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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Mahathir Pernah Kurung Agong Di Langkawi Pada 1999



KUALA LUMPUR: Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad pernah membuat kenyataan mendakwa Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak 'mengurung' Yang di-Pertuan Agong di Istana selepas bekas Perdana Menteri itu gagal bertemu Tuanku Abdul Halim Mu'adzam Shah, sebelum ini.

Blogger, Raja Petra Kamaruddin berkata, berbanding Najib yang hanya dituduh mengurung Agong, Dr Mahathir sebenarnya pernah meletakkan Agong dalam tahanan rumah di Langkawi pada November 1999.

"Ya, pada November 1999, Mahathir meletakkan Agong (Almarhum Sultan Selangor) dalam tahanan rumah. Jadi dia fikir Najib melakukan perkara sama kepada Agong kini (Sultan Kedah) dengan melarangnya bertemu Tuanku Agong," katanya dipetik Malaysia Today.

Menurut beliau, Mahathir melarang sesiapa sahaja yang ingin bertemu Almarhum Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah di Langkawi sehingga tamat Pilihan Raya Umum (PRU) tahun berkenaan.

Walaubagaimanapun, Dr Mahathir kata Raja Petra berjaya bertemu Agong pada 15 September lalu untuk menyerahkan Deklarasi Rakyat yang hanya ditandatangani 45 individu.

"Mahathir katakan beliau ada sekitar 1.3 juta hingga 1.4 juta lagi tandatangan sungguhpu beliau tidak membawanya (ketika bertemu Agong).

"Agong kemudiannya bertanya Mahathir samaada beliau boleh memberi jaminan 1.3 juta hingga 1.4 juta tandatangan itu sah. Mahathir senyap selama beberapa minit dan akhirnya selepas membisu seketika beliau menjawab (tandatangan) itulah yang diserahkan kepadanya," ujarnya lagi.

Mengulas lanjut, Tuanku Abdul Halim kemudiannya berceramah kepada Dr Mahathir mengenai konsep Raja Berperlembagaan yang perlu dipatuhi bekas Perdana Menteri itu dan menjelaskan mengapa Agong tidak boleh mencapuri hal ehwal politik.

"Sudah 30 tahun tetapi akhirnya muka Mahathir ditampar dengan hujah yang sama digunakannya terhadap Raja-Raja lebih 30 tahun lalu. Inilah yang dipanggil keadilan. Kamu ditampar dengan apa yang kamu gunakan untuk menampar Raja-Raja pada tahun 1980-an," katanya lagi.

'Hujah Dr Mahathir pada 1980-an' yang dimaksudkan Raja Petra adalah penjelasan bekas Perdana Menteri itu sewaktu beliau dan Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim meminda perlembagaan yang mengehadkan kuasa Agong serta Majlis Raja-Raja dalam isu-isu negara.

