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27 February 2012

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DI BAWAH Perdana-Perdana Menteri yang lalu membeli undi yakni rasuah politik berlaku semasa kempen pilihan raya, sesudah penamaan  calon.
 
Yang turun membeli undi itu ialah  penyokong-penyokong kuat calon.
 
Banyak mana pengundi dibayar bergantung kepada budi bicara kaki beli undi itu sendiri. Yang diberi lazimnya tidak sebesar yang diperuntukkan parti dan  calon.
 
Kalau yang peruntukkan itu RM40, biasanya RM25 atau RM30 saja yang diberi. Lebihnya masuk poket tukang beli undi.
 
Baik ia diberi berterangan mahu pun secara sulit, ia dibuat di luar urusan kerajaan. Pandai-pandailah Perdana Menteri mencari duit yang hendak diagih itu.
 
Tetapi PRU yang hendak diadakan di bawah Perdana Menteri Najib ini, pembelian undi sudah dimulakan lama sebelum pembubaran Parlimen dan DUN-DUN. Dari duit kerajaan. Dimasukkan dalam bajet negara.
 
Atas nama membantu ketua keluarga yang berpendapatan kurang dari RM3,000 sebulan diberi RM500 seorang. Setakat ini untuk sekali ini saja. (more…)

25 February 2012

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Malaysia Chronicle

A RM2.2 billion highway contract was recently awarded to companies linked to Umno lawyer Hafarizam Harun and the wife of former Chief Justice Zaki Azmi. Was the awarding of the lucrative contract to Kinrara-Damansara Expressway (Kidex) to Emrail Sdn Bhd and Zabima Engineering Sdn Bhd conducted via an open tender process?

News of the deal also sparked speculation that Zaki and Hafarizam, two key figures in the Perak constitutional crisis of 2009, were awarded the highway contract as a gift for helping Barisan Nasional (BN) topple Pakatan Rakyat in the northern state. Hafarizam is a director in both firms while Zaki’s wife, Toh Puan Nik Sazlina Mohd Zain, is a director in Emrail.

Not the first and neither will it be the last

Sad to say, such dubious practice is not without precedence in Malaysian politics.

For example, former prime minister, Mahathir Mohamed gave the Westport project in Port Klang to an advertising executive named Gnanalingam via a company called Semakin Ajaib Sdn Bhd. Carbon granule-making company, Europlus, was awarded the RM7.07 billion West Coast Expressway (WCE) after a renegotiation process that make things even more favourable to Europlus. What else is new in UMNO-BN?

The NFC scandal is still fresh in our minds, with new allegations emerging that during a probe by the Public Accounts Committee into the cattle-farming scandal, it was Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, who chaired committee that awarded the RM250 million National Feedlot Centre project to Agroscience Sdn Bhd, a company owned by Umno minister Shahrizat Jalil’s husband. PAC chairman Azmi Khalid’s apparent reluctance to reveal the committee’s findings seems to indicate that he is “under pressure” to protect his BN bosses and ultimately every high-level UMNO leader involved in the project.

Najib must explain why (more…)

25 February 2012

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Dari Dr.Dzulkefly

Perbuatan pentadbiran PM Najib melepaskan hutang Tan Sri Tajuddin Ramli terhadap Danaharta sebanyak RM589 juta adalah kekemuncak keangkuhan kerajaan BN dalam mengurus kewangan negara yang telah pun buruk dengan pelbagai skandal, paling mutakhir NFC.

Pengerusi Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) sendiri menyifatkan keputusan ini sebagai satu penyalahguanaan kuasa oleh kerajaan Najib yang tidak langsung mempedulikan tuntutan rakyat terhadap kebertanggungjawaban dalam urusan kewangan (fiskal) dan ketelusan yang sangat diperlukan oleh kerajaan. Ini kerana, kerajaan Najib-BN terus mengalami kejatuhan dalam ranking Indeks Persepsi Korupsi (CPI), sekaligus membawa kesan buruk negara di kacamata pelabur tempatan mahupun antarabangsa.

Penghapusan dana awam sebanyak RM589 juta, yang merupakan baki pinjaman Tajudin sebanyak RM1.79 bilion oleh sekumpulan peminjam bagi membiayai pembelian 32% kepentingan saham MAS pada tahun 1994 semasa era penswastaan mega di zaman Tun Mahathir.

Mahathir masih punya pelbagai ‘tengkorak’ atau ‘skeleton’ yang umum masih tuntut pertanggungjawaban. Buku-buku Tun banyak, tetapi tidak banyak hal yang dijelaskan, malang sekali.

