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Friday, December 21, 2012

Anwar wants Bank Negara to discuss illicit outflows

Identity of Deepak's 'backer' is secondary, says Anwar

Salafist video threatens to take German hostages

Jailed Islamist Murat K. in court. Photo: DPAA militant Salafist group has released a video calling on followers to take German hostages to free Murat K., the Islamist currently serving a six-year prison sentence for stabbing two policemen in Bonn in May.

The three-minute video, posted on an Islamist page, praises the "lion Murat K." and promises, "We will not rest until we have freed you from captivity."

"Everyone who offends the Prophet will be slaughtered, whether near or far," a man says in German with a foreign accent. "And know, brother, the Germans are near enough to reach. We will take them prisoners, until you are free for your noble deed."

Der Spiegel magazine reported on Thursday that the man speaking the voice is former Berlin rapper Denis Cuspert alias Deso Dogg. He is thought to have fled to Egypt earlier this year to re-establish the militant organization Millatu Ibrahim, which is banned in Germany, and whose logo appears in the video.

German security forces are taking the video seriously and investigating its source. "Such videos could spur on Salafists prepared for violence," said North Rhine-Westphalian Interior Minister Ralf Jäger. "That is why the authorities are keeping the protagonists of this scene in their sights."

A spokesman for the federal state prosecutors said they were aware of the video and analyzing it.

A Bonn court convicted Murat K. of grievous bodily harm, breaching the peace, and resisting arrest in October. He stabbed the two policemen when a demonstration turned violent after members of the far-right group Pro-NRW publicly displayed cartoon depictions of the Prophet Muhammad.

Murat K. defended his actions in court, saying that, "Those who insult the Prophet deserve the death penalty." He added that since the state had allowed the cartoons to be displayed, he was justified in attacking the officers.

Federal prosecutors said last week they believed Islamist extremists were behind a botched bomb attack at Bonn train station. The federal prosecutor said in a statement that there was enough evidence to suggest the incident was "an attempted explosives attack by a terrorist organisation with a radical Islamist bent."

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Militants hunt Buddhists in Narathiwat

Photo by Post Today

NARATHIWAT - A gang of Islamic militants burned down the Bacho Tambon Administration Organisation
office on Thursday, after failing to find any Buddhist employees to kill.

Seven armed men stormed into the offices of the Bacho TAO in Bacho district shortly after noon.

Abdulwaha Dulayapinij, the office’s chief administrator, told the police he and seven other employees were just leaving for lunch.

''One of them fired a gun into the air and ordered everyone to stay put in Yawi [a Malay dialect spoken by Muslims in the South] and then asked if there were any Buddhist Thais working here,” Mr Abdulwaha said.

“I told him there were none, and the outlaw was upset and said I had lied to him.”

Mr Abdulwaha then explained there was a female Buddhist Thai civil servant identified as Suchada sae Li working at the TAO as a community development officer, level 3, but she was on leave.

Upset with the answer, two of the gunmen emptied a five-litre container of gasoline into the archive and equipment storage rooms, set fire to it, and then fled the scene.

Staff, villagers and a local disaster relief team tried to put out the fire, but the blaze spread quickly and destroyed the whole building.

Mr Abdulwaha said it appeared the assailants wanted to kill Ms Suchada who was the only Buddhist official at the Bacho TAO, and had planned to use the gasoline to burn her body.

He said the attack left him and the other staff in fear for their own safety and it was likely they would not return to work until the office was rebuilt.

Anwar hits out at Najib for ‘illicit outflow’

Pakatan Rakyat is planning to hold a roundtable meeting on the matter. Apart from the PM, Bank Negara and GFI reps will also be invited.

PETALING JAYA: Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim today said Pakatan Rakyat will organise a roundtable meeting and invite Finance Minister Najib Tun Razak to discuss the latest report by Global Financial Integrity [GFI] on illicit financial outflows.

The GFI report had revealed that nearly RM200 billion in “dirty money” had been siphoned out of Malaysia in 2010, making it the second worst worldwide.

Anwar described the amount of money that had gone out between 2001 and 2010, at RM 871.4 billion, as “very alarming”.

The opposition leader said he would be writing to Bank Negara Governor Zeti Akhtar, GFI and the chief ministers of the Pakatan Rakyat-governed states to attend the roundtable talk planned for January 2013.

He added that he would also be inviting the banking sector as well.

Anwar criticised Najib for remaining silent on the issue and concluded that the prime minister had failed to manage the economy and stem corruption.

“My Pakatan colleagues and I are ready to take the initiative to bring all parties to a roundtable to pursue this issue and come up with a strong action plan,” he told a press conference here.

“This is a form of robbery that is affecting the state of the economy and of course will adversely impact the masses.

“It is only proper for the government and Bank Negara to explain and for us in Pakatan to also assure that we will give all cooperation to discuss what will be done, because what has been done in the past has failed miserably, because the amount has increased so much,” he said.

Washington-based financial watchdog GFI yesterday found that in 2010, Malaysia was the world’s number two when it came to illegal capital flight, second only to China.

The report further revealed that Malaysia ranked number three globally over 10 years from 2001 to 2010 with US$285 billion (RM871.4 billion) of illicit outflow.

The year 2010 also saw the highest level of illicit outflow in Malaysia in the previous 10 years; in 2009, Malaysia’s capital flight was US$30.41 billion (RM93 billion), and that figure leaped to US$64.38 billion (RM196.8 billion) in the following year – an increase of 112%.

Bank Negara under fire

Anwar said that from next week onwards, he would be holding weekly press conferences while awaiting the 13th general election and the focus would be on this “crucial matter”.

He said such roundtable discussions have been done in India where it (illegal financial outflow) had become a major issue, and even described as “the great Indian robbery” in the media there.

Anwar said that effective measures must be taken as the opposition does not have confidence that the Treasury can resolve it independently.

