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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Police say not probing Anwar in sex video caper

KUALA LUMPUR, March 29 — Police are not investigating Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim over a video clip allegedly of him with a prostitute despite his detractors’ clamour.

Bukit Aman secretariat chief Deputy Commissioner Datuk Ghazali Mohd Amin said the opposition chief was not being investigated as there was no sign of criminal misconduct.

“No, no, no, no,” he told The Malaysian Insider yesterday when asked if Anwar had been charged with any crime.

Ghazali then declined to respond to further questions as he was boarding a flight at the time.

Tan Sri Rahim Thamby Chik and Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah, two of the three men behind the video, have urged the government to set up a royal commission of inquiry (RCI) to determine the video’s authenticity.

Rahim told reporters last week after giving his statement to the police that experts should be called on to verify that the video has not been doctored.

The former Melaka chief minister also handed over the original copy of the recording and an Omega watch allegedly belonging to Anwar, which Rahim said had been recovered from the hotel room where the video was allegedly shot.

Malay rights group Perkasa later joined in the call for an RCI, which it said was needed to determine if Anwar had committed the “sinful act”.

The group, which counts many Umno supporters in its membership, said Anwar will have to withdraw from politics if he is proven to be the man in the video as that would be an “insult to Islam and the Malay race”.

Perkasa also defended Rahim, Shazryl Eskay and Perkasa treasurer-general Datuk Shuib Lazim — known collectively as “Datuk T” — for their role in bringing the video to light.

The trio should not be condemned for what they did before it is established how the video was obtained and recorded, Perkasa youth chief Arman Azha Abu Hanifah added.

Police have classified the case under Section 292 of the Penal Code, which prohibits the distribution of obscene material, and have set up a special unit under the criminal investigation department (CID) at Bukit Aman to helm the probe.

The alleged Anwar sex video first hit the headlines on March 21 when it was shown to senior editors and journalists under a veil of secrecy at Carcosa Seri Negara.

The 21-minute black-and-white video is said to have been taken from closed-circuit television camera recordings found in a hotel room in Kuala Lumpur.

The footage shows a man resembling Anwar receiving oral sex from a woman with East Asian features before he has sex with her in several positions.

The sex video scandal is the latest in a string of sexual allegations against the embattled Anwar, who was sacked as deputy prime minister in 1998 by then-prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad before being charged and convicted of sodomy.

Anwar spent six years in prison before the conviction was overturned in 2004 under Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s administration.

The charismatic opposition leader went on to lead Pakatan Rakyat (PR) to record gains in Election 2008, denying Barisan Nasional (BN) its traditional two-thirds federal majority for only the second time in history since Malaysia’s independence.

But he was arrested later that same year and charged once more for allegedly sodomising a former male aide. The trial is ongoing.

Hadi hits out at Muslim clerics’ sex video silence

SHAH ALAM, March 29 — Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang questioned the silence of Muslim scholars last night over the alleged Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim sex video, challenging them to make a stand on the issue.
The PAS president did not mention any names but was believed to be referring to Perak Mufti Tan Sri Harussani Zakaria, who has not commented on the sex video which came to light on March 21.
“For those who like to talk and pass judgment on people, don’t be blind have been ordered to tell the truth but if you did not do so, then you are blind devils,” said Hadi to shouts of Harussani reverberating from the 6500-strong crowd in attendance here last night.

Hadi (right) leading the ‘solat’ with the many leaders and congregants at the indoor stadium. — Picture by Choo Choy May
The PAS president likened the current accusations made by Umno against Anwar as the “extreme” measures a repressive government would take to stay in power. “Do not think that tyranny is the strength of a government, on the contrary it shows their weakness and how a government will do anything to stay in power,” said Hadi, who once again went out of his way to defend Anwar from accusation of immorality.
Anwar along with Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders have consistently denied that he was the man in the alleged sex video, and has accused Prime  Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak as well as Umno leaders of orchestrating the latest scandal.

Anwar delivers his address last night. — Picture by Choo Choy May
The Permatang Pauh MP told the audience last night that the scandal was a ploy by Umno to distract and derail the opposition from focusing on the upcoming elections. He also said that the video was an attempt by Umno to sow discord within his own family.
“They want to cause chaos, havoc to my family... this is a desperate attempt to destroy my family,” said Anwar.
He said that the opposition coalition needed to put aside the sex scandal and focus all resources and energy towards winning the Sarawak state elections, and ending Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud reign as chief minister of the hornbill state.
Former Malacca Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Tamby Chik, along with businessman Datuk Shazryl Eskay, had last week admitted to being behind the sex video allegedly featuring Anwar having sex with a foreign prostitute.

The crowd at Stadium Melawati last night for the ceramah and mass prayer. — Picture by Choo Choy May
Anwar has since denied being the man in the tape and has gone on a nationwide campaign to convince voters of his innocence. He is due to begin a nine-day campaign visit to Sarawak starting from today, ahead of the state elections scheduled to be held on April 16.
DAP advisor Lim Kit Siang, who was also present last night called for a roundtable discussion between PR-Barisan Nasional (BN) to address what he termed the “worst display of dirty politics ever.”
“A roundtable discussion is needed... NGOs, all religious groups as well are invited. We need to end this display of dirty politics,” said Lim to a thunderous applause from the audience.

Kit Siang: Tamatkan politik jijik

Penasihat DAP mahu satu rundingan meja bulat antara semua parti dan pihak diadakan bagi menetapkan standard corak politik di negara ini.

SHAH ALAM: Penasihat DAP Lim Kit Siang mahu satu rundingan meja bulat antara semua parti dan pihak badan bukan kerajaan (NGO) diadakan bagi menetapkan standard corak politik sekaligus menamatkan penggunaan taktik berpolitik secara kotor di negara ini.

Sambil menyatakan pendirian DAP dalam Pakatan Rakyat yang tetap berdiri teguh menyokong Ketua Pembangkang Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim apabila dikaitkan dengan pendedahan video seks oleh ‘Datuk T’ minggu lalu, Kit Siang berkata taktik sedemikian perlu ditamatkan serta-merta jika mahu melihat senario politik negara menjadi maju.

“Bagaimana mahu tamatkan politik jijik di tanah air kita? Tangkap Datuk T, heret mereka ke muka pengadilan.

“Jika mereka tak bersedia ke arah itu, rakyat mesti sokong Pakatan Rakyat yang mahu bawa perubahan membersihkan politik kotor dan buatlah pilihan yang betul melalui pilihan raya negeri Sarawak dan pilihan raya umum akan datang,” katanya.

Beliau berkata sedemikian dalam ceramah Solat Hajat dan Pidato Khas Menangkis Fitnah Jahat dihadapan kira-kira 8,000 penyokong yang hadir di Stadium Melawati di sini malam tadi.

Turut hadir Mursyidul Am PAS Tuan Guru Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat, Presiden PKR Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, Menteri Besar Selangor Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, serta beberapa pemimpin Pakatan Rakyat yang lain.

Nik Aziz yang hadir lewat bagaimanapun tidak memberikan sebarang ucapan apabila kelihatan sedikit uzur dan hanya menyampaikan doa kesejahteraan terhadap Anwar sekeluarga serta rakyat yang lain.

Selain itu, Kit Siang turut menegaskan isu video seks tersebut hanyalah taktik kotor Umno-Barisan Nasional (BN) untuk menyembunyikan kelemahan mereka mengurus tadbir negara terutamanya dalam menentang korupsi dikalangan pemimpin.

“Kalau sasarannya adalah Perdana Menteri atau Timbalan Perdana Menteri, mungkinkah peristiwa tontonan di Seri Carcosa Negara akan berlaku?

“Tentunya tidak. Polis dan FRU akan sampai dahulu dan mereka tak akan benarkan tontonan video seks itu berlaku.

“Ini menunjukkan sikap berat sebelah dan wujud satu komplot politik untuk membunuh karier politik Anwar dan Pakatan,” katanya.

Pertama kali menteri pertahan pengedaran video lucah

Sementara itu, Anwar berkata buat pertama kalinya dalam sejarah negara individu yang mengedar dan menayangkan video lucah dipertahankan oleh menteri.

Beliau merujuk kepada kenyataan Menteri di Jabatan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz yang menjamin perlindungan terhadap trio ‘‘Datuk T’’ dibawah Akta Perlindungan Saksi dan Akta Pemberi Maklumat sekiranya pihak berkuasa mendapati ada kes.

Bercakap kepada pemberita di lobi Parlimen semalam, Nazri berkata akta tersebut boleh digunakan bagi melindungi keselamatan trio itu yang bertanggungjawab mendedahkan video berkenaan.

“Tiada siapa boleh nafikan mengedarkan video lucah itu adalah salah, tetapi video yang membabitkan Pakatan Rakyat itu adalah ‘harus’,” katanya.

Menganggap ia sebagai rancangan yang licik dan jijik terhadap dirinya setiap kali menjelangnya musim pilihan raya, Anwar berkata isu itu merupakan langkah terakhir BN untuk mengelakkan daripada menyentuh soal Buku Jingga sekaligus menghalang kemaraan rakyat untuk berubah.

Sementara itu, Presiden PAS Datuk Seri Abdul Hadi Awang membidas pemimpin dan institusi agama yang sehingga kini masih enggan
menyatakan pendirian terhadap isu penyebaran video lucah tersebut.

“Mereka sedang mengalami kecelaruan walaupun mereka tahu seseorang itu dianggap tidak bersalah selagi tidak dibuktikan bersalah.

“Maka individu yang berdiam diri tentang kebenaran itu dianggap seperti ‘syaitan bisu’,” katanya.

Police Day musings

By Terence Fernandez, The Sun

While they must support the government of the day, the police must realise that they are civil servants first and foremost and their responsibility is to the people – not politicians.

TODAY marks the 204th Police Day. Our men in blue are often taken for granted, feared and hated even for carrying out their duties – no thanks to the numerous negative reports concerning this enforcement agency.

