Tun Daim Zainuddin a career of shooting poison darts, laying booby traps. and knifing friend or foe in the backPetron acquired the oil refiner Exxon Mobil Malaysia Bhd in April, when it bought 65% of the firm, and now has full ownership of the subsidiaries Exxon Mobil Malaysia Sdn Bhd and Exxon Mobil Borneo Sdn Bhd.It has since rebranded 580 former Exxon Mobil fuel stations nationwide and, it is learnt, will do so with 120 more stations by the end of the yeaa boycott of companies owned by BN cronies would be a more effective method of fighting corruption in Malaysia than depending on action by the police or MACC.
Dr Mahathir turned the tables on his critics and revealed lists of people who benefitted from government largesse and contracts. Anwar was then sacked on sodomy and abuse of power charges and later jailed. He was released in 2004 and has campaigned against the BN, leading PR to a historic win of four more states and 82 federal seats in the 2008 elections. Business and Politics makes strange bedfellows but MAHATHIR made some men very rich
Stung by charges of nepotism among Pakatan Rakyat (PR) leaders, Karpal Singh has instead challenged Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad today to reveal his and his family assets accumulated before the country’s longest-serving prime minister retired in 2003.
The DAP national chairman also hit out at the Umno-controlled New Straits Times report, saying the federal constitution guaranteed that all citizens are equal and can take part in politics, including children of political leaders. But he said that Dr Mahathir’s children advanced economically under the former prime minister’s time in office.
“They are all multi-millionaires and when he was PM, he made sure he put them in all right places, in the right context. He himself is a millionaire,” Karpal (picture) was quoted as saying by the Malaysiakini news portal in Air Itam, here.
The veteran politician and lawyer hoped that Dr Mahathir would accept his challenge to reveal the latter’s assets, adding that if all his accounts are in order, “he has nothing to fear”.
“Or else, he has lots to fear when Pakatan comes to power. This does not constitute a threat but a firm reminder to be careful in whatever he says,” Karpal said.
His comments came after the New Straits Times carried a report headlined ‘Nepotism in opposition worrying’ with photographs of PKR de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim, his daughter Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar, Karpal himself and his son, Puchong MP Gobind Singh Deo, and Ipoh Timur MP Lim Kit Siang and his son Penang chief minister and DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng. “Say No to Petron” campaign against the new petrol and gas company, which is said to be owned by Mirzan Mahathir, one of former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s sons. to boycott all Petron petrol stations to show our dismay over cronyism in Malaysia,“Petron Malaysia Sdn Bhd, which has links with Mahathir’s son Mirzan, has taken over Esso Malaysia Bhd and all Esso stations are being rebranded to Petron.“This is ridiculous. While the people are struggling, a few are enjoying a lavish life because of cronyism. Those who are related to powerful leaders are getting favours without any problems.“I am really saddened by our system.here are thousands and thousands of complaints lodged with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and the police, but nothing is done about them.So, the time has come to use a new method to fight cronyism.” While Robert Vadra, though not even a party leader seems entitled to greater loyalty of Congressmen and women. The difference lies in the tone and tenor of the Congress’s furious and vicious rebuttals of the IAC’s allegations. In contrast,
the dynasty and the Congress will summon all the nerve and the verve at its command to teach a lesson. Interestingly during the recent altercations, Congress leaders have repeatedly pointed out that Vadra is a ‘private citizen’, who has the right to transact business deals like any other businessman in the country. So what’s the fuss about? But that argument ties itself up in knots. Why then have the top party leadership taken it upon themselves to defend a private citizen. In fact, that line of rhetoric could have worked, had Robert Vadra acted like a private citizen and put up his own defence within 24 hours of the IAC’s press conference. Why has he not? Anti-corruption activist Arvind Kejriwal on Saturday stuck to his allegations against Robert Vadra, son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, saying he had just put certain facts in public domain which need to be answered.
India Against Corruption (IAC) leader Kejriwal and his lawyer colleague Prashant Bhushan alleged on Friday that Vadra had bought property in Gurgaon and other places at below market rates and sold them at a huge profit.
