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Monday, August 21, 2017

RCI Taktik Baru Melencongkan Perhatian Rakyat Jelata

A Kadir Jasin


PEMBURUAN musuh politik oleh kerajaan kleptokrasi Perdana Menteri, (Datuk Seri I Mappadulung Daeng Mattimung Karaeng Sandrobone Sultan Abdul Jalil) Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, telah bermula secara rasmi.

Banyak janji PRU 2013 tidak tertunai

(Kleptokrasi daripada bahasa Greek kuno yang membawa maksud pemerintahan oleh pencuri iaitu kerajaan yang dipimpin oleh ketua yang rasuah yang menggunakan kuasa mereka untuk memperalatkan rakyat jelata dan sumber alam negara demi memperkayakan diri sendiri dan membolot kuasa. Lazimnya sistem ini melibatkan penggelapan wang tanpa mempedulikan kebajikan rakyat. 
"Rule by thieves")[1][2] is a government with corrupt leaders (kleptocrats) that use their power to exploit the people and natural resources of their own territory in order to extend their personal wealth and political power. Typically this system involves embezzlement of funds at the expense of the wider population).

Kalau sebelum ini ia menggunakan propaganda politik dan putar-belit media terkawal, sekarang ia menggunakan kaedah   Suruhanjaya Siasatan Diraja (RCI) pula. RCI pertama adalah untuk menyiasat kerugian perniagaan mata wang (forex) Bank Negara pada tahun 1980-an.

Bank Negara rugi AS$10 bilion. Waktu itu kadar tukaran ringgit ialah sekitar RM2.5 bagi satu dolar Amerika. Perniagaan itu bertujuan mempertahankan nilai ringgit dengan menggunakan beberapa mata wang Eropah khususnya pound Inggeris dan mark Jerman.

Kecenderungan ke arah “witch hunting” (memburu ahli sihir) ini menjadi lebih nyata apabila Timbalan Perdana Menteri, Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, berkata kerajaan bersedia menimbangkan kemungkinan menubuhkan RCI bagi peristiwa Memali.

Saya rasa RCI Memali adalah baik untuk memahami bagaimana radikalisme, keganasan dan kultus (cult) boleh tercetus akibat dakwah songsang seperti perbuatan PAS mengkafirkan ahli dan penyokong Umno mulai PRU 1969 yang kemudiannya dimaktubkan menjadi doktrin dalam bentuk Amanat Haji Hadi tahun 1981.

Janji Tidak Ditepati

Nampaknya RCI adalah cara terbaru kerajaan kleptokrasi menakut-nakutkan rakyat jelata dan pada masa yang sama mengalih perhatian masyarakat daripada isu-isu pokok seperti kos sara hidup yang melambung akibat GST dan kejatuhan nilai ringgit, pemotongan peruntukan kesihatan dan pendidikan yang amat menyusahkan rakyat jelata, pengangguran yang semakin meningkat, khususnya di kalangan siswazah, skandal 1MDB, skandal Felda-FGV, Tabung Haji, KWSP, KWAP dan skandal-skandal seks yang menunggu untuk didedahkan.

Kerajaan kleptokrasi tajaan Umno/BN menjadi semakin terdesak dengan menjelangnya pilihan raya umum ke-14. Apa tidaknya. Boleh dikatakan semua janji utama dalam manifesto PRU 2013 bukan sahaja gagal dipenuhi sebaliknya yang bertentangan berlaku.

Misalnya janji 500,000 unit kediaman Perumahan Rakyat 1Malaysia (PRIMA) menjelang 2018. Pada 10 Ogos lepas, Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Shahidan Kassim, memberitahu Parlimen bahawa sehingga Jun lepas hanya 8,4756 unit siap dibina. Maknanya tidak sampai dua peratus atau lebih tepat hanya 1.7 peratus daripada yang dijanjikan.

Sama juga dengan janji menurunkan harga kenderaan bermotor 20 hingga 30 peratus dalam masa lima tahun, menambah bilangan Kedai 1Malaysia dan menjual satu juta barangan 1Malaysia di stesen minyak dan pasar raya hyper.

Kita lihat apa pula kelentong dan auta yang “ketua” manifesto BN, Abdul Rahman Dahlan, akan rangka untuk PRU ke-14 ini. Kerana mengesahkan bahawa MO1 adalah Najib, Abdul Rahman diberi tugas merangkan manifesto BN.

Najib sangat bangga kononnya GST menyelamatkan negara. Saya tidak berapa yakin negara selamat. Hendak bayar ansuran hutang 1MDB pun terpaksa tangguh dan mengemis sana sini.

