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Thursday, August 17, 2017


The Prisons Department has denied that jailed former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim had issued a media statement on Aug 14 on the fracas that erupted at the Nothing to Hide 2 forum.
In a statement today, the department said Anwar, who is serving a five-year prison sentence, was on that date brought to the court complex in Kuala Lumpur to attend a civil proceeding.
“When in court, Anwar was under constant surveillance by prison officers and personnel. Those not related to the court proceedings were not allowed to meet him, including the media.
“The photograph used, together with the article (on Anwar’s statement), was not from the time when Anwar was in court on Aug 14,” the department’s deputy policy director Supri Hashim said.
Supri said prisoners are not allowed to make statements without authorisation from the department and Anwar had not been given the green light to do so.
Malaysiakini was among the news organisations that published Anwar’s statement on the forum.
In the statement, emailed to Malaysiakini by PKR, the former opposition leader expressed concern that violence might escalate as the next general election draws closer.
Anwar also recalled how he had encountered similar experiences in the past.
As for the photograph that accompanied the article, Malaysiakinihad used an image from its archives as per the normal practice.
Sunday’s Nothing to Hide 2 forum came to an abrupt end when a riot broke out among the audience, which saw flares lit while chairs and slippers were thrown in the direction of Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Mahathir and the opposition blamed Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak and Umno for the violence.
However, Umno claimed that dissatisfaction within the opposition towards Mahathir’s response on the Memali incident ignited the ruckus.
– M’kini

PKR MP disappointed by MACC’s response on lock-up uniform

N Surendran says instead of waiting for a test case to be brought to court, Dzulkifli Ahmad should order an immediate review of present SOPs on the orange lock-up uniform.
KUALA LUMPUR: A PKR MP today slammed the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission’s (MACC) defence of its practice of producing graft suspects in court dressed in the commission’s orange lock-up suit.
Human rights lawyer and Padang Serai MP N Surendran said MACC chief commissioner Dzulkifli Ahmad’s comment that the issue could be challenged in court was disappointing.
“There is no need for him to wait for someone to bring a test case to court.
“Dzulkifli should instead order an immediate review of the current operating procedures, in order to comply with the law.
“He should also reveal MACC’s standard operating procedure (SOP) on this,” Surendran told FMT today.
Surendran was asked to comment on Dzulkifli’s statement that those who were not satisfied with the practice could take the matter to court.
Dzulkifli had also repeatedly asked reporters to show the law’s stand on the practice.
Surendran said there was a police SOP prohibiting suspects from being brought to court for remand hearings in lock-up attire, which he noted was regularly breached by the police themselves at the remand courts.
“But the police SOP is an acknowledgement that it is wrong to bring suspects to court in lock-up uniform.
“Now surely, MACC cannot be having an entirely different SOP from the police on this,” he added.
Earlier today, Surendran had questioned MACC and the police for forcing suspects to wear the lock-up uniform.
This was after two high-profile MACC detainees were brought to court this week for their remand hearings dressed in MACC’s orange suit.
They are former Felda chairman Isa Samad and Penang exco Phee Boon Poh.
Surendran, citing Article 5 of the Federal Constitution as well as the Prisons Regulation 2000, said an arrested person could lawfully decline to wear the lock-up uniform.
“Being forced to wear these bright orange uniforms and being paraded thus in the court premises is humiliating to the arrested person and creates the perception that he is indeed a wrongdoer or criminal, even though the court has not pronounced guilt,” he said.
Surendran also said Regulation 168 of the Prisons Regulation 2000 made it mandatory for prison authorities to allow unconvicted prisoners to wear their own clothes. -FMT

