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08
Apr
19

Rome Statute: A rebuttal of the alleged academic presentation to rulers

A rebuttal of the alleged academic presentation to rulers

Lim Wei Jiet

COMMENT | I refer to the alleged presentation by several academicians to the Conference of Rulers dated April 2, which has been circulating in the media lately.

I recognise that the government has decided to withdraw from the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, and also acknowledge that the alleged presentation is a mere executive summary (my opinions below are therefore subject to the disclosure of the full report, if any).

But there are several points raised in the alleged presentation which are rather disconcerting and warrant an intellectual legal rebuttal – lest it would lead to mischaracterisation of the issues at hand among the public.

First, it was suggested that because the Yang di-Pertuan Agong was entitled to information from the cabinet (Art 40(1)) and to make his views known to the prime minister (Reid Commission Report), then he is not a constitutional monarch in the purest sense.

However, this only proves that the king plays an advisory role in governance. This does not in any way detract from the clear provision in Art 40(1A) that he must always act in accordance to the advice of the prime minister – and consequently, that the prime minister is entirely responsible for such decisions made.

Second, reference was made to a Court of Appeal decision in Armed Forces Council, Malaysia & Anor v Major Fadzil bin Arshad [2012] 1 MLJ 313, which purportedly held that “Surely His Majesty is expected to play an effective and meaningful role as the supreme commander”.

With respect, this was merely a dissenting opinion of the Court of Appeal, and it is perplexing that this was not pointed out in the alleged presentation. Any first year law student would tell you that this quote in no way is the authoritative principle enunciated by the Court of Appeal.

Third, it was alleged that Art 38(4) of our Federal Constitution states that laws passed which directly affects the privileges, position, honours or dignities of the rulers would require the consent of the Conference of Rulers.

With respect, this mischaracterises Art 38(4), which reads: “No law directly affecting the privileges, position, honours or dignities of the rulers shall be passed without the consent of the Conference of Rulers.” The phrase “shall be passed” clearly means only laws passed in Parliament – and cannot possibly be read to include ratification of international treaties.

The assertion that Art 159(5) has been violated is even more baseless. Art 159(5) provides that amendments to the constitution on several limited provisions cannot be done without the consent of the Conference of Rulers.

But it is clear as daylight that ratification of the Rome Statute does not involve an amendment to the Constitution at all. The limited provisions referred in Art 159(5) also do not include the immunities of the the rulers. It is therefore disturbing to suggest that Art 159(5) has in any way been breached.

These arguments also presuppose that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and rulers have absolute immunity to begin with. Since 1993, amendments were made to the constitution to allow criminal proceedings to be instituted against the king and the rulers via special courts (see Articles 32, 181, 182 and 183 of our constitution).

Hence, even domestically, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and rulers do not have absolute immunity to begin with (albeit governed by certain special procedures) and can be held accountable for crimes. This was a crucial point which was never highlighted in the alleged presentation.

Fourth, it was alleged that Art 27 and 28(a) of the Rome Statute affects the position of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong. Again, if we look closer at Art 28(a) of the Rome Statute, the ICC only has jurisdiction to try a military commander who has “effective command and control” or “effective authority and control as the case may be”. A king who must act on the advice of the prime minister is very unlikely to be an “effective” commander of the armed forces – he is, at best, a symbolic figurehead.

Fifth, it was alleged that because the government ratified the Rome Statute without the consent of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, this violates Art 46 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties (VCLT).

Art 46 of the VCLT says that, as a general rule, a state may not depart from treaty obligations on grounds that it is in violation of internal law regarding competence to conclude treaties. The only exception is if (a) such violation of internal law was manifest (it is considered manifest only if it would be objectively evident to any state), and (b) it concerned a rule of its internal law of fundamental importance.

Arguably, Malaysia cannot invoke the two exceptions to Art 46. Any violation cannot be considered “manifest”, nor can the internal law be of “fundamental importance” because it is clear that under the constitution no such consent by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong or Conference of Rulers – as with many other constitutional monarchies which have ratified the ICC – was required for ratification of foreign treaties.

Sixth, it was alleged that the interpretation of the “unable” or “unwilling” principle under Art 17 of the Rome Statute (which states that the ICC can only assume jurisdiction if states are “unable” or “unwilling” to act) “hanyalah berdasarkan keputusan pendakwa ICC semata-mata (based on the decision of ICC prosecutors alone).

