Is Malaysia in the Saudi-Yemen War?


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‘Why are we entangled in Saudi-led war?’

Retired brigadier-general fears threat to Malaysia’s security.

KUALA LUMPUR: A retired brigadier-general has called for a review of the government’s decision to deploy Malaysian soldiers to Saudi Arabia, saying it could have repercussions on Malaysia’s security.

Speaking to FMT, Mohd Arshad Raji, who last served as the Royal Malaysian Army’s Chief of Staff for Field Headquarters, said he feared that Malaysia’s involvement in the Saudi-led military campaign against Yemen could provoke reactions from elements disagreeing with the campaign.

“When it comes to the involvement of our military overseas, we have to be cautious,” he said. “If it’s for humanitarian reasons and peacekeeping missions, then it’s fine. But I’m at a loss as to why we are sending people to that side of the world. I think we have enough problems in our own region.”

The campaign stretches back to March 2015 with the Saudis backing of Yemen President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi against Houthi rebels, who seized the Yemeni capital of Sanaa and other parts of the country.

The Saudi-led coalition includes Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates with some support from Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Sudan. But a recent United Nations report said the United States was offering logistical support and intelligence activities and that officers from Britain, France and Malaysia were also working at the coalition’s headquarters in Riyadh.

Arshad said Malaysia should follow the example of Britain when it came to the deployment of troops.

He noted that any proposal to deploy British troops to other countries would be debated in parliament so that the public would be in the know.

“A soldier is someone’s son or father or brother,” he said. “The public has a right to know where we are sending our soldiers and why.”

Recently, in the wake of the UN report, Parti Amanah Negara told Putrajaya to come clean on whether Malaysia had joined the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen.

The Defence Ministry is on record as having denied that Malaysian troops were involved, describing the allegations as baseless and slanderous.

The ministry said Malaysian soldiers had been sent to Saudi Arabia to prepare them for duties they might need to undertake, such as moving Malaysians out of Yemen if the need arose.

It added that the armed forces had been invited by Saudi Arabia to take part in its Northern Thunder military exercise, which was meant to foster unity among Muslim countries, not focus on military operations in Yemen.

 

http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2017/03/07/amanah-clarify-malaysias-involvement-in-yemen-war/

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Malaysia’s criminal state of mind


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Manjit Bhatia

Malaysian PM Najib Razak is using the assassination of Kim Jong-nam to deflect heat from ongoing scandal and economic slowdown ahead of scheduled elections, writes Manjit Bhatia.

It’s comical when Malaysia’s deputy prime minister Zahid Hamidi demands that criminals backed by North Korea, China’s client rogue state, respect the “sovereignty” of his country’s laws. As home minister in 2013, Zahid had lavished praise on Tiga Line, the outlawed Malay gangsters. He also called on police to “shoot first” if non-Malay thugs threaten or kill his fellow Malays.

Meanwhile, police chief Khalid Abu Bakar requested the same abominable Pyongyang “authorities” to extradite suspects in Kim Jong-nam’s assassination at Kuala Lumpur’s budget carrier airport on 13 February. Khalid’s lightning-fast move here isn’t surprising, seeking fame and kudos. Yet, when it comes to netting official corruption’s big fish, including corporate leaders, and independently investigating prime minister Najib Razak, he disinclines at every turn.

Strictly speaking, Malaysia has not a single independent institution. Instead, patron-client relations rule. Others call it patronage. Simple example: Khalid is subservient to Zahid who is subservient to Najib who holds Malaysia’s purse-strings as finance minister. This buys him allegiance and serious protection in a country racked by state-ordained corruption, cronyism and some of the worst forms of racism. What has this to do with the Jong-nam case? Everything. And just as well — Malaysia-North Korea diplomatic ties are flexing for bust-up.    

As baffling as the assassination was, it couldn’t have happened sooner. Malaysian elections are due mid-2018. Zahid and Khalid, like Najib, are hoping the matter of the half-brother of North Korea’s insane leader Kim Jong-un will grip Malaysians like a John Le Carre thriller. The state-controlled media is acting to orders of ensuring the case is lead news, 24/7. After all, Malaysians need distractions. Being a Muslim country — not an Islamic state — the visit of the king of Saudi Arabia this week has somewhat displaced the Jong-nam as the lead story, albeit temporarily.   

Interestingly, the North Korean ambassador has had unprecedented scope in seen to attempt to interfere in police investigations. Also curiously, Malaysian officials didn’t refute the ambassador’s claim that South Korea and Malaysia were in cahoots, ostensibly to bring down the Jong-un dynastic regime. But when news outlets ran stories of a North Korean spy network operating in Malaysia, the episode moved from the bizarre to the whacky. Still, that’s exactly what Najib needs.

