Anwar Ibrahim, MP for Port Dickson, PM in waiting…

18 October 2018

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KUALA SELANGOR: Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has stressed that he does not need to explain further on the earlier sodomy cases and called on those who still want to know to refer to the many sources which have stated the facts of the cases.

The PKR de facto leader said the people especially students of institution of higher learning should adopt an open mind and not to be tied to only one source to seek information such as newspapers or televisions.

“The explanation on the case has been repeated many times on Facebook and there were more than a million hits on Youtube. All reports defending me on (the sodomy case) have been compiled into books among them, Australian lawyer Mark Trowell…the answers given are very detailed, so I would advise reading them.

“I am also repeating that when I was freed before this, the Yang Dipertuan Agong had said that he was confident I was not guilty and that there was a miscarriage of justice. He knew the matter was not right and asked that when I come to power, do not do such cruel acts on any other people.

“Do we want to be victims of slanders or so we want to seek the truth by listening and reading all information,” he said in the programme “Meet Anwar Ibrahim” organised jointly by Universiti Selangor (Unisel) and Anwar Ibrahim Club at the university campus in Bestari Jaya here last night.

The MP for Port Dickson was replying to a question from a Unisel student who wanted to know if he was guilty of sodomy or was slandered.

Bernama

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15 October 2018

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PARLIAMENT | PKR president-elect Anwar Ibrahim has been sworn in as MP for Port Dickson.

Anwar took his oath in the Dewan Rakyat today before speaker Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof.

It was the first order of business for the House today, before the oral questions session began…

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The DAP and Datukships: Just like the MCA and its Big Shots?

The Biggest of Big Shots of MCA

15 October 2018

14 October 2018

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The DAP members who were awarded yesterday were Malacca DAP chairperson Tey Kok Kiew and state legislative assembly deputy speaker Wong Fort Pin.

Other Harapan leaders who received awards included Rural Development Minister Rina Mohd Harun, Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad, Entrepreneur Development Minister Mohd Redzuan Md Yusof, Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail and Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mujahid Yusof Rawa.

All received the Darjah Gemilang Seri Melaka award, which carries the title of “datuk seri”.

Sabah DAP chairperson Stephen Wong, vice-chairperson Frankie Poon and Sri Tanjung assemblyperson Jimmy Wong, meanwhile, were conferred the “datuk” title after receiving the Panglima Gemilang Darjah Kinabalu.

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Lim Guan Eng said today that the DAP central executive committee will be meeting this week to discuss leaders receiving state awards, pointing out that the practice is not in line with party principles.

The DAP secretary-general’s comment follows the recent conferral of state awards and medals – including ‘datuk’ and ‘datuk seri’ titles – on several Pakatan Harapan leaders in conjunction with the Malacca governor Mohd Khalil Yaakob’s 80th birthday on Friday.

Malay Mail reported Lim as saying that the practice may give rise to the perception that DAP leaders were merely “gunning for awards”.

“It is not meant to be rude, but it is important for party integrity that members are not after positions.

“The main duty now is to save the country and economy,” he was reported as saying at a Perak DAP convention in Taiping.

The report also quoted Lim as saying that the late Karpal Singh, the former national DAP chairperson, would have rejected such awards were he alive today.

He added that members should prove themselves first before considering accepting such awards and to “show the rakyat that DAP is different from BN”.

He also cited former deputy prime minister, the late Ghafar Baba, who only accepted the title “tun” in 1995 after much prodding from then-premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

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To be or not to be: DAP’s debate on datukship

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YOURSAY ‘No disrespect to the many sultans and their families. The way titles are handed out, it has become symbolically meaningless.’

‘Datukship a Catch-22 problem for DAP’

your say Chandran Sukumaran: I think over the years, the datukship has lost its value. It is often awarded with the recommendation of political parties (mainly BN). This should stop.

Recognition should be only given to the truly deserving and those recognised by the rakyat. Presently you throw a stone and chances are that it may hit a titled person. Titles are a dime a dozen.

Gusnargh: A friend whose father has a datukship told me that his father goes around hiding the fact that he has one.

He went to a party once where he was introduced as “datuk so and so” and had a few other people asked him, quietly, “Oh, you got a datukship, ah? What crime did you commit?” or “Who did you bribe?”

He was so ashamed to use the title, which he earned for long service.

Geronimo: I remember DAP leader Lim Kit Siang once said back in the 80s or 90s that he was not worthy of receiving a datukship because he has not done enough for the nation yet.

That I believe is a noble way of protecting the sanctity of the award. Today, the award has been brutally abused by crooks, murderers and cut-throats that this has cheapened the award to a large degree.

In fact, besides the “throwing a stone” joke, there is another one going around – there are now more ‘datuks’ than ‘enciks’, and as the ‘encik’ is getting rarer by the day, it is better that the person/s concerned continue to keep this special ‘encik’ title.

