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Saturday, August 19, 2017



The various issues raised by the opposition in relation to Prime Minister Najib Razak’s administration will not weaken the BN, said Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.
He said this was because the people were not easily influenced by the issues which were deemed as common in politics.
“I do not think there is any (issue) that can shake the support of the people against the BN…and the people are wise enough to decide,” he told reporters after officiating the Gua Musang Umno division delegates conference at Bukit Chekati in Gua Musang yesterday.
Tengku Razaleigh, who is also Gua Musang Umno division chief admitted that the people were feeling the impact of increase in prices but that could not be their reason for rejecting the BN in the 14th general election.
According to him, BN had its own strengths since long ago and had never been threatened, despite facing various issues ahead of the general election.
Meanwhile, Tengku Razaleigh reminded the BN machinery to continue working hard and to set effective strategies to get full support for the BN coalition.
“The BN-led federal government has helped the people including the rural people enormously despite facing economic pressures. We are confident that the people will reciprocate by supporting BN,” he said.
– Bernama


KUALA LUMPUR – Barisan Nasional (BN) should finalise its list of potential candidates for the post of Selangor mentri besar and show it to the public for approval to prove its seriousness in winning back the country’s richest state, said Dr Khir Toyo.
The former Umno Selangor MB noted there was a general perception that BN lacked strong leaders in the state, adding that part of the reason was because no one knew who were the preferred candidates.
“They should already be having a top 10 list, and if Umno and BN can showcase these candidates, and their credentials and get public feedback before the next election, at least people have an idea of who will lead in Selangor, who will replace Pakatan and Azmin Ali,” he told Malay Mail Online when contacted.
Dr Khir said that the list should contain not just current state Umno leaders or assemblymen, but also corporate bigwigs and professionals who may not necessarily be full-time politicians.
“We need more variety, more options… because generally I think that we need more knowledgeable candidates who are experienced to compare with the likes of Azmin,” he added.
The former Sungai Panjang assemblyman recently disputed Umno’s claim that BN had lost Selangor in 2008 because of his administration.
Dr Khir, who was released from prison last year after he was convicted of corruption, had said that the ruling coalition had also lost Perak, Penang, Kedah and the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur in the 12th general election.

National newswire Bernama reported Umno secretary-general Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor saying Wednesday that Selangor BN should identify why it failed to wrest the state back in Election 2013 if it wanted to win in the upcoming 14th general election.
He reportedly highlighted issues in Dr Khir’s administration as one of the reasons why BN lost the country’s most developed state in 2008.
“The easy way out is to blame the person who is down, when you can’t win, you find a scapegoat instead of addressing your weaknesses,” Dr Khir said.
He said that Umno and BN need to do better in explaining issues to voters and rebutting allegations made by Selangor’s ruling parties.
– Malay mail


Recently, you might have seen headlines about Tan Sri Isa Samad being arrested by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), and maybe also about his house being raided.
On the morning of 16th August 2017, the Magistrates court granted MACC’s request for extending the arrest of Isa Samadgiving MACC 5 extra days to detain him for investigations.
Isa Samad wearing the new black. Screenshot from freemalaysiatoday.com
The investigation is a continuation of the long-running FGV scandal that we briefly covered here. Specifically, Isa Samad is currently investigated for hotels purchased by the FELDA Investment Corporation (FIC). 2 hotels, in Kuching and London respectively, were bought at a much higher price than its market value between 2014 and 2015, resulting in millions of loss for FIC.
Shortly after the FGV scandal started, Isa Samad resigned as FGV Chairman, and was also questioned by the MACC for 4 hours. Later, even with the objection of a couple of taxi unions, PM Najib Razak elected Isa Samad as Chairman of the Land Public Transport Commission (SPAD). But now it looks like that might have to be put on hold.
Tan Sri Isa Samad’s resume is impressive, because besides MP and FELDA president, he has also held many other important positions in the gomen. And it’s even more amazing considering that…

He was once suspended after UMNO found him guilty of money politics

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Tan Sri Isa Samad had humble beginnings as a teacher for 5 years in Seremban, then later became the Menteri Besar (MB) for Negeri Sembilan. Back in ex-PM Ahmad Badawi’s cabinet in 2004, he was elected as Minister for the Federal Territories, a position that last existed way back in 1987 (currently held by Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor).
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Pak Lah (UMNO president at the time) ordered the UMNO Disciplinary Board to investigate the allegations, even granting identity confidentiality to those who would come forward with information. The investigation started at the grass root level (in the small UMNO branches) and went all the way to the top management.
By the end of the investigation, the panel had brought 7 charges (some say batam 9) against Isa Samad. After he himself testified, he was charged with 5 offenses, and was suspended in 2005 from all party post for 6 years(but it was reduced to 3 years after he made an appeal).