Komuter service hours extended for SEA Games opening, closing

KTMB advises commuters to use Komuter Link or Touch n Go cards for their journeys so as to avoid congestion at ticketing counters and machines.
KUALA LUMPUR: Keretapi Tanah Melayu Berhad’s (KTMB) Komuter operating hours will be extended for the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2017 Kuala Lumpur SEA Games.
The opening is on Saturday (Aug 19) and closing on Aug 30. The venue for both is the National Stadium, KL Sports City, Bukit Jalil, here.
KTMB, in a statement here today, advised commuters to use Komuter Link or Touch n Go cards for their journeys so as to avoid congestion at ticketing counters and machines.
Additional trains will be provided. The last train on the Bandar Tasik Selatan-Serdang-Batu Caves is at 12.37am (on Aug 20); Bandar Tasik Selatan-Putra-Seremban (1.20am); KL Sentral-Rawang (1.30am) and KL Sentral-Putra-Port Klang (1.44 am).
For more information contact KTM Berhad Call Centre at 03-22671200 or surf www.ktmb.com.my or twitter@ktm_berhad.

PKR Youth members held for provocation, say police

The arrests made just before a planned flash mob to 'welcome' the PM to Permatang Pauh was not politically motivated, they state.
BUTTERWORTH: A group of PKR Youth members detained this morning by police during the prime minister’s visit were being investigated for provocation.
They were rounded up just before they could hold a flash mob demanding that Pakatan Harapan leader Anwar Ibrahim be freed.
Central Seberang Perai district police chief ACP Nik Ros Azhan Nik Abdul Hamid said they were picked up following information police received about a possible provocation in the area, which could have escalated.
He said the detention was not politically motivated as suggested by some but was merely a preventive measure to ensure peace in the area.
“We had merely taken them to be questioned for possible provocation. We let them go after questioning,” he said when contacted.
Nik Ros said 18 people were rounded up at 9.10am and were subsequently released about 3pm.
He said they were investigated under Section 109 of the Criminal Procedure Code. The section allows police to arrest anyone who might be about to commit an offence and it cannot be prevented.
The 18 people were about to hold a “welcoming” flash mob for Prime Minister Najib Razak outside Politeknik Seberang Perai on Jalan Permatang Pauh, Bukit Mertajam.
Najib was headed to the polytechnic for a free luncheon hosted by Permatang Pauh Umno.
But before they could begin the flash mob, they were stopped while walking to the polytechnic.
Seberang Perai municipal councillor Ong Jing Chen and PKR Youth member Fahmi Zainol were among the 18 arrested.
PKR’s flyers on the flash mob stated it was aimed at demanding Najib release PKR de facto leader Anwar Ibrahim, who is currently in jail for sodomising his aide.
Meanwhile, PKR Youth deputy chief Dr Afif Bahardin said the arrested group had wanted to “welcome” Najib to Permatang Pauh, as he has never done so since taking office in 2009.
He blamed police for taking them in when they had not done anything wrong.
“They were exercising their right to assembly and personal liberty under the Federal Constitution,” Afif said when contacted. - FMT

