Why the public do not believe the Prime Minister’s denial

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Should have resigned from his Finance portfolio few months ago. Now he has to take leave from all his posts.

In the previous article we have shown why people are finding it hard to believe the Prime Minister. Too many flip flopping and lies he made in the past proved that the trust deficit is already as huge and as deep as the Grand Canyon.

This can all be seen in the response he received in his Facebook page.

In the morning of previous Friday, Wall Street Journal published an explosive story detailing how huge sums of money had been transferred into the personal account of the Prime Minister via multi level transactions. The money originated from 1MDB or to be precise, money from debts issued.

Only on late Friday night the Prime Minister issued a denial which most people believe are actually not denying anything, but just an attempt to divert the issue altogether.

He said:

“In recent months, various allegations – all unsubstantiated, and many simply outrageous – have been directed against me and my family.‎ These attacks began when I refused to implement Tun Mahathir’s personal demands. I refused, because I do not believe it is right for Malaysia to be ruled by proxy.

If his personal demands are only regarding the crooked bridge (you stated this in your TV interview back in April) which you yourself promised to build back in 2009, then the rakyat will only be too happy if you had really built the bridge which will signify our sovereign right to build whatever we want to within our own territory. Rule by proxy doesn’t come to play. This is just a red herring. Furthermore, the various allegations did not arise only in recent months, it has been around for years – 1MDB wrongdoings, PM’s wealth, stupid policies etc., did not start by Tun Dr Mahathir.

Tun then created a crisis when he recklessly claimed that RM42 billion was missing from 1MDB, when in fact these are audited debts backed by RM51 billion audited assets.

The crisis was actually created by you when 1MDB failed to meet its debt obligations without the help of outsiders and public money. Last year 1MDB even asked for few extensions on the debt repayment deadline. If that is not a sure indication of a troubled company, then surely the lovers of 1MDB are living in a deluded fantasy world. Plus, if the RM51 billion assets were acquired by the RM42 billion loans and currently in order to pay those loans, 1MDB now had to sell those RM51 billion assets back, it is safe to say that 1MDB business model is just reckless and stupid. 

The latest allegation is that I have taken state-linked funds for personal gain. I believe Tun, working hand in glove with foreign nationals, including the now discredited political attack blog Sarawak Report, is behind this latest lie.

In the first paragraph you lamented the fact that all allegations are unsubstantiated, yet without any qualms you accused (without any proof) that Tun Dr Mahathir is working with foreigners. A picture of Tun with Clare Rewcastle does not constitute a proof. When Tun Mahathir met Mahfuz Omar early this year, it does not mean he is working with PAS now. Tun is a statesman, not a politician. He meets whoever requested to meet him. Moreover, WSJ did not allege you have taken the money for personal gain. It just said the money flowed into your personal bank account. What you did with the money is unclear. It was your own PMO who initially stated “the prime minister has not taken any funds for personal use”. What you should have said is to deny money ever credited into those personal bank accounts. What you used it for; for personal gain or otherwise is a moot point. 

Let me be very clear: I have never taken funds for personal gain as alleged by my political opponents – whether from 1MDB, SRC International or other entities, as these companies have confirmed.

You reinforced the public’s perception that funds were never used for personal gain. But there could be funds indeed. You did not deny this.

It is now clear that false allegations such as these are part of a concerted campaign of political sabotage to topple a democratically elected Prime Minister.

It does not clear anything. In fact, a democratically elected Prime Minister is not immune to criticisms and questions by the people, to think otherwise is clearly a pompous and arrogant remark coming from you. It is also hypocritical. Hypocritical because it was you who led the rebellion to topple the previous democratically elected Prime Minister. Or at least, you gained the most benefit out of it.

At no point have those making these allegations offered any evidence. All we have heard is that these allegations are based on leaked documents and unnamed investigators. Not once has the source of these documents ever been shown, neither have the documents themselves been provided for verification by lawful authorities.

With the admission from the Attorney General that he too had sighted the documents mentioned by WSJ, the public can then conclude that the evidence really do exist. The AG did not expose WSJ as liars (which would be logical if the whole allegations were untrue), but proceeded to set up a task force to investigate it further.

As we now know, a number of the documents on which recent allegations have been based were reportedly doctored. The person who was leaking these documents is under investigation by authorities overseas for attempting to extort and blackmail his former employer. This says a lot about the reliability of the documents, and those who are using them to damage our government and our country.

This is another red herring. The documents did not come from Sarawak Report, it came from a government probe. Justo did not give the documents to the AG. It was the investigators in a government probe who had found them and gave it to the AG. The documents are reliable enough for the AG to start investigations, instead of issuing statement to debunk WSJ. Justo had nothing to do with this exposé. The PM now is grasping at straws over unrelated issue.

Those who continue to mount these attacks should be prepared to face the consequences of their actions. These gutter tactics – in some cases criminal tactics – to overthrow the government will fail. Where appropriate, they will be met with the full force of the law.

Another blatant arrogance by the PM, issuing statements befitting a dictator. Instead of facing the public’s criticisms and questions, he is now threatening them with government apparatus. He did not realise that it is him who are verging on criminality.

It’s a shame that these false attacks motivated by self interest come at a time of unique opportunity for Malaysia – with our Chairmanship of ASEAN this year, and the prize of developed nation status around the corner. I will stay focused on the work of nation building for the people.”

Unrelated gibberish to the matter at hand. Note that not once the PM has mentioned WSJ in this press release.

All the above had shown that the Prime Minister have not taken any real step to allay the people suspicions over what has been reported by WSJ. The people preparing the press release above should have done a better job. But they have the IQ of a wombat. 

In fact, in his press conference made right before a break fasting even yesterday, the befuddled PM even made absurd steps in trying to project himself as innocent. First, relying on Haron Din’s word as the truth that WSJ could be wrong. The PM is so desperate that even Haron Din has become the authority in what is the truth and what is not.

And secondly, cryptically saying that if he was a thief, he wouldn’t steal the money and parked it locally. This freudian slip is normal when people are backed against the wall with nothing to show but trying to give a clever wordplay.

And still the press conference did not bring any confidence to the people. In fact his dithering and floundering action to sue or not to sue WSJ compounded the matter even more.

Only time will tell on his fate. He could have resigned gracefully and respectfully last May. But now he is following closely the playbook of Ferdinand Marcos, the Filipino president renowned for kleptocracy.  If that happens, it would be really sad.

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PAC scolded Umno’s top lawyer over 1MDB

We are very much amused to read that the chairman of PAC, Datuk Nur Jazlan had criticised Tan Sri Shafee Abdullah over his comments regarding Tony Pua, a committee member of PAC yesterday. Shafee was reported as saying:

“I’ve noticed Pua, as a PAC member, has issued a lot of statements which can affect investigations into the company.

“As such, I propose that he withdraw himself from PAC to return the public’s confidence that the inquiry can be conducted fairly and transparently,” Shafee was reported saying.

“PAC members including Pua should be like judges in this case, and not by making accusations and making public statements. It is better they be witnesses if they want to issue such statements.”

Tony Pua is no stranger in questioning 1MDB for its dubious deals but Nur Jazlan however was quick to defend his colleague:

“He doesn’t have the right to tell off PAC members who are members of the legislature, the third branch of the government and elected by the people.”

“I personally think he has helped to highlight the issue on 1MDB which the majority of Malaysians today believe the PAC will dismiss in favour of the government. We are working well as a team.”

“Pua performs a dual role as a MP for PJU and a PAC member. And as far as I am concerned he has not used any information obtained from PAC hearings on 1MDB in his statements.”

“Whatever information he uses in his statements are obtained from parliamentary answers and other sources”.

Basically Nur Jazlan is telling all the fanatical supporters of 1MDB not to poke their noses into PAC’s business in investigating 1MDB. Not only that, he thinks Tony Pua is a great help in highlighting important matters to the public in regards to 1MDB.

Shafee, who received a lot of flak for his involvement in the disastrous ‘Liwat Roadshow’ last February, seemed to think that only Tony Pua is the biased individual. Which is not true.

Tun Mahathir Mohamad gave another insight when he was asked about Shafee’s nosy outburst. He quipped:

“They said Tony Pua is biased, that he is one-sided. But the others are biased too, they are on Umno’s side. So they are all considered biased. So in the end you, you might as well not have (PAC).”

For the record, the members of PAC are:

1. (Chairman) Datuk Nur Jazlan from UMNO

2. (Vice Chairman) Dr Tan Seng Giaw from DAP

3. Dato’ Seri Reezal Merican bin Naina Merican from UMNO

4. Dato’ Abd Aziz bin Sheikh Fadzir from UMNO

5. Datuk Mas Ermieyati binti Samsudin from UMNO

6. Datuk Liang Teck Meng from GERAKAN

7. Datuk Madius Tangau from UPKO (BN)

8. Tuan Haji Hasbi bin Habibollah from PBB (BN)

9. Datuk Wee Jeck Seng from MCA

10. Dato’ Kamarul Baharin bin Abbas from PKR

11. Tuan William Leong Jee Ken from PKR

12. Dato’ Haji Kamarudin bin Jaffar from PAS

13. Tuan Tony Pua Kiam Wee from DAP

Tun Dr Mahathir is wise enough to lend the bigger perspective on the fairness and transparency of the PAC. How confident are we to have a PAC Chairman or members from UMNO sitting in that body when their political career is dependent and beholden to the President of Umno?

How confident are we to have faith in them when their candidacy as member of parliament (and perks) for the next general election is determined by the President of Umno?

