MALAYSIA Tanah Tumpah Darahku


Tuesday, December 10, 2019

MACC’s mistake, says Steven Sim on doubled assets number

Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports Steven Sim maintains that assets belonging to him and his spouse have not increased over the past year.
He called out MACC for making a mistake in showing that his assets had doubled since Oct 9, 2018, as of Oct 30, 2019.
“The information is incorrect and is a result of a mistake by the MACC on its asset declaration website.
“In the asset declaration (form) which I provided in Oct 2019, there were no changes in my income, or assets belonging to my wife and me compared to last year’s asset declaration exercise.

“Thank you MACC for correcting the mistake,” Sim said in a statement today.
A check on the MACC website revealed that the number has been amended to show Sim had RM329,000.00 in assets, the same as last year.
“Despite the mistake, which has now been corrected, I support the asset declaration policy and believe this step will ensure transparency. It will also help combat abuse of power and corruption among the people’s representatives,” the DAP Bukit Mertajam MP added.
Earlier today, Malaysiakini reported the changes in MP’s income and assets following the latest round of asset declarations.
The details of most ministers and deputy ministers remained unchanged except for Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who reported a 31.82 percent jump in personal income to RM100,004.32 per month.
His personal assets, however, saw a 0.44 percent dip to RM32,217,131.71.
Assets belonging to Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and her husband, Port Dickson MP Anwar Ibrahim, saw a 41.1 percent plunge to RM672,392.63.
Energy, Science, Technology, Environment and Climate Change Deputy Minister Isnaraissah Munirah Majilis’ personal assets increased by 133.31 percent to RM280,025.00 in the past year.
The MACC website did not include any reasons for the changes.
Previous income and asset declaration records were accessed through an archived version of the MACC website.
Malaysiakini has contacted Mahathir, Wan Azizah and Isnaraissah’s officers for comment. - Mkini

DAP As A Party Is Finished – Matthias Chang

Certain segments of Malay activists held the view that DAP and MCA play opposite roles, but are in cahoot to take care of Chinese interest.

Well, why not? Why are the Malay political parties not doing so? Why should their political rivalry compromised on Malay and Islam's interest? How could they allow themselves to get swung by non-Malays and non-Muslims agenda?


Be that as it may. The episode between DAP and MCA on Tunku Abdul Rahman University College may not necessarily point to that cooperation.

Tunku Abdul Rahman University College is MCA's contribution to Chinese education irrespective of political leaning. However, DAP has become more "Malay" to politicise funding to TAR UC in their quest to seize control.

This infuriated the Chinese community. PH's collossal loss at Tg Piai is partly contributed by Chinese anger on DAP's denial of funding to TAR UC.

DAP insisted the control of TAR UC be passed over from MCA to DAP supporting TAR UC Alumni association.

They claimed TAR UC is a private college thus not entitled to government funding. Latest budget reduced funding from RM5 million to RM1 million. However, three DAP friendly private colleges received RM6 million.

In protest to DAP's partisan attitude on Chinese education, a humble kuew tiow seller in Ipoh used his hawker business to raise money for TAR UC.

Such is the attitude of Chinese towards the importance of education.

Someone known to have helped Matthias Chang in his past ordeal with the law shared his reaction and view of DAP in relation to Lim Guan Eng and TAR UC.

A scumbag and a political opportunist.

DAP as a party is finished. That is a given. Period.

Even, if subsequently LGE eats humble pie and behaves like a good boy, it will not change the sentiments of the entire Chinese Community.


Just got hot air, and LGE is all thunder with no rain.
Its best, that the country consigned DAP back as a barking dog in Parliament. Not fit to govern.  Making impossible promises in BUKU HARAPAN as CONFESSED by LKS recently, after the whacking DAP and PH received in the JOHORE By Election. TWO BIG SLAPS ACROSS THEIR THICK SKIN. HABIS CERITA.

No second chance for this loud mouth ego-centric green horn Minister of Finance. Good riddance to bad rubbish.

He was reacting to the following article in The Star:

Contractual Obligation of Federal Government to TAR UC remained unfulfilled
December 6th 2019 
THE Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) issue has now become the interest of national debate with many versions and much spin surrounding the funding, or rather the renouncement of funding, for this institution which was established way back on Feb 24,1969, as a non-profit, private university college in Malaysia.

