- Khairy To Act On Auditor General's Report
- Anwar’s acquittal appeal on Dec 11 and 12
- Liow: I’m ready to face EGM
- Rahmad calls on DAP to amend constitution
- IGP: Missing guns may have fallen into the sea
- MCA meet quizzes party’s missing millions
- Dr M: Stop BR1M handouts
- Rais to ‘unite’ PAS, PKR, Umno leaders
- Pakatan: Set up council to stop wastage of funds
- The plot thickens in MCA leadership drama
- With questions over RM1.3m in missing police assets, IGP pleads for time
Posted: 01 Oct 2013 09:21 PM PDT
(Bernama) -- Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin assured that no stones would be left unturned against those found responsible for misusing tax payers money.
"What is certain is that we in the Ministry of Youth and Sports will take the necessary steps to ensure no wastage of funds because the government's funds are the peoples' money. We must be accountable for every Sen that we spend," he said.
Posted: 01 Oct 2013 06:55 PM PDT
(Bernama) - The Court of Appeal here fixed Dec 11 and 12 to hear the prosecution's appeal against Anwar Ibrahim's acquittal on a charge of sodomising his former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.
Court of Appeal president Md Raus Sharif fixed the hearing dates for the appeal after the matter came up before him in chambers today for case management.
Appearing for the prosecution was Muhammad Shafee Abdullah while Anwar was represented by Karpal Singh.
Muhammad Shafee, a senior lawyer, was appointed by the Attorney-General by way of a "fiat" to lead the prosecution in its appeal in a bid to set aside the Kuala Lumpur High Court's decision on Jan 9, last year which acquitted and discharged Anwar of a charge of sodomising Mohd Saiful Bukhari, 26.
Karpal Singh said in the meantime, the Court of Appeal would have to prepare its grounds of judgment with regard to its (the Court of Appeal's) decision to dismiss Anwar's application to disqualify Muhammad Shafee from appearing as the lead counsel.
He (Karpal Singh) said this was to enable Anwar's appeal (against the Court of Appeal's dismissal of Anwar's application to disqualify Muhammad Shafee as public prosecutor) to be heard at the Federal Court before Dec 11.
A three-member Court of Appeal panel led by Justice Ramly Ali had on Sept 17, this year dismissed Anwar's application to disqualify Muhammad Shafee and held that his appointment as public prosecutor was valid and in accordance with the provisions of the law.
The opposition leader (Anwar) subsequently filed the notice of appeal on Sept 20, this year against that decision.
Anwar, 64, was accused of committing the offence at a Desa Damansara condominium unit in Bukit Damansara between 3.10pm and 4.30pm on June 26, 2008.
On Jan 9, last year, High Court judge Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah in acquitting Anwar had ruled that there was penile penetration but it was uncorroborated by other evidence.
He had held that the court could not be 100% certain on the integrity of samples taken from Mohd Saiful for DNA testing as the samples could have been compromised before they reached the chemistry department for analysis.
Posted: 01 Oct 2013 05:06 PM PDT
(The Star) - MCA deputy president Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai says he is ready to face an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) to censure him.
He expressed confidence that the central delegates were mature enough to make wise and important decisions.
Dr Chua is scheduled to chair a CC meeting at the party headquarters here tomorrow.
Posted: 01 Oct 2013 04:56 PM PDT
Penang Malay Congress leader, who dramatically quit the party last week, alleges that DAP is Chinese-centric and should therefore, amend its constitution to reflect so.
The outspoken Penang Malay Congress leader Rahmad Isahak has now called on DAP to amend its constitution to reflect the party's positioning as a Chinese-centric party as it mostly championed issues of the community.
DAP should also do away with its multi-racial tagline and remove the slogan of "Malaysian Malaysia or Middle Malaysia," he said.
He added that its constitution should read that Chinese are the dominant members while the rest are minorities and the Malays are relegated to just token representatives.
In his first statement since recently quitting DAP in a huff over what he alleged to be an unfavorable treatment of the Malays, Rahmad said the outcome of the central executive committee (CEC) election line-up portrays DAP as a Chinese party where an overwhelming number of leaders from that community were retained.