By the way, how could a young person like MCA MP Chua Tee Yong receive a datukship? What has he done for the country so far? Compare him to Lim Kit Siang, and the disparity is obvious.

Betelnut: If DAP ever condone such superficiality, it will lose whatever respect I have for them in its fight for the man in the street. Period.

This naive mindset about all these superficial and meaningless titles has to stop, and DAP should lead the way.

Cloudnine: No need to get all these titles. Former deputy prime minister Ghabar Baba served his whole life but never took title when he was in government.

Wira: DAP only prohibits serving leaders from seeking awards. No such restrictions apply to former leaders who have retired from politics. This is a good practice.

Kee Thuan Chye: A datukship does absolutely nothing to enhance a person’s virtue or ability.

In this modern age, datukships should be considered obsolete. They harken back to a feudal age. Malaysians need to break away from their feudal mindset.

If we are to be a modern democracy, we should promote egalitarianism. Datukships merely promote a stratified society – and, with it, an ampu-bodek culture. Is this the modern, progressive Malaysia we want?

Ngecui: Absolutely so, Kee Thuan Chye, it does not add an inch to one’s stature, especially since many recipient have not proven themselves worthy in any convincing sense to the thinking people at large.

They have become degraded and serve only the pompous cult of elitism so beloved in regressive Bolehland.

Hero325: Penang CM Lim Guan Eng (LGE) is just creating something out of nothing – there is nothing wrong accepting datukship.

Before this, DAP leaders refused to wear ‘songkok’, just to stir up Chinese sentiment against MCA. Later when they took up positions in government, there is no resistance to donning the ‘songkok’.

Odin: I believe DAP state assemblyperson Ng Suee Lim was thinking of something else when he brought up the subject .

The question of whether anyone from the DAP or any other political parties in the opposition should accept is immaterial.

Titles are supposedly awarded by the rulers, but, in actuality, the recommendation comes from the ruling party, isn’t it? There’s no need to say more.

AnonymousA: What is the meaning of all these titles in the first place that the politicians are so hard up for?

For example, Tun Ling Liong Sik is in court for corruption. Tun Mahathir is the most hated person in this Bolehland.

Boonpou: No disrespect to the many sultans and their families. The way titles are handed out, it has become symbolically meaningless.

Moreover, as Lim Guan Eng points out, this is a non-issue since no DAP representatives have been given such “honour” to-date. As such, the question of where DAP representatives should accept their datukship if awarded remains a hypothetical issue.

I also completely agree with anonymousA’s comment, respect is earned and, if I may add, be bestow by the rakyat. They are most certainly not born with, and most definitely must not be bought with money.

S Ravichandran: Dear CM of Penang, good for you to reject datukship. You don’t need it. You are already ‘tokong’ .

CucuMalaysia: Everyone automatically receives a title after birth. In fact, it’s the most honorific title one gets bestowed within one’s lifetime.

Much love and care would have gone into ensuring it carries a good meaning. Uphold this title (which is more valuable than any datukship) throughout your life and you are sure to make your parents and ancestors proud.

After all, a clean ‘Mr’ title is worth more than that of a tainted ‘datuk’.

Cannon: The title ‘Mister’ is simple and an increasing rarity. There is no greater and nobler tribute than this title on head’s headstone: “Here lies a servant of God.”


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Najib should be careful what he wished for…

16 October 2018

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According to one previous Director of the Special Branch, the police had already investigated Najib and Rosmah a decade ago and there is no evidence to link them to the murder or to prove they were involved in or were behind the murder. In fact, Rosmah has an alibi and there is evidence to prove she was somewhere else at the time of the murder. 

Over the last week, Lim Kit Siang has been harping on what he calls the five ‘high-profile’ deaths or murders, which he wants reopened or reinvestigated.

These high-profile deaths or murders involve AmBank founder Hussain Najadi, DPP Kevin Anthony Morais, Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu, DAP political aide Teoh Beng Hock, and Customs Department officer Ahmad Sarbani Mohamed.

This is actually a smoke-screen. What Kit Siang really wants is for only one of those murder cases to be reopened or reinvestigated. And this is the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu.
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They need to nail Najib, and at the same time nail Rosmah Mansor as well, for something more ‘solid’. And that is why Kit Siang wants the Altantuya murder case reopened and reinvestigated. If they can nail Najib and Rosmah for involvement in Altantuya’s murder, then Malaysians will forgive Pakatan Harapan for not sending Najib to jail for stealing RM42 billion.
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Kit Siang’s angle is, while Najib and Rosmah may not have been involved in plotting the murder or ordered Altantuya murdered, they came to know about it AFTER the murder had been committed and tried to cover it up.

The police have advised Pakatan Harapan that this new approach may be possible to prove. But they will need witnesses or conspirators to testify that Najib and Rosmah became aware of the crime after the fact and that they had ordered or were involved in the cover-up.

