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09
Oct
17

Malaysians deserve better

Malaysians deserve better: we deserve to live in a society where our beliefs and personal liberties will not be trampled upon, where the rights of every woman, man and child are protected. Freedom, social justice and above all, safeguarding human rights irrespective of race, religion and gender are too important to be crushed by unjust policies, tactless bureaucracy and bad governance.

Disorder, distraction and division

WE’RE close to the end of 2017 and here is what we have so far: A tainted Prime Minister and his equally tainted ministers willing to do anything to remain in power, secret negotiations with political foes to lure them to the dark side and protests involving durians, plastic buckets and beer.

We have washed-up politicians pathetically attempting some sort of comeback and also power-hungry political opportunists who blindly use religion as their ‘get-out –of-jail’ card whenever the going gets too tough and if the trail gets too hot.

We have leaders who throw a curveball in a form of banning a beer festival that has been going for the past 5 years without drawing the ire from our unrelenting overzealous brethrens.

Some blame the opposition politicians who fail to deliver. They want to know what has become of the pledge to bring back local government elections and a shadow cabinet that is supposedly long overdue.

Others blame the system that has been steered to benefit the puppet masters who orchestrated the social disarray we find ourselves in today. As a result, such occurrences have further divided our nation into smaller pockets under subcategories within pre-existing categories by exploiting our innermost insecurities.

While most of us try to reignite the burning flames of socio-political reforms we experienced in the past, the back-stabbing and betrayal that has been played out habitually in our local political landscape has left some of us lethargic or too cynical to care anymore.

And this is exactly what the puppet master has in mind – to employ sickening methods by manipulating our already fragile ethno-religious relations and crafting devious diversions to distract a nation. If you do not subscribe to any organised religion or if you are a self-professed atheist, the guardians of the far, far right will infringe on your minority rights and instil a sense of fear and loathing.

By now, most Malaysians know just how conniving the ruling elite are and the worst is yet to come. With each passing day, the elections draw closer and threatening soundbytes become louder. Those who are in federal power will be free to scheme with the most brazen decree that disregards all sense of logic and good of the rakyat.

For them, chaos is not a pit rather it is a ladder that can propel one to greater commanding heights and the only way to ensure this is to keep the rakyat busy fretting over trivial matters while the larger more sinister deed takes place behind closed doors.

Keeping Malaysians intellectually clumsy and logically impaired will only be advantageous to the ruling elite, and unfortunately, some are lacking the skills to read between the lines and understand political patterns of subtle confrontation.

But these skills can be learned and understood through discussions and asking the right questions.

At present, the elite and the kleptocrats understand that their influence on our nation is slowly wearing off, hence, the tightening grip on religious issues and absurd rulings that contradict our secular nation.

We should always remember that once a nation is made to legislate upon religious arguments and basis, we make ourselves susceptible to every single form of persecution, bigotry and odious dogma. We should also remember that when a scandal is exposed, those in power will utilise their mechanism to create a distraction by rerouting our priorities and rechanneling our anger.

Malaysians deserve better: we deserve to live in a society where our beliefs and personal liberties will not be trampled upon, where the rights of every woman, man and child are protected. Freedom, social justice and above all, safeguarding human rights irrespective of race, religion and gender are too important to be crushed by unjust policies, tactless bureaucracy and bad governance.

The night in Malaysia is dark and full of frightening uncertainties, therefore let our intellect and reason be the guiding light we need to help walk a nation through this temporary menacing gloom. – October 7, 2017.

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Disorder, distraction and division
Syerleena Abdul Rashid
7 Oct 2017 – TMI

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06
Oct
17

Penthouse in Manhattan allegedly linked to 1MDB scandal to be sold at US$45 Million

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Walker Tower Penthouse Allegedly Linked to 1MDB Scandal Asks $45 Million
Oct. 5, 2017 – WSJ

05
Oct
17

Malaysia: 1MDB casts a long shadow

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By: Eric Ellis
October 04, 2017 – AsiaMoney

04
Oct
17

Attempt to ‘buy’ Syed Saddiq is Najib’s GE14 game plan

Attempt to ‘buy’ Syed Saddiq is Najib’s GE14 game plan, says Dr Mahathir

BERSATU Armada (Youth) chief Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman is not the first to have received inducements to abandon the opposition camp, Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad said tonight.

