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Sunday, January 22, 2017


KUALA LUMPUR — Datuk Seri Najib Razak has denied that MCA had requested for the post of deputy prime minister to be given to the party as claimed by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
The prime minister said throughout his tenure as the country’s No. 1 leader, never once did the Barisan Nasional (BN) component party asked to be given the number two post and the post of finance minister.
“Recently, it was revealed that DAP asked for the post of DPM and finance minister, when the Malays are angry, he said MCA. Since I become PM, MCA has never ask for the DPM post, This is a lie.
“I deny and I ask MCA to also deny. MCA has three ministerial posts and they are thankful. Don’t do a lot of U-turns,” he said.
Najib said this in his speech at a luncheon in conjunction with the 60th anniversary of the Malaysian Tamil Youth Bell Club at the Grand Hall, Lukut here today.
Also present were MIC President Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam, Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan, Dewan Negara Speaker Datuk Seri SA Vigneswaran, MyPPP President Tan Sri M Kayveas, MIC former president Datuk Seri S. Samy Vellu and Gerakan Vice President Datuk A. Kohilan Pillay.
Previously, Dr Mahathir was quoted to have said DAP wanted the post of deputy prime minister if the Opposition pact wins the coming 14th General Election.
In his blog on Friday, the former prime minister made a U turn by correcting his earlier statement that MCA was the party that asked for the post and not DAP.
Speaking before a 3,000-strong audience, Najib, however, urged the people not to be influenced by the Opposition’s propaganda which frequently made U-turns.
“Don’t listen to the Opposition, our statesman is taking rubbish now. He says want to abolish the GST (Goods and Services Tax) which gives a revenue of RM41 billion.
“Where do I get money to build clinics, hospitals? Imagine health asks, education asks, how do I get? Money does not come floating, it must come from resources,” he said.
Najib said the people needed to understand that the opposition could say whatever they want and often make a U turn if problems arise.
Earlier the prime minister said the people, especially youths in the country must have a sophisticated mind, world class, borderless thinking and knowledgeable to compete in the future.
“But if knowledge is not aligned to morals, values and culture, intellect alone is meaningless. We want both at once.
“We want to be rooted in good value, rooted in our own culture in our history… to strengthen our identity but our mind must internationalise our mind,” he said.
Najib also said even though the Indian community made up only 7.4 per cent of Malaysia’s population, the Indians had made many contributions to national development.
“Based on history, it cannot be denied the Indian community made great contributions and we should recognise the contribution of the Indian community,” he said.
The Malaysian Tamil Youth Bell Club was formed in 1956 to promote the Tamil language, arts and culture and has 24,552 members and 292 branches nationwide.
At the function, Najib presented a cheque, worth RM2.18 million, for the construction of Tamil schools in the state, which was received by Mohamad. – Bernama
PREVIOUSLY, the Malay Mail reported:
‘Nothing wrong’ with asking for DPM post, MCA rep says
Former Malaysian prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, October 18, 2013. — Reuters pic
KUALA LUMPUR, Jan 21 ― An MCA central committee member defended his party’s past request for a deputy prime minister post, saying it was not an “offence” to convey the Chinese community’s wish for “empowerment”.
Datuk Seri Ti Lian Ker admitted today that his party had sought to install one of its members in that position, after retired prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad exposed the request on his blog yesterday.
“It was only a process to channel the wish of supporters in a healthy democracy,” Ti said in a statement.
He explained that the party which is supposed to represent ethnic Chinese voters had made the request, seeing the post as an “empowerment” to resolve the problems of the non-Malay, non-Muslim community.
However, he did not elaborate on the problems faced by Chinese Malaysians in the predominantly Malay Muslim country.
“Nothing wrong or an offence for a party to convey its supporters’ wish at certain times,” he said instead.
“When a decision is made, what’s important is that we hold to party discipline and manners for harmony,” he added.
The MCA religious harmony bureau chairman then accused Dr Mahathir of having a “malicious political intent” in publicising past party communications within the Barisan Nasional (BN) ruling coalition.
“This is Tun M’s malicious political attempt to fish for votes,” Ti said.
On his blog post last night, Dr Mahathir who was also former BN chairman disclosed that the MCA had requested for a deputy prime minister post in 2009 in response to allegations that predominantly Chinese Opposition party, the DAP, had recently laid claim to the post if their Pakatan Harapan pact wins the next general elections.
Dr Mahathir said MCA deputy secretary-general Datuk Loke Yuen Yow had then asked Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak for a second deputy prime minister post for the party president then, in addition to the BN deputy chairman post.
The 91-year-old government critic who now counts himself a member of the Opposition said he highlighted the issue to clarify an earlier “mistake” when he said the DAP had asked for a second deputy prime minister post to be created and for one its own to be appointed to it.
Dr Mahathir then had linked his post to a report by the Malaysian Information Department in April 2009 on the proposal, which quoted Loke saying that the two posts should be filled by the MCA president to reflect “true power sharing”, in addition to proof that the government gives priority to the role and contribution of the Chinese community.
DAP leaders have repeatedly refuted the claims that they were pushing for the DPM post, saying the Opposition pact has never discussed their potential Cabinet line-up save for the post of prime minister, which should be held by their de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who is currently serving a five-year jail sentence for sodomy.
– Malay Mail Online


