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Call on Malaysians to return to the core values for the building of a united, harmonious, prosperous and successful Malaysian nation on the 60th anniversary of attainment of Merdeka on 31st August 1957

I call on all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, region or politics to return to the core values for the building of an united, harmonious, prosperous and successful Malaysian nation on the 60th anniversary of the nation attaining Merdeka on 31st August 1957.

That something has gone terribly wrong with the Malaysian experiment of plural nation-building can be gleaned from the following four disturbing developments:

Firstly, the recent police warning that the Islamic State (IS) is planning to launch an attack in Perak during the upcoming Merdeka celebrations.

Secondly, Malaysia losing international recognition even among international Islamic scholars and academicians as a moderate nation.

Thirdly, the trend towards greater rowdyism and thuggery in political and public life, as witnessed by the riot at the “Nothing to Hide 2.0” forum at Shah Alam on Sunday, targeting former Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad with flares and flying chairs, slippers and bottles.

Fourthly, the intensification of lies, fake news and false information in publicity and propaganda organs of the government.

Fifthly, the collapse of Malaysia’s good name and international standing because Malaysia new-found infamy as a global kleptocracy and our inability to clear or cleanse the country of such notoriety. Read the rest of this entry »

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Archaic, anachronistic and even antediluvian to have Official Secrets Act in age of information –OSA should be repealed and replaced by Freedom of Information Act

Some 38 years ago, on October 16, 1979, I moved a motion on behalf of DAP in Parliament to introduce a private member’s bill intituled “Freedom of Information Act” to ensure openness of government and to prevent the law on government information from protecting inefficiency, maladministration or even malpractices and corruption.

I moved the motion in the conviction that if Malaysia was to have a meaningful parliamentary democracy, we must create a more open government, which respects and upholds the fundamental right to know of the citizens in all matters affecting the country and the people.

I made it clear that the DAP accepted that there were some legitimate secrets which needs to be protected by criminal penalties, e.g. matters involving national security, defence, maintenance of law and order, personal information, etc.

My answer therefore to the subject of the forum tonight is quite obvious. Read the rest of this entry »

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Will the MACC Chief Commissioner and top MACC officers be arrested and investigated for abuse of power in unlawfully requiring individuals arrested to facilitate graft investigations to wear orange lock-up uniforms in court in remand proceedings?

Will the MACC Chief Commissioner, Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad and top MACC officers be arrested and investigated for abuse of power in unlawfully requiring individuals arrested to facilitate graft investigations to wear orange lock-up uniforms in court in remand proceedings?

What is the use of MACC officials saying that arrest and remand process are just to facilitate investigations and not equivalent to guilt for the crime of corruption, when persons arrested by MACC and whose remand are sought in the courts are publicly humiliated, demeaned and insulted by being forced to be handcuffed and appear in court in MACC lockup uniform, as if they have already become guilty of the crime of corruption?

This is clearly a gross abuse of power. Read the rest of this entry »

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Will Mohd Isa escape justice in the way the 18 “sharks” escaped the ACA dragnet during the Abdullah premiership?

A very strange coincidence indeed. The cryptic remark without further explanation by the former Prime Minister, Tun Abdullah Badawi five days ago that he knew the truth about the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Bank Negara’s foreign exchange losses three decades ago and the high-profile arrest of UMNO stalwart Md Isa Samad by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) yesterday combined to jolt memories of Malaysians and many must be asking the same question, viz:

Whether Md Isa Samad, now under arrest and five-day remand in MACC lockup, will escape justice in the way the 18 “sharks” escaped the Anti-Corruption Agency dragnet during the Abdullah premiership? Read the rest of this entry »

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The “nothing-to-hide” 1MDB pandemonium a sign of growing panic among UMNO leaders that UMNO/BN would lose to Pakatan Harapan in 14GE

The ruckus at the “nothing-to-hide” 1MDB forum at Shah Alam is a sign of growing panic among UMNO leaders that UMNO/BN would lose to Pakatan Harapan in the 14th General Election.

