Friday, May 22, 2015

To Sir With Love

Extract from TMI:

According to a survey by think tank Institut Darul Ehsan (IDE) on May 3, 63% of the 1,075 Permatang Pauh voters polled said Dr Mahathir’s attacks against Najib influenced them to support Pakatan Rakyat candidate Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah.

With Dr M whacking UMNO till it loses an election, it's all déjà vu. Recall how he brought UMNO-BN down in 2008 until the party lost its 2/3 majority, all because he had a personal invincible grudge against AAB.

Surely Anwar Ibrahim should send (and covertly might have, perhaps via AA) Dr M a message a la "To Sir with love", wakakaka.

hope the girls in minis drive out priesthood caste mad, wakakaka 

and here's that song by munchie Lulu, wakakaka again

NO WONDER AMBIGA ADVISED NAJIB FOR FREE: Tell the truth - the one thing Najib cannot do?

 NO WONDER AMBIGA ADVISED NAJIB FOR FREE: Tell the truth - the one thing Najib cannot do?
Former Bar Council chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan has advised Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak not to not depend totally on paid advisers to improve his image.
In mocking Najib, Ambiga, also a former Bersih 2.0 chairperson, tweeted that she was giving the prime minister advice free of charge, and that is, for him to tell the truth.
She made the response in relation to a news report in The Malaysian Insider today that advertising and public relations guru Lim Kok Wing has been appointed Najib’s special programme coordinator.
Lim is no stranger to public relations, having established the nation's first private advertising company and the first creative arts university, Limkokwing University of Creative Technology.
He has also helped negotiate several explosive problems, including the MCA internal war between then president Dr Ling Liong Sik and Lim Ah Lek.
He was also one of the pioneers to help the African National Congress in its first election campaign for a free South Africa, helping Nelson Mandela to win the election.
Lim ran the advertising campaign with video clips and banners depicting Mandela with children of various races, thereby creating a wide appeal among the international community - which also stamped the ANC leader as the viable face of South Africa.
The Limkokwing University of Creative Technology at present has campuses in London, Botswana and Cambodia plus Cyberjaya and Kuching in Malaysia.
Felda students too
Under Lim's stewardship, the university began accepting students from Felda settlements to do their diploma programme under Felda scholarships.
Previously, Lim had also advised former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad and helped Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin Abu Bakar in his election campaign for the Rembau constituency during the 2008 general election.
Previously, it was reported that the government had denied paying ex-Apco Malaysia boss Paul Stadlen for his services, which allegedly includes managing Najib's media relations operations.
"Up to now, the government did not provide any remuneration to Paul Stadlen," Minister in the Prime Minister's Department, Shahidan Kassim said in a written parliamentary reply to Mohamed Hanipa Maidin (PAS-Sepang).
Besides Lim, it has also been reported that Najib has four official advisors namely UKM academic Prof Dr Abdullah Mohd Zin, Kubang pasu MP Johari Baharum, and former cabinet ministers Rais Yatim and Shahrizat Abdul Jalil. - M'kini

FAKE SMILES TURN DEADLY IN UMNO: Najib tries to save his men as Muhyiddin ATTACKS

