Thursday, December 29, 2011

Save the Sultan, nab the boys

Iskandar Investment Berhad couldn’t have imagined such publicity even if Kalimullah had been their Chairman and Abdullah Badawi was still sleeping somewhere in Putrajaya.

The past few days ISKANDAR INVESTMENT has been in the limelight for all the wrong reasons. When news of the MACC operation and subsequent court appearance of a few super senior ISKANDAR INVESTMENT officers broke, some FOURTH FLOOR boys up North in KL must have been rattled.

No doubt that Shahrizat Jalil could have a breather, a temporary one that is, but MACC’s hit in Johor has definitely sent a chill down the spine of quite a number of high profile operatives- those in Khazanah included.

What many may not notice is that the Iskandar hit may just be the tip of the iceberg as some of the trails could be leading up the ‘serene’ hill, or so they say.

Word has it that a former MMRCB senior officer has spilled the beans about a so-called multi million under-table payment to a newly minted Sultan. It could be empty talk or just the former 4th floor policy maker’s name-throwing antics but that has surely led to a series of other allegations against the same Sultan.

Its certainly snowballing and people in Johor and Singapore are talking about it.

Sources, not from the North, East or West, say the Sultan on the advice of the ex-4th floor boy who claims to have the Sultan in his pocket, has been encroaching into the affairs of the state civil service with impunity.

The said Sultan’s friends and business partners could also be deeply involved in the ISKANDAR scandal which is fast unfolding now. Medini Iskandar, the say, could be holding lots of secrets.

Since the shit in Iskandar has hit the ceiling, the Sultan may want to reconsider his partnership with those who claim to have paid him millions from MMRCB and continue to sell the Sultan’s name from Kota Baharu to Kallang , Kuala Lumpur included.

One DTK ZZ is up to no good, or so they say.

Being a Sultan, the monarch may also want to stay out of business that involves state land, state policy and arm-twisting the state civil service.

In the meantime Azman of Khazanah should do an audit on the GLCs (or rather their directors) who have been claiming that the Sultan could be bribed. The Sultan may appear fierce but we his people don’t believe that he is corrupt or has been abusing his powers. 

Why should he be doing such things when he is the Sultan of our state?

Ampun Tuanku! Jangan biarkan si-kitol menikam dari belakang Tuanku. 

Friday, December 23, 2011

WRITING on the WALL for Shahrizat Jalil?

NFC office raided, suspect remanded
Yes Shahrizat, you better pray very hard that you are not nominated in the next general election.

The NFC scandal involving government minister Shahrizat Jalil's family has taken a positive turn with enforcement authorities moving into the second phase of investigations involving a suspected misappropriation of 250 million ringgit of Government funds.

Police arrested a suspect in the course of their investigations yesterday and have handed him to MACC. 

It was understood the suspect who have since been remanded is none other than NFC chairman Dr Salleh Ismail's close relative. Salleh just happens to be Shahrizat Jalil's husband. 

This afternoon, the NFC office in Mont Kiara was raided by MACC officers. 

Friends and foes are guessing Shahrizat Jalil's reaction to these damning developments in the past 24-hours. 

As a senior politician, government minister and particularly as Wanita Umno chief, is Shahrizat prepared to take the necessary step? 

The writing is on the wall and many are of the opinion that everybody else could read the BOLD writing, except for those entangled in the 250million scandal. 

The next 24-hours could be equally interesting.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Conspiracy of comrades

DAP leaders, particularly party advisor Lim Kit Siang and his son cum secretary general Lim Guan Eng, have been trying to play down the recent spat between DAP Chairman Karpal Singh and Penang Deputy Chief Minister P.Ramasamy.

On the surface it appears that both the senior Lim and his chief minister son are trying very hard to prevent an all out war between Ramasamy and party stalwart Karpal Singh.

But what is the actual development in the party, which now controls the state of Penang? Is there a storm brewing below the surface?

Observers are of the view that a serious power struggle is underway in Penang, with senior party leaders making their move in preparation for the 13th general elections.

