KJ joining Presidency contest said source

(17-06-2018)

UMNO Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin will join the contest for the top Umno, post, an English daily said today. Quoting sources, The Star Online said the former youth and sports minister would submit his application to run for party president at Umno headquarters today. Today is the last day for the candidates to submit their applications to run in the party’s elections which are expected to be the most heated in 30 years.

The 42-year-old Rembau MP had previously indicated that he would run for one of the three vice-president’s posts. However, he had ruled out contesting the roles of either president or deputy. It remains unclear if he will withdraw from the vice-president race. Khairy’s candidacy would make him the fourth person to throw their hat into the ring, and comes just one day after party veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah officially announced his bid on 16 June, following intense lobbying from several quarters. The UMNO Presidency is being fought over by current deputy president Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, Gua Musang MP Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and entrepreneur cum blogger Rahmat Azim Abdul Aziz, better known as Mat Umno. Tengku Razaleigh, who is Gua Musang MP, confirmed his candidacy during a press conference at his home in Jalan Langgak Golf in Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (June 16).

The 81-year-old Kelantan Prince Tengku Razaleigh’s influence in the party will be put to the test again, after having famously challenged for the top post in 1987 only to be edged out by a mere 43 votes. As for Dr Ahmad Zahid, it will be his first attempt for the presidency. Another challenger so far is relatively unknown – businessman and blogger Rahmat Azim Abdul Aziz. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad had said that Khairy was the best candidate for the post as Umno was now deemed as a party in disarray and directionless in its struggle. However, the Rembau MP dismissed this, stating that the Premier was just being sarcastic, or was merely ribbing. Following Umno’s poor showing at last month’s general election and subsequent calls for a shakeup within the party, Umno announced that the top two posts would be open to contest.

This was a departure from the decision made at the last general assembly for the posts of party president and deputy to remain uncontested this year. Despite its thumping at the 14th general election, Umno remains the biggest opposition party with 54 parliamentary seats. – 17 June 2018

Tengku Razaleigh to contest UMNO Presidency

(17-06-2018)

Umno is in the “New Malaysia” now where it is the opposition after a severe trouncing in the May 9 elections. The defeat saw Barisan Nasional, which Umno leads, lose to Pakatan Harapan after more than six decades of governing the country since Merdeka. The Umno elections on June 30 will see for the first time, three hats in the ring for the president’s post after years of no-contest that became part of the party’s culture of not rocking the boat.

There were, at first, views that former deputy prime minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi should be president without contest, a suggestion immediately shot down by Umno Youth Wing. According to UMNO Youth Chief, Khairy Jamaluddin Umno needs to restore public confidence and regain its credibility and needed leadership that could navigate the unchartered waters of being without federal power. Nominations for the party’s national office-bearers started on June 1 and closes at 5pm today. The full list of contenders for the president, deputy president, three vice-presidents, wing heads and the supreme council will be announced later today. Umno veteran Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah confirmed that he will be challenging Ahmad Zahid Hamidi for the Umno presidency. The other candidate is Rahmar Azim Abdul Aziz, an entrepreneur and political blogger better known as Mat Umno.

Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, fondly known as Ku Li who is Gua Musang Umno division chief, said he was contesting after seeing Umno’s current predicament. “I made the decision in the interest of Umno as a national political party that should uphold racial unity and maintain harmony as the core principles of the nation. I want to ensure that Umno can be an effective Opposition. At the same time, I will ensure the interests of the party grassroots are protected,” pledged the party elder. Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah’s candidacy for Umno president sums up the party’s dilemma as it struggles to rebuild in post-GE14 Malaysia. Umno needs new blood and new ideas to break away from its legacy of corruption and cronyism associated with former president Najib Razak, which had led to the party’s defeat at the May 9 polls and the loss of federal power. But Razaleigh, its “change candidate”, is a leader from the past.

The 81-year-old Kelantan prince is a political veteran who had his day in the sun 23 years ago, when he led an opposition party called Semangat 46 that challenged Barisan Nasional in two elections and lost both times. Ku Li formed Semangat 46 after he failed to unseat Dr Mahathir Mohamad as Umno president in 1987. Semangat 46 contested in the 1990 and 1995 general elections, and was wiped out on its second outing. The party was disbanded and Razaleigh rejoined Umno, which was then led by his arch nemesis Tun Dr Mahathir. Ahmad Zahid Hamidi stressed that Umno cannot see another split like in 1987 when Tengku Razaleigh formed a splinter party Semangat 46 after losing in the Umno election. “This is Umno’s dilemma. It’s as if there is no real alternative (for a presidential candidate) for Umno to save itself. And that is sad,” said Hisommudin Bakar, of the think tank Ilham Centre.

