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Friday, July 31, 2015

Najib Serah Surat Tawaran Haji Kepada 1,200 Pemimpin Masyarakat


Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak pada Jumaat menyerahkan surat tawaran menunaikan fardu haji 1436H/2015 kepada 1,200 orang yang terdiri daripada imam, ketua kampung dan Pengerusi Jawatankuasa Kemajuan dan Keselamatan Kampung (JKKK).
Majlis penyerahan surat tawaran tajaan Yayasan 1Malaysia Development Bhd(1MDB) berlangsung di Masjid Tuanku Mizan Zainal Abidin di sini.
Najib dalam ucapannya berkata inisiatif untuk melaksanakan program itu tercetus susulan tinjauannya mendapati masih ramai di kalangan kumpulan berkenaan tidak berpeluang mengerjakan haji, antaranya disebabkan kekangan kewangan.
Bersimpati dengan keadaan itu, beliau yang amat menghargai sumbangan kumpulan yang begitu berperanan di peringkat akar umbi itu memutuskan supaya diwujudkan satu program khas bagi menaja golongan sasar untuk menunaikan haji.
“Saya rasa hiba bila dapat tahu ada imam, ketua kampung dan JKKK yang amat berjasa ini tidak dapat menunaikan haji. Alhamdulillah setelah masuk kali kelima dijalankan kita telah berjaya menghantar seramai 3,400 jemaah termasuk penerima hari ini…inilah hasrat yang ingin saya lihat dan tunaikan,” katanya.
Hadir sama Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Jamil Khir Baharom dan Pengerusi Lembaga Tabung Haji Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim.
Pada majlis itu, Najib turut menarik perhatian bagaimana masyarakat kini lebih mempercayai persepsi daripada mencari kebenaran sehingga terjebak dalam menyebarkan sesuatu perkara yang belum pasti kesahihannya.
Menjadikan pembelian sekeping tanah oleh Lembaga Tabung Haji daripada 1MDB di Tun Razak Exchange (TRX) sebagai contoh, Najib berkata ia dimanipulasi oleh ‘permainan jari jemari’ sehingga mencetuskan persepsi di kalangan rakyat bahawa ia akan memberi kesan tidak baik kepada penyimpan Tabung Haji.
Namun, katanya, apabila kebenaran terserlah, persepsi negatif itu turut berubah sehinggakan ramai mula mengakui pembelian tanah di lokasi strategik itu adalah baik dan menguntungkan.
“Tetapi oleh kerana persepsi, fitnah memenangi fikiran rakyat maka satu kebaikan yang dibuat boleh menjadi sebaliknya semata-mata pembelian itu mempunyai kaitan 1MDB,” katanya.
“Sebab itu saya harap anda yang akan mengerjakan haji ini dapat mendoakan supaya negara dan kepimpinan negara dapat ditentukan oleh kita sendiri, bukannya oleh orang lain melalui persepsi,” katanya.

'RM2.6b in PM's accounts' not a private matter

YOURSAY ‘Has he committed a crime? Why take action to stymie investigations?’

Najib's accounts are not your concern, ex-DPM told

Anonymous #44199885: The PM holds public office on trust for the rakyat and as such his conduct must be above suspicion on all accounts. A PM should not be receiving any money in his personal account other than his salary and allowances and other sums declared publicly.

Nothing is known about the source of the funds of US$700 million allegedly banked into his personal accounts. Where did it come from? Who was the transferor or payor? Is he beholden to the payors? What was done with the money?

These questions have not been answered by PM. What is he afraid of? Has he committed a crime? If not, why take action that stymies the investigations or fail to make a public statement.

This is not a private matter. It is of great concern to the country, if the position of PM has been compromised. This is a national security issue.

Tholu: Department of Special Affairs (Jasa) adviser Tun Faisal Ismail Aziz should be made to listen to his own gibberish on the RM2.6 billion allegedly in PM Najib Razak’s accounts. He would realise then that he himself cannot figure out the point he attempted to make.

When the whole world knows a long time now that RM2.6 billion had been allegedly transferred to Najib’s personal accounts from certain entities said to be linked to 1MDB, this man said something no one in the whole world who had commented on the 1MDB issue had said - that "money that goes into private accounts, that is the right and privacy of the individual and does not need to be announced to the public.”

What an utterly stupid and ludicrous statement from this imbecile. I am an ex-government servant and only if what this man says had been accepted by the then Anti-Corruption Agency, I would have asked all those private companies who were trying to bribe me to deposit the money into my account and would have lived with no fear about having to defend the sudden surge of money into it.

SteveOh: Tun Faisal is indulging in a contortion of twisted logic. When anyone, especially a prime minister cum finance minister cum chairman of 1MDB advisory board, receives US$700 million into his private bank accounts, it is no longer a private matter but everyone's business, especially the regulatory authorities'.

