Sunday, November 20, 2011

Subject: LOL! Cash belonging to suspects goes missing from police headquarters
Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 9:17 PM

November 17, 2011

KUALA LUMPUR, Nov 17 — Cash belonging to two of the men charged with robbing money changers at KL International Airport (KLIA) in September has gone missing from the Selangor police headquarters.

In a statement released last night, Selangor police said RM11,700 in cash and a wallet were reported missing on Tuesday evening.

File photo of ringgit notes. — Picture courtesy of mybursa.wordpress
The cash is not part of the US$300,000 that was seized in relation to the robbery.

Three Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) claimed trial last month for robbery and abetting a civilian in robbing three money changers of RM930,000 at KLIA in September.

The three officers, aged between 20 and 35, hold the ranks of acting assistant commissioner, senior assistant superintendent and assistant superintendent. The civilian, who had impersonated an MACC officer during the robbery, is still at large.

They allegedly robbed the money changers inside the satellite building at KLIA on September 15.

The trio were arrested two days later after they were picked out by the victim during an identification parade.

It was earlier reported that the money changers were at the airport intending to board a flight to Singapore when the robbery took place.

The three are understood to have been carrying foreign currencies amounting to about RM2 million, which they had declared to Customs.

Subject: Fresh ISA arrests: Is gov't serious about repeal?
Date: Wednesday, November 16, 2011, 9:53 PM

Fresh ISA arrests: Is gov't serious about repeal?
The arrest of a group of men under the Internal Security Act (ISA) earlier this week has exposed the government’s hypocrisy over the repeal of the Act, said activists.

In a joint statement today, Gerakan Mansuhkan ISA (GMI) chairperson Syed Ibrahim Syed Noh and Human Rights NGO Suaram representative E Nalini said the arrests contravene the government’s announcement that the Act will be abolished.

“What is the rationale behind the detention? Is the Prime Minister of Malaysia trying to fool the people of Malaysia with his hypocritical attitude? The PM should be ashamed of this arrest!” they said cuttingly.

azlanThey added that the Nov 14 and 15 arrests show that the repeal announcement was merely a “politically expedient” move.

“We would also like to remind the prime minister that over the past few decades, thousands of people were detained without trial under the ISA not for what they did or said, but based on anonymous and often false accusations from third parties.

“People have been locked up for crimes that were not proven in a court of law and thousands were left to anguish in secret detention cells around the country over an indefinite period of time,” they said.

They also urged the government to hasten the repeal of the Act and not replace it with another which allows for detention without trial.

According to the two groups, sources claim that charges on at least 11 of those arrested are unclear and “is believed to be linked to terrorism”.

“The figures reported are not official, with some sources saying that it could be up to 14 people being arrested,” they said.

'Gun-toting militants'?

The activists said that the individuals were arrested by the Bukit Aman Special Task Force (operations and counter-terrorism) led by DSP Azman Omar.

“Their next of kin was only informed a day after the arrest under Section 73 (1) of the Internal Security Act 1960,” they said.

They added that the arrests were conducted without warrants, with some of them nabbed in front of their wives and children.

GMI and Suaram claim that the arrests were conducted in the fashion of a “heist” by armed police personnel.

“Several laptops and an amount of cash were confiscated,” they said.

Their sources reveal that those arrested include school and tuition teachers, newspaper distributors, a poultry trader and a lorry driver. Two, Mohd Adnan Umar and Mohd Abduh Umar appear to be brothers.

Others arrested, based on GMI and Suaram sources, are Mohd Nazri Dollah, Yusof Saripuddin, Adwan, Faisal Hamma, Joni @ Muadz, Azmi, Suriadi, Darto Bandu and Bakar Baba.

According to the New Straits Times, the detainees are “militants” and are “linked to the Abu Omar group, also known as the Kaltim group, based in Kalimantan”.

They arrest was reportedly made following information that the group was using Tawau as a “transit point for the gathering of weapons from the Philippines” and was recruiting locals for “militant training in neighbouring countries”.

“A source told the New Straits Times that among the 11 detained were Filipinos and Indonesians,” it reported, adding that police are still on the look out for other suspects.

Meanwhile Malay-language daily Berita Harian put the number of detainees at 10.