“For many voters, Ku Li had disappeared from the political radar. I don’t think he is the best choice,” said Hisommudin. However, the Umno veterans club proposed that Ahmad Zahid Hamidi make way for Tengku Razaleigh and instead contest the deputy president position. Tengku Razaleigh’s supporters, however, believe he is the best the party has for now. He has the combination of a clean record, relative to leaders in Najib’s cabinet, and leadership experience. He himself said this when asked what he had to offer compared with Ahmad Zahid Hamidi. “Members are demanding change,” he said, when announcing his candidacy yesterday. A few days earlier at a dialogue session in Kuala Lumpur on June 12, Umno activists in their late 30s argued that Tengku Razaleigh was the best because he didn’t carry the baggage of Najib’s scandals.

“We need a president who is clean, who does not have all these issues that attract hatred from the public,” said Zulkifli, a Federal Territories Umno Youth member. A Selangor Umno Youth leader who was at Tengku Razaleigh’s press conference yesterday said a groundswell was building among grassroots members who want to kick out not just Ahmad Zahid Hamidi but every leader associated with Najib. Sources within Umno claimed that Tengku Razaleigh has the support of most of the party’s 26 divisions in Johor and a clutch of other divisions in the Federal Territories, Terengganu and Selangor. Mazlan Harun, who is former Petaling Jaya division chief, compared Razaleigh’s leadership pedigree to Zahid’s, with the former coming up the better. “He has served since the time of (first prime minister) Tunku Abdul Rahman to (third prime minister) Tun Hussein Onn. “Zahid’s experience only began during (fifth prime minister) Abdullah Ahmad Badawi and Najib,” said Mazlan who said he would help Tengku Razaleigh campaign.

“He is old but capable and I think that he can bring change,” said Mazlan. – June 17, 2018.

DAP Perak mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri kepada seluruh rakyat khususnya warga Muslimin dan Muslimat yang meraikannya.

(16-6-2018)

Kenyataan Media Pengerusi DAP Perak merangkap Ahli Parlimen Teluk Intan, Nga Kor Ming di Ipoh pada 15.06.2018DAP Perak mengucapkan Selamat Hari Raya Aidilfitri kepada seluruh rakyat khususnya warga Muslimin dan Muslimat yang meraikannya.

Menurut Ahli Parlimen Teluk Intan, Hari Raya Aidilfitri ini merupakan hari raya pertama selepas kerajaan Pakatan Harapan mentadbir. Walaupun hutang negara telah mencecah RM1 trilion akibat rasuah dan ketirisan rejim UMNO BN, namun kerajaan Pakatan Harapan yang dipimpin Dr Mahathir telah menjadikan Cukai Barang dan Perkhidmatan (GST) pada kadar sifar (0%) menjelang 1 Jun 2018 demi meringankan beban rakyat yang semakin terhimpit akibat cukai tersebut.Sempena Hari Raya ini, kerajaan Pakatan Harapan telah memberikan bantuan khas Aidilfitri kepada semua penjawat awam dan turut mengagihkan insentif raya kepada peneroka FELDA di seluruh negara. Malah semua rakyat Malaysia, tidak kiranya Melayu, Cina mahupun India juga boleh menikmati 50% diskaun tol sebelum 2 hari perayaan tersebut.Kesemua ini menunjukkan bahawa kerajaan yang bersih dan amanah adalah penting dalam membela nasib rakyat dan terbukti bahawa Pakatan Harapan adalah mampu menjamin kesejahteraan rakyat dan maka kerajaan Pakatan Harapan adalah berbeza dengan rejim sebelum ini.

