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Why is Jho Low Back in Town?

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Can’t help but to ponder why Jho Low is back in the country ?

Hmmm.why would a billionaire take a risk with his physical presence coming back to Malaysia knowing so many are after his scalp,blaming him for his alleged role in the 42 billion 1MDB debt.

Why ?

Noticed the proximity in timing of Jho Low’s risky return to Malaysia and 2 events-

The 1B loan from the Abu Dhabi group -IPIC- being announced ?Jho ‘s turf – He seems to have a good network in that region ,its also where Petro Saudi is based-

And the 1 million bounty for info of TDM’s illicit cash hoard?

.Could be just co-incidence,nonetheless still – SO intriguing..!

Why would any sailor choose to steer and sail himself straight into a storm?

Of course in this instance ,it is the 1MDB storm that puts him at some risk merely by his physical presence in the country. .
When he is at a relatively safe and calm location in non-turbulent seas at a distance -at his super posh JynWei HQ office in Hong Kong?
Guess there has to be a crucial reason why the alleged 1MDB Money-Man needs to be in town-

maybe getting too dicey for him to do transactions /correspondence online from any international location..

Never know who may be hacking and leaking the info–

Then again ,if it is some straightforward business scheme to resolve the murky troubled 1MDB situation that is above board ,then there is nothing to worry about-

But if there were to be some diabolical scheme being hatched regarding the 1MDB fiasco-and the Funds ?
SInce Jho Low has built up a sterling repute with the 1MDB funds -as some innovative financial wiz esp in Laundering affairs.,its not inconceivable that ,all parties rather not risk any more damaging leaks.

And maybe Najib needs his input and be a proxy  or a middleman of sorts – in how to sort out the current 1MDB financial mess via their combined networks ,since Najib cannot afford to ,or risk to be seen to-

be directly involved or have anything in-appropriate or opaque financial dealings involving 1MDB that can be linked back to him.

Najib seems to be building a wall of expendable cannon fodder around him , individuals positioned to take most of the flak and even be set-up to be the fall-guy/guys.-if things get too dire to defend .

Shielding Najib from the brunt of the attacks.

And also perhaps Jho Low can be used to contribute his 2 cents worth of schemes in Najib’s war-room tactics against the weird mis-matched coalition of unified voices of the opposition – in the common siege on 1MDB – but more threatening UMNO old guards and warlords led by none other than the battle hardened giant-slaying  Generallismo TDM..

Hardly has the dust settled in Jho ‘s return to the country ,and there is a 1 million bounty on- for details of TDM’s financial mischief /misdeeds of the past..

Just mulling,whether this Jho Low may have a hand in it -or not.!

And just what is CAGM that just materialised from thin air,practically  overnight ?

And who are these CAGM members offering the 1million bounty?

Perhaps by scutinising who the members are and their financial resources and esp where the 1 million bounty will be sourced from -can reveal if they are legit ?

Then there is the proximity in timing of Jho Low’s return to the  IPIC deal being announced.

The US$1 billion that an Abu Dhabi group is to pay 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) by June 4 –

is no big deal as 1MDB is only getting back its own money.

The Edge Weekly reported in its latest issue out today that in September 2014,

1MDB had controversially paid the International Petroleum Investment Corp (IPIC)

and its subsidiary Aabar Investments US$1 billion to terminate an option granted to them to buy a 49% stake in any future listing of its power assets.

1MDB had borrowed US975 million from a consortium led by deutsche bank to pay IPIC/Aabar.

The Edge added that this latest deal is bound to come with conditions imposed on 1MDB and Putrajaya, which was not disclosed by Finance Ministry on Friday. – TMI

 ( Also the Players  seem to be also from the region where Petro Saudi is from,and where Jho Low seems to have a network / connections -or is he merely a Front for another?
Coupled with the fact that ,there is yet again , valid questionable details not fully revealed -,despite that -amidst the current  hostile environment to anything remotely to do with how 1 MDB financial affairs are handled .
Anything that has any links to 1MDB cannot afford the luxury of confidentiality,given the public’s Trust deficit in the Affairs.-Anything short of transparency in any dealings is unacceptable-)
Strangely ,this IPIC arrangement is vaguely familiar and reminiscent of the Petro-Saudi type of deal-.in that it may have the fingerprints of the same main protagonist -Jho “the 1MDB money-man” Low all over it.-Where the 1MDB money was going round in circles on a round the world trip-
So ,as The Edge  reported-(1 MDB is only getting back its’ own money) after the  money goes around in circles
Did Jho Low also helped to put the deal together.?

When Did All The Messy Malaysian Goverment System Began ?

From : NO HOLDS BARRED

Raja Petra Kamarudin

Two weeks ago, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he might have made mistakes when he was Prime Minister and he may have lost a lot of money but at least you know where the money was lost. In Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s case we do not know where the money went and how it was lost and whether it was actually siphoned out and ended up in someone’s pocket.

Of course, if you quote a figure back in the 1980s (which is more than 30 years ago when a BMW 7 series cost only RM80,000) and you compare that figure to today (when the equivalent BMW model costs RM800,000) the figure 30 years ago appears lower.

I, however, do not compare it on that basis.

I mean, 40 years ago back in the 1970s I could buy 100 rambutans for RM1.00. That works out to one Sen per fruit. I would spend RM10 and walk away with 40 or 50 durians. So while I may compare rambutans to rambutans or durians to durians you have to also take the cost into consideration to do a fair comparison.

In other words, the RM200 billion that you lost 30 years ago cannot be compared to RM200 billion today. You need to multiply the RM200 billion of 30 years ago many times over. And it depends on whether you want to compare apples to apples, rambutans to rambutans, durians to durians, or BMW 7 series to BMW 7 series.

