Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Diam pun salah, cakap pun salah, what exactly do they want?!

A QUESTION OF FAIRNESS
By Lims Sian See

This is what a blogger said:

"Well, first they demand that Najib reveal where that money came from if not from 1MDB. And now they say that whatever Najib is going to reveal is going to be a lie. Diam pun salah, cakap pun salah. Apa lagi mereka mahu?"

It was just a month ago when such allegations was first revealed by WSJ on July 3rd.

Understandably, the MACC took some time to investigate this before clearing Najib of the RM2.6b as they probably had to ask each and every contributor to confirm if it is indeed them who contributed. 

Whether it is from one Middle East source as alleged by Muhyiddin in his suspiciously leaked 53 sec video remains to be seen as MACC did not say it was from Middle East and specifially said "donors" and not "a donor".

Malaysians are understandably angry or in utter disbelief when told by MACC that the RM2.6 billion came from campaign contributions by unknown sources.

We now demand to know who are the contributors in order to proof that the RM2.6b was indeed campaign contributions.

This is a VERY FAIR question to ask.

Najib or MACC should release the names of donors - even though the donors may not want to reveal their names.

But people soon forget very fast that 3 days ago on Saturday, Najib had already said that he WILL declare the sources of Umno's political funding.... but only if the Opposition does the same.

 "I can explain the source of political funding only if the opposition also agrees to do the same, DAP and PKR especially,'' said.

Najib said his efforts to legislate transparency in political funding in 2009 were "shot down by DAP", but added that he is ready to make a second effort for such legislature.

"I don't mind, I can list who donates to the party to be transparent but DAP doesn't agree to publicising political funding.

"Why? Because they have something to do hide," he said 

Fair or not?

Thus, if we want to know the donors of these RM2.6 billion, we will need to press ALL parties to show their list of donors too.

Fair or not?

https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=1704053463146774&id=100006264096443

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Statement by PM.

STATEMENT BY PRIME MINISTER NAJIB RAZAK

NEW CABINET

28 July 2015

“This new Cabinet ensures that the Government has the strength and unity to focus on my development plans for Malaysia, and the challenges we currently face.

“Following the democratic mandate given to the Barisan Nasional Government in the 2013 General Election, it is my duty to ensure that the Government delivers on our transformation programme.

“The Cabinet must act as one solid team. I welcome vigorous debate, and accept and tolerate criticism or even dissent. However, this process should take place in Cabinet as part of the decision-making process. Members of the Cabinet should not air their differences in an open forum that can affect public opinion against the Government and Malaysia. It is contrary to the concept of collective responsibility that is the foundation of Cabinet Government.

“The decision to replace Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was very difficult, but leadership is about doing what you think is right. To deliver for Malaysia, I must have a solid and unified team moving in the same direction.

“Nevertheless, I thank Tan Sri Muhyiddin for all his work and dedication to the Government and country, as I do all those ministers who are no longer in the Cabinet.

“Barisan Nasional was founded on the principles of unity. That is the hallmark of this nation – and the recipe for our future success.

“Insha'Allah, I believe that the new Cabinet line-up will drive forward the Government’s ability to deliver on our promises to the people at the last General Election. Nothing is more important than the needs of Malaysia and the people – I will always put their interests above all others.‎

“I am confident that, in time, this new Cabinet will increase public confidence in the Government and Barisan Nasional ahead of the 14th General Election.”

YAB DATO' SRI HAJI NAJIB TUN RAZAK
PRIME MINISTER OF MALAYSIA

Muhyiddin, if you cannot take the heat get out of the kitchen!



Muhyiddin, if you cannot support Najib, just rsign!

As the deputy prime minister, who attended many  cabinet meetings and being given the fact sheets on many issues to be discussed, especially the nitty gritty of the IMDB complexity, Muhyiddin Yassin should then just tender his resignation for not understanding it, and to stop painting gloomy days ahead.

 He made disparaging remarks about not fully understanding the com-plexity of the 1MDB issue especially, and also assumed many cabinet members feel the sameway as he did is a complete lie. Read here
Let's face the fact that Muhyiddin still harbours the wish of being the next prime minister, well he can harbour as much as he wants he has not got it.
I still remember when he demanded an explanation from Mahathir why he chose Pak Lah as his successor, and what Mahathir said, I was told, was something like "you have not got it bro".
While Prime Minister Najib Razak trying to steer the country and to place it on an even keel, politician like Muhyiddin should be supportive, an obvious now not a team player, should be asked to leave. 
Enough is enough eh!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Open letter to WSJ.

OPEN LETTER TO WALL STREET JOURNAL

The Wall Street Journal takes aim at Malaysia, but once again displays a woeful lack of knowledge and understanding of our country and its history.

Malaysia has been a democracy since independence in 1957. Elections are fiercely contested, and the opposition won five out of the country’s 13 states in 2008. Political discourse is vibrant and noisy. The “voices of dissent” that the opposition’s former leader, Anwar Ibrahim, claims not to be able to hear are dominant in Malaysia’s online news media, which has far more readers here than the print press. If anyone doubts Malaysians’ “fundamental liberties”, they can easily see for themselves how free anyone is to criticise the government on these news sites.

