30 Nov 2011


" I am not bound to win, but i am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed , but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong." - Abraham Lincoln.
Please enjoy reading , God Bless.

29 Nov 2011

Congrats, Tan Sri Robert Phang

Below is the article & comments from http://dinmerican.wordpress.com

Robert Phang received the Master Class Award in Anti-Corruption 2011

My friend Tan Sri Robert Phang recently received  the Master Class Award  in Anti- Corruption while his Social Care Foundation was granted the Socially Responsible Company Award 2011.
Congratulations Tan Sri and may he continue in this worthy cause of fighting rampant corruption in our country. In his honour, I am posting “Corruption Spawns Violence”, an article from GW Business, a publication of The George Washington School of Business, The George Washington University (Fall, 2011 issue). –Din Merican


The National Feedlot Corporation ( NFC) is a clear example of a company that is unethical and utterly corrupt. Yet our leaders are not prepared to come down heavy of its management. This is because an UMNO Minister who came to the Cabinet via the back door (as Senator) after losing the 2008 elections is involved in this scandal.
Maybe at the forthcoming UMNO General Assembly, some delegates will raise this matter and pass a resolution to remove the Minister and to commence a full investigation into the major national fiasco, involving rm250 million of taxpayers’ money.–

We all echo the same chorus here that Dato Din Merican deserves the same kind of Award & Recognition. Why Not?
The problem with our Government esp those in UMNO, they would only recognise and confer Trans-shit-ship to those who ” gravitate ” almost on bended knees, around dumb-No people who greatly suffer from Inferiority Complex/es…..
Congratulations to Tan Sri Robert Phang!

and yet he was “removed” from MACC panel because he has the guts and conviction to go against the AG for the latter’s indiscretion. hello, I thought this BN govt is bringing us revolutionary laws and get rid of corruption?
well done, Tan Sri> Be steadfast and you have my greatest respect. God bless you always and your family.
Robert Phang has conviction and lots of guts. He is passionate about his mission.–

25 Nov 2011

Special Parliament Committee on Anti Corruption Submits Report on MACC to PM

KUALA LUMPUR, 24 NOVEMBER, 2011: The Special Parliament Committee on Anti Corruption under MACC today has sent their report on the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission for 2010 to the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak.Speaking to reporters during a press conference at Paliament lobby today, Kangar member of parliament Datuk Seri Mohd Radzi Sheikh Ahmad said they have also discussed with Najib on matters to improve the commission.

"We had a discussion with the PM...among them is about the budget where we asked him as Finance Minister to increase MACC's staff to 150 per year in order to have enough manpower and funds to fight corruption," said Radzi.He said this is the second time the committee has presented its suggestion and asked that freedom to be given to MACC to employ whoever they want including forensic scientists.

21 Nov 2011

IGP: Give us ideas on how to reduce crime

MACC study: Students prepared to fight corruption

A Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) study on the effectiveness of the Corruption Prevention Secretariat set up at institutions of higher learnings (IPT) found that 73.2 per cent of students are  prepared to report corruption cases.

MACC chief commissioner Abu Kassim Mohamed said it also proved the effectiveness of the programme set up since 2007 which was operated by students from 20 public IPT.

"The functions and roles of the secretariat are to disseminate the importance of anti-corruption, abuse of power and misappropriation among IPT students and educate them on corruption prevention programmes," he said when opening an MACC IPT convention at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia tonight.

Abu Kassim said as future leaders of the country, all students should be educated from the young so that they would not be influenced by corruption.

Source : Bernama

BN’s disgusting international standards

By Jackson Ng, Retired Journalist

REMEMBER how Tan Sri Robert Phang was ousted as an advisory panel member of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission?Phang was one of the pioneer members of the panel upon the formation of the MACC. However, his outspokenness has been a thorn to the corridors of power.Unlike the majority of the “Yes Man” MACC panel members who chose to accept their appointment but remained muted throughout their tenure, Phang spoke up against corruption and abuse of power.

