FORMER Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH) chairman Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim and his brother, Abdul Latif, had the first day of their corruption trial today vacated to allow the former to attend the Dewan Rakyat sitting.
According to Malaysiakini, following an application by Azeez’s lawyer, Hisham Teh Poh Teik, Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court judge Azura Alwi agreed to postpone the trial to tomorrow.
“Abdul Azeez is needed in the Dewan Rakyat after it was made compulsory for all government lawmakers to be present today, when the finance minister tables the Temporary Measures for Reducing The Impact of Coronavirus Disease 2019 Bill 2020 for its second reading,” Hisyam was quoted as saying by the news portal.
Deputy public prosecutors Aslinda Ahad and Nik Haslinie Hashim did not raise any objections.
By whom were only government MPs compelled to attend Parliament today is not clear nor under what law the courts should be held hostage to such demands.
However, what is clear is that the PN backdoor government is unable to pass its finance bills unless at least six individuals who have been charged and in one case already convicted over the most monstrous thefts of public money are there to make the numbers!
DAP’s finance spokesman Tony Pua had earlier placed a question to obtain the government’s position on this awful situation where major criminals are holding the government (and thus the country) hostage to their demands – it was ‘rejected’ for discussion under Malaysia’s sad convention whereby the executive controls the order paper.
Pua listed the crooks as ex-PM Najib Razak; present UMNO leader Zahid Hamidi; UMNO Sec-Gen Tengku Adnan Mansor; Sabah UMNO boss Bung Moktar; Ahmad Maslan and Najib’s favourite appointee over the Tabung Haji thefts, Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim, seen earlier walking handcuffed in an orange jumpsuit.
By this afternoon the same Azeez and his fellow felons were swanning through the voting lobbies of Parliament to get a finance bill through to pump money back into PN pockets.
What better illustration of the fact that Malaysia’s government (and control of the country’s cash) has been hijacked by a gang of desperate criminals who were voted out at the last election and are now seeking to reverse the consequences they face from the strings of concrete charges involving billions in looted public money?
Meanwhile, of course, the self same politicians are seeking to rally blind supporters by laying exhausted charges based on little discernible evidence against their political opponents.
Oh dear, dear, dear……
Former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak played the pity card in the Slim by-election campaign today, urging voters to translate their sympathy for him into votes for BN candidate Mohd Zaidi Aziz.
Najib also repeated his contention that SRC International funds were used for Umno and for orphans.
The prosecution contends that a significant portion of the funds was used for personal gain, such as for paying off luxury purchases made with his credit cards.
“Ninety-nine percent of (SRC funds) I spent on welfare and political charity work. This was proven in court.
“I spent 99 percent of the funds on Umno, BN, orphanages and tahfiz schools. And I still got fined. That’s not right.
“For the truth, I was willing to swear in court that I did not ask for those funds, and I was not offered those funds.
If all Najib had wanted to do was look after orphans, how come he took such an expensive and illegal route?
After all, he could have passed a bill in Parliament and been showered with support and glory for his generous policy to help the poor. The money would have gone through proper channels.
So, why secretly funnel the money from a pension fund (the pensioners never saw it back) into a ‘development fund’ then into a private company then into his own bank account? Why lumber the nation with vast interest on a massive debt? And where are the orphans he says he helped?
Was it all purely to avoid unwanted praise for his warm hearted attempts to lift up the lives of those little children?
Of course, his wife Rosmah would have approved hugely of this low key approach – she was secretly doing so much for Sarawak’s schools herself you see, through her solar project.
Whilst Najib plainly expects sympathy for this strange way to help the poor without them or anyone else knowing about it (while at the same time tossing the odd present of a diamond necklace at the wife) how does he get around the fact that what he did was plain illegal?
In Malaysia orphans found stealing a bag of rice are daily caned and locked up. So, why did Najib not openly change the law to improve the lives of orphans and stop cruel punishments against the poor?
Electors of Slim are advised to conclude that this convicted criminal is lying and ought not be allowed to pollute their politics.
In his speech, Zahid said Bersatu’s role would come into question if it fails to attract at least 6,000 votes for BN in the Slim by-election.