A certain Pakatan Harapan leader has already met a few potential witnesses and deals are being struck. Two of those ‘witnesses’ are Azilah Hadri and Sirul Azhar Umar and they have been asked to become ‘state witnesses’ in exchange for their death sentences being commuted.
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Police officer Suresh and Deepak Jaikishan are another two potential witnesses. They would testify regarding their involvement in getting P.I. Balasubramaniam to leave the country. If Azilah, Sirul, Suresh and Deepak can testify and say that Najib and Rosmah knew about the murder after it happened and that they were involved in or ordered the cover-up, then it will be game over for the ex-Prime Minister and his First Lady.

So that is what Pakatan Harapan is working on. And Kit Siang’s job is to throw the cat amongst the pigeons and create all this brouhaha about reopening or reinvestigating the five high-profile murders. Then they will work on the Altantuya case and nail Najib and/or Rosmah like they did President Nixon.

So, expect Azilah, Sirul, Suresh and Deepak to be in the news again as ‘state witnesses’. They will testify that while Najib and Rosmah were not behind the murder, they were behind the cover-up of the murder. That will be good enough to ‘replace’ the charge of the theft of RM42 billion of 1MDB’s money that may not materialise in the end after all.

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14 October 2018

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Its all too late, as the need to re-open Altantunya murder case is no more a distant thunder but in the very forefront of national consciousness of all policy makers and Malaysians – thanks to Najib himself

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Yesterday, I provided three powerful reasons why there should be re-opening of investigations into the murder of Altantunya Shaariibuu –

· firstly, the statutory declaration of private investigator P. Balasubramanian, dated 1st July 2008 which in effect challenged the truth and veracity of various statements and denials by Najib in connection with the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu in October 2006;

· secondly, the police confession on Nov. 9, 2006 by former police special commando Suril Azhar Umar who had been convicted of the murder of Altantunya, that he only a tool in the murder of Altantunya; and

· thirdy, the teary statement by Sirul in Kuala Lumpur High Court on Feb. 3, 2009 asking the court not to sentence him to death for Altantuya’s murder, saying he was like “a black sheep that has to be sacrificed” to protect unnamed people who have never been brought to court or faced questioning.

Today, I will provide two further reasons for the re-opening of investigations into the murder of Altantunya.

Firstly, to establish whether Najib had sent Razak Baginda phone message to be “COOL” and the nature of telephonic messages connectioned to the Altantunya murder; and whether the Altantunya murder had anything to do with the Scorpene submarine deal and scandal.

I asked Najib yesterday firstly, whether he would join me to send a joint petition to the Prime Minister to re-open investigations into the murder of Altantunya Shaariibuu; and secondly, whether he would agree to be my seconder if I move a motion in Parliament for the authorities to re-open investigations into the Altantunya murder.

Now with Najib’s latest shift of position, it is clear that Najib’s answers to both my questions would be in the negative. Or would I be wrong?

Let the Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi and the PAS President Datu Seri Hadi Awang declare whether they would support, with the full complement of UMNO and PAS Members of Parliament, a parliamentary motion for the police to re-open investigations into mysterious deaths like that of Altantunya Shaariibuu, Kevin Morais, Hussain Najadi, Teoh Beng Hock and Ahmad Sarbani!

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Gelang Patah on Sunday, 14th October 2018)

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Police will not open an investigation into a report filed by former premier Najib Abdul Razak’s aide on DAP veteran Lim Kit Siang’s claims regarding several high-profile murders.

“There’s nothing to investigate,” Sentul district police chief S Shanmugamoorthy Chinniah told Malaysiakini.

He said the matter has been classified as a civil action and would be referred to the magistrate for further action.

“Najib wants to defend himself (against Lim’s claims). There is nothing to investigate there. It is more like (a case involving) slander, but we are not investigating…. Civil action can be taken,” he added.

Yesterday, Malaysiakini had sighted the report filed by the aide with the Sri Hartamas police station.

The complainant urged the police to investigate Lim based on a Malaysiakini article where the latter said he would reopen investigations into the deaths of Altantunya Shaariibuu, Kevin Morais, Hussain Najadi, Teoh Beng Hock and Ahmad Sarbani Mohamed, if he were prime minister.

On Thursday, Najib said he would instruct an aide to file a police report against him so the authorities can investigate if he was involved in the murders.

The former premier said this would be the last resort for him to clear his name.

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I was taken aback when I read of the speedy agreement of the former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, to my proposal when I campaigned for Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in the Port Dickson by-election on Friday, proposing that several mysterious deaths which occurred during Najib’s tenure should be re-opened for investigation, and even for the establishment of special inquiries.
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The question that immediately comes to mind following Najib’s exclamation that it was high time “justice is served” to him is why Najib had allowed such travesties of justice during his premiership and did not re-open investigations into mysterious deaths like that of Altantunya Shaariibuu, Kevin Morais, Hussain Najadi and Teoh Beng Hock when he had the power to direct such re-investigations?

Could it be that “justice” did not matter when he was the Prime Minister while it matters when Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad is the Prime Minister?

