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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

EVERYONE KNOWS ‘PAS IS WORKING WITH NAJIB TO WEAKEN HARAPAN’ : NAJIB & HADI’S BID TO POLITICIZE MEMALI KILLINGS FAIL TO IGNITE MALAY ANGER, INSTEAD RUFFLES POLICE FEATHERS

KUALA LUMPUR – A clash 32 years ago between Malaysian police and followers of the main Islamist party that killed 18 people in a remote village in Kedah is back in the spotlight, putting an uncomfortable glare on the role of then Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad.
The deputy president of Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS), Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, said the government should set up a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) over the Kampung Memali incident, just like it did with the 1980s foreign exchange losses by the central bank.
“PAS urges the formation of an RCI to re-examine the Memali tragedy, to give justice to all parties and to clear the names of the innocent,” he said in a media statement yesterday.
The issue was spotlighted this week following a fracas on Sunday at a so-called Nothing 2 Hide forum in Selangor, featuring Tun Dr Mahathir, after he answered a question about the police siege of the Kedah village in 1985 and the deaths of 14 villagers. Four policemen were also killed in what is today dubbed the Memali Incident.
One of those killed was the group’s leader, Mr Ibrahim Mahmud, better known as Ibrahim Libya, who was also a PAS leader. He was declared a “martyr” by PAS.
The police had said the villagers blockaded the area from being cleared and were armed with parang (machetes). Dr Mahathir left the village siege to then Deputy Prime Minister Musa Hitam.
As Dr Mahathir was giving his reply to the Memali case at the forum, shoes and water bottles were thrown at him from the floor and two flares were lighted up. Chairs were also thrown around in the Selangor hall.


FOR THE SAKE OF JUSTICE – PAS urges the formation of an RCI to re-examine the Memali tragedy, to give justice to all parties and to clear the names of the innocent. – PAS DEPUTY PRESIDENT TUAN IBRAHIM TUAN MAN
EXPECT RETALIATIONIf you come with machetes and kill police officers, then you must be willing to face retaliation by the police. The police have to defend themselves. -DR MAHATHIR MOHAMAD
Said PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang: “Everyone is pointing fingers, blaming the other party and forgetting that what sparked the chaos (at the forum) was the explanation of the Memali incident, which was not satisfactory.”
His statement was posted on Tuesday on the website of PAS organ Harakahdaily.
To Dr Mahathir’s supporters, the focus on the 1985 event is part of the Najib administration’s agenda to make voters turn away from the 92-year-old politician, who now leads the four-party Pakatan Harapan opposition alliance.
Opposition party PAS has been working with its former enemy, Prime Minister Najib Razak, to weaken Harapan.
The former premier is already being investigated by a royal commission that was set up recently to look into billions of dollars in losses in the 1980s by Bank Negara when it used Malaysia’s currency reserves to play in the forex market.
The combative Dr Mahathir has said he will not be cowed by the forex probe or the forum fracas.
Yesterday, he was featured in a video put up on his party’s website, giving his view on what happened at the village that day.
His answer to why over a dozen villagers were killed: “If you come with machetes and kill police officers, then you must be willing to face retaliation by the police. The police have to defend themselves.”
– http://www.straitstimes.com

WITH SABAH ‘FIXED DEPOSIT’ IN HIS HAND, ANIFAH GET HIS WAY OVER HISHAM: RM2.6BIL ‘ARAB DONATION’ ON HIS MIND, NAJIB’S BID TO PANDER TO SAUDI’S KING SALMAN AT EXPENSE OF QATAR’S EMIR FLOPS

excerpts;
I was told that the people who wanted us to take sides in the dispute wanted Malaysia to be with the other Arab states going against Qatar.
Yesterday, Jahabar of Malaysian Insight wrote this,
The Malaysian Insight understands Foreign Minister Anifah Aman is firm that Putrajaya, as a neutral party in the Gulf diplomatic crisis, will host Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim Hamad Al-Thani when he visits next month
But Defence Minister Hishammuddin Hussein, who is also the Special Functions Minister and seen to be close to the Saudi government, wants the trip delayed until peace is brokered between the Middle East nations.
“There is a spat and Anifah is unhappy, to put it diplomatically, that his ministry’s decisions and jurisdiction is being questioned. The emir has been invited and it cannot be delayed,” a source told The Malaysian Insight.
Then both Hishammuddin and Anifah immediately denied Jahabar’s story,
Malaysia welcomes Qatari emir visit, denies ministerial rift
excerpts;
Hishammuddin Hussein and I have long been working very well and closely with each other on many occasions,” Anifah said in a statement. 
“The government of Malaysia looks forward to the state visit by the emir of Qatar and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with other Malaysian government agencies are currently making the necessary preparations for the visit,” he added. 
 
