Ambiga: Get ready for street protests again unless MPs act to suspend Najib

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan claimed the public was frustrated with the Najib administration’s handling of the country’s finances and 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), and will react by taking to the streets. — Picture by Choo Choy May

Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan claimed the public was frustrated with the Najib administration’s handling of the country’s finances and 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), and will react by taking to the streets. — Picture by Choo Choy May

KUALA LUMPUR — Federal lawmakers must now push for the formation of a new temporary government or risk a street protest, prominent lawyer and head of Malaysia’s National Human Rights Society (Hakam) Datuk Ambiga Sreenevasan said today.

The civil activist claimed the public was frustrated with the Najib administration’s handling of the country’s finances and 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), and will react by taking to the streets.

“Yes, I do,” she said when asked if the public’s dissatisfaction with the government could cause a street rally. “Because you see, when you don’t give people options, you don’t give a way out, you don’t provide solutions, people are struggling, of course it will happen,” she added during a press conference at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall.

She added that civil societies will even spearhead the move if her suggestion to form a national government gains no traction with MPs. Continue reading

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Bersih 4.0 rally to push for Najib’s resignation

Bersih will hold rallies in three cities to push for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s resignation and institutional reforms to prevent prime ministerial corruption.

The Aug 29-30 overnight rally would be held at Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu.

Bersih said that the series of events over the past two days – the removal of Abdul Gani Patail as attorney-general, co-opting four out of 13 Public Account Committee members into cabinet and the removal of dissidents in cabinet – had triggered the call for the rally.

“Najib had virtually ruled out all possibilities for truth on the 1MDB scandal to be unearthed and criminals to be brought to justice by a series of political moves on July 27 and 28.

“Najib is taking every possible move to protect corruption. He arrogantly ignores the humble wish of Malaysians for integrity and justice. He has lost every ounce of legitimacy to stay in office,” said Bersih. Continue reading

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5 reasons Obama should drop Najib as ‘friend’, says TIME

Datuk Seri Najib Razak enjoying a round of golf with President Barack Obama in December 2014. The American president is seen as being supportive of the embattled prime minister, who is facing allegations of using state funds. – Reuters pic, July 29, 2015.

The woes surrounding Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, particularly claims that billions of ringgit from state-owned investor fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) were channelled into his private bank accounts, should give world leaders pause in pursuing ties with Malaysia, says TIME in an online piece today.

The news portal said President Barack Obama should steer clear of Najib, unlike British Prime Minister David Cameron, who is scheduled to visit Malaysia this week, despite needing friends in Asean.

Obama became the first sitting president to visit Malaysia in more than four decades in April 2014  when Najib was facing allegations of links to the murder of a Mongolian translator and for exploiting the hudud issue pursued by an opposition party.

In December last year, while the east coast was inundated in the worst flooding in the country’s history, Najib was photographed enjoying a round of golf with Obama in Honolulu.

Lately, he was hit by allegations by The Wall Street Journal that US$700 million (RM2.67 billion) from companies linked to 1MDB was funnelled into his accounts. Continue reading

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Muhyiddin: I asked if I was in and Najib indicated ‘no’

Muhyiddin knew about his sacking as Deputy Prime Minister an hour before the world when Prime Minister Najib just nodded in reply.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Sacked Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, also Umno Deputy President, knew that he would no longer be in the Cabinet after a reshuffle, just an hour before the rest of the world.

Speaking at a media conference in his house at Bukit Damansara on Wednesday, Muhyiddin said the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) called him at 11.30am on Tuesday. “I was on my way to Sendayan, Negeri Sembilan when I received the phone call,” said Muhyiddin. “I went to meet Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak at 12 in the afternoon.”

“I asked him ‘do you have anything to say to me?’ He (Najib) kept quiet. I asked him again: ‘Is it about the Cabinet reshuffle, and he nodded.”

Muhyiddin said he asked him again: “Am I not in the list of the new Cabinet?”

“He nodded again.”

Muhyiddin said: “Thank you”. Continue reading

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‘Rearranging the furniture on the sinking Titanic’

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KUALA LUMPUR: DAP elder statesman Lim Kit Siang has called for an emergency meeting of Parliament before August 31, Independence Day for the peninsula and Sabah, for a confidence vote on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and his new Cabinet.

The sudden sacking of the Attorney-General before his due retirement date in October, added Lim, raises the question whether the objective of the Cabinet reshuffle was to interfere and stymie full investigations into the 1MDB scandal and the WSJ allegations.

He said a confidence vote would ensure comprehensive and unfettered investigations into the 1MDB scandal and the Wall Street Journal report on Friday 3 July that nearly USD700 million entered Najib’s personal banking accounts with AmBank Islamic private banking services before the last General Election. “It appears to the people that history would be made in anti-corruption efforts, where only ‘ikan bilis’ would be picked up, and ‘ikan yus’ – the sharks – spared.”

“It will be interesting to find out whether Umno Deputy President, Muhyiddin Yassin, who had been sacked as Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister for speaking out on the 1MDB scandal, as well as others sacked in Tuesday’s reshuffle, are prepared to vote in a confidence motion in favour of Najib as Prime Minister,” said Lim who is also DAP Parliamentary Leader and Gelang Patah MP.

He was commenting on the sacking of Muhyiddin and four other Ministers, following the shocking sacking earlier of Attorney- General Abdul Gani Patail more than two months before his retirement on 6t October. “This is the latest panic efforts to salvage the rapidly sinking Umno/BN coalition which had governed this country for 58 years.” Continue reading

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Najib’s new cabinet line up

Below is the full list of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s new cabinet line up:

MINISTERS

Najib Abdul Razak – Prime minister and finance minister

Ahmad Zahid Hamidi – Deputy prime minister and home minister

Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah – Finance minister II

Liow Tiong Lai – Transport minister

Nazri Abdul Aziz – Tourism and culture minister

Hishammuddin Hussein – Defence minister

Mustapa Mohamed – International trade and industries minister

Ong Ka Chuan – International trade and industry minister II

Maximus Johnity Ongkili – Energy, green technology and water minister

Amar Douglas Uggah Embas – Plantation industries and Commodities minister

Ahmad Shabery Cheek – Agriculture and agro-based industries minister

Ismail Sabri Yaakob – Rural and regional development minister

Anifah Aman – Foreign minister

Wilfred Madius Tangau – Science, technology and innovation minister

Rohani Abdul Karim – Women and family development minister

Fadillah Yusof – Works minister

Richard Riot Anak Jaem – Human resource minister

Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor – Federal territories minister

Idris Jusoh – Higher education minister Continue reading

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‘Axing Muhyiddin difficult but necessary’

Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said today removing Muhyiddin Yassin as his deputy was a difficult decision but it was necessary to ensure that the cabinet could function as one.

“The decision to replace Muhyiddin was a difficult decision, but I was forced to do so in order for the cabinet to move as one.

“I thank Muhyiddin for his contribution as well as the other ministers and deputy ministers who are no longer in the government, ” he said after announcing the reshuffle of his cabinet in Putrajaya this afternoon.

Najib said it was not right for ministers to make public comments against the government that could affect public opinion. Continue reading

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