Sunday, July 30, 2017

Anwar Ibrahim Sounded the Alarm on 1MDB

Anwar Ibrahim was the first person to have highlighted the possibility that 1MDB could “destroy” the economy, his daughter and Lembah Pantai MP Nurul Izzah Anwar (right) told a “Sayangi Malaysia, Hapuskan Kleptokrasi” ceramah held by Pakatan Harapan at Sungai Acheh, near Nibong Tebal in Penang.
The PKR vice-president said on Friday that Anwar had brought up the issue of 1MDB in the Dewan Rakyat when the sovereign fund was still known by its original name, Terengganu Investment Authority in 2009.
She said: “Anwar said the formation of the TIA would destroy the economy. However, our prime minister said Anwar had lied”.
Obviously, the prediction has come true.
And it is also obvious that this self-serving plan to siphon off money was carefully planned and hatched – given the painstaking arrangements made through third parties and shell companies.
You certainly need meticulous planning to pull off this grand heist of public money! 

Sunday, July 23, 2017

The Case of the Scorpene Kickbacks

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Finally, French investigators have indicted two former top executives in a long-running probe into alleged kickbacks from the 2002 sale of submarines to Malaysia, sources close to the inquiry said Tuesday.
The two are Philippe Japiot, former chairman of the French naval dockyards unit DCNI, and Jean-Paul Perrier, former chief executive of the French defence and electronics giant Thales.
The pair was indicted for corruption, one of the sources said.
Additionally, Japiot was charged for "abuse of social assets" and Perrier for "complicity in the abuse of social assets.
The investigation was launched in 2010 in response to a complaint by Malaysian rights group Suaram. It centers on allegations that the French submarine maker paid commission of more than 114 million euros ($132 million) to a purported shell company linked to Abdul Razak Baginda, a former close associate of Prime Minister Najib Razak.
Najib was defense minister when the $1.1-billion deal for two Scorpene-class submarines was sealed.
From 2001 to 2007, Japiot headed the DCNI, the international branch of France's centuries-old naval shipbuilding operations, which changed their name last month from DCNS to Naval Group. [Note: The French state holds just under two-thirds of Naval Group, and Thales slightly more than a third].
Two other people are under investigation in France in the same case: Dominique Castellan, also a former DCNI president, and Bernard Baiocco, former president of Thales International Asia.
All four deny any wrongdoing and the Malaysian government had come out to say the contract was free of corruption. LOL!
To put it simply, this arraignment illustrates very clearly that the duo were bribe takers. And if this is so, there surely has to be bribe givers?!
You know who you are!!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

A Train Ride to Sungai Buloh

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UMNO divisional leader Jamal Yunos is again showing off his distasteful clowning talent – and his latest gimmick took the form of a cut-out of PKR president Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail – she is also the assemblywoman for Kajang – which he took for a ride on the newly launched MRT service from Kajang to Sungai Buloh.
A printed message on the cut-out read: “Tq PM for providing this MRT service from Kajang to Sungai Buloh. It is now easier for Kak Wan (Wan Azizah) to visit her husband in Sungai Buloh”.
Sungai Buloh is the site of Malaysia’s largest prison complex, and also where PKR de facto leader and Wan Azizah’s husband Anwar Ibrahim is serving a five-year sentence.
This is UMNO, very clever at being obnoxious, odious and offensive!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Mahathir Mohamad and Anwar Ibrahim Will Kill Each Other

