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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Economy Shutting Down. Dr M Shut Down Already

Here are two items I received (from my cousin) who is a medical practitioner and runs a private hospital.  Thank you. The following has actually been written by someone else.

1. Tesco for sale. Sushi King closing outlets in malls. Giant closing some outlets..... and yet the  rakyat can support PH that says the economy is doing solid.  What a mockery of Malaysian people's intelligence. 

(OSTB : Well it is the people who are mocking
their own intelligence. The moment I realised Dr M had gone bananas I parted ways. But thats me.)

Time voters wake up to reality and accept the fact that the current government just doesn't have the capability to address the economic woes. Its somersaults that are far too frequent are nothing more than masking the inadequacy of the ministers who clearly lack the fundamental and rudimentary knowledge of their respective portfolios. 

(OSTB : Inadequacy?? That is understating it yo. Its more like bodoh tahap bontot lembu.)

Even the Attorney General has lost his credibility and is now perceived as a political puppet. 

Not to forget  the education minister and his charges who have not moved an inch in reforming the education system other than changing the school shoe colour. 

The health ministry is a mockery of all time. It can't even make any change to the health industry as it has no inkling on the dynamics of the medical canvas that had so many intricate undercurrents.  

And to top it all the Ass H-le in waiting with his apparent "divine patience" is nothing short of a man who can't even be firm with his deputy in the part that he seeded. How is he ever to handle an entire cabinet in the future whereupon ministers will come from other political parties? 

If one is already going flacid within his own territory, it's a wonder how the Ass H-le in waiting is going to handle the wolves from other territories.  

Malaysians must think critically in the next election before voting. No one is better than the other as all of them (except for DAP), have the same root which is UMNO. (Amanah is from Pas.) Where is Malaysia heading? 


2. Here is more news about Tesco wanting to shutt down all their 74 outlets in Malaysia.



Read more at https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2019/12/09/tesco-considers-sale-of-thai-malaysia-supermarket-businesses#8BCvsRRVOCBjgCdm.99


My comments:

Tuan tuan I just read that the freaking government is going ahead with "selling" Plus to the rich and powerful. 

What is their value added to you? The long suffering toll payer? Tuan tuan dapat apa? Nothing. You will be paying and paying and paying until your teeth rot.

Highway sudah siap. Toll collection is at its maximum. The Banglas cut the grass. They just have to collect the tolls. No need to work hard. Dr M is creating another generation of lazy Malay corporates. The easy money millionaires. 

They just shift assets around among the orang kaya and we have to pay.

This is why Tesco is shutting down. There is no new wealth generation in the economy. No new productivity. Just repackage old projects, extend old concessions, shift assets around. Thats it.

Dr Mahathir has shut down.

Let’s respect Razak’s legacy and build houses for estate workers

Owning a house has been a major problem for present and former estate workers.
The recent protest outside Parliament to demand a house ownership law for estate workers illustrates the lack of progress on the matter.
This is despite the fact that the second prime minister of Malaysia, Abdul Razak Hussein, had mooted the idea of house ownership for estate workers in 1973 itself.
Despite the passage of time, only about 5% of estates have implemented this scheme.
The first estate house ownership scheme was introduced in Tennamaram estate, Kuala Selangor.
Lack of political will on the part of state governments, the absence of mandatory legislation, the indifference of employers and not the least, the high number of foreign estate workers, have militated against the introduction of a house ownership scheme for estate workers.
I believe even if there is no legislation in the pipeline, low-cost house ownership schemes can be introduced, especially in areas that were once plantations, where former workers and their families are still living in the old estate quarters.
Some of the lands have been sold to private owners and some have been acquired by the state.
In places where the estate workers housing needs have yet to be solved, state governments can do a number of things.
On land held by the state, state governments can ask private developers to build low-cost houses by way of asking them to fulfil their low-cost mandatory quota.
This quota can be transferable from one area to another, something of an incentive for developers.
Many developers who find it difficult to build low-cost houses in certain areas can transfer their quota in terms of building houses for estate workers.
The case of Ladang Caledonia in Penang is a good example where the developer transferred the quota from some other housing areas to this place.
There is no one model in the introduction of this scheme for workers.
In urban areas, where plantations have ceased to exist, state governments can acquire land for housing not only to cater for estate workers but other poor families.
Once land is acquired, then developers can be identified to build the houses by way of transferring their mandatory low-cost quota.
Estate owners should not wash their hands of responsibility towards their workers.
If they had taken a greater interest in this matter, workers in the country might not be suffering from the lack of a roof over their heads.
State governments must make it a policy to encourage estate employers to set aside land for house ownership programmes.
It would be more effective to have legislation to enforce the policy.
Every state must set up a task force to give effect to this noble policy of a house ownership programme for estate workers mooted by Razak about 46 years ago.
In giving effect to this scheme, let us remember the legacy of Razak.
P Ramasamy is a DAP central executive committee member and Penang deputy chief minister II - FMT

