The True Net http://www.thetruenet.com True News That Matters Wed, 03 Mar 2021 12:55:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.5.3 Zeti’s husband under investigation over 1MDB funds http://www.thetruenet.com/debunked/zetis-husband-under-investigation-over-1mdb-funds/ Wed, 03 Mar 2021 12:55:02 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=74531 Police are investigating Tawfiq Ayman, the husband of Zeti Akhtar Aziz, over 1MDB funds received into his Singapore bank account.

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Police are investigating Tawfiq Ayman, the husband of former Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) governor Zeti Akhtar Aziz, over 1MDB funds received into his Singapore bank account.

Bukit Aman Commercial Crime Department director Zainuddin Yaacob said the investigation is under the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds from Illegal Activities Act (AMLATFPUAA).

“Investigations are still underway against Tawfiq under Section 4 (1) (a) of the AMLATFPUAA Act, in relation to the receipt of funds linked to 1MDB in his bank account in Singapore.

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“As the investigation into this case involves evidence in Malaysia and abroad, the police are taking follow-up action under the Mutual Assistance in Criminal Matters Act to obtain evidence abroad,” Zainuddin said in a statement today.

Zainuddin also urged the public not to make any statements or speculations on the case until police investigations are completed and referred to the Attorney General’s Chambers.

Last week, The Edge reported that Singapore police had informed Bank Negara Malaysia of a suspicious transaction amounting to RM66 million from wanted businessman Low Taek Jho – better known as Jho Low – to a company allegedly owned by Zeti’s husband and son in 2015.

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At that time, Zeti was still the governor of BNM.

According to the report, documents shared by Singapore’s Commercial Affairs Department (CAD) to Malaysia showed that the account of a company called Iron Rhapsody at UBS Singapore bank received US$16.22 million from a company or account related to Low.

In addition, CAD Singapore also reported two more transactions from Low to Iron Rhapsody, estimated at US$567,000 on June 1, 2009, and US$1.25 million on December 18, 2009.

Allegations against Tawfiq and his two sons regarding 1MDB funds emerged in December last year.

Tawfiq had been reported as saying that he had given his full cooperation and information to the police and the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

He added that he could not make further statements because he could be called as a witness in the 1MDB trial involving former prime minister Najib Razak. – TMI

 

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Malaysian govt rakes in 1MDB fines whilst persecuting journalists who exposed the scandal http://www.thetruenet.com/opinion/perspective/malaysian-govt-rakes-in-1mdb-fines-whilst-persecuting-journalists-who-exposed-the-scandal/ Wed, 03 Mar 2021 12:50:27 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=74527 Spokesmen for the present administration have taken care to praise themselves for the latest settlements achieved from outfits like AmBank and Deloitte.

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Today, spokesmen for the present administration (most of whom were up to their necks in 1MDB) have taken care to praise themselves for the latest settlements achieved from outfits like AmBank and Deloitte who have paid out large sums as an admission of guilt and complicity in 1MDB.

However, Sarawak Report can confirm that this platform has never received one word of official gratitude as the billions pour into Malaysian coffers (sadly with a total lack of transparency since the backdoor coup government comprising many of the original crooks responsible took over).

Yet, without journalists taking the enormous risk and effort (quite apart from the personal expense) to probe this largest-ever financial scandal and then to publish the truth in the face of gross lies by the politicians, bankers, accountants, PR executives, regulators involved, not a single ringgit would have been returned to the Malaysian public and the racket would have continued to bleed the nation.

The beneficiary of the rectified situation, for now, the backdoor PN government, prefers to take the credit entirely for itself:

Finance Minister Zafrul Abdul Aziz said the settlement with Deloitte marks another success in the government’s continuing recovery efforts against parties involved in 1MDB, SRC and related entities.

“The Malaysian government is determined to ensure that appropriate actions are taken against all individuals or entities involved, directly or indirectly, in the global 1MDB scheme,” the minister said.

The Finance Ministry said that Deloitte’s settlement represents the largest 1MDB-related settlement by an audit firm in Southeast Asia. [Malaysiakini]

The situation is far more reprehensible, of course. Because at the very moment that the unelected Mr Zafrul is patting himself on the back for the efforts of others his coup government is doing its utmost to once again intimidate, fine and persecute the very journalists in Malaysia and elsewhere whom they have to thank for the shower of gold.

In the face of great personal danger journalists in Malaysia doggedly reported on findings by Sarawak Report and this platform unravelled the gross illegalities by banks, accountancy firms and others assisting a kleptocrat PM who presently sits on the backbenches of Zafrul’s own government (had that government not illegally suspended Parliament altogether).

The Editor of this blog was the first to bite the bullet and to take on the immense risk of accusing powerful and wealthy institutions across the globe of being corrupt, whilst the likes of insiders such as Mr Zafrul (sitting pretty at CIMB) kept silent.

