Monday, September 08, 2014

The Selangor Saga Continues

Is it too late now for Anwar Ibrahim to "fix" a really bad situation.
Or is there any fixing to be done, in the first place as far as he and his supporters are concerned.
The Sultan of Selangor is right in the middle of it -- and not of (his) choice.
It aint looking too good.
At some point earlier, before it got to be so messy, Anwar could have "right" a bad situation. At that point, the ball was in his court. 
If there is such a thing as "it is never too late", this is it...but..
Here is the latest report by the NST.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has reprimanded PKR and DAP for submitting only one name as their nominee for the state’s Menteri Besar post.
“DAP and PKR had only submitted one name (PKR president) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as a Selangor Menteri Besar candidate.
“The Sultan of Selangor is extremely disappointed with DAP and PKR for not abiding to His Royal Highness’ decree he made on Aug 27.
“DAP and PKR’s actions showed their insolence towards the royal institution and also an act of treason (derhaka) towards the Sultan of Selangor,” said a statement issued by the Sultan’s private secretary, Datuk Munir Bani.
In the statement, Munir confirmed that only Pas had submitted three names to the Palace to be considered the post.
It also said that the Sultan had decreed each party in the Pakatan coalition to submit more than two names for the position, and said that it was the Palace’s convention that had been practised.
“This is to allow the Sultan to make a choice as a suitable candidate for the position, by looking not only at the majority support of the state assemblymen, but also in terms of skills, experience, integrity and capabilities.
“These are important to guarantee the state government’s smooth administration, to ensure the harmony of the people of Selangor,” he said.
Munir said the Sultan would scrutinise each name before deciding.
“The power of appointing a menteri besar rests in the hands of the Sultan, hence, His Highness will also look at other state assemblymen from Pakatan which the Sultan feels is qualified and who, to his understanding, holds the majority support of the state assemblymen.” he will remains to be seen.

Of Politics, Divorce And A whole Lot Of Money : The Sarawak Case (2)

Sarawak business entrepreneur Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib today continued his testimony in the Shariah Court of Kuala Lumpur.

He spoke on the inaccuracies with regards to the magnitude of his wealth raised by his former wife Shahnaz Abdul Majid.

The article below is extracted from a news release issued by his office.

In earlier proceedings, Shahnaz had relied on forensic accounting reports by Ferrier Hodgson.

In his testimony today,  which Mahmud pointed out that land purported to have oil palms, was actually secondary forest. 

Ferrier Hodgson, he said, had failed to conduct a site visit of the said land where there were no productive crops or harvests to have generated incomes claimed by the forensics accounting firm.

“Their methodology is not realistic. In fact, it is flawed and cannot be counted to assess my income,” Mahmud said. He was giving his  testimony before Judge Muhamad Abdul Karim Wahab in the ‘mutaah’ divorce claim by his ex-wife. His examination was conducted by his legal counsel Sa’adiah Din .

Mahmud said if Ferrier Hodgson had sought for factual documents from him to prove their claims in their forensics report, he had not received any request or correspondence to that effect.

His former wife, he said, had been duped into believing that he has massive wealth running into billions.

 In a previous hearing on Sept 2, he said that his wife had been made to believe he had millions in off shore accounts by Canadian fraudsters Cullen Johnson and Elaine White. He also testified that an international conspiracy by Sarawak Report led by political activist Clare Rewcastle-Brown and the Bruno Manser Fund had contributed to all this.
In court, Mahmud also spoke of the selective revelation of his confidential American Express platinum corporate card account by Malayan Banking Berhad.

The plaintiff does not have the expressed permission of the card account holder or Bank Negara Malaysia.

“BAFIA rules are explicitly clear to protect and safeguard the privacy of all bank customers from harms way. I am disappointed by the revelations and violations by Malayan Banking Berhad brought about by the plaintiff,” he said.

“As a rule, banks are obliged to protect confidential banking information in law, in contract and in their fiduciary duty from being reproduced, given, divulged, revealed, published or otherwise disclosed to any person, or to make a record for any person, of any information or document whatsoever relating to the accounts of its customers published to any third party.”

