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Trust Is Not Currency For Hishamuddin Hussein

In 2018, then BN secretary-general Nazri Abdul Aziz reached out to PKR president Anwar Ibrahim and pledged Umno’s support if the latter would guarantee the party is not dissolved once he becomes prime minister.

Nazri – who is now vocally against Umno working with Anwar – said his manoeuvrings at the time was necessary to ensure his party’s survival.

“At the time, I felt I needed to be close to the next PM, and then coax him not to dissolve Umno.

“Because (then prime minister) Dr Mahathir Mohamad was set on dissolving us,”..

Now back in government, Nazri said Umno was no longer under threat, and hence did not need Anwar anymore…

This stance had motivated him to turn against Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi – whom he believed was still trying to align the party with Anwar.

Nazri said 25 out of 42 BN lawmakers have signed a declaration pledging support for Sembrong MP Hishammuddin Hussein as their spokesperson.

This is as Nazri did not trust Zahid represented the party truthfully during his meeting with the king earlier this month.

“I trust Hishammuddin to tell the truth that we don’t support Anwar or DAP,” he added

Our comment

Nazri makes no bones about it. He himself (in true UMNO fashion) is openly untrustworthy and sees no problem with deceiving and lying to promote his own ends.

Yet he trusts his colleague Hishamuddin, he says. The same cousin of the convicted kleptocrat Najib who has schemed with his dear friend Azmin Ali since the day UMNO lost the election to bribe MPs and destabilise his own government.

The sickly Mahiaddin is the temporary puppet but this was always about the dopey Hishamuddin claiming his ‘birthright’.

The problem these fellows have is that they are all so utterly transparent and it is plain for all to see than none of them have a moral fibre in their bodies or the least care for the nation of people they are supposed to be pledged to serve.

What facades of purpose and patriotism they might once have hid behind as they pursued their selfish ends have now utterly fallen away with the disastrous gold rush that PN has represented. Raping a country in the midst of the pandemic.

Were members of UMNO or the nation to adopt this band of openly dishonest and self-serving rascals the consequences are plain for all to see.

Hunger, poverty and oppression would eventually be followed by a sell-out to Hishamuddin’s ‘Chinese Uncles’ at a price suitable to keep him in luxury – to hell with the rest.

Malaysia's Constant Police Harassment Against Free Speech Has To Stop!

Police have launched an investigation against de facto Law Minister Takiyuddin Hassan, over his comments on the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s wish to see Parliament reconvene as soon as possible.

In a brief statement, Inspector-General of Police Acryl Sani Abdullah Sani this evening confirmed that they have received reports against the minister.

“The investigation is being carried out by Bukit Aman Criminal Investigation Department,” Acryl Sani said.

The top cop added that investigators would call all the relevant individuals to assist in their investigation.

On Wednesday, a statement issued by Istana Negara stated that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong Sultan Abdullah Ahmad Shah is of the opinion that Parliament should reconvene as soon as possible to allow MPs to debate emergency laws and the National Recovery Plan.

Several hours after that, Takiyuddin told PAS mouthpiece Harakah in an interview that the king did not specify an exact date on when the legislature should be in session.

The PAS secretary-general had argued that September is soon, as per the National Recovery Plan that was laid out by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin a day earlier (on Tuesday).

 

Our comment

Malaysia needs to decriminalise freedom of speech. It is simply ludicrous to have a situation where the average man in blue is left scratching his head over whether the opinions of, for example, an elected representative of the people are ‘illegal’ – or maybe not.

There are few people lower in the estimation of Sarawak Report   and many others than Malaysia’s present law minister. However, the idea that he should be reported, harassed and intimidated for expressing his lame opinions is unacceptable, unless he is urging active harm against someone else,

There are other ways of dealing with the nonsense that certain people spout, lies or even false accusations, all of which carry no need for threats of criminal prosecution. Indeed, you cannot sustain a genuine democracy for even a day if people are unable to speak freely, criticise and hold contrary opinions safely.

If, as in this case, the man has spoken nonsense, others may answer with clarity, sense and fact. He has lost this argument in the eyes of the public already. But you cannot shut up the likes of Takiyuddin by adding criminal complaints without silencing others who bring vital information that we all need to hear.

Leave it to the listener to decide. In the present case 95% of Malaysians who heard the law minister’s remarks will have judged them for what they were – a load of self-serving nonsense to justify his not budging from his undeserved position.

