Thursday, June 30, 2016

Former DAP leader leads calls for Guan Eng to go on leave

"They used to say they were against abuse of power. I was impressed. That was when they had no power to abuse." -- Tunku Aziz

Puchong, July 1: Tunku Abdul Aziz, the man who founded the local chapter of Transparency International and who joined the DAP in Aug 2008 before quitting unceremoniously just four years later, is leading calls by Malaysians from all walks of life for Lim Guan Eng, who is facing two counts of corruption charges, to "practise what you preach" and "take a rest". 

"This is a challenge integrity that he has been throwing at his political opponents," Tunku Aziz, 82, said in a Facebook response to a posting by pro-Umno blogger, Seademon [Rashid Ketua Menteri Pulau Pinang pertama?]. Reposting the article on his FB account, Seademon added a one-liner: "Lim Guan Eng should step down as Mike Tyson and Abu Hassan Omar did."

Tunku Aziz agrees with the blogger:

The Mole has more in Guan Eng pressured to go on leave pending outcome of trial

Why I shall wish Lim Guan Eng "All the best" ...

Updated with graphic and pics

Did he learn nothing from Khir Toyo's case?

TTDI, 30 June: When they charged Selangor Menteri Besar Khir Toyo in 2010 over corruption charges related to the purchase of his RM3.5 million property, I hardly posted anything on this blog.

Khir: Served time
My reasoning was simple: I  believed this country of ours had a working justice system that must be alowed to proceed with as little hindrance as possible in order to let the truth prevail. The relevant authorities, after a lengthy investigation into allegations made by Khir's political foes, said there was sufficient evidence to charge the Umno leader. So they took him to court and charged him. Me, I did not take Khir as a corrupt politician. I had known Khir Toyo personally ever since we crossed swords (or, rather, my pen - I was editor of the Malay Mail then - against his sword) over the UKRC football field issue in 2003. But the court found him guilty as charged and sent him to jail.

I have also known Lim Guan Eng personally. Until he became the Chief Minister of Penang in 2008, and especially during my blogging-against-Pak Lah days, we were almost friends. He would text me each time my own case went to trial (NSTP and some individuals close to Pak Lah had sued me for defamation in 2007; the case dragged for nearly 5 years) to wish me luck. The text messages stopped following the DAP's unprecedented wins in the 2008 general elections. Later, Guan Eng the Penang Chief Minister would go on to become very intimate with one of the plaintiffs in my case. I took offence, of course, but I didn't take Lim Guan Eng as a corrupt politician. 

But what did I know, right? After months of probing the allegations made by Guan Eng's political foes, the same authorities that took Khir down have found enough evidence to charge the Penang CM this morning with two counts of corruption. 

Khir had the best lawyers to defend him. Guan Eng, similarly, will engage the best of the best to prove his innocence. I wish I could reciprocate, after all these years, and send him an "All the Best" text but I don't keep his number anymore. So I shall use this posting to wish Lim Guan Eng, Good luck!

Seeing how similar his and Khir's cases are, plenty of it may not even be enough.

Sunday, June 26, 2016

The latest on the Tun's hate list!

Puchong, 26 June: In his latest posting Hak Istimewa (Special Rights, 24 June) that appeared on the day Umno finally sacked his son, former PM Dr Mahathir Mohamad slams Khairul Azwan Harun for suggesting that all government funding for the former PM's Perdana Leadership Foundation be stopped.  
The young man who riled The Old Man 
Imagine that: Dr M did not aim his wrath at Najib Razak or Rosmah Mansor or Zahid Hamidi or Khairy Jamaluddin but at the 39-year old Umno deputy chief, by name!  ""(So) the country knows that when Khairul Azwan and his followers achieve power - through corruption - the country will see bribes and seizures by the government as a way to hold on to power." (Go ahead, seize PLF, Mkini)
The young man should be afraid, very afraid. But I was told that he has not lost any sleep yet.  Interesting ...

As for the sacking of Umno deputy president Muhyiddin Yassin (and former Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir, to a much lesser extent), what struck me most is the fact that PM Najib Razak waited almot a year before kicking him out of the party. 
Najib had dropped Muhyiddin from his Cabinet and appointed Zahid Hamidi as Deputy Prime Minister on 28 July 2015. Eleven months ago! He could have sent Abang Din packing - out of government and out of party - there and then. But he did not.  
The campaign to oust the boss 
Some people saw this as a weakness, that Najib "blinked". Others call it taking one's own sweet time. "Like the cat playing with the mouse before eating it..."
I think so, too. Najib made sure he resolved (well, almost resolved) the 1MDB issue. For Tun's Save Malaysia campaign to falter. That he had won Sarawak and the two recent by-elections. He might even have waited for Brexit to conclude! It was all calculated. And so precise was the math that when it finally happened, the sacking did not shock. That it was "expected". Accepted, even. Not by Pagoh, of course. Not yet. Read Pagoh Umno vows to stand by leader

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Now they are coming for Rimba Kiara ...

Taman Tun Dr Ismail, 21 June: Watch out, developer of this proposed project in TTDI. The residents have put up with quite a few high rise properties that have clogged their space in recent years but they are not about to let their precious park go down without a stiff fight. Watch out, too, City Hall. How can you even consider such a development that will adversely affect Rimba Kiara?  And where's the local MP?
"Why can't we preserve some green lung for the next generation?" a resident demanded. 
The Mole breaks the story h e r e.