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News that never see the daylight on msm: APCO and jibby Altantuya – Beneath the Veil of Public Relations

Posted in Malaysia news with tags on March 31, 2010 by ckchew

Next Tuesday, 30 March, Barisan Nasional parliamentarians will be gearing up to crucify Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim for his comments on APCO. The MPs might think that they are doing the BN government a favour by defending Najib and his high-flying consultancy company.

In the minds of most BN lawmakers, defending the government is equivalent of defending the country. By the same logic, people who criticize the government are simply traitors to Malaysia.

I would like to invite my friends from the other side to think harder, and look harder. In fact, it does not require a lot of effort to find out the connection between APCO and Israel.

But before I go further, I wish to make myself very clear on this; the discussion has NOTHING to do with the “Jewish Question”. There is a great difference in being Jewish and being the adherents of ideological Zionism.

Malaysians are often proud to proclaim solidarity with the oppressed Palestinian people. We have also maintained an independent foreign policy and have had a long record of being fully committed to the cause and principles of the Non-Aligned Movement.

In this context, it is hard to understand how our Prime Minister could hire a public relations firm that is well known for its shady ties with international Zionism? Why should we trust a company with Zionist agenda to handle Malaysian strategic communications?

It’s not just another Jewish firm

Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim has raised several critical questions in Parliament on the similarities between the slogans 1-Malaysia and 1-Israel. He also challenged the government to justify spending RM23 million of taxpayers’ money on APCO.

There is also the question of why didn’t Najib and his government engage local public relations firms to undertake such communications work?

According to APCO’s own statement, its responsibilities covered a wide scope – beyond communications. “APCO’s work has included communication support for a broad range of reform initiatives undertaken by the government of Malaysia, especially in the areas of creating jobs, promoting education, and strengthening delivery of services to the people.”

Indeed, it is strange that this clarification did not come from Najib or the Prime Minister’s Office.

The reason Pakatan Rakyat raised these issues was not for political point-scoring, but because they warrant genuine concern for national security.

APCO Worldwide is based in Washington DC and has 23 offices all over the world including Tel Aviv. It is common knowledge that many of its key personalities and advisers are associated with Zionist Israel, e.g. Shimon Shein (former Israeli Ambassador to Germany, Itamar Rabinovich (former Israeli Ambassador to the US), We might say, so what?

But APCO cannot deny that its operators in Tel Aviv have close links to the Zionist regime. Its CEO in Israel, Gad Ben-Ari, was a personal adviser of the late PM Yishak Rabin. APCO in Israel undertakes various communications and strategic development work for both corporate and governmental organizations.

Also, the relationship between Israel and APCO is more than merely having an office in Tel Aviv. APCO’s activities in the Zionist state go beyond the civilian sectors. Notably one of the members of APCO’s International Advisory Council is Doron Bergerbest-Eilon, who was a former security chief for the Israeli government.

APCO and ASERO

APCO’s involvement in various intelligence and security-related projects is done through its strategic partner and sister company ASERO Worldwide. While APCO’s expertise is in the field of communications, ASERO specializes in homeland security and risk management consultancy.

APCO and ASERO have many overlapping consultants and management members. For example, Doron Bergerbest-Eilon who sits on APCO’s International Advisory Council was also founder and president of ASERO Worldwide.

Doron Bergerbest-Eilon was formerly a senior ranking security official of the Israeli Security Agency (ISA). He was the head of the protection and security division and held a position equivalent to the rank of major-general. His dedication to Israeli secret service has even earned him a prestigious Director’s Recognition Award by the U.S. Secret Service.

Mara Hedgecoth, the daughter of APCO CEO and President Margery Kraus also sits in ASERO as Vice President. At the same time, Mara Hedgecoth also serves as Vice President and Director in APCO Worldwide.

ASERO’s Senior Vice President, Carl Truscott was another tainted figure under Bush Administration. Carl Truscott was the Director of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Bureau.

