Which version of RM2.6b donation is true, Kit Siang asks Najib

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DAP supremo Lim Kit Siang believes it is time for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to state which version about the source of the RM2.6 billion donation deposited into his personal accounts was true.

Lim pointed out how there have been numerous and even conflicting versions about the source of the deposits since the expose by The Wall Street Journal in July last year.

The latest version, said Lim, is from Department of Special Affairs (Jasa) director-general Mohd Puad Zarkashi who told students in Canberra, Australia that Najib had “Bank Negara documents” to approve the transfer of the money (RM2.6 billion) into his personal accounts and that he had discussed it with the Bank Negara governor.

Apart from Puad, Lim cited Tourism Minister Nazri Abdul Aziz who had, in August last year, said that the donation was from a “brotherly nation”.

Four days later, Umno Kuantan division chief Wan Adnan Wan Mamat said the RM2.6 billion was from Saudi Arabia as a form of “appreciation” of Malaysia championing Islam and fighting terror group Islamic State (IS). Continue reading

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Remember who is the original multi-billionaire and timber mafia king!

This was the nice little prezzie that Taib bought his young wife to celebrate their 5th anniversary and his 80th birthday last weekend.

35 year old Ragad's 5th anniversary present

35 year old Ragad’s 5th anniversary present – an RM1.5 million Bentley

After all, there have to be compensations for having a husband half a century older than yourself and for a certain type of lady a new RM1.5 million Bentley clearly does the trick – even if the family garage is already stuffed with endless other variations on the same theme.

Same couple, different flash motor

Same couple, different flash motor

After all we are merely talking about the transportation of a family of suspicious wealth from one side of their modest capital to the other – the roads outside of Kuching are not fit to use such motors, thanks to the policies of Taib himself.

Ragad with her present and its donor.

Ragad with her present and its donor.

Meanwhile, it is noticeable that the lavish anniversary celebrations over the weekend were not attended by the Prime Minister.

Najib, having hung around as much as possible to ‘gain the glory’ of Sarawak’s rigged state election ‘win’ for BN, was also noticeably absent from Adenan’s swearing-in ceremony.

Insiders have surmised that the reason was that the occasion inevitably gave a centre stage to Governor Abdul Taib Mahmud, who remains, of course, the real power behind his protege and brother in law, Adenan, and who still controls the economy of Malaysia’s richest state.

The two ageing billionaires (Najib and Taib) are said to have fallen out in a rather spectacular way as the 1MDB scandal plunged into its present debacle – according to one insider “frozen bank accounts create very bad tempers”. Continue reading

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A civil war imminent for PKR?

The opposition parties of Malaysia are not united on many issues and this makes one wonder if they are fit to be the Federal Government.
 
By Hafidz Baharom

News has now leaked that PKR’s own heralded whistleblower and secretary general Rafizi Ramli is about to expose graft within their own stronghold of Selangor headed by Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali. Apparently, there have now been allegations that demands of cash and women when dealing with the state government.

At the same time, jailed PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has sent out a letter from prison calling the Citizen’s Declaration “flawed and inconsistent” with his idea of reform – for those who may not recall, PKR’s Azmin and Rafizi both signed the document.

Of course, apparently the letter is now said to have been a “private matter” or an internal one for PKR, even if it involved a declaration that involved every opposition party, a few non-government organisations and even some members from across the political aisle.

At the same time, the declaration has now garnered over a million signatories, right before the letter from Anwar was leaked. Perhaps there is a correlation between the two, perhaps not.

PKR President Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail had not signed the document, argued by Rafizi to the media as a “safety valve”, just in case the party suddenly found itself no longer supporting the declaration.

Thus, it needs to be asked; is a civil war brewing between factions within the PKR?

At the same time, there are intra-party issues after what happened between the party and allies DAP in Sarawak which may or may not blow over.

But let’s be frank, the Pakatan Harapan no longer has a leader that could guarantee party unity, which was perhaps why some people went to the Citizen’s Declaration launch with placards asking Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed to be made interim Opposition de facto leader.

There would be too much strife between DAP and PKR, internal politicking within the latter as well as the total lack of recognition for Parti Amanah Negara’s ability to rally the Muslim vote.

However, if a PKR civil war is true and happening, then there truly is a very likely chance that the Opposition will see itself too fractured to get themselves united towards the common goal of forming a proper functioning shadow cabinet, or even winning a general election in the next two years for that matter. Continue reading

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Malayan opposition parties called “a bunch of idiots” for political squabbling

Malaysia’s opposition parties, disorganized, squabbling among themselves and fighting over power, have driven reformers to despair, with some who decline to be named saying they simply no longer want to bother working with them.