This is despite PMC's constant clarion call for DAP to incorporate a multi-ethnic composition in view that it had become a dominant voice in Pakatan Rakyat, an alliance comprising reformists PKR and Islamists PAS.
Rahmad also believes that a standing instruction was issued to the 1,000 plus delegates to vote in the same CEC line-up as that in the earlier election in December.
"It shows that the election is merely for them to thumb their noses at the authorities such as the Registar of Societies. It is a show," he said.
According to him, the surprise was that the party icon Lim Kit Siang and Lim Guan Eng had each lost more than 200 votes in the re-election when compared to the previous elections last December.
Both finished behind Kluang MP Liew Chin Tong whose role as a political educational bureau chairman was seen as the catalyst for DAP outperforming all other political parties except Umno in the last general election.
Make Chin Tong the sec-gen
"Many may find this surprising but if one were to analyse the DAP voting pattern, the result also shows that the delegates have started erasing the long held perception that Lim dynasty controls the party. For me, Liew is a lightning rod," Rahmad said.
The votes may have also gone to DAP chairman Karpal Singh, who was also seen as creating a parallel dynasty with the rise of his two sons, Gobind and Jagdeep, in the party.
Posted: 01 Oct 2013 04:30 PM PDT
(MM) - Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar said today that the missing guns highlighted in the just-released federal audit had not fallen into the wrong hands but could have "fallen into the sea", as he deflected criticisms against the police force for lacking accountability.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), in a press conference this afternoon, pointed out that checks with the weapons' identification codes have confirmed that they were not used for any criminal activity recently.
Posted: 01 Oct 2013 04:23 PM PDT
(MM) - Close to 500 MCA members met today to demand answers on the millions of ringgit worth of party funds they alleged have been left unaccounted under the leadership of party president Datuk Seri Dr Chua Soi Lek.
The funds include, among others, RM212 million in dividends from the 42 per cent stake MCA holds in English daily The Star, and the sale of a donated piece of land in Bangi that was meant for the party's second headquarters.
Posted: 01 Oct 2013 04:07 PM PDT
(Bernama) - Former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said that the 1Malaysia People's Aid (BR1M) need not to be continued in the Budget 2014 in a bid to reduce the people's dependency on the government.
Instead, he said the government should find a way to train the people, especially the underprivileged, with certain skills that could become their source of income.
"We rarely appreciate the things we get for free, including the BR1M.
"That is why it should be given only to hardcore poor and those with disabilities," he told reporters after speaking at 'An Evening With Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad' programme here yesterday.
He said this when asked about his suggestions for the Budget 2014, scheduled to be tabled by Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak on Oct 25.
Meanwhile, Dr Mahathir said Malaysia's economy would not suffer major impact following the United States (US) government shutdown as the bilateral trade between the two countries had declined over the years.
"More or less, the effect will be felt, but our trade is not with the US alone," he said.
The US government went into a partial shutdown as lawmakers missed the deadline to pass a budget amid differences in Congress over how to deal with President Barack Obama's health care programme.
Posted: 01 Oct 2013 04:05 PM PDT
(Bernama) - Social Affairs and Cultural adviser to the government Dr Rais Yatim plans to bring together leaders of three political parties soon in efforts to strengthen unity among the Malays and Muslims.
He said for a start, a meeting organised with the cooperation of several Malay intellectuals and non-governmental organisations, would be held in three places, namely Kelantan, Terengganu and Kuala Lumpur.
The three parties involved are Umno, PKR and PAS.
"This effort is underway and to make it happen, it must be done in the goodwill spirit," he told reporters after launching a seminar on 'Unity of the Ummah in Malaysian Civilization" at Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI), here yesterday.
Rais said he saw the significance of Malay interests in the context of unity and not the name of their party, therefore, efforts to unite them were necessary to discuss issues on religion, race, language and the region.
"This is not about Umno politics, PAS politics or PKR politics but the Malay Muslim struggle."
He said this when asked by a panel member on how to strengthen unity among the Malays from various political parties in the country.
Meanwhile, on the seminar, he said Malays needed to push aside their ego in the interest of their own race and Muslims.
"Malay Bumiputeras need to protect the future of the Malays…besides avoiding racial politics, which will only weaken the community itself," he said.