FAKE SMILES TURN DEADLY IN UMNO: Najib tries to save his men as Muhyiddin ATTACKS
The R260 billion 11th Malaysia Plan made dubious history yesterday in being the first five-year plan in the past half-century spanning six Prime Ministers which could not even enjoy one-hour wonder as it was immediately overwhelmed and overshadowed by the recording of Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s call for heads to roll in the 1MDB scandal.
The glossiest five-year plan document in the nation’s history, which would have involved the greatest expenditures in packaging than in its content, was not able to bathe in the unchallenged plaudits of a “seven-day wonder” or even “24-hour wonder” as was the case with the unveiling of previous five-year plans.
Parliamentary and national attention was affixed not on the 11th Malaysia Plan but on Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s reaction to Muhyiddin’s call for heads to roll in the 1MDB scandal – and the implication whether Najib’s head will also have to roll in the process.
False camaraderie
In just ten days, all the false camaraderie after the UMNO Supreme Council meeting on May 11 have been torn asunder by the uploading of the recording of Muhyiddin’s speech at an UMNO meeting on Saturday, where Muhyiddin’s warning that the 1MDB scandal would cause the downfall of the UMNO/BN government was greeted with loud applause and even “Sack the President” calls.
Muhyiddin’s “the last straw to break the camel’s back” speech has now become the hottest property on You Tube.
It was only some ten days after the UMNO Supreme Council meeting that Najib said his relationship with Muhyiddin was stronger than ever and that no one could divide them.
Najib said those who had been spreading rumours about a fallout would be disappointed by the outcome of the UMNO Supreme Council meeting.
Even the decision of the UMNO Supreme Council had been jettisoned.
The UMNO Supreme Council had urged the Auditor-General’s probe into the 1MDB to be hastened and advised Malaysians to await the Auditor-General’s report which should be made available to the public and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) report.
Then why the panic reaction with the Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Mohamad Hanadzlah announcing after the presentation of the 11MP that he would table to Cabinet next week a restructuring of the 1MDB?
'Sandiwara' to remove 1MDB board as part of revamp so as to avoid charging them for negligence
This appears to be an immediate reaction, not to Muhyiddin’s speech to UMNO last Saturday for heads to roll in 1MDB, but the uploading of the recording of Muhyiddin’s speech on Wednesday.
I will not be surprised if the so-called “restructuring” of 1MDB to be presented to Cabinet next week would involve the setting up of a new 1MDB Board – but this will be completely unsatisfactory.
The Cabinet must insist that all those responsible for the RM42 billion 1MDB scandal must face the consequences, not just the 1MDB Board, but also Najib – failing which the entire Cabinet should resign collectively on an important principle of good governance and accountability.
Has the war in UMNO between the Najib and Muhyiddin factions broken out in the open, with the Umno Cheras division chief Syed Ali Alhabshee supporting Muhyiddin that the entire 1MDB board members be given the boot and allow the police to probe the company unhindered, while the former Deputy Education Minister and currently the Special Affairs Department (JASA) director-General, Mohd Puad Zarkashi on the other hand slamming his ex-boss Muhyiddin as shirking his duties as Education Minister and alleging that the Deputy Prime Minister was too “lazy” to check on the deplorable condition of some of the schools in the country?
As UMNO’s propagandist, nobody would believe that Puad would open fire on the Deputy Prime Minister-cum-Education Minister without the ‘green light’ from the Prime Minister.
In the deepening “smoke and mirrors” political power play in UMNO, who is really thinking about the 11th Malaysia Plan?
Lim Kit Siang is the MP for Gelang Patah

SHOCKING NAJIB: Cash, then assets, 1MDB funds in Singapore now in 'UNITS'

SHOCKING NAJIB: Cash, then assets, 1MDB funds in S'pore now in 'UNITS'
KUALA LUMPUR - 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is experiencing “short term” cashflow problem with the ability to pay its debts, said Finance Minister II Datuk Seri Husni Hanadzlah.
He assured that the Government would find a solution for the debt-laden government investment arm.
“The problem is a short term cashflow problem, that is all.
“We will settle it. In terms of asset quality, they have the assets to pay all. It is only a short term cashflow problem,” he told reporters at Parliament lobby, Thursday.
Husni said 1MDB might have misinterpreted the investment of US$1.103bil (RM4bil) in BSI Bank (Singapore) Ltd.
“There’s a mistake. They (1MDB) had the impression that there was cash when they redeemed the funds. Actually, that is a saving,” said Husni.
Husni was commenting on contradicting Dewan Rakyat written replies by the ministry to DAP lawmaker Tony Pua, who queried whether 1MDB still had the cash in the Singapore bank.
In January, the Finance Ministry said 1MDB had deposited the funds it redeemed from its offshore account in the Cayman Islands into BSI Bank, with the amount held in US dollars.
On March 10, it confirmed in a written reply to Pua that the funds were held in the Singapore bank in the form of cash.
On May 19, however, the Government said the funds were not in the form of cash, but assets.
When asked, Husni did not elaborate on the form of assets the company had, but stressed that the saving was in the form of “units.”
“Units, just units,” he said, refusing to explain the nature of units when pressed further.
Husni said the units were backed by sovereign wealth funds and the Government hoped they could repatriate the funds as soon as possible.
He also assured that the company would not head for a default.
“A default will cause systemic effect and we do not want that,” he said.
He said he was in the midst of completing a report on 1MDB’s restructuring plan for the Cabinet next week.
“We have had discussions (with 1MDB) and their position is very clear. We have our plans there and it’s very concrete,” he said. - ANN

‘Why must Salleh approve my NFC takeover?’

