Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Malaysia’s new national destiny - to become a Nation of global kleptocracy?

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US Department of Justice  and Malaysia's scandal of scandals
Malaysia is once again in the midst of a serious political scandal, with the allegation that the government-run investment company 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB) has been used to funnel approximately US$ 700 million to a personal account of Prime Minister Najb Razak.

It is not just Umno but the whole Malaysian nation which had been hit by the 1MDB scandal like being blasted by an atomic bomb, with the crowning ignominy of being regarded worldwide as a “global kleptocracy” as a result the US Department of Justice (DOJ) lawsuits to forfeit over US$1 billion assets in the US, UK and Switzerland as a result of US$3.5 billion criminal embezzlement, misappropriation and money-laundering of 1MDB funds.But the catastrophic after-effects of the 1MDB scandal have not ended with the DOJ action as evident from a greater and further loss of national and international confidence in Malaysian governance, when there was no official proactive response to the DOJ complaint despite the mass of details about the criminal conduct and grand larceny of 1MDB-linked funds involving the highest authority in Malaysia, euphemistically referred to as “Malaysian Official 1”.This is on top of the latest developments over the class action suit by ex-prime minister Dr Mahathir Mohamad's former political secretary, Matthias Chang and former PAS leader Husam Musa in the United States against individuals linked to 1MDB.

Against such a backdrop, three recent developments have made it clear that the storms from the “atomic bomb” explosion of the 1MDB scandal will not recede but will continue to haunt and hound Malaysia in the coming months and even years.

Firstly, the refusal of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to re-open investigations into 1MDB;

Secondly, the announcement by the Bank Negara governor Muhammad Ibrahim that there would be no re-opening of investigations against 1MDB despite the damning 136-page DOJ complaint; and

Thirdly, the statement by the new Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad that his main focus is to ensure a civil service which is clean of corruption, misappropriation and power abuse, completely avoiding what should be the greatest challenge of MACC - to purge and save Malaysia from the international ignominy of a global kleptocracy.

The time has come for every Malaysian to know the meaning of kleptocracy - defined as a rule by a thief or thieves

the whole Malaysian nation which had been hit by the 1MDB scandal like being blasted by an “atomic bomb”, with the crowning ignominy of being regarded worldwide as a “global kleptocracy”

1MDB Highlights Need For Institutional Reform of State’s Role in Business

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Steven Thiru Enforce rule of law to end menace of money laundering activities

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 Steven Thiru
In Malaysia however, 1MDB was only accused of failure to comply with Bank Negara directives on offshore investments and weaknesses, and mismanagement by its board of directors and company officers.Najib was also cleared by attorney-general Mohamad Apandi Ali over billions in donations deposited into his personal account, which was explained as a gift from a Saudi prince with no strings attached.the DOJ filed asset forfeiture suits against assets it claimed were bought from monies stolen from 1MDB. This is in addition to financial authorities in several other countries investigating 1MDB for alleged money laundering."In particular, the charges established that US$731 million was deposited into the personal bank account of a 'Malaysian Official One' (MO1) between 2011 and 2013.

Bank Negara re-opens investigations into possible money laundering activities linked to 1MDB, its credibility as well as that of its new governor is at stak
Muhammad seem like he has failed to restore the integrity and protect the sanctity of Malaysia's financial system from money laundering activities,
that the United States Department of Justice (DOJ) has already claimed that company officers and Malaysian officials have colluded to scam and launder more than US$3.5 billion from the company.Najib, who was 1MDB advisory board chairperson, from whom clearance for all company decisions was needed, has denied wrongdoing, or taking money for personal gain, and claimed ignorance of any impropriety in the company.

that the Anti-Money Laundering and Anti-Terrorism Financing (Amendment) Act 2013 (Amlatfa) states that any person is deemed to have committed an offence if he or she “acquires, receives, possesses, disguises, transfers, converts, exchanges, carries, disposes of, or uses proceeds of an unlawful activity” or “removes from or brings into Malaysia, proceeds of an unlawful activity”.

