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By: X’roy Bogel

The Eastern Standard Times

Malaysia is on the fast lane to becoming a failed state and don’t blame the Covid 19 virus, it had and will have nothing to do with that, there is one person who stands out and there is no denying he is the only one.

Mahathir Mohamad , he will go down on history as the architects for the failure of this Nation.

He is a racist, has always been one an extreme right wing fascist.

If you look at his policies right from the very beginning he stepped into the political ring, Mahathir Mohamed was so full of hatred for the other races.

In the run up of the 1969 elections where he stood as an Alliance candidate, he told the non Malays that this country belongs to the Malays, and that the others were given citizenship by courtesy of the Malays and that privilege could be taken back. The Malays were the masters of this country.

In the 1969 elections ceramah he told the Chinese who came to see his Ceramah that they need not be there, he didn’t want their vote and that he could win without their vote, he could win on the Malays vote alone.

Today he claims in his Malay circles of course that the Chinese decided to “punish him.”

Did they “punish him” far from it they just did what he told them to do and he was defeated by Hj Yusof Rawa who’d later become a friend of mine, a fine gentleman who quit PAS and quit “Parti NASMA” the day Raja Nasrom of NASMA decided to try and form an Alliance with PAS, that’s another story.

After losing the seat by his own making, he got terribly angry with the Chinese, you could say he went mad, (but isn’t he always mad) Dr Mahathir started attacking the Chinese and accused them of stealing the wealth of the country.

He also attacked Tunku Abdul Rahman and called him a “Chinese lover”, and began inciting the Malays to the extent I have called him before the real architect of May 13 1969.

Every-time someone asks the non Malays, “do you want a repeat of May 13” even today Mahathir smiles. Have the cops charged any body for that offense?

That has made the radicals nurtured by Mahahtir Mohammed even more arrogant they go on saying it without any concern, they threaten other races, politicians and especially the Chinese with this without any care and yet nothing is done.

Throughout his tenure we witnessed huge problems of his making in the country, after successfully killing one our largest exports an natural resources -Tin, by sheer stupidity of trying to corner the London Tin Market something he knew next to nothing about and losing millions for the country if measured at todays value billions, he managed the downfall of Bank Bumiputra Malaysia.

He was the master of wanting to play the games in the markets, having failed in commodities he went to money and lost billions there for us too.

Bank Bumiputra had to be rescued by other banks, and if there is anyone to blamne the buck stops at the top and it was Mahathir Mohammed.

With that in hand the extreme right wing Malay has run wild and lose, that animal form the cage is what is going to get this country down the road to becoming a failed state.

Prime Ministers that followed were no exception they allowed the right wing Malay politicians the freedom to use that card, the May 13 card, just to do two things to win Malay support and to intimidate the non Malays, they have done it time and time again and even Najib did it just prior to May 13 and guess what?

Muhyiddin was with Najib him on that stage in the former TPCA stadium now known as the Tun Razak stadium.

Another thing TPCA stood for Tamil Physical Cultural Association.

There have been countless occasions when this was done, famous ones like Kerishamuddin is one, Kerishamuddin’s was very much like his cousin’s Najib in the TPCA stadium, this was on the eve of Operations Lallang.

Then to move fast forward, Mahathir eventually became Prime Minister of Malaysia, and his initial dream was to create a thousand Malay Millionaires, yes to create the Malay Millionaire in fact he created more and many went bust as we all know too.

He was not concerned how he did it, as long as he did it and that 1000 positions and more were reserved for those who would be his cronies, of course his children got a huge part of that pie,

Among the Malay millionaires he created were members of his family and that is no secret it is known globally so with him came nepotism, then there were others his cronies there were so many and this man who accused the Tunku of being a Chinese lover actually made few Chinese Billionaires too, and people wonder if these are billionaires in proxy for him, because as the Prime Minister he could not get into business and he actually had no faith in the Malays to run his business, so he appointed these Chinese and gave them the easy road to success, and I guess you know just who I am talking about. These were the cronies.

There were Malay groups not in line with him he got rid of them, he could cheat and win and that he did in the UMNO Elections where Tengku Razeleigh Hamzah took on him as a result of Razeleigh’s challenge on the validity of the election results the court declared UMNO illegal and almost immediately Mahathir formed UMNO Baru.

Why UMNO Baru?

Many people even the Malay elite do not know the real reason for this. The UMNO in existence today is not the UMNO founded by Onn Bin Jaafar in 1946, no, no, NO.

Today’s UMNO was founded by Mahathir Mohamed, he will be credited for it in History. Mahathir has engineered the History of this country and made a mockery of it so that no one will know that the Malays are not really ethnic in this land.

The ethnic people of this land are the aborigines and not the so called Malay which has never been a race but rather a qualification, and that is why we see people of so many races being called Melayu today.

In his heart of hearts he envied the Chinese, he admired their work ethic, he hoped the Malays could be like them, he wanted the Malays to be like them but he could not tell them that, so what did he do?

He created the “Look East Policy,” all the people in the far East, the Japanese, the Chinese, the Koreans, the Taiwanese were all a hard working lot, the Asian Tigers came from that region Japan was not an Asian Tiger it already was the Lion of Asia in that sense, the look east was to tell the Malays to look at the Chinese at home.

His plan backfired like it always did and does.

The Chinese in Malaysia took to the look East Policy and prospered, the Malays were just losing everywhere and at every turn, except for those who were awarded mega Government contracts, and monopolies like the famous Approved Permits (AP) that made instant millionaires of selected Malays.