This is untrue. Art 17 of the Rome Statute clearly provides that the ICC Court itself – and not the Prosecutor unilaterally – has the final say on whether the “unable” or “unwilling” principle is satisfied. Malaysia will have its day in court to argue the same if it does not agree with the prosecutor.

And the ICC Court will arrive at a decision, as it did in Prosecutor v Katanga (Judgment on the Appeal against the Oral Decision of Trial Chamber II of 12 June 2009 on the Admissibility of the Case) (ICC, Appeals Chamber, Case No ICC-01/04-01/07-1497, 25 September 2009).

Seventh, it was alleged that “Malaysia yang tidak terjejas apa-apa dengan jenayah ini dan tidak terkat dengan krisis Rohingya di Myanmar tidak boleh memaksa ICC untuk mengambil tindakan ke atas Myanmar walaupun selepas menjadi ahil statut Rom. (Malaysia, which loses nothing with the crime and is not involved with the Rohingya crisis in Myanmar cannot force the ICC to take action against Myanmar even after acceding to the statute).”

This is inaccurate. As long as an element of a crime has been committed in a state party, then any state party can refer the matter to the ICC (see Art 14 of the Rome Statute).

This was decided in the recent ICC decision i.e. “Prosecution’s Request for a Ruling on Jurisdiction under Article 19(3) of the Statute” (Case No ICC-RoC46(3)-01/18-37, 9 April 2018). For example, if the Myanmar military has committed genocide on Rohingyas in Bangladesh (a state party) territory, even Malaysia (a state party) can initiate a referral to the ICC independent of Bangladesh.

Eighth, it was impressed that there have been attempts to prosecute royalties in the past. The example given was King Wilhelm II of Germany who was named in the Leipzig War Crimes Trials but had fled to the Netherlands, as well as Emperor Hirohito of Japan who was allegedly under the jurisdiction of the International Military Tribunal for the Far East after World War 2, but was spared by the US.

With respect, these are false equivalences. The German kaiser was an absolute monarch. So was the emperor of Japan, who under the Japanese constitution then, had divine power over his country from the Shinto belief that the emperor was the offspring of the sun goddess Amaterasu (only in 1946 was the emperor’s title changed from “imperial sovereign” to “constitutional monarch”).

They were both absolutely in control of the military. There is a stark difference between such absolute monarchs and the modern Yang di-Pertuan Agong and rulers who are constitutional monarchs.

Further, the alleged presentation seem to have missed the fact that both Wilhelm and Hirohito were attempted to be tried even when the ICC had not existed. In today’s terms, the UN may create ad hoc tribunals as it did in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia – regardless of whether they had ratified ICC.

This goes to highlight the fact that, as Shad Saleem Faruqi puts it, “ratification or no ratification, in the present state of international law, perpetrators may have no place to hide.”

Ninth, it was alleged that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong would be exposed to the ICC because of Malaysia’s participation in UN peacekeeping missions across the globe. This is baffling. UN peacekeeping missions are meant to prevent genocide or war crimes from happening. To suggest that the UN itself would remotely commit the same ill crimes it intended to pacify is bewildering. To my knowledge, there has never been any attempt to prosecute UN peacekeeping forces under the ICC.

Tenth, it was alleged that our laws criminalising homosexuality would expose us to a “war crime” under Art 7(2) of the Rome Statute which criminalises “persecution against any identifiable group or collectivity on… gender as defined in paragraph 3”. This is untrue.

We must look at what paragraph 7(3) of the Rome Statute say: “For the purpose of this statute, it is understood that the term “gender” refers to the two sexes, male and female, within the context of society. The term “gender” does not indicate any meaning different from the above.” Hence, “gender” under Art 7(2) clearly does not include sexual orientation – and therefore does not include persecution of homosexuals.

Eleventh, it was suggested that there are cases of selective prosecution towards Kenya and the Ivory Coast. There is a wealth of literature to counter such arguments, as well as credible international reports that war crimes have occurred there, and I do not wish to reproduce them here for brevity’s sake.

Finally, it was alleged that there is likelihood of veto by the P5 nations on the ICC investigations: Russia in the MH17 investigations, China in Rohingya genocide and US in the Israel-Palestine dispute.

It was also stated that many Asean countries are not part of the ICC. I am not going to be ignorant of the realities of international law. But Malaysia cannot stand idly by while such gross violations of humanity are occurring. If we are not part of the Rome Statute, where is our credibility and standing to shout about war crimes and genocide? We must adhere to a higher standard and not lower ourselves in imitating the worst traits of superpowers.