Subject: PR MPs Are The Real Heroes Fighting For The Interest Of Malays And Poor Malaysians By Exposing KR1M Scheme
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011, 12:41 AM

PR MPs Are The Real Heroes Fighting For The Interest Of Malays And Poor Malaysians By Exposing KR1M Scheme
Tony Pua
Thursday, 17 November 2011 06:15

Pakatan Rakyat members of parliament have over the past 2 weeks exposed the fact that many of the goods sold in Kedai Rakyat 1Malaysia (KR1M) were not only substandard, illegal and unhealthy, many of these products were also not cheaper than products sold in existing hypermarkets.

We were criticised by the Domestic Trade, Cooperatives and Consumerism Minister, Ismail Sabri as being unfair by not comparing “apple to apple”, that is we should not be comparing 1Malaysia products with house-branded products from Tesco, Giant or Carrefour.

However, we have proven that the comparison was indeed not “apple to apple” for products such as the “oyster sauce” because the sauce from Tesco contained real oyster extracts, the 1Malaysia product had only flavouring and no oysters.

At the same time, the comparison of 1Malaysia milk powder with that of Nestlé’s Nespray 1+ demonstrated not only that the former is a far inferior product but also the fact that the latter was 24% cheaper. The 1Malaysia milk powder was short of at least 15 legally required vitamins and minerals, deficient in calcium and iron and provided a 802% overdose of Vitamin A, putting at real risk our very young children.

Instead of facing up to the problems, IsmailSabri has chosen to go on an inflammatory rant calling Pakatan Rakyat MPs, DAP and myself racists for allegedly being anti-Malay in our exposés.

Ismail Sabri said on his Facebook and Twitter on Tuesday 15th November 2011 that “tony phua DAP ni masih tk habis2 menfitnah KRIM. kini dgn tuduhan tdk berkualiti. semlm isu ini tlh dijwb oleh Mydin & pembekal IKS. jelas agenda DAP yg ingin menguburkan KRIM yg rata2 supplier nya terdiri dari IKS bumiputra. Rata2 pembeli nya terdiri dari gol berpendapatan rendah bumiputra. Mydin pun bumiputra. malangnya ada bumiputra spt nurul izah & zulkifli 'menyalak' bagi pihak DAP..

The racist accusations made by the Minister is not only completely baseless, it is the complete opposite of what the Pakatan Rakyat MPs are trying to achieve. By exposing the list of poor quality and illegal products which do not meet the minimum legal standards set out in the Food Act 1983 and Food Regulations 1985, it is Pakatan Rakyat that is truly fighting for the interest of the mostly Malay consumers at KR1M as well as other poor Malaysians.

If not for our exposés, many Malays and poor Malaysians will still be consuming poor quality oyster sauce, evaporated millk, ice-cream,sardines and fruit jam sold at KR1M. What is worse, if not for Pakatan Rakyat highlighting the shocking deficiencies of the 1Malaysia children’s milk powder which resulted in the product’s withdrawal yesterday, a whole generation of Malay and poor Malaysian children might end up suffering from malnutrition, disease and poor physical development.

It is the BN Ministers like Ismail Sabri who are more than willing to sacrifice the interest of ordinary Malays and Malaysians by giving unsubstantiated “guarantees” on the quality of KR1M products and pander to the monetary and vested interest of certain businessmen.

The fact that Ismail Sabri’s ministry is going to subsidize theKR1M stores to the tune of RM40 million in 2012 to sell some of these productsto ordinary Malaysians without first ensuring strict quality control over the products shows that BN Ministers are only keep to score political goals with KR1M. They are not at all interested in the welfare of Malaysians, especially the Malays, who will suffer the most.


(The views expressed above belongs to the author in its entirety and does not represent the opinion of Malaysian Mirror in any way)

Subject: 'PLUS lying on toll compensation sacrifice'
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011, 1:30 AM

'PLUS lying on toll compensation sacrifice'
Highway operator PLUS Expressways Bhd has "lied" to the people in saying that it is waiving RM6.5 billion in compensation from the government, Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said today.

The "waiver", Lim said, was accomplished by extending the toll collecting period on three highways.

lim guan eng pc on doctored pix and penang bridge 25th anniversary"This is subterfuge... there actually is a hidden increase," the Bagan MP told a press conference at Parliament House today.

Lim said this in reference to a report inNew Straits Times today that the joint owners of the assets and liabilities of PLUS Expressways - UEM Group Bhd and the Employees Provident Fund (EPF) - have decided to forgo RM2.9 billion in outstanding compensation and RM3.6 billion as compensation for toll rate freeze from 2011 to 2015.

Citing a written reply from the Works Ministry dated June 28 that the Penang Bridge toll is slated to be in operation until 2038, Lim said this was actually a 17-year extension, for the toll collection on the bridge was supposed to cease in 2021.

