Malaysia Facing A #ClimateChange Of Sorts


Climate Change is the defining issue of our time and we are at a defining moment. From shifting weather patterns that threaten food production, to rising sea levels that increase the risk of catastrophic flooding, the impacts of climate change are global in scope and unprecedented in scale. Without drastic action today, adapting to these impacts in the future will be more difficult and costly. – U.N.

Whether one believe in narratives or not, the noise on climate change/global warming/rising sea-levels are literally in the air. One’s auditory canal must be blocked with concrete not to feel the thick waves gushing through it to reach the cochlea.

True or not, in Malaysia a climate change of sorts is going on as we speak. This, I assure you is not mere narrative, but as real as you are alive reading this. Even the Malaysian top cop affirms it.

The climate change transpiring is not about global warming thingy, but a political climate which is stirred by yours truly politicians. No, they did not make any admittance of it. Just as one must be deaf not to hear about the other climate change hullabaloo, I’m entitled to say, one’s head must be empty between them blocked hearing devices not to know this.

Anyways, the situation presents a real and present danger, when the Malaysian Police (PDRM) lamented about being burdened by racial and religious issues, which must also be read that they now have less capacity to deal with real dangerous crimes, which is what they were meant for, instead of becoming the weather man.

The people must brace themselves to survive this typhoonic onslaught before they get destroyed by a man-created (yes in this case) climate change, which is giving way for more serious and dangerous crimes to thrive.

Who Owns Islam?


Who gave you the right to define Islam, prominent Turkish author asks Putrajaya

© Provided by FMT MEDIA SDN BHD Mustafa Akyol says even caliphs at the height of the Islamic empire had no authority on matters of religion.

KUALA LUMPUR: The Pakatan Harapan (PH) government continues to draw flak from Muslim experts abroad over its recent refusal to do away with restrictions on foreign speakers on Islamic topics.

Mustafa Akyol, a prominent US-based Turkish academic whose lecture in 2017 was forced to be cancelled by Islamic authorities in Kuala Lumpur before he was detained for speaking without “religious credentials”, said the excuse by the government that it wants to contain “deviant” teachings showed that not much had changed under the new Malaysian leadership.

“The Malaysian authorities still assume that they have a right to define ‘right Islam’ versus ‘deviant Islam’.

“But then we must ask, who gave the Malaysian government, or any government, the authority to define Islam?” Akyol, a strong advocate of free speech in Muslim countries who has frequently criticised both the Islamists and secularists in his home country, told FMT.

On Wednesday, minister in charge of Islamic affairs Mujahid Yusof Rawa defended the home ministry’s move to vet all foreign missionaries including Muslim speakers, saying the authorities wanted to make sure their belief systems were “in line with the Malaysian context”.

Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin earlier said that foreign Muslim and non-Muslim speakers would be monitored to ensure they were “free from deviant teachings”.

“Whoever comes here, regardless of the form of talks, will be monitored,” Muhyiddin had said.

The statement drew strong response from US-based Muslim academic, Nader Hashemi, who has frequently addressed Malaysian audiences on Islamic topics.

“The vetting of speakers who come to Malaysia to discuss issues of religion suggests that authoritarianism is alive and well in Malaysia and that freedom and full democracy remain an ongoing struggle and aspiration,” Hashemi, who heads the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Denver, told FMT.

Akyol, whose book “Islam Without Extremes: A Muslim Case for Liberty” is banned in Malaysia, said no government had the right to define what is “true Islam” as this would mean reducing religion to the “interests and whims of political powers”.

“With that logic, Iran can ban Sunni Islam as ‘deviant’, as Saudis can similarly ban Shia Islam and even non-Wahhabi Sunnism. Or India can ban all Islam saying that, according to its Hindu beliefs, all Islam is ‘deviant’,” Akyol said.

He said even at the height of the Muslim empire, political leaders had no authority over religion.

“Even caliphs did not have that authority. Islam, rather, was defined by diverse communities of scholars, believers, and evolving traditions,” he said.

“The truth that we must accept is that Islam is not owned by any government because it comes from an authority that is higher than all governments.

“The rightful duty of these governments is to know their limits, protect the rights and freedoms of their citizens, and allow their societies to freely practise their religious persuasions and have intellectual discussions about them,” Akyol said.

In 2017, Akyol’s Malaysian lecture tour organised by the Islamic Renaissance Front drew protests from conservative Muslim groups and Islamic authorities.

He was arrested at KLIA as he was preparing to board a flight to Rome, hours after the Federal Territory Islamic Affairs Department forced his lecture on the topic of apostasy to be called off.

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The Politics Box


“Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies.”
― Groucho Marx

Malaysia as a nation is relatively peaceful given the general scenario of the world at large. She has her share of woes, but to groan and complain would suggest selfishness when she has much to be grateful for.

This small nation went through an epiphany at the recent 14th general election (GE14), when she for the first time in 61 years since her independence from the grasps of colonialism sees new hope for great change.

It took her six decades to realise the ‘soft fascism’  (no such thing really, there’s only fascism) she was in while under the reign of a band of arrogant home grown politicians who rallied together calling themselves Barisan Nasional (National Front) lead by UMNO. The straw that broke the camel’s back is the infamous 1MDB affair which literally bankrupted Malaysia and turned her into a pauper nation.

Thinking for the better, the people collectively removed the corrupt regime and handed her to a new alliance labelled as Pakatan Harapan (Alliance of Hope) on the night May 9 2018, the night the earth moved.

The Phoenix returns

IT was a night when the earth moved as one Barisan parliamentary seat after another tumbled and shortly after 11pm last night, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad declared that Putrajaya had fallen to the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

The 93-year-old leader has stepped into a special place in Malaysian history, making a comeback to the job he left 15 years ago. – The Star

Nine months down the road, disillusionment hovers over the people when the change expected of the new government doesn’t show, or rather trekking at snail’s pace, which to the human eyes is seen as a standstill.

Without going into the boring details, I’ll get straight to the point of this essay.

Its the system and stupid politicians STUPID!

The current government is made up of 90% politicians who were in the opposition all their political lives. Life and perception on this side of the political divide was different being in a different box looking at another box (The government). They saw the garbage and filth in the other box. They were clear of what’s to be done and change, and had the tenacity to do it given the chance.

Well, they have now entered the ‘other’ (filthy) box, which they are now supposed to clean, but…they left the brooms in the box they were in.

Blimey!

Not only that, their eyes developed cataracts and couldn’t find or see any dirt in there. With blurred visions and minds, they simply carried on with their new roles using whatever is in the dirty box.

And…the ousted old politicians are now in the ‘clean’ opposition box. They seem to have new visions without the cataracts, and are set to sanitize the dirty box which they were in.

Get the picture?

Politicians are akin to hamsters in a spinning wheel – the political wheel absence of any wills.

So what’s next for Malaysia and Malaysians?

Tbh, nothing much really. Not until GE15, or better still get rid of the politics box, or any kind of box and try out something new like a open bathtub which everyone will be naked


“Too bad that all the people who know how to run the country are busy driving taxicabs and cutting hair.”
― George Burns





Ciggie – Ziggy Stardust


Governments are perplexed on the tobacco issue. To tax (more) or not to.

A catch 22 situation.

Health minister says govt can’t afford to raise ciggie prices

File photo of cigarettes seen during the manufacturing process in the British American Tobacco Cigarette Factory (BAT) in Bayreuth, southern Germany

Cigarettes are seen during the manufacturing process in the British American Tobacco Cigarette Factory (BAT) in Bayreuth, southern Germany, in this April 30, 2014 file photograph. REUTERS/Michaela Rehle /Files

“If we raise the cigarette prices until it is not affordable to the B40 group, then they will turn to the cheaper illicit cigarettes that will expose them to a series of non-communicable diseases (NDC): chronic pulmonary disease, chronic cardiovascular disease, lung cancer. – Malay Mail 

Reading the above report will transform you into a mental inmate. The bozos in the corridors of power are actually the inmates running the institution.

The dough-nuts are primarily cracking their heads on the dough like a mad-dog chasing its tail.

Dzulkefly said that currently the cost to treat the three top NDC related to smoking is RM2.29 billion, adding that the government subsidises 67.5 per cent of the treatment cost with 32.5 per cent paid by the patient.

The treatment cost is 0.7 per cent of the nation’s GDP, he said.

Its got nothing to do with the well-being of the people. Its about the dough they have to cough up on so called health-care, if the figures are at all correct let alone true.

More importantly how much money goes into their pockets.

By being greedy they have a problem – they’re playing into the highly competitive black-markets’ hands.

So?

So where were the spiders
While the fly tried to break our balls?
With just the beer light to guide us
So we bitched about his fans
And should we crush his sweet hands?
Oh

Mm-hmm

Ziggy played for time
Jiving us that we were voodoo
The kids were just crass
He was the nazz
With God-given ass
He took it all too far
But, boy, could he play guitar

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…of smoking, haze, emissions and Health.

The Malaysian Prime Minister speaking the truth.


“You cannot teach someone anything who is incapable of actually listening objectively to anything no less understand the actual political system in which we live.” ~ Martin Armstrong

His Honorable Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad – Prime Minister of Malaysia.

The speech was a serious one and it was as serious as it could be.The PM wasn’t joking and it wasn’t funny.

The audience laughed and clapped their hands.

WHY?

People have been dumbed-down by lies all their lives that they don’t know the truth when they hear it.

Now…that’s funny!

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…of smoking, haze, emissions and Health.


Never has the world been more concern about human’s health than in this new millennium. With the advent of the Internet, people have awaken (no thanks to governments) to the health hazards in their intake of food and drinks, air pollution and the environment as a whole.

We can see the hospitals are overcrowded and the long waiting-list at the clinics surely is alarming. Health freaks are mushrooming in numbers and the parks are full of joggers and walkers who think that exercise alone will optimize their well-being. Foodies have turned vegetarians and worse – vegans. Its a fast growing cult. Running a gym is now a viable profitable business.

Is that all it takes to be healthy?

Surely not.

Can one remain healthy with pollution in the air, rivers, and seas? These are global issues and this’ where the governments come in.

I am not going to delve with these issues especially when the hyped Global Warming and Climate Change are a big farce. Nuff said.

Let’s look at Malaysia now as the (new) government is geared on a national no-smoking campaign.

No smoking at open-air eateries

The ministry is pushing to gazette all open-air restaurants as no-smoking areas, said Deputy Health Minister Dr Lee Boon Chye. [The Star]

 

Lol! This’ rather humorous:

MP among 8 issued compound after smoking ban takes effect in Parliament

An MP was among eight people who received a compound notice for smoking in the Parliament building, says the Health Ministry.

The fine was given out to the offenders after the Ministry sent out enforcers to check on smoking hot spots in Parliament on Monday (Oct 15)  after the smoking ban took effect in Parliament. [The Star]

Yes, I smoke and yes I know about the related health issues, but I practice good social etiquette when I do it and I surely respect the rights of non-smokers and so I smoke in the open air, far… far from the health-freaks mostly to avoid their patronizing holier-healthier-than-thou attitudes and their cringed faces .

Long before the fake news hype, the people have been engulfed by fake-science. Tobacco has taken a beating by the so called passive smoking and the second-hand smoke myth.

Tobacco – Smokin’ the Propaganda

“When we connect the dots through medicine, science, history, psychology and sociology, the truth emerges plain as day: the all-out global propaganda campaign against tobacco is part of the same push for ‘full-spectrum dominance’ over humanity in all other spheres. The targets and victims of the fake ‘War on Terror’ are the same targets of the war against tobacco. We are expected to believe that our wonderful ‘leaders’ encourage us to eat poisonous GMO food yet are oh, so concerned about the alleged health effects from smoking? Give us a break!” – PTM

If the governments are serious, truthful and sincere about the hazards and dangers of smoking, then they should totally ban it, instead of making a daily big fuss and continuing with money wasting non-stop campaigns.

A young woman smoking cigarette inside.

Why not ban tobacco? I will not answer what the governments won’t.

There is a more serious and dangerous human activity, which the governments are not (adequately) addressing – vehicle emissions.

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Read here for Car Emissions For Testing Facts

Some governments do take it seriously and have taken actions against car manufacturers like Volkswagen and Audi, and even arrested a CEO.

VW’s Audi Unit Settles Munich Diesel Probe for $926 Million

Volkswagen AG’s Audi unit agreed to pay an 800 million-euro ($926 million) fine for its role in the diesel-cheating scandal that has disrupted the car industry for more than three years and landed Audi’s longtime leader in jail. – Bloomberg

 

The problem in Malaysia is that smoking as a health issue is under the purview of the Ministry of Health. They aren’t bothered about emission issues because that comes under the purview of the Ministry of Transport. These two ministries are using separate and different algorithms in dealing with two (unrelated) things – tobacco and vehicles.

Hence, vehicle emission is never a health issue rather than a traffic nuisance and therefore car-owners (most are health-freaks too) do not see and care about the hazardous smoke their shining Bimmers, Mercks and SUVs billow into the atmosphere. At the same time these same hypocrites join in the anti-smoking campaign with vigor like their lives depended on it.

Then there is this haze thingy…well, this is a foreign diplomatic issue and a sensitive one at that.

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What about them thick black smoke from refineries and factories…?

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Sigh!

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Malaysia Post GE14 Wreckage and The Only Way Out


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On the night of May 09 2018the earth moved and Malaysia is never to be the same. Malaysians have never seen such an event and were overwhelmed with joy. Two weeks have gone by and we are now faced with the rubbles and garbage underneath the mangled wreckage of the rotten past administration’s ship.

The clean up action by the new government begun almost immediately the next day. It started with assessing the damage and reports of the various parts of the government machinery came in one by one. The list is long and even Santa Claus shook his head in disbelief when compared to his annual Christmas present delivery list.

Simply put, the country was robbed of its assets and finances, and are now literally broke and left with a humongous amount of debt, which is impossible to ever be repaid… anytime.

The new government swiftly put together a couple of think tank groupscomprising of the nation’s crème de la crème to help and advice on how to lift the country out of its predicament.

Council of Elders

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Please allow me to give my two-cent opinion.

Its the system stupid.

Malaysia inherited a filthy rotten system from her colonial masters in her pursuance of “independence” 61 years ago and without much thinking (then and even now) accepted it as the only way to be independent, to build and run a nation. After all the leaders then had nothing, zilch to go by and didn’t know any better (how to run a country/company). The rest as they say is history.

May 09 2018, 61 years later we’re left in a worse position than when we were colonized. The freedom we were shouting and dreaming of was just that – a dream. It is in fact a nightmare.

There is only ONE way to get out of this nightmare.

No. Repairs and tweaking won’t work. Trust me.

How do you mend a broken flimsy system which was designed to break?

We must reset and boot into a completely NEW system, which has never been done before and (I know) which will cringe even the best political science professors, economists, and politicians. YES they will faint.

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What caused the disaster?

Everybody shouted “CORRUPTION!”.

They are going after the corrupt ex PM and his forty thieves. Rightly so!

Will that solve the problem?

No. How about a revolution? Definitely a no no. Its a vicious cycle.

Corruption is the symptom. The disease is called “Centralization” and the only treatment is de-centralization

How?

Technological Change

Have you heard of Blockchain?

What is blockchain?

How Blockchain Technology is Changing the World

Now though, perhaps more than ever before, the future is clouded in uncertainty. No one really knows what the world will truly look like in ten, twenty, fifty years. Unfortunately, this often leads a lot of people to believe it will be fraught with distrust, turmoil and maybe even a bit of madness.

As our world evolves, so do the breakthroughs that help meet those fears head on. And with technologies like the blockchain reconfiguring the way we interact with one another, the future may well be a very bright place.

You don’t have to play by the rules of the corrupt politicians, manipulative media, and brainwashed peers.

See…I told you people will cringe!

If you’ve been following the Bitcoin and cryptocurrency developments and news you’ll find that ALL the governments and banksters in the world are against it and for a good reason. Behind/underneath Bitcoin is Blockchain, which will decentralize every Federal government and the dreaded Central Banks.

I will not drag this essay into the nitty-gritties of this technology and leave you to read and research it…and perhaps will see that it is the ONLY way forward.

On a final note I suggest you also find and learn more about Quantum Computing, which, believe me will change the world as you know it.

Will the new government Pakatan Harapan be willing?

Mahathir: ‘The machinery of government has been corrupted’

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In A World of #FakeNews, Only The Fakers Are Truthers


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Despite mounting domestic opposition, the administration of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak appears determined to ram through parliament an odious bill ostensibly intended to curb fake news.

Though the government insists that the law is not intended to stop people from exercising their right to freedom of speech as provided for in the Federal Constitution, there is every reason to be seriously concerned. Under the guise of curbing fake news, the bill will gravely impair what remains of free speech and the right to dissent. The consequences will be devastating.

An array of civil society and human rights groups, journalists, lawyers, politicians and prominent national leaders are in unanimous agreement that the pending bill represents a fatal assault on our democracy. If it passes, and the indications are that it will (thanks to the shameful dereliction of duty of so many of our MPs), it will mean the end of the road for democracy in Malaysia. – Dennis Ignatius

As Malaysia Moves to Ban ‘Fake News,’ Worries About Who Decides the Truth

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An advertisement in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, warning against “fake news.” The lower house of Parliament has passed a bill to fight the spread of misinformation, and it is expected to be approved by the Senate this week. Credit Reuters

What qualifies as fake news, however, is ill defined. Ultimately, the government would be given broad latitude to decide what constitutes fact in Malaysia.

“Instead of a proper investigation into what happened, we have a ministry of truth being created,” said Nurul Izzah Anwar, a lawmaker from the People’s Justice Party and the daughter of the jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim.

 

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Cambridge Analytica and Malaysia


MALAYSIA’S NAJIB DENIES USING CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA, ACCUSES MAHATHIR’S SON 


Company accused of harvesting personal data from Facebook is said to have “provided advice” on Malaysia’s 2013 general election 


Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak on Tuesday denied claims his government had ever engaged the tainted data analytics firm Cambridge Analytica, and instead accused his rival Mahathir Mohamad’s son as the person who had used the company’s controversial services before he crossed aisles to join the opposition.

Speculation about Cambridge Analytica’s involvement in Malaysia has been swirling since one of the company’s senior executives was secretly recorded by Britain’s Channel 4 as saying that it had used a web of shell companies to disguise campaigning activities in Mexico, Malaysia and Brazil.

Cambridge Analytica is also at the centre of a global maelstrom after reports emerged this week that it harvested personal data about Facebook users from 2014. Read further

So Najib denies what is clearly displayed on Cambridge Analytica’s website?

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…and what about this:

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Cambridge Analytica’s Malaysia address:

16, Jalan Kenyalang 11/4G, 47810 Kota Damansara, Selangor Darul Ehsan, Malaysia

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Malaysia – The closing of the Malay mind


The closing of the Malay mind

By Dennis Ignatius, dennisignatius.com

In his 1987 book, ‘The closing of the American mind: How Higher Education Has Failed Democracy and Impoverished the Souls of Today’s Students’, Allan Bloom, an American political philosopher, argued that the social/political crisis of 20th-century America was really an intellectual crisis resulting from an education system that rendered students incapable of critical thinking.

Given the statements emanating from the recent ‘Rise of the Ummah Convention’, one has to wonder if something similar might be going on here as well.

Have decades of politico-religious indoctrination led to the closing of the Malay-Muslim mind, diminishing their self-confidence and making it difficult for them to arrive at a realistic appreciation of the world they inhabit?

Are we, in fact, witnessing an intellectual and emotional retreat into a dark world of self-created fantasies and fears straight out of some ‘wayang kulit’ show?

The dominant narrative

Listening in on the very public discourse within significant segments of the Malay community, it appears that racial and religious issues have overtaken everything else to become the dominant narrative. Their whole world seems to have been reduced to something of an existential racial and religious struggle for survival against a plethora of enemies of their own making.

This shift in mindset is finding expression in a number of different ways. For one thing, we are seeing a rising tide of segregationist ideas including Muslims-only laundrettes, barbershops and photo-studios. As well, there is growing acceptance of the idea that it is haram to wish others for Christmas, Diwali or Chinese New Year, attend functions in non-Malay/non-Muslim homes or even to vote for non-Muslims.

The underlying presumption, though unspoken, is that non-Muslims and non-Malays are somehow unclean, that their very presence is defiling and challenging to the Malay-Muslim sense of identity and that good Malays/Muslims ought to have as little to do with non-Malays as possible.

The animus towards non-Malays has reached such intensity that even the pathetically few senior positions held by non-Malays in public service attracts controversy. Have we gone from aspiring for a public service reflective of our diversity to one where even the few non-Malays in high office are a few too many?

And, by insisting that Islam does not permit non-Malays to hold senior positions in a Muslim-majority polity, PAS president Hadi Awang has conveniently provided a theological justification for institutionalizing discrimination against non-Muslims.

At the same time, we have government-affiliated think tanks and educational institutions regularly obsessing about cataclysmic threats to Islam from imaginary groups. Christians, in particular, are vilified and even their prayers for a better nation are considered subversive and disrespectful. The crusades ended in 1291 but apparently some have not yet received the memo.

The underlying sense of insecurity also extends to culture. Traditional Malay culture, with its rich infusion of Asian influences, for example, is now considered something of an embarrassment and is downplayed or denied while Arab culture is considered superior and extolled. In the process, key elements of Malay culture – dress, dance, art and custom – are being jettisoned in favour of the desert culture of Bedouins.

Surely, if there is a battle worth fighting, it is the battle to preserve Malay culture and its unique contribution to civilization.

And now we have clerics like Ismail Mina Ahmad attempting to rewrite non-Malays out of the history of our nation while educators like Datuk Raof Husin insist that even the meagre scholarships that non-Malays presently receive should be withdrawn on the spurious grounds that it is unconstitutional. Do they ever listen to themselves? What kind of a nation considers it okay to be so spiteful and discriminatory against its own citizens?

It is, I suppose, the next step in the evolution of the “pendatang” construct with minorities cast as interloping, unpatriotic, scheming idolaters who deserve nothing but contempt for daring to consider themselves Malaysian with equal rights and privileges.

Not by accident

Of course, all this is not happening by accident; it is, rather, the result of a well-orchestrated though ultimately destructive strategy by UMNO deep-state (with the tacit support of PAS) to reshape and refocus the Malay-Muslim mind. The objective is to ensure the party’s own survival by diverting attention from scandal and failure to imaginary threats that the party itself has invented.

And they have been so successful at this game that a wide cross-section of Malay-Muslim society has now bought into their narrative, making it the dominant framework through which everything else is viewed. When even university professors start unthinkingly regurgitating this fabricated and bizarre narrative, the stage is set for intellectual, cultural and religious conformity and rigidity – groupthink on a national scale replete with dysfunctional decision-making, the suppression of dissenting views and isolationist tendencies.

As many observers have rightly noted, race and religion have been weaponized and employed to keep Malay-Muslims subservient and non-Malays on the defensive. In the process, UMNO has condemned all Malaysians – Malay and non-Malay, Muslim and non-Muslim – to forever run on the treadmill of an existential struggle for survival against each other while leaving the party to do as it pleases.

Descent into absurdity

And so, at a time when our nation is faced with serious and very real problems from corruption and the plunder of national resources, institutional decay and the abuse of power, we have groups worrying about who should cut their hair or wash their clothes or take their photographs.

At a time when the real enemies of our nation are destroying it, we have no shortage of pseudo-nationalists ready to do battle against minorities, deviants, gays, liberals, atheists and, of course, Jews and Christians.

At a time when we are confronted with serious social problems, youth unemployment and falling living standards, we have people arguing about who is best qualified to carry out amputations for theft or proper procedures to ascertain the gender of men or women who might fall short of some airhead’s idea of what they should look like.

At a time when even Saudi Arabia wants to return to moderate Islam, we have zealots blindly pushing the nation towards an extremism that has proven so destructive elsewhere.

Such is the extent of the lunacy that has descended upon the nation.

Zenith of power, abyss of insecurity

Ironically, this shift in mindset is happening at a time when Malay power has reached a zenith unparalleled in history, and Islam itself more firmly entrenched and accepted than at any time since it first came to the country in the 12th century, courtesy of traders from India.

As well, one would have thought that some 60 years after independence, after more than 40 years of Bumiputraism, after securing near total dominance of the nation’s political and economic structures, the armed forces, the civil service and academia, and with the steadily declining non-Malay demographic, Malays would at least feel more confident and secure.

Instead, thanks to UMNO, a siege mentality has descended over a large segment of the Malay community making them fearful and resentful, bigoted and unsure of themselves. As well, it is obliging them to retreat behind self-defeating walls that will render them less able to compete and hold their own in a rapidly changing world. If they cannot be secure and confident within the narrow confines of a small multi-ethnic polity, how will they compete in a borderless world that respects neither race nor religion?

It is, in many ways, the ultimate betrayal.

Battle for the Malay mind

To be sure, the struggle for the Malay-Muslim mind is far from over.

Alarmed by the emerging ethos, the slow extinction of Malay culture and the rising tide of intolerance, the Malay rulers, the ultimate custodians of Malay religion, culture and identity, are speaking out like never before, and in uncharacteristically strong terms.

A number of Malay groups and individuals have also risen to challenge the UMNO-inspired narrative. G25, the Patriots Association, PAGE and Islamic Renaissance Front, to name a few, have been outspoken opponents of bigotry and racism while championing an alternative vision of a Malay community at peace with itself, confident of its place in the world, open and tolerant.

They are about the only bright spot in an otherwise gloomy picture, and upon their success will rest the future not just of the Malays but of all Malaysians.


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Malaysia – Its The Army Veterans Who May Well Save Their Beloved Country


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The patriots are a special breed of men who serve their beloved country through thick and thin when they were young and continue to do so in their twilight years.

They have taken the solemn oath risking their lives to defend the motherland and her people.

Sadly they are the neglected and unappreciated lot because they play their role without any fanfare and leave quietly after the job is done.

“Old soldiers never die, they simply fade away” – General Douglas MacArthur

True to the spirit of patriotism, here in Malaysia the patriots rise to the occasion to save their beloved country which is currently crumbling from the misconducts and misadventures of corrupted politicians.