The public and the royalty deserve legal objectivity and accuracy on this controversial issue. If we allow crucial foreign policy decisions to be swayed by one side without considering countervailing arguments, it will not be good for the nation as a whole.

LIM WEI JIET is an advocate and solicitor of the High Court of Malaya. He is also the author of Halsbury’s Laws of Malaysia on the Federal Constitution (2019 reissue).

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A rebuttal of the alleged academic presentation to rulers
Lim Wei Jiet
8 April 2019 – Malaysiakini

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06
Apr
19

Summary of Najib’s SRC charges

(Graphic source: Malaysiakini)

21
Mar
19

Daim denounces ‘Malays under threat’ as nonsensical political rhetoric

Daim denounces ‘Malays under threat’ as nonsensical political rhetoric

Since the last general election, the political narrative in Malaysia has centred around issues concerning race and religion, particularly the position of the Malays and Islam.

Speaking at UTM Skudai in Johor last night, former finance minister Daim Zainuddin addressed this issue and described the claim that Malays are under threat as nothing more than nonsensical political rhetoric.
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Daim’s speech in full

To understand our current political climate, it is important to look back at our history. Kusut di hujung, balik ke pangkal (Messy at the end, return to the root of the problem).

The history of the Malays starts from long before the formation of Tanah Melayu. We are descendants of great empires, from Langkasuka, to Srivijaya, to Majapahit, to Melaka. Melaka, of course, is our most popular tale, that of a world-famous port whose global success led to its eventual colonisation.

And when Melaka fell to the Portuguese, those descendants of Sultan Melaka who survived founded a new empire here in Johor. They took control of the southern Malay Peninsula, spreading across Riau, Anambas, Natuna, Tambelan, Borneo, and Sumatra. Their success was attributed to the wisdom of their rulers, and their openness to international trade.

In more recent history, the formation of the Malayan Union and the subsequent opposition led by Umno were significant events that triggered real change in the political organisation of the Malays. Onn Jaafar, himself from Bukit Gambir and an MB of Johor, founded Umno in 1946, signalling the height of Malay political supremacy. We were united and we were strong.

But our unity did not last. We didn’t know how to deal with success; the Malays started to split. When we are successful, we are drunk with success. When we fail, we look for scapegoats and go amok.

Our battle with the Malayan Union was, in a way, the first true independence that we achieved – when the British backed down. We became masters of our own land.

But the political landscape changed, and many non-Malays began to consider Malaya home and demanded a say in their new homeland.

In 1951, Onn made the first attempt to unify the races in a single party when he tried to open the membership of Umno to non-Malays. However, Umno members at the time rejected it, and he left the party.

Nevertheless, the 1952 elections marked the first real political collaboration between Malays and non-Malays when Umno and MCA joined forces for political victory. They were later joined by MIC to form the Alliance, signalling political unity amongst all Malayans, achieving a sweeping victory in the 1955 elections.

Then came the negotiations for Merdeka, where all Malaysians worked hand-in-hand to shrug off the yoke of colonialism. We learned that we were stronger together – when all Malaysians were united, we could overcome challenges.

All this happened against a backdrop of consistent armed warfare against terrorists during the Emergency, when all races fought shoulder to shoulder to gain victory. We are the only country in the world to defeat terrorists.

Then came the formation of Malaysia and Konfrontasi and throughout Malays were working with non-Malays to achieve national goals.

So, Malaysia has had a strong and rich history of inter-racial harmony and multi-culturalism since its very inception. But we must admit that it is still very complex with jobs and economic sectors identified with race, income inequality between the races and different educational systems existing.

It cannot be denied that Malaysia will prosper when Malays prosper. You cannot have 50 percent of your population in low income, there will be economic instability affecting everyone, regardless of race or economic status.

For Malaysia to succeed, the Malays must succeed. But this can only be achieved within the national context, working together with non-Malays for the benefit of Malaysia.

Why is it that Malays were able to work so closely with non-Malays for so many years leading up to Merdeka and beyond? Even in the face of outside aggression, there were hardly questions of who deserved Malaysia more – the Malays or non-Malays. Indeed, it was only when politicians decided to use race and religion as tools to gain power that we fell by the wayside.

