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Thursday, May 5, 2016

Hadi displaying his ignorance, says Jambun

Chief ministers, unlike MBs, don't have to be Muslim, according to the Bopim chief.
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KOTA KINABALU: A human rights advocate has called on politicians from the peninsula not to get involved in debates on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63), particularly with regard to whether non-Muslims can be chief ministers in Sabah and Sarawak.
According to Daniel John Jambun, the peninsular states are governed by the 1948 Federation of Malaya Agreement and the 1957 Federation of Malaya Independence Act, whereas the East Malaysian states are governed by MA63, which is the basis for their being in federation with Malaya.
Jambun heads the UK-based Borneo’s Plight in Malaysia Foundation (Bopim).
“MA63 is an international treaty and trust deed signed by five governments and lodged with the UN Secretary-General,” he said. “It cannot be amended by the Malaysian Parliament or ignored by the Federal Constitution.”
He asserted that the peninsular states were not consulted on MA63 and cited as evidence Kelantan’s suit against the Federal Government in 1963. “On 11 September 1963, just days before Malaysia was to come into being, the Kelantan Government sought a declaration that the Malaysia Agreement and Malaysia Act were null and void, or alternatively, that even if they were valid, they did not bind Kelantan,” he said.
Quoting historians on the subject, he said Kelantan argued that both the Malaysia Agreement and the Malaysia Act were not binding on Kelantan on the grounds that the Malaysia Act in effect abolished the Federation of Malaya. “This, according to the Kelantan Government, was contrary to the 1948 Federation of Malaya Agreement. The argument was that the proposed changes required the consent of each of the constituent states of the Federation of Malaya – including Kelantan – and this had not been obtained.
“The Kelantan Government lost in court because Sabah and Sarawak were not seeking to join the Federation of Malaya, i.e. the federation governed by the 1948 agreement.”
Jambun was commenting on PAS President Abdul Hadi Awang’s statement that chief ministers in Sabah and Sarawak must be Muslim.
“A chief minister is not a menteri besar,” he said. “Hadi is just ventilating his ignorance in public.
“Menteris besar in the sultanates may have to be Muslim as the laws presently stand, but not a chief minister elsewhere in the peninsula or in Sabah and Sarawak. Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng, for example, is non-Muslim.”
According to Jambun, there’s no religion in Sabah and Sarawak as per MA63 and its annexes and in the constitutional documents on Malaysia.
“There’s nothing to prevent DAP from seizing power in Sarawak in 2021, as it plans, and installing a non-Muslim as Chief Minister,” he said. “In fact, there’s also nothing to prevent a Muslim from being the Chief Minister either. The present Sarawak Chief Minister is Muslim. His predecessor and the third chief minister were Muslims. Only the first two chief ministers in Sarawak, after 1963, were non-Muslims.”

The Chinese dilemma

Neither SUPP nor DAP may be able to provide the strength and unity the Chinese community wants.
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If it’s true that the pragmatism of the Chinese dictates their voting for a stable party to represent their interests, then the Chinese in Sarawak have a dilemma when they go to the polls this weekend. Neither SUPP nor DAP is fit for the “stable” label. SUPP is fighting with its splinter, UPP, and DAP with its Pakatan partner, PKR.
Of course, at this point in time, the Chinese vote is almost irrelevant if one is thinking about the overall result of the election. Virtually all predictions point to a Barisan Nasional victory, thanks in large part to the popularity of Chief Minister Adenan Satem.
The question that remains for the Chinese voters is whether they want a large representation in the state assembly or a voice in the state cabinet. Adenan has promised to give them that voice, and he has shown that he is true to his promises.
Despite goodwill towards Adenan, however, Chinese support for BN this weekend remains uncertain, although Bernama has been churning out much optimism through its reports. According to the national news agency, political observers are confident that SUPP, running in 13 constituencies, will win back some of the 12 Chinese seats it lost in 2011. “Back” is the operative word here. The party lost its dominance of Chinese politics to DAP in that election, and was subsequently set back further by the resignation of several party stalwarts, who went on to form UPP.
Bernama’s glowing reports lose their credibility somewhat when one considers the continuing altercation between SUPP and UPP.
“The Chinese community does not want a political party that is fighting,” said Temenggong Lu Kim Yong, Kuching’s highest-ranked Chinese community leader. “The sentiment on the ground is that when you guys are fighting, I will not support you because you have no time to serve the people.”
Political analyst Jeniri Amir agrees, saying that even the possibility of a Chinese deputy chief minister in the form of SUPP’s Senator Sim Kui Hian may not greatly influence the Chinese vote.
“To be fair, SUPP has turned over a new leaf and put in a lot of professionals,” Jeniri said. “But with its ongoing fight with UPP, I don’t think its campaign will have much impact on the Chinese voters, even if the carrot of a Chinese deputy chief minister is dangled before them.”
He acknowledged that Adenan’s popularity will result in a return of some Chinese votes to BN. “With Adenan, there will be a swing, but not a big one,” he said. “At best, four Chinese seats could return to BN.”
And that doesn’t give any reason for DAP to come out cheering either. Considering recent developments on the opposition side, the prospects presented by voting for DAP seem equally unsavoury.
The opposition is just as fractured. A huge crack in their wall appeared when DAP and PKR failed to reach an agreement on seat distribution, and fielded candidates in what will now become multi-cornered tussles in several constituencies. The crack was soon widened by the petty fighting that followed. The quarrelling in Batu Kitang is an example of this. DAP campaigner Ng Wei Aik is continuing with his social media assault on PKR’s candidate for the seat, Voon Shiak Ni.
Even ignoring the fact that Ng is the MP for Tanjong – that is to say, a West Malaysian who really should have no business stepping into Sarawak ground-level disputes – the continued fighting will do little to engender the Chinese community’s love for his party. It doesn’t help that he has descended to pettiness with his caustic Facebook comments against PKR, such as telling it to “go to hell”.
Above all else, the Chinese value community. To divide ranks with infighting is beyond stupid at this point, and will do even less towards denying BN the two-third majority it is aiming for.

