Archive for the 'Scandals' Category

20
Sep
20

DOJ goes after PetroSaudi and world’s largest yacht Topaz

BOOM! – DOJ Goes After PetroSaudi, Abu Dhabi’s Royal Topaz Yacht And More! EXCLUSIVE

The game-changing asset seizure filing issued September 16th by the Department of Justice has zeroed in on key players in the 1MDB scandal, who after several years of keeping below the radar have been seeking to escape censure and punishment.

These entities include some of the most powerful individuals and companies in the Middle East and one of the world’s most expensive super-yachts, Topaz (now renamed “A+”), registered as belonging to Man City Football Club owner Sheikh Mansour.

It also claims seizure of a clutch of further assets from Riza Aziz’s collection of rare posters and film memorabilia, just weeks after the PN government effectively let him off the hook with a ‘plea deal’ that demanded nothing further from him.

The accumulated filing, which now stretches to 300 pages, states that it is an update on several previous 1MDB asset seizures related to the money laundering of billions stolen from the Malaysian fund following the biggest ever joint investigation by the FBI and DOJ’s joint kleptocracy unit.

The new targets, mainly featuring the 1MDB ‘join venture partner’ PetroSaudi, address corrupt practices that have so far escaped the main spotlight of the investigation, despite numerous articles by Sarawak Report. These are named at the top of the indictment as “PetroSaudi International; PetroSaudi Oil Services (Venezuela) Ltd.; 1MDB PetroSaudi, Ltd.; Tarek Obaid; and Patrick Mahony.”

It is the first time that the two directors of PetroSaudi, Tarek Obaid and Patrick Mahony, have been specifically named as top targets of the criminal affair, despite having been identified as key players in the original billion dollar heists using the so-called joint venture between their company PetroSaudi and 1MDB.

Significantly, the DOJ cites the fraudulent deal in which PetroSaudi invested money from 1MDB in Venezuela through its company PetroSaudi Oil Services (Venezuela) Ltd. Thanks to alleged bribery and corruption involving Venezuelan officials PetroSaudi was able to reap vast profits which have been subsequently contested by the Venezuelan authorities.

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BOOM! – DOJ Goes After PetroSaudi, Abu Dhabi’s Royal Topaz Yacht And More! EXCLUSIVE
17 September 2020 – Sarawak Report

13
Sep
20

Najib’s SRC worst case of abuse of position and betrayal of trust, says judge

Najib’s SRC worst case of abuse of position and betrayal of trust, says judge

“The recipients of the spending by the accused are many and various but unmistakably for the accused’s own purposes and benefits.” — Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.

KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 10) : High Court judge Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali characterised the conviction of former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak, last July 28, as the worst case of abuse of position.

In a 500 plus page written judgment for the Malaysian Law Journal, the judge said while Najib had made contributions to the well-being and the peoples betterment in many different ways, the court would let political history to debate whether the former premier of nine years had done on balance more good than harm.

“This very process (the long trial) would arguably be inimical to the ideals (of the nation) of a clean administration that does not tolerate corruption and abuse of power.

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“What this court seeks to affirm is the sanctity of the rule of law and the supremacy of the Constitution. No one – not even one who was the most powerful political figure and the leader of the country enjoys a cloak of invincibility from the force of the law. Any notion to such effect is the very antithesis to the Article 8 of the Constitution that enshrines that rule that all persons all equal before the law,” he said.
Betrayal of trust

Commenting on Najib’s ascension to the pinnacle of the country’s leadership and his grip to power, he said he had seen citizens to place the former premier in a position of trust in our system of constitutional democracy.

However, his conviction, Nazlan said of all seven charges concerning abuse of position, criminal breach of trust (CBT) and money laundering constitutes nothing less than “an absolute betrayal of that trust”.

“For this reason, I consider the conviction of the accused for abuse of position under Section 23 of the MACC Act as the most serious transgression amongst the three given his position of trust as the nation’s Prime Minister and Finance Minister when the offences were committed.

“I would not hesitate to find that this case can be characterised as one that falls within the range of the worst kind of abuse of position, of CBT and of money laundering because not only of how the crimes were committed, but more importantly also it involved a huge sum of RM42 million, had an element of public impact as the RM42 million belonged to an MOF Inc. company.”