Sarawak Report was the first to point a finger at Deloitte, the first to point a finger at AmBank and major shareholder ANZ, the first to point a finger at Goldman Sachs and the first to point a finger at Zafrul’s friends from Abu Dhabi. We were also, of course, the first to point a finger at Najib Razak and Jho Low.

Sarawak Report was also the first to point a finger at PetroSaudi, the first to point a finger at Edmund de Rothschild bank, the first to point a finger at Wolf of Wall Street, the first to point a finger at Elliot Broidy and the democrat Frank White. The list goes on, but save it to say that without this publicity, which was then taken up by the independent media in Malaysia the corruption would have certainly continued.

Mr Zafrul and his insider friends, who knew plain well that the system was corrupt, did absolutely nothing to point it out and just sat pretty in their well-paid jobs.

Yet, now that they have bought the overturning of a government that was elected by the people to reform the system they were only too happy to enjoy as members of the privileged mafia elite, this Zafrul and his colleagues are back to the same old tricks that previously protected the corruption that created 1MDB.

Journalists are being threatened once more. The Multi-media Act and Sedition laws and all the rest are being used to silence and cower the press and publishers and ridiculous libel actions are being entertained by the courts launched by public figures against the media doing their job.

Sarawak Report has been faced with a slew of legal actions both criminal and civil, launched by public and elected officials in Malaysia and accused to Interpol of terrorist activity for its revelations of thefts and corruption over 1MDB.

So far that has been the thanks and reward that this platform and other brave Malaysian journalists have received for uncovering 1MDB from the political classes who now prefer to congratulate themselves.

Likewise, what praise and reward has gone to the MACC and other investigators and the officials from the brief elected PH government who likewise undertook to investigate these thefts?

Fortunately, the vast majority of Malaysians know exactly to whom it owes the recoveries from 1MDB and who not. Hopefully, they have also taken the vital lesson to heart that a free media must be championed, protected and appreciated by the people for the role it plays in keeping the rule of law and Malaysia’s deeply threatened democracy alive…for now. – Sarawak Report

 

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Where equality for all Malaysians actually stands http://www.thetruenet.com/opinion/perspective/where-equality-for-all-malaysians-actually-stands/ Wed, 03 Mar 2021 12:46:06 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=74523 Lack of faith in one’s own nation

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Lack of faith in one’s own nation

Someone very dear to me passed on during the movement control order and because of the SOPs, I was unable to visit him nor say my last goodbyes.

Everyone has sacrificed a great deal and suffered during the Covid-19 pandemic and has struggled to make it through each day.

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It was heartening to see how some, especially our dear doctors and nurses, strived to make it through the day and how Malaysians helped each other out here and there.

The Covid-19 pandemic brought out the goodness in many and showed just how Malaysians can come together in times of crises.

However, recent reports about how a deputy minister spent 55 days abroad have made me wonder where equality for all Malaysians actually stands.

This kind of preferential treatment goes beyond what we stand for, which is equality before the law. Does this mean that a person in power with money is far better than the average Joe like me?

How is it that my son who is studying in Singapore has not seen us for more than a year and how is it that I could not see my dying friend on his last breath?

I was also surprised when I learnt that this particular deputy minister had also applied for citizenship in another country.

Why is it that he was made an MP and deputy minister if he is not even proud to be Malaysian? It is all over social media that his wife and daughter are already citizens of New Zealand and that his daughter is even a Youth MP.

I recall the ruckus that was raised several years ago when a Minister, Ng Yen Yen. at that time, had a PR status in Australia.

So much fuss was kicked up, but in this case, everything seems to be swept under the carpet. How can this be?

I am Chinese and am proud to be Malaysian and would not ever give up my citizenship. I strongly believe anyone holding a position, especially as a deputy minister, should not ever turn his back on his country.

How can his wife and kids be PR in another country? This only shows that this deputy minister does not have faith in his own nation.

This is truly sad and sickening and goes against everything that I have believed. This shows the poor are always treated as second class, and even one who turns his back on his country can hold positions here.

Something needs to be done to restore the people’s confidence.

The views expressed here are strictly those of The True Net reader Alex Chung of Ipoh.

 

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Pakatan blasts Takiyuddin for “weak and shallow excuses” in not convening Parliament http://www.thetruenet.com/news/pakatan-blasts-takiyuddin-for-weak-and-shallow-excuses-in-not-convening-parliament/ Wed, 03 Mar 2021 12:37:32 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=74519 Harapan today rubbished the reasons given by a PN minister why Parliament cannot be convened during the current emergency rule.

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Harapan today rubbished the reasons given by a Perikatan Nasional (PN) minister why Parliament cannot be convened during the current emergency rule.

Its secretariat council described the reasons given by de facto law minister Takiyuddin Hassan – many lawmakers are high-risk cases and no laws will be passed during the emergency period – as weak and shallow.

