19 Nov 2011

More Big Boobs By Taib! – Expose

More Big Boobs By Taib! – Expose

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How much ‘economic analysis’ does it take to produce stuff like this?

Chief Minister Taib Mahmud and PM Najib Razak have been trumpeting their economic policies in the light of plaudits given by an outfit called the Oxford Business Group..

Explaining the significance of the praises lavished on Sarawak and Malaysia by the Oxford Busines Group, the Chief Minister’s own website claimed that the publication “provides in-depth detail on Sarawak’s current economic outlook and what the future holds for the state”.

However, the Editorial Director of these reports is none other than a former Editor of the UK’s most ridiculed porn rag, the Daily Sport, which closed earlier this year.

Peter Grimsditch was sacked 4 years after having launched the Sport for the UK ‘Porn King’, David Sullivan in 1988. He was also sacked as Editor of another low-brow red top, the Daily Star, and is now based in the Middle East. 

From editiing porn to finance PR – Peter Grimsditch

Another ‘boob’ by Taib?

The revelation raises question marks over the economic focus and expertise of the publication that are not satisfactorily answered by the qualifications of its predominantly youthful staff:

“They are mostly in their 20′s and they get posted for a couple of months to do the business”, explained one senior executive of a respected economic publication in the Middle East, where OBG have also started operating.

“It is basically what one calls an ‘Advertorial’.  They write sympathetic positive stuff about the subject matter. The purpose is obvious, which is to give the best possible spin and encourage investment.  The State will then quote the report”.

Oxford Business Group Report was launched with fanfare by Taib

Under these circumstances, the grand fanfare with which Taib personally launched the Oxford Business Group’s ‘Country Report’ on Sarawak in October at the Pullman Hotel, seems rather ridiculous.  ‘The Report Sarawak’ was presented as if it was a respected and objective third-party analysis, giving the thumbs up to investors.  In fact it was just a vanity publication, which he paid for out of state funds!  We suggest investors should therefore also read this Sarawak Report to gain some balance! 

Taib and Najib both personally attended grand launches of their country reports with OBG’s top executives flying in

 Najib and his economic ministers have likewise indulged in silly self-promotion based on Oxford Business Group puff pieces, allowing junior OBG staff to opine in interviews with Bernama about Malaysia’s macro-economic policies as if they had qualifications in the subject.

Daniel Moore – BSc in Marketing

 For example, OBG’s ‘Regional Manager’, the youthful Daniel Moore, was quoted extensively in Bernama at the time of the budget, praising the New Economic Model for ‘focusing in creating an environment that allowed for the private sectors to become the engine for economic growth’:

“This in turn will lead to more interest from foreign markets and a more organic growth curve for the domestic markets” explained Mr Moore, who is undoubtedly an excellent salesman, but who has no credentials as an economist.

In further articles Moore would have pleased Najib by arguing that the country should “support growth sectors such as tourism, Islamic finance and halal products”.

‘No plan B, because we commissioned the Oxford Business Group to say we were doing fine’ – Borneo Post!

Why are taxpayers being charged ?

We argue that the whole industry of releasing ‘economic reports’ to praise government leaders should not be charged to the taxpayer, but rather to the political party concerned.

Taib at the launch of his vanity publication – Pullman Hotel in October

This is particularly the case if misleading spin is being presented by the government as if it was an objective and professional analaysis of their policies. 

All OBG reports follow the same format of featuring a flattering photograph of the leading political personality of the relevant country on the cover page and then proceeding to lavish praise on them throughout.

This is a fair indicator as to who has commissioned the book and an equally  good sign that purchases by investors of the heftily priced reports, ( £130 /RM650) each, are not the way the project is genuinely funded! 

Jana has spend her entire 4 year career at OBG, after gaining a degree in Information Science

So how much did Taib pay out for the glamorous ‘Country Director’ Jana Treeck to head up a team for 6 months in Sarawak ‘analysing trends’ and coming to the conclusion that:

 “The Report: Sarawak 2011 would play an important role in relaying the State’s emerging investment opportunities on the international stage”?

The Report Sarawak in fact consists mainly of extensive crawling interviews with a line up of Taib’s favourite cronies and family members!

Inevitable set-piece features include Taib himself, his cousin and business partner Hamed Sepawi, his brother-in-law Robert Geneid, Jabu, Masing, Awang Tenggah, along with Taib’s key foreign helpers Richard Curtis of CMS and Torstein Dale Sjotveit, the Norwegian Head of Sarawak Energy.

Each interview is merely a polite question and answer session accompanied by a flattering pen drawing of the subject, which they presumably get a copy of!

Nevertheless, the ‘advertorial’ is presented by Oxford Business Group as “a business intelligence report” based on “in-country research” conducted “by experienced analysts” in order to identify investment opportunities.

