Archive for May, 2019

Daim is half-right – Pakatan Harapan should not dance to the tune of Najib but should compel Najib to dance to the tune of Pakatan Harapan narrative

Tun Daim Zainuddin is half-right – Pakatan Harapan should not dance to the tune of former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, but should compel Najib to dance to the tune of the Pakatan Harapan narrative.

I do not agree with Daim that Pakatan Harapan should forget about Najib, as the former Prime Minister is the de facto leader not only of UMNO-PAS axis, but the unofficial opposition combination which included MCA and MIC, but also PBS and the other Sabah other opposition parties and GPS in Sarawak.

The landslide 11,52-vote majority victory of DAP, Pakatan Harapan and Warisan in the Sandakan by-election on May 11 is not only a debacle for PBS, but of the combined Oppostion and Najib’s “Malu Apa Bossku” narrative, as PBS was only a digit of Najib’s great gameplan to ensure that the Pakatan Harapan Government would at most be a one-term government and that Najib’s travails would end by the 15th General Election and he could escape life in Sungai Buloh Prison.

A commentator had described the PBS candidate Linda Tsen as a reluctant candidate and that she had political baggage. I believe that PBS was an even greater reluctant political party to field a candidate in the Sandakan by-election as PBS had even greater political baggage after singly ruling for 10 years and as part of Barisan Nasional for 16 years.
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“Malu Apa Bossku” campaign violates Rukunegara, a challenge to National Anti-Corruption Plan 2019-2023 and obstacle to the national mission to transform Malaysia from a global kleptocracy into a leading nation of integrity

For the past several months before the Sandakan by-election on May 11, former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s highly-funded cybertroopers had been hammering hard on one theme with the siren song – enough had been said about the 1MDB scandal and Najib’s kleptocracy, the 14th General Election is over and let the courts decide whether Najib was guilty of corruption or not, but for now, the ball is in Pakatan Harapan’s court and let’s hear what the PH government had achieved to lower the cost of living and bring about institutional reforms.

In January this year, Najib’s cybertroopers invented the shameless “Malu Apa Bossku” campaign which seemed to have taken certain sections of the population by storm, which enabled the UMNO-PAS axis, with backroom support by MCA and MIC in Peninsular Malaysia and PBS and other opposition parties in Sabah and the GPS in Sarawak, to score triple victories in the Cameroln Highlands, Semenyih and Ratu by-elections.

The phenomenon of the “Malu Apa Bossku” campaign also encouraged the Opposition MPs in Parliament to block the passage of the Constitutional Amendment Bill on Article 1(2) of the Malaysian Constitution as an important first step to implement one of the five “pillar-promies” of the Pakatan Harapan’s 14th General Election pledge to “return Sabah and Sarawak to the status accorded in Malaysia Agreement 1963”. Read the rest of this entry »

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With the objective to ensure that PDRM is one of the top world-class police force, Parliamentary Caucus on Governance and Institutional Reforms will review the Royal Police Commission Report to study whether its 11 recommendations to improve welfare of the police had been implemented in the past 14 years

With the appointment of Hamid Bador as the new
Inspector-General of Police, the PDRM is poised to become a top world-class police force.

With this in mind, the Parliamentary Caucus on Governance and Institutional Reforms chaired by the MP for Port Dickson, Anwar Ibrahim, will review the Royal Police Commission Report to study whether its 13 recommendations to improve the welfare of the police had been implemented in the past 14 years.

Apart from its key recommendation for the establishment of an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) – which the police have now agreed after blocking its formation for the past 14 years with
the Home Minister, Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin announcing that the IPCMC Bill would be presented to Parliament at the end of the year – the Royal Police Commission which was headed by former Chief Justice Tun Mohamad Dzaiddin and former and longest-serving Inspector-General of Police, Tun Hanif Omar, made 11 recommendations to improve the welfare for the police force.
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DAP will not be MCA2 and MCA cannot be DAP2

A new political myth is making the rounds in Malaysia, that with the DAP in a silent mode, there’s need for a Third Force in the country.

According to this myth, as DAP has become MCA2, MCA should become DAP2.

There cannot be a greater misreading of political trends and dynamics in Malaysia as DAP will not be MCA2 and MCA cannot be DAP2.