And who is the President of Umno? He is also the top boss and advisor of 1MDB!

The conflict of interest is too obvious.

We must be fools to think that these PAC members will, without fear or favour investigate thoroughly their own President while he is controlling their political careers.

That is why, Tun Mahathir had suggested way back in April that this 1MDB fiasco should be investigated by a totally independent commission.

“Berani kerana benar, takut kerana salah”

Trying to outdo each other on who is the better yes-man.

Trying to outdo each other on who is the better yes-man.

After all, an RCI was created in order to investigate the RM12.5 billion PKFZ fiasco. Another RCI was created just to investigate VK Lingam’s “correct, correct, correct” video clip.

But the scandalous RM42 billion 1MDB which triggered a debt crisis is only being investigated by the Umno President’s own underlings? From the start, PAC was even dictated by 1MDB’s bosses on which date they could be interviewed. This flippancy and the charade of it all is too glaring.

The voters are not stupid.

The powers that be can dumb down the brainless 1MDB fans, but not the people who can think for themselves.

Happy Friday everyone.

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1MDB – the dishonesty and the deceit

We have always believed that those who defended 1MDB, in order to protect their own position or self interests, or simply being paid to do it, will lose their credibility and integrity eventually.

And it is sad that those who defending them would resort to evading questions, indulging in dishonesty and telling lies.

For the past couple of weeks, one by one these people are exposed.

We take from the most recent:

1) Contradictory answers in Parliament by Finance Ministry and 1MDB:

1MDB won’t confirm what they were doing with the money they received

1MDB today said its USD150 million (RM556 million) loan from Finance Ministry-owned Export-Import Bank of Malaysia (Exim) were utilised, but did not specify details.

This does not inspire confidence at all

This does not inspire confidence at all

In a press release, 1MDB president Arul Kanda said the proceeds were used in accordance to the terms of agreement, which is to: “finance the general corporate purposes including but not limited to the working capital requirements, future capital expenditures and equity infusion of the energy business within the 1MDB group of companies”. (In other words: bla bla bla)

However, Arul did not elaborate on the contradictory claims by two deputy finance ministers on how the fund were used.

Chua Tee Yong told the Dewan Rakyat that the sum was used to finance the purchase of land in Pulau Indah, Selangor at RM20.80 per square feet. The deal was inked on February 10.

He also confirmed that Putrajaya issued letters to support 1MDB’s loan application.

However, Ahmad Maslan told the Dewan Rakyat that he was unaware of this, as the money was supposed to be used for for the maintenance of power plants and operations involving energy export.

Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua argued that he had sighted documents during the Public Accounts Committee meeting which confirmed that the loan was meant for 1MDB to buy land.

He added that this meant that Exim had violated its own mandate, which is to promote international trade.

Both 1MDB and Exim are owned by the finance ministry. Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is the finance minister and the final decision maker of 1MDB.

This gives rise to the possibility of conflict of interest.

Sad that Chua Tee Yong’s credibility is diminished while Ahmad Maslan’s credibility sunk even lower. As for Arul Kanda, his press statement is testament to the only strategy 1MDB could play right now – give vague answers to confuse everyone and hope there will be no more questions.

2) Prime Minister and his favourite mantra: “Wait for the AG report” now means absolutely nothing.

Only special people still find them credible

“Wait for the AG Report!” *laughs*

The public were force fed with the idea that the AG Report will quickly settle all questions and suspicion on any wrongdoings in 1MDB. The Prime Minister gave the impression that all will be over soon as the AG will complete their investigation by end of June.

But lo and behold just a few days ago the PAC announced that the preliminary AG Report will not be released to the public.

The Prime Minister himself had stated in his blog in May:

“c. We are expecting the release of the preliminary report by Auditor General very soon. In the mean time, please do not speculate and form conclusions without the information that will be laid out by the Auditor General, who will provide a detailed report into 1MDB’s finances.”

What kind of dishonesty is this? Did the Prime Minister all along intend to lead the crowd with false promises?

“Wait for the AG Report” has now turned into “Wait For My Next Lie”.

To make matters worse, the light at the end of the tunnel which was promised to come soon was quickly doused by an insinuation by the PAC themselves that the investigation could take nearly a year to complete.

Nur Jazlan said the parliamentary committee was part of the legislative arm and had powers and responsibilities according to law, to investigate any government-owned company that used the people’s money or any public funds.

“And this investigation on 1MDB is not the first the PAC, led by me, has done, we have launched proceedings on the klia2 project last year,” he added.

“Taking that example, the PAC took almost a year to complete the report which was eventually presented to the Dewan Rakyat last November.”

It seems the rakyat have been taken for a ride by the people behind 1MDB and those who are in charge with billions of our money. Do you think these people have anymore credibility and integrity?

An MP from Raub once wrote in his blog when the Prime Minister is not being truthful:

You people out there, you have no chance at all against a PM who misled and is not truthful in parliament. What’s not telling the truth to the ordinary folks mean to him? That would be too simple. The people will think of him a liar.

3) Bank Negara exonerates Tun Dr Mahathir regarding the ringgit slump:

Ahmad Maslan, the deputy finance minister in charge of defending 1MDB had blamed Tun Dr Mahathir’s attacks on 1MDB is the cause for the fall of ringgit on June 14. A few days later, he changed his statement. Now he said that Tun Dr Mahathir’s attack on 1MDB is only one of the 3 factors for the fall of ringgit.

But today, Bank Negara itself denied what Ahmad Maslan had been saying all along.

Ringgit slump: Bank Negara exonerates Dr M

Bank Negara has refuted recent media reports blaming former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s criticisms of the Najib-administration for the Ringgit slump.

In a press release today, Bank Negara said the current volatility of the Ringgit was caused both global and domestic developments, which does not involve politics.

“Global developments would include the investor expectations relating to monetary policies of major central banks and the trends in crude oil and gas prices.

“Domestic factors include concerns about government linked entities and ratings related issues.

“While external developments are beyond the control of any open economy, every effort needs to be undertaken to bring about resolution to the domestic issues that confront our economy,” said the central bank.

Noting that Malaysia has sound economic fundamentals and growth prospects, the central bank said the performance of the Ringgit will be stable once these issues are resolved.

Bank Negara added it will never be drawn into any political agenda and will focus on its mandate to maintain monetary and fiscal stability.

Although Mahathir was never named in the press release, it was clear that Bank Negara was referring to Deputy Finance Minister Ahmad Maslan’s recent attempt to pin blame on the former premier.

Imagine that. A deputy finance minister lying to the public and defaming the former prime minister just to make the current Advisor of 1MDB look good. How low will these people go just to defend 1MDB?

4) Two previous auditors for 1MDB were indeed terminated, not rotated:

During a TV interview, when Finance Minister II was asked why did 1MDB changed auditors, he replied that it was just a normal rotational exercise for external auditors. We knew then it was a lie. And today it was indeed exposed by the PAC that those auditors were indeed sacked:

1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), which was formed in 2009, has so far sacked two external auditors, first Ernst & Young (EY) followed by KPMG, according to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC).

EY was terminated before it completed the audit on 1MDB’s accounts for the financial year ended March 2010 (FY10). KPMG, which took over in September 2010, was alleged to have had to rush the auditing job. The former auditor signed off the FY10 accounts one month after it was appointed.

KPMG was dismissed in December 2013, PAC chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohd told reporters after chairing the PAC probe into 1MDB, with officials from KPMG yesterday.

Nur Jazlan said the committee wanted to know the reason behind the termination of KPMG as an auditor, during the period when most major investments were made by 1MDB, including deals with PetroSaudi International Ltd and Brazen Sky Ltd. Brazen Sky is a subsidiary of 1MDB.

Poor Husni. This 1MDB fiasco is way over his head and as the official spokesperson for 1MDB issue, he had made a bigger mess by diminishing trust and wrecking public confidence. As far as public is concerned, it is Finance Minister I who should be answering questions.

5) Husni Hanadzlah said 1MDB’s loan interests is up to RM2.7 billion per year:

Debt-ridden 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) is paying up to RM2.7 billion a year in interest payments alone to its bankers for the RM42 billion debt it had accumulated over six years, the Finance Ministry said today.

Finance Minister II Datuk Seri Ahmad Husni Hanadzlah told the Dewan Rakyat today that 1MDB pays between RM2.4 billion and RM2.7 billion a year in interest payments.

But in another statement, 1MDB claimed that Tun Dr Mahathir was factually incorrect about RM3 billion loan interests and that is only RM2.4 billion for its RM42 billion debt.

It seems both Finance Ministry and their wholly owned subsidiary can’t even get their figures right. And on top of it all, they did not address Tun Dr Mahathir’s concern about the spiralling debts and interests cost:

14. But more loans were raised from local as well as foreign banks. In all RM42 billion were borrowed. It is not clear what the terms are. But interest on RM42 billion must come to almost RM3 billion a year. Unless the investment yield fantastic returns, the interest burden would sink 1MDB.

And yes, 1MDB is sinking. Otherwise, those behind 1MDB won’t be panicking and started to blabber nonsense to public with rationalising this and that, revamping here and there.

And how did 1MDB answered these concerns?

Like this:

5. Tun Mahathir claims “In all RM42 billion were borrowed…. But interest on RM42 billion must come to almost RM3 billion a year”.

The figures being quoted by Tun Mahathir are incorrect. To be clear; the interest cost on RM42 billion of debt by 1MDB as of 31.03.2014 was RM2.4 billion, i.e. a significant 20% less than what Tun Mahathir claims.

Did that address the concerns the public is asking regarding the massive debts and its interests costs? No it did not.

