Archive for July, 2010


By: JOE FERNANDEZ

FORMER Sabah Chief Minister, Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat wants to leave the fate of the aborted Mazu, Goddess of the Sea statue in Kudat in the hands of the people.

The million ringgit question whether the erection of statue will still go ahead lies unanswered.

“Let the people decide whether they want the Mazu statue to be up or otherwise,” said Chong. “I will accept whatever decision they make. For my part, I have done no wrong in putting up the statue.”

“Someone, either a court, a government body or an arbitrator has to decide on the erection of the Mazu statue. All of them don’t want to get involved,” he stressed.

“So far, no court has ruled that Mazu was illegal. So, now it’s up to the people to decide Mazu’s fate.”

He has however reluctantly resigned himself to the fact that the courts in Malaysia don’t want to get involved in his dispute with the Sabah state government.

“The Federal Court had not only deprived me of the legal avenue to seek redress but also denied itself the opportunity to hear out an aggrieved party,” lamented Chong.

Read more at; http://www.sabahkini.net/v1/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=4619:statue-ex-sabah-cm-wants-people-to-decide&catid=35:berita-sabah&Itemid=27


DAILY EXPREES

Wednesday, 28th July, 2010

Masidi: Perm Sec not under MACC probe

Barnard Yaang

Kota Kinabalu: State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun denied that his Permanent Secretary was hauled in by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) for questioning recently.

He said he has no knowledge of the so-called MACC probe on Suzannah Liaw when asked to comment on the Malaysia Today web portal alleging that she was being investigated for graft.

” I can confirm to you no such thing happened,” he said, adding he was surprised that people kept asking him whether the allegation was true.

Instead, he said the issue was a result of a misunderstanding over Liaw’s insurance claim. He said Liaw sustained broken legs about two years ago in an accident following which she submitted claims for injuries from the insurance company.

The State Government, he said, has an insurance scheme for its employees and that the Sabah Tourism Board (STB) and Sabah Parks where Liaw served as member of the board of directors in both entities also provide insurance coverage.

However, the people misconstrued Liaw’s insurance claims as claiming money from the Government. He said Liaw is permitted to make insurance claims, as she is entitled to it.

He explained that the compensation payment from the insurance company was only paid to her after almost two years because the company requires time to ascertain the authenticity of the claims.

Maisdi said people have become vicious in passing rumours that hurt other people for no apparent reason.

“I hope this serves as a good lesson to remind us that if you dont stop all the nonsense in our society, we would be sinking into low morality,” he said.

He suggested the very same people who were jealous of Liaw for the insurance claims break their legs so that they could make similar claims from the insurance companies.

See full story here



Chief Minister of Sarawak Taib Mahmud is in UK to promote ‘Green Development’ in Sarawak. During this visit he will give a lecture in University of Oxford at the Said Business School, Park End Street, Oxford at 9.30 am Monday 26th July 2010

My contact in Oxford said that Professor Andrew Hamilton, the august Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford, who was speaking at the soft opening earlier had some words of praise for the CM of Sarawak. To me its so funny but don’t want to say too much as I may jeopardise some people. I hope you guys know what I meant. Lets see what happens tomorrow London time 9.30 morning.

Anyway, read here what Survival International has to say….

One of Asia’s greatest kleptocrats and single-handedly one of the most destructive forces against the environment, the Chief Minister of Sarawak, East Malaysia, Abdul Taib Mahmud, has been invited to present the opening address at the Said Business School’s inaugural Islamic Branding and Marketing Forum, Monday 26th July.

During his 30 years of iron grip over Malaysia’s Christian State, Taib Mahmud has systematically plundered a country once rich in natural resources, oil and timber. He and his family are now multi-billionaires, while indigenous tribes such as the legendary jungle nomads, the Penan, have been left destitute and robbed of their rightful hunting grounds.

Abdul Taib Mahmud has destroyed all but 3% of the Borneo jungle in the state, which had been handed all but intact into the care of his uncle, his predecessor. Numerous species, including the Orang Utan, proboscis monkey and a plethora of unique plant and animal life have been virtually wiped out by his rapacious and unsustainable plunder of the jungle.

The Penan are struggling to keep his loggers out of the last corners of their jungle, one of the most precious remaining areas of bio-diversity left on earth. Recent reports have revealed shocking evidence of their treatment at the hands of state-backed loggers, including the systematic rape and abuse of their women, an outrage that Taib Mahmud has refused to acknowledge or investigate.