The council said in a statement that this simply showed that PN does not respect Yang di-Pertuan Agong Al-Sultan Abdullah Ri’ayatuddin Al-Mustafa Billah Shah’s consent for Parliament to meet during the emergency.

“All the reasons given are weak, superficial and do not respect his majesty’s advice on February 24 that Parliament can convene during an emergency,” the statement read.

It argued that confusion over Covid-19 standard operating procedures, the rakyat’s displeasure with uneven enforcement by the authorities, and insufficient or non-existent government help, among others, should be the driving factors behind why Parliament must meet immediately.

“As the country’s premier democratic institution, Parliament also serves as a place where the process of checks and balances on the government is conducted.

“Without Parliament including the Public Accounts Committee, this process is essentially neutralised,” said the council.

The statement was signed by PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Iskandar, Amanah secretary-general Mohd Hatta Ramli and DAP organising secretary Anthony Loke.

They said there is no reason for Parliament not to convene soon when the conditional MCO (CMCO) and recovery MCO (RMCO) have replaced the stricter movement control order (MCO).

“When more economic sectors are allowed to operate, and when the executive and the judiciary can function, there is no reason for Parliament not to convene soon.

“The cabinet needs to uphold the decree of his majesty and also advise his majesty to call for Parliament immediately,” they said.

Takiyuddin today said the cabinet will not advise the king to allow the house to sit during this period based on “science and data” as well as the law.

He explained that there are many high-risk groups in the Parliament, given that 77 MPs are aged between 61 to 69, while another 19 MPs were aged between 70 to 79.

He added that there are also four MPs who are aged 80 and above.

He said that when the Parliament convenes, each MP would have at least a group of three officers present in Parliament.

“222 times three officers. How many would that be?” he questioned.

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Takiyuddin said that the Parliament was suspended for a period of two years from 1969 to 1972 during the state of emergency then.

“The present Emergency is until Aug 1 this year. That’s six months and 20 days,” he said.

Takiyuddin also said Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin had assured to convene the Parliament once the Emergency Proclamation is lifted.

“That is our explanation and justification. No other hidden meanings,” he added.

Recently, Muhyiddin assured the public that Parliament will be dissolved and an election will be held once the Covid-19 pandemic is under control.

Referring to Takiyuddin’s claim that a number of MPs are in the Covid-19 high-risk age group, the PH secretarial council said that they were able to sit for 55 days in Parliament last year without any risk of infections.

This was despite the fact that not a single MP received the vaccines then, as adherence to SOP ensured the parliamentary sessions went on smoothly.

“During the 55 days Parliament convened in 2020, not a single MP was infected with Covid-19 in Parliament, and none of the Covid-19 clusters came as a result of the Parliamentary sessions.

“It also should be noted that at that time, not a single member of Parliament had received the vaccine.

“In fact, this proves the measures and SOP taken during the parliamentary session were effective. Parliament can sit now without any delay,” they added.

Meanwhile, former prime minister Najib Razak has mocked Putrajaya for citing “science and data” as a reason to delay a parliament sitting.

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“Many are disappointed that science and data have shown a Dewan Rakyat sitting to be more dangerous than watching movies at cinemas, going to school, going to the night market, holding meetings at hotels to prepare for a general election, or holding a ceremony to receive the statutory declarations of defecting MP’s,” he said on Facebook today.

He noted that it had taken Perikatan Nasional more than a week to respond to the Yang di-Pertuan Agong’s decree that parliament should be allowed to convene even during a state of emergency.

 

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Come clean on decision to withdraw support for Bersatu, Annuar Musa tells Zahid http://www.thetruenet.com/news/come-clean-on-decision-to-withdraw-support-for-bersatu-annuar-musa-tells-zahid/ Wed, 03 Mar 2021 12:32:09 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=74515 Annuar Musa today called on Zahid Hamidi to openly explain claims that it will be discontinuing support for the PN coalition in the next general election.

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Umno’s Tan Sri Annuar Musa today called on his party president Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi to openly explain claims that it will be discontinuing support for the Bersatu-led Perikatan Nasional (PN) coalition in the next general election.

Annuar, the Federal Territories minister and a former Umno secretary-general, said party members should not be kept in the dark about decisions made by its supreme council.

“If a decision has already been made, don’t hide. Come forward, be brave and be straight with the party members. Explain the decision to your supporters,” he said on his Facebook page.

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“Umno members deserve to be informed that decisions made by the supreme council are final. If it is — we have a right to know why such a decision has been made — especially when election dates have not even been announced,” he added.

Annuar claimed Zahid had written a letter to Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin on February 26 to inform the prime minister that Umno will only work with Bersatu until Parliament is dissolved and will not cooperate for GE15. Muhyiddin is also Bersatu president.

Annuar questioned the rationale behind the time-limited cooperation, adding that a date has yet to be set for the election which is not due until 2023.

He then questioned Umno’s stance for the next general elections, asking if the party would form a new coalition or work with other parties.

