Summary of the works done in 14 days under Tun M leadership

(27-06-2018)

Day 1 (Friday May 11): The work begins. Dr Mahathir arrives at 9.35am for discussions with PH leaders on a new Cabinet. Dr Mahathir: Agong says willing to grant Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim a full pardon. Dr Mahathir: There will be a probe on the Attorney-General, Election Commission, Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission. Certain heads must roll. Umno celebrates 72nd anniversary in sombre mood, news emerge of ex-PM Datuk Seri Najib Razak and wife Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor’s planned flight to Indonesia.

Day 2 (Saturday May 12): Flight cancelled, resignation, Council of Elders, handbag stash condo. Najib confirms short trip, but flight cancelled and later he and Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor are put on travel blacklist. Police report lodged on alleged bid to hide Rosmah’s handbags at a condominium. Najib quits position as head of Umno, Barisan Nasional. Dr Mahathir announces three ministers – home, defence and finance. Dr Mahathir announces five-person Council of Elders (later known as Council of Eminent Persons) to advise PH govt on finance, economy. Members include Tun Daim Zainuddin and Tan Sri Zeti Akhtar Aziz. Dr Mahathir: Auditor-general’s report on 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) will be declassified. Attorney-General position declared vacant, Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali declines comment. Police visits Najib-linked condominium with alleged handbag stash to view CCTV footage.

Day 3 (Sunday May 13): Council begins work too. Police sets up cordon around Najib’s private home. No honeymoon for Council of Eminent Persons with daily meetings. Meets six GLICs heads: Khazanah Nasional, PNB, KWAP, EPF, Tabung Haji, LTAT. By May 18, Daim said Council has met 50 people in 40 meetings in six days. Day 4 (Monday May 14): Spring-cleaning day, but keep documents safe. MACC chief Tan Sri Dzulkifli Ahmad resigns as MACC chief, to return to Attorney-General’s Chambers. Treasury’s secretary-general Tan Sri Irwan Serigar Abdullah relieved of duties; on contract till March 2019 but it will be cut short to June 14, 2018. AG Apandi clocks in for work, but put on indefinite leave. Solicitor-General replaces his role. Dr Mahathir tells Finance Ministry to look for budget savings and spending cuts. Dr Mahathir meets chief secretary to government, secretary-generals of all ministries. Dr Mahathir: RCI on 1MDB after concrete charges, instructed all ministries not to bring out or destroy any documents.

Day 5 (Tuesday May 15) : 1MDB report no more a secret, institutional reforms coming. Police escorts for Najib, former deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi transferred out. Apandi says on unrecorded 30-day leave. Auditor-General declassifies audit report on 1MDB. (Read here and here to find out what was in the report classified in 2016). Swiss authorities seek quick talks with Malaysia on 1MDB. Council of Eminent Persons forms Institutional Reforms Committee with members including former Malaysian Bar president Datuk Seri Ambiga Sreenevasan and former Court of Appeal judges, says economic reforms must come with institutional reforms. Dr Mahathir says will stay on as PM for one to two years. Day 6 (Wednesday May 16): Anwar is back, zero GST, stable fuel price, 17,000 political appointees to be axed, PH registered, Najib house raided.

Anwar is released ahead of initial June 8 date, says no timeframe to succeed as PM. Council of Eminent Persons meets with Irwan on 1MDB, Dr Mahathir says Irwan will be investigated by the book. Dr Mahathir: 1MDB-related wrongdoing larger than thought, ex-AG Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail said about to prosecute over 1MDB when removed from post. Government will pay 1MDB-linked debts, recover 1MDB assets from other countries. Dr Mahathir says 17,000 political appointees in government to be removed/ reviewed. Finance ministry announces Goods and Services Tax (GST) at zero rate from June 1. After seven weeks of no change in fuel price, Dr Mahathir says no more weekly new price. Government will subsidise fuel price when needed. Pakatan Harapan finally gets registered by Registrar of Societies. Police raid Najib’s private house. (First night of raid unearths 52 luxury handbags, watches and over half a million ringgit in cash.)

