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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

UMNO-LINKED PUNCAK NIAGA SUES AZMIN, KHALID & SELANGOR FOR RM14BIL: NAJIB’S NEW STRATEGY TO WREST BACK S’GOR – BY WIPING OUT ITS RESERVES?

Puncak Niaga Holdings Bhd has filed an RM14 billion lawsuit against Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali, his predecessor Abdul Khalid Ibrahim, and the state government over the takeover of the state’s water industry.
The water company alleged that both Azmin and Khalid had abused their powers by threatening to cause, or attempting to cause, the federal government to invoke the use of the Water Services Industry Act 2006 to force a takeover of the state’s water industry, The Edge reported.
In a filing with Bursa Malaysia yesterday, Puncak Niaga claimed that the Selangor government is “vicariously liable for the acts of Khalid and Azmin.”
Case management has been fixed on Nov 28 at the Shah Alam High Court.
Puncak Niaga is claiming damages, interest on damages and costs of the difference between the value of PNSB Water Sdn Bhd (formerly known as Puncak Niaga (M) Sdn Bhd) at RM2.08 billion and Syarikat Bekalan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd (Syabas) at RM2.35 billion, and the actual purchase consideration of RM1.55 billion under the 2014 share purchase agreement between Puncak Niaga and Pengurusan Air Selangor Sdn Bhd.
It is also claiming for the loss of business opportunities both locally and abroad, totalling RM13.5 billion.
The Selangor government and Putrajaya signed a memorandum of understanding in 2014 which saw the former taking over four water concessionaires which had been operating in the state.
Under Selangor’s water restructuring exercise, the state government had taken over water assets which had belonged to Puncak Niaga, Syabas and Konsortium Abass, worth over RM6 billion.
The disposal of PNSB and Syabas was completed on Oct 15, 2015 for RM1.55 billion.
The consolidation of water assets is still ongoing, as the takeover of Splash, or Syarikat Pengeluar Air Sungai Selangor Sdn Bhd, has not been completed.
– M’kini

NO SINGAPORE HANKY-PANKY, SURVEY RESULTS 82% OF JOHOREANS WANT RETURN OF ENGLISH SCHOOLS IS 100% CORRECT – MERDEKA CENTRE

THE ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute survey that found 82% of Johoreans want the return of English-medium schools is sound, said Merdeka Center for Opinion Research.
The study, which was done between May and June this year, is comprehensive and correctly reflected the views of Johoreans, said Merdeka Center director Ibrahim Suffian today.
“The survey reflects the majority view of Johor citizens and the methodology is in line with academic standards,” Ibrahim told The Malaysian Insight on WhatsApp.
“The survey covered the citizen distribution in Johor. Additional information can be obtained by ISEAS,” he added.
Ibrahim was commenting on Movement to Abolish the Teaching of Science and Maths in English (GMP) advisor Dr Shaharir Mohamad Zain’s criticism of the study today.
Shaharir said the study did not indicate the breakdown of rural and urban residents and did not truly reflect the racial demographics of Johor.
The survey, which interviewed 2,011 respondents in Johor, found that there was strong cross section support for the return of English-medium schools in the state.  
“This support is strong across all demographic segments, even among Malay and rural respondents who in the past were not that supportive of the Dual Language Programme (DLP) to teach mathematics and science in English,” said ISEAS.
The survey, which was released on November 13, said the support was highest among Indians at 88%, followed by Chinese (87%) and Malays (77%).
The survey interviewed 1,104 (55% ethnic) Malay respondents, 758 (38%) ethnic Chinese respondents, and 149 (7%) ethnic Indian respondents.
Of these, 340 respondents were between the ages of 21-30-years-old; 455 between the ages of 31-40-years-old; 546 between the ages of 41-50-years-old; 409 respondents between the ages of 51-60-years-old; and 261 respondents above 61.
Merdeka Center, which helped run the survey for ISEAS, is affiliated to the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR).
– https://www.themalaysianinsight.com/