Recession in Malaysia in 2018, predicts expert

Professor says all sectors, except the palm oil industry, will be affected by the recession.
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PETALING JAYA: Malaysia is likely to be hit by a recession in 2018, with most of the sectors expected to slow down, political and economic affairs analyst Prof Hoo Ke Ping predicts.
However, he said, the palm oil industry would do well due to the La Nina effect which will see more rain than expected, pushing production and prices for the edible oil upwards.
“Malaysians will feel the pinch of recession from next year onwards due to various factors, including a decline in consumer confidence and the retrenchment of workers from such sectors as oil and gas, banking, retail, and electronics,” he told FMT.
“Prices of medium and high-end homes will drop, with property speculators starting to tighten their belts as bank loans become harder to get.”
Hoo pointed out that Malaysians have experienced a recession in almost every decade since the 1960s.
He said in the early 60’s the recession was caused by global rubber prices, and another recession in 1967 was due to the ringgit crash. In 1970, it was caused by global rubber prices while in the 80s, the recession was due to outflow of funds and a property crash.
In the1990s, Malaysians experienced recession again but this time it was due to a currency crash which saw economic growth of -7 per cent, he said.
“In 2008, we experienced another recession but we managed to pull through very quickly. The 2018 recession is expected to hit almost all sectors,” he added.
Hoo also said for those looking to buy a home, the next two-and-half years might be the best time to own a medium to high end property,
This is because the property market had started to show signs of slowing down six months ago after market speculators failed to get bank loans or buyers or tenants for their properties.
He said some of the houses were going for almost RM100,000 cheaper. For instance, he said, a condominium unit that was going for RM500,000 in 2012 was now being sold for RM420,000.
He said property prices had shot up after Bank Negara’s delay in curbing greedy market speculators from buying and selling properties under the Developer Interest Bearing Scheme which exercises the “willing buyer willing seller” concept.
Bank Negara finally imposed stricter regulations on market speculators in 2012. However, he said the delay had caused a property bubble with property prices artificially increased.
Hoo said the “fake demand” had caused more houses to be built. He predicted that about 6,000 houses in the Klang Valley, 3,000 in Johor Bahru and 1,000 in Penang would lie vacant.
To overcome the “fake demand”, he said, Bank Negara should tighten bank loans for developers, forcing them to sell completed properties at a cheaper price. “Most of them built the properties in 2013, when the prices were still inflated. Even if they sell the remainder of their unsold units at a cheaper price, they will still make money.”

