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    Sodomy II: Govt pulls strings, court dances

    Patrick Lee | May 18, 2011

    A human rights group accuses the government of pulling the strings behind Anwar Ibrahim's Sodomy II prima facie ruling.

    KUALA LUMPUR: The High Court’s prima facie case against Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim is a sign of the government meddling with the judiciary, alleged a human rights group.

    Suaram coordinator Hasbeemasputra Abu Bakar accused the judiciary of bowing to government leaders through their attacks on Anwar.

    “The courts have become mere puppets to the government of the day, succumbing to political pressures and making biased political decisions instead of legal decisions based on justice and fair play,” he said in a statement.

    Hasbeemasputra said this was reflected in trial judge Mohamad Zabidin Mohd Diah’s actions, who ordered Anwar to enter his defence in the Sodomy II case on Monday.

    The Suaram coordinator also slammed Zabidin for “prejudging” the case through his comments regarding Anwar’s former aide, Mohd Saiful Bukhari Azlan.

    “It is laughable that the trial judge goes out of his way to say that Saiful is a ‘credible and truthful witness’ when the said witness has given contradictory statements and was even romantically involved with one of the prosecutors in the case,” he said.

    Inconsistencies throughout

    Anwar, was charged under Section 377B of the Penal Code with sodomising Saiful, at the Desa Damansara condominium here on June 26, 2008.

    If found guilty, the opposition leader could face a jail term of not less than five years and a maximum of 20 years.

    Previously, Anwar had said that he was not surprised by Zabidin’s ruling, and that the latter had already “made up his mind.”

    Hasbeemasputra agreed with this sentiment, and attacked the trial judge for inconsistencies throughout the case.

    He said that Zabidin had initially rejected the DNA samples obtained from the lock-up where Anwar was detained, only to accept it later on.

    The defence’s cross-examination of the doctors who inspected Saiful was also a cause of concern for Suaram.

    “(The defence was) unable to refer to notes that the doctors made during the medical examination of Saiful, since access to the notes will also have to be granted to the defence,” he said.

    Hasbeemasputra said that the contradictions in the doctors’ testimonies and the denied access of evidence to Anwar’s defence team also hampered the latter’s due process.

    “Suaram feels that the judge, in establishing that there is prima facie, has not taken into account these factors,” he said.

    The High Court has fixed June 6 to 30 to hear Anwar’s defence.
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    Mat Zain says Najib risks losing Muslim support over Datuk T

    By Clara Chooi
    May 19, 2011

    KUALA LUMPUR, May 19 — A retired senior police cop today warned Datuk Seri Najib Razak of a severe Muslim backlash if he failed to punish the “Datuk T” trio for “ridiculing” Islam when they attended a recent sumpah laknat ceremony in a mosque wearing bulletproof vests.

    Former KL CID chief Datuk Mat Zain Ibrahim said Najib could fault no one if he loses the confidence of the country’s Muslims by displaying his willingness to protect his “friends” at the expense of insulting Islam.

    “YAB (Yang Amat Berhormat) cannot blame anyone if the Muslims in the country, who are not few in number, have lost their confidence in YAB.

    “Moreover, when there is an increase in the number of civil service, army and police retirees, many of whom are Muslims, who are beginning to feel cheated and enslaved and more doubtful of YAB’s direction and ability to lead the government.... this is not a very good development for YAB,” he wrote in his letter to the prime minister today.


    Mat Zain said that it would be a clear case of power abuse if Najib (picture) chooses to protect an offender for his misdeeds simply because he considers the latter an ally.

    “In Najib should refuse or deliberately find for excuses not to take lawful action against the three, then it will not only be deemed that he has abetted in the crime and conspired with the offenders, but he also appears to be fanning the fires of hatred,” he said.

    Najib, he said, would also be allowing himself to be deemed a leader who has betrayed and ridiculed Islam.

    “It is even more distressing that YAB has allowed a person, whom his own Cabinet regards as an individual who has not only insulted Islam but also abused power, is corrupt, a cheat and a rapist, to bring pornography and prostitution to the house of God,” he said.

    Mat Zain was repeating his accusation last week that “Datuk T” — Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah, Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik and Datuk Shuib Lazim, the trio behind the recent sex video caper — had violated section 295 of the Penal Code when they attended Shazryl’s sumpah laknat ceremony at the Masjid Amru Al-As in Sentul wearing bulletproof vests.

    At the time, Shazryl was swearing on the Quran that the man in the 21-minute sex video was Opposition Leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

    Mat Zain complained that their actions had created the perception that the situation in the mosque was unsafe.

    Section 295 states that “whoever defiles any place of worship, with the knowledge that any class of persons is likely to consider such defilement as an insult to their religion” will be jailed for up to two years and/or fined.

    Mat Zain said that if the trio were to be charged under syariah law or the Penal Code for their actions, the case would not affect police investigation on the video itself.

    “The two cases are separate,” he said.

    He said that even if the identity of the man featured in the video was to be revealed, it would not free the trio from blame for insulting the mosque and ridiculing Islam.

    “These two matters are separate criminal offences.

    “Other than that, YAB and the Attorney-General have no power or right, according to any law, to indemnify the trio and free them from any criminal liability,” he said.

    Mat Zain also insisted today that Utusan Malaysia’s reported claims of a purported Christian uprising against the Muslims was “artificial” in nature.

    He pointed out that it was unprecedented in the country’s history that the Christians, who represent the minority group, had risen to usurp Islam from its position as the religion of the federation.

    “In my opinion, only irrational Muslims who fear their own shadows will believe and view seriously this likelihood,” he said.

