Tuesday, February 17, 2015

B for Billionaires

The world has 155 new billionaires, pushing the worldwide total to 2,325.

That's a 7% jump from 2013, according to the 2014 "Billionaire Census" from Wealth-X and UBS.So who is your standard billionaire? According to the report, the typical billionaire has about $3.1 billion, is 63 years old, and did not reach the $1 billion threshold until their late 40s. 
Almost 90% of them are married, and on average, have two kids a piece. 
They like to hang with other billionaires: They have relationships with nine ultra-high net worth individuals, three of whom are billionaires.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Hello 2015!

The less said the better about how 2014 has been for us all.

Still -- all I can say is we have to make the best of what we have, move on, move ahead, learn from the dark episodes, be grateful and so on... you know what I mean...

So, everyone -- Let's hope and pray for a Happier and Better New Year!

And resolutions? What resolutions?

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Sedition Act Is Here To Stay

Not only that, it will be strengthened, said PM Najib Razakin his keynote address as Umno president at the party's annual general assembly in the PWTC in Kuala Lumpur today.

Najib said that he, as the Prime Minister, decided that the Sedition Act 1948 should be retained to safeguard national security.
He said the government would also strengthen the Act by inserting two special provisions, one of which is to protect the sanctity of Islam and other religions.
The second provision allows action could be taken against anyone who attempted to rouse sentiment to cede Sabah and Sarawak from Malaysia.
He got a standing ovation and rousing applause for this announcement.
Today is the start of the three-day assembly.
You know, I can hear the boos among well -- that group and the cheers as well from that side.
For me, personally -- well, for one this is not my favourite subject. As someone said -- it is something we, journos and bloggers love to hate.
Some say it is a necessary evil. Much like the ISA..
I'll ask this--  will it curb freedom of expression? Yes.  But so what? The fight for this freedom will not end. It sure will not with the Sedition Act. 
I'll ask another -  which part of that expression will the Act curb?  All those nasty inciting of hate and hatred against Islam and other religions , and on Sabah and Sarawak that is covered under the Act.
Isn't that a good thing? Because if you ask me -- I've seen a lot of nasty things flying around. Really nasty things. 
Aah.. only a right-wing Malay will say that? That's always the easiest to say. 
Wait a minute -- what about you? You -- people - naysayers, racists who are denying the foundation this country was built on? 
That's why you shouldn't label people.
But I know what that nagging feeling is  -- fear that the Act will be abused.
I'll tell you one thing -- in this day and age , that comes with a huge price. Abuse - that is. 
It goes viral. Supported by social media. Redress in social media. Pressure from social media.
And that's not seditious, you know.
In this day and age -- really -- you can run but cannot hide.
The fight for freedom of speech and expression will relentlessly continue.
I am not afraid of a strong Sedition Act. Why should you? Don't you think it will strengthen your resolve to fight for a better Malaysia... or whatever it is we are all crying for.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Azmin's Selangor

All I can say is that the whole Selangor Menteri Besar drama was an anti-climax. Not complaining. Just, so relieved all this has been resolved with the appointment of PKR's Azmin Ali as MB.
It had been too exhausting and made so unbelievably convoluted by all the personalities and characters involved . This has got people to be so numbed, almost dismissive. What will be, will be-lah, many seemed to say. So farcical and comical, this whole thing.
That is why I am so relieved. And glad, for now.
But I reckon there is a sequel to this. You can see it as continuing or just beginning. I mean you don't have to be a political scientist to guess that. And we will just have to see things unfold. However, being a voter of Selangor, I want Azmin to prove everyone wrong -- that he can administer Selangor. That he has learnt from the mistakes of his predecessors. No c'est la vie this round. 
So today, after he was sworn in, Azmin told reporters that  the new Selangor executive council line-up will be decided on Thursday and sworn in on Friday.
Here's a report: 
Azmin said the three component parties in Pakatan Rakyat will have a discussion this evening regarding the composition of the exco.
"The Sultan has decreed that it should be solved quickly and God willing, the swearing-in ceremony for the excos will be carried out on Friday," he told reporters after he took the oath as Menteri Besar at Alam Shah palace, here, today.
Whether any of the old exco members will be maintained will be subject to the discussion later, he added.
When asked whether PKR president Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail will be included in the line-up, Azmin said the discussion process had not started and any news will be informed later.
He also denied rumours that a deputy Menteri Besar will be appointed, saying that such an issue did not arise.
In referring to his predecessor Tan Sri Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, Azmin said Khalid had set a good foundation in administering the state.
"My duty is to continue the policies that prioritise the people and to ensure the state is free of corruption," he said.

