Malaysia Is The Loser Not Lena Hendry!

Komas programme manager Lena Hendry was fined RM10,000 or ordered to spend a year in jail by a magistrate’s court in Kuala Lumpur today for screening the documentary on the Sri Lankan civil war titled ‘No Fire Zone’ four years ago.

Magistrate Mohd Rehan Mohd Aris said he made the decision after considering the mitigating factors.

Hendry paid the fine later in the afternoon.

Earlier in court, she was ordered to pay the fine by today. This was after her lawyer New Sin Yew asked for a deferment for it to be paid tomorrow.

Hendry was found guilty on Feb 21, for screening the documentary at the Kuala Lumpur and Selangor Chinese Chamber of Commerce Hall at Jalan Maharajalela in Kuala Lumpur, at 9pm on July 3, 2013.

She faced up to three years’ jail or a fine not exceeding RM30,000, under Section 6(1)(b) of the Film Censorship Act, 2002.

Our comment

Malaysia and indeed the Sri Lankan Government pay vast sums for PR and related services, usually from third-rate ex-British journalists, each year.

Yet for just RM10,000 Lena Hendry has achieved not just national but world-wide publicity for a film about a subject that deserves to be known about, but which Sri Lanka would rather cover up.

What’s more she has internationally further exposed the hypocrisy and corrupt thuggishness of Najib Razak’s own government in the process.

Thankfully, the judges showed more sense than government prosecutors, by commuting her punishment to a fine. However, also in the process they revealed how Malaysia’s primitive legal system still allows for one punishment for the rich and one for the poor.

If Lena could not put her hand immediately into her pocket to find that RM10,000 (a small sum for any BN party aparachik) she would have been cast into jail for a year for showing that film. Friends will doubtless assist in this case, but such disgusting discrimination against the already impoverished will dismay all decent people.

Najib Jumps On The "Fake News" Bandwaggon!

Malaysians need to check on every news article spread by the opposition especially with the 14th general election approaching, said Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

He said if the people were deceived by the opposition’s propaganda, the country’s future would be gravely affected if they make the wrong choice in the election.

“In a dynamic political environment people are exposed to changes and they may make their decisions based on inaccurate information. The vulnerability of the people can adversely affect the government.

“We see this happening not only in our country but also in developed countries like for example when the United Kingdom decided to leave the European Union.

“The decision was made based on the Brexit campaigns which were supported by false and misleading information which eventually changed the history of the United Kingdom. The people are now remorseful over their decision but nothing can be done about it,” he said.

Our comment

Najib Razak ought not to attempt to speak for the British people, whom he sweepingly describes as “remorseful” based on no factual evidence.

This is in itself an example of the sort of “fake news” tactics by propagandists, which he pretends to deplore.

He should also be mindful that the other sweeping victory associated with the Brexit trend is that of Donald Trump, whom he is presently trying to suck up to in the misguided hope that the new president can quash investigations into 1MDB.

Najib should appreciate that most Malaysians are now wearily aware, after years of BN’s own state propaganda, as to the sources from where they are most in danger of receiving fake news, namely their own government-controlled media.

Nonsense stories about how the money stolen by the Prime Minister from 1MDB was a donation from an Arab royal remain top of the list of fake news that these outfits are tasked with trying to convince the people with.

So, Sarawak Report has its own warning, which is that people should avoid electing proven thieves, liars, thugs and all round criminals back into power, because such people are dangerous for a nation’s health and well-being, especially when they are in charge.

There Was Always Someone Who Would Try This Ridiculous Spin!

Saudi Arabian King Salman Abdul Aziz Al Saud’s visit to Malaysia has put to rest the opposition’s slander regarding the RM2.6 billion donation for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

“Previously, there was a leader who said that even a mad Arab would not give such a colossal sum. But the presence of King Salman is sufficient to prove Najib was telling the truth that the RM2.6 billion was a donation from the Saudi royal family.

“I am certain the donation was given based on Najib’s efforts and achievements in upholding Islam in Malaysia and globally,” academic Hanafiah Harun told Umno Online.