Najib jelaskan kenapa lantik diri sendiri PM, menteri kewangan

Hari ini pertama kali dalam sejarah Peguam Negara, Tommy Thomas menyoal bekas perdana menteri Najib Razak di mahkamah.
KUALA LUMPUR: Najib Razak memberitahu Mahkamah Tinggi hari ini beliau melantik dirinya sebagai menteri kewangan kerana mempunyai pengetahuan dan pengalaman dalam bidang perniagaan dan kewangan.
Beliau berkata demikian ketika memberi keterangan membela diri terhadap 7 pertuduhan membabitkan dana RM42 juta daripada SRC International Sdn Bhd.
Katanya, beliau dapat membangunkan negara selama 9 tahun sehingga Barisan Nasional (BN) disingkirkan pada pilihan raya umum tahun lalu, kerana pengetahuan dan pengalaman dalam kewangan serta perniagaan.
“Saya tidak bercakap besar tetapi saya telah melakukannya,” katanya ketika disoal balas Peguam Negara Tommy Thomas pada hari ke-62 perbicaraan.
Najib ditanya Thomas kenapa beliau melantik dirinya sebagai menteri kewangan, yang merupakan portfolio berat, dalam masa sama menjadi perdana menteri.
Ahli Parlimen Pekan itu yang merupakan perdana menteri dari April 2009 hingga Mei tahun lalu, berkata beliau bukan yang pertama memegang kedua-dua jawatan pada masa yang sama.
Beliau berkata pendahulunya, Dr Mahathir Mohamad dan Abdullah Ahmad Badawi juga memegang kedua-dua jawatan tersebut.
Najib berkata dalam kesnya, beliau juga melantik 2 menteri kewangan kedua untuk membantu melakukan kerja-kerjanya.
Najib mula dilantik sebagai menteri kewangan pada 2008 oleh Abdullah. Beliau kemudian menjadi perdana menteri selepas Abdullah meletak jawatan, tetapi terus memegang portfolio kewangan sehingga pilihan raya umum lalu.
Bekas pengerusi BN dan presiden Umno itu berkata ekonomi berkembang sebanyak 5.7% pada tahun 2017, dan mendahului 4 “harimau Asia” pada tahun itu.
“Kami mempunyai pasaran saham paling lama menaik dan Bursa Malaysia menyentuh 1,900 mata. Ringgit stabil,” katanya sambil menambah rakyat mendapat manfaat daripada program kebajikannya.
Najib berkata beliau layak sebagai ahli ekonomi industri walaupun tidak pernah menjadi ahli perniagaan.
“Bagaimanapun, saya mempunyai pengalaman dalam perniagaan dan kewangan sejak saya berkhidmat sebagai menteri besar Pahang pada 1982,” katanya.
Prosiding hari ini dilihat sebagai bersejarah kerana buat kali pertama peguam pegara, yang juga pendakwa raya, menyoal Najib, yang pernah memegang jawatan paling berkuasa.
Najib berkata kedudukan perdana menteri membawa kuasa dan pengaruh yang besar.
“Saya juga boleh melantik sesiapa menduduki pelbagai badan seperti Petronas dan Khazanah Nasional, tetapi kuasa saya tidak mutlak. Ia mesti digunakan secara berhemah,” katanya.
Najib, yang memasuki arena politik pada 1976 selepas kematian bapanya, Abdul Razak Hussein, berkata barisan perdana menteri dalam 20 tahun sebelum ini membuat pelantikan-pelantikan penting dalam sektor ekonomi dan kewangan, berbanding zaman perdana menteri pertama, Tunku Abdul Rahman pada 1957.
“Ini perkembangan semula jadi,” katanya.
Najib berkata seorang perdana menteri tidak mempunyai keputusan mutlak dalam pelantikan barisan menteri memandangkan Malaysia mengamalkan politik parti dan pakatan.
“Saya perlu melantik ketua-ketua parti menjadi menteri kanan dan mereka mestilah ahli Parlimen atau senator untuk menjadi anggota Kabinet,” katanya.
Najib berkata beliau memecat bekas timbalannya, Muhyiddin Yassin dan menteri pembangunan luar bandar, Shafie Apdal pada Julai 2015 selepas kedua-duanya membangkitkan isu 1MDB pada umum.
“Saya membenarkan mereka bercakap dalam mesyuarat Kabinet. Tindakan yang saya ambil kerana mereka bercakap di luar, dan mereka dikeluarkan,” katanya.
Najib dituduh menyalahgunakan kuasa sebagai perdana menteri dengan memberikan jaminan kerajaan kepada pinjaman RM4 bilion SRC International daripada Kumpulan Wang Persaraan (Diperbadankan).
Beliau juga didakwa dengan 3 pertuduhan pengubahan wang haram dan 3 pertuduhan pecah amanah dalam pemindahan RM42 juta ke akaunnya dari bekas unit 1MDB itu.
Perbicaraan di hadapan hakim Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali diteruskan. - FMT