He said this when examined by his legal counsel if he had granted permission to the bank to reveal his confidential corporate credit card account.

In addition to the RM100 million for conciliatory gift (mutaah) claim today, Shanaz had also filed a number of other claims amounting to RM300 million for matrimonial assets division, RM200 million for child maintenance to include a terrace house in London (RM60 million), two Aston Martins (RM5.5 million), a private trust fund (RM40 million to be held by her), and including a claim for half of her former husband’s assets.

The purported wealth of her former husband had been greatly exaggerated to support the massive claims.

Hearing continues on Nov 17 2014.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Of PASMA and Anwar

The politics of Anwar Ibrahim is all about the lust for power and the trail of destruction his quest/struggle/campaign -- whatever you want to call it -- leaves (not behind).

His old and former supporter, uber still-a-controversial blogger Raja Petra reminds his readers what Anwar is all about.

"What is Anwar Ibrahim’s greatest achievement? How will Anwar be remembered? He will be remembered as the person who broke up and weakened the largest and strongest Malay party, Umno, and then broke up and weakened the largest and strongest Muslim party, PAS."

 This is an excerpt from Raja Petra's posting in Malaysia Today on the soon-to-be-launched PASMA - Pas Breakaway Party .

Raja Petra says that this "was a long time coming."

He said the division in PAS between the ulama and the liberal (Erdogan) factions has been there for a long time and it was a matter of time before the liberals leave to form another party which is also nothing new in the Islamist party.

Raja Petra pointed out that PAS itself is a splinter of Umno when the ulama faction left just before Merdeka to form a new Islamist party.
That was five years after Umno was formed.
In 1977, Then, later on, PAS member Mohamad Nasir, left the party to form Berjasa in 1977. In 1983, Asri Muda, left the party to form Hamim.
The blogger likened problem in PAS to that of Umno in 1997-98 which saw a split between pro-Anwar and pro-Mahathir factions.

He also pointed out that Parti Keadilan Nasional  (now Parti Keadilan Rakyat - a merger with Parti Rakyat) was of Adil, an association formed in 1999 by Anwar who was already sacked from Umno.

"In 1997-1998, Anwar was the catalyst to the problems in Umno. Today, Anwar is also the catalyst to the problems in PAS. And we may soon see what happened to Umno in 1997-1998 happening again, but this time to PAS," Raja Petra wrote.

In his latest posting PASMA: Anwar's Secret Weapon , Raja Petra gives his take on why Anwar needs PASMA.

Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Of Politics and Divorce - The Sarawak Case

Global political conspiracy stemming from my divorce case, says Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib

KUALA LUMPUR --- Sarawak business entrepreneur Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib today continued his testimony in the Shariah Court of Kuala Lumpur testifying that a global politically motivated conspiracy had evolved from his divorce maintenance hearings against him and his family, in particular, his father Tun Pehin Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud, Governor of Sarawak and immediate former chief minister of the state.

“What was suppose to be a private matter in divorce maintenance claims before the courts was blown up into a global attack and slander to change the political landscape of Sarawak,” he said.

He cited attacks from Sarawak Report led by British political activist Clare Rewcastle-Brown who is related to former UK prime minister Gordon Brown. Ms Rewcastle, he said, had picked up every conceivable piece of gossip and political scandal to undermine his reputation and credibility.

He said that the attacks stemmed from his former wife and her team, one of whom is related to Malaysian opposition leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim. As a result, Harakah the opposition news organ and Sarawak Report had reported immensely, a string of distortions, misrepresentations and fabrications – much of which one can see from the evidence submitted to court by his former wife Shahnaz Abdul Majid.

“It saddens me that my divorce, which is painful enough for all, should have been hijacked by politicians and activists, and used to disseminate falsehoods under the cover of this respected court.”

As a result, the attacks even continued into the Swiss Parliament where MPs had demanded that Swiss banks reveal his accounts following Shahnaz’s revelation of 111 purported offshore bank accounts.

“These bank accounts are forgeries masquerading as hacks. They are not real,” he said.

