Another new Malaysia’s book of record. 732 Santa Claus & Santarina joined Christmas treasure hunt at Spritzer Eco Park. Well done to the organiser who helped to promote Taiping, our own heritage city. 🎄🎄
The installation ceremony gala dinner of Perak Chinese Chamber of Commerce and Industry (PCCCI) 59th central committee cum 5th youth committee 2018/2021 was held on Thursday, June 21 at WEIL Hotel. “We’ve a very strong team of corporate leaders leading PCCCI, holding key positions and certainly they can play a very important role in improving the image and status of PCCCI,” said Dato’ Liew Sew Yee, president of PCCCI. “We’ll also work closely with the business community of different races to boost the racial harmony and unity. Together, we aim to raise the standard of business entities regardless of ethnic background, especially the SME industries, which constitute more than 90 percent of businesses in Perak,” he added.
Jangan bazirkan masa menghasut sentimen kebencian perkauman.
Witnessing the ceremony were Dato’ Lim Kok Cheong, Life Honorary President of Associated Chinese Chambers of Commerce and Industry of Malaysia (ACCCIM) and PCCCI, Tan Sri Ter Leong Yap, President of ACCCIM and Nga Kor Ming, Chairman of DAP Perak. “I’d like to commend the contribution from PCCCI, including their members, to Tabung Harapan Malaysia which has exceeded RM5 million. PCCCI has shown an exemplary example in displaying the spirit of patriotism,” Nga Kor Ming told Ipoh Echo.
The ghost of Altantunya will continue to haunt Najib and Malaysia until there is a full and satisfactory investigation as to the motive for the heinous murder of the Mongolian murder and the real murderers brought to justice. When the heinous murder and the mysterious disappearance of Saudi Arabian journalist, Jamal Kashoggi in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul hit the world headlines early October, the first person I thought of was Altantnya Shaariibuu, who was murdered and whose remains destroyed with C4 explosives in Shah Alam on Oct. 16 twelve years ago. The ghost of Altantunya Shaariibuu will continue to haunt former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Malaysia until there is a full and satisfactory investigation as to the motive for the heinous murder of the Mongolian murder and the real murders brought to justice.
Home Minister Tan Sri Muhytiddin Yassin told Parliament yesterday that the police will take appropriate action against Najib and his wife Rosmah Mansor if the couple is implicated in the murder of Altantuya. He was responding to Monday’s speech by the DAP MP for Bukit Gelugor Ramkarpal Singh in the debate on the Mid-Term Review of the 11th Malaysia Plan on the revelations made by businessperson Deepak Jaikishan on the Altantunya murder in a recent recording which was uploaded online. Although Deepak’s video recording had since been deleted from the Internet, it should pose no difficulty for the police to locate the video which is making the rounds on the social media in the last few days, and most important of all, the police can get confirmation from Deepak himself on the authenticity of the video. As Ramkarpal told Parliament on Monday, Deepak had clearly stated that Najib and Rosmah were involved in the murder of Altantuya.
In fact, at stake is not just the reputation of Najib and Rosmah, but Malaysia’s international repute and standing as a developed and civilized society where the rule of law and justice prevail in the country, where people do not disappear for no rhyme or reason or got murdered for no motives. In view of Deepak’s video recording, accusing Najib and Rosmah of being involved in the murder of Altantunya Shaariibuu, are both of them going to surrender themselves to the police for a re-opening of investigation into the motive for the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu? Instead of submitting to the rule of law and justice, whether on the Altantunya murder or the 1MDB “kleptocracy at its worst”, Najib is clearly trying to obstruct the course of justice with his statement yesterday urging the Pakatan Harapan government to stop finding fault with him and his past administration, and focus instead on saving the country’s economy.
Is Najib suggesting that Pakatan Harapan should not re-open investigation into the Altantunya murder to establish its motive, something which the Najib premiership failed to do, or to get to the to the bottom of the 1MDB scandal? The past five days had been Najib’s worst five days in his public life. On October 26, 2018, Najib’s house of cards propping up his claim that the international 1MDB corruption and money-launderintg scandal was fake news and a concocted international conspiracy by his political enemie to topple him from power collapsed when Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel Ahmad Al-Jubeir met the Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad and denied that Najib’s infamous RM2.6 billion in his personal bank accounts had come from Riyadh. But the damage to Najib of this Saudi Arabian denial was nothing compared to Najib’s disgraceful interview with Al Jazeera.
