Thursday, December 31, 2015

As we enter 2016

As we enter 2016 

Salleh Said Keruak 

Tonight, Malaysians will be celebrating the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016. In the west it is a time when we reflect on the year gone-by and make our New Year Resolution, which invariably is aimed at improving ourselves. We resolve to stop smoking or to lose weight and so on. Most times, though, we do not achieve these aims and just continue with our bad habits into the following year. 

Making New Year Resolutions is one thing. Having the resolve to achieve those targets is something else. It is basically a contest against our own desires, urges and weaknesses and whether we have the willpower to stay committed to those aims. It is all about sacrifices, and unless we have willpower, sacrifice is impossible. 

2016 is going to be a critical year and a year full of challenges, not only for Malaysia but also for the entire world. With the continuing war in the Middle East, the ‘war alert’ in Europe, the tension in the South China Sea region, the almost collapse of the oil price, and much more, it is going to be a tough year ahead of us. 

Even countries such as Saudi Arabia that has never known what the word ‘recession’ means has just withdrawn subsidies, increased petrol prices by 50% and is expected to become a borrower in five years’ time if the situation continues. And if Saudi Arabia sneezes that can only mean countries like Malaysia would catch the flu, especially with the Ringgit so low. 

The English proverb is we must cut our coat according to our cloth. And when that cloth shrinks the coat must definitely be smaller. But how do we squeeze into a smaller coat when we have an excess of body fat? That invariably means we need to shed some fat if we are going fit into that coat. And that is what my Ministry will have to do if we want to make ends meet. We will need to revise our plans and see what ‘fat’ needs to be cut from our spending so that we can ride out the year unscathed. 

It is easy to blame the government for our problems and accuse the government of mismanaging the economy. But there are times when we are victims of circumstances beyond our control. And while we can control what happens in Malaysia we have no control over what happens in the rest of the world, which ultimately affects our country as well. 

My Ministry has made plans to improve the Internet services in Malaysia. I have already mentioned what these plans are so I need not repeat them here again. Suffice to say that in spite of the expected hard times ahead of us we will not compensate on providing better Internet services to Malaysians. This is my New Year Resolution, which I aim to keep. 

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Statement by the Minister of Communications and Multimedia


I am happy to note that the telecommunications companies are ready for the GST rebate implementation for prepaid customers. Beginning 1 January 2016, prepaid customers who are Malaysian nationals will be eligible for GST rebates. This will indeed benefit customers as announced by the Prime Minister, Dato’ Sri Najib Tun Abdul Razak during the tabling of the 2016 Budget, last October.

I would also like to call upon the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) to monitor this exercise to ensure smooth implementation and to continue to work closely with the telecommunications companies, whilst at the same time ensuring that customers’ interests remain a priority.

An estimated 20 million Malaysians will enjoy the benefits of the GST rebates for prepaid.

FAQs on the new mechanism can be found in the MCMC website: - 

Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak
Minister of Communications and Multimedia

Monday, December 28, 2015


Oleh Salleh Said Keruak

1. Tahap kesedaran untuk menyiasat dan menapis maklumat  dalam masyarakat kita perlu ditingkatkan. Ia penting supaya mereka tidak mudah terpedaya dengan kemunculan sesuatu maklumat yang belum pasti kesahihannya.

2. Tapisan maklumat penting sebelum ia dipanjangkan kepada pihak ketiga. 

3. Hari ini, sudah menjadi satu `tendency' dalam masyarakat kita untuk memanjangkan atau `share' setiap maklumat yang diterima menerusi media sosial seperti facebook atau Whatsapp, tanpa menyiasat dan meneliti kesahihannya terlebih dahulu.

4. Dengan aplikasi mudah dalam telefon bimbit, amat mudah bagi seseorang `forward' saja maklumat diterima kepada pihak lain, sama ada individu atau grup. Bayangkan kalau dalam satu grup  itu terdapat 50 orang, maka sepantas itu juga maklumat tersebar kepada 50 orang tersebut sedangkan belum pasti kebenarannya.

5. Banyak kes tidak sahih tersebar dan menjadi viral sebelum disahkan kebenarannya. Ia perlu dihentikan kerana boleh mencetuskan kegusaran dan panik dalam masyarakat. Kita jangan hanya bergantung kepada satu sumber. 

6. Banyak kaedah dan cara tapisan. Antaranya, boleh merujuk sumber atau platform lain sebagai alternatif.  Contohnya, agensi berita rasmi kerajaan, media arus perdana atau, jika kes berkaitan kemalangan atau jenayah, rujuk kepada agensi keselamatan seperti polis. 

7. Yang penting, setiap maklumat perlu disemak dan ditapis terlebih dahulu sebelum mempercayainya atau membuat apa-apa rumusan.

Press Statement by USBO President


This is to announce that I have taken leave as President of the United Sabah Bumis Organisation (USBO), a non-governmental organization (NGO) which is affliated to the ruling Barisan Nasional coalition. This allows me to concentrate on my work as a minister in the Federal cabinet. 
During my leave, Tan Sri Pandikar Amin Mulia, who is Dewan Rakyat Speaker and USBO’s deputy president 1, will carry out the duties of USBO President. I have discussed with Tan Sri Pandikar over this matter and he has agreed to accept it.
The other two Deputy Presidents of USBO are Datuk Salsidu Ibrahim and Datuk Amir Kahar  Tun Mustapha while Member of Parliament for Silam Datuk Datu Nasrun Bin Datu Mansur is the  secretary general.

Sunday, December 27, 2015



1. Dalam era masakini, setiap detik banyak maklumat mengalir masuk. Bermacam cerita dari pelbagai sudut penulisan atau `angle' dibuat.

2. Saya membaca suratkhabar dan melayari portal berita. Rutin harian saya sejak dari dulu. Dan kini semestinya lagi di kementerian yang bertanggungjawab penuh ke atas media.

3. Antara media massa dan portal berita, ada perbezaan dan kelainan pendekatan. Bagi menarik perhatian pembaca, saya perhatikan ada kecenderungan mencari tajuk `news headline' yang sensasi, kontroversi, spekulasi dan provokasi.

4. Tajuk berita atau `news headline' sepatutnya berpaksi kepada intipati sesebuah berita. Itu prinsip etika kewartawanan. Ia mesti diangkat daripada `intro' atau perenggan pertama sesebuah berita itu.

5. Apa yang didapati sekarang, ada `news headline' yang mengelirukan, tidak sepenuhnya menggambarkan  kandungan berita yang ditulis, malah kadangkala lari dari isinya. Laporan atau berita disensasikan. Penulisan dibuat di luar konteks.

6. `News headline' biasanya ditentukan oleh editor dan bukan wartawan/penulis yang tertera `by-line' pada laporan itu. Maka, pemilihan sesuatu `news headline' itu bergantung kepada justifikasi dan integriti seseorang editor.

7. Setiap editor mempunyai asas, cara dan pendekatan masing-masing. Lazimnya editor memilih sesuatu tajuk yang dapat `menjual' suratkhabar.  Oleh itu, editor akhbar atau pengendali portal berita perlu lebih berhati-hati kerana mereka bertanggungjawab penuh ke atas apa yang diterbitkan. 

8. Pembaca juga kena lebih berhati-hati, jangan sekadar melihat kepada tajuk atau `news headline' saja kerana isi cerita kadangkala tidak sama dengan tajuknya. Pembaca juga harus melakukan `self censorship'.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Don’t confuse news with opinions 

Salleh Said Keruak 

We always discuss freedom of speech, press freedom, freedom to disagree, freedom of thought, freedom of opinion, and so on. I would be the first to agree that it would be impossible for any government to stifle these freedoms. Some would even call these freedoms a God-given right. 

We must, however, know where to draw the line with these freedoms and not cross that line by denying others their freedoms as well. For example, if you practice absolute freedom in attacking someone, you may be denying that other person his or her right to peace of mind, harmony, privacy, etc. 

Take the gun control debate in the US as an example. Americans argue that the right to bear arms is written in the US Constitution and, therefore, cannot be taken away from them. To do so would be unconstitutional. However, while you may have the right to bear arms, this does not mean you also have the right to shoot someone without just cause, such as to defend yourself against physical attack. 

Freedom of the press must be upheld for society to mature. But then we must also use this freedom in a mature manner. And then we need to understand the difference between opinions and news. 

