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Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Azmin: Dr M and I on Khazanah board not a manifesto violation


Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Economic Affairs Minister Mohamed Azmin Ali's appointments to the board of Khazanah Nasional Bhd does not violate the Pakatan Harapan manifesto, contends the latter.
According to Azmin, this was both the prime minister's prerogative and a matter of convention.
"By convention, the prime minister will be the Khazanah chairperson. 
"Khazanah's goal is to control the country's strategic assets, so the role of the country's chief executive which is the prime minister as chairperson, is important," he told reporters at the Parliament lobby tonight.
Critics yesterday hit out at the move to put Mahathir and Azmin on the Khazanah board, saying it violated Harapan's election manifesto.
Promise 22 of the manifesto states that "The Harapan government will ensure the appointment of state and national GLC board members will be made based on merit and professionalism, not based on politics.”
It does not promise that the prime minister cannot be appointed to GLC posts, but does promise that he would not hold any other cabinet portfolio.
New economic agenda
On his own appointment as Khazanah director, Azmin said this was in line with efforts to formulate a new economic policy and agenda.
He stressed that Khazanah's management will still consist of professionals.
"The prime minister is reviewing a few names which will be announced soon, and another one or two names for the administration and finances of Khazanah. This doesn't involve the prime minister," he said.
The other Khazanah directors appointed thus far are Mohd Hassan Marican, who is also a member of the Council of Eminent Persons, Sukhdave Singh and Goh Ching Yin.
Their appointments follow the previous Khazanah board offering to resign last week to make way for a smooth transition under the new Harapan government.
Meanwhile, on a separate matter, Azmin said he would likely be meeting the Singapore government to discuss the Kuala Lumpur-Singapore High-Speed Rail project in early August, as he is currently preoccupied with parliamentary matters. - Mkini

'Ex-MEIO chief revealing contents of CIA letter may be treason'


Former Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO) director-general Hasanah Abdul Hamid may have committed treason in admitting that the leaked letter to the US Central Intelligence Agency is genuine, says a lawyer.
Mohd Haniff Khatri Abdulla believes that Hasanah can be investigated under Section 124C of the Penal Code for attempting to disrupt parliamentary democracy or Section 121 for treason with her admission.
Hasanah should not have revealed that the letter has nothing to do with former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak as the matter is still subject to investigation, the lawyer told Malaysiakini.
"In fact, it is the police who should be making that statement after an investigation – whether Najib is involved or not – as the matter has already been subject to several police reports lodged against the contents of the letter.
"By Hasanah admitting the contents of the letter, she can be investigated under Section 124C or worse still, treason.
“She should be remanded by the authorities and investigated upon as to who is directly behind in giving instructions to writing the contents of the letter. If there is enough evidence, charge her or those behind her in writing the letter," he said.
Section 124C of the Penal Code is punishable by up to 15 years’ imprisonment, and Section 121 by life imprisonment or death.
‘National security, not party security’
Since the present Pakatan Harapan administration is against employing the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, Haniff pointed out, police can still apply to remand the former MEIO chief for 14 days to conduct investigations.
The lawyer, who termed the controversy surrounding the letter ‘MEIOgate’, added that the intelligence agency should be used for the interests of national security, and not to keep a particular party in power.
This is why he disagreed with Hasanah's claim that such leaks are against the Official Secrets Act 1972 (OSA).
"In fact, the person who leaked the letter was doing the right thing, as the previous government's action is akin to inviting foreign intervention.
"The OSA can be used to maintain the country's security, but not help maintain a government through illegal means by getting foreign support.
“This is an example of abuse of the law where civil servants are wrong into thinking protecting the BN government is part of national security," he stressed.
Haniff pointed out that in the Watergate scandal, then-US president Richard Nixon had used state intelligence agencies to spy on his rivals. Though Nixon won the 1972 presidential election, he was later impeached and forced to step down.
In this light, he added, it is fortunate that Harapan won in the 14th general election, since the damage done if Najib had led BN to victory with the support of a foreign power would be beyond repair.
The letter to the CIA had sought US support in the event of BN winning the 14th general election with a narrow margin.
It also painted Najib as a staunch US ally, while describing Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad as “anti-West” and “anti-Semite”. -Mkini