"What waiver? They are lying. I thought only my children will pay the toll but now it looks like even my grandchildren will have to pay," he said.

"This deal punishes Penangites... in total (according to the reply) some RM37.7 billion have been collected by the 27 highway concessionaires when their cost of construction, including maintenance cost, was RM25 billion," said Lim.

RM13 billion in profits already made

Besides the Penang Bridge, the other toll operators given an extension are Butterworth-Kulim Expressway (BKE) and North-South Expressway Central Link (Elite), for 11 and eight years respectively.

penang bridgeAccording to the NST report, the concession periods for Elite, which was to end on May 31, 2030, BKE on June 27, 2026, and Penang Bridgeon Dec 31, 2021, would be extended to concur with the new agreement with UEM Group and EPF.

"So why do we need to pay tolls for longer periods? Why do they need to extent the periods?" asked Lim, who pointed out the concessionaires have made RM13 billion in profits.

"The construction cost is only RM6 billion, so they have made over three times their initial cost," he stressed.

Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua also said that the extension of toll collection periods for two of the three highways that affect the island state "will be a burden".

"It's most unfair to Penangites," Pua said.

According to the report, under the new UEM Group and EPF agreement, all PLUS Expressway concessions will expire on Dec 31, 2038, with no further extension.

Why is Muhyiddin being a busybody?

On a related matter, Lim demanded to know why Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin was all of sudden questioning the logic behind Penang's proposed third link between the island and the mainland.

Muhyiddin was quoted saying yesterday that the construction of the link might result in a waste of public funds.

"The MoU (memorandum of understanding) for the project was signed in April this year and it was witnessed by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao... so why is Muhyiddin asking the purpose of the project?" Lim asked.

"Since it will be an open tender, we will ensure everything turns out well," he said.

The project, estimated to cost the state RM5 to RM8 billion, is expected to commence in 2015 and by completed by 2020.

Lim said the undersea tunnel was to manage the future traffic and hoped that the federal government would lend its hand.

Subject: Injil solar: Kenyataan Hasan Ali hina umat Islam, kata Asri
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011, 8:07 PM

Oleh G. Manimaran
November 18, 2011

Asri berkata kenyataan Hasan “amat tidak wajar bagi seorang Exco kerajaan yang hidup di zaman teknologi.” — Foto fail
KUALA LUMPUR, 18 Nov — Kenyataan Exco Kerajaan Negeri Selangor Datuk Dr Hasan Ali bahawa umat Islam boleh murtad disebabkan sebaran agama Kristian menggunakan kitab Injil berteknologi canggih adalah satu penghinaan ke atas Muslim, tegas bekas mufti Perlis Prof Madya Dr Mohd Asri Zainul Abidin.

“Jika benar laporan media, saya rasa kenyataan itu satu penghinaan kepada masyarakat Islam di Malaysia dan boleh menjadi satu tindakan kempen tidak langsung tentang ‘the power of reading the Bible’ seperti yang ditonjolkan oleh sesetengah pihak,” kata beliau dalam satu kenyataan dihantar kepada The Malaysian Insider hari ini.

Felow Pusat Pengajian Islam Oxford ini berkata di Malaysia, al-Quran dikumandangkan menerusi pembesar suara, TV, radio, majlis-majlis kerajaan dan lain-lain, tetapi tidak pula dihebohkan bukan Muslim menganut Islam kerana terdengar bacaan al-Quran setiap hari.

Sebaliknya kata beliau, tiba-tiba dihebohkan kononnya ada yang masuk Kristian kerana mendapat alat kecil yang membaca kitab Injil — “solar-powered talking bible”.

“Alangkah hinanya umat Islam dan agamanya. Seakan-akan orang Islam yang sekian lama mendengar al-Quran, terus berubah kerana terdengar atau mendengar bacaan Injil. Tindakan ini seakan kuasa ataupun pengaruh kitab Injil mengatasi al-Quran,” kata beliau lagi.

Bateri injil tersebut dikatakan mampu dicas semula mengguna kuasa solar.
Semalam, The Malaysian Insidermembawa laporan memetik jawapan bertulis Hasan kepada Ahli Dewan Undangan Negeri Umno kerusi Sungai Burong Datuk Mohamad Shamsudin Lias bahawa ada sesetengah gereja di negara ini cuba memurtadkan umat Islam dengan alat-alat canggih seperti kitab Injil menggunakan kuasa solar.

