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Sunday, May 27, 2018

More calls for sexual harassment laws after tudung ‘lecture’ for Nurul

There have only been ad hoc measures to address the crime through 'half-hearted' fixes, says a group.
A stunned Nurul Izzah Anwar listens as a caller berates her over her style of wearing the tudung.
PETALING JAYA: Two groups who have in the past criticised human rights activists for championing unIslamic values has urged for clearer sexual harassment laws in Malaysia, after PKR’s Nurul Izzah Anwar was berated by a caller during a live interview on Facebook for not wearing her tudung “properly”.
Citing a study called “Discriminatory Practices And Sexual Harassment Among Working Women In Malaysia”, the International Women’s Alliance for Family Institution and Quality Education (Wafiq) and the Centre For Human Rights Advocacy (Centhra) said the majority of women in the study did not lodge any formal complaint as they did not believe that the existing mechanisms for victims of sexual harassment are effective.
“In the absence of a specific legislation such as the Sexual Harassment Act, our courts are prevented from dealing with issues such as the burden of proof and what constitutes sexual harassment more effectively,” said the two organisations, who have formed the Malaysian Alliance of Civil Society Organisations in the Universal Periodic Review Process (Macsa).
On Friday, a man who called in during a live interview session with Nurul Izzah told her to dress more modestly, saying that her clothes were sometimes transparent. The caller also made several crude remarks. The interviewer later thanked him.
Following this, Petaling Jaya MP Maria Chin Abdullah criticised the host, saying what took place was sexual harassment which he should have stopped.
Maria also urged for laws to deal with sexual harassments, including a Gender Equality Act.
Macsa said many cases went unreported because women may have been unaware if unwanted advances constitute sexual harassment.
It cited a study carried out over a six-month period involving 402 working females aged between 18 and 59 years, which found that 43.9% of the respondents had experienced unwelcome sexual connotations, glances, gestures, or comments taking place at work, while 33.7% said they themselves experienced it.
The study found that the main perpetrators of sexual harassment were colleagues (50%), followed by clients (28%), subordinates (11%), superiors (7%) and others (4%).
Masca said most measures to address the issue of sexual harassment had been adhoc, including a new provision which was added to the Employment Act 1955.
“The Labour Department has also made it mandatory for all organisations to have a Sexual Harassment Policy in place as part of compliance with the Employment Act 1955 after the new provision in the amended act came into force in 2013.
“Nonetheless, these half-hearted fixes do not go far enough in addressing the matter at hand.” -FMT

JANGAN GANGGU DAHULU KERAJAAN HARAPAN

USAHA pihak tertentu untuk merapatkan hubungan Pas dengan kerajaan Harapan, secara prinsipnya perlu disokong. Itulah yang patut berlaku selepas selesai pilihan raya dan rakyat sudah membuat keputusan muktamad. Bukan sahaja dengan Pas tetapi dengan Umno juga wajar diambil kira.
Kuasa atau kerusi dimenangi kedua-dua parti itu mewakili hampir separuh 222 atau 32% kerusi parlimen kesemuanya yang berjumlah 72 kerusi. Bahkan jika dikira perolehan kerusi mengikut kerusi Umno merupakan parti dominan memiliki 54 kerusi atau 24.3%.
Keputusan rakyat itu perlu dihormati dan seharusnya memberi pulangan istimewa buat mereka. Ia juga sesuai dengan seruan Dr Mahathir Mohamad sendiri agar orang Melayu menghentikan perbezaan politik dan kembali menyatu-padukan kekuatan ummah. Dr Mahathir menekan kepada orang Melayu kerana seruan itu dibuat semasa iftar Ramadhan.

