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Saturday, December 31, 2016

What lies ahead of us in 2017


Salleh Said Keruak

2017 promises to be a most unpredictable and probably 'dangerous' year for the entire world. The conflict in the Middle East, if the ceasefire cannot hold, will escalate into a tragedy unequalled in history.

The war of words between Russia and America also threatens to bring us back to the era of the cold war when the world faced a doomsday scenario. Our only hope is that come the new year Trump and Putin will sit down and resolve their differences.

A lot of these misunderstandings are caused by misperceptions and misinformation and then develop into a conflict. The USA-Russia quarrel is a case in point, which is based on rumours and suspicions.

Malaysia is suffering from this same predicament. Fake stories are being spread about the country. Some say that Malaysia is going bankrupt. Then they say Tabung Haji is going bankrupt. And these negative and misleading stories continue.

Malaysians tend to accept lies and fake news as fact without properly checking the veracity and authenticity of the news. If we want to avoid falling into the rut of becoming a victim of deception then we need to verify whatever we are told.

Monday, December 26, 2016

Are you serious, Mahathir?


Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad made a most astonishing statement that BR1M tantamount to corruption and is therefore illegal or a crime from the point of law. Mahathir's interpretation of corruption definitely differs from that of the rest of us.

Never before have we heard something so mind-boggling. Malaysia has been dishing out welfare aid since long before Mahathir became Prime Minister in 1981. In fact, since 2000 Terengganu has been giving direct aid to its citizens in all forms, the same as BR1M, although it was not called BR1M. And it was Mahathir's Wang Ehsan that financed this special  Terengganu aid program.

After implementing the Wang Ehsan and Terengganu aid program in 2000, Mahathir now turns round and condemns BR1M. Is Mahathir saying that if the opposition comes to power all aid and welfare programs are going to be abolished? Mahathir has to make this point very clear.

How can you classify aid programme as corruption? Are tax deductions and rebates also corruption? What about zakat and kebajikan? All are forms of aid just like BR1M.

When other people receive aid Mahathir calls it corruption. What about when his own family becomes rich and his sons become millionaires? What do we call that? Mahathir would not call BR1M corruption if it is his own family that receives it.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Why not Lim Kit Siang answer my question for a change?

Salleh Said Keruak

Lim Kit Siang has been posing a series of questions to me: so far 35. However, while he dresses them up to look like questions, they are actually statements disguised as questions. This is the normal tactic of disguising statements as questions leaving the person you are addressing them to very little room to reply.

If Kit Siang wants to make a statement or an allegation why not he just do that? Why pretend he is asking questions when he is not really asking questions? He just wants to make allegations. However, to avoid being taken to task for making false or misleading allegations, he dresses them up as questions and if cornered he can defend himself by saying he is not alleging but is just asking.

Anyway, many of those 'questions' Kit Siang posed have already been replied by other members of the Cabinet. Kit Siang is actually aware of this but he is playing the game of pretending he does not know this.

Kit Siang should stop this game of asking questions he already knows the answers to. And stop pretending to ask questions when he is actually making statements or allegations. Furthermore, Kit Siang should learn to accept different views.

This is a total waste of time and designed to distract us from more important issues such as who is Pakatan Harapan's choice of Prime Minister. Kit Siang, Muhyiddin Yassin, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, PKR and PAS do not appear united on this matter. Is that what Kit Siang is trying to distract us from? And my question is a genuine question, not a pretend question.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Krismas sebagai wadah penyatuan


Salleh Said Keruak

1. AHAD ini, umat Kristian meraikan Krismas. Saya dan keluarga mengucapkan Selamat Menyambut Hari Natal kepada semua yang meraikannya. Semoga sambutan pada tahun ini membawa kebahagiaan, kedamaian, dan kesejahteraan kepada kita semua.

2. Seperti perayaan-perayaan lain, Krismas juga menjadi wadah penyatuan rakyat. Ini kerana amalan rumah terbuka dan kunjung-mengunjungi akan mengeratkan lagi perpaduan, menjalin persefahaman serta mengukuhkan silaturahim.

3. Dalam konteks di negeri Sabah yang berbilang kaum dan agama, Krismas lebih dirasakan signifikannya dan harus diteladani. Benih penghormatan yang ditanam sejak awal dahulu begitu subur. Perbezaan agama tidak menjadi batas penghalang untuk saling berkunjung, duduk dan makan semeja, dalam suasana penuh muhibah.

4. Inilah simbol tentang keunikan masyarakat kita dalam kepelbagaian, sekali gus menjadi lambang kesatuan.Begitulah indahnya kita di Sabah.

5. Secara peribadi, saya sendiri mempunyai ramai saudara mara, sahabat dan teman-teman dari kalangan umat Kristian. Perkahwinan campur adalah sesuatu yang lumrah bagi masyarakat kita di Sabah.

6. Semua agama mendidik ke arah kebaikan dengan menerapkan prinsip humanisme dan toleransi. Justeru, yang penting fahaman dan pendekatan harus pragmatik kerana hakikatnya kita dari `rumpun' yang sama dan Malaysia adalah tanah air kita. Marilah kita berpadu tenaga dan usaha demi negara.

7. Apapun identiti,  dan apapun agamanya, sama ada Islam, Kristian, Buddha dan sebagainya, kita semua bertanggungjawab menjamin proses pembangunan berterusan dan keamanan negara berkekalan. Untuk itu, mari kita bangunkan kerukunan beragama, dengan memperkukuh  toleransi.  Mari kita suburkan budaya saling menghargai dan saling menghormati.

8. Di penghujung tahun 2016 yang penuh dengan cabaran ini, mari kita hadapi tahun depan dengan penuh semangat dan pengharapan. Tahun ini, tidak dinafikan, negara kita mencipta banyak kejayaan walaupun berada di tengah-tengah kemelut ekonomi global.

9. Justeru, pada tahun hadapan 2017, marilah kita tingkatkan kebersamaan dan kerja keras kita, untuk melakukan usaha yang lebih baik lagi.

Selamat Menyambut Hari Krismas 2016 dan Tahun Baru 2017 yang menjelang tiba.


CHRISTMAS - A PLATFORM FOR UNITY


Salleh Said Keruak

1. This Sunday, Christians celebrate Christmas. My family and I would like to wish to those who celebrate it  A Merry Christmas . Hopefully, this year's celebration brings happiness, peace, and prosperity to all of us.

2. Like other festivals, Christmas is also a platform that unites the people. This is because the practice of open house and visit will further strengthen the unity, foster mutual understanding and strengthen friendship.

