How Nurul Izzar persuaded Mahathir to stay in Pakatan Harapan and thus saved it from disintegrating…

When asked about her role in the London meeting with Dr Mahathir, Nurul Izzah said, “Let it remain a secret in history.” 

25 May 2018

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Nurul Izzah stopped Mahathir from quitting Pakatan

Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad nearly quit the Pakatan Harapan (PH) coalition last year, before PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah Anwar stopped him with a personal plea.

DAP strategist Liew Chin Tong, in an interview with Oriental Daily today, said Mahathir, 92, had written a letter to Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) president Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin to pull the party from the pact.

The letter was written last year before Mahathir left for London for the Hari Raya holidays.

“It was over differences in opinion on PH’s leadership structure. All four parties could not reach an agreement. Nurul Izzah rushed to London to see Dr Mahathir and managed to convince him to stay,” Liew said in the interview.
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Soon after the London meeting, PH named Dr Mahathir as the pact’s chairman while Nurul Izzah’s father Anwar Ibrahim was made de facto leader, and her mother, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, became PH president.

“It was the historic meeting between Nurul Izzah and Dr Mahathir, which changed everything,” Liew told the Chinese daily.

http://www.thesundaily.my/news/2018/05/25/nurul-izzah-stopped-mahathir-quitting-pakatan

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Revealed! How Dr M came close to quitting Harapan

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Pakatan Harapan had done the unimaginable. The coalition with a 92-year-old politician at its helm dislodged a regime which had been in power for six decades.

However, a new revelation surfaced on how PKR vice-president Nurul Izzah managed to save the coalition from the brink of disintegration.

Recalling what transpired less than a year ago, Liew Chin Tong said Mahathir, before leaving for London during Aidilfitri, sent a letter to Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin to withdraw the party from Harapan.

According to the DAP political education bureau chief, this was due to the differences over the leadership structure in Harapan and the inability of the four parties to reach a consensus.

Liew said Nurul then rushed to London to meet Mahathir and managed to convince him to remain with the coalition.

“The meeting between Nurul and Mahathir in London was a historic meeting that turned around the whole scenario.

“After the Harapan leadership talks were done, the whole political atmosphere was different,” he told Oriental Daily News.

In July last year, Bersatu strategist Rais Husin told Malaysiakini that the London meeting was to resolve key issues that were holding back Harapan’s registration as a coalition.

However, he declined to reveal details except that the meeting was “all good”.

Nurul also at the time declined to divulge details of the meeting, except that it was to save the nation.

Meanwhile, PKR deputy president Azmin Ali said: “Anyone can meet Mahathir but discussions must be done in the Harapan spirit and not as individuals. Maybe, Nurul just went there to spend Hari Raya with Mahathir.”
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https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/426795

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Altantuya and DSP Musa Safri, former aide de camp of then prime minister Najib Razak…

25 May 2018

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ALTANTUYA, THE GIRL WHO KNEW TOO MUCH ABOUT NAJIB & HIS CONFIDANT RAZAK BAGINDA: ALL EYES NOW ON MUSA SAFRI – DID ANYONE TELL THE AIDE-DE-CAMP TO ORDER HER KILLING & IF SO, WHO WAS IT?

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It was Najib’s aide de camp, Musa Safri, who ordered Sirul and Azilah to pick up the woman, according to additional reports. Musa was never questioned, nor did he testify in the trial.  The question is who told Musa to order the two police commandos into action. If Inspector General of Police Fuzi decides to reopen the case, if Sirul makes his way back to Malaysia, We may now find out.

– https://www.asiasentinel.com

http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=112293

 

15 February 2015

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Najib’s aide Musa Safri should have testified in Altantuya trial, says Sirul

The Malaysian Insider

Former police commando Sirul Azhar Umar, who together with another policeman was convicted for the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu, said his superior, then deputy superintendent Musa Safri, should have given evidence in the trial.

Musa was also the aide de camp of Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak when he was the deputy prime minister.

“He should have been put on the witness stand by the prosecution,” Malaysiakini quoted him as saying in an exclusive report today.

The Court of Appeal in 2013 acquitted Sirul and Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri, saying there was serious misdirection by trial judge Datuk Mohd Zaki Yasin including by not calling Musa.

The three-man appellate court said the failure to put Musa on the witness stand was important  to the prosecution to unfold the narrative of its case.

Malaysiakini quoted Sirul as saying that the Federal Court had overlooked this issue when overturning their acquittal last month.

Deputy solicitor-general I, Datuk Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah, who led the prosecution team, had argued in all three courts that Musa was not a key witness in the trial.