Hasan berkata penganjut Kristian Evangelis menggunakan peralatan canggih seperti kitab Injil menggunakan kuasa solar untuk memurtadkan umat Islam di Selangor.

Pengerusi jawatankuasa yang mengetuai hal ehwal agama Islam ini berkata Jabatan Agama Islam Selangor (Jais) telah mengesan mubaligh Kristian kini menyebarkan kepercayaan mereka menggunakan alat-alat canggih, selain mengadakan kumpulan-kumpulan kebajikan menyediakan wang tunai dan bantuan kewangan lain kepada golongan ibu tunggal dan miskin.

Ia merupakan pendedahan terbaru di sebalik kontroversi berkaitan Gereja Methodist Damansara Utama, Petaling Jaya dan Jais awal Ogos lalu.

Dalam reaksinya, Asri berkata, “bagi saya, maaf terpaksa katakan bahawa kenyataan itu juga sesuatu yang amat tidak wajar bagi seorang Exco kerajaan yang hidup di zaman teknologi.”

“Hari ini segala bacaan sama ada al-Quran ataupun Injil boleh didapati di Internet. Pelbagai peralatan, sama ada komputer ataupun selainnya boleh melakukan ‘download’ semua bacaan ini. Tidak perlu untuk bersembunyi mendapat atau mendengarnya,” katanya lagi.

Asri menambah, beliau berpendapat bahawa kenyataan Hasan tanpa disedari boleh menjadi kempen mendengar kitab Injil yang sebelum ini tidak ramai yang mengambil kisah.

“Itu pun bukan satu kesalahan. Dunia tidak tertutup. Setiap yang mendengar dan menilai akan dapat menemui kebenaran yang hakiki.

“Peranan golongan agama di era ini, bukan menghalang tetapi berhujah dan menerangkan apa yang diyakini secara matang,” katanya lagi.

Kata Asri lagi, jika benar seperti yang didakwa, ada pihak Kristian yang menyebarkan alatan itu secara percuma dan bantuan lain lagi kepada saudara-saudara Muslim, “maka saya mencadangkan beliau kena mengerahkan Jais membuat kerja yang lebih bermanfaat dengan menyebarkan secara percuma alatan yang sama atau lebih canggih yang mengandungi ayat al-Quran dan terjemahannya.”

“Juga mengandungi ucapan-ucapan dakwah kepada Islam secara hikmah dan bijaksana. Jais boleh pastikan dulu alat itu ‘mendapat tauliah’ supaya alat itu tidak ditangkap atau dirampas,” katanya yang akhir 2009 dikenakan tuduhan oleh Jais berhubung isu menyampaikan kuliah agama tanpa tauliah.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Subject: Mencuri, merompak, rasuah di mana-mana dan setiap masa — Aspan Alias
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011, 8:45 PM

November 18, 2011

18 NOV — Ini kes yang sangat memalukan. Polis telah mendapatkan kembali sebahagian wang dari tiga perompak dari MACC yang telah melakukan rompakan terhadap pengurup wang di KLIA baru-baru ini. Wang yang menjadi barang kes itu telah hilang dari simpanan Polis. Wang sejumlah RM11,700 itu di dapati hilang dari bilek pegawai penyiasat ibu pejabat kontigen polis Selangor.pada pukul 2 petang semalam.

Polis sedang menyiasat kes itu di bawah seksyen 457 dan 201 Penal Code untuk menyiasat samada ianya berlaku oleh kecuaian pegawai polis yang bertanggung jawab atau ada elemen kriminal di dalamnya. Isu ini sebenarnya tidak menarik minat ramai, tetapi ianya adalah perkara yang sangat penting untuk diulas.

Dalam kes ini, “jika ianya berlaku oleh kecuaian tindakan disiplin akan diambil terhadap pegawai dan anggota terlibat, tetapi jika ada elemen jenayah yang dilakukan oleh pegawai dan anggota, mereka akan di ambil tindakan mahkamah” kata Ketua Polis Negeri Selangor Tun Hisan Tun Hamzah.

Rompakan dan kecurian berlaku saban hari di seluruh negara dan melibatkan wang dan harta benda yang besar. Rompakan dan kecurian sudah menjadi perkara biasa dalam negara ini kerana semua orang gilakan wang ringgit yang senang, tidak kiralah samada jumlah yang besar atau pun kecil. Rompakan terbuka dan rompakan kolar putih yang dilakukan secara sistematik sentiasa berlaku di kebanyakan kementerian dan jabatan kerajaan.

