Najib says that BN had never threatened voters but it’s untrue: Selective amnesia on his part?

12 January 2019

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Najib to the MCA: Win 15 seats if you want to keep cabinet posts

https://weehingthong.org/2017/11/05/najib-challenges-mca-win-15-seats-if-you-want-to-keep-cabinet-posts-mission-impossible/

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Never ending fake news about Teresa Kok…

12 january 2019

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Najib has the worst record for using the Sedition Act…

12 January 2019

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 12 — Former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is “hypocritical” to suggest that his Barisan Nasional (BN) government was more restrained in using the Sedition Act compared to the ruling Pakatan Harapan (PH), Lawyers for Liberty adviser N. Surendran said today.

Surendran alleged that the Najib administration was “guilty of the worst abuses of the Sedition Act 1948 in the history of independent Malaysia”.

“In the last Najib government of 2013-2018, more people were arrested, investigated or charged for alleged sedition than in the entire 55 years of post-Merdeka Malaysia prior to that.

“Najib’s administration charged more people for Sedition than the previous administrations of Tunku, Tun Razak, Hussein Onn, Badawi and Mahathir put together!” the lawyer said in a statement today, referring to the prime ministers preceding Najib.

While Najib was prime minister, the Sedition Act morphed from a law that was seldom used to a law that was routinely used for investigations and prosecutions, Surendran said.

“In just 3 years between 2013 and 2016, during Najib’s last administration, there was an all-time record of about 170 sedition cases.

“In 2015 alone, during the peak of Najib’s sedition crackdown, about 91 people were arrested, investigated or charged for sedition. This was about 5 times more than the entire total for the previous 55 years of the law’s existence,” he said in his comment on Najib’s online comments yesterday.

Surendran accused Najib of attempting to mislead the public into thinking he was lenient by selectively highlighting the example of Lim Kit Siang, who was probed for sedition but not charged when BN was in power.

The former Padang Serai MP again referred to the hundreds who faced action under the Sedition Act during the Najib administration, questioning why the latter had not mentioned such cases.

Surendran highlighted that it was also under Najib that the government amended the Sedition Act in 2015 to introduce harsher punishments, including a minimum jail term for sedition offences. The amendments have yet to come into force.

Accusing the Najib administration of using the Sedition Act to “terrorise and silence” the opposition, civil society and the public, Surendran said the “unprecedented sedition crackdown became the darkest period for freedom of expression in the history of our nation”.

“The abuse of the sedition law under Najib was so extreme that it warrants an investigation for abuse of power against Najib, former Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail, former IGP Khalid Bakar and all other officials who were complicit in the sedition rampage,” he said.

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LETTER | In his blog yesterday, former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak claimed that the Pakatan Harapan government was going trigger-happy against the opposition with the Sedition Act 1948, and suggested that the BN government under him had been more restrained in using the act.

Najib’s claim is hypocritical, preposterous and outright false.

The Najib administration is guilty of the worst abuses of the Sedition Act in the history of independent Malaysia.

In the last Najib government of 2013-2018, more people were arrested, investigated or charged for alleged sedition than in the entire 55 years of post-Merdeka Malaysia prior to that.

Najib’s administration charged more people for sedition than the previous administrations of Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak Hussein, Hussein Onn, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Mahathir put together.

From an infrequently invoked law under previous PMs, sedition investigations and charges became routine under Najib.

In just three years between 2013 and 2016, during Najib’s last administration, there was an all-time record of about 170 sedition cases.

In 2015 alone, during the peak of Najib’s sedition crackdown, about 91 people were arrested, investigated or charged for sedition. This was about five times more than the entire total for the previous 55 years of the law’s existence.

Worse, under Najib’s government, the Sedition Act was also amended in 2015 to provide for harsher punishments including a minimum prison term.

The law was indiscriminately used by the Najib regime to terrorise and silence the opposition, civil society and the public.