That is the first point I want to make because with a salary of RM750 a month back in the 1970s you lived reasonably well while if you earn RM750 today you are very, very poor and even the BR1M that the government pays you (although many are protesting it) is only as the Malays would say: celah gigi saja.

The second point is about Najib making a bigger mess than Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi a.k.a. Pak Lah and Pak Lah making a bigger mess than Dr Mahathir (which is why Dr Mahathir demanded Pak Lah’s resignation and eventually got it).

Dr Mahathir is looking at just one aspect, and that is money. I, however, do not want to talk just about money even though money may be important. The fact that money can be lost and was lost is not in itself a problem. It actually reflects a bigger problem. And that bigger problem is the system sucks and that is why it is so easy to lose money and no one is held accountable in the end.

In short, the lost money is the result of something that is very wrong with the system. So, why talk just about the lost money? Instead, let us focus on what is wrong with the system that easily allows money to be lost. If the system were good it would be very difficult to lose money. It is because the system is bad that money can be easily lost.

Anyway, politicians are very clever at playing the game of mass distraction. They distract us with one issue, for example 1MDB, so that every man and his dog will focus on just that and we argue day in and day out until the cows come home about just 1MDB. But even if there was no 1MDB or if 1MDB proves a red herring in the end that still does not solve the country’s problems.

Parliament now has absolute powers. Parliament can pass any law that it wants and even if those laws and bad and the Agong refuses to sign those laws they still automatically become laws.

In the past the Agong takes direction from the Conference of Rulers, which means nine State Rulers. These nine Rulers plus the Agong must unanimously agree on certain things and only when that consensus is reached can the Agong act on it — say, like turning Malaysia into an Islamic State.

When Parliament passes any draconian laws or laws that are bad for the country the Agong can refuse to sign those laws and can send them back to Parliament to be re-debated and amended. That is to prevent a dictator from taking over the country.

Parliament debates and argues those laws, which are then sent to the Senate. If the Senate is not happy with those laws it does not even bother to send them to the Agong. The Senate just sends it back to Parliament — for example the Islamic family law during Pak Lah’s time, which Parliament approved but due to wide protests the Senate rejected it.

Unfortunately that was one of the rare occasions when the Senate listened to the rakyat and opposed Parliament. Most times the Senate is a rubber-stamp Senate.

The Parliamentarians themselves are not allowed to vote with their conscience. They need to vote according to what their party says. And when Parliamentarians vote against party lines, which has happened once or twice in the past (and BN Parliamentarians on top of that, too) he or she has to face disciplinary action and is either sacked or suspended from the party.

We might as well not have 222 Members of Parliament. All we need are 14 Members of Parliament (the other eight parties did not win any seats or else it would be 22). Yes, one MP from each party since they vote for their party and not for the rakyat or voters.

So you see, Malaysia is in a mess like Dr Mahathir says. Whether Najib made a bigger mess than Pak Lah and Pak Lah in turn made a bigger mess than Dr Mahathir is certainly a matter that can be debated. It all depends on whether you are just talking about money or more than that.

The judiciary went downhill in the 1980s-1990s. Detention without trial (not for Communist Terrorists but for dissidents and political activists) increased in the 1980s-1990s. The power of the Agong to not sign bad laws was removed in the 1980s-1990s. The independence of parliamentarians and senators to vote with their conscience eroded in the 1980s-1990s. Turning the Malaysian government into a business and a profit-making enterprise happened in the 1980s-1990s. Privatisation of strategic industries that should have remained in government hands because they should not be making money but instead should be fulfilling a national service happened in the 1980s-1990s. Money politics in Umno became the new party culture in the 1980s-1990s.

It was in the 1980s-1990s that the Prime Minister said Malaysians should not be given freedom of speech because Malaysians are not mature enough to understand freedom of speech.

It was in the 1980s-1990s that the Prime Minister said Malaysia needs detention without trial as a form of preventive detention because we need to detain people for thinking and even before they commit a crime.

It was in the 1980s-1990s that the Prime Minister elevated the status of the Sharia court to be at par with the common law court that now creates the ambiguity and confusion as to which court has the final say on matters related to Islam.

It was in the 1980s-1990s that Umno got involved in business so that it could amass billions and billions of Ringgit and own property and companies at the expense of the taxpayers and paid for by the taxpayers.

It was in the 1980s-1990s that Umno treated the government as an Umno-owned entity and if you work for the government then you work for Umno and the country’s assets are considered Umno’s property.

And the list goes on and on — the ills facing Malaysia that have nothing to do with money but definitely make Malaysia suck big time. Money aside, can Najib reverse all this and is he prepared to do so? If he does (and assuming he can satisfy Malaysians regarding the questions surrounding 1MDB) many years down the road history may have something very different to say about Najib.

sourced : malaysia-today /najib”s mess-vs pak-lah’s mess vs ..?

Tun Siti Hasmah seems worried about wayward Najib or …?

 

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Quite many may not have  noticed, – or it didn’t cross their minds to observe –

just because it was the highly endearing and respected Tun Siti Hasmah who said it -very briefly.

Simply because Tun Siti Hasmah is such a well loved gentle grand-matronly soul in the psyche of Malaysians -that in the few seconds that transpired ,

When Tun M and Tun Siti Hasmah came back from the Umrah, .

Particularly Tun Siti Hasmah sounding very concerned in her voice referring to Najib..

Quoting her brief remark…

“Saya berdoa depan Kaabah untul keselamatan bagi semua orang

Saya sebagai Ibu..Saya juga doakan untuk Najib pun

Supaya dia jangan membuat sesuatu yang tidak baik bagi Agama kita.”