What business is it for anyone in that position to receive such a hefty sum of money? Why would anyone want to donate such huge sums to an individual? The idea it is private business is ridiculous and the reason why Malaysia has a serious money-laundering problem.

Former DPM Muhyiddin Yassin should have spilled the beans when he knew about it. His story will be twisted by his enemies now. Has he gone to the police to make a police report?
Forgetting what might have happened, it is onerous on Najib to explain the why, what, when, etc, of the money into his private bank accounts.

And why were the accounts closed? And please, no rich daddy story please. We were not born yesterday.

Anonymous_1421806811: Tun Faisal, this just goes to show how ignorant, arrogant and mind boggling lack of intelligence you have. Have you never heard of the Money Laundering Act, Income Tax Act and a host of Bank Negara regulations?

Or do you think only those in Umno are above these laws and such laws only apply to the opposition. Nowhere in the history of Malaysia has so many been cheated, lied and bullied by so few.

SusahKes: Obviously there's a idiot in the house, who does not understand that:

1. As a public figure, you do not have privacy when it comes to large amounts of funds deposited into your private account. How does a PM end up with a RM2.6b deposit in his personal accounts?

2. Bank Negara should have been among the first to ring the alarm bell.

3. The Inland Revenue Board (IRB) should have been the next to launch an investigation. In the United States, for example, President Barack Obama (Najib's golfing buddy) has to declare any form of monetary or pecuniary gift given to him in his personal capacity.

Anonymous 2316801438091478: Najib is a quiet, refined man. He has the charm and confident bearing of a scion of an "old" family, a family traditionally used to leading men. He listens more than he talks, unlike most politicians.

In other words, he keeps his own counsel and is not given to histrionics. He is the sort of person you cannot take for granted, and his enemies who mounted the "putsch" - to overthrow an elected government - have found this to their cost.

Black Tiger: At least embattled Najib is right about one thing. The current mess in Malaysian politics is the making of his greatest nemesis, Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who led the Southeast Asian nation with an iron fist from 1981 to 2003.

What Najib fails to fathom is that Mahathir has not produced this mess by criticising his leadership, but by paving Najib’s path to power in the fashion he did during his decades in office.

Mahathir may believe that he can end the crisis by bringing Najib down. But history should judge Mahathir himself as the author of a long national decline that has culminated in this latest crisis.

Progressive: The points here are simple:

1. Did the money come from 1MDB or public funds? 2. Was this money from illegal sources? 3. Did this "donation" contravene any laws in Malaysia? 4. Did Najib do anything unethical to get this "donation"?

If so, remove him now. If there was nothing illegal about this, then the only question that Najib as PM needs to answer to Malaysians is, why should anyone make such a huge donation to him?

The Mask: Thank you Tunku Faisal, thank you very much. I hope the Income Tax Department read this.

Now I can copy this statement of yours and show it to the department when I am queried about the amount of money I have in my personal account. -Mkini

Najib can only delay, but not prevent his exit

YOURSAY ‘Clever moves, but it makes the accused appear all the more guilty.’

Najib's desperate shuffle for survival

SteveOh: Writer Bridget Welsh sums it up well and adds no spice to the political brew. She forgot the Mahathir Mohamad factor though, and the role of PAS in Najib Abdul Razak's quest for political supremacy.

Ultimately, the growing weight of the millstones of scandal around Najib’s neck will weigh him down. The writing is on the wall and I doubt he can stave off the push for his removal much longer, not if another bombshell is dropped on his lap. You reap what you sow.

Ferdtan: I enjoyed reading the article. It’s very insightful of what is happening in Umno.

The BN government and its leaders are confused. The people are equally intrigued. Now who are holding the fort while all these government ministers are busy fighting one another?
Basically: Clever moves, but not the moves of one who claims there is nothing to hide. It does the opposite, it makes the accused appear all the more guilty.

They may succeed in burying this unfortunate scandal, but it will forever remain etched in our minds.

Np: We are looking at a new way to stay in power in Bolehland - that is, to allegedly steal a super large amount of monies from the people, and use it to buy over all those who can keep him in power and get rid of those who may threaten his position.

And control the attorney-general (AG) so that even if one is found to have allegedly committed a crime, no action can be taken.

Sali Tambap: A good write-up by Bridget. There has never been in Malaysia's history a case where a prime minister was forced out of office. Tunku Abdul Rahman's case was close after the May 13 incident but he went off voluntarily. And then there was Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

Najib's case is different. He may want to go off voluntarily but it will not be a peaceful retirement for him but instead there could be a prison cell beckoning. The purported indictment draft by the former AG speaks much in that direction.

