Monday, January 15, 2018

Felda got back its land, KLVC to go as planned

Updates: :

I just want the land. We have never discussed stopping the project. The project is the project, the land is the land. I’m not questioning the development agreement. The development agreement is legitimate, FIC (Felda Invesment Corporation) had signed it, the (then) Felda chairman and the (then) Felda director-general had given the power of attorney in June 2014.- YB Shahrir Samad, Felda chairman in an interview with The Mole this morning, hours before the developer of the KL Vertical City (KLVC) project on the Felda's Jalan Semarak land returned the land titles to Felda. 

Read the full report h e r e

Friday, January 12, 2018

Black eye for a black eye: The real reason why Dr M failed to see Anwar Ibrahim in jail!

Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he had wanted to see Anwar Ibrahim to thank the jailed former Opposition leader for supporting his PM candidacy. I think the real reason the meeting didn't happen is because Anwar himself didn't want Mahathir as a visitor. As  Dr MiM suggests here, Anwar wouldn't want to be seen as subservient to Mahathir. Anwar would make sure he has total control over the outcome of any meeting with Mahathir. Anwar fully realises that Mahathir does not have any bargaining power here. 
The official reason, meanwhile, is simply that Mahathir didn't write in to the authorities to request visiting rights. Even YB Nurul Izzah, Anwar's daughter, has confirmed it, h e r e and you could see she wasn't particularly upset about the whole incident. 
YB Salleh Said Keruak told Mahathir even a convict's wife needs to formally apply to visit. "There are laws and procedures. As the Pakatan Harapan's PM-candidate, he should be the first to lead by example and not abuse his power or break the law. By doing so, he's only teaching the Malaysian people that if you are someone you don't have to abide by the law." (Perdana Menteri pun perlu mengikut undang-undang).

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Mahathir: A Solusi or the Problemo?

Jan 10: The organisers of a forum tomorrow night to discuss the nation's fate if Mahathir Mohamad becomes PM again have agreed to add two more speakers to ensure a more balanced discourse. The two are Rais Hussin, who is the chief strategist for Mahathir's Pribumi party, and Hishamuddin Rais, former student leader. 
I wish they could include Perkasa chief Ibrahim Ali, who shocked many today when he slammed the Mahathir-Anwar alliance (Deciding on an ex-con to lead the country is a shameful act, says Perkasa president)), says Perkasa president). Perkasa has long been associated with Mahathir and Ibrahim was, until that statement, considered a Mahathir loyalist. 
I ask one of the organisers if they expect Mahathir to make a surprise appearance at the forum. "I hope he will."

Read also: Mahathir Solusi
Reformasi Untuk Mahathir oleh Seademon

Owh, so the Felda board knew all along?

Jan 10: By the end of their Day 3 today, the external auditors investigating Felda's on-going KL Vertical City project on the Jalan Semarak land (that was reportedly "lost", here) would have discovered that, contrary to some newspaper reports, the Board of Directors of Felda was fully aware of the multi-billion ringgit project, details of the land transfer, and the benefits and future income the project would bring.

According to The Mole (Felda land deal profitable, board had full knowledge) the Felda board met three times between 2014 and 2015 to endorse the deals between Felda subsidiary FIC and local Bumi firm Synergy Promenade Sdn Bhd, the master developer of the KLVC.

Construction on the KLVC started in 2016.

The Mole's exclusive:

