Talkback

The Hyenas Are Back Grabbing As Never Before

Perbadanan Nasional Berhad’s (PNB) Abdul Jalil Rasheed, who today resigned from his position as group chief executive officer (CEO) and president said he had chosen the “difficult path” over enjoying the benefits of his position while having to battle his own good conscience….

“When I took this role on, I told myself I will never waver in my principles in performing my duties…

“I have always believed that no individual is larger than an institution. I have no intention to drag PNB into this. PNB must be safeguarded at all costs. Hence I have chosen the difficult path, one that is lonely and devastating for my family and me,” he said without elaborating.

Abdul Jalil said he had faced harassment during his tenure as group CEO and president. “The last straw for me was the harassment I had to endure from hate calls from unknown numbers, the hacking of my other corporate email account and my LinkedIn profile…

“The board has also approved the appointment of the successor, and the announcement will be made upon receipt of the requisite regulatory approvals,” he said.

Meanwhile, Bersatu supreme council member A Kadir Jasin claimed there were efforts by the new Perikatan Nasional government to turn PNB into a “gravy train”.

He claimed there were certain bumiputera entrepreneurs lobbying the government to get rid of Abdul Jalil so that they can make use of PNB for personal profit.,,

Meanwhile, business portal Focus Malaysia reported Stephen Hagger, the Malaysian head of investment firm Credit Suisse Securities, sent a note to investors about Abdul Jalil’s departure with the title “Politics: Eaten by the sharks”.

Hagger said Abdul Halil “knows right from wrong, is not afraid and understands markets” but is “swimming with the sharks”.

FocusMalaysia, quoted from Hagger’s notes to investors, said Jalil had “done that very rare thing in Malaysia and that is to resign in order to protect his own principles and maintain his integrity”.

“Before he started, he made it very clear that he would resign rather than cross a red line,” Hagger added.

Hagger said it was not clear what the red line was, but it was likely related to his refusal to give “side income jobs” to politicians and turn a blind eye to malfeasance.

Yesterday saw another high-profile departure of a corporate leader appointed under the previous Pakatan Harapan government, namely Petronas president and CEO Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariddin….

Zulkiflee, in his parting message, urged his colleagues to always keep to their principles.

Our comment

The concept of struggling with one’s conscience and principles is of course lost on the present coup leaders in Malaysia who are using their unconfirmed time in office to try and lay hands of every source of public money to reward themselves.

Both the non-political heads of Petronas and of PNB have been thus hyena’d from their jobs in a matter of days.

Malaysians ought to be very fearful. Who will take their jobs as the signer in chief at these vital enterprises now? A relative or proxy of some PN bigwig or yet another financially illiterate ulama with a parliamentary seat who needs fed?

For those of you who had forgotten the scandalous depths to which the corruption of a decades old party of government had fallen and the illegal arts taught to its graduates (such as ‘PM8′ and Azmin Ali) this appalling display of smash and grab is surely the ultimate reminder?

Six decades of greedy decline of values under UMNO reached their apogee under Najib Razak. But nothing has yet compared to the antics of the desperate Muhyiddin, driven by Najib himself…… at the head of his “anti-corruption government”!

No Credibility From This Latest Najib Apologist

Former attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali, who had on social media accused special prosecutor Gopal Sri Ram of trying to convince him to arrest former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak, has taken his allegations to court.

An affidavit by Apandi (above) was filed on June 12 in relation to Najib’s RM2.28 billion 1MDB case, RM6.64 billion International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) case and RM47 million SRC International cases.

In the affidavit, he repeated the claims against Sri Ram which he uploaded on Facebook on June 10.

In the Facebook post, Apandi claimed that Sri Ram had approached him at his house in January 2018 under the instruction of former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

 

Our comment

Apandi was one of those second grade criminals who avoided being prosecuted (for now) whilst the big fish were being hauled in over 1MDB.

