So YB Teo Nie Ching is dirty

Ok, when Hishammuddin "I will apologise if anyone is offended" Hussien commented or "speculated" in Razak 's (the "are you a lawyer" ^acting^ for MACC) word, that YB Teo Nie Ching is "dirty", I wonder how did Hishammuddin arrive at that conclusion?

"Dirty" Teo Nie Ching at her sinister best? Let the people in Serdang decide.

Is he taking over Bung Mokhtar as the self proclaim bocor expert in the August House? Or is it a dirty mind with a dirty thought playing a dirty trick in a dirty game, or just like a still growing little boy resorting to name calling and sand kicking in the play ground because he is not getting his way?

Foong Poh Kuan, Teresa Kok, YB Jospehine, Elizabeth Wong and now Teo Nie me paranoid but the Boy Cry Wolf in me can't help but notice a trend.

All I can say is,

1) "So is it right or wrong for Mirzan Mahathir to own shares in San Miguel Corp which which control 51% of San Miguel Brewery? "

2) "Ibnu Hakeem: Umno Youth deputy chief Khairy Jamaluddin clarified that he borrowed money to buy a substantial stake in fledgling financial advisory company ECM-Libra.

Exchange filings showed that Khairy bought 13 million shares at 71 sen per share in three separate transactions from acquaintance and ECM-Libra’s chairperson Kalimullah Masheerul Hassan, chief executive officer Lim Kian Onn and chief operating officer Chua Ming Huat.

Khairy has been a director of ECM-Libra since July 2004, not long after his father-in-law, Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, succeeded Dr Mahathir Mohamad as prime minister

According to Section 131 of the Companies Act, it is illegal for a company to make a loan to anyone (especially a director) to buy its own shares. In this case, ECM Libra is also a financial institution (a so-called investment bank) which means it is also under the purview of the Bafia (Banking and Financial Institutions Act). The Bafia has a few more restrictions than the Companies Act.

Since Khairy has made a public confession, the attorney-general and Bank Negara should investigate if there is any breach of either the Companies Act, the Bafia, or both."

3) KUALA LUMPUR: Kinabatangan MP Bung Mokhtar Radin pleaded guilty Tuesday at the Gombak Timur Lower Syariah court to committing polygamy without consent.

His second wife Zizie Ezette A Samad also pleaded guilty to marrying without the consent of the marriage registrar.

Both were released on oral bail of RM500 each in one surety.

Five other men, including Zizie’s three brothers also pleaded guilty at the same court to abetting Bung.

4) Ali Rustam Remains Malacca Chief Minister - Najib
2009-03-17 17:40

KUALA LUMPUR: Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak said Tuesday (17 March) Datuk Seri Mohd Ali Rustam, who has been barred from contesting in the upcoming UMNO elections, will remain as the Malacca Chief Minister.

Najib said that he hoped Mohd Ali would accept the decision with an open heart.

He also urged him to continue contributing to the struggle of the party.

The UMNO Disclipinary Board found Mohd Ali guilty of violating party ethics for indulging in money politics and is prohibited from contesting the post of UMNO deputy president. (Bernama)

5) "Finance Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who is also the Prime Minister, said Bank Negara had revoked the licences of such money changers.

He added that action could be taken against anyone under Anti-Money Laundering Act 2001 for transferring funds outside Malaysia via money changers.

Najib said this in a written reply to Loke Siew Fook (DAP-Rasah) who had asked about the status of investigation into an allegation that Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hassan had remitted RM10mil to the United Kingdom via a money changer.

At a press conference in Parliament lobby, Loke and Tian Chua (PKR-Batu) urged Bank Negara to disclose the outcome of its investigation into cases of VIPs transferring funds outside Malaysia via money changers.

While Chua said a report had been lodged with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) last year against Mohamed, Loke, who is also a state assemblyman, said he had queried Mohamad during the Negri Sembilan state assembly in December last year.

“His reply was that I should ask the authorities,’’ said Loke."

Correct Correct Correct me if am I wrong, there is a peri bahasa "meludah ke langit" right?

So what's the definition of "dirty" according to the minister in charge of ISA?

Happy Merdeka, words must be backed up by deeds

50 plus years worth of nation building under a political coalition that stress on only they can bring development and unity. Where has it gotten us?

PM: Government will not tolerate anyone making racist remarks

Saturday, 28 August 2010

By Florence A. Samy and Teh Eng Hock, TheStar

KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak has warned the people against spreading “half-truths” on racial issues and said the Government has zero tolerance of racist remarks.

“We are aware of some SMSes that have been going around, (in which the content) is not accurate and is intended to raise (racial) sentiments,” he said.

