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Three shocks from the Opposition in Parliament during the 2019 Budget presentation

I was wrong yesterday, I thought there would be an empty seat next to the Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi, during the presentation of the 2019 Budget in the Dewan Rakyat yesterday as a day earlier, the United States Department of Justice had finally indicted fugitive financier Jho Loh and a former Goldman Sachs banker Tim Leissner had pleaded guilty to 1MDB corruption and money-laundering charges.

Jho Low was charged in the federal court at the Eastern District of New York for conspiring to launder billions of dollars embezzled from 1MDB.

Low and former Goldman Sachs banker Ng Chong Hwa, also known as Roger Ng, were also charged with conspiring to violate Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) to paying bribes to Malaysian and Abu Dhabi officials. Read the rest of this entry »

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Public Accounts Committee should welcome Najib’s semi-aborted interview with Al Jazeera as Najib had opened up on many new leads on the 1MDB scandal and he should be asked to elaborate on them

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) which has been directed by Parliament in a special motion to re-investigate the 1MDB scandal should welcome former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s semi-aborted interview with Al Jazeera as Najib had opened up on many new leads on the 1MDB scandal and he should be asked to elaborate on them. Read the rest of this entry »

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Is it divinely ordained that former Prime Minister Najib should speak to an empty chamber in Parliament to underline how low he has fallen and how irrelevant to Malaysians he has become?

Is it divinely ordained that former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak should speak to an empty chamber in Parliament to underline how low he has fallen and how irrelevant he has become to Malaysians?

Such a question would naturally follow from the declaration in Parliament yesterday by the UMNO President and former Deputy Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi that the earthquake and tsunami in Palu, Indonesia that killed more than 1,900 people happened because there were over 1,000 people who were involved in LGBT activities.

Malaysians and in fact the world must thank Najib for posting a photograph on his Facebook page showing him delivering a speech in the Dewan Rakyat to rows of empty seats in front of him – which is indeed a rare sight!

In fact, there were several meetings in Parliament going on at the time Najib spoke, including the Public Accounts Committee and two Ministerial briefings on forthcoming parliamentary business. Read the rest of this entry »

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Three unusual sights during Mahathir’s speech on 11th Malaysia Plan Mid-Term Review in Parliament yesterday

There were three unusual sights during the Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad’s speech on the 11th Malaysia Plan Mid-Terrm Review in Parliament yesterday.

First, the empty seat opposite the Prime Minister across the parliamentary aisle in the Opposition benches. The seat was empty as the Parliamentary Opposition Leader had been arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and expected to be charged in court today on 45 counts of corruption, criminal breach of trust and money-laundering.

Second, the second Opposition seat next to the Parliamentary Opposition Leader, which is occupied by the former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak. During Mahathir’s entire speech on the 11th Malaysia Plan Mid-Term Review, Najib never raised his head to look at the Prime Minister, eyeball to eyeball so to say, but kept his head down.

A concession of total moral and political defeat and capitulation by Najib Razak? Read the rest of this entry »

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The Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) report should be tabled as a White Paper in Parliament and a Parliamentary Select Committee on Institutional Reforms formed on the CEP proposals to be implemented, including the system for the appointment of judges

The Council of Eminent Persons (CEP) report should be tabled as a White Paper in Parliament and a Parliamentary Select Committee on Institutional Reforms formed on the CEP proposals to be implemented, including the system for the appointment of judges.

Recently, the CEP chairman Tun Daim Zainuddin called on the government to make the CEP’s recommendations available to the public.

He said that as part of the CEP’s efforts to look into the government finances, it had interviewed more than 300 individuals, including bankers, businessmen, civil servants, civil society members and union officials.
Those interviews had revealed a culture of turning a blind eye towards corruption.
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Every PAC member should be given a copy of the two books on 1MDB scandal – the “Sarawak Report” and “Billion Dollar Whale” – and every PAC member should have read them by Tuesday for PAC to re-open investigations into 1MDB scandal

Every Public Accounts Committee member should be given a copy of the two books on the 1MDB scandal, viz. “The Sarawak Report – The Inside Story of the 1MDB Expose” by the Sarawak Report editor, Clare Rewcastle Brown and “Billion Dollar Whale – the Man who fooled the Wall Street, Hollywood and the World” by Tom Wright and Bradley Hope, two Wall Street Journal reporters.

