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Friday, July 29, 2016

Wahid Omar appointed new PNB chairman

Former cabinet minister Tan Sri Abdul Wahid Omar  has been appointed as the new chairman of Permodalan Nasional Berhad (PNB).

In a statement on Friday, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak said Wahid’s appointment would take effect on Aug 1, as he replaces the outgoing chairman Tun Ahmad Sarji Abdul Hamid.

“A chartered accountant, Wahid has also led Maybank, a company under PNB’s portfolio, after spearheading the transformation of Telekom Malaysia. He had also led the UEM Group recovery process.

“When he was the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, he had also supervised several government agencies such as the EPU, UKAS, Statistics Department, Ekuinas, Talent Corporation, Teraju, and Yayasan Pendidikan Peneraju Bumiputera,” he said.

Najib also expressed his gratitude for Ahmad Sarji for having contributed to PNB during his 19-year tenure.

“PNB has achieved many successes, including implementing the Government’s mandate to improve the economic status of the Bumiputra and contribute to the nation.

“I hope Tun Ahmad Sarji will continue sharing his experiences and contributing the growth of the nation,” he said.

In a statement later, Wahid expressed his appreciation to the prime minister, the board members of Pemegang Amanah Yayasan Pelaburan Bumiputera and PNB’s board of directors for their trust in him.

“This is a huge responsibility to replace Tun Ahmad Sarji who has done a lot for PNB. I would like to thank Tun and the shareholders for their contribution to PNB. This appointment also means a lot to me as I have served in two companies under PNB,” he said.

Wahid had previously held the position of president and chief executive officer of Maybank from 2008 to 2013 and the director of Group Corporate Services in Amanah Capital Group from 1994 to 2001.

“I hope I will get continuous support in my new position and I promise to carry out my duty with honesty and trust,” he said.

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Pakatan leaders take their fight on social media

The fight between DAP and PKR over the planned polls has turned nasty and is out in the open with leaders from both sides snapping at each other on social media.

Selangor DAP chairman Tony Pua vented his anger against what he called were “friends who left you feeling naked” only to be scolded by PKR’s legal bureau chief Latheefa Koya who said they should not “strip first and then complain”.

DAP Wanita national assistant publicity secretary Syerleena Abdul Rashid also turned her guns on PKR communications director Fahmi Fadzil over his claims on by-elections contested by his party.

Pua sounded frustrated when he took to social media to complain.

“Sometimes, you wonder what type of friends you have. When they are in a crisis, you backed them to the hilt, come what may,” he said on his Facebook account yesterday.

“Then at a time where we would appreciate their support, they leak everything to the media first leaving you completely naked.

“Or announce to the whole world openly before they bother talking to us,” Pua said in what looked like a reference to PKR’s refusal to go along with DAP’s proposal for snap polls in Penang.

Latheefa hit back saying DAP kept changing its reason for snap polls.

“First, it was to get back the so-called mandate of the people (which strangely you insist that you have not lost). Then you say it’s not about your leader’s (Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s) charge.

“And now you are saying it’s about a referendum against (Prime Minister) Najib (Abdul Razak) based on the latest (US) DOJ (Department of Justice) exposé.

“Perhaps, you should all make up your mind first ... then consult with us and convince us,” she said.

“Do not expect PKR to ask ‘how high’ whenever DAP screams ‘jump’,” she added.

Latheefa also questioned who was the first to publicly announce the possibility of snap polls without consulting other coalition partners.

She also noted that DAP had made a unilateral announcement declaring Pakatan Rakyat dead.

“Don’t strip first and then complain about being left naked,” she said in a Facebook post.

Fahmi entered the fray by saying the two Permatang Pauh by-elections, in 2008 and 2015, were centred on PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and that PKR had consulted with DAP and other Pakatan Rakyat leaders on the 2014 Kajang by-election.

He said these were single-seat by-elections where the immediate impact was only on PKR.

Syerleena, however, retorted that her party only found out about the by-elections when it was published in an online media.

She pointed out that the Kajang by-election did not involve just a single seat, as it anticipated a change of the Selangor Mentri Besar.

“This has huge implications, almost as big as holding a state election,” she said.

Syerleena, who is also Penang Island City Council (MBPP) councillor, claimed that despite the lack of consultation, DAP gave full and undivided support to the PKR leadership’s decision.

Johor Sultan: I didn’t make any statements against Najib

Johor Ruler Sultan Ibrahim Ibni Almarhum Sultan Iskandar has denied making statements against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak as claimed by a blog.

He also condemned those who had misused his name to comment on politics.

Sultan Ibrahim said the palace maintained a position of strict neutrality on all matters pertaining to national politics.

The Ruler said he came to know about the irresponsible posting being circulated in social media recently titled “Terkini Ringgit Jatuh RM4.4” (Latest – Ringgit Falls RM4.4), and stressed that no such statement was issued by him or his office.

“I regard this action as defamatory and reprehensible. Of late, there have been a number of ridiculous statements circulated on social media, with the impression given that these statements were issued by members of the royal family,” he said in a statement which was posted on his official Facebook page yesterday.

He cited a recent posting alleging that Johor Permaisuri Raja Zarith Sofiah Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah had ordered a ban on the solat and azan.

Sultan Ibrahim said the individual’s action had deeply hurt Raja Zarith Sofiah.

He said that he regretted that there were those who misused social media to seek attention.

“Any statements issued by any member of the Johor royal family will only be done so through our official Facebook accounts,” he added.

Johor police chief Comm Datuk Wan Ahmad Najmuddin Mohd confirmed that a police report had been lodged on Tuesday over the blog posting.

“Initial investigations found that the Johor Sultan has never made any such statements as claimed by the blog,” Wan Ahmad Najmuddin said.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

PKR snub a blow to Guan Eng, says Penang Umno

PKR’s decision to snub DAP’s proposal for snap elections in Penang is a blow to Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s ego, said Penang Umno chairman Datuk Seri Zainal Abidin Osman.

He claimed that the delay in PKR’s decision also showed that Lim had lost the confidence of the 40-member state legislative assembly.

“As suspected the PKR stand is that they are not convinced with DAP’s proposal to hold snap elections in Penang,” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

“This is a blow to Lim and DAP’s ego which have failed to get the support of their main coalition partner to hold an early state election.

"Lim's failure to convince his political allies to support his proposal has tarnished his dignity and credibility as a main leader in the opposition alliance," he said.

Zainal Abidin claimed the proposal to hold snap elections was a hasty move done in a panic by Lim and DAP after he was charged with two counts of corruption.

Looking at PKR’s meeting on Tuesday, he said it meant that 10 PKR assemblyman in Penang had yet to agree on the dissolution of the state assembly, while one PAS and 10 Barisan National assemblyman disagreed with the proposal.