Unacceptable behaviour in any society, more so in a democratic society defined by the rule of law.
The decay in our system is increasing,one person’s sentiment being strong enough to over-ride the rule of law must be quickly and firmly dispelled.Failure to act firmly and swiftly with such self-styled law breakers signifies a governance deficit and will have dangerous consequences if such groups are not stamped out now.

Failure to give primacy to law is sign of a failing attorney-general office   and dangerous for Malaysia
Failure to act firmly and swiftly with such self-styled law breakers signifies a governance deficit and will have dangerous consequences if such groups are not stamped out now.
 clarion call to put an end to such crimes. While most commentators have so far focused on the political fallout of such incidents, the real question is of re-establishing the supremacy of law in the country. Upholding of basic law and order cannot be kept hostage to the colours of a state government’s political dispensation.

The Malaysian Bar is deeply disturbed by the grim disclosures contained in the complaint filed by the United States Department of Justice (“DOJ”)[1] “to forfeit assets involved in and traceable to an international conspiracy to launder money misappropriated from 1Malaysia Development Berhad (“1MDB”)…”[2]  The DOJ has made serious allegations of siphoning or diversion of funds, fraud, and the misuse of the banking system for illegal activities, by the individuals and entities named in the complaint.

Various persons have in the past weeks sought to interpret the DOJ’s 136-page complaint.  It is appalling that some have deliberately set out to distort the proceedings, and have attempted to create confusion, ostensibly to protect­ wrongdoers.  In the interest of upholding the rule of law and the cause of justice, the thrust, purpose and ramifications of the DOJ proceedings must be appreciated.

The legal proceeding commenced by the DOJ seeking the forfeiture of assets — including rights to profits, moveable assets and real property — constitute a civil action.  These assets, located primarily, but not exclusively, in the United States, are alleged to be proceeds from criminal conduct.  The DOJ maintains that this is the largest single asset seizure action ever brought under its Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative.[3]

The DOJ’s court document states that the assets to be forfeited represent “a portion of the proceeds of over [US]$3.5 billion misappropriated from 1MDB.”[4]  It has been reported that the United States authorities intend “to recover more than [US]$1 billion that was laundered through the United States and traceable to the conspiracy.”[5]  In this regard, it would appear from the court document that the United States authorities possess comprehensive knowledge of the movement of the alleged misappropriated funds, have sighted relevant documentary evidence, and even reviewed telephone conversations.  The substance, depth and reach of the allegations are compelling, and should not be ignored.  The affected parties will have the opportunity to challenge the DOJ’s action in court, hence the process is transparent and adheres to the principles of natural justice.

The complaint made by the DOJ does not preclude criminal action, as the forfeiture is but a first step to prevent dissipation of the specified assets.  The act of money laundering, and involvement in a conspiracy to do so, are criminal offences.  Thus, upon forfeiture of the assets, it is likely that there would be criminal proceedings to prosecute those responsible for the alleged misappropriation of 1MDB funds and the laundering of those funds in the United States and elsewhere.

Such proceedings in the United States should not surprise our law enforcement agencies or officers.  There are similar provisions in our law for the freezing or forfeiture of assets in Malaysia that are connected with money laundering activities or are the proceeds of crime, whether or not any individuals are prosecuted.[6]  These have often subsequently led to the prosecution of individuals.  The laws in Malaysia also allow for criminal proceedings against individuals for alleged money laundering activities, even if those activities occur outside Malaysia.[7]

It is noteworthy that the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission has issued a statement confirming that it cooperated with the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation in the latter’s investigations.[8]  In international efforts to stop money laundering and curb corruption, many countries — including Malaysia — have passed laws that allow for “universal jurisdiction” in respect of money laundering activities or corrupt practices.  Such legal actions cannot in any way be categorised as attempts to interfere in the domestic affairs of a sovereign state.

The principal aim of international crime prevention and anti-corruption treaties such as the United Nations Convention against Corruption, which Malaysia ratified in 2008, is to specifically provide for the prosecution of those involved in international or transnational criminal activities.  No country that is a signatory to such treaties or conventions should attempt to hide or shield such persons, or permit such persons to evade or avoid prosecution, or to block access to evidence or information.

