Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Anwar loses it all...

PKR deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali was today sworn in as Selangor's 15th menteri besar before the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah at Istana Alam Shah, at about 10.45am.

The Bukit Antarabangsa PKR assemblyman, who garnered an 11th hour support from his party, replaced Khalid Ibrahim who has held the position since 2008.

Congratulations, Azmin...but what about his boss Anwar Ibrahim?

Not only that he failed to get his wife Wan Azizah the mentri besar post, Anwar also lost his position as Selangor economic adviser. His office is officially 'closed' with immediate effect.
SHAH ALAM: The office of the Selangor economic adviser at Plaza Perangsang is closed with immediate effect, the Selangor state government decided in an executive council meeting today.
In a statement, Menteri Besar Incorporated (MBI) chief executive officer Faekah Husin said the closure was implemented in order to save on the state government's administration costs.
"The state is of the opinion that matters involving the economy can be done through the Selangor State Investment Centre, a one-stop centre, which has trained and experienced officers in adminstration, procedures and marketing," she said in the statement.
The Selangor economic adviser's office was established in 2009 and parked under the MBI to capitalise on the experience and expertise of former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, also former Finance Minister, in economy and finance.
She thanked Anwar for his contribution and service during his tenure.
She also acknowledged that there had been many accusations and controversies that surfaced since the office's inception, including allegations about Anwar's salary and whether his contributions to the state was in accordance to with the position he held.
"In relation to that, we feel that it is appropriate for the office to be closed so that its role does not overlap with the duties and responsibilities of state officers who specialise in managing the economic affairs and investments of Selangor.
Its a double-blow for Anwar, whose September 16 Plan to wrest Putrajaya and become prime minister, ended as a farce.

His ambition to replace Khalid - by contesting the Kajang by-election - was also defeated by the court's verdict. His wife contested for him and PKR worked alongside DAP to oust Khalid, hoping Wan Azizah could replace him.

PKR even sacked Khalid for defying calls to step down. Pakatan Rakyat, however, forgot the fact that it is the Sultan's prerogative right to choose any of the state assemblyman as his mentri besar. And Azmin, who was never on Pakatan Rakyat's MB-nomination list, is now the victor.

The winner takes it all, the loser standing small...I'm beginning to like this ABBA's song.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Azmin the new MB?

Yet to be confirmed.

Rumors are rife that PKR state assemblyman for Bukit Antarabangsa, Azmin Ali will be sworn in as the new Selangor mentri besar tomorrow.

Although his name was never in PKR list, analysts say its still the prerogative right of the Sultan to choose who should replace Khalid Ibrahim.
SHAH ALAM: Bukit Antarabangsa assemblyman Azmin Ali (pic)is likely to be sworn in as Selangor Menteri Besar tomorrow.
A source close to the PKR deputy president confirmed with the New Straits Times that Azmin will be appointed by the Sultan.
"Inshaallah. Pray for it to come to pass (Doakanya)," the source said.
The source also denied an online report that Pas’ Cempaka assemblyman Iskandar Samad will be appointed as deputy Menteri Besar.
When contacted, Iskandar also indicated that he had not received news of such an appointment from the palace.
"(The online news report is the) first time I heard about it.
"I have had no contact from the palace since the 'interview'. I only received an invitation to attend tomorrow," he said.
Azmin, Iskandar and Sijangkang assemblyman Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi were interviewed by the Sultan recently to determine their capability of helming the state.
The Menteri Besar swearing in ceremony will be held at 10am in the Alam Shah palace, Klang, tomorrow.
The appointment comes almost a month after incumbent Selangor Menteri Besar Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim tendered his resignation to the Sultan of Selangor on Aug 26.
So, what would this mean to Anwar Ibrahim, wife Wan Azizah and others in Pakatan Rakyat, notably Lim Guan Eng and dad Lim Kit Siang who have been very supportive of the PKR president to become the first woman as the head of state.

Will PKR accept Azmin as mentri besar? How about Anwar?

Just wait and see...and if the rumors are true, I would like to congratulate Azmin in advance!

Anwar dooms PAS

Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad blamed PAS 'partnership' with Anwar Ibrahim that led to the Islamic party's rickety condition today. Had PAS rejected Pakatan Rakyat about 10 years ago, internal bickering within the party could have been avoided.

I think Tun is not the only leader who had said such. Many more, including Tengku Razaleigh and the late Mohamed Rahmat.

Even some political analysts agrees that PAS has, all this while being turned into Anwar's political platform to woo the Malay support for Pakatan Rakyat.
Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said the current crisis within PAS "should serve as a lesson" to the party for having cooperated with Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, Bernama reported today.
Referring to the rift between the ulama and the professionals in the Islamist party, the former prime minister said it is a direct result of working with the opposition leader.
"This problem is the result of their cooperation with Datuk Seri Anwar. Anyone who works with him will face problems because he likes to divide," Bernama quoted Dr Mahathir as saying after an event in Putrajaya.
"He can split his own supporters, you can see he has a history like that. When he joined Umno, he brought problems, and when he formed Pakatan, he created problems," Dr Mahathir said, adding: "it should serve as a lesson to PAS", according to Bernama.
The PAS general assembly held last week in Johor showed obvious differences between the two factions in the party, with a few key incidences.
On the first day, some pro-ulama PAS Youth members walked out of the hall when PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu was giving a speech.
Then, a call by a youth leader from the progressive side to "reject the Selangor MB post if it was offered to PAS" was met with shouts of "tak sokong" and boos from some members.
Ever since allying with DAP and PKR, PAS direction has changed a lot - from being an Islamist party to a multiracial one. Even there is this pro-PAS supporters' group comprising of the Chinese and non-Malays, who at the same time is also against PAS' hudud law.

