Monday, August 3, 2015

Dr M: Donations never went to my account

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said no donations was channeled to his personal account during his 22 years as the head of government, and accusations that he put public funds in his private bank account for use in the general elections were baseless and malicious.

He explained that during his time as the Umno president, he was among the three trustees in charge of a separate bank account for donations, especially for election purposes.

“Two of the three trustees had the power to manage this account and had to sign a cheque every time money was cashed out.

"They were also named as the owners of all shares and properties of Umno," he wrote in Chedet.cc.

“So when I resigned, I had ordered for money up to RM200mil and all the properties worth RM1.2bil to be handed over to Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi,” he said adding that no money meant for elections were transferred into his personal account.

Dr Mahathir said he was willing to have his bank details from his 22 years as prime minister inspected by those who have no personal interest against him.

Speaking of an incident in 1970 when he was expelled from Umno, Dr Mahathir said the Inland Revenue Board raided his home and clinic and made him pay a RM130,000 fine for not declaring a cheque worth RM20,000.
“During the 1964 and 1969 elections, I received RM20,000 from the head office to be given to my parliamentary and state constituency. It was a large amount so I banked it into my account and wrote a cheque to the election committee of the Parliament and State Assembly.
"The money was not a donation but Umno’s money which was given to be used by the candidate for the election,” he said.
He said that despite almost always winning parliament by a majority in the past, hardly any amount of money was used for it.

“If now Umno needs RM2.6bil for elections, it is actually against the laws of elections as there is a cap on how much can be spent,” he said adding that the each candidate needed to report their expenses for the election.

On 1Malaysia Development Bhd, Dr Mahathir said he will wait for the report by Auditor-General and the Public Accounts Committee.

"I may not accept all that they will say and for now, I am not going to talk about the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (IMDB), though it is my right,” he said.

"This is Zahid Hamidi, okay?"

No compromise, no mercy.

That's the warning issued by Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to spin doctors, liars and slanderers yesterday. Stern action, he said, will be taken without prior reminder and reminder.

I like it. The rate of unscrupulous postings on the social media is getting out of control. Not only that it burns our good image on the international arena, it also incites racial and religious hatred among Malaysians.

Some Malaysians have been sucked into believing all those lies and slanders, triggering a 'time bomb' atmosphere that could explode anytime if it goes unchecked.

Zahid is aware of it, and decided that its time to put a stop to all those nonsense. The hammer, he said, will drop without warning.
"This is not a warning. I am taking action without warning. [...] You will have to pay a very expensive price.
“Don’t ever spin. This is Zahid Hamidi, okay?” Zahid, who is also Home Minister was reported saying.
"Not under my leadership; I am telling you this. Don’t expect me to warn, expect me to take action,” The Star quoted him saying at the Bayan Baru Umno annual general meeting yesterday.
Zahid said news reports must be ethical and based on facts. "You have to respect ethics. You write based on facts; don’t interpret and don’t ever spin.” he added.
Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has also instructed the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to streamline the laws and step up enforcement to check dissemination of slander on social media.

Najib, who is also the UMNO president, said if slander on the social media was allowed to fester, it would alter the thinking paradigm of the people and create a state of "trial by social media".
"When faced with trial by social media, we, as members of the administration will be declared guilty before trial.
"But when it comes to the opposition, it is all considered defamation, not considered as the truth. Is this not weird?" he said when opening the Hulu Selangor UMNO Division delegates meeting in Kuala Kubu Baru on Saturday.
Najib said the government could not obstruct the progress of technology but it also could not give absolute freedom to the extent that untruths were turned into truths.

He said UMNO should also become an active social media practitioner and have a specific programme to change the perception of the people.