The Chinese ballot and the bottom line

How seriously should we take the prediction that there'll be a sea change in the Chinese voting pattern in GE14?
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Political and economic analyst Hoo Ke Ping predicts that Chinese businessmen will ditch the Opposition in the next general election in order to stave off the implementation of hudud a Umno-PAS union could bring about and in order to get the economy moving. This obviously comes as more bad news for Pakatan Harapan, which is battling not only the full election machinery of Barisan Nasional in Sarawak, but also the infighting between the state DAP and PKR.
According to Hoo, the “big time Chinese millionaires” encouraged small time businessmen to support the Opposition during the economic boom of the 1990s because they were making money anyway. However, the economic uncertainty of the last few years and the threat of an Umno-PAS liason is turning this sentiment around because businessmen will be businessmen and are ultimately concerned with their bottom line. The inability of the Opposition to offer stability despite the prosperity of Selangor and Penang has become their undoing in this difficult economic climate as that is when the rich are least favourable to the idea of change.
The threat of hudud is often used as a bogeyman, but the virtual abandoning of BN by the Chinese community in 2008 and 2013 has caused Umno to lean further right to capture the passionate conservative vote. Whether this will lead to enough leverage for PAS to broker a hudud deal is debatable, but certainly, the lack of a strong Chinese representation in the ruling coalition invites more space for the right-wing elements of Umno to sway ever further in their preferred direction.
However, after all is said and done, Umno is led by people of a more practical mindset than their PAS counterparts. While conservative laws may be passed as sweets to PAS, the likelihood of hudud is still remote.
Nonetheless, the threat of hudud and the current weakened state of the economy has apparently frightened the living daylights out of the richer elements of the Chinese business community. Such fears are not assuaged by pretty rhetoric, which is about all the Opposition has been offering so far. These businessmen are only being practical in light of the Opposition’s track record.
But then not all Chinese voters are millionaires, or even businessmen. What about the ordinary workers, the professionals and the youths? The truth is that it will be hard to convince them to return to BN through either MCA or Gerakan.
The success of the DAP has emboldened a large portion of the Chinese electorate, and striking a balancing act between the aspirations embodied in DAP and the need for a strong voice in our race-based government is the biggest challenge awaiting the community.
Either way, should the Chinese business community return to the bosom of BN and the professionals, workers and youths remain aligned with the Opposition, the next general election will be an interesting one to watch.

Eatery owner fined RM4,000 for RM1 increase in nasi lemak

In the same court, the owner of Jaya Grocer Supermarket was fined RM30,000 for increasing the price of a bottle of honey from RM28.90 to RM43.99.
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SHAH ALAM: A restaurant owner in Subang Jaya was today fined RM4,000 by the Sessions Court here for a price increase on a plate of nasi lemak.
T Gopinath, operator of Silva’s Curry House, pleaded guilty to failing to maintain proper business records to justify the nasi lemak price increase when the charge was read out to him before Judge Ahmad Azhari Abdul Hamid.
The judge also ordered Gopinath, 36, to serve 14 days in jail in default. He paid the fine.
The offence was committed on June 29, 2015 at the restaurant located at No. 121, Jalan SS15/5A, Subang Jaya, Selangor.
He was charged under Section 53A of the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011, and the offence is punishable under Section 57 (b) of the same Act which provides for a fine not exceeding RM50,000 or a jail term of up to two years, or both.
According to the facts of the case, acting on public information on June 29 last year, enforcement officers from the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry office in Shah Alam conducted an inspection at the restaurant on the shop’s nasi lemak price increase from RM2.50 to RM3.50 in February last year.
In mitigation, Gopinath who was unrepresented, appealed for leniency as his business income was about RM5,000 a month and this was his first offence after running the restaurant for 13 years.
The prosecution was conducted by Deputy Public Prosecutor A Kathiyayini.
In the same court, Trendcell Sdn Bhd, the owner of Jaya Grocer Supermarket, was fined RM30,000 for committing an offence under the Price Control and Anti-Profiteering Act 2011.
Judge Ahmad Azhari imposed the fine on the company after its director, Ting Pooi Guang, 60, pleaded guilty to increasing the price of Sweet Meadow New Zealand Wild Flower Honey weighing 500gm from RM28.90 to RM43.99 on May 6 last year at Mutiara Tropicana, Petaling Jaya.
Kathiyayini appeared for the prosecution while the accused was represented by counsel V Kalearasu.
– BERNAMA

