Archive for September, 2017


Report: PAS may lose Kelantan in GE14

Report: PAS may lose Kelantan in GE14

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 29 ― After almost three decades of governing Kelantan, PAS may be voted out in the next general elections due to poor economic conditions in the state, a report said.

Singapore daily, the Straits Times (ST) noted that though the state capital Kota Baru enjoys good business, much of rural Kelantan, where agriculture is the mainstay, remains neglected. It quoted residents who said much of the rural local economy is propped up by remittances from Kelantanese working in Kuala Lumpur and Singapore.

“It used to be different here and we looked down on the other (states),” chicken supplier Mohd Sakri Husain, who lives in Renok Baru located 180km from Kota Baru, told ST.

“Now our economy is weak and young people have to leave Kelantan to look for work.”

ST reported estimates from polling houses that said at least 15 per cent of Kelantan voters are workers based outside the state.

Aside from abandoned wooden houses on stilts along Kelantan’s main trunk road and vacant new shop lots, ST reported that some infrastructure have yet to be rebuilt after the state’s worst floods in history in 2014 and many residents who lost their homes have yet to receive any assistance from the state government.

“I do not care very much about politics because I have to put food on the table. But I know which party I would not vote for,” restaurant helper Rozilawati Ibrahim told ST.

Tumpat MP Datuk Kamarudin Jaafar reportedly expressed concerns about three-cornered fights in Kelantan and also the rest of the country.

“Unless the Opposition can come to some agreement on seat-sharing and avoid three-cornered fights, PAS will likely lose Kelantan and the Opposition could face trouble in the rest of the country,” the PKR leader was quoted saying.

The newspaper noted that even though PAS currently dominates the state legislative assembly by controlling 31 of the 45 seats, more than half of the 45 seats were won by narrow majorities in the 13th general elections that had seen straight fights between Umno and the federal Opposition.

Report: PAS may lose Kelantan in GE14
September 29, 2017 – MMO


BANK Negara imposed fine of RM115.8 million on 1MDB, how about individuals responsible?

How about fining those responsible for 1MDB scandal, Pakatan asks Bank Negara

BANK Negara Malaysia should also pursue individuals involved in the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal instead of just imposing an RM115.8 million fine against the state investor, said Pakatan Harapan.

PH president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail was referring to the central bank’s disclosure yesterday of the “record” fine imposed on 1MDB under Article 234 (3b) of the Financial Services Act 2013.

She said the act also empowers BNM to impose a penalty against the director, senior management and any individual responsible for the management of 1MDB.

“For now, BNM only applied Article 234(3)(b) to impose a fine of RM115.8 million on 1MDB and those involved.

“If BNM fined 1MDB as a corporate body, it should also invoke Article 234(5) against individuals responsible for breaches of the law.

“I urge BNM to protect the integrity of the central bank as an institution that would prevent the same scandal from resurfacing in the future,” she said a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya.

PH will lodge a police report next week to enable BNM to investigate Prime Minister Najib Razak as the advisory chairman of 1MDB, its board of directors and also the senior management under Clause 234(5).

Dr Wan Azizah said BNM’s decision to fine 1MDB RM115.8 million also penalises Malaysians as they are the ones who have to bear the state investor’s debts.

How about fining those responsible for 1MDB scandal, Pakatan asks Bank Negara
27 Sep 2017 – TMI


Pakatan Harapan will win battle for Selangor in GE14

Ong: PH will win battle for Selangor in GE14

Serdang MP Ong Kian Ming says well-informed voters in richest state will follow trend of rewarding the government which has delivered on its promises.

PETALING JAYA: DAP election strategist Ong Kian Ming has no doubt that voters in Selangor will go with the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition in the next general election (GE14).

Recognising all the efforts by the Barisan Nasional (BN) to win back the state owing to its importance, particularly to several mega projects under the federal government, Ong said it will all come to naught.