“Therefore, we can assume that only 19 DAP state assemblymen have supported the proposal as of now,” he said.

Zainal Abidin said this meant 21 out of 40 state assemblymen disagreed and only 19 supported it.

“We can conclude that Lim has lost the trust of the majority of the Penang state assemblyman members,” he said.

Don’t rush us over 1MDB probe, says IGP

The 1Malaysia Develo­p­ment Bhd (1MDB) investigation is ongoing but will take time to complete, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said.

He said this was because recording statements from witnesses involved a lengthy process.

“As I have said, the investigation is still ongoing. I know some people are trying to rush us.

“For some of the witnesses, it took us more than a week to record their statements as there are so many documents we have to check,” he said at the 36th Aseanapol Con­ference 2016 at the Marriott Hotel here yesterday.

“Don’t compare us to other orga­nisations. If you want us to do a good job, let us do it properly,” he said.

Asked on the details of the investigation, Khalid declined to elaborate saying it might send the alleged suspects into hiding.

In Kuala Lumpur, Bernama reported that Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak said the Govern­ment was transparent in any investigation, including those conducted by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and the US’ Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“We are not hiding anything. In fact, we will ensure that anyone who breaks the law will face appropriate action. This shows the Government’s transparency.

“It also sets aside the assumption that we are protecting certain parties,” he told reporters after launching Goxip.com, a website and platform for local and international fashion, here yesterday.

Last week, the US Department of Justice launched a civil suit seeking to seize US$1bil (RM4bil) worth of assets allegedly obtained using funds siphoned from 1MDB.

The suit is seeking to recover assets belonging to several high-profile individuals who are closely linked to the state investment arm set up in 2009.

Monday, July 25, 2016

Najib: Those named in DoJ lawsuits must clear their name

Those who are named in the United States' Department of Justice civil lawsuits leading to the freezing of assets linked to 1MDB must take responsibility to clear their name, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

At the same, Najib said the government will ensure that no public funds were abused.

"This is our stand and let us allow this issue be settled via the judicial process. The government will give its full co-operation on the matter," he said on Monday.

‎The Prime Minister was speaking at an event to present offer letters to 1,100 village heads and village committee members to perform their Haj sponsored by 1MDB Foundation.
The US DOJ had filed civil suits to seize more than US$1bil (RM4.02bil) in assets allegedly linked to 1MDB.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Guan Eng to brief PKR on Penang snap polls

Lim Guan Eng will brief top PKR leaders Tuesday night on his party's case for snap elections in Penang.

The Penang Chief Minister, in a highly unusual move, is expected to present his party's decision to call for a state election to the PKR political bureau at its headquarters in Petaling Jaya.

The DAP central executive committee (CEC) met Monday night and decided in favour of an early state election and it needs to convince PKR to agree with the decision.

A DAP delegation of six top leaders had met PKR president Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail at her Bukit Segambut home late Monday night to convey their decision.

It is understood that many PKR leaders are not keen on the decision and tonight's session is expected to be lively with many questions thrown.

"DAP needs to convince us on the necessity of having such a exercise. They need to show us the numbers," said a top PKR official.

PKR is also banking on its deputy president and Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali to make a decision that reflects the opinion of the party.

It is understood that Dr Wan Azizah was also non-committal about going along with the radical decision and has asked PKR leaders from Penang to attend the political bureau meeting and give their feedback.

The snap election is widely seen as a move to validate Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng's position in the light of the corruption charges he is facing.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Pak Lah: Muhyiddin’s political plans will have no impact on Umno

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin’s plan to continue his political struggle by joining another party or setting up a new party will have no impact on Umno, says Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.

“The support for Umno is still strong,” the former prime minister told reporters when met at a breaking of fast event organised by the Federation of Peninsula Malaysia Malay Students Association (GPMS) here, Tuesday night.

Also present was Higher Education Minister and GPMS adviser Datuk Seri Idris Jusoh and GPMS president, Zambri Mohd Isa.

On Sunday, Muhyiddin, in a media conference with Datuk Mukhriz Mahathir, stated his intention to continue his political struggle via a new political platform.

However, both of them did not state in detail concerning the new platform, whether they would join another political party or set up a new party.

On Muhyiddin’s claim that he was loyal to Umno, Abdullah said: “If he is good, he will still be in Umno.”

Last Friday, the Umno supreme council sacked Muhyiddin and former Kedah mentri besar Mukhriz for indiscipline and for sharing the same stage with Opposition leaders to attack the Umno leadership.

Dr Mahathir questioned by police in Putrajaya

Police are currently questioning former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad at his office in Putrajaya.

Lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla confirmed that Dr Mahathir was being questioned by police at his office at the Perdana Leadership Foundation.

“It’s still ongoing. My team are there in the session. I was having a trial so I am on my way there now,” Mohamed Haniff told The Star Online.

As he was not yet present at the session, he could not share what exactly Dr Mahathir was being questioned about.

This is the second time this month that the former premier has been questioned by the authorities.

Earlier in June, Dr Mahathir was questioned at Yayasan Albukhary over his statement that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and Malay Rulers had been “placed under house arrest”.

Monday, June 27, 2016

Najib announces Cabinet reshuffle

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is set to announce a number of changes to the Federal Cabinet today.

In a press conference at about 3.15pm, he made the following announcements.

Second Finance Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah has resigned from his cabinet post.

His portfolio will be taken up by Datuk Johari Abdul Ghani.

"Husni has informed me of his wish to retire, so I respect that. He is quite ready to retire," said Najib.

He added that although there were no women in the reshuffle, they could be included at some point in time.

Datuk Seri Abdul Rahman Dahlan has taken over from Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Wahid Omar in charge of the Economic Planning Unit.

Rahman’s former portfolio as Minister of Housing, Urban Wellbeing and Local Government will be taken over by Datuk Seri Mohamad Noh Omar.

Najib also said that Datuk Lee Chee Leong would be taking up the Deputy Finance Minister portfolio along with Datuk Othman Aziz.

Gerakan president Datuk Seri Mah Siew Kiong has been appointed Plantation Industries and Commodities Minister, replacing Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah.

Uggah who resigned to contest in the Sarawak elections was then appointed as one of the three deputy Sarawak chief ministers.

This Cabinet reshuffle by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is the third since he retained his position as prime minister after the 13th General Election.

After arranging his Cabinet following the elections, the Pekan MP first reshuffled his cabinet in June 2014.

His Cabinet, the biggest in the Malaysian history was then reshuffled again in July 2015 where his deputy prime minister  Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was replaced by Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Abu Kassim: I was not pressured to step down

Tan Sri Abu Kassim Mohammad says he was not pressured to step down as Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief commissioner, and the decision to do so was his own.

