Archive for November, 2015

30
Nov
15

1MDB, Umno leaders to blame for falling support, says Muhyiddin

Malay support for Umno has fallen to 30%, and Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin blamed this on the party’s leadership and the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.

Malaysiakini reported the Umno deputy president as saying that the community’s support for the Malay ruling party usually hovered above 50%, based on a Merdeka Center survey.

“However of late it has dwindled to 30%.

“Similarly, the (percentage of) people satisfied with the present economic situation is only at 17% and there are 78% who are not satisfied with the present state.

“The level of Chinese support for the government has also dwindled from 13% in the last general election to only 5% at present.

“This is the reality facing Umno as a result of the present leadership, due to 1MDB. And if not corrected, within two years, Umno may lose,” Muhyiddin was quoted as saying yesterday at the Pagoh division gathering to show support for him.

The Pagoh MP reportedly expressed hope the party’s leadership would not ignore the survey, since it represented the sentiments of the public.

Muhyiddin added that the dwindling support for the party was what pushed him to raise his concerns over 1MDB to Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

“My actions were to try and rectify the situation and remedy the party.

“You (Najib) are the responsible person who created this problem. How long should I remain silent on this?” he was quoted as saying.

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1MDB, Umno leaders to blame for falling support, says Muhyiddin
30 November 2015 – TMI

29
Nov
15

“The most democratic party in Malaysia” bars deputy president from speaking!

If 3 million Umno members backing Najib, why bar Muhyiddin from speaking, ask grassroots

Barring Umno deputy president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin from speaking at the party’s annual general assembly contradicts claims by president Datuk Seri Najib Razak that the party’s three million members are behind him, say grassroots leaders.

They said that if Najib was confident of the party’s support, then he should not be worried about what Muhyiddin might say when he opens the Youth, Wanita and Puteri assemblies.

Some leaders said Najib’s predecessor, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, described as intolerant of criticism, had allowed his feuding deputy Tun Musa Hitam to open the wing’s assemblies.

“What the public and Umno are seeing is that Datuk Seri Najib fears his own shadow,” said former Hulu Selangor Umno Youth division official Mohamad Faizal Abdul.

“He is doing all he can to save himself and his post to the point that he is making decisions which are irrational and against the mainstream.

“Najib is so desperate now and I am disappointed that Muhyiddin is barred from opening the wings’ assemblies.”

On November 25, Umno’s Supreme Council decided that for the first time in nearly three decades, its deputy would not deliver the opening address to launch the assemblies of all three wings.

Observers believe the decision is related to the ongoing feud between Muhyiddin and Najib after the former was removed from the Cabinet in July.

Najib sacked Muhyiddin over the latter’s criticism of Putrajaya’s handling of the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.

Although the Supreme Council said the decision had been at the request of the wings’ members, many of Najib’s critics in the party said it was done to silence Muhyiddin.

“What is there to be afraid of? Are not three million Umno members behind the president?” asked Kota Raja Umno division vice-chief Mohd Hamidi Abu Bakar.

As party members began to speak up against him, Najib said in August he had the support of three million members and that he would not step down.

Hamidi said barring Muhyiddin was against the party’s tradition and it was a sign of disrespect to the members who voted him in.

“It’s not a wise decision. We also want to hear the advice of the deputy president whom we legitimately chose.”

Sepang Umno division grassroots leader Rushdan Mohamed said it was an extraordinary decision which has never occurred in the party’s history.

Rushdan said even Dr Mahahtir had allowed Musa to open the wings’ assemblies when the two clashed while in office in the early 1980s.

“I really don’t agree (with the decision). Democracy is being destroyed in Umno,” said Rushdan, who is Rista Villa Perdana branch chief.

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If 3 million Umno members backing Najib, why bar Muhyiddin from speaking, ask grassroots
28 November 2015 -TMI

28
Nov
15

Malaysia’s 1MDB Decoded – WSJ

Malaysia’s 1MDB Decoded
How Millions Went Missing

A Malaysian government investment fund is embroiled in a corruption scandal that is roiling an important U.S. ally. Government investigators say nearly $700 million was deposited into Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s bank account. More money is believed missing. The fund, 1Malaysia Development Bhd., is under investigation in at least five countries. Mr. Najib and 1MDB have denied wrongdoing and say they are cooperating with investigators.

1MDB’s Controversial Transactions

Following the 1MDB money trail is confusing and complicated. Investigators are focusing on these transactions as they try to untangle the 1MDB scandal. The Wall Street Journal explains.

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Malaysia’s 1MDB Decoded
How Millions Went Missing

27
Nov
15

STOP the persecution of Nurul Izzah

Umno’s imaginary mountain

The persecution of Nurul Izzah is probably motivated by nothing more than BN’s need to reduce the opposition’s effectiveness in Parliament.

