Posts Tagged ‘GE14

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

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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

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

25
Jul
18

Inviting foreign govt interference is a serious betrayal of trust

The CIA letter and the treason option

Whichever way you look at it, inviting a foreign government to side with Najib in the event of an electoral impasse is a serious betrayal of trust.

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By Dennis Ignatius

Recent calls by the Patriots Association and others to thoroughly investigate a letter allegedly written by Hasanah Ab Hamid, the former Director-General of the Research Department (also known as ME10), to the Chief of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) deserves to be taken seriously.

In a long, rambling and convoluted letter dated 4th May, Hasanah appeared to be soliciting CIA support for the Najib Administration in the event of a disputed electoral outcome.

The letter, believed to have been leaked by someone inside the current administration, could amount to an act of treason on the part of a senior government official and calls into question former Prime Minister Najib Razak’s oft-repeated claims that he had always intended to respect the outcome of the elections.

Seeking US endorsement

In her letter, Hasanah:

  • reminded the US that Malaysia practises a first-past-the-post electoral system rather than proportional representation
  • hinted at a possible opposition victory (“the opposition’s hopes to wrest control of the government seems a bit promising as Mahathir joined them”)
  • warned that a Mahathir victory could be disastrous for US interests in the region
  • emphasized that Najib, on the other hand, remains a reliable friend and ally of the US and is fully supportive of key US foreign policy objectives (North Korea, terrorism, South China Sea). Hasanah even hinted that if US endorsement for Najib was forthcoming, Malaysia would also quietly favour the US in its regional rivalry with China.

Hasanah then went on to solicit US endorsement for the Najib Administration in the event of a less than clear outcome (“even if we are to win the election by a simple majority of just one seat”) suggesting that an indication of US support could help “strengthen our stability.”

Exploring all options

What this indicates is that in the final days of the election campaign, Najib and his team had already concluded that the tide had turned against them and were exploring all their options.

The most likely scenario they were preparing for was one in which Najib massively lost the popular vote but managed to obtain a simple majority in parliament (perhaps of “just one seat,” as Hasanah mentioned in her letter). This was the same kind of scenario that many observers at the time had thought likely especially given all gerrymandering that had taken place just prior to elections being called.

What Najib’s team worried about, however, was that a failure to carry the popular vote by a credible margin might lead Mahathir and his coalition to challenge Najib’s legitimacy. In such a situation, US endorsement for Najib, and for any actions he might take to “stabilise” the situation (via the National Security Council Act, for example), could strengthen his hand.

By all counts it was a stunning climb down for a man who had previously fumed about US interference and claimed to be a great defender of race, religion and country.

That he would now go hat in hand to Washington, through the CIA no less, was a measure of the man’s mounting desperation in the early days of May.

An invitation to interference

Whichever way you look at it, inviting a foreign government to side with him in the event of an electoral impasse is a serious betrayal of trust. Though Najib has denied all knowledge of the letter, it does not seem plausible that Hasanah, who was close to Najib, would have acted on her own.

It is mind-boggling too that Najib’s officials would even believe that such a pathetic, self-serving letter could sway the US government which was already investigating Najib in connection with the 1MDB scandal. Besides, the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur and the CIA station chief would have surely been providing their own assessments to Washington sans the Umno-type propaganda contained in the letter.

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The CIA letter and the treason option
July 22, 2018 – FMT

22
Jul
18

Ex-servicemen want probe into ‘treasonous’ CIA letter

Ex-servicemen want probe into ‘treasonous’ CIA letter

The National Patriots Association says the purported letter discussed internal security matters and foreign policy matters that should not have been shared.

PETALING JAYA: The National Patriots Association (Patriot) has called on the authorities to investigate a letter allegedly sent by the top intelligence officer under the Najib Razak administration to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) just before the May 9 polls, calling it “treacherous” and “treasonous”.

Patriot president Brig-Gen (Rtd) Mohamed Arshad Raji said the purported letter had discussed internal security matters and foreign policy matters that should not have been shared.

It also asked the US to support the previous Barisan Nasional government in case the election result turned out to be close, he said.

