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Saturday, November 30, 2019

Zuraida nafi ada kaitan ‘projek RM300,000’ didedah Saifuddin

Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan Zuraida Kamaruddin.
KUALA LUMPUR: Zuraida Kamaruddin menafikan dakwaan kononnya kementeriannya terlibat dengan pemberian projek bernilai RM300,000 seperti didedahkan oleh setiausaha agung PKR, Saifuddin Nasution susulan pemecatan ahli majlis pimpinan parti itu, Zakaria Abdul Hamid, Ahad lepas.
Menteri Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan itu berkata, berdasarkan pengetahuannya projek sedemikian tidak pernah wujud.
“Perkara (projek) sedemikian tidak wujud,” kata Zuraida merujuk kepada pemecatan Zakaria yang dikatakan berpunca daripada satu surat Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) kepada PKR yang menasihati supaya tindakan diambil ke atas beliau kerana dipercayai terlibat rasuah dalam pemilihan parti tahun lepas.
Zuraida berkata demikian ketika ditanya adakah pihaknya maklum tentang projek tersebut susulan pendedahan dibuat Saifuddin yang memetik surat berkenaan ketika mempertahankan keputusan memecat Zakaria dan seorang ahli PKR di Pahang, Ismail Dulhadi.
Ketika dihubungi, Zakaria berkata, beliau tidak mengetahui sama ada projek itu datang daripada Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan atau sebaliknya kerana beliau hanya mengetahui mengenainya daripada ahli parti di peringkat akar umbi yang mahu mendapatkan khidmat nasihat daripadanya.
“Saya pun tidak tahu pasal projek ini sebab saya bukan kontraktor, saya konsultan EIA (Penilaian Kesan Alam Sekitar) sahaja.
“… maklumat itu (projek RM300,000 itu) diperolehi oleh ahli kita, dia dapat daripada iklan yang dibuat dalam Facebook Majlis Daerah Bera, mereka tanya saya dalam mesyuarat,” katanya yang juga merupakan ketua PKR Bera.
Semalam Saifuddin mendedahkan surat SPRM yang dikatakan menyebut bahawa peruntukan berjumlah RM300,000 yang didakwa “ditawarkan” oleh Zakaria datang daripada sumber Kementerian Perumahan dan Kerajaan Tempatan.
Saifuddin juga dilaporkan berkata, Zakaria yang merupakan bekas pegawai kepada Menteri Kerja Raya, Baru Bian turut menawarkan kontrak bernilai RM20,000 daripada kementerian itu. - FMT

Some low-risk methods to reclaim Malaysia Baru



The only powerful people that we should trust in this country are… ourselves. We the rakyat, not the politicians, are the only real guarantee that a Better Malaysia can emerge.
Change is about power. We subcontract our power out to the politicians once every five years (during elections), and then surrender our fates to them… hoping they will do the right thing. But in my previous column, I wrote about how politicians may be “influenced” by rich tycoons’ “donations”, which then “distracts” them from their original promises.
It’s only during by-elections that suddenly, people power becomes important again, with sudden outpourings of goodies from the political heavens above. It’s almost a black joke that the best way for an elected MP to get things done real quick for his area is to, well, pass away. Ah… if only there were a by-election (or should it be called “buy election”?) every month!