Phang openly took on the likes of Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department Datuk Seri Nazri Abdul Aziz, former Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Musa Hassan (for alleged abuse of power and conspiracy with the underworld) and those who benefitted from the multi-billion ringgit Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) financial scandal.Phang’s ouster in the MACC panel was sparked when he took on the all-powerful Attorney-General (A-G) Tan Sri Gani Patail.

That was too much for Phang to chew as Gani’s office can decide whether to prosecute an accused, with or without evidence; with authentic or fabricated evidence as Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim’s Sodomy I and II hearings have revealed thus far.And all Phang did was to call on Gani to rebut allegations linking him to high-profile but shady corporate figures who allegedly paid for his haj trip. The allegations were backed by documents.

19 Nov 2011

Najib Has Shown Great Leadership, Says Obama

NUSA DUA -- United States President Barack Obama said Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak has shown great leadership not only in continuing to boost Malaysia's economy but also in showing leadership on a wide range of multilateral foray.The American leader said "we want to be a strong partner with Malaysia".I appreciate the extraordinary cooperation that we've received on a whole range of issues," he said.
"...So, thank you very much, Prime Minister," Obama said in his remarks at a bilateral meeting with Najib here on Friday ahead of the East Asia Summit scheduled for Saturday.The US president said the bilateral meeting would allow both countries to discuss how they could best use the East Asia Summit to ensure shared prosperity and shared security across the region.Obama said the meeting also allowed both sides to expand discussions on their bilateral relationship, describing it as "strong", as well the cooperation seen on issues like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP).

18 Nov 2011

Socially Responsible Company Award 2011 - Master Class Award in Anti Corruption

China Press - 18-11-2011

Kerjasama strategik MCPF , swasta dan penduduk

Usaha bagi mempertingkatkan kesedaran masyarakat terhadap pencegahan jenayah sentiasa dilaksanakan kerajaan dan pihak berkaitan bagi memastikan kegiatan jenayah tidak terus menggugat keselamatan orang ramai. Yayasan Pencegahan Jenayah Malaysia (MCPF) misalnya, berusaha ke arah itu dengan mengadakan kerjasama strategik bersama sektor swasta dan persatuan penduduk.

Satu daripada program dilaksanakan adalah Prevention Will Save The Day (PWSTD) (Pencegahan Menyelamatkan Hari Anda) dan memperoleh dana sebanyak USD56,000 (kira-kira RM 173,600) daripada Motorola Foundation bagi memacu usahan menjayakannya.

Persatuan Penduduk yang disenarai  pendek akan dijemput untuk menyertai Voluntary Surveillance Observation Point (VSOP) sistem yang digabungkan dengan Voluntary Patrolling Scheme (SRS) yang terletak di bawah Jabatan Perpaduan dan Integerasi.

Untuk jangka pendek , program ini mensasarkan 12 kawasan kediaman yang terletak di empat negeri hotspot (Kuala Lumpur , Selangor , Johor & Pulau Pinang ). Anggota MCPF , Tan Sri Robert Phang (atas), berkata : "Untuk jangka panjang, rakyat Malaysia akan dibekalkan dengan pengetahuan pencegahan yang membolehkan mereka bertindak lebih proaktif terhadap sesuatu situasi atau kejadian.

"Ia juga adalah untuk membentuk keyakinan diri dan apa yang lebih penting projek ini bertindak membentuk golongan dewasa menjadi mereka yang dapat memberikan perlindungan di dalam komuniti mereka."

Source : Berita Harian ( 18-11-2011) page 17

16 Nov 2011

We must work together to anti crime

China Press ( 15-11-2011)

PKA cannot repay government loan for PKFZ project, Ling trial told

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 15 — The Port Klang Authority (PKA) cannot afford to pay back its RM4.6 billion loan for the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) project to the government, a witness told Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik’s cheating trial today.The prosecution’s 21st witness, Adnan Abidin, said that PKA could only afford to repay the loan owed to the Finance Ministry for the first two years — this year and the next.The PKA financial manager said the loan was to be paid over a period of 17 years from this year onwards.PKA was supposed to have made the first payment of RM82.4 million on June 30 this year.

