Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Dr Mahathir wants to bring down the Najib government

Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad keeps repeating that a vote of no confidence should be passed against Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. He even attended the Bersih rally over the weekend to demonstrate his opposition to the Prime Minister. In the same breath he accuses the Prime Minister of using money to stay in power and of buying over the Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament.

So what message is Dr Mahathir sending to Malaysians? On the one hand he says the Prime Minister has compromised the Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament. On the other hand he says a vote of no confidence should be passed against the Prime Minister. So how is that going to be done?

You need at least 112 Members of Parliament to pass a vote of no confidence against the Prime Minister. Even if you can get 30 Umno or Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament to support the vote you will still need 100% of the Members of Parliament from DAP, PAS and PKR to pull it off. That can only mean Dr Mahathir has to work with the opposition and get them to support the vote for it to succeed.

What Dr Mahathir does not tell the people is that if a vote of no confidence is successfully passed it is not just the Prime Minster who falls. It is the government that falls. That is why in other countries when a vote of no confidence is passed against any prime minister the newspapers report about the government falling, not about the prime minister falling.

The present government is the government of Najib Tun Razak. When he falls then his government falls. And that is what DAP, PAS and PKR want. And it appears like this is also what Dr Mahathir wants: the collapse of the Najib Razak government.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Clare Rewcastle Browns spin on Sky TV

Salleh Said Keruak

Last night, Clare Rewcastle Brown of Sarawak Report went on Sky TV news in the UK to talk about her ‘fight’ for Malaysia. She talked at length about how she uncovered evidence of corruption involving the Prime Minister. She did not, however, explain how she had obtained this so-called evidence. In fact, it is alleged that some of the evidence had been tampered or doctored. We know that this ‘evidence’ could not have dropped from the sky so how did she manage to get it? Or did someone give her whatever evidence she claims she obtained because she was actually being used and was a tool of this person to embarrass the Prime Minister.

Those who do not know Malaysia would probably be very impressed with Clare who is trying to give an impression that she is a crusader for truth and justice. Why does Clare not be really truthful and reveal who she is serving and how much that master is paying Sarawak Report because she has confessed that she does receive foreign funding without being transparent enough with the details?

Clare talks as if Najib Tun Razak has already been convicted or indicted of a crime. As a veteran journalist surely Clare knows that one is innocent until and unless proven guilty. Clare, however, talks as if the evidence is conclusive and she knows for a fact that the Prime Minister is guilty just because she says so. Clare is judge, jury and executioner all in one.

Clare is distorting the truth. She talks about the government jailing Anwar Ibrahim on trumped up charges but she did not mention that Anwar refused to take the stand to testify and neither did he summon his dozen or so witnesses to court to support his alibi. In fact, he did not even produce an alibi. And that was why Anwar was convicted and not for the reasons that Clare says.

Clare says that the opposition won more than 50% of the votes, suggesting that it should be the opposition that is in government. I am surprised that Clare is not aware that in the Westminster parliamentary system it is the party that wins the most number of seats that gets to form the government and not the party that wins the most number of votes. Is this not what happened in the UK during the last two elections as well?

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

What Merdeka Day means

Salleh Said Keruak

Malaysians claim they are loyal Malaysians but we seem to have lost the spirit of nationalism.

In sports we seem to have discarded ethnicity in favour of nationalism and seem to be able to uphold the Malaysian spirit. And that used to be the same for Merdeka Day as well. We were able to come together as Malaysians and not be divided by separate celebrations according to race, religion or political leanings.

But sadly that now seems to have changed. Can’t we just for one day put our political divide aside and come together as Malaysians? The impression being given is that there are going to be two Merdeka celebrations, one for those opposed to the government. Merdeka Day is not about whether you support the government or the opposition. It is about your love for your country.

We should be marching together, united as Malaysians, although we may be of different races, religions and political leanings. We can disagree on politics but that should be where our disagreements end. We should not take that disagreement further and create two Malaysians.

We say we are Malaysians. We say we are loyal to our country. We say we are prepared to sacrifice for our nation. But we are not prepared to sacrifice our political differences for just one day to come together united as Malaysians.

Can we not restore Merdeka Day to what it used to be and not use that celebration as the platform for politics? Merdeka is about love, love for our country, not about hate for each other because we do not share the same political ideals.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

DAP is spinning a bit too far

Salleh Said Keruak

Charles Santiago, the DAP Member of Parliament for Kelang, wrote today, “A whopping RM42 billion has simply vanished from the state-owned sovereign fund, the brainchild of Najib.”

Charles added, “He is yet to say what has happened to the cash. Najib has also not come up with a plausible story for the RM2.6 billion, which found its way into the premier’s personal bank account.”

An explanation regarding 1MDB has already been given with the breakdown of the RM42 billion. Yet Santiago says that RM42 billion has ‘simply vanished’.

Santiago then says Najib has also not come up with a plausible story regarding the RM2.6 billion. Has he not been following the news? Not only has the matter been explained but also many people, some who are privy to the matter, have also made statements.