KUALA LUMPUR – January 9, 2018: There’s another twist to the Felda Jalan Semarak land deal, with the latest information suggesting that the previous board members were fully aware of the deal between Felda Investment Corporation (FIC) and Synergy Promenade Sdn. Bhd. (SPSB).
On at least three occasions in 2014 and 2015, some among the Felda board who were also on the FIC board had met and endorsed the deal which promised the agency a minimum return of RM500 million.
The deal hogged the limelight after the Berita Harian last month published a report suggesting that the project to build the KL Vertical City there reeks of corruption.
According to the daily newspaper, all decisions pertaining to the June 2014 deal were made by FIC without the knowledge of Felda’s directors until they were informed about it in September of that year.
However, a source with intimate knowledge of the deal told The Mole today that the Felda board had endorsed it on the very day they were officially informed about the deal and then re-endorsed it on June 3, 2015.
The Felda board members then were Datuk Dr. Omar Salim, Datuk Seri Dr. Rahamat Bivi Yusoff, Datuk Norzirah Bahari, Datuk Mohd. Suhaili Said, Datuk Noor Ehsanuddin Mohd. Harun Narrashid, Datuk Abu Bakar Harun, Datuk Mohd. Khusairi Abdul Talib, Datuk Mohd. Isa Abu Kasim, Datuk Mohd. Emir Mavani Abdullah and Shamsudin Othman.
Ever since the Berita Harian report, Felda chairman Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad has been pulling out all the stops to undo the deal although SPSB is said to have not found to have committed any breach of contract.
The source pointed out that the FIC-SPSB agreement was drafted in such a way that it is practically irrevocable, unless SPSB has breached it.
The exact wordings of the conditions for a breach are as follows:
“The parties hereto agree that FIC shall be entitled to terminate this agreement in the event the master developer fails and/or omits and/or neglects to complete the said project within ten years from the date of the first development order and the land conversion to the category of land use commercial, whichever is later.”
It is understood that Shahrir’s unhappiness stemmed from several seemingly lopsided conditions in the agreement which could result in Felda losing the land following the decision by the previous Felda and FIC boards to give SPSB  full power of attorney over the land.
While he did not discount the possibility of taking civil action against SPSB, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak had late last month stated that the reports about Felda losing the land were inaccurate.
But Najib has also instructed an external audit firm to carry out a forensic audit on the project.
The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) had also said that it found that the deal had no element of corruption.
Shahrir had portrayed the deal as a total loss for Felda but according to the source, FIC in fact is set to gain at least half a billion ringgit from it.
The source quoted the minutes of the 10th FIC board meeting on April 29, 2014, as such: “It was resolved that the company (FIC) do hereby accept the offer by SPSB on the proposed minimum guaranteed return (MGR) of RM500 million or 10 per cent of the gross development value, whichever is higher.
“The first payment of RM10 million being part of the MGR shall be paid within one month from the date of signing of the property development agreement.”
The estimated value of the land is RM200 million.

Tuesday, January 09, 2018

They thought they were going to hang this YB ...

Too hardworking and too good-looking 

THE PROBLEM with YB P. Kalamanathan, 52, besides the fact that he was one of the biggest by-election giant killers in Malaysia's recent political history, is that he works too hard and he's seen to be too clean. When you are both that, you make some people look bad. And some of these bad-looking people are actually bad and what they do is what bad people usually do: they try and fix you. And they now think they are fixing the Deputy Education Minister well and good ... 

The following WhatsApp message has gone viral. The anonymous sender (representing the bad people) says a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission will be lodged against Kamalanathan on 11 Jan.

*Salam Sejahteta Tuan Puan yang dihormati*

*Mohon hadir ke Ke Pejabat SPRM Putrajaya  11 Jan,Rabu 11pagi.*
*Laporan mengenai salah guna kuasa & Peyelewangan oleh  Timbalan Menteri Pendidikan Dato Kamalanathan*
*Terbuktinya beliau  bersuhabat dalam 39 Projek Pembinaan Sekolah Tamil di Malaysia*
*Beliau telah melantik Consultant yang sama (En Ragu, saudara kepada dia melalui emak)  kesemua 39 sekolah.*
*Dalam sejarah Malaysia inilah kali pertama satu syarikat consultant dapat 39 projek sekali.*
*Jumlah nilai yang telah dibayar kepada syarikat ini anggaran dalam*
*RM 20 Juta*
*Inilah punca utama kelewatan persiapan bangunan seluruh negara.*
*Utk keterangan lanjut sila baca suratkhabar hari Malaysia Nanban-semua bukti penyelewangan ada tertera.Thurogi Kamathan.*
*Demi masa depan semua SJKT2 di seluruh Negara.  Dengan rendah diri minta datang ramai ramai untuk menjayakan perjuangan murni ini.*
*Please forward to all Indians including BN or Pakatan supporters.*

There are two big problems, though. The bad guys forgot or didn't know that:

1. The project above was awarded to the said company in Feb 2013, three months before Kamalanathan was made Deputy Education Minister

2.  Those contractors/consultants are NOT YB Kamal's uncle or cousin or nephew etc

p.s. So I don't think our anti-graft boys need to wait for these people to lodge a report. But Kamalanathan ought to take extra caution now. He's just made some bad guys look like idiots and I don't think these idiots are too happy ...