3. In the context of the state of all races and religions, Christmas is perceived significant and should be emulated. Seeds of honour inculcated since time immemorial are so flourishing. Religious differences do not become a barrier to visit each other, sit and eat at the same table, in an atmosphere of goodwill.

4. This is the symbol of the uniqueness of our community in diversity, thus becoming a symbol of the beauty of our solidarity, especially in Sabah.

5. Personally, I have many relatives, friends and friends from among Christians. Intermarriage is common for our community in Sabah.

6. All religions teach the better way to apply and practise  the principles of humanism and tolerance. Thus, what is important is the understanding and pragmatic approach because of the fact that we are from the same ethnic stock (rumpun), and Malaysia is our homeland. Let us join forces and efforts for the sake of the country.

7. Whatever the identity, or religion, whether Islam, Christianity, Buddhism and so on, we are all responsible for ensuring the sustainable development and lasting peace in the country. For that, let us build religious harmony and strengthen tolerance. Let us reignite the culture of mutual appreciation and mutual respect.

8. At the end of 2016 is full of challenges, let's face next year with enthusiasm and hope. This year, no doubt, our country achieved tremendous success despite being in the midst of global economic turmoil.

9. Thus, in the next year 2017, let us strengthen our unity and hard work, double up our efforts for the better.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2017.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

Is this based on consensus on merely Kit Siang’s idea?


Salleh Said Keruak

Earlier, Rafizi Ramli said if Pakatan wins the next general election Anwar Ibrahim is going to become the new Prime Minister. Before that, during a talk in the UK, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said Muhyiddin Yassin will be the Prime Minister and then back-tracked and said it was too early to decide that. Now Lim Kit Siang says Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Muhyiddin Yassin will the interim or temporary Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister respectively.

This means Wan Azizah will be Prime Minister just for a few months until Anwar is pardoned by DYMM the Agong, is freed from jail, a PKR MP vacates his or her seat, a by-election is held, and Anwar wins that by-election and takes over as Prime Minister, the whole process which should take a few months. Once Anwar takes over as PM, he then choose his Deputy to replace the interim DPM, Muhyiddin. Who Anwar’s DPM is going to be is not known as this stage.

Kit Siang did not tell us wether this proposal for interim PM and DPM is based on consensus and whether it has the agreement of all parties in Pakatan, including Mahathir’s Pribumi. Will this also apply in the event DAP wins the most number of parliament seats in the general election and some of those who win are DAP’s Malay candidates?

What happens if DYMM the Agong does not grant Anwar a pardon since Anwar never applied for one? Will Anwar agree to apply for his pardon or will be still insist that he is not going to apply for it as this would tantamount to an admission of guilt? Will the interim PM and DPM then continue to hold office indefinitely if Anwar fails to get pardoned and released?

Kit Siang’s statement makes it sound like the issue of who is going to be PM and DPM if Pakatan wins the election has already been resolved when in actual fact it has not. Kit Siang should also tell us what will happen if Anwar does not get pardoned and released so that we know he has a backup or alternative plan.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Pakatan should show us its shadow cabinet first


Salleh Said Keruak

The fact that the opposition has given birth to five coalitions since 1990, and now it appears like it is yet again changing its mind regarding PPBM or Pribumi, shows that even after more than 26 years the opposition is still not on stable ground.

People do not like to dabble with uncertainties and with Pakatan Harapan this is what you are getting. Rafizi Ramli says if Pakatan wins the next general election Anwar Ibrahim is going to be the Prime Minister if all members of Pakatan accept him and if DYMM the Agong pardons him and if Anwar is released from jail and if there is a by-election and if Anwar wins the by-election and so on.

There are just too many ifs involved here and none can be answered at this stage. That means Rafizi is asking the voters to first give power to Pakatan and then after that Pakatan will work on the many ifs and try to make Anwar the Prime Minister if that can happen.

But there are many other questions that also need to be answered such as who is going to become the Deputy Prime Minister or will there be more than one Deputy Prime Minister and who are those in the Cabinet and so on. Pakatan cannot even set up a shadow cabinet yet after more than eight years in existence so how are they going to set up a Cabinet if they win the election?

Maybe Pakatan should first show us their shadow cabinet before being ambitious about setting up a government. If a simple thing like a shadow cabinet, which is the common practice in the Westminster system of government, cannot be settled how to move on to bigger things?

Thursday, December 1, 2016

The two choices offered to the voters


Salleh Said Keruak

In the May 2013 general election, Umno emerged as the dominant partner of the ruling coalition, Barisan Nasional, while DAP emerged as the dominant partner in the opposition coalition, Pakatan Rakyat. With the closing down of Pakatan Rakyat and the creation of Pakatan Harapan, and with PAS no longer a member of the opposition coalition, DAP practically monopolises the opposition.

In 2013, Umno won 88 Parliament seats while DAP won 38 seats, making DAP the second largest political party in Malaysia. DAP also claims it garnered 85-90% of the Chinese votes, which no other political party can boast about. That makes DAP dominant on two counts.

In the next general election the voters are  going to be presented with two choices: either an Umno led Barisan Nasional or a DAP-led Pakatan Harapan. This is the reality facing the voters, as what the Prime Minister explained.

The voters will have to weigh what Barisan Nasional can offer as opposed to what Pakatan Harapan can offer. Barisan Nasional has been around for more than 40 years while the opposition has launched five coalitions in 26 years that never survive more than two elections. Therefore Barisan Nasional offers the stability which the opposition does not have.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Obsession to the point of being delusional


Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad and those opposed to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak are saying that US President Obama was referring to Najib in his speech in Lima. That is bordering on wishful thinking and being delusional.

What makes them think that with so many issues to worry about the whole world is focused on just one issue: 1MDB? They are suggesting that with the world facing conflicts and chaos at every corner of the planet the US President has time for nothing else but for only one issue.

First they say Najib is scared of leaving Malaysia for fear that the US will arrest him. Now they say the US President attacked Najib in his speech. President Obama actually made a general reference to US policy and was not, as Mahathir says, a direct reference to Najib.

In fact, what Obama said was that the US cannot interfere in the internal matters of another country. So maybe Obama was referring to Mahathir and not Najib. And this contradicts what Mahathir and his people earlier said: which is the US is going to take action against Najib in a US court.

Sunday, November 20, 2016

It is not always about crowd size


Salleh Said Keruak

Opposition rallies have always been about crowd size. Rallies are basically a show of strength and Bersih is no exception. Since way back the opposition has always demonstrated its show of strength based on the crowd it can mobilise. And the opposition media always talks about the crowd size and number of people a certain event attracts.

If crowd size determines the winner in the elections then the opposition would have won the elections back in 1999. Opposition events have always managed to attract crowds due to the entertainment it provides. We have seen many times during by-elections where the opposition crowd is large and yet they still lose the by-election.

