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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Impressive police work in 'clearing' Mara of CBT


YOURSAY ‘AFP should be ashamed for accusing Mara of committing a crime.’

Cops clear Mara of CBT in Aussie land deal

CQ Muar: One must congratulate inspector-general of police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar for his expertise and efficiency.

As in this example of Mara's controversial purchases in Melbourne - that he has impressively concluded the investigation with such lightning speed - was amazing and dumbfounding, to say the least.

He has just elevated himself as the super IGP of all time.

The Observer: Isn't it the job of the police to investigate and gather evidence? Aren't they supposed to submit an investigation paper to the attorney-general (AG) who then decides whether there is a case to prosecute?

Why have they taken over the role of the AG in deciding that no criminal breach of trust (CBT) was involved the Mara purchases?

They have to answer whether they have interviewed all those involved in Malaysia and Australia in view of this speedy decision to close the case.

Can the police not conduct their own separate investigations independent of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)?

Dont Just Talk: The vendor has admitted in  sworn statement that the purchased price for the Melbourne property was inflated from A$17.8 million to A$22.5 million, and that this is not a criminal breach of trust but falls under the concept of ‘willing buyer and willing seller’.

In this case, the seller did not lose financially and the generous Mara top guns, using taxpayers’ money, paid an additional sum of A$4.7 million, which was later resolved through false invoices under the ‘lu tolong gua, gua tolong lu’ (you help me, I help you) concept.

Sabahan: Even after a sworn testimony that the deal was crooked, our first world police force declared that everything was above board. How can we teach our children to tell the truth and trust the Malaysian police?

No BS: The Australian police should indeed be ashamed for accusing Mara of committing a crime. They do not understand the culture of Malaysia - spreading wealth by whatever means is not a crime as long as it goes to the right parties.

They should come and learn from our police. And their jails would not be so crowded.

Headhunter: Yes, I'm impressed. An expert forensic investigation would probably take at least six months to a year to follow all the leads scattered over a few countries but our police can do it in just a few days.

Anonymous_1408265047: The Australian police have been investigating the very obvious fraud for over a month and have not yet completed their task. The IGP has been investigating over the weekend and has since cleared everyone of CBT.

What brilliant police work. It is like something straight out of Marvel Comics. Well done, IGP.

Cantabrigian: And yes, PDRM also did not find any element of murder, sodomy and rape in the Mara case as well.

Just because there is no criminal breach of trust does not mean the case has no element of corruption, abuse of power and misappropriation of fund. Are you sure you are not a 'barua' of Umno-BN?

Baiyuensheng: CBT - Whoever, being in any manner entrusted with property, or with any dominion over property either solely or jointly with any other person dishonestly misappropriates, or converts to his own use, that property, or dishonestly uses or disposes of that property in violation of any direction of law prescribing the mode in which such trust is to be discharged, or of any legal contract, express or implied, which he has made touching the discharge of such trust, or wilfully suffers any other person so to do, commits “criminal breach of trust”.

Fairnsquare: The IGP has announced no CBT was committed and he based this from his investigation. He did not say that the transaction was free of crime.

Rightfully, he has to hand it over to MACC to conduct the investigation. Let us not jump to conclusions and make unnecessary damaging statements. We should wait for the outcome. Let us not just condemn prematurely.

Opah: Several years ago, our defence minister bought two submarines and paid RM700 million to a shelf company in Hong Kong for "consultancy" services.

The Malaysian government declared that the payment was legal and did not involve any wrongdoing.

The same mechanism was used by Mara so it is no surprise at all that our IGP has come to the same conclusion. He has learned from his master.

Oh Ya?: Khalid should be named the best IGP. He puts Sherlock Holmes to shame with his lighting speed in exonerating the ruling elite of alleged crimes.

He can tell with one phone call to the suspect that he/she has committed no wrong, just as he had exonerated his brother.

On the other hand, one tweet from him, personalities such as Tian Chua, A Samad Said, Nurul Izzah would be arrested at midnight and detained over the weekend for all sorts of crimes short of treason.

Vent: But frankly did anyone expect anything else from the chief honcho of police in our land of endless possibilities?