- malaysiadigest

SMI operators, breeders hit by water woes in Kelantan

The signing of the Kelantan Water Supply Services Industry Restructuring between the federal and state governments on Sept 14 is hoped to address this issue.
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KOTA BHARU: The endless water supply woes in Kelantan have not only affected the people but also challenged the capacity of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in their daily business transactions.
The operator of a soy sauce factory in Melor, Halmehera Mat Salleh, 41, said she faced difficulties in producing her products since last year when the lack of clean water supply first hit.
“Last year the water supply (supplied by Air Kelantan Sdn Bhd) was inconsistent and I had to buy clean water to process the products while for cleaning works, I used well water from the house of a neighbour near the factory,” she told Bernama here.
She said this year the situation worsened, compelling her to prepare her raw ingredients, such as dried chillies and minced onions, at home before sending them to the factory.
Halmehera said as a new entrepreneur venturing into the business world, she had to face tough challenges due to the water supply problems and had to bear the cost of purchasing water to ensure quality and hygienic products.
She said such difficulties were acutely felt when customers or wholesalers placed unexpectedly big orders with her.
Hence the signing of the Kelantan Water Supply Services Industry Restructuring between the federal and state governments on Sept 14 is hoped to address this pertinent issue, she said.
“We are very hopeful this clean water supply can be overcome urgently not only for entrepreneurs like us but also for the people of Kelantan,” she said of the agreement which would benefit about 1.6 million consumers.
Meanwhile duck breeder Noor Hisyam Abd Aziz, 35, said clean water supply was crucial to producing good quality farm animals, especially during the dry spell.
However Noor Hisyam, who rears 3,000 ducks on his farm at Kampung Lubuk Angong, Tanah Merah, said the source of water from the well was inadequate to irrigate the farm’s five ponds.
Meanwhile Campus director of Universiti Malaysia Kelantan (UMK), Jeli Prof Dr Ibrahim Che Omar said the two vital elements that attracted investors to a particular area was sufficient as well as high quality water and electricity supplies.
“I believe through this agreement, Kelantan can attract more investors to the state in future,” said Ibrahim, who is also the Agriculture and Food Cluster Committee member of the National Professors Council.
The East Coast Economic Region Development Council has attracted investment worth RM12.4 billion from 2007 until January 2016 in Kelantan, generating more than 13,000 jobs in various sectors for the people in the state.

Speak to Gerakan if MIC has failed you, Sara says

Sara Petra says that Gerakan is far more multiracial in makeup that DAP will ever be.
sara-petra-gerakan-1PETALING JAYA: If Indians in the country believe that MIC has failed them, they should throw their support behind Gerakan, instead of continuing to back the Opposition that has failed them as well since 2008.
The daughter of blogger Raja Petra Kamarudin, gave this piece of advice when responding to a comment by Malaysian Suresh Mohan, who said Indians were a largely ignored race today.
Sara pointed out that prior to 2008, the majority of Indians voted for the government. She said the Hindraf movement however changed all that when they made “certain promises” to this community and worked with the Opposition to achieve it. “So the Indians also voted Opposition.”
While refusing to be drawn into the debate that the MIC had failed the Indians, Sara did point out that the Opposition too had failed the Indians and that they would likely fare better with Gerakan instead.
“If your concern is the future of the Indians, and if you really believe that MIC cannot guarantee the future of the Indians, you can always turn to other parties, for example Gerakan.
“You gave the Opposition eight years since 2008. Have the Indians fared better under the Opposition? If the answer is no, and if you are still uncertain about MIC, then speak to Gerakan.”
She said that by comparison, Gerakan was far more multiracial in makeup that DAP could ever be.
She also said that since Gerakan was already a component party of the ruling government, this would work in the favour of Indians.
“You say no one talks about the Indians. Well, today I talk about the Indians.
“But then I can only bring the horse to water. I cannot force it to drink. That ultimately is your choice to make,” she said, reminding members of the Indian community that they could still be considered “kingmakers” in some seats where they made up almost 30 per cent of the voter count.