Iya, tidak perlu kita terus berselisih faham dalam politik yang boleh menyebabkan banyak kerja-kerja utama rakyat dan negara terbantut. Sesebuah kerajaan itu akan mudah melaksanakan misinya kalau ia disokong semua pihak termasuk oposisi yang bersikap positif. Kita perlu menolak dan menghitung apa yang berlaku sebelum ini, yang banyak merugikan kerana terlalu politiking.
Juteru untuk menuju ke destinasi itu kerajaan Harapan perlu disokong dan diberi peluang. Bukan tidak boleh mengkritik tetapi biarlah ia dalam ruang lingkunp sempadan konstruktif.
Kepercayaan atau pegangan politik khurafat, “mentahkid” peperangan harus sampai menjadi debu, dengan  pemesungan mentafsir hadith dan hukum hakam agama wajar dibuang kerana ia meruncingkan keadaan. Kita perlu berubah menjadi waras.
Justeru usaha untuk menjinak dan merapatkan saf politik itu membuka dimensi baharu dalam kancah politik negara ini. Sesudah 60 tahun kita berpolitik, melalui 14 kali Piraum elok dan tepatlah pada masanya untuk mengubah persepsi politik. Kita memerlukan neratif baharu dalam politik. Kejatuhan kerajaan UBN perlu dijadikan detik mula (turning point) untuk bergerak ke arah itu.
Maka saya secara pribadi menyokong kuat usaha itu.
Bagaimana pun hendaknya gerakan atau usaha ke arah itu jangan pula ada motif politik. Ia dibuat kerana ada maksud tersembunyi yang mudah untuk ditangkap. Melayu perlu disatukan untuk melihat kekuatan politiknya, tetapi jangan ada kesempatan di atas usaha murni itu. Selamanya kita perlu menerima bangsa Melayu adalah tunggak dan asas politik dalam kesenimbungan pembina negara bangsa ini.
Saya mengungkitkan ini kerana sedikit berasa cuak dengan usaha ini apabila mengetahui, usaha penjinakan Pas atau nawaitu membawa masuk Pas ke dalam PH itu dibuat atas motif politik. Sememangnya apa jua usaha ia tidak dapat dielakkan dari mempunyai unsur berkenaan. Namun, elemen yang boleh merenggang dan menimbulkan keraguan itu perlu diminimumkan. 
Pas diajak bersama PH kononnya hendak mengukuhkan kedudukan Dr Mahathir. Alasan digunakan itu baik. Persoalannya apakah kedudukan Dr Mahathir kini lemah? Apakah kelemahan itu dilihat kepada jumlah kerusi diperolehi partinya? Perhitungan itu sudah tidak tepat kerana kekuatan dan kelemahan Dr Mahathir perlu dilihat sebagai menyeluruh. Beliau tidak bertanding atas nama partinya tetapi satu lambang yang dikongsi bersama, DAP, PKR dan Amanah.
Kalau itulah alasan diberikan untuk mempelawa Pas bersama PH, ia telah meletakkan keraguan di atas keperluan itu. Apabila ia dibuat kerana Dr Mahathir ia sudah satu kesilapan. Dalam konteks lebih luas Dr Mahathir bukan objek yang perlu diperjuangkan, beliau hanya sebagai “wasi” sahaja. Sebaliknya usaha hendak menjinak Pas perlu dilihat dalam konteks lebih luas dan konprehensif.
Bukan itu sahaja saya juga mendengar, kononnya penjinakan Pas itu sendiri untuk mengukuhkan kedudukan PPBM sebagai entiti dalam PH. Semacam ada keraguan kepada perpaduan dalam PH waktu ini? Sikap terlalu menghitung kepentingan diri dan puak inilah yang memusnahkan persepakatan awal yang jernih.
Saya tidak perlu menghurainya di sini lebih detail perkembangan itu yang saya ketahui, kerana ia boleh membuka pesepsi yang buruk. Semua pihak perlu sama-sama memahami hal ini dan berfikir apakah ia perlu dibuat proses hal itu dalam suasana yang ada hari ini.
Kemungkinan PH mengalami keretakan di masa akan datang ada. Penyumbangnya bukan oleh satu pihak tetapi pihak lain juga. Tetapi ia bukan sesuatu yang baik dan bijaksana untuk kita membuat ramalan awal. Apa lagi membuat pesiapan untuk membaiki keretakan itu dengan cuba menafikan pihak lain. Tindakan menelan beberapa jenis ubat dan pil sebelum sakit untuk mengelakkan kesakitan kurang praktikal walaupun itu adalah amalan ilmuan perubatan.
Kita jangan memulakan sesuatu yang boleh memberi tanggapan yang tidak baik. Segala kekurangan yang ada dipermulaan pembentukan kerajaan Harapan hendaklah diterima seadanya. Yang lebih penting kita bergerak ke arah memperkuatkannya dari segala sudut dan tidak cuba memanahkan perasaan curiga di antara sama lain dengan melakukan usaha-usaha seperti hendak diusahakan itu.
Mengenai Pas atau Umno, berikan kebebasan kepadanya. Cara lebih baik mereka perlu menjadi pembangkang yang efektif dalam parlimen nanti. Sikap atau cara itu leih baik. Mereka perlu menyedari sumbangan pembangkang dalam sebuah demokrasi sangat penting.
Saya mengira baik Pas dan Umno sudah siap sedia untuk menjadi pembangkang yang baik. Setakat hari ini biarlah Pas bergabung dengan Umno menjadi pembangkang yang berkesan di parlimen, dan gabungan itu diterima pula oleh kerajaan Harapan sebagai sesuatu yang bernilai buat mereka.
Kerajaan Harapan tidak perlu meneruskan sikap kerajaan sebelum ini yang melihat pembangkang entiti yang menyusahkan dan tidak memberi apa-apa pun sumbangan serta mempedulikan setiap apa yang disarankan.
– msomelayu.blogspot.m

