8 May 2012

Najib To Promote Himself At The London Dome – All At The Taxpayer’s Expense!  EXCLUSIVE

Najib To Promote Himself At The London Dome – All At The Taxpayer’s Expense! EXCLUSIVE

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Big enough stage for Najib Razak? Maybe - but not large enough for Bersih 3.0!

The Malaysian Prime Minister, Najib Razak, has hired London’s top venue to stage a self-promoting event, all at the cost of taxpayers, next week!

The O2 Arena, known locally as the Dome, is one of the UK capital’s most eye-catching modern landmarks and it will feature as a key location for the up-coming Olympics.

It is also frequently used to host major pop concerts, such as the fateful Michael Jackson final tour.

However, on Monday Najib Razak has commandeered it for an event starring himself. ‘An Evening With The Prime Minister’!

According to the London High Commission website all Malaysian’s living in the UK are invited to attend what is billed as a free event, with food and and drink provided and cultural entertainment on offer throughout.

Sarawakians, for whom the fund for hard core rural poverty could only afford RM3.47million this year were left aghast.

“Why is Najib spending this sort of money on a foreign PR event”? asked one bemused London student.  “Does he think it plays back home, because hardly any Malaysians living in London are allowed to vote?  The only people who can vote are government workers and they are forced to vote BN anyway!

Another told Sarawak Report

“This is a party political electioneering event that will have cost millions to stage. It is not correct to spend public money on this sort of PR event and I don’t think people will be impressed that it is being held in Britain either.  Perhaps he just does not dare hold a rally in KL anymore after the turn out for Berish 3.0!”

Organised by the Malaysian High Commission - at your expense!

 

‘Hired audience’ to be bussed in from all over the UK !

'Unmissable opportunity" - according to the promoters from the High Commission!

Even more scandalous, Sarawak Report can reveal that the High Commission is also arranging for free transport and provisions for students to attend the event from all over the UK!

Students from as far away as Edinburgh University up in Scotland have been urged to attend in a highly organised effort by diplomats.  The roundup is presumably designed to avoid too many empty front row seats that might otherwise be picked up by cameras beaming back pictures to the censored media in Malaysia.

An insider email has been passed to Sarawak Report, revealing the scale of the operation:

“The Coordintor for the entire event is the Malaysian High Commission in London. They are targeting 1000 Malaysians to join in the gathering.

Travel by Coach to London will be provided. Refreshments and a Dinner pack will be served on the Coach. All branches are asked to confirm attendee numbers so that we will know whether to book one of two Coaches. Please pass this message to your local groups(?) and other Malaysians. Get back to me with the total number.

Ideally, let me know by Tuesday 8th May so that i can submit the Budget and total number of attendees to the High Commission.

This is not a formal gathering – the PM will just say a few words and will then mingle with the crowd throughout the evening.

if anyone is interested , please pass me your name, phone number and University. Thanks [email to student organisers]

Demonstrators likely!

The masked protest in support of Bersih 3.0 gained about 1,000 people in London last week for free! Clearly, the PM is not so confident he can round up that level of support without free food and transport

The irony of the attempt to buy in supporters for the Prime Minister is highlighted by the fact that just two weekends ago the Bersih 3.0 support rally in London achieved at least the same numbers without any incentives save a desire by Malaysians to support democracy and end corruption and the theft of public money.

On this occasion the same students who are now being rounded up by BN were BANNED from attending, on pain of losing their education grants.

As a result many of the demonstrators were forced to wear masks.

It is highly likely that a similar peaceful protest will develop outside the O2 Arena, although the Malaysian Embassy have a record of attempting to hire security guards to prevent legitimate demonstrations, even in London.

Friends of BN UK

Sarawak Report can also reveal that the Prime Minister will again be using public money to promote BN’s party interests by hosting an event for the organisation Friends of Barisan National UK, which he set up in July last year on his last visit to London.

The purpose of the group, according to its website, appears to be primarily to encourage trade links with UK organisations.  A number of British public figures, including Prof Lord Desei, Lord Parry Mitchell, Lord Sheikh of Cornhill and Dr Dawn Gibbons MBE have been co-opted as ‘Patrons’ for the society.

They are listed on the FBN UK website alongside the Malaysian Foreign Minister, Hanifah Aman, whom Sarawak Report has linked to the timber corruption involving his brother, the Chief Minister of Sabah, Musa Aman.

Friends of Barisan National UK - the Patrons

Sarawak Report has now written to each of these UK patrons to ask on what grounds they have agreed to support a political organisation that in the last week alone has been responsible for gassing and bludgeoning peaceful demonstrators asking for free and fair elections; caught out secretly censoring the BBC, Al Jazeerah and CNN as well as being responsible for criminally defaming an Australian senator, who observed the human rights violations by police at the Bersih 3.0 rally (see previous stories).

Our letter, which has been supported by Suaram International, also questions whether it is appropriate for a party political organisation to declare its main object to be to provide “valuable business contacts” and trade opportunities to its members and to set out to be the “leading organisation” for trade between the two countries! Surely the government should be providing a level playing field for trade and not trying to keep it exclusively for BN cronies?:

‘”Through the FBN UK, members have the opportunity to develop valuable business contacts within the British Malaysian community and to exchange ideas and information with a cross section of business, trade and governmental interests. FBN UK shall act as Malaysia’s and UK’s leading organisation helping both Malaysian and British companies grow and develop their business in both Malaysia and UK.