“Perhaps most importantly, it involved the person who at the material time was in the highest ranking authority in the government,” Justice Nazlan said.

The government funds, the judge said could have originated from the RM4 billion financing from state pension fund Retirement Fund Inc (KWAP), and the status of the bulk of the RM4 billion is said to be an indeterminate obscurity.

The court contrasted Najib’s case with past convictions of other higher ranking official, namely Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (deputy prime minister), Datuk Harun Idris and Dr Mohd Khir Toyo (Selangor menteri besars), Abdul Ghani bin Ishak, Datuk Waad Mansor, Datuk Sahar Arpan and Datuk Mohamed Muslim Othman (who were either state exco’s or assemblymen).

“In respect of the offence under Section 23 of the MACC Act, and its precursor (the Prevention of Corruption Act 1961, this is the first time a person was charged for acts done when he was the serving Prime Minister, and is undoubtedly without precedent in the sense that previous convictions of high ranking politicians could not be considered to be in the same league as the Prime Minister of the country,” he said.
Not remorseful

Justice Nazlan also found the former premier not to be remorseful over the charges he (Najib) is facing.

“The accused did not express any remorse and even maintains his defence of no knowledge of the RM42 million from SRC in his mitigation speech. Yet I cannot deny he was the Prime Minister of the country,” he said.

“The use of that property by others can never be justified under any circumstances. This is immutable and cannot be obfuscated by any diversions that the certain portions of the monies out of the RM42 million were expended for charitable purposes.

“There is quite simply no virtue in donating what one does not own. SRC International Sdn Bhd was established to spearhead the promotion of alternative energy resources for the country. The recipients of the spending by the accused are many and various but unmistakably for the accused’s own purposes and benefits,” he said in alluding the purpose SRC was set-up.

SRC was formerly a subsidiary of 1Malaysia Development Bhd, and later placed directly under Finance Ministry Inc.

Witnesses from the prosecution had testified how they received cheques from the former premier for charity including a widow of a staff from the Prime Minister’s Department, and also various payments for purported work done on renovation to his house in Jalan Langgak Duta and Pekan and other expenses.

Najib during mitigation before the sentence meted out by the court described his achievements in leading the country for nine years – 2009 to 2018 and also reiterated by saying the religious oath in the accused dock.

“As a Muslim, wallahi wabillahi watallahi […] I never sought any gratification and I did not know that the RM42 million went into my account at that material time,” said the former premier.

However, Justice Nazlan finds little merit to what the former premier said in his mitigation.

“There is little merit in this court pontificating and lamenting on why the accused had done what he did, despite (or because of) his undisputed standing at the apex of the vast wealth of power and unparalleled authority. The accused, I repeat, is a person with a keen intellect and must surely have a firm sense of right and wrong,” the judge said.

Najib in the end was sentenced to a total of 12 years jail, and fined a total of RM210 million for all three charges, which the former premier is appealing on his conviction and sentence.

On the other hand, the prosecution is also cross-appealing on the sentence.

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Najib’s SRC worst case of abuse of position and betrayal of trust, says judge
September 10, 2020 – theedgemarkets.com

29
Aug
20

How can quarantine-breaking Khairuddin claim that he has done nothing wrong?

An open letter to Khairuddin Razali ― Dharm Navaratnam

AUGUST 29 ― Dear Khairuddin,

It is somewhat disheartening to read reports in the media where you say you have done nothing wrong in regard to breaching the quarantine SOPs. You have been reported as saying that you have done nothing wrong with regard to your job and it was simply an error with following the SOP.

I am sorry, dear minister, but I beg to differ and I believe many of the rakyat feel the same way. You blatantly ignored the rules. You chose to do this in direct violation of the MCO Standard Operating Procedures. These are procedures put into place to help safeguard the rakyat. These are procedures put into place by the government of which you are part of. You chose to ignore these SOPs and have thus broken the law. How can you now claim do have done nothing wrong?

Regardless of what the police may find, the fact of the matter is that you contravened the SOPs. You are giving the impression to the rakyat that it is alright to ignore the said SOPs. You are not following the rules that have been put in place by the government of the day. The very same government that you are a part of. How do you expect the rakyat to follow rules when you are quite happy to break it? Not only that, but you come out publicly to say you have done nothing wrong.