“Many big-ticket infrastructure projects such as the East Coast Rail Line (ECRL), the High Speed Rail (HSR), the LRT and MRT projects, water projects and new toll roads, require the approval of the Selangor state government.

“Having a well-governed Pakatan Harapan (PH) state government on the doorstep of Putrajaya is also a headache for the BN because voters can compare and contrast the performance of the Selangor state government with other BN state governments as well as the Federal Government,” Ong said in a statement.

Ong, who is Serdang MP, summarised the simple rationale for his argument on why BN is expected to fail in Selangor.

“There is nothing in BN’s track record and leadership which indicates that voters in Selangor will reward it in GE14 especially when the best the BN can do is to parade out a line-up of three ex-menteris besar, one of whom was convicted of corruption and another who was found carrying a suitcase full of cash to Australia.

“The track record of the Selangor state government, while not perfect, has been positively felt by the voters in the state through many of the welfare programmes under the ‘Inisiatif Peduli Rakyat’ umbrella including free medical cards for low income families and individuals and free buses in each of the districts/municipalities in the state,” he said, adding that investments and jobs continue to pour into Selangor.

The higher access to information on alternative media and social media, and better education and income profiles will also contribute to voters going with PH, according to Ong.

On the basis of past performances and the voter track record in the state, Ong said Selangor recorded the most drastic change in voting patterns from general election to general election.

He attributed this volatile voting pattern down to the fact that Selangor voters are well informed.

Ong: PH will win battle for Selangor in GE14
September 26, 2017 – FMT


PM’s ‘father of Indian development’ label just hot air, say Indian leaders

PM’s ‘father of Indian development’ label just hot air, say Indian leaders

PRIME Minister Najib Razak’s “father of Indian community development” remark at the MIC annual general meeting this morning only works on MIC members, say Indian leaders.

“He can say that in front of MIC members and they will believe him, but go and try to make the same speech in front of the general Indian community. He will not be so confident.

“When he held many important posts in the government prior to becoming the prime minister, what has he done for the Indians? Basically nothing.

“Even the Malaysian Indian Blueprint (MIB) was merely a paper that holds no weight as it is not policy,” said Malaysian Indian group Rapat’s president, A. Rajaretinam.

The MIB was launched in April to empower the Indian community in Malaysia.

It included an allocation of RM500 million by Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB) for the Bottom 40 (B40) group within the Indian community, and a special clearance system to grant citizenship to Indians who resided or were born in Malaya before 1957.

“The blueprint was not endorsed in Parliament. The funds given can be cut anytime if the government does not have the money to execute the plan. To me, it is just a piece of paper,” he said, adding that the MIB was just to fish for votes.

“But MIC no longer appeals to the Indian community, not after 2007. 2008 and until now, their voting patterns have changed,” said Rajaretinam.

Meanwhile, Hindraf chairman P. Waytha Moorthy called Najib’s claim laughable.

“He is probably the father of kleptocracy and the reason why there are mini napoleons within the MIC leadership to continue to plunder the community further,” said Waytha Moorthy.

He said, after the 2008 General Elections, Najib as then deputy prime minister chaired the newly established Cabinet Committee on Indian Concerns.

Then, when he became the prime minister, he formed the Special Implementation Taskforce (SITF) in 2010.

“The prime minister is well known for planning and creating new units, but there is always no implementation, or it is handed down to the same old guards who have been looting the Indian community for the last 60 years.

“Furthermore, all these units are ad hoc in nature and have no formal standing or binding with the planning department of the government, even though they are under the Prime Minister’s Department,” Waytha Moorthy added.

He said Hindraf had previously forged an alliance with the government for the Indian community but left 8 months later after it realised that the ruling party had gone back to its old antics.

Waytha Moorthy also said that the MIB was practically a watered down Hindraf blueprint, revived to hoodwink the Indian community.

“After almost 10 years since Najib started, we are back to square one without any permanent long term solution for the Indian community to be on par with national development,” he said, adding that the MIB only offered piecemeal solutions without addressing core issues.