WHO’S DRUNK NOW? PAHANG MB CHALLENGES DAP REP TO FISTFIGHT OVER ‘BEER FEST’ BANS

PAHANG DUN | Pahang Menteri Besar Adnan Yaakob has challenged Mentakab lawmaker Tengku Zulpuri Shah Raja Puji to a fist fight after a heated exchange in the Pahang legislative assembly today.
Tengku Zulpuri, who is also the de facto opposition leader in the state, had told the assembly that the state government should allocate more funds to resolve Mentakab’s flood woes.
The exchange sparked a shouting match between Adnan and Tengku Zulpuri as they argued over the recent floods in Penang as an act of God.
Tengku Zulpuri said blaming floods as divine retribution for “beer festivals” was invalid because floods happened elsewhere as well, including Jeddah, Saudi Arabia recently.
At one point, an irate Adnan said; “Tuan yang di-pertua. Keluar dewansaja (Mr Speaker. Let’s leave the chambers), alluding that he and Tengku Zulpuri should take matters outside.
On several occasions, Adnan could also be heard saying: “Islam kekhafir?” (Are you a Muslim or an infidel?).
According to a report by China Press, Adnan had at one point said that he was willing to create history by brawling in the legislative assembly.
Eventually, state speaker Ishak Muhammad managed to calm both individuals down and accepted Adnan’s proposal for an adjournment, although Tengku Zulpuri had not completed his speech.

Several witnesses said Adnan had asked Tengku Zulpuri to approach the government bench following the adjournment and threatened to tumbuk (punch) the opposition lawmaker.
In the same exchange, witnesses also said that Tengku Zulpuri had retorted and said that he was willing to be punched and will not retaliate.
Both BN and Harapan lawmakers managed to keep the duo from approaching the speaker’s bench.
Attempts to reach Adnan and Tengku Zulpuri for comments have been unsuccessful.
The video below, which was posted on the Facebook page belonging to Tengku Zulpuri’s wife, depicts the exchange between the duo during the sitting, but not the exchange which happened after the adjournment.
– M’kini

AS NAJIB WARS AGAINST DR M & MUHYIDDIN BY THREATENING BERSATU’S REGISTRATION, JOHOR SULTAN WARNS HE WILL NOT ALLOW THE ‘POWER STRUGGLE CRISIS’ TO CONTINUE, WANTS MALAY LEADERS TO SIT & TALK

In a statement issued in conjunction with his 59th birthday, Johor ruler Sultan Ibrahim Sultan Iskandar touched on the “power struggle crisis” between Malay leaders in the state.
The ruler said he would not allow this crisis to continue.
Sultan Ibrahim said he was proud of the tolerance between different races and religions in the state but was worried about the crisis affecting the Malays.
“On this historic day, I would also like to express my deep concern over the crisis that is haunting the Malays at this moment.
“As a ruler who has promised and pledged to safeguard the interest of Malays and Islam, I will not allow the power struggle crisis between Malay leaders to continue that would in the end cause Malays to be split and become weak.
“Day by day, Malays are dragged into a credibility crisis that tarnishes the image and confidence in institutions led by Malays which in the end diminishes the confidence, influence and true power of Malays,” he added in the statement uploaded on the ruler’s official Facebook page.
Sultan Ibrahim did not mention names but noted that Johor was the “starting place of the most organised Malay struggle which succeeded and became the strongest bulwark in the nation”.
Umno was formed in Johor Bahru in 1946 and was instrumental in opposing the Malayan Union. Today, it is the largest and dominant political party in the country, forming the backbone of the ruling BN coalition.
Dr Mahathir Mohamad, the former Umno president for more than two decades, is now leading the opposition coalition Pakatan Harapan and has positioned his party Bersatu as an alternative to Umno.
Ruler wants Malay leaders to hold dialogue
Meanwhile, Sultan Ibrahim emphasised that the interests and influence of the Malays must be safeguarded.
“Whatever may come, the interest and influence of the Malays must be safeguarded. There can be no compromise or excuses.
“Malays must arise and unite as a major and influential race without the need to offend or sideline other races,” said the ruler.
Sultan Ibrahim said the erosion of institutions led by Malays had prompted him to remind Malay leaders to seek an immediate solution.
“Don’t only be occupied with shouting about special privileges but among the Malays, live in preoccupation (leka) and conflict (bersengketa),” he added.
Therefore, Sultan Ibrahim called on all Malay leaders to engage in dialogue.
“Leaders must take all approaches in finding the best way to make the positions of Malays better and more respected.
“To this end, I would like to advise all Malay leaders to work hand in hand (bermuafakat), sit at the same table and have an open mind to discuss the problems of the Malays and focus on improving their honour and safeguarding their interests.
“Show sincerity in the struggle to defend the Malays and not take every opportunity for self-interest,” he said.
Sultan Ibrahim said he was confident that with this, all problems and challenges faced by the Malays can be overcome.
MKINI