What if you didn’t test negative for Covid-19? What if you did indeed infect a whole number of people with Covid-19? The SOPs are put in place for a reason. If you can claim that breaking it is acceptable, what is to stop so many other from taking the same approach?

By claiming you have done nothing wrong, you are condoning a system of double standards. Others have been charged for breaking quarantine and have been jailed and fined. Why do you feel you should be treated differently? How can you even try to claim that you have done nothing wrong? You are wrong, plain and simple. Don’t try to hide from that fact. As a minister, you should be held to a higher level of accountability than anyone else. Nothing less. You cannot expect or condone preferential treatment.

By breaking quarantine, you have shown a complete disregard for the law that is in place. A law that was put into place to protect the rakyat. You have shown arrogance in claiming that you have done nothing wrong. Hiding behind the statement that you did nothing wrong with regard to your job is akin to saying that committing a crime, not related to your job, is perfectly acceptable. It is not.

You broke the rules. You chose to disobey the law. You have blatantly ignored rules that your own government has put into place. No matter how you choose to spin it, you are wrong. That’s right, wrong. There are no two ways about it. The only honourable thing left to do is to resign. We do not need ministers that have no regard for the law. It not only puts the government in a bad light but the country as a whole in a bad light as well. If our leaders refuse to follow the law and make excuses, how can you expect the rakyat to follow the law?

Perhaps what this means is that you just don’t have any honour. Or perhaps you think that you are above the law.

Do the right thing. Resign.

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An open letter to Khairuddin Razali ― Dharm Navaratnam
29 Aug 2020 – Malay Mail

23
Aug
20

The Khairuddin quarantine charade

The Khairuddin quarantine charade – Just tell the truth, no cover-ups, no make-ups and any other cock-and-bull stories

The time has come for the Perikatan Nasional government to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth about the Khairuddin quarantine charade – no cover-ups, no make-ups or any other cock-and-bull stories.

Start with:

– the names of those in the Khairuddin tour who visited Turkey from July 3 -7, whether in their official or private capacity;

– whether authorisation by the Prime Minister was given for the Turkish trip, why and the the nature of the authorisation;

– the full programme – both official and private – of the group in Turkey from July 3 – 7;

– whether all members were given a Covid-19 special test on their return at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) and the outcome;

– who refused to undergo a 14-day quarantine and to wear the pink wristband for the period;

– whether this was the result of the defiance and recalcitrance of Khairuddin or the negligence of Ministry of Health officers;

– the action taken whether for Khairuddin’s defiance or the negligence of the MOH officers for the breach of the quarantine SOP by Khairuddin and group from July 7 to July 21;

– the programme of activities of Khairuddin and every member of the group from July 3 – July 21 and from July 21 to August 18 (when the matter was brought up in Parliament by MP for Teresa Kok);

– when was the decision taken by the Ministry of Health to issue the RM1,000 compound fine dated August 7;

– the date Khairuddin paid the RM1,000 compound fine;

– why Khairuddin and the members of his group who breached the quarantine SOP were not charged in court for their breaches;

– why the Ministry of Health had pretended until yesterday that they were investigating the case when the Ministry now claims that it had been resolved;

– why Khairuddin had not admitted to the quarantine breach when the matter was first brought up in Parliament on August 18 instead of implying that he had the approval of the Prime Minister for his breaching of the Covid-19 SOP;

– what action had been taken by Ministry of Health against each one of the other members of the Khairuddin troupe for breaching the 14-day quarantine SOP; and

– who marred Malaysia’s international image and reputation by falsely claiming that Turkey as a “green country (zone)” for the Covid-19 pandemic when it was one of the epicentres of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Malaysians have the right to demand the truth from the government.

It is shocking that after the formation of the “backdoor” government following the Sheraton Move in February 2020 which stole the people’s mandate in the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018 for change and reform for Malaysia to live up to its potential as a multi-racial, multi-lingual, multi-cultural and multi-civilisational country and to be a world-class nation of excellence and achievement in various fields of human endeavour, dishonesty, abuse of power, lies and deceit have become the second nature of the government of the day.

The Khairuddin quarantine charade may be a comedy of errors for the “backdoor” government, but it is a national tragedy especially on the eve of the Golden Jubilee celebrations for Rukunegara when Cabinet Minister should be exemplars of Rukunegara instead of being the very opposite.