1MDB pinned their defence on why on earth did they borrow unnecessary loans on: “Tun Dr Mahathir shifting goalpost because his figures are incorrect”.

What a dishonest way in hiding the truth.

The public want answers. They do not want contradictory numbers from people who should know the answers. And they surely do not want to see a blatant trick in trying to evade the issue altogether.

When someone doesn’t understand an issue, questions are often asked. It is always nice if the people we asked will reply with “that is a very good question.. and this is the answer..”, and they proceeded to enlighten us with the proper answer which will remove all doubts.

But in the case of 1MDB, the people who are in charge of it do not seem to have the inclination to answer comprehensively. In fact, in many instances they gave conflicting, even untruthful,  and at best, vague answers.

Is this the end for good governance?

 

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Anifah Aman misses the point by a mile

There was a minor brouhaha last night in the mainstream media when an article by New York Times was published. The article was regarding an interview with Tun Mahathir Mohamad.

The New York Times’ correspondent had requested to meet the former premier for an exclusive interview and as the result, the article was not well received by the pro-Najib’s camp.

It’s funny to think that the Prime Minister had to pay APCO more than RM70 million to boost his personal image overseas yet Tun Mahathir is perceived to have negated that image without any cost incurred.

And true to Tun Mahathir’s nature of not shying away from tough questions, the article can be read here and here.

They are actually a couple of harmless articles with no new stories or revelation. Basically what Tun said in the interview was nothing new.

But the Foreign Minister, in his haste had lambasted the article and threw misdirected criticisms towards the former premier.

The problem is, Anifah Aman did not know what he was saying. Maybe because he did not read Tun Mahathir’s interview in the New York Times. Or maybe he did read it, but chose to understand only what is convenient to him.

The said interview, which received widespread ire from desperate people in the administration can be summarised below. Tun Mahathir said a few things ranging from the recent pandemonium about a gymnast’s outfit, to the Rohingya issue. We are only going to take the part which stated Tun Mahathir’s opinion about the things that made Anifah Aman jittery.

On the current prime minister:

On the prime minister’s wife, Rosmah Mansor:

“She projects herself too much. Normally, the wife of the prime minister should be in the background supporting the husband.”

On the reasons he has turned against his anointed successors three times:

“They all looked good to me before they held power, but they don’t seem to manage power. They seem to think that power is to satisfy their own ambition. Power is there to serve the people. It’s not for enriching yourself and living a high life.”

On why Umno lacks vision and talented people:

“The little Napoleons in UMNO try to keep out people who are more intelligent than themselves,”

On Western-style democracy in Asia:

“If you look at the history of democracy, initially it was all about the right of the people to choose their own leaders. Since then, we have added more things to democracy. You must have this freedom and that freedom. I know what is wrong about democracy. It is when people interpret it wrongly. And they seem to think that liberty, freedom is absolute. It’s not.”

From the excerpt above, we can see that there is nothing about condemning Malaysia. Tun Mahathir did not go the way of Lim Guan Eng when the latter defamed Johor as a crime hub in an event held overseas.

Importantly, whatever Tun Mahathir had said, has been said before. Everybody knows this.

Below is Anifah Aman’s ‘open letter’ to the New York Times:

OPEN LETTER TO THE NEW YORK TIMES EDITOR

1. It is regrettable to see Tun Mahathir seeking to undermine his own country in the international media as part of a personal political vendetta.

From the NYT article, he did not undermine his own country. He only criticised the Prime Minister and Umno. If the Prime Minister could not stand the heat then get out from the kitchen.

2. It is irresponsible of any citizen, let alone a former prime minister, to spread lies and distortions about state owned companies – saying for example that RM42 billion is missing from 1MDB to create public anxiety, when in fact these are audited debts backed by RM51 billon assets. These reckless claims have affected market sentiment towards Malaysia.

There is a lot of problems with 1MDB otherwise debt rationalisation would not have taken place and Anifah Aman would not have been given the ultimatum to resign in order to silence him from criticising 1MDB. In this regard, the ultimatum worked. Hence, this open letter was duly written.

Plus, even Bank Negara had refuted the claims that Tun Mahathir’s attacks had affected market sentiment. Anifah Aman should be more up-to-date with his writing.

3. Furthermore, it is telling that he continues to mount his attacks, rather than wait for the findings of the enquiries currently being undertaken by Malaysia’s central bank, Auditor General, and parliament’s bipartisan Public Accounts Committee. This shows that Tun Mahathir is not interested in answers from the appropriate lawful authorities. Rather, he is just using 1MDB as an excuse to topple the serving prime minister, Najib Tun Razak.

Anifah Aman should know that the interim AG report will not be made public and the PAC investigation may take up to one year to complete. This shows that Anifah Aman’s boss is not interested to quickly allay fears and anxiety over the 1MDB issue. Anifah Aman is grasping at straws to keep an incompetent Prime Minister in power.

4. And all because his personal demands, as Tun Mahathir himself has acknowledged, are not being met. Prime Minister Najib, as Malaysia’s democratically elected leader, will do what he thinks is right for the nation, and will not allow rule by proxy.

The only personal demand Tun Mahathir had asked from Najib is for Najib to resign. The rest are just questions which the majority of the public want to know. The rule by proxy is just a concocted piece of imagination, created as diversion by Najib himself. The public knows this, but Anifah Aman used this line of defence like a good little toady.

5. Tun Mahathir told the New York Times that Umno “lacks vision and talented people”, that it “has become a repository of patronage-seeking politicians”, and that members “try to keep out people who are more intelligent than themselves”.

But it is Tun Mahathir who led the party for 22 years. It was he that, during his time, worked to cultivate ‘yes men’ and entrench his position – even introducing a quota system for the Umno presidency to prevent challengers – rather than bringing in talent and strengthening the party. It is Prime Minister Najib who democratised the party constitution to make it far easier to challenge him for his job.‎

The Prime Minister and his yes man

The Prime Minister and his eager yes man

How could Tun Mahathir cultivate ‘yes men’ when in the 80’s there were two camps in Umno? And in the 90’s when he sacked Anwar Ibrahim almost half of the Umno leaders left the party to follow the sacked deputy president?

Actually yes-men are people who sees something wrong, but dutifully kept quiet, or worse, begin to malign a former premier for asking questions and telling the truth. Yes-men will do biddings like a good attack dog, barking away making noises just to protect their own self interests.

And there is no truth that Najib had democratised the party. In fact, the new voting system had made it easier for him to hold on to power. Instead of controlling nearly 3,000 voting delegates, he now just have to control only about 190 division leaders. These division leaders  in turn, control the branch leaders in their division. While the branch leaders then instruct their members on who to vote. As the result, there were no changes in party leadership since 2009 and this is a fact. The 2013 party elections saw the same people being voted into power; from the presidency, deputy presidency, vice presidents, women and youth wings.

As for Umno lacked vision and talented people, well that is a matter of opinion. Stupid people might think they have vision and talent, that is why they created 1MDB; and cabinet ministers had approved its existence.

6. For Tun Mahathir to accuse Prime Minister Najib of acts “verging on criminal” is simply outrageous, and entirely false. It is a measure of the reforms put in place under Prime Minister Najib’s administration that Tun Mahathir has the freedom to be so vocally critical of the party and government he once led.‎

Tun Mahathir was talking about 1MDB, not the so called reforms. With all the incidents of poor governance, corruption and abuse of power surrounding 1MDB, it is not illogical to say that the Prime Minister is indeed acting on the verge of criminality.

7. But Dr Mahathir is abusing that freedom, and his privileged standing as a former prime minister, to indulge in reckless and baseless personal smears against Prime Minister Najib and his family. Most Malaysians would rather see Dr Mahathir retire gracefully than continue to damage the standing of his own country for personal political gain.

Anifah Aman, please stop being a yes-man and start become a man. Start giving proper advice during cabinet meetings. For example start telling the Prime Minister to contain the show of luxury and opulent lifestyle his wife is indulging. Start asking the relevant questions about 1MDB and make a stand. Since we all know cabinet ministers are clueless about 1MDB, there is no harm to poke your nose into their business since you are our proxy.

The one that is damaging the standing of his own country is the Prime Minister and his coterie of yes-men. You are included. Because currently, to be something other than a yes-man will be damaging for your personal political gain.

Furthermore, it is very unusual for a foreign minister to issue an open letter to the editor of a foreign press. Usually Wisma Putra will send a letter directly to the intended publication. 

But maybe for the chance to be seen as a Najib loyalist, Anifah issued the letter as a political oneupmanship to out-do the other yes-men.

And by the way Anifah Aman, if you must know, a statesman like Tun Mahathir is impervious to personal political gain. He is a 90 year old man who wants to see that Malaysians deserve a better country.

Will Anifah Aman have the testicular fortitude to do what is right? Only time will tell. After all, nobody wants to leave a legacy to be known only as a yes-man.

You might also want to read:

1) http://www.apanama.my/2015/06/the-new-york-times-najib-1mdb-altantuya.html

2) http://ffrreeddiiee.blogspot.com/2015/06/1mdb-turkmenistan-fact-or-fancy.html

3) http://matrodi.my/2015/05/26/1mdb-and-ipp/

#1mdb, #anwar-ibrahim, #lim-guan-eng

Perjalanan Umno yang masih panjang?

Apabila ramai yang meminta Perdana Menteri ke 5 Malaysia (Pak Lah) meletakkan jawatan akibat prestasi buruk Barisan Nasional pada pilihanraya umum ke 12, permintaan mereka adalah berasas kerana itulah pertama kalinya Barisan Nasional hilang majoriti dua pertiga di Parlimen.