Monday, January 08, 2018

Mahathir Solusi?

My short tweet yesterday

IF Mahathir Mohamad becomes the next Prime Minister of Malaysia, one thing for sure is he won't hog the post for another 22 years. But the Tun will not let the post go to Anwar Ibrahim, either. Over his dead body, to quote the late Karpal Singh.
One commenter on the social media was congratulating supporters of Barisan Nasional right after Pakatan Harapan confirmed that Mahathir will be their PM if they win the next general election. "That decision has just confirmed BN's victory in the GE14," said the commenter. I have to say that I didn't think they'd ever let Mahathir, the man who had inflicted so much pain on the Opposition for so long, back into power. Proof that they don't have a credible candidate. Or just glutton for punishment.
I shall say no more. But some of these guys on this poster, who became staunch supporters of the Opposition mainly or partly because of Mahathir when he was PM for 22 years until 2003, will have some interesting things to say this Thursday about their PM-designate. 

Same forum, different promotional material:

Ah, Felda did not lose its land after all, Part 2: Forensic audit starts today

Having to clean up after his own people's mess, yet again

“As such, reports saying that the land has been lost are incorrect." - PM Najib Razak, KLVC project on Felda land: External audit appointed, Jan 4

TWO CABINET ministers have spoken out on the Felda's Jalan Semarak land issue in support of the Prime Minister's press statement last Thursday. Hishammuddin Hussein said we should let the investigation proceed as we don't want too see anyone get punished in the media and social media (Don't be quick to judge Felda land issue, Jan 6). Azalina Aziz also downplayed allegations that Felda had "lost" the land. "The land ownership issue is more a business matter." (Felda land deal just a business matter, Jan 6). 

The Minister in the PM's Department went on to say she believed the issue would not affect the support of Felda voters "because it was brought up by the chairman himself, which means he will find a solution to this problem"

But with all due respect, the chairman, Shahrir Samad, may have become part of "this problem". Since the day BH broke the story ["Felda hilang hakmilik tanah Jalan Semarak"], Shahrir himself has been caught many times lamenting the "lost" land. (here, here and here just to link a few) and finding fault with his predecessor Isa Samad and the developer of KLVC, Synergy Promenade (which also owns the land by virtue of a land transfer done by FIC in 2014 when Isa was chairman of Felda as well as FIC). 

Will he sing a different tune this afternoon when he meets the Felda staff at a town hall meeting?

If there was going to be a solution to the problem, all parties involved should have sat down together and dealt with it like professionals instead of using the media to sensationalise the issue the way it did. But now, if you ask me, the damage is done. And the biggest victim is Najib Razak himself. 

And with the general election right around the corner, you've got to wonder what those guys around the PM and behind the so-called Semarak exposé were thinking of ...

p.s. And all this while, the developers of Semarak land have not said a single word. Do they even exist?

Thursday, January 04, 2018

Ah, Felda did not lose its Samarak land after all!

The following is a press statement issued a while ago by PM Najib Razak on the Semarak scandal, the story that the Najib-friendly Berita Harian broke two weeks ago (Dec 21).

The salient points:
Para 7:
The PM says report(s) that claimed the Felda land in Semarak had been lost were inaccurate.
Para 4&5:
The PM had directed Felda on Dec 11, 10 days before the BH broke the story  to:
(a) determine if there was abuse of power or/and corruption in the procedures for KL Vertical City, the ongoing project on the Felda Semarak land and
(b) lodge a police report

Kenyataan Media  

1. Sebuah firma audit luar telah pun dilantik oleh Jabatan Perdana Menteri (JPM) untuk melaksanakan audit forensik ke atas projek Kuala Lumpur Vertical City (KLVC) yang sedang dibangunkan oleh Synergy Promenade Sdn Bhd (SPSB) atas tanah milik FELDA. 

