Archive for November, 2013



24
Nov
13

Poser over RM720 million interest in PKFZ scandal

Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik’s acquittal in the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal has sparked questions over who the prosecutors will now charge for the RM720 million “double interest” imposed on the controversial land deal.

Former Port Klang Authority (PKA) chairman Datuk Lee Hwa Beng (pic, right) said there must be accountability although the Attorney General’s Chambers had a right not to appeal the former transport minister’s acquittal.

“I am happy that Dr Ling is in the clear. But someone must be accountable for the RM720 million, it is taxpayers’ money,” said the politician who lodged a police report four years ago that started the
PKFZ probe.

Lee added that in acquitting Dr Ling, the judge had implied that there was double interest imposed and that Ministry of Transport officers were responsible.

“So will the AG charge these officers?” Lee questioned.

Dr Ling was said to have deceived the Cabinet by failing to disclose there was an additional interest rate of 7.5% to the purchase price of RM25 psf in the PKFZ deal, despite knowing that the interest rate was already included in the price.

He then allegedly induced the Cabinet to approve the land purchase, which caused losses to the government.

In acquitting Dr Ling on October 25, High Court Judge Datuk Ahmadi Asnawi had ruled that the former minister could not be held accountable for any mistake, misleading information or inaccuracy in the preparation of the ministry’s documents regarding the land acquisition although he signed the documents.

“If any, the blame should be apportioned wholly and squarely upon the officers of the Transport Ministry who drafted and prepared the documents,” the judge had said.

As such, Lee told The Malaysian Insider that the PKFZ case was far from over despite Dr Ling’s acquittal and the AG’s decision not to appeal, saying there were three more criminal cases in the messy free trade zone scandal.

In December 2009, former PKA general manager Datin Paduka Phang Oi Choo was charged with criminal breach of trust amounting to RM254 million.

Kuala Dimensi Sdn Bhd (KDSB) chief operating officer Stephen Abok and an architect with BT Architect, Bernard Tan Seng Swee, were also charged for making false claims.

Then in February 2011, former transport minister Tan Sri Chan Kong Choy was charged with three counts of cheating in the PKFZ scandal.

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After Dr Ling’s acquittal, poser over RM720 million interest in PKFZ scandal
BY JENNIFER GOMEZ
November 11, 2013 – TMI

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24
Nov
13

Will the National Feedlot Centre become NFA?

MP SPEAKS Stern action must be taken against the minister and senior officers responsible for the National Feedlot Centre fiasco after strong condemnation by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

While we were disappointed that the MACC has failed to find elements of corruption in the RM250 million National Feedlot Centre scandal, we must commend the report put forward by the commission which detailed elements of where the whole deal went wrong. It is a report long overdue, but it is certainly better late than never.

The MACC has revealed that the Agriculture Ministry, then under the helm of Muhyiddin Yassin, had awarded the National Feedlot Centre project to a company without technical or financial capabilities.

The MACC also pointed out that there was no consideration of conflict of interest between any government officer and the recipient of the government soft loan for the project.

What is perhaps most damning of the report is the finding that the Agriculture Ministry “did not do due diligence” on the company awarded the project. “The Agriculture Ministry failed to select a truly competent company to run the National Feedlot Centre as it was selected through limited tender. The company which was allowed to present their proposals did not have technical background or strong financial standing,” it said.

The above has been known by all Malaysians ever since the scandal first broke out in 2010 and it took MACC nearly three years to finally confirm the obvious.

The next question on the minds of all Malaysians is “why” did the Agriculture Ministry award such an important project to a company which “did not have technical background or strong financial standing”.

Such awards, including the RM12.5 billion Port Klang Free Zone project which tends to be the norm rather than the exception in the BN administration leads to the suspicions of cronyism and corruption. If not cronyism and corruption, then at best it could be excused for incompetence and negligence.

The problem is, the number of ministers and senior government officials getting away with the excuse of “incompetence and negligence” from doing the same things repeatedly as highlighted annually in the Auditor-General’s Reports are just one too many.

‘Clever in acting incompetent?’

Hence, a typical Malaysian cannot be blamed for feeling that those responsible for the above misdeeds are either extremely clever in acting incompetent, or so obtuse that they are incurably incompetent.

Regardless of which is which, we urge the Najib administration to take stern action against these ministers and officers responsible for causing billions of losses to Malaysians.

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Will the National Feedlot Centre become NFA?
Tony Pua
Nov 7, 2013 – Malaysiakini

23
Nov
13

Govt executive jets cost RM490k per flight

PARLIAMENT Trips taken using the government’s seven private aeroplanes and helicopter cost, on average, close to half a million in 2012, a written reply to Parliament reveals.

Replying to Anthony Loke’s query (DAP-Seremban), Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Shahidan Kassim said that this includes RM14.95 million in fuel costs and RM160.08 million in maintenance costs.