The Ramasamy-Karpal spat started after the former took it upon himself to announce the names of a few of his strong supporters as DAP candidates.

Known as an individual who sticks to the spirit of the letter, Karpal immediately shot back at Ramasamy for breaching party rules and ethics by openly venturing into the sacred domain of the central committee.

Karpal said Ramasamy shouldn’t behave like a warlord by positioning his team without prior consultation or approval of the central committee and Ramasamy shot back saying that DAP doesn’t need a ‘godfather’ – in clear reference to the chairman.

The central committee that is basically run by the advisor and his son quickly formed a special panel to handle the Ramasamy-Karpal spat.

Both father and son included themselves in the panel and also roped in the obedient party life advisor Dr Chen Man Hin.

The panel swiftly, in a matter of hours, concluded that the spat has been solved and DAP would move forward to face the elections, but what they failed to do is to address the problem in hand.

While the three-man panel issued a statement ‘resolving’ the spat, Karpal issued a strong counter statement that all was not well.

The no nonsense party Chairman has said that the matter was far from over and that the party must take action against Ramasamy and those associated with him for breaching DAP’s rules, regulations and party ethics.

Karpal’s strongly worded statement, which was published in the New Straits Times, has now created a storm in DAP.

It was reliably learnt that secretary general Lim Guan Eng had confided to his father and requested the senior Lim to reprimand Karpal for his outburst in the NST.

Lim Kit Siang did make a telephone call to Karpal to calm him down and to convey Lim Guan Eng’s displeasure, but the advisor was given a dressing down by the Tiger of Jelutong for condoning Ramasamy’s serious breach of discipline.

Karpal, it was understood, is perplexed with these recent developments and the way the Lims were behaving to Ramasamy’s crude politics.

Two DAP state assemblyman in Penang, R.S.N. Rayer (Seri Delima) and A. Thanasekaran (Bagan Dalam), who are known Karpal supporters, have also been the target of Ramasamy’s open attacks.

 What surprises political observers and DAP veterans is how Ramasamy, being a novice first term politician and a new comer in Penang, could have mustered enough political courage to mount such an attack against Karpal Singh.

Almost all of them suspect some hidden hands at work behind the campaign to attack Karpal since demonstrations against the party chairman have also been held outside Penang.

In Selangor, the party veterans effigy was burnt by a group DAP members claiming to be Ramasamy supporters.

But has Ramasamy gained such support and influence in DAP after just a couple of years in politics or is the former UKM lecturer being pushed into the ring by powerful DAP leaders who are out to remove Karpal?

Karpal’s close confidantes believe that it’s a high level conspiracy hatched to not only remove Karpal but also to consolidate certain individual’s hold on the party.

You could call it a power struggle but its not just a DAP Penang issue. This is a battle to gain total control of the DAP and to form a new team of elected representatives who would toe the secretary general and his father’s orders.

Who could the conspirators be? Whatever their plans are, Karpal is not going to just give up and walk away.

We shall watch the Tiger of Jelutong fighting to protect his territory. You could burn his effigy but not his courage to take on his enemies, more so when they’re merely the hachet men of Karpal’s once trusted comrades.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Anwar conned Qardawi

Zul Noordin: Dr Yusuf Qardawi Deceived 

Member of Parliament for Kulim-Bandar Baru, Datuk Zulkifli Noordin has admitted to have deceived renowned cleric Syeikh Dr Yusuf Qardawi into issuing a fatwa supporting the sodomy II case involving Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and his aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

“We have made a mistake…we admit making the mistake. I was among those who made the mistake, and I must meet up with Syeikh Yusuf Qardawi to make amendments.

“Because…we wish to inform (that) it was true we had deceived Syeikh Yusuf Qardawi into believing that Anwar had been slandered,” he said.

As Anwar’s lawyer, Zulkifli had prepared biased questions to elicit the fatwa from Dr Yusuf Al Qardawi in 2009.