Look at some PAS leaders, some are moderates, some still gripping on Islamic values while the rest have joined DAP's socialist ideology.

In Penang, PAS is DAP's platform and punching bag for the DAP-led government. PAS has no say at all in any policy-making.

But I think PAS leaders and members like it that way...being foolish!

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Police hunts separatist

The police were looking for three people believed to be involved in the 'Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia' (SKMM) movement.

The three, according to Sabah Police Commissioner Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman, are also having links to Doris Jones (pic), the author of the SKMM page in Facebook, which was being investigated.

The announcement came amid Home Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi's warning that those involved with the secessionist movement of Sabah and Sarawak will be dealt with severely.
KOTA KINABALU: Police are seeking three individuals identified as being involved in the secession call of the Sabah Sarawak Keluar Malaysia movement (SSKM).Their assistance is being sought to help with investigations.
“We cannot reveal much information as the case is still under investigation,” said Sabah Police Commissioner Jalaluddin Abdul Rahman. “The case of Doris Jones, the author of the SSKM page in Facebook, is still being investigated.”
He was commenting on the status of the UK-based Sabah-born Jones, whose statement police are also seeking.
Jalaluddin confirmed that the three individuals are Malaysians, but may not be from Sabah. He declined to elaborate.
He said police were investigating the case under the Sedition Act.
In Lumut yesterday, Zahid warned a group of people comprising individuals living abroad as well as politicians to give up their attempt to have Sabah and Sarawak secede from Malaysia or face the law.

He said the police were conducting an investigation on these people, all of whom had been identified, and the papers would be sent to the attorney-general to initiate the prosecution.

Ahmad Zahid said some of these people wanted Sabah and Sarawak to come under a sultanate that no longer exists, some wanted the two states to be independent and some wanted them to join another country.
"I ask them to stop what they are doing or face the consequences," he told reporters after opening the Lumut Umno Division delegates meeting here.
Ahmad Zahid, who is an Umno vice-president, said these individuals were playing up the issue and instigating the people of the two states.
He said Sabah and Sarawak were very much a part of Malaysia and the question of neo-colonialism did not arise at all.
"They (the two states) know that their revenue and allocations are small compared to the allocations coming from the federal level," he said.
Ahmad Zahid said the referendum conducted by the Cobbold Commission prior to the formation of Malaysia was endorsed by the United Nations and was still in force. – Bernama
Also on Saturday, Kudat MP Abdul Rahim Bakri said in Kota Kinabalu that the group attempting to secede Sabah from Malaysia is dangerous and could break Sabah apart.

He said these people could destroy the future of Sabah and its people who had all along enjoyed peace, stability, prosperity and well-being.
"Those who raise the separatist sentiment most probably do not understand history and the complexities of the nation,” added Abdul Rahim.
The Deputy Defence Minister said the government would not hesitate to take legal action against these people to safeguard Malaysia’s integrity and sovereignty.
Abdul Rahim added he believed that this group of people was a minority.
However, he cautioned the problem could become more complex if not acted on by the government.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Justice

First, to identify who shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.

Then, take them to court. But whose court? Ours or the international?

In seeking justice, we need to weigh a lot of things, especially the diplomatic aspects should Russia or Ukraine - or even the pro-Russia rebels - was the culprit. As both countries have good diplomatic ties with Malaysia, it will put each and every government in the most difficult situation.
Malaysia is to use the opportunity of the United Nations General Assembly in New York next week to seek justice for the victims of MH17 which was shot down in Ukraine, said Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Tun Hussein said in Sungai Petani today.
He said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, who will address the assembly, would raise the matter with several leaders he would meet in New York, among them US President Barack Obama, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte.
Najib would seek justice not only for Malaysians but also for the nationals of several other countries who were killed in the tragedy, he told reporters after opening the Sungai Petani Umno Division delegates meeting here.
 "We are on the right platform to demand justice and bring to book those responsible for downing the aircraft. No one can deny us this right. Let's wait for the developments at the United Nations," he said.
Flight MH17 went down in eastern Ukraine on July 17 as it was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur with 283 passengers and 15 crew on board. The Boeing 777-200 aircraft was shot down over the troubled country.
Besides the 43 Malaysians, nationals from the Netherlands, Australia, Indonesia, the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, the Philippines, Canada and New Zealand were among the 298 people on board.
Hishammuddin also said gave the assurance that efforts would be made to search for the missing MAS Flight MH370 until it was found.
Flight MH370 dropped off radar on March 8 as it flew from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing with 227 passengers and 12 crew on board.
The Boeing 777 aircraft has yet to be found, even after an exhaustive search in the southern Indian Ocean where it is believed to have gone down after veering off course. - Bernama
While the whole world condemns the incident, Ukraine and Russia are into most difficulty since the incident took place in the area of their confrontation.