Para blogger tidak kira fahaman politik boleh dikatakan sebulat suara menyeru agar Pak Lah meletakkan jawatan. Ini diikuti oleh panggilan beberapa pemimpin Umno yang berfikir adalah lebih baik Pak Lah melepaskan jawatan kepada mereka yang lebih layak dan boleh membantu Barisan Nasional di dalam pilihanraya akan datang.

Ini kerana kredibiliti Pak Lah sebagai Presiden Umno dan juga Perdana Menteri telah hancur akibat kecuaian dan kealpaan dalam memerintah Malaysia. Kepimpinan beliau adalah lemah dan tidak memberangsangkan. Para blogger dan ahli ahli Umno sendiri tidak segan silu memanggil beliau dengan panggilan yang agak janggal dan mengaibkan.

Ahli-ahli Umno juga tiada halangan untuk melihat agar Pak Lah digantikan dengan pemimpin yang lain. Parti adalah lebih utama dari individu. Jika kepalanya rosak, maka badan induknya akan rosak.

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Perdana Menteri bersilih ganti. Tiada yang kekal berkuasa jika lemah dan memudaratkan Malaysia.

Walaupun pada mulanya Pak Lah meminta agar pelan peralihan dibuat di dalam tahun 2010, ramai ahli Umno dan para blogger memikirkan ianya terlalu lama. Ramai yang tidak sabar kerana parti harus diselamatkan segera.

Akhirnya, Pak Lah melepaskan jawatan Presiden dan secara langsung melepaskan jawatan Perdana Menteri masing masing pada bulan Mac dan April 2009.

Beberapa bulan sebelumnya, Timbalan Presiden ketika itu juga dengan aktif telah berkempen agar dirinya dilantik untuk menggantikan Pak Lah. Ya, pemimpin yang lemah wajib digantikan dengan yang baru.

Walaupun blog ini mempertikaikan mengapa jawatan Presiden tidak dipertandingkan (kerana banyak bahagian tidak menyokong pencalonan Tengku Razaleigh), penyerahan kuasa berlaku dengan aman kepada Presiden baru, Dato Sri Najib Bin Razak.

Pengajaran yang boleh dibuat di sini adalah, ahli ahli Umno dan juga para blogger pro Umno tidak merasa cemas atau sedikit pun khuatir jika berlaku peralihan kuasa. Ini kerana adalah lebih baik jika Perdana Menteri yang banyak melakukan perkara perkara yang kurang bijak dan bertindak membelakangkan suara rakyat serta tidak berupaya untuk memberi keyakinan yang tinggi kepada rakyatnya ditukarkan kepada calon Perdana Menteri yang lain.

Di dalam tahun 2015, para blogger dan ahli ahli Umno berdepan dengan dilemma yang sama. Adakah mereka perlu konsisten seperti apa yang mereka telah lakukan kepada bekas Presiden mereka yang sebelum ini, atau mempertahankan Presiden mereka walaupun dengan jelas beliau lebih lemah dari Presiden yang sebelumnya.

Hakikatnya, polisi dan taktik untuk meraih undi dan kepercayaan rakyat tidak menjadi, malah kewibawaan beliau merosot teruk dan ini terbukti di dalam pencapaian Barisan Nasional di dalam pilihanraya ke 13. Barisan Nasional juga untuk pertama kali tidak menang undi popular.

Ditambah pula dengan skandal 1MDB dan perkara-perkara sampingan yang mengundang celaan dari masyarakat, kedudukan Presiden Umno merangkap Perdana Menteri kini amat lemah di kaca mata umum.

Kelemahan yang ketara di dalam aspek menjawab persoalan umum, kepincangan strategi di dalam menangani kritikan bekas Perdana Menteri ke 4, pencapaian ekonomi yang tidak mendatangkan keyakinan kepada rakyat kerana tidak bersandarkan kepada realiti kos sara hidup yang tinggi serta dikelilingi oleh menteri menteri yang celupar dan agak bebal apabila berdepan dengan sesuatu isu, telah menambahkan lagi keburukan persepsi terhadap tuan Presiden.

Ahli ahli Umno dan para blogger perlu mengingat kembali kepada perjuangan menukar pemimpin yang tidak elok untuk parti di dalam tahun 2008. Yang penting adalah jawatan Presiden, bukannya orang yang menduduki jawatan tersebut.

Tidak akan kiamat dunia ini jika Presiden bertukar ganti. Tiada yang akan hilang semuanya. Ketua ketua bahagian Umno masa kini kebanyakkannya adalah orang yang sama sejak 15 tahun dahulu. Ada juga yang masih menjadi Ketua Bahagian sejak tahun 90an.

Menantu Pak Lah pun dengan mudah mendapat jawatan menteri. Betul kata orang, jika kalah, tiada yang kalah semuanya.

Umno tidak akan hancur jika Presiden bertukar ganti. Sebagai contoh, Umno tidak hilang kuasanya apabila Tunku Abdul Rahman yang merupakan Bapa Kemerdekaan melepaskan jawatan beliau akibat prestasi buruk di dalam pilihanraya 1969. Malah, Umno menjadi lebih kuat di dalam pilihanraya seterusnya.

Perjuangan ahli ahli Umno perlu digalas untuk jangkamasa yang panjang. Apakah halatuju dan prestasi parti ini akan lebih kuat jika ahli ahli Umno dan para blogger menjadi tidak konsisten dengan berterusan mendukung biawak hidup?

Adakah meminta seorang Perdana Menteri yang lemah melepaskan jawatan hanya boleh dilakukan terhadap Pak Lah seorang sahaja dan tidak untuk pemimpin selepasnya?

Adakah prinsip di mana pemimpin yang lemah harus lah ditukar, sudah digantikan dengan prinsip pemimpin yang lemah wajib dipertahankan?

Dipertahankan untuk apa? Dan untuk siapa?

Ahli ahli Umno yang seramai 3 juta orang ini harus lah kembali kepada perjuangan yang tidak segan silu untuk mengatakan bahawa apa yang tidak betul, adalah tidak betul.

Yang kita sokong adalah ketua yang berwibawa dan berkaliber. Yang kita tidak sokong adalah ketua yang lemah, tiada keberanian dan berprestasi buruk.

Parti ini parti anda. Andalah yang akan mewarisi parti ini apabila pemimpin yang tidak elok membawa anda kepada kekalahan di tangan pengundi nanti. Perjalanan Umno sebagai salah satu parti yang memerdekaan negara akan terbantut di situ sahaja.

Parti ini parti anda. Presiden parti adalah proksi anda. Dan Perdana Menteri adalah proksi kepada semua rakyat Malaysia. Beliau lah yang patut mendengar keluhan dan persoalan kita semua. Oleh kerana Perdana Menteri tidak tahu menjiwai persoalan dan kritikan rakyat Malaysia, maka sebab itulah Perdana Menteri sekarang ini tidak mendapat kepercayaan dari mereka semua.

Pemimpin seterusnya harus menggantikan beliau. Dan Umno tidak akan hancur jika itu berlaku. Parti ini parti anda, bukannya milik Presiden seorang sahaja.

Sekian, terima kasih.

#malaysian-ge-2013

6 Simple Questions Any Malaysian Can Ask 1MDB’s Board (by CiliSos)

IT IS THE WEEKEND. 

Therefore we shall just talk about something serious in a light-hearted kind of way.

Below is an article by the website CiliSos which delved into the financial fiasco called 1MDB. CiliSos asked 6 simple questions for the government and 1MDB to answer.

Be careful CiliSos, the Prime Minister in his latest blogpost had said that those who question 1MDB (actually he was only addressing Tun Dr Mahathir) are motivated by self-interests, not Malaysia’s interests. Why are you so selfish CIliSos?

But since everyone are asking the same type of questions, it seems all of us the rakyat are selfish people.

Good work on the article. We love it. 

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6 SIMPLE QUESTIONS ANY MALAYSIAN CAN ASK 1MDB’S BOARD :)

Before we begin, if you’re reading this and you’re still not very sure about what exactly 1MDB is, we highly recommend reading another article that we’ve written here.

If you’ve followed the news on 1MDB, you may have heard that its CEO, Arul Kanda Kandasamy, recently gave a breakdown of the RM42 billion debt of 1MDB.

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In his statement, Arul Kanda shows us how much was invested in what. He shows us that the debt did indeed reach a total of  RM42 billion (RM41.8 to be exact). He shows us that we owe people a lot of money. Then he says this.

“We trust this clarification will help to clear any confusion on this matter.” – 1MDB CEO, Arul Kanda, as quoted by The Malay Mail Online

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So we know we owe a lot of money is involved, we know we have a lot of debt, and we know where all this debt is from. Unfortunately, for most of us, these numbers are just numbers. We don’t know what they mean, we don’t know how they affect us, and we sure don’t know what’s at stake.

So Arul Kanda’s answers mean nothing to most Malaysians. (Full disclosure: Arul Kanda was also the school captain at our editor’s college)

Tony Pua (the guy who first brought all of this to light) stated that the answers from Arul Kanda do nothing to quell our curiosity but raise more questions and suspicions. And we agree, because we at CILISOS want to ask more questions as well.

So here are 6 reaally basic questions that should be answered by 1MDB to the rakyat.

1. Has 1MDB made any real money?

First, let’s define the term “real money”. Well, it’s money that came from actually providing a sale or a service. Meaning that it earned something by providing value to someone else.