And is there any point to "any further investigation" by the wimps of MACC?


IGP Khalid denies absolving Mara of CBT

TA: I think the best answer for the IGP to give is: "We are still investigating."

Ib: One good way of demonstrating incompetency is the inability to see the obvious. And this is shown again and again by the current administration. The rakyat can only cringe in shame at the quality of the current leaders, I suppose.

Whatsup: One can't be so blatantly biased and having both eyes shut, especially when holding such a position. Investors seek to pay lower than the asking price, not ask and pay one-third higher. -Mkini

Even courts are under the grip of Talibanism


YOURSAY ‘How can such a racist and ultra-conservative man be selected as CJ?’

Ex-CJ: Liberal judges threaten our values

Turvy: What is scary is not what former chief justice Abdul Hamid Mohamad is saying now but the extent to which such flawed logic may have been the basis of his decisions when he was a judge in our courts.

If he was educated as a lawyer in the common law tradition, he should have been instructed on the method and logic of the law, and if competent in those arts, should have been able to extend what he believed through the legal process.

But I suspect that he was not up to changing or even modifying such law as found in the Supreme Court’s landmark ruling in the 1988 Che Omar Che Soh case.

If he did not feel comfortable with the common law, he should never have taken the position of judge and the oath that goes with it but instead have applied to become a judge of the syariah court.

Judges appointed to our civil courts, not for ability or conviction but as a promotional step in a bureaucratic process, do great harm to our judicial process and its development because they fail to grasp the profound responsibility that is attached to the position of a judge.

Shanandoah: Indeed, this ex-CJ shows how stupid it has been promoting members of mostly one community to the higher ranks of the judiciary, the civil service and the education sector in the country.

Talibanism is taking shape. Soon it will be forced down our throats. This ex-CJ alone proves how damaging it is to have only one race in all the higher echelons of our society.

Just look at the Federal Court and the Court of Appeals and the judgments emanating from their esteemed perches in society.

Then look at the heads of schools and see the suffering of the non-Malay/Muslims under their charge. Also don't forget the GLCs (government-linked companies).

Oh Ya?: Abdul Hamid should know very well that ‘kangkong’ land is still a secular state and that it is still subscribing to the common laws jurisprudence.

Unless this is changed, any laws can be challenged, what more religious beliefs? And he should know very well that ‘kangkong’ land is not made up of only one species like him - orthodox and ultra conservative.

Others may not share the same values as his. And society's value will evolve over time. He may be surprised that he and his kinds may be a dying species even in today's ‘kangkong’ land.
He may be entitled to his views but don't try to impose on others forcibly.

Swipenter: What nonsense is this ex-CJ spouting? Indeed, for those who cannot agree with common law, why be judges or lawyers where the legal system is based on it?

They should all resign as judges. They should then study to be become judges where the legal system is based on Islamic or syariah laws. What a hypocrite of an ex-CJ.

RR: Basic human values are universal and are ingrained in all religions like truth, righteousness, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, etc, but the rigidity in Islam does not move with time and that is why we need moderate Islamic leaders.

Failing this, we cannot see peace and harmony in the world as what IS (Islamic State) is doing now by ruthlessly killing young and old Muslims and non-Muslims alike for not following its version of Islam.

Anticonmen: Values of human rights and equality of all citizens are universal and the same between Malaysia's 1957 constitution and the British and American constitutions.

Don't twist these basic values by talking about Islamic values to cheat citizens and make one race more equal than others in order to justify abuse and looting.

All men (and women) are born equal and all must have same human rights.

AJ: Abdul Hamid, this is why your education sponsored by the people and your employment as CJ are both a sad mistake. You may be fit to be a shariah lawyer, but not in a court of law that dispenses justice to all.

If perhaps your qualification or appointment was merit-based, I am sure you would not even qualify to be a fisherman.

Anonymous$&@?: How such a racist and ultra-conservative man was able to be selected as a CJ in a democratic country blows my mind.

The Bar Council should propose that the selection process of persons to be chosen for the CJ position must be reviewed and thoroughly racist-proof to prevent such gross mistakes from being repeated in the future.

