UMNO’s despicable attempt to turn the Kangkung fiasco into a racial issue must be condemn by all right thinking Malaysians. This is a politically irresponsible attempt from UMNO to stir up racial issue, to divert people’s attention and to silent Malaysians who are concerned with the never ending rising cost of living in Malaysia.
The Kangkung fiasco shows that the Najib administration has lost touch with the ground where ordinary Malaysians face severe financial hardship following the continuous price hike of several essential goods. The rising cost of living is a problem that cuts across all races in Malaysia. UMNO’s attempt to turn the Kangkung fiasco into a racial issue shows that UMNO no longer champions the people’s right and is prepare to racialise any issue of public interest just to gain political mileage.
Kangkung has not only received international coverage for the past three days but has also achieved a symbolic status in Malaysia. Firstly, the Kangkung symbolises the the public anger of Malaysians against the never ending rising cost of living. Secondly, the Kangkung symbolises Najib incapability, inaction and powerless when it comes to tackling the rising cost of living. Thirdly, the Kangkung symbolises Najib attempt to ridicule, deny and dismiss the rising cost of living in Malaysia.
Is Najib currently living in a different Malaysia that he could see no burden of the people, feel no pain of the people and hear no complaints from the people on the never ending rising cost of living? Why do ordinary Malaysians have to tighten their belt due to BN mismanagement and lavish spending while BN top officers continue their extravaganza overseas trip?
There is only one man that could stop the Kangkung fiasco, which is Najib himself. Would Najib finally step up and tackle the core issue of price hike which is of great concern to all Malaysians?
Media Statement by Chong Zhemin, DAP Perak Economic Development Bureau Chief and Political Secretary to the Taiping MP on 16th Jan 2014
Several online news portal have reported that Malaysians have been blocked accessing the BBC news on the Kangkung fiasco. Despite Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) denial of blocking the BBC Kangkung page, internet users primarily TMnet users are unable to access the BBC Kangkung page.
Najib must publicly address if the directive of blocking the BBC Kangkung page come from him. If not, he must immediately interfere and stop the Kangkung censorship. Internet filtering is a violation of the Multimedia Super Corridor Malaysia Bill of Guarantees which specifically states that the Government would “ensure no internet censorship”. Is Najib prepared to go against the promise of no internet filtering because of his Kangkung faux pas?
The Kangkung fiasco turned from a national joke to an international joke when it was reported by BBC and several international news portal. With the BBC Kangkung page censorship, it would be just a matter of time that the Kangkung would be recognised as the “National Vegetable of Malaysia” which has just gain international fame. Continue reading “Najib must immediately stop the Kangkung Censorship which is against the Multimedia Super Corridor Malaysia Bill of Guarantees”
The Federal court on 22nd December has ordered the election petition of Lubok Merbau state seat to be heard in the election court. The election court judge has refused the petitioner’s lawyer to represent him on the basis that the lawyers have no locus standi to represent the petitioner. The election court also refused the petitioner to represent himself in the trial thereby technically refusing the trial to proceed.
This judgment is not only against the rule of natural justice but can also be seen as an act of defying the Federal Court’s judgment which was made last month. The judgment from the high court would set a dangerous precedent of subversion of the court system in Malaysia where a high court judge could openly defy a verdict from the federal court.
The election court judge has also refused the petitioner’s request for disqualify or recusal. Who is the judge trying to protect by technically not allowing the election petition trial to proceed? Continue reading “Election court decision a dangerous precedent of subversion of the court system in Malaysia”
Chua Tee Yong tried to blame Anwar Ibrahim of being responsible for tying-down the government with lopsided highway concessions. This is a mischievous attempt to divert BN failure to renegotiate the toll concessions.
No one will dispute Anwar’s role as the Finance Minister from 1991 – 1998. However Anwar did not sign the toll concessions on a personal capacity. He was representing the BN government when he signed the toll agreements. The decision to sign the toll concessions was a collective decision by the BN government, not Anwar Ibrahim’s personal decision.
MCA has four ministers in the cabinet at that point of time. Why didn’t MCA ministers raise any objections against the lopsided highway concessions? MCA cannot just take the easy way out by blaming Anwar and wash their hands off on this issue. Would Chua Tee Yong also want to blame Anwar for all the failed policies in Barisan Nasional from 1993 – 1998 when Anwar was the Deputy Prime Minister?
Chua Tee Yong’s blame game only reinforce the notion that a good leader in Barisan Nasional is unable to change the corrupt and evil BN regime. It is a good man versus the whole corrupt system. Any reform from within the Barisan Nasional has been proven over time to be a failure. Continue reading “Chua Tee Yong blaming Anwar for the toll hike is a mischievous attempt to divert BN failure to renegotiate the toll concessions”
Najib openly insulted MCA when he suggested that MCA needs some political viagra and ask the health minister from MIC to prescribe the medication. This is an insulting, humiliating and disrespectful remark coming from Najib publicly to shame MCA leaders.
Why do MCA need an UMNO suggestion and a MIC prescription of viagra to recover from its political disaster from the last general election? Has MCA turned from a political servant to a political slave and now a political patient to UMNO?