YB Nga Kor Ming yang turut merupakan Pengerusi DAP Perak turut ingin merakamkan ucapan terima kasih kepada rakyat jelata yang telah bersama-sama menjayakan gelombang perubahan dalam Pilihan Raya Umum (PRU) ke-14 untuk membolehkan semua rakyat Malaysia menikmati perayaan ini dengan penuh HARAPAN lantaran negara kita tidak lagi diperintah oleh kleptokrat.Sekali lagi YB Nga Kor Ming bagi pihak pimpinan DAP Perak mengucapkan Salam Aidilfitri kepada seluruh rakyat Malaysia. Maaf zahir dan batin.

Najib may face money laundering, misappropriation of property charges

(15-06-2018)

Malaysian authorities investigating scandal-hit state fund 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) are considering charging former prime minister Najib Razak with money laundering and misappropriation of property, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters. Najib, who founded 1MDB in 2009, is the subject of a money laundering and corruption probe, after reports that millions of dollars made their way into his personal bank accounts from the fund and its former subsidiary, SRC International.

The former premier has consistently denied any wrongdoing in relation to 1MDB. Najib, 64, suffered a shock loss in the May 9 general election, the first change of government since Malaysia gained independence from Britain in 1957. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who was the newly elected prime minister, has vowed to bring back funds allegedly siphoned from 1MDB and punish those responsible. Malaysia’s new Attorney General Tommy Thomas said on Tuesday (Jun 12) his office was studying possible criminal and civil action, after receiving investigation papers on 1MDB from the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC). A source close to the investigations told Reuters Najib may be charged with dishonest misappropriation of property under the Malaysian Penal Code. The source declined to be identified as they were not authorised to speak on the matter.

The offence carries a maximum jail sentence of five years, a fine and whipping. The law, however, forbids men over the age of 50 years from being whipped. Any fine would be decided by the court depending on the offence and amount misappropriated. According to the source, Najib may also face money laundering charges, which would carry a maximum sentence of 15 years’ jail and a fine of no less than five times the value of the laundered proceeds. It is now up to the attorney-general to decide whether or not to accept the recommendations, file different charges or call for further investigations. The previous attorney general cleared Najib of wrongdoing in relation to 1MDB. MACC and the attorney-general’s office did not respond to requests for comment. Najib’s spokesman did not respond to requests for comment. Najib said this week that if he was charged on “political grounds” he was confident the courts would find him innocent.

1MDB is the subject of money-laundering probes globally, including the United States, Switzerland and Singapore. The US Department of Justice has alleged more than US$4.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB, about US$700 million of which ended up in Najib’s personal bank accounts. Police on Monday raided another house linked to Najib in the administrative capital of Putrajaya, the latest premise to be searched in connection with their investigation into 1MDB. Authorities seized hundreds of luxury handbags and dozens of other bags filled with jewellery and cash in earlier searches of premises linked to Najib.

MACC this week called on four individuals to assist in its probe of 1MDB, including an aide to Jho Low – a central figure in the 1MDB scandal closely linked to Najib and his family. (Reuters)

Wan Azizah said National debt delaying PH 100-Day Pledges

(15-06-2018)

Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail said today that the national debt factor was hindering the Pakatan Harapan government’s efforts to fulfil all the manifesto promises it pledged to deliver within its first 100 days. “The federal government will need more time to deliver on Pakatan Harapan’s 100-day pledges due to the country’s financial situation,” said Deputy Prime Minister Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail today.

“We have financial problems and need to pay debts. Earlier, we did not know the extent of this problem (debts). “Now that we have come to know, we request for a bit of space and time to deliver the 10 promises within 100 days,” she said in a live interview on Bernama News Channel today, broadcast live from Seri Perdana, the official resident of the Prime Minister, at the Cabinet’s Aidilfitri Open House. However, she said the Harapan administration had already fulfilled several of the promises made in its manifesto such as the implementation of the zero-rated goods and services tax and stabilising oil prices. In the meantime, Wan Azizah also expressed joy and gratitude because after all this time, she and her family were celebrating Aidilfitri with her husband, Anwar Ibrahim, who had been released from prison days after Pakatan Harapan sworn in as the newly elected government last month.

Wan Azizah, who is also women, family and community development minister, urged on Malaysians to do their part in ensuring the peace and unity in the country despite the different ethnicities, religions and cultures of the people. “We are unique. Our country is made up of people of various races and nationalities. It is an asset that must be maintained, nurtured and taken care of.

“The world has also seen us change the 61-year-old (BN) government in a peaceful and calm manner,” she said.