“We are not passing a judgment … we have put certain facts in the public domain … why doesn’t he (Vadra) answer them,” Kejriwal asked while speaking to CNN-IBN’s Karan Thapar.
He asked why real estate giant DLF sold properties worth Rs 35 crore to Vadra for Rs 5 crore.
Denying he was targeting Vadra for being related to Gandhi and also to get mileage for his yet-to-be-named political outfit, Kejriwal challenged the channel to get the businessman to answer the charges.
“People will not agree we targeted him for being Gandhi’s son-in-law,” said Kejriwal.
Claiming to be neutral, the activist said both the Congress and the BJP said alleged that he was their rival’s agent.
Stating he had not read the reports about the DLF-Vadra link published in The Economic Times in March 2011, Kejriwal said there was no harm in repeating the same.
The Congress defended Vadra, saying the charges against him were baseless and malicious.
Kejriwal denied law minister Salman Khurshid’s charge that he was indulging in blackmail by levelling false charges against Vadra.
Nazri,strongly believe your brains are slowly decaying (provided if you still have any). Anyone in the world will know how the EC is controlled by moronic politicians like you. Do you really think we would believe you when you say the EC is independent? You are a comedian. Go get a life buddy. how does EC do a good job if it does not listen to criticism and views of others? Your answer reflects who you are – not capable of reasoned thinking and analysis of the concerns expressed by the people. Bersih is not opposition; Bersih is rakyat, in case you have got it all wrong. If EC was and is independent, how is it possible that the demarcation of constituencies has become what it is today? If EC is independent why is it that numerous allegations (whether true or false) have not been satisfactorily explained? The independence of EC is not just dependent on the EC members alone. The whole establishment of EC, from carry out voter registration, checking authenticity, collating and keeping records are all done by government staff whose independence is very much in doubt. Frankly EC members are a group of retirees who probably can’t stay awake continuously for two hours. Please check this out.
The Election Commission (EC) is an independent body that is appointed by, and answers to, the Agong, as provided by Article 114 of the federal constitution, the government has maintained.Nazri, if you are a dumb fool, don’t think the rakyat has your mentallity too. We know how you fellows manipulate law. Who are you to say “NO”. What independence? The EC is as “independent” as Ibrahim Ali of Perkasa who claims to be an independent MP. Minister Nazri, though it may seem that they are independent in accordance to what the Fed Const says but are they seen to be? Do they know what is the meaning of independence of their commission? The top officials openly show their leaning towards UMNO, a political party. The top officials are at the beck and call of UMNO. If they are independent, they will fiercely guard their reputation, here some much of dirt has been dug up on them and they are at a lost to rebut! So what does that tell you of their independence? If you don’t want to be answerable to the people, just say so. Stop taking us for a ride!
Nazri may send his gangsters (3 line) to come and beat the daylights out of you and then get the chinese gangsters to get PDRM to fabricate your accident OR worst still, use the EC to make you into a phantom vote from a deceased and then the OPPOSITION will not have enough voters!! Just treat him like PERKASA Ibrahim Ali or Utusan, safer this way. We just need to VOTE Them out and then all the gangster elements will be taken out of the PDRM and EC. Lastly, I hope the gangsters themselves will take them out because they are unable to fulfill ALL the promises they made to them. JUSTICE has it’s own way to prevail even in gangster mentality! First rule: Don’t tell people you are gangster even if you are!
When caught between a conflict, would you stay with the mind, or fly with the heart?
If you go through TV viewership figures in India last week, you may not be surprised to find a bump during the first US presidential debate live on TV.
Barack Obama looked tired and wooden, Mitt Romney sprightly and, almost presidential. Obama was defensive and Romney a surprisingly good debator. Nothwithstanding the fact that presidential debates don’t decide elections, the live jousting struck a chord in many Indians yearning for a better electoral experience. At least Obama got to tell Americans that Romney’s policy was “never mind”.
The Chinese too are going through their own leadership transition – although a new crop of leaders will decide the fate of the world’s second largest economy, nobody, not even the Chinese, will call it an election. The winnowing process for the leaders of the new politburo has been bruising this far – murder trials, anti-Japan protests and Ferrari deaths (with naked women) spicing up proceedings.