    Mat Zain also reminded Najib of the killing of Othman Talib at Felda Lubok Merbau, Padang Terap, Kedah, in 1985, which he said was the result of an “intense political turmoil” during the Padang Terap election campaign.

    He explained that he knew the full details of the incident as he had been installed as the Padang Terap district police chief just three days before it occurred.

    “As a Muslim, I was saddened to see a group of Muslims weeping and mourning the death of a fellow Muslim, while at the same time, not far off, there was another group of Muslims who cheered as if celebrating a war victory.

    “Even more distressing is that there were other rogues proclaiming themselves as Muslims who took the opportunity to ignite the fires of hostility among those of the same race and religion,” he said.

    Mat Zain added that he hoped the event would bring Malaysians to realise that it is not the followers of Hinduism, Buddhism or Christianity who were trying to destroy Muslims but the Muslims themselves.

    “We should be ashamed of ourselves and not find a way out by issuing threats and attempting to intimidate those who are innocent,” he said.
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    Now what?

    NO HOLDS BARRED
    Friday, 24 June 2011 Super Admin

    So what you and I -- the rational and intelligent bunch of Malaysians -- think is not important. We have already formed our opinions anyway and we know who to vote for in the next general election. Nothing is going to change our minds. It is what the simple-minded and God-fearing Malays in the Malay heartland think is what matters. And what are they going to think now that it has been ‘proven in court beyond any shadow of doubt’ that Anwar is the man in the video?

    NO HOLDS BARRED

    Raja Petra Kamarudin

    What Othman Wahab and Lim Kit Siang said in the two pieces published in The Malaysian Insider today makes sense (see below). They make sense because Othman and Kit Siang speak rationally and argue intelligently.

    But this matter is not about making sense and arguing intelligently. It is about the perception game and psy-war. And in the perception game and psy-war nothing makes sense.

    I, in fact, already anticipated what is going to happen today in my earlier piece: Ever heard of the phrase ‘collateral damage’? And was I right or was I right?

    Anyway, enough of ‘I told you so’. What is done is done. Let us now explore what is going to be the upside and downside of this whole episode.

    The government’s reputation has been damaged by this episode -- in particular that of the Police and the Judiciary. But then, so what? What else is new? Their reputations had already been damaged big-time 13 years ago back in 1998 during the Sodomy 1 episode -- and then ten years later in 2008 when the Sodomy 2 episode erupted.

    How can you damage any further what is already damaged beyond repair? So, have they lost anything? Can they lose anything that they don’t have?

    The ‘Datuk T’ trio pleaded guilty and ‘paid the price’ for their crime. It was a small price to pay though. (Shazryl Eskay Abdullah was fined RM3,000 or three months' jail, Shuib Lazim was fined RM1,500 or two months' jail, while Rahim Thamby Chik was fined RM1,000 or one month's jail.)

    Now these three Datuks have suddenly become ‘Malay heroes’ (not criminals) for ‘standing tall’ and being ‘brave’ and ‘righteous’ enough to ‘reveal the truth’ and expose Anwar Ibrahim’s ‘transgression’ in the true Islamic spirit of amar makruf, nahi munkar. (This is what the perception game and psy-war is all about, in case you did not realise this by now).

    If I were in their place I would not have paid the fine but would have chosen the jail sentence instead. Then they would really be heroes. After all, it is only three months, two months and one month respectively. And for the three months and two months jail sentences there is a one-third remission on the sentence (but not for the one month jail, I think). It’s a pity they are not brave enough to refuse to pay the fine and chose to go to jail instead.

    Okay, what ‘good’ has come out of all this? As far as the pro-opposition supporters are concerned this just goes to prove that the Police and Judiciary are working for Umno -- as if they did not already know that and are not convinced enough yet?

    For the pro-government supporters this proves that what Umno said about Anwar all along is true after all -- that he is an immoral person who talks about Islam until he foams at the mouth but is in reality a Munafiq and Fasiq, a type of person whom Islam considers worse than a Kafir (infidel).

    But what is more important -- and this is what this perception game and psy-war is all about -- is that they now have something ‘solid’ and ‘concrete’ to tell the simple-minded and God-fearing kampong people. And this is what is more important to Umno, the simple-minded and God-fearing kampong people.

    You see; there are two groups of people who are going to determine who gets to form the next federal government. The first group are the voters from East Malaysia (Sabah, Sarawak and Labuan control 57 of the 222 seats in Parliament). The second group are the voters from the Malay heartland.

    And the second group is what Umno is concerned about. The East Malaysian seats are safe because the opposition in East Malaysia is in a mess (as the recent Sarawak state elections and the ongoing political developments in Sabah have proven). Anyway, Umno has only 11 of those 57 East Malaysian seats so it matters not to Umno -- they will leave it to the ‘locals’ to sort out Sabah and Sarawak.

    What Umno really wants is the seats in the Malay heartland, which PAS and PKR captured back in March 2008. First, look at the following chart.



    Can you see that in the 2008 General Election Umno saw 30 of its seats disappear? It managed only 79 seats or 35.6% (about one-third) of the total number of seats in Parliament.

    This means Umno, on its own, can’t form the federal government. It needs Barisan Nasional to be able to form the government. So Umno can’t tell the non-Malays to got to hell -- like it did pre-March 2008.

    Umno needs at least 112 seats to be able to be the Boss again -- or at least 112 seats together with MCA, MIC and Gerakan (which have 20 seats combined). Therefore Umno needs roughly another 35 seats or so. And these would be the 35 seats in the Malay heartland of Kedah, Perlis, Kelantan, Terengganu, Pahang, and Mainland Penang.