Voters want to see plans and policies and how their future can be guaranteed and improved. Large crowds at rallies do not put food on the table. In any election anywhere in the world it is always  bread and butter issues. And this is what the government is going to focus on. We should not menang sorak kampung tergadai.

KESAN MAHATHIR : RAKYAT MENJAUHI BERSIH


KENYATAAN MENTERI KOMUNIKASI DAN MULTIMEDIA MALAYS
19 November 2016

1. Kehadiran Peserta Bersih yang rendah hari ini merupakan tamparan hebat buat Tun Mahathir Mohamad dan parti barunya Pribumi, yang merupakan rakan baru dalam Pakatan Harapan Pimpinan DAP.  Penubuhan parti baru Mahathir sepatutnya mampu menarik sokongan rakyat dikalangan bangsa Melayu untuk menyokong Pakatan dan Bersih 5.

2. Sebaliknya, perarakan hari ini hanya 3% daripada Perhimpunan Bersih lalu. Hanya sekitar 15,500 yang hadir hari ini, berbanding 500,000 yang hadir sepertimana dicanang Bersih tahun lalu. Kalau pakai angka yang dibekalkqn oleh Malaysiakini, peserta Bersih hari ini ialah seramai 41,000, kurang dari 10% yang Bersih canang hadir tahun lepas.

3. Ini bererti, majoriti rakyat Malaysia menolak sikap hipokrit Bersih dan menolak Pribumi.  Mereka dapat melihat dengan jelas bahawa parti ini dipenuhi dengan pelbagai mantan yang gagal dan kecewa. Parti ini juga dilihat oleh rakyat Malaysia sebagai sebuah parti yang ditubuh hanya kerana keterdesakkan Mahathir untuk mengangkat anaknya untuk menjadi Perdana Menteri selepas beliau ditolak oleh ahli UMNO.

4. Hasil penglibatan Mahathir dan kroninya dalam Bersih hari ini telah memperlihatkan penurunan jumlah kehadiran peserta Bersih sebanyak 97%.  Orang melayu sedar agenda pribadi Mahathir yang haloba ini dan mengambil keputusan untuk tidak menyertai Bersih 5.  Manakala ribuan orang Cina yang menyertai Bersih tahun lepas mengambil keputusan untuk tinggal dirumah kerana meluat melihat penglibatan Mahathir dalam Bersih.

5. Alhamdulillah, demokrasi kini semakin kukuh di Malaysia dan tidak boleh diganggu-gugat oleh seorang diktator tua yang mengakui beliau seprang diktator semasa memerintah.

Datuk Seri Panglima Dr Salleh Said Keruak,‎
Menteri Komunikasi Dan Multimedia
Malaysia‎

Diterjemah oleh : KKMM

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Mahathir effect: the people deserted Bersih


Statement by Minister of Communications and Multimedia

19 November 2016

1. The turnout for today's rally is a serious setback for Tun Mahathir Mohamad and his new party, Pribumi, the junior partner in the DAP-led Pakatan Harapan coalition. The creation of Mahathir's new party was supposed to bring masses of new Malay supporters to Pakatan and Bersih 5.‎‎

2. Instead, those marching today were only about 3% of last year's Bersih rally. Namely, 15,500 today compared to the 500,000 Bersih claimed last year. Even if you take the figure supplied by Malaysiakini, today's total was no higher than 41,000 – less than 10% of the figure Bersih claimed last year.

3. So the vast majority of Malaysians have rejected the hypocrisy of Bersih, and rejected Pribumi. They can see it is a party of has-beens and failures, created only out of Mahathir's desperation for his son to become prime minister after UMNO rejected him.‎

4. The result of Mahathir and his cronies joining Bersih has seen the turnout drop by nearly 97%. Malays see through his selfish agenda and refused to attend. And the thousands of Chinese Malaysians who attended Bersih last year are so disgusted that Mahathir is involved they stayed at home.

5. Thankfully, democracy is now firmly entrenched in Malaysia. It cannot be overrun on the whims of one old man who has admitted to being a dictator when in power.

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

Friday, November 18, 2016

Democracy means follow the Constitution

Salleh Said Keruak

The definition of democracy is the rule of the people by the people through majority choice via a representative government. In Malaysia's case this means 30  million citizens through 15-20 million voters send 222 representatives to Parliament.

As in the UK and US, this may not necessarily mean majority vote but majority seats or something similar such as electoral college.

The opposition does not seem to accept the Westminster system of choosing a government and instead wants to resort to street demonstrations in changing the government. This is certainly something not provided for in a democracy or in the Constitution.

NGOs are supposed to fight for a better system or a better country. How can unconstitutional methods in changing governments be better when it triggers chaos and anarchy?

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Mahathir’s one party, one symbol and one manifesto 



Salleh Said Keruak

Today, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad took a shot at PAS and said that the Islamic party has ‘makan dedak’. Mahathir added that anyone who is opposed to the opposition must have ‘makan dedak’. This is just like President Bush Senior’s doctrine of “if you are not with me then you are against me” to gain support for the Middle East war, which has since left the entire Middle East in an utter mess. What Mahathir fails to see is that PAS did not leave Pakatan Rakyat but DAP closed down Pakatan Rakyat so that PAS could be kicked out of the opposition coalition -- and when they formed Pakatan Harapan PAS was not invited to join.

Mahathir now talks about one party, one symbol, one manifesto. This is what the opposition has been talking about since 1999. But after 17 years they still cannot get it done. Talking about it is simple. Doing it is another thing altogether. The opposition is not united on many things so how can it come to an agreement on one party, one symbol, one manifesto? PAS will never leave its ‘bulan’ and neither will DAP leave its ‘rocket’. That is the identity of each individual party. To ask every party to discard its traditional symbol and replace it with a common symbol is something they have been talking about but will never do since the last 17 years.

Furthermore, PPBM, PKR, DAP and PAN all have separate agendas. PPBM is about removing Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak as Prime Minister and replacing him with Mahathir’s proxy. PKR is about freeing Anwar Ibrahim from jail and making him Prime Minister. PAN is a party of disgruntled PAS members who tried but failed to oust Abdul Hadi Awang. DAP, on the other hand, is a party that wants to see the emergence of a Malaysian Malaysia, which most Malays, even those in the opposition, cannot accept.