In South Korea, Ahn Cheol-Soo, a local Bill Gates, is shaking up established political parties, wanting to become the next president. His line? “Our lives can change only after our politics change,” Ahn says. He has won over many by diverting from established political tradition by talking about social and economic inequality. By December, Koreans too will get an opportunity to change the direction of their lives. For everybody who understands why Gangnam Style is such a runaway hit, you’ll know that Koreans – like Indians – want a life better than what they have right now.
Out here in the heat and dust of our own politics, we know we will go in for elections in 2014, maybe earlier, if we are lucky. What we will not be lucky about is the manner in which our elections are conducted. We have established to the world that we have a robust democracy, and certainly, our electoral institutions are worthy of emulation.
But they are also worthy of reform. And one of the first things we should overhaul is the way we fund our elections – a more opaque system there isn’t and probably the primary cause of much corruption in public life in India. I don’t really expect that to change any time soon.
What could make a huge difference is we could adapt the system of “primaries” and televised debates in Indian election process. The idea of candidates becoming worthy because they can win over most of their party is very tempting. I can see several pluses – first, the candidate becomes “known” to larger sections of people, primarily his own party. Second, he gets to put out his own vision (obviously circumscribed by the larger policies of the party he represents). Third, he makes a push to win over his own partymen.
Currently, the choice of leaders of most political parties in India is arbitrary. Its fashionable to rail at the Gandhis for their stranglehold over the Congress party, but look at any of the others: DMK, Samajwadi, NCP, what have you. You were not born in the first family, you can have a hellish climb to the glass ceiling. And then you stop.
But a system of primaries could ensure a semblance of inner-party democracy. Of course its not perfect. But lets not make perfect the enemy of good.
For prime ministerial candidate, the idea of primaries is even more important. The campaign, which, if you watch the US system is actually relentless, put out all intended policies and rival visions of the future of the country get an airing. Because they will be debated, they will be parsed by the media and the small group of fact-checking websites growing in our country.
The style of campaign speeches in India currently is a mixture of rant, outright criticism of opponents, blatant caste appeasement and a bunch of outrageous promises that nobody takes seriously.
India is growing as a world power, and our political utterances too should reflect this emerging reality. The world wants to know what our new leadership is actually thinking about. Global investment decisions are dependent on the economic policies of different parties. Its much more real hearing them defend their policies rather than handing out election manifestos. Heck, most Indians want to know about policies and less politics. Having candidates running the gauntlet of primaries and debating with each other on TV should be seen as an exercise in transparency. And that’s all for the good.
Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim ’s attempt to bring in the French lawyers to brief Parliament on the on-going court case in France could probably be rated as the single most intelligent maverick political strategy ever pulled so far.
Has sparked off a debate by saying something provocative.But the most important reason why debates are meaningless in our country is that our leaders simply don’t have even a basic appreciation of debate decorum. The decency to let someone complete his or her point. The ability to complete one’s point within the allotted time frame. The willingness to listen to the other person’s point and attack only when time is provided for it. And equally, the maturity not to turn the debate into a personal attack on each other.
That credit rating of a clever plan however cannot be ascribed to Pakatan Rakyat; it actually is all because of BN’s own doing. So BN better stop nailing DSAI.
By officially stating and obstructing the lawyers from being allowed to address Parliament, the BN has started the submerging of its own credibility to greater depths.
People are now going to keep saying all the more convinced that the perception that BN has much to hide vis-à-vis the submarine case and all the bloody history entwined with the submarines must be true.
Sinking their own ship
Already the whispers are getting louder at the local warongs: Kalau tidak salah kenapa nak takut-takut lah.
Now how on earth is a political coalition, the BN, ever going to fight this emerging perception?
Maybe the Home Minister may want to come up with another of his infamous edicts to nip the emerging perception that after all the Altantuya murder, the commissions siphoned, and the over-pricing of the battle machines all have an umbilical cord of deceit wrapped around the pockets and up to the necks of BN war lords. No?