Najib emphasised that action would be taken against those who made remarks that were racist in nature and unlawful, and also against those who vandalised places of worship such as churches or surau.

“Let’s not have people who spin the issue racially, as if we practise selective prosecution,” he said after chairing the Umno supreme council meeting at PWTC here yesterday evening.

Earlier in the day, Najib said the Government had zero tolerance for racist remarks by anyone.

Still having "simmering" intolerence that is even forbaded by all religion?

For some one who back tracked on his much touted NEM, the brief reply to this is, well what are you going to do to "anyone" whose name is

1) Dr Mahathir, with another recent gem

(TMI) KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 10 — Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has bluntly said that Barisan Nasional (BN) will not give more political power to the Chinese until the Malays expand their economic stake in the country where he once preached unity under Bangsa Malaysia.

2) Najib's very own Nasir Safat, who labelled Chinese and Indians without justification as prostitute and beggars

3) Ibrahim Ali

4) His own Deputy Prime Minister

5) the 2 Headmasters in Kulai and Merbok, as well as the clearly lopsided PDRM personnel

I’m a 16 year old student from SMK Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra,Kulai. I was very offended by the speech that was given by our school principle on the "pelancaran hari kemerdekaan"she raised many discipline matters but the way she said it was a great shock 2 us. Even the teachers are offended she used certain phrases such as india balik india cina balik cina,wearing sami strings r like dog collar if u add on a bell n also various others 2. We have also organised a press conference on saturday 14 August 2010.We are trying 2 do everything possible when our parents went 2 the police station 2 launch a report the school pengetua was already there and the policemen kept asking our parents 2 talk and sort this out, they did not accept the complaint that was handed in by our parents. In this kind of case we feel un secure and offended. this can lead the students in racial fights and even more. As a student we try to be unite and follow the theme of 1 Malaysia if this is the situation there are no point of saying 1 Malaysia the principle should be a role model of the school and for the students but this is not the proper way of a speech. This doesn’t show any characteristic of a moral value. Please sir, we need all the help we can get we would be grateful if there was something that sir can do to help us. Thank you. Student

SMK.Tunku Abdul Rahman Putra, Kulai, Johor.

5) Ahmad Ismail, the hero of Bukit Bendera branch

It is not only racial relationship that is in the spot light now but also how well Malaysia's justice and security system function?

Happy Merdeka Month, although it sounds hollow to me

However, kudos to the Negeri Sembilan PDRM who solved the paint attack on the surau without fuss, sensationalisation and quick to dismiss it as a youth prank and not racially motivated attack.

Kudos also to the Pakatan leadership in Negeri Sembilan who, base on creditable verbal information I received, made a concerted effort to liaise with the Surau committee, with a RM3,000 donation to defry the repair expenses. Syabas!

Strengthening Ringgit

Look at the forex trend of the RM today- if you are a Malaysian residing in Malaysia and holding some RM- it's advisable to change some hard USD or British Pound or get out of the country to do some shopping.

Teach us to love, not to fear or hate

Barisan Nasional coalition has ruled the Federation of Malaysia for over 50 years. It has moulded, administered and executed the Constitution, legislation, education system, religious matters etc.

So it is fair for tax payers and citizen with voting rights to hold Barisan Nasional Coalition responsible for the climate and environment that we live in.

Crime has become so prevalent that we have a case where a couple of BHP employees refused to answer a frantic plea from a member of public to lend a fire exstinguisher and as a result, a car accident victim was needlessly burnt to death.

Perhaps these 2 unthinking employees are to programmed after living in a country that on a daily basis, receive incessant messages of mutual suspicion and hatred from official channels.

Perkasa, I read, has lodged a police report because a church in Shah Alam wanted to organise a play during Ramadan for church members. By their logic, during Ramadan, non-muslims cannot llead their normal lives, no? So if I were to eat, drink and have sex during Ramadan means I am committing an offence against a religion that I respect but do not practice.

Would pious and reasonable person allow his or her own religion to be protrayed in such a negative, anti-social and anti-logic manner?

This very act itself already gone against the Federal Constitution that guarantees the freedom of religion of Malaysians. This gross disrespect of Christians by Perkasa is not nipped in the bud by the Barisan Nasional administration, who, at a suitable time, deem sexy dancers as part of Chinese culture that needs to be respected

The recent spat between UMNO and MCA can best be summed up as below:

Stay away from Umno-MCA war, Guan Eng tells DAP leaders

By Clara Chooi
August 18, 2010

KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 18 – DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng today warned his party leaders against joining the Umno-MCA spat, claiming the government was planning another Internal Security Act (ISA) crackdown on the opposition, similar to the 1987 Operasi Lalang.

