Wednesday, June 21, 2017

TTDI residents: We don't need a highway through our homes. let alone a SIX-lane highway!

"It is an unnecessary project. It is not needed. It's not because the population needs it. It's because they are building something (so) they need to build this highway .." - Datuk Nuraina A. Samad, longtime resident of Taman Tun Dr Ismail

TTDI. June 21: Want to build a highway? Please, we need a super highway linking Puchong and Damansara. The existing Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong is a tolled, pitiful two-lane  (some stretches have been expanded to three and even four lanes) highway, it had not been able to accommodate the crazy volume of traffic from the very beginning. The only part of the LDP that has more than two lanes is the toll booth! Twenty lanes, if I'm not mistaken!!

Can we have the six-lane highway there?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

DOJ-ed and Confused

KL, 20 June: If you, like me, find it difficult to keep up with the DOJ's issue because of the spin, counterspin and counter-counterspins, try checking the boxes below would help. At the very least, these will help prevent you from turning into yet another moron:

1. Is there genuine complaint or a frivolous complaint?
2.if the complainant is Khairuddin Abu Hasssan and his Tonto, then the political bias would be quite clear [Read Was the DOJ's announcement Mahathir's idea?]
3. If No 2 is correct, then follow the money trail to show that the DOJ documents are actually Mathias and Cronies writings and link it back to the c4 (or is it 5) conspiring Tan Sris [Read Who is the Fourth Tan Sri who "betrayed" the unholy anti-Najib Conspiracy?]
4. Look at the inclusion of Abu Dhabi fund into the DOJ case and ask the question, why? 
Is it because 1MDB is no longer in the nexus due to the recent deal with Abu Dhabi? That clearly states that 1MDB monies trail ends in Abu Dhabi accounts and management
5. Maybe DOJ has a case BUT against Abu Dhabi because it's the Abu Dhabi guys' monies that were used to fund Leonardo Di Caprio, the movies, the diamonds.
Again, is there a genuine complaint by Abu Dhabi authorities?
6. Has DOJ written to Malaysian Govt for info, help etc ? WHY NOT? 
Because it's a civil case . And they can't ask any help from any govt on such cases.
7. Has a criminal investigation been opened in 1MDB "related" cases in the US, and have they requested for info from KL? WHY NOT?
8. All 1MDB cases that have involved convictions to date is because of "CORRUPT BANKING PRACTICES". The 1MDB itself has not been charged in any of these cases. And that too in the most "transparent, clean and incorruptible" Singapore and Switzerland (Read Singapore convicts fifth person in 1MDB-related cases)

There you are! 
Still confused? 
Then let the law take its course. Let the DOJ investigate. I don't subscribe to the notion that the American courts or systems are greater than our own AG, PDRM, MACC, PAC etc (look, they have Trump as President, how great is that?) but what choice do we have, right?

And for as long as DUE PROCESS is followed and the investigations are untainted, I'm sure we would honour them.

At our end, there's nothing wrong in wanting to know who the complainants behind the DOJ's case are. I mean, why so shy? Of course we also want to know if Dr Mahathir Mohamad through Daim Zainuddin paid RM50 million for the DOJ to do what it's doing [Syed Saddiq knew the DOJ attack was coming].

p.s. If all these still don't help, you just need to remember one thing. In the DOJ's own words, too:

“A civil forfeiture complaint is merely an allegation that money or property was involved in or represents the proceeds of a crime. These allegations are not proven until a court awards judgment in favor of the U.S.”

Monday, June 19, 2017

Pujut saga continues

KL, 19 June: It isn't business as usual for Pujut assemblyman Dr Ting Tiong Chun, either, as the Sarawak State Legislative Assembly is appealing a High Court decision last Saturday that reinstated the DAP man as an elected people's representative. Dr Ting had gone to court after the State Assembly on May 12 disqualified him for having held an Australian citizenship once upon a time. Read more h e r e
The Malaysia Government is clear about where it stands on dual-citizensbhip:

The nine lives of Isa Samad

Taman Tun, 19 June: PM Najib Razak has a weird sense of humour., sometimes His decision to appoint Isa Samad as acting Chairman of SPAD, the Commission that oversees the crucial and often volatile public transportation sector, actually made me laugh. Wakaka!

Sulaiman Mahbob's appointment as FGV Chairman, to replace Isa Samad, is not as funny. It could actually bring FGV to greater heights!

Interestingly, it has also been established that the FGV Board chaired by Isa (and attended by Sulaiman) had basis to initiate disciplinary action against its now-suspended CEO Zakaria Arshad. So, it is still not business as usual at FGV yet.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Nothing like his dad (in conjunction with Happy Father's Day)

I was hoping it was another Jagdeep Singh Deo and not the son of the late Karpal. What a blemish to the memory of that great man! And on the eve of Father's Day, too! I wouldn't even blame the DAP for such despicable behaviour even though Jagdeep is one of them. 
A piece of wisdom for other Jagdeeps out there:

Happy Father's Day, dads. Raise the children well. And pray they don't have what Jagdeep was smoking.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Pujut shocker: So now anyone - even a foreigner - can be Malaysian ADUN?