The common manifesto is another problem for the opposition. DAP talks about a Secular State. In that case they must be honest enough to insert that in their common manifesto. But are PKR, PAN and PPBM; and even PAS; prepared to accept DAP’s Secular State? PAS will then want its aspirations of an Islamic State to be stated. And that, too, cannot be inserted into the common manifesto. So that would mean, as usual, other than the common manifesto, each party would also have its individual manifestos and even different manifestos for each state, as in the past.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Mahathir’s weapon of distraction


Salleh Said Keruak

The opposition is jealous and worried about Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak’s China visit, which has turned out to be a roaring success. While some have accused Najib of ‘selling’ Malaysia to China, the opposition does not dare to openly and aggressively criticise Najib for fear of a backlash from the Chinese community.

In his Budget 2017 speech on October 21, Najib announced the setting up of a Digital Free Zone and during the China trip the Prime Minister announced the appointment of Alibaba Group founder, Jack Ma, as an advisor to the Malaysian Government to develop the country’s digital economy. Further to that, China’s investments in Malaysia will create jobs and opportunities for all Malaysians and will offer the country a brighter future.

Some have said that Najib’s China visit was a brilliant move, reminiscent of what his father, Tun Abdul Razak Hussein, did in 1974. The opposition is worried that the China visit may sway some opposition voters and fence-sitters so this Tuesday they are planning for Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad to make a ‘guest appearance’ in Parliament to distract Malaysians and divert attention away from the China visit.

Meanwhile, Cabinet Ministers need to be reminded that when they took office and joined the Cabinet they swore an oath of secrecy and confidentiality in front of DYMM Agong. There is no 'expiry date' to this oath and the Official Secrets Act would apply even when they leave office. So the 'trio' who recently left office should be very careful about revealing what by law they should not reveal if they wish to avoid facing legal proceedings and not hide behind Parliamentary immunity.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

There should be a limit to how low you would go


Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s latest comment on George Soros must be the lowest he has gone since the last two years when he started attacking Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak. And the contradictions in what Mahathir says between then and now are so glaring that it has become very embarrassing.

When Malaysia’s economy collapsed, Mahathir refused to accept responsibility and admit that he was to blame for it and instead he blamed it on Soros. Mahathir even made anti-semitic statements that in any other country he would have been arrested and jailed or would have been forced to resign from office. He even had the gall to refer to Jews as people with crooked noses.

Mahathir was bitterly opposed to street demonstrations and many opposition people were arrested and charged or detained without trial for organising and participating in demonstrations when he was Prime Minister. Mahathir condemned street demonstrations as a western conspiracy to oust a democratically elected government.

Today, Mahathir is saying the exact opposite of what he used to say. Today, Soros is a good man for financing groups that are out to topple the government while demonstrations are a good and legitimate way to change governments. Does Mahathir remember what he used to say or does he think we have forgotten? Politics is one thing but maruah must also be maintained in the game of politics because if we lose our maruah we have nothing left.

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Budget 2017: when the opposition missed the forest for the trees


Salleh Said Keruak

Instead of trying to give excuses as to why the walkout and demonstration yesterday was justified, the opposition should instead focus on details of the budget to debate. Actually, even if you want to oppose parts of Budget 2017 just for the sake of opposing, which is what the opposition always seems to do, there are many good parts in that budget and we must commend Najib for his work and effort at achieving a fair and balance budget.

For example, the fiscal deficit target of 3% of GDP is better than that of the US, UK and Japan. Yet the opposition says the budget is not realistic and that Malaysia does not have the money to make Budget 2017 happen. 

Malaysia’s targeted GDP growth of 4%-5% is better than UK, US, Germany and Japan. And this is going to be achieved against the backdrop of a drop of about RM30 billion in oil revenue. And the opposition is making it appear like the drop in oil revenue is the fault of the Prime Minister.

The opposition walkout was planned to make Budget 2017 look bad. But have you noticed that they avoid talking about the details of the budget? They just generalise and talk as if the budget is absolutely hopeless and does not even need discussing. The opposition is doing a great disservice to the voters who sent them to Parliament. And the protest was planned and not spontaneous like the opposition claims because they came prepared with placards.

Why must everything be turned into a circus?


Salleh Said Keruak

The presentation of the annual budget in Parliament is serious business. This is the opportunity for the opposition MPs to participate in the Budget and present their ideas to Parliament if they feel they have any.

It is bad enough that the opposition does not have a shadow cabinet and shadow Finance Minister. Now the opposition wants to treat Parliament like a circus.

Instead of seeing how they can contribute some ideas, the opposition walked out of Parliament and held a demonstration.

The level of maturity of the opposition MPs has sunk to an all-time low. Must everything be turned into a protest demonstration?

Instead of walking out halfway through the budget presentation they should at least wait till it is over and debate the budget first.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

The opposition needs to get its act together first


Salleh Said Keruak

Today, Muhyiddin Yassin said the opposition would be able to take over Johor if it wins just 10 more seats in the next general election. Johor has 56 state seats in total out of which Barisan Nasional currently controls 37 and the opposition 19. Ten more seats will give the opposition a two-seat majority in the Johor State Assembly.

This is called counting your chickens before they hatch. First of all Muhyiddin needs to convince the voters that it has something better to offer them compared to the current government. At the moment it appears like PPBM is merely a party set up to oust Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak just like PKR is a party to free Anwar Ibrahim from jail.

Pakatan Harapan has not even decided yet whether to admit PPBM into the opposition coalition or whether PPBM is merely going to enter into an electoral pact on seat distribution. This must first be established because if they cannot agree even before the elections how are they going to agree after the election in the event they do win Johor?

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said they do not need to reveal the opposition’s candidate for Prime Minister just yet and neither do they need to set up a Shadow Cabinet. Pakatan Harapan wants Anwar as the Prime Minister. Does this mean Mahathir does not want Anwar? In that case whom does Mahathir want?

Mahathir said in London recently that he wants Muhyiddin as the opposition candidate for Prime Minister and today he says no need to decide yet. Is this because PPBM and Pakatan Harapan do not disagree on the candidate? And we know that PAS cannot agree to both Anwar and Muhyiddin. So who will PAS choose as Prime Minister?

To the voters, these are more important issues to resolve instead of counting the number of seats you are going to win while not knowing what you will do if you do win. 

Saturday, October 8, 2016

People remember what you say


Salleh Said Keruak

The trouble with the Internet age or the era of the social media is that people remember what you said even decades ago -- and even if they cannot remember they can always research and find out. So you must not only be careful with what you say but you must also remember what you have said in the past. US Presidential candidate, Donald Trump, has found this out the hard way and has now had to apologise for what he said in the past and which is now hurting his campaign.

Muhyiddin Yassin is going to find out that what he said in the past and what he says now is going to be picked up and the contradictions between ‘then and now’ are going to be very glaring. If Muhyiddin thinks people are going to forget what he said before and the contradictions to what he says now then he is grossly mistaken.