And perhaps, what suggested by Kedah Mentri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir must be considered by the government - to enforce a strict law in stamping out such 'dangerous' activities on the Internet. Zahid, who is also Home Minister, must look into this.
The government has been urged to enforce the Terrorism Prevention Act (POTA) 2015 as soon as possible to prevent the dissemination of sensitive elements which can split racial unity.
UMNO Supreme Council member, Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir said this was because the people were already fed up with statements and remarks from certain quarters who had no regard for the sensitivity of the multi-racial society in Malaysia.
He said personally he was disappointed with the abolition of preventive laws such as the Internal Security Act and Emergency Ordinance which had enabled the government to take action against those who tried to jeopardise national security.
"They are replaced by POTA. This is a new law which we hope will be enforced as soon as possible. Believe me, this is necessary. I feel it is not impossible if there are enemies who are in actual fact seeking to disrupt the peace we have been enjoying."
And of course, all said by Najib, Zahid, Mukhriz and others are falling back on the MCMC.

There were complaints that the MCMC is slow in taking action of 'bad' social media players, namely blogs, FaceBook, Twitter, etc that so much so, it gives more rooms for damaging materials to be posted everyday, without fear.

While the police can only act on information fed by the MCMC and other parties, spin doctors, liars and slanderers keep growing in numbers. Perhaps, a more aggressive measures should be taken.

Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Mohd Salleh Tun Said Keruak said today he sees the need for a review of the Communications and Multimedia Act (CMA) because Malaysians regard the social media and Internet as a lawless domain.

In a blog post, he said the move was considered timely as social media had become a necessary tool of everyday life that impacted not only the flow of information but finance and commerce as well.
"When the CMA was first enacted in 1998, the government did not envisage how popular the Internet would become and how rapid and widespread the usage of the social media would be," he said.
Dr Mohd Salleh said it would not be surprising if, in the not too distant future, everything was done entirely on the Internet as what had happened in some countries where the only way to get things done was on the Internet.
Well, MCMC or 'non-MCMC', what Zahid said about 'no warning' must be taken up seriously by all of us. If lies and slanders are allowed as 'entertainment' element for the public, sooner or later the country will be struck by a calamity!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

'Harian Metro' also lies

UPDATE: Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi has pledged stern action against those who accused him of wanting to close down social media... read here

EARLIER POST:
I don't remember Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said anything about closing all social websites on the Internet, let alone giving a date for such an action!


If 'Harian Metro' failed to check its sources, then its joining the likes of Sarawak Report, The Edge, The Malaysian Insider, The Malaysia Chronicle and other pro-opposition news portal by publishing an unsubstantiated material like this.

Even if the government wants to do so, it has to get consent from various authorities - the Communications and Multimedia Ministry, the Malaysian Communication and Multimedia Commission (MCMC), the Attorney-General Chamber (AGC), Bukit Aman and others.

And to regulate it will take some times. However, I don't think the government will resort to such an approach in dealing with lies and slanders on the Internet.

I don't know how Harian Metro got the story because as far as the Deputy Prime Minister is concern, he had never said it, not to any news organisation. The Home Ministry under Zahid has to come up with a denial while Harian Metro too must rubbish it if its not their doing.

NOTE: I believe its not the actual Harian Metro but the work of some irresponsible parties. However, Metro editors must come up with a denial if its NOT theirs.

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Singapore's concern

Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said the republic is watching the political developments in Malaysia very closely.

Speaking to former ambassador Chan Heng Chee in an interview to be aired on Sunday, he said that Singapore and Malaysia remain closely inter-connected not just in economic links but also through ties between their people.

Asked about the impact on Singapore from the political crisis unfolding in Malaysia, he said:
"Malaysia is our closest neighbour, not just geographically but very big trading ties and investments. We have a lot of people who live and work in Malaysia, a lot of Malaysians work in Singapore.
"I think our Causeway and Second Link are the busiest international borders in the world, in terms of the number of people who go back and forth every day.
"And so when something happens in Malaysia, we watch very carefully and are very concerned how it affects us.
"We have very good relations with Malaysia, I personally have very good relations with Prime Minister Najib (Razak), so we hope that Malaysia will remain stable, that we will be able to have a Government there which we can do business with and cooperate with, as we have been doing the last few years.
"When something happens which could cause either a political upset or social or security worries, I think we have to watch very carefully.
"The generation which experienced the 60s and 70s knew how intertwined we were, instinctively. The new generation have grown up separate so our societies have become more distinct, but in fact the inter-relationships are very close and we do have to watch."
Separately, Foreign Minister K Shanmugam was also asked on Friday about the impact of the situation in Malaysia on Asean stability.