It is untenable to hold that the DOJ document does not show that money has been misappropriated from 1MDB.[9]  The allegations of financial improprieties concerning 1MDB funds — described as having been “stolen, laundered through American financial institutions and used to enrich a few officials and their associates”[10] — are referred to in no fewer than 193 paragraphs in the document.

Further, it has been reported that 1MDB is being investigated for alleged financial irregularities and possible money laundering in at least nine countries: Australia, Hong Kong, Luxembourg, Singapore, Switzerland, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and United States of America.[11]  It is significant that immediately after the DOJ announced its action, Singaporean authorities declared that they have seized bank accounts and properties amounting to S$240 million in total, as a result of their own investigations into the flows of 1MDB-related funds through Singapore, which began in March 2015 and are still in progress.[12]

There are parties who have stated that 1MDB has not suffered any losses but only “has debts”.[13]  This is a perverse and unsustainable position, given that the PAC report reportedly named members of 1MDB’s senior management that it said should face a criminal investigation,[14]  and that five of the twelve members of the PAC have reportedly stated that the PAC’s report shows that a total of US$7 billion have flowed out from 1MDB and were unaccounted for.[15]

Several individuals have been specifically named in the DOJ’s court document, but not the Prime Minister.  However, this is not to say that he cannot be identified from the descriptive statements contained in the court document.[16]  The conclusion — based on any clear reading of those descriptive statements — that the person named as “MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1” in the court document is the Prime Minister appears irresistible.

The court document contains many other troubling disclosures.  It is alleged that in March 2013, USD681 million was transferred to a bank account belonging to “MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1”,[17] and that this sum emanated from a 1MDB bond sale.  This allegation contradicts statements by our authorities that the funds were a “personal donation” to the Prime Minister from the Saudi royal family, given to him without any consideration.[18]

In addition, the court document also alleges that USD20 million and a further USD30 million traceable to 1MDB funds, were transferred to the same personal bank account owned by “MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1” in 2011 and 2012, respectively.[19]  It would appear that the transfer of these funds had not been previously uncovered or disclosed by any of our enforcement agencies.  These allegations therefore expose deficiencies and flaws in the investigations that have been conducted so far in Malaysia, and a lack of transparency regarding the findings that such investigations have yielded.

While the DOJ’s proceedings and any other possible related proceedings in the United States of America must be allowed to take their course and not be prejudged, a fresh and comprehensive investigation of all persons directly or indirectly implicated in the allegations made by the DOJ must be pursued.  These allegations must not be ignored or permitted to be swept under the carpet, as that would only fuel the already existing perception of a cover-up.  In this regard, the recent statement by the PAC, in the wake of the DOJ proceedings, that any further investigation into 1MDB is unnecessary, is deeply disconcerting.

There is a palpable need for greater fervour, transparency and accountability in the investigation by our enforcement authorities, and for appropriate and concrete action to be taken against all wrongdoers, without delay.  The truth must be revealed and justice must be done.

