Najib & Rosmah now, Taib Mahmud next?

20 June 2018

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Taib Hired Disgraced London PR Firm Bell Pottinger To Pose As ‘Concerned Young Sarawakians’

19 June 2018

A major expose by America’s prestigeous New Yorker magazine into Britain’s former top PR company Bell Pottinger has revealed more ‘dirty tricks’ commissioned by Sarawak’s billionaire politician, Taib Mahmud against this website and affiliated radio station, Radio Free Sarawak.

It had earlier been revealed that the PR company, which closed after engaging in a campaign in South Africa to stir up racial hatred on behalf of the notorious Gupta brothers, was also hired to defame and undermine targets of Taib.

A sting by the UK based Bureau of Investigative Journalism in 2011 revealed that the company had been engaged to secretly alter Wikipedia sites and search tools to undermine Sarawak Report and its Editor and family and offered to do the same for a bogus client from Uzbekistan:

“The [Bell Pottinger] executives also discussed what they called the “dark arts” of optimizing Google searches and editing Wikipedia pages in favor of clients. Collins said that Bell Pottinger’s goal would be “to get to the point where, even if they type in ‘Uzbek child labor’ or ‘Uzbek human-rights violation,’ some of the first results that come up are sites talking about what you guys are doing to address and improvethat, not just the critical voices saying how terrible this all is.” [New Yorker Magazine]

However, the New Yorker has now received exclusive inside information showing that the campaign against Sarawak Report went far further.

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These claims were lies made by the real authors from PR firm Bell Pottinger

On behalf of its client, Taib Mahmud, the Bell Pottinger team set up a number of online campaigns, including a website called Sarawak Bersatu, which purported to represent an anonymous group of young Sarawakians, who were concerned that foreign activists with ‘hiden agendas’ would ruin the economy of the state and destroy their future prosperity.
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The full New Yorker article can be found on their website.  The section about Sarawak is below:

In 2011, during the Arab Spring, Bahrain erupted in protests against the royal family. At the time, Bell Pottinger was advising the Bahrain Economic Development Board, and on occasion its brief extended to advising the Bahraini government more generally. The government responded to the protests with a repressive backlash. Bell Pottinger’s digital team prepared for its Bahraini clients a list of the most influential dissidents on social media. An employee involved in this work does not know the fate of the individuals on the list, but he remains troubled by the fact that Bell Pottinger performed this service at a time when Bahraini officials were imprisoning and torturing people who spoke out against the regime. The Bahrain account brought in three and a half million dollars annually.

In the same period, the firm also worked for Abdul Taib Mahmud, the chief minister of Sarawak, a state in eastern Malaysia. He had held the post since 1981, and was seeking his eighth term. Opposition figures frequently called Taib corrupt. One journalist who criticized Taib was Clare Rewcastle Brown, who lives in London but was born in Sarawak. She is the sister-in-law of Gordon Brown, the former Labour Prime Minister of the U.K. In 2011, Rewcastle Brown was subjected to a series of smears by a blog called Sarawak Bersatu, which described itself as representing a “group of Sarawakians who aim to protect Sarawak against the influences—and hidden agendas—of foreign political groups and activists.” Material posted on Sarawak Bersatu, and on a related Twitter feed, impugned the motives and the reporting practices of Rewcastle Brown and called her an agent of British socialism. The site promoted stories falsely claiming that one of her colleagues had engaged in sexual improprieties. According to a former Bell Pottinger employee with knowledge of the site, the firm generated Sarawak Bersatu’s material. This was “fake news” before it had a name. When I informed Rewcastle Brown that Bell Pottinger was behind Sarawak Bersatu, she said that she had “no idea this was being run out of London.”

A former Bell Pottinger partner expressed shock when I described the Bahrain and Sarawak accounts. It was possible, he said, to draw a straight line between these episodes and the South African scandal. The partner said the Sarawak work suggested that certain people within Bell Pottinger had “a playbook.”

One publicist who helped write the Bell Pottinger playbook is Mark Turnbull, who worked at the firm from 1995 to 2012, and often focussed on geopolitical accounts, including in South Africa and Iraq. He subsequently became a top executive at Cambridge Analytica, the British firm that advised Donald Trump’s 2016 Presidential campaign. The company fell apart earlier this year, after its harvesting of Facebook user data was exposed. Shortly before Cambridge Analytica’s collapse, undercover journalists at Channel 4 News, in London, secretly recorded Turnbull describing his modus operandi. He bragged about the deployment of misinformation against a client’s political opponents. “We just put information into the bloodstream of the Internet, and then, and then watch it grow, give it a little push every now and again,” Turnbull explained. “It has to happen without anyone thinking, That’s propaganda. Because the moment you think, That’s propaganda, the next question is: Who’s put that out?”

For the rest of the article:

http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=116827

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The full New Yorker article can be found on their website

 

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Sarawak, the Taib family and their stolen money cannot be over-looked in Malaysia’s clean up

 

The cleansing sweep of GE14 has flushed out the Federal Government and also sent Sabah’s Musa Aman packing. Yet, one glaring piece of unfinished business remaining among various pockets of entrenched corruption is Sarawak and its limpit of a leading politician, Governor Taib Mahmud.

Social media over the past two days has buzzed with footage of the ageing Governor, apparently disabled down his right side as he stretches out his left arm from a seating position to great Aid Fitr guests.

Taib has dominated the state for nearly four decades, during which he has acquired ownership of much of the local economy, along with estimated billions of dollars of kleptocratic spoils, squirrelled away abroad. He should be got rid of and the money returned.

However, signs are the present leadership plans to allow the potentate to remain, at least until Sarawak voters get their say in state elections some way off. Prime Minister Mahathir has been indicating to some that he doesn’t wish to move against a veteran leader, who is plainly becoming frail (also, some note, a key ally from the past).

Such indulgence to an elder politician may be generous spirited on a personal level, but many Sarawakians will view the matter differently, not least because the disgraceful poverty, substandard education and insufficient services suffered by so many of the native people in Malaysia’s wealthiest state, owes to the decades Taib prioritised his own bank balances and continuing power over their welfare.
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This website has not hesitated to put its view that none of the enormous wealth that lies within the grasp of the stupendously rich Mahmud clan has been legitimately obtained. Sarawak Report agrees with very many others that all these ill-gotten riches ought to be nationalised back to the state for health, education and general economic progress from which it was diverted.
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Ragad’s own family and various close companions pass a lot of time in and around the Taib family home and over the past months she has managed to secure the adoption of her two sons by Taib, along with ‘native status’ for all three of them.  They are now poised to inherit Taib’s fortune equally with his actual adult children and also to engage in land dabbling and other concessions exclusively allowed to ‘natives of Sarawak’.

The former issue can only have worsened the rivalry and tensions within the Taib family itself, whilst the later has infuriated just about every denizen of Sarawak. Neither is Ragad’s ostentatious, flashy and flirtatious style perceived as dignified on the arm of the elderly Governor: people find it hard to believe that her heart is really in the job and suspect instead that her eye is on the money.

All of which has thrown into sharper focus the pressing matter of a review of the Taib family entitlement to any of that money in the first place.  With Taib failing and his offspring and siblings left fuming impotently on the sidelines, Ragad is feared to be readying herself to depart the scene with a hoard that will have made her decade in Sarawak more than worth its while.

There are concerns that this political wife now stands between every transaction conducted between the Governor and his once loyal private secretary, to the extent that rumours have circulated that Taib remains incarcerated in a locked room for considerable periods – the key being on the outside of the door.  If half the rumours are true, then this Head of State is no longer in control of state affairs nor indeed of his own vast financial empire.

All of which is worrying for Sarawak.

