Archive for April, 2010

Rakaman Video keterangan saksi kedua dalam kes tembak mati budak 15 tahun, Adik Aminulrasyid

Posted in Malaysia news with tags on April 30, 2010 by ckchew

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Long wait for submarine scandal truth to surface?

Posted in Malaysia news with tags , on April 28, 2010 by ckchew

If similar corruption cases involving French defence giant DCN (formerly Direction des Constructions Navales) are to be a yardstick, it will be years before the truth behind Malaysia’s submarine scandal finally surfaces.

According to Joseph Breham , a member of a French legal team that filed complaints in a Paris court in connection with the RM3.7 billion scandal, a similar inquiry involving the Taiwanese government has been ongoing for ten years.

Breham was in Kuala Lumpur on a two-day fact-finding mission on behalf of human rights NGO Suaram, to investigate DCN’s sale three submarines to Malaysia in 2001.

The French lawyer, part of a three-man team, however, kept mum when pressed for details by reporters at a press conference in Petaling Jaya today, claiming “professional secrecy.”

Breham said French public prosecutors had opened a preliminary inquiry on the matter in early March following a complaint first lodged on Dec 4 last year.

Under the French judicial system, a complaint on credible grounds will lead to a prosecutor opening a preliminary inquiry to obtain more evidence.

If the evidence found is sufficient, the matter will be passed onto an ‘instruction judge’ who will make a deeper inquiry, after which it goes to trial.

The Taiwanese case has been stuck at the second level of inquiry for 10 years while its preliminary inquiry lasted over one year, said Breham.

Malaysians can claim immunity

When asked, he said that Malaysian officials can be called to provide statements for the inquiry but they can avoid doing so by claiming diplomatic immunity.

They can also claim the same if found guilty of providing kickbacks to the French defence company.

“In Malaysia, nothing can happen if the (Malaysian courts) do not enforce the (French courts’) decision,” he said.

However, he said those found guilty may not be able to travel to countries that are signatories of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.

Once the guilty parties set foot in these countries, he said, the French officials will be able to place a request for their extradition.

Interestingly, Malaysia is party to the convention which it ratified in 2008.

Asked about the legal costs involved, Suaram director Cynthia Gabriel said the French legal firm, which specialises in corruption and human rights cases, is charging minimal fees as the lawyers are also part of an international human rights civil society network.

“Suaram has a wide international network […] and we found that lawyers were already working on similar cases,” she said.

Suaram may lodge report

She added that Suaram will consider lodging a report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission depending on the findings of the preliminary inquiry by the French prosecutors.

The Malaysian submarine scandal is one of several similar cases involving DCN naval equipment sales currently being probed by French judges following allegations of bribery and kickbacks.

Besides Taiwan, which bought naval ships from DCN, probes are also being made into the company’s deals with the governments of Pakistan and India.

The Malaysian allegations revolve around a RM482 million payment made by Malaysian company Perimekar for alleged ‘support services’ involving the sale of the submarines.

Perimekar is owned by KS Ombak Laut Sdn Bhd which is controlled by Razak Baginda, a close associate of the wife of prime minister and then defence minister Najib Abdul Razak, now prime minister.

The case attracted media scrutiny when Razak was linked to the murder of Altantuya Shariibuu, a Mongolian translator who had accompanied him to France to seal the submarine deals.

Aidila Razak/Mkini

Lagi-lagi polis tembak mati budak 15 tahun & berita harian bohong

Posted in Malaysia news with tags on April 27, 2010 by ckchew

Not quite a big win for BN

Posted in Malaysia news with tags on April 27, 2010 by ckchew

Although Barisan Nasional has been quick to praise itself after wresting the Hulu Selangor parliamentary seat from PKR, a close look at the results does not show signs of a convincing win.

Starting with the majority of 1,725 attained by BN, should the 627 postal votes in its favour be removed, this leaves BN with a majority of just 1,078.

This is a far cry from the 6,176 combined majority BN attained for the three state seats under the Hulu Selangor constituency in the 2008 general elections.

This could explain why BN deputy chief Muhyiddin Yassin was confident of achieving a 6,000 vote majority ot the eve of the by-election.

During the last general election, there was an obvious occurrence of ‘split voting’ where voters opted for BN at the state level but PKR at the federal level.

One of the oft-repeated suggestions for this was because the Malay voters were unsatisfied with G Palanivel, the incumbent from MIC from 1990 to 2008.

BN tried to address this by fielding a fresh face in the form of P Kamalanathan. Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak also announced a slew of promises as sweeteners.

Two of the most prominent financial promises were RM3 million for the SRJK (C) Rasa and RM5 million for the Sungai Buaya Felda settlers. The caveat? The money would only be disbursed after BN wins.

Split voting

Despite all this, BN still failed to reverse the trend of ‘split voting’ as the majority obtained was still 4,451 short of the total majority obtained from the three state seats in 2008.

The majority BN won yesterday represents a mere 3.5 percent of the total votes cast and is still a historical low since the majority for BN has always exceeded 8,000 votes since 1990.

A cursory analysis would therefore suggest that Hulu Selangor can no longer be considered a BN stronghold.

