Friday, November 21, 2014

The Hadenan poser

What should an esteemed member of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, who happens to be  Chairman of a PLC, do when the company faces a crisis of confidence and his directors are lodging police reports against one another over claims of deception, outright cheating and corruption? 
1. Should he step down as Chairman of the PLC in order to protect the good name of the institution?  
2. Or should he step down as a member of the MACC in order to protect the good name of the institution? 
"Both," the MACC man said to me after a while.
"He should expunge himself as MACC member and he should also step down as Chairman of the PLC at least until the crisis blows over.  It's a moral question." 
We were having coffee in Bangsar the other night. I called him out because I wanted his take on Tan Sri Dr Hadenan Abdul Jalil, the former Auditor-General who chairs one of MACC's main committees and happens to be Chairman of crisis-laden public-listed company Protasco (Why spend RM97 m to cheat a company of RM50 m? - A Voice, 20 Nov 2014
This took place the day before Utusan Malaysia came out with this overdue article: 

(translated) Poser on Hadenan's position in Protasco by Utusan Malaysia, 20/11/14  
Protasco's troubles have been in the news for weeks before the bloggers picked the issue up. When that happened I knew that sooner or later, lie it or not, Hadenan's position would come under scrutiny.   
Especially when the MACC itself has been struggling with its own demons lately in the form of a couple of its former esteemed members who seemed bent on attacking the institution given half a chance (read Cameron Highlands landslides not MACC fault - The Mole, 13 Nov 2014). 
The promotion of an MACC officer who was doing his job when he interviewed Teoh Being Hock over a corruption case has also become a headache for the Commission.
Another Tan Sri whose term was not renewed last year is even testifying against the MACC chief himself in a case between the Commission and a suspect corruptor. 
I told the MACC officer that it's high time the institution reviews the selection process for its councilors and committee members. The MACC is a powerful entity that in the hands of the unscrupulous can open doors of many opportunities. Having the wrong people on board can open the Commission to abuse or at least manipulation. Individuals who sit on board the MACC must not only be clean and credible but must be seen as such by the general public, at all times. 
Perhaps the MACC should not appoint businessmen or company directors. Or those who agrees to become a Councillor must be required to give up other posts that might place him in a position of conflict of interest.  
That way, it won't ever place a respected member of society like Protasco's Hadenan in such a painful dilemma. 
Further reading: Caught between the Hats on Professional Reports - Big Dog 21 Nov 2014. The Malaysian Reserve's interview with the disputing directors yesterday puts things in a nutshell: Protasco boardroom tussle in stalemate

"Lu jangan kacau saya!!!"

MAD. An action-packed Season 4 of Daphne iKing's series on traffic jams and new highways. 

Angry words

Angry enough to go to jail?

Malaysian traffic is bad; Malaysians madder.
Watch what's making them so mad ..

Part 4: Do we need (another) highway? 
Part 3: Are we becoming a nation obsessed with our cars?
Part 2: A day out on public transportation
Part 1: Traffic - The people have spoken

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Shahredzan will say sorry "only if the AG wants to hear it"

Updated 21/11, before breakfast:

I say, with humility there's hope.
Echoing @hanifhanif8, contoh terbaik, Syah
Malay Mail Online @leslielau should send subeditors for a refresher on headlines. 

Original posting:
Wrong is wrong and I think the young lawyer should apologize, learn from this mistake (ie try not to be so gullible next time, double check what you read online especially if it sounds like a load of bullshit) and move on. It does not matter if Gani Patail wants your apology or not. It's about being accountable for what you do. Scores, hundreds and perhaps thousands of people had read those tweets and made to believe that the AG had said that interacial marriages put national harmony at risk ...  
p.s. Mmm, the original link has been removed (wonder why?) but not before it was caught by a Singapore website: Interacial marriages putting national harmony at risk, says Malaysian AG.
The Mole report:

 AG slams lawyer, journo over interracial marriage slur

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
  • Gani Patail
Where have these people been? - Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail 
A lawyer, an active critic of the Barisan Nasional Government, ended up at the receiving end today after stirring up a heated controversy on Twitter about Attorney General Tan Sri Abdul Gani  Patail.

He not only told Gani Patail to be ashamed of himself for allegedly saying "interracial marriages have put national harmony at risk" but also attempted to whip up netizen’s sentiments against the AG.

Purportedly commenting based on a Malay Mail Online news report titled "Interracial marriages put national harmony at risk, AG says", Shahredzan Johan, who is the son of pro-government Media Prima Berhad chairman Tan Sri Johan Jaafar, also called for all children of interracial marriages to display their anger towards the AG.


"I think all the children of mixed marriages should rage (against the AG),"  Syahredzan (pic above) shot out on micro-blogging site Twitter. 