A starting point for addressing these matters would be for the suspended MACC report into Taib’s financial misappropriations from the state to be re-opened. The matter of the Governor’s physical and mental health and state of independence ought also to be transparently addressed.  Since his daughter has now become a public figure, she should come out with a statement of her own position on this matter and assessment of her father’s situation.

Meanwhile, the federal government must not hold back from reforming outrageous inadequacies in the anti-corruption legislation brought through by the previous BN government, which has protected corrupted ministers. Under these rules the likes of Taib only had to exit the cabinet roon during the moment decisions were made that benefited them personally, in order to avoid culpability for blatant self-enrichments.

That ‘get-out’ needs ending and the money Taib stole needs to be returned in trust to the State of Sarawak.

http://www.sarawakreport.org/2018/06/sarawak-does-not-deserve-to-be-left-out-of-malaysias-clean-up-drive/

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Najib and Rosmah in Langkawi: Were they planning to escape? Could they have escaped?

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30 bags for a 3 day holiday @ St. Regis. I’m genuinely curious what’re in them bags. Mrs and Mr Klepto flew commercial I reckon, so can’t smuggle goods in/out. Unless Peter Sondakh had a jet ready in KLIA.

unless the holiday is a ruse to smuggle things over to Jakarta or wherever needed via Peter Sondakh. Can’t rule anything out with the mega-kleptrocrats.

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19 June 2018

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Malaysia police ‘aware’ that Najib holidaying with family in Langkawi via
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Malaysia police ‘aware’ that Najib holidaying with family in Langkawi

ALOR SETAR, Kedah: The Kedah police said on Monday (Jun 18) that they were aware that former Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak and his wife Rosmah Mansor were on holiday in Langkawi, along with several family members.

Security officers were with Najib and his family, Kedah Police Chief Zainal Abidin Kasim told Bernama.
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Read more at https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/malaysia-police-aware-najib-holidaying-with-family-langkawi-10443740

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17 June 2018

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5h5 hours ago

EVER LAVISH, NAJIB & ROSMAH SPOTTED IN LANGKAWI WITH ’30 PIECES OF LUGGAGE’: 5 UMNO LEADERS MET EX-PM AT HOTEL – REPORT

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PETALING JAYA — Barred from leaving the country, former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor made heads turn when they were spotted at two airports with a massive number of luggage yesterday.

Just a day after hosting hundreds of visitors at Sri Kenangan, his home in Pekan, Pahang for the Hari Raya Puasa celebrations that started Friday, Najib and his wife made their way to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA) in Sepang, Selangor.

They were later seen at the Langkawi airport in Kedah yesterday with several other local Umno leaders.

Kuah assemblyman Nor Saidi Nanyan posted two pictures of him welcoming Najib at what seems to be the Langkawi airport lounge area, and later sending him off at the door to the departure hall.

In one of the pictures, Nor Saidi, former Langkawi MP Nawawi Ahmad and former Ayer Hangat assemblyman Datuk Mohd Rawi Abdul Hamid were seen hanging out with Najib at the Langkawi airport terminal.

Malaysians on social media also uploaded a picture in what seemed like several trolleys of luggage belonging to Najib and his family at the airport’s baggage reclaim area.

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Luggage believed to belong to Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor were spotted at the Langkawi airport’s baggage reclaim area on June 16,2018. — Picture via Facebook/Nor Saidi Nanyan

Film director Quek Shio Chuan had also posted a nine-second video of Najib’s white Toyota Vellfire at KLIA on his Facebook wall on Saturday.

“We just saw Najib and Rosmah at KLIA.. went straight into fasttrack..international departure. they r allowed to fly?” he posted in a caption under the comments section.

http://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=116517

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Datuk Seri Najib Razak, his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor and 12 family members have arrived in Langkawi for a holiday. Sources say they are staying at the St Regis Hotel. Najib is scheduled to play golf during his stay.

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When Khalid Abu Bakar was IGP, he defied the Ipoh High Court…

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http://www.themalaysiantimes.com.my/indiras-case-kula-warns-igp-against-contempt-of-court/

22 November 2017

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Indira Gandhi to sue IGP for ignoring Federal Court order to arrest Muslim ex-husband

BY RAM ANAN

PETALING JAYA, Nov 21 — Hindu mother M. Indira Gandhi will be initiating a civil suit against the Inspector General of Police (IGP) for failing to comply with a mandamus order issued by the Federal Court to arrest her Muslim convert ex-husband who has refused to hand custody of the couple’s youngest child back to her.

Her lawyer M. Kulasegaran said that he will be filing the suit against the IGP’s office after the Federal Court delivers its judgement on Indira’s application to declare her children’s unilateral conversion to Islam by her ex-husband null and void.

Indira has been waiting for a judgement from the apex court for almost a year now, ever since it concluded hearing of her case in November 2016.

Former IGP Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar previously claimed there were contradicting orders from the Shariah Court and the civil courts as reason for his refusal to carry out the mandamus order to arrest Muhammad Riduan Abdullah issued by the High Court in Ipoh and subsequently upheld by the Federal Court last year.

But Kulasegaran insisted the IGP “lied” about there being two orders.

“There were never two orders. The only contradictions were relating to the custody of the children. The orders to retrieve the youngest child and to arrest the ex-husband were only issued at the civil court. He has lied to the whole nation,” Kulasegaran, who is also Ipoh Barat MP, said.

“The process is ongoing to sue him,” the DAP man added.
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Read more at http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/indira-gandhi-to-sue-igp-for-ignoring-federal-court-order-to-arrest-muslim#YbDhEvJxl2UA0mUv.99

29 April 2016

IGP cannot refuse to order officers to arrest Ridhuan, rules apex court

The duties of a police officer include the execution of warrants of committal issued against a person, resulting from a contempt proceeding, says the Federal Court.

In ordering inspector-general of police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar to arrest Muslim convert Mohd Ridhuan Abdullah, the Federal Court ruled that Ridhuan must be arrested to face justice.

Court of Appeal President Md Raus Sharif, who led the five-member bench in the unanimous decision, said the general duties of police officers under the command of the IGP are stipulated under Section 20 (3) of the Police Act 1967.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/339681

29 April 2016

Malay Mail Online

After Federal Court order, IGP says will arrest Indira Gandhi’s ex-spouse

BY YISWAREE PALANSAMY

KUALA LUMPUR, April 29 ― Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today the police will abide by a Federal Court order to arrest Muhammad Riduan Abdullah, ex-spouse of M.Indira Gandhi, for contempt of court.

“Police will obey the Fed Ct order,” Khalid said in a brief text message to the Malay Mail Online, referring to the Federal Court.

Earlier today, the country’s top court ordered the national police chief to arrest Muhammad Riduan for contempt of court, over his refusal to hand custody of their youngest child ― Prasana Diksa to her in the high-profile child conversion case.

The Federal Court also upheld the initial mandamus order issued by the Ipoh High Court to Khalid, ordering the court to monitor the procedures to track and to arrest Muhammad Riduan following today’s decision.

The court ruled that the committal order against Muhammad Riduan was justified as he has repeatedly failed to produce the couple’s child — Prasana Diksa, now aged eight — in court.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/after-federal-court-order-igp-says-will-arrest-indira-gandhis-ex-spouse#sthash.nPUawAoD.dpuf

Lawyer M. Kula Segaran, who appeared for Indira, said later that a court order would be served on Khalid for him to appear before the court on September 12.

YAHOO! NEWS MALAYSIA

IGP to appear in court for ignoring order to arrest Muslim convert, find child

The Ipoh High Court today ordered the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid to explain why he refused to execute a May 30 order issued by the court to arrest Muslim convert Muhammad Ridzuan Abdullah and locate his youngest child.

