Posts Tagged ‘Abuse of power

15
Mar
17

‘But Rahman, court says you had no power to do so’

‘But Rahman, court says you had no power to do so’

Minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan’s explanation that he acted within his powers as local government, housing and urban wellbeing minister in the BHL Group of Companies case does not hold water as the court found otherwise, Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua said.

Rahman, who is now Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, is accused of abusing his power in his previous cabinet post when in 2014 he allowed the extension of a construction of residential complexes by 12 months, relieving BHL of paying liquidated and ascertained damages to home buyers.

“The court ruling has stated clearly that the minister has no power under Section 24 of the Housing and Development (Control and Licensing) Act, to empower housing controllers to waive or change any of the terms and conditions of the prescribed statutory agreement. What ‘power’ is the minister harping about?

“What is, however, most important, is the fact that Rahman had insisted that his decision was based on the ‘merits’ of the case.

“However, in his statement, the minister failed to specify even a single instance of such a ‘merit’ to justify his decision, which had rubbed salt onto the wounds of the house-buyers,” Pua said.

In a police report filed on Wednesday, Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy alleged that Rahman abused his powers by extending the construction period after receiving a letter signed by Fatimah Begum KA Abdul Kader from BHL.

Fatimah is attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali’s wife. Apandi was appointed AG in 2015.

Ramasamy also said Faridah Begum had misrepresented herself as a director of BHL Group of Companies.

…more
‘But Rahman, court says you had no power to do so’
4 Mar 2017 – Malaysiakini

Advertisements
02
Jan
17

Najib’s family using government’s aircraft for holidays?

Gov’t jet zips across Australia as Najib’s family holidays Down Under

The Malaysian government’s Airbus Corporate Jet A319 has been zipping across Australia, which coincided with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s family holiday Down Under.

The aircraft, bearing the registration number 9M-NAA, took off from Sultan Abdul Aziz Shah airport in Subang Jaya on Dec 22 at 12.07am and landed in Gold Coast, Australia at 10.06am the same day.

However, the stop was brief as the aircraft took off from Gold Coast at 11.47am and landed in Brisbane at 12.09pm. The plane stayed in Brisbane for four days.

There are no direct commercial flights between Brisbane and Gold Coast as they are only 110km apart, or an hour’s drive. 9M-NAA, a non-commercial jet, made the journey by air in around 20 minutes.

Coincidentally, after the aircraft’s one hour and 41 minutes stopover in Gold Coast before travelling to Brisbane, Najib’s son Mohd Norashman Najib began posting pictures from Gold Coast on Instagram.

On Dec 23, a day after the brief stopover, Norashman posted an Instagram picture of him golfing and used the tag “#goldcoast”.

“Golfing with the bros in Aussie land,” he said.

The next day, Norashman posted another Instagram picture of penguins at Sea World Gold Coast.

“Having a stare down with this penguin while the rest of his friends scurry for a treat,” he said.

On Dec 26, the Malaysian government jet took off from Brisbane at 9.11am and landed in Gold Coast at 9.35am.

Again, the stopover at Gold Coast was brief, lasting only two hours and 47 minutes.

The plane then departed Gold Coast at 12.22pm and arrived at Perth International Airport at 2.47pm. The aircraft has remained there to date.

Coincidentally, Norashman also began posting Instagram photos from Perth.

On Dec 28, Norashman posted a photo of himself in a room playing an electric guitar. The post was tagged “#Perth”.

The next day, he posted a photo of him cycling with friends in Perth.

Then on Dec 30, Norashman posted another photo of himself golfing with the caption “Trying to end 2016 in style” with the accompanying tags “#perth” and “#meadowsprings”.

He appeared to be referring to the Meadow Springs Gold & Country Club in Mandurah, which is an hour’s drive away from Perth.

Today, Norashman was back cycling as he posted a photograph of Najib and himself.

“Last cycle of the year with my dearest father. Happy New Year in advance to all and wishing everyone a blessed 2017 filled with love, elation and laughter,” he said and tagged “#Perth” to the caption.

All flight data were based on flight tracking site Flight Aware.

…more
Gov’t jet zips across Australia as Najib’s family holidays Down Under
31 Dec 2016 – malaysiakini

08
Jul
16

Charges against Guan Eng lay bare BN’s moral bankruptcy

Charges against Guan Eng lay bare BN’s moral bankruptcy

YOURSAY | ‘The greater the injustices, the more there is clamouring for change.’