Lim described the ongoing “sandiwara” quarrel between Barisan Nasional allies Umno and MCA as a “chilling reprise” of the events during 1987 when the then MCA deputy president Datuk Lee Kim Sai sparred with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak, who was then the Umno Youth chief, over an issue involving Chinese vernacular schools.

“This verbal media war between MCA and Umno was then used as a pretext by the BN to initiate Operasi Lallang.

“However, instead of detaining both Umno and MCA leaders involved, DAP, PAS and PSM leaders were detained. Lee was only asked to go on a holiday to Australia,” Lim claimed in a statement here today.


Having lived through that period, I certainly do not want to live through it again. If this is the way to win a General Election, it would be gutter politics at its very worse, comparable to the Myanmar Junta and denying voters the right to choose or castigate. I pray that I am dead wrong.

Ask a Korean or Vietnamese beyond a certain age and they will tell you that civil war is a terrible terrible thing. Some of the things I read made the hair on my neck stand and I rather not write about it.

Any religious, rational and peace loving Malaysians would denounce violence, intolerance and hatred.

Why can't a coalition with more than half a century experience in ruling win an election base on track record, sound and practical manifesto and capability of its own?

Why can't they teach us to love and respect? Why do they take our tax payers' blood money and teach us to hate, to suspect each other and do terrible things to each other?

As for DAP, the favourite bogeyman, are they the anti-Malay bigots UMNO and Perkasa are trying so hard to paint?




I suppose it is time for Pakatan Rakyat to show us an alternative way of forging national unity - emphasizing on real meaningful activities rather than more empty cakap tak serupa bikin sloganeering that enrich publishers, contractors and what who not.

I have given up hope on BN driven unity campaign.

For every Wawasan 2020, 1Malaysia and Masyarakat Penyayang;

we have Keris waving, Shah Alam cow head boys, the disgraceful show of thuggery in the subsequent dialogue, religious terrorism with church attacks, racial undertone when defending MACC in the Teoh Beng Hock incident, kuil demolitions prior to GE12, BTN cat out of the bag, emergence and high publicity of Perkasa & with this latest act of utter disrespect, and even a head master who has gone so far out of line that her own students lodge a police report against her (we used to fear and respect our headmasters and teacher and this latest event is a damning indictment on BN's ability to manage our education system)

This is a golden opportunity for Pakatan Rakyat to show us the new deal - where all Malaysians come together and celebrate diversity as well as the wonderful things our Creator has bestowed on us here - great weather, no natural catastrophe, all year round agriculture weather, all kinds of food, languages, music and philosophy.

Show Malaysians that there is plenty of room for harmonious co-existence.

"“Datuk (Chin Voon Loong, deputy managing director of Carlsberg Brewery Malaysia Bhd), said that he has never had his factory visited by an entourage like us for almost 30 years he has worked there!” said Khalid in his blog today."

Let's have gotong royong, open house, meaningful inter-racial activities designed to promote interaction and mutual appreciation rather than stupid demonstration, lodging police report that is frankly against the Constitution.

Pakatan, don't screw this up. BN can't arrest you for organising harmonious activities when on their own to creating false tension.

Finally, a nice meaningful song to remind us what beautiful music we are capable of when we embrace diversity!v=TZtiJN6yiik&feature=related

Employment benefit that is worth your while Part II

Last month, my blog post here elicited this comment

Anonymous said...

I am no fan of this banker, but in order to be objective one should compare with similar positions in other banks as well

I think you have missed the point then. Comparison of the share option price vs the ESOS and what a 3rd party had to pay was clear enough....and anony #3 eloquently added on to it. No matter, benchmarking is what you seek and benchmarking is what you'll get. I already have the annual accounts of Maybank and CIMB when I wrote the first piece.

For financial year ended 31 December 2009, CIMB Group paid out RM21,323,000 as total directors remuneration, with RM16,124,000 for 2 executive directors

A staggering RM14,500,000 was paid to Nazir alone, which represented 68% of the total remuneration of all directors, or 90% of the total executive directors' remuneration.

In addition, he held 27,463,261 ordinary shares as at 31 December 2009 (the next highest director shareholding was Md Nor Md Yusuf at 400,000 shares) with interim and final dividend of RM0.25 for financial year ended 31 December 2009, there was another RM6,865,815 dividend for him; more than 4 times the total remuneration for the year of the other executive director, Mohd Shukri Husin.

Maybank Berhad has been around longer than CIMB and one of the leading banks in Malaysia.

