Thursday, March 30, 2017

When Tun Mahathir ruled for 22 heart-wrenching years......

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Now he wants to be a saviour......

Monday, February 06, 2017

Log on to my blogspot and found out stories gone!

Top 50 of my latest blogs seemed to have disappeared, ah well! Thats life!
Next time I have to be very careful.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Read all about it!!

PRIME MINISTER'S OFFICE STATEMENT ON THE ARTICLE PUBLISHED IN THE AGE AND SYDNEY MORNING HERALD 

1. The Prime Minister totally rejects the baseless smears and insinuations carried in an article “Bribery scandal linked to Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak”, published in The Age and the Sydney Morning Herald, papers owned by Australia’s Fairfax Media group, on July 14.

2. This is a desperate attempt to link the work he did when he was Deputy Prime Minister – which involved countless trade missions to promote Malaysia abroad, and meeting many thousands of people – with the alleged wrongdoings of middlemen who may have happened to have been in the same room as him at some time or another.

3. The article does not contain a single direct allegation about the Prime Minister – and for good reason. There are none to be made and there is not one shred of evidence that the Prime Minister was in any way involved in the case that the courts have already made judgments on, with individuals convicted and punished.

4. Fairfax Media knows this, yet their article persistently attempts to mislead and imply not only that he had some involvement, but that he also might have been a beneficiary of any alleged wrongdoing.

5. Instead of providing evidence to link the Prime Minister to the case, the article relies heavily on a series of slippery, non-conclusive words – “suspected”, “alleged”, “suggesting” – to lead the reader into thinking that the Prime Minister is guilty by association.

6. This is grossly defamatory, and this sly and underhand way of attempting to tarnish the Prime Minister’s name is underlined by the fact that Australian court records quoted in the article state that “none of the named persons [including Mr Najib and Mr Badawi] is a person whom the accused are alleged to have conspired to bribe”. 

7. The article also states: "No overseas politicians have been charged or formally accused of conspiring to receive bribes, with the prosecution case restricted to allegations that overseas central bank officials, rather than any ministers, were bribed between 1999 and 2004."

8. What then does the Prime Minister have to do with the case? This is a case that has been ongoing for a long period of time, and the bribes alleged to have been paid were over the period 1999-2004, during the administrations of former Prime Ministers Tun Abdullah Badawi and Tun Mahathir Mohamad.

9. Yet Fairfax Media chose not to mention Tun Mahathir anywhere in its article.

10. This is despite knowing that the alleged bribes took place not during Prime Minister Najib's tenure, but during Tun Mahathir's; and despite Tun Mahathir being named in the suppresion order regarding the case obtained by the Australian government. Instead, the entire article including its headline and photos focuses on and smears Prime Minister Najib. It may not be coincidental that Fairfax Media claims to have separate information from "high-level sources".

11. It is also worth noting that an order preventing the release of information about this investigation was criminally flouted by Wikileaks. An Australian judge is quoted as saying that this was "a clear and deliberate breach of law", and that the accompanying Wikileaks press release was "full of sensational, inaccurate allegations".

12. The same description could be used to characterise Fairfax Media's article, which is deliberately misleading, malicious and defamatory. The Prime Minister has instructed his legal counsel to take all action possible against The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

15 July 2015.

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Saturday, July 04, 2015

PM speaks...please read and listen carefully!

YAB PM NAJIB RAZAK :-
3 July 2015

"In recent months, various allegations – all unsubstantiated, and many simply outrageous – have been directed against me and my family.‎

These attacks began when I refused to implement Tun Mahathir’s personal demands. I refused, because I do not believe it is right for Malaysia to be ruled by proxy.

Tun then created a crisis when he recklessly claimed that RM42 billion was missing from 1MDB, when in fact these are audited debts backed by RM51 billion audited assets.

The latest allegation is that I have taken state-linked funds for personal gain. I believe Tun, working hand in glove with foreign nationals, including the now discredited political attack blog Sarawak Report, is behind this latest lie.

Let me be very clear: I have never taken funds for personal gain as alleged by my political opponents – whether from 1MDB, SRC International or other entities, as these companies have confirmed.

 It is now clear that false allegations such as these are part of a concerted campaign of political sabotage to topple a democratically elected Prime Minister.

At no point have those making these allegations offered any evidence. All we have heard is that these allegations are based on leaked documents and unnamed investigators. Not once has the source of these documents ever been shown, neither have the documents themselves been provided for verification by lawful authorities.

