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Memperkukuh Pakatan Harapan Sebagai Pencabar Utama Umno-BN dalam PRK dan PRU ke-14……Bersiapsiaga !

May 15, 2016

 

KENYATAAN MEDIA PARTI AMANAH NEGARA BERHUBUNG PILIHAN RAYA KECIL (PRK) P.093 SUNGAI BESAR DAN P.067 KUALA KANGSAR

1. Parti Amanah Negara (AMANAH) tidak mengeluarkan apa-apa kenyataan berhubung Pilihan Raya Kecil (PRK) di dua kawasan Parlimen ini kerana mempraktikkan semangat setiakawan dan kejujuran berpakat sepertimana yang sepatutnya wujud dalam Pakatan Harapan (PH).

2. Kenyataan berhubung dua pilihan raya kecil ini sewajarnya dibincang dan dipersetujui dahulu di dalam mesyuarat Majlis Presiden PH khasnya setelah berlakunya kecelaruan semasa pilihan raya negeri Sarawak. AMANAH yakin tiada mana-mana rakan PH yang mahu melihat pengalaman buruk tempoh hari berulang.

3. AMANAH amat menghargai cadangan pelbagai pihak dan individu pimpinan parti berhubung kedua-dua PRK ini. Namun, AMANAH menegaskan bahawa tiada yang muktamad sehingga diputuskan dalam mesyuarat majlis Presiden Pakatan Harapan.

4. Budaya kenyataan dan tindakan unilateral boleh diamalkan oleh pihak lain tetapi AMANAH menegaskan ianya tidak boleh dan tidak wajar menjadi amalan Pakatan Harapan. Atas keinginan dan komitmen terhadap pendekatan muafakat politik yang jujur dan ikhlas ini, maka AMANAH ditubuhkan meskipun ada yang terpaksa meninggalkan parti asal mereka.

5. AMANAH mahukan PRK ini dijadikan medan memperkukuh Pakatan Harapan sekaligus membina keyakinan rakyat terhadap keutuhan dan kesungguhan Pakatan Harapan mencabar BN sebagai kerajaan menanti.

6. AMANAH berpendapat bahawa dua PRK ini mesti dilihat dalam perspektif yang tepat dengan matlamat yang khusus. Ia mesti dilihat dalam rangka membina kekuatan PH dalam mendepani PRU14. Implikasi baik buruk terhadap PRU14 perlu dihadam dengan jelas (Fiqh Al-Maalat/Fiqh Kesan-Konsekuensi).

7. AMANAH secara konsisten menyeru semua pihak, khususnya rakan PH, untuk menggembleng seluruh kekuatan pembangkang termasuk mereka yang ingin sekadar menyingkir Najib, di belakang PH. Tidak perlu dan jangan ada usaha mencari formula mahupun pendekatan yang lain.

8. Mesyuarat AMANAH peringkat Nasional hari ini telah membuat penilaian dan analisa berhubung PRK Sungai Besar dan Kuala Kangsar. AMANAH akan mengesyorkan tindakan sewajarnya kepada Mesyuarat Majlis Presiden Pakatan Harapan;

i. Syor yang dibawa AMANAH bertujuan mengukuhkan kedudukan PH sebagai satu-satunya saingan yang serius terhadap BN yang bertujuan menggantikannya sebagai kerajaan dan bukan sekadar meletakkan PH sebagai pembangkang kuat mahupun sekadar penasihat.

ii. AMANAH menyeru semua pihak supaya meletakkan keyakinan penuh terhadap PH. Tumpukan usaha kepada pengukuhan PH dan menanamkan kefahaman bahawa persaingan antara BN dan PH perlu diutamakan.

iii. Persaingan ini perlu dibawa ke PRU14 supaya PH dilihat sebagai satu-satunya saingan untuk membentuk sebuah kerajaan baru.

9. Demi mencapai kemenangan ke atas kerajaan BN yang telah lama mengabaikan hak dan kepentingan rakyat, kerja-kerja mengukuhkan PH secara bulat dan muktamad perlu dilakukan sekarang!

“Harapan Baru”

HJ MOHAMAD BIN SABU
Presiden
Parti Amanah Negara

Kesimpulan Perbincangan Meja Bulat. Kemiskinan Masyarakat Melayu Luar Bandar

May 14, 2016

Para Hadirin

Jay Jay Denis  (Pejabat MP Kelang)

Dzulkefly Ahmad  (Amanah)

Gooi Hsiao Leung  (KeAdilan)

Azlan Awang  (MTEM)

Tian Chua  (KeAdilan)

Jayanath Appudurai  (SABM)

Sivarajan Arumugam  (PSM)

Khaw Seng Hean  (PSM)

Jeyakumar Devaraj  (PSM)

Raja Kamarul Bahrin  (Amanah)      

Shamsul Iskandar  (KeAdilan)

Maryam Lee  (Projek Dialog)

Liyana Sarah Rizal  (Projek Dialog)

Subramaniam Pillai  (Aliran)

Md Nasir Tampol  (Ikram)

Gopalan Papachan  (Amanah)

Abdul Hafidzi Hasjim  (Ikram)

Musaddeq Khalid  (Amanah)

Kesimpulan Perbincangan Meja Bulat.   

Kesmiskinan Masyarakat Melayu Luar Bandar

Sesi Pertama: Mengapakah pendapatan isi rumah kurang daripada RM1,200 untuk 45% keluarga Melayu luar Bandar?

