Archive for January, 2012


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Shamsubahrin: NFC chief pressured me to bribe police

Businessman Shamsubahrin Ismail, who has been charged with cheating National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) executive chairperson Mohamed Salleh Ismail, has claimed that the latter pressured him to bribe the police to cover up the company’s scandal.

He made this claim in a police report lodged at the Klang General Hospital last Friday, which was revealed by PKR at its headquarters in Petaling Jaya today.

The police report reads: “In my appointment, I received messages and pressure from Salleh asking me to cover up the NFC case with the police.

“Salleh, through phone calls and SMSes, pressured me to pay bribes to the police to cover up the case.”

In the report, Shamsubahrin claimed that he was appointed by NFC as a corporate advisor and consultant to “clean up” NFC’s internal problems.

He added that he had met with the police to facilitate their investigation but had told Salleh he would not give bribes.

NFC is accused of misappropriating a RM250 million government soft loan by allegedly spending it on luxurious assets instead of the cattle centre in Gemas, which it had been tasked to manage.

‘MACC not acting on evidence’

Asked if PKR possessed the SMS evidence, its vice president Surendran said the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is in possession of the phone containing the messages.

“Several phones were taken from Shamsubahrin and all the phones were later returned except for one. That one held by the MACC is the one containing all this crucial matter.

“It is in the hands of the authority but we have records, we have a backup of it,” he said.

Surendran also questioned the MACC, saying that despite possessing the information, it had failed to act against the “real culprits”.

Shamsubahrin was on Dec 30, last year, charged with cheating Salleh of RM2million in consultation fees.

Surendran, together with PKR legal bureau chief Latheefa Koya, are lawyers for Shamsubahrin, said after he managed to raise enough money to post the RM300,000 bail on Jan 19, was immediately re-arrested and slapped with another two cheating charges.

The two charges were brought against him on the same day he lodged the police report. He was at that time warded in hospital for health complications.

He is now in Sungai Buloh prison and has refused to post bail for the second time for fear of being slapped with more charges, said Surendran.

“He is not ready to come out because he fears for his safety, ironically and strangely he feels safer in Sungai Buloh,” said Latheefa.

Shamsubahrin: NFC chief pressured me to bribe police
Jan 30, 2012 – Malaysiakini


More than a “mess”

“Something very rotten” going on: Kit Siang calls for RCI into NFC

First, that there is something very rotten about the RM336.64 million National Feedlot Centre (NFC)/National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp) “cattle condo” scandal – what with a RM250 million soft loan at 2% interest to promote cattle production used to buy two units of luxury condominiums in Kuala Lumpur and another condominium in Singapore, purchase of land in Precinct 10 Putrajaya, close to a million ringgit expenditures on overseas trips and extraordinarily high salaries for the family members of Datuk Seri Shahrizat, Minister for Women, Family and Community Development.

Second, that very high-level personalities are involved whether in the scandal or in the decision-making process resulting in the scandal, and that the personalities who must clear themselves include not only Shahrizat but also the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak who was then Chairman of the Cabinet Committee on High Impact Projects which approved the NFC project in 2006, Deputy Prime Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin, who was then the Minister for Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries, Datuk Seri Nor Omar, current Minister for Agriculture and Agro-Based Industries, even the former Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah as well as the entire former Cabinet before the 12th General Elections on March 8, 2008.

Third, the initial reactions of the various authorities unanimously trying to avoid touching the NFC/NF Corp scandal with a “barge pole”, although the Auditor-General, Tan Sri Ambrin Buang signed off the Auditor-General’s Report 2010 on 8th July 2011 with copies sent to the various relevant authorities, including the Cabinet – which probably explains the irresponsible inactions for more than six months, the delayed presentation of the Auditor-General’s Report in Parliament on October 25 when it should have been tabled in Parliament more than three weeks earlier on the first day of the Budget Parliament on 3rd October; the initial five-month refusal of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to investigate the scandal; the refusal of the Public Accounts Committee Chairman Datuk Seri Azmi Khalid to allow the PAC to conduct immediate and urgent investigations into the scandal although the PAC may cease to exist any time with the imminent dissolution of Parliament for the 13th General Elections and the continued refusal of the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister to agree to a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the scandal.