Guan Eng: I will die standing than live on my knees

Kim Quek: Penang CM Lim Guan Eng, these allegedly absurdly concocted charges against you may end up a blessing in disguise to you, and to all patriotic Malaysians who yearn for the country to be rid of the evil clutch of the corrupt power.

For these baseless charges have laid bare their shamelessness and moral bankruptcy and desperation to cling on to power.

Expect a decisive backlash to Najib Abdul Razak’s leadership, and an outpouring of fury and contempt for the attorney-general (AG) who has exceeded all bounds of decency through his abominable double standard in exonerating an alleged world-famed criminal while persecuting his political opponent by apparently abusing the AG’s constitutional power as the sole arbiter as to who should or should not be prosecuted.

Pakatan Harapan must publicise such blatant injustice to the fullest to awaken the conscience of the nation to the dire state of rule of law that has been precipitated by this regime.

Cogito Ergo Sum: An impassioned plea by an innocent man about the injustice being hurled at him. Guan Eng’s only crime is that he made Penang one of the most efficient and corrupt-free states in Malaysia.

In fact, he is seen to be disgustingly efficient and clean. An end to this efficiency and corrupt-free way of running a government had to be stopped or else others might become envious and jealous.

The people are with you and may God guide you and your lawyers to absolve you of this most ridiculous of charges.

Quigonbond: The prosecutions are just going to intensify. Merits aside, one can see a certain bias by the time the case gets to the Federal Court.

It may seem hopeless for Harapan to win federal government in GE14, but all it takes is for two things to happen:

1. PKR should quit on PAS and work with Harapan alone.

2. Harapan can finally hone a consistent and crystal clear message about what’s wrong with the country and how they can fix things.

Without a clear messaging, the troops on the ground and countless volunteers who are confused and hurt at the disarray in the broader opposition camp will not know how to persuade the electorate.

The greater the injustices, the more there is clamouring for change. But only if we have a solid message to take to the masses.

It’s really in PKR’s court to make that final decision, or the opposition will continue to be mired in a sea of disarray, and with it, loss of hope for Malaysians.

Speaking Sense: No matter how the wheels of (in)justice turn in this case, every right-thinking citizen, even if they do not support DAP, knows without any doubt that this is political persecution without any regard for a man’s reputation and family, purely to prop up a corrupt and decaying regime and the selfish interests of disgraceful individuals.

We are all ashamed to have allowed this country to come to this pariah state. And this alone must mean Guan Eng deserves our support for having spent all his political life standing up to this corrupt regime on our behalf.

Anonymous_3f49: A government that had allegedly been caught with its hand in the till is instead going overboard against the leader of the most progressive state that has claimed accolades from the auditor-general and the rakyat for efficient, transparent government, charging him with corruption.

Imagine the irony. An act of renewed desperation?

…more
Charges against Guan Eng lay bare BN’s moral bankruptcy
Yoursay – malaysiakini

07
Jul
16

Why swift action on Guan Eng but not 1MDB?

Civil society groups: Why swift action on Guan Eng but not 1MDB?

Civil society groups have decried authorities’ swift action on Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng as “selective prosecution”.

In separate statements, Bersih and Centre for Corruption and Cronyism (C4) noted that many other corruption cases had not been dealt with such speed, such as the 1MDB scandal and the multibillion ringgit donation to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

“Investigations into all these cases are still pending for more than two years,” said Bersih.

Bersih added that Lim’s arrest and the “intimidating and heavy” police presence at Komtar yesterday were unnecessary since he had cooperated throughout the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s investigation of him.

The electoral watchdog said it also had “grave concerns” over the arrest of businesswoman Phang Li Koon yesterday.

“Instead, MACC could have issued an order for the chief minister and Ms Phang to be present in court,” said Bersih.

However, Bersih and C4 agreed that Lim’s case should be brought to court, so that the DAP secretary-general could respond publicly to the allegations on the purchase of his bungalow.

Innocent until proven guilty

But C4 said Lim could only prove his innocence in court if the judicial system is free from political interference, while Bersih urged the judges to be free and fair.

Meanwhile, Bersih said federal minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan’s statement yesterday that the arrest shows DAP is not clean, was uncalled-for.

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department had prejudged the case publicly before it had even gone to trial, said Bersih.

“The rule of thumb is that both of them are innocent until proven guilty.”

C4 also urged the attorney-general to act with similar resolve and punish those involved in the alleged embezzlement of billions of ringgit through 1MDB, the prime minister’s donation, and SRC International.

“Public trust in these government institutions must be restored urgently.

“As the saying goes, justice must not only be done, but must also be seen to be done,” said C4.

