make into the agenda this year.

Also, deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin 'will be absent' from officiating the Wanita, Youth and Puteri wings.

Also read Umno meet in Parliament to avoid 1998 riot?

Of MACC and NFCorp...

This is what the MACC said today, in clarifying accusations that it was using that RM2.6 billion from the Prime Minister's private account to pay for compensations and rewards.

Not only that it issued a statement to deny it but also has lodged a police report to clear its name.
The Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) has denied rumours that the commission is using the RM2.6bil from the Prime Minister’s private account to pay for compensations and rewards.In a statement on Tuesday, MACC said they were aware of the allegations being spread on social media about them.“Claims were made that MACC is paying for its rewards and compensations with the RM2.6bil from another case being investigated by the commission.“We would like to stress that the commission never announced about  RM2.6bil (US$700mil) from Datuk Seri Najib Razak's private account being declared as a contribution to be paid to Malaysians who are committed to fighting terrorism,” said the statement adding that the information being disseminated was false.MACC added that a police report has been lodged and hoped for the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission(MCMC) to investigate the spread of the false information.“This affects the image of MACC, so we call for all those who receive the information to not be influenced by it.“We also ask the public to not forward or spread such information via text messages or social media platforms,” said the statement.
Opsss... by the way, Rafizi Ramli of PKR, I believe, is all disappointed with the court verdict that the National Feedlot Corp boss Dr Mohd Salleh Ismail has committed no crime at all.

The Kuala Lumpur sessions court presided by judge Puan Nursharidah Awang today completely acquitted and discharged Dr Mohd Salleh of all criminal charges in view of the decision of the Attorney-General who has decided to drop the charges after considering the facts, evidence and merits of the case, and the recommendation of the Court of Appeal of 28 August 2015 which was brought by way of a representation letter to the AG.

Read Rocky's Bru NFCorp: No CBT, No Misappropriation of Loans, No Nothing... 

The police will surely investigate the 'slander' on the MACC, and let's see if the likes of Rafizi are made to chew their own tongue!

Monday, November 23, 2015

'Sorry' no cure!

You are saying that you don't know Jacel Kiram?

Gosh, Tian Chua. You must be kidding. Nurul also was not aware that the lady beside her in the photograph is Jacel?

After all the publicity given to her and her 'terrorist family', you maintain that both of you didn't know her at all?
Batu MP Tian Chua has said that both he and PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar regret the uneasiness caused by the pictures taken with Jacel Kiram during their trip to the Philippines but he maintains that they were unaware that they were taking the pictures with the self-styled Sulu princess.Chua said that both he and Nurul were simply acting in accordance with the common practice of taking pictures with all parties when attending international conferences and that they did not realise who they were taking the photograph with.
The MP also claimed that the issue of sovereignty was being politicised and that political parties should instead be united with regards to the issue of protecting the nations territorial integrity.
And today, he slammed Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for naming him as the man responsible for the meeting between PKR's Nurul Izzah Anwar and Sulu representative Jacel Kiram.
Calling it baseless, he said Ahmad Zahid should retract his statement.
"That was a baseless argument and does not bring any positive image to the country," he said.
"He cannot come out with a statement without any evidence. As what was explained by Nurul Izzah, both of us were in the Philippines following invitations by several parties from that country."
Why should Zahid retract his accusation when meeting in the Philippines was arranged before the visit? Are you saying that you went there and met Jacel and her team without prior appointment?
And now after Malaysians, especially the Sabahans have expressed their disappointment over the matter, both you finally say how you regretted it.
“We regret that this has cause uneasiness among the people and Nurul Izzah has already apologised to the families of the victims, so why are we playing up his issue?” asked Chua
Nobody is playing up the issue. Your 'hard to say I am sorry' attitude has sparked anger among peace-loving Malaysians. Your buddy Teressa Kok is another dumb head for calling it 'an old issue'.
What about Teoh Beng Hock issue you've been crying aloud for? A new issue?
Earlier, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had stated that Chua had been the person who arranged the meeting and that he was also responsible for contacting the Sulu sultanate.
Jacel is the daughter of self-styled Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III who ordered 200 members of his “Royal Sulu Army” to invade Lahad Datu in February 2013 to stake his claim over Sabah.