According to him, he was responsible in preparing the questions, which sided Anwar and hiding the truth about the complainant, Mohd Saiful.

“I was the one who gave the briefing and prepared the questions couched in specific forms to persuade and convince Syeikh Yusuf Qardawi that Anwar had been slandered…that was how it was pictured.

“We completely avoided the truth about the case, (for example) that Saiful was Anwar’s employee…we didn’t tell him about Saiful complaining that he had been sodomised.

“We (only) described that there was slander in this sodomy case. When he understood the way we put it, 
Syeikh Yusuf Qardawi immediately issued the ‘Qazaf’ fatwa,”

Zulkifli, who was one of Anwar’s defence lawyers in the sodomy I trial (1998), also admitted what he did was wrong and sinful because he went to the extent of lying to the respected cleric just to save Anwar’s reputation and image.

“Looking back, we find we have committed much sin relating to this matter…to the extent that we even had the audacity to deceive a cleric of such stature in believing that the issue faced by Anwar was one of slander – an issue that needed to be addressed through Qazaf.

“That was why I spoke in parliament…we have made a mistake and I am asking our colleagues not to persist in doing the same.

“Alhamdulillah, Allah has made me realise. I still have the time to meet certain people and ask for apologies...and I have done so.

“I have the responsibility to meet him (Syeikh Yusuf Qardawi) to explain and correct the situation, if it can still be corrected, that is. If he refuses to accept it, then it will be his responsibility, but at least I have tried to make amendments about what I have done,” he said.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

NFC allows the opposition to feed a lot

Focus is wanting, or focus in one thing that the opposition lawmakers and their supporters lack.

Now that they have managed to exploit the issue pertaining to the controversial national cattle farming project (The National Feedlot Centre, NFC) to the hilt, round two sees them foaming at the mouth just because the Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar and the Public Accounts Committee have decided to probe the matter.

The earlier denials by Deputy Prime Minister Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin and Agriculture and Agro-based Industry Minister Dato' Mohd Noh Omar did not help, and neither did it stop some Barisan Nasional (BN) lawmakers from joining in the calls for action to be taken.

Action is being taken by the authorities, but action in this sense must be taken according to procedure. The seemingly uncivilised herd mentality that has affected the Pakatan Rakyat (PR) lawmakers and their cohorts, has made their consistent calls for government accountability, reformasi and democracy (their version of it, whatever it is) seem all, but worthless. The public is slowly but aurely becoming numb with overload.

It is all about politics being exploited and skewed - where everything goes and where the tiniest of blemish is magnified into a mountain of worries and do or die matter. This stance applies to both sides of the political divide in Malaysian politics, but even more on the part of the federal opposition as demonstrated in the Bersih 2.0 fiasco, the Lynas issue in Gebeng, Kuantan, the nonsensical harping on a diamond ring and much more. 

It is indeed overkill for PR, just when they were already riding high following the 2008 coup of sorts, denying the BN the much-coveted two thirds majority in parliament.

It is now clear these people are not interested in being objective. Issues that do not serve their interest they ignore.

Issues like the the stealing of sand, the sudden sprouting of massage parlours all over Selangor, the sudden appearance of thousands of illegal Chinese sex workers, the fiasco and bad management of PKNS , and many more - are all completely ignored as though these issues do not leave any effect on the populace. Instead, they concentrate on attacking the establishment .
It is all indeed very one-sided and it is thus not surprising that the public have become somewhat immune to all the " news" they try to raise. 

There is no finesse or intellectuality in their loud diatribes against whatever wrong, clear or present on the part of the long-holding power of the BN. Such a waste when there are  issues that have been properly dissected, leaving avenues for enlightening engagement with the other side jeopardised and clouded by uncultured and untutored spinmeisters who call themselves champions of their cause in the cyber world.

The barrage of nonsense and sensational ‘revelations’ by these spinmeisters often confuse the public, turning them off from the grandstand of local politics, and leaving the arena to be even more bloody.

