VIRAL VIDEO – MAN IN TTDI REMOVES BN FLAGS & THROWS THEM TO THE GROUND: BUT SHOULD COPS PROBE HIM OR THOSE WHO PLANTED THE FLAGS EVEN BEFORE NOMINATION DATE IS FIXED

KUALA LUMPUR— Police are investigating a video showing a man removing Barisan Nasional (BN) flags in Taman Tun Dr Ismail that was shared online.

City police chief Datuk Mazlan Lazim said three reports were lodged in the area including one by the witness on Saturday.

“The suspect should have informed to Kuala Lumpur City Hall to take action if he was unsatisfied but instead took matters into his own hand,” he said at the City police Contingent Headquarters today.

Political party flags and banners may not yet be installed as the official campaign period for the 14th general election has not begun and is pending the Election Commission’s (EC) announcement of the official nomination and polling dates.

He said police have not made arrests and urged those with further information to contact investigators.

The case is being investigated under Section 427 of the Penal Code for committing mischief and damage of at least RM25,000 in value.

Segambut Umno Youth division chief Ahmad Baidzawi Saleh confirmed in a Harian Metro report today that he lodged a report at TTDI police station around 3pmyesterday.

The 41-second video is believed to have been recorded by a motorist along Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi around 10.30am on Saturday.

In it, a man is shown removing BN flags by the roadside near the TTDI police station when the motorist approached him.

The man then responded with vulgar gestures after realising he was being recorded by the motorist, and continued removing several more flags up the road.

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‘I WAS REALLY HURT WHEN SHAFIE STABBED ME IN THE BACK… I STILL FEEL THE PAIN’: IN SHAFIE’S BASTION, NAJIB WHIPS OUT THE ‘CROCODILE TEARS & SYMPATHY’ CARD

SEMPORNA: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak (pic) says he was “really hurt” by Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal’s actions in 2016.

“I was disappointed that when certain situations arose, Shafie stabbed me in the back… I still feel the pain, especially because it was done by a close friend,” said Najib.

Shafie, the five-term Semporna MP, left Umno and formed Parti Warisan Sabah in 2016 to take on Barisan Nasional.

Speaking at a gathering here on Monday (April 9), Najib said a leader is only as strong as the support he gets from his party, and that a party can only be strong if there is loyalty to the leader.

“As the Prime Minister, I know that I’m not strong because of the name ‘Najib Razak’, but because of the three million Umno supporters behind me,” he said.

Najib said he had entrusted Mohd Shafie to bring development to the state as the rural and regional development minister but claimed that the latter did not heed his advice to work with Sabah Chief Minister Tan Sri Musa Aman.

“I gave extraordinary opportunities to Shafie to become the first Umno vice president from Sabah,” said Najib.

The Barisan chairman is on a two-day visit to east part of Sabah and will visit Tawau and Semporna.

It is his first leg of a tour since Barisan launched its manifesto on Saturday, which pledged to realise by consensus the rights of Sabah and Sarawak under the Malaysia Agreement 1963.

In the last general election, Barisan won the Semporna parliamentary seat and the three state seats, Senallang, Bugaya and Sulabayan.

But in 2016, Mohd Shafie formed Warisan with Sulabayan assemblyman Datuk Dr Jaujan Sambakong joining his party.

Senallang and Bugaya remained in Umno’s fold and are represented by Datuk Seri Nasir Sakaran and Datuk Ramlee Marhaban respectively.

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PERAK SULTAN POINT-BLANK TELLS EC TO BEHAVE WITH ‘INTEGRITY, TRANSPARENCY & PROFESSIONALISM’, WARNS BOTH SIDES OF POLITICAL DIVIDE NOT TO TRIGGER DISCORD

KUALA KANGSAR — Politicians taking part in the general election must conduct themselves with civility and maturity, said Perak’s Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah today.

He told all political parties to ensure that public order and safety as well as communal harmony are not endangered in any way during the run-up to the 14th general election.

During a special ceremony at the Istana Iskandariah where he gave royal consent to dissolve the state assembly, Sultan Nazrin also decreed that sensitive matters such as race, religion, culture, and language must not be used for political capital during the polls.

“At all times, it must be ensured that no words are said, no actions taken that can trigger discord among the people,” he said.