Out of Time: Now I now why Malaysian judges are going down the drain.

It is because of the chief justice who couldn’t act professionally and insist of imposing his personal views and biases into the system.

It is my opinion that this man should have never been a judge, much less the chief justice. He should just stuck in the syariah courts and not let out to mix with the public.

I pity his family who has to live with such a man. -Mkini

Beneath the quiet piety of Ramadan, tensions simmer in PAS and Umno

The G18 splinter group of moderate leaders from PAS at a gathering last month shortly after losing all control in the Islamist party to the ulama faction. – The Malaysian Insider pic, July 1, 2015.The G18 splinter group of moderate leaders from PAS at a gathering last month shortly after losing all control in the Islamist party to the ulama faction. – The Malaysian Insider pic, July 1, 2015.
As Muslims across the world fast to increase their piety, in Malaysia, the country's two largest Malay-Muslim parties are at war within, unable to set aside internal differences during the holy month of Ramadan.
Programmes aimed at enhancing Muslims' faith, such as buka puasa events, Ramadan sermons, and sahur, have instead turned into activities to win support and attack opponents within these two rival parties that vie for the Malay-Muslim vote.
In PAS, many had assumed the Islamist party's troubles would come to an end once the pro-ulama faction took over the leadership at recent party elections, but this has not been the case.
"No, it is not slowing down. On the contrary, it is escalating, in PAS and in Umno. Most activities happen during the night, after they spent the whole day fasting," said Mohamad Hisomuddin Bakar, a political analyst from the Ilham Center.
Hisomuddin said supper after Terawih prayers had now become the focal point of political activity in Kelantan, with many gathering together to eat after fasting an entire day and performing their prayers at the surau and mosque.
Speculation is rife that a new Islamic party – a splinter group after the fractious elections – will be formed in Kelantan, despite the fact that the state has been PAS's stronghold for years.
"We are making preparations for that," said a veteran Kelantan PAS leader, who was unhappy with recent developments in the party.
The splinter group have been dubbed the G18, which comprise "progressive" PAS leaders who were ousted at the party polls earlier this month. The group has been very active this fasting month, despite having lost in the party election.
The chairman of G18's action committee, Mohamad Sabu, had used the theme "uniting the character (akhlak) and faith (akidah)" as his theme during his Ramadan sermon in the Al Muhtadin mosque in Kulim, Kedah last Sunday.
He claimed that the split within PAS was because some leaders only cared for faith, yet had no character.
The newly-elected PAS leadership of conservative ulama or clerics, have also organised large events throughout the month of Ramadan. PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang's speech in Penang several days ago created a buzz when he spoke of "dogs and wolves".
While PAS's internal conflict came to a head when the pro-ulama group defeated the professionals at the annual congress, Umno has yet to reach that stage, but is seeing its fair share of tensions as lines are drawn over Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who has come under fire for his policies and governance.
"Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's group is under huge pressure now that Datuk Seri Najib Razak has announced that the party polls will be postponed by up to two years, as he had previously said the polls will go on," said Hisomuddin.
He said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's attacks on the prime minister's administration had a significant impact on the youth and Umno veterans.
"The veterans still remember Dr Mahathir's contributions when he led Umno for 22 years, while the youth are exposed to information through social media," said Hisomuddin.
Hisomuddin said these two groups appeared very negative towards Najib's administration as they seemed to be siding with Dr Mahathir.
Despite Ramadan being a season of quiet reflection, this fasting month could well be the time when moves are planned and plots are hatched.
- TMI

NAJIB'S GOT IT WRONG OR IS LYING AGAIN: Malaysia the most hit by Greek crisis once Euro banks start to pull out