“Will Umno side with Anwar and PKR? Will we stand with Lim Kit Siang and DAP? Or will we form a new coalition?” the Keterah MP asked, referring to Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim and the Pakatan Harapan coalition of PKR, DAP, and Amanah.

Annuar who is seen as a Muhyiddin supporter said that Umno’s refusal to continue working with Bersatu would be disadvantageous for the older Malay party.

“This decision means Umno parts ways with parties under Perikatan Nasional. Will this strengthen or weaken the party?” he asked. – MMOdiscontinuingcome to or be at an endMore (Definitions, Synonyms, Translation)

 

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Deloitte to pay RM324m settlement over 1MDB, SRC audits http://www.thetruenet.com/debunked/deloitte-to-pay-rm324m-settlement-over-1mdb-src-audits/ Wed, 03 Mar 2021 12:28:07 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=74512 Deloitte PLT has agreed to a RM324 million settlement to resolve all claims related to their fiduciary duty on auditing the accounts of 1MDB and SRC.

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Deloitte PLT has agreed to a RM324 million (US$80-million) settlement to resolve all claims related to their fiduciary duty on auditing the accounts of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB) and SRC International Sdn Bhd (SRC) from 2011 to 2014, said the Ministry of Finance (MoF).

In a statement, MoF said the amount represents the largest 1MDB-related settlement by an audit firm in Southeast Asia.

“The successful out-of-court settlement with Deloitte will expedite the payment of monies to fulfil 1MDB and SRC’s outstanding obligations, which would otherwise be delayed by potentially protracted and costly court battles,” it said.

Finance Minister Tengku Datuk Seri Zafrul Abdul Aziz said the settlement marked another success in the Malaysian government’s continuing recovery efforts against parties involved in 1MDB, SRC and its related entities.

“The Malaysian government is determined to ensure that appropriate actions are taken against all individuals or entities involved, directly or indirectly, in the global 1MDB scheme,” he said.

According to MoF, the government in July 2020 successfully negotiated with Goldman Sachs Group Inc to reach a settlement worth RM15.8 billion (US$3.9 billion).

“On Feb 26, 2021, the government also achieved a global settlement worth RM2.83 billion related to the involvement of a banking group in the 1MDB issue.

“These settlements will neither affect nor compromise Malaysia’s claims against individuals like Jho Low and other parties related thereto, and who are still being actively pursued in relation to the 1MDB scandal,” it said.

The MoF also thanked the Attorney General’s Chambers, Securities Commission Malaysia, Bank Negara Malaysia, Royal Malaysian Police Force, National Anti-Financial Crime Centre, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission and National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption for their efforts in achieving the settlement.

 

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Experts scoff at PN’s national unity blueprint http://www.thetruenet.com/opinion/perspective/experts-scoff-at-pns-national-unity-blueprint/ Tue, 02 Mar 2021 14:29:52 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=74507 Muhyiddin Yassin’s national unity blueprint 2021-2030 that aims to foster national integration will just become another piece of paper with no impact.

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Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s national unity blueprint 2021-2030 that aims to foster national integration will just become another piece of paper with no impact, said experts.

They told The Malaysian Insight there is such a disconnect with the blueprint launched on February 15 and the actions of ministers and politicians from the ruling Perikatan Nasional pact.

At the same time, there is a conflict between the need of “Malay unity” as espoused by the Malay parties in PN and national unity.

Iman Research director of programme Badrul Hisham Ismail said the PN parties could never reconcile with the national blueprint as ministers will still toe party lines, which are based on the race agenda.

“Whatever unity plan PN has, it will go against each political parties’ creed. There is no way they can reconcile with the national blueprint,” said Badrul, who is also a film director.

He cites the example of Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor’s controversial decision to cancel the public holiday for Thaipusam last month, a move which few PN leaders opposed.

“No one except MIC made noise about the cancellation. The PM was quiet, he did not say a word while PAS played down the issue.

“Even before the blueprint was launched, we have witnessed such irresponsible acts from a state leader,” said Badrul.

Sanusi declared that there should be no public holiday for Thaipusam this year as all activities had been cancelled due to the standard operating procedure under the movement-control order.

The directive was met with resistance, including from former prime minister Najib Razak, as well as MCA and MIC, with the Indian-based party saying it would not support Sanusi in the 15th general election.

Badrul said Bersatu, which is the most dominant party in PN, would end up becoming like Umno in Barisan Nasional.

“Umno although it is part of BN, a multi-ethnic, multiracial political alliance, continues to harp on Malay supremacy.

“I think, this time it might be even worse. Bersatu and PAS, one with a race agenda and one with a religious agenda. No other party is more dominant than these two.”

PN was formed a year ago, after Muhyiddin decided to take his party – Bersatu – out of Pakatan Harapan to join Umno and PAS, causing the pact’s collapse.