“The nation’s safety and public order are too valuable to be sacrificed for short term political goals.”

He described elections as an inalienable right that must always be respected and cherished.

Citing experiences from the 13th general election, the Sultan said it was imperative to ensure that the polls are held peacefully and with decorum.

He also called for the country’s security forces be allowed to perform their duties faithfully and without interference.

The Perak Ruler then reminded law enforcement agencies of their responsibility to act without fear and favour, as well as their pledged loyalty to defend the King and country.

“The Election Commission (EC) must also carry out their duties with integrity in a transparent and professional manner to ensure the election is not disputed.

“All responsible parties should cooperate to allow the EC to carry out their duties as well as possible.”

Sultan Nazrin Shah later expressed his appreciation for the service of Perak Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Zambry Abdul Kadir, state executive councillors, and lawmakers since 2013.

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WELL LOVED & RESPECTED YOU MAY BE BUT THE PEOPLE’S WISHES COME FIRST: JOHOREANS SPEAK UP ON CROWN PRINCE’S ADVICE NOT TO CHANGE THE BOAT

Johoreans have an intricate relationship with their royal family, who are pillars of society in the state.

In recent years, state ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar and his son Crown Prince Tunku Ismail have often been lauded for speaking out in favour of the people.

So when Tunku Ismail weighed in on the 14th general election on Facebook late on Saturday, saying there was no need to change a ship’s engine because of a problematic skipper, many felt it was a major blow to Pakatan Harapan’s efforts to convince Johoreans to unseat Umno.

For Umno loyalist Abdullah Muhammad, the crown prince’s comment was a decree to be followed.

“My vote would be influenced. Bangsa Johor will follow what the crown prince says, meaning if he or the sultan makes a statement, Malays must follow what they say,” the 57-year-old security guard told Malaysiakini when met in Muar.

But some, such as Abdul Razak Abu Samad, 50, feel an internal conflict between their love for the royal family, and their desire for change.

“For a bright future, we follow what the sultan says, because if the sultan is not happy it will be hard for Johor.

“We are close to the Johor royalty… But now I am confused as to how to achieve change,” Abdul Razak said when met in Ayer Hitam.

However, for most others Malaysiakini spoke to in Muar, their needs and desires outweighed any royal advice on the elections.

WELL LOVED & RESPECTED YOU MAY BE BUT THE PEOPLE’S WISHES COME FIRST: JOHOREANS SPEAK UP ON CROWN PRINCE’S ADVICE NOT TO CHANGE THE BOAT

Like many around the country, office assistant Sulaiman Bustamam, 43 (photo above), is feeling the pinch from rising costs of living, and it is this factor that will weigh on his mind at the ballot box.

“You can’t force people (to vote one way)… You have to think rationally, logically, what has the government done. Is there development?” Sulaiman said.

First-time voter Wan Mohd Helmi Wan Ismail wants to evaluate the contesting parties based on their manifestos.

And while those around him may influence how he votes, the love Johoreans have for the royal family will not.

“The elections are about the people,” the 22-year-old student said.

Fellow student Nadirah Zainal similarly said that the crown prince would not influence her vote, which she will cast based on her evaluation of local leaders instead.

WELL LOVED & RESPECTED YOU MAY BE BUT THE PEOPLE’S WISHES COME FIRST: JOHOREANS SPEAK UP ON CROWN PRINCE’S ADVICE NOT TO CHANGE THE BOAT

Others, such as BN supporter Fauziah Yudin, 60 (photo above), will vote simply on a desire to see a continuation of the ruling government and to ensure peace.

Following a raging debate on social media, Tunku Ismail has clarified that his comments made last Saturday were only his personal opinion and that he did not side with either BN chairperson Najib Abdul Razak or Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

Tunku Ismail said the people are entitled to their opinions and who they wish to support but claimed that the majority who had voiced out were outsiders.

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CRUSH POLITICAL ‘INSECT’ VELL PAARI BY ALL MEANS BUT LISTEN TO AMBIGA, DR M: STOP USING ‘KELING’ – YOU MAY HAVE INDIAN ROOTS BUT YOU ARE NOW A MALAY & MANY M’SIAN INDIANS FIND ‘KELING’ OFFENSIVE

National Human Rights Society (Hakam) chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan has urged Pakatan Harapan chairperson Dr Mahathir Mohamad to refrain from using the term ‘keling.’