One top lawyer flatly called them a “bunch of idiots” and vowed to cease any relationship with them.

“They just can’t help themselves,” said a businessman who asked to remain nameless. “They are all using each other to get where they want. Their egos are so big, they keep screwing each other up. The Sarawak episode [in which the opposition was drubbed in a state election] has made even the most optimistic guys pessimistic about the opposition’s chances in the next polls.”

The latest fiasco occurred this week when Rafizi Ramli, the secretary-general of Parti Keadilan Rakyat, the party founded by now-imprisoned leader Anwar Ibrahim, apparently sent a WhatsApp message to a chat group alleging that members of the Selangor state government, which the opposition controls, had demanded sex and money during contract negotiations.

Azmin Ali, the chief minister of the Selangor government, for several months has been at odds with Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Anwar’s wife and the current party leader. Azmin is regarded by Wan Azizah’s forces as unduly ambitious and attempting to take over the party, which leads the coalition.

Whether the allegations of corruption are true or not, they are an indication of the fractured nature of not only PKR but the entire opposition, cobbled together by Anwar prior to the 2009 general election despite drastically differing aims.

They included Anwar’s PKR, made up largely of urban Malays and refugees from the United Malays National Organization; the Chinese-dominated Democratic Action Party; and the rural-based, fundamentalist Islamic Parti Islam se-Malaysia, or PAS.

With no common goals – indeed conflicting ones — the three parties share only a wish for power.  That has been a recipe for political disaster. Continue reading

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Adenan, beware of temptations, never be another ‘White Hair’

 
  
by Zainal Yunos

VIEWPOINT: CM Adenan Satem, congratulations on your resounding victory in the elections. You are popular among Sarawakians, there is no doubt about that.

You have earned the right to bask in glory. You deserve your moment, for you have done well indeed.

After the elections, you have been impressive. You have directed your elected YBs to perform. Pity you didn’t warn them to “shape up or ship out”. You also asked them for a report card every six months. You have set a KPI for them. Excellent job in instilling a sense of responsibility in them as elected representatives.

We all know the beginning is always blissful. But as always, it’s easier said than done. So be ready for all eventualities.

One of my concerns, and that of many too, is how you would react when faced with temptations. You are now a very powerful man. The world is at your feet. Even if it’s just Sarawak, you already wield immense power over the state and people. That’s power enough for one man.

You will be tempted by the devil. Surely, you are aware there are greedy people without your ranks, within your inner circle and even within your family too. If I may borrow from you, they are also “unsavoury characters”. Yes, you are also surrounded by such people. Continue reading

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RIP 1984-2016. This is the life of Kho Jabing

COMMENT This is Kho Jabing. He was born in 1984, in a taxi on the way to hospital.

He grew up in a longhouse and was very close to his little sister Jumai, who turns 28 years old today.

He worked on a family plantation, then as a technician laying cables in Miri before moving to Singapore to earn a better wage to help his family.

He called his mother twice a day – once when he woke up in the morning, and once before going to bed at night.

He got very drunk one night – we don’t know how drunk exactly, or how much the excessive levels of Ethanol he had consumed affected his mental capacity, because this was never established properly in court.

He did a very stupid, awful thing. Even a High Court judge said his choice of weapon was impulsive.

He didn’t mean to kill a man, but he did.

For this one moment of violence our Singaporean criminal justice system began to exact a slow, steady vengeance.

We sentenced him to death, then life, then death again.

He sat in prison for nine years knowing he was waiting to be taken to die. Continue reading

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Sarawakian Kho Jabing executed at 3.30pm in Singapore

Sarawakian murder convict Kho Jabing was executed in Singapore today, soon after the Court of Appeal there dismissed the eleventh-hour application to block his hanging.

“We have just received word that Kho Jabing was executed at 3.30pm this afternoon,” said Rachel Zeng, the campaigner of Singapore Anti-Death Penalty Campaign.

Earlier today, the court had dismissed the final effort to save him from death row.

“You know very well the execution was to have taken place last year,” judge Chao Hick Tin told the court, Singapore’s Channel News Asia reported.

Chao said the legal system “will fall into disrepute if we allow the system to be scuttled” by allowing Kho’s application, it reported.

Kho was to be executed this morning, but the sentence was stayed following attempts by lawyers to save him. Continue reading

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