“The forged documents were obtained by my former wife and her team at a time when the fraudsters were running away from the arms of the law. The fugitives took refuge at Turks and Caicos Islands in 2010 where they continued to dupe clients in an international scheme that involved bogus promises of offshore millions.

“The Canadian pair had fabricated astoundingly realistic-looking banking information that would lead one party to believe the other had millions of dollars in assets offshore.”

On 10 April 2013, the fraudsters Cullen Johnson and Elaine White were extradited to the US from a Turks and Caicos prison on charges of money laundering, tax evasion and several charges of fraud valued at over US$1m. They have been indicted and jailed.

Datuk Seri Mahmud made this testimony at the Kuala Lumpur Shariah High Court today before Judge Muhamad Abdul Karim Wahab in the ‘mutaah’ divorce claim by his ex wife.

He said it has been widely reported on the Internet that Sarawak Report political activist Clare Rewcastle-Brown had been in communication with Cullen Johnson. Johnson was also reported to have been in communication with his former wife and her team through a local private investigator.

Shahnaz had in her earlier testimony said that Datuk Seri Mahmud had income and assets in excess of billions of Ringgit. She had testified that her former husband had properties both locally and abroad. She also claimed that he had a string of offshore bank accounts in Canada, the US, the Caribbean, France, Luxembourg, Monaco, Hong Kong and Switzerland.

However, Shahnaz had yet to produce in court witnesses from any of the international banks to testify and confirm.

“The reason why my former wife and her team have not been able to produce any witnesses from the international arena is simply because the offshore bank accounts do not exist. They are forgeries.”

In addition to the RM100 million for conciliatory gift (mutaah) claim today, Shanaz had also filed a number of other claims amounting to RM300 million for matrimonial assets division, RM200 million for child maintenance to include a terrace house in London (RM60 million), two Aston Martins (RM5.5 million), a private trust fund (RM40 million to be held by her), and including a claim for half of her former husband’s assets.

The purported wealth of her former husband had been wildly exaggerated to support the massive claims.

“The court needs to hear how Shanaz and her team commissioned and obtained forgeries from fraudsters who were subsequently indicted and jailed,” said Datuk Seri Mahmud.

NEWS RELEASE issued from the office of Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib. 

Monday, September 01, 2014

Guan Eng's Own Little Army

It is called the Penang Voluntary Patrol Unit or PPS. As it's name suggests, it is a voluntary unit. However, it is not registered.
There are now more than 9,000 PPS members in Penang.

You can say what you like-lah...throw in a few senior citizens and, voila, here is just another "harmless" voluntary patrol unit.

Looks like an army to me.

Do you need this unit to do what you have been touting it to have been doing?

Imagine if each chief minister or menteri besar has his own little army?

Yesterday (Aug 31), about 200 PPS members were arrested and brought to the Beach Street police station after they completed a march past in the Merdeka parade at Esplanade in Penang.

Among those arrested was state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh, who is also PPS chairman.

Earlier this week, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the police are investigating the PPS under Section 41 of the Societies Act as the group is not registered with the Registrar of Societies (RoS).

Today, Penang chief minister Lim Guan Eng is reported to have ordered PPS to suspend their unit activities until the validity of PPS is confirmed.

He said this after meeting the state Exco in an ad hoc meeting.

He also said all 156 PPS members, who were detained, would be paid RM200 for everyday they are detained.

Wow. Ain't that something? 

Guan Eng was also reported (in the NST) to have challenged the IGP to debate on the PPS.

Lim said if  Khalid was right in arresting 156 PPS members, then Khalid should prove it.

"If Khalid thinks he is right in the arrests, then I challenge him for a debate”.

Oh come on, Guan Eng. What for? Khalid is a policeman. You are a politician. Go pick somebody your own size.
At about 10am today, about 200 PPS members were arrested and brought to the Beach Street police station immediately after they completed a march past in the Merdeka parade at Esplanade. - See more at:

PPS was formed by the state government in May 2011 to assist the public in all situations including directing traffic, in times of disaster and to patrol the streets as a preventive measure against crime.