A couple of news articles have pointed out that while 1MDB has been posting profits in their annual reports, these have not been due to selling or providing anything but from revaluation. Revaluation is basically the process of increasing or decreasing the value of assets ‘in case of major changes in fair market value of the fixed asset’ (click to read more).

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How much of an impact does the revaluation have on the profits? Well, The Star reports that (as of 2014) 1MDB’s profits for the last 2 years have mainly been due to revaluation of their assets.

“For instance in 2013, 1MDB recorded a net profit of RM778.24mil, helped largely by property revaluation gains of RM2.7bil.” – The Star

Okay, but what about other profits? Has 1MDB made profits from anything other than the revaluation of their assets? So we tried looking for documents that talked about 1MDB’s profits.

First we found that Arul Kanda stated that the company’s earlier venture with a Saudi Arabian company called PetroSaudi had earned them RM1.78 billion. But then Tony Pua said that this money never came back to Malaysia. You can read how Tony Pua talks about where this money went here. So no real money there.

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Besides that, news portal Malaysiakini has tried to obtain the financial reports of 1MDB’s profits but all they got were reports saying that there were profits. But honestly, what we want to see is what the profits are! 

And aside from these two, nothing else. So the point is that we still can’t find any profit that was, in a sense, real

2. Why did 1MDB invest so much money when it was already in debt?

Before we go into that, let us just clarify something with ugaiz. Contrary to popular belief, 1MDB is not a Malaysian sovereign wealth fund.

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According to investopedia.com, a sovereign wealth fund is usually formed when a nation has excess money. Instead of keeping this money in the central bank (i.e. Bank Negara), a sovereign wealth fund utilises the surplus via investments.

(Ironically our other sovereign wealth fund, Khazanah Nasional, also doesn’t refer to itself as a sovereign wealth fund so we’re not entirely sure that we actually have one.)

1MDB’s official website states a major difference between them and a sovereign wealth fund is that a sovereign wealth fund is funded by the gomen and invests on its behalf. On the other hand, 1MDB, while fully owned by the gomen, raises and invests its own capital.

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But for a company that has to raise and invest its own capital, to be RM42 billion in debt is a crazeeee situation to be in. How in the world does anyone even end up with a RM42 billion debt when you start off with nothing? As we’ve just talked about, 1MDB is NOT a sovereign wealth fund and has to raise its own capital.

So the thing here is, 1MDB did not have any capital to begin with.

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In regards to whether or not investments companies generally borrow to invest, we spoke to a guy who wants to be known as FreeLunch, (a former auditor whom we last spoke to here and whom now we owe 2 free lunches) and he had this to say.

Most funds don’t take debt to invest. One of the Norwegian funds use profits from oil sales to invest globally on behalf of the government.

Funds like hedge funds accept money from individuals/corporations to invest, generally no debt. Private investment funds like those run by rich families take on surplus funds and use it to invest.” – FreeLunch

Which basically means that investment companies rarely if not never invest using debt. So why did 1MDB invest on debt?

Do visit CiliSos for the rest of the article and questions.

#1mdb, #malaysian-corporate-matters, #reference

All of us are perplexed by Arul Kanda and 1MDB

NAZIR RAZAK HAS BEEN VERY VOCAL IN THE APPARENT LACK OF GOVERNANCE IN 1MDB AND THE INCOMPETENCE OF ITS BOARD MEMBERS

NAZIR RAZAK HAS BEEN VERY VOCAL IN THE APPARENT LACK OF GOVERNANCE IN 1MDB AND THE INCOMPETENCE OF ITS BOARD MEMBERS

From The Star today:

Nazir Razak questions delay of 1MDB annual audit

PETALING JAYA: The delay of an audit for Government investment arm 1Malaysia Development Berhad’s (1MDB) financial year which ended in March this year is “perplexing” to CIMB chairman Nazir Tun Razak (pic).

“I am perplexed why your March 2015 audit has not even started? How is this allowed? Has standards of GLC governance dropped so low?” Nazir said in an Instagram post on Thursday night, accompanied by a graphic with the 1MDB logo.

On June 10, Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairman Datuk Nur Jazlan Mohamed revealed that 1MDB’s financial year accounts, which ended in March this year, had yet to be audited.

Nazir, who is also the younger brother of Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak, has been critical of 1MDB in the past, and had criticised 1MDB’s president and group executive director Arul Kanda Kandasamy as well as former CEO Datuk Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi for not attending a PAC inquiry.

In fact, Nazir Razak may not only criticising Arul Kanda, he could also be criticising the Prime Minister cum-Finance Minister slash Advisor of 1MDB for not giving the green light for Deloitte to start auditing 1MDB.  It was reported yesterday:

The PAC found out at yesterday’s meeting that Putrajaya has yet to direct Deloitte to audit 1MDB’s accounts for the current financial year despite growing concerns over the state investor’s financial health.

In reiterating the need for 1MDB’s latest accounts to be audited quickly, Nur Jazlan said until the financials are completed and audited, it would be a hindrance to their ongoing investigation into the firm.

Is somebody still cooking something in the kitchen? Why hasn’t the audit started yet? It is impossible that the management accounts are not yet ready to be audited. It’s mid-June already. Are the employees in the accounts department of 1MDB on sabbatical leave since last Hari Raya?

Why is the Prime Minister actively withholding a proper governance procedure?

Tony Pua was also perplexed by what by the  self-confessed ‘professional’, Arul Kanda had to say about all this. The so called professional have made a reply to Tony on why the external audit has not yet started but that exposes the CEO to further embarrassment because it seems, Arul Kanda had missed the point.

The MP rebuked and chastised the under sieged CEO of 1MDB by giving him a lesson in logical thinking:

Arul Kanda’s denials about audit miss the point

KUALA LUMPUR: Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua, while commending Arul Kanda Kandasamy for his quick response, pointed out that the 1MDB Chief has completely missed the point that he was making on Deloitte Malaysia not being able to commence audit work on the company for the last financial year.

“His denial does not explain anything,” said Pua who is also DAP National Publicity Secretary. “Arul Kanda’s commendably immediate denial misses the point and was an attempted misdirection.”

“He should stop giving excuses and give his assurance to Malaysians that the statutory financial audit for the scandal-ridden 1MDB for the 31 March 2015 financial year-end will be completed by 30 September 2015 as required by law.

Arul Kanda in his denial, he lamented, said “the board and management of 1MDB met Deloitte as early as February 2015 to discuss commencement of an audit after the financial year-end of 31 March 2015.”

“We want to know about the controversial assets held in various overseas banks. We want to know what was the true debt situation in 1MDB and the extent of the company’s cash flow problems.”

Unfortunately, he said, “what we didn’t get from Arul Kanda was when the audit will actually commence. More worryingly, we would like to ask the President of 1MDB, why is it that since the discussion more than three months ago, the audit for 1MDB has not commenced.”

Arul Kanda claimed that “the audit of a major 1MDB subsidiary, Edra Global Energy Bhd, has already commenced and was well under way”, noted Pua.

“I asked about ‘the holding company, 1MDB, where all the controversy over its funds, cash flow problems and alleged misappropriations lie, but Arul Kanda tells us that the audit has commenced on its subsidiary.”

The commencement of audit work on Edra isn’t at all surprising, he added. “It was expected because the company was preparing for their initial public offering.”

Arul Kanda, Pua further noted, separately highlighted the fact that “1MDB is currently undergoing a thorough review and investigation of its accounts by the National Audit Department.”

“Let me state that the fact that the Auditor-General (A-G) was reviewing the past financial statements of 1MDB does not in any way justify the fact that the statutory audit for 1MDB has not commenced,” said Pua. “These are two different and independent processes which surely a multi-billion ringgit public-interest company cannot afford to neglect.”

In fact, he said, given that there was a parallel on-going A-G review, Deloitte should be invited to commence their audit earlier so as to provide the auditors with a longer lead-time to complete the report.

Arul Kanda have managed to make even Tony Pua sound smarter. And that is the quality we have among the people who are supposed to handle 1MDB.

Intelligent people will instantly know that if an audit has not yet started, then it has not yet started. There is no need to go around in a roundabout just to say something has started when clearly it hasn’t.

In normal audit practice, management accounts of all subsidiaries should have already been consolidated in the management accounts of the holding company by end of financial year. External auditors should have by now, sit in the audit room prepared by 1MDB HQ office and commence the audit (whether executing the ‘stat audit’ – a jargon for checking the legal corporate documents, or other preparatory process).

Again, it is the middle of June now. Their financial year ended 2.5 months ago. If they have to wait for the Edra Global Energy to be audited and the audit report to be signed, then there won’t be enough time for 1MDB’s audit report to be completed and signed to meet its September dateline. Arul Kanda was just saying something that does not make sense.

Only the most ignorant among us would believe his press statement.

From all the news above, it is without any doubt that not only 1MDB have failed in its corporate governance, it also gives so many excuses and idiotic responses, it is not presumptuous to say that there is a deliberate attempt to cover up wrong doings.

And to answer Nazir Razak’s ultimate question, the ultimate answer is, yes it has.

Today, Tun Dr Mahathir wrote his latest blogpost which summarises the history of 1MDB and its stupid business deals. We assume there will be another round of Falsely Answered Questions (FAQ) which will not answer anything. Get ready.

You might also want to read:

https://jebatmustdie.wordpress.com/2015/05/28/the-prime-minister-is-misleading-the-people-with-his-faq/

http://ffrreeddiiee.blogspot.com/2015/06/1mdb-or-jho-low.html

https://jebatmustdie.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/congratulations-arul-kanda-you-are-now-a-politician/

#1mdb, #malaysian-corporate-matters

Congratulations Arul Kanda, you are now a politician!