No need to construct arguments that the Agong has somehow been insulted – who is after all up to his neck in this present ’emergency’ and in the appointment of Takiyuddin’s government in the first place, so let’s not go there.

Certainly no need for a police officer to interrogate on the basis of such contorted allegations.  By his own utterances the minister has already condemned himself in the only place that really matters, which is the court of public opinion.

Meanwhile,  Leave police officers to mind the traffic, stop brawlers and deal with their own bad apples. Don’t ask them to decide on matters which ought to be left for voters to determine at the ballot box.

PN's Bought Up Allies Are Crying Buckets

[Takiyuddin] said the Agong did not explicitly mention a date for when Parliament should reopen again.

“His Majesty did not specify any particular date, but said it should be held as soon as possible. So the Prime Minister can announce, for example, that Parliament will reopen in September or October,” Takiyuddin said during a discussion on Bicara Harakah.

Speaking to moderator Badzli Bakar, the de facto law minister added that the Agong also stressed the role of all MPs across the political spectrum to focus on dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic.

“So if Parliament is to reopen, then they should focus on how best to deal with Covid, rather than anything else.

“As always, the government is ready to openly accept the views of the Opposition MPs with regards to Covid-19. We also thank His Majesty and the Conference of Rulers, over their concerns on the matter,” he said.

Our comment

This wily law minister (the one who declared 1MDB reparations were a state secret) is one of many crying like babies now that the Council of Rulers has slapped down their experiment in hijacking the democratic process.

The appointed Speaker of the house (another lawyer who is not even an MP and whose equally unelected brother has been appointed Attorney General) is also wailing at the prospect of the early demise of their cosy crony positions propping up the coup.

But whilst these fellows can only smell the gravy, having teamed up with a bunch of fellow opportunists with nothing in common besides happening to be Malay, the Rulers have plainly smelt the coffee. So, at long last, has the Agong.

These power grabbers were so intent on the fruits of office they barely registered the pandemic to begin with. When they did it was primarily to use it as an excuse to control the country rather than prioritising public health and economic pain.

They were too focused on their own economic gain.

Everyone in Malaysia has watched this blatant performance with growing anger, hence the decision by the rulers to intervene and end the abuse of constitutional process and “bring down the temperature” in the country.

Predictably, the likes of Takiyuddin and Art Harun are nonetheless seeking to re-interpret the rulers’ stated position, confirmed by the Agong, that this show needs to come to an end as soon as possible.

That there is no need for the bogus ‘state of emergency’ to continue this shut down of parliament means the charade should end today.  Not maybe September or October or sometime never, as these two second rate lawyers are now desperately pleading before the bench of public opinion.

The bench is not amused. And since the Agong no longer accepts the advice of a prime minister who lacks a majority the law is now being broken by these advocates for a failed administration.

 

From Kleptocracy To Kakistocracy - Malaysia's Sad Progress

Failed politicians, not civil servants, are the ones who should resign.

This is according to Iskandar Puteri MP Lim Kit Siang who was responding to PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang who had asked civil servants who refuse to support the Perikatan Nasional government to resign.

“I do not agree with Hadi as I believe that it is the political leaders who have failed in their duties, like those in the bloated Muhyiddin cabinet who, in the national interest, should resign.

“I do not fault civil servants who are not prepared to see the Malaysian civil service deteriorate into a kakistocracy,” Lim said in a statement today.

Last Sunday, Hadi said those who do not support the government of the day are morally bound to resign.

Our comment

Hadi is the ‘religious’ leader who time and again displays a total lack of moral understanding.

Given he has only achieved office through betraying and trampling on democratic principles and making close if often secret relationships with corrupt kleptocrats such as Najib Razak and now the raiders from PN, it is no surprise that he has now demonstrated this view that civil servants should abandon their duty of objectivity in the public interest in favour of slavish  support for political bosses.

What makes his demand that civil servants sign up to the ruling party even worse is that the present coalition to which he belongs is only in government thanks first to a seizure of power through the back door in defiance of the majority of the electorate, followed by bogus ’emergency’ provisions after losing its fleeting majority of bought MPs.

That a man with such appalling lack of principles should now hold office, after years of being rightly shunned even by BN’s calculating kleptocrats, is a sign of just how low Malaysia’s situation has become: moving, as described by the veteran observer Lim Kit Siang. from a thieving kleptocracy to governance by the least qualified and competent (kakistocracy).

