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Malaysia will continue in the corruption slide unless the MACC sets an example of accountability and transparency starting with its Chief Commissioner Azam Baki in the Azamgate affair

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Malaysia will continue in the corruption slide unless the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) sets an example of accountability and transparency starting with the MACC Chief Commissioner Azam Baki in the Azamgate affair.

Recently, political economist Edmund Terence Gomez said it is time for the MACC to have an “arm’s length” relationship with the executive branch of the government, especially with regard to the appointment of the anti-graft agency’s top commissioner. This follows the incident where several prominent politicians were implicated recently when a witness in a graft case in court testified on the Ultra Kirana Sdn. Bhd (UKSB) ledger during the corruption trial of UMNO president, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
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Strange things happening now in BN and UMNO

(Versi BM)

Strange things are happening now in Barisan Nasional and UMNO.

Firstly, the bombshell of the sacked UMNO Supreme Council member Tajuddin Abdul Rahman that a group of senior and influential UMNO leaders had met in his house in 2020 and agreed that Ahmad Zahid Hamidi should go as UMNO President and brokered a deal that would see Zahid step down amicably but UMNO Deputy President Mohamad Hasan and former Prime Minister/UMNO President Najib Razak later reneged and backed off. Read the rest of this entry »

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Cabinet silence meant Cabinet cowardice and irresponsibility yesterday in not issuing any directive to freeze all increases of salaries and allowances of GLCs and GLICs top executives until economic recovery and to sack GLC and GLIC nominees who violate the Cabinet directive?

(Versi BM)

Cabinet silence meant Cabinet cowardice and irresponsibility yesterday in not issuing any directive to freeze all increases of salaries and allowances of GLCs and GLICs top executives until economic recovery and to sack GLC and GLIC nominees who violate the Cabinet directive?

This is a great disappointment and show the limitations of Ismail Sabri as Prime Minister of Malaysia. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why Barisan Nasional parties of UMNO, MCA and MIC continue to glorify kleptocracy in Malaysia?

(Versi BM)

Yesterday, I asked when will UMNO, MCA and MIC condemn the monstrous mega multi-billion ringgit financial scandals like the 1MDB scandal and stop glorifying “kleptocracy at its worst” in Malaysia?

I said that the most important question in Malaysia today is not who will win the next general election but whether Malaysia will become a failed state before Malaysia’s Centennial in four decades from now – whether we continue in the present trajectory of kleptocracy or jump-start the nation-building process by getting into a new trajectory and return to the nation-building policies and principles agreed to by the founding fathers of the nation and enshrined in the Malaysian Constitution and Rukun Negara. Read the rest of this entry »

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When will UMNO, MCA and MIC condemn the monstrous mega multi-billion ringgit financial scandals like the 1MDB scandal and stop glorifying “kleptocracy at its worst”?

(Versi BM)

History has many strange and even surreal turns and twists.

Ismail Sabri is not the most suited Prime Minister for Malaysia. In fact, Ismail Sabri himself never expected to be Prime Minister. Read the rest of this entry »

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Will the Cabinet tomorrow issue directive to freeze all increases of salaries and allowances of GLCs and GLICs until economic recovery and to sack GLC and GLIC nominees who violate the Cabinet directive?

(Versi BM)

Tomorrow , will the Cabinet issue a directive to freeze all increases of salaries and allowances of Government-linked companies (GLCs) and Government-linked Investment Companies (GLICs) and to sack GLC and GLIC nominees who violate the Cabinet directive and present the Cabinet decision to Parliament on July 18 for parliamentary sanction?

The Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri, has many things on his plate tomorrow.

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Hussein Onn’s warning 43 years ago that Malaysia will be ”destroyed if the leaders are dishonest, untrustworthy and corrupt” will be proven true before Malaysia’s Centennial if there is no reset of Malaysia nation-building policies and principles to get out the present trajectory of kleptocracy

In 1979, at the UMNO General Assembly, the then Prime Minister , Hussein Onn warned that Malaysia will be destroyed if its leaders are “dishonest, untrustworthy and corrupt” and expressed the hope that the Bank Rakyat scandal would be a “bitter lesson to other government institutions and agencies including companies and subsidiaries set up by the Government”.