Massaging vital statistics? Is The Report Sarawak any more realistic and objective than this typical offering from the Daily Sport?

According to the OBG website :

“Oxford Business Group’s in-depth coverage and research is produced in-country by our teams of experienced and specialist analysts.

For each country we cover, we aim not only to provide macro-analysis of key sectors but also to identify investment opportunities in sub-sectors, all supported by graphs and statistics”.

In fact, when Sarawak Report reviewed The Report Sarawak, our study identified a number of advertisements and a directory of hotels and businesses, but no graphs and no statistics!

We therefore question whether Peter Grimsditch’s Country Reports for OBG owner Michael Benson-Colpi are attempting to be any more realistic or objective than his representations of females for the Daily Sport?

The economy is serious

Previous thumbs up given by the Oxford Business Group have not provided much cause for encouragement.  Last year OGB’s The Report Libya gave a rosy representation of the dictatorship of Ghadaffi, which has clearly not been born out by events!

Speaking of rapid economic reforms and closer international ties the Report grovels “The country’s earlier political history was troubled, but since 1969 [the date of Ghadaffi's coup] institutions have developed at a steady pace and are now largely stable”!  A few months after this insightful report the people of Libya had risen up against their dictator and the rest is history.

The Report Libya in 2010

 The Oxford Business Group, which describes itself as “highly acclaimed” made no better job of their report on Tunisia, where OBG founder Michael Benson-Copi interviewed the hated former President, Ben Ali, himself in 2010. 

Just weeks before the uprising that deposed him, the report states:

 “political and social stability lie at the core of the Tunisian model”! [OGB Report]

 As for the economy, which is believed to have been the root cause of the Tunisian uprising, The Oxford Business Group headed its coverage with the statement: ”The Economy – a model for resilience, staving off the global financial crisis” !

Such outputs might leave the reader wondering on what basis the Oxford Business Group describes itself as ‘highly acclaimed’ when it comes to the economic analysis of investment opportunities and future developments? 

But, back in the days of editing the sport Peter Grimsditch explained some of his less believable stories by saying: “It’s not dishonest journalism — we are printing what people say happens to them.”  This perhaps provides a useful insight for his approach to ‘Country Reports’. 

OBG provides PR bulletins for its clients, many of which find their way to agencies like Bernama and then into publications like the Borneo Post

 Sarawak Report has investigated the UK headquarters of Oxford Business Group, which claims to have been publishing country reports since 1994.  There is no relationship to Oxford the town nor Oxford the University. The London HQ advertised on the company’s website is in fact an office rental centre, where rooms can be let on demand.  We were informed that the Oxford Business Group no longer has office space in the building, although “they sometimes still come in and out” .

Office rental space in Great Titchfield St, London

 OBG Founder, Michael Benson-Colpi has been involved in a number of company ventures, including the St James Partnership, now defunct, and Oxford Business Group (Reports) Limited, OBG Reports Limited, Oxford Business Group (London) Limited and Oxford Business Associates LLP, all started in February 2010.

Michael Benson-Colpi and yet another report is produced. This time for the Economic Community of West African States

His Country Report enterprises are tellingly targetted at ‘emerging’ economies, in countries with limited accountability and transparency.  

He is clearly welcome to his business, but the people of Malaysia and Sarawak should know that Taib and Najib are using his services to promote themselves for PR purposes and to justfify their policies and not for genuine economic analysis.

In the wake of so many recent PR scandals it seems that yet more public money is being poured out on questionable self-promotion by BN politicians, dressed up as genuine objective analyses by foreigners.

 

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  • aborium

    The difference between ‘Report Sarawak’ and ‘Sarawak Report’ is that while the former does the job of painting a rosy picture of the economy, the latter tells you of the thorns that comes with every rose – thorns that bear the marks of grave social injustice, human rights violations, and environmental degradation executed in the name of the ‘economic progress.’

    In short, Report Sarawak gives you the boobs, but Sarawak Report the figure with the boobs and why the baring of boobs alone falls short of explaining the real story behind the figure – motives, Plan B, intents and motivations. Looks and appearances can be deceiving. In Sarawak’s case it’s close to fatal attraction.

  • Money Laundering

    What Oxford Business Group’s Libya:The Report didn’t tell you was the deal between Mad Dog Gaddafi and ex PM Badawi Pak Lah in nuke parts deal and part payment/ contra-in-kind with the proposed 50-storey office tower aka Gaddafi Tower in Tripoli city centre.

