KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 18 – Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders and analysts today denounced the 1 Malaysia policy as a “work in regress”, citing the rise in racial extremism and Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s refusal to defend the concept against Perkasa.
Yesterday, the prime minister stressed that the 1 Malaysia concept was not a failure but merely a “work in progress”.
“It (1 Malaysia) is a work in regress,” DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang (picture) told The Malaysian Insider today.
“If it is a work in progress, we must see tangible steps in that direction, but we are seeing the reverse. During the last 18 months, we have seen a rise in extremism and he (Najib) himself has admitted it,” he added.
Najib said recently that he was saddened by the rising tide of extremism in the country, including racism, but did not pinpoint the strident Malay right wing group, Perkasa.
DAP national publicity secretary Tony Pua said that Najib’s 1 Malaysia concept would “forever be a work-in-progress” if the premier failed to defend the policy against the likes of Perkasa.
“Najib may describe his 1 Malaysia as a work in progress, but if he is not even willing to defend it openly against organisations like Perkasa that trample all over it, then it’ll just forever be a work-in-progress. No difference from ‘failure’,” said Pua.
Perkasa stepped up the pressure on Najib today to explain his 1Malaysia concept clearly as failure to do so could result in Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) being rejected.
The Malay group said that the 1 Malaysia concept was misunderstood by certain non-Malay communities who perceived the policy as an initiative to create racial equality in sharing the economic pie.
Perkasa had stressed earlier that the 1 Malaysia concept must be founded on Article 153 of the Federal Constitution, which states the special position of the Bumiputeras and allows the government to set quotas for educational institutions, government jobs and permits.
Najib said yesterday, however, that the misuse of Article 153 could spiral into “sensitive” issues and hurt racial groups.
Pua dismissed Najib’s remarks as a pointless statement that failed to improve people’s understanding of the 1 Malaysia policy.
“There’s no point just saying there’s misuse when his men in Umno and Perkasa don’t see any misuse, and worse is not getting any lead from him on what is the right definition,” said Pua.
“What is the issue with (Article) 153 that has been misused? Why doesn’t Najib ‘correct’ the view and put an end to the abuse?” asked the Petaling Jaya Utara MP.
The 1 Malaysia policy has been decried by critics as a hollow slogan amid escalating racial tension, notably racially-tinged incidents involving two allegedly racist school principals and the furore surrounding a Chinese MP’s visit to a surau.
Najib’s weeks-long silence on racial issues like that of the school principals has earned him much flak from the public and the opposition who accused him of being like his predecessor Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi.
PAS vice-president Datuk Mahfuz Omar characterised Najib’s 1 Malaysia policy as a construction project whose progress was “too slow”.
“It is like a construction project. Work is in progress but progress is slow. Even though he (Najib) said it’s not a failure, he is slow,” said Mahfuz.
The Pokok Sena MP blamed Umno as the reason behind the spike in racially-tinged incidents, like the controversy surrounding Serdang MP Teo Nie Ching’s visit to a surau in her constituency to deliver aid.
“Racial elements are the agendas of Umno,” said Mahfuz.
Umno leaders have slammed Teo for making a speech at Surau Al-Huda in Kajang while Perkasa called for a ban against non-Muslims from entering mosques or suraus.
Political analysts echoed the views of PR leaders and said that the 1 Malaysia policy would remain a work in progress unless Najib made a strong stand against groups like Perkasa.
“It will continue to be a work in progress unless he (Najib) gets some guts. You have got to show conviction that you believe in your policy,” said political observer Azmi Sharom.
“One of the ways to show conviction is by opposing strongly the people who don’t agree with your policy. Not coming out against Perkasa honestly and openly shows that Najib is not serious about 1 Malaysia,” added the law lecturer.
Political analyst Dr Lim Teck Ghee went a step further and blamed government policies as the reason behind worsening race relations in the country.
“The new rhetoric sounds good, but most people are not only cynical but also point to government policies as the main cause of division and disunity,” said Lim.
Although he acknowledged that the results of the 1 Malaysia policy could not be seen overnight, Lim said that the government, under the rule of BN throughout Malaysia’s history, has had more than half a century to foster racial harmony.
“Of course, 1Malaysia cannot come about overnight but the Government has had more than 50 years to make it work - and now it is asking for more time - perhaps another 50 years?” asked Lim.