MAHATHIR SENDS NAJIB A PEACE OFFERING

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Yesterday, Mahathir sent Najib a reconciliatory message. It was a sort of peace offering. Make my son the new Finance Minister and we can lay down arms and move on. Mukhriz will be on the road to the Prime Ministership and Mahathir can stop attacking Najib. 1MDB will then become Mukhriz’s problem and no longer Najib’s.
THE CORRIDORS OF POWER
Raja Petra Kamarudin
Yesterday, Mukhriz Mahathir suggested that all the opposition or non-Barisan Nasional parties come together under one coalition, which probably can be called Barisan Rakyat, to face Barisan Nasional on a one-to-one or straight fight in the next general election. And this, of course, would include PAS. Without PAS they are going to see a repeat of the Sungai Besar and Kuala Kangsar by-elections.
First of all, there is no way PAS would join a coalition that will include PAN. That would be like inviting DAP to join a coalition that includes MCA and Gerakan. That can never happen. Secondly, considering what DAP did to and said about PAS, it would be impossible for PAS and DAP to ever sit at the same table again (or sleep in the same bed).
As what PAS Youth Leader Nik Mohamad Abduh Nik Abdul Aziz said today, “Kerjasama antara PAS dan DAP tidak mampu menarik undi rakyat di­sebabkan DAP yang gagal untuk menarik undi Melayu.”
In short, PAS is more concerned about the Malay votes while DAP is more concerned with Chinese votes. That is no secret. Since Pakatan Rakyat broke up, the Chinese voters have promised they are never going to vote PAS again while DAP, because of its anti-Islam stand, is not going to get much Malay votes either.
Basically, that was the purpose for forming Barisan Nasional and Pakatan Harapan — and now the Barisan Rakyat that Mukhriz is proposing. DAP, however, feels that as long as it is still partners with PAS the Chinese will punish them and DAP will lose some Chinese votes — while PAS also feels that if it is still partners with DAP then the Malays will also not support them and would support Umno instead.
To cut a long story short, DAP and PAS both feel the other is a liability and that DAP will suffer a loss of Chinese votes while PAS would suffer a loss of Malay votes.
Further to that, PAS also feels that the ‘hate politics’ that DAP is playing is not healthy for race relations. Nik Abduh said, “Malaysia tidak mampu lagi menerima politik benci-membenci dengan fitnah dan saling mencipta provokasi serta sentimen jahat sesama rakyat.”
“Gagal akibat DAP yang menafikan hak PAS untuk meneruskan perjuangannya sendiri sebagaimana janji dalam pakatan pembangkang. Jadi mengapa PAS harus mengulangi jalan yang sama? Gagasan Sejahtera adalah penerokaan kepada politik baharu yang lebih sejahtera dan mudah diterima rakyat,” Nik Abduh concluded.
Now, it is not that Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad does not know all this. He even knows that Anwar Ibrahim’s family can never forgive and forget what he did to Anwar even if Anwar is prepared to forgive and forget. And the signal that Dr Wan Azizah Wan Ismail and Nurul Izzah sent the old man on 5th September 2016 when they walked out of court should be clear enough — tiada maaf bagi mu!
Ten days later, on 15th September 2016, Mahathir received another message, this time from His Majesty the Agong, and not long after that another even blunter message from His Highness the Sultan of Johor. So many slaps in just one month — definitely a Black September for Mahathir, no doubt about that.
But we have already talked about all that at length, which can read more here if you want:
Those are all stories about what happened, in particular in this month of Black September. What we need to talk about now is what happens from hereon? What is Mahathir planning next? And we will also explain the reason for the title of this article, ‘Mahathir sends Najib a peace offering’.
Mahathir is not stupid. One cannot become Prime Minister and hold on for 22 years and be stupid. One cannot be stupid to be able to do deals in the hundreds of billions in the names of trustees, proxies, nominees and cronies without leaving any paper trail (although Tun Daim Zainuddin is cleverer for taking back everything from his trustees, proxies, nominees and cronies just before he left office in 1991, which Mahathir did not do just before he left office in 2003).
Well, in case many of you have not noticed, which I know many of you would not have, Mahathir is giving Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak a peace offering. Mahathir is giving Najib a way out. Mahathir is proposing a win-win solution where both he and Najib can save face and no one would be seen to have lost out.
Mahathir said in his blog posting yesterday that the Prime Minister should not also be the Finance Minister. So Najib should resign as Finance Minister and hand that job to someone else. If the Prime Minister is not also the Finance Minister then this will make Mahathir happy.
In short, if Najib wants to make Mahathir happy then he should hand over the job of Finance Minister to someone else. Who Najib should appoint as the new Finance Minister was, of course, not mentioned. That is left entirely to Najib’s imagination. But you do not need a fertile imagination to understand that the new Finance Minister should be someone Mahathir likes and not someone Mahathir hates.
If Najib still does not get the hint then he does not deserve to remain as Prime Minister and deserves to be ousted. Undoubtedly, Mahathir has Mukhriz in mind. When Anwar became Finance Minister in 1991, it took him only two years to use that position as Finance Minister to become Umno’s Deputy President and then Malaysia’s Deputy Prime Minister.