We can deliver Indian votes, says Waytha after meeting Mahathir

Hindraf chief Waythamoorthy says after his experience with BN, he is willing to try the opposition to bring changes to the Indian community's plight.
PUTRAJAYA: Hindraf chairman P. Waythamoorthy today expressed confidence that the movement could mobilise Malaysian Indians to back Pakatan Harapan (PH) at the next polls, following a discussion today with the coalition’s chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
Speaking to FMT, Waytha said Hindraf’s role was critical in delivering the Indian votes to PH, adding that they would be the kingmakers to sway the outcome against Barisan Nasional (BN) in marginal seats.
“And we are offering to help PH in these rural seats, where the Indian community can make a significant difference,” he said.
Waytha said Hindraf’s immense support among ordinary Indians would also work in PH’s favour should the coalition accept the group as its fifth partner.
He said this was among the contents of his discussion with Mahathir in a meeting which was also attended by two former ministers, Zaid Ibrahim and Sanusi Junid.
The hour-long meeting took place in the former prime minister’s office at the Perdana Leadership Foundation here.
“I’m here to speak to Tun (Mahathir) and convince him of how we can help bring about change in the next election,” Waytha told FMT.
He said in remote Malay parliamentary constituencies where Umno candidates had won marginally in the last polls, the number of Indian voters “are probably about five to six times more than the majority”.
“We are talking about Kedah, Johor, Perak and Selangor,” said Waytha, who quit the Cabinet in 2014, less than a year after he was appointed a deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department as part of an electoral understanding between Hindraf and BN.
Waytha cited the Merbok parliament seat in Kedah, where BN defeated PKR by 4,122 votes in the 2013 general election.
“But there are about 15,000 Indian voters there,” he said. “So I believe we can go to these areas and convince the Indian voters to support PH.”
Hindraf came into prominence in 2007 after tens of thousands of Indians took part in a protest it organised in Kuala Lumpur, accusing the government of marginalising Malaysian Indians.
The group was widely credited for opposition gains in the general election a year later, when BN candidates were defeated in constituencies with a large concentration of Indian voters.
However, Hindraf shifted its support to BN just before the 2013 polls, following a memorandum of understanding signed with the ruling coalition promising to uplift the Indian community.
Waytha said his support for BN was based on a written commitment by Najib Razak, saying he had believed that the prime minister was serious in helping the Indian community.
“Obviously he did not fulfil the promises and as a matter of principle, I left,” he said.
He said after leaving the Cabinet, he frequently visited Indian communities in rural areas, adding that they were often left out of the country’s “mainstream economy”.
“We need to keep the people’s hope alive, that change is possible. We don’t believe BN can bring that change. So we are trying again with PH,” he said.
Earlier, Mahathir admitted that the Indian community was not adequately represented in PH, adding that the group’s support was vital for the coalition’s machinery.
“So we are working to get Hindraf, if not as a member of PH, at least as part of the opposition,” he said. - FMT

Court to hear Mahathir’s application tomorrow to stall RCI hearing

A three-man Court of Appeal bench will hear lawyers from both sides before deciding on the urgent application.
PETALING JAYA: The Court of Appeal will hear tomorrow an application by Dr Mahathir Mohamad to stay the Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) proceeding, set up to probe Bank Negara Malaysia’s (BNM) forex losses in the 1990s.
Lawyer Mohamed Haniff Khatri Abdulla said the court papers had been served on the Attorney-General’s Chamber this evening for their lawyers to appear for the RCI.
“The court will hear lawyers from both sides before making a decision to grant our application,” he told FMT.
Earlier today, the High Court dismissed Mahathir’s leave application for judicial review in his bid to remove panel chairman Mohd Sidek Hassan and member Saw Choo Boon.
Haniff said he filed this afternoon a notice of appeal against the High Court ruling before proceeding to file the urgent application to stay the RCI proceeding next Monday.
Justice Azizah Nawawi held that the RCI members have no powers to remove themselves and thus there could be no formal decision on their recusal.
The judge also held that the court cannot give a mandamus order sought by Mahathir to advise the king to revoke the appointments of Sidek and Saw.
She said a mandamus order was only applicable to civil servants and not the government.
Last week, Mahathir filed a judicial review leave application, seeking to quash the RCI’s refusal to remove Sidek and Saw from the tribunal.
Mahathir also asked that the five-member RCI panel be suspended from sitting pending the outcome of the court decision.
He claimed the RCI composition was a breach of natural justice as Sidek and Saw were previously members of another task force that had conducted a preliminary investigation into the losses suffered by the central bank.
Apart from Sidek and Saw, the other members of the tribunal are High Court judge Kamaludin Md Said, Bursa Malaysia Berhad chief executive officer Tajuddin Atan, and member of the Malaysian Institute of Accountants and the Malaysian Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Pushpanathan S A Kanagarayar. - FMT