“The admission that 1Malaysia is a work in progress should not be used as an excuse for going slow in implementing the concept based on universal values and norms of justice, equality and basic rights and freedom,” he said.
KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia tidak digemari para pelabur di rantau Asia Pasifik dan ini telah menerbit kebimbangan ketua pembangkang dan penasihat Parti Keadilan Rakyat Anwar Ibrahim akan kedudukan ekonomi negara dibawah Perdana Menteri Najib Tun Razak.
Anwar berkata laporan Bank of America Merill Lynch berkaitan pasaran negara begitu membimbangkan kerana menurut laporan tersebut Malaysia
kini antara negara yang tidak digemari para pelabur di Asia Pasifik selepas bank tersebut meninjau pandangan pengurus dana.
"Sungguhpun kerajaan cuba memberi gambaran yang serba indah, hakikatnya Malaysia jatuh dua anak tangga dari kedudukan sebelum ini iaitu di tangga ke 10, dan kini di kedudukan tercorot."
"Pastinya berita ini menerbitkan rasa bimbang saya berhubung kedudukan ekonomi semasa negara tatkala kononnya pentadbiran Najib akan mengemukakan satu kebijakan ekonomi yang diwar warkan bertujuan menarik minat pelabur," kata Anwar dalam kenyataan media di sini, hari ini.
Katanya kerajaan Najib perlu memberi perhatian kepada beberapa perkara pokok dan diantaranya adalah pandangan para pelabur yang melihat Malaysia sudah tidak mampu bersaing dengan negara jiran yang begitu bertenaga maju ke hadapan seperti Indonesia.
"Tetangga kita itu menurut tinjauan Forum Ekonomi Dunia (World Economic Forum) pula telah melonjak 10 anak tangga ke kedudukan 44 dari 139 negara," kata beliau, yang pada suatu ketika pernah menjawat jawatan timbalan perdana menteri dan menteri kewangan.
Sangsi MEB mampu pulih ekonomi
Berikutan perkembangan sebegini, Anwar sangsi perincian Model Ekonomi Baru yang bakal diumumkan Najib mampu memulihkan ekonomi negara yang lembap ini.
Kata Anwar hasrat kerajaan untuk menjana pelaburan bernilai RM2.2 trillion dalam masa 10 tahun, yang mana 92% dari jumlah tersebut datangnya dari pelaburan swasta, pastinya menimbulkan kemusykilan tatkala para pelabur bertindak menjauhi pasaran kita.
"Pemerintah harus sedar, kebijakan ekonomi yang menafikan perkara dasar serta gagal memberi keutamaan untuk melakukan perubahan terhadap sistem yang curang pastinya dipandang sepi."
"Secara tuntas saya tegaskan, para pelabur memberi keutamaan terhadap sistem keadilan yang bersih, iklim yang tidak rasuah dan culas serta kepimpinan negara yang meyakinkan."
"Pembentangan serta perincian dasar ekonomi namun menafikan perkara yang mendasar tersebut hanya akan disambut dingin. Malangnya hakikat
ini terus dinafikan elit pemerintah walau rakyat jelatalah yang menderita menahan beban," kata Anwar.
UPDATED 7.55PM KOTA KINABALU: Several PKR leaders vying for divisional posts in Sabah have resorted to using illegal immigrants to win.
"It is quite rampant in Sabah. Many contestants who have no chance of winning are bringing in illegals to vote for them," a local leader told FMT.
He added that in the Kudat division, the main contender Mursalin Tanjul, believed to be aligned to PKR vice- president Azmin Ali, brought with him 800 “new members” for voting today.
"They all had temporary MyKads with them," said the local leader.
He claimed that the contenders who have little support in Sabah were using illegals as a way to break the stronghold held by PKR vice-president Jeffrey Kitingan in the state.
Jeffrey has thrown his support behind PKR leader Zaid Ibrahim for the deputy's post. Azmin is also vying for the post.
"Azmin's boys are trying to use whatever ways possible to come to power in Sabah," said another local leader close to Jeffrey. Incumbent's membership vanishes
He said that underhand tactics were also used at the Silam division where the incumbent division youth chief Johan Abdul had his party membership mysteriously missing, thus disabling him from contesting.
