West shouldn’t lecture, Najib says as Malaysia embraces China:
In an editorial in a Chinese state-run paper, China Daily the Prime Minister sought to explain his administration’s move to increase trade and cooperation with China…“More generally, we believe it is incumbent upon larger countries to treat smaller ones fairly. And this includes former colonial powers. It is not for them to lecture countries they once exploited on how to conduct their own internal affairs today.
“Malaysia and China are united in agreeing on the need to defend the sovereignty of the nation state and in the belief that the individual histories, values and governance systems of different countries must be respected,” Najib wrote.
The PM stressed that it is important for “global institutions” to reflect the views of countries which were given no say in the” legal and security infrastructure” that was set up by the victors of the Second World War.
….. Calling it the “Asian Century”, Najib said that China and Malaysia must continue working on the partnership…
“When it comes to the South China Sea, we firmly believe that overlapping territorial and maritime disputes should be managed calmly and rationally through dialogue, in accordance with the rule of law and peaceful negotiations,” he said.
Yesterday, Malaysian and Chinese companies made history with the signing of 14 agreements worth RM144 billion.
PM Najib had said the amount was the biggest ever recorded in conjunction with his official visit overseas, and it was a historic achievement.
Najib is saying that the US should “respect” his system of government, which happens to be kleptocracy.
And by this he means that he should be allowed to make the single biggest recorded theft of public money and then use that money to purchase properties and assets in the United States, in contravention of US domestic laws against money laundering.
Anyone who says he can’t break the laws of America in this fashion is simply a frightful colonialist from the century before last, who is personally responsible for similar crimes, according to Najib.
It is a lame argument, which goes into the same category as Saudi donors and Cayman Island funds. Incidentally, it also acts as an open admission at last that he is up to his neck in the DOJ investigation in America.
The vast majority of Malaysians of whatever creed are sickened and shocked by this freewheeling madness. However the Prime Minister, his wife, his refugee from Hollywood stepson and Senior Minister Without Portfolio, Jho Low, reckon that their place-men in UMNO are bought and paid for junior gangsters, who will continue to do their bidding.
Members of Parliament may harp about the practices of western parliaments, but they do not even act like they belong in one, House Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia says today.
“We always say we are a democratic country, we should emulate how democratic countries operate.
“But we don’t act like the lawmakers we refer to.
“In the British House of Commons, there are no MPs who walk out during the tabling of the budget, never,” Pandikar told a press conference in the Parliament reception room today.
This was a swipe at opposition lawmakers who walked out of the Dewan Rakyat during Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s Budget 2017 speech last Friday.
“Maybe for me, as someone who moved to the city from a kampung because I happen to work here, I can’t fathom this sort of thinking,” he said in jest.
He said he felt sad that the public, who don’t know the House rules and conventions, were swayed by media reports and the actions of lawmakers who ran against these norms but pretended it was democracy.
Pandikar said ultimately, it is the MPs who must behave themselves.
“During a debate, no speaker in the world can control anybody unless you put cellotape or masking tape on their mouths.
“The control is actually them (the lawmakers),” he said, noting that they were supposed to be the best in society.
If Speaker Pandikar wishes to lecture MPs on how things are done at Westminster he should at least show a basic awareness of that most sacred of institutions, which is Parliamentary Privilege.
Parliamentary Privilege acknowledges the right of MPs to discuss all matters they consider to be important and relevant freely within the House.
Even if that might embarrass the Prime Minister!
Instead, because it might embarrass the Prime Minister, Pandikar has ruled that there must be zero mention of 1MDB in Parliament.
He came up with a lie for an excuse, saying it was ‘sub-judice’. To the contrary all investigations and prosecutions into 1MDB have been dropped by the AG, again on the demand of the Prime Minister, who had unconstitutionally sacked his predecessor for initiating a prosecution (against him).
But, even if it were sub-judice, the point of Parliamentary Privilege is that it frees MPs from the danger of contempt of court, if they consider the matter important enough to be raised within the confines of the House.
So, having been illegally denied their constitutional right and duty to talk about the pressing matters of the day, MPs chose to walk instead. Every democrat in genuine parliaments across the world would support and sympathise with that gesture and it is Mr Pandikar who stands deplored in all such circles.
But, maybe he is holding out for that second private toilet, which his offices undoubtably stand in need of given all these troubled times?
Maria had received the threat via her mobile phone, and the message had stated that it was a warning from Malaysian Islamic State operatives.