For Najib’s elucidation, justice matters regardless of time or who is the Prime Minister. Let me remind Najib of what a great African American Malcom X said: “I am for truth, no matter who tells it. I’m for justice, no matter what it’s for or against.

It would appear that during the five months since he had been toppled as Prime Minister, Najib is personally heading his team of propagandists and cybertroopers to scour through all the things that have been said about him in the past nine years of his premiership, to the extent that he knows more about what I had said about him than I myself.

I was driven by his blog yesterday to check what I said about him and Najadi in 2015, since he said that I was among those who had attempted to link him to the case.

I checked and I found that this was what I said on 7th July 2015:

“I call on the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to re-open investigations into the murder of founder of AmBank, Hussein Ahmad Najadi who was shot dead in broad daylight in the centre of Kuala Lumpur in Lorong Ceylon in Bukit Bintang on July 29, 2013 to ascertain whether the murder had any links with the 1MDB scandal.

“The Police should investigate whether it is true that in March 2013, Hussein had reported to Bank Negara about significant amounts of money deposited into Najib’s personal accounts and subsequently about withdrawal of significant amounts of money from these bank accounts; and that Hussein lodged a police report on the above matters on 28th July 2013 when no actions were taken by Bank Negara.

“The 75-year-old Hussain was shot dead in a car park in Kuala Lumpur on 29th July 23, 2013.”

Why was it so difficult to answer these questions which I posed in July 2015, “whether it is true that in March 2013, Hussein had reported to Bank Negara about significant amounts of money deposited into Najib’s personal accounts and subsequently about withdrawal of significant amounts of money from these bank accounts; and that Hussein lodged a police report on the above matters on 28th July 2013 when no actions were taken by Bank Negara”?

A simple “yes” or “no” would suffice. Why was there thunderous silence, instead?

May be, with so much free time on his hands, Najib can answer these questions now!

Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Kuala Lumpur on Sunday, 7th October 2018)

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ISKANDAR PUTERI, Oct 13 — Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun today said the police would call the politicians involved, if necessary, to facilitate investigation on a report lodged by an aide of former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak yesterday.

He confirmed the report lodged by Najib’s aide and that investigation would be conducted according to normal procedures.

The report was lodged at Sentul (district police headquarters) by Najib’s aide against certain politicians with regards to their allegations (against Najib).

“So. we will investigate and take appropriate action. This is a normal process,” he told reporters after opening the Malaysia Royal Police (PDRM) National Sports Day at Puteri Harbour Marina here today.][

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Ex PM Najib reveals his hurts and resentments…

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13 October 2018

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KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 13 — Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak continued deriding Pakatan Harapan today over the coalition’s failure to deliver some of its election pledges, reminding them they previously derided him for touting the promises he fulfilled.

Seizing on Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s admission that PH’s pledge to abolish highway tolls is not and never was possible, Najib likened this to a young man willing to say anything in order to woo a girl.

“Let me help translate, their true meaning is that their manifesto was written with the intention to deceive the people, without any intention to deliver,” he wrote on Facebook.

“Behind the mockery of ‘Janji Dicapati’ by the previous opposition, records show that a large part of [Barisan Nasional’s] promises were delivered.”

Najib’s BN launched a campaign themed “Janji Ditepati” ahead of the 2013 general election to highlight previous campaign pledges that were honoured.

Political rivals at the time mocked this by amending it to “Janji Dicapati”, in reference to the Indian flatbread.

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BN’s National Day Song, JANJI DITETAPI (Promises Fulfilled)

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Of Najib, “legacy family assets” and his 4 brothers’ contradiction of such assets…

12 October 2018

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How theatrical! When will Najib “order” police report against himself on the 1MDB scandal to establish his innocence?

How theatrical! When will former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak order his assistant to lodge a police report against himself on the 1MDB scandal to establish his innocence?
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Najib’s theatrics remind of two other theatrical events.

Firstly, a Feb. 9. 2015 New York Times article reported that Najib’s family had vast wealth, most of it overseas, and in that article, the prime minister’s office defended Najib’s wealth by claiming that “neither any money spent on travel, nor any jewelry purchases, nor the alleged contents of any safes are unusual for a person of the prime minister’s position, responsibilities and legacy family assets.” The prime minister has made subsequent statements saying his wealth derives from inheritance.

This prompted a formal statement by Najib’s four brothers on Feb. 15, 2015 which said that there were no “legacy family assets” and that any claim to the contrary is an insult at their father, Tun Abdul Razak, the country’s second prime minister and a man known for his parsimony with government funds.

Without naming any names, the brothers’ statement said, “We wish to put on record that Tun Abdul Razak was a highly principled man, well-known to all who knew him for his frugality and utmost integrity and any statement or inference to the contrary would be totally false and misleading to his memory and to his service and sacrifices for the nation. We take issue with anyone who taints his memory, whatever the motive. We would also like to add that our whole family is united on this issue.”

