Monday, July 25, 2016

Kleptokrasi: Kerajaan Yang Mencuri Harta Negara


A Kadir Jasin


ADA pembahas yang bertanya apa itu kleptokrasi. Dalam bahasa paling mudah ia bererti “kerajaan yang mencuri” atau “kerajaan pencuri”.

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Sesiapa yang berminat boleh membaca huraian saya dalam akhbar Sinar Harian Ahad lalu dalam kolum saya “Asam Pedas”.

Sila klik Sinar Harian.




Terima kasih.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Fight Kleptocracy or Democracy is Dead


A Kadir Jasin

WE are living in a time of great ironies. In a mismatched world - of the holier than thou robed mullahs and suited men preaching all things good and godly but together stole billions of ringgit from the people.

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Of newspaper editors unashamedly told you that they towed the line because the money was good. At the same time they complained noisily about having to cope with too many “wahyus” (instructions) coming from Putrajaya and Seri Perdana.

They slavishly complied with every instruction and duly published every statement that came from the same PMO spokesmen that they said were power crazy and silly.

On Thursday one of them said to me that it was okay for me to be critical of the government because “datuk ada banyak duit.” Has it always to be about money?

But should we be surprised by such an attitude when an elected representative unabashedly told the Press that he did what he did because he too “cari makan”?

So we have cari makan editors, webmasters, bloggers and faceys. Cari makan ministers. Cari makan members of Parliament. Cari makan mullahs and spiritual leaders.

And going by the lawsuit filed on Wednesday in Los Angeles by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) against five individuals for allegedly stealing RM4 billion from 1MDB, we even have a certain “Malaysian Official 1” (MO1) who apparently carted away billions of ringgit meant for the development of the country and her people.

No, this is not "Malaysian Official 1". This is Mr Krab.
Editor’s Note

The editor told me that a veteran Umno MP, who was once a minister, had told him that not a single Cabinet member “truly support” the Prime Minister (Datuk Seri Mappadulung Daeng Mattimung Karaeng Sanrobone) Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, and that the BN would lose the coming general elections.

But the problem is, said the editor, the GE might not be held as “a situation would be created” so that a nationwide emergency could be declared and a Mageran-type administration takes over.

The “situation” prompted my memory to race back to the 1977 Kelantan Emergency that toppled the PAS-led government. One of the elements of the “situation” was some gedebe (hooligans) burnings discarded tyres in Kota Bharu and protesting noisily at the State Legislative building.

These events were used to justify the declaration of the emergency. I was there when they happened. So PAS beware of the Umno trap. The Umno-linked Red Shirts are already planning to hold regular rallies in Kuala Lumpur.

Mageran – short for Majlis Gerakan Negara (National Operations Council) was the Tun Abdul Razak-inspired supreme body that took over the country in the aftermath of the May 13, 1969 race riots.

The spectre of the Akta Majlis Keselamatan Negara (2015) becames crystal clear. Since its hasty adoption by the Parliament last December, the Act is widely feared for its possible unpleasant and dangerous consequences.

But life must go on and those of us who believe in the power of good must continue to struggle. We must hold the Constitution and Rukun Negara dear to our hearts and fight any attempt to turn this beloved country into a dictatorship.

We must continue to humbly appeal to our King, Sultans and Rajas to use their royal privileges and moral authority to come to the nation’s rescue. Please help us fight the dedak eaters. Daulat Tuanku.

It is no joy for us to read that even the White House has called for “Malaysian transparency” in the wake of the 1MDB fund scandal bearing in mind that Mohd Najib believes that its occupant, President Barrack Obama, is his best friend.

My Thots

On Thursday too Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad held a press conference in Putrajaya on behalf of the Deklarasi Rakyat to give the movement's reaction to the US lawsuit. I was there.

My own thoughts on the subject is as follows:

1. The signatories of the Deklarasi Rakyat condemn the act of kleptocracy by Mohd Najib’s government.

2. The stealing of the country's money by his government is an act of treason.

3. His action, supported by his government, had impoverished the people and brought shame to the country. We have become a pariah nation.

4. While the 1.4 million over Malaysians who had so far signed the Deklarasi Rakyat take note of the lawsuit by the DoJ to recover US$1 billion worth of assets from the kleptes (thieves), we must not rely on foreign governments to act on our behalf. We must do much more on our own.