Selangor Sultan Played "A Most Delicate Non-Partisan Role"

This is the opinion of  Lukman Sheriff , a lawyer, of the Sultan's role in the whole drama about who was going to be the new Selangor Menteri Besar after Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim.
He posted this on his Facebook wall.
Daulat Tuanku
As the news developed, HRH has made the most wise decision in appointing AA under the circumstances.
AA may not be the best candidate for Selangor but HRH's decision has managed to avoid my dear state, Selangor, being a stooge of the most daring arrogant political machination our country has seen or will ever see. And for this I have nothing but acerbic criticism of the architects of Kajang Move, PKR and its strategist Rafizi Ramli for taking us on a merry go round of pure lies and wanton lust of power.
As written many times, we cannot have for the first time, if I must say, in modern democratic history, a de factor leadership or in normal parlance "remote control MB" for Selangor. This is against any semblance of good or proper governance lauded strangely by DAP as the new politics.
From the inception, Wan Azizah's admission of Anwar's role in the State administration and inability to stand on her own was clear enough to the thinking public that she is just a "puppet" for an unelected leader. This impression was cast to stone when it was Anwar and not her, as a legal elected political party leader, who sought permission to seek an audience with the Sultan for her appointment. Anwar and Azizah's utter inability to differentiate the positions can only point to a doom state full of abuse of positions. HRH saw this and out of this concern and love of the State, put a stop to this mess.
For the record, Azizah's, PKR's and PR's allegation that she has the majority by SD and the HRH must recognise this has no basis in law. It is a spin to me of a deliberate misrepresentation. There is no precedent that HRH must recognise the SD. HRH may still interview one by one the ADUN as in the Perak's case and each may deny their support of Wan Azizah. In fact the acceptance by AA of the MB position which must surely include a few other PKR ADUNs clearly shows the SD method is not tenable and cannot be relied in law. The SD from my read was never made public and no one knows what the content is. In fact, as the law stands, whatever the house decide will prevail despite the SD. Aziz Bari is again spewing baseless opinion on this. TMI FMT are merely printing what they wish to propagate. Really sad state of affairs we are in as many are simply misled on this issue.
As for AA's appointment, there won't be enough majority in the house anymore for a vote of no confidence. Azizah does not have the 30 and PR allege. HRH in his infinite wisdom I believe appoint a a person with a majority. He would have consulted PAS and UMNO who would stand by his decision. With AA and his supporters that would be an easy calculation of a simple majority.
I would like to make a small clarification. Though I think there are other more competent ADUNs than AA and that AA may still make Selangor admin worse than TSKI's, I do think that under the circumstances and the legal provisions, AA is the most appropriate candidate.
Daulat Tuanku. You have indeed played a most delicate non partisan role. It shows the relevance and need of a constitutional monarch to keep politics and its evil machination in its rightful place.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Blog Posting Not Defamatory - Judge

From The malaymailonline

THE High Court has struck out a defamation suit filed by a lawyer against a journalist on grounds the case was an abuse of the judicial process.

The ruling was made by judge Datuk Yeoh Wee Siam in chambers yesterday.

The suit was filed by Datuk Mohamad Bustaman Abdullah against Malay Mail executive editor Haresh Deol on August 15, 2012, over an article posted on the latter’s blog Foul! (www. hareshdeol.blogspot.com).

Haresh had in the posting “Judge Walks Out” on June 27, 2012, republished a Malay Mail article “Judge walks out as question turns personal”, a hyperlink to an article “Ethics vital for lawyers” published in The Star Online on June 27 and a YouTube video clip titled “Hooligan lawyer assaults client”.

Mohamad Bustaman, had claimed the Malay Mail article, which was a court hearing between National Sports Council (NSC) and Mesuma Sports Sdn Bhd, was defamatory to him.

He had acted for the NSC in the matter involving a trademark dispute over the tiger stripe design on the national jersey.

Mohamad Bustaman claimed The Star Online article, by way of juxtaposition, bore the meaning he was an unethical lawyer and the video, by way of juxtaposition, bore the meaning the plaintiff was a hooligan lawyer.

