Friday, July 3, 2015

Show me the evidence first

Salleh Said Keruak

Malaysia is abuzz today regarding the later expose by Sarawak Report (SR) and The Wall Street Journal (WSJ). I am not going to get too excited just yet at this so-called latest revelation because this has happened before and in the end we discover that it is a dud ‘bomb’.

SR refers to ‘investigators’ while WSJ says ‘Malaysian investigators’. We do not really know which ‘investigators’ or ‘Malaysian investigators’ they are referring to and whether, in the first place, this report is accurate. After all, it is yet to be confirmed whether the earlier documents that SR published are legitimate or have been doctored and police investigations are still ongoing.

This expose reminds me of a similar incident in 1999 when a list of bank accounts owned by Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Tun Daim Zainuddin, plus their wives, children and close friends, were revealed. The list even showed bank account numbers and amounts in that account that, combined, totalled billions

On further checking, however, not only do these bank accounts not exist but the Israeli bank that was named was fictitious as well. So even the bank does not exist. But until today, 16 years later, that list is still circulating on the Internet and some even consider it as ‘hot news’.

SR says it has the documents to back up their claim. In that case let us wait to see those documents and also wait for them to reveal the source of those documents. Only then can we make an informed opinion. If not this has to be treated as just one more spin in a series of spins that have all not been proven correct so far.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Despite arrest, Justo being potrayed as hero by certain quarters, says Sabah Speaker

BY: Sandra Sokial (of The Rakyat Post)

Sabah Speaker Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak, however, says it was not right to jump into conclusions as yet, contradicting CIMB Group chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak’s view that people must know the truth behind the Justo fraud, because, to date, everything are just allegations and investigations are still ongoing. — Filepic

KOTA KINABALU, June 30, 2015:

Xavier Justo, the Swiss national who was arrested in Thailand over allegations of attempting to blackmail his former workplace — PetroSaudi International Ltd (PSI), is somehow being portrayed as a hero by certain quarters.

“Malaysians have a weird mind when it comes to issues like these.

“What if data theft is used to bankrupt the country? Would Malaysians still consider that thief a hero?” said former Sabah Chief Minister Datuk Seri Salleh Said Keruak.

Commenting on Justo’s arrest by the Thai police last Wednesday, Salleh, who is also the Sabah state Speaker explained that data theft was considered a very serious crime that had no territorial boundaries, likening it to terrorism, money laundering, drug trafficking and child pornography.

“People would condemn you if you robbed a bank, but the same outrage is not being demonstrated in cases of data theft,” he told The Rakyat Post.

Salleh was asked to comment with regards to Justo and his alleged blackmail of PSI, an international company based in Saudi Arabia, which had drawn attention in Malaysia as it had established business ties with national sovereign fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).

Following the attempted blackmail, several e-mails and documents were published by the Sarawak Report, a politically-motivated blog, to the extent of creating various allegations against 1MDB.

Salleh, however, said that it was not right to jump to conclusions as yet, contradicting CIMB Group chairman Datuk Seri Nazir Razak’s view that people must know the truth behind the Justo fraud, because, to date, everything was just allegations and investigations were still ongoing.

“According to news reports, Xavier Justo has been arrested on suspicion of blackmail. That is all. And, also according to news reports, he allegedly tried to blackmail PetroSaudi International with correspondences, documents, e-mails, etc, obtained illegally.

“I think this allegation of blackmail and data stealing have never been denied so far. However, the allegation that these e-mails were doctored is being denied. So we will probably know in time to come the real story behind this Justo affair.

“I believe that if Justo is finally implicated in a crime of some sort there may be many other people who will be implicated together with him.

“The question, of course, is although some crime may have been committed, it is yet to be established what those crimes are.

At the end of the day it may be more than one crime and involving more than one person,” he said.

When asked whether the country and its citizens were paying for the scrapping of the Internal Security Act, Salleh said the detention-without-trial law that also allowed for preventive detention had its usefulness.

However, he said Malaysians appeared to be taken in by Western human rights activities that campaigned against such laws, whereas in their own countries such laws existed.

“If we cannot take action against terrorists then what do we do when terrorists not only murder people but also cause the bankruptcy of our country?

“Will Malaysians still talk about human rights when 30% of Malaysians are unemployed and 10% of the population or three million people are living on the streets because the country is bankrupt?” Salleh asked.

The 50-year-old ISA was abolished in 2012 and replaced with two new laws to safeguard peace and order in Malaysia.

