Friday, October 20, 2017

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


"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

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 ...

Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Were you looking for the word "moron", Kak Midah?

As long as this question is not answered, Syed Saddiq's statement is an oxymoron ...  - Hamidah Osman, former vice president of Mahathir's Pribumi party, in response to Syed Saddiq's claim he was offered/blackmailed RM5 million to leave Pribumi.

Puchong, 4 Oct: Hamidah is right on at least thing about Syed Saddiq, the 25 year old youth leader of Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia. If this Habibur Rahman allegedly representing PM Najib Razak was "blackmailing" him and his family since December last year and at the same time offering him RM5 milliom to leave Mahathir Mohamad's party (not inclusive of an undisclosed sum of funds to set up a foundation for great debaters like him), why didn't Saddiq go to the police and MACC earlier?
And why hasn't he done it already? 
Why wait if the safety of your family was really being threatened, as he claimed?
Isn't that moronic?

Anyway, it's good that Hamidah has lodged a report with MACC over Saddiq's allegation h e r e
Her full statement in response to Saddiq:



Saya merujuk kepada sidang akhbar Ketua Armada Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia, Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman pada hari Isnin 2  2hb Oktober 2017.
1.  Kenyataan beliau yang  asal nya dijangka untuk mengumumkan beliau  akan menerima tawaran belajar dan biasiswa dari Oxford University, UK akhirnya menjadi medan untuk beliau membuat serangan serangan dan tuduhan liar .
ada yg mempertikai kan surat tawaran dari Oxford yang Syed Saddiq siarkan di Facebook peribadinya  menunjukkan tarikh-tarikh yang mempunyai kronoloji yang agak anih dan pelik susunannya.
2.  Saya difahamkan daripada laporan akhbar The Star bahawa Syed Saddiq akan membuat laporan kepada SPRM jika perlu berhubung dakwaan dia telah disogok RM5 juta untuk menyambung pelajaran di luar negara . Selepas kenyataan akhbar tersebut sebenar nya pelbagai pihak telah menggesa Syed Saddiq untuk membuat laporan berhubungan sogokan tersebut kepada SPRM dan saya amat mengalu-alukan beliau membuat laporan.
Malah saya sendiri telah membuat laporan kepada pihak SPRM Cawangan Ipoh berkenaan majlis sidang akhbar nya. Jika beliau tidak melakukan laporan tersebut, maka Syed Saddiq dianggap telah melanggar undang2 SPRM dan hukumannya adalah agak berat.
Dalam kenyataan kepada akhbar The Star, Syed Saddiq berkata dia dan ahli keluarganya telah diperas ugut (dalam bahasa Inggeris, backmail), maka dengan itu, beliau akan membuat laporan polis berhubung hal ini terlebih dahulu sebelum membuat laporan SPRM.
3.  Sebaik laporan-laporan ini dibuat nanti, mengikut amalan biasa undang2 , beliau tidak akan dibenarkan untuk membuat kenyataan dan menjelaskan apa apa kenyataan berkenaan sidang akhbar yg telah dibuat nya. Pihak peguam yang menasihati kami berkata ia tidak sub-judice untuk memberi penjelasan. Namun begitu, Syed Saddiq dijangka bakal menggunakan  alasan itu untuk tidak menjawab dan menjelaskan kenyataan akhbar nya sebelum ini. .  Sebagai pejuabg ..dia perlu bertanggungjawab dengan tindak tanduknya dan usah bersembunyi disebalik prosedur untuk melontar tuduhan dan andaian yang boleh dianggap fitnah sebelum membuat laporan kepada pihak berkuasa.
Oleh itu.. Sebelum dia membuat laporan, dia perlu memberi penjelasan kepada semua pihak, termasuk orang ramai, terutamanya pihak-pihak yang nama mereka disebut.
4.  Syed Saddiq berkata dia sudah mula berunding dengan pihak-pihak tertentu yang konon nya mewakili UMNO semenjak bulan Disember dahulu lagi. Beliau memaklum kan ada ditawarkan pelbagai tawaran termasuk biasiswa dan lain-lain.
5.   Syed Saddiq turut berkata dia telah diperas ugut (blackmail), tetapi mengapa setelah begitu lama semenjak bulan Disember lepas, baru skrg dia mahu membuat laporan polis? Bukankah dia telah mendedahkan dirinya dan ahli keluarganya kepada risiko keselamatan yang terlalu lama?  Mengapa beliau sangat takut untuk membuat laporan polis tetapi sangat berani membuat sidang akhbar secara langsung di FB nya?
6.  Jika benar dakwaan Syed Saddiq berkenaan tempat sidang akhbar diadakan  dibiayai oleh pihak yang mahu dia membuat serangan tersebut dan menawarkan biasiswa untuk belajar ke Oxford University, mengapa beliau tidak mendedahkan  bil bayaran dan nama pembayar untuk diketahui orang ramai? Adakah dia sendiri mahu menyembunyikan identiti pihak tersebut dari diketahui oleh orang ramai? 
8.  Syed Saddiq ada menyebut nama seorang bernama Habibur Rahman yang dikatakan adalah Penasihat Perdana Menteri  dari Pejabat Perdana Menteri sebagai dalang. Sepanjang masa saya berada dalam UMNO, saya tidak pernah dengar dan jauh sekali berurusan dengan seorang bernama demikian. Saya hairan bagaimana Syed Saddiq boleh menyebut nama tersebut sedangkan dia sendiri nyatakan dia tidak pernah bertemu.
9.  Syed Saddiq turut mendedahkan ada penulis skrip yang menentukan apa yang perlu dikata untuk sidang akhbar. Skrip tersebut tidak dibawa ketika sidang akhbar untuk dijadikan bukti dan mengapa tidak dedahkan nama orangnya sekali . Selagi persoalan ini tidak dijawab, kenyataan Syed Saddiq boleh dianggap sebagai "oxymoron" atau bercanggah antara satu sama lain.
10. Akhir sekali, saya ingin bertanya Syed Saddiq adakah dia sangat bernilai hingga mahu disogok  sebanyak RM5 juta .


Dato Hamidah Osman
Mantan Naib Presiden PPBM

Tuesday, October 03, 2017

Chauvinist party: Who's naive and stupid now?

KL, Oct 3: I read of Dr Mahathir Mohamad's confession, h e r e, with no surprise at all, having witnessed the bagful of U-turns he's been making since setting up Pribumi to challenge Umno and take down PM Najib Razak. I couldn't help feeling a tinge of regret, though. For in a posting last December, Google reminded me, I wrote so cocksurely that ...

... I don't think even Mahathir, despite his many amazing U-turns of late, would dare to turn around and tell the Malays that it's ok for the DAP to rule them. The Old Man may be desperate but he's not naive and certainly not stupid. -Does Mahathir really want a DAP-led government?

Damn! We were so naive and stupid.

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