Friday, October 20, 2017

Who, or what, does Apandi's task force serve?

Apandi

"In view of the seriousness of the allegation that can affect the integrity of the chief commissioner of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), the Attorney-General Chamber has formed a task force ... to closely monitor the investigations of the alleged offences under section 498 of the Penal Code and other related offences."
Section 498 refers to "enticing or taking away or detaining with a criminal intent a married woman". - Task force set up to monitor probe against MACC chief, The Star 19/10/2017

Jalan Tun Razak, 20 Oct: AG Mohamed Apandi Ali's move to establish this task force came as a surprise, at least to me, but I applaud it all the same. 

This is not the first time someone has tried to scandalise the MACC. In 2011, blogger Din Merican accused the anti-graft chief then of having a good time at a massage parlour using taxpayers' money! No task force was set up and the accusation, as it turned out, was complete bollocks! (Read Why does Din Merican hate Abu Kassim so much?) Looking back, perhaps a task force should have been set up back then. It would have officially cleared the Abu Kassim of the allegation and punish the accuser accordingly for trying to bring shame and disrepute to the MACC. Such would have served a deterrent to anyone out to slander those who head important public institution like the MACC, the police, the AGC, the judiciary, etc. It would've also served as a reminder to those who head these institutions that they are subject to scrutiny just like everyone else.

Apandi's task force is proof that this Government takes the integrity of its institutions very seriously.

To me, it will give MACC chief Dzulkifli Ahmad the opportunity to defend his good name. And it means he does not have to do it all by himself. And if his accusers cannot prove beyond doubt their accusations against him, the full weight of the law must bear upon them.

Most importantly, the task force ensures that the integrity of the MACC - the institution's credibility, the nation's fight against graft and corruption, and our faith in the people who lead that fight - is not tarnished by the allegations. 


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Jamming for Jim


Jim Madasamy, 67, founding member of Blues Gang, is suffering from primary progressive aphasia, a type of neurological syndrome in which language capabilities progressively become impaired. There is no cure and there is no medication to treat it. What Jim needs is therapy, which might help him improve his ability to communicate and manage his condition. 
Ganesh, an old buddy from the good old National Press Club days, where Jim used to play once or twice with band members of Blues Gang and also Purple Haze, told me Jim's friends are coming together to raise funds for Jim with their music. 
They will be jamming 
on Sunday 19th Nov
6pm to 11 
They will need an audience.  
Get well soon, Jim.  See you this that Sunday.

Pls contact Zizi 0123285543 for more details

Monday, October 09, 2017

One hell of a Nobody vs drama queens of Malaysian politics



“For years you (Eric See-to) hid behind a pseudonym, ‘Lim Sian See’ to take potshots at (us) Pakatan leaders ..." -  YB Tony Pua in trying to justify why he had called his RM100,000 benefactor a "nobody"  (Stop trying to fool the people with debates, Pua tells BN man)

Bandar Kinrara, 9 Oct: If Eric See-to, the BN Strategic Communications deputy director, is, indeed, the anonymous Lim Sian See, as DAP's Pua claims,  I would like to congratulate See-to, thank him, even, and tell him to keep up the good work! You see, most of the times, Anons in cyberspace are a waste of time. LSS is an exception. Whether you agree with him or not, he does not fabricate, he presents facts and sticks to truths, and he argues well against his opponents. 

And he exposes them for what they really are. 

Like he's just exposed Pua's boss Lim Kit Siang over the weekend for his melodramatic Plans afoot to arrest, parade me in lock-up attire
Kit Siang Competing With Sad-Dick For Drama Queen Title
 

(LSS) – Uncle Lim Kit Siang trying to play the victim again saying he will soon be arrested by MACC for corruption over an alleged RM1 billion bribe. 
Unfortunately, Kit Siang does not seem to understand the law. If there is indeed money from Mahathir then there is no corruption and can only be classified as a political donation from Mahathir to Kit Siang. 
And since Pakatan does not want a law on political donations, there are no laws broken.
Mahathir and his family are rich and can easily afford the RM1 billion. 
It is only corruption if the money was found to be from public coffers or from public listed companies. 
MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Datuk Azam Baki said this in response to a statement by DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang asking the agency to investigate claims over the RM 1 billion bribe he allegedly received from Tun Mahathir Mohamad. 
“Parliament has not passed any legislation that provides a guideline for political parties or politicians on political funding. 
“The MACC Act 2009 does not cover offences related to money politics. 
Therefore, Kit Siang should save his drama. Why do you need to compete with Syed Saddiq to be who is the bigger drama queen?



And this was right after See-to had told the world about his RM100,000 loan to Pua, to shame the DAP man for calling him "a nobody". Pua's response to the RM100k disclosure was just a little less dramatic than Kit Siang's but it did not win him the sympathy he was probably hoping for. On the contrary, one DAP sympathiser describes Pua's response "disgusting, disrespectful, disappointing" (Read un-Chinese Tony Pua by KTemoc Konsiders).

LSS didn't stop there. In the last 24 hours or so, he took a dig at Kit Siang and Pua's DAP with 3 other  postings (and could be working on a few more as you read this):






So if the anonymous LSS and See-to are the same person, I'm not surprised then why Tony Pua is so reluctant to engage him in a debate. Relentless and systematic, this LSS chap is probably the most dangerous social media writer out there today for the DAP.  And that would make See-to one hell of a nobody!


Thursday, October 05, 2017

Malaysiakini picture that paints a thousand words


6/10/2017
Ooops! The "Dr M collapses ..." piece was wrongly attributed to Malaysiakini in my original posting below. The Opposition-friendly news portal had merely processed the story and attributed it to the author of the piece, Umno Online. The headline was also Umno Online's. My apologies to both Malaysiakini and Umno Online.

Nonetheless, there's no mistaking the body language in the Malaysiakini photograph ...

Original article:

What does the body language tell you?


Dr Mahathir collapses at DAP's feet ...

Bangsar, 5 Oct: Both the article and the picture (above) are by Malaysiakini so this is  clearly not a piece by Umno or pro-Umno or Najib Razak's cyberwarriors out to demonize the Mahathir Mohamad. This is how the influential Opposition-friendly news portal sees it. In Malay, the headline cries Tersungkurnya Dr Mahathir di kaki DAP.
You don't even have to read the article; the headline says it all. For me, the photograph did it. There is a twinkle in Lim Kit Siang's eyes that I was not aware of before (and I'm sure it has nothing to do with the RM1 billion dedak he was supposed to have received from the Old Man, an RPK accusation which, personally, I find too fantastic and I'm not saying it because Kit Siang just had to respond to ex-DAP Tunku Aziz's taunt by threatening to sue his accusers when a simple denial would do just as well!).   
The settee looks too big for the good doctor. It could be the angle of the pic. Or maybe he has shrunk ...