“We did not pay ... in our view we can only make repayments for the first two years. We have made an appeal to the MOF to review the terms of the loan agreement.“It is not settled yet, we are still waiting for it to go through,” Adnan told the court today.The development cost of the scandal-hit PKFZ project ballooned from RM1.088 billion to RM4.6 billion in 2007, which Dr Ling’s lawyers claimed yesterday the Cabinet had given their retrospective approval for.Defence lawyer Wong Kian Kheong cited the approval of the cost increase to RM4,632,732,000 from Cabinet meeting minutes dated June 24, 2007.

In 2002, the Cabinet was told that RM1.088 billion was the total cost of the project on the 999.5-acre piece of land in Pulau Indah that comprised the land value, infrastructure cost and a six per cent interest rate.
Dr Ling, a former transport minister, is charged with deceiving the government by concealing the fact that the interest rate of 7.5 per cent per annum was surplus to the purchase of Lot 67894 at RM25 psf — amounting to a total of RM1,088,456,000 — despite knowing that the government’s Valuation and Property Service Department’s (JPPH) had already taken that interest into account when it valued the land at RM25 psf.

The prosecution has argued that the additional interest of 7.5 per cent per annum, amounting to some RM720 million, had pushed the Port Klang Authority’s (PKA) land purchase cost from RM1.09 billion to RM1.88 billion for the port project.Dr Ling faces up to seven years’ jail and a fine if convicted of the principal charge under section 418 of the Penal Code. The trial resumes today.

Source : http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/pka-cannot-pay-back-government-loan-for-pkfz-project-ling-trial-told/

15 Nov 2011

Reducing crime at hot spots

TWELVE residential areas have been shortlisted to be part of a crime prevention pilot project.
The project is the initiative of the Malaysia Crime Prevention Foundation (MCPF).The 12 identified areas are located within the four crime hot spot states of Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor and Penang.“It is hoped that through supporting these 12 Residents' Associations for five years and fostering a support network of Residents Associations and Community based organisations, these will lead to more effective networks nationwide,” said Tan Sri Robert Phang,(left) exco member and chairman for MCPF Neighbourhood Initiative.

“In the long run, Malaysians will be equipped with preventive knowledge that will allow them to be more proactive rather then reactive towards the situation.It is also aimed at building self-esteem and long-term healthy relationships.Most importantly, the project works to empower adults to be effective protectors by advocating for protective mechanisms to be implemented in the communities,” he said.

The MCPF also received a boost, thanks to the Motorola Foundation, which donated US$56,000 (RM175,447.994) to help MCPF spearhead its programme “Prevention Will Save the Day”.MCPF is hoping the programme will be the starting point for other business organisations which are interested in providing support to the community-based sector.

Source : http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2011/11/15/nation/9862610&sec=nation

Nazri: Some ministers opposed the PKFZ project

10 Nov 2011

Witness: Liong Sik support letter helped win AAA rating

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 10 — A letter of support from former transport minister Tun Dr Ling Liong Sik helped secure a top-tier rating for bonds raised for the construction of the Port Klang Free Zone (PKFZ) and sold for RM40 million in profit, a witness told the High Court today.Mohd Izzuddin Yusof, 52, the eighteenth witness for the trial, was formerly with the Malaysian Rating Corporation (MARC) Berhad from August 1996 to July 2006. He was the chief operating officer when he left the company.
“In my opinion, without the letter of support, it is possible that the rating given by MARC is lower than AAA because the letter has high weightage in determining the rating of the bond,” he told the cheating trial of Dr Ling today.Putrajaya had earlier proposed that the Port Klang Authority issue bonds with a six per cent yield to pay for 1,000 acres of Pulau Indah land for the PKFZ.Dr Ling’s letter of support for bonds raised by the turnkey contractor through one of the SPVs — Special Port Vehicle Bhd (SPVB) — was publicised by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and the press in 2007.