(Lets consider Tun Siti Hasmah voicing her concern from a  perspective of a concerned Mother /Grandmother or simply a woman really worried about the well being of her close friends and family,-in light of whats happening in the political arena where her Husband is directly leading the charge in trying to dislodge the most powerful man in the country-(when they are at a golden age where most will just take it easy and do flower nursery or farming etc)

And indirectly her children , who are high profile personalities in their own right .. may get nudged or drawn in to the political battle royale  ,not to mention ,it may involve confronting close family friends/associates.

Worry may be too mild a word to describe how she may be feeling.!

Something’s gotta give, a winner means there will be a loser, and in the process , there will be the bruised/wounded-

Somebody may get hurt but  now the ones confronting each other are ,on one side is  Family (Tun M) and on the other Friends /Acquaintances She has known for decades..(Najib)  who is the son of someone they had a bond with Decades ago.. (Tun Razak)

Tough spot to be in between !

 

 In a nutshell, She said above…

I prayed in front of the Kaabah for the the safety (well being) for Every one!

I – As a Mother—I included a prayer for Najib.

That he may refrain from doing something that  is not good in our Faith(Religion)

Its so noticeable the seriously genuine sense of worry she expresses  about Najib.,and a certain sense of anxiety in the tone of her voice – as she tries to retain her composure but yet ,if one pays attention.. the saddened emotional tinge to her voice can be sensed -revealing her worry or anxiety..as she speaks about Najib,

In a tone that is reminiscient of what  Mothers usually use- when they talk about their own wayward  children- that sounds much like a very concerned mother whose worried that their child

“may have already done something wrong -but might be about to do another wrong and make things worst .”

A situation that may get most Mothers or parents so anxious and even frantic with worry.!.

Wonder if Tun Siti Hasmah in this instance  is feeling that way about Najib.?.

 

 

Being presumptious here a bit –perhaps she sees herself as a God-Mom to Najib besides his real mom. Tun Rahah Noah..She probably was already acquainted with Najib when he was in his diapers. and She feels a certain instinctive  maternal responsibility towards him.

And as with all Mothers..and the protective maternal instinct ,that will stand by their children/charges –

and forgive whatever transgressions regardless – without conditions..makes no difference..whether its a God son or adopted or their own..( An unconditional forgiveness that  is something that even Fathers cannot do ! )

Nonetheless,they can’t help but worry..!

Guess Women especially Mothers may know and understand this maternal instinct better..

Tun Dr Siti Hasmah. who afterall probably watched Najib grow up, family friends with the Razaks-and perhaps have a close kinship / relationship with Tun Rahah..

Wonder how close were the Razaks and Mahathirs in the early years,especially the spouses , Tun Siti Hasmah and Tun Rahah..when their husbands were young turks and comrades-in-arms carving out their niche in Malaysian politics.,whilst they took care of the domestic front.

Between the 2 men in a common political struggle,there is bound to be a bond between them that includes their spouses and the protective paternal / maternal sense  extended to their children.

(Just being presumptious and mulling the above !)

On a more thought provoking stream

Gaging from Tun Siti Hasmah overall body language and tone of voice.

Is there something more alarming that  Tun Siti Hasmah knows about that is nor revealed.?

That lovely woman whose demeanour or aura genuinely projects a kind – warm and caring personality ..says out openly her worry about Najib – is in itself a cause for concern and contemplation.

For if there is something that we should have learned to take seriously ,it’s women’s intuition and  when they make remarks that directly affects them stemming from their emotional disposition ,may be wise to listen and mull on it- if there is anything to be deciphered!  Very different from reticence of men held back by pride and ego.!

And noteworthy is that Tun Siti Hasmah is not a politician . She is more known for her compassion and caring persona in public life when Tun M was PM.

She is definitely not the type who does  political double speak,, She is way too elegant -dignified and noble .

A lovely kind hearted Grand-motherly soul like Tun Siti Hasmah voices out a worry – may be a good idea to take it seriously and ponder on it – for it’s without doubt  genuine and sincerely  from her heart.,revealing her real feelings!

Hence when she expresses concern about Najib and  openly says that She earnestly “Prays for his well-being and that He will not do something drastic against His Faith.”  Its food for thought.!

It prompts one to think  whether , if it is  based on something – some knowledge  – she may be privy to -but She hope will not come to that..

Or then again –  She may be actually hinting a message  to Najib himself ,hoping he might be watching – Or as it turns out , is merely a genuine concern.!

But it does get one to wonder what the grounds are for the worry of  Tun Siti Hasmah

 Just mulling here,maybe reading too much into it and baseless afterall..nonetheless…

Viewing the video ,can’t help but  notice..!

The  emphasis in her tone of voice when she said…  “Keselamatan…….”

  

Then what was noticeable also was that it seemed to pain her a little when she said

” Saya sebagai Ibu…………………”

And the whole country knows about the spate of Tun M and Najib..

Therefore , its not too unreasonable to contemplate on – Just how far will Najib go to ensure he survives the onslaught from Tun M ?

And in his slug-fest  for his political self-preservation or survival…..

Will Najib  duel a gentleman’s feud?

Or is he capable of really fighting dirty to fend off the attacks and launch a counter offensive?

Tun M so far seems to be focusing on mainly the financial scandals and irregularities of Najib’s premiership,and trying to avoid getting personal ,apart from references  to Najib’s stepson.but then that was unavoidably questioning the source of the wealth..

Although there have been inferences to the spouse,yet it was still around the unexplained conspicuous excesses in  wealth and obscene spending ..

Will PM Najib extend the same courtesy to Tun M and detractors by not getting too personal and not drag family into the scrap?

Still  Tun M ‘s hint at the way the Penang UMNO vice chairman   and how they dealt with him  after he made a police report on 1MDB ,may be indication of what Najib may be prepared to do to fight off detractors..

Seriously seriously hope that Tun Siti Hasmah , when she said “Saya berdoa untuk “Keselamatan”  semua orang”.

She was just simply expressing a worry for the well being of all..