However, the man is a proven liar who was prepared to embarrass himself before the world in return for a fat job from Najib Razak, whom he chose to exonerate whilst stupidly waving the evidence towards the cameras.

In short. ex-Attorney General Apandi is not a credible witness and he is not an objective one either. He failed to bring forward this evidence for two years until the political wheels turned – so much for an independent judicial figure.

Where is his alleged record of Sri Ram’s remarks and why would it matter if Sri Ram had advised him to do his job and charge Najib?

Apandi is no more independent than Ghani Patail and we know who appointed the both of them and why.

'PM8's Own Shocking Boasts Were Responsible For Talk Of A Royal Coup

This time, a voice resembling that of Bersatu president Muhyiddin Yassin is heard telling a group of people that the Yang di-Pertuan Agong was in favour of retaining Mahathir as prime minister even in the event of a change of government.

The voice proposed a scenario whereby Mahathir would not resign but become the leader of a Perikatan Nasional-led government and that he (the voice) has already told Mahathir that he has consulted a former chief justice who advised that a resignation won’t be necessary.

“(He is) reimposing position but moving from Pakatan Harapan to Perikatan Nasional. Supposedly, that is. Perhaps it did not work out. That’s the situation,” the voice said in the audio clip posted last night.

The voice also supposedly claimed that the Agong had been informed of this plan on several occasions.

“The Agong’s sentiments, quote, unquote, he prefers this, what we are saying.

“He doesn’t get along (tak kena) with (PKR president) Anwar Ibrahim. He spoke frankly. Not that he wants to ‘sabotage’ him but he doesn’t like Anwar, if that is possible,” the voice said.

He also said a delegation of six people including himself was supposed to have an audience with the king at 6pm that day.

The five others were purported to be former PKR deputy president Azmin Ali, Warisan president Shafie Apdal, Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Gabungan Parti Sarawak chairperson Abang Johari Tun Openg, and PAS president Abdul Hadi Awang.

For the record, Warisan ultimately took sides with Harapan for the Sheraton Move that took place in late February.

The voice said the delegation would attempt to show the Agong that Mahathir has the support of 133 MPs to form a new government through statutory declarations (SDs).

“The SDs mainly state support for Mahathir and whatever. So Mahathir can form A or B if he says so. Whatever.

“It’s open-ended. We don’t say we support Anwar or whoever else. I think that is not relevant, Anwar is not on my book,” the voice said….

Malaysiakini has contacted Muhyiddin’s office, Bersatu supreme council members and the palace on the audio clip and is waiting for their response.

 

Our comment

In this recording, which he has failed to deny was his own voice, the yet to be confirmed ‘PM8′ brags he schemed with the Agong to prevent the leader designate, Anwar Ibrahim, from taking up the mandate granted by the electorate to transition into office.

It is a shocking claim by Muhyiddin, almost as shocking as the fake figures he appears to have later presented to the Agong alleging he had some kind of majority support amongst MPs.

The assertion he makes in the recorded meeting is that he had had several meetings with the Agong to progress a plan to overturn the government of the day by swapping the head of it over to lead the opposition – all because he claims the Agong ‘doesn’t like’ Anwar!

As all Malaysia knows, then PM7 refused to engage in such an outrageous betrayal of his party, the people and Malaysia’s parliamentary democracy, so Muhyiddin and Azmin went ahead with the coup themselves.

The worst of this was the tactic implied by Muhyiddin’s words, of using the alleged complicity of the Agong to encourage others to go against the people’s mandate.

UMNO’s leaders were always a given in this plot (along with PAS) to get themselves out of the clutches of the law. However, the coup masters needed an added prod to persuade the East Malaysian support they needed – and here they clearly brag they employed this use of the Agong.

So, no wonder some have called this a ‘royal coup’, because it is exactly what the new ‘PM8′ was telling people that it was. He should report to the palace to apologise and then resign.

The Numbers Are Deadly For PN's Coup Masters

“Pakatan Harapan Plus” has a total of 107 parliament seats in its hands, says PKR leader Anwar Ibrahim today.

