- Putrajaya paid extra RM109 million for PM’s jet, says PKR
- Mahkamah tetapkan Jumaat permohonan Anwar hadir Parlimen
- Reformasi, cries Anwar’s three-year-old grandson
Posted: 24 Mar 2015 02:23 AM PDT
Putrajaya paid an excess of RM109 million for a private jet for the Prime Minister’s use from Jet Premier One (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd? (JPO), a private company who had acquired the aircraft from Air Luther AG, PKR secretary-general Rafizi Ramli said today.
Its secretary-general Rafizi Ramli said that this amount was derived from the current market value of the ACJ320 compared to the price the Malaysian government had paid to JPO.
“JPO sold the ACJ320 private jet at a hire purchase price, causing Putrajaya to pay a higher price from the cost that it would incur if it had bought the jet itself, without JPO,” he said in a press conference at the Parliament lobby today.
“Not only was the purchase of the jet wasteful, but it was also made at a cost way higher than the maximum value of the aircraft. Based on my calculations, the government of Malaysia paid RM109 million more than the actual price.”
Rafizi had revealed last week that Putrajaya had ordered a new private aircraft for Najib’s use, which was later confirmed by the Prime Minister’s Office, who said the Airbus corporate jetliner was purchased to replace the 16-year-old Boeing business jet.
Rafizi had said last week that the new purchase brings the tally to seven aircraft owned by the government.
Sungai Petani MP Datuk Johari Abdul said today that it was unacceptable for the government to have bought the jet at a marked up price at a time when the people were upset over the increasing prices of goods and the impending goods and services tax (GST).
“This is like double jeopardy… when the people are suffering, they buy a jet and on top of that, they buy it at a marked up price,” he added.
Rafizi said that he would reveal the owner of JPO, the company that bought the jet from Air Luther and sold it to the government, in a press conference tomorrow.
The Pandan MP had revealed yesterday that Putrajaya had spent US$8 million (RM28 million) to upgrade the recently-purchased private jet for the use of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his family.
“The US$8 million was included in the sale price which was the base of the hire purchase price of RM465 million that was borne by the Malaysian government,” he had said.
Posted: 24 Mar 2015 02:23 AM PDT
Mahkamah Tinggi Kuala Lumpur hari ini menetapkan Jumaat untuk mendengar permohonan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim berhubung kebenaran semakan kehakiman bagi mencabar keputusan Komisioner Jeneral Penjara yang menolak permohonannya untuk menghadiri mesyuarat pertama penggal ketiga Parlimen ke-13 yang berakhir 9 April ini.
Hakim Datuk Asmabi Mohamad menetapkan tarikh itu di dalam kamar dengan kehadiran Peguam Kanan Persekutuan Amarjeet Singh yang mewakili Menteri Dalam Negeri dan Komisioner Jeneral Penjara serta peguam Latheefa Koya yang mewakli Anwar.
Pada 18 Mac lepas, Anwar, 67, memfailkan permohonan itu dan menamakan Menteri Dalam Negeri dan Komisioner Jeneral Penjara sebagai responden pertama dan kedua.
Menerusi afidavit sokongan, Anwar yang kini berada di Penjara Sungai Buloh mendakwa bahawa beliau masih seorang anggota Dewan Rakyat dan Ketua Pembangkang memandangkan petisyen pengampunan yang dipohon kepada Yang di-Pertuan Agong masih belum diputuskan.
Beliau mengemukakan permohonan pengampunan untuk pembebasan itu pada 24 Februari lalu selepas Mahkamah Persekutuan mengekalkan hukuman penjara lima tahun ke atasnya kerana kesalahan meliwat pembantu peribadinya Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
Anwar mendakwa keputusan kedua-dua responden yang tidak membenarkannya menghadiri sidang Dewan Rakyat tersebut adalah tidak berperlembagaan, tidak sah dan terbatal.
Beliau memohon satu perintah bahawa keputusan Komisioner Jeneral Penjara bertarikh 4 Mac lalu dipindahkan ke Mahkamah Tinggi dan dibatalkan melalui satu perintah certiorari.
Turut dipohon ialah perintah berbentuk mandamus yang mewajibkan Komisioner-Jeneral Penjara membenarkan Anwar menghadiri sidang Dewan Rakyat pada 9 Mac hingga 9 April dan satu deklarasi bahawa Anwar berhak menghadiri sidang tersebut.
Posted: 24 Mar 2015 02:22 AM PDT
Chants of “Reformasi” and “Lawan tetap Lawan” are common whenever Anwar Ibrahim is present.
But at the Kuala Lumpur Syariah Court of Appeal today, the chants came from a child, the opposition leader’s three-year-old grandson.
Upon hearing this, Anwar could not resist smiling. He then approached the boy and carried him.
Even in his grandfather’s embrace, the toddler, believed to be the son of Nurul Nuha, continued to chant the slogans much to the amusement of all those present outside the courtroom.
Speaking to reporters, Anwar, who is serving a five-year prison sentence, said he has been spending a lot of time reading in his cell.
“I finished reading the Quran twice. I also read William Shakespeare and Bertrand Russell’s ‘A History of Western Philosophy’,” he said before being escorted out by prison authorities.
This was Anwar’s second appearance in court after the Federal Court upheld his sodomy conviction on Feb 10.
He seemed to be in high spirits when he met his family, including his wife Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail. He chatted with them for about 10 minutes.
The opposition leader was accompanied by about 10 Prison Department officers.
Earlier, before the start of today’s proceedings, one of Anwar’s lawyer had asked the prison officers, who were carrying firearms, to leave to court room, to which the judges agreed.
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