04
Sep
15

Why Mahathir, not PM, Rosmah, Riza and Jho Low?

Khairuddin Abu Hassan, demands that IGP focus on his reports against Najib, Rosmah, Riza Aziz and Jho Low rather than investigate Dr Mahathir for appearing twice at the Bersih rally.

KUALA LUMPUR: The sacked Umno Batu Kawan deputy divisional chief, Khairuddin Abu Hassan, took to his Facebook to demand that Inspector General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar explain the status of his reports lodged against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, his wife Rosmah Mansor, the Prime Minister’s stepson Riza Aziz and businessman Jho Low. “I have the right to know.”

The police should focus on the crux of the matter i.e. the RM42 billion 1MDB scandal, he added. “Don’t let the reports gather dust. The police would become a laughing stock for appearing to be a party to a cover-up.”

“It seems that the police prefer to investigate reports that have been made up and not those with serious implications. In the end, the police themselves will be shamed by their own behaviour.”

If the police are yet to call the parties concerned to have their statements taken, he wants to know why. “If they have not been called so far, why?” asked Khairuddin. “What’s so special about them? Why are the police practising double standards?”

He was commenting on reports that former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad will be called by the police over his appearance, twice, at the Bersih 4 rallies last weekend, deemed illegal, in Kuala Lumpur. “If Mahathir can be called because of turning up at the rallies, Najib, Rosmah, Riza and Jho Low can be called too.”

He warned that the people and also the international community were watching the authorities in Malaysia for their credibility, transparency, professionalism and trustworthiness and whether they were committed to justice. “They have already been found wanting in all these areas.”

“In fact, the Executive has already been found abusing its powers in handling the RM42 billion 1MDB scandal.”

Revisiting the police shaming themselves, he recalled that all the police statements on former PetroSaudi Director Xavier Andre Justo turned out to be false. “There was no case on him falsifying any documents in relation to 1MDB.”

The police were also shamed when Interpol denied a request from them to issue a red notice alert for UK-based Sarawak Report Editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown. “The police were shamed big time. Putrajaya was also shamed big time.”

“The Interpol statement made it clear that it did not want to be dragged into the narrow politics in Malaysia.”

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Why Mahathir, not PM, Rosmah, Riza and Jho Low?
September 3, 2015 – FMT

04
Sep
15

Najib’s RM2.6 billion donation claim is bullshit – Dr M

Najib’s RM2.6 billion donation claim is bullshit, says Dr Mahathir

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s claim that the US$700 million (RM2.67 billion) deposited into his accounts was a donation from the Middle East is “bullshit”, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today.

The former prime minister said the whole world had had a good laugh at the explanation, which the majority of Malaysians did not buy.

“Arabs are generous, but not that generous. I could not raise even a single dollar from them for the Malaysian International Islamic University or for the Oxford Islamic Centre.

“This claim that Arabs donated billions is what people describe as hogwash or bullshit. Certainly I don’t believe it and neither can the majority of Malaysians if we go by the comments on the social media. The world had a good laugh,” wrote Dr Mahathir in his latest blog post today.

The retired statesman added that Najib’s claim about the money being used to fund his election campaign was similarly absurd, since he himself needed less than RM10 million for each of the national polls he had presided over during his 22 years as prime minister.

“Why do you need RM2.6 billion plus or RM2,600 million? Is it to bribe politicians and civil servants, or to rig the elections? That would not be right, much less legal.

“Whatever, to me 2 billion plus for elections in Malaysia by any party is wrong, even if no limit is put on election expenses,” Dr Mahathir said.

He said Najib had only come up with the excuse because he was unable to deny The Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) report that funds from companies linked to 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) were deposited into his personal accounts.

But he wonder who would “donate” such an extravagant amount, adding that even US President Barack Obama was unable to raise that much for his election campaign.