“I want to see 6,000 votes which went to Bersatu (in the general election) go to the BN candidate.
“If they can’t attract 6,000 or 8,000 votes, we must ask, what’s the value of political cooperation with them?
“Yes, we are together in the government, but don’t make us unimportant (melukut di tepi gantang).
“If they want to share, share it in the real sense. We don’t want to see Umno being used as the stepping stone. Please don’t mess with BN and Muafakat Nasional,” he said.
On the other hand, Zahid lauded PAS for its loyalty and honesty as a partner.
“Although they (PAS) never fielded a candidate in any by-election, their loyalty and honesty were undisputed,” he said.
Greeting their latest “ally” (the one who enabled them to snatch back power) with boos, UMNO/PAS have summed up the level of present politics in Malaysia.
Each to their own and stabbing one other in the back.
The UMNO leader Zahid then gave his new “allies” this lecture in front of voters from Slim – prove you are useful to us or we will destroy you. ‘Pleasant words’ towards these traitors from the previous government to whom UMNO owe their present jobs and perks?
Zahid, who is currently facing about 70 corruption charges, the details of which are being embarrassingly paraded through the courts, then praised UMNO’s other ally PAS (also former sworn political enemies who then opted for UMNO’s money). He called PAS “indisputably honest”.
In fact, the PAS leader Hadi has admitted to being a liar, which everyone already knew. He says he has been permitted by Allah and of course we can take Zahid’s word about honesty.
One can only feel sincerely sorry for the voters of Slim with such a choice before them.
PAS, together with allies Umno and Bersatu, could form a new government with two-thirds majority should snap polls be called, said PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang.
“If you mix the support for PAS, Umno and Bersatu, there are many seats that we can win. We may be able to win a two-thirds majority,” said Hadi in an interview with Reuters.
Hadi expected snap polls would take place sometime between this year-end and early next year.
Favouring snap elections, Hadi said this was necessary to increase Malay representation in Parliament and legitimise the Perikatan Nasional coalition’s claim to power.
Well the prelate has admitted what the rest of Malaysia has been complaining about for months. The government he is part of has no working majority in parliament and is not legitimate.
This rag tag bunch of squabbling and greedy power-grabbers is made up of a considerable number of charged and convicted criminals, whose crimes have been plainly exposed on a global scale, and numerous MPs who have been illegally bribed over with public positions and perks and promises of cash and ‘projects’.
It is sad and embarrassing.
The finance minister is not even elected, his main qualification appearing to be his royal connections. The PM received not one vote from MPs as a deserter from his own party, which he is now in the process of destroying, and the Speaker has been illegally installed in office against the proper protocols.
So, Hadi is right there should be an election. At least this time he won’t be lying about being opposed to UMNO and he has confessed to his part in an illegitimate, corrupted coup.
Najib Razak challenged two DAP leaders to serve a repossession notice on the deputy prime minister of the United Arab Emirates in order to seize the superyacht “Topaz”, which was allegedly purchased with funds linked to 1MDB…
They should also explain why they allege that he (Najib) had stolen 1MDB money, but the person who bought the superyacht is someone from another country, Najib said.
Najib said the Justice Department had clearly stated that the yacht is owned by Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, chairman of IPIC or International Petroleum Investment Co., which was involved in a deal with 1MDB.
“I would like to see Guan Eng and Tony be sent to serve a repossession notice for the yacht on him,” Najib said in a Facebook post.
Najib also accused the Pakatan Harapan government of overlooking a loss of US$125 million incurred by the sale of another luxury yacht, the “Equanimity”, reportedly purchased for US$250 million with 1MDB funds but sold by the PH government for US$125 million.
He said the loss came about after the PH government deliberately scuttled plans by his administration for a settlement with the Abu Dhabi government to return every single sen “suspected missing from 1MDB” to Malaysia.
However, the PH government sued the Abu Dhabi government in London, despite the fact it meant that Malaysia would recover far less than under the settlement agreement.
“Their priority was never the interest of the country but to persecute me and the Barisan Nasional,” he said. According to a Singapore news report, financing details about the purchase of the Topaz were contained in a US Justice Department filing to a federal court in California on June 30.
