29 Oct 2010

Budget 2011 : Hishammuddin should answer to serious allegations in Mat Zain’s open letter

2011 Budget not a child of New Economic Model but bears all the marks of old discredited Mahathirish policies (Part 5 of 5)

Ex-top cop Mat Zain’s Open Letter is testimony that criminal justice system had further deteriorated after 2005 Dzaiddin Police Royal Commission report

Recently, both the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak and Home Minister Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein had made great play about the successful NKRA on crime reduction, claiming that there have been a drastic drop in the crime rate particularly in street crime with improvement of the crime index since January this year.However, up and down the country, ordinary Malaysians do not feel this dividend of fall of crime index in their daily lives as they do not feel comparatively safer in the streets, public places or privacy of their homes as compared to previous years.

28 Oct 2010

Idris Jala insists Malaysia on track in graft fight

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 28 — Datuk Seri Idris Jala insisted today that the government is still on track in tackling corruption despite Malaysia continuing to score poorly on Transparency International’s (TI) annual Corruption Perception Index (CPI) this year.Idris, the CEO of the Najib Administration’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu), downplayed the graft watchdog’s findings, claiming that Malaysia’s CPI score “essentially” remained the same this year and did not reflect the government’s progress in combating corruption.

27 Oct 2010

Nazri: PKFZ, Lingam case beyond government’s control

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 — Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz today explained that the government had done all it could to address perceptions of graft in the administration, which sagged further according to an anti-graft report yesterday.Speaking to reporters today, Nazri blamed the current Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) scandal and the Datuk VK Lingam tapes controversy as the main contributors to Malaysia’s drop in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI).

Nazri: Graft cases lost because of hostile witnesses

KUALA LUMPUR: Prosecutors have lost many graft cases because witnesses turned hostile, said Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz.“Cases are lost when witnesses, who initially made sworn statements, went back on their word in open court proceedings and denied what happened,” he said, when replying to a supplementary question by Dr Tan Seng Giaw (DAP-Kepong) at the Dewan Rakyat on Wednesday.

Malaysia is 43rd most prosperous country

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 27 — Malaysia came in 43rd in a list of the most prosperous nations released this week, trailing Singapore, coming in at 17th, but still ahead of other Asean neighbours.The Legatum Prosperity Index, compiled by the London-based analytical centre, saw Norway top the list of 110 countries while Zimbabwe came in last.Norway also topped the previous year’s list.“The Prospdrity Index seeks to understand how economic fundamentals, health, freedom, governance, safety, education, entrepreneurial opportunity and social capital influence a country’s economic growth and the happiness of its citizens,” said the Legatum Institute.

26 Oct 2010

MACC opens probes into Audit Report discrepancies

In a swift move by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), it has opened several probes into the discrepancies highlighted in the 2009 Auditor-General's report.In a statement today, MACC said it had opened 13 investigation papers, 14 initial investigation papers and five examination and discussion papers.“Of the 13 investigation papers, three are in Johor, six are being investigated by the Putrajaya headquarters, two are in Terengganu and one each in Selangor and Sarawak,” said the statement.

PKFZ: OC Phang seeks stay of CBT trial

OC Phang, the former general manager of the Port Klang Authority, has applied to the Klang Sessions Court for a stay of hearing into the criminal breach of trust (CBT) charges against her over the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) project.Her lawyer Francis Ng Aik Guan told the court that Phang  wants her case to be deferred pending disposal of a related case against former transport minister Dr Ling Liong Sik.

25 Oct 2010

MACC opens 20 investigation papers after audit report 2008

KUALA LUMPUR - The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has opened 20 investigation papers and five inspection and consultation papers following the national auditor-general's report 2008 which was released last year.

MACC wraps up probe into '08 Auditor-General's report

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) has completed its investigations on the misuse of public funds highlighted on the 2008 Auditor-General's Report. In a statement today, the graft buster agency had initiated 20 investigation papers and five inspection and consultation papers.

23 Oct 2010

Press statement by Tan Sri Datuk Robert Phang - 23-10-2010

The frustration expressed by Datuk Shukri Abdull , MACC Deputy Chief Commission , raises the difficulties of fighting corruptions. It is an open fact that we need all walks of life, all sectors, all authorities and the rakyat to come forward working together in achieving this difficult challenge. It is by NO means that I questione the judiciary but to appeal to them to demonstrate more patience to establish of all factors of MACC corruption cases being brought before the courts of law. 

Ong Tee Keat to grill Transport Minister on PKFZ at Parliament

KUALA LUMPUR - Pandan MP Dato’ Seri Ong Tee Keat is continuing his relentless strive to fully expose the multi-billion-ringgit Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) financial scandal in Parliament.Ong has submitted 10 oral questions for the current Parliament session, leading with queries directed at Transport Minister Datuk Kong Cho Ha. Of the 10 orals questions submitted, four are related to the PKFZ sham.
The following are details of the questions submitted:

22 Oct 2010

Teoh inquest: 'Final note' author still a mystery

The identity of the author who wrote the so-called 'suicide note' found in Teoh Beng Hock's slingbag remains a mystery.The coroner's court for Teoh's inquest heard today that the handwriting on the note - written in a mixture of mostly Chinese and a few words in Bahasa Malaysia - is the same as that found in a notebook in Teoh's bag.