Tetapi apa yang kita semua sudah tahu ialah GST membebankan pengguna. Tahun ini Najib menyasarkan pungutan GST sebanyak RM42 bilion. Peduli apa rakyat jelata menderita. Bagi Najib, luka hati mereka boleh diubatkan dengan gula-gula pilihan raya. Dia terus percaya bahawa duit tunai adalah raja.
  
PRU 2013 lwn PRU Ke-14

Tanpa skandal 1MDB, Felda-FGV dan GST pun Najib dilanyak teruk dalam PRU 2013. Pencapaian beliau lebih buruk daripada prestasi Abdullah Ahmad Badawi dalam PRU 2008 apabila BN kehilangan kawalan dua pertiga ke atas Dewan Rakyat.

Janji manis berubah menjadi skandal dan bebanan
Pertimbangkan fakta berikut: 

1. Skandal 1MDB makin meruncing bagi Najib. Jabatan Kehakiman Amerika (DoJ) telah menaikkan tindakan ke atas duit curi 1MDB yang dilaburkan di Amerika daripada saman sivil kepada penyiasatan jenayah. Kedudukan Jho Low dan Riza Shahriz Abdul Aziz ibarat telur di hujung tanduk.

2. Najib lakukan tawaran awam permulaan (IPO) FGV pada tahun 2012 sebagai salah satu kempen mainan pasaran (market play) menjelang PRU 2013. Akibat prestasi hambar saham FGV, Felda menderita kerugian tidak nyata RM1.2 bilion daripada pelaburannya dan skandal rasuah FGV sudah sampai ke peringkat tangkapan.

3. Janji-janji manis kepada peneroka tidak tertunai. Banyak projek rumah generasi kedua terbengkalai atau tidak dimulakan langsung. Sebaliknya beban hutang peneroka terus melambung. Timbalan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri, Razali Ibrahim, memberitahu Parlimen peneroka berhutang hampir RM5 bilion kepada Felda.

4. Keadaan sebenar dalam Tabung Haji terus merisaukan umat Islam yang menyimpan dan melabur dengannya. Pulangan tahun 2016 hanyalah 4.25 peratus bagi yang sudah menunaikan haji dan 5.75 peratus bagi yang belum. Ini adalah kadar paling rendah dalam masa 15 tahun.

5. KWSP rugi RM203.18 juta apabila menjual sahamnya dalam FGV dan ia juga memberi pinjaman berisiko sebanyak RM25.29 bilion kepada Pembinaan PFI Sdn Bhd. Anak syarikat Kementerian Kewangan itu dibebani hutang yang sangat besar. PFI atau inisiatif pelaburan persendirian (private financing initiative) adalah cetusan minda Najib. Pada tahun 2015, kerajaan mengesahkan di Parlimen yang hutang Pembinaan PFI telah melambung kepada RM27 bilion. Dividen KWSP pun merosot juga.

6. KWAP atau Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan) adalah badan yang mengurus caruman kerajaan persekutuan, badan berkanun, pihak berkuasa tempatan dan agensi-agensi lain untuk pencen kakitangan awam. KWAP dilanda kontroversi apabila didedahkan yang ia memberi pinjaman RM4.4 bilion kepada sebuah lagi anak syarikat Kementerian Kewangan yang bermasalah iaitu SRC International Sdn Bhd. Seperti 1MDB, ia juga terlibat dalam siasatan rasuah yang ditamatkan oleh Peguam Negara, Mohamed Apandi Ali.

Itu hanya hanyalah sebahagian daripada krisis dan skandal yang melanda kerajaan kleptokrasi BN sejak PRU 2013. Modal PRU 2013 sudah tidak laku dan modal baru tidak ada. Jadi tidak hairanlah ia mengungkit cerita-cerita lama.

Tujuannya adalah mengalih pandangan daripada isu sebenar yang menekan hidup rakyat jelata dan mengabui mata generasi muda yang tidak tahu apa-apa mengenai peristiwa yang terjadi lebih 30 tahun lalu itu.

Fakta tidak boleh memenangkan BN lagi. Jadi terpaksalah menggunakan tipu-helah dan intimidasi.

