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Isnin, 27 Jun 2016

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One year after 1MDB scandal, Najib takes Malaysia on ‘lurch toward dictatorship’

Posted: 27 Jun 2016 02:08 AM PDT

South China Morning Post- 27 June 2016

Giant video screens lining Malaysia's ruling-party headquarters flash towering, 40-floor images of a smiling Prime Minister Najib Razak across a corner of the capital, a glaring reminder of who's in charge.One year after a financial scandal that would have toppled many leaders, Najib is standing taller than ever after smothering investigations, outmanoeuvring opponents, and bolstering his control with a pair of recent election wins.

But the political survival steps he has taken – which include assuming tough new powers and flirting with an Islamist party – are stoking fears for multi-ethnic Malaysia's already fragile democracy and sectarian relations.

"He called himself a reformist, but has changed into an aspiring dictator," said Ambiga Sreenevasan, a prominent lawyer and reform advocate. "What changed him, clearly, is 1MDB."

Last July 2, The Wall Street Journal reported that Najib received a mysterious US$681 million payment, which capped months of allegations that billions were diverted from 1MDB (1Malaysia Development Berhad), an investment fund Najib founded. Other revelations followed, including reports that Najib's film-producer stepson used 1MDB-related funds to bankroll the Hollywood greedfest The Wolf of Wall Street, and for millions in luxury purchases. Swiss authorities say more than US$4 billion may have been stolen. Najib and 1MDB deny wrongdoing. But Najib has purged ruling-party critics, curbed investigations, and cracked down on media reporting of the affair. With former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim jailed since February 2015 on politically-tinged sodomy charges, Najib now towers over the country.

"Najib's critics failed to comprehend his resolve at staying in power and the lengths he is prepare to go to," said Ibrahim Suffian, head of Merdeka Centre, an independent polling firm.

The government recently pushed through a new law allowing a Najib-led council to suspend basic liberties if security is deemed threatened, which the opposition called a "lurch toward dictatorship". Other proposals would tighten internet controls and limit other legal protections.

"Any remnants of checks and balances are being dismantled by the PM" due to 1MDB, said Eric Paulsen, head of the legal-advocacy group Lawyers for Liberty.

Yet Najib's electoral fortunes have never looked better as general elections loom by mid-2018, aided by disarray in the once-formidable opposition following Anwar's jailing. Najib's United Malays National Organisation [UMNO] has governed since independence in 1957 on a platform of rapid economic growth and special rights for Muslim ethnic Malays, Malaysia's majority group.

Aided by its deep pockets and loyal Malay support, UMNO's Barisan Nasional [National Front] ruling coalition notched landslide wins in a May state election and two June parliamentary by-elections that exposed the limits of 1MDB outrage.

"Najib's standing among Malaysians has gradually improved over the past six months as voter anger over 1MDB and [an unpopular consumption tax] dissipate," said Suffian, adding that bread-and-butter economic issues matter more.

Najib denies abusing power and recently dismissed the graft allegations as "unprecedented politically-motivated slander" by 90-year-old former premier Mahathir Mohamad, who has led calls for Najib's removal. Najib's office did not respond to a request for comment. But Barisan Nasional's strategy director Abdul Rahman Dahlan dismissed the allegations of 1MDB-spurred repression as "absolute rubbish."

"The opposition's problem is they are unable to convince voters they are a viable alternative," he said.

"When [voters] go to the polls, it is not just about 1MDB."

In the scandal's wake, UMNO also has intensified a dalliance with the country's conservative Muslim party, refusing to denounce its proposal for harsh sharia law in a northern state.

The sharia bid has scant hope of succeeding, and analysts said UMNO is merely playing politics to solidify Muslim support and distract from 1MDB. But the Islamist tilt has unsettled many who view Malaysia's treasured religious moderation as under threat.

"I'm very worried," said Bob Broadfoot, head of Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy. "[Najib] is changing UMNO in ways that I fear could make it more Islamic and weaken the government's support among non-Malays. This is going to strain racial relations much more."