It then formed an alliance with several parties from both Sabah and Sarawak together with several members from PKR lawmakers aligned with Mohammed Azmin Ali.

Muhyiddin’s year-old government has already lost its majority in Parliament after two BN lawmakers decided to withdraw their support.

However, Muhyiddin remains in power after the Yang di-Pertuan Agong consented to the emergency declaration effective January 11 as Parliament is currently suspended due to the order.

During the launch of the national unity blueprint, Muhyiddin said it was to be built on values enshrined in the federal constitution and Rukun Negara.

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Dr Sharifah Munirah Alatas said there is so much confusion over Muhyiddin’s 10-year integration plan.

The daughter of prominent sociologist, the late Prof Dr Syed Hussein Alatas, said the Malay-Muslim governance rhetoric does not reconcile with the ideals of the blueprint.

“Highlighting ‘Malay unity’, which is what the political rhetoric has been since PN took over, seems counter-productive to ‘national unity’.

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“But at the same time, it is so ironic because the call for unity exists amid disagreements between PN’s Malay-Muslim parties. There is too much confusion,” said the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia academic.

The 10-year action plan must delve further into more than just the five pillars of the Rukun Negara, said Munirah.

“The national unity blueprint is supposed to set in motion strategies that unite all Malaysians. The 10-year action plan must delve further into more than just the five pillars of the Rukun Negara.”

Prof Ahmad Marthada Mohamed of Universiti Utara Malaysia said Muhyiddin is trying to emulate the same formula BN did for more than 60 years.

“PN needs to show that they are for every race in the country, receptive to everyone. Just like how BN did for a long period of time.

“Muhyiddin is looking for a recipe that can win the hearts of the new voters as well as the existing ones who are not too fanatic with a certain political party.

“That is why PN accepted Gerakan recently, although Gerakan has no seat in Parliament. It shows that Muhyiddin is ready to take along a small party that represents the Chinese.”

Martadha also said it would not be a surprise if MCA and MIC decide to join PN. – TMI

 

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What law did PM use to approve Edmund’s overseas trip, ask groups http://www.thetruenet.com/issues/what-law-did-pm-use-to-approve-edmunds-overseas-trip-ask-groups/ Tue, 02 Mar 2021 14:16:35 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=74501 Civil society groups today questioned if there was a SOP which allowed the PM to approve an overseas trip for a deputy minister while the country was in lockdown.

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Civil society groups today questioned if there was a special law or standard operating procedure (SOP) which allowed the prime minister to approve an overseas trip for a deputy minister while the country was in lockdown.

They wanted Putrajaya to come clean on the issue revolving around Federal Territories deputy minister Dr Edmund Santara Kumar who was given approval by Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin to visit his family in New Zealand.

Muslim Youth Movement of Malaysia (ABIM) head Muhammad Faisal Abdul Aziz said this incident was bound to anger ordinary Malaysians who need police permits to cross state borders.

“It is a reflection of how the government still fails to present a clear and fair SOP to all citizens, regardless of who they are,” said Faisal.

“When the people are not allowed to cross state and district borders, which legal provision did the PM use to exclude a cabinet member from the existing SOP and leave the country.”

Edmund said yesterday that he was granted 55 days leave, including unpaid leave, to visit his family in New Zealand.

The leave was granted by Federal Territories Minister Annuar Musa on December 3 and sanctioned by Muhyiddin on December 18.

Edmund was responding to reports claiming that he has been in New Zealand for the last three months while drawing a lawmaker’s salary.

Former prime minister Najib Razak had also questioned the Segamat MP’s absence, saying it would invite public anger if not explained.

Faisal said if there was such a provision that allowed a cabinet member to leave the country while the nation is under lockdown, it is against Article 8 (1) of the Federal Constitution where every person shall be equal under the law and have equal protection of the law.

“So, if the provision does exist, it is against Article 8 (1). The government must explain the reason behind his leave if the government is transparent and serious in combating the pandemic.”

“Until this issue is resolved, we want Putrajaya to stop enforcing the RM10,000 compound for Covid-19 offenders. Settle this double standard first before anything else,” he added.

Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram), meanwhile, said it was irresponsible of Edmund to cite family reasons to travel to New Zealand.

Suaram executive director Sevan Doraisamy said Muhyiddin was even more irresponsible for sanctioning the leave.

“After a year of witnessing so many cases of the government practising double standards, I think this is the most obvious incident,” he said.

“As an elected representative, he had the audacity to apply for leave to visit his family in New Zealand when ordinary Malaysians are fined and put in lockups for breaching simple SOPs.

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“If this not a clear breach of ethics, I do not know what is. He is so irresponsible for saying he has the right to visit his family.

“How about other Malaysians who have not seen their families due to the movement restrictions? The PM too was irresponsible for letting him leave.”

Umno Supreme Council member Mohd Puad Zarkashi took to Facebook to ask how was it possible for a deputy minister to be granted 55 days leave to be with his family overseas when people are not allowed to cross district and state borders.

