Archive for December, 2012

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Dec
12

Green activists take a bite at Pahang MB’s ‘ear’

Biskut Telinga
(courtesy: Himpunan Hijau 2.0)

Himpunan Hijau activists today had a go at Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob’s ear, after the MB famously declared he would cut off his ears should BN lose in Bentong in the coming GE because of the controversial Lynas plant.

Hitting the bustling streets of Bentong this morning, activists distributed ear-shaped biscuits labelled ‘Biskut Telinga Cap Adnan’ (Adnan’s brand ear biscuits) to the locals.

The ear biscuits, a popular local snack, were packed in pairs and tagged with a label depicting Adnan with a bandage patched on his right ear.

“We are dissatisfied with Adnan’s remarks, which belittled the people’s concerns about Lynas.

We wan to create awareness here so the local people will help to really make Adnan cut off his own ears (by causing his electoral defeat),” said 56-year-old Himpunan Hijau activists Chen Sit Yong who helped with the distribution.

The biscuit distribution today was in conjunction with Himpunan Hijau’s 300km KL to Kuantan drive, which will culminate in a rally near the Lynas plant in Gebeng, Kuantan tonight.

Chen said the movement has prepared a total of 8,000 packets of such biscuits and other than here, they will also be distributed in Kuantan.

The main convoy arrived in Bentong from Gombak at around 10.30am, where the leaders of the green activists addressed a crowd of some 300 people.

Taking the stage in the form of the back of a four-wheel-drive vehicle, Himpunan Hijau chairperson Wong Tack declared that people throughout the country were today travelling towards Lynas’ plant in Gebeng, Kuantan.

“We will gather at the Lynas plant and if we can do this once, we can do it many more times until the factory closes down,” he said.

He added that the campaign on New Year’s Eve was to usher in a new power that would safeguard the environment of the country.

Wong also hit out at Health Minister Liow Tiong Lai, accusing him of twisting facts about the Lynas facility, pointing to the sketchy details on whether Lynas would export its waste or not.

He then held up a banner of Liow with a long Pinocchio-like nose, flipping it upside down to drive home his point. Liow is MP for Bentong.

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Green activists take a bite at Pahang MB’s ‘ear’
Dec 31, 2012 – Malaysiakini

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31
Dec
12

Questions over MACC-lawyer link to Bala’s second SD

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 17 ? The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) was today dragged into a row over questions surrounding a lawyer on its operations panel who is alleged to have drafted private investigator P. Balasubramaniam’s controversial second sworn statement on the 2006 death of Altantuya Shaariibuu.

Former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim suggested today that a key member of the MACC’s five check-and-balance mechanism responsible for closing the file on the case may have had a direct hand in doing so, fuelling questions on the extent of a possible cover-up into the explosive crime that has put two elite police commandos on death row and sent the private investigator into exile.

The lawyer-turned-politician wrote in his blog that both the Attorney-General and the MACC have “conveniently refused to investigate the allegations made by the private investigator P. Balasubramaniam, who apparently got the information from Abdul Razak Baginda, and whose claims have been corroborated by carpet merchant Deepak Jaikishan”.

He reminded Malaysians that Balasubramaniam ? popularly known as PI Bala ? had made a second statutory declaration (SD) cancelling his first sworn statement made a day earlier that the police had suppressed key evidence.

“This second declaration was prepared by a well-known lawyer whom he did not know. Deepak named this famous lawyer in an interview with Harakah.

“If one probes a little further, one will find that the same famous lawyer sits as a member of the MACC’s operations review panel,” Zaid, a one-time de facto law minister during the Abdullah administration, wrote.

However, he stopped short of naming the lawyer.

“It was this panel that decided there was no evidence to investigate the allegations made by either Bala or Deepak,” Zaid added.

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Questions over MACC-lawyer link to Bala’s second SD
December 17, 2012 – TMI

30
Dec
12

Torrent of Revelations Against Malaysian PM Continues

A rattled Najib tries to figure out how to counter allegations of criminal cover-up

A controversial businessman and onetime family friend of Malaysia’s prime minister appears to be doing what the country’s political opposition has been unable to accomplish for years: publicly tie the top UMNO leader to serious and politically damaging crimes.

In a spate of interviews with opposition and independent websites that seemingly deliver new and damaging revelations each day, Deepak Jaikishan has now connected Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, Najib’s brother Nazim and Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, to the politically charged cover-up of the 2006 murder of the jet-setting Mongolian beauty Altantuya Shaariibuu, itself a part of a much bigger scandal involving ?114 million in kickbacks to top Malaysian politicians for the purchase of French submarines.

Deepak, a stocky, bespectacled carpet dealer and real estate speculator, resembles a man walking around holding a hand grenade with the pin pulled. In what seems to be a fresh revelation each day, what Deepak is telling everybody who will listen has been rumored and speculated on for years, but it is remarkable that he is airing the charges as elections approach and doing so seemingly without fear. The latest disclosure, made Thursday to Harakah, the official Malay language newspaper of the opposition Parti Islam se-Malaysia, ties Najib himself into the plot to attempt to destroy the credibility of a witness who said he had been told Najib himself had an affair with the murdered woman.

