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Penang shows the Way for a CLEAN govt.

Penang shows us M’sia can be next S’pore By Eddie Hoo Jan 24, 2016 8:00 PM This is not about race or religion. The ensuing debate over this article would probably still be venomous and filled with diatribes that have blinded and prevented us from achieving our true potential as a cohesive nation.

Let’s be objective. Singapore was our poor cousins when we split in 1965. From an economic backwater with zero natural resources, this tiny nation has grown to be the third richest in the world with gross domestic product (GDP) per capita of US$84,821 (RM369,086) in 2015.

Malaysia’s GDP per capita in 2015 is US$25,833 (RM112,462), putting our country at 45th in the list of richest countries in the world, above Thailand at No. 80 and Indonesia at No. 103.

For the full list, go to thissite. Singapore’s solid economic framework and large current surplus are sustaining an economy that is battling high household debt. It is affected by a fragile global economy. These two factors along with high leverage …

Scorpene scandal resurfaces, Suaram vindicated

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Scorpene scandal resurfaces, Suaram vindicated January 29, 2016 After six long years of investigations, this first indictment of the arms maker shows that Suaram’s suspicion of commissions paid to Malaysian officials in the Scorpene deal is well founded. COMMENT By Kua Kia Soong The Scorpene submarines scandal involving suspected commissions paid to Malaysian defence officials in the French submarines sale in 2002 has finally surfaced in the French court with a first indictment issued against the former boss of an international subsidiary of Thales, suspected of having corrupted then Defence Minister and the present Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Bernard Baiocco, the former president of Thales International Asia (Thint Asia) was indicted before magistrate Roger Le Loire on December 15 for “active bribery of foreign public officials” including Najib Razak, then Minister of Defense, and one of his advisers, Abdul Razak Baginda, according to the news agency AFP. The former boss of…

Scorpene scandal resurfaces, Suaram vindicated

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Scorpene scandal resurfaces, Suaram vindicated January 29, 2016 After six long years of investigations, this first indictment of the arms maker shows that Suaram’s suspicion of commissions paid to Malaysian officials in the Scorpene deal is well founded. COMMENT By Kua Kia Soong The Scorpene submarines scandal involving suspected commissions paid to Malaysian defence officials in the French submarines sale in 2002 has finally surfaced in the French court with a first indictment issued against the former boss of an international subsidiary of Thales, suspected of having corrupted then Defence Minister and the present Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Bernard Baiocco, the former president of Thales International Asia (Thint Asia) was indicted before magistrate Roger Le Loire on December 15 for “active bribery of foreign public officials” including Najib Razak, then Minister of Defense, and one of his advisers, Abdul Razak Baginda, according to the news agency AFP. The former boss of…

Scorpene scandal resurfaces, Suaram vindicated

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Scorpene scandal resurfaces, Suaram vindicated January 29, 2016 After six long years of investigations, this first indictment of the arms maker shows that Suaram’s suspicion of commissions paid to Malaysian officials in the Scorpene deal is well founded. COMMENT By Kua Kia Soong The Scorpene submarines scandal involving suspected commissions paid to Malaysian defence officials in the French submarines sale in 2002 has finally surfaced in the French court with a first indictment issued against the former boss of an international subsidiary of Thales, suspected of having corrupted then Defence Minister and the present Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Bernard Baiocco, the former president of Thales International Asia (Thint Asia) was indicted before magistrate Roger Le Loire on December 15 for “active bribery of foreign public officials” including Najib Razak, then Minister of Defense, and one of his advisers, Abdul Razak Baginda, according to the news agency AFP. The former boss of…

