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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Claire Rewcastle Brown Sahkan Terima Bayaran RM1.4 juta Penyelesaian Kes Saman Hadi

Pengarang Sarawak Report, Clare Rewcastle-Brown, mengesahkan beliau menerima bayaran sebanyak RM1.4 juta sebagai penyelesaian di luar mahkamah kes saman membabitkan Presiden PAS, Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang.

Dalam artikel bertajuk ‘Time To Clear The Air On The PAS Payment To Sarawak Report’, beliau berkongsi beberapa dokumen membabitkan perjanjian sulit, foto cek Bank Islam tertera nilai RM1,422,980 dan surat kepada Malayan Banking Berhad yang mengesahkan penerimaan bayaran daripada Abdul Hadi.

Rewcastle-Brown juga mendedahkan dokumen yang memaparkan syarat penyelesaian sulit dan tiada perintah kos daripada Mahkamah Tinggi United Kingdom (UK).

Terma bagi persetujuan di luar mahkamah itu dibuat ketika cek bernilai RM1.4 juta itu disimpan secara 'escrow' (oleh pihak ketiga) dengan peguamcara Sarawak Report.
Perintah mahkamah yang dikeluarkan merujuk kepada terma SULIT berhubung penyelesaian antara kedua-dua pihak amat ringkas.
Cek yang disimpan secara 'escrow' (oleh pihak ketiga) bersama peguam Sarawak Report dengan syarat kes Abdul Hadi di UK tidak diteruskan.
Beliau berkata, Sarawak Report bersetuju dengan perintah Mahkamah UK untuk tidak meneruskan tuntutan terhadap Abdul Hadi dengan syarat Ahli Parlimen Marang itu perlu membayar sejumlah kos terlebih dahulu.

Katanya, pembayaran itu diselesaikan menerusi akaun escrow peguam Americk Sidhu.
“Sarawak Report bersetuju dengan syarat (Abdul) Hadi bahawa kedua-dua pihak perlu merahsiakan pembayaran itu.

“Oleh itu, perintah mahkamah yang menarik balik prosiding itu diperuntukkan ‘tidak ada perintah untuk kos’, kerana sumbangan Hadi telah dibayar dan berada di akaun escrow,” katanya.

Surat lampiran kepada bank. Butir peribadi disunting.
Kelmarin, Presiden PKR, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, menyatakan PAS membayar RM1.4 juta kepada Rewcastle-Brown dan menegaskan beliau mempunyai bukti transaksi itu.

Semalam, Setiausaha Agung PAS, Datuk Takiyuddin Hassan, berkata beliau akan membuat sidang media khas bagi menjawab dakwaan Ahli Parlimen Port Dickson itu.

oleh:  Fahmy A Rosli BH

Changes in EPF, Socso schemes on the way to boost financial security

PETALING JAYA: The government’s retirement savings fund EPF and work insurance scheme Socso have been tasked with preparing a blueprint to improve social protection in the country.
Balqais Yusoff, head of the strategy management department at the Employees Provident Fund, told FMT that various agencies and ministries would also be part of a committee to give input on policies.
“I can’t say who is on the committee at this juncture as it has yet to be formalised,” she added.
“There will be some changes in how we look at the EPF scheme and others as well.”
She said the recommendations would be presented to Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to be taken to the Cabinet by the end of this year.
She added that the committee was looking at areas such as shelter, health, nutrition, education and mobility, as part of a wider solution to problems on income security.
Balqais Yusoff.
“Our main focus will be income security, because that’s where we play our role as an agency that provides replacement income.
“Whatever we do, we need to make the system sustainable, but it also needs to be sustainable for the individuals. Otherwise, there’s no point.”
There have been concerns that EPF savings, meant to help Malaysians in their old age, may not be enough.
Balqais told a recent forum that EPF statistics showed many Malaysians do not save enough and end up using up their savings in less than five years.
In 2016, Balqais revealed that only 22% of 6.7 million active contributors aged 54 years had RM196,800 or more in their savings, which comes up to just RM820 a month.
Norma Mansor, director of the Social Wellbeing Research Centre at Universiti Malaya, agreed.
She said retirees would not be able to survive on EPF savings alone.
“Even though our formal life expectancy at birth is 75, as we see around us, people are living beyond 80. There’s a good 20 years left to live for those who retire at 60.
“The reality is that they will not be able to stretch their savings for that duration,” Norma, who is also part of the blueprint committee with EPF and Socso, told FMT. -FMT