Untuk ingatan semua, seorang penganalisa Danial Lian dari Morgan Stanley dalam tahun 2004 (April, The Edge) pernah mendedahkan bahawa dalam pentadbiran Tun Mahathir sebanyak USD 100 bilion (RM330 bilion) hangus dalam pelbagai kebobrokan urus-tadbir kewangan yang tiris dan curang kerana rasuah dan salah guna kuasa dalam era mega penswastaan dan bailout.

Perkara ini juga menimbulkan spekulasi bahawa Tun Mahathir masih lagi berkuasa menentukan banyak hal dalam pentadbiran Najib sehingga kes ini dapat diperap dan dilenyapkan begitu sahaja.

Bayangkan kekecewaan rakyat. Negara ini semacam ditadbir sekumpulan mafia yang tidak boleh dipertanggungjawabkan! (more…)

24 February 2012

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Malaysiakini

PKR mencabar pengerusi Felda Tan Sri Isa Samad dan Timbalan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Ahmad Maslan untuk berdebat berhubung isu penyenaraian Felda Global Ventures Holdings Bhd (FGVH).

Mengeluarkan cabaran itu di ibu pejabat PKR di Petaling Jaya semalam, Pengarah Strategi PKR Rafizi Ramli berkata ia selari dengan tren terbaru politik Malaysia.

Katanya, beliau berharap kedua-dua pemimpin Umno itu menyertai debat yang akan dianjurkan PKR berhubung perkara itu. (more…)

23 February 2012

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Cadangan penyenaraian Felda Global Ventures Holding (FGVH) di Bursa Malaysia adalah “skim berniat jahat” yang bertujuan mengurangkan pegangan peneroka dalam Felda Holdings yang kaya dengan tunai, kata PKR.

Ini kerana menurut Pengarah Strategi PKR Rafizi Ramli, dengan penyenaraian itu, semua aset Felda akan dipindahkan ke FGVH, yang merupakan syarikat milik penuh kerajaan dan peneroka tidak lagi akan mempunyai suara dalam perniagaan dan aktiviti operasi berkenaan.

Lebih-lebih lagi, katanya, pelabur lain juga dijemput membeli saham dalam FGVH.

“Kami anggarkan bahawa apabila ini berlaku, ekuiti Felda Holdings yang dipegang oleh peneroka dan kakitangan Felda akan dikurangkan daripada 51 peratus sekarang kepada paling tinggi 42.7 peratus selepas penyenaraian.

“Ini menjadikan mereka pemegang saham minoriti,” kata Rafizi dalam sidang medianya di ibu pejabat parti di Tropicana, Petaling Jaya. (more…)

21 February 2012

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The Malaysian Insider

Perak Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders cried foul today over the award of a lucrative RM2.2 billion highway contract to companies linked to former Chief Justice Tun Zaki Azmi and Umno lawyer Datuk Hafarizam Harun, two key figures in the Perak constitutional crisis of 2009.

They demanded both men and the Najib administration explain the award and yesterday’s allegation by controversial blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin that the deal was Barisan Nasional’s (BN) gift for their help in toppling PR in the northern state.

“(Prime Minister Datuk Seri) Najib Razak and the Works Ministry must come out to refute this allegation with proof that they carried out an open tender process and the award was based on the firms’ proper qualifications, track record and expertise in the field.

“As an MP and the former mentri besar of Perak, I demand an explanation from the authorities… failing which, this allegation would hold true,” PAS’s Datuk Seri Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin told The Malaysian Insider.

Nizar, who once led the Perak PR government, said the allegation was unsurprising as both men had been central figures during the year-long constitutional impasse that saw an endless series of legal suits mounted.

As an example, the Bukit Gantang MP said Hafarizam had even joined an Umno delegation to several Middle Eastern countries like Jordan, Syria and Egypt in a bid to justify the ruling party’s power grab on the point of law to Malaysian students there.

Nizar’s former colleague in the Perak PR government, Datuk Ngeh Koo Ham, shared his sentiment.

The Perak DAP chief charged that both Hafarizam and Zaki had already “compromised their principles” by allowing their political affiliations to interfere with their duties in the legal profession.