Some are justified, but one is certain that many other stories should be taken with a pinch of salt. Granted, it is no easy feat to expect one to put life and limb on the line on a daily basis for a pay cheque that is nothing short of laughable.

Of course, over the years, there have been attempts to soften the image of the police, and this can be seen by the frequent meet-the-people sessions featuring top cops from the OCPD to even the Inspector-General of Police.

The increased street presence of uniformed personnel also lends an air of security and judging by the statistics made available to us, there has been a significant drop in street crimes – the main focus of the Government Transformation Programme’s Crime National Key Results Area (NKRA).

Street crimes dipped from 38,030 in 2009 to 24,837 last year – a 35% drop. Last year, there were 177,520 reported crime cases – a 15% drop in cases compared with 209,817 in 2009.

Of course detractors and sceptics will say this is merely because fewer people are lodging reports due to the horror stories related by other victims on the inconvenience and time it takes to lodge a simple report where one ends up repeating his or her woes several times to different officers. However, as Petaling Jaya OCPD ACP Arjunaidi Mohamed explained to me sometime ago, while not all reported crimes are solved, a police report helps police focus on high crime areas.

If an area reports a spike in crime then police will increase patrols in these areas, he said. Thus, this is the logic behind the NKRA focus of enhancing police presence in 50 crime hotspots – based on reports lodged. Of course the NKRA also focuses on training and increasing the number of police officers by another 150,000.

But it is not just about numbers, as what we need are quality personnel – people who are not only sharp, reactive and efficient, but who are also empathic and sympathetic.

At the same time, looking at the intense politicking in the country, it would seem that the already stretched police force is being distracted from its main focus of providing safety and security to the public.

They are often used to monitor ceramahs, taking statements from bloggers, journalists and politicians and deployed in droves to by-elections and public gatherings.

In this instance, the advice of former Special Branch No 2 Datuk Seri Yuen Yuet Leng which appears on Page 14 is timely – that the police are not political tools and should not be subservient to politicians.

While they must support the government of the day, the police must realise that they are civil servants first and foremost and their responsibility is to the people – not politicians.

In the same breath, the politicians must also be mature enough to concede that the police belong to the people and hence members of the force must be treated well, compensated fairly, regarded with respect and protected from all forms of influence and abuse, which would compromise the discharging of their duties and their sacred oath to protect and to serve.

A swing for Najib, a slap for MCA, MIC

Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak is enjoying a good popularity rating probably at the expense of MCA and MIC.

KUALA LUMPUR: Has Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s popularity rendered the component parties MCA and MIC irrelevant?

According to leading political analysts, Najib’s popularity is a major – if not the main – factor in the swing of support for Barisan Nasional (BN).

Political analyst Ong Kian Ming said that the renewed support for BN was due to public confidence in Najib, especially with regard to the various initiatives done by Pemandu (Performance Management and Delivery Unit under the Prime Minister’s Department).

“MIC and MCA have to depend on Najib to win back their seats. It is much harder for the two parties to ‘blackmail’ Umno by drumming up support from the Indians and Chinese not to support Umno candidates,” he said.

Ibrahim Suffian, Merdeka Centre’s programme director, warned of infighting, saying that it “doesn’t help BN as a whole because it gives the impression that things are not well-coordinated”.

“But with a new prime minister comes new and fresh ideas. Najib appeals to undecided voters who look more towards a leader and what he says than to a specific party.”

MCA central committee member Ti Lian Ker, however, feels this is untrue.

“The fact that MCA is financially independent and a structured political party will ensure that we continue to play an independent role in representing the people, especially the interests of the minority.”

He added that MCA “does not only represent the Chinese community’s interest, but also that of all Malaysians whose voices have been overlooked or disregarded”.

“We have also been approached by Malays and Bumiputeras who have privately confided to us that they are supporting MCA as the moderating force to check any racial or religious extremism.”

Ti was also commenting on Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohamed Nazri’s Abdul Aziz’s warning to MIC and MCA.

Nazir recently said the two parties should not attempt to “blackmail” Umno as the party could move directly to the people and not through MCA.

This was in response to a MCA threat to boycott Nazri in the coming by-election after he labelled MCA a “disgruntled wife” who refuses to divorce BN.

“If MCA is irrelevant, Umno would not have been worried when we faced our internal crisis. Nazri’s opinion is mere personal political posturing for his party,” Ti said.

“Why waste time reacting to him? We will ignore him because we have bigger and more important transformational agendas to support the prime minister.”

MIC secretary-general S Murugesan also shared a similar view, saying that while Najib’s approach appealed across Malaysian society – cutting across racial, geographical and generational banners – “you can’t say that component parties or for that matter the party he represents is irrelevant just because he is popular”.

“Having a popular leader is a definite advantage but we need the political parties and their election machinery to reach out and bring in the voters.”

Ribuan Hadir Solat Hajat & Pidato Khas 28/03/2011

Showbiz: Rock for your rights

ImageThe New Straits Times

The Bar Council’s two-year campaign to raise awareness on our rights has culminated in the release of an indie rock compilation album, writes SUBHADRA DEVAN

AN independent compilation of songs performed by 12 bands, Radio Demokratika, has one goal — to get Malaysians to know their rights.

The album is the last stop in a two-year campaign by the Bar Council Constitutional Law Committee to raise awareness on Malaysians’ rights as enshrined in the Federal Constitution.

Talking about the album, indie band The Maharajah Commission bassist Farez Jinnah, a lawyer, says: “The project came out of a casual discussion about a year ago, on what else we could do to get the message to youths. And someone said, ‘Hey let’s do an album’.

“We put the call out for indie bands to take part, through word-of-mouth and the Internet. About 16 bands responded. No mainstream artiste would do a song for free or make a commitment. In July, the album production got moving.”

Farez, 35, of Indian-Chinese descent, also performed on the album with Barcode, comprising law students and other practising lawyers.

The Maharajah Commission offered Where Got?!, which is about how one should never lose one’s identity, while Barcode recorded MyConstitution Is Mine.

Other bands include Lord Bobo’s Minions which gave thoughtful sentiments in Better Than This. The song is about leaving a place because of a lack of honesty in such a life. The lyrics and music, as stated in the sleeve notes, credit Fahri Azzat, 35, a lawyer.

The music on Radio Demokratika is mostly rock, with shades of grunge, punk and rap. Bands include Temporary which, says Farez with a smile, “had not been in a recording studio till this album”.

Farez, who has been with The Maharajah Commission since 2003, says the music on the album “is a stick of dynamite,” and calls today’s popular tunes “suited for people with nervous tics”.

All the songs but one, are in English. “We prefer to sing in English. Never thought of doing otherwise,” muses Farez of his own band. “To sing in Bahasa would be to go commercial.”

The album is available at Rock Corner music shops at RM29.90 each and will be sold at a discounted rate of RM20 during the launch concert at Fort Cornwallis, Penang, on April 2.

The concert, part of the committee’s event called Rock 4 Rights, will feature the bands in Radio Demokratika as well as a few others. There will be poetry readings, street theatre acts, a video and film screening, a flea market, lucky draw and a voter registration booth. The 12-hour free concert starts at noon.

Suhakam: Many Myanmar refugees have UNHCR cards, but still picked up

The Star

KUALA LUMPUR: Myanmar refugees picked up by the authorities should be released to non-governmental groups which are prepared to stand as guarantors while their United Nations’ refugee status is being checked.

“Many Myanmar refugees have cards issued by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) but they are still picked up,” said Suhakam commissioner Muhammad Sha’ani Abdullah.

On Wednesday he said 23 Myanmarese, of whom 16 were card holders, had been picked up and taken to the Bukit Jalil lock-up.

He added that although Malaysia had not ratified the UN Convention on Refugees, it recognised the UN card.

Muhammad Sha’ani also claimed some investigation officers (IOs) did not seem to know the procedure regarding the release of refugees carrying the UN card.

“I contacted the police but there was no response until I SMSed the Kuala Lumpur police chief on Friday.

“Then, one of the IOs called and said that he had released all those with the UN cards after their status had been confirmed.

“But another IO said he could only release them if a DPP (deputy public prosecutor) said so. Why consult a DPP when they haven’t committed any offence?” he asked.

Kuala Lumpur police chief Deputy Comm Datuk Zulkifli Abdullah, when contacted, said police detained the refugees because they were holding photocopies of the UNHCR cards.

“While they were detained, we checked with the UN counterparts if the cards were authentic.”

Libyan rebels facing tough fight for Sirte

Forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi are resisting an advance by Libyan rebels towards the embattled Libyan leader's hometown of Sirte in the fiercest clashes since the start of a sweeping offensive that has brought a string of coastal towns under opposition control.

The rebels, backed by international coalition air strikes, have advanced largely unchecked since Friday but claims in Benghazi, the rebel's eastern stronghold, earlier on Monday that Sirte had also fallen were premature.

Opposition fighters are now engaged in clashes about 100km east of the city, with pro-Gaddafi forces shelling their front lines.

Fighting is ongoing at Nawfaliya, about 180km east of Sirte, where opposition forces say they have come upon a heavily mined road. Pro-Gaddafi forces have dug into positions near the front line, and are shelling opposition fighters.

Al Jazeera's Hoda Abdel Hamid, reporting from the east of Nawfaliya, said: "I've not been able to confirm that there has actually been an advance in the town itself [Sirte]. They [rebels] managed to get really close to Sirte but they didn't get in."

"Sirte will not be easy to take," said General Hamdi Hassi, an opposition commander from the city of Bin Jawad.

"Now, because of NATO strikes on [the government's] heavy weapons, we're almost fighting with the same weapons."

'We're manoeuvring'

Fawzi Bukatif, the commander of the Martyr's Brigade, part of the forces battling Gaddafi, told Al Jazeera: "We're manoeuvring ... we are starting ... we are checking what kind of forces they have there but we are standing at Hagela now - almost 100km from Sirte."