“GFI monitors the outflow of illicit money by employing globally accepted economic methodologies and its reports set the global benchmark on this matter. As such, its appraisal and analysis of Malaysia’s dire situation should be taken seriously by all parties,” he said, stressing that such leakages will “ultimately harm the people of Malaysia”.

Anwar noted that GFI explained in its report that “macroeconomic issues and the perception of widespread corruption and bribery; size of the illegal economy, namely criminal activities, illegal gambling; and weak law enforcement on matters of public and economic governance” can cause the flow of illicit money out of the counntry.

He also criticised Bank Negara for failing to monitor such huge sums of money going out of the country illegally, citing the RM40 million “political donation” matter in Hong Kong as one example.

“That is just one specific instance, and even then only after it was exposed. Can Bank Negara safely say that it is the only amount going out? How is it the central bank is unable to monitor these things? Tell us how it has gone unnoticed and no action taken.”

“I believe the country needs a united stand to address this problem. Immediate steps should be taken to finalise an action plan for implementation. The prime minister cannot lead the nation by avoiding the issue,” he said.

‘Show details, Palani’

The MIC president must come clean on the special allocation meant for Tamil schools, says PKR.

PETALING JAYA: MIC president G Palanivel has been challenged to reveal details of the RM100 million special allocation for Tamil schools, announced by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak when he tabled the 2012 Budget in September 2011.

Malacca PKR vice-president G Rajendran said while the Education Ministry had recently said that it dispensed RM10 million out of the RM100 million, the remainder of RM90 million remained a “mystery”.

He said the failure of the Tamil schools to utilise the fund before December, 2012 would result in the money “going back” to the Finance Ministry.

Rajendran said Palanivel, the Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, who has been entrusted to handle the special allocation for Tamil schools, should come clean on the matter and not stay silent without giving any explanation.

“Palanivel should take the blame since nobody in the MIC has any knowledge and clue as to what had happened to the allocation… he has been handling this [allocation] without even informing his party leaders where the money was going,” he told FMT.

It was reported in February that the Cabinet had agreed to channel the funds through Surya Cooperative, set up by the party in October, last year.

The RM100 million allocation was meant for 369 partially-aided Tamil schools nationwide for three categories, namely maintenance and upgrade, building additional blocks and building new schools.

However, it is learnt that the 369 partially-aided Tamil schools in the list were reduced to 224 by Palanivel.

Rajendran said the problem was further compounded after Surya Cooperative director D Ravindran disagreed with Palanivel’s plan to reduce the number of schools meant to receive the aid.

“And the ego battle may see Palanivel handing the money back to the Education Ministry,” he said.

A ‘stupid’ move

FMT also learnt that two MIC leaders, namely S Veerasingham and MM Samy, had raised questions on the RM100 million at a party central working committee (CWC) meeting recently.

“Palanivel told them [CWC members] that he will tell them details of the fund soon… but until now nothing has been made public,” said a CWC member when contacted.

Rajendran said the money should be fully utilised as sending back the unused money to the ministry would be “a stupid” move.

“Once the money is sent back, they [MIC] have to start the whole process again if there are Tamil schools wanting assistance and this would take time. Even if the money is rolled back and added to the other RM100 million announced in the 2013 Budget, the process of applying for funds would be long and tedious,” said the opposition grassroots leader.

The idea of special allocation to schools nationwide was mooted by Najib in a move to upgrade the condition of partially-aided schools.

In 2012, Najib announced RM500 million for national schools and RM100 million each to Chinese, Tamil and religious schools respectively.

He also promised an additional RM100 million for Tamil schools in the 2013 Budget.

Palanivel could not be reached for comment as he is abroad and is only expected to return to work in early next month.

Seeking justice or vendetta?

The truth, as bitter as it is, remains that carpet trader Deepak is livid at how ‘ungrateful’ both Najib and Rosmah have been to him.

A wealthy carpet trader has after four years decided to “clear his conscience” and hopes the real perpetrator/s behind the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu will not go unpunished.

Deepak Jaikishan, whose carpets once adorned the residence of Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, is now crying foul, implicating the premier in the Mongolian interpreter’s death.

In 2008, Deepak was said to have paid private investigator P Balasubramaniam (Bala) RM5 million for the latter to retract his first statutory declaration which directly linked Najib to Altantuya’s death.

But on Nov 12, 2009, Bala via YouTube disclaimed the second SD, saying he was paid by Deepak to withdraw the first SD. Deepak, meanwhile, said he did so at the behest of a “female friend” who later turned out to be Rosmah Mansor.

The “I want to clear my conscience drama” came about after Deepak lost millions in government contracts. He had a 20-year contract to build 16 1Malaysia Mara hostels abroad worth RM2 billion but the deal was suspended.

Deepak claimed subsequent to his involvement in 2008, he has been pressured by the “powers that be” to be silent. And between 2010 and 2011, his home and his offices had been raided by various agencies sent by the government to intimidate and silence him.

Deepak is now considering legal action against the government, including Najib.

The “Deepak-Rosmah/Najib” drama unfolded after whistleblower Raja Petra Kamarudin revived the matter in April 2011.

Now Deepak decided to reveal all. But then was it really a case of wanting to “clear his conscience and seek justice for Altantuya” or is it all about vendetta for the billions lost in government contracts?

For Deepak’s sake, one hopes it is all about giving conscience a priority. Nevertheless, this businessman is angry for having been taken for granted by both Najib and Rosmah, the latter whom Deepak regarded as his “elder sister”.

What’s Deepak up to, really?

It is unfortunate that Deepak got himself entangled with the “crooks”, but then did he not know from day one just whom he was dealing with? Was Deepak that naïve that he had no idea of the machinations of Rosmah and Najib?

Where was Deepak’s conscience when he “rewarded” Bala with RM5 million to tell a lie and save both Najib’s skin and his political career?