COMMENT

Sometimes something happens that makes a tired old cliché come to life again. It’s hard to find a more appropriate expression than “making a mountain out of a molehill” to describe the stoking of the firestorm now surrounding Nurul Izzah, MP for Pantai Dalam and daughter to the iconic opposition figure, Anwar Ibrahim.

Since the emergence of pictures of Nurul alongside the daughter of the self-proclaimed Sultan of Sulu, Umno has gleefully accused her of a litany of heinous crimes, including even treason.

The Sultan, Jamalul Kiram III, has been dead for two years. But in February 2013, he ordered an invasion of Sabah, which his family considers to be part of the Sulu Sultanate. Malaysia sees the family as a band of terrorists, and rightly so. Lahad Datu still bears the scars of the failed invasion. Jamalul’s daughter, by her words on social media, has made it clear that she shares the views that her late father held on Sabah, and there is no telling if she or someone else from her family will order a repeat of the invasion.

But what of Nurul then? Ministers in the Prime Minister’s Department are now demanding that she be referred to the Rights and Privileges Committee on the grounds that she violated her oath of loyalty to Malaysia upon being elected to Parliament. If the motion is passed, she stands to be suspended from Parliament, joining Lim Kit Siang on the list of opposition representatives benched from Parliament, effectively weakening the ability of the opposition to debate and vote.

As we discussed in a previous article, Nurul has said that Jacel, Jamalul’s daughter, was one of 15 guests invited to a dinner she attended, and photos were taken with everybody that night. If she’s guilty of anything, it’s the crime of ignorance as to who Jacel is. And to be honest, no one knew who Jacel was until she posted the picture of herself with Nurul.

If ignorance is indeed such a terrible crime, perhaps we should refer Najib to the Rights and Privileges Committee for his misguided advice some years ago to Umno members to be as brave as the fighters of the Islamic State terrorist organisation.

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Umno’s imaginary mountain
Scott Ng
November 26, 2015

26
Nov
15

Malaysia’s troubled state

Malaysia’s troubled state – Meredith Weiss

Malaysia is currently in crisis; the ringgit seems to be on an inexorable downhill slide, ethnic tensions have deteriorated from an uncomfortable simmer to an open flame, and both the government and opposition coalitions are unravelling.

Malaysian politics and society have hit rough patches before. Umno fractures about once a decade, opposition parties fall in and out of love like teenagers, and cyclical economic downturns summon forth the usual host of scapegoats and bogeys.

But this round is different: the pathology runs deep and wide, with no easy remedy.

Even describing the current crisis is difficult. We have, essentially, two cancers that feed off each other in subtle ways: one centred around race and religion; the other around economics and corruption.

Magnifying both is a dearth of central leadership or direction, in a polity accustomed to strong-armed rule.

What should be a fairly straightforward matter of investigating the heavy debts of a government investment body and some clearly questionable ‘campaign donations’ has transformed into a contest about the very ideology of the state.

First, there is a precarious economic environment for a substantial share of Malaysians. Its component parts include environmental disasters such as the 2014 floods on the east coast that left thousands destitute and with no ready means of recouping homes and livelihoods.

Costs of housing and other necessities are rising, especially for the ever-growing urban majority.

There is persistent unemployment and underemployment, particularly for university graduates, as well as obvious and increasing intra-ethnic inequality of wealth and income.

And there is the introduction of a new goods and services tax that hits the poor especially hard, while the ringgit plumbs depths not seen since the Asian financial crisis.

Compounding endemic economic discomfort, though, were revelations earlier in 2015 of apparent mismanagement, extravagant debts and election bankrolling on the part of government investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Approximately US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) was revealed to have been deposited into Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s personal accounts before the last election.

After bluster and threats, Najib’s spokespeople admitted to the deposits, but insisted they came not from 1MDB as media speculated, but from Middle Eastern supporters of the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition.

On the socio-political side, racial and religious tensions have been ratcheting up since at least the 2013 elections.

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Malaysia’s troubled state – Meredith Weiss
11 November 2015 – TMI

25
Nov
15

Another wasteful trip for second space tourist?

Why the need for a second astronaut programme now?

QUICK TAKE: Timing and priority is never our government’s forte.

Here’s an example to prove this point – the government intends to send a second astronaut to the International Space Station to conduct scientific research by next year-end.

According to Science, Technology and Innovation Deputy Minister Dr Abu Bakar Mohamad Diah, a proposal to that effect would be submitted to the government soon.

“We are currently working out the details through meetings, discussions and consultations with scientists and academics.

“We need to justify what the second programme is, based on the success of the first astronaut programme. So, it means that the mission should be different,” he said.