In the interview, Najib staged a walk-out after he was unable to answer with credibiility and authority difficult questions which the Al Jazeera interviewer, Mary Ann Joley, had put to Najib, whether on the 1MDB scandal; the RM2.6 billion donation in his personal banking account; Rosmah Mansor’s 22-carat US$27.3 million pink diamond necklace; more than US$200 million transferred into the account of his stepson Rizal Aziz; fugitive financier Jho Low; his 38 criminal charges of corruption, criminal breach of trust and money laundering or the murder of Altantunya Shaariibuu, and the interview was telecast worldwide on Saturday, October 27, 2018. Najib’s Al Jazeera interview was particularly damaging as it served as concrete proof as to why the 4 million voters who had voted for UMNO/Barisan Nasional in the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018 were very wrong in supporting a global kleptocracy, kakistocracy and rogue democraccy and why they should join the 5.6 million voters who voted for Pakatan Harapan to build a New Malaysia which is a leading nation of integrity and world top class nation and model of an united, progressive and democratic society.
Worse was to come for Najib. At the Anti-Corruption Summit 2018 in Kuala Lumpur, there were three blows to the solar plexus, viz: (1) Dismissal by the Prime Minister, Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad of allegations that Najib’s 38 criminal charges of corruption, criminal breach of trust and money-laundering were politically motivated, as they are based on investigations by enforcement agencies tracing the 1MDB money and where it had gone through. (2) Revelation by Tan Sri Abu Kassim, the head of National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption (GIACC) and former Chief Commissioner of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) that the MACC had in 2015 found that Najib’s claim that the RM2.6 billion he received was a donation from Saudi Arabian royalty to be false after a meeting with Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and United States Department of Justice in Washington; and (3) Announcement by the Attorney-General Tommy Thomas that the Malaysian Government would challenge the US$5.78 billion consent award granted to Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Company or Aabar Investments PJS as Malaysia’s 1MDB was defrauded by Najib and against public policy.
In his disastrous Al Jazeera interview, Najib had indirectly admitted to the moral, economic and political catastrophes of the 1MDB scandal. Is Najib prepared to spare the country from further pain, agonies and sufferings and co-operate with the various investigative agencies by “Telling All” whether on the 1MDB scandal or the Altantuya murder?
(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Parliament)
Documentary “Kleptocrats” about the 1MDB scandal making world premier in New York while the Supreme Kleptocrat in Malaysia continues in his bubble to deny existence of 1MDB scandal. Former UMNO Minister and UMNO Wanita leader, Tan Sri Rafidah Aziz has asked a most important and pertinent question about education in Malaysia at the Nurture, Engage, eXchange Leadership Conference in Penang on 10 November 2018: “What are you bringing up? Kleptos (thieves) and bullies?”
She said Malaysia has no need to come up with reports on the education system, as by the time the reports are written, the rest of the world would have already moved ahead. “So many studies, so many reports, but nobody looks at them. So no need”, she said. Just consult the private sector and ask industry players, both local and foreign, what they need in terms of human capital and skills – was her recipe for educational reform in Malaysia. Although I do not fully agree with her, I must say that Rafidah’s sharp-tongued criticism of the flaws of the educational system resonates with the majority of Malaysians who are worried about the education of their children. Her question, “What are you bringing up? Klepptos (thieves) and bullies” is very relevant in Malaysia six decades after Merdeka in 1957 and the formation of Malaysia in 1963 – whether despite Islam as the official religion of Malaysia and the country being the confluence of the great religions and civilisations in the world, our schools and universities are producing a generation completely devoid of moral compass or religious values, who can be very comfortable with the infamy, ignominy and iniquity of being a global kleptocracy?
And horror of horrors, where a political party based on political Islam like PAS could even embrace kleptocracy, which is denounced by Islam and all religions and moral systems in the world – the unwritten agenda for the joint UMNO-PAS gathering in Perak this weekend. Malaysia’s greatest moral dilemma six decades after nationhood is vividly highlighted by the following three images: Firstly, former Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and those in his cohoots being hauled to court in the country to answer scores of criminal charges of corruption, criminal breach of trust and money-laundering in the 1MDB scandal; while overseas,1MDB conspirators like former Goldman Sachs banker Tim Leissner pleaded guilty of 1MDB criminal and corruption charges, and with another Goldman Sachs banker, Roger Ng, agreeing to forfeit some RM300 million of ill-gotten gains in the 1MDB scandal. Meanwhile, the international manhunt for 1MDB mastermind Jho Low, who has been indicted in Malaysia and the United States, continues.
Secondly, Najib shooting off numerous statements in his Facebook every day to distract attention from the 1MDB noose closing in on him, while continue to live in his bubble and to deny the existence of 1MDB scandal. Lastly, the 84-minute U.S. documentary “The Kleptocrats” (https://bit.ly/2zsvCGl) making its world premier in New York, with the following script accompanying the documentary: “In one of the world’s biggest financial crimes, 3.5 billion dollars were stolen from a Malaysian government fund. Investigative reporters from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Hollywood Reporter follow the money as it travels across the globe, financing everything from luxury real estate and decadent parties in Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street. Capturing white-collar crime at its greedy best. The Kleptocrats is tale of embezzlement, scams and greed run amok.” Like Tom Wright and Bradley Hopes’ Billion Dollar Whale book, The Kleptocrats puts added emphasis on the role of fugitive financier Jho Low in the corruption scandal spanning at least 10 countries.