However, Sirul’s legal team led by Datuk Kamarul Hisham Kamaruddin and Hasnal Rezua Merican, submitted that the prosecution’s refusal to put Musa in the witness stand amounted to a mistrial.

https://sg.news.yahoo.com/najib-aide-musa-safri-testified-altantuya-trial-says-091327374.html

25 January 2015

Judges defend decision not to call Musa in Altantuya case

January 27, 2015

Panel of judges maintain that Musa’s testimony would only have confirmed Abdul Razak Baginda had a relationship with the victim and nothing more.

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KUALA LUMPUR: The five-member panel of judges ruled that Deputy Supt Musa Safri, a former aide de camp of prime minister Najib Razak, was not required to be called before the Federal Court simply because his testimony could not have helped in the defence of Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar, both of whom were convicted of murdering Altantuya Shaariibuu.

According to Malaysiakini, in an 88-page judgement released recently, Justice Suriyadi Halim Omar, said, “It (Musa’s testimony) is only useful to Abdul Razak (Baginda). It merely confirmed evidence adduced from Altantuya Shaariibuu’s cousin and friend that he had had a relationship with the deceased.”

“We are therefore unable to see how much more details DSP Musa could produce that would contribute to the respondents’ defence. The calling of DSP Musa – let alone the tendering of the text messages – would not have affected the evidence pertaining to Abdul Razak’s relationship one tiny bit.”
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In arguing the conviction of Sirul and Azilah for the Mongolian’s murder in 2006, Justice Suriyadi maintained that the prosecutions’s case was based entirely on circumstantial evidence and that the evidence was strong.

He was referring to the call-logs of Azilah showing he had made a call from the crime scene thereby squashing his alibi altogether.

“By no account could Azilah have been at Bukit Aman or Wangsa Maju (the alleged alibi) at the material time.”

In the case of Sirul, Justice Suriyadi said, “His car that was detected at the Kota Damansara toll booth en route to Puncak Alam had totally discredited his unsworn testimony.”

He also said the court was satisfied by the circumstantial evidence presented and that the prosecution had proven its case beyond reasonable doubt, necessitating the restoration of the conviction of murder and the mandatory death sentence.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/01/27/judges-defend-decision-not-to-call-musa-in-altantuya-case/

15 January 2009

The Nut Graph

DSP Musa told me to help Razak: Azilah

SHAH ALAM, 15 Jan 2009: Chief Inspector Azilah Hadri told the High Court here that higher-ranking police officer DSP Musa Safri had asked him to help political analyst Abdul Razak Abdullah Baginda.

Musa gave him Razak’s handphone number and told him to contact Razak to get details of the problem and the assistance he required, he said.

“DSP Musa told me that his friend, namely Encik Razak, had a problem because someone had threatened him.

“DSP Musa asked me to see Razak to know more about his problem and introduced me to DSP Idris Abdul Karim. DSP Musa himself did not know Razak’s actual problem,” said Azilah on the first day of his defence today.
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During the examination by lawyer Datuk Hazman Ahmad, Azilah said he contacted Razak on 18 Oct 2006 on his handphone and introduced himself, and told him the purpose of the call.

Razak had given him his office address and told him to come see him, he said. When they met, Razak looked stressed and told him about a threat he had received from a Chinese woman and a Chinese man.

“Razak said a Chinese man and a Chinese woman had demanded money but did not say for what reason. Razak said he did not want to submit to the demand of the Chinese man and the Chinese woman.

” Razak let me listen to a voicemail from his phone. I heard the voice of a Chinese man with a Chinese dialect say ‘saya kasi pecah lu punya muka’ (I will break your face),” he said.

He said Razak also told him that because of the threat, he had hired a security guard to guard his house and engaged a private investigator. Razak also told him that the man and woman had also created a disturbance in front of his house in Bukit Damansara.

After listening to the story, Azilah said he suggestion that Razak lodge a police report but Razak refused to do so.

He said Razak had asked him to advise the two people who were threatening him not to create disturbance in front of his house. He also asked for the police to conduct patrols in the area.

“I told Razak if he wanted an MPV to patrol his area, I could ask a friend, namely DSP Idris, to put a police box in front of Razak’s house as a check point for the police on patrol.

“But because this would take a long time, Razak asked me to patrol the area around his home. He also asked me to go to Hotel Malaya to advise the woman because according to Razak, she was staying in Hotel Malaya, room 512,” he said.

Azilah said Razak had supplied him his house address in Bukit Damansara, the Hotel Malaya address and the woman’s handphone number.

After returning from Razak’s office, Azilah said he met Sirul and told him about of his meeting with Razak. He asked Sirul to help him patrol the house.

The two later went to Hotel Malaya to see the woman mentioned by Razak. But they did not meet her.