Bangsar, 17 June: The blogger Life of Annie's nonchalance towards the latest DOJ's shocker Part 2 (pls read Couldn't care less) didn't shock me, really. I think it describes, more or less, what Malaysians in general feel about the antics involving the US Department of Justice and the enemies on both political sides of the political divide (pro-Najib, pro-Tun). Malaysians hope that the DOJ does not drag its sloppy feet any longer and proceed with the promised legal battle between the US Government and Jho Lo & Reza Aziz. So we can all get on wth our lives. Amiin.

As for now, the real shocker to Malaysians is the court ruling in favour of Pujut assemblyman, who allegedly is, in effect, an Australian.

So does the court ruling mean that anyone, even a Malaysian who holds the citizenship of another country, can stand for election in Malaysia and go on to become an Assemblyman or a Member of Parliament? 
Does it mean a Malaysian can have dual citizenship?

As I understand it, the answer to both questions is, still, NO. 
Deputy Prime Minister and Home Minister Zahid Hamidi made this very clear that "a Malaysian will automatically lose his Malaysian citizenship if he is found to have dual citizenship". 
His deputy Nur Jazlan Rahmat further stressed that once a Malaysian has lost his Malaysian citizenship because he is found to hold a citizenship of another country, he cannot re-apply to become a Malaysian. [Tak boleh mohon semula kerakyatan - BH, 12 May 17]

So the law on this is quite clear.
Where the Sarawak state assembly Speaker might have erred, or so said the judge in the Pujut case, is that in disqualifying the Pujut assemblyman, the Speaker was exercising a power that was not his to begin with!
The BH story on the court ruling Dr Ting Tiong Choon Kekal Adun Pujut clearly quoted the Justice Dougas Cristo Primus Sikayun on who the powers belong to:

Yes, the authority over matters related to citizenship lies with the Federal Government. 

So if I were Dr Ting Tiong Choon, I put off the celebrations ...

Friday, June 16, 2017

Crying Wolf (on The Wall Street)

PJ, 16 June: It's been a year since the US Department of Justice made that explosive lawsuit announcement involving 1MDB. Since then, the Americans have elected a new President, Dr Mahathir Mohamad has confirmed his desire to be Prime Minister of Malaysia once again, and the DOJ's lawsuit hasn't moved an inch. The department's latest "action" has similar elements and juicy bits that featured in its "action" of last July's. So why aren't Malaysians not debating it like they did last July? I belong to several dozens of WhatsApp groups but only one is discussing the DOJ's action and by "discussing" I mean one individual has been providing all the links to DOJ news that might be spun against PM Najib Razak. Does that mean we are immune to news involving alleged corruption and stealing of billions from our coffers?
Or are Malaysians generally not buying what the DOJ's claiming, especially since nothing has come out of their last action?

This time around, what's different is the response by the Malaysian authorities. The Attorney-General Chamber was lightning quick with his response Nothing new, no evidence, Apandi dismisses DOJ's latest suit. The Prime Minister's Office has also slammed  DOJ's unproven allegations and suggested that there may be ulterior motives involved.

Even Jho Lo is challenging the DOJ to prove its claims in the court of law!

Tweet attributed to Jho Low slams latest DoJ action

 | June 16, 2017 
WSJ reporter, in sharing a tweet said to be from Jho Low, says it is the first statement in over 2 years by the Malaysian financier who, US authorities allege, is the central figure in the scandal involving 1MDB.
PETALING JAYA: Penang-born tycoon Low Taek Jho has reportedly responded to the US Justice Department’s (DoJ) move to seize another US$540 million in assets purportedly stolen from 1MDB and used to fund extravagant spending.

