Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Of MACC, MACC and Cradle...

Things are really getting hot in Malaysia... and it is not just the temperature...

Last week, PAS Sec General categorically deny the party (and its leaders) received any money from UMNO and further denied claims that they paid Sarawak report on London's case.

At least, temporarily, things look better for PAS when UMNO managed to win Semenyih by-election. However, it is not "Game Over" yet.

In Malaysiakini report, Clare's lawyer claimed that Hadi's team offered to pay in cash through their mediator. When the lawyer rejected, the mediator wrote a cheque of RM 1.4m on Hadi's behalf... and today Malaysiakini further reported that the cheque signatory was hauled up by MACC on their ongoing probe into the RM 90M alledged payment by UMNO to PAS (or its leaders).

This surely does not look good for KTMB boss. Malaysiakini reported :-

1. KTMB chairperson, Rameli Musa, is summoned to MACC HQ on their ongoing proble regarding alledged payment from UMNO to PAS (or its leaders);
2. 2 other individuals connected to PAS is also called in;
3. PAS sec General has been called in last week

Will that stop UMNO from its scheduled meeting with PAS leadership today on their proposed political co-operation?

Latest PAS in trying to defend the move advises MCA/MIC to not dance with others... Owh... UMNO is seeking "third" wife by the name of PAS and PAS seems to be a willing bride...

On another front, MACC raided house of temple committee member in Kota Damansara yesterday evening. STAR report was short whilst the social media is more active in speculating on the identity of the committee member...

Latest The committee member and 2 others were remanded for 3 days. Sufficient time?

MACC is here and there, trying its best to investigate and we should give them ample space and sufficient time to conclude their investigation.

In Petaling Jaya, Cradle CEO's wife was charged with his murder. It took almost a year for the police to charge her. That said, MACC, likewise needs to be ample time to charge those who corrupted our system... Be patient, bro...

Me? UMNO needs to win big in Rantau, or else Tok Mad will not be a credible leader in UMNO-PAS co-operation...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Friday, March 01, 2019

Of Takiyuddin's Taki Taki.... oh oh oh

Let's make it short and simple... hopefully in time to unwind after days of campaigning for Semenyih's by-election.

Takiyuddin Hassan, PAS Sec Gen, may have been wishing that he should keep his mouth shut. Hours after he tried to explain there are no PAS accounts nor PAS leaders' accounts frozen, another bombshell explodes too close for comfort.

Anwar Ibrahim started it when he claimed PAS paid RM 1.4m to Sarawak Report. Of course, Takiyuddin came out blasting that Anwar is lying.

Not long after, "documents" surface with Claire confirming PAS (or Hadi Awang or their agents) paid RM 1.4M as out-of-court settlement. Now, instead of "Malu apa BO55KU", it should be "Malu apa PA55KU" if PAS indeed paid Sarawak Report.

Not easy for PAS to deflect this.... and let's see how PAS going to wriggle out...

Me? Let's Taki Taki for health...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Thursday, February 28, 2019

Of Loke's misteps.... and Tok Mat's action plan

Is winning and becoming Transport Minister is too big for Anthony Loke?

Missteps and courting unnecessary controversies is unsettling PH leaders. This should be arrested soon unless PH is aiming for a 1-term government...

The latest controversy courted by Anthony Loke needs scrutiny. Remember his aide started Anthony's trouble when he alledgedly accused RTM of sabotaging his boss when RTM dis not broadcast the inister's activity during the recent Chinese New Year do...

The aide's complaints forced Information Minister, Gobind Singh Deo, to instruct RTM for report and finally the Minister cleared RTM of any wrongdoings.

It all comes to Standard Operating Procedure and hopefully the aide will not rush into accusing others of sabotaging his boss in the future.

Wait!! Even before the dust settled, Anthony Loke courted another controversy, this time in China when his wife was in the official meeting.

The questions arise :-

1. Why was she in the official meeting? On what capacity?
2. Why did Anthony Loke upload it in his facebook? Wanted to show off that his wife is in the official meeting?;
3. Did Anthony Loke understand working protocol?
4. Anthony Loke claimed that the Chinese Minister invited the wife to sit in the meeting;
5. As a seasoned politician, Anthony Loke should graciously turn down the invitation and let the wife sit out of the meeting;
6. Is Anthony Loke's wife bounded by sworn secrecy for Official secret? She is not so why Anthony Loke puts unnecessary added pressure to his own?
7. Anthony should learn from his seniors and predecessors and Tun M is a good example. Did Tun M brings Tun Hasmah to sit in official government meeting?

That said, Anthony Loke should not be juggling himself out. A wrong is a wrong and maybe it is time for Anthony Loke to find a new and more able aide.