Calon polis perlu ambil ujian agama, moral

Pengarah Pengurusan Bukit Aman, Abd Rahim Jaafar berkata, penekanan nilai agama dan moral bertujuan menangani kes salah laku dalam kalangan warga polis, walaupun jumlah kes sedemikian tidak sampai 1%.
KUALA TERENGGANU: Setiap calon anggota dan pegawai polis bagi pengambilan akan datang perlu melepasi ujian agama serta moral.
Pengarah Pengurusan Bukit Aman, Abd Rahim Jaafar berkata, ia bagi memastikan semua anggota dan pegawai polis baru memiliki nilai murni serta berintegriti tinggi.
“Tahun depan kita unjurkan pengambilan 6,000 anggota dan kira-kira 500 pegawai untuk mengisi perkhidmatan.
“Selain ujian psikometrik dan sikap, setiap calon perlu menjalani dan melepasi ujian agama bagi yang Muslim serta ujian moral bagi bukan Muslim secara dalam talian, dan juga ketika sesi temuduga sebelum diterima untuk latihan.
“Polis ini tugas dia menjaga keselamatan orang ramai, tetapi macam mana nak jaga jika dia pun bermasalah,” katanya selepas menghadiri Majlis Istiadat Penganugerahan Pingat Jasa Pahlawan Negara di sini, hari ini.
Rahim berkata, penekanan nilai agama dan moral itu dibuat bagi menangani kes salah laku dalam kalangan warga polis, walaupun jumlah kes seumpama itu sangat kecil, iaitu tidak sampai 1%.
Seramai 300 anggota, pegawai serta pesara polis menerima anugerah Pingat Jasa Pahlawan Negara yang disampaikan Menteri Besar, Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar. Majlis itu turut dihadiri Ketua Polis Terengganu, Aidi Ismail.
Selain penekanan terhadap asas agama dan moral, Rahim berkata, polis juga sedang mendapatkan bantuan pihak universiti untuk mengkaji teknologi yang dapat mengesan calon bermasalah dengan dadah lebih awal.
“Ini kerana kita dapati ada anggota polis yang ditangkap berkaitan kes dadah, sebenarnya sudah terlibat lebih awal, iaitu sebelum memasuki perkhidmatan polis.
“Perkara seperti ini yang kita cuba elakkan kerana ia memberi imej serta reputasi buruk kepada polis, walaupun jumlah sangat kecil.” - FMT

