Thursday, August 27, 2015

From HE John R Malott, the former US Ambassador to Malaysia

Mr Malott speaks his mind about the two Najibs that he knows and the lies which the charlatan or fake Najib told the world about transforming the country to become a paragon to the rest of the world!!!

COMMENT Ever since he became prime minister in 2009, Najib Razak cut a very impressive swath overseas.
Armed with his impeccable English, a product of his British education, and dressed immaculately in his elegant bespoke British suits, Najib talked a good game. He traveled the world and spoke of how he wanted to reform Malaysia's political and economic systems and transform his nation into a model for the world.
He spoke at the United Nations time and again of a Global Movement of Moderates, of which Malaysia would be the leader. He spoke of Malaysia as a tolerant nation that respected all religions and races.
In contrast to former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad, whose trips were primarily to Third World nations, Najib actively courted the United States and European nations - the lands of Mahathir's dreaded "orang putih."
Backing all of Najib's efforts was a multi-million dollar international PR operation, paid for by the taxpayers. It was aimed at swaying international opinion. It spent untold millions on PR firms Apco and FBC Media. Their job was to puff up Najib and tear down the political opposition, along with anyone who dared to tell the truth about what was really going on in Malaysia.
And most of the outside world believed what Najib and his PR machine had to say.
But for the past few years, there were a number of people outside Malaysia, myself included, who tried to tell the world what the truth was - what really was going on in Malaysia. That Malaysia was no longer the country they thought it was, and that they should not believe Najib's paid propaganda agents.
We wanted people to know that there were two Najibs. There was the fake Najib, the international Najib, the Najib who talked a good game overseas. That Najib was backed up by millions of dollars in PR fees. That man even fooled the President of the United States into a game of golf just last Christmas.
The real Najib
And then there is the other Najib, the real Najib.
He is the "domestic" Najib, the man who stifles freedom. The man whose police force tear-gassed people in the streets for demanding free and fair elections. The man who has arrested scores of opposition politicians and dissidents under the Sedition Act.
He is the corrupt Najib, the man who arranged the over-priced purchase of non-functioning Scorpene submarines, and most recently, the man behind 1MDB and its missing billions.
He is the Najib who received US$700 million into his personal bank account.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Bersih 4.0, The Times They Are A-Changin'

Got up early this morning with this tune ringing in my head. With full inspiration, got down to making a video of the coming event on August 29 2015, and following is the result. I was there in 2012, and hopefully I will be there again come Saturday.

It is like 1964 all over again when I first heard Bob Dylan singing the song. It was a time when America was faced with the anti-Vietnam War and anti-establishment movements, but little did I realise it would be so applicable today to our own country. Follow the lyrics and you will understand.

Come gather 'round people
Wherever you roam
And admit that the waters
Around you have grown
And accept it that soon
You'll be drenched to the bone
If your time to you Is worth savin'
Then you better start swimmin'
Or you'll sink like a stone
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come writers and critics
Who prophesize with your pen
And keep your eyes wide
The chance won't come again
And don't speak too soon
For the wheel's still in spin
And it's no tellin' who
That it's namin'
For the loser now
Will be later to win
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway
Don't block up the hall
For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.

Come mothers and fathers
Throughout the land
And don't criticize
What you can't understand
Your sons and your daughters
Are beyond your command
Your old road is
Rapidly agin'
Please get out of the new one
If you can't lend your hand
For the times they are a-changin'.

The line it is drawn
The curse it is cast
The slow one now
Will later be fast
As the present now
Will later be past
The order is
Rapidly fadin'
And the first one now
Will later be last
 For the times they are a-changin'.


Saturday, August 15, 2015

Remembering Punch Gunalan

In remembrance of our badminton icon, Punch Gunalan, who passed away three years ago today. RIP Punch. We will always remember you and the many skillful strokes you displayed on the courts.

The Punch Gunalan/Rudy Hartono All England Finals in 1974.

So it was donations, was it?

