Archive for August, 2022

In Tribute to Dr. Chen Man Hin (2) – “Fighter to the end”

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Public intellectual Dr. Lim Teck Ghee has this to say of Dr. Chen Man Hin:

“Great and good man who was always humble and modest. Fire for the undeserving but charity for the needy and deserving. Very unusual combination.
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Hishammuddin should explain why the Defence Ministry has reduced from two LCS to one LCS which must be completed and delivered with no additional government funds

(Versi BM)

Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said yesterday that ongoing construction of the first littoral combatant ship (LCS 1) will not involve new allocations from the government.

Hishammuddin said additional allocations for Boustead Naval Shipyard (BNS) to complete the remaining five LCS will only be considered after completion of LCS 1 in reportedly another two years, despite an initial targeted date in 2019. Read the rest of this entry »

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In tribute to Dr. Chen Man Hin – we have lost a great Malaysian

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We have lost a great Malaysian with the death of Dr. Chen Man Hin, 98.

Although China-born, Dr. Chen was a model Malaysian, who regards himself as a Malaysian first despite his Chinese heritage and ethnicity. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hishammuddin should resign as Minister of Defence if he cannot convince the Cabinet to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the RM9 billion Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) scandal

(Versi BM)

I congratulate the Defence Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, for his undertaking in the Dewan Negara yesterday during the debate on Senator Lim Hui Ying’s motion of urgent, definite public importance on the RM9 billion littoral combat ship (LCS) scandal to propose the establishment of a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the LCS scandal at the next meeting of the Cabinet, which is in a few hours ttime.

Hishammuddin should resign as Minister of Defence if he cannot convince the Cabinet to set up a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the RM9 billion LCS scandal, as it would show that his views and proposals as Defence Minister on defence matters are utterly irrelevant and not taken seriously by other Ministers in the Cabinet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Open Letter to the Minister of Defence, Hishammuddin Hussein on Ten Reasons why there is an urgent need for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the RM9 billion Littoral Combatant Ship (LCS) scandal

(Versi BM)

I am writing this Open Letter to the Defence Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein, on ten reasons why it is necessary to have a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the RM9 billion littoral combatant ship (LCS) scandal and why he should present the RCI proposal to the Cabinet tomorrow, although views had been expressed that an RCI is not needed now but only action by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission.

The ten reasons are:

(1) Although the all-party Public Accounts Committee (PAC) had done a great job in opening up on the subject of the RM9 billion LCS scandal, not all the facts of the scandal had been unearthed. For instance, the origin of the RM9 billion procurement, its development and the rationale for the various important decisions taken in the scandal resulting in the massive scale and prolongation of the scandal are not known. Read the rest of this entry »

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Which Defence Minister was responsible for the RM9 billion LCS scandal?

(Versi BM)

Since 1990, Malaysia has had nine Defence Minsters, two serving twice namely:

Najib Razak: Oct. 1990 – May 1995

Hamid Albar: May 1995 – Dec 1999

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Special Parliament to ring-fence LCS issue from political party differences to achieve the four-fold objectives to complete the six LCS, fight corruption in defence procurement, protect the welfare of military and ex-military personnel and safeguard the nation’s security and sovereignty

(Versi BM)

Johore State Opposition Leader and DAP Deputy Secretary-General, Liew Chin Tong has called for a Special Parliament over the Littoral Combatant Ship (LCS) controversy.

I am giving my personal views as I have not spoken to any leader in DAP, Pakatan Harapan or other political parties. Read the rest of this entry »

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Najib’s most extraordinary statement in not denying that he was the “hidden hand” behind the RM9 billion LCS scandal but asking for proof that he was the “hidden hand”

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Former Prime Minister Najib Razak has made a most extraordinary statement – not denying that he was the “hidden hand” behind the RM9 billion littoral combatant ship (LCS) scandal but asking for proof that he was the “hidden hand”.

Najib said those blaming him for the failed procurement of the six LCS should show proof he interfered with the ships’ design or took money from the project.
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Hishamuddin should visit the LCS scandal protestors in Sogo in KL tomorrow and assure them that all wrongdoers in the scandal would be brought to justice and that the nation’s security and sovereignty would be safeguarded with a rescue plan for the six LCS

(Versi BM)

The Defence Minister, Hishammuddin Hussein should visit the RM9 billion littoral combat ships (LCS) scandal protestors in Sogo in Kuala Lumpur tomorrow and assure them that all the wrongdoers of the LCS scandal would be brought to justice that that the nation’s security and sovereignty would be safeguarded with a rescue plan for the six LCS.