It is akin to political imbecility to believe that MCA, after being almost eliminated in the 14th General Election, could evolve to become DAP2, when up to now, MCA dare not cut its umbilical cord with UMNO and  no MCA leader has the  conviction and temerity to denounce the 1MDB scandal and  the former Prime Minster,
Datuk Seri Najib Razak  for bringing the
country to Malaysia’s worst depths of international infamy, ignominy and iniquity by
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Malaysia has completed  process to start implementing the major pillars of Pakatan Harapan commitment to restore democracy,  the rule of law and to effect institutional and political reforms in the second year of PH government

I believe the second year of the Pakatan Harapan government in Putrajaya will see more reforms and changes in the democratic  governance of Malaysia, as the best part of the first year of the Pakatan Harapan Federal Government  after the historic decision
of the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018 had been spent on finding out the scope and extent of the  political, economic, educational, social, cultural and moral damages to Malaysia in heading towards the trajectory of a failed, rogue and kleptocratic state.

Two events in the last week before the “509” first anniversary on May 9, 2019 can be said to provide the final stones for the  basis for far-reaching institutional and political reforms in the next four years of the Pakatan Harapan government, namely the appointments of a new Chief Justice Tengku Maimun Tuan Mat, taking over from Richard Malanjum who had retired on April 2, and a new Inspector-General
of Police, Abdul Hamid Bador, replacing Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun.

As the Attorney-General Tommy Thomas said at the ceremonial sitting to celebrate the appointment of Chief Justice Tengku Maimum at the Palace of Justice this morning, the only way for the Malaysian judiciary to return to its “glory days” of the 1970s and 1980s was for judges to consistently endeavour to make the right decisions. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hisham’s latest statement is even more self-incriminating and as a major UMNO leader and former senior UMNO Minister, he should not hide behind any legal loophole but set an example of accountability, transparency and integrity by revealing all about the improprieties and illegalities in the land swaps under his watch as Defence Minister

Former Defence Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein’s latest statement is even more self-incriminating and as a major UMNO leader and former senior UMNO Minister, he should not hide behind any legal loophole but set an example of accountability, transparency and integrity by revealing all about the improprieties and illegalities in the land swaps under his watch as Defence Minister.

It is all right and proper for him to expose the faults of previous Defence Ministers, as he is not only entitled but has a duty to do so, but he should not apply double standards and spare himself from such exposure of irregularities and illegalities of land swap transactions during his tenure as Defence Minister.

Hishammuddin’s first self-incriminating statement was his cryptic advice to the Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu and Deputy Defence Minister Liew Chin Tong “if they live in glass houses, don’t throw stones”.

I for one would like to know if Mohamad Sabu or Chin Tong are alleged to be involved in corruption or malpractices as to live in “glass houses”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Forthcoming Sarawak state election will decide whether the implementation of the Pakatan Harapan “pillar-promise” of “Return Sarawak and Sabah to the status accorded in Malaysia Agreement 1963” has full support of Sarawak

The voters of Sandakan surprised themselves, Sabah and Malaysia when they gave the DAP candidate Vivian Wong a landslide victory in the Sandakan by-election on May 11, with a historic majority of 11,521 votes despite a low voter turnout of 54.4%.

Many thought that Sandakan is a constituency with predominantly Chinese voters in the 75%-80% region, but they cannot be wrong as the ethnic composition of its voter make-up is Chinese 51% and Sabah bumipuera 49%.

This makes Vivian Wong’s landslide victory all the more significant as she won all 17 polling districts in the by-election and 91 out of the 93 polling streams – making it a very representative and rounded victory.

The level of Chinese support actually increased slightly to approximately 95 percent, a level which Pakatan Harapan only achieved in 12 out of 24 parliamentary constituencies with more than 50 percent of Chinese voters in GE14. Read the rest of this entry »

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Every day in first week of second year of Pakatan Harapan rule, we have been moving strongly in the direction of a New Malaysia to restore democracy, rule of law, justice and a better life for all

A retired government servant asked me this morning whether there is hope for the future.

I replied that there would be no hope for the future if the previous UMNO/Barisan Nasional had continued to rule in Malaysia; but there is now hope with the historic decision of the 14th General Election a year ago.

But I cautioned him that it would be a herculean task to undo the corruption, abuses of power and injustices of six decades, that it would be impossible to resolve all the problems left behind by the Najib regime overnight as it is a task which will take years and even decades to complete but Malaysians must have stamina, perseverance and faith in themselves to work towards a New Malaysia.