The hearing before Justice Datuk Mohd Zaki Md Yassin continues in the afternoon. — Bernama

 

http://www.thenutgraph.com/dsp-musa-told-me-to-help-razak-azilah/

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Arul Kanda (the one and only employee of 1MDB) versus Lim Guan Eng (Minister of Finance)…

The Immigration Department’s database shows 1MDB CEO Arul Kanda Kandasamy has been slapped with a travel ban. – Malaysiakini

24 May 2018

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Guan Eng reminds Arul: You’re still 1MDB staff

May 24, 2018

Finance Minister says the 1MDB president is the only employee of the company, which is solely owned by the ministry.

 

PUTRAJAYA: 1MDB president Arul Kanda was reminded today that he remains an employee of the company, and was, in fact, the company’s only employee.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, issuing the reminder in the wake of Arul Kanda’s response to criticism, also said: “1MDB is now solely owned by the finance ministry.”

Lim was asked if he would dismiss Arul Kanda for remarks that Arul Kanda had made, but said he would take it step by step and inform the public of any developments.

Arul Kanda had said he was seeking legal advice after Lim called him “dishonest” following a meeting between Finance Ministry officials and former 1MDB directors and management yesterday.

Lim said Arul Kanda had every right to sue him, if that is what he wanted to do.

“Arul Kanda has made many promises so if he wants to sue we will be waiting for him. I do not know whether he would do that but he is free to do so,” Lim said.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/05/24/guan-eng-reminds-arul-youre-still-1mdb-staff/

Guan Eng: We’ll be waiting for Arul Kanda’s suit

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PUTRAJAYA, May 24 — Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) president Arul Kanda Kandasamy may take legal action if he wants to.

Lim also reminded Arul Kanda that he is currently the sole employee of 1MDB, that is owned by the ministry itself.

“He said he wants to sue we will be waiting for him. He is free to do so.

“He is the only employee in 1MDB, that is solely owned by the ministry,” Lim said in a press conference here.

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1634584/guan-eng-well-be-waiting-for-arul-kandas-suit#.WwaakfY2r0s.twitter

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JUST IN: Arul Kanda consulting lawyers on potential legal action over “potentially defamatory and personal attacks” against him by Finance Minister .

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FM Lim says he’s found 1MDB’s Arul Kanda to be utterly dishonest and untrustworthy, to review his position as president. PwC appointed to conduct a special position audit and review of 1MDB so that Malaysians would know the true financial state .

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Finance minister’s verdict – Arul Kanda ‘utterly dishonest’

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In a scathing indictment, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng accused the 1MDB president and chief executive officer Arul Kanda Kandasamy of being “utterly dishonest and untrustworthy.”

This was after Arul Kanda briefed Lim on the state of the firm, which the minister found unsatisfactory.

“I have found Arul Kanda to be utterly dishonest and untrustworthy.

“I have instructed the legal advisers of the Finance Ministry to review his position as 1MDB president,” Lim told a press conference in Putrajaya this evening.

According to the finance minister, Arul Kanda informed him that he was unsure about the value of 1MDB’s US$2.5 billion (RM9.8 billion) “fund units” investments, or if these even existed.

“Arul Kanda’s response was utterly shocking and preposterous because prior to the change of government, he toured the country preaching the financial viability of 1MDB and the soundness of its investments.

“In fact, Arul Kanda is today singing a completely different tune from the song he sang to the Public Accounts Committee as recorded in the Hansard,” he added.

Lim said the RM9.8 billion was significant as it would have helped settle 1MDB’s debt.

Yesterday, the finance minister revealed that the previous BN government spent around RM7 billion bailing out 1MDB despite the company’s insistence that it could repay its own debt.

The new Pakatan Harapan government has accused its predecessor of trying to cover up the multi-billion ringgit 1MDB scandal and has vowed to uncover the alleged wrongdoings.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/426474

1MDB confirms it is insolvent, and is therefore unable to repay debts due on May 30th. Its CEO, Arul Kanda Kandasamy said he’s on leave until his contract ends next month, and claims he’s unaware of the firm’s financial situation. – Finance Minister, Lim Guan Eng

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Bank Negara Malaysia after Zeti: Murky waters?

24 May 2018

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Bank Negara says has handed details of land purchase to MACC

KUALA LUMPUR, May 24 — Malaysia’s central bank said today that it has handed details of a transaction to purchase land from the government to the anti-graft agency, after reports that funds from the deal may have been used to pay dues of troubled state fund 1MDB.

The government of former Malaysian Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak used funds from the deal to pay for some of the liabilities of beleaguered state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), two sources with knowledge of the matter told Reuters.

“The transaction complied with all the governance requirements and relevant laws that govern the Bank,” Bank Negara Malaysia said in a statement, adding that information on the transaction had been passed to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). — Reuters

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1634408/bank-negara-says-has-handed-details-of-land-purchase-to-macc

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WSJ: Najib govt used BNM to pay RM2b of 1MDB debts

KUALA LUMPUR, May 24 — The defeated Barisan Nasional government allegedly made Bank Negara Malaysia pay US$500 million (RM2 billion) of 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) debt, according to sources who knew of the deal.