“With or without this allegation, these two have already soiled their careers,” he told The Malaysian Insider. (more…)

20 February 2012

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Malaysia Chronicle

Senyapnya Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak! Walaupun dunia menggeleng-gelengkan kepalanya ke atas skandal Media FBC, di mana pentadbiran beliau menggunakan wang pembayar cukai Malaysia untuk ‘membeli’ penyebutan nama yang menggalakkan di waktu perdana televisyen antarabangsa, Najib tidak didengar atau dilihat pun. Mungkin dia menyembunyikan kepalanya kerana malu tetapi menurut rekodnya yang lepas, PM Malaysia tidak mudah sesal atau rasa bersalah.

Dalam satu kenyataan yang disiarkan di laman web BBC, penyiar berkata “sebilangan kecil” program-program yang disiarkan di BBC World News antara Februari 2009 dan Julai 2011, tidak mengikuti peraturan dalaman yang bertujuan untuk melindungi integriti editorial.

“Peraturan-peraturan ini memastikan program adalah percuma, dan dilihat bebas dari tekanan komersial atau tekanan lain dari luar,” kata kenyataan tersebut.

Hubungan ekonomi

Walaupun jenis program yang berkaitan dengan Malaysia telah disebut tanpa butiran yang banyak, BBC menyatakan dengan jelas bahawa 8 daripada program-program ini mempunyai ‘hubungan ekonomi’ dengan kerajaan Malaysia.

Selepas banyak cacian awam daripada pihak pembangkang, Najib akhirnya mengaku kepada Parlimen bahawa ia telah membayar RM84 juta untuk FBC Media antara 2007 dan 2010 bagi ‘perkhidmatan perundingan, nasihat dan pengurusan kempen komunikasi’ untuk memperindah imej Malaysia. Selain daripada mengecat imej palsu memuji-muji dirinya, dokumentari itu juga menggambarkan industri minyak sawit Malaysia dan layanan orang asli sebagai amat memberangsangkan yang sebenarnya indah khabar dari rupa. (more…)

15 February 2012

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Malaysiakini

Jawatankuasa Pilihan Parlimen (PSC) mengenai pembaharuan sistem pilihan raya di negara ini dimaklumkan bahawa semakan audit yang dijalankan ke atas daftar pemilih mendedahkan wujudnya jumlah amat besar pengundi yang meragukan.

Mimos Bhd, sebuah syarikat teknologi milik penuh kerajaan yang membuat semakan audit itu pada taklimatnya kepada PSC berkata terdapat kira-kira 200,000 pengundi yang mencurigakan.

Menurut ahli PSC Anthony Loke (kiri), taklimat telah diberikan oleh Ketua Pegawai Eksekutif Mimos, Abdul Wahab Abdullah semasa mesyuarat dua jam, semalam.

Turut hadir semasa mesyuarat dan taklimat berkenaan adalah pengerusi PSC Datuk Seri Maximus Johnity Ongkili.

Loke berkata Mimos pada taklimatnya memberitahu pihaknya mengesan 820 kes di mana terdapat lebih daripada 100 pengundi yang menetap di alamat yang sama.

“Selain itu, kami mendapati 1,259 kes di mana antara 51-100 pengundi tinggal di alamat yang sama, 3,254 kes di mana terdapat antara 21-50 pengundi tinggal di alamat sama, dan 6,002 kes yang melibatkan antara 11 hingga 20 pengundi di rumah sama.

“Tempat-tempat ini termasuk kem tentera,” katanya kepada Malaysiakini.

Turut dipertikaikan adalah alamat yang mencurigakan di mana pengundi didaftar dengan alamat yang tidak lengkap ataupun tidak sah. Sebagai contoh, katanya: “Tiada alamat atau rumah 62, Lembah Pantai dan E6, Seputeh”. (more…)

12 February 2012

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The Malaysian Insider

The retired judge highlighted the amendment to Article 121 of the Federal Constitution, made during Dr Mahathir’s administration in the 1980s, which effectively clipped the judiciary’s wings for over two decades.

As a result of the amendment, the judicial powers of the courts were removed and they have only such judicial powers as Parliament gives,” Mohd Dzaiddin said, adding that it meant “Parliament is more superior than what the judiciary was.”

The man, who once headed the country’s courts, said the amendment was repugnant “because Parliament attempted to dictate to the judiciary that it only has judicial powers which Parliament itself says the judiciary has.”

He stressed: “This alters in my view in a very fundamental manner the basic structure of the Federal Constitution, from the concept of the independence of the judiciary to dependence of the judiciary on the executive for its judicial powers.”

Malaysia’s judiciary is not a tool to be used by the government for any kind of political expediency, Mohd Dzaiddin said.

