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Scandalising The Courts

The document states that Apandi is seeking to commit Lim to jail for contempt of court for issuing statements through social and/or print media that he knows or should have known would threaten the administration of justice, undermine public confidence in the judiciary, and insult the dignity and integrity of Malaysian courts.

He is seeking for Lim to pay the costs incurred by the committal proceedings, and any other reliefs deemed fit by the court.

“(This is) to ensure that any action that belittles the court, its judges, and the administration of justice should not be let off easily.

“The public’s trust in the judicial system in Malaysia should be defended, especially when it comes to cases that are still pending in court,” the document read.

It added that the attorney-general has to duty to protect public interest and to ensure that the judiciary and the administration of justice in Malaysia is protected and not ridiculed, insulted, or belittled easily, to the point where there is doubt on whether cases are being adjudicated with fairness and justice.

Our comment

Abuse and interference with the administration of the law is a hallmark of dictatorship.

It is Apandi who has scandalised the courts, not only by his very appointment, which was unconstitutional (Najib has no authority to sack the previous AG) but also by daily abusing the law he is pledged to uphold to support his political boss.

Thus we have an insane situation where the AG refuses to proceed against one politician against, who faces irrefutable evidence that he stole billions from the public and their pension funds and spent it on a billionaire lifestyle, whilst going after another on spurious and subjective allegations that he may have bought his modest house slightly below market price.

The first was the Prime Minister and the second, surprise surprise, is the next opposition leader that Prime Minister wants in jail. So, when that opposition leader makes an understandable protest against such politically motivated abuses Apandi and his boss seek to abuse the law even further by saying that it is Guan Eng who has brought Malaysia and its courts into disrepute and to jail him for it.

No, it is Mr Apandi and his boss the PM who have done that squarely in the eyes of the world.  Of all his disservices to his country it is the perversion of the courts and this habitual abuse of the law to pursue hia corrupt and dictatorial agenda that condemns Najib most.

It Is Mr Tiong Of Rimbunan Hijau Who Is Rich

PNG’s largest logging company and multi-sector business group is telling rural communities that human rights and sustainable business principles impede rural development and should be ignored if people want to get rich.

This is the message Rimbunan Hijau and its consultant Kanawi Pouru, have been delivering to people in the Pomio District of East New Britain Province who are questioning the company’s logging and oil palm operations. Kanawi Pouru is the Former Managing Director of the PNG Forestry Authority.

Speaking to local people at the Talo Club in Malakur Village last month, Kanawi told them the United Nation’s Declaration on Human Rights and the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Principles and Criteria are anti-development mechanisms setup by rich and wealthy Europeans to suppress people in rural communities in Papua New Guinea who want to change their life style and alleviate poverty through commercial exploitation of their vast natural resources.

Kanawi and Mok, a representative of RH subsidiary Gilford Ltd, bluntly told people at Malakur Village that unless they allowed their land to be converted into oil palm plantations they will remain in poverty. Kanawi also accused NGOs of misleading “ignorant rural communities” and suppressing their rights to advance economically.

Our comment

It is Mr Tiong of Rimbunan Hijau who is fantastically rich, not his ‘wealthy European’ critics.

All the native people who have handed over their valuable timber rights to Mr Tiong (willingly or unwillingly) have ended up even poorer than they were before.

Mr Tiong pays good money to the likes of Kanawi Pouru (Former Managing Director of the PNG Forestry Authority) to gain his influence, but only peanuts to vulnerable landowners.

For them it is not development but disinheritance and disaster.

Tiong accuses those ‘Westerners’ eg NGOs, who criticise his activities, for being ‘rich’, when in fact they are merely EDUCATED – so they know a Tiong when they see a Tiong.

They understand that not only is this jungle leech sucking the life from the local people, but he is also sucking the life from the human habitat and destroying great sections of our planet.

The ICC have in past days indicated they are going to put major land-grab criminals into their sights. So, if Tiong pursues this devious destruction in Papua it should put Malaysia’s mega-land-grab criminal at the top of the list for prosecution.

Why he should think he needs even further riches, at the expense of the beauty of our planet and the welfare of our weakest fellow human beings, is a conversation to be had between himself and his psychiatrist, but does it not mitigate his sins (aka crimes).