Taib Mahmud’s ‘business interests’ are notorious. The whole state of Sarawak has been illegally absorbed into the possession of his cronies and family members through ‘privatisations’ and the handing out of palm oil and timber concessions, via arbitrary state acquisitions of native lands. He now runs the State as a family business, maintained through systematic electoral intimidation and fraud.

Taib Mahmud has laughably advertised his UK visit as a promotion of ‘Green Development’ in Sarawak and will be focussing on the promotion of Islamic and Halal products, his latest venture, during his visit to Oxford.

It is a standing disgrace that Oxford University should be extending a hand of welcome and supporting the status of such a man. His wealth and ability to endow is not in doubt, however there is no possible basis of legitimacy for such wealth, as can only be plainly apparent to all his hosts.

The people of Sarawak are struggling to rid themselves of this man and his parasitical family and to preserve their unique environmental heritage from his further ‘business ventures’. Please lend your support to their struggle and to the campaign to preserve what is left of the Book of Life and the Borneo Jungle’s natural wealth. Help fight for the survival of the Orang Utan and fellow creatures of the Asian Rainforest.

Be there to receive him and protest at the disgraceful invitation that has been extended to him by Oxford University and the Said Business School.

Contacts – Survival: Sophie Grig – sg@survivalinternational.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

For further details on Taib Mahmud see http://www.sarawakreport.org

For background on the problems in Sarawak see Times articles

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article5908207.ece

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article6814891.ece


The crusade against corruption seems to be gathering momentum in Sabah.

The latest to be roped in by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) is Datuk Suzannah Liaw a Senior Civil Servant. Datuk Suzannah Liaw is the Permanent Secretary to the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Environment and she is been investigated for graft.

So, another Sabah political upheaval appears to be looming.

The Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission said it had ‘strong evidence’ that Datuk Suzannah Liaw had misused her powers by submitting to the Treasury a bill of RM50,000 spent on her son’s birthday bash. Datuk Suzannah Liaw is also under investigation by MACC for giving contracts from her Ministry to her husband’s company worth millions.

Sources from the MACC say that legal action will be taken soon, as they have strong evidence for both the cases that abuse of power has taken place. It seems the papers would be sent soonest to the Attorney-General to file charges.

MACC Chief Commissioner Datuk Seri Abu Kassim Mohamed held lengthy meetings with his officers to set the direction for the probe. It is understood that the MACC has cast its net wide. It seems MACC Chief Commissioner has met up with Musa Aman and had given an ultimatum to suspend Datuk Suzannah Liew from the Ministry immediately.

Statements have also been taken from the Minister of Tourism, Culture and Environment Datuk Masidi Manjun and officers from the Ministry in Wisma Tun Faud Stephens, Karamunsing. 10 boxes of documents were also taken from the Ministry by the MACC officers.

The news is likely to spark further accusations that Premier Najib Tun Razak is putting pressure on Musa Aman to step down as Chief Minister of Sabah. Then yesterday in Sabah we hear another news that a VVIP’s daughter-in-law was charged for KHALAWAT and my sources say that its the TYT’s daughter-in -law.

Notwithstanding this story, many in Sabah claim the Premier Najib’s anti-corruption crusade is been exaggerated and that the Premier is practicing what it brands as “selective justice.”

But Premier Najib Tun Razak says: ‘‘I believe that our public service does operate at the highest possible standards — but we need to ensure that it is seen to operate at the highest possible standards.’’

Premier Najib Tun Razak announced a zero tolerance approach to corruption and vowed that public officials who engaged in graft would be arrested and prosecuted. “No one, not even members of my family, will be spared (in this fight against corruption) and there will be no sacred cows in my administration,” said the Premier.

After all, in politics, perception is everything.

Footnote After this article was out, State Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Datuk Masidi Manjun came out with a statement saying that his Permanent Secretary Datuk Suzannah Liew was not hauled in by the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission (MACC) for questioning but there was some sort of a misunderstanding over Datuk Suzannah Liaw’s insurance claim. See here.


Money is the lifeblood of politics and we know it takes money to win elections.

The dash for cash is a fair test for political victory and Pakatan Rakyat is going for it.

Pakatan Rakyat is putting its fundraising wheels in motion in readiness for its “post-general election victory” when it takes over the federal administration from the Barisan Nasional come the 13th General Elections.

On Aug 7 next month, Pakatan Rakyat will launch its Tabung Impian Rakyat (The People’s Dream) fund targeting RM20 million to prepare for its journey to Putrajaya to take over the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT.

