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Monday, September 30, 2019

BOMBSHELL – 34 MPs FROM UMNO & 18 FROM PAS TO ATTEND MAHATHIR’S ‘MALAY DIGNITY CONGRESS’? ALL EYES ON MASSIVE EXODUS TO BERSATU AFTER MUCH-CRITICIZED FORUM

Parti Bumiputera Perkasa Malaysia (PUTRA) held a launching ceremony at the Kelab Sultan Sulaiman fields yesterday.
There were 5,000 white chairs laid out on the field and by the look, it may have been filled up with yellow colours looking well with the city skyline.
The timing of their launch is exactly two weeks after the Himpunan Perpaduan Ummah (#HPU914), which culminated into signing of the Piagam Muafakat National between UMNO and PAS to end decades of political animosity.
Naturally, there were critics coming from UMNO and maybe PAS members, and supporters, that the launch of yet another Malay, Muslim based political party will further divide the already politically divided Malay votes.
The general belief is it will further weaken the Malay majority presence and bargaining power in government.
The Protem President, Dato Ibrahim Ali, received the expected criticism that it is about him and it is another vehicle for his political comeback.
Well, an upcoming Malay Dignity Congress received similar criticism.
There were too many inconsistencies and ambiguities for them to claim #HPU914 as a semi-final and the Congress as final of a sporting competition.
For instance, Tun Dr Mahathir’s presence will be seen as inconsistent with the political positions he adopted to win GE14 for PH whether the excuse to Save Malaysia is right or proven right. The pudding failed the test.
The organiser claimed they got the number. Hmmm… 34 UMNO MPs and 18 PAS MPs?

Yeah right… So will YB Datin Mastura Yazid of Kuala Kangsar crossover to PPBM after the Kongres? If Dato’ Hishamuddin Hussein Onn is not appointed BN Sec-Gen in accordance with Tun Dr Mahathir’s plan, 5 more to follow?
Returning to Ibrahim Ali.
Since being sacked from UMNO during Pak Lah leadership for running against the party while still a member during a by-election, the UMNO constitution could not allow for his return to UMNO.
He had justifiable cause to be angry for the unfair “removal” from an elected post as UMNO Divisional Head of Pasir Mas. However, it should have been vented through other avenue since the restriction is set in stones.
Ibrahim must be of immense political value for UMNO Supreme Council to consider taking him back. It is not withstanding the resistance from his political rival, Tan Sri Anuar Musa, who is the current Secretary General.
To set the record straight, PUTRA is not likely a platform for Ibrahim to make a comeback. The constituency he is associated with is Pasir Mas. Having being perceived by PAS voters as betraying them, he subsequently failed to defend the seat as independent with UMNO giving way to lose it to PAS’s Nik Abduh. Ibrahim did not run for GE14. He could be considered as retired.
Nevertheless, he is a smart politician with the ability to place himself on political platforms after any downfall ever since his days at ITM, BERJASA Youth, Dato Mohamed Nasir crisis in Kelantan, Semangat 46, UMNO, PERKASA and PUTRA.
To be fair, PUTRA has every right to form a political party to be the platform of those in the like of Ibrahim, Dato Hamidah Osman, etc.
Hamidah too was not allowed back into UMNO and got blocked at Gopeng and nearby UMNO Divisions by group aligned to a former Perak MB.
Now that PUTRA is officially registered, they could run in any election. Ibrahim has stated that PUTRA will run should MCA be representing BN in the Tanjong Piai by-election.
PUTRA’s positioning seemed to be that of a pro-Malay, pro-Islam and anti-DAP stance. However, it could be questioned as to why they decide to take a rather anti-MCA stance. Then they will be misconstrued as anti-Chinese.
Supporting PPBM Malay candidacy equate to keeping DAP in control. If PUTRA is deadset against DAP, then they should bring down DAP in Seputih for the next GE?
On the other hand, if PPBM defend the seat, the presence of Ibrahim’s party could split Malay votes and help Wee Jeck Seng win.
Frankly, it is just Ibrahim attracting attention for PUTRA.
Actually, Ibrahim should have joined Mahathir and use PPBM as platform. He would have returned as Minister.
He was actually invited into PPBM in its early stage and played a role for Mahathir. However he admitted refusing to bow to the plan to work with DAP. It was a matter of principle.
It is the early association with PPBM that could be the reason Ibrahim was critical of Dato Najib on 1MDB.
As PERKASA President, he made critical statements against Najib that echoed Mahathir’s narrative with regard to 1MDB. 