“The judiciary should be completely independent both of the executive and the legislature,” the retired judge said in his keynote speech celebrating Tunku Abdul Rahman’s birthday and the Institute of Democracy and Economic Affairs’ (IDEAS) second anniversary at the Tunku Abdul Rahman Memorial today.

In 1988, then Lord President Tun Mohamed Salleh Abas was sacked by then-Prime Minister Dr Mahathir.

Mohd Dzaiddin said the incident was due to clashes in opinions between Dr Mahathir and Salleh over the roles of the two arms of government.

Bar Council president Lim Chee Wee also said the incident in 1988 should never be repeated.

“I think there is a recognition now by everybody, we must never go back to the days of ‘88, we must never allow a prime minister to sack judges just because he made a judicial pronouncement which was unfavourable to the government of the day, that must never ever happen again,” he said.

Lim said for commercial cases, Malaysia’s judiciary system was credible enough to handle cases from the region.

“But the ultimate test is of course when it comes to politically sensitive cases or religious cases and how our appellate courts deal with it.

“On that score, I still give them a minus because so far as religious cases go, the conversion cases, there is a fear by our appellate courts in having to make a decision. They keep postponing, the controversial cases just being postponed, then there is of course the Perak crisis,” he said.

On Wednesday, a three-man panel of judges in the Court of Appeal ruled that the rights and freedom of speech enshrined in the Federal Constitution are not absolute.

As a result, veteran DAP MP Karpal Singh’s statement at a press conference in 2009, that the Sultan of Perak could be sued, had crossed legal lines and amounted to sedition, the judges said.

“To be fair, we have very courageous judges who have awarded substantial damages against the government for wrongful detention. So to be fair there are those, in the words of Tun Dzaiddin, ‘silver lining out there’,” Lim said.

10 February 2012

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The Malaysian Insider

A former federal minister from Umno claimed today that party leaders used money to win party elections and this practice went to the very top.

Tan Sri Abdul Kadir Sheikh Fadzir told a press conference that Umno must “stop and abolish the despicable and disgusting acts of bribery and corruption.”

“This includes the political corruption whereby one has to pay money to his own fellow party members to be elected to various posts in Umno, including the top posts.

“If you give, it’s wrong. If you don’t, you lose. So it becomes widely accepted culture, so even leaders in top positions have to do it if not you lose,” the former Umno supreme council member said.

He cited as an example influential former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad who was unable to be elected as a delegate to the party general assembly after ending his 22 years as Umno president.

“Dr Mahathir has shed tears in his opening address at the general assembly, begging leaders not to buy votes. Can you imagine later he could not even win as a delegate?” Abdul Kadir said, adding he has never used money to win positions in the party.

The former information minister made headlines last month when he accused the ruling coalition of handing out RM200 to RM1,000 to win previous elections but said he personally did not use the strategy known as “bomb”.

He also repeated today that BN should “stop the ugly and primitive practice of bribing the rakyat… whether directly or indirectly, in order to win elections.”

Abdul Kadir, who was also a former culture, arts and tourism minister, told reporters today that he has been told that Umno’s disciplinary committee has been asked to investigate his comments although he has not received any formal notice.

“There is no need to investigate me because I will be sending them the full texts of the said interviews which are not edited in any way,” he said.

He said in his defence that Umno president Datuk Seri Najib Razak and other leaders “have gone around the country shouting we must change, otherwise we will be changed.”

“The question is what are those bad habits that need to be change of which the rakyat is so angry about?”

Abdul Kadir is now treasurer of Kulim Bandar Baharu Umno and deputy president of non-partisan pro-unity NGO Angkatan Amanah Merdeka (Amanah).

6 February 2012

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Malaysia Chronicle

The next General Election, the 13th, is widely expected to be called on paper between May this year and April/May next year when the five-year term of the present Parliament ends. The five-year term of Parliament is calculated from the first day of the first sitting of the first Parliament for the term/tenure.

Once Parliament is dissolved, elections would have to be held within two months.

However, if Parliament is not dissolved within its five-year term, it stands automatically dissolved at the end of that term. In that case, elections would have to be called within six months. This factor might be playing on Malaysian Prime Minister Mohd Najib Abdul Razak’s mind, desperate as he is to stretch out his term in office.

GE-13 can even be in second-half of 2013!