 Despite turning 92 in July, the ex-Malaysian premier is still active in politics, keeps up a punishing schedule and does not wish to retire.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad turns 92 in July, but the sprightly grand old man of Malaysian politics shows little sign of ageing, let alone of slowing down.

He is more active than ever, criss- crossing the country to campaign and speak against the government he once led, and even attending demonstrations and candlelight vigils.
Despite stepping down as prime minister in 2003, he says: “I’ve never actually retired.”

Over the past 12 years, Dr Mahathir shows little sign of ageing and has not retired even though he is no longer premier. PHOTOS: REUTERS, ST FILE
His secret? Not overeating.He tells The Sunday Times about a recent study which found feeding monkeys a low-calorie diet led to a longer lifespan.
“Maybe, I am like a monkey,” he says. “I am not completely healthy. I had heart problems, I had some pneumonia at one time and I have periods when I get bad coughs when the lungs get infected.”
The former premier points out: “I don’t smoke, I don’t drink, I don’t overeat. I eat just enough food to keep me going.
“There is a tendency for people over a certain age to become obese. They have a big stomach and to satisfy themselves, they drink and they overeat, which places a burden on their heart.
“I have been about 62-64 (kg) for years. I can wear my clothing made 30 years ago.”
Although he left active politics some 13 years ago, he still goes to the office every day.
“I happen to be healthy, I can do this work.
“For me, to say I want to go to sleep and retire and prepare for my afterlife, I think that is very selfish,” Dr Mahathir added.