    So what you and I -- the rational and intelligent bunch of Malaysians -- think is not important. We have already formed our opinions anyway and we know who to vote for in the next general election. Nothing is going to change our minds. It is what the simple-minded and God-fearing Malays in the Malay heartland think is what matters. And what are they going to think now that it has been ‘proven in court beyond any shadow of doubt’ that Anwar is the man in the video?

    I don’t know how gullible these simple-minded and God-fearing Malays in the kampongs are. Will this perception game and psy-war of Umno work? I don’t know yet but in time we will know. It is a brilliant move nevertheless, whether it works or not. This is what perception games and psy-wars are all about.

    As what Najib Tun Razak said last week: this is not about reality. This is about perception. The question now would be: has Umno managed to get the simple-minded and God-fearing Malays in the Malay heartland to perceive what Umno wants them to perceive?

    You tell me!

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    Hail, the Datuk T trio — Othman Wahab

    (The Malaysian Insider) - You mean the powers-that-be took months to play out this video tape sandiwara.

    Maybe they were waiting for a suitable lawyer, err say, someone with aspirations for higher office and who is not so picky about the character of the clientele.

    But that is lain cerita; this charade of a court case was already sketched in the minds of most Malaysians after the sordid tape was given unusual play by the mainstream media, the three stooges were feted like heroes by the Najib administration and the police spent an unusual amount of time investigating a simple case (the cops seemed more interested in the identity of the actor than the perpetrators of the sex video).

    So many of my friends figured that the government would have a sham case, charge the three jokers, give them a slap on the wrist and then introduce the identity of the man as an aside. This came to pass today.

    So does this qualify me and my friends as brilliant? Sad to say it just means that we are either as average as the thinkers in government or that we can think ahead of the rascals.

    Does it matter if it is proven that Anwar Ibrahim is the actor? Yes it does because he has denied it. But I still say that this is not proven because the so-called “evidence” and “experts’ info” were introduced by the government in court. It was not examined or challenged by anyone.

    But this was meant to be this way, get the three to plead guilt, give them a token fine and then slip in some dirt on Anwar, dirt which can’t be examined. The idea here is to persuade fence-sitters that Anwar is soiled goods and cannot be supported.

    This is about the coming elections and the three stooges were just that, stooges in a play dictated by Umno leaders.

    Anwar is a flawed individual, no question about that. But this is where we must not fall into the trap set by Messrs Najib and Muhyiddin. Anwar is not the opposition nor does he represent a better vision for Malaysia.

    Nurul Izzah, Husam Musa, Tony Pua, Ambiga Sreenevasan, Khalid Samad, Haris Ibrahim, Fuziah Saleh, the former Perlis mufti, the people behind the Sarawak Report, you and me. Now we are the hope of the country.

    The scoundrels have used all the institutions of the country to damage and destroy one man. They have no respect for the soul of this country, they destroy everything to stay in power and to continue to pillage.

    Today’s courtroom sham should be seen in this light. Don’t forget Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik, Eskay, Shuib when you vote. Don’t forget Ibrahim Ali when you vote. Don’t forget the IGP or the A-G when you vote.

    They only act for Umno.

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    Police, A-G major casualties in ‘Datuk T’ charge delay, says Lim

    (The Malaysian Insider) - The independence and credibility of the police and the Attorney-General’s chambers have been dented by the delay in charging the ‘Datuk T’ trio, Lim Kit Siang has said.

    “The farce this morning in the magistrate’s court where the “Datuk T” trio were charged for the Sri Carcosa sex tape screening has only served to further lower public confidence and esteem in the efficiency, independence and professionalism of the Attorney-General and the Police.

    “The way the three criminals preened themselves as if they are national heroes for the crimes they have committed raised many questions — including why the AGC and police have to take more than three months to charge the trio in court,” Lim said in a statement today.

    The “Datuk T” trio pleaded guilty and were fined in a magistrate’s court today over their involvement in the screening of a sex video allegedly featuring Pakatan Rakyat de facto leader Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim.

    Former Malacca Chief Minister Tan Sri Abdul Rahim Thamby Chik was charged with abetting former Perkasa treasurer-general Datuk Shuib Lazim and businessman Datuk Shazryl Eskay Abdullah in “openly” screening the pornographic material featuring sex acts between a man and a woman at the prestigious Carcosa Seri Negara Hotel here on March 21.

    Shazryl was fined RM3,000 or three months’ jail, Shuib was fined RM1,500 or two months’ jail while Abdul Rahim was fined RM1,000 or one month’s jail.

    Lim, who is DAP parliamentary leader added that both the police and the AGC have been exercising double standards in other cases, and listed them- inaction over Utusan Malaysia’s Christian Malaysia claims and Perkasa president Datuk Ibrahim Ali’s threatening bloodshed and another May 13 to counter the upcoming May 13 rally by election watchdog Bersih.

    “Is it any wonder that never before in the nation’s history has the ruling coalition suffered such massive and sustained erosion of public support and confidence to the extent that uppermost in the minds of Malaysians is the question whether the time for the end of UMNO and Barisan Nasional rule in Malaysia has really come?” Lim asked.
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    Scorpenes-Altantuya: Guilty as charged! Calls grow for Najib to quit

    Written by Wong Choon Mei, Malaysia Chronicle



    UPDATE 2 The verdict is in. Loud and clear. Guilty as charged. The news flashed across the world, resounding through the electronic media, leaving Malaysians stunned and concerned that they are now being led by a man who has "lost it".

    Prime Minister Najib Razak has tried all ways and means to insist that he was above board - firom financial skullduggery in the RM7 billion Scorpenes submarines case to the Altantuya murder, in which he even took an oath on the Quran to say that he never knew her.

    But his actions belie his words. On Friday morning, flying in to the Kuala Lumpur International Airport from Penang, French lawyer William Bourdon was arrested and will be deported at 11.30pm on Friday night.