Congratulations Encik, You Are Now A Houseowner, Of 150,000 Houses !!

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Folks, this is a shocking piece of news.  
Online media please follow up on this story.  
Opposition Members of Parliament, please bring up this issue in Parliament.

But first a walk down memory lane. I recall I was about 29 years old when I bought my first house.  Once my bank loan was approved and the documents were signed I recall my fellow banker wishing me, "Congratulations you are now a house owner."

That was 29 years ago. Since then I have built from scratch or bought and then sold  quite a few properties (land, apartments, shops and houses). 

It has been quite rewarding plus I have developed a complete set of skill sets - from the Sale and Purchase, the documentation, the approvals, the design and construction, the marketing and selling etc.  It has been an education.

A friend says, 'with great power come great power bills'. 
Similarly with ownership of assets come greater responsibilities.   

You have to pay the quit rents, the assessments, the water and electricity bills. You must keep the house in good condition, keep it painted, cut the grass, fix any leaking roofs, leaking pipes etc.  

It is strange - an empty and unused house has a way of  suffering more wear and tear and "breaking down" quite fast. Do not leave a building unoccupied for too long.  

Owning more assets mean more headaches taking care of them.

When you sell your houses folks, MAKE SURE you cancel your name with TNB, Syabas, Alam Flora etc.  It is your responsibility.  Otherwise if you did not 'potong nama' with TNB and if the new housebuyer  does not pay the power bills, you will be held liable.

Ok here is the  story. I just heard some really shocking news today.   The gomen (actually the Treasury or MOF to be exact)  has forfeited or repossessed over 150,000 houses from defaulting Civil Servant housing loans.  This is a huge figure and is quite unprecedented.  This is like 10% of the Civil Service !!

Civil Servants can take out loans from the gomen to buy houses. 
The gomen then deducts from their monthly salaries to repay the housing loans.  

If a Civil Servant leaves the Civil Service, then of course he has to refinance the housing loan from a bank and settle the gomen housing loan.  If he cannot settle the housing loan or if he cannot pay the instalments then the gomen housing loan goes into default. The gomen will repossess his house.

If the Civil Servant faces disciplinary action (for corruption, discipline issues etc) then his gomen housing loan is also terminated. The Civil Servant then has to pay the loan in full (by securing refinancing from the private sector).  If he cannot refinance or he cannot pay the instalments anymore, then it also becomes a loan default. The gomen will repossess his house.

In this way (plus more of course), the Treasury has repossessed 150,000 houses under the Civil Servants housing loan scheme. 

If the average gomen housing loan is RM100,000,  that works out to about RM15 BILLION in default !!

150,000 x RM100,000 =  RM15, 000, 000, 000

Without using the 'F' word, the gomen is screwed.  
Not forgetting 150,000 former homeowners as well !!

So now we must congratulate the gomen. 
They are now proud owners of 150,000 houses.  

"Congratulations Encik, You Are Now A Houseowner, Of 150,000 Houses!!"

What the - - - - - are they going to do with 150,000 repossessed house?

PR1MA is finding out now that a huge number of  Malays who registered as the 1.5 million potential buyers of PR1MA houses not only cannot afford to pay the 10% deposit but they cannot even secure  housing loans to pay for the PR1MA houses.