Enough on the foolish actions of Anthony Loke....

With Rantau By-election coming in soon, UMNO is trying to capitalise on their shaky relationship with PAS. Tok Mat, who got EC to declare Rantau state seat vacant, is expected to be re-contest there.

Tok Mat said :-

1. He would rather be vanquished in Rantau than to step down;
2. He vowed to defend Rantau state seat;

In anticipation of Rantau by-election, Tok Mat declared that UMNO and PAS will meet in the near future to map out their way forward. Both parties intend to :-

1. Discuss details on their co-operation between the two parties;
2. Tok Mat (Acting UMNO President) and Tuan Ibrahim (PAS Deputy President) will lead their respective parties;

Well, well, well... where is Hadi Awang? Isn't he and Takiyuddin express their support for Tun M as PM? Weren't they too the one who pledge that they will not co-operate with UMNO? Or is it all shadow play? Or is there any possibility of Tuan Ibrahim taking control of PAS and sidelining Hadi Awang?

The next couple of days will be interesting. How will Anthony Loke wriggle out from his over-obsession of facebook? Will Anthony apologise? make a U-turn? Who will be the fall guy?

On Tok Mat, is UMNO showing MCA & MIC the door whilst opening another door for PAS? Is UMNO going ultra Malay with PAS in tow? Or is UMNO signalling that they will be "purely" Malay party with no connection to MCA?

Me? Why court trouble if trouble don't disturbs you... unless you are Papagomo...

Wan Muhammad Azri @Papagomo was today slapped with two charges in connection with assault on Minister of Youth & Sports during the recent Semenyih by-election nomination day. The court lowered the set bail at RM 8,000 from the original RM 30,000.

My take? Why must Papagomo "tunjuk Hero" to Syed Saddiq? If really wants to be a Hero, find a more worthy and apolitical cause.... Ada berani?

By the way,... MACC is closing in on PAS. Things doesn't look good for PAS when STAR reported MACC seized luxury cars and freezes bank accounts of several top PAS leaders. This may put a huge dent to UMNO-PAS co-operation in Semenyih. Is that why Hadi Awang is still a no show in Semenyih?

Will PAS maintain their UMNO-friendly face now that their backs are on the wall? You guys decide... Maybe what Tok Mat wish may not come true when 5th March comes about...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Of Najib's degradation....

Read carefully : It is not Najib's de-graduation but Najib's degradation...

Many out may be looking of de-graduation party for some and this is not surprising. There were too many stories floating around on the authenticity of diplomas and degrees, especially for the active politicians nowadays. Everuything is under the microscope.

No doubt Pakatan Harapan has its ups and downs and all eyes are on Semenyih this weekend. Whether PH can do a repeat story in Semenyih is yet to be seen. From the scene onsite, it is safe to say that the Orang Asal is still confuse. They are still thinking that the world has not change and on top of that there is a hint of disarray when one of their Tok Batins claimed there will be hampers and prizes in the upcoming Orang Asal karaoke...

Could it be an over-zealous JKOA official or could it be a planted opposition mole doing its routine with the speech?

Lately, ex-PM Najib is being active in trolling using BO55KU tagline. Maybe his PR consultant thinks it will endear Najib to the youngsters. Afterall the BO55KU tagline comes from the rempit culture. If that is the case, Najib will make KJ proud... finally Najib acknowledge Mat Rempits as an important element to his political survival.

Not only that, Najib is rebranding PH as "Cap Ayam" government during his campaign rounds in Semenyih by-election. In dismissing PH, Najib reiterated that “ordinary Malaysians” would not be able to enjoy the free toll implying the "toll free" timing are for ghosts, drunkards, LGBT.. Maybe Najib meant well but his statement hurt the feelings of those shift workers like police, nurses, doctors, traffic controllers and numerous others who sacrifice their normal sleeping time for descent living. Najib owes them an apology.

It is a pity to see ex-PM degraded to embrace Mat Rempit culture and sadder still when I senses those who had a good laugh at Najib's expense. Not only Najib discard his aristocracy approach, Najib chose the new approach to gain "popularity".

Question is : Is Najib trying to upstage the current UMNO captain or is he looking at repeating Tun M's feat and return as PM? Honestly, if Najib use his BO55KU to regain his premiership, Malaysia will be a laughing stock again... after the 1MDB debacle...

Me? BO55KU or not, let's go durian hunting in Semenyih...

Updated : Najib apologise for toll gaffe. You can read it here.

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Of Mueller and AG TT...

I do not practise law but my favourites includes "The paper chase" and "Suits". Unfortunately this posting is not about Meghan Markle...