Someone may write an opinion piece regarding, say, why the Chinese are more successful than others in business. The writer researches into 200 years of Chinese presence in Malaysia since the 1800s and comes to his or her conclusion. That is merely the writer’s opinion and different historians may have different conclusions regarding the same matter. 

Opinions must be allowed and respected in the spirit of academic freedom, whether we agree with the research or not. Some even conclude that humankind did not come from Adam and Eve but evolved from apes. We can disagree with that opinion but we have to respect the right of that person to hold such opinions and to publish this opinion. 

When it comes to news, however, we need to be more responsible and factual. It must be about what happened and not about what you think may have happened. If not then it becomes false news. Take the news that has gone viral regarding Brunei imposing an absolute ban on Christmas. That news is now proven wrong but the damage has been done because this ‘news’ has gone viral. 

And this is what happens when we are not responsible and we report news without first doing a proper background check. While we hide behind media freedom and the right to report the news, we end up denying people the right to the truth and we subject Brunei to an injustice. This is not what media freedom is about. 

Saturday, December 19, 2015

Improving the Internet services is amongst my top priority 

Salleh Said Keruak 

I have told my officers that I am not satisfied with the Internet service in Malaysia. According to the latest State of the Internet (SOTI) report, Malaysians are amongst the most globally connected people. However, while we can be proud of the Internet usage, and to a certain extent the coverage as well, there is still much to be desired as far as Internet speed is concerned. 

Today, in many countries the world over, and that applies to Malaysia as well, the Internet is the backbone of the economy. Most of the business and communication are done on the Internet. In some countries more sales are done on the Internet compared to walk-in sales while the online news has overtaken the print news. 

Malaysia’s Internet service needs to be at par with or better than the other countries and this is amongst my top priority. The government is aiming for a target of at least 95% Internet coverage by the year 2020 and this is what my Ministry has been told work on. And the focus has to be in the rural areas as well and not just in the urban or populated areas. More importantly, speed and not just coverage needs to also be taken into consideration. 

A target of 95% Internet penetration, which will include 55% high-speed Internet, is a very ambitious target. However, with proper planning and backed with a suitable budget this can be achieved. It will also require investments in new and state-of-the-art technology. 

It is not enough, however, that we talk just about coverage and speed. Affordability is also a crucial factor. It is no use developing the Internet service and offering more coverage and better speed if the cost is beyond the reach of the consumer. So price would be very much a factor in our planning. 

I have asked my officers to come back with some details and until I can see these details I will not be able to give a timeframe as to when all this can be completed. But it must not go beyond the five years till 2020 target that has been set. This has been made clear to all concerned and we are committed into achieving it. 

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Sifat murah hati dan budiman Najib

Salleh Said Keruak

Mengimbas kembali ke tahun 1987, Perdana Menteri Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad tidak sependapat dengan Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah dan Tun Musa Hitam yang pada masa itu dikenali sebagai 'Team B'.

Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak ketika itu bagaimanapun enggan menyertai persengketaan itu kerana merasakan ia tidak baik untuk Umno dan hanya boleh menyebabkan perpecahan parti.

Bagaimanapun, dengan semangat kesetiaan kepada presiden parti dan demi kepentingan parti, Najib menyatakan sokongan kepada Dr Mahathir dan pemerhati politik telah menulis bahawa Dr Mahathir berada dalam 'Team A', menang tetapi dengan majoriti yang kecil.

Masalahnya ialah orang kadang-kadang membuat kesilapan memikirkan bahawa apabila seseorang itu diplomatik dan lebih suka pendekatan secara aman untuk menyelesaikan perbezaan difikirkan  orang itu yang tidak mempunyai keberanian.

Mereka gagal melihat sudut positif perkara itu yang sebenarnya pendekatan itu boleh menjadi seseorang itu budiman.

Walaupun Najib telah menunjukkan bahawa dia boleh melawan jika perlu, beliau juga telah menunjukkan bahawa dia lebih suka untuk tidak berlawan jika tindakan itu akan menyakiti parti. Di sebalik kata-kata kesat dilemparkan terhadapnya dan tercalarnya imej yang dialaminya, Najib menghulur tangan persahabatan kepada lawan-nya apabila beliau boleh dengan mudahnya memalukan mereka.

Najib menunjukkan beliau boleh melawan dan beliau juga boleh menjadi dermawan serta seorang lelaki yang merupakan sifat yang sebenar beliau.

Najib bersedia untuk memaafkan dan melupakan persengketaan untuk kebaikan parti.

Najib tidak lagi dilihat sebagai lemah hanya kerana dia mencari keamanan dan bukan peperangan. Malah, ia mengambil seorang yang kuat untuk mengampuni mereka yang telah berpaling tadah terhadap anda.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Najib’s magnanimous and gentleman nature 

Salleh Said Keruak 

Back in 1987, Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad quarrelled with Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah and Tun Musa Hitam, at that time known as ‘Team B’. Najib Tun Razak, however, refused to join the quarrel because he felt it was not good for Umno and can only result in ruining the party. 

However, in the spirit of loyalty to the party president and in the interest of the party, Najib expressed support for Dr Mahathir and political observers wrote it was because of that Dr Mahathir’s ‘Team A’ won, but by a narrow margin.

The problem is people sometimes make the mistake of thinking that when a person is diplomatic and prefers the peaceful alternative to solving differences that would mean that person lacks guts. They fail to see the positive side of things, which is that person may be a gentleman. 

Although Najib has shown that he can fight if need be, he has also shown that he would prefer to not fight if that is going to hurt the party. In spite of the harsh words against him and the hurt he suffered, Najib extended a hand of friendship to his adversaries when he could have easily embarrassed them by turning his back on them. 

Najib has shown he can fight and he can also be magnanimous and a gentleman, which is his true nature. Najib is prepared to forgive and forget for the good of the party. But it has to be two ways because it takes two hands to clap. And Najib should no longer be seen as weak just because he seeks peace instead of war. In fact, it takes a strong person to forgive those who trespassed against you. 

Friday, December 11, 2015

Maybe Dr Mahathir forgot 

Salleh Said Keruak 

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that he does not wish to destroy the party and that his loyalty to Umno and Barisan Nasional has never wavered. Maybe Dr Mahathir forgot that during his quarrel with one-time Umno President and Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi he resigned from Umno. Because of his personal differences with the Umno leader Dr Mahathir left the party. So there was a time when his loyalty to the party did waver. 

Because Dr Mahathir resigned from the party and during his road show to oppose the Prime Minister he told Malaysians to teach Umno and Barisan Nasional a lesson by voting for the opposition, Umno and Barisan Nasional actually did badly in the 2008 general election although it still won but with a simple majority. The ruling party also lost five states in that election, the first time such a thing ever happened. 

So how can Dr Mahathir talk about his loyalty to the party and to the coalition when his actions actually hurt the party and the coalition? The same thing is happening now and if Umno and Barisan Nasional do suffer in the next general election it will be because of what Dr Mahathir is currently doing. 

Dr Mahathir says it is not wrong to criticise and that the number two should criticise the number one. When Dr Mahathir was the party President and Prime Minister he did not tolerate criticism from Tun Musa Hitam and Anwar Ibrahim, or even from the then Umno Youth Leader, Zahid Hamidi. He said that there should be a proper platform for this and it should be an internal matter and not an act of washing dirty linen in public. 

When Dr Mahathir was the Prime Minister he did not allow what he is now saying should be allowed. He accuses Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak of restructuring the party voting system so that only divisional votes counted to stay in power whereas it was Dr Mahathir who introduced the bonus vote system and the “no challenge for number one and number two” rule to prevent anyone from challenging him. 

Monday, December 7, 2015

Same old issues and all have been replied 

Salleh Said Keruak 

The speakers at tonight’s gathering at the Kelab Sultan Sulaiman in Kampung Baru, Kuala Lumpur, raised the same old issues that had been raised over the last one year and all which have been clarified and replied. There was really nothing new which the speakers had to say other than what they had already said many times. 

All these issues had already been replied but still they keep raising them. For example, the MACC, which has been tasked with the job of investigating the RM2.6 billion donation, has already issued its statement today. And statements regarding 1MDB have also been issued more than once. 

Apparently they are not too interested in the replies although they said they want replies. But when replies are given they ignore the replies and keep asking the same questions again and again. 