THE Defence Ministry has lodged a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) after a probe by a special government committee revealed irregularities and elements of corruption in the RM555 million takeover of the Automated Enforcement System (AES) by the armed forces fund.
A ministry representative was present at the anti-graft office today to hand in the findings of the Special Committee on Procurement, Government and Finances following the committee’s probe into the AES project under the previous government.
Transport Minister Anthony Loke had revealed last year that the Armed Forces Fund Board (LTAT) was ordered by the Barisan Nasional government to pay RM295 million to ATES Sdn Bhd and RM260 million to Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd to take over 40 AES cameras.
In its report, the special committee found that the AES project benefited the concession companies while placing the government at risk of incurring losses, the ministry said in a statement.
“Investigations also revealed doubt regarding the (validity of the) order for the LTAT to take over the AES project as it was made in a discussion without being recorded in minutes between the former prime minister and several ministers in September 2014.
“The special investigative committee were of the opinion that the selection of the LTAT to take over the AES was an attempt to dismiss accusations that the government was attempting a bail-out.  
“There exists doubts as to why the LTAT needed to pay RM555 million to take over the AES, when the original cost was RM40 million,”   said the statement.
The Defence Ministry said it lodged the MACC report to urge authorities to conduct a detailed investigation into the deal which was “exceeding market prices, and had exposed the contributions of members of the armed forces to the risk of losses”.
The Pakatan Harapan government decided on August 17 that the contract for the LTAT-operated AES would not be renewed and that the operation, development, maintenance and enforcement of AES would be fully handled by the transport ministry and the Road Transport Department.
LTAT took over AES from Beta Tegap Sdn Bhd and ATES Sdn Bhd in January 14, 2015. The concession operated by LTAT was effective from January 14, 2015 until August 31, 2018.


The Malays have become akin to visitors in their own land, said Umno acting president Mohamad Hasan.
“The people who should be the homeowners have become the guests in the small house in the backyard.
“Those who were previously penumpang (guests), hugging the legs of our national fighters asking to live together in our homeland, today they live in the big house,” Mohamad said at a ceramah in Semenyih last night.
It is believed this is a reference to non-Malays in the Dewan Rakyat.
Previously under BN, Malay MPs from Umno had made up the bulk of government lawmakers, especially after 2013.
However, under the Pakatan Harapan government, 66 of the 134 seats are held by non-Malays.
Umno, together with PAS, have been pushing a narrative that the current federal government has failed to look after Malay-Muslim interests.
Mohamad, however, insisted that he is not racist.
“I am not racist, and have never been racist,” he said.
He also said that there was nothing wrong with Malays banding together.
“Don’t be worried when Malays unite, it doesn’t bring any ill to the country or other races.
“It has been proven that for 60 years, Malays, especially from Umno, governed the country through BN where people of all races lived in peace and harmony,” he said.

Sri Ram can continue to prosecute Najib, court rules

Former prime minister Najib Razak outside the High Court in Kuala Lumpur today.

KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court today dismissed Najib Razak’s application to disqualify Gopal Sri Ram as the lead prosecutor for his 1MDB-related case.
High Court judge Collin Lawrence Sequerah said there were no grounds to show that Sri Ram was biased as the deputy public prosecutor handling the case.
“There is also no basis for the public to conclude that the accused would not have a fair trial if GSR is conducting the case,” he said, referring to Sri Ram by his initials.
Najib had applied to disqualify Sri Ram as fiat prosecutor for 25 charges of corruption in the alleged transfer of 1MDB funds into his accounts.
The former judge is also leading the prosecution for Najib’s criminal breach of trust case involving the misuse of government funds for the settlement with International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) and the alleged alteration of the 1MDB audit report.
Sequerah today said Sri Ram had in his affidavit stated that he is not involved with the authorities’ investigation.
On Najib’s argument that Sri Ram must produce his letter of appointment as fiat prosecutor, the court said the former prime minister had no right to demand this.
“GSR, in his affidavit, affirmed that the appointment letter is under the Official Secrets Act and that the attorney-general came to court and argued that it is confidential,” Sequerah said.
He added that the attorney-general had made Sri Ram’s appointment clear in a media statement.
Lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah, representing Najib, said they wanted the court to halt the trial slated for April 15.
“We will be filing an appeal today,” he said. “I also gave an undertaking to the court that I will expedite the appeal hearing.”
However, deputy public prosecutor Akram Gharib objected to Najib’s bid for a stay order, saying an appeal does not warrant reason to ask that the trial be halted.
Sequerah then dismissed the bid to stop the trial.
Sri Ram’s appointment as fiat prosecutor was announced by Attorney-General Tommy Thomas in August last year.
He was appointed to spearhead the study of investigation papers, the drafting of charges and the prosecution of any individual charged with 1MDB-related offences.
Sri Ram had appeared in court on behalf of the Attorney-General’s Chambers to prosecute Najib, his wife Rosmah Mansor, Shafee, former Treasury secretary-general Irwan Serigar, former 1MDB executive director Arul Kanda Kandasamy, former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, former intelligence head Hasanah Ab Hamid and former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman.

Najib currently faces 42 charges related to 1MDB, its former subsidiary SRC International, the altered 1MDB audit report and the misuse of government funds for the settlement with IPIC. - FMT

Government raises tax collection target to RM150 billion for 2019

CYBERJAYA: Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng says the Inland Revenue Board (LHDN) will revise the tax collection target to more than RM150 billion for 2019, above the RM147 billion set out in this year’s budget.
Lim said the new target was based on discussions with LHDN chairman Ahmad Badri Mohd Zahir, who was confident it could be achieved.
“The target has now been set higher, to more than RM150 billion,” he said at LHDN’s 23rd Annual Revenue Day here today.
He added that a special voluntary disclosure programme had been put in place for individuals who hold foreign and domestic accounts, where those who take part will only pay a penalty of 10% to 15%.
As of Feb 21, more than 203,000 people had voluntarily disclosed their undeclared income and paid RM1.31 billion in extra taxes and penalties, he said.
On tax refunds for the year, Lim said as of January, RM1.64 billion had been reimbursed, including for the goods and services tax.
He said there were 32,000 tax refund cases involving 18,215 company cases, 14,082 non-company cases and 162 stamp duty cases.
The voluntary disclosure scheme was established to encourage taxpayers who have not declared their income to do so, for accounts in Malaysia and overseas.
Lim also said the government was hoping to complete its study on the impact of acquiring tolled highways in two to three months, following reports that Putrajaya is in talks to acquire four highways from Gamuda Bhd.
“The study is being carried out by Baru Bian as the works minister,” he said. “We are studying it together with the works ministry.”
On Feb 26, Lim had said the government expects the acquisition exercise to take up to six months to fulfil the legal, regulatory and financial requirements.
He estimated savings of RM180 million per annum for consumers.
The four highways involved are Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong (LDP), Sistem Penyuraian Trafik KL Barat (SPRINT), Lebuhraya Shah Alam (Kesas) and the SMART Tunnel. - FMT

