The DAP adviser accused the country’s longest-serving prime minister of making baseless claims about the opposition in order to delay polls.
“The real reason why Mahathir is… making so many wild and preposterous statements is because the former prime minister is worried that the truth will be out about all the financial scandals during his 22-year premiership if PR forms the national government in next polls,” Lim said in a statement today. All the more reason why we should change the government without giving two hoods about governance which can’t get any worst then the current umnoputra regime of half a century.This man should go to jail for 3 life times. Kerismuddin should also take note that he can be another Charles Taylor or Mubarak for unleashing police brutality on citizens. Mamathir will be in the front when all the criminals are brought to justiceNot only the financial scandals. mamathir is afraid that his and his sons ill gotten will b exposed like Marcos
SPOT ON. HE MUST BE MAKING PREPARATIONS TO GO TO ZIMBABWE.
One of the nonsense that we believe in is equality before the law. Of course this is one of the great fictions that democracy is said to uphold. But then democracy itself is often not even democratic. The people, the ordinary citizens never really govern themselves. But that is another story.
Now, about equality before the law that democracy is said to uphold. It is not upheld at all. Some people are actually above the law and some are far below it, i.e. they don’t really get the benefit or the protection of the law.
I will deal with those who do not benefit first. The democratic legal system gives the power to the courts to decide on disputes between individuals or organisations. The courts are presided over by legally qualified but very human judges. The contestants have to convince the presiding judge of their innocence.
Not being conversant with the laws the complainant and the defendant hire lawyers to argue their cases for them. Now some lawyers are clever and smart, but some may be just plain stupid. But both cost money. The smarter lawyers would naturally cost much more than the not-so-good ones.
Some lawyers have great reputations. In fact some may even be great politicians. Some of these political lawyers can be frightening to the judges.
The result of the inequality of representation by brilliant and fearsome lawyers on the one hand and the ordinary run-of-the-mill lawyers is most likely to be victory for the highly paid, brilliant and fearsome lawyers. The rights and wrongs of the case are of little consequence.
Rich favored, not the poor
Effectively the law almost always favours the rich and not the poor. There is clearly no equality before the law. Get a good expensive lawyer and you can get away with murder. Get a bad cheap lawyer and you may be hanged for someone else’s murder.
International law is no better. If you lead a powerful country you can massacre a few millions and all that happens is a statue, as a war hero, will be put up in your honour.
If you lead a poor weak country and you act against violence by the opposition, then you may be accused of oppression and tolerating police brutality. The opposition, when they are clever enough to promise a variety of freedoms, can do no wrong even when they use violence to provoke the police into so-called acts of brutality.
Nobody cares the police were beaten up
If you are a favourite candidate of foreign powers for regime change, you can do what you like, and any Governmental action against you would be labelled as uncalled for oppression. If an election is near and the favourite is going to be a candidate and bring about regime change, then Government action against this privileged person would be regarded as attempts to undermine his chances of overthrowing the Government.
That the favourite purposely timed his violence just when elections are near would be ignored. That the provocation of the police is deliberate and meant to elicit “police brutality’” will also be ignored. That the police are beaten up, that police cars have their glass windshields smashed and the police car is overturned in full view of TV cameras – all these are inconsequential.
Opposition leaders are ‘privileged’ people
The main thing is the action against the favoured opposition by the Government will be deemed political rather than an exercise in legal equality by the Government.
The clamour is for the police to be charged for crimes against the people. Actions by the police to enforce the law must not be allowed. These must be regarded as criminal acts.
But blatant criminal acts by the opposition leaders must be regarded as permissible. In law they must be considered as privileged people.
There really is no equality before the law. Instead there is blatant inequality; there is bias in favour of some people especially the aspirants for regime change.
Mahathir Mohamad was the Malaysian prime minister from 1981 to 2003
What kind of a prime minister can describe his people as accursed bastards (haramjadah) and allowed the police to fire tear gas and water cannon on his own people?
But that is Najib (Tun Razak) for you and it explains why he goes around saying, “lu tolong gua, gua tolong lu” and, “give me your nambikei”.
This is the fundamental flaw which Najib commits every time he relates to people.
He is pictured as larger than life figure, the office of the prime minister is in the background towering over the mass of people depicted as the rakyat, who harbour dreams and hope of happiness.
The rakyat, the people, my fellow citizens, my fellow Malays, are always depicted as smallish entities and numberless digits.
Najib is a leader of the government that sees the rakyat as digits to be manipulated and shaped at will.