The position of Finance Minister is more powerful than the position of Deputy Prime Minister or Deputy Party President. And for sure it is even more powerful than the post of Umno Vice President. If Mukhriz becomes Finance Minister, even though he currently holds no position in Umno, he would be more powerful than Umno Vice Presidents Hishammuddin Hussein and Ahmad Zahid Hamidi, plus Umno Youth Leader Khairy Jamaluddin.
Mukhriz would be the second most powerful person in the party and in the government. He would have an advantage over all his contemporaries and competitors. There would be only one obstacle ahead of him in his climb to become Prime Minister — which would be the current Prime Minister who made him the Finance Minister.
No doubt the original plan was for Mukhriz to become an Umno Vice President in 2013 and Deputy President maybe around 2016/2017, and then President in 2019 or 2020. But that will now have to be delayed. Anyhow, the next party election will be in 2018 so the plan needs to be delayed anyway.
As Finance Minister, Mukhriz can bypass making a bid for a Vice President’s post in 2018 and this time go straight for the Umno Deputy Presidency, which for all intents and purposes is a vacant post since Muhyiddin Yassin has already been sacked.
Zahid may also want to go for that post but, as merely the Deputy Prime Minister, Mukhriz can give him a run for his money and most likely win when you consider that Anwar, as Finance Minister, beat Tun Ghafar Baba who was the Deputy Prime Minister. And Ghafar was the incumbent mind you while Zahid is not.
So this is actually a very brilliant plan if you ask me. This will see only a couple of years delay from the original timetable but Mukhriz is still young and in the end he will still become the Deputy President and Deputy Prime Minister and, therefore, on route to becoming the Prime Minister after 2020 — just a couple of years after 2020.
Even if Mukhriz decides to test the waters and not ‘rock the boat’ by first going for a Vice President’s post, he will win this time around and not get number four like in 2013. First of all, Zahid would not contest a Vice President’s post (which means Mukhriz is no threat to him or vice versa) and neither will Shafie Apdal (who is no longer in Umno). So that leaves only Hishammuddin and Khairy as competitors and that would mean Mukhriz will not only win but can most likely also win the number one slot. And as ‘Vice President Number One’ that makes him next in line for Deputy President.
So Mukhriz can choose the one-step or two-step move to become the Deputy Prime Minister. The one-step move is riskier but faster while the two-step move is safer but may add three years or so to the timetable.
Actually this is a brilliant plan. With Mukhriz as the Finance Minister many things will automatically fall into place and Mahathir will finally achieve what he is trying to do.
The Finance Minister’s post gives Mukhriz the power to control Mahathir’s trustees, proxies, nominees and cronies. They can no longer play hide-and-seek with Mahathir. Mahathir’s RM100 billion will be quite safe as the trustees, proxies, nominees and cronies will never dare play the old man out like what they are doing now. And if they do play funny games, the Finance Minister can whack them with his big stick just like what Anwar did when he was Finance Minister for seven years.
This is actually a very clever way to consolidate your power and wealth, the real game of politics. And in the absence of any other game, and considering everything that Mahathir tried thus far have failed, this is actually not only the best plan but the only card Mahathir still has left to play.
By making Mukhriz the Finance Minister, Najib does not lose anything. Mahathir, in turn, would be seen as having gained some ground. So both save face. As Finance Minister, the task of solving 1MDBD would now land on Mukhriz’s table and would no longer be Najib’s responsibility.
And this would mean Mahathir would have to stop attacking 1MBD. If he continues to attack 1MBD then the new Finance Minister, his own son, would suffer. Mukhriz could even close down 1MDB and announce the problem solved. And would Mahathir disagree with that since it is his son’s decision?
Mahathir knows that his son can never become Prime Minister as the leader of Pribumi or PPBM or Pakatan Harapan or Barisan Rakyat or whatever. The route to federal power is through Umno and Barisan Nasional. Tengku Razaleigh Hamzah knows this (which was why he closed down Semangat 46 and rejoined Umno), as does Anwar (which was why he fought for ten years to be allowed back in Umno after getting sacked in 1998).
So Mahathir has just created a new political dimension for his son’s future. Instead of continuing his attempt to topple Najib (which is proving impossible) and instead of trying to make his son Prime Minister through the opposition (which has proven impossible), he gets his son back in Umno as the Finance Minister.
It is not that Mukhriz does not have the qualifications to become the Finance Minister. He may not have proven a good Menteri Besar but that does not mean he cannot make a good Finance Minister.
Oh, and have you read the following articles?
Well, that chap and some of his pretty boys are in the UK and it is said he is here to meet Mahathir. Is the plan for that state to ‘secede’ from Umno still on or are they meeting to discuss a change of strategy now that the secret is no longer a secret? And if Najib appoints Mukhriz the new Finance Minister will this Menteri Besar be thrown under the bus as a ‘bonus’ to Najib?
Anyway, that will be another story for another day — so stay tuned.