But he resigned in August 2006 after a report by the Justice Department found he had wasted tens of thousands of dollars on luxuries, wasted millions on whimsical management decisions and violated ethical standards by ordering employees to help his nephew with a high school video project.

Israel’s Connections

ASERO Worldwide advises Israeli military/civilian agencies on strategic and tactical security challenges and provides assistance to both governments and corporations to prepare, mitigate and recover from threats of terrorism and other hazards, as well as to protect lives and critical assets and ensure continuity of operations.

ASERO’s staff are filled with recruits from Israel Security Agency (also known as Shabak or Shin Bet) and the infamous Mossad. As we all know, these agencies’ standard operation procedures in counter-terrorism include torturing suspects, assassinations, etc.

In 2006, APCO and ASERO introduced Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to Israel, and helped to develop Israel’s airport security system – the Suspect Detection Systems. The TSA was designed by John Magaw, another APCO leading consultant who used to serve as director of the U.S. Secret Service.

The Singapore’s links

It is no secret that Singapore and Israel covertly engage in extensive cooperation in the fields of defense and intelligence. The cooperation between the two countries can be traced back to the 1960s.

Within the high-ranking ASERO directors and managerial officers, the only non-American or non-Israeli appears to be a Singaporean.

ASERO and APCO provide consultancy service on homeland security to the Singapore Government. ASERO, in particular, assists Singapore with technical and intelligence services in aviation and aerospace security. Their services and expertise have facilitated the rapid transfer of Israeli military and security technologies to Singapore.

The two companies are also involved in promoting Israeli participation in long-term research and cooperation in strategic fields that have security or military implications. One such institution is the Singapore-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (SIIRD) established in 1997.

In recent years, ASERO has actively participated in many counter-terrorism activities. In the quest for academic exchange, ASERO joined the Centre of Behavioral Science (CBS). The objective of CBS is to serve as a “platform for the transfer and exchange of leading-edge knowledge and ideas which contribute to the transformation of the life of individuals, organizations and society at large”.

1-Malaysia and One-Nation Sloganeering

Against this background, there are ample of reasons for patriotic Malaysians to question the wisdom of engaging APCO. There is no doubt that APCO does not share the vision and objective of our nation-building. It is not surprising that 1-Malaysia has not been resonating well in our local context.

In fact historically, 1-Malaysia sounds too similar to the various “One-Nation movements” around the world. Unfortunately, the One-Nation slogan has become inevitably associated with conservative tendencies.

As we know, One-Israel was slogan of a failed attempt to forge unity in a fragmented political landscape. Then there was also One-Britain, which had been the theme of notorious UK Conservative politicians and far-right, anti-immigration groups.

In Australia, ex-prime minister John Howard formulated a One-Australia policy in 1980s. In essence, One-Australia was a reaction against multiculturalism and it insisted that Australia must retain the domination of the Anglo-Saxons.

Howards’s One-Australia theme was later picked up by racist politicians such as Pauline Hanson who founded the One-Nation Party. This party’s sole platform was based on fiery anti-migrants and anti-foreigners rhetoric and policies.

Surrendering Malaysian sovereignty

A year after launching, the concept of 1-Malaysia is still too ambiguous to the majority of Malaysians. Although the slogan has generated lots of hype, there is no substance in it.

In fact, Malaysians of all ethnicity are equally lost in this mantra-like rhetoric. The ‘feel-good’ effect cannot sufficiently cover the disappointment or disillusionment over inaction in addressing real issues affecting the nation, such as corruption, falling productivity, poverty, national unity etc.

Our concern is more than just wasting tax payers’ money on all those glitzy advertisements, billboards, songs, concerts, essay-writing competitions etc. We must address the core issue; how secure can the country be when we voluntarily expose all governmental functionaries to a private firm with a strong foreign interest?

In its work, APCO has been given access to many highly sensitive government materials which I believe even most Malaysians are denied access to. It would be absolutely naïve for us to believe that APCO will handle our state secrets ‘professionally’, especially when we run into conflict with global powers.