This talk is entitled ‘Naratif Malaysia: Melayu dalam Persoalan National’. My question to you is: should we not just be talking about a National Narrative? Need we break down a national narrative along racial and religious lines?

But if your intention is to find answers to inequality, and to answer why the Malays are behind economically, then I really hope that this seminar will provide the answer.

When we talk about the Malays, we must talk about Islam. The Malays and Islam are indeed deeply entwined. They cannot be discussed separately. But what this has led to is the ignoring of our cultural and regional heritage, which has been abandoned in favour of foreign cultures (Arabisation especially) which feed into the insecurity of the Malays. It seems that everyone who does not speak like us and everything that we do not agree with, is a threat to Malays and Islam.

We must ask ourselves – is this true? Why is this so? Since when have the Malays and Muslims become so insecure about our place in this country?

When the Malays were far less economically advanced and far less educated, we defeated the British by rejecting the Malayan Union. We were brave.

We knew to organise collectively and strategically. We used our brains to defeat a colonial power. We managed to gain independence without bloodshed. We had no problems working with non-Malays and even learning from other races.

As the Malays progressed, it seems so did our sense of insecurity. Why is this so? Could it be that when there were no crutches, we had dignity, and the Malays felt more secure of our place within the country?

We are not lacking in Malay heroes. Johor alone has a rich history of formidable warriors, renowned artists, poets, athletes, scientists, doctors, academicians, and businessmen.

There was Muhamad Salleh bin Perang, who was the Bentara Luar. He was the first to draw up an accurate map of Johor, without the modern technology that present-day surveyors have available. He was the Head of Land Management and State Survey, and he used his map to plan the development of Johor. He was a Malay, but he was fluent in Chinese and was knowledgeable about Chinese culture, which allowed him to work closely with them in developing the economy.

In the realm of politics alone, the list of honours is never ending. Tun Hussein Onn, our “Bapa Perpaduan”, was from Johor. And so was his own “Bapa”, the founder of Umno, Onn Jaafar. His father before him, Jaafar Muhammad, was the first and longest serving MB of Johor. Deputy Prime Ministers Tun Dr Ismail and Musa Hitam were sons of Johor. Tun Ismail’s family was illustrious on its own, including his father-in-law Seth Said, Deputy MB of Johor, who was part of the delegation for Merdeka, and signed the Merdeka agreement against the Sultan’s orders. Without him, we would not have had Merdeka.

Johor produced the President of the Senate, Rahman Yasin. He was Tun Dr Ismail’s father. Tun Dr Ismail’s brother-in-law Ghazali Seth, was Chief of Defence, and he married Sri Norziah – sister of Hussein Onn, daughter of Onn Jaafar. Tun Dr Ismail went to school in Sekolah Melayu Bukit Zaharah in JB with two other famous figures – his brother, Sulaiman Abdul Rahman, and Ahmad Perang, who became the first Malay chairman of KTM.

Mohamed Noah Omar, the first Speaker of Dewan Rakyat, was also from Johor. His family too was very special – his two daughters married the men who would go on to be our prime ministers. Rahah, the wife of Tun Razak, and Suhaila, the wife of Hussein Onn. Tun Razak studied at Raffles College, with another son of Johor, Taib Andak, after whom Felda Taib Andak in Kulai is named. His brother Rahman Andak, was one of the early campaigners for Johor’s independence, and was State Secretary of Johor in 1984.

Governors of Bank Negara, Aziz Taha, Jaffar Hussein and Zeti Aziz. Professor Ungku Aziz, Zeti’s father, is a renowned economist. Zeti’s grandfather, Syed Mohammed Alsagoff, used to own Pulau Kukup, and had a concession to print his own money. Today, we use money signed by his granddaughter.

Why should we feel insecure with a legacy as illustrious as this?

Again, could it be that after being given all sorts of crutches, the effect has been to make the Malays weak and insecure, and most noticeably, lacking in resilience? What has led to this lack of confidence? It seems that when the Malays were facing real challenges, such as fighting for independence, our resilience was so much stronger.

As ease and comfort and quality of life improved, confidence and resilience abated. These observations call for sincere self-reflection – instead of picking fights with perceived enemies, we should look inwards and try to better ourselves instead of blaming all of our ills on others. We seem to be scared of our own shadows.

Today, there is one Malay graduate for every 20 Malays. Despite being more educated and having a large educated segment, we are still unable to convince ourselves that Malays have nothing to fear in this country. Are Malays thinking strategically, critically and logically? It looks increasingly obvious every day that the Malays are thinking with their emotions instead of with their intellect. We must ask ourselves – what is happening to us?