According to Maria’s report, part of the threat read: “Demi Allah dan kesucian perjuangan Islam di Malaysia, kalau ko nak hilang kepala macam kt Syria, teruskan keje bodoh tu. Aku potong kepala ko aku rakam dan akan aku sebar dalam u tube…aku kenal sape ko, aku tau kt mana kau tinggal dan aku jugak tau sape fmly dan anak-anak ko…”
(In the name of Allah, and the sanctity of the Islamic struggle in Malaysia, if you want to lose your head like in Syria, continue with your stupid work. I will decapitate you, record it and spread it on You Tube. I know who you are, I know where you live and I know your family and children).
It has been well-established that the organisers of the Red Shirts, who exist to counter Bersih are supported by Najib.
The sole message of the Red Shirts is unquestioning loyalty to Najib.
Now that they have adopted increasingly violent and aggressive tactics, resorted to direct racism and religious bigotry and started to cite support from IS in their attacks against Bersih organisers, Najib must publicly refute their behaviour.
Otherwise, what has long been suspected, which is that the Prime Minister is seeking to encourage extremism in return for militant support will be confirmed.
Dewan Rakyat Speaker Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia today said questions related to the United States Department of Justice’s (DoJ) civil complaint on 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) should not be answered in the present sitting as it is tantamount to subjudice.
He said the issue is still a court matter and therefore, the minister involved (Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak) should not answer related questions.
Pandikar said he would instead give a written explanation on his decision today to those who had submitted questions on DoJ’s civil complaint. “I have made my decision, unless there is a private motion (on the issue). “I did not make the decision in haste, but it was made after taking into account the legal implications on the country involved. “Whatever decision made in this sitting will also be known by those in other countries due the advancement of information technology,” he said.
His decision however, was questioned by Lim Kit Siang (DAP-Gelang Patah) and Gobind Singh Deo (DAP-Puchong), who claimed that the proceedings were not in Malaysia and Pandikar’s controversial ruling would set a precedent to similar cases in the future.
In his firm response, Pandikar said both DAP members of parliament should first read the written answer before making any allegations against him. “We do not want to create a negative perception before the time comes for the minister involved to answer the questions,” he said.
One assumes that the holder of the august office of Speaker cannot be ignorant or that at least his advisors cannot be so.
Therefore, one can only lament that he is exploiting ignorance in others and cultivating the dissemination of false information about the law.
Sub-judice rulings exist to prevent the influencing of juries in criminal cases. As Malaysian Government officials have repeatedly said, so far the 1MDB case in America is not a criminal case.
Furthermore, although the vast majority of Malaysians rightfully believe there ought to be a case under way in Malaysia relating to this matter, there is not. So, it is not sub-judice on those grounds either.
So, sadly the Speaker is talking nonsense and it is plain it is in order to slap silence on a subject that ought to be of primary importance in Parliament and which the Prime Minister ought to answer to.
The reason for his behaviour is obvious. In real Parliamentary democracies the Speaker is chosen by MPs to represent them and ensure fair play.
In Malaysia the Speaker is appointed by none other than the Prime Minister himself, to represent him and to shut up anybody causing difficulties to him by doing their job in representing the people in Parliament.
By silencing Parliamentarians on the subject of primary importance of the day the Speaker is indulging in Activities Detrimental to Democracy, which is the charge Najib has laid against this blog for exposing his own criminal thefts.
According to The Times of India, the court yesterday said the arrests warrants were necessary because Malaysia had not provided assistance over the past two years.
“They (Marshall and Krishnan) could not be served with the summons through the normal course by resorting to mutual legal assistance treaty between the two countries.
“Malaysian authorities have categorically declined to effect the service. In such a situation, the only way left is to approach the Interpol and for that issue of warrant is necessary…
“In such a situation when further issuance of summons would be a futile exercise, it is rightful for the prosecution to ask for warrant of arrest against the accused,” the court was reported saying.
In 2014, India’s Central Bureau of Investigation filed charges against the duo and South Indian politician and former Indian telecommunications minister Dayanidhi Maran over alleged corruption to help the Maxis group take control of an Indian mobile phone carrier in 2006.
The frustration of the Indians is mirrored by that of the Swiss and United States and all other countries trying to bring to book criminals who have stolen billions from the Malaysian public.
This key crony Krishnan also played a pivotal role in 1MDB, of course, since he sold his power plants at what is agreed was a highly inflated price to the so-called ‘development fund’ in 2012 (part of the Abu Dhabi /Aabar Phase of 1MDB thefts, as described by the US Dept of Justice).
