Saturday, June 16, 2012

The French Court finally moves : First subpoena issued

The first subpoena seeking testimonies for the French probe into alleged kickbacks to a Malaysian political figure over the the 2002 purchase of a pair of Scorpene submarines, has been delivered last night, according to NGO Suaram.

suaram scorpene case fundraising dinner 160612 cynthia gabriel 1"As we sit at the dinner tables right this moment, a subpoena is on the way to Mr Jalbir Singh Chahl's house. 

“The case is moving forward more concretely," announced Suaram coordinator Cynthia Gabriel (right) who is spearheading the case for the human rights NGO.

Speaking at a fundraising dinner for their project ‘Ops Scorpene’, Gabriel said Jasbir was Abdul Razak Baginda's right hand man in Perimekar, the company that acted as middleman for the procurement of the submarines, through which over RM500 million in alleged “commissions” have been channelled.
Suaram was the interested party that lodged a complaint with the French judiciary to start the probe into the alleged illegal kickbacks on the sale of the submarines from French shipbuilder DCNS.

NONEThe French courts had ruled that the NGO has locus standi to initiate the proceedings as a body concerned about transparency and corruption in Malaysia.

Abdul Razak himself was the close confidante of then defence minister and present prime minister Najib Razak (left). The former stands accused of accepting millions in "consultancy fees" on Najib's behalf allegedly to 'grease' the deal.

Gabriel said that Jasbir was privy to a lot of information about the deal, as he was point-man in the negotiations between DCNS and Perimekar.

"He has confirmed his cooperation with us," Gabriel said further, expressing anticipation that his insider's testimony would shed more light into the Scorpene scandal.

'RM200,000 raised'

Gabriel explained that Jasbir was the first in Suaram’s list of witnesses accepted by the French inquiry, with other subpoenas to follow suit.

abdul razak baginda pc 201108 06Others named as witnesses include Abdul Razak (left) himself, his wife Mazlinda Makhzan who is a director at Perimekar, Najib, current defence minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, private investigator P Balasubramaniam and former Perimekar director Lodin Wok Kamarudin.

She however explained to the audience that the proceedings is still at the preliminary stage, akin to the initial stage of opening an investigation paper, albeit performed by the French judiciary and not by law enforcement authorities.

The French judiciary had agreed to follow through with the inquiry after France's state prosecutor dropped investigations into the complaint, some claim due to political and diplomatic pressure.

The dinner that was attended by over a thousand donors, supporters and volunteers involved in efforts to uncover the alleged corruption behind the deal, dubbed ‘Ops Scorpene’, saw over RM200,000 raised for their French probe war chest.

The funds were raised through ticket sales and auctions.

suaram scorpene case fundraising dinner 160612 zunarTen exclusive green T-shirts with artwork depicting the Scorpene saga were sold off ranging from RM300 to RM2,000 each, while a painting by local political cartoonist Zunar (right) was auctioned off for RM5,000.

Gabriel explained that the funds will mostly go to the retainer for their French lawyers William Bourdon and Joseph Breham, which can run up to RM12,000 a month, as well as legal, translation, travel and other expenses.

She said that in line with Suaram's policy of transparency, the full accounting of all funds collected and spent are listed in a financial report on their website.

suaram scorpene case fundraising dinner 160612 cynthia gabriel 2Bourdon made a cameo appearance during the dinner via a long distance phone call, expressing his regret that he cannot be with the audience last night.

He said he is confident that the inquiry will soon shed more light into the scandal and eventually bring those in the wrong to justice.

The case has already uncovered a continent-crossing trail that spans from France to Pakistan to Malta to Malaysian shores.

The Malaysian government deported Bourdon last year for allegedly abusing the terms of his social visit pass after speaking at a Suaram dinner, and has been allegedly denied a work permit to enter Malaysia in relation to the Scorpene case.

'Suaram not opposition tool'

Earlier, Suaram executive director E Nalini hit out at those who disparaged the NGO and its efforts, vehemently denying the "false allegations" that the NGO is an opposition tool and had been paid to pursue the scandal.

suaram scorpene case fundraising dinner 160612 tony pua"I take affront at these outright (allegations), which do not mention the support (we have received) from ordinary Malaysians."

She argued that they had invited opposition personalities to their function as they have shown consistent support for Suaram's fight against corruption, something she claimed BN politicians had shown  only lukewarm interest in.

"We are open to any support in the fight against corruption," she said, reminding that the fight is not Suaram’s but one that is on the behalf of all ordinary Malaysians interested in ending corruption.

Also present at the dinner were several opposition politicians, three of whom also addressed the audience: PKR Subang MP R Sivarasa, PAS deputy president Mohamad Sabu and DAP national publicity director Tony Pua (above).

All three spoke about the deplorable state of corruption in the country, whose perpetrators walk away scot free, urging the audience to vote Pakatan into Putrajaya in the upcoming 13th general election to put an end to this.

[Source: Mkini]

Thursday, June 14, 2012

New "weapons" to topple governments

This whole week was a little down for me until I came across this statement by Nazri.

So watch out, folks.  These harmless items in your kitchen may soon be gazetted as dangerous weapons, and anyone found in possession of them will be dealt with in the same manner as owning a gun.  You may even need permits henceforth to keep mineral water bottles and salt.

For more on the issue, please read here.

May God help us all.

Monday, June 11, 2012

Monday Humour

Duties of Wives

Three men were sitting together bragging about how they had given
their new wives duties.