But there are other, less macabre, ways to keep up the pressure on the politicians. Before that, we have to ask, what do we, the rakyat, want? How about 10 percent of Pakatan’s promised “one million affordable homes” by 2021? Or fulfilling another manifesto promise to defer PTPTN loan repayments till graduates earn RM4,000?
Now that Tanjung Piai, the southernmost point of mainland Asia, also represents the lowest point of a ruling party’s defeat, this is the best time to push for our agenda. After all, several politicians are suddenly declaring that “we must listen to the people”.
We are tired of hearing the same old excuses that the Pakatan government "lacks money” to fulfil their promises when we see them pushing unnecessary projects such as the Third National Car, the Flying Car and the Kulim International Airport in Kedah (there are already two other international airports within 150km at Penang island and Langkawi).
Whose interests have priority? Is it the people below who are struggling? Or some well-connected politicians and businessmen? The only way we can make sure is to make ourselves heard. More loudly. More often.
Gandhi-style passive resistance
Before thinking about the next big Bersih protest, there are many other smaller actions that are easier to organise. These are all part of the passive, peaceful resistance called civil disobedience, something Gandhi used to great effect, eventually toppling the British Empire in India.
This can be as modest as speaking up in coffee shops or on social media. Never underestimate the power of grumbling, as it can often grow into a roar. Steven Gan, the co-founder of Malaysiakini, recently said, “We should make it our duty to discuss burning issues with our family, friends, workmates, people we meet. And we should make it our duty to counter hate speech...
“Why? Because if we don’t, others are doing it… By not countering them, we allow them to take over the narrative and make it their own. We let them dominate our national conversation.”
Another method of civil disobedience is the simple refusal to cooperate with wrongdoings. This is what Nor Salwani Muhammad, a National Audit Department officer, did in 2016. After the order was given to destroy all 60 copies of the original Auditor-General’s report of the 1MDB scandal, she quietly kept one copy, thus preserving evidence of tampering.
Other principled folks have also leaked evidence of misdeeds (government or corporate) to the media or politicians. This is something that can be done secretly, using Tor internet browsers or even snail mail, with minimal risk to ourselves.
How about social gestures? For example, if we believe that the prime minister has been guilty of moving Malaysia backwards, why stand up (or smile) for him at events? If we grumble about him behind his back, why pretend to respect him when we’re in his presence? Are we hypocrites?
It would be a silently powerful signal if the whole room just refused to rise when he walks in.
Due to their sudden new-found “love” for the Prime Minister, Umno leaders may twist this into an issue of not respecting a sacred leader. But who are they to lecture us when they gave no face to the Raja of Perlis by boycotting the swearing in of the Menteri Besar in May 2018?
Let me repeat that Ministers are public servants, whose salaries are paid by taxpayers. By right, we the people, are the bosses.
So it’s time for us as a nation to grow up from this feudal mentality of kowtowing to them - just as Anthony Loke, on his first day of work, asked Transport Ministry staff not to waste time and resources with excessive ampu bodek (bootlicking) ceremonies. Hopefully, we won’t get to the point like in America when crowds boo-ed Donald Trump at a major baseball game and even chanted “lock him up!”.
Micro and artistic protests
The next step up in civil disobedience is to have micro protests. I salute the courage of Wong Yan Ke (above), who did a one-man demonstration, holding up a hand-drawn sign (during his convocation at the University of Malaya) to decry the highly “intellectual” Vice-Chancellor for co-organising a racist “dignity” congress. While it may not have forced the VC to step down, it shone a glaring spotlight of shame on him.
Other modest protests, including a simple sit-in by Asheeq Ali Sethi Alivi and Siti Nurizzah Tazali in front of the Education Ministry in Sept 2018, eventually forced the minister Maszlee Malik to step down as president of the International Islamic University Malaysia.
The heat generated by these low-key actions also pressured the Ministry to announce that student councils (MPP) at all public universities would be given full freedom to choose their own leadership without interference from the administration.
Micro protests gain even more traction when a dash of artistic creativity is sprinkled on. Graphic artist Fahmi Reza boosted national protests against 1MDB/kleptocracy by publishing his evil clown caricature of Najib, which went viral. (However, it is puzzling why the Pakatan government kept pursuing him in court after the last general elections.)
Another creative protest occurred on Merdeka Day 2015, when dance producer Bilqis Hijjas (below) released yellow balloons marked “Free media,” “Democracy,” and “Justice” to float down onto a function attended by Najib Razak at a shopping mall.
“I felt that it was shameful of us to actually stand there and accept his leadership on Merdeka Day,” she told Awani Review.
“Malaysians tend to give too much respect to VIPs and elected politicians even when they are blatantly in the wrong,” she added. The authorities’ overreaction -- charging her for “insulting behaviour likely to cause a breach of peace” - merely made this little artistic protest even bigger.
Finally, let’s consider another low-risk strategy to pressure politicians - boycotts. The global business, tourism and sporting boycott of South Africa in the 1980s eventually led to the dismantling of racist apartheid policies. More recently, Brunei backtracked on making gay sex punishable by stoning to death after a global outcry and boycotts against the the Sultan’s luxury hotel chain, led by celebrities including Elton John and George Clooney.
We know boycotts can hurt because companies respond to them. For example, when some people called for the boycott of a certain kopitiam franchise supposedly linked to our dear Aunty Rose (of handbag and bling-bling jewellery fame), they had to issue a firm denial of any such connection. And when a hypermarket chain was targetted in the “boycott non-Muslim products” campaign, they quickly listed down the bumiputra products that they had been selling.
So, if Malaysians are not happy with certain politicians, can we boycott businesses linked with them?
In summary, there are many modest methods of civil disobedience to pressure politicians without having to organise big rallies.
Rather than getting disillusioned with our politics and then surrendering, let’s push the system for more reforms. We’ve already done the “impossible” in toppling Barisan Nasional, so we may as well go further.
Remember, the only people who can really bring change are we ourselves.

