Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak said he will not disturb the leadership style of his successor especially by issuing various criticism openly after his retirement.
He said that every prime minister would take the nation to a certain level and the subsequent premier would take the country to a better level.
“I have a philosophy, I will retire and will not interfere with my successor when the time comes for me to go (as prime minister) later.
“My successor will do better than when I was helming the nation. That is continuity in any struggle,” he said in a question and answer session in the programme ’60 Minutes With the Prime Minister’ together with 350 male and female undergraduates from local and foreign universities and representatives of youth organisations at Seri Perdana in Putrajaya today.
The prime minister said this when asked whether he felt comfortable when compared to the previous leaders.
He said that upon his retirement, he wished to do a lot of things that he could not do when he was the leader including playing football, writing books and visiting countries that he had never been to.
Unlike normal mortals the Prime Minister believes he can control his future.
He says he will not criticise his successor… but maybe his successor will be someone he has already criticised in the past.
It is not for him to say, because all of us have to accept that we are but temporarily in our positions on earth to enjoy the fruits of our situation.
As for football, travelling and the like…. well these would be unlikely were justice to catch up with him. Because, all Malaysia now knows that the rightful place for him is jail.
Furthermore, we note that reading and writing (something he plans to do a lot of when he is ‘retired’) have been restricted by Najib himself in the case of political opponents he has put in jail for trumped up crimes. So, why does he assume that he will be able to indulge in such past times, which he denied to others, were he to be locked up for his genuine crimes?
Najib should act less complacent, like the rest of us. But, at least he is thinking about retirement!
The upcoming Himpunan Merah rally will feature some 40 percent Chinese Malaysian participation, pledge rally organiser Jamal Mohd Yunus.
The Umno Sungai Besar division leader conceded that group’s previous rally in September last year attracted a Malay-only crowd, but said this issue has been addressed.
“The difference with the rally this time around is that we have an understanding between Malays, Chinese, and Indians, and this time we will come together, unlike before…
“I have discussed this for nearly two weeks, so there won’t be any problems and I am confident that if the rally is to go ahead, 40 percent of the participants would be Chinese.
“We have discussed; we have prepared. We are serious in this matter and not just fooling around,” he told reporters today.
As of noon today, he claimed, some 58,000 people have pledged support to the Himpunan Merah movement, along with nearly 600 NGOs nationwide.
He added that 50,000 Himpunan Merah t-shirts, have already been printed, 5,000 of which will begin distribution today at RM10 each. A nationwide roadshow will also be held to promote its cause.
Red Shirt symbolism is all about anger and aggression – they have adopted the colour of blood and on the T Shirts have appeared racist pictures of slaughter and mayhem.
Leadership types like Yunis tend to be photographed raising their fists and shouting, teeth bared.
Quite an act for a bunch of chaps who are funded by Najib.
But, all in all their rallying cry sucks. They are there to attack those who are calling for clean elections! They are shouting at and intimidating people who are merely asking for corruption to be cleared!
Does this mean they are in favour of dirty elections and corruption?
Red Shirts claim that in democracies people must accept the results of dirty elections and have no right to exercise their right to protest or express their opinions openly. So, it is Yunis who needs to learn about the basics of the democratic process, which have so far plainly escaped his limited understanding.
Indeed these paid up protestors are so ridiculous and unpleasant that they do not deserve to be reported, except to inform about the sorts of thugs that Najib is willing to sponsor, in order to disrupt the democratic right of people to call for an end to corrupt and lawless government.
Umno supreme council member Mahdzir Khalid said stern action should be taken against Malaysians who leaked information to outside parties.
Mahdzir, who is Education Minister, said their act could invite foreign intervention into the country’s affairs and as such, they should be punished for tarnishing the country’s image.
“We do not want outside parties to interfere in the country’s affairs, if they do, and we leak information, it would destroy the nation.
“We are talking about the country’s sovereignty, nationhood, something which cannot be given up to others.
“We should seek (those who leaked information) and punish them,” he said when met by reporters after officially opening the Maran Umno delegates meeting today.
Also present was Deputy Human Resource Minister Ismail Abdul Muttalib, who is the Maran Umno divisional leader.
Mahdzir said Malaysia, as a democratic and sovereign country, did not need foreign intervention to determine its leaders and how it should be administered.
“It is a question of honour, of the country and leadership, the prime minister (Najib Abdul Razak) was elected by the people through a legitimate process, the general election, so as Malaysians we must have the solidarity and strength to support our prime minister,” he added.