One must be familiar with history to comprehend that TAR UC was founded with the purest intentions by MCA: to provide affordable tertiary education to those from average and lower income Chinese families who fell outside of the quota system to get into local public universities but could not afford to send their children overseas.

Currently, the hottest issue plaguing this prestigious institution is that TAR UC sits on an astounding cash reserve valued at about RM634mil and MCA is making hay by asking for a government grant and public donations. At the party’s annual general meeting on Nov 30, the chairman of the TAR UC board of governors, Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai, held a special briefing to explain the TAR UC issue and all allegations, including the cash reserves, as well as its ownership.

Let me address the cash reserve issue. Yes, TAR UC has a healthy cash reserve but this was built up through 50 years of prudent management and investment by the board of trustees of the TAR UC Education Foundation and TAR UC’s board of governors. In the 1970s, TAR UC started annual fund raising exercises to seek money for buildings and campus expansions, and these public donations, including from eminent philanthropists, were carefully safeguarded and invested by TAR UC to grow into a nest egg that is a healthy RM634mil cash reserve today.

So what if TAR UC has hundreds of million in cash? How many universities in Malaysia, public or private, can boast of such fine management that created such healthy finances? And this mustbe emphasised: This healthy reserve was built up even while TAR UC consistently maintained affordable education for ALL. To borrow the AirAsia tagline, thanks to TAR UC, “Now everyone can get a higher education”.

TAR UC management, with commendable foresight, built on this cash reserve over the past 50 years with the objective of using it to fund expansion. These are the funds into which the institution would dip when it needed to add new buildings to expand campus capacity or even build new campuses. TAR UC needs the flexibility provided by this financial capacity to expand whenever the need arises and not have to hold off on expansion plans.

And let us all not forget that TAR UC is a private institution and, unlike public universities, does not have the luxury of government hand-outs or assistance when it comes to expansion or upgrading.

As a private institution that is still on a quest to become a world class research university, TAR UC has much to upgrade not only in terms of hardware (buildings/facilities/equipment) but also its software (human capital), and needless to say, all of this costs money. A lot of money. In fact, the RM634mil reserve pales significantly in comparison with the amount required in reality to develop a prestigious research university of the same ilk as blue bloods like America’s Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). To attract world class researchers and fund frontline, ground-breaking research, TAR UC must have money, and lots of it.

Additionally, this cash reserve also ensures TAR UC’s ability to continue as a business entity under adverse conditions. As trustee Tan Sri Lau Yin Pin puts it, the management needs over RM100mil a year to pay staff salaries alone at the university. TAR UC’s operating expenditure has been increasing exponentially annually, rising from RM140.3mil in 2013 to RM232mil in 2018.

As a registered business under the Companies Act 1965, TAR UC is regulated by the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM). In fact, besides being regulated by the SSM, TAR UC is also closely regulated by the Education Ministry and the Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry as well as the Finance Ministry. In fact, TAR UC is much more heavily scrutinised by government agencies and ministries than any other university in Malaysia. What’s more, its accounts are audited to international accounting standards annually and submitted to SSM without fail, which is mandatory, in fact.

Yet, somehow, ignorance seems to prevail and there is much false perception that MCA can dip into the TAR UC Education Foundation’s fund whenever it needs to. This is mere political spin, as the foundation’s money can only be used by TAR UC for its operational and developmental needs. This money cannot be, say, distributed among MCA members, even if the TAR UC board of governors decides to close down the institution. This is because, under the TAR UC charter, the institution may only be transferred to another party approved by government, and specifically approved by the Inland Revenue Board.

It is highly unusual that TAR UC is now subject to so much political scrutiny when it had been so strictly regulated previously and even more so now with the change in the administrative regime. For those who don’t know, TAR UC’s 14-member board of governors includes five representatives from the government, specifically from the Finance and Education Ministry, serving as watchdogs in the government’s interest.