It has been reported that a protest has been planned tomorrow in Kuala Lumpur to highlight the LCS scandal. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why is Najib blaming fourth Prime Minister Mahathir and the Pakatan Harapan Government for the RM9 billion LCS scandal when the procurement of the six LCS was made during Najib’s time and not twenty years earlier when Mahathir was Prime Minister or the Pakatan Harapan Government after him?

(Versi BM)

Former Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu and his then deputy Liew Chin Tong asked a most pertinent question in their joint statement yesterday: whether the sixth Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak had planned from the beginning for the littoral combat ships (LCS) project to help pay off the bad debts from the failed new generation patrol vessel (NGPV) project.

I would ask a more forthright question: Why is (i) Najib trying to blame Mahathir Mohamad, the fourth Prime Minister, for the RM9 billion LCS scandal when the procurement of the six LCS was made during Najib’s time – whether the conception, negotiation and signing of contract – and not twenty years earlier when Mahathir was the Prime Minister; and (ii) the Pakatan Harapan government which came after Najib’s sixth premiership?
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Four-point approach to RM9 billion LCS scandal (i) to learn the lessons of the scandal; (ii) wrongdoers to be punished (iii) to ensure security and sovereignty of nation and (iv) to safeguard interests of current military staff and ex-service personnel

(Versi BM)

Everybody in Malaysia, whether government or opposition, the public or private sector, should agree on a four-point approach to the RM9 billion Littoral Combatant Ship (LCS) scandal – (I) to learn the lessons of the scandal; (ii) wrongdoers to be punished; (iii) ensure security and sovereignty of the nation; and (iv) to safeguard the interests of current military staff and ex-service personnel.

1. To learn the lessons of the scandal.

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If Najib cannot rebut Rafizi’s allegation that a foreign firm had full control of LCS sub-contractor, it is additional reason why Najib is the “hidden hand” behind the RM9 billion Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) scandal

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If former Prime Minister, Najib Razak, cannot rebut the allegation by the PKR Deputy President Rafizi Ramli that a foreign firm Rheinmetall Air Defence AG (RAD) had full control of the LCS sub-contractor Contraves Advanced Devices Sdn. Bhd (CAD), then it is another additional reason why Najib was the “hidden hand” behind the RM9 billion Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) scandal.

The PKR deputy president said RAD, a German defence contractor fully owned by RD Investment AG, held 49% shares in CAD. Read the rest of this entry »

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Thanks to Najib, Malaysia is even losing out to Egypt which has two Gowind LCS in operation although Egypt was later than Malaysia in contracting for the Gowind LCS

(Versi BM)

Thanks to Najib Razak, the sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia who caused national infamy for Malaysia to be regarded worldwide as a kleptocracy, Malaysia is even losing out to Egypt which has two Gowind LCS in operation although Egypt was later than Malaysia in deciding to buy the Gowind LCS.

Malaysia’s decision to buy the six Gowind LCS was made as far back as 2011 although the contract was delayed and signed only in 2014, but Egypt, which signed a one billion Euro contract to buy four Gowind LCS in 2014, has now two Gowind LCS in operation. Read the rest of this entry »

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Hacking of the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister’s Telegram accounts most deplorable but no justification for four-day failure by police and government to provide strong and proper response to serious Meta allegations that the police running a troll farm to spread fake news and false information

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The hacking of the Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri and the Foreign Minister, Saifuddin Abdullah’s Telegram accounts is most deplorable but they are no justification for four-day failure by the police and the government to provide a strong and proper response to the serious Meta allegations that the police is running a troll farm to spread fake news and false information.

Why is the government not prepared to declare that it will be a good digital citizen in the information era, and will not only protect Malaysians from any cyber warfare from any quarter, the government will not abuse its powers, responsibility and trust in the information age and will never conduct any form of intrusion into the personal space of its citizens, as running a troll farm to spread fake news and false information. Read the rest of this entry »

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Was Najib the “hidden hand” behind the RM9 billion LCS scandal?

(Versi BM)

There is one question swirling in the minds of thinking Malaysians in the past week since the tabling of the explosive report of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) on the RM9 billion Littoral Combatant Ship (LCS) Scandal: – whether Najib Razak was the “hidden hand” behind the mega scandal.