Newly elected MCA president, Liow Tiong Lai must now stand up strongly against Najib that he does not agree to Najib insensitive remark. Liow must also ask Najib to retract his comment and apologize without reservations. Continue reading “MCA needs no political viagra from Najib but Najib needs a political boost for his dip in approval rating”
For the past week, there has been a total silence from Najib Tun Razak as the finance minister regarding the report from GFI that a total of RM1.2 trillion of illicit capital fled Malaysia from 2002 – 2011.
Instead, Najib has decided to let his political minion, Paul Low to address the illicit capital outflow problem by blaming trade mispricing and ridiculing the report from GFI, taking all the arrows for Najib.
Sensing that it might not be enough, Najib also used Bank Negara Malaysia(BNM) as a political tool to issue a statement that GST will solve Malaysia’s illicit capital outflow. Najib might have thought he killed two birds in one stone in the BNM statement. In fact, he committed a double blunder in the statement. Not only Malaysians are not convinced by BNM propaganda, Malaysians realize that this political madness of taking more money from the rakyat for corruption must stop. Continue reading “A royal commission of inquiry into RM1.2 trillion illicit capital outflow scandal”
Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties will be equally represented should the ruling coalition change its current decision-making system to a simple majority vote, Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said yesterday.
“Right now I am proposing that we no longer have a consensus (system). (Because) even if we use the consensus system, the opposition will say one thing, the press will say another thing, so it’s better if we change it to (a) simple majority instead.”
“The simple majority system will not jeapordise any parties as all parties will have three representatives…eventhough Umno is the biggest party (in BN), Umno will only have three representatives,” he stressed.
Tengku Adnan’s proposal is a response to bypass MIC to admit Indian Progressive Front (IPF) into the Barisan Nasional coalition. It is public knowledge that MIC has on many occasions exercise its veto power (in a consensus system) to deny any Indian party to join the Barisan Nasional. However by changing from a consensus system to an equal representation system, MIC voice in the Barisan Nasional will not carry any more weight so long as seven out of the thirteen BN component parties agree to admit IPF into BN. Continue reading “Equal representation in BN will degrade MCA, Gerakan and MIC from a political servant to political slave”
Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) issued a statement yesterday saying the introduction of the GST will remove trade mispricing issues widely blamed for Malaysia RM174 billion illicit capital outflow in 2011.
This is the most irresponsible and misleading statement by BNM not only to justify the implementation of the GST but also to confuse and mislead ordinary Malaysians that GST will miraculously solve the country’s illicit capital outflow.
Putrajaya cannot hide behind the “trade mispricing issue” and continue to ridicule and belittle the GFI report that Malaysia has lost RM174 billion of illicit capital outflow in 2011.
If Putrajaya wants to attribute the “trade mispricing issue” to Malaysia’s high trading volume, then the relevant questions Putrajaya must answer is, “Why is it that the United States which has a trade export of 6.5 times higher than Malaysia does not have “trade mispricing issues”?
Countries like United States, Germany, Japan, France, South Korea and Netherlands all have higher trade volume than Malaysia but none of them have “trade mispricing issues”. Continue reading “Najib should stop using Bank Negara Malaysia as a political tool to mislead and confuse the people”
On Saturday, Minister in the Prime Minister Department, Paul Low responded to the annual report by Global Financial Integrity by saying, “They are just telling the figures without a solution. Like someone telling your temperature, and then you have to figure out whether to take penicillin or something else.”
Paul Low is not only clueless and ignorant but he must be sleeping on his job as a minister for the past seven months, not being able to come up with a solution to Malaysia illicit capital outflow. The illicit capital outflow is not a recent problem as the world has been made aware of Malaysia notorious ranking as world number two in illicit capital outflow in 2010 as reported by GFI in December 2012.
If Paul Low wants to rely on GFI to come up with a solution to Malaysia illicit capital outflow problem, he might as well give up his ministerialship perks and rewards to GFI as he should be the one responsible to come out with a solution. Continue reading “For the past seven months Paul Low must be sleeping on his job not being able to come up with a solution to Malaysia illicit capital outflow problem”
Minister in the Prime Minister Department, Paul Low tried to do some damage control and “window dressing” on the latest annual report published by Global Financial Integrity(GFI) that estimated an outflow of RM173.84 billion of illicit capital from Malaysia.
Paul Low had said the following, “It is not that I am in denial. GFI itself in its report said that trade misinvoicing make up about 80 percent of illicit outflow on average, while the remainder 20 percent is hot money.
“My rough estimate is that corruption makes up about 3 percent of that hot money (20 percent of RM173.84 billion), which includes underground criminal activities like drug smuggling and trafficking,” he said.
I have rebutted Paul Low argument in a statement yesterday, that trade misinvoicing could not have made up 80 percent of illicit outflow since countries that have higher trade export like United States, Germany, Japan, France, South Korea and Netherlands had a smaller net error and omissions (NEOs) than Malaysia.
However, let us give Paul Low the benefit of doubt and take his estimation at face value. Based on his estimation, Malaysia has lost RM33.72 billion to underground criminal activities and RM1.04 billion to corruption. Continue reading “Paul Low’s effort to damage control and “window dress” could not hide the fact that a staggering amount was lost through underground criminal activities and corruption”