Friday, May 25, 2018

Security risks along Sabah eastern coastlines

FMT - Ban on pump boats must stay, says retired general (extracts):

PETALING JAYA: A retired brigadier-general has urged Sabah not to lift the ban on pump boats as the state’s wide borders still were not completely safe.

Pump boats, notorious for their speed and silence, were banned a few years ago after numerous cross-border crimes and kidnappings along Sabah’s East Coast.

Speaking to FMT, National Patriots Association (Patriot) president Mohd Arshad Raji said there had to be good security reasons why the authorities had earlier felt it was right to ban pump boats.

“Sabah’s coastline is very broad and some areas like Pulau Bangi are very close to southern Philippines.”

He was commenting on a Borneo Post report that Chief Minister Mohd Shafie Apdal said the state might lift the ban on pump boats which were used by fishermen.

Shafie said he would discuss the matter with the police.

Arshad, who once served as deputy commander of the Royal Malaysian Army’s 5th Brigade in Sabah, said he did not believe Sabah’s east coast was fully secure yet.

The General knows what he is talking about. The new CM of Sabah should not succumb to lobby groups which may not well serve national interests (security of the state).

Politicians are known to give in to lobby groups for their own political interests whilst soldiers like General Arshad are acutely aware of the probable consequences of such undesirable political cave-ins.

And when the poo hits the fan, we needn't then have to accuse the security authorities of "staging" the ensuing mayhem where our policemen or soldiers have been killed.

Additionally there is an urgent need to bolster the surveillance of Sabah's very porous coastlines, especially on its northern and eastern sectors.

I believe surveillance and ground(sea)-attack drones should be introduced into the military, especially by the RMAF and/or RMN for use along those coastlines on a randomised 24/7 basis.

And we aren't talking about your children's or even commercial-media types of drones.

What've we voted for - Revenge, Witch-hunts, Arrogance?

Malaysiakini - The importance of due process and dignified governance by Nathaniel Tan:

Merely days after Pakatan Harapan won the elections, the Registrar of Societies almost instantly approved the registration of Pakatan Harapan as a formal coalition and gave Bersatu a clean ticket of health with regards to its previously uncertain legality - issues that had previously been dragging on for months.

How nice it would be if this was the very last time the authorities decided a procedural matter based simply on who was in power.

For too long, many government institutions that were supposed to work independently and function in many cases as a check and balance have based their decisions merely on prevailing political winds.

A new government is an opportunity to turn this culture on its head, right from the get-go. Doing so consistently right from the start is important in order to set the tone that will define the rest of Harapan’s tenure in government. [...]

The country needs strong, robust institutions, and a key difference between a functioning institution and a dictatorship of whim and fancy often centres simply on procedural correctness and objective adherence to the letter of the law. Where the laws are bad, we also now have an opportunity to change them.

We must remember this, as emotions run strong amidst this new era. Failure to do so puts us at risk of having only changed the people in power, but not the culture of power.

Legitimacy of travel bans

The issues surrounding former prime minister Najib Abdul Razak provide many cases in point.

Firstly, there is the travel ban. Like many others, I believe that Najib and his wife Rosmah Mansor should not be allowed to leave the country. The likelihood that they - and all the secrets they hold - would never return to Malaysia seems too high a risk.

I am grateful however to Gerakan’s Andy Yong, who pointed out a fact that had not occurred to me. He asked: On what basis was Najib being prevented from leaving the country?

This struck me, as I realised that the immigration ban was likely served at the pleasure of the new prime minister, without any further procedural grounds.

We recall the case of Tony Pua, who was apparently issued an immigration ban without any justification whatsoever. This was a clear injustice that was rightly challenged in court.

I believe the takeaway here is that the government should not have the unchecked power to impose travel bans without due process and proper justification.

The ideal solution would be for mechanisms to be put in place to justify the issuing of any travel bans, that could perhaps be challenged in court if necessary.


The issue surrounding Najib’s chocolates certainly captured the public’s imagination.

