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Call for an overall review of Federal-State relations in Malaysia to effect greater decentralisation and confer greater autonomy from Putrajaya to all state governments, not just Sarawak and Sabah

I agree with the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department (Parliament and Law) Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar that the proposal by the UMNO Deputy Chariman Mohamad Hassan to have a new Malaysia Agreement is “nonsense” as the existing Malaysia Agreement 1963, known as MA63, is a commitment that had been agreed upon by all quarters for the formation of the Federation of Malaysia.

I also agree with Wan Junaidi that what is being demanded by Sabah and Sarawak now is not to renegotiate the existing agreement but the fulfilment of matters that have already been agreed upon. Read the rest of this entry »

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Visit to Serendah gives me hope Malaysians are not indifferent to the need to save Malaysia for our children and children’s children by ensuring that Malaysia does not become failed state before Malaysia’s Centennial in another four decades

(Versi BM)

While sitting here listening to the speeches of DAP Selangor and Hulu Selangor leaders, a variety of thoughts swirled through my mind.

Firstly , why was I here when about four months ago I announced my political “retirement”. Read the rest of this entry »

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Will the “war” in earnest in UMNO for immediate general election reverse the national trajectory in the last half-a-century to losing out to more and more countries?

(Versi BM)

The “war” in earnest has started in UMNO for immediate 15th general election instead of the general election being held next year.

This could be seen from the utterances from the Deputy UMNO President, Mohamad Hassan who, because of his denial, had elicited Asia Times to reiterate its stand that Tok Mat had said in an interview that former Prime Minister and UMNO President, Najib Razak, must pay his dues if he loses the final appeal at the Federal Court. Read the rest of this entry »

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Will Penny Wong be able to be Foreign Minister of Malaysia if she had not emigrated to Australia and given up her citizenship for Australian nationality in 2001?

(Versi BM)

Will Penny Wong be able to be Foreign Minister of Malaysia if she had not emigrated to Australia and given up her Malaysian citizenship for Australian nationality in 2001?

The answer is in the negative.
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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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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, becoming an even greater kleptocracy

(Versi BM)

The general election drums are becoming louder and louder.

The “court cluster” wants the 15th general election to be held now, before any of its members is sent to Sungei Buloh Prison for corruption and abuse of power.
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All political parties, NGOs, youth associations and student clubs should hold “What Went Wrong?” sessions throughout the country to find out why Malaysia, in more than six decades of nation-building, failed to achieve her potential to become a world-class great nation and what is the way forward

(Versi BM)

I propose that all political parties, NGOs, youth associations and student clubs hold “What Went Wrong?” sessions throughout the country to find out why Malaysia, in more than six decades of nation-building, failed to achieve her potential to become a world-class great nation and what is the way forward.

When Malaya, now Malaysia, achieved her independence in 1957, Bapa Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman expressed the hope that the new nation would become “a beacon of light in a difficult and distracted world”? Read the rest of this entry »

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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

(Versi BM)

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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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 regrettable that Cabinet yesterday missed the opportunity to declare July/August meeting of Parliament a “Reform Parliament”

(Versi BM)

It is most regrettable that the Cabinet yesterday missed the opportunity to declare the July/August meeting of Parliament a “Reform Parliament” as evident from the absence of discussion of the issue.

There are four more Wednesdays – when the Cabinet meets – before the start of the Parliamentary meeting on July 18 and Malaysians have to wait whether the Cabinet would dare to take up the challenge to declare the Malaysian Parliament next month a Reform Parliament. Read the rest of this entry »

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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

(Versi BM)

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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Can Malaysia get rid of the infamy of being “ kleptocracy at its worst” in the world when the RM29,125 monthly salary of the Chief Secretary to the Government is deemed “too little” by a former Prime Minister?

(Versi BM)

For the past half a century, Malaysia has, in the words of 76-year-old Yusuf Hashim, become “a broken country” – once a potential Tiger but now possibly one of the greatest kleptocracies in the world!