I hope legislators and leaders of BN would pay some attention to this serious issue. If you are truly patriotic, stand up now. Please do not surrender the fate of Malaysia into the hands of foreign powers.

Tian Chua
Member of Parliament for Batu
27 March 2010

When you stay near the Mongol killer (Orang Sial), the worst nightmare would happen: Makkal Sakti president to be booted

Posted in Malaysia news with tags on January 4, 2010 by ckchew

Barely two months after the launching of the Malaysia Makkal Sakti Party (MMSP), its president RS Thanentiran is facing ouster following a split in ranks.

Secretary-general R Kannan today confirmed that the party’s 27-member central committee (CC) would be booting out the founder president at a meeting slated to be held this Saturday.

“The party’s CC has agreed to dismiss him for tarnishing the party’s good name,” he said when contacted.

Thanenthiran, the former Hindraf national coordinator, is facing party censure for declaring the CC meeting held on Dec 19 last year as null and void.

In an email to Malaysiakini later, Kannan also affirmed that the CC’s motion to appoint Thanentiran as party advisor has been suspended.

Last week, the CC members had gone to Thanenthiran’s house to deliver a letter calling on him to step down.

They have since filed a multi million ringgit suit after being on the receiving end of Thanenthiran’s allegedly slanderous remarks during the visit.

‘End of the tunnel’

Meanwhile, MMSP deputy president A Vathemurthy today dismissed Thanenthiran’s aspiration to increase the party membership to 300,000 from the current 57,000.

“He is at the end of the tunnel and trying to grip on to anything to ensure his relevance. He wants Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s support. It is an attempt for publicity,” he added.

Thanenthiran was unreachable for comment as he is currently in India on a pilgrimage trip. He is due to be back on Jan 17.

Signs of the party’s internal rifts have been prominent two months after the party’s launch by the prime minister last year as members raised questions on the party’s expenditure.

K Pragalath/Mkini

No stranger to controversies: RM600k ‘wired illegally’ to Rosmah in Dubai

Posted in Malaysia news with tags , on December 17, 2009 by ckchew

An unidentified individual had allegedly sent RM600,000 through an errant money changer to Rosmah Mansor when the prime minister’s wife was in Dubai in August last year.

According to PKR MP Tian Chua, he has the documents to prove the illegal transaction.

Uncertain what the money was used for, the opposition politician however quipped, “Most probably it was for shopping since she is famous for that.”

Speaking at a press conference in Petaling Jaya this morning, Tian Chua also accused two corporate figures of a similar offence.

He claimed that tycoon Abu Sahid Mohamed sent RM22.2 million to United Kingdom between June and August 2008, through money changer Salamath Ali. This was purportedly for the purchase of properties.

Tian also alleged that businessman Syed Mohammed Syed Nursin had wired RM1.19 million to UK via Salamath Ali also for the purpose of buying properties.

Syed Mohammed is the younger brother of new sugar tycoon, Syed Mokhtar Al-Bukhary.

Tian said he has copies of the show-cause letters sent to the money changers by Bank Negara, asking them to explain the illegal remittance.

Chua: Why no action against VIPs?

Speaking to reporters in Parliament later, Tian Chua reiterated he was disappointed that Bank Negara was only taking action against the money changers and not against individuals who use the illegal channel to transfer funds.

“I am not satisfied… even if they get blacklisted, they can use another name, so that won’t solve the problem. I want to know why no actions were taken against the individuals who have broken the law,” he said.

Last month, Tian Chua had revealed that Negri Sembilan Menteri Besar Mohd Hasan could have broken the country’s banking laws by allegedly transferring funds amounting to RM10 million in 2008 through Salamath Ali – one of the errant money changers named today.

Last week, Bank Negara said it had revoked the licences of 41 money changers under the Money-Changing Act 1998. No reasons were given for the decision.