Tarek Obaid Questioned In Saudi EXCLUSIVE

Tarek Obaid Questioned In Saudi EXCLUSIVE
Prince Turki bin Abdullah - Co-shareholder in PSI
Prince Turki bin Abdullah – Co-shareholder in PSI
Sarawak Report has learnt that Saudi Arabia has added to the list of countries taking an interest in investigating 1MDB, after the Saudi national and shareholder/director of PetroSaudi International, Tarek Obaid, was pulled in for questioning in recent days.
This will surprise those who have expressed the opinion that certain well-connected people related to 1MDB are ‘above the law’ in Saudi, as has appeared to have been the case so far in Malaysia.
Saudi Arabia has been placed in a delicate position by this scandal, ever since the Malaysian Prime Minister chose to claim that the $681 million and other sums which entered his accounts, were a ‘donation’ from an anonymous Saudi Royal.
One BBC report and a UK Telegraph article had indicated that (according to their sources) the ‘donor’ was Prince Turki a seventh son of the previous King Abdullah and co-founder of PetroSaudi.
The country’s Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir had originally given his opinion that this was unlikely to be the case. However, subsequently, during a diplomatic meeting and accompanied by the Malaysian Foreign Minister he told a Malaysian TV team that he now understood the donation to be true:
“We are aware of the donation and it is a genuine donation with nothing expected in return. We are also fully aware that the attorney-general of Malaysia has thoroughly investigated the matter and found no wrongdoing. So, as far as we are concerned, the matter is closed,”
Nevertheless, a recent US Department of Justice indictment has confirmed the longstanding suspicion that the money in fact originated from 1MDB.