And she was just being a” woman- like the average women -who have tendencies  to worry or be alarmed in a over hyped way..

And that she  “was not feeling “threatened”  in any way.or She really knows something others don’t that is causing her anxiety .!”

Just like when she expresses, ” Saya sebagai Ibu……….”

” She is obviously worried about her family and those whose well being she cares about .”

As for this statement

“.Saya juga doakan untuk Najib pun

Supaya dia jangan membuat sesuatu yang tidak baik bagi Agama kita.”

Only the dear sweet lady herself Tun Siti Hasmah may know what she may be alluding to..

And does prompts the highly intriguing albeit sinister connotation in the query..

How  Far or Vicious  will  Najib and His ” Significant Other ”  and  His crew be willing to go to Win or Preserve his Position?

Is it “survival at all cost ,take no prisoners  ” type of confrontation?

What collateral damage will he be willing to put up with?

Of course ,who will be the ultimate expendable sacrifices in the UMNO stable?

Whether Tun M will get his way or Najib emerges intact is still to be seen,and the final bell is still many rounds away.

Its just gets more intriguing by the day..as the show unfolds and things unravel slowly for PM Najib.

Bryanbb

 

PM Najib Razak may be politely Asked to Quit -Sooner than many expected!

(Names in Bold letters are some of the UMNO big wigs that have made statements not supportive of 1MDB sovereign fund or the recent land deal between Tabung Haji and 1MDB..

Some of the names reads like a  veritable who’s who in the UMNO power hierarchy and influence!

Former information minister Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin, a firm supporter of former PM Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, says that Umno's leadership and grassroots no longer back Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak. – The Malaysian Insider pic, May 11, 2015.

Former information minister Zainuddin Maidin has alleged that Umno supreme council members will “politely” seek Najib Abdul Razak’s ouster as prime minister this afternoon.!

“I have been informed that the council members have accepted the fact that Najib does not have the support of the people, particularly Umno members.

“They might tell Najib this sincerely, politely and in a civilised manner, during the meeting this afternoon,” wrote Zainuddin on his blog.

He then cited Umno wanita chief Shahrizat Abdul Jalil as stating that regardless of what happened, the party should ensure that it remains united.

Najib is meeting all the party division chiefs today as well as chairing a party leadership council, in conjunction with the party’s 69th anniversary.

Dr M just so happens , is in Mecca

He is also expected to speak during a dinner to commemorate the event this evening.

On another note, Zainuddin also urged the Muslims in Malaysia to

“join” Mahathir in prayer for Najib’s ouster.

“All Malays and Muslims in our beloved country, let us all pray together with our former prime minister, who is now in Mecca.

“We hope God will give Najib the wisdom to step down at an appropriate time, in order to save race, religion and country,” wrote Zainuddin.

According to Zainuddin, Mahathir left for Mecca to perform the umrah last night.

Zainuddin is a close associate of Mahathir and has served in his cabinet. – M’kini

Zaid Ibrahim wrote:

UMNO president and Prime Minister Dato’ Seri Najib Razak is about to be replaced by his enemies in the party.

Whilst spending my weekend in a small Japanese village near Tomakomai in Hokkaido, Japan, I received a call from an UMNO source that

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin was meeting UMNO bigwigs including

Tun Daim Zainuddin,

Dato’ Seri Nazri Aziz and

Dato’ Sri Mustapa Mohamed in Italy to discuss handing over the premiership to Muhyiddin.

I don’t know if this meeting will ultimately result in Najib being replaced, but I just don’t approve of this kind of surreptitious move to replace elected leaders. I don’t know how reliable my source is, but I hope this is not part of Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s plan to change the leadership.

full article : coup-plot-to-replace-najib-muhyiddin-mustapa-mohamed-nazri-aziz-daim-

 Conciliatory remark by DPM Muyhidin.

Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has urged Umno to steer clear of racism and extremism, and instead remain moderate.

He said racism and extremism could destroy the foundations of Malaysia, which had been laid down by past leaders and is enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

“Umno’s stance all this while, which is balanced, and moderate in managing racial and religious ties must be defended, because we are not a Malay party that is racist, nor are we an Islamic party that is old-fashioned and extreme,” Muhyiddin was quoted as saying in a Bernama report yesterday.

Muhyiddin, who is also Umno deputy president, said besides defending the Malays and Islam,

Umno must also protect the legitimate rights of other races, and ensure their religious freedom.

“I believe as long as we stay on a balanced track, then we will succeed in maintaining national unity, and our party, Umno, will continue to be respected and trusted by Malaysians.

“The people are monitoring which direction Umno is headed to, will Umno become an Islamic Malay party that is moderate and progressive, or become a racist and extreme party,” he said.

Muhyiddin’s comments come days after Umno secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor

reminded party members that Malaysia is a multiracial country.

Tengku Adnan had sent this reminder to Umno members who were involved in April 19 protest outside a church in Taman Medan.

The deputy prime minister also echoed comments made by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s supporter,

former deputy higher education minister Saifuddin Abdullah,

that the ruling party needs to remain moderate in order to win the next general election. – M’kini

 DPM Muhyidin seems to be training his gun at Najib’s vulnerabilities and gunning for the Top Job.

Issues involving transparency or governance in government must be viewed seriously and if there was a problem, solved promptly.

Umno deputy president and Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin said the existence of a transparent government with good governance is currently a priority for the people when making a political choice.

“This includes the issue of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) which cannot be allowed to drag on and every allegation on misappropriation in the management of 1MDB must be independently, transparently and fairly investigated quickly and those responsible brought to justice.

“The image of Umno cannot be smeared with the issue of 1MDB because trust is an important commodity which is the core belief of the people in the party and government,” he said in a message in conjunction with the 69th anniversary of Umno.

If Umno leaders were trustworthy when carrying out their leadership duties and responsibilities, clean, no issues of misbehaviour or misappropriation, the party would receive the support of the people.