Malaysians are greatly disappointed by the moral fibre of the political leaders in government but let these politicians in government not drag and destroy the professional excellence of the public service particularly in the case of the new Malaysian hero, the Director-General of Health, Dr. Noor Hisham Abdullah – who has rightly been honoured by being conferred a Tan Sri for his outstanding leadership in the fight against the Covid-19.

Let us not destroy a Noor Hisham to save a “air suam” Minister or a Covid-19 SOP violator.

Khairuddin yesterday apologised to all Malaysians for violating the quarantine SOP.

Questions have been raised as to how genuine is Khairuddin’s apology, as he should have tendered his apology when Teresa Kok raised the issue in Parliament last Tuesday if he was genuinely sorry about his quarantine charade – instead of trying to bluff his way out of the situation and got caught red-handed five days later.

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Gelang Patah on Sunday, 23rd August 2020)

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The Khairuddin quarantine charade – Just tell the truth, no cover-ups, no make-ups and any other cock-and-bull stories
23 Aug 2020 – blog.limkitsiang.com

16
Aug
20

Najib’s SRC Trial – Findings of guilt

Special Report: Najib’s SRC Trial: Nazlan’s findings of guilt

Charges on which he was found guilty

The case of SRC funds totalling RM42 mil

1 count of abuse of power
Under Section 23 (1) of the MACC Act 2009, Najib was found guilty of using his position as prime minister to commit bribery involving RM42 million, through his participation or involvement in the decision to provide government guarantees for the RM4 billion loan granted by KWAP to SRC. This was committed at the Prime Minister’s Office, Precinct 1, Putrajaya, Federal Territory of Putrajaya, between Aug 17, 2011 and Feb 8, 2012.
Sentenced to 12 years’ jail and fined RM210 million.

3 counts of criminal breach of trust
Under Section 409 of the Penal Code Najib, as a public servant — PM, finance minister and SRC adviser emeritus — misappropriated RM27 million, RM5 million and RM10 million between Dec 24, 2014 and Feb 10, 2015.
Sentenced to 10 years’ jail on each charge.

3 counts of money laundering
With regard to the RM27 million and RM5 million Najib received on Dec 26, 2014 and RM10 million on Feb 10, 2015, he was found guilty under Section 4 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds from Unlawful Activities Act 2001.
Sentenced to 10 years’ jail on each count.

FIVE days after turning 67, Datuk Seri Najib Razak walked into the Kuala Lumpur High Court as an accused, but exited hours later a criminal, having been found guilty on all seven charges against him in relation to RM42 million belonging to SRC International Sdn Bhd.

The former prime minister and finance minister (FM) is now the highest ranking government executive to be convicted after former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

In total, Najib was handed a prison sentence of 72 years and a fine of RM210 million — one of the biggest fines imposed by Malaysian courts. However, as the court had ordered the jail sentence to run concurrently, the Pekan member of parliament will serve only 12 years in prison.

Judge Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali, who took 2½ hours to deliver his verdict, found that Najib, once the most powerful man in the country, had failed to rebut the prosecution’s case on all seven charges in connection with RM42 million of SRC funds.

The RM42 million was part of a RM4 billion loan given by Retirement Fund Inc (KWAP) and guaranteed by the government. SRC was a former subsidiary of state-owned 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

Proceedings last Tuesday began at 10.20am and only ended at 7.30pm, after the court agreed to the defence’s request for a stay of execution on the sentence and ordered that Najib’s bail be increased to RM2 million.

To secure a conviction in criminal cases, the prosecution has to prove guilt beyond a reasonable doubt, compared with civil cases, where the burden of proof is on a balance of probabilities.

Besides the seven charges (see box) on which he has been found guilty, Najib also faces trial on 35 other counts, all in relation to 1MDB.

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Special Report: Najib’s SRC Trial: Nazlan’s findings of guilt
August 13, 2020 – The Edge Malaysia

29
Jul
20

SRC trial verdict: Najib is guilty

(source: Bernama infographics)
SRC Trial

27
Jun
20

Doom for ‘traitors’ and possible return of ‘cash is king’

Dr M foretells doom for ‘traitors’, resurrection of ‘cash is king’ in GE15

Dr Mahathir Mohamad has predicted that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin and Bersatu would be vanquished in the next general election and from the rubble, Umno would reclaim the seat of power which it lost after six decades in 2018.