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Saturday, June 27, 2015

Apa bila Dr Mahathir bercakap mengenai berat sebelah

Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad mempertahankan Tony Pua terhadap dakwaan beliau yang berat sebelah dengan mengatakan bahawa seluruh PAC adalah berat sebelah.

Apa tujuan  Dr Mahathir membangkitkan isu Tony Pua berat sebelah apabila semua orang yang duduk dalam PAC juga berat sebelah? Jadi ia adalah ok untuk berat sebelah selama anda tidak adalah satu-satunya yang berat sebelah tetapi seluruh jawatankuasa itu berat sebelah. Ia hanya salah apabila anda adalah salah satu-satunya yang berat sebelah. Ini menjadi berbunyi sangat tidak logik.

Dr Mahathir juga kecewa bahawa Polis Thailand menahan Xavier Andre Justo. Dalam satu tangan Dr Mahathir menuntut kebenaran mengenai 1MDB didedahkan tetapi sebaliknya apabila terdapat percubaan tulen untuk mendapatkan kebenaran ini Dr Mahathir tidak gembira.

Mengapa Dr Mahathir cuba untuk melindungi Justo? Jika Justo tidak bersalah maka sesungguhnya polis Thai akan melepaskannya. Mengapa Dr Mahathir mencadangkan bahawa Justo adalah mangsa yang tidak bersalah? Adakah Dr Mahathir tahu sesuatu negara lain di dunia tidak? Atau adakah Dr Mahathir bimbang Justo mungkin melimpah kacang dan mengaitkan orang lain yang terlibat dalam jenayah ini?

Dr Mahathir mencadangkan bahawa polis Thai tidak boleh dipercayai. Ini bermakna Dr Mahathir insinuating bahawa polis Thai adalah rasuah. Kita perlu berhati-hati mengenai dakwaan itu dalam kes kita mulakan satu insiden diplomatik dengan negara jiran.

Saya masih ingat pada tahun 1998 apabila Dr Mahathir menjadi amat kecewa apabila wartawan asing menulis bahawa polis Malaysia tetap Anwar di atas tuduhan palsu atas arahan Perdana Menteri.

Bukankah apa yang Dr Mahathir melakukan perkara yang sama? Ia mula muncul seperti Dr Mahathir mempunyai lebih untuk menyembunyikan daripada 1MDB yang dia menuduh cuba untuk menyembunyikan kebenaran.

Jika Dr Mahathir mahu kebenaran maka hendaklah kita mencari kebenaran. Tetapi kebenaran itu perlu dicari cara yang betul dan bukan Dr Mahathir. Lagipun, dia tidak mempunyai monopoli pada kebenaran.

Friday, June 26, 2015

When Dr Mahathir talks about bias

Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad defended Tony Pua against allegations of him being biased by saying that the entire PAC is biased. What Dr Mahathir means is why raise the issue of Tony Pua’s biasness when everyone who sits in the PAC is also biased?

So it is okay to be biased as long as you are not the only one who is biased but the entire committee is biased. It is only wrong when you are the only one who is biased.

This is becoming to sound very illogical.

Dr Mahathir is also upset that the Thai police arrested Xavier Andre Justo.

On the one hand Dr Mahathir demands that the truth regarding 1MDB be revealed but on the other hand when there are genuine attempts to seek this truth Dr Mahathir is not happy.

Why is Dr Mahathir trying to protect Justo? If Justo is innocent then surely the Thai police will release him. Why is Dr Mahathir suggesting that Justo is an innocent victim? Does Dr Mahathir know something the rest of the world does not? Or is Dr Mahathir worried that Justo might spill the beans and implicate others involved in this crime?

Dr Mahathir is suggesting that the Thai police cannot be trusted. That means Dr Mahathir is insinuating that the Thai police is corrupt.

We have to be very careful about such allegations in case we start a diplomatic incident with a neighbouring country. I remember back in 1998 when Dr Mahathir got very upset when foreign reporters wrote that the Malaysian police fixed Anwar up on fabricated charges at the behest of the Prime Minister.

Is not what Dr Mahathir doing exactly the same?

It is beginning to appear like Dr Mahathir has more to hide than the 1MDB he is accusing of trying to hide the truth. If Dr Mahathir wants the truth then let us seek the truth. But the truth needs to be sought the proper way and not Dr Mahathir’s way. After all, he does not have the monopoly on the truth.