Klang MP Charles Santiago said Malaysians need a prime minister who strives for the development of all Malaysians and creates opportunities for all his citizens, not just Indians.

PM’s ‘father of Indian development’ label just hot air, say Indian leaders
24 Sep 2017 – TMI


Is PM Najib Cracking Up?

Is PM Najib Cracking Up? Koon Yew Yin

During the past week, Prime Minister Najib may have just single-handedly lost the coming 14th general election for UMNO and Barisan Nasional.

This is due to three crucial errors that he made in this short space of time.

Shaking Trump’s Hand

Firstly, there was his much ballyhooed trip to the US to meet with President Trump. Despite our ever ready to angkat and ampu (flatter) national mass media trying to put a positive spin on it, the visit was a public relations disaster.

He went to show the world and Malaysia that Trump is his good friend. He was probably hoping to get a lot of election mileage with photos of him shaking Trump’s hand or standing by his side amidst glowing reports of how Malaysia is now a respected nation.

To ensure a good response from the United States and Trump, he also went with lots of cash to spend. This is very typical UMNO and Barisan strategy to win support. Take out the cheque book and goodies and throw them at the target group. We have seen it so many times in our national politics.

But this strategy does not work in the US. Money does not buy approval so easily there.

Instead of giving the Malaysian PM due respect and face, most of the major newspapers either ignored his visit or in the case of some of the most respected ones – Washington Post, New York Times and Wall Street Journal – wrote nasty pieces about our scandal-ridden leader.

Najib actually received such a blasting that it is difficult to see how he can ever dare to hold an international press conference with no-holds barred questioning by foreign journalists.

Killing Off MCA and UMNO

The second mistake was his performance at the recent Malaysian Chinese Patriotic Rally organized by the MCA to curry favour with Najib and UMNO.

According to reports, in his speech the Prime Minister noted that his was a “moderate government” and “committed to the peace and harmony” and “mutual respect”. That’s arguable but few will lose their cool over this claim.

But his further remark must win the prize for political insensitivity if not idiocy.

The PM emphasized that “If there is no peace in our country, what will happen? The Chinese will be the first to be targeted if there is no peace in this country.”

Now what exactly was the point that the PM was trying to make if this statement on the Chinese being the first to be targeted in the event of a breakdown of peace was not meant as a crude threat to the Chinese audience in the rally and nation-wide.

Of course, everyone knows that the Chinese, Indian and foreign businesses are the first targets of religious and racial extremists in the country. This has been the case since May 1969 and continues to be the case even today, after nearly 50 years of UMNO and BN rule.

But surely this point needs clarification.

What the PM should be saying is that although the Chinese are the first to be targeted, in fact it is all Malaysians and residents – including Malays – who are the targets and victims of racial and religious terrorists.

It is not just the Chinese alone who will suffer from the absence of peace, Mr. Prime Minister and MCA.

Was it a slip of the tongue by the PM or was it his intention to frighten the Chinese in the country to vote for the MCA and BN?

Whatever it was, it was a stupid turn of phrase and it will turn the average Chinese voter, and other voters, against the BN.

The Return of Super Frog, Mat Talib

The third error is probably the most serious of the lot. This was the story or fake news on the dissolution of parliament which was rumoured to be the reason for his special press conference at UMNO HQ, Putra World Trade Center.

All UMNO supreme council members and other UMNO big guns were asked to drop whatever they were involved with to turn up for this meeting.

Another rumour which also went viral was that he was to announce the crossover of Selangor ADUN to the Barisan side, thus topping the Harapan state government under MB Azmin Ali.

What was actually announced – the return of super frog, Mat Talib, aka Mike Tyson to UMNO – was not just an anti climax.

What prompted the PM to provide so much importance to one of the most notorious politicians whose alleged money laundering and other scandals has been the subject of coffee shop talk for many years is a complete mystery. Whatever the reason, it has made Najib a laughing stock even within UMNO.