The statement was signed by Nazir Razak, the chairman of CIMB group, as well as his brothers Johari, Nizam and Nazim. It was not signed by Najib.

The second instance involved Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor. Later in the same month of February 2015, she drew scorn on the social media after she complained about the rising cost of house calls from hairdressers and tailors, lamenting the RM1,200 she had to spend on house calls by stylists to dye her substantial head of hair and RM500 for tailored dresses.

Rosmah had always deflected criticism by saying that she can afford luxuries on her husband’s US$130,000 salary because she started saving early” and was given “many gifts”.

(Media Statement (3) by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Gelang Patah on Friday, 12th October 2018)

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14 March 2015

Explain family’s outsized wealth, Dr M tells Najib
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Kuala Lumpur: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad Friday joined the chorus of voices asking Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak to explain his family’s outsized wealth, following claims that the money was from family inheritance.

The former Prime Minister said this was what the people wanted to know after Najib’s stepson, Riza Aziz, burst into the Hollywood scene as co-producer for the Oscar-nominated “Wolf of Wall Street” movie, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, two years ago.

“The movie did not rake in any profits. It is impossible that the money made from the movie was used to purchase luxury properties worth millions of US dollars,” Dr Mahathir said in a blog posting.

“The question is, if the money had not come from Tun Razak’s family, then where did such a large amount come from? Is it from a business? If yes, what business, where? Has the income tax been paid? To which government?” Riza had raised eyebrows with a series of property purchases despite his previous job as a junior banker in London.
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The paper revealed the “incredible wealth” of Najib’s immediate family members and raised questions how the wealth was accumulated. The report also stated that Najib had been tainted by news of his wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s alleged spending habits on jewellery and designer handbags.

The Prime Minister’s Office responded to the NYT report saying: “… neither any money spent on travel, nor any jewellery purchases, nor the alleged contents of any safes are unusual for a person of the prime minister’s position, responsibilities and legacy family assets.”

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3 March 2015

By: Our Correspondent

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak seems to be digging himself a deeper and deeper hole over the source of what is believed to be vast personal wealth referred to by the New York Times in a Feb. 8 article describing family assets.

In the Times article a prime minister’s office spokesman said the premier’s wealth derives from what was called  “legacy family assets”, implying that a considerable estate had been amassed by his father, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, who died in 1976. That in turn precipitated an explosion by Najib’s four brothers, who issued a public statement saying their father was a highly principled man who had died in modest circumstances, “and any statement or inference to the contrary would be totally false and misleading to his memory and to his service and sacrifices for the nation.  We take issue with anyone who taints his memory, whatever the motive. We would also like to add that our whole family is united on this issue.”

The entire issue has been boiling over for weeks amid concerns that the wheels have come off 1Malaysia Development Bhd., the ill-starred sovereign development fund initiated by Najib in 2009 along with a flamboyant then-27-year-old financier named Low Taek Jho, known universally as Jho Low. The fund is believed to have billions of dollars in unfunded liabilities from unwise investments, although its officials say it is solvent.

The issue is deeply intertwined with the country’s internecine political wars. The source of the premier’s wealth has become a potent weapon in the hands of both his enemies in his own UMNO and the opposition Pakatan Rakyat coalition…
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Najib, who has been careful not to bait critics, immediately backed away from the family legacy statement, blaming his press secretary. In a statement to two Malay-language newspapers owned by UMNO, Utusan Malaysia and Berita Harian, Najib said his father had never abused his powers for personal benefit.

That in turn has raised a huge storm, with  critics pointing out that Najib’s annual salary is RM350,000, hardly enough to support the family investments in property in New York and Beverly Hills running into the tens of millions of US dollars, as well as the lavish spending by his wife, Rosmah Mansor, for jewelry including diamond and emerald rings and bracelets and a half-dozen Birkin handbags worth upwards of US$7,000 each.

“If…Najib Razak believes that his source of unusual wealth and a lifestyle of exuberant luxury is all acquired scrupulously, then he must explain how he obtained them when his only occupation was as the Pahang Menteri Besar [chief minister,1982-1986], cabinet minister [1986-2004], Deputy Prime Minister [2004-2009] before assuming the Prime Ministership since 2009,” said Tony Pua, a member of parliament from the opposition Democratic Action Party, in a prepared statement. “I am certain that the Prime Minister will agree with me that his lack of transparency and the exposé of his family’s hidden and not-so-hidden wealth will only encourage more unhealthy speculations on the origins of his family’s outsized wealth.”

The denials in the  Malay language papers raised other issues. The Utusan article explained that Najib’s maternal grandfather, Mohamad Noah Omar, financed his and his siblings’ education.  However, A. Kadir Jasin, a close ally with former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who is seeking to oust Najib, sprang into the debate, pointing out that “When Mohamad Noah is dragged into the issue of the alleged inheritance that Najib is benefitting from, there are bound to be questions about who he was and how he acquired his wealth.”