NAJIB'S GOT IT WRONG OR IS LYING AGAIN: M'sia the most hit by Greek crisis once Euro banks start to pull out
EVEN during this “barakah” month of Ramadhan, we appear not to be blessed. The Muslim believes that Ramadhan is a blessed month.
We are still grappling with old issues – the likes of 1MDB, the FGV, the PPFI, the SRCI, low commodity prices and the outflow of funds – all of which have been dampening the economy and dragging down the ringgit.
And the pump price of RON 95 had just gone up another 10 sen to RM2.15 per litre and RON 97 up by 20 sen to RM2.55. Diesels unchanged at 2.05. This cannot be a blessing!
We all know about debt-ridden 1MDB, the decimation of FGV share prices and the attempt to use Tabung Haji to give a life line to 1MDB. By the way has Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim being able to sell his TRX land at a profit as he had promised months ago? He then said buyers were lining up to buy.
More recently we are made aware of PPFI’s RM26.6 billion borrowing from EFP and SRCI’s RM4 billion borrowing from KWAP. Both are nursing their
debts.
The external factors are also acting against us. And as if these are not enough of these, Greece has to default on its external debts and, will most likely, exit the Euro.
What is Greece to us? Literally nothing. But believe it or not we are likely to be most badly affected among the Asian countries by its bankruptcy.
Greeks lining up to withdraw the Euro as their economy collapses
I am struck by a June 29 report in Barron’s Asia, an American-owned investment magazine and website, which says Malaysia is likely to be the most affected by the Greek event. It quoted Nomura Securities.
Why is it so?
Because, besides Hong Kong and Singapore, Malaysia has the largest exposure to European bank claims. This could happen if European banks cut back their Asian debt holdings to repair their balance sheets caused by Greek exit (Grexit) from the Euro Zone.
The Barron’s report says, as of the end of last year, European banks’ debt claims in Malaysia, is equivalent to 17.7% of our GDP. The runner-up is Korea with only 8.7% of its GDP.
In addition, the report says, money has been leaving Malaysia this year even without the Grexit. Malaysia’s financing gap, defined as current account minus portfolio outflows (in equity and bond) runs a good 4.1% of its foreign exchange reserve.
The report notes: “Greece, a small economy that is less than 2% of Euro area’s GDP, can’t possibly be a major trading partner for Asian markets. But it could affect Asia disproportionately if European banks cut back their debt holdings in Asia to repair their balance sheets from the Grexit.”
Indonesia will be vulnerable too. Indonesia’s financing gap is at 3.9% of its GDP. By comparison, India is a lot safer. Its foreign exchange reserve is three times the size of Indonesia’s and its financing gap is at only 2.9%, according to Nomura.
On the same day, the ringgit fell to a 10-year low in intra-day trading due to worsening situation in Greece and as investors weighed whether Fitch Ratings would downgrade Malaysia.
The stock exchanges reacted similarly. On June 29, the FTSE Bursa Malaysia KL Index fell 0.4% and the Indonesia JSX Index dipped 0.8%. Month-to-date, the iShares MSCI Malaysia ETF fell 4.8%, the iShares MSCI Indonesia ETF dropped 7.8%.
So while the arrest of the former PetroSaudi International (PSI) executive, Xavier Andre Justo (XAJ) by the Thai police might have caused elation among the Umno elite, it does nothing to shore up the confidence in our economy. Some say it’s a put on – a ruse to throw us off the 1MDB track. - kadirjasin.blogspot.com

CANNOT SINGAPORE MALAYS COPE WITH MERITOCRACY? Ex minister compares again Malays in Singapore & Malaysia