The truth, as bitter as it is, remains that Deepak is livid at how “ungrateful” both Najib and Rosmah have been to him, especially after he agreed to help the couple escape blame for Altantuya’s gruesome murder in the jungle of Puncak Alam, Shah Alam, in October 2006.

Two members of an elite police unit were later convicted and sentenced to death for the crime. What was Deepak thinking when Rosmah asked him to look for Bala the very day when the PI’s SD was made public?

Is it wrong to deduce that Deepak willingly jumped in to help when everyone else Rosmah contacted turned her down because he was hoping for a “quid pro quo”?

He played accomplice to crooks and suffered in the process. What would be unacceptable is for Deepak to use “conscience” as an excuse to seek revenge against Rosmah and Najib.

The fact is that Deepak’s ties with Rosmah turned sour following a land dispute involving him and Umno senator Raja Roopiah Abdullah. Deepak claimed that his company, Asta Canggih Sdn Bhd, was the nominee company or third party vehicle in the acquisition of 223 acres of land after he struck an agreement with Raja Roopiah.

Under the agreement, he was supposed to get all but 23 acres of the land, which would be returned to Raja Roopiah. Deepak claimed that Najib had bypassed the Cabinet in deciding to pull back the land from him.

Hoping for a miracle?

The dirt uncovered by Deepak is not shocking, not when Najib’s reputation precedes him. Besides the Altantuya murder, the country’s sixth prime minister is implicated in kickbacks worth millions through the purchase of the Scorpene submarines when he served as defence minister a decade ago.

Still, if Deepak is hoping for miracles, he may just end up disappointed, knowing fully well the travesty of justice that continues to plague the nation.

Deepak’s lament that the MACC is more interested in covering up the secret dealings following the 2006 murder of Altantuya is also nothing out of the ordinary, going by the agency’s battered image as one that has no “power” to fight for the truth.

While MACC had recorded Deepak’s statement over his role, it left matters at that, giving the impression of a cover-up. However, the opposition DAP said it would lodge a police report over Deepak’s revelation that Najib and Rosmah were involved in Altantuya’s murder.

DAP chairman Karpal Singh said while it was wrong for Deepak to hide the truth for the past two years, it was more important that Altantuya’s murderer be brought to justice. Indeed, it is justice and not vindictiveness that should truly be Deepak’s concern.

Jeswan Kaur is a freelance writer and a FMT columnist.

Talks going on well with SAPP, says Anwar

Anwar Ibrahim today played down talks of tension between the 'original' Sabah PKR members and allies of Wilfred Bumburing and Lajim Ukin.

PETALING JAYA: Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim today dismissed reports that talks were not going well with former Sabah chief minister Yong Teck Lee’s Sabah Progressive People’s (SAPP) party.

He said Pakatan Rakyat, which he leads, has been “more successful with SAPP” as there has been a more active process of negotiations and “they have been attending our joint meetings”.

Anwar’s comments contradict a report on Tuesday quoting a SAPP insider who claimed that Yong had implied that SAPP could well be on a collision course with its “allies” PKR and DAP (Pakatan members) in many seats.

Speaking to FMT after SAPP’s supreme council meeting on Monday, the insider said Yong told his comrades that SAPP must stick to its “principle” that a local-based party must take the majority of the State Legislative Assembly seats.

But Anwar insisted that talks were going smoothly and that seat negotiations in Sabah were underway.

Anwar said that the opposition allies are more inclined towards a one-to-one fight against Barisan Nasional parties.

“We have taken a clear position that we are moving towards that direction, that’s it’s one-to-one,” Anwar said in a press conference at the PKR headquarters today.

When asked about Jeffrey Kitingan-led State Reform Party (STAR), Anwar said that Tuaran MP Wilfred Bumburing, who helms Angkatan Perubahan Sabah (APS), had been appointed to negotiate seats with Jeffrey in Sabah.

“We think we have a problem with the STAR because STAR says it is opposed to all Peninsula-based parties while we say that we are opposed to all corrupt leaders irrespective of whether peninsula or state-based. There is a difference there.

“Notwithstanding that, we have assigned Wilfred (Bumburing) to proceed with the negotiations, including with the STAR,” said Anwar.

‘We want to kill Umno’

Asked if peninsula-based Pakatan was focusing its efforts on only parliamentary seats and leaving the state to the locals to fight out, Anwar said: “There is no way we are only fighting in the parliamentary seats and giving the state to Musa [Aman]. We want to kill Umno.”

He also touched on reports that Sabah PKR was dysfunctional following Anwar’s ready acceptance of BN defectors Bumburing and Beaufort MP Lajim Ukin.

Both declared their alliance to PKR-Pakatan but declined to become members of the coalition. Lajim has set up his own platform Pakatan Perubahan Sabah which is Pakatan-friendly.

FMT had last month reported tension within Sabah PKR between the “PKR ori”[original] or “PKR photocopy”, the former referring to genuine members of the party while “photocopy” addresses those with APS and PPS who “refused” to be members of PKR but have declared support for Anwar.

But Anwar played down such allegations, saying that it was not an accurate assessment of the current situation.

“Not really, of course; there are questions raised, for example: ‘why do you consider this candidate… we think another candidate is better’. Things like that. We’ve had sessions, [PKR] state leader Ahmad Tamrin will be present in all the other meetings, similar with Wilfred and Lajim.”

“It is not about new or old, [former health minister and MCA leader] Chua Jui Meng came in later but he is still the head of Johor and doing similarly well national. I don’t think that is quite correct.”

When asked about the details of the “deal” with the newcomers, Anwar merely said that the collaboration with Lajim and Bumburing was going “smoothly”.

“They come in as partners in Pakatan. They are committed to the Pakatan agenda. We are working very well. In fact, next week I am going to [meet] Wilfred and Lajim as part of the campaign programme. I don’t have a problem, seriously.”

“There will be questions. Particularly now with people clamouring for seats or lobbying for seats; it is something which is quite normal. But we have to draw the line, you know.”

