Dr M: Freeing Anwar process will begin within one week of forming government

PETALING JAYA: Pakatan Harapan has committed to the process of freeing Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim from jail within one week of forming the next government.

Its newly announced chairman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic), the former premier of 22 years, said that this would follow the legal process with the application of a royal pardon for Anwar who has been jailed for sodomy.

“We will wait for the law to take its course, not immediately because the prime minister who takes over will have a lot to do,” he said at a press conference early Friday morning after a Pakatan Harapan presidential council meeting at the PKR headquarters.

He was asked if Anwar would become prime minister if Pakatan Harapan wins the next general election. Continue reading

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1MDB probe: Former BSI banker Yeo Jiawei gets 54 months’ jail for money laundering, cheating

Former BSI Singapore wealth planner Yeo Jiawei was found guilty in a Singapore court on Wednesday of money laundering and cheating.
Former BSI Singapore wealth planner Yeo Jiawei was found guilty in a Singapore court on Wednesday of money laundering and cheating.PHOTO: COURT DOCUMENTS

SINGAPORE – Former BSI Singapore wealth planner Yeo Jiawei was sentenced to 54 months in jail in a Singapore court on Wednesday (July 12) for money laundering and cheating in relation to a massive global probe involving billions of dollars allegedly misappropriated from the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) state fund.

Yeo, 34, plead guilty and was convicted on one charge each of money laundering and cheating, with eight other charges taken into consideration.

The sentence, which Yeo began serving immediately, will run concurrently with the remainder of an earlier 30-month jail sentence he was slapped with in December last year for witness tampering.

He is the third former BSI banker to be found guilty in the city’s 1MDB investigations.

The Singaporean had been employed by Swiss-based BSI between December 2009 and July 2014. He allegedly amassed S$26 million from various sources, including illicit schemes to defraud BSI while he was an employee. Continue reading

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Kit Siang mocks KJ for brushing aside from TMJ’s letter

Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin’s refusal to comment on Johor crown prince scathing open letter on the state Malaysian affairs showed that the former was suffering from “grand denial complex”, said DAP parliamentary leader Lim Kit Siang.

Lim said that Khairy, who has been tasked with drafting Malaysia’s vision for 2050 – the Transformasi Negara 2050 (TN50)document – but does not appear to accept Malaysia’s current problems, in particular, the 1MDB affair.

“An acid test is whether Khairy is prepared to admit to the magnitude, monstrosity and criminality of the international multi-billion dollar 1MDB money-laundering scandal which has caused Malaysia to be regarded worldwide as a global kleptocracy in six short years.

“Let me put it straight to Khairy – he is not fit or qualified to lead Malaysians to envision what Malaysia should be in 33 years’ time if he is not prepared to come out of the grand denial complex foisted on the nation by the Najib-administration and to face up to the maze of problems and crisis presently confronting Malaysia,” said Lim in a statement today.

Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim’s open letter had complained about corruption, education standards, rising crime, the widening income gap and loss of the Malay identity, among others. Continue reading

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TMJ an exceptional ruler, says Sarawak DCM

The Crown Prince of Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim’s latest statement expressing his disappointment and disillusionment on the sorry state of affairs in the nation has won support from Sarawak.

“The Tunku Mahkota Johor (TMJ) did the right thing by speaking up on what he thinks is the truth. He is a person who has the courage to speak his mind on matters of national interest in a blunt manner”, Sarawak Deputy Chief Minister James Masing said.

“I appreciate and admire TMJ’s wisdom and courage to take a stand and be on the people’s side.

“It’s not easy for a member of the royal family to be so critical of the nation’s leadership. TMJ is an exceptional ruler in this instance.

“No one can fault him for voicing out his inner feelings. Above all, you can’t fault TMJ on the truth of the matter,” Masing told Malaysiakini today. Continue reading

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Putrajaya must quickly resolve Kuching’s Malaysia Agreement quibble, says Anwar

Putrajaya must quickly resolve Kuching’s Malaysia Agreement quibble, says AnwarAnwar Ibrahim says that by engaging a private British law firm, Sarawak means business and Putrajaya should take the move seriously. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, July 9, 2017.