“This is the work of Umno. Especially by this particular aide of Najib’s. He is the one who is always trying to buy over people,” the Bersatu chairman said, in response to request for comment on Syed Saddiq’s revelation earlier today that he was offered RM5 million to leave the party and pursue further studies.

“The offers run into the millions. But he (the aide) was mistaken if he thought Syed Saddiq could be bought over,” Dr Mahathir told The Malaysian Insight.

Dr Mahathir named the aide which The Malaysian Insight is withholding.

“It’s not just Syed Saddiq, others have received offers, too. This is the way Najib Razak wants to win the general election,” Dr Mahathir added.

Bersatu’s 25-year-old Youth chief today revealed he was offered RM5 million by a senior adviser to the prime minister to leave the party and continue his studies at Oxford.

“All this was organised by an aide to the prime minister. I was offered RM5 million to leave Bersatu and take up a scholarship at Oxford University.

“I’m not leaving Bersatu, but will continue to expose this systematic network of corrupt activities,” Syed Saddiq told the press earlier.

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Attempt to ‘buy’ Syed Saddiq is Najib’s GE14 game plan, says Dr Mahathir
2 Oct 2017 – TMI

03
Oct
17

Ordered to enter defence for dropping yellow balloons at PM’s function!

Bilqis to answer charge for releasing balloons at PM’s function

Lawyer Eric Paulsen says his client will give evidence under oath to contest the charge, following the High Court’s decision that a magistrate had erred in acquitting Bilqis Hijjas.

KUALA LUMPUR: Dance producer Bilqis Hijjas has been ordered to enter defence for dropping yellow balloons at an event attended by Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife at a shopping mall two years ago.

High Court judge Mohd Sofian Abdul Razak. in allowing the government’s appeal. said it had established a prima facie case.

“The magistrate had erred in acquitting the respondent (Bilqis) without defence called,” he said in his oral judgment.

On July 1 last year, magistrate Muhamad Faizal Ismail said evidence by prosecution witnesses could not prove that Bilqis intended to provoke and stir anger.

Bilqis, the daughter of prominent architect Hijjas Kasturi, was accused of dropping the balloons from the fifth floor of the Pavilion shopping mall in Bukit Bintang on Aug 31 while Najib and Rosmah Mansor were attending the Diverse­City 2015 Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival on the ground floor.

The balloons contained the words “democracy”, “free media” and “justice”, following the Bersih 4 rally which had taken place a day earlier.

She was charged under the Minor Offences Act 1955 for behaving in an insulting manner with the purpose of stirring anger which would likely cause a disturbance.

The offence carries a fine of not more than RM100 upon conviction.

Lawyer Eric Paulsen said his client would give evidence under oath when trial resumes.

“We are disappointed with the outcome but nevertheless will put our defence to contest the charge,” he said.

Sofian said the balloons fell behind a giant screen where the prime minister, Rosmah, foreign diplomats and shoppers were present when in the midst of witnessing a dance performance.

“It is not in doubt that the words connote contrary to what the present administration has been doing,” he said.

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Bilqis to answer charge for releasing balloons at PM’s function
October 3, 2017 – FMT

02
Oct
17

MACC chief, rakyat are watching you too

MACC chief, rakyat are watching you too

YOURSAY | ‘The claim that you are the people’s agency rings hollow.’

The people are watching, MACC boss tells Kit Siang

Aries46: MACC chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad has reminded DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang that the people are watching him and the opposition.

Lim made a perfectly legitimate call on the vetting process for action on those implicated in the 1MDB heist since you publicly announced that only Umno had furnished its name list for vetting.

What is the purpose of submitting a name list to MACC unless it has the gumption to flag those complicit in high-level corruption and the 1MDB global scandal sticks out like a sore thumb?

