Friday, June 5, 2015

Bounty for exposing Dr M: Good idea, but flawed method

Bounty for exposing Dr M: Good idea, but flawed method

June 6, 2015
CAGM is exposing itself to a devastating defamation suit by the former PM.
COMMENT
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by Khalid Ahmad
Congratulation to Citizens for Accountable Governance (CAGM) for coming up with the noble idea of rewarding informants who can prove Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s alleged corruption. I love it. Malaysians can all go information hunting now for the bounty.
The members of this group must be a bunch of honest and sincere people themselves – and generous to boot, considering the RM1 million they are offering. I assume they have plenty more stashed somewhere.
However, while the idea is good, the implementation has been flawed right from the start.
You see, you should not name your target before you have any evidence on him. If CAGM fails to get any evidence on Mahathir, it will be an easy target for a RM1 billion defamation suit by the former prime minister.
Is RM1 billion too much? Certainly not, since Mahathir is a global personality and he was the PM for 22 years. Furthermore, in the age of the Internet, a defamatory statement spreads across the world instantly.
So, how can CAGM achieve its objective? I suggest that it widen its target. It should check on all prime ministers, deputy prime ministers, chief ministers, secretaries-general, directors-general, municipality presidents and many more officials – past and present.
So, CAGM, get the billions ready. This is much better than BRIM because we have to earn it.
I am for you.
Khalid Ahmad is an FMT reader.
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 http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/opinion/2015/06/06/bounty-for-exposing-dr-m-good-idea-but-flawed-method/

Scandal-hit 1MDB should halt further business deals

Scandal-hit 1MDB should halt further business deals

 | May 11, 2015
Singapore Business Times says 1MDB should not undertake major business decisions while it is under investigation.
1MDB, Scandal
KUALA LUMPUR: A major Singapore business newspaper has ventured in an op-ed, for 1MDB, it cannot be business as usual, that the Ministry of Finance-owned strategic investment arm should not be engaging in further deals when it is reportedly under investigation.
Besides, 1MDB has seen a redrawing of the battle lines in Malaysian politics with calls for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak to step down and others, including his deputy Muhyiddin Yassin, criticising him.
The Business Times was referring to a land deal where 1MDB left the Lembaga Tabung Haji with 1.56 acres of land in Kuala Lumpur for a whopping RM188.5 million. “It should not be making major business decisions like these. It should not have been allowed to do so.”
“The controversy arises because 1MDB has not addressed various allegations and struggled to repay a RM2 billion loan.”
It’s a question of ethics, the paper stressed, and pointed out that both the Auditor General’s Office (A-G) and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) have yet to reveal their findings, if any, so far.
“The reality is that when it comes to 1MDB and for as long as trust remains broken and the outcome of the probe was not yet known, commercial merits on their own are insufficient grounds to embark on any deals, in whatever shape and form, involving the firm and public funds,” said the paper.
If 1MDB had aspired for a business-as-usual backdrop to conduct its strategic review, the paper added, then it should have stepped up its response to the controversy and put the allegations to rest without having to wait for the outcome of the investigations. “But it hasn’t done this.”
“There’s lack of progress on the probes ordered in March.”
Interestingly, besides a change of CEO, the 1MDB board members remain the same. “This is the same board that oversaw the RM42 billion debts chalked up by the company (in five years) and none have been charged, let alone implicated.”
“This is despite the inability of the firm to dismiss the various allegations.”
In the wake of the land deal, the paper said, the conflict of interest situation involving both LTH and 1MDB have become more apparent. “Ismee Ismail is the pilgrim fund’s CEO and 1MDB board director, although it was clarified on Saturday that he abstained from voting on the deal.”
Aside from Ismee, Irwan Siregar, the secretary-general of the Finance Ministry which owns 1MDB, advises it, and is a director of LTH.
 http://www.freemalaysiatoday.com/category/nation/2015/05/11/scandal-hit-1mdb-should-halt-further-business-deals/

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Online authority names 14 wanted over spreading ‘false news’ on floods

Online authority names 14 wanted over spreading ‘false news’ on floods

The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) is looking for 14 individuals to assist in its investigation into the spreading of alleged false news on the east coast floods through social media and messaging apps.
This move follows eight individuals who came forward to give their cooperation to the communications regulator.
The probe by the MCMC was in the wake of the spread of alleged false news, including claims that aid was not reaching those in need and that only those connected to Barisan Nasional are receiving help.