  1. Saiz tanah tidak mencukupi

–          Di kawasan Sg Siput, 25 antara 28 penoreh getah mengushakan tanah seluas 3 ekar ke bawah. Dan 16 daripada bilangan ini menyewakan tanah dengan kadar 10:60 ataupun 50:50.

–          Sistem warisan Islam mengakibatkan pengurangan saiz tanah

–          15 ekar sepatutnya menjadi garis panduan asas bagi pesawah padi. Tetapi kebanyakan pesawah di Kedah mengusahakan tanah 5 ekar ke bawah dan menerima pendapatan di paras RM 500 sebulan.

  1. Monopoli industri beras

–          BERNAS, sebuah syarikat swasta, menjadi satu-satunya ‘pengawal’ bagi industri beras.

–          Subsidi baja (dengan peruntukan RM 500 juta dalam Badget 2016) tidak mencapai matlamatnya. Ramai pesawah mengadu baja yang dibekalkan oleh kontraktor yang ditugaskan tidak sesuai untuk tanaman padi. Mereka terpaksa jual ke lading kelapa sawit.

–          Subsidi yang ditujukan pada kilang-kilang “mill” padi kecil milikan Bumiputra tidak dikendalikan dengan betul. Oleh itu, mill milikan Bumiputra telah kurang daripada 100 beberapa tahun dahulu ke lebih kurang 30 sekarang.**

–          Program ST15 (yang pada badget sebelum ini diperuntukan RM 528 juta dihentikan di dalam Bajet 2016 kerana kerajaan sedar subsidi ini disalahgunakan.

–          Kesemuanya peruntukan subsidi untuk sector pesawah padi adalah RM 2.2 bilion. Tetapi keberkesanannya adalah diragui.

 

  1. Fokus kerajaan adalah pada pembangunan bandar. Sektor pertanian tidak diberi keutamaan.

 

  1. Permintaan untuk getah di pasaran dunia kurang daripada kapasiti pengeluaran getah. Pada takat ini Malaysia mengeluarkan 1 juta tonne getah setiap tahun ia-itu lebih kurang 8% pada jumlah total. Kita merupakan pengeluar ke 4 terbesar di dunia – Indonesia, Thailand dan Vietnam mendahului kita.

–          Ada kemungkinannya permintaan getah diperengkat dunia tidak akan berkembang dengan pesat. Oleh kerana masalah pencemaran alam sekitar, Negara Cina sedang ambil langkah untuk menyekat penambahan kereta di Negara itu, yang merupakan pengeluar kereta terbesar di dunia.

 

  1. Industri perikanan memerlukan perlindungan daripada kapal perikanan dari luar Negara. Ada antara kapal periakanan Vietnam yang memegang lessen tempatan yang diperolehi oleh VIP Malaysia. (Para nelayan tempatan pernah meminta senarai individu yang diberi lessen menangkap ikan, tetapi pihak atasan enggan membekalkan senarai ini.)

–          Kapal perikanan Vietnam adalah bersenjata dan mereka agresif.

–          Pihak penguatkuasa zon tidak menjalankan tugas mereka dengan baik.

–          Ada juga kapal dengan lessen bermuat cargo yang juga tangkap ikan.

–          Pendapatan pekerja industri ikan di Kemaman meningkat sebanyak RM14 dalam 10 tahun (RM400 – RM414).

  1. Tahap kecekapan dalam agensi kerajaan untuk membantu petani dan peladang amat kurang. Kerap kali benih ataupun seedling yang dibekalkan oleh Risda untuk getah ataupun kelapa sawit tidak berkualiti tinggi. Pengeluarannya tidak memuaskan. Kecuaian dalam pembekalan seedling menjejaskan pendapatan pekebun itu untuk 20 tahun!!

Kadang kala baja yang ditawar oleh agensi kerajaan tidak begitu sesuai untuk tanah yang diusahakan.

 

  1. Peladang tidak dapat akses kepada pasaran untuk menjual pengeluaran mereka, cth: buah-buahan.
  1. Masalah pengangguran tersembunyi di kalangan masyarakat kampong luar Bandar. Itulah sebabnya di banyak skim FELDA ada tiga adik beradik yang usahakan lot 10 ekar yang diberi pada bapa mereka yang rupakan peneroka asal skim itu. Kekurangan peluang kerja adalah punca masalah seperti ini. (Isu saiz tanah dalam poin 1 adalah berkaitan .)
  1. Kehadiran 5.5 juta pekerja asing (hanya 2.3 juta dengan dokumen sah) menjejaskan situasi kaum B40 luar Bandar seperti berikut

–          Peluang dapat kerja di kilang-kilang ataupun sector perkhidmatan (7-11, stesyen minyak dll) tersekat kerana majikan lebih suka mengupah pekerja asing kerana mereka boleh dikontrol lebih senang. (Perkara ini ada berkaitan dengan poin 1 – saiz tanah)

–          Gaji pekerja kontrak di sector pertanian juga merudum kerana pekerja asing tanpa izin sedia menerima gaji yang lebih rendah daripada gaji minima RM 900. Jadi seorang pekerja tempatan terpaksa terima terma yang diterima oleh PATI jika mahu bersaing untuk kerja yang sama.