Kalau ianya berlaku di dalam balai polis sendiri bagaimanalah hendak menjamin keselamatan wang ringgit dan harta benda di tempat lain? Ini amat menakutkan kita dan bagaimana pula pandangan masyarakat antarabangsa dan pelabur-pelabur yang diminta melabur di negara kita?

Baru dua atau tiga hari yang lepas MACC telah menyerahkan kes NFC yang melibatkan keluarga Shahrizat Jalil kepada pihak polis untuk di siasat samada ada ada unsur jenayah atau rasuah atau salah guna kuasa di dalamnya. Tidak tahulah samada kes itu sudah mula di siasat atau belum tetapi ramai pemimpin kerajaan termasuk PM dan DPM telah memberikan komen yang projek itu adalah projek yang berjaya dan pembelian kondominium menerung itu adalah “above board” semuanya.

Rakyat sekarang sibuk membaca cerita rompakan, kecurian dan rasuah besar-besar yang di tuduh terhadap pemimpin-pemimpin kita. Kes PKFZ yang melibatkan bekas Presiden-Presiden MCA yang melibatkan wang rakyat RM12 billion sedang rancak dibicarakan di Mahkamah Tinggi.

Kes Khir Toyo belum selesai lagi dan banyak kes curi dan rompakan sedang dalam mahkamah sekarang ini. Dua belas kes berprofil tinggi yang disebutkan oleh Rais Yatim semasa beliau menjadi menteri undang-undang dulu belum juga selesai dan belum pun dibawa kemuka pengadilan. Kes-kes baru bertimbun-timbun yang belum di siasat.

Lapuran Ketua Audit Negara baru-baru ini menunjukan banyak penyelewengan di lakukan oleh pihak yang berkuasa di jabatan-jabatan serta agensi kerajaan bertimbun-timbun kes dilapurkan berlaku. Kita tidak nampak cara dan jalannya bagaimana kes-kes ini hendak di selesaikan.

Ramai yang berpendapat kes-kes ini tidak akan di ambil tindakan kerana jika hendak di ambil tindakan kepada semuanya, ia akan memakan masa 50 tahun untuk di selesaikan. Maka untung lagilah perasuah-perasuah ini kerana untuk menunggu giliran mereka disiasat ramai di antara mereka akan tidak lagi berada di dunia ini.

Lain-lain perkataan kita sedang berada dalam masyarakat rasuah. Rasuah di mana-mana. Kecurian di mana-mana. Rompakan kolar putih di mana-mana. Masalahnya kesalahan-kesalahan ini dilakukan oleh mereka dalam kerajaan dan mereka mendapat perlindungan dari pihak yang berwajib.

Kalaulah ianya dilakukan oleh parti-parti pembangkang pihak berkuasa akan melakukan tekanan yang kuat walau pun belum tentu ianya ada kes. Teoh Beng Hock menemui ajal oleh kerana siasatan pihak MACC. Khabarnya kes yang di siasat itu melibatkan RM2,000 sahaja.

Kes besar-besar yang melibatkan pembelian kapal selam telah memunahkan ribuan juta ringgit wang rakyat. Sampai ke hari ini kes itu belum dapat di selesaikan kerana ianya melibatkan pemimpin besar negara yang sedang memerintah dan kroni-kroninya.

Dalam kes Altantuya dua anggota polis di dapati bersalah oleh mahkamah tetapi tidak ada persoalan tentang motif pembunuhannya. Ini amat menghairankan tetapi tidak menghairankan kepada siapa yang mampu berfikir secara terbuka.

Kalau kita fikir dengan teliti, kita akan mengakui yang kes-kes jenayah yang berlaku tidak akan selesai sampai bila-bila kerana belum pun kes-kes yang dilapurkan itu di siasat dan di ambil tindakan, kes-kes baru berlaku lagi bertimpa-timpa.

Mungkin itulah sebabnya rakyat sudah hilang kesabaran mereka sehingga mereka telah menentukan cara untuk menghapuskan kegiatan mencuri ini melalui demokrasi, iaitu pilihanraya.

Rakyat telah memikirkan banyak cara untuk menghakis elemen rasuah dan mencuri ini tetapi tidak pernah berjaya. Tetapi kali ini rasanya memang sudah sampai masanya bagi rakyat untuk menolak “once and for all” semua pemimpin dan agen-agen pemimpin yang rasuah serta pencuri ini melalui pilihanraya yang bakal tiba ini.