Judge Lee Swee Seng, in granting Muhammad Ridzuan’s ex-wife M. Indira Gandhi’s mandamus application to cite the IGP for contempt for his refusal to follow the court directive, said that she had proved there was a case for Khalid to answer.

The judge fixed hearing for September 12.

Lawyer M. Kula Segaran, who appeared for Indira, said later that a court order would be served on Khalid for him to appear before the court on September 12.

“The Attorney-General’s Chambers will appear for the IGP as Indira took action against Khalid in his capacity as the nation’s top cop,” said Kula Segaran, who is also Ipoh Barat MP.

Kula Segaran said this was a landmark ruling because the judge was bold in issuing a directive against the IGP.

https://my.news.yahoo.com/igp-faces-court-date-ignoring-court-order-arrest-082318421.html

Hindu mother wins leave to force IGP to retrieve child from Muslim ex-spouse

KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 — The Ipoh High Court said today it will hear M.Indira Gandhi’s bid to compel the Inspector-General of the Police (IGP) to arrest her Muslim convert ex-husband who had ran off with her youngest daughter and return the child, her lawyer said today.

Lawyer M. Kulasegaran confirmed the Ipoh High Court has fixed September 12 to hear his client’s application before deciding whether it will issue the mandamus order compelling the IGP to act.

“Today the court has given leave for a mandamus order to be issued with respect to compel the IGP to execute the warrant of arrest and to execute the recovery order issued by the court,” he said in a statement today

A mandamus is a form of court order issued to induce specific action from public institutions and bodies, such as the police.

Malaysiakini

9:18PM Jun 25, 2014

IGP: We’re ‘just monitoring’ Indira’s ex-husband

Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar has denied that police will arrest Indira Ghandi ex-husband for refusing a court order to return their child to her.

Instead, he said, Perak police are only searching for Riduan Abdullah @ S Pathmanathan to “monitor” him and “ensure the child is safe”.

The IGP said police are not budging from its position not to enforce either the civil or syariah court order, which sided with Indira’s ex-husband Riduan Abdullah, Bernama reports.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/266836

23 June 2014

YAHOO! NEWS MALAYSIA

IGP defies court order in inter-faith child custody battle

Despite a court order to locate and return a child in an inter-faith custody battle, Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar (pic) maintained his earlier stand that police will not comply with it as there were two conflicting verdicts in the case.

The Inspector-General of Police said he will not act on the Ipoh court order instructing the police to reunite Prasana Diksa with her Hindu mother M. Indira Ghandi.

Khalid said that the matter is being looked into by Putrajaya and he wished not to comment further on the matter.

“The fact remains that there are two conflicting verdicts. The matter is being looked into at the moment. I am not saying that police will not take action. I just wish not to comment on it at the moment,” said Khalid in a press conference at a function at University Teknologi Mara in Shah Alam today.

Khalid stressed the same point even when pressed further by the media.

https://my.news.yahoo.com/igp-defies-court-order-inter-faith-child-custody-085444219.html

19 June 2014

YAHOO! NEWS MALAYSIA

IGP served court order to locate child in inter-faith custody battle

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP) was yesterday served with a court order directing police to locate and hand over the daughter of a kindergarten teacher entangled in an inter-faith child custody dispute.

Lawyer M. Kulasegaran (pic), representing M. Indira Gandhi, said the High Court order was served on Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to instruct his men to locate Indira’s ex-husband Muhammad Ridzuan Abdullah in any part of the country and hand over the child, Prasana Diksa (Ummu Habibah), to the mother.

“This order speaks for itself and we hope the police will give effect to the court order immediately,” Kulasegaran told The Malaysian Insider.

Kulasegaran said copies of the order would also be served on the High Court sheriff in Ipoh to locate Ridzuan.

“The officer in charge of the Ipoh police district and the chief police officer of Perak will also be given copies of the order,” he added.

Indira obtained the order last week following Khalid’s statement that minors in inter-faith child custody cases should be placed in childcare centres to be fair to both parents.

https://my.news.yahoo.com/igp-served-court-order-locate-child-inter-faith-082756113.html

Malaysiakini

4:19PM Jun 12, 2014

Ipoh court orders cops to find Indira’s daughter

The Ipoh High Court yesterday directed the police to retrieve kindergarten teacher M Indira Gandhi’s youngest daughter Prasana Diksa within 30 days – failing which they would have to answer the court why they did not comply with the order.

Indira Gandhi’s lawyer M Kulasegaran told Malaysiakini it was rare for the court to issue such order but he was glad that Justice Lee Swee Seng had allowed it.

“This is ensuing the court’s decision on May 30 this year,” he added.

“With this order, the police are required to find and bring back the girl. If they fail to do so, they have to state the reasons via an affidavit.

“With this, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar will have to comply with the order and not propose something else,” he said.

Yesterday’s court order follows the failure of Indira Gandhi’s former husband K Pathmanathan @ Mohd Ridhuan Abdullah to comply with the Ipoh High Court order, dated May 30, for Ridhuan to return the five-year-old girl by June 6.

Ridhuan has been found guilty by Justice Lee of contempt of court for not returning the child, an order the court was willing to revoke, should the father return Prasana Diksa, or her Muslim name Ummu Habibah, to Kulasegaran or the mother by that time.

On May 30, Justice Lee also ruled that the civil High Court is superior to the Syariah High Court and declared the Syariah High Court order granting custody of Prasana Diksa to Ridhuan as null and void.

http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/265522

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Deputy Prime Minister & Women, Family and Community Development Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail: We have failed to protect children. What an indictment of the BN government!

14 June 2018

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20,000 case of child sexual abuse cases were kept secret by BN for 10 years. Twenty thousand…. 😢

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We have failed to protect children, says Wan Azizah


Gan Pei Ling

MALAYSIAN laws and society as a whole have failed to protect children, whether from malnutrition or abuse, said Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, adding that making the country a safer place for minors will be one of her top priorities.

But the 65-year-old, who is also women, family and community development minister, admits she has her work cut out for her.

Dr Wan Azizah, who has nine grandchildren, said she has been particularly affected by what she sees as a lack of policies to protect children from sexual abuse.
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Dr Wan Azizah said she was shocked when she was shown a study by Protect and Save the Children, which found a high prevalence of sexual abuse cases amongst 20,000 children, and that offenders were often adults close to the children, including family members and religious teachers.

The study, which was classified under the Official Secrets Act by the previous Barisan Nasional government, was conducted more than 10 years ago.

“I was alarmed. The ministry is (re)looking this. We have to get to the bottom of this. I have been told it’s under police investigation.

“The victims would have grown up by now. We need an update,” said Dr Wan Azizah, who is working at getting the study declassified.

https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/s/54614

Jun 14

We have failed to protect children, says Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail when she saw a study by on sexually abused children. READ MORE HERE:

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Lim Guan Eng and the MCA…

15 June 2018

How Guan Eng became the nail in MCA’s coffin

June 15, 2018

Former Central Committee member Lee Hwa Beng says MCA has no chance of surviving outside BN, even more so with Pakatan Harapan putting Chinese in positions of power.

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PETALING JAYA: The appointment of DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng as finance minister was the “nail in the coffin” for MCA, according to a former MCA Central Committee member, Lee Hwa Beng.

“They are finished,” Lee told FMT today. He said MCA would not be able to survive on its own if it left Barisan Nasional.

“Right now, their only hope for survival is Malay support. They are no match for DAP and PKR, where both are well represented with Chinese MPs in the states now governed by a Pakatan Harapan-led state government.”

After last month’s general election, MCA has been left with only one MP, its deputy president Wee Ka Siong who was narrowly elected in Ayer Hitam, Johor, and two assemblymen, in Titi Tinggi, Perlis, and Cheka, Pahang.

All other candidates lost their contests, including party president Liow Tiong Lai in Bentong.