PetroSaudi’s “story” – claimed official state backing for ‘Royal’ company

Enjoying the fruits - Obaid partied with fellow Saudis on board a yacht with nude women in July - scandalising Turkish media
Enjoying the fruits – Obaid partied with fellow Saudis on board a yacht with nude women in July – scandalising Turkish media
The Saudi incorporated company PetroSaudi has, of course, played a crucial role in the diversion of much of 1MDB’s missing cash, according to the evidence.
The DOJ referred heavily to the company’s active role, during what it calls the first “Good Star Phase” of the scheme to use 1MDB to steal billions of Malaysia’s public money.
In return for a massive injection of over $300 million into the $100,000 dollar company and also kickbacks sent by Jho Low to Tarek Obaid (initially $105 million), PetroSaudi agreed to ‘act as a front’ for the siphoning out of the rest of the $1.83 billion paid by 1MDB into their ‘joint venture project’.  That money was sent to companies owned by Jho Low, principally Good Star Limited.
The DOJ indictment refers to Obaid (the CEO of PetroSaudi) as having deliberately lied to banks and officials from 1MDB by saying that Good Star belonged to PetroSaudi, thus providing a cover for the misappropriation of the cash by Najib Razak’s nominee Jho Low. In particular the court filing cites an example where Obaid signed a false statement, which assisted Jho Low in siphoning a sum of $330 million into his Good Star account, which had been meant for the joint venture:
“On or about May 12, 2011, the 1MDB-PetroSaudi JV issued to 1MDB a Notice of Drawing (the “Notice”). The Notice was signed by the PETROSAUDI CEO on behalf of the 1MDB-PetroSaudi JV and requested that 1MDB transmit $330 million to the Good Star Account.
Obaid ‘PetroSaudi CEO’ later asked for the money to be sent to Good Star, proving he knew it was not part of the joint venture to which the money was supposed to have been sent:
“On or about May 25, 2011, the PETROSAUDI CEO sent 1MDB a letter on behalf of PetroSaudi and the 1MDB-PetroSaudi JV. This letter confirmed that the account at RBS Coutts in Switzerland had received the $30 million and the $65 million wires referenced in the table above. However, the PETROSAUDI CEO requested that 1MDB send to RBS Coutts a “SWIFT CLARIFICATION” explaining that the beneficiary of these wire transfers was actually “Account No. XXX.2000” (the Good Star Account) and not “Petrosaudi International Limited.”
Separately, it has also been revealed that Tarek Obaid sent a letter in 2015 to 1MDB officials, in order to support their claim to investigators in Malaysia saying that Good Star was a subsidiary of PetroSaudi, clearly now proved a lie.
May 2015 - Tarek wishes to confirm Good Star was owned by PetroSaudi, which the DOJ confirms was a lie
May 2015 – Tarek wishes to confirm Good Star was owned by PetroSaudi, which the DOJ confirms was a lie

Quasi Sovereign’/ ‘Ultimately owned by King Abdullah’

As the Saudi authorities scrutinise this rogue behaviour by their own national, they might also be interested in understanding exactly how the directors of this ‘royally related’ company were peddling its connections on the global stage, presenting PetroSaudi as a “quasi official’ arm of the state.
Indeed, 1MDB Executive Director Casey Tang had informed his board that the company was “ultimately owned by King Abdullah”, which was a lie.
Sarawak Report has been examining documents and emails showing how PetroSaudi’s two key directors, Tarek Obaid and the British/Swiss national Patrick Mahony presented the company to prospective business partners, including former UK Prime Minister and then Middle East envoy Tony Blair.
According to a document they sent to several major companies called “PSI [PetroSaudi International] Story’ the company enjoyed unique and semi-official status, given that Obaid’s fellow shareholder was a son of then King Abdullah. “Governments have been very welcoming to PSI because they feel they are working with a quasi-sovereign entity (given that it is a vehicle of the Saudi Royal Family)”, the document explains:
“PSI’s aim is to approach nations with strong ties to Saudi Arabia and use the friendly relationship with these governments to give it access to oil and gas reserves. Governments have been very welcoming to PSI because they feel they are working with a quasi-sovereign entity (given that it is a vehicle of the Saudi Royal Family) and one that understands them. So PSI has had privileged access to many hydrocarbon regions in the world
The prospectus, which was written in 2009 goes on to brag how this tiny shell company, which as yet barely operated any oil concerns at all, could use the muscle of Saudi Arabia to protect its interests, thanks again to its ‘quasi sovereign’ role:
“…many countries will get a company in but then bully it around once it is there and has sunk billions of dollars in the ground. This will not happen with PSI because these nations do not want to get on the wrong side of the Saudi Royal Family or the Kingdom (many of these countries depend on Saudi aid, they are fellow Muslim nations, etc.). Therefore a partnership with PSI is also good protection on investments made in what can often be difficult operating environments….  Furthermore PSI has full support from the Kingdom’s diplomatic corps when entering and operating in these countries.”
Was the Saudi Arabian Government and the King aware that this seventh prince and his pals were promoting their company in such a way, boasting of guaranteed access and state support?
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With such a pitch it is easy to see why the tiny company appeared to be the ideal front for the scammers managing 1MDB, in particular Jho Low, who sought to present their deal as a ‘state to state’ venture between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.
PetroSaudi sent Jho Low the story pitch shortly after they agreed to partner in early September 2009.
Mahony sent Jho Low the pitch
PSI Director Mahony sent Jho Low the pitch
Likewise, time and again the directors of PetroSaudi made in plain in their dealings with other companies that their primary asset was supposed ‘unique access’ and guaranteed backing from the crown and state of Saudi Arabia.