Najib in his blog entry attempted to blatantly mislead the public by selectively giving the example of Lim Kit Siang who was investigated for sedition when Najib was PM, but was not charged. Najib used this example to suggest that he was lenient.

But what about the hundreds of others who were detained and charged for sedition under Najib? Why is there no mention by Najib of these many other cases?

This includes my own sedition cases, in which I was twice charged in 2014 merely for criticising the Sodomy 2 court judgment, and for implicating Najib in a political conspiracy against Anwar Ibrahim.

Lawyers, activists, MPs, opposition politicians, academics, journalists, ordinary members of the public all became victims of the Sedition Act under Najib.

Najib’s unprecedented Sedition crackdown became the darkest period for freedom of expression in the history of our nation.

The abuse of the sedition law under Najib was so extreme that it warrants an investigation for abuse of power against Najib, former attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail, former inspector-general of police Khalid Abdul Bakar and all other officials who were complicit in the sedition rampage.

We urge the Pakatan Harapan government to form a commission of enquiry to investigate and recommend appropriate actions on the massive abuse of the Sedition Act under Najib’s last administration.


N SURENDRAN is an adviser for Lawyers for Liberty.

The views expressed here are those of the author/contributor and do not necessarily represent the views of Malaysiakini.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/letters/459944

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KL Mayor pays RM30 fine for illegal parking…

12 January 2019

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Were the Orang Asli leaders threatened by the PKR senator with a “No vote, no pay” ultimatum?

12 January 2019

FEDERAL minister Lim Guan Eng has distanced Putrajaya from a purported threat by a Pakatan Harapan senator who told Orang Asli village chiefs in Cameron Highlands that they would lose their posts and salaries if they supported the opposition.

Lim, who is also DAP secretary-general, said Bob Manolan’s remarks were inconsistent with the government’s stand.

He said salaries and wages should not be used as political leverage in elections.

“Salaries are not something anyone should mess around with, because they are what civil servants use to feed their families.

“In this regard, the commitment of the federal government should never be in question.

“One remark doesn’t represent the government,” said the finance minister at the Cameron Highlands nomination centre today.

He said that no threats, coercion, or intimidation should be used against voters.

https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=152029

11 January 2019

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Kenyataan Media Senator Manolan bin Mohamad pada 11hb Januari 2019 (Jumaat) di Cameron Highlands, Pahang:

Saya merujuk kepada laporan oleh Malaysiakini yang bertarikh 11 Januari 2019 (Jumaat) yang bertajuk “No salaries, posts if you don’t vote Harapan, senator warns Orang Asli chiefs”.

Laporan akhbar tersebut melaporkan bahawasanya saya telah menyatakan bahawa Tok Batin di Cameron Highlands akan kehilangan gaji dan jawatan mereka sekiranya mereka tidak mengundi Kerajaan Persekutuan pada Pilihanraya Kecil Cameron Highlands yang bakal diadakan pada 26 Januari 2019.

Merujuk kepada dialog tersebut, kenyataan sebenar saya adalah merujuk kepada peranan Tok Batin yang tidak seharusnya memegang jawatan Tok Batin dan pada masa yang sama mengambil jawatan di dalam parti UMNO.

Tok Batin yang menjalankan aktiviti politik dan partisan UMNO dan pada masa yang sama menerima elaun daripada Kerajaan Persekutuan sebagai Tok Batin merupakan satu percanggahan kepentingan atau conflict of interest.

Di dalam keseluruhan kenyataan saya, tidak pernah saya menyatakan amaran atau ugutan yang berbunyi tiada undi tiada bayaran, ataupun “no vote, no pay”.

Pada sesi dialog tersebut, soalan yang dikemukakan oleh peserta kepada saya adalah: Siapakah yang membayar gaji / elaun Tok-tok batin?. Jawapan saya adalah Kerajaan Persekutuan yang membayar oleh itu kepada tok-tok batin yang masih sayang jawatan mereka sebagai Ketua Cawangan UMNO letak jawatan sebagai Tok Batin.