Shahidan said that this was for 372 trips to 339 destinations for official business.

The aircraft, meant for use by VVIPs including the prime minister and the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, include a Falcon, Global Express, Boeing Business Jet, Blackhawk, two Augustas and a Fokker F28.

The Fokker has since been donated to the Royal Malaysian Air Force museum, Shahidan said.

“This (cost) does not include 2013, when we know that the prime minister travelled to many local destinations in the lead-up to and during the general election campaign.

“We know the aircraft cannot be used for party business but the BN seem to have no shame using government funds for party work,” Loke later told reporters at the Parliament lobby.

Loke also questioned the alleged misuse of these aircraft for “private holidays”.

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak reportedly used an Airbus A319-11x sporting the 1Malaysia symbol on its tail logo to fly to Perth allegedly for a family holiday in 2011.

The Airbus, which goes by the call sign NR1 – which is coincidentally the premier’s initials – is not listed among the seven aircraft.

Last month, another written reply in Parliament revealed that it cost taxpayers RM86.4 million to rent a jet for Najib for his official trips.

The written reply to Nga Kor Ming (DAP-Taiping) said that this was the cost to rent the PM’s private jet (pesawat VVIP kerajaan AJ319) from 2010 to 2012.

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Gov’t executive jets cost RM490k per flight
Aidila Razak
Nov 7, 2013 – Malaysiakini

22
Nov
13

Transformation…into spoiled brat throwing tantrum

Transformation Agenda: ‘Cakap Tak Serupa Bikin’
fz.com

Opinion
by Azril Annuar

WHEN he first took the helm of the country, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak embarked on a noble journey. He wanted to lead the nation on a journey to “transform” Malaysia and put us on the right track to Developed-High Income Nation status by 2020.

Then the 13th General Election happened. An election where Najib expected to reverse the results of the 12th General Election but Barisan Nasional (BN) ended up in a worse position than before, despite all the “politically correct” things that he did.

That’s when Najib’s Umno, started acting like the proverbial spoiled brat who was denied a new toy, began throwing a tantrum; a massive, drawn-out tantrum.

Suddenly Malaysia has an overzealous, ultra-Malay, fundamentalist home minister in the form of Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. The Prevention of Crime Act (PCA) was passed, resurrecting the ghosts of ISA and the EO.

And now, the media freedom that Najib boldly claim to have “greatly assisted Malaysia in achieving” during the launch of Malaysia’s Foreign Correspondence Club in 2011 and the safety-net granted under the Whistleblower Act is in question with amendments to the Penal Code and Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012 (SOSMA) which calls for punishing whistle blowing civil servants and phone tapping respectively.

Out of all the policy reversals, one can say that the abolishing of sugar subsidy tabled during the 2014 Budget at Parliament last week is the worse.

How can Najib say he is concerned for the bottom 60% of the Malaysian population (consisting mostly of the Malays that Umno “seemed” to be “championing”) when he takes away a 34 sen subsidy for a necessary item?

Add the six per cent (Goods and Services Tax) GST by April’s Fools Day on 2015, the poor; particularly the urban poor will suffer the most. One can’t help but wonder if Najib’s playing a prank on the entire nation, especially with the date that he has chosen to implement the GST.

It seemed that after he won the mandate with a less than stellar result (without the popular vote), his policies and ideals from the time before he gained the mandate of the voters are being reversed one by one.

What happened to the moderate leader that promised a better, moderate Malaysia?

Did he fail to rein in the ultra-Malay faction in Umno? Did he fail in his quest to “transform” Umno? Did he fall to the pressure of his ultra-Malay colleagues? Did he realise he cannot have a “united” Malaysia where the rakyat will vote BN and only BN?

Or perhaps, more realistically he just gave up trying to win the hearts of all Malaysians and finally decided to pander to the needs of his party members, and through Umno’s self-proclaimed point of view, the needs of the Malays?

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Transformation Agenda: ‘Cakap Tak Serupa Bikin’
Nov 03, 2013 – fz.com

22
Nov
13

Charge those responsible for issuing fake ICs

Opinion
by Dr Jeffery Kitingan

THE prime minister, home minister, National Registration Department (NRD) and police are complicit and as guilty as the foreigners who are holding the fake identity cards if they do not investigate further and charge the culprits behind the issuing the fake MyKads.

It is not mere coincidence or negligence or slipshod error of a single officer in the NRD that there are so many fake MyKads being discovered now.

Even more so when it involved people are employed as security guards who are supposed to assist in keeping the peace and security, not commit more crimes.

There should be a full and proper investigation (on the issue). Back-tracking is needed on the fake MyKads now seized from the on-going court cases.

There should be a long trail of evidence if proper forensic investigations are carried out. The evidence will eventually lead to the culprits responsible for the issuance of the fake MyKads.