We have allowed our emotions to run wild and influence the way we see others. We watch ghost movies at the box offices. When Mastika stopped writing ghost stories, circulation ended and now there is no more Mastika. Now instead of reading about ghosts in Mastika, we are seeing ghosts around every corner.

Instead of depending on logic and facts, we prefer to buy into the racist rhetoric of politicians with dubious reputations.

Since I am talking to academicians, I would like to pose this question to you: what role should you be playing in injecting some logic and fact into the Malaysia narrative? Do you intend to go along with the emotional flow or do you see it as your academic duty to question the irrational narratives that are being shoved down the Malays’ throats?

Do you as “the educated” speak honestly and bravely about what is happening or do you simply pretend that this growing racism is justified?

All of you here are highly educated, but how many of you have bought into the nonsensical political rhetoric that the Malays are being threatened by the non- Malays in this country? That Islam is under threat simply because of one or two people being insensitive enough to post something on the Prophet?

The religion cannot be insulted. Only people can be. If our faith is strong, we do not get insulted. In fact, we laugh at such ignorance. And our behaviour should reflect the best of our religion so that we and our religion earn the respect of others.

Our country is multi-cultural and multi-religious. We have managed to live here in peace. We are sensitive to our neighbours and respect one another. This is our way.

It is wrong to insult anybody, more so the Prophet. To make fun of religion is stupid. But we have laws, and we should respect due process. Many have forgotten our Rukun Negara. The most important document is the Constitution.

No Malaysian should make insensitive comments towards other religions and races. But what has happened with the proclamation of Jihad against non- Muslims recently?

If Muslims want to perform Jihad, it should be Jihad to better ourselves not only spiritually, but economically, academically and to contribute to the continued growth of our own country.

We talk about the Malay narrative as if we are on the verge of being driven out of our own country. There is so much anger and indignation when non- Malays were appointed to high posts in the government, as if this is something new.

Why is there not the same anger when we are confronted with facts of corruption and kleptocracy of the highest order among our Malay leaders? We don’t feel offended when it was prime news all over the world. Instead, we respond with “Malu apa?”. Kalau “tak malu”, apa jadi kepada iman kita (If we are not ashamed, what has happened to our faith)?

The Malays can continue down this emotional and irrational path at our own peril or we can stop, think, reflect and call for change. Nobody is forcing us to be emotional and irrational. We have chosen to be that way ourselves because we have allowed ourselves to be bought over by politicians whose only goal is to gain or regain power, no matter what the cost – and the cost is almost always ours to bear.

So, the choice is up to us – nak duduk macam katak di bawah tempurung (want to be like a frog beneath a coconut-shell)? Do we change and become a force to be reckoned within the context of the national agenda, Malaysia Baru, or do we go down the path we are currently treading and proclaim a narrative that is narrow, focused only on ourselves? Or will we pursue a truly National or Malaysia Narrative, in which we participate and play a very active role?

The National Agenda is not a Malay agenda or a non-Malay agenda. It is a Malaysian Agenda that takes into consideration all Malaysians. That fights poverty and inequality without discrimination, respecting the Constitution.

I am glad to note that this seminar is directed at the four sectors of politics, economy, budaya and agama. Let us get all of these right. To get all of these right, our education system must change. Don’t treat education as a political football. The education system must be right.

Our future, Malaysia’s future, will depend on giving our children the right type of education that will allow them to be confident to face the best in the world. Get education right, then politics and economy will be right. Brains minus emotions will determine our future and the future of Malaysia.

Expose our children to the world, then they will want to excel, and they will protect the best of our budaya.

There is nothing wrong with Islam. It is not under threat. It is the fastest growing religion in the world.

I would like to advise you not to follow politicians blindly. As I said earlier, for Malaysia to succeed, the Malays must succeed. I keep repeating, Iqra’ (Aik Krok) – read to acquire knowledge and to think critically. Choose the right path that will lead to success.

Time is very important and we are excellent at wasting time. We will lose to time. Let us tell ourselves from now on we shall not repeat past mistakes. We will give the best education to our children so that they can compete and succeed. Let us leave all failure of confidence behind, and start our future now.

Leave this hall confident and ok with ourselves. Tell our children that we will compete and we will succeed.