Abu Kassim said he chose to shorten his tenure as MACC chief two years ahead of time because he was offered to serve as a visiting expert at the International Anti-Corruption Academy (IACA).

"I said before that I would not step down due to pressure. This decision was my own to make.

"I have an opportunity to represent the country at an international level by serving at the IACA. It is a golden opportunity I could not ignore," said Abu Kassim at a press conference at the MACC headquarters here Thursday.

Abu Kassim's contract as chief commissioner was supposed to end on Dec 4, 2018, but the date was brought forward to Aug 1 this year.

When asked who would be his successor, he replied that the successor would be appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong, upon the advice of the Prime Minister, as per the MACC Act.

He said deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull would be retiring in October.

"There have been many cases throughout my six years as chief commissioner. I am satisfied with how all of it has been handled.

"We have brought many changes to the MACC, and over the years we have received a lot of international acclaim for the way we do things here," he said.

Najib: Don't demean act of providing aid to the needy

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak is disappointed with the increasingly excessive language employed by some parties during the holy month of Ramadan.

The Prime Minister said that Government aid, which is distributed to help the rakyat, was labelled as "memberi dedak kepada haiwan".

The phrase is a derogatory Malay term meaning "giving feed to animals", possibly implying that people, like livestock animals, follow whoever feeds them.

"The Barisan Nasional Government builds schools, houses and roads, all for the people, not to give them "makan dedak".

"'Dedak' is animal food, and it should not be likened with the aid provided as we are concerned with the rakyat's needs," wrote Najib on his Facebook page on Thursday morning.

He said those "without political clout" should not play with rhetoric and rough language, nor make fun of aid provided to the needy.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Kedah MB chairs state exco meeting at Penang Hospital

Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah, who is recuperating after a surgery, chaired the state executive council (exco) meeting at the Penang Hospital Wednesday.

From 10am, nine exco members were seen entering the meeting room in stages for the meeting at the hospital.

Also present was state secretary Datuk Bakar Din.

On June 4, Ahmad Bashah, 66, was rushed to the Kedah Medical Centre after he became unconscious while briefing a group of state Umno members who would be helping Barisan Nasional in the Kuala Kangsar parliamentary by-election, in Mergong at about 7pm.

He was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit of the Penang General Hospital around 2.30pm on June 5.

He underwent a five-hour surgery for intestinal complication the next day.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

AirAsia’s Aireen Omar takes MAHB to task

AirAsia’s growth has been stunted since it moved to its new base in 2014, after restrictions placed by Malaysian Airports Holdings Berhad (MAHB), ranging from how to run its check-ins to the design of KLIA2, said chief executive officer Aireen Omar.

She said AirAsia have not been allowed to use their own automated check-in system that was used at the previous low-cost carrier terminal (LCCT).

This caused the airline to run long on their ideal turnover period of getting passengers through checkpoints in less than 25-minutes, she said.

"Even now you see people queuing in long lines, it’s a real nightmare for anyone to check in durng the peak perod because there are so many people.

“We don't understand the delay (by MAHB) to facilitate traffic.

“They forced us to use their check-in system, we refuse to use it but they made us.

“Their check-in system is less superior than ours and we were able to automate from end to end (in LCCT).

“But here they gave us a very basic system and for them to enhance it they charge us.

“This is something we are very, very frustrated with," Aireen told a press conference.

Aireen elaborated on the long-running issues of potholes and pondings on KLIA2's tarmac that further drives up its cost of maintaining their operations there.

"Its like we are running an airline in an airport that is still under construction," she said.

The woes do not stop there for AirAsia, she said.

Despite moving to KLIA2, its headquarters is still in the old LCCT, which has become a ghost town albeit the current construction work to redevelop the area into a logistics and cargo hub.

She said staff had to work in poorly maintained offices with construction work going on in the same building.

She said AirAsia still pays the RM260,000 monthly rent to operate in the vacant building, despite its value dropping since its closure.

On top of that, AirAsia pays for its own cleaners and maintenance of the building.

Aireen lamented that staff were made to walk long distances from the carpark and parking was also charged by MAHB.

"The building of our headquarters in LCCT2 was delayed because the DCA tower had to be moved. We are expecting to move in in October.

“In the meantime, we are telling MAHB that they have to let us stay here.

“Because it wasn't our fault that the whole thing got delayed. But unforunately, the state of the building has been neglected. They have forgotten there is a tenant here," she said.

Monday, June 20, 2016

Divorce case linked to top politician postponed

A divorce case involving former deputy public prosecutor Stanley Clement Augustin and his wife Nika Gee Siew Yee at a High Court here has been postponed.

A new date for the proceedings has yet to be fixed. Neither the parties nor their lawyers were present on Monday morning. The case was to be heard before Justice Datuk Siti Mariah Ahmad.

Augustin had applied for a divorce last year after alleging that his wife had an affair.

He had on Dec 7, 2015, made a Statutory Declaration (SD) claiming that his wife had engaged in an intimate relationship with a prominent political figure from Johor(name as Muhyiddin by RPK).

The SD claimed that Gee met the politician overseas and had received financial and material benefits from him.

The accused politician has, however, called the allegations slanderous, adding that it was ill-intentioned and unfounded.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Rafizi to be questioned today over ‘atomic bomb’ remark

Rafizi Ramli will be questioned by police on Thursday over his “atomic bomb” remarks at a recent ceramah.

In a statement, the Pandan MP said he would need to report in at the Kuala Kangsar district police headquarters at 2pm to give his statement.

He will be accompanied by lawyer Saiful Izham Ramli.

At a recent ceramah in conjunction with the by-election here, Rafizi had urged residents to vote for Amanah candidate Dr Ahmad Termizi Ramli, who is a former nuclear physicist, so that the latter could hurl an “atomic bomb” at the country’s leadership in Parliament.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Rosmah’s aide stopped from meeting Rafizi

A brief commotion occurred outside the Amanah operations centre here on Wednesday when an aide to Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor showed up for the press conference by PKR vice-president Rafizi Ramli.

 Rafizi had been scheduled to reveal further allegations regarding the use of a private jet by Rosmah, wife of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

Reporters were aware last night that Rosmah’s aide, Datuk Rizal Mansor, planned to turn up at the press conference to rebut the allegations by Rafizi in person.

Rizal arrived around noon together with several other unidentified men and was seen shaking hands with Amanah candidate Dr Ahmad Termizi Ramli. However, when they asked to enter the building, Amanah staff stopped them from doing so. A verbal confrontation ensued between the two parties as Rafizi arrived and proceeded upstairs for the press conference. Rizal and his companions later left the premises after being repeatedly told that they could not enter on grounds that only media personnel were invited.