PERNAS failed, MISC had to be run by a non Malay, MAS failed miserably and in every enterprise he appointed a crony it failed and miserably too, nevertheless these cronies became millionaires and as we have seen by some recent disclosures billionaires too.

I guess both of the Prime Ministers who followed him felt that they were anointed to become billionaires any one way it did not matter.

Now after Najib defied him and refused him a number of things he had asked for he turned against Najib, prior to that he even defended Najib for his oath in the mosque saying he did not do it he took an oath.

Well he put Najib in cuffs now and I believe he is the power behind the throne not wanting to look like the wicked selfish crook he really is, then used Muhyidin to engineer this coup with Azmin who is very disposable and believe me he will be disposed of in time.

Now he had to get rid of the Pakatan Harapan government because the gravy train stopped on its tracks the day Lim Guan Eng became the Finance Minister of the country.

With this Chinaman Lim Guan Eng the gravy train not only came to a stop, all the railway stations that ferried the gravy train were shut and there was no way these elite were going to be fed for free on money meant for the people.

Well if the money went to the rakyat, then there was nothing there for them, they want to be continuously fed, many need to be continuously fed or their projects will come to a standstill, that habit of over spending and getting the government to bail them out was no more there, they had already overspent and the bailout was not happening so what was the recourse.

Start pointing fingers to the Chinese again just like he did in 1969, the were the bogeymen the Malays had learned to love to kick even without really knowing why?

Did the Chinese or for that matter Lim Guan Eng misappropriate Tabung Haji money?

Did he misappropriate KWAP funds?

Was he in any way connected to Jho Low and the Billions that went to the pocket of what what was termed a kleptocrat?

In fact Lim Guan Eng was in the process of trying to recover all this money and there was an amount due from the US Justice department seizure so why.

The only reason is the gravy train, and yet another Anwar Ibrahim.

Anwar has always maintained that he knows exactly how the Mahathir clan massed their wealth.
He has maintained that if he became PM he was not going to send Mahathir to jail only that he’d ask Mahathir to return all that ill gotten wealth.

Mahathir was always fearful of that, he could not allow Anwar back because he himself knows that he actually incarcerated the poor fellow, he knows what he did to him and he does not believe that Anwar will let him go so he was not going to allow Anwar to succeed him.

As the pressure from PH began pushing Mahathir to the corner he got Muhyiddin and Azmin to make the move.

If you had followed the case he never committed to Pakatan, he did not know Muhyidin would go for the juggler, he submitted his resignation feeling confident he would come back as PM, but once he submitted it he was gone.

The King they say appointed Muhyiddin on a count he personally made, Mahathir claimed he had another count and asked the King for an audience, the King had made up his mind, he had already given Mahathir the courtesy of one appointment where he submitted his resignation, the King even asked him to stay on as caretaker so the King wonders why the King did not call in his caretaker Prime Minister to inform him that he’d have to give way for his successor Muhyiddin that would have been appropriate, but the King who has the authority in this matter decided to keep Mahathir in the cold.

Mahathir got a taste of his own medicine from the King.

The government of today is a government not by the people, an neither is it of the people but they claim at least the Prime Minister that it is for the people. How can this government be for the people when it is the very people it cheated and continues to do so even in allocation of food during this covid 19 pandemic, and where the PM is fearful to act because he does not have the support to do so, he is back door, and does not have the numbers to support his any move.

For the people? A government which has actually the minority and to survive to ensure people do not hop back a cabinet that is so much larger that that of China, or India and even the USA.

With so many ministers who have become famous within this short span, a few stand out for being so stupid, they are the Minisiter of Health, the Minisster of higher Education, the Deputy Minister of Health who has just had found guilty of breaking MCO and yet Muhyiddin says he has no time for politics.

The fact is Muhyiddin can’t multi task leave alone run a government, he is overwhelmed and so too is the people traitor Azmin, nothing is coming out of them to reprimand, put in place or rightfully sack these incompetent fools who make bigger fools of themselves each time they open their mouths.

Muhyiddin is clueless in the present situation, he has been taught to tell the people just stay at home and has the audacity to tell the people, “Even though you did not vote for us we still care for you,” a greater fool than this with a more foolish statement I have yet to see.

Getting back to Mahathir Mohammed this half baked doctor who always though he had all the prescriptions for the country and could lead the Malays into a phenomenally successful race, turned out to be a tyrant who acctually used his office and trained his successors to do the same – to pillage from the Malaysians and most of all from the Malays.

Today one of his anointed successors, a globally renowned kleptocrat is looking at freedom and in the process seeking ways not only to get back his place in government but also to take revenge on those who exposed him and regardless if he manages to take office or not the trend has been set for the future Prime Ministers of this country who will come from a select few in the society to plunder the wealth of this nation at the expense of its people and to flee when the coffers are all empty.

Mahathir Mohammed who through Mahterism has successfully set this country on a course to become a failed state.

To get out of it we have to eliminate him and his successors still in the system, that is Najib, Muhyiddin, Hishamuddin, Zahid, Anuar Musa, Hadi Awang, Azmin, and the many more.
Ths system has to be purged.

The gravy train must be thrown out of its tracks, any semblance of a track and the crooks will set it rolling again.

Can we stop it.

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The question is not just whether it is legally right because even legally it is highly questionable.