Terry had married a woman from Greece and bragged that he had told his
wife she needed to do all the dishes and housework.

He said that it took a couple days but on the third day he came home
to a clean house and the dishes were all washed and put away.

Jimmie had married a woman from Italy. He bragged that he had given
his wife orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes, and the

He told them that the first day he didn't see any results, but the
next day it was better. By the third day, his house was clean, the
dishes were done, and he had a huge dinner on the table.

The third man had married a Newcastle girl.

He boasted that he told her that her duties were to keep the house
cleaned, dishes washed, laundry and ironing twice a week, lawns mowed,
windows cleaned and hot meals on the table for every meal.

He said the first day he didn't see anything, the second day he didn't
see anything, but by the third day most of the swelling had gone down
and he could see a little out of his left eye, just enough to fix
himself a bite to eat, load the dishwasher, and call a handyman.


I no longer open a bathroom door, unless I use a paper towel.

I ask the waitress to put lemon slices in my ice water, then worry about
the bacteria on the lemon peel.

I can no longer sit on the motel bedspread, because I can only imagine what
has happened on it since it was laundered.

I have trouble shaking hands with someone who's been driving, beacause an
e-mail told me that the number one pastime while driving alone, is picking
one's nose.

Eating a little snack sends me on a guilt trip, because I can only imagine
how many gallons of transfats I've consumed over the years.

I can't touch any woman's purse, for fear has placed it on the floor of
a public washroom.

A special thanks to whoever sent me the e-mail about rat poop in the glue
on envoelopes.  I now have to use a wet sponge to seal every envelope and
I also have to scrub the top of every can I open for the same reason.

I no longer have any savings, because I gave it to a sick girl - Penny
Brown - who is about to die for millionth time.

I no longer have any money, but that will change when I receive the
$15,000 that Bill Gates/Microsoft are sending to me for participating in
their special e-mail program.

I no longer worry about my soul, because I have 363, 214 angels looking
out for me, and **St. Theresa's Novena g*ranted my every wish.

I can't have a drink in a bar, because I'll wake up in a bathtub full of
ice and my kidneys are gone.

I can't eat at KFC, becuase their chickens are actually horrible mutant
freaks with no eyes, feet or feathers. 

I can't use cancer-causing deodorants, even though I smell like a water
buffalo on a hot day.

Thanks to myfriends, I've learned that my prayers only get answered if I
send an e-mail to seven of my friends, and make a wish within five minutes.*

Because of your concern I can no longer drink Coca-Cola because it can
clean toilet bowls and disolve pennies.

I no longer buy gas without taking someone along to watch my car, so that a
serial killer doesn't crawl in my back seat when I'm not looking.

I no longer use Cling Wrap in the micro wave, because it causes seven
different types of cancer.

THANKS FOR LETTING ME KNOW that *I can't boil a cup of water in the
microwave anymore, as it will blow up in my face, disfiguring me for life.*

I no longer go to the movies *because I could be pricked with a needle and
infected with AIDS when I sit down.

I no longer go to shopping malls *because someone will drug me with a
perfume sample and rob me.

And I no longer answer the phone, because someone will ask me to dial a
number, for which I will get a bill for calls to Jamaica, Uganda or

*THANKS TO YOU *I can't use anyone's toilet but mine because a big black
snake could be lurking under the seat and cause me instant death when it
bites my butt.

AND THANKS TO YOUR GREAT ADVICE, I can't pick up a toonie in a parkinbg
lot, because it was placed there by some sex monster who is waiting to grab
me when I bend over.

I can't garden anymore, because *I'm afraid I'll be bitten by a Violin
Spider, and my hand will fall off.

If you don't send this e-mail to at least 144,000 people in the next 70
minutes, a large dove with diarrhea will land on your head at 5:00 p.m.
tomorrow afternoon, and the fleas from 120 camels will infest your back,
causing you to grow a hairy hump. I know this will occur because it
actually happened to a friend of my next door neighbor's ex-mother-in-law's
second husband's cousin's best friend's beautician.

By the way: A German scientist from Argentina, after a lengthy study, has
discovered that people with insufficient brain activity read their e-mail
with their hand on the mouse. Don't bother taking it off now, it's too late.

PS: I now keep my toothbrush in the living room; I learned from an e-mail
that water splashes over 6 feet out of the toilet.

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Our Sunday Girl - SALLY

If some of you who have been around in the seventies, would have no problem recognising this song which was sung by the Seremban family group, The Nettoes, during the 1970 Bakat TV Show.  They emerged third in the finals.

Run, Sally, run
Gotta put your mind together
Run, Sally, run, run away

Run (run) Sally, run (Run, Sally, run)
No one ever cared about you
Run, Sally, run, run away today

Gotta find understanding
Gotta find love somewhere
Gotta find someone who
Will show they really care

Run (run) Sally, run (Run, Sally, run)
Maybe you can find the answer
Maybe you can find the place for you

So run, Sally, run (run, Sally, run)
Run, Sally, run (run, Sally, run)
Run, Sally, run until you do


Gotta find understanding
Gotta find love somewhere
Gotta find someone who
Will show they really care

Run (run) Sally, run (Run, Sally, run)
Maybe you can find the answer
Maybe you can find the place for you

So run, Sally, run (run, Sally, run)
Run, Sally, run (run, Sally, run)
Run, Sally, run until you do

Run, Sally, run, Sally [4x]

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