UMNO’s desperate talk is taking a sinister turn.
Instead of sacking their PM who has been caught stealing billions from the people and then blatantly lying about it, they are seeking out whistleblowers to ‘punish them’ for leaking the information.
Mr Muttalib is blaming those whistleblowers for ‘tarnishing the country’s image’ rather than the high level thieves who actually stole the money and then spent it in an orgy of embarrassing excess in nightclubs the world over.
In the process he is squaring little Malaysia up against countries like the United States, whom he accuses of ‘interfering’ in his sovereign country by revealing his boss’s dirty secrets and impounding stolen assets.
In fact, it wasn’t local whistleblowers who shopped Najib, it was Jho Low’s behaviour that gave the game away. Later shocked foreigners tipped off the DOJ that the outrageous sums being spent round Vegas and Hollywood had been stolen.
That is against US law, so Malaysian political thieves should heed their own words and not interfere in the US by breaking their national laws against money-laundering.
Indeed, the more that these UMNO side-kicks stick up for Najib the more the rest of the country, their followers and the rest of the world realise they must be as dirty and compromised as he is.
Any ‘honourable’ party would have asked such a tainted leader to step aside for the sake of the country. Instead UMNO are adopting a bunker mentality and accusing the rest of the world of ‘interfering’ in their perceived right to rig elections and then pillage funds.
Malaysia needs to be part of the global economy to keep its level of prosperity. Investors do not come to countries where leaders attack foreigners and issue witch-hunts against critics of corruption – UMNO are making Malaysia into a rogue state, just to protect their local crime boss, Najib.
Malacca Chief Minister Idris Haron said his “US wants to kill Malays” remarks were designed to stoke the fires of patriotism among citizens of the country.
However, he added that his remarks about the motivation behind the US Department of Justice (DOJ) civil filing to seize assets linked to 1MDB, have been misunderstood by certain parties, reports Malay daily Berita Harian.
He said that his remarks were designed to boost patriotism, specifically to Umno members he was addressing.
“Understand my meaning (when I said that the US seeks to kill Malays) – that was to stoke the patriotic spirit amongst Umno members so that we can administer our own country without outside intervention,” he said after opening Surau At-Thoiyyibah at Taman Rembia Perkasa in Alor Gajah, Malacca, today.
He was commenting on brickbats thrown at him for saying that the US is using the DOJ filing in order to topple Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, and also targeting to kill the Malays just as it had with the Iraqis.
This fellow is of the view that since his party has managed to cheat its way into power in Malaysia (through a combination of bribery and election jiggery pokery) then the rest of the world should let them get on with abusing it to pillage their own people.
What business is it of outsiders, says Idris?
Well, he needs to understand that if he and his fellow politicians wish to transfer this stolen loot into the currencies of reputable countries and then to use those currencies to splash on luxuries and purchase assets in these foreign jurisdictions, then he has strayed out from his small pond into the open glare of the wider world.
The Malacca head should not be so vain and grandiose to think he can bully the US, UK and Swiss in the same way as he has got used to bossing and grabbing from poor locals back home.
He wants to send his kids to international schools, buy houses, invest in businesses, go to restaurants and hotels in properly managed countries? Then he should make sure it is with clean cash. Those are their rules.
Malacca Chief Minister Idris Haron has slammed postings on social media that suggest Malaysia’s economy is facing a downturn, arguing no one has died of hunger yet.
On the contrary not only is Malaysia prosperous, he said, but it is the fruit of Umno policies to ensure social justice.
Officiating the Ampang Umno divisional meetings for its Youth, Women, and Puteri wings today, Idris said to be economically prosperous means being able to put enough food on the table.
Not only is no one dying of hunger in Malaysia, he said, but the country is so prosperous, some are finding that 29 days of Syawwal is not enough to hold Hari Raya open houses.
He cited an anecdote about an acquaintance who wanted to hold a Hari Raya open house today, although the month of Shawwal has already passed.
Famously, Marie Antoinette spoke thus in advance of the Great French Revolution – showing a total disconnect between the pampered and privileged few from the travails of normal people. She paid with her head.
Malaysians now know that until people start dying in the street the Malacca Chief and his UMNO pals are not going to get that bothered.
That’s their definition of an economic downturn.