Whether this represents a deep split inside UMNO or the act of one disgruntled insider who claims to have been cheated out of millions in a business deal, the political fallout for Najib – and especially his wife, who is viewed by a sizable chunk of the electorate as greedy and manipulative, is deeply damaging. Sources with ties to UMNO tell Asia Sentinel that Najib and the political operatives surrounding him are at sea as to how to handle Deepak’s allegations and are mainly trying to keep the story out of the mainstream press, which is entirely controlled by the three major political parties in control of the government. In the meantime, however, the Internet news sites and bloggers are having a field day with the allegations.

The big question is how much public credibility Deepak has, and whether the Altantuya murder still has any resonance six years after her death. Reports in Kuala Lumpur said last week he had agreed to shut up in exchange for the rescheduling of RM160 million in loans from Kuwait. But the revelations started again earlier this week.

The ruling national coalition has been successful in branding almost all revelations about the case, even those taking place in French courtrooms, as stratagems put together by the opposition. The question of race is also involved, with UMNO branding itself as the defender of moderate Islam against the religiously conservative Parti Islam se-Malaysia and the upholder of ethnic Malay rights against the country’s sizeable Chinese minority, which is solidly in the opposition’s camp.

Past UMNO strongmen, like Mahathir Mohamad, never saw their names dragged into the mud so publicly. But the Internet – and perhaps Najib’s own failings – have changed the equation. What will determine the fate of the premier is likely how this plays out in the so-called Malay heartland. But with Internet penetration rates even in rural areas rising, it has to be assumed that the allegations will percolate widely.

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Torrent of Revelations Against Malaysian PM Continues
Written by John Berthelsen
14 December 2012 – Asia Sentinel

30
Dec
12

Senior lawyer latest ‘player’ in Bala’s SD2

Lawyer-activist Haris Ibrahim said the senior lawyer allegedly involved in drafting the SD had committed “the gravest of sins”.

PETALING JAYA: A senior lawyer is the latest “player” allegedly involved in the drafting of the second statutory declaration (SD2) by private investigator P Balasubramaniam.

And the Bar Council has been urged to investigate the role of this lawyer.

The lawyer, who apparently holds the title of “Tan Sri”, and his son were recently revealed by businessman Deepak Jaikishan in an interview to have been allegedly responsible for the preparation of documents for Balasubramaniam before he signed the “SD2?.

The “SD2? had reversed an earlier one which implicated Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in the murder of Mongolioan national Altantuya Shaarribuu.

In an official letter sent to the Bar Council secretary Tony Woon yesterday, lawyer-activist Haris Ibrahim asked that the bar to launch an investigation to identify the solicitor (s) concerned and to “ascertain if there was any impropriety in the preparation of SD2”.

Speaking to FMT before sending the letter, Haris said that he hopes the Bar Council would be as vigorous as it was when the VK Linggam scandal broke in 2007, as the latest revelations are “serious” if it was indeed true that the lawyer had not consulted Balasubramaniam before drafting the SD.

“It points at a very senior member of the bar potentially involved in a dishonest act. I think every member of the Bar should go up in arms and be very concerned.”

“Any practitioner worth his salt knows that when drafting an SD or affidavit one has to seek instruction from his client. Was the person aware of the purpose and objective of this SD? It could mean that the lawyer was privy to a conspiracy to subvert the course of justice, subvert the disclosure of truth. Officers of the court are to aid in the truth, not suppressing it,” he said.

“I’m very sure that the nature of this impropriety could amount to the lawyer being struck off the roll… he obviously is a dishonest practitioner,” he added.

In a blog post yesterday, Haris said the senior lawyer had committed “the gravest of sins” and threatened that if the Bar Council does not properly probe the matter, he would reveal the name of the “scumbag” in two weeks and allow the matter to be taken up in court.

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Senior lawyer latest ‘player’ in Bala’s SD2
December 17, 2012 – FMT

29
Dec
12

Anti-Lynas Protest Drive

Protest Drive
(courtesy: Himpunan Hijau 2.0)

29
Dec
12

Himpunan Hijau’s cabins sealed by authorities – ‘Rakyat didahulukan’?

Anti-Lynas
– Himpunan Hijau 2.0: Langkah Lestari

29
Dec
12

Deepak’s claims: Say something, Rosmah

The opposition pact urges the ‘First Lady of Malaysia’ to answer claims she was involved in changing a statutory declaration implicating her husband in the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu.

PETALING JAYA: The prime minister’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, must answer claims that she told carpet dealer Deepak Jaikishan to look for P Balasubramanian after the private investigator’s statutory declaration (SD) was made public, said Pakatan Rakyat.

On Wednesday, Deepak revealed the identity of his “female friend” who allegedly called up many people for favours on the day Balasubramaniam disclosed his first SD linking Najib to the murder of Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu.

Since then, the female friend, Rosmah, has kept silent, but her detractors in the opposition coalition decry her move as being unfair to the contending parties as well as to the public.

When asked to comment, PAS lawmaker Dzulkefly Ahmad pointed out that since Rosmah was the “First Lady of Malaysia”, these were grave allegations and could demolish all that was left of her credibility as well as her husband’s, the Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

“We are coming this close to an election that is the most critical by the way of a possibility of regime change,” the Kuala Selangor MP told FMT.

“So I think it’s only fair for all players that she immediately come out to challenge Deepak if she truly and honestly thinks that all these are a pack of lies concocted by him and whoever else contriving to bring her and her husband down.

“This is serious because it involves the prime minister, the first lady of Malaysia, the brother of the PM and whatnot.”

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Deepak’s claims: Say something, Rosmah
December 14, 2012 – FMT




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