Tabung Impian Rakyat chairman will be Husam Musa, PAS Kelantan senior state executive councillor.

The launch will be held in Stadium Melawati in Shah Alam and will be attended by top Pakatan leaders including (PKR adviser) Anwar Ibrahim and (PAS spiritual leader) Tok Guru Nik Aziz Nik Mat my hero.

Husam Musa was the chief fundraiser, a key player who raised RM4 million for Kelantan’s election preparation in the 2008 elections.

As Husam puts it so candidly “the competition for money is our first test and we are not going to cry we lost because we did not have enough money”. So nicely put.


PRESS STATEMENT

I have just been informed that my house in Kuala Lumpur has been broken into and the main item targeted and removed is my laptop. I am flying back immediately from London to attend to this incident.

It is very revealing that this is the second incident targeted at my house proximate to my attending to PI Bala’s matters. I had Molotov cocktails thrown at my house after his Singapore interview and now after his London and Paris interviews I have had my house broken into and my laptop removed. It is telling that many other valuable items in the same room, including my wife’s jewelry, were left untouched.

I have serious concerns that attempts might be made by interested parties to interfere with the contents of my laptop and fabricate material.

I will release a further statement after I reach home and have had an opportunity to view the crime scene personally. I will lodge a police report after that.

Manjeet Singh Dhillon

London, 19 July 2010


We the citizens of Singapore, residents in Singapore and concerned individuals from the international community humbly put forward our plea of clemency for Yong Vui Kong, a Malaysian who has been sentenced to death by the High Court of Singapore for trafficking 47 grammes of heroin. Yong was 19 years old at the time of offence. He currently faces impending execution.

You can read the rest of the petition HERE.

You can also read my earlier article on Yong Vui Fong HERE


Well, it looks like a done deal. In a deal struck between Premier Najib Tun Razak and Musa Aman during his recent visit to the state capital, Kota Kinabalu, Billionaire Musa Aman has reluctantly agreed to step down as Chief Minister of Sabah come this October.

The deal is like this.

Musa Aman will be made the new Sabah Yang Di-Pertua Negeri when the term of the present Sabah Yang Di-Pertua Negeri Tun Ahmadshah Abdullah ends year-end. Ahmadshah, who will turn 64, was appointed as Sabah’s ninth Yang Di-Pertua Negeri, replacing Tun Sakaran Dandai on Dec 2 2002, and its already 8 years for him or 2 terms as Governor of Sabah and “is on his last legs.”

Second, the Government will consider a proposal to bestow an award carrying the title “Tun” for Musa Aman. Hence, Musa Aman will be bestowed by the Agung the title of “Tun” which will be the highest civilian honour that can be granted to a Malaysian and Musa Aman probably could be the youngest recipient of this award in the Malaysian history. This is in recognition for the good work Musa has put in for UMNO in Sabah and his contributions to the success of the Barisan Nasional in Sabah in the March 8 2008,  12th General Elections, which is described as a “fixed deposit” by Premier Najib.

There are currently only 36 surviving Tuns in Malaysia and Musa Aman will be 37.

With the Tun tittle to his name, Musa will be protected from any legal actions against him as a Tun will have legal immunity and cannot be prosecuted.

So that’s the story.

So who will be the UMNO leadership’s nominee for Sabah chief minister after Musa Aman? Of course none from its coalition partners in Sabah.

Now lets take a look at the potential chief ministers and who are the chaps.

Perhaps a man who is a minister in the federal government – and it’s surely not Najib’s loyal blue-eyed boy Datuk Shafie Apdal the Federal Rural and Regional Development Minister who is expected to replace Musa Aman. For Shafie to succeed on the job, his image would have to be cleaned up. He has been much maligned for the issuing of identity cards to Suluks and illegals from Southern Philippines. He probably is not what propaganda about him tells the masses. The talk is if Shafie becomes chief minister close to 150,000 illegals from Southern Philippines might be moving into Sabah’s forest reserves. The man displayed pro southern Philippines illegal immigrant killer instinct. He single-handedly will be turning Sabah into another playground of Muslim interests from Southern Philippines. So, Shafie is out.

Although it’s still months away, there are already many hats in the ring. While Shafie Apdal the Najib’s loyal blue-eyed boy has made it clear he will not go back to state politics, other top leaders, including the Tuaran UMNO Division Chief Hajiji Noor who is also the Local Government and Housing Minister, Leader of Parti Bersatu Sabah and former chief minister Huguan Siou Joseph Pairin Kitingan, Karanaan Adun the Head of the Ranau UMNO Division Masidi Manjun who is the Minister of Tourism, Culture & Environment, and the senior UMNO man-Head of Papar UMNO Division Abdul Rahim Ismail are understood to be lobbying hard for the prized post.