He is being challenged by an Azmin man, Johani Abdul Halim.
“What's strange is that Johan is not only an incumbent but is also a well-known local leader. He had no problems in submitting his nomination papers but now suddenly, he is not even a member,” said the leader.
Meanwhile, FMT learnt that almost all Sabah divisions have nominated Zaid to contest for the deputy's post. In some divisions, he garnered a large number of votes to soundly beat Azmin in getting the nod.
“He seemed to have done better that what was anticipated. We are pleasantly surprised by this. We will have to continue working hard,” said an insider from Zaid's team.
Jeffrey and Nurul Izzah Anwar meanwhile were the favourites amongst the Sabah divisions for the vice-president's posts. Chaos at Indera Mahkota, Raub
While illegal immigrants were making news in divisional polls in Sabah, there was another type of issue which cropped up at Indera Mahkota and Raub divisions, both in Pahang.
Both the divisions first had appeared to have given the nod for Zaid, albeit by razor-thin margins, over Azmin.
However things took a new twist with the arrival of “party members” after the counting of votes had been completed, to turn the tide to favour Azmin.
“At the end, with the voting of these late, late-comers, Azmin won the nominations from these two divisions. We are curious on how the party's election monitoring team could allow for such a thing to happen,” observers told FMT.
It is uncertain if Zaid's team will be lodging an official complaint over the issue.
“He should lodge a complaint. It was a close fight in these two divisions but Zaid won them legitimately. The late-comers should not have been allowed to vote,” added the observers.
Zaid however faced no such troubles in winning the nod from the Jerantut division and at least seven divisions in Sabah.
Azmin on the other hand won the nomination from Tanah Merah, Kelantan. Party's polling observers told FMT that Azmin also won nominations from Silam and Kudat.
Besides Zaid and Azmin, one other person obtained a nomination today for the deputy's post - Kuantan MP Fuziah Salleh getting the support of the Cameron Highlands division.
Seventeen divisions have nominated Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail to retain the president's post while the Arau division in Perlis had nominated party advisor Anwar Ibrahim for the top post despite him saying that he wasn't interested in contesting.
Candidates need only two nominations to qualify to contest.
(Malaysiakini) Deputy Education Minister Dr Mohd Puad Zarkashi said right-wing group Perkasa was merely championing the people's rights as spelt out in the constitution.
"In my view, Perkasa is not being provocative or encouraging people to hate each other unlike the outlawed Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf)," he said when met by reporters at his Aidilfitri open house at Dewan Senggarang in Batu Pahat.
Mohd Puad (right), who is also an Umno supreme council member, added that matters related to Perkasa were made political issues but close associations between political parties and extreme organisations like Dong Zhong did not merit the same treatment.
Meanwhile, in Ipoh, Second Finance Minister Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah said the government practises a policy of inclusivenes towards all NGOs including Perkasa.
He said his ministry was ever willing to hear feedback from NGOs so long as they did not touch on sensitivities of any race in the country.
"The government does want any conflict wih any NGO including Perkasa especially where inputs towards the formulation of the NEM, Economic Transformation and annual budgets are concerned," he told reporters after presenting aid to 15 families whose houses were damaged in a storm in Bandar Baru Putra today. Mahathir to officiate Perkasa event
He said this when asked to comment about the prime minister's statement yesterday that Umno wanted to avoid conflicts with any NGO including the right-wing Perkasa.
In Kota Bharu, Perkasa president Ibrahim Ali said his NGO was not involved in politics but was only voicing out the people rights as provided for by the constitution.
"I wish to reiterate here that we are not a political party and are also not supporting any party including Umno but are championing the people's rights under the constitution," he told reporters after holding a briefing session for the machinery organising a people's gathering here on Sept 25.
Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad is scheduled to grace it. - Bernama
GEORGE TOWN: The DAP national chairman Karpal Singh wants his party to adopt a “one candidate-one seat” electoral formula in the next general election, with one exception. The exception is to allow the Penang chief minister to contest both the state and parliament seats to safeguard public and state interests.
Karpal said DAP should do away with its 44-year-old practice of fielding certain candidates to contest both federal and state seats in the polls.
This, he said, would allow more capable and qualified party members to join in the national electoral fray.