Remains of Malaysian killed in Lombok earthquake arrive home



SEPANG: The body of Siti Nur Iesmawida Ismail, the Malaysian who died during an earthquake in Lombok, Indonesia, has safely arrived on home soil.
The 30-year-old woman from Melaka is to be buried Tuesday (July 31) after evening prayers (Magrib) in Gombak near here.
Her husband, Mohd Hafiz Mohd Kassim, flew back to Malaysia from Indonesia with her remains.
He did not speak to waiting pressmen on arrival at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport here.
.Mohd Hafiz, who was greeted by other family members, then got into a waiting vehicle.
Prayers for Siti will be held at the Al-Rahimah mosque in Kampung Pandan.
On Sunday, a 6.4-magnitude earthquake hit Lombok, Indonesia, killing at least 16 victims.
Siti had gone to Lombok for a hiking trip.- Star

Lawyer: Malaysian spy agency employs over 1,000 personnel worldwide


KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO), the local spy agency, employs over 1,000 personnel worldwide.
"I am not authorised to say how many agents, officers and operatives are maintained by the agency, but I can tell you it's well over 1,000 all over the world, and its important that such a leak should not have happened," said Datuk Shaharudin Ali, the lawyer for former MEIO chief Datuk Hasanah Abdul Hamid (pic).
He said Hasanah was concerned that the trust and credibility of the MEIO would be affected by the leak of a letter issued to the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).
Shaharudin added that Hasanah was also worried about the safety and morale of MEIO officers.
.In a written statement, Hasanah said the MEIO uses the formal name of the Research Division, Prime Minister's Department.
The division is one part of the country's national security covert intelligence agency and was set up in the 1960s.
She also said that the MEIO has covert intelligence sources throughout the world and the information provided is collected, analysed and reported to the Prime Minister and the Cabinet, Special Branch, Military Intelligence and others.
"The MEIO has contributed much to national security. This includes resolving the communist threat, confrontation with Indonesia, regional conflicts, and most recently, the Daesh (Islamic State) threat," Hasanah said in her statement.- Star

NO WONDER ARUL KANDA TOLD SO MANY LIES: NAJIB AGREED TO PAY SACKED 1MDB BOSS RM5 MILLION FOR 6 MONTHS WORK – BUT GUAN ENG TO STOP PAYMENT ON RM2.5 MILLION 2ND TRANCHE, TAKES ACTION TO RECOVER 1ST ‘DOWNPAYMENT’

KUALA LUMPUR — Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had signed off a RM5 million payment for former 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) chief Arul Kanda Kandasamy in January, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng confirmed today.
Lim, however, said that his ministry now intends to recoup half of the payment that has already been given to Arul Kanda, and will not make the remainder of the payment that was due to the latter in June.
“In January this year, he was paid RM5 million. RM2.5 million was a down payment, and the balance after June 30.
“This was signed off by the former prime minister,” Lim told Dewan Rakyat today during his winding up speech for the motion of thanks to Yang di-Pertuan Agong.
Lim’s office later clarified to Malay Mail that the payment was signed off by former Treasury secretary-general Tan Sri Irwan Siregar, and not Najib.
Najib had instead approved the payment, it said.
RELATED STORIES: 
Previously, Malaysiakini, quoting anonymous sources, reported that Arul Kanda was given an ex-gratia payment for six months’ work prior to the 14th general election.
Arul Kanda was sacked from 1MDB on June 29, for “breaching contract” and his “fiduciary duty” as the state investment firm’s head.
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LAUGHING STOCK OF THE WORLD – ONLY 4 OUT OF MALAYSIA’S 28 FIGHTER JETS CAN FLY! MAT SABU EXPOSES NAJIB REGIME’S CORRUPTION IN THE MILITARY – IS THIS WHY EX-PM TRIED TO DISCREDIT HIM FIRST WITH ‘CARTOON’ & ‘FISH CURRY’ COMMENTS