As published on several occasions since 2015 by Sarawak Report, and indeed confirmed in the court filings by the US Department of Justice, tens of millions of dollars stolen from 1MDB were poured into financing the upkeep and expenses of the yacht Topaz.
The facts are verified by bank statements obtained by Sarawak Report, which are the subject of prosecution against the Edmond de Rothschild bank itself in Luxembourg, and of course the money flows traced by official investigators.
Najib cannot get away from those facts, except by fantasising on Facebook.
These statements show the money for Topaz was paid from the ‘Vasco Trust’ set up by the Chairman of the Abu Dhabi sovereign wealth fund Aabar, Khadem Al Qubaisi (KAQ), which in turn received its entire half billion dollar funding from kickbacks paid by Jho Low companies Good Star Limited and Blackstone Asia Real Estate Partners Limited in return for KAQ’s services in helping launder the billions stolen from 1MDB.
Shortly after Sarawak Report published the details (and even before these were confirmed by the DOJ) KAQ was banged in jail in Abu Dhabi, where he remains. Subsequent to that, Najib raised and stole many more billions from the Malaysian public purse in order to pay back Abu Dhabi for initially covering 1MDB’s losses and to cover up the crimes.
Such a ‘settlement’ should certainly be scuttled and the London court case is a promising opportunity to make Abu Dhabi’s rulers pay for assisting Najib’s fraud against his own nation.
As ever, Najib Razak is talking ‘BS’ and denying solid proven facts and creating a ludicrous alternative reality that blames everyone else for his grotesque and selfish actions.
It is telling that whilst KAQ was thrown behind bars in the flicker of an eye over these facts, Najib remains free, arguing the toss with the help of a football team of deceptive lawyers. When someone has spent a lifetime avoiding punishment because of whom their parents were they soon develop an ‘invulnerability complex’.
Only just punishment will help this deluded man connect back to the real world where others live.
The Perikatan Nasional (PN) federal administration is not a backdoor government but a legitimate ‘palace-door government’, said BN’s Pontian MP, Ahmad Maslan.
He said this is because PN was installed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah, who resolved the political crisis following the resignation of Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister.
Ahmad also said that Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who was announced as the premier succeeding Mahathir, was the savior of the country instead of a “traitor” as labelled by some.
He said the Agong had resolved the political crisis with wisdom, following the resignation of Mahathir on Feb 24.
Finally, an acknowledgement, albeit in grovelling terms, from this BN/PN flunky (and recipient of 1MDB stolen money) that in installing ‘PM8′ the Agong took matters into his own hands.
It was not therefore a ‘backdoor’ coup but a ‘palace’ coup the MP explains, signalling that it makes it OK if the sovereign role of parliament is usurped by the King as opposed to mere devious politicians.
Were any mere commentator or news organisation to voice such a conclusion (which various foreign news organisations already have) Maslan’s political allies would be sure to rush to the police station screaming ‘treason’ for ‘insulting’ the monarchy.
However, Maslan has now confirmed it from the safety of parliament in his attempt to normalise and legitimise a coup that was above all organised by his fellow thieves and a bunch of political opportunists.
Umno Youth has called for action against the author, editor and publisher of a book on Malaysian politics and alleged that the cover image was an affront to Malaysia’s coat of arms.
Youth wing leader Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki said the book, “Rebirth: Reformasi, Resistance, And Hope In New Malaysia” should be banned.
He had included a link to a Facebook page which features the book. Shortly after his posting, the page appearfed to have been taken down, and the link drew a blank.
The book cover image bears a resemblance to the national coat of arms, and features a naked child flanked by two tigers with humanoid faces stepping on a crocodile.
“Such action clearly shows the author of the book is belittling the dignity of the coat of arms and had insulted the symbol of the nation’s sovereignty,” Asyraf said in a Facebook post this evening.
He said stern action should be taken against the author, editor and publisher “if it is proven there was an intention to insult the nation’s official symbol”.