–          Se bahagian besar daripada pendapatan pekerja asing dihantar balik ke Negara mereka. (Lebih daripada RM 30 bilion untuk tahun 2014). Jika separuh daripada pekerja asing diganti denagn pekerja tempatan RM 15 bilion akan berkitar di ekonomi tempatan dan membuka peluang busines untuk ramai peniaga kecil.

Sesi Kedua: Bagaimanakah cara untuk meningkatkan pendapatan isi rumah masyarakat Melayu luar bandar?

  1. Bagi Sektor Padi

–          Subsidi harus di teruskan. Kerana jika harga beras di pasaran ditingkatkan keluarga-keluarga yang berpendapatan rendah di sector-sektor lain akan mengalamai masalah dalam memerolehi makanan.

–          Tetapi langkah-langkah tegas dan berkesan harus diambil untuk memastikan subsidi (yang sekarang berjumlah RM 2.2 bilion untuk pesawah padi) sampai ke pesawah padi.

–          Satu antara caranya adalah untuk memberi voucher pada para pesawah untuk membeli baja dan ubat serangga daripada sesiapa peniaga baja yang mereka sendiri pilih.

–          BERNAS perlu dihapuskan dan Lembaga Padi Negara harus diwujudkan semula di bawah kawalan Kerajaan, dan dengan penglibatan demokratik para pesawah.

 

  1. Bagi sektor Pekebun Getah

–          buat sementara bayaran terus pada penoreh bila harga getah menurun adalah wajib. Mungkin paras harga bila bantuan ini dimulakan boleh ditingkatkan.

–          Untuk jangka masa panjang, kita harus mempelbagaikan aktiviti ekonomi (diversify) penoreh getah kita. Taraf sara diri Negara kita untuk daging kambing adalah haya 10%, untuk susu lembu hanya 5% dan untuk buah-buahan hanya 68%. (Sila lihat Lampiran 9).

–          Kerajaan harus memberi bantuan modal dan teknikal dan latihan bagi pekebun getah mempelopori ternakan kambing, lembu dan ikan.

–          Oleh kerana pemasaran buah-buahan merupakan satu masalah yang besar, FAMA (yang dapat badjet sebanyak RM 170 juta untuk tahun 2016) harus melancarkan skim di mana ia tandatangani kontrak membeli beberapa kilogram buah-buahan seminggu daripada pekebun kecil pada harga yang munasabah. Ini akan menggalakkan pekebun kecil bertukar pada tanaman buah-buahan. FAMA perlu mencari pasaran untuk buah-buahan yang dia tempah begini. Ke kedai-kedai di Bandar kita, ke luar Negara, dan untuk dimengetinkan.

 

  1. Bagi Sektor Nelayan

–          Transparensi dan ketelusan dalam memberikan lesen pada kapal menangkap ikan. Pemilik semua kelas lesen disenaraikan di website Kementerian dan ruang harus dibuka untuk mereka yang ingin menyoal pemberian lesen pada pihak-pihak yang menyewa lesen itu ke pihak nelayan asing.

–          Penguatkuasaan lautan kita harus ditingkatkan dan kaedah kawalan dari udara harus digunapakai untuk memastikan “over-fishing” tidak berlaku.

 

  1. Untuk Memastikan Bantuan Kerajaan sampai ke sasarannya

Masyarakat tempatan harus diperkasakan untuk memainkan peranan yang berkesan dalam mengawal penyelewengan subsidi kerajaan yang ditujukan pada petani dan pekebun berpendapatan rendah. Antara lain –

–            Ketua Kampung harus dipilih oleh rakyat tempatan melalui pilihan raya peringkat kampong. Pada takat ini adalah amalan biasa untuk Ketua-Ketua Kampung untuk dilantik oleh Pegawai Daerah di atas nasihat Ketua Bahagian UMNO. Masalahnya adalah di banyak kes, pihak-pihak yang melantik adalah saspek utama dalam penyelewengan yang kita ingin kawal! (Dalam badget 2016, RM 321.5 juta diperuntukkan sebagai elaun JKKK kampong-kampung. Elaun ini nharus diteruskan, tetapi pemilihan Ketau Kampung harus diserah balik pada masyarakat kampong.)

–          Transparensi harus diamalkan berkaitan peruntukan-peruntukan pembangunan tiap kawasan luar bandar. Jenis projek, spesifikasinya, butir-butir kontraktor dan harga kontrak harus dipamirkan di website tiap Pejabat Daerah supaya orang awam di kampong boleh dapat tahu dan memantau projek-projek tersebut.

–          Menyediakan kooperatif supaya peladang dapat bekerjasama antara satu sama lain – ‘Kuasa kepada peladang’.

–          Penswastaan perkhidmatan teknologi kepada masyarakat berpendapatan rendah luar Bandar harus dihentikan kerana pendekatan sebgini buka ruang penyelewengan. Institusi awam perlu dikuatkan semula

 

  1. Untuk mengendalikan masalah pengangguran tersembunyi

–          Hentikan pengambilan pekerja asing

–          Buka ruang seluas-luasnya untuk mendaftarkan semula 3.5 juta PATI yang sedang berada di Malaysia. (Nampaknya ada satu pendekatan sinis di mana kerajaan menjadikan proses pendaftaran/pemutihan ini terlau sukar dipatuhi supaya memacukan jeritan daripada pihak majikan untuk membawa masuk pekerja asing baru! Ada pihak kontraktor gergasi buruh antarabangsa yang tunggu-menunggu peluang untuk menguat untung besar daripada proses membawa masuk 1.5 juta pekerja Bangladesh yang telhpun dipersetujui tetapi terpaksa ditangguh!)