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Najib’s RM2.6 billion donation claim is bullshit, says Dr Mahathir
10 August 2015 – TMI

04
Sep
15

Donation – can we believe it?

can we believe it?

Donation donation oh donation!
The coffee shops full of people
They are saying “Donation!” right there
A new wave to avoid the law

So now money laundry can
When one gets caught in the act
Say “donation” produce some charitable works
Every move will be alright

What has gone wrong?
The full interference on the investigations
Quickly issue a statement to say
“Donation!”

Can we believe it?
A tune of $2.6 billion in private account
There must be a catch
We want to know who and why

Right now that’s the new wave
The illegal shall become legal
Changing it to donation
Every move will be alright

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can we believe it?
August 08, 2015 – lanaibeach

03
Sep
15

Who paid the money and why? – Global Chair of Transparency International

Who paid the money and why?

Speech by José Ugaz
2 September 2015 – 16th IACC, Putrajaya, Malaysia


No one can be in Malaysia and not be aware of the corruption allegations of recent months and how damaging they are to the country. There is a corruption crisis here.

As a global anti-corruption movement it is our role to ask questions, to challenge those who abuse their power, to champion those who cannot speak and to engage with those who sincerely wish to change.

Let us recall those two words – honesty and integrity.

What does that mean for Malaysia?

The government has taken measures and initiatives to tackle corruption. We will surely hear that from the minister.

We want to see more progress but that cannot happen while there are unanswered questions about the $700m that made its way into the Prime Minister’s personal bank account.

In recent weeks we have seen the Attorney-General who was critical of the government suddenly replaced, the 1MDB taskforce suspended, investigators at the Anti-Corruption Commission arrested or transferred, and newspapers suspended for reporting on the matter.

These are not the actions of a government that is fighting corruption.

We may well hear promises of reform. That is not what is needed at this time. And promises alone will not restore confidence and trust.

There are two questions that need to be answered:

Who paid the money and why?

Where did it go?

One man could answer those questions.

If that does not happen then only a fully independent investigation, free from political interference, can uncover the truth.

Until that happens, no claim from the government on anti-corruption will be credible.

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Who paid the money and why?
Speech by José Ugaz
2 September 2015 – 16th IACC, Putrajaya, Malaysia

Najib urged to come clean on scandal at anti-graft meeting

Drawing frequent applause from hundreds of delegates, Ugaz said Malaysia faced a “corruption crisis”.

PUTRAJAYA: A global anti-corruption conference opened in Malaysia on Wednesday with a demand for the country’s Prime Minister Najib Razak to come clean on a raging financial scandal.

Najib has been under increasing pressure since The Wall Street Journal revealed in early July that Malaysian investigators had found nearly $700 million in mysterious deposits into his personal bank accounts.

“There are two questions that need to be answered: Who paid the money and why? Where did it go? One man could answer those questions,” Jose Ugaz, global chair of Transparency International, told delegates in an opening speech.

Anger over the scandal brought tens of thousands of people to the streets of Kuala Lumpur and other cities over the weekend.

They demanded Najib’s removal and thorough reforms by Malaysia’s 58-year-old government, which is frequently hit by corruption scandals.

The three-day International Anti-Corruption Conference is organised by Transparency International and brings together graft-fighting agencies from around the world.

It is held this year in Putrajaya, Malaysia’s administrative capital.

Najib was originally scheduled to give the keynote address but was replaced by a low-ranking minister last week.

The minister, Paul Low, said earlier Wednesday that Najib stayed away to avoid facing hostile activists. No activists were seen at the conference by AFP.

Even before the bank deposit revelations, Najib had for months faced demands to explain huge sums allegedly missing from deals involving a state-owned company he launched.

Najib initially denied the Wall Street Journal report, but government ministers later admitted the bank deposits occurred.

They called them “political donations” from Middle Eastern sources but refused to give further details.

The government stoked further outrage with recent moves, including Najib’s sacking of Malaysia’s attorney general and police raids on anti-graft officers probing the scandal, that have left investigations in doubt.