His warning comes in the wake of a growing number of Umno leaders urging Muhyiddin, who is the Bersatu president, to initiate a snap polls.

In a blog post this evening, Mahathir reiterated his decision not to work with Muhyiddin and claimed that his successor-turned-predecessor, Najib Abdul Razak, is hoping to become prime minister again.

“In GE15, Umno will fight against Bersatu, which is now rudderless without the support of Pakatan Harapan.

“Not only will Muhyiddin lose but all Bersatu candidates will be defeated. Therefore, this will mark the end of Bersatu and Umno will reign again with its ‘cash is king’.

“History will remember Muhyiddin’s treachery towards the people who gave Harapan victory (in the last general election).

“I do not wish to be with Muhyiddin and his band of traitors,” added the nonagenarian, who revealed that numerous quarters have advised him to support and work with the current premier.

Mahathir said Muhyiddin also betrayed his allies by plotting with former Umno members who joined Bersatu to topple the Harapan administration.

“Without Harapan, Muhyiddin may have not won (in the last general election) and may not have found the backdoor (to form a backdoor government),” he added.

According to Mahathir, Umno collaborated with Muhyiddin to rescue Najib, who is facing a slew of court charges, from prison.

“We can see that such an effort is ongoing. Far from the promise to topple Najib, Muhyiddin is now working to free Najib from all charges so that he can contest in GE15.

“At that point, Najib will no longer need Muhyiddin because Najib intends to become prime minister again,” he added.

The Harapan government collapsed in February after 22 months in power following Azmin Ali and his allies quitting PKR and Muhyiddin subsequently withdrawing Bersatu from the coalition.

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Dr M foretells doom for ‘traitors’, resurrection of ‘cash is king’ in GE15
25 June 2020 – Malaysiakini

14
Mar
20

STOP Legitimizing this unelected government

Stop Legitimizing this unelected government

PRESS STATEMENT

ANTI-CORRUPTION RHETORIC WILL NEVER PURIFY THE UNELECTED PAKATAN NASIONAL GOVERNMENT

The Center to Combat Corruption & Cronyism (C4 Center) has watched in disbelief the political turmoil in the country and registers its utter abhorrence at the formation of the unelected government of Perikatan Nasional (PN) through an outright power grab.

If there is one thing to sum up the treachery that has unfolded, it must be that this entire internal power struggle is a direct assault on genuine democracy which squarely places the source of all power and sovereignty in the hands of the people, and never the political elites.

It bears reminding that this unelected government came about with the collusion of forces that lost the last general elections because of entrenched grand corruption, abuse of power, and bigotry. The internal coup had conveniently paved the way for these very parties and their dark horses to seize power from the people by trampling on the mandate given in the last general election. All of this was of course done in a clandestine manner, keeping everyone in the dark, causing massive levels of betrayal and mistrust by the people.

It is impossible of course for an unelected government to have a manifesto that is endorsed by the people of this country. We do not expect one, as the mandate to govern was never endorsed by the voters. The Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin says “give us a chance”. What chance, we ask?

The heavy rhetoric around leading a clean government through anti-corruption policies such as asset declaration, sounds awkward, as the very cabinet members appointed into the PN government, have gone on record to resist declaring their assets during Pakatan Harapan (PH) reign of power.

Do we believe their earnestness over this? C4 Center believes that Muhyiddin is trying to ease the anger of many, and such pledges are thrown around to put wool over Malaysians’ eyes. If this unelected government was genuine about leading a clean government, why form themselves through such a clandestine manner, usurping people’s power and even worse delaying parliamentary sessions from being held to rectify the country’s woeful political situation? It is, therefore, our responsibility to keep reminding ourselves not to normalize this blatant seizure of the people’s mandate.

Horse Trading And “Buying of MPs”?

Could the delay in convening Parliament by almost two months to the 18th of May, be an attempt to buy time for the unelected government to stabilize and strengthen its power? The highly probable horse-trading which started a few weeks ago behind the scenes sought to gain majority power displayed how politicians could be easily bought and had no problem abandoning the promises they had previously made for their constituencies and the people. We have urged last week, that the MACC initiates investigations on the possible horse-trading that took place a few weeks ago. Has that taken place?

