Friday, July 31, 2015

Sarawak Report Stirs More Shit on Najib Razak

The newly-minted Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi said that the full brunt of the law will be used against Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown and her "evil" actions to discredit Prime Minister Najib Razak.
His stooge IGP Khalid Abu Bakar followed it up by announcing that police would initiate investigations under Section 124 of the Penal Code against the website for intent to bring down the Government.
The duo’s declarations were made because Sarawak Report  had dropped a bombshell on Thursday about a purported charge sheet, which was allegedly being drafted by former A-G Abdul Gani Patail against the prime minister; that Najib Razak is to be arrested and charged for corruption, with an alternative charge for criminal breach of trust.
This is supposedly related to the transfer of RM27 million by SRC International, a former subsidiary of 1MDB, into Najib's bank account.
Yesterday, Malaysiakini reported the draft charge sheet was circulating on the Internet, together with a claim that it had led to Gani being removed as attorney-general.
The new Attorney-General Mohamed Apandi Ali dismissed the document as false and indicated a conspiracy to oust the prime minister. And the IGP promptly added that it was not necessary to question Gani if it is true he was preparing to arrest the PM because the A-G had already addressed it on Gani's behalf.
Malaysians are riveted to the political mega-drama and we can’t wait to see forthcoming episodes unfolding before us. The best is yet to come.
On Wednesday, I delivered CC speech #8 at the ITC Bintang Toastmaster meeting in KL’s Bankers Club. A good speech actually.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Fire at Bukit Aman

The fire at Bukit Aman. Image credit:

A fire broke out at Bukit Aman police headquarters on Wednesday. From the above photo, it does look severe but the police had assured us that it was a small matter and that only unimportant documents were burnt to a crisp.
According to the Federal criminal investigation department director Comm Mohmad Salleh, only "waste paper" (actually old papers that they were no longer using, application forms, book files) was destroyed during the blaze at Menara 2 in its headquarters. This is supposedly where all the documents on white collar crime are kept. But police rubbished talk of "secret documents" related to ongoing investigations being turned to ashes.
Comm Mohmad, whose department was affected by the  conflagration, said that the incident only happened in the outer corridors on the tenth floor. Maybe so but the news reports are conflicting.

A Star TV report said the inferno started on the eighth floor before spreading upwards to the ninth and tenth floors. It broke out at about 5:00 PM and was put out only at 7:20 PM (Source: Webpage Another Star report quoted Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department operations director Azizan Ismail as saying his office received a call about the fire at 7:20 PM and it was brought under control by 7:47 PM (Source: Webpage  Free Malaysia Today said the Kuala Lumpur Fire and Rescue Department received a distress call at 5:20 PM and the fire was put out by 8:00 PM (Source: Webpage So who are Malaysians to believe? And what is really the truth about the said fire?

This country suffers from a trust deficit syndrome. Malaysians no longer trust their government and its institutions. That's why we sorely need a fresh start.

Anyway, the cause of the fire is still unknown.
Thanks to Prime Minister Najib Razak, Malaysia is going through challenging times. With the way things are going, it would seem the whole country has been set ablaze by the ferocious flames of despotic desperation. I can just visualize Najib fiddling while the country burns.

Don’t you want to scream in frustration and despair with the situation we are in right now? To help you, here are twenty-six different ways to scream:

I hope it makes you feel a little better!
On Tuesday, I was in SS15/8 in Subang Jaya to attend the Taylor’s College Toastmasters meeting where I evaluated a CC #10 speech.


And then onward to the city, to attend the Fraser Place Toastmasters meeting. I conducted the Installation of the club’s Exco 2015-2016.


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Najib Razak Throws Knockout Punches

Prime Minister Najib Razak threw a few vicious punches at his opponents, real or imagined.

Two of them that he unleashed landed swiftly and squarely on two targets. They were knockout blows. And Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail and Najib’s deputy Muhyiddin Yassin were floored.