Bukatif said the rebels' progress has been hampered by a lack of weapons as they rely on "old Russian weapons".

"The ... problem we have is we have run out of weapons," he said.

"You know our weapons are traditional ones; the old ones; the Russian weapons. We need ammunition. We need new weapons. We need anti-tanks; we do not have facilities [but] we have the soldiers left behind by Gaddafi ...

"If we do have weapons and ammunitions that we need at the moment, we can move strongly and faster."

Fresh fighting continued further west in rebel-held Misurata, where rebels admitted that Gaddafi forces had gained control of part of the town after days of heavy fighting and despite air strikes on Saturday by French and British forces.

"Part of the city is under rebel control and the other part is under the control of forces loyal to Gaddafi," a spokesman told the Reuters news agency.

Rebels dimissed reports that a ceasefire had been declared by the Libyan foreign ministry in Misurata and that anti-terrorism units there had stopped firing at rebel forces.

Saddun al-Misrati, a member of the rebels' revolutionary committee, told Al Jazeera: "We rubbish this announcement ... Nothing that they say will make a difference on the ground."

Nine people were killed overnight by snipers and shelling by pro-Gaddafi forces, according to a doctor in Misurata, while a resident told Reuters that 24 people had been wounded in mortar attacks by government forces.

A Libyan government spokesman claimed Misurata had been liberated.

Al Jazeera's James Bays has been following the rebel offensive, which has seen them claim the towns of Ajdabiya, Brega, Ras Lanuf and Bin Jawad.

Stretched lines

Speaking from Bin Jawad, Bays said it was uncertain where the frontline was. People coming along the coastal road from Sirte said Gaddafi forces were gathered around 60km outside the city, positioned in trees, our correspondent said.

The speed of the rebel advance has stretched lines of communications and created logistical problems, said Bays. One problem is a lack of electricity, which means that petrol pumps do not work.

"At petrol stations they're using plastic bottles on strings down into the tank below the station to pull up fuel," said Bays.

The rebels' advance along the coast has triggered exuberant celebrations in towns along the route such as Ajdabiya with rebel fighters firing their weapons in celebration.

But government forces appear to have been withdrawing their heavy armour, rather than engaging with the rebels.

There were reports on Sunday of a column of military vehicles, including truck-mounted anti-aircraft guns, seen leaving Sirte in the direction of Tripoli, accompanied by dozens of civilian cars carrying families, according to a Reuters reporter in the vicinity.

The opposition's National Council has said it expects a major battle to occur in the area around Tripoli, as opposed to at Sirte.

NATO command

Meanwhile, international air strikes continued on Monday with British Tornado aircraft attacking and destroying Libyan government ammunition bunkers in the Sabha area of the southern desert, the British defence ministry said.

"Storm Shadow missiles were launched against ammunition bunkers used to re-supply Libyan government troops attacking civilians in the north of the country, including Misurata," it said in a statement.

NATO on Sunday assumed full command of coalition air operations in Libya.

"We have directed NATO's top operational commander to begin executing this operation with immediate effect," Anders Fogh Rasmussen, NATO's secretary general, said in a statement

"Our goal is to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat from the Gaddafi regime."

The operations will be led by Canadian General Charles Bouchard, NATO said.

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Rasmussen said that NATO was "impartial" and not picking sides, and that its mandate was only to prevent violence against civilians.

Rasmussen said that NATO's taking authority over the military intervention would provide "unity of command".

He also confirmed that several non-NATO countries would be contributing to the military effort, but said he would leave announcements up to individual governments.

James Spencer, a Middle East and North Africa defence analyst, told Al Jazeera that removing Gaddafi from power was "not within NATO's purview".

"If you listen very carefully, the Secretary-General of NATO has been very clear. [Intervention] is to protect civilians against Gaddafi attacks," he said.

Source:Al Jazeera and agencies

British M.P The Rt Hon Lyn Featherstone receives Kg Medan ethnic cleansing HRP complaint to International Criminal Court, The Hague.

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Rt. Hon. Lynn Featherstone MP For Wood Green &Hornsey.
Dear Madam, Please see below FYI from HRP Malaysia. HRP complaint to International Criminal Court : 1)State sponsored crimes against humanity in Malaysia – first complaint to ICC. 2)Kampong Medan “mini genocide” murder of 5 ethnic minority Indians and 100 over caused grievous bodily injuries. 3) ICC Fact F.
We hope your good self will approach our Foreign Secretary/Common Wealth Mr. William Hague for quick Action in these issues. Again we thank you for tabling an EDM on 22/02/2010 for unlawful Indian deaths in Police Custody in Malaysia.
Look forward to hear from you soon.
Thank you.
Yours sincerely,

Interlok: ‘Govt chose wrong novel’

A PAS leader questions the government's choice of the novel when there are hundreds of other books available better suited to promote national unity.

KUALA LUMPUR: Kubang Kerian MP Salahuddin Ayub took the Education Ministry to task over the Interlok controversy, claiming that the government has failed to introduce an acceptable literary novel in schools.

Salahuddin also criticised the rationale of setting up an independent panel to amend the novel and getting its author to retract certain words from the book.

“No author will ever agree to amend words in his literary piece,” Salahuddin said.

He questioned the government’s decision to choose Interlok, saying that the selection process started on a wrong footing.

He added that there were hundreds of other novels available which were better suited to promote national unity.

“If national unity was the idea, why was Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka and language experts not consulted before selecting the book (Interlok)?” he asked.

Last week, Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin told Parliament that Interlok would be retained in schools but 19 parts considered offensive by the Indian community were either dropped, changed or substituted.

The changes were made following the recommendations by the independent panel set up in January to review the controversial novel.

Among the words substituted were “tuhan” with “dewa” and also the removal of the phrase “orang berkulit hitam” (dark-skinned people).

The remaining 87 parts recommended were not considered offensive by the government.

Unhappy with the statement, DAP’s Ipoh Barat MP M Kulasegaran traded verbal blows with Muhyiddin in Parliament, but the minister defended his decision by saying that even MIC had agreed to the amendments.

MCA tells Nazri to join DAP

Loh Seng Kok is the latest to join the fray, and calls on the Umno leader to “self-reflect on his impudent” remarks.

PETALING JAYA: MCA continued its attack on Umno leader Mohd Nazri Abdul Aziz today, urging the latter to join DAP.

The minister in the Prime Minister’s Department had been drawing flak since last week when he had described MCA as a “neglected wife.”

The latest to join the fray was MCA publicity bureau deputy chairman Loh Seng Kok, who called on Nazri to “self-reflect on his impudent” remarks because the latter did not understand Umno and Barisan Nasional’s structure.

“Nazri should join DAP which claims to be a multi-racial party but yet does not have sufficient Malay influence,” he said in a statement.

Loh was referring to a statement by DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng, who said that he preferred Nazri over MCA because “at least he (Nazri) had helped the Chinese community.”

The MCA leader also noted that since other Umno leaders did not back Nazri, it indicated that the minister’s remarks did not reflect the stand of Umno or the Malay community.

On the same note, Loh pointed out that Umno did not represent all Malays, because opposition parties PAS and PKR also had strong support from the community.

He also said that Nazri’s “merciless” attack on a BN component party had opened the door for the opposition to “undermine the coalition’s unity and harmony.”

Under fire from Gerakan, MIC

Last week, Nazri had told Chinese daily Nanyang Siang Pau in an interview that “MCA is like a wife who keeps complaining to outsiders that she has been detained, sexually abused and denied food by her husband, but she refuses to divorce.”

Nazri had also warned MCA president Dr Chua Soi Lek not to act like a “Chinese hero” and mocked the latter about his sex scandal.

Following this, the minister had come under fire from top MCA leaders, including deputy president Liow Tiong Lai, who vowed to bring up the matter during the next BN supreme council meeting, and vice-president Wee Ka Siong, who called Nazri “arrogant.”

Nazri defended himself saying that he was only expressing his personal opinion.

MCA vice-president Dr Ng Yen Yen downplayed the issue yesterday, saying that MCA had never asked Nazri to apologise. She said everyone had the right to comment but must “observe the ethics of BN.”

Even Gerakan president Koh Tsu Koon had called Nazri a “loose cannon” while the minister also drew flak from MIC secretary-general S Murugesan.

Nazri had urged MIC to hand over all six state seats in Perak which the party lost in 2008.

MACC prefers soft approach

A MACC senior officer says that the organisation does not produce warrants when seeking evidence and documents from government agencies.

KUALA LUMPUR: A Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) senior official today told the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) investigating Teoh Beng Hock’s death that the organisation prefers a soft approach.

Deputy Chief Commissioner, Mohd Shukri Abdull, said this when answering questions regarding MACC’s investigation procedures and practices.

Earlier, RCI chairman James Foong asked what were the rules the MACC officers observed when they are on the ground.

He said that the procedures pertaining to investigation were a “grey area” which needed further clarification.

Shukri, 51, said that MACC would ask for evidence and documents from government offices without a warrant.

He added that according to MACC Act 30(1)(b), this procedure was in line with normal practice.

“We would ask (for the documents and evidence) directly without a warrant. We are polite in getting documents and case materials,” he said, adding that government agencies also preferred the polite approach.

“With a warrant it may look slightly kasar (rough),” he added.

When asked what was MACC’s procedure pertaining to Teoh’s case, Shukri said that in Teoh’s case, the MACC had raided his office without a warrant as the organisation thought that a warrant was not “a priority”.

Earlier, Shukri earlier said that the MACC had authority to investigate under sections 29, 30 and 31 of the MACC Act.

Shukri has been serving in the MACC since 1984. At the time of Teoh’s death in July 2009, he held the post of MACC director of investigation.

He was called to testify before the RCI as the commission is also looking at ways of improving MACC’s procedures.