    The 55-year old Bourdon was hired by Malaysian NGO Suaram to sue submarines vendor DCN for paying kickbacks and bribes to top Malaysian officials, of whom Najib is likely to be one given that he was the Defense minister sanctioning the deal.

    Before Bourdon could spill the beans on the Malaysian leader at the second of a 3-part briefing in Kuala Lumpur over the Scorpenes corruption and kickbacks case, he was hauled up and shut up.

    Shortened vacation to block Bourdon: Resign now



    But for how long can Najib cling to his enforced advantage? Until Bourdon reaches Paris of course, where he can then be expected to air his grievances to the international media, which won't mince their words either.

    Najib would have done better for himself and his nation to have held his hand. Instead, he cut short a family holiday in Europe, saying he wanted to be with the people. Najib also expressed gratitude to his wife, who has also scandalised the nation with her extravagant splurges, the latest allegedly being a gargantuan RM24.4 million diamond ring.

    "I told my family I felt that I should return to Malaysia and that I was prepared to forgo the holiday for the sake of Malaysians back home," Bernama reported Najib as saying when he arrived home at the airport.

    However, it is clear now his true intentions were to block Bourdon and the truth from coming out. Calls are now ringing in for Najib to step down immediately,.

    "This is a silly move and is happening because Najib is on his last legs, politically. There is no justification especially when days ago, he was preaching to the Pope about the need for moderation, now look at his own conduct at home. How many people believe in his innocence in both the Scorpenes and Altantuya cases, but we gave him the benefit of doubt. Now, it is he himself who is telling the world that he is guilty by his actions," Batu MP Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.

    "UMNO is guilty of abuse of power as they are using immigration to protect Najib and themselves. An embarrassment to Malaysia as it involves a French citizen and has become international new. This desperate act proves that they have something to hide," PKR vice president N Surendran told Malaysia Chronicle.

    Fears for Bourdon's safety



    There are also fears among the civil society groups and the diplomatic community here that the Malaysian authorities might 'stuff' Bourdon with false charges to cover up for their high-handedness. To avoid this, both Bourdon and his wife Lea Forestier have issued a statement, categorically denying that they had done anything wrong. Their return flights are booked for Sunday and the Malaysian authorities had initially wanted to detain them until then.

    Lea (pic) and Suaram demanded that they be allowed to leave on the 11.30 pm flight out tonight. Suaram officials have since confirmed that the Malaysian authorities have agreed to this, prompting a sigh of relief all round.

    With all due respect, the Malaysian government has attracted so much notoriety of late that there is real fear that something unfortunate could befall Boudon especially if he remained in custody until Sunday.

    Custodials deaths are on the rise, with human rights lawyers condemning the police for 'killing' with impunity. Recently, there have also been two very suspicious deathfalls at the Malaysian Anti Corruption Commission offices, believed to have been trigged by excessive interrogation and outright torture to extract false confessions.

    'It is an abuse of power and till now, no explanation has been given," Cynthia Gabriel, Suaram director, told Malaysia Chronicle.

    "William Bourdon taken from KLIA to Immigration refused to sign any documents in Bahasa Malaysia (Malay language). Hopefully, the Immigration office is on the ground floor," DAP MP for Sibu Wong Ho Leng said on his Twitter, in a clear swipe at the spate of MACC 'homicide-suicides'.

    - Malaysia Chronicle


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    Suaram: French Scorpene lawyer to be deported

    UPDATED @ 05:20:32 PM 22-07-2011 By Yow Hong Chieh July 22, 2011


    Suaram executive director Cynthia Gabriel (C) and Fadiah Nadwa Fikri (R) call Bourdon’s deportation “arbitrary”. — Picture by Yow Hong Chieh

    SEPANG, July 22 — French lawyer William Bourdon, detained earlier today at Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), will “most likely” be deported tonight, Suara Rakyat Malaysia (Suaram) has said.
    “The deportation process is underway and there is a high likelihood he will be sent back to Paris tonight,” Suaram executive director Cynthia Gabriel told reporters at KLIA here.

    She had earlier spoken to Bourdon over the phone, who informed her of his deportation.

    Bourdon, who flew in from Penang this morning, was escorted from the aircraft by three immigration officers and an auxiliary policeman at 11.40am and taken to the airport’s holding area, according to the human rights group.

    He had attended a dinner in Penang last night where he briefed the audience on the progress of a judicial probe in France into the controversial RM7 billion Scorpene submarines that Malaysia bought from French defence company DCNS.

    The purchase, made while Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak headed the defence ministry, has been linked by human rights groups and opposition parties to the 2006 murder of Mongolian translator Altantuya Shariibuu.

    Gabriel, a lawyer, said Bourdon has not been told the reasons for his detainment and deportation, adding that there was no reason for immigration officers to board the flight from Penang prior to passenger disembarkation.

    She said the details revealed by him at last night’s dinner were “nothing new” and that Bourdon had spoken only about the technical developments of Suaram’s case in France and the French judicial system.

    “It was an irrational approach and a type of action which basically speaks of a government that is moving towards full dictatorship,” she said.

    “It is a government with no consideration for openness, for transparency, and for the rights of individuals.”

    Lawyers for Liberty campaign director Fadiah Nadwa Fikri, also a lawyer, conceded that the authorities had the right under the Immigration Act 1959/63 to deport Bourdon but questioned the Act’s “draconian” provisions.

    She pointed out that Section 9(a) grants the Immigration director-general powers to deny entry, cancel permits and deport anyone without having to state why if he deems it expedient.

    “Where is the due process? Why can’t you at least explain the reasons for denying entry (to Bourdon)?” she said.