He had on June 2012 sued Malay Mail and its former journalist, T.K. Letchumy Tamboo, for defamation over the article. He had claimed the article was defamatory, not true and had affected his reputation as a solicitor.

Yeoh, who presided over the case against Malay Mail, had on November 2013 dismissed the suit saying the defendants were not liable for defamation.

Mohamad Bustaman appealed against Yeoh’s decision but the Court of Appeal upheld the High Court’s decision.

Haresh’s lawyer, Datuk Jahaberdeen Mohamed Yunoos, said Yeoh had struck out the suit in chambers and also ordered Mohamad Bustaman to pay RM5,000 in costs.

Jababerdeen said: “The judge said the plaintiff should have withdrawn the matter against the defendant immediately after the Court of Appeal’s decision as the suit by the plaintiff is a relitigation of issues of an earlier suit and was an abuse of the court process.

“The judge also said the hyperlink to the article in The Star Online and YouTube posting in the blog did not refer to the plaintiff.”

Mohamad Bustaman was represented by B. Mahendra Kumar.

Of Najib, ISA, ex ISA Detainees

From the blog of Tan Sri Zainuddin Maidin  - Zamkata.

"Dalam  menghapuskan ISA, Najib bimbang penerusannya  akan menyebabkan berlakunya lagi penyalahgunaan kuasa atau ketidakadilan . Beliau tidak mahu menanggung dosa. Apakah  kesilapan Hussein Onn menjadi dorongan besar kepada tindakan popularnya  menghapuskan ISA?  Polis  yang senantiasa mengikuti perentah tidak boleh disalahkan dalam penyalahgunaan ISA kerana pucannya adalah  kepimpinan politik yang tidak bijak dan tidak berwibawa.

Barangkali Najib hendak membasoh kesilapan besar bapa saudaranya tetapi  menghapuskan ISA berasaskan kepada tekanan politik dan cita- cita politik untuk kelihatan demokratik dan liberal mengikut citarasa  kuasa besar Barat dan juga untuk mencari populariti dalam negeri adalah juga suatu perbuatan yang tidak ikhlas yang mementingkan kepentingan diri.

Lebih buruk lagi hal ini dilakukan ketika negara berada dalam keadaan tidak stabil dari segi perpaduan dan keselamatan dan bangsanya sendiri sedang  dalam kelemasan.ISA lebih banyak jasanya dari aspek negatifnya.

 Najib memikirkan bahawa Malaysia akan lebih diyakini dunia  dengan transformasi politiknya sedangkan kekukuhan keselamatan   dan kestabilan  Singapore di bawah  ISA dan Akta Hasutan lebih menjamin masa depannya. China yang melakukan reformasi ekonomi tanpa reformasi politik,mencapai kemajuan yang menakjubkan dalam masa yang singkat di bawah displin komunisme berbanding dengan Soviet Union yang perpecahannya  mengakibatkan kekacauan yang terus menerus hingga sekarang.

Dan inilah yang sedang berlaku di Malaysia sekarang .Setelah lebih 50 tahun merdeka,perpaduan negara dan rakyat tergugat ,pihak keselamatan tidak dapat bertindak untuk " prevention better than cure"  terhadap anasir anasirdeviant dan  pemisah  Sabah dan Sarawak   tanpa  ISA sekalipun pendedahan telah dibuat. . Sebelumnya Sabah  telah dicemarkan oleh peristiwa  berdarah Lahad Datu.".

In his latest posting "Kesilapan Hussein Onn Dorong Najib Hapuskan ISA",  Zam - journalist, writer, former Utusan Malaysia editor and former Information Minister - says that Hussein's action during his premiership in the use (or abuse) of the ISA had pushed him to make that decision for he feared abuse of that piece of legislation.

 Zam wrote on Hussein's term of office including his orders to arrest and detain under the ISA senior journalists and close aides of his predecessor (and brother-in-law) Tun Razak Hussein.

"Penahanan Tiga Abdul yang terdiri dari Abdullah Ahmad, Abdul Samad Ismail dan Abdullah Majid di bawah ISA dibuat dengan arahan Perdana Menteri Hussein Onn setelah  dipengaruhi oleh Lee Kuan Yew(LKY) Perdana Menteri Singapura  yang dikunjunginya  setelah kematian  Tun Abdul Razak. 
Tujuannya  untuk memulakan suatu perhubungan baru setelah hubungan LKY  dengan Tun Abdul Razak penuh dengan prasangka." 