Of course, no one expected the arrest of PPS members to go ignored.
Penang PKR Youth information chief Aidil Ibrahim condemned the arrest saying it was shocking and called for the immediate release of the PPS members.

He defended the PPS saying that it had provided community and social services to the public.

Meanwhile, Penang DAP MP Ng Wei Aik who is Penang DAP Socialist Youth chief  says it all politically- motivated designed to throw the DAP-led northern state into turmoil by forcing by-elections in several seats.

In other words, a BN grand scheme to recapture the state.
He warned Prime Minister Najib Razak and  Zahid Hamidi that the BN will be taught a "big lesson" by Penangites for doing this number  - police high-handed crackdown -  in the event that any seat falls vacant following the conviction of elected representatives in their relations to the PPS.

Well, you get his drift.

But you know what Mr Ng, the BN is not in denial about Penang. I don't think the BN wants to waste its resources to recapture Penang. You do the maths lah.

 You have to hand it to our Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin who lambasted the PPS in his tweet today. He questioned why the state government had not worked with the Royal Malaysian Police’s Rakan Cop programme.

“Penang state government should have worked with @PDRMsia’s Rakan Cop instead of forming illegal PPS.
“The police already have the Rakan Cop programme Community oriented policing. Why did you need to form your own army in Penang?”

Why, indeed, Khairy?

I know you know why.

Penang DAP MP Ng Wei A
Earlier this week, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said the police are investigating the PPS under Section 41 of the Societies Act as the group is not registered with the Registrar of Societies (RoS).
He then warned PPS members of arrest if they continued to participate in the unit’s activities.
Deputy Home Minister Datuk Dr Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar also reportedly said police have information that the unit acted like vigilantes and that the PPS members must be stopped from getting out of hand.
PPS was formed by the state government in May 2011 to assist the public in all situations including directing traffic, in times of disaster and to patrol the streets as a preventive measure against crime.
Currently, there are more than 9,000 PPS members in the state and the members have all undergone various training courses that include first aid and disaster management.
- See more at:

Penang volunteer patrol unit (PPS)
Penang volunteer patrol unit (PPS)
Penang volunteer patrol unit (PPS)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

When Tun Dr M Tells Off Najib

and says he had no choice but to keep on "menegur" the leadership and policies of Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

Everyone's reading it that  Dr Mahathir, so fed up with the Prime Minister's way of running the country that he has "withdrawn" his "support" of Najib.

Actually, Dr Mahathir had already shown in his remarks since before the 2013 general election that he did not support what Najib had been doing.

"Saya tidak ada pilihan selain dari menarik balik sokongan saya. Ini pun tidak berkesan. Oleh itu terpaksalah saya menegur," he wrote in his latest blog posting.
This is not a sudden decision.

Be that as it may, should we be worried when Dr M keeps on with his "teguran".

I should think so.

The last time he lambasted a sitting PM, that (former) PM had it quite bad.

Tun Dr M was Malaysia's prime minister for 22 years before stepping down and handing over the premiership to Datuk Seri (now Tun) Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

This open attack by Dr M against Najib certainly is not pleasant. Already, the knives are out -- Dr M's and Najib's supporters.

Ahirudin Attan in his blog, said the PM needs Dr M's backing.

"The PM needs everyone's support. These are trying times for his party, for his race and religion, and for the entire country. He needs the people to rally behind him and if those standing behind him include Dr Mahathir, the better for him. Therefore, Dr M's decision to publicly declare he was withdrawing support for the Umno president - his party president - is not a minor setback. It's something Najib can do without. "

Read his posting here.

Monday, August 04, 2014

A Deafening Silence From Our NGOs on Gaza

There is a gnawing question among groups of Malaysians lately on the lack, or absence even, of protests by non-governmental organisations  in the country against the  Zionist atrocities in Gaza that have killed some 2,000 civilians, the majority of whom are women and children.
These groups are referring to self-proclaimed pro-democracy Malaysian NGOs  who were in the past involved in staging demonstrations in Kuala Lumpur.
Comango – Coalition of Malaysian NGOs – has been named along with Sisters In Islam for “not a murmur” of protest against the genocidal assault on Gaza.