On the one hand, we can all empathise with comments such as: “Really? Complaining that cops stole your chocolate? How about what you stole from the country?”

On the other hand, I believe Bukit Aman Commercial Crimes Investigation Department chief Amar Singh (photo) is correct to promise stern action against the cops involved, if they are found guilty of taking the chocolate.

A bad action is not right simply because it is directed at someone we don’t personally like, or even someone who may have committed a crime.

Similarly, when Rosmah says that leaks of the investigation should be stopped because they will result in a trial by media, there may be merit to her contention.

As we form our opinions about these developments, it is worth asking ourselves: are our judgements based on what is right and wrong, or on how we feel about the people involved?

If it is wrong to slap a travel ban on Pua without some sort of written justification that can be scrutinised, the same should apply to Najib.

As a side note though, I think the #chocsforcops campaign is one of the better ways for the public to respond to this particular issue - light-hearted amusement at its best.

The need for patience

Our eagerness for justice should obviously not turn into some sort of bloodthirsty witch hunt with predetermined verdicts.

In this crucial time, we should instead be taking extra care to make sure that everything is done by the book.

The case of MACC chief Mohd Shukri Abdull, whose revelations have been criticised by a number of quarters as potentially being premature and prejudicial, especially given his present post, is also worth looking at. [...]

Governing without personal attacks

It was also a little jarring to hear the new finance minister describe 1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy (photo) asutterly dishonest and untrustworthy.

The minister does indeed have a job to do with regards to fixing the 1MDB scandal, which has angered so many Malaysians.

That said, I believe a statesperson’s role is not to reflect every negative emotion of the larger electorate, but to set an example regarding the dignified pursuit of justice.

Lim Guan Eng - cutting his own nose to spite his Finance Minister's face

Star Online - Malaysia needs tactful handling of 1MDB mess (from Bloomberg):

MALAYSIA’s new finance minister is taking a sledgehammer to 1MDB. A less blunt tool would do the job just as well, probably better.

Lim Guan Eng is busy telling the world about the shocking state of affairs at the scandal-ridden state fund. But that won’t sate the Malaysian public’s desire for justice.

Investors, meanwhile, are uneasy about things getting out of hand. Already, foreigners have sold out of the nation’s stocks for 13 consecutive days.

For Lim to declare in his first press conference that government debt has exceeded 1 trillion ringgit ($251 billion) because of a sly public bailout of 1MDB gets him full marks for honesty, but not for tact.

The amount, 45 percent higher than previously reported, could have been disclosed when Lim had a firm plan to pay it down.

But the new government is suddenly short of revenue: Lim’s boss, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, has gotten rid of the unpopular goods and services tax to thank voters for returning him to power after 15 years.

That’s all well and good. But the three-year-old GST fetched $11 billion for the exchequer last year, or 3.3 percent of GDP. Replacing it with another type of consumption tax will have to wait for the new parliament to convene, which won’t be until the end of June or early July.

Why does Lim want to risk leaving investors with an uncertain fiscal outlook until then? With U.S. interest rates firming, all emerging economies are under pressure. Malaysia, too, has seen foreigners pull out about $800 million from its bond market.

Can Lim keep a lid on negative sentiment? This week’s events give cause for doubt.

On Tuesday, Lim issued a harsh press release after meeting officials connected to 1MDB, which the U.S. Department of Justice believes was the epicenter of a multibillion-dollar scheme of plunder and money laundering.

1MDB is insolvent, the minister said, citing directors. Well, investors have long suspected that to be the case.

The existence of as much as $2.5 billion of the fund’s overseas assets is in doubt, Lim said. Even that tallies with facts.

Why else would public money be used to prop up 1MDB if it had liquid assets offshore? In fact, Lim has himself provided a list of payments made by the Ministry of Finance to 1MDB creditors.

Starting last year, they add up to almost $1.75 billion.

Give him the benefit of the doubt. Maybe he’s preparing the ground to justify use of public money to make another $36 million interest payment on May 30. But then Lim went on to say that he had found Arul Kanda, the 1MDB president, to be “utterly dishonest and untrustworthy.”