To suggest that Sosma be used against Najib is an abuse of that anti-terrorism law. In what way is 1MDB or the RM2.6 billion an act of terrorism? First they scream corruption. Now they allege terrorism. They are no longer consistent in their statements. 

What they really want, as they admitted tonight, is for Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to resign. That is really what it is all about. They even suggested he takes leave and come back later as Prime Minister once he has been cleared, which is not at all practical. This is not about seeking answers regarding 1MDB or the RM2.6 billion donation. If it is really about answers then the answers have already been given.

Umno the backbone of BN the ruling party 

Salleh Said Keruak 

It is no coincidence that the Umno annual general assemblies are more watched and get national coverage and international attention than those of the other political parties. This is because Umno is the backbone or lead partner in Barisan Nasional, which is the ruling party in Malaysia. Therefore what happens in Umno or what Umno does affects not just Umno or Barisan Nasional but the whole country. 

This year’s Umno assembly is about to start and because of the developments over the last year since December 2014 all eyes and ears are on this assembly with great anticipation as to what is going to happen. 

Of course, many, those opposed to Umno and Barisan Nasional in particular, are hoping for an explosive assembly .What is bad for Umno or Barisan Nasional is good for those opposed to Umno and Barisan Nasional. So they are hoping for a chaotic and disruptive assembly that would embarrass the party. 

We should show our critics that while there will always be power struggles in any political party in any part of then world, Umno knows when to close ranks and when to demonstrate maturity. Umno is the leader in Barisan Nasional, which is the government, and therefore Umno has to demonstrate how a leader should behave. 

We need to bring the party above petty squabbles and bickering and prove that we are still capable of being the government and are still able to place the future of the party and the country above all other interests. This year’s assembly is going to set the pace for the Sarawak state election, which is just around the corner, and the general election that will follow not far behind. 

Friday, December 4, 2015

At least Najib did not kill the party

Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Musa Hitam said that back in the late-1980s Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad did not silence him and allowed him to talk, even at the Umno general assembly. The impression Musa is trying to create is that Dr Mahathir is more democratic than Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

That is a misinterpretation of events. It is not that Tun Dr Mahathir did not want to silence Tun Musa. It is that Tun Dr Mahathir was worried of silencing him because Tun Musa and his Team B had the support of 50% of Umno and if Tun Dr Mahathir had tried to silence him this would have backfired and would worked in Tun Musa’s favour and would have helped him gain more support.

Eventually Tun Dr Mahathir did silence Tun Musa and he did this by forming Umno Baru without allowing Tun Musa and his Team B supporters, which included Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, to join the new party. So, since Tun Dr Mahathir could not silence his critics in Umno, he formed a new Umno and left all his critics outside the party where they eventually had to form their own party, Semangat 46.

Tun Musa and the Team B supporters then alleged that the Registrar of Societies need not have deregistered Umno since the offence was very minor and did not require such drastic punishment as de-registration of the party. They further alleged that it was Tun Dr Mahathir who wanted Umno deregistered so that he could kick his critics out when the new party was formed. This was what Tun Musa and Team B said at that time.

In fact, one of the main issues that Semangat 46 brought up was that Tun Dr Mahathir does not respect democracy and does not allow freedom of speech. And that was why Tun Musa and the rest of Team B, and later Semangat 46, opposed Tun Dr Mahathir. 

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Jawapan kepada surat terbuka Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad

Banyak isu-isu yang dibangkitkan oleh Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad dalam blog terbarunya dikitar semula, tidak tepat dan separuh benar yang disensasikan demi mempengaruhi sentimen dan emosi ahli UMNO untuk menentang kepimpinan Perdana Menteri.

Sungguh menakjubkan sejauh mana Tun sanggup menabur fitnah demi menyingkirkan Perdana Menteri dan menubuhkan Council of Elders yang akan mengawal Perdana Menteri boneka beliau.

1."Satu Malaysia sama dengan Malaysian Malaysia” 

a. Ini merupakan tohmahan kitar semula. 

b. 1Malaysia merupakan suatu usaha untuk mewujudkan perpaduan. Perbezaan paling utama dengan konsep “Malaysian Malaysia” ialah 1Malaysia jelas menerima Perlembagaan Malaysia secara keseluruhannya, terutama semua peruntukan yang terkandung dalam Perkara 153. 

c. “Malaysian Malaysia” pada mulanya adalah suatu konsep yang bercanggah dengan Perkara 153 dan kemudiannya bersifat amat kabur. Kalaulah 1Malaysia benar-benar sama dengan “Malaysian Malaysia,” tentu sekali tidak akan ada Majlis Pemerkasaan Bumiputera, TERAJU dan lain-lain lagi. Kalaulah 1Malaysia benar-benar sama dengan Malaysian Malaysia, tentulah tidak akan ada Model Baharu Ekonomi (MBE), satu rangka kerja untuk meningkatkan sifat eksklusif dalam ekonomi dan pada masa sama, memperkasakan masyarakat Bumiputera agar mereka menjadi lebih berdaya saing. 

d. Mengatakan bahawa 1Malaysia adalah sama dengan “Malaysian Malaysia” merupakan suatu putar belit, dengan niat yang tidak lain dan tidak bukan iaitu untuk mengelirukan orang Melayu. 

2. “Penjajah dahulu dilantik sebagai penasihat” 

a. Dalam era globalisasi ini, kebanyakan negara di dunia mempunyai penasihat yang berbilang bangsa dan datang dari seluruh pelosok dunia. Peranan mereka tidak lebih daripada memberi pandangan bukannya menjadi penguasa. Hakikatnya Negara ini ditadbir oleh orang tempatan, Melayu, Cina, India,bumiputera Sarawak dan sabah bukan orang luar. Kuasa tetap di tangan kita dan bukannya di tangan orang luar seperti zaman penjajah. 

b. PM mempunyai ramai penasihat di kalangan anggota kabinet, Majlis Tertinggi UMNO, pegawai kerajaan, NGO, termasuklah rakyat Malaysia yang beliau sering lawati. Apalah sangat sumbangan “penasihat luar” ini berbanding orang-orang tempatan yang begitu ramai yang sentiasa menasihati pentadbiran hari ini? Mengapa Tun menggunakan perumpamaan penjajah langsung tidak sama dengan keadaan sebenar? Beliau hanya ingin memburukkan PM dan menimbulkan kerisauan tentang kedaulatan negara dengan tak semena-mena. 

3. “Penubuhan PEMANDU untuk menggantikan Unit Perancang Ekonomi” 

a. PM telah pun menjawab tohmahan yang dikitar semula ini. 

b. PM menubuhkan PEMANDU sebagai badan untuk menyelia program transformasi, yang bukan sahaja meliputi aspek ekonomi di bawah Program Transformasi Ekonomi (ETP) tetapi juga aspek bukan ekonomi di bawah Program Transformasi Kerajaan (GTP), yang sudah tentulah tidak terletak di bawah bidang kuasa EPU, kerana ia adalah sebuah badan ekonomi. 

c. Bercanggah dengan apa yang dikatakan Tun, PM memberi kepercayaan yang amat tinggi kepada EPU kerana ia merupakan kunci bagi memastikan kejayaan ETP. Malah, melantik seorang daripada CEO paling berkebolehan di negara ini untuk menerajui EPU. 

4. “Meletak negara di bawah kehendak Singapura,” 

a. Ini adalah satu kesimpulan yang berbentuk fitnah. Tun menggunakan isu jambatan bengkok dan menyimpulkan bahawa Malaysia meletakkan Negara di bawah telunjuk Singapura. 

b. Jabatan Peguam Negara (AGC) kita telah menasihatkan kerajaan mengenai kesan sebarang pengubahsuaian kepada Tambak Johor di bawah undang-undang antarabangsa. AGC menasihatkan bahawa paip-paip dalam Tambak Johor adalah tertakluk kepada perjanjian air Johor-Singapura (1961, 1962), yang menggariskan bahawa paip-paip tersebut adalah milik Lembaga Kemudahan Awam (PUB) Singapura, dan sebarang pengubahsuaian paip itu mesti diluluskan oleh PUB. 

c. Tiada persoalan sama ada kita mempunyai keberanian yang mencukupi untuk menentang Singapura. Jambatan bengkok tidak dibina kerana Malaysia komited untuk mematuhi semua perjanjian yang telah ditandatangani. Mana-mana jambatan sekalipun, jika dibina bagi menggantikan Tambak Johor tanpa kebenaran daripada PUB Singapura, akan melanggar hak hartanah Singapura di bawah undang-undang antarabangsa. 

d. Kita telah membina hubungan dengan Singapura ke satu tahap di mana kita kini terlibat dalam projek dan usaha sama yang membawa kedudukan yang menguntungkan bagi kedua-dua buah negara. Bagi mengukuhkan lagi perhubungan antara Malaysia dan Singapura, kita kini akan membina kereta api berkelajuan tinggi. Malah, telah tercetus juga idea bagi membina jambatan persahabatan yang dimahukan kedua-dua negara dan tidak akan melanggar undang-undang antarabangsa. 

e. Tohmahan dan fitnah Tun bahawa PM meletakkan Negara di bawah kehendak Singapura ini adalah sangat dikesali dan menyedihkan. 