Wallahuaklam

Warisan, Sabah PH dismiss Rahman’s ‘richest state’ promise

Parti Warisan Sabah and Pakatan Harapan Youth secretariat say Sabah should have become the richest state a long time ago.
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KOTA KINABALU: Parti Warisan Sabah and the Sabah Pakatan Harapan Youth secretariat have dismissed Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Abdul Rahman Dahlan’s claim that Sabah can become Malaysia’s richest state under the BN’s administration.
Warisan said it was unimpressed with the contention made by Rahman that Sabah will be rich in due course under the stewardship of Chief Minister Musa Aman.
“Musa has been the chief minister since 2003 while Sabah BN has been in power since 1994,” said Warisan’s information chief Honorsius Joe Bosuin in a statement.
He said Sabah was blessed with world-class tourism products, large petroleum reserves, massive land with unique jungle products and currently is the major contributor of palm oil in Malaysia.
Bosuin said Sabah BN had 24 years to make Sabah the highest-income state, surpassing even Selangor, but BN had opted not to.
“With all the natural resources given by God to us, what we really yearn for is for Sabahans in the state to become high-income earners, surpassing their counterparts in Malaya in the same fields or industries which they are in,” he said.
“But this never happened and instead what we can see is that Sabah rubber farmers have to sell it at a lower price compared with those in Malaya.
“Not only that, our minimum wage is RM980 a month, which is the lowest in Malaysia, causing tens of thousands of our Sabahan youths to seek jobs by migrating somewhere else.
“At the same time, basic necessities here are sold at a higher price than those in Malaya.
“Until now, our fellow Sabahans in the rural areas and interiors are still dependent on many of the goodies given by BN such as BR1M and PPRT (poor people’s housing project)
“The statement made by Rahman also clearly affirms to us that Musa is highly dependent on Umno and (Prime Minister) Najib Razak in order for him to continue developing the state.”
He said Warisan will come out with a new deal for Sabahans. At the same time, it will make it a priority to make Sabah a high-income earning state.
“Warisan leaders do not want to be continuously dependent on Putrajaya. We want to emulate what Selangor and Penang are currently doing now, and even better.”
Sabah Pakatan Harapan Youth secretariat secretary Razer Rakimin said Rahman should not make a fool of Sabahans.
“We are actually the richest territory in Malaysia with our palm oil, timber industry and oil.
“Our tourism industry is also tops with a lot of attractions, such as Sipadan Island, Mount Kinabalu and so on.
“But where have all these gone? How come Sabah is the poorest state in Malaysia? This is not our speculation but proven by data from the World Bank.”
Razeef said Musa had been given the chance and a long time to turn the state’s fate around but had failed to do so.
“People, especially in the rural areas, are still without a lot of things, such as water, electricity, roads, etc.
“Their native customary lands are taken away by cronies, like in the Mandalom forest reserve in Pensiangan.
“Rahman’s own Kota Belud constituency is still poor, lacking water and roads in certain places. Unplanned projects are carried out just to gain election votes and these cause flooding.
“Rahman, when officiating Sepanggar Umno’s annual meeting on Saturday, promised wider roads which are already big and to build four flyovers along an 8km road just because it’s near his home, neglecting his own backward constituency.
“Are the people going to trust the BN government again? I believe the people are now wiser.”
Rahman, the minister in charge of the Economic Planning Unit (EPU), had expressed confidence that for Sabah to become the richest state is not impossible to achieve.
“Give a bit more time to Musa and we’ll see Sabah becoming the most developed state in the country. This can happen.
“Indeed, the next wave of development in the country will be catalysed by Sabah and Sarawak,” he was reported as saying by local paper Daily Express. -FMT

Sea collision exposes Malaysia-Singapore territorial dispute

Both countries say incident took place in their territorial waters, as warship and oil tanker collided near the rocky outcrop of highly disputed Pedra Branca.
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KUALA LUMPUR: A collision between a US warship and an oil tanker near the Straits of Malacca on Monday has shone a light on a territorial dispute that has simmered between neighbours Malaysia and Singapore for nearly 40 years.
The guided-missile destroyer USS John S McCain collided with merchant vessel Alnic MC to the east of Singapore, while heading to the city-state for a routine port call.
Ten US sailors are missing and five were injured in the collision, which resulted in significant damage to the hull of the US vessel and the flooding of some of its compartments.
Malaysia and Singapore both said the incident took place in their territorial waters, as the warship and oil tanker collided near the rocky outcrop of Pedra Branca, an area that has long been contested by both countries.
Both countries said they were leading the search and rescue operation for the missing sailors.
Singapore was once part of Malaysia but they separated acrimoniously in 1965, clouding diplomatic and economic dealings for years.
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The International Court of Justice ruled in 2008 that Pedra Branca, which means “white rock” in Portuguese, belonged to Singapore and a nearby feature called Middle Rocks belonged to Malaysia.
Malaysia sought a review of the ruling this year, reopening the dispute.
The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) said it was notified just before dawn of the collision in “Singapore territorial waters” in the Singapore Strait, and Singapore was leading the search and rescue operations.
Malaysia insisted that the incident happened in its waters, just miles off its southern state of Johor.
Malaysia’s navy chief, Admiral Ahmad Kamarulzaman Ahmad Badaruddin, told Reuters the KD Handalan was the first to respond to the distress call from the U.S. ship.
“KD Handalan was just three miles from the USS McCain when it first received the distress call,” he said.
Malaysia’s Maritime Enforcement Agency Director General Zulkifili Abu Bakar told reporters Malaysia disputed Singapore’s assertion that the accident happened in its waters.
He said the Malaysian search and rescue operation was independent of Singapore’s and Malaysia had not communicated with its neighbour about the incident.
“What is important is, we do not want to have another collision between assets on the ground,” Zulkifili said. “For the time being, we shouldn’t be arguing about whose waters it is, the most important thing is to focus on search and rescue.”
The Malaysian navy assigned four vessels and a Super Lynx helicopter for the search and rescue, while the Malaysian armed forces and maritime authorities also deployed more assets. The Indonesian navy said it had deployed two warships.
The US Navy said Singapore and US assets were involved in search and rescue, but made no reference to Malaysian or Indonesian assets.- FMT

