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Sunday, March 31, 2019

DR STRERAM SHOULD WIN AT RANTAU BY-ELECTION



Dr Streram should win the Rantau by-election with a good majority.

The reason being Mohamad Hasan or Mat Hasan as he is called, the BN candidate when he was the assemblyman and Mentri Besar then, did nothing to improve the lives of the Rantau folks.

Rantau had always been a sleepy village, with no prospects for the people there to earn a living. Rantau folks need to travel to Seremban, Port Dickson or even Kuala Lumpur to earn a proper living.

Its a shame for Mat Hasan to claim Rantau as his birthplace. He did nothing when he had all the powers in his hands.

Only Mat Hasan, his brothers and family had benefited during Mat Hasan's MB tenure. Most State contracts were awarded to them, who then sub-contracted the works to others even when they had no expertise to be awarded those contracts in the first place.

It was reported that Mat Hasan had used a Mamak Money Changer to transfer RM10 Million to United Kingdom in 2008 using a currency-exchange company although he knew it was clearly illegal to use them. The said Money-Changer was punished for helping to remit the money to Mat Hasan's London bank account. Mat Hasan was not punished. Where did Mat Hasan get these Millions. Your guess is good as mine.

Mat Hasan is also not a friendly guy to speak of. There were incidents when confronted with Mat Hasan at the ICU Ward at Tuanku Jaafar Hospital and Stadium Paroi and he just walked away without a smile or greeting. Mat Hasan always expect the people to walk up to him to greet him.




Recently Mat Hasan was seen giving a history lesson to the people at a UMNO event at Eco Park at Rantau. Mat Hasan fail to realise that it is now 63 years since Malaya or Malaysia gained Independence and everyones' birth place is Malaysia.

Suddenly, Mat Hasan seem to be getting closer to the non-Malays, hoping to get their undivided support. But most non-Malays are actually fed up with Mat Hasan's frequent undermining of their status, and seem to be calling them like "pendatang".

Mat Hasan while being MB did bring a federal project to build low-cost houses in Rantau but those who qualified for these houses were mostly outsiders, not Rantau folks and those Rantau people who applied to get these homes were rejected.

To most people's surprise there is a big group in UMNO who want Mat Hasan to lose in Rantau. They feel that this is the best way to oust him from the top UMNO leadership. They feel Mat Hasan is unsuitable and is always "begging" third parties for assistance when he should be strengthening UMNO support and position.




Meanwhile, Dr Streram's records speak for itself. He had volunteered to help war-torn Muslim countries like Syria, Afghanistan and Sudan where he gave humanitarian medical assistance to the needy wounded people there.

Surely, Dr Streram will serve the Rantau folks when the need arises if elected.

Being the ruling government's candidate, Dr Streram would be the ideal candidate to bring greater development and progress to Rantau and would be able to resolve employment, housing, revive the abandon fire station and deal with upgrading the health clinic and introducing the badly needed ambulance service in the Rantau area.

The Rantau voters will have to decide for themselves which candidate will well serve them on polling day on 13 April 2019. - Mohd.Kamal Abdullah


Anwar in favour of live telecast of Najib's money-laundering trial



PKR president Anwar Ibrahim is in favour of former premier Najib Abdul Razak's upcoming money-laundering trial being broadcast live.
This is because the people deserve to know the extent of money that had been "robbed", the Port Dickson MP was quoted saying by Sinar Harian.
"I leave it to the court to decide whether or not to broadcast it live.
"It has never happened before, but there is good in it because the rakyat deserves to know how much of the country's money was robbed," Anwar reportedly said.
Yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said broadcasting Najib's trial, which commences on April 3, risks turning the proceedings into a circus.
Najib himself said broadcasting the trial live would aid transparency and ensure the ‘rule of law’ is adhered to.
An online petition calling for a live telecast of the trial has so far garnered over 45,000 signatures.
Najib is facing a total of 42 criminal charges, 10 of which are related to SRC International, a former subsidiary of 1MDB.
These include three money-laundering charges involving RM42 million, three counts of criminal breach of trust, and one count of abuse of power.
On Feb 8, the prosecution added three more money-laundering charges against the ex-premier for allegedly receiving illegal proceeds amounting to RM47 million on July 8, 2014.
Najib's trial was initially slated to begin on Feb 12, but had been delayed pending disposal of several appeals filed by his lawyers.
However, the Federal Court recently set aside a stay order on proceedings, leading the Kuala Lumpur High Court to set the April 3 trial date.
Najib is also due to face his 1MDB-related charges in the middle of next month. - Mkini