Apparently aware of this, Najib himself skirted questions yesterday on whether the election results was proof that the public supported his reform agenda.

Previously, Najib declared that the Hulu Selangor by-election was an important referendum on his reform efforts including the New Economic Model, the ‘1Malaysia’ concept and the government’s transformation programme.

For the sake of comparison, the outcome of the Hulu Selangor by-election is somewhat similar to that of the Bukit Gantang and Bagan Pinang by-elections which saw an increase in Malay votes for BN and a marked increase in Chinese support for Pakatan Rakyat.

This is especially obvious in Hulu Selangor because BN won in all the Malay majority polling districts while Pakatan made a clean sweep of all the Chinese majority polling districts. Both sides saw a slight increase in votes in these respective areas.

Malays with BN, Chinese with Pakatan

This time round, it is estimated that BN managed to increase their total number of Malay votes to 65 percent and thus PKR failed its achieve its target of attaining 40 percent of the Malay vote.

For reference, the following is a sample of the six highest Malay-majority polling districts: Kpg Soeharto (66.1 percent voted BN), Gedangsa (60.6), Sungai Tengi (68.4), Batang Kali (61), Hulu Kali (62.7) and Sungai Buaya (73.5).

Ground reports suggest that Najib’s financial incentives and BN’s character attack on PKR candidate Zaid Ibrahim’s lifestyle had had an impact on the Malay voters.

The reverse was observed in the Chinese-majority polling districts. A sample is as follows: Kalumpang (77.2 percent voted PKR), Ulu Yam Timur (71.1), Kerling (68), Kuala Kubu Bharu (78.4), Kampung Baru Batang Kali (80.5), Ulu Yam Lama (71.1) and Kampung Baru Rasa (82.5).

Throughout the campaign, PKR and DAP have been raising the issue of Muhyiddin’s ‘Malay first’ statement and Noh Omar’s speech urging Indians and Chinese to be ‘grateful’ for their citizenship and the death of DAP political aide Teoh Beng Hock.

MCA was incapable of providing a credible response to the onslaught and Najib was brought in to offer handouts and promises but this at first appeared to have little effect.

Some have described the Hulu Selangor Chinese community as the biggest winners because they have managed to send a message to the ruling BN while also enjoying all the ‘goodies’ promised or already distributed.

What’s next?

PKR was only able to win at one out of five polling districts with an Indian majority.

It has been suggested that among reasons for PKR’s failure to attract Indian support was the Selangor government’s sluggishness in resolving the community’s problems.

The faiure to obtain the backing of Hindu Rights Action Force (Hindraf) and its political arm the Human Rights Party has been another factor suggested for PKR’s lack of Indian support.

On the national front, this by-election result is expected to influence the right wing within Umno to push for more bumiputera-affirmative action because of the Malay community endorsement.

For PKR and Pakatan Rakyat, the loss is a blow to Anwar Ibrahim’s leadership and may trigger more defections by Pakatan MPs which in turn may restore BN’s two-thirds majority in the Dewan Rakyat.

Selangor Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim will also be closely scrutinised from now on as his enemies could exploit the by-election loss and blame him for ineffective leadership. Kuek Ser Kuang Keng/Mkini

Live Result: PKR : 17554, bn : 19067, majority : – 1513

Posted in Malaysia news with tags on April 25, 2010 by ckchew

Polling ends at 5pm. Counting starts at 6pm. Results expected by 9.30pm. For the latest updates, please click ‘Refresh’ or ‘Reload’ in your browser.

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7.36pm: BN sources are claiming that they are leading by 3,000 to 4,000 votes. According to Umno Youth chief Khairy Jamaluddin, the unofficial tally so far is:

BN – 19,067
PKR – 17,554
Majority – 1,513

7.12pm: Unofficial results

PKR – 9,133
BN – 7,261
Majority – 1,872

About 33 percent of the votes have been tallied so far.

7.05pm: Unofficial results

PKR – 8,755
BN – 7,116
Majority – 1,639

7pm: On-the-spot analysis

Most of the Chinese-majority areas have been counted, with PKR leading by 1,226 votes. About 30 percent of the votes counted.

The votes in the Malay-majority areas have not to come in. PKR is expected not to do well in these areas. The race for Hulu Selangor is still open.

6.59pm: Unofficial results

PKR – 7,770
BN – 6,504
Majority – 1,226

6.57pm: Unofficial results

PKR – 7,410
BN – 6,339
Majority – 1,071

6.54pm: Unofficial results

PKR -7,053
BN – 6,010
Majority – 1,034

6.45pm: Unofficial results

PKR – 6,389
BN – 5,385
Majority – 1,004

So far about 11,674 votes, or 25 percent, of votes counted.

6.43pm: Unofficial results

PKR – 5,596
BN – 5,041
Majority – 555

6.41pm: Unofficial results

PKR – 4,204
BN – 3,592
Majority -612

6.37pm: On-the-spot analysis

According to early results, PKR is leading by a wide margin in Chinese areas and by a slight margin in mixed areas and is trailing behind BN in Malay areas.

For PKR to win, it needs to win big in Chinese and mixed areas to cover its expected lost in Malay areas.

