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Tuesday, September 19, 2017

FLUSH OUT ‘TWO-FACED’ PAS: PRESSURE ON AZMIN TO RESHUFFLE S’GOR EXCO GROWS AS PKR DEFECTION PLOT BREAKS – BUT HOW ‘ONE-FACED’ IS AZMIN HIMSELF

SELANGOR Menteri Besar Azmin Ali should apply pressure on PAS by reshuffling the Selangor exco, said Dapsy Selangor.
“Azmin should reshuffle the Selangor Exco by swapping the more important portfolios held by PAS, such as Housing, Building Management and Urban Living (Iskandar Samad) for portfolios like Education, Human Capital Development, Science, Technology and Innovation,” said Dapsy Selangor secretary Mohammad Firdaus Babh.
“This can be a form of pressure on PAS,” said Firdaus in a statement today.
Firdaus said the Selangor MB ought to pressure PAS in response to the party’s decision to contest 42 seats in Selangor in the next elections.
State commissioner Sallehen Mukhyi on August 24 said the party also wished to take back the Gombak parliamentary seat held by Azmin.
“It is ‘wajib’ (mandatory) to take back the Gombak parliamentary seat. It is a traditional PAS seat,” he said.
“PAS’ actions show that it is two-faced and is bent on helping Umno retake Selangor.
“PAS should do the honourable thing and quit all its positions in the Selangor administration. After that, PAS is free to criticise and contest against Pakatan Harapan instead of sniping from within,” said Firdaus.
-www.themalaysianinsight.com

ANWAR RUSHED TO HOSPITAL DUE TO UNSTABLE BLOOD PRESSURE: AS DEFECTION PLOT EXPLODES, ANOTHER LETTER FROM HOSPITAL/SUNGAI BULOH TO ‘VINDICATE’ AZMIN & CO?

Pada jam 2 petang tadi, DS Anwar Ibrahim telah dikejarkan ke Hospital Kuala Lumpur akibat masalah tekanan darah kurang stabil. Beliau kini dalam pemantauan doktor.
DS Anwar turut memerlukan rawatan fisioterapi intensif akibat kecederaan lama di bahu beliau.
DS Anwar menggesa semua untuk terus berusaha membawa perubahan. Beliau turut mengingatkan pimpinan KEADILAN dan Pakatan Harapan untuk memberi keutamaan kepada isu-isu yang dihadapi rakyat, termasuk isu salah tadbir ekonomi yang perlukan penyelesaian. “Change is imminent!”
TRANSLATION: 
Anwar Ibrahim was rushed to Hospital Kuala Lumpur at 2pm today due to fluctuating blood pressure. He is no under doctor’s supervision.
Anwar was also in need of intensive physiotherapy for his old shoulder injuries and was currently under observation.
Anwar urges all to continue to work towards bring about change. He also reminded the leadership of Keadilan and Pakatan Harapan to give priority to the issues faced by the people, including the economic problems in need of solution. “Change is imminent!”
Fahmi Fadzil
Pengarah Komunikasi KEADILAN

FIRST VICTIM OF NAJIB’S FOREX RCI: NOR MOHAMED FORCED TO QUIT KHAZANAH FOR REFUSING TO POINT THE FINGER AT DR M?

PETALING JAYA: Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop, who recently testified at the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) into the foreign exchange (forex) losses suffered by Bank Negara in the 1990s, has resigned as deputy chairman of Khazanah Nasional Bhd.
Nor Mohamed, who was adviser to Bank Negara during the time, tendered his resignation effective Sept 30, Khazanah said in a statement posted on its website Tuesday.
“I would like to thank Tan Sri Nor Mohamed Yakcop for his contribution to Khazanah, in particular for his work on the 10-year Government-Linked Companies Transformation Programme which was led by the Putrajaya Committee on GLC High Performance,” said Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.
“The Board of Directors accepts his decision and we wish him well,” said Najib, also the Khazanah chairman.
Nor Mohamed, 70, served on the Khazanah Board of Directors for 15 years, being the longest serving board member and the only deputy chairman in its 23-year history, the sovereign wealth fund said in its statement.
He has been instrumental to the success of numerous initiatives including the revamp and transformation of Khazanah from 2004 to the present day, the 10-year GLC Transformation Programme from 2004 to 2015, the development of various economic corridors including Iskandar Malaysia, as well as the formation of Yayasan Hasanah and Khazanah Research Institute, among others.
These initiatives and others were executed in his capacity as a Khazanah board member, and in various capacities in public service including as Economic Advisor to the Prime Minister (2000 to 2003), Minister of Finance II (2004 to 2009) and Minister in Prime Minister’s Department, Economic Planning Unit (2009 to 2013).
ANN