IN SHARP SLAP TO NAJIB’S FACE, ARMY VETERANS WANT GOVT TO FORM SPECIAL COMMITTEE TO MANAGE 1MDB

PETALING JAYA – National Patriots Association (Patriots) president Brigadier-General (Rtd) Mohamed Arshad Raji has called for a special committee to be formed to deal with the issue of debts pertaining to 1MDB.

The retired army man said that the Yang DiPertuan Agong and the Council of Rulers should step in to appoint such a committee.

Arshad cited a Singapore’s Straits Times report on Tuesday, headlined “Malaysia’s 1MDB settles debt owed to Abu Dhabi with China backing”, as the rationale for his suggestion, as he said the issue “could not be left to the government alone”.

“ST had reported that the US$602.7 million (RM2.4 billion) the state-owned company paid to Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC), were from funds made available by divesting its stake in two companies to buyers linked to China state-owned enterprises,” he said.

The amount was the second instalment of a US$1.2 billion debt which was due by the end of this year.

“The decision to settle this outstanding debt cannot be left to our government alone, as it has proven itself with a trust deficit.

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At the end of the day, no one else, not even the (useless) politicians in the opposition could bring any meaningful change, but the patriots.

 

Source:- Malaysian Chronicle

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‘Evil’ politicians are dividing us, says veterans group

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Singapore Premier Puts Malaysia To Shame


South China Morning Post

1MDB VS 38 OXLEY ROAD: WHY MALAYSIA ENVIES SINGAPORE

The family feud dominating public life in Singapore has crossed the Causeway, as Malaysians marvel at the Lion City premier’s open handling of the saga – and compare it to the closed-door approach of their own leader, Najib Razak, regarding his alleged links to a scandal at the state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).

Singapore’s prime minister, Lee Hsien Loong, has won widespread praise for his handling of what many believe should have been kept a private family matter. His siblings have accused him of abusing his power as prime minister to overrule the wishes of their late father – the city state’s founding leader Lee Kuan Yew – regarding the fate of the family home at 38 Oxley Road. They say their father was adamant in wanting the home to be demolished after his death, but that the premier wants to go against this wish to preserve the home and derive political capital from their father’s legacy.

Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong speaks in parliament about his family’s dispute over the fate of his late father’s home at 38 Oxley Road. Photo: AFP

The Lion City premier has responded with openness. Not only did he make a statement on national television – saying he had done all he could to resolve the family conflict and apologising for any harm it may have done to Singapore’s reputation – he also gave MPs a free rein to grill him in parliament.

Najib, on the other hand, has remained largely silent regarding a scandal at the state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) – where investigators claim to have traced some US$700 million wired into his accounts. Najib, who has denied any wrongdoing, is accused by critics of trying to shut down debate on the scandal. He has banned parliament from mentioning 1MDB and has removed key figures from his cabinet after they spoke out about the issue.

“The Singaporean PM has asked forgiveness from the people because of his siblings fighting. The Malaysian PM robbed billions, cricket noises,” said Twitter user @normgn. “Find it amusing to see the level of response of Singapore towards the Oxley Road house versus here for 1MDB. Just so weird,” said another, @yoongkhean. “One side got parliament seating just to explain it, one side … ignorance is bliss.”

The contrasting approach of the two leaders has been made more obvious as new details emerge about the US Department of Justice’s investigation into 1MDB.

As the public digest the details of the saga in the usually scandal-free Singapore – which has included Facebook posts from the premier’s family and private emails made public – they are also poring over the latest details of the Department of Justice’s investigation into 1MDB. The latest filing in the case seeks to recover US$540 million in assets including a yacht, a Picasso painting gifted to Leonardo DiCaprio, and a diamond necklace purchased with money stolen from the government fund.

Department of Justice documents allege that nearly US$30 million stolen from the fund were used to buy jewellery for the wife of “Malaysian Official 1” – jewellery that is said to have included a 22-carat pink diamond necklace. The documents do not identify Najib or his wife Rosmah Mansor by name, but say the jewellery was for the wife of “Malaysian Official 1”. Cabinet minister Abdul Rahman Dahlan has identified Malaysian Official 1 as Najib.

A cartoon by Zunar depicts an Inspector Clouseau-esque character. Handout photo

Controversial political cartoonist Zunar responded to this revelation by drawing a picture of a witch with a beehive hairdo riding a 1MDB broomstick and waving a large pink diamond pendant. Another cartoon depicts an Inspector Clouseau-esque character, a reference to the pink panther and a large pink diamond.

Last month, Rosmah’s solicitor released a statement saying that her lawyers were closely monitoring all postings on social media platforms and other publications, cautioning the public from making any false and malicious postings and statements.

In June, model Miranda Kerr turned over jewellery worth US$8.1 million that had been given to her by Malaysian financier Jho Low, who was instrumental in the development of 1MDB.

Australian model Miranda Kerr turned over jewellery given to her by Jho Low worth more than US$8.1 million. Photo: AFP

Even opposition politicians have taken to social media to vent their frustration at the lack of debate surrounding 1MDB. Member of Parliament M. Kulasegaran tweeted: “Openness by Singapore PM on a controversial issue speaks well of a government. In Malaysia?”

And Speaker of the Selangor State Assembly Hannah Yeoh said on Facebook: “When a controversy happens of this nature, being answerable to parliament is the right response. Lee Hsien Loong, you’re a good PM & I hope 1MDB can be dealt with like this in the Malaysian parliament too. Truly, not every son of a former prime minister is the same.”

WATCH: Singapore PM says siblings’ charges ‘baseless’

 

Najib is the son of Malaysia’s second prime minister, Abdul Razak Hussein.

Lawyer Ong Yu Jian also shared Lee’s public address on Facebook, saying: “No matter how embarrassing or personal the issue, he has the b**** to air it in parliament, invite questions from MPs and ask the party whip to be lifted for this issue.”

Political analyst Oh Ei Sun of the Pacific Research Centre said Najib’s silence was because he was confident he had the support of voters ahead of an election that may be called as early as this year.

38 Oxley Road, the residence of Singapore’s first prime minister, the late Lee Kuan Yew. Photo: EPA

“At end of the day, the 1MDB scandal will not significantly affect the vote banks for the ruling coalition, the Barisan Nasional, or even his party Umno specifically.

“Najib relies primarily on the urban and rural poor and for these people 1MDB is almost a soap opera. They may follow it but don’t feel acute hatred towards Najib as do the first group of people. They are more interested in whether they get a share in the next handout as they depend on these handouts. They won’t stop voting for the Barisan Nasional because of 1MDB. ”

Oh also said that there was less need to clarify issues in Malaysia, as Singaporean voters were “more sophisticated and educated”.

Still, many Malaysian voters and lawmakers are frustrated at what they see as a clampdown on discussion of the 1MDB scandal.

Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak can avoid discussing the 1MDB scandal because he is confident of voter support in an upcoming election, analysts say. Photo: EPA

Opposition MP Steven Sim said parliament was not even allowed to mention it on the pretext that it was subjudice. “Despite investigators in at least six countries investigating and taking legal action against 1MDB-related parties, including the US Department of Justice, Najib’s government has not only removed key leaders in his cabinet and in civil service who spoke out against him on this issue – notably his deputy prime minister, second finance minister, the attorney general, and the head of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission – parliament is not allowed to even mention 1MDB.

“By allowing serious and damaging allegations to be openly debated in parliament, Lee Hsien Loong demonstrated he has nothing to hide, is willing to come clean and answer to the people,” Sim said.

“The same cannot be said of Najib Razak.” 

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Malaysia – The second corporate raid


It was not the British government that seized Malaya, but a private company, run by an unstable sociopath

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People still talk about the British conquering Malaya, but that phrase disguises a more sinister reality. It was not the British government that seized Malaya at the end of the 18th century, but a dangerously unregulated private company headquartered in one small office, five windows wide, in London, and managed in India by an unstable sociopath – Clive.

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Robert Clive, was an unstable sociopath who led the fearsome East India Company to its conquest of the subcontinent. Photograph: Hulton Archive/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

The first corporate raid.

In 1511, Melaka was conquered by Portugal, after which it was taken by the Dutch in 1641. In 1786, the British Empire established a presence in Malaya, when the Sultan of Kedah leased Penang Island to the British East India Company. The British obtained the town of Singapore in 1819, and in 1824 took control of Melaka following the Anglo-Dutch Treaty. By 1826, the British directly controlled Penang, Melaka, Singapore, and the island of Labuan, which they established as the crown colony of the Straits Settlements. By the 20th century, the states of Pahang, Selangor, Perak, and Negeri Sembilan, known together as the Federated Malay States, had British residents appointed to advise the Malay rulers, to whom the rulers were bound to defer to by treaty. The remaining five states in the peninsula, known as the Unfederated Malay States, while not directly under British rule, also accepted British advisers around the turn of the 20th century. Development on the peninsula and Borneo were generally separate until the 19th century. Under British rule the immigration of Chinese and Indians to serve as labourers was encouraged. The area that is now Sabah came under British control as North Borneo when both the Sultan of Brunei and the Sultan of Sulu transferred their respective territorial rights of ownership, between 1877 and 1878. In 1842, Sarawak was ceded by the Sultan of Brunei to James Brooke, whose successors ruled as the White Rajahs over an independent kingdom until 1946, when it became a crown colony.

On 31 August 1957, Malaya became an independent member of the Commonwealth of Nations.

After this a plan was put in place to federate Malaya with the crown colonies of North Borneo (which joined as Sabah), Sarawak, and Singapore. The date of federation was planned to be 31 August 1963 so as to coincide with the anniversary of Malayan independence; however, federation was delayed until 16 September 1963 in order for a United Nations survey of support for federation in Sabah and Sarawak, called for by parties opposed to federation including Indonesia‘s Sukarno and the Sarawak United Peoples’ Party, to be completed – Wiki

Just like any sovereign state, Malaysia trotted on to progress and prosperity independently, with all the ups and downs for six decades under six prime ministers.

Currently, this relatively young nation is going through rough seas. The captain of the ship has (literally) lost his bearings, and the vessel is heading towards a iceberg, a collision of an enormous proportion, which will make the Titanic look pale in comparison.

Malaysia is in turmoil, politically and economically. The local currency Ringgit has dropped to a twelve year low and is in a free fall position. The political situation is in a state of disrepair as the ruling party UMNO under the leadership of prime minister Najib is losing popularity by the minute even as we speak.

Corruption is rampant in the government and UMNO, and it starts right from the highest echelon cascading down to the clerks in every ministry and department of the civil service.  Many arrests have been conducted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)

Malaysia scored 49 points out of 100 on the 2016 Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International. Corruption Index in Malaysia averaged 49.73 Points from 1995 until 2016, reaching an all time high of 53.20 Points in 1996 and a record low of 43 Points in 2011.

The country’s reputation dived head down internationally as the infamous 1MDB scandals were blown out of the pandora’s box. Billions of dollars went ‘missing‘ into the pockets of rouges closely connected to the PM, while some RM2.6b were trailed into the PM’s personal account.

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The massive amount of debts by 1MDB triggered investigations and several law suits by authorities and creditors in United States, Switzerland, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong.

Najib will hope that a friendly figure in the White House will help his chances in the biggest kleptocracy case brought by the US justice department to date. It’s seeking $1 billion in assets that it says are tied to “public corruption and a global money laundering conspiracy.” – Quartz

The second corporate raid

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Many mega projects have been interrupted or halted as these projects are in financial rout and seeking bail-outs or sourced out to foreign financiers. The biggest and main taker is China.

The Finance Minis­try (MoF) has called off a deal to sell 60% of Bandar Malaysia – a mega property development project estimated to have a gross development value of RM160bil when completed in 20 years – has sent shockwaves through the country and the region – TheStarOnLine

Proton the first Malaysian car is up for sale and the Chinese automaker Geely is a promising buyer.

Even the Bilderberg Shell have sold their refinery in Port Dickson to a Chinese company Hengyuan International Ltd.

Chinese presence in the ailing Malaysian economy are seen as bailing out Najib’s misadventures and not as genuine investments.

Playing the domestic cards by opening its borders to China’s investment and development projects – many of which have shown traces of fatigue in the long run – Najib brought the Chinese government to understand that he needed them for his own political survival. – TheIndependent

Here are some national mega projects where the Chinese are literally and desperately begged to participate by Najib to restore his unpopularity, saving his neck and retain power all at the same time:

What comes with all these Chinese participations (interventions) and financing? One has to be too naive to think that its all purely business investments on the part of the Chinese and that Malaysia is just so good and fortunate to attract foreign investments, but silly enough to offer opportunities to foreigners, especially China as giveaways whilst herself missing the chance to reap fortunes from her own viable, profit making projects?

Desperate times call for desperate measures, even if it means selling one’s own mother to save one’s own neck. This is a more accurate observation by concerned Malaysians and that history is beginning to repeat itself is glaringly apparent.

The British East India Company came in a quite different time, scenario and circumstances as the corporate raid was done singularly and stealthily during a time and period the people were innocent simpletons, unsuspecting and unaware of what was going on until it was too late to do anything to stop the marauders… and the rest, as they say is history.

For a century, the East India Company conquered, subjugated and plundered vast tracts of south Asia. It was the original corporate raider. The lessons of its brutal reign have never been more relevant.

With that unforgettable episode of Malaya (then) in the back of the people’s heads, Malaysians are witnessing, with their eyes wide open this time history repeating itself.

Malaysians lowered the Union Jack on August 31, 1957 to regain their freedom, and sixty years later, will they be seeing the raising of another corporate flag – the Five Stars Red flag and be slaves all over again? One must remember, most of the big Chinese corporations are controlled and owned by the State. Only this time it will be a communist takeover instead of the capitalist fascists and oh, how paradoxical it has turned out, as the people of Malaya had fought so hard with their lives to rid off the communist terrorists (which were supported and backed by China), during the Emergency period.

What else will be sold to complete the corporate raid? Highways, water, power, utilities public transport and telecommunication services next? Will the people knowingly sit back and allow a second corporate raid this time around?

 

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Malaysia – Controlling the majority via the minority


It is an open book that Malaysia is in essence ruled by the Malay elites. The ruling coalition Barisan National (formerly The Alliance Party) is led by UMNO.

If the Malays (Muslims) are the majority, why the need for a coalition with the non-Malays?

Back to the pre-independence days, the Colonial masters insisted that for Malaya to be self-governed under their proposed ‘democratic’ two-third majority system, the population of the Malays then were insufficient to obtain such majority. The Malays constituted only about fifty-one percent of the population and therefore could not form a ruling government.

Under the circumstances, the Malays led by Tunku Abdul Rahman had no choice, but to work around cooperating with the Chinese and Indians to achieve independence. The details of a political coalition were soon worked out and somehow an agreement was reached between them that Malays will have the upper hand in most if not all matters in the ruling of the country. The rest, as they say, is history.

malaydilemmaSix decades down the road, the Malays are still on top of things politically, but not quite economically. This’ a perennial scenario and somehow the Malays are never good enough at anything commerce. The failure of UMNO to address and solve this has become a Malay conundrum and Mahathir, the 4th Prime Minister of Malaysia in his The Malay Dilemma, expounded the predicament of the Malays in their own country.

Matters got worse for the Malays now and have disunited through the years when the greedy Malay elites in UMNO selfishly only work on their own well-being and accumulated riches for themselves. Under the current scenario, the 1MDB scandals have exposed the culprits in UMNO for what and who they really are and thus have weakened the UMNO hegemony. UMNO is collapsing under the ill-gotten wealth of the corrupt elites and this realization has turned these unscrupulous and corrupt beings desperate to hang on to their power and to keep their loot as well.

Now it is ‘desperate measures for desperate times’.

Holding the trump card of religion, the elites are deploying Islam as the modus operandi in their battle for retaining the status quo. Religion is and has always played an effective device in a multi-racial multi-religious population and has proven to garner support for the employer when the political failed. A Muslim will side a Muslim regardless of his politics. The latest ploy of the falling elites is lending their support to the opposition Islamic party PAS in the tabling in Parliament of the RUU355 Bill.

Religious issues are steadily and daily reported in the elites’ controlled local “Fake News” media and most if not all are about the upholding and defending of Islam against ‘attacks‘ by non-Muslim Malaysians, and especially the opposition Democratic Action Party (DAP).

The unsuspecting Malaysians both Malays and the non-Malays see the ongoing as purely a religious issue and a serious one at that. Some watchful citizens see it for what it really is, but most do not. This is a clever ploy by the elites to garner support from the fragmented Malays who are Muslims by birth.

The non-Malays non-Muslims were, are and never will be a threat to the Malays. The 13 May 69 racial riots were a false-flag event staged by the Malay elites in cohort with the international elites in the likes of the Rothschilds.

Malaysians are fully aware and always reminded of this incident and are conscious enough to not let its repeat.

The international world community is even fazed by this tactic and see it as a discrimination on the minority:

Muslim NGO: It is Malays who are discriminated against

In refuting the findings of a report by the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), Centhra chief executive officer Azril Mohd Amin said minorities in Malaysia do not suffer any religious discrimination. – FMT

In truth, it is the majority Malays who are discriminated upon in many and every way for the sole purpose to control them. The Malays being Muslims are restricted in every aspect of their daily lives. Unconsciously the religious mind control has affected them to be unsuccessful commercially and economically,  being unable to compete with their non-Muslim compatriots who are not bogged down with religious dogmas.

Fear is deployed on the Malays and in tandem with religion forms a very effective method of control:

Malay leaders instill fear and a siege mentallity in Malays

Former Deputy Prime Minister declares he’s a “liberal” and 
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“They are also instilling a very serious inferiority complex among the Malays. This is misplaced,” added Musa. “So many Malays are capable, yet every day these groups are saying ‘You are inferior, you need protection’ and ‘Those superior people are attacking or threatening us’.”PTM

The old worn out method of ‘Divide and Control‘ is still effective to some degree. The elites are not creative and that’s all they have up their sleeves. The winds of change is ongoing and people are waking up. The elites are desperate to the growing ‘populism’ movement all over the world.

Malaysians must rise quickly and unite. The old ‘majority versus minority‘, or ‘we v. them‘ way of thinking must be thrown out the window as it is only a polariztion method for control.

Malays must wake up that UMNO has done nothing for them for the past six decades. The threats are from within them. Malays are their own worst enemy.

That’s the real Malay dilemma.

Controlling the majority via the minority is dangerous to the Malays and to the very survival of the non-Malays. It is highly detrimental to the nation.

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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
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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


MashableAsia

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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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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George Soros had expressed a personal interest in coming Malaysian General Election


TheMalayMail

Malaysia Programme uncovered

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 31 — Leaked minutes of meeting between the Open Societies Foundation (OSF) and local groups, exposed by DC Leaks, revealed an agenda to influence domestic politics.

Among the revelations were:

  • Mobilising for the upcoming elections expected in 2018.
  • The 2013 elections were seen to be of great importance and George Soros had expressed a personal interest in them. Lessons learned are to be applied in 2018.
  • Greater mobilisation of the Muslim population as current involvement is not satisfactory.
  • Greater mobilisation of minority groups, women, Orang Asli and rural youth.
  • Engage with Election Commission, explore any possibility of policy reform, and identify clear policy targets.
  • Begin the process of leveraging the programmes’ existing networks in the country from this year onwards.
  • Develop a strong post-election mechanism to ensure documentation of any dispute can be quickly presented, unlike the 2013 election.

Other revelations:

  • OSF monitors and attempts to chart domestic politics since 2010, shortly after Datuk Seri Najib Razak assumed the office of prime minister.
  • The foundation had engaged in lobbying or “advocacy” in the US to shore up support for its efforts in Malaysia.
  • The most successful initiative was making “grants” or providing funds for friendly groups working for a common cause.
  • Following negative media exposure of Soros, the programme has proceeded in secret, with staff working quietly to minimise public exposure.
  • MalaysiaKini and its online broadcast service KiniTV received special allocations for election reporting, with ongoing support outside the election season.

What is DC Leaks?

DC Leaks came into prominence after it published hacked emails of US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, currently mired in controversy over her handling of classified information.

Those leaks have received wide coverage in addition to leading to a reopening of investigations against her by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

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Leonardo DiCaprio and the #1MDB scandal


FT

DiCaprio breaks silence over Malaysian fund

Star contacted DoJ on claims stolen money used to fund ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’


Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio reached out to the US Department of Justice after allegations surfaced in July that money stolen from a Malaysian development fund was used to finance his blockbuster film The Wolf of Wall Street.

Mr DiCaprio’s representatives sought to determine whether he or his foundation “ever received any gifts or charitable donations directly or indirectly related to these parties, and if so, to return those gifts or donations as soon as possible”, a spokesman for the actor said.

In July, US authorities filed a civil forfeiture complaint alleging that more than $3bn had been diverted from 1 Malaysian Development Berhad, the state development fund, with $94m used to finance the Hollywood blockbuster.

Mr DiCaprio on Tuesday broke his silence since the lawsuit was filed. His statement follows a press conference held in London on Friday last week by Bruno Manser Funds, a rainforest charity, which called for the actor to step down from his title as UN Messenger of Peace or renounce his associates at the centre of the scandal.

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Malaysia: Crackdown on Free Speech Intensifies


Deepening the Culture of Fear

The Criminalization of Peaceful Expression in Malaysia


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Ordinary Citizens Targeted Alongside Activists, Politicians

(Kuala Lumpur) – Malaysia’s prosecutions of peaceful speech over the past year have spread beyond activists and politicians to ordinary citizens on social media, Human Rights Watch said today in a new report. The government’s actions signal an ever-broadening crackdown on freedom of expression and assembly in the country.

The 40-page report, “Deepening the Culture of Fear: The Criminalization of Peaceful Expression in Malaysia,” documents the government’s recent use of overbroad and vaguely worded laws to criminalize peaceful speech and assembly. Since Human Rights Watch’s October 2015 report, “Creating a Culture of Fear,” the Malaysian government has done little to bring these laws and practices in line with international legal standards. Instead, the government has suggested it will strengthen statutes limiting speech on social media and other rights-offending laws.

“Criminalizing peaceful speech appears part of the Malaysian government’s larger effort to tighten the noose on anyone expressing political discontent,” said Phil Robertson, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch. “The authorities should cease prosecuting people for criticism or perceived ‘insults,’ and the government should urgently revise its laws to meet international free expression standards.”

The government has particularly sought to punish individuals who have criticized the administration of Prime Minister Najib Razak, commenting on the massive corruption scandal involving the government-owned 1 Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), or making comments on social media deemed “insulting” to Najib or to Malaysia’s royalty. The government has sought to discourage people from holding public assemblies and protests by deploying the country’s overly restrictive Peaceful Assembly Act. The government has also gone to great efforts to keep controversial information out of the public view, as seen in its use of the Official Secrets Act to shield reports on the 1MDB scandal from the public.

Among the cases Human Rights Watch documents in the report is that of artist Fahmi Reza, who is facing two criminal charges for posting on social media a clown-face image of Najib with white powder on his face, arched brows, and a blood-red mouth. In June 2016, a court sentenced Mohammed Amirul Azwan Mohammad Shakri, 19, to one year in prison under the Communications and Multimedia Act after he pled guilty to “insulting” the Sultan of Johor on social media. When he appealed his sentence as overly harsh, the court then ordered that he instead be sent to reform school until age 21 – a period of nearly two years.


Many of these cases update those from Human Rights Watch’s October 2015 report. For example, the government has advanced the prosecution of six charged under the Sedition Act for speeches made at a May 2013 forum protesting the outcome of the 2013 general election. Five have so far been convicted and sentenced. In each case, the prosecution pressed for significant prison sentences. In the most recent case, Tian Chua, the vice president of the opposition Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), was convicted and sentenced to three months in prison and a fine of RM1,800 (US$433).

During the past year, the Malaysian government has also used the outdated and draconian Official Secrets Act to shield the Auditor General’s report on the 1MDB scandal – a matter of great public interest in Malaysia – from public view, and to prosecute an opposition member of Parliament who allegedly disclosed information from that report. Faced with new leaks of information regarding the 1MDB scandal, the government has also threatened to increase the penalties under the Official Secrets Act to life in prison.

Human Rights Watch reiterated its call for the Malaysian government to cease using criminal laws against peaceful speech and protests, and to bring its laws and policies into line with international human rights law and standards for the protection of freedom of expression and assembly.

“As Prime Minister Najib’s political fortunes fall, Malaysia’s intolerance of critical speech seems to rise,” Robertson said. “Malaysia’s future as a rights-respecting nation shouldn’t become hostage to defending the Najib government’s reputation.”

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The law of rule in Malaysia


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James Giggacher

1MDB shows that an already fragile rule of law is being stretched to the limits, writes James Giggacher.

Malaysia’s rule of law may have reigned supreme in this week’s case of the Budgie Nine – saving the Southeast Asian state from gross national insult at the hands of some silly young Australians.

Too bad the same thing can’t be said about another national disgrace, the 1MDB financial scandal.

In the face of investigations into the country’s failing sovereign wealth fund, and Prime Minister Najib Razak’s alleged links to millions of missing dollars, the rule of law has in fact gone missing in action.

This was certainly the case when Najib sacked attorney general, Abdul Gani Patail, who planned to bring charges relating to 1MDB against the PM in July 2015.

The plan was leaked, and Abdul Ghani stepped down, officially for ‘health reasons’. Perhaps he’d heard about what happened to former Mongolian model and Najib’s inner circle mainstay, Altantuya Shaarribuu.

At the same time, Najib removed his deputy and one of his most vocal critics — Muhyiddin Yassin.

The former AG’s replacement, Mohamed Apandi Ali, almost immediately cleared his embattled PM of any wrongdoing.

Apandi said that the royal family of Saudi Arabia had gifted Najib $US 681 million, of which $US 600 million had been returned. He also said no criminal offence had been committed. However, several countries, including the US, Switzerland, Singapore and the Seychelles, are still investigating the case.

Reports on the scandal by Malaysia’s central bank and anti-corruption commission have also been dismissed by Apandi; according to him the PM has no case to answer.