There are also claims that a Manek Urai school used as a relief centre had collapsed, claiming many lives. Police have since denied the incident.
"To date, eight people have given their cooperation. All of them have come to our office to help in our investigation," said MCMC monitoring and enforcement division chief Zulkarnain Mohd Yasin.
The latest batch of individuals – nine men and six women – have been asked to give their statements to the authorities immediately.
They are:
1. Raja Mohd Haidi Raja Daod, 27. Last known address: Kg Manek Urai, 18000 Kuala Krai, Kelantan
2. Zawawi Mat, 39. Last known address: No 26, Kg Tengah, Kuala Krai.
3. Mohd Bustam Omar, 40. Last known address: 6224 Jalan Kota Raja, Taman Bijaya, Klang, Selangor.
4. Mohamad Azrani Daud, 32. Last known address: No 70, Kampung Keda, Sadik, Kupang, Kedah.
5. Mohd Fauzi Mohd Azmi, 40.  Last known address: 2537, Lorong Bangau 2, Taman Si Buyong, Jalan Mentok Cukai, Terengganu.
6. Mohamad Zamzami Yaakob, 48. Last known address: Kampung Wakaf Lichong, Pasir Puteh, Kelantan.
7. El Jiffy Abd Aziz, 29. Last known address: 15 Jalan Melur 29, Taman Melur, Ampang, Selangor.
8. Yuliza Indriani Zulfin, 29. Last known address: 981-A, Paya Bemban, Jalan Abd Kadir Adabi, Kota Baru, Kelantan.
9. Farah Wahida Abdullah Suhaimi, 31. Last known address: No. 3-4-5, Blok 3 Sri Permata Condo, Jalan SASAAS 9/6, Seksyen 9, 40100 Shah Alam, Selangor.
10. Natrah Mohamed, 30. Last known address: No 13, Jalan 4/10 B, Seksyen 4 Tambahan, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor
11. Norazimah Zakaria, 30. Last known address: Blok E1, 12 Mahallat Al Zahrawi, UIAM Jalan Istana, Bandar Indera Mahkota, Kuantan, Pahang.
12. Siti Asiah Shaary, 22. Last known address: No 5, Jalan SD 2/2 Taman Seri Duyong 2, Melaka.
13. Ayub Musa, 37. Last known address: No 24, Lorong Chengal Lempong Baru 12, Taman Balok Jaya, Fasa 3, Perkampungan Chengal, Lempong Bari, Kuantan.
14. Nor Azwani Saimi, 26. Last known address: No 48, Kg Air Lanas, Lata Rek, Kuala Krai.
Those with information should contact MCMC investigation officer Mohamad Syukri Jamaluddin (019-2869515) or Rafina Mimi Muhammad (019-2869471) immediately.
Meanwhile, Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police are to collaborate with MCMC to trace those who spread false information online.
"They have caused anxiety among the people affected by the floods. I hope the people will not listen to these rumours but get authentic information from the relevant authorities," he said. – January 2, 2015.
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/online-authority-names-15-wanted-over-spreading-false-news-on-floods#sthash.JteLiLZk.dpuf

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

6 Reasons Why Malaysia Was Named 3rd Best Place To Retire In 2014

6 Reasons Why Malaysia Was Named 3rd Best Place To Retire In 2014


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

13 new arrests in Shah Alam over Islamic State links

13 new arrests in Shah Alam over Islamic State links

Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police were constantly on the lookout for militant activities. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 15, 2014.


Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said police were constantly on the lookout for militant activities. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, October 15, 2014.Police arrested 13 men at a restaurant in Shah Alam yesterday for alleged links with Islamic State (Isis) militants, said Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar.
The Star reported that Khalid gave a brief press conference today to reveal the latest arrests, which brings to 36 the total number of people arrested so far this year for alleged militant involvement.
Between January and June this year, police arrested 23 people in various parts of Malaysia for alleged links to the Islamic State.