[1] Civil suit document filed by the United States Department of Justice dated 20 July 2016 (“DOJ civil suit”).
[2] DOJ civil suit, para 5.
[3] Press statement by the United States Department of Justice entitled “United States Seeks to Recover More Than $1 Billion Obtained from Corruption Involving Malaysian Sovereign Wealth Fund” dated 20 July 2016 (“DOJ press statement”).
[4] DOJ civil suit, para 33.
[6] Section 41 of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission Act 2009, and Sections 44, 45, 50, 51 and 52 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.
[7] Sections 44, 45, 50, 51 and 52 of the Anti-Money Laundering, Anti-Terrorism Financing and Proceeds of Unlawful Activities Act 2001.  Sections 44 and 53 also deal with the freezing and seizure of assets located outside Malaysia.
[8] Press statement issued by the Malaysia Anti-Corruption Commission entitled “SPRM Bekerjasama Dengan FBI” dated 22 July 2016.
[9] Press statement by the Attorney General of Malaysia Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Haji Mohamed Apandi Bin Haji Ali entitled “US DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE FILING OF CIVIL ACTION” dated 21 July 2016.
[12] Joint statement by the Attorney-General’s Chambers of Singapore, Commercial Affairs Department of the Singapore Police Force and the Monetary Authority of Singapore entitled “Investigations into 1MDB-Related Fund Flows through Singapore” dated 21 July 2016.
[13] “Don’t be blindsided by 1MDB: Najib”, New Straits Times Online, 9 August 2015.
[14] “Malaysia’s Probe Into 1MDB Fund Was Flawed”, Wall Street Journal, 26 May 2016.
[15] “PAC members: We never said no wrongdoing, cash went missing”, MalaysiaKini, 12 April 2016.
[16] (a) DOJ civil suit, para 28: “MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1 is a high-ranking official in the Malaysian government who also held a position of authority with 1MDB. During all times relevant to the Complaint, MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1 was a “public official” as that term is used in 18 U.S.C. § 1956(c)(7)(B)(iv) and a “public servant” as that term is used in Section 21 of the Malaysian Penal Code.”
(b) DOJ civil suit, para 129: “[RIZA SHAHRIZ BIN ABDUL] AZIZ is a relative of MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1 and a friend of LOW [TAEK JHO].”
(c) DOJ civil suit, para 39: “Upon its formation, MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1 assumed a position of authority with 1MDB. MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1 had the authority to approve all appointments to, and removals from, 1MDB’s Board of Directors and 1MDB’s Senior Management Team. In addition, any financial commitments by 1MDB, including investments, that were likely to affect a guarantee given by the government of Malaysia for the benefit of 1MDB or any policy of the Malaysian government, required, the approval of MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1.”
(d) DOJ civil suit, para 238: “The Government of Malaysia provided a “Letter of Support,” dated March 14, 2013, in connection with the Project Catalyze transaction… the letter is signed by MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1.”, read together with “A 1MDB default would test limits of Najib’s support: Gadfly”, StockHut, 19 April 2016.
(e) DOJ civil suit, para 263: “… a press release issued on January 26, 2016, the Malaysian Attorney General confirmed that, “the sum of USD681 million (RM2.08 billion) [was] transferred into the personal account of [MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1] between 22.03.2013 and 10.04.2013,” and that, “ In August 2013, a sum of USD620 million (RM2.03 billion) was returned by [MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1]. . . .” The Malaysian Attorney General ultimately characterized the payment of $681 million as a “personal donation to [MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1] from the Saudi royal family which was given to him without any consideration.”
[17] DOJ civil suit, para 229:  “…between approximately March 21, 2013, and March 25, 2013, $681,000,000 was transferred from the Tanore Account to an account belonging to MALAYSIAN OFFICIAL 1.”
[18] Press statement by the Attorney General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Haji Mohamed Apandi bin Haji Ali entitled “IN RELATION TO THE INVESTIGATION PAPERS RETURNED BY MACC ON SRC INTERNATIONAL AND “RM2.6 BILLION” dated 26 March 2016.
[19] DOJ civil suit, para 261.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Najibs moment of reckoning: AG Loretta Lynch vs AG Apandi,

There is such a thing called dereliction of duty.Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is implicated in the US Department of Justice (DOJ) forfeiture lawsuit even if he is not named in
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When the judiciary chooses to govern, they do so without subjecting themselves to the same level of accountability that elected representatives do. And the cost extracted from these sudden and far-reaching changes brought about by judicial orders is borne by citizens.

the question is has Apandi the political will, integrity and courage to do the right thing? And if he has, will he be there in the first place? the reputability of its core institutions: the Prime Minister's Office, the Ministry of Finance, the Attorney-General's Chambers.The Malaysian investigations were compromised from day one when the inspector-general of police (IGP) colluded in the disbanding of the task force and the sacking of Abdul Gani Patail as AG.
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Both the MACC and Bank Negara became subjects of a well-orchestrated smear and intimidation campaign designed to pervert the course of justice and render these institutions impotent.
Apandi has  shamelessly alluded to the non-prosecution of any culprit as proof of 1MDB’s innocence. But does he realise that he has been ceaselessly and contemptuously castigated as the chief culprit who has frustrated all efforts to bring the alleged criminals to book?