5. “Meminjam berbilion Ringgit yang sebahagian besar dilabur di luar negara... 

a. Khazanah, PNB dan Syarikat Berkaitan Kerajaan (GLC) lain menjalankan pelaburan di dalam dan luar Negara bagi mengimbangi risiko pelaburan. Ekonomi negara-negara di dunia berkembang pada kadar yang berbeza. Pulangan pelaburan di sesetengah negara mungkin lebih tinggi dari yang lain dan pulangan ini dikembalikan kepada Malaysia dan rakyat. Namun sebahagian besar pelaburan tetap berada di dalam negara, yang dilaburkan melalui KWSP, Khazanah dan PNB. 

b. Malah pelaburan luar negara kini sangat membantu ekonomi Malaysia pada ketika ini. Pulangan kita dalam bentuk USD ini menjadi lebih besar nilainya apabila RM menyusut akibat tempias harga minyak mentah dunia. 

c. Jadi apa masalahnya melabur di luar Negara? 

6. "Menubuhkan 1MDB dengan modal pinjaman yang besar, tidak dapat buktikan dimana modal yang dilabur berada.” 

a. Ini merupakan FITNAH. Mengikut audit oleh badan bertauliah antarabangsa pada 2014, semua wang pelaburan telah terkira. 

b. Tun Mahathir pernah mengatakan RM42 bilion telah lesap. Kemudiannya RM27 bilion pula lesap. Apabila 1MDB menunjukkan bukti di dalam akaunnya, beliau tidak lagi membangkitkan nombor-nombor ini. 

7. “Gagal membayar faedah hutang,” 

a. Sekiranya sesebuah syarikat gagal membayar hutangnya, ianya akan bankrap. Namun sehingga hari ini 1MDB tidak bankrap, malah hutangnya telah menurun dengan mendadak baru-baru ini. 

8. “Membeli tanah Kerajaan dengan harga yang amat murah,” 

a. Ini kenyataan yang separuh benar. Hakikatnya tanah yang dijual kepada 1MDB dengan murah kerana 1MDB 100% milik Kementerian Kewangan. Transaksi seperti ini adalah umpama keluar poket kanan, masuk poket kiri. 

b. 1MDB tidak diberikan dana pelaburan secara tunai seperti syarikat berkaitan kerajaan (GLC) lain, tetapi dana mereka adalah berbentuk tanah. Tun Mahathir berikan wang untuk GLC pada zaman beliau. PM berikan tanah. Kedua-duanya adalah dana pelaburan. 

9. “...menjual tanah ini kepada institusi Kerajaan dengan harga 50 kali ganda lebih tinggi.” 

a. Ini juga kenyataan separuh benar. Institusi kerajaan yang membeli tanah ini bukan 100% milik Kementerian Kewangan, walaupun ianya di bawah penyeliaan kerajaan. Ini suatu perbezaan yang besar berbanding 1MDB, yang dananya datang dari kerajaan. 

b. Jadi walaupun 1MDB memperoleh tanah pada harga murah, mereka tidak boleh juga menjual tanah tersebut pada harga murah kepada syarikat yang tidak 100% dimiliki atau disumbangkan dananya oleh kerajaan, kerana badan itu akan mendapat keuntungan untuk pihak ketiga, dan bukanya kerajaan yang merupakan pemilik tanah tersebut. 

10. "2.6 bilion Ringgit tiba-tiba berada dalam akaun peribadi Najib, kononnya derma dari orang Arab,”

a. Ini bukan wang peribadi PM. Dana ini diketahui pemimpin UMNO seperti Setiausaha Agung dan Bendahari. Tun juga menyelia aset UMNO berjumlah berbilion ringgit. 

b. Tapi kali ini saya perasan Tun tidak lagi menyatakan secara terang-terang wang ini datang daripada 1MDB seperti dahulu. SPRM mengesahkan bahawa tiada wang 1MDB yang diambil. Adakah Tun mengubah fikiran sekali lagi seperti beliau mengubah fikiran bahawa RM42 bilion dan RM27 bilion tidak hilang seperti yang difitnah beliau sebelum ini? 

11. “Siasatan oleh Badan Pencegah Rasuah dan Bank Negara ditamatkan oleh Najib sebelum tindakan dapat diambil, Pendakwa Raya dibuang, PAC dibubar supaya tidak dapat menyiasat 1MDB.” 

a. SPRM, Bank Negara masih menyiasat. Malah Bank Negara telah pun mengeluarkan pengumuman tentang cadangan tindakan. Namun tiada langsung di dalam pengumuman tersebut menyatakan perkara jenayah berlaku, tetapi beberapa isu pentadbiran yang perlu diselesaikan. 

b. Peguam Negara berhenti kerana faktor kesihatan. PAC tidak dibubar, mereka masih sedang menyiasat 1MDB dan akan mengemukakan laporan tahun hadapan. 

c. Mengapa Tun mengatakan PAC dibubar? Ketua Audit Negara telah mengeluarkan laporan awal dan menyatakan tiada perkara yang mencurigakan dijumpai. 

12. “Gaji minima dinaikkan sehingga kilang-kilang berpindah ke negara lain dan pekerja hilang pekerjaan,” 

a. Ini adalah lagi satu FITNAH. Cuba berikan fakta. Malaysia masih terus menerus menerima pelaburan dari luar Negara, khususnya di Iskandar Malaysia. 

b. Tambahan pula, baru-baru ini bagi suku ketiga tahun 2015, pelaburan asing (FDI) pada RM 500.2 bilion merupakan satu peningkatan daripada suku kedua tahun 2015. 

c. Kita memperkenalkan gaji minima sebagai langkah mengurangkan beban kepada golongan berpendapatan rendah bagi menampung kehidupan mereka. 

d. Walau bagaimanapun, kadar pengangguran di negara kita masih rendah pada kadar lebih kurang 3% dan terkawal. 

13. “Kejatuhan mata wang dan nilai saham yang teruk,” 

a. Ini lagi satu kenyataan separuh benar. RM jatuh sebahagian besarnya disebabkan kejatuhan harga minyak mentah dunia yang mendadak. Ini merupakan faktor terbesar dan faktor ini di luar kawalan kerajaan. 

b. Nilai saham juga jatuh kerana faktor harga minyak. Ini kerana pendapatan hasil minyak merupakan antara penyumbang besar pendapatan Negara. Jika pendapatan Negara jatuh, maka nilai mata wang dan juga pasaran saham akan menerima tempias. 

c. Namun di bawah pentadbiran Dato’ Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, kebergantungan kepada pendapatan minyak telah berkurang daripada 30% ke hampir 20% sahaja. Kita bernasib baik kerana GST telah berperanan menyelamatkan Hasil Negara, dan membolehkan kita membentuk bajet 2016 yang banyak membantu golongan B40 dan M40. 

d. Dahulunya banyak syarikat yang lari daripada membayar cukai, tetapi dengan GST, mereka tidak dapat lari dan sudah mula membayar cukai. 

e. Sebahagian daripada penambahan ini membolehkan kita meneruskan Belanjawan tahunan yang menyeluruh dan pro-rakyat, di samping mengekalkan anggaran perkembangan ekonomi pada tahap 4-5% pada tahun 2016. 

f. Walaupun realitinya kejatuhan harga minyak dan keadaan ekonomi dunia adalah faktor utama kejatuhan nilai RM dan juga kebanyakan mata wang negara-negara lain, Tun menyembunyikan fakta ini supaya rakyat dan orang UMNO menyalahkan Perdana Menteri semata-mata. Tun mengetahui hal ini, namun beliau menggunakan hujah tersebut bagi memperdayakan golongan yang tidak mengikuti perkembangan ekonomi global. 