–          Ambil tindakan serius terhadap majikan yang mengupah PATI. Hanya menghukum PATI tidak berkesan. Tetapi jika beberapa orang majikan dipenjarakan 6 bulan atas kesalahan ini, sudah tentu mesej akan sampai sasaran.

–          Menggalakkan kilang dan majikan lain mencari pekerja daripada B40 tempatan – di kawasan kampong dan juga di Bandar. Jika ada recruiter yang cari-cari da menawar kerja sudah tentu ramai orang tempatan akan keluar kerja jika pengangkutan disediakan, gaji RM 1000 sebulan dibayar dan  tidak paksaan berkerja 12 jam sehari.

–          Buka ruang untuk pekerja asing mencari majikan baru jika ia dibuang kerja kerana mengadu ke Pejabat Buruh terhadap majikannnya.

–          Program menjana kuasa elektrik daripada sumber yang tidak mencemarkan seperti bio-gas daripada Land Fill, kuasa matahari, kuasa angin dan sebagainya harus dikembangkan di kawasan luar Bandar. Latihan teknikal bagi masyarakat luar Bandar untuk berkerja dalam sektor baru ini harus diberi keutamaan.

Perkara Berbangkit

  1. Ini satu permulaan yang baik. Tetapi tidak boleh dihentikan di sini. Satu jawatankuasa harus ditubuhkan untuk

–          mengkaji semua ide yang dikemukakan,

–          menganjurkan mesyuarat “Town Hall” dengan pesawah padi, pekebun getah, nelayan dan golongan-golongan lain untuk dapat maklumbalas mereka supaya dapat memantapkan lagi syor yang kami sudah syorkan,

–          menjadikan syor-syor ini se bahagian pada Manifesto Politik Pakatan Pembangkang untuk PRU 14.

 

  1. Jawatankuasa ini harus

–          meneliti Kertas-kertas Startegik 2, 3, 4, dan 20 dalam Rancangan Malaysia Ke 11 yang juga menyentuh beberapa perkara ini.

–          Terus membuka ruang untuk NGO dan pihak akademik yang berminat untuk terus melibatkan diri dalam proses ini.

 

  1. Suatu Laporan Ringkas terhadap kandungan sesi perbincangan ini harus disediakan dan diedarkan ke semua peserta  dan juga mereka yang berminat tetapi tidak dapat hadir sesi ini. Dan juga ke Parti –parti pembangkang.

 

  1. Kedudukan Negara seperti Malaysia dalam system ekonomi global tidak menguntungkan kita. Malah kita, Malaysia, dibuli dalam system ekonomi global yang sedia ada. Kita harus menyedari situasi ini dan aturkan startegi untuk mengatasinya.

 

Laporan ini disediakan oleh Jay Jay Denis

dan Jeyakumar Devaraj.

Mei 2016

Pengundi Sarawak wajar pastikan PBB tidak menjadi seperti Umno di Semenanjung…

May 6, 2016

 

Sarawakians, ensure PBB doesn’t become UMNO in the Peninsula.

As if barring 30 odds opposition leaders were insufficient to depict himself as practising ‘electoral authoritarianism’ to paraphrase Professor Andreas Schedler, or in simple term, a farce democracy, Adenan Satem ensures he cripples further the opposition by giving a deadline of 5 May for them to disappear from the battle-ground.

What an act of cowardice! What could be worst of an autocrat and one which truly makes a huge mockery of his imminent victory and a farce of democracy at it worst.

Never mind the many outrageous and long standing practice of denying the opposition access of the mainstream media. Never mind the many blatant abuses of public funds into the billions, announced during campaign period of ministers and money politics changing hands.

The only ‘democracy’ that is, is because there is an electoral process but a very far cry from any meaningful semblance of an equal and level playing field, much cherished by BERSIH, the ‘free and fair’ electoral watchdog.

This writer and his other colleagues YB Nurolhuda (stateassembly Parit Yani, Johor) and Suhaizan Kayat (Organising Secretary of Parti Amanah) were amongst those that were given limited visa and a deadline of 5 May to rid themselves of Sarawak.

Why the necessity to worsen further his image as an autocrat is extremely baffling much as it is arguably constitutionally illegitimate.

Despite every poll-analyst talking of his sure victory, Adenan is making absolutely certain that he reverses the trend that opposition is making definite inroad into Sarawak politics.

Adenan is particularly anxious of the continuing Chinese support for the Opposition, evident in the last two elections of 2011 and 2013.

For that matter, the dwindling support of Iban, Bidayuh and Orang Ulu for BN is equally worrying for him. His main key performance indicator is now to arrest this emerging trend.

Campaign in the much fought battle-ground of the Opposition seats have been stiff though not obviously fierce.

Adenan’s cowardly acts were specifically aimed at reducing the intensity of this fight and stifling the opposition fire-power, the like of Amanah’s president Mat Sabu and parliamentarian Khalid Samad and Dap’s Tony Pua et al.

The dismal and sorry of Sarawak after 53 years of forming a federation with Malaya is what Adenan fears most to be exposed. He is surely under a false illusion that as if Sarawakians could be continuously deluded and conned.

His RM27 billion cash reserve is totally meaningless and worthless, if tap in the home is still anything but clean while 183 dilapidated schools are still in real sorry state. This writer witnessed the sorry state of schools, long houses and basic amenities of roads etc, everywhere he campaigned.