I welcome the statement by the Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi that the police would investigate professionally and would take action against the culprits of the ruckus yesterday.

I only feel pity for the actual culprits, who for pittance, allowed themselves to be used as tools to disrupt the “Nothing-to-hide” 1MDB forum.

Investigation and action must be taken not only against the actual culprits but the masterminds of the ruckus, and a special effort must be made by the authorities to trace these “masterminds” of trouble. It should not be difficult to trace the “masterminds”, although the actual culprits of the ruckus could only lead to their “handlers”, but it is these “handlers” who would lead to the “masterminds”.

This would be a test of the professionalism of the Police.

The pandemonium created at the “Nothing to hide” 1MDB forum at Shah Alam is the latest evidence of the growing panic among UMNO leaders that UMNO/BN would lose to Pakatan Harapan in 14th General Election. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why MACC double-standards when it treated Phee Boon Poh as if he is No. One Criminal in Malaysia when it dare not even touch “MO1” of 1MDB scandal which made Malaysia overnight into a global kleptocracy?

I am at the Penang High Court today to show support and solidarity with Penang Exco member, Phee Boon Poh.

I will not touch on the case the MACC is implying that Boon Poh is guilty of corruption, except to say that I am shocked at the arrest of Boon Poh by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over alleged letters issued by his office involving an illegal factory in Seberang Prai.

I have known Boon Poh for more than 30 years since 1986, when I first contested in Tanjong parliamentary constituency in Penang. In 1990, Boon Poh was first elected as DAP Penang State Assemblyman for Bagan Jermal and in 2004 he became Penang Opposition Leader of the Penang State Assembly as Assemblyman for Sungai Puyu. When the DAP formed and led the Penang State Government in the 2008 and 2013 General Elections, Boon Poh had been a Penang State Exco member since 2008.

I have always known Boon Poh in the past three decades as a hard-working down-to-earth political leader, who has always kept himself close to the pulse of the people. Dedicated to the cause of justice, freedom and the welfare of the people, regardless of race or religion, Boon Poh is a practical idealist, who is not afraid to take up the people’s causes although this make him unpopular with the powers-that-be.

If Boon Poh is corrupt, produce the evidence and by all means arrest and charge him. But I do not believe that Boon Poh belongs to the breed of corrupt political leaders who corruptly enriches himself from politics.

We in the DAP belong to a different breed of people from the political leaders in UMNO and Barisan Nasional – we are in politics because of what we can achieve for the people and country and not for what we can achieve for ourselves from politics, while UMNO and Barisan Nasional leaders are in politics basically for what they can get from politics and not what they can contribute to society and Malaysians.

If two letters from his office asking a local government authority for reconsideration of action against an illegal factory is equal to corruption, then I dare say that there will be no State Excos, Menteri-Menteri Besar, Federal Ministers, the Deputy Prime Minister and the Prime Minister left, for I have no doubt all of them would have produced sheaves of letters recommending to various authorities for reconsideration over the years. Read the rest of this entry »

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If in 14GE, PH can draw away a further 10% Malay voter support and 5% non-Malay voter support in Peninsular Malaysia as compare to 13GE, a new PH Federal Government will be formed in Putrajaya

Disaster for Malaysia has struck three in a row – to the detriment of Malaysia as a favourite foreign investor haven and the pride of Malaysians about the international reputation, standing and ranking of Malaysia in the international community of nations.

First, Malaysia overnight became a global kleptocracy (I defined in Parliament as a government of 3Ps – Pencuri, Perompak and Penyamun), as result of the infamous international multi-billion dollar 1MDB money-laundering scandal, with the US Department of Justice (DOJ) filing the largest kleptocratic civil suit to forfeit some US$1.7 billion of 1MDB-linked assets in the United States, United Kingdom and Switzerland, naming 1MDB culprits including the easily identifiable “MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1” (“MO1”) and the Penang billionaire Jho Low; now superseded by DOJ’s latest decision to ask for its civil suits for the forfeiture of the 1MDB-linked assets to be put on hold while the DOJ and Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) focus on criminal invesgigations into the 1MDB scandal.