Furthermore, all the PAC members should have read the two books on the 1MDB scandal by next Tuesday when they start to carry out Parliament’s directive following an unanimous parliamentary motion last August to “conduct again a detailed investigation on the embezzlement of monies and the scandal with regard to 1MDB and its related companies in order to restore the dignity of the Dewan Rakyat; and that all related information should be made public”.
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Ronald Kiandee should recuse himself from PAC investigation into 1MDB scandal as he was Deputy Speaker of previous Parliament banning questions and debate on 1MDB scandal

As the Pakatan Harapan candidate for Port Dickson parliamentary by-election Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim has just said, on his return to Parliament, Tun Mahathir Mohamad would continue to focus on his Prime Ministerial duties while he would focus on parliamentary reforms.

There is no doubt that parliamentary reforms in Malaysia is long overdue.

The last 13th Parliament became an international joke and charade as Members of Parliament were not allowed to submit questions or to debate the 1MDB scandal, when the whole world was aware of its monstrous criminality and moral turpitude.
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Will the PAC under Ronald Kiandee produce the most comprehensive, authoritative and up-to-date account on the 1MDB scandal?

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the 14th Parliament has the opportunity to produce the most comprehensive, authoritative and up-to-date account on the 1MDB scandal, which has been described by the US Attorney-General Jeff Sessions as “kleptocracy at its worst” and which landed Malaysia with the international infamy of being regarded worldwide as a global kleptocracy.

It is not the job of the PAC to “resurrect and deconstruct” or even reconstruct the PAC Report on the 1MDB scandal of the 13th Parliament, or to persist in the pretence that the previous PAS Report had “cleared” Datuk Seri Najib Razak of any wrongdoing in the 1MDB scandal.

In fact, if the present PAC is going to do justice to the parliamentary motion in August directing it to “conduct again a detailed investigation on the embezzlement of monies and the scandal with regard to 1MDB and its related companies in order to restore the dignity of the Dewan Rakyat; and that all related information should be made public”, it will have to repudiate the previous PAC Report which was conceived to aid and abet Najib in the world’s “worst kleptocracy” and helped cement the world perception that Malaysia was unrepentant as a global kleptocracy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Has the PAC Chairman Ronald Kiandee misunderstood the intent and purpose of the parliamentary motion directing the PAC to re-open a detailed investigation into the 1MDB scandal?

Has the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman Datuk Seri Ronald Kiandee misunderstood the intent and purpose of the parliamentary motion last August directing the PAC to re-open a detailed investigation into the 1MDB scandal?

The Parliamentary motion unanimously passed by all MPs last August directed the PAC to “conduct again a detailed investigation on the embezzlement of monies and the scandal with regard to 1MDB and its related companies in order to restore the dignity of the Dewan Rakyat; and that all related information should be made public”.

In his interview with the New Straits Times yesterday, Kiandee said that the PAC will “resurrect and deconstruct” the previously-concluded report on the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDG) scandal that “cleared” former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

In the first place, the very unsatisfactory PAC report of the 13th Parliament on the 1MDB scandal never “cleared” Najib of any wrongdoing in the 1MDB scandal – a claim which Najib himself had repeatedly asserted before the 14th General Election but could not substantiate. Read the rest of this entry »

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Now that the BN-controlled Senate had sabotaged the repeal of the Anti-Fake News Act at least for a year, should Najib be the first to be charged for the numerous fake news he had manufactured about the 1MDB corruption and money-laundering scandal?

A Barisan Nasional-owned newspaper which described yesterday’s Senate rejection of the Anti-Fake News (Repeal) Bill passed by the Dewan Rakyat as “an historic development” was right in the sense that it was a Day of Infamy for the Senate after six decades of irrelevance in Malaysian history.