Every day in the first week of the second year of Pakatan Harapan rule, from May 9 – 15, 2019, we have been moving strongly in the direction of a New Malaysia to restore democracy, rule of law, justice and a better life for all. Read the rest of this entry »

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Election Commission should hold an inquiry whether it had acted unlawfully in  complying with the  directive  by the previous Najib government to illegally transfer military voters to shore up the support for four Ministers – Zahid Hamidi, Hishammuddin Hussein, Ibrahim Sabry Yaakob and S. Subramaniam

The Election Commission should hold an inquiry whether it had acted unlawfully in complying
with the directive by the previous Najib
government to illegally transfer military voters to shore up the support for four Ministers for the 14th General Election – Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi (Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister), Datuk Seri Hishamuddin
Hussein (Defence Minister), Datuk Seri Ibrahim Sabry Yaakob (Minister for Rural and Regional
Development) and Datuk Seri Dr. S. Subramaniam (Minister for Health).

Last Wednesday, the Election Commission Chairman Azhar Azizan Harun said the Election Commission is awaiting a full audit report by a special investigation committee on procurement, governance  and finance in the Defence Ministry led by former auditor-general Tan Sri Ambrin Buang appointed by the new Pakatan Harapan Government.

The Ambrin audit report had  reported that EC officials were complicit in aiding the ministry in the transfer of military voters to camps built in Bera (Pahang), Segamat (Johor), Paloh (Johor) and Hutan Melintang (Perak) in time to
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One important lesson for all Malaysians from the Sandakan by-election – Never forget the 1MDB scandal or Najib’s kleptocracy if Malaysia is ever to become a nation of integrity and excellence respected by the world

For the past several months before the Sandakan by-election, former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s highly-funded cybertroopers had been hammering hard on one theme with the siren song – enough had been said about the 1MDB scandal and Najib’s kleptocracy, the 14th General Election is over and let the courts decide whether Najib was guilty of corruption or not, but for now, the ball is in Pakatan Harapan’s court and let’s hear what the PH government had achieved to lower the cost of living and bring about institutional reforms.

From January this year, this Siren Song together with the invention of the shameless “Malu Apa Bossku” campaign to create a new persona and new lease of life for Najib, had a upper hand in the social media as evidenced from the three by-election defeats of Pakatan Harapan in Cameron Highlands, Semenyih and Rantau.

But the shameless “Malu Apa Bossku” campaign could only rampage for five months before it met its Waterloo in Sandakan.

One important lesson for all Malaysians from the Sandakan by-election is never to forget the 1MDB scandal or Najib’s kleptocracy if Malaysia is ever to become a nation of integrity and excellence respected by the world. Read the rest of this entry »

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Historic Sandakan by-election has pulverised two myths: that PH/Warisan governments are only for one-term and the invincibility of the shameless “Malu Apa Bossku” campaign

The historic Sandakan by-election result has pulverised two myths in Malaysian politics – that the Pakatan Harapan/Warisan governments in Putrajaya and Sabah are only one-term governments and the invincibility of the shameless “Malu Apa Bossku” campaign to give a new lease of life to former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

At a news conference in Sandakan two days before polling on May 11, I outlined three possible scenarios in the Sandakan by-election:

First scenario – PBS victory because of the UMNO-PAS tie-up and campaign. UMNO claimed to have 9,700 members in Sandakan, and if UMNO successfully mobilised its 9,700 members to vote, with the promised 150% UMNO support by former UMNO bigwig Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan, together with the final appearance of Najib in Sandakan in his shameless “Malu Apa “ new campaign, and the votes amassed by the grand opposition coalition in Sabah, victory for the PBS candidate was on the cards.

Second scenario – DAP candidate Vivian Wong win the Sandakan by-election with a majority of a few thousand votes, confirming the support of the Sandakan voters for the DAP, Pakatan Harapan and the Warisan-led Sabah State Government.

With the low voter turn-out rate on polling day, PH/Warisan leaders thought that the best the DAP candidate could achieve in the Sandakan by-election was a small victory with a majority of some two thousand votes.