KUALA LUMPUR: Only four out of the 28 Russian fighters jets owned by the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF) are able to take to the skies, says Mohamad Sabu.
The Defence Minister said that the RMAF had 18 Russian-made Sukhoi Su-30MKM and ten MiG-29 jetfighters.
“Only four of the Sukhois are able to fly well,” he said, adding that the remaining 14 are under repair.
In his reply during the motion of thanks on the royal address in Parliament Tuesday (July 31), Mohamed Sabu said the RMAF was unable to properly maintain the fighter jets’ airworthiness.
He said the Defence Ministry had terminated the contractor engaged by the former administration and was looking at replacing them with local contractors.
RELATED STORIES: 
Mohamad Sabu also informed the House that the ten MiG-29 multi-role jets entered service in 1995, while six Sukhoi Su-30MKM Air-Superiority Fighter were delivered in 2007 and the remainder in 2009.
Earlier,

Nga arah RSN Rayer tarik balik ‘kepala bapak’

Timbalan Speaker Nga Kor Ming memberi amaran kepada wakil rakyat DAP itu kerana menggunakan perkataan tidak sopan dalam Dewan Rakyat.
DEWAN RAKYAT
KUALA LUMPUR: RSN Rayer (PH-Jelutong) diarah menarik balik perkataan “kepala bapak”, dipercayai ditujukan terhadap Barisan Nasional, dan diberi amaran terakhir oleh Timbalan Speaker Nga Kor Ming kerana membuat provokasi di dalam Dewan Rakyat.
RSN mengeluarkan kata-kata “tidak senonoh” itu ketika mencelah isu kebajikan polis dan tentera hari ini.
Rayer berkata anggota di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah Timur Laut di Pulau Pinang terpaksa menggunakan kipas kerana pendingin hawa rosak dan tidak dibaiki sejak 5 tahun lalu kerana tidak ada wang.
“Kononnya BN membela anggota polis dan tentera…’kepala bapak’ mereka,” katanya mencelah ucapan Timbalan Menteri Dalam Negeri, Datuk Azis Jamman.
Kelakuan Rayer itu dikritik wakil rakyat pembangkang. Datuk Seri Mahdzir Khalid (BN-Padang Terap) berkata wakil rakyat DAP itu sepatutnya berhujah dengan fakta dan tidak perlu menggunakan kata-kata yang boleh menyinggung perasaan orang lain.
“Jelutong ada di dewan ini sudah 3 minggu tapi saya perhati beliau kerap guna perkataan kadang-kadang kurang ajar dan biadap,” katanya.
Rayer bagaimanapun memberi alasan dia hanya mencontohi Datuk Seri Najib Razak (BN-Pekan).
“Saya tidak akan tarik balik,” katanya.
Tan Sri Noh Omar (BN-Tanjong Karang) berkata pemerhatian Rayer dalam isu kemudahan untuk anggota polis tidak tepat.
“Balai Polis Tanjung Karang diberi peruntukan untuk naik taraf balai polis. Kita buat Balai Polis Sungai Petani semasa saja menjadi timbalan menteri. Jangan beri contoh satu tempat sahaja, tengok keseluruhan,” katanya.
Nga kemudian mengarahkan Rayer menarik balik kata-katanya diikuti dengan amaran terakhir.
“Niat baik tapi perkataan yang ditutur itu kurang sopan. Wajib kita elakkan. Kita beri peluang kerana Jelutong orang baru. Harap beliau belajar ‘orang berbudi, kita berbahasa’.
“Hari ini saya maafkan. Jangan ulang lagi. Jangan paksa saya guna kuasa saya,” katanya.
Rayer pertama kali menjadi Ahli Parlimen pada pilihan raya umum 9 Mei lepas. -FMT