Jakarta protesters say flag wilfully printed upside down

They want Malaysian police to investigate the incident despite open apologies by Putrajaya and the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games 2017 organising committee.
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PETALING JAYA: Hundreds of followers of various Indonesian organisations gathered to protest outside the Malaysian embassy’s premises in Jakarta today.
They accused the organisers of the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games 2017 of deliberately depicting their national flag upside down in a souvenir booklet distributed during the games’ official opening on Saturday.
“We deem Malaysia to have gone too far. This cannot be let go. It has shamed our people,” Adek Ervil Manurung, head of the Laskar Merah Putih movement, was quoted by the Berita Satu news portal as saying.
He said the Malaysian police should investigate the incident even though open apologies had been tendered by Putrajaya and the organising committee to the Indonesian government and people yesterday.
“This case should be pursued until there is a conviction,” he said.
News on the upside-down image of the flag began to spread on Saturday during the opening of the games at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium. The two-coloured flag was depicted with the red stripe at the bottom of the white stripe, making it resemble the flag of Poland.
Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin immediately directed that further distribution of the flawed souvenir booklet be stopped and fresh copies be printed with the correction done.
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The Malaysia SEA Games Organising Committee (Masoc), in a statement, apologised to all Indonesians over the unintentional mistake.
Khairy also tendered an apology to his counterpart when he made a special call on Indonesian Youth and Sports Minister Imam Nahrawi yesterday.
Indonesian president Joko Widodo also weighed in on the matter, saying that while the flag blunder was regrettable, the issue should not be blown out of proportion.
The gestures have however failed to appease several quarters, including Indonesian politicians and NGOs who have called for stern action to be taken by Malaysia.
Meanwhile, Bernama reported that Adek and two other representatives of the demonstrators were allowed into the embassy complex to hand over a memorandum of protest which was received by deputy ambassador Zamshari Shaharan.
Earlier today, unidentified hackers hit dozens of Malaysian websites in protest against the flag error.
Visitors who clicked on the affected websites found themselves re-routed to another website www.beahappymillionaire.com which showed the message “My national flag is not a toy”. - FMT

Stop focusing on flag blunder and move on, say lawyers

They say there was no evidence the error was malicious in nature.
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PETALING JAYA: Indonesians should focus on resolving issues rather than picking on an unintentional mistake when their flag was printed upside down in a SEA Games 2017 souvenir booklet.
Speaking to FMT, lawyer Simon Sabapathy said if Malaysia had harboured any malice or grudge against the Indonesian government, it could have been expressed in many other ways.
“Are you trying to say that if the Malaysian government filed a suit against the organisers, the relationship between Indonesia and Malaysia would miraculously be mended? It doesn’t make sense,” he said.
Sabapathy said there was no criminal element present and this could not even be considered a criminal case.
“Of course, the cause for any action would be negligence. The organisers should have known that the flag was actually red on top and white at the bottom, not the other way around.
“They should have done their duty to actually make sure that no mistakes were made in the souvenir booklet.
“Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has already come up with an apology. It was a mistake.
“I don’t think there was any malice. It was not done intentionally to embarrass the Indonesian government,” he said.
Sabapathy said the spirit of the games was not only to have healthy competition but to bring all Southeast Asian countries together.
Meanwhile, a former deputy public prosecutor, Geethan Ram Vincent, said it was a genuine mistake made by Malaysia.
“If you want to take any action, there must be intention. At the very most, what the government can do is to have an inquiry into the case,” he told FMT.
Geethan said the police can also carry out their own investigations but there was no proof that the flag blunder was done intentionally.
“I don’t see any malicious act from the Malaysian government and it was an error.
“Right after we realised our mistake, the Malaysian government profusely apologised to the Indonesian government.”
Earlier today, the Malaysian government was urged to initiate legal action against the organisers of the Kuala Lumpur SEA Games 2017 over the blunder.
Reni Marlinawati, who is the de facto leader of Indonesian political party Partai Persatuan Pembangunan, said legal action should be taken as the blunder had affected the main purpose of the event, which was to strengthen ties between the two countries.
Reni also claimed that Indonesians were already dissatisfied with the way their people working in Malaysia were being treated by the Malaysian government.