Day 7 (Thursday May 17): New 1MDB taskforce, SST will return, Najib-linked condos raided. Raid at Najib’s private house continues, police try to crack 20-year-old safe (Read here for what was discovered in the safe). Finance ministry: Sales and Services Tax (SST) will be back, government to cut spending. Dr Mahathir takes on education minister role (but gives it up the next day), deputy prime minister Datuk Seri Wan Azizah Wan Ismail gets Women and Family Development Ministry. Not in government, but Anwar joins PH’s presidential council to be top six. Home Ministry’s secretary-general: Dr Mahathir’s party PPBM registered by RoS. Council of Eminent Persons sets up committee to look into 1MDB. To be headed by former Attorney-General Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman. MACC gets former deputy Datuk Seri Mohd Shukri Abdull as new chief. Police raid Najib-linked condominiums, seize 284 luxury handbags including Birkin bags and 72 suitcases of cash, watches and jewellery.

Day 8 (Friday May 18): The police team conducting searches at properties linked to former prime minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak have been reinforced with another team which specifically focuses on cases involving the Anti-Money Laundering Act. Council of Eminent Persons member Tun Daim Zainuddin revealed that the East Coast Rail Line project costs over RM66 billion. Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak was summoned to meet Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) officers on Tuesday (May 22) as part of 1MDB probe. The Communications and Multimedia Commission unblocked Sarawak Report and Medium since the 1MDB report has been made public. A group of tahfiz students from the Tahfiz Darul Quran Ittifaqiyah school where 23 pupils were killed in a fire last September broke their fast at Najib’s residence to “offer moral support and sympathy”.

Day 9 (Saturday May 19): In an exclusive interview with the Malay Mail, Najib spoke up for the first time since losing GE14, where he chided Khairy Jamaluddin and other BN leaders for not speaking up earlier if they felt there were issues with his leadership within the coalition and government. During the same interview he urged voters to hold the new PH government accountable, claiming their promises were ‘in the realm of fantasy’. He also added he had been unfairly ‘demonised’ during the GE14 campaigning period. Commercial Crime Investigation Department director Commissioner Datuk Seri Amar Singh Ishar Singh urged Najib’s lawyer to provide more information on the claims that police officers who searched his client’s properties ate their chocolate and demanded more. In a continuation of the Malay Mail exclusive, Najib says the rule of law must be applied equally to everyone, including prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. Incumbent Federal Land Consolidation and Rehabilitation Authority chairman Datuk Seri Bung Mokhtar Radin announced he will step down from his post by the end of the month.

Day 10 (Sunday May 20): Former Special Branch deputy director Datuk Abdul Hamid Bador, who was relieved of duty after criticising the Barisan Nasional government’s handling of the 1MDB investigations, has been tipped to take over from the incumbent director Datuk Seri Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff. – Speaking to supporters in his constituency of Pekan, Pahang, Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak claimed he lost due to unappreciative voters who believed the slander of his rivals against him. Former MCA president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek said the party’s future is in critical condition, yet still unable to understand what went wrong. Pakatan Harapan de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim says investigations into Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak over the SRC International Sdn Bhd case will be conducted in a fair and independent manner.

Day 11 (Monday May 21): Anwar reassures the Malay community that they do not have to worry about losing the benefits enjoyed under BN’s six-decade administration. Perak’s 10 new excos begin their first day of work at the State Secretariat in Ipoh. Selangor Sultan allows Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali to join federal Cabinet as long as he remains until a successor is found. Former Penang Chief Minister to file representation to Attorney-General’s Chambers for the corruption charges against him to be dropped. The Wall Street Journal reports that PH’s fresh investigation into 1MDB scandal has ‘energised‘ the United States’ Department of Justice to look for Low Taek Jho. Mohd Shukri Abdull clocked in as new MACC chief commissioner. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad blames Malaysia’s RM1 trillion debt on previous administration. Melaka Chief Minister Adly Zahari says state government will restructure its civil service to ensure effectiveness of its agencies’ services. Communications and Multimedia Minister Gobind Singh Deo said Anti-Fake News Bill to be repealed soon.

Day 12 (Tuesday May 22): Dr Mahathir says non-performing Cabinet ministers will be dropped and replaced by other more qualified parliamentarians. Najib parts ways with legal team in surprise twist, ahead of MACC meeting. Azmin, the new Minister for Economic Affairs, aims to revive Malaysia’s economy and make it attractive again for investors. Defence Minister Mohamad Sabu clocks into first day of work, vows an internal probe into the ministry’s past scandals. Datuk Seri Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail starts work as Deputy Prime Minister. Lim Guan Eng takes office as new Finance Minister despite doubts over country’s budget. Mohd Shukri reveals in emotional press conference how he was threatened when probing into 1MDB case back in 2015. 1MDB task force set out to recover money and assets. Najib drops 1MDB defamation suit against former MCA president and Transport Minister Tun Ling Liong Sik. Red Shirt movement leader Datuk Seri Jamal Yunos arrested for brandishing a firearm in public space.