“The word is indeed derogatory of the Indians. No doubt it has its roots in the historical Kalinga region in India but today in Malaysia, it is widely considered to be derogatory of Indian Malaysians.

“I would, therefore, urge Mahathir to refrain from using the term altogether (particularly since the aim was not to insult anyone).

“While it might have been commonly used in Kedah and not considered derogatory there, I think in today’s Malaysia it is unacceptable and hurtful to the Indian Malaysian community,” Ambiga told Malaysiakini.

Last Friday, Mahathir, in criticising the Election Commission, had said: “I want to use a ‘keling’ word. The ‘keling’ say podah (get lost).”

This prompted MIC treasurer-general S Vell Paari to accuse the former prime minister of being a racist and cited a story about a girl and a snake to drive home his point.

However, Mahathir (photo) remained unapologetic.

CRUSH POLITICAL ‘INSECT’ VELL PAARI BY ALL MEANS BUT LISTEN TO AMBIGA, DR M: STOP USING ‘KELING’ – YOU MAY HAVE INDIAN ROOTS BUT YOU ARE NOW A MALAY & MANY M’SIAN INDIANS FIND ‘KELING’ OFFENSIVE

“It’s our language (in Kedah) and I’ve used the word ‘keling’ since I was small, there is no problem.

“My ‘keling’ friends have never scolded me. So why is MIC angry over this,” he told reporters yesterday when quizzed on Vell Paari’s criticism.

When Mahathir had made a similar remark in 2016, it had courted the wrath of Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy.

As a former prime minister, the DAP leader said, Mahathir should have known that the word is derogatory and disparaging to Indian Malaysians.

‘Who are these Indian friends who never scolded you?’

Meanwhile, Vell Paari (photo) claimed that the Harapan chairperson’s response to his criticism was an admission that he had always been a racist.

CRUSH POLITICAL ‘INSECT’ VELL PAARI BY ALL MEANS BUT LISTEN TO AMBIGA, DR M: STOP USING ‘KELING’ – YOU MAY HAVE INDIAN ROOTS BUT YOU ARE NOW A MALAY & MANY M’SIAN INDIANS FIND ‘KELING’ OFFENSIVE

“Yes, Mahathir, for those who conceived it, it wasn’t considered racist in the 15th century up to early last century when you were born.

“For they were not at the receiving end of the insulting and derogatory word.

“It was my community that is the victim of the ‘keling’ word. Just like how the Caucasians in America, South Africa, Australia and Europe conceived words and laws against Africans, Asians, and Aborigines. For the Caucasians, it was not considered offensive. But ask those on the receiving end.

“But Mahathir, it is now an offence in Malaysia and other countries who practised your ideology. So please stop partying as if it is still 1929,” he added in a statement.

“The Indian community is eager to know these Indian friends of yours. Could it be Ramasamy and the other Indian leaders in DAP and PKR? Maybe P Waythamoorthy or the Indian leaders of new political parties that have pledged support to Mahathir?

“It’s only fair that these leaders disclose if it’s all right for Mahathir to use the word ‘keling’,” he added.

Zam: Mahathir is also of ‘keling’ descent

Zainuddin Maidin has come out in defence of former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad for using the term “keling”, which is considered derogatory to Indians.

In a Twitter posting, the former information minister said that his father was a Malabar and he too was called “anak keling” (son of a keling) during school.

“I never considered this as an insult until it was raised in Parliament and now MIC is using it as fodder for racial politics because Mahathir used the term.

“Mahathir is also of ‘keling’ descent,” he added.

Apart from MIC treasurer-general S Vell Paari, National Human Rights Society (Hakam) chairperson Ambiga Sreenevasan also urged the former premier to stop using the term.

She argued that while its origins were not derogatory, it is now considered disparaging and hurtful to the Indian community in Malaysia.

Vell Paari, on the other hand, accused the former premier of being a racist.

Last Friday, Mahathir, in criticising the Election Commission, had said: “I want to use a ‘keling’ word. The ‘keling’ say podah (get lost).”