We are so amused with Arul Kanda, the CEO of the troubled 1MDB.

FOUR months after telling his first lie to the public, finally he released a press statement to clear the air about that profound gibberish he uttered in February.

How un-professional indeed. This should have been cleared immediately after he said it. But he did not. Surely the people handling the 1MDB account would have alerted their own CEO that the money in BSI Singapore was not in the form of cash.

Unfortunately, we are dealing with people devoid of honesty. That was why, there was a comical flip flopping and desperate cover-up by the people involved ever since then.

After so much brouhaha by the public over their contradictory parliamentary replies, Arul Kanda still did not squeak a word about the piece of fiction he told in February. This belated press statement only came about after Tun Mahathir called him a liar straight to his un-professional face two days ago.

And judging from the poorly written press statement, Tun Mahathir was right after all.

1MDB CEO assuring (lying to) the public the cash is there

1MDB CEO assuring (lying to) the public the ‘cash’ is there

Normal people would instantly know whether they are telling a lie, or not. It seems Arul Kanda is not even sure whether what he said was either one of them. In his statement, he did not acknowledge, admit or be accountable to the lie he made in February. Instead, he just jumped to the Ministry of Finance’s amended replies in May.

He wanted people to forget that the main argument here is the fact that he LIED way before Ministry of Finance made the amendment. Even the Prime Minister colluded with his lie during the premier’s parliamentary response in March.

This is a devious way of wiggling yourself out from admitting that you are just a two-bit errand boy unfit to call yourself a professional or a banker.

Even a rookie auditor or a junior bank executive will not make such a fundamental mistake in not knowing the kind of assets you have in your accounts. There is a vast difference between cash, paper assets and units.

Is he really a banker? (Actually he is a lawyer by training).

And Tun Mahathir was right. This kind of people, with this kind of stupid press statement cannot be trusted.

Surely, when you said something which is not true, it is a lie.

Well, we the laymen call it a lie.

Again, instead of telling us whether he indeed has lied, he asked the authorities to verify whether or not he has lied!

What kind of nonsense are we getting from these so called professionals?!

Let’s put this in perspective. Arul Kanda told us that an apple he has in his pocket is a green apple. A month later, the Prime Minister confirmed it is green. Two months later, the Prime Minister told us, Arul Kanda lied, it is not green, it’s red. However, another Finance Minister then clarified that it is not actually a red apple, but in fact a citrus fruit. What kind of citrus fruit? He doesn’t know. It’s just a citrus fruit.

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Only stupid people will still think that everyone stated in the paragraph above are a bunch professionals.

Isn’t it absurd that Arul Kanda now wants Auditor General, Bank Negara Malaysia and PAC to verify what kind of ‘fruit’ he has in his own pocket?!

Doesn’t he know? No he does not want to answer this because he is not an honest person. A professional would be an honest person. Arul Kanda is neither.

An honest professional will immediately recognise that a mistake was made, quickly issue a statement that he is wrong, made the right rectification and apologise for the lie. All this should be executed within 24 to 48 hours. Only then people can trust him.

What’s worse, Arul Kanda spun it as a ‘miscommunication’ and ‘confusion’. Confused over what you have in your own accounts? It seems now he is also incompetent!

Compounded to the fact that no rectification was made, a Prime Minister who was relying on him to give the right information on 1MDB, was turned into an idiot for giving a false answer in Parliament. This is all due to an incompetent CEO.

But the best part of his press statement is when he launched himself to argue over semantics and the pedantic. Now he is arguing that Tun Mahathir is shifting his allegations from ‘RM42 billion is missing’ to ‘where the RM42 billion went is questionable’.

They are the same argument! RM42 billion is missing, where did they all go? It seems the appropriation of this RM42 billion debts are questionable!

If you can be perplexed just because of this, we doubt you are even fit to be an errand boy. 

Is 1MDB being overrun by brainless people who split hairs over English words?

The only logical thing how this stupid line of defence could come about is because he does not know how to answer all the questions posted in Tun Mahathir’s latest blog post.

Again, he is hiding behind the ‘wait for the AG report’ mantra popularised by the Prime Minister. No answers is forthcoming. It is amazing that after all this, he still have the cheek to say that he will conduct his duties in a professional manner.

These are all diversion and prevarication.

Congratulations Arul Kanda, you can now call yourself a sneaky politician!

Below is Arul Kanda’s press statement taken from 1MDB’s website.

1MDB: Clarification and Accountability

“In reference to a blog posted yesterday by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, I wish to make clear that my role at 1MDB has been and will continue to be as a professional. I was initially appointed to conduct a strategic review of the company, and am now leading the implementation of a rationalisation plan for the business, as presented to Cabinet on 29 May 2015.

As a professional, I am fully accountable for my actions and am answerable to the 1MDB Board, and our shareholder the Ministry of Finance. In the current context, this also includes the Auditor General, Bank Negara Malaysia and the Public Accounts Committee. These are the lawful authorities to verify whether or not I have ever lied, as has been claimed, as they have access to all information. I shall continue to conduct my duties in a professional manner, and furnish all information to assist the lawful authorities to verify the truth about 1MDB.

Tun Mahathir stated in his blog that a Parliamentary response submitted by the Ministry of Finance was subsequently amended. This has been previously acknowledged by the Ministry of Finance, and occurred due to confusion around some information provided by 1MDB. As the President of the company, I take full responsibility for this misunderstanding, and will ensure better communication with all stakeholders. Furthermore, as clarified by the MOF, appropriate steps have already been implemented to prevent this happening again in the future.

Separately, Tun Mahathir has previously claimed that RM42 Billion is missing. Now, after 1MDB provided a summary of how the RM42 billion was spent – based on past audited financial statements, he has stated in his blog post “where a chunk of the 42 billion ringgit went is questionable.” This continuous shift in numbers and allegations is perplexing.

With regard to other questions posed by Tun Mahathir and various commentators, the Prime Minister has said, “a full accounting of the facts by lawful authorities are needed so that there can be no misinterpretation or spin”. In this context, the Prime Minister has affirmed that “if any wrongdoing is proven, the law should be enforced without exception”. This is a position I fully support, both in relation to my own conduct to date, and that of 1MDB more generally.

I reiterate that the 1MDB team is fully committed in its efforts to implement the rationalisation plan presented to Cabinet. This plan will substantially reduce the company’s debt levels, and is well underway, as proven by the repayment of an RM 3.6 billion loan as announced on Monday 8 June.”

– Arul Kanda, President & Group Executive Director

 You might also want to read:

http://dinturtle.blogspot.com/2015/06/benarkah-unit-di-bsi-yang-dijadikan.html

http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/4-questions-for-1mdbs-arul-kanda

#1mdb, #malaysian-corporate-matters

#Nothing2Hide, the #SabahEarthQuake and the #SabahHeroes

7 June 2015.

Amidst the furore of his non-attendance to his own event last Friday, and also shadowed by the earthquake tragedy that have befallen Sabah yesterday, the Prime Minister and his cabinet ministers sped off to meet each other in Saudi Arabia.

The earthquake which had caused several people to lose their lives in Sabah did not cause the Defence Minister and the Home Minister to return home immediately, not at least until Sunday evening the soonest.

According to news reports, both Datuk Seri Hishamuddin Hussein and Datuk Seri Zahid Hamidi have been in Saudi Arabia for the past couple of days and could also perform a short umrah with the Prime Minister.

When in Saudi Arabia, the Prime Minister will be visiting the Saudi King, Salman Abdul Aziz Al Saud for an audience.

Also mentioned in the itinerary is the visit to the Makkah Metro depot Al Mashaaer Al Mugaddasah on Sunday. A Malaysian company, Prasarana Malaysia Berhad has been appointed to become its shadow operator after having first won the contract in November 2014.

The Finance Minister II Dato Seri Husni Hanadzlah had stated in an interview last Wednesday that the contract was won due to the strategic partnership between 1MDB and PetroSaudi International. The joint venture incidentally, ended in 2012.

However, the former CEO of Prasarana whom had led the venture to obtain the Makkah Metro contract, denied that the PetroSaudi – 1MDB partnership had helped Prasarana into getting the contract.

This is not surprising, since Malaysian companies have won projects in Saudi Arabia for decades, before the existence of 1MDB and PetroSaudi.

With his political career at stake, boosting an already discredited 1MDB’s image is a priority for the much maligned Prime Minister.

Meanwhile, the latest death toll in the Sabah earthquake reached 19 people as the search and rescue continues on Mount Kinabalu. The latest body to be recovered is of a 12 year old pupil from Singapore.

Many citizens and politicians expressed concerns and sympathies to the tragedy as the state government is working overtime to find the remaining missing persons. Several mountain guides are also touted as heroes in their efforts to rescue stranded mountain climbers.

Deputy Prime Minister has ordered the National Security Council to introduce an early warning system on earthquakes.

Tun Dr Mahathir - file pic

Picture taken from twitter user @TawauTown

As confirmed by his special officer, former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has also arrived in Sabah on Saturday, albeit to attend a meeting with Perkim. Although his itinerary is uncertain, he can be expected to be briefed by local authorities on the rescue efforts.

It is not known when the exact date for the Prime Minister to visit Sabah. Last month in a gathering in Tawau to rally support for his much condemned leadership, the Prime Minister had said he will visit Sabah more often and give priority to the state.