He might as well say: “My fellow slaves, ask not we your masters can do for you, but ask what you can do to enrich and make us more powerful.”
Najib’s government is that collection of individuals who exercise the rule of the government over its constituents.
Who is that collection of individuals? They are Umno’s elite and the powerful.
Najib preys on the susceptibility and gullibility of the rakyat.
The rulers claim a compassionate kindred with the common workers (aka slaves) and simultaneously enjoy the fruits of the labours of these menial serfs, also known as “my fellow citizens, rakyat, people”.
‘Najib does not understand’
So Najib goes around claiming, it’s people first, achievement this and that. But the large posters along the Seremban highway tell you a different thing.
The posters have Najib exhorting the people with his usual sloganeering: ‘Sejuta Impian, Seribu Keriangan”, literally translated to “a million dreams, a thousand happiness”.
For slogans Najib got an A++ from former economic adviser Daim Zainuddin.
But where do these dreams and happiness come from? All you need to do is look at the posters closely.
The posters tell of the basic building block on how Umno sees itself. Umno sees itself as the omnipotent being from where all providence spring from.
Hence Umno vis-à-vis the government wants to be deified to whom the people, the rakyat, owe complete loyalty and allegiance.
It therefore doesn’t understand why people, most notably Malays, find Umno revolting.
This is what Najib doesn’t understand.
People no longer accept ascriptive stature without demanding more than just your name and position.
Beyond your name and position, people want to know what can be achieved.
Former Prime Minister Tun Dr. Mahathir Mohamad has been more than his hyper-active self in the past fortnight, not only making preposterous statements about the political situation in the country but doing his utmost to rob off any possibility that the Prime Minister, Datuk Seri Najib Razak might stick to his earlier timetable to hold the 13th General Election in June/July.
It was in the past two weeks that Mahathir:
· Made the wild and preposterous statement that the Bersih 3.0 rally was a “preparation” and “warm-up” by Pakatan Rakyat for violent demonstrations to reject the results of the 13th general election should the opposition fail to win it.
· Made another wild and preposterous statement when warning that the defeat of UMNO would be akin to the Malays losing power in their own country, when the coalition that would replace UMNO/Barisan Nasional would be Pakatan Rakyat comprising PKR, PAS and DAP;
· Returned again and again to the theme that because of the Abdullah premiership, the Najib government is still weak and not ready for the 13th General Election which he wants to be held off until after the fasting month which ends in August.
However, the real reason why Mahathir is so hyper-active in the past fortnight and making so many wild and preposterous statements is because the former Prime Minister is worried that the truth will be out about all the financial scandals during his 22-year premiership if Pakatan Rakyat forms the national government in next polls.
In a forum yesterday in Penang on the RM30 billion Bank Negara foreign exchange losses scandal 20 years ago, a former Bank Negara insider, former Bank Negara Deputy Governor Dr. Rosli Yaakop, stepped forward to throw some light on what was undoubtedly the biggest financial scandal in the nation’s history.
Rosli named four persons constituting the “forex scandal elite club masters” as responsible for the massive Bank Negara losses two decades ago – former Prime Minister Dr Mahathir Mohamed, ex-finance minister Daim Zainuddin, ex-Bank Negara Governor, the late Jaffar Hussein and current Minister in Prime Minister’s Department in charge of Economic Planning Unit Government Nor Mohamed Yakcop.
Rosli told the forum Jaffar and Nor were the biggest culprits by going overboard in the forex speculation activities, which were against the very grain of central bank principles.
He said the duo speculated and they gambled recklessly and irresponsibly with no regard to the safety of Bank Negara’s assets.
Rosli accused Nor, who is the Tasek Gelugor MP, to have directly caused the forex losses as he was the man tasked to speculate, and ultimately gamble, Malaysian Ringgit against foreign currencies.
He said Nor, then Bank Negara advisor in charge of investment department, would use his computer and other staff computers to speculate and gamble in foreign exchange market.
This has led international forex players to believe that Bank Negara had many aggressive market traders.
“But truth is it was Nor Yakcop did it all.”
Rosli said the central bank ventured into speculative forex market in a big way during Daim’s tenure as finance minister.
“The order to go and make money in the forex market was from Daim with Dr Mahathir’s blessing,” Rosli disclosed, adding that Jaffar was their “Yes Man” Governor at that time.
In 1992, Bank Negara gambled on the British Pound. It bought the Pound long and George Soros, major player in forex market, short.
When the Pound was devalued, Bank Negara lost USD5.5 billion and George Soros gained USD1.7 billion.
