- Tangkap Tian Chua cuba keliru keputusan magistret tahan reman Rashpal dan Jessica
- Lagi ramai yang shopping, tengok-tengok dari yang demo di Sogo
- Political funding not illegal, Suggestion to regulate opposed by DAP
Posted: 01 Aug 2015 07:42 PM PDT
Special Branch raids deputy public prosecutor's office at MACC for 1MDB documents.
Special Branch officers spent two hours raiding the office of Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) deputy public prosecutor Ahmad Sazilee Abdul Khairy last night, taking documents related to investigations into 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), sources from the anti-graft agency said.
Sazilee, who is on secondment to MACC from the Attorney-General's Chambers (AGC), was arrested yesterday in connection with allegations that money from a government-linked company went to Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's personal accounts.
It was learnt that Special Branch, the police's intelligence unit, went to Sazilee's office at MACC's Special Operations division in Precinct 3, Putrajaya, where they seized documents and a laptop.
Among the documents seized were those detailing the scope of operations for the 1MDB investigation. Earlier in the day, the police had gone to Sazilee's house in Precinct 11.
The Special Operations division is in charge of MACC's investigations into 1MDB and SRC International Sdn Bhd, sources said. MACC is part of a government task force that is probing into 1MDB as well as allegations reported by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) had flowed through 1MDB-linked companies into Najib's personal bank accounts at AmBank in Kuala Lumpur.
Of the total amount, US$11.1 million (RM42 million) had originated from SRC International and was channelled through other companies – Gandingan Mentari and Ihsan Perdana – before it ended up in Najib's accounts in transactions conducted between December 2014 and February this year.
The WSJ, which reported this on July 2, said it had sourced this information from Malaysian government investigators. Najib has denied taking 1MDB funds for personal use, but has not directly addressed the fund transfers. The accounts concerned that were in his name at AmBank have since been closed. Following the WSJ's report, the special task force announced that it had raided SRC International, Gandingan Mentari and Ihsan Perdana.
SRC International also had its bank account frozen. Five people were also arrested two weeks ago to facilitate investigations into SRC International and have since been released from remand.
SRC International is now a Finance Ministry-owned company but was once a subsidiary of 1MDB. It drew controversy when it took a RM4 million loan from government pension fund Retirement Fund Inc that was guaranteed by the federal government. Sazilee's arrest yesterday was the third by police of individuals from agencies involved in the task force.
The other two arrested were Tan Sri Rashpal Singh, a former MACC adviser, and Jessica Gurmit Kaur, an officer with AGC. Sazilee, Rashpal and Jessica were freed at midnight after questioning. Besides MACC and AGC, the other two agencies in the task force probing into 1MDB are the police and Bank Negara Malaysia. Police have said they are investigating alleged leaks of official information on the probe to foreigners.
MACC meanwhile, has denied that the alleged leaks had come from its agency after website Malaysia Today named Rashpal in an article, accusing him of having met Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown in the UK over information about 1MDB. Sarawak Report, which is now blocked in Malaysia by the Internet regulator, has been carrying exposes about 1MDB that implicate Najib. Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar yesterday said that the arrests of Sazilee, Rashpal and Jessica were in relation to police reports lodged against Rewcastle-Brown, who has been accused of being in a foreign conspiracy to topple Najib. – August 2, 2015. -
See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/special-branch-raid-deputy-public-prosecutors-office-at-macc-for-1mdb-docum#sthash.rJdzdl6s.dpuf
NOTE: Betul ke SB yg tangkap? Bukan kerja SB ... TMI ni betul ke laporan????
Posted: 01 Aug 2015 06:32 AM PDT
#KitaLawan : Tak Sampai 100 Orang Hadir Demo Minta Najib BerundurBy editor August 1, 2015 : 2:27 pm
Kuala Lumpur, 1 Ogos – Berdasarkan kepada situasi terkini, dianggarkan tidak sampai 100 orang hadir dalam demo di SOGO hari ini.
Sebelum ini anggota Sekretariat #KitaLawan, Fariz Musa berkata fokus untuk menumbangkan Perdana Menteri, Datuk seri Najib Razak merupakan keutamaan kepada gerakan itu pada masa ini.
Katanya, kredibiliti Najib yang terpalit dengan skandal 1Malaysia Development berhad (1MBD) semakin diragui apabila merombak kabinet bagi menyingkirkan timbalannya baru-baru ini.
Hakikatnya 1MDB sedang dalam penyiasatan namun mereka mengambil keputusan untuk menghukum Najib sebelum siasatan selesai. Selain itu pasukan petugas khas telah ditubuhkan selain daripada audit forensik yang bertujuan untuk mengesan sebarang salahlaku.
Tindakan para pendemo yang didalangi oleh pembangkang dianggap satu tindakan untuk merosakkan dan menghuru-harakan negara dengan tindakan yang cukup tidak bertanggungjawab.
Berita selanjutnya menyusul kemudian.
Bodohlah mereka ni ...
Berita berikut: Ada pendemo di tangkap. Lihat SINI, SINI, dan SINI.
Ada beberapa pemimpin demo seperti Adam Adli dll telah ditangkas polis sebelum ini. AMbiga pun patut dicekut.
Ini bukan tunjuk perasan aman untuk tujuan tertentu tapi niat nak huruhara dan tumbangkan kerajaan secara haram.
Demo ini game old school. Dah tak laku ... hanya game Melayu dikuda Cina DAP. Tapi nyuasahkan Melayu.