Pakatan wants to "kill me off", says Tok Mat


SEREMBAN: Barisan Nasional candidate for the Rantau by-election Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan says Pakatan Harapan is vying to win the seat for the first time in 60 years in order to "kill him off".
He said that it was not because Rantau was an especially important seat to conquer, but Pakatan wanted to see an end to his political career and silence him from criticising the Negri Sembilan state government.
"In Rantau, they want to kill off Tok Mat. They know that I'm like a spinning top. The longer it spins, the stronger it gets.
"They want to win in Rantau and stop the momentum of Umno and Barisan Nasional's uprising and winning streak.
The three-term Rantau assemblyman and former Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar also claimed the Election Commission was forced to delay the date for the Rantau by-election.
He said this was to lessen the impact of Barisan's winning momentum in the two previous by-elections in Cameron Highlands and Semenyih.
"In GE14, I never campaigned in this area. Pakatan wants to win in Rantau because we have won in Cameron Highlands and Semenyih, they want to stop the momentum.
"I've never seen the EC holding a meeting for a month to set the date for a by-election because they want to kill off our momentum of winning by-elections," he said.
Rantau polling day on April 13 will see Mohamad squaring off against Pakatan candidate Dr S. Streram and independent candidates Mohd Nor Yassin and Malar Rajaram.
The Rantau by-election was triggered following a Federal Court decision to uphold an earlier ruling by the Election Court to nullify the results for Rantau.
In GE14, Umno deputy president Mohamad won the state seat unopposed after Dr Streram was denied entry to submit his nomination papers as he did not have a tag or a pass.
Election Court judge Azimah Omar allowed Dr Streram's petition for a by-election on the grounds that Mohamad's election victory was not valid.
The Rantau polls is the seventh by-election post-GE14, and the third to be held in 2019 after Cameron Highlands and Semenyih.- Star

MCMC raids four locations, interrogates three individuals over social media abuse

PETALING JAYA: The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has seized 16 items and interrogated three individuals for allegedly sending offensive and pornographic materials via social media.

The MCMC, with the cooperation of the police, carried out raids in four locations - Bangi, Shah Alam, Kuala Lumpur and Cameron Highlands - earlier this week based on public complaints. 
The authorities seized 16 items, which include SIM cards, memory cards, mobile phones, external hard disks, and laptops. 

MCMC Enforcement and Investigation Department head Datuk Mohd Shafie Harun said that the team also found pornographic videos and pictures.

Mohd Shafie added that the suspects were allegedly involved in sending offensive content and pornographic videos via WhatsApp and text messages.

The cases are being investigated under Section 233 of the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998. 

If convicted, one can be fined not more than RM50,000, imprisoned for a year or both," he said in a statement on Sunday (March 31). 
He also said that the mobile phones and SIM cards from the complainants were send to the MCMC's digital forensic lab for analysis.

He said that since 2018 until March 30 this year, 710 items were confiscated by the commission.

"The commission also received 237 cases in 2018, and this year, until March 30, there were 110 cases," he added.

Mohd Shafie added that high-profile cases, including those insulting Prophet Muhammad or the royal institution, are given Priority 1.