 Members of the media waiting in the room upstairs were subsequently asked by an Amanah representative to produce their media tags to verify their identities. “We just want to make sure that there aren't those who wish to cause disturbance," Rafizi said before the start of the press conference.

Malacca MCA slams DAP for 'bleaching' Amanah

Malacca MCA has slammed DAP for using the same tactics to promote Amanah to the non-Muslim community that it previously used on PAS.

Its secretary Datuk Koh Chin Han said in a statement that DAP had guaranteed that PAS would not be able to implement hudud law and that the Islamist party’s leaders were liberal and progressive.

“Once being in a untouchable position of power after GE13, PAS had shed its sheep’s wool and revealed its true colours by insisting on the implementation of Syariah criminal codes,” he said.

He said DAP was now using the same "bleaching tactics" on Amanah despite the fact that the party’s leaders had voiced their support for the implementation of hudud.

Koh pointed out that Amanah is an Islamist party and committed to reforming the secular and democratic system under the Federal Constitution.

“What makes the DAP leaders so confident that Amanah is upholding a secular and democratic system under the Federal Constitution?

“Which campaign leaflet of the party actually shows that?” he asked.
“Amanah is no different from PAS. DAP has empowered ‘one’ PAS, and Malaysia does not need another PAS in the future!” he said.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Najib: Proton’s golden era will be restored without Dr Mahathir

The golden era of Proton Holdings Bhd (Proton) is expected to be restored now that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s political interference in the national carmaker has come to an end, said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

He said there had been too much political interference in Proton’s strategy management when the former prime minister was holding the Proton chairman post.

“Now, I am pleased to say, there have been significant changes at the top levels of Proton. Tun Mahathir’s era of political interference has come to an end.

“We saw the results of that early this year. A manufacturer which should be a source of national pride was facing a very difficult situation,” he said at the launch of the fourth generation of Proton Perdana here on Tuesday.

Dr Mahathir resigned as chairman of Proton effective March 30. He had held the post since 2014.

According to Najib, the Government had to step in again to assist Proton in order to protect Malaysian jobs, families who rely on Proton, and to protect the company’s business partners.

“We stepped in because the well-being of the people is always our first concern. We will never fail to support Malaysian workers and suppliers. We will always fight to ensure that no one is left behind,” he explained.

Najib, who is also Finance Minister, said it was time for lessons to be learned, and for serious measures and reforms to be put in place for Proton to get back on track and realise its potential once again.

“I am told that in anticipation of its launch, 900 units of the Perdana were pre-booked which shows the confidence that people have in this new model, and their desire for Proton to succeed,” he added.

“Proton’s new management tells me that they are confident that customers will not only like the Perdana’s elegant looks, they will also love the drive. 

“I am looking to getting behind the wheel myself before too long!” he said.

He added: “Let the new car and the new management of Proton be judged on their merits.

“I know that we all wish them every success in growing their sales, in leading in innovation, and ensuring the company has a bright future, both in terms of its products and the well-being of its hard-working employees.”

Najib: I never abused my position for personal interest

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has contended that he never abused his position for his personal interest.

The Prime Minister said that he does not exercise control over ministers, police, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission officers in carrying out their duties.

Besides that, Najib said he has not exercised any control over the powers and duties of the Attorney-General, who had on Jan 26 found that no criminal offence was committed by him in relation to SRC International and the alleged RM2.6bil donation.

Najib said he held the position of chairman of the board of advisors of 1Malaysia Development Board (1MDB) at all material times, and had announced that the Auditor-General would carry out an audit of 1MDB but was not responsible for the appointment of the Special Task Force.

He said this in his statement of defence over a lawsuit filed by former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and two others against him for alleged misfeasance in public office.

Dr Mahathir, former Batu Kawan Umno division vice-chief Datuk Seri Khairuddin Abu Hassan and former Langkawi Wanita Umno member Anina Saadudin want Najib to pay RM42mil in aggravated damages to the Government.

In addition, Najib in his defence statement dated June 13, made available to media today, said he had not interfered with the due process of law.

“The defendant will further contend that he has not abused his position as the Prime Minister, Finance Minister, Barisan Nasional chairman and Umno president to further his alleged corrupt practices,” he said.

On Dr Mahathir, Najib said the former premier had the right to withdraw support for him and was entitled to voice his criticism on his weblog.

Najib added that police are entitled to question Dr Mahathir if an offence of criminal defamation is committed by the former prime minister and that it was not due to him.

Apart from that, he said the fact that Dr Mahathir had had his position as Petronas advisor terminated did not give rise to the filing of a suit.

On Khairuddin’s arrest on Sept 23 last year for an offence under the Securities Offences Special Measures Act 2012, Najib contended that it was not due to him.

On Anina, Najib said if she had any cause of action, action should be against the party or its office bearers.

In asking for the claim to be dismissed with costs, Najib said the plaintiffs had not suffered any personal losses.

He said that the claim for payment of exemplary and aggravated damages was directed to the Government, which was not a party to the claim.

High Court judge Justice Abu Bakar Jais set June 23 to hear an application by Dr Mahathir and two others to obtain leave to cross-examine Najib over content of his affidavit.

In the lawsuit filed in March, the plaintiffs also sought for the High Court to order the Prime Minister to pay RM2.6bil in exemplary damages to the Government.

Friday, June 10, 2016

Huan Cheng Guan sues Penang govt for defamation

Datuk Huan Cheng Guan is initiating legal action against the Penang government and Consortium Zenith-BUCG (CZBUZG) for defamation.

"I will see you in court," said the Parti Cinta Malaysia vice president Parti Cinta Malaysia in a statement on Friday.

Huan said this as a response to an announcement by CZBUZG on Thursday that they were going to sue Huan for defamation for making unsubstantiated accusations and disparaging remarks.

"Their press conference implies that I have lied when I had quoted known sources - including from the the Companies Commission (SSM) and various press statements from the DAP Penang state government.

"Instead of properly answering the valid questions asked and the concerns raised by various quarters including myself on the mega RM6.34bil Penang Tunnel mega-project, they had decided to threaten a lawsuit on me based on frivolous grounds," he said.

He pointed out that it was his right as a politician and a Penang resident to question on the matter.

"Let me remind the Penang government that these are billions of ringgit worth of public funds and state land that you are giving," he said.

Huan stressed that the act of CZBUZG announcing their intent to sue him gives out a perception that he was not being truthful.

"I have fought for the interest of the public with all the evidence I had gathered and forwarded it to the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC). If my evidence is based on falsehood, let the MACC punish me with their laws.

"I am forced to take this move to initiate legal action on both the company and the Penang government to protect my integrity and to avoid them tarnishing my reputation.