Teoh was found dead the morning after his overnight interrogation by MACC officers at their office in Shah Alam. He was political aide to Ean Yong Hian Wah, the Selangor state executive councillor the agency was investigating for alleged misappropriation of funds. His body was found on the fifth floor of Plaza Masalam, the same building that houses the MACC office.

The inquiry currently in session is looking into Teoh’s death and MACC interrogation methods. It was formed after an inquest had previously failed to determine if there was foul play in Teoh’s death.

The commission today gave MACC a week to answer a list of questions regarding MACC’s standard procedure. Shukri takes the stand again next Monday.

Contradictory statements

Enforcement officer, Mohd Nazri Ibrahim, was rapped for giving two contradictory statements about Teoh’s expression and body-language while the latter’s statement was recorded.

Nazri is the officer who recorded Teoh’s statement from 1.30am to 3.30am on July 16, hours before Teoh’s death.

Bar Council representative Cheow Wee pointed out the different terms Nazri had used to describe Teoh’s demeanour while the latter’s statement was recorded.

He said that during MACC’s internal investigation conducted in August 2009 by its complaints committee, words such as “calm, relaxed and normal” were used to describe Teoh’s demeanour.

However, Cheow said the terms differed from Nazri’s statement to the RCI, where he used the words “restless, anxious, sombre and serious”.

Cheow: I want to know how at the internal investigation (you said) Teoh was relaxed, calm and normal but you told us at the RCI that the deceased was ‘restless, anxious, sombre and serious’. Now which is true?

Nazri later said that it was difficult to determine Teoh’s facial expression as he had not met him previously. When pressed, Nazri said that there were times when Teoh appeared relaxed and other times when he looked restless.

Nazri: There were times when he appeared relaxed; at other times, he was sighing and yawning. I can only confirm that he was yawning. I can’t confirm his facial expression.

Cheow then suggested that Nazri was coached to give contradictory statements on Teoh’s demeanour to produce a larger narrative that Teoh committed suicide.

Cheow: Nazri, you had minimal involvement in the case, you were about to go home (after recording Teoh’s statement). Were you coached or instructed (to give contradictory statements)?

Nazri answered in the negative.

Cheow asked if any interaction between Nazri and a MACC higher authority had taken place after Teoh’s death.

Nazri said that the meetings were ordinary ones and he could not remember if any other details were discussed.

He said that he could not remember if the higher authority had tried to contact him for a special meeting regarding Teoh.

Why the need for two IDs?

Nazri was also rapped for keeping two IDs (investigation diaries). He said that he prepared the first ID two or three days after Teoh’s death and the second one for the RCI at the beginning of this year.

He said the second ID was needed to give a more detailed account of what had transpired.

This irked Foong who said:

“You can practically dismiss the second ID… What kind of a diary is this? It’s worth nothing. Anything that is left behind (you have included) to make it look good. It is not a detailed but advanced diary. Whatever things that were adverse to you, would you have repeated them?”

Nazri said that whatever he had recorded in the second ID was true.

At this stage, commissioner T Selventhiranathan said that most MACC officers who had given their statements had kept a second ID. He suggested that the use of the second ID was for MACC to protect itself from any allegations.

Selventhiranathan: (I put it to you that) the reason (for the second ID) is make the stories in sync with that of other officers who are involved in Teoh’s case to strengthen MACC’s (account) of what happened.

Nazri evaded the question, merely saying that his second ID was based on his memory and he had consulted investigation officer (IO) Mohd Anuar Ismail only to determine the time of events and nothing more.

On Teoh’s signature, Cheow said that even to untrained eyes, his signature on the first page of his statement looked different from the one on the last page.

Bar Council representative Christopher Leong added that the strokes and loop were different.

Cheow suggested that since Nazri was the one who handled the statement, he had forged Teoh’s signature. Nazri denied it.

The RCI then decided that Teoh’s statement bearing his signature will be sent to the Chemistry Department to determined if it was forged.

Mystery letter

The mystery letter that had surfaced in the middle of last year’s inquest reappeared today.

The letter is purportedly a suicide note from Teoh addressed to his boss, Ean Yong, containing an apology to the latter.

MACC lawyer Muhammad Shafee Abdullah spefically pointed out the part where it was stated, “Saya kata dapat kelulusan YB tapi mereka menaip ikut arahan YB” (I said that I received YB’s approval but they typed that I followed YB’s orders).

Muhammad Shafee then asked Nazri if he had indeed put words into Teoh’s mouth, to which he denied.

He repeatedly said that he had always consulted Teoh before typing the statement and Teoh had agreed with Nazri’s choice of words.

Cheow also suggested that Teoh was not released from questioning that night because an order was not given to stop the interrogation.

Nazri denied it, maintaining that he had said that Teoh could go home for the night as instructed by Anuar.

Nazri was also asked if he felt guilty of Teoh’s death. He said that he personally didn’t feel it that way.

“I feel that I am good to the witness and suspect. I have never made him feel pressured. I always use a kind approach”.

The RCI continues tomorrow. Former Selangor MACC deputy director, Hishammuddin Hashim, will take the stand. He will be followed by British forensics expert Prof Dr Peter Vanezis.

Sex video: ‘Datuk T’ trio can be protected by law, says Nazri

The Witness Proection Act and Whistleblower Act can be used to shield the trio involved in exposing the sex video, according to Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz.

KUALA LUMPUR: The “Datuk T” trio, who exposed the sex video involving a man resembling an opposition leader, will be protected under the Witness Protection Act and Whistleblower Act should the authorities feel they have a case.

Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Mohamed Nazri Abdul Aziz said the Acts could be used to protect the three individuals involved in making the video public.

“However, both Acts need not be used at the moment as no party has been prosecuted and the case is still under police investigation,” he told reporters at the Parliament lobby today, when asked to comment on protection laws available to the three.

Former Malacca chief minister Abdul Rahim Tamby Chik, businessman Shazryl Eskay Abdullah and Perkasa treasurer Shuib Lazim, have admitted that they were part of the Datuk T trio responsible for keeping and screening the video to members of the media at Carcosa Seri Negara last week.

PKR adviser Anwar Ibrahim has denied that he was the man in the video and lodged a police report on the matter.

Following the revelation, the individuals also came forward for interrogation by Bukit Aman police and handed over the video and an Omega watch as proof.

Nazri said the matter did not only revolve around the law but also involved morals.

- Bernama

Bung blames women for the bangs

According to the BN MP, it's women drivers who don't look left or right that are responsible for road accidents.

KUALA LUMPUR: Umno MP Bung Mokhtar Radin has blamed women drivers for road accidents, and in the ensuing debate, described his PAS counterpart Dr Siti Mariah Mahmood as a “monkey.”

The Kinabatangan MP who is no stranger to ruffling feathers with his sexist remarks told the House that women drivers do not concentrate on the road.

“Just because they are inside a car, they think that the world is theirs, they don’t look or left,” he said, adding that when honked at, women drivers get upset.

“There are times when we honk, and they show all sorts of signs,” he said.

This prompted Siti Mariah to demand that Bung retract his remarks, stating that his statement was too general.

However, Bung was adamant that he had spoken the truth, and lashed out at the Kota Raja MP for attempting to politicise the issue.

“We are talking about accidents, don’t politicise everything, don’t be a monkey. You want to even politicise deaths,” he snapped.

At this juncture, Dzulkefly Ahmad (PAS- Kuala Selangor) came to his colleague’s aide and asked Bung what evidence he had to back his claim.

He also reminded the Umno MP that his wife and mother were women.

Bung remained unapologetic and argued that he was not being disrespectful to women but merely pointing out that accidents happened to women who had just passed their driving tests.

“Do not politicise the issue,” he repeated. “There is no discrimination… (I am referring) only to new drivers,” he said.

Coming to Bung’s defence, Abdul Rahman Dahlan (BN-Kota Belud) said that the Kinabatangan MP was not being disrespectful to women.

“I sympathise with Kinabatangan… there are no negative implications (to his statement). Women are more careful, so they drive slower. There is no discrimination (against women),” he said.


A Memorandum on the Fate of Sabah in the Malaysian Federation

Presented by DANIEL JOHN JAMBUN, Esq. At the House of Commons, London, the United Kingdom, March 9, 2010

Good afternoon all Honourable Members of the House, ladies and gentlemen.

First of all, I would like to record our most sincere gratitude having been given this honour of presenting this memorandum before this esteemed House. Today, marks a moment of honour for the people of Sabah, the former North Borneo, for having been accorded this rare opportunity to present a Memorandum a matter of grave significance, a matter which affect our fate as the people of the Federation of Malaysia. We see this as a historical event, a moment granted by God’s grace, in which we can communicate under this honourable roof, to reminisce a milestone of history half a century ago which was followed by sad events that in too many instances happened with numerous misgivings.

For decades now, we the people of Sabah, have been haunted by ghosts of history dating back to August 31, 1963, the day we gained independence from Great Britain. Malaysia was conceptualised and constituted with the best of promises, endearing in us hopes and dreams for a greater future. It is with sadness that I stand here to witness that what had transpired since September 16, 1963 had been a series of events that had led us to the present situation in which we can justly proclaim to be a situation of shattered hopes and broken dreams!

We therefore stand before this House, in good faith, to seek redress and to appeal for an inclusive dialogue, which we hope will lead to a clearer and brighter tomorrow to all parties concerned. I seek the indulgence of this House to hear our side of the story and adjudge the events of the past with a clear conscience and a sympathetic eye, and to lend us a hand in seeking a just and righteous solution to our problem.

I would like to present three pertinent issues, which may or may not have direct concern of the present British government. Firstly, we need to take a critical review of the rationales and instruments for the formation of Malaysia. There is the nagging question of justice in the drafting of the critical Malaysia Agreement, the efficiency and integrity off the Cobbold Commission, the reliability of the promises of the Twenty Points, the Inter governmental Committee Report and the Malaysian Act, historical documents which must be familiar to the knowledge of the Honourable Lawmakers in this House. Secondly, is the perennial issue of security which now affect the sovereignty of Sabah within Malaysia. And thirdly is the case of the spiraling deterioration in the economic wellbeing of the people of Sabah.

