4 Jan 2017

Golf, mistresses markers for graft in civil service, says MACC

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has outlined several markers for graft involving civil servants.
According to MACC deputy chief commissioner (operations) Azam Baki, the characteristics of such civil servants included leading a luxurious lifestyle, playing golf as well as having girlfriends and mistresses.
In an interview with the commission's online radio MACC.fm this morning, he said the markers were identified based on their probes on civil servants.
On Sunday, MACC chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad had advised civil servants, especially those in top management, to cease playing golf overseas.
"Perhaps you do not agree with the statement made by the chief commissioner and myself," said Azam, who reiterated the caution against overseas golf trips.
"But these were among the indicators that showed they (civil servants) were corrupt and abused their power. We obtained a lot of information involving high-ranking officers and senior officers playing golf abroad.
"I, too, play golf. There is nothing wrong with the game," he added.
However, Azam said golf is not as common in Malaysia as other countries, and is mainly played by prominent people and high-ranking officials.
"But (we noticed) that the (entire) entourage plays (golf) abroad (with) contractors, suppliers and others. Not only one (civil servant) goes, but the whole office goes," he said.
Besides civil servants at the federal level, he said, those at the state level, including employees of district and land offices as well as municipal councils played golf overseas.
He called on these civil servants to stop tarnishing the image of public service in Malaysia.
Azam, who was appointed as deputy chief commissioner on Oct 4 last year replacing Shukri Abdull, said MACC's investigation and intelligence operations would focus on eliminating corruption in the public sector, government-linked companies (GLCs) and financial institutions.
"Corruption in the public sector is still a serious issue that needs to be resolved," he said.
"In 2017 and the years to follow, we will focus on procurement and enforcement. These are the two areas with a higher tendency for graft," he added.
Azam also revealed that MACC had received complaints about being overlooked for promotion and poor office management.
He added that one complainant turned to MACC when the syariah court refused to declare her as a divorcee.


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MACC top man confirms he quit due to frustration, cites 'spider web' laws

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) director Bahri Mohd Zin has confirmed having opted for early retirement due to frustration over the SRC International Sdn Bhd case.
"There was too much money lost. l should not serve in spider web laws,” he told Malaysiakini.
Asked what he meant by “spider web laws”, he said it referred to laws that punished the small offenders, but allowed the bigger wrongdoers to escape.
However, Bahri declined to elaborate on the matter.
Earlier, Malaysiakini quoted sources claiming that Bahri, who headed the Special Operations Division retired last Friday, two years ahead of his official retirement age of 60.
Sources said a farewell party was held last month for Bahri and a number of other MACC staff who had retired were present, but he chose not to attend.
“He was dejected with what had happened to the case as similar cases like this had seen a court conviction in the past,” said a source close to the former director.
Meanwhile, Amanah deputy president Salahuddin Ayub has offered Bahri a platform to continue fighting corruption, in appreciation for the graftbuster's efforts.
However he said this was not an invitation to join the party.
"Whether he uses our platform officially or unofficially, we can discuss that later," Salahuddin told Malaysiakini.
Bahri had served in the MACC as well as its precursor, the Anti-Corruption Agency, for over 30 years.
The special division he headed was formed in 2010 to investigate high-profile cases, especially those involving corruption of more than RM1 million.
SRC, which was previously a subsidiary of 1MDB and now under the Finance Ministry, came under the spotlight after RM42 million of its money was found in Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's personal bank account.
While MACC’s 1MDB investigations were complex and involved many overseas jurisdictions - with the attorney-general refusing to issue a mutual legal assistance to the commission to work with foreign investigators - the SRC case was clear-cut as it involved mostly local entities.
The SRC money was deposited into Najib's accounts in two transactions - on Dec 26, 2014 and Feb 10, 2015 - after being routed through two companies, Gandingan Mentari Sdn Bhd and Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd.
Najib has reportedly claimed to be unaware about the money from SRC, and attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali also cleared him of any wrongdoing in the matter.