11th February 2019 is definitely not my day.... First, it is Black Monday with traffic back to normal in KL after a weeklong CNY celebration. Second and more importantly is the Appellate court's decision to grant stay on Najib's SRC trial.

This is not about technical and procedural changes but I view this as AG TT's mishandling of the case. It is important to note that AG TT's tenure is for 2 years and almost 6 months has passed and still there is no light at the end of the tunnel. It is not about who should do what but as AG, TT should knows very well and anticipate Defense strategy to stall and derail the trial.

This observation comes not from the many hours of watching legal dramas but a parallel scenario faced by US. There, the government appoints special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Mueller's approach is stealth-like and has netted amongst others Michael Cohen, Trump's lawyer. Even Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign Chairman was not spared.

Although Mueller is still investigating but these key players in Trump's team has been investigated and their plea bargain (for lesser charge) is making Trump sweat. That is how Robert Mueller approach the case.

Here, AG TT appoint special prosecutors like Sulaiman and Gopal Sri Ram to lead the prosecuting team. So far the fruits are not there.

This leads me wondering - is our legal system designed to keep the rich and powerful free from prosecution? If this is a case of Ahmad or Ah Chong or Ramasamy - the system will swallow them up and off to Sg Buloh they go. In this instance, the person is Najib and suddenly the clock is running superly duperly slow.

I has a talk this morning with a paralegal and she hinted that she agreed with me. In addition, she said that the legal fratenity will slap layman with potential "contempt of court" for "challenging decision. Maybe what she said is true... I don't know.

For one, the question is why the slow wheel of justice? I am not saying Najib is guilty nor do I vouch his innocense. What I am praying for is the legal system must be swift especially in cases where Malaysians has been said to be hoodwinked of Millions and Billions of Ringgit.

Is our British-based legal system notoriously slow? Or is it because our defense lawyers are super in finding legal loopholes? Or is it our prosecutors who are not thorough in handling cases?

If the evidence and documentations are not proper and not in order, then why can't judges throw the cases out and let them come when they are properly ready to charge? Why are we locked with too many mentions for a case? Even before the actual trial starts, there are 3 or 4 mentions and this takes time and this cost the courts valuable time.

Look at how US handles high profile cases. Once they identify the guilty party, it is boom, boom, boom trial time. If there is a plea bargain, it is also handled efficiently. In most cases, I rarely reads about high profile cases dragging for years...

Are we still leaning on archaic legal system? Or are we at the mercy of legal eagles who sell their service to the highest bidder?

I say...let's the games begin... and let the trial starts... why are we still delaying? No gut? Or is it no balls to ensure justice is done? Or is it because we have no judge Pao on our bench?

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Of Saddiq's dilemma : Emma & brother or politics....

What's in a name? I say plenty...

What in politics? Bounties...

Emma Maembong is a Malaysian actress who thinks she is the Malaysian Kardaishan. Being an actress, she needs to be regularly in the news to maintain her "sellability" as an actress. In doing so, she created controversies upon controversies including her love life with other actors, comedians and personalities.

The latest is when her "hijabless" photo with a "Syed" went viral... Emma loves controversies as that will keep her in the news...

Now, remember when I ask in the beginning "what's in a name?". It so happens that Emma's "hijabless" photo went viral with a "Syed" in tow. What is the significance here? Well, I was brought up in an environment where "Syed" is said to be of Arab descent and probably lineage with the most influential man in the universe. This posting is not about him but about "Syed".

One famous Nasyid group, Raihan, sand "Imam tak boleh diwarisi" ie "Faith cannot be inherited". This is definitely applicable to this "Syed" from Johor. Being a "Syed" who by generations claimed that they are of Arab descendant and "direct" lineage to the most influential person in the universe, this particular Syed did not live up to his namesake. Not only that, his instagram posting reveals many things, amongst them :-

1. The actress is "hijabless" sporting short pants, being hugged publicly by "Syed";
2. The photo was taken in Thailand where they were vacationing;
3. The photos were leaked from "Syed's" personal wechat account;

Now, who "suggested" the actress to go temporarily "hijabless"? If "Syed" has been sensitive to his namesake and his faith, he would have strongly advise the actress against going "hijabless". He did not. In fact, if he is living to his faith, he would not have been vacationing with the actress in Thailand... tsk tsk...

I would not have taken up this issue if this is all about the actress. Unfortunately, this "Syed" is well-connected to another famous "Syed" in Malaysia. That is an issue! I will expand on this later...

This actress's "Syed" tried to defend the actress by posting his own thoughts in an instagram posting.. which is cut and pasted down here...

My comments on "Syed's" thoughts?