Apart from these five government appointees to the the board of governors – which sees to day-to-day operations and its management – there are also two independent members on the board, namely the president of the Federation of the TARC Alumni Associations and the president of the Tarcian Alumni Association; these two people serve as watchdogs in the institution’s interest. Let me point out here that the Tarcian Alumni Association representative is none other than Datuk Yap Kuok Fong, whose NGO was given a RM40mil allocation by the government for political reasons.

Given this eminent panel of custodians, if at all there was any mismanagement or any failure in the duty of its members to exercise prudent discretion in all decisions and undertakings when it comes to TAR UC’s operations, as well as in the expenditure of the hotly contentious matching grant received from the government annually, then I am certain every single person on this 14-member board would have been called to task and held to account, including those from the two ministries and Datuk Yap as well.

Therefore, if there was any issue with TAR UC’s management for the past 50 years, these government representatives would have highlighted it. Yet, when TAR UC continued to receive its matching grant under the previous government, there was no undue concern or objection from the government representatives. Furthermore it is rather exemplary how financially meticulous the members of the board of governors were in the past years, so much so that TAR UC managed to accrue a nest egg for impending future expansions plans.

So let’s all stop denying the fact that yes, MCA with great foresight founded TAR UC for Malaysians from the lower income group; and yes, MCA was also astute and shrewd enough to place the running and management of TAR UC into the hands of professionals, building it up from that one red brick building into the academically prestigious and highly acclaimed tertiary institution it is today.

Yes, indeed, TAR UC has come a long way from being a mere college existing with classrooms on loan from other schools to growing into a prestigious university college that today can boasts five campuses dotting the country, including in Sabah.

It is rather disheartening how this matching grant issue has now become a political pawn in Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng’s personal quest to get one up on MCA. And to browbeat the matter further, the government – or rather, Lim – has now reportedly provided RM40mil to TAR UC through the Tarcian Alumni Association conditioned on MCA “letting go” of TAR UC. What is the distinction between “matching grant” from the government and Lim’s recent RM40mil allocation to the association? Money is money right, you may say.

Let me explain why the RM40mil allocation is not the same as matching grant. Originally, the TAR College’s matching grant was stated in a special instrument of government presented by then Education Minister Tun Hussein Onn to Parliament on Aug 22,1972, to commit to the government’s “dollar for dollar” support for TAR College to realise and deliver affordable education to all Malaysians.

When TAR College was upgraded to a university college in 2013, the Cabinet committed to giving the institution up to a maximum of RM60mil as endorsed by the Federal government via its Cabinet meeting on Dec 5,2012, and the special instrument presented in 1972 was revoked thereafter.

Therefore, TAR UC’s matching grant is a legally binding contract by the government to aid the institution directly, and for the past five decades, TAR UC had received RM1.353bil grants in total, the last being a RM30mil allocation provided in Budget 2018 – but the matching grant subsequently was withheld by Lim when the new government took over Putrajaya.

Since then, Lim, as Finance Minister, has played political football with the lives of 28,000 students nationwide by totally cutting off the grant for operational expenditure and slashing development expenditure to RM5.5mil under Budget 2019 and to RM1mil in Budget 2020.

By law, any financial aid to TAR UC – whether in the form of a matching grant or even an allocation – must be given directly to TAR UC and not through a third party even if that third party is established as a foundation for TAR UC’s welfare. The government, above all, should not be seen as making a “backdoor reverse takeover” of TAR UC through an NGO or foundation because it cannot use the TAR UC name, acronym and logo, which are the registered trademarks of its owners. It is so wrong for the government to portray its new foundation as representative of TAR UC to take over the role of its legal owners, more so when the owners have registered their trademark. Where is the government’s respect for copyright and intellectual property rights. Futhermore, its current action has sowed confusion among the people.

TAR UC is accountable for every sen of matching grant that it receives directly from the government, which will be reflected in its accounts. Even if TAR UC receives the RM40mil from the Tarcian Alumni Association, the accounting treatment now would reflect an NGO donation for which the TAR Education Foundation may issue a tax-exemption receipt. But whether or not the Tarcian Alumni Association will make this donation to TAR UC remains to be seen, hence the public must vigilantly hold the association and Lim accountable for this RM40mil out-of-budget allocation from taxpayers.

Invariably, TAR UC’s predicament in making ends meet remains unresolved. In short, the contractual obligation of the Federal government to TAR UC remains unfulfilled.

