It is irresponsible and reprehensible for an alleged investigation by Swiss prosecutors to be twisted and framed as an inquiry into 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and its shareholder.
“1MDB notes a news report on the launch of an alleged investigation by Swiss prosecutors relating to a Saudi Arabian oil company, and reportedly relating to Swiss citizens and the Swiss banking system.
“There is no suggestion of wrongdoing by 1MDB or any of its officials. So, it is irresponsible and reprehensible for the action to be twisted and framed as an inquiry into 1MDB and its shareholder,” 1MDB said in a statement here, today.
The fund also stated in the strongest possible terms that it was not the subject of any criminal investigation either in Malaysia or internationally.
1MDB requested all parties to refrain from politicising any alleged investigation by the Swiss authorities on non-Malaysian nationals, and, during this sensitive general election period, desist from trying to create links to it for political gain.
This continuing shameful use of Malaysia’s official channels to produce announcements that are bald and blatant lies is doing untold damage to the country’s reputation worldwide.
Every institution is now being dragged through the mud, purely to get one spoilt brat off the hook for the umpteenth time after a life of scrapes from which he has been rescued owing to his position as a son of an ex PM.
Courts have been suborned, police have turned blind eyes, civil servants and officials forced to lie all to get Najib out of trouble, time and again. Port Dickson, Altantuya, Scorpene, PI Bala, AmBank, 1MDB, Felda, Hussein Najadi, Kevin Morais… time and again scandals are not being investigated fully as they get too near Najib.
Meanwhile, the same institutions are abused to pursue his enemies and deny black is white. Malaysia needs rid of this spoilt inheriter of an office he has disgraced.
GE14 Sungai Besar BN chief Jamal Md Yunos has promised Sekinchan fisherfolk RM2,000 each if the coalition wins the state seat in the 14th general election.
Speaking to about 800 fisherfolk yesterday, he stood on stage as he announced the “incentive” and urged the audience to stop supporting DAP incumbent Ng Suee Lim, who is seeking a fourth term.
“Give the BN candidate from MCA in Sekinchan a win! Once he wins, ladies and gentlemen, you will be able to redeem RM2,000 from me afterwards…..
‘I’m serious about the cash, I have a donor’
Jamal stressed that he was serious about the RM2,000, and revealed that he had a “donor” backing his efforts.
“I am not lying… once Lee wins in Sekinchan, you can come here and we will hold an event for all, as I have a donor.
No prizes for guessing who Najib’s Red Shirt bully buddy’s ‘donor’ is…… if you thought we meant Najib, of course you are wrong.
The donors are the fishermen themselves!
Najib has stolen billions from them and from the rest of Malaysian taxpayers and he is now handing back a measley RM250 to these poor folk, followed by a promised RM2k should BN win (allegedly).
Most of the stolen money has of course gone to Najib, then people like Jamal to dish out.
It goes without saying that Jamal ought to be reported, arrested and then charged (a job for the opposition) Meanwhile, the fisherfolk should realise that no one is going to be able to prove whom they voted for (without admitting they are criminals) so they should vote for the opposition and then claim the money (if there is any) from BN.
Malaysia’s Prime Minister Najib Razak promised on Tuesday to raise the minimum wage this year if he wins the May 9 general election, adding to a raft of promises to voters as he faces a resurgent opposition.
Najib’s former mentor, Mahathir Mohamad, now leads an opposition alliance united in the goal of unseating the prime minister and his Barisan Nasional (BN) coalition, which has ruled since the country gained independence from the British in 1957.
Najib told a Labour Day rally that he would raise the minimum wage from the current 1,000 ringgit ($255) per month in peninsular Malaysia and 920 ringgit in the eastern states of Sabah and Sarawak, if his coalition wins the polls.
“So if you want the minimum wage rate to be raised, you know what to do. Do we have a deal?” he said to cheers from some 2,000 people gathered at the rally.
Najib also announced 200 million ringgit for a skilled workers programme, an additional 60 million ringgit allocation for an insurance plan for retrenched workers and better maternity benefits for private sector workers.
This is a brilliant promise for a Government to make, since it forces others to pay – like businesses and anyone who hires staff.
But, what are all Najib’s cronies going to think about it?