“Is there a conspiracy to protect Sharizat Jalil’s family,” businessman asks.
Mohamed Salleh Ismail, NFC, Samsubaharin
KUALA LUMPUR – Former National Feedlot Corporation (NFC) consultant Shamsubahrin Ismail today questioned the Ministry of Finance’s (MOF) motives in requiring him to secure NFC’s approval for his proposed takeover of NFC’s cattle farming project.
MOF is asking me to talk to former NFC chairman Mohamed Salleh Ismail first before going to the Ministry, he complained.
“I do not understand why,” he said. “I had expressed my clear intention to take over the project as well as absorb all the liabilities there.”
Pointing out that MOF had a golden share in NFC he asked why the Ministry could not decide on the matter itself.
“Is there a conspiracy to protect Sharizat Jalil’s family who are involved in NFC,” the businessman questioned.
He said that he had sent letters to the Deputy Prime Minister’s office, the Agriculture Ministry, MOF and Negeri Sembilan’s Menteri Besar office on Feb 26, expressing his intention to take over the project.
“The DPM’s office received the letter well. The office had stated in their written reply on March 13 that they had extended the suggestion to the Menteri Besar’s office for further talks,” he said.
However, he said that he was baffled as to why MOF would refer him to Salleh.
“This is a project with high potential, he said when asked why he was eager on taking over the debt ridden project, adding that Malaysians consume an estimated 20,000 head of cattle a month.
“The numbers may rise in the month of Hari Raya Korban,” he said.
He said that he has a 300-acre piece of land in Pahang to carry out the project. For the first eight to ten years we will import cattle from abroad, he added, saying further that imports will stop after the tenth year as the cattle will be able breed on their own by then.
Shamsubahrin, who was sentenced by the Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on Monday on five counts of cheating Salleh, faces a five-year jail term and four strokes of rotan.
He said he had appealed against the decision.
Even if the High Court upholds the verdict against me, I will still be able to run the project, he said, claiming that he has a team in place to implement the project.

Is Husni pulling fast one with talk of new money?

Ariff Sabri wonders whether 'units' refer to a kind of currency used by the world's rogues.
husni hanadzlah
PETALING JAYA: The new money in town, according to Second Finance Minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah, is “units”, notes Raub MP Ariff Sabri Abdul Aziz in his latest blog posting.
“We can hazard a guess that these units are probably a form of new money used by the rogues of the world. If so, what’s there for Bank Negara to monitor?”
Ariff confesses that he doesn’t understand a thing about these units, which are not US dollars, as earlier claimed, and which are supposedly kept by 1MDB in Singapore and which would be “brought back”.
“Is Husni taking air ketum (drug laced water) or sleeping on the job?” he asks. “The English say it’s getting more bizarre by the day. It’s getting curiouser and curiouser, as in Alice in Wonderland.”
Ariff’s article refers to Husni’s claim that the 1MDB “assets” in Singapore are units backed by sovereign wealth funds.
“Benda apa pulak ni (What in the world is this thing)?” he asked. “Can’t the government be upfront and direct? I don’t know what these units are. Please explain.”
Also, Ariff wants Husni to elaborate on his reference to sovereign wealth funds. “Is Husni digging a hole to cover another hole? What’s he going to bring back from Singapore?”
He says he was also taken aback by Husni’s statement that Putrajaya misinterpreted the “units” redeemed from the Cayman Islands by 1MDB and kept in Singapore as US dollars.
He wants to know who misinterpreted the so-called units as USD. He wants Husni to confirm whether officials at the Ministry of Finance “misinterpreted” the so-called units as USD.
He thinks that Husni has managed to confuse everyone with his talk of “units” and given them a severe headache. “Perhaps it’s the work of leaders to twist things around. Even so, they need to explain what these units are so that the confusion among the public can end.”
Revisiting Husni’s claim that the units would be brought back from Singapore, he says he is left wondering how something that doesn’t belong to 1MDB can be brought back. He points out that 1.103 billion units have apparently been used as security to borrow RM3.6 billion from a syndicate of six banks led by Deutsche Bank and they would have lien on them.
News reports have quoted Husni as saying that 1MDB had 2.318 billion units in Singapore’s BSI Bank worth USD2.318 billion, all backed by sovereign wealth funds.
1MDB apparently used 1.215 billion units to repay its loans and pledged some with Deutsche Bank in Singapore as security for RM3.6 billion in loans. The repayment also went to Aabar Investments, an Abu Dhabi Government-owned company.
1MDB still has 1.103 billion “units” and these would be “brought back”.