Anwar mentions the recent Prevention of Terrorism Act as “encroaching” on those liberties. But he fails to mention that it explicitly states that “No person shall be arrested and detained solely for his political belief or political activity”. POTA in fact further secures the liberties of Malaysians: both their freedom to speak out, and their freedom from extremists who pose a real threat to the country. Anwar may not take this threat seriously, but the Malaysian government does. 

The WSJ gives Anwar the platform to raise false and politically motivated allegations of corruption against our Prime Minister. Perhaps it might have been relevant for the WSJ to mention that anwar himself was convicted of corruption in 1999. The verdict was not overturned. 

He is currently in jail after a legal process that lasted years. He was first acquitted, then convicted, allowed to appeal, and only when that failed did he go to prison. If he truly believed in his innocence, he could have submitted his own DNA to the court. If the charge had been “trumped up”, as the WSJ falsely says, that would have proven it. But he did not – hardly the action of an innocent man. 

Far from “sowing communal and religious animosity”, the government of Prime Minister Najib Razak early on launched the 1Malaysia policy. This is the greatest attempt in Malaysia’s history to forge a national identity that includes all races and religions, and the Prime Minister regularly attends the festivals of non-Muslims, going to churches and temples to share the celebrations of fellow Malaysians. Anwar and the opposition, however, never supported 1Malaysia. Why not? Was it because Anwar himself had a well-documented history of rabble-rousing and extremism, as well as of spouting anti-Semitic remarks – as the WSJ well knows but again fails to mention.

The suggestion that Malaysia is in danger of becoming a “failed state” would be laughable – if it were not for the fact that some people take Anwar seriously and will believe what he says, no matter how wild or imaginary.

Here is what some other people have said about Malaysia recently:
Bloomberg rated Malaysia as the world’s 5th most promising emerging market in 2015.
The IMF’s latest report on our country was titled: “Favorable Prospects for Malaysia’s Diversified Economy”
A Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations wrote: “Malaysian political discourse is becoming far more open than it was even a decade ago.”
And the ratings agency Fitch recently upgraded the outlook for Malaysia.

This is the truth about Malaysia today. It is a pity that the WSJ has fallen for desperate, unfounded allegations by a politician and presented them as facts – thereby taking sides in internal Malaysian politics.


Y.B. Dato’ Sri Anifah bin Haji Aman, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Malaysia

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Press Statement by the Chief Secretary to the Government.


Ali Hamsa: Be loyal and vigilant.
 

KENYATAAN AKHBAR KETUA SETIAUSAHA NEGARA MALAYSIA:

1. Saya mengambil maklum dan memandang serius terhadap beberapa perkembangan semasa dalam negara yang boleh mengganggu gugat ketenteraman awam dan keselamatan negara.

2. Ini termasuk tuduhan dan laporan berikutan siasatan pihak polis negara Thai bahawa ada pihak tertentu dalam negara bersama anasir luar terbabit dalam satu konspirasi terhadap kepimpinan negara untuk mengganggu gugat proses demokrasi negara ini.

3. Perkara-perkara seperti ini boleh mengancam ketenteraman awam dan keselamatan negara serta merupakan tindakan khianat terhadap negara.

4. Justeru itu, penjawat awam juga adalah diingatkan untuk terus memberikan tumpuan dan komitmen dalam meningkatkan penyampaian perkhidmatan awam kepada rakyat selaras dengan Agenda Transformasi Nasional dengan tidak melibatkan diri dalam sebarang aktiviti atau perbuatan yang boleh disifatkan sebagai mencemarkan imej perkhidmatan awam dan menjejaskan ketenteraman dan keselamatan negara.

21 July 2015

TAN SRI DR ALI BIN HAMSA
KETUA SETIAUSAHA NEGARA MALAYSIA

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Press Statement by 1MDB.

Kenyataan Media oleh 1Malaysia Development Berhad
Dikeluarkan pada 20 Julai 2015
Untuk siaran segera

Laporan tidak bertanggungjawab

1MDB mengambil maklum berbagai dakwaan dan kenyataan tidak berasas yang disiarkan oleh The Edge Financial Daily hari ini. 

Kami tidak menyangka dakwaan-dakwaan lapuk dan tidak terbukti ini dipergunakan sekali lagi, sedangkan beberapa siasatan serentak kini sedang dijalankan oleh pihak berkuasa berkenaan isu-isu yang ditimbulkan sebelum ini.

Mana-mana pihak yang boleh membantu para penyiasat patut berbuat demikian di bawah peruntukan undang-undang, tanpa perlu membuat laporan yang tidak bertanggungjawab dan disensasikan.

1MDB mengulangi keyakinan kami di dalam proses wajar seperti yang dibuktikan oleh siasatan yang sedang dijalankan secara profesional dan teliti oleh pihak berkuasa.

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.

PMO FACEBOOK

https://www.facebook.com/PMOMalaysia/posts/1140261302656514

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."

FACEBOOK NAJIB RAZAK

https://www.facebook.com/najibrazak/posts/10152865618945952

TWITTER NAJIB RAZAK

https://twitter.com/najibrazak/status/616987897485352961

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