Since being an officially registered party in 1966, DAP has always fielded candidates to contest both federal and state seats up to the last general election.
Karpal explained that the dearth of talented, capable and qualified candidates was the main reason for DAP to allow candidates to contest both seats in the past.
“But it is no more the case now,” he told a press conference in Taman Tun Sardon during a visit to his Bukit Gelugor parliamentary constituency.
He said the influx of new members, who were attracted by the party's growing strength and popularity, has given the DAP several choices to pick its candidates for the next general election.
"Currently, the party has members who are qualified, capable and dynamic enough to contest elections," said Karpal, who himself is no stranger to the double-seat party electoral formula.
He was a Jelutong MP and Bukit Gelugor assemblyman between 1978 and 1986.
In subsequent elections, besides continuing to be Jelutong MP, he also contested and lost state seats of Sungai Pinang (1990), Padang Kota (1995) and Datuk Keramat (1999).
A direct voice
Said Karpal: “The time has come for the DAP to stop the practice and adopt the one man-one seat policy.
“The only exception would be to allow the chief minister to contest both seats.”
He added that the exception was necessary to allow a chief minister to represent the people of Penang in parliament.
”A chief minister would be a direct voice for the people of Penang in parliament,” he said.
He will raise the matter at the next party central executive committee meeting to be held probably early next month.
DAP currently has seven MPs doubling up as state representatives.
Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng is the Bagan MP and Air Putih state representative. He is also the party secretary-general.
Besides him, Deputy Chief Minister P Ramasamy is the Batu Kawan MP and Prai assemblyman while Penang DAP chairman Chow Kon Yeow represents Tanjung parliamentary and Padang Kota state constituencies.
Other DAP stalwarts wearing double hats are Beruas MP and Sitiawan assemblyman Ngeh Koo Ham; Taiping MP and Pantai Remis assemblyman Nga Kor Ming, both from Perak; Seputeh MP and Kinrara state representative Teresa Kok Suh Sim from Selangor; and Bandar Kuching MP and Kota Sentosa assemblyman Chong Chieng Jen from Sarawak.
Karpal said he would also prefer other Pakatan Rakyat allies – PKR and PAS – to adopt the same one man-one seat election policy.
Karpal also wants the Election Offences Act 1954 to be amended to allow automatic registration of voters, enforce compulsory voting for all citizens and lower the current voting age limit of 21 to 18.
He will propose these amendments during parliamentary debate on Budget 2011, which is scheduled to be tabled by Prime Minister and Finance Minister Najib Tun Razak on Oct 15.
He wants the federal government to make the amendments before the next general election, which he forecast could be held together with the Sarawak state election after Chinese New Year next year.
Karpal said the automatic registration and compulsory voting would uphold the rights and responsibilities of citizens, while a voting age limit of 18 would standardise the country’s democratic process in line with the Age of Majority Act 1971.
Section Two of the Age of Majority Act states that minority of all males and females shall cease and determine within Malaysia at the age of 18 years and every such male and female attaining that age shall be of the age of majority.
“The compulsory voting shall be enforced with a severe penalty for the offenders,” said Karpal.
On the next general election, he said although Pakatan states need not hold state elections simultaneously with the parliamentary polls, it would be politically logical and realistic to do so.
He said simultaneous state elections in Pakatan-ruled Penang, Kedah, Selangor and Kelantan could neutralise Barisan Nasional election machinery’s focus and emphasis.
“Logically and realistically, it would boost Pakatan’s electoral chances,” he said.
On the Food Trail with Tiberius Kerk MONTHS before I headed up north for a holiday, a Penangite dutifully gave me the GPS co-ordinates for Ng Chin Boon Seafood Restaurant in Pantai Remis, Perak.
I recall my initial reaction was “why do I want to visit a desolate place like that”. The last time I heard the name Pantai Remis was when my dad said he loved the place for its solitude and tranquillity.
Anyway, I was back on the North-South Expressway (NSE) heading back to Kuala Lumpur after a week-long vacation in good old Penang when my thoughts suddenly switched to Pantai Remis.
No harm making a detour, I thought. My family who heard I suggested the place gave it their whole-hearted approval. They all seemed to get hungry every three hours.
I fished out my Garmin GPS unit and logged on to Ng Chin Boon Seafood. What I thought would be a 20-minute detour from the NSE turned out to be a 40-minute drive.