ANDREW SIA is a veteran journalist and editor who prefers teh tarik kau over tepid English tea. You can add milk, sugar and halia to his drink at tehtarik@gmail.com. - Mkini

Marching to the beat of her own drum



Zainah Anwar's (above) tireless activism recently won her the United Nations Malaysia Award 2019 in recognition of her work in promoting the rights of Muslim women.
The UN award is just the latest in a growing list of global recognition, that includes Zainah being chosen as one of last year’s Harvard Law School’s 25 “Women Aspiring Change” in the areas of law and policy.
She is also one of the 10 Most Influential Muslim Women in the on-line International Museum of Women, a rather unfortunate placement, because if a museum is a place for ossified, stuffed, musty relics belonging to the past, she doesn’t belong there.
Uncowed, unfazed by authority and power, Zainah, with her fiery exuberance, is still tilting at Muslim patriarchal windmills, still storming the gates of entrenched small minds resistant to change.

Malaysiakini caught up with Zainah at her house in Medan Damansara.
MalaysiakiniWhen were the seeds of this contrarian spirit sown? What kind of childhood did you have?
Zainah: It was a great childhood. I had lots of friends. I grew up in a multiracial neighbourhood. I went to a multiracial English school. My father was extremely strict, but when it came to school we could do whatever we wanted - sports, extra-curricular activities. No restrictions… going out at night, yes, that was a no-no.
You went to a religious school?
I had 2 hours of religious school after school. I grew up with religion. I grew up knowing Islam, and I learned nothing bad in the name of Islam. It was about being a good person, good daughter, good human being, being kind, keeping yourself clean, honest, all those virtues and values. I had no problems with the religion at all.
The misogyny I saw, the way women were treated - I knew it had nothing to do with Islam, but it’s culture and tradition, it’s patriarchy.
So, as an adult and being faced with patriarchy and injustice justified in the name of Islam, I was outraged that God’s name was being abused. I grew up believing in a just God and a just Islam and to be confronted by injustice justified in the name of Allah, it was outrageous and unbelievable.
A teacher characterised you as “too high spirited, too playful, too talkative, too naughty.” In a newspaper interview, you described yourself during that period as “a non-conformist, a disobedient child.” How did that come about, that unrestrained spirit?
(Laughs) I supposed I had been brought up with knowledge. My father (Zainah’s father was Anwar Abdul Malik, personal secretary to Onn Jaafar and credited with giving Umno its name) read voraciously … anywhere he sat was a mess, in his rocking chair by the front door, upstairs by the radio, by the bed, everywhere a mass/mess of newspapers and magazines, books and dictionaries, so I grew up with a reading culture. He had three daily newspapers, and he took hours to finish them.
I grew up with the BBC radio news which he listened to every hour on the hour. I have picked up that habit. I can listen to the news again and again. I hardly watch TV, but I love the radio. There was Time magazine, Life magazine, Reader’s Digest, Mustika, Dewan Masharakat.
I grew up with the importance of knowledge, with the importance of having a curious mind. I went to a very good school (Sultan Ibrahim Girls’ School). There was so much emphasis on literature. I grew up with English poetry from Std 1 to Form 6.
My schooling and upbringing opened up the mind to the whole world, to have a curiosity about what’s happening in the world, and why it was happening.
That’s why you became a journalist?
I was single-minded in wanting to to be a journalist, having been exposed to politics in my youth. I read all about the Kennedys. I was fascinated by that family.
I found Form 6 boring. I didn’t want to continue studying. I wanted to work.
My mother was determined that I further my studies. Then she read in the papers that ITM was starting a journalism school, so I applied to ITM to study journalism. At that time ITM did not have a good reputation. Those who got a Grade 3 would go to ITM, and I had a Grade 1. Even the guy who interviewed me asked, “Why are you applying to ITM? Finish your Form 6 and go to a university.”
This was 1972. In the application form, I was supposed to list 3 choices, and I listed 1st choice journalism, 2nd choice journalism, 3rd choice journalism.
So your contemporary was Ibrahim Ali?
(Roars with laughter) He was my bloody classmate. The horror! The horror!
After ITM, I went to do my Masters in Boston University (1975-1977). I was under a Young Lecturers scheme, and I was supposed to teach when I came back, but I did not like it, so I broke my contract and I had to pay the government tens of thousands of dollars.
Ah, one of the early defaulters.
Eh eh, I paid every month, okay, $100 a month, my pay was only $700, $800, religiously I paid. I didn’t enjoy being a lecturer, so I applied to the New Straits Times and got a job for less pay (1978-1984).
Where you developed a reputation as a difficult journalist.
(Laughs) I would ask difficult questions. People would say, the prime minister is angry with Zainah. (Laughs) So the PM was angry, what’s the big deal?
I guess I was not scared. I grew up not scared of any authority. My father was a patriarch. He was born in 1898, so his word was law. I was the only child who dared to challenge him, to question him.
How did he take it?
Well, he didn’t scold me. (Laughs) He smoked his cigars, his daun. If the ashtray was not by his side, he’d just flick the ash on the floor, so I scolded him. Why are you doing that? You are behaving like a little kid. My mother’s favourite line to me was “I say one word to you, you say 10 words back. (Laughs)
You say you didn’t like academia, then you left the NST go to do a second Masters.
I didn’t like teaching, but I loved studying. I loved lectures.
You didn’t like teaching, but for the past three decades, you have been lecturing - or should the word be “hectoring” - Muslim men about their treatment of Muslim women.
It’s not an invention of the feminist movement - the issue of justice, of compassion. The Quran talks about man and woman being each other’s garment, a relationship of love and compassion.