It is both scandalous and criminal for a government to subject their citizens to this state of abject deprivation, while they boast and gloat of their massive cash reserve. The high cost of living, as a result of the recent GST and withdrawal of subsidies, could have easily been absorbed and handled by a ‘caring and rich government’, should they have truly a will power and tenacity to deliver a meaningful life to their rakyat. Could an apparently strong CM like Adenan now deliver?

Well, be that as it may, into the last 24 hour of the 10 day campaign period, it would be tactical, wise and pertinent that the Sarawakians take a long hard look before making their decision today.

Granted Adenan’ autocratic tendency and a propensity for turning democracy into a farce and a sham, Sarawak voters must ensure a strong and vibrant voice of Opposition in the State Assembly of Sarawak!

Only this will ensure A Better Sarawak, for the immediate future.

Only by mandating a strong opposition voice and sufficient seats, will PBB-BN be checked into not becoming a corrupt and dysfunctional government, like their counterparts of Umno-BN in the peninsula of Malaysia.

Otherwise, Sarawak would be doomed, as Sarawakians make their choice to their own detriment and peril in bringing back the ‘One Party-Coalition Dominant System in Sarawak’.

Dr Dzulkefly Ahmad
Strategy Director,
Parti Amanah Negara.

Sarawakians, ensure PBB doesn’t become Umno-like (MKini)

Amanah warns against too big a win for BN FMT Reporter May 6, 2016

 

 

Amanah vows to be ‘strong opposition’…

May 2, 2016

BY AIZYL AZLEE (MMO)

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Salahuddin had last week announced that the party would not be announcing an official manifesto as it was only contesting in 13 seats in the Sarawak state elections. — Picture by Yusof Mat Isa

 

KUCHING, May 2 — Parti Amanah Negara (Amanah) promised today to be “a strong opposition” as it announced its pledges in the Sarawak polls, the first election the six-month-old party is contesting.

According to national deputy president Salahuddin Ayub, it is part of their last effort to win over voters in the state.

“This is our second phase, the second stage of our campaign. And I hope the Sarawak voters will make it viral,” he told reporters here when asked of the late reveal, five days before voters go to the ballot box this Saturday.

“This is our last effort to convince Sarawakians to give Amanah a chance to convey their struggle in the state assembly.”

Aside from offering themselves to be the voice of a strong opposition, the “seven offers of Amanah” also include pressuring for reform in land administration, the abolition of the Goods and Services Tax (GST), providing employment opportunities in downstream industries, increasing development in rural areas, improving quality of life and obtaining 20 per cent oil royalty for the state.

On the pressure of contesting only in Parti Pusaka Bumiputera Bersatu (PBB) strongholds, Amanah elections director Dr Hatta Ramli said that the idea of a “white seat” was just “psychological warfare” tactics slung at Amanah by the incumbent Barisan Nasional (BN) party.

“We like the idea of PBB announcing that these areas are ‘white’ for them, or that it’s ‘grey’ for them. It is their assessment. But most of it is just psychological warfare, either to boost their workers’ spirits or to bring down ours,” he told reporters here.

“But we are not going to buy it. We have equal chance in all these areas. The response given by the locals during the campaign carried out by Amanah so far is wonderful and very unexpected.”

Salahuddin had last week announced that the party would not be announcing an official manifesto as it was only contesting in 13 seats in the Sarawak state elections.

Amanah was formed by former PAS leaders from the so-called progressive faction of the Islamist party, who were purged from the PAS central leadership during its elections last year.

Amanah is part of the Pakatan Harapan pact, which it formed with PKR and DAP after the latter fell out with PAS.

The party had last week nominated 13 candidates to contest in the 11th Sarawak state election that will be held on May 7.

– See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/amanah-vows-to-be-strong-opposition#sthash.IXAi7jqp.dpuf

(FMT) Dr Dzul: Was smart alec Arul conned?..By Aabar Investment PJS Ltd (BVI)?..But Who is Aabar PJS Ltd (BVI)?

April 15, 2016

 | April 14, 2016

The Amanah man says it must have been th ‘divine intervention’ that brought the latest revelation about 1MDB.

PETALING JAYA: A Parti Amanah Negara official sees a spiritual force at work in the latest revelation of alleged wrongdoing in 1MDB.

“After all the attempts at absolving the Prime Minister of any wrongdoing, it’s divine intervention that is sending us this revelation that the US$3.5 billion 1MDB paid to an Aabar entity did not go to the Aabar entity that was supposed to receive it,” said Amanah Strategy Director Dzulkefly Ahmad.

He was commenting on a denial by Abu Dhabi’s International Petroleum Investment Company (IPIC) and its subsidiary Aabar Investment PJS that they had any link to Aabar Investment PJS Limited in the British Virgin Islands (BVI). They also denied receiving any payment from 1MDB.

Dzulkefly said it would be ludicrous to think that a “smart alec” like 1MDB chief Arul Kanda Kandasamy could have been “conned.”   He told Arul to “come clean” and explain himself “without the verbose language.” Noting Arul’s statement that 1MDB was contemplating “legal or any other available action,” he asked: “But against whom?”

Referring to the denial by IPIC and its subsidiary, he noted that “they made it clear that IPIC and Aabar did not receive any payment from the BVI company, which actually was wound up last June, and that they would not assume any liability on its behalf.”