Domestically, there are now reasons for the court case against Najib to be re-opened and all information to be declassified to support the legal challenge,the judiciary should see this move for the diversionary tactic it is, and insist that the focus on corruption returns from  top politicians and bureaucrats.US AG Loretta Lynch said, “Unfortunately and tragically, a number of corrupt officials treated this public trust as a personal bank account
the AG was quick off the mark to exonerate the PM despite the PAC and the auditor-general having yet to complete their investigations.The PAC was forced to issue a watered down report while the auditor-general's report was unlawfully classified to hide incriminating evidence.
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the question is has Apandi the political will, integrity and courage to do the right thing? And if he has, will he be there in the first place?
There could be an argument that in making the moral position paramount, the judiciary has acted like a fan and perhaps overreached itself.on the apex council for instance seems unwarranted. Moreover, it allows undesirable governmental interference.

There is currently no evidence that money had been misappropriated from 1MDB, said attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali no evidence from any investigation conducted by any law enforcement agencies in various jurisdictions which shows that money has been misappropriated from 1MDB,

No evidence of misappropriation from 1MDB? What about the US$1.03 billion siphoned illegally to Jho Low’s Good Star Limited, and the US$3.5 billion paid illegally to the bogus Aabar Investment PJS Limited, just to name a few?

The auditor-general has listed US$7 billion of investments for which 1MDB could not produce evidence of their existence. Isn’t this evidence of massive misappropriation?
All icons have to fall and fall they will. The pace at which they fall is determined entirely by the icons choice of path. Once the slide downhill begins, however small the gradient is and the one they decide to embark themselves on, there is really not much that can be done to break the fall. The great icons usually take a lot longer to get to the edge of that precipitous point. Once they do, they stare down at the dismal abyss contemplating if the time has really come, to take the fall or not to. The ones who wish to salvage the impeccable paeans that the world has sung for them will not stare, they will dive down the path of certainty towards the next few phases of their illustrious life or what is left of it. Yes, you could call this a fall, a glorious fall and one that will rebound the icon back to the stars. Then there is another type of fall, where those around the icon push so hard and the fall so capricious that the icon bruises himself against the jagged ravines. 

According to US Department of Justice (DOJ), US$3.5 billion was misappropriated from 1MDB. Earlier the Swiss Office of the Attorney General (OAG) reported that up to US$4 billion could be involved.

According to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and auditor-general's audit report on 1MDB, as much as US$7 billion are unaccounted for/not traceable.

The people generally believe there were incriminating elements in the Bank Negara and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) probes that lead to the need to conceal the probe reports enabling the attorney-general’s decision to exonerate PM Najib Razak.

And AG Mohamed Apandi Ali claims there is no evidence of criminal misappropriation in the various investigations thus far. What further evidence does the he need? Isn't it his job to establish the evidence, prosecute and proof the crime and put the criminals behind bars?

But the question is has Apandi the political will, integrity and courage to do the right thing? And if he has, will he be there in the first place?

Isn’t this further exemplified by his much criticised lead prosecutor role in the allegedly trumped-up Penang CM Lim Guan Eng corruption charges?

1MDB owes a total of approximately RM55 billion, for which it has negligible assets to offset other than the two pieces of prime lands given to it by the government virtually for free. Where has the RM55 billion gone?

Apandi has further shamelessly alluded to the non-prosecution of any culprit as proof of 1MDB’s innocence. But does he realise that he has been ceaselessly and contemptuously castigated as the chief culprit who has frustrated all efforts to bring the alleged criminals to book?

the judiciary should see this move for the diversionary tactic it is, and insist that the focus on corruption returns from  top politicians and bureaucrats.

According to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and auditor-general's audit report on 1MDB, as much as US$7 billion are unaccounted for/not traceable.is only symptomatic of the malaise that had gripped  the attorney-general office
 A sense of immunity had developed over decades because of the incestuous and closed manner in which it functioned.