21 Oct 2010

IGP not satisfied with quality of investigation

KUALA LUMPUR, Oct 20 – Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar said today he was still not satisfied with the quality of investigation by the force despite a significant reduction in crime cases.“We should not rest on our laurels although we managed to reduce street crimes by 38 per cent and the overall index crimes by 16 per cent from January to September this year.“We should work harder to ensure safety and security for the people,” Ismail said.

19 Oct 2010

MACC advisor explains himself over Taib Mahmud

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) advisor Robert Phang, 71, disclosed this afternoon that the “alleged corruption” case of Sarawak Chief Minister Taib Mahmud, if any, has never been raised during the MACC committee meetings he has attended so far.Hence, he is “completely in the dark” about any so-called MACC investigations against Taib.“I don't want to comment on something that I don't know anything about,” said Phang . “It's unfair to say that I have been shooting off on Sabah while remaining silent on Sarawak.”

Bebas Wahid memalukan pejabat Peguam Negara

YPJM gesa campur tangan PM kes babit rasuah, salah guna kuasa

KUALA LUMPUR: Yayasan Pencegahan Jenayah Malaysia (YPJM) menyifatkan pembebasan bekas Ketua Pengarah Imigresen, Datuk Wahid Md Don daripada pertuduhan rasuah, Jumaat lalu, sesuatu yang boleh memalukan pejabat Peguam Negara sebagai pendakwa raya.Berikutan itu, ahli Exconya yang juga anggota Panel Penasihat Suruhanjaya Pencegahan Rasuah Malaysia (SPRM), Tan Sri Robert Phang menggesa Perdana Menteri, Datuk Seri Najib Razak campur tangan bagi mengenal pasti punca kekalahan banyak kes membabitkan rasuah dan salah guna kuasa.

MACC advisor: AG making us look bad

Incompetent prosecutions by the Attorney General Chambers on corruption cases has put the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) in bad light, said a member of the commission's consultation and advisory panel.Commenting on the acquittal of Immigration Director-General Wahid Md Don for graft charges, panel member Robert Phang said the AG's Chambers owes the public an explanation."The AG has much to explain for losing so many corruption cases in recent years and must therefore act to correct the negative perception it had caused to the government in its fight against corruption.

18 Oct 2010

MACC advisor wants action on website report

Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) advisor Robert Phang wants a report on a Sabah website probed “for passing off rumours of a court case in Hong Kong as the Gospel truth”.The subject of the said probe should be made public, he added. “The public have a right to know since a case still under MACC investigation is now generating heat anew in public because of muck-raking”.

14 Oct 2010

IGP Orders OCPDs to Meet Security Company Reps

PETALING JAYA, 13 OCTOBER, 2010: Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar has directed Officers-in-Charge of Police Districts (OCPDs) to go out to meet representatives of security companies in their respective districts in efforts to check crime.  He said such meetings could enhance the level of security in the areas concerned through feedbacks and suggestions from the residents to overcome crime in their area.

13 Oct 2010

No plan to probe Musa's 'third party interference' claim

KUALA LUMPUR: The government has no plans to investigate former Inspector-general of Police Musa Hassan's allegation in relations of third parties in police operations during his 41-year tenure.
"The government is not planning to investigate the allegations made by the former IGP."The ministry has also no plans to take action against the allegation," Home Minister Hishammuddin Hussein said in response to Lim Guan Eng's (DAP-Bagan) written question released today.

12 Oct 2010

Ibrahim: National unity requires Malay unity first

It’s  all rubbish , non – patriotic , ill -intent , sabotaging , because we are saying : - True Malaysian First. Please follow the good  example of our YB Datuk Seri Nazri Aziz reflecting truly Malaysian First – Malay second. We are all practice loving Malaysians- Please be very careful in your future comments. We want to stay UNITED.


Blame game all over again

SEREMBAN: Twelve lives lost. And once again, the blame game has begun as people try to figure out what went wrong.Was it a killer stretch? Should buses have stronger frames? Did the driver speed?Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Hasan observed that the roofs of buses involved in accidents would always come off or were easily damaged whenever they flipped over.“It is the manufacturer’s responsibility to build stronger and safer buses to ensure that passengers will not suffer serious injuries if there is an accident,” he said.He said bus manufacturers must ensure that the frames of the vehicles they build could withstand any impact from a collision.