Now, Dzulkefly says fine with Semenyih hospital idea but not his call

Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad speaks to reporters on the sidelines of a symposium in George Town, Penang.
GEORGE TOWN: Health Minister Dzulkefly Ahmad now says his ministry is open to the idea of opening a new hospital in Semenyih, but that the issue is subject to approval by the finance ministry and the prime minister.
Dzulkefly, who previously expressed reservations over the construction of a hospital in the state constituency, said approval of such a project was beyond his ministry’s jurisdiction.
“In the end, it is under the finance ministry. So I’m not sure whose head will be rapped,” he said, referring to Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s jest yesterday that he would rap the head of any minister who objected to a hospital in Semenyih.
The proposal was first made by Pakatan Harapan candidate Muhammad Aiman Zainali, who pledged to bring the matter up if he wins the by-election tomorrow.
Dzulkefly said then that it would be more practical to build clinics in the area instead of a hospital.
He said today that he had no objection to either clinics or a hospital in the area if Mahathir and the finance minister give permission.
“This includes other parts of the Hulu Langat parliamentary district, or any other part of the country,” he said when met after opening the AMDI International Oncology and Medical Physics Symposium 2019 at a hotel here today.
He said earlier that Malaysia was short of oncologists, with just 115 in the country last year. Of these, 42 are in government hospitals while the others are in the private sector.
“The ideal ratio would be eight to 10 oncologists per million people.
“If the Malaysian population is assumed to be 34 million, the current ratio is 3.4 oncologists per million people, which is critically low,” he said.
e also said that cancer was the fourth most common cause of death in Malaysia, with approximately 37,000 cases reported each year. This is expected to rise to more than 55,000 by 2030.

Dzulkefly said the findings were based on the Malaysian Study on Cancer Survival conducted by his ministry. - FMT


From the onset, Hadi Awang knew PAS leaders and he had received RM90 Million from Najib Razak.

Just to hoodwink the Malaysian rakyat, more so the PAS members, Hadi initiated a Defamation Action in London against Clare Rewcastle for exposing that he and PAS leaders had received  RM90 Million from Najib Razak in her website Sarawak Report.

Hadi had sought for donations to finance his court action in London from Malaysians and PAS members.

Hadi knew very well that he will lose this case, since Clare Rewcastle had a stronger case than him since she had the evidence to proof before publishing her article.

That is why Hadi decided to settle it out of court.

It is informed that an out of court settlement was reached on 24 January 2019 after agreeing to settle Sarawak Report's legal bill of RM1,422,980.00 as part of the settlement to allow Hadi to withdraw the London court action. 

Furthermore, Sarawak Report also agreed to Hadi's condition that both parties keep the payment made confidential and a secret.

Being a Muslim leader, Hadi should not have LIED to Malaysians and still continue to lie about this matter.

Its time Hadi and his PAS leaders who are connected with this matter tender their resignation from all position and repent.

Hadi and his PAS leaders, who are being considered religious leaders should not tarnish the reputation and good name of Islam. - Mohd. Kamal Abdullah


PETALING JAYA: Najib Razak today defended his act of abruptly ending an interview with Al Jazeera last year, an episode which earned the “Interview of the Year” award from a British media body.
“I have no problems walking away from a foreign reporter as long as I do not walk away from my people,” he said, responding to the Royal Television Society’s decision to honour journalist Mary Ann Jolley who conducted the interview aired on Al Jazeera’s 101 East programme in October last year.
In the interview, Jolley had pressed the former prime minister on whether he had knowledge about the murders of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu, AmBank founder Hussain Najadi and deputy public prosecutor Kevin Morais.
Angered by the questions, Najib told Jolley to focus on issues of the economy. Despite initially agreeing to remain in his seat, he walked out when Jolley posed a question on fugitive businessman Low Taek Jho, who is wanted in connection with the 1MDB scandal.
Najib today said the Al Jazeera host was obsessed with the Altantuya case, adding that she had been influenced by “elaborately crafted political propaganda by those who are in power today”.
“Please tell her that her obsession has been proven unfounded as the police under the new government has found no evidence linking me to the Mongolian woman’s death.
“There is no cover-up,” said Najib.
Najib has been frequently linked to the murder of Altantuya – whose body was blown up in a forest clearing near Shah Alam in 2006 – due to his aide Abdul Razak Baginda’s affair with the Mongolian woman.
Razak was later acquitted without charge, although a new investigation is set to open into the murder which has been linked to allegations of multi-million dollar kickbacks in Malaysia’s purchase of two French submarines when Najib was the defence minister.
“For example, the courts have long ago proven the explosives used were not C4 despite popular belief.
“For the final time, I have never met the victim. Ever,” said Najib.