Second, we became a kakistocracy – a government by the worst people in the country, completely unscrupulous and unprincipled, where the various national instruments were wantonly abused to prop up kleptocracy in the country. An example is the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) arrest of Penang DAP Exco member, Phee Boon Boh, clearly not to fight corruption but to “whitewash” and distract public attention from the1MDB global kleptocracy scandal, “MO1” and the RM117 million 22-carat rare pink diamond necklace stolen from 1MDB funds and giv en to the “wife of MO1” as a gift by Jho Low.

But a third disaster was waiting to strike against Malaysia, and this happened today when international Islamic scholars and academicians, like Professor Zachary Abuza and Almad el-Muhammady, declared that Malaysia is not the moderate state that it used to be and that Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s “Global Movement of Moderates” initiative was nothing but a big bluff on the international stage. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is Abdul Rahman Dahlan regretting having admitted at the BBC interview last September that “MO1” is Najib Razak and that only idiots do not know that ”MO1” is Najib?

Is the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department and Director of Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications, Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan regretting having admitted at the BBC interview last September that “MO1” is Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and that only an idiot does not know that “MO1” is Najib?

I am sure all the other Cabinet Ministers, who have virtually been condemned as “idiots” by Abdul Rahman, are gleefully condemning the BN Strategic Communications Director as a real idiot for having made such an admission, now that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) has asked the Los Angeles court to put on hold civil forfeiture lawsuits against 1MDB-linked assets to allow criminal investigations into the 1MDB scandal to proceed without any hampering.

In the DOJ‘s court filings to stay its civil forfeiture suits on 1MDB-linked assets, there is no mention of Malaysian Official 1 (MO1), his spouse, or any transfers or gifts made to them.

The BN Strategic Communications Media team under Abdul Rahman immediately pounced on this yesterday and was the first to come out with a response, virtually claiming that the DOJ’s action to stay its civil forfeiture lawsuits to permit criminal investigations to continue unhampered was virtually a victory for the Malaysian government on the baseless ground that the DOJ’s latest action was tantamount to admission that its earlier 250-page civil forfeiture suits were baseless and groundless.

I do not know how the BN Strategic Communication team under Abdul Rahman could come to such a ridiculous conclusion, as the DOJ’s announcement has in fact brought DOJ investigations into the 1MDB scandal to a more serious level, requiring the putting on hold of the DOJ’s civil forfeiture actions so as not to hamper the DOJ’s criminal investigations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Under Najib, Malaysia has not only become a global kleptocracy, it has also become a kakistocracy – a government by the worst people

I am shocked at the arrest of DAP Penang Exco Member, Phee Boon Poh by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) over alleged letters issued by his office involving an illegal factory in Seberang Prai.

I have known Boon Poh for more than 30 years since 1986, when I first contested in Tanjong parliamentary constituency in Penang. In 1990, Boon Poh was first elected as DAP Penang State Assemblyman for Bagan Jermal and in 2004, he was elected Penang State Assemblyman for Sungai Puyu and Leader of Penang Opposition State Assemblyman. When the DAP formed and led the Penang State Government in the 2008 and 2013 General Elections, Boon Poh had been a Penang State Exco member since 2008.

I have always known Boon Poh in the past three decades as a hard-working down-to-earth political leader, who has always kept himself close to the pulse of the people. Dedicated to the cause of justice, freedom and the welfare of the people, regardless of race or religion, Boon Poh is a practical idealist, who is not afraid to take up the people’s causes although this make him unpopular with the powers-that-be.

If Boon Poh is corrupt, produce the evidence and by all means arrest and charge him. But I do not believe that Boon Poh belongs to the breed of corrupt political leaders who corruptly enriches himself from politics. Read the rest of this entry »

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Various global developments of the 1MDB scandal coming to a head and it may not be possible for Najib government to continue with national and international charade pretending the 1MDB scandal does not exist

Various global developments of the 1MDB scandal, which made Malaysian overnight into a global kleptocracy, are coming to a head and it may not be possible for the Najib government to continue with the national and international charade pretending that the 1MDB scandal does not exist.