Just because the 3 Appeal Court Judges accepted the Preliminary Objection (PO) does not mean they are right. Simply because, according to the lawyer on the other side, they were not given a chance to explain why it is illegal for a Chief Minister to be dismissed by the TYT within 48 hours of appointing him, when the Constitution states that only the Assembly can unseat a CM by Vote of Confidence.

As the Federal Constitution now stands, the Agong cannot arbitrarily dismiss the PM. Neither can any Menteri Besar be dismissed by the respective Sultans without undergoing the due process as laid out in their respective Constitution.

In the case of Sabah, following the May 9th GE14 and almost 48 hours after the election results were announced, and despite the eventual winner who had 29 seats and commanded a simple majority, with and addition of 2 more seats, had the rug pulled out from under his feet despite having been sworn in.

After unexplained lengthy delay, a swearing-in was promised at 8pm, until 11pm Musa was kept waiting to be sworn in. Almost 24 hours after results were announced, and that within 10 hours the next day he was asked to return the Appointment Letter. This lead many people to believe that horsetrading was going on. Which was confirmed when Upko Assemblymen frogged to Warisan side. At the time of the appointment of the CM this was not the case and he was sworn-in, so why did he have to lose his job after being sworn-in? With the new victors, resorting to Statutory Declaration (SD) rather than people’s vote, which is more important.

Similarly, the Prime Minister was made to wait several hours by the previous Agong after PH victory and that he too complained loudly that this should not have happened as people have spoken. In his case, the previous Agong apparently was abroad.

So, if this was unacceptable to the PM, what happened on the 9th May 2018 be acceptable to Sabahans? Fortunately, in the case of the PM, no Pakatan members frogged-over to BN to deny Dr Mahathir and Pakatan Harapan a victory. Perhaps it was due to the margin of seats being wide unlike in the Sabah case. Nevertheless, an unacceptable delay was allowed to happen with the PM being appointed but in Sabah a CM was also being constitutionally appointed. But yet, losing it due to horsetrading, never-mind the constitution, a Law Expert even joked in a seminar in Kota Kinabalu that Sabah politicians can win a medal for frog politics or something like that.

Its a pity that the Appeal Court Judges accepted the PO to deny the aggrieved in court.

The Counsel for the other side claimed on the grounds that any outcome is academic and he  based it on two main arguments :

1) even if Musa succeeded with his appeal there will be no consequence/outcome because Musa can never satisfy the threshold of Article 6 (3) of the Sabah Constitution which expressly states that the TYT appoints a member of the Assembly to be CM who has the command of the confidence of the majority of the members of the Assembly.

2) even if the Assembly is summoned, with the support of only eight out 60 assemblymen factually and mathematically Musa can never win a vote of confidence for himself or a vote against Shafie and unseat him.

Douglas Lind’s contention the case is academic.

However the larger question is not whether the successor commends the majority in the house the present moment, but whether it was Constitutionally correct to ask back from the CM, the letter of appointment. Just because subsequent to the appointment a bunch of politicians leapfrogged. Hence it is a question of whether it was legally right as well as morally right. From my understanding of the Constitution it was both legally and morally wrong and  I remain to be convinced.

My point is that the PM complained about having to wait long before being sworn-in following the GE14 results. In Sabah, a delay also happened in swearing in the CM but with different consequences.

Imagine if the PM was asked by the Agong to return the appointment letter just because some Pakatan Harapan winners decided to frog over to Barisan Nasional?

Would it then be a case of asking the PM to resign and not sacked?

The larger issue is also, does not what happened in Sabah raise the question, if unchallenged in the Federal Court, that to ordinary people like me, the TYT is the only head of state that can decide whether a CM that he had just constitutionally appointed can be dismissed by him within hours of doing so without going through the State Assembly, which is the rightful place to determine this.

By the same reasoning, does it not seem that the Sabah TYT may be seen to have powers that even the Agong and Sultans do not? I stand to be corrected?

Courts should have looked at whether a Sabah TYT enjoys greater powers than the Agong and Sultans in appointing the head of government and to help rectify if indeed this is the case now.

Because this problem is not addressed and peculiar to Sabah, this tendency of a Sabah TYT to delay appointing a CM has created crises on 3 occasions.

In 1985, 1994 n 2018.

Peoples voices not recognised in this 3 instances of Sabah’s political history – 1985, 1994 and 2018. In all 3 instances, the decisions took a different turn and the government was formed by frogging and other means.

In 1985, Party Bersatu Sabah (PBS) won the Sabah State election with a simple majority of 25 seats. However, PBS was not allowed to form the Sabah State Government by the Istana.

Joseph Pairin Kitingan was kept waiting for more then a day while power grab was underway in the wee hours of the morning. In which, USNO’s 16 seats collaborated with Berjaya’s 6 seats and the Sabah State Government was formed before the sun rose.

The schemers of this plan decided they can still form the government by laying claim to the 6 nominated state seat. The then Prime Minister Dr Mahathir was in Scandinavia and his deputy Musa Hitam had ordered the plotters to give up. Joseph Pairin Kitingan was then only sworn in as Chief Minister after almost 48 hours.

In 1994, something similar happened again with Pairin Kitingan and PBS as victims. This time, Pairin also won with a simple majority of 25 seats despite massive frogging by his assemblymen to government side due to the scrapping of the Anti-Hopping Law (The Barisan Nasional government challenged the Anti-Hop Law that was introduced in 1987 by the then PBS State Government in court and had it scrapped).