Seat talks smooth

Meanwhile, when asked about seat allocations nationwide, Anwar said that in the peninsula there has been much more progress.

“It is ongoing, in Selangor it is finished. In Penang there is one, Kedah one, Perlis one; I was told, Perak two state seats. So it is 95% resolved,” he said.

Anwar said that he told the committee working on seats, PKR’s Azmin Ali, PAS’s Mustafa Ali and DAP’s Tan Kok Wai to conclude the talks, but he was informed that there is a bit more to be done, especially in Sabah and Sarawak as it involves SAPP and STAR.

Charge Sepang protesters, says Hindraf

It takes offence at a call for the destruction of Hindu temples.

KUALA LUMPUR: Hindraf today urged the authorities to punish the participants of last Tuesday’s demonstration against the rebuilding of a Hindu shrine in Sepang.

In a report lodged at the Travers police station, Hindraf youth chief S Thiagarajan said the demonstrators had incited racial and religious hatred.

Thiagarajan referred to a placard displayed at the protest, which read “Robohkan Kuil Haram” (Demolish Illegal Temples), saying it represented a “blatant act” of bullying against a “vulnerable minority”.

Tuesday’s demonstration was carried out by a group calling itself Taman Seroja Residents Association. It was in reaction to a proposal to rebuild a Hindu altar that the Sepang municipal council had demolished. The altar was located on the porch of a private home.

Referring to the offending placard, Thiagarajan said: “There are no such things as illegal Hindu temples or licences for the same as there are no such things as illegal mosques or suraus, churches, Chinese temples, gurudwaras, etc, or licences for the same.

“All these places of worship exist and co-exist by virtue of Article 11 of the Federal Constitution, which guarantees freedom of religion.”

The report also called for the prosecution of the municipal officers who demolished the altar.

It also urged the government to “seriously promote” racial and religious co-existence as opposed to mere tolerance.

Speaking to FMT, Thiagarajan proposed that state governments earmark a site for a Hindu temple for every 1,000 Hindus.

He questioned the authorities’ failure to act against Tuesday’s demonstrators, contrasting this with the swift action taken against Seputeh MP Teresa Kok a couple years ago over her call for mosque loudspeakers to be lowered in volume at dawn.

36 ditahan terlibat kes gaduh di Sg Petani

Ketua Polis Kedah juga berkata pihaknya tidak akan berkompromi dengan sesiapa yang menyebarkan maklumat palsu.

ALOR SETAR: Polis Kedah menahan 36 orang yang dipercayai terlibat dalam insiden pergaduhan di Sungai Petani bagi membantu siasatan, kata Ketua Polis Kedah Datuk Ahmad Ibrahim.

Katanya semua tahanan yang berumur antara 18 hingga 30-an itu kini ditahan di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah (IPD) Kuala Muda, di Sungai Petani.

Beliau berkata tangkapan terakhir dibuat pada 4.30 pagi tadi di sekitar Sungai Petani dan akan menahan beberapa lagi suspek berdasarkan maklumat yang diperoleh menerusi soal siasat ke atas tahanan.

“Kita tangkap semua yang terlibat. Polis tak akan berkompromi dengan sesiapa yang melakukan provokasi sehingga mencetuskan keadaan hura-hara,” katanya pada sidang media di Ibu Pejabat Polis Kontinjen (IPK) Kedah di sini hari ini.

Mengenai pihak yang menyebarkan maklumat palsu menerusi media sosial, blog dan khidmat pesanan ringkas (SMS) bahawa berlakunya rusuhan di daerah Kuala Muda terutama Sungai Petani, Ahmad berkata Jabatan Siasatan Jenayah Komersial (JSJK) negeri akan menyiasat dan mengambil tindakan ke atas pihak yang menyebarkan maklumat yang tidak benar berkaitan situasi di daerah berkenaan.

Katanya polis turut mengambil tindakan terhadap mereka yang bertanggungjawab menyebar maklumat palsu dan mencetuskan keadaan yang kurang menyenangkan.

Ahmad berkata semalam pihaknya mengadakan pertemuan dengan ketua-ketua agama, pemimpin politik dan wakil rakyat daerah Kuala Muda di IPD Kuala Muda bagi menerangkan situasi sebenar supaya mereka boleh menyampaikan maklumat yang betul kepada masyarakat setempat.

Katanya apa yang berlaku hanyalah pergaduhan kecil antara kumpulan anak muda dan bukannya rusuhan seperti yang digambarkan dalam blog dan media sosial.

Beliau juga menegaskan kepada golongan muda agar tidak melakukan sesuatu yang melanggar undang-undang kerana perkara tersebut membabitkan soal keselamatan.

“Kita mampu untuk tenteramkan keadaan tersebut jika masyarakat memberi kerjasama untuk mengharmonikan situasi ini. Kita juga sebarkan maklumat tepat dalam laman sosial Facebook kepada masyarakat dan kita tak sembunyikan apa-apa fakta,” katanya.

Ahmad turut memberi amaran keras kepada penyebar maklumat palsu agar segera menghentikan perbuatan itu kerana katanya maklumat yang berbentuk provokasi dan sensasi berupaya untuk mencetuskan masalah perkauman sekali gus mengugat ketenteraman awam.

Katanya dakwaan kematian akibat pergaduhan antara kaum juga tidak wujud seperti yang digambarkan dalam berita di laman sosial dan pihak polis kini giat melakukan kawalan di daerah itu.

“Saya dah pantau keadaan di Sungai Petani dan saya lihat keadaan normal, masyarakat melakukan aktiviti harian dan kedai buka macam biasa. Tak ada kuil atau rumah ibadah lain terbakar seperti yang dilapor oleh blogger,” kata Ahmad.


‘Sabah Umno reps only servicing Muslims’

Disgruntled Sabah Upko members are fed up with Umno YBs and want a special programme to re-educate them on their responsibilities to the electorate.