So, with Najib in charge it seems that Malaysia is to become known as a haven for international fugitives from justice – the sort of dubious honour generally reserved for tinpot republics willing to do anything to scrape a few bucks…. which is apparently the status towards which Najib is heading his once proud nation.
The document states that Apandi is seeking to commit Lim to jail for contempt of court for issuing statements through social and/or print media that he knows or should have known would threaten the administration of justice, undermine public confidence in the judiciary, and insult the dignity and integrity of Malaysian courts.
He is seeking for Lim to pay the costs incurred by the committal proceedings, and any other reliefs deemed fit by the court.
“(This is) to ensure that any action that belittles the court, its judges, and the administration of justice should not be let off easily.
“The public’s trust in the judicial system in Malaysia should be defended, especially when it comes to cases that are still pending in court,” the document read.
It added that the attorney-general has to duty to protect public interest and to ensure that the judiciary and the administration of justice in Malaysia is protected and not ridiculed, insulted, or belittled easily, to the point where there is doubt on whether cases are being adjudicated with fairness and justice.
Abuse and interference with the administration of the law is a hallmark of dictatorship.
It is Apandi who has scandalised the courts, not only by his very appointment, which was unconstitutional (Najib has no authority to sack the previous AG) but also by daily abusing the law he is pledged to uphold to support his political boss.
Thus we have an insane situation where the AG refuses to proceed against one politician against, who faces irrefutable evidence that he stole billions from the public and their pension funds and spent it on a billionaire lifestyle, whilst going after another on spurious and subjective allegations that he may have bought his modest house slightly below market price.
The first was the Prime Minister and the second, surprise surprise, is the next opposition leader that Prime Minister wants in jail. So, when that opposition leader makes an understandable protest against such politically motivated abuses Apandi and his boss seek to abuse the law even further by saying that it is Guan Eng who has brought Malaysia and its courts into disrepute and to jail him for it.
No, it is Mr Apandi and his boss the PM who have done that squarely in the eyes of the world. Of all his disservices to his country it is the perversion of the courts and this habitual abuse of the law to pursue hia corrupt and dictatorial agenda that condemns Najib most.
PNG’s largest logging company and multi-sector business group is telling rural communities that human rights and sustainable business principles impede rural development and should be ignored if people want to get rich.
This is the message Rimbunan Hijau and its consultant Kanawi Pouru, have been delivering to people in the Pomio District of East New Britain Province who are questioning the company’s logging and oil palm operations. Kanawi Pouru is the Former Managing Director of the PNG Forestry Authority.
Speaking to local people at the Talo Club in Malakur Village last month, Kanawi told them the United Nation’s Declaration on Human Rights and the Round Table on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) Principles and Criteria are anti-development mechanisms setup by rich and wealthy Europeans to suppress people in rural communities in Papua New Guinea who want to change their life style and alleviate poverty through commercial exploitation of their vast natural resources.
Kanawi and Mok, a representative of RH subsidiary Gilford Ltd, bluntly told people at Malakur Village that unless they allowed their land to be converted into oil palm plantations they will remain in poverty. Kanawi also accused NGOs of misleading “ignorant rural communities” and suppressing their rights to advance economically.
It is Mr Tiong of Rimbunan Hijau who is fantastically rich, not his ‘wealthy European’ critics.
All the native people who have handed over their valuable timber rights to Mr Tiong (willingly or unwillingly) have ended up even poorer than they were before.
Mr Tiong pays good money to the likes of Kanawi Pouru (Former Managing Director of the PNG Forestry Authority) to gain his influence, but only peanuts to vulnerable landowners.
For them it is not development but disinheritance and disaster.
Tiong accuses those ‘Westerners’ eg NGOs, who criticise his activities, for being ‘rich’, when in fact they are merely EDUCATED – so they know a Tiong when they see a Tiong.
They understand that not only is this jungle leech sucking the life from the local people, but he is also sucking the life from the human habitat and destroying great sections of our planet.
The ICC have in past days indicated they are going to put major land-grab criminals into their sights. So, if Tiong pursues this devious destruction in Papua it should put Malaysia’s mega-land-grab criminal at the top of the list for prosecution.
Why he should think he needs even further riches, at the expense of the beauty of our planet and the welfare of our weakest fellow human beings, is a conversation to be had between himself and his psychiatrist, but does it not mitigate his sins (aka crimes).
Jesus Christ, whom Tiong professes to be faithful to, had many warnings for hypocrites like him. He will be last. The people from Papua come first… and may purgatory take some time.
