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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

HOW MAHATHIR WILL CONTINUE TO RUN MALAYSIA


SALLEH SAID KERUAK

Today, according to The Star's report, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad confirmed what many have been saying for some time. Muhyiddin Yassin, and not Anwar Ibrahim, is going to be the Prime Minister if the opposition wins the next general election.

Mahathir has finally laid to rest the crucial question of who he has in mind to take over from Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak in the event the Prime Minister is ousted or Barisan Nasional is kicked out, which is Mahathir's main objective for forming his new party, PPBM.

This appears like Mahathir is trying to deflect talk that he wants his son, Mukhriz, to be the next Prime Minister. So by naming Muhyiddin as the next Prime Minister he is suggesting that his son is not taking over.

But that does mean Mukhriz cannot be appointed the Deputy Prime Minister while Muhyiddin becomes just a temporary Prime Minister.

Mahathir also confirmed what he announced in Petaling Jaya back in 2008, which is the new Prime Minister must be 'guided' by a committee of elders and not be allowed a free hand or too much independence in running the country.

Mahathir said today that even though Muhyiddin is going to be the Prime Minister and the party President, PPBM also has a Chairman. So the Prime Minister must consult the Chairman, meaning Mahathir, before making any decisions. The Prime Minister must not make any decisions by himself.

Mahathir even suggested that the party Chairman must be above the Cabinet since Cabinet members would be 'obliged' to the Prime Minister.

In short, the Prime Minister is not independent and comes under the party Chairman who overrides the Cabinet the way Chairman Mao ran China for 31 years.

Saturday, September 24, 2016

QUIET DISMISSAL OF U.S. LAWSUIT

QUIET DISMISSAL OF U.S. LAWSUIT
Statement by Minister of Communications and Multimedia

24 September 2016

1. The class action lawsuit filed in the United States against 1MDB and others by Tun Mahathir Mohamad's political secretary Matthias Chang and Husam Musa generated global controversy. ‎It was based purely on the allegations in the US Department of Justice civil complaint, and on false smears published by the Wall Street Journal.

2. This lawsuit by Tun Mahathir's henchmen generated global news and controversy when it was filed on 11 August. But, strangely, the Wall Street Journal and other Western media haven't reported that yesterday the lawsuit was dismissed.

3. The reality is that it was baseless from the start, a pure publicity stunt to manipulate public perceptions. Part of Tun Mahathir's plan to sabotage 1MDB and damage Malaysia's economy to unseat the democratically-elected government. And all this for selfish political reasons, just to benefit his son Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir.

4. It must be frustrating for Tun Mahathir that each of his attempts to subvert Malaysia's democracy has failed. They will continue to fail. One of the hallmarks of a true leader is knowing when to quit quietly.

5. The Prime Minister's real record has just been stated by UNESCO's Director-General Irina Bokova. She said that ‎"Under the leadership of Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, the government of Malaysia has taken a firm stance against violent extremism through inclusion and education, which UNESCO considers the most effective long-term prevention to forces threatening to divide societies". She also praised Malaysia as "An example to countries of all income levels"; said the country is "Proof that respect for diversity is a source of enrichment"; and that we have taken the lead in encouraging "The teaching of religion to promote tolerance, respect and mutual understanding".

6. The government won't be distracted by Tun Mahathir's increasingly desperate attempts. The Prime Minister will continue to serve the people and prioritise their security, safety and prosperity.

Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Salleh Said Keruak,
Minister of Communications and Multimedia,
Malaysia‎

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN MALAYSIA WILL FAIL

FOREIGN INTERFERENCE IN MALAYSIA WILL FAIL
Statement by Minister of Communications and Multimedia

1. The Wall Street Journal should submit candidates for Malaysia's next General Election, given their strong interest and inclinations in our domestic political affairs. ‎They are behaving like politicians and campaigners, not credible or independent media.

2. Their stories now don't even contain new information. They simply repeat and repackage unproven allegations they've previously published. They never do anything to justify these smears beyond quoting anonymous sources and documents that - mysteriously - only the WSJ claims to have spoken to and seen.‎ These may not exist, or they could originate from political opponents and be incomplete or wrong.

3. The WSJ's Malaysia coverage has become desperate and obsessive. They have abandoned the fact-based principles of independent journalism to become nothing better than a partisan blog - the willing vehicle of politically motivated forces.

4. It has become clear that this American newspaper and those feeding it for their own selfish objectives, such as Tun Mahathir Mohamad and his proxies, want to influence Malaysia's political process and dictate who should form our government.

5. Their continuous onslaught is not about journalism, but about forcing their own arrogant and misguided vision onto Malaysia. If we submitted, our harmonious, stable and prosperous majority-Muslim state would be eroded.

6. But the days of 'might is right' and having to obey colonial masters are over. We will bend to no-one, especially neocon media like the WSJ who pushed for the disastrous foreign interventions in Muslim countries such as Iraq. They are partly responsible for opening up a pandoras box of death, destruction and instability.

7. Malaysians know better how to govern ourselves and maintain stability. We will ensure that only Malaysians decide our country's future, and at the ballot box as part of democratic process.

Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Salleh Said Keruak
Minister of Communications and Multimedia
Malaysia‎

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

FOREIGN INTERFERENCE, DELIBERATE SABOTAGE AND DOUBLE STANDARDS

FOREIGN INTERFERENCE, DELIBERATE SABOTAGE AND DOUBLE STANDARDS

Statement by Minister of Communications and Multimedia

6 September 2016

1.       For over a year, one American newspaper has launched attack after attack against Malaysia. However, not in a single one of these attacks has the Wall Street Journal been able to provide concrete documentary evidence or name the people who are making the allegations it reports. So how can we believe anything they write?

2.       The WSJ now admit that 1MDB’s planned IPO did not proceed due to negative reporting. The truth is that the IPO was deliberately sabotaged. Specific media like the WSJ conducted a global campaign, acting as the willing vehicles of politically motivated forces like Tun Mahathir Mohamad. They knew the sabotaged IPO would lead to financial problems at 1MDB. If the company is left alone to proceed with its rationalisation programme, it will succeed.

3.       Tun Mahathir committed the ultimate betrayal of Malaysia when he requested foreign powers to intervene and topple the Government that was elected by Malaysians. And all because of his selfish political interests.

4.       Malaysia under this Government will never allow foreign interference in our internal affairs. All their attempts have failed, and will continue to fail. It must be very frustrating for the WSJ and those behind them that with each attack, Malaysia, the Government, Barisan Nasional and the Prime Minister grow stronger.

5.       The irony is that the campaign against Malaysia comes at a time when serious questions are being raised about the links between business and politics in the WSJ’s own country. Are we to believe that the Department of Justice’s only investigation relates to Malaysia? How many US individuals and entities is the Department of Justice investigating? Why doesn’t the WSJ have teams dedicated to reporting on this with the same obsession?

6.       All of this betrays the fact that there are double standards: one set of rules for the West, and another for developing countries such as Malaysia who refuse to be subservient.  

Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Salleh Said Keruak
Minister of Communications and Multimedia
Malaysia

Monday, September 5, 2016

WHEN DESPERATION BEGINS TO SHOW


Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad's attendance in court today, as a show of support to Anwar Ibrahim, is not really a shock or surprise. This is what we would call political expediency. It just shows how desperate Mahathir has become.

Mahathir knows that his new party, Pribumi, cannot go far on its own. So he needs to latch on to Pakatan Harapan like a space shuttle needs a rocket.

That is why Mahathir is trying to build a bridge with Anwar -- so as to court Pakatan. Mahathir finally admits he does not really have the strength to make his party a success. He needs to tompang on Anwar and Pakatan.

And this is in spite of what Mahathir and Anwar have been saying about each other for 18 years. Mahathir shaking Anwar's hand today was like what happened back in 1998 one day before Mahathir destroyed Anwar. Mahathir's kiss is a kiss of death.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Response to Tan Sri Muhyiddin's latest allegation


Salleh Said Keruak

Muhyiddin Yassin is still harping on the 1MDB issue and the matter concerning the donation that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak received from the Middle East. Surely Muhyiddin realises by now that those issues are not the instruments that can oust the Prime Minister. If they were then Najib would have been out of office by now and Barisan Nasional would not have performed well in the recent Sarawak state election and the twin by-elections in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar.

It appears like Muhyiddin is bankrupt of issues and that is why he needs to keep talking about the same old issue that is no longer of interest to most Malaysians. The fact remains that if the opposition does not harp on this same old issue then they really have nothing else to use.

When is Muhyiddin going to accept the fact that the matter of 1MDB and the donation from the Middle East have already been clarified more than once and is now a matter that is closed? Muhyiddin is trying to create the perception that the matter is still outstanding as a means to distract Malaysians from the fact that the opposition is in a mess and has lost quite a lot of ground.

They insist that the Prime Minister replies to the allegations against him but then when he does they ignore these responses and act as if nothing has been replied. What is wrong with these people and what more do they expect? Why not Muhyiddin focus on his new party and prepare for the next general election, which will determine whether their anti-Najib propaganda has succeeded or not. As it stands now we do not even know whether Muhyiddin can mobilise his forces for the next election and offer a credible challenge to Umno and Barisan Nasional.

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Najib’s non-confrontational foreign policy


Salleh Said Keruak

History has shown that most wars occur between neighbours. And if Malaysia were to ever go to war it would be with one of its ASEAN neighbours. And that was the reason why Tunku Abdul Rahman mooted the idea of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), which was launched almost 50 years ago on 8th August 1967.

Tun Ghazali Shafie -- who served as Malaysia’s Foreign Minister from 1981 to 1984 and played a crucial role in trying to end the conflict in Cambodia -- once said it is better to jaw-jaw than to war-war. In other words, as long as we continue talking we shall not fight. And this is what diplomacy and foreign relations is all about.

Unfortunately, Malaysia has been quite antagonistic and confrontational in its foreign relations back in the 1980s and 1990s and this was not in line with the country’s leading role in ASEAN. In fact, Malaysia also demonstrated the same antagonistic and confrontational stance with the western countries such as the UK, US and Australia.

Under Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s watch, however, all this has changed, which even attracted criticism that Najib is too friendly and too accommodating to Singapore. Najib’s keynote address at the Commonwealth Association for Public Administration and Management (CAPAM) 2016 biennial conference today probably best describes his foreign policy when he said:

“Malaysians are warm, approachable and collaboration-orientated people; for decades we had a leader who adopted intentionally confrontational foreign policy positions, perhaps for personal popularity. But when I became prime minister, I chose to be different, and make a clear break with past approaches. Because I believe Malaysia’s foreign policy should be about building partnerships that benefit the country and the people.”