However, Hussein Onn’s warning 43 years ago that Malaysia will be ”destroyed if the leaders are dishonest, untrustworthy and corrupt” fell on deaf ears and will be proven true before Malaysia’s Centennial if there is no reset of Malaysia nation-building policies and principles to get out the present trajectory of kleptocracy.

Four things reminded me of Hussein Onn’s warning 43 years ago.

First, I went to Bukit Aman yesterday because the police wanted a statement from me over my media statement last month warning Malaysians that Malaysia should not become another Sri Lanka of becoming a failed state and where the houses of the Prime Minister and Ministers of Sri Lanka were set on fire by angry protestors?

I said “This is not going to happen today, this month or this year” but asked:

“Will it happen before Malaysia marks its Centennial in 2057 or 2063? Are we following in the footsteps of Sri Lanka, at one time a ‘jewel’ in terms of development prospects in South Asia?”

I had not incited anyone, any class or community of persons nor had I any intent to incite anyone, any class or community of persons. I had also not created or initiated any transmission which was ‘obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive in character with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass another person’, but I am prepared to go to jail for warning Malaysians not to become another Sri Lanka.

Secondly, Malaysia has lost it way in nation-building after 65 years, failed to become a Tiger economy or a world-class great nation.

We have increased our national per capita income by 30-fold from 1970 to the present day but we have increase by more than 63,000-fold the corruption and financial scandals in this period, as illustrated RM100 million Bank Rakyat scandal in 1979, the RM2.5 billion Bumiputra Malaysia Finance (BMF) scandal in 1983 and the RM42 billion 1MDB scandal in the last decade.

In the past half-a-century, Malaysia lost out to Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore, Hong Kong and Vietnam.

Will we lose out China and Indonesia before the end of this decade in the annual Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI)?

Will we lose out to more countries in economic development, even to Indonesia and the Philippines, come 2,040 or 2,050?

Thirdly, the recent memoirs of corporate lawyer Chooi Mun Sou, one of the three men appointed to the Ahmad Nordin Bumputra Malaysia Finance (BMF) Inquiry Committee in 1984, whose book “Malaysia My Home – Quo Vadis” reminded me that Malaysia may be spared the mega multi-billion 1MDB scandal and the infamy, ignominy and iniquity of “kleptocracy at its worst” if the recommendations of the Ahmad Nordin Committee had been acted upon by the government in 1986.

Fourthly, the indecent increase of the allowance of the Chairman of FGV Holdings Bhd to RM480,000 from RM300,000 and the allowances of the directors to RM150,000 from RM120,000 as compared to the meagre cash transfer announced by Putrajaya for people struggling with rising cost of food.

Hussein Onn’s 1979 warning to the UMNO General Assembly of “dishonest, untrustworthy and corrupt” leaders not only in government but in “other government institutions and agencies including companies and subsidiaries set up by the Government” come to mind.

I am not an UMNO member but how many UMNO leaders and members remember Hussein Onn’s warning or live by it?

In fact, we can even ask, is there a Hussein Onn in UMNO today?

I said in Parliament in 1979 during the debate on the Bank Rakyat scandal that if the New Economic Policy objectives of eliminating poverty regardless of race and the restructuring society were to succeed, the saboteurs of NEP in the public enterprises and companies must be got rid of.

The NEP is supposed to have life span of 20 years from 1970-1990. Who sabotaged NEP and ensured its failure as the overwhelming majority of the Malays remain poor?

Where have Malaysia nation-building gone wrong?

Probably, the greatest wrong was it continuing the corruption, abuses of power and breaches of trust in the NEP in 1990 instead of replacing it by a needs-based policy declaring a war against poverty regardless of race, religion or region.

Where has Malaysian nation-building gone wrong?

This is a question all Malaysians who love the country must ask and find an answer.