Dr M’s Remorse Over The Indian Community Comes Awfully Late

Sakthi Perumal
Well, if it isn’t for our damsel in distress, trying all possible ways to manoeuvre his return to power. After trying out various gambits, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad now changes his political tactics by expressing remorse for all the detrimental damage he had inflicted upon the Indians for more than two decades of his administration. The wreck has been phenomenal, period.
Mahathir’s intentions come as a final resort to the upcoming elections, clearly pointing out his motives to do better for the Indians simply because he knows they would largely make up the final deciding votes. He fails to define how he would do better especially after all the years of oppression he has brought upon the Indians.
In 2016, Mahathir set up Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) in an attempt to woo Malay voters while shunning away all other races. With this, Mahathir’s primary objective was to create disharmony within UMNO. To do this, in PPBM he preached and promised special privileges for the Malays and Bumiputera, breaking apart the nation’s unity. This itself is a huge an irony to the promise he has made to do better for the Indians in his recent statement. He is in reality the principal reason to the racial divide and economic marginalisation that our country suffers today.
As he started to witness steady progression from the Government with the people, Mahathir became increasingly baffled by the fact that the Malay votes he dearly depended on was in fact vastly spread out between Barisan Nasional, Pakatan, PAS and his own, PPBM.
Now, Mahathir is in talks to partner with Hindraf leader P. Waythamoorthy as to increase the Indian representation within the PH coalition. After all, it is not new for Mahathir to exploit the Indians, this time as kingmakers to reach his political goals.
His reign of 22 years involved the displacement and manipulation of the very same rural and estate-based people he seeks to garner support via Hindraf. They were forced out of their own homes and inadequately substituted with poor living conditions leading to the many problems the Indian community is burdened with today. He deliberately failed to relocate basic necessities such as Tamil schools, hospitals and temples as part of their resettlement plan during the industrialization period.
In fact in 2007, Hindraf led by Waythamoorthy, went on to file a lawsuit against the Government of the United Kingdom as result of the violation of rights and injustice towards the Indians by Mahathir and his administration. And, today, Mahathir dodges his faults by suggesting that the allocations and resources he had made available for the Indians during his time reached elsewhere instead, how convenient. It further goes to prove that Mahathir never had and never will have the Indians in mind. Or else, he would have meticulously monitored the flow of allocations and resources that were in place for the Indians back then.
Tun Mahathir has only made it harder if not worse for the Indians in the country. On the other hand Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is diligently undoing the past atrocities carried out on the Indian community. One such example, under the purview of Malaysian Indian Blueprint, just a couple of days ago, PM Najib Tun Razak officially kick-started the ‘Program Perumahan Rakyat’ Ampar Tenang, with an allocation of RM60 million for the development of 400 homes for the Taman Permata residents. As former estate workers, Taman Permata residents originate from the Prang Besar, Galloway, Sedgley and Medengley estates where they were forced out of their own homes to make way for the development of Putrajaya after these estates were acquired by the Government under Mahathir.
Too little too late, Tun. You and Hindraf are political bygones standing as relics in the distant memory of Indians in Malaysia. We are moving on working hard to reach our dreams in this new Malaysia, hoping you both will never come to pass again.