But it was the third scenario that eventuated despite the shameless “Malu Apa Bossku” campaign of Najib in Sandakan on Friday evening and Saturday morning and the “150 per cent UMNO support”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sandakan by-election not only shows that UMNO is no longer relevant in Sabah but demonstrates that the UMNO-PAS axis is utterly  irrelevant in the mission to build a world-class Malaysia

One of the architects of the DAP’s historic victory in the Sandakan by-election, Sabah Chief Minister, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal is right that the Sandakan parliamentary by-election is an endorsement by voters of the Warisan-led Sabah State Government and showed that UMNO is no longer relevant in Sabah.

But the Sandakan by-election has other meanings and implications as well as it  is also a ringing endorsement of the Pakatan Harapan
Government in Putrajaya and showed that the UMNO-PAS axis is utterly irrelevant in the mission to build a world-class Malaysia

Most  powerfully, the Sandakan verdict was a stunning repudiation of the “Malu Apa Bossku” campaign of former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who visited various polling centres  in Sandakan yesterday morning. Read the rest of this entry »

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Sandakan by-election is a national turnaround of political fortunes, wiping out the three Pakatan Harapan  by-election defeats of Cameron Highlands, Semenyih and Rantau and a knockout blow to Najib’s shameless “Malu Apa Bossku” campaign

It is now 7.20 pm. According to the Election Commission website unofficial results, DAP has polled 16,012 votes, PBS 4,491 votes, winning
with a stunning majority of 11,521 votes with the three independent candidates losing their deposit with 126 votes, 178 votes and 788 votes respectively.

Unofficially, Vivian Wong is now the Member of Parliament, winning the Sandakan parliamentary seat with a bigger majority than her father, Stephen Wong, who with a majority of 10,098 votes.

In fact, Vivian Wong has made history as she has won the Sandakan parliamentary seat with the greatest majority in the history of Sandakan.

Even more important, Vivian Wong’s victory in the Sandakan by-election is a national turnaround, wiping out the three Pakatan Harapan by-election defeats of Cameron Highlands, Semenyih and Rantau and a knockout
blow to former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s shameless “Malu Apa Bossku” campaign.

(Media Comment by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Sandakan on Saturday, May 11, 2019)

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Three things which Najib should clarify in his shameless “Malu Apa Bossku” visit to Sandakan

There are many things which the former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak should clarify about the monstrous and heinous 1MDB scandal
and other mega corruption scandals  which he should answer  in his shameless “Malu Apa  Bossku” visit to Sandakan today, but there
are three things which he should not avoid as they had just cropped up in the past two days.

Firstly, he should respond to the 509 first anniversary speech by the Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad  who said it was “strange” that Najib could still act innocent during the ongoing investigation of the 1MDB scandal and despite the return of some RM1.5 billion misappropriated from 1MDB by the US and Singapore authorities and the criminal and money-laundering investigations by some 10 countries; Read the rest of this entry »

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I am prepared to have a wager with Tok Mat – that Mahathir will keep his word to pass on the Prime Minister’s post to Anwar and will not dissolve Parliament to call for fresh elections instead

At the PBS Sandakan by-election ceramah last night, the UMNO acting president, Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad will not keep his promise of passing on the prime minister’s post to Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and that he will sooner dissolve Parliament and call for fresh elections instead.

Mohamad even said that the 15th General Election could be called as soon as the end of next year.

Mohamad said he was familiar with Dr Mahathir’s character and from what he knows, the latter will not relinquish the post to Anwar. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let Sandakan by-election represent a national turnaround to the three by-election defeats to give a great boost and support for the start of second year in the agenda for change for a New Malaysia, New Sabah and New Sandakan

There can be three scenarios to the outcome of the Sandakan parliamentary by-election on Saturday, 11th May 2019:

First scenario – the UMNO-PAS tie-up, using PBS to field a candidate, can win the by-election. UMNO states that it has 10,000 members in Sandakan. If UMNO could mobilise its 10,000 members to vote, and together with PAS, PBS and the support of others, the PBS candidate might be able to poll some 15,000 votes. In such a situation, the UMNO-PAS candidate might win the Sandakan by-election by a few hundred votes.

Second scenario – DAP candidate Vivian Wong wins the Sandakan by-election with a majority of a few thousand votes, confirming the support of the Sandakan voters for the DAP, Pakatan Harapan and the Warisan-led Sabah State Government.