…more
Civil society groups: Why swift action on Guan Eng but not 1MDB?
30 June 2016 – malaysiakini

05
Jul
16

The men who hunt Lim Guan Eng

The men who hunt Lim Guan Eng


Najib’s biggest blunder

The men hunting Lim Guan Eng are not interested in the truth. The men hunting him have a very specific agenda. From talking to some of my Umno friends – and there are people in Umno who think this is Najib’s biggest blunder since the 1MDB fiasco – certain themes emerge. The agenda of these men are as follows:

1. Tarnish the reputation of the chief minister of the state that has received accolades from the Umno state’s own governmental agency thereby damaging the credibility of the state government and collecting propaganda material to be used domestically and internationally against a politician who was once detained under the Internal Security Act (ISA).

2. Capitalising on what Umno believes is a shift in Chinese voting patterns by damaging the “alternative” Chinese power structure. This is why the head honcho of the MCA is dispensing dollops of schadenfreude since the majority of the Chinese community have stood by in the past when DAP leaders were vilified and targeted by the Umno state.

3. Furthering the narrative that we have an independent security and legal apparatus by linking the corruption scandal and subsequent legal consequences of Khir Toyo and the allegations against Guan Eng. This is why the rush to paint this as part of a larger unbiased crackdown on corruption in this country.

There is also a racial subtext here. That a Chinese politician is equally as corrupt as a Malay (?) politician. This is fodder for Malay language pro-establishment news outlets and the continuing sabotage of the Malay polity. Remember what veteran journalist A Kadir Jasin said?

4. That the DAP is hypocritical and racists in its reaction against allegations of corruption. Already propaganda organs have been disseminating the numerous public rhetorical blunders by DAP operatives and linking to DAP-friendly online sites where the most vile speech is used in defence of Guan Eng.

5. The outcome is inevitable. Former law minister Zaid Ibrahim was right when he implied that the fix is in. Attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali is the man who cleared Najib of any wrong but in the process inadvertently raised more questions on the scandal. Perhaps he is the wrong person to run this case for the Umno state.

His confidence that he can win the state’s case is not a question of legal ingenuity but rather establishment manipulation.

Someone reminded me that where there is smoke there is fire but I am not interested in anything like that. Some would find fault in my thinking but this is of no concern to me. When I say that this is a politically motivated prosecution, this does not mean that I think Guan Eng is innocent or guilty. In a functional system, that would be for the courts to determine. What I mean is that Umno wants to destroy Guan Eng and the DAP for political reasons.

What I do know is that when the system turns a blind eye against the biggest corruption scandal this country has witnessed, then I say that every single other case of corruption – no matter how small or big or the personalities involved – is irrelevant. There are no laws that demand fidelity. There is only pantomime.

…more
The men who hunt Lim Guan Eng
2 July 2016 – Malaysiakini

04
Jul
16

Thousands marched in solidarity with Guan Eng

Solidarity with LGE

Sea of colour floods Penang streets for Guan Eng

Dewan Sri Penang was filled to the brim with people wearing colourful red, blue, green and yellow T-shirts in solidarity with Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng today.

The crowd cheered loudly when Lim walked in about 10.30am with a host of Pakatan Harapan leaders including PKR president Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Parti Amanah Negara president Mohamad Sabu.

Earlier, at least 3,000 marched to the Esplanade in support of Lim, who was on Thursday slapped with two corruption charges related to the purchase of his RM2.8 million bungalow in Jalan Pinhorn, Penang.

The crowd gathered at 7am and walked for 2km with Lim and a host of Harapan leaders including Gelang Patah MP Lim Kit Siang, Lim’s father.

They chanted solidarity slogans “Hidup (Long live) Guan Eng” and “Bebas (free) Guan Eng”.

Despite his predicament, Lim managed a few jokes during his speech.

He said BN opponents had been going on and on about Taman Manggis (mangosteen) until he started to “crave to eat the fruit”.

“Alas, I was not charged with any case linked to Taman Manggis. The BN is lying again”, said the DAP secretary general.

BN had earlier attempted to link the purchase of his bungalow to the sale of state government land in Taman Manggis.

However, Lim was charged instead for chairing the special planning committee meeting which approved the conversion of land from agriculture to residential for company Magnificient Emblem.

Lim’s previous bungalow owner Phang Li Koon has 30 percent shares in the company. She was also arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and faces a charge of abetting Lim in allegedly enriching himself.

‘Should have taken billions’

Lim said Penangites would be angry if they are ever told to purchase an item without a discount.

“They might even topple the state government for this,” he quipped.

“And yet here I am, charged for buying the bungalow at a discount.