Most heads of the Malaysian government would continue to stay in office if they did not have any guarantee that they would be safe after stepping down. Mahathir and Sarawak's Abdul Taib Mahmud were cases in point. They had to make sure they were safe and their families, too.

As for Najib, he could not do that simply because he lacks grassroots support where trusted lieutenants whom he would leave behind could take care of things for him and make sure he would be not charged. What he did with all the purging makes sense.

Fairnsquare: Umno will have to make its own stand on the 1MDB issue and come clean. They can call an EGM (extraordinary general meeting) and elect a new president if they are not satisfied with what is going on.

Muhyiddin Yassin is the elected deputy president, while party presidents were appointed by their predecessors by convention as in the case of Abdullah and Najib. The need for street demonstrations and opposition driven 'coups,' does not arise.

The Analyser: It’s notable, and oh-so Malaysian, that most of the infighting within Umno is personality-based. There are virtually no factions based on political philosophy nor geographical divisions within Umno. It’s all me, me, me, me.

Mamba: For people on the street, the top major concerns are the plunging ringgit, depletion of national reserves used to defend the ringgit, rocketing inflation, and a worsening economy.

We worry more about the state of economy than over whether Najib stays on or not, or even be sent to jail.

Legit: Things are fast closing in. Najib thinks he can shield himself from the rage of Malaysians with all his power and influence and by doing all these crazy moves.

Somebody should advise him to bolt from the scene as quickly as he can before the same fate befalls on him as the Philippines’ Ferdinand Marcos and Romania’s Nicolae Ceaucescu.

Liujinzhong: Are there enough well-educated, open-minded, moderate Malays ready to replace this bunch of Umno leaders? Surely we Malaysians deserve a better tomorrow.

Swipenter: The last card available to Najib is an open secret. Umno ‘absorbs’ PAS and forms a Malay ‘God-fearing’ unity government and implement hudud. All dissenting voices would be silenced figuratively and literally.

Sa Tombs: Najib has taken what Dale Carnegie wrote in his book on ‘How to win friends and influence people’ and eliminate enemies by making them your friends.

You will now find that with the approval of the ex-officio cabinet member Rosmah Mansor, Mukhriz Mahathir will also be roped in for a cabinet post while Ahmad Zahid Hamidi will be exporting all (with the exception of his Indonesian cousins) to other countries. And so the beat goes on and on and on.

Haveagreatday: Thank you, Bridget for this insightful take. I take solace from your analysis that Najib may not as yet be able to ensure his survival politically despite the extreme measures he had taken to date.

Anonymous_1371508752: It is one thing to shore up weakness in leadership and quite another to defend wrongdoing. There is a big chasm between the two.

ABS: "Attention remains focused on fighting for political survival rather than governing for Malaysians" - this really says it all. Pathetic.

Senior: Yes, he can delay, but not prevent his departure. -Mkini

Pre-emptive strike against ‘arrest PM’ plan?

YOURSAY ‘If Abdul Gani had succeeded, it would have been a landmark case.’

AG's Chambers denies 'charge sheet' against PM

Pemerhati: Going by the fact that so far none ofSarawak Report’s exposes have been found to be wrong, the chances are that the news about axed attorney-general Abdul Gani Patail preparing a charge sheet against PM Najib Razak is most probably correct.

It looks like someone in the AG’s office or the special task force might have revealed to Najib the information about the charge sheet in the hope of getting a big financial reward from the PM.

The sudden and controversial termination of Abdul Gani’s appointment also gives credence to what is stated in the Sarawak Report. Najib’s action again confirms the fact that Malaysia is a false democracy or even a dictatorship.

Najib’s action brings to mind the incident in Congo where a judge, who found the dictator Idi Amin guilty on some charges, disappeared. Here the AG has been made to disappear from his office before he could allegedly charge Najib.

Malaysia has been a false democracy since Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s time. That means the PM can get the public servants, the enforcement agencies and the judiciary to do anything he wants them to do.

He uses a variety of techniques to do this. He uses blackmail and threat if the officer has previously done some wrong. If that is not possible, he promises rewards such as rapid promotions, lucrative contracts, etc.

We saw how Najib was able to get many judges to ‘turn the law upside down’ (to quote Abdul Aziz Bari) and come up with ridiculous verdicts as in the Perak constitutional crisis case and the Anwar Ibrahim’s sodomy case.

He also frightened and paid the late private eye P Balasubramaniam to renege on his first and true affidavit and then leave the country.

Thus it would have been quite easy for him to get Attorney-General’s Chambers head of the prosecution division Tun Abdul Majid Tun Hamzah and new AG Mohamed Apandi Ali to come up with a false statement regarding the charge sheet.

Even Abdul Gani, fearing for his safety or a jail sentence, may now lie and say that the charge sheet was not prepared by him or his office.