Najib denies wrongdoing, alleging a “political conspiracy”, and has refused to step down.

Drawing frequent applause from hundreds of delegates, Ugaz said Malaysia faced a “corruption crisis”.

He criticised the disruptions to the investigations and the government’s recent shutdown of two Malaysian newspapers for their reporting on the scandals.

“These are not the actions of a government that is fighting corruption,” Ugaz said.

– AFP

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Najib urged to come clean on scandal at anti-graft meeting
September 2, 2015 – FMT

03
Sep
15

Malaysia on ‘slippery slope’ to becoming failed state

Malaysia on ‘slippery slope’ to becoming failed state, says Ambiga

Malaysia is on its way to becoming a failed state, with institutions failing to function and lawmakers ignoring the very laws they created, says Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan.

The former Bar Council president told a forum at the University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus in Kuala Lumpur today that while the downward slope began decades ago with the 1988 judicial crisis, the public could feel the effects more keenly today.

She said this could be seen in the transfer of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) directors, and Umno politicians openly admitting that RM2.67 billion was transferred into their president’s accounts.

“Everybody is talking about failed state. Whether we are already there or heading there, that’s a matter of opinion. But there is no doubt that we are on that slippery slope, at the very least,” Ambiga said at the forum titled “Rethinking civil society, Islamism and democracy”.

“People are just sick of the bluff. You get the officers who are transferred, then you get the deputy prime minister saying it’s administrative. Do we look stupid?” she said.

She was referring to Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi’s statement that the abrupt transfer of MACC’s director (special operations) Datuk Bahri Mohamad Zin and strategic communications director Datuk Rohaizad Yaakob were just an administrative matter.

Their reassignment to the Prime Minister’s Department comes amid MACC’s probe into the transfer of RM2.67 billion into Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s account.

Ambiga added that Umno MPs’ open admission to the fund transfer, and their justification of it, also showed the ignorance of the very people leading the country.

“The illegality of all these issues that has surrounded all these transactions from start to finish is escaping all these politicians.

“These are our parliamentarians, but they are ignoring our own laws. They shouldn’t be there, actually,” she said.

Ambiga had said that under the MACC Act 2009, the definition of gratification in Section 50 of the act included donations.

The section stated that any form of gratification was presumed to have been corruptly received, unless proven otherwise.

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Malaysia on ‘slippery slope’ to becoming failed state, says Ambiga
9 August 2015 – TMI

02
Sep
15

I just want Najib to step down – Dr M

‘I just want Najib to step down’, Dr M says in joining Bersih 4 rally (VIDEO)

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 30 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said today he is making an appearance at the Bersih 4 rally for one thing only, and that is to join Malaysians in pressuring Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s resignation from office.

The retired prime minister said he did not care about the other demands by the rally organiser, electoral reform group Bersih 2.0.

“I just want Najib to step down,” he told reporters when approached while he was making his way around Central Market downtown.

The 90-year-old has been a vocal critic of the man whom he was seen to have once personally groomed for leadership, following the Najib administration’s handling of the debt-riddled state investment company 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Dr Mahathir like many other Malaysians at the Bersih 4 rally, blame Najib and his Cabinet for the present economic and political problems besetting the country.

“The only way to return rule of law is to remove this prime minister, and to remove him the people must show people’s power,” he said today, reiterating what he had told a public talk in Pasir Gudang, Johor yesterday to redress the power imbalance.

“We should move a motion of no confidence in Parliament,” he added.

Dr Mahathir is known to have strongly opposed public shows of dissent during his time in office from 1981 to 2003, raising many eyebrows with his latest appearance at the Bersih 4 rally for the second day in a row.

He had dropped in at Dataran Merdeka last night in a lightning visit, fresh from Johor.