This time Pairin had to camp for 3 nights outside the Istana as the then TYT claimed he was too sick to open the Istana gates for Pairin to be sworn in. By the time the Istana gates were opened Pairin had already lost many of his Assemblymen and a new Chief Minister was sworn in after about a month. This eventually led to the downfall of the PBS State Government as the PBS election winners had joined Barisan Nasional parties.

In 2018, it happened again following GE14. But this time there was a major difference. While in 1985 and 1994 Pairin was not able to be sworn in instantly after the election results, this time, Musa Aman was already appointed Chief Minister after an unexplained delay of about 48 hours. And despite being sworn in with his Cabinet members, Musa Aman still lost his government to frogging.

This time the Upko boys did the frogging probably on the orders and advise of Tan Sri Bernard Dompok and despite pledging that as KDMs they will stick together and decide as a bloc and only leave the BN after consensus among themselves. Five assemblymen from Upko and one MP left BN to throw their support behind Warisan and Pakatan Harapan, a day after the general election.

Their action caused the collapse of the BN government led by former chief minister Musa Aman whose cabinet, which included two Upko assemblymen, had been sworn in less than 12 hours before.

I was there on that night of May 9th in Sri Gaya when Tangau came out and answered a phone call apparently from Dompok asking him to go to Shafie’s house in Luyang. Tangau disappeared from Sri Gaya after this phone call and headed straight to see Shafie in his house, alone, leaving all his UPKO boys with Musa Aman in Sri Gaya. Upko then switched allegiance to the Warisan-Pakatan Harapan pact a day after the election.

For how long more must Sabah continue to be the only state where the Assemblymen decides who is to form the government by becoming political frogs and not by the people who voted them?

In the end the CM is appointed through political frogs producing statutory declarations  (SD) instead of the peoples wish being respected.

 

This piece also came out in MALAYSIA TODAY. SEE HERE!!

Peoples voices not recognised in 3 instances of Sabah’s political history – 1985, 1994 and 2018. In all 3 instances, the decisions took a different turn and the government was formed by frogging and other means.

In 1985, Party Bersatu Sabah (PBS) won the Sabah State election with a simple majority of 25 seats. However, PBS was not allowed to form the Sabah State Government by the Istana.

Joseph Pairin Kitingan was kept waiting for more then a day while power grab was underway in the wee hours of the morning. In which, USNO’s 16 seats collaborated with Berjaya’s 6 seats and the Sabah State Government was formed before the sun rose.

The schemers of this plan decided they can still form the government by laying claim to the 6 nominated state seat. The then Prime Minister Dr Mahathir was in Scandinavia and his deputy Musa Hitam had ordered the plotters to give up. Joseph Pairin Kitingan was then only sworn in as Chief Minister after almost 48 hours.

In 1994, something similar happened again with Pairin Kitingan and PBS as victims. This time, Pairin also won with a simple majority of 25 seats despite massive frogging by his assemblymen to government side due to the scrapping of the Anti-Hopping Law (The Barisan Nasional government challenged the Anti-Hop Law that was introduced in 1987 by the then PBS State Government in court and had it scrapped).

This time Pairin had to camp for 3 nights outside the Istana as the then TYT claimed he was too sick to open the Istana gates for Pairin to be sworn in. By the time the Istana gates were opened Pairin had already lost many of his Assemblymen and a new Chief Minister was sworn in. This eventually led to the downfall of the PBS State Government as the PBS election winners had joined Barisan Nasional parties.

In 2018, it happened again following GE14. But this time there was a major difference. While in 1985 and 1994 Pairin was not able to be sworn in instantly after the election results, this time, Tan Sri Musa Aman was already appointed Chief Minister after an unexplained delay of about 48 hours. And despite being sworn in with his Cabinet members, Musa Aman still lost his government to frogging.

This time the Upko boys did the frogging probably on the orders and advise of Tan Sri Bernard Dompok and despite pledging that as KDMs they will stick together and decide as a bloc and only leave the BN after consensus among themselves. Five assemblymen from Upko and one MP left BN to throw their support behind Warisan and Pakatan Harapan, a day after the general election.

Their action caused the collapse of the BN government led by former chief minister Musa Aman whose cabinet, which included two Upko assemblymen, had been sworn in less than 12 hours before.

I was there on that night of May 9th in Sri Gaya when Tangau came out and answered a phone call apparently from Dompok asking him to go to Shafie’s house in Luyang. Tangau disappeared from Sri Gaya after this phone call and headed straight to see Shafie in his house, alone, leaving all his UPKO boys with Musa Aman in Sri Gaya. Upko then switched allegiance to the Warisan-Pakatan Harapan pact a day after the election.

For how long more must Sabah continue to be the only state where the Assemblymen decides who is to form the government by becoming political frogs and not by the people who voted them?

Lets hope a right decision is made by the Court of Appeal on this November 28th on the appeal of Musa Aman against the High Court ruling over the legitimacy of Shafie Apdal as the Sabah chief minister.

Comparison has been made between Sabah CM row and the Perak Mentri Besar tussle. However it must be stressed that they are entirely different.

In the Perak case, the Sultan acted before the new Mentri Besar was appointed.

In the Sabah case, the worst case scenario happened, despite the CM and the Cabinet already sworn in.

In the Perak case, everyone is the Sultan’s subject and the Sultan has the right.

But in the Sabah case, it does not have a Sultan but only a Governor, who himself is nominated by politicians of the day.