    Pak Lah hand-picked goons from Sarawak, Naim Cendera (after impressed Pak Lah with the ali-baba completed RM310m Batu Kawa PGA Kch police quarters project) almost got the deal done but failed, perhaps Pak Lah and Khairy can only explain why it was cancelled he he he

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    NAIM – General Announcement

    Announcement Type: General Announcement

    Company Name: NAIM HOLDINGS BERHAD

    Stock Name: NAIM

    Date Announced: 17/09/2010

    Announcement Detail:

    Type: Announcement

    Subject: Expiry and Termination of Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) between NCSB Engineering Sdn. Bhd. and Al-Waatasemu Charity Foundation of Libya

    Contents: Reference is made to the Company’s announcement dated 16 July 2010 in relation to the MOU entered into between wholly-owned subsidiary, NCSB Engineering Sdn. Bhd. and Al-Waatasemu Charity Foundation to establish a joint venture for the proposed investment, design and construction of the proposed 50-storey tower known as the Gaddafi Tower at Tripoli City Centre, Libya.

    After detailed investigations and feasibility studies and further negotiations with Al-Waatasemu Charity Foundation, the Company now wishes to inform that the MOU which expired on 1 September 2010 has not been extended and both parties have mutually agreed to treat the MOU as terminated.

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    NAIM – SIGNING OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

    Announcement Type: General Announcement

    Company Name: NAIM HOLDINGS BERHAD

    Stock Name: NAIM

    Date Announced: 16/07/2010

    Announcement Detail:

    Type: Announcement

    Subject: SIGNING OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

    Contents: Naim Holdings Berhad (“the Company”) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, NCSB Engineering Sdn. Bhd. (“NESB”) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) today, with the Al-Waatasemu Charity Foundation (“WCF”) of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya for the purpose of recording their broad vision and cooperation towards the investment, design and construction of a proposed tower block containing 50 storeys, subject to variation, of which project is known as the Gaddafi Tower.

    The proposed construction of Gaddafi Tower shall be on a parcel of land containing 11,200 square meters, more or less, situate in the Tripoli City Centre, Libya which land belongs to WCF.

    NESB as an engineering and construction company expresses interest to invest, undertake the design, and construction of this Gaddafi Tower for WCF.

    The MOU shall lapse upon the execution of a formal contract of joint-venture for the project proposed to be signed on or before the 1st day of September 2010.

    The execution of the MOU will not have any material effect on the earnings or net assets of the Company for the year ending 31 December 2010.

    None of the Directors, major shareholders and/or persons connected with them has any interest, whether direct or indirect, in the said MOU.

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    Naim to build tower in Libya

    The Star, Saturday July 17, 2010

    PETALING JAYA: Naim Holdings Bhd said its wholly-owned subsidiary, NCSB Engineering Sdn Bhd, had entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) yesterday with Libya’s Al-Waatasemu Charity Foundation (WCF) to cooperate for the development of Gaddafi Tower, a proposed 50-storey building in Tripoli, Libya.

    “NCSB as an engineering and construction company expresses interest to invest, undertake the design, and construction of this Gaddafi Tower for WCF,’’ Naim told Bursa Malaysia yesterday.

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    Naim Cendera Holdings Berhad’s NCSB Engineering Sdn. Bhd. Enters Into Memorandum of Understanding

    Friday, 16 Jul 2010 05:15am EDT

    Naim Cendera Holdings Berhad announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, NCSB Engineering Sdn. Bhd. (NESB) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on July 16, 2010, with the Al-Waatasemu Charity Foundation (WCF) of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya for the purpose of recording their broad vision and cooperation towards the investment, design and construction of a proposed tower block containing 50 storeys, subject to variation, of which project is known as the Gaddafi Tower.

    The proposed construction of Gaddafi Tower shall be on a parcel of land containing 11,200 square meters, more or less, situate in the Tripoli City Centre, Libya which land belongs to WCF. NESB as an engineering and construction company expresses interest to invest, undertake the design, and construction of this Gaddafi Tower for WCF. The MOU shall lapse upon the execution of a formal contract of joint-venture for the project proposed to be signed on or before the September 1, 2010.

    ________________________

    Naim Cendera Holdings Berhad’s Subsidiary Signs Memorandum Of Understanding

    Friday, 12 Mar 2010 04:28am EST

    Naim Cendera Holdings Berhad announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, NCSB Engineering Sdn. Bhd. (NESB) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today, with the General Board of Privatization & Investment (GBPI) of the Great Socialist Peoples Libyan Arab Jamahiriya with the aim to working together to come up with a concept for the development of a parcel of land containing approximately 100 hectares situated about 30Km from the Tripoli City Centre in Libya.