PR1MA plans to build 60,000  "not so affordable houses".

So PR1MA is not going to find buyers for many of those 60,000 houses they are planning. 

Then the gomen has repossessed 150,000 Civil Servant owned houses.

I believe that all these bad things are happening to the Malays (largely) because of multiple factors.  

The really stupid  "High Income Nation"  idea is definitely one major cause of this disaster.  I will expand on that soon.

The other reason is of course the GST.  As I said the Malays are largely "fixed income" monthly wage earners. The Civil Service alone employs over 1.6 MILLION Malays (Federal gomen, State gomen, Army, Navy, Airforce, Police, Maritime, GLCs etc).  

Easily 20% of their "purchasing power" has now been sucked away by the GST  (through higher prices of goods and services).   To maintain their life styles they have no choice but to dip into their savings and reserves.  After TWO years of the GST,  their savings and reserves are possibly depleted. Now they are selling their assets just  to survive.  It is NOT going to get any better.

Anyway,  150,000 units are a lot of unoccupied houses in the country.

Now the gomen must take care of all these repossessed houses and make sure they are in good condition.  Otherwise the gomen cannot resell or lelong these repossessed houses at a good price.

The people at the Treasury in charge of the Civil Servants Housing Loans are at this outfit:

LEMBAGA PEMBIAYAAN PERUMAHAN SEKTOR AWAM (LPPSA)
Pusat Panggilan Utama : 03 - 8880 1600

(A little bird told me that the Ketua Pengarah has ordered a 20 foot container load of Panadol Fast Relief Pain Killer for his department).

Folks, assuming ayah kahwin satu saja, plus say four kids per household, it means about 150,000 houses x 6 pax = 900,000 people are now without their own home.  

The gomen and this country are in deep shit in more ways than one.

They will drive their cars until they run out of fuel. 
Then their cars will stop. 
They will then step out of their cars and stare blankly at the sky.   

And they will say  "Eli, Eli lama sabachthani".  

It is happening now.

They dont know how to fix this.
It can be fixed.

The Day Mahathir Used The Military To Stay In Power

The decision to admit Umno Baru into Barisan National has to be unanimous and even if just one party disagrees then Umno Baru cannot become a member of the coalition. However, before the meeting was held, all the Presidents of the component parties in Barisan Nasional were told that on the day of the meeting the military will be on ‘red alert’ and if Umno Baru was not admitted into Barisan Nasional, or if Mahathir (who would not be attending the meeting since he is no longer the Chairman and Umno is no longer a member) was ousted, then Malaysia would come under military rule.

THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
Raja Petra Kamarudin
Not many Malaysians are aware that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was technically no longer the Prime Minister in February 1988. Umno had been deregistered by the Registrar of Societies (RoS) so the party was no longer a member of Barisan Nasional and Mahathir was no longer the coalition Chairman.
Mahathir should have resigned as Prime Minister in February 1988 or they could have passed a vote of no confidence in Parliament to remove Mahathir (and they had enough votes to do that because only about 50 of the 177 Members of Parliament were with Mahathir). Mahathir, however, warned Barisan Nasional that if they tried to remove him as Prime Minister (and allow Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah to take over) he would use the military to take over and Parliament would be suspended like it once was in 1969).

Tengku Razaleigh says he won the Umno Presidency in 1987 but Mahathir cheated and robbed him of the post of Malaysian Prime Minister

Tengku Razaleigh and the rest of Barisan Nasional knew that Mahathir would do that because three months earlier he had appointed his brother-in-law as the new Armed Forces Chief as a preemptive strike in case they tried to oust him. Mahathir felt that most of Barisan Nasional was behind Tengku Razaleigh and in the event of a ‘hung’ party election the swing would be towards ‘Team B’.
According to Tengku Razaleigh, he had won the party election but Mahathir cheated. There was talk of the lights going out and stuffed votes and so on. In the end Mahathir scraped through with a razor-thin majority and Tengku Razaleigh was robbed of his Umno Presidency and of the post of Prime Minister as well.
Mahathir wanted to get rid of Tengku Razaleigh and his ‘Team B’ once and for all so he asked the Registrar of Societies (RoS) to deregister Umno. The RoS told Mahathir that Umno’s crime was not serious enough to warrant a deregistration. All they needed to do was to hold the party election again but Mahathir did not want that. He knew if he held the party election again then this time he was going to lose and Tengku Razaleigh would take over as the new Umno President and hence the new Prime Minister of Malaysia.
So Mahathir insisted that the RoS deregister Umno to avoid having to hold the party election again.