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Top MACC man opts for early retirement, allegedly frustrated over SRC case

A Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) investigator who played a pivotal role in the SRC International probe has opted for early retirement.
Bahri Mohd Zin, 58, who was director of MACC’s Special Operations Division retired last Friday, two years ahead of his official retirement. He had served in the MACC as well as its precursor, the Anti-Corruption Agency, for over 30 years.
The special division he headed was formed in 2010 to investigate high-profile cases, especially those involving corruption of more than RM1 million.
SRC, which was previously a subsidiary of 1MDB and now under the Finance Ministry, came under the spotlight after RM42 million of its money was found in Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak's personal bank account. Najib also helms the Finance Ministry.
While MACC’s 1MDB investigations were complex and involved many overseas jurisdictions - with the attorney-general refusing to issue a mutual legal assistance to the commission to work with foreign investigators - the SRC case was clear-cut as it involved mostly local entities.
The SRC money was deposited into Najib's accounts in two transactions - on Dec 26, 2014 and Feb 10, 2015 - after being routed through two companies, Gandingan Mentari Sdn Bhd and Ihsan Perdana Sdn Bhd.
Najib has reportedly claimed to be unaware about the money from SRC.
It is understood that Bahri opted for early retirement as he was particularly frustrated with the way the SRC investigations turned out.
Sources told Malaysiakini that a farewell party was held last month for Bahri and a number of other MACC staff who had retired were present, but he chose not to attend.
“He was dejected with what had happened to the case as similar cases like this had seen a court conviction in the past,” said a source close to the former director.
Bahri could not be contacted for comment. It is not immediately known who would replace him.
His retirement came after MACC former chief commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed discontinued service as per his request, and his deputy Mohd Shukri Abdull retired last year. Abu Kassim would continue to serve as an anti-corruption service officer until his mandatory retirement on Dec 6, 2020.
Livid over police ‘harassment’
When the police investigated MACC two years ago and detained three of its investigators over purported leaks on the 1MDB investigations, Bahri was livid.
“I will find the perpetrators who are ordering the arrests. By God, I will find the perpetrators till kingdom come,” he had said when his officers were picked up by the police, and seized MACC’s equipment and documents.
Inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar had then denied they were interfering with the MACC probe into 1MDB.
Bahri's outburst has resulted in him being transferred to the Prime Minister's Department along with then MACC communications director Rohaizad Yaakob. However, both were reinstated after a public outcry.
Following this, the MACC continued with its probe on SRC and submitted its recommendation early last year.
Attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali later cleared the prime minister on both the RM2.6 billion, which was described as a donation, and the SRC cases.
Malaysiakini reported last week that the Special Operations Division had been allegedly downsized and that six of its officers who were involved in the SRC probe were transferred out of the division.
Among those transferred was Bahri's deputy, Tan Kang Sai, thus leaving the special investigation unit without two of its top officials.


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3 Jan 2017

STOP IT- ANNUAR MUSA



3rd January 2017.

PRESS STATEMENT BY:-
TAN SRI DATUK ROBERT PHANG MIOW SIN.
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE.
CHAIRMAN – SOCIAL CARE FOUNDATION


I refer to a news article published by FMT today being “UMNO WARNED AGAINST ESCALATING ROW WITH ROYALTY” by Tunku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim.

With regrets, to note that Annuar Musa has again made a very uncalled for allegation, he has not done enough homework on matters he chose to expose namely the spat between Tuanku Mahkota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim and Annuar Musa.  UMNO must realize should it escalate, will impact on voting patterns by the Rakyat in GE14.

I do not understand as such a senior politician like Annuar Musa keeps on making really silly mistakes.  The last episode concerning BERSIH’s Maria Chin – Annuar Musa said it that she was connected to CIA movement.  My humble self is shocked to read such a statement from the UMNO Information Chief.  I challenged him to produce any evidence to substantiate his allegations.  If he fails to do so, please SHUT UP and KEEP QUITE – needless to say, he has not responded

Our country is full of rumours and gossips.  As Information Chief of UMNO is a responsible post, all the more should he wishes to carry out speeches and articles, he should do so after careful and precise research.  Please be responsible Annuar Musa.  I begin to ponder whether his actions are so motivated by political gain as the General Election 14 is around the corner.  If you have facts, fair enough if not you are doing more damage to yourself more so and the ruling government.  I appeal to PM YAB Dato’ Sri Najib to guide him.  If necessary, to warn him on issuing very sensitive allegations more so without proof, definitely a liability to UMNO, government and Malaysia. 

I salute Tuanku Mahota Johor Tunku Ismail Sultan Ibrahim for his simple but clear analytical statement, giving back the historical structure of the Johor State.  Definitely TMJ, who is the owner of the Johor Darul Ta’zim team is very much concerned of the allegation as he has also rightly pointed out, the state of Johor is the stronghold of the ruling party today.  The day for people to cast their votes is edging close, so do not stir up a hornet’s nest because there will be consequences. Do not be a liability to your own party, Annuar Musa was told.