Ku Chin Wah declared assets 22 times during service

Witness says the former KL CID chief had declared various assets owned by him and his wife, including their house, shop lot, vehicles, shares and savings amounting to RM3.19 million.
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KUALA LUMPUR: The Sessions Court here was today told that former Kuala Lumpur CID chief Ku Chin Wah had declared his assets 22 times throughout his 35 years of service in the Royal Malaysian Police (PDRM).
DSP Amran Ab Rashid, from the Bukit Aman Integrity and Standards Compliance Department, said that all of the declarations were recorded in the Human Resource Management Information System (HRMIS) database, with the most recent declaration made on Feb 3, 2016.
“Datuk (Ku) had made 22 asset declarations throughout his career,” Amran testified in the trial of Ku, who was charged with failing to declare the source of his assets in his affidavit dated Jan 8, 2014.
Amran said according to the latest HRMIS record, Ku had declared various assets owned by him and his wife, including their house, shop lot, vehicles, shares and savings amounting to RM3.19 million.
The third prosecution witness said this during cross-examination by lawyer Geethan Ram Vincent, representing Ku, on the second day of the trial.
Amran, who has served in the police force since 2003, is responsible for supervising and processing the asset declaration form for officers at the ASP level or above.
During the examination-in-chief by Deputy Public Prosecutor Budiman Lutfi Mohamed earlier, the witness said all police officers, including Ku, would have to fill out the asset declaration form in the HRMIS on their own.
“When a police officer gains ownership of either a motor vehicle, land or residence, they will have to fill the form in the HRMIS system.
“After filling in the required details, the officer must print the form. For those at the ASP level or above, the forms must be sent to Bukit Aman’s Asset unit,” he said.
Ku, who is currently with the Bukit Aman CID secretariat division, was charged under Section 49(3) of the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing Act 2001, which carries a maximum fine of RM1 million or a year’s jail or both if found guilty.
He was alleged to have committed the offence at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission headquarters in Putrajaya between Dec 23, 2013 and Jan 21, 2014.
The hearing before Judge Sohaini Alias continues on May 16.
– BERNAMA

Sarawak State Elections: Why 1MDB matters to Sarawakians

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Some people say the 1MDB issue is not a big thing in Sarawak. Adenan Satem said it. UMNO and BN people say it. 

Something must be terribly wrong with their capacity to understand. This is the biggest financial disaster and represents what is most dishonest, corrupt, deceitful and depraved, yet some people say it does not matter? 

No country can prosper with corrupt, pernicious and inept leadership. That is what 1MDB encapsulates- a corrupt, pernicious, brutish and inept leadership. The importance or relevance of 1MDB are the lessons that it imparts- how to prevent the rise of the dishonest, the corrupt and the self serving individuals from governing. 

You countenance 1MDB means you accept the evil it represents. Sarawakians must show they care for righteous principles and they too reject the evil 1MDB represents.   

The 'values' that were operating in 1MDB are now brought to bear on Sarawak. Money, probably milked from 1MDB black operations flow freely. Money is moved in great quantities to buy votes. The habit of breaking the law, transferring money, lying, intimidation- which we saw used in 1MDB, are now applied on Sarawak. 

Hard cash is being flooded into Sarawak's villages. Voters are bribed by cash, projects, lightning quick financial approvals for schools, churches, social amenities and so on. Never have people in remote and usually ignored villages given the attention they are now given. The entire government machinery is applied to suddenly 'serve' the people. We have already seen, lorry loads of water containers being sent to villagers.

So who says 1MDB is not factored into Sarawak state elections?  It was Christopher Hitchens I think,  who said;Never be a spectator of unfairness or stupidity. The grave will supply plenty of time for silence. The people of Sarawak must reject people who treat them as stupid. They must speak up if only to show they are alive.

Well, we have a different way of looking at it. Because, 1MDB is the source of all the bad qualities the leadership of Malaysia has. The best system of governance will collapse if you have bad people helming it. On the other hand, even if we have a bad system, able, committed and disciplined people will improve it.

The people in Najib’s cabinet is the most untalented team in Malaysian history.They are not good people, that essential ingredient so necessary for good government.

If Sarawakians think the 1MDB issue has no relevance to them, it can only mean, the majority of Sarawakians don’t concern themselves with the right conduct by which to govern a country. That would be disastrous because, once you throw righteous principles away, you have the riffraff and the scoundrels ruling the country.

What happens then? Then you have jokers like Adenan and others who intimidate the Chinese by telling they will be excluded from the government. I went around Kuching and appreciate quickly the Chinese have prospered with minimum government intervention. They can self govern and prosper. This kind of people you want to include and not exclude. Intimidation will only strengthen their resolve to be independent. 

1MDB represents the worse of unaccountability and Najib the most irresponsible. Combined, you have the perfect recipe for destruction of the country.