Thailand has refused a request by Switzerland to repatriate a Swiss national, convicted of selling information to anti-government groups in Malaysia, so he can serve the rest of his sentence in his home…
Viktor Vavricka, the Swiss embassy’s charge d’affaires, said Bern regretted Bangkok’s refusal to allow Andre Xavier Justo — involved in exposing the 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) scandal — to be jailed in Switzerland.
“The Swiss embassy is aware the transfer request has been refused by the Thai authorities, a development the Swiss authorities regret,” Mr Vavricka wrote in an email to the Bangkok Post.
However, official notification of the decision is still pending. The safety and integrity of Mr Justo is of utmost priority to the Swiss authorities which continue to follow this case closely.”
Sarawak Report politely reminds the Bangkok Post that the information released by Justo formed the basis of a US Department of Justice indictment confirming that billions of dollars had been stolen from a public fund and passed into the Malaysian Prime Minister’s personal accounts.
He did not give the information to “anti-government forces”, which implies some kind of illegal guerrilla army was the recipient. He gave it to a business newspaper The Edge and to Sarawak Report and the UK Sunday Times newspaper, which are independent bodies with no vested interests in Malaysian politics. He did not receive any money for the data.
His conviction was secured through a forced, false confession obtained from him in a Thai jail by British operatives paid by the company PetroSaudi, which was deeply involved in the theft from 1MDB and which had made the original criminal complaint against Justo.
This outrageous and astonishing criminal conspiracy against the people of Malaysia and against a Swiss who tried to expose it ought to be the subject of a number of potential stories for any half-decent newspaper based in Bangkok.
The decision to deny former PetroSaudi International employee Andre Xavier Justo his request to serve the remainder of his jail term in his country, Switzerland, was made “in accordance with Thai law”.
According to Thai Justice Minister Gen Paiboon Koomchaya, under the country’s law, anyone requesting to transfer the remainder of his jail sentence must have “not less than one year” left in his jail term.
“But the remainder of the jail term of this prisoner (Justo) is nine months, which did not meet the transfer (of prisoner) treaty law. Thus, the decision to deny the request.”
“This law does not discriminate against anyone, and is effective for every prisoner who is eligible for the transfer. The Correctional Department’s decision is in accordance with the rule of law,” he told Bernama in a telephone interview today.
Unfortunately, the rest of the world is coming to the conclusion that Thai law is arbitrary.
First, an ‘amnesty’ reduces a sentence and promises are made that a prisoner will be released home.
Then (following meetings with Najib who wants this witness silenced) there is a u-turn and now an announcement that the reduction in the term has actually EXTENDED the time the hostage remains in Thailand.
Xavier Justo was convicted on the basis of a forced, false confession, taken under conditions of blackmail in his jail by a paid agent of PetroSaudi, whom the Thai legal system had apparently allowed to usurp their due process.
Justo was denied his lawyer present and told if he cooperated in making this confession, then PetroSaudi would get him out.
Under which Thai law was this permitted?
Inspector-general of police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar said Jelutong MP Jeff Ooi should surrender himself or face arrest for his allegedly offensive tweet on the death of PAS spiritual leader Haron Din.
“If he (Ooi) wants to make things easier, just surrender himself.
“Or else we (police) will find him,” Khalid told reporters after the monthly assembly at Bukit Aman police headquarters in Kuala Lumpur today.
Khalid earlier confirmed Ooi is being investigated under Section 298 of the Penal Code for causing disharmony, disunity or feelings of enmity, hatred or ill will, or prejudicing the maintenance of harmony on grounds of religion.
Ooi had tweeted, “Adios Haron Din. May there be peace” when re-tweeting another user’s message about the PAS spiritual leader’s passing on Friday.
There is a proverb: “He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly”.
In any other English speaking country, Jeff Ooi’s remark would have been interpreted as a fond farewell. A plea to let bygones be bygones at a time of loss and mourning.
‘May they rest in peace’, ‘Let there be peace’ are traditional sentiments expressed by former friend or foe at a time of passing.
‘Adios’ means “Go with God’ and is a term the Spanish use at a parting from loved ones or to friends and strangers they might pass along a journey or politely in a street. A well-wishing in a shared moment, often heart felt.
To take offence at such sentiments is therefore quite staggering. Is it ignorance of the language, which is forgivable but needs correcting or mere ‘offence-seeking’ that has triggered this undignified outburst by supposed supporters of a respected religious figure, who deserves better from followers at such a time?
Khalid should remember that his job is to keep the peace. as Jeff Ooi’s sentiment advised, not to stir up misguided discord in this way.