College students protest over lack of accreditation for diploma

They can't pursue a degree course or find jobs as a result, they claim.
KUALA LUMPUR: More than 60 former students from Technology Park Malaysia College (TPMC) protested today at the campus in Bukit Jalil here over accreditation for their biomedical science course.
They were dissatisfied with the explanation given by TPM Corporation (TPM) despite a three-hour-long meeting.
They said the college had failed to solve the problem of accreditation for their course.
The students claimed the college had misled them that their diploma programme in biomedical science had been accredited by the Malaysian Qualifications Agency (MQA).
Nuhaniza Abdul Halim, who had registered in TPMC in 2011 for the diploma, said the course was new at the time.
She told FMT they only noticed the lack of accreditation when they received their official certificates during their convocation ceremony.
“The official certificates did not have the MQA stamp, just the TPMC college stamp,” she said.
The lack of MQA accreditation had made it impossible for them to pursue a degree course or to find jobs in her field, she added.
TPM general manager Zulkifli Fitri Ismail said the students were briefed when they entered college that the biomedical science course was only partially accredited.
He said this was also stated in writing on the brochure as well as in their offer letters.
“TPM college was granted provisional accreditation from Oct 1, 2009 to March 31, 2012. This was later extended to Aug 26, 2015.”
He said MQA rejected the college’s application for full accreditation for the course in February 2015 but it continued providing training for the course and other programmes.
He said Majlis Amanah Rakyat (Mara) took over the college in 2015 as a 75% shareholder and had also appealed to MQA for full accreditation for the biomedical course.
“TPM college is independently managed by Mara Corp and as such the biomedical science programme issue should be addressed by them.
“It was up to Mara now to solve this matter.”
Several hundred students are believed to have taken up the two-and-half-year biomedical course, which cost them RM20,000.
Student Ervina Ezureen Amir Hassan expressed her frustration over this matter, saying it had been approaching those in charge for a solution for the past four years.
“We can’t get jobs for what we studied, neither can we further our studies.”
Some frustrated students had now switched to pursuing other recognised courses elsewhere.
Ervina noted that some of them were barred from travelling overseas as they haven’t been able to pay their National Higher Education Fund Corporation (PTPTN) loans as they had difficulty finding jobs. -FMT

Pribumi’s Catch-22

It is inconceivable Pribumi can muster greater moral legitimacy when it is a near copy of the team it seeks to defeat.
Praba Ganesan, The Malay Mail Online