Third scenario which is unlikely and very challenging, calling virtually for a political miracle, i.e. Vivian Wong wins the Sandakan by-election with an even bigger majority than her father, Datuk Stephen Wong in the 14th General Election. In the last general election Stephen Wong polled 19,094 votes and won with a thundering majority of 10,098 votes. This scenario is unlikely in a by-election which is likely to have a lower voter turn-out, but if it happens, it will be a rare achievement which will also be a ringing endorsement not only for DAP, Pakatan Harapan and the Warisan-led Sabah State Government, but represent a national turnaround to the recent three by-election defeats suffered by Pakatan Harapan in the Cameron Highlands, Semenyih and Ratau by-elections and give a great boost and support for the start of second year in the agenda for change for a New Malaysia, New Sabah and New Sandakan.
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Najib with his new persona Malu Apa Bossku welcome to Sandakan to give Malaysian voters the opportunity to speak up  loud and clear in a parliamentary by-election  that 1MDB scandal and Malaysia as a global kleptocracy are subjects of shame for right-thinking Malaysians

It is reported that former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak will be the star speaker of the UMNB-PAS by-election campaign for the PBS candidate in the Sandakan by-election on Friday, the eve of the by-election on Saturday.

Najib with his new persona Malu Apa Bossku is welcome to Sandakan to give Malaysian voters the opportunity to speak up loud and clear in a parliamentary by-election that the monstrous 1MDB scandal and Malaysia as a global kleptocracy are subjects of shame for right-thinking Malaysians.

Najib should come to Sandakan to explain why he had never apologised or expressed regret for the 1MDB scandal, which had brought to the country the 3Is of infamy, ignominy and iniquity as a global kleptocracy.
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Let Sandakan by-election provide the great thrust and boost in the start of the second year of Pakatan Harapan federal government and Warisan-led Sabah State Government to continue the agenda of change to create a New Malaysia and a new Sabah

This is the time for report cards for the first anniversary of the historic decision of the 14th General Election of May 9, 2018.

The first anniversary in two days’ time is marked by the appointment of a new Chief Justice and a new Inspector-General of Police, both important and positive developments in the building of a New Malaysia to undertake institutional reforms to establish a New Malaysia which upholds the doctrine of separation of powers, the rule of law and to restore institutional independence and professionalism.

There had been ups and downs, breakthroughs, setbacks and even failures from the Pakatan Harapan promises of the last general election, but what is most important is whether Pakatan Harapan remains committed to the promises and agenda for change for a new Malaysia and a new Sabah and prepared to learn from our setbacks and failures.

The two important appointments of the Chief Justice and the Inspector-General of Police, as well as the earlier appointment of the first Chief Justice from Sabah, represent a good end for the first-year anniversary of the historic, peaceful and democratic change for Malaysia the first time in six decades in Malaysia and first time in 55 years for Sabah. Read the rest of this entry »

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Great mistake to think that Najib’s corruption trials and those of a few bigwigs of the former administration signify Malaysia is firmly on the road to becoming a top nation of integrity

It is a great mistake to think that the corruption trials of former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and a few bigwigs of the former administration signify that Malaysia is firmly on the road to becoming a top nation of integrity.

Two events over the weekend illustrates such a dangerous fallacy.

First, the denial by an exalted personality like the former Speaker of Parliament that there was – or that anybody knows or cares about – the 1MBD scandal when Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia campaigned for PBS in the Sandakan by-election.

Pandikar had been singly responsible for the subversion of the 13th Parliament in preventing it from performing its patriotic duty to save Malaysia from being condemned by the world as a global kleptocracy.

There was neither a trace of regret nor a tinge of contrition from Pandikar for what he did as the Speaker of the 13th Parliament in suppressing parliamentary debate or probe into the 1MDB scandal, but instead, in perpetuating a furtive attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of Malaysian people by denying that there is such a thing as a 1MDB scandal.
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Welcome Pandikar coming out from the woodwork!

Welcome Tan  Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, though it is a surprise to see you coming out from the woodwork campaigning for PBS at Pulau Berhala in the Sandakan by-election.

You have been quite forgotten after your nine-year  stint as Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s 1MDB Speaker of Parliament, when you were the darling of the media, enjoying the controversies when you arbitrarily banned parliamentary discussion and probe of the 1MDB scandal and prevented Parliament from playing its role to save Malaysia from the ignominy, iniquity and  infamy of being condemned by the world as a global kleptocracy.

The 13th Parliament could have performed its patriotic duty to save Malaysia from being
condemned by the world as a global kleptocracy, but you stood in the way and did Najib’s every bidding. Read the rest of this entry »

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