The Wall Street Journal reported today that 1MDB was in financial distress late last year and lacked the cash flow needed to pay the sum owed to Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC).

The allegation corroborates Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s revelation that 1MDB cannot meet its debt obligations on its own, and needed the Finance Ministry to pay nearly RM7 billion of its debt and interests last year.

According to the WSJ report, funds that 1MDB claimed originated from its sale of power plants as part of its “rationalisation programme” had come instead from BNM through a land deal.

The WSJ’s revelation is the latest in the sordid scandal surrounding 1MDB, the extent of which is horrifying Malaysians and the new Pakatan Harapan administration.

Aside from the RM7 billion spent in 2017 alone to pay off 1MDB’s debts, Lim met with executives and officials of the state investment firm yesterday and came away with the conclusion that the firm was effectively insolvent.

He reserved the harshest comments for 1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy who confidently went on a roadshow ahead of the general election to convince Malaysians that the 1MDB issue was resolved and that no wrongdoing was involved.

However, in his meeting with Lim yesterday, the minister said Arul claimed to have no idea about the condition of the firm’s finances or whether the billions of ringgit in “units” even existed, despite previous insistence that these existed and were redeemed.

Lim later dubbed Arul Kanda “utterly dishonest and untrustworthy.”

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1634332/wsj-najib-govt-used-bnm-to-pay-rm2b-to-service-1mdb-debts?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=twitter

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Report: Bank Negara RM2b land deal meant to bail out 1MDB

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Bank Negara Malaysia’s acquisition of a 22.5-hectare plot of land for RM2 billion from the government was allegedly meant to help pay off 1MDB debts.

This is according to a report from the Wall Street Journal (WSJ), which claimed that the money from the land deal was used to pay off 1MDB’s obligations to an Abu Dhabi state fund due at the end of 2017.

While WSJ did not name the Abu Dhabi state fund, The Edge Markets identified it as International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC).

“The Malaysian fund said in December (2017) it came up with the money via an ‘ongoing rationalisation programme’ that involved selling off holdings like power plants and land.

“Instead, the people familiar with the transaction said, the money came from a land deal involving the central bank,” the WSJ reported today.

The Abu Dhabi state fund had in 2015 stepped in to bail out 1MDB, with an agreement from the Finance Ministry to repay them US$1.2 billion by the end of 2017.

People familiar with the matter said 1MDB had almost no cash flow, according to the WSJ, and so as the deadline on those obligations neared, the government supposedly turned to the central bank.

WSJ reported that the RM2 billion proceeds from the land deal with Bank Negara purportedly went into a special purpose vehicle set up by the Finance Ministry to pay off a portion of 1MDB’s debt to the Abu Dhabi fund, according to people familiar with the transaction.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/426526#.WwYdnd0fYN0.twitter

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18 May 2018

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BNM may reopen probe into alleged massive fraud at 1MDB

Malaysia’s central bank governor says the institution will reopen its investigation into the Malaysian government-owned investment fund 1MDB if it receives “new information”.

Public anger over accusations that former prime minister Najib Razak was involved in massive fraud at 1MDB was the main factor in his shock election defeat last week, local observers say. The newly elected prime minster Mahathir Mohamad told reporters that he expects Razak to face prosecution soon over the affair.

https://www.centralbanking.com/central-banks/financial-stability/3523876/bnm-may-reopen-probe-into-alleged-massive-fraud-at-1mdb?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=3523876

17 May 2018

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BNM has been objective in 1MDB investigation

KUALA LUMPUR: Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has been objective and followed the law under its purview when it comes to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB)-related investigation, but will reopen the case if new data emerges, Governor Tan Sri Muhammad Ibrahim said today.

“Whether we will reopen the case and look at a different angle, (I believe) we have exhausted all investigations. We have given all the information to the Attorney-General’s Chambers,” he said.

Asked how much of the allegedly laundered 1MDB money BNM intended to return back to the country, Muhammad said he could not comment as it had yet to receive any new data on the investigation.

The central bank would be able to make an assessment when it received new and more comprehensive information, he said during a question-and-answer session in conjunction with the announcement of Malaysia’s first-quarter economic performance here today.

As for possible actions against AmBank Group, Muhammad reiterated that action would only be taken if there was new information retrieved by the central bank.

“So far, we have taken (all) the necessary actions based on the information (received), but if there is (new) data that we didn’t have before, we will certainly look at it (the case) again,” he added.

http://www.theborneopost.com/2018/05/17/bnm-has-been-objective-in-1mdb-investigation/

4 January 2018

Bank Negara buys land from gov’t for RM2b

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Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) has acquired 22.58 hectares of land from the government, for RM2 billion, to be utilised for the relocation of the Global Islamic Finance University and the International Shari’ah Research Academy for Islamic Finance.