“On the other hand, if leaders are not trustworthy, the people will reject our party.

As members of Umno who love the party, we must always prioritise the struggle of the party,” said Muhyiddin.

He said, since its inception, Umno had succeeded in creating racial harmony and had safeguarded the stability of the nation by cooperating and sharing power with colleagues in the component parties of Barisan Nasional.

However, the position of Umno is not as secure as before, apart from failing to defend a two-third majority in the 12th and 13th general elections,

Umno is also facing a problem of perception which is becoming more critical.

“Undeniably, the Malays still have high hopes on Umno to look after their welfare but, I am worried if the issues which are plaguing our party is not answered well to convince the people on the sincerity of Umno’s struggle,

the people will reject Umno in the general election and we will be forced to let go the trust of leadership

we shouldered all these while,” he said.

He said, the survival of Umno depended on how far the people saw it as a party which could be trusted, as such its members must always self-evaluate, repair all shortcomings and act to correct the situation before it is too late. – Bernama

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The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will begin investigation into the troubled (1MDB) on May 19

by calling the Treasury’s secretary-general Tan Sri Irwan Serigar Abdullah to give his statement.

Confirming a report by The Malaysian Insider today, PAC chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed s

aid that Economic Planning Unit (EPU) director-general Datuk Seri Dr Rahmat Bivi Abdullah will also be giving his statement to the committee on the same day.

“The PAC, the following week, will also call on 1MDB chief executive officer (CEO) Arul Kanda Kandasamy

and his predecessor Datuk Shahrul Ibrahim Halmi, who served the company from March 2009 until March 2013,” Nur Jazlan said in a statement today.

He said the PAC members were unanimous in its decision to begin proceedings into the debt-ridden state investment firm, in a special meeting held on April 30.

“During this meeting, all PAC members, including eight parliamentarians from Barisan Nasional and five from the opposition were unanimous in calling for all members involved in the management of 1MDB since it was set up in 2009,” Nur Jazlan said.

PAC, the Pulai MP said, could not wait for the Auditor-General’s (A-G) report on the troubled company as there was too much speculation by the public over the investment firm’s financial standing.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is also the chairman of 1MDB’s advisory board, had ordered the A-G to look into the company’s books, saying that the report would be passed for transparency inspection to the PAC.

The PAC previously said that it would wait for the A-G’s report before embarking on its own probe.

The Malaysian Insider reported today that the PAC had taken the first step to probe the state investment vehicle by summoning top officials in the civil service.

It sent letters to Irwan and Dr Rahmat last week, requesting that the duo give their statements to the PAC, which is scheduled to meet next Tuesday when Parliament convenes.

A source had said the PAC would not stop at calling the current and former CEOs of the fund, but would also call Bank Negara and auditors KPMG, Ernst & Young and Deloitte.

Full article: parliamentary-probe-into-1mdb-to-start-may-19

Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim - File pix

Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (Till recently -Loyalist and staunch defender of  Rosmah and Najib..)

The Perlis Umno liaison committe  wants drastic changes to be made involving the position of several government leaders and chief executive officers (CEO) of government-linked companies (GLCs), in the interest of the nation.

Its chairman Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim said it was crucial that such action be studied and implemented quickly following controversial issues which had attracted the attention of the people.

“The 1MDB and the Goods and Sales Tax (GST) were not appropriately explained, causing the people to question the credibility of the government, and the latest, the issue of purchase of land by a subsidiary of Tabung Haji has surfaced.

 Shahidan said the people were the priority of the government, but when those who were depended upon did not perform their duties with trustworthiness and efficiency, they should be replaced!

Shahidan, who is also Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, said

“Leaders must be well-versed in giving explanation especially on questions raised by the people.

“Weaknesses in tackling the matter will only invite more rumours and the chance of the Opposition to add to the government’s problems,” he added. – BERNAMA

 Which UMNO bigwigs have taken  a stand against the Tabun g Haji deal and in-directly  1MDB !

So far four Umno national leaders have spoken on the continuing controversies around government-owned 1Malaysia Development Bhd, which is saddled with a reported RM42bn in debts, and latest disclosures about a land deal involving the pilgrims fund Tabung Haji.

The finances and investments of 1MDB and the deal with Tabung Haji have been criticised by a handful of Umno Supreme Council members, including

deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin,

vice-presidents Hishammuddin Hussein and

Shafie Apdal, and

Umno Youth leader Khairy Jamaluddin.

  Even ISMA has signed up for the show in lambasting Najib and 1MDB

The wrong choice of leadership remains the main reason for the nation being wrecked by various scandals, according to Isma President Abdullah Zaik Abd Rahman in a message carried on its website Ismaweb.

“Now, we have people in leadership positions who think that they don’t need to remember God and have to just resort to all sorts of political trickery to succeed.”

Abdullah was commenting on the “bail out” controversy arising from the Lembaga Tabung Haji ‘s (LTH) purchase of 1.56 acres of land in Kuala Lumpur from the scandal-ridden 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) for RM188.5 million.

“The people have been discussing the 1MDB scandal so far and now they have to discuss LTH’s involvement as well,” he lamented. “They should consider that all this is the result of having the wrong kind of people as leaders.” – FMT

Meantime Gobind Singh Deo from the opposition  continues to twist the screws harder-

No let up. Hinting at the IGP and the Attorney general- Attacking on the Legal front !

I call upon the Attorney-General to state what has become of investigations into the police report lodged by Petaling Jaya MP Tony Pua over 1MDB on 4th March this year.

It is strange to find the nations top legal officer absolutely silent in this matter despite the huge sums of money alleged to be involved and the public outcry following thereafter.

The police have likewise failed to give us any credible update on any action taken.

This is unacceptable.