Speaking at a press briefing on the upcoming Asean Foreign Ministers Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, he told reporters:

"Malaysia and Singapore, we are linked by an umbilical cord. We are each other's closest neighbours. When any two countries are as close as Malaysia and Singapore, round the world, they will want stability in each other.

"The total trade between Malaysia and Singapore is $111 billion, we are amongst each other's top trading partners, amongst each others' top investors, tens of thousands of Malaysians come to Singapore for work, a lot of Singaporeans do business, go over to Malaysia.

"Any instability in Singapore will deeply affect Malaysia, any instability in Malaysia will deeply affect Singapore, both economically and in other ways. We depend on Malaysia for water every day, protected by a treaty, but we really don't want any instability.

"So what I can say is that we follow developments very closely, we hope that there will be stability, that's good for Malaysia and good for us."

FOOTNOTE: They got valid reasons to worry. Anything bad that befalls Malaysia, the adverse impact will reach them first. Wondering if they have enough supply of chicken, vegetables, sea products if we are in trouble...

Friday, July 31, 2015

Dr Mahathir endorses Zahid Hamidi

Cool!

Call it an endorsement, recognition or anything you want.

Since Prime Minister reshuffled his Cabinet on July 28 and appointed Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as his new deputy, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has - for the fist time - commented on it.

First, he said Najib deserves every right to make changes to his Cabinet lineup, and secondly he supports Zahid for the No. 2 post.

Well, Dr Mahathir sure knows Zahid inside out for the days when the latter was with Umno Youth, how he had proven his loyalty to the bosses and the party, and how he had distanced himself from Mahathir-Anwar Ibrahim 'conflict'.

Dr Mahathir today said Ahmad Zahid, a former Umno Youth chief and currently one of the three vice presidents in Umno, was as eligible as anyone else.
“He had the highest votes as the vice president anyway,” he said when asked to comment on the latest Cabinet reshuffle.
Dr Mahathir said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had every right to change the Cabinet’s composition at his discretion.
“We have shuffled the Cabinet all the time, It is the prerogative of the PM. I think the PM thinks this is the better cabinet.”
But Dr Mahathir also made his sentiment clear, in line with the attacks launched against the Najib administration.
“But the public sentiment on the Cabinet reshuffle is obvious when you see the comments on Facebook on the matter.”
Dr Mahathir further sarcastically said it was now seen as being a criminal offence to speak about 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) – the strategic fund which has come under relentless attack by various opposition members and several blogs, that has since come under scrutiny for possible falsification of facts.

In a related development, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan has denied anything to do with a viral audio clip where an unidentified person says Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was factually correct when he spoke on the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) issue.

The Negri Sembilan Mentri Besar also vehemently denied that his voice was used in the 1 minute 54 second audio recording.
"Allegations that the recording was made using my voice are totally baseless. I have nothing to do with the recording which is a diabolical attempt to pit me against leaders in Umno and the Government," he said Thursday.
In the clip, the individual was heard saying in Bahasa Malaysia that although he was not siding with Muhyiddin, the former deputy prime minister was merely stating a fact when he touched on the 1MDB saga at the opening of the Cheras Umno meeting.

Without referring to any political party or group, the individual then said that "they" were willing to help sort out the issue and would not demand for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's resignation.

He also said that all former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad wanted to know was what happened to the billions of Ringgit of 1MDB funds.

He also mocked the arrest of a despatch clerk when they should have actually questioned the main suspect in the alleged embezzlement.

Poor Mohamad. He must have had sleepless nights. However, I keep wondering whose voice is it?

Sarawak Report not a good liar after all!

Another dirty stupid stunt by Sarawak Report - that a warrant of arrest was issued against Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

It went viral again on the social media, and I think many Malaysians believe it as they are easily-led. However, SR falls into its own pit as it was 'caught' red-handed for not able to produce a good lie this time!

Even pro-opposition news portal The Malaysia Chronicle was sucked into it when they published the crap, not able to distinguish how a real charge sheet looks like, making them appeared more stupid than Sarawak Report.

The Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC) denied drafting or issuing an alleged charge sheet against Prime Minister as claimed by the Sarawak Report site.

Datuk Tun Abdul Majid Hamzah, who is deputy solicitor-general I (litigation) in the AGC, said this via his Twitter account, said a Malaysian Insider report.

"The draft of the charge that was published by Sarawak Report was not made or issued by the Attorney-General's Chambers," he said via his Twitter handle @TAMajid.

And later, the Attorney-General issued a statement:
1.  These allegations by foreign national Clare Rewcastle Brown in political blog Sarawak Report are false.
2.  The alleged charge sheets are not in and never reached the Attorney-General's Chambers. Furthermore, the format of the sheets is not correct or written by our Chambers.
3.  The Special Task Force investigation has not been completed. So it is not legally possible for charge sheets to be drafted in advance.
4.  These alleged charge papers therefore indicate that there is a conspiracy to topple a serving prime minister by criminalizing him, and that the methods include doctoring and criminal leakage.
5.  This plot represents a threat to Malaysia's democracy and I will direct for all action possible to be taken to investigate. The full force of the law will be applied without exception to any that are found guilty.
Sarawak Report had published a draft of the charge sheet purportedly done by former A-G  Abdul Gani Patail against the Prime Minister and a former managing director, who was arrested by a government special task force and later freed on bail, and Nik Faisal Ariff Nik Othman Kamil.


Sarawak Report also said the charge sheet against Datuk Seri Najib had let to Gani's sacking on Monday, although his contract as A-G was until October.

The site said that Gani was abruptly removed when he was "on the brink" of filing corruption charges against the Prime Minister.

"The documents, which were being worked in their final draft stages by the Attorney-General, were sent to the Sarawak Report following the sacking of Gani and have now been verified by other senior parties,” it said.

Sarawak Report said the charge sheet against Mr Najib was under Section 17 (a) of the MACC Act and an alternate charge under Section 409 of the Penal Code. The first charge carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.

Responding to the latest development, Inspector-General of Police Khalid Abu Bakar said that Sarawak Report should not confuse the public and asked that the rumours be stopped. He also tweeted a screen capture of Majid's statement and said that it only confirmed what he had said earlier.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Zeti against Najib? You must be kidding!

Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar today denied rumors that Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz was being investigated over the 1MDB scandal.

A central bank spokesman also rubbished rumors on the social media that the central bank governor was hospitalised for a heart attack a few days ago which led to her 'resignation' yesterday.

"Not by us," Khalid told reporters when ‎he was asked whether ‎Tan Sri Dr Zeti Akhtar Aziz was being probed by police over the matter. He said this during a press conference at the Royal Malaysia College.

Earlier, Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) denied rumours circulating in local media and financial markets that Zeti had resigned.

When asked to comment on the rumor, a central bank spokesman said: "This is not true," according to Reuters.

When contacted by The Star, a BNM spokesman also denied that Zeti, 67, suffered a heart attack.

"She is fine and came to work as usual,” added the spokesman.

A list naming Zeti, together with 11 others, goes viral on the social media, especially Face Book, over the past few days as 'CONSPIRATORS AGAINST THE DEMOCRATICALLY ELECTED GOVERNMENT'.

Apart from Zeti, the others are Shamsudin Mohd Mahayiddin (Foreign Exchange Div, BNM), Abdul Rahman Hussin (Risk Management Div, BNM), Shukri Abdul  (Dep Chief Commissioner, MACC, pic), Tan Kang Sai (Dep Director, MACC Special Operation Div), Rashpal Sing a/l Jeswant Singh (member of Advisory Board of Anti Corruption).

Jessica Gurmeet Kaur (head of Special Task Force Secretariat), Tong Kooi Ong (owner, The Edge Financial Group), Ho Kay Tat (CEO The Edge), Claire Recastle-Brown (editor-in-chief Sarawak Report) and Sufi Yusof (Press Secretary to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad).

It doesn't make sense at all to pool people like Zeti and Shukri together with The Edge and Sarawak Report, that they conspired to bring down Najib's government!

What do you think, readers?

To me, nothing is impossible...