    “What is so prejudicial about William Bourdon being here? That is the question that we have to ask Najib to answer.”

    Suaram has said its fundraising dinner in Kuala Lumpur tonight will go on despite the absence of its key speaker, and urged the public to attend.
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    Scorpene dinner a blast despite missing lawyer

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    The deportation of their special guest French lawyer William Bourdon did not dampen Suaram's Ops Scorpene fund-raising dinner last night at Petaling Jaya Civic Centre.



    More than 500 people turned up in a show of solidarity for the 55-year-old Frenchman whom Suaram had hired for the human rights NGO's pending Scorpene trial in France.

    Speakers at the dinner included PKR MPs Nurul Izzah (Lembah Pantai) and Tian Chua (Batu), as well as cartoonist Zunar, all of whom condemned the BN government's deportation of Bourdon.

    Nurul Izzah said that this move was a test for Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak, whether he still could still win the hearts of the people with his 'economic transformation programme'.

    “In fact, this kick helped our cause even more,” she said, regretting that she could not meet Bourdon in person as a result.



    Echoing Nurul, Tian Chua (right) said that Bourdon's detention yesterday morning reminded him of Malaysian Hollywood star Michelle Yeoh, who has been blacklisted by the military regime in Burma for playing pro-democracy champion Aung San Suu Kyi in an upcoming film.

    “Sad to say, the (Malaysian government) has reduced us to the level of Burma,” he said.

    Zunar, meanwhile, questioned why Bourdon was barred from entering the country to speak the truth, when Najib could fly overseas and spread misinformation.

    “Why is it Bourdon cannot come from abroad to tell us the truth, meanwhile our prime minister can go abroad to tell lies?” he quipped.

    PJ dinner raised RM200,000


    Suaram has filed a legal case in Paris with Bourdon's (right) help, with claims that the French defence giant DCNS had paid RM540 million in commissions to a middleman Perimekar for the Defence Ministry's purchase of two submarines.

    Such payments are illegal under French laws.


    Perimekar is a subsidiary of KS Ombak Laut Sdn Bhd, the major shareholder of which is Mazlinda Makhzan, wife to Abdul Razak Baginda, a confidante of Najib Abdul Razak, then deputy prime minister and defence minister.

    To raise funds for the suit, Suaram this week organised three fund-raising dinner in Penang, Petaling Jaya and Ipoh where Bourdon was to give a case briefing.

    The lawyer managed to attend the first in Penang to a packed audience on Thursday night before his detention upon touch down in KLIA the following day.

    He was deported last night after several hours' detention along with his fiancée Lea Foriester, also a lawyer.

    The dinner last night, minus Bourdon, successfully raised over RM200,000.

    The emcee announced that they received RM150,000 in ticket sales alone, while Penang Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng and Selangor MB Khalid Ibrahim donated RM20,000 each.



    The dinner raised RM4,000 in an auction for Zunar's 'Scorpene in Yellow Land' painting, and RM650 for a yellow submarine cake (left).



    Guests also made on the spot donations totalling RM6,526 in a show support for Suaram.

    Suaram had filed a legal case against DCNS over alleged irregularities in the deal back in 2009.

    The matter has passed the initial inquiry stage and is expected to be heard in French courts in September.

    Thus far, Bourdon's team have uncovered evidence which may point to millions of ringgit paid out to top Malaysian government officials.
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    Scorpene: Beyond the Submarines

    Beyond the Submarines

    POSTED BY MASTERWORDSMITH ON FRIDAY, JULY 22, 2011 2 COMMENTS

    This evening, more than 600 people turned up for the Ops Scorpene Fund Raising Dinner that was held at the Sunshine Square Banquet Hall. Speakers of the evening were Cynthia Gabriel (Suaram), William Bourdon, Tian Chua, Lim Kit Siang and Mohamad Sabu (PAS). Judging by the strong support for the event this evening, more and more Malaysians are not only more politically conscious and seeking truth and justice, but they are also impatient to see the end of corruption in our country!



    Cynthia Gabriel of Suaram announced that donations and ticket sales in Penang surpassed the 100k target that they had set. That for Kuala Lumpur was higher by 50k. However, much more is needed to finance the court case as William Bourdon had informed her that the translation fees for one document was about 20 000 Euros. As such, the fundraising effort is ongoing and not confined to the dinners alone.

    The speaker of the evening, William Bourdon, is a lawyer based in Paris who works with Sherpa, a non-profit organisation. Bourdon specialises in the defense of human rights and victims of crimes against humanity. It was to be expected that he could not reveal anything new due to the ongoing court case. Most sincerely, he confessed that when he took on the case, he was initially filled with pessimistic thoughts but throughout the period, he acknowledged that there has been progress in the case and believed that the day will come when we will have access to truth and justice. Most emphatically, he reiterated the necessity of completely obliterating corruption - which if left unchecked, leads to impunity. He ended his speech with the following words, "There is no democracy if there is no eradication of corruption."

    Tian Chua gave a detailed rundown of the Scorpene submarine issue and raised many pertinent questions including:

    1. Why wasn't coordination and training of staff included in the purchase of the submarines?

    2. How was the 114 million Euros spent?

    3. Does Perimekar Sdn Bhd pay tax?

    4. Why didn't the cost of the submarines come with provision of spare parts and rescue services?

    5. He disclosed a staggering amount for both rescue services and maintenance of the two submarines just so they can sail in our waters for 136 days a year. And to think that such a huge amount can be spent on that whilst the government cuts subsidies and tells us to tighten our belts, take less sugar and save electricity!

    6. The submarines also did not come with torpedoes and missiles so the government has to pay extra. On 22 June 2010, the Defence Minister revealed that the government has paid Euro 219.265million (about RM890 million) for 40 units of Exocet SM39 missile and 30 units Black Shark torpedo - to be delivered by 2013.