It is a pity really that (of course, for those aligned with the PR side, it is heaven sent blessing), the BN people are sinking their own ships even further and at greater haste.
If only the ministers and their appointed spokespersons said, “come lah, come by all means and let us get to the truth at all costs, because we have the truth and have nothing to hide”, then PR would have been edged to the cliff for another crucial plunge.
So can we blame the rayat for increasing in numbers at each coming public assembly to register their thoughts, feelings and aspirations all in the name and for the love of this nation?
CRONYISM IN THE OIL AND GAS BUSINESS
Nazri, The ordinary people of Malaysia, even those who are not lawyers, not well versed with the laws, know that the EC is answerable to His Majesty as the members are appointed by him, has the powers to conduct all the function s related to elections. The proposal to make EC answerable directly to Parliament came about because the EC has not been functioning, seen functioning, independently as should at all times. Who are the politicians, which aprty tghey belong to, who forms the govt etc etc are no the business of the EC. I am sure you understand all that, Nazri, beding a lawer to boot. The EC has it’s own staff, budget etc., that being the case, why should it come to, depend, on the PM’s office for administrative work, directions? What do you say to that Nazri?Never bothered to what this KL Gangster said that the EC is Independent of the PM Dept when both the Chairman and his Deputy were ex-UMNO or still UMNOputras members…Pl.nominate Ms.Ambiga to be the Chairman and TI Chairman,Paul Low as Dep. Chairman then we can safely claimed that EC is Independent of PM Dept.
PKR secretary general Dato’ Saifuddin Nasution Ismail said oil producing states would be able to operate their respective oil operation through state government-linked companies should Pakatan Rakyat come to power.
Saifuddin said this was different than the current practice.“That is because the companies operating on oil fields are owned by UMNO leaders’ family. For example, two oil fields in Kelantan are owned by Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s children,” he said at a ceramah with PAS Deputy President Mohamad Sabu in Kota Bharu yesterday.
The new deal, according to Saifuddin, forms part of PR’s pledge if it wins the next general election.In Kelantan, the Machang member of parliament said there were 23 oil fields yet to be explored.
“Every oil field is estimated to be worth RM3 billion. So to avoid those oil fields being controlled by UMNO leaders’ family, the government in Putrajaya must be changed,” he added.
In its alternative budget, PR pledged to increase royalty payment to 20 per cent for petroleum-producing states, from the present five percent.
UMNO Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin had spoken out against the idea, saying it would affect the government’s tax revenue and profits for national oil company Petronas.
Earlier this week, the Kelantan state government, locked in a legal battle over unpaid oil royalties, was allowed by the Federal Court to pose questions of law surrounding its suit against Petronas.
Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Tan Sri Nor Mohamad Yakcop must come clean on the Bank Negara forex scandal and fully account for the losses of RM15.8 billion from 1992-3 but estimated to reach RM30 billion. According to the Bank Negara’S financial report, Bank Negara recorded losses of RM10.1 billion in 1992 and RM5.7 billion in 1993.
However when replying to my question in Parliament 2 weeks ago, Deputy Finance Minister Datuk Donald Lim only admitted to the RM 5.7 billion in losses in 1993. This gives rise to question about the RM10.1 billion losses in 1992 or even a total loss of up to RM30 billion as former Bank Negara senior officer Dr Rosli Yakcop who had worked under Tan Sri Nor had estimated.
Why go after Soros, it’s Nor who must come clean
At a time when the Malaysian government is condemning forex currency speculators like George Soros, why is the Malaysian government practicing double-standards by protecting Malaysian forex currency speculators like Tan Sri Nor Mohamad Yakcop.
Worse the Malaysian government is sending the wrong message by not only failing to punish those responsible for such huge losses or demanding full accountability but even promoting forex currency speculators like Tan Sri Nor to a full Cabinet Minister.
With the coming general elections, Tan Sri Nor has to fully explain this financial scandal as public interest demands that voters be fully informed what type of person or government that they are voting for when we suffered the largest financial losses in Malaysian history. Failing to do so would show that the BN government is only giving lip service to public accountability and transparency.