Tun M, Daim Perlu Dipertanggungjawabkan – Abdul Murad

(Malaysia Gazette) – Suruhanjaya Siasatan Diraja (RCI) bagi kes kerugian Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) akibat kegiatan perdagangan wang asing sekitar 1990-an diberitahu, dua pihak harus dipertanggungjawabkan atas kegagalan kegiatan itu.
Bekas Penolong Gabenor Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM), Datuk Abdul Murad Khalid ketika memberi keterangan memberitahu, mereka ialah Perdana Menteri dan Menteri Kewangan pada masa itu.
Menurutnya, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad dan Tun Daim Zainuddin adalah antara dua pemimpin kanan kerajaan Persekutuan pada masa itu yang bertanggungjawab atas kerugian BNM akibat perdagangan mata wang lebih 25 tahun lalu.
Beliau yang dipanggil memberi keterangan pada prosiding RCI itu berada di Istana Kehakiman sejak jam 9 pagi lagi.
Di bawah pemerintahan Mahathir, BNM kerugian kira-kira AS$10 bilion akibat kegagalan kegiatan perdagangan mata wang asing
Katanya, skandal itu secara tidak langsung memalukan kerajaan Malaysia pada mata dunia akibat kegagalan mengurus dan mengawalnya.
Sebelum itu, dua saksi iaitu bekas Pengurus Jabatan Akaun BNM, Abdul Aziz Abdul Manaf dan bekas Juru Audit Dalaman BNM, Datuk Ahmad Hizzad Baharuddin turut dipanggil memberi keterangan masing-masing.
Abdul Aziz memberi laporan dalaman berkaitan kerugian BNM dalam transaksi mata wang asing, manakala Ahmad Hizzad berkaitan kerugian audit.
Kes itu dilaporkan berlaku pada 1988, 1992 dan 1994.
Prosiding itu didengari oleh Pengerusi Panel RCI, Tan Sri Mohd Sidek Hassan.

Peaceful demo in Jakarta over flag issue



About 50 members of an NGO known as Laskar Merah Putih today staged a peaceful demonstration to express their disappointment over the use of an upside-down picture of the Indonesian flag in the souvenir booklet of the ongoing SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur.
They gathered for about two hours from 2pm in front of the Malaysian Embassy complex in Kuningan in Jakarta and hung up a banner demanding that Malaysia apologise once again to the people of Indonesia over the error.
Members of the group carried posters and placards claiming that Malaysia had committed many mistakes and called on the Indonesian government to break off diplomatic relations.
Laskar Merah Putih leader Adek Erfil Manurung said the printing of the flag upside-down was something extreme and an insult to Indonesia.
The NGO also raised the issue of the Malaysian government having allegedly violated the law in the purchase of so-called customary land in Kemang.
Adek and two other representatives of the NGO were allowed into the embassy complex to hand over a protest memorandum which was received by the Malaysian deputy ambassador to Indonesia, Zamshari Shaharan.
Zamshari, when approached, said he received the memorandum and informed the representatives that the government, through the Foreign Ministry, had apologised officially to the government and people of Indonesia.

As for the purchase of the land, he said the embassy respected Indonesian laws and that the case was before the courts.
Malaysian Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin met his Indonesian counterpart Imam Nahrawi in Kuala Lumpur yesterday and apologised for the mistake over the flag.
President Joko Widodo of Indonesia, in a statement yesterday, expressed regret over the flag issue, but advised the people not to play up the matter.
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Rafizi quizzed by cops after raising Najib's RM2.6b donation




    PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli has been questioned by the police today after issuing a statement on his blog about the RM2.6 billion in Najib Abdul Razak's personal bank accounts which the prime minister claimed was a donation.
    The statement concerned Prasarana Malaysia Berhad's involvement in a metro rail project in Saudi Arabia but in the same statement, Rafizi had alleged that the donation was not from a member of the Saudi Arabia family as claimed but was instead by Malaysian taxpayers.

    Rafizi, who had his statement recorded at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters, said he was being investigated under Section 500 of the Penal Code for criminal defamation and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) Act for misuse of network facilities.
    "I understand this is a sensitive issue for Najib as I had raised the question of how the name of Saudi Royal family was used to cover up the truth about the RM2.6 billion entering the prime minister's accounts and how Malaysians are being forced to foot losses," Rafizi said in a statement today.
    Najib had denied wrongdoing or taking public funds for personal gain.
    Rafizi said he answered all questions posed by the police today and expected to be charged soon.
    "I am confident that I have a strong case in court...," he said.
    Rafizi said if he is charged, it will bring his total court cases to 13. - Mkini

    Mukhriz FB: If all is Dr M's fault, did rest 'makan gaji buta?'





      A Facebook page dedicated to supporters of Dr Mahathir Mohamad's son Mukhriz has asked what were ministers and other public officials doing during Bank Negara's foreign exchange (forex) losses and the Memali incident.
      “Everything is Tun's (Mahathir) fault. After a (Royal Commission of Inquiry) RCI on forex, now there is to be an RCI on Memali,” read the posting.
      It pointed out that when Umno was successful during Mahathir's era, the success was attributed to Umno, but when controversies emerged, the blame is consigned to the former premier.
      As for the forex and Memali issues, the posting asked: “Were these Tun's fault alone? Not the fault of the government, cabinet, home minister, Bank Negara, police, inspector-general of police and so forth?”
      “If that was the case, then what were the ministers and others doing at the time? Makan gaji buta ka (getting paid salaries without doing any work)?
      “Was it the case that for 22 years, Tun administered (the country) on his own?”
      The posting also quoted Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's speech when officiating the Langkawi Umno meeting, where he told the people not to be tied to any individuals.
      He said the struggle was successful because there is a government and the government is not dependent on any individual.
      “But when there are mistakes, it is the individual's fault,” pointed out the posting in Mukhriz's Fan Club (FC) page.
      Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said the government is prepared to form an RCI into the 1985 Memali incident if there were requests to do so.
      Following this, PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said the Islamist party would form a special committee which would arrange a meeting between the victims' next of kin and Zahid where a request for an RCI would be submitted.
      Meanwhile, PAS deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man in welcoming the government's stand on an RCI for Memali, also reminded that the Islamist party had been calling for a similar commission to be set up on 1MDB.
      This evening, the RCI on the forex issue, following its first hearing, concluded that Bank Negara incurred losses amounting to RM31.5 billion between 1991 and 1994.