"By bringing this matter to court, I will be able to force the Penang Government to reveal the documents they refuse to declassify," he said adding that he can now get the answers to the many questions currently being asked.

CZBUZG is the special purpose vehicle set up to undertake certain infrastructure projects in Penang.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Rahman Dahlan: Guan Eng 'beating about the bush' with tunnel answers

The answers provided by the Penang state government in response to the many questions related to the Penang undersea tunnel remain unsatisfactory, said Barisan Nasional strategic communications director Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan.

Abdul Rahman, also Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister, said the responses to his queries appeared to be “beating about the bush” and “irresponsible”.

He pointed out that the answers given were unsatisfactory despite Penang Works Committee chairman and Bagan Jermal assemblyman Lim Hock Seng’s media statements and press conference on May 25.

“On three occasions I had asked whether it was true that the land given to Consortium Zenith-BUCG (CZBUCG) was immediately sold or agreed to be sold at prices between RM845 psf to RM1,300 psf. I also cited proof of such an agreement,” Abdul Rahman said in a statement.

“Instead of giving me a proper answer, YB Lim persisted with his insistence that the Valuation and Property Services Department (JPPH) valuation had valued the land in question at RM475 psf - and left it at that. Upon being pressed a fourth time, YB Lim then gave the surprising answer that any sale of land between CZBUCG and third-parties were 'private transactions',” he said.

Abdul Rahman said he found the answer “irresponsible” as the Penang DAP government had already paid in part and had agreed to transfer state land to the private company.

“That company then immediately signed to sell the land to another company at prices up to three times higher than the JPPH valuation. This was the very same valuation that YB Lim insisted was the land value. He then brushed me off by saying that sale were 'private transactions',” said Abdul Rahman.

Abdul Rahman also pointed out that the Penang government seemed to be paying for the full construction cost of the project, but still allowed the company to collect on a 30-year toll concession.

“I then suggested that this was an unprecedented arrangement never before seen in any other concession agreement in Malaysia - or the world,” he said.

“When asked if the full construction cost was paid for via the land transfer, YB Lim gave differing answers. At first he said the reason was that the Penang government had no expertise in maintaining the tunnel. In a later press statement, however, he said the company was also funding the construction cost and that it needed the toll revenue to recover their investment,” said Abdul Rahman.

He added that when pressed even further, Guan Eng "flip-flopped" in announcing that he may consider dropping the tunnel project to save RM2bil and do away with the 30-year toll if the Federal Government approves a third bridge instead.

“This is indeed a bizarre turn of events. At first, YB Lim (Guan Eng) had accused the Federal Government of not approving a third bridge. But when the Works Minister denied that there was any such application or request from the Penang government, YAB Lim said it was because he was not brave enough to send the request in the first place,” he said.

Abdul Rahman explained that Guan Eng subsequently wrote a letter to the Prime Minister instead of the Works Ministry, which is the usual process, to seek approval for a third bridge.

“However, he refuses to submit any documents to support his application. This highly-politicised application letter, together with the refusal to submit any documents to support the application leads us to conclude that YAB Lim (Guan Eng) is not sincere about the third bridge,” he said.

“According to YAB Lim, the Penang Government had to impose 30-year toll at the same rate as the Second Penang Bridge in order not to sabotage the Second Penang Bridge.

"Now that he is proposing a third bridge without tolls, does it mean that his position has changed and that now doesn’t mind ‘sabotaging’ the Second Penang Bridge?” he said.

Najib trades suit for hoodie

It was a light-hearted moment at the Wild Digital Conference when Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak traded his suit for a hoodie and shared his passion for music, food and social media.

Some 450 of Southeast Asia’s leading digital entrepreneurs, investors and top senior executives had a pleasant surprise when the Prime Minister readily agreed to don a hoodie with the words ‘#DABOSS’ on the back.

Catcha Group’s co-founder Patrick Grove presented the hoodie to Najib on stage before the start of a 40-minute question and answer session to mark the launch of the conference.

Grove, the chairman of Iflix, candidly threw questions to Najib including if he bought anything online lately.

“Yes I bought some music from iTunes but I’m not going to tell you what songs they are,” Najib said, drawing laughter from the crowd.

Najib went on to say that he enjoyed ‘Motown’ and music from the 1970s but also like to listen to contemporary singers such as Bruno Mars.

Grove, who kept the pace of questions lively, asked Najib of his experiences of getting a drive with US president Barack Obama in his personal limousine the ‘Beast’ and meeting Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg.

“I was told that apart from his wife, the only two persons who ever rode in the Beast with Obama was you and Jerry Seinfeld,” Grove said.

Najib quipped that the "Beast" was more comfortable than a Proton and bullet and bomb-proof car had room to hold a conference for four people.

On his experience with Zuckerberg during his trip to the United States, Najib jokingly said that he thought that Zuckerberg didn’t look very smart in his appearance owing the casual style of dressing and work pace of those working in the IT industry there.

“My initial reaction, he doesn’t look very smart. But actually, he is very smart. He is super smart but doesn’t look very smart.

“But when you talk to him, you begin to realise that this guy (Zuckerberg) has really got it in him,” Najib said, drawing laughter from the crowd.

Grove also quipped that Najib beat Obama, British prime minister David Cameron and Singapore prime minister Lee Hsien Loong in tweeting, although a lot of it were about food.

Najib replied that although he had a media team to handle his social media posting, he would personally tweet if time permits.
Grove later invited Najib to pose for a selfie with the crowd. Najib later tweeted: ‘Rocking at Wild Digital @PatrickGrove in my new hoodie #daboss #boom’.

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Adenan speaks of grandson killed in car accident





KUCHING: Chief Minister Tan Sri Adenan Satem has finally spoken up about the death of his grandson, 22-year-old Azreal Mahmud , over a week after a fatal accident near his home at Santubong, about 30km from here.


He "always thought I would be the one to go first," Adenan wrote in a Facebook post on Tuesday night.

"Mere words cannot express the grief when we have to say goodbye to our young ones," Adenan, 72, wrote under a black and white photograph of his late grandson.

Adenan - who has spoken many times publicly about his own brush with death due to heart disease before becoming the Chief Minister two years ago - said the passing of young ones was particularly heart-wrenching as they are "taken away before their prime".

"It has been a week since your passing and I will continue to pray."

The post was linked to Yatie A Bedos, Adenan's daughter. Yatie's profile photo was of her and Azreal, who was one of three boys and a girl.

It is believed Azreal was killed at about 3.30am on May 29 after a collision between a Toyota Vios and a motorcycle. The car slammed into a tree and burst into flames.

Thousands of condolences have poured onto Adenan's Facebook page since his post last night.
Although awareness of the tragedy had spread after the accident - which was reported in local Chinese dailies but without naming the victim - the Chief Minister's post last night was the first official comment from the family.