There has to be an end to all these for the sake of Malaysia. The rakyat have become smarter but at the same time more gullible, too. So, that is why the opposition finds it quite easy to stir up sentiments for issues that they think they can champion.

Why, in this respect, even the congregation of pro-government/BN social media players who have been given recognition as cyber warriors to right the wrong perspectives of government policies is seen as something dirty. 

The detractors – the opposition no less, seem blind to their own lot where they have legions of cyber bandits, cyber snipers and cyber idiots manning their forts in the ether. Such is their ONE-EYED disposition.

The BenchMark

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

WHO is AZIZ BARI the Activist!

It has come to a stage where Prof Dr Abdul Aziz Bari is emulating the style of Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, who when faced with issues would rather hold his silence and radiate an aura of the all-knowing and wisest of souls.

His involvement with the ‘Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs’ (IDEAS) has been suspicious from the very beginning.
Although operating in Malaysia, besides Aziz, the other two fellows of IDEAS are not Malaysians, while four more foreigners serve as international advisors.

So, despite being a local outfit operating out of Malaysia and showcasing faces such as Wan Saiful Wan Jan and Aziz Bari, in reality IDEAS is coached and advised by foreign activists and receive funds from abroad. In this respect, can the organisation be trusted, as it claims to educate and foster a change in Malaysia?

Aziz has vested interests in this organisation. Perhaps, he may be receiving certain allowances when elected as senior fellow of IDEAS, but at the same time it is also publishing his book, “Perspektif Perlembagaan” (Constitutional Perspectives). A book that is almost similar was published by Anwar’s think tank, the Institute for Policy Research (IKD).

The revelation by the blog, ‘’ came as a surprise when it claimed that Aziz was paid high royalty payments from IKD – much more than the market price of the book.

If that was so, is Aziz also getting high royalty payments for his book published by IDEAS?

Study the numbers on the income and expenditure statement of IDEAS, of which Aziz is a part of. The statement is from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010. Refer to the telling part on the left.

From the numbers it is proven that IDEAS received funds from six different foreign bodies, comprising Akademi Merdeka.Org, Atlas Economic Research Foundation (USA), Friederich Naumann Foundation (Germany), Grivelle Trust (UK), International Policy Network (UK) and International Property Right Index (USA).
Of the six foreign bodies, exclusively operates out of Malaysia, Indonesia, Singapore and Brunei.

According to its website, “Akademi Merdeka.Org is a libertarianism ideas-based educational project by the Atlas Global Initiative for Free Trade, Peace and Prosperity.

“The mission of Akademi Merdeka.Org is to serve as a platform for the dissemination of libertarianism thoughts and understanding in the region, especially in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei.

In the books section, works related to liberalism and by extension, those that relate to publications by IDEAS, IKD and MEGC (Middle Eastern Graduates Centre) are also promoted parallel with the vision and aims of the organisation.

From the combined efforts of in promoting the sale of the books, it looks as though the four entities, namely IDEAS, IKD, MEGC and are colluding in struggling for a common cause.

In a closed door meeting of Anwar’s friends early this year, Dr Yusri Mohamad and Ustaz Ismail Mina criticised the de facto PKR leader for deliberately keeping quiet – an act construed as giving his blessings to the publication of widely received pro-apostasy books by IKD and MEGC.

Further readings on the verbal intellectual clash between Anwar, Yusri and Ismail over can be found here 

Aziz is the ‘main mover’ in a special unit within ‘Akademi Merdeka.’

Akademi Merdeka is another name for the Freedom Institute in Indonesia. It is powered by the supporters of Liberal Islam, including Ulil Abshar Abdalla and Luthfi Assyaukanie.

Its official website says,” The programme will be led by Professor Abdul Aziz Bari, the Senior Fellow Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), who is also a law expert from the International Islamic University. He will be using the modules he developed for the academy.

“The topics that will be critically discussed include Democracy, Constitutionality and the Constitution; Separation of Powers based on the Malaysian Constitution; Human Rights and the Constitution; the Special Position of the Malays and Islam; Federalism in the Malaysian Constitution and Facing the Challenges of Constitutionality.