Mahathir made his brother-in-law the Armed Forces Chief three months before he asked the RoS to deregister Umno

Incidentally, this is also what Lim Kit Siang hoped to do. That was why he refused to hold a party re-election after the December 2012 party election and the September 2013 re-election were declared null and void. They were hoping that this will then help avoid a new party re-election because the only way they can prevent Tan Seng Giaw and his ‘Team B’ from taking over the party would be to continue to cheat in the party re-election.
Anyway, the RoS refused to deregister DAP so they were still forced to hold a party re-election recently and they had to continue to cheat to prevent Tan Seng Giaw and gang from taking over. If they did not hold a party re-election then DAP might not be able to contest the coming general election under its own banner or flag and may have to tompang the PAN banner-flag (like what almost happened in the 2013 general election when DAP wanted to contest the general election using the PAS banner-flag).
So, in 1988, Mahathir insisted that the RoS deregister Umno and then Tengku Razaleigh’s people quickly submitted an application to register a new party called Umno Malaysia. When Mahathir found out he panicked and he told his Deputy, Tun Ghafar Baba, to quickly also submit an application to register a new Umno, which they called Umno Baru.

Ghafar Baba submitted Umno Baru’s application three days AFTER Umno Malaysia did, but the RoS rejected Umno Malaysia and approved Umno Baru

Ghafar’s Political Secretary, Kamarudin Jaffar, spent three days working on Umno Baru’s new party constitution and then submitted the application to register Umno Baru. The RoS then announced since Umno Baru had applied to use the Umno name first then Umno Malaysia had to be rejected (although Umno Malaysia submitted its application three days before Umno Baru). Umno Malaysia was then changed to Semangat 46, which means the spirit of 1946, the year when Umno was first registered.
Now DAP is facing the same problem as what Umno faced in 1988 (about having to hold a new party election instead of getting deregistered to avoid having to hold a new party election where you, again, will have to cheat to prevent ‘Team B’ from taking over the party — in this case ‘Team B’ being Tan Seng Giaw and gang).
DAP’s problem, compounded by PPBM’s problem with its youth movement, is now an obstacle to getting Pakatan Harapan registered. It was like when Umno Baru had to stay out of Barisan Nasional in 1988 to avoid getting Barisan Nasional deregistered as well.

Liong Sik was asked to chair the Barisan Nasional meeting to approve Umno Baru’s entry into the coalition and if they did not approve Umno Baru’s membership then the military would be asked to take over and Parliament would be suspended

Actually, for a number of months Umno Baru was not a member of Barisan Nasional so Mahathir was no longer the Chairman of Barisan Nasional. The Chairman of Barisan Nasional was Ling Liong Sik, the President of MCA. Mahathir was the President of Umno Baru — but then Umno Baru did not control the majority of the seats in Parliament (Barisan National did, which Umno Baru was not a part of).
According to the Barisan Nasional agreed structure, Mahathir should have resigned as Prime Minister and Barisan Nasional would have to propose a new Prime Minister for the approval of His Majesty the Agong. But Mahathir refused to resign and hand power to Barisan Nasional, which he was no longer the Chairman of and Umno was no longer a member of.
In October 1987, Mahathir appointed his brother-in-law as the new Armed Forces Chief so that he could have control of the military. He then told Barisan Nasional that although he was now considered the illegal Prime Minister, if they tried to remove him he would ask the military to take over and Parliament would be suspended.
So no one dared ask Mahathir to resign as Prime Minister or to pass a vote of no confidence in Parliament to remove him (although they had enough votes to do so). Barisan Nasional was asked to hold a meeting with Liong Sik chairing the meeting (and in the Umno headquarters, mind you) to approve Umno Baru as a new coalition member.
The decision to admit Umno Baru into Barisan National has to be unanimous (sebulat suara) and even if just one party disagrees then Umno Baru cannot become a member of the coalition. However, before the meeting was held, all the Presidents of the component parties in Barisan Nasional were told that on the day of the meeting the military will be on ‘red alert’ and if Umno Baru was not admitted into Barisan Nasional, or if Mahathir (who would not be attending the meeting since he is no longer the Chairman and Umno is no longer a member) was ousted, then Malaysia would come under military rule.

