RM1mil reward offered to expose Mahathir

The Citizens for Accountable Governance Malaysia (CAGM) has offered a reward of up to RM1 million for information about alleged wrongdoing by Dr Mahathir Mohamad during his 22 years as prime minister.

“CAGM is prepared to offer hefty rewards to individuals who can provide substantial information and evidence that can lead to the recovery of hidden cash and assets belonging to former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad,” said the NGO chairperson Md Zainal Abidin in a press statement today.

The NGO was only set up a month ago just as Mahathir (photo) intensified attacks against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak over alleged financial wrongdoing to demand his resignation.

“CAGM has carried out its own research and concurs with previous reports in the media that Mahathir managed to stay in power for 22 years because he had access to vast fortunes, most of it believed to be hidden offshore through a complex layer of companies, nominees, and proxies,” said Md Zainal.

He claimed that “staggering wealth” accumulated by Mahathir may be a reason why the former premier remains a “kingmaker” in Malaysian politics. Continue reading

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Ailing Anwar to be hospitalised after delays

Jailed former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim will finally be hospitalised at Hospital Kuala Lumpur (HKL) next Tuesday after long delays by the Prisons Department to requests for proper medical attention.

“We were informed two days ago that he will be admitted to Hospital Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday, June 2, for check up, observation and medical treatment,” said PKR’s Sungai Petani MP Johari Abdul at a press conference today.

Also present at the press conference at PKR’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya were Anwar’s daughters Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah, Nurul Nuha and Nurul Hana.

Johari said Anwar’s admission to hospital comes amid his erratic blood pressure, as well as the presence of blood in his stool.

The PKR whip said Anwar has lost six kilogrammes since starting his prison sentence in February.

“More detailed medical checks are required on his (Anwar’s) stool sample which has blood in it.

“Maybe his intestines are bleeding or perhaps it is the food; we don’t know,” said Johari. Continue reading

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Jho Low is back in town, is he here to face the PAC?

by Robin Stanley Augustin

EXCLUSIVE: The international man of mystery is in town.

We’re not talking about James Bond, but the controversial businessman believed to be at the heart of debt-laden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) – 28-year-old billionaire Low Taek Jho.

Late last night, Theantdaily was alerted to the high-flying Penangite’s arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport.

Low, or popularly known as Jho Low, was spotted on Cathay Pacific Flight 729 from Hong Kong, which had originated from Hong Kong. Theantdaily managed to obtain Low’s photograph on board.

It is reliably learnt that Low was among the last passengers to board the flight which left at 4pm local time. He boarded the plane along with a casually dressed man and sat in the last row of seats.

Low, decked in a black and white batik shirt, was later met at the aerobridge by a tall Indian gentleman after the flight landed in KLIA at 7.43 pm, before making their way out hastily.

The whole 1MDB saga is really getting more and more interesting.

Jho Low on board the Cathay Pacific flightJho Low on board the Cathay Pacific flight

Why is Low back home in Malaysia? Continue reading

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After outburst, Pandikar outlines reform agenda

After lashing out at the government for allegedly interfering in parliamentary affairs, Dewan Rakyat speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia today carried through with his promise for parliamentary reforms.

Malaysiakini learnt that Pandikar outlined four reform goals including the revival of the Parliamentary Service Act (PSA) and the introduction of an hour of ‘Minister’s Question Time’ every week where MPs can ask questions to ministers without prior notice.

He did so while chairing the House Committee meeting today.

The PSA allows Parliament to hire its own staff and handle its own finances to ensure its independence but the law was repealed in 1992.

The ‘Minister’s Question Time’ slot will address MPs’ complaint that they must submit question more than a month ahead, rendering the subsequent replies outdated or overtaken by events.

Another proposal is for the introduction of a second chamber where matters and motions, that do not need the House to decide on, can be raised.

The fourth proposal is for the creation of permanent select committees such as law reform committee and budget committee.