We have lost out to Taiwan, South Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong in economic development in the past half a century. Would we lose out to more countries in the next half a century – even to Indonesia and the Philippines?
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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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Proposal for a Royal Commission of Inquiry to think long-term for Malaysia to become a world-class great nation

(Versi BM)

On his official birthday yesterday, the Yang di Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah urged the government and all parties, regardless of political beliefs, to formulate a long-term plan to bring the country back to the pinnacle of success in the post-pandemic era.

Sultan Abdullah said in order to face future challenges in the post-pandemic era, the country’s management needs to have a plan that covers various sectors and aspects of life.
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Is Ismail Sabri’s “keluarga Malaysia” the same as the “Keluarga Malaysia” of the first three Prime Ministers, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak and Tun Hussein or is it a “Keluarga Kleptocracy”?

(Versi BM)

The Prime Minister, Ismail Sabri continues to promote the “Keluarga Malaysia” concept and yesterday he called on the people to put aside all differences and together mobilise their energy in facing challenges as a family.

He said that the inclusive nature of the concept, which transcended the boundaries of religion, race and ethnicity, was important in the efforts to help the country to recover from the pandemic.
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The two blackspots of the 48th Barisan Nasional Anniversary Convention

(Versi BM)

The 48th Barisan National Anniversary Convention seems to be an answer to my statement that Malaysia should rectify the wrong direction we have taken in the last half-a-century and return to the nation-building principles as agreed by the nation’s founding fathers in the Malaysian Constitution and Rukun Negara if Malaysia is not to end up as a failed state.

I had said that the first three Prime Ministers Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak and Tun Hussein, would have been shocked that the nation had deviated from the founding nation-building principles to the extent that there are Ministers in the Cabinet who do not accept the Rukun Negara principles and there are leaders who are proud that Malaysia is notorious in the world as a kleptocracy.
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Malaysia should rectify the wrong direction we have taken in the last half-a-century and return to the nation-building principles as agreed by the nation’s founding fathers in the Malaysian Constitution and Rukun Negara if we are not to end up as a failed state

(Versi BM)

The decision of the High Court of Kota Bharu on Sunday to dismiss the lawsuit by Ikatan Guru-Guru Muslimin Malaysia (I-Guru) seeking to declare Chinese and Tamil primary schools unconstitutional in Malaysia, reaffirming the decision of the High Court in Kuala Lumpur on December last year, should be a signal that Malaysia should rectify the wrong direction we have taken in the last half-a-century and return to the nation-building principles as agreed by the nation’s founding fathers in the Malaysian Constitution and Rukun Negara if we are not to end up as a failed state.

The first three Prime Ministers Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak and Tun Hussein, would have been shocked that the nation had deviated from the founding nation-building principles to the extent that there are Ministers in the Cabinet who do not accept the Rukun Negara principles and there are leaders who are proud that Malaysia is notorious in the world as a kleptocracy.
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I will not debate with Najib who should disappear from the Malaysian political scene after turning Malaysia into a kleptocracy

(Versi BM)

A former Prime Minister wanted me to completely retire from Malaysian politics since I announced my political retirement at the DAP Congress on March 20, 2022.

I am afraid that I have to disappoint him for I am retiring from competitive politics and will not stand for any election inside or outside the party, including parliamentary and state assembly election, but it is not possible to retire completely from politics as politics affects every aspect and every second of one’s life. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why in the last decade nobody had emerged to testify on the identity of the Arab royalty donor of the funds in Najib’s accounts?

Judge Azimah Omar yesterday gave a great judgement in former Attorney-General Apandi Ali’s defamation suit against me.

Although I have won the defamation suit instituted by the former Attorney-General, I still intrigued by the thought why in the last decade, nobody had emerged to testify as to the identity of the Arab royalty donor who gave the funds in ex-Prime Minister Najib Razak’s personal bank accounts. Read the rest of this entry »

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