    So this means we have two submarines which we know at one point in time could not dive, and which came without spare parts, maintenance services and sans missiles and torpedoes until 2013.

    In the mean time, we have to pray that no one attacks us before 2013 for if so, what use are the submarines which were purportedly purchased to boost our nation's defense?

    7. Incidentally, what is the progress like for the infrastructure for the submarine base in Sabah?

    8. Tian Chua highlighted that what Malaysia really needs include speedboats to deter and to arrest would-be smugglers/illegal immigrants, a good patrol system to guard our waters, higher salaries for our police and soldiers and most of all a better social system so that our people do not turn to crime.

    Mohamad Sabu of PAS created a furore when he entered the banquet hall in his wheelchair. Clearly, he was a personality much loved by the people. With a sardonic expression, he informed the audience that he had been accused of pretending to be injured during the Bersih rally. Humbly, he took out his X-ray slides that showed his injury after which he shared candidly about his operation.

    Popularly known as Mat Sabu, he gave the crowd a battle cry and his exact words which I copied copiously:

    "Pergilah ke kampung. Loceng kecemasan sudah berbunyi. Kita mestilah selamatkan Malaysia."

    Yes, we all have to do our part to increase awareness not just in the urban areas but also in rural areas where many are still unconverted.

    The final speaker of the evening was Lim Kit Siang who looked pretty cool in his shades as he sauntered to the pulpit to speak. With a flourish, he took off his dark glasses and started to address the crowd. It has been some time since I last saw him and I could not help but notice the bags under his eyes, the wrinkled face. Contrastingly, his voice was just as crisp as the time I heard him speak decades ago - when I resolved even as a young girl to always vote for the Opposition. And now, that fire in him still burns brightly and the crowd was agog to hear him express indignation over the TBH RCI. He warmed the hearts of those in the crowd when he declared that Bersih 2.0 is the real 1Malaysia to moot for a clean Malaysia, free of corruption!

    The underlying message of the evening was crystal clear. Whilst over 600 had gathered to raise funds for Ops Scorpene, beyond the submarine issue is the pressing need for a new Malaysia - one that upholds standards of accountability, transparency and justice. The crooks cannot keep strutting around in their arrogance and think they can get away with it. Yes, the government has to have a full audit and enquiry into this issue to account for every single cent that has been spent on it - which is your money, my money - OUR MONEY!!!

    It is clear that people power is rising and we want a government that is free of any form of corruption! Any expenditure must be made solely and wholly for the rakyat and not for any other persons/reason. Corruption is spiritual or moral impurity or deviation from an ideal. Now is the time for us to ensure our government returns to democratic ideals for the people. Vote wisely in the next election to make that a REALITY!
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    Scandal, Sodomy & Murder: Malott: Now, even Washington is aware of Altantuya's murder

    Wednesday, 27 July 2011 00:03

    Malott: Now, even Washington is aware of Altantuya's murder

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    Prime Minister Najib Razak is in the doghouse over the way he has handled several contentious issues including the July 9 Bersih 2.0 rally for free and fair elections and the recent deporting of French lawyer William Bourdon over the submarines corruption scandal.

    Former US ambassador John Malott minced no words in a recent interview with Malaysia Chronicle that that the Najib administration was "shooting itself in the foot" and creating confusion in the country. The attempts by his minders to cover for him have led to even greater repercussions, with many prominent US leaders shocked when they read of the Altantuya murder by his bodyguards in reputable Washington Post.

    "This is a government – even though they have spent millions on Public Relations firms and management consultants – that keeps shooting itself in the foot. The deportation of the French lawyer is only the latest example. Now, for the first time, all the juicy details of that scandal – including the model who was murdered by the PM’s bodyguards – have appeared in the Washington Post. It just adds to the confusion among people here – what kind of a country is Malaysia, anyhow? And is Najib really the person that he has portrayed himself to be?" said Malott.

    Harsh as his comments may seem, Malott is only one in the long queue of Najib critics. Top Malaysian NGO Suaram had also warned that Najib was making his biggest mistake when he deported Bourdon last Friday, on fears that the renowned French human rights lawyer may expose information linking him to the Scorpene kickbacks scandal and the Altantuya Shaariibuu murder.

    "It is an affront to diplomacy, to international law and common decency. It was a totally arbitrary act by the Home Ministry and a gross abuse of executive power of the Najib administration," Suaram director Cynthia Gabriel said in a statement.

    "This clumsy attempt to silence the truth about the Scorpene scandal and the murder of Altantuya only serves to fortify the belief that the Prime Minister and his government is inextricably linked with the scandal."

    Bersih was also a disaster

    As for the Bersih rally, which some say was Malaysia's first mini Arab Spring and the door open for further such protests, given Najib's refusal to address the concerns of the people, who want clean polls. The impact of Najib's slew of bizarre actions to suppress the rally is only now filtering in from the international community.

    Most have expressed disgust at the Malaysian leader's choice of conduct and are also alarmed that he may repeat the harsh action in the not too distant future to cling to power. But according to Malott, whether Malaysians stand their ground and fight for their rights and democratic space depends on civil society groups as well as the political opposition.

    "Will an increasing number of Malaysians wake up and understand the status of democracy and political freedom in their country, or will it go back to business as usual, where it is just activists in civil society and the opposition who are vocal. As I said, the actions of the government, before and after July 9, backfired against them. Matthias Chang wrote that they acted with sheer stupidity," said the former US ambassador to Malaysia from 1995 to 1998

    "The Government still has a chance to turn this around, but that would require them to give more political “space” to those who don’t agree with them, and to make sure that the people get to enjoy the rights that the constitution guarantees them. Will they? I have my doubts."