Going further, where do you draw the line on alleged concealed high-level corruption by the ruling elites? Where is the credibility for MACC’s often trumpeted claim of independent status?

And how can MACC claim the moral high ground and play the national watchdog on corruption when it stands exposed and powerless to take on the elephant in the room?

Sans Prejudice: Indeed, it is the other way around, Dzulkifli. You, not the opposition, are actually under the rakyat’s microscope.

The claim that you are the “people’s agency” rings hollow because we didn’t put you there in the first place, did we?

The rakyat are clamouring for answers to what the Department of Justice (DOJ) described as the biggest kleptocracy case in the US.

With the humongous 1MDB elephant prancing in the room with the incriminating evidence of massive kleptocracy already registered and action taken by the foreign courts of law, there has not been even a squeaky response from MACC.

So how can you claim to be our agency even though we pay your wages? The day MACC becomes truly independent and transparent, only then can it claim to be the “people’s agency”. Right now, we have doubts about your loyalty.

Fair Play: Dzulkifli, how true. The rakyat is also watching closely how you fight and prevent crimes. Until the RM2.6 billion case is solved and all the alleged thieves are jailed, MACC will be found wanting.

On the other hand, Kit Siang is just an opposition MP and the alleged thieves are not members of DAP.

Kit Siang has already said this – show the public the names of those who are connected to 1MDB and who will be candidates for the 14th general election (GE14) and DAP would accede to your request.

Such a simple request and yet you could not consider it.

Fellow Malaysian: If MACC is impartial and truly independent from the government’s influence, scores of GE14 candidates from BN-Umno would have been rejected from standing for the reason of being linked to the 1MDB heist alone.

Of course, top on the list is Malaysian Official 1 (MO1).

Dzulkifli ought to issue another challenge to charge Kit Siang for saying that 90 percent of the rakyat would consider MACC to be the tool of the Prime Minister’s Department if an opinion poll were held.

Abasir: “The rakyat are watching”? Big deal. The rakyat have been watching Najib and all those named in the 1MDB heist. Nothing’s happened. Why?

Because the MACC has not been watching but instead looked the other way.

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MACC chief, rakyat are watching you too
2 Oct 2017 – Malaysiakini

01
Oct
17

After ordering beer fest ban, Zahid passes buck to IGP

After ordering beer fest ban, Zahid passes buck to IGP

Despite having reportedly ordering a ban on beer festivals, Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi now says it is a police operational matter.

As such, Zahid told reporters in Bangi today, that questions on the matter should be directed to inspector-general of police (IGP) Mohamad Fuzi Harun (photo) instead.

He said this when questioned on the timing of the ban, with the next general election being imminent, even though these beer events have been held annually for years, without incident.

“This is a very technical and operational question. I think the question should be directed to the IGP,” Zahid said in reply to reporters.

He was speaking to reporters after officiating the National Welfare Month at the Industrial Training and Rehabilitation Centre.

Bernama had previously quoted Zahid on Sept 26 saying that he had directed the police to cancel the Better Beer Festival.

Fuzi was reportedly present at the press conference at the time, and said the police had received information that some quarters were plotting to attack participants at the event.

The Better Beer Festival due to be held on Oct 6 and 7. The organiser, Mybeer (M) Sdn Bhd, objected to the cancellation, saying that previous events had been held without untoward incidents.

Subsequently, it was reported that a “German Food and Beverage Festival”, due to be held in Klang, was also banned on grounds that alcohol would be served at the event. The event slated for Oct 12 and 13.

“We will not give approval as per the instructions given by Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi recently for police to ensure that there are no alcohol festivals organised,” Bernama quoted Klang Utara district police chief Mazelan Paijan as saying.

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After ordering beer fest ban, Zahid passes buck to IGP
1 Oct 2017 – Malaysiakini




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All that is necessary
for the triumph of evil
is for good men
to do nothing.

- Edmund Burke
When the people
fears their government,
there is TYRANNY;
when the government
fears the people,
there is LIBERTY.

- Thomas Jefferson
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