In a tweet attributed to Low and shared by Wall Street Journal reporter Bradley Hope, the tycoon, popularly known as Jho Low, reportedly slammed the DoJ, saying it had not proven that any improprieties had occurred.
“The US Department of Justice’s latest move continues its inappropriate efforts to seize assets despite not having proven that any improprieties have occurred.
“This week’s activity from the DoJ is a further example of global overreach in pursuit of a deeply flawed case.
“We look forward to the court being presented with the actual facts which demonstrate that the DoJ’s case is completely without foundation,” the tweet read.
Hope, who shared the tweet today, said it was Low’s first statement in over two years.
“Jho Low’s first statement in more than two years, following DoJ’s new suits against his assets incl. $250m yacht #1MDB #Malaysia,” he said on his Twitter account.
Low has, in the past, denied any wrongdoing.
The DoJ’s latest move follows court cases launched last year in which Washington sought to confiscate more than US$1 billion allegedly embezzled by businessmen with political connections in Malaysia, bringing the total amount US officials say was stolen to US$4.5 billion.
The items cited in the new suit as subject to seizure include a Park Avenue condominium, diamond jewellery, shares of fitness club operator Fly Wheel Sports Inc, a painting by Pablo Picasso titled “Nature Morte au Crane de Taureau” and rights to the 2014 film “Dumb and Dumber To”.
The government also wants to seize a luxury yacht, the Equanimity.
Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali dismissed the suit, saying the DoJ had yet to provide any evidence of misappropriated funds from 1MDB.
The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), meanwhile, suggested that the allegations were aimed at smearing certain individuals and had arisen from input by political opponents.
In a press statement today, the prime minister’s press secretary Tengku Sariffuddin Tengku Ahmad said: “We are also concerned by the unnecessary and gratuitous naming of certain matters and individuals that are only relevant to domestic political manipulation and interference. This suggests a motivation that goes beyond the objective of seizing assets.”

The 1MDB issued a statement that basically says it is not a party to the DOJ's latest civil suit. Read 1MDB; No contact made by the US DOJ. The irony is this: it was the DOJ that made out 1MDB as the victim of the crime that has formed the basic of its lawsuit in July last year and the latest one.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

From trains to toilets ... Malaysia has no maintenance culture?

“Sometimes it may be one technician who made a mistake on the ground, or we didn't do our checks properly. When the system breaks down, the government gets the blame,”  he told his audience this afternoon, who laughed in response to his observation. - Strive for zero defects, else I'll be blamed, PM tells Prasarana

KL, 14 June: Last Thursday, at a the PM spoke about the need for Prasarana event, the PM stressed the need for an excellent maintenance culture. He may have said it in a light-hearted manner [Strive for zero defects, else I'll be blamed, PM tells Prasarana] but no one doubted that he was dead serious. The billions his administration is investing to get Malaysians the region's public transport will be less appreciated by Malaysians if those entrusted to maintain the infrastructure sleep on the job.

It's not just the trains. An tourist flying out this morning was horrified by what he saw at the KLIA. To whom it may concern, it isn't a laughing matter.

p.s. The tourist sent some other pictures which I thought are rather too gory for my dear readers

Monday, June 12, 2017

Nazri's poor tact

Don't hurt our feelings, Sabah's Anifah Aman tells his friend Nazri - Astro Awani
Read Anifah's full text h e r e
Nazri shouldn't have been so him - The Mole

Original story

Follow Mark Nyambang h e r e

Puchong, 12 June: Nazri Aziz's tourism tax may well be good for the industry. Especially for Sarawak and Sabah, as claimed. So all the Tourism Minister needed to do was to convince the industry and the people that it is so. 
But Nazri, as we all know, can be so incapable of the easiest of tasks. His belligerent response to the Sarawak Tourism Minister's request to defer the July 1 implementation of the tax is the latest example of this serious handicap. 
And it's going to haunt him, the Tourism Board, and last but not least, his boss the Prime Minister. 
Because the Sarawakians, sweet and friendly as they are, can be belligerent if you disrespect them. In fact, anyone would.

Follow Alex Stmrock Wong h e r e

And Sarawakians are not just taking Nazri to task on the social media. Their Chief Minister has issued a formal statement, too: 

KUCHING: The state government has decided to withdraw Sarawak’s sole representative in the Malaysia Tourism Board with immediate effect. 
"The state government deems that the participation of its representative in Tourism Malaysia is not necessary, as (it duplicates) the role and functions of the Sarawak Tourism Board," the Chief Minister's Office said in a statement today.
The abrupt move comes amidst a nasty spat between Tourism and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz and Datuk Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, the state minister in charge of Tourism, over the new tourism tax.
Nazri recently explained that collections from the new tax will be distributed to all states, including Sarawak.
Nazri also labelled Karim “inexperienced” and a “young minister” for raising concerns over the tax, and reminded the latter that there are "bigger gangsters" than he.
His remarks triggered the wrath of netizens as well as Sarawak Barisan Nasional leaders, who described his statements as "harsh", "uncalled for" and “immature.” 

So out of the window the Federal government's RM654.62 million tax shall go, I reckon. Unless Nazri says sorry, I don't see how Sarawak would go along with the proposed measure. And then we can all imagine how the Sabahans will react. 

In the end, Najib Razak will have to step in, once again. Like he had to with FGV, in order to try and undo Isa Samad and Zakaria Arshad's mess. Like he is doing with Prasarana re the GLC's inability ti maintain and operate our public transit systems. 

But that's another story for another day.