Day 13 (Wednesday May 23): Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir chairs his first Cabinet meeting. He also cuts its members’ salaries by 10 per cent. MACC raids Lembaga Tabung Haji chairman Datuk Seri Abdul Azeez Abdul Rahim’s home and office. He later says he will soon resign from the post. Sarawak Chief Minister Datuk Patinggi Abang Johari Openg confirms Sarawak Report editor Clare Rewcastle-Brown is still banned from entering the state. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir terminates several agencies including the Land Public Transport Commission and the Special Affairs Department as part of apparent austerity measures to rein in RM1 trillion debt. Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir says some projects will be aborted or reconsidered as part of move to reduce RM1 trillion debt. However fuel prices will not be raised for the time being.

Day 14 (Thursday May 24): Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak leaves Langgak Duta residence for second MACC interview in Putrajaya. DAP’s Tony Pua and Ong Kian Ming appointed as unpaid special officers to Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng for next six months. Tabung Haji confirms Abdul Azeez no longer chairman. MACC likewise confirms it is probing the entity. Tun Dr Mahathir to visit Japan in June for annual Nikkei Conference and to strengthen bilateral ties. Terengganu Pakatan Harapan chairman Datuk Raja Kamarul Bahrin Shah Raja Ahmad says Pakatan Harapan is ready to work with PAS-led state government to rebuild the state. Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng says federal government will honour payments for 1MDB debt due on May 30. Abang Johari thanks Anwar for assuring that PH will restore Sarawak’s rights the Malaysia Agreement 1963. Umno demands return of ‘party funds’ seized by cops in raid at Najib’s residence. Azmin Ali says new Selangor Mentri Besar to be known after Hari Raya Aidilfitri.

巴塞罗那要难民不要游客

(27-6-2018)

(巴塞罗那26日讯)西班牙巴塞罗那旅游业发展蓬勃,但当地居民难忍游客飆升造成住屋、交通等等不便,抗拒游客「入侵」,甚至「寧要难民不要游客」,这是因为当地人认为难民可成为社区一份子並有贡献,不像旅客只会佔用资源。

英国《卫报》报导,巴塞罗那20年来对海外旅客「门户大开」,2000年外国人只佔巴塞罗那人口不足2%,时至今日官方数据显示已急增至18%,有官员更称实际数字是接近30%。当地去年接待的旅客数目就有3200万人,是居民数目的20倍,好处就是带来多达300亿欧元(1412亿令吉)的收益,不过旅客带来的影响却被认为更加大。

巴塞罗那居民联会发言人雷西奥表示,业主选择向游客出租公寓赚钱,而不是租予居民,更令租金被推高。旅客多亦令公共服务大受影响,不少地方都迫满人,「住在旅游景点附近的居民上不了巴士,因为挤满了游客……不少存在逾百年的传统店舖都被迫走」。当地议会2015年决定暂停新酒店兴建计划,减少专为旅客服务的公寓数目,並制定城市政策优待本地生意,而非主打游客生意的商店,不过情况未见有大改善。

相比起游客,巴塞罗那居民更欢迎难民,居民指自己所住城市被旅客入侵的感觉太明显,令人觉得城市的特徵及他们的身份认同都大受影响,在自己的家乡犹如一名外人。不过他们视难民移民是城市一部份,会共同建设社区,为当地带来贡献,所以乐於接受难民。

马新水供协议 新国不太可能愿重谈

(27-6-2018)

(新加坡26日讯) 马来西亚首相敦马哈迪表示准备检討马新水供协议,但受访学者却认为,新加坡同意重新谈判水供协议细节的可能性很低。虽然不能排除马哈迪日后正式提出谈判要求,3名受访的马新学者皆认为,重启水供谈判不太可能在短期內发生,因为马哈迪还有许多国內事务急需解决。

其中,研究新马政治的尤索夫依萨东南亚研究院研究员慕斯达法就以「麦克风外交」形容马哈迪重启水供谈判的喊话。「马哈迪是要从这个课题中捞取政治资本,爭取国內马来西亚人对他的支持,包括那些在大选中投给巫统的选民。他也在尝试削弱前首相拿督斯里纳吉显著改善马新关係的政绩。」慕斯达法和新加坡管理大学法律系副教授陈庆文指出,一贯坚守立场、严格遵循和履行协定內容的新加坡不太可能同意重新谈判。