When contacted, DAP’s Seremban MP Anthony Loke (photo), a member of the House Committee, confirmed this to Malaysiakini.

He added the four reforms were personally outlined by Pandikar. Continue reading

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Malaysia’s most wanted

By Nurul Izzah Anwar

Five years ago my father, Anwar Ibrahim, delivered a speech right here on this very stage entitled ‘Half A Century of One Party Rule’.

He was talking about my country, Malaysia, which has been dominated by the same party for more than 50 years.

That same year here at the Oslo Freedom Forum my father spoke on the same stage as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who declared that: “When you meet Anwar, be careful.”

During his visit to Malaysia, Julian was detained by secret police just hours after speaking to my father.

My father—a popular and unifying figure in my country’s history—is seen as a very dangerous man by the Umno party regime.

When he served as deputy prime minister and Minister of Finance in the 1990s, he amended the anti-corruption law to further strengthen it – which displeased the political elites – and by September 1998 his anti-corruption campaign led to his sacking from government, arrest, his beating under custody whilst blindfolded and handcuffed, and his eventual sentence and imprisonment in trials that were condemned by rights organisations and governments worldwide.

Initially, it was announced that at least 20 charges would be brought against my father; including treachery, being an American and Israeli agent, corruption and sodomy. They did forget to throw in the kitchen sink. Continue reading

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Horrors unearthed at 28 sites used by human traffickers

epa04767157 A handout picture made available from Royal Malaysian Police shows an abandoned human trafficking camp where graves were found nearby, close to the border with Thailand at Wang Kelian, Perlis, Malaysia, 25 May 2015. Malaysian security forces discovered a total of 139 graves, most containing several sets of remains, at 28 human trafficking camps near the Thai border, the police chief said. The identifies of the victims was not yet known, whether they are Rohingyas or Bangladeshis, as exhumation works had just begun. The discovery of the mass graves comes amid international outcry over the thousands of Rohingya refugees thought to be adrift in South-East Asian waters. EPA/ROYAL MALAYSIAN POLICE/HANDOUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

The camp sites (above and below pics) discovered by the Royal Malaysian Police where migrants were housed and forced to survive in the grimmest of circumstance by people smugglers in a jungle near the Malaysia-Thailand border in Genting Perah. —AFP

by oh chin eng, royce tan, AND hemananthani sivanandam

WANG KELIAN (Perlis): A decomposing corpse is on the ground, just bones and tattered skin. It used to be a human being, someone’s son or daughter, brother or sister, until about two weeks ago.

Now it’s part of the horrors unearthed at the 28 camps near this border town that were used by people smugglers who likely abandoned them after Thai police found similar graves and started a hunt for the traffickers.

In their rush to get away, the syndicate members appear to have left everything that could slow them down, including sick or dying migrants.

Their cruelty has been reported by migrants who witnessed how some were thrown into the sea from their boats if they got too sick or too troublesome.

At the camps, police personnel have counted 139 graves holding the remains of more than 150 people, believed to be Rohingya and Bangladeshi migrants.

Located within three kilometres of each other, the camps are in hilly jungle terrain.

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, who visited the sites, said they were found during the Ops Wawasan Khas operation that took place from May 11 to 23. Continue reading

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Nazir Razak slams 1MDB board on Instagram

by edward gomez AND johan hulaimi

PETALING JAYA: It is unacceptable that 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB)’s top executives are unable to attend the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) inquiry, says Datuk Seri Nazir Razak (pic).

In a post on Instagram on Tuesday, Nazir, the younger brother of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, slammed 1MDB’s president and group executive director Arul Kanda Kandasamy as well as its former CEO Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi for not being able to attend the PAC inquiry.

The CIMB group chairman had posted a picture of the front page of a financial news daily with the comment: “Your company has triggered a national crisis and you can be too busy to face Parliament? Unacceptable.”

On Monday, the PAC set a new date for Arul and Shahrol to appear. Continue reading

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