He also said Malaysia had made its position clear on “the ongoing difficulties between the Arab Quartet and Qatar”.
“Why should there be rift? The rift is between the Qatar and Saudi Arabia.
“Do you really think that I can stop the emir of Qatar if he wants to come?” Hishammuddin said at a press conference at the Parliament lobby.
Whatever it is, I’m glad that it’s confirmed now Malaysia will remain neutral as far as the Arab quarrel is concerned.
I believe that’s the best for the country.
It doesn’t matter to me that Jahabar’s story, and in a way my post on the matter too, were denied by the ministers yesterday.
For me, that’s only natural.
I don’t know about Jahabar, but I didn’t write that post of mine last month simply to make the ministers seemed to be quarreling  with each other over the issue.
I didn’t even mention any of the ministers’ name.
My posting was actually just an appeal for PM DS Najib Razak and his government to do the right thing which is to remain neutral when it comes to other people’s disputes.
In this case, I believe that we have a good foreign minister in Anifah and therefore Najib and the government should trust him and his people at Wisma Putra to handle such matters.

I also think that Anifah is the best Sabah guy that Najib have in his Cabinet.
The guy is cool and I really believe that he knows what he is doing.
These are two of my previous postings on him,

Maybe Anifah is more humane than Aung San Suu Kyi

Please let Anifah do his job

– http://lifeofaannie.blogspot.my

NAJIB’S RM15BIL CHEQUE-BOOK POLITICS RAISES EYEBROWS

KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak on Wednesday pledged to stay true to a decades-old positive discrimination policy for the country’s majority ethnic group, ahead of national polls that could be called in the coming months.
The next election, which must be called by mid-next year, would be the toughest yet for Najib as he grapples with a multi-billion dollar financial scandal, simmering discontent from rising living costs and a growing challenge from his former mentor turned foe, Mahathir Mohamad.
Najib said on Wednesday that the government had already handed out 15 billion ringgit ($3.49 billion) in projects to firms owned by the majority Bumiputera or “sons of the soil”, in line with the goal of uplifting the economic standing of the ethnic group.
“This is a huge amount as a commitment to this project and the value that is distributed to Bumiputera companies will continue to rise in the future,” Najib was quoted as saying by local newswire Bernama.
The government also began releasing the third and final payout under the annual 1Malaysia People’s Aid or BR1M program this week. A total of 6.8 billion ringgit was allocated under the 2017 budget for BR1M, targeted at 7 million recipients.
Najib lost the popular vote in the 2013 polls, and is expected to roll out a people-friendly budget this October targeted at the rural Malay electorate.
The prime minister, however, faces the threat of losing support from his core base if Mahathir successfully convinces the rural electorate that their plight in dealing with a rising cost of living has much to do with the scandal-ridden state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB).
1MDB is the subject of money-laundering investigations in at least six countries. The U.S. Justice Department alleged in civil lawsuits that about $4.5 billion of funds were misappropriated from the fund.
Najib denies wrongdoing.
The U.S. Justice Department said in its latest court filing on Thursday it was conducting a criminal investigation of 1MDB and asked for a stay on civil lawsuits it had filed to seize assets allegedly bought with money stolen from the fund.
Najib denied taking money from 1MDB after it was reported that investigators traced nearly $700 million to his bank accounts. Authorities cleared him of any wrongdoing, saying the money was a donation from Saudi Arabia.
– Reuters