More than 100 Sabah flood victims moved to relief centre

Rising floodwaters at Beaufort, Sabah, due to heavy rain last night.
KOTA KINABALU: Heavy rain last night caused severe flooding in Sabah’s Beaufort and Membakut townships after two main rivers in the southwestern area breached dangerous levels today.
Beaufort district officer Jupery Etok said as at 2.30pm today, about 40 families, comprising over 100 people, had been moved to a temporary relief shelter at the Kampung Selagon hall in Beaufort town.
Jupery expects conditions to worsen as a downpour continues upriver at Tenom where the Tenom Pangi hydroelectric dam is located.
He said the heavy rain in Beaufort lasted for five hours until midnight yesterday while Membakut experienced a downpour from 6pm to 11pm.
“The water levels at Sungai Padas and Sungai Membakut are continuously rising and we expect more people to be transferred from their homes to the relief centre,” he said when contacted.
Residents in Beaufort, Sabah, walking in floodwaters up to knee-level.
He said due to the heavy rain in Tenom, two water gates at the dam had been opened to release the high volume of water.
According to figures provided by the Civil Defence Force, a total of 19 villages in Membakut, which is a sub-district, and four in Beaufort, have been affected by severe floods.
A school in Membakut, Sabah, affected by the floods.
The water levels as of noon today for Sungai Padas and Sungai Membakut were at 8.82m and 7.47m, above the dangerous level of 8.70m and 6.80m for the respective rivers.
A number of main roads in both areas are impassable to all types of vehicles, including the Jalan Kampung Bakalau intersection in Beaufort and Jalan Kampung Bambangan in Membakut.
It is understood that the floods in Beaufort and Membakut also affected the train services for the Kota Kinabalu-Membakut- Beaufort route after rail tracks came under water in several areas.
The collapsed section of Jalan Tamparuli-Kiulu.
Meanwhile, at the other end of the west coast, a road has collapsed in Tamparuli, about 35km north of here, also due to heavy rain since yesterday.
About 28m of the Jalan Tamparuli-Kiulu stretch collapsed after the earth beneath it gave way at about 3.30am today.
Sabah Public Works Department (JKR) director Richard Jomiji told reporters that the road was the main route linking Tamparuli to Kiulu, both of which are rural areas.
Fire and rescue personnel help evacuate flood victims in Sabah.
Road users are advised to use alternative routes at Jalan Kiulu-Lawa Mondou, Jalan Kiulu Logkou Lama or Jalan Bungalio Logkou Timbok.
Jomiji also said Sabah JKR would try to complete a temporary by-pass near the collapsed road as soon as possible.
On Sunday, a landslide cut off the main road at KM96.7 of Jalan Kundasang-Ranau. - FMT