Firstly, there is the news report from Los Angeles that the billions of US dollars of stolen 1MDB funds are now the focus of United States criminal investigation and that the US Justice Department has asked a judge in Los Angeles to put on hold civil forfeiture lawsuits against assets acquired by Malaysian financier Jho Low and others involved with 1MDB to prevent any hampering with the criminal investigation.

The US investigation is part of a global effort to track how much of the US$6 billion that 1MDB raised for development projects were stolen, embezzled or involved in money-laundering and used to pay for luxury real estate in New York, London and Beverly Hills, film productions, private jets, yachts and more – all for personal aggrandizement.

What is now the stand of the Attorney-General, Tan Sri Mohd Apandi Ali as it was only in June after the third kleptocratic suits by US DOJ to forfeit 1MDB-linked assets money-laundered through American banks that Apandi reiterated that “there has been no evidence from any investigation conducted by any law enforcement agency in various jurisdictions that show that money has been misappropriated from 1MDB; and that there have been no criminal charges against any individual for misappropriation of funds from 1MDB”?

No ostrich has dug it head so deep in the sand, despite Apandi’s exoneration of Najib of any wrongdoing or crime in the 1MDB scandal in January 2016 which had become increasingly ridiculous and unbelievable with the deluge of information and data on the 1MDB international money-laundering scandal, especially from the US Department of Justice kleptocratic suits. Read the rest of this entry »

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Stolen 1MDB Funds Are Focus of U.S. Criminal Investigation

By Edvard Pettersson
Bloomberg
August 11, 2017

The U.S. is moving forward with a criminal investigation into money stolen from a Malaysian state investment fund that allegedly was used to acquire about $1.7 billion in real estate, art, jewelry and other assets.

Court filings by the Justice Department Thursday show the U.S. is escalating its probe in a worldwide effort to track how much of the money that was raised by 1Malaysia Development Bhd. was used to pay for luxury real estate in New York, London and Beverly Hills, film productions, private jets, yachts and more.

Justice Department officials asked a judge in Los Angeles to put on hold civil forfeiture lawsuits against assets acquired by Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho, also known as Jho Low, and others involved with 1MDB because pursuing these cases may hamper the criminal investigation.

The U.S. investigation is part of a global effort to track how much of the $6 billion that 1MDB raised for development projects was allegedly embezzled or involved in money laundering. Switzerland, Singapore and Luxembourg are among the countries also investigating the roles played by banks and individuals. Read the rest of this entry »

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“Love Malaysia, Save Malaysia, Change Malaysia” in memory of Kerk Kim Hock’s political struggle and sacrifices to save Malaysia from kleptocracy and kakistocracy

On the second day of the wake for Kerk Kim Hock’s death, let Malaysians be part of a national campaign to “Love Malaysia, Save Malaysia, Change Malaysia” in memory of Kerk Kim Hock’s life-long political struggle and sacrifices to save Malaysia from kleptoracy and kakistocracy.

In the past two years, Malaysia’s international reputation plunged to the lowest depth in the nation’s 60 year history as we are regarded worldwide as a global kleptocracy.

The Prime Minister and the Umno/Barisan Nasiuonal government not only has no political will to clear or cleanse Malaysia of the international infamy and ignominy of a global kleptocracy, it seems to be doing its utmost to compromise the reputation and standing of the major institutions of the country by making them allies in the great charade to suppress all accountability about the 1MDB scandal.

The recent three-week meeting of Parliament ended yesterday, which achieved a major blot in Malaysian parliamentary history with questions by over 30 Members of Parliament on the 1MDB scandal rejected by the Speaker of the House on the most ridiculous and indefensible grounds.

As a result, those who want to reduce the Malaysian Parliament into a 1MDB Parliament seem to have succeeded, with Parliament taking part in a national and international charade pretending that the 1MDB scandal does not exist by banning questions and debates on the 1MDB scandal in the Malaysian Parliament.