The Warisan-led Sabah Government has agreed to gazette all 90 villages that are in the State’s forest reserve areas. The decision was made at a State Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal. They will bring it up at the Sabah State Legislative Assembly sitting this November 2019. The villages included in the districts of Kota Belud, Tamparuli, Tuaran, Tenom, Lahad Datu, Beluran and Pulau Banggi.

Under Shafie Apdal, now they can occupy forest reserves which Musa Aman in the past did his best to save.

Musa Aman even expanded forest reserves during his time, but now Shafie is doing the opposite.

Under Musa, Sabah had a total of 746,564.91ha in fully certified forest reserves, with 675,691.68ha under natural forest management and 70,873.23ha in tree plantations.

And during Musa’s watch, one of the milestones in Sabah’s conservation effort was when Sabah resolved to protect the area that harbours the largest Orang Utan population as well as a diversity of other wildlife in Sabah, at the Ulu Segama and Malua forest reserves. After almost 60 years of continuous logging, this activity was phased out by the end of 2007. While there were some sceptics, it sent a strong message on Sabah’s seriousness about conservation.

To reiterate that Musa meant business, during an official visit by then, Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi to Deramakot Forest Reserve in June of 2006, Musa, at a press conference announced that logging would be phased out in Ulu Segama, Malua and Kalumpang by 2007. The eventual halt to logging in the areas would translate to a forfeiture of at least RM1 billion in timber royalties to the state.

Many at that time thought Musa trying to “bodek” and was just polishing Pak Lah’s boots who has been known to be somewhat of a nature lover. Lo and behold, logging was eventually phased out in those areas. The move led to 240,000 hectares to be placed under Sustainable Forest Management, for the conservation of orang utans reforestation an area that is also part of the broader Heart of Borneo due to its rich biodiversity.

Yes under Musa, efforts had been put in place to recreate healthy and productive forests in these and other forest reserves, each with their own management plans. In areas that are not fully protected, extraction of timber was done on a sustainable basis and high conservation value areas were protected for their many benefits, included as watersheds.

Through Sustainable Forest Management (SFM), 53% of Sabah or 3.9 million hectares of State land had been permanently set aside as Forest Reserves, Protection Areas and Wildlife Conservation Areas. The State Government under Musa had also decided to set aside 30 per cent of its total landmass or 2.2 million hectares as Totally Protected Areas, in the five years. It had also exceeded the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) target of only 10%.

It must be noted that Sabah under Musa then had restored and planted forests well over 600,000 hectares, presumably the largest such undertaking in the tropics. The Sabah Government then had promoted Sabah as the hub for tropical rainforest research involving renowned international research organisations such as The Royal Society of the United Kingdom, The Nature Conservancy of the United States of America, Sime Darby Foundation, Abraham Foundation, WWF-Malaysia IKEA, Petronas as well as key local higher learning institutions.

From all this we can observe the effort put in place during Musa’s watch for Sabah’s forest conservation and the environment. And now Shafie is doing just the opposite.

As to the rights to land ownership, proper procedures and regulations are to be adhered first. In this case has proper studies been done to gazette villages in State’s forest reserve area by Shafie’s government?

Who is to know who has legitimate claims, compared with spurious demands made by encroachers, timber-thieves and in-comers looking to make fortunes from logging from these State’s forest reserve areas? And even when it is a genuine claim for community customary land, if the demand from that community is to convert natural forest, what should be done? Should the protection of the State’s forest reserve or the rights of the community be the priority?

So why did Shafie rush to gazette all the 90 villages in the State’s forest reserve areas? Or are those villagers in those forest reserve areas Shafie’s vote bank in the East Coast? Or is it to harvest timber in those State’s forest reserves?

Something ponder!

The court declaration that the appointment of Sabah Water Department director Amarjit last year was unlawful has revealed how a thoughtless decision by the Shafie Government has opened a Pandora’s Box with incalculable consequences for the state.

People are now saying we don’t know what other appointments made by Shafie Apdal after taking charge of Sabah Government was illegal or didn’t follow SOP (Standard Operating Procedure). We need another Yong Teck Lee, they are saying.

Even the appointment of a non-Sabahan Sarawakian timber-man Hu Chang Lik @ Hii Chang Lik’s to the president of the Sandakan Municipal Council (MPS) is raising question, with many questioning the state government’s move of giving senior position in the civil service to private citizens.

Was the appointment of Sarawakian Hu Chang Lik as Sandakan Municipal Council President legal?

Hu Chang Lik mysteriously held the position as Sandakan Municipal President for only 1 year, why only 1 year?

And if Hu Chang Lik’s appointment as Sandakan Muncipal Council President is found to be illegal, all decisions made by him as President of Sandakan Municipal Council will also be subject to lawsuits.

Then the appointment of a non-Sabahan from Penang as a nominated assemblyman by the Warisan-led state government which was Never in the history of Sabah. It goes to show they have no respect on the Malaysia Agreement 1963 (MA63). This is again a blow to Warisan’s slogan of “Sabah for Sabahans” which they stole from Party Bersatu Sabah. Which was also criticised by Dr Mahathir recently. All along it was very clear that the appointment of Nominated Assembly Member is to represent Sabah’s own minorities and not a West Malaysian from Semanunjung.

The appointment of Johan Arriffin A Samad  as the Chief Executive Officer of Institute For Development Studies (Sabah) (IDS) also lasted for only 6 months although Shafie gave Johan all the hopes that he would continue to be CEO. The decision did not depend on the chief minister but with the board of directors of IDS, who voted 6-5 against him. Johan had to leave the IDS abruptly.