JIKA DUA TAHUN TAK MENCUKUPI, BAGI PELUANG TUN MAHATHIR JADI PERDANA MENTERI SELAGI MAMPU

 KUALA LUMPUR, 27 Feb -- Pengerusi Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (PPBM) Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (tengah) hadir ke Mahkamah Tinggi Sivil hari ini bagi memberi keterangan pada perbicaraan kes saman difailkan Datuk Seri Mukhriz Tun Mahathir terhadap bekas Naib Pengerusi DAP Tunku Abdul Aziz Tunku Ibrahim berhubung dakwaan wujud pakatan sulit mengenai Mukhriz yang dijanjikan jawatan perdana menteri jika Pakatan Pembangkang memenangi Pilihan Raya Umum Ke-14.?--fotoBERNAMA (2018) HAK CIPTA TERPELIHARA
Semua kita sedia maklum  dan memang mengikut perancangan, Tun Mahathir Mohamad dijangka hanya mahu menjadi Perdana Menteri untuk tempoh dua tahun saja.
Dalam tempoh dua tahun itu, Tun Mahathir merasakan beliau mempunyai masa yang mencukupi untuk menjalankan kerja-kerja menyelamatkan negara dan memulihkan ekonomi daripada pelbagai kerosakan yang diakibatkan oleh Najib Razak.
Selepas tempoh dua tahun itu, Tun Mahathir akan menyerahkan jawatan Perdana Menteri kepada pengganti yang dipersetujui oleh Pakatan Harapan iaitu Anwar Ibrahim.
Berikutan tempoh dua tahun itu dilihat agak suntuk, itulah sebabnya sejak mengangkat sumpah jawatan pada 10 Mei lalu kita melihat bagaimana Tun Mahathir amat bekerja keras hampir setiap hari di pejabatnya.
Beliau bukan saja menghabiskan banyak masa menghadiri pelbagai mesyuarat, bertemu pihak yang relevan dengan matlamat menyelamatkan negara, meneliti pelbagai fail serta dokumen, malah tidak terkecuali tentunya perlu juga memerah otak mencari idea-idea baru.
Itulah sebabnya kita melihat hari Sabtu dan Ahad pun beliau tetap datang bekerja seperti biasa.
Dalam usia mencecah 93 tahun, kesibukan dan komitmen Tun Mahathir sekarang ini barangkali melebihi apa yang dilakukannya ketika kali pertama menjadi Perdana Menteri selama 22 tahun sebelum ini.
Semuanya dilakukan kerana beliau mahu menyelesaikan, kalau boleh semua perkara dalam tempoh dua tahun ini sebelum baton kuasa diserahkan kepada Anwar.
Tetapi, cukupkah tempoh dua tahun ini untuk Tun Mahathir dan bagaimana jika dalam tempoh itu, kerja-kerjanya masih banyak yang  tidak selesai?
Dalam hal ini, semua pihak dalam Pakatan Harapan seharusnya sedia berlapang dada untuk tidak terlalu mendesak agar Tun Mahathir sentiasa terikat dengan tempoh masa dua tahun itu.
Beliau mesti diberi kebebasan untuk melaksanakan tugas dan tanggungjawabnya sebagai Perdana Menteri dalam tempoh masa yang dapat memberi keselesaan kepadanya.
Jika tempoh dua tahun itu banyak perkara dapat diselesaikan dan Tun Mahathir sendiri berpuas hati dengan apa yang dilakukannya untuk negara, ia mungkin sesuai untuknya berundur dan menyerahkan kepada Anwar untuk mengggantinya.
Namun, kiranya dalam tempoh dua tahun nanti, masih ada perkara-perkara yang belum selesai, Pakatan Harapan harus melanjutkan tempohnya sehingga ke tiga tahun atau sampai ke pilihanraya umum yang seterusnya.