Lawyer: Khairuddin willing to settle suit if compensation is adequate

Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla says he will write to the Attorney-General's Chambers to get them to consider the 1MDB critic as a victim of the BN government.
1MDB critic Khairuddin Abu Hassan seeks damages for being unlawfully detained three years ago after lodging reports overseas about funds missing from 1MDB.
PETALING JAYA: 1MDB critic Khairuddin Abu Hassan’s suit against the police and a former attorney-general for unlawful imprisonment and malicious prosecution could be settled out of court if the government is prepared to pay compensation, his lawyer said.
Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla said he would be writing to the Attorney-General’s Chambers for them to consider Khairuddin as a victim of the previous Barisan Nasional government.
“We will write to them to consider our offer on the basis of upholding the rule of law and good governance,” he told FMT.
He said Khairuddin was prepared to settle the case without having to go through a court proceeding as there was now a new administration and government.
Haniff said this following a case management of Khairuddin’s suit before judicial commissioner Darryl SC Goon at the Kuala Lumpur High Court today.
Goon has fixed another case management on Sept 28.
At today’s proceeding, lawyer Nur Izzaida Zamani appeared for Khairuddin while senior federal counsel Isyaidi Ismail represented the government.
The defendants have filed their defence in response to Khairuddin’s suit filed on May 4.
Khairuddin named seven defendants, including former inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar and former attorney-general Mohamed Apandi.
He is seeking damages for being unlawfully detained three years ago after lodging reports overseas about funds missing from 1MDB.
He claimed that he was maliciously prosecuted and sought RM8.83 million in damages.
In 2015, police detained Khairuddin and his lawyer, Matthias Chang, for two months under the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act, a law dealing with terrorist activities.
Khairuddin alleged that his detention was carried out in bad faith as investigators and prosecutors of several countries had later declared that investigations were being carried out into money laundering and corruption involving funds related to 1MDB. -FMT

US Secretary of State Pompeo to visit Malaysia

He will discuss common security and economic interests.
US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo is also scheduled to visit Singapore and Jakarta. (AFP pic)
KUALA LUMPUR: United States Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo is to hold talks with senior Malaysian officials when he is in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 2 and 3.
US State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said they would discuss strengthening the “Comprehensive Partnership” and how to advance common security and economic interests.
“This is based on our strongly-shared democratic values following the recent historic and peaceful government transition in Malaysia,” she said in a statement issued by the US Embassy here today.
Besides Kuala Lumpur, Pompeo is also scheduled to visit Singapore and Jakarta during his Aug 1-5 visit to the region.
The United States established diplomatic ties with Malaysia in 1957 following independence from the United Kingdom.
Washington DC and Kuala Lumpur elevated the bilateral relationship to a “Comprehensive Partnership” in April 2014, and both sides now share a diverse and expanding partnership in trade, investment, security, environmental cooperation as well as educational and cultural relations. -FMT

Fire victims won’t be placed in Kg Darau, says Sabah land official

Some 250 villagers had organised a peaceful protest on Sunday after hearing that a settlement will be coming up there.
Sabah Land and Survey Department director Safar Untong says several sites in Kota Kinabalu have been identified for building transit homes for fire victims.
KOTA KINABALU: Kampung Darau residents can now heave a sigh of relief after a top state official today confirmed that their village is not among the sites proposed for a transit settlement for fire victims.
State Land and Survey Department director Safar Untong said the village is not in the list of proposed areas submitted to the state government to build the temporary shelters.
Some 250 Kampung Darau residents had on Sunday organised a peaceful gathering to oppose the plan to build the temporary settlement for victims of a fire in Kampung Cenderamata II in Likas here that left 783 people homeless last week.
Sepanggar MP Azis Jamman had announced the building of the settlement when visiting the fire victims. However, he had clarified that no decision had been made as yet on whether to build the settlement in Kampung Darau.
Safar said Chief Minister Shafie Apdal had also stressed that the settlements are only meant for local fire victims with Malaysian citizenship.
Safar said his department had shortlisted several pieces of government land to house the transit settlement.
“After the CM’s visit to the scene of the fire on July 25, he had instructed the Land and Survey Department to identify government land which would be appropriate for the settlement.
“These pieces of unoccupied land we have selected are located in Kota Kinabalu,” he said, adding it was now up to the chief minister to make a decision. -FMT