He noted a confirmation by the Public Accounts Committee in its report to Parliament that 1MDB sent a total of US$3.5 billion to “Aabar BVI.”

He said it was “bizarre and mind boggling” that no one could tell what happened to the money after it went to the British Virgin Islands.

“The US$3.5 billion paid by 1MDB to Aabar BVI included about US$1.4 billion from a privately placed bond that Goldman Sachs raised in 2012,” he said. “The 1MDB fund also made payments of US$855 million, US$993 million and US$295 million as security deposits and other guarantees for the bond to the BVI firm.

“As far as the taxpayers are concerned, whatever may be the cause of this misfortune – incompetence, negligence or simply ignorance or outright criminal breach of trust – the fact remains that the entire citizenry is just extremely incensed and totally enraged by this damning report.

“Going by all these damning revelations, I can’t help but paraphrase Bank Negara Governor Zeti Akhtar – that somebody is really going to prison.”

Dr Dzul: Umno has lost all credibility and legitimacy to lead the nation…

April 2, 2016

| April 1, 2016

Any scathing and caustic revelations of wrongdoing in most countries would have seen the voluntary resignation of leaders and action taken against them.

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KUALA LUMPUR: Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, warned Parti Amanah Negara Strategy Director Dzulkefly Ahmad in a statement, “was indeed instilling a ‘state of fear’ in the nation.”

“Umno must now pay heavily for this miscreant, for adamantly defending him either out of fear of retribution, or under the illusion that he had committed no crime.”

Umno and Barisan Nasional (BN) members have shown themselves to be people who are more than willing to put their partisan interest above securing the integrity and goodwill of the nation, he added. “Despite their pretense and symbolism of patriotism, by relegating the interest of the nation to the backwaters when push comes to shove, they have indeed shown themselves to be a most unpatriotic lot.”

“Umno needs no reminding that any scathing and caustic revelations on wrongdoing in most countries would have seen the voluntary resignation of leaders and action taken against them.”

 

In short, said Dzulkefly, Umno has lost all credibility and legitimacy in the eyes of the world. “They can no longer lead the nation.”

“The rakyat and voters must get that loud and clear.”

He was commenting on the new round of damning expose on Najib, particularly in the last 48 hours, by both the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Four Corners programme and the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). “Najib has indeed been ripped off.”

He does not have even a shred of credibility left in him.”

Dzulkefly reiterated that just as in the matter of Umno and BN, Najib can no longer lead the nation, much less the charge in the 14th General Election for the ruling coalition. “It will surely serve Umno and the BN well to know that not only has Najib become his own greatest enemy, he has also become the greatest liability to the ruling coalition and the nation as a whole.”

However, Umno remain muted, oblivious and unperturbed, lamented Dzulkefly.

 

 

 

Amanah: Umno and Najib have lost credibility to lead nation

 

“Umno needs no reminding that any scathing and caustic revelations on wrongdoing in most countries would have seen the voluntary resignation of leaders and action taken against them.”

In short, said Dzulkefly, Umno has lost all credibility and legitimacy in the eyes of the world. “They can no longer lead the nation.”

“The rakyat and voters must get that loud and clear.”

He was commenting on the new round of damning expose on Najib, particularly in the last 48 hours, by both the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Four Corners programme and the Wall Street Journal (WSJ). “Najib has indeed been ripped off.”

He does not have even a shred of credibility left in him.”

Dzulkefly reiterated that just as in the matter of Umno and BN, Najib can no longer lead the nation, much less the charge in the 14th General Election for the ruling coalition. “It will surely serve Umno and the BN well to know that not only has Najib become his own greatest enemy, he has also become the greatest liability to the ruling coalition and the nation as a whole.”

However, Umno remain muted, oblivious and unperturbed, lamented Dzulkefly.

Umno has lost its credibility and legitimacy to lead the country in light of recent scandals exposed in the media, said Parti Amanah Negara strategy director Dzulkefly Ahmad.

“For allowing, not only their party and its BN coalition to be embattled, but as well the entire nation to be beleaguered, in the eyes of the world, Umno has lost all legitimacy and credibility to govern this nation any longer.

“The rakyat and voters must get this loud and clear,” Dzulkefly said in a statement today.

This is especially so, he added, after the “damning exposé” by Australia Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) Four Corners documentary and yesterday’s The Wall Street Journal article on Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and the financial scandals plaguing him.

Najib, he said, has further lost his credibility to lead BN in the next general election after those exposé.

“It will surely serve Umno and BN well to know that not only is Najib his own greatest enemy, but he has also become the greatest liability to Umno-BN, nay, the nation as a whole.

“But much to the chagrin of all and sundry, Umno deems it fit to remain muted, oblivious and astonishingly unperturbed,” Dzulkefly said.

In most countries, leaders would have voluntarily resigned and had action taken against them for the sort of “scathing and extremely damaging revelations” against them such as in the recent reports, he pointed out.

No patriotism in BN

On the contrary, Najib seems to be getting “stronger and more vicious”, creating a “state of fear”, he noted, citing the title of the Four Corners documentary ‘State of Fear: Money and Murder in Malaysia’.

For continuing to defend Najib, he said Umno and BN have shown themselves to be willing to place partisan interests over the interests of the country.

Dzulkefly, who is former Kuala Selangor MP, said despite BN’s pretence of patriotism, they have become an unpatriotic lot for not putting the interests of the country first.