And, he got PERKASA endorsement with the help of a presentation on 1MDB from an Engineer, whose a member of MTEM, using Sarawak Report, The Edge, WSJ and other foreign media sources.
MTEM is an economic research NGO that is supposed to champion the Malay economic cause. They are closely linked to Mahathir then.
Maybe MTEM should continue their support for Mahathir by assisting the AG Chamber legal team, which seemed to be in desperation by the way the prosecution on the 1MDB and SRC is going.
In view of the repeated mention of Taek Jho Low and Nik Faisal in the 1MDB and SRC case, respectively, Tan Sri Shafee Abdullah should submit a request to the court to subpoena them both. 

Failing to do so, it means the case could be suspended indefinitely.  
MTEM must have felt then that it served the Malay interest.
They should insist now that the Malay economic interest and rights are now far better served with cases related to 1MDB piled up against against UMNO leaders, divisions, individuals linked to UMNO and related NGOs
The former leader of MTEM is now appointed on Mahathir’s the National Economic Action Committee, has his own consultancy firm, and seemed to have dissociated himself from MTEM.
It would seemed that only he benefit and the cause he stood for is already in the bin.
That is the perception and left to be denied.
The problem with Malay NGOs and organisation including political organisation is that they often astray from the establishment objective due to political expediency or self interest. 
Another problem is the rather predictable manner members think and their expectation of outcome despite the changing senario and conditions.
At times, they are too predictable in their thinking, cliche in their words, and limited in the ability to anticipate ahead. Often the case, they fail to balance between ideology and practicality with consistency to ethics and morality.
They lacked the confidence in their own struggle and seldom unable to fight their case well.
UMNO is a large organisation, thus they should not fear PUTRA’s presence.
PUTRA will have their purpose and role in accordance with the element of time and situation.
Just do not emulate the hypocrasy of like Mahathir, who went to bed with his mortal enemies DAP, PKR and PAS splinter group, to end up whining for unable to get his dictatorial ways.
PUTRA could be Ibrahim Ali doing a political makeover of PERKASA, which made strategic and tactical mistakes and blunders. 
However, it must create its own role. Ibrahim would likely be positioning PUTRA as the voice of the conservative right Malays. They could serve as check and balance on BN or PPBM from straying away from the Malay and Islamic cause.
To do so, PUTRA need the right narrative and arguments. It has to upgrade itself from PERKASA, no more the same boring cliche from UMNO of Tun Hussein Onn and Mahathir era, and justify their existence beyond regurgitating historical and constitutional arguments.
There must be research done with facts and figures to back it. It must not sound like the days with PERKASA or it will not emulate IPF the Indian party ability to sustain itself.
There is too much politics. 

PUTRA is adding another political party after many new political parties and coalitions mushroomed prior to GE 14 at a time public is fed-up with politics. 
Voters are not interested with politics and more concerned with solutions to their daily problems.
They need to make ends meet, feed their family, worry on rising cost of living, wholesome education for their children, getting skills and training, addressing graduate children’s unemployment, need job creation, developing economic opportunity, improving business condition, trade opportunity with other countries, better rubber and oil palm prices, rural development, poverty eradication, spiritual fulfillment, safety and security, decent home to live, public cleanliness, hygiene and healthcare, concern with pollution, enrironment, etc.
All problems arised from PH coming to power and instituted a Gerontocrasy government.
The days of making demand on government is over as PH government is insensitive and not concern with problems faced by people.
The Finance Minister has no apathy with the people’s welfare and is cruel enough to cause their hardship.
They are obviously in a hurry to make hay while sunshine for themselves as #KerajaanSepenggal instead of governing.
If PUTRA could get itself out from the same ole, same ole cliched role of NGOs and political parties with their own programs to help the people, they may be taken seriously, win voters trust or even win seats.
UMNO or PAS or PPBM should not feel insecure with PUTRA’s presence. They are practisicing a right as prescribed in the constitution.
– http://anotherbrickinwall.blogspot.com

FIREMAN ADIB – TOO MUCH SPECULATION, TOO MUCH MISINFORMATION & NO THANKS TO ZURAIDA’S RACIAL PRODDING: TOMMY FORCED TO CLARIFY AG’S ROLE IN CONTROVERSIAL INQUEST, VERDICT

 Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim case will go through an investigation after an inquest ruled his death.A poster was pasted on a wall at the flea market in Ipoh in support of the inquest and brought justice to the late Muhammad Adib.Ronnie Chin/The Star
PETALING JAYA: Attorney General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas has clarified the role of the Public Prosecutor’s office in the case of fireman Muhammad Adib Mohd Kassim in the wake of calls for him to step down.
He said the role of the Public Prosecutor’s office only came after the police had finished their probe.
“After the investigation has been completed and the alleged perpetrator(s) identified, the completed Investigation Paper (IP) is given to the Deputy Public Prosecutor’s with the recommendation of the police.
“It is at this stage that our role begins. We have to study the IP, review the police’s recommendations and charge the individuals concerned, ” he said in a statement here yesterday.
The Public Prosecutor’s office, said Thomas, would not neglect its duties once the IP had been handed over.
“Much speculation, most of which is misinformed, has arisen as to the steps that have to be taken by the various government agencies in the wake of last Friday’s decision of the Coroner, Rofiah Mohamad, at the completion of the inquest looking into the tragic death of Muhammad Adib.
“The public should be assured that the office of the Public Prosecutor takes its responsibilities under the law very seriously.
“No stone will be left unturned when the IP is delivered to us. The IP will be studied carefully and professionally. That is our promise, ” he said.
Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Abdul Hamid Bador, Thomas pointed out, had already publicly stated that the police would investigate the case.
“They must be given the time and space to undertake their investigation.They have the resources of the state and the necessary experience and expertise to carry out their duties under the law.
“The IGP will no doubt keep the anxious public posted from time to time of developments in their investigation, ” he added.
In another statement, Malaysian Bar president Abdul Fareed Abdul Gafoor reminded the public that the verdict of the inquest was not a criminal conviction and that the authorities needed to be given time to investigate thoroughly.
“It is to be reminded that the verdict of an inquest, unlike a criminal conviction, does not impute any liability against anyone.
“It is merely an exercise for the finding of facts, in determining how a deceased would have come upon his or her death, the cause of death and if there was any criminal element in it.
“Any verdict that touches on the involvement of ‘crime’ can only be acted upon based on concluded police investigations. Only upon the police concluding their investigation can the IP be sent to the AG for his consideration, ” he said.
Meanwhile, Bukit Aman wants those with new information on Muhammad Adib’s death to come forward.
Bukit Aman CID Prosecution and Legal division (D5) principal assistant director Senior Asst Comm Mior Faridalatrash Wahid said police were ready to record statements from witnesses to assist with the ongoing murder investigation.
“We will also recall past witnesses if the need arises, ” he told reporters yesterday.
Asked if those previously detained over the case would be called up again, SAC Mior said police would see whether there was a necessity to do so.
“We are investigating under Section 302 of the Penal Code for murder. We are also waiting for further instructions from the Attorney General’s Chambers, ” he added.
On Friday, the Coroner’s Court had ruled that Muhammad Adib’s death was caused by two or more persons unknown.
The judgment came after 41 days of inquest proceedings.
Muhammad Adib, 24, was severely injured during riots at a temple in Selangor on Nov 27 last year.
He died at the National Heart Institute on Dec 17.
– ANN

5 OUT OF 13 STATES NOW RECOGNIZE UEC – WHAT SILLY STUNT WILL MASZLEE PULL NEXT TO BLOCK FEDERAL RECOGNITION & BOOST HIS OWN NARROW COMMUNAL POLITICAL STANDING WITH THE MALAYS

Sabah chief minister and Parti Warisan Sabah president Shafie Apdal announced on Saturday night that the state government had decided to recognize the UEC certificate with the condition of at least a credit in SPM Bahasa Malaysia, and a pass in history and Malaysia University English Test (MUET).
This means that Sabah has become the 5th state in the country to recognize UEC after Sarawak, Penang, Selangor and Melaka. UEC holders meeting the criteria will be able to get admitted into public universities in these states or serve as civil servants with public service department.
Other than Sarawak, the other four states are currently run by PH state governments.
The recognition of UEC by these states, in particular the two states in East Malaysia, holds very special meanings for the country, as it shows that East Malaysia is relatively more open and inclusive when it comes to educational issues.
Shafie said he wanted to be a chief minster for all Sabahans and would take care of all ethnic groups in the state in all issues. Moreover, UEC recognition was part of the PH government’s GE14 election pledges, and by recognizing the UEC certificate, talented people will be kept within the state instead of going elsewhere for further studies.
There are currently nine independent Chinese high schools in Sabah, compared to 14 in Sarawak, 5 in Penang, 4 in Selangor and 1 in Melaka. In other words, of the 66 independent countries in the country, the UEC certificates from 33 will be recognized by their respective state governments. The other 28, mainly in Johor, Perak and elsewhere, are still waiting for the good news to arrive.
Another significance of Sabah’s UEC recognition is to hasten the PH federal government’s move to honor its election manifesto. So long as there is sincerity from the government, there should not be any major resistance to it fulfilling the promises made to the people.
Indeed there are still some rightist groups trying to apply pressure on the government over the UEC recognition issue, arguing that the move is “threatening the national language status of Bahasa Malaysia”.
Because of a promise made to the voters, the various state governments have taken turns to recognize UEC. As for the federal government, having been in power for a year and a half now, it should no longer bother too much about the resistance and pressure from the rightist groups over the issue of UEC recognition. This is because UEC candidates are possessing the same academic standard as SPM candidates and most importantly they are all Malaysian citizens and should be given the fair opportunities of getting admitted into public universities and getting employed as SPM graduates.
Eddin Khoo, who is now the chairman of education ministry’s special committee on UEC, said the final revision to the report had been done and would be submitted to the ministry on Monday, adding that it was going to be a “good news”.
After Sabah, the Malaysian Chinese community hopes that it will very soon hear the good news from the federal government.
– http://mysinchew.sinchew.com.my