Quizzed on MIC’s criticism, the former premier remained unapologetic.

“It’s our language (in Kedah) and I’ve used the word ‘keling’ since I was small, there is no problem.

“My ‘keling’ friends have never scolded me. So why is MIC angry over this,” he told reporters yesterday.

Previously, when a video of Mahathir uttering the word went viral on social media in 2016, it drew flak from both PKR and DAP.

PKR vice-president Prof Shaharuddin Badaruddin said words which have a negative racial connotation must be discarded and urged Mahathir to reconsider using such terms in future.

Whereas, Penang Deputy Chief Minister II P Ramasamy said as a former premier, Mahathir should know that the term is derogatory.

Although Zainuddin, who is better known as Zam, pointed to Mahathir’s Indian roots, the former premier is said to be uncomfortable about this issue.

Last August, Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi took a dig at Mahathir’s ancestry, claiming the veteran politician’s identity card (IC) showed he was Indian because his name was stated as Mahathir a/l Iskandar Kutty.

He also read out the full IC number of Mahathir.

“This is good enough to show that Zahid is a big liar. A big liar because he cannot show the blue-coloured identity card.

“I can still remember the first identity card I received. I was still in university at the time,” he added.

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GUAN ENG’S BUNGALOW TRIAL POSTPONED TO MAY 21 DUE TO ELECTIONS, PENANG ASSEMBLY TO DISSOLVE TODAY

GEORGE TOWN: Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s corruption trial has been postponed to May 21.

High Court Judge Datuk Hadhariah Syed Ismail fixed the date when the case came up for hearing on Monday (April 9).

Lim’s counsel Gobind Singh Deo made the application for a postponement, citing the Chief Minister’s duty to prepare for GE14.

Lim was not present in court.

Deputy public prosecutor Datuk Masri Mohd Daud objected to the application, saying that the court should proceed with the trial as the Election Commission has not fixed the dates for GE14.

However, Hadhariah said the court was unable to proceed with the case as Lim was not present in court and added that Lim has to attend to official business related to GE14.

She also fixed May 10 for case management.

Lim and businesswoman Phang Li Koon pleaded not guilty to the charges against them on March 26.

For the first amended charge, Lim was accused of using his position as a public officer to gain gratification for himself and his wife Betty Chew Gek Cheng, by approving the application for conversion of agriculture land to a public housing zone in southwest Penang to a company, Magnificient Emblem Sdn Bhd.

Lim, 58, was charged with committing the offence while chairing the Penang State Planning Committee meeting at the operations room, Level 28, Komtar building here, on July 18, 2014.

The amended charge involved the change of “civil servant” to “public officer”.

If Lim is found guilty of the charge under Section 23 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) Act, he faces imprisonment of up to 20 years and a fine of up to five times the sum or value of the bribe or RM10,000, whichever is higher, upon conviction.

For the second amended charge, Lim was accused of using his position to obtain for himself a plot of land and a bungalow, located at 25 Jalan Pinhorn, George Town, from Phang for RM2.8mil, a price which he allegedly knew was not commensurate with the property’s then market value of RM4.27mil.

The offence was allegedly committed at 25 Jalan Pinhorn, George Town here on Oct 21, 2015 (instead of July 28, 2015 as stated in the original charge).

The charge was framed under Section 165 of the Penal Code, which provides a sentence of imprisonment for up to two years, a fine or both upon conviction.

Phang also pleaded not guilty to an amended charge with abetting Lim in obtaining the bungalow at an undervalued price at the same place and date.

She was charged under Section 109 of the Penal Code, read together with Section 165 of the same law, which provides an imprisonment for up to two years, a fine or both upon conviction.

The prosecution team was led by deputy public prosecutor Datuk Masri Mohd Daud, while Lim is represented by Gobind Singh Deo, Ramkarpal Singh and R.S.N. Rayer.

Lawyers Datuk V.Sithambaram and Hisyam Teh Poh Teik are acting for Phang.

Penang State Assembly to be dissolved on Monday

GEORGE TOWN: Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng was seen entering the Yang diPertua Negeri Tun Abdul Rahman Abbas’s residence, his car driving past reporters at the gates at 8.30am on Monday (April 9).