“Many people ask me whether I am supporting Bersih, whether I have become a supporter of the Chinese. It’s nothing of that sort, we are here because all of us, whether Malay, Chinese or Indian or Iban or Kadazan, we cannot accept the leadership, the premiership of Datuk Seri Najib.

“Why is that so? It is because he has undermined the legal system of this country. He has dismantled the institutions of government which have been entrusted to investigate all crimes,” Dr Mahathir said.

He referred to the special four-agency government task force that was set up to investigate 1MDB, but was disbanded just days after the abrupt removal of Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail as the Attorney-General last month.

Dr Mahathir also linked a flurry of transfers and promotions of senior civil servants from various government agencies, including the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), and elevating members of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to an agenda on 1MDB.

“So we want to ask, why did you stop the investigation on your RM2.6 billion?” Dr Mahathir posed.

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I just want Najib to step down’, Dr M says in joining Bersih 4 rally (VIDEO)
August 30, 2015 – MMO

02
Sep
15

Malaysia is in turmoil

It doesn’t take deep reflection to see why Malaysia has come to this stage.

COMMENT

Malaysia is in turmoil, and there appears to be no way out of it.

Once one of the more highly regarded countries in the Commonwealth, not least for the independence of her judiciary and the competence of her civil service, Malaysia has deteriorated to the point of becoming the laughing stock of the world.

Yesterday, two of the top stories in the Wall Street Journal were unflattering accounts of what has become the biggest political scandal the country has ever seen.

We are no longer talking about a lack of accountability among the leadership. We are now seeing a failure and, worse, a refusal to account.

Many Malaysians have asked what has brought us to this stage. Opposition politicians and civil society leaders will tell us that we are on the brink of becoming a failed state.

It doesn’t take deep reflection to see why. We have watched over the years how our institutions, intended as checks and balances against each other, have one by one been compromised.

The three branches of government – the executive, the legislature and the judiciary – each of whose independence is enshrined in the Federal Constitution, no longer operate as such. In fact, the executive and legislature never have, with Umno/BN so dominant in Parliament over six decades to the extent that it controlled two thirds of the chamber for so long, enabling it to wreak what we now see, with the benefit of hindsight, as havoc on the institutions of government.

The opposition has, at the expense of public interest, recently chosen to self-destruct, largely through self-service and egotism developed as a by-product of substantial electoral gains made in recent years.

Prior to that, BN itself had self-destructed, with component parties not prepared to stand up for minority rights in the face of an increasingly dominant and bullying Umno. Only their leaders can tell us what motivated their silence. Security? Comfort? Fear? Patronage? Inability?

Most of all, within Umno itself, we now see a failure to come to grips with the situation, its leaders’ silence showing how out of touch they are with the realities on the ground. Again, this is possibly born of security, comfort, fear, patronage and inability.

Umno has as its president the country’s prime minister, a man who has belatedly admitted to receiving a massive donation of almost US$700 million (RM2.6 billion), most of which is now said to have come from an unnamed foreign donor. That explanation itself is inherently unbelievable to many who have in the recent past also been suspicious about the debt-laden 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s activities.

The prime minister claims he did not use the funds for “personal gain” but to date has refused to disclose to the public the source of those funds and what they were used for. Previous attempts by him and 1MDB to account for its funds have been shown to be disastrous.

Implicit in the statements now being released are admissions that the so-called donation was used for political gain, namely to buy victory in the 2013 general elections.

Blatant lies

All the machineries of government, supposed to act as checks and balances against such abuses, have now been shown to have failed. Worse, segments of the administration have been found to be blatantly lying, seemingly unchecked and without repercussions.

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Malaysia is in turmoil
Mark Clements
August 7, 2015 – FMT




When the people
fears their government,
there is TYRANNY;
when the government
fears the people,
there is LIBERTY.

- Thomas Jefferson
All that is necessary
for the triumph of evil
is for good men
to do nothing.

- Edmund Burke
Do you hear the people sing?
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