Apabila rakyat menolak mereka nanti, jangan pula menyalahkan orang atau pihak lain pula. Rakyat adalah manusia biasa; ada had kepada kesabaran mereka. Elok ingatkan pemimpin kita supaya tidak melembukan rakyat yang amat tertekan melihat tingkah laku mereka yang telah diamanahkan untuk mentadbir rakyat dan negara. — aspanaliasnet.blogspot

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication. The Malaysian Insider does not endorse the view unless specified.

Import cows from Australia and re-sell to Malaysians. This is how you develop & grow the cow industry in Malaysia, BRILLIANT!!!!
Subject: Finally, Shahrizat's husband speaks up: But holy cow, what an unlikely story!
Date: Thursday, November 17, 2011, 9:12 PM

Friday, 18 November 2011 11:57

Finally, Shahrizat's husband speaks up: But holy cow, what an unlikely story!

Written by Ismail Dahlan, Malaysia Chronicle
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Finally, Shahrizat's husband speaks up: But holy cow, what an unlikely story!

Salleh Ismail, the husband of Umno Women's chief Shahrizat Jalil, having received a RM250 million to develop the cattle industry in Malaysia, promptly turns around and purchases two luxury apartments in Bangsar.

Caught in the act, he maintains a guilty silence for days, before finally emerging, like a flat-tailed worm from under a damp rock, to attempt to defend this indefensible abuse of the public trust that is the NFC scandal. He was accompanied by the favorite lawyer of Umno miscreants, Shafee Abdullah, whose oily presence itself can generally be taken as a sure sign of guilt.

The logic of Shahrizat's husband

Going by Salleh’s perverted logic, one could procure a multi-hundred million ringgit loan from public funds, purportedly to undertake some project for the public good, and then splurge it how one likes. You could buy land in the Yukon, sure to go up within the next three or four hundred years, or drill for diamonds in the Antarctic, or crisscross the Sahara with irrigation channels for little Tuareg children to swim in.

Or any other whimsical ideas that occur to you as you sit around in Bangsar cafes, twiddling your thumbs while wondering how to profit from your spouse’s political career.

You could also invest in real-estate, always a sure thing. Except in 2008, when some of the largest financial institutions in the world, including Lehman, would go broke betting that the real-estate market would stay up. It didn’t.

Good investment or Criminal Breach of Trust

Why would the Malaysian government give carte blanche to the NFC to draw down on public funds which would then be channeled to purposes other than that for which it was disbursed. Is it not criminal breach of trust to do this?

There is also the fact that RM800,000 was spent on travel for the ‘directors’ of NFC, who turn out to be Shahrizat’s children. Salleh Ismail announced that they did not fly First Class. Did they then fly Business Class with public funds? It is an outrage. Executives of MNCs with multi-billion dollar revenues fly Economy these days. There are of course, more abuses; ‘donations’ to Umno politicians and monies paid to Shahrizat Jalil being among them.

Instant cows!

Salleh Ismail also disputed the Auditor General’s report which dismissed the NFC project as a failure. Salleh admitted however, to buying cattle from Australia and then re-selling them. This is all the NFC appears to have done. The NFC feeds the cattle before they are sold. A curious way indeed to ‘develop’ the Malaysian cattle industry.

Along the way, Salleh compared cattle to palm trees, as if he was in a Lewis Carroll poem. He also offered to ‘produce’ 60,000 heads of cattle in 2015. By buying them from Australia, no doubt.

The cattle were shown on TV being held in crowded, muddy holding pens, looking uncomfortable and miserable. Clearly the veterinary services department should be investigating the NFC for possible Animal Cruelty to these poor beasts, as well as for cleanliness violations. As should the MACC be investigating the NFC for possible corruption.

In fact, it seems only a RCI will be able to clear up all the questions thrown up by this NFC scandal.

Why is no one taking responsibility

Again, we return to the question of oversight.

How is it that the Agriculture Ministry did nothing about all these scandalous going-ons at the NFC? How is it that the Finance Ministry was sleeping on its job and did not notice what was happening?

The Finance Minister is Najib Razak, also the Prime Minister. He is twice culpable. It is Najib, ultimately, who is responsible for this outrage perpetrated on the struggling Malaysian taxpayer.

As for Shahrizat Jalil, if she had any understanding of the notion of accountability or at all had any sense of honour, she would have resigned by now. She does not appear to, and will not. Whoever heard of a BN Minister who took responsibility and resigned?

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