Then there is also talk that Shafie could replace Jamalul Kiram the Director of Yayasan Sabah cum Chief Executive Officer of Innoprise Corporation Sdn. Bhd (ICSB) with Former Sabah State Secretary, Tan Sri Sukarti Wakiman. It seems Jamalul Kiram did not live up to Shafie’s expectations.

Under Shafie’s rule, an unprecedented and dire situation has arisen, as key institutions have squirmed under the overbearing pressure of interference. Some have raised the banner of revolt, some have buckled under the weight. Although institutions have always had to negotiate with political rulers, and there have been periods in Sabah’s past when things came to a flash point, but never before has such a sweeping discontent been visible to the people. It poses a danger for the country’s democracy if institutions like the Court and the MACC and the police are pressurised to function for political ends. As the Court of Appeal hearing of the legitimate Sabah CM approaches, many of these institutions are sensing that the Warisan-led state government could be on the losing side, and that has emboldened them to speak up. It is a hint of the shape of things to come.

Will Sukau Bridge 2 Project be Peter Anthony’s next Pot of Gold at the expense of Bornean Pygmy Elephants, Orangutans and Proboscis Monkeys?

Peter Anthony is looking into reviving the Sukau Bridge 2 Project.

Even World’s No 1 environmental icon Sir Richard Attenborough and international environmental NGOs were heavily critical of this project. Sir Attenborough had said that Sabah’s global appeal as an ecotourism will be doomed if the Sukau Bridge 2 Project went ahead.

The UK Guardian newspaper published an article highlighting Sir David Attenborough’s concerns over the proposed bridge that would span 350m across the Kinabatangan River, threatening one of the last sanctuaries of the rare Bornean pygmy elephant.

Musa Aman had scrapped this project. Looks like Musa is the only true defender of the environment. Musa’s track record in saving Sabah’s environment cannot be denied.

The Sukau Bridge Project is RM223mil and split into two phases.

Phase 1 is RM67 million and it involves an approach road followed by a bridge across the Kinabatangan at Sukau.

Phase 2 is RM150 million and it involves upgrading 0.3km of the IOI dirt road before constructing an ambitious 1.38km of elevated bridge featuring a raft of viaducts for animals to cross a forested Lot 3 of the Lower Kinabatangan Wildlife Sanctuary in addition to upgrading 1km of dirt road till Kg Moresem.

What Peter Anthony is suggesting is a slap in the face of Shafie Apdal as only yesterday Shafie had issued a stern warning to businesses, that the protection of wildlife in Sabah is absolute, and no compromise on wildlife.

The Kinabatangan Conservation Area is described as “Sabah’s Gift to the Earth” and has been dubbed the “Corridor of Life”.

Lets see if WWF opposes this project again as they did it in the past. In the past, the WWF representative RAHIMATSAH was vehemently against the Sukau Bridge 2 Project but now I hear RAHIMATSAH was recently awarded a project in the Danum Valley and may choose to stay silent.

I also heard last year a couple of soldiers were caught for poaching wildlife in the Danum Valley and so far nothing has come out of it.

Editor’s Note: 23rd August 2020, 1.20 AM

We have verified with our sources, Mr Rahimatsah was not awarded any projects in the Danum Valley and he did speak out against the Sukau Bridge Project. We apologise to Mr Rahimatsah for the mistake and we regret the error.

This article has been amended since publication.

Besides the economy, Sabah and democracy are themselves undergoing a stress-test.

It is commonly understood that the most acceptable marker of economic growth of a state is its Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Economists, who rarely agree with each other, acquiesce with this economic measure; that is a considerable achievement by itself.

However, since CM Shafie Apdal took charge of Sabah on May 12, 2018, after the defections of Upko assemblymen who after winning their five seats on the BN symbol, flags and manifesto led to the loss of Musa’s majority. Ever since then, Sabah’s GDP has become a subject of controversial discussions, especially since it accompanied several grotesque claims of government achievements that appeared questionable.

While the Opposition decried the GDP chest-thumping roar as akin to cockamamie, the Shafie Government gloated on its spectacular accomplishment, its spokespersons hyperventilating on TV screens and social media.

Something is clearly amiss. Many think Sabah’s data under Shafie is not just cooked but barbecued.

I try to unravel this intriguing conundrum, in brief, by addressing questions that crop up with predictable regularity.

What was the GDP inherited by the present Shafie’s Government from the former Musa’s Government?

It was 8 per cent – healthy, strong and recovering robustly.

But, Shafie and his Warisan coalition through their massive propaganda machine spread the canard of apocalyptic doom that “Sabah was on the verge of a collapse”, as fearmongering and manufacturing anxiety suits. In May last year, Chief Minister Shafie Apdal claimed that Sabah was in financial difficulty and the previous Musa administration did not leave RM4 billion reserve as claimed. Shafie, who is also Sabah’s finance minister, insisted that the state’s reserves were in the negative.

Since then, however, the auditor-general’s report for 2017 has indicated otherwise, leading the state’s Opposition to dispute Shafie’s claim.

After confusion and controversy over Sabah’s financial health, state treasurer Rusdin Riman said that the state grew its reserves by over RM4 billion last year-2017.

What about the claim by Shafie that his government is responsible for the miraculous turnaround to make Sabah the fastest growing economy?