Under section 30 (1)(b) of the Money-Changing Act 1998, any remittance or transfer of funds outside Malaysia through money changes is deemed illegal.

The Act stipulated that money-changers are only allowed to conduct the business of exchanging foreign currencies against ringgit or against other foreign currencies within Malaysia.

Malaysians who want to transfer money abroad must use the services offered by commercial banking institutions or the 45 non-bank remittance service providers approved by Bank Negara.

No stranger to controversies

Both Rosmah and her husband, Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, have been dogged by the on-going controversy involving the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu three years ago.

More recently, both were accused of using a family member to intimate private investigator P Balasubramaniam to alter his statutory declaration which alleged that Najib had close ties with the murdered woman.

Both husband and wife have brushed aside the allegations that Najib’s younger brother Mohamed Nazim had coerced Balasubramaniam to hush up.

Last month, Rosmah received a RM7 million ‘reward’ from a Saudi prince after she found a precious box belonging to him in a cruise boat carrying Najib and his family while on holiday in the south of France in August.

According to Rosmah, RM3.5 million of the “reward” would be handed over to Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia to carry out the Permata Smart School programme, while RM2.98 million would be kept in a Bakti special fund to help finance medical treatment for needy women and children with chronic diseases.

Lee Weng Keat/Mkini

Malaysiakini on the carpet merchant’s trail: The shameless face of deepak’s secretary, miss wong & his mother

Posted in Malaysia news with tags , on December 14, 2009 by ckchew

Muka sial miss wong yang bawa keluarga Bala ke Pusat immigesen Damansara & emak deepak dalam video:

Flashback to the 2nd day of interview with Bala:

Q 37. What did you do once you had been dropped off at the Hilton Hotel? (Apakah yang kamu buat sesampai di Hotel Hilton?)

A. I went back to the room and knocked on the door. Deepak and ASP Suresh were there. I waited in the room while Deepak was making phone calls to a Ms. Wong who I think was his secretary. She was apparently with my wife and children at the Pusat Damansara immigration centre helping my wife with the passport applications and renewal. During this period Deepak gave me RM20,000.00 in Hong Kong dollars for my expenditure. He told me he had arranged a tourist van to drive me and my family to Singapore where we were to catch a flight to Bangkok. (Saya kembali ke bilik hotel & mengetuk pintu. Deepak & ASP Suresh telah berada di sana. Saya menunggu dalam bilik sementara Deepak memanggil Ms Wong, saya fikir adalah setiausaha beliau. Dia sebenarnya telah bersama isteri & anak saya di immigesen untuk memohon & memperbaharui paspot mereka. Pada masa itu, Deepak memberi saya RM20,000 dalam wang Hong Kong dollar untuk perbelanjaan saya. Dia memberitahu saya dia akan mengatur van pelancong untuk membawa saya & keluarga ke Singapora di mana kami akan terbang ke Bangkok)

Q 38. What time did you leave the Hilton Hotel? (Pukul berapakah kamu meninggalkan Hotel Hilton?)

A. At about 1.00 pm Deepak received a phone call from Ms. Wong informing him the passports had all been done and so I left the Hilton Hotel in the van with an Indian driver. This van then drove me to the Pusat Damansara immigration centre. The driver was talking to Ms. Wong during the journey and was receiving instructions where to meet my wife and children. When we arrived at the Pusat Damansara immigration centre, I met my wife and children and we loaded all the luggage into the van and proceeded on our journey to Singapore. (Kira-kira jam 1.00 tengahari Deepak menerima panggilan dari Ms Wong memberitahu beliau passpot kami telah siap & kemudian saya beredar dari Hotel Hilton menaiki sebuah van yang dipandu oleh pemandu Indian. Van ini kemudiannya membawa saya ke Pusat immigesen Damansara. Pemandu itu berbual dengan Ms Wong & menerima arahan dari Ms Wong untuk ke lokasi di mana keluarga saya berada. Sesampai di Pusat immigesen Damansara, saya berjumpa dengan isteri & anak-anak saya & memunggah bagasi ke dalam van & terus bertolak ke Singapora )