“For adamantly defending Najib, either out of fear of retribution or under some false illusion that he had committed no crime, Umno must now pay heavily for this miscreant,” he said.

In a separate statement, Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali has also called for Najib to step down following the “utterly shocking and scandalous” revelations by the WSJ that over US$1 billion was transferred to five of Najib’s personal accounts between 2011 and 2014 as well as the ‘Four Corners’ documentary.

Lending further credence to the allegations is the fact that the Monetary Authority of Singapore has started investigating around 40 banks linked to transfers of funds related to 1MDB, he said.

“Without doubt these scandals bring further disrepute to the Umno-BN government of Najib who continues to cling to power in spite of repeated calls for his resignation. No leader has brought more shame to Malaysia’s reputation.

“In light of these latest exposé and considering that he has repeatedly failed to take legal action to clear his name, the only morally responsible course of action for Najib is to step down as prime minister,” Azmin said in the statement.

These scandals once again underscore the importance of the Citizens’ Declaration in demanding Najib’s resignation and calling for institutional reforms to help restore the country’s constitutional democracy, he added.

The ABC documentary aired Monday night, laid out what is purportedly details of Najib’s personal bank accounts, which showed an “extraordinary and steady flow of money” between 2011 and 2014.

Meanwhile, the WSJ yesterday reported that Najib had given his brother, CIMB chairperson Nazir Razak, RM7 million to distribute to party machinery leading up to the 13th general election in 2013.

Nazir, however, told WSJ he had at the time believed the money came from legitimate sources.

WSJ draws 1MDB link

WSJ further reported that it has sighted Malaysian investigation documents that purportedly indicate that “the majority” of the funds originated from Najib’s brainchild 1MDB.

Najib has repeatedly denied abusing public funds for personal gain and blamed such allegations on those attempting to topple him.

Attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali has also cleared him of any wrongdoing with regard to the funds in his accounts, including the RM2.6 billion, which is claimed to be a donation from a Saudi royalty.

Government leaders have also accused WSJ of being part of the campaign against the prime minister, while 1MDB has criticised the publication of recycling unverified allegations.

On Tuesday, ABC also published a letter purportedly from a Saudi prince who had pledged US$375 million for Najib, and its journalist said the document “raises further and more difficult questions”.

Read more: https://www.malaysiakini.com/news/336086#ixzz44cvRu3eT

1MDB Probe Shows Malaysian Leader Najib Spent $ 15 Millions on Luxury Goods

March 31, 2016

Updated March 30, 2016 9:03 p.m. WSJ

Bank documents show accounts of prime minister paid out $15 million for clothes, jewelry and a car

Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, at a summit in Kuala Lumpur in November. ENLARGE
Malaysia Prime Minister Najib Razak and his wife, Rosmah Mansor, at a summit in Kuala Lumpur in November. Photo: FAZRY ISMAIL/EUROPEAN PRESSPHOTO AGENCY

HONOLULU, Hawaii—On Christmas Eve 2014, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak stepped onto Hawaii’s 18-hole Kaneohe Klipper course for a round of golf diplomacy with U.S. President Barack Obama.

Off the fairways, another side of Mr. Najib’s time in office was on display. Two days earlier, the prime minister’s credit card was charged $130,625 to Chanel in Honolulu, according to Malaysian investigation documents. A person who works at a Chanel store in the upscale Ala Moana Center recalls Mr. Najib’s wife shopping there just before Christmas.

The credit card was paid from one of several private bank accounts owned by Mr. Najib that global investigators believe received hundreds of millions of dollars diverted from a government investment fund set up by the prime minister in 2009. The fund, 1Malaysia Development Bhd., or 1MDB, today is at the center of corruption probes by authorities in Malaysia and at least five other nations.

The Malaysian investigation documents, viewed by The Wall Street Journal, contain bank-transfer information that provides the most complete picture to date of the money that flowed through the prime minister’s accounts over a five-year period, the majority of it, investigators say, originating from 1MDB.

They show for the first time how some of the money in Mr. Najib’s accounts allegedly was used for personal expenses. That included $15 million in spending on clothes, jewelry and a car, according to the bank-transfer information, involving stores in the U.S., Malaysia, Italy and elsewhere.

The disclosures appear to undermine key claims Mr. Najib and his allies have made in his defense, including that none of the money went toward personal expenses. They also detail how Mr. Najib used the funds to operate a large political machine, with money flowing from his accounts to politicians, think tanks and lawyers during a close election in 2013.

Mr. Najib, who was seen by Washington as a liberal, Western-friendly leader when he first came into power in 2009, didn’t respond to requests for comment. He has strenuously denied wrongdoing.

A lawyer for Mr. Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, declined to comment. The 1MDB fund also didn’t respond to questions. It has denied sending money to Mr. Najib’s accounts or other wrongdoing and said it is cooperating with probes.

In all, the documents show over $1 billion entered five accounts belonging to Mr. Najib at AmBank Bhd., a Malaysian bank, between 2011 and 2015.

As previously reported, $681 million was transferred via a web of entities in March 2013, money which investigators in two countries believe originated with 1MDB, the government fund. Malaysian investigators believe another set of transfers in 2014 and 2015, totaling $25 million, came from an entity known as SRC International Bhd., a company that originally was controlled by 1MDB but was transferred to the Finance Ministry in 2012. Mr. Najib also is the finance minister.