Sabah’s Expectations of Malaysia vs Reality and the Malaysian Agreement

The facts of history is that Sabah, a former British colony, achieved its independence on August 31st, 1963. On September 16, 1963, it merged with Malaya, Singapore and Sarawak to form the Federation of Malaysia on terms agreed by all parties. The concept of merger and equal partnership was introduced by Tunku Abdul Rahman to allay fears in Sabah and Sarawak of the possibility of Malaya recolonizing them upon the departure of the British masters.

The terms of this Federation are contained in various documents such as the Twenty Points, the IGC report and of course the Malaysia Agreement, which on paper protected the interests of Sabah and Sarawak within this new Federation so that they do not lose their autonomy in certain areas of governance which gave meanings and substances to their independence.

Without doubt, this was the expressed hope of the founding fathers, principally Tunku Abdul Rahman, the first Prime Minister of Malaysia; Lee Kuan Yew, the former Prime Minister of Singapore, Donald Stephens and Mustapha Harun of Sabah, Stephen Kalong Ningkan of Sarawak, etc. Independent speeches were delivered by various leaders including Razak, Tun Mustapha, Donald Stephens and Sir William Goode to during the historic celebration of Sabah’s nationhood. I present several quotes from them below:

Today, is a historic day for Sabah. It marks the beginning of self-government and independence and the end of colonialism.

– Sir William Goode, outgoing Governor of North Borneo
(Sabah Times, Jesselton, August 1, 1963)

The Tunku naturally uttered several historic statements on the matter:

“The granting of self-government too would enable Sabah to stand on its own feet as equal with Malaya, Sarawak and Singapore.”

(Sabah Times, Jesselton, August 30th, 1963)

“The important aspects of the Malaysia Ideal, as I see it, is that it will enable the Borneo territories to transform their present colonial status to ‘self government’ for themselves and absolute independence in Malaysia simultaneously...”

“The days of imperialism are gone and it is not the intention of Malaya to perpetuate or revive them. When the Borneo territories become part of Malaysia, they will cease to be a colony of Malaya, they will be partners of equal status, no more or less than the other States.”

(Strait Times, October 2nd 1962) The “other States” refer to the other States entities of Malaya, Singapore and Sarawak.”

Today, more than forty six years after independence, the people of Sabah are asking what happened to these rosy pronouncements and assurances. In fact the Sabahans have always been seriously clarification as to why Sabah is now functioning as if it is only a colony of Kuala Lumpur. Many still remember the warnings given by former Indonesian president Sukarno, who said that Malaysia will not change colonialism but will only shift its headquarters from London to Kuala lumpur. Has Sukarno’s prophecy come true today?

Tunku Abdul Rahman kept assuring us that Sabah was now independent; that it was no longer a colony and that Sabah will have its” absolute independence” in Malaysia. What Tunku Abdul Rahman said was exactly what we expected Sabah to gain and benefit from being part of the Federation, i.e. being a fully autonomous state within the Federation. But contrary to that promise, the reality today is that Sabah has become the 12th state of Malaya. Federal government leaders, dominated by Malayans, today can arbitrarily change, at their whims and fancies, whatever they wish to suit their needs and convenience. They even ignored the Twenty Points and the Malaysia Agreement and made it sensitive to even talk about them.

The Problem of the Illegal and Legalised Immigrants in Sabah

About half of Sabah’s population of 3.25 million today are foreigners. Out of this number, 750,000 are undocumented or without travel documents or work passes. Dr Chong Eng Leong paper, “Human Rights and Citizenship: Its impact on Economics, Social and Cultural Rights,” presented at the SUHAKAM Roundtable Discussion on July 31, 2006 refers.

Of these, 60,000 are categorized as refugees and about 153,000 to 418,000 are those supposedly given work passes. In addition there are those with false documents but over and above these numbers are the 600,000 who have been given genuine Malaysian identity cards or MyKads by higher authority under “Projek IC Mahathir” (Dr. Chong Eng Leong, Ibid.)

The most serious and obvious injustices inflicted upon Sabah is the deployment of non-citizen to become voters, thereby depriving citizens of the right to democracy and self-determination. The main category of foreign voters comprise the 600,000 who have been given Mykads, under “Projek IC Mahathir.” This project was widely debated in the local papers in 2006. A witness to a trial on an election dispute confessed in court to possessing a dubious identity card, telling the magistrate that he obtained his IC through “Projek President Mahathir.” This evidence was never contested, and nor has there been any denial form the former Prime Minister.

Security and Sovereignty

Most of these foreigners come from a neighbouring country (the Philippines) which, incidently, has yet to drop its territorial claim over Sabah. By the sheer number of the illegals from the Philippines alone, with their settlements surrounding all the major cities and towns, this claim could be easily legitimized. Sabah is now a haven for escaping terrorists, rebels and kidnappers. JI or Jemaah islamiyah, a terror network, has been identified as having its presence in Sabah. So is Darul Islam Sabah. Hence, with the presence of armed foreigners on our soil, Sabah is no longer a secure state.

This begs the question: Where is the security that the founding fathers of Malaysia had promised us? With the explicit support of Great Britain, we had been hard-pressed to join in the formation of Malaysia, in the name of security from Indonesia’s Confrontation and Phillippines’ claim. But as it turned out, today Brunei, which opted out following a rebellion, and Singapore which was later expelled, are doing so much better. There is therefore no denying that Brunei had been far-sighted, and Singapore had been ironically blessed by its expulsion.

Reverse Take Over

As the number of non-citizens are now rapidly outnumbering the local population in some areas (Dr Jeffery Kitingan, Justice for Sabah, Table 4.1), it is merely a matter of time for this foreign population to spread and overwhelm the whole of Sabah. SUHAKAM’s former Commissioner, Prof. Hamdan Adnan, once said that a foreigner reverse takeover is imminent if the trend continues unabated.


Sabah is a rich state endowed with much natural resources such as oil and gas, timber, fertile agricultural land and tourism potentials. With a population of just about three million, Sabah offers abundant promises for vibrant economic development and enviable prosperity. Unfortunately, Sabah today is the poorest state in Malaysia (according to the government’s Malaysia Plan Report). Most of Sabah’s timber has already been harvested without any heed to sustainable supply management, and over eighty percent of the agricultural land develop for oil palm belong to corporate giants owned by west Malaysian companies. Ironically, Sabah is Malaysia’s largest oil palm producer with 60% of the nation’s palm oil being produced in Sabah. Sabah is also one of three Malaysia’s oil producing states, producing more than 73,000 barrels of crude petroleum per day. Why then is Sabah poor and financially dependent on the federal government? The answer is simple: It is either that Sabah is not getting its fair share of its own wealth or is the victim of mismanagement, or both. UNDP (United Nation Development Program) put the State poverty rate at 24.3% of the population.

Poorest State

Sabah, once the richest state in Malaysia, is now the poorest. Most of the poor are Natives in the rural areas, including paddy farmers, fishermen and smallholders. The state government of Sabah has one of the highest budget deficit in the country amounting RM252.89 million (2006). With a population of 3.25 million, its per capita income currently stands at RM9,536 compared to RM18,040 for Malaysia. This show a huge disparity with Sabah’s per capita income way, way below the national standard. Where do our riches go to? To be exact: to the Federal Government. Sabah can never be rich as long as our State cake” is continuously divided into thirteen.

Oil Revenue

Oil and gas belong to the state but in 1976 the federal government made the state surrender this state resource to a central government agency, PETRONAS. It is said that that the “Double Six” Tragedy (airplane crash at Sembulan which killed senior Sabah cabinet members, including the then Chief Minister Tun Fuad Stephens, the former Donald Stephens) was the result of the refusal by Stephens to sign away Sabah’s oil right in Labuan then. Soon after Tun Fuad’s funeral, Harris Salleh signed the agreement. In return the state gets only 5% of the oil revenue. Why? Why do we get only 5% of the revenue from oil, when in the first place, it is a state resource? Who gets the other 95%? How much revenue earnings have been generated from Sabah’s oil and gas, including their by-products?

Felda and Felcra

Land given out to Felda and Felcra by the State Government for the purpose of development assistance to the landless local was never implemented. According to the former Chief Minister, Harris Salleh, 300,000 hectares have been given to Felda/Felcra for this purpose. We know of no one Sabahan having benefited, although perhaps there may be a few. So who are the rest of the beneficiaries? Who is reaping the oil palm harvest from our land? Obviously, justice must be served. And these lands must revert back to the State Government and their utilisation reviewed as part of our economic revival and poverty eradication programmes.


The enormous political implications of the non-citizens currently holding citizens’ identity cards are mind boggling. It is frightening to contemplate the ramifications of the fact that they can vote, as they have been recruited and mobilised by certain political leaders in the BN (the Barisan Nasional or National Front) ruling coalition. In fact most of these “voters for hire” have been recruited as members of UMNO (the United Malay National Organisation), the backbone of the BN.

Even a fellow BN member had openly admitted that illegals could be in BN parties. Chin Su Ling, Youth Chief of the Liberal Democratic Party, a component of the BN said there is a possibility that many illegal immigrants have become members of various BN component Sabah. (Borneo Post, Tuesday, September 19th, 2006). These foreigners may just be “voters for hire” at present but once they can organize themselves, they could be in a position to control Sabah UMNO and elect their own representatives into the State Assembly and Parliament. Once this is achieved they could take over the government and change the rules of the game in their favour. This is not impossible.

How did Sabah’s population grow so fast? Are we more fertile than Sarawak or the peninsular? NO! The high growth in Sabah’s population is explained by the high arrivals of foreigners, many of whom were later exploited to become voters through the “Project IC.” Worse, these foreigners who obtained MyKads through the backdoor also claim to be Bumiputeras (sons of the soil). They are in fact The New Bumiputeras! These new “natives” are now the same number as the natives!