5. We must identify and expose the true identity of the person identified as "Malaysian Official 1" in the DoJ lawsuit for he is the chief kleptes.

Riza Aziz: Najib may feed him to the wolves
6. This person must be brought to justice for betraying the trust of the people and bringing shame to the country.

7. The Deklarasi Rakyat must urge all political parties to unite and condemn this act of robbery.

8. The Deklarasi Rakyat further urge all political parties to make the recovery of the stolen assets and the punishment of those involved in the theft, their election promise.

9. The Deklarasi Rakyat urge all political parties, NGOs and individuals to band together and sue the government for the theft of the country's assets.

10. Action and punishment must also be initiated against political parties, government agencies and civil servants, who colluded with MO1 to siphon billions of ringgit from 1MDB.

MY Humble Appeal

The DoJ lawsuit vindicates the 1.4 million Deklarasi Rakyat’s signatories. We are proven right. Please help get more Malaysians to sign up here.

Wallahuaklam.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Anak Tiri Najib Disebut Dalam Kes RM4 bilion


A Kadir Jasin


BERITA kilat.

Tuntutan mahkamah oleh kerajaan Amerika Syarikat menamakan Riza Abdul Aziz, anak tiri Perdana Menteri (Datuk Seri Mappadulung Daeng Mattimung Karaeng Sanrobone) Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, sebagai “individu berkenaan” dalam kes 1MDB.

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Demikian menurut berita kilat Reuters yang dihantar melalui sistem pesanan ringkas jam 8.09 malam tadi. (Berita seterusnya di sini).


Riza adalah anak Datin Paduka Seri Puan Puti Reno Rosmah Mandor dengan suami pertamanya. Dia adalah penerbit filem yang tinggal di Amerika.

Kiri Riza, kanan Jho Low
Berita kilat itu mengesahkan laporan terdahulu oleh akhbar New York Times (NYT) bahawa Riza, Jho Low dan bekas pegawai kerajaan Abu Dhabi, Mohamed Badawy al-Husseiny, akan disabitkan dalam satu tuntutan mahkamah di Amerika Syarikat. (Baca di sini).


Turut dibabitkan dalam tuntutan itu adalah sekutu Jho Low dan warganegara Malaysia bernama Eric Tan Kim Loong dan seorang lagi bekas pegawai kerajaan Abu, Dhabi Khadem Abdulla Al-Qubaisi.


Kes itu dijangka melibatkan rampasan harta bernilai lebih AS$1 bilion (RM4 bilion) yang dipercayai dibeli dengan wang yang disyaki dicuri daripada 1MDB.

Laporan Reuters mengatakan sebanyak AS$3.5 bilion dicuri daripada 1MDB.

NYT, dalam laporannya berkata wang itu disembunyikan dalam bentuk hartanah, karya seni dan barang-barang berharga lain.

Duit itu disonglap daripada 1MDB dan dipindahkan di sekeliling dunia secara rahsia menggunakan syarikat kosong (shell company), kata Jabatan Keadilan Amerika.

Agensi kerajaan pusat Amerika itu memohon kebenaran merampas aset-aset tersebut melalui satu unit bernama “Kleptocracy Asset Recovery Initiative” yang tugasnya mendapatkan semula harta yang dicuri oleh pihak berkuasa.

Jabatan Keadilan Amerika menyipatkan penyonglapan duit 1MDB sebagai pencurian oleh pemerintah (kleptokrasi).

Ini adalah kes terbesar seumpamanya yang pernah digerakkan oleh jabatan tersebut.

Seperti yang saya sebutkan sebelum ini, kemungkinan yang paling ditakuti oleh Mohd Najib adalah tindakan undang-undang ke atas Riza dan Jho Low.

Wallahuaklam.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Umno/BN Tidak Gentar Penubuhan Parti Baru


A Kadir Jasin


PARA pembesar Umno/Barisan Nasional serta peniup trompet mereka sepakat bahawa tidak ada apa yang hendak dibimbangkan daripada pengumuman Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad bahawa sebuah parti baru akan ditubuhkan.

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Itulah gambaran yang saya peroleh daripada membaca laporan media arus perdana (MAP) dan omongan media sosial pro-Umno/BN.