Moles in MACC

PUTRAJAYA: Moles in the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission are disrupting the operations of the antigraft body.MACC deputy chief commissioner Datuk Mohd Shukri Abdull said the moles must be weeded out quickly as they were also a threat to national security.He said the commission had lodged a police report on Sept 25 after it discovered that documents on investigations into several VIPs had appeared on blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin’s Malaysia Today news portal.

11 Oct 2010

Chinese are Malaysians, not migrants, says PM

KUALA LUMPUR – The Chinese have been loyal citizens of Malaysia for the past five generations are not  kaum pendatang (migrant folk), says Najib Abdul Razak."We should not look behind with sentiments of the past. We must look forward because we are building a Malaysian nation that is progressive and successful on the global stage,” he said when opening the 57th MCA general assembly on Sunday.Najib urged the public to focus on how the Chinese and Indian communities could work with the Malay and other communities to create a fair society despite differences in interpreting what constituted a fair society.

8 Oct 2010

华 教 不是 图腾

【有言不信/黄集初专栏】迦玛自一出道,即成媒体的宠儿..然则暴得大名,誉即随之,谤亦随之,故屡屡成为争议性人物近来,迦玛又因有关华教 的 言论, 再 一次 成为 焦点 人物, 此次 还 引来 各方 华 团 头头 的 抨击, 徒 令 好 名 之 士, 或 摇头 叹息, 或 指 天 笃 地, 曰: 迦玛 何德何能,竟有 此 份量 迦玛 想必 也 心中 窃喜, 曰: .. 吾 本 一介 草民, 竟 引来 各路 英雄 好汉 围 而 攻 之, 项羽 再 世, 也不 外 如是 上述 所 书, 纯属 戏言, 衮衮诸公 不必 介意. 

言归正传,综观此次迦玛引起的争议,问题可归纳为二个:一、迦玛绑架了言论自由;二、单元教育的主张。不过,显然重点是在第二个问题,因为如果迦玛提倡多元教育,大概没有人会认为迦玛绑了言论自由,甚至说迦玛在滥用言论自由。但为了公平起见,本文先讨论第一个问题。言归正传, 综观 此次 迦玛 引起 的 争议, 问题 可 归纳 为 二个: 一, 迦玛 绑架 了 言论自由; 二, 单元 教育 的 主张 不过, 显然 重点 是 在 第二 个 问题, 因为 如果 迦玛 提倡.多元 教育, 大概 没有 人 会 认为 迦玛 绑 了 言论自由, 甚至 说 迦玛 在 滥用 言论自由 但 为了. 公平 起见, 本文 先 讨论 第 一个 问题.

MACC arrests trio linked to Australian banknote case

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) said it has arrested three individuals over an Australian banknote supply contract scandal, as an international probe into the case deepened.Two men were arrested in Britain on Wednesday after Australian, British and Spanish police carried out coordinated swoops over alleged corruption involving the banknote-manufacturing firm, Securency International Pty Ltd.The firm is part owned by Australia's central bank.

Mahathir due to fly back to KL today

Former prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad is due to fly back to Kuala Lumpur this afternoon by private jet.The plane is set to take off from Tullamarine Airport at about 3pm (1pm KL time).Mahathir was admitted to Epworth Hospital in Melbourne last Saturday following a chest infection. He was discharged from hospital on Tuesday and had since rested at a hotel here.The former prime minister, accompanied by his wife, was scheduled to address Malaysian students at a workshop here last Saturday but had to call it off when he fell ill.
International Trade and Industry Minister Mustapa Mohamed replaced Mahathir at the seminar.An aide to the former prime minister, when contacted, confirmed that Mahathir would return later today. 

7 Oct 2010

Civil groups want meeting with IGP on human rights

Ten civil society groups today submitted their request for a meeting with Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ismail Omar to discuss a list of issues related to human rights and the police.The groups outlined a list of eight issues they want Ismail to address, not least being the establishment of an Independent Police Complaints and Misconduct Commission (IPCMC) and the extent the police have accepted the recommendations by the Royal Commission to enhance its operation and management.

5 Oct 2010

Police urged to be stringent in following SOP

KUALA LUMPUR: Police should ensure that the proposed new standard operating procedure (SOP) on missing persons' reports is not just a short-term solution to the problem.Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF) vice-chairman Tan Sri Lee Lam Thye said the move to introduce new guidelines was a step in the right direction.It is an appropriate move to ensure greater efficiency and it is of utmost importance for police to constantly monitor and follow up on reported cases.

1 Oct 2010

Geographical Media

IGP: Thorough probe on police misconduct in drug case

KUALA LUMPUR, Sept 30 — Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Ismail Omar assured that a thorough investigation will be conducted on the misconduct of 10 policemen involved in the confiscation of drugs worth RM254 million from a lorry in Rompin, Pahang, in May last year.He said an internal probe would be carried out in detail and action would  be taken on those involved.“Investigations are ongoing and we do not want such incidents to recur,” he told a news conference at Bukit Aman (federal police headquarters) here today.