For example, a native from Bingkor, Keningau in Sabah, whose identity card was used as a fake MyKad by a foreigner, the complainant had reported the loss of his IC and was given a replacement.

How was it possible for the MyKad to be issued or used by the foreigner who committed the heist at the goldsmith shop recently?

The authorities cannot and should not leave the matter hanging after they had charged and convicted those holding the fake MyKads because that is not the end of the story.

There is every reason to investigate further and get to the root of the problem unless there is an ulterior motive to protect the culprits. If not, the problem will continue recurring.

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Viewpoint: Charge those responsible for issuing fake ICs
Nov 02, 2013 – fz.com

21
Nov
13

It is a right, not a privilege

BLOG: It is a right, not a privilege, so what now?

Why was Malaysiakini’s application to publish a daily newspaper in English of 40,000 copies to be sold only in the Klang Valley rejected?

All Malaysiakini asked for was to publish a daily newspaper in English of 40,000 copies to be sold only in the Klang Valley. But this was not acceptable to the Home Ministry, which rejected its application in August 2010. Why? What was the Government afraid of?

Sure, as an online news website, Malaysiakini had distinguished itself as a provider of news that the mainstream media often hid from the public for fear of offending the Government, and it had won tremendous support from truth-starved Malaysians who wanted to get “the other side of the story”, the side that exposed the Government’s shenanigans and deceptions. But the number of copies it was asking for its print version was relatively low, and with its distribution restricted to the Klang Valley, where there is a concentration of supporters of the Opposition, the newspaper would be mostly preaching to the converted anyway.

Besides, it was entering a market in which English-language newspapers owned by ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties, like The Star and New Straits Times, were already long entrenched and wielding considerable influence on their readers.

In any case, the Home Ministry did not give any grounds for rejecting Malaysiakini’s application. But when Malaysiakini brought the case to the High Court for a judicial review, the Minister had to state his reasons in an affidavit.

The case was heard in October 2012. The Government’s lawyer submitted that the granting of a publication permit was a privilege, not a right. But the judge disagreed.

Justice Abang Iskandar Abang Hashim said freedom of expression was a right guaranteed in Article 10 of the Federal Constitution. And this right included the right to publish a newspaper. He ruled that the ministry’s decision was “improper and irrational”.

He also considered the minister’s reasons for rejecting Malaysiakini’s application as stated in his affidavit. One of them stupidly stated that it was because there were already a lot of newspapers in the market and Malaysiakini’s entry would affect their profit margin.

The judge rightly pointed out that there was nothing in the Printing Presses and Publications Act (PPPA) that gave the minister power to regulate the market.

But of course! How could it be the job of the Home Minister to ensure that the profit margin of newspaper companies would not be affected?

Was the minister particularly concerned in this case because the newspapers were owned by BN parties, afraid that Malaysiakini might provide competition and affect their sales and therefore their profits? However you look at it, there was no cause for him to be involved in that aspect.

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BLOG: It is a right, not a privilege, so what now?
By Kee Thuan Chye
01 Nov 2013 – news.malaysia.msn.com

20
Nov
13

Ex-top cop files suit against AG, ex-IGP and MACC

Six years ago today, former commercial crime investigation department director Ramli Yusuff was hauled to the Sessions Court in Kuala Lumpur on five charges, in which he was fully vindicated after a long and protracted battle.

Today he named attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail and 12 others in a RM128.5 million suit for malicious prosecution.

Ramli, 61, also named former inspector-general of police Musa Hassan, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, the Attorney-General’s Chambers head of prosecution Nordin Hassan, previously Anti-Corruption Agency prosecution chief, several MACC officers, the police and government as defendants.

The former top cop’s legal action stems from the acquittals he secured in Kuala Lumpur and Sabah and after the government failed to restore his various rights and privileges as a top government official. Ramli (right) was ranked number 3 in the police force when he was arrested.

According to Ramli, he had informed the government that he intended to begin legal actions much earlier but was advised by a top government official not to do it before the May general election.

However after the nationwide polls, and when his various rights and privileges were not reinstated, Ramli unleashed a slew of legal actions.

In July, he filed suits against several media groups for defamation, and followed by today’s suit filed at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

The law suit touches on a number of cases which Ramli was involved in over the past decade – from Anwar Ibrahim’s black-eye incident, the RM27 million cop allegation, to the ‘Copgate affair’.

Ramli claimed his relationship with Abdul Gani soured in 2006 after he met then prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and recommended that former MAS chairperson Tajudin Ramli be charged following severe losses suffered by the company.

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Ex-top cop files suit against AG, ex-IGP and MACC
Hafiz Yatim
Nov 1, 2013 – Malaysiakini




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We cannot afford ridiculously expensive RM55 Billion ECRL!
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?

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