14. “Kos sara hidup meningkat,” 

a. Kerajaan terus berhempas pulas mengambil langkah mengurangkan beban kos sara hidup, seperti BR1M, PR1MA, Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia, Klinik 1Malaysia, pengurangan cukai pendapatan untuk M40, Bantuan Buku 1Malaysia dan banyak lagi. 

b. Kita masih meneruskan dan memperbanyakkan usaha seperti ini. 

15. “Besar kemungkinan parti akan kalah dalam PRU 14 seperti di Selangor dan Pulau Pinang.” 

a. Yang akan membuatkan Barisan Nasional kalah adalah tindakan Tun sendiri yang tidak sudah-sudah mengeluarkan fitnah dan tohmahan seperti ini. Sesiapa yang ambil alih daripada PM tidak akan terlepas daripada serangan bertalu-talu Tun. 

b. Malah Tun sudah secara terang-terangan menyatakan bahawa beliau ingin menubuhkan Council of Elders yang akan menyelia Perdana Menteri seterusnya sekiranya beliau disingkirkan. 

c. Ini merupakan tindakan tidak demokratik, semata-mata demi memenuhi kehendak Tun yang tidak boleh menerima cara yang lain melainkan cara beliau. Kerana inilah Tun tidak berhenti-henti meminta PM melepaskan jawatan. Kerana PM seterusnya akan mengikut arahan beliau melalui Council of Elders. 

d. Program tranformasi nasional sedang berjalan dengan baik seperti yang telah diterangkan oleh Perdana Menteri. 

e. Kunci kepada beberapa projek rumah mampu milik PR1MA telah diserahkan dan semakin banyak lagi akan menyusul. Jambatan Pulau Pinang kedua sudah siap, Fasa 1 MRT hampir siap, ekonomi telah membuka peluang dengan 1.5 juta pekerjaan baru diwujudkan dalam 5 tahun lepas dan menjadikan kadar pengangguran kita antara yang paling rendah di dunia. Koridor ekonomi seperti Iskandar Malaysia menyaksikan infrastruktur, rumah, kilang dan kawasan komuniti maju sedang dibina. Greater KL telah pun dimulakan, dengan lebih banyak kawasan perbandaran sedang, Fasa 1 Bas Rapid Transit telah siap pada pertengahan tahun dengan lebuh raya Pan Borneo akhirnya dilaksanakan dan bakal menjadi pemangkin ekonomi utama di Sabah dan Sarawak seperti lebuh raya PLUS untuk Semenanjung. Projek Rel Berkelajuan Tinggi (HSR) sedang dijalankan. Ini semua adalah projek dan usaha yang dijalankan oleh pentadbiran Perdana Menteri untuk membangunkan negara ini. Seperti yang anda lihat, ini adalah hasil Program Transformasi yang dilancarkan 5 tahun lepas. Ia akhirnya berlaku dan kita amat teruja bahawa melihat impaknya. Inilah yang benar-benar penting buat rakyat. 

f. Penambahbaikan sedang berlaku di depan mata kita. Tetapi saya tahu bahawa ada yang akan melihat kepada yang buruk dan terus bercakap mengenai khabar angin, perkara separuh benar dan putar belit yang tidak berkesudahan. Mereka terus percaya bahawa ‘pengakhiran amat dekat’ dan bahawa pembangkang akan menang. Ia merupakan dakwaan yang dibuat berulang-ulang kali dalam tempoh lima dekad yang lalu, namun kita masih di sini. 

g. Walaupun semua orang bebas untuk mengkritik PM dan menyenaraikan semua ‘kegagalan’ beliau, ia juga penting untuk menyedari sejauh mana pencapaian kita dalam tempoh enam tahun lepas, dalam usaha memberikan pandangan yang adil mengenai sesuatu. 

h. Jikalau segala usaha-usaha ini disokong, dan lebih diketengahkan oleh Tun, InsyaAllah rakyat akan menyokong Barisan Nasional. Malah UMNO akan bertambah kukuh. Apabila Tun hanya menyerang sahaja, sudah tentulah kekuatan UMNO akan terhakis! 

i. Jadi sekiranya Tun berhenti, kita akan lebih mudah mengukuhkan UMNO dan menerajui pembangunan negara ini! 

16. Quote dalam blog Tun “Saya menulis dalam blog saya kerana sekatan yang ketat diadakan supaya saya tidak dapat berjumpa dan bercakap dengan ahli UMNO dan orang awam. Jentera yang diguna yang terdiri dari badan-badan Kerajaan dan parti amatlah berkesan. Dengan sendirinya ini menjadi bukti kesalahan-kesalahan sedang dilakukan.” 

a. Bukti adalah bukti dan sehingga kini Tun tidak pernah mengemukakan bukti segala tuduhan beliau. Tun telah bertindak secara keterlaluan sehingga memporak-perandakan parti dan pentadbiran negara. 

b. Pada awalnya PM dengan ikhlas cuba untuk menjawab segala persoalan yang dibangkitkan Tun, namun Tun tetap mengitar semua tuduhan dan tomahan ini berkali-kali. 

c. Jadi adakah benar Tun ikhlas inginkan jawapan, atau pun Tun hanya ingin menjatuhkan PM saja? 

d. Jangan kata PM tidak jawab, dia dah jawab berkali-kali, tetapi Tun yang tidak pernah menghentikan desakan beliau. 

e. Jadi perbuatan keterlaluan ini perlu dihentikan sebelum membarah. Tun bukan orang biasa, Tun seorang yang berpengaruh. Tetapi pengaruh yang digunakan Tun telah banyak menimbulkan kekeliruan salah faham di antara orang UMNO dan rakyat Malaysia. Jadi ini tidak boleh berterusan. 

17. “Menyokong Najib mungkin memberi nikmat kepada orang tertentu hari ini. Tetapi apabila BN kalah nikmat semua akan hilang... Wahai ahli dan pemimpin UMNO diakar umbi. Fikirlah baik-baik. Jangan sokong dan setia secara buta tuli,” quote blog Tun. 

a. Ini merupakan pembohongan dan manipulasi. Ahli UMNO menyokong kepimpinan demi menguatkan parti dan bukannya membuta tuli. Jikalau Tun Abdullah boleh disingkirkan kerana serangan Tun, sekiranya PM juga boleh disingkirkan kerana serangan Tun, maka sesiapa yang menjadi Presiden UMNO seterusnya akan buat selama-lamanya menjadi lemah kerana boleh disingkir oleh serangan Tun. 

b. Dan jikalau ahli UMNO sentiasa boleh dipengaruhi asakan Tun dan orang luar untuk membenci, menolak Presiden UMNO, maka porak perandalah kepimpinan parti pada masa akan datang. 

c. Oleh kerana itulah ahli UMNO memberi dorongan dan sokongan kepada kepimpinan agar saf peneraju parti sentiasa kukuh bagi meneruskan perjuangan agama bangsa dan negara. 

d. Sebelum ini, kami masih boleh menjalankan kerja menguatkan parti dan membangunkan negara. Kami mampu menepis serangan pihak pembangkang. Namun sejak Tun mula menyerang, maka usaha kita memperkukuhkan parti dan negara semakin mencabar. 

e.  Sudah tiba masanya Tun melepaskan tanggungjawab mentadbir negara kepada generasi seterusnya. Sesungguhnya tindakan-tindakan ini yang sebenarnya akan memudaratkan UMNO dan negara tercinta ini. 

f. Hentikan segala fitnah. 


Sunday, November 29, 2015

Apalah yang mereka ingin harus dilakukan 1MDB?

Salleh Said Keruak

Terdapat segelintir masyarakat yang berasa tidak berpuas hati dengan tindakan 1MDB yang telah meminjam berbillion-billion untuk melakuka  pelaburan, dan mereka mahu hutang ini dibayat balik dan pendedahan berkaitan scenario ini dikurangkan secara langsung. Hal ini merupakan tindakan yang cuba 1MDB lakukan.

Kumpulan masyarakat ini turut tidak berpuas hati dengan syarikat seperti Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) , yang mana syarikat tersebut mempunyai niat untuk membeli sebahagian daripada aset 1MB. Mereka amat tidak membenarkan sebarang syarikat tenpatan seperti TNB untuk membeli aset.  Jikalau 1MDB menjual asetnya kepada syarikat tempatan tersebut, maka masyarakat iniakab memanggilnya sebagai "bailout"!