He elaborated:

"LKY tidak selesa  dengan Tun Razak yang disifatkannnya sebagai tidak boleh dipercayai dibandingkan dengan  Hussein On yang katanya" He was open and direct  when he dealt with me,coming straight to the point,unlike Razak, I liked him"(muka 271 buku Memoirs Of Lee Kuan Yew From Third World To First)

Dalam buku ini di muka yang sama Lee Kuan mendedahkan  dalam pertemuan empat mata dengan Hussein , beliau telah mempengaruhi Hussein On supaya   menangkap anasir  anasir komunis yang berada disekeliling Tun Razak.

Kata Lee Kuan Yew " I told him my fears of Malay communists and their sympathisers penetrating Malaysia's  mass media and their radical Malay students and trade union leadership.We talked freely  and frankly about the Malay communist infiltration of his media,including the activities of Samad Ismail,an MCP member from his time in Singapore in the 1950s,and his group.

"When Razak was Prime Mninister,he worked his way into UMNO and became a powerful figure in the New Straits Times, building up a coterie of supporters. Hussein agreed this was a danger but said that the communists  and student radicals could not be arrested without upsetting the Malay  ground".

Kemudiannya  dalam bulan June 1976 "The Malaysian  Special Branch arrested  Samad  and his Kuala Lumpur group (halaman 271 dan 272)" setelah namanya dilibatkan oleh seorang wartawan Berita Harian yang di tahan di Singapura. Cerita wartawan ini adalah cerita lama tentang Pak Samad.

 LKY memuji Hussein Onn  kerana "had the courage to act  against  a pro -communist Malay intelligentsia although this was likely to cost him some support".

Read the whole article HERE.

Because I am his daughter, do read this episode of Tuesdays with Bapak 

and maybe THIS, or THIS and may as well THIS

Monday, September 08, 2014

The Selangor Saga Continues

Is it too late now for Anwar Ibrahim to "fix" a really bad situation.
Or is there any fixing to be done, in the first place as far as he and his supporters are concerned.
The Sultan of Selangor is right in the middle of it -- and not of (his) choice.
It aint looking too good.
At some point earlier, before it got to be so messy, Anwar could have "right" a bad situation. At that point, the ball was in his court. 
If there is such a thing as "it is never too late", this is it...but..
Here is the latest report by the NST.
KUALA LUMPUR: The Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has reprimanded PKR and DAP for submitting only one name as their nominee for the state’s Menteri Besar post.
“DAP and PKR had only submitted one name (PKR president) Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail as a Selangor Menteri Besar candidate.
“The Sultan of Selangor is extremely disappointed with DAP and PKR for not abiding to His Royal Highness’ decree he made on Aug 27.
“DAP and PKR’s actions showed their insolence towards the royal institution and also an act of treason (derhaka) towards the Sultan of Selangor,” said a statement issued by the Sultan’s private secretary, Datuk Munir Bani.
In the statement, Munir confirmed that only Pas had submitted three names to the Palace to be considered the post.
It also said that the Sultan had decreed each party in the Pakatan coalition to submit more than two names for the position, and said that it was the Palace’s convention that had been practised.
“This is to allow the Sultan to make a choice as a suitable candidate for the position, by looking not only at the majority support of the state assemblymen, but also in terms of skills, experience, integrity and capabilities.
“These are important to guarantee the state government’s smooth administration, to ensure the harmony of the people of Selangor,” he said.
Munir said the Sultan would scrutinise each name before deciding.
“The power of appointing a menteri besar rests in the hands of the Sultan, hence, His Highness will also look at other state assemblymen from Pakatan which the Sultan feels is qualified and who, to his understanding, holds the majority support of the state assemblymen.” he will remains to be seen.

Of Politics, Divorce And A whole Lot Of Money : The Sarawak Case (2)

Sarawak business entrepreneur Datuk Seri Mahmud Abu Bekir Taib today continued his testimony in the Shariah Court of Kuala Lumpur.

He spoke on the inaccuracies with regards to the magnitude of his wealth raised by his former wife Shahnaz Abdul Majid.

The article below is extracted from a news release issued by his office.