Firms under GST will be migrated to SST from Wednesday

Only manufacturers and service providers that reach a threshold value of RM500,000 a year will be taxed.
Customs director-general Subromaniam Tholasy says the department has identified between 70,000 and 80,000 manufacturing companies to be listed under SST 2.0. (Bernama pic)
KUALA LUMPUR: The Customs Department expects to automatically migrate companies that have registered under the goods and services tax (GST) regime to the sales and service tax (SST) beginning tomorrow and will alert them via email, Customs director-general Subromaniam Tholasy said.
He said the department has identified between 70,000 and 80,000 manufacturing companies to be listed under SST 2.0, from 472,000 companies listed during the 6% GST regime.
“During the GST implementation process, other than manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers also had to register.
“But with the move to reinstate the SST, only manufacturers and service providers that reach a threshold value of RM500,000 a year will be taxed,” he told reporters during a briefing on the transition from the GST to the SST here today.
The event was organised by Salihin Consulting Group Sdn Bhd and the Malaysian Association of Tax Accountants.
Subromaniam said to date, the department had trained some 5,000 manufacturers and would go into full gear before the tax commences on Sept 1 this year.
The federal government earlier today tabled the Sales Tax Bill 2018 and Services Tax Bill 2018 (SST Bills) for their first reading in the Dewan Rakyat.
In the explanatory statement to these two Bills, the government said they were seeking to provide for the charging, levying and collecting of the sales and services tax, and for matters connected with it.
He said in providing a smooth transition from the GST to the SST, the Customs Department needed to begin its hand-holding programme even before the bills were approved.
He also said that by next week, the department would upload the list of 6,400 goods to be proposed for the sales tax.
On the penalty for tax evaders, he said it had been “improved”.
The punishment under the now-defunct Sales Tax 1972, he said, was a fine of not more than RM50,000 or up to three years’ imprisonment or both, but first-time offenders now face a fine of between 10 and 20 times the sales tax amount or up to five years’ imprisonment or both.
“But for an ordinary offence, don’t worry, we are not the type to choke people,” he said. -FMT

Singapore not keen to review price of water under deal

It says any review should have been done in 1987 — 25 years after signing of the water agreement.
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has expressed his displeasure with the water agreement, saying it is unfavourable to Malaysia and he wants it renegotiated. (File pic)
SINGAPORE: Singapore today indicated it was not keen to review the price of water under a 1962 agreement it had made with Malaysia.
Its foreign affairs ministry said in a statement that the review should have been done in 1987 — 25 years after the signing of the agreement, as was stated in the pact.
“This position was most recently set out by Foreign Affairs Minister Dr Vivian Balakrishnan in a parliamentary reply on July 9, 2018,” said the ministry in the statement issued in conjunction with the official visit to Singapore of Foreign Minister Saifuddin Abdullah.
In an interview with Bernama yesterday, Saifuddin said he had underlined the fact that there could be a review as this was stated in the agreement.
“There is a clause about a review that surely we can look at,” he said, adding that he understood that Singapore had its own perspective.
“Surely we can continue the discussion. The agreement says the contents of the agreement can be reviewed after 25 years. It doesn’t mean at 25 years… so we can continue talking,” Saifuddin had said.
Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad had expressed his displeasure with the agreement, saying it was unfavourable to Malaysia and he wanted it renegotiated. - FMT

Lim Kit Siang playing with fire

Two weeks ago I posted Lim KS crazy-obsessed with Najib in which I penned (extracts):


What's with this Ah Pek?

He seems unduly obsessed with a fallen politician, who went from being PM to back-bencher.

Previously he had warned that Najib would be up to no good on Parliament's Opening session. Now he's agitated by Najib's seating position.

He is so damn silly-crazy that he has even suggested that BN MPs in not breaking ranks were NOT as patriotic as PH MPs. What a crock of ultra Kit-Siang shit.

Undeniably Lim KS is a plain trouble maker, a shit-stirrer, an agent provocateur. Next he may even complain about the colour of Najib's underwear.

But why hasn't he brought up again those issues he had been raving and ranting about for 30 odd years. Ah Pek lupa kah?