Ibrahim Ali: DAP trying to be champion of non-Muslims

The Perkasa president says DAP is being insolent in opposing the Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s move to disallow the Better Beer Festival next month.
ibrahim-ali-mdapKUALA LUMPUR: Ibrahim Ali of Perkasa has accused the DAP of trying to portray itself as a champion of the non-Muslims by opposing Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) directive to cancel the Better Beer Festival 2017.
The president of the Malay rights group said DAP was being insolent in criticising DBKL for rejecting the organiser’s application to hold the event after PAS voiced its objection to the alcohol-themed festival.
In a joint statement yesterday, four MPs from DAP and one from PKR called for a review of the decision by the local authority.
The five, namely DAP’s Tan Kok Wai, Teresa Kok, Fong Kui Lun and Lim Lip Eng, as well as PKR’s Tan Kee Kwong, expressed shock at the cancellation of the event and said DBKL had not given any reasons to reject the application for a permit by the organisers, MyBeer Malaysia.
They argued that the festival was not targeted at the Malays but non-Muslim traders and visitors, as well as foreign tourists and accused DBKL of acting like a religious champion. They also said DBKL’s directive was inconsiderate and appeared to be bowing down to political games while ignoring the spirit of muhibah.
MCA central committee member Ti Lian Ker also criticised the decision, saying DBKL must not be seen to be making decisions at its whims and fancies or caving in to pressure from political parties or people with extremist views.
In a Sinar Harian report yesterday, DBKL corporate communications director Khalid Zakaria said the city authority had rejected the organiser’s request for a permit to hold the festival at the Publika Shopping Gallery on Oct 6 and 7.
In a statement, MyBeer Malaysia said it was told by the authorities that the event was “politically sensitive” and therefore could not proceed as scheduled.
Ibrahim said while he acknowledged the need for openness and freedom, Malaysia was a Muslim-majority country and no political party should accuse DBKL of taking unreasonable action for its own political interests.
“DAP wants to show itself to be a champion of the non-Muslims,” he told a press conference at the Perkasa office here, adding that the DAP should not have behaved in the way it did as the excessive consumption of alcohol brought no good to anyone.
“What is the motive of having that beer festival? If there is excessive drinking, many people will be affected as it could cause accidents and fighting.
“DBKL’s decision makes sense and it is strange that DAP should defend the event as though lives were at stake,” he said.
Reports had said the beer festival had been held for five consecutive years, with this year’s expected to feature 250 different craft beers from 43 breweries worldwide including Scotland, Australia, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam.
MyBeer said they had expected 6,000 beer lovers to attend the festival. -FMT

Return PJ land back to state, MCA’s Chew told

DAP’s Tony Pua and Yeo Bee Yin say the land allegedly bought by MCA below market price should remain a ‘water body’ to prevent flooding.
tony-yeo-meifunPETALING JAYA: Two DAP lawmakers have called on MCA vice-president Chew Mei Fun to support their call for a plot of land here, allegedly purchased by MCA below the market price in 2008, to be returned to the state.
Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua and Damansara Utama state assemblyperson Yeo Bee Yin said this was to allow the land to remain a “water body”, as zoned in the Petaling Jaya Local Plan, to prevent flooding along the nearby Sungai Kayu Ara river.
“If Datin Paduka Chew still has any conscience left in her, would she agree with us that the land be returned to the state government so that it can remain as a ‘water body’, acting as a buffer to prevent flooding along Sungai Kayu Ara in Kampung Chempaka?
“Or at the very least, would she agree that it is only proper for a political party to pay the full premium for the land which was alienated by the state government?” they said in a joint statement today.
They claimed that MCA had applied to convert the “water body” into a “commercial and services” zone.
They said Chew, who was Petaling Jaya Utara MP from 1999 to 2008, was free to sue them for their comments on the land deal expressed in a video published by Yeo on her Facebook page and at their joint press conferences over the issue.
They also urged her to declare that all parcels of land alienated by state governments in the country to MCA be returned to the respective states, failing which the premium for the parcels be paid in full.
Chew had yesterday accused Pua of purposely dragging her into the matter over the land.
The former deputy minister said Pua had failed to do his homework as MPs did not sit in at district-level land committee meetings which decide on land matters.
She also said the Selangor MCA had legally obtained the land.
Earlier, Pua and Yeo had raised the issue of the sale of the land in SS25 to Selangor MCA in 2008 at RM1 per square foot (psf), a price which they claimed was normally reserved for religious institutions wishing to build places of worship.
Pua claimed the market value of the land was RM400 psf and wanted Chew to clarify if such dealings were acceptable as she was the MP for the constituency at the time the alleged deal was struck.
He further claimed that when Barisan Nasional was in charge of the Selangor government, it had district-level land committees where MPs, state assemblymen and district officers would discuss, among others, the sale of land.
At a press conference today, Chew said she had instructed her lawyers to issue a letter of demand to Yeo for an apology, and to also request her to remove the allegedly offending video from her Facebook, the first of which appeared on Sept 14.
She said the land committee, chaired by the district officer, was attended by state assemblymen and assistant district officers.
“That land committee has nothing to do with MPs. MPs are not one of the committee members in that land committee,” she said. -FMT