 

Source:

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#1mdb, #malaysian-corporate-matters, #twitter

How Barisan Nasional will lose votes

It came to our attention that Tunku Aziz, the attack dog of PM Najib, had been used by  loyalists to attack Tun Dr Mahathir for voicing his opinion.

Never in the history of Umno, a statesman which was responsible to put nearly everyone in the current Umno leadership into their seats of power, were given such vile treatment in the media and amplified further by the spindoctors and social media cybertroopers in the Najib-obsessed camp.

Well perhaps, it happened once before – during Pak Lah’s time. And we all know what happened to him.

In fact, Umno machinery had never been this vigorous and this abusive towards any Pakatan Rakyat leaders. Perhaps, they have so much to lose should the PM lost his seat.

A fellow blogger (Life of Annie) put Tunku Aziz in his place and lend perspective into these attacks. She wrote:

A bitter and vindictive old attack dog

I have to admit that every time I read what the attack dogs going after Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said about the statesman, I felt like joining those attacking PM DS Najib Razak.

So far, I still manage to resist that, but I did feel this furious anger inside me whenever I read garbage such as this,

Press Statement by Tunku Abdul Aziz

These are among words used in the press statement to describe Dr Mahathir;

– spewing scurrilous lies about 1MDB

– reduced himself, in the eyes of many, to a figure of fun and ridicule

– he presents himself as an embittered, vindictive man

– He froths at the mouth every time he accuses 1MDB

– He explained with that familiar self-satisfied smirk on his face 

– Typically Mahathir denied responsibility and to this day he remains unrepentant, blasé, and unapologetic

– His manic gambling with Bank Bumi and BNM money

Sounds to me like this Tunku Abdul Aziz is the one who is bitter, vindictive and whatever else.

I do wonder what Dr Mahathir had ever done to him that he became so rabid.

Jealous of Dr Mahathir’s achievements, perhaps?

Anyway, what has this Tunku Abdul Aziz, described as a towering Malay when he was with DAP, ever done for agama, bangsa dan tanah air?

Has he done more than what Dr Mahathir did as the country’s prime minister for 22 years?

Does he really think that by badmouthing Dr Mahathir, he is helping Najib?

Whoever the minder of this Tunku Abdul Aziz, I don’t think he really cares that people like me are disgusted and grow more hostile towards the prime minister because of these sorts of things.

Wasn't his fight to begin with. But bruised ego has voracious appetite.

Wasn’t his fight to begin with. But we think his bruised ego must have a voracious appetite.

Continue reading HERE on how the blogger felt that Tun Dr Mahathir had already answered (3 weeks ago!) all the things Tunku Aziz said in his press statement yesterday.

Normal people like the blogger above will always feel furious when they see Umno attacking Tun Mahathir. In their mind, if Umno present leaders and their attack dogs can be so disrespectfully rude to the point of being offensive towards the person that put them there, then they will have no qualms to be abusive and malicious towards the rakyat. 

And that is how you lose votes, on top of losing it due to your own lacklustre performance.

The only silver lining in all this is, only the paid spindoctors/cybertroopers from the Najib-obsessed camp and the self serving politicians are talking bad about Tun Mahathir. The majority of the people would just snigger at their brazen antics. 

#sour-grapes

The Prime Minister is misleading the people with his FAQ

The Prime Minister issued his latest FAQ which yet again did not answer any of the questions posed to him.

We would have thought that he could at least explain what exactly the cash/paper assets/units fiasco all about since he is also the Finance Minister and the Advisor of 1MDB. But he did not.

In fact, when it is concerning 1MDB, the PM (or maybe his coterie of failed consultants) are desperately spinning the issue further.

He said:

Indeed, some of the allegations that have been made have no grounding in reality, for instance Tun’s claim that I am responsible for a loss of RM42 billon on 1MDB’s balance sheet. This appears to be a deliberate twisting of the facts as 1MDB has not made a loss of this amount. This is the amount of its total debt; debt that is far exceeded by the company’s assets of RM51 billion, as audited and confirmed by Deloitte. Most large companies around the world have high levels of debt, there is nothing unusual about this.

In the first place, Tun never claimed that there was a RM42 billion loss in 1MDB. He said, and every rational people in Malaysia agreed that the RM42 billion loans 1MDB took are unaccounted for and some may have been lost. Disappeared. Vanished.

Surely the Prime Minister must not think that Tun and the rest of fellow Malaysians are too stupid to discern between the words ‘loss’, and ‘unaccounted money lost’?

In Bahasa Malaysia, lost is ‘hilang’, ‘lesap‘. While the word loss means ‘rugi’.

Q: Where is the RM27 billion? A: Sultan Pahang supports me

Q: Where is the RM27 billion?
A: Sultan Pahang supports me

If the Prime Minister’s so called corporate comms team could not grasp this most basic of definition, then no wonder the Prime Minister has an image of a clueless leader.

The fact that the Prime Minister is deliberately trying to mislead the people in his own FAQ while accusing Tun as twisting the facts is so ironic, we just had to smile at this sheer foolishness.

Nobody ever said that 1MDB is suffering a P&L loss of RM42 billion. People were asking, if the assets bought was RM15 billion at cost, while the loans taken was RM42 billion, then where is the balance of RM27 billion?

It does not matter if 1MDB has assets worth RM52 billion. The truth is in the pudding. If 1MDB is having a really strong balance sheet, then why the need to borrow from MOF, nearly RM1 billion in standby credit last March and RM2 billion from a billionaire last February just to pay off its loan interests?

What happened to the often repeated mantra – ‘there is nothing wrong with 1MDB, they have billions of cash and a lot of assets’?

He further added:

He (Tun) also claimed that I do not answer issues surrounding 1MDB, but I have gone beyond thatand instructed the Auditor General to conduct an audit of 1MDB, the results of which will be presented to the bipartisan Public Accounts Committee. This should ensure that the process is transparent, and all questions that have been asked of the company are independently answered by legitimate bodies rather than politically motivated sources.

Enough with the AG report already please. Going beyond answering, but veering the topic by saying you have instructed the AG to audit 1MDB is still not answering the questions!

Why are we, the questioning people, being treated like an idiot by this Prime Minister?

Simple questions like, ‘who is Jho Low?”, or why did 1MDB enter into a JV agreement with Petro Saudi and its contracts signed just within 3 days without any due diligence done before accepting the dubious ‘oil exploration rights’ in exchange for USD1.5 billion in equity?

The Auditor General could never answer these two questions let alone other tougher questions. Yet, the PM is asking people to wait for the report. What can it prove? Just like 1MDB’s external auditor, the AG report might prove nothing. There are so many unscrupulous companies that had obtained good, unqualified audit reports from external auditors throughout history.

And who are these legitimate bodies independently answering questions about 1MDB? Please don’t tell us, it is all those dubious Facebook accounts set up just to defend it? What credibility do they have? Are they the staff of 1MDB? Are they getting paid by the Prime Minister?

1MDB should be answering the questions themselves, on daily basis. This is crisis management 101. But the Prime Minister himself is telling the people that external bodies are answering on behalf of 1MDB. How incompetent!

There is also evidence that the Prime Minister has no clue to what the role of external auditors is all about when on May 18th, he stated:

“Auditors will not sign if even RM1 million is missing. Now it is said that RM42 billion has vanished. How can it vanish? It hasn’t vanished, there are assets, there are liabilities.”

The auditing community had a good laugh when the PM said that. In reality, when auditing  billion ringgit company like 1MDB, the auditors will not even check something relatively miniscule as RM1 million.

Auditors use sampling method, and materiality testing. There is no way auditors can audit anything 100%. Their audit opinion and report even stated that.

And on top of it all, obviously the RM42 billion loans can be seen in 1MDB’s accounts. It is there for all to see in the balance sheet. It’s called historical accounting. But the money is vanished, obviously used up by unknown people (unknown at this point of time). How can we make ourselves clearer to this clueless PM?

This what happens when we have a career politician as a leader, and non-financial people as speech writers. To digress, a career politician is a person who never gained any meaningful experience in other sectors than politics.

It is sad to see how an embattled Prime Minister is desperately trying to hoodwink the people into supporting him. Worse, his efforts to defend himself fall flat on his face due to the incompetent advisors surrounding him.

Perhaps the Prime Minister need to apply the bullshit indicator onto himself first before giving out further FAQs.

#1mdb, #malaysian-corporate-matters, #public-sector

Show us the money 1MDB!

If 1MDB could not even properly explain the nature of USD1.1 billion (RM3.6 billion) supposedly kept in BSI Bank in Singapore, then certainly 1MDB could not even explain how they had accumulated RM42 billion worth of loans within 5 years, and of course telling us what had happened to the difference of RM27 billion loans they took when assets bought were only RM15 billion would be way beyond their ability.

The person responsible for all three,

The person responsible for all three, do not understand what’s going on in all those three. Too much power?

According to news report, the USD1.1 billion that was originally backed by government for nearly RM7 billion has disappeared. 1MDB’s CEO back in February had said in an interview with The Edge that the money is in the form of cash and he had seen the bank statement.

And this was confirmed by the Prime Minister himself in March. But last week, the Prime Minister admitted that the money was not in cash but in ‘paper assets’. The MOF then clarified that the ‘money’ in Singapore was just in ‘units’, not even paper assets.

To make matters worse, the Prime Minister is going business as usual without seeing the implications for lying in Parliament, urging people to support him.

First, the confidence level from the rakyat has quickly diminished to the point of outright disgust.

Second, the flip flopping statements from the CEO, the PM and MOF heightens the perception that there is something rotten in 1MDB.

Third, a Prime Minister lying in Parliament is not something that can just easily be brushed off as trivial (except for crooks and liars).