Leveraging Royal connections – ‘Access Capitalism’

This was how directors explained their company’s role to China’s Sinochem for a JV proposal in 2009:
“PSI shall be responsible for … leveraging the royal and political connections of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia available to PSI to obtain privileged access to O&G Projects in certain regions in the world….  PSI shall continue to leverage the above mentioned connections to closely manage the politics of the projects to facilitate their smooth operations…”.
And again in July 2010 to the team of Tony Blair, who agreed to become a consultant to PSI, seeking out investors and business partners, in return for $65,000 a month (and a 2% success fee), To Tony Blair Associates PSI explained that the attraction for business partners was the opportunity “to leverage off of the shareholders of PSI’s contacts to access government contracts in infrastructure and other areas in the Kingdom
The fact that PSI was making such claims of unique access and guarantees might come as a surprise to Government and Royal officials in Saudi Arabia.  They certainly didn’t want to broadcast what they were up to – the ‘PSI Story” insisted that their prospective partners needed to “understand the sensitivities around how PSI is leveraging off of the Kingdom’s relationships“.
Yet. in a pitch for investors into Venezuela in December 2009 they elaborated further on their business model:
PSI can capitalise on the political connections of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to get  advantaged access and provide the necessary drilling services…. Venezuela will have “support” from the most important oil producer in the world – KSA.” PSI explained in a power point presentation.

Don’t say Government to Government!

Sarawak Report has already reported the extent to which PetroSaudi were deeply nervous of making any such claims in public.
Najib had attempting to make full use of the supposed official connections of PetroSaudi when he was announcing the so-called Joint Venture with 1MDB in 2009 and insisted on the involvement of Prince Turki being included in publicity.  However, Tarek’s brother Nawaf (an official with a job in the Saudi Government) anxiously warned that the press statements must remove any reference to the venture being ‘Government to Government’ in the press releases.
“You have to say it is private” cautioned Nawaf, “as the Malaysians say their company is government!”
Tarek took his brother’s hint he added three words (in bold) to the draft press release

“PSI, based in Al-Khobar, Saudi Arabia, is a private company mandated to carry out investments which can strengthen the relationships between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and key countries worldwide.”
Meanwhile, Mahony had expressed hope that the international press would not pick up at all on the PetroSaudi 1MDB joint venture announcement, plainly because it would raise eyebrows that such a tiny company had landed such a big deal amid so much fanfare raised by Najib regarding country to country relations between Malaysia and Saudi Arabia.
Now officials back home are fully aware of the game being played by Obaid and his PetroSaudi colleagues, as they attempted to exploit their shareholder Prince to raise billions of investment on the promise of ‘access’ in Saudi Arabia. What action they take remains to be seen.
Brother Nawaf's warning email to PetroSaudi's Tarek Obaid at the announcement of the 1MDB joint venture
Brother Nawaf’s warning email to PetroSaudi’s Tarek Obaid at the announcement of the 1MDB joint venture

-Sarawak Report

APAKAH SIJIL HALAL JAKIM TIDAK CUKUP HALAL?