Fourth, latest efforts by various personalities in a “cover up” and to wriggle out of responsibility for the “cattle condo” scandal – whether by using semantics claiming that the Auditor-General had never used the word “mess” in his report (when the facts that have emerged reveal that it was more than a “mess” and was indeed a “terrible mess”) and that the Auditor-General had mixed up the two entities of NFC and NFCorp.

“Something very rotten” going on: Kit Siang calls for RCI into NFC
Lim Kit Siang
27 January 2012 – Malaysia Chronicle


They are still not happy with Umno

A field trip to Tanjung Lumpur in Kuantan on January 21 to gauge the people’s perception on the aid given to the poor by the government and their appraisal of UMNO politics was quite inspiring.

It was found that the aid recipients are aware that the RM100, RM200, RM500, RM5000 now given to the people and the salary increase for government servants before the next general election are all from taxpayers’ money. The people are cognisant of the fact that the money distributed here does not come from UMNO or Barisan Nasional (BN). It comes from the hard-earned taxpayers’ money.

Also, it was found that the recipients could not be easily convinced by all those ‘generous tricks’ and make them vote for UMNO or BN in the next general election. “Yes, I received RM500. It’s the people’s money. I’m now indebted to the people, not UMNO or BN,” said a 56-year-old aid recipient in Kuantan. When asked if he would vote for BN in the coming general election he coyly replied, “No. I will not.”

When asked if the RM500 was sufficient to make ends meet, he replied, “This is too little. They make more and spend more but give us pittance. I will take this money, as I am poor. It’s the people’s money. I’m grateful to the people but not UMNO.”

Another 58-year-old aid recipient, a farmer from Peramu, queried, “I know that I can do nothing much with this amount. The BN government could give a RM250 million loan to a minister’s family. I only have a few animals in my small shed. Can I get a RM10,000 loan to help me rear more cattle?”

People on ‘top’ are enriching themselves

Most of those disgruntled recipients were generally expecting more from UMNO. They generally felt that they were not given enough when people on ‘top’ were enriching themselves and spending huge amounts of taxpayers’ money on shopping sprees. “The poor have got no choice. Forget about shopping sprees. The costs of living is now unbearable. The government is not doing much to bring down inflation. Prices of almost everything keeps on rising,” grumbled a 50-year-old recipient from Tanjung Lumpur.

It appears like despite all the pomp and hype on the ‘free lunch’ for those who earn less in terms of income many aid recipients are not indebted to UMNO or BN. They seem to interpret that UMNO or BN does not generate money for the country. But it’s the people – the ordinary people out there who are slogging hard to pay taxes to the government to sensibly manage the country.

They are still not happy with Umno
23 January 2012 – Malaysia Chronicle


Shahrizat vs Raja Nong Chik

Deputy Prime Minister Muhiyuddin Yassin’s call to Barisan Nasional to go all out in Lembah Pantai and make sure they win the parliamentary seat is a tall order. And for Raja Nong Chik, the ambitious Lembah Pantai division chief, to bypass former incumbent Sharizat Jalil and fulfil the DPM’s wishes will be a even greater task.

Have we not heard the phrase ‘Hell has no wrath like a woman scorned’. If true, then scorned indeed will be Shahrizat, the Bollywood-like Queen Bee, and Raja Nong Chik will be the first one likely to receive her sting.

There is speculation Shahrizat may support current incumbent Nurul Izzah to exact revenge on Raja Nong Chik for allegedly hijacking the seat and destroying her political career, although you can be sure if it is true, she will do it quietly and with great inner satisfaction.

Diabolical scheming and plotting?

Raja Nong Chik’s purported hijack of the seat is not news to her or to anyone in the political circles. It seems she started smelling a rat when he began flaunting himself and stirring up waves in Lembah Pantai right under her nose. In fact, from as far back as two years ago, there was already talk in her camp that she was upset with Raja Nong Chik’s presence in Lembah Pantai.

Sure she lost it to Nurul, but that doesn’t mean she won’t get it back in GE-13, so she tells herself and her supporters. Sad to say, not many were listening to her.

As for Raja Nong Chik or RNC as he likes to be called, this new hotshot appears to be bold and brazen with a capital B. He seems to think Lembah Pantai is like taking cotton candy from a child, perhaps he feels Lembah Pantai is simply his for the taking. His party mates says he has even given an assurance to the top leadership in UMNO that he will deliver the seat to them on a silver platter. Yes, he seems to being very cocksure and ruthless about it. Even now, his banners showing himself and Prime Minister Najib Razak are all over Bangsar, and even his close associates are aghast at his political aggressiveness.