The land will also be used for future development of education and training facilities that will focus on enhancing the technical capabilities of the talents in the financial industry.

“The land is located contiguous to the bank’s Sasana Kijang complex, which is equipped with conference and state of the art training facilities and houses international organisations such as the World Bank, South East Asian Central Banks Research and Training Centre and the Alliance for Financial Inclusion.

“It is also near the new Asia School of Business (a collaboration with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology) complex and the financial industry’s Financial Industry Training Centre presently under construction,” it said in a statement.

The completion of this transaction is the culmination of several months of discussions between the two parties.

– Bernama

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/407582

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Gone: Idris Jala and Pemandu (Najib’s project paid for by our taxes)…

PEMANDU UNTIL IT WAS ABOLISHED ON 23 MAY 2018

Pemandu was a unit set up in 2009 under the Prime Minister’s Department of Najib Razak with the task of developing the National Transformation Programme and coordinating its implementation.

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Jasa director Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz defends the BN Government

Tun Faisal said: “The Pakatan Harapan government has adopted policies like zero-rating the goods and services tax (GST) without first reintroducing the sales and services tax, while at the same time committing to maintaining the 1 Malaysia People’s Aid (BR1M) and reintroducing fuel subsidies.

“So to me, they don’t have money to do all these. During former prime minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s time, the government spent RM20 billion just to maintain fuel prices.”

During the Najib Razak administration, Tun Faisal said, the government rationalised subsidies, saving RM7 billion, while the GST also helped cover the costs of BR1M payouts.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/05/23/dissolution-of-jasa-victimises-staff-says-director/

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Dissolution of Jasa victimises staff, says director

May 23, 2018

Jasa director Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz says agency has an important role to play and that it has more than 1,100 staff, not all of whom are political appointees.

PETALING JAYA: A director of the Special Affairs Department (Jasa) has slammed the new government’s decision to dissolve the agency, saying the move victimises its staff of more than 1,100.

Speaking to FMT, Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz, the director of Jasa’s strategic communications division, also disputed Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s rationale of downsizing the civil service due to the country’s RM1 trillion debt.

Tun Faisal said the dissolution of Jasa wasn’t right, as the agency played an important role for the government of the day and that not all of its staff were political appointees.

“We serve to obtain feedback for the government of the day and explain the government’s initiatives to the grassroots, and we have a presence at every parliamentary and state constituency,” he said, adding the Department of Information didn’t have such a presence on the ground.

“If the new administration wants to sack political appointees I can understand, it’s okay, but we have 850 contract staff who are non-political appointees and 300 staff who are permanent civil servants. It’s not right to victimise them,” he said, adding only a small number of Jasa staff were political appointees.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/05/23/dissolution-of-jasa-victimises-staff-says-director/

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Dr M: Spad, Jasa, JKKKP, Pemandu, NPC all dissolved

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UPDATED 2.07PM | Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad today announced the dissolution of five government bodies and committees – the National Council of Professors (NPC), the Federal Village Development and Safety Committees (JKKKP), the Prime Minister’s Department and Performance and Delivery Unit (Pemandu), the Special Affairs Department (Jasa) and Land Public Transport Commission (Spad).

He made the announcement during a press conference following the new cabinet’s first meeting today.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/426356

9 May 2018

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Pemandu not privatised, says Idris Jala

May 9, 2017

The Performance Management and Delivery Unit has been disestablished and its work is now being undertaken by the Civil Service Delivery Unit.

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu) has been disestablished, not privatised, according to former Pemandu president and chief executive officer Idris Jala.

Idris, who is currently the president and CEO of Pemandu Associates Sdn Bhd, said many had thought that the government had privatised Pemandu.

“Many thought that we had privatised Pemandu, but no, we had never privatised Pemandu but it had been disestablished on March 1 this year, and passed the baton to the Civil Service Delivery Unit (CSDU) under the Economic Planning Unit,” he said.
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Pemandu is a unit set up in 2009 under the Prime Minister’s Department with the task of developing the National Transformation Programme and coordinating its implementation.

On Pemandu Associates, Idris said it was a pure private consulting firm established by the Pemandu management and staff.

“The consulting firm will provide consulting works to governments, and currently, we are assisting Tanzania, Oman and India’s Andhra Pradesh governments,” he said.

He said as of February this year, 45 Pemandu Associates staff were deployed to assist CSDU to ensure smooth transition of work over the next two years.

“This number will be reduced to 30 in 2018 and Pemandu will be completely disestablished by the end of February 2019,” he said.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/05/09/pemandu-not-privatised-says-idris-jala/

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Jamal Yunos is on the run!