The Attorney-General must tell us what he has done and yet proposes to do in the matter. He must state if there is a need to secure if not oversee the movement of funds in 1MDB pending investigations and what has he done to achieve this.

He cannot remain silent almost as if he does not exist whilst further deals are done by 1MDB such as the 1MDB-TH land deal which has now become the subject matter of public criticism as well.

I also call upon The Attorney-General to tell us if he was privy to the 1MDB-TH land deal as he is by virtue of Article 145(2) of the Federal Constitution, chief advisor to the Cabinet and Ministers.

It will not be out of place to suggest that having been appraised of there being police reports lodged, he should have taken a personal interest in the affairs of 1MDB and subjected all further transactions thereafter to detailed scrutiny.

I am of the considered view that the Attorney-General is by law duty bound to publicly respond to the queries I have posed to him above.

If he does not, then he must be prepared to face the consequences which include not only a serious loss of public confidence but also serious criticism to come against him in the next sitting of the Dewan Rakyat next week.

GOBIND SINGH DEO

MP Puchong. DAP MP..

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 How will PM Najib survive all these relentless attacks, from all angles.? He may be Toast very soon-if he doesn’t try to salvage some dignity and resign gracefully..
 All the big influential names – may be jostling for better positioning – by trying their best to get their names out and reminding the people  they are around and capable..
If or when  PM Najib really is toppled – ,they need to ensure themselves of gaining a good positioning- in the queue and have their names strategically mentioned..or considered If there were  to be a sudden drastic shift in the Power Dynamics of UMNO .
And how  current issues are handled by these individuals may be a factor, or a report card of past handling of the various controversial /sensitive issues.

The Boogey(Bugis) Man strikes back. Najib’s Counter punch to the TUN.!

Datuk Seri Najib Razak says he will resist pressure to step down as prime minister, that he will remain in the job with support from Umno and trust from the people. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, May 10, 2015.

Najib Razak said tonight he would not bow to pressure and quit as Prime Minister or Umno president .

“I will only bow to the people and party members. As long as the people and members of Umno support me and have trust in my leadership, I will continue to carry on,”

It was the first time he had openly come out with such a strong-worded statement since coming under heavy criticism and demands by former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad that he resign.

Najib recited a Bugis saying

‘Kendati tergantung awan di langit.

Telah terlanjur kubentang layar.

Walau badai datang menggunung.

Walau berdentum guruh di langit,

walau bumi berkeping dua,

tak kan mungkin ku berbalik haluan’. 

Closest translation into English of the above:

Though the  sky suspends storm clouds

May be too late to for me to open  the span of the sail

And Even as the mountainous storm approaches

Even as the sky thunders –

Even if the earth splits in two –

It is impossible i will turn back and retrace my course.

Different people may have differing interpretation on the above

Yet some may read it to mean something like this

Whats happen has happened, already 1MDB owes 42 billion.

Its done ,too late to do anything about it …

And so makes no difference who is complaining and screaming,

So what, the whole country is screaming..they can scream as loud as they want..

The last 2 verses is a bit chilling ..walau bumi berkeping dua -takan ku berbalik haluan( even if the earth splits in 2, its impossible i will turn back and retrace my course)

The alarmist will read it to mean …

Even if the country gets into a financial crisis.

I still am not going to budge from my position..

Najib’s Jab at Tun Mahathir !

(The bold letters  are just having some fun with an  interpretation of what may be inferred..

PM Najib  said every leader, including himself, would face severe tests during their tenure as leaders.

Dr Mahathir was no exception. He had gone through even more tests during his 22 years as Prime Minister.

“Who said there were no tests? During the Team A and Team B test (Dr Mahathir) nearly lost.

( Tun M,You old fox, you need to remember that you also kena hentam before and nearly lost your shirt )

Almost 50 per cent of the Umno members called him to step down.

( There were factions in UMNO who wanted your head as well then ,Ingat tak?)

But what was his answer? ( referring to Tun M )

Even if I win by a single vote, I will continue to be the Prime Minister..!

( same same lah now , i refuse to budge just because you said so, I will hang on as long as I can, I can be as stubborn as you too,you know)

Oh! That was a great answer.!   ( Take that ..!! You Sly old fox..You.. dooosh..!)

“In 1987, I was among those who supported him. Why he (Dr Mahathir) remained as Prime Minister?

Because we were united in difficult times. When in difficult times we support him to remain in power.

If we did not support the leader during “trying times,” Dr Mahathir would not have been the Prime Minister for 22 years,” said Najib .

.( Ya..loh ..I helped You back then , What are you doing now? You are supposed to be supporting me and help me get out of “Trying times”   – meaning this 1MDB messy stink i made)

“Therefore, do not forget the past, when he (Dr Mahathir) was the Prime Minister, we fully supported him..

(Swear that the Tun’s voice is chanting in the background ” Sorry la Najib , Apa boleh buat..Kan Melayu mudah lupa?)

Now he is not the Prime Minister, so return the support..(please la old man , you have no power now la,I am the PM now, so know your place,sedar la sikit ! )

Even if cannot support, don’t make too much noise and disrupt the party.!

( Don’t kacau lah ,if you have nothing good to say , or contribute , just diam saja ,  this 1MDB already reeks  to high heaven, stop stirring it up some more,like shit stirring , you will make it stink more worst) 

We can clarify the (1MDB) issue,” he said..

.( give la  face and some time for us to come up with another flimsy  excuse to fool the masses and ram down the the throats of the ignoramuses known as the Malaysian public.. since dear Tun , you know how easy that can be for you have done the same before !) 

He said Dr Mahathir had made misleading and contradictory statements about troubled

government company 1Malaysia Development Bhd.

“At one time he says 1MDB lost RM42 billion and then says 1MDB did not lose but owes RM42 billion.”