This can only further infuriate the Shahrizat camp. She is after all the UMNO Women’s chief. You can be sure her supporters will see it as a slight – nay, a chainsaw attack – that Shahrizat and her shell-shocked family will never be able to forget or to forgive. As some of her upset supporters say, this scorned Mama will teach RNC a lesson soon enough, he is lucky she has hands full with the RM250 million NFC debacle still whirring around her head. No doubt, she is still seeing stars and the NFC has drained her weary, but it will not stop her from exacting sweet revenge and collecting her pound of flesh once the new reality starts to sink in.

Calling Muhyiddin’s bluff: Shahrizat vs Raja Nong Chik
29 January 2012 – Malaysia Chronicle


Taib snubs Najib’s man in Sarawak

Can wily veteran Taib Mahmud outwit the Umno ‘immortals’ in the game of political charades?

KUCHING: Chief Minister Taib Mahmud’s absence from Sarawak United People’s Party’s (SUPP) Chinese New Year open house on Monday has further fuelled speculations of “Putrajaya’s hand” in Sarawak.

This is the second time that Taib has excused himself from a SUPP function organised by “agents of Putrajaya”.

He sent his deputy Alfred Jabu Numpang in his place. Also present at the open house was acting Yang di-Pertua Negeri Asfia Awang Nassar and scores of other VIPs.

Last December, he sent Abang Johari Tun Openg, Pesaka Bumiptera Bersatu (PBB) deputy president, to attend the party’s controversy-ridden triennial delegates conference (TDC), which was opened by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. Taib is PBB president.

The TDC also saw the election of federal minister Peter Chin as the party’s new president.

Chin’s last-minute decision to contest the presidency had apparently come about on the advice of Najib – much to the consternation of the party’s former deputy secretary-genetal Wong Soon Koh who had expected to assume the position uncontested.

Wong is a senior minister in Taib’s administration. Chin is the Energy, Green Technology and Water Minister in Najib’s Cabinet.

Chin had reportedly “never” shown an interest in the state leadership position until very recently.

The Chin-Wong war is seen here as a covert battle between Taib and Najib.

It is common knowledge here that Umno wants to gain a foothold in Sarawak, with or without Taib’s support.

Umno ‘immortals’ eyeing Sarawak

In the run-up to the Sarawak state election last April, Najib had publicly pressured Taib to step down and many saw this as a sign of disrespect for the veteran politician who had always delivered “the goods” to Umno.

But in recent months it has become increasingly obvious that a sense of urgency and desperation has set in Putrajaya.

Said political analyst Peter Minos, who is also PBB’s information chief: “The federal Barisan Nasional is very keen on Sarawak.”

Although BN won the state election, it suffered historic losses to the opposition.

The “Umno immortals” believe that Taib is old and weak and they need to come into Sarawak and “win over” the fence-sitters.

But wily Taib has his own plan and is playing Najib’s political charade.

Taib snubs Najib’s man in Sarawak
January 25, 2012 – FMT


Beef more important than education

I REFER to my earlier letter on talks in the streets of Penang that Malaysia’s pioneering accelerated programme for excellence (APEX) university, Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM), has been left in the doldrums, high and dry for the cesspool.

It seems USM had in December 2011 started an exercise to retrench some 1,000 or more contract workers comprising cleaners to researchers due to financial constraints.

I visited USM’s website and found this:

“APEX performance measures for world-renowned universities have to be measured within the context of “academic space” which in USM’s case is the “sustainability issues at the bottom of the pyramid”. The key indicators used by USM for the budget request is according to three main pillars, namely, talent, governance and resources.

“The proposed budget was given due consideration in its preparation in line with the current financial and economic situation.

Only received RM234.4mil

The university has made a budget request totalling RM624.5 million for the fiscal year 2009 to 2011 of which RM234.5 million was granted. The shortfall of RM390 million or 62.45% has affected the university’s plans towards achieving its target.

Beef more important than education: USM gets only 37% of budget, NFC squanders millions
Jackson Ng
26 January 2012 – Malaysia Chronicle


Too much is at stake

There is a growing consensus that we cannot allow things to carry on as they are if we want to prevent the country from plunging into an abyss, writes Anil Netto.

This coming general election promises to be a watershed in our country’s history. There is a growing consensus that we cannot allow things to carry on as they are if we want to prevent the country from plunging into an abyss.