Whether it was an 'accident' or not, it is a major crime to shoot down a commercial aircraft, especially when nationals of many countries died.

We hope and pray for the best...

Friday, September 19, 2014

Pity...but he deserves it!

Its okay to criticise the government. I think PM Najib and others, including that of the Opposition, can take it.

However, spewing lies, slander and inciting the peoples to revolt against a legitimate government, is really uncalled for and beyond democratic norms. Our government is democratically-elected, and for one to change it will have to wait for the next general elections. 
KUALA LUMPUR: Former student activist Adam Adli said he will continue to push for the repeal of the Sedition Act 1948.
The 25-year-old was found guilty of sedition by the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court earlier today and was sentenced to a year’s jail.
“What happened today gives me another reason to continue my fight. These twelve months in prison proves that the Sedition Act is used to punish anyone with difference in opinion.”“The #mansuhaktahasutan campaign will carry on. We will also press for the release of others charged, detained and held under the Sedition Act,” he told reporters after his hearing today.
Adam, who appeared calm throughout the hearing said he is worried that the act will be further used as an abuse against the people.
“Before this, it was used against activists and political enemies. Now, it is even used on the public. I am confident that one day, concerned Malaysians will come together to push for the repeal of this act.”
“The jail time is nothing in comparison to the fear that we are heading to an uncertain place,” he said.
His lawyers, Latheefa Koya and N. Surendran had pleaded for a lighter sentence from judge Mat Ghani Abdullah, calling for only a fine to be imposed instead of a prison sentence.
“This is not fair. We will wait for the judge to release his basis for the conviction. Today, he just read out the fact that Adam was guilty of sedition," said Latheefa.
Adam's lawyers said they will put up a notice of appeal. They have a month from the decision to do so.
Adam was charged for seditious speech in a talk where he instigated the society to rise and overthrow the ruling government who were lawfully elected by unlawful means.
He was found to have committed the offense at the Kuala Lumpur Chinese Assembly Hall on 13 May.
I was not expecting the jail term. He was wooed by the opposition and anti-government NGOs, and being young and aspiring, he jumped onto the bandwagon foolishly.

However, the precedent has to be set.

What he did could lead to chaos and public unrest. Students' power is on the rise all over the world but their duty - before jumping into any political wagons - is to get their scroll first.

Adam, however, chose to be different... for no reason! He wanted to become a hero and a villain at the same time!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Sultan debunks Anwar; another apology... new MB on Tuesday

The new Selangor Mentri Besar will be sworn in next Tuesday at 10am in Istana Alam Shah, Palace sources have revealed. Invitation cards to the swearing-in ceremony have been sent out to state leaders, elected representatives and local dignitaries.

Earlier today, the Sultan of Selangor has debunked Anwar Ibrahim's statement that submitting only one name as a candidate for the mentri besar post has been a practice since 1957.

And he is Anwar's explanation and apology:

"Merujuk kenyataan Y. Bhg. Dato’ Hj. Mohamad Munir Bin Bani dan Istana Selangor mengenai soal amalan (convention), ingin saya jelaskan: saya hanya menyatakan apa yang berlaku dalam pengetahuan saya terutama sepanjang saya dalam kerajaan UMNO-BN, sejak 1982 hingga 1998. Sekiranya ada kekhilafan berlaku, saya mohon ampun dari DYMM Sultan Selangor."

In a statement, the Selangor palace denied the statement made by PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim that submitting only one name to the palace for Menteri Besar position has been practised since 1957.

The Sultan of Selangor's private secretary Datuk Mohamad Munir Bani in a statement said Anwar's statement was inaccurate and misleading to the people.
"I have been instructed by the Sultan of Selangor to give an explanation to deny the statement by Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in local newspapers that the practice of sending only one Menteri Besar candidate has been practsced since the country achieved its independence in 1957," he said.
Mohamad Munir said during the tenure of Barisan Nasional government, the Prime Minister would seek the Sultan's audience and discuss possible candidates for the Menteri besar post.
Eventually, after the discussion, the sultan would choose one name for the post.
"After the fall of Barisan Nasional in Selangor in 2008, the Sultan requested for leaders in Pakatan Rakyat parties to discuss the possible candidates for the Menteri Besar post.
"The Sultan, through his private secretary had issued a letter to party leaders in Pakatan to submit two names to the palace.
"However at that point, Pakatan Rakyat had submitted only one name, which was Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim who was later selected for the position.
"Khalid fulfilled to the criteria set by the state government and the palace, in accordance to the state constitution 1959 and for that reason the Sultan agreed to appoint him as the Menteri Besar," he said.
Didn't he take any effort to flip through the history pages? At least Rafizi could have assisted him!

But... okay laaaaa!