The opposition chief revealed this during a Facebook Live session this afternoon, where he touched on yesterday’s meeting between Harapan component party leaders and their allies, namely the Bersatu faction loyal to former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Warisan under Sabah Chief Minister Shafie Apdal.

“We got together and reached an agreement. (That) whatever strategy we use, we must stay together. The opposition must stand firm on its principles.

“Now we have 107 (seats) in this group (Harapan Plus), and we will move forward as a team to ensure that the people’s mandate is respected, and all the ‘kebobrokan‘ (damages), chaos, and corruption are put to a stop,” he said.

Our comment

Back in February the coup conspirators openly bragged that once they had the mandate they could ‘buy over’ the rest of parliament, just like they could ‘buy over’ local state assemblies.

And boy, did they set to work!

Throughout the pandemic Malaysia has been treated to a grotesque revival tour showcasing the worst of BN’s corrupted and disgraceful ‘money politics’, combined with high-handed hypocrisy, bullying, lawlessness and treachery.

But, where are we now?  Having stretched their elastic to the fullest extent PN can muster at most an alleged and untested 113 MPs, but only by including Sarawak GPS, who have pledged to support the majority coalition and are yet to formally join PN.  And, of course, GPS are bleeding support amongst local Dayaks as they face state elections whilst part of a Malay Muslim Supremacist coalition.

Meanwhile, PH has declared a united front with a core support of 107. That makes them the majority core coalition by far, given that PN can only muster 96 out of a rag tag of some 13 separate and competing parties.

As ‘Bosku’ Najib has himself said, that is an insufficient and unstable margin to run a government – and the core coalition is in the minority.

Everyone can see why the only people PN are not now letting back to work, despite passing no less than four vast un-legitimised and unsupervised budgets, are the MPs in Parliament who could boot them out.

Screenshot 2020-06-06 at 07.48.08

Did Former AG Patail Declare His Family Connection?

An affidavit by former attorney-general (AG) Abdul Gani Patail aided former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman’s acquittal from graft charges.

This was revealed today by the current AG Idrus Harun, in explaining why prosecutors withdrew 46 charges against Musa this morning.

In a statement, Idrus said Gani (above) had issued the affidavit in support of Musa’s application to strike out the charges.

“The former AG defended the decision taken in 2012 to take no further action against Musa as investigation revealed the monies involved were political funding.

Our comment

Former AG Gani Patail has a close series of family ties with his fellow Sabahan Musa Aman, as previously reported by Sarawak Report.

Did he declare his interest when producing an affidavit on behalf of his relative by marriage?

Family ties

Family ties

 

Switzerland Is Still Chasing UBS Over Musa's Dirty Musa Money

Former Sabah chief minister Musa Aman said evidence of his innocence against graft charges were “very clear” and “indisputable”.

In a statement after immediately after he was granted a full acquittaltoday, Musa also thanked God for ensuring justice was served.

Alhamdulillah, I am grateful to God that finally, by God’s will, I am given justice and my name is cleared from all allegations,” said Musa.

In early 2019, Musa was brought to court on several occasions to face various charges – 46 in all – related to dirty money from timber companies.

The offences allegedly took place between 2004 and 2008, involving 16 companies and financial institutions in Hong Kong, China and Singapore.

Our comment

Like Najib over Riza, this man is not satisfied with being let off the hook, he wants everyone to believe the millions that were sent from Sabah timber tycoons to his offshore companies and Zurich bank account with the label ‘for timber licence’ on the transfer notes were innocent.

It is strange he never sued Sarawak Report for laying out this information back in 2012 in numerous articles if he was so “indisputably” innocent of the charge.

Even stranger that UBS is still being prosecuted in Switzerland for ‘money laundering’ this money through their bank.

Can Musa Aman explain?

UMNO/PAS Logic - 'God Must Be On Our Side'

Kelantan Umno Youth has lambasted DAP Youth chief Howard Lee after the latter labelled the Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki as a hypocrite.