Kanda retaliated by calling the remarks potentially defamatory. The minister had left out the context of his answers and made him look bad, he said in a statement, adding that he was seeking legal advice.

The colorful language against Kanda is jarring in an official press release. Malaysia isn’t a banana republic, but a sovereign rated A3 by Moody’s Investors Service.

Lim is no longer an opposition politician, but an important part of a new government that can initiate legal proceedings against any 1MDB officials or directors. Corruption in high places was the reason Malaysians voted out the Barisan

Nasional coalition that had ruled for six decades – including for 22 years under Mahathir.

Kanda’s honesty isn’t what interests them. They’re waiting for Mahathir to make good on his promise to bring charges against his predecessor, Najib Razak.

The very institutions in Malaysia that have to ensure economic stability are under stress.

After the Wall Street Journal reported that proceeds from a land deal involving the central bank were used to pay an Abu Dhabi state fund – a 1MDB creditor – the central bank had to issue a statement saying it had bought government land at fair value.

The situation is delicate enough for Lim to pull back a little.

His desire to blow the lid off the 1MDB scandal is understandable.

But for the finance minister to pursue that goal at the expense of his day job – of keeping the economy in good shape, and investor
s reassured – would be inexcusable. - Bloomberg

Azmin still de Boss

FMT - New Selangor MB to be named after Raya, says Azmin (extracts):

SHAH ALAM: A new Selangor menteri besar (MB) may be appointed after Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

Current Selangor MB Mohamed Azmin Ali said Selangor Pakatan Harapan would meet next week to discuss potential candidates before submitting a name to the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah.

“Once we have discussed and decided on the candidate, we will submit the name to His Majesty for consent, probably it will all be done after Aidilfitri,” he told reporters at the Sultan of Selangor’s Iftar programme with the staff of Universiti Teknologi Mara here today.

A new MB has to be appointed as Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah has consented to let Azmin assume the economic affairs minister’s post.

However, Azmin has to remain menteri besar for the time being, until an orderly transfer of power to his successor is completed.

Hmmmm, 'nuff said! Wakakaka.

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Uan Ong (Wronged) (2)

Malaysiakini - 'Cash is king' – source close to Najib claims Dr M's version not exactly true:

Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad has accused his predecessor Najib Abdul Razak of being a firm believer that cash is the ultimate panacea for all conundrums and winning the hearts of the people.

He often recalls a conversation with Najib when the latter was in power and how the former premier had told him point blank that “cash is king”.

However, a source close to the former premier repudiated Mahathir's version of that conversation.

“The words were mentioned. But not in the vein Mahathir claims,” he told Malaysiakini.

The source claimed that Mahathir objected to the Najib administration's BR1M financial handout scheme and wanted subsidies to be maintained instead.

“But Najib told him that recipients of BR1M should decide for themselves how they wanted to spend their money. Instead of giving them subsidies they might not benefit from.

“'Cash is king' to the recipients. This is what he told Mahathir,” he added.

The source accused Mahathir of later giving the impression that it was Najib who believed that cash is king as opposed to the latter pointing out that cash would benefit the people more compared to subsidies.

He claimed that the difference between the two was that Najib believed the B40 households could make their own decisions in a wise manner with regard to the extra income.

“Would you rather buy a necessity like kerosene or food grains at a subsidy or receive an equivalent amount of cash instead?

“Would you prefer that the government decides your consumption pattern rather than figuring out on your own how to spend your income?” he asked.

The source claimed that Najib believed that BR1M would increase resources available to households whereas subsidies distorted the market.

“The most obvious distortion is that subsidies, which reduce the market price and by definition cannot be targeted. It allows everyone to benefit, even those who don’t need help.

“Whereas direct cash transfers can, in principle, be targeted directly to the poor,” he added.

Apart from this, the source claimed that Mahathir and Najib also disagreed on minimum wage, which the latter was supportive of.

