GE13: Quote of the Day 2


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(Well it was a big surprise to know that MACC had actually been “fingering” Taib on the allegations of corruption, at least not in the open and at least to a point where Taib is forced to make arrogant statement in the media but it was an even bigger surprise if the Government & MACC comes hard on Taib after this – after all, we have not see any “big fish” spending his / her last days in prison. Image source: http://fz.com)

When one is talking about “winnable candidates” and coming down clean for the voters to make the right decision, one cannot be far from dealing with the issue of corruption as well.

With the rather damaging revelations of broad-daylight corruption in Sarawak (now dubbed as the Shadow State) by the Global Witness and the growing call for MACC to make its investigations based on this revelation, we have this:-

Sarawak Chief Minister Abdul Taib Mahmud said that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) does not deserve his cooperation in regard to the exposé made by Global Witness.

“They [MACC] don’t deserve my cooperation because they have been naughty and dishonest with me. “Let them investigate if they want to victimise me,” Taib said after attending the Barisan Nasional presidential council meeting at the PWTC here today. Last month, foreign-based NGO Global Witness made a shocking exposé on the alleged corrupt practices involving those linked to Taib pertaining to the sale of native customary land in Sarawak.

Asked whether the video had tarnished his image in Sarawak, Taib replied in the negative, saying that the exposé was not in tune with what Sarawakians wanted.

(Source)

Is he really above the law as many have claimed it to be?

Can Taib afford not to cooperate with MACC at a time when Najib desperately need to show that BN are far from the taint of any corruption? Does he has a choice in the first place? Does this means enforcement agencies like MACC is under the thumb and rule of such arrogant politicians? If the expose of corruption, tax evasion and gross abuse of government assets is not what the “Sarawakians wanted”, what else is then? That few can continue to enrich themselves with tax-payers money and native land whilst leaving the rest to remain under the poverty line but when investigations starts, turn around and claim that they have been victimised?

If Najib and MACC do not come hard (without the end result of Teoh Beng Hock of course) on this kind arrogance by politicians with shady background, then it is clear that a change of Government is grossly needed. Despite the past misgiving of MACC that resulted in people turning up dead and the lack of bite to go after the big fish in corruption, unfortunately it is still the only corruption agency in the country that was entrusted of fighting corruption on all levels.

So with Taib telling MACC off, does this means we have closed MACC down? Some seems to think so:-

What is the MACC to do now? All eyes are on the MACC, again.

After all, two people have died in the course of their investigations since they were set up in 2009. Will it back down and keep quiet after this brazen response from Taib? Won’t this kind of snub embolden others to thumb their nose at the MACC and refuse to cooperate too?

If the MACC doesn’t do anything about this response from Taib, it might as well close shop. It is already working on a trust deficit basis and this snub from Taib has just shown how powerless the commission can be when it comes head-to-head with the powerful.

(Source)

Just because Taib had won the state seats for Najib, does it means Najib had to hold back any action on wrongdoings (some even borders high treason) in sheer gratitude? Otherwise corruption and mismanagement of funds will continue without any prosecutions and the nation bled to death and the same politicians will claim that they have done the best for the nation. Remember and vote wisely when the time comes even if you are not in Malaysia’s shadow state.

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Meantime, in the Bolehland…


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(It does not matter if they are from BN or from PR – whoever is corrupted to the core, wasteful and lives on the culture of fear and unreasonableness should not be rewarded but instead to be shown the exit from public office. Image source: Lim Kit Siang)

Despite the well known tragedy of William Yau, we still have dumb-ass buffaloes masquerading as parents and putting their innocent young children at great danger.

Please read this first:-

A mother watched in horror as a stranger got into the family car and drove off with her six-year-old daughter sleeping in the back seat, near here. She and her husband had earlier got out of the car, leaving the engine still running, to fetch their younger daughter at a daycare centre at Taman Kosas in Ampang at around 11.30pm on Saturday.

The stolen car and the young girl were found abandoned hours later at a restaurant in Setapak, about 10km away. The girl was unhurt.