Meanwhile, Idris Haron and his select circle of privileged rent-seekers just cannot stuff themselves enough. They are extending their month of Shawwal blow-outs and cripplingly expensive ‘open house parties’ so that there are enough days for all of them to play host.
Is that how it is out there for salary earners and GST tax payers in Malaysia?
Khairy stressed that the DOJ’s action had nothing to do with the Malaysian government nor did it directly involve Najib or 1MDB.
He also said those named in the suits would have their day in court to defend themselves against the accusations.
In light of this, he said demands for Najib to quit office were uncalled for.
“The accusations in this investigative findings have yet to be proven, but suddenly there are calls (for Najib) to step down and many more.
“I can’t accept this because this is the government and the prime minister that have the people’s mandate.”
Aside from all the other childish nonsense, criticising grown-ups from the DOJ, Najib’s paid-up chorus are back with the mantra that they have a ‘people’s mandate’.
So, let us remind them that they don’t.
Najib’s own excuse for pocketing RM2.6 billion before the last election was to help him win it. What do we think he spent all that illicit money on? Everyone has seen the notes that were being handed round on polling day and knows of the obscene graft associated with BN ‘money politics’.
But, even then, with all that bribery and cheating, BN did not win the people’s mandate. Anwar’s coalition got substantially more votes and only outrageous and unconstitutional gerrymandering, thanks to BN’s subversion of the Election Commission, got them a majority of seats.
So, that election “win” was every bit as criminal a theft as all that money stolen from 1MDB and Khairy and co would do well to shut up about it, even if it is their best excuse.
The Umno supreme council, which met last week, did not discuss the “Malaysian Official 1″ mentioned in the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) court filings against the alleged abuse of 1MDB funds, according to Kinabatangan MP Bung Moktar Radin.
However, he said the issue of the court filings was raised during the meeting.
“We did not discuss it because nobody knew who ‘MO1′ was,” he told Malaysiakini.
“DOJ did not name the person, so it is difficult to predict (who the person is),” he added.
After chairing the meeting, Najib had told reporters that the council had taken note of the so-called “Malaysian Official 1″, who was mentioned 36 times in the court filings.
Lucky these top people had drivers to take them home, since plainly they could not find the way themselves.
Poor Malaysia to be governed by morons, or worse, such unscrupulous liars.
This Minister along with UMNO bigwigs did not need to “predict” who Malaysian Official 1, since it is a matter of very basic deduction. The DOJ detailed every aspect of Najib’s job, position and family ties. They also detailed how Malaysian Official 1 had received US$681 million from Tanore Finance Corporation into his private AmBank account in KL in March 2013… something Najib himself has admitted to.
Do the master brains of the Malaysian Cabinet think there may be other Malaysian Officials in KL who also received US$681 million from Tanore Finance into their AmBank accounts in two identical tranches on the same dates in March 2013?
A Malaysian-born lawyer in Australia has said US action against assets linked to 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) is legally flawed
Quintin Rozario, a prominent litigation lawyer in Brisbane, said the US Attorney-General, Loretta Lynch, had committed “excesses and breaches of natural justice” by making public statements on Malaysian individuals that allegedly laundered illicit funds into the United States.
Last week, the US Justice Department filed a complaint to enable the seizure of assets said to have been acquired with funds embezzled from 1MDB.
Rozario told Bernama from Brisbane that Lynch overstepped the mark and her authority by concluding that an offence or offences had been committed by Malaysia or its agents.
He cited a US Supreme Court decision that held that offences committed by anyone resident in the US could not be attributed to their government, or in this case, to 1MDB.
Rozario accused Lynch and the United States of using strong-arm tactics against smaller states by appropriating to itself powers that usurped Malaysia’s sovereignty and the powers of US and Malaysian courts.
Was this the best that Bernama’s UMNO bosses could dredge up?
Obviously yes. A Malaysian “prominent litigation lawyer”, who has made it to the heady heights of Brisbane!
Presumably, no one in the US or indeed anywhere else, has yet been found prepared to make such silly comments, unless engaged on a formal basis (Najib says he has decided against legal action – no surprise there) … after all top lawyers have their reputations to think about in the cut throat real world.
We can expect a lot more silly stuff from the few non-entities willing to stick up for Najib in the face of overwhelming evidence from the DOJ over the next days. The sort of people who have nothing to lose in terms of credibility, because they are of little note to begin with.