Odin TajuĂ©: Tun Abdul Majid, how is it that you seem to know whether the charge sheet has or has not been made by you lot, whereas Apandi would have us believe that he does not know? He is, after all, the attorney-general. He must know.

The charge sheet has to do with a felony involving no less a person than the prime minister. Apandi must know about the matter.

If the charge sheet did not exist, in other words, it has not been drafted, he would have simply said so. The fact that he denied knowledge of it, and did so in a brusque manner, simply means that it does exist but he did not want to comment on it.

On the other hand, there is the possibility that Abdul Gani drafted the charge sheet himself and has kept the act to himself, and that is the reason Apandi is ignorant of it. If this is the case, then you have lied. You are only trying to cover up for Najib.

The whole problem with you lot trying to cover up for Najib is that you have become completely unable to come up with an explanation that is at least plausible, and never mind believable. The whole problem with you lot trying to cover up for Najib is that you obviously think that the people out here are all stupid.

Now to you, inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar. Your regurgitating of the unverified sources mantra reflects very well on the dubious quality of whatever matter it is that exists within your skull. Which party or parties verifying the sources of the various incriminating pieces of information or documents would you accept but yourselves?

And you all would, of course, say they are false, just as you all have claimed that the emails and whatever other documents published by the Sarawak ReportThe Wall Street Journal and The Edge were the tampered versions of the original, and that the incriminating pieces of information published by these parties were based on the tampered versions of the said items.

You and your fellow shameless, servile, sycophantic minions of Najib’s are even more disgusting than the dregs of society and the scum of the human race.

As for you, BN strategic communication director Abdul Rahman Dahlan, the fact that you have full belief in Ramesh Rao and Lester Melanyi is more than sufficient indication of your utter incompetence. Your title is ‘tragic’ communications director.

On a scale of 10, Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle Brown is at 9.5, whereas you are at -9.5. That is minus nine point five. Clear? That Umno has to rely on you clearly shows your party is more than desperate; it is devoid of anyone in possession of even a modicum of intelligence to do things right or to do the right things.

Ourvotesdecide: The facts and issues are very simple or straightforward. Did the said accounts in AmBank really belong to Najib? Was the said sum really transferred into the said accounts?

If so, where was the money from? And was the money withdrawn and if so, by whom? And for what purpose?

This is a simple case but for mysterious reason(s), was made unnecessary complicated by the investigators or task force members themselves as if they are completely illiterate or incompetence not knowing the law and procedures of their trade or profession. As investigators, their job is to call a spade a spade.

The task force members are all top Malay leaders of their respective institutions, namely, the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), AG’s Chambers, Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM) and Bank Negara.

Thus, they have a sacred duty to uphold or defend the honour of the Malay race and Islam by upholding the truth on this very serious allegation of alleged impropriety committed by the prime minister.

Anonymous #23123465: If Abdul Gani had succeeded, it would have been a landmark case. He would have become a celebrity in the legal fraternity. But he was unfortunately denied the honour. -Mkini

Umno Youth deputy sues Rafizi for defamation over Mara property purchase issue

Umno Youth deputy chief Khairul Azwan Harun (pic) is suing PKR's Rafizi Ramli for allegations claiming the former was involved in dubious property purchases in Australia through a Mara subsidiary. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 1, 2015.Umno Youth deputy chief Khairul Azwan Harun (pic) is suing PKR's Rafizi Ramli for allegations claiming the former was involved in dubious property purchases in Australia through a Mara subsidiary. – The Malaysian Insider pic, August 1, 2015.Umno Youth number two Khairul Azwan Harun has filed a suit against PKR vice-president Mohd Rafizi Ramli for defaming him over the purchase of property by Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) in Australia.
Khairul Azwan, 39, filed the defamation suit yesterday at the High Court registry in Kuala Lumpur through Messrs Raja Riza & Associates and the documents were made available to the media today.
In his statement of claim, Khairul Azwan as the plaintiff said Rafizi had been distributing and publishing defamatory statements against him during a press conference at Rafizi's office at Uni Infiniti Mind Development Centre on July 6.
Khairul Azwan, who is Biosis Group Berhad director, said the statements, among others, had questioned his alleged involvement in the purchase and business dealings at the 746 Swanston Street property by a company wholly-owned by Mara Inc, Thrushcross Land Holdings Limited, which experienced leakages of RM63 million.
Khairul Azwan said the defamatory statements were published in online portals which could be shared by Internet users worldwide.
Rafizi's words had tarnished his reputation as a businessman and politician and despised by the public, for being involved in the dubious transactions for his own financial interest.
On July 8, a letter of demand was sent to Rafizi asking for an apology, but up until now the defendant failed to meet the claims.
Therefore, the plaintiff is seeking general, aggravated and exemplary damages and also interest, costs and others deemed appropriate by the court.
Khairul Azwan is also seeking for an injunction to restrain the defendant or any of his assistants or agents from publishing similar defamatory statements and asking the defendant to publish a written apology that should be published in newspapers. – Bernama