According to the website, AkademiMerdeka offers scholarships to enable as many as people as possible to participate in Akademi Merdeka. All those interested are encouraged to apply for scholarships for either partial or full underwriting of the costs of participation and accommodation”

On last November 5, The Malaysian Insider quoted Wan Saiful Wan Jan in its report on the approval given by the Registrar of Societies (ROS) to the NGO, Angkatan Amanah Merdeka (AMANAH).

“Last night’s discussion was significant and fruitful. We have outlined many issues that will be implemented after this,” said its Vice President Wan Saiful Wan Jan, who admitted that developments in the run up to the 13th General Election will be maximised to power the activities and realise the objectives of the establishment of Amanah.

Last July 29, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, who is also the Member of Parliament for Gua Musang launched Amanah, an NGO touted to be the platform for the people in their struggle for truth and justice and in the fight against corruption, cronyism and racial harmony in Malaysia.

The six deputy presidents comprise the former Minister of Information Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir, former MCA president Datuk Seri Ong Tee Keat, former MIC vice president Datuk S.Subramaniam, Datuk Wilfred Bumburing, Datuk Seri Bujang Ulis and Datuk Seri Daniel Tajem.

Besides Wan Saiful, the other vice presidents include Datuk Mohd Azmi Razak, Tan Sri Simon Sipaun, Ragunath Kesavan, Mohd Lukman Ghani, Ong Hock Siew and Dr Patau Rubis.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Investigate Lah!

We know HOW, but Who, What, When, Where & Why? 

This is the latest BURNING issue among students and concerned parents in Penang. 

The 16 year old son of a prominent politician, a VVIP so to say, is said to have been sacked from a Chinese secondary school on the island after the boy was found to have fondled a female student in SMJK Heng Ee. 

Pro-Opposition blogs were among the first to pursue this felony following unconfirmed news that the VVIP had paid the more than 200,000 ringgit to the victim's family. Basically the 200,000 ringgit is to SHUT their mouth.

It was claimed that the VVIP had also managed to get a place for his son in another school - Sekolah Menengah St Xavier. 

When the issue became the talk of town, the overzealous pro-Opposition blogs which were all the while insinuating that the VVIP was a Penang Barisan Nasional politician, suddenly stopped even a slight mention of this juicy 'breasts fondling' matter.

Several Penang-based independent bloggers have since picked up the issue following a series of serious allegations that the culprit was actually the son of a Batu Pahat born VVIP (currently on duty on the island of Penang).

These latest allegations have raised a few pertinent questions - 

1 - Did such an act (fondling of a school girl) actually take place in one of the prestigious Chinese schools in Penang?

2 - If indeed there was such an act of gross misconduct bordering criminality in a prestigious school in Penang, did the school authority institute any form of action against the culprit? 

3 - If indeed the school had sacked the boy, as initially claimed by some pro-Opposition blogs,  how did he manage to get into another prestigious Chinese school in Penang?

4 - Is it true that the Batu Pahat-born VVIP father of the boy had paid-off the female student and her family via a third party? 

5 - Is it also true that a prominent businessman had, through the Chinese Chamber of Commerce, contributed a few MILLION RINGGIT to the school in which the alleged 'fondling' took place - this time to shut the school authorities mouth?   

6 - Did the school in which the alleged incident took place, file an official report to the Education Department?

Below is one of the blog posts with some sketchy details and damning allegations. 

Kes ini berlaku sekitar bulan May sebelum cuti sekolah. Dikhabarkan anak VVIP DAP si Marcus@ LWT telah meraba buah dada rakan sekolahnya,keduanya berumur 16 tahun. 

Mangsa melapurkan kepada guru displin dan Marcus di panggil mengadap. Dengan angkuh dan sombongnya dia berkata "apa you boleh buat,I anak CM!" Cerita ini menjadi heboh dan mangsa mengugut untuk membuat laporan polis.