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    The unholy trinity

    Malaysia Today, Saturday, 22 December 2007

    THE CORRIDORS OF POWER Raja Petra Kamarudin

    …And where does Abdullah Ahmad Badawi come in on all this? Abdullah’s hands are tied. He had earlier ordered the IGP to detain BSA Tahir under Section 8 of the Internal Security Act. If the police had detained him under Section 73, then the Special Branch would have him for 60 days. And once they have him they can interrogate him and find out who else is behind Scomi’s export of nuclear components to Libya. This would be dangerous as Scomi belongs to Abdullah’s son, Kamal, and once the interrogation reveals that Kamal knew all along what was going on and that he is not an unwitting party to the whole thing as they say he is, then the United States will want Kamal’s head on a silver platter.

    …So Tahir was detained under Section 8 of the Internal Security Act which is signed by Abdullah himself and not by the police. Section 8 is the Minister’s prerogative, not the police’s who can only detain you under Section 73. And this is exactly what happened to the HINDRAF 5 as reported in the previous episode of The Corridors of Power, All that crap (read the article here). But an even more interesting question is not why was Tahir detained under Section 8 instead of Section 73 of the Internal Security Act which will allow the Special Branch to investigate who else are behind the Scomi centrifuge scandal? What is more important is where is Tahir now? He is supposed to have been detained under the Internal Security Act, which means he is in the Kamunting Detention Centre. But is he there? And if he is not there then where is he?

    …Yes, that is an even more important question than the question of why he was detained under Section 8 instead of Section 73 of the Internal Security Act. Tahir is not under detention. Tahir is under protective custody. He is under protective custody so that the Malaysian Special Branch and the American CIA can’t get their hands on him. And Abdullah has the power to do this as he did for the HINDRAF 5 whom the Special Branch are also dying to get their hands on but can’t.

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    Sekarang faham, tak?

    Malaysia Today, Friday, 09 July 2010

    NO HOLDS BARRED Raja Petra Kamarudin

    …Khairy Jamaluddin wants to declare war on me as well? Well, then bring it on, brader. You want to reveal a crime — then let us reveal a crime. Do you want to know what real crimes are? Real crimes are selling nuclear components to rogue states like Libya.

    …One more word from Khairy and the shit is going to hit the fan. I will publish here in Malaysia Today the evidence of his family’s involvement in terrorist activities. These will be Home Ministry documents marked RAHSIA. Then let us see who gets extradited. The US would probably be filing extradition papers against the Abdullah Ahmad Badawi family rather than Malaysia filling extradition papers against RPK.

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    The battle begins: Round One

    Malaysia Today, Monday, 12 July 2010

    THE CORRIDORS OF POWER Raja Petra Kamarudin

    On 20th February 2004, about three months after Abdullah Ahmad Badawi took over as Prime Minister of Malaysia, the IGP issued a ten-page press release. In this press release the IGP confirmed that Buhary Seyed Abu Tahir or BSA Tahir was involved in the supply of nuclear centrifuges to Iran and Libya.

    Basically, the purpose of this lengthy press release was to exonerate any Malaysian of this crime and to put the blame squarely on foreigners. And to reinforce this allegation, BSA Tahir was detained under the Internal Security Act.

    But was this a cover-up?

    This was the ‘public statement’ by the Malaysian police. Later we shall see the ‘not public’ Home Ministry confidential report of what really happened and whether any Malaysians, in particular the ‘First Family’, were involved.

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    Round Two: What did BSA Tahir’s Detention Order say?

    Malaysia Today, Wednesday, 14 July 2010

    THE CORRIDORS OF POWER Raja Petra Kamarudin

    You have read what the IGP said in his ten-page press statement, which we published on Monday. Before we go into what BSA Tahir has to say, or his side of the story, let us first read what his Detention Order said. A Detention Order is basically the grounds (or charges) for your ISA detention. And according to the grounds for detention it clearly states that BSA Tahir conned and misled SCOPE into doing something illegal and that the Malaysians were totally unaware of what was going on.

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    Round Three: The BSA Tahir story

    Malaysia Today, Friday, 16 July 2010

    THE CORRIDORS OF POWER Raja Petra Kamarudin

    Malaysia’s IGP issued a ten-page press statement saying that SCOPE was duped into getting involved in an illegal business and that the Malaysians were totally unaware of what was going on.

    Buhary Seyed Abu Tahir or BSA Tahir was detained under the Internal Security Act on charges that he was behind the illegal operation and that he had conned the son of the then Malaysian Prime Minister into allowing his company to be used for illegal activities.

    Well, it is now time to read the statement that BSA Tahir made to a closed-door inquiry that was held to hear his side of the story as to what really happened. And, after reading what he has to say, it is no wonder that the government chose to detain him without trial under the ISA rather than put him on trial where the whole story would become public knowledge.

    Yes, BSA Tahir was not detained under the ISA because he was a threat to national security. He was detained under the ISA so that he need not be put on trial where many important people would be implicated in illegal activities. And BSA Tahir’s statement to the closed-door board of inquiry clearly demonstrates this.