Lee’s remark came after Asyraf called for a political ceasefire among political parties to prepare for difficult economic times ahead.

“It’s clear that it was DAP and Pakatan Harapan who are actually hypocrites.

“Because of the fight between (PKR president) Anwar and (former premier) Mahathir Mohamad over prime minister post, the country’s administration had collapsed on itself without pressure from any party,” said its chief Noor Hariri Mohamed Noor.

Noor Hariri claimed that the political instability within Pakatan Harapan had victimised the people and affected the country’s economic development, on top of the previous government’s failure to curb the spread of Covid-19.

“God’s destiny had led the leaders under the Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition to save the country from a wicked complot masterminded by DAP.

Our comment

These chaps have decided God is on their side, since they have made so much money by abusing public office.

Therefore it is OK for them to politick, break the rules and loot the public coffers on a grand scale, whilst condemning others over the self same things.

And also to lie. Anwar and Mahathir were not “fighting” when PN staged their coup – they had just publicly announced their unity over transfer plans, which forced the plotters seduced by UMNO to walk out on the pretext of a quarrel they had failed to provoke, despite best efforts.

It was the Sheraton Move, the illegal handouts of emoluments, the pulling of establishment strings and a series of bald lies that lay behind the present unlegitimised coup coalition, not an ‘implosion of PH’.

Don’t blame these on God. It is all at UMNO’s door.

Do What Is Right And The Path Is Clear

PPBM’s Shahruddin Md Salleh today announced his resignation as the deputy works minister, becoming the first MP from the three-month old Perikatan Nasional government to defect to the opposition.

the Sri Gading MP’s statement today ends days of speculation on his political loyalty since joining Muhyiddin Yassin to form an alliance with Barisan Nasional, PAS, GPS and other MPs to form a new government following the collapse of Pakatan Harapan last February.

Shahruddin said he had made an “incorrect” in joining the PN government, adding that he should have considered his constituents who “voted for Pakatan Harapan” in the 14th general election.

“As the first step to correct this mistake, I am resigning from my post as I was appointed by the prime minister of the PN government,” he said.

On Monday, Shahruddin expressed hope that both Muhyiddin and Dr Mahathir Mohamad could close ranks and strengthen PPBM.

This was after the party membership of Mahathir and four other MPs was declared void by PPBM, after they joined the opposition bloc during the May 18 Dewan Rakyat sitting.

“I do not want to see PPBM become weak because we are split and fighting. I also do not want to see PPBM dead and forgotten,” Shahruddin had said.

Our comment

Amidst all the confusion one man has done what is right. He has had the courage to admit he made a mistake and he has based his move on a principle, which was that it was wrong to go against what his constituents had voted for at the election.

Meanwhile, the increasingly desperate ‘PM8′ has tossed all rules out of the window and is issuing thug instructions to sack anyone who disagrees with him in the party he has attempted to seize control of.

Yet at the same time everyone knows he has an open invitation in his back pocket to hop over to UMNO and lead them as PM candidate into an election if his strong-arm tactics fail with Bersatu.

So, if he can’t dominate the party he is happy to abandon it and wipe it out with an election gamble.

This would involve convincing the Agong to ignore the fact he was originally lied to by ‘PM8′ and to call and election instead of giving the actual majority coalition its right to form a government.

He is providing a twisted and turning path for Bersatu’s followers.

Desperation Hits PN With Election Talk

Former premier Najib Abdul Razak has .. said Umno is prepared in the event Parliament is dissolved if Pakatan Harapan only manages to secure a slim majority with “bought” MPs.

“Harapan still wants to topple the government by buying PN MPs. Even if Harapan has enough numbers, that number would be slim and the Harapan 2.0 government would be unstable.

“Defections from one or two people will cause the government to change hands.

“As such, the Yang di-Pertuan Agong can use his wisdom and powers to dissolve Parliament to resolve the political instability afflicting our country,”..