Kini, 1MDB berada di peringkat akhir dalam proses menjual Edra Global Energy kepada pelabur asing, dan hal ini menyebabkan wujudnya banyak kritikan yang mengatakan bahawa harga penjualan ini adalah amat rendah (walaupun harga yang dikenakan kepada pelabur asing tersebut adalah lebih tinggi berbanding jika dijual kepada TNB) Walauba gaimanapun, terdapat juga kata-katanya bahawa keadaan ini merupakan satu tindakan pengkhianatan kerana melibatkan pelabur asing dan sebagainya.

Keadaan ini menjadi semakin rumit apabila masyarakat tidak mengetahui apa yang diinginkan oleh mereka.  Mereka mahu 1MDB untuk mengurangkan beban hutang dan pada masa yang sama mereka tidak mahu mana mana syarikat-syarikat tempatan untuk membeli aset 1MDB, begitu juga tidak membenarkan 1MDB untuk menjual asetnya kepada pelabur asing. Dengan itu, apa yang mereka ingin 1MDB lakukan?

Akhirnya, 1MDB hanya boleh melakukan tiga perkara sahaja dan ketiga-tiga perkara ini adalah tidak dapat diterima oleh pihak pengkritik.  Walau bagaimanapun, wujudnya juga alternative yang keempat iaitu muflis.  Adakah ini merupakan satu tindakan yang mereka ingin 1MDB lakukan iaitu 1MDB diisytiharkan muflis?  Supaya mereka boleh menggunakan isu ini untuk menentang Perdana Menteri?

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Masyarakat Ubian perlu rebut peluang ekonomi

KOTA BELUD - Masyarakat Ubian di negeri ini perlu melengkapkan diri dengan kemahiran bagi merebut peluang dan memanfaatkan potensi ekonomi sedia ada, kata Menteri Komunikasi dan Multimedia, Datuk Seri Dr Salleh Said Keruak.

Beliau berkata ini kerana banyak peluang ekonomi yang terbuka untuk masyarakat itu terutama dalam sektor pelancongan.

“Sebagai contoh, Pulau Mantanani di Kota Belud berpotensi dimajukan sebagai pusat pelancongan khususnya aktiviti menyelam.

“Sebagai wakil rakyat, saya berusaha menarik pelabur untuk memajukan pusat pelancongan di Kota Belud terutama Pulau Mantanani, dan beberapa syarikat telah menyatakan minat meneroka potensi pelancongan di pulau itu," katanya.

Salleh berkata demikian ketika merasmikan Dewan Persatuan Kebajikan dan Kebudayaan Ubian (Perubah) di sini, hari ini.

Beliau turut berharap persatuan berkenaan dapat memainkan peranan dengan merancang dan memikirkan apa yang terbaik untuk masyarakat itu terutama generasi muda supaya mereka mendapat latihan dan kemahiran, termasuk menguasai bahasa asing yang amat diperlukan dalam sektor pelancongan.

“Oleh itu, persatuan ini perlu melakukan anjakan paradigma dan memikirkan apa yang terbaik untuk masa depan masyarakat Ubian,” katanya.

Salleh turut meminta budaya masyarakat itu dibukukan agar menjadi rujukan dan pegangan golongan muda pada masa akan datang, manakala persatuan dapat menyumbang kepada pemantapan nilai budaya selain bidang pendidikan.

Terdahulu, semasa berucap melancarkan Program Membara 2015 anjuran Biro Kebajikan Umno Bahagian Kota Belud, Salleh yang juga Ketua Umno Bahagian Kota Belud berkata politik merupakan wadah terbaik untuk memberi khidmat kepada masyarakat.

“Politik saingan memerlukan kita sentiasa memberi khidmat kepada masyarakat dan meyakinkan pengundi parti kita lebih baik daripada pesaing yang bergolak ketika ini,” katanya. - Bernama

So what do they want 1MDB to do? 

Salleh Said Keruak 

There are those who are not happy that 1MDB had borrowed billions to finance its investments. They want 1MDB’s debts to be paid and its exposure reduced. And that is exactly what 1MDB is trying to do. 

These same people are not happy that Malaysia’s power company, Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB), was talking about buying some of 1MDB’s assets. They do not want any local company such as TNB to buy over any of 1MDB’s assets. If 1MDB sells its assets to local companies they will call it a bailout. However, they still want 1MDB to reduce its debts. 

Now 1MDB is in the final stages of selling Edra Global Energy to foreign investors and there is still a lot of criticism. They are saying that the price is too low (even though it is being sold at a higher price than if sold to TNB) or that this is an act of treason for selling to foreign investors, and so on. 

It makes it very difficult when people do not know what they want. They want 1MDB to reduce its debts but they do not want any local company to buy any of 1MDB’s assets and at the same time they do not want 1MDB to sell these assets to foreigners. So what then do they want 1MDB to do? 

There are only three things 1MDB can do and all three things are not acceptable to the critics. There is, of course, a fourth alternative, bankruptcy. Is this what they want 1MBD to do, get declared bankrupt, so that they can make this an issue against the Prime Minister? 

Friday, November 27, 2015

Freedom of speech is not freedom to destroy

Salleh Said Keruak 

There were some Umno divisions that wanted the party to censure Muhyiddin Yassin and Shafie Apdal for their actions that could tantamount to disrupting party unity. No doubt there are some who say Umno practices freedom of speech and therefore leaders and members must be allowed to speak their mind. However, there is a difference between freedom of speech and freedom to destroy and some divisions felt that this line had been crossed. 

It must be noted that amongst the most liberal countries in Europe that practice freedom of speech they also set limits to this freedom. You are not allowed to deny the holocaust or to display Nazi symbols in France or Germany as this would be considered as stepping over the boundary of your freedom. And in Britain if you break party ranks you would be expected to resign, which they would normally do in the spirit of standing by what you say. 

Anyway, the party did not take action against Muhyiddin and Shafie although there were demands from some of the divisions to do so. The Umno Supreme Council, however, decided to allow the heads of the various wings to open their meetings, as what they had asked for. 

There are some critics who say that this is a break from party tradition. That may be so but there are many party traditions that are being broken over this last one year. One party tradition that is being broken is accusing the party president of stealing RM42 billion when this is not so. Trying to bring down the party president through fabricated allegations affects the entire party and risks Umno getting defeated in the general election and this is certainly not in line with party tradition. 

If we wish to talk about maintaining party tradition and not breaking away from party tradition then we have to look at it in total and not take it piecemeal based on what suits us. The tradition of the deputy president declaring the opening of the meeting of the wings is just that, a tradition. It is merely a privilege given to the deputy. It is not a right. And while rights cannot be taken away from someone, privileges need to be earned. And privileges can be lost if they are abused. That is how it works. 

Monday, November 23, 2015

Dr Mahathir juga menghadapi pelbagai tuduhan

Salleh Said Keruak

Hari ini, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad yang dipetik dalam satu artikel blog yang beliau menyuarakan tentang pelbagai perkara. Pada dasarnya beliau tidak gembira kerana perkara-perkara yang tidak dilakukan berdasarkan caranya dan harapan untuk memalukan Perdana Menteri Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak pada Perhimpunan Agung Umno yang akan datang tidak mungkin menjadi kenyataan.

Dr Mahathir bercakap tentang 43 undi yang dimenangi beliau pada pemilihan parti Umno tahun 1987. Sehingga hari ini masih ada kenyataan bahawa beliau sebenarnya telah kalah dalam pemilihan itu  tetapi menggunakan cara menipu untuk menang. Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, sebenarnya, mendakwa dia dirompak  jawatan sebagai Presiden Umno.

Sebelum itu, Dr Mahathir turut menimbulkan perkara berhubung pembunuhan Altantuya dan mendakwa masih terdapat banyak persoalan yang tidak dijawab. Najib, bagaimanapun, telah tampil ke hadapan untuk bersumpah bahawa beliau tidak bersalah dan tidak terlibat dalam pembunuhan itu.

Terdapat juga banyak persoalan yang tidak terjawab mengenai pemilihan Umno pada 1987. Dr Mahathir, bagaimanapun, tidak pernah tampil ke hadapan untuk bersumpah bahawa dia tidak menipu dalam pemilihan parti seperti yang didakwa.