MCA has since faced calls to leave BN. Critics of the party have said that MCA had lost Chinese support by not speaking up for the Chinese community.

Lee, who was sacked by the party in 2013, said the MCA could only rebuild if component parties within BN merged into a single multiracial party.

“This is the only way it can survive in the current political landscape. BN’s best survival ticket would be to merge all component parties into a multiracial party. Only then does it stand a chance to put up a fight against Pakatan Harapan,” he said.

However, Umno and MCA both held too much in terms of assets which they were unwilling to let go.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/06/15/how-guan-eng-became-the-nail-in-mcas-coffin/

 

21 May 2018

May 21

so good to have LGE as Finance Minister. Shame on you MCA to have threatened the Chinese.

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18 March 2018

Mar 18

“How can MCA be trusted to deliver promises made to Malaysians, when the party could not even get the Cabinet to take sterner action against RPK?” – LGE.(Adm).

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26 Februay 2018

“Break off ties with Umno and Barisan if Umno and MIC fail to apologise over baseless allegations against Robert Kuok and the DAP” – LGE challenges MCA and Gerakan.(Adm).
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JOHOR DOES NOT NEED MALAYSIA BUT MALAYSIA NEEDS JOHOR By MalaysiaToday

16 June 2018

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JOHOR TIDAK PERLUKAN MALAYSIA TETAPI MALAYSIA PERLUKAN JOHOR

Dari MalaysiaToday

Baca dan fahami betul-betul wahai Bangsa Johor.

Kerajaan Persekutuan atau Putrajaya tidak boleh membuli Johor atau mengenepikannya, Johor secara sukarela menyertai Negeri-negeri Melayu Bersekutu pada tahun 1914 dan Persekutuan Tanah Melayu pada tahun 1948 dengan syarat-syarat tersendiri. Oleh itu, Johor tidak memerlukan Malaysia tetapi sebaliknya Malaysia memerlukan Johor. Johor boleh dengan mudah meninggalkan Malaysia dan membentuk ‘blok ekonomi’ bersama Singapura dan Brunei. Dan apakah yang akan dilakukan oleh Mahathir? Adakah beliau akan melakukan apa yang dilakukan oleh Saddam Hussein ke Kuwait?

Setiap tahun kerajaan negeri Johor telah menyumbang berbillion-billion ringgit kepada kerajaan persekutuan tetapi hanya 3 ratus juta sahaja yang diberikan semula kepada kerajaan negeri untuk mentadbir dan menjaga rakyat Johor. Adakah lebih baik sekiranya berbilion ringgit tersebut hanya kekal di bumi Johor untuk menjaga rakyat bangsa Johor?

Sultan Johor: Setiap sen elaun Sultan disalurkan untuk membantu mereka yang memerlukan sejak tahun 1899

(The Star) – Kesultanan Johor, sejak zaman pemerintahan sultan kedua, Almarhum Sultan Sir Ibrahim Ibn Almarhum Sultan Abu Bakar pada tahun 1899, sering menyumbangkan elaun dari pemerintah negeri untuk membantu orang yang memerlukan.

Kenyataan dari Royal Press Office yang dipaparkan di halaman Facebook rasmi Sultan Ibrahim mengatakan bahawa amalan ini berterusan pada masa Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail, di mana elaun itu disalurkan kepada Yayasan Sultan Iskandar.

Ia menyatakan bahawa Almarhum Sultan Iskandar sewaktu menjadi Yang di-Pertuan Agong kelapan dari tahun 1984-1989, elaun yang diterima baginda dari Kerajaan Persekutuan turut disalurkan kepada yayasan.

Yayasan Sultan Iskandar bukan sahaja membantu golongan miskin, tetapi juga menyediakan bantuan sewaktu berlaku bencana alam dan juga menyediakan dana untuk pendidikan.

Peruntukan yang diterima oleh yayasan ini, Yayasan Sultan Ibrahim, telah diperolehi daripada elaun yang diterima oleh baginda.

Sekarang anda saksikannya. DYMM Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, Sultan Johor, telah memperbetulkan pembohongan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yang telah diputarbelitkan sejak lebih dari 30 tahun yang lalu pada awal 1980-an bahawa sepuluh Raja-Raja Melayu adalah ‘lintah’ yang menyedut wang rakyat sehingga kering.

Saya, secara peribadi, tahu bahawa Sultan Johor dan Selangor kaya dengan hak mereka sendiri dan terlibat dalam pelbagai aktiviti korporat. Dan pelaburan ini bukanlah monopoli beras, monopoli gula, monopoli tepung, AP import, kuota, hubungan kerajaan, konsesi penswastaan, dan sebagainya, seperti kroni-kroni kepada mereka yang berada di koridor kuasa telah nikmati sejak Tun Mahathir memegang jawatan sebagai Perdana Menteri pada 1981 dan Anwar Ibrahim menyertai Umno pada tahun 1982.

Mungkin kerajaan membayar gaji sepuluh Raja-Raja Melayu. Tetapi sebagaimana yang dimaklumkan oleh DYMM Sultan Johor, sejak tahun 1899 Sultan Johor telah mendermakan wang itu kembali kepada rakyat sebelum Tanah Melayu masih wujud pada tahun 1948 dan ketika British masih berkuasa di Kepulauan Melayu.

Kebanyakan rakyat Malaysia jahil mengenai sejarah dan kemungkinan besar tahun 1899 tidak bermakna apa-apa kepada mereka. Kenapa Kebawah Duli Yang Maha Mulia Sultan Johor memetik tahun 1899? Nah, sebabnya adalah seperti berikut.

Sebelum tahun 1826, kehadiran British di Kepulauan Melayu adalah melalui Syarikat India Timur yang berpusat di India. Pada tahun 1826, Syarikat India Timur membentuk Penyelesaian Negeri Selat yang terdiri daripada Melaka, Pulau Pinang dan Singapura dengan ibu pejabatnya di Singapura.

Pada 1 April 1867, Britain mengambil alih dan menempatkan Negeri-negeri Selat di bawah pemerintahan British secara langsung sebagai Colony Crown.

Pada tahun 1895, British membentuk Negeri Melayu Bersekutu Selangor, Perak, Negeri Sembilan dan Pahang dengan Penasihat British untuk membantu ‘memberi nasihat’ kepada empat Raja-Raja Melayu. Ringkasnya, ia adalah campurtangan British di empat negeri Melayu dan Raja-Raja Melayu menjadi boneka. Sekiranya mereka tidak bersetuju dengan apa yang diinginkan oleh British maka mereka akan dibuang dan digantikan dengan Raja Melayu baru.

Johor secara sukarela menyertai Negeri-negeri Melayu Bersekutu pada tahun 1914 dengan istilahnya sendiri dan bukannya pada istilah Inggeris.

Sepuluh tahun yang lalu, pada tahun 1885, Johor bersetuju untuk berada di bawah ‘perlindungan’ British. Ini seperti bagaimana triad Cina beroperasi. Triad Cina menawarkan perlindungan, yang perlu anda bayar dengan cara ‘wang perlindungan’, dan jika anda menolak perlindungan mereka, mereka memukul anda atau membunuh anda dan / atau membakar kedai anda.

Oleh itu, pihak British juga menawarkan perlindungan kepada Johor, tetapi datang dengan sebuah harga. Seperti yang dikatakan oleh Don Corleone dalam filem yang terkenal itu, Godfather, “British memberi anda tawaran yang anda tidak boleh menolak.” Jika tidak, anda akan dapati kepala kuda kesayangan anda di atas katil anda – dan Istana Johor mempunyai banyak kuda untuk dipilih.