He is seeking an audience with Abdul Rahman to dissolve the state assembly.

Earlier state secretary Datuk Seri Farizan Darus waved to reporters when his car entered the residence.

Lim was then spotted leaving the Yang diPertua Negeri’s residence at about 9.18am.

Lim is holding a press conference at Komtar at 1.45pm Monday.

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AL-JAZEERA VIDEO: IS NAJIB BEING DRIVEN BY FEAR – IS MAHATHIR SET TO RETURN AS MALAYSIA’S PM AGED 92?

Malaysia will have a general election in the next 60 days in what could be the most tightly-contested poll since the country’s independence in 1957.

Mahathir Mohamad, Malaysia’s longest-serving prime minister – from 1981 until 2003 – is making a comeback.

The 92-year-old is determined to depose his former protege, the current Prime Minister Najib Razak.

Najib is under pressure after being accused of fraud in a multi-million dollar state fund.

Parliament was dissolved on Friday and the countdown to the elections is now on.

Presenter: Sami Zeidan

Guests:

Charles Santiago – Malaysian MP and member of the Democratic Action Party

Oh Ei Sun – senior adviser at Asia Strategy and Leadership Institute

Eric See-To – Barisan Nasional deputy communications director

– https://www.aljazeera.com/

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A WEEK OF SHOCK & DISGRACE: MALAYSIA’S OWN CORRUPTION REALITY TV SHOW WOULD BEAT ‘SHAMELESS!’ – REPORT

Shameless!” is the title given to a popular TV show where grafters, who live off society instead of earning a resposible living, are exposed to an audience that gasps in amused outrage at their bare-faced, blatant dishonesty and deceit.

Fortunately, these characters are supposed to represent the lowest of the low and not the country’s top decision makers and international representatives.  However, for mortified Malaysians it is their own PM who is currently making the same sort of spectacle of himself, as he openly exhibits every possible shameless manoeuvre to bribe voters and bend and abuse the rules to retain power.

Witness this weekend, how at a giant stadium hosting a fancy, colour-cordinated staged event, costing millions of ringgit, to launch their manifesto, the PM told the thousands bussed in as camera-fodder that there would be a doubling of BRIM payments – for the two months just before the election.

That act of dubious legality (given it took place after the dissolution of Parliament) formed the PR centrepiece of Najib’s “Manifesto” and BN expect voters to thank them by giving this kleptocrat the keys to the Treasury for another five years.  Shameless!

A WEEK OF SHOCK & DISGRACE: MALAYSIA’S OWN CORRUPTION REALITY TV SHOW WOULD BEAT ‘SHAMELESS!’ – REPORT

Expensive stage shows – BN’s “rockstar” line up of ageing kleptocrats

It’s nothing new, of course.  This is the politician who was caught openly on the hustings bribing Sarawak voters with a promised handout of public money – but only if and after his by-election candidate had been voted in.

“You help me and I will help you… I keep my promises!” was the slogan he employed on that occasion, as he set out his proposal for a mass bribe, designed to corrupt an entire community. Utterly shameless already in 2010.

Indeed, Najib has behaved like this for so long, dishing out money in all directions, that he clearly believes he has proved a point, which is that the entire country has been corrupted by the political party which he represents.  Big bribes for the high ups and smaller bribes for the lowly: “Cash is King” was how he allegedly expressed his logic to Dr Mahathir.

So, for the cheap dedak, we have already seen the bags of rice emerge, emblazoned with the pictures of the various BN candidates who are hoping to receive grateful votes in return. Shameless!

A WEEK OF SHOCK & DISGRACE: MALAYSIA’S OWN CORRUPTION REALITY TV SHOW WOULD BEAT ‘SHAMELESS!’ – REPORT

In return for your vote!

Those voters should demand these kind gentlemen account for the money that bought these bags of rice – last election it was 1MDB stolen cash, handed out in vast cheques by Najib to UMNO HQ.  In other words voters were being told to be grateful to recieve back a small part of their own stolen money and hand power back to BN in return.

It seems that Najib really thinks he can treat Malaysians like protitutes from Port Dickson, handing them an extra tip before he demands the favour.  Since that is what he plainly thinks of his own people, the rest of the world are left to watch and see if he is right.