26 May 2018

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Jika jamal masih tak dijumpai, Mungkin ini penyamaran Jamal. Pakat-pakat share. Mana tahu dapat membantu pihak polis. Kredit – Ratu Naga 😂😂

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BREAKING: Jamal Yunos has “disappeared” from hospital. He was slapped with 3 charges today while there seeking treatment.
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Where is Jamal Yunos? Umno leader escapes from police custody

KUALA LUMPUR, May 25 — Sungai Besar Umno division chief Datuk Seri Jamal Md Yunos, who was remanded at the Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital here, has fled from police custody.

It was learnt that the controversial 48-year-old Umno politician was found missing from his hospital bed at 5.30pm, just as Shah Alam Court assistant registrar Rahasbiah Abd Rahman was about to bail him under Section 268 of the Penal Code for creating public nuisance.

A police source said Jamal was found missing by the assistant registrar upon her arrival at the hospital ward.

“Only the suspect’s lawyer and guarantor were at the hospital ward, while there was no sign of police personnel standing guard at his ward,” said the source to Malay Mail tonight.

The source said initial investigations revealed that Jamal had not been seen in his hospital ward since 3pm.

“Subsequently, police have mounted a manhunt in an operation called “Ops Tutup” at 7.12pm to locate the suspect who fled before his bail was granted.

“We have put out an all-points bulletin (APB) to all police stations and units to locate for the suspect,” said the source.

It is understood that Jamal’s lawyer Datuk Imran Tamrin is currently assisting the police to help locate the Red Shirts leader.

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1635096/where-is-jamal-yunos-umno-leader-escapes-from-police-custody

22 May 2018

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PETALING JAYA: Police have arrested Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Yunos. Selangor Criminal Investigation Department chief Fadzil Ahmat confirmed the matter, saying the police were preparing facts of his case.

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JUST IN: UMNO division leader Jamal Yunos arrested in connection with investigation under the Arms Act.

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Jamal Yunos arrested over firearms offence

May 22, 2018

The Sg Besar Umno chief was arrested while being treated at a private hospital in Kuala Lumpur.

 

PETALING JAYA: Police have arrested Sungai Besar Umno chief Jamal Yunos this afternoon.

Selangor Criminal Investigation Department director Fadzil Ahmat confirmed the matter to FMT, saying police were investigating him under the Arms Act 1960.

He said Jamal was arrested at 1.15pm at the Ampang Puteri Specialist Hospital, where he is being treated.

“There are several others cases for which the suspect is being investigated,” he said, adding that two arrest warrants would be served on Jamal as soon as he is discharged from the hospital.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/05/22/jamal-yunos-arrested/

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Jho Low: Where is he?

Low Taek Jho, often called Jho Low, is a Malaysian financier and the beneficiary of numerous discretionary trust assets said by the US Government to originate from payments out of the Malaysian 1MDB fund.
25 May 2018

Guan Eng asks IRB to probe Jho Low and family

KUALA LUMPUR: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng has asked the Inland Revenue Board (IRB) to investigate financier Low Taek Jho and his family in relation to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), the state fund at the heart of massive anti-corruption probe.

Lim Guan Eng said in a tweet: “The Inland Revenue Board is asked to investigate Jho Low and his family in relation to any returns or anything received in the 1MDB scandal.”

21 May 2018

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WSJ: Jho Low was in Phuket waiting for Najib to win GE14

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Penang-born businessperson Low Taek Jho, the alleged mastermind behind the 1MDB affair, was in Phuket, Thailand a few days before Malaysia’s 14th general election, reported the Wall Street Journal (WSJ).

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/425994

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1MDB ‘mastermind’ Jho Low flee Thailand after being spotting relaxing in Phuket, Macau, Shanghai and Bangkok before the elections

May 17

Report: Jho Low likely to be in Taiwan

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A Chinese daily has claimed that Penang-born businessperson Jho Low is likely to be currently residing in Taiwan.

According to Nanyang Siang Pau, it had “reliable information” of Low’s whereabouts, but did not specify details.

The report speculated that extraditing Low would be difficult as Malaysia and Taiwan do not have formal diplomatic relations…

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/425567

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Mahathir, 93 years young…

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He became Prime Minister of Malaysia for a second time. At 93.

26 May 2018

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20 May 2018

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Dr. Afif Bahardin and 2 others follow

Tun M VS You

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Thank you Tun Malaysian appreciate your sacrifices and contribution.
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20 May 2018

Yoursay: Dr M’s back down on education portfolio earns kudos

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YOURSAY | By not taking the portfolio, he has won even more respect of us.

PM says won’t break manifesto, drops education minister portfolio

David Dass: Perhaps this is the right decision (for Dr Mahathir Mohamad not to take up the education portfolio). But not for the reason that Mahathir gives.

He is prime minister. He will be watching over all the ministries. And no doubt he will give his views on all policies.

Mahathir can work closely with the education minister. And assist him or her. He has said that many of our people are not educated by which we understand him to mean poorly educated with little or no critical faculties and EQ (emotional quotient).