And in June, Najib filed court documents that denied graf, misuse of power, and interference in 1MDB investigations in response to a lawsuit brought by former PM and mentor, and now key adversary, Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Meanwhile, the almost 700 million dollar question of how 2.6 billion ringgit managed to find its way into Najib’s personal bank accounts has yet to be satisfactorily answered.

So much for due process, democratic safeguards, transparency, and holding those in power to account. But can we expect anything better from a Malaysia still under the sway of long-ruling coalition Barisan Nasional (BN) and its leading party, Najib’s UMNO?

As Jayson Browder notes, BN has long had a poor record of abiding by the rule of law.

It has consistently leveraged several national laws – including The Peaceful Assembly Act of 2012, the Sedition Act of 1948, and the Printing Presses and Publications Act of 1948 – to curtail freedoms, assembly, political expression as well as intimate activists and the media, and ensure its power.

These tactics guarantee the ruling coalition’s stranglehold over Malaysia’s political system “through a combination of economic rewards, intimidation of political opponents, and several national laws, which are in direct violation of Article 10 of the Federal Constitution in Malaysia.” Article 10 is meant to guarantee Malaysian citizens the right to freedom of speech, freedom of assembly and freedom of association.

An embattled Najib has only sharpened the teeth of a legal system already heavily stacked in his party’s favour. In August he brought in an unprecedented law that allows him to designate ‘security areas’ and deploy forces to search people, places and vehicles without a warrant.

Draconian would be an understatement.

Laurent Meillan, from the UN Human Rights Office for Southeast Asia, said that they were “gravely concerned” about human rights violations as a consequence of the act. The act could further restrict already highly limited rights of free speech and free assembly.

And in March this year, the independent news site The Malaysian Insider, went offline. Owners cited poor financial returns and high costs. The then editor, Jahabar Sadiq, said it was because the threat of being charged with sedition that could lead to jail time had become all too real.

The decision to pull the plug came almost three weeks after Malaysia’s Internet regulator — the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission – issued a gag order on the site because of a report alleging the country’s anti-corruption commission had sufficient evidence to bring criminal charges against Najib in the 1MDB case – even though he had already been cleared by Apandi.

The lesson? Smuggling budgies and smearing the flag is a clear no-no. Smuggling billions and smearing the nation’s sovereign wealth fund is a-ok.

It all goes to show that in Malaysia there is the rule of law – but most of the time there’s the law that lets BN rule.

James Giggacher is an associate lecturer in the ANU Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs and editor of New Mandala

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#MH370 Cover-Up Revealed: It Should Never Have Flown


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Veteran aviation reporter Christine Negroni’s new book reveals that the airplane did not meet the airline’s own rules for being able to track where it was—one more example of an investigation that is not fit for its purpose.


By any measure the disappearance and death of 329 people is a serious event. Imagine if this were the toll of a terrorist attack in the U.S. There would be an immediate investigation into how it happened—and the results of that investigation would reveal if failures had occurred that could be fixed. The chances of covering up any of those failures would be minimal.

Yet when the tragedy involves the souls lost aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 what has followed? Two and a half years later we know virtually nothing about the investigation that is supposedly continuing. None of the responsible parties wants to talk, wants to accept any accountability, wants to respond to the continuing grief of the families who lost loved ones.

Shocking light on this scandal is shed by a veteran reporter, Christine Negroni, in a new book, The Crash Detectives, published by Penguin.

In her book Negroni writes that she was disturbed by a discovery made during her reporting that “for all the apparent effort to try to solve the mystery of MH370, authorities may not be as committed to finding out what went wrong.”

Negroni discloses the impotence of the internal auditors at Malaysia Airlines. This disclosure goes to one of the most fundamental questions: Why was Flight MH370 not equipped to report its position and condition more frequently than at half-hour intervals?

A year before the flight vanished, in April 2013, company auditors discovered that the airline was not compliant with its own rules for the frequency of essential information sent in regular bursts of data via satellite from its fleet of long-haul airliners to the airline’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur. Moreover, the auditors pointed out that because of this lapse, by law the airplanes—including Flight MH370—should not have been cleared to fly.

According to the company rules, the airline was required to track its airplanes “throughout all phases of the flight to ensure that the flight is following its prescribed route, without unplanned deviation, diversion or delay.”

Being the dogged reporter that she is, Negroni discovered that the acting transport minister when MH370 was lost, Hishammuddin Hussein, knew about this audit but never revealed it when he was frequently questioned by reporters about the obvious gaps in tracking.

“The airline was informed by its own staff that it was unable to comply with tracking regulations,” Negroni told me. “So Malaysia knew it was deficient and did nothing. I don’t think any airline would roll the dice with that now.”

Negroni saw copies of the auditors’ reports but they did not say what the required frequency of messages had been and, she told me, neither the airline nor the Civil Aviation department responded to frequent requests from her for that information. She did discover that all the airline’s long haul flights now transmit those messages at five minute intervals.

Two days after the flight disappeared Hussein told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur “we have nothing to hide.”

All journalists who pursue cover-ups know that one of the hardest challenges is to know what is being covered up. Then there is the issue of motive—why is it being covered up, and by whom?

When it comes to aviation, Malaysia presents an illusion of governance. It has institutions that by name imply international standards of regulatory vigilance—a Ministry of Transport and a Department of Civil Aviation to supervise airlines, for example, and Malaysia Airlines itself has a Department of Quality Assurance and Regulatory Affairs (that’s who the auditors reported to). It’s when you come to question who gets appointed to these bodies and who ensures that they work as they should that it begins to look like a Potemkin charade.

Pursuing the truth in Malaysia, as Negroni did, immediately becomes ensnared in the country’s scandal-riddled politics. The prime minister, Najib Razak, has failed to explain who looted billions of dollars from a sovereign wealth fund and how nearly $700 million from that fund turned up in one of his own bank accounts. The culture that allowed this level of corruption to continue with impunity was described in an editorial in the Financial Times: “Mr Najib’s party, United Malays National Organization, has ruled the country without interruption for six decades with a mix of cash hand-outs and suppression of political opponents.”

Cronyism permeates all the national institutions, including those that for years have had oversight of commercial aviation. Inevitably, when a crisis as serious as the loss of MH370 occurs it exposes the cost of having political placemen, rather than professionals, in key positions. For example, CNN’s Richard Quest, the author of another book about MH370, interviewed Hussein more than a year after the disaster and reported: “…there is an astonishing gap in the minister’s perception of what happened and the rest of the world’s.”

Well, that’s one way of looking at it. But in a regime where corruption is endemic, ascribing the failure to manage a crisis to one man’s self-denial would seem too forgiving. To all intents and purposes the Malaysian government controls and owns the investigation into Flight MH370. Before the event that government was unused to any sustained level of public scrutiny and clearly to this day remains opposed to accepting accountability.

To begin with, the internal hierarchy of the investigation is difficult to fathom. Politically the three most involved nations, and those financing the search, are Malaysia, China (152 of the passengers were Chinese), and Australia—because the crash site is closest to Australia and because of Australia’s expertise in air crash investigations.

However, a more comprehensive tally of involved parties reveals a burgeoning bureaucracy and a forest of acronyms.

At the head is the Malaysian Ministry of Transport’s Safety Investigation Team for MH370. In addition, by November 2014, there were five international partners providing specific skills: Boeing; Rolls Royce (maker of the airplane’s engines); Thales (a European aerospace conglomerate); the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board; and Australia’s equivalent of the NTSB, the Australian Transport Safety Bureau.

Since then more groups have been listed as involved—the Australian Defence Science and Technology Group; the French equivalent of the NTSB, the Bureau d’Enquetes et d’Analyses, BEA; Great Britain’s Air Accident Investigation Branch; Inmarsat, the British satellite operator that identified the most likely search area; and Honeywell, the avionics company that provides systems to Boeing.

One part of the investigation appears to have grown into a minor industry, requiring technology that is not normally part of a crash inquiry: trying to pin exactly where over the southern Indian Ocean the flight ended. This is a wholly Australian-created gaggle of scientists led by the Search Strategy Working Group and the Flight Path Reconstruction Group, and includes a company called Global Environmental Modelling Systems, GEMS; the Australia, Commonwealth Science and Industrial Research Organization, CSIRO; Geoscience Australia; and the Australian National University.

Having so many players involved must create a nightmare of an organizational chart. Who reports to whom? Who is in charge of what? When it comes to issues of transparency the ATSB has been put in the hot seat—they issue weekly updates on the search but they are not empowered to address such basic questions as, Why has the recovery of the debris washing up on beaches in the western Indian Ocean been left to amateurs? Why has not one cent been allocated to a methodical search there while $180 million has been spent on an undersea search that is so far fruitless?

Reading between the lines of ATSB news releases it’s obvious that the Australians are constrained by guidelines issued from Kuala Lumpur, guidelines intended to deflect or ignore any light being shed on the overall credibility, integrity, and competence of the investigation. The ATSB tries its best but although it is transparent about its own investigations into Australian accidents, in this case it limits its responses to reporters to technical details of the deep sea search and analysis of the debris.

Of course, one result of an egregiously opaque regime like this one is that it allows a continuing fever of crazy speculation to thrive and multiply, ranging from alien intervention to sinister plots involving intelligence agencies.

In an attempt to counter the most lunatic theories 15 current and retired aerospace and communications professionals set up a body called the MH370 Independent Group. But having swatted away some noisome parties and issued some rather prolix technical documents they have recently gone dormant. They have probably succumbed to the kind of exhaustion that overtook those tasked to watch the Kremlin in the darkest days of the Cold War. Indeed, circling the MH370 investigation to probe it for clues is a new kind of Kremlinology, driven by a sense of duty but mostly ending in futility.

The people who suffer most from the Malaysian cover-up are the families of the passengers and crew. In September the High Court in Kuala Lumpur allowed an application for a general discovery document to go ahead, brought by 76 family members (66 Chinese, eight Indians, and two Americans). The families are asking for the release of 37 documents, including communications, correspondence, documents, notes, and investigators’ reports. The civil suit names those holding the documents as the Malaysian Airlines System, the Director General of the Department of Civil Aviation, the Royal Malaysian Air Force, and the government.

This is one of a number of occasions when the Malaysian judiciary has shown a rare independence from the political regime. (As a reprisal, the removal of judges by the government is a risk.)

The outcome of this suit remains to be seen.

The time has surely arrived when the responsibility for the investigation can no longer be left to the Malaysians. Other parties to the investigation with reputations for integrity to uphold, like the crash investigators from the U.S., Britain, France, and Australia, as well as Boeing, should end this farrago. After all this time, they cannot any longer hide behind the defense that the investigation is continuing and, calling up the lawyers, assert that as long as it is they are obligated not to comment.

It ought to be straightforward to distinguish between what is known and what remains unknown about what happened on that night in March 2014. That would be a start toward transparency. It is not a mark of failure to admit that much remains unknown or even unknowable, at least until more substantial evidence, like the flight data recorders, is discovered. And even if it is not, and in the end the mystery remains a mystery, there must still be accountability for the way the investigation has so far been handled. There surely must be no doubt now that the investigation of Flight MH370 is unfit for purpose.

 

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The Cracks in Malaysia’s Political Order Begin to Show


Stratfor

Prime Minister Najib Razak will remain in his position until the ruling coalition decides he has become too much of a political liability to do so. But his opponents are nonetheless preparing for the next election, whenever it may be. (NICKY LOH/Getty Images)


Forecast

  • Neither Malaysia’s opposition nor its upcoming mass anti-government protests will supplant Prime Minister Najib Razak before the next general election.
  • Longtime Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad’s new party will struggle to gain traction, but it may still tip the electoral balance.
  • Growing restlessness in Malaysia’s outlying states could expose new fault lines in the country’s long-established political order. 

Analysis

As rumors circulate that Malaysia’s next general election may be moved up to early next year, the country’s next political showdown is beginning to take shape. Over the past two years, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak has been implicated in a scandal in which he allegedly looted nearly a billion dollars from state investment fund 1MDB. Najib is widely considered guilty at this point, and the scandal has sparked mass protests, purges in his ruling United Malays National Organization (UMNO) party and international scrutiny. But it has yet to seriously threaten him. Until the UMNO-led Barisan Nasional coalition sees the crisis as souring its electoral prospects, whether by alienating voters or by undermining the power of its patronage, the teflon prime minister will remain relatively secure in his position.

Still, for UMNO, which has ruled Malaysia every year since the country gained its independence, several challenges loom on the horizon. Combined with the country’s lingering economic woes and the continued 1MDB fallout, those challenges could expose new cracks in the political order and stability that have underpinned Malaysia’s rise to global prominence.

Staying Power

Despite his involvement in the 1MDB affair, Malaysia’s prime minister has managed to maintain his power over the country and the ruling party. As the scandal has unfolded, most UMNO members have closed ranks around Najib, and the party’s coalition partners have stayed put. Party members who have questioned the prime minister (including former Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin) or tried to investigate him (as Najib’s former attorney general did) have been purged and replaced with loyalists who absolve him of any wrongdoing. The fractured opposition, meanwhile, is simply too weak to oust him through a no-confidence vote — as it tried and failed to do a year ago. The corruption scandal has also had little effect on voters; Barisan Nasional coalition partners won each of the state and parliament by-elections held over the past year. The reason for its longevity is simple: Patronage remains the dominant tool of political power in Malaysia, and Najib’s administration controls the purse strings. A half-century of UMNO rule, moreover, has allowed the party to redraw political districts to its favor, something it is trying to do again in the electorally critical Selangor state.

Even so, if the scandal starts to hurt the ruling coalition’s electoral prospects, UMNO may be compelled to devise an exit for Najib before the next election to save him from prosecution and the party from an unprecedented defeat. The vote does not have to take place until late 2018, but over the past month, UMNO has reportedly intensified discussions on whether to call snap elections as soon as early 2017. Regardless, the possibility is accelerating realignments ahead of the next vote — among both the opposition and Barisan Nasional’s nervous coalition partners.

Enter Bersatu

The biggest complication for UMNO heading into the next election will be the newly formed Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, or Bersatu for short. Launched in August, Bersatu was established by longtime Malaysian leader and former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, who also serves as the party’s chair. Muhyiddin is its president. The 91-year-old Mahathir has been trying to oust Najib, his former protege, for much of the past year, but his efforts have not gained much traction. His latest attempt to unseat UMNO is also unlikely to succeed on its own. Bersatu lacks the grassroots support and party machinery necessary to drive turnout, and Najib has been chipping away at Mahathir’s business interests, giving him less weight to throw around.

As part of an opposition alliance, however, the new party could play a decisive role in the next election. A similar opposition coalition nearly unseated Barisan Nasional in the 2013 general election and cost it the popular vote; Barisan Nasional retained a majority in parliament in that election mostly because of gerrymandering. During the week of Sept. 5, Mahathir was seen shaking hands with Anwar Ibrahim, a charismatic, reform-minded opposition leader. The incident was a boon for Bersatu, which found in Anwar an unlikely source of legitimacy — Mahathir ousted him in 1998 and then had him jailed on politically motivated charges.

By admitting only ethnic Malays into its membership, Bersatu has positioned itself as a natural landing place for Malay nationalist voters disenchanted with UMNO’s scandals but unsure of other opposition parties’ commitment to protecting their interests. UMNO’s stranglehold on the “Bumiputera” (the umbrella term for ethnic Malays and indigenous groups) vote is a perennial obstacle for the opposition. The party has long styled itself as safeguarding the interests of the Bumiputera against other ethnicities in Malaysia, stoking fears that the country’s economically powerful Chinese and Indian populations will try to do away with pro-Malay affirmative action policies. (Mahathir himself quietly sought to roll back some of the affirmative actions near the end of his term, to no avail.)

In the 2008 and 2013 general elections, opposition factions overcame their deep-seated differences and united behind ethnic Malay figures such as Anwar to appeal to Malay voters. But Anwar has since been jailed again, and the alliance has largely collapsed amid infighting and ethnic rivalries. For instance, the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) — the opposition Islamist party dominant in northern peninsular Malaysia — severed ties with a former ally, the Democratic Action Party (DAP) in 2015 and has yet to commit to the new coalition, possibly positioning itself as kingmaker in the next general election. But considering that the opposition won the popular vote in 2013, Bersatu theoretically would not need to peel off much support from the ruling coalition to swing the next election. Bersatu’s best bet may be to focus on splitting the ethnic Malay vote in key races rather than on winning seats for itself, allowing other opposition parties to prevail.

First, however, the opposition parties will need to find a workable marriage of convenience. Though Anwar has tentatively endorsed Bersatu, the main opposition parties do not trust Mahathir. After all, he was the main architect of the system that has made it so difficult to dislodge Najib, and his own rise was fueled by exploiting Malay and indigenous fears of, for example, “the Chinese tsunami.” And several opposition leaders — from Anwar to members of the DAP — were jailed on politically motivated charges during his tenure. Even if Barisan Nasional does not call snap elections, the opposition has less than two years to find a way to cooperate and come to terms on sticking points such as seat allocations and conflicting policies. So far, they have not made much progress. The DAP has been reluctant to follow Anwar’s lead by accepting Mahathir’s olive branch, and the PAS (which itself is facing internal splits between Islamist hard-liners and a breakaway faction that supports the opposition alliance) remains a wildcard.

A Spotlight on the Scandal

Disorganized though it may be, the opposition will still benefit from the activities of Bersih, or the Coalition for Clean Elections, an activist group that is agitating for Najib’s ouster. Next month, the group plans to launch a nationwide roadshow to spread awareness of the 1MDB scandal in Barisan Nasional-controlled areas of Malaysia — an important endeavor given the government’s censorship of news related to the case. The roadshow will culminate in mass protests in Kuala Lumpur and other cities on Nov. 19. Although Bersih is not formally aligned with any of the opposition parties and is wary of Mahathir’s legacy, its efforts will serve the needs of the opposition, especially if elections are on the horizon.

Though protest turnout promises to be high — the last Bersih protest in 2015 drew some 300,000 participants over the course of 30 hours — the demonstration itself will not be designed to overthrow Najib. Mass protests in Malaysia are not typically the go-for-broke affairs seen, for example, in Thailand, where protesters occupy urban areas for prolonged periods of time to force a confrontation and delegitimize the government. Furthermore, any attempt to lock down Kuala Lumpur would spark ethnically tinged counter-protests that would raise the risk of violence. (Last year’s UMNO-funded counter-rallies, for instance, took on a noticeable anti-Chinese bent, and police narrowly prevented party supporters from storming a prominent ethnic Chinese business district in the capital.) The opposition does not want to validate fears among ethnic Malays that UMNO’s defeat would throw off the tenuous ethnic balance that the party’s rule has helped preserve. Instead, with the upcoming elections in mind, the protest organizers will aim primarily to put the focus of the next race squarely on the 1MDB affair and turn the vote into a referendum on Najib himself. The more it succeeds, the less the opposition’s internal fractures will matter.

Cracks at the Fringes

Along with its other political concerns, Najib’s government has to contend with growing restlessness in the country’s outlying, semi-autonomous states. Lacking geographical or ethnic coherence, Malaysia’s solidarity has long relied on shrewd, inclusive policymaking and plentiful resource wealth to grease any friction. The farther from the capital one gets, the more important the flows of revenue and patronage from the government become — whether in the form of large-scale infrastructure projects, extraction licenses or cash transfers.

But over the past eight years, several outlying states have increasingly tried to take advantage of Barisan Nasional’s weaknesses to push for a greater devolution of powers from the capital. Sarawak, for example, has been pressing Kuala Lumpur for more authority and oil revenues. In addition, protests erupted in that state and neighboring Sabah — both of which were critical to Barisan Nasional’s victory in the 2013 election — in September, demanding greater autonomy and a referendum on their status in Malaysia. Meanwhile, the crown prince of wealthy Johor state has suggested that the state may consider leaving the federation — as its southern neighbor, Singapore, did in 1963 — if the central government does not honor agreements on issues such as water and land rights. And the PAS, based in the northern Kelantan state, has been flirting with supporting Barisan Nasional in exchange for considering a bill to increase the power of regional Sharia courts, a move that threatens to spark ethnic backlash on both sides of the aisle.

At this point, none of these nascent movements presages upheaval that would threaten the integrity of the Malay Federation, or even major defections away from Barisan Nasional. Johor’s secession threats are particularly hollow, and Barisan Nasional’s dominance in an April state election in Sarawak demonstrated that local issues will play as great a role in the next election as will turbulence in the capital. Still, the trend reveals the lines along which the UMNO-led political order could begin to crack in the face of prolonged political uncertainty — particularly if persistent economic problems and low oil prices pinch patronage flows — with or without Najib.

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Malaysia’s obsession with uniformity is tearing the nation apart.


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Behind the rifts in modern Malaysia

by Lim Li Ann – 14 Sep, 2016

A rise in nativism, eroding civic values, and a failing democracy are exacerbating already dangerous divisions.

Modern Malaysia’s obsession with uniformity is tearing the nation apart.

This trend, which sees difference as inherently dangerous, is being driven by ‘nativism’ – being against ethnic and religious minorities and having an instinctual allegiance towards one’s community intensified by agent provocateurs.

Within the span of a year, a state mufti has condemned the multi-racial but Chinese-dominant opposition party, DAP, as “kafir harbi” – non-Muslims who can be slain. Malay protesters, arriving in mobs, became entangled in brawls and shouting matches with Chinese vendors at Low Yat Plaza. Even the silver screen took on a dark tone when the Malaysia Film Festival segregated its nominations into “Best Films” and “Best non-Malay language films” — the former assumed to be in the Malay language.

Late last year, tens of thousands hit the streets to demonstrate support for Prime Minister Najib Razak during an event now known as the red shirt rally. The rally sought to “make it clear to Malaysian citizens, don’t challenge the Malays, don’t touch the Malays.” Despite the antagonistic rhetoric about the inferiority of other races, Prime Minister Najib Razak endorsed the rally, offering his “congratulations to everyone who attended.”

Pockets of Malaysian society, once humble, tolerant and moderate, are now rallying behind arrogance, antagonism and illiberalism.

Such assertions of supremacy appear perplexing. Contemporary psychologist Jonathan Haidt determines one key pillar of morality to be “in-group loyalty”. At one end of the spectrum lie people whose instinct is to care universally, while those at the other protect members of their community. In The Elementary Forms of the Religious Life (1912) classical sociologist Emile Durkheim explains that these moderate feelings of tribalism are then elevated when one is in a collective.

Amid last year’s red shirt rally in Malaysia, one voice stood out. Sungai Besar UMNO division chief Jamal Yunos grabbed the limelight and chanted “Cina babi!” (“Chinese are pigs!”), triggering pitchfork-level outrage in others. But by Durkheim’s line of thought, Jamal’s behaviour was nothing egregious.

Narrating a man leading a crowd of ardent supporters, Durkheim writes:

His language becomes high-flown in a way that would be ridiculous in ordinary circumstances; his gestures take on an overbearing quality; his very thought becomes impatient of limits and slips easily into every kind of extreme. This is because he feels filled to overflowing, as though with a phenomenal oversupply of forces that spill over and tend to spread around him. … This extraordinary surplus of forces is quite real and comes to him from the very group he is addressing. … It is then no longer a mere individual who speaks but a group incarnated and personified.

Standing alone, any one person’s bold cries for racial hegemony would appear outrageous. But on that fateful day, in moral consensus with people surrounding him, social approbation begets reckless confidence in his judgment and fearlessness in his actions.

The dangerous rise of nativism in Malaysia is also explained by the country’s failing democratic culture.

Pillars of democracy can only be upheld when society embraces democratic virtues. Institutes of democracies are meaningless — precarious at best — if they do not go hand-in-hand with democratic values in the hearts and minds of citizens.

Outwardly, Malaysia is a democracy. Elections are held regularly, the elected are accountable to the electorate, to a certain extent as the 1MDB scandal shows, and the state apparatus to the elected members of parliament.

But, Malaysians lack the appreciation for democratic values that makes the term “parliamentary democracy” anything more than a soundbite.

And then there are the problems with Malaysia’s civic education – which helps feed this trend of nativism and democratic deficit. Malaysia’s current syllabus for Civic and Citizenship Education boils down to nothing more than a laundry list of moral dos and don’ts.

Malaysia’s civic education needs an overhaul — to be one that mandates critical moral reflection, as opposed to rote memorisation of civic duties — to overcome the political apathy that has enveloped society.

Amy Gutmann, author of Democratic Education (1987), offers that such an education should inculcate truthfulness to one’s self, mutual respect for and the ability to deliberate over differences with others, commitment to society — thus teaching the importance ranging from individual freedoms to collective social consciousness.

When formal institutions of democracy are not accompanied by a corresponding level of public commitment towards core democratic values, institutions of democracy are easily collapsible — and that won’t seem to matter.

Before we unquestioningly accept the many platitudes that are imposed on us, whether by pillars of power or factions in society, perhaps it would do us good to develop our own independent thoughts.

Ultimately, these are moral choices that we need to identify, but even more importantly, ones that we are able to legitimately justify predicated upon personal autonomy and societal interests.


Lim Li Ann is an economics and public policy graduate from Singapore Management University. She is a co-author of the chapter on arbitrary detention in the forthcoming book, The History of Human Rights Society in Singapore, 1965-2015.

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The War That Gave Birth to ASEAN


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50 years ago, two of ASEAN’s founding members fought an undeclared war in the Konfrontasi.

By Adam Leong Kok Wey

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An Australian soldier in Borneo during the konfrontasi

The recent successful conduct of the 28th and 29th ASEAN Summits at Vientiane, Laos from September 6-8, 2016 bears testament to the legacy of the peaceful settlement and reconciliation of a little known war between two of ASEAN’s founding members. Fifty years ago, the Konfrontasi officially ended when both Indonesia and Malaysia signed a peace agreement on August 11, 1966.

 

The Konfrontasi was an “undeclared war” fought between Malaysia and Indonesia. The conflict started when Malaysia, consisting of Malaya, Sabah, Sarawak, and Singapore, was formed on September 16, 1963.  Indonesia under President Sukarno was vehemently against the formation of Malaysia, which Sukarno saw as a British strategy to contain Indonesia’s geopolitical ambitions in the region (the Philippines was also against the formation of Malaysia but apart from braking off diplomatic relations did not resort to the use of military means). Sukarno launched a “Ganyang Malaysia” or “crush Malaysia” campaign, initially using political, economic, and propaganda means. When these actions failed, he decided to launch military attacks against Malaysia.