Bigmouth UMNO minister Nazri Aziz (left) said yesterday he had “good feelings” (meaning, he was happy) knowing former premier Mahathir Mohamad and his former protégé-turned-nemesis-turned-comrade Anwar Ibrahim have become political allies in Pakatan Harapan.
He said this was because the duo, along with others in PH, would turn on each other and wipe out one another.
Under PH’s leadership line-up, Mahathir, who was once branded “Mahafiraun” (a play on the Malay word for pharaoh) by his critics, was appointed their chairperson. Anwar, who was sacked as deputy prime minister and jailed during Mahathir’s premiership, was named the opposition coalition’s de facto leader.
Asked if the reconciliation between the two former political enemies posed a threat to UMNO and Barisan Nasional, Nazri simply chuckled and said: “They’re all murderers there and they are killing each other, so how can they be a threat to us?”
The UMNO supreme council member, proudly showed his indelicate outspokenness when he said he was excited to see the death of PH. Even expressing his hope that they would suffer a slow agonizing death.
The jerk explained. “Don’t die yet. The longer (it takes PH to die), the better. Or else tak syok lah (not exciting). There will be no thrill (if they die quickly)”.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Open Arms for Zakir Naik in Malaysia

In April this year, televangelist and Islamic cleric Zakir Naik (left) created a furious furor among non-Muslims when he came to conduct a series of lectures in Malaysia – with many claiming he had demeaned other religions in his provocative sermons.
They also demanded Zakir be barred from speaking as his sermons could harm the harmony in Malaysia’s multi-religious society.
The Malaysian government's response was telling. It supported him. Even embraced him.
Zakir who is from India is not without controversy. He came under the media spotlight after Bangladeshi authorities said that one of the gunmen responsible for an attack on Holey Artisan Bakery, a Dhaka café on July 02, 2016 and which left 22 people dead – had been inspired by him.
Following the bloody assault, both India and Bangladesh launched investigations into the controversial Zakir.
In November, India's counterterrorism agency, the National Investigation Agency, filed a First Information Report, an official police complaint, against him and the Mumbai-based non-profit Islamic Research Foundation that he established in 1991, accusing him of indulging in unlawful activities and promoting religious hatred.
The Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi also responded by imposing a five-year ban on the IRF under the country's anti-terror laws.
His Peace TV has been banned in both India and Bangladesh. The Islamic channel broadcasts from Dubai which Zakir founded in 2006 and which claims to reach 100 million people worldwide.
It had aired inflammatory talks in respect to Hindus, Jews and Christians, and even the Sufis and Shias, calling them qabr parast (grave worshippers) and thus mushrik and kafir (polytheist and infidel).
The Office of Communications (Ofcom) the British government’s regulatory and competition authority for the broadcasting, telecommunications and postal industries had investigated the programs aired on Peace TV and its research findings confirmed in 2011 that it contained extremist messages.
To top it all, there is a bounty on his head. Not one but two.
On Tuesday, an India-based Shia group reportedly offered Rs15 million rupees (RM884,033) on Facebook, declaring that anyone who kills Zakir will receive the cash reward and also rewards in the afterlife.
According to the Hindustan Times, Hussaini Tigers’ president Syed Kalbe Hussain Naqvi claimed that Zakir is a “khalnayak” (Hindi for villain) and a “kafir” (heathen) for insulting “the Prophet of Muslims”.
And on Thursday, a Hindu nationalist politician Sadhvi Prachi, declared a 50 lakhs (RM2.94 million) reward in her personal capacity for Zakir’s beheading.
“I have announced the reward because Zakir Naik is not a religious preacher, but a terrorist”, she was quoted telling Indian daily The Indian Express in a report published Friday.
She also reportedly urged India to investigate the terror links of all “such preachers working in madrasahs” in the country.
The UK, Canada and other countries have already barred Zakir from their countries.
And yet, Malaysia welcomes this hateful heel with open arms. What’s wrong with my country?

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Complaint about Not Wearing a Seatbelt

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles are driven to the Palace of Westminster for the State Opening of Parliament in London last month. Reuters pic

A member of the public had reported Queen Elizabeth for not wearing a seatbelt.
According to news reports, the unnamed party dialed 999 as the British monarch was driven to the State Opening of Parliament in London in her official car on June 21, 2017.
West Yorkshire Police confirmed the call really was made in a tweet that read: “999 call received reporting that the Queen isn’t wearing a seatbelt #not999 #notevenwestyorkshire”.
As it should be. No exceptions. Unlike in Malaysia.
I was at an afternoon event in Kajang in Selangor yesterday. Check out what was being served:

If you happen to be in the vicinity, do drop in to Vicky Chen's place called Red Clementine. It is located at G3A in MKH Boulevard, Jalan Changkat.
I assure you it is well worth a visit.