Source of Socio-economic Problems

This large foreign population in Sabah also presents a heavy drain on the economy and social services fund. One estimate puts this cost to the State between RM271 million to RM811 million a year. They also take away from the local quota for education in schools and institutions of higher learning. They use a lot of medical facilities and health care services and encroach onto natives lands, producing squatter colonies. They also rely on low cost housing schemes provided by the government. They are also involved in drugs. According to the police, 90% of drugs are from the Philippines. They steal water and electricity through illegal connections and pollute the environment. Employment wise, many illegals are now running taxis, mini buses as drivers.

“The illegal immigrants are the mother of all problems in Sabah” – Datuk Bakri Zinin . High ranking Police Officer, Bukit Aman, Kuala Lumpur


The root cause of Sabah's dilemma is the fact that the Inter-Governmental Committee Report had failed to ensure Malaysian Government compliance with the Malaysia Agreement on a continuous basis. Various ‘modification’ and ‘adjustments’ had been surreptitiously inserted into the national governance mechanism which had trapped us into subservience and compliance and in the process eroding much of our rights and privileges.

The IGC must be revived and the United Kingdom, along with Singapore, Sarawak, Sabah and Malaya (the Federal Government), must play an active role as sympathetic and just former master to institute effective and enduring rectifications. This is the least that we can ask for. This is also the way forward. The United Kingdom is the first stop in our mission to revive the IGC. Efforts are also being made at this material time in Kuala Lumpur by Dr Jeffrey Gapari Kitingan, the chairman of the Common Interest Group Malaysia (Cigma) to seek the same redress and review of the terms of independence And formation of the Federation of Malaysia. Likewise we are mobilising a similar mission to Singapore prior to seeking a dialogue with the Sabah and Sarawak State Governments on the same issue.

With respect and reverence we lay our hopes and desires before this honourable House for a redirection of the negative trends that beset us in Borneo, in the full confidence that a vehicle to the future can be chartered for justice and truth, to pick up the pieces of the shattered hopes and broken dreams.

Thank you.

Building a force to whip BN at the 13th GE

Daim Zainuddin says that the mood of the people has changed since the last GE, as they are now able to see through the pre-election promises of the Pakatan Rakyat parties in the run-up to the last election as sloganeering and rhetoric and little else.
Pakatan, Daim says, has failed to become a relevant opposition force.
For these reasons, Daim says that BN will do better in the next GE.
Difficult as it may be, the Pakatan Rakyat leaders must accept that many Malaysians, many of whom would like to see BN finally deposed in the next GE, share the views espoused by Daim.
Many have begun to feel that left to Pakatan Rakyat alone, BN will come back stronger in the next GE.
Are we then powerless to remove BN from Putrajaya come the 13th GE?
Can we not move from


This was the thrust of a roundtable discussion attended by non-BN parties and hosted by MCLM on 21st March, 2011 themed ‘Coming together to forge a pro-rakyat 13th Federal Government’.
For reasons best known to them, KITA, PAS and PKR, though invited, chose not to attend.
SAPP and Borneo Alliance, from Sabah, attended.
DAP, HRP, IJP, PRM and PSM attended.
MCLM proposed the building of a force comprising all non-BN political parties that are genuinely desirous of seeing pro-rakyat reforms post the 13th GE, working hand in hand with the rakyat who are ready to step forward and work to bring about positive changes to our nation.
These are the ordinary rakyat who will make up the 3rd Force.
We proposed that the first step towards achieving this force is to find a common platform that all parties could subscribe to. We proposed the MCLM Manifesto as that common platform.
13th GE Manifesto
I do not recall anyone at the roundtable taking exception to any part of the Manifesto.
We stressed again at the roundtable that MCLM is not the 3rd Force.
The 3rd Force
MCLM merely offers leadership in trying to strengthen that 3rd Force by empowering every individual to be an effective agent of change and, through it various other initiatives, bridging the 3rd Force with the non-BN parties who share our aspiration for change, reform and good, transparent and accountable governance.
The Bridge
As part of our efforts to empower the rakyat as agents of change, MCLM will this week launch Citizen Empowerment School which will be open to every citizen. More details of this in the next post.
Citizen Empowerment School
We, however, set one pre-condition to our working with any non-BN party : their accepting and pledging to give effect to and implement the Rakyat Reform Agenda should we succeed in displacing BN post the 13th GE and proceed to form the 13th Federal Government.
Rakyat Reform Agenda
MCLM is of the view that if we can build this force, we would be ready to take BN on and give ourselves a fighting chance of taking Putrajaya post the 13th GE.
More importantly, we will be in a position of strength to help form a pro-rakyat, pro-reform, 13th Federal Government.
Seizing Federal Power
We have informed those parties that attended the roundtable that we hope to hold a joint press conference on 4th April, 2011 whereat we hope some, if not all, of those parties, will join us to announce the formation of the initial nucleus of that force that we hope will rise to face BN at the 13th GE.

A New Low For Malaysian Politics

From Jakarta Post

Malaysia’s dirty politics reached a nadir last week when the local media reported on a new video featuring a man who looked like former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim having sex with a prostitute in a hotel room.

Coming at a time when Anwar is battling sodomy charges in court, it makes you wonder just really how low can it go.

The video was shown to a few journalists from the mainstream media who were selected and screened in a fashion worthy of a cloak-and-dagger novel.

The government-controlled media, which have played a key role in previous campaigns to discredit Anwar, violated every known ethical practice of journalism by providing graphic reports of the alleged “sex sojourn” without verifying the identities of the video’s subjects.

Typically, the source of the video was not disclosed, evoking the popular Indonesian (and Malay) saying lempar batu sembunyi tangan, which means “throw the rock, hide your hand”. No one took responsibility for screening the video, but the mainstream media played along and reported what their journalists saw.

Ever willing accomplices, the media broke one of the credos of journalism: Identify your sources, especially when making allegations as serious as this.

The Malaysian media did not bother to identify the man in the video. The mere suggestion that man looked like Anwar Ibrahim was enough to cast doubt on Anwar’s credibility and integrity in the supposedly puritan yet hypocritical society. Truth and verification go out window when you are part of a propaganda machine.

The media placed the onus on Anwar to disprove the claim, something which would likely keep him busy for the next several months or even years, certainly until the next general election.

We have seen this before when Anwar was first sentenced to prison for sodomy, only to have the Supreme Court to overturn his conviction in 2004.

Subsequently, new sodomy charges appeared and Anwar has been busy going to and from the courtroom.

Sex, media and video conspiracies define Malaysian politics today. It gets dirtier all the time.

Iran's Asian Fleet Hits Sanctions Wall

Image(Asia Sentinel) Teheran's premier shipping line is disappearing from Asian waters due to international crackdown on nuclear components

International efforts to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions have heralded a change in the sanctions strategy of the United Nations Security Council, with an increased focus on the financial services and shipping that deliver Teheran the materials needed to pursue its disputed nuclear program.

Heading the list of targets is the Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines (IRISL). With perhaps the biggest fleet in the Middle East, the carrier is struggling as banks foreclose on mortgaged vessels and insurers refuse to underwrite its operations. This has resulted in IRISL ships in Asian ports being literally “arrested” – defined under the 1999 International Convention on the Arrest of Ships as "any detention or restriction on removal of a ship by order of a court to secure a maritime claim" – as banks clamor for their money, causing delays to customers and incurring additional financial penalties.

IRISL vessels – numbering about 170 – are among the biggest and newest in the world, and were once routinely sighted in Hong Kong, Singapore, Thailand, the Cambodian port of Sihanoukville and in the Malaccan Straits dividing Malaysia and Indonesia.

Most of the goods shipped by IRISL were supplied by Chinese companies – a key factor in Iran's nuclear program.

David Albright, a US nuclear physicist who inspected Iran's nuclear facilities for the UN's International Atomic Energy Agency, said Iran was a regular purchaser of Chinese goods, including ultra high-strength maraging steel, specialty vacuum pumps, Kevlar and carbon fiber.

"Over and over, Iran goes there to buy things," Albright, president of the Institute for Science and International Security in Washington, told the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars.

No one doubts that sanctions are causing significant delays to Iran's nuclear enrichment plans, legal or otherwise. The US and its allies argue that Iran's nuclear program is a cover for weapons development and sanctions have been credited with hindering Iranian efforts to acquire carbon fiber and maraging steel, which are used in centrifuges that can enrich uranium to make a nuclear bomb.

"Iran has consistently used its national maritime carrier to advance its missile programs and to carry other military cargoes," said Stuart Levey, US Treasury undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, after the fourth round of sanctions were imposed in June last year.

Teheran denies the allegations, saying its nuclear industry is for civilian use. However, it has yet to show any evidence of making fuel from enriched uranium.

The sanctions recently came to a head in Singapore, where a sheriff's sale of three IRISL ships was organized. The vessels were seized but released by the courts – spoiling a bargain hunters' day out – after the IRISL stumped up the funds to meet loan repayment demands.

The commotion over IRISL has left the authorities in Iran in a flap, prompting the carrier's chairman, Mohammad Hossein Dajmar, to go on the offensive through selective local and international media.

He has said the sanctions violate international law and he was scathing of Singapore and the banks after his three ships were impounded by the island-state.

"We had a loan and they [the banks] changed it from a loan to a due payment because of sanctions. In other words, they committed a violation. Because the loan contract was signed before the sanctions."

He also told the Financial Times that sanctions had not hurt the company's bottom line and that revenue for the eight months from March, 2010, was up 40 percent, while shipping transactions had grown 25 percent.

That stretches plausibility, however, given that another four European financial institutions are seeking the arrest of five recently built IRISL ships after alleged defaults worth $268 million.

Last November, two of the vessels were detained, the Decretive in Hong Kong and the Dandle in Malta – at the request of banks.