Fringe Muslim elements disgusted by 1MDB may also abandon political parties and turn to extremism, he said. A half-dozen countries including the United States have launched 1MDB-related probes, but few believe big fish will be caught, citing the carefully constructed complexity of 1MDB fund flows.

Najib "will get away with it," said Broadfoot.

But he said the allegations of fraud and embezzlement involving state-linked entities may make foreign investors think twice, at a time when Malaysia needs investment to buffer global economic headwinds.

"That's going to cost Malaysia," Broadfoot said.

Sabtu, 25 Jun 2016

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Mesej dari Penjara : Pesanan mengenai PRK Sg Besar dan Kuala Kangsar

Posted: 24 Jun 2016 08:19 PM PDT

Kepada rakyat Malaysia, juga teman-teman pembangkang seperjuangan:

Walaupun dari sudut kecil di dalam penjara ini, saya tahu bahawa keputusan pilihanraya kecil baru-baru ini telah mengecewakan ramai. Saya tahu ramai yang menaruh harapan pada pembangkang untuk menyelamatkan Malaysia dari cengkaman rejim yang menindas, korup dan bankrap moralnya. Malaysia tidak punyai harapan untuk membina masa depan yang lebih baik buat rakyatnya atau untuk dihormati dunia di bawah rejim sedia ada, dengan seorang perdana menteri yang berada ditengah-tengah skandal kewangan yang mempunyai implikasi yang sangat luas dan melibatkan pelbagai negara.

Parti-parti pembangkang mesti mengambil iktibar dan bermuhasabah di atas keputusan PRK ini, dan memahami dengan amat mendalam kelemahan-kelemahan kita. Sekarang bukanlah masa untuk mencari alasan atau menuding jari.

Kita perlu sentiasa ingat bahawa kita mempunyai satu kewajipan untuk menjadi alternatif tulen buat rakyat. Ketepikan perbezaan dan perbalahan. Sampaikan keluhan dan rungutan dengan saluran yang betul; duduklah bersama untuk mengatasi dan menyelesaikan masalah.

Kebajikan rakyat dan negara lah yang paling utama; dan kita berkhidmat untuk rakyat. Kita perlu kalahkan BN dalam PRU14, kita perlu berjaya demi Malaysia!

Mereka yang tidak percaya ini boleh dilakukan dalam PRU yang akan datang, adalah salah. Tetapi untuk melaksanakannya, kita perlu bersatu. Ini bukanlah perkara yang mudah; kita perlu hadapi keseluruhan kekuatan dan taktik BN yang tidak demokratik. Tetapi usaha kita ini murni, walhal mereka hanya memegang kuasa demi kuasa. Jika kita bersatu demi rakyat, kita akan berjaya.

Message from Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim on the recent by-election results.

To the Malaysian public, and my friends and colleagues in the opposition:

Even from this prison, I know that the results of the recent by-elections have disappointed many. I know the public have pinned their hopes upon the Opposition, to save Malaysia from the current oppressive, corrupt and morally bankrupt regime. Malaysia has no hope of making a better future for its people or of gaining the respect of the world under the current regime, whose prime minister is in the centre of a financial scandal of worldwide reach and implication.

The Opposition must look at this electoral outcome with humility, and take a hard look at our weaknesses. This is no time for excuses or blame.

Remember constantly that it is our moral duty to provide a genuine alternative to the people. Put aside all differences, put aside internecine quarrels. Bring up grievances in the proper forum; sit together and resolve matters.

Only the welfare of the rakyat and the country matters; and we exist to serve the Rakyat. We must defeat the BN in the 14th GE, we must come through for the sake of Malaysia!

Those who now think that this can’t be done in the next GE, are wrong. But to do so, we must all pull together. It is not an easy task; we face the entrenched power and undemocratic tactics of the BN. But we have a noble cause, they merely cling to power for powers sake. If we stand united and determined for the sake of the Rakyat, we will prevail.