Meanwhile, set these claims alongside the acknowledgement by Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, someone who is definitely worth listening to:
“The allegations involving 1MDB are serious and subject to ongoing investigations in more than one jurisdiction”,
Indeed. What does Quentin have to say about the Swiss, Singaporean, Luxembourg and other statements on the case? Have these national prosecutors botched up their jobs as well? Funny no one has yet bothered to hire him to get things right in any of these countries…. maybe a career outside Brisbane may one day beckon.
The United States Department of Justice (DOJ) should at least have the courtesy to contact 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) to listen to their side of the story rather than only based its reports on the online news website (Sarawak Report), said Barisan Nasional (BN) strategic communications director Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan today.
Describing it as unbecoming for United States Attorney-General Loretta Lynch to use such a strong language in a situation when she was unsure whether there was a case or not, he said ‘a charge had not been decided’ giving a prejudice view against Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, the Malaysian government and 1MDB. “When we read the 136-page document, we find that it was based on the Sarawak Report which has a heavy political agenda against the government, BN and prime minister.
So, our concern is why the DOJ of the US (United States) did not call 1MDB to verify. At least get the otherside of the story. “That is the only question. Why you go to the court and tell the whole world of your story when it is not completed,” he said after attending the Economic Planning Unit’s (EPU) Hari Raya open house here. The DOJ had recently filed civil lawsuits to seize assets acquired with money allegedly misappropriated from 1MDB, the government investment fund.
Meanwhile, Abdul Rahman, who is the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department responsible for the EPU, said the prime minister had repeatedly emphasised that he was not involved and that public funds were not involved. “What happens now is an allegation. Several individuals have been alleged to have taken or stolen 1MDB funds. It is an allegation by the DOJ,” he said, adding that the DOJ was taking the opportunity to hit the country, government, prime minister by using very rude language.
On the group linking Najib to the DOJ allegation, Abdul Rahman said if the DOJ had any proof to drag the prime minister, then his name would be stated in the DOJ document. “Try and show where (Datuk Seri) Najib’s name had appeared…whereas several other names had been stated in the document,” he said.
Sarawak Report would like to thank the UMNO communications chief for his flattering suggestion that the United States Department of Justice hangs unquestioningly onto our every word.
It is a valuable admission from the heart of a government that has blocked our website and issued an arrest warrant for the Editor, for “spreading false rumours”, that everything we have written on 1MDB is entirely true and vindicated by the investigations of the US authorities.
However, our vanity is checked by common sense. The mighty United States Department of Justice, together with its partners in the FBI, who manage the Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative, together with their ranks of top lawyers and investigators, are not in the business of being made fools of and their resources are unparalleled. They will have been particularly careful in such a case where they have been forced to embarrass the leader of a friendly nation and several of the world’s top banks, including their own.
They have spent a year looking quietly into the whole matter without breathing a single word in public, whilst other prosecutors in countries like Switzerland and Singapore led the way in also making plain that Malaysian Official 1 had been up to the business of kleptocracy on a simply massive scale.
But, when the Americans moved they did it in massive force and they made no bones about it. No one was left in any doubt as to who Malaysian Official 1 is and what he has been up to – he should be wary of claiming he has not been named else somebody equally believable may feel forced to clarify further.
And of course the DOJ did not rely on Sarawak Report in order to arrive at their conclusions. Since the PM chose to filtch the money in dollars the details of each and every transaction had passed through the United States bank clearing system, as required of all dollar transfers. The computa data was therefore available at the fingertips of the US regulators to check immediately on request – it is one of the money-laundering provisions put in place by the US banking system.
Did Najib and Wharton Business School graduate Jho Low not know this crucial fact when they set out on their money laundering spree? Or do they and Mr Dhalan just think that the ‘stupid kampung folk’ won’t understand why it was so easy for the DOJ to provide in searing detail the step by step evidence of every single transfer, down to the last digit and actual second it took place?
To claim that the DOJ provided no evidence in a 136 page report that was packed with such relentless and thorough evidence is again laughable and sad. Dhalan is trading on his assumption that Malay-speaking ‘simple folk’ will not be able to read it for themselves and that an UMNO controlled media will drown it with his message.
But, Malaysians are not fools and they are getting the message anyway. They have experienced these UMNO folk and their dodgy media outlets for long enough. And when the rest of the world says one thing and a bunch of known thieves says another, it is easy enough to judge the truth.