We are further terribly disturbed that while UMNO had found its way back in power, several cabinet ministers appointed into PN were silent and indeed complicit to then Prime Minister Najib Razak’s grand corruption scandals, namely on the 1MDB and SRC. How would the Rakyat have any shred of confidence that these anti-corruption pledges made by Muhyiddin is nothing but empty rhetoric?

More appointments astound us. For example Dato’ Hajah Hanifah Hajar Taib who is the youngest daughter of the former Chief Minister and current governor of Sarawak, Taib Mahmud is among the controversial politicians appointed to the Cabinet. Her family members including herself are the major shareholders of Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMS), notorious for capitalising on Taib’s position to scrape off lucrative state contracts such as the construction of the Sarawak Legislative Assembly building, the Borneo Convention Centre, Kuching’s Darul Hana, the Sarawak Corridor of Renewable Energy (SCORE) and the Pan Borneo Highway.

The new Minister of Foreign Affairs, YB Dato’ Seri Hishammuddin bin Tun Hussein allegedly is involved in the corruption case when he was heading the then defence ministry (Mindef). Mindef paid RM300 million for six MD530G light scout attack helicopters through direct negotiations and the deal was spared from value management checks. The helicopters were never delivered to the Royal Malaysian Army. The proposal was approved Najib Razak, the then Prime Minister and Finance Minister.

Our new Environment Minister Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man tried to defend the logging in Kelantan by excusing the state with the MS ISO 9001:2008 certification in 2012. However, the certification that was given for sustainable logging had since expired in 2016. Kelantan’s Certificate for Forest Management was revoked by Sirim QAS International Sdn Bhd in 2016 as well. Are we heading for deforestation or sustainable forestry with the new Environment Minister in town?

What about our new finance minister Tengku Zafrul Tengku Abdul Aziz, the chief executive of Malaysian banking group CIMB? He is talented for sure but maybe on the musical side as he showed his talent off as one of the Chief Executives in a politically motivated music video. Dubbed “Hebat Negaraku”, it sings endless praises for Najib Razak. Zafrul was part of the CIMB team when Nazir Razak, the Chairman of CIMB and brother of Najib Razak, was exposed of dispensing RM29 million in support of Najib Razak in the 2013 General Election.

It pains to witness the changes that have smoked out many anti-corruption reforms that have been initiated over the last two years.

Divisive Race-based Politics

Muhyiddin has proudly announced that he is a Malay first and Malaysian second. In this multi-cultural and multi-religious country, Malaysia, it signals that non-Malay votes do not count; it is simply unimportant. Non-Malays who have a long history in Malaysia including fighting for the independence of the country has unfortunately been relegated to an inferior position.

It’s clear that the political manoeuvring was initiated to accommodate and pave way for political forces that will do anything to advance race-based politics which is needed to ensure the political elites stay and remain in power.

Demands

In light of Malaysia’s harrowing political reality, we demand:

  1. To all Malaysians, stop legitimizing this unelected government, we must never be taken for fools that things are “normal” and can be normalised;
  2. To those whose MPs who have betrayed them and were involved in the power struggle, we urge the voters to flood their service centers with protest notes and letters, head over to the centers and demand your rightful explanations from them for betraying your trust;
  3. To MACC, investigate impartially horse-trading allegations, movement of money to buy MPs. C4 hopes to work with the MACC and other institutions to strengthen the need for accountability from politicians;
  4. To MPs who are being approached to cross over, please be courageous enough to withstand it and report it publicly. That is the only way we can curb money politics; and
  5. To PH, we trust that the lessons from being in government will ensure you work closely with the people to live out your manifesto and reforms.

Over and above the fears of COVID-19, and in this state of political upheaval, we urge that we the people remain steadfast and strong, and push for democracy to be returned to our shores.

Released by:
Cynthia Gabriel
Founding Director, C4 Center

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Stop Legitimizing this unelected government
PRESS STATEMENT
14 MARCH 2020 – C4 Center

12
Mar
20

Don’t expect much from this Ketuanan Melayu cabinet

A Ketuanan Melayu cabinet

Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin now has a cabinet. For non-Malays, it represents the most regressive cabinet we’ve ever had, a cabinet premised upon the idea that non-Malays don’t count, don’t deserve to participate in the governance of this nation. Muhyiddin used his coup to nullify the non-Malay vote; now he has used his cabinet to silence their voice.