Twenty Hong Kong companies were linked to Teheran's weapons build-up and the territory says it is striving to pass laws that would allow it to seize Iranian-linked assets.

Typically each company is responsible for one vessel.

Japan, the European Union, Canada, Australia and the US have all passed laws enacting sanctions, and in some cases stronger measures have been enforced. South Korea temporarily closed 102 companies believed to be helping Iran's nuclear program, including the Seoul branch of Bank Mellat, an Iranian state-owned bank responsible for Korea's exports to Iran. it also has been sanctioned by the US and the EU as an IRISL lender.

Even older Iranian allies within the Organization of the Islamic Conference are distancing themselves. Indonesia has told Iran not to proceed with its weapons program, while Malaysia has signed off on a Strategic Trade Bill that signals a change in its stance, backing sanctions. The bill will enable authorities to crack down on companies and seize material bound for export that could be used in weapons of mass destruction. Kuala Lumpur had previously been forced to repudiate allegations it was aiding Iran's nuclear program.

WikiLeaks cables named two Malaysian companies – Electronic Components and Skylife Worldwide – for possible breaches of sanctions and acting as front companies for Teheran.

"As members of the UN Security Council, Southeast Asian states are obligated to comply with its resolutions. But capacity and political will are areas that often inhibit compliance. Singapore is generally the exception," Carl Thayer, with the Australian Defense Force Academy in Canberra, told the Bangkok Post.

Thayer said that in the case of Iran, there are different factors at play in each country.

He said Malaysia has begun to tilt more to the US in recent years. However, in Thailand, Universal Transportation Limited had proudly boasted of its position as an agent for IRISL with 14 vessels, despite Thailand being designated a major non-Nato ally by the US. The Cambodians are unlikely to act unless encouraged by China.

The UK acted unilaterally, freezing all business ties with IRISL under its terrorism laws, meaning the shipping line has been denied access to British underwriters and the first class insurance providers in London.

This has forced the carrier to take up insurance from the relatively unknown Iranian provider Moallem. It remains unclear whether Moallem is re-insured by the Iranian state or whether it purchases re-insurance coverage outside the usual European and US markets. This means that financing for IRISL's ships that existed prior to sanctions, although legal in principle, is now a much more risky proposition for the banks concerned, to say nothing of potential damage to a bank's reputation from dealing with a sanctioned entity.

IRISL also stands accused of attempting to evade sanctions through a complex network of front companies to take advantage of loopholes in maritime law. The companies amount to a paper shuffle, sharing the same address, staff and office space as the initial IRISL operations.

"The company started to use an array of deceptive practices to conceal its identity and skirt sanctions – including falsifying shipping documents, changing names and nominal ownership of vessels and even repainting ships," Levey said.

In 2009, IRISL established Hafiz Darya Shipping Company (HDSL), which focused on containers, and Sapid Shipping Lines, which specialized as a bulk carrier. A third company, Hanseatic Trade and Trust, was established to manage four new IRISL vessels.

As a result, another 24 affiliated companies were blacklisted in January. Sixteen were traced to the same Hong Kong address and another four to the Isle of Man. IRISL-owned vessels are often registered in a third country like Hong Kong, Germany or Malta.

The doubtful quality of insurance now held by IRISL and the failure to meet scheduled repayments on loans began prompting creditors to demand repayment in full.

The three IRISL vessels – the Tuchai, Sabalan and Sahand – that were seized in Singaporean waters late last year were German registered and impounded after a court warrant was issued on behalf of French banks Credit Agricole and Societe Generale and The Export Import Bank of Korea.

The banks were seeking $210 million in alleged loan defaults and damages.
Additional costs incurred by ship owners for an impounded ship can amount to about $35,000 a day in docking and fuel charges. Further fines are imposed for delays and there are outstanding loans for the 80 new IRISL ships, according to Iranian press reports.

"IRISL's other older ships are also thought to be at high risk of seizure, having also been re-mortgaged in exchange for new ones," one Western maritime source said. "It is impossible that the company can pay back all the loans ahead of time."

As a result of all the fees and impoundments, IRISL is being forced to close some routes and the carrier's days as a shipper of ballistic missile parts appear to be all but over.

Also finished is its future as a trusted name in trade, the latest casualty of sanctions on Iran.

Ex-cop says Rahim likely to escape blame for sex video

By Clara Chooi - The Malaysian Insider

KUALA LUMPUR, March 28 — A former senior police investigating officer said today that he did not expect Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Tamby Chik to be prosecuted over the sex video scandal because of the ultimate involvement of Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail as Attorney-General.

Former Kuala Lumpur CID chief Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim also accused Abdul Gani of hijacking an investigation against Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim in 1999 in order to conceal his role in “indemnifying” the former Malacca chief minister from being prosecuted for corruption.

The investigation, he explained, had been wrested from him and given instead to former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan, who was then an investigating officer.

Mat Zain added that the Anti-Corruption Agency (ACA) had already issued a recommendation for Abdul Rahim to be prosecuted for four counts of corruption — three under the Emergency (Essential Powers) Ordinance and one for making a false Statutory Declaration, punishable under Section 193 of the Penal Code.

But according to a complaint by Anwar, then prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, then Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohtar Abdullah and Abdul Gani, who was then a senior deputy public prosecutor, had “indemnified” Abdul Rahim from prosecution in exchange for his resignation from all government and political posts.

Mat Zaid wrote in an open letter to Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar today that he expected the police to handle the ongoing investigations on the sex video case in a professional manner, but expressed concern that Abdul Gani’s participation would eventually see Abdul Rahim walking away a free man again.

“I am fully confident that the police are able to carry out their responsibilities in a professional and impartial manner and will not be influenced by outside pressures.

“However, this investigation will later be handled by Abdul Gani as the Attorney-General. It is at this stage where it is expected that manipulation, fraud and forgery will occur, particularly when one is aware of how Abdul Gani and Musa handled the other cases involving Anwar and Abdul Rahim,” he told the IGP in his letter.

Open Letter by Mat Zain to IGP – on Anwar, Gani Patail and Rahim

Open Letter by Mat Zain to IGP:

Mat Zain bin Ibrahim,
SAC II G/5776(Retired),


YDH Tan Sri Haji Ismail bin Haji Omar,IGP,
Ketua Polis Negara,
Polis Di-Raja Malaysia,
Bukit Aman,
50560 Kuala Lumpur.

28hb.March 2010

YDH Tan Sri,


Semoga Tan Sri tenang dan tabah menangani cabaran mendatang.

2. Saya percaya Tan Sri sedar video lucah mana yang saya maksudkan.Saya yakin sepenuhnya bahawa PDRM mampu menjalankan tanggung jawabnya menjalankan siasatan tersebut secara professional dan berkecuali dan tidak terpengaruh dengan tekanan mana-mana pihak sekalipun, lebih-lebih lagi dibawah pimpinan Tan Sri ketika ini.

2.1. Namun begitu kertas siasatan ini kelak akan diteliti dan diputuskan olih Gani Patail,Peguam Negara.Diperingkat inilah dijangka akan berlaku,putar belit,manipulasi,penipuan dan pemalsuan apabila sedar akan caramana Gani Patail dan Musa Hassan menangani penyiasatan kes-kes jenayah apabila melibatkan Anwar Ibrahim(Anwar) dan Rahim Thambi Chik (Rahim) dimasa lampau.

2.2. Tidak syak lagi isu video ini adalah satu lagi “pertembungan” diantara Anwar dan Rahim.Adalah dipercayai juga motif pendedahannya,tidak kira samada video tersebut adalah tulen atau direkacipta,adalah terbit daripada dendam lama Rahim terhadap Anwar atas isu peribadi atau politik diantara mereka berdua.


3. Diantara 9 July 1999 hingga 20 Ogos 1999,Anwar telah membuat sejumlah empat(4) laporan Polis, mendedahkan perbuatan rasuah pemimpin-pemimpin Politik dan Kerajaan.Dalam laporan-laporan berkenaan Anwar turut mendakwa dan menamakan mantan Perdana Menteri Tun Mahathir,Peguam Negara Allahyarham Mohtar Abdullah dan Gani Patail,ketika itu DPP Kanan,sebagai orang-orang yang telah menyalahgunakan kuasa dan menutup kes-kes rasuah tersebut.

3.1. Pertembungan lampau antara Rahim dan Anwar adalah apabila salah satu diantara laporan tersebut iaitu Tun H.S.Lee report 22517/99 bertarikh 20.8.1999 yang dibuat olih Anwar melibatkan Rahim.Dalam laporan ini Anwar juga mendakwa Tun Mahathir,Allahyarham Mohtar dan Gani Patail sebagai telah menyalahgunakan kuasa mereka melindungi perbuatan rasuah Rahim serta menutup siasatan dan tidak mengenakan sebarang pendakwaan terhadap beliau.

3.2. Bersekali dengan report tersebut, Anwar telah menyertakan satu set salinan laporan siasatan Badan Pencegah Rasuah(BPR)terhadap Rahim yang disahkan oleh Bahagian Pendakwaan,Jabatan Peguam Negara dan ditanda tangani oleh Gani Patail yang mengkelaskan dokumen tersebut sebagai RAHSIA.Dokumen-dokumen ini dikatakan diberi kepada Anwar oleh Peguam Negara dan/atau Gani Patail ketika Anwar masih Timbalan Perdana Menteri.

4. Untuk makluman Tan Sri,secara kebetulan, saya yang menangani keempat-empat laporan yang Anwar buat itu termasuk laporan melibatkan Rahim atas sifat saya sebagai Ketua Jabatan Sisasatan Jenayah(KJSJ) Kuala Lumpur ketika itu.Saya perhatikan juga amaun rasuah melibatkan Rahim adalah antara yang paling sedikit jika dibandingkan dengan laporan-laporan lain.Jumlah terlibat lebih kurang RM40 juta(Empat puloh juta Ringgit sahaja) atau angka yang lebih tepat ialah RM 39,782,772.60 sen. Amaun ini dikatakan diperolehi olih Rahim menerusi salahguna kuasa dan kegiatan rasuah setakat yang dapat dikesan menerusi siasatan terperinci BPR dan disahkan olih Gani Patail.