‘Gangster’ Datuks, a ‘flasher’ and a ‘confused’ IGP

Put a uniform on a Malay and he is transformed; just like the Malay who becomes a politician. They allegedly become arrogant and obnoxious. They want it their way, all the time. They refuse to listen. They become unreasonable and demanding.
This description also fits many of today’s Datuks. Before they were conferred the ‘Datuk’ title, these men and women were just ordinary citizens, like you and I, largely unknown outside their circle of friends.
What a difference an honorific, like a Datuk, can make. Doors are opened for them, but most important of all, they think they are above the law; like the Datuk from Penang who allegedly assaulted the security guard who filmed him removing a wheel clamp from his car.
Last week in Ampang, a lorry driver reversed into a Mercedes-Benz allegedly belonging to a Datuk. The lorry driver was allegedly mercilessly beaten and kicked like a rag-doll, as he lay on the ground.
Many members of the public and security guards witnessed around five men allegedly assaulting the lorry driver.
Why have we been reduced to a society of on-lookers? Looking the other way seems to be our favourite pastime.
The people who did not go to the rescue of the driver are a perfect example of the moral decline in Malaysia.
We are afraid that the Datuk and his thugs may hurt us or our families.
A few days after the video of the assault on the lorry driver went viral on YouTube, the suspects were finally rounded up. The arrest was swiftly followed with a warning from Selangor police chief Abdul Samah Mat not to share the registration number of the Datuk’s silver car online.
The top cops probably do not realise that the public have lost confidence in the police force.
The rakyat wonder if the police would have acted at all but for the video clip which went viral.
Rightly or wrongly, many people also believe that Datuks are untouchable. It is amazing how civil servants, including policemen, trip over one another to serve Datuks.
Despite the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) arresting several Datuks for allegedly stealing several hundred million ringgits from the taxpayer, one very high-ranking Datuk still eludes both the MACC and the police for his role in the missing billions. Why?
In May 2016, a Datuk, who is alleged to be a special adviser to the PM, instructed his friends to drive in a mock convoy. The ‘bogus’ outriders in front of his Bentley tricked the KL traffic with their flashing lights and blaring sirens.
Suspicious traffic policemen stopped the convoy, and one of the Datuk’s bodyguards was found to be in possession of a firearm. The Datuk’s aides were arrested, whilst the Datuk was not apprehended. Why not? It was his convoy.
Perhaps the IGP he should ensure that his policemen do their jobs and attempt to regain our trust.
Told to ‘flash him’ in return
On Jan 14, Ana Jonessy went to a police station in Kota Kinabalu (KK) to report that she had been ‘flashed’ by an unidentified man in Lorong Dewan, in KK.
The policewoman who attended her allegedly laughed at her predicament and allegedly said that she should have flashed him in return.
Ana allegedly said, “One of the policewomen gave me an earful.
“She later sneered that I should’ve flashed him in return, or film him masturbating and upload it to Facebook.
“Maybe he’s mentally ill, maybe it’s the only ‘action’ he gets. Next time just take photos of him.”
Ana posted her complaint on Facebook where it went viral. Her friend who returned to the police station to lodge a report about the whereabouts of the flasher, was also treated with contempt.
Her friend was allegedly told by the police, that she had not been flashed at, but had merely seen someone urinating.
So, is it okay to urinate in a public place?
The KK district police chief, ACP M Chandra, denied reports that they had been slow to act. He urged Ana to contact him personally to relate her experience.
Sadly, the damage has been done. When the front line police staff sneered at Ana and told her to “flash him back”, Ana's confidence in the police evaporated. Ours would, too, if we had been in Ana’s shoes.
The manner in which policemen respond to the people who seek help is important. The IGP needs to understand this.
He should stop warning us not to be vigilantes, when he should whip his men into shape to enforce law and order without fear or favour. Cleaning-up his own backyard should take priority over threatening the public.

MARIAM MOKHTAR is a defender of the truth, the admiral-general of the Green Bean Army and president of the Perak Liberation Organisation (PLO). BlogTwitter. -Mkini

Predictions mean nothing if there’s no 'one man, one vote'