Jesus Christ, whom Tiong professes to be faithful to, had many warnings for hypocrites like him. He will be last. The people from Papua come first… and may purgatory take some time.

 

Bangkok Post - Note To Editor

Thailand has refused a request by Switzerland to repatriate a Swiss national, convicted of selling information to anti-government groups in Malaysia, so he can serve the rest of his sentence in his home…

Viktor Vavricka, the Swiss embassy’s charge d’affaires, said Bern regretted Bangkok’s refusal to allow Andre Xavier Justo — involved in exposing the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal — to be jailed in Switzerland.

“The Swiss embassy is aware the transfer request has been refused by the Thai authorities, a development the Swiss authorities regret,” Mr Vavricka wrote in an email to the Bangkok Post.

However, official notification of the decision is still pending. The safety and integrity of Mr Justo is of utmost priority to the Swiss authorities which continue to follow this case closely.”

Our comment

Sarawak Report politely reminds the Bangkok Post that the information released by Justo formed the basis of a US Department of Justice indictment confirming that billions of dollars had been stolen from a public fund and passed into the Malaysian Prime Minister’s personal accounts.

He did not give the information to “anti-government forces”, which implies some kind of illegal guerrilla army was the recipient.  He gave it to a business newspaper The Edge and to Sarawak Report and the UK Sunday Times newspaper, which are independent bodies with no vested interests in Malaysian politics.  He did not receive any money for the data.

His conviction was secured through a forced, false confession obtained from him in a Thai jail by British operatives paid by the company PetroSaudi, which was deeply involved in the theft from 1MDB and which had made the original criminal complaint against Justo.

This outrageous and astonishing criminal conspiracy against the people of Malaysia and against a Swiss who tried to expose it ought to be the subject of a number of potential stories for any half-decent newspaper based in Bangkok.

Thai Law Is Arbitrary?

The decision to deny former PetroSaudi International employee Andre Xavier Justo his request to serve the remainder of his jail term in his country, Switzerland, was made “in accordance with Thai law”.

According to Thai Justice Minister Gen Paiboon Koomchaya, under the country’s law, anyone requesting to transfer the remainder of his jail sentence must have “not less than one year” left in his jail term.

“But the remainder of the jail term of this prisoner (Justo) is nine months, which did not meet the transfer (of prisoner) treaty law. Thus, the decision to deny the request.”

“This law does not discriminate against anyone, and is effective for every prisoner who is eligible for the transfer. The Correctional Department’s decision is in accordance with the rule of law,” he told Bernama in a telephone interview today.

Our comment

Unfortunately, the rest of the world is coming to the conclusion that Thai law is arbitrary.

First, an ‘amnesty’ reduces a sentence and promises are made that a prisoner will be released home.

Then (following meetings with Najib who wants this witness silenced) there is a u-turn and now an announcement that the reduction in the term has  actually EXTENDED the time the hostage remains in Thailand.

Xavier Justo was convicted on the basis of a forced, false confession, taken under conditions of blackmail in his jail by a paid agent of PetroSaudi, whom the Thai legal system had apparently allowed to usurp their due process.

Justo was denied his lawyer present and told if he cooperated in making this confession, then PetroSaudi would get him out.

Under which Thai law was this permitted?

It's Official, Malaysia's Police Chief Has Gone Mad!

Inspector-general of police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar said Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi should surrender himself or face arrest for his allegedly offensive tweet on the death of PAS spiritual leader Haron Din.

“If he (Ooi) wants to make things easier, just surrender himself.

“Or else we (police) will find him,” Khalid told reporters after the monthly assembly at Bukit Aman police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.

Khalid earlier confirmed Ooi is being investigated under Section 298 of the Penal Code for causing disharmony, disunity or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill will, or prejudicing the maintenance of harmony on grounds of religion.

Ooi had tweeted, “Adios Haron Din. May there be peace” when re-tweeting another user’s message about the PAS spiritual leader’s passing on Friday.

Our comment

There is a proverb: “He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly”.

In any other English speaking country, Jeff Ooi’s remark would have been interpreted as a fond farewell. A plea to let bygones be bygones at a time of loss and mourning.