When govt too strong, it’s corruption-prone, Najib tells Semenyih voters

Former prime minister Najib Razak has been actively campaigning for Barisan Nasional ahead of the Semenyih by-election this weekend. (Facebook pic)
PETALING JAYA: Najib Razak has made a final appeal to voters in Semenyih to reject Pakatan Harapan (PH) in the by-election tomorrow, reminding them that a government that is too strong is “not good for the people”.
“A government that is too strong is also prone to corruption,” the former prime minister said in a letter addressed to the more than 53,000 voters in the state constituency.
Adding that the outcome of the by-election would not affect the PH-controlled state government, Najib said an additional seat for Barisan Nasional (BN) in Selangor would strengthen the opposition’s voice in the state assembly.
He said after two terms of power, the state government had yet to solve problems such as cleanliness, rubbish collection and steep commercial property prices, adding that Selangor’s economy had taken a hit with many losing their jobs.
Najib said voters need to send a message to PH that they will not accept the government’s excuses not to implement the promises in the coalition’s manifesto.
“If PH wins again, we are giving them a signal that they can still win even by breaking their promises and lying to us. We cannot allow this to go on,” he wrote, adding that voters should embrace BN’s “positive politics” as opposed to the politics of “slander and personal attacks”.
The Semenyih state seat fell vacant following the death of PPBM’s Bakhtiar Mohd Nor on Jan 11.
The by-election will see a four-cornered fight between PH’s Muhammad Aiman Zainali, Zakaria Hanafi of BN, Nik Aziz Afiq Abdul from PSM and independent Kuan Chee Heng. - FMT

Ex-CJ’s rights record questioned ahead of Wang Kelian probe

Former chief justice Arifin Zakaria, who has been tasked with leading the royal commission of inquiry into the mass graves at Wang Kelian. (Bernama pic)
PETALING JAYA: Rights group Lawyers for Liberty (LFL) has voiced concern over the appointment of former chief justice Arifin Zakaria to lead the inquiry into the issue of human trafficking and the mass graves found in Wang Kelian, Perlis, three years ago.
LFL adviser N Surendran said Arifin had made several decisions during his tenure as chief justice which received strong criticism from constitutional and human rights lawyers, as well as opposition leaders at the time.
“It is important for Arifin to now state his stand over these past decisions and actions that are a cause of public concern in light of this appointment,” he said in a statement.
Arifin served as chief justice for five years before stepping down on March 31, 2017.
Home Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who announced Arifin’s appointment to lead the royal commission of inquiry (RCI), said he would be assisted by former inspector-general of police Norian Mai and six other members.
They will be given six months to look into the human trafficking camps and mass graves discovered in Wang Kelian in May 2015.
Surendran said Arifin’s track record included his decision in favour of Barisan Nasional’s Zambry Abdul Kadir in the Perak menteri besar crisis, and his role in leading the Federal Court bench which upheld the validity of the Sedition Act 1948 in the case of law professor Azmi Sharom.
He also cited Arifin’s role in upholding the sodomy conviction of PKR’s Anwar Ibrahim, and his advice to the king that Raus Sharif and Zulkefli Ahmad Makinudin be appointed as additional judges in the Federal Court.
“It is clear that there are valid concerns about the former chief justice’s track record in human rights and constitutionalism,” he said.
“The Wang Kelian RCI is of great importance as it deals with mass graves and cross-border human trafficking of the most horrific nature. It is essential that there is absolute confidence in the tribunal for it to effectively perform its mandate.” - Mkini

Are taxpayers footing the bill for 'special advisers'?

Works Minister Baru Bian has just appointed PKR vice-president Tian Chua as his “special adviser”. The questions that come to mind are:

  • Is Tian working on a voluntary basis in the way that Tony Pua has claimed he is working as a “personal assistant” to the Finance Minister?
  • If not and taxpayers are paying for his post, how was this appointment made? Was this post advertised or is appointing someone to this post a prerogative of the minister’s?
  • What qualifications/expertise does Tian have to be “special adviser” or even assistant to this particular ministry since his CV says he has degrees in Agricultural Science, History and Philosophy of Science and labour studies?
  • If taxpayers are paying for the post of “special adviser”, does it mean that every other minister in the cabinet has the privilege of employing their party leaders into these positions?
Now, if these are all salaried appointments, they will add up to a rather hefty bill for taxpayers to foot! We need the prime minister to clarify this question because he has been talking rather a lot about the need to make the civil service leaner and trimming the national debt of RM1 trillion.
Pakatan has reneged on outlawing patronage
The Pakatan Harapan manifesto in GE14 decried the patronage practised by BN in appointing politicians and their partisans in state institutions because this is seen as a facet of corruption in our institutions. Clearly, if we don’t, we will find our country forever doomed to an age of mediocrity.
Since Harapan came to power on May 9 last year, it has reneged on this most important of promises and we have seen more and more cases of political patronage into state institutions. Political patronage involves the appointment or hiring of a person to a government post on the basis of partisan loyalty. Such appointments at the national, state, and local levels of government are used to reward the people – including NGO activists – who help them win and maintain office and to build strength within their respective parties.
It is time for all Malaysians who had hoped for a “new Malaysia” to call for a halt to this “moneyless form of corruption” and to restore merit-based criteria for entry into state institutions. Transparency International says ‘patronage’ is insidious where the state appoints friends, relatives, political supporters into public jobs which, without the official’s influence, they would not obtain. Thus, without hiring/appointing personnel on the basis of merit, such placements ensure that society as a whole suffers as Malaysia has suffered all these years.
Today, the prime minister controls Malaysia’s leading investment arm and sovereign wealth fund, Khazanah Nasional, while Economic Affairs Minister Azmin Ali controls numerous GLCs that were once controlled by the Finance Ministry. Harapan had pledged in its GE14 manifesto that politicians would not be appointed as directors of government enterprises. Furthermore, at the Sept 1, 2018 Congress on the ‘Future of Bumiputeras and the Nation’, Mahathir stressed the need to reinstitute the practice of “selective patronage”, targeting bumiputeras.
Cronyism is the practice of partiality in awarding jobs and other advantages to friends, family relatives or trusted supporters regardless of their qualifications. This includes doing favours for partisan organisations, giving desirable ambassadorships to exotic places.
The 1997 World Development Report emphasised the important link between appointments based on merit and enhanced bureaucratic capability. The report had delved into the practice of political appointments in government departments and stressed merit-based appointment as an important plank in any effective anti-corruption strategy.
Merit can be defined as the 'appointment of the best person for any given job’. It is well-known that in any organisation, “getting the right people on the bus” via excellent selection methods provides the basis for high performing teams and the viability of the organisation as a whole. A visible merit-based appointment system, where breaches of good practice are self-evident, clearly makes it easier for citizens to hold the government to account in this regard. We thus need a politically neutral, merit-based career civil service.
So, we hope the prime minister and minister will respond to these questions regarding “special advisers” for the respective ministers and whether they are working on a voluntary basis or paid for by Malaysian taxpayers; whether these posts are justified in the first place since the PM has stressed the need for a leaner civil service and the dire state of the nation’s financial position. Last but not least, whether these posts are based on meritocracy or on cronyism since only banana republics practise cronyism.

KUA KIA SOONG is Suaram's adviser. - Mkini

I’ll walk out of interviews but not on my people, says Najib

Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak is unperturbed that the infamous Al-Jazeera interview during which he walked out on has bagged an award in the UK

"I have no problems walking away from a foreign reporter as long as I do not walk away from my people," Najib said on Facebook today.
The interview, conducted by Al-Jazeera's Mary Ann Jolley in October 2018, was awarded interview of the year by UK's Royal Television Society.
Najib had walked out when being grilled about his relationship with fugitive businessperson Jho Low.
Jolley also pressed Najib on the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu.
Prior to her interview with Najib, Jolley had been deported from Malaysia in 2015 when attempting to film a story on the Altantuya murder.
In his posting today, Najib said Jolley's "obsession" with the case was unfounded.

"Please tell her that her obsession has now been proven unfounded as the police under the new government have found no evidence linking me to the Mongolian woman’s death.
"There is no cover-up. Please tell her that her conspiracy theory is misplaced as she is just another victim of an elaborately crafted political propaganda by those who are now in power today," he said.
"For the final time, I have never met the victim. Ever," he added.
Police sources told Malaysiakini last week that there was no evidence linking Najib to high-profile murder cases, including Altantuya. - Mkini