Problem is, the Jong-nam murder hasn’t absorbed Malaysians. They’re far more worried about their jobs future. Some factories have closed down; some others are moving offshore, to Vietnam, Burma and Bangladesh. The old ways of enticing foreign firms, via tax and other incentives, no longer work. These days China demands 99-year leases among its preconditions of investing in Malaysia. Like Singapore, Malaysia is struggling to establish anew its global competitiveness. For over a decade the international division of labor has shifted away from Asia’s first and second-tier ‘miracle economies’. 

Nonetheless, Najib boasts a high economic growth rate for the country. At 4.2 per cent GDP for 2016, it is significantly lower than 5 per cent in 2015. Between 2000 to 2016, average GDP has been 4.73 per cent. The jobs outlook is even bleaker. Official statistics put unemployment averaging 3 per cent; last year it climbed to 3.6 per cent, with 3.5 per cent in 2015. Most credible economists, even the market type,  know Malaysia’s official numbers are as rubbery as North Korea’s or China’s.

There’s no data for job participation rate in Malaysia. Yet it makes a better unemployment indicator, regardless or perhaps especially given the Najib regime’s propensity to embellish everything, including statistics. There’s sufficient anecdotal evidence to suggest joblessness is far higher among Malays and Indians, the groups increasingly engaged in crime. There’s also extensive under-employment among Malays, Chinese and Indians. And Malaysians are struggling on a single income, where the ‘minimum’ monthly wage of MYR900 ($US200) is scarcely enforced.

Exacerbating Malaysians’ worries is inflation. At 3.2 per cent, it spiked after the introduction of a consumption tax. In Kuala Lumpur alone, credible estimates put inflation at least twice the “official” number. At 6 per cent GST, Malaysia was never ready for it, in the structural sense. Add the measly value of the Malaysian ringgit, inflation hits close to double-digits, in real terms, according to some investment banks’ research. Meanwhile, Najib will maintain taxpayer-funded personal income subsidies, mostly for the Malays, and he’ll boost ‘free money’ ahead of next year’s polls.

If Bank Negara, the central bank, isn’t manipulating the low currency, then it’s a ‘market godsend’ for this heavily export-dependent, natural resource-based economy. Yet after two years of the collapsing ringgit, Malaysia’s competitiveness hasn’t improved. Its budget deficit and national debt are ballooning. Najib is banking on a commodities boom as the manufacturing base is routed by global forces. Take the long-failed local auto industry: Proton is effectively sold off to cheap China money. Selling the farm is the last resort of a scoundrel. But don’t expect Najib to sell the family jewels.

Blockbusting official corruption remains front and centre in Malaysian minds. Najib’s sudden great wealth humiliates Malays and irks the others. Nobody believe a rich Saudi or the Saudi state had “donated” $US1.4 billion to Najib; almost everyone, including the Malays, believe it was siphoned from bankrupt state firm 1MDB – brainchild of its chairman, Najib. And those proceeds miraculously wound up in Najib’s personal bank accounts.

The 2018 polls should humiliate Najib but it won’t defeat him or the ruling UMNO party. Many Malays feel especially aggrieved at how easily the ruling class has enriched itself while Malay villagers eke out a meagre living from plots of land Najib has ‘given’ them. No similar generosity has been extended to non-Malays. Some Malays agree this is unfair; most, however, subscribe to Machiavellian politics. But it’s Malaysia’s banal inter-racial harmony that’ll suffer the more as a consequence.

The Jong-nam case is serious — on legal paper. His killing hasn’t caused Beijing’s eunuchs a twitch. But Najib is using the assassination to his own political ends. It’s what dastardly regimes or political leaders in trouble or on the people’s noses would do — exploit an awful criminal matter to cement their illegitimate and immoral positions.    

 

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#MH370 – Memorandum of casualty and fraud


This very interesting comment was written in a post in this blog 


Day 926…WELCOME ABOARD— Attention all victims, take legal notice. I can’t do this for you. -cap
It’s NO ACCIDENT!! Malaysian officials bet against Boeing’s WARNINGS and lost. Fraud and homicide now plague Malay Officials within our Flight 370 ICAO Investigation. Their secret was assured until these definitive facts fell on me, after ~ 800 days investigating. It’s over –cap.


