Archive for January, 2020

Many public interest issues raised by the nine audio tapes released by MACC but among the biggest is that after a week, none of the protagonists whether Najib, Rosmah, Dzulkifly or Azeez had denied their veracity or claimed they are doctored or fake

Many public interest issues have been raised by the disclosure of the nine audio tapes released by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission but among the biggest is that after a week, none of the protagonists, whether former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak, his wife Datuk Seri Rosmah Mansor, former MACC Chief Commissioner, Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad or Baling MP Datuk Seri Azeez Abdul Rahim had denied their veracity or claimed that they were doctored or fake tapes.

In fact, Najib had indirectly confirmed the authenticity of the tapes when he claimed that the infamous “Can I advise you something” audio tape wasn’t “Rosmah scolding me, it was a normal chat” between husband and wife or his ridiculous claim that the tapes on his conversation with the United Arab Emirates crown prince Mohammed Zayed Al Nahyan on July 22, 2016 to intervene for his stepson Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz proved that he had not been lying about the 1MDB scandal.

The resolution of these many public interest issues raised by the disclosure of the nine audio tapes, including the shocking disclosure of a prime minister involved in the high crime of treason participating in an obstruction of justice, is one of the greatest challenges facing Malaysia in the new year.

(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Gelang Patah on Tuesday, 13th January 2020)

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What is the use of an individual winning if the nation loses as a result?

When I visited Salem, India in August last year, I said that Malaysia seemed to be trapped in an extraordinary situation which, if not addressed, will only lead to greater division and disunity, stagnation and failure to leverage on the best values and qualities of the Islamic, Chinese, Indian and Western civilisations which meet in confluence in Malaysia to build a great Malaysian nation.

This extraordinary situation was one where every community was made to believe that its ethnicity, rights, culture and future were facing an existential threat – where the Malays felt threatened, the Chinese felt threatened, the Indians felt threatened, the Kadazans felt threatened and the Ibans felt threatened.

Not only the various races felt threatened, Islam felt threatened and the non-Islamic religions felt threatened.

But who was creating all these threats to all ethnic groups in the country? Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysia should offer our firefighters’ help in the Australian bushfire crisis

Malaysia should offer our firefighters’ help in the Australian bushfire crisis, which will be in the spirit of good neighbourliness.

Australia is facing an unprecedented bushfire crisis, which is reported to be entering a dangerous new phase with high temperatures and strong winds set to exacerbate the already devastating fire conditions across the country.

There are fears a number of still-raging blazes could merge to create “monster infernos” in Victoria and New South Wales.

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A victory for the Warisan candidate in Kimanis Karim Bujang will be an endorsement of Sabah and Malaysian nation-building formula of inter-racial and inter-religious unity, co-operation, understanding and tolerance and rejection of lies, fake news, hate speech and most irresponsible extremism

Sabah and Malaysian nation-building formula of inter-racial and inter-religious unity, co-operation, understanding and tolerance and rejection of lies, fake news, hate speech and most irresponsible extremism.

I have found myself in a most difficult and unenviable position in the past 20 months.

I had been attacked as the greatest threat to Malay rights and interests in the country, who had reduced the Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad to a mere puppet, to further my ulterior agenda as a Chinese chauvinist and a communist. And yet to the Chinese, I had been attacked as having sold out the rights and interests of Chinese in Malaysia and have become a puppet and a “running dog” to Mahathir.

We must reject all these lies, fake news, hate speech and most irresponsible extremism in Sabah and Malaysia for Mahathir is not my puppet and neither have I become Mahathir’s “running dog”.

But what is most shocking is that these most irresponsible extremists who spout such contradictory lies, fake news, hate speech could co-operate politically to want to destroy the Pakatan Harapan-Warisan government in Putrajaya and Sabah. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let Kimanis by-election be another great victory for Warisan-Pakatan like the Sandakan by-election

I call on the Kimanis voters to give another great by-election victory for the Warisan-Pakatan team like the Sandakan parliamentary by-election in May last year.

Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had a good reception when he visited Membakut in the Kimanis constituency yesterday, but Najib also had a good reception when he visited Sandakan during the Sandakan by-election but the Pakatan-Warisan candidate, Vivian Wong won the by-election with a greater majority as compared to the general election.

I hope there will be a repeat in the Kimanis by-election, for Sabah will be delivering an important lesson to the rest of Malaysia that a stand must be taken against corruption and abuses of power of the previous administration.

For close to a decade, Malaysia suffered the shame and ignominy of being regarded by the world as a global kleptocracy, and Malaysians must demonstrate to the world that we want to put this shameful chapter in the nation’s history firmly behind us and that there is no room for those who want to forget the kleptocratic past or even to allow leaders who had been responsible for turning Malaysia into a global kleptocracy to return to power.

Malaysia has made a historic turnaround to build a clean, honest, accountable and transparent government. Read the rest of this entry »

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Let us learn from the lessons of the past 19 months

Former top civil servant Tan Sri Alwi Jantan’s following 2020 New Year’s Day poem yesterday “Change” is food for thought for all Malaysians, regardless of race or religion, who care and love Malaysia and only want the best for Malaysia and our children and children’s children:

CHANGE

We voted for a change
From kleptocracy to Malaysia Baru.
You won’t believe it but it’s strange
What we get are all true.

Black shoes and khat for schools,
Zakir Naik the hate guru.
As if we haven’t been taken for fools,
Flying car and crooked bridge too.

Academics become cheer leaders
In search of lost dignity.
Not fit to become teachers
At any university.

O Lord, my wish for the New Year,
Show us the way to salvation.
Let us together strive and bear
The burden of rebuilding this nation.

I agree with Alwi that a lecturer who could set an university examination paper on ethnic relations extolling the preacher Zakir Naik as an icon in the Muslim world is not promoting but undermining ethnic relations in Malaysia and is ‘Not fit to become teachers at any university”. Read the rest of this entry »

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