    Malott was referring to Matthias Chang, the former political secretary to ex-premier Mahathir Mohamad, who in the runup to July 9 march had written an article, which many pundits here believed was a warning from Mahathir to Najib not to resort to Emergency or police rule.

    An admission of guilt?


    As for William Bourdon, he was in Malaysia last week representing the NGO in the ongoing French investigations over irregularities involved in the purchase of two Scorpene class submarines from the French state company DCN costing more than RM 7.3 billion ringgit. No reasons were given to Bourdon for his sudden detention and subsequent deportation.

    So far, the French probe has uncovered 2 more paid out commissions amounting to Euro 30 and 2.5 million respectively besides the initial Euro 104 million. The beneficiaries will be exposed once the investigation moves into the open court.

    In 2002, when Najib was still the defense minister, he had controversially sanctioned the purchase of the submarines amid accusations of gross over-pricing and kickbacks. In 2006, Altantuya who acted as translator for Najib's proxy in the Scorpenes deal, Razak Baginda, was murdered in Selangor by two of Najib's former bodyguards. Najib has denied involvement in the murder or having a hand in any financial impropriety in the submarines deal.

    But the mountain of 'evidence' could not be ignored, leading Suaram to complain in France where it is illegal for DCN to offer any bribes to win the procurement order. If found guilty, DCN would have to compensate Malaysian taxpayers for the overpricing due to the commissions it paid out, as well as reveal the names of those Malaysian officials who accepted the bribes. Najib is believed to be one of them and he has been accused of blocking all efforts by citizen groups in Malaysia to get the local authorities to begin a long-overdue investigation.

    "The government must explain its shameful action in detaining and deporting William Bourdon to the Malaysian public, and give assurances that there will be full cooperation when the case goes to the open court in France," said Cyntha. - - Malaysia Chronicle

    Related: Malott Interview on BERSIH 2.0.
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    Friday, 12 August 2011 17:55

    Najib, Rosmah shock for Anwar: Turn up at court but refuse to talk



    Written by Stan Lee, Malaysia Chronicle
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    Prime Minister Najib Razak and wife Rosmah Mansor shocked Opposition Leader Anwar Ibrahim and his defense team when they suddenly turned up at the court complex without notice, but refused to be interviewed or agree to take the witness stand when the government's controversial sodomy trial resumes.

    "Both of them said they did not want to be interviewed nor be witnesses. I don't know why they are so afraid of going to court. I had expected them to show more responsibility and to volunteer, especially Rosmah who was implicated quite a bit in Saiful's testimony," defense counsel Karpal Singh told reporters after the couple had left.

    Even Anwar, who was also present, said he had expected both the PM and Rosmah to be "more co-operative".

    It is strange then why the first couple went to the court complex then when they had no intention to be interviewed, but already the mainstream media especially the Malay press is already blaring that Najib and Rosmah had already presented themselves to be interviwed.

    Pundits say this was to give rural Malays and the UMNO grassroots the impression that the first couple was not afraid and had nothing to hide, in complete contrast to what actually happened. The brazeness of their behaviour shocked many in the Pakatan Rakyat, but these are dire times for the embattled Najib and Rosmah.

    Already, in traditional UMNO fashion, books are being written and sold ahead of the party's general assembly slated for December that Najib will be the last Prime Minister. On Facebook, comments alluding to Deputy Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin succeeding him are rampant and mock-ups of Muhyiddin's purported Cabinet even drawn up and posted.

    No interviews, not taking witness stand

    Nonetheless, the couple arrived at the Jalan Duta Court Complex, made their way through the basement and took the lift up to the 7th floor. They were met by defence lawyers Karpal Singh, Sankara Nair and Param Cumaraswamy. Anwar was also present.

    "Just 5 minutes before 3pm, I was shocked when I was told they were waiting to be interviewed," Sankara told reporters, adding that the first couple however quickly made it clear that they had no intention to be interviewed or to go to court unless they were subponaed.

    "It is a real disgrace that Najib did not agree to the interview even when ordered by the court. One would think a sitting Prime Minister would set an example by facilitating the administration of justice. Further, the fact that Najib clandestinely met Saiful irredeemably taints the prosecution of Anwar Ibrahim," PKR vice president N Surendran told Malaysia Chronicle.

    Indeed, the first couple have resisted co-operating in the trial, prompting accusations that they were 'guilty as charged'. Najib had met sodomy complainant just before the complainant lodged the police report that led to the current case. But despite knowing that Anwar stands to face jail of up to 20 years if found guilty, neither Najib nor Rosmah showed any sign of social responsiblity nor civic consciousness in agreeing to co-operate in the trial.

    The 64-year old Anwar has denied ever sodomising Saiful Bukhari Azlan, a former party worker, and has accused Najib and Rosmah of rehashing a 1998 sodomy plot to derail his political career.Indeed, the sudden appearance of Saiful's sodomy accusations coincided with Anwar's announcement in mid 2008 that he would make a comeback to Parliament.

    That reportedly sparked enough worry in the Najib camp, as many in the UMNO top leadership were still unsure if Najib was the right person to lead their party and be PM. Najib had then been the Deputy Prime Minister and took over only in April 2009 after staging an internal coup against Abdullah Badawi.

    Interviews not completed

    Meanwhile, according to Karpal, former Malacca police chief Mohd Rodhwan Mohd Yusof also came to the court complex, and used the same tactic of refusing to be interviewed.

    The defense has so far managed to interview Hasanuddin Abdul Hamid, who is the owner of the condominium unit where Saiful was allegedly sodomised, as well as Hasanuddin’s wife and sister-in-law.