KOTA KINABALU: Ahli Parlimen Silam, Datuk Datu Nasrun Datu Mansor, dilantik sebagai Setiausaha Agung Pertubuhan Bumis Bersatu Sabah (USBO) yang baru, berkuatkuasa mulai 1 Julai ini.
Presiden Usbo Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak, ketika mengumumkannya dalam satu kenyataan hari ini berkata pelantikan itu adalah selaras dengan perubahan dalam USBO yang meminda perlembagaannya baru-baru ini.

Datu Nasrun, seorang peguam dan berbangsa Suluk, menggantikan Baharul Sawi yang dilantik sebagai Penolong Setiausaha Agung dalam penyusunan semula itu.

USBO yang merupakan ahli gabungan Barisan Nasional (BN) meminda perlembagaannya baru-baru ini, dan diluluskan oleh Jabatan Pendaftaran Pertubuhan menerusi surat bertarikh 27 Mei 2015.

Why is Dr Mahathir so worried?

Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad asked as to why the Thai authorities are taking action against Xavier Andre Justo. “What makes me puzzled is that he didn't commit a crime in Thailand. He committed the crime in Saudi Arabia,” said Dr Mahathir.

Actually, under the Computer Crimes Act 1997, computer crimes are borderless -- just like terrorism, money laundering, drug trafficking, war crimes, etc. Dr Mahathir should know this since in 1997 he was still Malaysia’s Prime Minister.

The Computer Crimes Act 1997 says:

9. (1) The provisions of this Act shall, in relation to any person, whatever his nationality or citizenship, have effect outside as well as within Malaysia, and where an offence under this Act is committed by any person in any place outside Malaysia, he may be dealt with in respect of such offence as if it was committed at any place within Malaysia.

(2) For the purposes of subsection (1), this Act shall apply if, for the offence in question, the computer, program or data was in Malaysia or capable of being connected to or sent to or used by or with a computer in Malaysia at the material time.

So there is no such thing as jurisdiction in computer crimes, plus the other crimes mentioned above.

Dr Mahathir also suggested that the government sue Sarawak Report and The Edge if they had committed a crime by publishing false reports based on fabricated documents.

Why does the government need to do that? This matter is now the subject of an international criminal investigation and if a crime has been established then the government can consider civil action later on.

In the meanwhile let the criminal action take its course, as civil action can be the next option once a criminal act has been confirmed. Anyway, if Xavier Andre Justo is indicted and found guilty, that itself would vindicate the government and civil action would no longer be necessary since the truth would then be established.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Scam after scam after scam

Salleh Said Keruak

Pakatan Rakyat is guaranteed of forming the new federal government on 16th September 2008 because 30 Barisan Nasional Members of Parliament are going to cross over on that day, announced Anwar Ibrahim. That did not happen and no explanation was offered as to why.

Pakatan Rakyat lost the 2013 general election because there were blackouts all over the country during the vote counting and Anwar launches the ‘Blackout 505’ road shows all over Malaysia.

Then Pakatan Rakyat files 60 election petitions and not a single election petition mentions blackouts or raises the issue of 40,000 Bangladeshi voters who are supposed to have helped Barisan Nasional win the general election.

Today, Nga Kor Ming, the Chairman of DAP Perak, announced that Mohammad Nizar Jamaluddin of PAS is still Pakatan Rakyat Perak’s Opposition Leader even though DAP and PAS have already officially cut ties and Pakatan Rakyat no longer exists.

The PKR President, Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail, then announced that even though Pakatan Rakyat has been deemed to have been dissolved, the cooperation and working relationship between PAS, DAP and PKR will still continue. “Our relationship still continues. In fact, chief minister Lim Guan Eng has also said that it is business as usual,” Wan Azizah told reporters.

DAP has demanded that Selangor Menteri Besar Azmin Ali choose whether he wants DAP or he wants PAS as PKR’s partner in Selangor. With DAP, PKR would have only 28 seats in the Selangor State Assembly while, with PAS, PKR would still have just 28 seats in the Selangor State Assembly.

Whether Azmin chooses DAP or PAS, he will need to keep the government with traitors and crossovers from one of the two parties or he does a deal with Umno or Khalid Ibrahim. Meanwhile, Azmin is just smiling and is saying nothing and this morning he met HRH the Sultan of Selangor with no explanation as to what the meeting was about.

There is a limit to how much nonsense the rakyat can swallow and I think that limit had already been crossed when PKR launched the Kajang Move and they made that incredible announcement –- which is: the reason for the Kajang Move was not so that they can oust Khalid as MB but to prevent Pakatan Rakyat from falling in the event Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad manages to oust Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.