No more delays with IPCMC, Sosma and Sedition Act, Ambiga tells PH

Lawyer and human rights activist Ambiga Sreenevasan says delays by the government are unacceptable.
KUALA LUMPUR: Human rights activist Ambiga Sreenevasan wants to know the reason why some Pakatan Harapan MPs are apparently objecting to the Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC).
“I would like to know what is the objection (about)? I would like to know because the delays are unacceptable,” she said on the sidelines of the Human Rights Day forum here.
Ambiga said the PH government had had enough time to consider any objection, referring to the Dec 3 postponement of the second reading of the IPCMC bill in the Dewan Rakyat after it had been tabled.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Liew Vui Keong had said that the tabling was postponed to refine the bill to facilitate its implementation, and to avoid any unwanted issues from arising once it was passed.
“I don’t buy the (government’s explanation) that more time is needed because enough work has been done on it. So, enough with the excuses,” said the former Bar Council president.
Asked if the delay could have been due to fine-tuning, Ambiga said: “They have been giving enough excuses. I see it as a delaying measure.”
She urged the government to table the bill in March, as promised.
Liew had told the Dewan Rakyat on Dec 3 that the bill would be tabled in March.
Ambiga noted that the government had also been postponing other promised law reforms, such as the repeal of the death penalty.
“It has been adjourned and adjourned. We are nearly two years into Pakatan rule but the promised repeals have not happened,” she said.
This includes the repeal of the Sediton Act and the Security Offences (Special Measures) Act 2012, better known as Sosma.
Ambiga said she was voicing out as she was frustrated over the delay.
“There should be no more delays because right now, no one believes them as there are all these adjournments. No one believes what they are telling us because their credibility is so short right now,” he said, adding that PH had to do something to regain credibility.
Asked about police objecting to IPCMC, she said: “They will be worried because what they (police) want is a fair process. We just have to ensure that its a fair process and get on with it.” - FMT

Widow awarded RM490,000 in death in custody case

N Dharmendran had been detained for alleged attempted murder involving firearms.
KUALA LUMPUR: Marry Mariay Susay, whose husband N Dharmendran died in police custody in 2013, was today awarded close to half a million ringgit in damages.
The housewife had sued the police and the government in 2016 for damages over assault, battery, breach of duty, negligence, false imprisonment and conspiracy.
Dharmendran had been detained for alleged attempted murder involving firearms. He had been kept in the lock-up for 10 days.
Last year, the Federal Court affirmed the acquittal of four policemen implicated in his death.
More to come - FMT

Task force yet to submit final report on disappearance of Koh, Amri, says Suhakam

Suhakam described Pastor Raymond Koh and Perlis Hope founder Amri Che Mat as ‘victims of enforced disappearances’.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) said the special task force set up to probe the disappearance of Pastor Raymond Koh and Perlis Hope founder Amri Che Mat has yet to submit its final report.
Suhakam commissioner Mah Seng Kwai said the report was supposed to be submitted this month.
The six-member special task force was set up by the home ministry in May to look into Suhakam’s early findings on the missing the duo, which it described as “victims of enforced disappearance”.
“We are waiting for the special task force to submit their report,” Mah, who headed Suhakam’s inquiry panel, said at the sidelines of the Human Rights Day celebration today.
He said the task force was to submit its report to the Cabinet, after which it would be given to Suhakam.
“Part of our earlier recommendations was to have the task force carry out further investigations into the case,” he said.
It was supposed to investigate issues not initially covered by the Suhakam inquiry.
In April, after a lengthy hearing that began in August last year, Suhakam released the findings of its inquiry, saying the police Special Branch was behind the disappearence of Koh and Amri.
Koh was abducted by masked men on Jalan SS4B/10 in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, on Feb 13, 2017, and Amri disappeared on Nov 24, 2016, after leaving his home in Kangar, Perlis. - FMT

Malaysia has a new attraction



As it turned out, Miss Universe Philippines Gazini Ganados won the online voting for Miss Universe 2019 National Costume competition held in Atlanta, Georgia in the US yesterday.
However, Miss Universe Malaysia Shweta Sekhon was the favourite among producing staff backstage and was instructed to change into her national costume (above) for it to be showcased as Best National Costume.