LAHAD DATU: The strained relationship between two Barisan Nasional components here has emerged into the open over the preferential treatment given to Muslim Bumiputera at the expense of the non-Muslims.

The United Pasokmomogun Kadazandusun Murut Organisation (Upko) which is embarrassed that it has not been able to provide the same level of social assistance that Umno provides its supporters, this week accused the dominant BN party of granting assistance based on religious beliefs rather than on needs and creating a split where none existed before.

Silam Upko division chairman, Basari Sarkun, charged that the Silam Umno elected representatives were neglecting the wellbeing of the non-Muslim Bumiputera and ignoring the sacrifices of BN component parties and their supporters that ensured the coalition’s victory in the last election.

Basari, who is also district councillor, said Umno seemed to be only interested in helping the Muslim community, especially its party members first and then the community.

“Let me remind you all that the victory of Silam is the victory of all the component parties in BN, and not solely Umno or the YBs themselves. They should fulfil their election pledge to the people after they had won,” he said.

He suggested that the BN conduct a special programme to educate its elected representatives to understand their duty to all citizens as well as Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s unity drive which they had taken to mean as an exercise of merely putting up their finger and shouting “1 Malaysia” during a function or a photo opportunity.

“I have requested for the YBs special fund to repair churches, roads, village community halls in non-Muslim Bumiputera majority villages. I also requested 1Malaysia computer, zinc sheets, water tanks and other such items for our communities, but sadly the YBs were not forthcoming,” he said.

A highly emotional Basari, who cried at various points of his speech to some 600 party members during a division meeting, said that even government poverty eradication programmes were discriminatory in nature including the supply of electricity and water in rural areas.

‘There’s still hope’

In attendance were Upko president Bernard Dompok, who is also federal Plantation and Commodity Minister, his deputy Ewon Ebin, who is State Rural Development Minister, State Cultural Board chairman Wences Anggang and central committee members Madius Tanggau and Markus Mojigoh (Putatan MP).

Dompok urged his party members to be calm and voice their grievances through the proper party channels.

He said the acceptance by Najib to set up Royal Commission of Inquiry on illegal immigrants was “a good indication” of the willingness of the current BN government to resolve the long-standing Sabahan problems.

“There is still hope in BN… it is willing to listen and find ways to improve the situation. Of course, we can’t resolve everything overnight, but when the right times come, it will be resolved,” he told disgruntled members and party supporters.

MACC panel: Cecil Abraham not involved in closing case

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) operations review panel clarified today that senior lawyer Cecil Abraham, who was allegedly linked to private eye P Balasubramaniam's second statutory declaration (SD), had no hand in the panel’s decision to stop the investigation against the latter.

NONE“The operations review panel would like to state that one of the panel members, Cecil Abraham, was not present nor involved in the meeting,” panel chairperson Hadenan Abdul Jalil said in a statement today.

He said the case related to Balasubramaniam’s second SD was discussed during the panel’s meeting on Nov 8, 2012, and the panel had agreed with the deputy public prosecutor’s decision to stop the investigation on grounds that the testimonies given by major witnesses were not supported by other witnesses, and the credibility of the major witnesses was disputable.
Since last week, Malaysiakini has attempted to contact Cecil, who is a senior partner of the legal firm of Zul Rafique and Partners, through telephone, writing, facsimile and email, but has yet to receive any response. 
NONEHadenan (right) was responding to articles published in the online media related to MACC’s investigation on Balasubramaniam’s second SD.

The issue arose last month when Deepak Jaikishan, who has claimed to be personally involved in the ‘flipping’ of Balasubramaniam, made a series of explosive revelations, including the allegation that two lawyers - a senior lawyer and his son - were involved in drafting the second SD.

In the first SD, Balasubramaniam linked Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu who was murdered by two police officers in 2006, but he signed a second SD the next day to deny Najib’s involvement.

Check-and-balance mechanism

In an interview with PAS organ Harakah last week, Deepak had related how the senior lawyer had drafted and prepared the document along with the latter’s son, though only his son came to see the other parties involved at a hotel in Kuala Lumpur, where Balasubramaniam was allegedly “kept”.

NONEThe lawyer’s name was supposedly mentioned by Deepak in the interview that has been posted on YouTube, with the name edited out.

In the statement today, Hadenan stressed that the panel functions as a check-and-balance mechanism in the MACC, where all investigations done by the commission will be submitted to the panel members for their feedback.

“The panel members consist of those with expertise and who represent professional bodies, and they make decisions without interference from any party.

“Hence any statement that doubts the transparency and independence of the operations review panel is much regretted,” he said, adding that the MACC would reopen investigations if there were new and relevant statements.

however, Hadenan’s statement does not mention whether Cecil was involved in Balasubramaniam’s second SD.

Americk: Cecil is a lawyer of the highest integrity...

The following is the press release in full by Americk Singh Sidhu, who is the lawyer for former private eye P Balasubramaniam.
There has been much speculation in the press recently over the identity of a “Tan Sri lawyer and his son” who were both supposedly involved in the preparation of my client’s 2nd statutory declaration (SD), the contents of which were specifically designed to withdraw the allegations made in his earlier statutory declaration and to state that my client, Bala, was ‘compelled’ to make those allegations ‘under duress’.

The reasons for this alleged ‘compulsion’ leading to the alleged ‘duress’ were never explained in the 2nd SD.

As far as I am concerned, the 1st SD was transcribed, produced and eventually affirmed by my client over a period of two months during which time every detail was painstakingly checked and cross-checked to ensure the highest accuracy. There was never any reason for my client to withdraw those contents unless he had been forced to, which is now apparent.

Let me make it very clear that my client does not know the identity of the lawyer(s) who drafted this 2nd statutory declaration. He had not instructed any lawyer to do so. This is because the contents of his 1st statutory declaration were true to the best of his knowledge and belief. Therefore there was never any necessity to alter the contents of his 1st SD. However, Bala was forced to sign a 2nd SD because of a threat to the safety of his wife and children.