CANNOT S'PORE MALAYS COPE WITH MERITOCRACY? Ex minister compares again Malays in S'pore & M'sia
My recent blogpost on Singaporean Malays vis-a-vis Malaysian Malays has not gone down well with some Singaporean Malays.
To recollect: I had said that I, as a Malaysian Malay, would not mind being like a Singaporean Malay (who are regarded by some prominent Malays here as “second class”) if this means I can get good leaders who are honest, an administration that is efficient and I have the benefit of good housing and public transport.
One of my readers was not happy with my remarks. Her spirited response to my post included the following: Singaporean Malays are marginalised in both the public and private sectors due to a continued stream of negative stereotyping of Malays.
In Singapore, she said, there are no Malays in prominent academic positions in the universities; no Malays holding senior Ministerial posts; and, furthermore, Chinese immigrants from Malaysia, Indonesia and China are afforded much greater opportunities than Singaporean Malays, giving lie to the so-called “meritocratic Singapore”.
She concluded by saying that former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was not far off the mark when describing Singaporean Malays as marginalised and second-class.
Dr M
I have said before that I did not perform any rigorous study when I made my observations. I do not even know many Malays in Singapore. My main point was about the futility of being “first-class” if you do not get “special treatment” which in my book includes honest leaders, good governance and good policies.
On the other hand, the constitutional “special position” of Malays and other native communities in Malaysia has often been used to benefit the elite and the ruling political party – and not the target communities.
If I have made any Malays in Singapore angry, then I am sorry. They should take up their grievances with their leaders and try to rectify the situation. Discrimination is not to be tolerated wherever it might be. There is no justification for it at all.
It may take time to dispel racial prejudices but any responsible government must at least try to fight the evil it brings. Above all, governments must not institutionalise discrimination. They must accord their citizens the same rights and respect they deserve.
No government should shirk its responsibilities to bring equality, meritocracy and fairness to all its citizens regardless of the country’s history. – zaid.my

UNREST THIS RAMADAN: In Pas, G18 threatens. In Umno, Najib a sitting duck as young & old side with Dr M

 UNREST THIS RAMADAN: In Pas, G18 threatens. In Umno, Najib a sitting duck as young & old side with Dr M
As Muslims across the world fast to increase their piety, in Malaysia, the country's two largest Malay-Muslim parties are at war within, unable to set aside internal differences during the holy month of Ramadan.
Programmes aimed at enhancing Muslims' faith, such as buka puasa events, Ramadan sermons, and sahur, have instead turned into activities to win support and attack opponents within these two rival parties that vie for the Malay-Muslim vote.
In PAS, many had assumed the Islamist party's troubles would come to an end once the pro-ulama faction took over the leadership at recent party elections, but this has not been the case.
"No, it is not slowing down. On the contrary, it is escalating, in PAS and in Umno. Most activities happen during the night, after they spent the whole day fasting," said Mohamad Hisomuddin Bakar, a political analyst from the Ilham Center.
Hisomuddin said supper after Terawih prayers had now become the focal point of political activity in Kelantan, with many gathering together to eat after fasting an entire day and performing their prayers at the surau and mosque.
Speculation is rife that a new Islamic party – a splinter group after the fractious elections – will be formed in Kelantan, despite the fact that the state has been PAS's stronghold for years.
"We are making preparations for that," said a veteran Kelantan PAS leader, who was unhappy with recent developments in the party.
The splinter group have been dubbed the G18, which comprise "progressive" PAS leaders who were ousted at the party polls earlier this month. The group has been very active this fasting month, despite having lost in the party election.
The chairman of G18's action committee, Mohamad Sabu, had used the theme "uniting the character (akhlak) and faith (akidah)" as his theme during his Ramadan sermon in the Al Muhtadin mosque in Kulim, Kedah last Sunday.
He claimed that the split within PAS was because some leaders only cared for faith, yet had no character.
The newly-elected PAS leadership of conservative ulama or clerics, have also organised large events throughout the month of Ramadan. PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang's speech in Penang several days ago created a buzz when he spoke of "dogs and wolves".
While PAS's internal conflict came to a head when the pro-ulama group defeated the professionals at the annual congress, Umno has yet to reach that stage, but is seeing its fair share of tensions as lines are drawn over Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak who has come under fire for his policies and governance.
"Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin's group is under huge pressure now that Datuk Seri Najib Razak has announced that the party polls will be postponed by up to two years, as he had previously said the polls will go on," said Hisomuddin.
He said Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's attacks on the prime minister's administration had a significant impact on the youth and Umno veterans.
"The veterans still remember Dr Mahathir's contributions when he led Umno for 22 years, while the youth are exposed to information through social media," said Hisomuddin.
Hisomuddin said these two groups appeared very negative towards Najib's administration as they seemed to be siding with Dr Mahathir.
Despite Ramadan being a season of quiet reflection, this fasting month could well be the time when moves are planned and plots are hatched. –TMI

REAL TARGET IS TO GET THE MALAYS TO RALLY BEHIND UMNO: Would another raid turn Christians against BN?