    40 questions were posed to BSA Tahir by the closed-door board of inquiry. Below are the first three questions and answers. And BSA Tahir’s opening statement shows that the Malaysians knew what was going on and that they wanted in because of the ‘tax free’ profit they would enjoy if the business went to them instead of to Turkey.

    If BSA Tahir had been put on trial it would have been very damaging to the Prime Minister’s family. So they chose to detain him instead under the ISA and then conducted a closed-door inquiry so that the secret would not become public knowledge. Then, with this ‘secret’ information, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was forced to resign as Prime Minister to clear the way for Najib Tun Razak to take over.

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    Round Four: The funds came from Libya

    Malaysia Today, Monday, 19 July 2010

    THE CORRIDORS OF POWER Raja Petra Kamarudin

    According to the statement of accounts supported by bank statements that BSA Tahir showed the Home Ministry, almost RM20 million was transferred from Libya to Malaysia to finance the production of the nuclear centrifuge. Tahir also revealed that SCOMI submitted a bogus agreement to the Security Commission for purposes of listing the company on the Malaysian stock exchange.

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    Round Six: How the ISA was used against BSA Tahir to protect the ‘First Family’

    Malaysia Today, Friday, 23 July 2010

    THE CORRIDORS OF POWER Raja Petra Kamarudin

    In its public statement, SCOMI declared that in 2001 it had ventured into the manufacturing of precision engineering products through its wholly owned subsidiary, SCOPE. It then falsely declared that it had secured a contract to supply these components and parts to a Dubai based company. The Dubai based company has denied this and has sent SCOMI a letter protesting that it’s name has been falsely used.

    This public announcement proves that SCOMI knew what it was doing and that it was not ignorant of what was going on. It also proves that SCOMI tried to cover its tracks by mentioning the Dubai company instead of Libya as the final destination.

    In his statement to the Malaysian Special Branch, CIA and MI6, BSA Tahir denied that he was instrumental in bringing the two foreign engineers or four Libyans to Malaysia for confidential training. BSA Tahir also denied that he had acted alone and that Kamal Abdullah and Shah Hakim @ Shahzanim Bin Zain were equally involved. BSA Tahir also mentions four other key personnel of SCOMI/SCOPE who were involved and that Shah Hakim actually asked them to be discreet about what they were doing.

    BSA Tahir was detained under the Internal Security Act to avoid charging him in court where the names of all the others involved would surface. His ISA detention was based on the allegation that he acted alone without the knowledge of anyone from SCOMI or SCOPE.

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    Round Seven: BSA Tahir was detained because President Bush mentioned his name

    Malaysia Today, Monday, 26 July 2010

    THE CORRIDORS OF POWER Raja Petra Kamarudin

    In BSA Tahir’s testimony to the Home Ministry, he reiterates that he had not acted alone in the ‘crime’ he was alleged to have committed. He further states that the Prime Minister, IGP and Atomic Energy Agency of Malaysia have all cleared him of any wrongdoing and confirmed via public announcements that he violated no laws. BSA Tahir, however, was singled out for detention without trial while all the others were spared in spite of all this.

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    Round Eight: How BSA Tahir was delivered into the hands of the SB, CIA and MI6

    Malaysia Today, Wednesday, 28 July 2010

    THE CORRIDORS OF POWER Raja Petra Kamarudin

    This is probably the best part of BSA Tahir’s testimony to the Home Ministry. He relates how he was tricked into coming back to Malaysia and how Kamal Abdullah and Shah Hakim delivered him into the hands of the Malaysian Special Branch, CIA and MI6. He was then told to ‘accept lah’ whatever happens to him. It was not enough, however, that they detain him under the ISA to keep him quiet. He was not detained in Kamunting where he would come into contact with other ISA detainees. He was hidden in a secret location where no one could get to him.

  • Money Laundering 101

    What Oxford Business Group’s Libya:The Report didn’t tell you was the deal between Mad Dog Gaddafi and ex PM Badawi Pak Lah in nuke parts deal and part payment/ contra-in-kind with the proposed 50-storey office tower aka Gaddafi Tower in Tripoli city centre.

    Pak Lah hand-picked goons from Sarawak, Naim Cendera (after impressed Pak Lah with the ali-baba completed RM310m Batu Kawa PGA Kch police quarters project) almost got the deal done but failed, perhaps Pak Lah and Khairy can only explain why it was cancelled he he he

    _______________________________

    NAIM – General Announcement

    Announcement Type: General Announcement

    Company Name: NAIM HOLDINGS BERHAD

    Stock Name: NAIM

    Date Announced: 17/09/2010

    Announcement Detail :

    Type : Announcement

    Subject: Expiry and Termination of Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) between NCSB Engineering Sdn. Bhd. and Al-Waatasemu Charity Foundation of Libya

    Contents : Reference is made to the Company’s announcement dated 16 July 2010 in relation to the MOU entered into between wholly-owned subsidiary, NCSB Engineering Sdn. Bhd. and Al-Waatasemu Charity Foundation to establish a joint venture for the proposed investment, design and construction of the proposed 50-storey tower known as the Gaddafi Tower at Tripoli City Centre, Libya.