It highlighted the urgency of parliamentary reforms with regard to the Senate to ensure that it could be an effective revising chamber for the Dewan Rakyat as envisaged by the founding fathers of the nation, instead of being a dumping-ground for the political has-beens and the political rubbish from the Barisan Nasional parties, which was the standard operating procedure for appointment of BN Senators in the past six decades.

This is why BN-appointed Senators do not feel the shame that their appointers had been rejected by the Malaysian people in the 14th General Election, and if they had a modicum of shame and moral compass, they would have honourably resigned from the Senate instead of playing the role like yesterday as saboteurs and enemies of the popular will as expressed in the 14th General Election. Read the rest of this entry »

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Najib should declare that he would testify and fully co-operate with PAC investigations on his role in the 1MDB scandal, which caused Malaysia the infamy, ignominy and iniquity of a global kleptocracy

The 20-day first meeting of the 14th Parliament ended yesterday on a high note with unanimous passage of the motion directing the Auditor-General and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to conduct again a detailed investigation on the embezzlement of monies and the scandal with regard to 1MDB and its related companies in order to restore the dignity of the Dewan Rakyat and for all related information to be made public.

This will be unthinkable in the 13th Parliament. In fact, such a motion would not see the light of day, like my motion at the last meeting of the 13th Parliament in March/April 2018 to find the PAC Report unsatisfactory and to direct the PAC to conduct a “fuller and more comprehensive investigation into the 1MDB scandal which had brought Malaysia the 3Is – infamy, ignominy and iniquity – of a global kleptocracy”.

It is quite remarkable that there is a change of mindset among Opposition MPs, as UMNO/BN MPs would have fought tooth-and-nail to stymie any comprehensive investigation into the 1MDB scandal in the 13th Parliament.

In fact, I was suspended from Parliament for six months each in the 13th Parliament, turned into a “parliamentary ghost” and as I said in Parliament yesterday, I was never more ashamed as a Member of Parliament during the 13th Parliament as there was a conspiracy where the 1MDB scandal was elevated into a taboo subject, where questions could not be asked or motions moved. Read the rest of this entry »

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After peaceful and democratic transfer of power, two further challenges for Malaysia to become world-class nation are to transform a global kleptocracy into a leading nation of integrity and far-reaching parliamentary reforms

I congratulate Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Steven Sim for the launching of his first book “Dalam Ada Bunga” by the Speaker of Parliament, Datuk Mohd Ariff Mohd Yusuf.

I am particularly attracted by Sim’s poem “Lim Kit Siang” when in the last few days of the 13th Parliament in April 2018, I was treated like a parliamentary “ghost” when the Parliament Speaker and his Deputy Speakers said they could not see me when I entered the parliamentary chamber – because I was suspended for six months for the second time in the 13th Parliament. Read the rest of this entry »

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Speaker Ariff’s lifting of ban on MPs from questioning and debating 1MDB scandal an important step to restore doctrine of separation of powers and public respect for Parliament and cries out for Najib to answer the many serious charges of corruption and money-laundering in US DOJ litigation suit in his capacity as “MO1”

Parliament Speaker Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof’s lifting of the ban on MPs from questioning and debating the international 1MDB corruption and money-laundering scandal is an important step to restore the doctrine of separation of powers and public respect for Parliament as the highest political chamber in the land.

It also cries out for the former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak to answer the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) litigation suit with contained many grave charges of corruption and money-laundering against him, as he was identified as “MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1 (MO1)”.

Barisan Nasional Strategic Communications Director and former Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Economic Planning Unit, Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan, had admitted at the BBC interview in September 2016 that “MO1” is Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and that only an idiot does not know that “MO1” is Najib.

All who had served as Ministers in the Cabinet government in the past two years should declare whether they were “idiots” or they had known all along that Najib was “MO1” who was cited 26 times in the US DOJ 1MDB litigation suit and they were only putting up a great pretence of ignorance to the Malaysian people? Read the rest of this entry »

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Will all the Barisan MPs follow the lead by Zahid and Wee last week in a conspiracy of silence and avoid the 1MDB corruption scandal like the plague when debating in Parliament?