Indonesian military forces then conducted cross border raids in Sarawak and Sabah from Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) through the porous mountainous and jungle borders. This was slowly but effectively countered by Malaysian security forces, aided by a strong contingent of British Commonwealth military forces – mostly from the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand. The slow results gained from the Indonesian cross border raids in Sabah and Sarawak frustrated Sukarno and prompted him in the middle of 1964 to open a second front in Peninsular Malaysia to divert the attention of the British Commonwealth and Malaysian security forces, and to boost the morale of Indonesian military forces embroiled in the fringes of Sabah and Sarawak. Indonesian commandos launched amphibious raids on the coastal areas of Johor and Singapore, and later para-commandos were also parachuted into Peninsular Malaysia to conduct subversion and sabotage attacks. All of these Indonesian commando operations were foiled and the Indonesians were mostly killed or captured by Malaysian and British Commonwealth security forces. Meanwhile, the Indonesian military forces continued to attempt cross-border attacks in Sabah and Sarawak but were continuously disrupted by track-and-ambush operations conducted by Malaysian and British Commonwealth security forces.

Indonesia had also used international propaganda to degrade Malaysia. Jakarta initially gained the trust of the Afro-Asian states, at that point an important group of mostly ex-colonial newly independent states which form a large group of members in the United Nations and Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). Malaysia countered Indonesia’s claims by conducting a whirlwind of diplomatic visits between 1964 and 1965, led by the Deputy Prime Minister of Malaysia Tun Abdul Razak and Singapore’s Chief Minister Lee Kwan Yew. The visits explained Malaysia’s formation and eventually managed to turn the tables on Indonesia and obtain recognition for the new country from almost all of these Afro-Asian states.

The Konfrontasi lasted until 1966, when Indonesia under its new leader Suharto (who had replaced Sukarno at the end of 1965 in the midst of a failed coup), and suffering serious military setbacks and without much international support for its cause, decided to explore diplomatic options in ending the conflict. Both Indonesia and Malaysia held peace talks leading to the final conclusion of the undeclared war with the signing of a peace treaty. During the Konfrontasi, Malaysian and British Commonwealth security forces lost 114 men and the Indonesian military forces lost close to 600 men.

The end of the Konfrontasi led to the formation of ASEAN in 1967. It was initially formed as a regional organization to reconcile relations among three of its five pioneer members namely Malaysia, Indonesia, and the Philippines, and serve as an important confidence building measure. ASEAN has since expanded and included all of the Southeast Asian states. ASEAN has served remarkably well to quell regional competition and suspicions among its members, even though most of its members are still entangled in border and territorial disputes with each other. ASEAN has also done well in managing to integrate its regional economy and cooperate in natural disaster response and management. Contemporary security risks from Chinese assertive actions in the South China Sea and overlapping claims among some of the ASEAN members, however, will continue to test ASEAN’s strategic coherence and response in the future.

As for Indonesia and Malaysia, both of these states have rebuilt their relationship and today are close partners in continuing ASEAN’s collaborative spirit, ensuring that the Konfrontasi was not fought in vain 50 years ago.


Dr Adam Leong Kok Wey is a senior lecturer in strategic studies at the National Defence University of Malaysia, and a post-doctoral visiting research fellow at the Department of Politics and International Relations, University of Oxford.

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#1MDB and Malay Nationalism


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Najib fans fear of foreign plots and traitors to shore up support.

Can Najib Razak survive the 1MDB corruption scandal? The Malaysian Prime Minister came under increased political pressure in July when the U.S. Justice Department filed a lawsuit alleging that a family friend embezzled $3.5 billion from the state-run investment fund. But he has fought back and could even turn the case to his advantage if he calls a snap election early next year.

Mr. Najib is using the same strategy predecessors used when faced with domestic opposition: Play the Malay nationalism card. The country’s racial divide makes this a powerful and dangerous weapon.

On Aug. 5 Mr. Najib said he wasn’t involved in the 1MDB case and blamed “certain enemies” for politicizing it. On Aug. 14 he warned that foreign enemies could impose neocolonialism if Malaysians share confidential documents with outsiders: “History is a testimony of how we could lose our sovereignty if we were in cahoots with foreigners.”

During an Aug. 30 speech on the eve of Independence Day, Mr. Najib reiterated the danger of foreign neocolonialists using “dirty hands” within the country. People in “certain quarters who want to topple the government in an undemocratic manner” were “poisoning the minds of the people,” he said. Other politicians from the ruling United Malays National Organization (UMNO) are making similar statements.

One target of this rhetoric is the anticorruption organization Bersih. On Wednesday the group announced plans for a mass rally in November calling for Mr. Najib’s resignation. Since Islamists dropped out of the group, Chinese and Indian activists have played a leading role.

UMNO politicians portrayed the last such rally in August 2015 as an attempt by minority leaders to seize power and take race-based privileges away from Malays. In the aftermath of that rally, a Malay nationalist group known as the red shirts, led by UMNO official Jamal Yunos, tried to protest in Kuala Lumpur’s Chinatown, the scene of race riots that killed hundreds of Chinese in 1969. The police kept the red shirts out of Chinatown, but Mr. Najib defended the protest as a response to posters insulting Malay leaders at the Bersih event.

A new opposition party set up by former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad and former Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin poses the real challenge to Mr. Najib. The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia—which translates to Party of Malaysia’s United Indigenous People—restricts membership to Malays. Mr. Mahathir attacked the government for selling national power-production assets to Chinese companies to bail out 1MDB.

The battle between UMNO and PPBM will depend on the loyalty of rural, less-educated Malays. Both portray themselves as defenders of Malay interests against outside forces.

The risk of communal violence is real, and there are striking parallels to past eruptions. The 1969 riots began after the UMNO-led coalition almost lost a general election as Chinese voters turned to the opposition. Then-Prime Minister Tunku Abdul Rahman supported a protest against insults to Malay leaders, much as Mr. Najib did last year.

Since 1969, racial tensions have risen whenever disunity within the Malay community threatened UMNO’s political dominance. The ruling coalition barely held on to its parliamentary majority in the 2013 election despite losing the popular vote.

The government’s motive to fan Malay nationalism will grow as details of the U.S. lawsuit and international investigations into 1MDB reach the Malay heartland. If Mr. Najib chooses to stoke resentments against ethnic minorities, he may succeed in holding on to power, but at immense cost to Malaysia.

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Malaysia the fragile federation


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31 August marks Malaysia’s independence. But not everyone is celebrating the federation, writes James Chin.


Today Malaysia celebrates Hari Merdeka or Independence Day.

But, the 31 August anniversary again raises the old debate about the actual date of independence and what the Federation means to the peoples of Sabah and Sarawak. It’s a discussion that has happened this time every year for much of the past decade.

Most banners in Malaysia have ‘59’, marking when Malaya became independent in 1957. The ‘53’ comes from 1963 — the year when the Federation was formed.

For many years, the federal government in KL/Putrajaya did not take the difference in years seriously. The situation changed in 2010 with the creation of another public holiday — Malaysia Day — to be celebrated annually on 16 September and commemorating the formation of the Federation.

The sudden acknowledgment by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak was no doubt in part to the increasing assertiveness of leaders in Sabah and Sarawak. Before 2008 Sabah and Sarawak were seen as a reliable ‘fixed deposit’ for the ruling Barisan Nasional (BN). The number of BN MPs elected from the Bornean states gave the BN a two-thirds majority in parliament.

The situation is markedly different now. The current Najib administration is holding on to power with a wafer-thin majority of 18 seats (as at July 2016). There are 47 BN MPs from Sabah (22) and Sarawak (25).  Najib would be out of a job without the BN MPs from East Malaysia.

To show his appreciation and to reflect the rise of East Malaysia, he appointed more than 15 federal ministers and deputy ministers from the two state. In fact, the second largest party in the federal BN is Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) from Sarawak, not the uni-racial Malaysian Chinese Association as is widely believed.

Najib’s perilous political position is made worse by the fact that UMNO does not have single MP from Sarawak. In fact, under a deal made during former Prime Minister Mahathir’s tenure, UMNO is not allowed into Sarawak.

Parti Pesaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB), the local Muslim party, is the defacto UMNO of Sarawak. It has ruled Sarawak since 1970 with a coalition that is beholden to it. PBB could easily rule Sarawak on its own, but the state’s diverse population requires it to keep a coalition government, the Sarawak BN, for political stability.

Unlike Sarawak, UMNO is in firm control of Sabah and UMNO Sabah’s boss, Musa Aman, is the state’s chief minister. His brother is Malaysia’s Foreign Minister.

The noisy debate in East Malaysia over ‘53-vs-59’ reflects the wider issue of Sabah and Sarawak’s status in the Malaysian Federation. Many Sabahans and Sarawakians are of the opinion that Malaya, Sabah, and Sarawak (and Singapore before its expulsion from Malaysia in 1963) were the original founders of the Federation. Hence the argument that Sabah and Sarawak should not be merely treated as one of the 13 states in the Federation but as one of the three founding states.

This distinction is important for Sabah and Sarawak nationalists as they like to argue that both states should enjoy more rights compared to others. These rights, as the argument goes, are part of the original promises made by Tunku Abdul Rahman and other Malayan leaders when they approached Sabah and Sarawak back in 1961 to establish the Malaysian Federation. They further argue that many of these rights, collectively called the ’20 Points’, have been watered down over the last half century.

Sarawak-YoutubeWith UMNO relying on East Malaysia to stay in power, Adenan Satem, the chief minister of Sarawak, has been especially vocal in demanding more autonomy for the state. Just in the past week, he met Najib to pressure Petronas, the national oil corporation, to implement a Sarawak-First policy in hiring its workers in Sarawak. Najib also promised to appoint a representative of the Sabah and Sarawak governments to the Petronas board.

Adenan’s move was widely applauded in Sarawak, so much so that Netizens are asking why Musa Aman, Sabah’s chief minister, has been keeping quiet when it comes to state rights. It is not lost on Sabahans that Musa belongs to UMNO Sabah and Najib is his party chief.

The firm push for more autonomy for the two East Malaysian states comes at a time when various movements are actively seeking a referendum on the future position of Sabah and Sarawak in the Malaysian Federation. Many of these groups, active on the social media, and especially Facebook, harbour dreams that one day Sabah and Sarawak will be independent states.

In Sarawak, some of these groups are covertly supported by the Sarawak BN. The Sarawak BN sees these groups as useful in helping to split the opposition vote and, more importantly, help Sarawak BN contain the threat represented by the opposition DAP and PKR. These two parties have some support among the local population and labeling them as ‘Malayan’ parties out to ‘colonise’ Sarawak is attractive rhetoric if you claim to be a Sarawak nationalist.

All four parties that make up the Sarawak BN — PBB, Sarawak United Peoples Party (SUPP), Parti Rakyat Sarawak (PRS), Sarawak Progressive Democratic Party (SPDP) — are local. They all claim to be Sarawak nationalists, despite the fact that on the very day they were established all of them joined the federal BN. But as they say, facts are irrelevant in politics; it’s perception that counts.

Until the next general election, we can expect Adenan to take the lead in negotiating with Najib to ‘take back’ some of the bureaucratic powers lost to Putrajaya during Mahathir’s tenure. Sabah will take a back seat for the simple reason that any deals for Sarawak will have to apply to Sabah as well. Both Adenan and Najib are hoping that Adenan’s ‘victories’ in securing more powers will lead to a massive win for Sabah and Sarawak BN in the coming general election.

At the grassroots level, the nationalists will be given a lot of leeway in promoting ‘Sabah for Sabahans’ and ‘Sarawak for Sarawakians’ as long as they are useful in painting the federal opposition as ‘outsiders’. In any other states in the peninsula, they would be arrested immediately for sedition.

The debate over state rights in Sabah and Sarawak could have long-term consequences for the Malaysian Federation. It is instructive to note that in the 1980s, Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) used the state rights appeal to win several state elections in Sabah. This tactic directly led to the establishment of UMNO in Sabah, and the state’s politics were forever changed.

While the likelihood of UMNO entering Sarawak is remote now, this situation can change with the results of a single election. UMNO is playing ‘nice’ now because it needs Sarawak to stay in power. When UMNO is strong, it will behave in an entirely different manner. Any powers given back to Sarawak can easily be taken away as long as the centre (Putrajaya) in the Malaysian federation is all powerful under the federal constitution.

For lasting state rights, the leaders of Sabah and Sarawak must come together and insert autonomy into the Malaysian Constitution. Otherwise what we have is merely a bureaucratic maneuver that is only good until the next state or federal elections. 

Professor James Chin is Director, Asia Institute, University of Tasmania. Readers who are interested in exploring this issue further can read the author’s recent book (co-edited with Andrew Harding), 50 Years of Malaysia: Federation Revisited (2014).

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#UFO footage of a giant alien mothership over Malaysia ??


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Bizarre footage that was reportedly by local people in the Kuala Krai district of Malaysia which are located in the north-eastern state of Kelantan appears to show clear images of an unidentified flying object.
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The incredible video recording, which has already caused shockwaves across Malaria appears to show a gigantic, black flying object determinedly circling a remote village in the province.
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Inexplicably, the craft appears to be emitting a straight beam of dazzling light. The craft moves slowly across the screen in such a way that indicates a premeditated purpose before coming very close to the ground.
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New footage appears to show a gigantic black craft flying over a remote village in Malaysia

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The flying object then rises and momentarily disappears into the night’s sky, before suddenly spinning around and making a sharp and incredibly fast turn towards the countryside again – almost as though something caught the attention of the inhabitants in the craft. Local people can be heard on the footage crying out in shock and awe as the craft narrowly swerves to avoid some particularly tall trees.
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It is at this point that the video footage comes to a mysteriously abrupt stop.
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Malaysian authorities have been very quick to dismiss all suggestion that this footage could indicate a genuine UFO sighting. Police spokesman, Chief Superintendent Abdullah Roning says that while he was aware that the video was in circulation his force had received no reports of genuine unidentified flying objects in the area in the question. It has been suggested that the video is an elaborate hoax that was made in celebration of Malaysian Independence Day on the 31st August.
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However, if this is nothing more than a prank, it is certainly an extremely elaborate one given the clarified quality of the video footage and the apparent realism of the supposed alien craft. How could someone have acquired the technology to pull off such an incredible prank in such a remote, rural area of Malaysia?
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Everything Went Wrong For Malaysia


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By Habib Siddiqui

Malaysia’s Shameful Scandal

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What’s happening in Malaysia? Are we witnessing some conspiracy to break the head of this emerging economic power, or something else?

As readers may recall, the Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, en route from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, crashed after being hit by a Russian-made Buk missile when it was travelling over the conflict-hit region over eastern Ukraine on 17 July 2014. Three months earlier Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 (MH370/MAS370) disappeared on 8 March 2014 while flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The aircraft, a Boeing 777-200ER, was carrying 12 Malaysian crew members and 227 passengers from 15 nations. Its cause of disappearance still remains a mystery.

Before those unfortunate disasters, Malaysian Airlines had one of the best safety records — just two fatal accidents in 68 years of operation, including the hijacking in 1977 of Flight 653 that resulted in 100 deaths. Those accidents exacerbated the airline’s financial troubles and led to the renationalization of the airline.

Well, Malaysia is now hit by another major disaster whose impact internally may dwarf those two disasters in the sky. It involves scandals surrounding 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) – Malaysian government investment fund – founded in 2009 (and closely overseen) by Prime Minister Najib Razak. According to civil lawsuits filed by the US Justice Department, more than $US 3.5 billion was allegedly misappropriated from 1MDB. According to the Justice Department, the money followed a circuitous path among private banks, offshore companies and funds that originally sent it to Mr. Najib’s accounts, and from there it was used to fuel other investments and spending by a Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho, popularly referred to as Jho Low.

A portion of the money from 1MDB passed through Saudi Arabia on its way to Mr. Najib’s accounts and $80 million appears to have been transferred by the Ministry of Finance in Saudi Arabia. The origin of the rest of the Saudi money is still under investigation. According to a Wall Street Journal (WSJ) report, roughly $1 billion landed in the private bank accounts of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, which the civil suits also seek to seize – the largest case to date in the US Justice Department’s Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative.

Mr. Razak has previously ¬acknowledged a similar amount went into his accounts before the 2013 general election. He said the money was a private donation from the Saudi royal family and most of it was later returned. Among those identified in the US suit was Najib’s stepson Riza Aziz and his associates. The US did not name any individuals as ¬defendants.

The money was raised on three separate occasions and took three separate paths, sometimes flowing directly, while in other cases it split and took different routes, only to be reunited in the AmBank accounts according to the Justice Department complaint. The cash flowed through Singapore, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, the Seychelles, the British Virgin Islands and Curaçao. Other funds disappear, often into accounts controlled by other players in the scandal, the complaint said.

Here below are some useful information from the WSJ on how the money got transferred.

Transaction 1: 1MDB borrowed about $1.8 billion for a joint venture with Saudi oil company PetroSaudi International Ltd. About $1 billion of the cash went to a Seychelles company called Good Star Ltd. A co-founder of PetroSaudi, Prince Turki bin Abdullah, received $24.5 million from Good Star before transferring $20 million to Mr. Najib via an intermediary, according to the Justice Department and a person familiar with the U.S. investigation into 1MDB. The same intermediary sent other funds into Mr. Najib’s accounts, bank transfer documents show, but the origin of the funds is still under investigation. PetroSaudi, Prince Turki and Prince Faisal did not respond to requests for comment.

Transaction 2: Two bonds worth a total of $3.5 billion were sold for 1MDB by Goldman Sachs to fund the purchase of power plants. After paying a substantial fee to Goldman, 1MDB was supposed to pay money for a guarantee on the bonds to a unit of Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Company called Aabar Investments PJS. Instead, the funds went to the similarly named Aabar Investments PJS Ltd., a British Virgin Islands registered company that IPIC says isn’t part of its corporate structure, which received billions of dollars from 1MDB entities over the years. The money was then distributed to beneficiaries of the alleged fraud, according to the Justice Department. From Aabar BVI, about $637 million went to a company called Blackstone Asia Real Estate Partners in the British Virgin Islands, where it was pooled with other funds. Blackstone has no connection to the Blackstone Group, the New York private-equity firm. Another $463 million went from Aabar BVI to two mutual funds in the Caribbean island of Curaçao and then onto Blackstone Asia Real Estate Partners, which transferred a total of $170 million to Mr. Najib’s bank accounts in multiple transactions during 2012, bank transfer documents show.

Transaction 3: 1MDB sold $3 billion in bonds via Goldman Sachs to fund a real-estate joint venture with Abu Dhabi. Immediately after paying Goldman Sachs its substantial fees, 1MDB transferred nearly half of the cash to a series of funds, shell companies and other intermediaries located in the British Virgin Islands and Curaçao. Eventually $1.27 billion ended up in a British Virgin Islands company called Tanore Finance Corp. Tanore transferred $680 million to Mr. Najib’s accounts. A few months later, $620 million was returned to Tanore before disappearing back into a maze of offshore companies, according to the Justice Department and investigative documents reviewed by the Journal.

The Last Step involved the four paths into the prime minister’s bank accounts. Of the $1.05 billion Mr. Najib received in his accounts, only $80 million appears to clearly originate with Saudi Arabia, via its Finance Ministry, though the details of that transfer are still unknown.

Another $120 million that came via an intermediary based in Saudi Arabia are still under investigation, according to a person familiar with the U.S. investigation. At least $20 million of that $120 million has been traced clearly back to 1MDB by investigators. The remaining $850 million came via Tanore Finance and Blackstone Asia, and has been traced back to 1MDB by investigators, according to people familiar with the probe. Mr. Najib used the money in his AmBank accounts for personal and political spending, according to investigative documents reviewed by the WSJ that detail more than 500 transactions. He wrote checks to politicians in his political party and also paid millions of dollars for personal expenses, including $130,625 at a Chanel store in Hawaii and €750,000 at a jewelry store in Switzerland.

Mr. Najib hasn’t acknowledged all of the transfers into his accounts, but he said that $681 million was a legal donation from the royal family of Saudi Arabia. Mr. Najib said he returned most of the funds to the Saudi Arabian donor. 1MDB has denied wrongdoing and said it would cooperate with any lawful international investigation.

Prime Minister Najib has weathered persistent calls for him to step down over his handling of the 1MDB scandal, which is also being investigated by at least five other countries. Mr. Najib has denied any wrongdoing and has said the US Department of Justice lawsuit does not involve him.

Malaysia’s Minister of Urban Well-Being, Housing and Local Government Abdul Rahman Dahlan, however, admitted in a BBC interview that Prime Minister Najib Razak was the mysterious unnamed official who the US Justice Department claimed took part in rampant looting of state funds. The admission confirmed widespread suspicions that Mr. Najib was “Malaysian Official 1” mentioned in a Justice Department lawsuit filed in July.

Allegations of a vast international scheme of embezzlement and money-laundering involving billions of dollars of 1MDB money began to emerge two years ago. A Four Corners investigation in March revealed that Malaysia’s former attorney-general had planned to lay charges of misappropriation against Mr. Najib shortly before he was sacked. The story made headlines when the Four Corners crew was detained by police for trying to question the Prime Minister over the corruption scandal.

In its scathing lawsuit, the US Justice Department detailed how “Malaysian Official 1”, family members, and close associates diverted billions from the now-stricken fund. The Justice Department has moved to seize assets including real estate in Beverly Hills, New York and London, artworks by Monet and Van Gogh, and a Bombardier jet that it alleges were purchased with money stolen from 1MDB.

The Malaysian opposition and its supporters were already certain that Najib had a hand in money laundering from 1MDB. Within the ruling party – UMNO, Najib has forced out all those who thought the same, so all that is left are loyalists who are either convinced that he is innocent or don’t care one way or another.

Other Malaysian government officials said the US suit was part of a wider plot by Najib’s -detractors to topple a democratically-elected government, with one warning foreign meddling may lead Malaysia to become like Syria or Iraq.

Investors meanwhile are focused on the need for stability. The currency has seesawed this year amid an uncertain economic outlook, turning Asia’s best performance in the first three months of 2016 to one of the region’s worst since then. The economy is projected to expand at the slowest pace in seven years amid falling oil revenue and weaker exports. For Najib, economic stability is crucial as he seeks the votes of rural and semi-urban areas in the next election due by 2018.

At stake for UMNO is the un¬broken rule of its National Front coalition since independence in 1957. He’s had recent wins in local polls in Malaysia’s biggest state of Sarawak on Borneo Island and two federal by-elections.

While the 1MDB drama has raised doubts about governance and accountability in Malaysia, the structure of domestic politics is likely to protect Najib. His mentor-turned-nemesis Dr. Mahathir Mohamad, who was premier for over two decades, has repeatedly said UMNO will lose the next election if Najib remains the party leader. It is worth noting here that Dr. Mahathir Mohammad has repeatedly called for Najib’s resignation. Half a year ago, he also sued Najib for abuse of power and corruption.

As long as Najib retains the backing of UMNO’s powerful div¬ision heads fresh protests will carry little weight to unseat him. The views of those chiefs will become increasingly important closer to an election, depending on whether they feel Najib can carry the party to another win. Some economists have said Najib may consider an early election for 2017 to take advantage of the ¬opposition infighting.

My earlier trips to Kuala Lumpur years ago had left an indelible memory about the country and its energetic people. I felt proud of the achievement this south-east Asian nation has made in spite of all those airline disasters. It is sad to see now the level of corruption in Malaysia at the highest level. This scandal once again shows that the greatest threat to an emerging economy is often corruption and incompetence in administration.

Malaysian civil society must now take firm and immediate action to put the country back on track. If not, the country will tragically end up as the perfect case study into how the problems stem primarily from domestic crime and corruption.

– Asian Tribune –

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An American conspiracy to oust Malaysia’s Najib – or a propaganda war?


The Edge Markets

By South China Morning Post 

KUALA LUMPUR (Aug 29): As Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak becomes increasingly besieged by revelations in a US civil suit alleging fraud in his brainchild 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), his supporters are hitting back with a textbook tactic straight from classic psychological warfare manuals.

Over the past several days leading up to Malaysia’s 59th Independence Day on August 31, senior leaders and operatives of Najib’s party, United Malays National Organisation or Umno, are claiming that the suit by the Department of Justice is the start of a US plot to topple Najib.

Comparisons have been made between the DoJ suit and the 2003 invasion of Iraq when then-US President George W Bush used destroying weapons of mass destruction as a pretext for war.

By channelling nationalistic feelings that intensify at this time of year, they hope to nullify a key message in the DoJ suit which has grabbed the public’s attention – that Najib’s associates and his stepson defrauded 1MDB. And that Najib very possibly benefited from the graft.

The propaganda war around the DoJ suit also serves to neutralise the latest two threats to the political survival of Najib and Umno. The first is a series of massive rallies by electoral reform group Bersih 2.0 to pressure the government to reopen investigations into 1MDB.

The other, bigger, threat is Bersatu, a political party set up by the former premier Mahathir Mohamad, Najib’s highly regarded former deputy Muhyiddin Yassin and other former Umno rebels. Bersatu aims to replace Umno as the party of choice among Malaysia’s rural ethnic Malays, a key voting bloc, and to defeat Umno and its allies in the next general election.

By using the foreign conspiracy bogeyman, Umno hopes to discredit Mahathir, the political opposition and Bersih 2.0 in the eyes of rural Malays.

The DoJ suit claims that US$3.5 billion was stolen from 1MDB and funnelled into the accounts of controversial businessman Low Teck Jho, Najib’s stepson Riza Aziz and two others. About US$1 billion of those funds were used to buy luxury properties, paintings and pay for gambling debts in the United States, the suit claims, and US$731 million deposited into the personal account of an individual called “Malaysian official One” (MO1).

Although Najib is not specifically named, the suit states that MO1 is a relative of Riza and held high positions in the Malaysian government and 1MDB. (Najib had been a chairman of 1MDB’s advisory board).