Contrary to the cowboyish slogan of Adenan Satem, you aint seen nothin' yet- for more than half a century the people of Sarawak have seen enough. The don't want to see more intimidation, more bullying and more lopsided development.They don't want to see naked corruption and the plunder of the state's resources. 

People are still walking on dangling bridges or bridge like contraptions to cross rivers to go to school. People have still got to traverse across roads which leave you throwing up until you are blue in the face. I certainly hope never to again hear a harrowing story recounted to me by a Sarawakian of his childhood friend crossing a river naked while holding his school uniform overhead.  The friend was snatched by a crocodile. 

It’s not a question of being unaccustomed to these things- it is strange to see the level of unbalanced development in such a rich state.Where has the annual RM20 billion allocation from the federal government gone to? This sum was mentioned by the deputy PM.

The Sarawakians must never allow the destruction of righteous principles in 1MDB to cross over to Sarawak. It is precisely because of this, that 1MDB has everything to do with Sarawak. It teaches us to avoid the calamitous leadership values of people associated with 1MDB.

Dismissing 1MDB means many things. That will mean Sarawakians eschew principles of integrity, honesty, accountability and belief in the rule of law. That means they say leaders who lie do not matter, stealing money is not important, official money laundering does not matter, abuse of law does not matter, and obstruction of justice does not matter.

Then, what kind of people are Sarawakians? Is Sarawak full of unrighteous people? I don’t believe this is so. The reality is, Sarawak is full of people deprived of basic amenities, lacking in social mobility, physical mobility, health and educational opportunities.

Do not be bullied into believing that 1MDB has nothing to do with Sarawak. If you say it has nothing to do, it means you have been infected by the Malayan disease. And by that we mean, you have desensitise yourself from the guilt of serially lying, breach of trust, abuse of the laws of the land, money laundering, embezzlement, sending money into bogus accounts, conspiracy to defraud the people of Malaysia. It will mean that Sarawakians accept these things as normal.

Can Sarawakians be that debased?

If you do, then Sarawak has no future. Because the very principles by which nations grow are thrown away. Then,  ruling the state is by way of the laws of the jungle.

Can you accept a leader who is a serial liar? Will sarawakians adopt the same black principle?

First Najib said he does not keep any donations in his private account. That is corruption, he pontificates. The people around him including a fast becoming irrelevant religious instructor told everyone, that it is a stupid person in public office who keeps public money in his private account. It later turned out- these statements and the like, became self-fulfilling actualities- the PM was indeed a stupid person. He admitted public money was in his account.

But he quickly said, he did not use the money for private purposes. Others can easily debunk that admission elsewhere, but here I will only say- we didn’t ask him that question. The question was- was any money kept in your private accounts which does not require the answer of I did not use for private purposes. We ask him question A, he answered a question not asked.

Then he says the money was to uphold Islam. Islam lies in the bosom of every peace loving Muslim and certainly does not require its defence by Najib who isn’t known to have Islamic culture in him. I don’t wish to elaborate farther than that.

Then he says, the money was to defend Islam against Islamic terrorism like ISIS. The only problem was, ISIS came after the money was there. Surely Najib doesn’t have that clairvoyance to predict that ISIS will emerge after the money was put into his account?

Then he said, the money was to fight  DAP which was working hand in hand with Israel. To do what? To conquer the country? Given the morbidity against Israel, if the DAP leaders were to collaborate with Israel, every DAP leader would have been arrested and jailed.

The fact is Najib lies to everyone continuously and as I have said borrowing the title of a book by Christopher Hitchens, there is no one left to lie.

Can Sarawak adopt the principle of lying as a good principle of leadership? And that it is alright for Sarawakians to be governed by a man and his team which sees nothing wrong in lying.

How much  donation  money went into Najib’s account? It is now clear, RM2.6 billion is part of a bigger sum. Until a complete and new investigation are undertaken, we may never now the real sum. It could be RM20 billion. If at least USD4.5 billion of IPIC’s money cannot be accounted- that we can assume that a large portion of this sum, maybe USD3 billion went into Najib’s account. That would be RM12 billion minimum.

Najib represents a man who will subvert the laws of the land to stay in power. That makes him a dictator. The essence of a dictatorship is that the dictator is unpredictable, unstable and capricious. Would Sarawakians want to import that kind of leadership quality into the state?

That is the idea represented by 1MDB. That is also why 1MDB matters to Sarawakians. It is an object lesson in bad leadership.  Sarawakians ignore 1MDB at their peril.