“YB Santhara gave the reason that he applied for leave and permission to travel to New Zealand to be a responsible father,” said Puad.

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“What about regular Malaysians who are not allowed to cross district and state borders to visit their families? Are they irresponsible parents?”

Puad said as an elected representative, Edmund should instead visit his constituency more often.

“Isn’t a two-week break enough? During the Barisan Nasional era, the leave for ministers and deputy ministers would be frozen during the flood season.”

Last Saturday, Batu MP P Prabakaran also questioned Santhara’s whereabouts.

This followed a report by whistle-blower website Sarawak Report that Edmund has been in Auckland since December.

Edmund said he had complied with the Immigration Department’s procedure to apply for permission to leave the country (MyTravelPass).

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The Segamat lawmaker said unpaid leave that exceeds his leave entitlement was also approved. He also denied that he left the country during MCO 2.0. – TMI

 

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Tengku Razaleigh wants Umno supreme council to reject Muhyiddin, Bersatu immediately http://www.thetruenet.com/news/tengku-razaleigh-wants-umno-supreme-council-to-reject-muhyiddin-bersatu-immediately/ Tue, 02 Mar 2021 13:59:38 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=74498 Umno must hold an emergency supreme council meeting to reject Muhyiddin Yassin’s leadership and break off ties with Bersatu.

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Umno must hold an emergency supreme council meeting to reject Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin’s leadership and break off ties with Bersatu, said Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah.

“This is in line with the 147 Umno divisions that have voted for this in their meetings,” said the veteran Umno leader in a statement today.

The 83-year-old Gua Mustang MP, popularly known as Ku Li, said that Umno should also reject Muhyiddin’s leadership.

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“The supreme council should also order Umno and Barisan Nasional’s MPs to reject Muhyiddin’s leadership before Parliament convenes again,” said Tengku Razaleigh, one day after the Bersatu president celebrated his first anniversary as prime minister.

In January, 118 Umno divisions passed resolutions to ask the Umno leadership to break off ties with Bersatu and Perikatan Nasional in the upcoming elections.

The Umno divisions also called on the leadership to halt all political cooperation with Bersatu.

But despite several supreme council meetings, with the latest in Janda Baik two weeks back, the leaders decided to leave the decision to the general assembly which will be held on March 27 and 28. – TMI

 

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MCO for KL, Selangor, Johor, Penang returns to CMCO on March 5, social events allowed http://www.thetruenet.com/news/mco-for-kl-selangor-johor-penang-returns-to-cmco-on-march-5-social-events-allowed/ Tue, 02 Mar 2021 13:56:26 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=74495 The Federal Territory and three states will exit the MCO at midnight on March 4.

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The Federal Territory and three states will exit the movement control order (MCO) at midnight on March 4, Senior Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob announced today.

Kuala Lumpur, Selangor, Johor and Penang will return to the conditional movement control order (CMCO) the next day, he said.

Ismail said the call to lift the MCO followed data suggesting a downward trend in Covid-19 infection rate.

The Ministry of Health had informed the National Security Council that the R-nought, measure of infectivity rate, has reduced from 1.2 to 0.8, the minister said.

Social events such as weddings will be allowed in areas placed under CMCO and Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO).

Ismail said the government now allows all types of social events, including official and unofficial events, organised by the government or private sector.

“The social events include wedding receptions, engagement ceremonies, aqiqah, doa selamat and tahlil events, birthday celebrations, reunions, retreats and others. For wedding receptions, it is extended to non-Muslims couples as well,” he said during a press briefing.

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Ismail said outdoor weddings receptions were also allowed to take place but stressed that the public must follow standard operating procedures (SOP) including physical distancing.

“Please adhere to the SOP; there is no need to crowd an event,” he said.

Ismail Sabri also said premises in CMCO areas could have 50 percent of patrons based on its capacity, while premises in RMCO areas could have the number of patrons based on the size of the premises after taking into consideration the requirement for physical distancing.

He added the government also allowed the reopening of the Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions (MICE) sector in Movement Control Order (MCO) areas from March 5.

“It also extends to seminars, face to face meetings, conferences, workshops, trainings, courses and trade exhibitions.

“The attendance is limited to 50 percent (of the premise capacity) in CMCO areas, while in RMCO areas the number of people allowed will be based on the size of the premises, with physical distancing,” he said.

“Other states Melaka, Pahang, Terengganu, Sabah, Putrajaya and Labuan, which currently are under CMCO, will be placed under the Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO),” Ismail added.

Both phases of the CMCO and RMCO in the relevant states will begin from March 5 to 18.

Ismail also announced that inter-district travel would be permitted from March 5, except for Sabah, while inter-state travel is still not allowed for all states.

Residents of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor may move between both without special permission but must apply to the police in order to enter Putrajaya for non-work reasons, he said.