1. He said " Apology is about meaning behind apology". The point is, why do the wrong thing in the first place? If "Syed" had not "encourage" the actress, this "wrong thing" would not have happened and thus no apology is necessary;
2. Syed further wrote " The challenges, is but a fraction of accusations...". Is this accusation or is it real? Is "Syed" trying to say that their photos are photoshopped? That the photos never existed? That the situation of him spending time with the actress in Thailand is false? "Syed" has to come clean on this;
3. "Syed" said he acknowledge criticism. This is not about criticism..It is about "Syed's" moral values. "Syed" has to state his moral values whether he deemed it alright to spend vacation with the actress in Thailand. "Syed" needs to further justify whether the actress can go "hijabless" when they are outside Malaysia. "Syed" needs to clear his perception and his beliefs... which is which?;
4. "Syed" said it was his mess alone. Is it? "Syed" needs to reveals if that is what he is taught as a small guy that it is alright to spend vacation with the actress in Thailand and whether his upbringing says it is ok for him to encourage the actress to go "hijabless" outside Malaysia. That said, this is not "Syed's" mess but the mess falls on his immediate family too;
5. "Syed ended with "to those spreading rumours..." Is this rumour or truth? "Syed" cannot hide behind the bushes and claim rumour when it is not. If "Syed is brave enough to face the mess, then "Syed must be brave enough to admit that this is not a rumor.

Why did I go ballistic with this "Syed"? The answer is simple. This particular "Syed" is a brother to another famous Syed ie Syed Saddiq. Who is Syed Saddiq? Syed Saddiq is a politician, a champion debater, BERSATU's youth leader and a Minister in Tun M's current cabinet.

The older "Syed's" adventure in Thailand is costing the younger "Syed" a bountiful headache. With another by-election in the corner, Syed Sadiiq will be roasted during the campaign. Not only that, the older "Syed" may be pushing the tolerance limit of Tun M. It may not be Syed Saddiq's faults, but his brother's action is nothing to be proud of. In rural Muar, the older "Syed's" action will not go down well with the folks there.

Syed Saddiq has to choose, whether to defend his brother's acts (and those of the actress) or to be politically correct and reprimand his brother. Syed Saddiq cannot get the best of two worlds.

One thing is certain... the actress is not "Duta Belia" material. And if Syed Saddiq thinks that the actress is an exemplary example to Malaysian youth, then Syed Saddiq should be shown the exit door to his political career.

Politics is not just debating whose policy is better. Politics means bringing your whole family to the fore and be ready to be scrutinised by the public. Being a politican family member, "Syed" needs to extra careful with his actions... maybe three years is insufficient to heal the hurt. Maybe, Syed Saddiq will not make it past GE 15...

Me? I say the only way "Syed" can come clean is if he declares he is already married to the actress. Is it so? "Syed"... over to you..

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Of P78 Cameron Highlands : PH misadventure... BN last call

Congrats BN for retaining P78 Cameron Highlands.

The win is not a signal for BN to jump in joy nor is it a warning for PH to start delivering. It is more of a status quo and a subtle message to MIC - you are deadmeat, and no longer wanted in Cameron Highlands...

There is no surprise when the official results were announced for P78 Cameron Highlands. It is expected since PH misadventures... factors that lead to BN retaining P78.

In short, there are those in Pakatan Harapan whose head is bigger than their thoughts. Their misadventure begins from the first day of campaigning and becomes worse as the days drag on...

1. PH Senator threatens Tok Batins to support PH. Whether he means what he says or whether he is misquoted, the damage was done when the said Senator fails to remedy the situation and instead choose to use political rhetorics to defends his statement.
2. Perception that Ministers use government vehicles for campaigning. Generally, the public still equates power with abuse... due to BN overstaying in power for the past 60 years;
3. PH Ministers seem to contradict each other, even in major decisions. Azmin - Lim Guan Eng understanding of ECRL status is an example and this sets a negative impact for the by-election;

Pakatan Harapan needs to regroup and give a better fight the next time.

P78 is basically Manogaran's loss. After 3 unsuccessful attempts, it is clear that Manogaran still makes novice mistakes :-

1. Statement like "Malays don't buy kuih from orang asli" is self-destructive;
2. Wearing shirt with political logo during voting is a clear blantant act of either too cocky or not sensitive to EC standards in voting;
3. His agents including a Tengku caught using government vehicles during campaigning and harassing opponents is totally unnecessary and costing hom valuable votes;

In that, Manogaran can kiss goodbye to whatever inspirations or dreams of becoming an MP. He is just not born to be a politician...

Till then...G'nite M'sia...wherever u are...
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