And he also says that our teaching methods are antiquated in this world of technology, robotics and artificial intelligence (AI). The truth is our educational system needs a thorough overhaul.

And English must be brought back in a big way. We must embrace bilingualism. Perhaps even more languages. For the non-Malays, it will be their mother tongues.

Also, scrap BTN (Biro Tatanegara). There is no need to put the non-Malays down. And teach real history. Not fiction.

And teach everyone the cultures and the religions of everyone else. Knowledge of one another will bring understanding and respect. It will dispel suspicion and distrust.

Beman: Taken literally, the words in the promise (in Pakatan Harapan’s manifesto) are clear that the PM should not take up another minister’s post.

Justifications offered by other Harapan leaders for Dr M to take up the education minister’s post, such as “saving money”, “not a portfolio” and “the phrase ‘especially finance minister’ means ‘other posts allowed’” are all excuses.

Anyway, it is good that Dr M has already taken note of his apparent oversight and has nominated another MP for the education minister’s post.

Anonymous_1fcb07f5: The post should be given to the best person to do the job. If the best person is Dr M because of his wide experience and exposure as a leader, then it should have been put to a vote among the Harapan leaders.

It should not have been made into a political issue just because of a clause in the manifesto. Politicising the issue will only deprive the rakyat of a leader who can bring genuine reforms for the benefit of all our children’s future.

Hopelessly: No, it would be a big mistake for Harapan not respecting its own promises. And thanks to Tun M, for righting the wrong promptly.

ChuenTick: I salute you, Dr M. It is noble of you to honour the Harapan manifesto, even though there are Harapan leaders who think it is alright to renege on that pledge.

A promise is a promise. If you can break one, it will become a slippery slope.

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https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/425843

 

 

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After GE 14, the MCA is in disarray…

THE MCA WAS TROUNCED FOR 3 CONSECUTIVE GENERAL ELECTIONS, GE 12, GE 13 AND GE 14.

21 May 2018

V rakyat dumped mac and yet we get Chinese minister. is very wrong try ti scare Chinese. V not only dumped mca but v wiped them off left them with 1 mp. Mca total failure bcos of selfish leaders who are interested in ministership only.
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19 May 2018

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MCA to study opening up party to other races

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MCA central committee members have agreed to set up two committees in efforts to reform and transform the party for the better, said president Liow Tiong Lai.

He said the two committees are the party election steering committee and reform committee.

“The party election steering committee will be chaired by MCA secretary-general Ong Ka Chuan, it has been established to immediately initiate the processes necessary for the MCA party election,” he said in a press conference after the central committee meeting held at party headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.

Meanwhile the reform committee, to be chaired by MCA deputy president Wee Ka Siong, will include the organising bureau, publicity bureau, political education bureau, Institute of Strategic Analysis and Policy Research (Insap), MCA Youth and Wanita MCA.

“This reform committee will explore MCA’s political line and explore various proposals, such as the transformation of MCA into a multiracial political party and many more. MCA respects the decision by voters during the 14th general election.

“We (MCA) will play an effective role in the opposition… this election has also opened up a new era of a two-party system, a goal which everyone was hoping for, and it is the aspiration of MCA that our nation progresses,” he said.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/425786

11 May 2018

MCA will review its position in BN, says Liow

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MCA president Liow Tiong Lai said his party would initiate a review of its position within the BN coalition.

This was after the MCA was nearly wiped out in the May 9 general election, winning one parliamentary and two state seats.

“MCA called for a central committee discussion today to review the results of the just-concluded 14th general election.

“Meanwhile, the party also seeks to discuss the future political direction of MCA. A post-mortem will be held on another day to explore on issues including MCA’s position in BN and the way forward,” he said in a statement.

Liow, who lost his Bentong parliamentary seat in the May 9 polls, said he will also not defend his presidency in the upcoming MCA election.

“Looking forward, the central committee will initiate the party’s election process in accordance with the party’s Constitution, so that a new leadership can be formed.

“Therefore, I formally announce that I will not seek re-election as MCA president in the coming party election to be responsible to others.

“The central committee accepted my wishes today,” he said.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/424337

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Who is Sarawak businessman Bustari Yusof to Najib?

19 May 2018

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Bustari Yusuf (Sarawak), ex-Works Minister Fadillah’s brother, received RM59 MILLION Najib stole from 1MDB/SRC? Why? Buy Election?

 

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Bustari Yusof: The man who quietly guides Najib’s hand

Jun 5, 2017, 5:00 am SGT

He is not well known, but businessman Bustari Yusof is PM’s top go-to man

Shortly after receiving word in early May that the Malaysian government had cancelled his contract to develop the multibillion-dollar Bandar Malaysia real estate project, a shaken Lim Kang Hoo scrambled to secure a meeting with Prime Minister Najib Razak in the hope of reversing the situation.