NONEMy client was presented with this 2nd SD when he was being held in a room at the Hilton Hotel, KL Sentral, on the morning of July 4, 2008. In the hotel room with him at that time were Deepak Jaikishan (left), his brother Dinesh and one ASP Suresh.

At about 8am Deepak received a phone call from the reception desk informing him that some documents had just been delivered to the hotel. Dinesh went to retrieve them and brought them back to the room.

A few minutes later an elderly Malay gentleman turned up at this room. His name was Zainal Abidin bin Muhayat. He introduced himself as a commissioner for oaths and proceeded to attest Bala’s signature on the 2nd SD. Bala had not read the contents of this 2nd SD. He was merely requested to sign it. This commissioner for oaths then placed his stamp over his own signature.

The address on this stamp is Suite 17.01, 17th Floor, Menara Pan Global, Lorong P Ramlee, Kuala Lumpur. It has been pointed out that this address is the same as that of the law firm of Zul Rafique & Partners in 2008. I presume this commissioner for oaths must have been working from this office, unless of course a false address had been used.

The commissioner for oaths then informed Deepak to make sure he showed my client where his office was situated whilst Deepak was driving Bala to the Prince Court Hotel for a press conference scheduled to take place later that morning.
Concern of the commissioner of oaths
This commissioner for oaths was concerned that Bala would know exactly where his office was as a commissioner for oaths is only supposed to attest signatures at the premises at which he is registered. He wanted to ensure Bala knew where his office was situated in the event he was asked. Deepak however, did not show Bala where this office was.

At the Prince Court Hotel, Bala was held in an area above the main lobby where he was introduced to a lawyer named Arunampalam, whose presence at the hotel had been organised by Deepak. This lawyer informed Bala that he was not to say anything to the press, who were waiting in the main lobby, as he, Arunampalam, would do all the talking.

p balasubramaniam private investigator altantuya murder case 040708 01Bala had never met this lawyer Arunampalam before that and neither had Bala engaged him to represent him in the scheduled press conference.

At the conference that followed, Arunampalam handed out copies of the 2nd SD to all the journalists present and informed them that Bala had been forced to sign the 1st SD under duress. This, of course, is totally untrue.

The only duress Bala had been under was when he was forced to sign the 2nd SD as threats had unequivocally been made to the wellbeing of his wife and children by both Deepak and Nazim Tun Razak. These threats have been documented in earlier revelations Bala has made and are in the public domain. Both Deepak and Nazim Tun Razak have not denied these allegations.

It is pertinent to note that whilst this press conference was being held at the Prince Court Hotel, Bala’s wife and children were at the immigration department at Pusat Bandar Damansara with Deepak’s secretary, a Miss Wong, having their passports hastily processed for the intended flight from Malaysia, due to take place that very afternoon.

NONEThis was one of the conditions imposed by Deepak and the parties behind him as a guarantee for the safety of Bala’s wife and children….that they immediately leave the country until such time that Najib Tun Razak became prime minister.

Having laid out the circumstances in which Bala was made to sign that 2nd SD, I would now wish to comment on the speculation surrounding the lawyers involved in preparing that second SD.

The Bar Council president, Lim Chee Wee, has made a statement to the effect that the Bar Council would no doubt urge the Advocates & Solicitors Disciplinary Board to investigate this matter should a complaint be lodged against the lawyers who prepared this second SD.

I wish to clarify the position at present.

Bala is unable to lodge a complaint with this Disciplinary Board for the simple reason he is unable to identify the lawyer(s) who attended to the drafting of that 2nd SD, as this was done in his absence and without his permission.

All he is able to do at this point in time is to confirm that he had not instructed any lawyer to prepare that 2nd SD, nor was he present before a lawyer when it was being prepared. The contents of that 2nd SD are also totally false.

Deepak has gone on record to say that the lawyers involved in the preparation of that 2nd SD were in fact a ‘Tan Sri and his son who is also a lawyer’.

cecil abrahamThis statement has, in the circumstances, publically perpetrated, by insinuation and deduction, the identification of Tan Sri Cecil Abraham (left) and his son Sunil as the possible culprits due to a strange series of coincidences, which in themselves are indeed unfortunate.

I wish to place on record that I find these allegations extremely surprising as I know Cecil personally. He is a barrister of the highest integrity with at least 40 years of impeccable service to the Malaysian Bar and is held in high esteem by all those who have had the privilege of making his acquaintance, both personally and professionally.
Bar Council president must act 
It is therefore unthinkable that someone who possesses such an ingrained sense of dignity,  integrity and professionalism and who has dedicated over 40 years of his life in upholding all that is sacrosanct to the honour of being a member of an historically noble profession, would in any way so blatantly compromise those ideals by partaking in something as undignified and as irresponsible as knowingly formulating a false statement to be sworn by someone he had never met, under circumstances of obvious duress and coercion, knowing at all times that I was representing Bala.

It is for this reason Bala will not, at this point in time, be lodging a complaint with the Advocates & Solicitors Disciplinary Board for the simple reason he is unable to identify the lawyer (or lawyers) concerned who were involved in preparing a knowingly false statutory declaration without any instructions from him to do so.
As this is a rather serious matter, may I suggest that the president of the Bar Council organise a simple email to be sent to all members of the Malaysian Bar requesting that the member(s) responsible for drafting that 2nd SD do the right thing and make themselves known, as it appears innocent parties may be publicly falling victim to the blame game and finger pointing which has emerged since Deepak’s revelations, to which I certainly do not subscribe.

Americk Singh Sidhu

Identity of Deepak's 'backer' is secondary, says PKR

The identities of the purported backers of Deepak Jaikishan are secondary to the message that he is bringing, says PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim.