(Source)

After a numerous incidents of missing children, all hell broke loose with the disappearance of the young William Yau who later was found dead. No one knows how he died. No amount of regrets and apologies by his parents can ever bring him back. And after this tragic incident that shook the whole nation, we had expected parents to be extra careful with their children. These 2 buffaloes however proved all of us dead wrong. All the necessary recipe for another tragedy were all there:-

  • Both parents out of the car – they must be one heck of dumb ass to have 2 of them to fetch one young kid and why so late at 11.30 pm on a Saturday night (The parents were out busy partying?)
  • Engine running and presumably the car was unlocked
  • Another kid was still in the car sleeping and unattended.

This could have easily turned to tragic by the seconds. What happens if the carjacker had decided to kidnap the girl and sold her to child trafficking syndicate? Or decided to kill the kid off as how it happened in China? It is sad that some idiots never learn from other’s mistakes and if things goes dreadfully wrong; they ought to be held up for gross criminal negligence and their kids taken away for their own safety. The nation cannot afford to have another William Yau tragedy.

Ok, let’s leave that for a moment – I just wanted to get that out in the open and hope all parents out there will be more careful on the aspect of safety of their kids. Don’t be like the above 2 dumb buffaloes who almost lost their kid to a stranger.

General elections are around the corner – there has been an increased obsession with Anwar’s so-called videos tying him on unnatural relationships with girls and boys. Before this, other than Sodomy 2, they had nothing much to gain on to paint the oppositions in bad light other than the loose alliance between DAP-PKR-PAS (you just need one clown to be unhappy and make statements on the mainstream media and immediately the rest of them jumps to a conclusion that Pakatan Rakyat is breaking away, unstable and will be a great danger to stability of the country if they were voted in). Now they are back on the alleged Anwar’s interest in another’s butt – with new videos and indirect assumptions (even the lovely Nurul Izzah was not spared). More is expected, of course.

But then if sex is the only overriding criteria to kick unworthy politicians from running for office in the coming elections, then what about this, this, this and this? Didn’t we were able to move over this rather sensitive issue and looked at politicians (so we think) who can get the job done in the past? If BN insists on this issue, then shouldn’t the same politicians (who now hold prominent positions) implicated in the past, should not be left to run for or hold any position to this date?

On a state level, they had tried hard with the water issue in Selangor but it did not really work there, not after it was proven that the cause of the water problem was due to maintenance and not lack of treated water (earlier they were so bent on the lack of raw water in the state which in the end was proven to be untrue) and after the Selangor Government made the offer to buy off the water concessions & their debts. And now the attack has focused against the proposed underground tunnel in Penang (read the Open Letter from Lim Guan Eng here and CAP’s reply here who seems to be whacking BN more than PR). Don’t tell me that no one in the world had done a similar underground tunnel but got screwed left, right and centre? Then what about the SMART tunnel?

That’s fine – we had already expected that the events leading to the general elections will be as tense as possible. And blaming each other on problems, mismanagement and abuse is nothing new of course – Pakatan fellows are doing the same, fair and square. At the end of the day, what is more important is not whether the leaders are involved in some abnormal relationships but rather whether they are smart, unbiased, not corrupted & hard-working enough to bring this country up to developed & corruption-free country status.

But then on the other side of the spectrum, just make sure that you are not losing sight of other main issues in the midst of general election campaigns, propagandas and stories in the mainstream media – there has been only silence on the rather uncontrolled and mismanagement of public funds in form of BRIM (1.0 & 2.0 & more coming up soon), pay increases to civil servants and one-off gifts such as this:-

Putrajaya awarded 1,000 individual permits to taxi drivers today and promised more soon with Datuk Seri Najib Razak saying it was proof that the Barisan Nasional (BN) government fulfills its promises. The announcement comes as part of the administration’s move to ward off potential voter backlash from some 80,000 registered taxi drivers nationwide, who have been angered by delayed reforms in the industry.

“What did I promise? I had promised individual permits to taxi drivers. Even though there are many companies that gave jobs to you, some had exploited tantamount to a slavery system of the past. “Ini satu lagi janji ditepati kerajaan (This is one more of the promises fulfilled by the government),” Najib told some 5,000 taxi drivers at the permit distribution event held at the Putrajaya International Convention Centre here.