A Tough First Year For PPBM

“Difficult” is probably an understatement to describe what Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) has gone through after a year of its inception.
Ikhwan Zulkaflee, Berita Daily
From resignation of high profile individuals, sexting scandal that rocked the party, to mass resignation of its members, PPBM has gone through some tough moments since it was established in September 2016.
And just last weekend, PPBM lost two of its women leaders; after founding and supreme council member Anina Saadudin left the party, hours before PPBM announced that its vice-president and Gopeng’s pro-tem division chief Hamidah Osman has followed suit.
Anina, who was initially named as PPBM Srikandi chief (women wing) was overlooked for the post after she was alleged to be involved in a ‘sexting scandal’ last December​,​ although she denied it.
Hamidah’s position in the party too can be considered untenable following her outburst against the PPBM echelon after she wasn’t selected as Perak PPBM chief.
Below is a brief flashback of setbacks faced by PPBM so far​:​
1. PPBM chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s right hand man Khairuddin Abu Hassan set the ball rolling after he left the party in October, two months after it was approved by the Registrar of Societies (R​O​S).
Rumours have it that he and party president Muhyiddin Yassin often did not see eye to eye on several things. He however remains an ardent supporter of Mahathir.
2. In December 2016, former senator Mohamad Ezam Mohd Nor quits the Umno’s splinter party barely three months after joining, citing his intention to focus on his battle against graft.
He however later took over a small political party and tried to rebrand​ it​ as Parti Bebas Rasuah, only to leave the party too, citing lack of positive development from R​O​S.
3. In early April 2017,​ ​some 500 Rembau PPBM division members, led by​ the​ party’s Negeri Sembilan chief Mohd Anas Sudin​,​ quit​ the​ party saying that they have lost confidence in Muhyiddin’s leadership.
They also claimed that Muhyiddin and deputy president Mukhriz Mahathir practiced cronyism.
4. Later in the same month, PPBM founding member Kamarulazman Habibur Rahman, after becoming disillusion with the party’s direction, pulled a stunner and quit the party leaving all his post​s​ behind.
At that time, Kamarulazman, fondly called Cikgu Kamarul by many, was the party’s supreme council member and Telok Kemang pro-tem division chief. He was also offered to be the Negeri Sembilan party’s liaison chief before he decided to quit.
Kamarulazman said that there w​ere​ a lot of internal problems inside the party as some individuals chased positions ​within​ PPBM. He has since re-joined Umno.
5. After more calls for Muhyiddin​’s​ head, last Ma​y Mahathir came to Muhyiddin’s aid and reminded the former deputy prime minister’s detractors of his sacrifices.
“When he was sacked (from Umno), unlike others who lost their positions, Muhyiddin did not distance himself from me.
“Instead, he agreed to form PPBM and be its president.
“He also accepted my suggestion that I be the party chairman, a position higher than his.
“He has done a lot to make PPBM a success, a whole lot more than those people calling for his ouster,” Mahathir wrote in his blog.
6. The vote of confidence for Muhyiddin however did not stop 250 PPBM members from the Dungun division, including its chairman, Mastura Othman to leave the party.
They cited conflicting instructions and opinion between Mahathir and Muhyiddin that made them quit. The group then handed their forms to join Umno to the party’s acting deputy president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi.
7. September 2017, Anina and Hamidah​’s​ double resignations​ comes about​.
Despite all these setbacks, PPBM remains a key component ​in​ the Pakatan Harapan bloc and is seen as the Opposition’s best bet of delivering the Malay votes.
However it is quite clear that it is relying heavily on its chairman, the 92-year-old Mahathir.