Berlaku campur tangan orang tua marcus ,untuk mengelakkan cerita ini heboh Marcus dibuang sekolah dan ditukarkan dari SMJK Heng Ee ke Sekolah Menengah St Xavier.

Orang tua Marcus bertemu dengan mangsa dan keluarganya untuk menyelesaikan kes dan mahu menutup isu ini dari pengetahuan umum. Dikhabarkan ketika itu jumlah tuntutan mencecah 500ribu,setelah berunding dengan keluarga mangsa jumlah itu dikurangkan kepada RM200 ribu.

Read more:

Also -

AND... The often vociferous Malaysiakini is saying :- Guan Eng mum over blog disparaging VVIP's son

Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng has declined to answer allegations in pro-Umno blogs that a VVIP’s son was involved in a case of outraging the modesty of his female schoolmate.
Lim, who is DAP national secretary-general, has challenged Umno instead to publish the allegations in “their newspapers”.

“Let Umno publish the news first, then you will see what I will do,” said Lim during a press conference in Penang today.
“What happens now is they make allegations, then I reply (baling batu, sembunyi tangan). Why should I reply to them every time?” he asked.
Lim said he has better things to do then to reply to each and every allegation or speculation against him.
Earlier, when contacted, Lim’s wife, Betty Chew, also declined to comment, saying, “Please ask CM about it”.
The Penang media fraternity was abuzz today with  news of a VVIP’s son who has allegedly been caught for alleged sexual harassment of a female schoolmate.
The unsubstantiated allegations are going viral among pro-Umno bloggers, and that the identity of the VVIP has been speculated to be that of Lim.
It was claimed that his 16-year-old son had been recently transferred from a Chinese school, Heng Ee, to the well-known St Xavier’s Institution recently due to alleged disciplinary problems.
However, the school has denied the allegation, saying there was no truth in the rumours.
The issue was first higlighted in a pro-Umno blog where the blogger Dr MiM - who blogs atnovandri.blogspot - said that many had already speculated about the identity of the boy.
He added that pro-opposition bloggers are “biting their fingers” because the VVIP is not from BN but from “their own species”.
“If you are wondering who is this VVIP from Penang - he knows calculation and mathematics that he is able to calculate (set a price) at RM100,000 for each breast groped by his son?” quipped the blogger.

‘Transfer carried out according to procedure’
Meanwhile, a source from Heng Ee school said Lim’s son had indeed been transferred to another school but that the process was carried out according to proper procedure.
He denied allegations that the boy was moved to St Xavier’s Institution due to disciplinary problems, as alleged.
“He was a prefect and has done quite well in the academic field. We did not want him to leave. Even his parents did not want him to leave but he preferred to study in another school,” said the reliable source, who requested anonymity.
The source said he was quite surprised to hear about the allegations in the blog.
The blog has published a photo of the girl, but the source denied that it was the individual allegedly involved.

Attempts by members of the mainstream media to get comments from the school authorities have been futile as the standard answer was - 'No Comments". 

But why 'no comments'? This just adds fuel to the fire.

The school concerned should either deny or confirm this matter since its a very serious issue. (Malaysiakini's self created SOURCES from Komtar doesn't answer any of the questions)

Parents are now worried about the safety of their children, in particular their school going daughters, as schools are said to be covering up serious crimes for the right amount of 'compensation'?

There are no two ways about it. The school authorities must come clean before more serious crimes like rape and murder takes place within the confines of  our schools.

The Education Ministry MUST order an immediate investigations into this latest fondling-scandal involving a VVIP's son in Penang. 

It is the responsibility of the Minister of Education and/or his officers to instruct the state Education Department to furnish a detailed report of this incident as it has clearly tarnished the image of Chinese schools in Penang and those administering them.

p/s Wee Ka Siong, mana lu? 

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

GLC: GANGSTERS linked companies?

Excerpts of Bayan Baru MP Dato Seri Zahrain Hashim's speech in Dewan Rakyat yesterday while debating the 2012 Budget - Supply Bill.