Other family members have also begun posting photographs and their own mourning messages.
Over Gawai Dayak, which began on June 1, some had wondered why Adenan had not made any visits to open houses, which is the customary practise for those in high office during major festive seasons.

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Hadi: We negotiated with Federal to table Bill

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Datuk Seri Hadi Awang has admitted that negotiations were held between the Kelantan and Federal governments for his Private Member’s Bill on Syariah court amendments to be read in Parliament.

Hadi, who is PAS president, said, however, the priority during the negotiations was only to allow for the bill to be read in Parliament.

“It's just about reading out the law, not passing it or even debating it,” Hadi told reporters at the party’s annual general meeting on Thursday.

Hadi said as an Islamist leader he was obliged to push for the reading of the bill as Islam was slowly becoming a “restricted religion” in the nation.

“Yes, PAS and the Kelantan state government negotiated with the ruling government for the reading to take place.

“It is to improve and enforce the position of the Syariah court. Following independence, it was declared that Islam is the Federal religion and other religions are free (to be practiced).

“Now Islam has become restricted, that is not right and needs to be corrected,” he said, adding that the bill was about improving the status and the jurisdiction of the Syariah court and not its ability to mete sentences.

On May 26, Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman Said had moved for the Bill to be brought forward in the Order Paper.

Hadi said the negotiations involved Umno members because the matter only concerned the Muslims.

“It does not involve non-Muslims at all, so why should DAP disturb us? The negotiations were dependant on individual views of a party.

“We (DAP and PAS) are both opposition but we have our own views and practices," he said adding that the second reading of the Bill would take place in the October meeting.

He explained that the law required that a minister table and approve a Bill before it can it be brought forward and read by the member.

Asked why the Federal government had a sudden change of heart in allowing the bill to be read out now after rejecting it three times, Hadi said it was because the negotiations were over improving the status of the Syariah court.

Kedah exco retracts resignation


Kedah state exco member Dr Leong Yong Kong, who resigned in protest over PAS’ Private Member's Bill, have retracted his resignation from MCA.


Dr Leong said in a statement he made the decision to return to MCA after seeing the party leadership's commitment with other Barisan Nasional component parties in opposing the Bill.

He had announced his resignation and become a Barisan-friendly independent last week over what he claimed was the party's failure to stop the tabling of the Bill by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in Parliament.

“I have decided to withdraw my resignation to quit the party due to the request from the grassroots and support the president and central committee in defending the Federal constitution," said Dr Leong.

He said MCA president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai had assured him that the party would remain firm in fighting the Bill.

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Nur Jazlan: Pakatan is a hopeless pact

Opposition parties should forget their ambition of forming the federal government because they cannot even see eye to eye with each other in Selangor, said Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed.

The Deputy Home Minister said the rift among the parties, which has been further compounded by PKR's vice-president Rafizi Ramli's allegation of graft in the Selangor state administration, clearly shows that "Pakatan is a hopeless pact".

"Before this, they were Pakatan Rakyat, now they are Pakatan Harapan. Very soon, they will be 'pakatan tak ada harapan' (a hopeless pact)' or 'pakatan tak boleh harap (an unreliable pact)'.

"The DAP cannot get along with PAS. PKR is basically (Datuk Seri) Anwar (Ibrahim)'s family against the rest. They cannot get along, so how can they 'pakat (form a pact)?'

"They cannot even work together in the Selangor government. Forget about forming a government at the national level," he told the press after opening the Malaysia Security Services Association's 24th annual general meeting here Tuesday.

Nur Jazlan, who is also Umno supreme council member, said Barisan Nasional would take advantage of the split among the Opposition parties to strengthen the coalition.

"We also have to help our component parties like MIC, MCA and Gerakan to get back on their feet and contribute in a way that they used to," he said.

Asked if the recent uproar over PAS’ Private Members’ Bill on syariah laws could hinder efforts to make Barisan stronger, Nur Jazlan said "sensibility will prevail".

"The Bill was just a proposal, not a resolution. It has to be voted on and there has been a lot of misunderstanding.

"There will be many debates from now on. But I think that sensibility will prevail.

"The MPs will make a decision which is in the best interest of the country," he added.

‘Umno members who contest as independents will be sacked’

Umno members who contest against Barisan Nasional in any election or by-election will have their membership automatically revoked, says Umno executive secretary Datuk Ab Rauf Yusoh.

“Our constitution is very clear. If you contest on an independent platform or any other platform without Umno’s consent you will be automatically sacked,” he told The Star Online on Tuesday.

He gave the example of Perkasa chief Datuk Ibrahim Ali who contested the 2004 general election as an independent in the Pasir Mas seat.

Earlier on Tuesday, Pusat Bandar Taman Chempaka Umno Youth deputy secretary Syed Rosli Harman Jamalullail announced his intentions to contest the Kuala Kangsar by-election, saying he was not happy with Barisan’s decision to field Datin Mastura Mohd Yazid as a candidate.

Mastura, who is Datuk Wan Mohammad Khai-ril Anuar Wan Ahmad’s widow, is Barisan’s candidate for the June 18 by-election.

The Kuala Kangsar parliamentary seat fell vacant following the death of Wan Mohammad Khai-ril.

He was among six killed in a helicopter crash on May 5 in Sebuyau, Sarawak.

Clause 20.10 of the Umno Constitution states that any Umno member contesting a general election as an independent candidate will be expelled from the party.

Monday, May 30, 2016

MCA : DAP should be held responsible over PAS’ hudud

The DAP should stop using hudud to gain political mileage and local support, said MCA publicity bureau chairman Senator Datuk Chai Kim Sen. 

In a statement Monday, he said the time was right for both sides of the political divide to stop the passing of the Private Member’s Bill to amend the Syariah Courts (Criminal Jurisdiction) Act that was tabled by PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang in Parliament recently. 

Chai also blamed DAP national organising secretary Anthony Loke for “dismissing the hudud crisis as scare tactics”. 

“He (Loke) should apologise to the Chinese community if he is still conscientious, and also join MCA’s effort in opposing hudud enactments from being implemented in the country,” added Chai. 

He, however, said Loke chose to make use of this issue to “attack MCA and weaken the party”. 

“Does DAP wish to see hudud materialised and implemented in the country? 

“We cannot do anything if DAP chooses to wash its hands off and refuse to stand up against PAS’ hudud enactments. 

“But DAP should stop smearing and insulting MCA, as well as making false claims to weaken the political strengths of MCA and other Barisan Nasional component parties,” said Chai. 

He added that in the past, DAP had campaigned on behalf of PAS during the previous general election. 

He said it was only now that DAP wanted to stay out of the mess it created by severing ties with PAS. 