The distortion and melodramatisation of the whole TAR UC palaver by the Finance Minister has somewhat irked the common people – so much so even petty traders are now raising funds for TAR UC. And this dissent has somewhat translated into the dire defeat of the Pakatan Harapan government in the recent Tanjung Piai by-election in Johor.

The affordable and quality tertiary education provided by the prestigious TAR UC is undeniable. So why is Lim bending over backwards trying to “fix” something that is not broken? As the former Speaker of the US House of Representative Samuel Rayburn once said, “Any jackass can kick down a barn but it takes a good carpenter to build one”.


Deputy Chairman, Institute of Strategic Analysis and Policy Research (Insap)

Note: Insap, established in 1986, is one of the pioneer think-tanks in Malaysia, and focuses on political-economic research.

To highlight Matthias Chang warning the fate of DAP, Malaysian Chinese are extremely sensitive and guarded three interest with their heart and soul - Chinese education, economic interest, and culture.

Any group or political parties arrogant enough to ignore will face the wrath of the community.

DAP has infringed on two.

Tony Pua and few DAP leaders have openly proclaimed in their speeches to the Chinese community that they are not Chinese but Malaysian.

They asked to stop being Chinese and identify as Malaysians. What is wrong being Malaysian Chinese?

What was written in this blog on DAP sometime ago has realised itself. The arrogance of Lim Guan Eng, Tony Pua and others have even infuriated their Singapore cousins.

After Tun Dr Mahathir is through with PKR, will DAP be next?
- Another Barick in the Wall

The Reason Why Najib Must Be Sent To Jail

The fact that Pakatan Harapan cannot deliver its election promises and the people are still suffering is bad enough. But not being able to send Najib to jail when back in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 they said Najib is 100% guilty of stealing RM42-50 billion and once the new government comes in “the very next day” Najib is going to jail is totally unacceptable.

Raja Petra Kamarudin

Tommy Thomas is desperate and needs to ensure that Najib is jailed for allegedly stealing RM42-50 billion of SRC’s and 1MDB’s money

Attorney-General Tommy Thomas is under tremendous pressure. He needs to ensure that Najib Tun Razak is found guilty and is sent to jail for allegedly robbing SRC International and 1MDB. And the conviction has to be as close to RM42 billion as possible, the amount Najib was alleged to have stolen. If not, then Pakatan Harapan is in serious trouble.

The reason Pakatan Harapan won the 14th General Election in May 2018 was because Najib was alleged to have stolen between RM42-50 billion of the taxpayers’ money (and Pakatan Harapan was going to make sure that Najib goes to jail for that crime “the very next day”) plus for the election promises that Pakatan Harapan made (those detailed in Pakatan Harapan’s election manifesto and those made during rallies and ceramahs).
Thus far both have not been delivered.

Pakatan Harapan said they are going to send Najib to jail “the very next day” after GE14 and it is now 580 days

Some people were moved to vote for Pakatan Harapan because they believed that Najib was a crook who stole billions of the taxpayers’ money. Others were moved by the promise of a land of milk and honey and roads paved in gold once Pakatan Harapan is in power. It is hence crucial that at least one promise is delivered.
Delivering the promises of one million new jobs, one million new affordable homes, lower cost of living, petrol price at RM1.50 per litre, higher minimum wage, and so on, is now impossible. So, they need to deliver the next best thing — which is to send Najib to jail for stealing RM42-50 billion of the taxpayers’ money.
At least if Najib is found guilty and is jailed, some Malaysians will be partially satisfied. Maybe life is still difficult, the cost of living is still high, salaries are still low, jobs are still scarce, the crime rate is still shocking, corruption is still rampant, and more, but the satisfaction of seeing Najib pay for his alleged crime will justify kicking out Umno-Barisan Nasional to replace them with DAP-Pakatan Harapan.
But that does not seem to be happening, at least not that soon. And this is making people quite pissed.