Tuan Yang DiPertua,

Kontroversi berkenaan syarikat berkaitan kerajaan atau GLC nampak-nya tidak pernah reda sejak kepimpinan terdahulu.

Jika dahulu sebuah syarikat kecil seperti ECM Libra dibenarkan ‘menelan’ syarikat milik kerajaan Avenue Capital tanpa penjelasan ynag sewajarnya, kini muncul pula beberapa kes yang baru.

Pembelian 30% saham E&O Berhad oleh Sime Darby Berhad untuk satu jumlah yang tidak masuk akal sama-sekali harus di-siasat pihak kerajaan kerana terdapat pelbagai bukti kukuh yang menunjukkan ke-arah jenayah komersial, iaitu ‘insider trading’.

Isu penukaran saham atau penggabungan MAS dan penerbangan tambang murah Air Asia, seperti yang di-utarakan rakan saya YB Wangsa Maju, juga menjadi suatu tanda tanya yang besar.

Saya berpendapat isu ECM Libra dan Avenue Capital masih belum selesai dan harus di-siasat semula bersama Sime Darby – E&O, MAS – AirAsia serta kontroversi yang melibatkan Pengerusi Suruhanjaya Sekuriti Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar serta suaminya Datuk Azizan Abdul Rahman - kerana individu yang sama kelihatan terbabit dalam kontroversi – kontroversi terkini.

Tuan Yang DiPertua,

Sepertimana yang di-cadangkan untuk menjamin penerimaan sepenuhnya dasar transformasi di kalangan penjawat awam, pegawai tertinggi GLC juga harus di-pantau dengan lebih dekat agar kuasa ynag melampau tidak menjurus ke-arah amalan rasuah dan salahguna kuasa.

Pegawai GLC yang terbukti menyeleweng harus di-ambil tindakan yang tegas agar ianya menjadi pengajaran kepada yang lain, manakala yang di-ketahui terlibat dalam kes penyelewengan tetapi kurangan bukti untuk di-sabitkan kesalahan harus di-pindahkan serta-merta ke-jawatan lain.

Baru-baru ini timbul pula ura-ura tentang penyalahgunaan kuasa yang berleluasa serta penyelewengan dalam syarikat GLC telekom Malaysia Berhad.

Mungkin Menteri yang berkenaan boleh menjawab, apakah benar Menara TM di Bangsar serta Menara Celcom di Jalan Semarak (kedua-duanya milik TM) telah di-jual?

Saya harap cerita ini hanya khabar angin sahaja namun berdasarkan tingkahlaku mereka yang menerajui GLC – GLC kita yang lain, saya tidak terkejut langsung dengan khabar ini.

Sekali lagi saya ingin mendesak agar skandal penggabungan ECM Libra dan syarikat GLC Avenur Capital di-siasat semula kerana adalah mustahil untuk mana-mana pihak untuk menguasai sebuah GLC dengan asset tunai melebihi 3 BILLION ringgit tanpa apa-apa bayaran tunai, walaupun 1 ringgit.

Jawatankuasa Kira-kira Wang Negara pernah menyiasat skandal ECM Libra – Avenue Capital ini namun kesudahan-nya agak terbantut dan isu-isu yang kontroversi masih belum terjawab sehingga hari ini.

Saya mendesak agar Jawatankuasa Kira-kira Wang Negara membuka kembali fail lama ini bagi mengelak GLC lain daripada menjadi mangsa permainan silap-mata yang serupa.

Janganlah wujud keadaan di-mana penjawat awam bergaji rendah harus patuh kepada segala garis panduan dan tatacara manakala yang menerima imbuhan ratusan ribu ringgit bebas menyeleweng syarikat kerajaan dengan bantuan penyangak dari luar. 

Issues pertaining GLCs is once again in the limelight. Not that the GLCs have transformed inline with the GTP but there seems to be increased participation or rather manipulation by a few individuals with notorious background.