Pribumi is dead in the water. Last weekend’s mayhem will repeat, and the race supremacist party is set to fall on its own sword.
An elaborate hara-kiri is inevitable as the raison d'être to kick out Umno by offering itself as a better avatar of Umno was always sheer loco.
Consider this.
A government in power, and a crowded loose coalition of those who were in government, are not in parity when stacked against each other.
So when the Johnny-come-lately tries the same tricks or its progenitor’s when he was in office, it falls flat because Pribumi does not have the state’s machineries, open support from corporate Malaysia or adequate access to the masses.
It has not dawned on sycophants that Mahathir Mohamad has never been against the government — British Malaya or Umno administrations — till now.
He’s been part of it, expelled from it, recruited by it, challenged within it, revered by it and finally isolated by it in retirement. But he never was against it as a sworn enemy.
With the gloves off, Mahathir is in new territory, where former underlings need not appease the old codger, instead free to unleash their venom.
Fox-hunting comes to mind.
For the armed horse-rider assisted by foxhounds, the exercise appears challenging — respectable enough — with fair chance of success, though it’s mightily different for the prey. The fox is compromised from all sides and success wishful thinking, as it only seeks survival.
Mahathir has never been hunted, as he’s always been the hunter.
Spitefully, I’d chastise, “Hunting the weak has never been honourable, Dr M. You’ve made it natural in our national mind-set by repetition. These opponents of yours today are only doing what is natural to them, to win before the game begins.”
The charm offensive
What is available then?
Neo-fascist governments are resilient. They are death-stars.
They rise on populism and destroy critics, mercilessly so.
They are not defeated by a softer version of themselves, like a lite-version.
This is where I am bemused with strategists articulating how Pribumi fills a gap in challenging Umno in the rural heartlands.
For, they ask a presumably prejudiced electorate, to switch sides -- from one “feed-the-prejudice party” to another “feed-the-prejudice party” -- on account the new entity has Mahathir on board.
The strategy is as backward as the politics of the two parties.
Strong governments end by two means, either the system fails which is heavily pivoted to the economy’s health, or the administration loses moral legitimacy in the eyes of the people.
The first is unlikely, as Malaysia has amazing natural resources and geopolitical import and coupled by amazing entrepreneurial energy and a pliant workforce. This is not the failed old Soviet Union or steadily decaying Venezuela.
The second is viable. Strip the government of its moral legitimacy. The caveat is though, as perceived by the Malaysian people. Foreign awards, recognition and applauses, of how wonderful our local dissidents remain matters little if those dissidents are not celebrated by the locals.
The government is not invalid because opposition repeat it from every rooftop, it is invalid when overwhelming numbers of the voters are convinced it is invalid, and at which point there will be expectations which the electoral system has to match, not question.
It is inconceivable Pribumi can muster greater moral legitimacy when it is a near copy of the team it seeks to defeat.
The aftermath of the riot at its event has been anger, vehemence and condemnation.
But it cannot articulate that when there is a culture of blind obedience built on racial differentiation stoking up defiance reliant on upholding your constructed absolutes as above all other considerations, dangerous things will happen.
Because Pribumi promotes the exact type of obedience, differentiation, absolutes and a gross level of self-import.
How to condemn?
It has said on record, it has nothing against Umno, just the persons leading it. It accepts the Umno ethos.  
The Onn Jaffar Curse
It is remarkable race supremacists here and abroad had an eventful weekend halfway across the world from each other.
There is poetic congruity, albeit under unfortunate circumstances.
The violent protests in the American city of Charlottesville resulting in a death over a white Christian supremacist symbol — the statue of Confederate military leader and slave owner Robert E. Lee — echo the terrible thing which is the belief in racial supremacy.  
Umno’s first president and fallen son Onn Jaffar initiated the curse which straight-jackets our democratic evolution.
In 1951, he left the party to form a multicultural party. It failed spectacularly. Mahathir would have been a young 26-year-old doctor in the Malayan service. It would have left an impression in him. Though, be mindful, the youngest voter in 1951 will be at least 85-years-old, today.
For 66 years it’s been recounted as fact, rather than what it is, the limitation of a naïve and misled population from a different time.
Parties like DAP formed, but stuck to chauvinist lines to be safe. PKR theoretically is multicultural but does not possess the leadership to suck it into its lungs as oxygen. And Pribumi shows up with complete immersion in racism. 
But if it is Pribumi alone, facing aggression and intimidation, it has little to offer in self-defence. How to when it supports the Umno method?
These episodes will continue — the instigations and standoffs.
Mahathir might want to take a leaf from a friend of his no less, the late Nelson Mandela who looked at multicultural Malaysia’s economic might without much notice of its politics’ arrested development.
Ex-US president Barack Obama in response to Charlottesville quoted the great man, from his autobiography, The Great Walk to Freedom:
“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”
I had that book after my first trip to South Africa in 1996, Mahathir surely was given a signed copy. He could do worse than rereading it.