Lim Guan Eng said 60% of the promises have been delivered but the people disagree

The fact that Pakatan Harapan cannot deliver its election promises and the people are still suffering is bad enough. But not being able to send Najib to jail when back in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 they said Najib is 100% guilty of stealing RM42-50 billion and once the new government comes in “the very next day” Najib is going to jail is totally unacceptable.
So now either deliver the promise of a better life for all Malaysians or deliver the promise of sending Najib to jail for stealing RM42-50 billion. You cannot default on both promises. You must deliver at least one. And since the promise of a better life for Malaysians is impossible to deliver, Pakatan Harapan must at least deliver the second promise of sending Najib to jail. But that, too, seems impossible to deliver.

Najib tells court he sacked Muhyiddin, Shafie for making statements outside Cabinet

KUALA LUMPUR: Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal were fired because the duo made statements outside Cabinet meetings, Datuk Seri Najib Razak told the High Court on Tuesday (Dec 10).
The former prime minister said this when questioned by Attorney General Tan Sri Tommy Thomas, who sits as prosecutor for Najib's SRC International Sdn Bhd trial.
(Muhyiddin was deputy prime minister, while Shafie was rural and regional development minister before being sacked).
The court heard that Muhyiddin and Shafie were sacked from the posts after making statements on 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) outside Cabinet meetings in 2015.
Thomas: Serving as prime minister gives one the influence and power to appoint individuals to positions; it gives the power of appointment?
Najib: Yes, that is the power of the prime minister but it has its limit.
Thomas: Along with the power to appoint, there is power to fire?

Najib: Correct, but a prime minister needs to use the power prudently.
Thomas: You were not shy to use that power as you fired your then deputy prime minister and Shafie.
Najib: I didn’t just use my power that way.
Thomas: This is a fact. It is well known that you sacked them.
Najib: I sacked them because they made statements in public when it should have been done in Cabinet (meetings).
The court also heard that Najib appointed himself finance minister as he felt that he was able to improve the country's economy.
"I felt I had the ability to improve our economy, if you look back at my time and the macro figures, there were vast improvements," he said, before listing some of his achievements as finance minister.
"In 2017, our economy grew by 5.9%. The ringgit was stable during my time.
"I’m not bragging but I have delivered as a finance minister," he added.
When suggested by Thomas that he appointed himself as finance minister to secure government guarantees for 1MDB and its subsidiaries, Najib disagreed.
Najib is facing seven charges; three for criminal breach of trust, one for abuse of power and three for money laundering involving SRC International funds totalling RM42mil.