It is rather brave for MP Zahrain to dabble into these serious issues plaguing GLCs and the Government. 

Mysterious deals highlighted in Parliament yesterday casts a bad image of the GLCs and by extension the Government led by PM Najib Razak.

Is PM in the know of these mysteries in our GLCs? 

Zahrain is proposing for the Public Accounts Committee to grab the bull by the horn and investigate some recent deals, in particular those involving Sime Darby and E&O and MAS & Air Asia.

The Securities Commission too has been under the spotlight for quite sometime but maybe that would be settled with latest unconfirmed news that Tan Sri Zainah Anwar may resign soon, voluntarily, to enable her husband to remain active in the corporate world.

Another point to be noted in the parliamentarian's debate was his demand for the Public Accounts Committee to re-visit the controversial ECM Libra - Avenue Capital merger.

Has the PAC under the current leadership mustered sufficient guts to go after the BIG FISH? 

Lets wait and see if GLC still stands for Government linked companies or otherwise. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Hoi, please lah!

Kelantan Mentri Besar dan Pas spiritual leader Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat has made it clear, once again, that Hudud will be implemented in Kelantan.

Speaking at PAS’ 60th anniversary celebrations in Kepala Batas last Saturday, Nik Aziz reiterated his stand and expressed confidence that if Pakatan Rakyat takes over the Federal government, they would amend the Federal Constitution to enable the implementation of Hudud in all states.

In the same breath, Nik Aziz said the Islamic syariah (criminal) law would not be applicable for non-Muslims.

PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang echoed his spiritual leader, stressing that PAS would continue to champion Hudud despite the overwhelming objection from within Pakatan Rakyat.

Pakatan Rakyat leaders failed to reach a consensus or spell out a clear solution during their meeting (last Wednesday) on Hudud in Kelantan, as insisted by Nik Aziz.

While DAP, in particular its chairman Karpal Singh, stands firm in rejecting Hudud in any part of Malaysia as ‘Hudud was against the Constitution, there has been no clear stand on the issue from the other partner, PKR.

Opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim who spoke after the contentious meeting on Wednesday merely stated that all three parties would abide by the Constitution and their common framework as spelt out in Buku Jingga.

The next day, Nik Aziz thanked both PKR and DAP for respecting PAS’ ideology and reiterated that Hudud will be implemented in Kelantan and that the non-Muslims would not be subjected to the harsh punishment under the Syariah criminal law.

Except for Karpal who in unwavering in his objection against any form of Hudud anywhere in Malaysia, the rest of the DAP and PKR leaders seem to be either silent or are busy trying to sidestep the issue by conveniently blaming Barisan Nasional for their dilemma.

I have a few straightforward questions for PAS, PKR, DAP and their leaders.

You guys could chose to answer these questions as Pakatan Rakyat or as individual party leaders but please, please don’t confuse us with your answers.

I’m sure you guys still remember how to talk straight, free from your usual spinning-the-gasing style rite? 

1.  What is your stand on the implementation of Hudud in this 

2.  Will Hudud be implemented in Kelantan?

3.  Why is it that you guys keep sending starkly different signals on 
     a daily basis?

4.  If Hudud is clearly against our constitution, why even talk about 
     it in the first place?

5.  Would you guys amend the constitution to pave way for Hudud if 
     PR takes control of the federal government?  Just tell us whether 
     it is a YES or NO.

6.  If the answer to Q No: 5 is a solid YES, why don’t you guys say it 
    out aloud so the voters could make a choice?

7.  If the answer to Q No: 5 is truthfully a NO, why don’t you guys  
     say exactly that and stop all this confusing double-talk ?

8.  Could you guys please decide on who has the final say (within  
     PR) about this contentious matter and not allow Nik Aziz to drag    
     us in and out of his turban?

9.  Once again, please give us a straight answer lah okay? Just say 
     Yes or No.

I really don’t know how to explain this Hudud drama to my 18 year old boy who thinks you PR politicians are idiots who can’t solve a simple matter.  I can’t blame my boy rite?