YOURSAY | ‘And they said Hillary Clinton would win, and the UK wouldn't leave the EU.’
CQ Muar: All things considered, the bottom line is that Pakatan Harapan and Bersatu must seriously make concerted efforts to reach out to the rural heartland to dilute the effects conveyed to them via TV3, Utusan and other media, which are owned and controlled by the Umno/BN government.
The rural folk are the main hardcore types, who are traditionally Umno supporters despite Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's scandals and the 1MDB fiasco.
However, this time around their mentality and loyalty might have changed somewhat due to 'exposure' and the constant feedback they have received with regard to the controversies. Even the many younger generation of thinking Malays who are more inclined to change, will favour the opposition somewhat.
Worthy of mention is the impact brought about by those countries that are investigating Najib. Hopefully, the table will turn in favour of Harapan/Bersatu should the PM finally get nailed by any of those who are in the process of their investigations.
Clever voter: The report resembles a chapter from a children's bedtime story book. Past experiences show polls are awful predictors. The prime minister has not made up his mind whether the country goes to the polls. A lot hinges on the feel-good factor.
Expected slow growth will add uncertainty. Secondly, the door on 1MDB has not been shut tightly enough. More importantly will be to ensure the redrawing of electoral boundaries allegedly favours BN.
Among others of course will be plans B and C. While the opposition can go on arguing who gets seats where, the voters’ contentment with the generosity of BN, old faithfulness and electoral advantages will all favour BN.
Pessimism over the opposition’s ability to work together and lack of leadership are negative. While the urban sectors favour change, they too want to have their cake and eat it. Needless to say much about rural folks. It would take a brave man to vote against a BN victory.
But then Leicester won the Premier League at odds of 5,000-1, so anything can happen.
Kim Quek: Thinking that the survey was conducted by BN, most non-Malays (who are typically anti-BN) simply hung up their phones, and of those who responded, many must have picked BN just to avoid trouble. Hence, true BN support level is much lower than the 40 percent recorded, perhaps no more than 30 percent, which is comparable to a Merdeka Centre survey in August 2016, showing BN support level at 23 percent (all races) and 31 percent (Malays only).
As for PAS, its recorded support level of 3 percent among Chinese and Indians respectively should be quite close to the truth, and the party therefore stands to be wiped out except for perhaps a few seats in its conclave in Kelantan, if the party persists in fighting solo in the coming election.
WTFcuk: Yes, all my friends who received the survey calls thought they were from the BN. Some hung up.
Annonymous: No strategy lah, these rookies in politics always lay their cards out on the table for his opponent to counter them. Pandan MP Rafizi Ramli, please shut-up and stop counting your chicks before they are hatched.
And most essentially, do not always threaten a desperate and dying regime in power, and give them more reasons and ammunition to attack and ‘kill’ you fellows with, before you ‘kill’ them in the next election.
There are many fence-sitters out there waiting, as well as many Umno members who are thinking of voting for Pakatan Harapan to check abuse. But now that they know BN would lose based on your ‘survey’, these undecided voters would prefer to vote for the underdogs BN to ensure check and balance.
As you have always and over-confidently boasted through the media that Harapan will win the next election, you are only provoking the desperados to resort to more dirty tactics and every means to harass, prosecute and persecute you and all the Harapan leaders at every opportunity to eliminate your threats.
Thirdeye: If the survey is a fairly accurate reflection of the voting in the next GE, then Pakatan should leave PAS to its own devices and call its bluff for a three-cornered contest which will lead PAS to its self-destruction. If PAS joins Pakatan and Bersatu in a coalition, be prepared for more non-Malays to sit out the elections or even vote for BN as they cannot trust a Hadi Awang-led PAS.
Flyingeagle: Ask any of the BN leaders how they accumulated their wealth and the answer will be they have been saving since schooling days. Worse will be those who were/are assemblypersons/MPs/state exco members/ministers/deputy ministers, etc who will answer that they saved their monthly salary/allowances to date.
Anonymous_1372558750: Oh, gosh, I think the survey was too optimistic and greatly underestimated the stubbornness and stupidity of rural electorates. Furthermore, the survey completely forgot to account for the ruthlessness and sheer power that Malaysian Official 1 (MO1) possesses.
The mainstream media, Election Commission, police, judiciary and, as the ultimate final resort, the Armed Forces, would make sure the BN/Umno remain untouchable on any tactics they deploy to win GE14.
The crime of allegedly robbing the country through 1MDB embezzlement is far greater than simply cheating/intimidating/bribing to win the election. When the alleged criminals of greater crimes cannot be brought to justice, only the fools would believe that the same criminals would play by the rules of election.
Fairplayer: My survey shows the first victory for Malaysians - PAS wiped out. Second victory - Umno half-wiped out! Third victory - DAP wins all their seats contested. Fourth victory - Amanah replaces PAS in their current seats. Fifth victory - PKR, Bersatu, PSM, and Warisan share the remainder of the seats. Sixth victory - MCA, MIC, Gerakan wiped out. Seventh victory - BN parties quit BN. A very possible scenario.
Doc: All these polls do not take into consideration the dirty tactics that Umno will allegedly employ to ensure a BN victory.
JBond: No need to survey, just focus your resources in rural and semi-rural areas to convert the alleged corrupt party's supporters. The urban areas would swing the opposition way like before. No wasting time on talking, but start the legwork to reach out.
Anonymous 539281478077880: When I received the (phone survey) call, I gave my views truthfully by pressing the correct buttons and to my heart’s content. I was not bothered which party did the survey.
If the people are truthful in mind; then definitely a tsunami would sweep out BN totally from the political arena. People are really fed up and disgusted with the way the government is managed with wrong governance. It would be a do or die battle in GE14. If Umno-led BN were to ‘throw dedak’, then many others would jump ship.
Pisasu 7: And they said US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton would win, and the UK wouldn't leave the European Union.
Fairman: All these predictions mean nothing. It could only be believed if there are free and fair elections - one man, one vote, one value. This is syiok sendiri findings.