I had forgotten that Perak is a big state. Along the half-forgotten route to Pantai Remis, I came across road signs indicating Kampung Acheh, Kampung Koh, Kampung Tebok Yan, Kampung Mangsa Ribut and Kampung Sungai Batu.
One could easily retire in this place, breathe in the fresh air, eat lots of ulam and live up to 90 years old. But we city slickers prefer to live life on the fast lane, eat recklessly, sleep late and die early half the time.
While I was soaking in the greenery of the surroundings, I kept one eye on the GPS. When the “Finish Flag” popped up on the GPS, I kept driving because I couldn’t believe that little lane was the right turn.
Then I “gostan” (reverse gear) and spotted that little sign that says “Ng Chin Boon”. For heaven’s sake, I thought, why do they put up such a tiny sign. I had forgotten that this is a very small town.
A dirt road led me to almost nowhere as I slowed to a crawl. A man in a singlet gave me that basketball coach’s “time out” sign (horizontal elbow with the other hand forming a T-sign).
Thirty seconds later, I found out he wasn’t telling me to stop and relax but he was actually indicating that it was a dead-end. But being a dodo from a bigger town I had misinterpreted his signal.
It turned out he was the proprietor of the Ng Chin Boon Seafood Restaurant. Where’s the sign, everybody in the car asked.
Well, in Pantai Remis apparently, they advertised their place on the main road because all the locals can catch the drift except us, not-so-smart city folks.
We found out very quickly that the restaurant owners were from the Teochew clan. My wife knew because she is half Teochew. Teochew food is not exactly nyonya which we preferred but we were literally in the boondocks, so we decided to let it slide.
I also wanted to report back to my KL colleague about his “hot” tip-off. After some half-intelligent verbal sparring, we narrowed it down to four dishes.
While the cook was busy in the kitchen, we were entertained by a loud speaker blaring out music from the early 70s. The songs and music kept reminding me of my hometown and my mum because I have heard it all before from Rediffusion Malaysia, back in those nostalgic days when music CDS and DVDs were non-existent.
Where did they get all those songs, I half-uttered to myself. It was like being pushed back on to memory lane, except I was no longer 10 years old.
The dishes soon came, not to our surprise because we were only the second table of customers. It wasn’t that time of the day when the place was overflowing with clientele.
The prawn fritters looked inviting and scrumptious. The fishball and foo-chuk soup wasn’t appealing but it was different nevertheless.
In contrast to those two dishes was the curry fish which looked absolutely great. The fourth dish was crab meat with slices of cucumber.
If you are not Teochew, you may not like the food at this seafood restaurant but I wasn’t the only one hungry at 3pm, so we all ate hurriedly and silently.
It was that time of the day when even two dogs present were tired.
There was no proper decorum to observe in a place like this. Regular customers sat with their legs folded in a lotus position and some of them were in singlets.
The food received a one thumb-up from us. It wasn’t the best we had tasted. Perhaps we caught the kitchen chef on the wrong day or at wrong time of the day.
Normally, it was during the evenings that places like this come alive. That was when you will find more than two cooks in the kitchen and maybe four woks ablaze with fresh ingredients on the boil.
Pantai Remis is located not so far away from Sitiawan where the Foochow people hold sway. It is a coastal town. Hence, seafood is expected to be fresh and bountiful.
The town emerged in the 1940s. The town probably got its name from a grayish shell which could be easily crushed. It is called “Remis”.
If you can find Pantai Remis, you will be within viewing distance of the Bruas River. It is said that the ancient Hindu kingdom of Gangga Negara’s port was located nearby. But that’s another story, one that doesn’t involve food.
If you have nothing better to do while driving on the NSE one fine day, you may want to pay a courtesy call on Pantai Remis. You may just catch something that I have missed.
In July 2010, the Member of Parliament for Bayan Baru (Penang), Dato' Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim, held a press conference and informed the media about the contents of my e-mail. He briefed the media in great detail about what he had found in my e-mail account.
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Raja Petra Kamarudin
Dear Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim,
I refer to today's news item by Bernama (MCMC no slacker in acting against Internet abusers) where you were quoted as having said: "We have taken action, are taking action and will take action against the offenders.”