 

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Najib taunts Edmund over NZ holiday while sharing travel info on MCO http://www.thetruenet.com/news/najib-taunts-edmund-over-nz-holiday-while-sharing-travel-info-on-mco/ Tue, 02 Mar 2021 13:52:01 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=74492 Najib Razak used the government’s updates on the MCO today to ridicule Edmund Santhara who is holidaying in New Zealand.

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Datuk Seri Najib Razak used the government’s updates on the movement control order today to ridicule Federal Territories Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Edmund Santhara Kumar who is holidaying in New Zealand.

The former prime minister did so while summarising Senior Defence Minister Datuk Seri Ismail Sabri Yaakob’s announcement that the MCO would be lifted on March 4, with states still under the order to be downgraded to the CMCO.

“Inter-district travel is allowed except in Sabah. Inter-state travel remains prohibited.

“International travel, especially to New Zealand, is only allowed for those with the rank of deputy minister and above who apply in writing to the PM,” he wrote on Facebook.

After news reports emerged that he was outside of Malaysia, Edmund issued a statement yesterday confirming that he has been holidaying in New Zealand since December.

However, he insisted that his 55 days’ leave was approved by the Prime Minister’s Department and that his exit from the country followed the procedures set out by the Immigration Department.

Edmund said he was in New Zealand to visit his wife and son, justifying the break by saying he had not taken any leave since his appointment in March of 2020. – MMO

 

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Anwar: Julau, Tebrau defections don’t add to Perikatan’s majority http://www.thetruenet.com/news/anwar-julau-tebrau-defections-dont-add-to-perikatans-majority/ Tue, 02 Mar 2021 13:48:21 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=74489 Anwar Ibrahim is insisting PN still does not have a parliamentary majority even with the support of two of his party’s MPs.

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PKR President Anwar Ibrahim is insisting Perikatan Nasional still does not have a parliamentary majority even with the support of two of his party’s MPs.

“With the two MPs who defected, they (PN) are still a minority (government).

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“Don’t get it wrong, their numbers are far smaller compared to ours,” he told reporters in Port Dickson, Negeri Sembilan today.

Julau MP Larry Sng and Tebrau MP Steven Choong signed statutory declarations declaring their support for PN and handed the documents to Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin on Sunday.

They replace the support withdrawn by Umno’s Padang Rengas MP Nazri Aziz and Machang MP Ahmad Jazlan Yaakub, who declared their stand in January.

Last December, PN passed Budget 2021 with 111 votes – a simple majority of the 220 MPs currently in the Dewan Rakyat.

It is unclear if other Umno lawmakers – especially those aligned to party president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi who has been critical of PN – would still back the loose coalition if Parliament reconvenes.

Zahid, Pekan MP Najib Abdul Razak, and Pontian MP Ahmad Maslan have had their MP allocations slashed.

It was reported that Muhyiddin’s allies are still actively recruiting MPs from the opposition and more may be made public soon.

Anwar claimed that agencies such as the MACC and Inland Revenue Board were being used as threats against opposition MPs in order to get them to defect.

 

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You can’t touch me, Larry Sng tells PKR after suit threat http://www.thetruenet.com/news/you-cant-touch-me-larry-sng-tells-pkr-after-suit-threat/ Tue, 02 Mar 2021 13:42:17 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=74485 Larry Sng said he is not bound by any agreement with PKR as he had contested the last general election as an independent candidate.

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Julau MP Larry Sng, who quit PKR over the weekend to back Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin, said he is not bound by any agreement with the party as he had contested the last general election as an independent candidate.

He was responding to PKR secretary-general Saifuddin Nasution Ismail’s statement that the party would sue him and Tebrau MP Steven Choong for quitting to support the Perikatan Nasional (PN) government.

PKR has since sacked the duo.

Sng said he had successfully wrested the Julau parliamentary seat during GE14 before being invited to join PKR.

He said he did not contest under the PKR ticket and did not have any bond with the party. “Hence, it doesn’t apply to me if they were to take legal action,” he told FMT.

He said that when Lubok Antu MP Jugah Muyang quit PKR last year and pledged his support for Muhyiddin, no legal action was taken against him as he had also won as an independent before joining PKR.

In 2018, Sng polled 10,105 votes to win the Julau seat, defeating four-term incumbent Joseph Salang Gandum of Sarawak People’s Party, who secured 8,174 votes.

He joined PKR shortly after the elections and took over as the state party chairman after Selangau MP Baru Bian quit the party last year.

On Sunday, Sng confirmed he had left the party to back Muhyiddin. He said he was unable to serve effectively because of the lack of funds since he was in the opposition.

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“I won as an independent and have returned as an independent after consulting my constituents. Nothing wrong with that,” he said.