On Video Berlusconi bloodied by hit to face: PM Italy kena serang hingga muka berdarah, PM Msia baru kena Bala, dah kecut telur

Posted in Malaysia news with tags , on December 14, 2009 by ckchew

PM Msia baru kena Bala sudah kecut telur:

Emel & telepon pun sudah, ke mana hilangnya telur2 nazim, najib Altantuya, deepak & macc?: Tawaran dari peguam Bala kepada macc, Bala sedia bantu dalam siasatan

Berlusconi bloodied by hit to face

MILAN, Dec 14 — Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi was taken to hospital with blood smeared over his face after a man hurled a small model of Milan cathedral at him at a political rally, police said today.

Television footage showed the premier with blood splattered over his lips, teeth and chin being bundled into a car by aides and rushed away, minutes after finishing a lively speech to thousands of flag-waving supporters in a central Milan square.

Initial X-rays showed a loss of blood and injuries to two teeth but the 73-year-old prime minister and media mogul said “I’m fine, I’m fine” when he was moved to a hospital room in the northern city, Ansa news agency said.

A 42-year-old man was detained for throwing a small model of Milan cathedral at Berlusconi from close range, police said. The man has been undergoing treatment for mental problems for the past 10 years, Ansa said.

Berlusconi’s allies were quick to say the incident was the result of a campaign of “hatred” by his leftist opponents. He has faced growing criticism in recent months amid mounting legal troubles and scandals over his private life.

“What they’ve done to Berlusconi is an act of terrorism,” Umberto Bossi, head of the far-right Northern League and a close Berlusconi ally, told Ansa.

Condemnation of the act poured in from allies and critics alike. It has been a bruising political year for Berlusconi, who launched a tirade against the left in his Milan speech, a characteristically defiant performance aimed at regaining political momentum.

After a summer battling sex scandals, Berlusconi has come under pressure from mounting legal troubles and a widening rift with his main ally Gianfranco Fini, the lower house speaker who in private remarks has accused the premier of acting like an “absolute monarch”.

Stripped of immunity from prosecution, Berlusconi faces several trials, including one on charges of bribery and corruption and another on charges of tax fraud.

An opinion poll published on Saturday showed the prime minister’s popularity had fallen four percentage points to just over 50 per cent as Italians fretted that his legal entanglements could distract him from government duties.

He denies any wrongdoing and says legal allegations against him are part of a campaign by biased courts and “communist” magistrates to bring down his government. — Reuters/MI

Emel & telepon pun sudah, ke mana hilangnya telur2 nazim, najib Altantuya, deepak & macc?: Tawaran dari peguam Bala kepada macc, Bala sedia bantu dalam siasatan

Posted in Malaysia news with tags , on December 13, 2009 by ckchew

Dalam satu emel terbaru kepada macc, peguam yang sah mewakili Bala, En Americk Sidhu telah menawarkan kerjasama beliau & Bala untuk membantu macc dalam siasatan kes ugutan terhadap Bala. Peguam tersebut juga telah berhubung dengan macc melalui satu panggilan telepon pada 8hb Dis 09 & sedang menunggu maklum balas selanjutnya dari pegawai macc yang bernama  Abdul Rahman.

Pada 4 Dis 09, En Americk telah menghantar satu emel kepada Abdul Rahman menyatakan kesediaan anak guamannya untuk ditemubual oleh macc ekoran daripada laporan kepada macc yang dibuat oleh ketua AMK, En Shamsul Iskandar Mohd Akin.

Memandangkan isu keselamatan yang dihadapi oleh Bala, En Americk telah meminta supaya temubual itu diadakan di Singapora ataupun London pada suatu tarikh & masa yang dipersetujui bersama oleh kedua-dua pihak & akan dirakamkan oleh pihak beliau.

