Matters of opinion that enables me to understand or make some sense of my country- Malaysia

(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.
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