He then cited a blog post from 2012 where Mahathir said the increase in wages would not be a concern for the government.

“But it should worry the private sector. Already Malaysia's wages and salaries are higher than all the Asean countries excepting Singapore. It is certainly higher than China. This might deter both domestic and foreign investors.

“If investments do not come in, the number of new jobs created would be diminished. This might increase unemployment,” he added.

The source further commented that this was one of the key differences between the thinking of Mahathir and Najib that eventually caused their relationship to fall apart.

"Najib believes more in raising the wages and income of the ordinary folk while Mahathir continues to think of the interest of the businessmen.

“This can still be seen today where Najib had continued to raise the historically low civil service salaries while one of Mahathir's first acts was to review the pay hikes of the civil service," he added.

Does Perlis have an ABSOLUTE monarchy?

Let's see how the new so-called 'rule of law' federal government deals with the action of the un-constitutional monarchies of Perlis and Pahang.

Just because both states are BN ruled (or supposed to be, wakakaka) does NOT mean the federal government can act 'dunno' about constitutional issues being tampered with or violated, lest that will then give shameful meaning to the blatant violation of its own claim to be a government upholding 'rule of law'.

PETALING JAYA: Former Perlis menteri besar Shahidan Kassim said Barisan Nasional assemblymen oppose the appointment of Azlan Man to lead the state government, Bernama reports.

This comes hours after Azlan was sworn-in by the Perlis ruler this morning, in a ceremony boycotted by all BN assemblymen.

Perlis is one of two states won by Barisan Nasional in the recent polls.

Earlier the Raja of Perlis, Tuanku Syed Sirajuddin Putra Jamalullail criticised the assemblymen for staying away from the ceremony.

Shahidan also called for Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s intervention, adding that Azlan should not have accepted the post as he has no support from elected assemblymen.

Does Pahang have an ABSOLUTE monarchy?

Malaysiakini - Two-year term limit on Pahang MB to ensure better performance, says regent:

The two-year term limit imposed on the post of Pahang Menteri Besar and state executive councillors is to ensure better work performance, said Regent of Pahang Tengku Abdullah Sultan Ahmad Shah.

During the period, he said he would review the performance of the new menteri besar and councillors as well as the level of service provided to the people of Pahang and the development in the state.

"I don’t want them to be in a comfort zone, I want them to work hard...if we are not satisfied, we will review (their terms),” he told Bernama when met at the opening of Masjid Al Huda, Kampung Raja and breaking-of-fast with the residents of Cameron Highlands yesterday.

Also present were Pahang Menteri Besar Wan Rosdy Wan Ismail and state Secretary Muhamad Safian Ismail.

Wan Rosdy and eight state executive councillors took their oath of office on Tuesday.

Related: Constitutional monarchies?.

Not so fast

Malaysiakini - MCA to Mahathir: Explain your RM1 trillion debt figure (extracts):

MCA has called on Dr Mahathir Mohamad's administration to clarify how they calculated the country's national debt to be at RM1 trillion.

In a statement, Wanita MCA vice-chairperson Ong Chong Swen said there was a vast discrepancy between the figures touted by Mahathir and Bank Negara Malaysia.

Explaining that the Pakatan Harapan government's method of calculation was important, she said Malaysia's credit rating would be affected by national debt figures and this, in turn, would affect investor confidence.

"As of May 22, this year, Bank Negara stated the government’s debt to be RM705.104 billion in its report.

"But the prime minister recently claimed that our national debt has exceeded RM1 trillion. I urge the government to clarify these figures, due to the stunning difference in both.

"The national debt figures will affect the country’s credit ratings. If there is confusion, foreign investors will lose confidence and further affect the country’s economic stability," she said.

Not so fast. Yes, the gullible guppies may believe every sh*t Mahathir peddles, but he has been known to mudah lupa. Not everything he did was successful (in fact many were monumental disasters) nor can we say every of his calculations has been accurate.

Even the new highly popular and much adored PM must be accountable. Show proof of your figure stated, a declaration where details were NOT provided.