Shortly after that, with Lim KS annoying me with his continuous useless tirade I felt compelled to post another Lim KS crazy-obsessed with Najib (2), wakakaka. I narrated:

Previously, prior to the beginning of the 14th Parliamentary session, he accused Najib of being up to something no-good, then he fretted unnecessarily and kaypohchee-ly about Najib's sitting position on the opposition bench, and now he has to once again accused Najib, this time of being in control of UMNO.

Are those his fCk-ing business?


As if being obsessed about Najib and his dandruff and colour of his cawat weren't enough, the pompous treacherous Mr Sellout is also a seer (bomoh) as he is able to know how Zahid Hamidi, if having a choice, would have kept a great distance from both Apandi and Pandikar.

What a disgusting mafulat. He should stick to what he knows best, for which he was raving, ranting and raging over for 30 years, but now is amazingly silent as a mute due most likely to an absence of his once big balls (see image below):


Today NST publishes Najib to Lim: Stop your obsession (extracts):


limpeh oo chea-snua ley

(aku ada backing Don Corleone)


Tun your roti kaya pau is ready 

KUALA LUMPUR: Things are heating up between DAP strongman Lim Kit Siang and Former Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as both are currently engaged in a war of words over Lim’s challenge for a public debate.

Najib responded by asking Lim to stop obsessing over him.


“Lim Kit Siang has released over 26 statements about me in this month alone trying to provoke me. He should stop being so obsessed with me.

“I am no longer the Prime Minister nor am I the Barisan Nasional (BN) president,” said Najib in a post published on his Facebook today.

Najib was responding to Lim’s challenge to a public debate that the DAP strongman posted on his blog today.

“I challenge Najib to a public forum 'Islam is not kleptocracy'. Accept the challenge and our respective representatives can decide on the place, date, time and other details for the public forum,” said Lim.


Well, I posted that mad obsession of Lim KS weeks ago, though after careful sifting through and analysis of his nonsense I reckon he probably might have an assigned objective, namely to kacau, kacau, kacau to distract the rakyat from his Tuan Tertinggi's continuous capati.

Secondly, he now wants to debate with Najib, a backbencher, on Islam.

Is Lim KS a Muslim? If he isn't, then who is he to debate Islam with a Muslim?

Very very disrespectful, but such is his devotion to his Tuan Tertinggi and thus his obsession with everything and anything to do with Najib, that he is willing to to intrude into hitherto out-of-bounds area for nons.


Lim KS has riposted that it's not Najib he is obsessed with but 1MDB and the alleged money-laundering scandal.

But isn't the PDRM now investigating the issue, with Pakatan announcing Najib will soon be shortly charged?

Why then is Lim KS still baiting Najib? Yup, not just about 1MDB but Najib's sitting position in Parliament, etc.

To answer that, we can only come back to Lim KS' devotion to his Tuan Tertinggi's assigned duty for him.

Once I mentioned, that the powers that-be will get Najib one way or another, and the available causes will be:

(a) 1MDB, if that fails then,

(b) Murder of Altantuyaa, if that fails then,

(c) Najib's tax returns, if that fails then,

(d) His son's dalliance with a Taiwanese actress, if that fails then,

(e) the distracting colour of Najib's underwear, etc etc etc.

Frankly, Najib won't have a snowflake's chance in Hell as someone very very powerful is fuming, raging and foaming at the mouth to get him, one way or another, whatever. Such is the fury surpassing even that of Hell by a imperialistic mentor scorned. Is Lim KS playing an important part in the vicious venomous vendetta? 

But I return to Lim KS' response to Najib that it's 1MDB he is obsessed about.

I wonder why and whether he is still obsessed about the issues he had raved and ranted over for 30 years?

If not, why?








DAP leader Lim Kit Siang shook hands with Rohaizad Yaakob, a top Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) official to show the opposition’s solidarity with the MACC

A year earlier Kit Siang in his article, titled "Malaysians will not rest until justice is done for the killing of Teoh Beng Hock" said DAP and Pakatan Rakyat would continue to highlight the injustice of Teoh Beng Hock’s unresolved murder

1 year later, he slept willingly and so eagerly with the enemy

what utter bullshit