British ‘menawarkan’ perlindungan kepada Johor terutamanya supaya mereka dapat melindungi ladang-ladang opium milik China di Johor yang sangat penting bagi ekonomi Singapura dan Hong Kong

Pada tahun 1909, British menandatangani Perjanjian Bangkok dengan Siam dan kawalan Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah, dan Perlis dipindahkan ke British. Keempat negeri Melayu-negeri ini dikelompokkan di bawah Negeri-negeri Melayu Bersekutu. Oleh itu kita kini mempunyai tiga negeri Negeri-negeri Selat, empat Negeri Melayu Bersekutu dan empat Negeri Melayu Bersekutu. Dan kemudian kita mempunyai Kesultanan Johor yang bebas.

Tidak sampai tahun 1914 Johor menawarkan diri untuk menyertai Negeri-negeri Melayu Bersekutu tetapi pada istilah Johor dan bukan pada istilah British.

Tiga Negeri-negeri Selat (Singapura, Pulau Pinang dan Melaka) adalah jajahan British. Empat Negeri Melayu Bersekutu (Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak dan Pahang) adalah pelindung negara British. Keempat Negeri Melayu Bersekutu (Perlis, Kedah, Terengganu dan Kelantan) adalah pelindung Siam yang dipindahkan ke kawalan British. Dan Johor adalah sebuah Kesultanan yang bebas.

Umno dibentuk oleh DYMM Sultan di Istana Johor pada tahun 1946 untuk menentang rancangan British bagi membentuk Kesatuan Tanah Melayu dan dengan itu Persekutuan Tanah Melayu dibentuk pada tahun 1948

Ketika British membentuk Malayan Union pada tahun 1946, Umno dibentuk untuk menentang rancangan British. Dan Umno terbentuk di Istana Johor di Johor Bahru. Tanpa pembentukan Umno pada tahun 1946, Persekutuan Tanah Melayu tidak akan pernah wujud pada tahun 1948. Kerana Istana Johor dan negeri Johor kemudian malaysia terbentuk

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JOHOR DOES NOT NEED MALAYSIA BUT MALAYSIA NEEDS JOHOR

By MalaysiaToday

Hence the Federal Government or Putrajaya cannot bully Johor or push it around. Johor volunteered to join the Unfederated Malay States in 1914 and the Federation of Malaya in 1948 on its own terms. Hence Johor does not need Malaysia but Malaysia needs Johor. Johor can easily leave Malaysia and form an ‘economic block’ with Singapore and Brunei. And then what is Mahathir going to do? Is he going to do what Saddam Hussein did to Kuwait?

Every year, the government of Johor contributes billions upon billions of ringgit to the federal government but only gets a three hundred millions back for the state government expenditures and the welfare of the people of Johor. Wouldn’t it be better if those billions stay in Johor and be used to take care of Bangsa Johor?

Johor Ruler: Every sen of Sultan’s allowance channelled to aid needy since 1899

(The Star) – The Johor Sultanate, ever since the time of its second ruler, Almarhum Sultan Sir Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Abu Bakar in 1899, has always donated allowances from the state government to aid the needy.

A statement by the Royal Press Office posted on Sultan Ibrahim’s official Facebook page said that this practice continued during the time of Almarhum Sultan Iskandar Ibni Almarhum Sultan Ismail, where the allowance was channelled to Yayasan Sultan Iskandar.

It said that even when the late Sultan Iskandar was the eighth Yang di-Pertuan Agong from 1984-1989, his allowances from the Federal Government were channelled to the foundation.

Yayasan Sultan Iskandar not only helped the poor, but also provides aid during natural disasters and even provides funds for education.

Allocations for this foundation, Yayasan Sultan Ibrahim, were donated from allowances received by His Majesty.

Well, there you have it. His Majesty Sultan Ibrahim ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar, the Sultan of Johor, has corrected the lie that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has been spinning since more than 30 years ago in the early 1980s that the ten Raja-Raja Melayu are leeches who suck the rakyat’s money dry.

I, for one, know that the Sultans of Johor and Selangor are wealthy in their own right and are involved in all sorts of corporate activities. And these investments are not rice monopolies, sugar monopolies, flour monopolies, import APs, quotas, government contacts, privatisation concessions, and so on, like what the cronies to those who walk in the corridors of power have been enjoying since the time when Mahathir took over as Prime Minister in 1981 and Anwar Ibrahim joined Umno in 1982.

Maybe the government does pay the ten Raja-Raja Melayu a salary. But as His Majesty the Sultan of Johor said, since 1899 the Johor Sultans have been donating that money back to the rakyat long before Malaya even existed in 1948 and when the British were still ruling the Malay Archipelago.

Most Malaysians are jahil (ignorant) regarding history and most likely the year 1899 means nothing to them. Why did His Majesty the Sultan of Johor quote the year 1899? Well, the reason is as follows.

Prior to 1826, the British presence in the Malay Archipelago was through the East India Company that was based in India. In 1826, the East India Company formed the Straits Settlements that consisted of Melaka, Penang and Singapore with its headquarters in Singapore.

On 1st April 1867, Britain took over and placed the Straits Settlements under direct British rule as a Crown Colony.

In 1895, the British formed the Federated Malay States of Selangor, Perak, Negeri Sembilan and Pahang with British Advisers to help ‘advise’ the four Raja-Raja Melayu. In short, it was British intervention in the four Malay States and the Raja-Raja Melayu were reduced to puppets. If they did not agree to what the British wanted then they would be removed and replaced with a new Raja Melayu.

Johor voluntarily joined the Unfederated Malay States in 1914 on its own terms and not on British terms

Ten years earlier, in 1885, Johor agreed to come under the ‘protection’ of the British. This is just like how the Chinese triads operate. The Chinese triads offer you protection, which you have to pay for by way of ‘protection money’, and if you refuse their protection they beat you up or murder you and/or burn down your shop.

So, the British also offered Johor protection, which came at a price. As Don Corleone said in that famous movie, Godfather, “The British made you an offer you can’t refuse.” If not, you would find your favourite horse’s head in your bed — and the Johor Palace has many horses to choose from.

The British ‘offered’ Johor protection mainly so that they could protect the Chinese-owned opium fields in Johor that were very crucial to Singapore’s and Hong Kong’s economy

In 1909, the British signed the Bangkok Treaty with Siam and control of Kelantan, Terengganu, Kedah, and Perlis were transferred to the British. These four Malay-heartland states were grouped under the Unfederated Malay States. So we now had the three Straits Settlements states, the four Federated Malay State and the four Unfederated Malay States. And then we had the independent Sultanate of Johor.

It was not until 1914 that Johor volunteered to join the Unfederated Malay States but on Johor’s terms and not on British terms.

The three Straits Settlements states (Singapore, Penang and Melaka) were British colonies. The four Federated Malay States (Selangor, Negeri Sembilan, Perak and Pahang) were British protectorates. The four Unfederated Malay States (Perlis, Kedah, Terengganu and Kelantan) were Siamese protectorates transferred to British control. And Johor was an independent Sultanate.

Umno was formed in His Majesty the Sultan of Johor’s Palace in 1946 to resist the British plan to form the Malayan Union and with that the Federation of Malaya was formed in 1948

When the British formed the Malayan Union in 1946, Umno was formed to resist the British plan. And Umno was formed in His Majesty the Sultan of Johor’s Palace in Johor Baru. Without the formation of Umno in 1946, the Federation of Malaya would have never come into being in 1948. It is because of the Johor Palace and Johor, later Malaysia, happened.

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PKR’s Rafizi Ramli and Amanah’s Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa: Returning power to the country’s constitutional monarchs as a check and balance of the ruling coalition is not viable…

16 September 2016

Mahathir hands over Citizens’ Declaration to Agong

Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad met with the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu’adzam Shah yesterday to hand over the Citizens’ Declaration.