Anehnya, sambil mendabik dada berkata mereka tidak gentar, mereka bagaikan hilang akal mengutuk cadangan itu dengan menggunakan istilah dan label seperti “menganjingkan”, merugikan rakyat, longgokan sampah, memecahbelahkan Melayu, Dr Mahathir ganti Anwar sebagai ketua pembangkang, pakatan baru tidak selesaikan masalah pembangkang, DAP takut parti baru dan macam-macam lagi.

[Teruskan perjuangan Selamatkan Malaysia. Tandatangani Deklarasi Rakyat di sini.]

Kalau parti baru yang dicadangkan itu akan gagal dan Umno/BN tidak terancam, kenapa macam orang mabuk todi kutuk dan maki hamun?

Tumpukanlah perhatian dan tenaga tuan-tuan dan puan-puan menyokong dan menguar-uarkan ketulusan dan kemulusan Umno/BN. Tak perlulah habiskan masa dan tenaga buat bermacam-macam kutukan dan fitnah terhadap cadangan itu.

Atau mereka sebenarnya tahu parti baru dan pakatan yang akan disertainya berkeupayaan melemahkan lagi Umno/BN yang sudah sememangnya lemah sejak Pilihan Raya Umum 2013?

Kalau mereka tidak takut, mengapakah mereka mengeluarkan senarai palsu kepemimpinan parti itu dan memulakan kempen fitnah ke atas orang yang pada jangkaan mereka akan menerajui parti itu?

Pada PRU 2013 Umno belum berpecah-belah. Skandal penyelewengan 1MDB, derma RM2.6 bilion dan pengalihan duit SRC International belum terdedah. Dr Mahathir masih menyokong (Datuk Seri Mappadulung Daeng Mattimung Karaeng Sanrobone) Mohd Najib Abdul Razak. Dia berkempen dan bantu Umno/BN rampas baik Kedah. Ekonomi belum merudum. Subsidi masih ada dan GST belum dikenakan.

Itu pun Umno/BN menang ngam-ngam saja. Hilang majoriti dua pertiga dan kalah undi popular. Najib salahkan tsunami Cina. Tapi Melayu pun ramai tak undi parti dia.

Sekarang Umno telah berpecah-belah. Pemimpin yang kritik Najib disingkir. Dr Mahathir berhenti jadi ahli. Skandal 1MDB meledak. Hutangnya melambung kepada RM50 bilion. Bukan RM42 bilion lagi seperti Dr Mahathir dakwa. “Derma Arab” RM2.6 bilion masuk akaun peribadi Najib. Ekonomi merudum. GST dilaksanakan.

Budak-budak cerdik berkelulusan cemerlang yang dapat tawaran universiti luar negara tapi tak dapat pinjaman atau biasiswa. Pengangguran melepasi setengah juta. Hampir 200,000 daripadanya ada ijazah dan diploma. Secara teorinya kerajaan sudah muflis.

Tetapi para pembesar Umno/BN dan peniup trompet mereka berkata, penubuhan parti baru itu kerja sia-sia. Najib terus disanjung dan Umno/BN dijunjung.

Jerit tempek mereka mengingatkan saya kepada ayam jantan yang baru belajar berkokok. Suara tidak mersik, irama tidak harmoni dan ekor penuh tahi.

Kerana terlebih makan dedak dan hempas rumbia, kokoknya sumbang buat orang ketawa.

Wallahuaklam.

Friday, July 15, 2016

A New Party to Rival Umno


A Kadir Jasin


UPDATE, July 17 - Former deputy prime minister Muhyiddin Yassin will lead efforts to build a consensus among all opposition parties for a new challenge to the Barisan Nasional.

He said Saturday that the formation of a new political movement, announced by Dr Mahathir Mohamad on Thursday, could only be effective if it was agreed in consensus by other opposition parties.

“For that, I will resume talks with other relevant quarters,” he said in a press statement. (More here).

ORIGINAL POST

A new political party to rival Umno will be formed, according to Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad. He would join but might not lead.

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He said this to the media after chairing a three-hour long meeting of signatories of People’s Declaration in Putrajaya yesterday.

I was at the meeting. So were leaders of political parties (PKR, the DAP, Amanah and PAS), non-governmental organisations and individuals, including several Umno and MCA veterans.

The meeting heard that a new political party to rival Umno might be formed mainly by those who were sacked from the party or left voluntarily.