Stop taking klia2 defects lightly, lives at stake, Rafidah tells MAHB

Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, who is also senior independent non-executive chairman for AirAsia, criticises MAHB for thinking of profits ahead of passenger and staff safety. – Facebook pic, August 1, 2015.Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz, who is also senior independent non-executive chairman for AirAsia, criticises MAHB for thinking of profits ahead of passenger and staff safety. – Facebook pic, August 1, 2015.Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz slammed Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB) for playing down the defects at klia2, saying that MAHB was being "naive and callous" in brushing aside concerns over defects in the new budget terminal.
Posting on her Facebook page, the AirAsia X chairman said lives are at stake as airlines are responsible for their passengers and staff safety.
Attached to the Facebook posting was a news clipping which quoted MAHB managing director Datuk Badlisham Ghazali as saying defects at the airport only constitute a small percentage and shutting down the airport would not resolve soil settlement issue and would instead result in major distruption of airlines' operations.
"It is that tiny odd percentage of defect that can cause problems, for example, soil depressions and subsidence in one spot can cause problems for planes with people on board, for example take off, landing, taxing, parking.
The former international trade and industry minister said airlines are dealing with the safety of both passengers and staff everyday.
"We are all responsible for so many lives. The airlines are the airports' clients. Surely there must be a Clients Charter guiding them?" she said.
She also reminded airport operators that they should not treat airports the same way as they do with shopping malls, restaurants and grocery stores.
"These outlets are incidental to the airport. It is airport first. It takes only one incident, the Almighty God forbids, to have endless repercussions for the country.
"Please don't quote profits running airports in other countries. Solve the serious problems at klia2 first in Malaysia. And please don't play with statistics when referring to defects at the airport," she added.
klia2 had been riddled with issues even before it was opened, including the ballooning of its construction costs from the initial RM1.7 billion to RM4 billion as well as "ponding" issues – pooling of water on the runway, bumpy taxiways and "sinking" parking bays, although soil treatment works had been done during construction.
AirAsia group chief executive officer Tony Fernandes had previously criticised MAHB and the Transport Ministry for klia2's myriad of problems.
The latest was on Monday where he took to his Twitter to say that the "sinking" in klia2 should not have happened.
He had also hit out at MAHB, saying that their response to the sinking was "ridiculous", urging the airport authority to improve themselves.
This came after AirAsia CEO Aireen Omar told Bloomberg that klia2 was sinking, with cracks appearing in the taxiway and water forming pools that planes had to drive through.
She warned that the defects could cause flight delays, increase wear and tear of planes and pose potential safety risks.
Bloomberg had said although take-offs and landings aren’t affected, AirAsia, which is the terminal's biggest user, had asked Malaysian authorities to fix the problems before any untoward incidents happened.

Expressing his displeasure on Twitter, Fernandes had said Aireen had to keep "wasting her time" making trips to MAHB to sort out the matter.
He had also posted a picture of a plane on the klia2 tarmac with its wheels twisted.
"Is this to be expected? 8 hour delay due to plane slipping off chocks. The board has to take responsibility," he had posted.
Following this, AirAsia yesterday said it had served a letter of demand to MAHB and its subsidiary Malaysia Airports (Sepang) Sdn Bhd for loss and damages as a result of operating from klia2 and the previous low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT) in Sepang.
In a statement, AirAsia, which has been named the world's best low-cost airline for six consecutive years, said it is seeking RM409 million in damages.
In its letter of demand, AirAsia stated that MAHB has breached its contractual duties which caused the company to suffer damage to its branding and reputation.
The budget airline added this has caused negative public perception that the failings in klia2 are supposedly within AirAsia's control by virtue of it being the single largest operator in the low-cost carrier airport.