Salah seorang Ahli MPT Bersatu, Aziz Yassin bersetuju bahawa Tun Mahathir tidak harus diikat dengan tempoh masa tertentu dalam melaksanakan kerja atau tanggungjawabnya kepada negara ini.
Kata beliau, dalam tempoh tidak sampai 20 hari menjadi Perdana Menteri, walaupun sudah berusia 93 tahun, tetapi Tun Mahathir telah menunjukkan kecemerlangan dan komitmen serta melakukan tindakan yang tidak mungkin mampu dilakukan oleh mana-mana pemimpin lain, termasuk Anwar, Muhyiddin atau sebagainya.
“Sekiranya beliau masih sihat, mampu dan ada keinginan untuk terus berkhidmat kepada negara dalam tempoh yang lebih lama daripada dua tahun, ruang itu harus diberikan kepadanya.
“Lagi pula, jika lebih lama Tun Mahathir menjadi Perdana Menteri, ia membawa lebih kebaikan untuk rakyat dan negara, apa salahnya!” kata Aziz yang juga merupakan abang kepada Muhyiddin.
Dalam hal ini, yang tidak kurang pentingnya ialah Anwar dan para penyokongnya juga harus lebih banyak bersabar dan tidak terlalu mendesak agar Tun Mahathir perlu memenuhi tempoh masa dua tahun itu.
Anwar dan para penyokong beliau, sebaliknya mesti memberi sokongan yang sepenuh-penuhnya kepada Tun Mahathir dalam usaha memulihkan negara ini dan penuh yakin bahawa kerusi Perdana Menteri selepas ini memang disediakan untuknya.
Cumanya, oleh kerana isteri beliau, Dr. Wan Azizah Wan Ismail ketika ini sudah pun menjadi Timbalan Perdana Menteri, kemasukan Anwar ke dalam kabinet dengan sendirinya akan menyebabkan isterinya perlu berundur.
Sebaik-baiknya ialah Anwar harus mengambil alih tempat Dr. Wan Azizah di Pandan dan kemudian dijadikan Timbalan Perdana Menteri, sebelum langkah seterusnya ialah mengambil alih jawatan Perdana Menteri daripada Tun Mahathir.
Masalahnya, selain Dr. Wan Azizah baru sangat menjadi Timbalan Perdana Menteri, tindakan beliau mengosongkan kerusi Pandan semata-mata untuk memberi laluan kepada suatu pilihanraya kecil dan Anwar bertanding di situ barangkali juga tidak disenangi oleh rakyat kerana dianggap suatu pembaziran.
Ia bagaimanapun mungkin selesai jika ada mana-mana Ahli Parlimen PKR yang meninggal dunia dalam tempoh terdekat ini dan Anwar dipilih untuk mengisinya.
Begitu pun, jika dengan itu ia membuatkan Anwar ada laluan untuk menjadi pengganti Tun Mahathir, mahu tidak mahu Dr. Wan Azizah perlu digugurkan daripada jawatan Timbalan Perdana Menteri yang sedang dipegangnya sekarang.
Adalah tidak manis jika Anwar dan Dr. Wan Azizah sebagai suami isteri berada dalam kabinet pada waktu yang sama, malah sebelum ini pun mereka bertukar ganti menduduki kerusi Permatang Pauh dan Ketua Pembangkang.
Tidak simpatikah Anwar kepada Dr. Wan Azizah yang hanya berpeluang berkhidmat kepada kerajaan dalam tempoh yang sesingkat dua tahun saja?
Tidakkah lebih baik jika penggal perkhidmatan Dr. Wan Azizah berakhir sehingga PRU15 di mana ketika itu bukan saja beliau boleh berundur dengan senang hati sama ada sebagai Timbalan Perdana Menteri ataupun Ahli Parlimen Pandan, malah Tun Mahathir juga dipercayai turut selesa untuk menyerahkan jawatan Perdana Menteri kepada Anwar berikutan banyak kerja-kerjanya untuk negara telah dapat diselesaikan?
– http://shahbudindotcom.blogspot.my