At a press conference today, Anwar said Deepak had provided new evidence into the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu and also provided evidence of corruption and suppression of evidence by the authorities.

“These are all criminal acts. You do not say that somebody is behind it. If you say we will investigate it is all right, but you do not cover-up a crime.

“That is the central issue,” Anwar said, adding that he was not surprised with the allegations made by Umno bloggers that he was behind the expose.

“But you have to look at who is making this expose. It is Deepak, who is said to be a close family friend of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and Rosmah (Mansor). Deal with it. They (Najib and Rosmah) have to respond,” he said.

Anwar added that the system does not allow people to cast aspersions as Deepak had done.

"If you (the media) take the same position as Umno - (by focussing on) who is behind it, (it is not good). Look at the revelations that have been made.

"I for one do not condone smearing of people (without proof) and if what Deepak alleges (is true or untrue) he should be held responsible and accountable," said Anwar, who is the Permatang Pauh MP and opposition leader.

Anwar has been implicated by pro-Umno bloggers as the mastermind behind the series of revelations by Deepak that had put Najib in bad light.

Deepak had told several news organisations that he had been roped in by Najib to help convince private investigator P Balasubramaniam to retract his statutory declaration.

‘If Deepak alleges Anwar...’

Anwar then went on to attack the mainstream media, saying that if Deepak had said something about Anwar, it would appear in the front pages of all these newspapers.

“If such allegations are made against me, they will appear in The Star, New Straits Times and Utusan Malaysia for the next 30 days. But here you have the specific allegations and some of you (the media) have privy to the facts as there are specific allegations.

“There are accounts or payments made, and (these allegations) are serious, but the news had been completely submerged.

“That is why the submarines have been a big political issue in this country,” Anwar added, referring to the Scorpene submarine scandal that started the whole affair of the retracted statutory declaration.

PAS shows Indians the door"You scratch my back, I'll claw you back". That's PAS's gratitude for you.

Mohan Dass

Indians who form the bulk of the non-Muslim supporters of PAS have been shown the door by the party hierarchy. They should therefore walk out of PAS.

It's time Indians should realize this: You are there to look after PAS interests, but PAS is not there to look after your interests.

In effect PAS is saying to you "You scratch my back, I'll claw you back". That's PAS's gratitude for you.

Just look at the unfolding events. PAS is accusing its non-Muslim supporters of undermining the party's Islamic stand. How so? The National PAS Supporters Congress had merely defended non-Muslim rights when PAS took action against non-Muslims for alleged indecent behaviour. Now, the PAS Assistant Secretary-general and State Executive Councillor Datuk Takuyuddin Hassan claims that the congress has bad intentions and must not question what the party decides.

Wake up Indians. Don’t turn a blind eye to the problems of your community. Know which side of your bread is buttered.

• Where was PAS when Indians highlighted the plight of stateless persons within the community?

• Where was PAS when temples were being demolished in Selangor with impunity?

• Where was PAS when you protested the proposed condominium near Batu Caves that would threaten the caves and the Murugan


There is no Nambikei with PAS. Know where to place your trust!!

NAJIB "COMPLICIT" in Malaysia's "mind-boggling" DIRTY MONEY CONSPIRACY - Anwar

 NAJIB "COMPLICIT" in Malaysia's "mind-boggling" DIRTY MONEY CONSPIRACY - AnwarUPDATE 2 Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim held Prime Minister Najib Razak accountable for the huge jump in "dirty money" siphoned out of Malaysia, accusing him of blocking investigations and failing to make public the results of a central bank probe.

"He is complicit in this. We raised the matter two years ago but not only has nothing been done, the amount of illicit outflows has more than doubled in 2010 compared to 2009. He has not been transparent to the people and has blocked investigations," Anwar told a press conference on Thursday.

Expressing a lack of confidence in Najib to come clean on the scandal or to come up with an action plan to stop the outflows, Anwar said his Pakatan Rakyat coalition would be initiating a roundtable in January 2013 to get the Malaysian government, the central bank to thrash out the issue with the Global Financial Integrity.

The Opposition Leader was responding to a report released earlier this week by the Washington-based financial watchdog that sent shock waves around the world.

GFI, which tracks capital flight, is run by top financial experts including former senior IMF researchers. It said in its latest report that RM 197 billion of 'dirty money' had been siphoned out of Malaysia in 2010 compared to RM 93 billion in 2009, an increase of 112 %. This gives Malaysia the rather shameful record of being the No.2 country in the world after China of having the highest illicit outflows in 2010.

GFI warned that capital flight in Malaysia is "at a scale seen in few Asian countries". For the 10 years from 2001 to 2010, Malaysia was ranked No. 3 globally with the cumulative amount of 'dirty money' siphoned out amounting to US$285 billion (RM871.4 billion), after China's US$2,740 billion and Mexico's US$476 billion.

Explain, Zeti & Najib: Don't 'blackout' the news

Anwar also challenged Bank Negara to explain "how it can fail to detect such a large sum as RM197billion" leaving the country in 2010 alone when the existing financial system was "transparent."

Anwar also slammed BN Members of Parliament for failing in their duty to the people and demanding for an explanation from the government.

"We are talking about mind-boggling crime... This is the same situation as in the Great Indian Robbery where US$500 billion was spirited out of the coutry over a period of 6 decades. But not a single BN MP has stood up to question what is happening here," said Anwar.

"The Opposition raised the matter in Parliament and we were told by the Deputy Minister of Finance that the probe carried out by Bank Negara found the amount was exaggerated. But now we find that a year later, the amount of illegal outflows has jumped even more.

"The Bank Negara report was never made public. Why? I will be writing to Zeti Akhtar Aziz, the BNM governor, GFI officials, representatives of the government and state governments to come together in a meeting in 2013 to sort out what is behind these huge numbers. We also welcome Datuk Najib to attend."

A former deputy prime minister, Anwar also lamented the media "blackout" on the news and did not discount the possibility that Bank Negara may have come under political pressure to "keep silent".