PUTRAJAYA must swiftly resolve Sarawak concerns over the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), with Kuching now engaging a private law firm on the matter, opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim said today.“The proposal to review the Malaysia Agreement is concerning,” Anwar said in a statement today.

“By referring the matter to a private UK law firm, it shows that the state government has little confidence in the ability of the state Attorney-General’s Chambers to give a free and fair interpretation of the law.”

Anwar did not name the firm. The PKR leader also urged Putrajaya and Prime Minister Najib Razak to “act immediately and to resolve the anxiety behind the MA63”.

“The government should not trivialise the matter because it has wide implications in terms of the relationship between the Federal government and the states, in particular, Sarawak and Sabah. Continue reading

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I will always pray for your stability, Malaysia

COMMENT | What’s happening to a country I used to respect? A country that I was once proud to call my home.

A country that I pray for stability. What’s happening to my beloved friend, Malaysia? I hope that one day, you’ll be okay again.

Today, I live in a country where corruption has become a tradition.

A country in which the media protects the corrupt and victimises the innocents, to sell stories.

The uneducated are being deceived, manipulated by the system and torn into pieces.

It has become a place where the rich are getting richer and the poor are getting poorer.

A place where the people no longer acknowledge facts, but rather judge by the perception of what you are wearing.

Where the actors and hypocrites are hailed as heroes while the contributors and those who are dedicated to the good cause are being ignored and perceived as villains, manipulated by the pictures they see.

It has become a place where politicians are wanting to be celebrities and sportsmen.

Where a person who can’t ride a horse or play polo can be selected to represent the country.

Where individuals who don’t even go for proper military training can become a general.

A country where the institution is slowly losing its identity.<!–more–>

Leaders who act with what they’re wearing, but behind closed doors, forces the government to use the people’s money to pay for their private jet, are being respected.

A country where my own race has forgotten our history, heritage and culture.

A country that abandons our local traditions such as our traditional clothes and chooses to adopt foreign customs, wanting to be like the Arabs.

A place plagued by jealousy and envy. A place where you can buy titles, and now those titles have lost its value.

Some chose to keep quiet because they themselves have skeletons in their closet.

While some like me choose to speak up because we are worried about what’s going to happen to our grandchildren and our future generations.

A country where individuals want to be politicians for their personal interest and no longer believe in serving the people and our institution.

Where being in denial and ignorant has become the way of life.

Where the deceiver gains more grounds and power.

Where the truth is being ignored and lies being acknowledged.

Honour, loyalty and being genuine no longer exist. What’s happening to you, my dear friend?

But, don’t you worry, as they are still a few that haven’t lost hope.

There are still a few that will sacrifice for our future generations.

A few that will change things from within.

The vision is clear. Now is the time to implement it. Vision without execution is a hallucination. Stay strong my friend.

You’ll be ok. You’re fortunate to have friends such as Sabah, Sarawak and other places. Be kind to them.

Respect them. Unity is the key to success.

I wish you all the best and I will always pray for your stability Malaysia.

From your friend and a good partner, Johor. The humble servant of the Sultan of Johor and the state of Johor. – Malaysiakini

This article was first published on the Johor Southern Tigers Facebook page.

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


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Dr M denies backing Anwar, says he can’t be PM from jail

PETALING JAYA: Former premier Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (pic) has denied supporting Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim to become the next prime minister, as reported in a recent article by British daily The Guardian.

The Pribumi chairman said Anwar could not become the next prime minister as he needed to be released from jail first.

“Who said I support him? If the Opposition wins (the next general election), the new seventh prime minister will have to work to release him. Until then, he cannot be PM,” he told reporters after a book launch, here, on Friday.

However, he was less certain when queried about Pakatan Harapan’s plan to appoint an interim prime minister while awaiting Anwar’s release. Continue reading

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