Pakatan Harapan Logo


Pakatan Harapan unveiled their logo at a press conference on Thursday night – it features the word “harapan” (hope) against a red backdrop and with a vertical arrowhead pattern representing the “A” alphabet in the middle.
President Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said it conveyed the message that the opposition coalition would scale the mountain of hope, as indicated by the design, in wresting Putrajaya from Barisan Nasional.
If you look at the logo carefully, you may notice that the “A”-like element closely resembles the Star Trek insignia – from the popular sci-fi TV series and movies.
Wan Azizah explained yesterday that she had no issue with the association.
“It is like a famous line from Star Trek. In the past, no one has been able to defeat BN”, she said, referring to the famous mission statement of the starship USS Enterprise from the series – “to boldly go where no man has gone before”.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Najib Razak Laps Up to the Saudis

An American terrorism expert said he was baffled by Malaysia’s decision to work closely with Saudi Arabia in promoting moderation and countering terrorism through the establishment of the King Salman Centre for International Peace in Putrajaya.

Zachary Abuza from the National War College in Washington and an expert on South East Asian conflicts, said he failed to understand why Prime Minister Najib Razak is partnering with Riyadh, which is known for its spread of Wahhabism – which he described as an “intolerant version of Islam”.
He explained that the Saudis have been spreading Wahhabism throughout the world especially Southeast Asia, from a more tolerant brand of Shafi’ite Islam to a more austere version.
Therefore, he considered it “a joke” that Malaysia is reaching out to the Saudis of all countries.
The professor who has done extensive research on terror-related activities as well as the conflicts in southern Thailand and southern Philippines said there is nothing moderate about Saudi Arabia!
It seems that the Muslim World League, an organization heavily funded by the Saudi government to prop up the kingdom’s Islamic image worldwide, is also involved.
MWL has for decades acted as Riyadh’s chief mouthpiece through publication of Islamic materials and financing mosques and Islamic centers from Asia to Europe.
Already, two Wednesdays ago, the Henry Jackson Society, a British think tank had issued a report linking MWL to extremist ideologies behind such militant groups as Al Qaeda, Taliban and Islamic State (IS), adding that MWL’s associate World Assembly of Muslim Youth (WAMY) “has had a long history of involvement with the promotion of violent Islamist extremism and the distribution of hateful literature”.
Endorsing the report, Labour MP Dan Jarvis said it shed light on "very worrying" links between Saudi Arabia and the funding of extremism and he called for the government to release its report on foreign funding.

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But of course the Theresa May government won’t be interested to do anything.
Saudi Arabia is the closest ally to the UK in the Middle East – and having close and lucrative economic and military ties.

A Lesson on Living Life

We often forget to live in the present. How to live Life. Meaningfully. Purposefully.

More importantly, to be happy and make others happy.

I was at a Toastmasters meeting.
And I delivered my CC#8 “Delusional”. It was totally impromptu because the speech title was given to me by the Toastmaster-of-the-Day just before the actual meeting started. I also used two props that I found at the venue itself.
And still, it was a good speech! I should give myself a pat on the back.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

1MDB: Jho Low's Victim

Prosecutors in Singapore said Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho (left) is the primary figure in probes linked to 1MDB and that he used money traceable to the state fund for his own benefit.

Low received “huge” sums of money, the prosecutors said in court filings made public today.

About $1 billion (RM4.3 billion) that 1MDB was purported to invest in a joint venture with PetroSaudi International Ltd was diverted to a bank account beneficially owned by Low, according to the filings.

Singapore’s investigations into 1MDB-related activities have so far seen five people convicted, four of whom were jailed.

The city-state is the only country so far to have criminally charged bankers.