Untuk makluman, Tok-tok Batin yang dilantik oleh Menteri melalui Jabatan Kemajuan Orang Asli (JAKOA) berperanan untuk membawa suara orang-orang asli dari kawasan masing-masing. Adalah logik dan rasional untuk mereka untuk sealiran dengan aspirasi dan dasar Kerajaan Pakatan Harapan, yang ingin membawa perkhidmatan sebaiknya dan perhatian khususnya isu masyarakat orang asli melalui agensi-agensi terbabit terutamanya JAKOA.

Dalam usaha memartabatkan demokrasi, Pakatan Harapan mengambil langkah untuk memastikan Pilihanraya Kecil Cameron Highlands ini dapat dijalankan tanpa sebarang campur tangan Kerajaan Persekutuan, tidak kira dalam sebarang bentuk yang mungkin mempengaruhi pengundi di Cameron Highlands.

Ia juga harus diingatkan bahawa punca berlakunya Pilihanraya Kecil Cameron Highlands yang bakal diadakan ini adalah disebabkan oleh penyelewengan dan kegiatan rasuah oleh calon Barisan Nasional yang memenangkan kerusi Parlimen ini pada Pilihanraya Umum Ke-14.

Sehubungan dengan itu, adalah diharapkan bahawa dengan kenyataan media ini, ia dapat menjelaskan kekeliruan dan salah faham yang ditimbul.

Senator Bob Manolan
11 Januari 2018

Media statement of Senator Manolan Bin Mohamad On 11th January 2019 (Friday) at Cameron Highlands, PAHANG:

I refer to the report by malaysiakini who dated 11 January 2019 (Friday) titled “no salaries, POST IF YOU DON ‘ T VOTE HOPE, Senator warns orang asli chiefs”.

The Press report reported that I have stated that tok batin in Cameron Highlands will lose their salary and position in case they do not vote the federal government on the small elections of Cameron Highlands which will be held on January 26, 2019.

Referring to the dialogue, my true statement is referring to the role of tok batin that should not hold the post of tok batin and at the same time taking position in the umno party.

Tok Batin who runs the political activities and partisan umno and at the same time receiving allowance from the federal government as tok batin is a deviation of interest or. of interest.

In my whole statement, never I stated a warning or intimidation that rang no vote no payment, or “no vote, no pay”.

On the session of the dialogue, the question submitted by the participants to me is: who paid the salary / allowance of tok-tok batin?. My answer is the federal government paying by that to tok-tok batin who still loved their position as the chief of umno branch Resign as tok batin.

FYI, Tok-tok batin appointed by the minister through the native people’s progress Department (Jakoa) playing to bring the voice of the native people from the respective area. It is logical and rational for them to be sealiran with the. and policy of the government of pakatan harapan, who wants to bring the service to be better and attention in particular the issue of the native people through the

In the effort of uphold democracy, pakatan harapan takes a step to ensure the small elections of Cameron Highlands this can be carried out without any intervention of the federal government, no matter in any form that may affect voters in Cameron Highlands

It should also be reminded that the cause of the small election of Cameron Highlands which is about to be held this is due to embezzlement and corruption debauchery by the national barisan candidate who won this parliament seat on the 14. TH GENERAL

In with that, it is expected that with this media statement, it can explain confusion and misunderstanding that ditimbul.

Senator Bob Manolan
11 January 2018

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KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 11 ― A PKR senator has denied telling Orang Asli village heads in Cameron Highlands that they will lose their salaries and posts if they do not vote for Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the parliamentary constituency’s upcoming by-election.

In a statement today, Manolan Mohamad denied a Malaysiakini report which had quoted him giving the alleged warning during a question and answer session in Pos Betau, Jelai, which is reportedly a Barisan Nasional (BN) stronghold.

He said he was merely telling the village heads (Tok Batin) that they should not be holding the post while also holding party posts in Umno.