Total profit before tax and zakat for CIMB for financial year ended 31 December 2009 was RM3,811,877,000 and total revenue, broken down as follows:

Interest income 10,539,770,000 ; income from Islamic banking operations 807,060,000; Non-interest income 3,793,557,000 making it a grand total of RM15,140,387,000

By comparison, Maybank has a larger revenue base was RM17,586,337,000 with profit before tax and zakat of RM1,674,292,000; lower than CIMB due to impairment losses on associates & goodwill of RM1,972,585,000

With a larger revenue base, yet total directors' remuneration was merely RM8,647,000; less than half of CIMB.

The 2 Executive Directors of Maybank (Abdul Wahid Omar and Aminuddin Md Desa) received from the Group a grand total of RM2,121,000 for financial year ended 30 June 2009, compared to RM14,500,000 for Nazir.

The shareholders of CIMB would have valid reasons to ask why they have been charged premium pricing for services of a executive director, 14 times the average going rate paid by it's competitor.

Broken down further, it is 10.3 times and 20.5 times over Abdul Wahid and Aminuddin's remuneration respectively; in the year where FDI into Malaysia declined by 81% and the Malaysian economy suffered negative growth.

Perhaps the justification of pricing difference lies in the intricate political-economical connection nurtured and entrenched since the days of the Malaysian Maverick, which continue to thrive and grow today.

In case you are wondering, the highest director shareholding in Maybank as at 30 June 2009 was Spencer Lee Tien Chye at 520,781, no where near Nazir's grand 27 million ordinary shares in CIMB, while the above 2 ex. directors are not even listed.

Moving back 1 year, back in 2008, total payout to executive directors was RM8,429,000 shared by 4 directors, Amirsham A. Aziz got the highest at RM5,656,000, less than half of what Nazir got a year later.

So anony #1, happy now?

Sigh, when I think of the 2.5% fixed deposit available to individual consumers and base lending rate around 6%, is there a case of super normal profits for banks which enable them to pay out such impressive numbers and absorb "losses"?

What about the feeling of the rank and file in banks as eloquently expressed by commentator #3? Admittedly compared to construction workers or factor operators they lead a better life but the earnings gap in Malaysia is not a satisfactory situation for the majority, judging by the Gini Co-efficient index.

Suicide note here there and everywhere

So now we have an earth shattering, heart stopping but very slow in emerging suicide note that would change the direction of a national soap drama played out and played on the grief of the Teoh family?

Suicide notes are hard to come by. It is not everyday that we write one for ourselves so THAT note must be very very precious, right?


Signature, handwriting on 'note' not Beng Hock's, says his family

Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle In a dramatic turn of events, the family of Teoh Beng Hock has disputed the handwriting on the note that Attorney-General Gani Patail claims was a "suicide" note, saying it was obvious the signature and the writing was not Beng Hock’s.

"The family pointed out to me multiple discrepancies in the handwriting in the note, which mainly includes Chinese characters and some words in English, which are in stark contrast to the handwriting of Teoh Beng Hock, both in Chinese and English, in documents written by him before his untimely and tragic death,” their lawyer Karpal Singh said in a statement


Breaking news, in Berlin, a homeless man said he found this suicide note neatly kept in a leather bag and wanted big money for it. It purportedly read as follows:-

Farewell, my brave noble Germans. Today the damn Russians, Americans and British are banging into our beloved Berlin. We Germans have fought valiantly but I have been betrayed by my own generals, by rich & smart minority in our country and darn better technology found in foreign countries. I shall have one last round of merriment with Eva and not let them take me alive.

Believe me, the British have beaten us in our national sport today, but we will beat them in their national sport tomorrow and conquer the world!

Adolf H.

The writer was unerringly right. West Germany went on to win the World Cup in 1954.

Meanwhile in Florida, a trash collector has claimed that he had stumbled upon a piece of suicide note which read as follows:

Life has been a thriller for me. For those who have hurt me, I have been telling them to beat it. I tried to look for my Billie Jean to no avail but at least the champs are my sons.

People been telling me they can't tell if I am black or white but regardless of race, religion and sexual orientation, we are the world and let's make love not war.

But I am so tired, so tired of little children saying I am bad, so tired of looking at my nose and all those debts .... oh I guest I just beat it and leave all the troubles behind

Mikey J.

So what? Another man in Washington was allegedly heard sniggering as he read out from a pink sheet as such:

Dear Johnny F.

Singing for your birthday on TV was the greatest joy in my life. You are the greatest man I have ever .......... Whenever I am alone and naked I remember us [ he did not read on ] and [ the fellow also did not read on ]

But darling, life is too hard for me and I do not want to see myself grow old. I want to be remembered as the sexiest and most beautiful darling I am sorry to leave you.


The self-censoring party spoiler said he can part the letter for USD100,000 and the highest bidder can read all the juicy lines himself.

Can you believe all these nonsense?



Political and economic costs of Teoh Beng Hock case

It is a bit difficult for me to write with a detached mindset on this one but I have to give it a go....