Selasa, 21 Jun 2016

PARTI KEADILAN RAKYAT NEGERI SEMBILAN

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Aktiviti Pejabat Parlimen Telok Kemang

Posted: 21 Jun 2016 02:45 AM PDT

PROGRAM SUMBANGAN BUBUR LAMBUK BERSAMA AHLI PARLIMEN TELOK KEMANG DI YAYASAN ANAK YATIM DAERAH PORT DICKSON DAN SEKOLAH TAHFIZ TAMAN SELASIH.

Jumaat, 17 Jun 2016

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Posted: 17 Jun 2016 06:47 AM PDT

Isnin, 13 Jun 2016

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Posted: 13 Jun 2016 08:05 AM PDT

PARTI KEADILAN RAKYAT NEGERI SEMBILAN

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Sumbangan Moreh DUN Sikamat

Posted: 12 Jun 2016 10:24 PM PDT

10 Jun 2016
Surau Al-Falah
Taman Pelangi, Sikamat


Menyampaikan sumbangan moreh kepada Pengerusi Surau Al-Falah Taman Pelangi YB Aminuddin Harun & YB Loke Siew Fook.



PROGRAM SUMBANGAN PELAJARAN PKR CABANG TELOK KEMANG.

Posted: 12 Jun 2016 10:19 PM PDT

dipetik daripada FB Parlimen Telok Kemang
9 Jun 2016
Pejabat Ahli Parlimen Telok Kemang

Naib Ketua Cabang KEADILAN Telok Kemang, Dato Muthu Palaniappan telah bermurah hati menyalurkan sumbangan kepada adik Nor Nasyuha bt Hamzah dari Kg Jimah Baru yang mengalami keretakan tulang tangan akibat kemalangan sebanyak RM 1K.

Semoga dengan sumbangan ini dapat menyuntik semangat adik ini untuk terus berjaya dalam pelajaran.


PROGRAM SUMBANGAN SEMPENA RAMADHAN PKR CABANG TELOK KEMANG

Posted: 12 Jun 2016 10:16 PM PDT

Dipetik daripada FB Parlimen Telok Kemang

Sempena Ramadhan tahun ini, bantuan disalurkan oleh kepimpinan Cabang. Naib Ketua Cabang KEADILAN Telok Kemang, Dato Muthu Palaniappan telah bermurah hati menyumbangkan keperluan dapur kepada keluarga asnaf dan miskin dari DUN Lukut dalam kawasan Parlimen Telok Kemang.

Semoga dengan sumbangan bantuan ini akan dapat menceriakan para keluarga asnaf dan meringankan bebanan sepanjang bulan Ramadhan.


Ahad, 12 Jun 2016

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Update For May 2016 : Day 489 of Anwar Ibrahim in prison

Posted: 11 Jun 2016 11:15 PM PDT

Today marks day 489 of Anwar Ibrahim in prison. In May 2016 the trend of gross abuse of power by the Malaysian government continues while Anwar remains languished in prison for daring to fight for a change.

Suppression continues

The Malaysian authorities continue its crackdown on dissent. The Malaysian police are targeting billboards that have been erected nationwide calling for the release of Anwar.  Besides removing the billboards by force, they have also proceeded to investigate key figures using the draconian The Sedition Act for erecting the billboards. Amongst those investigated for the "crime" of erecting the billboards is the current Chief Minister of Selangor Dato Seri Azmin Ali.

Besides that the police are also investigating Nurul Izzah Anwar and Nurul Nuha Anwar, Anwar's daughter and other party leaders for participating in a peaceful rally outside the Sg Buloh prison in conjunction with 1-year anniversary of Anwar in prison. They have been summoned by the police to have their statement recorded and are waiting to see if any official charges will be made.

The worrying trend of disregard of freedom of expression prompted Amnesty International to issue a statement late May calling "on the Malaysian government to end its blatant disregard for the right to freedom of expression and peaceful public assembly. The organisation also urges the government to take immediate steps to repeal or amend repressive laws including the Sedition Act 1948, the Peaceful Assembly Act 2012 and the Communications and Multimedia Act 1998 so as to bring them into line with international human rights law and standards"[i]

Cartoonist Wins International Award

Local cartoonist activist Zunar was awarded the 2016 International Editorial Cartoons Prize by the Kofi Annan Foundation in Geneva. Through his cartoons, Zunar is currently facing 9 counts on sedition and faces the possibility of 43 years in prison for courageously using his pen to question the excesses and corrupt practices of the ruling government. Among the charges was for his critic of the Federal Court decision against Anwar through his tweets and his constant usage of his cartoons to highlight many injustices including the case of Anwar.