Najib has denied any wrongdoing, while Malaysia’s attorney general has also cleared him of any crime related to 1MDB.

The term “MO1” has been a lightning rod for Najib’s critics and a viral meme much to the chagrin of his supporters. Numerous news reports claim it refers to Najib and a protest is being planned to “arrest MO1”.

According to Bersatu founding member Kamarul Azman Habibur Rahman, the DoJ suit was a turning point in the public’s perception of the 1MDB affair.

For the first time, the suit spelled out in clear terms how the scandal was a crime, unlike the probes by Malaysian authorities.

“When you talk to rural folk about 1MDB it’s hard for them to grasp concepts such as bad investments, shell companies and debt,” said Kamarul Azman, who was expelled from Umno for criticising Najib.

“But the suit makes it clear that 1MDB money was stolen and these individuals have to go to court to defend themselves. So now, rural folk can see that something seriously wrong happened. And that is what Umno is so scared of,” he said.

Umno, together with its partners in the Barisan Nasional coalition, was re-elected in the 2013 general election thanks largely to rural Malays.

“Because they cannot defend themselves against these allegations they claim it’s a foreign conspiracy,” said Kamarul Azman.

Over the past three weeks, two of the party’s senior leaders, Idris Haron and Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, have painted the DoJ suit as a foreign conspiracy to topple the democratically-elected Najib.

Similar claims were made by articles in Umno-owned daily Utusan Malaysia and its portal Umno Online. These reports also accused Bersatu’s leaders Mahathir and Muhyiddin of conspiring with foreign powers.

In the past Umno has also tarred political rivals the People’s Justice Party (PKR) and Democratic Action Party as foreign agents in order to discredit them among rural folk. Ironically Mahathir used this tactic repeatedly in 1998 against then estranged Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, the founder of PKR.

Umno declined to comment.

The problem with the smear campaign, said another Bersatu leader, Syed Saddiq Abdul Rahman, was that it did not gel with Najib’s own public persona of being a darling of the US. Najib has been fond of boasting of his cosy relationship with US President Barack Obama. “He’s played golf with Obama, he tells everyone his administration managed to bring Obama to Malaysia twice and how he’s even ridden in The Beast [the US president’s official limousine]. So there’s this cognitive dissonance there.”

Also, Mahathir’s notoriety for being a critic of Western superpowers was embedded in the Malay psyche, said Syed Saddiq.

Ibrahim Suffian, of the think tank Merdeka Centre, said the bogeyman tactic had been used too often in the past. Coupled with the inconsistencies of Najib’s own explanations of where the donation came, Ibrahim said such conspiracy theories were starting to look like a propaganda campaign to mask an inconvenient truth.

Kamarul Azman added: “Even rural folk understand that when you have to go to court to face charges, then something is seriously wrong.”

Sheridan Mahavera is a Kuala Lumpur-based journalist

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Malaysia in dependent ?


Come August 31 2026, The Federation of Malaysia will be celebrating its 59th year of “independence” from the colonial masters of the once mighty British empire.

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Tunku Abdul Rahman the first Prime Minister shouting “Merdeka” on August 31 1957 at the Merdeka Stadium in Kuala Lumpur

Yes the Mat Sallehs (the whites) have gone home and Malaysia is a “sovereign” nation and self-governed.

At what cost?

Who owns the central bank of Malaysia?

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Merdeka (independent)?

“Far back in ancient times we were the first to cry among the masses of the people the words “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity,” words many times repeated since those days by stupid poll parrots who from all sides round flew down upon these baits and with them carried away the wellbeing of the world, true freedom of the individual, formerly so well guarded against the pressure of the mob…

In all corners of the earth the words “Liberty, Equality, Fraternity” brought to our ranks, thanks to our blind agents, whole legions who bore our banners with enthusiasm. And all the time these words were canker-worms at work boring into the well-being of the goyim, putting an end everywhere to peace, quiet, solidarity and destroying all the foundations of the goy States.”

Protocol #1 [The Protocols of The Meetings of The Learned Elders of Zion]

The (ever rising) cost of “independence”:

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The Malaysian National Debt as at 14:43H August 28 2016

MERDEKA!

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Interpol rejects Malaysia’s request to put Sarawak Report editor on wanted list


The Malay Mail Online

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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 29 ― Interpol has turned down Malaysia’s request to place Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown on its wanted list.

Interpol has also informed its 190 member countries of its decision and requested them to remove any data about Rewcastle-Brown from their national databases, Interpol secretary-general Jurgen Stock said in an August 27 letter to Jago Russell, chief executive of London-based NGO Fair Trials International.

London-based whistleblower site Sarawak Report (SR) published the letter yesterday, which an Interpol spokesman confirmed with Malay Mail Online to be genuine.

“In line with our standard operating procedure a review was conducted and on 9 August the request for the Red Notice was refused,” Stock said in the letter to Russell.

“All 190 member countries were informed of the decision and advised not to use INTERPOL’s channels in this matter and also requested to remove any data from their national databases,” added the official with the world’s largest international police organisation.

The police said on August 4 that an arrest warrant has been obtained for Rewcastle-Brown, whose whistleblower site SR has been publishing exposés on the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) controversy.

CID director Comm Datuk Seri Mohmad Salleh said the warrant, granted by a court here, is for offences under Sections 124B and 124I of the Penal Code.

He added that the police was also seeking to place Rewcastle-Brown on the wanted list of Aseanapol, a police group in the Asean region, and on the Interpol red notice.

Section 124B, which covers activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy, stipulates that those convicted under the law will be liable to a maximum prison term of 20 years.

Section 124I, on the other hand, states that “any person who, by word of mouth or in writing or in any newspaper, periodical, book, circular, or other printed publication or by any other means including electronic means spreads false reports or makes false statements likely to cause public alarm, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to five years.”

Briton Rewcastle-Brown has been accused of colluding with several opposition lawmakers here in a conspiracy to unseat Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak by using the controversy surrounding the debt-laden state investment firm 1MDB.

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Oy vey… What’s wrong with you?


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Van Helsing

Looking at crosses won’t make your faith weak. If it makes you weak you’re probably a vampire. Better go see Van Helsing. May he stab your heart with his stake and spare everyone else from misery.

Looking at PORK or NO PORK signs won’t make you confuse. Pork burgers will definitely not fly into your mouth. If you want it, just go have it. Just because you can’t have it doesn’t mean others can’t too.

WombatJoey3Looking at wombat photo will definitely make you an idiot. Avoid looking at wombat, idiot. Oh by the way wombats are not pigs.

Looking at woman’s hair shouldn’t give you a boner. Same as looking at cleavages, boobs, curves, sexy legs etc. It’s your wild imaginations that will lead to you having a boner. It’s you that’s wrong, not them. If you can’t look at women innocently like how Zakir Naik suggested that you can’t, then please go see Van Helsing also. Tell him no need to stab, just castrate you with his wooden stake.

Looking at people eating in public will not make you hungry. You’re hungry when you’re hungry. Don’t blame others eating when you can’t fast. You don’t even have to fast, if you don’t want to. It’s between you and God, please don’t bring other people in between.

Looking at price hiking up, Ringgit losing value, corruption here corruption there, poor education system, poor public services, crime going up etc etc should make you angry. And you should be. But you aren’t. You’re angry at the other things up there.

What’s wrong with you?

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Special Assistant to Chairman & Head of Public Engagement at Petra Group

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Najib is putting his political survival ahead of Malaysia’s interests


Like a cornered cat, the Malaysian PM is fighting with every breath for his very own survival. In desperation he has but no other way, destroy everything in his path including the country just so he survives.

“It is not truth that matters, but victory.” – Adolf Hitler


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Najib’s push for his own political survival is threatening Malaysia’s future

A crackdown on opponents may strengthen his position, but is threatening the country’s racial and religious harmony and the possibility of clean and effective governance

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A scandal that may well rank as Malaysia’s biggest has not dented the political fortunes of Prime Minister Najib Razak. His Barisan Nasional ruling coalition easily won two by-elections last month and a state poll in May, prompting a cabinet reshuffle and a fresh crackdown on critics. A prominent opposition figure has been arrested on graft charges and a new investigation launched against vocal detractor and former leader Mahathir Mohammad. The moves strengthen Najib’s position ahead of the 2018 national elections, but are also threatening the country’s racial and religious harmony and the possibility of clean and effective governance.

Mahathir fans fears of brutal punishments if Malaysia adopts strict sharia penal code

Lim Guan Eng, the chief minister of Penang and secretary-general of the Democratic Action Party, is the latest in a string of opponents to be accused of wrongdoing. Other critics, among them members of Najib’s United Malays National Organisation (Umno), the leading party in the coalition, have been removed for claiming the law has been selectively enforced over the money-laundering scandal involving the state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad. The latest are Umno vice-president Shafie Apdal, who quit the party after being suspended, deputy president Muhyddin Yassin and Mahathir’s son, Mukhriz Mahathir, who were both sacked.

Malaysian opposition figure charged with corruption, raising prospect of tougher crackdown on dissent

Seven jurisdictions, among them the US and Hong Kong, are investigating the disappearance of up to US$4 billion from 1MDB. Najib has been cleared by Malaysian authorities of acting improperly over the movement of US$681 million from a 1MDB entity through his bank account. The accusations have not gone away, but neither have they harmed him politically and he has been able to capitalise on a fracturing of the opposition. Umno has also been moving closer to a conservative Muslim party that supports the introduction of Sharia law.

Najib’s government is undermining the country’s fundamentals. He is putting political survival ahead of Malaysians’ interests. Business and foreign investment will stay away until he embraces open and inclusive politics.

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#Jakim to the defence of #McDonald’s??


Malaysia – Coke, McDonald’s, Cadbury, politics and religion.

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Toxic GMO ingredients are “halal” as long as its porcine free.


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Stop spreading false news about McDonald’s products: Jakim

KUALA LUMPUR: Members of the public are advised to stop spreading false news about the halal status of food products from McDonald’s which has resurfaced on social media recently.

A spokesman for the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (Jakim) said they had previously issued a statement on the halal status of products by the fast-food chain restaurant.

“We hope that this matter is no longer played up by the public,” he said when contacted by Bernama.

The false news in question raised doubts over the halal status of the “Quarter Pounder” burger sold at the world famous food franchise.

In a statement on May 9, Jakim said Mcdonald’s was a valid halal certificate holder and was committed to the procedures and standards set by Jakim. — Bernama


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Jakim’s struggle all about money, says Prof Shad

Prof Shad, emeritus professor of law at Universiti Teknologi Mara, said: “Don’t expect them to give that up. What was regarded as a religious struggle is basically actually an economic struggle.” Read more

 

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#1MDB – A Covert Grand Larceny


1MDB was created and designed by the PM and FM to do exactly what it did. It committed grand larceny abetted by the regulators themselves namely the Malaysian central bank BNM and international banksters namely the Goldman that sucks. 

Its that simple, plain and clear.

 


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Did regulatory slips ‘enable’ the 1MDB scandal?

WITHIN the span of six years, 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s (1MDB) debt had ballooned 10 times to RM50 billion (S$17 billion) and its business deals are now the subject of probes in seven jurisdictions, including Singapore. Could the mammoth scandal around the state-backed fund have been averted?

The answer is “Yes”, given the events at the strategic investment firm from the outset, which ought to have set off alarm bells at various government agencies, regulatory authorities and financial institutions.

In fact, had there been vigilance and proper checks and balances in the first place, the 1MDB controversy could well have been nipped in the bud.

Barely three months after the firm was formed in February 2009 (it was then called Terengganu Investment Authority under the oil-rich state before it was taken over by the federal government), there were already tell-tale signs from the firm’s RM5 billion government-guaranteed sukuk bond issue, the first in a series of big debts 1MDB would pile on over the years.


The case that rocked Malaysia: 1MDB

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The manner in which the sukuk was issued should have raised a red flag. Despite a “no-go” from the board, management pushed through the issue anyway – at an unusual pricing not befitting the firm’s capital base.

No one took heed – not even after Terengganu state authorities raised serious concerns and signalled that the fundraising should be halted given certain improprieties; and not after the resignations of two prominent, high-profile individuals from the 1MDB board within a year of its inception.

What followed instead were several billion-dollar deals with joint-venture partners from the Middle East and big-scale buyouts in the energy and real estate space – all funded with more debt and risks which would in the firm’s short existence lead to crippling financial woes, shaken public trust in Malaysia’s leadership and highest institutions, marred the country’s international reputation, and, more recently, defaults on its bond payment.

All that could have been avoided if someone – be it from 1MDB’s board (past and present members, many of whom hold top posts in government-linked institutions) or the regulatory bodies – had spotted and acted on the irregularities in the original bond issue and, later, the hundreds of millions of dollars funnelled in and out of the country’s banking system.

Regulators abroad too should have been sharper to the warning signs. As it turned out, several financial institutions in Singapore, Switzerland and the United States are now mired in the 1MDB scandal.

Two weeks ago, the Malaysian finance ministry said it would take over the firm’s remaining assets and dissolve its advisory board, chaired by Prime Minister Najib Razak. The ministry (which is also headed by Mr Najib) has accepted the en bloc resignation of 1MDB’s board members. A new structure – albeit a skeletal one as the firm is set to be unwound – does little to mitigate the damage caused by the scandal. It will take a lot more (and a lot longer) for true closure. But at some point, regulators have to acknowledge that their indecision and tardiness in acting had unwittingly turned them into “enablers” of this controversy that has beset the country, its financial system, and its people.


This article was first published on May 18, 2016.

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The Ugly Malaysian Made It To The Cannes Film Festival


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Cannes: Red Granite Arrives as Money Scandal Heats Up

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With fresh embezzlement allegations hitting the ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ production company’s chairman Riza Aziz, the banner docks its yacht in town looking for sales.

Five years after Red Granite threw one of the most spectacular — and expensive — launch parties Cannes has ever seen (Leonardo DiCaprio, a truckload of champagne, a Kanye West and Jamie Foxx “Gold Digger” duet, anyone?), the festival could well be the setting for a decidedly different chapter in the company’s troubled evolution.

While the banner — famed for backing DiCaprio’s hit passion-project The Wolf of Wall Street — would rather the focus was on its current slate of projects, most notably the Charlie Hunnam-starring Papillon remake it launched at this year’s market, news broke late Wednesday that turned attention elsewhere.

According to The Wall Street Journal, “at least $50 million” was allegedly diverted from the Malaysian investment fund 1MDB set up by Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak to purchase luxury properties for Riza Aziz, Granite’s co-founder and chairman (and Razak’s stepson), including an 11,000-square-foot mansion in Beverly Hills and a 7,700-square-foot duplex overlooking Central Park in New York.

The news is the latest development in a growing money-laundering scandal that threatens to engulf not just Aziz and Red Granite but topple the entire Malaysian government. Both of the property purchases are now being investigated by the FBI, which also is looking into an estimated $7 billion that allegedly disappeared from 1MDB coffers and funded, among other things, Aziz’s flashy entrance into Hollywood.

“First thing, this man has no money, he’s not a rich man,” former Malaysian prime minister Tun Mahathir Mohamad tells The Hollywood Reporter by phone from Kuala Lumpur. “He’s spending a huge sum of money to make these films, including The Wolf of Wall Street. So where is it coming from? We think it comes from 1MDB. It is stolen money.”

Red Granite and Aziz declined to comment on the latest allegations. They had previously maintained that there was nothing inappropriate about their business activities and had been cooperating fully with all inquiries.

According to Malaysian MP Tony Pua, a sitting member of the country’s parliament, the latest series of allegations are just the “confirmation of what we suspected” about the Red Granite head. “We’re now seeing a direct link to properties purchased by Riza Aziz with money sourced from 1MDB,” he says.

Pua, who has been a vocal critic of 1MDB and the PM’s involvement in a fund ostensibly set up to fuel economic development in Malaysia, now finds himself unable to leave the country and is himself being investigated — alongside many other detractors — with “sedition and activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy.”

Of the “unaccounted for” $7 billion, Pua says that the latest reports show that “$238 million was sent to Red Granite, of which approximately $100 million went to produce The Wolf of Wall Street.”

At Cannes, Red Granite is actively meeting with Hollywood dealmakers from the deck of Indulgence of Poole, a rented luxury yacht docked near the Palais. It’s unclear if any of the new allegations against Aziz are impacting Red Granite or its international sales side, led by Danny Dimbort and Christian Mecuri.

And then there’s DiCaprio, who is rumored to be attending the festival and throwing a private party, something that was denied by his publicist. The actor hasn’t yet publicly spoken about the growing Red Granite controversy and the funding behind his second most successful film (after Titanic), which earned him upwards of $25 million.

“Leonardo perhaps took part in the film without knowing the source of these funds,” says Pua. “But now in hindsight, with the information that is publicly available, he can lead by example and make a stand against international money laundering.”

Red Granite gave the THR this statement in response to the above article:

“Red Granite has received hundreds of millions of dollars in financings over the last six years from a variety of sources, including top-tier U.S. commercial and investment banks. During this time, Red Granite’s films have generated close to $1 billion in worldwide box office receipts. To its knowledge, none of the funding received by Red Granite was in any way irregular or illegitimate. Red Granite is cooperating fully with all inquiries and is confident that when the facts come out, it will be clear that neither Riza Aziz nor Red Granite has done anything wrong. In the meantime, Mr. Aziz and Red Granite will continue moving forward with exciting new projects.”

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Malaysian Filmmakers Slam Red Granite as Embezzlement Scandal Grows

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Examining the Evidence of Russia’s Involvement in a Malaysia Airlines #MH17 Crash


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Analysis

Satellite imagery obtained by Stratfor sheds new light on the July 2014 downing of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 over eastern Ukraine. Recent scrutiny of open-source materials, much of it led by a U.K.-based collective investigation project known as Bellingcat, has zeroed in on a Russian-made Buk surface-to-air missile system that was in eastern Ukraine around the time Flight MH17 was shot down. The Buk system is suspected of originating from an anti-aircraft missile brigade based in Russia. In early May, new video footage of unknown origins was released, appearing to place the Buk system in question near separatist-controlled Donetsk on July 17, 2014, just hours before the airliner was shot down.

Building on this new information, AllSource Analysis — Stratfor’s satellite imagery partner — was able to locate images that confirm the exact time and location of the air defense system on the day of the crash. The imagery shows the air defense system, mounted atop a transloader, being transported east through the Donetsk town of Makiivka. The images were taken approximately five hours before Flight MH17 was shot down from a location near the town of Snizhne, about 40 kilometers (25 miles) away.

This aligns with the body of existing circumstantial evidence tracing the Buk system’s route to and from Snizhne. Combined, the evidence appears to show the Buk system moving from the Russian border toward Donetsk on July 15, 2014, and then moving back to the east on the afternoon of July 17, 2014, just hours before Flight MH17 was shot down.

The new imagery obtained by Stratfor does not prove that this particular Buk system fired a missile at the airliner. Nonetheless, it further substantiates the narrative being pieced together by the collective analysis of open-source information.

The mounting evidence showing a separatist- or Russian-controlled air defense system in the area of the crash, combined with the results of the official investigation conducted on the remnants of the downed aircraft, make it increasingly difficult for Moscow and the Ukrainian separatists to blame the incident on Kiev. The implication is unlikely to lead to consequences for the Russian side, but at a minimum, it provides a stern reminder about the dangers of the proliferation of weapons like the surface-to-air missile in question.

Examining the Evidence of Russia’s Involvement in a Malaysia Airlines Crash is republished with permission of Stratfor.”

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ID’ing Of New #MH 370 Debris Is Meaningless — Here’s The Evidence Malaysian Authorities Should Release


Forbes

Christine Negroni

Maybe because it is the easy story, or maybe it is because Malaysian aviation officials are so good about confounding reporters, but the “news” this week that more debris has been identified as coming from Malaysia 370 is a big ho hum, and that’s frustrating for anyone who really cares about what happened two years ago to the flight from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.

The world already knows that the airplane with the registration 9M-MRO flying from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing on March 8, 2014, inexplicably went down far off course in the South Indian Ocean about 7 hours after takeoff.

Engineers at Inmarsat were able to determine the general direction of MH 370

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This general location was established within a week of the disappearance based on satellite signals sent from the plane. It was confirmed 16 months later when the first debris, a part of the airplane’s wing was found on Reunion Island and confirmed again this week when more recovered wreckage including a piece of Rolls-Royce engine cowling was said to be from the missing jetliner by Malaysia’s Transport Minister Liow Tiong Lai.

The real question that has gone unanswered by Liow or anyone else in Malaysia is what else is new in the investigation?

The missing plane has given the Malaysian aviation authority a jumbo jet sized excuse for making no apparent progress in resolving one of the world’s most curious aviation mysteries. They insist they can’t do anything until the airplane is found, even though there’s evidence in abundance right there in Malaysia. Not everything disappeared with the airplane.

In writing my book The Crash Detectives, which includes my own theory about what happened to Malaysia 370, and which will be published by Penguin in September, I put many questions to officials at the Civil Aviation Bureau and the airline. I never received a reply. They’re not talking.

I am just one one of many who wonder what is being learned from the evidence on the ground. This includes the airplane’s maintenance history and cargo on the flight, whether any communication signals transmitted or received from the hundreds of cell phones on the plane provided any useful information. What has been learned about the curious first loss of power on the airplane which happened early on in the flight and ended sometime around 2:25 a.m. Malaysia time? We know that means the plane experienced a total loss of power and then regained it. Why?

I asked several people who have paid attention to the halting progress in this case, to make their own suggestions about what information the Malaysians should release so that we may get a step or two closer to understanding the mysterious flight of Malaysia 370.

Nearly a year after the first wreckage was discovered, former airline captain and safety consultant John Cox wonders about that flaperon found on Reunion Island. “What did metallurgical analysis of the fracture surfaces show? Could a determination of (its operating) position be made?” he wants to know.

Jeff Wise, a private pilot and freelance writer who proposed an alternative theory and wrote a book about it is also focused on the flaperon. What information is there he asks “about the species and distribution of barnacles, their length (and) results of oxygen isotope analysis?”

These men and several others think there has to be more information than what’s been released from the various radar zones through which the airplane passed before disappearing.


Only a few pieces of MH 370 have been found

“I’m curious that we haven’t seen any greater tracking by Malaysian military radar,” airline pilot and safety specialist, John Gadzinski said. “Assuming they kept recorded tapes of their radar it would have provided a pretty good picture of the event, at least until it travelled out to sea.”

And Victor Iannello a scientist and entrepreneur who has been part of a loose group of MH 370 citizen investigators is doubtful that the Malaysians have been rigorous about the accuracy of the information they used to track the plane across Malaysia.

“There are anomalies surrounding this radar data that need to be explained,” he wrote in an email.

Armchair investigators, experienced outsiders, alternative theorists and book authors, we all have our reasons for wanting to know more. But it is Sarah Bajc and the others who lost loved ones on Flight 370 who have the emotional investment. When asked what she wants the Malaysians to share about their probe, she does not limit her answer.

Radar, background on the flight crew, actions of the air controllers and the airline, cargo, discrepancies in the reports already issued by the authorities are some of the areas she wants information about.

“The list is endless,” she said.

Frustrated family members and members of the international air safety community may find the suggestion of Peter Fiegehen, an Australian air traffic control specialist and former accident investigator, worth considering. He believes the time has come to create an independent team of professional investigators to give the case fresh perspective.

“Considering the complexities, massive expenditure and possibility of group-think, peer or other pressure or false hypothesis,” Fiegehen says, a small team not previously connected to the investigation could be effective.

The silence of the Malaysians leads me to wonder if the officials there really don’t want to know what happened to the plane being operated by the government-owned airline. If the media would stop focusing on non-news as if it was big news that might be another question worth asking.

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Crown Prince of Johor – Johorians will not pick up the pieces


Crown Prince of Johor shares his views.

Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim shares his views on the state of political affairs in Malaysia and where Johor stands on this.

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Counting the cost of #1MDB


New Mandala

Still plagued by major financial scandal involving a state wealth fund, is Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak on the ropes? Or will his party, UMNO, be able to ride out the storm like they have so many times in the past?

These are just a few of the key questions in Malaysian politics today and examined by this expert panel.

Featuring John Funston, Ross Tapsell, Miles Kupa (all from the Australian National University), and leading analyst James Chin (University of Tasmania), the panel discusses the increasing polarisation of politics and what it means for Malaysia.

John Funston covers leading party UMNO’s response to the crisis and what it means for PM Najib, while Ross Tapsell examines media coverage and censorship. James Chin turns his attention to the 7 May elections in Sarawak asking whether they offer Najib redemption, and Miles Kupa, a former diplomat, looks at what the unfolding situation means for the Australia-Malaysia relationship.

Listen to the full panel, or individual presentations in the player above and/or below:

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“Najib: Quit” Petitioner Azrul Mohd Khalib was hauled in by Malaysian Police


by Azrul Mohd Khalib · 51,245 supporters

Change.Org

Tabahkan hati dan cekalkan semangat! Help fix a broken system and build a better Malaysia!

Azrul Mohd Khalib

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

You might have heard that I was called in by the police yesterday. Let me share with you what happened.

I was asked to present myself at the Petaling Jaya IPD today and met with ASP Lim Chee Koon and Sergeant Selvam from the Department of Criminal Investigations. I was fortunate to have the support of Lawyers for Liberty with Melissa Sasidaran who acted as my lawyer. The taking down of my statement went smoothly. I was unharmed.

Many questions were asked including whether I own the Change.org site (!), if anything that was written is true (?), and if any of you were given or promised an incentive to support this petition (!!). I almost laughed hearing some of those questions.

Like you, many Malaysians are finding their voices and have started to speak out. Their voices express concern and worry for the state of the country today. They speak of concern for the damage that is being done to our country due to the alleged misconduct and a massive loss of integrity, trust and independence.

Citizens of a democratic country shouldn’t need permission to take part in the democratic process. People shouldn’t need to be looking over their shoulder, lowering their voices, worried about whether the government is going to be happy with what they want to say or express.

Especially if it is expressing concern about the way the country is being run, the misuse of public funds and the crushing burden of increasing economic disparity that is being felt by almost every citizen in our country.