Free crowd - Bersih marchers in London were forced to wear masks

In case the UK patrons were unaware of the case, our letter also alerted them to the recent trade scandal surrounding the Scopene submarine purchase in France and reminded them of the ‘Aid for Arms’ scandal between the Thatcher Government and Najib Razak, when Malaysia’s Minister of Defence.

Najib Razak may have been encouraged by the UK Prime Minister David Cameron’s ‘pat on the back’ for supposedly abolishing the ISA legislation allowing imprisonment without trial.

However, Malaysians in Britain have been active in informing officials here that such window-dressing is by no means the end of repression in Malaysia, let alone political corruption.

The events of Bersih 3.0 have proved their point.

Najib’s people are working hard to keep as much of his schedule under wraps as possible, however they should brace themselves for protests here in London none the less.

  • Cynthia

    I hope that those of us in the UK will be wise enough to boycott such an unnecessary and lavish event which our country can ill afford right now…

  • Snow White

    Malaysia’s highest law, the Federal Constitution, states that the ruling current monarch which they call Agong, is the head of the Executive. He makes the call and presents the country’s federal budget reports to the Auditor General to present to Malaysia’s House of Representatives. Malaysia also has a National Finance Council headed by the Prime Minister and the Federal Constitution makes it a duty for the Federal Government to consult the National Finance Council on all matters of the utilisation of the country’s coffers, including taxpayer’s money. Whatever Najib decides to do anywhere in the world, he is only under a duty to account to the public in Malaysia if the money used to promote a political organisation’s activity is actually coming out of Federal Government funds. If the money used to finance the big BN”rave” in London is funded exclusively by the political organisation through private donations from party funds, then there’s nothing much anyone can do. The next question is whether the Malaysian Prime Minister’s food, entertainment, transport, air travel, funds etc, whilst in London came out of Federal Government funds if all he is there for is to let his hair down in some rave party. On another note, that Friends of BN organisation is interesting. A lot of Indians and is that Shafee bloke the controversial lawyer everyone keeps raving on about? Malaysia can try to look as rich as they want but the fact is the majority of their people are still hopelessly uncivilised and intellectually impoverished. No amount of publicity overseas can change that because the signs of under-development are evident everywhere.

  • Great Mullah

    Very true indeed what Tok Guru Nik Aziz said that Fatwa Committee is biased

    Not only confusing muslims of what is Halal or Haram in peaceful demo, but also close one eye on UMNO goons as directors in Genting Bhd!

    Peaceful Demo – HARAM! TAK BOLEH!

    Judi Director income – HALAL! EH, BOLEH KAH? UMNO PUNYA BOLEH LAH!

    __________________

    Hanif Omar leads Bersih 3.0 probe panel

    Former police chief Hanif Omar will head the independent panel to probe incidents of violence on April 28.

    Malaysia Kini, May 9, 2012

    Former inspector-general of police Hanif Omar has been appointed the head of the independent panel to probe incidents of violence during the Bersih 3.0 rally.

    ________________________

    Genting Berhad

    Genting Berhad, an investment holding company, engages in leisure and hospitality, casino gaming and entertainment, plantation, power generation, real estate, tours and travel related services, genomics research and development, and oil and gas exploration activities worldwide. The company operates in five segments: Leisure and Hospitality, Plantation, Property, Oil and Gas, and Power.

    Board of Directors:

    Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay

    Chairman & Chief Executive

    Tun Mohammed Hanif bin Omar ????

    Deputy Chairman

    Tan Sri Mohd Amin bin Osman ????

    Executive Director

    Dato’ Dr. R. Thillainathan

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Dato’ Paduka Nik Hashim bin Nik Yusoff ????

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Tan Sri Dr. Lin See Yan

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Mr Chin Kwai Yoong

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    ————————————-

    Genting Malaysia Berhad

    Board of Directors:

    Tan Sri Lim Kok Thay

    Chairman and Chief Executive

    Tun Mohammed Hanif bin Omar ????

    Deputy Chairman

    Tan Sri Alwi Jantan ????

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Mr Quah Chek Tin

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Mr Teo Eng Siong

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    Tan Sri Clifford Francis Herbert

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    General (R) Tan Sri Mohd Zahidi bin Hj Zainuddin ?????

    Independent Non-Executive Director

    ____________________________

    Nik Aziz Says Fatwa Committee Biased

    Bernama Media – Mon, May 7, 2012

    KOTA BAHARU, May 7 (Bernama) — Kelantan Menteri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat today claimed that the National Fatwa Committee was showing bias in issuing an edict that Muslims are forbidden from taking part in demonstrations that could lead to riots and chaos.

    In a statement issued in his Facebook account, Nik Abdul Aziz, who is also PAS spiritual leader, said the edict was issued using “just one eye”. “I would like to ask, what can be more peaceful than a sit-in demonstration,” he said in the statement.

    Yesterday, the National Fatwa Committee, at its 99th meeting held in Sepang, decided that it is “haram” (not permissible) for Muslims to participate in any gathering or demonstration that is unproductive, is against the law or causes disturbance in the country.

    Nik Aziz prior to this had issued his own “fatwa” allowing Muslims to join illegal assemblies, which came under fire from religious figures including form his own state. — BERNAMA

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  • Anita

    What’s the big fuss!

    You Malaysians are invited to an expense-paid party. The Malaysian taxpayers (i.e. some of you in UK) paid for it.

    Just GO & HAVE A BALL!!!

    And wear YELLOW and your Guy Fawkes mask!

    Invite the British press to this esteem event.

    It’s soooo much better than standing outside the dome carrying placards.

    They want 1,000 Malaysians, let’s have 2,000 attending. Support your Prime Minister!