Ezam wants Singapore court documents and judgment admitted in 1MDB suit



Former senator Ezam Md Noor today sought an extension of time from the High Court in Kuala Lumpur, for the court to accept documents and judgment made in Singapore courts, pertaining to the prosecution of several individuals related to the 1MDB case there. 
Ezam was supposed to have filed all related documents in his US$3.66 billion suit against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, the 1MDB, and 15 of its current and former directors, last month, but the judgment and documents from the Singapore court following its decision in July, were only obtained this month.
It is understood that the Singapore court documents state the influence of Penang-born businessperson Low Taek Jho, who is better known as Jho Low, on BSI banker Yeo Jiawei, where BSI had regarded Low as a "key advisor" to 1MDB and SRC International Sdn Bhd, a former subsidiary of 1MDB, despite him (Low) not holding any positions in 1MDB. 
Yeo, 34, is currently serving a 54-month jail term for money laundering and cheating charges linked to 1MDB. He is also facing a separate imprisonment of 30 months for tampering with witnesses. 
Another portion of the judgment states that former 1MDB chief executive officer Shahrol Azral Ibrahim Halmi, had some time in Oct 2009, represented to Deutsche Bank Malaysia that the company Good Star is 100 percent owned by Petro Saudi International Ltd, when investigations revealed that Jho Low was the beneficial owner to Gold Star.
The case before Justice Nik Hasmat Nik Mohamad was today initially fixed for the hearing of the striking out by Najib, 1MDB, the former and present directors of 1MDB, but following the developments with Ezam's filing, the court fixed Dec 21 for hearing on whether to allow the Singapore documents to be admitted, as the former senator is facing striking out applications from all the defendants.
Senior federal counsel Suzana Atan and Shamsul Bolhassan appeared for the government, lawyer Tan Hock Chuan represented 1MDB while former federal court judge Gopal Sri Ram, along with solicitor Farez Mohd Ali Jinnah, appeared for Ezam.
Besides Najib, the other individuals named in the suit include treasurer-general Mohd Irwan Serigar Abdullah, 1MDB president Arul Kanda Kandasamy and two current and nine former 1MDB directors.
Ezam claimed that Najib and the nine former 1MDB directors had breached their fiduciary duties, accusing them of intentionally causing “wrongful losses” of US$3.66 billion for 1MDB.
He said he filed the suit in his personal capacity as a taxpayer and to represent all Malaysians, and pledged to return the damages back to the 1MDB and the government, should the court rule in his favour.- Mkini

DAP MP shown exit for insisting on fair ruling over gambling remark



PARLIAMENT | Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai was given the marching orders when he pressed Deputy Speaker Ronald Kiandee to make a fair ruling.
The incident followed Deputy Federal Territories Minister Loga Bala Mohan's remark that “they have been made known that many gambling operators in Cheras had used Cheras' (MP) name.”
Earlier today, Tan, during his 2018 Budget debate, alleged that numerous citizens perceived Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor as a "corrupted minister".
This prompted Dewan Rakyat Speaker Pandikar Amin Mulia to instruct Tan to retract his remark, which the latter did.
However, Kiandee, who chaired the sitting later, allowed Loga's remark despite Tan's protest.
The deputy speaker initially asked Loga to retract the remark but changed his mind after the latter offered an explanation.
"If I were wrong, then I will retract.. But I did not accuse him. I had said that this is the assumption outside. I did not accuse him, I did not say he did it," said Loga.
Kiandee then ruled that Loga did not make an accusation and asked Tan, much to his displeasure, to sit down.
Tan, who remained standing, said: "(In the earlier incident) I also said many said (Tengku Adnan corrupted minister), but I had retracted my remark, I appeal for a fair (ruling)."
"YB Cheras, out from the Dewan," responded the deputy speaker.
Earlier today, Tan brought up the contentious sale of a plot of land by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) and linked it to Tengku Adnan.