The probes are part of a worldwide effort to track how much of the US$6 billion (RM25.8 billion) that 1MDB raised for development projects was used to pay for luxury real estate, art, lavish parties and more.

In fact, Low has been characterised by US investigators as the controller of a plan to drain billions from the Malaysian fund.

It is noteworthy to mention that he had previously described his role with the fund as informal consulting that didn’t break any laws.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Cow Masks

Behind the mask: the project questions whether it is safer to be a sacred animal than a woman in India. Photographs: Sujatro Ghosh

They are all pictures of women doing everyday activities: A woman on a street, a woman playing the piano in her home, a woman lounging in a boat, a woman at a table in a restaurant. All are unremarkable – except that they are wearing a cow mask.
The photos aim to highlight the growing violence against women in India, while also drawing attention to a wave of attacks on religious minorities accused of eating beef or slaughtering cows – considered sacred by many Hindus.
“People are getting lynched in this country to protect cows. But women’s safety is neglected and violence against women is rising”, Kolkata photographer Sujatro Ghosh said of his project.
“If we can protect cows, then why not women?” Violence against women has been under the spotlight since a fatal gang-rape of a student on a bus in New Delhi, India in 2012 sparked nationwide protests about entrenched violence against women and the failure of authorities to protect them.
Since then, India has enacted tougher jail sentences for rapists and promised to try those accused through “fast-track” courts but rape, acid attacks and domestic violence remain prevalent and commonplace.
More than 327,390 crimes against women were registered in India in 2015, an increase of more than half since 2010.
But activists say many crimes go unreported because women are afraid of reprisals from their attackers, or because they are ashamed to report them.
There has also been a surge in violence against people accused of harming cows. Earlier this month, a 16-year-old Muslim boy was stabbed to death on a train on suspicion of carrying beef – the latest victim of about 28 people murdered in cow-related violence since 2010. 
Most were killed after Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Hindu nationalist party won elections three years ago. Modi last week finally decided to break his silence and condemned the violence by so-called cow protection groups, some of which have links to his party.
Ghosh, who began by photographing his friends and family in Delhi and Kolkata wearing the cow mask, said he has been flooded with offers from women to pose for his project since he began posting the pictures on social media.
He has taken about 30 photographs so far, and is raising money via crowdfunding to take the project across the country.
But he has also been attacked on social media for the project, which some people see as belittling the cow.
“I hope people get the message and realise we need to protect women with at least as much zeal as we protect cows”, Ghosh said.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

No Objection to Anwar Ibrahim Becoming PM

Mahathir Mohamad had declared that Anwar Ibrahim – who was once his protégé but who fell out with the former – should be released from jail and allowed to contest parliamentary elections.

The Guardian reported on Thursday that Mahathir would have no objection to Anwar being made prime minister.

Mahathir had told the British newspaper that Anwar was the “victim of a political vendetta”. The latter is presently serving a five-year jail term for committing sodomy.

The former deputy prime minister, who was Mahathir’s heir apparent, was unceremoniously removed from the government and as UMNO deputy president in 1998. And then Mahathir sent him to prison on charges of sodomy and graft.

Anwar was released in 2004 before returning to prison in 2015 when a court upheld a five-year sentence on another sodomy charge. This was when Najib Razak was already prime minister.

Mahathir himself acknowledged that he made a grievous error by not allowing Anwar to “succeed him”, and that he held on to power for far too long – only to anoint two men who, in the end, disappointed him. Especially Najib, who is embroiled in one of the world’s massive kleptocracy cases.

At least, Mahathir finally made the admission. A small but important step.

The two who had been locked in a bitter feud but have now joined forces to overthrow  Najib. Indeed, politics makes strange bedfellows.

Anyway, Mahathir had previously said there were no permanent friends and enemies in politics. He even confessed that he was not the type to hold a grudge against his enemies.

Let's see if he can stick to the story. 