A source told Malaysiakini that the meeting took place at the Istana Anak Bukit in Kedah yesterday evening.

The source said Mahathir had brought with him the Citizens’ Declaration, as well as photos of the 1.3 million documents that the Save Malaysia group claimed were signed by the public.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/355887?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

9 May 2016

Empowering monarchs to curb Putrajaya not viable, opposition MPs says

KUALA LUMPUR, May 9 — Restoring the lost powers of the Malay Rulers is not the way forward to check alleged excesses by the federal government, two opposition lawmakers said today.

PKR’s Rafizi Ramli and Amanah’s Datuk Mujahid Yusof Rawa disagreed with calls from both the Johor sultan and former minister Datuk Zaid Ibrahim to return power to the country’s constitutional monarchs to check and balance the ruling coalition.

“Power corrupts and unaccountable power obviously has a higher exposure to corruption,” Rafizi told Malay Mail Online, emphasising that the existing constitutional monarchy system is best for the country.

Sultan Ibrahim Iskandar of Johor wants the Rulers to have more say in passing legislation instead of merely providing their royal assent as is the current practice, after the Mahathir administration effectively stripped them of powers, including their legal immunity.

Zaid, a former Umno minister and ex-PKR leader has also backed the Johor Ruler’s call, saying “some powers” can be restored due to the opposition’s alleged failure to act as an effective check and balance mechanism.

The PKR secretary-general lashed out at Zaid for changing his “framework of reforms”.

“I totally disagree with his view and I think Zaid should make up his mind on what exactly is his framework of thinking to bring reforms to the country, because he seems to be shifting a lot,” the Pandan MP said.

Amanah vice-chairman Mujahid also disagreed with arming the monarchy with powers, saying reforms should be through a democratic process.

“Rulers are non-political, any changes should be done by the aspiration of the rakyat through a democratic process which is political by nature,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted.

“The Rulers only endorse the people’s choice and remain the supreme protector symbolically and constitutionally,” he added.

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1116257/empowering-monarchs-to-curb-putrajaya-not-viable-opposition-mps-says

8 May 2016

Johor Sultan calls on Malaysia’s government to ‘restore powers of Rulers’

JOHOR BARU (THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK) – Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar has said he hopes the Malaysian government will rectify the amendments to the Federal Constitution involving the powers of the monarchy.

Sultan Ibrahim said the amendments to remove their immunity had been made for political or individual interests.

“I hope that this could be rectified,” said Sultan Ibrahim in his royal address at the opening of the three-day 2016 Conference of Parliamentary and State Assembly Speakers of Malaysia at Persada Johor International Convention Centre in Johor on Saturday (May 7).

Sultan Ibrahim said that under the Federal Constitution and State constitutions, the legislature is made up of two components – the King and Parliament at the federal level and the Sultan and state legislative assemblies at the state level.

“It is not proper to limit or abolish the power of the King or the Sultan in examining and giving their Royal Assent for laws. This just reduces the role of the King and the Sultans to mere rubber stamps for laws passed by the Parliament or the state legislative assemblies.”

But now a Malay political party has limited the power of the King to consider new laws, said Sultan Ibrahim. Worse was the amendment forcing the King to accept the advice of the Cabinet, he added.

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/johor-sultan-calls-on-malaysias-government-to-restore-powers-of-rulers

Mahathir hands over ‘The Citizens’ Declaration’ to The Agong: 1.3 million signatures.

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The Yang di-Pertuan Agong: The royal institution should not be taken lightly, not a mere symbol but has a crucial role to play during times of crises.

14 June 2018

Agong: Royal institution not mere symbol, crucial in times of crises

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Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V, in his Hari Raya Aidil Fitri message delivered today, reminded Malaysians that the royal institution should not be taken lightly, stressing that it is not a mere symbol but has a crucial role to play during times of crises.

“The royal institution in the practice of a constitutional monarchy, particularly the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, cannot be taken lightly and treated in a whimsical manner as it is an institution clearly outlined in the Federal Constitution.

“The institution of the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, in my opinion, should not be seen as a mere symbol as it plays a crucial role in stabilising the situation when crises occur so that the people and the country do not suffer,” he said.

He said the drafters of the federal constitution had made this clear in writing.

“But more importantly is what is not clearly written but is implied which is courtesy and morality as taught by our ancestors and which should be carefully appreciated by all,” he said.

As easterners, the ruler said Malaysians should not abandon such values.
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In his address, Sultan Muhammad urged Malaysians to foster unity and visit one another’s homes during the Hari Raya.

The ruler’s Hari Raya address over RTM was broadcast back-to-back with Prime Minister Dr Mahthir Mohamad’s Hari Raya address.

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Does the Masjid India ‘Mafia’ control the bazaar? Did they collect the RM5,000 per lot?

18 June 2018

Bersatu man in Ramadan bazaar controversy wants accusers probed

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Bukit Bintang Bersatu Youth chief Mohd Noorhisyam Abd Karim wants authorities to investigate those who accused him of misusing his political connections to secure rights to Ramadan bazaar lots and rent them out for exorbitant prices.

Noorhisyam lodged a police report to that effect at the Dang Wangi police headquarters around 1.30pm today.

“I am making this report to reject and deny these accusations which were made viral, and also to enable the authorities to investigate these claims made by certain parties, including the media.

“This is so that my name is cleared, along with Bersatu and also Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun’s name,” he said in the report sighted by Malaysiakini.

Noorhisyam also said that he was willing to cooperate with the police, MACC and Kuala Lumpur City Hall in their investigation.

The division Bersatu secretary Abdul Razak Zabir and information chief Azrul Feisal Abdullah also filed their own reports to clear accusations about their involvement in the Ramadan bazaar lot rentals.

Previously, Bersatu Youth had requested authorities to investigate the matter.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/430209

17 June 2018

Masjid India ‘mafia’ controls bazaar, say traders

June 17, 2018

 

Ameer Ali Mydin, head of the local business association, tells of physical threat when he ‘made noise’ about the problem.

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A mess left behind by the Ramadan bazaar traders in Jalan Masjid India. (Ameer Ali Mydin pic.)

PETALING JAYA: A “mafia” has been in control of the yearly Ramadan street bazaar in the Masjid India area of Kuala Lumpur, say local businessmen, urging that the authorities take action against them.

Ameer Ali Mydin, head of the Masjid India Business Association, said: “There is a mafia there. If anyone lodges a report, they’ll be finished.” He said he had been threatened with physical harm in the past “just because I made noise over the matter”.

He told FMT: “Nothing was done. Everyone just wants to be a hero and deny their inaction during the crisis. So what is the difference between Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan? It seems no one can stop this nonsense.”

Ameer said he had urged Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun to come to the area urgently to better understand matters at hand, as an “association” had been selling stall lots for years.

Fong has been embroiled in a controversy after news reports alleged that PPBM Youth member Noorhisyam Abd Karim had profited from the bazaar by charging hawkers as much as RM5,000 rent for one of the 80 lots licensed by City Hall (DBKL), although the city licensing fees and other charges amounted to only about RM6,000 in total.

Fong had said that the only reason he issued a letter of support for Noorhisyam was because he wanted to help traders who didn’t have a licence to set up stalls at the Ramadan bazaar.

Ameer said he had received feedback that “rentals” for the stalls could reach as high as RM18,000 during the last week of Ramadan.
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He said DBKL had managed the bazaar poorly, leading to traffic jams and littering.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/06/17/masjid-india-mafia-controls-bazaar-say-traders/

16 June 2018

Bukit Bintang MP to lodge MACC report over Ramadan bazaar controversy

KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun is expected to lodge a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over the Ramadan Bazaar scandal in Jalan Masjid India involving a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia Youth leader.

