Wimbledon comes to Malaysia

By Mariam Mokhtar

Malaysian politics is like watching tennis. Instead of playing an active role, the rakyat only lends support as spectators. They watch the two key players on the centre court. Najib Abdul Razak, the reigning champion, struggling with his serves. His opponent, the former champion, Mahathir Mohamad, and the undisputed winner of five general elections, who is attempting a comeback.

Like two tennis players hitting the ball, they trade insults and insinuations. The audience watches, gripped by the action. The bad boy of tennis, loudmouthed and temperamental, delivers his strokes at a furious pace. Why is Mahathir the only man allowed to criticise the government, without censure? Why are the rest of us hauled to jail and charged with sedition?

The rakyat have tried to highlight corruption and injustice for at least 30 years, the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder for eight years and the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) since 2012, but Mahathir showed interest within the past few months. So, what finally motivated him?

The art of skewering politicians, in moderate Muslim Malaysia, is defined by two words, ‘Not Allowed!’, and yet satire and black humour is alive and well in conservative Muslim countries. Cartoonists, writers and producers, in Iran, Iraq, Syria, Jordan and Palestine poke fun at the state and its corrupt, hypocritical leaders.

Mahathir may no longer be the head of state, but has assumed his new role as the voice of the rakyat. The rakyat who have been screaming for recognition of its troubles, are now relegated to the back row. No one really cares or bothers about the rakyat.

Najib may have said that his government’s actions could be scrutinised; even he dared not mention the most important proviso, which was not to touch his wife, the self-styled First Lady of Malaysia (Flom) Rosmah Mansor.

Anyone who dares to mention the Flom is given one of two treatments. They are sued, or they are paid a visit by Najib’s own ‘Enforcer’, the inspector-general of police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar. Continue reading

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Rafizi: Dr M not interested in ‘best man’ Ku Li

Among Umno leaders, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah is the best candidate to replace Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak if Dr Mahathir Mohamad is successful in his campaign to oust the latter.

But is the former premier interested in appointing a leader who has the interest of the nation at heart?

PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli pointed out that Mahathir’s agenda is rolling on a different track, one that is crooked rather than straight as the “naive” Zaid Ibrahim believes.

“Mahathir has no interest in appointing the fairest among the ranks of Umno to be the next prime minister.

“To him, it is not about putting a leader who can serve the people. That is not in the equation.

“It is about putting someone as prime minister who can take orders and safeguard his as well as Umno’s interests,” he told Malaysiakini.

On that note, Rafizi said Zaid, who has called on Mahathir to name Tengku Razaleigh instead of Muhyiddin Yassin as Najib’s successor, was being politically puerile. Continue reading

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The bomoh and the virgin: Where did we go wrong as a society?

by Mariam Mokhtar

QUICK TAKE: A young woman who lost her virginity tries to restore it because she is about to get married. She consults a bomoh and ends up being raped instead.

The blame rests squarely with the rapist. Our’s is mostly a patriarchal society, which looks down upon women. Our culture needs to be changed, so that men learn to respect women.

This case is disturbing, because some women are still so gullible, in the 21st Century. We have the best education in the world, and yet, this woman, sought to have her hymen “restored” with a bomoh.

She is capable of thinking that not being a virgin on her wedding night might upset her husband, and family. So why did she imagine that a bomoh could restore her virginity? Is she as simple as she is made out to be? What did she learn in school, from the best biology lessons in the world? Was she naive, ignorant or stupid? What sort of guidance does she get from her family, and most importantly her mother?

In this rape, a 22-year old secretary who should have been married at the end of this month, approached a 53-year old bomoh in Semenyih to restore her virginity.

Kajang OCPD Abdul Rashid Abdul Wahab claimed that the bomoh gave the woman three options to “fix her hymen”. Continue reading

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Who is Mahathir to ask Najib to step down?

by Christopher Fernandez

COMMENT: Najib Razak is being besieged as prime minister of Malaysia by former Umno strongman Dr Mahathir Mohamad in a bid to oust him from office.

Mahathir asserts that the 1MDB fiasco, the unpopular Goods and Services Tax, BR1M, the yet to be built crooked bridge to Singapore are all failings of the Najib Administration and there is a long list of grievous complaints against the present BN government.

But in a book published some time ago by former Asian Wall Street Journal editor, Barry Wain, called “Malaysian Maverick: Mahathir Mohamad in Turbulent Times,” Wain discloses that during the tenure of Mahathir as prime minister more than RM100 billion was misappropriated.

Najib comes across as more open and transparent than during the iron-fisted rule of Mahathir where he silenced dissent and banned this book before the Home Ministry finally lifted the ban in the year 2010 as pressure mounted to unravel Mahathir’s dirty wheeling’s and dealings.