The associate professor at UiTM said if it was true that Najib had slandered the Saudi royal family to cover up his wrongdoings, King Salman would not have set foot in Malaysia.

The royal family, he pointed out, would not have been silent on the matter either.

“So it is clear that all the issues which emerged regarding the RM2.6 billion were cooked up by outsiders, which the opposition in Malaysia disseminated to soil Najib’s credibility,” he added.

Hanafiah said the opposition continued to harp on the matter despite the prime minister having repeatedly explained it.

Our comment

Unfortunately for Najib, no one can seriously believe this anymore, so he should quit trying to pretend these various huge sums were ‘gifts’ (illegal in themselves).

Why has this toady academic failed to mention the brave Malaysian soldiers, who are presently in Saudi Arabia helping fight its wars?

What thought does this flunky give for the axiety of their families back home?

This was the reason for the Saudi King’s visit and let us hope that Najib’s efforts to suck up to the Middle East does not lose Malaysian lives.

Meanwhile his statement “the presence of King Salman is sufficient to prove Najib was telling the truth” of course lacks logic or explanation.

When other leaders visit Malaysia it is not because they gave Najib a billion dollars and when he visits other countries it is not because he gave the leader a billion dollars.

Unfortunately for Najib, this is one of the world’s biggest corrruption cases, so yes, not only will the opposition continue harping on about it, but so will global law enforcers who are busy closing in on the RM2.6 bn …. and indeed all the additional payments that have now been identified going into Najib’s accounts from SRC, Blackstone Asia (BVI) etc….

Thin Skin Does Not Engender Respect

A 19-year-old labourer convicted on 14 counts of insulting the Johor crown prince last year has failed to reduce his two years detention sentence at the Henry Gurney correctional institute in Malacca.

The Court of Appeal today unanimously dismissed Muhammad Amirul Azwan Mohd Shakri’s appeal. The teenager from Tumpat, Kelantan had already spent four months at the institute and another three months in jail.

Justice Mohd Zawawi Mohd Salleh, who led the panel dismissed the appeal brought by lawyer Hassan Karim, to have his sentence remitted to a bond of good behaviour or that his parents pay a personal bond for good behaviour.

“We are unanimous and think that the High Court is lenient and right in changing his sentence from jail to spending time at the institute. The appeal is dismissed,” said the judge.

Our comment

A TV comedy series in the UK called Spitting Image was very popular in the 90s. Mostly it poked fun at the Royal Family, sometimes in a very harsh way.

The Royal Family did not respond. In fact, their institution has come out all the strnger for showing patience and forebearing in the face of cheap and childish insults.  It is hugely popular, although people discuss its weaknessses.

To slam a nobody boy in jail for two years, by contrast, for some kind of written insult, smacks of thin skinned, defensive arrogance on the part of a family born by chance into a position of prvilege.

Of course it is not they but toadying judges and officials who are behind this, but they are doing no long term favours to the family they are trying to suck up to.

Excessive deference to monarchs is nearly always a mask for the real power mongers who hide behind them.  Traditionally European kings would keep their ‘fools’ to crack jokes and chide them and remind the court that a king too is only human.


Has Najib Gone Mad?

A string of graft charges against civil servants is a reminder that those in government must not take away what rightfully belongs to the people, said Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.

Speaking at the Prime Minister’s Department monthly assembly in Putrajaya today, Najib said the cases highlighted wastage by officials which would reduce public confidence in the government.

“What the MACC has done this past few days reminds us about wastage. About taking away the rights of the rakyat.

“Don’t take away the rights of the rakyat. It belongs to them.”


Our comment

Is Najib now utterly self-deluded or is he cynically correct that Malaysians will lick the boots of the man who lashes them?

He believes he can steal their money; toss them some back to gain their votes and then punish and preach at others, who try to follow his example on a smaller scale.

Perhaps Najib does not understand the anger of people treated in this way?

His opinion of his countrymen must be very, very low.  However, he should watch it, because these sentiments tend to be mutual.

So What About The US$1 Billion??!!!!

About 20 of 50,000 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) registered with the Registrar of Societies (ROS) have been investigated, since November, for allegedly receiving funds from individuals and organisations abroad.