Is PM Najib Cracking Up? Koon Yew Yin
Author: Koon Yew Yin
19 Sep 2017


Where’s the money, Felda settlers ask government

Where’s the money, Felda settlers ask government

TWO months after being told of a windfall from the government, Felda settlers are sceptical that they will see any of the incentives Prime Minister Najib Razak had promised them.

This cynicism, most of which comes from second-generation settlers, will impact the government’s ability to woo this crucial voting bloc, which has traditionally sided with the Barisan Nasional ruling coalition.

Felda settlements in the nationwide land-development scheme are spread out in 54 parliamentary seats.

In late July, as part of Felda Day celebrations, Najib pledged that each of the 94,956 settler families will get a RM5,000 bonus to be paid out by the end of August.

“But we are nearing the end of September and have not seen a sen of that money,” said Mohamad Tarmizi, of Felda Jengka 10, in Jengka, Pahang.

“The mock cheques have been delivered to our settlements. But we have yet to see the money,” said the 39-year-old.

Another second-generation settler, Andak Ahmad said he and his friends are used to being disappointed by the government.

“We will just wait and see. We are not hoping for anything because we have had bad experiences with these types of promises,” he said when met on the sidelines of opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan’s ceramah, ‘Malam Semarak Kasih Felda’, in Jengka last night.

The PH ceramah is the coalition’s latest attempt to get the Felda vote, and also the first ceramah after Najib announced the incentive package.

The RM5,000 bonus, which was said to total RM474.78 million, was announced alongside various schemes to write off the settlers’ debts.

An RM300 million grant was also provided to write off loans that settlers took to replant their holdings.

But even some first-generation settlers, who are among BN’s most loyal supporters, are not banking on these promises.

“We haven’t seen any of the RM5,000. So I don’t care about the incentives,” said Jali Sulong of Felda Jengka 12.

The 66-year-old believes Najib’s announcement was a big election ploy and he questioned whether the government really serious about erasing some of their debts.

Where’s the money, Felda settlers ask government
20 Sep 2017 – TMI


MAS – Here they go again over-spending to purchase more planes

It’s ‘back to square one’, says Nufam of new plane orders

National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia says Malaysia Airlines is going on a shopping spree although staff are struggling with a shortage of manpower.

PETALING JAYA: The National Union of Flight Attendants Malaysia (Nufam) fears that Malaysia Airlines’ plan to purchase additional passenger aircraft will lead to more financial problems as the company may not be able to keep up with its overhead expenses.

“Buying new planes does not guarantee the airline will succeed if their financial overheads are deemed unmanageable,” its secretary-general Mohd Akram said in a statement today.

“More planes mean new routes and more workers … This is like going back to square one where MAS was claimed to be over-bloated with workers. The airline had to lay off 6,000 workers two years ago.

“It’s just less than three years after this retrenchment and here they go again over-spending to purchase more planes,” he said, adding that thousands of employees had suffered due to the company’s financial problems and alleged mismanagement.

He said Malaysia Airlines’ workers were complaining about a shortage of manpower, although there had been an increment in their salaries and allowances over the last three years, but the airline was now going on a “shopping spree” to buy new planes.

He urged Prime Minister Najib Razak to meet the staff themselves instead of getting just one side of the story. “The government needs to hear out the problems of the workers too and not just hastily do what they think is good,” he said.

He also questioned if Malaysia Airlines was already making profits after the government injected RM6 billion into the company.

On Sept 12, Najib told US president Donald Trump during their meeting at the White House that Malaysia Airlines would purchase 25 Boeing 737 jets and eight of the Seattle-based firm’s 787 Dreamliners, with another 25 737s slated for purchase in the near future.

Najib said the deal would be worth more than US$10 billion (RM41.9 billion) in five years.

Akram however, asked where the planes would fly to as the union had not heard of any new destinations or routes for the airline.