    After detailed investigations and feasibility studies and further negotiations with Al-Waatasemu Charity Foundation, the Company now wishes to inform that the MOU which expired on 1 September 2010 has not been extended and both parties have mutually agreed to treat the MOU as terminated.

    _____________________________

    NAIM – SIGNING OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

    Announcement Type : General Announcement

    Company Name : NAIM HOLDINGS BERHAD

    Stock Name : NAIM

    Date Announced: 16/07/2010

    Announcement Detail:

    Type: Announcement

    Subject: SIGNING OF MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING

    Contents: Naim Holdings Berhad (“the Company”) is pleased to announce that its wholly-owned subsidiary, NCSB Engineering Sdn. Bhd. (“NESB”) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) today, with the Al-Waatasemu Charity Foundation (“WCF”) of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya for the purpose of recording their broad vision and cooperation towards the investment, design and construction of a proposed tower block containing 50 storeys, subject to variation, of which project is known as the Gaddafi Tower.

    The proposed construction of Gaddafi Tower shall be on a parcel of land containing 11,200 square meters, more or less, situate in the Tripoli City Centre, Libya which land belongs to WCF.

    NESB as an engineering and construction company expresses interest to invest, undertake the design, and construction of this Gaddafi Tower for WCF.

    The MOU shall lapse upon the execution of a formal contract of joint-venture for the project proposed to be signed on or before the 1st day of September 2010.

    The execution of the MOU will not have any material effect on the earnings or net assets of the Company for the year ending 31 December 2010.

    None of the Directors, major shareholders and/or persons connected with them has any interest, whether direct or indirect, in the said MOU.

    ____________________________________

    Naim to build tower in Libya

    The Star, Saturday July 17, 2010

    PETALING JAYA: Naim Holdings Bhd said its wholly-owned subsidiary, NCSB Engineering Sdn Bhd, had entered into a memorandum of understanding (MoU) yesterday with Libya’s Al-Waatasemu Charity Foundation (WCF) to cooperate for the development of Gaddafi Tower, a proposed 50-storey building in Tripoli, Libya.

    “NCSB as an engineering and construction company expresses interest to invest, undertake the design, and construction of this Gaddafi Tower for WCF,’’ Naim told Bursa Malaysia yesterday.

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    Naim Cendera Holdings Berhad’s NCSB Engineering Sdn. Bhd. Enters Into Memorandum of Understanding

    Friday, 16 Jul 2010 05:15am EDT

    Naim Cendera Holdings Berhad announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, NCSB Engineering Sdn. Bhd. (NESB) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on July 16, 2010, with the Al-Waatasemu Charity Foundation (WCF) of the Great Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya for the purpose of recording their broad vision and cooperation towards the investment, design and construction of a proposed tower block containing 50 storeys, subject to variation, of which project is known as the Gaddafi Tower.

    The proposed construction of Gaddafi Tower shall be on a parcel of land containing 11,200 square meters, more or less, situate in the Tripoli City Centre, Libya which land belongs to WCF. NESB as an engineering and construction company expresses interest to invest, undertake the design, and construction of this Gaddafi Tower for WCF. The MOU shall lapse upon the execution of a formal contract of joint-venture for the project proposed to be signed on or before the September 1, 2010.

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    Naim Cendera Holdings Berhad’s Subsidiary Signs Memorandum Of Understanding

    Friday, 12 Mar 2010 04:28am EST

    Naim Cendera Holdings Berhad announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, NCSB Engineering Sdn. Bhd. (NESB) has entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today, with the General Board of Privatization & Investment (GBPI) of the Great Socialist Peoples Libyan Arab Jamahiriya with the aim to working together to come up with a concept for the development of a parcel of land containing approximately 100 hectares situated about 30Km from the Tripoli City Centre in Libya.

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    The unholy trinity

    Malaysia Today, Saturday, 22 December 2007

    THE CORRIDORS OF POWER Raja Petra Kamarudin

    …And where does Abdullah Ahmad Badawi come in on all this? Abdullah’s hands are tied. He had earlier ordered the IGP to detain BSA Tahir under Section 8 of the Internal Security Act. If the police had detained him under Section 73, then the Special Branch would have him for 60 days. And once they have him they can interrogate him and find out who else is behind Scomi’s export of nuclear components to Libya. This would be dangerous as Scomi belongs to Abdullah’s son, Kamal, and once the interrogation reveals that Kamal knew all along what was going on and that he is not an unwitting party to the whole thing as they say he is, then the United States will want Kamal’s head on a silver platter.