SO MUCH MONEY, HE COULD BRIBE ANYONE – JHO LOW, FROM HIGH-ROLLER TO JAILBIRD? DID SINGAPORE DAILY SUCCUMB TO DISGRACED EX-PM NAJIB & JHO’S INFLUENCE IN PAINTING JUSTO IN A POOR LIGHT?

KUALA LUMPUR – Baby-faced playboy Jho Low, a financier at the centre of Malaysia’s 1MDB mega-scandal, may find his days of hobnobbing with celebrities and splurging on property and art are numbered as the new government pledges to bring him to justice.
Suspected of being a key figure in one of the world’s biggest frauds along with ousted leader Datuk Seri Najib Razak and his cronies, the chubby, bespectacled businessman has become a lightning rod for public fury at the controversy.
He led a high-rolling lifestyle after allegedly stealing huge sums from 1MDB. He hung out with celebrities such as Leonardo DiCaprio, partied with Paris Hilton, and reportedly spent vast sums in New York’s hottest nightspots.
As investigations into the controversy accelerated, the Malaysian took to a luxury yacht allegedly bought with stolen cash and sailed around Asia, until the vessel was seized off Bali recently as part of 1MDB-linked probes.
The Wall Street Journal reported that he was on the Thai holiday island of Phuket earlier this month awaiting the election results. His current whereabouts are unclear.
But time could be running out for the flamboyant 36-year-old after Najib’s scandal-mired coalition suffered a shock defeat at the May 9 poll in large part due to public anger at 1MDB.
The new government, headed by Najib’s ex-mentor Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has reopened probes into the sophisticated fraud and wants to haul Jho Low — whose full name is Low Taek Jho — back to Malaysia.
Datuk Abdul Razak Idris, a former senior officer from the anti-graft agency which led probes into the scandal until they were shut down under Najib, said he believed Low was the mastermind.
“He must be arrested and brought back to Malaysia so that we can bring back all the money parked abroad,” he told AFP.
Low, who held no official positions at 1MDB but is believed to have exerted great influence over the fund, has previously denied any wrongdoing. He could not be contacted for this article.
Precarious position
In a first move aimed at pressuring him, Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng on Friday instructed tax authorities to probe Low and his family — many of whom remain in Malaysia — over 1MDB.
Malaysian social media lit up with delight at the prospect that a man who allegedly plundered state coffers was now being aggressively pursued.
“Jho Low is the key to all this 1MDB debacle,” read one post on Facebook. “Catching him is like catching the one ring that rules them all.”
Low’s current precarious position is a far cry from the image he once projected of an urbane, well-connected investment manager.
He was educated at elite British school Harrow, and during his time in England befriended Riza Aziz, Najib’s stepson, a friendship that helped him get close to Malaysia’s former ruling family.
He studied in the US and moved to New York, where reports of his profligate spending began to multiply.
The Department of Justice, which has launched lawsuits to seize assets allegedly bought with stolen 1MDB cash in the US, alleges US$400 million (RM1.6 billion) from the fund was sent to the US “for the personal gratification of Low and his associates”.
This is just one part of the vast fraud. The DoJ claims that some US$4.5 billion was stolen from the fund, which was set up in 2009 and overseen by Najib. Najib and 1MDB deny any wrongdoing.
As well as the yacht, Low is alleged to have used stolen cash to buy artworks by Monet and Van Gogh, high-end real estate and to give gifts to celebrities including DiCaprio and Australian model Miranda Kerr.
They have both turned the gifts over to US authorities and are not accused of any wrongdoing.
In a rare media interview with Malaysia’s Star newspaper in 2010, Low complained of being depicted as someone who led “an excessive kind of lifestyle”.
“Ultimately, I am Malaysian,” he said. “I am one who does not forget my country and I think there is a lot we can do for Malaysia.” — AFP

Straits Times says unaware of ‘hidden hand’ behind Justo ‘confession’