Posted: 01 Aug 2015 01:46 AM PDT
Political Funding: Addressing a reality
First, let's talk facts. Political donation is legal in Malaysia.
If you have special preference for a political party and believe in their struggle, you can help them achieve their goals by donating your money and/or assets. Truth be told, you can donate any amount you like: 10 ringgit, 1000 ringgit or even a million – or a billion ringgit for that matter – if you have that kind of amount to spare.
Looking back, I used to be a member of the MACC's Special Committee on Corruption for a span of 5 years (2008-2013). I know for a fact that those fine men and women of the MACC have been trying to get political parties to agree to a more transparent procedure when it comes to political donations. MACC has said that they aspire to have all donations officially declared in the name of transparency and accountability.
When the MACC came up with the notion of political funding reforms, the first head of a political party who supported the idea, would probably surprise you. It was none other than Dato' Sri Najib Tun Razak, the Chairman of Barisan Nasional and UMNO President who publicly declared his support to the MACC's proposal and wanted it to be implemented and co-opted under the Government Transformation Program's initiative.
One of the first parties to object to the funding reform was DAP. The reason given by DAP was largely self-serving – and what a huge disappointment that had been. DAP's leaders said they feared that the reform would put DAP at a disadvantage.
On 1 December 2010, in a meeting with Transparency International – Malaysia (TI-M) with Pakatan Rakyat's members of parliament, Tian Chua was reported in the minutes of the meeting to have said, "he feared that full disclosure would hurt their contributors and consequently the financing for the opposition, the fear is that the donors might be prosecuted by the winning coalition for supporting the losing coalition in any general election. This would result in a substantial decline of income source for the loosing coalition". DAP's Rasah MP Anthony Loke said essentially the same in a Bar Council Forum about political funding on 29 September 2011.
Going along the same argument, why couldn't Pakatan Rakyat reveal since 2008 the donations they have received from businessmen and individuals in the two richest states they governed – Penang and Selangor – in Malaysia? Clearly the fear of backlash as cited by Tian Chua and Anthony Loke was just a lame excuse and not done in the best interest of transparency.
Everyone knows that the opposition parties are quite savvy in raising funds for their operations. It is also an open secret that they receive political funding from interested businesses and individuals, not to mention from the traditional but effective fund-raising dinners held almost weekly (if not nightly). While no one will be surprised if the funding comes from domestic sources, many people have been speculating that opposition parties also receive funding from foreign sources, too. Some seem to be disguised as NGO funding for the advancement of democratic ideals. Or so it would seem.
Coming back to matters at hand and with that strong objection from DAP, the political funding reform initiative was effectively shelved – it became a non-starter. It never took off. It stalled. Until now many people couldn't believe why DAP – a political party that prides itself as reformist party – didn't accede to the idea. It seems to many people political contribution for DAP is very crucial. Thus any disruption to the free flow of political funding would be disastrous to DAP's grand plan of Malaysian Malaysia. Otherwise, an unequivocal rejection by DAP of a sure slam-dunk reform initiative like this seemed very odd indeed. No thanks to DAP, Malaysia has lost a great opportunity to address the growing concerns of secrecy regarding political funding in this country.
So, I find it rather perplexing that lately the likes of Tony Pua and Lim Kit Siang have been hypocrite enough in demanding Dato' Sri Najib to reveal the sources of political funding for BN and UMNO, when they have maliciously rejected the political funding reform initiative in the first place.
I recall in minute detail a debate I had in parliament after the 12th general election. I asked DAP MPs how did DAP get so much money to build their new spanking multi million state headquarters in Penang within a mere 2 years of Lim Guan Eng becoming the Chief Minister. After alI, I said it took Gerakan a long 12 years to build its state headquarters which happens to be just an ordinary premise. And I reminded DAP not to forget its socialist roots, which includes loathing anything that smacks of grandeur. As if on cue, several DAP MPs rose to their feet and started hackling me in the middle of my speech. One of them, Ngeh Koo Ham, DAP's MP for Bruas, shouted across the divide, that DAP had plenty of supporters who were willing to donate their money for DAP's cause.
On another occasion, during the Permatang Pauh election in 2008 (when Anwar Ibrahim stood as parliamentary candidate), for the first time in my whole political career, BN was absolutely out-spent in terms of logistics and election machinery e.g. posters, banners and campaign activities. I remember, every time BN party workers planted one BN flag, within 2 hours it would be drowned by hundreds of opposition flags. Whenever BN put up sizeable banners, the opposition would outdo us with twice the magnitude within half a day.
It is clear that without huge political donation, there is no way for the opposition parties to run their massive election machinery.
Based on this ethos of political funding, BN is familiar too to such pursuit. It is my hope that Tun Dr Mahathir does remember his blog posting, which was published on 13 June 2008, where he admitted that he handed over RM1.4 billion – in cash and assets – to the then newly minted UMNO president, Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi in 2003. That was the value of UMNO's cash and assets back then. Fast forward 12 years to the present day, taking into consideration inflation over the years and the greater challenges to fund UMNO and BN state liaison committees in the 4 states (namely Selangor, Penang, Kedah and Kelantan) which they lost since 2008, I won't be surprised if the leadership has to be more proactive to solicit more funding from its supporters and donors.
All said and done, there is now a louder demand to regulate political donations and the opposition especially DAP can't ignore it anymore. But until such monumental leap of faith becomes a reality within the opposition's coalition, one should never be deluded enough to hold the higher ground against another.
Datuk Abdul Rahman Dahlan
Director of Strategic Communication,
31 July 2015
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