There is amazing, sophisticated jurisprudence, Islamic legal tradition about public interest, about choosing the best opinion among various opinions in order to do justice, to order to serve the public interest. Why are you ignoring this to bring about justice?
Why this fear of diversity? The tafsir tradition the fiqh tradition is filled with diversity and yet you ignore it to perpetuate your authoritarian rule. It’s about people wanting dominance, wanting control, power only for themselves, and the convenience of using religion to silence opinion.
That’s why I ask Westerners, why do you expect democracy to develop in the Muslim world. You are supporting all these dictators in the Muslim world. Without democracy in these Muslim countries, don’t expect Islam to be a democratic, progressive religion. It cannot thrive within a dictatorship that doesn’t celebrate, doesn’t welcome, doesn’t tolerate differences of op[inion.
If you live in an authoritarian state, you will have an authoritarian Islam, because it serves the interest of the state, it serves the interest of the rulers to refuse to recognize there are principles in Islam that recognise change is possible.
Then you also have people who are poorly educated, with no sense of curiosity about learning more, learning something different, who want to break out of the stranglehold they are in.
The rural folks, the less educated don’t know better. What about scholars, lecturers?
We have had interaction with the learned, academics, but they don’t want to speak out in the public space. They fear being sanctioned by the university authorities, sanctioned by their colleagues. Asians in general, Malaysians in particular, Malays even more so – we have been conditioned to follow authority, to be obedient to our parents, teachers, husbands.
The pedagogy of education is to question. I remember when I went to Boston I wrote a paper, a literature paper, I can’t remember on what, and the teacher said, I never thought about that. No teacher in Malaysia would ever admit to a class that your thinking or your analysis is new to him or her, and that it’s welcomed.
This is the tragedy of Malaysia where the education system has done our young a disservice. It’s not that they are stupid. It’s they were never given the opportunity to reach their full potential.
The rich send their kids to private schools. My 9-year-old grand-niece is in Garden school. They get to choose a novel and the next day they have to discuss it in class. Is it a mystery? An adventure? Is it a comedy? Why? To help them analyse and understand what they are reading, they are asked to justify their thoughts.
When Emma Watson gave her speech at the United Nations on feminism - the school that my grandniece went to, they had to discuss Emma Watson’s speech. I asked my colleague whose daughter was the same age in a government school, did they discuss it. Of course nothing, whereas in my grandniece’s school, 10-, 11-, 12-year-olds in her school declared they were feminists because Emma Watson said she was a feminist. They Googled feminism, they wrote a paper on feminism.
How important an influencer is, like Emma Watson with millions of fans, that when she says she is a feminist, many young girls have the courage to legitimize what they feel, what they want for themselves
Where is that modeling in Malaysia? I would love Siti Nurhaliza to declare herself a feminist. Of course, she will be attacked, as Emma was by horrible people. She talked about removing herself from social media because of all the horrible attacks, but she said I can’t because I have followers all over the world who live isolated lives and who find what I do an inspiration. Trolls? That’s the price you pay.
The deviant liberals in Sisters in Islam have had more than their share of flak. What about the fatwa hanging over SIS?
For me, it’s water off a duck’s back. I have been in it for 30 years – well you do your thing, we do our thing. We will fight.
We are not going to take it lying down, but for young people new to activism, it is a worry. Their families are not necessarily supportive of their work. We have staff who don’t tell their boyfriends and families that they work for SIS. They see the noticeboard in their surau about a ceramah about SIS being a liberal, deviant organization. They keep quiet. They don’t tell their neighbours.
Not everyone has the courage to stand up in a public space, to challenge, to confront dominant public opinion that’s Intolerant, conservative, misogynistic, and using Islam and God to justify misogyny and discrimination.
How dare you call us deviant when the work we do is in the name of God too, except we have a different understanding of God’s words. We are talking about an Islam that is just, that is compassionate, an Islam that is merciful. We use verses from the Quran to support our work. We are trying to be good Muslims.
We could ignore Islam and just use human rights principles. We are attacked by Muslim feminists who ask why we bother to engage with a religion that is inherently unjust and patriarchal. We engage because we believe in God, because we do not believe the religion is inherently unjust and patriarchal.
What the fatwa is trying to do is to silence a difference of opinion. It is undemocratic.
If you want us to shut up, then you take Islam out of the public space. Don’t use Islam as a source of law and public order policy. Then your opinion has no force of law on our lives, but when your opinion turns into law, turns into policy, then when we do not obey the law, we can be fined, we can be jailed, we can be whipped.
Then I will be damned if I will keep quiet.
We feel in any society, values and attitudes do matter to influence law and policy, but it must be open to debate. You cannot say you want to use Islam as a source of law, and then shut the debate because only your understanding of Islam matters.
Because in the end, what do you want to do with Islam and Islamic law? Is your objective to bring about a better society, a more compassionate society, a more just society? Or you want you want to use Islam to entrench your privileged status in life, to entrench your entitlement, your position as a man, to justify your power and your privilege and not want to deal with the injustice of your power, your privilege, your entitlement, and its impact on women - the injustice and discrimination, the oppression of women in the name of God?
So just deal with the fact that you will be forever challenged as long as you perpetuate injustice and discrimination.
As long as Zainah Anwar is around…
(Laughs)