Najib will win enough seats to remain in power but his desire to win the people’s minds and hearts is a distant dream. It will be a case of ‘menang sorak kampung tergadai’.
The rakyat will continue to suffer after GE14.- Mkini

Sabah records higher number of flood victims

Kelantan and Terengganu however record a lower number of flood victims.
banjirSABAH: the number of flood victims at five flood relief centres – including two that opened today – in three districts, rose to 514 from 143 families, as at 4pm.
Sabah State Disaster Management Committee (JPBN) secretariat chief, Col Mulliadi Al-Hamdi Ladin said 346 victims from 82 families in the district of Kota Maruu were still at SK Taritipan, while 35 people were at the Damai Agricultural Training Centre’s hall, which was reopened today after closing on Jan 20.
Thirty-nine flood victims from 11 families in Paitan, a sub-district of Beluran, were still housed at the Kampung Binsulung hall.
In the district of Pitas, 35 victims from seven families were still at SK Salimpodon while another 59 from 18 families were at SK Rukom.
Meanwhile in KOTA BHARU, the number of flood victims in Kelantan dropped to 10,126 from 2,846 families as at 5pm, from 11,654 (3,300 families) at 1pm.
Based on the Social Welfare Department’s ‘Infobanjir’ application, all evacuees were currently housed at 57 relief centres in seven districts in the state.
A total of 5,113 people from 1,363 families were placed at 23 relief centres in Kota Bharu, and 2,520 from 689 families at 10 relief centres in Pasir Puteh.
In Pasir Mas, 19 relief centres were opened to house 1,785 victims from 600 families, while Bachok recorded 522 victims from 141 families at one relief centre.
Machang had 122 victims from 35 families in one centre, while the one in Tanah Merah housed 18 victims from six families.
Meanwhile, Kuala Krai had 46 people from 12 families at two relief centres.
Three relief centres in Tumpat, which housed 1,171 victims from 340 families this afternoon were closed after all the evacuees were allowed to return home in the evening.
According to Kelantan’s “ebanjir” portal, the water level at Sungai Golok in Rantau Panjang had risen to 10.16 metres at 5pm, compared to 10.06 metres at noon. The danger level for the river is at 9.0 metres. -FMT

Don't misuse name of Agong, public warned

Pertubuhan Kerabat D'Raja Kelantan Al-Muhammadi has issued a warning to all quarters not to use the name of Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Muhammad V or the organisation for personal interests.
Its president Tengku Abdul Halim Sultan Ibrahim said the usage of fake name cards bearing the name of His Majesty and having royal symbols had been detected since 2012 but now appeared to have gained further traction since Sultan Muhammad V was installed as the 15th Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Tengku Abdul Halim, who is also Tengku Laksamana Kelantan, said the organisation viewed the matter seriously as it did not want the image of His Majesty and the organisation to be tarnished.
"His Majesty is very angry about this, stern action will be taken against the irresponsible parties," he told a press conference at Istana Balai Besar today.
Elaborating further, he said that based on information received by the organisation, the scam was being perpetrated by a syndicate led by locals (Kelantanese) and possibly with the collusion of members (of the organisation).

"The are using the cards throughout the country to cheat people, either by collecting donations or offering peerage titles from the Kelantan royalty for a sum of RM200,000," he said.
He added that a police report was lodged on Jan 10 and that several suspects had been picked up to facilitate investigations.
He further stressed that the organisation had never issued membership cards to anyone, not even its members.
He advised the public to lodge police reports if they came across this scam.
- Bernama

Student drowns in river after suffering cramps

A 15-year-old student drowned after he was believed to have suffered cramps while bathing in a river with three friends in Kampung Kor near Nilam Puri in Kota Baru today.
Ketereh Fire and Rescue station operations commander Senior Fire Officer II Halim Mat Zin said Muhammad Danial Asyraf Muhammad Zulkhairol Adha was swimming in the river when he sufferred cramps and disappeared in the river at about 1.30pm.
Villagers found the boy, a student at Sekolah Menengah Kebangsaan (SMK) Kampung Kor, at about 2pm and sent him to the Perol Health Clinic where he was pronounced dead at 2.53pm, he said.

Meanwhile, in Bachok, the body of Maahad Tahfiz Sains Al-Muhammadi Kampung Nipah student, Ilham Mohd Hafiz, 15, who disappeared while bathing at Pantai Kampung Nipah yesterday, was found at Pantai Irama at about 10.30am today.
East Region Malaysian Maritime Enforcement Agency (MMEA) director First Admiral Mamu Said Alee said the search for another student, Mohd Aiman Che Hashim, 15, would continue.
He advised the public against bathing in the sea during the monsoon season due to the rough sea condition and strong current.
- Bernama