Najib said that the US$700m credited into his account were donations from a Middle Eastern source.  Who, he didn't want to say even though we had to use a crowbar to pry his mouth open.  So, now the catch word is 'DONATIONS', but what has the MACC Act 2009 has to say about this?

Section 3 (S.3)
S.3 of the MACC Act defines Najib, Rahman, Azalin, 4 Public Accounts Committee (PAC) members, all the Cabinet members and all parliamentarians as "officers of a public body" by virtue of them being 'members of the administration' or 'members of State Legislative Assembly' or 'officers of Government of Malaysia or Government of a State'.  The are all prohibited from receiving any form of gratification.

Gratification has a long definition to include not just money but also donation, gift, loan, fee, office, post, dignity, employment, contracts, service, forbearance, protection.

Section 16 (S.16)
S.16 of the MACC Act provides that any of them who gives or receives corrupt gratification commits an offence punishable by 20 years' imprisonment.

Section 50 (S.50)
S.50 of the MACC Act clearly states that anyone of these officers of public body who gives or receives gratification is presumed to have done so corruptly.

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

This is what the Financial Times have to say .....

“Malaysia should learn from Singapore,” the Financial Times (FT) said in an op-ed.
“It should show zero tolerance for corruption, starting with Prime Minister Najib Razak, who must clear his name or step down.” It should also manage its populace’s ethnic relations better.
Lee Kuan Yew may have cried fifty years ago at separation, yet half a century later, it is the Malaysians who are crying, FT claims.
For one, Singapore is far more prosperous economically with a per capita gross domestic product of US$56,000, compared with Malaysia’s which stands at US$11,000.
While Singaporeans may still feel something amiss in their country’s brand of “authoritarian-guided development,” FT claims that their difficulties pale in comparison with those of Malaysians who are seeing their country go through its “worst political crisis in years.”
“Malaysia has been undergoing a long-term meltdown in which the political, religious and ethnic compact that has underpinned the country since independence groans under its own rotten contradictions,” the respected economic publication adds.
While the People’s Action Party can no longer claim to be infallible, it is still widely regarded as honest and competent.
“The same cannot be said for Umno,” FT points out, with Najib embroiled in a corruption scandal linked to the debt-laden state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad.
Seeming to cast doubt on Najib’s explanation that the US$680 million which he received in his personal bank accounts was a political donation, FT points to the general sense of distrust which the Malaysian public has in Umno.
“[B]oth countries have potentially combustible ethnic mixes,” it notes, but “Singapore has done better at forging a sense of fairness and national unity, through language, meritocracy and incorruptibility.”
Malaysia’s “positive discrimination, has by contrast created a crony capitalist state,” it claims.
Apart from eradicating widespread corruption, the Malaysian government must strive to forge policies of national unity, not ones of the division based on religion and ethnicity.
“Malaysia must stop the rot, or slip disastrously backwards,” FT warns.

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Why Najib's personal account?

From blogger Peter Yew of Coffee Talk:

If the UMNO supreme council doesn't know about the 2.6b ringgit in Najib's personal accounts what's there to stop him from siphoning part of it away? It is a stupid arrangement that the SC can allow one man to handle party funds without reporting and a system of check and balance. Since the money was for party disbursement it should never be under one name more so in a personal type account. The temptation to pick is great and we all want to know if he indeed did not take even a sen for personal gain. If he is unafraid he should authorize Ambank to open up his since closed AmPrivate accounts for the scrutiny of at least the AG to verify if there were any hanky panky.

Read news report here.

Saturday, August 8, 2015

Donation? Payment? No one knows or do we?

Khairy said it was contributions from the three million UMNO members, but MACC said it was a donation from overseas, a Middle Eastern source.  Sorry, they cannot disclose the source.  Then, they said it was placed into Najib's personal account under trusteeship, much safer as claimed by Abdul Rahman Dahlan.  If that is the case, might as well close up all the banks in the country and everyone placed their hard earn money with Najib.

But then what do the following tell us?