The most outstanding aspect of both the speeches by the first two Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament, UMNO President and Parliamentary Opposition Leader, Zahid Hamidi (Bagan Datoh) and the MCA Deputy President and MP for Ayer Itam, Wee Ka Siong, in the 14th Parliament in the current parliamentary debate is their conspiracy of silence on the greatest and worst corruption scandal in the country’s history – the monstrous international 1MDB corruption and money-laundering scandal which had given Malaysia the infamy, ignominy and iniquity of a global kleptocracy.

Will all the Barisan MPs follow the lead by Zahid and Wee last week in a conspiracy of silence and avoid the 1MDB corruption scandal like the plague when debating in Parliament, not only in the current agenda of motion of thanks for the royal address but in all future parliamentary business? Read the rest of this entry »

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UMNO is sinking lower and lower, day after day

New UMNO President and Parliamentary Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi said in his speech in Parliament on Wednesday that May 9 was a tragedy and a nightmare.

Yes, it was a tragedy and nightmare to the UMNO and Barisan Nasional leaders, but to the overwhelming majority of patriotic Malaysians both inside the country and in the Malaysian Diaspora worldwide, it was a day of liberation, of hope reborn that Malaysia can be saved from becoming a global kleptocracy and be great again, as expressed by Bapa Malaysia Tunku Abdul Rahman during the founding of the nation to be “a beacon of light in a difficult and distured world” instead of being “a zone of darkness in the world of corruption and money-laundering”.

UMNO, the great political party of Onn Jaffar, Tunku Abdul Rahman, Tun Razak and Tun Hussein is sinking lower and lower, day after day, as in the past three days.

On Wednesday, Malaysiakini, in its latest microsite, revealed that in total, at least RM470 million went from 1MDB to various political entities through 102 transactions, excluding individuals, between April 2012 and August 2013.

Umno received the lion’s share, at RM417.4 million or 88.8 percent of the funds. The next biggest recipients were MIC at RM20.55 million, and MCA at RM16.5 million. Up to now, UMNO and the other BN parties have kept an indiscreet silence. Read the rest of this entry »

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Call on UMNO and PAS leaders to heed the advice of the Yang di Pertuan Agong and not to sow disunity, incite hatred or concoct lies and far-fetched theories solely for anyone’s political interests

I call on all UMNO and PAS leaders, especially Members of Parliament, to heed the advice of the Yang di Pertuan Agong, Sultan Muhammad V in his speech opening the 14th Parliament today and not to sow disunity, incite hatred or concoct lies and far-fetched theories just for anyone’s political interests.

The Yang di Pertuan Agong today urged all parties to work together for unity and to find solutions for the nation’s survival instead of being emotional and prejudiced.

He said rightly about the historic and watershed 14th General Election on Mayh 9, 2018 that “the people have chosen” and “all parties should accept and respect the result of the general election without being emotional, narrow-minded, prejudiced and having slanderous thoughts that are influenced by sensationalist and speculative media”.

The Agong’s call to all parties to “work to find common ground and cooperate for the well-being of the people and the survival of the nation” must be the overarching spirit of the 11-day debate on the royal address in Parliament, which as the Yang di Pertuan Agong has rightly pointed out, is “an enormous responsibility” for the MPs in the 14th Parliament.

I call on all MPs, on both sides of the House, to respond to the Yang di Pertuan Agong’s call for a “healthy, mature, stimulating and dynamic debates to find and uphold the truth, by conveying suggestions as well as criticism with wisdom and civility” and not to abuse parliamentary privileges by retailing lies and false news, so that Malaysians can begin to respect their own Parliament. Read the rest of this entry »

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Why did the PAS/UMNO/MCA/MIC MPs return to the Chambers to be sworn in if they really believe that Ariff was improperly elected as Speaker of Parliament

I have been mystified all this morning – why did the PAS/UMNO/MCA/MIC Members of Parliament return to the Parliamentary Chambers to be sworn in if they if they really believe that Datuk Mohamad Ariff Md Yusof had been improperly elected as Speaker of Parliament?