‘May they rest in peace’, ‘Let there be peace’ are traditional sentiments expressed by former friend or foe at a time of passing.

‘Adios’ means “Go with God’ and is a term the Spanish use at a parting from loved ones or to friends and strangers they might pass along a journey or politely in a street. A well-wishing in a shared moment, often heart felt.

To take offence at such sentiments is therefore quite staggering. Is it ignorance of the language, which is forgivable but needs correcting or mere ‘offence-seeking’ that has triggered this undignified outburst by supposed supporters of a respected religious figure, who deserves better from followers at such a time?

Khalid should remember that his job is to keep the peace. as Jeff Ooi’s sentiment advised, not to stir up misguided discord in this way.

1MDB Has Been 'Explained'!

Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang claims that voters do not seem as concerned about the 1MDB controversy anymore, with speculation being rife that the next general election will be held in March next year.

“The opposition keeps talking about it in the newspapers, but the reality is, people are looking at the government’s performance instead,” Tan told a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today.

He said there were also not many questions about the 1MDB scandal during his visits at the grassroots levels as the people were instead interested in bread-and-butter issues…

He said the reason why the 1MDB issue has subsided was likely because it has already been explained.

Our comment

What exactly has Mr Tan explained to his voters?

That a ‘Saudi Royal’ gave Najib the money and that the USA/Swiss/Singaporeans/Hong Kong/Luxembourg etc have deliberately tried to ‘topple’ his ‘democratically elected’ leader by alleging otherwise?

The stories have changed so often that it would be nice to know exactly what the latest explanation is and whether the various BN spokesmen, who have made so many contradictory statements, have settled on a single one?

Whatever he has to say, it would appear that most Malaysians have already concluded that the Prime Minister has stolen big fat billions from the development fund to rig elections, fund his wife and bribe UMNO leaders… not much left to ask.

UMNO Are United In Their Agenda

Umno and the BN should view seriously and come up with the best strategies to face the possibility of one-on-one fights the coming 14th general election (GE14), Umno supreme council member Tajuddin Abdul Rahman said today.

Tajuddin, who also deputy agriculture and agro-based industry minister, said there was a possibility of this taking place because the opposition had long dreamed of toppling the government.

But, he said, it was impossible for the opposition parties to form a stable government because each party had its own agenda.

Our comment

On the other hand UMNO /BN are presently united in one agenda.

This is to steal as much money for themselves as possible from the people through the criminal abuse of the power they are so hungry for.

 

Unrepentant Mike Smith!

Despite criticism of Smith’s super-regional Asia strategy while running ANZ, the former senior HSBC executive is still one of Australia’s best-connected businessmen in the region …

Fresh from a three-month break in Europe and his 60th birthday celebrations over the weekend, Smith is turning his attention back to Asia in his latest “ambassadorial” role advising PricewaterhouseCoopers. It is not dissimilar to the advisory role he currently has with ANZ.

Smith’s successor, Shayne Elliott, is reining in ANZ’s investment in Asia although the bank says it is not back tracking. While his critics will point to Smith’s Asia strategy as a reason why he should not be advising companies on doing business in Asia, Smith shrugs off that kind of commentary as “uninformed” and that it was always an investment that played to the medium to long term. “We are oppressed by this social sound bite these days where next Thursday is long term. If you think like that you are going to come a cropper….

Smith believes Australian companies are in danger of missing the boat in Asia because they are more comfortable in the English-speaking market and see the region as too risky.

“It is not a question of should I get closer to Asia. The question the boards should be asking themselves is can they afford not to?”

 

Our comment

Today it has emerged that Arianne de Rothschild, President of Edmond de Rothschild BPERE and a swathe of top brass at the bank handed in their notice on July 20th. That was the day of the US Department of Justice filing which implicated their bank in the laundering of money stolen from 1MDB.

The same indictment squarely implicated ANZ (of which Mike Smith was CEO at the relevant time) for managing a series of eye-popping transactions into Najib Razak’s billion dollar AmBank account.

ANZ is the major shareholder of AmBank and as part of Mike Smith’s ‘Asia expansion’ all the most senior officers in KL were staff on secondment from ANZ.