"Militancy and terrorism have no place in Malaysia. Police are constantly monitoring these kind of activities," Khalid was reported as saying during the conference at Bukit Aman this morning. The atrocities committed by Islamic State militants in the Middle East has drawn widespread global condemnation and provoked a military response from the United States.
Putrajaya has also come out to condemn the Islamic State, with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak saying Malaysia deplored the actions of Isis in Syria and Iraq.
The Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has urged the public to report any social site accounts that spread militancy or terrorism in this country.
MCMC strategic communications senior director, Sheikh Raffie Abd Rahman said parents needed to be alert and monitor any changes in their children's behaviour and activities online.  
"MCMC always cooperates with the police in cases such as this to help investigations," he said.
Yesterday, it was reported that militant groups in Syria were not only recruiting Malaysian girls but also tried to recruit teenaged students in the name of jihad.
Principal assistant director of the Counter Terrorism Division of the Special Branch at Bukit Aman, SAC Datuk Ayub Khan Mydin Pitchay had said they conducted their recruitment drive through Facebook and targeted students and teenage girls.
Sheikh Raffie said Facebook was only one of the platforms that was probably used by the groups to recruit members apart from other social media platform.
"However I am made to understand that there are sites or accounts that have been closed by Facebook as they are suspected of trying to bring militant ideology and spread militant activities," he said.
At present 22 Malaysians, including three women, had been identified as having joined the militant groups in Syria. – October 15, 2014.

 

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

‘Future richest man’ now a monk

                 
Published: Sunday August 31, 2014 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Sunday August 31, 2014 MYT 8:32:44 AM

‘Future richest man’ now a monk      


       

KUALA LUMPUR: Zhang Jian, founder of the controversial YSLM multi-level marketing business, has become a monk.

The self-proclaimed Chinese millionaire is undergoing a 100-day temporary ordination programme at a temple in Thailand.
However, the head shaving ceremony was only held on Friday, a month after the programme begun.
Zhang has been given the Buddhist name “Fo Yun” which means the words of Buddha.
The company’s charity wing chairman Datuk John Lee Kim Tian told China Press that becoming a monk was Zhang’s way of fulfilling the vow he had made.
“Like all monks, Zhang has to beg for alms from the public daily. He will read Buddhist scriptures and clean the temple during free time,” said Lee, who returned from Thailand yesterday after witnessing the ceremony together with some 100 company members.
He claimed that Zhang donated RM394,330 to the temple after his company’s global revenue was said to have hit the RM50bil mark.
In early July, Zhang made headlines in the Malaysian media when billboards of him appeared in Penang, proclaiming himself as the “future richest man in the world”.
He also awarded his lucky “distributors” with luxury cars.
The Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Ministry is also investigating YSLM – also known as Yun Shu Mao – of being linked to a get-rich-quick scam.
Soon after, Zhang left for Thailand.
The company later offered a refund to those who had not introduced any new member to the company.
Hundreds of people accepted the offer within a week.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/08/31/Future-richest-man-now-a-monk-YSLM-charity-wing-chief-It-is-a-way-of-fulfilling-his-vow/

Malaysia is now 12th most competitive economy

                 

Malaysia is now 12th most competitive economy


PETALING JAYA: Malaysia has climbed another three spots from 15th to 12th in world rankings of competitive economies.
The Institute for Management Development’s (IMD) World Competitiveness Yearbook 2014 showed that Malaysia is the 12th most competitive country, ahead of Britain (16), Australia (17), New Zealand (20), Japan (21) and China (23).
The survey assessed countries according to economic performance, government efficiency, business efficiency and infrastructure.
It measured how well countries managed economic and human resources to raise their prosperity.
Sixty countries were surveyed.
The rankings released by IMD took into account more than 300 criteria, two-thirds of which are based on statistical indicators and one-third on an exclusive IMD survey of 4,300 international executives.
Among the challenges that Malaysia will face this year are to enhance growth enablers for sustainable economic development, harness talent to achieve higher productivity growth, and to intensify efforts to reduce unnecessary regulatory burdens and restrictions.
The country would also face challenges in trying to curb higher inflation as a result of subsidy rationalisation and ways to strengthen technological capabilities to enhance value creation, said the report.
“In Asia, both Malaysia and Indonesia (at No. 37) make gains, while Thailand (29) falls amid political uncertainty,” said IMD World Competitiveness Centre director Prof Arturo Bris.
The United States retained its No. 1 spot, followed by Switzerland and Singapore, which came 5th on the previous year.
Yesterday, International Trade and Industry Minister Datuk Seri Mustapa Mohamed said the Government was committed to implementing sustainable economic policies as opposed to short-term populist short-cuts that would have negative consequences.
“The right decisions are not necessarily popular. We expect to see a much better performance in the next three to five years as more of our initiatives began to bear fruit,” he said in response to Malaysia’s latest rankings.
Malaysia Productivity Corporation director-general Datuk Mohd Razali Hussain said the improvement in various areas showed that the country was moving towards the right direction.

http://www.thestar.com.my/News/Nation/2014/05/22/Malaysia-is-now-12th-most-competitive-economy/