To: Mr. John Delisi, Director Office of Aviation Safety. NTSB
From: Captain Dirck Hecking, Air Accident Investigator. MH 370
Cc: Mr. Liow Tiong Lai, Malaysian Transport Minister.
Cc: Daniel JT O’Malley Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

Memorandum of Causality & Fraud – Regarding the Loss of Malaysia Flight 370
By Captain Dirck Hecking

Introduction. Contrary to the position of Malaysian officials, I present the following in support: 1.) this June 05, 2004 “concerned” photo, as my offer in proof Malaysian officials are directly responsible for the loss; and 2.) Malaysian officials have acted with unlawful intent and contemplated harm in furtherance of a scheme to defraud and cover the crime, by omitting critical facts from the state’s own ICAO annex 13 safety investigation, ‘factual information’: by a.) Withholding Boeing’s ALERT Service Bulletin 777-53A0068 issued June 12, 2013, ~ eight months prior to the loss. Topically addressed to decompression and loss of cabin integrity; b.) Withholding the United States of America’s rule-making follow-on Airworthiness Directive, wherein, the legislative body adopts and makes law backing up Boeing all the way; c.) Withholding the spot on comments from the United States Embassy of the timely reception of radio transmissions from Captain Zaharie Shah from the cockpit, which translates in any language, as a fulfillment of Boeing’s ALERT Service Bulletin prophecy… “This is Malaysia 370 Cabin Disintegrating Landing Sought”

Boeing delivered the new plane in Everett Washington, on June 5, 2002. Our “concerned” photo of September 5, 2004, in Zurich Switzerland, shows the plane had been provisioned like others on the line, with Boeing’s defective adapter plate. The red circle in the expanded view shows the glimmering feature, which had been abandoned and covered in place. The more connective, Ball Aerospace SATCOM system is also visible here as a vertical glimmer above the portside door. It’s fair to believe, all of this work was done to the specifications of the times; Although, no one knew the original Boeing centerline mounting adapter, was chaffing its way to disaster (SATCOM antenna or not). How fortunate that mere glimmers and shadows like these, would finally lead me in.

Boeing ALERTED operators of 1,202 aircraft, on June 12, 2013, (and simply stated) …One operator showed us cracks … Stop flying your planes immediately… Climb onto the cabin roof … Measure 1,601 inches aft of the nose and find your skin crack, beneath our defective adapter plate … We have approved mitigation programs in place, to help you efficiently handle damages … if you don’t get it, call us for more… Don’t fly your planes before completing crack mitigation! … Because, “Your cracks that are not found and repaired, can propagate to the point, where the fuselage skin structure cannot sustain load limit! This can result in possible decompression and loss of structural integrity.” – Malaysian officials got notice to inspect, find and repair to Boeing standards, nearly eight months before the loss.

Malaysian officials blew off my documents, leading up to the presentation of this well vetted photo. This is prima fascie evidence, never before introduced by anyone, as the cause of the loss… In my view it presents as probable cause / definitive proof, Malaysian officials are squarely responsible for the disaster. Rather than have a look and comply with the urgent safety notice, officials’ institutionalized wanton indifference, towards Boeing’s June 12, 2013, fleet grounding, ALERT Service Bulletin. –None of this had to happen. There is only one missing plane. There is only one photo like that.

Lukas Kinneswenger in Zurich, on Sept. 5, 2004 (airliners.net), had good fortune in taking this keystone photograph. I’d stepped up to the challenge alone on day five of the crisis. Now more than 800 days on my quest the world has an answer despite cover and indifference by Malaysian officials before I found it. Matters like this have a regular idiom association… ”It’s like trying to find a needle in a haystack;” whilst here, if I may add…We find Malaysian officials know where the needles are… and busy themselves stacking hay around them. There is an ugly legal term for the insufferable mind blowing behavior, “prolix.”

Sincerely –cap
cap10dj@sbcglobal.net
Revised through August 24, 2016. …and steady she goes through November 11, 2016.

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Someone brought a really polite sign to the huge Malaysia #Bersih5 protest


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Over the weekend, thousands of protesters rallied in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur to demand Prime Minister Najib Razak’s resignation over a financial scandal.

The Bersih (“clean” in Bahasa) demonstration brought a flood of participants wearing yellow down the streets, chanting “Save Democracy” and “Bersih, Bersih.”

Amid the anger and emotionally-charged atmosphere, an unidentified lady carried this very polite sign:

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Malaysians rallied again and again against corrupt government


The Constitution “has either authorized such a government as we have had, or has been powerless to prevent it.”Lysander Spooner


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BERSIH5 Rally on November 19, 2016 in Kualal Lumpur at the KLCC

On November 19, Malaysians came together under BERSIH5 and rallied yet again asking PM Najib to step down. For those in the know know that the so called Malaysian govern-ment is a fake setup, a corporation disguised. Malaysia is ruled and owned by the bank$ter$ and the Najib government is nothing but the flag-bearers of the cabal and bank$ter$.


Malaysian protesters march against Prime Minister Najib


The federal constitution is worth the paper its printed on and was written by the Reid’s Commission, by the colonial Brits. Mind you even the UK has no written or a printed constitution. They insist they have – an unwritten one! Doesn’t that sound crappy eh?