“Where are their suara yang lantang”? asked a lawyer who is a partner in a well-known KL-based law firm. 
“Surely this is a humanitarian issue and clearly a gross violation of human rights that merits some protest from them?”

In the wake of “Save the Children of Gaza” rally at Dataran Merdeka in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, film-maker Dr Anwardi  Jamil updated his Facebook status with:

“Heard Ambiga & Co weren't at the gathering to Save Children of Gaza and Palestines. I guess any real demonstrations and rallies that doesn't help her in her political agenda is pointless to her."

His friend, writer Awang Goneng AKA Wan Hulaimi remarked in the comment box:
And then they go to France to take an award. France banned such demonstrations.”

Is their deafening silence telling on them and exposing them for what they really are?

On the subject of the “Save the Children of Gaza” peace rally, what was glaring was the lack of support from non-Malays.

Perhaps, they are silent supporters. Perhaps the weather on Saturday afternoon was punishing. There were only a handful – notably the Tai brothers (activists Tai Zee How and Tai Zee Kin) and their friends and maybe others hidden in the huge crowd.

That is the other gnawing question a lot of people, especially Muslims are asking in social media – that has gone to real tabletalk discussions – the non-Muslim detachment of this humanitarian crisis.

Why are non-Muslims detaching themselves from what’s happening in Gaza.

No explanation is quite needed because one has only to look at remarks by mostly non-Muslims on Facebook especially.

Some regurgitate the Israeli narrative and the evil of Hamas, reflecting their ignorance while others see it as a Muslim bias.

How so? They would post photos and reports of the brutal killing of Christians by ISIS and ask why there has been no protest in Malaysia on the scale of Gaza.

I would suggest that someone organises one and I along with many Malaysians would most certainly join and denounce the brutal act of ISIS that is not done in the name of  Islam, and neither in mine.

The issue of Palestine is not a religious issue although some lesser Muslim leaders tend to get a bit emotional about it.

You don’t have to listen to these people.

Whatever standard you apply, surely the mass killing of women and children defy any justification?

The siege and offensive on Gaza this year began about a month ago, in the first week of Ramadan in retaliation – it was reported then,  to the killing of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas “militants”. But this was later found to be untrue.

Since then, Israeli forces under the Zionist regime have shown no sign of scaling down .

On July 30, Israel pounded artillery shells into a school full of evacuees, killing at least 20 people and wounding dozens as the slept.

Most of the dead were children.

The building was the sixth United Nations school in the Gaza Strip to be shelled during the month-long  conflict.
In response, the United Nations accused Israel of  violating international law.

People across the globe reacted with horror, describing the situation in Gaza as a humanitarian crisis. Many were provoked into openly criticizing Israel for carrying out ethnic cleansing and .

Israel seems to be telling the world to shove it as its forces continued with air and ground strikes on the Gaza population.  Casualties have been mostly women and children.

Israel maintains that it is protecting its security and was only responding to Hamas’ firing of rockets .

Israel has also accused Hamas of using civilians as human shields and planting bombs in schools and public areas.

The UN and other independent bodies have found no evidence of this.

Meanwhile, the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA),  reported to the UN Security Council that the humanitarian crisis in Gaza has  “surpassed United Nations capabilities for emergency shelter and services”.

Its commissioner-general Pierre Krahenbuhl , describing the crisis as a “precedent”, expressed regret that UNRWA “no longer has the resources to provide for the additional influx of refugees”.

He noted that with the growing number of refugees, there is yet Palestinians fleeing their towns,  there is no organization on the ground that has the resources to provide food or water, let alone shelter for the night.

The United Nations estimates up to 440,000 people are now displaced with 240,000 residing in UNRWA facilities.
News website, Mondeiss reported that this meant that a quarter of the population of Gaza is living in tenuous, temporary shelter.
“In addition to the devastation to the civilian infrastructure in the northern communities of Shuja’iyeh, Beit Hanoun and Jabaliya, over 103 United Nations facilities and 24 medical facilities have been damaged. Seven UNRWA workers have been killed since the beginning of Israel’s Operation Protective Edge,” it said.,
Krahenbuhl was reported to have, warned the Security Council that Gaza “will become unlivable in a mater of years unless urgent steps are taken.”