6.34pm: Unofficial results

Kg Baru Cina KKB (Chinese area), saluran 2 – PKR 203, BN 77
Kg Baru Cina KKB (Chinese area), saluran 4 – PKR 256, BN 73
Kg Baru Cina KKB (Chinese area), saluran 1 – PKR 207, BN 56

Unofficial – PKR 666, BN 206

6.29pm: Unofficial results (PKR 2,972, BN 2,259)

Bandar Kuala Kubu Bahru (mixed area), saluran 1 – PKR 135, BN 82
Bandar Kuala Kubu Bahru (mixed area), saluran 2 – PKR 272, BN 212
Bandar Kuala Kubu Bahru (mixed area), saluran 3 – PKR 490, BN 205

Unofficial – PKR 897, BN 499

6.23pm: Unofficial results

Kg Baru Batang Kali (Chinese area), saluran 1- PKR 220, BN 58
Hulu Yam Barat (mixed area), saluran 1 – PKR 205, BN 184
Ampang Pecah (Malay area), saluran 5 – PKR 148, BN 216
Hulu Yam Barat (mixed area), saluran 1 – PKR 224, BN 168
Kg Gumut (Malay area), saluran 1 – PKR 104, BN 172

Unofficial – PKR 901, BN 798

6.18pm: Unofficial results

Kg Sungai Tengi Selatan (Malay Felda), saluran 1 – PKR 62, BN 176
Kuala Kalumpang (mixed area), saluran 1 – PKR 98, BN 128
Kg Baru Rasa (Chinese area), saluran 1 – PKR 301, BN 75
Kg Bahru Kerling (Chinese area), saluran 1 – PKR 268, BN 122

Unofficial – PKR 729, BN 501

6.13pm: Unofficial results

Kuala Kalumpang, saluran 1 – PKR 98, BN 128
Ulu Yam Barat, saluran 1 – PKR 171, BN 94
Kg Bharu Kerling, saluran 1 – PKR 172, BN 83
Pertak Bukit Fraser – PKR 22, BN 15
Pertak, saluran 2 – PKR 18, BN 98
Ampang Pecah, saluran 1 – PKR 105, BN 155

Unofficial – PKR 491, BN 445

6.10pm: Counting has begun for the Hulu Selangor by-election. According to unofficial results, BN has won the postal votes.

BN: 767
PKR: 120

Rakaman Ucapan Anwar Ibrahim: Siapa bela APCO (Israel), Umno?

Posted in Malaysia news with tags , on April 24, 2010 by ckchew

Latest survey shows PKR slightly ahead

Posted in Malaysia news with tags on April 24, 2010 by ckchew

With polling day just around the corner in Hulu Selangor, independent research group Zentrum Future Studies Malaysia’s daily analysis reveals that voters there are slowly warming up to Pakatan Rakyat for the first time in three days.

Although PKR is showing a slight lead in its latest poll, the contest between their candidate Zaid Ibrahim and Umno’s P Kamalanathan is expected to be a very close one.

Both parties are expected to maximise the final hours in a final push to win the hearts and minds of voters before polling starts 8am tomorrow.

Each is bringing out their big guns with Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, who is Selangor BN chief, and deputy Muhyiddin Yassin heading the BN campaign while opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim, along with DAP’s Lim Kit Siang and Kelantan Menteri Besar Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat lead Pakatan’s final assault.

Zentrum’s research findings – which is based on its daily ‘Micro Research on Political Confidence Perception’ – found Pakatan’s rating to be 51.7 percent as opposed to Barisan’s 48.3 percent.

In comparison, BN scored a 51.4 percent edge over Pakatan’s 48.6 percent in the same study conducted three days ago (late Thursday night).

The 3.4 percent differential is still of concern for both parties making the final lap critical in influencing how the locals will cast their vote.

Younger want Pakatan

The grassroots survey also revealed that Malays (61 percent) and Indians (54 percent) overwhelmingly favoured BN. The Chinese, however, showed a 78 percent preference for Pakatan/PKR

In terms of gender, Pakatan fared better with males (58 percent) supporting it in contrast to females, 69 percent of whom preferred BN.

Zentrum concluded that support for Pakatan had risen slightly as a result of improved communications and the role of the New Media. The results also suggest that ceramah and the presence of banners and posters in the constituency are beginning to show effect.

The Zentrum results were announced slightly before midnight last night via its Facebook page. All eyes will be on their findings at midnight tonight as the official campaign period ends.

Shunned by TV

Zentrum is a non-profit research organisation helmed by its founder cum president Dr Abu Hassan Hasbullah from Universiti Malaya (UM). It conducts micro studies on a daily basis to track sudden changes in voter behaviour. Through this, it hopes to successfully predict the future or outcome of a particular event.

Zentrum insiders also revealed that Abu Hassan, a media studies lecturer was being shunned by local television networks for the current by-election period following a directive from Putrajaya.

They pointed out that in the past he was normally invited by talk-show hosts and other current affairs programme producers to give his views on the run-up to polling day.

However, for the current by-election, they said Abu Hassan had not received a single invitation soliciting his views to date.

Hafiz Yatim/Mkini