Led by PAS MPs, the UMNO/MCA/MIC Members of Parliament, except for Khairy Jamaluddin and Anifah Aman, walked out of Parliament in the first few minutes of the 14th Parliament, which appears to set to tone for a most negative, divisive and destructive performance by the Opposition in the 14th Parliament – unless the various party leaders, including the PAS President, Datuk Seri Awang Hadi and the UMNO President, Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi could give a cogent, reasonable and acceptable reason for such double standards.

If PAS and UMNO leaders cannot give a cogent, reasonable and acceptable explanation, I do not expect their MCA and MIC counterparts to be able to do so, and I shall not ask them at all.

Althogh I felt a sense of déjà vu with the former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Deputy Prime Minister Zahid Hamidi staging a walkout of Parliament in the first few minutes of the 14th Parliament, I would advise them not to emulate the actions of the former Opposition blindly, that they must have cogent, coherent, reasonable and acceptable reasons for their walk-outs, unlike their ridiculous walkout this morning.

There is threat by Najib’s acolytes to mar the second day of the 14th Parliament tomorrow, which is the official opening of the first session of the 14th Parliament by the Yang di Pertuan Agong, based on fake news and false information in an attempt to revive the toxic but failed politics of race, religion, hate, fear and lies spearded by UMNO/BN in the 14th General Elections.

Malaysians will judge whether these actions by Najib’s acolytes are designed to promote national unity or calculcated to incite imaginary fears to poison racial and racial relations which can only result tin greater racial and religious polarisation and national division.

(Media Statement (2) by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Parliament on Monday, 16th July 2018)

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Déjà vu – Walk-out by PAS MPs leading BN MPs in the very first business of 14th Parliament

Its déjà vu – the walkout by PAS MPs leading Barisan Nasional MPs during the first business of the 14th Parliament on the election of the Parliament Speaker.

Three matters are worth noting about this walkout, viz:

1. The Opposition walkout was led by PAS, with UMNO, MCA and MIC MPs meekly following suit;

2. Two UMNO MPs refuse to join in the walkout, Khairry Jamaluddin and Anifah Aman.

3. The sole MCA MP and two MIC MP tamely following the PAS-led first walkout of the 14th Parliament.

But the most significant matter is the seating arrangement for the Barisan Nasional MPs – the second placing for the former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak which means that although Najib has resigned as UMNO and BN President for the disastrous electoral results of the 14GE, where BN was booted out of power and UMNO lost its role as the political party with majority support of Malay voters, Najib is still the most powerful force in UMNO/BN although without title or position. Read the rest of this entry »

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Najib is up to no good at the opening of Parliament

The statement issued by Datuk Seri Najib Razak addressed to the Minister for Human Resources, M. Kulasegaran not to blame him if Pakatan Harapan can’t decide on the Parliament Speaker is the best tell-tale sign that the former Prime Minister is up to no good at the opening of Parliament.

I thank those who had mistakenly congratulated me as the new Speaker of Parliament – as I will be a backbencher and not Speaker.

But there is no problem with the Pakatan Harapan deciding on the Parliament Speaker, as the primary challenge of the 14th Parliament is to take the steps to become a world-class Parliament, recognised by Parliaments in the world for its parliamentary reform and innovation, and not an infamous Parliament of a global kleptocracy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Anthony Loke is the DAP Parliamentary Leader in 14th Parliament

Let me start by correcting the introduction just now. I was the DAP parliamentary leader when the DAP was in opposition in the 13th Parliament, but not the DAP Parliamentary Leader in the 14th Parliament.

By convention, the Prime Minister is the Leader of the House of Parliament, and in a governing coalition, the respective party parliamentary leaders will come from the senior party leaders.

The DAP Central Executive Committee has decided that the DAP Parliamentary Leader in the 14th Parliament will be the DAP National Organising Secretary Anthony Loke.
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