Probably not a lot, since BN has been in power for 60 years and he is only promising this hike one week before the election. People ought to stop to think of all the other promises made by BN that never happened and realise this one won’t either!
The only certainty about voting BN is that a dangerous thief will then be back in power with his hands on all the public’s remaining savings and the power to borrow billions that the public will have to pay back.
Some of those stolen billions are being used to hand out to voters right now at every election gathering as dirty cash is handed out, sometimes in envelopes by the candidates, sometimes just grubby from the hand.
Najib is treating voters like children receiving pocket money, when in fact he has stolen their own money and is handing just a bit back to disguise the fact that one day they will discover their bank accounts are empty.
Anifah slams Sarawak Report article: Foreign Minister Datuk Seri Anifah Aman has issued a strong rebuttal to an article in Sarawak Report.
In a statement on Sunday, Anifah explained that the article, titled “UK calls on Malaysia to accept election monitoring and condemns fake news and boundary law” tries to take advantage of Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak’s non-appearance at the ongoing Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).
The article claimed that Malaysia has ruled itself out from assuming the chairmanship of the Commonwealth in 2020.
“Let me underscore a point that is evident to all, no sane political leader in a democratic society will leave their countries less than three weeks before general election, for any meeting abroad,” Anifah said.
As for hosting the CHOGM in 2020, Anifah clarified that as Malaysia is to host the Apec Summit and its related meetings that year, Malaysia stepped aside willingly with the preference of hosting CHOGM in the future.
Much was made of the responses given by the British Minister of State for Asia and the Pacific, Mark Field, to its parliament on matters such as the Anti-Fake News Act and the redelineation of the electoral boundaries, as well as the role of external election monitors.
Anifah pointed out the Act was supported by 123 Members of Parliament, including 10 from the Opposition, with 64 voting against.
“This shows that while the preponderance of the duly-elected representatives of the people believe in the importance of the right to freedom of expression, there must be limits on this right and that it should not be abused to spread fake or unverified news,” he said.
As the last redelineation exercise was held 15 years ago, Anifah said the EC was merely carrying out its constitutional responsibility to review and recommend changes to ensure balanced populations between constituencies.
He said contrary to the Sarawak Report‘s claim that Najib has consistently refused to allow external observers, the EC has invited observers from 14 countries.
The article said Field was concerned about how the Anti-Fake News Act was passed, and Anifah hoped he could clarify the following statement, which the portal alleged he made: “We are monitoring developments closely, working with EU and other foreign partners and stand ready to make any necessary representations”.
If the statement was indeed made, Anifah had the following to say to Field and others of the same mind.
“Malaysian democracy is to be monitored by the Malaysian electorate, and the Malaysian electorate alone. To assume that anyone else has the right, ability and competence is an insult to each and every Malaysian voter. In Malaysia, as in other democracy, the will of the voter is supreme,” said Anifah.
If the Sarawak Report and the West chooses to believe otherwise, he added, they are entitled to their own opinion.
“But I choose to believe in the inherent intelligence and good sense in the average Malaysian voter in my constituency of Kimanis and elsewhere.
“And that on May 9, these attributes will lead them to again to support Barisan Nasional as their choice of government,” he concluded.
Whilst pouring out a string of varying excuses, the timber tycoon foreign minister has kindly confirmed every point of Sarawak Report’s newsbreaking story, published Friday.
Malaysia HAS stepped down as Chair of CHOGM 2020; Najib DID make a last minute decision not to join the Commonwealth Heads of Government and the UK’s foreign minister DID visit KL the previous week and then express concerns about the conduct of the election and ‘Fake News’ law,
As for Malaysia accepting external monitors, the minister entirely contradicts himself during the same remarks. On the one hand he claims SR is wrong to say Najib has resisted monitoring and there WILL be external monitors in the election, from 14 countries, but on the other hand he thunders:
“Malaysian democracy is to be monitored by the Malaysian electorate, and the Malaysian electorate alone. To assume that anyone else has the right, ability and competence is an insult to each and every Malaysian voter.”