Malaysia Chronicle

Latest GFI report on RM196.8 billion dirty money siphoned out of Malaysia in 2010 is the third warning of adverse international reports in the last month of the year that “something is rotten in the state of Denmark” as far as Malaysia is concerned

The latest Global Financial Integrity (GFI) report on the astronomical RM196.8 billion in dirty money siphoned out of Malaysia in 2010, resulting in a mind-boggling total of RM871 billion in illegal capital flight from the country over the last 10 years (2001-2010), is the third warning of adverse international reports in the last month of the year that “something is rotten in the state of Denmark” as far as Malaysia is concerned.

The GFI report marks a trio of adverse international reports about Malaysia in the last month of this year to warn Malaysians why the time has come for a change of Federal government in Putrajaya in the forthcoming 13th General Elections.

There are still 11 days before the end of the month of December for the year 2012. Will there be another adverse international report about Malaysia to make it a quartet of adverse international reports in the last month of this year?

The other two adverse international reports for Malaysia which were published this month are:

• Transparency International (TI) Corruption Perception Index (CPI) 2012 – Despite a change of methodology for the TI CPI score and ranking, the ineluctable fact is that corruption under Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak from 2009-2012 is even worse than corruption under the previous five Prime Ministers, including Tun Abdullah and Tun Mahathir;

• Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) 2011 which showed that Malaysia is losing out in the battle for the future, as the results highlight that Malaysia is suffering a twin educational crisis, with the Malaysian education system providing an increasingly inferior education over the years as well as Malaysian students losing out to their peers in other countries in the key critical subjects of mathematics and science which will determine whether Malaysia could succeed to transform itself into a competitive, innovative and high-income developed nation in the international arena.

The year 2012 is ending very poorly both for the country and the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak.

There are not only this trio of adverse international reports for Malaysia in the last month of December 2012, but the country is increasingly haunted by the ghosts of past decades of corrupt, undemocratic and unjust governance.

Recently, former Prime Minister Tun Mahathir made the unforgettable quote that it is better for the people to elect the devil they know rather than the angel whom they may not know.

What Mahathir had not reckoned with is that the ghosts of the past are increasingly taking centre-stage in Malaysian politics – not only the ghosts of the murdered Mongolian Altantuya Shaariibuu; Teoh Beng Hock, the victim of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Agency (MACC) and the countless who were “murdered” while under police custody in police lockups like A. Kugan crying out for justice, but other “ghosts” of the past as well.

The recent explosive “confessions” by the carpet trader, Deepak Jaikishan on the Atantunya murder case; the public exchanges between the former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan and the former Criminal Crime Investigation Department Director Datuk Ramli Yusof about the wrongs and abuses of power committed by the other; the public allegations of corruption and abuses of power made against the Attorney-General Tan Sri Gani Patail, are only some of the “skeletons” rattling in the national cupboard but nobody expects the UMNO/BN administrations to get to the bottom to uncover their truths.

Only a change of Federal Government in Putrajaya in the 13GE in the next 100 days can resolve and appease all the “ghosts” of the UMNO/BN administrations, particularly of the past three decades – including who was responsible for the murder of auditor Jalil Ibrahim in Hong Kong in the first mega-scandal of the Mahathir era, the RM2.5 billion Bumiputra Malaysia Finance (BMF) scandal in the eighties.

India To Award Two Highway Projects To Malaysian Firms, Says Najib

By Saraswathi Muniappan

NEW DELHI, Dec 20 (Bernama) -- The Indian government will award two highway projects in Tamil Nadu, South India, to Malaysian firms under a government-to- government arrangement, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said.

Malaysia and India signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) in 2010 on highway management and development.

"I informed them that we've already enforced the first phase of the MoU, but the project delivery under the second phase has not materialise yet," he said after a bilateral meeting with India's Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh.

He said Manmohan Singh has given his commitment and was prepared to take positive steps to realise the MoU's second phase by offering the opportunity to Malaysian firms to undertake the two highway projects in Tamil Nadu.

Asked where would be the highways in Tamil Nadu, Najib said: "Identification of the highways and the concession companies will be done later. Details will be announced later once the projects have been formally confirmed."

"Apart from that, we also agreed to expand our collaborations with India, a very strategic partner to Malaysia.

"Given the warm and cordial bilateral relations with India, Malaysia is a natural gateway to Indian companies to penetrate the more open Asean market," said Najib, who is also Finance Minister.

On Malaysia-India CEO Forum, Najib said that it was one of the most active CEO forums.

"The forum serves as a platform for the private sector to share their experience on how to operate in India," he said.

"Overall, Malaysian companies have displayed their performance which has earned high appreciation and India has high regard for the capabilities of our companies.

"Projects such as the monorail in Mumbai and the highways that we've built were of the quality that we can be proud of and they also have high regard for our achievements," he added.

Poet Cecil Rajendra opens reading room in Penang

Human rights lawyer and renowned poet Cecil Rajendra has converted his former law office in George Town into a reading room for the public.
Cecil Rajendra at the opening of his reading room in Penang
Cecil Rajendra at the opening of his reading room in Penang
The By, In, For & About Penang (BIFAP) Reading Room provides a quiet haven for senior citizens to read books and newspapers or for children to cultivate the reading habit or do their homework while their parents are in town.
Many of the books are about Penang written by Penang-based authors, said Cecil, a frequent contributor to Aliran. His work has also been published by Amnesty International and other international publishers.
Joining Cecil at the launch was Penang-based black-and-white photographer par excellence Ismail Hashim, an Aliran founder member
Joining Cecil at the launch was Penang-based black-and-white photographer par excellence Ismail Hashim, an Aliran founder member
The reading room is open from 10.00am to 6.00pm on weekdays. It is located at 2 Che Em Lane, the entrance to which is just opposite the CIMB Bank along Beach Street.