After the award Zunar said, "Talent is not a gift, but a responsibility. It is a duty for me as a cartoonist to use the art as a weapon to fight unjust rulers. Fear and intimidation are the potent tools being used by the regime to scare the people. I believe, strokes of art can lead the people to cross the line of fear."[ii]

Health

On the 9th of May Anwar was transferred to the Kuala Lumpur General Hospital for monitoring for 5 days due to erratic and high blood pressure. He was later transferred back to prison after his blood pressure stabilizes but his health remains a concern and requires constant monitoring. This marks the 4th time that Anwar has been transferred to the hospital in recent months.

White Paper

On the 23rd of May, Anwar's legal team released a White Paper detailing the history of the Malaysian government's persecution of Anwar[iii]. Please use the report to spread the information on Anwar’s case.

Case Appeal In Court

The Malaysian Federal Court rejected an appeal by Anwar to include new evidence appeared recently. Malaysia's former national Criminal Investigation Department chief in a court appearance for another case testified that he was instructed in 1998 by the former Attorney General to fabricate evidence against Anwar. This new evidence would prove the validity Anwar's assertion that there has been a deliberate political conspiracy against him plotted by the government. Anwar has since appealed against the decision.

I end this update with a warm message from Anwar, wishing everyone a blessed Ramadan, the holiest month in the Muslim calendar. Ramadan is a month we reconnect to our almighty lord Allah; by renewing kinship, remembering the less fortunate through fasting and charity and self reflection.

It will be the second Ramadan away from his family for Anwar since taken to prison. Take care and till next time, please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

[i] http://www.themalaymailonline.com/what-you-think/article/malaysian-authorities-continue-to-show-blatant-disregard-for-freedom-of-exp
[ii] https://www.zunar.my/news/zunar-awarded-2016-cartooning-peace-award/
[iii] http://perseus-strategies.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/05/Anwar-White-Paper-5.23.16.pdf

Khamis, 9 Jun 2016

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PKR terkejut Johor mohon bantuan air dari Singapura

Posted: 09 Jun 2016 01:02 AM PDT

Petikan dari Malaysiakini

PKR Johor terkejut dengan tindakan kerajaan negeri meminta pertolongan kerajaan Singapura untuk menambah bekalan air terawat sebanyak 6 juta gelen sehari sejak Sabtu lalu.

Sedangkan berdasarkan Perjanjian Air Malaysia-Singapura 1962, kerajaan Malaysia melalui Johor perlu membekalkan 250 juta gelan air mentah sehari ke republik itu setiap hari.

Timbalan Pengerusi PKR Johor, Jimmy Puah berkata ia jelas menunjukkan kelemahan sistem pengurusan air Johor dan loji rawatan air yang tidak mencukupi untuk memproses air terawat serta menampung bekalan air penduduk.

"Bukan sahaja rakyat Johor terpaksa membayar tarif air yang paling tinggi di Malaysia iaitu RM1.31 setiap meter padu malah kami juga sering menghadapi isu kekurangan air sehingga sebahagian rakyat di Selatan dan Timur Johor telah mengalami catuan air pada tahun lepas," katanya.

Justeru katanya, PKR memberikan beberapa cadangan kepada kerajaan negeri bagi mengatasi masalah itu dalam jangka masa panjang.

Antaranya bekerjasama dengan Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM) bagi menubuhkan satu pusat khusus iaitu Pusat Pengurusan Bekalan Air dan Pengawalan Sumber Air dengan segera.
Selain itu, katanya, kerajaan negeri juga perlu mencari sumber alternatif seperti air bawah tanah dan memperketatkan penguatkuasaan undang-undang sedia ada bagi mencegah pencerobohan dan pencemaran kawasan tadahan air.