The two-day seminar, organised by UPSI's Institute of Malay Civilization, assembled political figures, academicians and non-governmental organisation leaders. Three working papers were presented to discuss the direction of Malay unity.
Posted: 01 Oct 2013 03:43 PM PDT
Pakatan Rakyat leaders want a special council formed to act against ministries and government agencies mismanaging funds
Anisah Shukry, FMT
The Pakatan Rakyat proposed today that a three-member council be set up to put a stop to the government's massive mismanagement of public funds as detailed in the Auditor-General's annual report.
The council must comprise the Opposition Leader and Auditor-General (AG), and chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister, Pakatan leaders said today.
"The council should look into enforcement as well as prevention and undertake structural reforms to get to the bottom of the issue," DAP secretary-general Lim Guan Eng told reporters the parliament lobby today.
"The Auditor-General is there to look at each government agency. With the council in place, action can actually be taken against those who are squandering money," he said.
He added that among the steps, the council must ensure that tenders were open and transparent.
Lim said with such prominent figures in the council, firm action would be possible, unlike the toothless Public Accounts Committee (PAC).
He said the PAC was ineffective as it did not have the power to take action against agencies guilty of mismanaging public funds.
He added that the PAC only hauled up officials for questioning and produced reports on the issue.
"This wastage happens yearly and is never-ending. So as long as there is no serious action, we will see this happen again next year," said the Penang Chief Minister.
PAS vice-president Mahfuz Omar said the report proved the government agencies had not learned their lessons.
Posted: 01 Oct 2013 12:10 PM PDT
(fz.com) - Money is what was left of the MCA after the party suffered a disastrous defeat in the May 5 general election. Many would say, therefore the fight for party posts is a fight for the party assets.
Posted: 01 Oct 2013 12:06 PM PDT
(MMO) - As the public wonders how guns are being smuggled across the border and onto our streets, the Auditor-General's Report 2012 released yesterday dropped a bombshell as it revealed the police lost 44 firearms between 2010 and 2012.
The question is, have the negligent officers been identified, and what is being done to recover these firearms?
The types of arms are not specified, but the report states they are among several police assets that have gone missing.
The audit found that overall, asset management at the police headquarters in Bukit Aman and at three police contingents (IPK) is unsatisfactory.
The police also lost 29 vehicles in the same period.
Apart from that, 156 handcuffs were reported to have gone missing, along with 26 walkie-talkies, a cellphone, six cameras, four computers, 22 radios, and 21 items filed under "others".
The missing assets amount to RM1.33 million, with Selangor recording the highest number of missing items, followed by Penang and Johor.
DAP's Seputeh MP Teresa Kok alleged that the police might know where criminals are getting firearms, citing the auditor-general's report.
Directing her criticism at Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar, Kok asked him to take a good look at the apparent weaknesses in the police force instead of pushing for the Prevention of Crime (Amendment and Extension) Bill through Parliament.
Kok, who is also the DAP crime action taskforce chairman, insisted on finding out how the police lost the 44 firearms, adding that they must also reveal what types of arms had gone missing.
"These negligent cops should be sacked and prosecuted if the missing guns are used by criminals to commit crimes," she said.
Kok said 44 was a huge number and she wanted to know if the policemen responsible had been identified.
Khalid requested some time to study the report before he could comment.
"Allow us to take a look at the report first, we will respond soon," he told The Malay Mail.
Also mentioned in the report are the late detection of these losses and how officers did not bother to report the missing items to their heads of departments immediately.
This led to a delay in reporting the missing property.
In general, the auditor-general's findings reveal an overall delay in the handling of the police's missing properties.
In an earlier response to the auditor-general, which is published in the report, the police say they would form a system to enable the police headquarters in Bukit Aman to be alerted once a report has been filed regarding a missing property at each police contingent/formation.
The system will be set up by the information technology department and the logistics department, and is aimed at detecting missing items early.
The police say there is a conflict in the statistics on the number of assets missing as there is no secretariat assigned to manage the matter.
The report also states that only two cases out of 95 in 2012 were settled after some of the missing items were recovered.
The auditor-general says regular procedural checks by the police are needed to prevent the late detection of missing assets.
He also suggests that the cause of these losses be identified, be it theft or negligence, and those involved should face disciplinary action to prevent items going missing in the future.
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