慕斯达法表示,上述协定符合国际法,如果新加坡坚持遵守现有协定,马来西亚也无计可施。「切断新加坡的水供有违联合国授予、汲取水资源的权利。」陈庆文也说,儘管新加坡早在20年前曾答应就水供展开討论,但时隔20年,局势已不同。新加坡虽不可能于近期实现水供自给自足,但比起十多二十年前,新加坡答应再次商討水供协定的压力已减轻不少。

「当然,两个非常密切的国家,在交涉时还是得考虑『互让与妥协』的精神。但与此同时,新加坡一直把水视为牵涉国家安全的议题,应该不太愿意把水供和其他议题『打包』起来一起商討。」水供威胁大不如前 双边关係或生变 受访观察家认为,敦马哈迪再度担任马来西亚首相后,在处理事情的手法上与之前一脉相承,態度强硬,在谈判上坚持己见,很少妥协,但新加坡早已做好准备,降低对马来西亚供水的依赖。

新加坡南洋理工大学拉惹勒南国际研究院助理教授张家菘博士表示,马哈迪目前的施政方针就是推翻上届政府的政策,一切重来。「纳吉虽然贪污,但至少他在外交政策上比较明智,与各方都维持良好的关係。」然而,他也指出,新加坡已经今时不同往日,马来西亚供水对新加坡的威胁已经不如当年。他说,新加坡从2000年起就在研发新生水,至今近20年来技术也已经逐渐成熟,

再加上海水淡化技术逐年进步,对於马来西亚供水的依赖也已经下降。」张家菘感叹,马哈迪如今说出这番话,让他对于马新之间的关係感到悲哀,预计双边关係接下来或许会產生变化。另一方面,新加坡管理大学法律系副教授陈庆文表示,新加坡与马来西亚都从马新水供协议中获益,不应该斤斤计较谁得益更多。

「这並非如马哈迪所说的是一项单方获益的协议,协议也规定新加坡必须向马来西亚提供处理过的水,而且新加坡在早前柔佛乾旱,林桂水坝水位降低时也伸出援手,帮助马来西亚。」

车藏10万私烟 男子见水警弃车逃

(27-6-2018)

水警跟踪一辆载有走私香烟的休旅车,司机发现行踪败露,加快车速逃离,並在逃到棕油园后,弃车逃走,水警从休旅车上搜出价值10万800令吉的私烟。上述案件是本月24日,晚上11时30分发生,来自马来西亚水警行动部队第二分队接获情报,

跟踪一辆从北干那那驶往振林山的灰色丰田休旅车。该分队今日发表文告透露,当时共有6名水警执行任务,跟踪轿车大约15分钟,水警准备越车截停可疑休旅车时,司机突然加快车速逃离。休旅车司机驶往位于乌鲁埔莱路的棕油园时,弃车逃走,水警抵达时发现休旅车引擎仍未熄灭。水警从车上搜出20盒,总值10万800令吉的私烟,

同时充公该辆8万令吉的休旅车。根据文告,逃走的嫌犯是男性,不確定种族,水警將援引1967年关税局法令第135(1)(e)条文(即运载未获关税局批准的货物),展开调查。在上述条文下,一旦罪名成立,可被判不少于货物价值的10倍及不超过20倍罚款,或监禁不超过3年,或两者兼施。

旺阿兹莎宣佈每年7月首星期日定为「双亲节」

(27-6-2018)

副首相拿督斯里旺阿兹莎宣佈將每年7月的第一个星期日,定为双亲节。她指出,之前母亲节和父亲节是分开庆祝,由今年开始,这两个节日將合併。「双亲节是要感恩父母教育和养大孩子。父母的坚韧和决心,造就了一个个幸福及和谐的家庭。」

旺阿兹莎也是妇女、家庭与社会发展部长,她今日在全国双亲节庆祝活动致词时,这么指出。另外,她说,意识到目前的职业妇女有增加的趋势,以及给家庭组织带来影响,妇女部因此將在8月成立国家家庭和谐顾问与咨询理事会(MPPKKN)。「5名妇女当中就有一人工作,所以面对著平衡家庭和事业的难题。」

「职业妇女所面对的主要问题是,抽时间陪家人、照顾孩子,以及留给自己的时间不多。」她指出,2016年家庭和谐指数也发现,大马的家庭关係处于中等水平。她表示,她將亲自主持上述理事会,它將作为政府对於家庭课题的主要顾问和咨询单位。