While under suspension, he still managed to win a district election

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While suspended, Isa Samad still kept his position as Minister of Federal Territories for awhile, and also maintained as MP of Jempol until 2008. But then in 4th September 2009, the state assembly member of Bagan Pinang passed away, leaving a vacant spot in the district. The Negeri Sembilan MB then suggested to have Isa Samad contend for the area, which drew strong criticism from Tun Mahathir.
“Tan Sri Isa was guilty of bribery, if UMNO picks him as candidate then it would show UMNO takes bribery lightly. Even if he can win, we have to think about how Malaysia would perceive UMNO,” – Tun Mahathir, from Malaysiakini
As for Isa Samad himself, he thinks that it would not be a problem as he has already served the sentence for his wrongdoings. When asked about Tun Mahathir’s comments, he only had this to say:
“Saya senyum (I smile).” – Isa Samad, from Malaysiakini
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Isa Samad then had more reasons to smile, after he won the by-election for Bagan Pinang by a 5435 majorityagainst PAS. So why do the people still trust a politician with a history of bribery? A bunch of researchers from UKM and UiTM actually went to find an answer for that. From 900 respondents from all races, here was what they found:
75.5% of the respondents see Isa Samad as friendly, down to earth, agreeable, and sensitive. His election as ADUN just seemed like the most suitable and appropriate choice for the voters of Bagan Pinang because he was also a permanent resident there.” – from the study by Mohd Fuad Mat Jali and others
So even though the PAS candidate had a high position within the party, people still felt more connected to Isa Samad, so they didn’t really mind about what happened with Isa Samad a few years before.

But he was less than welcomed after being appointed to FELDA

In January 2011, Isa Samad was appointed by the gomen as Chairman of FELDA, but some FELDA settlers groupswere less than happy to receive someone who was neither a settler nor a FELDA employee. They even took their case to court, thus preventing him from being part of Koperasi Permodalan Felda Malaysia Bhd (KPF), which is kinda like an investment company for FELDA settlers.
Me trying to explain - trying to explain gomen companies
FELDA is different from FGV and KPF.
At the same time, Isa Samad was also Chairman and Executive Director of Felda Global Ventures (FGV), a company that we’ve written about here. Although FGV is a different company from FELDA, it manages about 335,000 hectares out of FELDA’s land reserve of 850,000 hectares. Current Chairman of FELDA, Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad, who replaced Isa Samad as FELDA chairman in 2017, explains the difference:
“Previously, Felda had settlers, there were estates and downstream activities such as refineries and logistics, as well as other businesses. Now all of these have been transferred to FGV. What’s left with Felda is the settlers, and of course the social and welfare responsibilities pertaining to the settlers.” – Tan Sri Shahrir Abdul Samad in an interview with Bernama
But things really went south when the FGV scandal began on 6th June 2017, when the CEO Datuk Zakaria Arshad was suspended by Isa Samad (who was still Chairman), over allegations that something fishy went down in payments to an Afghan company under Delima Oil Products Sdn Bhd after some auditing was done.
Missing payments, there are.
Even though things seemed to be going well for FGV under their leadership, it was rumoured that CEO Zakaria Arshad had differences when higher management, and the suspension by Isa Samad’s didn’t sit well with him as he felt that he was wrongly accused. So he requested the MACC to investigate. It was around this time when Isa Samad resigned and was assigned to SPAD by PM Najib (as mentioned earlier), bringing our story to a full circle.

After the MACC investigation is finished, will Isa Samad get his position back?

Plenty of politicians, like Rafizi Ramli and Nurul Izzah, have been arrested, but they still kept their positions afterwards. Whether they would keep their positions is a matter of being guilty of crime or not.
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As the academic study on Isa Samad’s win in Bagan Pinang demonstrates, criminal convictions might not even matter, as long as people feel view the leader favorably. After all, Anwar Ibrahim was found guilty of sodomymore times than we care to count, and he’s still an influential figure in Malaysia.
But the public doesn’t vote people into official postings in gomen companies, that decision rests with the gomen. It’s one thing to have a top official be accused of wrongdoing while he’s in office, but to be move around to multiple other high positions certainly raises eyebrows for some.
“(Najib) should have had thick dossiers on Isa being a problematic candidate for any top public post given his controversial role as Felda and FGV chairman, raising grave issues regarding integrity, breach of trust and abuse of power.” – Lim Kit Siang, from The Malaysian Insight
In this case, it is the well-being of FELDA settlers that are directly at stake from the breach of integrity and trust. Hopefully, MACC and the authorities will get to the bottom of the allegations, and justice will be brought to the settlers that are affected.