I would like to bring to your attention that a year ago today my e-mail was compromised. I discovered that my password does not work and suspected that my account may have been hacked.
Anyway, on this second occasion last year, I contacted Jeanie Santoso of Google Singapore who so kindly contacted her head office in the United States to get my password changed. Within 24 hours I managed to take back control of my e-mail account.
I suspected, however, whoever had taken control of my e-mail account over those 24 hours must have printed out all my e-mail communications and my suspicion was proven two months ago.
In July 2010, the Member of Parliament for Bayan Baru (Penang), Dato' Seri Zahrain Mohamed Hashim, held a press conference and informed the media about the contents of my e-mail. He briefed the media in great detail about what he had found in my e-mail account.
I can only assume that either Zahrain Mohamed Hashim is behind the hacking of my e-mail account or he is working in concert with those who are behind the hacking. Either way he is somehow involved.
I would be grateful if you could get MCMC to take action against Zahrain Mohamed Hashim, as what you said they would do. I take it that as a Cabinet Minister you are aware that the hacking of someone’s e-mail account and calling a press conference to announce to the world the contents of that e-mail is a crime. By taking action against Zahrain Mohamed Hashim this would prove that you are serious about this matter and that the government is not just taking action against those perceived as anti-Umno while pro-Umno people are immune from prosecution.
I realise it is not in the interest of the Malaysian government if it is made known that a Malaysian Member of Parliament is working with certain parties or is heading an operation to hack the e-mail accounts of Malaysians. This is almost like the infamous American Watergate scandal although this ‘breaking in’ was not physical as much as it is cyber.
Nevertheless, I am sure that some laws have been broken and that we can and should do something about it. The fact that Zahrain Mohamed Hashim has admitted his act and that the Malaysian mainstream newspapers carried the news of his press conference plus that of his admission/confession that he has access to my e-mail account and knows what is in it makes it easy for the government to prove its case against him.
I look forward to your advice and guidance on this matter if you wish to pursue this matter. Below are links to the press conference where Zahrain Mohamed Hashim admitted he has details of what is in my e-mail account.
MCMC no slacker in acting against Internet abusers: Rais
(Bernama) -- The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is no slacker in taking action against those who abuse the Internet, Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said today.
"We have taken action, are taking action and will take action against the offenders.”
"But we need to be very cautious as the cyber world is very complicated," he told the media after launching the second Kampung WiFi (kg WiFi) network at Rh Guntol, Nanga Bekiok, in Merurun here.
"What the public does not know is that there are many things which we do confidentially... that we do not air out. But MCMC has done its job well," he said.
Dr Rais said that for instance 13 cases had been forwarded to the Attorney-General's Chambers, of which six had been made known to the public.
They involved belittling the Yang di-Pertuan Agong and the sultans of Perak and Johor, despising other religions, instigation, spreading lies, phishing, and making sensitive racial sentiments.
"It is for the Attorney-General's Chambers to make the final decision," he said.
Dr Rais said some 503 websites were being looked at by the MCMC for various offences.
He said efforts were being made to improve enforcement units in terms of acquiring more computer forensics experts, training and relevant equipment.
"All investigations will be based on the new approach of using computer science and knowledge," he said.
I am informed that at the close of the Raub and the Indera Mahkota PKR division meets today, after counting up the votes, the nomination for deputy president went to Zaid.
A recount was then requested.
Lo and behold!
A new winner!
Reminiscent of Najib’s famous win in Pekan in the 1999 general election.
And Mahathir snatching victory from Kuli in the UMNO elections in 1986.
With UMNOites, all things are possible.
On 18th June, last year, Andrew Ong of Malaysiakini asked, in relation to the just concluded 8-day visit by Lee Kuan Yew to Malaysia : Just why did the senior statesman need a one-to-one meeting with the first lady?
A little under two years before Kuan Yew met Rosmah, one P. Balasubramaniam, the private investigator who had been employed by Razak Baginda to help try and make his ‘Altantuya nightmare’ go away, swore and made public astatutory declaration.
In paragraph 25.1 of that declaration he stated : “During this discussion and in an attempt to persuade me to continue my employment with him, Abdul Razak Baginda informed me that he had been introduced to Aminah by Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak at a diamond exhibition in Singapore”.