KUALA LUMPUR – Singapore’s Straits Times (ST) has refuted financial daily The Edge’s accusation that the former was involved with an arranged interview with ex-PetroSaudi executive Xavier Andre Justo in 2015 to present a false narrative.
The paper’s then-Indochina bureau chief Nirmala Ghosh insisted yesterday that he had been professional when approaching the story related to the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) scandal.
“If Mr Justo’s new claims are true, they are disappointing. I pursued the story as a professional journalist, trying various ways to get details on the case and access to Mr Justo. I put in a request to his Thai lawyer for an interview,” he was quoted as saying in ST.
“When I was told by the lawyer I could interview him, I proceeded in good faith and reported his remarks accurately. More often than not, in interviews, newsmakers tell their side of the story. This seemed no different.
“Whatever deals Mr Justo had made, or what his deeper calculation was, I was unaware of. To verify the claims and as per good journalistic practice, we asked for reactions from key people he named — and we used their reactions as well,” he added.
ST’s editor Warren Fernandez also defended the journalist, and said he was not aware of any hidden hand, nor was the paper party to any deals.
“Our approach to this story was standard and professional,” he said.
“Every news organisation was pursuing this story and trying to get to speak to Justo. Nirmal managed to get access, and got the story. He did a professional and creditable job. That was our only purpose in running this story.”
In 2015, ST had quoted Justo as claiming that he was offered nearly US$2 million (RM7.6 million) by a “prominent” Malaysian businessman and his colleague for documents stolen from PSI, though he was not paid the amount in the end.
Media tycoon Datuk Tong Kooi Ong and Ho Kay Tat, the publisher and group chief executive of The Edge Media Group, then publicly confessed to misleading Justo over the promised sum, insisting that it “was the only way to get hold of the evidence to expose how a small group of Malaysians and foreigners cheated the people of Malaysia of US$1.83 billion.”
The Edge reported yesterday that Justo claimed he was blackmailed to deliver a prepared confession by PetroSaudi director Patrick Mahony and UK private detective Paul Finnegan, who then allegedly arranged for an interview with Ghosh.
Justo is currently in Malaysia to assist investigations into 1MDB.  –  Malay Mail

STOP GIVING ALTANTUYA THE RUNAROUND, FUZI: ‘LOGIC-DEFYING FOR COPS NOT TO ALREADY KNOW THE IDENTITY OF THE PERSON OR PERSONS WHO ORDERED HER KILLING’ – MP MINCES NO WORDS WITH IGP

I note that Kepong MP YB Lim Lip Eng has lodged a police report urging the police to reopen investigations into the murder of Altantuya Shaariibuu on the question of who ordered the same .
In light of this, I urge inspector-general of police Mohamad Fuzi Harun to commence the said investigations immediately as the matter is long outstanding.
Fuzi was reported as saying that the case could not be reopened as there were no new leads and no new police report had been lodged on the matter.
I have always maintained that there was no need for such a report to be lodged, but since one has been made, there should be no reason now not to reopen investigations into the case.
Furthermore, there is clearly a new lead now on the question of who ordered the said murder.
One of the persons convicted of Altantuya’s murder, Sirul Azhar Umar, who is currently being held in Australia recently insinuated that he was ordered to murder Altantuya, and offered to tell all on condition he was given a full pardon and allowed to return to Malaysia a free man.
In an interview with Malaysiakini recently, Sirul was quoted as saying,
“I do it (kill) for the country, as all is done under orders. That is how the unit works. But I am upset when people accuse me, or say something bad about me and my family.”
It is obvious that Sirul was alluding to the fact that he acted on the orders of a third party when he and Azilah killed Altantuya in 2006 when he stated the above.
Such a statement also implies, quite obviously, that Azilah was under orders as well, and as such, investigations can be reopened by simply beginning by questioning Azilah, who is currently on death row in Kajang prison.
I have said before that it is likely that the identity of the person or persons who ordered the murder are already known to the police, as it defies logic for previous investigations to have not covered such a crucial aspect of the case.
I hereby reiterate my view that if there is evidence of other parties involved in ordering the murder, they can be charged for Altantuya’s murder for having shared a common intention to kill her, even if they did not pull the trigger.
What is disturbing is the fact that the prosecution failed to lead evidence on the question of motive which raises questions as to its bona fides.
For example, the prosecution failed to call one DSP Musa Safri as a witness, although he was mentioned on various occasions during the trial. According to Azilah during the trial, he had assisted Abdul Razak Baginda following an order from Musa.
As such, surely Musa would have been able to testify as to who instructed him to contact Azilah, who eventually ended up murdering Altantuya.
Musa was, therefore, certainly a crucial witness on the issue of the motive behind Altantuya’s killing.
Furthermore, it is shocking that the prosecution did not even file an appeal against the acquittal of Razak Baginda after he was acquitted and discharged at the end of the prosecution’s case without his defence being called, particularly when it appealed against the acquittal of Sirul and Azilah by the Court of Appeal.
The prosecution must have been satisfied that it had sufficient evidence against Razak Baginda when it framed a charge against him for abetting Sirul and Azilah murder Altantuya. Why then did it not appeal against his acquittal?
The above questions raises concern as to whether there was a deliberate attempt to not reveal the identities of the person or persons who ordered the murder of Altantuya by the prosecution during the trial.
Fuzi should stop making excuses and commit to resolving the mystery of who ordered the murder of Altantuya. He has ample reason to reopen investigations into the same and should restore confidence of the public of the force by doing so forthwith.
It is a travesty of justice to suggest that the police do not already know who ordered Altantuya’s murder. To suggest that the police did not investigate who ordered the same smacks of incompetence of the highest degree on its part, and Fuzi ought to take the necessary steps to avoid such a perception.
RAMKARPAL SINGH is the MP for Bukit Gelugor. – M’kini