The latest Revelation of a suicide note purportedly written by Teoh Beng Hock has thrown the whole inquest into disarray and causing great anger for Gorbind Singh and re-open the deepest wound of the Teoh family.

We respect and, in deserving cases, honour the dead, not to heap more disrespect on the dead and more hurt on the living.

pix from Oriental Daily

Richard Loh in his excellent write up eloquently sum up the possibility that it is a fabrication. Channel News Asia, the Singapore official news channel, reported that Gorbind Singh considered citing Abdul Ghani Patail for contempt.

All I have to add is that:

1) suicide notes are meant to be found and if a note is meant to be discovered after 2 months, and held in secrecy over a year, then the time it took for the note to surface render its authencity extremely doubtful

2) the first instance of this suicide note was revealed by Jaringan Melayu Malaysia here .


Sunday, July 25, 2010

Siasat surat terakhir Beng Hock

KUALA LUMPUR 24 JulaiPihak berkuasa diminta segera menyiasat kewujudan surat terakhir tulisan tangan dalam bahasa Cina oleh Teoh Beng Hock sebelum dia ditemui mati di bangunan Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM) Shah Alam, tahun lalu.

Yang Dipertua Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM), Azwanddin Hamzah berkata, kewujudan surat itu penting kerana ia berupaya membuktikan bahawa Beng Hock pada waktu itu menghadapi tekanan serta diugut bunuh oleh pihak tertentu dan bukannya SPRM.

‘‘Kewujudan surat tersebut perlu disiasat supaya mendiang Beng Hock dan SPRM mendapat inkues yang adil sementara peguam-peguam yang mewakili inkues tersebut tidak dipengaruhi oleh agenda jahat yang mahu memecahbelahkan perpaduan dalam negara.

‘‘Pelbagai pihak termasuk portal propembangkang, The Malaysian Insider, Malaysiakini dan Malaysia Today telah menyiarkan artikel yang menyalahkan SPRM dan kerajaan dengan mendakwa mendiang telah dibunuh oleh pihak SPRM,” katanya kepada Mingguan Malaysia di sini hari ini.

Azwanddin mengulas tentang maklumat yang diperolehi JMM berhubung kewujudan surat terakhir ditulis Beng Hock sebelum ditemui mati yang kononnya menyatakan dia pada masa itu menghadapi tekanan serta menerima ugutan bunuh.

Kewujudan surat berkenaan turut didedahkan oleh beberapa blog termasuk blog Gerakan Anti PKR.

Azwanddin turut mempersoalkan kegagalan pihak pendakwaan mengemukakan surat itu pada sesi inkues kes berkenaan


How come this website have exclusive access into withheld evidence not even available to Teoh Beng Hock's counsel or, MACC who is clinging on to dear life defending itself?

Has JMM breached any Official Secret Act provision, contempt of legal proceedings etc?

Nazri, the de facto Law Minister seems to be silent on all this.

3) JMM has explicitly claim that one of the defense counsel, Tan Hock Chuan, has concealed the suicide note.

"Tan Hock Chuan, peguam yang dilantik disebut telah menyembunyi 'surat berbahasa cina tulisan tangan Teoh Beng Hock yang menyatakan rasa tidak tenteram/gusar/bimbang tentang masalah yang melanda beliau. Dan di dalam surat tulisan mendiang Teoh itu, dia telah menerima ancaman dan mahu membunuh diri.’"

"JMM menyatakan kebimbangan mengenai sentimen mengapi-apikan kebencian masyarakat Cina terhadap SPRM dan orang-orang Melayu amnya. Tindakan beberapa golongan ini dilihat sangat berbahaya dan mengancam keselamatan negara."

In one stroke, JMM cited Tan Hock Chuan has withheld evidence, committed contempt of the Inquest, conspire (with who?) to threaten the peace of the country.

Ask any Malaysian Chinese whether they will attack Malays en mass over Teoh Beng Hock incident hoping for some action and you will be extremely dissappointed. There are other ways to get back than just wanton violence.

This is 2010, not 1969 and please do not insult the respect Chinese have for peace, law and order. We Chinese have to work and fend for our families, paying taxes along the way that keep Putrajaya humming and happy.

If what JMM claim is true, then Tan Hock Chuan is an ISA case.

On the other hand, Tan Hock Chuan has a case for slander against JMM if Tan Hock Chuan feels that his integrity, professionalism and reputation is unfairly tarnished by this allegation. He should defend it by filing a suit against JMM.

I ponder what has this episode cost Malaysia and Malaysians?