Dr Mahathir kerap mengulangi cerita yang beliau merupakan Presiden Umno yang sah. Bagaimanapun, Tuduhan bahawa beliau bukan Presiden sah berterusan sehingga hari ini, Dr Mahathir tidak pernah melakukan apa yang telah dilakukan oleh Najib bersumpah dalam sebuah masjid bahawa semua tuduhan itu tidak benar.

Dr Mahathir also faced allegations 

Salleh Said Keruak 

Today, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad posted an article in his blog complaining about all sorts of things. Basically he is not happy that things are not being done his way and his hope of embarrassing Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak at the coming Umno general assembly may not materialise. 

Dr Mahathir talked about the 43 votes he won during the 1987 Umno party election. Until today there is still talk that he had actually lost that party election but cheated to win. Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah, in fact, alleged that he was robbed of the Umno Presidency. 

Earlier, Dr Mahathir raised the matter of the Altantuya murder and alleged that there are still many unanswered questions. Najib, however, has come forward to swear that he is innocent and is not involved in that murder. 

There are also many unanswered questions about Umno’s 1987 party election. Dr Mahathir, however, never came forward to swear that he did not cheat in that party election as is being alleged. 

Dr Mahathir keeps repeating the story that he was the legitimate President of Umno. The allegations that he was not the legitimate President, however, continues until today. And Dr Mahathir never did what Najib has done by swearing in a mosque that all those allegations are not true. 

Sunday, November 22, 2015


Oleh Salleh Said Keruak

BAHASA Malaysia telah lama bertapak di Sabah. Menjadi bahasa komunikasi rakyat. Bahasa penyatuan pelbagai kaum. Ia bertambah kukuh selepas era penjajahan Inggeris.

Selepas mencapai kemerdekaan, Perdan Menteri pertama Tunku Abdul Rahman memperkenalkan istilah "Bahasa Malaysia" sebagai bahasa kebangsaan Malaysia.  Ia kemudian diguna secara meluas.

Pada tahun 1986, istilah "Bahasa Malaysia" diganti menjadi "Bahasa Melayu" berdasarkan Perkara 152 Perlembagaan Persekutuan Malaysia. Kemudian pada  4 Jun 2007, Kabinet Persekutuan membuat keputusan untuk menggantikan penggunaan "Bahasa Melayu" menjadi "Bahasa Malaysia". 

Berikutan itu, Kabinet mengarahkan penggunaan istilah "Bahasa Malaysia" dalam semua urusan surat-menyurat, catatan dan dokumen. 

Di Sabah, bahasa Malaysia menjadi bahasa lingua franca masyarakat majmuk sejak awal kemerdekaan. Usaha memartabatkannya diperkasa secara berterusan. Pelbagai program diatur, termasuk Bulan Bahasa Malaysia.

Hasilnya, pada 7 Mac 1972 Dewan Undangan Negeri Sabah memutuskan agar semua urusan rasmi sama ada lisan atau tulisan dengan kementerian, jabatan, pejabat atau agensi kerajaan, dilaksanakan dalam bahasa Malaysia.

Kemuncaknya, pada 16 September 1973, bahasa Malaysia diisytiharkan sebagai bahasa rasmi oleh Ketua Menteri Sabah ketika itu Tun Datu Mustapha Datu Harun.

Empat tahun kemudian, iaitu pada 1 Januari 1977, Dewan Bahasa dan Pustaka (DBP)cawangan Sabah diwujudkan, yang menjadi pemangkin kepada pemerkasaan Bahasa Malaysia di Sabah.

Dari segi dasarnya, Sabah berada di jalan yang betul dalam memartabatkan Bahasa Malaysia tanpa meminggirkan prinsip memperkukuhkan bahasa Inggeris, seperti termaktub dalam dasar kerajaan Malaysia.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

When violence begets violence

Salleh Said Keruak

It is probably an overused cliche to say that violence begets violence but what other way to describe what is going on in the world today? Even before the world can get over the Friday the 13th terrorist incident in Paris we are hit by yet another terrorist incident yesterday, also a Friday, this time in Mali.

No doubt much negative publicity is going to be given to those seen as the perpetrators of violence and terrorism. What is seldom spoken about is that these terrorists are actually a a product of terrorism. No one is born extreme. You are moulded to be extreme. That is the sad reality of how terrorism is born. When we subject society to violence and extremism then we turn these same people into extremists and terrorists.

As an example, the Taliban were not born as Taliban fighters. They grew up in a violent society in Afghanistan, constantly dodging bullets and bombs and eventually had to seek refuge in neighbouring Pakistan. They were then schooled into the Pakistan madrasah and taught that their duty was to go back to their motherland and drive the Russians out.

When they were old enough to hold a rifle they did go back to Afghanistan to fight the Russians and eventually managed to free their country from Russian occupation. But they were groomed and indoctrinated from young to fight, and when there were no longer any Russians to fight they fought among themselves and against the American-backed government. And now they fight against the whole world.

Young boys kidnapped to become soldiers in Africa grow up to become pitiless killers who have no respect for life. Those such as the ISIS or Al Qaeda fighters lived under a state of war since childhood and now only know war. Unfortunately, some Malaysians and Indonesians perceive these wars as holy wars so they join what they think is 'God's army' and this has made the world a dangerous place.

Sunday, November 15, 2015


Salleh Said Keruak

The massacre in Paris Friday night that saw 128 dead so far and 180 wounded is the second terrorist incident this year after the Charlie Hebdo shooting and has brought back memories of the Madrid bombings in 2004 that resulted in 191 dead and 1,800 wounded.

Unfortunately, in all these tragedies it was the work of Muslims. And this is another tragedy because Islam is as much the victim as those killed and wounded. Since the incident of September 2001, Islam is perceived as a violent religion and those giving Islam this negative image are Muslims themselves.

What the west may not realise is that there are more than a billion Muslims but just a small minority commit these terrorist acts while the majority of Muslims are peace loving and reject violence. 

However, as long as the large silent majority remain silent and do not condemn such terrorist acts then it would be perceived that the silence means tacit support.

Muslims must, therefore, condemn these acts and send a strong message that violence, whether against fellow Muslims or against non-Muslims, cannot be tolerated and that Muslims reject all forms of violence whether by terrorists or state organised. Violence begets violence and history has proven that violence has never been the way to solve conflicts. 

Friday, November 13, 2015


Oleh Salleh Said Keruak

DALAM tulisan pada 24 Oktober lepas, saya sentuh mengenai pepatah `gunting dalam lipatan'.  Kali ini, saya ingin huraikan sedikit maksudnya.

Tafsiran jelas istilah gunting dalam lipatan ini bermaksud elemen yang membinasakan. Seperti juga dengan pepatah `musang berbulu ayam' yang membawa maksud sama. Ungkapan lain yang seerti termasuk `depan manis, belakang pahit'. 

Pendek kata, bersikap hipokrit. Berpura-pura kelihatan baik, tapi ada niat dan agenda tersembunyi.

Memang orang-orang seperti ini ada di sekeliling kita. Cuma mungkin tidak kelihatan secara ketara kerana pandai `bermain wayang'. Tapi siapa yang makan lada, dia akan terasa pedasnya.

Namun perlu diingat bahawa mengkritik dan berbeza pendapat bukan bererti gunting dalam lipatan. Kritikan membina biasanya dibuat secara berterus-terang dan beradab. Begitu juga jika berbahas, ada caranya.

Kritikan yang bersopan dan perbahasan pendapat yang berbeza akan membawa hasil yang baik. Kerana kritikan yang ikhlas dan perbezaan pendapat itu akhirnya membantu memperkuatkan organisasi, bukan sebaliknya.

Setiap orang akan mempunyai perbezaan pendapat. Bergantung dari sudut mana ia melihat sesuatu perkara itu. Kita harus bersetuju untuk berbeza pendapat, tapi kita tidak harus bersetuju untuk membenarkan perbezaan pendapat itu membawa kepada kehancuran.

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Does Dr Mahathir wants Malaysians to decide or not? 

Salleh Said Keruak 

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said he does not want to change the system. He just wants to change the Prime Minister. He will then let Malaysians decide on what system they want after Malaysia gets a new Prime Minister. The question now would be: why did Dr Mahathir not change the system when he was Prime Minister for 22 years? 