Mohamad Noah, one of Umno’s founders, Kadir said, was a business partner of Lim Goh Tong, in a venture to create Malaysia’s gigantic casino project at Genting Highlands in the mountains above Kuala Lumpur in 1965.  Gambling is strictly verboten by Islamic law. 

 “On April 27, 1965, Tan Sri Haji Mohd Noah and I set up a private company called Genting Highlands Sdn Berhad,” Kadir quoted Goh as writing in his memoirs. “Between the years 1965 and 1970, we made applications to the Pahang and Selangor governments for 4,940 hectares and 1,110 hectares of freehold land respectively.”

https://www.asiasentinel.com/politics/malaysia-pm-najib-forced-corner-family-assets/?utm_content=buffer0439f&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

2 March 2015

Najib joins brothers in dismissing talk of inheritance from Tun Razak

KUALA LUMPUR (March 2): Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak has joined his brothers in dismissing talks over the extent of inheritance left by their father, the late Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, saying that Malaysia’s second prime minister was frugal and had integrity, Utusan Malaysia reported today.

The prime minister said all his life, his father had been known to uphold those ideals and was never involved in any wrongdoings.

“Throughout his career, Tun Abdul Razak was never involved in corruption or wrongdoings.

“He placed the country’s needs above his own and this can be seen in his engagement with the people and also contribution to the country, which has become his legacy.

“Since his involvement in politics till his last days in office, Tun Abdul Razak was always known to practise a simple lifestyle and was frugal as well,” he told the Bahasa Malaysia daily.

His remark comes after his brothers – Datuk Johari, Datuk Nizam, Datuk Nazim, and Datuk Seri Nazir – issued a statement dismissing talks of the extent of inheritance left by Razak.

“We wish to put on record that Tun Abdul Razak was a highly principled man, well-known to all who knew him for his frugality and utmost integrity and any statement or inference to the contrary would be totally false and misleading to his memory and to his service and sacrifices for the nation.

“We take issue with anyone who taints his memory, whatever the motive.

“We would also like to add that our whole family is united on this issue,” they added in the three-paragraph statement sent to The Malaysian Insider recently.

Their statement came just days after The New York Times quoted a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office that Najib’s wealth came from a family inheritance after reports that his stepson had bought opulent properties in New York City.

In the Utusan Malaysia report today, Najib also said his father’s frugality went to the extent that their education were sponsored by his grandfather, Tan Sri Mohamed Noah Omar.
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http://www.theedgemarkets.com/article/najib-joins-brothers-dismissing-talk-inheritance-tun-razak

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Wealth talk taints dad’s name, say Najib’s brothers

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The four brothers of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak yesterday expressed concern over news reports regarding inheritance said to be from their father, Malaysia’s second prime minister Abdul Razak Hussein.

Speculation arose after the Prime Minister’s Office told the New York Times that Najib’s lifestyle is not unusual “for a person of the prime minister’s position, responsibilities and legacy (of) family assets”.

In an unusual move, four of Najib’s younger brothers issued a rare “private” statement late yesterday evening expressing worry that the name of their father, who was known for his “frugality”, could be tarnished by such talks of family assets.

“We are extremely concerned that some recent news ​articles and postings​ have given rise to speculation as to the nature and extent of the inheritance that our​ late​ father, Abdul ​R​azak​, ​had ​left​ behind.

“We wish to put on record that Abdul Razak was a ​highly-principled man, well known to all ​who knew him ​for his frugality and utmost integrity​ and any statement or inference to the contrary would be totally false and misleading to his memory and to his service and sacrifices for the nation.​

“We take issue with anyone who taints his memory, whatever the motive. We would also like to add that our whole family is united on this issue,” they said.

The short statement was sent by Najib’s youngest brother Nazir and signed by him, Johari, Nizam and Nazim.

Their eldest brother, Najib, was not among the signatories and it is not clear who his siblings were directed at when referring to those who taint their father’s memory.

Nazir, who is CIMB chairperson, in a commentary last year recalled how Abdul Razak lambasted his boys for asking him to build a swimming pool at the official residence.

Stressing Abdul Razak’s care with the public purse, he wrote that their father was angry they expected him to use public funds for their pleasure.

http://www.kinibiz.com/story/exclusive/147778/wealth-talk-taints-dads-name-say-najibs-brothers.html

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Datuk assaulted car park attendant over RM3 payment….

12 October 2018
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KUALA LUMPUR – Individu bergelar ‘Datuk’ yang menyerang penjaga parkir di sebuah hotel di ibu negara dan tular di media sosial baru-baru ini mengadakan pertemuan dengan mangsa.

Dalam video berdurasi 1.25 minit yang tular di media sosial petang tadi, ‘Datuk’ berkenaan dipercayai bertemu penjaga parkir itu di sebuah restoran mewah dan dilihat berbual mesra serta bersalaman.

Datuk berkenaan dalam video itu berkata, dia tidak berdendam dengan penjaga parkir terbabit.