In earlier proceedings, Shahnaz had relied on forensic accounting reports by Ferrier Hodgson.

In his testimony today,  which Mahmud pointed out that land purported to have oil palms, was actually secondary forest. 

Ferrier Hodgson, he said, had failed to conduct a site visit of the said land where there were no productive crops or harvests to have generated incomes claimed by the forensics accounting firm.

“Their methodology is not realistic. In fact, it is flawed and cannot be counted to assess my income,” Mahmud said. He was giving his  testimony before Judge Muhamad Abdul Karim Wahab in the ‘mutaah’ divorce claim by his ex-wife. His examination was conducted by his legal counsel Sa’adiah Din .

Mahmud said if Ferrier Hodgson had sought for factual documents from him to prove their claims in their forensics report, he had not received any request or correspondence to that effect.

His former wife, he said, had been duped into believing that he has massive wealth running into billions.

 In a previous hearing on Sept 2, he said that his wife had been made to believe he had millions in off shore accounts by Canadian fraudsters Cullen Johnson and Elaine White. He also testified that an international conspiracy by Sarawak Report led by political activist Clare Rewcastle-Brown and the Bruno Manser Fund had contributed to all this.
In court, Mahmud also spoke of the selective revelation of his confidential American Express platinum corporate card account by Malayan Banking Berhad.

The plaintiff does not have the expressed permission of the card account holder or Bank Negara Malaysia.

“BAFIA rules are explicitly clear to protect and safeguard the privacy of all bank customers from harms way. I am disappointed by the revelations and violations by Malayan Banking Berhad brought about by the plaintiff,” he said.

“As a rule, banks are obliged to protect confidential banking information in law, in contract and in their fiduciary duty from being reproduced, given, divulged, revealed, published or otherwise disclosed to any person, or to make a record for any person, of any information or document whatsoever relating to the accounts of its customers published to any third party.”

He said this when examined by his legal counsel if he had granted permission to the bank to reveal his confidential corporate credit card account.

In addition to the RM100 million for conciliatory gift (mutaah) claim today, Shanaz had also filed a number of other claims amounting to RM300 million for matrimonial assets division, RM200 million for child maintenance to include a terrace house in London (RM60 million), two Aston Martins (RM5.5 million), a private trust fund (RM40 million to be held by her), and including a claim for half of her former husband’s assets.

The purported wealth of her former husband had been greatly exaggerated to support the massive claims.

Hearing continues on Nov 17 2014.

Saturday, September 06, 2014

Of PASMA and Anwar

The politics of Anwar Ibrahim is all about the lust for power and the trail of destruction his quest/struggle/campaign -- whatever you want to call it -- leaves (not behind).

His old and former supporter, uber still-a-controversial blogger Raja Petra reminds his readers what Anwar is all about.

"What is Anwar Ibrahim’s greatest achievement? How will Anwar be remembered? He will be remembered as the person who broke up and weakened the largest and strongest Malay party, Umno, and then broke up and weakened the largest and strongest Muslim party, PAS."

 This is an excerpt from Raja Petra's posting in Malaysia Today on the soon-to-be-launched PASMA - Pas Breakaway Party .

Raja Petra says that this "was a long time coming."

He said the division in PAS between the ulama and the liberal (Erdogan) factions has been there for a long time and it was a matter of time before the liberals leave to form another party which is also nothing new in the Islamist party.

Raja Petra pointed out that PAS itself is a splinter of Umno when the ulama faction left just before Merdeka to form a new Islamist party.
That was five years after Umno was formed.
In 1977, Then, later on, PAS member Mohamad Nasir, left the party to form Berjasa in 1977. In 1983, Asri Muda, left the party to form Hamim.
The blogger likened problem in PAS to that of Umno in 1997-98 which saw a split between pro-Anwar and pro-Mahathir factions.

He also pointed out that Parti Keadilan Nasional  (now Parti Keadilan Rakyat - a merger with Parti Rakyat) was of Adil, an association formed in 1999 by Anwar who was already sacked from Umno.

"In 1997-1998, Anwar was the catalyst to the problems in Umno. Today, Anwar is also the catalyst to the problems in PAS. And we may soon see what happened to Umno in 1997-1998 happening again, but this time to PAS," Raja Petra wrote.

In his latest posting PASMA: Anwar's Secret Weapon , Raja Petra gives his take on why Anwar needs PASMA.