Ex-Special Branch Number Two Behind Hindraf-Pakatan Alliance

The ex-Deputy Director of the Special Branch, Hamid Bador, is behind Hindraf’s P Waythamoorthy and who arranged his return to Malaysia
(FMT) – An unprecedented meeting between Pakatan Harapan (PH) chairman Dr Mahathir Mohamad and Hindraf took place today, increasing the possibility of the opposition coalition signing up yet another member.
The meeting between Mahathir and Hindraf leader P Waythamoorthy at his office in Perdana Leadership Foundation here, saw the duo discussing the prospect of the latter becoming the fifth component of PH or at least a partner to it.
Dressed in his trademark all-grey bush jacket, with Waythamoorthy sitting in front of him, Mahathir spoke to FMT about how the Indian-based NGO had an important place in the opposition machinery.
“We notice the Indian community is not well represented in PH. There is no Indian party. There are multiracial parties where Indians are members, but the representation is not adequate.
“I think we appreciate the fact that Hindraf has got the support of the ordinary Indians, not the lawyers or the doctors, but the ordinary estate people.
“So we are working to get Hindraf, if not as a member of PH, at least as part of the opposition.”
PH is made up of four parties which are the Mahathir-led Malay only PPBM, the multiracial PKR and DAP, as well as PAS’ splinter Amanah.
Hindraf, which is not a registered political party, is led by Waythamoorthy who enjoyed a brief stint as a senator, and a deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Department under Najib Razak.
He resigned from both posts shortly after the 13th general election, citing the BN government’s failure to protect the interests of the Indian community as the reason.
The ex-Deputy Director of the Special Branch, Hamid Bador, has sworn loyalty to Mahathir and is Waythamoorthy’s handler
His strength among the Indians in the rural areas is not lost on Mahathir, who aims to also secure Indian support ahead of the upcoming general election. Pundits predict GE14 will be the most competitive battle the nation has ever seen.
With the Malay votes expected to be split between the opposition and BN’s ruling party, Umno, Mahathir sees the Indian community as possible kingmakers.
“Although they (the Indians) are the minority, their vote is very important. Because when the majority community is split into two, the minority determines who wins.
“And Hindraf is obviously a mass movement of people who are not so prominent in the community. They are not urban, they are mainly rural and estate-based.
“Hence, they can play a big role in determining who wins in the rural areas,” he said.
When asked how he planned to iron out the differences that might arise between PH members and Hindraf, Mahathir said the question was one he could only answer “after I have consulted the other leaders of PH”.
Former law minister Zaid Ibrahim, who is now with the DAP, had pushed for an alliance between PH and Hindraf earlier this month.
He had, in a blog post, said Waythamoorthy “cannot be that bad” as he let go of his deputy minister’s position when he saw nothing worthwhile coming from the many Indian blueprints that the prime minister “waved around”.
“He is articulate and passionate in his belief that we must address the many problems of our country’s marginalised community.
“He may have made some unreasonable demands in the past, but then, how do you get noticed in this country if you don’t try to shake people out of their comfort zone?” Zaid had said.