“Saya tak ada dendam dengan you (awak). You (awak) pun tak ada dendam dengan saya, kita boleh jadi kawan,” katanya dalam pertemuan itu.

Sementara itu, penjaga parkir itu dalam video berkenaan mengatakan dia tidak menyalahkan tindakan ‘Datuk’ tersebut.

Katanya, dia sudah memberitahu syarikat tempatnya bekerja supaya insiden tidak dijadikan isu.

“Saya bagitahu kat syarikat jangan jadikan insiden ini isu tapi tiba-tiba tengok ia tersebar.

“Kerja itu memang ada banyak hal berlaku.Saya tak akan cakap Datuk salah,” katanya sebelum menghulurkan tangan bersalaman.

http://www.sinarharian.com.my/edisi/selangor-kl/datuk-penjaga-parkir-bersemuka-1.891008

11 October 2018

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PETALING JAYA: The Datuk, who was seen hitting and berating a carpark attendant in a viral video recently, did it all because of RM3.

Brickfields OCPD Asst Comm Ruslan Khalid said the victim, 31, had refused to raise the boom gate because the Datuk did not pay the RM3 parking fees.

“The suspect, who drove a Range Rover, then came to scold and hit the victim in the 9.20am incident on Sept 18.

“The victim, who suffered minor bruises, lodged a police report the next day,” he said when contacted on Thursday (Oct 11).
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The man in the video was seen to be agitated with the carpark attendant, gesturing angrily before entering the booth, where he then shoves a chair and hits the man.

Facebook users said the man involved in hitting the attendant was a Datuk and a director of a local telecommunications company.

Netizens also suggested that the incident happened at a certain Kuala Lumpur hotel, but a spokesman for the hotel told The Star that they could not confirm if it happened at their premises.

“We can’t confirm that this is indeed here … There have not been any allegations made that I am aware of. If there are any allegations made, we will investigate,” the spokesman said.
Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/10/11/datuk-hits-carpark-attendant-over-rm3-parking-fee-in-viral-video/#ZGIpRb4xwiFFpz2T.99

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If you used a bloody expensive car, what is RM3? “Datuk” Who Lashed Out At Car Park Attendant Did It Because Of A RM3 Parking Fee via

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https://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2018/10/11/datuk-hits-carpark-attendant-over-rm3-parking-fee-in-viral-video/

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Did a company play politics? MMC-Gamuda and the MRT Underground Works…

12 October 2018

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According to the source, the four members of the committee are Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng, Works Minister Baru Bian, Transport Minister Anthony Loke and Azmin.
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PETALING JAYA: Shares in Gamuda Bhd

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and MMC Corp Bhdimage: https://cdn.thestar.com.my/Themes/img/chart.png

rose after it was announced that the Cabinet had set up a committee to review the underground contract that was awarded to MMC-Gamuda for the mass rapid transit 2 (MRT2) project.

At 5pm yesterday, Gamuda saw its share price increasing by more than 11% to close at RM2.30, while MMC Corp increased one sen to RM1.13.

Yesterday, Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali (pic) confirmed that a committee had been set up to consider the project’s costing, design and details. He said this on the sidelines of South China Morning Post’s China Conference.

Meanwhile, a source said Gamuda would be setting up a task force of its own to handle negotiations regarding the MRT2 project.

“Cool heads will prevail going forward in settling issues concerning the project,” the source said.

Earlier yesterday, quoting a source, StarBiz reported that the Cabinet had set up a committee comprising four ministers to revisit the project.
Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2018/10/12/gamuda-shares-rise-11/#IsDbdLLksX44dGVH.99

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MRT2 cancellation: An Open Letter to Tun Dr Mahathir

Justin Chin Jing Ho

My name is Justin Chin Jing Ho and I am (or soon to be, “was”) a Malaysian tunneller working on the KVMRT Line 2 underground project.

I graduated 6 years ago with a first Class Master’s Degree in Civil Engineering from one of the top engineering universities in the world, and was near the top of my class.

Despite receiving some lucrative job offers, I decided to drop all logic and follow my heart to come back to serve my beloved country Malaysia and participate in building this nation I call home.

I chose not to be another number contributing to Malaysia’s brain drain statistic.

I will write this letter in a single pass without any editing or curation as I want the tone to be as raw as possible and to reflect my emotions and thoughts as I am lying in my bed at 4am wide awake trying to come to terms with the Government’s decision to terminate MMC-Gamuda as the KVMRT Line 2 Underground Works contractor.

I cannot sleep not in fear of losing my job; but because I have witnessed and experienced too much pain since the announcement and am having trouble processing it all.

Six years of dedication, long hours, hard work

Along with the thousands of Malaysians I have worked with building KL’s MRT lines for the past six years, many of us have worked in excess of 80 hours a week and over 300 days a year pouring out our hearts and souls in the name of making Malaysia better, and of course providing for our families.