According to Abu Bakar, the second mission would also be fully funded by the Malaysian Government, unlike the first one, which was offset by the Russian Government.

Wow, what an ill-timed announcement.

The average Malaysian is struggling to get by every day amid the smothering cost of living, and the continuous taxes imposed by the government.

The prices of everything – from food items to toll, petrol, and public transportation fees, are increasing, and the rakyat – some of whom are already being retrenched by their employers in the poor performing economy, are made to shoulder the burden.

The government itself is not doing any better.

The ringgit is a constant poor performer, our reserves are at an all-time low, and the administration is being plagued by myriad scandals involving billions of ringgit.

Why the heck do we need to send another man, or woman, into space, now?

What the heck has the first astronaut programme back in 2007, achieved?

The programme, partly offset by our purchase of Sukhoi jets from the Russians, cost more than RM100 million.

How much is this second programme going to cost, since it is going to be fully borne by taxpayers?

Did the government ever make public the “achievements” of our first astronaut, Sheik Muszaphar Shukor, while in space?

One can remember that he successfully proved that rendang can be consumed in space, but that’s about it.

What are we going to prove next?

That you can make teh tarik and roti canai in space, while flying the Jalur Gemilang?

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8 Nov 2015 – Ant Daily
Why the need for a second astronaut programme now?

24
Nov
15

No honour, accountability or pride. Only self-preservation.

Dr M: Poor Malaysia. No honour, accountability or pride.

Eight prominent people, including Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, told the media on Wednesday that “the country was not facing a financial crisis”.

KUALA LUMPUR: If everything is fine in Malaysia, as the newspapers reported on Wednesday, former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad wants to know why there’s a need to arrest people for “sabotaging” the banking and financial systems in the country. “If they have sabotaged the banking and financial systems in Malaysia, surely they would not be fine,” he pointed out in his latest blog posting. “They would be dysfunctional.”

He was commenting on eight prominent people, including Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, telling the media on Wednesday that “the country was not facing a financial crisis and it’s not going to go into financial crisis”.

But is it true that everything is hunky-dory, that everything is fine? asked Mahathir. “It can’t be!”

“The banks and the financial system may be fine, but there are other indicators to show that the economy was not fine.”

The ringgit was down at USD1 to RM4.30, he reminded the “optimists”. “That’s a big drop in value and it’s bound to affect the import business and loans in USD.”

He noted that the stock market was also down with a big loss in market capitalization. “Again this would not be good for the economy.”

The economic growth is lagging behind those of Indonesia and the Philippines, he pointed out. “This is not normal. We use to leave them far behind us.”

Everyone complains of increases in the cost of living, said Mahathir. “The toll rates are up, rice prices are up, there’s GST, cost of production and services, transport, wages for servants, unemployment of graduates etc. etc are all high, reducing the purchasing power of everyone.”

There is a loss of confidence in the government precipitated by the 1MDB scandal, he continued. “There’s an inability to service debts, even as there’s disappearance of money, and cash turns up in the private accounts of the Prime Minister and subsequently disappears, there’s an inability to explain USD100 million, the Budget 2016 monetary gifts, shrinking national resources, the questionable use of EPF monies and KWAP funds, and hardly any Foreign Direct Investments.:”

So, all cannot be well, stressed Mahathir. “Who is responsible? “

“It cannot be some nonentity!”

It must be the people who manage the economy, who manage the country, the people with power and influence and whose words and deeds can affect the economy, said Mahathir.

In many countries, he said, leaders resign when they fail, when their policies fail, when their cures fail. “They also resign when some catastrophe assails their country, recent examples being Australia and Romania.”

“Of course, they also resign when they do badly in elections.”

However, that doesn’t happen in Malaysia. They find other reasons, find scapegoats, and blame the climate or whatever. “Poor Malaysia,” said Mahathir. “No honour. No accountability. No pride. There’s only self-preservation.”

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Dr M: Poor Malaysia. No honour, accountability or pride.
November 6, 2015 – FMT

23
Nov
15

‘Wake up early to avoid toll’ advice is idiocy at its best

QUICK TAKE: If I had a ringgit every time a politician spouted nonsense in light of complaints by the rakyat on price hikes, I would be a millionaire.

Just when we were thinking we have heard it all, comes along Housing and Local Government Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan to prove us wrong.

Rahman wants those with issues paying increased toll rates to wake up earlier to get to work, so that they can use alternative toll-free routes.

News reports quoted him as saying that “wherever there are tolls, there are alternative routes. So you can just avoid tolls, just that you would have to brave traffic.

“It’s about trading off,” Rahman told reporters recently.