Scorpene scandal resurfaces, Suaram vindicated

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Scorpene scandal resurfaces, Suaram vindicated January 29, 2016 After six long years of investigations, this first indictment of the arms maker shows that Suaram’s suspicion of commissions paid to Malaysian officials in the Scorpene deal is well founded. COMMENT By Kua Kia Soong The Scorpene submarines scandal involving suspected commissions paid to Malaysian defence officials in the French submarines sale in 2002 has finally surfaced in the French court with a first indictment issued against the former boss of an international subsidiary of Thales, suspected of having corrupted then Defence Minister and the present Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak. Bernard Baiocco, the former president of Thales International Asia (Thint Asia) was indicted before magistrate Roger Le Loire on December 15 for “active bribery of foreign public officials” including Najib Razak, then Minister of Defense, and one of his advisers, Abdul Razak Baginda, according to the news agency AFP. The former boss of…

Apandi can’t close investigations, should help MACC, says former A-G

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Apandi can’t close investigations, should help MACC, says former A-GBY V. ANBALAGAN, ASSISTANT NEWS EDITOR Published: 28 January 2016 7:00 AM Former A-G Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman says Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali should allow MACC to complete the probe and render whatever assistance needed to obtain documents involving financial institutions overseas. – The Malaysian Insider file pic, January 28, 2016.Attorney-General (A-G) Tan Sri Mohamed Apandi Ali has no authority to order the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) to close investigations into the RM2.6 billion donation in the prime minister's bank accounts, says a former A-G. Tan Sri Abu Talib Othman also said that Apandi had not helped MACC to obtain documents and statements from abroad as part of its probe, under the mutual legal assistance (MLA) initiative.

"Under Article 145 (3) of the Federal Constitution, the A-G has power only to institute, conduct and discontinue any (criminal) proceedings, but has no authority t…

Dept for Orang Asli slammed for making empty promises

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Dept for Orang Asli slammed for making empty promises  | January 27, 2016 Temiar Orang Asli hands memorandum to Suhakam demanding more accessible schools and the placement of capable teachers for their children.
KUALA LUMPUR: The government must start listening to the pleas of the Orang Asli and refrain from making empty promises about their children’s education, said an Orang Asli group today. The group of Temiar Orang Asli handed a memorandum to the Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam), detailing their grouses and demands to the government, including the building of easily accessible schools and the placement of teachers capable of understanding and working with the community. “At the moment, our children have to go to SK Tohoi, which is 40-60 km away from where we live. Driving on the logging roads, one kilometre can feel like fifteen.” “It would also be good if we had teachers who understand our culture and can work with us, preferably those who speak the Temia…

Malaysia’s human rights deteriorated further in 2015

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Malaysia’s human rights deteriorated further in 2015, says rights watchdog Published: 27 January 2016 4:48 PM Phil Robertson Human Rights Watch deputy Asia director, says Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak is trampling on fundamental rights to hush up corruption allegations and maintain his grip on power. – The Malaysian Insider filepic, January 27, 2016.Malaysia’s human rights situation deteriorated sharply during 2015, as Putrajaya increased its campaign of harassment and repression against activists, political opposition figures, and the media, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today. The report came hours after Malaysia’s rank on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) in 2015 dropped by four points to 54, compared with 50 in 2014, said global corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI). “The Malaysian government responded to public criticism of a major corruption scandal and its persecution of former opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim with a wave of repression,” Phil Robertson…

RM2.6b case: Dr M ropes in S’pore

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RM2.6b case: Dr M ropes in S’pore, wants explanation Published2016-01-27 14:20:00    Updated2016-01-27 15:08:16comments Dr Mahathir Mohamad has roped Singapore into the RM2.6 billion donation issue after the attorney-general cleared Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak of any wrongdoing. In a blog posting, the former prime minister noted how attorney-general Mohamed Apandi Ali said that Najib had returned RM2.03 billion back to the Saudi royal family in August 2013. “How and when was this done? “We are told the balance is frozen by Singapore. Can Singapore explain the unfreezing and the delivery back to the Saudis? “Or does Singapore also believe in the free gift story, the letter and the Saudi admission? “Singapore is a financial centre. Can it be so gullible?” Mahathir asked. On July 22 last year,Reutersreported that Singapore police had frozen two bank accounts in connection with an investigation into alleged financial mismanagement and corruption at 1MDB. "On July 15, 2015, we i…