"Kerajaan Johor patut mengaku kelemahan sendiri dalam bidang pengurusan air dan perlu mencontohi negara jiran Singapura, Belanda dan Arab Saudi yang jauh lebih ke depan dan berilmu dalam bidang Pengurusan Air dan Pencarian Sumber Air," katanya yang juga Adun Bukit Batu.

Selasa lalu, kerajaan Johor mengalu-alukan keputusan Singapura menyalurkan bekalan air bersih tambahan sebanyak enam juta gelen sehari selama sebulan kepada negeri itu.

Menteri Besar, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, berkata bagaimanapun bantuan itu tidak akan membuat kerajaan negeri berhenti dan berusaha mencari sumber air baru dan alternatif lain.

Beliau dilapor berkata, kerajaan negeri juga melihat langkah Singapura memberi bantuan itu adalah tindakan baik sebagai jiran kepada Johor.

Aktiviti Wakil Rakyat KEADILAN NS Bulan Mei 2016

Posted: 09 Jun 2016 12:48 AM PDT

SALAM RAMADHAN 1437H DARIPADA AHLI PARLIMEN TELOK KEMANG KEPADA WARGA TELOK KEMANG KHUSUSNYA DAN SELURUH MUSLIMIN DAN MUSLIMAT DI MALAYSIA. SEMOGA IBADAH PUASA DAN SEGALA AMAL DITERIMA ALLAH

30 Mei 2016
Pejabat Ahli Parlimen Telok Kemang
Penyampai sumbangan keperluan dapur daripada Pejabat Parlimen Telok Kemang kepada Sdr.Muhammad Nazri Velayutham dan Puan Yogeswari a/p Krishnan.


16 Mei 2016
Bukit Pelandok, DUN Chuah

ADUN Chuah YB Chai Tong Chai membuat tinjauan kerja-kerja pembinaan tembok batu sangkar bagi tebing saliran.

13 Mei 2016
Pejabat Ahli Parlimen Telok Kemang

PENYERAHAN SUMBANGAN TV KEPADA SURAU AL-EHSANIAH TAMAN INTAN PERDANA, PORT DICKSON BAGI KEGUNAAN PUSAT SUMBER YANG DISAMPAIKAN OLEH EN.ZULKEFLI DI PEJABAT PARLIMEN TELOK KEMANG.


29 April 2016
Kampung Jimah, Lukut.

Program penyampaian sumbangan kepada keluarga asnaf dari Kg Jimah Baru di DUN Lukut oleh Ketua Cabang KEADILAN Telok Kemang bersama AJK Cabang.

Pihak jawatankuasa Cabang juga telah mendapatkan dana bagi menampung kos barang dan perubatan bagi pembedahan tangan seorang daripadanya.






5 Jun 2016
DUN Sikamat

ADUN Sikamat YB Aminuddin Harun & Ahli Parlimen Rasah, YB Loke Siew Fook melawat dan menyampaikan sumbangan ambang bulan Ramadhan kepada keluarga-keluarga kurang mampu dan pesakit-pesakit tenat di sekitar DUN Sikamat. Selamat Berpuasa kepada semua yang beragama Islam!




6-7 Jun 2016
Jejak Asnaf DUN Sikamat


4 -5 Jun 2016
4.00 petang 
Program Jejak Asnaf Sempena Bulan Ramadhan Di DUN Sikamat oleh YB Aminuddin Harun bersama AJK Keadilan Cabang Seremban. Lokaliti yg terlibat Rumah Rakyat Sikamat 1 & 2, Taman Perwira, Kg Ujung Pasir dan Taman Desa Kiara.


Ahad, 5 Jun 2016

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Posted: 04 Jun 2016 10:35 PM PDT

Rabu, 25 Mei 2016

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Former BSI banker Yeo faces two new charges as 1MDB probe widens

Posted: 24 May 2016 08:41 PM PDT

The Edge Markets-  Chan Chao Peh (24 May 2016)

Yeo Jia Wei, the former wealth planner from BSI Bank linked to the widening investigations on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), has been slapped with two additional charges in court on May 24.