When she was dressed in all her glory, she struts to the stage just as host Steve Harvey announced Miss Philippines as the winner. Shweta promptly corrected him and said it was Malaysia, not the Philippines, and continued to explain her costume.
The mix-up was a blessing in disguise as it became the centre of attention. While the mono-silver colour costume worn by Miss Universe Philippines was elegant, what Miss Universe Malaysia donned was breathtakingly beautiful and colourful and will long be remembered.
As such, it should be put on display at leading shopping malls such as Pavilion Kuala Lumpur or Suria KLCC. Designer Carven Ong could make several replicas so that they could also be displayed in Penang, Melaka and Singapore.
Another could be used by Tourism Malaysia in its local promotions and overseas roadshows. It is bound to attract onlookers and the unique culture of the Baba and Nyonya will fascinate many to visit Malaysia. - Mkini

Mahathir hopeful of 1MDB settlement with Goldman soon



Malaysian Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is hopeful of reaching an out-of-court settlement with Goldman Sachs over the 1MDB scandal soon but that compensation of "one point something billion" dollars offered by the bank was too small.
The Southeast Asian nation has charged Goldman and 17 current and former directors of its units for allegedly misleading investors over bond sales totalling US$6.5 billion that the US bank helped raise for sovereign wealth fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
Mahathir said they have demanded US$7.5 billion from Goldman and negotiations were ongoing.
"We would like to avoid having to go to the courts, but if they come up with a reasonable sum I think we will agree," Mahathir, 94, said in an interview with Reuters on Tuesday.

"But at the moment their offer is too small. We're continuing to talk with them to explain why they should pay what we demand. Of course, it's not the full amount, that they may be able to bring down, but we think that we can reach some agreement at a later stage."
A spokesman for Goldman declined to comment.
Mahathir said he hoped an agreement with Goldman would be reached "soon".
"Yes, I want to achieve a settlement. We are progressing, if we fail then we'll go to the courts," he said. "We cannot preempt by going to the courts."
Goldman said in October it was in discussions with authorities on a possible resolution of investigations relating to 1MDB.
The bank could separately end up paying less than US$2 billion to US authorities to resolve criminal and regulatory probes connected to the scandal, Bloomberg reported last week.
US authorities say about US$4.5 billion was siphoned from 1MDB, founded in 2009 by then-Malaysian prime minister Najib Abdul Razak. The scandal helped Mahathir unexpectedly defeat Najib in a general election last year.
Mahathir said Malaysia would not agree to a settlement with fugitive financier Jho Low, accused of playing a central role in the scam. Low has consistently denied wrongdoing and says he does not expect a fair trial in Malaysia as long as Mahathir is in power.
"We think he is very guilty. We have proof of that," Mahathir said of Low. "We want to settle it according to the law.
Mahathir said Malaysian authorities have no contact with Low or his representatives and did not know where he is.
The US Justice Department said last month it struck a deal to recover US$1 billion in funds allegedly looted from 1MDB from Low.
- Reuters

Civil servants to get RM500 special assistance on Dec 18



The special assistance of RM500 for civil servants on Grade 56 and below and the RM250 special payment for government pensioners, proposed in Budget 2020, will be paid on Dec 18, said Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
The special payment involved an allocation of RM1 billion, he said.
“The payment will be made before the end of the year to help parents prepare the school needs of their children,” he said in a statement today.
Lim said the special payment of RM500 would benefit 1.5 million civil servants while the special payment of RM250 would benefit one million pensioners, including non-pensionable veterans and government retirees.

- Bernama

Ask 'old people' for advice, world's oldest PM says to the youngest



Malaysia’s Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the world’s oldest serving premier, said on Tuesday it would be a good idea for the world’s youngest prime minister, Finland’s Sanna Marin, to ask “old people” for their advice.
Marin, 34, was the sole candidate for her government’s top post after the resignation of Antti Rinne following a declaration of no confidence in him by a party in Finland’s ruling coalition.
“While we believe in the idealism of young people, it is important also for them to consider the experience of the old people,” Mahathir, 94, told Reuters in an interview.
“Then there will be a combination of the two, and that would be good.”