The Citizens’ Declaration is one form of democratic expression and it is important and urgent to address the four issues highlighted in that document.

“Governments are like underwear. They start smelling pretty bad if you don’t change them once in a while.”

This one is long overdue and the stink is more than we can bear.

But the need for change must come from Malaysians themselves.

We must not stay silent in the face of tyranny, corruption and dishonour to our country.

We must not stay silent when our liberties and freedoms are threatened.

When we voice our concern about the integrity of the government, it stems from the firm belief that there is a need for better governance, accountability and transparency from the people who are making decisions in the Rakyat’s name. In your name.

The online petition and the Citizens’ Declaration are certainly not seditious in any shape or form. This is what participatory democracy looks like. Something those in power for far too long have forgotten.

Those with the responsibility of governing must realise that taking criticism, even unwelcomed or unpleasant ones, is necessary especially if it is in the best interest of the country.

Unthinking and unquestioning obedience to those in governance is not what is needed.

We should not and cannot be silent. After all, we reap what we sow. Let’s all support reform and change for a better Malaysia.

Keep sharing the petition as widely as possible.

Stay the course. Tabahkan hati dan cekalkan semangat! Demand for a better country and better leadership for Malaysia!

We deserve better.

Watch this video of Mmusi Maimane of the South African Parliament and be struck by how familiar and close to home it sounds
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Mmusi Maimane
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‘Duit Kita, Hak Kita’ (‘Our Money, Our Say’).


New Mandala

The seeds of hope

By Joshua Woo

A Malaysian local casts their vote on how development funds should be spent.


A project that sees voters decide how government money is spent on development offers a new hope for Malaysia’s democracy, writes Joshua Woo Sze Zeng.

In an interview in 2007, the then US presidential candidate Barack Obama named Reinhold Niebuhr as one of his favorite philosophers. He remarked that Niebuhr has taught him moderation between “naïve idealism” and “bitter realism” in life and politics.

This moderate view is seen in Niebuhr’s evaluation of the pros and cons of democracy, after having witnessed how global affairs led to the two world wars.

His view on democracy is captured in the famous line from his book, The Children of Light and the Children of Darkness: “Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible; but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.”

Many activists, civil society members, and politicians sympathise with the sentiment, especially the latter part on democracy as the bastion against the evil of tyranny. This focus underlines the preventive nature of constitutional democracy. It is an expression of democratic passivism.

Too often the former part of the quote is ignored, that democracy is also a political framework that is just. By allowing citizens to vote, democracy brokered political power to everyone so that all can get involved in governance. This expresses democratic activism.

An effective democracy requires both passivism and activism. Yet, the question remains, can such a political framework work in a real society?

A local democratic effort in Machang Bubok, Penang, Malaysia strives to encapsulate both democratic passivism and activism. The exercise involves the constituency of 32,000 voters deciding how to spend the 100,000 ringgit allocated to them.

Jointly initiated and funded by the Member of Parliament for Bukit Mertajam YB Steven Sim Chee Keong and State Assemblyman for Machang Bubok YB Lee Khai Loon, the year-long project is titled ‘Duit Kita, Hak Kita’ (‘Our Money, Our Say’).

It employs the ‘Gender Responsive Participatory Budgeting’ (GRPB) approach, a tool that studies, discovers, and upholds the interests of marginalised groups by spending public funds in ways that respond more accurately to their needs. The Penang Women’s Development Corporation leads this aspect of the project.

The team together with the office of the two YBs have mobilised more than 200 community leaders and volunteers to brainstorm, propose, and vote for the developmental project that they think best serves the constituency. The preparation took almost a year before the vote, with three polling days, from 25 to 27 March 2016.

On the YBs’ part, this is a conscious effort to refrain from deciding on the budget on behalf of their 32,000 constituents. The YBs themselves brokered their own power over the 100,000 ringgit among the locals. This democratic passivism is unprecedented in Malaysia’s history of representative democracy.

On the constituents’ part, they are involved in the whole process, from the project’s inception to the actual voting on what development to be implemented. Since the money belongs to the people, the people have the right to decide how to spend it, and participate actively in the decision-making process. Thus the project’s title ’Duit Kita, Hak Kita’, reflecting democratic activism.

The mechanism that makes democracy work is considerable. Brokering power to the people is hard work.

The project serves as the ground where “man’s capacity for justice” meets “man’s inclination to injustice”, encapsulating Niebuhr’s two important characters of democracy.

The more fundamental democratic contribution ’Duit Kita, Hak Kita’ provides is its pervasive political education that distills democracy at the local level, not merely as a campaign slogan or academic discussion.

It is an arrangement of massive effort, mobilisation, visitation, and campaigning at crowded public spaces such as morning markets, pasar malam (night markets), religious buildings, coffee shops, and popular exercise sites.

Through this project, the people receive not only information about democracy, they also constitute the very process that shapes democratic culture at the local level.

Democracy is not only voting our representatives every five years, but actively involved in the development of the society we live in.

Thus, ‘Duit Kita, Hak Kita’ is an embodied communal experience of democracy. It instills democratic consciousness among the people, reflecting the education approach espoused by philosopher James K A Smith:

Education is not primarily a heady project concerned with providing information; rather, education is most fundamentally a matter of formation, a task of shaping and creating a certain kind of people… An education, then, is a constellation of practices, rituals, and routines that inculcates a particular vision of the good life by inscribing or infusing that vision into the heart… by means of material, embodied practices.

In other words, the residents at Machang Bubok, through the project, are being formed into a democratic people.

Ultimately, democracy is about all of us deliberating among ourselves to decide how best to govern ourselves.

And for this decision-making process to be effective for the whole nation, it must begin with a local constituency.

Joshua Woo Sze Zeng is Special Officer to the Member of Parliament for Bukit Mertajam in Malaysia. 

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Malaysia Central Bank Warned Government in 2014 of #1MDB Risks


If any one is to be held responsible for this massive scam its the central bank and its governor Zeti. Its authority on money and Malaysia’s financial matters is absolute given the Malaysia Central Bank  Act of Malaysia 2009, nefarious as it may be.


Bloomberg

Malaysia’s central bank warned the government as early as 2014 of risks to the financial system from debt-ridden state investment company 1Malaysia Development Bhd., Governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz said.

Bank Negara Malaysia issued two memorandums to the finance ministry, the sole shareholder of 1MDB, flagging the dangers of the fund’s mounting debt, Zeti said in an interview in Washington on Saturday. She didn’t say how the ministry responded.

“Of course this was on our radar screens,” Zeti said of 1MDB, whose debt ballooned to 50 billion ringgit ($12.8 billion) as of January. “We were monitoring in terms of the level of their indebtedness, and whether they had any systemic implications on the banking sector.”

The comments indicate a level of concern at the central bank for years over the fund, whose advisory board is chaired by Prime Minister Najib Razak. Bank Negara Malaysia has tried and failed to have criminal charges brought against 1MDB for allegedly making inaccurate disclosures on overseas investments. Zeti, whose 16-year tenure as governor ends in two weeks, has been publicly critical of 1MDB’s actions, risking bringing her into conflict with Najib.

Financial Woes

The country’s 2nd Finance Minister and the secretary-general at the ministry couldn’t be reached on their mobile phones on Sunday for comment.

1MDB has been the subject of investigations by local agencies like the central bank, as well as countries such as Switzerland and Singapore, amid allegations of financial irregularities. It has consistently denied any wrongdoing. Financial troubles at the company, which included almost defaulting on a loan, led it last year to announce plans to sell assets and pare debt.

The probes come amid a separate political scandal over a $681 million donation from the Saudi Arabian royal family that appeared in Najib’s bank accounts before the general election in 2013. 1MDB’s woes plus questions over the money in Najib’s account have created the biggest threat to the premier since he came to power in 2009, though he has retained the support of the bulk of senior officials in the ruling coalition.

Najib has denied any wrongdoing over the donation and the attorney-general has cleared him of any graft.

A parliamentary committee in its investigation report of 1MDB released this month identified at least $4.2 billion of unauthorized or unverified transactions and recommended former Chief Executive Officer Shahrol Halmi and other managers be investigated.

Questionable Transactions

Transcripts from the parliamentary hearing also highlighted Najib’s involvement in decisions on questionable transactions that bypassed the board of directors and finance ministry. Officials from the finance ministry told the Public Accounts Committee they were never consulted on the fund’s investment decisions or finances.

The company said this month it had repaid all short-term debt and bank debt, leaving it with 2.3 billion ringgit in the bank.

Bank Negara said in October its probe of 1MDB found inaccurate disclosures by the fund when it sought approvals for investments abroad. The attorney general concluded there was no wrongdoing and dismissed the central bank’s recommendation for criminal proceedings against 1MDB.

See the graphic >

Repatriating Funds

Zeti said last month the central bank is pursuing “appropriate administrative enforcement action” as the company didn’t show proof why it couldn’t meet an order to bring $1.8 billion in funds related to multiple deals back to Malaysia.

“The administrative action has been submitted to the attorney general,” she said in the interview on Saturday. “We are waiting for a decision.”

The conclusion by the central bank about two years ago was Malaysia’s banking system could have absorbed a default by 1MDB, Zeti said. The fund’s borrowings were with “many banks” and while lenders would have been affected, it wouldn’t have been enough to cause severe stress, she said.

While Zeti has previously said the 1MDB and Saudi donation scandals hurt confidence in the country, she adopted a more conciliatory tone on Saturday.

“Right now, I believe that Malaysia needs to be able to move on and put that behind us,” she said. 1MDB’s rationalization “and the intent for it to be eventually scaled back and even possibly unwound would give Malaysia the opportunity to move on.”

Special Report: Malaysia 1MDB Controversy

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#MH370: Plane Debris ‘Planted’ Deliberately?


The Inquisitr

Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370: Plane Debris ‘Planted’ Deliberately, Expert Says — But Who Did It And Why?

Three possible pieces of debris from the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 discovered this year on beaches in the west Indian Ocean did not just wash up naturally on the shores — but were “planted” there deliberately by a person or persons unknown as part of “a tightly focused military operation,” a prominent expert on the bizarre case of the vanished airliner wrote this week.

The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 with the serial number 9M-MRO — but better known as Flight MH370 — vanished on March 8, 2014, en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. Authorities believe that, for some reason, the plane took a sharp westerly turn after cutting off communication with the ground, and flew for more than seven additional hours, eventually crashing into a strip of the remote Indian Ocean about 1,200 miles off the coast of Perth, Australia.

But after 19 months of the Australian-led search team combing the ocean floor with high-tech sonar devices in that area, no evidence that the plane went down there has been found. Instead, five separate pieces of debris have washed up on beaches thousands of miles to the west, found by ordinary citizens.

Watch Malaysia Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai discuss the new debris finds in the video below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CbV3li9vAso

For more extensive coverage of and background on the baffling Flight MH370 mystery, see the “Previous Coverage” links in the box below on this page.

Presumably, those debris fragments floated on ocean currents over the past two years since the assumed crash of Flight MH370. But independent investigator Jeff Wise, a science journalist and aviation expert who has published a book and numerous articles on the Malaysia Airlines mystery, noticed something odd about three of the debris pieces.

Unlike the first debris fragment, found last July on French-owned Reunion Island and pictured at the top of this page, which was covered with marine organisms — a phenomenon that occurs when objects float in the ocean for prolonged periods — the two pieces found in Mozambique and one in South Africa appeared to have little if any marine growth on their surfaces.
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The Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777-200 serial number 9M-MRO that vanished on March 8, 2014, seen here on an earlier flight [Photo By Aero Icarus/Wikimedia Commons]

Wise consulted several marine biologists, who told him that the lack of organisms, or “biofouling,” indicated that the debris had been in the water for mere weeks or even days — well short of the two years that have elapsed since the presumed crash of Flight MH370.Australian government scientist David Griffin also noticed the curious lack of “biofouling” on the Malaysia Airlines debris. But in a report, Griffin explained the anomaly by postulating that the fragments had washed up on their respective beaches some time ago, where the sun burned off the marine organisms — and then were somehow washed out to sea and back to the beaches a second time.

But Wise doesn’t buy it.

“One problem with this scenario is that while we might just about imagine a sequence of events happening to one piece, it seems incredible to imagine it happening to three pieces independently, in different locations and at different times,” he wrote on his blog Thursday.

Also, the process of washing back to sea then back to the beaches could not have taken more than two weeks, Wise wrote, or else marine “fouling” would have begun to occur again. But in the two weeks prior to the discovery of each piece, there were no weather events that could have taken the debris fragments back out to sea.

“There is only one reasonable conclusion to draw from the condition of these pieces… Since natural means could not have delivered them to the locations where they were discovered, they must have been put there deliberately. They were planted.”

But who could pull off such a bizarre plot, and why? In earlier articles — see the “Previous Coverage” box — Wise has linked the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 to the shootdown of another Malaysia Airlines 777-200, Flight MH17, over Ukraine just four months after MH370 disappeared, raising the suspicion that the Russian military could be behind both disasters.

Asked by a correspondent on his blog whether he was attributing the Flight MH370 disappearance to “some massive conspiracy,” Wise stated, “If you read more of my website you’ll find that I’m not suggesting that a massive conspiracy took place, but rather a tightly focused military operation.”

Readers may access the complete Jeff Wise blog post arguing that the recently discovered Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 debris was deliberately planted by clicking on this link.

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Malaysia – State Of Fear – Corruption In High Places


Acting-Man.Com

Mr. X and his Mysterious Benefactors

As the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) reports, a money-laundering alarm was triggered at AmBank in Malaysia, a bank part-owned by one of Australia’s “big four” banks, ANZ. What had triggered the alarm? Money had poured into the personal account of one of the bank’s customers, a certain Mr. X, in truly staggering amounts.

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A recent photograph of Mr. X.

Photo credit; Peter Foley / Bloomberg via Getty Images

Hundreds of millions of dollars were paid into the account of Mr. X by a Saudi prince described as “mysterious”, and two British Virgin Island companies characterized as “shadowy”.

Overall, more than $1.05 billion landed in Mr. X’s private account in a little over two years. This was bound to raise eyebrows, considering Mr. X’s official salary only amounts to approx. $100,000 per year. Not a bad salary to be sure, but even if he were to save half of it every year, it would take him 210,000 years to save up $1.05 billion, not just two.

Then the head of a government-owned Malaysian company put millions of ringgit into Mr. X’s credit card accounts, which had been a tad overdrawn (by slightly over $ 1m.), due to Mr. X’s wife splurging a bit on jewelry in 2014.

 

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A nice little pile of ringgit suddenly found its way into Mr. X’s credit card accounts, taking care of a slight overdraft.

Apparently Mr. X was not shy about spending some of his new-found wealth either. Apart from his wife’s predilection for expensive jewelry and other luxury items, he himself occasionally displayed a yen for fancy cars and reportedly also favored swanky accommodation. Friends and partners of Mr. X also enjoyed a windfall.

Thy “mysterious Saudi Prince” who wired sums ranging from $25 million to $50 million in one fell swoop into  Mr. X’s account was one “Prince Faisal bin Turki bin Bandar Al-Saud”. These deposits were accompanied by letters penned by yet another Saudi prince, “HRH Prince Saud Abdulaziz Al-Saud”, pledging quite generous “gifts” to Mr. X. One promise of $375 m. was accompanied by the following reassuring words:

“This is merely a token gesture on my part but it is my way of contributing to the development of Islam to the world. You shall have absolute discretion to determine how the Gift shall be utilized. This letter is issued as a gesture of good faith and for clarification, I do not expect to receive any personal benefit whether directly or indirectly as a result of the Gift. The Gift should not in any event be construed as an act of corruption since this is against the practice of Islam and I personally do not encourage such practices in any manner whatsoever.”

 

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The gift-bearing mystery prince from the desert kingdom.

Illustration by Steve Benson

The title “HRH” (“his royal highness”) implies that the man is either a son or a grandson of King Abdulaziz Ibn Saud, the first king of modern Saudi Arabia. Given that Ibn Saud had 22 wives, 45 sons and approximately 1,000 grandchildren, all of whom are “Al-Sauds”, with a great many “Abdulazizes” among them, this could really be anyone. It was nice of him though to provide Mr. X with this get-out-of-jail card (“there’s absolutely no corruption involved, honestly!”).

Obviously, with such convincing assurances accompanying the big deposits, there was little reason to suspect Mr. X of any wrongdoing. Malaysia’s central bank governor assured ABC though that there is still an “ongoing investigation”, even after the (new) prosecutor-general shut down a corruption probe of Mr. X in January (his predecessor planned to lay criminal charges against Mr. X and was removed from office a few days before he could do so).

The Virgin Island companies, “Blackstone Asia Real Estate Partners” and “Tanore Finance” were no slouches either, with the latter wiring $680 million into the account of Mr. X in a single month. We imagine that any normal tax serf would have been visited by nosy government minions for a little quality inquisition time shortly after receiving the first of this series of large deposits – exonerating letters from mystery princes notwithstanding.

Mr. X – the codename that has actually been assigned to him at AmBank – has evidently been spared such indignities. The reason is that he is otherwise known as Najib Razak and has been Malaysia’s prime minister since 2009.

 

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Najib Razak, a.k.a. Mr. X, who not surprisingly, is another finger-wagger. Last year he had the brilliant idea to order Malaysia’s Communications and Multimedia Commission to step up enforcement to check dissemination of slander on social media.

Photo via The Star / Asia News Network

 

State of Fear

The revelations about the prime ministers account are connected to the so-called 1MBD scandal involving Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund. The fund has been an utter disaster, “mislaying” some $4 billion in total – and its advisory board is chaired by none other than Najib Razak.

Two things have piqued our interest: for one thing, we were beginning to wonder about the fact that Najib Razak actually remains in office and has so far successfully deflected all attempts to unseat him over the scandal, including massive public protests (however, the air is clearly getting thinner now).

Secondly, ABC has recently sent a team of investigators to Malaysia, who were briefly arrested after attempting to ask the prime minister a few questions. For a while it looked like they may actually face jail time, but that was probably considered one step too far and they were let go after two weeks. They were in Kuala Lumpur while filming a documentary on the still burgeoning scandal.

The documentary – “State of Fear: Murder and Money in Malaysia” – is truly fascinating. As the blurb at ABC’s web site says:

“It’s a story of intrigue, corruption and multiple murders, stretching from the streets of Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, to Switzerland, France and the US as well as Hong Kong and Singapore, all the way to Australia’s doorstep.”

Here is the video… it’s really quite an incredible story: State of Fear – Murder and Money in Malaysia

Related

State of Fear: Murder and Money in Malaysia.

https://peoplestrustmalaysia.wordpress.com/2016/03/28/state-of-fear-murder-and-money-in-malaysia/

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Malaysia – #GST 1st Anniversary Protest


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Despite the scorching heat, more than 1,500 people thronged the streets from the Sogo shopping complex to Dataran Merdeka, participating in the anti-Goods and Services Tax (GST) rally.

 The rally, which also demands for the resignation of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, witnessed a carnival-like atmosphere, with people mostly in black T-shirts walking along carrying placards showcasing their disagreement against the taxation system and the premier.

Stalls selling anti-GST and ‘Undur Najib’ merchandise lined the streets, with some also taking the opportunity to sell bottled water and snacks. – Malaysiakini

Anti-GST protesters turn up at Dataran Merdeka

http://www.thestar.com.my/news/nation/2016/04/02/anti-gst-rally-in-dataran-merdeka/

Related

JPMorgan, Deutsche Bank, Rothschild Yanked Into Probe Of Goldman-Backed Malaysian Slush Fund

Can Najib handles Mr Rothschild?

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http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-04-01/jpmorgan-deutsche-bank-rothschild-yanked-probe-goldman-backed-malaysian-slush-fund

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PM Najib’s Wife Said to Ask US to Call Off FBI Probe


Asia Sentinel

*Asia Sentinel website is blocked by the Malaysian government 

Rosmah pushes Ambassador Yun to ask to fold New York Attorney’s investigation, sources say

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Rosmah Mansor, the wife of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, has repeatedly called US Ambassador Joseph Y. Yun and others in the US Embassy in Kuala Lumpur in a vain attempt to get the United States Attorney Preet Baharara for the Southern District of New York to call off his investigation into financial dealings involving the scandal-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad fund, sources say.

The story of Rosmah’s attempts to rein in the US investigation is circulating widely in Kuala Lumpur’s small diplomatic circles. They say that despite the fact that other investigations are ongoing in Switzerland, Singapore, the United Kingdom and France on another case, they think the Americans most likely to bring charges if there has been wrongdoing.

Yun is said to have told Rosmah that Bharara operates independently of the State Department and the Foreign Service, and that not even President Obama would be able to influence the investigation if he wanted to.

Attempts to verify the story through the US Embassy went unanswered.

“She has been told, ‘If you have done nothing wrong, don’t worry about it,’” a source said. “’The United States is a country of laws. ‘”

That news comes as the Australian Broadcasting Corporation issued a press release saying its Four Corners investigative team tonight (March 28) is to broadcast new details of deposits between 2011 and 2014 from “mysterious individuals and companies”, both in Malaysia and overseas, via wire transfers and in cash, to his personal accounts. That, the news organization said, is in addition to the mysterious US$681 million (RM2.6 billion) that ended up in Najib’s accounts in 2013.

Nonetheless, despite a torrent of international news reports that would classify the 1MDB scandal among the world’s biggest, the Malaysian government has managed to keep the scandal in check domestically even though Swiss authorities have said as much as US$4 billion in 1MDB funds may have been misused. Attorney General Mohamed Apandi Ali, appointed by Najib after the previous attorney general was fired because he was said to be on track to indict Najib, “cleared” the prime minister in a January press conference that convinced almost nobody.

Najib and his family “aren’t scared of anything in Malaysia,” said a longtime observer of local politics. “But they are scared of this guy Preet Bharara.” Indeed, the Pakistani-born law enforcement official’s district has been called by angry defense attorneys “the southern district of the world” given that he has prosecuted nearly 100 Wall Street executives and has sent agents to as many as 25 other countries to investigate suspects of arms and narcotics trafficking and terrorists, bringing them to Manhattan to face charges. It is his office that nailed the rogue Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout, where he had been hiding in Thailand, and brought him to justice in the United States.

Opposition figures have been questioning 1MDB’s massive debt since 2010. However, the scandal blew wide open in 2014 when reports circulated that the state-backed investment fund faced as much as RM42 billion (US$10.7 billion at current exchange rates) of unfunded liability.  A cascade of scandals has ensued, ensnaring, among others, Tim Leissner, the former wunderkind Singapore-based chairman of Goldman Sachs’ Southeast Asia operations who has since taken leave and moved to Los Angeles.

It was Leissner who engineered three bond sales in 2012 and 2013 that totaled US$6.5 billion and yielded fees, commissions and expenses for Goldman of almost US$6 billion—9.1 percent of the funds raised, almost twice the normal cuts for investment banks.

US Federal Bureau of Investigation agents have been operating in Kuala Lumpur over the matter, asking officials for details of Leissner’s dealings and other matters.  In addition, the US attorney’s office is said to be looking into money-laundering charges involving the purchase of opulent New York and California properties purchased on the Najib family’s behalf by agents believed to be connected to Jho Taek Low, the flamboyant young Penang-born financier that helped Najib set up 1MDB in the first place. The investigation is also said to encompass the funding of the Hollywood blockbuster Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo di Caprio and produced by Red Granite Productions, partly owned by Rosmah’s son Riza Aziz.  Jho Low, as he is known, is also said to be a target of the investigation. He has been spending much ofhis time in Taiwan or aboard his gigantic yacht, the 91-meter Equanimity.

Najib has operated a marathon campaign to keep office, neutralizing investigations, firing his own deputy prime minister, Muhyiddin Yassin, and the attorney general as well as other law enforcement officials.

The common wisdom in Malaysia today is that Najib will prevail in office at least until elections, which must be called before May of 2018, and, given the state of the opposition, may well remain beyond that time.  A bellwether state election is looming in Sarawak, perhaps as early as mid-April although it isn’t constitutionally necessary until September.  At the moment, according to political analysts in Kuala Lumpur, the Barisan Nasional holds an overwhelming lead in the polls, thus the possible decision to call for an early snap election.

If the March 27 Grand Coalition held in Kuala Lumpur is any indicator, there appears little impetus for the opposition to bring down the Barisan Nasional, the national ruling coalition led by the United Malays National Organization.  The meeting, organized by former Law Minister Zaid Ibrahim, has called for 1 million signatures to be compiled against Najib by next year.

“It’s a good idea in theory,” said a Kuala Lumpur-based lawyer. “But they need a million signatures by tomorrow, not next year.”

Other sources said that despite the attendance of perhaps 1,000 members of opposition groups, NGOs and other parties, with former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad in the lead, there is no traction between them.  They will all end up fighting with each other, with the only glue welding the movement together being the desire to get rid of the Barisan Nasional. One questioned why, for instance, those arrested in the 1987 crackdown Operation Lalang by Mahathir would be at all interested at all interested in cooperating with Mahathir.

That, the source said, includes Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, the wife of opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. The former premier engineered Anwar’s imprisonment in 1999 on what were universally condemned as spurious charges of sexual deviance and abuse of power after the two fell out.  Others arrested and prevented from contesting 2000 elections, were Vice President Tian Chua, N.Gobalakrishnan, Youth leader Mohd Ezam Mohd Nor, Mohamad Azmin Ali – jnow the Selangor chief minister – as well as, Fairus Izuddin and Badrul Amin Baharun.

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State of Fear: Murder and Money in Malaysia.


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Monday 28 March 2016

State of Fear: Murder and Money in Malaysia.

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“I think there is an atmosphere of total terror.”

It’s a story of intrigue, corruption and multiple murders, stretching from the streets of Malaysia’s capital Kuala Lumpur, to Switzerland, France and the US as well as Hong Kong and Singapore, all the way to Australia’s doorstep.

“He said ‘You know I can’t talk much, he said, because my phone might be bugged'”.

The money involved is astonishing.

“The person who made the gift must be extremely rich to be able to just give away US$681 million.”

“The fact that it’s going to the personal account of the Prime Minister is unprecedented.”