The meeting expressed readiness to welcome leaders of the new party into the Save Malaysia movement while political leaders who attended the meeting said the new party is welcomed to join the Pakatan Harapan coalition.

Two Umno leaders sacked from the party are former Deputy President Tan Sri Muhyiddin Mohd Yassin and Supreme Council member Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir. A Vice President, Datuk Seri Shafie Apdal, who had his membership suspended left voluntarily.

They are expected to lead the new party. Shafie was present at yesterday’s meeting. He is expected to play a major role is his home state, Sabah.

Staying Focussed

The meeting agreed that the parties opposing the Barisan Nasional and wanting the removal of the Prime Minister, (Datuk Seri Mappadulung Daeng Mattimung Karaeng Sanrobone) Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, should be more focussed, united and inclusive.

For that reason they welcomed the “ceasefire” offer by the PAS Deputy President Tuan Ibrahim Tuan Man and supported plans by the representatives of the NGOs to seek a meeting with PAS leaders.

The NGO representatives and most politicians who attended the meeting were adamant that there should be truce and dialogue among the opposition parties.

The NGOs warned that they would not support the opposition in any multi-cornered fight in the coming general election. They insisted on a one-to-one face off with the BN.

The meeting took note of the revelation by the Sarawak Report of the entire content of the Auditor-General’s report on 1MDB despite it being sealed under the Official Secrets Act (OSA). The meeting wants the banning lifted and the report made public.

The meeting urged every electorate to check their status with the Election Commission regularly to ensure that their names are not illegally erased and their voting place illegally changed.

It was reported that many electors in the recent Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections had discovered at the last minute that their names had either been deleted or transferred to unfamiliar voting areas. This could not have happened had someone not been fiddling with the Election Commission’s registry.

The meeting agreed that the next wave of Save Malaysia campaign would commence soon with more prominent Malaysians from non-political spheres putting down their signatures.

[SIGN your People’s Declaration Here]. Over a million had so far done it.

Wallahuaklam.





Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Macam Mana Nak Siasat Maklumat 1MDB Yang DiOSAkan?


A Kadir Jasin


INI cerita lawak. Tapi apa nak dihairankan? Malaysia dah jadi bahan lawak satu dunia.

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Sarawak Report (SR) lapor maklumat yang ia dakwa dari Laporan Pengauditan 1MDB oleh Ketua Juruaudit Negara, (Tan Sri) Ambrin Buang.

Laporan itu dah diserahkan kepada Parlimen tapi dikelaskan di bawah Akta Rahsia Rasmi (OSA). Jadi salah kalau dedahkan kepada umum.

[Teruskan perjuangan Selamatkan Malaysia. Tandatangani Deklarasi Rakyat di sini.]

Kalau betul maklumat SR itu daripada laporan tersebut, ia sudah langgar OSA dan boleh disiasat, dihadapkan ke mahkamah dan sekiranya sabit kesalahan dihukum penjara mandatori sehingga dua tahun.

Boleh jadi masa Perdana Menteri, (Datuk Seri Mappadulung Daeng Mattimung Karaeng Sanrobone) Mohd Najib Abdul Razak, arah Ambrin menentukan kesahihan (verify) laporan audit 1MDB pada 4 Mac tahun lepas dia nak sabotaj atau lengahkan penyiasatan ke atas syarikat yang dia sendiri kemudikan.

Dia mungkin sangka Ambrin akan bagi cap jari kepada akaun tersebut maka dengan itu bebaslah dia daripada disyaki seleweng berbilion-bilion ringgit duit 1MDB.

Jadi apabila laporan Ambrin itu bukan saja tak dihebahkan malah dikunci pula di bawah OSA jelaslah ada benda besar yang Mohd Najib tak mahu rakyat jelata tahu.

Soalnya, trompet beliau yakni (Datuk Seri) Salleh Said Keruak aka SSK, Menteri Komunikasi dan Multimedia, dah kata laporan SR kena disiasat untuk sahkan betul atau tidak.

KPN Mohd Najib pula, (Tan Sri) Khalid Abu Bakar kata dia akan tanya Ambrin.

Tapi macam mana dia nak tanya dan macam mana Ambrin nak jawab pasal laporan itu dah jadi dokumen super sulit bawah OSA?