Friday, June 09, 2017

The Muslim Dilemma

KL, 9 June: Two weeks into Ramadan, I thought I'd share this untitled rambling of an Anonymous that has been making its rounds on social media.  I don't subscribe to Anon's defeatist and damning conclusion but his/her observations are thought-provoking and good reminders of where Muslims in Malaysia are. Or, rather, are not.

Afghanistan= Destroyed
Iraq= Destroyed
Pakistan= Destroyed
Somalia= Destroyed
Syria= Destroyed
Yemen= Destroyed
Egypt= on the verge of destruction
Iran= Ready to be destroyed
Qatar= Ready to be Destroyed 
Number of Muslims killed in the last 20 years= More than 2 million
Number of Muslim Refugees= 59.9 millions
Number of illiterates in the Muslim world= 43 percent of about 2 billion
Number of people living below the poverty line=60 percent
With their destruction, millions of dream destroyed, millions of lives were shattered, and millions lost the will to live. 
And the debates among Muslim scholars and communities 
The right of triple talaq of Muslim men
Should moon be actually sighted or can we trust Allah's system of the lunar cycle?
Can a woman lead the prayer?
Can non-Muslims be allowed to visit mosques?Can a copy of the Quran be given to non Muslims
Can a menstruating woman visit the masjid and sit inside the masjid
How many hair a Muslim woman can show when wearing the hijab?
How many dates one should eat during iftar, the sunnah way
Can eight rakas of taraweeh be preferred over 20 rakas.
Did the aya announcing the finalization of deen refer to the appointment of Ali, RTA at Yum Ghadeer. 
How to declare Shias Kafir
How to declare Sunnis kafir
How to declare anyone who does not agree with my interpretation of Islam as a deviant? 
How to put down those who disagree with me? 
What is the status of those who who do not know how to recite the Quran with proper tajwed? 
How many items were served on the iftar party
How big the iftar parties are in the Muslim world.
Do you really think that it is a nation worthy of the divine message?
Do you really think that Muslims can be a positive factor in any part of the world.
If we think that way we are delusional.  

Thursday, June 08, 2017

All the good news in a day

Two Dins don't think Idris Jala is the right guy. [Stories at the end of Original article)

The perfect front page

Original article:
Bangsar, June 8: To a newsman, a good day at the office is one that ends with the best stories making the front page of tomorrow's paper. Today's Utusan Malaysia has that kind of front page: the FGV saga, a new Chairman at Media Prima, PKR's Sivarasa mohon ampun from Sultan Selangor,  a former IGP exposing yet another lie hurled at 1MDB, and another major corruption bust by the MACC. Notice the absence of political rhetorics on the front page of Utusan today ..

Incidentally, someone asked me last night if Idris Jala was the best person to help manage the leadership crisis in FGV.  Look at Idris' track record when he was sent to troubled Malaysia Airlines and his work at Pemandu offering the Government cures for all kinds of the nation's ailments.  Look also at the rebound of FGV shares prices, which reflects the market confidence in Idris. 
My view is that PM Najib Razak could not have sent in a better trouble shooter. Which does make me wonder, at the same time, what had made him put Isa at Felda and FGV in the first place!  
The Sarawakian's first task, if he asks me, is to tell both Isa Samad and Zakaria Arshad to shut up. Both men have said too much. Idris should also warn Isa not to threaten the Press, or anyone else, with lawsuits. This is not a family feud or a Negri Sembilan clan war. To make things easier for himself and fairer to all parties involved, Idris may want to ask Isa to go on leave pending his investigation/report. 
Can't ask him to resign, because in Isa's own, emphatic, words (which were exactly Zakaria's words): "I did no wrong". 

Read also:

1. Muhyiddin: Mengapa Idris Jala, bujanya firma akautan bebas?
2. Khairuddin: Adakah Idris Jala pakar menyiasat?

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Business as usual at FGV? (Why Isa should also be suspended ...)

Courtesy Malaysiakini:

June 7: MACC and Zakaria meet today on corruption in FGV, according to Reuters h e r e. The story doesn't say but I was told that the suspended CEO may have called the anti-graft team in. Good news, as far as shareholders are concerned.

And Isa threatening to sue Berita Harian journalist for doing his job? Now now now ... 

Both Isa and Zakaria should resign, Malaysiakini quotes Umno man. 

Original piece

Full story h e r e

TTDI, 6 June: When Zakaria Arshad took over as Felda Global Venture's third CEO on April's Fool Day last year, I wondered how he would be getting along with Isa Samad, who was then Chairman of both the public listed FGV and the Federal Land Development Authority. Both his predecessors didn't have many happy stories to tell about their working relationship with Isa, that much I knew. 

In January this year, Shahrir Samad replaced Isa as chairman of Felda, leaving Isa with FGV. I thought then that PM Najib Razak was finally going to let go of Isa and make way for younger talents. But at a board meeting last May 31, it was Zakaria who was told to go by Isa during a Board meeting.