When told of the suggestion made by Syahredzan that he was against interracial marriage, the Attorney General guffawed. 

"Where have these people been? I am a product of mixed marriage. How can I be against interracial marriage? I have relatives who are Bumis (Bumiputera), Chinese and Indians, who are Muslims and Christians. 

"Please tell this lawyer and his friends to check their facts!" he told The Mole.

Syahredzan, a keen critic of the BN government that his father presumably supports, managed to rile some of his Twitter followers, one of whom called Gani an "idiot". 

The Mole contacted Shahredzan and pointed out that his tweets on Gani were out of the original context. 

Journo says sorry but prominent lawyer refuses to apologise

Syahredzan admitted that he had jumped the gun by criticising Gani in his earlier tweets but refused to apologise.

"No..I don't think I should (apologise to Gani) because at the end of the day I've already put up verification to the whole misunderstanding on Twitter.

"But this kind of criticism is something that a prominent figure like him gets along the way." 

Syahredzan however said he would apologise to Gani only if the latter "wants to hear it."

"But what's important is I think more than apologising I have actually taken the time to clarify the article which led to the misconception about the AG," he said, adding that he should have cross-checked the article with the AG's real speech before passing comments.

Unlike Syahredzan, Twitter user Niki Cheong who earlier said Gani was "just an idiot," apologised in his tweet later.

"His (Gani's) statement makes sense in context. Sorry for my misjudged anger."

Chong claims on his website that he is a writer, lecturer, speaker on journalism and digital culture.

The Malay Mail Online report, which has since been removed from their website, alleged Gani as saying that interracial marriages have given rise to a new conflict between Civil law and Syariah law, in relation to the unilateral conversion as well as custody issues on minor children where only one spouse converts to Islam.

Gani was also reported to have said that the failure of one of the spouses to resolve issues prior to conversion and attempting to use different jurisdictions in Syariah and Civil courts to their advantage would jeopardise family and national harmony.

However, the Malay Mail Online article is believed to have taken Gani’s speech out of context and made it look as though the AG pointed to interracial marriages as a risk to national harmony.

UPDATE: Malay Mail Online has since apologised for misreporting and rectified their earlier erroneous report.
kandara's avatar
kandara · 9 hours ago
Niki Cheong apologized but Johan Jaffar's son refusing to apologize even after being proven wrong. Cannot be the upbringing as the father is a man of substance, full of humility. 
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liberalisasi · 9 hours ago
Johan Jafaar letak jawatan syorkan anakanda ambilalih sebagai Pemanas Kerusi Media Prima. Najib boleh! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

DD, Tun D and Double D-Day at Protasco

Not an ordinary boardroom tussle

Dynamic Duo here refers to uber bloggers Big Dog and A Voice, not the two tussling men in the picture above. And one thing I've learned is that whenever the DD breathe fire onto an issue in synchronicity, you can expect a major corporate crisis or socio-political drama to be unraveled soon after. 
They have been at it enough times before: they campaigned to say NO to the blatant takeover attempt of IJN, denied Tony Fernandez and Sime Darby the contentious Labu airporrt, forced Francis Yeoh to drop out of a controversial deal with the Sultan of Johor (and these two are anak Johor, mind you!), and derailed a Khazanah plan to hand Malaysia Airlines to its bitter rivals Air Asia via an ingenious share swap agreement that was later nullified by the Prime Minister himself. And, for the uninitiated, they were also an integral part of the old blogosphere that waged a cyber war against an Umno president and brought his entourage down unceremoniously (and last I checked one of them is still a life member of that party!). 
So when the DD started to churn out a posting after another on their blogs related to this public-listed company called Protasco, I sense a corporate storm lurking ahead. 
Tun Daim: Unlikely to be impressed
with where his ex is going
D aim Zainuddin won't exactly be in the eye of that storm - he had sold out his shares in Protasco to the younger man in the top pic (left) after a  falling out, purportedly, with the uncle (right) - but it's interesting to know that Tun D was there.

Some people believe, in fact, that the former Finance Minister had never left Protasco! 

The shareholders of Protasco have two EGMs to attend later this month called by the opposing parties on the Board to try and cancel each other out. For sure, however, the fight won't end on the 26th or the 28th as police reports have been lodged, legal threats issued, and statements recorded to the authorities. Expect the SC and Bursa to fly in. Maybe even the men in black at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (which will be awkward since a high ranking person from the MACC is seated right smack at the top of Protasco!).

To be continued ..

In the meantime, read these postings by the Big Dog and A Voice:
1. The Mad Hatter by Big Dog -- What is MACC doing in Protasco?
2. Pursue the right culprit at Protasco by A Voice