Marin has had a swift rise in Finnish politics since becoming head of the city council of her industrial hometown of Tampere at the age of 27.
She will take over in the middle of a three-day wave of strikes, which will halt production at some of Finland’s largest companies from Monday.
Mahathir led the Malaysian opposition to an unprecedented election win last May. It is his second stint as Malaysia’s premier, a post he previously held for 22 years from 1981 to 2003.
Reuters

Malaysia considering selling stakes in Petronas to states: Dr M



Malaysia is considering selling stakes in energy giant Petronas to states where the company’s oil and gas fields are, Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad told Reuters on Tuesday, in a bid to raise funds for the debt-laden government.
Such a move may also give states such as Sarawak and Sabah a say in the running of Petronas, the world’s third-largest exporter of liquefied natural gas. Mahathir said the government could not meet a demand made by the states for a quadrupling of the royalties paid by the company to 20 percent of its profit.
“It’s fully owned by the government. It’s up to the government to sell the shares privately, not in the market, to states like Sabah and Sarawak,” Mahathir said in an interview in his office.
“Petronas is a very big company. It depends on how much (the states) can pay also.”

Sarawak and neighboring Sabah have Malaysia’s most prolific oil and gas reserves in their waters in the South China Sea. Their longstanding demand to increase royalties could cost Petronas up to US$7 billion (RM29 billion) a year.
Petronas is the biggest money-spinner for the federal government.
Mahathir said the government could also cut stakes in smaller listed or unlisted units of Petronas.
“What we need is to reduce our involvement, the number of shares that we hold, in order to raise some funds for ourselves.” he said.
The company’s main listed units are petrochemicals maker Petronas Chemicals Group, retail arm Petronas Dagangan, and gas infrastructure and utilities arm Petronas Gas. Petronas Carigali is its exploration unit.
On Monday, Petronas said it has completed block trades of its shares in Petronas Dagangan, Petronas Gas and Misc Berhad.
Reuters

Ismail Sabri slams AG over Rafizi's appeal withdrawal



Umno vice-president Ismail Sabri Yaakob today claimed that rule of law is now dead in Malaysia following the Attorney-General's Chambers withdrawal of an appeal over the acquittal of PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli.
"This latest case clearly shows the failure of the Pakatan Harapan government. The rule of law is dead in Malaysia.
"This is the New Malaysia. The sovereignty of the law is dead!" claimed the Bera MP in a Facebook post today.
He said this was as Attorney-General Tommy Thomas had allegedly ordered for the appeal against Rafizi to be withdrawn in response to criticisms by the former Pandan MP.

"This is a very unfortunate incident in our country's judicial system.
"The AG is tasked to be the guardian and protector of our rule of law, but now their people can see that he has become the person to breach it?" he said.
Last Friday, Rafizi fired a salvo at Thomas after an appeal was filed against the Shah Alam High Court's decision to acquit and discharge him and bank clerk Johari Mohamad on charges under the Banking and Financial Institutions Act (Bafia) 1989.
Rafizi at the time told Malaysiakini there was an obvious contrast in Thomas' decisions to exercise his discretion, having in the past withdraw cases against other Pakatan Harapan leaders including DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng and Amanah information chief Khalid Samad.
"But yet, he pursues the jail sentence against me till the last court," Rafizi had said.
Later the same day, Thomas revealed that he was not aware of the appeal filed and vowed to take action against his officers responsible.
Ismail, however, cited reported views that the AGC would almost always notify the court that they would appeal after losing a criminal trial.
Former attorney-general Apandi Ali said the process was "almost automatic" since the time Abu Talib Othman was attorney-general from 1980 to 1993.
"Is the AG unfamiliar with AGC's procedure or is he trying to save himself by blaming another officer?" Ismail said.
He further claimed this was not the first time Thomas had allegedly failed to uphold the rule of law, citing contempt proceedings brought by Mohd Kassim Abdul Hamid, father of the later firefighter, Muhammad Adib.
Last year, the Shah Alam Sessions Court had found Rafizi guilty of disclosing documents comprising banking details related to National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFC), National Meat & Livestock Sdn Bhd, Agroscience Industries Sdn Bhd and NFC chairperson Mohd Salleh Ismail to the media.
However, the Shah Alam High Court overturned the decision, saying the prosecution had failed to produce original documents, as required by Section 61 of the Evidence Act. - Mkini