Of course, people will understand that what Muhyiddin said before was as an Umno leader while what he says now is as an enemy of Umno. For example, in just a few months, Mukhriz Mahathir has changed his tune from saying that whatever he is trying to do is for the love or Umno and today he says whatever he is trying to do is to make sure that Umno is buried for good.

No doubt Mukhriz is trying to justify his actions like what the Malays would say: menegakkan benang basah. But then if Mukhriz had not been sacked from Umno would he have changed his tune? So this means it has nothing to do with party loyalty but just about personal interests.

Muhyiddin, too, is more concerned with his own political needs than about the country. In the past he said he is Malay first and everything else second. Now he says that PAS should work with DAP to help destroy Umno. Muhyiddin also says that without the help of DAP, PAS would not win many seats.

How can Muhyiddin expect PAS and DAP to sleep in the same bed again when the issue that caused the divorce in the first place is still outstanding? Is Muhyiddin saying that PAS should drop the Syariah Courts Act amendment bill or is he saying that DAP should accept the Bill? It has to be one or the other for PAS and DAP to get back together 

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Is Mahathir worried?


Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said a number of bloggers who in the past used to support him have switched allegiances and now support Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

What needs to be noted is that a few of these bloggers who Mahathir is talking about were actually aligned to Mukhriz and worked very closely with him since 2006. Therefore they knew that the plan was to make Mukhriz the Prime Minister. Yet they abandoned Mukhriz in 2015, which says a lot about their confidence level.

Mahathir says these bloggers have been bought. Anyone who does not support Mahathir 'makan dedak' or has been bought. Is he saying all those who support him do so also because they have been bought?

Mahathir calls all those who support Najib as 'Little Goebbels'. Ironically this was what they also used to say about those who worked for Mahathir when he was Prime Minister. In fact, they also used to refer to Mahathir as 'Hitler', meaning a megalomaniac leader who accused his number two of sodomy as an excuse to get rid of him.

It is poetic justice when what was said about Mahathir, he now says the same thing about Najib.

Mahathir said there may have been many allegations made against him when he was PM but nothing was proven. But when it comes to Najib, Mahathir says the PM must prove his innocence.

In 1987, Mahathir said he will not step down if he wins even by just one vote. Maybe Mahathir failed to notice that Najib won uncontested. So why should Najib listen to Mahathir and step down?

Mahathir sounds like a very worried person. And he thinks if you do not support him then you are a crook or have been bought. Mahathir has always been a bad judge of character.

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.” 

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

New colonialism in the Internet era


Salleh Said Keruak

To relate the history of colonialism would require a thesis and can never be given justice in a short Blog posting. I shall try, however, to explain in the shortest possible manner why the world and countries like Malaysia face the danger of being colonised and what form of colonisation we are talking about.

In the past, for more than 2,000 years, colonisation has always been through military intervention or occupation. However, the Emergency in Malaya, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, etc., showed that military might was no longer enough. It takes more than guns to dominate a country.

While the US used the military to fight the Korean and Vietnam Wars without much success, the British successfully used the fight to win the hearts and minds of the people. And that is why Malaysia is not a Communist State today, one of the few countries to win the war against Communism.

Malaya was too important to the British and they could not afford to lose this prized colony. Britain was practically bankrupted by WWII and Malaya contributed to two-thirds of the British economy. Without Malaya Britain would have taken a far longer time to recover.

Today, military occupation can no longer be applied. The superpowers need to colonise countries such as Malaysia through economic domination and through what some would crudely call ‘mind control’. You need to dictate public opinion and guide the thinking of the people. And with the popularity of the Internet this becomes possible.

The media -- plus the banks, of course -- is very crucial to what we can consider this new form of colonisation. It is basically colonisation of the mind. It worked 100 years ago when the west first embarked upon controlling a country by determining how its people think. And nowadays all it needs is the media, the social media included, to bring down countries if the right strategy is applied. 

Saturday, July 30, 2016

We welcome Mahathir’s new party


Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad has finally admitted that the only way to change the government is in a general election. Of course, Mahathir will not admit that he is trying to change the government. He claims he is just trying to remove Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak to save Umno, Barisan Nasional and Malaysia.

It is strange that someone would want to save the party that he claims he still loves by trying to destroy it. It is like saying that you want to save humanity by destroying the world.

Anyway, there is no longer any doubt that Mahathir wants to form a new party plus launch a new opposition coalition so that he can defeat Umno and Barisan Nasional in the general election. And I personally welcome that move because at least it now makes Mahathir’s stand very clear and prove that he is not trying to save Umno but to defeat Umno.

Sometimes competition is good when it make you aware that unless you buck up and work harder you face the risk of defeat. Countries like Japan and Germany excelled because they had to struggle to survive whereas Empires such as Britain faded away due to rot and complacency. So maybe Mahathir is doing Umno and Barisan Nasional a favour by offering us some competition because competition is always good to see success. 

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Happy birthday, Dato' Sri


Salleh Said Keruak

Dato' Sri Haji Mohammad Najib Tun Haji Abdul Razak was born 63 years ago today on 23rd July 1953. This is his 40th year in politics, which means he has been in politics more than half his life. And no one can deny it has been a very challenging 40 years, especially over the last ten years since 2006 when Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad decided he has had enough of retirement and made a comeback to the Malaysian political scene.

Any person would have given up by now rather than endure ten years of constant barraging from Mahathir. At first Mahathir pestered Najib to oust Prime Minister Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi, and when Najib disagreed, and instead openly expressed support for the Prime Minister, Mahathir attacked him. And then, after Najib took over as Prime Minister three years later, Mahathir continued to attack him on all sorts of issues, the latest, of course, being about 1MDB.

Najib is the sixth Prime Minister of Malaysia but probably the first to suffer such harassment from an ex-Prime Minister. Nowhere else in the world does this happen where an ex-Prime Minister demonstrates utter disrespect and contempt for a sitting Prime Minister. And this is not something new but something that Mahathir has been perpetuating over the last ten years and against two Prime Ministers.

Dear Dato’ Sri, there are many Malaysians who support you but just wish to remain silent because they feel it is pointless to argue about something that will never get resolved anyway. These Malaysians have confidence in your leadership and will continue to stand behind you. Keep the faith and rest assured you are not alone. Happy birthday Dato’ Sri, stay brave, and keep fighting because we are there with you.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

The action by the United States Department of Justice


Salleh Said Keruak

The announcement by the United States Department of Justice has created quite a bit of confusion basically because while there were some references, the details were not complete. What many appear to have missed is that this is a civil action and not criminal action although this does not mean that later it cannot also extend to criminal action if enough evidence of criminality is procured.