Without reading and understanding the PAC report, which is a horror story of corruption, fraud, abuse of power, mismanagement and criminality in the public service, Najib had been very active on his Facebook in the past week to defend the RM9 billion LCS scandal and even to blame the Pakatan Harapan for the scandal. – which only reinforced the question. Read the rest of this entry »

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Three-day Police silence after a weak and unconvincing denial is as good as admission of guilt of running a troll farm in a digital age where there is a new culture and ecosystem based on speed

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The three-day police silence after a weak and unconvincing denial is as good as an admission of guilt of running a troll farm in a digital age where there is a new culture and ecosystem based on speed.

The media giant Meta had implicated the Malaysian Police in attempts to manipulate public discourse by setting up a “troll farm”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Support for BERSATU call for a RCI into the RM9 billion six Littoral Combatant Ships (LCS) scandal

(Versi BM)

I support the Bersatu call for a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the RM9 billion six Littoral Combatant Ship (LCS) scandal.

Bersatu has got nine Ministers in the 32-member Ismail Sabri Cabinet. Read the rest of this entry »

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Police denial of “troll farm link” weak and unconvincing – call for public inquiry headed by a judge or former judge to investigate the serious allegation

(Versi BM)

The police denial of a claim by social media giant Meta that implicated it in attempts to manipulate public discourse by setting up a “troll farm” is weak and unconvincing.

I call for a public inquiry headed by a judge or former judge to investigate the serious allegation by Meta. Read the rest of this entry »

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Zahid should not deny the undeniable and should explain why as Defence Minister in July 2011, he overturned the decision as recommended by the Navy to contract the six Dutch-made Sigma LCS and chose the Scorpene manufacturer’s six French-made Gowind LCS within three days without consulting the Navy, the end-user?

(Versi BM)

UMNO President Ahmad Zahid Hamidi should not deny the undeniable but should explain why as Defence Minister in July 2011, he overturned the decision as recommended by the Navy to contract six Dutch-made Sigma Littoral Combatant Shiupt (LCS) and chose the Scorpene manufacturer’s six French-made Gowind LCS within three days without consulting the Navy, the end-user.

It is as clear as daylight that Zahid is responsible for the RM9 billion LCS scandal, and he should explain instead why he took three days on July 11, 2011 to overturn the Ministry of Defence decision of May 26, 2011 to contract the Sigma LCS and to go instead for the Gowind LCS, without first referring the matter to the Navy.
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Call on Sarawak and Sabah to set up a joint MA63 Constitution Review Commission to review the fulfilment of MA63 for Sarawak and Sabah 60 years after the formation of Malaysia in 1963

We meet here especially in appreciation and honour of Chong Siew Chiang, whom I will name the Father of DAP Sarawak, for establishing DAP in Sarawak in 1978 to achieve the Malaysian Malaysian objective in pursuit of the Malaysian Dream.

Next year will be the 60th anniversary of the formation of Malaysia in 1963, and for the occasion, I propose that Sarawak and Sabah set up a joint MA63 Constitution Review Commission to review the fulfilment of Malaysia Agreement 1963 for Sarawak and Sabah.

The establishment of such a Joint Commission will be an important step to achieve the Malaysian Dream which should be the aspiration of every patriotic Malaysian.

The next national general election is not far off, but it will be a challenging one for Sarawakians and Malaysians, as the days of political hegemony by one political party is gone and a thing of the past.

Malaysians will have to learn to work together without sacrificing the basic principles of serving the national interest to promote unity, harmony, justice, democracy, good governance, prosperity and well-being of all Malaysians.

This is one aspect of the re-set of nation-building principles and policies which the country must undertake if Malaysia is to fulfil its potential to be a world-class great nation, instead of being overtaken by one country after another in the last half-a-century.

Malaysia is at the meeting-point of four great civilisations – Malay/Islamic, Chinese, Indian and Western – and there is no reason why we cannot leverage on the best virtues and values of these four great civilisations to build a great and world-class Malaysia.

But the journey to make Malaysia a world-class great nation is a marathon and not a sprint, it must be counted in decades and even centuries and not in days, months and years, which is why it is important that Sarawakians and Malaysians develop the long-term spirit of the long-distance runner to make Malaysia a world-class great nation.

(Speech by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang at a DAP Sarawak luncheon ‘”In Appreciation and Honour of Lim Kit Siang and Chong Siew Chiang” in Kuching on Saturday, August 6, 2022 at 1 pm)

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