The CEO refused, said Isa had no ground to stand on. 

For defying Isa's demand that he quit, Zakaria has been suspended from today "pending a probe of certain deals under Delima Oil Products Sdn Bhd, which is a subsidiary of FGV".

In a statment to Bursa Malaysia, FGV said "It would continue its business as usual".

It should be anything but "business as usual" at the FGV. 

p.s. Anyway,  here's an old posting of mine on FGV. I sincerely think Isa should also be relieved to allow the authorities to find out what has really been going on. Someone call in the Malaysian Anti-Graft Commission (MACC), too, please ...

Full story H E R E

Monday, June 05, 2017

Najib's Trojan Horse?

TTDI, 5 June: Someone still insists till today, over two years after Mahathir declared "war" on PM Najib Razak, that the two are secretly working together/conspiring/in cahoot to hand the Opposition their most painful defeat in the next general election. 
Wishful thinking on the part of those who refuse to believe that Mahathir would turn against yet another successor.

But seeing how fractured Pakatan Harapan has become ever since Dr Mahathir formed his own party Pribumi to help the Opposition, you've got to wonder sometimes if he is, in fact, not helping Najib!


Sowing discord within the Opposition 
KUALA LUMPUR, June 5 — Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim today criticised Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad over the latter’s “offer” to be Pakatan Harapan’s candidate for prime minister.
According to Malaysiakini, the PKR de facto leader said it did not matter that the former prime minister suggested himself for the position.
“It is not for him (to decide), it is for Harapan (to decide),” he was quoted as saying by the news portal.
“People don’t volunteer (to be prime minister), there has to be a consensus.”
Dr Mahathir last week claimed he did not aspire to return to the post he had held for over two decades, but said he would not discount the possibility if “friends” in the opposition pact saw fit to ask.
The Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia chairman’s remark also comes after his open rejection of Anwar for the position.
Dr Mahathir refused to display placards endorsing Anwar as the “seventh prime minister” during PKR’s annual assembly last month, and later confirmed that he did not support his former deputy for the post.
The incident has triggered further discord within the informal pact comprising DAP, PKR, Amanah and PPBM.
Anwar is currently serving a five-year prison sentence for sodomy, and the plan to make him prime minister — dubbed the “Kajang Move 2.0” — involves installing his wife, Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, as a placeholder prime minister.
It would also require Anwar to somehow obtain a royal pardon, which would then remove his disqualification to contest the by-election that he must win in order to be able to hold the post. - Sources MalayMailOnline and Malaysia Today

Seriously, however, Anwar is fighting an uphill battle against the man who outwitted, sacked and jailed him in 1998. Mahathir has got severall key leaders from PKR, Amanah and DAP - especially DAP - eating from his hands already.  I don't think he would have "offered" himself to be PM if he had not secured some form of support from them. 

Read also:

Thursday, June 01, 2017

Rocky's Bru is 11

And an invitation to the IPD ...
Puchong, June 1: The very day this blog turned 11 yesterday, I got a call in the morning from the Royal Malaysian Police. There has been a police report lodged against this blog so the police are obliged to start an investigation, the Inspector tells me. I understand a hundred percent, Inspector. 
Since starting Rocky's Bru on 31 May 2006, I've gotten my share of summons to police stations in and around Kuala Lumpur. The police and the MCMC have also paid me a visit at home and my office to check out my apparatus. A Minister was among those who have lodged police reports against what I wrote. And there was also that lawsuit that dragged for five years, the first in the world between a newspaper company against a blogger, or something like that. 
But I do hope my meeting with the Inspector next week would be a cordial one and would not lead to lawsuits. 
Anyway ...

... during those 11 years, this blog drew 23 million pageviews, some 3 million of these coming in during the last 12 months, during which I did about 100 postings, which I must say is not very productive of me. 
On the other hand, you, my Dear Readers, have been far more industrious: this blog has published over 137, 000 of readers' comments since 31 May 2006, whether or not I like them. Lately, those who oppose my views outnumber the supporters, but to agree to disagree is something that's always a given.

I expect the coming months to keep me far busier (and more productive), especially with the 14th general election on the horizon. As always, I so look forward to your continuous support/opposition and readership. 
Blessed Ramadhan, my Dear Readers.

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Front page Ramadan hate-line: The Star suspends editors

Updated 010617
About Stupid Editors and FRIM's Canopy Walk - Life of Annie

"Moderate" Chun Wai returns to restore order  
Puchong, 31 May: Most of us didn't think any action would be taken to address the latest in the series of headlines and articles spanning years by Malaysia's largest-circulation English daily deemed insensitive and provocative by its Muslim readers. Well, we were wrong. There's a  show-cause letter and a probe under the Sedition Act but the sternest action has been taken not by the Home Ministry or the Police but by the management of the The Star itself! 