The bottom line is they keep asking the same questions over and over again while ignoring the replies to the questions and pretend as if no response has been given. And RM42 billion has not ‘simply vanished’ as Santiago alleges.

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Malaysia is not all bad news

Salleh Said Keruak

The opposition and the critics of the government are painting a bleak scenario that Malaysia is on the verge of bankruptcy and that Malaysia is amongst the ranks of the failed states. In short, there is only bad news and no good news in Malaysia.

The World Bank, however, in its latest report ‘Doing Business 2015: Going Beyond Efficiency’ says that Malaysia continues to rank among the top 20 economies worldwide and first among emerging economies in East Asia on the ease of doing business.

In fact, Malaysia, which the year before ranked 20th globally, now ranks 18th.

The World Bank report shows that, since 2005, Malaysia has improved its business regulatory framework through 17 reforms in the areas measured by the report—compared with the global average of 12 reforms per economy in that period. Malaysia has therefore narrowed the gap with some of the best practices worldwide.

In June this year, the World Bank said that the introduction of GST and elimination of fuel subsidies has helped Malaysia weather the oil price shock, but further reforms are required to ensure medium-term fiscal targets are met.

Malaysia is a highly open upper-middle income economy, said the World Bank. Malaysia was one of 13 countries identified by the Commission on Growth and Development in its 2008 Growth Report to have recorded average growth of more than 7% per year for 25 years or more.

Economic growth was inclusive, as Malaysia also succeeded in nearly eradicating poverty. The share of households living below the national poverty line (USD 8.50 per day in 2012) fell from over 50% in the 1960s to less than 1% currently.

Malaysia’s near-term economic outlook remains overall favourable, said the World Bank, despite some risks. The economy has diversified from commodities and the Government has taken steps to broaden the revenue base. Short-term risks include further declines in oil prices and volatility in capital flows from the normalisation of US monetary policy. 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Malaysia is facing an economic sabotage

Salleh Said Keruak

The latest reports from Thailand say that the bomb blast in Bangkok yesterday was meant to sabotage Thailand’s economy. Thailand’s economy is quite dependent on tourism where around 15 million people a year visit Thailand, about 30% of that from China.

That was why the bombers targeted one of the busiest districts in Bangkok that would normally be packed with tourists and shoppers. It is reported that many of the 100 or so injured and dead were Chinese and Taiwanese.

Economic sabotage is a very powerful weapon in bringing down governments, sometimes even more potent than military action. And Malaysia is no less being spared this same economic sabotage, although not in the way they are doing it in Thailand.

In Malaysia’s case, they are going all out to undermine the credibility of the government. Western media consultants are being engaged to spin stories in foreign publications and blogs about corrupt acts being committed by the Prime Minister and about Malaysia’s economy on the verge of bankruptcy.

And to strengthen this allegation there are even efforts to attack the Ringgit to ‘prove’ that the world has totally lost confidence in Malaysia. The picture being presented is that a lower Ringgit means that Malaysia is headed for doom. They even say that Malaysia is amongst those regarded as ‘failed states’.

This is not only mischievous but treasonous as well. Economic sabotage, especially one that is engineered and financed by Malaysians, is without a doubt an act of treason. These traitors must be exposed and appropriate action be taken against them.

No longer must the country be allowed to suffer just to satisfy the political ambitions of those who wish to oust the government and grab power through unconstitutional means.

Monday, August 17, 2015



The issue of false information has recently taken centre stage in the media, especially online news portals.

In this respect,I have instructed the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to meet social media platform providers -- Facebook (FB), Google and Twitter soon to seek their cooperation to stem the increasing tide of false information and rumours from spreading via their social media applications.

Although these three social media platform providers have been cooperating with various Malaysian authorities, the level of cooperation needs to be stepped up.

In fact, there are laws in Malaysia governing the spread of false and unverified information, and it is a breach of these laws for such information to be posted and made accessible to the public. 

At this point of time, although it is possible for authorities to restrict access or block such applications, they will not do so as the majority of social media users are using such applications positively and not for negative or reprehesive purposes.

However, this does not mean that the public can post information unchecked without respect or regard to the law. The online environment is not a lawless space and action can be taken against anyone found to have breached the law, including in the online space.

Bear in mind that publishing or posting sensitive or unverified information might potentially spark an untoward situation likely to jeopardise public safety. 

As a responsible government, it has an obligation to protect its citizens from harm, including threats posed by postings in the social media and internet.
As such, deeper cooperation from social media providers is vital in the public interest to help authorities to uphold the laws and keep citizens of this country safe from harm. 

For instance, in 2014, approximately 78 percent of MCMC's requests for removal of content were acted upon by social media providers, with FB acting aproximately 81 per cent of MCMC's requests.

Latest figures as at end of July 2015 shows that 49 percent have been acted upon, 33 percent by YouTube, 42 percent by Facebook. While social media providers have been cooperative, we are requesting them to be more sensitive with our local environment.