Power abuse suits against A-G to go on despite Gani’s removal, say lawyers

Despite no longer the attorney-general, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail is facing three suits for alleged abuse of power. – The Malaysian Insider pic, July 31, 2015.Despite no longer the attorney-general, Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail is facing three suits for alleged abuse of power. – The Malaysian Insider pic, July 31, 2015.Three individuals, including Selangor executive councillor Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad, will pursue their suits against the attorney-general and the government for alleged abuse of power despite the removal of Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail from the position on Monday, lawyers said.
Nik Nazmi's counsel Melissa Sasidaran said her client was suing Gani in his official capacity.
Lawyer Parvinder Kaur Cheema, representing corporate lawyer Rosli Dahlan, said the government would be vicariously liable if the court ruled against Gani.
Parvinder said Gani's leave application to the Federal Court has been fixed on August 19.
Nik Nazmi's suit before High Court judge Vazeer Alam Mydin Meera has been fixed for two days from October 29.
The PKR Youth chief had also filed an action against Gani last March for malicious prosecution despite his acquittal by a court for organising a public rally two years ago.
In his statement of claim, Nik Nazmi (pic, right) said he had organised a rally at the Kelana Jaya stadium on May 8, 2013, to protest against the Election Commission’s conduct of the 13th general election, which he claimed was not free and fair.
He was charged in the Sessions Court with organising the rally without giving a 10-day notice to the police, an offence prescribed under Section 9 (5) of the Peaceful Assembly Act.
On April 25 last year, the Court of Appeal quashed the charge as it was unconstitutional.
Nik Nazmi said Gani, in his capacity as public prosecutor, filed a similar charge against him under the PAA in the Sessions Court a month later.
Gani, in his defence, said as prosecutor he had the discretion under the Federal Constitution and the Criminal Procedure Code to institute or drop charges.
Apart from Rosli, Gani and 10 others are also being sued by retired cop Datuk Ramli Yusuf, and their combined claims are RM176 million.
The High Court last year dismissed the application by the 11 defendants to strike out the suit and this decision was affirmed by the Court of Appeal three months ago.
Rosli and Ramli filed suits in November 2013 against Gani and the rest for, among others, alleged malicious prosecution over corruption charges which they were later cleared.
The defendants then filed a leave application in the Federal Court on April 28.
Gani's removal on Monday comes amid the task force's investigation into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
Former Federal Court judge Tan Sri Mohamad Apandi Ali replaced Gani whose termination fanned speculation that it was done to disrupt the investigation, as he was one of the four key members of the task force.
Besides probing into alleged financial scandals at 1MDB, the task force is also investigating allegations that funds from 1MDB-linked entities were channelled to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's personal accounts.