Asyraf said the publication of the book had shown that a 2016 decision to impose heavier penalties, including a maximum jail term of three years and a maximum fine of RM20,000 had not been enough to deter people from openly insulting such symbols.
The book, which was published this year, features articles by political analysts and journalists, and includes reports on the 2018 general election.
Presumably this none too youthful UMNO warlord plans to invade Australia, where this book was edited, and impose strict laws requiring the worship of sacred symbols in place of freedom of speech and expression.
The British College of Arms, on whose designs and traditions the heraldry is based, would of course be mystified as to why a symbol cannot be cartooned by people seeking to make a point.
In places where people are free to think – after all freedom to think is the foundation for technical progress and intellectual development in any advanced society – it happens all the time.
But, of course this UMNO goon comes from the same stock as those block heads who screamed and shouted over cartoons depicting Najib as a clown. They prefer to rely on armies of angry folk in red shirts waving sticks and shaking fists as an expression of political views rather than more subtle symbolism or, heaven forbid, reasoned debate.
Of course, he is right to be fearful that information and ideas often prove ten times more powerful than threatening mobs of ‘yes men’ and that is the topic of this book – how a sea change of ideas and a revolt against corruption brought his own crooked government down at the last election.
It is as much the content of this book as the cover that must trouble the ageing youth leader – if you wish to erase the past and impose thug rule you must first burn the books.
The editor-in-chief of health news portal CodeBlue has maintained that their series of four stories on findings from an independent inquiry into the Johor Baru’s Sultanah Aminah Hospital (HSA) fire were based on declassified information.
Boo Su-Lyn, who wrote the four articles published in March, was yesterday summoned to the Putrajaya district police headquarters for questioning in relations to a probe believed to be under the Official Secrets Act 1972.
“I maintain that the report was declassified from the OSA before the publication of my articles on CodeBlue,” Boo told Malaysiakini today.
The articles in question quoted then Health Minister Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad as saying that findings detailed in the 225-report sighted by CodeBlue have been declassified.
The findings were based on an independent inquiry – of the 2016 incident which claimed six lives – conducted by a seven-member committee led by former Court of Appeal judge Mohd Hishamudin Yunus.
On what possible grounds could the report of an enquiry into a hospital fire merit classification as an ‘official secret’?
And what subject could have better grounds for investigation by the media in the public interest than a fire at a public service where people expect to be healed and protected but as a result of which six people ended up dead?
When people in power use the police to harass journalists in cases like this the public quite rightly jumps to the only possible conclusion, which is that people in power have something to hide.
Were negligence or corruption found to have contributed to the loss of life from this fire? If not, why cover up the findings of an enquiry whose WHOLE PURPOSE is to learn lessons from the incident which can be publicised to prevent further similar tragedies?
Regimes which bully and harass journalists are merely proving to everyone that they are unable justify their own conduct as revealed by those journalists. Otherwise they would simply provide the facts and answers rather than arresting, intimidating and seeking to silence reporting of the outcome of an official enquiry.
The Centre for Investigative Journalism has noted an upsurge of such cases since the Coup Coalition snatched power and suspended parliament – it defines the moment.
“Amat malang apabila portal berita itu kini berubah menjadi perkakas politik bagi menjaja dan menyebarkan fitnah melalui laporan yang tidak berpaksikan kebenaran.” kata PMO.
Eh? PM8 baru sedar bahawa Sarawak Report ini sebenarnya kaki fitnah?……
“Very unfortunate when the news portal is now turning into a political tool to spread slander through reports that do not tell the truth.” says PMO.
Eh? PM8 Just realised that Sarawak Report is actually a slander blog?
Ask Sarawak report where the “evidence” of Justo that Sarawak Report took out for years is probably proof that I stole the 1MDB MONEY?
Why is Justo never called a witness in my case trial?
Not only is he not called, even one document from Justo is not used by the prosecutor as proof in my case.
It appears that the self-exculpating Najib simply cannot resist going on about beastly Sarawak Report. We are his regular Facebook topic and perhaps we should be flattered.