2. Firma audit ini akan menjalankan audit forensik ke atas semua aktiviti, keputusan dan tindakan berkaitan dengan projek ini. Ianya juga akan menilai semula proses pengawalan yang berkaitan, termasuk kelemahan dalam pentadbiran dalaman serta pengawasan FELDA ke atas FELDA Investment Corporation Sdn Bhd (FIC). 

3. Siasatan firma audit ini juga akan membabitkan Pejabat Tanah dan Galian Wilayah Persekutuan Kuala Lumpur dan Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur (DBKL). Siasatan firma audit ini dijangka akan siap dalam tempoh 30 hari dan  laporan penuh akan dikemukakan kepada JPM. 

4. Pelantikan firma audit ini adalah susulan arahan saya kepada FELDA dalam satu surat bertarikh 11 Disember 2017, untuk menentukan sama ada berlakunya ketidakpatuhan kepada tatacara sedia ada atau berlakunya unsur-unsur salah guna kuasa dan perlakuan rasuah berkaitan projek KLVC. 

5. Dalam surat tersebut yang dihantar oleh JPM kepada Pengerusi FELDA, Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad,  saya juga telah mengarahkan FELDA untuk membuat laporan polis terhadap SPSB untuk "criminal fraud" serta mengambil tindakan undang-undang untuk "civil fraud" bagi pemindahan hak milik tanah FELDA tanpa pengetahuan dan kebenaran. 

6. Saya telah mengarahkan tindakan-tindakan ini diambil bagi melindungi kepentingan FELDA dan peneroka, tidak dikompromi dan bagi memastikan tanah-tanah tersebut terus kekal menjadi milik FELDA. 

7. Pihak polis juga telah menjalankan siasatan dan tanah-tanah terlibat telah turut dikaveat. Oleh itu, laporan yang mengatakan tanah-tanah itu sudah hilang adalah tidak tepat. Kaveat Pendaftar yang telah dikenakan ke atas tanah-tanah itu akan memastikan kepentingan Felda dilindungi. 

8. Tindakan undang-undang akan diambil jika siasatan firma audit luar dan polis menunjukkan adanya salah laku oleh mereka yang terbabit dalam projek ini yang telah dipersetujui pada tahun 2014. 

4 Januari 2018

The MACC has ruled OUT any element of corruption in the deal between FIC and Synergy Promenade (No elements of graft in Felda land transfer, says MACC - Dec 21) so we are looking at other "elements", if anything at all. Refer to Para 8: IF the audit firm and the police find any form of misappropriation, the Government will take legal action.

What if the audit firm and the police don't find anything?

What if the deal wasn't "dubious" as reported?

And what happens to KLVC, does the project stop now?

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

The economy is sooo bad ... KL City Hall had to ditch their 6-lane highway plan for disgruntled TTDI

2018 arrived safely. Malaysians woke up to the New Year, hung over from a peaceful and prosperous 2017, to a still peaceful and prosperous Malaysia. Some bad news carried over from the old year but it's easy find the good ones, too. Personally, the best piece of news that welcomed the new year for me is the decision by DBKL to scrap the proposed preposterous six-lane super highway for peaceful, easy Taman Tun Dr Ismail, one of the greener residential areas in the city's fringes.

No more six-lane highway in TTDI ... 

But as the story suggests (read also The Mole's report TTDI-DBKL tussle sets to continue) the residents and their association are not celebrating the good news. Why? I spoke to some of the residents and I must say I was quite shocked to discover that they have very little trust left in the City Hall and (especially) the minister in charge. 

"Happy New Year. Just can't trust them. Hope they will not build the highway. The judge is inclined towards them. We were fined RM42K," said one resident association member in a text message. (For context pls read TTDI Residents shocked with RM42,000 costs ...)

TTDI residents think the authorities are just buying time. "General election is just around the corner so they will say just about anything for their political masters to win back our support."

I wish they would have more faith.