The former owner of AmBank, Hussein Najadi, had raised loud concerns about what was going on at the bank, but Mike and his team failed to take notice. They didn’t even bother to check further when Najidi was shot dead and his son began a crusade to highlight the suspicious circumstances linked to the bank.

Eventually, after Sarawak Report leaked the information on Najib’s shocking accounts and after several regulatory investigations were launched, Smith and his team sacked a couple of junior operatives who had managed Najib’s accounts. Later, in September of last year he too decided to take an early retirement.

But, now he is back preaching! He is plainly confident that Australian regulators will continue to look the other way over this disgraceful episode.  But, those seeking his advice should remember it’s not about whether you should do business with Asia, but HOW you do that business which matters.

Nazri Should Learn Some Respect

Umno supreme council member Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said he is closer to DAP than MCA because it is the former that can garner Chinese support.

He said this in response to MCA central committee member Ti Lian Ker, who complained that Nazri appears closer to DAP despite winning in the general election under BN, which was helped by all component parties including MCA.

“I am good with (DAP secretary-general) Lim Guan Eng because I respect democracy as the Chinese community chose Lim Guan Eng and DAP.

“So I have to respect democracy and respect them (DAP). Why would I want to respect Ti when the people reject him.

“I am confident even if he were to contest in the general election, the rakyat will also reject him because the Chinese people truly hate people like him,” Nazri told Malaysiakini.

Our comment

It is fascinating to watch BN’s remaining leading lights condemn themselves by their own tongues and none are better at it than this Nazri.

He has made it clear that he has no ‘respect’ for anybody not above him in life, as he sees it. That includes voters, working people and those who choose to disagree with him in politics.

Instead, he clearly respects the master-theif Najib, whom he and fellow UMNO Supreme Council members ought by duty now to have long since removed from office.

Everyone who seeks to represent their people should be accorded reasonable respect, if they act with honesty and good faith.  Likewise taxi drivers and anyone else earning a decent and honourable living for their families.

It is arrogance, greed, lies and theft that by right loses a man respect and this Nazri fellow has all of the above in spades, by his own admission.

No one cares whom he respects, because nobody has respect for him.

Mr P Balan Should Sue For BIG Damages

Desperate for help and on the verge of becoming homeless, handicapped labourer P Balan has turned to the Malaysian Human Rights Commssion (Suhakam) to resolve his predicament.

The bank had auctioned off his home in February in a purportedly speedy manner, after a freak accident left the welder paralysed waist-down and unable to repay his housing loans.

A metal column had crushed Balan, 37, while he was at work on June 22 last year, damaging his spinal cord and making it impossible for him to continue his job.

Now, he and his two sisters, as well as his sister’s three children, may be thrown out of the house that they are now occupying illegally.

They have already received a legal notice from the new homeowner, telliing them to vacate the premises…

Balan bought the house with a loan of RM115,000 in 2005.  He was unable to service the loan from July 2015 onwards after the accident. He spent seven months in hospital, and for four of those, he was in a coma.

Even though the loan was covered by insurance, it was rejected by insurers due to insufficient medical evidence, and the bank proceeded to auction the property.

The family complained that the bank was unwilling to wait for a complete medical report confirming Balan’s paralysed state, which he only received in June after being discharged in January.

They later learnt that their home was auctioned off at a price of RM150,000.

Our comment

We trust that the big spending Najib and his wife are enjoying the luxuries on their extended foreign tours, as the plight of the likes of Mr Balan are clearly beneath their interest.

Suhakam say they know of 50 others in a similar position who have lost their homes in the same way.

Where are Mr Balan’s employers, who ought to have been helping to solve his problems after this doubtless avoidable accident at work?

What were the medical bureaucrats otherwise doing that they could not sign a form to say he had been paralysed in less than six months?

Who are the disgraceful insurers who refused to respond to such a dreadful tragedy in a speedy and responsible manner, given that this is why people like Mr Balan pay them their fat fees every month?

And which was the bank manager who called in the loan and sold off the house with such callous disregard for the tragic circumstances of the case?

All these people represent what is wrong in Malaysia now under a regime that has become so corrupted that it has created a society where dog eats dog.

With Mr Balan so stricken these people saw only the opportunity for themselves to take his home and make a profit.  All who failed him should be prosecuted and Suhakam is right to take up his case.