The 33-year-old, who has been in remand for 38 days, now faces a total of nine charges. The court is now reviewing if he will be granted bail, and will make its decision known on Thursday.

Both the eighth and ninth charge alleged that Yeo, via a vehicle owned by him called Bridgerock Investment Inc, cheated his former employer back in 2013.

Second solicitor general Kwek Mean Luck, in arguing that Yeo should not be granted bail, stressed that Yeo had tried tampering with witnesses. Specifically, on March 27 this year, Yeo met Goh Sze-Wei Samuel and Kevin Michael Swampillai, Yeo's former manager at BSI, that the time had come to "collaborate" stories to provide a "consistent response" to Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) if questioned.

Harry Elias, founder of the law firm bearing his name, made a rare appearance in court today. He stood in for Philip Fong, who was Yeo's lawyer. Fong was overseas and couldn't make it in court today.

He described the 38 days in which Yeo has been in remand as "simply unacceptable", and offered suggestions that Yeo be allowed bail at an amount ranging from $200,000 to $400,000. He also suggested that Yeo to report to the investigators daily and that he is not a flight risk.

"I've not much experience in criminal law, and not much experience in bailing," says the 79-year-old who has been in practice since 1965. "This is quite possibly the single longest an accused person has been remanded."

Elias questioned the purpose of such a lengthy period of remand. "It is only to satisfy themselves that they call the shots," he said, referring to the investigators.

Furthermore, the defence team has only thus far met Yeo for just over an hour. Given the complexity of the case, Elias described that as akin to playing $1 million poker game with only 10 cents in the pocket. "That's not fair to the system, the accused, the lawyers and the court."

Elias also took issue with the way Yeo has been described by the prosecution — in tampering with witnesses — as "ever-rampaging".

In response, Kwek said Elias has "overly dramatised" the risks that Yeo is posing if offered bail. He stressed that Yeo has shown no compunction in perverting justice, having contacted no less than five witnesses on various occasions.

For example, after Yak Yew Chee, the former BSI senior private banker was found to be involved earlier in February, Yeo sent Yak via Telegram, the encrypted messaging system, messages such as: "Why did you do such a stupid thing?"; "What have you gained. You have gained nothing but lose so much"; "Anyway they are very unhappy with you."

"They", according to Kwek, are believed to be referring to the BSI clients. "The above communications unmistakably show that the accused has no compunctions perverting the course of justice. He was attempting to influence key witnesses to investigations even before he was formally arrested by the authorities," added Kwek.

Kwek also referred to an announcement by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) on May 24 to shut down BSI here for "serious breaches of anti-money laundering requirements, poor management oversight of the bank's operations, and gross misconduct by some of the bank's staff."

That includes Yeo, Yak, and four others: Hans Peter Brunner, the former CEO; Raj Sriram, the former Deputy CEO; Kevin Michael Swampillai, Head of Wealth Management Services and one of whom was named contacted by Yeo; and Seah Yew Foong Yvonne, former Senior Private Banker.

In addition, MAS is already underway in "conducting supervisory reviews of several other financial institutions and bank accounts through which suspicious and unusual transactions have taken place. MAS will not hesitate to take actions against these institutions if they are found to have breached regulations or fallen short of expectations," the regulator added.

In its statement today, 1MDB "has not been contacted by any foreign lawful authority on matters relating to the company. 1MDB remains committed to fully cooperating" with them.

"The Prosecution is working with the CAD to review the facts presented by MAS. The facts indicate that the accused has played a central part in the activities that has led to the response of the MAS. His deplorable conduct and troubling attempts to tamper with witnesses indicate that releasing him on bail will jeopardise not only CAD's on-going investigations but also the investigations into the other individuals named in the MAS media release," said Kwek.

Kwek acknowledged that the investigations are complex. In seeking denial of bail, Kwek said that the prosecution is ready to ask for standalone proceedings, by getting trial on-going for only for certain charges, specifically on the 3rd and 5th charges of tampering with witnesses.

"This is a very serious breach in our financial sector. The reason why we are taking these unusual steps, simply because the accused has taken unusual steps," he said.