The hearing continues before Justice Mohd Nazlan Mohd Ghazali.- Star

Dr M pledges to step down for Anwar, but not before November 2020

Malaysia's Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad reacts during an interview with Reuters in Putrajaya.
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters): Malaysia's Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the world's oldest prime minister, promised on Tuesday (Dec 10) to hand over power to anointed successor Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in spite of new sexual assault allegations against him.
Dr Mahathir, 94, told Reuters in an interview that he would not hand over before a summit of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (Apec) countries that Malaysia is to host in November but could be ready after that.
"I made a promise to hand over and I will, accepting that I thought that a change immediately before the Apec summit would be disruptive," Mahathir said.
"As far as I'm concerned, I'm stepping down and I'm handing the baton to him. If people don't want him, that is their business, but I will do my part of the promise... irrespective of whatever allegation. I made my promise, I keep my promise."
Asked if a handover could come in December 2020, Dr Mahathir said: "We'll look at that when the time comes."
The turbulent relationship between the two men - allies turned fierce rivals who later reunited to win power - has shaped politics in the South-East Asian country for decades.
Dr Mahathir was unexpectedly elected in 2018 as the head of a coalition government whose largest party is led by Anwar, 72, who has been jailed twice on separate counts of sodomy and for corruption - charges he says were political.
Last week, Anwar denied fresh allegations by a former aide that he had tried to force him to have sex - describing the accusations as "politics at its worst".
It is Dr Mahathir's second stint as Malaysia's premier, a post he previously held for 22 years from 1981 to 2003. Anwar was his deputy from 1993 to 1998, when the two fell out. Anwar was jailed the following year.
Although Dr Mahathir promised to hand over to Anwar during the 2018 election campaign, doubts grew over his intentions when he later said he needed more time to steer the heavily-indebted country out of its troubles first.
Dr Mahathir said he hoped for an out-of-court settlement with Goldman Sachs soon over the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal that sent Malaysia's debt soaring.
He also raised the possibility of selling stakes in state energy firm Petronas to oil and gas-rich provinces.
Firing back responses to questions from his perch on a sofa in his palatial office at Putrajaya on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Dr Mahathir said he did not feel tired despite his age because he was satisfied by his work.
"I try to do some minor exercise, but mainly I keep my weight stable," he said.
"I've been 62 kilos for the past 30 or 40 years, it doesn't change. I don't eat very much, and I don't eat... when food tastes nice. I don't overeat."
As well as planning to be the first leader in the world to host the Apec summit twice, Dr Mahathir has been pushing to cement his legacy as a leader in the Muslim world.
A summit in Kuala Lumpur next week would bring leaders from Iran, Pakistan, Turkey and other Muslim countries, officials said.
Dr Mahathir said the meeting would look into situations where Muslims were being oppressed.
That would include allegations of rights abuses against Uighur Muslims in China's Xinjiang region, Dr Mahathir said, while adding prospects for action by the Muslim world were limited.
"Taking a stand is one thing, doing something that can improve this situation is another thing. You take a stand which may well result in more pressure being applied and it is not going to do us any good," he said.
"The Muslim world cannot challenge anybody. We are very weak. Anybody can manipulate us, they can even make us fight each other. That's how we are."
Dr Mahathir has in the past said that China was too powerful to challenge over the accusations in Xinjiang, which China denies.
He has not spared fellow South-East Asian nation Myanmar from criticism over treatment of Rohingya Muslims after more than 700,000 were driven into Bangladesh by a military crackdown in 2017.
With Myanmar's de facto leader Aung San Suu Kyi set to defend Myanmar against accusations at the World Court in The Hague this week, Dr Mahathir said he hoped that abuses would be recognised and accepted.
"We hope that they will be able to explain and accept the fact that there has been genocide carried out," he said. "We hope that they will respond in one way or another to international opinion." - Reuters


THE son of former MIC president S. Samy Vellu has filed an originating summons to determine if the former works minister is mentally sound and in a position to manage his affairs, The Edge Financial Daily reports today.
The Kuala Lumpur High Court received the application from S. Vell Paari on December 2.
Vell Paari is seeking an inquiry under the Mental Health Act 2001 to determine whether his father, who is 82, is of sound mind.
The son wants his father and his medical record to be accessible for examination by Neurobehavioural Medicine head at the Penang Adventist Hospital, Dr Prem Kumar Chandrasekaran.
Vell Paari, a former secretary general for MIC, wants an inquiry to be held into his father’s mental health condition and for Samy Vellu to be summoned to court.
Should Samy Vellu be found to be mentally unstable, Vell Paari wants the court to appoint him and anyone else the court deems fit to a committee managing his estate.
Vell Paari also wants the court to determine the powers of the committee, make provisions for costs and expenses, in the case it agrees to form such a committee.
In his affidavit, Vell Paari said his mother and sister are aware of his application to the court and that they wished to be made a litigant representing his father.
Vell Paari cited the findings of a Professor David Ames and a Dr Bharathi who have both examined Samy Vellu.
Vell Paari said that his father’s former mistress, whom he identified as Meeriam, has initiated legal proceedings at the Ipoh High Court against Samy Vellu and himself, which he had disputed.
As such, he seeks to have the inquiry in Kuala Lumpur be disposed of before Meeriam’s case is heard.
Case management takes places today before the High Court deputy registrar.
– https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/


KUALA LUMPUR: Dr Mahathir Mohamad refused to comment yesterday on an allegation by one of his ministers that he wanted Mohamed Azmin Ali removed as PKR deputy president following the latter’s implication in the gay sex video controversy earlier this year.
Zuraida Kamaruddin said on Sunday that PKR president Anwar Ibrahim claimed the prime minister had wanted him to sack his deputy.
The housing and local government minister said Anwar had made the claim in a private meeting between them at Parliament house about four months ago.
However, Mahathir brushed off reporters’ questions on the matter.
“There is no need to ask that,” he said after catching a screening of local animation film “Ejen Ali: The Movie” here last night.
In June, former PKR Santubong Youth leader Haziq Aziz said he was one of two men seen in a series of video clips that went viral on social media.
He claimed Azmin was the other man, a charge the economic affairs minister denied, saying the clips were released with the goal of killing off his political career.
Police said last month that an expert from the US had been engaged to verify the authenticity of the video.
Mahathir had defended Azmin when the clips were released, insisting that they were fake and that Haziq had a political agenda.