As we now know, a number of the documents on which recent allegations have been based were reportedly doctored. The person who was leaking these documents is under investigation by authorities overseas for attempting to extort and blackmail his former employer. This says a lot about the reliability of the documents, and those who are using them to damage our government and our country.

Those who continue to mount these attacks should be prepared to face the consequences of their actions. These gutter tactics - in some cases criminal tactics - to overthrow the government will fail. Where appropriate, they will be met with the full force of the law.

It’s a shame that these false attacks motivated by self interest come at a time of unique opportunity for Malaysia – with our Chairmanship of ASEAN this year, and the prize of developed nation status around the corner. I will stay focused on the work of nation building for the people."

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Media statement by 1MDB....read it please!

Media statement by 1Malaysia Development Berhad

Issued on 3 July 2015
For immediate publication

1MDB never provided funds to PM

In reference to media reports published earlier today, 1MDB wishes to make clear that the company has never provided any funds to the Prime Minister. To suggest otherwise, as some media outlets have done, is highly irresponsible and a deliberate attempt to undermine the company.

Recent revelations have raised concerns about the veracity of a number of 'leaked' documents which certain media outlets, and online blogs such as Sarawak Report, have used to mislead the public and justify spurious allegations against the company and the government.

According to press reports, these documents were found to have been tampered with, and were being used by an individual - who is currently under arrest in a foreign country - to extort and blackmail his former employer. 

We are therefore surprised that documents such as these, whose existence and authenticity have not been publicly verified, continue to be used as a basis to create new unsubstantiated allegations against 1MDB.

1MDB is currently cooperating with a number of enquiries being conducted by lawful authorities including the Auditor General, the Public Accounts Committee and Bank Negara. These authorities have all the relevant information, and we request all parties to await the outcome of their findings before making further allegations and rushing to judgement.

 ends

Friday, July 03, 2015

Hogwash! 1MDB never provided fund to PM

Media statement by 1Malaysia Development Berhad

Issued on 3 July 2015
For immediate publication

1MDB never provided funds to PM

In reference to media reports published earlier today, 1MDB wishes to make clear that the company has never provided any funds to the Prime Minister. To suggest otherwise, as some media outlets have done, is highly irresponsible and a deliberate attempt to undermine the company.

Recent revelations have raised concerns about the veracity of a number of 'leaked' documents which certain media outlets, and online blogs such as Sarawak Report, have used to mislead the public and justify spurious allegations against the company and the government.

According to press reports, these documents were found to have been tampered with, and were being used by an individual - who is currently under arrest in a foreign country - to extort and blackmail his former employer. 

We are therefore surprised that documents such as these, whose existence and authenticity have not been publicly verified, continue to be used as a basis to create new unsubstantiated allegations against 1MDB.

1MDB is currently cooperating with a number of enquiries being conducted by lawful authorities including the Auditor General, the Public Accounts Committee and Bank Negara. These authorities have all the relevant information, and we request all parties to await the outcome of their findings before making further allegations and rushing to judgement.

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PMO had to clarify Malaysian Insider's twisted reporting!

A twisted Edge of the Malaysian Insider!



KENYATAAN MEDIA PEJABAT PERDANA MENTERI 

"1. Pejabat Perdana Menteri menafikan laporan portal The Malaysian Insider yang bertajuk "Peningkatan kutipan zakat antara faktor Malaysia diiktiraf Fitch, kata Najib". Laporan tersebut adalah tidak tepat.

2. Di Majlis Penyampaian Sumbangan Aidilfitri anjuran MAIWP pada hari ini, YAB Perdana Menteri telah berkata bahawa antara faktor peningkatan kutipan zakat termasuklah pengenalan dasar kerajaan yang betul dan pengurusan ekonomi yang baik dengan dibantu oleh sistem pembayaran zakat tersusun.

3. YAB Perdana Menteri juga berkata bahawa badan penarafan antarabangsa Fitch semalam telah menaiktaraf unjuran Malaysia daripada 'Negatif' kepada 'Stabil' kerana pengurusan dan kedudukan ekonomi serta kewangan negara.

4. YAB Perdana Menteri tidak pernah berkata bahawa peningkatan kutipan zakat adalah antara faktor Malaysia diiktiraf oleh agensi penarafan Fitch.

5. Pejabat Perdana Menteri kesal dengan The Malaysian Insider yang cenderung memutarbelit kenyataan YAB Perdana Menteri dan kerajaan sehingga menimbulkan salah faham dan keresahan dalam masyarakat."

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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Of liars, senility dementia and morons!!