“HUMBLENESS IS A GOOD VIRTUE, ARROGANCE SHALL FALL AND THE MEEK WILL RULE THE WORLD”.

Tan Sri Datuk Robert Phang Miow Sin.
Justice of the Peace.

元旦献词:社会爱心基金会主席丹斯里拿督彭茂燊太平局绅:《总结2016,展望2017》

中国报1/1/2016
 我国需要寻求新的道路,推动我国的实质转型,而不是粉饰经济外表。
虽然自然资源可推动发展,但我国也应加强自身的科技能力,铺设更开放的教育方针,包括承认独中统考文凭,以开创新格局。





社会爱心基金会主席兼马来西亚彭氏总会永久荣誉会长
丹斯里拿督彭茂燊太平局绅
2017年元旦献词


《总结2016,展望2017


时间过得真快,365个日子一飞而过。犹记得去年这个时候,我们也正讨论2015年是个涨价年,其实2016年的涨价趋势则有过之而无不及,尤其是下半年,随着马币的贬值和政府津贴的调整,再加上的国际形势的变化;英国公投脱欧和美国总统选举的意外结果,大国保护主义的回归,更增添了国际形势的变数。

国际形势一波又一波的变化,加上先进国经济低迷不振,固然牵动了全球的经济变化,我国当然无法悻免,再加上国内政治形势的混乱,使到我国的情况也更加恶化。然而,我国似乎就这样,在无方向感的政治局势中,在谩骂声中,在怨声载道声中,度过了2016年。当中充满了无奈感和无力感。

在迎接2016年时,我们都怀抱希望,寄望在这新的一年可以一扫颓势,希望大家包括政治人物、执政团体、公务员、私人界都能各就各位,回归本位,各就本分。可是一个月一个月地过去,国内形势的演变,就是我们今天所见的,只有变本加厉,并没有改善的迹象。

而最令人担忧的,已经开始发生了,既是我国的法治开始变质了。这让人不仅感觉到,也看到人治正在慢慢抬头了。归根结底,就是执法偏差导致一些浑水摸鱼的组织犹如黄袍加身一样,肆无忌惮地横行霸道,口出狂言,搞得人心惶恐,
因此,不禁让人起疑,到底执法队伍是根据法律赋予的职务行事,还是只听命于口令?这种形势大有‘大权统于朝廷’之势。当一个国家的法律变成只有某些人需要遵守的时候,当这个问题变成常态化之后,也凸显我们的社会心态已经逐渐失衡了,那么,更严重的问题将接踵而来。

我们大家都看到,我国今日政治形势的演变已经越来越迷离,复杂,连今天的国会也严重扭曲。如今的国会已经不是为人民服务,而是完全沦为政治服务,跟国会民主本质已经越走越远了。

在华文教育方面,我们也看到了60间独中以外的中学参加统考了,对我而言,这不是好事,因为此举明显违法白纸黑字的教育法令规定。我站出来反对,却给许多人骂到最难听的话,但是,我依然坚持,此举存在高度的风险,因为我不知道从哪一个法律观点,哪一门法律可以认为教育总监的一封**“我知悉”(dimaklumkan之复函足于反制法令的明文规定?

尤其是在当前政治形势日趋复杂的情况下,我们更应该避免这类明知故犯的行为,因为,我始终坚持,在政治游戏中,是没有所谓‘守信’和‘承诺’的,如果我们不是拥有一纸批文,我们的所作所为将永远称为政治集团砧板上的肉,想砍几刀就砍几刀。然而,我要特别强调的是,在让关中学生考统考的课题上,我们并非没有其他途径,为什么偏偏为了争一口气,而甘冒违法的大风险呢?到底有心人居心何在?巫统大会的种种言论就是一种警示,希望各位保持清醒!别自以为“他们都是这样的啦!”我的劝告是,居安思危之心不可失啊!即使在今天,我依然持反对关中考统考的立场,因为我们背负的风险太大了!