Which is it? Certainly, Najib is on record saying “The chances of cheating are non-existent..They (PH) had to complain to foreign powers so that the end result can be questioned. They just want to raise controversy,”
So, will the minister be taking the next step of prosecuting Sarawak Report for ‘Fake News’ on the grounds that although each and every point of our report is now conceded to be true, he reckons that it casts an ‘untrue’ negative interpretation over the actions of his boss?
Probably not on this occasion, since the minister appears to admit that Sarawak Report is backed by “the West” in opposing BN’s approach to these matters, which would make quite a hefty case for the prosecution to undertake. What he actually says is remarkable:
“If the Sarawak Report and the West chooses to believe otherwise, they are entitled to their own opinion” is what he told The Star.
So, there we have it! If we are entitled to our opinions what is the point of all this nonsense about ‘Fake News’ and his own pompous claims that BN is entitled to limit the public’s right to free expression?
It seems BN are not just falling apart as a coherent voice, but its individual leaders are falling apart as well, saying one thing one moment and another the next as they struggle to justify the unjustifiable actions of the kleptocrat in charge.
The judges may choose to cancel this bonkers party for being illegal. Voters must surely vote it out as unfit to govern?
Yesterday, Nurul Izzah issued an apology after Rosmah said she felt slighted by the former calling her by her name rather than an honorific.
“Honestly, if I had inadvertently called her just by her name, I apologise. I have always done my best to address her by Datin Seri,” she told Malaysiakini.
Nurul also revealed that her mother, PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, and Rosmah had both attended the Tunku Kurshiah College in Seremban.
Speaking to BN women members in Lembah Pantai – where Nurul Izzah is the incumbent MP – Rosmah had said that she was friends with Wan Azizah and frequented the family home in the past.
Their husbands, jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim and caretaker prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, were once allies in Umno.
Nurul is entitled to apologise, a sign that she is a well mannered individual, who would not wish to show disrespect to a woman who is unmistakably considerably older than herself (despite the millions of taxpayers’ ringgit expended on attempting to look otherwise) and who clearly puts a lot of stock by the titles she has managed to swing.
On the other hand, Malaysia is a democracy (still… just) and not an absolute monarchy, so the people (and commentators) can refer to Rosmah how they like, because she may be ‘Datin Seri’, but they are her husband’s theoretical boss (even if she is his real boss).
They would with accuracy be entitled to call her a major thief, a cheat, dangerous, jealous, plug ugly, greedy in all respects, nonetheless pitfully vain and disrespectful of the truth and the rights of others.
Also, she’s a hypocrite. After all, this is the woman whose husband’s main election stance involves positively mocking a senior and more successful politician for nothing more than being…. old!
But, Malaysians ought bear one thing in mind. If they vote back Najib, thereby letting Rosie off the hook on all her crimes, then soon enough, anyone who doesn’t call her by sufficient titles and go grovelling to her on bended knee can expect to have their heads chopped off under Hudud Law!
Just weeks before Malaysia goes to the polls, automated accounts known as bots are flooding Twitter with tens of thousands of pro-government and anti-opposition messages, according to a review of the tweets by Reuters and a US digital media research institute.
Asked about the matter, San Francisco-based Twitter Inc said it was focused on identifying and suspending accounts that violate its spam policies.
A source close to the matter said the company had suspended 500 accounts involved in the messages on the May 9 general election since they involved spam or malicious automation…
Ahmad Maslan, the information technology bureau chairman of Prime Minister Najib Razak’s Umno, said he did not know who was behind the bot activity and that it was not his team. The government’s communications and multimedia minister Salleh Said Keruak did not respond to calls or text messages seeking comment.
A researcher at the Digital Forensic Research (DFR) Lab of the Washington-based Atlantic Council think tank said over 17,000 bots tweeted content related to the Malaysian election over the last week.
Nine of the top 10 most active bot accounts containing anti-opposition hashtags and pro-government messages had Russian-sounding names and used the Cyrillic script, said Donara Barojan, a research associate at DFR…
Some tweets had photos of BN supporters carrying party flags and “I love PM” signs.
The tweets also include hashtags: either BN’s campaign slogans or anti-opposition phrases or both. The hashtags that express disapproval of the opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan include ‘#SayNoToPH’ and ‘#KalahkanPakatan’, which means “Defeat Pakatan” in Malay.