According to him, the government had no choice but to let concessionaires raise the rates as there has not been an increase for some time.

Wow, what an ingenious plan from a genius of a minister.

Rahman’s gem is the latest to join statements spouted by his former and current Cabinet colleagues, most of which are worthy to be listed on the “hall of shame.”

We have had heard things like “plant your own vegetables” if you can’t cope with the hike in vegetable prices. Also, “don’t eat chicken if you can’t afford it.”

We have also heard stuff like “go live on the moon” if you are unhappy with the government.”

It is always the people, the very voters who put these insensitive politicians in office, who are forced to bear the brunt of price hikes, and then “advised” to take ridiculous measures to cope.

It is never about the government understanding the rakyat’s plight and not imposing price hikes and smothering taxes.

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05 Nov 2015 – Ant Daily
‘Wake up early to avoid toll’ advice is idiocy at its best

22
Nov
15

Malaysian government a sick joke

COMMENT | While Malaysia is embroiled in controversy over 1MDB, the tiny Pacific nation of Vanuatu is showing the world it is walking the talk against corruption with a dramatic judicial blow to its corrupt political leaders.

It is in stark contrast in terms of concrete results to what is taking place in Malaysia. It begs the question, ‘How serious is Malaysia in tackling its problem of endemic and high-level corruption?’

When instead a government cracks down on whistleblowers and civil activists and clamps down on opposition politicians who are often the vanguard in the war on corruption – it is indeed baffling – and raises the criticisms and suspicions there is something to hide and someone to protect.

It is a criminal act against the rule of law and an abuse of power to punish those who expose corruption. It turns law enforcement upside down and results in legal anarchy.

The charging of Bersih 4 leader Maria Chin Abdullah is an illustration of the problem. The innocent become political victims when lawful acts of patriotism are deemed crimes when they are spuriously charged with various offences and double standards are applied.

Allegations of wrongdoings rot the fish from tail to head and leave an odious stench in a country’s governance. Unresolved and unconvicted cases of flagrant corruption weaken a country’s administration and give rise to more incidences of corruption.

Yet in Malaysia convictions of big fish despite a boost in anti -corruption government funding are rare. The recent jailing of former Selangor menteri besar Khir Toyo for corruption is proof there are corrupt activities at the top, something that is public knowledge. But so far while high profile former government leaders are sometimes charged, convictions are rare.

Thus in the Malaysian ‘political soap opera’, the incumbent government grapples with its receding credibility and PM Najib Abdul Razak, the star attraction in the 1MDB drama desperately clings to power while his former boss, Dr Mahathir Mohamad tries equally hard to unstage him and constantly harps on his wrongdoings, with justifiable reasons.

If the government is sincere in its political rhetoric against corruption it must prove beyond doubt that no one is above the law and that it will turn on its own to either convict or clear a leader from the taint of wrongdoings.

That has been the Vanuatu lesson to the world, and importantly and relevantly, Malaysia. But that may be a hard ask in Malaysia unless you have a leader of the calibre of Singapore’s late Lee Kuan Yew, who would tolerate no hint of corruption in his government.

Malaysia’s record in its efforts to stem corruption is unimpressive.

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Malaysian government a sick joke
5/11/15 – malaysiakini

21
Nov
15

20 Umno branches call for Najib’s resignation

Branch heads say it is the only way to save the party from further ruin.

KAJANG: Around 20 Umno branches in Sepang have called for Najib Razak to resign as prime minister and party president due to their loss of confidence in his leadership.

They said they had made the call due to Najib’s failure in addressing national issues, specifically that of 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

They also urged that the prime minister be replaced by the current Umno deputy president according to seniority, or for party elections to be held instead.

“The 1MDB issue has turned cancerous and weakened Umno, and if it is left to fester, it will debilitate Umno which is already susceptible to the Opposition’s slander. 1MDB has turned into something that can be used to topple the party.

“This is disappointing, we do not want Umno to be turned into Najib’s private party. We hope the issue can be resolved before Umno is rejected in the future,” said its spokesperson Rushdan Mohamed, who is also the Rista Villa Perdana branch head.

Among the branches present during the press conference yesterday were Kampung Meranti, Rista Villa Perdana, Admiral, Taman Desa Dengkil, Dengkil Pekan, Pinggiran Cyber, Kampung Sungai Rasau, Kampung Limau Manis, Semarang, Boundry Permai, while other branches were also present, but did not agree with the resignation call.

Rushdan explained further that as Malaysians, they were embarrassed to have a prime minister who had become the target of ridicule by the international community.

He said that if Najib refused to resign, Umno and Barisan Nasional would lose more Malay votes in the next general election.

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20 Umno branches call for Najib’s resignation
November 18, 2015 – FMT





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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?

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