The Malaysian parliament is just a circus arena where the clowns from the “political” camps meet.

To say Malaysia have become a failed state is an understatement, it was never or is a state….ever.

How do you then get rid of such a so called fake govern-ment?

You get to the dungy roots of it. There is however an elephant in the room which not many are seeing.

When you talk of corruption what is at stake and what is the stake?

Get hold and rid of the stake and what/who is holding and issuing it!

The people not knowing any better are left to street protests and rallies. Having said that, it is a positive action, which reflect a true big picture of the country and what the problems are.

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Until the people wake up to the truth…there will only be more rallies…and more corruption.

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In Malaysia, almost everything is an ‘official secret’


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DW

The conviction of an opposition lawmaker under Malaysia’s Official Secrets Act has renewed calls for the law’s repeal. Activists say the legislation is responsible for stifling dissent and muzzling freedom of expression.

Enacted in 1972, Malaysia’s Official Secrets Act (OSA) has been criticized for stifling dissent and freedom of expression through its provisions that grant absolute power to the authorities to declare any information an “official secret.” For instance, Air Pollution Index readings, highway and water concession agreements, and sex crime statistics have all been classified as “official secrets.” Recently, the Malaysian police refused to release data on sexual violence and child abuse on the same grounds.

“The law is pretty harsh and hasn’t changed since it was enacted. It is absurd,” Eric Paulsen, executive director of the Lawyers for Liberty rights organization, told DW.
Opposition lawmaker Rafizi Ramli was recently found guilty of contravening the OSA for revealing passages from the Auditor General’s report on the mismanagement of the 1MDB state fund. Although Rafizi, who is vice-president of the People’s Justice Party, has appealed against his 18-month prison sentence, he risks losing his parliament seat and could be barred from contesting the 2018 general election.

Founded in 2009 by Prime Minister Najib Razak, 1MDB has been making global headlines since 2015 after allegations of corruption and mismanagement of public funds surfaced. It includes the alleged funneling of some $700 million (653 million euros) into the prime minister’s private accounts.

Paulsen points out that prior to the 1MDB scandal, the Auditor General’s reports on the state fund had been tabled annually in parliament and made available to the public.


Opposition lawmaker Rafizi Ramli was recently found guilty of contravening the OSA


“Basically, the authorities are investigating those who have issues with the 1MDB handling because the government is also investigating former ministers for revealing information that they had derived while they were in government,” said Paulsen.
Investigations are pending against former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin, former second finance minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, and former rural and regional development minister Shafie Apdal for breaching official secrets.
Political oppression

Apart from the OSA, the Sedition Act, the Printing Presses and Publications Act (1984), and the Malaysia Communications and Multimedia Commission Act (1998) have previously been invoked in cases where people have published, posted or said anything related to the government’s wrongdoing.

“The fact that these laws are used almost exclusively against dissidents indicates that they are a tool for political oppression,” Azmi Sharom, a professor of law at the University of Malaya, told DW.

While stressing that the broad nature of the OSA is worrisome, both Paulsen and Azmi agree that such legislation is nevertheless necessary in dealing with national security matters. “But that doesn’t extend, for example, to the budget for buying submarines that costs billions. There should be sufficient accountability and transparency to make sure that public funds are well spent,” Paulsen argued.

Drawing a line


1MDB has been making global headlines since 2015 after allegations of corruption and mismanagement of public funds surfaced


Azmi stresses that clear boundaries must be drawn between what should be deemed an official secret and what shouldn’t be. The expert also emphasized that the government must ensure that an efficient system is in place so that people can access information in a timely manner.

Presently, only the Malaysian states of Selangor and Penang have a Freedom of Information Enactments law that allows people to obtain state government information.
“Even the Freedom of Information Enactments in these states is encumbered by the OSA,” Azmi underlined.

Paulsen is unsure whether the incumbent government would be open to enacting the freedom of information legislation on a national level – something he says could potentially work against the authorities.

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Malaysia Pivots to BRICS; Soros Plans Color Revolutions in Southeast Asia


It is merely the changing of masters and ism … from fascism to (capitalist) communism. The current Malaysian PM unlike Mahathir as expounded in this article really tried fending off the cabal and bank$ter$. Najib on the otherhand is Obama’s minion and caddy boy, and the 1MDB scandal surrounding him is about to pound on him as soon as Obama leaves the White House. He has to seek shelter from a new master and who better than China fits the role?

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Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak visits China, barely a week of Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s visit.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak’s week-long visit to China will start October 31. Will it mark a turning point for Malaysian foreign policy, similar to the one recently made by President of the Philippines Rodrigo Duterte?

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