It is an absurd proposition that even a kindergarten child will debunk. How can a economy make such a dramatic turnaround within 15 months, one which was being disingenuously trashed by Shafie as a failure just a few months earlier?

The truth is that Sabah moved into the global financial arena taking giant footsteps under the 15-year period of then CM Musa Aman.

Many have called it the golden period of Sabah’s economy, as for the first time ever, we witnessed a 10-year average GDP growth rate of 7.7 per cent and lifted a million people above the poverty line, reflecting the successful model of inclusive growth.

In successive years, between 2003 to 2018 April, Musa’s government reached growth rates of 8 per cent, hitherto deemed unreachable, almost reaching double digit growth levels.

In short, Sabah was much better under Musa than under Shafie now. How do you compare the Musa’s GDP performance over that of Shafie?

There is no comparison whatsoever; GDP went up by over 300 per cent during the 15 years of Musa government. The Musa government performed extraordinarily better compared to the anaemic, almost lackadaisical numbers of Warisan-Upko-PH government.

In fact, Shafie’s government had a great opportunity to build on a strong inheritance from the previous Musa’s government, but wasted a burgeoning growth momentum.

One must remember that the Musa’s government succeeded despite facing Malaysia’s worst economic crisis, recession of 2007-08, low oil prices, drop in timber royalty due to export ban and running a difficult coalition government, and facing repeated sabotage by Shafie at the Federal level and a very difficult Vice President of Umno to deal with.

Why is the ground reality so different from the headlines and the hype?

Under Shafie, what you see is not what you get; there is selective cherry-picking, exaggerated claims, new methodologies adopted to make a sheep look like a lion, and in many cases, data that inspires grave apprehensions about their authenticity. Shafie indulges in a lot of puffery.

Thus, we have this atrocious contradiction where Shafie claims that Sabah is a growing economy, but the farmers are crying under severe rural distress, joblessness, private investments, exports, aggregate private expenditure are all looking dismal.

It hardly needs further assertion that the rural economy, in particular, has crippled small businesses. Lucky for Shafie, there is tourism, thanks to previous Musa’s government for laying the groundwork and logistics.

The damage is still being undone.

Is GDP the only macro-indicator of the health of the economy?

No, it is not, it is just the easiest one. The true health of Sabah is determined through a more detailed biopsy of economic and social indicators, mostly job creation, per capita income, export performance, gross fixed capital formation, reduction in poverty levels, per capita expenditure allocations to health and education.

On all these factors, Shafie has slipped by having both feet on a banana peel. We must not forget that the relevant index for Sabah is Human Development Index. The fact that we have seen an alarming dip in Poverty Index, or the Gender Disparity Index should tell us that this government has merely indulged in headline-hunting, rhetorical speeches, statistical manipulation and massive publicity blitzkrieg.

Besides the economy, Sabah and democracy are themselves undergoing a stress-test due the presence of huge number of illegals immigrants with fake IDs.

About time. Governance in a democracy is like a fishbowl, everyone must know the truth. But under Shafie opacity rules, or as Salman Rushdie would say, there is a lot of chutnification going on. But truth does ultimately win.

Daily Express got it wrong.

Shafie should be grateful to Tan Sri Bernard Giluk Dompok and not Wilfred Madius Tangau.

According to my sources in UPKO which I believe, it was Bernard Dompok who convinced Tangau to jump ship on that night of May 9th 2018 and join Shafie after realising that PH had the majority to form the Federal Government.

I was there on that night of May 9th in Sri Gaya when Tangau came out and answered a phone call apparently from Dompok asking him to go to Shafie’s house in Luyang. Tangau disappeared from Sri Gaya after this phone call and went straight to see Shafie in his house alone, leaving all his UPKO boys with Musa Aman in Sri Gaya.

Upko then switched allegiance to the Warisan-Pakatan Harapan pact a day after the election.

Former Sabah Chief Minister Dompok was the first Malaysian to be made a resident ambassador to the Vatican in 2016 and he wanted to save his job when the PH formed the Federal Government. So, he had convinced Tangau to get UPKO jump ship from BN.

I can now understand why PBS is still bitter about UPKOs betrayal. It is because Dr Maximus Ongkili (PBS), Tangau (UPKO) and Joseph Kurup (PBRS) had signed a pledge a week before the May 9th GE14 elections to discuss together as “MISOMPURU” first, before deciding on the next course of action so as to safeguard KDM interests by acting as a bloc.

There was great hope that the presidential council of Upko, PBS and PBRS would pave the way to unite the three main Kadazandusun Murut (KDM)-majority parties in Sabah. The council was seen as a platform to eventually bring together the politically fractious KDM community.

Maximus Ongkili believed that the council could one day unite the KDM parties under a single symbol. That was before it was betrayed by UPKO, moments after GE14.

For UPKO to dishonour what they signed in public and carried in all the media was the  community’s biggest betrayal.

But it is something that is not a surprise considering that their Payar Juman went down in history as Sabahs first political frog. In 1967, UPKO left the Sabah Alliance after the state elections, then Upko’s assemblyman for Kiulu, Payar Juman, crossed to Usno, enabling Usno to form the government then.

Next was when Huguan Siou Tun Fuad Stephens himself betrayed the KDMs by waiting till GS Sundang was in United Kingdom before calling for an EGM to dissolve UPKO. In the EGM Stephens had asked all the UPKO members to join USNO despite angry demands by members not to do so but he himself leaving them in a lurch. Poor GS Sundang who was deputy president was played out.