And the escalating scandal is threatening to bring down Malaysia’s Prime Minister.

“This charge sheet was the smoking gun.”

Four Corners reporter Linton Besser investigates two sets of extraordinary allegations of bribery and corruption: one involving a massive arms deal; the other, the Malaysian sovereign wealth fund. It’s a story that’s made headlines around the world.

“Hello Mr Prime Minister, ABC Australia. I’m wondering if you can explain the hundreds of millions of dollars in your account?”

Linton Besser’s pointed questions landed him and cameraman Louie Eroglu in serious trouble.

“I’ve been placed under arrest …we are waiting for some legal advice but at the moment it looks like they intend to charge us.”

On Monday night Four Corners will reveal new allegations about the staggering sums of money that have flowed into the bank accounts of Najib Razak.

And as the scandal grows, so does the crackdown on the Malaysian Government’s political opponents.

“They’re just threatening people now and it’s very effective.”

State of Fear, reported by Linton Besser and presented by Sarah Ferguson, goes to air on Monday 28th March at 8.30pm EDT. It is replayed on Tuesday 29th March at 10.00am and Wednesday 30th at 11pm. It can also be seen on ABC News 24 on Saturday at 8.00pm, ABC iview and at abc.net.au/4corners.


 

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Malaysia – Disloyalty to leaders is disloyalty to God


The very thin line of separation of church (mosque) and state in Malaysia has diminished as the two bodies are now in union in a marriage of convenience.

This union is actually inevitable as it was never apart to start with, as the clerics have always been the voice of the govern-ment in mosques. The govern-ment (Muslims dominated) on the other hand regularly apply Islamic overtones in national policies, enactments, national issues, messages, and general communication.

The govern-ment, especially Prime Minister Najib is currently under great pressure and is battling for his survival daily as the people are seeking for his removal. In his desperation and running out of bullets fast, the mosque is scrambling to his rescue.

Without fail god will be dragged into their schemes, and what we’re witnessing in this latest effort by the mosque to save him apparently, is to upgrade the PM’s status to a demigod.


 

The Malay Mail Online

Disloyalty to leaders is disloyalty to God, Muslims told in Friday sermon

In its Friday sermon, Jawi says peace could only be maintained by being loyal to the government and its leaders, as long as they continued to be fair and just. ― Reuters pic

KUALA LUMPUR, March 18 ― God has decreed that citizens be loyal to the government and its elected leaders for the good of the country, Muslim authorities claimed today.

In its Friday sermon titled “The Measure of Loyalty”, the Federal Territories Islamic Department (Jawi) said it was incorrect to say that only the government had responsibilities and obligations towards the citizens, claiming that the people must also accord the government the respect and loyalty they deserve.

“The decree to be loyal to the country’s leaders does not come from the leaders themselves, but from God. Therefore, if the citizens are disloyal towards the leaders, that means they have been disloyal to God,” Jawi said in a copy of its weekly sermon uploaded on its official site.

“As much as its citizens deserve justice and fairness from the government, the government also deserves to be treated with justice and fairness by its citizens.

“Therefore, as citizens, we must understand and respect the government’s responsibilities, as well as support what has been planned,” it added.

Jawi claimed that instability and unrest in other Muslim countries were because of “mistakes” committed by citizens who have been emotionally influenced by “provocation and incitement”.

The Islamic agency said Malaysia appeared to be very “fragile” with its racial and religious diversity and claimed that peace could only be maintained by being loyal to the government and its leaders, as long as they continued to be fair and just.

“If there are disagreements and differences of opinions, we must immediately return to the guidance provided in the Qur’an and Sunnah and celebrate that opportunity with wisdom and compassion.

“We should not choose to discredit one another, be hostile and defame each other, which could lead to our own destruction. It would be shameful if such disagreements and disloyalties are witnessed by the international community,” the sermon added.

Jawi’s sermon comes amid the latest campaign spearheaded by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad aimed at ousting his successor Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Dr Mahathir, together with other Barisan Nasional veterans, opposition leaders and human rights activists, recently banded together in a “Save Malaysia” movement by signing a Citizens’ Declaration that called for Najib’s removal.

The movement is the latest platform of the former prime minister’s long-running campaign to remove Najib from office.

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#Malaysia: There’s a war going on.


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Malaysia the country is under attack!….economically and politically. As a result the people of Malaysia suffer as they’re both directly and indirectly hit and many have vanished and died as a result.

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The infamous #1MDB scandals are scams orchestrated by the cabals’ Economic Hitman. The modus operandi is via the political sphere. The method is the old favorite “divide and rule

The people are waking up through their sufferings and they are gathering together to save their very sick country. The country is sick because its people are sick. There are two groups of sick people.

  1. Mentally ill (the politicians)
  2. Physically ill (the people)

The predicament  the nation is in started off by those sick political minds who belong to a sick organization called UMNO (United Malay National Organization), manipulated and under the control of the economic hitman.

The economic hitman infiltrated UMNO and worked his way right at the very top. The bottom simply and quite naturally fell through.

To destroy a country is very simple…destroy its economy. The method is also very simple…rob its wealth and assets.

The economic hit has been quite successful and billions of Ringgits have disappeared and more public funds are being snatched even as we speak.

The people are directly being robbed by more taxes and the recent GST is gulping every cent from the people.

There is a fierce war going on now and its basically between the govern-ment and the people.

The govern-ment’s soldiers are basically dumb UMNO members and their battle cry is “Save and support our leader (be he right or wrong)”

The people have gathered as one under the banner “Selamatkan Malaysia” (Save Malaysia).

What is very very clear of this war is the cause.

  1. A group of people who’re saving the country under destruction
  2. A group of people who’re saving the man whose destroying the country

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http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2016/03/01/right-or-wrong-i-stood-by-my-leaders/

There will be a show of force by the people at a forthcoming event on March 27, 2016 to remove the Prime Minister.

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All wars are bankers wars

Will the country and the people survive the cabals’ onslaught ?

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Kudos to the Malaysian couple who checked on a very wrong system


 

Couple who settled the convicted woman’s fine and drove all the way to Kajang Prison to get her released is an example of what is still right in Malaysia.

Fining a woman RM200 for stealing RM20 milk? Does this make any sense?. First the math is wrong. When she’s too poor to feed her baby, the government ask her for more money? Not to mention the cruelty of separating the mother from her child by sending her to prison.

Justice is just ice.

The whole world knows the big wrongs ongoing and unresolved in Malaysia. Malaysians are being robbed in daylight of billions of Ringgit even as we speak.

“…you have moral hazard, a very significant moral hazard from the political sphere.” – Godfrey Bloom MEP

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Kudos to the Malay couple who helped Sellamah out

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PETALING JAYA: It is still fresh in our minds – the incident of a woman slapped with a RM200 fine, or in default, five days’ jail for stealing a packet of Milo from a supermarket in the Dang Wangi area recently.

Many of us rolled our eyes in disgust at how the mother, a “Madam Sellamah”, who resorted to petty theft to feed her hungry child, was promptly “punished” by the law while those who steal millions of other people’s money get off scot free without so much as a rap on the knuckles.

We read, shook our heads in disbelief and moved on with our lives. One couple however, did not.

According to Hindraf chairman P Waythamoorthy, Sellamah is out of jail now – thanks to a Malay couple who not only made the noble gesture to settle her fine, but drove all the way to Kajang Prison to get her released.

This episode is a stark reminder of all that is both wrong, and right, with our country today.

The wrong – how Sellamah, despite pleading for forgiveness in her mitigation, by explaining she resorted to stealing only because her two-year-old was pestering her for a drink, was slapped with a RM200 fine, which she definitely could not afford to pay.

A stern warning, or as Waythamoorthy pointed out, referral to the Welfare Department for assistance would have sufficed, but the magistrate certainly saw it fit to pass a deterrent sentence – never mind the fact that Sellamah’s child would have to spend five days “motherless.”

Wrong number two – the fact that no one in the court during the sentencing, including the “learned” lawyers, thought of paying the fine on Sellamah’s behalf and sparing her the ordeal of a jail term.

Let’s set the record straight – the point of this article is not to encourage criminal acts, such as theft. But Malaysia, including her judicial system, is quite well known for being lenient with those who steal millions, and harsh on those who commit petty crimes.

Sometimes a little compassion goes a long way.

The right – the faceless, nameless couple who helped a complete stranger at their own expense. According to Waythamoorthy, the woman and her husband were late to their son’s school to collect his SPM exam results, as they had “de-toured” to the Kajang Prison.

The woman reportedly told Waythamoorthy that “as a mother, I could feel her (Sellamah’s) pain.”

I take my hat off to this woman and her husband for their selfless act.

They were in no way obligated to spend their own money and take the trouble to help out someone totally unrelated to them.

While they were at it, they could have taken the route of some “samaritans” by publicising their act of charity on social media while taking a selfie with Sellamah as “evidence” of their compassion.

But no, they offered genuine help and chose to remain anonymous.

This is humanity, Malaysian style. This is the Malaysia we have known all this while, and have come to love.

It is not the racist, bigoted image that politicians with self-serving agendas feed us on a daily basis.

It is not the extreme acts of racial and religious intolerance that the followers of these very politicians observe.

Regardless of the colour of our skin and the God we worship, we stand by each other come what may and against the forces that try to prove us wrong.

Now, if only there were more rights than wrongs in our country, Malaysia would be a much better place.

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When state and religion were separate…or was it ever?


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The separation of church and state is a concept defining the distance in the relationship between organized religion and the nation state. It may refer to creating a secular state, with or without explicit reference to such separation, or to changing an existing relationship of church involvement in a state (disestablishment). Wiki

Imho the very idea of a separation is a con. Its an illusion and now as chaos is running amok it appears that they are but one the same thing…control by subjugation.


 

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During the early days of independence, faith was a private matter and the country experienced religious tolerance and ethnic understanding.

POLITICS has become a curse to this country. It is no longer a means to achieve good governance and reliable state management. It has been turned into a source of power to inflict evil on people.

Power has been misused to enrich those in high positions.

Independence has been turned into making the country socially and culturally backward.

Religion has become a source of amassing influence. The Malays were pushed into being servile, leading to a siege mentality.

They were made to lose their power of rational thinking and to totally accept what the powers-that-be had committed.

During the early days of independence, the country experienced religious tolerance and ethnic understanding. There was merrymaking whenever occasions presented themselves. Dances and singing were common happenings.

Funfairs would make their rounds in various towns. There would be games for the children and at night there would be dancing to the ­various melodious Malay tunes. Joget dancing was the order then.

Hostesses would sit in line on the stage and those interested in doing the joget could purchase tickets and go up to pick the dancing partner of their choice.

There would be joget and later this would be termed joget moden because Western tunes had also been incorporated.

There would be the old ronggeng, the precursor to joget, and in the north, there would be changgong from Perlis and ramvong, joget dancing to Thai music.

People were able to dispense with all the stress of life during the day through these fun outlets. There were no cases of rape, incest and such other devilish happenings.

In big cities like Penang and Kuala Lumpur, there were cabarets whereby working people would be able to get rid of the stress of work.

This was the place where enterprising people would practise their flair for Western dancing.

They would do the various ­dances, such as the foxtrot, waltz, quickstep, rumba, samba, tango and other new trends.

Competitions were also held and it was all in good fun.

Religion was never part of public dominance. It was a private matter.

That was when religion and the state were completely separated.

The Islamic religious departments were only involved in family matters, such as marriage, divorce and inheritance. Other aspects were left to the discretion of the people. Religion was never forced into the everyday life of the people.

Malay-Muslim children from a young age would attend afternoon Islamic religious classes where the various aspects of their religion were made known to them. The emphasis was that the individual was answerable to Allah and not to anybody else.

But Umno’s rivalry with PAS for the support of the Malay-Muslims caused both these political parties to accuse one another of being non-Islamic, and thus the devil was let loose.

Once PAS started to accuse Umno of being deviant in its Islamic stand and also convinced some conservative Malays of the sins practised by Umno, the latter in the 1980s turned into being fanatical in its Islamic agenda.

The Islamisation of the country started to take shape.

The tudung suddenly appeared as part of so-called female Islamic attire. Dances were no longer encouraged. Life had been made austere.

Islamic religious departments were expanded and new ones ­created, like the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim). Religion had been made part of the state. Malay-Muslim life had been regulated.

Money and power were invested in these religious institutions and with power in hand, more regulations were manufactured. Halal certificates became necessary to indicate to the Malay/Muslims which places they could patronise.

This was done simply to exhibit the power these institutions had.

The Umno government became victim to the whims of PAS and there was no need for PAS to govern the country as Umno was implementing its agenda.

Malay culture was deemed ­deviant from Islamic values and Arabic culture started to seep in. There were no more greetings of selamat pagi or selamat datang. All terms had to be in Arabic.

Politicians in starting their speeches would rattle off in Arabic for a few minutes to show off how Islamic they were before coming to what they wanted to deliver, and would do the same when ending their speeches.

The Malay-Muslims in the country became obsessed with rituals and other humanistic aspects of religion were discarded. Thus they became arrogant and aggressive in displaying their Muslim-hood.

This is nothing but mere hypocrisy. Religion should be personal. The state should have no say in regulating Malay-Muslim life.

What each individual does, drinks, eats and wears is up to each individual to choose as long as there exists no criminal element.

The state must divorce itself from religion.

The country must go back to being secular and let religion be the choice of individuals.

There should be only one legal system and to have two running in the country has caused confusion, where even the learned cannot distinguish between consent, conversion and conscience.

Ahmad Mustapha Hassan is a ­former press secretary to Tun Abdul Razak Hussein. The views expressed here are entirely the writer’s own.

Malaysia reaps what UMNO sows


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In another display of sycophancy and entrenched avarice, Malaysia’s long-time ruling party tightens its grip over the nation.

In spite of the presence of the prickly former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and recently sacked deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin, last week’s biggest show in Kuala Lumpur proved a total fizzler.

Both men, seriously aggrieved, were royally ordered gagged from speaking at the annual UMNO convention by Najib Razak, the party’s president and scandal-plagued premier of Malaysia. Compared to the Malay party’s previous summits, this year’s was so tame it very nearly sent the audience into a coma.

The meeting limped from irrelevance to more irrelevance. It struggled to make any kind of sense. Understandably so, too.

UMNO’s credibility and legitimacy continues to wade in the depths of the muck-wracked Klang River. Never mind Najib’s display of ‘coolness’, humility, magnanimity, and all of his false bravado. ‘Bad news’ — one of the many stamps of his ‘government’ — was never too far away.

On the eve of winding up the marathon five-day soap-opera and associated windbagging, the heavily commodity-linked local currency, the ringgit, slipped past the US$4.33 mark. It barely moved on the final day. Foreign currency market predictions point the ringgit to an agonising US $4.50-$4.70 value range in 2016. So much for confidence in Najib who, curiously, is (still) Malaysia’s finance minister.

Amid the pitiable charade, though, were some light moments that were almost comedic. Thankfully.

One came courtesy of Khairy Jamaluddin, UMNO Youth leader and youth and sports minister. Khairy is always in his element when given the soapbox. And he certainly did not disappoint his legion of fans. He had one issue he simply had to get off his chest, and he did it in style.

In one breath he condemned those in UMNO who were working on ripping apart the Malay hegemonic party and its historical centrality and legacy in Malaysia’s political, social, economic and religious life.

Such censures are ‘standard issue’ anywhere in the world, even among Western democratic states. In the very next breath, like a woman scorned, Khairy beseeched Muhyiddin — who may yet face expulsion from UMNO — not to “divorce” Najib. Why break up the family, he pleaded.

This display of grandiosity, and effort to be seen as UMNO’s crisis mediator and martyr, was stunningly fatuous, utterly shameful, and thoroughly opportunistic. It was also most unsurprising and uninspiring. Khairy reads the political wind the way free-market economists read tea-leaves for their often off-the-chart forecasts.

His communion merely re-affirmed UMNO’s ideographic rituals in the spirit of its unreconstructed Malay feudalism. It also averred the infantile sycophancy that generally underscores Malaysia’s racially-mired political parties. This is where, and when, all semblance of intelligence inevitably goes AWOL. To be sure, the growing Malay divorce rate would have eased Khairy’s senseless fear of separation as anything but normal.

What was Khairy Jamaluddin’s game with his supplication toward Muhyiddin Yassin? It was his rendition to UMNO diehards of his entirely populist Malay-ism, his Melayu-ness credentials, all in the hope of cementing his position in the party’s hierarchy at a time when UMNO’s internal politics are so fluid that they threaten to tear out its innards. Besides, Najib is so volatile he could well sacrifice Khairy for an unbending, unquestioning loyalist.

Targeting Muhyiddin to make his peace with Najib typically illustrates Khairy’s political cunning. He has sided with his boss who, for now at least, appears to hold all the aces and is playing them close to his chest. This makes Najib’s underlings incredibly nervous. Khairy has always shown he crooks to the political breeze as easily as a gymnast. So far as he is concerned, he is laying down tracks for a possible tilt at becoming PM sometime in the future.

Kowtowing to one’s political masters is one element of track-laying, and a very necessary part of it, regardless of UMNO having become decidedly rudderless, leaderless, and more menacing. Kowtowing is not unusual when UMNO actively promotes, if not demands, sycophancy of its rank and file, especially of its cadre class, the way the Chinese Communist Party always has of its own.

It is no more unusual than the rather silly debates in Malaysia over whether UMNO will remain the most dominant political party in the country, having further relegated its racially-exclusive coalition partners in Barisan Nasional to a status worse than ‘minnow’ while the political opposition is hopelessly in  disarray, nearing a second and permanent fracture.

There is also no disputing the fact that anybody, much less Khairy, is about to ease back the lever of UMNO’s historical hegemonic project. The party has far too much to lose. Winning power and control of the ‘central government’ is not, nor was it ever, since 1969, the main game of ‘governing’ for all ‘Malaysians’, let alone the Malays, other than in name.

Khairy understands all this very well. In the parlance of the historical-political sociologist Charles Tilly, state-making and state capacity come not solely and strictly from electoral power, although it helps. In Malaysia federal elections are perennially rigged and voters routinely defrauded, with the Malaysian Election Commission, a branch of the UMNO bureaucracy, lending a hand.

State-making and state capacity emerge from entirely different sources, namely Malay feudalism, and the vast system that powerfully engenders and promotes a corrupt network of patron-client relationships and class re-alignments. Half of these networks remain necessarily in their agri-traditional form; the other half has ‘modernised’ alongside the development of Malaysian capitalism.

Think of Malaysia’s patronage system as UMNO’s personal central bank — one that has expanded exponentially since the early 1980s under Mahathir who promoted and nurtured national avarice as Malaysia’s national sport or religion among its ruling political class and business cronies by an equal click.

This is the very system Khairy will continue to defend and promote to ensure his place closer to the apex of political power or structures of power that would launch him into making a play for the UMNO’s central leadership. Khairy ingratiating himself to Najib is clear and understandable.

What is most unclear is his self-proclaimed reformist zeal. That record does not augur well, however.

Manjit Bhatia is head of research at AsiaRisk, an economic and political risk consultancy firm.

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…of corruption, murder, rape, and Malaysian politicians


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WikiLeaks unveils another Malaysian scandal

Prominent UMNO stalwart allegedly raped his housemaid in 2007 but wasn’t investigated, reports Asia Sentinel

The latest round of WikiLeaks cables to embarrass Malaysia alleges that a “VVIP” later identified as Rais Yatim, the Information, Communications, and Culture Minister, raped his Indonesian maid in 2007, but got away with it because then-Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi apparently didn’t want an embarrassing confrontation with the Indonesian government.

The 68-year-old Rais at the time was law minister in Badawi’s cabinet. He has been a stalwart in United Malays National Party politics since at least 1978. Although the rape charges were passed to Badawi’s office in 2007 and were well known to top government officials, it appears they were never investigated. Certainly, the charges didn’t stop Badawi from naming him foreign affairs minister in 2008, nor did they stop Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak from naming him information minister in 2009.

However, on July 27of 2007, Rais did abruptly pull out of the running to become Commonwealth Secretary-General after the end of the previous secretary’s reign in March 2008. He cited the conflict of his duties serving on the committee planning the celebration of the 50th anniversary of Malaysia’s freedom from British colonialism. The complaint making the rounds appears to have been filed on July 23.

The lack of investigation of the case also prevents Rais from protesting his innocence. At this stage, lack of evidence would probably make the case almost impossible to prosecute, since it would end up with just the maid’s word against Rais’s.

Malaysia’s blogosphere has caught fire over the allegations although Rais wasn’t named as the alleged rapist until this weekend. A three-page Indonesian police report giving details of the maid’s service in his home – with his name blanked out – has been making the rounds of the Internet since the middle of December.

However, despite widespread and growing demands in the blogosphere that the allegations against Rais be investigated and prosecuted, the odds are that nothing is going to happen, said a lawyer with close ties to UMNO. It raises too many questions – few people, with the probable exception of the former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, want to go after Badawi for refusing to allow the investigation of Rais. Najib probably doesn’t want fire him, the lawyer said, because that brings up unpleasant reminders that the other WikiLeaks documents quote Singaporean officials appearing to implicate Najib in the widely publicized 2006 murder of Mongolian translator Altantuya Shaariibuu. Other documents made public by WikiLeaks allege that Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim was probably entrapped into having sex with his then 23-year-old former male assistant, but did it anyway.

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True blood, good and able Malaysians coming to the fore!


Yes! These are new true blood, good and able Malaysians. Not the stereo ex-politicians, ex-civil servants type. These rising stars are emerging from the silent majority. I am pleased…there is hope for Malaysia!


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Tun Ismail’s grandson crusades for the Constitution


He’s against the conservative far right and the anti-establishment 
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KUALA LUMPUR: A grandson of a former Deputy Prime Minister, who describes himself as a constitutionalist, has appealed to others like-minded to join him in signing a Petition upholding the Federal Constitution and seeking elsewhere necessary reforms so that both the conservative far right and the anti-establishment far left would not dictate to the people.

“If anyone thinks that force is good, I cannot agree,” said Tariq Ismail. “I will challenge. Whatever grievances we have, let’s air them in the open.”

“It’s only fair that all of us be heard.”

He argued that laws separate people from beasts. “The criminal does not want freedom. He’s only interested in lining his pocket.”

“Therefore, let’s demand our rights justly. We must unite now or perish eventually.”

Tariq was begging to differ with Perkasa which has demanded that Tawfiq Ismail, his uncle and son of Tun Dr Ismail, apologise or face dire consequences. “This is wrong. He did not question the sanctity of Islam. He merely questioned a man-made structure within which there have been reports about misinterpretations of the law and also abuse of power.”

Tariq pointed out that the dispute between Jakim and Tawfiq concerns not only Muslims but non-Muslims as well. “Many non-Muslims already feel that an institution like Jakim was capable one day of overstepping its boundaries and dictating to them. It (Jakim dictating) is forbidden by law. They should not do this.”

Delving into the matter further, he charged that the Syariah Court as a case in point does not uphold justice, as those with money and influence have corrupted the sanctity of the institution. “Where’s the justice when a Muslim who cannot afford is unable to defend himself effectively?” he asked. “It’s like the system has been bent to exclude the needy and downtrodden. This is not Islam.”

Returning to the crux of the dispute between Tawfiq and Perkasa over Jakim, Tariq reiterated that institutions are man-made and it was perfectly reasonable to call for them to be abolished if found to be defective. Alternatively, he held, “we can evolve into an institution that properly upholds Allah’s Will and the Prophet’s message.”

He hastened to add that he wasn’t about starting a war with Perkasa but to use the opportunity to advocate “an era of new discussion”.

Tariq, elsewhere, went on to lament that the country was in a bad state, a land full of fools, and that the Malays no longer have charismatic leaders and there was bribery and corruption. Two notorious examples, he added, were the twin mega scandals, the 1MDB scandal and the related RM2.6 billion political “donation” which allegedly entered Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s personal accounts just before the General Election, the 13th, in 2013. “Nothing is being done about these scandals, to bring them to a closure.”


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Tawfik Ismail is one such Malay. He recently told the press that Jakim seemed to serve no other purpose than to intervene in the lives of Malaysians, Muslim and non-Muslim alike, and should therefore by dissolved. He pointed out that there are other government departments that exist to handle the job given to Jakim.

Tawfik went on to say that the government should have no say in any area of Muslim life, claiming that Jakim’s habit of finding faults in the Muslim community was standing in the way of national integration. Read more….

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The Malay Supremacy Gambit – How Far Will It Go Under Najib Razak?


Forbes

by Greg Lopez

In Malaysia, the 3Rs – race (the Malay race), religion (Islam) and royalty (the Malay Sultans) – ideology (code word for Malay supremacy) and strategy has underpinned the ruling party’s grip on the Malaysian community. Since the twelfth general election in 2008, however, the efficacy of this ideology and strategy appear to be on a downward slide, especially among urban Malaysians. The critical question now is: What extent will the prime minister and the leaders of UMNO use the politics of Malay supremacy to remain in power?

One of the most outspoken is the Sungai Besar United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) division chief, Datuk Jamal Md Yunos, who is organizing a “red shirt” rally for Sept. 16 (which coincidentally is Malaysia Day) to teach the Democratic Action Party (DAP) Chinese not to be rude to Malays. He has also warned non-Muslims to avoid Kuala Lumpur. Already rumors are spreading and the recent Low Yat riot comes to mind.

But the story is rapidly evolving. After fierce criticism from a wide spectrum of society, including from former UMNO stalwarts and public disavowal from prominent Malay associations,  the ‘theme’ has now changed. It appears that it is no longer Himpunan Maruah Melayu (Rally for Malay Dignity), but rather a Himpunan Rakyat Bersatu (Rally for Citizens Unity). Questioned for its legality earlier, the rally is now legal according to Malaysia’s Inspector General of Police. It is now being organised by the Malay martial arts sports association, Pesaka (the National Silat Federation), whose chair is the former Malacca Chief Minister, and current UMNO senator, Tan Sri Mohd Ali Rustam.

Najib

Despite the cosmetics, the motive remains.