Bank Negara then claimed it was only paper loss of RM9.3 billion.
Rosli said experts estimated Bank Negara’s exposure for having lost that much was USD27 to USD33 billion, which was five times more than its foreign reserves and its entire assets of USD20.7 billion in 1992.
I had estimated in Parliament two decades ago that Bank Negara lost a colossal RM30 billion. But Bank Negara claimed RM10.1 billion loss in 1992 and RM5.7 billion in 1993.
Rosli said yesterday that Bank Negara claims of losses were “schematically understated”, hidden through revaluation of BNM’s gold holding and revaluation of quoted investment.
Rosli mentioned that my call in Parliament at the time for a royal commission of inquiry into the Bank Negara in forex scandal was ignored as an open investigation would prove politically disastrous as the details of the scandal can be gruesome and cause damaging embarrassment because of the involvement of people high-up.
Rosli said certain people would have been in jail as criminal elements existed in the forex scandal. The criminal elements were negligence, overstepping of power, falsification of accounts, “creative accounting”, misinformation, breach of trust and corruption.
At the Penang forum yesterday, Rosli suggested that Pakatan Rakyat, if were to capture Putrajaya, should re-open investigation on the Bank Negara forex scandal of 1992.
I fully agree with Rosli. If Pakatan Rakyat forms the federal government in the next general election, there should be a Royal Commission of Inquiry into the RM30 billion Bank Negara forex losses scandal in 1992, as well as into all the other financial scandals during Mahathir’s 22-year premiership.
Barry Wain, in his book “Malaysian Maverick”, estimates that Malaysia lost RM100 billion just in four financial scandals during Mahathir’s premiership.
But this is what Mahathir does not want and most afraid of.
Yestedray, former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak was sentenced to life imprisonment for complicity in the killing of protesters during last year’s uprising.
I am not suggesting that Mahathir should face jail sentences for the financial scandals in his 22-year premiership but at minimum, Malaysians are entitled to know the truth about these financial scandals which would serve as painful national lessons to prevent their recurrence.
But clearly, this is what Mahathir would not want and would do his utmost to prevent, including outclassing himself in the wild and preposterous statements about Pakatan Rakyat in the run-up to the next general election.
Jala, who heads the government’s Performance Management and Delivery Unit (Pemandu), told BFM Radio this evening, however, that the fight against corruption was a matter that requires more time before better results can be achieved.
“Corruption is a tough one and the reason is that some of the things that we are doing today in dealing with corruption, we followed what was done in Hong Kong.
“So the lesson learned in Hong Kong is that we build basic building blocks… a bit like building a wall against corruption,” he told the business radio station’s “Talkback Thursday” programme, under its “You are the Government” series.
Jala explained that among the “blocks” put together by the government were the enactment of laws like the Whistleblower Protection Act and the introduction of transparency pacts and special courts for corruption.
But despite this, said Jala, public perception on the state of corruption in Malaysia remains at a low, owing to the lack of public figures being charged and convicted of corruption.
“Most people want the big fish. Now, while you are busy building the blocks… people just want to hang someone.
“But, of course, when that does not come through because the law must apply, then it is very difficult to deal with perception,” he said.
When asked by the show’s host, Ezra Zaid, if he felt that the failure to nab the “big fish” had caused disappointment among Malaysians, Jala agreed.
“It’s a disappointment. Most people think we have not caught any big fish. Nonetheless, when you at the Corruption Perception Index (CPI), we have slipped by one point from 4.4 to 4.3,” he said.
However, Jala said the slide could have been due to a new measure in the survey introduced by Transparency International, namely the “bribe payer index”.
“In this survey, they interviewed 28 countries… and this is to look at the propensity of Malaysians [to pay bribes] when they are outside the country.
“Apparently, we bribe when we are outside the country and our score on that was 2.7,” he said.
Jala also announced during the talk show that the government has achieved 60 per cent of its key performance indicators for its National Key Result Areas in the first five months of this year.
He said Pemandu was presently running eight simultaneous laboratories at present to prepare itself towards moving into the second phase of the Government Transformation Programme for the years 2013, 2014 and 2015.
- police were beaten up
/No, you are very wrong. When police are seen to be doing their job to serve the nation democratic and rakyat interest, more rakyat will care. If they, paid by rakyat tax-payer money, are seen to be brutally attacking rakyat calling for F&O election, there is something very wrong with the police. Under a new open PR government, the greatly reformed police would earn their greatest respect from the rakyat, not now./
Devil: If you are a favourite candidate of foreign powers for regime change, you can do what you like, and any Governmental action against you would be labelled as uncalled for oppression. If an election is near and the favourite is going to be a candidate and bring about regime change, then Government action against this privileged person would be regarded as attempts to undermine his chances of overthrowing the Government.