(Speech by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang at Ipoh Barat constituency’s “Malaysian Dream Continues” Dialogue at Guntong, Ipoh on Saturday, June 25, 2022 at 12 noon)

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Questions raised by Chooi Mun Sou’s Memoirs “Malaysia My Home – Quo Vadis” on the future of Malaysia

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I have read lawyer Chooi Mun Sou’s memoirs “Malaysia My Home – Quo Vadis” which raised various questions on the future of Malaysia. The book is a “must read” for all Malaysians.

Firstly, whether Jalil Ibrahim, the Bank Bumiputra internal auditor who was sent to Hong Kong to be assistant general manager of Bumiputera Malaysia Finance (BMF) to curb the BMF scandal but was murdered at the Regent Hotel, Hong Kong in 1983, had died in vain – with more bumiputras becoming rich, corrupt and involved in mega-billion-dollar scandals like the 1MDB scandal, in the name of “race and country”. Read the rest of this entry »

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There may not be a multi-billion dollar 1MDB scandal equated as “kleptocracy at its worst” if the recommendations of the Ahmad Nordin Bumiputera Malaysia Finance (BMF) Inquiry Committee had been acted on by the 1986 Mahathir government

(Versi BM)

There may not be a multi-billion dollar 1MDB scandal equated as “kleptocracy at its worst” if the recommendations of the Ahmad Nordin Bumiputera Malaysia Finance (BMF) Inquiry Committee had been acted on by the 1986 Mahathir government.

This thought struck me when I read Chooi Mun Sou’s memoirs – “Malaysia My Home – Quo Vadis”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jalil Ibrahim sacrificed his life for race and country 39 years ago while others became rich, famous, corrupt and involved in mega multi-billion-dollar scandals like 1MDB scandal also in the name of “race and country”

(Versi BM)

Reading lawyer Chooi Mun Sou’s memoirs, “ Malaysia My Home – Quo Vadis”, I was most touched by the unfinished letter written by Jalil Ibrahim to his wife and children before he was murdered in the Regent Hotel, Hong Kong on July 18, 1983:

“The problems in Hong Kong are not my making and from today onwards I am going to think of myself and my family first and put the interests of the Bank, the race and the country behind me. If those directors had thought of the interests of the Bank, the race and the country first they would’nt have made all those blunders in the first place. I have sacrificed enough and suffered enough for their blunders…”
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Most proper, honourable and patriotic thing Najib Razak could do is to renounce any political comeback as Prime Minister to save the country from any global embarrassment

(Versi BM)

I commend the forthright, appropriate, patriotic and courageous statement by the MP for Pasir Gudang, Hassan Abdul Karim following the outstanding speech by the Yang di Pertuan Agong that all religions denounce corruption which is a “cancer that can ruin civilisations” at the convocation ceremony of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM) in Shah Alam.

There is nothing more appropriate now than to remind Malaysians of the bane of corruption, in view of the following developments:
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Why is the Prime Minister not taking the lead in the war against corruption?

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The Yang di Pertuan Agong is taking the lead in the war against corruption.

He said yesterday that all religions denounced corruption, as it is a cancer that can ruin civilisations.

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Abolition of mandatory death penalty is proof that there are reforms which the Ismail Sabri government could achieve in its short period in office before the 15th General Election

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The abolition of the mandatory death penalty had been welcomed by many quarters as a first step in the right direction and is proof that there are reforms which the Ismail Sabri government can achieve in its short period in office before the holding of the 15th General Election.

This is why the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar should try to make the 14-day meeting of Parliament from July 18 to August 4, 2022 into a historic Reform Parliament putting on the statute books several reform legislation like the ban on party hopping and the abolition of mandatory penalty. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysia needs a new anti-corruption campaign when a former Prime Minister was of the view that that the salary of then Chief Secretary of the Government, which was higher than that of the Prime Minister, was “too low”

(Versi BM)

Malaysia needs a new anti-corruption campaign when a former Prime Minister was of the view that the salary of the then Chief Secretary of the Government, which was higher than that of the Prime Minister, was “too low”.