Katakanlah Khalid tanya dan Ambrin sahkan laporan SR tu betul. Kita yang baca laporan SR walaupun SSK cuba sekat tahulah bahawa maklumat itu benar. Dengan itu lagi banyaklah pekung di dada Mohd Najib terdedah.

Tapi Ambrin boleh kata dia tak boleh jawab pasal laporan itu sudah diOSAkan.

Masalahnya kita yang baca berita arahan Mohd Najib kepada Ambrin 4 Mac tahun lalu dan laporan SR tiga hari lepas boleh buat kesimpulan bahawa bila laporan Ketua Juruaudit Negara itu diOSAkan maka tentulah ada rahsia besar yang Mohd Najib dan konco-konco beliau nak sembunyikan.

Nak tangkap dan siasat SR pun tak boleh pasal ia beroperasi di UK. Bukan tak cuba tapi tak berjaya!

Tahun lepas Khalid cuba tangkap pengarang SR, Claire Rewcastle-Brown, tapi gagal bila Polis Antarabangsa (Interpol) kata tak ada sebab nak tanggap perempuan orang putih itu.

Syusyah kan?

Kalau betul maklumat SR itu dari laporan Ketua Juruaudit Negara, ia dah jadi cerita kong-kalikong.

Kita rakyat jelata Malaysia yang tak layari Internet tak tahu tapi orang putih yang jauh beribu batu tahu.

Balik kepada cerita zaman dulu kala. Orang Melayu tak tahu apa-apa. Dok tak dok orang putih dah jajah satu Malaya.

Boleh lagi kusut kepala SSK. Dia sekat SR dan blog tapi rakyat jelata yang celik komputer boleh baca juga. Mereka lompat kawat duri yang dia pasang.

Terima kasih kepada pembahas yang kongsi maklumat macam mana nak lompat atau runtuhkan tembok yang SSK dirikan.

NOTA KAKI (ulangan): 1. Mappadulung Daeng Mattimung Karaeng Sanrobone bukan fiksyen ciptaan saya. Ia adalah gelaran tertinggi Bugis daerah Gowa, Sulawesi yang diberikan kepada Mohd Najib pada 12 November 2005; 2. Pemakan dedak adalah gelaran yang laskar siber (cyber warriors) Umno/Mohd Najib bagi kepada satu sama lain selepas Perhimpunan Agung Umno 2014 apabila Mohd Najib menuduh mereka bangang kerana menyerang parti sendiri.

Wallahuaklam.
  

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Engkau adalah anugerah Tuhan kepada kami

A Kadir Jasin



MENYEBERANGI jambatan sempit dan goyah
Adalah kebiasaan bagimu
Meneropong dan merakam pun begitu
Kerana bagimu usia yang Allah berikan
Bukan untuk disia-siakan
Ia adalah perjanjianmu dengan Yang Maha Esa
Untuk berjasa kepada bangsa dan manusia
Maka engkau tidak peduli dicaci dimaki
Kerana yang lebih utama bagimu
Adalah keredhaan Illahi
Dan hadiah paling bermakna bagimu
Adalah melihat bangsamu dihormati
Martabat negaramu disanjung tinggi
Bukan dihina, dipersenda dan dicaci
Engkau adalah anugerah Tuhan kepada kami
Selamat hari lahir ke sembilan puluh satu
Doa kami Allah berkatimu selalu.

About Me

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I was born in 1947 in Kedah. I came from a rice farming family. I have been a journalist since 1969. I am the Editor-in-Chief of magazine publishing company, Berita Publishing Sdn Bhd. I was Group Editor NST Sdn Bhd and Group Editor-in-Chief of NSTP Bhd between 1988 and 2000. I write fortnightly column “Other Thots” in the Malaysian Business magazine, Kunta Kinte Original in Berita Harian and A Kadir Jasin Bercerita in Dewan Masyarakat. Books: Biar Putih Tulang (1998), Other Thots – Opinions & Observations 1992-2001 (2001), The Wings of an Eagle (2003), Mencari Dugalia Huso (2006), Damned That Thots (2006), Blogger (2006), PRU 2008-Rakyat Sahut Cabaran (2008), Komedi & Tragedi-Latest in Contemporary Malaysian Politics (2009) and Membangun Bangsa dengan Pena (2009).