8 Nov 2011

Marina Mahathir: Why go after Ambiga, come after me if you dare!

Marina Mahathir, the high-profile daughter of ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad, has warned the authorities and troublemakers alike not to make Bersih chief Ambiga Sreenevasan and other activists scapegoats for the Seksualiti Merdeka event slated for November 9 to 13.“For the struggle, ask me. I have been defending the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community’s rights for over 20 years now. In fact, I defend the rights of all who have been discriminated against, the poor and everyone else. So if there is any discrimination or violence against anyone, I will continue to defend their rights. That’s it. Do you understand?” a seething Marina told a press conference on Monday.

So far, Ambiga has been the especial target of the police and other Umno-led groups, which have been accused of stirring up a ruckus in a bid to make use of the country's homophobia to galvanize the conservative Muslims to their side.Indeed, it has been an eye-opener to watch rival Malay parties Umno and PAS trying to out-Islamize each other over the event until both sides unwittingly revealed their extremist selves. Some of their leaders even questioned the LGBT's right to call itself a community.

4 Nov 2011

Court denies bid to forfeit property over PKFZ project

3 Nov 2011

MCA headquarters splashed with red paint

The MCA headquarters in Jalan Ampang, Kuala Lumpur, was found splashed with red paint this morning.
The wall and floor near the side entrance, which is beside a restaurant at the ground floor, was found splashed with paint.When contacted, Giam Say Khoon, the press secretary to the MCA president, said that a security guard found the area vandalised at around 7am today.He said that this is the first time that MCA headquarters has been splashed with paint.

According to Giam, police personnel came to inspect the scene after the paint was found.However, he was unable to say who was behind the incident and the motive behind it.Met at Serdang later, MCA president Chua Soi Lek said that he has instructed the party administration to lodge a police report.

While careful not to point fingers, he said that there is “speculation that this is because MCA is against PAS’ intentions to implement hudud”.“I am not saying this is related... this is the first time in MCA’s history that this has happened,” he said.

Chua, who has been vocal against the Islamic law, again urged DAP and PKR make public their stand on the hudud, especially the DAP which has “passionately supported PAS”.He said DAP should explain if the implementation of hudud impacts non-Muslims and if it has a negative effect on “the socioeconomics and political system”.“The rakyat would benefit from DAP’s explanation,” he said.

Source : http://www.malaysiakini.com/news/180373

2 Nov 2011

Reforming the A-G’s Office

By Zaid Ibrahim (a former law minister, in the president of Kita)

Abdul Gani Patail has been the Attorney General (A-G) for many years now. He assumed office at an early age, and it is his good fortune that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad (who was prime minister at the time) liked him.During my short stint working with him, I found him cooperative and a hardworking civil servant.Abdul Gani will probably remain A-G for a while more, even though he has received a lot of flak and criticism. Some are justified, and some are not.The list of cases and complaints is too long for me to recite here but everyone knows that no one has been brought to book for the MAS scandal that caused losses of billions of ringgit.

Everyone knows that those responsible for the death of Teoh Beng Hock, and Ahmad Sarbaini Mohamed have not been held accountable. Everyone remembers the “no further action” against those implicated in the judge-fixing (i.e., the Lingam Videotape) scandal.There are many other cases involving high-profile personalities who were acquitted or had their charges dropped without the public being given satisfactory explanation of why those cases were not successful.This happened in the 2007 prosecution of Tan Sri Eric Chia for criminal breach of trust. It happened again in the 2009 prosecution of former Land and Cooperative Development Minister Tan Sri Kasitah Gaddam for corruption and cheating.