REAL TARGET IS TO GET THE MALAYS TO RALLY BEHIND UMNO: Would another raid turn Christians against BN?
Not even two years have passed by and now the Bible Society of Malaysia (BSM) is again facing the possibility of another raid.
This time, it is by a federal agency using Section 63 of the Societies Act 1966, which, under normal circumstances, the Registrar of Societies (ROS) would not use.
A member of the Bible Society who spoke on condition of anonymity said that for the past 23 years, the society has always been up-to-date with its submission to the ROS.
“If there are any documents that the registrar would like the society to furnish, the staff would be more than happy to comply,” she said, dismissing that there could be any proselytisation work done by the society.
No basis
In the first place, it has never been the role of the Bible Society to carry out any proselytisation work.
Therefore, the raid carried out last year by the Selangor Islamic Affairs Department (Jais) under the instruction of the Selangor Islamic Affairs Council (Mais) chaired by an alleged Umno strongman, was totally uncalled for and a sign of clear disrespect to the Christian community.
Thanks to Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali, when the Bibles were subsequently returned, Mais requested that the Bibles be sent to Sabah, instead of going back to their rightful owners - the Bible Society.
During the raid, the Iban Bibles were also confiscated by Jais officers, which clearly showed the lack of sincerity by the parties concerned which claimed that the use of the name ‘Allah’ in the Malay and Iban Bibles was an attempt by the Christian community to weaken the aqidah (faith) of the Muslims.
Till now, no one has answered my questions: “How many Malay Muslims in peninsular Malaysia can read Bup Kudus in the Iban language? And, lying in the warehouse, when the Alkitab were being carted away, were they used in any proselytisation work or found in the hands of any Muslim?”
The Bible Society is there mainly to supply Bibles in different languages to the Christian community, and if the Alkitab is the main issue now why the ROS is using Section 63, then is Bahasa Malaysia after all the national language?
Within the scope of Article 11 of the federal constitution, the Christian community has “the right to profess and practice his religion and, subject to Clause (4), to propagate it.”
Article 11 further states that every religious group has the right to manage its own religious affairs. In short, the Christians, like any other communities, want to exercise their faith with some peace of mind; and there should not be any interference from any party over the question of God’s name.
To use Section 63 is therefore excessive in the eyes of most people. The Christian community also question the timing of the visit by ROS, especially at a time when there is so much focus on religious persecution in Malaysia, both in local and international media.
Contrary to the constitution
Although the visit yesterday was postponed indefinitely, the idea of placing churches and other religious organisations directly under the supervision of the ROS runs contrary to the spirit of the federal constitution.
Article 11 safeguards the non-Muslims’ rights to ‘establish and maintain institutions for religious or charitable purposes’.
Why is it not possible for the government to allow a recognised body such as the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM), for example, to register the churches and govern its own religious affairs?
Placing the churches and other religious organisations under the ROS could lead to abuses now and in the future, especially when they are officers who do not share the same faith, giving the perception that there is religious persecution in the country.
I am sure that yesterday’s episode was being watched closely by international groups as well as the church at large, both domestic and abroad.
BN’s stake at risk
Kurup
This raises the question why cabinet minister Joseph Kurup is so eager in explaining, instead of shooting down the Home Ministry’s latest standard operating procedure (SOP) which allows the Quranic Text Division of the Home Ministry to supervise the import of the Alkitab into peninsular Malaysia.
Kurup is supposed to be a native Christian from Sabah, but once implemented, he risks losing the respect of the Christian community in both east and peninsular Malaysia for failing to make a stand.
Confidence in both Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and especially Home Minister Zahid Hamidi would dip the lowest within the Christian community. Najib has failed to be the prime minister for all Malaysians, while Zahid will no longer enjoy the people’s trust.
The entire Barisan Nasional will suffer the backlash as well since they are connected with both Najib, Zahid and Kurup.
As the Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has warned: “There is no point having authority if you cannot influence the people. If you have authority but command no influence, it is a sign that you are not worthy of being a leader.” - M'kini