Datuk Seri Najib refused to meet the Malaysian businessman or representatives of Mr Lim’s Chinese partners, China Railway Engineering Corp.

Instead, Mr Najib dispatched Tan Sri Bustari Yusof to advise Mr Lim, the controlling shareholder of Iskandar Waterfront Holdings. Mr Lim was told that challenging Kuala Lumpur’s decision would only dim his chances for future government contracts, according to close associates of the Prime Minister with knowledge of the situation.

https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/the-man-who-quietly-guides-najibs-hand

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Bustari Yusof, the No. 1 go-to person in the Najib administration


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SARAWAK businessman Bustari Yusof’s role as Prime Minister Najib Razak’s right-hand man has come under scrutiny after reports emerged that he had “advised” Lim Kang Hoo not to raise a fuss over the collapse of the multibillion-dollar Bandar Malaysia real estate project.

Bustari, 65, was despatched by Najib to meet the Iskandar Waterfront Holdings boss, Lim, following the termination of the RM7.42 billion deal to develop the 197ha Bandar Malaysia, the ultra-modern transport hub in the city centre.

According to a Straits Times report today, Bustari told Lim that challenging Putrajaya’s decision would only dim his chances for future government contracts.

The low-key businessman, described as Najib’s golf buddy, is also the brother of Works Minister Fadillah Yusof. Both have been described as the prime minister’s “key agents” in the Borneo state.

“He would easily count as one of the PM’s closest friends. They play golf (together) regularly and Bustari often goes for holidays with the (Najib’s) family,” a chief executive of a government-controlled bank was quoted as saying.

A Bustari-owned company, Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd, is the project delivery partner for the RM27 billion Pan Borneo Highway. The Star said in a July 4, 2015 report that LBU stands to earn RM1.3 billion from the highway.

Another Bustari firm, One Medicare Sdn Bhd, was also granted a 10-year concession to operate and manage hospital support services in Sarawak.

Bustari’s flagship company, BYU Holdings Sdn Bhd, is a major shareholder of Petra Energy with a 27.47% indirect interest through Shorefield Resources Sdn Bhd. Among Petra’s major shareholders is Nizam Razak, Najib’s brother, with a 9.09% stake as at April 17, 2015.

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/4351/

Bustari The Bag Man? How Najib Bought The Sarawak Election FURTHER EXCLUSIVE

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Documents show that the Sarawak businessman cum politician Bustari Yusuf personally received just short of a staggering RM60 million from Najib Razak in the weeks and days running up to the 2013 General Election.

The payments all came from Najib’s personal AmBank account number 2112022009694, which had received over a billion dollars since 2011, stolen from the 1MDB development fund.

The vast majority of the money was signed over to Bustari in the final fortnight of the campaign, indicating that the most likely purpose was to buy votes.

Bustari Yusuf has long been cited by observers, including Sarawak Report, as being one of the Prime Minister’s most trusted key operators in the State of Sarawak, whose seats have become increasingly crucial to BN’s survival in office.

Indeed, together with Sabah the East Malaysian state has been widely dubbed BN’s “Safe Deposit’, an analogy that represents the widespread notion that the voter base relies heavily on what is politely termed ‘money politics’, otherwise vote buying.

The Yusuf family have entrenched themselves in the politics and economy of Sarawak, obtaining extensive timber concessions in the 80s thanks to Bustari’s role as a Taib crony and former PBB Treasurer. However, he soon raised his eyes to higher opportunities when Najib took office.

This site has already reported on how this unofficial contact of the Prime Minister is rarely far from Najib’s side, especially when matters become sensitive or difficult.

He is also the PM’s regular golfing partner and a former colleague and close male friend of Rosmah Mansor.

When the original 1MDB joint partnership deal with PetroSaudi was hatched back in 2009 on the yacht Tattoosh, Bustari was in situ as one of a handful of guests on board apart from Najib’s family, Jho Low and the PetroSaudi shareholders (the other was Robin Tan, son of the tycoon Vincent Tan).

Again, after the scandal exploded in 2015, when Najib made repeat journeys to Singapore to shore up his position and to try to release the 1MDB accounts, it was Bustari who came with him and played golf between meetings.

Bustari has been rewarded with pivotal opportunities at the heart of a number of Najib’s grand economic projects, most controversially as the barely concealed ‘turnkey’ operator behind the multi-billion dollar Borneo Highway project. Sarawak Report exposed his hidden lucrative role.

So, no surprise that it was none other than Bustari’s politician brother Fadillah, whom Najib had appointed as Minister of Public Works soon after the 2013 General Election when BN scraped back into power, largely thanks to holding Sarawak. The ministry governs all public construction contracts.

For more:

http://www.sarawakreport.org/2017/05/bustari-the-bag-man-how-najib-bought-the-sarawak-election-further-exclusive/

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