( See ..Maybe the Tun might be nyanyuk..and not know what he is talking about..can’t even get his facts right .COnfused lah Tun M..Are you sure He can be taken seriously-ka ? )

PM Najib  said the Tabung Haji purchase of a plot of land from 1MDB was an investment and not a bailout;

full article: defiant-najib-vows-not-to-back-down/

To quote PM Najib  “I only bow down to party members and the people.
As long as the party members support me, and as long as people give their trust “

On a more serious note:

If PM Najib has the people’s trust then the 1MDB mess will not have traction in their mind-sets and more may give him benefit of doubt.

To have trusts of people ,Leaders must be seen to be ethical and responsible deserving the trusts..

And he has forfeited that right to be trusted,when he breaks the promises made to the people- and conduct dealings with the people’s money in dubious questionable dealings.
But that is exactly the problem-he no longer have that right to be Trusted .

People are uncertained -troubled and worried about what financial black hole he is steering the country into..
And even within his own UMNO party, there is a rift between factions who wants him to step down..

The dis-unity He is largely responsible for creating..

Chinese constituents and voting behaviour?

According to stats..The turnout was 73.71% .a lot lower than the 2013’s 88.3%. Her majority this time is lower than the previous majority for her husband in 2013.
However, she picked up more Malay votes from the younger generation, but lost some Chinese support.

In Rompin, Turnout dropped from the 2013’s 85.0% to 74%.

Winning majority dropped from 15,114 in 2013 to 8895.
Again some Chinese votes swung back to BN-UMNO

Perhaps the Chinese vote is just an indication of the pragmatic approach of the average Chinese mindsets of what best serves their interests.

Not based on  passionate loyalty rooted in idealogy.. A kind of  what BN vs PK candidate means to their own immediate  short term interests as  constituents..

Short term gains-as pragmatic as it can get- but it may not mean that they will stay loyal  to their chosen candidate from BN/UMNO.

Come GE 14, these voters can just as easily swing back to PK if they think it ll help effect any change in the Governing status quo  that is seen to be holding their enterprising achievements ,with no help from the government – as ransom.

UMNO Ministers issuing boycott threats specifically pointing out the ethnic Chinese  community, NGOs promoting hate mongering.etc etc.

And most damning and resentful of all has to be , the deafening  silence from the Government , and when there is a response, it is as if the behaviours are condoned or endorsed..

Until BN particularly UMNO  realizes that the Chinese can be an appreciative lot , but  gives loyalty only when deserved or as gratitude repayment-remember 1999 when TDM lost a big chunk of the Malay electorate coz  of a black eye incident and still retain 2 thirds because of what is arguably seen as a  gratitude endorsement from the Chinese votes –many avoided financial upheaval ,and credited  it to TDM—and they showed their appreciation  in their voting.

Promises means nothing  to the average Chinese mindsets ,not taken seriously ,unless there is a built up of trust over years of dealings.

“Action first talk later” is a very Chinese approach to many things.

But at the rate UMNO/BN are going –playing up race/religion/ allowing ferocious or aggressive defending of the ethnic  entitlement and racial supremacy  with threats verging on murderous violence.

All these troubles the Chinese electorate’s  peace of mind and sense of security in the lack of consistency  or assurances from the government.

Chinese can put up with a lot of nonsense  , but when the proverbial “Chinese Rice Bowl” is threatened- perceived or otherwise-they react defensively  en-bloc to stave off the threat.

So they will easily and instinctively  revert to supporting  PK. Chinese like to gamble- And like gambling  with their vote, stakes are winning a sense of (not equality) but a sense of fairness / stability/ an environment where they have a better chance of advancing without perceived obstructions-not feel threatened as a minority.

The negative perceptions which the UMNO led coalition is doing a damned good job of promoting.

LGE/DAP knew that – and used it effectively during  GE13 campaign in Penang.

1MDB…Tabung Haji Raided ?

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Holy Cow.!.Dejavu indeed.!

Watch this exchange between Rafizi and chairman of Tabung Haji- Abdul Azeez-

just recently in Parliment.when Rafizi was raising warning about Tabung Haji fund being “used” for some 1MDB scheme…

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Why are transactions involving public funds a secret,don’t shareholders have a right to know how their savings are being used,or worst mis-used?
There is a real need to get priorities in order.. Seems so misplaced

The emphasis seem to be that a secret has being leaked…

instead off wondering if there was a breach of Trust or if the affair was un-principled.

And this involves Tabung Haji funds, the institution where people’s savings are for them to make a once in a lifetime Holy Pilgrimage to be closer to their GOD.
What if they think that the funds are contaminated by misuse or un-principled use ? It may be troubling thought that needs to be addressed just to reassure them that their savings are not used in any deviating manner against their faith.
All clean and above board and especially no “non-halal” elements..

Maybe JAKIM or even ISMA has something to say about it..since religion is their domain.

Just mulling :

Read a quip somewhere that : O.S.A(official secrets act) perhaps means that our “Officials” may have “Secrets” of power abuse and mis-use of public funds so they need an “Act” to protect them from being exposed if they engage in unscrupulous dealings.

Tun Mahathir on the Tabung Haji and 1MDB land deal.

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad  in his blog , commented on the land deal  purchase of  Lembaga Tabung Haji (TH)  from 1MDB

The Tun remarked that  the money belonged to TH contributors and should not have been used to bail-out the financially ailing 1MDB.

The Tun wrote “Is this how TH uses other people’s money that was entrusted to them? “. Contributors hoped the money they gave TH would be used for their benefit and not to bailout 1MDB which has lost billions of ringgit.”

Tun M is calling for the land deal to be scrapped immediately,. He also noted at how 1MDB will reap a huge profit  if the land deal is to go through.

1MDB had purchased   70 acres of TRX  land for RM194.1 million. But selling off  a mere 1 and half acres to Tabung Haji – for a staggering RM188.5 million.