Utusan fails in appeal, ordered to pay Anwar RM200k

Posted: 24 May 2016 08:30 PM PDT

Malaysiakini- Hafiz Yatim (25 May 2016)

 

The Court of Appeal today dismissed an appeal by Umno-owned newspaper Utusan Malaysia which was ordered to pay RM200,000 to former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim over a defamation suit.

However, the court ordered the interest to be charged from the date of judgment and not from the date of filing.

 In his decision, Justice Prasad Sandosham said: “We are not with you (Utusan‘s) counsel.”

He also ordered Utusan to pay RM5,000 costs.

The other judges with him are Justice Zabariah Mohd Yusof and Justice Asmabi Mohamad.

Anwar won his suit against Utusan and its chief editor Abdul Aziz Ishak in 2013, following the daily’s publication, citing his interview with the BBC in 2012, that he supported lesbians, gays, transexuals and bisexuals.

Kuala Lumpur High Court judge Hue Siew Kheng ordered the daily to RM200,000 in damages.

Selasa, 24 Mei 2016

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1MDB holds update call for US dollar denominated bondholders

Posted: 23 May 2016 07:57 PM PDT

The Edge Markets- 23 May 2016

KUALA LUMPUR: 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) today held an update call for the holders of its US dollar denominated bond following the default on the US$1.75 billion (RM7.15 billion) 1MDB Energy (Langat) Ltd papers (Langat Notes).

“During the call 1MDB provided a current update on the status of the bonds and outlined the next steps of the process.

“It discussed the background to 1MDB’s decision not to make the interest payment on the Langat Notes and updated (the bondholders) on the progress 1MDB has made on its rationalisation plan,” 1MDB said in a statement.

The troubled state investment fund said last month that a US$50 million interest payment due to holders of the Langat Notes was not made due to a dispute with International Petroleum Investment Co (IPIC).

The dispute between the Abu Dhabi sovereign fund and 1MDB came about after at least US$3.5 billion that 1MDB was supposed to pay to IPIC’s subsidiary Aabar Investments PJS had “gone missing”.

The money was instead diverted to a British Virgin Islands company bearing a similar name to Aabar Investments PJS, but having no relation to IPIC.

1MDB said today that it had reiterated at the update call of its commitment to working openly with IPIC to resolve the dispute.

“1MDB is (also) committed to an open dialogue with (the bondholders) throughout this process and there will be further update calls held in due course,” it added.

Malaysian Filmmakers Slam Red Granite as Embezzlement Scandal Grows

Posted: 23 May 2016 07:55 PM PDT

Hollywoodreporter- 17 May 2016 (Patrick Brzeski and Alex Ritman)

As mounting allegations of corruption continue to engulf The Wolf of Wall Street producer Red Granite, figures from the Malaysian film industry have a message for the company’s Hollywood collaborators: Please, stop.

The morning after Woody Allen’s Cafe Society opened the Cannes Film Festival Wednesday, The Wall Street Journal published the latest in a series of reports implicating Red Granite in an alleged corruption scandal of historic proportions. As much as $7 billion is estimated to have gone missing from a state fund set up in 2009 to benefit the Malaysian people.

Founded by Riza Aziz, the stepson of Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak, Red Granite is alleged to have received $238 million of siphoned state funds, some of which it then used to bankroll Martin Scorsese’s Wolf, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

A globe-spanning FBI investigation into the alleged misappropriation is ongoing — as are Red Granite’s glamorous film business activities. The company is stationed in Cannes aboard a rented luxury yacht named Indulgence of Poole, from which it has been holding sales meetings for its next film, Papillon, starring Charlie Hunnam.

Red Granite has said it is cooperating with all inquiries and “to its knowledge, none of the funding received by Red Granite was in any way irregular or illegitimate."

The Hollywood Reporter reached out to several prominent figures from the Malaysia film community to get their thoughts on the Red Granite situation.

Prominent Malaysian filmmaker and political activist Hishamuddin Rais, speaking to THR by phone from Kuala Lumpur, said Hollywood directors and producers should “be more concerned” where the money invested in their films was coming from, saying there was a “process of money laundering” going on.