The suspension means the newspaper is accepting blame for the insensitive, provocative Ramadan front page. It is admitting that the apology issued after the mess was inadequate, insincere. It also means the management of The Star will conduct a DI to establish what happened, and why. 
Hopefully this whole episode can serve as a reminder to editors and journalists - including those on the social media - that some values in our unique multi-ethnic, multi-religious relationship cannot, should not be taken for granted.  
Some will disagree but as far as I am concerned, this is a cue for the KDN and the Police to back off and let the newspaper do its own soul searching. Wong Chun Wai is an old hand. He's been through similar controversies (Donuts and Coffee at the Home Office). I'd give him some room to fix things.  
But everyone will be on the lookout for the next hateline, Wong ...

Read also:

The Sinister Daily - Seademon

Monday, May 29, 2017

Syed speaks out on "selling out" allegation

"... inviting Geely Holding to take up a 49.9 per cent stake in Proton does not equate to us selling out." - DRB-Hicom group managing director Syed Faisal Akhbar

Kuala Lumpur, 29 May: Everyone but Dr Mahathir Mohamad wants to believe that there would now be hope for the long-suffering Malaysian national car after Proton finally signed the crucial deal with China's Geely. I was beginning to wonder, though, if Proton itself was going to speak out for Proton against its former Chairman and advisor.  
Then someone referred me to the interview in the NST Online with DRB-Hicom boss Syed Faisal Albar. Couldn't have been more timely.

You can read Syed's full interview with the NST Online h e r e.
Proton SUV, post-Geely?

You may also want to read Jalil Backer's Please Be Fair to Syed Mokhtar via The SnapShot's Sebab ego, Mahathir media bungkuskan Syed Mokhtar  
In a nutshell, Jalil Backer reminds Dr Mahathir that the decision to sell Proton's 49% to Geely is entirely Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary's, the major shareholder of DRB=Hicom, which owns Proton...

Ideally, we should hear from Syed Mokhtar himself about the deal with Geely and his plans for Proton but he's been known to be extremely media-shy, even before the days when they started calling him Dr Mahathir's "blue-eyed boy". Plus, I think we can consider that DRB boss Syed Faisal Akhbar was speaking also for his boss Syed Mokhtar during the interview with the NST Online.  
I could almost hear him - Syed Mokhtar himself, I mean - saying it ..
"One day in the not too distant future, Proton will be a brand that
 Malaysians will once again be proud to call one of their own."

Read also:
Proton bukan projek nasional lagi - A. Kadir Jasin
Model terbaru Proton dan Mahathir buat U-turn sekali lagi, Dr MiM
Chinese are never to lose - Annie
Premonition vs Proton - Big Dog
Crocodile tears: Mahathir and Proton - Lim Sian See
Menangis Madey tutup RM385 bilion ringgit duit rakyat dirompak - SnapShot

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Proton Geely's first model, already?

TTDI, 26 May 2017: The government has been talking about getting the bleeding Proton a foreign partner for years. That it has finally happened (It's official: Geely acquires 49 per cent stake in Proton - NST) is both a great relief and an exciting prospect. 
At one time, Geely (like several others before it, including VW - see Related Article below) had turned away from the proposed partnership with the Malaysian carmaker (because Proton could not make up its mind, reportedly) but that the China giant actually came back to the negotiating table proved that Proton, under the current owners, still has appeal. 
Dr Mahathir Mohamad laments the sale of his "brainchild" to foreigners but that child had bled us dry many times over. The only other option is to close it down. But that would be costly, and some people may accuse Najib Razak of trying to murder the child of Dr M's brain. Like a keen observer tells me: "Sell to China wrong. Retrench staff wrong. Give subsidy wrong. Close shop wrong. Semua pun salah. How lah?" 
There is no guarantee that Proton flourish under the new partnership. Proton is no Volvo. But as a Malaysian whose first "real" car was a Proton, I'd take the chances. 
p.s. I'm just wondering now if the pictures sent to me here are of a new model under that new partnership. If it is, I think I'd hold buying that Japanese pick-up ....