Deputy Home Affairs Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed expects more NGOs to come under the microscope, since the police have no plans to put a halt to this investigation.

“The probe needs to be done to ensure that NGOs do not become a front for certain parties that plan to undermine democracy because many countries in the West and Asia may also have been toppled by outsiders using the NGOs,” Nur Jazlan told reporters after launching the search for Ikon Muslimah Johor 2016 in Johor Bahru today.

The NGOs probed includes Bersih, whose chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah has been accused of using funds received from Open Society Foundations (OSF) to undermine parliamentary democracy in Malaysia.

News reports said OSF, chaired by George Soros, not only channelled funds to Bersih but also to other local organisations with the aim to influence the result of general elections.

Our comment

Every single person in Malaysia can only have one reaction to this information that the police are probing pro-democracy NGOs for receiving foreign grants (which are usually minimal amounts to keep the life and limbs of certain activists together whilst they campaign for progress).

Why is it therefore OK for the sitting Prime Minister to personally receive foreign funding to the tune of US$1 billion, which he claims came from a little known Saudi named Prince Saud AbdulAziz Al Saud, for the avowed purpose of helping him win the last election in contravention of legal limits on funding?

Is it OK to break the law to preserve a party which has been in power, whilst it is not OK to support those challenging that law breaking party, who has openly bribed and bought votes?

The only people who might choose to think so are the law-breakers themselves – they should remember they are the SERVANTS of the people and not in charge and they have no right to bend the rules to save themselves whilst using those same rules to persecute others far weaker and poorer than themselves.

Honorary Degree

Student coalition Kesatuan Mahasiswa Malaysia chairperson Anis Syafiqah Md Yusof has been found guilty on three disciplinary offences linked to the Aug 27 “Tangkap Malaysian Official 1” rally in Kuala Lumpur.

The final decision, on whether she would be fined, banned from certain parts of the university, suspended or expelled, would only be made known within the next two weeks, the Universiti Malaya activist said….

“Actually our final exams are in three weeks.

“I am worried I would not be able to sit for it, because we do not know what punishments would be served by the university,” she said in questioning the timing of the decision.

However, the third-year Language and Linguistics student said she did not regret her actions.


Throughout the proceedings, she was accompanied by UM final year law student Marcus Lee, who raised concerns over the hearing process.


Our comment

Anis and Marcus are Malaysia’s student heroes for whom their degrees (awarded or not) pale into insignificance beside their exceptional qualities of bravery and right-mindedness (clearly not shared by the time-servers who have sought to deprive her of the fruits of her studies).

Together they have offered a glimpse of a better future for the next generation, working together for honest, democratic good governance…. towards a country others can safely invest in and work with.

In good time universities will queue up to award Anis an honorary degree (although she seems the type who will insist on sitting the exam anyway) because she has realised that progress cannot be achieved without sacrifice.

She joins a band of remarkable Malaysian women, supported by brave and remarkable Malaysian men.

Don't Throw Stones From Glass Houses

Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed said civil society organisations should not be concerned over police investigation over their funding if they have nothing to hide.

He also rubbished Lawyers for Liberty executive director Eric Paulsen’s claim that the probe on foreign funding recieved by NGOs is part of a “post-Umno annual general meeting witch-hunt”.

Several NGO leaders have been called for questioning as part of police investigations into Bersih for alleged funding from American billionaire George Soros-linked Open Society Foundations.

Nur Jazlan said the investigation on Bersih and its chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah started before the Umno general assembly last week.

“The investigation was about the foreign funding, and now police are investigaing other NGOs for receiving foreign funds.

“The timing of the Bersih rally and Umno meeting were unfortunate – they happened during investigation period – but some people are politicising it,” he told Malaysiakini in text message.

“Have they got something to hide in the way they are funded? If not, why worry? The courts will decide in the end if there is any wrongdoing,” he said.

He reiterated the country subscribed to the principle of “innocent until proven guilty”.

Our comment

UMNO appear not to care how ridiculous they look hurling accusations at others for things they themselves are plainly culpable.