MALAYSIANSKINI is a series on Malaysians you should know. - Mkini

Sabah request devolution power of tourism licenses from gov't



Sabah Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment hoped the request for devolution of power from the federal government to approve and issue five types of tourism licensing, which has been put on hold, will bear fruit.
Its minister Christina Liew (photo) said the request made through the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture (MOTAC) would enable Sabah to approve applications for tourism-related licensing and to issue licenses.
However, MOTAC said the devolution of power to the state has yet to be implemented, considering that matters in connection with the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63) are still under negotiation.
"I had urged the federal government to empower Sabah to approve and issue five types of tourism licensing.

"These are the entry and exit license for tourism agents, licence for tourist guides, licence for tourism vehicles, ticket licensing and licence to manage tourism training schools or institutions," she said in her speech in conjunction with the 12th Sabah Tourism Awards 2019 last night.
Liew said If MOTAC granted licensing autonomy to Sabah, the move would boost tourism and enhance efficiency of the industry's service delivery system.
"In short, my request for devolution of power in this respect has been put on hold subject to the finalisation of devolution of power based on the MA63 which is still under negotiation, I keep my fingers crossed and hope it bears fruit," she said.
Bernama

Abdul Hadi Awang to attend Umno AGM in December



PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang will be attending the Umno general assembly on Dec 6.
PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said other top federal and state leaders will also be attending.
"PAS is very confident that PAS' togetherness with Umno and BN in all programmes and actions will strengthen understanding and operations in Muafakat Nasional towards the people's wellbeing and national interests," Takiyuddin said in a statement today.
Hadi (photo) had not attended last year's Umno general assembly due to prior commitments.