“It is a conflict of interest for Tok Batins who carry out political and partisan Umno activities, and at the same time receive Tok Batin allowance from the Federal Government. In my entire statement, I have never stated a warning or threat which reads, ‘no vote, no pay’.

https://www.malaymail.com/s/1711588/pkr-senator-denies-issuing-no-vote-no-pay-warning-to-cameron-highlands-oran?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=twitter

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No, Mahathir did not barge into the Agong’s palace on the night of 9 May 2018 demanding to be sworn in as PM as claimed by former Chief Justice Abdul Hamid Mohamad who now humbly and regretfully apologises to Mahathir for the mistake…

15 January 2019

Former Chief Justice, Abdul Hamid Mohamad, was (and still is) one of hardcore supporters of Najib Razak. He was such a fanatic fan of the former prime minister that two days before the May 9 general election last year, he condemned Mahathir for  not only out to topple Najib, but also wanted to destroy UMNO without taking into account the welfare and future of the Malays.
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Now, even after 8 months his idol – crook and traitor Najib Razak – was defeated and slapped with a whopping 39 charges of criminal breach of trust (CBT), money laundering and abuse of power, Abdul Hamid’s frustration appears to have reached the point of no return. On Friday (Jan 11), the former Chief Justice snapped and went ballistic.

First, the senile Abdul Hamid claimed Mahathir Mohamad, in his hurry to be the next prime minister, had gone to the palace uninvited and asked to be sworn into office late in the night of May 9, the same day the country’s 14th general election was held. Exactly how could the 93-year-old Mahathir quietly be driven to the palace without hundreds of reporters knowing, is beyond comprehension.

Second, the scumbag Abdul Hamid claimed the Agong (now former King, Sultan Muhammad V of Kelantan) has made many mistakes, amongst them are unconstitutionally pardoning Anwar and contempt of court. Yes, the former Chief Justice has accused the former King of incompetency – even mocked the monarch that the best way was to abdicate the throne.

Because the former King had committed contempt of court, Abdul Hamid, who thought very highly of himself, was basically suggesting that the Malay Ruler should be arrested and charged. He said – “It is even worse that His Majesty told Anwar that he is being pardoned because of the injustice inflicted upon him. This will demoralise the courts, the prosecutors and the police because it implies that they were a tool of the previous government.”

That was as good as calling the former King a dictator like Adolf Hitler or Kim Jong-un – usurping the power of the judiciary and reducing the Royal Malaysia Police to a pariah institution. Abdul Hamid has also given an impression that Sultan Muhammad V was so weak and retarded that he had become a puppet of PM Mahathir and PM-in-waiting Anwar Ibrahim.

Third, the arrogant Abdul Hamid criticised the former King for supposedly conducting swearing-in ceremonies out of office hours. He gave examples – Mohd Rauf Sharif (chief justice) and Zulkefli Ahmad Makinuddin (president of the Court of Appeal) and the latest Richard Malanjum (chief Justice) – all of whom swearing-in were conducted at night at the palace.

Criticising the former King, the former top judge said – “This is an official function of the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong (King) and should be taken seriously. It should be done during office hours.” Did Abdul Hamid just reveal that the former King was pre-occupied with too much “unofficial” extra-curricular activity during daytime that the monarch was forced to perform his duty only at night?
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So far, the police have been quiet about Abdul Hamid’s blatant insults on the Monarchy. Sure, he has apologised but so did Facebook user Eric Liew Chee Ling. And why social media users like Eric Liew, Azham Akhtar Abdullah and Nur Alia Astaman were arrested and charged under the Sedition Act 1948, but not former Chief Justice Abdul Hamid Mohamad?

http://www.financetwitter.com/2019/01/insulting-the-king-why-hasnt-the-police-arrested-charged-ex-chief-justice-abdul-hamid.html

13 January 2019

Former chief justice Abdul Hamid Mohamad has apologised to Dr Mahathir Mohamad for claiming that the latter had gone to the Istana Negara uninvited on May 9 in an attempt to be sworn in as prime minister.