‘It is too late for DAP to curb PAS’ growing influence, and the party should be held responsible for the hudud crisis,” Chai added.

PAS to see which party PKR assists in upcoming by-elections

PAS will wait and see which party PKR will assist in the twin Parliamentary by-elections, said PAS vice president Datuk Mohd Amar Abdullah.

He added that it will be interesting to see whether PKR will help PAS or splinter party Amanah in the upcoming campaigns, or indeed submit a candidate itself.

"I cannot answer which party PKR will help during the campaign period and whether PKR will help PAS or Amanah  remains to be seen," he said.

Speaking to reporters after handing over house keys to the owners of a newly completed 42 units of double storey terrace houses built by Profil Impian Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of the Kelantan State Economic Development Corporation at Pengkalan Chepa on Monday.

He was asked to comment on newspaper reports that PKR was now in a bind over which party to support.

The Deputy Mentri Besar said whatever happens PAS is ready.

"We will wait and see whatever happens next, and I believe that PAS is ready for any situation including going it alone," he added.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Kedah MCA No. 2 and Gurun assemblyman quits party over hudud bill

Kedah MCA deputy chairman Datuk Dr Leong Yong Kong has resigned from the party in protest after the PAS' Private Members Bill on hudud was allowed to be tabled in Parliament.

"I am announcing that from this moment on, I have quit MCA until this issue has a turnaround," said Dr Leong, who is also Gurun assemblyman, at a press conference in Sungai Petani at about 1pm Friday.

He said that he would leave it to the MCA president, Kedah Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Ahmad Bashah Md Hanipah to decide on his state exco position.

However, Dr Leong said he would remain as Gurun assemblyman.

The hudud amendment Bill was the last item (no. 15) on Thursday's Parliament Order List but Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Datuk Seri Azalina Othman moved a motion to bring the debate forward, citing Standing Order 14(2).

However, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang requested that the debate be deferred to the next Parliamentary meeting in October as Thursday was the last day of the current meeting.

Dr Mahathir to be summoned over ‘house arrest’ claim

Dr Mahathir Mohamad will be asked to give his statement to the police regarding his claim that that the king and other rulers had been placed under house arrest.

When met at the Pusat Perubatan Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (PPUKM) during on Friday, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Noor Rashid Ibrahim said that police are currently looking into the matter and would seek clarification from the former prime minister.

“We will take his statement when the time is right,” he said.

On May 23, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission adviser Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim lodged a report against Dr Mahathir regarding his claims, and said that allegations were “false and mischievous”.

Dr Mahathir had claimed that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and other rulers had been placed under house arrest to prevent them from receiving the signatures of those who supported the Citizens’ Declaration.

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Statesman must keep dignity and reputation

TUN Dr Mahathir Mohamad served at the helm of this nation for 22 long years. And throughout his tenure, we stood by him through thick and thin. The cornerstone that held us together was that singular mind to take the nation forward given the trust of the rakyat. We stood loyally with our leader.

And who does not know what Dr Mahathir would do, and indeed did, to those who crossed his path?

History has a clear record of how every potential leader who could have continued the journey wearing the hat of premiership fell.

Tun Ghafar Baba, Tun Musa Hitam, Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi – these men were the casualties of Dr Mahathir’s grip on power.

But today when he keeps hammering out statements and writings that do not speak well of true statemanship as he guns down Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, he should be mindful of two truths.

One, he has betrayed all of us who stood by him throughout his 22 long years as PM. If we stand by Najib, who is our current PM, it is because we learnt it the hard way from Dr Mahathir.

Two, he must know he is not, by virtue of his dictatorial rule, the ultimate king-maker for the rakyat.

The voting population cast their precious votes and they will not let a once-upon-a-time PM continue to hack and derail a legitimate PM as he has done in the past to so many.

Truly, as any religion or for that matter any philosopher or conscious civil society leader anywhere in the pages of humanity’s struggles against the many odds have vouched, a statesman or an elder in society must not only earn but also learn to keep his dignity and reputation. Sadly, that is not what we are witnessing with Dr Mahathir. Today, his language and actions clearly show a bitter and beaten man at war.

Fortunately for him and his blinded loyalists, Najib does not practise any traits of Machiavellian politics. Otherwise the price that would be paid by some would probably be in the likes of that unforgettable Ops Lalang.

Dr Mahathir, let the truth be told. And telling the truth even if it hurts is not being disrespectful. If not for politics, do it at least for all our young children.

Stop calling people, especially Najib our current leader, names and disgusting terms.

Every leader has a right and a duty to perform and deliver according to his or her promises. It cannot always be your way.

TAN SRI M. KAYVEAS

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

PAS exco men should quit Azmin's line-up, says DAP

The three PAS exco members in the Selangor government should relook at their positions in Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali’s line-up, said a state DAP leader.

“If I were one of them, I would resign because I did not follow the instructions of the mentri besar,’’ said Selangor DAP youth chief Eric Teh Hoong Keat.

He said it would be difficult for them remain in the executive council after their party refused to cooperate over the Sungai Besar by-election.

Azmin had asked PAS not to contest in the by-election so that PKR can field its candidate there.

However, PAS president Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang has been adamant that his party contest the seat despite signals indicating that PKR has a better chance of winning.

Selangor Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) youth chief Abbas Azmi said it is a matter of integrity whether or not the PAS exco members remain in the state government.

“But it is their party's decision (to contest in Sungai Besar) so they are obligated to stick to it," said Abbas.

Teh and Abbas were speaking to reporters at a PKR-Amanah-DAP press conference after announcing campaign plans for the Sungai Besar by-election scheduled on June 18.

Abbas said 100 youth members from each party will work together to campaign for the Pakatan Harapan candidate.

Ironically, PKR Youth representatives were absent from the joint press conference.

Meanwhile, according to a PKR source, the negotiations between Azmin and Selangor PAS commissioner Iskandar Abdul Samad have come to a stalemate.

The source said grassroots party leaders are beginning to blame Amanah for the current "mess".

“They (Amanah members) should have remained in PAS instead of forming another party.

“Then, they would have been the voice of reason in PAS," he added.

Nazri awaits Dr M in Kuala Kangsar for some 'sparring sessions'

Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz has welcomed Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to Kuala Kangsar for some “bertumbuk-tumbuk” (sparring session) during campaigning for the June 18 by-election

“I will wait for Dr Mahathir in Kuala Kangsar.

“This is a free democratic country. Mahathir is free to go anywhere. He is not being held under ISA detention unlike during his time.

“So we welcome him, I'll wait for him in Kuala Kangsar for ' bertumbuk-tumbuk'. We will fight la," Nazri, who is Padang Rengas MP, told reporters at Parliament lobby.