The fact is that it is UMNO who have brought zero evidence to substantiate their silly stories of Saudi Royal donations, received and then returned. It is 1MDB which has been firing global accountancy firms one after the other and refusing to reveal its books. And it is 1MDB which has lost billions of dollars and can’t account for their disappearance…. whereas the United States DOJ has shown exactly how the money went, step by step, from 1MDB loan issues into Najib’s account – and those of his step-son and accomplices.
It really is most embarrassing and sad. Malaysians deserve a better leadership than a bunch of thieves, who have been so publicly brought to book and UMNO should sort the matter out and replace their leader and key cronies like Dhalan immediately or admit that the entire party is no longer fit to govern.
The High Court in Kuala Lumpur today ruled that the ban on Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua on travelling overseas, stands.
Justice Hanipah Farikullah said that it was not a constitutional right for all, including Pua, to be allowed to travel abroad.
She also said in her oral judgment that the director-general of the Immigration Department has the power to enforce the ban under Section 3(2) of the Immigration Act.
The court cited Loh Wai Kong’s case which was decided by Lord President Suffian. It said the court was bound by this decision, which was also cited in the recent Victoria Jeyasalee versus the Federal Territory Islamic Council case.
As a result of the two cases cited in the Federal Court, Justice Hanipah said this court was bound by it, based on the stare decisis principle (a decision from a superior court that binds the lower court).
In Loh’s case, which was in 1975, he was not allowed to have his passport renewed as he had faced a criminal charge.
Justice Hanipah, in citing Loh’s case, said Suffian wrote that Article 9 (of the Federal Constitution) provides freedom of movement.
“However, the article is silent on travel outside the country,” she said.
On the (argument that) barring Pua from travelling had violated his right under Article 5 regarding ‘liberty of a person’, Justice Hanipah said this article relates to personal liberty but it does not include the right to travel (overseas) and right for someone to possess an (international) passport.
Justice Hanipah also said the ban did not violate Pua’s legitimate expectation right as there was no constitutional right that a citizen could travel abroad nor was there any promise or representation that a valid passport gave the holder that right.
Pua was barred from travelling to Yogjakarta on July 22 last year, after the inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar informed the director-general of the Immigration Department that the politician was being investigated under Section 124b of the Penal Code, on alleged actions detrimental to parliament democracy.
Khalid had issued a letter dated July 15 last year to the director-general of Immigration Department informing him about the investigation on Pua.
If the constitution does not provide for the right to travel, there is a very good reason.
The British, who drew it up, simply didn’t imagine an eventuality where someone would be denied their freedom of movement for no good reason at all.
More fool them?
Tony Pua is a senior figure, who along with very many other civil society and political figures, is currently being arbitrarily detained in the ‘modern democratic state of Malaysia’ – their passports having been rudely removed by police officers at the airport.
He is an elected member of the Federal Parliament, which is the highest sovereign body in the land (collectively more sovereign than the Prime Minister or the King).
On his last permitted trip abroad Pua attended his Alma Mater, which was Oxford University, to debate on a platform alongside a Minister from the Prime Minister’s Office on the future of democracy in Malaysia, together with other panelists.
Then, a year ago, an order came to prevent his next trip…. based on charges of “activities detrimental to parliamentary democracy”.
These charges have yet to be substantiated by any evidence or explanation whatsoever and Tony Pua has continued to fulfil his role in the meantime as one of the most prominent and effective members of Parliament.
In that role, where he acts also as a Finance spokesperson for DAP, he has, of course, caused considerable embarrassment to the Prime Minister, who is also Finance Minister – and also Malaysian Official 1 at the eye of the storm over 1MDB.
Could this be the reason for the arbitrary restriction of his obvious right to move about as he pleases as a free man in a ‘free country’?
Malaysia has sadly reached a shocking state of affairs, as all thinking people know and the world has woken up to. An under-talented leader, supported by people who are even more stupid, but equally greedy and corrupted, is panicking as he loses control.
Najib has stopped trying to justify his actions and he is merely attempting to intimidate. He is abusing all the official levers of authority which he has excessively appropriated while in office, plainly in order to compensate for a lack of confidence in his own ability to lead through his own force of character and the natural respect accorded to good leaders.
There are still good men and women in Malaysia, but Najib from the day he took office has been packing the bench and every civil service job with yes men as hard as he can go.
Malaysians have therefore to decide if they want to be ruled increasingly by morons making moronic decisions with no foundation in law or logic… or to mention publicly that they don’t.
It’s the difference between freedom and bondage and it has to come from the people themselves.