Friday, May 13, 2016

Malaysian in search for answers Najib Ignorance Of The Law Is An Excuse — If You’re the PM

The root cause of problems is the introduction of conflict of interest
The notion put forward by Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak that 1MDB had failed because of critics is laughable, says Petaling Jaya Utara MP Tony Pua.
Pua said this in response to a televised interview Najib gave yesterday, saying 1MDB had failed because of attacks on an initial public offering (IPO) for Edra Global Energy."If we critics are so powerful, then we would have stopped so many other IPOs and related transactions, such as Felda Global Ventures Holdings or other privatisation and fund-raising projects by the BN administration," he said in a statement today.1MDB would have "the worst business model in the world" if its success or failure depended entirely on an IPO for its subsidiary."If 1MDB's business collapsed just because of a failed IPO, that was probably the reason why the IPO failed in the first place," Pua added.According to the DAP lawmaker, the real reason the Edra IPO failed was because the government had overpaid for the energy assets under Edra.The Public Accounts Committee report, he said, showed that Edra was valued at between RM9.86 billion and RM11.3 billion only, short of the RM12.1 billion spent on assets."Hence the IPO failed because 1MDB was unable to justify the ridiculous valuation paid for its energy assets, but Datuk Seri Najib chose to conveniently blame the scandal-ridden firm's critics," he added.Pua then slammed Najib for blaming critics, instead of addressing 1MDB's weaknesses as highlighted by the PAC report, and also for not telling the public how he plans to bail out the indebted firm that is now defaulting on its loans.Najib has made a fool of himself by going on air and telling Malaysians that the failure of 1MDB is because of critics and the aborted IPO for Edra Global Energy.
He can only fool a small group of the kampung folks. He has no way out but to give excuses after excuses just to remain in power.
It’s not every day that one gets the likes of Mahathir, Lim Kit Siang , Mohamad Sabu and Nurulbatting for the same side. Just because these eminences, among others, are fighting to save their beloved nation by demanding justice does not mean that their case is an invalid one

that it puts ‘society’ under threat the word ‘anarchy’ having been bandied about in court it being treated as a crime, criminalised simply because the law says so. It’s high time our lawmakers decriminalise defamation.

A Malaysian student in Australia has some money (US$3.4 million) transferred into her account by an unknown "donor" and she spent it on luxury goods. She was caught and charged with dishonest conduct

that Najib should know about the money his own bank account. His claim of ignorance is not a viable or valid defence
 can Singapore be smarter than our AG? Cannot be! Our AG was a judge of the highest court in Malaysia. He is a learned man. This kind evidence surely would not escape him
When Apandi cleared Najib of all wrongdoings, it is eerily calm and serene in Malaysia. When 1MDB lost RM48.7 billion, and no one is under investigations in Malaysia, it is surreal.