He had alleged earlier this month that DBKL sold the plot of land to an "Umno crony" at below market value, which the Federal Territories Ministry later denied.
"Since the current minister took office after the 2013 polls, from 2013 to June 2015, a total of 45 pieces of prime land totalling 228.08 acres (approximately 92ha) owned by DBKL had been sold.
"These lands are leased to banks, and later sold to developers for a price that is two or three times higher.
"For your information, many of the people in Kuala Lumpur no longer see the minister as the honourable minister, but as a corrupted minister.
"No ill intent on my part, but this is the impression and perception of the public," said the DAP national chairperson.
Tan's remarks drew the ire of BN lawmakers, who immediately stood up to criticise him.
The speaker then instructed Tan to retract his remark, threatening to eject him from the House or halt the debate if he refused.- Mkini

Shafie Apdal the hypocrite, not PBS - Mositun



Parti Bersatu Sabah (PBS) has lashed out at Shafie Apdal for alleging the party's leaders and those of other Barisan Nasional (BN) component parties in Sabah were afraid to speak up for Christian rights while claiming that role for himself.
“This is plain hypocrisy and political opportunism. Clearly, the Parti Warisan Sabah (Warisan) president is trying to divide the Kadazandusun Murut (KDM) community by exploiting the sensitivities of Christians and inciting them against BN,” said PBS secretary-general Johnny Mositun via a statement in Kota Kinabalu today.
Shafie had named Joseph Pairin Kitingan, Bernard Dompok, Joseph Kurup (photo) and Madius Tangau for failing to protect their religion and not rejecting Umno’s cooperation with PAS.


“All those KDM leaders named by Shafie are on record as publicly defending the rights of Christians in Sabah, including the right to use the word 'Allah' in their Bahasa Melayu Bibles and worship. The BN government has conceded to their demands, so what is Shafie talking about?” asked Mositun.
On the PAS-Umno cooperation, he said it was the right of any BN component party to cooperate with any non-BN party, as long as it was not done to oppose the coalition.
He pointed out that PAS was not a BN party and neither had it applied for membership. The party supported Umno on some issues but also opposed it on others.
“Furthermore, that cooperation is informal and at the behest of PAS which is also opposed to the opposition front trying to topple the BN. And PAS is no threat to us in Sabah, so why should we confront Umno for that?
“The Prime Minister has assured us that our rights will be respected and honoured, and even rights that have eroded will be restored,” said Mositun (photo).


Mositun said PBS was opposed to the use of religion for political mileage as this would destroy the culture of tolerance, mutual respect for and acceptance of each other that Sabahans had developed and practised for a long time.
“No, PBS will not take the bait that Shafie is dangling before our eyes. He’s the hypocrite, not us. Previously, he went around insisting that BN respected the rights of Christians in Sabah, (but) now he’s saying something else.
“On our part, PBS has a clear vision of our struggle for the future of our people and the state. The economic and security challenges ahead of us are the priority, not cheap politicking,” he added.
He said Christian leaders of political parties in Sabah – both in the state government and opposition – were unanimous in preserving and protecting their religious practices and rights, and it was ridiculous for Shafie and Warisan to posture as the defenders of Christianity in the state.
“Just because he has a few KDM representatives in his party line-up and defectors from PBS joining him recently, he is trying to entice KDM support using religion.
“Jake Nointin and some of his supporters leaving PBS has minimal impact on our party. The majority of our members are still with us, and we have new members joining us all the time. It’s normal in politics.”
Bernama