He had also said that “immediate steps” must be taken to address “root issues, not limited to Israel’s security and lifting the blockade across the besieged Gaza Strip.

Mondeiss quoted him as having stressed accountability from Israel “as the occupying power to provide dire relief, as UNRWA has exhausted all of its means of caring for nearly a quarter million refugees.”

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Stand With Palestine

Viva Palestina Malaysia (VPM) together with Aqsa Syarif will hold a a peaceful "Save the Children in Gaza" rally on Saturday Aug 2 from 3pm to 5pm at Dataran Merdeka in KL.

Viva La Palestine!

New Toll Rates At Causeway Via SIB From Tomorrow

And they doth protest too much.

So why do they?
Perhaps, because nobody likes to pay toll. It's another dent in one's pocket. It's a burden to the people. So, it is a big deal.
Also because having good roads and highways is a right of citizens of the country.
Who cares how much it cost to build those great highways that, in the end help to ease the grind of travelling on congested roads.
In this case, it is largely because un-informed and dis-informed people are so easily influenced and misled by politicians' (not political) propaganda, no matter how erroneous their arguments are.
The very politicians who are now enjoying shorter travel time to their constituencies on the very tolled highways they had attacked when the projects were proposed.

So, tomorrow (Aug 1) motorists entering Singapore through the Causeway via  the Sulltan Iskandar Building (SIB) will have to pay new toll rates.

Last Friday, the Malaysian Highway Authority announced the new toll rates -  RM9.70 and RM6.80 for inbound and outbound cars. For motorists exiting Malaysia and aentering Malaysia through the SIB.
JB residents using the 8km or so through the EDL, but not going into Singapore, need not pay.
Presently, motorists entering Malaysia through the SIB pay RM2.90.
Buses pay RM13.30 to and from Singapore, while taxis  - RM8.20 for a return trip.

It is quite a hike. No wonder, people - especially Johoreans - got riled up. They think it affects everyone.

It does not.

(This is under the Eastern Dispersal Link (EDL) and has actually solved Johor Baru's notorious traffic congestion.
 EDL is an 8.1km expressway that connects the end of the North-South Expressway (NSE) at Pandan Interchange to the CIQ in the city and is part of  Iskandar Development Region program.)

Here are the facts that the critics and naysayers won't tell you:

*  The EDL continues to be free for close to 180,000 users daily who do not go pass CIQ.
JB residents are benefiting from less congestion and better traffic flows.  Roads along the EDL have also been  upgraded .
* Out of 220,000 daily vehicles currently on the EDL highway, only 60,000 are the CIQ users and out of this 60,000 vehicles 80 per cent are Singapore-registered cars.
 * The EDL has also proven to be a major traffic solution for JB. For the past two years JB residents
have been enjoying less city congestion.

You know, there are many Malaysians working in Singapore using Singapore-registered vehicles so they don't pay Singapore's vehicles entry permit .
Singapore just increased VEP to RM90 per day, and I don't hear them complaining.

Besides paying  a lot for vehicle permits, they also pay ERP -  area road pricing - in Singapore.

As Johorean The Patriot says:
" While Singaporeans cannot drive Malaysian cars in Singapore and will be slapped with a hefty fine, we allow Malaysians to drive Singapore registered vehicles on Malaysian roads if it eases their purpose.
They pay road taxes to the Singapore government yet drive on Malaysian roads. They pay income taxes in Singapore, yet enjoy the cheap cost of living in Johor.
They cannot have it both ways.
Either they pay us a small sum while driving Singapore vehicles as a small compensation for using Malaysian roads or pay Singapore a high fee while driving Malaysian vehicles compensating Singapore for the same

So, yeah, perhaps it hurts. Just a little. But, as a blogger said: "you can't have your cake and eat it".

So go to  EDLConnects for more information.

Also do read these blog-postings :

Another Brick On The Wall

Jebat Must Die

Rocky's Bru