(Source)

They must have been paid good money for the taxi-drivers to show up for the event. After all these years of ignoring the taxi-drivers’ pleas for individual permits, there is no secret why Najib decides to give them now not without a catch to this deal of course – it is only available for a specific Proton model which may not be cost effective to some struggling taxi drivers and apparently 1,000 permits given away is actually owned by taxi companies, which are “giving up them as part of their corporate social responsibility”.

One has to wonder how much of arm twisting and carrots were dangled for these taxi companies to “give up” the profitable permits. Or perhaps 1.000 taxi permits were nothing but chicken feed to this people – so giving up would not be nothing big. In the end the problem is still there but apparently the long term solution will only come in if the taxi drivers are “grateful” to the government:-

Najib made this clear when he said today the decision to award the direct licences reflected the ruling coalition’s seriousness in safeguarding the welfare of taxi drivers.

“Let’s create this bai’ah (co-operation) among us. We can give more licences apart from this one. You have to bai’ah with the government. “Do not forget the government’s goodwill,” he said.

Another case of you scratch my back, I will scratch yours?

If you have missed reading in between the lines, whatever money being dished out by Najib to keep the voters happy (and ask them to be grateful) actually comes from tax-payers. It is a matter of taking out from the right pocket and putting it in the left pocket. So why should we be grateful? Does this is part and parcel of the Government’s job to collect taxes and distribute accordingly?

To keep throwing money just because the election is around the corner does not really help the country in the long run and asking the people to be grateful for the money they received is nothing but a salt rub on a wound with a smile. But other than the opposition, no one else seemed to be bothered to ask the Government on how they managing the sudden influx of money and where it is being scrapped from? The question that everyone should be asking is whether Malaysia is really flushing with money?

Then there has been only silence on the infamous Global Witness video evidence on wrongdoing in Sarawak.

Yes, everyone’s agrees that Taib is not in the video (one that the pro-BN blogs is arguing to compare to Anwar’s so-called sex videos). Then again, those who were videoed and admitted to acts of corruption, tax-evasion and crony-ism are not ordinary people. They are not the road side char keow teow seller or the man in sarong manning the small mamak stall. They are tightly tied to Taib and the circles of power and business magnates in Sarawak. Two of them are even well-known lawyers. And their admission of wrongdoing on camera should have been more than enough to slam them with criminal charges. So much so Taib need not be in the video to be implicated with serious accusations.

But then it seems like no one seemed to be interested on this case – not the PM (he is too busy giving away gifts to voters and pacifying the security forces in Sabah with pay rise and motivation talks). In times of general elections, understandably he may not want to mess up his “fixed deposit” in Sarawak. But he loses even more by keeping silent and passing the buck to the MACC. By now, everyone knows how MACC have limited powers and how they have operated in the past and many does not have confidence that MACC will get to the bottom of things.

MACC todate have only mentioned that they are “looking” into it and will “act accordingly” (of course, it does not strike anyone as being serious, not when there has been earlier reports and nothing had happened). But not all is lost – at least the Advocates Association of Sarawak (AAS) will be referring the two Sarawak lawyers implicated in the video to the Advocates Inquiry Committee, an independent disciplinary body separate from the AAS, to conduct its inquiry into possible instances of professional misconduct under laws and regulations governing the legal profession in Sarawak. But then again, it is a matter of going after the small fish whilst the bigger predators are still free to suck dry the wealth of the country.

There has been just plain denial from the Chief Minister implicated in the said video and any damage control from pro-BN sites came in this form:-

But was it really a sting operation? Could it be a well crafted conspiracy against Taib by his own kin who have the coveted Chief Minister’s seat at sight? I’m sure those who know what happened during Ming Court 1987 won’t be surprised with Norlia & Fatimah’s latest tune, would they?

(Source)

And

A source has revealed to The Mole that Global Witness, the non-governmental organisation (NGO) responsible for the recent video that allegedly incriminates Sarawak Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Taib Mahmud in questionable land deals, has received funding from an organisation founded by currency speculator George Soros.