Mahathir’s Choice Was Either To Resign Or Go To Jail

Mahathir’s resignation had nothing to do with the fact he is not a dictator. He had no choice. He either leaves or gets kicked out. And if he got kicked out he would have ended up in jail for all the crimes he had committed. So the only way to escape jail was to resign and hand over power to Abdullah. That was the deal Mahathir made with Abdullah and Umno.
Raja Petra Kamarudin
Najib, Not Me, Is The Dictator, Says Mahathir (READ HERE)
Let us analyse what Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad said in his blog today.
1. “He has never allowed any challenge against him in the party. His deputy was sacked and he engineered the removal of my son, the menteri besar of Kedah, replacing him with one of his toadies.”
“No-contest ruling only weakens Umno,” said Malaysiakini on 11 April 2001 (READ HERE). In 2001 Mahathir was the Prime Minister and Tun Ghafar Baba the Deputy Prime Minister and Umno ruled there will be no contest for the number one and number two posts.
In fact, 2001 was not the first time that Mahathir did not allow any contest for the President’s and Deputy President’s post, as the extract from the book ‘Malaysian Politics under Mahathir’ reveals.
Has Mahathir forgotten this or does he think he can lie and get away with it?
With regards to Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak sacking his Deputy, that was what Mahathir did to Anwar Ibrahim in September 1998. Read this BBC news report of 2nd September 1998: Malaysia’s deputy prime minister fired(READ HERE)
With regards to Mukhriz Mahathir being removed as the Kedah Menteri Besar, Mahathir did the same to Syed Nahar Syed Sheh Shahabuddin in 1985 who was allied to the old regime of Tun Hussein Onn. Mahathir wanted Hussein’s Menteri Besar removed and replaced with his own man, Osman Arof.
Mahathir then removed Osman Arof as the Kedah Menteri Besar in 1996 because he had become too close to Tun Daim Zainuddin (Osman was Daim’s proxy in a few deals). Osman was replaced with Sanusi Junid (Mahathir’s right-hand-man). When Umno Kedah performed badly in the 1999 general election, Sanusi resigned and Mahathir appointed another loyalist, Syed Razak Syed Zain Barakbah, as the new Kedah Menteri Besar.
Mahathir would never accept any Kedah Menteri Besar who did not show 100% loyalty to him. And Mukhriz had stuck a knife in Najib’s back. Mahathir would have never allowed any Kedah Menteri Besar to do that to him and would have got rid of him for a lesser crime than that.
2. “There is now total censorship of the print and electronic media. He got the police to arrest and detain the people who reported on his alleged criminal activities.”
There is really no need to reply to this. The whole country knows about Operasi Lalang and the banning of many newspapers. The numerous ISA detentions from 1998 to 2001 were also because Mahathir could not tolerate any criticism.
During Mahathir’s time the Bersih rallies and the ‘Nothing to Hide’ events would never have been allowed. What the opposition is allowed to do since Najib took over as Prime Minister in 2009 would have only been a dream when Mahathir was Prime Minister. Read what Human Rights Watch had to say about the matter.
Human Rights Watch 2001 Report on Malaysia
The trial of former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, culminating in his conviction for sodomy in August, provided the backdrop for the Malaysian government’s ongoing repression of perceived political opponents. While continuing to target liberal activists, the government stepped up its attacks on the fundamentalist Islamic party PAS (Parti Islam Se-Malaysia), following elections in November 1999. Human rights activists, lawyers, politicians, and publishers affiliated with the opposition were prosecuted under expansively-worded laws restricting freedom of expression. Police broke up peaceful rallies, arrested protestors, and beat some detainees in custody. Anwar’s conviction cast further doubt on the independence of Malaysia’s judicial system. Refugees and migrants faced harsh conditions in immigration detention camps, and Malaysia continued to return refugees to countries where they faced persecution. (READ MORE HERE)
Human Rights Watch 2002 Report on Malaysia
The government of Mahathir Mohamed, beginning his third decade as prime minister, continued to crack down hard on potential political challengers, arresting key opposition leaders, banning political rallies, and breaking up public gatherings with force. The year began with the prime minister’s popularity in decline. In November 2000, the ruling coalition suffered a by-election defeat in Mahathir’s home district in Kedah state and the government faced increasingly vocal opposition protests. In response, it turned the draconian Internal Security Act (ISA) against its political opponents. Among those targeted under the ISA, which allows detainees to be held indefinitely without charge or public airing of the evidence against them, were minority Shi’a Muslims, supporters of jailed former Deputy Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim, and youth leaders in the opposition PAS (Partai Islam Se-Malaysia) party, although individuals linked to specific violent acts were also among those detained. In the wake of the September 11 attacks in the United States, authorities used global concern with terrorism to justify their actions. (READ MORE HERE)
3. “Dictators never resign either. They would retain their place until they die. And always they would be succeeded by their sons. Dictators would have incurred the hatred of the people. They know once they lose power the people would abuse them and punish them. However, after I resigned, the people continued to accept and support me. Even opposition parties which used to condemn me have now chosen me as one of their leaders.”
In a moment of weakness Mahathir cried and announced his resignation during the 2002 Umno assembly but was persuaded to agree to a transition period of one year
Mahathir had no choice but to resign and hand power to Tun Abdullah Ahmad Badawi on 1st November 2003 because in a moment of weakness in mid-2002 Mahathir broke down and cried and announced his resignation during the Umno assembly. After an hour of negotiations backstage it was agreed that Mahathir would stay on a year more and then hand over power in 2003.
Umno then announced to the delegates that Mahathir will still resign but will hand power around a year later after the transition period is over. So Mahathir had no choice but to resign and hand power to Abdullah on 1st November 2003 because the deal had been sealed in stone and could no longer be aborted.
Abdullah saved Umno from losing the 2004 general election and saved Mahathir from going to jail
The Special Branch told Mahathir if he still stayed on then Umno and Barisan Nasional were going to lose the general election in 2004 because the people had had enough of him. Not long after Abdullah took over, the general election was held and Umno and Barisan Nasional performed the best ever in history. The people were so elated that Mahathir had gone that they gave Umno and Barisan Nasional a landslide victory.
So, Mahathir’s resignation had nothing to do with the fact he is not a dictator. He had no choice. He either leaves or gets kicked out. And if he got kicked out he would have ended up in jail for all the crimes he had committed. So the only way to escape jail was to resign and hand over power to Abdullah. That was the deal Mahathir made with Abdullah and Umno.
And Mahathir should not be so proud that ‘even opposition parties which used to condemn me have now chosen me as one of their leaders’. That just goes to show the opposition lacks morals and principles and has no maruah(dignity) or honour. That is like Israel appointing Adolf Hitler as its Prime Minister.