Saifuddin had said the PKR central leadership had discussed legal action to be taken against Sng and Choong as they had betrayed the mandate of the voters and left the party. – FMT

 

 

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Survey: Only 2 out of 10 Malaysians want Muhyiddin as PM http://www.thetruenet.com/news/survey-only-2-out-of-10-malaysians-want-muhyiddin-as-pm/ Tue, 02 Mar 2021 10:44:23 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=74481 Only two out of 10 Malaysians want Muhyiddin Yassin to be prime minister until the end of his term, an online poll shows.

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Only two out of 10 Malaysians want Muhyiddin Yassin to be prime minister until the end of his term, an online poll shows.

The poll, conducted by Institut Darul Ehsan (IDE), said only 19% out of the 8,352 respondents believed the 72-year-old should stay until the next elections.

Another 46% said Muhyiddin should resign as prime minister after having lost the majority support in the Dewan Rakyat.

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The online poll, conducted from February 19 to 28, also shows that 29% want Muhyiddin to dissolve Parliament for fresh elections, while 2% said he should maintain the state of emergency to remain in power.

According to IDE, the strongest sentiments that he should resign came from those aged 50 and above.

“The sentiments were strongest among those aged above 66 at 64% while 47% in the 60-65-year-old group wanted him to resign before the next elections.

“The sentiment for him to quit was around 57% in the 50-59-year-old group,” IDE said in a statement today.

Only 39% and 42% of the respondents in the 21-29 and 30-39 age groups want him to quit, said IDE.

IDE said the sentiments for him to quit are strongest among the Chinese (57%) and Indians (58%) while only 41% of the Malays felt that he should resign.

IDE is an electoral think-tank linked to the Pakatan Harapan government in Selangor.

Muhyiddin celebrated his first year as prime minister yesterday with a national address in the morning.

The Bersatu president came into power last year after toppling PH by withdrawing his party from the coalition and pulling out 10 PKR lawmakers from the party. – TMI

 

 

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Maszlee sends legal letter to Asyraf over “communist glorification” in History textbook claim http://www.thetruenet.com/news/maszlee-sends-legal-letter-to-asyraf-over-communist-glorification-in-history-textbook-claim/ Tue, 02 Mar 2021 10:42:21 +0000 http://www.thetruenet.com/?p=74477 Maszlee Malik has sent a letter of demand to Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki for blaming the PH government over the contents of a Form 4 History textbook.

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Simpang Renggam MP Maszlee Malik has sent a letter of demand to Umno Youth chief Asyraf Wajdi Dusuki for blaming the Pakatan Harapan government over the contents of a Form 4 History textbook which Asyraf claimed “glorified communists”.

Maszlee served as the education minister when Harapan was in power from May 2018 to February 2020.

Asyraf had refused to apologise even though the Education Ministry confirmed that the contents were updated in April 2018, when Umno and BN led the government.

He first raised the issue in a Facebook post on Feb 24.

He alleged that two pages on the role of radical Malay leaders in the fight for independence and the Malayan Peoples’ Anti-Japanese Army (MPAJA) fight against the Japanese occupiers were tantamount to “glorifying” communists.

He also claimed that this was the agenda of the then Harapan government, particularly the DAP in zooming in on its “Malaysian Malaysia” slogan.

Scholar Syed Husin Ali, who is also former PKR deputy president, had pointed out the textbook presented a balanced view as it highlighted both the communists’ fight against the Japanese occupiers and their subsequent violence against the local populace.

Asyraf did not highlight the page detailing the violence committed by the communists.

Maszlee, in his letter of demand, asked that Asyraf remove the Facebook post containing his allegations about the Form 4 History textbook.

He also wants Asyraf to seek the removal of any reproduction of the said allegations on social media.

Furthermore, Maszlee wants Asyraf to provide a written apology, to be published on his Facebook page and in the newspapers.

Maszlee said the Facebook post was defamatory towards him and is also seeking compensation from Asyraf.

“This is part of the legal action that I have initiated to put a stop to the culture of defamation which was also tinged with racism,” he said in a statement.

He added that Malaysians are tired of such attempts that can threaten race relations.

“Only cowards use defamation as a weapon and cheap propaganda to gain political support.

“It is time that we practise mature politics that is based on facts and courage to face and engage the people so that they can make their fair judgment,” Maszlee concluded.

In a brief remark on Twitter, Asyraf Wajdi said he had at the time of writing yet to receive the letter of demand from Maszlee, but said his team of lawyers will go through the content of the letter and recommend subsequent actions based on law.

“Want to use the law, we find the truth through it. Other matters are no longer relevant! #bukutekssejarah” he exclaimed in the same tweet.

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Separately on Facebook over the same legal letter which he said he had yet to receive, Asyraf Wajdi said Umno Youth will continue to defend the struggle started by 73 non-governmental organisations under the Pembela coalition of Islamist groups and a secretariat for NGOs that rejected the Form Four History textbook.

He added that Umno Youth is urging for the Education Ministry to retract and amend the Form Four History textbook published under the Secondary School Standard Curriculum (KSSM) scheme.

 

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