/The Evil umno govt action against opponents has gone against every decency of democratic values, too numerous to list/
Devil: That the favourite purposely timed his violence just when elections are near would be ignored. That the provocation of the police is deliberate and meant to elicit “police brutality’” will also be ignored. That the police are beaten up, that police cars have their glass windshields smashed and the police car is overturned in full view of TV cameras – all these are inconsequential. Opposition leaders are ‘privileged’ people The main thing is the action against the favoured opposition by the Government will be deemed political rather than an exercise in legal equality by the Government.
/The violence quoted might as well be some violence on B3 408. B3 was a peaceful expression for the free and fair election. No developed country and their citizens would go against expression. If Evil umno allowed the rally to take in accordance to plan, there would be little problem on B3 408. Any violence by any individual would be condemned by the B3 without any hesitation. B3 and all rally goers would support jailing any violent ones The fact hundreds of thousands took part the rally should have got the attention of any government of the day to see where they had gone wrong, to correct the wrongs. But no, you indulge further in the wrongs. /
Devil: There really is no equality before the law. Instead there is blatant inequality; there is bias in favour of some people especially the aspirants for regime change.
Your pathetic preposterous generalisation of no equality before the law only confirm one thing. Your mind is giving away to old age, but we will get you post GE PR victory.
We want to put you on the stand and crucify you, more likely hasten your aging process to advanced state of vegetable state of dymentia and alzhermia. You asked for it the minute you did the country wrong in your 22 years rule.Please Vote For Change To Save Malaysia !What a load of baloney coming out from an international Big Mouth !! He really can twist and turn to suit and justify his misdeeds done to his own people for a cool 22 years ! And it is truly inconceivable that Malaysia can be ruled by a group of conmen and imbeciles for the past 5 decades. To a large extent, Malaysians have themselves to blame for the current sorry state of affairs which will invariably result in her inevitable and eventual destruction if nothing is done to stop the rot. We allow these i.e corruptions, abuses of power, dirty politics etc to happen because we only see the immediate benefits albeit peanut monetary handouts during election times, but forsake the future of our country as a whole. We are easily duped by these shrewd and beguiling hypocrites into believing that what they do is for the good of the rakyat. But the reverse is true. In most cases, what these shameless scumbags do is to make the rakyat stupid and subservient to them. Malaysians are a forgetful lot. We have forgotten all those scandals like PKFZ, Bank Bumi. Forex Losses, MAS bailout, Perwaja, Scorpene, Cowgate etc which resulted in billions or even trillions Ringgit of wastage and losses over the past decades. We could have been on par economically with Singapore, Taiwan, HK and Soth Korea now if these excesses and abuses of power had been averted and checked. Singapore, being one-four-hundredth the size of Malaysia ,having similar cultures, racial mix and started her nation-building at the same time in 1965 as Malaysia, has surpassed Malaysia five times over in GDP per capita in 2011 ( Singapore’s US$49,000 against Malaysia’s US$9,700). Mind you, Malaysia has abundant natural resources which the ” tiny red dot” to which this “Apa-Nama” amnesia-stricken ex-PM is fond of referring, has nothing to start off with. South Korea, which suffered severely in the 1997/1998 Asian Currency Crisis, is heads and shoulders over Malaysia in all areas economical, social and political. Countries like Indonesia and Thailand were at one time behind Malaysia economically and politically, are now ahead of us by leaps and bounds.What is most ironic is that countries like Vietnam, Cambodia, The Philippines and Myammar are attracting more FDI than Malaysia through their democratization and transformation programs. Malaysia, on the other hand, is still stuck with the archaic and racial politics which will definitely drain her resources and eventually remain as a 3rd-world country while other countries around us are surging ahead. Malaysians must wake up to the fact that this country’s abundant resources are enough for everyone to share through proper management and selfless leadership. We have to get out of the cocoons and stand up and be counted; to dare to speak up against atrocities and excesses perpetrated by the powers that be. If Malaysians are still blind and indifferent to what is happening around us, we will be doomed to oblivion in no time ! Please educate your peers, relatives and friends who are less informed of the real situations besieging our beloved motherland and encourage them to voice out and vote for change in the up-coming GE ! The future of this beloved motherland is in our hands ! God Bless Malaysia !