And how do Sabahans react to it? Read this, Tian Chua and Nurul!
Nurul Izzah Anwar's explanation on her photograph with Sulu princess Jacel Kiram has failed to appease Sabah politicians, with several leaders expressing disbelief that a leader of her stature would associate with an individual whose family was responsible for the 2013 Lahad Datu invasion that killed 15 Malaysians.The most outspoken of the disgruntled leaders was Sabah Progressive Party (SAPP) President Datuk Yong Teck Lee, who suggested the PKR vice-president be banned from the State if she doesn't apologise and promise never to offend Sabahans again.
He said Jacel, the daughter of the late self-styled former Sulu Sultan Jamalul Kiram III, has on her family name, openly made a claim over Sabah.
"Why would a Malaysian MP show tacit support to Jacel Kiram who is well known for her campaign to claim Sabah for the Philippines?
"It is impossible that Nurul did not know about Jacel's election platform to claim Sabah using her family name on behalf of the Philippines. She is a high profile senatorial candidate closely linked to the incumbent Vice-President of the Philippines. She cannot be that ignorant," said Yong when contacted.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Stop barking, DAP!

Bukit Aman has arrested seven individuals, including senior police officers, in connection with embezzling more than RM1.5mil of funds intended for repair work at Bukit Aman.

The funds allocated for various repairs, and replacement of fire doors and air conditioning systems at Tower 2 had gone missing due to fraudulent disbursements.

So, DAP should stop being so nosy about the 'crime' in Bukit Aman and let the police or the MACC investigate Lim Guan Eng and the state government over the land reclamation projects in the state instead.

No need to keep barking at others when DAP itself tries to cover up what has been taking place in Penang!

When the Bukit Aman 'theft' was reported last week, DAP lawmakers got so excited about it. They urged Bukit Aman police to hand over investigations into the case of the missing RM1.5 million to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) so it can be conducted 'in a fairer and more transparent manner'.
Its lawmaker Lim Lip Eng even called for a press conference, saying it was not right for the police to conduct this investigation by themselves, and suggested that the MACC intervene in this matter.
“MACC should step in and take over the case and the police should willingly hand over the investigations. DAP will not hesitate to file a report with the MACC should the police insist on investigating it on their own,” he said.
However at the Penang State Assembly, DAP rejected a motion by Barisan Nasional about the land reclamation projects.

Penang BN chairman Teng Chang Yew had challenged the state government to make public all agreements on land reclamation projects, and derided the CAT slogan of competency, accountability and transparency as being dead.
Teng said the state opposition coalition had been prepared to allow past decisions to be subject to public scrutiny when it tabled a state assembly motion on land reclamation projects.
He even dared Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s government to make public all the agreements and conduct  full public consultations on reclamation projects in hand if the present state government was so confident that terms were far better than the terms agreed to by the previous government.
But DAP refused.
In the Bukit Aman case, the funds are believed to have been siphoned out in dozens of transactions via the use of doctored papers carrying the forged signatures of two police directors and a civil engineer of the Public Works Department.
According to the report, an internal audit carried out by the Home Ministry a few months ago revealed that refurbishment projects – including two major contracts costing about RM500,000 to replace fire-resistant doors and upgrade the building’s air conditioning systems – were never fulfilled although payments were recorded as disbursed to individuals who had allegedly posed as contractors.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said that the issue was detected during an inquest carried out by the police.
“We opened up investigations after the inquest. We have carried out arrests since Saturday and seized several luxury cars. We won’t compromise and let anyone, including our own officers, get away with any form of crime.
“I think this is clear – we have never protected any of our officers who are involved in any crime or misconduct,” he told reporters at Bukit Aman on Sunday.
The seven individuals will be remanded later in the day.