    Karpal also said Anwar’s trial will not resume on Monday as the defence team had yet to interview ex-IGP Musa Hassan, Hasanuddin’s two former Indonesian maids, and three other witnesses.

    "The trial won't resume on Monday, we will ask for a few days," said Karpal.

    - Malaysia Chronicle
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    Compelling basis for Anwar's defence strategy

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    Why did Anwar Ibrahim elect to give a statement from the dock rather than from the witness stand where he would then have left himself open to cross-examination?

    This is the question being asked in the wake of his entering his defence yesterday on a charge of sodomy at the Kuala Lumpur High Court.

    Doubtless, negative inferences would be made about this strategy, what with he having declined to swear on the Quran two years ago this month when his accuser did so in the feverish prelude to the Permatang Pauh parliamentary by-election.

    Anwar gave his reasons for his legal team's strategy in his unsworn statement from dock.



    In a nutshell, he said the bias, for which he adduced substantive grounds, of the presiding judge in his case, Mohamad Zabidin Diah, and of the Court of Appeal judge Abdul Malik Ishak, who sat in his appeal to recuse justice Zabidin, compelled this strategy.

    Anwar's strategy only served to reinforce the opinion that the law is not an exact science but a process of reasoning in which diverse answers might all be right, depending on the perspective and objectives that subjectively provides the highest moral satisfaction.

    However, there can be no subjectivity about the point that Anwar made with eloquent poignance: that justice Zabidin, in finding accuser Mohd Saiful Bhukari Azlan to be a truthful witness at the conclusion of the prosecution's case, had breached an inviolable rule of natural justice.

    A presiding judge should not pronounce on the complainant's credibility until he has heard the accused person's defence.

    Rudely surprised

    Anwar's sought recourse in the Court of Appeal to recuse justice Zabidin for his prejudgment. The appellate court took five minutes to dismiss the matter on grounds that the order appealed against was not a final order.

    But a month later, a written judgment of the appellate court signed by justice Malik was delivered to the defence team.

    Anwar, in his statement from the dock, said he was rudely surprised to find that whereas the appellate judges had been mute on the day of the appeal on July 6, there arrived a month later a written judgment by justice Malik that did not address the grounds of the appeal for recusal, but instead it was what Anwar described as an ad hominem attack on his character.

    Anwar cited support from Indian case law for his argument that judges should not engage in attacks on character, especially when the person assailed has not been availed the right of reply.

    Anwar's lyrical advertence to jurisprudential and literary sources on the need to hear out the defence before pronouncing impartial judgment was one of the high points of his statement from the dock.

    Anwar said the conduct of judges Zabidin and Malik afforded him cogent reasons to prefer an unsworn statement from the dock rather than from the witness stand where he would be subjected to cross-examination superintended by a judge of proven imbalance.

    Anwar's arguments have to be heard in all their linear logic and eloquence to grasp their overall cogency.

    All in all, he made a compelling case for his legal strategy which was basically to call the case against him a politically motivated prosecution designed to end his career as parliamentary opposition leader and a rerun of a similar case against him 13 years ago when he was sacked as deputy prime minister and denigrated and beaten while in jail.
    TERENCE NETTO has been a journalist for close on four decades. He likes the occupation because it puts him in contact with the eminent without being under the necessity to admire them. It is the ideal occupation for a temperament that finds power fascinating and its exercise abhorrent.
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    In Malaysian politics, rumours always turn out to be the truth. It may take time for the truth to come out.

    Tuesday, 23 August 2011 09:47

    Malott drops a bombshell: A secret pact between Najib and Anwar

    Written by John Malott, Malaysia Chronicle
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    Today I read Anwar Ibrahim’s statement from the docket.

    Anwar said that it all is a political conspiracy against him.

    And I agree.

    After all, I was the American Ambassador to Malaysia when all of these things happened the first time around.

    As people know, the American Embassy has many sources of information.

    Just ask Wikileaks.

    Malaysians love to talk….

    As so many of my friends in Malaysia know, I have been very outspoken in support of Anwar’s freedom for over one decade. And that is because I know the truth. I was there when it happened the first time.

    In 1998 – the first time around for Anwar – my Embassy heard and reported lots of things. We knew the truth. Because Malaysians – at the highest levels -- told us.

    When I was in KL, Najib’s personal think tank was called the Malaysian Strategic Research Centre, or MSRC. MSRC basically was two people, Rohanna Mahmood and Razak Baginda.



    Neither Rohanna nor Razak are government officials, so I am not violating any US laws by revealing what they told me and my Embassy in those days.

    A secret pact

    In 1998 Rohanna joined me for a private one-on-one luncheon at the Ambassador ‘s residence. It was during the time when Anwar was starting to challenge Mahathir, subtly but still obviously.

    Rohanna told me that Najib and Anwar had reached a secret agreement. When Mahathir was gone, Anwar would be PM and Najib would be Deputy PM. That was the deal.

    That never happened, of course. When the going got tough, Najib stood by, and let Anwar go to jail.

    What about Razak Baginda?


    He told a senior Embassy officer, “The decision has been made. They are going to “nuke” Anwar politically for all time to come. “Until he can never stand up again politically.”

    100 years

    Meaning, it was all a political decision – to destroy Anwar.

    That is what Razak – now in self-imposed exile in London -- said.

    After that, a senior officer in the Special Branch told an Embassy officer, “We are going to keep filing charge after charge after Anwar so he will be in jail for the next hundred years.”

    Can there be any doubt about what was going on then – and what is going on now?

    - Malaysia Chronicle

    - John Malott was the US ambassador to Malaysia from 1995 to 1998 and is now the president of the Japan-America Society of Washington DC
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