THE REAL SCANDAL IN MALAYSIA: Najib's 'secret recipe' for disaster

THE REAL SCANDAL IN M'SIA: Najib's 'secret recipe' for disaster
In 1971, more than forty years before the world would turn its attention to the top 1% and the problem of income inequality, Malaysia embarked on one of history’s boldest and most noble of experiments to reduce social disparity. Malaysia’s New Economic Policy or NEP would seek to “eradicate poverty for all” and “eliminate identification of race by economic function and geographic location”. This polity was setting out to solve the massive problem of injustice and inequality that other societies much more mature continued to struggle with.
Malaysia was a democracy that hewed the rule of law. The NEP would be Malaysia’s key political driver. Over the decades that followed, the NEP’s mantra would serve as backdrop to almost all political discourse in the country. NEP-themed policies would, among much else, flesh out the concept of Bumiputera – an ethnic-driven formulation of native peoples in Malaysia.
It is difficult to grow an economy – look at train wrecks strewn around the world. But seeking to do so and at the same reduce ethnic- and rural-urban inequality, and maintain social harmony among diverse ethnic and religious groups is an order of magnitude more arduous. Malaysia succeeded: Its income is now well above world emerging-economy average, and its urban infrastructure and worker skills approach those in the first world. Malaysia’s top bankers, business people, and entrepreneurs are admired everywhere. NEP reduced pockets of extreme poverty and created a significant, thriving, and successful Bumiputera middle class – a group of professionals and intellectuals whose contributions to Malaysian society would be the pride of any country.
And, although from time to time patchily diverging from the ideal, throughout this history Malaysia worked hard to maintain its young democracy and its adherence to rule of law, and to support a healthy vigorous open sphere of public debate. Sensitive racial questions were out of bounds, but open questioning of the government was lively. Top government officials routinely had the judiciary rule against them. And a national identity emerged, one that combined the best aspects of local culture and an easy-going open-minded cosmopolitanism developed from, among other things, the many Malaysians who have seen significant international experience. More so than even when within, Malaysians outside Malaysia saw each other for the warm and lively friends they genuinely were, people who felt driven by a mission to make their country better.
Since his 2009 swearing-in, Malaysia’s current prime minister has sought to articulate an international vision for a ‘coalition of moderates’. As leader of a successful moderate Muslim country, he carried an authority and credibility sorely needed in global discourse. He was widely accepted in international circles, and even famously golfed with Barack Obama.
All this is now at risk.
PM Najib
However noble the goal of reducing social disparity, and however laudable the democracy, transparency, and rule of law to which Malaysia has desperately clung, this NEP half-century has seen the emergence of an increasingly hateful race-based narrative to Malaysia’s political and economic strategies. The Bumiputera concept has become conflated with questions of religion, and threatens the open society that Malaysia has built. That concept is now considered by many – both Bumiputera and non-Bumiputera alike – to hold back continued social development for the country. Significant Bumiputera and rural poverty remain. Ever more frequent accounts have appeared of government agencies intended to reduce Bumiputera poverty only enriching the elites of that group. A recent article by one of Malaysia’s most thoughtful interlocutors has had to ask:
Why after decades of rigorous development planning, 40% of Malaysian households earn only about RM1,847 a month? Why after more than four decades of the NEP, 75.5% of those at the bottom are Bumiputeras? Why in spite of the billions poured into education and boarding schools, 64.3% of the Bumiputera workforce have only SPM qualifications? Why some 90% of the unemployable university graduates are Bumiputeras? Why of the $54 billion worth of shares pumped to Bumiputera individuals and institutions between 1984 and 2005, only $2 billion remained in Bumiputera hands today?
In March 2010 at an international investors’ conference, the prime minister announced urgent need for revision to the NEP, towards a national development strategy more transparent, merit-driven and market-friendly, and towards a new needs-based affirmative action. The prime minister had just won a resounding electoral victory; he had the backing of all the Malaysian people. (I am told by reliable sources that even Malaysia’s opposition MPs felt like standing up and cheering.)  But then elements within the prime minister’s political party mounted significant pushback, the moment passed, and he did not stay the course. Open democratic process has not kept in check the rise of extremists rallying together the Bumiputera grassroots, good people who have been told this time will be different, this time more of the same will help them, despite its having failed to do so these last 50 years.  Since 2010 no one has been able to recount significant action on that announcement.
That same interlocutor went on to say:
And why oh why should the Bumiputeras continue to raise a begging bowl and ask for more of the same kind of handouts from the same ruling elite? The bottom 40% get crumbs, while the cronies laugh their way to the bank.
The Malays should be asking these questions of the party that proclaims itself to be the protector of the race, and without it in power, the Malays will supposedly perish.
All this is background. The practice continues to worsen in Malaysia of elites undermining good intentions and exploiting for self interest the very instruments designed to help others. And it’s doing so more and more sharply: shutting down the press is just the most visible of that escalation.
In July 2015 Malaysian authorities blocked a website that had become a significant and honest whistle-blower on high-level developments in Malaysia. That same month Malaysian authorities suspended The Edge newspaper for its reports on 1MDB – a scandal of a national investment fund that has seen billions of dollars of public money moved around the world in suspicious circumstances, with hundreds of millions of dollars believed to have been funnelled into the prime minister’s personal bank accounts.
Criminal defamation litigation threatened by the prime minister against the Wall Street Journal on its 1MDB reporting has turned into a fiasco of the most basic legal ineptitude.
Towards the end of July Malaysia’s prime minister removed from Cabinet his own deputy prime minister, the government’s most significant and prominent voice who raised questions on 1MDB.
Four different official Malaysian government investigations are undergoing into 1MDB but then suddenly there has been the replacement of the Attorney-General and Chief Prosecutor; the parliamentary committee looking into 1MDB has had four members moved into the Prime Minister’s cabinet, therefore shutting down all further proceedings even as the committee’s official report comes due; and opposition MPs have been prevented from leaving the country on their way to discussing 1MDB and the political crisis in Malaysia.
In all this turmoil, many of Malaysia’s most remarkable leaders and numerous ordinary people have spoken out on the need for the country to get back to its roots. The country again needs to have government that runs for the well-being of its people. Malaysia’s current political leadership no longer articulates a vision that serves Malaysia’s people. Malaysia’s leadership is no longer one admired by and hopeful for others around the world.
One of Britain’s greatest friends – an ex-colony that admired and reflected the grand British ideals of democracy, rule of law, free speech, and egalitarianism – has gone rogue.
It does not take authoritarian autocracy to run a country into the ground. Regardless of system of government, it takes only political elites out of touch with their people, a co-opted judiciary, an electoral process that even while open fails to surface progressive leadership, and a system that keeps to the law but fails to protect those speaking truth to power. – TMI

NAJIB 'PLACATES' GANI PATAIL: Stripped of his powers as AG, yet allowed to 'makan gaji' until Oct retirement