The PM and all involved in the 1MDB are now vindicated with the arrest of Xavier Andre Justo, a Swiss national and former official of PetroSaudi International Ltd.

Thai police who arrested him in Koh Samui on Monday charged him with attempting to blackmail and extort the company said it was part of a plot to discredit Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Malaysian sources.

All detractors who made their baseless and vile accusations on the PM and 1MDB must now retract their statements and apologise for not verifying the information they sourced from Sarawak Report.

According to the NST, “some of the emails and documents published on the blog were found to be tampered with, bringing into question the veracity of these allegations.”

The amount of damage on the prestige, repute, and international standing of our country, our Prime Minister, our economy, and all individuals/organizations accused in this bizarre plot is colossal.

Steps must be taken to take action against all individuals, news agencies, writers who have done irreparable damage because of their footloose and irresponsible accusations. 

That any citizen is ready to assume that anything in the Internet is truth shows the shallow mentality and complete absence of thinking skills.

That writers can churn out article after article, slamming the government WITHOUT checking on the veracity of the purported documents in Sarawak Report is a disgrace to the media world.

It does not take much effort to check the forensics of those documents or to verify the information via a simple phone call.

Months before this arrest, I had already done the investigations and discovered for myself the discrepancies. However, I never shared it because no matter what, majority of Malaysians had already believed the worst of the authorities, choosing to worship unverified evidence and to support the former Prime Minister’s vicious crusade to oust our PM.

Daily, Tun Dr Mahathir’s unending tirade about 1MDB and our PM had practically poisoned the minds of Malaysians against our PM and the professional standing of 1MDB, disgracing our nation in the eyes of the world.

An international cyber-security firm, Protection Group International (PGI) hired to conduct an in-depth investigation into the source of the data published on the Internet, as well as verify its authenticity revealed there is clear “evidence of the systematic theft of confidential company data by Justo prior to his departure from PetroSaudi” and that the “data was tampered with after it was stolen from PetroSaudi. It was believed that much of this tampered data subsequently appeared on Sarawak Report and served as the backbone of the blog’s claims of impropriety against 1MDB.” (More at NST)

SR provided excerpts from emails allegedly sent by the parties involved but these emails DO NOT provide the email header which, according to Wiki forensics, “are lines of metadata attached to each email that contain lots of useful information for a forensic investigator.” Hence, the IP addresses of the sender and receiver of the emails, signature fields, letterheads are missing – all of which can verify the authenticity of the evidence.

The point is SR and all other writers who slammed the Prime Minister and 1MDB officials NEVER bothered to check the authenticity of the documents, preferring to discredit our authorities even though they had all the contact details of those involved. 

Why? Who is behind this malicious campaign? These people must be questioned and punished if found guilty.

As for other public figures, that has discredited our Prime Minister and 1MDB locally and internationally, a public apology on an international scale is mandatory to restore our country’s reputation.

Is Tun Dr Mahathir willing to eat his words?

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Idris Jala: Please read my lips, I am not going to repeat it again!


Idris Jala: Let's be logical in one's perception please!
 
OPEN LETTER TO BLOOMBERG

When I read William Pesek’s latest commentary on Bloomberg View, I barely recognised the country he was writing about. He starts by referring to Malaysia’s “underlying economic distress” and “prolonged slow growth”, which he says are caused by “race-based policies that strangle innovation, feed cronyism and repel multinational companies.”

The facts, however, are these:

1. Between 2009 and 2014, Malaysian Gross National Income grew by 47.7 percent.

2. Growth last year was six percent, and over the next four years the OECD predicts Malaysia will enjoy annual growth of 5.6 percent. It would be perverse to characterise this as “slow”. By contrast, the Economist reported last month that “The European Commission is forecasting growth in 2015 of 1.5 percent, which would be the euro area's best outcome since 2011.” A growth rate nearly four times that of some of the most advanced economies in the world hardly suggests “distress”.

3. Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak launched Malaysia's 'Economic Transformation Programme' in 2010. Let me highlight some key achievements:

- Firstly, in the last 5 years, annual investment growth has been 2.5 times more than in the preceding years. Each year, total investment reached a new record for Malaysia. The bulk of this investment is from the private sector. If the private sector has no confidence in Malaysia as alleged by Mr Pesek, why would they put in record investment year on year under the Najib administration?

- Secondly,‎ the country's fiscal reforms are being successfully implemented, cutting Malaysia's fiscal deficit for the past 5 years, while keeping public debt at only 53% of GDP. This level of public debt level is far lower than in many countries, such as the US, UK, France, Japan and Singapore.