(Source)

Ok fine, but why Taib have not sued those who implicated him in the video for criminal defamation? Why he has not called for a press conference and had set the records right on the accusations. Why the denial in the passing? After all, the accusations and admissions on video are very serious in nature where in some countries like China, if they are found guilty, faces the firing squad! If there is a so-called conspiracy against him, what more a better way to put away the competition / conspirators with defamation law suits and injunctions and help Najib with good PR along the way?

After all anyone can deny wrongdoing – it is a matter of one man’s say against another (yes, even if you are a Chief Minister) but if there is hard evidence that suggest otherwise, a mere denial is simply not enough. Those pro-BN sites should know better – they been whacking Anwar the same despite the numerous denials and multi-million ringgit lawsuits by Anwar. And they have always insisted that even very blurry video evidence is the hard proof of wrong-doing. The same should apply to Taib even though he is not in the video. And who really cares who funds Global Witness, what is more important is what was investigated and brought to the attention of common public – something that will never see the light of the day in BN funded media.

At end of the day, it does not matter if one supports BN or PR but if there is serious wrong-doings and whoever stands for public office is immoral, wasteful, corrupt, lazy, biased, and fully against a united Malaysia, they do not need our support and certainly our precious votes. They should be made answerable for all the things that they have done. So keep on top of the fairy tales, grandfather stories, grand fiction that are flying from both camps (trust me it will get a lot more worse and weird as we near the voting date) and vote wisely.

Inside Malaysia’s Shadow State


It is not hearsay; it is direct from the horse’s mouth. It is hard evidence of corruption and breach of trusts, tax-evasion by the millions, illegal land grab and the downright shaming of the ordinary citizen deep in the jungles of Sarawak. The video is not hazy – it is crystal clear.

Sarawak Report writes:-

There can have been few more devastating secret filming exposes than the confessions made by Taib’s closest family, a close lawyer and his cronies as they set about trying to sell the land handed to them by the Chief Minister in his capacity as the man who controls the Land and Survey Department and indeed the whole of Sarawak.

The territory they are selling off is described at ‘state land’, but in fact as Global Witness has established both the Hiis and the daughters of Tun Ya’kub have got hold of titles to Native Customary Rights (NCR) Lands, where indigenous people were granted rights many years ago and now face being driven from their homes.

They all make clear that it is Taib who makes all the decisions to give out the NCR lands.

They also make clear that he gave it to them because they are close cronies and that in return the greedy dictator expects a large slice of the profits.

Not only that, the entire gang of thieves conspire together to cheat the country of tax in the process. These are the tax rules made by the very government that Taib is part of and which he enforces against everyone else!

The question is what Najib, the AG and the MACC intends to do about this?

You cannot get a better admission of wrong-doing, corruption and tax-evasion than this?

This is a film that will have Malaysia talking. But, Malaysia will see that BN and Najib Razak will do nothing to move against this corrupted state leader, because they think that Taib can deliver them a ‘fixed deposit” of votes in the coming General Election. Is it time to prove them wrong?

Yes, can Najib prove us wrong? Will these wrong-doers be allowed a similar “23 days grace” before any action is taken?

Sarawak State Elections: The Outcome


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Taib Mahmud at helms again but Pakatan had some good gains as well. Image via Wikipedia

Personally, the final outcome was kind of disappointing though – it would have been nice if the opposition had denied the two-third majority and put the ruling Government under a microscope but still it was a good run for the oppositions.

The voters have decided and we need to respect that. BN retained their two-third control in the State Assembly once again – Taib Mahmud would feel relieved. BN won, no doubt with a lesser seats – perhaps it was due to Najib’s assurances that the alleged native land-grabbing Taib Mahmud is definitely going away for good this time.

Bian Baru finally got his seat, an acknowledgement of his past work with the natives on human rights issues and native land issues. And it was well reported that the Chinese votes swing to the oppositions this time around. Taib Mahmud had promised to look into reasons for this – we will wait and see.

Whilst Najib get busy on understanding why BN won fewer seats this time around compared to the last State Elections (with reduction of margin of win as well and the Deputy Chief Minister even losing to a new comer from DAP), Pakatan Rakyat should look into their success and how they can capitalize on this for the next election.