They are investigated between two and four weeks, while Priority 2 and Priority 3 cases are solved within 12 and 24 weeks respectively.  - Star

Upset over illegally built temple





This structure, which residents believe is a 
temple, was built on residential land. The owner has also flattened the land beside it for a 
carpark. — FAIHAN GHANI/The Star
This structure, which residents believe is a temple, was built on residential land. The owner has also flattened the land beside it for a carpark. — FAIHAN GHANI/The Star
RESIDENTS of Taman Petaling Indah in Klang are up in arms over a temple built on land gazetted for residential use and want its operations to stop immediately.
During construction of the now completed single-storey building along Lebuh Bagor, which measures about 511sq m, residents were told that it was supposed to be a single-storey bungalow home.
This information was not only stated on the signboard put up during the construction period but also confirmed by the landowner during a meeting between the owner, residents and Klang Municipal Council (MPK).
“We even have it in writing from MPK that the construction is to be a one-storey residential bungalow but the structure did not look anything like it as the ceiling is as high as a double-storey house,” said resident Datuk Mohandass S. Nair.
He added that many extensions were put in place, clearly violating the building regulations set by MPK.
“Now it is very obvious that it is a temple, with a big urn placed in the middle of the porch.
“Even the land beside the temple has been levelled with crusher run for devotees to use as a carpark,” he said.
The owner recently sought support from residents by going door to door to get signatures saying that they accept the temple operating there.
Mohandass said there was no need for a temple to be built there because it did not serve any of the residents in the vicinity.
Fellow resident WY Lim, who lives right across the development, said there would be an average of 10 cars or more parked in the vicinity daily between 6pm and 9pm.
“So far, they are keeping their operations quite low profile.
“They have not caused any noise or disturbances but there are many cars coming into the neighbourhood daily,” he said.
He added that MPK came to check on the premises and also issued a stop-work order for the carpark lot beside the building.
Fellow resident Datuk R.S. Maniam hoped that stern action would be taken by MPK immediately.
“We do not want this temple to be used as a precedent for other future developments to be constructed in this area.
“As it is, we already stopped the proposed construction of an orphanage, which was to be built behind the temple’s carpark area, and we also stopped another application for an elderly care home in house number 63,” he said.
According to residents, there are 12 lots of various sizes zoned as residential land along Lebuh Bagor, opposite their homes.
Formerly owned by a developer, the lots were sold as individual lots and the owners are free to build residential homes there.
The land was left vacant for over 30 years, ever since the neighbourhood was built and only recently saw construction taking place, starting with the temple.
“MPK should act against the owner because it clearly violates the law,” added Maniam.
When contacted, Klang MP Charles Santiago urged MPK to act quickly as residents raised this issue in October last year and nothing much had been done.
“MPK should follow the rule of law and take action to stop this,” he said.
He added that it was within MPK’s powers to shut down operations, take legal action or even demolish if necessary.
Santiago also pointed out that there were many of such cases in Klang, where places of worship are built and operating on residential land, causing uneasiness among residents with the influx of people entering their area.
MPK councillor M. Nalan said officers at the building department were following the issue closely and would call for a technical meeting chaired by the deputy president soon to discuss the issue.
“The officer said they would decide whether to take legal action against the landowner or bring this matter to the state,” he said.
To-date, two warning letters have been sent to the landowner, with the second one ordering the owner to cease operations.
MPK will continue monitoring the situation and once investigation papers are filed, it will be up to the court to decide on the matter.- Star

RM1.5bil tax bill for Najib, sources say


PETALING JAYA: Datuk Seri Najib Razak has been slapped with an extra tax bill of RM1.5bil by the Inland Revenue Board (IRB), reported The Edge.
The financial daily reported that IRB had sent a letter to the former prime minister about a week ago, stating the extra tax he had to pay for the years 2011 to 2017.
Quoting sources, the report said the amount is on top of what Najib had already paid based on his declared income for the seven years.
Based on IRB’s assessment, Najib had not declared taxable income of close to RM4 billion during that period and this included the RM2.6bil “donation” that he purportedly received from the Saudi Arabian government.
Najib’s trial involving RM42mil in the SRC International Sdn Bhd funds is scheduled to start on Wednesday (April 3).
Najib is facing seven charges involving RM42mil in funds belonging to SRC International Sdn Bhd.
On July 4 last year, the 66-year-old Pekan MP claimed trial to a charge of abuse of power and three counts of criminal breach of trust (CBT) linked to the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal.
He allegedly misappropriated RM42mil in funds belonging to SRC International Sdn Bhd, a unit of 1MDB.
On Aug 8, he appeared in court again for the second time and was charged with three counts of money laundering involving the same RM42mil.
The seven charges are slated to be the first set of charges to be tried in court out of the 42 charges levelled against him.- Star