This comes following news report that Pribumi Youth leader Mohd Noorhisyam Abd Karim was accused of allegedly misusing political connections to secure 80 bazaar lots and renting it out for as high as RM5,000 per lot.

Fong’s special assistant Sally Sian said he would be filing a report once he returns from an overseas trip.

“Also, we have asked the traders, who had paid any fee in order to get the Bazaar Ramadan lots, to come to our service centre and clarify the matter.

“However, none have come forward so far but we still welcome them.

“There should not be any middleman handling the Ramadan Bazaar lot and this is a serious matter.

“If the allegations about Mohd Noorhisyam are true, we will leave it to MACC to investigate,” she said during a press conference held at Taman Wahyu, Kepong on Saturday (June 16).

Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng, who was also present at the press conference, said the letter of support by Fong was given in good faith.

“This is to help the poor hawkers to get a lot in the Ramadan Bazaar, but there are culprits who use it for their own gains instead,” said Lim.
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Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/06/16/bukit-bintang-mp-to-lodge-macc-report-over-ramadan-bazaar-controversy/#qkeIQtug1RE1wEzH.99

IS THIS A TRUE COPY OR A FAKE?

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https://m.malaysiakini.com/news/429819

15 June 2018

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Ramadan bazaar row: DAP MP admits writing support letter, denies pocketing rent

KUALA LUMPUR, June 15 — Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun today admitted writing a letter to City Hall (DBKL) to support the application of a Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Youth member at the centre of controversial corruption claim concerning the rental of Ramadan bazaar stalls here.

However, the veteran lawmaker, who is also DAP treasurer, denied that he had received any monetary benefit from additional charges allegedly collected from stall traders in the Masjid India area as “rental” by his Pakatan Harapan (PH) colleague, who has been named as Mohd Noorhisyam Abd Karim.

“On June 5, Mohd Noorhisyam asked me for help to issue a letter of support with the intention to help traders who failed to get a licence from DBKL so they could set up shop at Jalan Masjid India during Ramadan.

“I issued the support letter on the condition that no rental charges be imposed by anyone other than DBKL,” he said in a statement.

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Laporan polis oleh saya mewakili Biro Integriti, Anti-Rasuah & Salah Guna Kuasa ARMADA Nasional terhadap isu dakwaan Ahli ARMADA/ PPBM memeras ugut bayaran tambahan dari para peniaga Bazar Ramadan di Jalan Masjid India, KL.
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DBKL: We were forced to approved Bersatu youth leader’s application

Thursday, 14 Jun 2018

KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Licensing and Petty Traders Development Department director Anwar Mohd Zain said he was forced to approve

Bersatu youth leader Mohd Noorhisyam Abd Karim’s application for bazaar lots after receiving a support letter from Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun.

“We said no initially, but he (Noorhisyam) kept pestering us and we only gave in after receiving Bukit Bintang MP’s  support letter,’’ Anwar said.

Anwar was responding to a report pertaining to a Ramadan bazaar scandal in Jalan Masjid India involving Mohd Noorhisyam, who is accused of misusing political connections to secure 80 bazaar lots and renting it out for as high as RM5,000 per lot.

“We also agreed after he claimed that he was only doing it to help poor people earn some money for Hari Raya,’’ he said.

Anwar said that DBKL also made it clear to Noorhisyam that he must ensure that he received the co-operation from the shop owners along Masjid India.

“There was no more space for new lots there, but we allowed them to put up stalls near the Maybank area as long as it did not interfere with traffic,’’ he said.

Anwar said that DBKL scrapped its old system of allocating bazaar lots to political parties in 2014.

The system prior to 2014 has been mired in controversy, with various parties alleging  corruption and nepotism.

Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/06/14/dbkl-we-were-forced-to-approved-bersatu-youth-leader-application/#VRxSqEIFVW3C7OTg.99

Masjid India traders back claims of rent-seeking by ‘Pakatan’ members

KUALA LUMPUR, June 14 — Several traders at Jalan Masjid India here claimed people dressed as Pakatan Harapan members demanded inflated fees to ensure that lot allocations for a Ramadan bazaar were not revoked.

During a walkabout organised by PKR Youth Setiawangsa Treasurer Muhammad Arif Safruddin today, the traders expressed anger and disappointment over the demand for up for 56 times the official rental rates stated by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

Muhammad Arif said he took the initiative to gather evidence from affected traders to be presented to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), after Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Youth chief Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman released a statement earlier regarding the alleged abuse of power by a local party member.

“In the police report I lodged on Sunday, I met with the leader of the group going around demanding payment from the traders after I received a tip-off from my relative who was one of the victim.

“When I asked their leader, an individual by the name of Man Berong, to produce a letter of authority giving them the rights to collect the rental fees, they could not produce such documents and instead threatened the traders who refused to pay,” he told Malay Mail.

Earlier today, a letter purportedly sent by DBKL informing a Federal Territories Bersatu Youth member of his successful application for 80 lots at the bazaar was circulated online.

Clothes trader Rafidah Mohd Noor, 41 said a group of individuals wearing red shirts commonly associated with PPBM came last Saturday to demand another RM3,000 for her to remain at her present lot.

“I straight up protested saying it was not fair because I paid RM4,000 for the period of four weeks before Ramadan to secure the trading spot and cover my capital within the entire period,” she told Malay Mail.

Rafidah said the same group of five people then returned on Tuesday and reduced their demand to RM2,000 for three days until Friday.

This time, Rafidah caved and paid them off.

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1642068/masjid-india-traders-back-claims-of-rent-seeking-by-pakatan-members?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=facebook

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Ketua Pemuda PPBM Bahagian, Mohd Noorhisyam buat untung RM 400k atas 80 tapak bazar Ramadhan di Jalan Masjid India. Apa ni ? Kasihan peniaga-peniaga Melayu kena tipu dgn PPBM.

 

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Utusan and Lim Guan Eng…

LIM GUAN ENG AND UTUSAN MALAYSIA HAVE GONE TO COURT SEVERAL TIMES.

These are the three cases that Utusan has lost:

1. In March 2017, in a consent judgment, the newspaper apologised for its article titled “Guan Eng tarik balik saman Shaik Hussein” (Guan Eng withdraws summons against Shaik Hussein). It would also compensate Lim with an undisclosed amount for the article that Lim claimed was “distorted news”.

2.  In June 2012, The High Court ordered Utusan Malaysia to pay RM200,000 in damages to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng over a word used in an article in 2008. Lim’s defamation suit was over the article dated March 12, 2008, under the heading Tiada Lagi DEB’ (No More DEB).

3. In December 2012, the High Court awarded Lim Guan Eng RM200,000 in general and aggravated damages for defamation suit against Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad. High Court judge Varghese George Varughesie also ordered Utusan to pay RM25,000 in costs. Lim had sued Utusan for allegedly defaming him in an article entitled ‘Kebiadaban Guan Eng’ (Guan Eng’s insolence) published by the Malay language daily on Dec 20 last year.

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2017

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Utusan apologises to Guan Eng in court settlement

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Utusan Melayu (M) apologised to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng in a defamation suit he filed over an article published in Utusan Malaysia on Aug 20 last year.

This came after both parties reached a settlement at the High Court in Penang today.

Utusan Melayu is the printer, publisher and distributor of Utusan Malaysia.

In a consent judgment, the newspaper apologised for its article titled “Guan Eng tarik balik saman Shaik Hussein” (Guan Eng withdraws summons against Shaik Hussein).

It will also compensate Lim, with an amount that was not disclosed, for the article that Lim claimed was “distorted news”.

Judicial Commissioner Azmi Abdullah presided over the consent judgment, while Lim was represented by Simon Murali.

Utusan Malaysia’s legal executive Siti Norzulaikah Ibrahim read out the public apology in court.

Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng withdrew the case filed against (then) state Umno Youth chief Shaik Hussein Mydin (photo) three years ago, after Shaik Hussein willingly and without conditions withdrew his allegation of corruption against Lim Guan Eng on Oct 5, 2012.

“We apologise to Lim Guan Eng for the inconvenience and confusion caused by the wrong facts on our part by publishing the original article,” the apology note states.

On Oct 5, Shaik Hussein had alleged that Lim was corrupt over the Taman Manggis state land deal, which the CM had strongly denied.

Murali said the apology would be published on Page 2 of Utusan Malaysia, within seven days.
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Lim said Utusan Malaysia had reported that he withdrew his defamation suit against Shaik Hussein without conditions.

“In actual fact, I did it only after he withdrew his allegations of corruption against me,” Lim told reporters outside the court.

“When Shaik Hussein withdrew his allegations of corruption against me, it was not reported in Utusan Malaysia, so I am happy that I can clear my name and claims of corruption against me by the Umno leader.

“Because of their wrongful report, Utusan again apologised to me. At least I have got back some justice,” Lim added.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/375784

Utusan says sorry to Guan Eng over ‘corrupt’ story

March 15, 2017

Apology follows a settlement between Utusan Malaysia and the Penang chief minister on three mutually-agreed terms.
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GEORGE TOWN: Utusan Malaysia will publish an apology to Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng over a news report that was deemed “factually distorted”.

The said report, which appeared in Utusan’s Aug 20, 2015 edition, was based on Lim’s defamation case against former Penang Umno Youth chief Shaik Hussein Mydin.

Shaik Hussein had called Lim “corrupt” in 2012. When Shaik Hussein was sued by Lim, Shaik Hussein apologised to Lim in chambers. Lim then withdrew the suit against him.

However, when Utusan carried a report on the withdrawal titled “Guan Eng tarik balik saman Shaik Hussein” (“Guan Eng withdraws suit against Shaik Hussein”), it left out the fact that the withdrawal of the suit followed an apology.

Shaik Hussein is now Bagan Umno chief.

Today, a consent judgement was reached between Utusan and Lim at the High Court here on three mutually-agreed terms.

The terms were a public apology before the court, an apology to appear on page 2 of Utusan (which must match the size of the original report) in the next seven days and compensation to Lim.

Utusan’s legal executive Norzulaikah Ibrahim read an apology before Judicial Commissioner Azmi Abdullah this morning.

The apology read:

“Behubung berita bertajuk ‘Guan Eng tarik balik saman terhadap bekas Ketua Pemuda Umno Negeri’ yang disiarkan oleh akhbar ini pada 20 Ogos 2015, artikel tersebut sepatutnya dibawa dengan fakta bahawa:

“Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang Lim Guan Eng menarik balik saman yang difailkan tiga tahun lalu terhadap bekas Ketua Pemuda Umno Negeri Datuk Dr Shaik Hussein Mydin setelah Shaik Hussein menarik balik tanpa sebarang syarat dan dengan penuh kerelaan hati dakwaan rasuah yang dibuat olehnya terhadap Lim Guan Eng pada 5 Oktober 2012.

“Kami memohon maaf kepada YAB Lim Guan Eng atas kesulitan yang dialami beliau ekoran daripada kekeliruan dan kesilapan fakta di pihak kami dalam penyiaran berita asal tersebut.”

The parties involved refused to reveal the settlement amount.

Lim then withdrew the defamation suit he took against Utusan over the story.

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/03/15/utusan-says-sorry-to-guan-eng-over-corrupt-story/

2012

Utusan Malaysia to pay RM200,000 to Guan Eng for defamation


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    GEORGE TOWN: The High Court has ordered Utusan Malaysia to pay RM200,000 in damages to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng over a word used in an article in 2008.

    Lim’s defamation suit was against Utusan Melayu (M) Sdn Bhd over the article dated March 12, 2008, under the heading Tiada Lagi DEB’ (No More DEB).

    Judicial Commissioner Nurmala Salim said there was malice when the newspaper published something that Lim had not said during a press conference.

    Lim had testified on Jan 11 that he did not say he was going to abolish or menghapuskan’ the NEP but that he would run the government administration free from the NEP that breeds cronyism, corruption and systematic inefficiency.

    On Dec 13 last year, Utusan Malaysia was also ordered to pay RM200,000 in damages to Lim for publishing a defamatory article concerning the latter. (Guan Eng wins suit against Utusan).

    Justice Varghese George Varughese said seven paragraphs containing the defamatory words were malicious, had intention to mislead readers and was written in bad faith.
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    Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2012/06/22/utusan-malaysia-to-pay-rm200000-to-guan-eng-for-defamation/#HPlMsCcZwKsqUzH9.99

2011

 

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Guan Eng wins suit against Utusan

GEORGE TOWN (Dec 14, 2011): The High Court today awarded Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng RM200,000 in general and aggravated damages after he won a defamation suit against Utusan Melayu (M) Berhad.

High Court judge Varghese George Varughesie also ordered Utusan to pay RM25,000 in costs and fixed interest at four per cent per anum from the date of judgement until full settlement.

Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, had sued Utusan for allegedly defaming him in an article entitled ‘Kebiadaban Guan Eng’ (Guan Eng’s insolence) published by the Malay language daily on Dec 20 last year.

Judge Varghese said the article was hatched in bad faith and the publication was motivated by spite and malice to subject Lim to contempt and scorn to the public at large, and malign him as the Chief Minister and elected representative.

He said the writer had admitted during trial that he did not undertake to verify the information in the article nor made attempts to do so.

Judge Varghese said the article was hatched in bad faith and the publication was motivated by spite and malice to subject Lim to contempt and scorn to the public at large, and malign him as the Chief Minister and elected representative.

He said the writer had admitted during trial that he did not undertake to verify the information in the article nor made attempts to do so.

“(The writer) proffered an excuse that a boycott of Utusan by the Penang state government had prevented him from doing so. To me that excuse was a lame one and not acceptable,” he told a court room packed with reporters and members of the state government.

Judge Varghese said the basic requirement of journalism was to verify information and its disregard to do so in this case showed that the defendant was wholly motivated by malice.

“It is solely evident that the article written and published was outright malicious and intentionally made to malign the plaintiff (Lim) without cause and unfairly,” he said.

Judge Varghese also noted that the defence use of qualified privilege under Common Law failed to apply as the plaintiff had established malice.

UPDATED @ 06:29:12 PM 14-12-2011

December 14, 2011

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com

UPDATED @ 06:29:12 PM 14-12-2011

Utusan Malaysia guilty of defamation against Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng

By Shazwan Mustafa Kamal

The High Court today found Utusan Malaysia guilty of making “malicious”, defamatory and untruthful statements against Lim Guan Eng, and ordered the UMNO daily to pay him RM200,000 in damages and RM25,000 in costs.

Justice G.V Varughese, in an hour-long judgment delivered in Penang, outlined seven paragraphs in an Utusan article titled “Kebiadapan Guan Eng” in which the paper had “maliciously defamed Lim, and made him and the DAP look as if they are anti-Malay and anti-Islam.”

“The judge ruled that the defendant showed selective vendetta against DAP and the plaintiff,” Lim’s lawyer Jagdeep Singh Deo told The Malaysian Insider.

“The ruling stated that Utusan had shown disdain for the highest standards of responsible journalism,” added Jagdeep.

The lawyer said, among other things, the article had accused the Penang Chief Minister of “attacking Malay institutions, being racist, being opposed to Malays, demolishing Malay stalls and villages, and cancelling the state’s Maulidur Rasul celebration.”

“The learned judge, after listening to witnesses brought in by both sides, ruled that Utusan’s allegations were malicious and not factually true,” added Jagdeep.

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