Friday, July 7, 2017

There's Nothing Wrong with Skirts for Men

We have been experiencing scorching hot temperatures these days.
It’s probably, the perfect weather for a nice, cool skirt. But not if you’re a bloke, obviously. Men don’t wear skirts.
Scottish men have worn kilts since at least the 1600s. And it’s not just them who are partial to a man-skirt.
In ancient Greece and Rome, men commonly wore tunics. Likewise, Egyptian Pharaohs also wore wraparound skirts called shendyts.
Today, outside of the Western world, men still commonly wear sarong-like garments. In countries such as India (dhotis), Myanmar (longyis), Fiji (pareos), Samoa (lavalavas) and Tonga (tupenus). In fact, the Fijian police have an especially striking uniform.
All in all, you’ve got to conclude the man-skirt has a long and noble tradition.
Still, we all know only too well that the burden of compliance on dress codes is normally placed on women – whether it be requiring them to don heels instead of flats, not to wear leggings or simply to “dress like a woman”.
I think it’s time to scrap gendered uniform lists – not just for women but also for men – and the stupid invisible social rules which dictate what women and men should wear.
Dr Peter McNeil, a Professor of Design History at University of Technology Sydney, Australia noted that in the 1980s, public figures – like designer Gaultier and musicians Boy George and Marilyn Manson – were playing with notions of gender.
As Gaultier told The New York Times after his show in 1984: “Wearing a skirt doesn’t mean you’re not masculine. Masculinity doesn’t come from clothes. It comes from something inside you. Men and women can wear the same clothes and still be men and women. It’s fun”.
That may be so but as Dr McNeil said, that men who actually wore the “beautiful and sexy and nice to wear” skirts were often subjected to derision.
“I think that’s why men are still so scared of skirts – it’s a social phobia. The trouser is so ingrained in the western mentality but of course it’s got very little to do with masculinity”. Dr McNeil explained.
So, bring on the skirts. I am ready!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

A Set of 3 Unique Abodes

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Kampung Changkat Setoi in Changlun, Kedah has some unique abodes that are worth a visit.
Three residences – the tilting, upside-down and ‘hobbit’ houses are clustered in an 0.8-hectare housing zone called ‘MnM Home Whimsical Houses’.
According to the owner, Dr Mahamad Tayib, 60, he built the houses at the end of 2015 to derive satisfaction in expressing his imagination via architecture.
“The idea to build the whimsical houses came following visits to several upside-down houses in Malaysia and abroad...and since Changlun has yet to have a tourist attraction, I built them”, the former University Utara Malaysia lecturer told Bernama.

Yesterday afternoon, I attended the PIDM Toastmasters meeting at Level 12 in the Axiata Tower in KL Sentral, Kuala Lumpur. I was tasked with evaluating Table Topics – there were five speakers – as well as guiding a newbie in the Timekeeper’s role.
A good meeting overall.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Plastic Shaming

Pic from Shame or Glory/YouTube

It even features Hannah Waddingham, the same actress who played the stoic Septa Unella in the original Games of Throne TV episode.

Watch this video clip on plastic shaming:

There is this company called SodaStream which sell products that let you carbonate water at home.
And so their strategy is to take the offensive and discredit bottled water companies.
SodaStream CEO Daniel Birnbaum had slammed the bottled water industry, calling it 'the biggest advertising and marketing scam ever in history'.
In an interview with Yahoo Finance, he said, “Bottled water companies profit from 'public water'”.
He further added: “Half of the bottled water in America is from municipal sources, put in a nice package glorified, with a beautiful name as if it's coming from Italy or somewhere, with a very high ticket and that's misleading consumers”.
To this end, a Game of Thrones-style ad became part of Sodastream's Shame or Glory campaign.
Birnbaum explained: “Basically it's a walk of shame, only it's about plastic bottles because the plastic bottles are indeed very shameful to the planet where we're using so many of them and they just become trash in the oceans and in parks and whatnot – it’s a disaster”.
Of course, we all know plastic bottles are a major hazard to our planet.
The said commercial was hit with six cease-and-desist letters – one of which was from the International Bottled Water Association, which represents some of the big brands including Nestle and Fiji Water. The letter had demanded that the advert no longer be shown.
“Of course we will not comply because there's nothing false or misleading or defaming in that ad”, Birnbaum had insisted. "It's the simple truth but it's very inconvenient for these folks who are making a ton of money".
"While claiming environmental concerns about plastic bottles, your company's video singles out bottled water products for criticism, but not less-healthy sugary beverages that are also packaged in plastic – such as carbonated soft drinks, energy drinks, and juices”.
IBWA even claimed that bottled water has the lowest environmental footprint of all packaged beverages. In particular, the amount of water and energy used to produce bottled water is less than any other packaged drink, supposedly.
Also, it emphasized that all bottled water containers are 100 percent recyclable.
For those who are fans of Games of Throne, the commercial satirized the moment proud Cersei Lannister was stripped and marched through Kings Landing to the shouts of 'shame'.
The funny footage even used the same set and actress Hannah Waddingham, who played the stoic Septa Unella in the original episode.
There was even a cameo from Thor Bjornsson who plays fearless warrior 'The Mountain' on the show.
The video followed a shopper picking up some sparking water from a supermarket, at which point the Septa appeared and began shouting 'shame' at him. Despite the man's best efforts to leave her behind, she caught up with him and hounded him down the street before the angry local populace turned on him.
After rounding a corner he found himself on the Game of Thrones set, walking through Fleabottom as peasants hurled fruit and vegetables at him.
Eventually he emerged backstage where he handed the bottles to Bjornsson, only to be sternly rebuked for choosing plastic. The latter blasted him, telling him to make his own next time and bluntly saying “F*** plastic bottles”.
It is somewhat over the top, but nonetheless, it is an intriguing and interesting commercial.

A Dangerous Case of Cardboardophilia

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Energy giant Shell were compelled to remove all their life-sized standees of a woman displayed at their petrol stations – just because photos of Malaysian men groping the “figure” went viral.
Indeed, this woman – the unfortunate "victim" was a 25-year-old Nor Shafila Khairusalleh, who worked at a Shell station, and who had condemned the disgusting behavior of the men who had “molested her likeness”!
The photos were generously shared all over Facebook – and they showed men kissing the cardboard cutouts, holding her hand and even grabbing her breast and crotch!
"They may just be joking, but I feel humiliated because that is still myself although it is just an image", Nor Shafila told news portal mStar.
The Anglo-Dutch group said in a statement that "we do not condone this disrespectful act, which is completely against the culture of Malaysians and Shell´s core values. We urge netizens and members of the public to refrain from sharing these images further”.
LOL!!! Too late, the pics are everywhere.
Misbehaving Malaysian men. But methinks, it is a lot more serious than that.

Methinks these men suffer from cardboardophilia and it is infectious.

Monday, July 3, 2017


What is your LifeBurger? Check this video out!

And try not to cry as these people get reunited with the best burger of their life.

I really didn’t know food can make a person weep.
Wonder Woman, the Gal Gadot superhero movie has generated worldwide ticket sales amounting to $708,444,475 as of yesterday.

By any measurement, it has been a mammoth success.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

A Bank for Jho Low

Malaysian tycoon Low Taek Jho or Jho Low, who has been implicated by the US Department of Justice in the alleged misappropriation of funds linked to 1MDB, had reportedly considered a move to buy a bank in Barbados to safely stow away money there.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday that this was revealed in leaked emails connected to Yousef Al Otaiba, the UAE ambassador to the US who is said to have had dealings with Low, and his business partner Shaher Awartani.
It said Low was cited in one email as saying he wanted the bank to be acquired with a company owned by Al Otaiba and Awartani as the official buyer, to serve as a “parking spot” for his funds as well as those of his friends and family.
Why not?
Jho Low should pursue that intention – it makes sense, after all.
If I had money coming out of my ears, I wouldn’t trust others with my money. More so, when it is stolen money. I would want to keep it in a safe place – my very own bank!