It’s a common practice for leaders in the Malay community, especially from UMNO, to rally their supporters by appealing to race, religion and royalty; the symbols of Malay supremacy in Malaysia. Legitimate challenges within Malaysia’s narrowly defined democratic space are interpreted as “humiliating Malays” by those at risk of losing power. This is entirely predictable and was seen most clearly at Malaysia’s thirteenth general elections. It is important to note that its antecedents are likely in the creation of the Malayan state.

The force of this ideology was seen most vividly at Malaysia’s third general election in 1969, when UMNO performed poorly and ethnic riots between Malays and Chinese took place on May 13. Accounts vary as to what actually happened, but the underlying message was that while Malaysia is a “democracy,” power must always remain with the Malays, and preferably under UMNO. Otherwise, the loss of Malay supremacy would see them become marginalized within their own nation (as argued by their proponents).

Since then, the specter of May 13 is often raised for a host of different reasons, from justifying affirmative action for the Malays to banishing ideas for further democratization. Ironically, it is the DAP – the most successful opposition party and predominantly Chinese – that is always the reason given as to why another May 13 could happen.

The specter of May 13 is also commonly used by beleaguered UMNO leaders to rally their supporter. When UMNO was split in 1987, a certain UMNO Youth leader was alleged to have unsheathed a keris (Malay dagger) and reportedly vowed that the keris would be bathed in Chinese blood. UMNO general assemblies (including its Youth and Women’s assemblies) are routinely filled with symbolism such as this, accompanied with cries of protecting and “ennobling” (memartabatkan) the Malay race, the Malay language, the Malay culture, the Islamic religion and the Malay Sultans.

Umno general assembly

People attend the general assembly of the ruling United Malays National Organisation (UMNO) at the Putra World Trade Center (PWTC) in Kuala Lumpur on Dec. 5, 2013. The ruling party UMNO’s six day general assembly began with the official opening by the party President Najib Razak. (MOHD RASFAN/AFP/Getty Images)

The current Deputy Home Minister, Nur Jazlan, wrote the following in 2011:

The party has failed to offer new ideas to attract the young Malays to support its ideology, which in recent years has drifted more to the right. The prime minister, Dato Seri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, through the concept of One Malaysia has tried to bring UMNO back to the center space of national politics, where race and religious tolerance is at equilibrium.

But his message doesn’t seem to resonate with the majority of the delegates and even among his bench of Supreme Council members, who may have come to a conclusion that another event of racial and religious strife in the country is the best way to retain Malay power.

The Deputy Home Minister concedes that the thinking at the highest levels in UMNO is that racial and religious strife can bring benefits to the party.

In cables leaked exclusively to The Sunday Age by WikiLeaks, several of Singapore’s highest ranked foreign affairs officials – Peter Ho, Bilahari Kausikan and Tommy Koh  – raised serious concerns over key politicians in Malaysia, including the then-Deputy Prime Minister Najib Razak.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported the following:

According to one cable detailing a meeting in Sept. 2008, Kausikan told U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense for East Asia David Sedney that ”the situation in neighboring Malaysia is confused and dangerous,” fueled by a ”distinct possibility of racial conflict” that could see ethnic Chinese ”flee” Malaysia and ”overwhelm” Singapore.

”A lack of competent leadership is a real problem for Malaysia,” Kausikan said, citing the need for Najib Razak – now Malaysia’s prime minister – to ”prevail politically in order to avoid prosecution” in connection with a 2006 murder investigation linked to one of Razak’s aides.

”Najib Razak has his neck on the line in connection with a high-profile murder case,” Kausikan said.

Ho’s March 2008 assessment of Malaysia, given to another U.S. official, is also unflattering, and includes claims that former Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad has been ”throwing stones” at his replacement, Abdullah Badawi.

”The political knives will be out for Abdullah’s son-in-law, United Malays National Organization politician Khairy Jamaluddin, whom nobody likes because he got where he is through family ties,” the cable records Ho saying. ”As for … Najib Razak, he is an opportunist. Although he has not been critical of Singapore, he will not hesitate to go in that direction if it is expedient for him to do so. Najib’s political fortunes continue to be haunted by the … murder scandal.”

Prime Minister Najib Razak is under intense pressure to resign. To compound his already numerous problems, a recent documentary by Al Jazeera once again raises serious questions of his alleged involvement in the murder of a foreign national.

If Najib’s supporters are of the opinion that sparking social unrest would be to his advantage, they may want to look back in history on how his father came to power.

If supporters of UMNO begin to think that such disturbances are likely to help it retain power in Malaysia, it would indeed be a frightening prospect, especially as divisions within the party have become all too apparent. Former prime minister Mahathir Mohamad appeared at a recent anti-government rally, urging UMNO’s members of parliament to replace Najib and has condemned the ‘red shirt‘ rally.

Those assessments made by Singapore’s foreign affairs chiefs on Malaysia are increasingly looking spot on.

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Malaysia’s Broken System


Asia Sentinel

By John Berthelsen

Broken system

Current scandal is not the disease, it’s the symptom

It is ironic that a chorus of leaders from the United Malays National Organization have accused critics of scandal-scarred Prime Minister Najib Razak of “seeking to destroy parliamentary democracy in Malaysia.”

There is no parliamentary democracy in Malaysia.  Malaysia’s government is broken. Every institution that exists in a normal democracy to protect the people does not work. That includes the parliament, the courts, the police, the mainstream press and the religious establishment, which all act to perpetuate the ruling coalition – primarily UMNO – in power.

“Constitutional democracy has taken a new meaning in Malaysia and that is the status quo of the incumbent power,” one of the country’s most prominent constitutional lawyers said privately. “There are threats even against me for having acted in my professional capacity as a constitutional lawyer for those who desire to seek change.”


“Our parliament is a rubber stamp; our judiciary is compromised; our civil service is mediocre and incompetent”


The situation is not new. Najib, who is accused of stealing hundreds of millions of dollars of taxpayer money by critics – but not by law enforcement agencies – is not the cause of the breakdown. He is only a symptom of it. While UMNO has dominated politics since independence in 1957 under the Barisan Nasional, the current system was largely built by Mahathir Mohamad during the 23 years he was in power.

It’s been a long time coming

The breakdown began decades ago, even before the subversion of the courts by Mahathir in the 1980s, although that was a major contributing factor. The Barisan Nasional inherited a series of repressive laws from the colonial British, including the Internal Security Act, which allows for indeterminate detention without trial. Although the ISA was supposedly suspended as a reform by Najib in 2012, it was replaced by an almost equally pernicious statute, Section 124 of the Penal Code, which allows for the arrest of individuals “for activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy.”

Another is the Printing Presses and Publications Act of 1984, which replaced similar colonial laws and requires all printing presses to secure an annual license from the Home Affairs Ministry.

The British also bequeathed the Sedition Act of 1948, which banned speech that would “bring into hatred or contempt or to excite disaffection against” the government or engender “feelings of ill-will and hostility between different races.”

The sedition act has been used repeatedly as the current scandal has grown in proportion, with its most notable potential victim Clare Rewcastle Brown, the UK-based journalist and blogger whose Sarawak Report has played an instrumental role in exposing corruption connected to 1Malaysia Development Bhd, the state-backed investment fund that has amassed RM42 billion in debt. Scores of others including opposition politicians, activists, academics, journalists and cartoonists are being investigated or have been charged.

“Our parliament is a rubber stamp; our judiciary is compromised; our civil service is mediocre and incompetent led, by a bunch of apple polishers; our police force, which is headed by an Inspector General of Police, treats us like enemies of the state, not as taxpayers and citizens who should be protected from criminals,” said Din Merican, a Malay university professor now teaching in ,Cambodia. “Our fiscal management is in a total mess because we have a Finance Minister who regards our national coffers as if they were his own and mismanages our economy. We have rampant corruption and abuses of power.”

Rigging the game

Things really began to go downhill in 1986 when the country’s highest court ruled that the government’s cancellation of the work permits of two Asian Wall Street Journal correspondents was unlawful. That was followed by the High Court’s decision to issue a habeas corpus writ for the release of opposition leader Karpal Singh from detention.

Then Justice Harun Hashim declared UMNO illegal and dissolved the party. An outraged Prime Minister Mahathir fired the chief justice and subsequently moved parliament to amend the constitution to say that the courts would only have judicial powers “as may be conferred by or under Federal law,” making Malaysia the only Commonwealth country whose courts do not have judicial powers unless the legislative branch says so.

As a result, the courts are clearly in thrall to the governing party, as witnessed by the two farcical trials that put opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim in prison against all evidence, and a long string of decisions that have cleared government leaders despite strong evidence of their guilt.

Democracy itself is broken, with gerrymandering keeping the opposition in its place. Witness the 2013 parliamentary election, which the Barisan actually lost, 51.39 percent to 47.79 percent, although it retained 133 seats to the opposition’s 89. It was an election won on vast infusions of apparently illegal money, if the latest revelations are true that Najib’s US$681 million “donation” diverted into his account was to help him fight the election. Top leaders of the ruling party are ignoring the deepening scandal because the prime minister has paid them continuing rounds of ill-disguised bribes to keep their loyalty. In addition, the election commission comes under the purview of the prime minister’s office, rendering it toothless.

Broken presses

In addition to being muzzled by the printing act, the idea of a free press, which would keep a watchdog eye on the government, has been subverted by the fact that virtually all of the major media, both in English and Malay and including newspapers, television and radio, are owned by constituent parties of the Barisan. Najib used his powers recently to shut down the two most critical newspapers, both owned by The Edge Group, for three months after they reported on the 1MDB mess. Neutral or hostile online media, which is freer but subject to partisan pressure, are constantly threatened with lawsuits that can’t be won in the kept courts, or by sedition or other charges.

Bad religion

The ruling party also has become adept at using Islam as a cudgel to beat other races, particularly the Chinese, and to scare the kampungs, or rural villages, back in line while splintering the opposition.

Opposition leaders and others have accused Najib, with some justification, of being behind a “unity government” strategy to support the fundamentalist Parti Islam se-Malaysia in its effort to implement hudud, or harsh Islamic law, in the state of Kelantan, which it controls. The idea is to destroy a shaky opposition coalition cobbled together seven years ago out of disparate elements. That effort appears to have succeeded, with PAS splitting the opposition coalition earlier this year.

It is the use of religion for cynical political ends that may be the most dangerous part of the UMNO strategy. The so-called Group of 25, comprised of senior civil servants, former diplomats and others, issued an open letter in December calling for moderation; they have renewed their call, saying the imposition of hudud would tell the world that the country has abandoned its once-moderate path.

“We have become a racist and theocratic state led by men and women who no longer uphold the traditions of public duty,” said Din Merican. It is hard not to agree.

Why Malaysia Is In Trouble – It Borrowed Heavily In The Fed’s Easy Dollars


CONTRA CORNER | Bloomberg

by Sharon Chen at Bloomberg

When the U.S. Federal Reserve last week opted against its first rate hike in nine years, governments around Asia breathed a sigh of relief. But that relief could be short lived.

While the region’s biggest economy, China, can likely withstand any negative flow through whenever the Fed does eventually move, others, like Malaysia are braced for a hit to growth.

That’s because a U.S. rate hike could accelerate declines in developing Asian currencies and in the process raise funding costs for firms and consumers, constraining demand and disrupting growth, according to HSBC Holdings Plc. The relationship is particularly dangerous in economies where consumption and investment is driven by debt and may be exacerbated when U.S. dollar interest rates begin to rise, it said.

Take Malaysia, where credit to the non-financial private sector as a share of gross domestic product rose to 135 percent in the first quarter from 115 percent in the same period in 2009, data from the Bank for International Settlements show. The ratio is even higher in China, where it rose to 198 percent from 130 percent.

China’s “exchange rate adjustment in August, and resulting capital outflows, may have temporarily tightened financial conditions in the country,” said Frederic Neumann, co-head of Asia Economics Research at HSBC. “However, PBOC easing helped to blunt this effect and reinforced capital controls should ensure that there’s only a tenuous link between currency moves and funding conditions on the mainland.”

BIS graph
Yet, the People’s Bank of China has cut interest rates five times since November and lowered the proportion of deposits banks have to set aside as reserves in a bid to boost lending and avert a further slowdown.

The yuan has fallen about 2.6 percent against the U.S. dollar this year, compared with Malaysia’s ringgit, which has dropped more than 18 percent against the greenback, the biggest loser among the 11 most-traded Asian currencies tracked by Bloomberg.

Ringgit graph
Malaysia’s economy expanded the least in almost two years in the three months through June. Private consumption is expected to moderate as households continue to adjust to the implementation of a new consumption tax and the more uncertain economic environment, the central bank said in a Sept. 15 statement.

“Malaysia is among the most vulnerable given that it has seen among the biggest moves in the currency and it has a high debt-to-GDP ratio,” said Neumann. “That would make Malaysia likely to suffer a tightening of financial conditions which could impact growth over time.”

With Fed officials arguing an interest-rate increase is still warranted this year, emerging Asia’s recovery may be a ways off.

Source: China could dodge Fed bullet, but Malaysia in the firing line – Bloomberg Business

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Malaysia – Population Re-Engineering


Population Re-Engineering by Johan Bakri

population re-engineering

Dear friends,

This is of interest to those watching the development of Malaysia and Singapore
I am currently reading two books in parallel:

  1. The March to Putrajaya This is about the recent and current happenings in
    Malaysia. It is the first book I am reading as an e-book (attached)
  2. Men in White. This is the history of Singapore for the last 50 years The contrast is most enlightening; not that one has to read the books to know. The books spells out the minutiae that is not intended for the public eyes. Needless to say the former is banned in Malaysia.

UMNO and Population Engineering by Hussein Abd Hamid Since 1957 UMNO has effectively carried out the population engineering of our country to ensure its long-term survival by creating the myth of a two pronged “Ketuanan Melayu”. “Ketuanan Melayu” for the Malay masses who are lulled into a feeling of being superior over the non-Malays because of their numbers and “Ketuanan Melayu” for the UMNO Malay political elites through the accumulation of massive material wealth for themselves and their cronies. And while UMNO has failed by almost any measure you chose to gauge them – good governance or morality – without question they have succeeded too well in the engineering of the population of this country of ours.

The duplicity of UMNO in proclaiming Satu Bangsa, Satu Negara while all the while undertaking a relentless program to whittle down the numbers of the non-Malays through very precise and focused initiatives is breathtaking in its effectiveness!

Consider this:
In 1957:
– 45% of the population are Chinese.
– 12% of the population are Indians.

In 2010
– 25% of the population are Chinese.
– 7% of the population are Indians.
Over 600,000 Chinese and Indian Malaysians with redIC were rejected repeatedly when applying for citizenship and possibly 80% of them had passed away due to old age.

Since 1957:
– 2 million Chinese have emigrated.
– 0.5 million Indians have also emigrated overseas.
– 3 million Indonesians migrated to Malaysia to become Malaysian citizens with Bumiputra status.

Now the non-Malays are well aware of this tinkering and engineering of our population and it would do us Malays no good to say that it was UMNO doing and that we had no hand in what happened. As a Malay I was then comfortable that UMNO was the dominant partner in the Barisan Nasional.

It was comforting to know that Malays controlled four of the five major banks. Education? Between 1968 to 2000:

– 48 Chinese Primary Schools closed down.
– 144 Indian Primary Schools closed down.
– 2637 Malay Primary Schools were built.

Of the total government budget for these schools 2.5% were for the Chinese Primary Schools, 1% for the Indian Primary School and 96.5% for the Malay Primary School .

Petronas Petrol Stations? Of the 2000 stationsthe Malays owned 99%. Yes we Malays were indeed in control. In control of what?

We were in control of the all the business licenses and permits for Taxis and Approved Permits.

We were in control of Government contracts of which 95% were given to Malays.
We were in control of the Rice Trade through Bernas that bought over 80% of Chinese Rice Millers in Kedah.

We were in control of UMBC, MISC and Southern Bank – all previously owned by Chinese.

We were in control of bus companies. Throughout Malaysia MARA buses could be seen plying all the routes. Non-Malays were simply displaced by having their application for bus routes and for new buses rejected.

Every new housing estate built had a mosque or a surau. None, I repeat “no” temples or churches were built for any housing estate!

So why with control over all these highly visible entities and business opportunities are the Malays still unable to stand tall and with pride over and above the non-Malays? We are unable to so do because it was not the Malays that benefited from these opportunities – UMNO did.

Why must UMNO constantly harp about the need to spoon feed the Malays – about ketuanan Melayu when it is already in place and about Bumiputra status and all the privileges and rights that goes with that status?

And as a Malay I want to ask the non-Malays why do you still choose to live in a country whose government has by its actions and deeds done whatever it could to make you feel not welcome? The non-Malays I know have all told me the same thing – Malaysia is their country – they know of no other country they can call their own. And so they stay and put up with the abuses.

The difference now is that there are enough Malays who are shamed by the antics of this Malay political organization called UMNO. There are enough Malays to tell the non-Malays that we feel your pain. We understand your frustrations and despair at not being treated as equals in a country you call your own. And enough non-Malays have migrated abroad to cause our country to understand that their loss is another country’s gain. A loss, which our country can ill afford to sustain.

And more importantly all this ground swell of disgust and contempt at UMNO has manifested itself in a way these political idiots understand – losing our votes in the 12th General Elections. Amen for that. And so we wait for the 13th General Election which we hope will dish out the relevant karma for UMNO and its Barisan Nasional partners. Meantime understand what they have done to us all – not only the non-Malays but also to the Malays and do not allow Barisan Nasional to play the race card and start their divide and rule antics on us anymore.

You are one with me we are two. HIGH TIME TO WAKE UP FROM OUR COMFORT ZONE…….ALL OF YOU OUT THERE…MALAYSIA IS NOT DOING ALRIGHT AT ALL…IT IS STILL NOT TOO LATE…..UNITED WE STAND, DIVIDED WE FALL !!!

FOR THOSE WHO KNOW WELL, SHOULD PASS THE MESSAGE AROUND TO THOSE WHO ARE STILL SLEEPING.

MAY GOD HELP US…

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Malaysia still not a nation


A govern-ment does not create a nation. Its THE PEOPLE who create. 

“The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”Ronald Reagan

The Malaysian Insider | YAHOO

Malaysia still not a nation, says Ku Li

Ku Li

Malaysia is still not a nation, said Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah as the country celebrates its 52nd birthday today.

The Umno Gua Musang federal lawmaker said Malaysia’s efforts to build a nation are “nothing to shout about” as political leaders keep on “parroting in a mantra-like manner” that Malaysia is a nation.

“We are not, and that is the sad truth.

“We make believe that we are a nation. The reality is that we are not.

“We justify our watered down democracy by rationalising that there are democracies and then there are democracies.

“But we are never told by what yardstick our democracy is measured,” he said.

In painting a somewhat bleak picture of the nation, the Kelantan prince said in his keynote address at the national unity conference that while Malaysians are polite to each other publicly, there is a lack of sincerity at times.

“In group interactions, we are not above breaking into a language not understood by everybody in our effort to not share our inner thoughts on whatever we have in mind with everyone.

“In the privacy of our homes we can be scathing in running down, for instance, cultural traits of other Malaysians that we are not familiar with.”

The former finance minister said Malaysians live in a compartmentalised life, compounded by the pluralistic nature of its society and the lackadaisical attitude towards the ethos and worldview of Malaysians who are not of the same ethnicity as them.

“In the end, unless we come from a family background that includes the presence of interracial marriage, we will not be able to understand their philosophy of life or their world view or their attitudes and aspirations.

“We will not be able to come as one and develop a Malaysian culture made up of the cultural traits of our various and diverse racial make-up.

“Our inability to evolve a Malaysian culture has a negative effect on nation building for culture is a key element in such a process.” – September 16, 2015.

Malays forget other communities contributed to Malaysia’s development, says Ku Li

The Malays have conveniently forgotten that other races in the country has contributed to the country’s development, said veteran Umno leader Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, just hours before the planned ‘red shirt’ rally is held to supposedly unite the community against threats.

In describing the Malays as having a “blinkered view” of other Malaysian communities, the Gua Musang MP said the community chose to forget that other Malaysians have accepted the Malay hierarchical stacking order with the ruler at the apex.

“In our desire to remain on top of things, we conveniently forget that our other Malaysians have contributed more than their fair share in the service of the country.

“We choose to forget that there are other Malaysians, who upon coming to these fair shores, adapted and assimilated themselves into the dominant native culture,” he said in his keynote address at a conference on national unity in Kuala Lumpur today.

“But the Malays, to my mind, are short on confidence and this makes us a scared lot, especially in our relationship and interaction with other Malaysians.”

In a harsh assessment of the community which formed 50% of the country’s 30 million population, Tengku Razaleigh, better known as Ku Li, said the Malays are given to jealousy and are not above harbouring ill will among themselves.

This, he said, had become a marked characteristic of the Malay psyche which had found its way into politics.

The Kelantan prince also said it was common for religion to be used in Malay politics in an effort to attract mass support.

However, he expressed sadness that religious issues are sometimes given different explanations by the ulama to suit their political leanings, and these often lead to confusion.

“It does not help that these religious scholars sometimes do not fully explain the backgrounds to such issues, which leaves those who are not familiar with the intricacy of the religion having wrong ideas about it,” he said.

As such, he said it is time that the ulama addressed issues of religious concern with clarity and avoid the confusion that befuddles the people.

“More importantly, these ulama, cannot willy-nilly make religious pronouncements which are in effect fatwas. Such an authoritative ruling of Islamic law can only be made with the assent of the Sultan who is the head of Islam for his state,” he added. – September 16, 2015

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Malaysia in the ‘darkest’ of times, claims PM’s brother


The MalayMail Online

Nazir

Datuk Seri Nazir Razak posted a collage of three pictures on photo sharing site Instagram, depicting current issues that appear to imply that the country is at an all-time low. — Reuters pic

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KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 4 – Datuk Seri Nazir Razak today took to social media again to express his concerns over the state of the country, claiming that Malaysia is facing its “darkest” of times.

The brother of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak posted a collage of three pictures on photo sharing site Instagram, depicting current issues that appear to imply that the country is at an all-time low.

“I don’t remember a time when just absolutely everything seems to be going badly for Malaysia. I pray that this is the darkest before dawn,” read the caption on the CIMB group chairman’s post earlier today.

The first picture showed a man with a face mask standing in front of a hazy Petronas Twin Towers which highlighted the worsening haze situation this week.

The second picture showed a graph depicting the ringgit’s downwards trajectory against the US dollar, while the third picture highlighted the 10-nil drubbing of Malaysia’s national football team by the United Arab Emirates last night in a World Cup qualifying match.

Nazir had previously used Instagram to take subtle jabs at current issues including the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) crisis and the abrupt transfers of Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) officers over their investigation on the state-owned investment fund.

A screen capture showing the Instagram post by Datuk Seri Nazir Razak.A screen capture showing the Instagram post by Datuk Seri Nazir Razak.

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Malaysia – …of #MH370, flaperon, Aircraft carrier, and Jet fighters


After more than a year of futile search for the missing MH370, a load full of rubbish were seen scattered in the Indian Ocean around Reunion Island in early-August. And guess what…a flaperon was retrieved amongst the piles.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/mh370-found-what-flaperon-you-6163032

MH370 flapperon

That metal piece was quickly sent to France for further investigations and lab test. But…

MH370 Update: Boeing Parts Supplier Unsure Of Flaperon’s Link To Missing Malaysia Airliner

Flaperon

Malaysian troubled PM Najib had found the perfect event to redirect the masses away from his predicaments and issued a press release that the flaperon is confirmed as belonged to the ill-fated MH370

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/flaperon-belongs-to-mh370

Najib

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak adjusts his glasses before confirming the debris found on Reunion Island is from missing Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. – Reuters pic, August 6, 2015. – The Malaysian Insider

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Ho ho ho, and then…France refuted and said that the flaperon is NOT sure from MH370

CNN report

French Report: Investigators Can’t Link Reunion Flaperon to MH370

Meanwhile the general Malaysian public were not convinced and the families of MH370 too were furious with the unending lies from the Malaysian government.

MH370 families

MH370 suspense as France stays silent, and Malaysia says strange things

http://blogs.crikey.com.au/planetalking/2015/08/16/mh370-suspense-as-france-stays-silent-and-malaysia-says-strange-things/

The whole episode was quickly downplayed as its becoming farcical. Weeks later the Malaysian media reported yet another weird news about the Malaysian government is probably purchasing a aircraft carrier. WHAT? Malaysia don’t even have that much aircrafts to begin with!

SunDaily

Oh!…OK no aircrafts?… err… we’ll buy some (from the French) said the Minister of Defence Hishamuddin.

Malaysia says reviewing French proposal for Rafale fighter jets

http://www.reuters.com/article/2015/09/01/malaysia-defence-rafale-idUSL4N1171CQ20150901

As expected Malaysians were in aghast….and…and…came in the French Defence Minister Le Drian for a visit and talks?

Le Drian Malaysian visit

Le Drian flew into a Malaysian airbase  on Monday with a high-level parliamentary and industry team, dubbed the French export team, and went on to meet Prime Minister Najib Razak and Defense Minister Hishammuddin Hussein. – Defense News

The rest is history as they say. France confirmed the flaperon found in the Indian Ocean indeed belonged to MH370!

The Star Online

Voila! The whole flip-flap-flaperon deal is reported to be worth RM3.5 Billion!

Malaysia to pay RM3.5b for French warship

FreeMalaysiaToday

Merci beaucoup !

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Malaysia – World anti-corruption head slams Najib on home ground


Transparecy International

Speech by José Ugaz, 2 September 2015 – 16th IACC, Putrajaya, Malaysia


Minister Paul Low, Deputy Chief of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission,

Mr. Akere Muna, head of the IACC council,

Mr. Akhbar Satar, president of TI Malaysia:

Let me first thank the IACC for bringing so many people together as part of our great global movement to tackle corruption.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for hosting the conference with the IACC.

And the Malaysian people for welcoming us to their beautiful country at this momentous time.

This week Malaysia celebrated Merdeka – its independence from colonial rule and freedom from oppression.

Independence and freedom

The building blocks of a fair and j