This follows a denial by the Prime Minister’s Office’s on the matter.

“I acknowledge that I have made a mistake of facts, and comments arising from the mistake of facts, in writing that article.

“I acknowledge that it was due to my own negligence and I offer no excuses for mistake. I am fully responsible for it.

“I humbly and regretfully apologise to Mahathir for the mistake, and any negative perception of him caused by the mistake and comments.

“I also extend my humble apologies to His Majesty the Yang di-Pertuan Agong if there is any mistake of facts involving him in the article although, to date, no one has pointed it out,” he said in a blog posting today.

Hamid said he had made corrections to his original article, and urged those who shared the original to either delete it or replace it with the updated version.

https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=152089

11 January 2019

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad did not go to Istana Negara (above) late in the night of May 9, the day of the 14th general election, his office said today.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) clarified this after the former chief justice Abdul Hamid Mohamad claimed that Mahathir had gone to the palace uninvited and asked to be sworn into office.

“(The) PMO would like to clarify that Hamid’s claim is baseless and there was no attempt by Mahathir to go to the Istana that night. He went to Istana only in the late afternoon the next day for the oath-taking ceremony,” it said.

Hamid had written an article on the supposed mistakes made by Kelantan Sultan Muhammad V during the latter’s reign as the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong.

Among others, he claimed that Mahathir had gone to the palace on the night of May 9 as soon as results showed that Pakatan Harapan had won a simple majority in Parliament.

He claimed that Mahathir was in a hurry to be sworn in out of fear that he could lose the majority due to defections amongst the newly-elected MPs.

“To me, it is embarrassing for a future prime minister to go uninvited at night, perhaps waking up the Yang Di-Pertuan Agong if he was asleep to swear him in as prime minister.

“Secondly, the Agong should not be seen to be working under duress. His Majesty has the prerogative to satisfy himself who has the majority support amongst the newly-elected MPs,” he wrote.

Hamid’s article was published on his personal blog on Wednesday and by Umno Online today.

https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/459870

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Who is Ramli Mohamad Noor, Umno member, BN candidate for Cameron Highlands?

12 January 2019

11 January 2019

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Dr Mahathir and the Sultan of Johor met: Only good can come from it…

13 January 2019

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JOHOR BARU – A day after the historic meeting between Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar and Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Johoreans hope the get-together will bring more prosperity to the state.

Many hoped the new ties forged between the Johor Ruler and the Prime Minister would help speed up key projects such as the Rapid Transit System (RTS), Double Tracking and Bus Rapid Transit projects to help improve connectivity.

The real estate sector also hoped that the latest development would attract more investors.

A retail manager, who wanted to be known as Wan Abdullah, said pictures of Sultan Ibrahim and Dr Mahathir in the sky-blue first-generation Proton Saga took many people by surprise.

Johor Indian Business Association president P. Sivakumar also hoped that the renewed friendship would help spur more development in Johor.

“We need the infrastructure projects such as the RTS, Iskandar Malaysia Bus Rapid Transit and even a third link bridge into Singapore to ease congestion at the Causeway and Second Link.

“These projects are needed to ensure we have better connectivity. The government should also put in more effort to improve our relations with Singapore,” he said.

Johor Real Estate and Housing Developers Association (Redha) branch chairman Datuk Steve Chong Yoon On said it was always good when leaders were able to sit down and work together for the benefit of the people.

“We welcome this positive meeting,” he said, hoping that Dr Maha­thir would be able to give a “clear signal” to the real estate industry.

Chong said that while local developers were willing to assist the state government build 100,000 affordable homes for those in the B40 category, more needed to be done to help local developers release their bumiputra lots.

“Faster release of the bumi lots will help improve our cash flow,” he said.

Johor Umno treasurer Datuk Md Jais Sarday described the improved relations as good for Johor.

He also hoped that more efforts would be made to improve relations with Singapore.