Ramkarpal to IGP: Stop making excuses and reopen Altantuya’s murder case

– ANN
MKINI / ANN

END IT NOW MAHATHIR, ARREST & CHARGE NAJIB: FALLEN EX-PM’S 1MDB CHICKENS HAVE COME HOME TO ROOST – THE MORE TIME HE IS GIVEN, THE MORE TROUBLE HE MAY INSTIGATE

The late night raid is not a new phenomenon in Malaysian politics. It happened in 1998 to then deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim. But while that raid stoked the fires of the Reformasi movement, the recent police lockdown of embattled former prime minister Najib Razak’s house saw the electorate rejoicing.
The police began searching all of Najib’s properties last week as part of an investigation into the 1MDB financial scandal which has haunted the former prime minister since 2015. Investigators in several countries have alleged US$4.5 billion was stolen from the state investment fund that was set up by Najib himself in 2009.
During the election that removed Najib and the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition, 1MDB was a major talking point for the newly installed Pakatan Harapan government. It hammered the issue when canvassing in a country where cost of living is a big concern for many.
Malaysian police chief Amar Singh addresses the media after conducting raids related to the 1MDB scandal. Photo: AFP
The scandal first came to light when reports emerged that investigators had traced US$680 million from the fund sent to Najib’s private account. Cash from the fund was meant to be spent on infrastructure ventures, but mounting evidence suggested money was being siphoned off for political and personal purposes, including allegedly into Najib and his family’s coffers.
As prime minister, Najib agreed to cooperate with an investigation – but only after sacking the attorney general, Abdul Gani Patail. He was subsequently cleared of all wrongdoing, with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) claiming the funds he received came from Arab benefactors.
Jho Low with Leonardo DiCaprio. Photo: Getty Images
In 2016 and 2017, the US justice department filed a series of forfeiture suits to seize assets valued at US$1.7 billion – including yachts, Picassos, luxury homes, jewellery, a private jet and cash set aside to produce Hollywood films.
Malaysian financier Jho Low – known for trying to woo Paris Hilton and giving lingerie model Miranda Kerr extravagant jewellery – was ordered to turn over one such asset, the US$250 million superyacht Equanimity, to the US authorities two weeks ago.
Justice department documents say officials managing 1MDB embezzled and laundered US$4.5 billion between 2009 and 2014. The money trail crosses about 10 countries and several offshore accounts in Switzerland and the British Virgin Islands. Besides Low, the lawsuits named Riza Aziz – Najib’s stepson – and “Malaysian Official 1” or MO1, which is widely believed to be Najib. And now the fund is saddled with billions of US dollars of debt – taken on via bonds sold by Goldman Sachs, the principal on which will be due in 2022.
Mahathir Mohamad has lived up to his campaign promise to investigate the 1MDB scandal. Photo: AFP
The political backlash, although not immediate, has gathered its own momentum: members of Najib’s own party began filing police reports, his detractors, including deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin, formed a new political party helmed by former and current Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad, and the Barisan Nasional coalition was toppled after 61 years in power.
Pakatan Harapan is pursuing those responsible, now with the full force of government behind them.
SHOCKED AND AWED
The Malaysian public has been stunned by revelation after revelation, beginning with the raids of Najib’s residences, which led the confiscation of 284 boxes of luxury handbags, massive amounts of jewellery, and stacks of cash totalling US$28.6 million – which Najib dismissed as campaign donations.
With all the heat coming down on the former prime minister, Najib has asked for witness protection, saying he was the target of death threats from foreigners linked to 1MDB. Following the raids, Najib was questioned for several hours by the MACC, while the newly minted finance minister, Lim Guan Eng, told reporters that the fund’s directors had confirmed its insolvency and inability to pay its debts.
Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng. Photo: AFP
The big reveal of this week though was not just that 1MDB has been gutted, but that the previous government had used the country’s main sovereign wealth fund, Khazanah Holdings, and the central bank to pay off 1MDB debt – meaning the infestation had spread across the system, potentially contaminating these other pillars of the Malaysian economy.
In a strongly worded statement Lim called 1MDB director Arul Kanda “utterly dishonest and untrustworthy, and instructed the legal advisers to the Ministry of Finance to review his position as the president of 1MDB”.
A protester holds a portrait of Jho Low during a rally in Kuala Lumpur prior to the election. Photo: AP
Kanda reiterated claims to This Week in Asia that Lim had cast him in a bad light, but refused to comment further.
James Chin, the director of Asia Institute Tasmania think tank, said 1MDB was now being clearly presented to the Malaysian public as “a scam”. He noted that the ramifications of the meltdown would probably affect all large government projects and government-linked companies.
“In terms of impact, this whole mess reaffirms what we know already: there is monkey business at the top of the [Barisan Nasional] food chain. The only difference is the scale, which we won’t know until the final audit. Mainly however, the layer of governance in federal and state projects and borrowings will be more closely studied by the markets, which is a good thing.”
A task force set up by Mahathir soon after he was elected to investigate 1MDB and reclaim its assets met US justice department and FBI officials on Thursday. The task force said US officials revealed that their requests from the past two years for the MACC and the attorney general’s office to cooperate in their investigation had been ignored.
The Singaporean Commercial Affairs Department and the Monetary Authority of Singapore said they were prepared to help Malaysian authorities with the investigation. The authority has fined eight banks and shut down Swiss private banks BSI and Falcon in Singapore, jailing several, after its own probe into 1MDB.
Xavier Justo arrives at the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission office on Thursday. Photo: AFP
Meanwhile, Xavier Justo, a Swiss citizen who first blew the whistle on alleged impropriety at the fund, told Malaysian newspaper The Star that he would testify in any 1MDB-related trial.
Najib, who is banned from leaving Malaysia, has stoked public anger through a series of mistimed statements, including describing himself as unemployed despite still drawing a salary as a member of parliament. He also complained about police helping themselves to chocolates in his fridge during the raid, and accusing Mahathir of only telling “half the story”.
“Words said and allegations made while in the opposition carry a very different weight now that you are in power and holding the positions of the finance minister or the prime minister,” he said, accusing the new government of slander.
Lim retaliated by detailing how the new government had discovered federal debt had reached US$250 billion; a combination of official debt, government guarantees for entities unable to service debts, and lease payments for projects such as roads and schools.
Mahathir also remained undeterred, saying he would not strike a deal under any circumstances with Najib, his former protégé turned rival.
And while Najib enjoys immunity as a former head of state, Mahathir can revoke it at any time, said lawyer Surendra Ananth, co-chair of the Malaysian Bar Constitutional Law Committee.
“State immunity is not personal. It is enjoyed by the state,” he said. “Such immunity, being enjoyed by the state, can be waived anytime.”
Political analyst Khoo Kay Peng said pursuing justice over the 1MDB financial scandal was Pakatan Harapan living up to its election pledge. “Individuals and companies that benefited from 1MDB funds could be raided too. It is going to be a long-haul process and require a lot of manpower from MACC.”
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