It’s ‘back to square one’, says Nufam of new plane orders
September 18, 2017 – FMT


Return of former Selangor MB to Umno is a non-event

Umno needs much more than Mat Taib to wrest Selangor back, analysts say

THE return of former Selangor Menteri Besar Muhammad Muhammad Taib to Umno is a non-event, political analysts say after a much-hyped media conference to announce his comeback by Umno president Najib Razak.

Pollster Merdeka Centre director Ibrahim Suffian said there was nothing much to say about it.

He does not even think Muhammad’s return would brighten Umno’s chances in winning back Selangor, which has been under opposition control since 2008.

“Umno will have to do much more than that. A hell of a lot more than that,” he told The Malaysian Insight today.

Muhammad, 72, was menteri besar from 1986 to 1997. He joined PAS in April 2013, just two days before the 13th general election.

He was quoted as saying previously that “PAS is the only party that can lead Malaysia towards Islam”. But he quit the Islamist party in September 2015 and joined PKR.

A veteran’s return is nothing exciting

Ilham Centre chief executive Hisomuddin Bakar echoed Ibrahim’s view, saying that Muhammad’s return was not “a much-awaited surprise”.

He concurred that Muhammad’s return was a tactical move to attack opposition-held Selangor but could not see how the veteran politician could make an impact that would compromise the stability of the state.

“There is no exciting element here because the person has been off the political radar for a long time. His Umno comeback is not expected to give Selangor Umno a new boost. He is merely a veteran.

“Using political personalities who have gone in and out of the party is an old strategy to make the party look like it is getting stronger and their rival turning weaker,” he said. He, however, added that this was an indication that the next general election was getting closer.

And like Ibrahim, Hisomuddin believed the return of a party veteran would not be enough to help Umno.

“What Selangor Umno needs is a line-up of young leaders and personalities who are convincing and capable of taking over the state government,” he said.

He also pointed out that Muhammad had changed parties several times, and this was a yardstick that measured a person’s true integrity.

“Returning to Umno does not mean he will give the party extra strength at the state or national level,” he said.

Umno needs much more than Mat Taib to wrest Selangor back, analysts say
17 Sep 2017 – TMI


US court stays 1MDB civil suits to avoid jeopardising criminal probe

US court stays 1MDB civil suits
September 14, 2017 –


Najib-Trump meet masterstroke or master joke?

Najib-Trump meet masterstroke or master joke?

MP SPEAKS | Just as there is a saying about “the face that launched a thousand ships”, I would not be surprised if there is a saying about “the 5 minute 58 second exchange in the White House that launched a thousand jokes”.

The Trump-Najib meeting at the White House on Sept 12 was choreographed as a “master propaganda stroke” to position Prime Minister Najib Razak in an unassailable position in the run-up to the 14th GE.

It was to knock out the adverse publicity hounding and haunting Najib as a result of the US Department of Justice’s (DOJ) largest kleptocratic action ever to forfeit US$1.7 billion of 1MDB-linked assets, and coupled with the “go for the jugular” propaganda offensive blaming the opposition of using the 1MDB issue to undermine investor confidence in the Malaysian economy, it was to place Najib in the elevated and unbeatable position of a world-respected Malaysian leader facing unreasonable attacks by unpatriotic Malaysians.

But within 24 hours, the two-prong propaganda offensive of the Najib strategic communications team came apart, for it was so artificial and lacking in candour and truth that it is not sustainable, and the top-heavy propaganda artifice erected by Najib’s highly-paid media foreign consultants have come tumbling down.

More questions than answers

In fact, instead allaying all controversies, including the RM55 billion 1MDB and RM2.6 billion donation twin mega scandals to rest, the Najib-Trump meeting at the White House, and in particular the exchange, opened up more questions. Here are 10 of these questions:

1. Who conceived the idea of the two propaganda offensives – the Trump-Najib show, and the “go for the jugular” offensive to blame the opposition for using the 1MDB scandal to undermine investor confidence in the Malaysian economy? Did it come from the highly-paid media consultants and propagandists, and if so, let us have the names?

2. How much was spent to secure Trump’s invitation to Najib for the meeting at the White House, and whether it was paid from the government coffers or from private funds.