From our understanding the action currently being taken is based on complaints made by a third party or certain people aligned to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad, who are not actually the aggrieved party. Under US law, however, class action suits are allowed and the complainant can claim locus standi merely by virtue of the fact that he or she is a Malaysian citizen.

The aggrieved party in this case would be 1MDB and the US said it is taking action based on money stolen or illegally transferred from 1MDB. Therefore, if any assets or money are confiscated in the US, then under that money would be returned to 1MDB. The problem here, though, is that 1MDB itself has said it has not lost any money or no money has been stolen from it.

If the US had chosen criminal action then the burden of proof would be on the prosecutor to prove guilt. In this case they have chosen civil action and after freezing or confiscating the assets of the accused, the accused will need to prove that the assets were legally and not illegally acquired. This shifts the burden of proof from the prosecutor to the accused.

History has shown that the US is sometimes too hasty in its decisions or actions and later what it claims is proven incorrect, such as the Iraq WMD case as one example. The fact that yesterday’s Department of Justice press conference spoke about suspicions that need to be further investigated shows that the matter is not yet conclusive and we are yet to know what will be the final outcome. So we need to wait and see what happens although we do know at this stage it has no direct impact on 1MDB.

United States Department of Justice Civil Complaints:

United States Department of Justice Civil Complaints:
Statement by Minister of Communications and Multimedia

21 July 2016

1MDB has been the subject of unprecedented politically-motivated attack, the objective of which was to unseat a democratically-elected head of government.

So many of the allegations, like Tun Mahathir Mohamad’s lie that 42 billion had gone missing, were later proved false – in this case by the bi-partisan Public Accounts Committee.

This means that any claims relating to 1MDB must be treated with caution, follow due legal process and adhere to the principle of innocent until proved guilty. No one should rush to judgment before allegations are proved in court.

The donation to the Prime Minister is a separate matter. After comprehensive investigations by many authorities, it has been confirmed that the funds were a donation from the Royal Family of Saudi Arabia – as stated by the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia on 14th April.

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

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Mahathir's last throw of the dice


Salleh Said Keruak

Many new parties and new coalitions have been formed over the last 65 years since 1951. Some have survived till today while many more have disappeared along the way.

A party or even a coalition is merely a vehicle or a means to an end. What is more important is what they hope to achieve and how they hope to achieve it.

The list of parties and coalitions that have come and gone is so long. It takes more than forming parties and coalitions to win elections.

We shall see what this new party that is going to be formed and the new coalition has to offer Malaysia. Sometimes voters prefer the tried and tested rather than the unknown and uncharted.

Monday, July 11, 2016

It is time to plug the breach of security


Salleh Said Keruak

The 20-month onslaught against Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak using both foreign plus local blogs and news agencies to play up the 1MDB issue as the catalyst to try to oust Najib without a doubt costs a lot of money. This raises the question of the rumours that were circulating a year ago regarding the RM2 billion funding that the Anti-Najib Campaign(ANC) is armed with and about the RM600 million set aside to finance the media and online war. For the record this allegation was never denied.

Sarawak Report has more than once boasted that it is in possession of confidential or ‘RAHSIA’ documents, which it claims it received from inside sources and those close to the investigation. And Sarawak Report claims that these documents are genuine and original and they further boast that these inside forces are senior people and those of authority.

It is alarming that not only have confidential information been sold but that some of it have been altered or doctored in the effort to sensationalise the issue. The main question would be what else and even more damaging information have also been sold that we are not aware of. And this puts the security of the nation at risk and this is nothing short of an act of treason.

Some of this so-called leaked information has now been proven false such as when The Wall Street Journal admitted that the RM2.6 billion might, in fact, have come from Arab donors after all. This was a huge embarrassment for Mahathir and ANC. Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should accept that his campaign to discredit Najib has failed and that all he has achieved is the ruin of the political career of all those around him. Mahathir has only himself to blame for what happened to his son Mukhriz.


Mahathir underestimated Najib and thought that by attacking him using the 1MDB issue that would bring about his ouster. What Mahathir overlooked, or maybe he thought he can be exempted from, is that Umno has a certain culture and tradition and there is no fast-track rise to power, not even for the son of a Prime Minister or ex-Prime Minister. Mahathir thought he was bigger than Umno but now he probably realises that the party is always bigger than the individual. And that has resulted in Mahathir ruining Mukhriz’s political career.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Sarawak Report’s lies regarding the JAN Report


Salleh Said Keruak

Sarawak Report is insinuating that it is in possession of a leaked Auditor General’s report that reveals the so-called ‘truth’ regarding 1MDB. What Sarawak Report does not know is that the Auditor General’s report is just one of many sources that the PAC used in its deliberations. So the PAC investigation was not based entirely on just one source but on many sources.

We can allow Sarawak Report the benefit of the doubt in that they were misinformed or were not aware of this very crucial fact. If they were aware of this then Sarawak Report would be guilty of misleading the public because what they told the public is very far from the truth.

But then this has always been the modus operandi of Sarawak Report since 2010.

Sarawak Report is making it appear like they have secret documents that expose what the Auditor General reported. This report was one of many reports tabled at the PAC meeting and which all members of the PAC, those from the opposition included, discussed at length. So the opposition is aware of this report plus is aware that there are many other reports as well.

The final report on 1MDB is the PAC report. The PAC report was compiled from many other reports, investigations and interviews done. So the Auditor General’s report is not the final report on 1MDB. It is just one component of many that makes up the PAC report. And this is where Sarawak Report has mischievously misled the public.

In fact, the Auditor General’s report is not complete because it addresses just one aspect of 1MDB. The complete report is the one from the PAC because it not only takes into account the Auditor General’s report but all the other information gathered as well.

Sarawak Report’s story also compromises the integrity of the PAC members, some who are from the opposition. Sarawak Report is insinuating that there is a cover-up by the PAC and that the PAC members, those from the opposition included, are not being truthful about what they discovered. Is Sarawak Report questioning the honesty of the PAC members?

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Now Mahathir is taking it out on the voters

Salleh Said Keruak

After ranting that Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak ‘bought’ the voters to win the Sarawak state election in May 2016 and the two parliamentary by-elections the following month, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad now accuses the voters of being corrupt. And what is sad, said Mahathir, is that the majority of these corrupt voters are Muslims.

Maybe Mahathir has forgotten that there are two ways to motivate a person. One is the carrot and the other is the stick. That is what is called the carrot and the stick strategy. Voters all over the world will vote according to how it will financially benefit them. This happens even in the advanced west such as in Europe and the United States. So if they are going to be better off financially by supporting you then they will support you.