Satu lagi cerita “karut” daripada Risda.
Dulu cerita “karut” Risda ialah nak tanam dan eksport ketum ke luar negara, kali ini Risda dengan kerjasama Institut Kerjasama Islam Antarabangsa Malaysia atau Ikiam “mengarut” lagi dengan mahu mengeluarkan satu lagi logo halal baru.
Logo halal yang mahu dikeluarkan Risda dengan kerjasama Ikiam ini ialah khas untuk produk keluaran Muslim sahaja.
Menurut Pengerusi Risda, Zahidi Zainul Abidin, logo halal baru itu bertujuan mengesahkan produk berkenaan keluaran usahawan Muslim selepas mereka memperolehi sijil halal Jakim.
“Keperluan menambah satu lagi logo halal adalah bagi membezakan produk keluaran Muslim dengan bukan Muslim.
“Ia juga bertujuan meredakan keraguan segelintir masyarakat mengenai isu halal berkenaan,” kata Zahidi yang juga Ahli Parlimen Padang Besar, Perlis.
Memang ini kerja “mengarut” oleh Risda. Buat apa nak dikeluarkan satu lagi sijil halal yang khas untuk usahawan Muslim?
Jika mereka sudah ada sijil halal Jakim, apa yang perlu diragui lagi dengan kehalalan produk itu?
Bukankah Jakim sebuah jabatan kerajaan yang diiktiraf untuk mengesahkan halalnya sesuatu produk?
Apakah sijil halal Jakim tidak cukup halal sebenarnya? Atau Risda sendiri meragui sijil halal Jakim itu?
Setelah sijil halal untuk produk Muslim, sijil halal apa lagi mahu diperkenalkan selepas ini?
Mungkinkah nanti akan ada pula produk halal Melayu, produk halal pinjaman bank tanpa riba, produk halal bantuan kerajaan UMNO atau macam-macam lagi?
Membanyakkan sijil halal untuk usahawan adalah kerja “mengarut”, selain menyusahkan usahawan Muslim itu sendiri. Ini kerana sudah tentu bayaran tertentu akan dikenakan kepada mereka untuk memperolehi sijil tersebut.
Sijil halal Jakim sudah dikenakan bayaran, sijil halal Muslim Risda dengan kerjasama Ikiam pun kena bayar juga, sedangkan jualan produk belum tentu meningkat lagi dengan adanya dua sijil halal itu.
Akhirnya, produk usahawan Muslim tidak ke mana, yang buat duit dan meniaga ialah Risda dan Ikiam itu sendiri.  – SH

NAJIB’S OLD FLAME ZIANA ZAIN MOVES FROM SINGING INTO THE FASHION BUSINESS

SHAH ALAM – Ziana Zain, the singer with the powerhouse vocals, has muscled her way into the hijab fashion business with her maiden collection of the “saree shawl”.
She said the fabrics were picked when she was sourcing for materials in India in the last few months.
“I was truly amazed by the people’s eye for fabrics. There was so much colour and vibrancy seen in the designs during my two trips there.
“We can definitely make something beautiful from the graceful saree that can be donned by all,” she said when met during the soft launch of her GEE Shawl collection at her first Ziana Zain’s World boutique at the SACC Mall here yesterday.
The soft launch also coincided with the Jameela Street Boutique Carnival, which saw many other boutiques offering Muslim fashion items for both men and women at promotional rates until Oct 2.
Being particular with the material and colour, Ziana said that the GEE Collection is made of mulberry silk that is comfortable for wearers.
“The material is nice to the touch while making the wearer look classy.
“It is available in 34 different designs, with each design only offered in three to five pieces.”
They are priced at RM69.90 each.
“To me, looking stylish can be affordable,” she said.
Ziana, 48, who began donning the shawl two years ago, said she had always wanted to be an entrepreneur.
Many of her friends and fans had been encouraging her to go for it, she added.
Ziana, who has been residing in Shah Alam since 1981, said she was proud to launch her fashion label here.
Among the celebrities who turned up at the event yesterday included Maria Tunku Sabri, Rozita Rohaizad and Zain Saidin. – ANN