First, get organized – the bickering between the opposition political parties for the seats just before the elections was shameful and at one point almost set DAP going off on their own. No doubt, there are arguments for PKR to contest in more seats than DAP in Sarawak but the initial bickering in the open could have done some lost of confidence in the opposition front.

Secondly, show that Pakatan Rakyat means business in Sarawak – a stronger opposition presence in the State Assembly mean it will not be easy for the ruling Government to do what they been doing all this time without proper scrutiny and accountability.

With Taib Mahmud & his family firmly in control of the state, one can be assured that a stronger opposition will enticed the much needed check & balance on the Government and the alternative media like the Sarawak Reports will have plenty to report on for the next 5 years.

The road for a total change of Government in Sarawak may be still long and far but if the opposition is able to maintain the momentum and check on corruption and abuse, the people of Sarawak would be the real winners in years to come.

For now, well done Pakatan!

Sarawak State Elections: The Spins


(Taib Mahmud and his unexplained growth in wealth is the focus of the opposition in this State Elections. It will be difficult for Najib & BN to justify Taib continuing his hold on the powers in Sarawak. More so after hard evidence of native land grab – estimated 70,000 hectares, an area which is larger than Singapore and luxury properties abroad under Taib and Taib’s family members starts to emerge. Image source: http://hornbillunleashed.wordpress.com)

With the State Elections around the corner, it is just a matter before we will be hearing spins on both side of the political divide.

A Pro-BN blog reported this:-

 I received an early morning sms from our folks in Sarawak. It says

“Lawatan DSAI ke Daerah Kapit. Di rumah Edision Bugap Ng Melekun Kapit, DSAI dimalukan oleh penduduk rumah panjang tersebut apabila Tuai Rumah bertanya kepadanya isu liwat dan jam Omega. DSAI menjadi marah dan terus meninggalkan majlis.Solan di tanya oleh Tuai Rumah sendiri selepas DSAI berucap 20 minit. DSAI tinggalkan majlis tanpa bersalaman dgn penduduk. kehadiran sekitar 120 sahaja.”

This news is all around the Blogs as well. Even a Tuai Rumah (Dayak longhouse headman) is making fun of Buncit. Here is a fellow who says he wants to be Prime Minister and his rumah panjang host asks him questions about the missing Omega watch and his liwat case?

He could not answer so he left the place in a hurry. Malu lah. This is a future Prime Minister?

Apparently, according to the SMS from “their folks”, Anwar was “caught with his pants down” when he was campaigning in one of the long houses and when questions about the sex video was raised, he became angry and had to rush out from the long house without shaking hands without anyone. This is what was mentioned in the blog.

But if you hope over to Malaysiakini (who been under DDOS attack together with the anti-Mahmud site, Sarawak Report), there is an interesting revelation on what really happened:-

Meanwhile, an eyewitness to the incident when contacted by Malaysiakini, denied what was reported by the national news agency.

The person, who declined to be named, said he did not consider such a matter as ‘much of an incident’ in the Baleh constituency in Kapit. ‘

What happened was Anwar was delivering his speech when a tuai rumah (longhouse headman) from the longhouse asked him about the Omega watch, the sex tape and his on-going sodomy trial. Anwar provided a decent answer in replying to the question, which was accepted by the audience. Anwar took some time in explaining and he did not run off as reported,’ he said.

‘I saw an SMS alert and it is truly a fabrication by the BN party machinery to humiliate Anwar. What happened was after Anwar answered the question, he continued to deliver his ceramah. It was the person who had left the longhouse and not Anwar,’ he said.

The person also disputed that the actual number in the longhouse audience was 120 as reported as there were 500 to 700 people during the 11am incident, where the audience was receptive and came out in numbers.

So, which is which?

No doubt that both stories was based on hearsay – one from unconfirmed SMS whilst another  from an eye-witness who was there. Pakatan Rakyat has been high on their “Ubah” campaign – telling Sarawakians that it is time to kick the rich, corrupted Chief Minister and vote PR’s Baru Bian who has more creditability as the new CM.