‘LET’S SEND THE ENEMY TO HELL’ – HADI, IN THINLY-VEILED ATTACK AGAINST DAP & NON-MUSLIMS UNDER THE GUISE OF ‘JEWISH-LIKE GROUPS’, AS GOOD AS DECLARES HIS OWN ‘WAR’ – THIS AFTER HE ACCUSES GUAN ENG OF INCITING RACIAL TENSIONS

PAS and Umno must fight “Jewish-like” group who are out to stop the unification of Muslims in this country, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang said last night in Selangor.
The Marang MP said the two parties had come together not to wage war on non-Muslims as alleged by DAP, but to “save the country”.
“When Umno and PAS unite, they are accused of wishing to go to war with other races. (Our accusers are) like the Jews who did not want Muslims to be united during the Prophet’s time,” he said, at a gathering in Sabak Bernam to canvass for the Barisan Nasional Rantau by-election candidate.
“This is a disease we must fight. Let’s join forces and send the enemy to hell.”
Hadi appeared to be alluding to DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng who had earlier last month described the pact between Umno and PAS as a declaration of war against non-Malays.
The finance minister had later amended his statement to say the pact was “targeting” instead of “declaring war” on non-Malays, but Hadi did not appear mollified last night.
Hadi also denied the two opposition Muslim Malay parties aimed to turn Malaysia into a “Taliban-ruled country”
Malaysian and Afghan society and politics are vastly different, Hadi said.
“The Taliban subscribes to the Hanafi school of thought, where women may not go to school and elections are not allowed .
“But we in PAS, we open our schools to all, we have elections. It is not right to compare us with the Taliban.”
Hadi said non-Muslims in the country “are not worried” about the Umno and PAS’ cooperation “as Islam teaches its people to be fair to all races”.
“There is now awareness that Muslims must be united. PAS and Umno must be united and non-Muslims should not be afraid. We are fair to them. In the history of the world, it has been shown that only Islam can unify a pluralistic society.
“This is why we wish to first unite the Muslims. Non-Muslims should not worry as we do not ostracise anyone.
“To resolve the problems of the nation, the Malays must first be strong.”
– THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT

UMNO & PAS DECLARE ‘JIHAD’ ON CHINESE & INDIAN-DOMINATED DAP – EVEN AS HADI URGES PAS & UMNO TO JOIN FORCES & ‘SEND THEM TO HELL’: IF TO IGP FUZI, THIS IS NOT SEDITION – WHAT IS?

PAS and Umno are waging a “jihad” (holy war) to overthrow a government that is anti-Malay and anti-Islam, said Ismail Sabri Yaakob.
The Umno vice-president said Pakatan Harapan was under the thumb of non-Muslim party DAP, which has all the say because it holds the most seats among the coalition partners.
“No country is governed by the minority. This is why I say our struggle is a jihad. It is a holy war to overthrow an anti-Islamic government,” he said at an event last night in Sabak Bernam to gather support for Barisan Nasional in Rantau,” he said.
“When they took control of the government, the Islamic, Malay agenda was set aside because DAP is in charge.”