AAP’s recent allegations on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s not having a bachelor’s and master’s degree as claimed, and the subsequent release of copies of his degree certificates from the government reminds one of a similar conspiracy theory. Since the start of his presidential campaign in 2008, Barack Obama faced allegations that he isn’t a natural-born US citizen and consequently, ineligible to be US President.
Soon, several fringe conservative groups demanded Obama show his birth certificate to clear the air. Obama’s campaign staff released his birth certificate, obtained from the Hawaii State Department of Health. Hawaiian government officials also confirmed that the birth certificate was indeed correct. One would have expected the controversy to die, right?
However, it didn’t. Opponents cried a conspiracy, despite verification through independent media checks. Belief in such conspiracy theories persisted, despite the pre-election release of Obama’s official Hawaiian birth certificate; confirmation, based on the original documents, by the Hawaii Department of Health; the April 2011 release of a certified copy of Obama’s original Certificate of Live Birth (or long-form certificate); and contemporaneous birth announcements published in Hawaii newspapers.
Coming back home, things are not too different. AAP, a party with claims to high virtue, is now notorious for spreading rumours. Modi’s humble ‘chaiwallah’ background makes it easy to feed the stereotype.
Elitists and Modi-haters would love to believe there is no way such a person can have a postgraduate degree (similar to Obama haters who love to believe a coloured man is not American). The fact that the PM’s degrees in question were issued over four decades ago, when electronic records did not exist, makes it easier to increase the confusion.
The rumour snowballed and AAP leaders achieved what they love most – to be head to head with the PM. In such times, it becomes difficult for the PMO to choose a course of action. To react to every rumour comes across as defensive, and also adds credence to the person making the allegation when none may be due. However, if the rumour snowballs, it becomes difficult to ignore it.
Obama faced the same problem, as the rumour about his birth failed to die even after he assumed office. Finally, in what was a truly classy act, Obama played his ‘birth video’ at the White House Correspondents’ dinner, a clip of Simba being born in Africa from the animated film Lion King. Using humour he demolished the baseless arguments at one go, where almost nothing else would have worked.
Back home our NDA government reacted with a press conference, held by none other than the finance minister and BJP party president. Frankly, it was overkill. It gave AAP the satisfaction of getting a reaction from the top. Using humour could have worked better. For instance, the PM presenting his nursery report card along with his degrees at a conference might have shut up the conspiracy theorists.
Of course, that hasn’t happened yet. As soon as the degrees were released, AAP leaders called them fake. AAP, however, carried out no checks to confirm that the degrees were indeed fabricated. A sitting PM faking a degree certificate just because someone came up with allegations is a bit of a stretch. Why would any PM take such a massive risk?
However, conspiracy theories are rarely about logic or truth. Like trolling on the internet, they are about attacking someone. The best attacks, in fact, have only a tiny degree of plausibility, but are quite difficult for the person attacked to prove otherwise.
For instance, you could allege BJP is paying me for this article. In reality, no politician has ever offered me money for anything (maybe i am quite useless). However, how do i prove it? How do i demonstrate that my views on AAP’s degree stunt are what i truly feel? I can’t, right? Hence, i am open to attacks (and will be on social media, after this article).
Or take another one, about Sonia Gandhi having Italian mafia contacts. Completely unproven, but she does have Italian roots. Let’s slap on the muck. Proving something is no longer important before attacking anyone. A tiny degree of plausibility is all it takes.
Even if the PM were to produce more evidence on his degrees, AAP will continue to attack it. After all he is the PM, can’t he direct a printing press to print whatever he wants? Can’t he tell all university staff to say what he wants? This looniness will never end.
However, there is a lesson in this for all of us. We citizens, and the media, have to be careful on what story we give credence. If we waste our time on loony theories we are ignoring 1.3 billion people of this country, who have real-life problems.
There’s a lesson for AAP (and their fans) as well. As a well-wisher of theirs (i am a well-wisher of every party), they need to revisit their PR strategy. To become popular is important, but to do it at the cost of losing credibility is not worth it. Hence, one word of advice on casting aspersions on the PM’s degree for AAP: Stop. It’s hurting you more than you think.
Oh, and did you know PM Modi is an alien? He can’t prove that he is not. You disagree? Such a bhakt you are!

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Friday, May 6, 2016

The Federal Court said recalcitrant Khalid Abu Bakar wilfully disobeyed the court's order

All one has to do is refer to the Royal Commission to Enhance the Operation and Management of the Royal Malaysia Police published in 2005 to address “widespread concerns regarding the high incidence of crime, perception of corruption in the Royal Malaysia Police (Polis Diraja Malaysia, PDRM), and what did this commission discover?
The voiceless and the helpless is the worst the fact that if political goons can get away even with actual murders of people in our country, laming a dead  horse like Najib is hardly likely to take too much time of the legal and justice system in the country.One would have thought how evolved a culture is, is best captured by how it treats its weak and the voiceless. Do we as a people measure up?
 the IGP could well be in contempt of court 

 Are we are still serious about restoring the rule of law and the pursuit of excellence for the country.
 life goes on with corruption scandals and strange political alliances that currently defines our political landscape. allowing dissent within its institutions, by extending a broad table to all sorts of disgruntled and politically discontented stake holders and starting a discourse. that a democracy chose to be a democracy in the truest sense. That of allowing dissent within its institutions, by extending a broad table to all sorts of disgruntled and politically discontented stake holders and starting a discourse.
Beast of a man Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar,the Federal Court to remind the inspector-general of police (IGP) of his obligation under the Police Act to carry out any direction issued by a court. Because of his failure to do so, the Federal Court issued a mandamus ordering him to comply. A mandamus is issued to compel a public officer to carry out his public duty.The administration of justice will be brought into disrepute if the court's order is wilfully disobeyed the recalcitrant Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to milk any order to his advantage 

Corrupt political leadership does not attractive men of outstanding integrity; neither can it be expected to enact effective laws to maintain high integrity in government. That truism has practically reduced our options to only one – a change of political leadership.