Related article:
Geely, Proton and the shaming of Mahathir - The Independent, Feb 2017

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Mahathir's inevitable parting of ways with everybody else

Yesterday's news

Bangsar, 23 May 2017: What do you see in this picture? Me, I can't explain the sadness that I feel every time I look at this picture that appeared on the front page of the New Straits Times yesterday. And - I can't help it - I've gone back to it scores of times. 
Is Dr Mahathir Mohamad trying to take a photograph with his mobile phone in order to take away the awkwardness or the moment? Or is he hiding his face? If he is doing the selfie, the former PM and longest-serving Umno president would have seen how increasingly desperate his position looked. Lim Kit Siang on his right and Azmin Ali on his left are both holding placards supporting the jailed Anwar Ibrahim as the country's next Prime Minister.  Many were given the impression that the two were Mahathir's pals since the day he quit Umno to form his own party in the hope of helping them - the Opposition - bring down PM Najib Razak. If anything, they are closer to fixing Mahathir. Look closer now, and you'll see the two men slowly turning their backs on the Old Man! 
And that's what they will continue to do from now until the general election. Dr M knows that, surely. This is Anwar's game, it's not one that Mahathir can hope to win. Anwar may well not be the next PM  as lawyer Art Haron has brilliantly argued (Anwar for PM? PKR should think again). But it won't be Muhyiddin Yassin and the son Mukhriz will not rise, either. 
Nobody wants to say it yet, but the end is near for Mahathir dream of hijacking the Opposition's 14th GE agenda and making it his own. That's what I see in this picture. That's what it tells me.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Loaf Story

The curtain falls on a popular meeting place in Village 

Bangsar 190517: It was just the other day that I was at the Loaf in Bangsar to meet an ex Business Times journalist who was meeting two seasoned editors, one from Bernama and the other from NST. We were joined by an ex RTM host who was in between meetings at the Bangsar Village. Did I imagine that to be the last time I'd be a customer of Dr Mahathir Mohamad's hot bakery?  
I am probably one of the saddest to see the Loaf gulung tikar (how sad is that?). With Tun Dr M at the helm, I thought the simple Loaf story deserved a much happier ending ...

Mahahtir's bakery The Loaf in Bangsar closes shop - The Malaysian Digest 18 May

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Rimba Kiara: Ku Nan needs to watch this clip

Individual failure drag down party in battle of perception - The Mole, 190517
DBKL removes online park survey, says nothing to do with TTDI issue - The Star, 170517
 “Now that the poll has been taken down, it makes me question the reason it was put up in the first place,” says TTDI Residents Association chairman Abdul Hafiz Bakar

Original article
TTDI: Every now and then, some developers will try to muscle their way into whatever remaining jungles we have in the city, even those that were meant to be preserved. The greens of Kiara just at the edge of affluent Taman Tun Dr Ismail are a favourite target. Time and again, the residents there would be called to do battle with the developers. Sometimes they succeed in defending Mother Nature, sometimes they lose some of the trees but always, fortunately, they could count on some powerful allies within the government. 
"We are not encroaching," he says
In the latest skirmish between the residents and the powerful developers, however, Tengku Adnan Mansor, the Federal Territories Minister, is being seen as "the enemy", rightly or wrongly (as in here: Rimba condo to go as planned - May 8) 
The Mole, which is based in TTDI,  has been following the issue closely. In this video clip Rimba Kiara: Longhouse settlers' dilemma, we give voice to residents who are concerned with what's happening to their environment.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Working with the Devil

Updates: Wan Azizah may have dimmed the Opposition's chances of winning the 14th GE with Aljazeera interview - Malaysiakini
  Wan Azizah's disastrous Aljazeera interview - RPK's Malaysia Today
"I will not apologise to Anwar," says Mahathir - Big Dog

Original posting 
KL, 13 May: Not a word I'd use to describe former Dr Mahahtir Mohamad but Aljazeera's Mehdi Hasan seems to have no qualms calling Malaysia's longest-serving Prime Minister "the devil himself" more than once during his interview with Wan Azizah, the PKR boss. The British-born UpFront host seems to think nothing of calling the Opposition names. My verdict? Her aides should work harder to prepare Wan Azizah better for the next one. And Mehdi should try and get an interview with the Devil himself in case of calling him names behind his back .... 

Thursday, May 04, 2017

You mean the RM42b did not go missing, after all?

Finally, as reported by the Edge Singapore in its latest 1MDB Watch report A Settlement of a Compromise? , it all boils down to this:
"The settlement, negotiated on behalf of Malaysia by 1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy (below 4.) and Datuk Amhari Efendi Nazaruddin (below 5.) of the Prime Minister’s Office, may have eased the tension between Malaysia and Abu Dhabi. By 2020, there could be another settlement reached by 1MDB and IPIC for the disputed US$3.5 billion. 
"Even so, should there not be accountability for the wrongdoings that led to the scandal in the first place? To use an analogy — if some executives use company funds illegally but later return the money, does that mean they did not commit a crime?"

I am sure we can all agree that that's a fair question (by the Edge) and must be dealt with. But why did you make all those accusations against the PM and about the so-called missing RM42 billion?

Will the Edge admit now that no monies were ever missing in the first place?

News that Iskandar Waterfront and CREC not taking up the 60% in the proposed Bandar Malaysia has gotten the detractors rubbing their hands with glee. But to the faithfuls, there's always the silver lining. "As things are, with the economy looking up and the ringgit doing well, the government can charge higher for the 60%," said one.