However, PAS was represented by deputy president Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and other leaders.
Zahid, meanwhile, was among the Umno leaders who attended PAS' muktamar (congress) in September.
This was two weeks before they inked their pact dubbed Muafakat Nasional. - Mkini

MCA to amend constitution to strengthen recruitment



MCA president Wee Ka Siong has proposed to amend the party's constitution to strengthen the recruitment of multiracial associate members.
At the 66th MCA annual general assembly today, he said MCA had already opened its affiliate membership to all since the establishment of the party.
"Although MCA is synonymous with the Chinese, but we (adopt) openness by fighting for the fate of all races," he said, stressing that the party has never sidelined other ethnic groups.
"I still remember, an Indian man was among our earliest associate members," he said.

He hoped the acceptance of MCA associate members will set a new chapter in the political arena.
Yesterday, MCA deputy president Dr Mah Hang Soon said associate members have no right to vote in a meeting or assembly.
Meanwhile, Wee also said MCA will amend the party constitution to lower the membership age from 18 to 16.
"This is in line with the Dewan Rakyat passed the constitutional amendment to lower the voting age from 21 to 18," he said.
[more to follow] - -Mkini

Stop hiding behind MACC, sacked PKR leader tells Anwar, Saifuddin



Sacked PKR leader Zakaria Abdul Hamid has urged party president Anwar Ibrahim and secretary-general, Saifuddin Nasution, to stop "hiding" behind the MACC to justify their actions.
"I reiterate that my sacking was unlawful and unjust, and call upon Anwar, Saifudin and the party leadership to set things right.
"I further call upon them to stop hiding behind the MACC and dangling its name to hide their own wrongdoing. They must instead act fairly in accordance with the principles of Reformasi," he said in a statement late last night,
PKR's central leadership committee had used a MACC letter detailing their probe into alleged vote-buying activities by Zakaria (photo) during the party elections last year, as justification for his sacking.

PKR deputy president Azmin Ali and leaders aligned to him, yesterday called on Anwar to apologise for the "hasty decision".
Anwar refused to apologise, saying not all of Azmin's people were on board with the call.
Meanwhile, Saifuddin read out details from the MACC letter which stated that their probe, which reportedly stated that Zakaria had offered a RM20,000 Works Ministry contract to Bera PKR leaders.
Zakaria had also allegedly urged the Bera PKR leaders to apply for contracts under a RM300,000 allocation from the Housing and Local Government Ministry.
In his statement last night, Zakaria said he was shocked by how Saifuddin put a "spin" on the case.
"The facts are clear. I told the meeting of branch members that there are small projects from the Housing Ministry for which the members can apply from the relevant district council.
"Let me emphasise that they were only asked to apply for it. What is wrong with that? Where is the offence?
"The ultimate decision whether to award any small project is up to the authority concerned. And in fact, finally, none of them were awarded any project at all," he said.
Zakaria also claimed that MACC deputy commissioner (operations) Azam Baki (below) had confirmed that there would be no charges against him.
Azam had said such in a phone interview with TV3 on Nov 25.
"After this case was resolved, the deputy public prosecutor decided there would be no charges against them," he said.
But according to sources, the letter specifically stated that PKR should take disciplinary action against Zakaria.
However, Zakaria argues as the letter was wrongly sent, he has a right to due process before being sacked.
He had been given two weeks to appeal his sacking.
Besides Zakaria, PKR had also sacked a member, Ismail Dulhadi who was also implicated in the case.
Meanwhile, in a separate statement today, security forces veterans group Patriot called for the MACC to take action against Zakaria and Ismail.
"Patriot would like to see MACC get to the bottom of the case and charge the two PKR members if there are strong evidence against them. This is new Malaysia and the people have no tolerance to corruption," said its president Mohamed Arshad Raji.
He also said it was curious why Azmin's camp had defended the duo.
"While the criminality of the case regarding corruption is to be determined by the court, it surely infringed ethics and party regulations if the allegations are true.
"It is of public interest why the twenty PKR supreme council members, among whom are three cabinet members, so adamantly defended the two members. 
"The merits of the case should have been studied before they protested against the sacking of the duo," he said. - Mkini