But the national and international charade orchestrated from Putrajaya requires not just Parliament, but all major national institutions to participate fully in the national and international charade pretending that the 1MDB scandal does not exist – like reducing the Judiciary, AG’s Chambers, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, Bank Negara, Police, the media into 1MDB Judiciary, 1MDB AG’s Chambers, 1MDB MACC, 1MDB Bank Negara, 1MDB Police, 1MDB media etc!

Do we have enough upright, honest and God-fearing Malaysians to ensure that these who want to make Parliament, Judiciary, AG’s Chambers, MACCA, Bank Negara, Police, the media and other national institutions to participate fully in the national and international charade pretending that the 1MDB scandal does not exist do not succeed? Read the rest of this entry »

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Best way to remember Kerk Kim Hock’s patriotic struggle and sacrifices is for people of Malacca to spearhead a “Love Malaysia, Change Malaysia” national campaign

Many historic events took place in Malacca, the nation’s oldest heritage city.

For instance, on 20th February 1956, Bapa Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman chose Padang Bandar Hilir in Malacca to announce that Malaya would achieve independence on August 31, 1957.

Closer in time, in 1984, the people of Malacca spearheaded an impossible mission when they successfully led a “Save Bukit China campaign” to preserve the oldest cemetry heritage hill in the country.

This is the country’s 60th National Day anniversary to commemorate the nation’s attainment of Merdeka on 31st August, 1957.

Yesterday, the country lost a great patriot and nationalist with the death of Kerk Kim Hock, the fourth DAP Secretary-General and a two-term Member of Parliament as well as a one-term Malacca State Assemblyman.

Kerk had dedicated his life to his ideals to make Malaysia a great nation worthy of the Merdeka Proclamation 1957 and Malaysia Proclamation 1963 that the nation “shall be for ever a sovereign democratic and independent State founded upon the principles of liberty and justice and ever seeking the welfare and happiness of its people and the maintenance of a just peace among all nations”. Read the rest of this entry »

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The great mission to save Malaysia from continuing in the trajectory of a failed and rogue state is more important than the lies, fake news and false information of UMNO/BN leaders, propagandists and cybertroopers

What are the big news of today. There are several jostling for lead position.

They include the following:

First, 1MDB missed the new deadline to pay US$628.75 million (RM2.69 billion) to Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC) after a five-day extension from July 31.

The first deadline was set in a settlement between 1MDB and IPIC in April in order to avoid an arbitration process over monies owed to IPIC.

Abu Dhabi’s IPIC has given 1MDB until Aug 31 to make a US$603 million debt settlement payment that was due yesterday, plus interest.

However, IPIC said 1MDB was obliged to pay at least US$310 million by Aug 12, according to the company’s regulatory statement to the London Stock Exchange.
The IPIC statement yesterday stated that 1MDB and MOF Inc are to pay an undisclosed amount of “default interest” for the delay.

Have 1MDB and MOF Inc to pay the two “default interest” for the two delays and how much do they come to?

The international news about 1MDB and MoF Inc missing two debt-payment deadlines can neither be a boost to foreign investors nor cause for Malaysians to feel proud of the country, after suffering for two years under the infamy and ignominy of a global kleptocracy. Read the rest of this entry »

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We do not need anyone to distort Malaysians from seeing the clear divide between keeping a kleptocratic government engulfed in a multi-billion dollar global scandal, or choosing a democratic coalition of hope to rescue, renew and repair the nation

In 2012, on the cusp of the 13th General Election, Malaysians were presented with a trailer to the movie Tanda Putera. The trailer, supposedly of a cinematic representation of the relationship between the late Tun Razak and his deputy Tun Dr Ismail, became a farce when I was apparently made a target alongside a narrative of how I had urinated at the flag pole in the compound of the Menteri Besar of Selangor’s residence, during the days leading up to the riots of May 13th.