Message That Ignited A Thousand Rumours

An SMS from the Umno secretary-general had everyone jumping up and down thinking that Parliament was about to be dissolved but it turned out to be an announcement of the return of the man known as ‘Mike Tyson’. 
Joceline Tan, The Star
DATUK Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor ought to be either congratulated or scolded for the frenzy he caused with an SMS sent to the media and Umno leaders.
The Umno secretary-general’s message that the Umno president would be having a press conference at 4.30pm yesterday sparked off a flood of rumours.
The SMS had invited the media and Umno supreme council members to the press conference and the immediate conclusion was that Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak would be announcing the general election.
Like most rumours, it did not make sense because that is not how a general election is announced but it did not deter people from belie­ving that the polls was imminent.
Tengku Adnan has been both amused as well as annoyed by the reaction and said people had over-reacted.
The news had acquired a life of its own by Sunday morning and even people from the Opposition, foreign embassies and corporate circles were asking about it.
There were also claims that mentris besar and chief ministers had been asked to attend and the deputy prime minister had cancelled his appointments to be present.
Actually Datuk Seri Dr Ahmad Zahid Hamidi had already planned to be there after officiating at the Arau Umno division AGM in the morning where he denied that Parliament would be dissolved.
When it became clear that there was no supreme council meeting, the speculation moved on to new conclusions – there would be a new Umno chairman in Selangor, some big names were joining Umno and, perhaps the craziest of all, PAS was hooking up with Umno in Selangor. Others imagined that former Umno vice-president and now Warisan president Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal was returning to Umno.
The announcement, when it finally happened, was quite an anti-climax – former Selangor Mentri Besar Tan Sri Muhammad Muhammad Taib had rejoined Umno.
A murmur rippled through the press corps when the tall and once handsome politician, clad in a blue shirt, walked in to take the seat between Najib and Tengku Adnan.
His hair had turned completely grey, there were bags under his eyes but he is still in good shape at 72 and he has not lost that movie star smile.
It was another classic moment in the ever revolving door of Malaysian politics. Variously known as Mat Taib and Mike Tyson, he has come full circle, back to where he said his struggle for the Malays can be fully realised.
Mat Taib was Selangor’s most successful mentri besar because of the way he changed the face of Selangor. But he was also one of Umno’s most controversial politicians, having once eloped with the Selangor princess when he was still in charge of the state and he is still persona non grata with the Selangor palace.
His career crashed following his arrest over currency issues during a holiday on the Australian Gold Coast. He made a return under Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi’s premiership and was appointed a minister but was dropped from the Cabinet after Najib took over the helm in 2009.
Mat Taib left Umno for PAS in 2013, then hopped over to PKR in 2015. He felt out of place in PKR because the political culture there was different from what he was used to and PKR leaders were not interested in him.
But why is Umno taking back someone who is seen as a spent force? Mat Taib’s return is hardly the return of the prodigal son, yet, they gave him a lot of face – the president himself announced it, surrounded by Umno’s top brass.
Can someone who has been through three parties in five years bring any added value to the party in Selangor? It is unlikely that Selangoreans in their 20s feel any connection to him or even know who he is.
According to Kapar Umno division chief Datuk Faizal Abdullah, Mat Taib has a place in the hearts of the older voters who remember him as a dynamic and proactive mentri besar.
“We want to contest the general election with as many people as possible on our side. Even leaders who left us and want to help us again, we welcome them,” said Faizal.
Umno has been quite particular about not taking back those who quit to join the other side. For instance, the door is still shut to Parti Pribumi founding member Kamarul Azman Habibur Rahman and vice-president Datuk Hamidah who resigned from the Opposition party on Saturday.
Minutes after the news broke, Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali responded in a tweet: “Sau Kaw Po Ji … Kah Kah Kah”, referring to Mat Taib as old newspaper in Cantonese.
One view is that Umno must be quite desperate to accept Mat Taib. The other view is that Umno can now use him to go around and persuade the Malays in rural Selangor to come along with Umno.
Najib was quite aware of the hype that had gone on and he began the press conference in a slow and solemn tone, saying that he had an audience with the King two days ago.
That was when some of those in the audience almost had a heart attack – they were thinking, oh my God, this is it, he is going to dissolve Parliament.
Then without missing a beat he said his royal audience was in connection with the tahfiz fire tragedy and everybody started breathing normally again.
Mat Taib’s return to Umno would not have drawn much interest if not for that SMS from Tengku Adnan which sent the media in droves to Putra World Trade Centre yesterday.
It is quite amazing how a simple SMS had people jumping up and down, making a mountain out of a molehill. But it is a signal that it does not take much to open the gates to the election rumour mill and there will be more false alarms from now until the big day.