4.1. Sebagai rekod Tan Sri,amaun terbesar yang disebutkan dalam salah satu laporan Anwar itu, melibatkan seorang pemimpin yang dikatakan telah memperolehi harta berjumlah dalam lingkungan RM 370 juta.(tiga ratus tujoh puloh juta Ringgit) dalam bentuk RM 220 juta tunai dan RM150 juta dalam bentuk saham,menerusi jalan rasuah.

5. Wajar saya jelaskan disini bahawa terdapat perbezaan pendapat antara KJSJ Kuala Lumpur dengan Jabatan Peguam Negara mengenai cara pendekatan menangani laporan-laporan Anwar tersebut.Jabatan Peguam Negara menasihatkan supaya laporan-laporan tersebut diklasifikasikan di-bawah Akta Rahsia Rasmi 1972 sahaja.Manakala KJSJ berpendapat klasifikasi ini tidak sepadan dengan laporan dan keterangan yang pengadu kemukakan serta mencadangkan kesemua laporan berkenaan diklasifikasikan dibawah Seksyen 2(1)Emergency(Essential Powers)Ordinance 2,1970 berkaitan kesalahan salahguna kuasa. Cadangan bertulis KJSJ terdapat dalam fail rujukkan (PR)35/26 bertarikh 25.8.1999.Siasatan dibawah Seksyen ini dijangka akan membabitkan rakaman keterangan daripada Tun Mahathir,Allahyarham Mohtar dan Gani Patail sendiri serta lain-lain kenamaan.

5.1. Bagaimanapun pada 28.8.1999 saya telah menerima satu surat daripada Jabatan Peguam Negara Rujukan PRM(WP)5/99 SULIT(5) yang dialamatkan kepada saya persendirian,memaklumkan secara spesifik bahawa laporan yang Anwar buat melibatkan Rahim, akan disiasat oleh Musa Hassan setelah kononya Gani Patail membuat laporan terhadap Anwar pula kerana kesalahan di-bawah Akta Rahsia Rasmi.

5.1.2. Apa yang berlaku ialah, Gani Patail dengan kemudahan yang diberi oleh Musa Hassan telah menterbalikkan kedudukkan laporan Anwar yang melibatkan Rahim untuk menyebabkan Anwar pula disiasat dibawah Akta Rahsia Rasmi.Lebih mudah untuk saya menyatakan laporan melibatkan Rahim itu telah di”hijacked” oleh Musa Hassan daripada tangan KJSJ Kuala Lumpur.

5.1.3. Saya tidak pernah melihat laporan Polis yang kononya dibuat oleh Gani Patail itu ataupun kertas siasatan yang kononnya dibuat oleh Musa Hassan.Belum pernah juga berlaku Jabatan Peguam Negara pula yang memilih Pagawai Penyiasat yang mereka berkenan menyiasat sesuatu laporan polis.

5.2. Bagi mengelakkan sebarang keraguan berkaitan peristiwa diatas,saya sertakan buat pertama kalinya salinan surat Jabatan Peguam Negara bertarikh 28.8.1999 yang saya maksudkan.Walaupun ringkas, surat ini dengan jelas menunjukkan posisi Gani Patail,Musa Hassan dan saya berkaitan siasatan laporan Anwar yang melibatkan Rahim.

5.3. Secara kebetulan saya telah melaporkan perkara ini ketika Tan Sri masih Timbalan Ketua Polis Negara lagi, menerusi surat saya bertarikh 6.5.2010 dengan salinannya kepada YB Menteri Dalam Negeri.

6. Perbandingan yang boleh dibuat disini ialah apabila menangani siasatan terhadap Anwar, Gani Patail dan Musa Hassan sanggup melakukan apa sahaja antaranya memaksa pakar Kerajaan membuat beberapa laporan palsu, mengujudkan keterangan DNA palsu,menipu dan melakukan tindakan-tindakan melampaui batasan undang-undang dan lojik untuk mensabitkan kesalahan terhadap Anwar.

6.1. Sebaliknya apabila menangani siasatan berkaitan Rahim pula, Gani Patail dan Musa Hassan, sanggup melakukan apa sahaja antaranya, menterbalikkan fakta dan memutarbelitkan keterangan untuk membersihkan Rahim daripada sebarang salah laku jenayah sambil meletakkan kesalahan terhadap pengadunya pula.

6.2. Walaupun Musa Hassan telah bersara namun Gani Patail masih berkuasa sebagai Peguam Negara.Apabila siasatan mengenai video lucah ini sampai ketangan Jabatan Peguam Negara kelak,kita boleh menjangka pendirian Gani Patail, lebih-lebih lagi apabila mengambil kira isu video lucah ini juga adalah pertembungan antara Rahim dan Anwar.

6.3. Sekadar makluman Tan Sri juga,Dr.Abdul Rahman Yusof,Pakar Forensic HKL,yang telah digunakan oleh Gani Patail untuk menyediakan 3 laporan palsu dalam siasatan kes Mata-Lebam, adalah juga Pakar Forensic yang sama terlibat dalam membuat pemeriksaan fisikal Rahim, dalam kes seksual dengan gadis bawah umor berkaitan.Kebetulan juga saya pernah menjadi KJSJ Melaka sebelum Kuala Lumpur dan tidak munasabah jika saya tidak meneliti kertas siasatan kes Rahim itu, walaupun saya bukan Pegawai Penyiasatnya.Mungkin ini semua adalah “the long arm of coincidences” sahaja.

7. Mengenai kes rasuah terhadap Rahim pula,BPR dan Jabatan Peguam Negara mengesahkan dalam laporan mereka bahawa terdapat keterangan yang mencukupi untuk membuktikan kes “prima facie” terhadap beliau.Malahan Jabatan Peguam Negara telah menyediakan empat (4)pertuduhan kesemuanya. Iaitu;3(tiga) pertuduhan dibawah Emergency(Essential Powers)Ordinance No:22 of 1970 dan satu pertuduhan kerana membuat Statutory Declaration (SD) palsu dibawah Sek.199 yang boleh dihukum dibawah Seksyen 193 Kanun Keseksaan.

7.1. Bagaimanapun Rahim tidak dituduh langsung,setelah Peguam Negara “indemnify” segala kesalahan jenayahnya setelah Rahim dipercayai bersetuju untuk melepaskan jawatan dalam Kerajaan,Badan-Badan Berkanun dan Parti Politik.Ini adalah apa yang terdapat didalam laporan yang disediakan oleh Jabatan Peguam Negara sendiri.

7.2. Tidak ada sebutan mengenai cara pelupusan harta berjumlah hampir RM40 juta yang Rahim perolehi secara rasuah itu..Tiada maklumat mengenai persetujuan yang dicapai oleh Rahim dan Peguam Negara berkaitan harta yang diperolehi sedemikian itu dalam bentuk:RM 5,439,796.40 sen dalam kawalan peribadi Rahim sendiri,RM14,487,420.50 sen simpanan tunai dalam beberapa buah bank dan RM19,855,555.70 sen harta Syarikat-Syarikat.

7.3. Persoalan yang tidak kurang pentingnya ialah adakah Peguam Negara mempunyai kuasa untuk “indemnify” kesalahan jenayah mana-mana orang berdasarkan pertimbangan Politik?. Adakah Peguam Negara berhak melepaskan wang Rakyat RM 40 juta sebegitu mudah untuk Rahim menikmatinya tanpa sebarang tindakan.Adakah ini sesuatu yang adil kepada Rakyat sedangkan Peguam Negara yang telah mengesahkan bahawa Rahim memperolehi harta sedemikian banyak menerusi salahguna kuasa dan rasuah.Apa yang jelas dalam kes Rahim ini,,Peguam Negara juga telah menyalahgunakan kuasanya.

8. Saya ingin Tan Sri maklum,bahawa secara peribadi saya tidak mempunyai sebarang isu dengan Rahim.Malahan saya tidak pernah mengenali beliau,sekalipun untuk berjabat salam dengannya seumor hidup.Saya sendiri tidak sangka yang beliau akan muncul sebagai salah seorang dibelakang tayangan video lucah berkenaan.Keterangan-keterangan yang dikemukakan dalam laporan ini adalah berdasarkan pengalaman,pengetahuan peribadi serta dokumen-dokumen berkaitan, ketika saya menangani kes membabitkan beliau.

8.1. Isu yang sering saya bawa sehingga keperingkat YAB Perdana Menteri secara persendirian, ialah bekenaan dengan salahlaku jenayah Gani Patail dan Musa Hassan yang bukan sahaja telah menjejaskan maruah PDRM dan saya secara peribadi malahan mereka mengkucar-kacirkan Sistem Keadilan Jenayah kita.Saya tidak ralat mendedahkannya memandangkan saya telah menasihatkan mereka berdua tahun 1998 bahawa sebarang pemalsuan dan penganiayaan akan terbongkar suatu hari nanti.Salahlaku jenayah mereka bukan setakat dalam siasatan kes mata-lebam sahaja.Saya yakin Tan Sri dan Timbalan Ketua Polis Negara maklum akan pendirian saya berkaitan perkara ini.

9. Walaubagaimanapun isu video lucah ini sedang dalam siasatan dan masih terlalu awal untuk membuat kesimpulan mengenainya.Diharap maklumat yang saya sampaikan ini berfaedah untuk membantu Tan Sri memberikan pendengaran yang adil kepada semua pihak terlibat.Apapun saya berharap Tan Sri tidak akan merelakan PDRM diperlakukan sesuka hati Peguam Negara seperti yang berlaku selama beberapa tahun sebelum Tan Sri.

Selamat sejahtera dan selamat maju jaya.

Yang ikhlas,

Mat Zain Ibrahim
28 March 2011