During the time Mahathir was the prime minister of Malaysia he caused more hardships for the people just that he might get his way and foster his crony network and nepotism and give support to sycophants.

Most Malaysians are gullible and naïve and think that Mahathir brought about development and progress. But in actual fact the things that Mahathir did to this country has wrecked untold damage which both Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib have the unenviable task of sorting out.

It is really the damage caused by Mahathir that both his successors are finding hard put to deal with as the cunning and sleight of Mahathir nurtured corruption and collusion to stake his claim to great power. Continue reading

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Further US$330 million went straight to Jho Low’s Good Star Limited from 1MDB

Further USD$330 million Went Straight To Jho Low’s Good Star Limited From 1MDB! NEW EXCLUSIVE

 NEW EXCLUSIVE from Sarawak Report

Investing in growth or siphoning out Malaysia's borrowed money?

New documents obtained by Sarawak Report show that in 2011 the company Good Star Limited, which is controlled by the businessman friend of the Finance Minister, Jho Low, received the entirety of a further USD$330 million ‘loan’ that had been authorised by the development fund 1MDB, supposedly in favour of its former joint venture partner PetroSaudi International.

Good Star Limited is based in the Seychelles, but incorporated in the Cayman Islands and it has a bank account in Zurich. A signatory is Seet Li Lin, who is Jho Low’s deputy.

Jho Low has repeatedly maintained that he has held no role in 1MDB and made no profit from its investment dealings.

Good Star - recipient of USD$330 million from 1MDB

Yet, Sarawak Report has already revealed that PetroSaudi Directors had agreed to “act as front” for Jho Low and that out of a total of USD1.5 billion already invested in PetroSaudi  between Sept 2009 and Sept 2010, $860 million had been secretly siphoned into Good Star’s RBS Coutts account in Zurich.

Good Star's Zurich account

Now, official investigators have ascertained that a further USD$330 million, which 1MDB had sought approval to lend to PetroSaudi in May 2011, also all went straight to Good Star Limited instead.

This money had been funded by “ringgit borrowing from offshore banks and the balance of the Sukuk Murabaha proceeds” said official investigators, reporting earlier this month to Malaysia’s regulatory authorities. Continue reading

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Dr M trains guns on Najib’s daughter’s wedding, highlights extravagance

Mahathir claimed Najib daughter's wedding was so extravagant that even he could not afford to organise such weddings for his own four children when he was in office. — Picture by Saw Siow FengMahathir claimed Najib daughter’s wedding was so extravagant that even he could not afford to organise such weddings for his own four children when he was in office. — Picture by Saw Siow Feng


KUALA LUMPUR, April 25 — After taking a swipe on  Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his wife’s lavish lifestyle, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today directed his attacks on the prime minister’s daughter’s wedding in a move apparently aimed at highlighting the former’s questionable wealth.

The former prime minister said the wedding was organised with such extravagance that it could be labeled as “the wedding of the century”, noting that even he could not afford to organise such weddings for his four children when he was in office.

“When his daughter got married, look at the wedding.

“Wow. It was like a wedding of the century.

“Not the wedding of the year, but the wedding of the century,” he told a packed townhall meeting held here.

“When my four children got married, did anyone know? No. You didn’t even hear of it,” he added.

Dr Mahathir also claimed that Najib brought with him 300 people to his daughter’s wedding in Kazakhstan and demanded the latter explain who helped finance the trip.

“300 people. That’s a lot. Can you imagine 300 people was taken with him to the trip to Kazakhstan. Who are this 300 people?” Continue reading

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Woman strips off in Petaling Street to avoid paying for chicken rice

A woman stripped after being confronted by a chicken rice seller who demanded payment at Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur, April 24, 2015. — YouTube videograbA Woman stripped after being confronted by a chicken rice seller who demanded payment at Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur, April 24, 2015. — YouTube videograb

KUALA LUMPUR, April 24 — A woman yesterday removed her clothing in the centre of the Petaling Street tourist hotspot here in a reported bid to avoid a RM18 bill for her meal.

According to The Star, the woman and her male companion – both believed to be foreigners – ate two plates of chicken rice before attempting to leave without paying.

“When the restaurant operator tried to stop her, she denied having eaten there,” a neighbour to the restaurant, identified only as Wong, told the newspaper.

“However, she was shown a CCTV recording of her eating in the restaurant, so she started stripping to avoid paying,” the jewellery stall operator was quoted saying.

Citing eyewitnesses, The Star said the woman’s male companion and the restaurant operator engaged in a scuffle, but the two foreigners ran off when policemen arrived. Continue reading

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