Najib seems to have come to the conclusion, albeit grudgingly, that there are no guarantees that he will be Prime Minister after GE 13. That may be the sole reason why his wife, Rosmah Majid, is forever off somewhere on shopping sprees if not hunting for a spot in exile at the expense of the people.

Whether Najib will be Opposition Leader and/or allowed to do so by his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin – rooting for a Mahathir dynasty — and Mahathir Mohamad himself is a RM 1.5 billion question.

Najib does not have a mandate of his own.

He continues to shamelessly ride on that obtained by his sacked predecessor, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, in 2008. Mahathir was able to get rid of Badawi because the Umno Supreme Council members, corrupt beyond redemption, are in his pocket.

Najib should have obtained his own mandate by now but he fears, as he has never feared before in his cushy life so far, the prospect of testing the electoral waters on his own.

No Prime Minister has been that fearful in the history of the country. Najib just doesn’t have the guts to ignore Mahathir and his (Mahathir’s) Umno Supreme Council and call for the 13th GE and accept like a man whatever is in store for him. Neither has he the foresight to make a deal with the opposition alliance to accept his faction at least into their government-in-the-making and save the political dynasty built by his late father.

Too risky for BN to call GE-13 now

There are no permanent friends and no permanent enemies in politics, only permanent interests. That doesn’t mean the opposition alliance will accept Mahathir as well unless he agrees to flee the country for good and leave his ill-gotten gains behind.

There’s too much at stake to go for the GE 13 now and even go for it at all, not just for Najib who is not that big a factor, but Umno, the establishment and the entire system which stands at risks of being dismantled and many of its members incarcerated for very long stretches, if not for good.

This is one reason why the Prime Minister declared not so long ago that he can always do what his father, 2nd Prime Minister Abdul Razak, did in the wake of the searing race riots between the non-Malay communities and the Malay-speaking communities in Peninsular Malaysia in 1969. However, Najib was quick to add that he “would not do so”. But why mention it if he has no plans to do so? Was that a veiled threat to vote him back into power or else?

Najib was referring to the declaration of a state of emergency, the shutting down of Parliament, suspension of democracy, the shutting out of the political parties, and the setting up of the National Operations Council under Abdul Razak as Direction of Operations.

Abdul Razak also set up the National Consultative Council, with its members drawn from various walks of life but not the political parties, in lieu of the disbanded Parliament. He chaired the NCC.

Abdul Razak went on to form the Barisan Nasional, a concept which circumscribed the democratic process and denied the majority meaningful participation by endorsing elite power-sharing. The BN which was formed included the opposition parties which had made spectacular gains during the 1969 polls.

Emergency rule and forcing DAP to join BN

It will be a sheer miracle if Najib does not do what his father did in 1969/1970 considering his sudden morbid fear of going to the polls and especially with Mahathir breathing down his neck to achieve the impossible: get back the ruling Barisan Nasional’s (BN) coveted two-thirds majority in Parliament.

There are attempts being made to force the Dap to join the BN.

At the same time, Umno does not seem to reckon with the fact that its legislators will abandon Mahathir for good – notwithstanding his Big Black Book of Everyone’s Sins — and flee in droves to the Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR) after the 13th GE “in order to buy political protection and avoid a stint behind bars, if not bankruptcy and/or the prospect of being reduced suddenly to abject poverty”. (more…)

3 February 2012

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PKR hari ini menyelar tindakan kerajaan untuk menggunakan RM1.5 bilion daripada dana Kumpulan Wang Simpanan Pekerja (KWSP) bagi membantu mereka yang gagal mendapatkan pinjaman bank bagi membiayai pembelian rumah awam kos rendah.

“Malah bank-bank juga tidak bersedia memberi pinjaman. Apakah yang dilakukan oleh panel pelaburan KWSP?

“Mengapa wang KWSP yang digunakan sebagai wang saku BN?” soal naib presiden PKR Nurul Izzah Anwar (kanan) pada sidang media hari ini.

Sekurang-kurangnya empat bank telah diminta membantu menggubal draf perjanjian pembiayaan, kata Nurul Izzah sambil menyoal mengapa dana KWSP digunakan jika bank komersial sendiri tidak menganggap skim itu sebagai berdaya maju.

“Kita tidak mahu situasi seperti krisis pajak gadai subprima di Amerika Syarikat, di mana peminjam tidak dapat membayar ansuran mereka, jadi KWSP bukan bank (dalam kesusahan),” katanya, sambil mengingatkan bahawa dana KWSP juga telah digunakan untuk membiayai projek transit aliran ringan (LRT). (more…)

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