Meanwhile, NST reported:

Meanwhile, Najib reminded those in power that they must remember that the country and Malaysians come first.

"While you may want to slander and put all the blame on me to give a perception of a dire financial position to justify why you cannot deliver on your manifesto promises and to massively cut the civil service, you must remember that the country and our people comes first.

"You can also issue misleading statements on 1MDB or tell half the story about it to blame me but the time to play politics is over.

"Words spoken while in such positions of power result in actual losses to the country and the people, as was proven today in the stock market. It is no longer just about votes anymore," he said.

Get rid of BTN and JAKIM as well

It's good to hear of the new government getting rid of PEMANDU, SPAD and JASA. I fully support such a move.

But let's not stop there as there are more useless leeching organisations to remove as well.

In fact the first should be the Biro Tatanegara, the dangerous divisive racist BTN. Will PM Mahathir be prepared to get rid of this organisation which has done more than any other organisation 
to divide our community?

Then, to also save a RM1 Billion per year, let's get rid of JAKIM as well.

JAKIM has been a joke where it requires as long as  a month to determine the gender of a person (progress?). And its annual budget puts the shits in the mouth of most accountants. Furthermore its DG has the fCking nerve to issue fatwa when he doesn't possess such an authority.

And its so-called consultant, preacher Zamihan Mat Zin, hasn't been the epitome of tolerance or multiracism. ahe had the temerity to criticise HM Sultan of Johor for barring a Muslim-only launderette in the state.

The preacher also said ethnic Chinese were unhygienic and should patronise "normal" launderettes and not those for only Muslims.

He has also been prohibited by HRH Sultan Selangor from preaching in Selangor following a religious lecture by Zamihan that contained words that are racist, ill-mannered and excessively critical of the royal institution. The lecture also took place at a royal mosque where such religious lectures should not take place.

And he has been paid with money taxed from, among many, the unhygienic Chinese!

Islamic matters are the prerogative of the ruler of each sultanate state where HRH (HM in Johor) is the Head of Islam in his own state. Each state already has its own religious regulating authority such as JAIS in Selangor.

The federal territories (of KL and Labuan) are NOT sultanate state and the territories' Islamic issues may be monitored-regulated by the Mufti of each respective FT without the need for JAWI, which BTW has been the most feral of all Jabatan2 Agama and alone on its loathsome behaviour should have been disbanded long ago.

The non-sultanate states like Sabah, Sarawak, Malacca and Penang can manage its respective religious affairs along the lines proposed for the FT's, to wit, its State Chief Mufti with his department carrying that responsibility without the need for a humongous moral-police organisation.

Don't thank me. I am only and most willingly helping the new government in rationalising (getting rid of) some of the useless money consuming organisations.

Crybaby's tears tainted investigation into 1MDB

NST - Shukri's outburst could jeopardise current 1MDB probe, says Ramkarpal (extracts):

KUALA LUMPUR: Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull’s public outburst that he was threatened and harassed in the course of investigating the 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) case might well jeopardise the current investigation into the issue.

Bukit Gelugor Member of Parliament Ramkarpal Singh said such statements by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief could be taken by some to suggest that his impartiality has been compromised.

“Shukri Abdull ought to know better than to publicly claim that he was threatened and harassed as a result of investigating the 1MDB scandal in 2015. In a press conference yesterday (Tuesday), Shukri had said, amongst others, that he was stalked overseas and received bullets in the mail as he had been aggressively investigating the said scandal.

While I sympathise with his plight, Shukri must be aware that such public statements can jeopardise the current investigations into 1MDB which he now helms as it may be suggested that his impartiality has been compromised as his investigations now may be related to the harassment he claimed to have experienced in the past,” said Ramkarpal.

Such a suggestion, he said, is serious as it can potentially lead to a miscarriage of justice in the event parties are charged in relation to the said matter in the future on the grounds that the investigations into it were biased as this would be a serious breach of natural justice which any accused person is entitled to.