Friday, November 20, 2015

No need for Interpol, says MACC

I concur with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) that they do not need Interpol’s help in locating several individuals to assist them in their investigations into SRC International and the RM2.6 billion given to Prime Minister Najib Razak.

If they really need it, they will seek assistance from Bukit Aman and not by dealing directly with the International Police.

In a statement yesterday, the commission revealed that they had in fact already recorded the statement of SRC International managing director Nik Faisal Arif Kamil and have taken “efforts” to meet with two others, namely Loh Taek Jho or Jho Low (pic) and SRC International director, Suboh Md Yasin.
“The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has recorded the statement of Nik Faisal Ariff Kamil for its investigations into SRC International and the RM2.6 billion fund.
“In regard to two other individuals who are required by the Commission to assist in investigations, MACC has already contacted them and efforts are being taken to meet them in due time to have their statements recorded,” MACC said.
On August 22, MACC issued notices to the trio, instructing them to appear before the commission to assist in the ongoing probe into some RM42 million from SRC International that had been channelled into Najib’s personal bank accounts in 2013.

Following the notice, Low contacted the MACC and stated his willingness to cooperate with the authorities.

In July, the Immigration Department issued a travel ban on Nik Faisal while Suboh was however reported missing.

Last month, Attorney-General Mohd Apandi Ali reportedly said the prime minister was willing to be interviewed by the MACC and said he hoped investigations could be completed by the end of the year.

Najib has also agreed to speak at the Parliament on December 3 about 'that money'.

So, please wait...

Thursday, November 19, 2015

UN agency with no 'brain'

The government has informed the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (UNWGAD) that its call for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim's immediate release from prison is baseless.

Malaysia's Permanent Mission to the United Nations told the UN body that Anwar's sodomy conviction was not political and he was accorded the same treatment as other prisoners, said Wisma Putra.

"After a fair and lengthy trial of six and half years, he was convicted for the offense. He is currently serving his sentence at prison, not in solitary confinement and is being provided with appropriate facilities and medical treatment.

"As such, the opinion by the WGAD, calling for the immediate release of DSAI is without basis," said the Foreign Ministry, referring to Anwar by his initials.

The UN group had reportedly called Anwar's detention arbitrary and illegal, and that his treatment in prison violated international prohibitions against “torture or other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment". Comprising experts from Australia, Benin, Mexico, South Korea, and Ukraine, it said the remedy would be to free Anwar immediately.

The call by UNWGAD, a body under the UN Human Rights Council, was announced by PKR lawmakers on November 2.

Wisma Putra said Putrajaya had told UNWGAD on Monday that it abided by the Prison Act 1995 and the Prison Regulations 2000, as well as recommendations by the panel of consultants appointed to treat him.
"The government clarified that the Prison Act 1995 makes specific provision concerning the management of any serious illness of a prisoner, DSAI, like any other prisoner in Malaysia, cannot be removed or transferred to any place within or outside Malaysia other than a 'government hospital' in Malaysia for the purpose of medical treatment, if any."
Anwar was provided with additional facilities such as an appropriate hospital bed, a suitable chair and table, hot and cold shower facilities, a wall fan, a sitting toilet, and special dietary and food supplements. Unlike other prisoners, who must share cells, Anwar was given the privilege to occupy a specially renovated cell in the prison’s hospital complex, it added.

UNWGAD was also told the former Permatang Pauh MP continued to enjoy all his rights such as visitation rights and access to his lawyers, said Wisma Putra.

The government further clarified to UNWGAD that the panel of doctors said there was no evidence Anwar was suffering from any acute or life threatening medical condition.
"The government also maintains that the chronic back pain and spinal injury suffered by DSAI is not life threatening medical conditions which warrant treatment overseas, undoubtedly can be treated by local medical experts," said Wisma Putra.
Putrajaya also refuted allegations that the judiciary was neither independent nor impartial throughout Anwar's trial, said the ministry.

UNWGAD was told Anwar was always guaranteed the right to fair trial and allowed to exercise his constitutional rights before the courts, said the ministry.

Anwar was well represented by "eminent legal counsels including the late Karpal Singh and Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram", it added.