Here’s what is at stake: We all know the record on corruption has been abysmal. That billions of ringgit have been lost is common knowledge in coffee shops the length and breadth of the country.

Thus far we have been saved by our rich natural resources especially oil. But the oil is running out now. Unfortunately, the fat cats have not stopped feeding from the trough.

The opportunity costs have been tremendous. Ours could have been a land of milk and honey but alas, a minority especially the cronies and well-connected politicians have grown fabulously wealthy while the a huge number of workers toil away at low wages. These wages are further suppressed by middlemen importing migrant workers, many of whom are paid even lower wages in return for working even longer hours.

Neo-liberal policies have worsened the situation. Privatisation and corporatisation have forced Malaysians to pay more for services – education, health care, utilities – that had previously been provided free or at little cost. The neglect of food production has led to higher food prices. And after the general election, we can expect GST, an electricity tariff hike and the possibility of national health insurance premiums (while government spending on public health care remains miserly).

Not surprisingly, the gap between the rich and the poor has grown wider over the years, and this may have contributed to all kinds of social problems (Richard Wilkinson, The Spirit Level). The latest round of civil service pay rises, now held back for review, aggravates this trend.

Too much is at stake
23 January 2012 – Aliran


Khazanah sold Proton for no profits?

The ‘Che Det Consensus’ is an economy built around problem solving that is ‘practical’ only for the Malaysia’s business and Umno political elite.


I found it odd the statement from Khazanah Nasional Bhd that it didn’t make profit from its sale of Proton Holdings Bhd’s shares to DRB-Hicom Bhd. If no profits were made, why sell the shares?

Secondly, Khazanah’s statement can be construed as an admission that it was given a fait accompli – take this price and don’t ask any questions. In Malaysia, only one person can do that – the man who can walk on water – Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

I hope I can throw more light on the sale of Proton shares to DRB-Hicom. Were there any other bids besides DRB-Hicom presented to Khazanah?

Is Khazanah brave enough to publish the identity of all the bidders?

If it has the courage to do so, we shall not be surprised if the bidders were the Tengku Mahalil-Arumugam group, DRB-Hicom and Nazmi and company. And they all have only one master – Mahathir.

We all know Mahathir’s end-game.

He wants to be the Malaysian “King” Croesus. Croesus was a legendary king in a country known as Lydia in Asia Minor.

He was fabulously rich. It was said that gold from the mines and sands filled up his coffers.

Allow me to re-tell a short story about King Croesus in my own style.

I hope he (Mahathir) will suffer the same fate as the original King Croesus.

Khazanah sold Proton for no profits?
Mohd Ariff Sabri Aziz
January 25, 2012 – FMT


Instruct police to speed up NFCorp probe, ex-top cop tells Najib

KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 26 — Datuk Seri Najib Razak should use his powers as prime minister to expedite the probe into the National Feedlot Corporation (NFCorp), a former senior police officer said today.

Former city CID chief Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim said Najib could instruct the police, graftbusters and the Attorney-General’s Chambers to finish investigating the scandal-hit livestock company within a fortnight.

“Straightforward criminal breach of trust cases like [NFCorp] need at most two weeks,” he said in a statement.

“If the PM says he can’t interfere in the investigation or decision to prosecute, that’s just a weak and childish excuse.”

Mat Zain pointed out that in 1998, then-Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had ordered him to quickly wrap up the high-profile investigation into Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s black eye, failing which a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) would be set up to look into the police force.

He noted that Dr Mahathir formed the RCI on January 27, 1999 as promised when the results of the investigation were allegedly stalled by the Attorney-General.

“Based on existing precedent, Najib has no reason to draw out this NFC issue beyond two weeks,” Mat Zain stressed, saying that Putrajaya’s move to appoint an auditor to look into NFCorp’s books was a delaying tactic.

He added that the appointment of the auditor would waste more taxpayers’ money and was a slight to the integrity of the Auditor-General, who had been appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong.

“It is very unfair to the people if Najib is willing to destroy the credibility of royal institutions like the Auditor-General just to protect Shahrizat,” he said.

Instruct police to speed up NFCorp probe, ex-top cop tells Najib
January 26, 2012 – MI

The dawn of A Better Malaysia!
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All that is necessary
for the triumph of evil
is for good men
to do nothing.

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

- Thomas Jefferson
Do you hear the people sing?