Millions of ringgit has been wasted on MACC officials who

1) can't co-operate with helpful witnesses but let him die in MACC office; as a result, they have to incure unnecessary office move expenses

2) tarnish the name of the country by threatening a respected Asean forensic expert by lodging a police report against her and resulting in delay in her arrival (remember, delay cause losses - time is money)

3) until today we do not know what crime Teoh Beng Hock died for - a damning indictment of the MACC's effectiveness in combating corruption; or is there a wrong doing in the first place?

4) millions of ringgit has been wasted on the inquest and MACC is diverted from doing real work that can benefit the nation, the simple concept of opportunity cost

Barry Wain has written extensively about Mahatir's dismantling of the Malaysian judiciary in his book. This legacy has led to Lingamgate, Sodomy II and this freakshow. The eyes of the world is upon us.

A functioning judiciary and justice system is critical in attracting foreign direct investment which will help Malaysia ahieve Vision 2020 or high income nation or whatever fancy equivalent term being flaunted at voters.

FDI has declined by unprecedent, alarming and blood-chilling 80% in 2009. If this is not a wake up call, I do not know what is.

The real culprits who is draining the nation dry everyday are not apprehended. No action has been taken despite damning revelation in the Auditor General's reports or even straight in your face all for you to see evidence like the collapsing stadium in Terengganu, cracking and re-cracking MRR II, etc.

Perhaps even more significant is the sentiment among Chinese voters. "You help me I help you" campaigning or is it NFA vote buying may work sometime but not all the time.

Chinese, in addition to economic well being, also value justice and fairness. Chinese also like to see matters settled in a swift, fuss-free and fair way so that things can move on.

Dragging on the road show, hurting again and again a devastated family of broken hearts, reminding and angering a group of voters with simmering anger, could prove telling in the next GE, unless with pure tactical genius, a "surprise present" can be presented to the community just before the GE.

However, given the communal nature of Malaysian politics, there is a very delicate and difficult balancing act that has to be played out.

Unless we move on to meritocracy, need-base and just basis of governance then this kind of pointless game can be rendered obsolete.

Corruption – don’t get mad, get even

When Idris Jala told Malaysians that if we continue to use the taxes we paid to defry our own living expenses in fuel, education, healthcare and what not, we will bankrupt the nation to pieces, while Khazanah dabble in foreign acquisitions like the Parkway group.

First time I hear people get bankrupt by paying taxes.

Jokes aside, it is not the rakyat that are gobbling up more than the taxes we paid.
Malaysians do not enjoy world class public amenities like well lite streets and great public transport system (bullet train, efficient buses), free tertiary education, 1st class medical service, unemployment benefits, adequate aid for the disable etc that are found in those well managed developed countries.

Reducing subsidies means the people are getting back lesser what they have paid while the gravy train goes churning on

Where did our money go? The Auditor General can tell you a story or 2, the silent and lonely PKFTZ speaks volumes echoing even among the deaf, the collapsed stadium in Terengganu may give you a hint, Tun Mahathir, Sammy V and Tun Ling might be able to share a memory or 2 (if they remember), Eric Chia, Daim Zainuddin, Ting Pek Khing, Tajuddin Ramli …. bless their soul.

All this nice sloganeering and court room drama means very little to those in desperate need. Comestic Corruption Combat echos like an empty tree stump.

RM100 or RM200 increase in cost of living may mean a lot to many who do not hold office in Putrajaya. There are those Orang Kurang Upaya in Kuala Lumpur who get RM300 a month or less from Jabatan Kebajikan, those parents who are paying more and more for their children’s formerly-free primary and secondary education expenses etc…..

Do we not have any recourse?

There is this UN Convention Against Transnational Organised Crime (UNTOC or ‘The Palermo Convention) which was opened for signature on 12 December 2000 and came into force on 29 September 2003.

Article 12 of the Convention requires a State party to adopt measures, to the greatest extent possible within its legal system, to enable confiscation of proceeds/the equivalent value of proceeds and instrumentalities of offences covered by the Convention

The Convention went on to explain as follows

Why is it needed?

1. Post-conviction asset recovery, by a confiscation or forfeiture order, is, in reality, a prerequisite for any State that wishes to address acquisitive crime (including corruption, organised crime and trafficking) effectively. Indeed, for those States that are parties to such international instruments as UNTOC or UNCAC, having in place a conviction-based system of asset recovery is a requirement.

2. The rationale is obvious: Criminalising the conduct from which illicit proceeds or profits are made does not adequately punish or deter an offender. Even if arrested and convicted, an organised criminal or other offender will be able to enjoy the illegal gains, either personally, or through their families or associates. Without post-conviction confiscation, the perception would still remain that crime pays in such circumstances and that the criminal justice system is ineffective in removing the incentive for acquisitive crime.