In Kelantan’s hudud enactment, the amount of blood money for a person who has been killed is only RM614.
Zaid Ibrahim, The Star
THOSE who advocate implementing Islamic law in Malaysia generally suffer from an acute sense of superiority about their understanding of the religion.
They are prone to chastising people who ask them questions and always want to either exclude those with contrarian views from the discussion table or call them troublemakers.
This peculiar habit is found not just amongst politicians, but also professionals and senior bureaucrats serving in legal departments.
The most glaring example of wanting to win an argument about implementing Islamic law without having to think too much is to say that fundamental liberties in the Federal Constitution do not apply to Islamic laws and rules.
This is the approach being taken by Negri Sembilan’s legal advisers in the transgender case of Mohd Juzaili bin Mohd Khamis & 2 Ors v. Kerajaan Negeri Sembilan & 4 Ors.
I hope that such a far-reaching assertion will not find favour with our judges, because to affirm such a proposition is tantamount to saying that the Quran neither recognises fundamental liberties nor respects human dignity.
Our judges, who are known for their piety and good sense, will appreciate that the Holy Book commands mankind to respect life and the rights of others.
In my hometown of Kota Baru, many PAS leaders are fuming mad that an Opposition politician who is non-Muslim spoke about hudud, or lslamic criminal law.
Well, they are always fuming mad when someone, even a Muslim like me, opposes their plans, but I for one am aghast that their hudud enactment contains so many errors and seems to lack any sense of justice.
In Islamic criminal law, the principle of qisas applies to bodily harm or death. If a life is taken then the deceased’s relatives can demand the killer’s life in return – an eye for an eye.
However, as an alternative, the relatives can also demand compensation in the form of diyat (blood money) from the killer’s relatives. The amount of diyat that’s stated in many Islamic law books ranges from US$80,000 for accidental death to more for premeditated death.
In Brunei, it’s 1,000 dinars or 4,250gm of gold, roughly RM580,000 at current prices.
In Kelantan’s hudud enactment, a person’s life is only worth RM614 because diyat is defined as 4.450gm of gold. Since the current price of gold is around RM138 per gramme, then the life of a Kelantanese is worth RM614.
Kelantan also uses 4.450gm of gold as the value of nisab, the threshold to decide if theft and robbery should warrant amputation for first and second offences. So, a Kelantanese who steals something worth more than RM614 is liable to have a limb amputated. Of course, if he is involved in money laundering and funnels millions out of the country he escapes amputation since the enactment does not consider that crime to be theft.
Kelantan’s leaders must be punish­ed for this terrible mistake. They rushed to pass the law when they were not even sure what they wanted to do with the enactment.
They even misled the people into thinking that they had done them a favour by passing God’s laws, when the truth is they have not taken into account many human factors.
They did not tell the Kelantanese that they do not actually have the power to implement hudud because the maximum punishment the Syariah Court can inflict is a prison sentence of three years, a fine of RM5,000, six strokes of the whip or a combination thereof – nothing more.
There is no consideration for the value of human life in the 21st century, only a blind desire to play politics with people’s lives.
I have said this before and I wish to say it again: God’s laws are perfect, but when men are called to draft the laws and push them through the legislative process, then they become man’s laws.
This means that we as a civilised community must scrutinise and deliberate these man-made laws carefully before allowing them to come into effect.
We owe it to Muslims to craft laws that are just and that can be implemented fairly, and to do that, we cannot exclude the community from providing their views.
In Kelantan today crimes invol­ving armed men are commonplace. The people are worried. Snatch thieves are everywhere in Kota Baru.
Instead of working with the police to stem the rising crime rate, the politicians are just looking for easy answers; forever preaching that if we implement hudud, all problems will be sorted out.
They are wrong. It requires more effort from the community and the police. It requires having a criminal justice system that works!
Our ulamak are politicians and they must not be made to believe they are perfect and beyond reproach. Muslims must not be led to believe that if they give their views, they are going against God.
That’s what politicians want them to believe, but this only serves their selfish purposes and not the welfare of Muslims.
Never again must we be led like sheep by those who use God’s name to hide their own incompetence and ignorance.
Muslims deserve better than this.