Last night’s gathering was organised by the Sabak Bernam divisions of Umno and PAS and featured PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang as the main speaker.
Ismail, who is also the Selangor Umno Liaison Committee chairman, said he is confident that the PAS-Umno pact would not only seize back power in Selangor, it would also win Putrajaya.
He pointed out that 34 of the 56 seats in the Selangor legislative assembly are Malay-majority seats, as are 126 parliamentary seats, more than half the total number of seats, on the peninsula.
“If we avoid multi-cornered contests, we can win 32 more seats.
“When we rule again, Sabah and Sarawak will join us.
“If we can distribute the seats fairly, I believe we can win in Selangor. We have calculated that the pact can also win in other states.
“With this partnership, there is no reason why we cannot win back Putrajaya,” he said.
But while their chances look good on paper, Ismail said the pact needs the blessing of the grassroots supporters.
“It is very important that this partnership has the approval of the grassroots. The top leadership has already okayed it.
“Let us set aside everything that has happened in the past and look forward instead.”
THE MALAYSIAN INSIGHT

AS ‘OLD DOGS & FAT CATS’ RESIST REFORMS, CORPORATE ‘SHENANIGANS & INCEST’ RAGE ON: PERHAPS DR MAHATHIR IS NOT SENDING THE RIGHT MESSAGE ACROSS DESPITE HIS ANTI-CORRUPTION RHETORIC – GIVING HOPE TO NAJIB’S ‘FAT CATS’ OF POSSIBLE REDEMPTION IN THE FUTURE

OLD habits die hard and old dogs are said to be unable to learn new tricks.
Some dog owners are themselves unwilling or unable to learn new tricks that can be taught to their younger dogs and puppies.
So even thought the Barisan Nasional (BN) government had been ousted and replaced by the Pakatan Harapan (PH) more than 10 months ago, old bad habits are still very much alive.
Reforms and new ways of doing things seem not to have the desired effects on everybody.

So we still hear stories of chief executive officer of a government linked company (GLC) nonchalantly said he could not remember his remuneration package when asked by the Council of Eminent Persons (CEP).
It turns out that he was paid something like quarter a million ringgit a month and his annual package was in excess RM7 million.
He had since left the company and a new man was appointed to the post apparently with a more modest remuneration package but still unimaginably generous.
More recently the chairman of another GLC has had his contract cut short and his peers on the board recommended that he be paid compensation in excess of RM4 million.
This is in spite of him having amassed shares worth nearly RM140 million in companies belonging to the group he chaired, presumably through share option and other reward schemes.
His remuneration last year was in excess of RM5 million.
It is not at all surprising because almost all the board members are his peers. They have been on the board together like forever. One of them had been a board member for nearly 30 years.
So I don’t know if the government should or would agree with the board’s proposal to offer this person such a generous compensation.
Corporate Incest
Sometime before the fall of the kleptocratic government of Datuk Seri I Mappadulung Daeng Mattimung Karaeng Sandrobone Sultan Abdul Jalil Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, I wrote about theincestuous relationship involving several GLCs implicated in the 1MDB, FGV and Tabung Haji scandals.
That was during the Tabung Haji-TRX land deals controversy.
I noticed that these companies shared board members and were seen to be doing Najib’s bidding in concert.
Many of them had since been removed and some are even facing criminal and civil actions. Those who remain should also be terminated in due course.
It would appear that during the kleptocratic “Cash is King” days, many GLC heads and board members joined their political masters in a get-rich-quick scheme of sorts.
They happily rewarded themselves with huge salaries and fat performance bonuses when their companies are actually monopolies and oligopolies, and are not actually doing that well.
Recently, a middle-ranking officer of a large GLC bank complained to me that while the big bosses rewarded themselves with fat bonuses, the middle and lower management and ordinary staff were given pittance.
At the Invest Malaysia Capital Market Forum in Kuala Lumpur on March 19 last, the Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, urged profitable companies to pay their workers better.
The government has no direct control on private sector companies but it has a wide say in the GLCs. As such the proposal for a better and more equitable remuneration package should start with the GLCs.
Additionally, in line with government’s commitment to raise governanceintegrity and anticorruption bar, action must be taken against GLC executives and board members – past and present – who are involved in corporate legal breaches like money laundering, insider trading, non-disclosure of mandated information and failure to perform fiduciary duties.
Generous rewards must be accompanied by harsh punishments for wrongdoing.
-https://kadirjasin.blogspot.com