Do we have such recourse in Malaysia?

The answer is YES and NO

YES - we have a legislation on that;

NO - I have yet to see an enforcement, e.g. Zakaria Place been auctioned off and some poor desperate deserving people getting the hospital treatment/education/job placement assistance sought

According to the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Bill 2008, and I believe was approved swiftly in the last days of Badawi's premiership:-

Forfeiture of property upon prosecution for an offence

40. (1) In any prosecution for an offence under this Act, the
court shall make an order for the forfeiture of any property which
is proved to be the subject matter of the offence
or to have been
used in the commission of the offence where—

(a) the offence is proved against the accused; or
(b) the offence is not proved against the accused but the
court is satisfied

(i) that the accused is not the true and lawful owner
of such property; and
ii) that no other person is entitled to the property
as a purchaser in good faith for valuable

(2) Where the offence is proved against the accused but the
property referred to in subsection (1) has been disposed of
, or
cannot be traced, the court shall order the accused to pay as a
penalty a sum which is equivalent to the amount of the gratification

or is, in the opinion of the court, the value of the gratification
received by the accused, and any such penalty shall be recoverable
as a fine.

Simply put
- if you are proven guilty in court, the court rampas your ill gotten gain;

- if not proven guilty but the court is satisfied, the court also rampas (not sure if this goes against the Constitution or the natural rule of justice or even ajaran agama Islam)

- if you already sold off the ill gotten gain, you pay an equivalent sum of money.

Which such powerful and seemingly rakyat first legislation, the question left is implementation as well as the integrity of the judges who have considerable discretionary power it seems.

The Bill even move beyond instances of no prosection, reads to me like that the prosection can avoid presenting a case in court and yet apply to court within 18 months to have the assets seized, subject to certain conditions. (Again, I am not too sure about the outcome if this is allowed to carry on)

Forfeiture of property where there is no prosecution for an offence

41. (1) Where in respect of any property seized under this Act there is no prosecution or conviction for an offence under this Act, the Public Prosecutor may, before the expiration of eighteen months from the date of the seizure, apply to a Sessions Court Judge for an order of forfeiture of that property if he is satisfied that such property had been obtained as a result of or in connection with an offence under this Act.

(2) The Judge to whom an application is made under subsection

(1) shall cause to be published a notice in the Gazette calling
upon any person
who claims to have an interest in the property
to attend before the Court on a date specified in the notice, to
show cause as to why the property should not be forfeited.

(3) Where the Judge to whom an application is made under
subsection (1) is satisfied

(a) that the property is the subject matter of or was used in
the commission of an offence under this Act; and

(b) there is no purchase in good faith for valuable consideration
in respect of the property,

he shall make an order for the forfeiture of the property.

(4) Property in respect of which no application is made under
subsection (1) shall, at the expiration of eighteen months from
the date of its seizure, be released to the person from whom it
was seized

Can anybody remember any high profile asset recovery cases in Malaysia? I can't recall any.

I remember hearing a comment that Bruce Lee's film was popular in the 1970's because he hit back at symbols of oppression, represented in his films by arrogant caucasians or Japanese in a bygone era, effectively a release of tension for those hard pressed Hong Kongers then.

Malaysians also need to see some kicks in the nuts at this economically challenging times.

Mahu seribu daya tak mahu seribu dalih (with desire there are thousands of enery ;without desire there are thousands of excuses)

Our neighbour has taken up the challenge, no matter how hard it is, or how bad the situaion of theirs still remain, but an example has been put before Malaysians:-

In the opinion of the Government of the Philippines, it faced a difficult task in recovering the assets on account of the highly intricate and secretive nature of the Marcos network of accounts. It was lucky to have the so-called MalacaƱang documents 2 to guide it to at least a part of the stolen Marcos assets. The Swiss Government decided in principle to block Marcos' assets. It mandated the Swiss Banking Commission (EBK) to ask the banks what Marcos assets they were holding. This led to a precise overview of Marcos funds/accounts. When the international mutual legal assistance request arrived, the relevant accounts were effectively blocked. They could then be compared with the information supplied by the EBK.
- Page 1 ... remember the office clean up in Selangor, Penang and Kedah after March 08 2008?

Just over 17 years after the Marcoses' flight from the Philippines, a part (USD 658
million) of the alleged Marcos billions was returned to the governmen
t. More than
20 years after the end of the Marcos presidency, many of the assets believed stolen
from the Philippines by the Marcos family have still not been returned to the
government. The latter is again said to be open to an out-of-court settlement to
finally lay the Marcos era to rest.

- page 16

The Cosmetic of Corruption Combat

Chinese voters are a practical lot in Malaysia.