无论如何,2016年结束了,我国也迎来了关键的2017年。虽然新的一年总会带新希望,但我们务必打醒十二分精神,保持清新的思绪,不要沉溺在虚无的希望当中。

我也希望在新的一年,所有政治人物均应回头慎思,让我国的政局能够逆转,经济形势可以翻新。我国需要寻求新的道路,推动我国的实质转型,而不是粉饰经济外表。虽然自然资源可推动发展,但我国也应加强自身的科技能力,铺设更开放的教育方针,包括承认独中统考文凭,以开创新格局。


我国要走上永续发展的道路,就必须多化的发展。因此,只有真正敞开胸襟去拥抱新时代,那才是我国三千万人民之福啊!(KKT)

27 Dec 2016

文告:社会爱心基金会主席丹斯里彭茂燊太平局绅呼吁政府和各政府成员党诚实面对现状

感谢中国报对“有多少先拿多少”课题的报道。

社会爱心基金会主席丹斯里彭茂燊太平局绅
呼吁政府和各政府成员党诚实面对现状

对于近日闹得不可开交的华文小学拨款的问题,让人觉得莫名其妙;一个部门一句,一个政党一个说辞,使到原本单纯的教育拨款,演变成复杂的政治课题。这只是凸显当今的执政当局越来越杂乱无章。

身为关心华文教育一份子的我,则衷心希望各方,尤其是政府各部门和政府成员当,能够诚实地面对问题。我相信,大家要求的,也是当局能够坦承的解决问题!

至于教育部和财政部各有各的说辞,不仅让觉得大家在互相推搪,更让感觉大家似乎在找托词藉口掩饰政府日益恶化的状况。对于许多政府以外的人士而言,这种情况是不可理喻的。

整个事件引发了更多疑问,让人不禁要问,到底这是偏差还是拨款被滥用?或到底政府有没有这笔拨款?而那大选“一诺千金”的“千金”成分到底有多纯?还是为了选票所推出的方便说法而已?

无论那一种推论,对政府而言都是一种负面印象,也将导致外资质疑我国诚信度,这对我国目前的环境,无论是政治还是经济状况,都是雪上加霜。

让人遗憾的是,对今日华文小学所面对的拨款问题,许多所谓华社领袖、华教斗士,包括董教总各领导人都静若寒蝉。但有时候“沉默不是金”,该发言的时候就要发言。

即使不提出他们的关心,至少也应提出建设性教育,协助政府两全其美的解决问题;即解决财源问题,也让华小安度没有拨款的一年,如果真的必须“有多少就拿多少”,那就必须照拿多少。
这就是我所谓的诚实面对现状!否则,一旦创造了一个谎言,我们就必须创造更多的谎言来掩饰之前的谎言。

华小拨款是去年度财政预算案下的一笔预算,早在去年十月已经提呈国会批准,而且都已经过辩论批准,如今,一年即将结束,不但分文未得,我们还在找问题根源,如此的处理态度真的令人不敢恭维。


所以,我要特别强调,当局必须诚实面对现状和人民,别再拖泥带水了。(KKT)

23 Dec 2016

Amazing how some are willing to kowtow to Najib, says Dr M

Dr Mahathir Mohamad is amazed by the willingness of certain individuals, including those who are educated and knowledgeable, to kowtow to Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
"...To even kiss his hands as their anointed leader, democratically elected,” Mahathir said in a blog post.
Citing the US Department of Justice civil suits, the former prime minister claimed these individuals must know there is "ample evidence" to link Najib to the 1MDB scandal.
"But they continue to accept him as their leader, crowding around him to shake and kiss his hand. Even the highest elites stand by him," he added.
In other countries, Mahathir said, leaders would have been removed, or at least suspended, while investigations are carried out to ascertain the truth of the allegations.
"But in Malaysia, the people, including elected leaders of the parties in the coalition government and very, very important people, are still supporting Najib's administration and premiership.
"When asked, a few aver that although there are charges of corruption and massive fraud levelled at him, in the country and throughout the world, he has not been convicted on such charges. Until he is found guilty they would continue to regard him as their legitimate leader," he added.
Alleging a cover-up by the authorities, Mahathir claimed this excuse is therefore untenable and reminded them about being guilty by association.
"They really should be ashamed of themselves... Truly, they have betrayed the rakyat who elected them to rule in accordance with the laws of the country and democracy," he added.
Najib has denied abusing public funds for personal gain and blamed such allegations on Mahathir and those conspiring to topple him from power to further their respective agendas.
Attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali has also cleared the prime minister of any wrongdoing.
The authorities have also denied any cover-up in the matter.


Read more: https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/366960#ixzz4TdqidFqM