If it were not for the ‘lies’ of this journalist, he tells gullible people who want to believe (and/or his paid cyber-army) none of the global investigative agencies would have frozen 1MDB money and a slew of his family assets and he would not be facing a list of charges and several court cases.
True, but on the other hand if Sarawak Report had been delivering “lies’, as he says, of course the rest would not have followed.
His favourite but utterly empty and ridiculous claim is that because Sarawak Report has not been called to give evidence at the trial, nor Xavier Justo, who obtained a copy of some 1MDB documents, it somehow means we lied.
So, to explain to those he is seeking to mislead, a journalist and even a whistleblower in a case like this is merely an indirect witness – we sounded the alarm.
Official investigators and prosecutors have now obtained the source evidence and have lined up the witnesses who were actually in the room along with the original documents, so who cares what we have to say or about our copies of those documents? Why waste court time like Najib’s defence?
Najib knows this, but he hopes impressionable people will think he is making sense. He cannot find answers for the facts before him, so he continues to deflect by blaming journalists and whistleblowers whose job in this matter was completed years ago.
While he delays and deflects he plots… to upturn an elected government to save his skin.
Perbadanan Nasional Berhad’s (PNB) Abdul Jalil Rasheed, who today resigned from his position as group chief executive officer (CEO) and president said he had chosen the “difficult path” over enjoying the benefits of his position while having to battle his own good conscience….
“When I took this role on, I told myself I will never waver in my principles in performing my duties…
“I have always believed that no individual is larger than an institution. I have no intention to drag PNB into this. PNB must be safeguarded at all costs. Hence I have chosen the difficult path, one that is lonely and devastating for my family and me,” he said without elaborating.
Abdul Jalil said he had faced harassment during his tenure as group CEO and president. “The last straw for me was the harassment I had to endure from hate calls from unknown numbers, the hacking of my other corporate email account and my LinkedIn profile…
“The board has also approved the appointment of the successor, and the announcement will be made upon receipt of the requisite regulatory approvals,” he said.
Meanwhile, Bersatu supreme council member A Kadir Jasin claimed there were efforts by the new Perikatan Nasional government to turn PNB into a “gravy train”.
He claimed there were certain bumiputera entrepreneurs lobbying the government to get rid of Abdul Jalil so that they can make use of PNB for personal profit.,,
Meanwhile, business portal Focus Malaysia reported Stephen Hagger, the Malaysian head of investment firm Credit Suisse Securities, sent a note to investors about Abdul Jalil’s departure with the title “Politics: Eaten by the sharks”.
Hagger said Abdul Halil “knows right from wrong, is not afraid and understands markets” but is “swimming with the sharks”.
FocusMalaysia, quoted from Hagger’s notes to investors, said Jalil had “done that very rare thing in Malaysia and that is to resign in order to protect his own principles and maintain his integrity”.
“Before he started, he made it very clear that he would resign rather than cross a red line,” Hagger added.
Hagger said it was not clear what the red line was, but it was likely related to his refusal to give “side income jobs” to politicians and turn a blind eye to malfeasance.
Yesterday saw another high-profile departure of a corporate leader appointed under the previous Pakatan Harapan government, namely Petronas president and CEO Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariddin….
Zulkiflee, in his parting message, urged his colleagues to always keep to their principles.
The concept of struggling with one’s conscience and principles is of course lost on the present coup leaders in Malaysia who are using their unconfirmed time in office to try and lay hands of every source of public money to reward themselves.
Both the non-political heads of Petronas and of PNB have been thus hyena’d from their jobs in a matter of days.
Malaysians ought to be very fearful. Who will take their jobs as the signer in chief at these vital enterprises now? A relative or proxy of some PN bigwig or yet another financially illiterate ulama with a parliamentary seat who needs fed?
For those of you who had forgotten the scandalous depths to which the corruption of a decades old party of government had fallen and the illegal arts taught to its graduates (such as ‘PM8′ and Azmin Ali) this appalling display of smash and grab is surely the ultimate reminder?
Six decades of greedy decline of values under UMNO reached their apogee under Najib Razak. But nothing has yet compared to the antics of the desperate Muhyiddin, driven by Najib himself…… at the head of his “anti-corruption government”!