“In the circumstances, I strongly urge Shukri to stop such public outbursts and lodge the necessary police reports for the necessary action to be taken pertaining to his complaints.

“The current investigations into the 1MDB scandal by the MACC cannot be seen to be tainted in any way as the suspects thereto have every right to be fairly investigated and must not be deprived of such right,” he said.

Trust Ramkarpal to bring this up as a very important factor in the impartial process of the law. Justice must not only be done but must be seen to be done - see R v Sussex Justices, ex p McCarthy.

But I fear Ramkarpal's excellent advice might be too late. Shukri had eagerly opened his blabbing mouth too indiscriminately and the harm has been done.

Mind, not that Najib's lawyers can get away on this ground a la R v Sussex Justices, ex p McCarthy as the new-broom juggernaut will bulldoze its way to its desired end.

Mongrels now leeching on the Net would not understand the principle of impartiality, being themselves highly partial in the first place wakakaka, thinking as they are now in power they can "fix" or abuse people in a disgusting tit for tat fashion (or as my late mum said, wakakaka: "They ate poo, so you also want to eat poo?").

Indeed, what then would be the difference between then and now, them and us?

Quite frankly, even without Crybaby blabbing and wetting the investigating documents with his copious falling tears, I'll be a monkey's uncle if the investigation doesn't already have an overlay of bias, what with crude public threats to a former PM to turn up or ELSE.

Who's been hoping for an improved due process?

Out of the frying pan into the fire - what a fCk-up situation.

Constitutional monarchies?

Perlis has a monumental problem with its selection of a MB following GE14.

Not too long ago, Pahang also had a delay in the Regent approving the BN appointed MB but for a different reason - because HRH wanted time to get to know the MB and exco better. I have never heard of such a reason nor do I believe the Regent of Pahang has such a constitutional right.

Both Perlis and Pahang are coincidentally BN controlled states.

But to show that the issue is not so much in the politics of the party which controls the states, Selangor, a Pakatan ruling state, has an even more bizarre problem.

Its outgoing MB Azmin Ali is supposed to/has vacated his MB position to take up a federal appointment as the new Economics Minister, but he has no replacement for a few more weeks. Why?

let me think - hmmm 

According to Azmin, HRH is reviewing the list of suitable replacements. And according to Azmin, a few weeks for that?

The three states are obviously Sultanate states where in each, the ruler (or regent) has been the apparent cause of the delay in appointing a new MB, or in the case of Selangor, as so claimed by Azmin Ali.

Methinks the HRH's might have exceeded their constitutional powers in delaying the appointment of a MB when such an appointment has been already selected by the respective ruling party. And indeed, such an appointment is vital to the effective and efficient running of the respective states.

Now, why is the PM who has been renowned for his royal dentistry (to wit, de-fanging awkward sultans, wakakaka) and/or Pakatan (so fond of correct due process) keeping quiet in the face of such constitutional irregularities and/or defiance by royals?

Time to crack the constitutional whip.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Will Pakatan oil royalty promise be punctured?

MM Online - Kelantan MB to Dr M: 5pc oil royalty OK, 20pc better (extracts):

KOTA BARU, May 23 — The Kelantan government stays with its 5 per cent oil royalty claim as stipulated in the agreement signed between the state government and Petronas in 1975.

Kelantan Mentri Besar Datuk Ahmad Yakob said the royalty claim was among the things to be discussed at a meeting between the state and federal governments in the near future.

He said he would send a letter to inform of the meeting between the two parties in the near future and was waiting for the right time to pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad in Putrajaya.

“We stay with a 5 per cent royalty claim. It is very generous of the Pakatan Harapan federal government if they want to give us 20 per cent (as in the manifesto). This matter we will mention in the meeting with the prime minister,” he said.


Let's see if the Pakatan government will keep its words, to increase oil royalty to the relevant states to 20%.

Hope that inflated promise doesn't puncture or as Penangites would say, 'paang-check', wakakaka again.

Mungkin Tua P'au Sian Saje, wakakaka.