“It appears that the Najib Razak government pandered to both sides of the two superpowers conflict. On one hand, we gave tacit support for China’s dominance in the South China Sea, and on the other covertly informed that our country was pro-US and supported the US’ presence in the region.”

He also condemned its reported criticism of Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad as “anti-West” and “anti-Semite”, saying this was “despicable, shameful and tramples the art of foreign relation to a guttering level”.

“Only a leader and a government lacking all good qualities of leadership and good governance would stoop so low,” he said in a statement.

FMT earlier published what is said to be a copy of the letter to CIA director Gina Haspel, written on behalf of the “Malaysian External Intelligence Organization (MEIO)” and signed by Hasanah Ab Hamid, who also leads a unit under the Research Division of the Prime Minister’s Department.

However, Najib has denied that such a letter exists.

Arshad called for an immediate investigation into the unit and all officials concerned.

“All guilty persons should be seriously punished to set an example to all current officials in the government, security forces personnel, and politicians, that such collusion with any foreign officials or government is considered treason.”

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Ex-servicemen want probe into ‘treasonous’ CIA letter
July 20, 2018 – FMT

02
Jul
18

Pakatan Harapan’s cabinet has been sworn in

(source: Malaysiakini)

19
Jun
18

The disintegration of BN

The disintegration of BN – from 13 parties to four

The once-exalted Barisan Nasional (BN) entered the 14th general election with 13 parties but in just a month since its disastrous defeat on May 9, the coalition has disintegrated and is left with only four parties with another in dispute.

Founded in 1973, BN was an initiative by the second prime minister Abdul Razak Hussein to bring both ruling and opposition parties together following a painful period for the country – the 1969 riots.

However, BN has today unravelled at the hands of his son and sixth prime minister Najib Abdul Razak who insisted on leading the coalition despite being plagued by the 1MDB scandal, a multi-billion dollar corruption behemoth described as “kleptocracy at its worst”.

On May 9 this year, BN – successor to the Alliance – lost power for the first time in 61 years since independence in 1957.

This article provides a timeline of the disintegration of the BN and how its former partners are re-aligning. It also looks at the remaining parties within BN.

Sabah BN

Going into the 14th general election, Sabah BN comprised Umno and state-based parties PBS, PBRS, Upko and LDP.

Immediately after BN’s defeat at both the state and federal level in Sabah, Upko was the first to announce its exit from BN.

The party then joined forces with the opposition Pakatan Harapan and Warisan, giving them the needed majority to form the new Sabah state government.

This was followed by LDP, PBS and PBRS’ exiting from Sabah BN, effectively leaving Umno as the only major component of the coalition in Sabah.

A large group of Sabah Umno state assemblypersons also quit the party to join PBS in a bid to develop a more “local image”.

PBS, meanwhile, allied itself with Star, another opposition party, to form Gagasan Bersatu.

All this took place within the first week of BN’s defeat.

What is left of Sabah BN is a weakened Umno and a few peninsular-based parties.

MCA and Gerakan have a presence in Sabah but they were never considered as core members of Sabah BN.

Sarawak BN

In contrast to Sabah, Sarawak BN had an orderly exit from the coalition with all of its state components remaining intact.

Under the leadership of Sarawak chief minister Abang Johari Openg, PBB, SUPP, PRS and PDP announced their exit from the coalition today.

The four parties announced that they will now form a state-based coalition named Gabungan Parti Sarawak (GPS).

Johari said the coalition will work with the Pakatan Harapan federal government but will form its own bloc and remain on the opposition side in Parliament.

BN in Peninsular Malaysia

The only parties left in BN are Umno, MCA, MIC and Gerakan.

A power struggle ensued in MyPPP with its president M Kayveas announcing on May 19 that the party was exiting BN.

However, his other supreme council members disputed this, leaving MyPPP’s true status with BN in limbo.

While MCA, MIC and Gerakan remain in BN, for the time being, they have indicated that they will review their position in the coalition as part of a post-general election reform.

Umno – the anchor of BN – now has few friends to count among its ranks, and may need to look for new allies.

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The disintegration of BN – from 13 parties to four
12 June 2018 – 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
Do you hear the people sing?

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