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Daim denounces ‘Malays under threat’ as nonsensical political rhetoric
21 March 2019 – Malaysiakini

14
Oct
18

Election returning officer jailed 3 months for contempt

Election returning officer jailed 3 months for contempt

Rembau district officer Amino Agos Suyub is appealing the sentence in the Federal Court.

SEREMBAN: The Election Court here sentenced a returning officer to three months’ jail after he was found guilty of contempt of court for coaching a witness in a petition brought by a PKR candidate.

Judge Azimah Omar, in sentencing Amino Agos Suyub, who is also the Rembau district officer, said the court must send a strong message that the general election or by-elections must be conducted in a free and fair manner.

“You lacked integrity and this court must impose a sentence to achieve justice,” she said.

Azimah said she took into consideration Agos’s family background, his occupation and the consequences of today’s ruling.

“The court also weighed the mitigating factors and public interest. However, your action was serious as this is an election petition,” she said.

She said the petitioner, Dr Streram Sinnasamy, made a serious accusation that he was denied entry to the nomination centre as he did not have an entry pass.

“However, I cannot accept your explanation that you did not intend to coach your subordinate to give evidence in this petition,” she said.

Azimah said, as district officer, Agos was also a second class magistrate who could issue remand orders.

“You are no ordinary layman,” she added.

The judge later allowed an interim stay of Agos’s sentence pending an appeal to the Federal Court.

Lawyer G Rajasingam, who appeared for Agos, mitigated that his client be given a non-custodial sentence, preferably an admonishment.

He said his client was subject to disciplinary action under the General Orders and that he could lose his job should a jail term be imposed.

“His action was impulsive but he has learnt his lesson,” the lawyer said, pleading that the court tamper justice with mercy.

Earlier, the court cited Agos for contempt of court as he had guided his former subordinate, Daing Muhamad Rahimi Abdul Hamid, a witness, to give evidence in the petition.

Azimah said the conduct of Agos amounted to interference in the administration of justice.

“You coached the witness who was your subordinate.

“Your conduct cannot be tolerated, especially when you are a senior government officer,” she said when ordering Agos to show cause why he should not be punished, including being sent to prison.

Agos, who took the stand, profusely apologised to the court and said he had no intention of interfering in the proceedings.

However, the judge refused to accept his explanation.

The unprecedented proceeding in the election case came about on Thursday when Daing Rahimi, under cross-examination, said Amino had sent a few text messages summarising his evidence and guiding him on how to give his testimony.

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Election returning officer jailed 3 months for contempt
October 10, 2018 – FMT

02
Oct
18

Hallelujah! MCA wants to expel UMNO from BN!

Hallelujah! MCA wants to expel UMNO from BN!

Malaysians must be shouting “Hallelujah! MCA wants to expel UMNO from Barisan Nasional!”

This would be the reaction of Malaysians to the warning by the MCA President Datui Seri Liow Tiong Lai at the Selangor MCA Convention yesterday that MCA could kick UMNO out of BN if it coddles up with PAS leaders to form an UMNO-PAS unholy pact in post-14th General Election.

Except that Liow, suffering from the lowest credibility of any MCA President in MCA’s 69-year history, has further destroyed his tinsel-thin credibility as he had sanctioned a MCA-PAS unholy co-operation in the recent Balakong by-election to ensure that the MCA candidate could save his deposit!

Umno president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi recently confirmed former minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz’s claim that UMNO MPs signed a statutory declaration (SD) empowering Zahid to seek new alliances with other parties, including PAS.

Did Liow or the MCA leadership raise any objection that all the 51 UMNO MPs had signed such a statutory declaration, before two former UMNO Ministers Datuk Mustapha Mohamad and Datuk Anifah Aman resigned from UMNO?

When just to save the deposit of the MCA candidate in the Balakong by-election, Liow and the MCA leadership are prepared to sanction a MCA-PAS unholy alliance, what great things are Liow and the present MCA leadership capable of in Malaysian politics?

It is clear that neither Liow nor the MCA leadership has learned anything from the clobbering the MCA received in the 14th General Election where MCA was reduced to the ignominious status of a 1/2 party after being reduced to a 7/11 party in the 13th General Election as well as at the recent Balakong by-election, where MCA could only save its candidate’s deposit with the support of the PAS leadership!