Politician Threatens Legal Action Against SR!

Posing with police report and in happier days with his company director wife

Syed Hamzah – Posing with police report and in happier days with his company director wife in their luxurious home.

[translated] Datuk Seri Syed Hamzah Syed Paie will take legal action against Sarawak Report and two Facebook account owners over allegations linking him to Entrepreneur and Cooperative Development Minister (Medac) Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi Tuanku Jaafar over granting approval to his wife’s company, Azzahra Product Sdn Bhd.
The Political Secretary to Wan Junaidi, said he had lodged a report at the Sekama Police Station at 9am today …..
“I have also instructed my lawyer in Kuala Lumpur to take legal action against Clare Rewcastle in London as the editor of Sarawak Report over the defamation leveled against me and Datuk Seri Wan Junaidi,” he said in a statement today.
Earlier, Syed Hamzah explained that the SME Corp grant amounting to RM338,950 approved to his wife’s company, Azzahra Product Sdn Bhd, had nothing to do with Wan Junaidi as Medac minister, including himself as Political Secretary to Wan Junaidi.
He said the grant was approved by SME Corp on October 10, 2017, while he and Wan Junaidi started working at Medac on April 22, 2020.
“How could Wan Junaidi and I have been involved in grant approval in the last four years when we started serving at Medac in 2020,” he said.
In this regard, Syed Hamzah said the facts were contrary to the allegations of Sarawak Report and the two Facebook account owners involved.

Our comment

Strangely, when Syed Hamzah and his departmental media team and boss Wan Junaidi were contacted in advance of publication for comment by Sarawak Report none of them responded to the allegations in our article.

The political secretary, who is also nephew to Wan Junaidi, is now complaining that Sarawak Report alleged something it did not. Our article, which is online for all to read, made it quite clear that Syed’s company (which he mainly owns, but is directed by his wife) received its grant before his boss took over the Department concerned – we made clear that in 2017 their fellow PBB colleague Naroden Majais was the minister instead.

The issue that Sarawak Report related as having been passed as a complaint to the MACC was that the equipment purchase cited by his company as a core reason for the application for a BEEP grant had been made from a related party – namely a company owned by Syed’s own brother and sister.

The complaint stated that this was naturally against the rules and that grantees should not apply for public money to make purchases via family members.

If Syed Hamzah wishes to address this allegation, and indeed to address our query as to why he markets his expensive juice product as means of preventing buyers from contracting Covid-19, Sarawak Report remains ready and willing to publish his comments on our site.

Jealous Of My Vaccine?

Artist and activist Fahmi Reza was arrested this evening for alleged sedition.

His lawyer Yohendra Nadarajan said police arrested him at his home at 7pm before taking him to the Dang Wangi police district headquarters in the capital.

As of 9pm, he was still being questioned and will be detained overnight in the police lockup.

“Remand (hearing)  is tomorrow at 10am at the Dang Wangi police station itself,” Yohendra told Malaysiakini when contacted.

Our comment

So, the same police force who arrested cartoonist Fahmi Reza for correctly depicting Najib Razak as a kleptocratic clown have now arrested him for listing songs about jealousy on Twitter. The situation must be serious.

Bemused folk from anywhere but Malaysia may well ask why is satirising jealousy (if that is what this was supposed to be) regarded as a seditious act resulting in the most serious charges?

The reason is that the police, like everyone in the country, know that jealousy was the topic of a major ‘faux pas’ by the Queen last week – an utterance that has acted as a spark to a tinderbox of public rage against a self-serving and unelected backdoor regime propped up by her husband.

Indeed, sticking to the French motif, there can hardly have been a more incendiary remark made by a reigning Queen since Marie Antoinette notoriously suggested “Qu’ils mangent de la brioche” (“let them eat cake”) after being informed that the folk of Paris were marching on Versailles because her husband’s ruinous policies had run them out of bread.

It seems there are those even in the Malaysian police force who know what happened next to her (and her husband and the bulk of the French nobility). Hence, presumably, the sedition charges.

In Malaysia the issue in hand is not basic foodstuffs, although for many these also are becoming extremely scarce along with cash, but vaccines against the deadly Coronavirus. These have yet to start to be rolled out to the most vulnerable and elderly in the general population of Malaysia, despite vast sums of taxpayers money having been appropriated to buy them.