Both found themselves deposed.

Still, Gani’s termination from his job was a surprise because his "health problems" were used to justify his ouster. It was a surprise because Gani himself appeared to be in the dark about the matter. 

The Najib strike against Gani lends credence to the conspiracy claim. After all, Najib ended Gani’s service in the middle of an ongoing investigation that involves the prime minister and fuels more speculation about Najib’s real intention(s). There's more to his sacking than meets the eye.

On the PAC front, the committee's chairperson Nur Jazlan Mohamed was appointed as deputy home minister, while three other PAC members were also selected to join the government.

This would mean that Nur Jazlan and the other threesome can no longer be in the bipartisan PAC – and they would be required to relinquish their memberships.

Gani’s dismissal crippled the investigation into 1MDB, led by the special task force. And Nur Jazlan’s promotion together with the other three have put the PAC into a comatose state.

Muhyiddin's sacking via a cabinet reshuffle removed a thorn in Najib's side. The latter had decided to eliminate any open dissent. For the former, it was not totally unexpected.

Already a leaked 53-second video depicting Muhyiddin telling his audience among those present were Kedah Menteri Besar Mukhriz Mahathir and former UMNO supreme council member Kadir Sheikh Fadzir that Najib had admitted to receiving a king's ransom is currently making the rounds.

Below is the full transcript from the grainy video clip, which appeared to be recorded on a mobile phone on Tuesday:

"Muhyiddin: I asked him (Najib) from whom? He did not mention siapa nama dia, from somewhere in the Middle East.

Berapa banyak? Lepas tu dia...(inadible)... susah nak kiralah. Dia kata 'a lot', 'a lot'.

Then saya kata kenapa masuk account you? ...(inaudible) ...kenapa masuk account Najib Razak? Duit berapa? 700 million US dollar. Kalau kali tiga point something... 2.6 billion that goes into his personal account.

Ini dia sebut. He admitted. So I said why did you put into your personal account?" 

Anyway, the sackings allowed Prime Minister Najib Razak to secure power and cement his position amidst the raging 1MDB imbroglio. And effectively stymied the ongoing investigations into 1MDB by the Public Accounts Committee and the special task force.

Malaysia is being transformed into an autocracy whether we realize it or not.

On Monday, I was at the KGPA in Jalan Damansara in KL's Bukit Kiara to attend the Speakers Dream Toastmasters meeting. I was the sole speaker and I delivered CC speech #10. K Loghandran, the first runner-up to the 2008 World Championship of Public Speaking was my evaluator.


Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Muhyiddin Yassin Takes a Dig at the PM

Muhyiddin Yassin has the habit of misplacing his balls often.
But on Sunday, he found them and therefore, he could express his unhappiness about 1MDB. In no uncertain terms, he pronounced that 1MDB is not a sovereign wealth fund but a sovereign debt fund.
And according to Malaysiakini, that statement drew murmurs of agreement from the UMNO crowd.
It was the Cheras UMNO division annual general meeting and the Deputy PM gave an hour-long speech that even touched on “selfies”.
"What's important is to regain public confidence. Don't just take selfies with the rakyat, only to have them talk bad behind your back later”.
Muhyiddin continued: "When people pour criticism on our Facebook page, it's better not to have a Facebook account [...] Then again, it's good for him to know what the rakyat feels".
Although Muhyiddin didn't name anyone, it was pretty obvious that he was referring to Prime Minister Najib Razak, who has the most followers on Facebook and Twitter among any Malaysian politicians.
In particular, Najib's Facebook page is well known for being bombarded with a battery of bellicose belligerence whenever a post or photograph is uploaded.
On Saturday evening, I was at Hadramawt Palace in KL’s Jalan Bukit Bintang for a Toastmasters event, i.e. Premier Advanced Toastmasters Club's “Arabian Night” – Installation and Annual Dinner 2015. I can share these photos taken during the function:

 A good evening!