Before the 2008 elections, there was never any mention of me being the person responsible for the May 13th 1969. After the tsunami of March 8th 2008, the DAP and I were repackaged as a new target to complete a new narrative of how the Chinese and the DAP were the bad guys in the single most dark episode in the history of our nation.

I responded with a series of explanations and clarifications, emphasizing that I was neither in Kuala Lumpur nor was I in any part of any rallies leading up to the riots. If I were, the Special Branch would have had enough evidence to prove me so, and charge me in court. That did not happen.

Five years after Tanda Putera and the efforts of the powers that be to frame the DAP as the culprit behind racial tensions since 1969, a new bogey has been spotted in the form of another cinematic trailer of a movie entitled ‘Malay Regiment’.

I am told that the movie is about the younger generation seeking knowledge of the sacrifices made by their grandfathers who fought against the Communists in 1976. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why have Speaker Pandikar and Minister Azalina failed to provide MPs with the opportunity to review the Speaker’s rulings which denied MPs the right to hold the Executive to account on the 1MDB scandal?

Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia broke the Speaker’s gavel at a time when he was mightily displeased that his decisions are being challenged in court.

But is the Speaker aware that conscientious and hard-working Members of Parliament are mightily displeased with his many 1MDB-related decisions, such as rejecting questions on the 1MDB scandal by over 30 Members of Parliament in the current parliamentary meeting, and virtually banning 1MDB from being debated in Parliament, with no meaningful recourse to the Standing Orders to review the Speaker’s ruling?

The Minister in the Prime Minister’s Deparment in charge of Parliamentary Affairs, Datuk Azalina Othman Said said Pakatan Harapan MP for PJ Selatan, Hee Loy Sien, had undermined Parliament’s independence and sullied Parliament’s good name when he sued Parliament Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia.

Azalina cannot be more wrong.

I fully endorse Loy Sien’s legal action and the statement by the Pakatan Harapan MP for Padang Serai, N. Surendran who, together with Latheefa Koya act as Loy Sien’s lawyers, said that the suit against the Parliament Speaker was intended to uphold the dignity and role of Parliament to be the scrutineer of the actions of the Executive.

Loy Sien’s legal recourse is in fact a reflection of Azalina’s failure to uphold the parliamentary conventions in keeping with a first-world Parliament, where Parliament has not lost the powers and the independence intended by the Constitution and the doctrine of separation of powers among the Executive, the Legislature and the Judiciary.
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The 1MDB-IPIC London arbitration “settlement” is a financial scam against the people of Malaysia – why did Speaker Pandikar become part of it by refusing a parliamentary debate on it?

The Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak said yesterday that 1MDB is able to pay Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC) the US$602.5 million as part of a settlement struck in April, giving an assurance that 1MDB was facing a “technical matter” and not a question of being unable to pay (IPIC).

The DAP MP for Segambut, Lim Lip Eng’s emergency motion today under Standing Order 18(1) on 1MDB’s failure to meet the deadline to pay IPIC was rejected by the Speaker, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, on the ground that the Speaker “difahamkan oleh pihak Kerajaan bahawa 1MDB telah mengambil tindakan seperti yang telah di umumkan pada 1Ogos 2017 berkenaan dengan Pelan Rasionalisasi 1MDB bagi menyelesaikan isu yang dibangkitkan dalam usul” Lip Eng.

I rose in Parliament just now and said that the 1MDB-IPIC London arbitration “settlement” is a financial scam against the people of Malaysia and asked why the Speaker wanted to be part of this financial scam to deceive Parliament and the people of Malaysia by rejecting a parliamentary debate on it.

The 1MDB failure to pay IPIC has been attributed to misappropriation of 1MDB fund or being symptomatic of “bad financial planning”.
I think it is more serious, as the whole so-called 1MDB-IPIC arbitration settlement is a financial scam against the interests of Malaysian taxpayers.

The second Finance Minister, Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani is on record as saying that he had studied the documents of the 1MDB-IPIC dispute and he was confident that 1MDB would win the case in going for London arbitration.