Fourth, if the Prime Minister did not lie on purpose, then he could still be criticised on the grounds of incompetence, since he is also the Finance Minister and the top boss of 1MDB.

Fifth, nobody can trust a lying Prime Minister and everyone should remove an incompetent Prime Minister.

Sixth, a former Prime Minister had accused the current Prime Minister as a liar. Technically, he did lie otherwise the MOF would not have corrected his earlier parliamentary reply. Therefore the accusation has merit.

Here’s the latest blogpost by Che Det (if his blog is not accessible):

Najib Dan Pembohongan

1. Amatlah menyedihkan apabila saya dapati saya tidak dapat elak dari kenyataan bahawa Perdana Menteri membohong . Dalam kes wang 1MDB yang dikatakan telah dibawa balik dari Cayman Islands dan disimpan dalam bank BSI Singapura, jawapan tertulis oleh Perdana Menteri kepada soalan Parlimen tidak menepati kebenaran sama sekali.

2. Pembohongan yang pertama ialah tidak ada wang tunai 1MDB yang dibawa balik.

3. Kedua, tidak ada wang tunai yang dimasukkan ke dalam bank BSI di Singapura.

4. Ini jelas dari pindaan kepada jawapan yang pertama, iaitu bukan wang tunai berjumlah USD 1.103 billion (RM3.6 billion), dimasuk dalam bank BSI tetapi dokumen (surat pengakuan) yang disimpan dengan bank. Apa dia nya surat ini tidak dijelas tetapi yang jelas ialah ia bukan wang tunai.

5. BSI bank telah menyatakan selepas itu bahawa dokumen yang menyatakan simpanan dibuat oleh “Brazen Sky” anak syarikat 1MDB adalah palsu dan bukan daripadanya. Maka jelaslah kenyataan bertulis yang kedua oleh Najib kepada Parlimen bahawa yang disimpan adalah dokumen juga tidak benar.

6. BSI bank telah lapur kepada Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS – Penguasa Kewangan Singapura) bahawa tidak ada wang 1MDB yang disimpan dengannya.

7. Pada kebiasaannya MAS melapur maklumat ini kepada Bank Negara. Ini jelas dari pengakuan bahawa kononnya lapuran ini tertakluk kepada protokol kerahsiaan antarabangsa (Egmont principles of information exchange) dan kehendak kerahsiaan di bawah seksyen 10 AMLA. Dari kenyataan ini adalah jelas bahawa Bank Negara telah terima lapuran Monetary Authority Singapore.

8. Tujuan merahsiakan tentulah kerana ada sesuatu yang tidak kena atau pembohongan yang telah dilakukan apabila Najib menjawab soalan bahawa wang tunai telah disimpan dengan bank BSI di Singapura.

9. Perbuatan “cover-up” atau menyembunyi kesalahan dalam urusan Kerajaan adalah salah di segi undang-undang.

10. Saya perturun di sini peruntukan dalam Malaysia Penal Code (Undang-undang Jenayah Malaysia) Section 218.

11. “Whoever being a public servant, and being as such public servant, charged with the preparation of any record or other writing, frames that record or writing in a manner which he knows to be incorrect, with intent to cause, or knowing it to be likely that he will thereby cause, loss or injury to the public, or to any person, or with intent thereby to save, or knowing it to be likely that he will thereby save any person from legal punishment, or with intent to save, or knowing that he is likely thereby to save any property from forfeiture or other charge to which it is liable by law, shall be punished with imprisonment for a term which may extend to three years or with fine or with both.”

12. Adalah jelas bahawa dalam kes wang tunai yang didakwa oleh Perdana Menteri dan pegawai-pegawai Kerajaan, Bank Negara dan 1MDB telah dibawa balik dari Caymans Islands dan disimpan di BSI bank di Singapura serta pindaan kepada jawapan pertama bahawa bukan wang tunai yang dibawa balik dan disimpan di Singapura, tetapi dokumen, kesemuanya tidak benar. Mereka yang membuat lapuran yang salah ini telah melanggar undang-undang jenayah Seksyen 218.

13. Perkara yang amat serius sedang berlaku. Wang syarikat milik Kerajaan yang dihutang dengan jaminan Kerajaan sebanyak tujuh billion (tujuh ribu million) Ringgit sudah tidak dapat dikesan di mana ia berada dan percubaan dibuat untuk membohongi Parlimen dan Negara berkenaan dengannya. Ada unsur jenayah berkenaan kes ini yang memerlukan siasatan oleh polis dan jika wang ini tidak juga dapat dikesan maka proses undang-undang hendaklah diambil terhadap semua pihak yang terlibat.

Sorry to say, things have gone from bad to worse. No wonder last year, the Prime Minister did a Pak Lah’s style of defence – elegant silence. Maybe he should have not spoken anything. It is clearly logical that the Prime Minister should relinquish his Finance Ministry post since the job is dragging him down further.

Krisis kepimpinan Perdana Menteri dan cara aneh beliau menanganinya

Amat malang apabila Perdana Menteri kita kelihatan tidak keruan dan terumbang ambing ketika ingin mempertahankan kedudukan beliau. Lebih teruk lagi, beliau seakan-akan bercakap seperti para hadirin yang mendengarnya adalah terdiri dari mereka yang tidak mampu berfikir.

Semalam, telah keluar berita di mana Dato’ Sri Najib telah menyamakan diri beliau dengan Tun Dr Mahathir dari segi jangkahayat politik masing masing. Beliau berkata:

Saya Juga Boleh Pimpin Negara 22 Tahun

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak membidas tindakan Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yang mendesaknya meletak jawatan sambil menegaskan beliau adalah Presiden Umno pertama yang dipilih menerusi sistem perlembagaan parti yang baharu.

“Saya presiden yang dipilih secara demokratik terbuka. Kalau dulu 2,600 orang di Kuala Lumpur (pemilihan). Dulu ada undi bonus… lepas itu ganti dengan kuota. Nak cabar presiden kena dapat 63 bahagian. Ingat senang ke nak dapat? Tidak mudah.

Sebab itu dia (Dr Mahathir) boleh kekal 22 tahun…kalau saya nak kekal 22 tahun pun boleh tetapi saya nak dipilih dengan ikhlas… dipilih dengan demokratik. Tapi kenapa ganggu saya?,” katanya pada majlis sepetang bersama veteran Umno di Pusat Dagangan Dunia Putra (PWTC) di sini pada Isnin.

Hajat di hati hendak memeluk gunung, apakan daya tangan tak sampai

Hajat di hati hendak memeluk gunung, apakan daya tangan tak sampai

Hampir tertawa kami mendengarnya. Bukan kerana memikirkan bahawa mungkin Najib terlihat begitu terdesak, tapi kerana beliau lagi sekali tidak tahu apa yang diperkatakan oleh para pengkritiknya.

Rakyat mendesak supaya beliau meletak jawatan Perdana Menteri, bukannya jawatan Presiden Umno. Akan tetapi beliau memilih untuk memperkatakan mengenai jawatan Presiden parti kerana itu sajalah modal beliau untuk membidas Tun Dr Mahathir.

Dari pandangan kami golongan rakyat jelata, keinginan Najib untuk menjadi Presiden Umno selama 22 tahun mungkin boleh tercapai. Tetapi untuk menjadi Perdana Menteri selama 22 tahun sambil memenangi 5 pilihanraya umum berturut turut dengan undi melebihi 2/3 amatlah diluar kemampuan tuan punya diri.

Tidak usahlah Perdana Menteri yang sekarang ini membandingkan diri dengan Tun Mahathir, kerana ianya seperti langit dan bumi. Tun Mahathir cuma menghadapi masalah kepimpinan di dalam parti di dalam tahun 1986 – 1988. Dari tahap nasional, Tun Mahathir sepanjang pemerintahannya telah mendapat kepercayaan dan mandat yang kuat dari rakyat dan ini terbukti di dalam setiap pilihanraya, bukan sahaja beliau sering mendapat undi 2/3 di parlimen, beliau juga mendapat undi popular melebihi 50% (ada yang setinggi 65%!).

Lagi pula, Tun Mahathir adalah satu satunya Presiden Umno sejak tahun 1981 yang telah dicabar hingga ke peringkat undian Presiden. Usahlah Najib ingin mendabik dada kerana jawatan Presiden parti Umno pun sebenarnya telah diserahkan kepada beliau secara skim pindah milik dan bukannya secara demokratik.

Dan sekarang beliau bukan sahaja tidak mempunyai mandat yang besar dari rakyat sebagai Perdana Menteri, malah menghadapi krisis kepimpinan yang teruk di kalangan rakyat.

Tolong hentikan dari membuat perbandingan yang hanya akan ditertawakan orang. Kerana jika hendak berkokok berdegar-degar, ekor seharusnya bersih dahulu. Dan buat masa ini, ekor tersebut sedang bergelumang dengan tahi.

Orang ramai pun tahu ini hanyalah taktik Perdana Menteri untuk mewajarkan agar dirinya tidak perlu meletak jawatan. Jika begitulah hendaknya, maka cita cita beliau untuk menjadi Presiden Umno untuk 22 tahun mungkin akan menjadi kenyataan.

Yang bezanya, selepas tahun 2018, beliau cuma Presiden untuk parti Umno yang mungkin sudah jadi parti pembangkang ketika itu.

Ingatlah, mendapat kepercayaan majoriti ahli Umno yang dicucuk hidung tidak penting. Yang penting ialah untuk mendapat kepercayaan rakyat.

#1mdb