3. Did Najib and his entourage stay for three days at Trump International Hotel and what was cost of the stay for the Najib entourage – was it in hundreds of thousands of United States dollars?

4. Was Najib aware that his entourage’s stay at the Trump International Hotel created an ethical problem, whether Trump was violating the Emoluments Clause of the US Constitution which forbids presidents from receiving gifts or payments for services rendered from foreign governments while in office; and if so, how is it they still stayed at Trump International Hotel?

5. Why is the 5 minute 58 second transcript of the Trump-Najib exchange in the White House cabinet room so humiliating for Malaysians, as the tone and tenor of the exchange did not sound like one between two equals representing two sovereign nations, but like those between a monarch and a chieftain of a vassal state bearing gifts, like Bunga Mas to the sovereign?

6. Is Najib aware of the ludicrous and comical implications, and the total lack of a sense of scale, when as Malaysian Prime Minister, he declared Malaysia sought to “strengthen the US economy” to make America great again when the comparative 2016 GDP is US$18.569 trillion for USA and US$296 billion for Malaysia only (or USA having a GDP that is 63 times bigger than Malaysia)? How could an economically weaker country “strengthen” the economy of a country which is economically 63 times bigger than that of Malaysia – when it should be the other way round? Out of the 50 states in USA, 22 states have GDPs larger than Malaysia, headed by three states which are trillion-dollar economies, namely California which has GDP of US$2.6 trillion; Texas US$1.6 trillion; New York US$1.5 trillion. The next three states in USA topping the GDP list are Florida with US$927 billion; Illinois US$792 billion and Pennsylvania US$725 billion.

7. Najib claimed that Trump’s invitation to the White House was a form of acknowledgment of Malaysia’s status as a rising star. Is he aware that of the 32 foreign leaders from sovereign countries that Trump had invited to the White House so far, 15 rule over nations that either score in the bottom half of the Global Democracy Ranking, which uses metrics to measure the health of 112 democracies in the world, or hail from countries like Saudi Arabia that have no pretence of democratic rule?

8. Najib’s White House meeting with Trump has not put the 1MBD scandal behind the Malaysian Prime Minister, as the opposite has happened, highlighting the iniquity and monstrosity of the scandal, which has made Malaysian overnight into a global kleptocracy. Will Najib finally recognize that the 1MDB scandal will not go way, and that it can only disappear if there is full accountability?

9 . During Najib’s meeting with Trump, he had pledged “value propositions” to strengthen the US economy and announced that the Employees Provident Fund will invest between US$3 billion and US$4 billion in US infrastructure projects. He also announced Malaysia Airlines’ planned purchase of between 33 and 58 aircraft from Boeing, a deal which would be worth more than US$10 billion within five years, and that Khazanah Nasional Berhad will also increase investments in US high-tech companies. Will Najib summon an emergency meeting of Parliament to debate his exchange with Trump and seek endorsement of his “value propositions” to Trump? Is Najib aware that his “value propositions” constitute a drop in the ocean for the USA economy, as the cost of Trump’s infrastructure upgrade is US$5 trillion over the next decade, and that the market capitalization of the New York stock exchange totalled US$27 trillion?

10. Najib had boasted in his article “Malaysia’s Record of Democracy and Free Speech is Strong” on the eve of his visit to White House. Would he establish his credentials on both fronts by:

(i) allowing Parliament to have a full debate on the 1MDB scandal and Malaysia as a global kleptocracy; and

(ii) declare that he would peacefully and democratically transfer power to Pakatan Harapan if Malaysian voters in 14GE decide on a change of government in Putrajaya and that there would be no riots or any declaration of emergency (as alleged by some)?

Najib-Trump meet masterstroke or master joke?
Lim Kit Siang
15 Sept 2017 – Malaysiakini

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Nuclear lessons for Malaysia (Part 1) (Part 2)
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How the 1MDB Scandal Spread Across the World (WSJ)
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?