On 24th May, this year, Malaysiakini reported a statement jointly issued by Najib and Singapore premier Lee Hsien Loong announcing “a plan to jointly redevelop prime chunks of real estate in the city-state as part of efforts to settle issues dating back to their separation“, which included the relocation of a railway station from in Tanjung Pagar in downtown Singapore to the border with Malaysia by 2011.
Issues pending since the separation being now settled in double quick time?
The Pakatan leaders have roundly condemned the Tanjung Pagar deal.
Mahfuz Omar said the deal was the work of traitors. “The decisions were made by officials who are agents of Singapore and Brunei. This is dangerous as they may rise to higher posts and present an even greater danger to the nation” , Malaysiakini reports Mahfuz as warning.
Another Malaysiakini report quoted Anwar as saying that he was “worried that the understanding agreed to by Najib was made and announced in a rush without a proper study although the matter involved national interests and sovereignty and which goes contrary to the position of Najib’s administration previously”.
Dr M’s take on the deal when it was first announced? “I don’t know what the agreement is about”, Malaysiakini reports.
Dr M’s take now?
My sources in UMNO tell me that Dr M’s conclusions to Andrew Ong’s poser above have led to a decision among the chief of the UMNO warlords that Najib’s days in the driving seat are numbered.
Twenty-six Malaysia Makkal Sakti Party Central Committee (CC) members have resigned to pave the way for fresh party polls on Sept 25, party secretary-general Kannan Ramasamy said today.
He said the number was more than the two-third majority required under the party constitution for fresh polls to be held. The CC has 31 members.
"The mass resignations to hold the elections were necessary to solve the party's ongoing leadership crisis and prevent it from losing the support of the people.
"Makkal Sakti is running out of time and we cannot prolong this crisis
(further). If we prolong the crisis, it will have a negative effect on Makkal Sakti's image. As such, I believe elections can actually solve the whole issue," he told a news conference at the party headquarters in Shah Alam.
Kannan said the CC members resigned on their own accord and not due to any pressure.
The Malaysia Makkal Sakti Party has been rocked by internal conflict since the end of last year, with one faction, aligned to president RS Thanenthiran, and the other, to deputy president A Vathemurthy, expelling each of the leaders and taking their woes to the Registrar of Societies (ROS).
The party was launched by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak on Oct 10 last year and is seen as a catalyst to regain declining grassroots Indian support for the BN.
Some 400 delegates are eligible to elect the president, deputy president, secretary general, treasurer, three vice presidents and 25 CC members at the party's extraordinary and annual general meeting on Sept 25 to be held at the Dewan KR Soma, Wisma Tun Sambanthan, Jalan Kg Attap, Kuala Lumpur.
Kannan said he had invited BN secretary-general Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor to open the meeting.
CHENNAI, Sept 18 (Bernama) -- The much-awaited South Indian thriller 'Enthiran' is all set for its world release on Oct 1, Press Trust of India (PTI) reported.
About 2,250 prints of the movie starring superstar Rajnikant will hit screens in various foreign countries including the US, UK, Malaysia, Singapore and Australia besides India.
A total of 300 prints are reserved exclusively for foreign theatres, industry sources said.
The date of the movie's release was declared officially on Friday.
'Enthiran' is one of the most hyped movies in the Indian film industry in the last two years. The expectations began when the renowned hit-maker Shankar declared his new project.
Even minute details of the movie including the dressing and hair style of Rajnikant had caught media attention during the various stages of the production.
The movie is expected to be a mega world hit as other movies of Rajnikant who is fondly referred to as 'Style Mannan' by his admirers. Rajnikant's fans worldwide have already begun their preparations to make the movie yet another blockbuster.
The presence of Aishwarya Rai Bachchan as the heroine and the thrilling scores by Oscar-winning music maestro A R Rahman have further enhanced the expectations.
"The unique graphic techniques used in the movie will compete with any world film," a source close to the 'Sun Pictures', the producers of 'Enthiran', said.
The censor board had given the movie a U-certificate and not even a single scene was cut from the final print, he said.
Under the banner of Sun Pictures, a division of the Marans-held media conglomerate Sun TV Network, the film is produced by Kalanidhi Maran.
The movie will be released as 'Robort' in Hindi and 'Robo' in Telugu, sources said.