Earlier this month, Dr Mahathir had called on the opposition to ensure straight fights with Barisan Nasional in Kuala Kangsar and Sungai Besar parliamentary by-elections.

Nazri said he believed Dr Mahathir has lost credibility and his presence in Kuala Kangsar would only help Barisan.

“Nobody will trust him anymore. A lot have lost faith in him and in his most unbecoming character.
“I don't think he will attract a lot of votes but I think people just dislike his presence there and will vote for us, which is a good thing," he said.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Amanah offers to be ‘peacekeepers’ to stop PAS-PKR squabble

Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) says it wants to contest in the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections in order to play its role as "peacekeepers".

Amanah communications director Khalid Samad said it was best for the party to contest in the polls as anything otherwise would affect the Selangor government.

"For us in Amanah, let us contest. We don't want PKR and PAS to fight because it will affect the relationship between them in the state government.

"By allowing us to contest in the polls, it will strengthen the party’s position in Pakatan Harapan as the replacement for PAS where we can get the support of Malay Muslims," he told reporters at Parliament lobby.

The Shah Alam MP said this would also enable the party to gauge the support of the people.

Asked if Amanah would be agreeable to the idea of contesting one of the two seats while PAS contested the other, Khalid said it would depend on the ongoing negotiations which would conclude at the Pakatan presidential meeting.
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Among the candidates considered for the polls are Amanah deputy chairman  Salahuddin Ayub, Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin and Mohamad Sabu.

'Show your manliness,' contest individually, opposition parties told

Opposition parties have been told to “show your manliness” and each field its own candidates in the two upcoming by-elections.

Lenggong MP Datuk Anuar Nasarah of Umno said PKR, PAS and Parti Amanah Negara should cease negotiating among themselves on who should contest in the parliamentary seats of Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar.

“I advise PKR, PAS and Amanah, no need to negotiate among yourselves, just contest individually.

“Show off your manliness. Let the people decide who is better, PAS or PKR Amanah or DAP," he told reporters at Paliament lobby.

Anuar said the “bickering” by the opposition parties over the seats should serve as an advantage to Barisan Nasional.

“The more people contest the more it reflects democracy.

“We are ready for more competition and I believe that Barisan Nasional will overcome all obstacles," he said.

The opposition parties have been negotiating over the two seats with PKR deputy president Datuk Seri Azmin Ali allegedly issuing an “ultimatum” to PAS to back its candidate in Sungai Besar or its three executive councillors would be sacked from the Selangor exco.

PAS president Datuk Seri Hadi Awang has been adamant that the party would field candidates in both by-elections.

Amanah has also reiterated its stand to join in the fray.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Zahid: No reason for disciplinary action against IGP

There is no reason to take disciplinary action against Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar for ordering police investigations with his social media account, said Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. 

The Home Minister said Khalid was acting within the ambit of his job scope when he issued the orders through his official Twitter account. 

“This kind of announcement (on social media) is not against any laws or regulations, but is in fact a faster way to relay information to the public. 

“The Ministry does not view the IGP’s actions as wrong because he was discharging his duty in making the orders so that swift action could be taken to contain certain issues,” Dr Ahmad Zahid said this in a written reply to N. Surendran (PKR-Padang Serai) at the Dewan Rakyat here on Monday. 

“Even so, details of ongoing investigations and their eventual results will not be released on social media,” he added. 

Surendran had asked if action would be taken against Khalid for making orders on Twitter for investigations against members of the public including those who had been critical of his actions. 

Khalid was known to make statements and call for police investigations through his official Twitter account.

Najib: Rise in FDIs show govt's approach is right

The rise in foreign direct investments (FDI) show that the government's approach towards attracting foreign investment is right, says Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.

The Prime Minister said he has always stressed the importance of governance and closer bilateral relations between Malaysia and its trading partners.

"Between 2009 and 2015, FDI was growing at 22 per cent annually.

"This is one of the signs that the approach taken by the government is right and gives foreign investors the confidence to continue to invest in Malaysia," he said in the latest entry in his blog www.najibrazak.com Sunday night.

Najib also declared his visits to the United Kingdom (UK) and Russia a success, boosting investors' confidence in Malaysia as an attractive investment destination.

"Alhamdulillah (praise be to God), I am confident my working visits to the UK and Russia have enhanced relations among our governments and boosted investors' confidence in Malaysia as an attractive investment destination full of potential," he said.

Najib's visit to the UK beginning on May 15 was, among others, to attend the Global Science and Innovation Advisory Council (GSIAC) annual meeting and to launch the Malaysia-UK Investor Showcase.

He later attended the Asean-Russia Commemorative Summit in Sochi, Russia on May 19-20.

While in London, he attended several meetings and sessions with fund managers and industry leaders with whom he shared the latest developments and prospects for growth and development in Malaysia.

The Prime Minister also expressed satisfaction with the continued commitment shown by many UK companies at the Malaysia-UK Investor Showcase to investing in new projects and expanding existing businesses.

In Sochi, he said Malaysia would also explore the possibility of holding negotiations on a free trade agreement (FTA) with the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU).

Friday, May 20, 2016

Azmin: I don't know if Hadi knows what's happening in PAS

Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali  took a swipe at Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang, saying that the PAS president “may not be aware of what goes on in his own party.”

Azmin said he was ready to meet Hadi to iron out the seat negotiations with PAS for the Sungai Besar parliamentary by-election to be held on June 18.

Azmin, who is PKR deputy president, said he has held meetings twice with PAS top leaders, including deputy president Datuk Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man, election director Datuk Mustafa Ali and Hadi’s political secretary Dr Ahmad Samsuri Mokhtar, on the seat negotiation, despite Hadi’s reported firmness on PAS contesting it.

“Sometimes I pity Ustad Hadi.

“Maybe he is not aware of what is happening in the party,” Azmin said when met at the launch of SmartSelangor Food Stamp programme here Friday.

Azmin was asked of reports about Hadi’s denial on the seat negotiations between PKR and PAS.
Asked if PAS was still adamant on contesting, Azmin refused to comment “merely based on assumption.”

“The room for discussion is still open.

“Pakatan Harapan and PAS have many good candidates. That's why we are still discussing,” he said, adding that there was still a long way to go before the nomination on June 5.

Asked on the outcome of his meeting with Parti Amanah Negara a day earlier, Azmin said Amanah, a breakaway group of PAS, had “mentioned” about fielding its candidate.

“I heard their views. But I remain open to listen to Amanah leaders to find a better solution. I think that the discussions and differences in opinions are the strength for us before a final decision is made.
“I have met with PAS' top leadership, Amanah and I have discussed with the Penang chief minister.
“The series of discussions with PAS, Amanah and Penang CM (Lim Guan Eng) went positively and we hope that a consensus could be reached in the near future,” he added