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Saturday, April 30, 2016

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Zahra Haider’s real crime is that she’s been candid about her love life and worse, found her Pakistani lovers wanting
Earlier this week, a young Pakistani woman wrote a candid piece online about her premarital sex life in Islamabad. Alleging that Pakistanis watch more porn privately than any other nation in the world (she didn’t quote her sources) while publicly maintaining a fa├žade of piety, she took them to task for being a bunch of sexually repressed hypocrites. She didn’t just dole it out, she was pretty forthright about herself. She listed the number of partners she’d had (a dozen by the age of 19) and described the location of her trysts (cars, expensive hotel rooms, and once her boyfriend’s father’s office which had an attached bedroom – your surprise is not unmerited).
But she didn’t have a great time because of all the secrecy, lies and subterfuge involved. And the fact that her partners were an unadventurous, boring lot.
She had the gumption to write all this under her own name: Zahra Haider. Miss Haider currently lives in Canada where she is dating non-judgmental, non-Pakistani men and having, by her own account, a fulfilling experience.
Meanwhile in her home country, the proverbial s*** has hit the fan. Her compatriots — most of them men, I must add — have spewed their fury, outrage and disgust in a stream of abusive tweets. Admittedly a few have also maintained that her private life is her own business. I won’t go into what some have threatened to do to her but suffice it to say she has been denounced for all manner of sins. She’s a liar. She’s a slut. She’s brought shame to her family.
Shame to her name. Shame to the nation. (Funny how any number of factual reports of child abuse, gang rapes and honour killings don’t bring the nation into disrepute but one woman’s personal views on sex between consenting adults disgrace us all.) No doubt it’s only a matter of time before Miss Haider is also accused of being a traitor. Obviously she’s been put up to it for some vast but undisclosed sum by the enemies of our nation to ‘show us in bad light’. Obviously she should promptly pack her bags and shove off to the decadent, immoral West where she so clearly belongs. Were she not already there.
By far the weirdest accusation being hurled at her comes from a fervent supporter of Imran Khan’s opposition party, PTI. In a truly bizarre stretch of the imagination, this particular rant holds PML-N,
the ruling party, responsible for the shame heaped upon the nation by Miss Haider’s shocking disclosures. Why? Because she was once the class fellow of Maryam Nawaz, the Prime Minister’s daughter. Yes, go figure.
Quite clearly, Miss Haider has become a lightning rod for all sorts of ugly prejudices, insecurities and anxieties. It is worth stressing that what she says in her article is hardly revelatory. We all know that there’s plenty of pre- and extra-marital sex around, and has been forever. That we like to deny its existence for reasons of honour or propriety is no secret either. In providing her own evidence, Ms Haider has made clear the disconnect there. All she’s asked for, really, is more openness and honesty.
I can see why her demand has discomfited many. She’s asking for a fundamental change in societal attitude, one that goes against millennia of custom and tradition. When that change involves women, men go ballistic. If any evidence were needed simply consider the bitter opposition to the Punjab’s protection bill for women. But I suspect Miss Haider’s real crime is that she’s made so bold as to talk of her love life openly and worse, found her Pakistani lovers wanting.
The depressing fact is that men the world over resent outspoken, confident women. The Guardian newspaper recently ran a survey in Britain investigating online abuse experienced by its writers and discovered that female columnists, particularly non-white female columnists, were subjected to much greater, much nastier trolling than their male counterparts. Had Miss Haider’s article been penned by a man, I’m convinced it would not have generated half as much controversy as it has. But because she’s a woman, and a desi woman at that, she must be put in her place. Misogyny is rampant everywhere but online it is out of control.
Though it pains me to admit it, I’m not surprised by the viciousness. For that matter, Ms Haider couldn’t have lived in Pakistan for 19 years and not known that. But she wrote it any way. So kudos to her.