AT 94, MAHATHIR’S ‘LACK OF CLARITY’ & ‘MORAL CONFUSION’ DRAGS DOWN PAKATAN

PKR founder Syed Husin Ali yesterday raised an angry query over the seeming unwillingness of senior leaders of Pakatan Harapan component parties to hold coalition supremo Dr Mahathir Mohamad to the letter, if not the spirit, of the ruling alliance’s GE14 promises.

The query is legitimate if, for no other reason than that in the lead-up to GE14, Mahathir had aired on occasion before his confreres in the Harapan presidential leadership council his surprise at their feistiness over issues of national import.
According to participants at these council meetings, Mahathir had contrasted the feistiness of his Harapan compatriots with the docility of their Barisan Nasional (BN) counterparts.
Apparently, meetings of the BN, which Mahathir headed during the 22 years of his premiership (1981-2003), used to be a breeze, whereas he said he was finding the Harapan ones a test of his powers of concentration because attendees were willing to speak up when impelled.
Word about the Mahathir asides gained credibility when no less than Amanah president Mohamad Sabu (below), in an attempt to placate misgivings about the wisdom of having as the Harapan supremo a leader of Mahathir’s authoritarian tendencies – much reviled by the leadership cohort of DAP and PKR during Mahathir’s premiership – assured doubters that his colleagues on the Harapan council were not the rubber-stamping variety.
Mohamad revealed that his compatriots were unapologetic in Harapan council meetings when presenting forthright views before a former adversary. And, he disclosed, Mahathir paid his interlocutors the compliment of close listening.
Now, nearly 17 months after the Harapan takeover from BN, it is difficult to recall these stories of the Harapan cohort’s feistiness in the pre-GE14 days.
This is because of a widespread perception among Harapan supporters that the coalition has hit a frustrating stall in the drive to implement the reform package it had long pledged itself to bring to fruition should it win federal power.
These days the stall in the reform drive is increasingly attributed to the discovery that Prime Minister Mahathir is only a tepid reformer, a situation that is made worse by the loss of trenchancy on the part of the Harapan cohort.
Syed Husin’s castigation of this state of affairs, aired with a truculence characteristic of the Harapan cohort’s pre-GE14 form, cannot be easily dismissed.
The disappointment with Harapan governance is widespread and palpable. Syed Husin has merely given vent to it.
True, Harapan had promised much more than it is feasible to deliver. Delivery of its promises on the economy is enfeebled by the stringencies compelled by colossal losses incurred by the former regime’s insane kleptocracy. Faced with the magnitude of the losses, a new government would be reckless to prioritise spending over stringency.
Still, lesser promises like getting to the bottom of enforced disappearances of citizens like Pastor Raymond Koh (above, left) and Syiah Muslim Amri Che Mat (above, right), and unravelling the mystery behind Teoh Beng Hock’s death are matters of vital importance.
The health of civil society is a question that is at the nub of a reformed polity. Its importance cannot be scanted.
In the face of gaping shortfalls on manifesto delivery and depletion of our finances, the decision to go for a third Malaysian car, even a flying prototype, is indulgent and unreal.
Furthermore, the country is newly awakened to the probability that the incidence of poverty may be closer to 15 percent of the population rather than just 0.4 percent.
The discrepancy is symptomatic of a sleepwalker’s insulation from reality, a picture that is underscored by public furore over the teaching of Islamic calligraphy in primary schools and the confusion over what to do with the fugitive Zakir Naik, a polarising figure whom wise handlers should have kept on a tight leash, if not proscribed.
One gets an overall sense of a lack of clarity and of moral confusion about the purposes and aims of a Harapan government.
In this light, Syed Husin’s diatribe invites consideration, rather than dismissal.
Harapan’s governance is in a dispiriting stall. Their leaders must rediscover their feistiness.
TERENCE NETTO has been a journalist for more than four decades
mkini