Sehingga ke hari ini pihak macc masih bisu seribu bahasa sungguhpun mereka telah memiliki nombor telepon bimbit En Americk. Ini berkemungkinan besar macc telah kecut telur setelah najib Altantuya, adiknya nazim serta deepak juga kecut telur apabila cuba menggelakkan diri  daripada wartawan Malaysiakini & enggan memberi sebarang ulasan lanjut tentang kes ini.

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Emel yang dihantar kepada macc pada 10hb Dis 09:

Dear En. Abdul Rahman,

Further to my email of the 4 December 2009, and to the subsequent telephone conversation between us on the 8 December 2009, I would be most obliged to receive a response to my offer of assistance in arranging an interview with my client Mr.P. Balasubramaniam.

As you obviously have my mobile number, please feel free to contact me at any time to make the necessary arrangements.

Yours sincerely,

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Untuk diedarkan tanpa was-was

ckchew

MKini on a mission to track deepak, dinesh (manage to catch the mother instead) & nazim razak: I’ve nothing to say – No action will be taken against you!!! So, Fellow Malaysian, you know what to do if you happened to break the law

Posted in Malaysia news with tags on December 11, 2009 by ckchew

After a series of unsuccessful attempts to get in touch with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak’s brother over the allegations raised by private investigator P Balasubramaniam, Malaysiakini had a little dose of luck this afternoon.

Our journalists bumped into Nazim  at Masjid Negara in Kuala Lumpur, where he had gone to attend the Friday prayers.

The architect was visiting the grave of his father, second prime minister Abdul Razak, when approached.

Just like his elder brother who dismissed the serious allegations with two words ‘frivolous statements’, a startled-looking Nazim also offered a curt response.

When asked to comment on Balasubramaniam’s allegation that he had met the second youngest of the five Razak brothers at a shopping mall in Petaling Jaya, Nazim replied with a stern “I have nothing to say” before walking away.

Malaysiakini had two weeks ago sent a list of questions to Nazim’s office but did not receive any response. Repeated attempts to call him and visit his office also proved futile.

‘Threatened and offered RM5 million’

In video interviews that surfaced last month, the private investigator, who has since fled the country with his family, also claimed that Nazim had threatened him and then offered him RM5 million to retract his statutory declaration pertaining to slain Mongolian national Altantunya Shaariibuu.

According to Balasubramiam, the duo met on the night before the private investigator inked his second statutory declaration which cleared Najib of having close ties with the murdered woman.

He also claimed that carpet merchant Deepak Jaikishen and Nazim’s wife, a former television personality, were present during the brief meeting at The Curve in Mutiara Damasara.

In his first statutory declaration unveiled less than 24 hours earlier during a press conference with Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim, Balasubramaniam sent shockwaves through the nation when he claimed that Najib had sexual liaisons with the deceased former model.

Najib has repeatedly stressed that he has no connections with Altantunya or her death.

On the carpet merchant’s trail

Yesterday, Malaysiakini went on a mission to track down the elusive Deepak, who is described as a dashing lad and said to be close to Rosmah.

During a visit to his office in Jalan Chan Sow Lin 6 in Sungai Besi, an employee who identified herself as ‘Miss Wong’ said that her boss was not in and told the journalist to leave.

The latter was then escorted out of the building.

Following this, Malaysiakini went to Deepak’s carpet shop along Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman and managed to meet the businessman’s mother, who introduced herself as ‘Mrs Jai’.

After explaining to ‘Mrs Jai’ the reason behind the visit, the woman proceeded to make several telephone calls.

In a guarded tone, she then told Malaysiakini that both her sons Deepak and Dinesh, who was also implicated by Balasubramaniam, were not in the country.

She also refused to divulge her sons’ mobile phone numbers.

Apart from this, ‘Mrs Jai’ said she also does not know if Deepak or Dinesh share close ties with Rosmah.

“I have never met her,” she said when asked if the prime minister’s wife had visited their shop.

Hafiz Yatim & Salhan K Ahmad/Mkini

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