Sunday, January 6, 2013

Where's the RM207 Billion?

The revelation by the Japanese Embassy that it had paid RM207 billion as compensation to the Malaysian government for families of victims of the infamous “Death Railway” project in the 1940s is shocking, startling and scandalous. The embassy's second secretary Takaharu Suegami on Thursday confirmed that the said money was transfered in the 1990s, but added that his office has no further information.

This sum of money was meant to be distributed to some 30,000 Malaysians who had been forcibly recruited as conscripted labourers by the Japanese to build the Thai-Burma rail link. Each affected family is entitled to receive between RM2.8 million and RM3 million as compensation.

Until now, the Malaysian public has been totally unaware of this compensation payment made by the Japanese.

The fact of the matter is that the disbursement was made during Mahathir Mohamad’s time as prime minister. He must explain the money’s whereabouts.

It is obvious that somebody have kept the money for themselves. It is time that we uncover the truth so that we can go after the thieving crooks. What say you, Mahathir?

Skyfall the hugely successful James Bond movie continues to surprise. Since I last blogged about it on December 19, 2012, the action adventure has become the first film to take more than £100 million at the UK box office and more than $1 billion across the world.

The previous highest earner in the franchise was Casino Royale, which took just under $600 million in 2006.

And this is the first time a Bond film has topped the UK charts since The Living Daylights in 1987, according to movies website 25th Frame.

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