Parliament, which is set to meet for 12 days from July 18 to August 4, must set the stage for such an anti-corruption campaign.
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Not only UMNO, but MCA and MIC are also behind the “Apa Malunya BOSSku” campaign to revive kleptocracy and plot the return of Najib Razak as Prime Minister of Malaysia

(Versi BM)

Yesterday, a news item reinforced the thought that it is not only UMNO, but also MCA and MIC which are behind the “Apa Malunya BOSSku” campaign to revive kleptocracy and plot the return of Najib Razak as Prime Minister of Malaysia.

It is something which the first four UMNO Presidents, Onn Jaffar, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Razak Hussein and Hussein Onn in the first 35 years of UMNO’s life; the first four MCA Presidents, Tan Cheng Lock, Lim Chong Eu, Tan Siew Sin and Lee San Choon in the first 35 years of MCA’s life; and the first six Presidents of MIC including Devasar, Sambanthan and Manickavasagam in the first three decades of MIC life, would not have done, approved or countenanced. Read the rest of this entry »

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Even Tun Razak will not believe in Najib’s explanation of innocence of corruption

I believe the second Prime Minister of Malaysia, Tun Razak, will not believe in Najib Razak’s explanation of innocence of corruption.

I believe in the innocence of Lim Guan Eng in the corruption charges against him.

Would Tun Razak, if alive today, believe in his son’s plea of innocence of corruption?
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Will Malaysia drop to be one of the most corrupt states in Asia by the end of the decade losing out to China, India, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines in TI CPI 2030 after being overtaken by Taiwan and South Korea in the last two decades?

(Versi BM)

Did the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Forum 2022 held this week dealt with the burning issue of corruption in Malaysia – whether Malaysia will drop to be one of the most corrupt states in Asia by the end of the decade losing out to China, India, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Indonesia and Philippines in Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2030 after being overtaken by Taiwan and South Korea in the last two decades?

It does not appear to have done so, compounding the omission with a most misleading and tendentious speech by a former chief justice – ignoring the three elephants in the room: the 1MDB scandal; the appointment of Dzulkifli Ahmad as the MACC chief from 1st August 2016 to 14th May 2018 and the 5-point drop in score from 53 to 48 and 11-point drop in rank in two years in TI CPI 2021, the worst two years in 27 years of TI CPI. Read the rest of this entry »

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Malaysia Anti-Corruption Forum 2022 has raised even more questions about anti-corruption campaign in Malaysia

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The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Forum 2022 has raised even more questions about the anti-corruption campaign in Malaysia.

Former chief justice Mohamad Raus Sharif at the third Malaysia Anti-Corruption Forum said that the appointment of a politician as the chief commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had cast doubt on its credibility.
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Something very wrong with moral compass of Johor voters if they do not regard Najib’s “Apa Malunya BOSSku” campaign as merely a circus but support it and endorse Najib’s return, though a convicted kleptocrat, as the 10th or 11th Prime Minister of Malaysia

(Versi BM)

We saw Azrol Rahani in action when he spoke just now – an angry Malaysian at the many injustices and wrongs in Malaysia, whether about FELDA or the Malaysian society as a whole.

We need angry Malaysians of all ages to express their anger at the many injustices and inequalities in our society after six decades of nationhood and to demand reforms so that we can fulfil our aspiration to be a world-class great nation instead of becoming a kleptocracy, kakistocracy and a failed state, as in that eventuality, all Malaysians, regardless of race, religion or region, will suffer. Read the rest of this entry »

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Are Johor voters going to approve the 1MDB scandal – which has been described as “perhaps the single largest heist in the history of the world”?

(Versi BM)

Last week, Malaysians heard of how one of the two protagonists of the 1MDB scandal spent millions of ringgit in one night from 1MDB funds throwing an extravagant 31st birthday party attended by superstars, who were paid “celebrity charges” for attending his lavish bash -: Leonard DiCaprio (US$250,000), Paris Hilton (US$100,000), Megan Fox ($US250,000) and Kim Kardashian (US$50,000).

Invoices were produced to show that Jho Low’s Las Vegas party costs US$3.6 million.

Major items include 65 bottles of Cristal Champagne for $100,000, a whopping $39,955 tip and fees for celebrities to participate in the party. Read the rest of this entry »

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