The hopefuls, except for Joseph Pairin Kitingan who is a cut above the rest, the rest of the lot it is believed, are busy at the mudslinging game. But for all you know, none of these claimants will make it.

As the buzz has it, the party may opt for a senior leader who is the USIA (United Sabah Islamic Association) boss. Did someone say Lajim Haji Okim? Yes, Lajim Hj. Okim a Bisaya, the MP for Beaufort who presently is the Federal Deputy Transport Minister and used to be the Sabah’s Deputy Chief Minister at one time before Musa Aman came into the picture, and Pak Lah, the former Prime Minister, wanted Lajim out from the state and moved him over to Federal politics. Lajim Hj.Okim and Najib Tun Razak go a long way. Lajim was the mastermind behind the downfall of the PBS government, that brought UMNO to power in Sabah. This time around Lajim has been promised the Chief Minister’s seat. We shall see.

The hopefuls, their careers are a study in contrast as some of them have never lost an election while others will hardly be victorious at hustings, like Hajiji for example, could hardly talk. One thing, however, that is common among the chief minister hopefuls is their “never say die” spirit. And those tipped to succeed incumbent Musa Aman have seen the rough and tumble of politics as well as life.

It is understood that Premier Najib must name Musa Aman’s successor quickly to prevent lobbying.

One Najib’s aide from Putrajaya went contacted said: “More importantly, we want to send a message to Sabahans that a young chief minister would bring dynamism to the state.”

“The state needs to be forward-looking and having a fresh leader will certainly be part of rejuvenation and hope,” said the Najib’s aide.

They say a week is a long time in politic but here we are talking about 4 months.The problem is simply stated. Politics is the art of shifting trouble from the living to the unborn.

But Musa Aman still is a name to reckon with in Sabah politics and the wily politician still has the desire and determination to bounce back. And the only thing missing is perhaps what matters most-his credibility. Besides, his body appears to be finding it hard to translate his thoughts into action. A group of political observers now believe that the current spell of Najib’s rule may mark the beginning of the end of Musa Aman’s political career. His chances of becoming chief minister for the 4th time seem very slim now. Musa must be a sad man. Meanwhile, unmindful of the ideologies, Musa Aman will be planning his next move. The Aman’s chapter of political shenanigans is yet to see its end.

Within about 3 months it will be clear as to whom Dame Luck will smile on, or if there will be another dark horse at the last minute like Musa Aman in 2003.


Yong Vui Kong a 22 year old boy from Sabah was caught in Singapore with 47.27 grams of heroin. He was only 19 years old when caught on 13th June 2007. He has been locked up in Changi Prison for the past 3 years. He is now waiting to be executed anytime as all appeals have been rejected after the court pronounced hanging by death on 7th January 2009, under Section 5(1)(a)Dangerous Drug Act.

Yong comes from a broken family and when he was 3 yeas old his parents divorced, the mother is a mental patient. Yong worked in an oil palm estate in Sabah when only 7 years old and could not afford to go to school. When 9, Yong came to Kuala Lumpur and worked as dishwasher in a restaurant but was abused and tortured and left the job for Singapore. In Singapore, Yong was paddling in illegal VCD’s and came in contact with drug dealer Ah Beng the Taiko.Then one Wednesday, on 13th June 2007, Yong got caught with 47 grams of heroin, when he was asked to deliver the drug by Ah Beng The Taiko.

The rest is history.

A poor young boy got caught in the wrong company, was in the wrong place at the wrong time doing the wrong thing…

22 year old Yong Vui Kong a Malaysian, could be anyone or everyone.

WHY is Malaysia not intervening in this case of young Yong Vui Kong on death row in Singapore?  Why? Is it is because he is Chinese? Is it because he is Sabahan? I hope not!

But, in the past, Malaysia has  intervened in cases outside the country, the case of a young university science graduate Umi Azlim Mohamad Lazim, 24. Remember? This was in China in 2008 where Umi who was charged with the death penalty for having 2.9 kilograms of heroin in her luggage. Umno and PAS actively campaigned to free Umi, and Umi’s death sentence was actually commute to life when the Malaysian government intervened.

So, why is the Malaysian government not doing anything to help Yong?

See this video…

Read also here

Lets ALL Pray For Yong Vui Kong! He needs our prayers!