When will Liow and MCA leadership learn that time is long past when they could indulge in pyrotechnics like making the silly and empty threat to sack UMNO from BN, when there is only way out for MCA to survive as a useful political entity – to cut the umbilical cord with Najib Razak and the UMNO leadership especially as the post-14GE UMNO leadership had decided on an even more extremist throwback to the irresponsible and toxic politics of race, religion, fear, hate and lies.

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Melbourne on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018)

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Hallelujah! MCA wants to expel UMNO from BN!
24 September 2018 – blog.limkitsiang.com

15
Sep
18

US$972 million (RM2.973 BILLION) went into Najib’s account

US$972m went into Najib’s account

KUALA LUMPUR: Police said investigations into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) have revealed that US$972 million or RM2.973 billion was deposited into former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s AmIslamic Bank personal account.

“A total of US$972 million, or RM2.973 billion, was found to have been deposited into the account of the person we are investigating through several phases,” said Deputy Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Noor Rashid Ibrahim.

The money was deposited into Najib’s account by three companies, namely Good Star Ltd, Aabar Investments PJS Ltd and Tanore Finance Corporation, Noor Rashid told a press conference at Bukit Aman yesterday.

Noor Rashid said police have also detected 132 transactions of illegal funds connected to 1MDB and further investigations are on-going.

“We had identified more than 100 transactions involved, and we have also identified the individuals involved in receiving money from the transactions,” he said.

More than 50 people within and outside the country received the money, he said.

“We have taken action to record their statements,” he said, adding that they included several politicians.

“The investigations involved local and overseas witnesses and it is very difficult because it requires the cooperation of affected countries for it to be completed,” he said.

Nevertheless, Noor Rashid said statements have been recorded from 64 witnesses, including Najib and his daughter Nooryana Najwa to assist in the investigations.

Noor Rashid said the police are confident of completing the investigation into 1MDB within one year despite the challenges to get testimonies from abroad.

“The chance of completing the investigation is good. We are confident we can complete the investigation. It’s a matter of time which I cannot determine here. This depends on the other countries, they might have things to discuss at their level.

“We just hope that we will get the due cooperation from the countries involved,” he said.

Noor Rasid said if the probe is not completed within a year the authorities would be open to legal action.

“But of course we will complete it by that time,” he added.

Noor Rashid also clarified that police can hold onto the cash and jewellery seized during 1MDB-linked money laundering investigations, for up to one year until May 2019, instead of three months as Najib has claimed.

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US$972m went into Najib’s account
The Edge Financial Daily
September 14, 2018

09
Sep
18

Umno and MCA arrogance caused own downfall, Daim says

Umno and MCA arrogance caused own downfall, Daim says

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 6 ― There were clear signs that Barisan Nasional (BN) would fall in the May 9 general elections, former Umno veteran turned Pakatan Harapan’s (PH) secret weapon Tun Daim Zainuddin revealed last night in a tell-all interview on TV3.

The chairman of PH’s Council Eminent Persons said he had met with many politicians from both sides of the divide prior to GE14 and received many reports from insiders who predicted that the BN would lose.

“I received reports from Umno saying they will lose. Even during campaigning they said they would lose. These are Umno people. Their ‘think tank’ even told them they would lose during campaigning,” he was quoted saying by Malay daily Berita Harian on the “Soal Rakyat” talk show last night.

The former finance minister said that after receiving those reports, he had advised then prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to expect defeat in the polls, but indicated that his warning went unheeded.

“Before that, I had advised the former PM to watch out for defeat. There were many reasons. The difference is just that we know they will lose.

“They are most arrogant. In our custom, they are rude too and we cannot accept. They were overconfident. MCA was also rude. They said ‘undi biru tua, jangan undi orang tua’. Malaysians cannot accept this.”

The veteran politician also revealed that he had come up with a two-pronged strategy for BN’s defeat: make voters believe MCA and MIC are irrelevant and then focus on Felda votes, which had become a BN “fixed deposit”.

“Umno at that time was prideful and believed it must win because it has issues, the machinery, figure and sponsors. We discussed and we said, Dr Mahathir must be the leader and Malays must accept and the rural people will also have no problems,” he was quoted saying further.

He said the strategy also meant PH would leave Sabah to Parti Warisan Sabah president Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal so that the coalition could concentrate on areas that it could win.

“What was important was Felda. Felda was its ‘fixed deposit’. If we can split the ‘fixed deposit’, they will have nothing,” he said of BN’s over-reliance on votes from the oil palm farmers.

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Umno and MCA arrogance caused own downfall, Daim says
6 September 2018 – MMO




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