      The commission's chairperson Mohd Sidek Hassan also claimed that the figure was concealed from Bank Negara's reports.
      He said the commission would need to determine who ordered that the figure be hidden.
      Mahathir and the opposition have accused Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak of dredging up old issues to exact political revenge against the former premier and deflect attention from the 1MDB scandal. - Mkini

      Spad probes SEA Games bus driver 'without license'



      The Land Public Transport Commission (Spad) is investigating an allegation that a bus driver had been ferrying SEA Games competitors without a necessary driving license.
      Spad chief executive officer Mohd Azharuddin Mat Shah said the bus driver's company has been summoned today to assist investigations.
      "We have contacted the company. We have also placed our officers by the roads and main locations of SEA Games to ensure that all buses follow Spad’s policies and safety guidelines.
      "We have over 100 officers at the venues to monitor the safety of the buses," he said at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.
      Several media outlets had reported that the driver who was supposed to ferry Myanmar's women football team back to their hotel on the night of Aug 17 was arrested for alleged theft, causing delays to the players.

      The driver had allegedly stolen a watch belonging to a Malaysian official.
      Azharuddin said all the buses have to follow the rules set out, such as having public service driver (PSD) license and a driving license.
      He said in cases such as this, Spad and the police will carry out an investigation.
      "Even before this (incident happened), we have had officers stationed at the SEA Games locations to ensure most of the buses follow the rules.
      "We should not have drivers driving without a license," he said. -Mkini

      Witness: Anwar said he would need to quit if true figure revealed



      Anwar Ibrahim said he would have to resign as finance minister if the actual figure in relation to Bank Negara's foreign exchange (forex) losses is revealed, claimed a witness.
      Testifying before the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) on the forex losses, former Bank Negara assistant governor Abdul Khalid Murad said Anwar had confided this to him.
      Reading his witness statement, Murad said in 1994, then Bank Negara governor Jaafar Hussein had instructed him to explain the forex losses to Anwar, who was then finance minister.
      At the time, Murad, who revealed earlier this year that the losses amounted to US$10 billion, was Bank Negara's advisor.
      "Anwar asked me to join him on his flight to Hawaii to provide an explanation on the forex losses, as instructed by Jaffar," he told the commission.

      After explaining the matter to Anwar, Murad said the latter replied that he understood the issue and would discuss it Jaafar.
      "Apart from that, after I explained, Anwar commented that should the true figure of the forex losses be revealed to the public, he would have to resign as finance minister,” he added.
      This morning, the RCI's first witness, former Bank Negara staff Abdul Aziz Abdul Manaf, told the commission that the central bank lost RM31.516 billion from 1991 to 1994.
      [More to follow]
      -Mkini

      STOP YOUR NONSENSE, CHANG YEOW: RETURN TO PADANG KOTA WHERE YOU WERE TRASHED, OTHERWISE QUIT POLITICS – KIT SIANG DARES GERAKAN TO BREAK THEIR ‘EGG’ IN PENANG

      KUALA LUMPUR— DAP’s Lim Kit Siang challenged Gerakan leader Teng Chang Yeow today to run in Padang Kota in the 14th general elections, a Penang seat that the latter had won for three terms but lost in 2008.
      The DAP parliamentary leader, however, did not answer if he would meet the Barisan Nasional (BN) component party’s challenge for him to run against Teng, who is Gerakan Penang state chairman.
      “Teng should announce that he will return to Padang Kota where he had been state assemblyman for three terms from 1995 to 2008 to break the Gerakan ‘egg’ in Penang state assembly for two terms in the forthcoming 14GE.
      “If Teng dare not return to Padang Kota to fight Chow, he should just call it a day in Gerakan politics,” Lim said in a statement, referring to Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow.
      Chow defeated Teng in the Padang Kota state constituency in the 2008 general election and retained it in Election 2013 when he ran against Gerakan candidate Oh Tong Keong.
      Teng had contested in Bukit Tengah in the last general election, but lost to PKR’s Ong Chin Wen.
      ANN