    …So Tahir was detained under Section 8 of the Internal Security Act which is signed by Abdullah himself and not by the police. Section 8 is the Minister’s prerogative, not the police’s who can only detain you under Section 73. And this is exactly what happened to the HINDRAF 5 as reported in the previous episode of The Corridors of Power, All that crap (read the article here). But an even more interesting question is not why was Tahir detained under Section 8 instead of Section 73 of the Internal Security Act which will allow the Special Branch to investigate who else are behind the Scomi centrifuge scandal? What is more important is where is Tahir now? He is supposed to have been detained under the Internal Security Act, which means he is in the Kamunting Detention Centre. But is he there? And if he is not there then where is he?

    …Yes, that is an even more important question than the question of why he was detained under Section 8 instead of Section 73 of the Internal Security Act. Tahir is not under detention. Tahir is under protective custody. He is under protective custody so that the Malaysian Special Branch and the American CIA can’t get their hands on him. And Abdullah has the power to do this as he did for the HINDRAF 5 whom the Special Branch are also dying to get their hands on but can’t.

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    Sekarang faham, tak?

    Malaysia Today, Friday, 09 July 2010

    NO HOLDS BARRED Raja Petra Kamarudin

    …Khairy Jamaluddin wants to declare war on me as well? Well, then bring it on, brader. You want to reveal a crime — then let us reveal a crime. Do you want to know what real crimes are? Real crimes are selling nuclear components to rogue states like Libya.

    …One more word from Khairy and the shit is going to hit the fan. I will publish here in Malaysia Today the evidence of his family’s involvement in terrorist activities. These will be Home Ministry documents marked RAHSIA. Then let us see who gets extradited. The US would probably be filing extradition papers against the Abdullah Ahmad Badawi family rather than Malaysia filling extradition papers against RPK.

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    The battle begins: Round One

    Malaysia Today, Monday, 12 July 2010

    THE CORRIDORS OF POWER Raja Petra Kamarudin

    On 20th February 2004, about three months after Abdullah Ahmad Badawi took over as Prime Minister of Malaysia, the IGP issued a ten-page press release. In this press release the IGP confirmed that Buhary Seyed Abu Tahir or BSA Tahir was involved in the supply of nuclear centrifuges to Iran and Libya.

    Basically, the purpose of this lengthy press release was to exonerate any Malaysian of this crime and to put the blame squarely on foreigners. And to reinforce this allegation, BSA Tahir was detained under the Internal Security Act.

    But was this a cover-up?

    This was the ‘public statement’ by the Malaysian police. Later we shall see the ‘not public’ Home Ministry confidential report of what really happened and whether any Malaysians, in particular the ‘First Family’, were involved.

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    Round Two: What did BSA Tahir’s Detention Order say?

    Malaysia Today, Wednesday, 14 July 2010

    THE CORRIDORS OF POWER Raja Petra Kamarudin

    You have read what the IGP said in his ten-page press statement, which we published on Monday. Before we go into what BSA Tahir has to say, or his side of the story, let us first read what his Detention Order said. A Detention Order is basically the grounds (or charges) for your ISA detention. And according to the grounds for detention it clearly states that BSA Tahir conned and misled SCOPE into doing something illegal and that the Malaysians were totally unaware of what was going on.

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    Round Three: The BSA Tahir story

    Malaysia Today, Friday, 16 July 2010

    THE CORRIDORS OF POWER Raja Petra Kamarudin

    Malaysia’s IGP issued a ten-page press statement saying that SCOPE was duped into getting involved in an illegal business and that the Malaysians were totally unaware of what was going on.

    Buhary Seyed Abu Tahir or BSA Tahir was detained under the Internal Security Act on charges that he was behind the illegal operation and that he had conned the son of the then Malaysian Prime Minister into allowing his company to be used for illegal activities.

    Well, it is now time to read the statement that BSA Tahir made to a closed-door inquiry that was held to hear his side of the story as to what really happened. And, after reading what he has to say, it is no wonder that the government chose to detain him without trial under the ISA rather than put him on trial where the whole story would become public knowledge.

    Yes, BSA Tahir was not detained under the ISA because he was a threat to national security. He was detained under the ISA so that he need not be put on trial where many important people would be implicated in illegal activities. And BSA Tahir’s statement to the closed-door board of inquiry clearly demonstrates this.