Dr M to speak at hall Umno Youth threatened to torch during his era

Dr Mahathir Mohamad is scheduled to speak at a forum at the Kuala Lumpur Selangor Chinese Assembly Hall (KLSCAH) next week.
The talk will focus on China's investment in Malaysia.
In 2000, when Mahathir was still prime minister, Umno Youth had threatened to raze the building over the Malaysian Chinese Organisation Election Appeals Committee (Suqui) matter.
Mahathir had branded Suqui as a communist and extremist outfit over the 17 appeals it had presented to him ahead of the 1999 general election.
Umno Youth's then vice-chief Abdul Aziz Sheikh Fadzir had threatened to torch the building if an apology was not tendered over the appeals, endorsed by 2,000 Chinese organisations.
In 2015, KLSCAH invited Mahathir to use its premises when the former premier complained about hall owners closing their doors to him due to fear of a backlash from the government following his campaign against Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak.
This had prompted a pro-Umno portal to mock the former premier, asking him to check if KLSCAH was available.
Following this, KLSCAH secretary-general Ser Choon Ing told Malaysiakini that Mahathir was more than welcome to rent their hall.
“I don’t think he would want to but we have no problems allowing him to rent a hall,” said Ser, who was also the secretary of Suqui.
Come August 24, Mahathir is expected to finally set foot in KLSCAH.
According to the forum's promotional material, Mahathir will be joined by economist KS Jomo and Azrul Azwar as well as PKR vice president Nurul Izzah Anwar.

Jomo has written extensively about the Malaysian economy, including rent-seeking corruption under Mahathir.
They will discuss whether Malaysia's various cooperation with companies from China for major projects is straining the country's debt burden.
The forum, organised by PKR-linked Institut Rakyat, is expected to start at 8pm - Mkini

NGO lodges report against Azmin for alleging PM had a hand in fracas

A pro-Umno NGO has lodged a police report against Selangor menteri besar Mohamed Azmin Ali over his claims that prime minister Najib Abdul Razak had a hand in the fracas which erupted during last Sunday's Nothing to Hide 2.0.
Gerakan Akar Umbi Umno Malaysia (Gaum) chairperson Zulkarnain Mahdar later described Azmin's allegations against Najib as malicious slander.
"Leaders like Azmin Ali, I think you all know that he is making a baseless allegation.
"Until today I cannot understand why Azmin can make such a statement as if it has anything to do with him," he told reporters outside Sri Petaling police station.
Zulkarnain further said he had waited until today for the organiser, Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia (Bersatu) youth wing, as well as Azmin, who are yet to furnish any evidence to accuse Najib of being responsible for the fracas.
Azmin had last Sunday accused Najib of using gangster-like tactics to silence former premier Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
While Mahathir was answering a question on the Memali tragedy in Baling, slippers were suddenly hurled at his direction.
The situation quickly escalated as Bersatu supporters were riled by the incident and attempted to confront the suspected provocateurs.
Soon bottles and chairs were also seen being hurled at Mahathir's direction from the floor.

At least two flares were also released at the venue, turning the hall into a red glow.
Bersatu supporters later detained three suspected troublemakers, who appeared to have suffered some beating.
The suspects, two of whom were clad in Bersatu T-shirt, were handed over to the police.
The Shah Alam police later said the three suspects were aged between 17 and 19. - Mkini