Najib bristles during AG cross-examination on 1986 Umno split
11.20am – Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak bristles during cross-examination by Attorney-General Tommy Thomas over which team he supported during the 1986 Umno power struggle.
The accused responds that the question isn’t relevant to the case before him.
Thomas: During the infamous 1986 to 87 Team A and Team B Umno (power tussle), did you support Dr Mahathir (Mohamad) against Tengku Razaleigh?
Najib: I am not sure whether that is relevant, this is a political realm. Is it relevant? Do I need to answer?
Thomas: You need to answer as long as there is no objection (from the defence lawyers).
Najib: I supported Dr Mahathir.

I bought a watch to placate my family for short Hawaii trip: Najib
10.45am – Najib Abdul Razak testifies that he spent US$130,625 (RM466,330.11) on a luxury watch for his wife Rosmah Mansor, to placate his family for cutting short the trip in Hawaii in 2014.
The former prime minister says his family was disappointed when he was forced to end the personal family with them, due to the floods in the East Coast in Dec 2014.
“It was near my wife’s birthday, hence why they were very disappointed with my decision (to cut short the trip).
“My son Ashman, who worked in Istanbul, came all the way to Honolulu, only not to find me there.
“Therefore, I made the decision to placate my family and to buy something chosen by my wife,” Najib says in relation to the credit card purchase of the watch at Chanel, Honolulu, Hawaii, on Dec 22, 2014.


 MELAKA, 7 Dis -- Presiden Parti Keadilan Rakyat Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berucap pada Majlis Perasmian Kongres Nasional Tahunan Angkatan Muda Keadilan di Pusat Dagangan Antarabangsa Melaka (MITC) Ayer Keroh hari ini. --fotoBERNAMA (2019) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA
PETALING JAYA: By the end of the PKR congress in Melaka at the weekend, it was clear that party president Anwar Ibrahim ruled the roost – albeit a divided one – with the assembly hall resounding with cheers for him and jeers for his rivals.
One after the other, speakers at the youth and national congresses repeated their support, mantra-like, for Anwar as the country’s 8th prime minister, while taking veiled jabs against his critics, who were labelled as “traitors”.
James Chin.
If it was not obvious that these jibes were aimed at deputy president Mohamed Azmin Ali and his key allies, vice-presidents Zuraida Kamaruddin and Tian Chua, then confirmation could be heard in the boos from the 80% of delegates present at the mention of the other leaders’ names.
For now, Anwar has come out on top in the long-simmering rift with Azmin and supporters, but questions remain if this success will count for much.
Chin, from the Asia Institute at the University of Tasmania, says Anwar had shown that he commands majority support in his party and that he can be a “strongman”, but the public would doubt if Anwar can run the country “when he can’t even ensure unity in his own party”.
He believes the rift in PKR runs so deep that it dominated the congress and overshadowed important elements of Anwar’s speech on reforms.
Chin says a compromise will be needed for party unity, and Azmin, with less support among party members, would probably need to back off for a while.
Azmi Hassan.
However Azmi Hassan of Universiti Teknologi Malaysia believes the split has reached the point of no return and that Azmin still retains formidable support, as seen in the holding of a dinner Sunday night, ostensibly about the 2030 Shared Prosperity Vision policy, but which was viewed as a rival party congress.
“The chances of Anwar becoming prime minister are looking dimmer by the day. Anwar doesn’t just need the support from his own members, he needs the support of the people”. However,his public credibility would have been affected by the PKR fiasco.
The national congress should have been PKR’s platform to show its strength as the largest party in Pakatan Harapan and set out its future direction on national policies, but the opposite happened, reflecting poorly on its leadership.

Economy Shutting Down. Dr M Shut Down Already

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My comments:

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

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

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

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

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

Dr Mahathir has shut down.