It tracks Low’s movements as he criss-crossed the world between Malaysia and Hollywood, playing up his lavish lifestyle that led to his playboy image. Directors Sam Hobkinson and Havana Marking also included interviews with Malaysian personalities such as MPs Tony Pua and Maria Chin Abdullah to help convey the damage the scandal wrought on Malaysia. Both the documentary The Kleptocrats and the harvest of books on the 1MDB scandal, like Billion Dollar Whale, reinforce the question asked by Rafidah yesterday – “What are you bringing up? Kleptos (thieves) and bullies?”
(Media Statement by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Liam Kit Siang in Gelang Patah)
It must be history’s most pathetic mea culpa, contrived and totally unconvincing, completely unable to evoke sympathy and understanding let alone pity. Who would believe Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s admission that his administration was cheated by fugitive financier Jho Low, the other mastermind of the 1MDB scandal? Please stand forward and declare yourself and we have the new suckers in Malaysia! The United States Department of Justice (DoJ) largest kleptocratic litigation to forfeit US$1.7 billion of US$4.5 billion 1MDB-linked assets, first initiated in July 2016, provided Najib with the last opportunity to dissociate and exonerate himself of any guilt or role in the 1MDB scandal.
But Najib was so sure and brazen with power that he could get away with the 1MDB scandal, he spearheaded an international façade and charade of an international conspiracy to topple him as Prime Minister of Malaysia making use of the 1MDB scandal, which he claimed until his interview today was a concoction and a lie. Najib was named as “Malaysian Official 1” (“MO1”), which his right-hand Cabinet Minister, Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan, openly told the world was Najib, but did he object to implication in the 1MDB scandal? What would have happened if Najib had won the 14th General Election on May 9, 2018? Najib would have completely isolated Malaysia from the world, claiming that there is an international conspiracy against him and Jho Low, and that he would not succumb to such international pressures. In fact, even the Free Masons would be trotted out to defend him against the imaginary international conspiracy. Is Najib admitting that all the criminal charges which had been levelled against him in connection with the 1MDB scandal had substance? Is he going to plead guilty to all the criminal charges in connection with the 1MDB scandal? The greatest challenge today is to transform Malaysia from a global kleptocracy into a leading nation of integrity!
Would Najib, UMNO and PAS leaders sign on to this national mission?
(Media Comment by DAP MP for Iskandar Puteri Lim Kit Siang in Parliament)
RAIN did not deter hundreds of Taiping folk from attending the state-level Malaysia Day celebration at Dataran Warisan Taiping. It was after all, the first time the celebration was held at the “Rain Town” and many did not want to miss the spectacular and colourful performances prepared for them.
The event on Saturday started off with a dance performance by the Ethnics Dances Group amidst the falling rain, followed by Perak Tourism, Arts and Cultural Committee chairman Tan Kar Hing’s opening speech.
After his speech, Tan and several other dignitaries, including Taiping MP Teh Kok Lim, state secretary Datuk Mohd Gazali Jalal, state Finance Officer Datuk Abu Bakar Said and Taiping Municipal Council president Datuk Abdul Rahim Md Ariff, marked the start of the celebration by hitting a Chinese drum. The crowd was then given a taste of a “War Cry” performance by the Royal Malaysian Army’s Ninth Royal Rangers Regiment Battalion. Next up was a fusion dikir dance and poetry sketch depicting the formation of Malaysia.
The highlight of the night was a magic performance by Hakim, who was garbed in a traditional Malay costume.Among the acts he performed was pulling out stalks of roses from a handkerchief, levitating a table and the Indian Basket Trick, in which his assistant stepped into a box before he skewered it with umbrellas.
A group of students from SMJK Hua Lian then performed a Chinese-themed dance. Other performances included local artistes such as Orange Tan, Guna Seelan, Shiha Zikir, Winson Voon, Asfan Shah and As’ad Motawh singing several songs.In his speech, Tan said it was the state’s idea to hold the event elsewhere instead of Ipoh.
“We also want folk from other districts to have a major celebration. “And we chose Taiping as we felt that it was high time for the town to return to the limelight and its former glory,” said Tan, who represented Perak Mentri Besar Ahmad Faizal Azumu.He said the state would focus on Taiping’s tourism industry, bringing in domestic and international tourists.
“This November, we will bring a delegation from Thailand, consisting of media, NGOs, travel agencies and related industry players to Taiping. “We want to show the beauty of Taiping to the whole world so I ask the people here to be ready to receive them,” he said.At the end of the final act, fireworks lit up the night sky and the crowd sang Jalur Gemilang.