      UMNO DIJANGKA HILANG UNDI

      PAS mengalu-alukan kesediaan kerajaan untuk menubuhkan suruhanjaya diraja (RCI) bagi mengkaji tragedi Memali.
      Bagaimanapun, Timbalan Presiden PAS Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man turut mengingatkan kerajaan untuk turut menubuhkan RCI bagi menyiasat isu berkaitan skandal 1MDB.
      Menurut Tuan Ibrahim, RCI bagi kedua-dua kes tersebut perlu ditubuhkan bagi membolehkan siasatan rapi dilakukan dan memberi keadilan kepada semua pihak.
      “PAS mengalu-alukan kesediaan kerajaan untuk menubuhkan suruhanjaya siasatan diraja untuk menyiasat tragedi Memali pada November 1985.
      ​”​Perlu diingatkan bahawa PAS juga menuntut RCI ditubuhkan untuk 1MDB sejak 2015.
      ​”​Desakan menubuhkan kedua-dua RCI ini bagi melakukan siasatan rapi dan memberikan keadilan kepada semua pihak​,” katanya.
      ​Semalam Zahid berkata, kerajaan bersedia mempertimbangkanpenubuhan RCI bagi mengkaji peristiwa Memali yang mengorbankan 18 nyawa.
      ​Zahid yang juga menteri dalam negeri itu berkata lagi, penubuhan suruhanjaya berkenaan boleh dibuat sekiranya terdapat permintaan daripada individu, pertubuhan atau parti politik. ​
      – https://www.malaysiakini.com

      ‘YOU CANNOT TRUST THE PROMISES OF A THIEF, HE KNOWS HE IS GOING TO LOSE’: DR M EXPOSES NAJIB – ‘5 YEARS AGO, HE PROMISED TO GIVE RM5BIL BUT TILL NOW – NOT A CENT’

      EMBATTLED Prime Minister Najib Razak will promise the people anything to save his skin, and this includes large sums of money, such as Langkawi recently received, said Pakatan Harapan chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
      The former prime minister launched his latest attack following Najib’s announcement of millions of ringgit in projects for the island, which is quickly shaping up into the battleground in the 14th general election.
      “When we were still friends five years ago, he also promised to give RM5 billion to Langkawi,” Dr Mahathir said, referring to the time before 2014 when he was a strong supporter of Najib.
      “But until today, I haven’t seen a single sen from that promise,” Dr Mahathir told the crowd in the Save Malaysia, End Kleptocracy campaign in Klebang, near the Ipoh city centre.
      Two days ago in Langkawi, Najib launched two low-cost housing projects worth RM247 million in Kuah and Ayer Hangat, and the Kampung Chenang fishermen’s jetty costing RM9.16 million .
      Dr Mahathir’s speech last night capped a weekend of ceramah in the northern states featuring Pakatan top brass in the roadshow, “Save Malaysia, End Kleptocracy.
      In Klebang, almost 2,000 people filled the field next to the mosque where the ceramah was held. The organisers ran out of chairs, but many were willing to remain standing through the night’s programme to listen to the leaders.
      Besides Dr Mahathir, who is also Bersatu chairman, the ceramah featured Amanah president Mohamad Sabu and PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. Bersatu, Amanah, PKR and DAP are the components of Pakatan.
      Dr Mahathir also accused Najib of promising to give money the government did not have when he pledged a RM5,000 bonus to each family of Felda settlers.
      “The closer we get to the election, you can bet that he will increase the bonuses. The RM5,000 that he wants to give Felda will probably be increased to RM25,000.
      “But these are only promises. There is no money. He makes these promises because he knows he is going to lose.
      “You cannot trust the promises of a thief,” said Dr Mahathir, repeating his name calling of Najib for this role in the massive losses suffered by state investor 1Malaysia Development Bhd
      (1MDB).
      In her speech Dr Wan Azizah said Pakatan parliamentarians were denied the chance to ask questions on 1MDB in the Dewan Rakyat sitting last month.
      The state investor has chalked up RM39 billion in losses due to mismanagement and alleged theft and RM42 billion in debts.
      Singapore shuttered two bank branches and jailed five bankers after finding them guilty of laundering 1MDB money through the country’s financial system.
      Mohamad, better known as Mat Sabu, said 1MDB has made such a wave in foreign countries that Malays will not admit to being from Malaysia when they travel.
      “Because if you say you are from Malaysia, the next thing they will ask you is what is going on with your prime minister. They will also ask why haven’t the Malaysians gotten rid of him.”
      – https://www.themalaysianinsight.com