It is UMNO who are hiding the identity of their donor, whom they claim is a “Sheikh”, but whom they refuse to name.

If NGOs must reveal the names of their donors, why not UMNO?

In UMNO’s case it is because the party is lying and the money is actually stolen from the Malaysian people and from pension funds and it has been spent not on good works pursuing democratic principles, but on handbags, bribes and anti-aging treatments.

Nur Jaslan knows this perfectly well and it is why he was booted ‘upstairs’ out of the Public Accounts Committee. Sadly, everyone is now wondering what was his price and why he now seems to care little for the future of his country by helping drag it down to a moronic dictatorship under Najib?

The likes of Nur Jaslan should take matters in hand and boot out the thief (and more) who accuses everyone else of his own crimes.

Street Protest By Najib Shows Hypocrisy All Round

Malaysian prime minister Najib Razak led a protest rally on Sunday against what he called a “genocide” of Myanmar’s Muslim Rohingya minority, as he urged Asian neighbours and the world to step up the pressure to stop the violence.

Najib said the rally at a stadium in Kuala Lumpur would send a strong message to Aung San Suu Kyi’s government that “enough is enough”.

“UN please do something. The world cannot sit by and watch genocide taking place,” Najib said to loud cheers from thousands of Muslims, including Rohingya refugees. “The world cannot say it is not our problem. It is our problem,” he said

Our comment

Is this the same Prime Minister who last year turned away desperate boats of Rohingya refugees away from Malaysia’s shores, leaving them to drown in the rough seas?

Women and children, along with their husbands died.

At the time Sarawak Report questioned how any leader posing as a good Muslim could do such a thing to people persecuted purely for sharing the self-same faith?

But, Najib did do it. And now he tries to score PR points by weeping crocodile tears on their behalf and demanding other countries in the world take in these people, thereby saving him the bother of helping these neighbours of his own religion.

Why Such A Coward Zahid?

Speaking at the closing of the 70th Umno annual general assembly in Kuala Lumpur today, Zahid said he had been tasked by Najib to deal with foreign elements trying to spark a revolution in the country.

He claimed these elements included human rights group Suaram, electoral reform group Bersih, the Bar Council, news portal Malaysiakini and whistle blower portal Sarawak Report.

“The question is, what is the next course of action?

“I would like to announce that the government is forming a task force comprising the police, MACC, Bank Negara and AG’s Chambers to seek out even the smallest of information (about these elements),” he said.

Zahid, in his winding-up speech, urged Umno delegates to honour the police for taking action as the hall erupted in cheers.

Earlier in his speech, Zahid said the organisations he named had received funding from organisations linked to US billionaire George Soros.

Our comment

To his cheering UMNO accessories (today all back decoratively dressed in red) Zahid announced that he has been placed at the head of a Special Task Force by PM Najib to investigate and pursue…… Sarawak Report!

Presumably, this means that sinister fellows will again be sent out from the Embassy in Belgrave Square to lurk around the house of the Editor of this blog and stalk her to coffee shops and the like, trying to peek into her computer and catch her in the subversive activity of telling the truth.

Yet if he is so angry about this airing of the truth, why doesn’t he square up to some bigger fellows, rather than threatening a single female writer or locking up female civil rights champions like Maria or hounding already acquitted film show festival organisers like Lena?

How about taking on the US Dept of Justice and FBI?  How about slanging Singapore’s Monetary Authority and the Swiss Prosecutors? How about ranting away at the numerous international banks, who have now owned up, apologised and paid fines for money laundering, thereby placing Najib and 1MDB’s illegal actions squarely in the frame, despite all their ridiculous denials and phantom donors?

No, bullies are cowards, so he prefers to blame a single woman who caught Najib with his hand bang in the public till – stealing from the mouths of the Rakyat and spending the cash on gaudy bags and diamonds and large size clothing and anti-aging treatment for his domineering wife.

So, Sarawak Report has this reply for Zahid and his followers, all trapped in their UMNO bubble and padded from the realities of the wider world: we know how to deal with bullies; we stand up to them.

Watch this space.