The other strategy, the stick, would be to punish them, or threaten to punish them, if they refuse to vote for you. For example, when Kelantan fell to PAS-Semangat 46 in 1990, Mahathir punished the Kelantanese by cancelling the RM600 million the federal government had approved to upgrade Kelantan’s water supply. Mahathir then said if they want the RM600 million then in the next general election they must vote Barisan Nasional.

In the run-up to the 29th November 1999 general election, Mahathir went on TV and said that if Barisan Nasional does not win two-thirds majority in the general election, then the federal government cannot guarantee the safety of Malaysians -- because a government with less than two-thirds majority in parliament will be a weak government and a weak government cannot protect its citizens.

So who is Mahathir to accuse the voters of being corrupt when he used to use tactics such as threats and promises of development money to also force the voters to vote for Barisan Nasional? If you do not vote for Barisan Nasional you will not receive money for development and you will face the risk of riots and bloodshed. Now Mahathir says if you vote for Barisan Nasional you are a crook and corrupt. Has Mahathir forgotten what he used to say and do when he was Prime Minister?

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Mahathir's Blog posting is missing the point


Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad’s Blog posting today is along the same lines as The Wall Street Journal’s report regarding Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s arrest and indictment for alleged corruption. The WSJ tried to give the impression that Guan Eng was actually arrested and charged because he criticised Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak.

And this is precisely how Mahathir is talking. Mahathir is saying that people are being arrested or are being sacked from the party for insulting other people or for calling other people all sorts of nasty names. Surely Mahathir cannot be serious by suggesting that, for example, if someone were to say that Muslims are following the religion of Satan (like what they say in some countries) that is not a crime and no action should be taken. Even in the more liberal and democratic UK they will not allow you to say things like that.

Was it not Mahathir himself who said that Malaysia is a unique country and one with so many different ethnicities that absolute or total freedom cannot be allowed? Mahathir reminded us that the Malaysian situation is very delicate and it does not take much to spark a riot. This is why the government has to control what you can and cannot say in case someone says something that triggers bloodshed. And now Mahathir is saying the opposite.


Mahathir does not seem to understand the meaning of the word criticise. Calling someone a dog or pig cannot be classified as criticising. We also have libel and slander laws that make it a crime to allege something against someone that is not true. In this game of politics we must not lose track of decency, the truth and the legality of what we are doing. Mahathir appears to now believe that the end justifies the means or matlamat menghalalkan cara.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Sehati Sejiwa making Malaysia proud


I believe that no matter what the colour of your skin or the language that you speak, there are universal values we all share and unites us.

Sehati sejiwa, or loosely translated as one heart, one soul.

Cabinet has decided that there will be no changes to this year’s national day celebration theme - Sehati Sejiwa, the Malay equivalence of togetherness. Appropriately so because if there is anything that Malaysia needs right now, it is that good old feeling of togetherness and a dedication of coming together celebrating a common cause.

As our nationhood approaches its 59th Merdeka celebration, such togetherness is crucial if we want to see our nation and its people progress over the next decade or so.  
Few things can unite people like sports.
Besides the favourites, world champions Datuk Nicol David and Datuk Lee Chong Wei, we have a lot of other amazing athletes who have flown our Jalur Gemilang on world stage and brought honour to our country. Take for instance16-year-old Felicia Mikat who is visually-impaired but she won three gold medals in the 8th Asean Para Games last year. Any sportsperson will tell you that excelling in the field of sports is a formidable task but it is even tougher when you are born with a disability. Paralympic athletes, Mohd Ridzuan Mohd Puzi and Abdul Latif Romly too, brought gold respectively at the recent IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha.

And in the world of arts and entertainment, actress Tan Sri Michelle Yeoh elevates our country’s name with her acting chops, singer-songwriter Yuna joins entertainment icons such as Beyonce and Rihanna when her latest album was charted as one of the top R&B albums released this year and finally, we have filmmaker Nadira Ilana, who is the first Malaysian selected for a residency with Big Stories, an Australian documentary project exploring rural towns across Asia Pacific.

I could continue with more names in other different fields but there are too many to list down. This is very heartening to know that we have more Malaysians making waves on global stage and these success stories are the elements that can inspire a country and leave us beaming with pride of being a Malaysian.

We must protect our independence and conserve our spirit of togetherness.

Let us maintain a united spirit of togetherness and continue to strive for excellence and unity in all that we do. 

-- 

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Can’t The Wall Street Journal report honestly?


Salleh Said Keruak

Today, The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) said: Critic of Malaysia’s Najib Arrested on Corruption Charges. WSJ was actually reporting about Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng’s arrest for corruption but the way they presented the headline the impression they gave is that Guan Eng was arrested for criticising rather than for alleged corruption.

The first paragraph of that news report was: A Malaysian opposition politician who has criticized Prime Minister Najib Razak’s handling of state investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd. was charged with corruption in his role as chief minister of Penang state.

So, again, they insinuate or plant in the mind of the reader that Guan Eng’s arrest is due to his criticism of the Prime Minister’s handling of 1MDB. WSJ then says: In May the Penang government froze 1Malaysia Development Bhd’s purchase of 234 acres in the state until, Mr. Lim said at the time, the fund manages its affairs with “accountability and transparency.”

The way WSJ presented their news report is as if the entire issue is about 1MDB and Najib and not because of the alleged corruption. And this is the news agency that the opposition says is to be believed, is very professional, has no hidden agenda, is not targeting Najib, and so on.


Even someone of limited intelligence can see that the WSJ is the exact opposite of all that and that it is engaged in a crusade against the Prime Minister and most likely against Malaysia as well. But then there are many who still believe that the WSJ is just trying to reveal the truth and there is no mala fide involved.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Let the court decide Guan Eng's fate


Salleh Said Keruak

When someone from the government or the ruling party gets arrested for whatever reason, the opposition is very quick to say that this is about justice, good governance, the truth, and so on. Then they demand that there should be no political interference and that the authorities must be allowed to do its job.

However, if someone from the opposition suffers the same fate, they will allege that this is nothing but political persecution and that the government is abusing its power to fix up members of the opposition. They will never admit that maybe a crime has indeed been committed.

Not too long ago the opposition, in particular DAP, sang the praises of the MACC and said that the Anti-Corruption Commission is clean, honest, seeking justice, wants to eradicate corruption, does not persecute or pilih bulu, and much more.
Lim Guan Eng was investigated by the MACC on an allegation of corruption. 

Usually, the investigation report is sent to the Attorney General for his decision as to whether there is a case to answer to. So the decision as to whether to prosecute Guan Eng is made by the AG, but only if the AG is of the opinion there are enough grounds to prosecute.