BOMBSHELL – A TROJAN HORSE IN NAJIB’S OWN FAMILY

SELDOM is an election won through smear, a government’s reputation through passing the buck, and credibility though tabloid journalism, sensationalism and scandal.
Elections are more often than not won or lost on the basis of practical policies and problem solving by a capable leadership. The incumbent in government in Malaysia has till now enjoyed an advantage over the policy vacuum of the opposition. That’s about the extent of its advantage. And it’s not enough.
The sociopolitical atmosphere in Malaysia today is so toxic neither side of politics appears to be able to see the wood from the trees or the bridges to reconciliation which have long since been burned.
In the beginning it was the opposition that initiated the dangerous and scandalous practice of slurs, smears, race and religious baiting of the majority Muslim population. The opposition then remains beholden to the politics of “Regime Change”, an initiative paid for by the failed Clinton Global fund in Washington.
Government, instead of dealing decisively with these “agents of influence” bent on destabilisation , abrogated its responsibilities to engage instead in pork barreling. And by default this threat was allowed to thrive.
Government, some say by neglect, breathed life into the authors of the mantras of hate and division, spawning a generation of anti-government portals and writers by its silence.
Government, many more say, has been the architect of its own problems.
The inaction of government has divided the country to the point there is hardly any middle ground left in Malaysian politics. But that’s not all.
They seem to have a knack for turning into enemies those who come to them as friends. Deepak Jaikishnan is not the first or last of that category.
The controversial re-entry of an ageing but wily political veteran in Dr Mahathir Mohamad into the cauldron of politics on the side of the opposition has met with an equally unsettling event by government. This being government’s volte face in its engagement of blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin.
But is this part of the wayang kulit of Malay politics? Or is it a more sinister ploy working against a beleaguered prime minister? No one yet knows.
Dr Mahathir may yet have the last laugh in this game of thrones. The tide appears to have turned against government, though not quite as decisively as some would claim.
The opposition continues with its claims of the alleged theft of billions of dollars of from 1MDB by the prime minister. The stench of death from the murder of Mongolian woman Altantuya Shaaribu lingers over the government while a radical and oppressive past returns to haunt Dr Mahathir in more ways than he would like.
A government with such a large war chest at its disposal appears tired, ineffective and bereft of a strategy to make optimal use of its assets. The old war horse of Mahathir plods ahead menacingly like the resurrection, living proof of his invincibility and indefatigability, and his superior tactical skills over Barisan Nasional as a seasoned political street fighter.
MO1 NEEDS A NEW BATTLE STRATEGY & HE NEEDS IT NOW
What Dr Mahathir has done in the few months of his return is more than what the entire opposition was able to achieve in over a decade.
Singly, Dr Mahathir has dictated the agenda for the election fight. He has distracted and enticed an unwary government into a gutter trap, away from the issues of policies, politics and governance.
Raja Petra Kamaruddin’s bluster and sensationalist blogging is a very poor judgment call. He has few friends, even less credibility and zero pull and journalistic credentials.  He is a strange bedfellow for a government in sore need of something, – anything – to counter an opposition on the ascendency.
Raja Petra Kamaruddin’s involvement smacks of desperation on the part of government. Whosever idea it was, it needs to be culled. Government needs a new battle strategy and it needs it now.
The prime minister’s inner circle is rife with eavesdroppers, chatterboxes, speculators and empire builders. Advisers and personal assistants to those close to the prime minister have been engaging in highly destructive, treacherous, loose and loud whispers in their social circuits. Fatally for the prime minister, Dr Mahathir has a mole in his inner circle. In the form of a close family relative of his. It has long been a well kept secret everyone except the prime minister appears to know about. If not checked this mole will blow up in his face like the Deepak Jaikisan episode did.
History is replete with examples of ambitious, restless minions and confidants in service to the King building empires within. Each waiting to seize that opportunity to rise above their otherwise lowly stations.
It was why the kings of Vietnam and China castrated their pages as a pre-condition to service in the royal household. That was a radical practice designed to eradicate the prospect of betrayal and a stealthy entry to royal lineage by ambitious servants. It was also a means to avoid leaks. Eunuchs had no status outside the royal palace. Castration guaranteed their loyalty within.
Unfortunately as each day goes by, leaks arm the opposition. They weaken the prime minister. Dr. Mahathir is kept regularly informed by his moles who maintain close ties with people close to the prime minister and his family. That there are leaks is no longer a secret when foreign media organisations appear to know more in detail about the prime minister’s agenda than those in his own cabinet and inner circle.
Since the gloves have come off, an unwieldy opposition of disparate interests led by the redoubtable Mahathir is flexing its muscle.
And this situation does not bode well for a weary and exhausted government without an effective strategy in place and always on the defensive. Dr. Mahathir has the undivided loyalty of Perkasa and several other fringe groups of rural Malays now on the rise. It is very much his style. He created them as part of his strategy.
Unless BN is able reinvent its strategy into one that can put the coalition back on the rails and regain the momentum and credibility it once enjoyed, it will have to fight uphill, and in the mud, with pigs.
In a fight with a pig, BN will have to stoop to the level of the pig. Either way, the pig wins as both combatants are more likely to come up smelling like swine than roses. That’s no victory. And it’s not a metaphor a Muslim-led government would like to be associated with either.
– https://www.themalaysianinsight.com