20% instead of 5% 

No chocs please for the Mahathirs

MM Online - Siti Hasmah: Stop the congratulatory gifts, thanks:

Kay-poh just wondering - were those gifts and many yet to come (as Malaysians are known to ignore requests which prevent their bodek-ishness from shining, wakakaka):


And from big businesses?

But please, under no circumstances should there be any gifts of horses, as cattle, camels and goats can be donated to Muslim charities (ie. after slaughter) for distribution prior to Hari Raya - we Malaysians aren't yet partial to horse meat.


Star Online - Give chocs to cops, urges Siti Kasim:

PETALING JAYA: The police force are rarely shown any appreciation, and lawyer Siti Kasim wants to put that right by giving them chocolates in conjunction with the fasting month of Ramadhan.

And she is calling all Malaysians to do the same this Saturday (May 26) from 4-5pm.

The “Jom Bagi Coklat Kat Abang & Akak Polis” event with the #chocs4cops tagline is trending on Facebook, with many giving their support to this event.

“I think it’s about time something is done. It’s just a gesture. We just want to show our appreciation for the work they have done. They have never been shown appreciation,” Siti told the Star Online.

Siti herself will give the chocolates to the Sentul police station in Kuala Lumpur as she stays there. She urges other Malaysians to give chocolates to the closest stations located to them and to post the pictures and videos on social media.

“I think that they are sometimes treated unfairly because of some bad apples but the majority of them are very nice people. I am kind of surprised that there is so much traction. I think a lot of people feel the same about how they are treated,” said Siti.

The idea of this event came from a complaint recently made against the police for eating in some fridge “somewhere”, she added.
This was in reference to the complaint made by ex Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak who alleged that some police personnel raided the fridge of his residence and ate chocolates while conducting raids in relation to the 1MDB case.

Wakakaka. Goodonya Siti sweetie.

And presumably we can take it that Najib has already given, wakakaka again.

Hatred is my middle name

Rohingya militants massacred Hindus in last year's turmoil: Amnesty

From the Sun Daily:

Hindus weep near the bodies of their family members in Ye Bauk Kyar village last September. — AFP

YANGON: Rohingya militants massacred Hindu villagers during last year's uprising in Myanmar's Rakhine, Amnesty International said Wednesday in a report that sheds fresh light on the complex ethnic rivalries in the state.

The killings took place on Aug 25, 2017, the report said, the same day that the Rohingya insurgents staged coordinated deadly raids on police posts that tipped the state into crisis.

Myanmar's military responded to the insurgent raids with harsh reprisals that forced some 700,000 Rohingya Muslims out of the mainly Buddhist country where they have faced persecution for years.

The UN says the army crackdown amounted to "ethnic cleansing" of the Rohingya, with soldiers and vigilante mobs accused of killing civilians and burning down villages.

But the Rohingya militants have also been accused of abuses.

Those include the mass killing of Hindus in the far north of Rakhine, where the military took reporters – including AFP – to witness the exhumation of putrid bodies from a grave in September.

The militants, known as the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (ARSA), denied responsibility at the time.

But Amnesty International said Wednesday that a new investigation had confirmed the group killed 53 Hindus "execution-style" – mostly children – in the Kha Maung Seik village cluster in northern Maungdaw.

"Our latest investigation on the ground sheds much-needed light on the largely under-reported human rights abuses by ARSA during northern Rakhine state's unspeakably dark recent history," said Tirana Hassan, crisis response director at Amnesty International.

Victims rounded up

"Accountability for these atrocities is every bit as crucial as it is for the crimes against humanity carried out by Myanmar's security forces in northern Rakhine state," she added.

Citing interviews with eight survivors, the rights group said dozens were rounded up, blindfolded and marched out of town by masked men and Rohingya villagers in plain clothes.

"They slaughtered the men. We were told not to look at them ... They had knives. They also had some spades and iron rods," 18-year-old Raj Kumari told Amnesty.

He said he hid in the bush and watched as his father, brother and uncle were killed.