- Thirdly, as detailed in the World Bank's Global Economic Prospects report 2014, Malaysia’s efforts at reducing poverty have been a great success, virtually eliminating absolute poverty to less than 1 percent. Since 2009, the income of the bottom 40 per cent households has increased by a compound annual growth rate of 12 percent, even higher than the national average of 8 percent. Inflation has been kept in check at only 2.4 percent. And through the implementation of minimum wage legislation, we have lifted 2.9 million people immediately out of absolute poverty.

- Fourthly, we touched the lives of 5 million people through rural roads, electricity and water projects. This represents possibly the biggest government expenditure over a 5 year period in the history of Malaysia. All of these were done in the name of inclusive economic development.

4. That should be enough to dispel the suspiciously negative picture Mr Pesek paints. But let me address some of his other inaccurate accusations too.

As for the alleged failure to “dismantle race-based policies that strangle innovation”, let me quote from a report in a respected international news organisation:

“Malaysia eased rules governing overseas investors, initial public offerings and property purchases, peeling back decades of benefits to ethnic Malays… Foreign companies investing in Malaysia and locally listed businesses will no longer need to set aside 30 percent of their equity to so-called Bumiputera investors, Prime Minister Najib Razak said today. He also raised overseas ownership thresholds in the fund management industry and at local stockbrokers.” At Initial Public Offerings, “Publicly traded companies will no longer have to meet any Bumiputera equity requirement under today’s liberalisation measures.”

If Mr Pesek disagrees with any of the above, perhaps he might discuss it with his editors. The report was published, after all, by none other than Bloomberg.

5. At another point, he writes that Prime Minister Najib has “deepened the economy's reliance on oil and gas production”. The International Monetary Fund believes otherwise. The headline on its “Economic Health Check” report this March was: “Favorable Prospects for Malaysia’s Diversified Economy”.

6. Mr Pesek rounds off his imaginative piece of writing by declaring that “the ringgit's fluctuations are a decent summary of the country's wayward course in recent years”.

Perhaps he would like to discuss this with Malaysia’s Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz, one of the most admired central bank governors in the world. She has repeatedly said that the ringgit is undervalued. Here is what she said recently: “When the oil price plummeted, the wrong perception of the degree of dependence of the Malaysian economy on the oil and gas sector led markets to think that we would be more affected than others. Of course the ringgit is undervalued. It doesn’t reflect our underlying values, which are solid and strong.”

7. Mr Pesek’s opinions do not seem to have a strong connection to the facts. He gives away his true agenda when writes that “Asia-based journalists have missed Mahathir Mohamad since he left office in 2003” and suggests “a return to old political leadership” is “urgent”.

It may be that nostalgia for the past and his distance from Malaysia have clouded his judgement, and led him to write an unsubstantiated hatchet job on the current prime minister in order to please a former prime minister about whom he gushes, his “mercurial governing style and fiery rhetoric made for great copy”.

He certainly seems to have changed his mind about Tun Mahathir. Only last year he wrote: “The insular and jury-rigged system of affirmative action, national champions and fat subsidies over which Mahathir presided now holds the economy back. The Malaysian leader also had a tendency to embarrass his nation on the international stage with his nutty anti-Semitic tirades.”

He concluded: “Malaysians must find fresh inspiration by looking forward, not back to 1990.” We agree. Why does Mr Pesek now think we should look back to a system he described in such a derogatory manner last year?

8. Malaysia has undergone an impressive economic transformation under Prime Minister Najib and the country is on course to reach the goal of becoming a high income status nation by 2020 – as the figures and achievements I have mentioned above make clear.

Because of our achievements, I was invited to share our experience at both Harvard and Oxford Universities this year. At the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, I had the privilege to share Malaysia's success story with government ministers from many countries. Last month, I was invited to share our experience with Russian cabinet ministers in Moscow.

9. I wonder why it is that many countries and institutions can see the progress we are making, but Mr Pesek chooses not see any of it? His latest outburst is consistent  with a serious of slanted articles that unfairly run down Malaysia and its leadership.

10. Differing opinions are bound to be expressed on Bloomberg View. The defence of “fair comment”, however, does not apply to getting facts so woefully wrong. We would hope that the editors at Bloomberg agree, and will correct or take down such a disgracefully biased and ill-informed article.

Yours,

Y.B. Senator Dato' Sri Idris Jala
Minister in the Prime Minister's Department and CEO of the Performance Management and Delivery Unit (PEMANDU).
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