"The government made it clear to the WGAD that any allegation that DSAI was specifically targeted by the Malaysian authorities is baseless and unfounded as the prosecution case against DSAI was solely based on a police report lodged by the victim, Mohd Saiful Bukhari bin Azlan, available statements and DNA evidence.

"DSAI was charged for an offence punishable under section 377B of the Penal Code in that he committed carnal intercourse against the order of nature on the victim," said Wisma Putra. It said the Federal Court's unanimous guilty verdict on February 10 was based particularly on "strong and direct DNA evidence", and not solely on the victim’s evidence.

"The issue of political conspiracy had been scrutinised extensively by the Federal Court, which held that the defence of political conspiracy remained a mere denial and did not amount to a credible defence.

"Based on the facts and legal basis as expounded in detail to the WGAD, it is unequivocally clear the WGAD’s Opinion that the current sodomy charges against DSAI were politically motivated is unfounded.

"The government further maintains that based on the indisputable facts and legal basis as explained in detail in the reply to the WGAD, DSAI is not a political prisoner."

Wisma Putra added that the government would continue to maintain a good working relationship with UNWGAD and ensure the promotion and protection of human rights in Malaysia. On November 2, PKR lawmaker N. Surendran warned Putrajaya not to ignore the UN body's decision, saying it could risk damaging the country's international reputation.

The multi-government working group held a hearing for over two months before reaching the decision, which was passed to Anwar's lawyers as the main applicants, in early October.

Anwar was imprisoned in February this year after the Federal Court upheld a Court of Appeal ruling which found him guilty of sodomy.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Pota effective...how about Sosma?

The crime rate in the country has decreased significantly by 15.5 per cent due to the enforcement of the recently amended Prevention of Crime Act (Poca) 1959, said Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Zahid, who is also deputy prime minister, said in a written Parliamentary reply to Lenggong MP Shamsul Anuar Nasarah, that there was a drop in serious and organised crime following the enforcement of the law, which allowed for detention without trial.

“After 18 months of its enforcement, we saw a drop in the trend of heavy and organised crimes. This was proven through research on serious crimes carried out by the police for the first 18 months before the law was enforced and after, and there was a reduction of 15.5 per cent,” he said.

Shamsul in his question had asked the Home Ministry to explain the impact of Poca and the Prevention of Terrorism Act (Pota) on the country after both had been enforced. He also asked if the ministry had any intention of amending other Acts to ensure further safety in the country.

Saying no one had been detained under the law since its enforcement in September this year, Zahid added: “The Home Ministry will continue to review all laws under the jurisdiction of the Ministry to ensure it will continue to be relevant.”

Yes, it is an undeniable fact that Poca has contributed a lot in reducing major crime. However, how about Sosma?

The Kuala Lumpur today ruled that the attempting “sabotage” charge against sacked Umno Batu Kawan deputy divisional chief Khairuddin Abu Hassan and senior lawyer Matthias Chang does not fall under Sosma.

Justice Azman Husin ruled that section 124L of the Penal Code for attempting sabotage did not fall under the constitutional ambit of Sosma or Security Offences (special measures) 2012. “Parliament, when enacting the Sosma bill, never intended to have Article 149(1)(e) of the Federal Constitution to be included in Sosma,” said Justice Azman, referring to the maintenance of the supply and services of the Federation.

Upon hearing the decision, Khairuddin stood up and waved to his cheering family members as well as former premier Mahathir Mohamad.

Justice Azman also granted bail to both Khairuddin and Chang at RM10, 000 with one surety each. “The case will be tried at the Sessions Court,” the judge added, setting the next mention date on January 12, 2016.

Deputy public prosecutor Masri Daud said he would most likely appeal against the decision.

Last month, the duo were charged for allegedly “sabotaging the banking and financial services” of Malaysia. Both face charges under section 124L of the Penal Code for sabotage, read together with section 34 of the same Act.

They were said to have committed the “act” in various countries such as France, England, Switzerland, Hong Kong and Singapore between June 28 and Aug 26.