His cabinet is the ultimate Ketuanan Melayu cabinet. Out of 70 ministers and deputy ministers, there are only two non-bumiputra ministers and five deputy ministers, the lowest representation in terms of percentage we’ve ever seen. Every other prime minister, whatever their own prejudices, felt obliged to take into account the fact that Chinese and Indians are a significant minority in Malaysia and must be acknowledged via adequate representation in cabinet. Muhyiddin has now dispensed with this.

Right-wing Malay politicians have long been unhappy with the post-independence construct that shared power with all of Malaysia’s ethnic groups. After GE14, when for the first time, a fairer political representation emerged, they were determined to stop any move towards shared governance.

The narrative that Malaysia is for Malays and that Islam does not permit non-Muslims to hold senior positions in the administration of the country took on a life of its own. It also found expression in rumblings that the DAP was controlling the government and undermining Malay institutions like Felda and Tabong Haji, that Christians were trying to change the official religion of the country and that non-Malay terrorist groups like the communist and LTTE were trying to subvert the nation. It was all rubbish, of course, but it served its purpose.

The message was clear: other than a token representation, non-Malays should have no political role in the governance of the nation. They are interlopers and pendatangs, here by an accident of history, less Malaysian than Malays.

Muhyiddin – who in Trumpian fashion once described himself as Malay first, Malaysian second – has now given the Ketuanan Melayu crowd what they’ve always wanted, a cabinet overwhelmingly dominated by Malays.

Of course, the likes of Wee Ka Siong and Saravanan and a small clutch of other MCA and MIC members are part of the cabinet but let’s face it, they are there as window-dressing, a ruse to mislead the public into believing that this is somehow a multiracial cabinet.

In any case, how can two political parties which were overwhelmingly rejected by the electorate speak for them?

No doubt the MCA and MIC are hoping that their return to cabinet would usher in a new beginning. With scraps from Muhyiddin’s table perhaps they think they can rebuild their political fortunes. They should have no illusions as to just how despised they are. By going along with Muhyiddin’s fake multiracial government, they have once again betrayed the aspirations of Malaysians; sooner or later they will feel the wrath of the people.

In the meantime, don’t expect much from this cabinet especially given the huge economic uncertainties we now face – the coronavirus pandemic, falling oil prices (and government revenue), declining investments, and a prolonged global slowdown. All we’ll get from them is more of the same failed old policies that have kept us trapped within the wells of racism and religious extremism.

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A Ketuanan Melayu cabinet
Mar 2020 – dennisignatius.com
Posted by Dennis Ignatius in Malaysia, Politics

11
Mar
20

Sri Ram to continue prosecuting high-profile cases

New AG Idrus gives Sri Ram mandate to continue prosecuting high-profile cases

KUALA LUMPUR (March 9): Newly appointed Attorney General Tan Sri Idrus Harun has given the mandate to former Federal Court judge Datuk Seri Gopal Sri Ram, who is also senior deputy public prosecutor (DPP), to continue prosecuting four high-profile cases.

The four include former premier Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) trial, Najib and former 1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy’s joint 1MDB audit tampering case, and Najib’s wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s graft trial.

The fourth case, which has yet to start, is Tan Sri Muhammad Shafee Abdullah’s money laundering case.

Sri Ram when contacted confirmed with theedgemarkets.com that he has received the mandate from the new AG.

He, however, declined to reveal further details.

There have been ongoing questions regarding the present prosecution in these cases following Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s appointment as the eighth Prime Minister.

In those cases, Sri Ram has been appointed senior DPP.

Idrus was appointed last Friday as the new AG, replacing Tan Sri Tommy Thomas, who resigned late last month before his two-year contract starting July 2018 expired.

Thomas resigned following the fall of the Pakatan Harapan government led by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He tendered his resignation to Dr Mahathir, who had appointed him, replacing his predecessor Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali.

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New AG Idrus gives Sri Ram mandate to continue prosecuting high-profile cases
March 09, 2020 – theedgemarkets.com





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