Gift From A ‘Burgeoning Economy’

Of course, Najib did pluck out an excuse for his oh-so-convenient hand-out announcement, straight after he had disolved Parliament and on the eve of the election.  His claim was that it was made possible thanks to Malaysia’s brilliant growth figures, owing to his amazing stewardship of the economy.

The trouble is that who can any more believe a word the government or Najib says (if they ever did) or indeed any of the figures published under his management of the Ministry of Finance?

The man has been proven such an out and out liar so many times over the past years, as he has wriggled to cover up scandal after scandal of his own making, that he has been forced to pass a law that commands Malaysians to repeat obvious lies propagated by the government and forbids them from repeating concrete facts recognised the world over.

Dashed through the pre-election parliament in a fashion denounced by the United Nations and NGOs across the globe, Najib has dubbed his order a law against ‘Fake News’.  Sadly, the Fake News comprises the ludicrous lies and propaganda he has been pumping out to cover up his misdemeanors and not the obvious truths that Malaysians are now banned from publishing or passing on to friends.

For example, the fact that Najib’s step-son Riza just paid a $60 million fine to the US DOJ, as a plain admission that the money had been stolen, as claimed by the DOJ, from 1MDB, is now categorised ‘Fake News’.  So is the fact that the FBI just seized a super-yacht in Bali and have been granted custody of it by the US courts on the grounds that Jho Low bought it using stolen 1MDB cash.

Both these facts are being categorised as ‘Fake News’, because Najib’s BN government spokesmen have declared no money was stolen from 1MDB and they have denied Jho Low was the owner of the yacht (even though the porky tycoon openly contested the confication in a US court last month).

With a government that is prepared to enforce such a tissue of ludicrous lies Sarawak Report considers every announcement to be unfortunately suspect, including the supposedly burgeoning economic figures that are being bandied about and the supposed ‘bouncing back’ of the ringgit announced by Najib’s recently appointed Governor of the Bank Negara.

Sarawak Report would feel safer in giving credence in the long-standing former Deputy of the Bank, who recently retired in protest at being asked to do things he regarded as shocking and unprofessional.  Given Najib’s track record, we have little doubt that massaging economic figures and artificially pumping the ringgit would rate as small beer in his apparent quest to mug Malaysians of all their cash.

Certainly, it is plain as daylight that there is nothing, repeat nothing, this PM would be prepared to stop at, in order to achieve this re-election and secure his position against prosecution for a litany of crimes that now loom over the man, who appeares to consider that high office offers total immunity from any kind of prosecution for any kind of crime: cover-up of murder, perversion of justice, false imprisonment, massive theft – you name it.

Such shameless and blatant manoeuvres have, just in the past few days, included the ramming through of an outrageous gerrymandering of constituencies designed to retain BN in power with as little as 16.5% of the popular vote.

He did that thanks to an existing gerrymandered majority of seats, despite his loss of the popular vote. UMNO has taken good care over the years to make sure it controls the ‘independent’ Election Commission. Shameless!

A WEEK OF SHOCK & DISGRACE: MALAYSIA’S OWN CORRUPTION REALITY TV SHOW WOULD BEAT ‘SHAMELESS!’ – REPORT

Infuriated netizens have circulated this series of pictures showing the alleged cosy relationship between Najib and the Director of the Register of Societies, seen here enjoying a dinner together with Sabah party boy and fellow Kleptocrat, Musa Aman

Not content with merely rigging the seats, of course, the cornered PM has sought to bolster his position even further, by the simple act of vetoing the opposition!

This he achieved thanks to a helpful last minute ruling by the Register of Societies, which simply declared the day after Parliament was disolved that the main Malay opposition party Bersatu (led incidentally by Najib’s most formidable political opponent, Dr Mahathir himself) was no longer ‘legal’.

How come?  Thanks to outdated legislation designed to control a communist insurgency in the 1950s, whereas in genuine democracies anyone can set up a political party and run it according to their own agreed rules, in the phoney democracy of Malaysia, people have to ask permission to associate from the government controlled Register of Societies, which operates entirely at the convenience of the ruling party itself.

This ROS decides the rules for the party and then rules when these are broken and the party is then de-registered.  The lady Director of the ROS, who declared Bersatu ‘illegal’ last week failed to make her reasons clear, but it was plain to everyone that her orders to do so had been clear enough – from the boss Najib.  Shameless!