There are Buddhist, atheist, Christians, Catholics, Muslims amongst them. Chinese are used to overthrowing emperors and establishing new dynasties over and over again hence matters pertaining to monarchy is not the top of their voting consideration ; many of them are not too bothered even about Chinese education (though most are, and probably harbours a profound, sedate but no less committed and dedicated to Chinese language and culture).

However, Chinese are very concerned about financial/economic matters, be it education, scholarship allocation, employment & business opportunities and wastage of public funds.

Hence I wonder if the recent apparent steps in combating corruption is to win over Chinese votes without compromising the traditional part of the zero sum game. A perfectly practical political manoeuvre if you ask me.

However, perhaps this paradigm shift may present MCA with a different challenge as the traditional political currency of communal representation is set aside. That can be served to a different niche market. The Chinese market is about practical issues, and rightly so.

Following the dreadful and hitherto unresolved Teoh Beng Hock's case, and the subsequent racially charged retort;


(The Malaysian Insider) – Umno-controlled newspapers, Berita Harian and Mingguan Malaysia, today slammed critics for demonising the country’s graft-busters over Teoh Beng Hock’s death, with one suggesting there is an agenda to weaken Malay-controlled institutions.


But Berita Harian suggested the agenda was to weaken Malay-controlled institutions in the article, “Kematian Teoh timbulkan pelbagai spekulasi politik”, written by the New Straits Times group managing editor Zainul Ariffin Isa.

“Suspicions have been raised especially among the non-Malays that MACC, which like other departments have many Malay officers, selectively chose non-Malays to be investigated,” he wrote.
Maybe Zainul has a point, after all, in the PKFTZ case, Ling Liong Sik, Chan Kong Choy and OC Phang are being hauled up while in the missing jet engine case, Tharmendran is so far the only fellow to be tried for that.

I don't give a shit to the racial profile, corruption is corruption, it is a sin according to all religion and it impacts adversely on the innocents. Public funds is meant to be used for the benefit of all community.

the following 2 development gives me the impression that for the first time, even corruption can be racialised in Malaysia.


MACC to meet FeCAM

KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is going to visit the Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (FeCAM) as it hopes to listen to the Chinese community's views on the commission through communications, says MACC Chief Commissioner Datuk Abu Kassim Mohammed


Meanwhile, Pheng said that as Abu Kassim has took the initiative to ask for a meeting, it showed that Abu Kassim is sincere in his attempt to make the Chinese community and entrepreneurs understand the practices of MACC.


Excuse me, what does the Chinese community and entrepreneurs not understand about "the practices of MACC"? Does this mean there are more than a straight forward practice of detecting corruption, investigate and indict to preserve natural justice, prevent wastage hence raising cost of living?

And what about this then? While the controlled media spoke passionately of MACC as a Malay Institution earlier, I do not hear a whimper from the same individual over this

400 Chinese apply for MACC vacancies
by Giam Say Khoon

Applicants submit their forms to a MACC staff members at theKuala Lumpur and Selangior Chinese Assembly Hall.

KUALA LUMPUR (May 9, 2010): The recruitment day organised by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) and Federation of Chinese Associations Malaysia (Huazhong) met with overwhelming response today, with some 400 people applying for the 40 vacancies reserved for Chinese-speaking officers in the commission.


We all know that the race composition in Malaysian civil service been getting more and more mono racial-centric. If there is a need to enrich and strengthen the cultural and language resource within the civil service, then why not conduct similar recruitment drive for other civil services like income revenue board, customs and what not?

So is the recent span of high profile corruption cases represents the dawn of a new era in Malaysia, can we Malaysians bid farewell to the bad old days of the inconclusive Kasitah, Eric Chia and Lingam cases?


Sime Darby GM to be Charged with graft

PETALING JAYA: A general manager at Sime Darby Bhd is expected to be charged today with graft totalling RM300,000 following a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) probe.

The senior executive, who is in his late 30s, is expected to face two charges, including allegedly accepting RM100,000 from a contractor in Johor awarded with a contract related to the shipping industry.

According to its third quarter results announced on May 27, Sime Darby recorded an operating loss of RM1.019bil for its energy and utilities division.

The behaviour and action of the rank and file is shaped by the people at the top. RM300,000 is about 0.03% of RM1.019 billion so at least MACC is starting off with 0.03% of the problem during a 3 months period.


Would any common man, after reading this, have the slightest doubt that bribery to induce votes have indeed taken place? Wasn’t it crystal clear that the offer of RM3 million was a trade-off for the electorate’s votes for Kamalanathan? Wasn’t the cash offers to Felda settlers an outright inducement for their votes for BN? Don’t our judges have the same kind of common sense that our common folks have?

Let just wait and observe the development up to the next GE then