NAJIB 'PLACATES' GANI PATAIL: Stripped of his powers as AG, yet allowed to 'makan gaji' until Oct retirement
What is certain is that the Attorney General’s term of tenure has been terminated. Whether that termination was done according to procedure, observing rules and regulations, is a point of contention.
What is termination? It is bringing to an end the services of an employee before the mandatory age of retirement. Some may put it bluntly by stating that the employee concerned has been dismissed. In simple layperson’s language, it would mean sacked from service.
In Gani Patail’s case, it is very strange. He had been dismissed from his position; yet, he is allowed to continue in service until 6 October 2015, when he is legally required to retire from service.
In other words, his authority to act in his capacity as attorney general has been taken away from him – suddenly and immediately; it has been effectively and deliberately removed. What was intended was to render him incapable of exercising his powers as the Attorney General.
But strangely, he is allowed to continue in service – not withstanding his ‘health problems’ – as ‘a judicial and legal service officer’ without any authority and without any job specification. He is allowed to mark time without anything to do until his due date of retirement on 6 October 2015.
For the newly minted Attorney General to state that Gani had “neither been dismissed from nor reduced in rank” is a bewildering statement.
Does he now hold a parallel rank in the judicial and legal service? Or is he expected to take orders from his successor? Does he now head any department in the judicial and legal service? Does he have any specific duties to perform?
Former AG Gani Patail
When the announcing authority, the Chief Secretary to the Government, had declared that Gani’s service as Attorney General had been terminated, it is not for the incoming attorney general to contradict him. Gani had been removed from his position as Attorney General – simply put, he has been dismissed from his post. And when that happens, he is reduced in rank. It is as simple as that!
Can you imagine his embarrassment? From top man, he has been reduced to a nonentity. Those who were taking orders from him will now completely ignore him!
In the case of Gani, he was not facing a disciplinary problem; nevertheless he has been ‘demoted’ from his previous position without just cause. He was denied his natural justice of defence, and action was simply taken arbitrarily to terminate his term of tenure. And by keeping him in the same department he is made to endure the humiliation inflicted on him on a daily basis. This is wrong.
According to the Chief Secretary to the Government, “The service of Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail as the Attorney General has been terminated effective 27 July due to health reasons”.
But the Attorney General was totally unaware of this development. He was taken aback on hearing the announcement because it had come as a total surprise suddenly.
If the action had been taken on health grounds, the Attorney General would have expected this announcement and would have been prepared to receive this news. In such a situation, there would have been some discussion prior to his termination. There was nothing to suggest that this was the case because the Attorney General was completely taken by surprise by the announcement.
When action is taken on medical grounds, there is a process to be followed. The civil servant can voluntarily opt for early retirement on medical grounds – in which case a medical board would be constituted to assess him.
On the other hand, if a civil servant’s performance was found to be unsatisfactory on health grounds – too many MCs, etc – his head of department can refer him or her to a medical board for a decision.
There is a procedure for every civil servant when he or she is appointed or dismissed. This must be strictly adhered to. This procedure cannot be ignored or set aside under whatever circumstance.
Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa
As far as the Attorney General was concerned, he had apparently not submitted a letter requesting for an early retirement due to failing health. Neither had he been ordered to appear before a medical board for an assessment. Then how could his services arbitrarily be terminated without following the mandatory procedures?
It is ironical for the Chief Secretary, Tan Sri Dr Ali Hamsa, to announce that the Attorney General had been terminated effective 27 July due to health reasons and, at the same time, to hope that “he will always be blessed with good health”. It is incongruous!
What is baffling is that in exactly 71 days the Attorney General would have retired gracefully.
The Chief Secretary’s comment following the termination of the Attorney General – “Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail has contributed tremendously to the country as the attorney general. On behalf of the government, I wish to record my deepest appreciation and thanks for the service he has rendered…” – sounded hollow and without sincerity, according to the perception of thinking Malaysians.
If this sentiment was expressed on 6 October 2015, the day of his mandatory retirement as attorney general, it would have made a great impact on the outgoing attorney general.
But after unceremoniously dismissing the Attorney General from his position without him knowing it first-hand, what effect would such a ‘glorious’ expression of sentiment have on the Attorney General? It is not too difficult to guess!
The intriguing question is why couldn’t the government have waited for another 71 days to allow the Attorney General to retire normally? What was the urgency to dismiss him post-haste and deprive him of his authority that comes with his position as the attorney general?
PM Najib
He was deliberately crippled, as it were, from exercising his authority as the attorney general from 27 July onwards. Why was that so?
As we know, it is the attorney general who authorises any prosecution to proceed; it is the attorney general who is responsible for any framing of charges against individuals deemed to be guilty and deserving to be prosecuted.
Was there a likelihood of someone very important in the higher-level hierarchy being targeted for action that triggered this sudden and hasty decision to dismiss the Attorney General?
Only the Attorney General can answer this, He has been involved in issues of right and wrong. He should know the difference between justice and injustice.
Was justice done to him? Tell us, Mr AG. What is the truth?
Malaysians are wondering, will Gani Patail have the gumption to stand up for justice?
In responding to these questions, we hope that the Attorney General will be guided by this saying:
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”
P Ramakrishnan
Aliran Exco Member