Malaysians are now to be treated to weeks of enormously expensive posturing and grandstanding by these awful old hypocrites from Najib’s line-up of super-wealthy fellow kleptocrats.  The TV screens and client media will be stuffed full of scenes of them handing over cheques, patting the heads of ‘simple folk’ and acting holy in the mosques.

It is how Najib has fought every single election so far (including one he nearly lost, before he worked to gerrymander his own seat).  He reckons that Malays are just there to be bought and that politics is about judging the right price and nobbling the opposition, before tucking into the spoils of office – and he is totally shameless about showing it!

UPDATE – Shameless List!

No sooner had this article been completed than another whopping great shameless gesture in the 3 year extension of the tenure of Najib’s embarrassment of an Attorney General was announced.

This was the crony appointed in the place of the illegally sacked former AG, who’d drawn up a charge sheet against the PM for stealing millions. Apandi was the buffon who publicly declared that investigations had concluded Najib was innocent after all, whilst holding up the papers that proved they had actually found Najib guilty!

– Sarawak Report

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‘PM WANNABE’ AZMIN SCURRIES OFF ON SEEING ESTRANGED SISTER UMMI SEATED NEXT TO DR MHATHIR & SITI HASMAH: AT SEPARATE EVENT, JIBES AT DR M FOR CONTESTING UNDER ‘CANNOT LAST 6 MONTHS’ PKR FLAG

SHAH ALAM – PKR deputy president Azmin Ali said he was surprised but happy to see his estranged sister Ummi Hafilda at a fundraising event attended by Pakatan Harapan chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad today.

He said he welcomed Ummi Hafilda’s decision to support Mahathir.

“I was surprised to see her today and am happy that people support Tun’s (Mahathir) leadership in Pakatan,” he told reporters after launching the PKR election machinery at Dewan Raja Muda Musa.

Azmin was seen speaking briefly to Mahathir and his wife, Dr Siti Hasmah Mohamad Ali, but not to Ummi Hafilda, who was sitting next to Mahathir.

Asked about this, Azmin said he had to rush to another event.

Ummi said earlier today that she would support Mahathir’s leadership and wanted to join him to champion the people’s rights.

“The 27 million Malaysians know what good things Dr Mahathir has done for the country.

“He might have made some mistakes in the past as a leader of the country, but he isn’t God,” she said.

Ummi made headlines 20 years ago when she testified in opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim’s Sodomy 1 trial.

She was a vocal critic of the opposition and had joined Umno in their election campaign.

“I have told Tun that I will go on a nationwide tour with him to correct the negative perception about him.

“This is not about Tun, it is about the country,” Ummi was reported as saying.

She admitted that she and Azmin were still not on good terms.

Ummi said she paid RM5,000 to sit at the same table with Mahathir at the fundraiser.

‘PM WANNABE’ AZMIN SCURRIES OFF ON SEEING ESTRANGED SISTER UMMI SEATED NEXT TO DR MHATHIR & SITI HASMAH: AT SEPARATE EVENT, JIBES AT DR M FOR CONTESTING UNDER ‘CANNOT LAST 6 MONTHS’ PKR FLAG

Meanwhile, Azmin told the crowd at the launch of PKR’s election machinery that a prediction some two decades back about PKR not surviving beyond six months had been proven wrong.

In an apparent jibe at the Umno leadership, under Dr Mahathir then when the opposition party was formed, Azmin said the same individual who made that prediction would be standing under PKR’s banner.

“Twenty years have passed and that person who made the statement will be using PKR logo to stand in the election,” he told the 3,000 PKR grassroots leaders and members.

PKR was formed in April 1999 after Anwar, who was the deputy prime minister, was sacked by Mahathir.

Azmin also said in his speech that PKR had survived 20 years despite facing different challenges over the years.

“When we took over Selangor, Barisan Nasional said we would not be able to govern the state because PKR had no experience.

“But we proved them wrong. We’ve managed the state well and we can also manage Putrajaya if we take over,” he said, adding that PKR was ready for the coming election.

