Archive for December 19th, 2015

National Security Council Bill is a double “national insecurity” move, caused by Najib’s sense of insecurity and would cause insecurity to Malaysians declared as “security areas”

Today is the birthday of one of the great Malaysians in the nation’s history – P. Patto.

DAP and the nation miss Patto for the past 20 years since his premature death in July 1995, for if Patto had been with us in the political struggle for justice, freedom and good governance in Malaysia in the past two decades, the political picture of the day may be very different today – with UMNO/Barisan Nasional toppled from Putrajaya and the Prime Minister today would have been Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and not Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

I have just come from Kopisan in Gopeng, which is the first of five “Solidarity with Lim Kit Siang & Mana RM2.6 billion?” whistlestop tour today together with DAP National Assistant Publicity Secretary and MP for Kulai, Teo Nie Ching and DAP Perak leaders.

Kopisan is where Patto stayed for some five years and where his first daughter, Kasthuri Patto, was born. Kasthuri is now the DAP MP for Batu Kawan.

When a band of young Malaysians got together some 50 years ago to form the Democratic Action Party, we did it not because of any thought of becoming MP, State Assembly representative or forming a state or national government, but because of our patriotic convictions and principles to make our country, Malaysia, a better place for all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region, to ensure that all Malaysians can enjoy freedom, justice, good governance, development, progress and prosperity. Read the rest of this entry »

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A new political realignment is in the works – where UMNO-PAS co-operation could be more powerful and far-reaching than UMNO’S coalition with the other 13 BN parties

A new political realignment is in the works in the political demography in Malaysia, driven by Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s overpowering passion to survive as Prime Minister of Malaysia and President of UMNO despite all odds, including his RM2.6 billion “donation” and RM55 billion 1MDB twin mega scandals.

This is why the advanced courtship between Najib and the PAS President, Datuk Seri Hadi Awang has graduated from secret conclaves to the public domain, cemented by Hadi’s role as the pre-eminent defender of Najib in the Prime Minister’s twin mega scandals in the past few months.

In May, Hadi had publicly said that Najib should not bow down to pressures from the 1MDB scandal and should not resign as Prime Minister.

In July, Hadi was quick to come to the defence of Najib after the Wall Street Journal expose of RM2.6 billion deposits into Najib’s personal banking accounts before the May 2013 General Election, demanding for witnesses without which the Wall Street Journal allegation should be ignored.

As a result, the relationship between Najib and Hadi became increasingly warm and friendly in the last few months. Read the rest of this entry »


Was Hasan Arifin speaking for PAC or only for himself about being “satisfied” with Arul Kanda’s testimony on 1MDB, and if the former, was a vote taken of the PAC members whether they are “satisfied” with Arul’s evidence?

On the way to the launch of the Perak State Pakatan Harapan in Ipoh from a DAP dinner at Chuichak new village, I read that after its meeting today, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Datuk Hasan Arifin issued a statement saying that he is satisfied with 1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy’s explanation after a three-hour grilling.

I find Hasan’s statement most shocking as it contradicted the earlier statement by Tony Pua, the PAC member who is most knowledgeable about 1MDB, who had said that Arul Kanda’s answers were “not perfect” and “incomplete” and that the 1MDB president had evaded certain questions.

When Hasan said he was “satisfied” with Arul Kanda’s explanations at the continued PAC investigations into the 1MDB, was this a reflection of his “cari makan” mode of operation or did he take a vote from the PAC after Arul Kanda’s testimony to determine whether the PAC was “satisfied” with the 1MDB CEO’s testimony?

If Hasan had not taken a vote of PAC after Arul Kanda’s testimony, and merely given his own views, he was guilty of misleading Members of Parliament and the Malaysian public who have been following the PAC proceedings with great interest and anticipation.

The Malaysian public does not want the views of a “cari makan” PAC Chairman but the views of the PAC as determined by a vote as to whether PAC is satisfied with Arul Kanda’s testimony. Read the rest of this entry »