Why then did the Ministry of Finance and 1MDB ended up “surrendering” to IPIC claims in toto in reaching the 1MDB-IPIC London arbitration “settlement” where 1MDB had to pay IPIC twice, and now we have the new problem of 1MDB unable to meet the deadline for the a first payment? Read the rest of this entry »

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Was Dzulkifli given two specific tasks on his appointment as MACC Chief – don’t allow any investigation affecting Najib’s political survival and free mandate to abuse the MACC to hound the Opposition?

Datuk Dzulkifli Ahmad thanked the heavens for having completed his first year as Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Chief Commissioner.

He said yesterday: “Alhandulillah, I survived.”

In his first year as MACC Chief Commissioner, the MACC had admittedly been very active when compared to previous chiefs whether of MACC or its predecessor, the Anti-Corruption Agency, in pursuing actions against corruption and the corrupt except in the biggest case of kleptocracy not only in Malaysia but in the world – the international multi-billion dollar 1MDB money-laundering scandal, which had even transformed Malaysia overnight into a global kleptocracy!

In fact, when on January 26, 2016 the Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamad Apandi Ali cleared the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Abdul Razak of any wrongdoing on the RM2.6 billion found in the latter’s personal bank accounts, Dzulkifli was seated next to the chief prosecutor during the press conference, in his capacity as director of the Attorney-General’s National Revenue Recovery Enforcement Team.

It is clear that Dzulkifli had played a major role in the Attorney-General’s decision that Najib had not committed any wrongdoing on the RM2.6 billion “donation” in the Prime Minister’s personal bank accounts.

Dzulkifli should explain whether his appointment as Chief Commissioner of MACC came with two specific tasks – firstly, not to allow any investigation affecting Najib’s political survival, in particular the 1MDB scandal, and secondly, a free mandate to abuse the MACC to hound the Opposition? Read the rest of this entry »

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Parliament Speaker Pandikar should take a cue from the AG’s refusal to send lawyers to US to observe the US DOJ’s civil forfeiture suits of 1MDB-linked assets to revoke his ridiculous ruling banning MPs from asking questions or debating the 1MDB scandal in Parliament

The Parliament Speaker, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia should take a cue from the Attorney-General, Tan Sri Mohamad Apandi Ali’s refusal to send lawyers to the United States to intervene or observe the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) civil forfeiture of US$1.7 billion 1MDB-linked assets to revoke his ridiculous ruling banning Members of Parliament from asking questions or debating the 1MDB scandal in Parliament.

It is ridiculous for the Attorney-General to adopt the stance that the US DOJ forfeiture suits were unfounded, misconceived and baseless as there is no evidence that any 1MDB funds had been misappropriated or money-laundered, while on the other hand the Speaker of Parliament adopted the equally ludicrous stance that he has “extra-territorial” powers under the sub judice rule to protect the integrity, independence and impartiality of the American system of justice while completely impotent to protect the integrity, independence and impartiality of the Malaysian system of justice!

I had last week challenged Speaker Pandikar to cite an instance from another Commonwealth Parliament where the Speaker used sub judice rule to stop parliamentary question, debate or scrutiny of a local financial scandal because of court proceeding in another country but the Speaker has not been able to cite an instance so far and must be busy looking for such a precedent in another Commonwealth Parliament. Read the rest of this entry »

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1MDB Misses $603 Million Payment to Abu Dhabi Sovereign Wealth Fund

By Elffie Chew
Bloomberg
August 1, 2017

1Malaysia Development Bhd. failed to make a $603 million payment to Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund as part of a settlement over a debt dispute, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

International Petroleum Investment Co. is expected to make an announcement in London on Tuesday, said the person who asked not to be identified as the information isn’t public yet.

The obligation, which was due on July 31, is half the amount 1MDB and the Malaysian finance ministry agreed to make to IPIC, with a second payment by the end of 2017. 1MDB and the Ministry of Finance didn’t immediately respond to emails seeking comment on the non-payment. Read the rest of this entry »

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