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AS JOHOR PRINCE DEFENDS HIS OPINION OF DR MAHATHIR, ‘PRIVATE & CONFIDENTIAL’ RM 8.6 BILLION GEMAS-JB PROJECT FROM FEDERAL GOVT COMES UNDER SCRUTINY

First this:

The Star ,7 April 2018:

Apart from YTL and THP, the other partner in the YTL-THP JV is said to be the SIPP group, which is linked to the Johor Palace.

The SIPP group has bagged a few federal government-sponsored projects in the state following its partnership with the YTL group, including the RM8.6bil Gemas-Johor Baru double-track project.

(https://www.thestar.com.my/business/business-news/2018/04/07/ytl-corp-pulls-off-surprise/#wrbOl6QB69FYLRci.99)

Channel New Asia,8 April 2018:His Royal Highness, Brigadier General Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim

“HM Sultan of Johor and I have agendas and plans. Our main agenda is the state of Johor, but how we reach Putrajaya, we can’t disclose to all of you as it is private and confidential. 

“I do not (support) any political party, but in order to change a country’s fate and improve the system, it is not by bringing down a government. We need to change it from the inside,” he wrote.

“Our neighboring countries and I believe that if a ship has been sailing fine for many years but has an issue due to its skipper, do not fix it with a new engine. We stay on the same ship and guide the skipper to where we want to go. That’s all I’m sharing with the people. But the people of Johor must believe in the vision of HM Sultan of Johor and I.”

AND NOW THIS:

TMJ responds to Facebook comments

NATION

Sunday, 8 Apr 20187:25 PM MYT

PETALING JAYA: Johor Crown Prince Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim has responded to comments on social media in relation to another social media post he made on Saturday night.

Here is his response verbatim:

WHATEVER DECISIONS OR OPINIONS IS EVERYONE’S RIGHTS.

I gave my sincerest opinion for what I think is best for my state. It was my personal opinion and being in my position I do not support any political party or individual. Whenever I think of something, I always think of the betterment of state of Johor and I do not let my emotions cloud my opinions or anything for that matter. I use my mind to get what is best.

People have the right to give their own opinions. They have the right to support whomever they want and the right to form an opinion. I still say that whomever becomes the leader in this country, he does not only serve a political party’s idealogy. He needs to serve the people. That is why we are here, HM The Sultan of Johor and I or any other politicians. Our duty first and foremost it to the people.

Whatever statements I gave last night is my personal opinion, and the people have ghe right to choose for themselves. It is different in Johor. You have to understand that in Johor we have our own way, so don’t bring your outside influences, take care of your own states and country.

That is my honest opinion, but how do I say that the people that they have the right to choose whomever they want. But remember, whomever that person may be, he must serve and give priority to you and not to his personal agendas.

My opinion is for the state of Johor. Whatever I think of, whatever I do, it is for the people of Johor and not for myself. To me, the people of Johor believe in the leadership of HM The Sultan of Johor.

I was born to serve the state of Johor. So, that is my responsibility. I did not say I support Tun Mahathir, Dato Seri Najib or anyone else. I am a straight forward person. Before, when Dato Seri Najib made a mistake, I stood and said something and when Tun Mahathir had issues, I stood and said something. I am not on anyone’s side and I am not supporting anyone. I only disagree when a person who had a crisis with Johor in the past tries to take over Johor! Because this is my state. A state my father, grandfather and ancestors have protected whenever there is a crisis. Is it that easy for the people to forget about those crises?

No matter what, The Johor state constitution and the intitution of Johor needs to be maintained, the sovereignty and the well being of Johor must be the top priority. Is that difficult to be understood? Whoever you want to support, you support. But like I said, all matters related to Johor are between the Johor people and me. I feel that outsiders do not need to intervene and voice out. The majority of them, when we investigated, came from outside.

Whatever happens to Malaysia is your problem. Whatever decisions I feel are the best for Johor are between my people and me. We can discuss together, talk together and I give my opinions, they give theirs. That’s what makes this state progress because we exchange opinions and most importantly we are sincere and loyal to the Johor state constitution and institution. Whatever happens to the country, it involves other people, not me.

HRH Major General Tunku Ismail Ibni Sultan Ibrahim, Crown Prince of Johor

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TMJ shares his views on political situation in the country

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