Once again BN’s affliction of too much misappropriated money/no brains has shown the party up.
Someone dialed up Moscow with a mass order for those handy cyber-tools that are now being credited (see the latest court case) with winning 2016 for Donald Trump and the Brexit campaign in the UK.
However, they forgot to check the details on the bargain bulk offer (doubtless costing tens of millions of dollars) and baffled Malaysians are now receiving these promotional Tweets from unknown entities printed in Cyrillic!
Perhaps we should explain to the dunder-heads in the BN PR Department. This is what is generally described as a bit of a give-away!
Rubber glove tycoon Stanley Thai, the managing director of Supermax Corp Bhd Group, has issued a public apology to caretaker prime minister Najib Abdul Razak for supporting the opposition in the 13th general election.
“I am hereby calling this press conference to make a formal apology to our prime minsiter Najib. Again the main purpose of this press conference is to apologise to Najib and BN for what I had done in the 13th general election.
“I regret that in GE13, I believe I was influenced by the opposition. Being a businessperson, I should not be involved in politics under any circumstances, and I regret it,” he said at a press conference in Kuala Lumpur today…
Following the results of GE13, the Employee’s Provident Fund sold off its shares in Supermax, with share prices taking a hit.
Later in 2014, Thai was charged for insider trading. He was sentenced to five years imprisonment last November. He is currently appealing his conviction.
The armed forces’ veterans organisation has classified Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s admission that Pakatan Harapan has sought the assistance of the foreign media to raise issues related to 1MDB as a potential national security threat.
In a statement, the organisation’s national executive council, said “We feel that such actions can threaten national security and the good image of the nation among other countries.
“Such continued action can threaten national security and economic growth which would lead to Malaysians suffering as a whole regardless of their political leanings.
“We urge that the irresponsible action of tarnishing the country’s good image and name be stopped immediately because it would crush the harmony and peace we have built together.
“Let internal politics remain within the country and be free of foreign intervention,” added the council……
Among others, Mahathir was accused of enlisting the foreign media such as Sarawak Report (and its editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown) to achieve his agenda.
The 1MDB scandal erupted in 2015 after the Wall Street Journal and Sarawak Reportpublished about the RM2.6 billion in Najib’s personal accounts, which was linked to 1MDB.
To use an analogy these army veterans might understand, the Truth represents the Atomic Bomb in the battle for public opinion.
Najib may employ thousands of cyber-troopers, engage dozens of political agencies, pour out propaganda from controlled media and distribute billions in bribes. However, a small voice that tells the truth can outpower all of these and smash the lies and cover-ups, by explaining facts that can be clearly understood.
Sarawak Report’s coverage has not been hired. It is simply a single blog written out of disgust over the corruption of the present Malaysian regime and the damage and misery this has caused to innocent peoples and a beautiful place on the planet.
We set out to show those people the reason why so much dysfunctional bad government has taken place: the reason being that decision-makers like Najib have been running things to enrich themselves rather than benefit the nation.
We wonder why these ‘spokesmen for veterans’ consider this to be dangerous to anyone besides those who are telling lies?
Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak has announced that all civil servants will receive a bonus salary increment, equivalent to one annual raise effective July 1.
Najib said this will involve a cost of RM1.46 billion.
This was among a slew of goodies Najib announced for civil servants at a special address in Putrajaya today.
Among the other benefits included a one-off pension raise of one percent effective July 1, in addition to the two percent raise given in January.
“Even the 93-year-old retiree will get this,” Najib said in a veiled jab at his archnemesis Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the Pakatan Harapan chairperson.
Subtlety has never been Najib Razak’s strong point.
To give him his due, he sees no merit in being subtle. No one has ever hauled him up and charged him over a life-time of blatant political bribery as he has hawked cash payments on the hustings time and again.
So, he wants people to know they owe him.
On the other hand, it would appear that his targets may be wising up as to the origin of the blandishments that he is handing out, which is of course their own back pockets – their pensions and their future prosperity.
They are also starting to realise that for every RM1k that comes back to them as an election bribe RM10k is siphoned off in selfish enrichments for the chosen few. Mere voters are getting the chicken feed from Najib’s mass grabs of money – the lionshare of their own money has gone to him and his cohorts.