This was after Umno president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi posted on Facebook a photograph (below) of him and Najib, with the caption: “We are ready for GE15. Are you ready to be with us?”

b8ddf46d099b19bf51222cc52822a2bc

 

Our comment

What better admission than this sudden talk of an election that PN has failed to achieve its back door coup through its own strategy of bought MPs?

These two pampered political warlords know that ‘PM8′ cannot command a majority, even after the three month breather provided by the Covid pandemic during which they have handed out jobs and bribes to anyone who will take them.

Both these desperadoes have scores of charges against them for vast amounts of graft and abuse of office and they plainly don’t want to swap their Italian furnished palaces for reflection in a spartan cell.

There is likely not to even be time to ‘plea bargain’ their way out of those charges before PN falls, so today they embarked on this last desperate gambit to engineer an untimely election instead. And naturally they did so with a level of cheek and double standards to leave honest folk gasping breathless.

Thus, whilst it was fine for PN to claim a working majority with at the best 2 MPs, Najib today announced such an arrangement would be intolerable if the shoe was on the other foot. In the process he of course is admitting that defections are making certain the balance will be the other way with a PH advantage. So, now he says this slim majority is no longer ‘workable’ and is ‘unstable’.

He wants the Agong to ‘use his wisdom’ and call and election unless the ‘slim majority’ belongs to PN.

With even more brass neck he accuses PH of seeking to “buy” the defecting MPs who have become increasingly sick of the lies, the graft and infighting under PN. This from a bunch of conspirators who have been embarrassingly recorded in flagrante delicto describing this very process of buying MPs as their own key strategy for luring them away from the parties they were elected to represent at the last election.

MPs returning to Harapan will be returning to what their voters wanted. Meanwhile, these two UMNO kleptocrats appear to think they have stirred up sufficient trouble, strife and hatred in Malaysia over the past two years that voters will give up all hopes of reform and vote their thieving parties back.

More to the point, what other options do they have besides one last gamble with an election now that their coup has cratered?

More Details Of This Political Bribery Are Called For

PKR’s Tebrau MP Steven Choong Shiau Yoon has denied plans to exit the party, alleging he even turned down a full ministerial position “from the other side” when the change in government was taking place.

Choong said this in response to purported claims he formed an NGO – EcoSocial Movement – as an “exit tool” from PKR in order to join Gerakan.

“I am disappointed (that) in the last few days there was a post specifically mentioning my name and two others, that we have set up an NGO as an exit from PKR since there is no place for us in PKR because of our previous affiliation with those who left the party to form the (Perikatan Nasional) PN government.

“[…] During the collapse of the Pakatan Harapan government… I even turned down an offer of a full minister post from the other side. Hence, I remain committed to serving the people, the ideals of social justice and the reform agenda for all Malaysians,” he said in a statement today.

Our comment

Full credit to this PKR MP who refused, despite having earlier sympathies with the Azmin camp, to get caught up in Azmin’s treachery against PKR voters.

However, he ought to be more specific about the bribes he has been offered. In saying he was promised a full cabinet position in return for abandoning all the commitments he made to his electorate in GE14 he has detailed the offer of a dishonest political bribe that goes far beyond the normal ‘horse-trading’.

So, who made this offer and how was the approach made exactly? What other blandishments were on the table? Was cash offered and, if so, how much?

This man has made the worthy choice, like several others who also got hoodwinked by Azmin’s self-motivated machinations into causing distraction and disruption for PH. They balked at jumping into the Sheraton Move. However, others did and Malaysians need to be given clearer details of the bribery that has tempted the less worthy fellows who took up the offer he refused.

If the Tebrau MP wishes to keep his counsel for now, he ought to be brought as a witness when PKR finally launches its multi-million ringgit court cases against the frog MPs who broke their commitment to voters NOT to sell their seats to the highest political bidders…. namely the crooks from UMNO and those who became their agents, like Azmin Ali.