The rest is in the hands of the court. The prosecution must now prove its case and the judge will have to decide whether the evidence proves that Guan Eng is guilty. The fact that today the court awarded five opposition detainees more than RM5 million in damages shows that not every time the government wins its case. So I am sure if Guan Eng is innocent the court will say so.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Mahathir needs to take the leadership of the opposition

Salleh Said Keruak
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1. It is clear that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad does not wish to retire from politics and still wants to be very much in the thick of politics. In that case Mahathir should commit himself fulltime to politics by officially becoming a member of one of the opposition parties and take a leadership position in that party. This would demonstrate Mahathir’s sincere commitment to his political struggle.

2. Since last month, Barisan Nasional has achieved a landslide win in the Sarawak state elections plus two parliamentary by-elections, despite being mid-term, and despite Mahathir's unprecedented global smear campaign against the Prime Minister. It is clear that the opposition is in total disarray, and is not able to fulfil its responsibility to Malaysians by offering a workable alternative government. The opposition obviously needs help. ‎

3. In light of this opposition predicament, Mahathir should lead the opposition into the next general election. Furthermore, the opposition should show sincerity of welcoming Mahathir into the opposition by issuing an open invitation for him to become a member and their leader. ‎

4. Taking an official leadership position in the opposition is morally the right thing for Mahathir to do since he is already performing a de facto role. He should oppose BN openly as an opposition politician instead of hiding behind a so-called non-political or non-partisan movement while in reality he is just politicking.‎‎


Saturday, June 18, 2016

The vote of confidence for Najib


Salleh said Keruak

In the 2013 general election, the majority won by the Barisan Nasional candidate in Kuala Kangsar was just about 2% (51% versus 49%) while in Sungai Besar it was just about 1% (50.5% versus 49.5%). Those two seats are what can be regarded as marginal seats and which could go either way.

 However, today, Barisan Nasional’s majority in both constituencies increased substantially.

Although the by-elections were supposed to be merely for the voters in those two constituencies to choose their wakil rakyat, the opposition and those opposed to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak turned the by-elections into a referendum exercise. And the referendum they asked the voters in those two constituencies to vote on was whether they still wanted Najib to remain as Prime Minister.

So the message was simple. If you support Najib then vote Barisan Nasional but if you oppose him then vote Pakatan Harapan. Whether Barisan Nasional wins or loses would all depend on whether you still want Najib as Prime Minister, as what the message went.

That was the simple message the opposition and the anti-Najib group sent the voters in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar. And the voters sent a message back to the opposition and the anti-Najib group by voting Barisan Nasional. And an even clearer message was that this time around the voters gave Barisan Nasional an even larger majority than in 2013.


One point that should not be forgotten is that Barisan Nasional was engaged in three-corner contests (with a not-so-serious fourth independent candidate in one of the seats). Yet the split votes did not affect Barisan Nasional’s performance, where it won a higher percentage of votes compared to last time, making it a double victory in both Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar.

Thursday, June 16, 2016

KENYATAAN MEDIA

KENYATAAN MEDIA

PUTRAJAYA
16 Jun 2016

Pihak kerajaan memandang serius isu penyebaran kandungan berunsur lucah seperti pornografi kanak-kanak dalam platform Telegram seperti yang didedahkan oleh sebuah portal berita tempatan hari ini dan Suruhanjaya Komunikasi dan Multimedia Malaysia (MCMC) diarahkan untuk bekerjasama dengan pihak Telegram bagi menyekat laman-laman lucah yang dimaksudkan.

Pada masa yang sama juga, MCMC akan bekerjasama dengan agensi-agensi penguatkuasaan yang lain dalam mengenal pasti pihak-pihak yang memuat naik atau berkongsi kandungan-kandungan berunsur lucah untuk dikenakan tindakan sewajarnya.

Orang awam yang mempunyai sebarang maklumat mengenai perbuatan sedemikian adalah digesa untuk tampil berkongsi maklumat dengan MCMC bagi membantu dan melancarkan proses siasatan.

Mereka yang mempunyai sebarang maklumat mengenai salah guna aplikasi media sosial boleh mengajukan aduan kepada Pusat Aduan MCMC melalui talian hotline di 1-800-188-030, e-mel kepada aduanskmm@cmc.gov.my ataupun melalui whatsapp ke nombor +6016 220 6262.


DATUK SERI PANGLIMA DR. SALLEH SAID KERUAK
MENTERI KOMUNIKASI DAN MULTIMEDIA

MEDIA STATEMENT

MEDIA STATEMENT
PUTRAJAYA
16 June 2016

The government views seriously the dissemination of pornographic content such as child pornography on platforms such as Telegram as disclosed by a local news portal today and the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) has been instructed to work with Telegram to block such portals.
At the same time, MCMC will work with other enforcement agencies to identify parties who upload pornographic content for the appropriate legal and regulatory action to be taken against them.
Members of the public who have information about such activities are urged to come forward and share the details with MCMC to assist in and facilitate investigations.
Those with any information regarding the abuse of social media applications can direct their complaint to the MCMC Complaints Bureau through its hotline  1-800-188-030, via email to aduanskmm@cmc.gov.my or via Whatsapp to +6016 220 6262.

DATUK SERI PANGLIMA DR. SALLEH SAID KERUAK
COMMUNICATIONS AND MULTIMEDIA MINISTER

Friday, June 10, 2016

Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar: the real issues

Salleh Said Keruak

We have eight more days before the voters in Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar go to the ballot box to choose their Members of Parliament; most likely for the next two years until the next general election. 

However, we are beginning to not see the trees for the forest and the campaigning is going totally off tangent.

The two constituencies ar roughly two-thirds Malay and one-third non-Malay, in particular Chinese. So one ethnic group cannot pull off a win. It has to be a unity of all races before you can be assured of winning the by-election, especially when it is not a straight fight and all the candidates are Malay.

This means whoever is going to win these two by-elections would be the party that can pull all the races together and not the party that is trying to divide the races or play the race card. And that is something campaigners from both sides need to take into consideration if they want to see their party emerge the winner.

It is normal in any election and for any party from both sides of the political divide that there will be some dissatisfaction regarding the choice of candidate.

 However, Barisan Nasional has always been able to overcome this hurdle when the situation demands it. And I am confident when push comes to shove Barisan Nasional will stand together to ensure a win for their party. 


These two by-elections are very important because they are not merely by-elections but are testing grounds to see whether Pakatan Harapan has what it takes to make an impact in the next general election. If they win these two by-elections, or even just one of the two by-elections, that would give the opposition the impetus for the next general election. If not then they would suffer a setback that will take them a long time to overcome and which will never happen before or by the next general election,