On May 16, Rais stood trial in Kuala Lumpur on sedition charges stemming from a speech he gave criticizing Malaysia’s controversial 2013 elections, which restored Prime Minister Razak’s right-wing Barisan Nasional party to power. Public discourse in Malaysia is closely monitored and controlled; the country ranks 148th of 182 countries — behind nations such as Afghanistan and Myanmar — in Reporters Without Borders’ Press Freedom Index.

“Having seen him rub shoulders with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio is exciting to some extent,” said a veteran Malaysian film buyer in Cannes when asked about Aziz. “But we do ask where the hell he got his money. No one really knows yet what happened, but the links appear to be there and there are questions marks all over the place.” (The individual requested not to be named; when THR asked whether such statements could jeopardize the individual’s personal safety, the person replied: “Are you kidding me? If I shared [this news] on Facebook it would probably go viral in Malaysia and I wouldn’t be able to go home.”)

Contacted by phone in Kuala Lumpur, an influential Malaysian producer urged Hollywood companies to consider what their ongoing cooperation with Red Granite means in the bigger picture.

“Instead of asking Malaysians how they feel about this news, I would like to ask film producers there how they feel about it,” the producer said. “As long as Hollywood continues to work with them, they will retain an air of invincibility here — it sends a signal. It tells people that nobody cares and they will just get away with it.”

Nurul Izzah, a sitting member of Malaysia’s parliament and the daughter of jailed opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, a former deputy prime minister, added: “I can't believe Hollywood can justify and validate these ongoing allegations by shamelessly supporting [Red Granite], whether by investing in [their] movies or buying rights.”

Red Granite’s highest-profile collaborator to date, DiCaprio, has yet to publicly comment on the scandal. According to a source in Cannes (who didn’t want to be named), Red Granite has told buyers privately that DiCaprio is attached to star in a forthcoming George Washington biopic, The General, which the company is developing. Red Granite has denied that he is involved.

Regardless, voices in Malaysia have a message for the star. “Before you go into any project, you must also, Mr. Leonardo DiCaprio, make sure you know where the money is coming from,” Rais told THR on the eve of his trial.

“If he is speaking to the United Nations on global warming, he should also be speaking about [this], because global warming is interconnected with corruption in third-world countries,” he added.

THR reached out to DiCaprio’s publicist.

The full statement from Red Granite reads:

“Red Granite has received hundreds of millions of dollars in financings over the last six years from a variety of sources, including top-tier U.S. commercial and investment banks. During this time, Red Granite's films have generated close to $1 billion in worldwide box office receipts. To its knowledge, none of the funding received by Red Granite was in any way irregular or illegitimate. Red Granite is cooperating fully with all inquiries and is confident that when the facts come out, it will be clear that neither Riza Aziz nor Red Granite has done anything wrong. In the meantime, Mr. Aziz and Red Granite will continue moving forward with exciting new projects.”

Anwar Ibrahim, family move court on order banning physical contact during jail visits

Posted: 23 May 2016 07:43 PM PDT

International Business Times- 19 May 2016 (Samhati Bhattacharjya)

Jailed Malaysian leader Anwar Ibrahim’s family has lodged an appeal against the prison director’s decision to deny physical contact during jail visits.

Anwar, his wife Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, their four children and four grandchildren filed the application on Wednesday for a judicial review of the decision by Sungai Buloh prison authorities.

The family named Sungai Buloh prison director Commissioner-General of Prisons and Home Minister as respondents, the court papers showed.

The application filed by counsel N Surendran and Latheefa Koya seeks an order quashing the prison director’s decision that bans physical contact between Anwar and his family members.

Anwar claimed that under the prison rules he was allowed visits from his family once in every three weeks and the communication with them was done via a telephone. “During these visits, my family is made to sit across from me. We are separated by a glass partition. This partition allows no physical contact between myself and my family,” said Anwar.

Anwar and his family members have said that the denial of physical contact was unnecessary, cruel and oppressive.

Anwar is serving a five years’ jail sentence after he was found guilty of sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

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