The report said that in a separate village nearby called Ye Bauk Kyar, 46 Hindu men, women and children disappeared on the same day. It cited information from local Hindus who believe they were killed by ARSA.

While Rakhine was home mainly to Buddhists and Muslims before the crisis, it also boasts a small but longstanding Hindu minority – many of whom were brought in by British colonisers looking for cheap labour – as well as several other smaller ethnic groups.

Myanmar has faced a flood of international condemnation for the its persecution of the Rohingya, who are stateless and have been targeted by bouts of communal violence.

The government denies any widespread abuses and has accused rights groups of a pro-Rohingya bias, while highlighting the suffering of other ethnic groups swept up in the violence.

"It is important that the international pressure on Myanmar won't favour ARSA's actions," government spokesman Zaw Htay told AFP when asked about the Amnesty report.

But David Mathieson, an independent analyst, said the report should strengthen the argument for Myanmar to allow independent investigations into the crisis.

Authorities have severely restricted media access to the conflict zone and barred UN investigators from entering the country.

"Failing to grant access to humanitarian aid workers and researchers and journalists will continue the official culture of denial, which has zero credibility in the eyes of the world," he told AFP. — AFP

6% GST replaced by 10% SST

FMT - SST will definitely be implemented this year, says finance ministry:

PUTRAJAYA: The sales and services tax (SST) will be rated at 10%, its previous rate, before the goods and services tax (GST) was implemented in 2015.

Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng said efforts were being made to implement SST as quickly as possible.

GST will be zero-rated from June 1.

When asked how the ministry planned to recover revenue lost from the removal of GST, Lim said the ministry was looking at several options.

First, the ministry needed to have a full and accurate view of the nation’s actual financial position, Lim told a press conference at the finance ministry.

Malaysia obtained RM44 billion in revenue from GST last year. Pakatan Harapan scrapped the GST once it took power after the May 9 general election, in keeping with promises made in its election manifesto.

It has maintained that any shortfall in income from SST will be met by plugging leakages in government expenditure and reviewing mega projects.

In 2014, the year before GST was implemented, the country earned RM17 billion from SST.

A rating agency, Moody’s Investors Service, today said the move to remove GST will be “credit negative”, unless the new government takes steps to offset the loss in revenue.

“Assuming a stable share relative to GDP, and taking into account seasonal patterns, we estimate the revenue loss from the voiding of the GST at around 1.9% of GDP this year.

“We also estimate that if the SST, which yielded revenue of around 1.6% of GDP before the GST replaced it, takes effect in July, the revenue loss would narrow to 1.0% of GDP for this year,” said Moody’s.

While these losses can be mitigated by the higher oil price, this was not a permanent substitute for the GST, and was not a reliable offset to lost revenue given the volatility of prices.

I have often written that oil is a curse and we should not depend too much on it to jaga our economy. Don't spend it like money falls down from Heaven a la Moses' manna, but rather consider it as a bonus for our national savings to look after our elderly, veterans, the less fortunate and our children's future in the long term.

But I am glad the SST at 10% will replace the GST at 6%, wakakaka. 

Though not as sweeping as the GST the SST will hit those who didn't realise the fairer and more embracing GST. No one escapes GST thus no favouritism nor kowtim-ness. But SST will have loop-holes which Guan Eng will have to watch out for.

I have always advocate the GST as I live under the Oz GST and know its value and efficiency, but it's the Malaysian voters choice, the only one in the world where SST comes back to replace GST. Malaysia Boleh.

However, don't be surprised if the PH government will ratchet up the GST from its current 0-rated (yes, GST still exists) to some figure in the future, maybe in a couple of years time. So the GST lurks around, waiting to pounce on gullible guppies.

As for the much touted reviewing mega projects I hope we don't buy back Proton from Geeling, nor re-build the crooked bridge nor come up with some other pompous fanciful stuff.

It's a pity we didn't practise reviewing mega projects in a former (and current) PM's days on his extravaganza projects.