Read also:
Open for business - Big Dog, 3 May

Wednesday, May 03, 2017

My Sabah, Our Sabah

May 3: The Star has the story Anifah: "My Sabah" group formed to discuss Sabah's state rights but nothing like reading, verbatim, what Foreign Minister Anifah Aman has written on why the group was formed and how he can sit and is sitting with the likes of Jeffrey Kitingan and Yong Teck Lee and the Opposition that matters in Sabah (and vice versa) for the larger interest of the state and the nation. 

Seeing his train of thoughts, it is easy understand why Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali, the man calling the shots in PKR, was wishing Anifah would quit BN and join him. 

And why more and more Malaysians will agree that it's time we consider having a Deputy Prime Minister II from outside Semenanjung ...

COMMENT: I wish for once to correct the misconception regarding ‘MySabah’ – a chatroom on social media – and that of DDJK (Jeffrey Kitingan) and YTL (Yong Teck Lee). 
This is the truth. 
As Foreign Minister, I travel a lot with the prime minister. I spend quite a lot of time with him when overseas. We have discussed Malaysian foreign policies in general, and specific issues at hand, and on how we navigate ourselves in the fast changing world. How we cannot afford to be static and on how a small country like Malaysia could be a global power. 
The prime minister, contrary to what some think, is in fact very well respected by foreign leaders, be it Kings, Emirs, Presidents and Prime Ministers amongst others. 
Secondly he is very sharp, and more importantly he listens. I feel very comfortable working with him. Sometimes I do raise domestic issues with him and he listens. 
To cut the story short I asked myself, I have done so much for the country (by my reckoning), why not take this opportunity to raise issues of great importance to Sabahans? Are we getting a fair deal? Were the promises, assurances, agreements been implemented and fulfilled in the formation of Malaysia? 
Then I remembered DDJK, who for many years, at every opportunity, raised issues like the 20 points and the Malaysia Agreement (MA63) etc. No one in the seat of authority took him seriously. So I started thinking how to persuade some of us Sabahans to leave politics aside in this instance for a common good. 
I thought that my BN colleagues would not want to rock the boat, so to speak, and it was best I work with people who have issues to raise and “nothing to lose”. If anyone were to lose then it would be me. But I convinced myself that these opportunities of mine will never come knocking again. 
Panellists – from left – Zainnal Ajmain, Ansari Abdullah, Yong Teck Lee, Anifah, Jeffrey Kitingan, Dr. Ramzah Dambuk and Edmund Bon. – Photo credit sayangsabah
So I assembled a good number of people and this is where Ansari (Abdullah) whom I have known and worked with very closely over many years in football, and who’s a lawyer of some standing. Few people may know that I was the president of Sabah students (during our United Kingdom days) and YTL and AmDe (Sidek) were in my committee, and we fought for our rights even then. 
So I invited these people and specifically told them that I was not interested in their politics and they can leave their politics at home, but come and work with me as a Sabahan. I have access to the Prime Minister and here is a leader who is sympathetic with our grievances, so why not have a go. 
How do I do it? A forum consisting of great minds, including prominent constitutional lawyers and other prominent individuals was though to be the best option. It was attended by more than 7,000 people. DDJK, YTL, Ansari spoke eloquently thus with other learned invitees, and the need to follow through, and therefore the formation of MySabah for the like-minded minds! 
Where is politics in this??? I did invite some of the leaders in the current opposition but they never responded. I told DDJK to prepare a memorandum and to be submitted to the PM as a ‘united Sabahans’ devoid of any politicalor self-promotion. 
What wrong had these people done in trying to salvage what belongs to us! 
In the process a lot of committed Sabahans contributed their minds including DJL (James Ligunjang), TSGP, Roland C, TS Simon (Sipaun) and Dr Chong (Eng Leong) on RCI. There are many others that I am indebted to. QCs (Queen Councels) were consulted. 
We have gone far and all those aspiring ‘wanna-bes’ please make yourself useful for our future generations instead of wasting your time hitting at other people. To such people I ask what have you done for your State when your were in the position to do something. 
I am thankful to DDJK and all that have the conscience to come together as Sabahans to rightly claim what we are entitled to. 
Sabahans this is our best time and best opportunity to come together for s common cause. I can assure you that the PM will not send you to the Kamunting University (a district where previously Internal Security Act or ISA detainees were sent). 
God bless Malaysia. God bless Sabah. A strong and stable Malaysia is good for us all.
  • Anifah Aman is Foreign Minister, Malaysia and Member of Parliament Kimanis

Read also: 
If not politically acceptable, just appoint Anifah DPM ll - A Voice, 4 April 2017
Anifah speaks out after Azmin's "quit" rumours - Rocky's Bru, 14 Feb 2017
Anifah Aman for DPM? - Rocky's Bru, 17 May, 2009