So if according to historical fact if the Huguan Siou Stephens can do this to his own people, Dr Max should have known better than to expect there will be no betrayal.

The third betrayal, took place in 1994, when  Bernard Dompok from then opposition PBS joined the BN alliance to form the government. I know this vividly as I was a PBS member and I stood for elections in Penang as a PBS candididate.

So looking back,  I dont blame Madius, I blame Dompok!

I hope Dompok will come forward to answer all these allegations.

Besides all that, see  Tangau’s Facebook posting today :

See this video, UPKO leaders at a recent Public Forum in Kota Kinabalu raising the illegal immigrant issue. Not just public forums ,UPKO leaders should also be raising the (PTI ) illegal immigrant issue in the Sabah State Assembly (DUN). But its not laughing matter, UPKO is part of the Warisan-PH Sabah government.

Makes me wonder, why not even one Party Warisan leader has spoken against those traitors in the National Registration Department (NRD). Warisan leaders seem to go very quiet when it comes to issues of illegals getting citizenship via dubious means.

Even Deputy Home Affairs Minister Mohd Azis Jamman who is Ketua Wira Parti Warisan Sabah has not uttered a word after the arrest and the charging of the NRD Assistant Registrar. NRD comes under his boss Muhyideen Yassin and he is the deputy.

Meanwhile even Shafie Apdal kept his silence. Forget condemning the act, Shafie did not even speak about it.

Warisan is drowning in contradictions, they don’t know how to respond to Sabahans.

Even Federal government ministries including the Home Ministry have not spoken about this issue and the PM himself hasn’t. Dr Mahathir might or might not have indirectly hinted at some of these matters, but he has not directly addressed these issues during his speeches. Maybe it’s time we get some answers from the PM.

NRD have to sacrifice one or two of their own for the thousands and thousands of illegals given citizenship. This Project IC never stops.

Shafie’s Warisan Sabah Government need to ask the Federal Government the following:

1) What happens to those applications that goes thru the traitors hands?

2) Are they going to revoke it or not?

3) Will there be an audit?

 

 

NRD Asst Registrar charged
Published on: Friday, August 02, 2019
By: Cynthia D Baga

KOTA KINABALU: A 53-year-old Assistant Registrar of the National Registration Department (NRD) has been charged with making a fake identification card – the latest in a series of cases involving allegedly corrupt NRD staff over the years.

However, Safiah Alijang (pic) pleaded not guilty before Sessions Court Judge Abu Bakar Manat to the charge against her on Thursday.

She is accused of making the fake document bearing serial number 991207-12-5135 under the name Muhamad Daniel Hafiez Bin Arif @ Jali at 3.05pm on May 22, 2013 at the NRD Pitas Branch.

The offence under Section 463/465 of the Penal Code carries a jail term of up to two years, or a fine, or both, on conviction.

The court fixed Sept. 6 this year for case management and released Safiah on a bail of RM6,000 with RM4,000 deposited in a local surety who would be her husband. Safiah was also ordered to report to Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC)’s office once in two months as well as her passport, if any, to be kept by the court until the disposal of her case.

Earlier, Prosecuting Officer Mohd Faliq Basiruddin from MACC proposed bail RM10,000 in a local surety with several additional conditions. Safiah, who was not represented asked for a lower sum of bail as she could not afford the amount. She also told the court that she is currently working at the department but had transferred to Kudat.

On Monday, three men, including an NRD officer in Semporna were arrested in connection with illegal immigrants obtaining birth certificates and MyKads through false information. The detention led to the discovery of several application forms, documents, and chop from the NRD, health clinic, Tawau/Semporna Hospitals, Native Court, village chiefs and the Sabah Islamic Religious Affairs Department, which were later found to be fake. Previous cases of NRD staff being involved in similar offences have included even the Directors who were detained under the then Internal Security Act.

Someone very close to our Anwar Ibrahim told me recently that when Wan Azizah met Shafie Apdal at the CM’s Office for the first time after Party Warisan took charge, Shafie it seems told Wan Azizah that if she becomes the PM he will be very happy.

Of course, Wan Azizah told her husband what was spoken. It seems Anwar was annoyed. So annoyed was Anwar with Shafie that even now he speaks about this openly. So i hear.

Anwar and Shafie were never close even during early Umno days in Sabah in the 90s, the friction goes a long way. In 2011 there was a sex video commissioned by the ruling elite to kill off Anwar Ibrahim’s political career. The video purportedly shows a man who resembles Anwar frolicking with a prostitute in a hotel room. The three men who confessed to discovering and publicly screening the tape were former Malacca chief minister Rahim Tamby Chik, businessman Shazryl Eskay Abdullah and Perkasa treasurer Shuaib Lazim.

Shuaib Lazim is the father-in-law of Shafie Apdal.

In the meantime, Labuan born billionaire, Tan Sri Ibrahim bin Menudin, the Chairman of Suria Capital Holdings Berhad, a close confidant of Anwar Ibrahim, is the go-between-man. Ibrahim is also Economic Advisor for Sabah Government.

Anyway besides that, today, a series of short homosexual sex videos lasting roughly 1.34-minutes have been making the rounds on social media. The clips show two men, one who resembles senior minister in the current administration, getting intimate with a 27 year old lawyer from Sarawak. At least three clips show what looks like a scene from a room in Hotel Four Points in Sandakan, accompanied by the sound of a foreign news bulletin. People are saying looks like Azmin Ali, but i dont know.