– ANN

https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=151925

PETALING JAYA ― Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim today expressed his thanks to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad after the prime minister’s hour-long audience with Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar two days ago.

“Assalamualaikum @chedetofficial. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for visiting Johor to ‘menghadap’ Ayahanda DYMM Tuanku Sultan. I hope we can work together & move forward for the Nation’s betterment. All the best & Wishing you well Sir. Salam Ikhlas, Ismail Ibrahim,” the prince popularly known as TMJ ― the initials standing for Tengku Mahkota Johor ― said on Twitter.
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Ties between Dr Mahathir and the Johor palace were chilly during the Kedahan’s first prime ministership between 1981 and 2003 under Barisan Nasional.

Tunku Ismail’s tweet was accompanied by a photo showing Dr Mahathir and Sultan Ibrahim in a first model of the Proton Saga with the registration number “Proton 1, after both concluded their meeting at Istana Bukit Serene in Johor Baru.

Sultan Ibrahim took Dr Mahathir on a 20km journey from Istana Bukit Serene to the Senai International Airport in the Proton Saga that was gifted to Sultan Ibrahim’s late father Sultan Iskandar Sultan Ismail in 1985.

Dr Mahathir has previously stated Putrajaya will continue to maintain a positive relationship with the Johor palace.

– Malay Mail

https://www.malaysia-chronicle.com/?p=152023

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PADU, the Education Performance and Delivery Unit: Wasteful, corrupt or both?

PADU is the Education Performance and Delivery Unit

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PADU aims to deliver and monitor the Government’s aspiration to develop world-class education that will better prepare young Malaysians for the needs of the 21st century. The unit comprises the best of talents from civil and private sectors who are dedicated in bringing Malaysia’s education the level detailed in the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025.

http://www.padu.edu.my/

11 January 2019

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Consultants milked millions from BN-era education ministry, says ex-top man

PETALING JAYA: A former Education Ministry official has urged the government to revamp a unit within the ministry allegedly responsible for wasting millions of ringgit under the previous administration.

The call and the accusation came from Raja Nazim Nazuddin, who once served as chief financial officer of the allegedly errant unit, the Education Performance and Delivery Unit (Padu).

Padu was set up in 2013 to drive and monitor the performance of initiatives under the Malaysia Education Blueprint 2013-2025, developed by a renowned consulting firm.

“From the very beginning, Padu was doomed to fail because it was led by people with no experience in the transformation of an education system, and these are the people expected to give direction to the education ministry staff,” he told FMT.

He said the blueprint itself cost RM20 million and it proposed 100 initiatives, which Padu, realising they were impossible to achieve, later scaled down to 55 and subsequently to about only 20 priority initiatives.

However, he added, the ministry decided to engage the same consulting firm again to “hold their hands” in the building of capacity and competency within the ministry for the implementation of the blueprint.

“This cost another RM20 million, with monthly time costs ranging from RM245,000 to RM640,000 per consultant. No one in the ministry or Padu monitored the time actually spent by these consultants on the project.”

Nazim also said the ministry failed to identify personnel with the appropriate competence and commitment to receive the so-called knowledge transfer from the consultants.

He said a certain Padu official had proposed that the same consulting firm be engaged again at a cost of up to RM28 million “for what it failed to deliver in the handholding project” and in spite of not having sufficient funds for it.

He accused the ministry of also wasting public funds in the engagement of another consulting firm for RM600,000 to carry out a comprehensive review of the education system.

“The firm had no record of undertaking such an exercise. The consultant from the firm seconded to the education ministry was also paid a monthly allowance meant for senior civil servants on top of the RM600,000.”

https://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2019/01/11/consultants-milked-millions-from-bn-era-education-ministry-says-ex-top-man/

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Man on a naked stroll in Kota Kinabalu: Will KK soon be nicknamed “The Naked City”?

11 January 2019

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https://sg.news.yahoo.com/first-couple-caught-romping-fountain-161408867.html

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