“I should have taken billions, as those who have billions in their bank accounts have no case against them

“If I wanted to take a bribe, I would have done that a long time ago, why wait to go to jail twice?”

Lim said he was being incarcerated because BN desperately wanted to recapture the state government.

“Can they do it? Can they do it?”

The audience shouted in response, “No.”

…more
Sea of colour floods Penang streets for Guan Eng
3 July 2016 – malaysiakini

03
Jul
16

BN Wants To Put Me In Jail For 20 Years For A Non-Existent Corruption Offence – LGE

BN Wants To Put Me In Jail For 20 Years For A Non-Existent Corruption Offence

Press Statement By Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng In Komtar, George Town On 1.7.2016.

BN Wants To Put Me In Jail For 20 Years For A Non-Existent Corruption Offence Of Approving The Rezoning Of A Piece Of Land In Balik Pulau From Agriculture To Housing That Is Still Agriculture Because Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang Rejected The Rezoning To Housing And Completely Unrelated To The Sale Of Taman Manggis Land.

When BN and BN Ministers launched their big “expose” of my so-called corruption scandal of buying my bungalow lot cheaply, they linked it to the sale of over 1 acre of government land in Taman Manggis for a hospital project they claimed is meant for the poor. Even though the Penang state government repeatedly explained that it was the previous BN state government that had wanted to develop Taman Manggis land commercially and that it had nothing to do with the purchase of my bungalow because the Taman Manggis land was sold off to the highest bidder by open competitive tender, BN continued their political conspiracy and attack.

The two charges of corrupt practice against me has finally exposed the political conspiracy of BN and its leaders, especially Minister in the Prime Minister Department Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan, as not only a coward and liar but also a dishonest hypocrite. There are no corruption charges against me relating to Taman Manggis. Despite all the hype and even threats for a public debate that Abdul Rahman then chickened out, nothing came out of the Taman Manggis land investigations proving the lies of BN.

Instead I am charged for a non-existent corruption offence unrelated completely to the sale of Taman Manggis land to KLIDC. I face the full might and entire machinery of the BN Federal government who wants to put me in jail for 20 years for a non-existent corruption offence of approving the rezoning of a piece of land in Balik Pulau from agriculture to housing that is still agriculture because Majlis Bandaraya Pulau Pinang(MBPP) finally rejected the rezoning to housing and the land remains zoned as agricultural.

What then is the benefit or corruption to the landowner, Magnificent Emblem Sdn Bhd(MESB), when there is no benefit accrued as the land remained zoned as agricultural? When MBPP rejected their planning approval on 1.12.2015, MESB was not allowed to pay their rezoning fees for it to be rezoned to housing. The State Planning Committee(SPC) headed by me did not intervene to direct MBPP that the land be rezoned to housing.

Where then is the illegal benefit or corrupt offence? And yet I face 20 years in jail when there is no benefit to MESB! Contrast this with the RM 50 billion debts from the 1MDB scandal or the RM4 billion donation scandal where there is not only a clear dishonest benefit but public funds have been used and yet not a single person is punished or charged for corruption!

Ordinary Penangites Know What Is At Stake Is Pakatan’s i-Sejahtera Program From A Clean Government.

The purchase of my bungalow is through a bank loan and my own allowances as Chief Minister. Unlike the corruption case involving former Selangor Menteri Besar Mohd Khir Toyo whose seller lost RM5 million, my seller made a small profit of RM300,000. In Khir Toyo’s case, the seller is a housing developer who had an active business relationship with the Selangor state government whilst my seller is not a housing developer and did not have an active business relationship with the Penang state government.

Unlike Khir Toyo’s case, there was no coercion or special favour granted to the seller of my bungalow. Further Khir Toyo was not detained overnight but I was detained overnight in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission. There is no reason for me not to appear in court and prove my innocence as BN would definitely prefer me to escape and run away. Unlike khir toyo who has no personal relationship with the seller, my seller is my wife’s friend.

I want to thank my party and Pakatan colleagues for their support of me and my family during these challenging times. I also want to thank the public who came out on their own to show support and am touched by the many ordinary Malays and Indians who cried and hugged. These ordinary Malays, Chinese and Indians know what is at stake in BN filing corruption charges against me.

…more
BN Wants To Put Me In Jail For 20 Years For A Non-Existent Corruption Offence
CM Lim Guan Eng
June 30, 2016




Nuclear lessons for Malaysia (Part 1) (Part 2)
BN govt is directing attention to distant past and distant future, in order to distract people from present misdeeds and poor governance
Felda - A picture is worth a thousand words
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?

Archives