Will the tsunami that swept Peninsular Malaysia political landscape in 2008 will happen in Sarawak in 2011? For now, news from the ground seems to be heading that way and let’s hope that despite the spins in the mainstream media and blogs, Sarawakians will do what is right – elect people who have the people’s interest on top of personal or their family members’ interest.

Speechless Corruption


What the MACC still waiting for? The usual green light from the top?

(Why care about these people when RM50 million of hard cold cash goes to your pockets on a yearly basis and no one can touch you, right? Image source: http://www.sarawakreport.org)

Despite saying “we are not as corrupt as we are perceived to be”, one need to wonder whether MACC still sleeping on the job? Especially when you read this:-

Sarawak Report can reveal that the Chief Minister, Abdul Taib Mahmud, has a major personal shareholding in Sarawak’s highly controversial Royal Mulu Resort, a project that has received huge injections of cash from the State.

This means that, as both Chief Minister and Finance Minister, Taib has authorised the diversion of large sums of public money straight into his own pocket.

Given that the Chief Minister had alienated profitable state land into the hands of his unqualified sister and brother, the project was from the start corrupt.

Even more corrupt has been the continuing support by the state of Sarawak, through the Sarawak Economic Development Corporation, of what has turned out to be a lamentably unprofitable venture. In the name of ‘developing tourism’ the SEDC has been paying what appear to be astronomical ‘management fees’ to the Geneids and their co-shareholders for running their own hotel investment!

Sarawak Report has been informed from reliable sources that the agreement was for Borsamulu’s management subsidiary to be paid RM 50 million a year for 50 years by the state.

This means that the State of Sarawak has agreed to pay the Geneids and indeed the Chief Minister himself, RM 50 million a year to manage their own investment until the day they die!

We therefore ask the Government of Sarawak if they will please confirm this figure and explain on what grounds they think they can condone such corruption?

Read more here – still dare to say “we are not as corrupt as we are perceived to be”? Still want to consider “commission in millions” as nothing to shout about? Still think that we need to keep the same people in power and hope for the best?

MACC & Untouchables?


(There is no smoke without fire. It cannot be “something fishy” without corruption. The question is why a RM100 dormant company can buy properties at almost 85% discount if not for gross conflict of interest and personal gains. Image source: http://hornbillunleashed.wordpress.com)

Some people still think we are living in caves, they really do…

At these days, information is obtained at lighting pace and at a press of a button; it is not easy to sweep things under the carpet. Sooner or later, the people are going to find out and they are going to hold you by the neck for answers. So, here is why MACC has failed to obtain and will never obtain the public’s respect – some even find it hilarious when the MACC commissioner put up the “challenge” to bring the so-called big fishes down.

An USD6.8 million mansion sold for USD1 and a RM500 million valued property sold for RM78 million to a RM100 paid up dormant company (shows like PKFZ) – this should have rung bells in MACC from miles away. And yet, we do not see any reaction from MACC.

Perhaps they are still waiting for the “right” evidence to nab these traitors (maybe some willing witnesses, agreeing to late night questioning). Perhaps the traitors are so rich & powerful that they are simply untouchables (maybe they are holding Najib by his balls for the next general election). Or perhaps, MACC have not gotten the green light from the top (maybe AG is too busy with Anwar, others are too trivial). Perhaps they are too busy trouble shooting on the “comedy show” that happened during the recent inquest of Teoh Beng Hock (maybe busy negotiating to sell the comedy scripts to aspiring junior lawyers)

The shit has hit the fan in the eastern front but it looks like it is business is as usual at MACC. Whatever the reason may be for MACC’s inaction, Malaysia is fast becoming a laughing stock where corruption is so apparent to others except to those matters most – the agency that suppose to be fighting corruption.

It is time for the Sarawakians to wake up from the long slumber that they have been and put an end to this nonsense. Corruption is flowing like water and nothing is done to stop the leakage. It may be left to the voters to take up the challenge and kick corruption out of the state and into the South China Sea.

To think about it, even if you can investigate, you cannot prosecute, so forget the notion that you are corruption busters.

But are you? Prove us wrong, MACC!

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