Meanwhile, the ‘Top 400k’ of elite Malaysians – politicians and government workers – have all smugly received not just their first but second dose. When a citizen asked if these included the palace chef with whom the Queen was making tasty morsels for her table (as depicted on her instagram account) the sovereign messaged back “Are you jealous?”. When a wave of anger then washed over the internet she snapped shut her account.

So, which lady is to be least forgiven? It has been pointed out that the pampered Austrian princess on the eve of the French Revolution was simply vastly naive and had no concept of poverty and hunger, matters she had never encountered in the vast palaces she had dwelt in all her life. She simply revealed how out of touch her kind had long become and they paid a vicious price.

The Malaysian royal on the other hand was smug. She knew exactly what the question was all about and appeared happy to flaunt her privileged position as a safely vaccinated creature (as well as being vastly rich, pampered and all the rest) compared to all her compatriots who are suffering thanks to the incompetence and suspected corruption of her husband’s government.

Thankfully, in the present era and under the present constitution of Malaysia there are ample means by which an out of touch, unsympathetic, thieving set of politicians can be ejected from office without resorting to the methods forced on Parisiennes in 1789.

The Constitution could even be altered, if necessary, to rein in the powers of royals should they be shown to have abused them.

What Info Did Ex-Spy Chief Have On Whom?

Former spy chief Hasanah Abdul Hamid has been granted a discharge not amounting to an acquittal (DNAA) in a US$12.1 million (RM50.4 million) criminal breach of trust (CBT) case involving funds from the government.

The High Court in Kuala Lumpur today allowed the prosecution’s application for the accused to be granted the DNAA.

Today was initially set for continuance of the prosecution’s stage of the trial against the former director-general of the Malaysian External Intelligence Organisation (MEIO).

Under the law, an accused granted a DNAA may still be charged for the same offence in future, in contrast to an accused given a discharge amounting to an acquittal.

On Oct 25, 2018, Hasanah, 62, claimed trial to one count of CBT amounting to US$12.1 million in government funds when she was serving as then director-general of the Prime Minister’s Department Research Division.

She was accused of committing the offence at the office of the Research Division in the Prime Minister’s Department in Putrajaya between April 30 and May 9, 2018.

Our comment

There is no information given as to whether the bloated, shifty-eyed ex-Madame Spy even gave back the US$12 million she embezzled in this abuse of the highest position of trust for her country.

She just got let off no conditions applying!

One must be therefore forgiven, as others suffer horrendous penalties and even death for lesser crimes daily in Malaysia, for speculating about what information Madame Spy had obtained in the course of abusing her various duties and about whom?

Someone who had the authority to call up the AG and tell him to drop all prosecutions against this phone-tapping, email-cracking Surveillance Queen for sure. Someone who wanted her to keep quiet about her stash of incriminating tapes and photos.

Guilty persons in top positions of power?  Surely Not!

Corruption And Lies - OK So Long As It's PAS

There is no point for a government to command a huge majority when it has no integrity, PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang said.

“What is the benefit if one enjoys majority support but has no integrity and if one lied to the people to secure majority support?

“Lies are enough of a sign that one has lost their integrity, which will definitely lead to other bad behaviours, including becoming a kleptocrat,” he said.

Our comment

One has to remind oneself that this fellow considers himself a scholar. Sadly his efforts to justify his party’s conduct are laughable and lamentable.

PAS do not want to lose their perks of office, bought by betraying their constituents as the original opposition frogs. They are clearly relishing the rewards (listen agin to Muhyiddin’s tactics for buying their loyalty) of being part of the present unelected coup government. Therefore, PAS does not want to face the test of Parliament, let alone another election, by ending the bogus emergency designed to keep them all in office and kleptocrating away.

So, to hell with democracy, which is what he is saying, he wants to stay in office majority or no majority.

The excuse is that PAS, according to Hadi, has more ‘integrity’ than those parties who did not lie to their voters and defect after the election and who actually won the election. In fact, he has the brass neck to say other parties are the liars, which he deplores even though he has admitted that he lied about his allegiances at GE14 and claimed ‘Allah is OK’ with his lying for the political benefit of the party.

By his own words and deeds there is not an ounce of basic moral understanding or integrity in this political party leader who claims to have religion on his side – he has not even the wit to disguise it.