– https://cilisos.my


In the past week, I had discussed the possibility of Pakatan Harapan (PH) winning 113 parliament seats in Peninsular Malaysia with the help of a Malaysian tsunami which will rid the country of BN’s 60 year rule and allow Malaysia to start on a clean slate under a new government.
In such a scenario, Barisan Nasional will win 50 parliamentary seats and PAS two seats in Peninsular Malaysia, setting the stage for formation of a Pakatan Harapan Government in Putrajaya with Sabahans and Sarawakians.
This Malaysian tsunami will take place if 10% of Malays and 5% of non-Malays were to switch their votes from the BN in the 13th General Election in 2013 to Pakatan Harapan in the forthcoming 14th General Election and that voters make a clear distinction between supporting Pakatan Harapan and rejecting PAS, as the PAS leadership under Datuk Seri Hadi Awang has become the greatest apologist and defender of Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s kleptocratic regime.
In the 13th General Election, Pakatan Rakyat won 53% of the popular vote but Najib became the first minority Prime Minister because Barisan Nasional won 60% of the parliamentary seats despite getting the support of the minority of the votes – thanks to the gerrymandering and undemocratic electoral system in the country.
The same electoral injustice happened in Perak in the 13GE, where the Pakatan Rakyat in Perak won 55% of the popular vote for the Perak State Assembly, but Barisan Nasional continued to form the Perak State Government as it won 31 State Assembly seats as against 28 for Pakatan Rakyat.
In four Perak State Assembly seats, PR lost by less than 303 votes – Lubuk Merbau where PR lost by 53 votes, Manjoi by 132 votes; Manong by 231 votes and Pasir Panjang by 302 votes.
If there is a three-cornered contest for the Perak State Assembly seats with PAS playing the spoiler’s role, with a swing of increase of 10% support from Malay voters and increase of 5% support from non-Malay voters from Barisan Nasional to Pakatan Harapan, a likely outcome will be Pakatan Harapan 39 seats, Barisan Nasional 20 seats and PAS zero seats.
Perak would then be one of the state governments which will fall to Pakatan Harapan in the next general election.
The best time for Najib to dissolve Parliament and hold the 14th General Elections would have been the 12 months after the Sarawak State General Elections on May 7, 2016 and the two by-elections in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar on 18th June 2016, but Najib has missed this golden opportunity to get his best electoral results.
Since 14th July 2017, the political situation in the country had undergone a sea-change with the four Opposition parties, the DAP, PKR, Amanah and Parti Pribumi Bersatu getting their acts together after the announcement of a new Pakatan Harapan structure, logo and leadership line-up.
This re-ignited hopes of Malaysians thirsting for political change and for a new start in Malaysian nation-building, to halt the trajectory of the country hurtling towards a failed and a rogue state, and even worse, deviating from our nation-building and Constitutional commitment to remain forever a moderate and democratic plural nation.
Recent police warning that the Islamic State (IS) is planning to launch an attack in Perak during the upcoming Merdeka celebrations, and recent declarations by international Islamic scholars and academicians that Malaysia is no more a moderate nation are disturbing developments which bode ill for the future unless these signals are taken seriously by all patriotic Malaysians.
It is not an easy task to bring about a swing of 10% of Malay votes and a 5% swing of non-Malay votes from Barisan Nasional in the 13GE to the Pakatan Harapan in the 14GE, but all patriotic Malaysians, regardless of race, religion, region or even politics, must unite to Save Malaysia from becoming a failed and rogue state for the sake of our children and children’s children.
– https://blog.limkitsiang.com

Penang exco man Phee’s bank accounts frozen

MACC source says four personal bank accounts totalling RM2 million are frozen as anti-graft investigations on an illegal factory continue.
Phee-Boon-Poh-bank-frozen-macc-sprm-1PETALING JAYA: Four personal bank accounts of Penang state executive councillor Phee Boon Poh have been frozen over anti-graft investigations on an illegal factory in Sungai Lembu near Bukit Mertajam.
The Star cited a Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) source as saying that the accounts with amounts totalling RM2 million were frozen before the weekend.
The source was quoted as saying that the agency was still investigating the case and recording statements from relevant parties over the controversial carbon processing factory which allegedly had been operating without a valid permit for years and caused environmental pollution.
Phee, 66, was in the custody of the MACC for three days before the High Court declared his five-day remand invalid on Aug 14. The MACC has since said that it will appeal against the decision.
Two other men involved in the case, a father and son aged 70 and 37, who are the owners of the factory, were also ordered released from remand by the court.
Phee has taken sick leave from state government work till Monday.
The DAP assemblyman for Sungai Puyu is being investigated for using his office or position for gratification under Section 23 of the MACC Act 2009.
If found guilty, he faces 20 years’ jail and a fine not less than five times the value of the gratification or RM10,000, whichever is higher.
Phee’s arrest on Aug 11 followed a multi-agency operation carried out at the factory the day before.
The Department of Environment (DoE) found that the factory did not have a proper air pollution control system and was said to be operating illegally on agriculture land in Sungai Lembu.
The MACC, the Immigration Department, the DoE and the Inland Revenue Board jointly conducted the operation.
Besides the factory, the Seberang Perai Municipal Council’s licensing department was also raided by the MACC.
The anti-graft agency said it is investigating two letters allegedly written by Phee, asking that no action be taken against the illegal factory. -FMT