“Tabung Haji  funds are from contributors and Tabung Haji  is entrusted to manage these funds well  in            a “ halal “ manner as permitted by Islam. “  This money does not belong to TH.” Tun M commented!

Originally,  land was earmarked  to develop a Bumiputera trading centre. But 1MDB had set aside this project ” . TH have plans to build a residential tower on the  1 and half acre site  purchased.

Conflict of interests?

The chairman of Tabung Haji – Umno MP for Baling -Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahman  was rumoured to have been appointed to the post in 2013 amid heated speculation that he was hand picked by the wife of PM Najib- Rosmah Mansur to the Chairman’s post.

And as if that is not damning enough . As it turns out ,in a MKini article ,3 top directors  in Tabung Haji are directly involved with debt-laden 1MDB – which raises the question of conflict of interest in the land deal of  the two entities.

Which prompted Umno Youth and Umno supreme council member -Saifuddin Abdullah -to query whether this deal could be tainted by conflict of interest.

The three figures are:

Ismee Ismail is the Tabung Haji group managing director and CEO. He also sits on the 1MDB board.

Johan Abdullah is the Tabung Haji deputy group managing director and deputy CEO.

He is also the chairperson of 1MDB subsidiary Edra Global Energy Sdn Bhd.

Edra acquired power assets from Powertek (formerly known as Tanjong Energy), Genting Sanyen and Jimah.

Abdul Samad Alias sits on the Tabung Haji investment panel.

He also sits on the 1MDB advisory board, which is chaired by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak. – Mkini

Is there a behind the scenes mutiny in UMNO ?

 Even DPM Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin has remarked against the 1MDB scandal ,warning  that the issue was serious and potentially explosive..as he commented to  reporters with him on a working visit to Milan, Italy,

He said that the debt-ridden 1MDB may have been among the factors for  BN to lose in the Permatang Pauh by-election.

The Umno deputy president  was not even able to explain the 1MDB scandal when campaigning because,

“I don’t even know what to say”. “The rakyat wants to know, not just Tun M. -Why no one has been charged, Why the 1MDB board has not been sacked, and about the position of the CEO and the PM as adviser,” .

He said the situation was toxic and might have a huge adverse impact not just on the people, but Umno as well.

 Pm Najib is getting into a tough indefensible position

Khairy Jamaludin (KJ) ,the charismatic Youth and Sports Minister and UMNO youth chief ,who has always shown a die-hard loyalty and support to his boss.PM Najib , seem to have changed his tone and stance.

“The Finance Ministry (meaning Finance Minister Najib ) must explain how 1MDB will use the RM188.5 million from its land sale to  Lembaga Tabung Haji (LTH), KJ  demanded to know.

In a series of questions posed to the ministry and LTH, KJ said  that any bailout of the state-owned investment firm of 1MDB , in which Malaysians stood to lose was unacceptable.

“1MDB will receive RM188.5 million from the sale of the land to LTH. What will this money be used for?” Khairy posted on his official Facebook page.

“The public knows that the 1MDB issue is becoming more severe..Umno Youth is really worried if an institution like LTH is used to save 1MDB,”

“Any effort to save 1MDB that can disadvantage the public cannot be accepted. –

Mutiny on The Not So Bountiful 1MDB ?

Are PM Najib’s Top officers  abandoning their captain in a mutinous act before  the ship sinks and the whole lot goes down with the vessel.

And before that can happen , the Top guns seem to be already jostling for strategic positions in eyeing the Top post, that may be vacated sooner than expected- PM Najib is on a very tenous position.walking on thin ice. Will he be dislodged by sustained pelting of scandal after scandal.? Ground sentiments are sensing its an inevitable and unavoidable eventuality.

Dissenting voices from within UMNO , across the ranks , are increasing in intensity and getting louder and more daring in challenging their president’s investment arm of 1MDB, which basically is a subtle move ,going against the UMNO leader and PM Najib.

And those  in the top ranks of UMNO  now – seem to be jostling for vantage points ,  so that they may  be better positioned to benefit from the shifting dynamics of the UMNO leadership hierarchy, if or when PM Najib does fall !

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Meantime ,

From 1MDB being technically ” foreign investment fund entity” that explains that the funds need to be kept offshore-from Caymans-Singapore etc because of Bank Negara regulations-Theory is do make money to bring back into Malaysia to contribute to the economy,enlarging the economic pie .

Isn’t that the whole point of “foreign investments “, particularly this 1MDB ” Sovereign” foreign investment fund?

What is it doing messing about in “In-shore” investments to make money?TRX- IPPs etc are all Malaysian entities,nothing “foreign” about these companies, nor 1MDB using them as “foreign investments”.? So confusing.? And alarming-seeing these money making schemes are GLCs which “assets ” the Goverment has control-of  and can easily  manipulate,Just needs complicity/co-operation of those the Goverment appointed and put-in charge, of these entities.Where does this all end?

So many GLCs- (hundreds )-,Tabung Haji -Petronas- Amanah Saham Bumiputra -EPF-Khazanah-

to name a few.

Just need a desperate administration to formulate some “nefarious” scheme  and greedy accomplices to raid

So much time/energy wasted by the opposition and the ruling goverment on scandals and mis-behaviour of the powerful.

When without these distractions-the opposition can use more energy/time/resources  to investigate and highlight actual policies of the Goverment – issues that really affect the people’s well being and prosperity of the country.

No smoke without fire-and UMNO/BN ,particularly certain elements / factions within  UMNO  is lighting fires everywhere they see opportunity-to further their greed-at the expense of the nation’s best interests.

As if these factions  rather burn down the whole forest ,if it can ensure that – their own interests-will be preserved intact- or worst -if burning the entire forest can be exploited to their advantage.-there will be no hestitancy to do so !

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