    40 questions were posed to BSA Tahir by the closed-door board of inquiry. Below are the first three questions and answers. And BSA Tahir’s opening statement shows that the Malaysians knew what was going on and that they wanted in because of the ‘tax free’ profit they would enjoy if the business went to them instead of to Turkey.

    If BSA Tahir had been put on trial it would have been very damaging to the Prime Minister’s family. So they chose to detain him instead under the ISA and then conducted a closed-door inquiry so that the secret would not become public knowledge. Then, with this ‘secret’ information, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi was forced to resign as Prime Minister to clear the way for Najib Tun Razak to take over.

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    Round Four: The funds came from Libya

    Malaysia Today, Monday, 19 July 2010

    THE CORRIDORS OF POWER Raja Petra Kamarudin

    According to the statement of accounts supported by bank statements that BSA Tahir showed the Home Ministry, almost RM20 million was transferred from Libya to Malaysia to finance the production of the nuclear centrifuge. Tahir also revealed that SCOMI submitted a bogus agreement to the Security Commission for purposes of listing the company on the Malaysian stock exchange.

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    Round Six: How the ISA was used against BSA Tahir to protect the ‘First Family’

    Malaysia Today, Friday, 23 July 2010

    THE CORRIDORS OF POWER Raja Petra Kamarudin

    In its public statement, SCOMI declared that in 2001 it had ventured into the manufacturing of precision engineering products through its wholly owned subsidiary, SCOPE. It then falsely declared that it had secured a contract to supply these components and parts to a Dubai based company. The Dubai based company has denied this and has sent SCOMI a letter protesting that it’s name has been falsely used.

    This public announcement proves that SCOMI knew what it was doing and that it was not ignorant of what was going on. It also proves that SCOMI tried to cover its tracks by mentioning the Dubai company instead of Libya as the final destination.

    In his statement to the Malaysian Special Branch, CIA and MI6, BSA Tahir denied that he was instrumental in bringing the two foreign engineers or four Libyans to Malaysia for confidential training. BSA Tahir also denied that he had acted alone and that Kamal Abdullah and Shah Hakim @ Shahzanim Bin Zain were equally involved. BSA Tahir also mentions four other key personnel of SCOMI/SCOPE who were involved and that Shah Hakim actually asked them to be discreet about what they were doing.

    BSA Tahir was detained under the Internal Security Act to avoid charging him in court where the names of all the others involved would surface. His ISA detention was based on the allegation that he acted alone without the knowledge of anyone from SCOMI or SCOPE.

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    Round Seven: BSA Tahir was detained because President Bush mentioned his name

    Malaysia Today, Monday, 26 July 2010

    THE CORRIDORS OF POWER Raja Petra Kamarudin

    In BSA Tahir’s testimony to the Home Ministry, he reiterates that he had not acted alone in the ‘crime’ he was alleged to have committed. He further states that the Prime Minister, IGP and Atomic Energy Agency of Malaysia have all cleared him of any wrongdoing and confirmed via public announcements that he violated no laws. BSA Tahir, however, was singled out for detention without trial while all the others were spared in spite of all this.

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    Round Eight: How BSA Tahir was delivered into the hands of the SB, CIA and MI6

    Malaysia Today, Wednesday, 28 July 2010

    THE CORRIDORS OF POWER Raja Petra Kamarudin

    This is probably the best part of BSA Tahir’s testimony to the Home Ministry. He relates how he was tricked into coming back to Malaysia and how Kamal Abdullah and Shah Hakim delivered him into the hands of the Malaysian Special Branch, CIA and MI6. He was then told to ‘accept lah’ whatever happens to him. It was not enough, however, that they detain him under the ISA to keep him quiet. He was not detained in Kamunting where he would come into contact with other ISA detainees. He was hidden in a secret location where no one could get to him.

  • aborium

    GE Tips:

    “Vote for MPs with breasts because all the while we’ve been voting for boobs!”

  • aborium

    If one were to judge by the comments and feedback from the Malaysian online community (blogs and other social media channels), one could sense an overall negative over positive perception of how politicians handle the affairs of people and the ‘state’.

    Politicians have to bear much of the responsibility for what is presently happening in the country – the hues and cries over many issues ranging from moral and religious to social, political, educational, legal, economic, financial, security, and environmental. Certainly many of the issues can be traced to politicians’ decisions and actions, not of the people. This distinction has been often overlooked or watered down by the media for reasons best known to media owners.

    The people have had enough. The people elect politicians to solve rather than create problems. Politicians don’t own the state and they’re elected precisely to serve the interests of people first before other interests.

    If this trust or common understanding is being systematically manipulated and broken over a long period, then you get an unhappy situation. And if pushed to the limits, that situation can lead to the use of people’s power to push over political power to oblivion! That happened in many countries in recent months and a lesson to be learnt. If only they listen……

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