PAKATAN WANTS TO KILL ME OFF – MAT HASAN: IN RANTAU, UMNO TALKS OF ‘KILLING’ – WHILE DR STRERAM WANTS TO HEAL

SEREMBAN: Barisan Nasional candidate for the Rantau by-election Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan says Pakatan Harapan is vying to win the seat for the first time in 60 years in order to “kill him off”.
He said that it was not because Rantau was an especially important seat to conquer, but Pakatan wanted to see an end to his political career and silence him from criticising the Negri Sembilan state government.
“In Rantau, they want to kill off Tok Mat. They know that I’m like a spinning top. The longer it spins, the stronger it gets.
“They want to win in Rantau and stop the momentum of Umno and Barisan Nasional’s uprising and winning streak.
“And in Rantau, I’m the person that they should kill off. If (I’m) alive, Pakatan will be against us,” he said at a ceramah in Taman Nusari Bayu 2, Bandar Sri Sendayan on Sunday night.
He said this was to lessen the impact of Barisan’s winning momentum in the two previous by-elections in Cameron Highlands and Semenyih.
“In GE14, I never campaigned in this area. Pakatan wants to win in Rantau because we have won in Cameron Highlands and Semenyih, they want to stop the momentum.
“I’ve never seen the EC holding a meeting for a month to set the date for a by-election because they want to kill off our momentum of winning by-elections,” he said.
Rantau polling day on April 13 will see Mohamad squaring off against Pakatan candidate Dr S. Streram and independent candidates Mohd Nor Yassin and Malar Rajaram.
The Rantau by-election was triggered following a Federal Court decision to uphold an earlier ruling by the Election Court to nullify the results for Rantau.
In GE14, Umno deputy president Mohamad won the state seat unopposed after Dr Streram was denied entry to submit his nomination papers as he did not have a tag or a pass.
Election Court judge Azimah Omar allowed Dr Streram’s petition for a by-election on the grounds that Mohamad’s election victory was not valid.
The Rantau polls is the seventh by-election post-GE14, and the third to be held in 2019 after Cameron Highlands and Semenyih. – THE STAR

Pakatan’s Dr Streram shows his medical touch on first walkabout

During his official walkabout in Rantau on Sunday, Pakatan Harapan candidate Dr S. Streram says there is a need for a fire and rescue department as well as better health facilities there.
“There have been fatalities and loss of property when fire engines and ambulances took too long to reach the scenes and patients,” he said after being nominated as one of the four candidates for the April 13 Rantau by-election. – THE STAR
THE STAR

For an old man’s sake, Puteri Umno bursts into song

Nurul Fadzilah Nordin of Kota Belud Umno turns pasar malam entertainer.
SEREMBAN: In the midst of a busy campaign for the Rantau by-election, a member of Puteri Umno caught the public’s eye by bursting into song at the local night market.
Nurul Fadzilah Nordin, publicity chief of Kota Belud Umno in Sabah, noticed a visually-impaired busker who only wanted to be known as Mohd Nor, sitting in the middle of the pasar malam.
She stepped forward, took the microphone from his hand, and started singing.
Her voice mesmerised the crowd and donations poured in for Mohd Nor, the performance made even more touching when the Sabahan lass serenaded the crowd with the song “Semakin Hari Semakin Sayang” by Uji Rashid.
Fadzilah told FMT later that she sincerely wanted to help Mohd Nor earn a living, and she could put her singing talent to use.
Fadzilah and a team of Sabah Barisan Nasional supporters are here to help campaign for BN candidate, acting Umno president Mohamad Hasan, who seeks re-election to a fourth term as Rantau assemblyman.
She said the supporters would stay until polling day, April 13.
The Rantau by-election is a four-cornered fight between Mohamad, Pakatan Harapan’s Dr S Streram, and independent candidates Mohd Nor Yassin and R Malarvizhi. - FMT