Since Dr Mahathir wants to allow Malaysians to decide their own future, what if Malaysians decide they still want Najib Tun Razak as the Prime Minister? Is Dr Mahathir prepared to agree to this? While he is prepared to allow Malaysians to decide what system they want, Dr Mahathir wants to dictate who should be Prime Minister and will not allow Malaysians to make that decision. 

As far back as 2008 Dr Mahathir had already announced that he wants a Presidential Council to be set up and for the country to be run by a Council of Elders. More than seven years later and he is still pushing for that to be implemented although there is no such system in the Constitution or in a Westminster system of government. 

Dr Mahathir also said that a lavish lifestyle is evidence enough that someone is corrupt and that the court can take action against that person. You do not need any other evidence other than that. If that is how our legal system is supposed to work then no one is safe any longer. You can be arrested and put in jail just because someone says you are corrupt based on the car you drive or the house you live in. 

In the end the person is assumed guilty until and unless he or she can prove innocence. If this is how the new legal system is supposed to work then even Dr Mahathir himself would not be safe based on the lavish lifestyle of his own family who would need to prove they are not corrupt or else would have to go to jail.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Borrowing is part of doing business'

Salleh Said Keruak 

In his latest Blog posting today, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad commented that if 1MDB had not been created then it would not have needed to borrow RM42 billion. If a multi-billion business can be done without the need to borrow money then we would not need banks. All the banks can be closed down. 

Even the PLUS North-South Highway not only needed to borrow money but it also needed a government grant. And it charges users toll to drive on the highway to pay back what it borrowed. And did not Perwaja, a company that failed, also need to borrow large sums of money? 

Dr Mahathir alleges that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak should be charged for sabotaging Malaysia’s banking and financial system. In what way did the Prime Minister sabotage Malaysia’s banking and financial system? Can Dr Mahathir explain? Unfortunately Dr Mahathir’s allegation does not state these details. 

It must be remembered that 1MDB had tabled a full report during a Cabinet meeting in June this year. After explaining its rationalisation and debt reduction plan, which included the proposed IPO to bring in cash, the plan was approved. Then, the following month, the Special Task Force confiscated 1MDB’s accounts and documents, which delayed the exercise that would have turned 1MDB around. 

About the matter of 1MDB getting land cheap and making a profit on that land, naturally undeveloped land would be cheaper than land that has already obtained planning approval and where the infrastructure has been completed. For example, even Petronas got land cheap in Paka, Terengganu, but after developing that land it is now worth thousands of times more what the land originally cost. 

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Tan Sri Muhyiddin is forgetting history 

Salleh Said Keruak 

Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin said today that he is not a ‘gunting dalam lipatan’. The closest English translation to this proverb would be a wolf in sheep’s clothing, meaning in short a betrayer. 

Muhyiddin said whatever he did he did for the good of the party and because he loves the party and not with intentions to destroy the party. He also said he is the lone voice in the party and condemned all those who refuse to voice out and speak their mind. How does giving ammunition to the opposition to hit the party be considered for the good of the party? 

Muhyiddin also complained that the Prime Minister is sidelining him and no longer gives him the respect and that he is no longer entrusted with the job of chairing certain meetings like in the past. Trust and respect need to be earned, not demanded, as the saying goes. 

Maybe Muhyiddin forgot that when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was no longer the Prime Minister and began criticising Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Badawi, it was Deputy Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak who publicly declared that his loyalty was with the Prime Minister. Muhyiddin, however, said and did nothing to defend Tun Abdullah. 

Muhyiddin related how it was he who convinced Najib to take over as Prime Minister and that this was what Dr Mahathir wanted. “The thing with Najib is, he takes a long time to make up his mind,” Muhyiddin said. 

What Muhyiddin left out from this story is that Najib did not want to betray the Prime Minister by going against him. Najib felt the deputy should be loyal to the number one. So it is not that Najib took a long time to make up his mind but more that Najib did not want to oust the Prime Minister. 

If Muhyiddin wants to relate history then let it be the correct version of history. Muhyiddin said Dr Mahathir discussed the possibility of him taking over as Prime Minister. What Muhyiddin did not reveal was that Najib had refused to betray Tun Abdullah and instead publicly declared his support for the Prime Minister.

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Malaysia’s ranking in Internet development

Salleh Said Keruak

Malaysia ranks number four in the affordable Internet index in the emerging and developing countries category. Ahead of Malaysia are Costa Rica, Colombia and Turkey. Thailand ranks 13, Vietnam 22, China 23, Pakistan 25, Indonesia 27, Philippines 29, and India 30.

In the communications infrastructure sub-index category, Malaysia ranks number five with Colombia, Peru, Brazil, and Turkey ahead of Malaysia.

On the other hand, Malaysia and Singapore are global leaders in instant messaging use. Singaporeans, Malaysians and Thais are among the biggest users of instant messaging in the world.

Malaysia has emerged as the leading user of instant messaging, with 77% of Malaysians using it every day. Singapore is a close second with 76% using it daily, followed by Thailand with 74%.

One reason why Malaysia leads the world in the use of instant messaging is because its smart-phone penetration has grown significantly over the past few years, said Naveen Mishra, Frost & Sullivan's Asia-Pacific (Apac) industry principal for ICT.

“In 2014, smart-phone penetration reached 51.6% from 38% in 2013. More than 21 million people use smart-phones and strong competition in the market has made affordable Internet available. Malaysians are quite technology-savvy and people across all age groups adapt to instant messaging applications quickly,” Naveen said.

Saturday, October 17, 2015

When we get caught up in semantics 

Salleh Said Keruak 

It appears that some people would rather spend precious time debating semantics rather than focus on the more crucial issue of development and improving services. And because of that some have taken issue with my use of the word ‘prefer’. 

Basically, semantics is the branch of linguistics and logic concerning the meaning of words. The two main areas are logical semantics -- concerned with matters such as sense, reference, presupposition and implication -- and lexical semantics -- concerned with the analysis of word meanings and relations between them. 

When I said 71% of subscribers ‘prefer’ the entry-level package for fixed broadband offered by Telekom Malaysia, which starts at 386 kbps, I was not using the word ‘prefer’ in the context of liking. I was referring to statistics where 71% subscribers choose the lower package over the others. And statistics do not lie. 

Cost is certainly the main consideration here and Malaysians put cost as the prime consideration when choosing any service. If not then 71% would not be subscribing to this service. Therefore ‘prefer’ does not mean the liking of a lower Internet speed but about putting cost as the preference to speed. 

One must look at the use of words in the context it is used and not look at it in isolation because in different situations words would have different implications. If I say I prefer not to talk about it, this would mean I have a dislike of discussing this issue and not mean I do not like talking. So please do not make an issue of a non-issue. 

Anyway, if anyone finds my use of the word ‘prefer’ offensive, then I retract that word and replace it with ‘rather’ or ‘choose’. Based on the usage of these words they all more or less mean the same. But then ‘rather’ or ‘choose’ do not imply liking, as some may have interpreted the use of ‘prefer’. 

Improving the internet service while keeping costs low

Salleh Said Keruak

I have asked my Ministry to put special emphasis and to focus on infrastructure development to expand the Internet penetration and coverage all over Malaysia.  The government is working to upgrade Internet access for more people in the rural areas and not just in the urban area.

We are not only concerned over the issue of Internet speed, which has become an issue of debate of late, but also its affordability.  And off course, apart from that, we are also looking at the issue of coverage to ensure that more people get access to the Internet.

We do not want the Internet to be enjoyed only by people in the urban areas such as Kuala Lumpur and Penang but also by the communities in the interior and the islands of Sabah and Sarawak as well.  As I had said last month, we want to ensure that by 2020 at least 95% of Malaysians will have access to the Internet and that at least 50% of the urban areas and 20% of the rural areas have broadband speeds of 100 Mbps.

The entry-level package for fixed broadband offered by Telekom Malaysia starts at 386 kbps, which is what 71% of Malaysians subscribe to.  Although higher speed packages are available, such as that offered by HSBB, 87% of the subscribers opt for 5Mps package with hardly any takers for the higher speed packages of 30 and 50MPS

Once the infrastructure can cope with it we may consider changing the entry-level package to a higher speed without any substantial increase in cost to maintain affordability and at the same time offer a higher speed.  My Ministry is now looking into the details.

Monday, October 12, 2015

Response to Dr Mahathir’s press conference today