4PAM wants explanation on move to hike passenger service charge

The Public Transport Users Association says airports are not providing equal services, and notes that prices of goods and services at airports are too high.
Ajit-Johl-mavcomKUALA LUMPUR; The Public Transport Users Association (4PAM) has expressed shock over the Malaysian Aviation Commission’s (Mavcom) proposed 46% hike in Passenger Service Charge (PSC).
Its president Ajit Johl suggested, in a statement, that the ministry of transport should form a committee of stakeholders to resolve the PSC issue.
Mavcom had said, in order to fund its operations after government financing ceases next year, it planned to charge air travellers departing from Malaysia a levy of RM1 from January.
Also, Mavcom wants to implement “a complete equalisation” of the PSC among all local airports next January.
“The international PSC for destinations beyond Asean in klia2 is still lower in comparison with KLIA and other airports. A complete equalisation, which we are currently reviewing this year, will potentially result from [the current] RM50 to increase to RM73”, Mavcom chief operating officer Azmir Zain said yesterday.
Ajit asked: “Are the airports offering equal facilities? The airports do not even offer wheel chairs for passengers.”
Ajit also wants a detailed information and breakdown of PSC collection and utilisation, and how users, who are unable to take a flight, can get a refund. He said this involved millions of ringgit of user funds.
Ajit said: “Mavcom is proposing to tax users for its financial sustenance, but is unable to disclose its operating cost. How can a commission tax user’s to finance its operations”?
He wants a clear explanation from the commissioners and the minister of transport.
Ajit also noted the high cost of goods and services at airports, saying with increasing passenger traffic and non-passenger traffic, shop owners should not be charging higher rates.
“The airports have more volume than some commercial buildings in the city, yet offer products and services at higher prices. This is profiteering and Mavcom should step in and ensure that the price of goods and services is controlled.” - FMT

Dr M's bid to challenge CJ's re-appointment fixed for Oct 24



The High Court in Kuala Lumpur has fixed Oct 24 to hear former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad's leave application to challenge the re-appointment of Chief Justice Md Raus Sharif past the official retirement age.
The date was fixed by Justice Kamaludin Md Said in his chambers following case management today.
Mahathir's lawyer Mohd Haniff Khatri Abdulla said Justice Kamaludin has also instructed parties to file written submissions.
He also said that the Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC) had today indicated it will make a preliminary objection to the leave application.

This was confirmed by senior federal counsel Amarjeet Singh, who heads the civil division of the AGC.
The Prime Minister's Office announced in July that Md Raus would serve as chief justice for three years from Aug 3 after being appointed as an additional judge for the Federal Court on the same date for the same period.
Raus was sworn in as Chief Justice on Aug 5.
Critics including the Malaysian Bar have called the move unconstitutional given that Raus is past the retirement age of 66 years and six months.
[More to follow]
- Mkini

Mahathir's bid to remove two RCI members dismissed



Pakatan Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad's challenge to remove two members of the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into forex losses has been dismissed by the High Court in Kuala Lumpur today.
This came after Justice Azizah Nawawi allowed the preliminary objection raised by the government that RCI's decision to have Mohd Sidek Hassan and Saw Choo Boon as members was not a decision which can be challenged in court.
Hence, the judge said, Mahathir's move to seek the order of mandamus (to compel) to remove them was not proper.

"Their application has been dismissed with no order as to costs," said senior federal counsel Amarjeet Singh who appeared for the government and RCI.
Mahathir's lawyer Mohd Haniff Khatri Abdulla said he will seek instructions from the former premier on whether to appeal against the decision.
If they choose to appeal, an application to the Court of Appeal should be made urgently as the RCI hearing on the forex losses, which occurred in the 90s, will begin on Aug 21 (Monday).
[More to follow]
- Mkini