On Sunday evening alone, after the news broke, I received over 30 calls and messages from my colleagues and comrades and over 30 more on Monday. All of the conversations differed from the others but the underlying messages were the same.

One of my foremen – big, brave, strong and heavily tattooed – put on a brave face and asked “Boss, what will happen to the boys? Will they be okay? What do I tell them?”

I didn’t have a good answer. All I could do is to put on a brave front and tell him that everything will be okay (but will it really?).

A single mother of three, with two of her children in college, called up and asked, “What will happen to us now?” I didn’t know what to say to her.

One of my operators, who I have a very strong connection with after having carried him out of the dark depths of hell (also known as a TBM cutterhead) nearly five years ago when he got stuck and came close to drowning, put his daughter through medical school because of the opportunities presented by this project. Now he is wondering if he will have a job tomorrow and if he will have to leave his family to go overseas in search of a job when he is now over 50 years old.

This is not what we voted for when we chose Pakatan Harapan

What do these three people above share in common?

They all voted for you. They all voted for a new, better Malaysia. And today they went home, blaming themselves for voting for you because perhaps tomorrow, they will be out of work and will not be able to put food on the table for their families.

This is most certainly not what they voted for.

We don’t need a third national car to build and grow world class engineers. I believe we have long missed the boat to be a world class car manufacturer.

International recognition and accolades for MRT engineering team

However, we have on hand another channel to do just that: the MRT lines in Kuala Lumpur. The Malaysian team working on KVMRT Line 1 and Line 2 have achieved groundbreaking stuff and received international recognition and accolades from the international tunnelling community for our good work here.

The Variable Density TBM that we pioneered and use to tunnel through Kuala Lumpur’s extremely challenging geology was accorded the Technical Innovation of the Year Award.

One of my dearest friends, Derek Eng, recently won the coveted Young Tunneller of the Year Award from the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association beating out competition from all over the world.

Just a month ago, we successfully trialled the world’s first self-driving TBM which tunnelled under the 14-lane Jalan Sungai Besi without any incidents. We hope that this too will win a number of awards in the near future. The engineers who worked on the AI algorithm for the self-driving TBM had an average age of 26 which was no mean feat!

All these engineering achievements and milestones were made possible because of the opportunities presented to the young and vibrant Malaysian team working on this highly complex and challenging project. It has given us room to grow, to build, to innovate, to dream. And soon, we will be robbed of all of this.

Greater cost incurred by cancelling project

In my simple mind, I cannot comprehend the logic of how retendering of the remaining works and awarding them to a foreign contractor can bring greater value to the nation or for the taxpayers’ money once the abortive costs, idling costs, compensation, etc.,  are taken into account and considering other factors like unemployment and capital outflow.

I guess I’m not smart enough to run the country or to see the logic behind this decision; I can only contribute to building it.

So now, I choose appeal not to your logic but to your humanity and to your love for the rakyat of Malaysia.

Don’t crush the hopes, dreams, futures and livelihood of 20,000 working class Malaysian employees who have toiled to build this nation.

There are 20,000 jobs, 20,000 families, and countless hopes and dreams. I have heard people saying that there must be pain before there is gain. But not this pain; this is pure, outright injustice to the 20,000 who have done nothing wrong but to give their lives and time to serve this beautiful nation.

The blood will be on your hands.

#demirakyat

#prayforMRT2

#save20000jobs

#save20kjobs

Source: New Malaysia Times

https://www.thethirdforce.net/mrt2-cancellation-an-open-letter-to-tun-dr-mahathir/

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The Assemblyman who lost it…

10 October 2018

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Laksa deaths. In Malaysia.

10 October 2018

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2 deaths. 61 poisoned.

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Will Papadum harm you?

Papadum recipes vary from region to region and from family to family. They are typically made from flour or paste derived from either lentils, chickpeas, black gram (urad flour), rice, or potato.

Papadum – Wikipedia
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9 October 2018

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GEORGE TOWN: A consumer group today revealed dangerous levels of sodium in at least 10 brands of papadam or crackers which are a staple part of banana leaf meals.

The Consumers’ Association of Penang (CAP) said its lab had tested 11 samples of papadam in the Malaysian market and found them to contain at least 1,000mg of sodium per 100g of papadam.

Four other brands were found to contain more than 2,000mg of sodium per 100g.

This exceeds the 2,000mg daily intake limit of sodium set by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

CAP said five pieces of papadam weighing about 13g each consumed in a typical meal would equal 1,300mg of sodium – 65% of the daily limit.

“With the sodium from other food items in a typical Indian meal, you would easily exceed that 2,000mg limit,” its president SM Mohamed Idris said at a press conference here.

“We would like to advise the authorities to pull these off the shelves as the excess sodium in these products is dangerous.”

He said the sodium benzoate used in papadams to preserve them was also hazardous to health.

The spices found in the crackers could also cause acidity, constipation, hyperacidity and excess gas or flatulence, he added.

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2018/10/09/how-much-salt-is-in-that-papadum/

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