After the Journal first reported those transfers last July, Mr. Najib wrote a post on Facebook saying: “Let me be very clear: I have never taken funds for personal gain as alleged by my political opponents—whether from 1MDB, SRC International or other entities, as these companies have confirmed.”

Malaysia’s attorney general in January cleared Mr. Najib of wrongdoing, saying $681 million that entered his accounts in 2013 was a legal donation from the Saudi royal family, and that most of it was returned. Mr. Najib’s defenders have said any money spent in Malaysia went for political purposes, which they say is permissible.

Malaysian authorities haven’t commented on the other money alleged to have entered Mr. Najib’s accounts.

The latest Malaysian investigation documents reviewed by the Journal contradict the attorney general’s account. They show transfers from a person in Saudi Arabia and from the country’s finance ministry, but they occurred earlier, in 2011 and 2012, and are of smaller amounts, totaling $200 million. The finance ministry didn’t respond to requests for comment.

The documents show the prime minister made more than 500 payments from his accounts, the bulk of them to political players. Tens of millions of dollars of such payments occurred ahead of the May 2013 elections, which Mr. Najib’s party risked losing for the first time since Malaysia’s independence from Britain in 1957.

The payments from the prime minister’s accounts at this time included nearly $7 million to the private account of one of Mr. Najib’s four brothers, who is chairman of CIMB Group Holdings Bhd., a government-controlled bank.

Nazir Razak, the brother, confirmed to the Journal in a written statement he received the money, which he said was disbursed by bank staff to ruling-party politicians according to the instructions of party leaders.

He said he believed the money originated with donations he had helped raise from Malaysian corporations and individuals for the elections.

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“I had no knowledge whatsoever that these funds may have originated from any other source(s),” he said. “The entire amount was paid out in cash to various recipients according to the instructions of the party president and the account was closed with a zero balance.”

A spokeswoman for CIMB declined to comment.

Another transfer of almost $70,000, on July 4, 2014, went to the prime minister’s son, Nor Ashman Najib, according to the documents. Attempts to reach him were unsuccessful.

The money flowing to Mr. Najib’s account is only part of a much larger amount that investigators believe was misappropriated from 1MDB, which raised over $11 billion in debt, much of it from global investors. Swiss authorities, who along with the U.S., Hong Kong, Abu Dhabi and Singapore are probing the fund, say 1MDB-related losses from misappropriation could reach $4 billion.

Several investigations by Malaysia’s central bank, a parliamentary committee, the country’s auditor general, Malaysia’s antigraft agency and police, are continuing.

The Malaysian investigation documents show that around $170 million entered the prime minister’s accounts from other offshore companies set up to look like bona-fide financial giants such as Blackstone Group LP.

Investigators in two countries are probing the origin of the money that came from Blackstone Asia Real Estate Partners, a British Virgin Islands company, and whether any of it also originated from 1MDB.

A spokeswoman for Blackstone Group said the U.S. company had no knowledge of this offshore entity.

A report on Australian Broadcasting Corp.’s Four Corners program said that some of the money transfers into Mr. Najib’s accounts triggered internal money-laundering alarms inside AmBank. The bank didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Some $44 million from Mr. Najib’s accounts was recorded as going to a company called Solar Shine Bhd. The firm was used by the ruling party to distribute small handouts like food and stationery to voters around elections, according to newspaper reports and a person familiar with the matter. Ruling-party organizations and think-tanks got large amounts, according to the documents.

Attempts to locate Solar Shine weren’t successful.

Of the apparent personal spending, one of the most regular recipients of funds from Mr. Najib’s accounts was Jakel Trading Bhd., a Malaysian luxury clothing retailer. Between 2011 and 2014, Mr. Najib transferred over $14 million to Jakel, according to the documents. The company specializes in traditional Malay formal wear, suits, wedding attire and home furnishings.

Attempts to reach Jakel weren’t successful.

There was a recorded expenditure on June 28, 2011, at Signature Exotic Cars, a car dealership in Kuala Lumpur, for $56,000. Signature’s managing director, Daniel Lim, didn’t respond to a request for comment.

Mr. Najib’s credit card also incurred charges of €750,000 in August 2014 at an Italian branch of De Grisogono, a Swiss-owned jewelry store, again being financed from the same account as the expenses in Hawaii, according to bank-transfer information that forms part of the Malaysian government probe.

A person who works for De Grisogono confirmed Ms. Rosmah, the prime minister’s wife, was a client of a branch of the jewelers in Porto Cervo, a tony Sardinian resort. De Grisogono declined to comment.

She joined Mr. Najib for his 2014 trip to Hawaii, where Mr. Obama was vacationing, which was supposed to help cement Malaysia’s growing role on a global stage.

The transaction in the Chanel store was paid for with a Visa card in Mr. Najib’s name, according to the Malaysian investigation documents. At first the transaction didn’t go through and Mr. Najib, who was present, had to call his bank to approve the charge, said one of the people aware of the shopping trip.

A spokeswoman for Chanel declined to comment, citing customer privacy.

The credit card was paid for by an account in Mr. Najib’s name, the documents show. That account had been credited with $9 million a few months earlier. The money came from SRC International, the former unit of 1MDB that is now part of the finance ministry, according to documents that form part of an investigation into 1MDB by Malaysia’s anticorruption body.

On the day Mr. Najib played golf with Mr. Obama, SRC International transferred a further $9 million to the account via 1MDB’s corporate social responsibility arm. The money arrived the day after Christmas.

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