‘IF YOU GIVE MCA TANJUNG PIAI SEAT – WE WILL SABOTAGE’: TOTALLY IMMORAL OR NOT, JOHOR UMNO MAKES OPEN THREAT AGAINST COALITION MATE – EVEN AS ‘KERIS-WIELDING’ HISHAM HAS THE GALL TO EYE POST OF BN SEC-GEN

UMNO members in Tanjung Piai want MCA to give up the parliamentary seat for the division chief Jefridin Atan to contest in the coming by-election, said party sources.
These members believed that the Malay party stood a better chance than its Chinese coalition partner of regaining the seat lost to Pakatan Harapan in last year’s general election.
The sources said all 88 branch leaders in the division had agreed to demand that MCA, which was narrowly defeated in the May 2018 polls, give way to an Umno candidate.
“If the branch leaders in the division were to be successful in their bid, who better to be the candidate than the division chief? The party leadership will have to take note of the matter as it is what the grassroots want,” warned a local party leader, who did not want to be named.
“If someone else were to be named or if MCA were to be given the seat, Umno members would likely sabotage the by-election (campaign).
“Furthermore everyone here knows Jefridin. He was touted as a potential candidate for GE14.”
Last week 88 Umno branches under the Tanjung Piai division agreed in a meeting to ask for the seat for the by-election.
The meeting was also attended by leaders of Tanjung Piai Umno Wanita, Youth and Puteri wings.
When contacted Jefridin said the division wanted the seat as MCA had failed to retain the support of the voters in the constituency, and have fared poorly in subsequent elections.
“We called for a division meeting in preparation for the by-election. Our will to contest in this seat is very strong.
“During GE14, MCA candidate Wee Jeck Seng lost in nine areas where Chinese voters were the majority. In several mixed areas, he only won marginally.
“Percentage wise, MCA’s votes have been on a slide since GE12, until they lost the seat in the last general election,” he said.
MCA’s Wee Jeck Seng is said to be keen on contesting in the Tanjung Piai by-election. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, October 1, 2019.
MCA’s Wee Jeck Seng is said to be keen on contesting in the Tanjung Piai by-election. – The Malaysian Insight file pic, October 1, 2019.
Apart from Jefridin, four other names have been brought forward as a Barisan Nasional candidate, including former Johor menteri besar Mohamed Khaled Nordin, who is Umno vice-president, and Umno deputy president Mohamad Hasan in Negri Sembilan.
Wee, who is Tanjung Piai MCA chief, is said to be keen on contesting in the by-election. MCA is also considering fielding its Youth chief Nicole Wong.
The seat fell vacant following the sudden death of the incumbent, Dr Md Farid Md Rafik of Bersatu.
Farid, 42, died of a heart attack in Johor. He was the Tanjung Piai Bersatu vice-chief.
He defeated Wee by 524 votes.
In a three-cornered fight, Farid garnered 21,255 votes while Wee gained 20,731 votes. PAS’s Nordin Othman managed to win 2,962 votes.
Wee had held the seat since 2008. Before that, it was held by Ong Ka Ting.
Meanwhile, Bersatu is said to have shortlisted three candidates for the by-election. They are Tanjung Piai Bersatu chief Karmaine Sardini and former Kukup state rep Suhaimi Salleh.
The third person is Farid’s mother Norma Mohamed who is Tanjung Piai Bersatu Wanita chief.
The constituency has 53,528 voters, of which 56.8% are Malay, 41.64% Chinese, 1.01% Indian, 0.55% others.
The Election Commission is meeting today to set a date to go to the polls.

Johor Umno backs Hishammuddin as BN sec-gen

JOHOR Umno said it welcomed suggestions that former Umno vice-president Hishammuddin Hussein be appointed as Barisan Nasional secretary-general.
Johor Umno chairman Hasni Mohammad said the chapter felt Hishammuddin’s presence in BN would only strengthen the coalition.
“In a meeting today we agreed to give our support to Hishammuddin to be appointed to the position.
“We are confident his appointment to the post will strengthen BN,” he said after chairing the meeting in Johor Baru.
Hishammuddin was also present in the meeting.
It was previously reported that Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as well as MCA president Wee Ka Siong and MIC president S. Vigneswaran all agreed to appoint Hishammuddin as BN’s new secretary-general.
The agreement was reportedly made following their meeting in Kuala Lumpur on August 27.
The position is presently held by Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor, who faces criminal charges for corruption.
– https://www.themalaysianinsight.com