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Jho Low, Well Connected in Malaysia,
Has an Appetite for New York

The New York Times 08/02/15 -- Mr. Low’s lavish spending has raised eyebrows and questions from Kuala Lumpur to New York, where he has made a boldface name for himself as a “whale” at clubs like the Pink Elephant and 1Oak. The New York Post once called him “the mystery man of city club scene,” adding, “Speculation is brewing over where Low is getting his money from.”

Archaic law held sacred by Malaysian courts

S.Ramakrishnan, 12/2/2015 -- The Federal Court's guilty verdict for Anwar Ibrahim raises many doubts and questions. There is more than meets the eye. The plaintiff, Saiful, received the benefit of every doubt while defendant Anwar was denied reasonable justice. The BN government has shown little restraint, even after sacking him from the party in 1998.

Acrimonious Split Rattles Malaysian Premier’s Family

Asia Sentinel, 12/02/15 -- There is a growing, acrimonious rift in the Razak family, much of it over the deeply indebted government-backed investment fund 1Malaysia Development Bhd, and Najib’s siblings’ relationship with the prime minister’s wife, Rosmah Mansor, partly because of her ostentatious flaunting of enormous wealth.  Rosmah, in addition to concerns about her behavior, is believed to have convinced her husband to initiate the 1MDB fund, which is backed by the Ministry of Finance.

Malaysia’s Anwar Faces Sodomy Verdict Next Week

Asia Sentinel, 05/02/15 -- In Malaysia’s courts, political cases are rarely if ever decided on their merits. That has been glaringly true of the charges against Anwar. The case has been marred by a long series of procedural errors and a list of suspicious events and rulings. As with a previous sodomy case brought in 1998, the charges against Anwar have been condemned by human rights groups and governments across the world.

Man brutally murdered while having drinks

The Star, 22/01/15 -- “The victim’s arms were mutilated. His right limb was cut off and is missing while his left arm was left barely attached to his body. A K9 unit was sent to try and locate the victim’s missing arm but it could not be found,” he said.

Initial investigations led police to believe the motive for the murder could be revenge, with officers recording statements from the victim’s four friends.

Will Altantuya’s Murderer Talk in Australia?

John Berthelsen, Asia Sentinel, 22/01/15 --

The detention in Brisbane, Australia, of Sirul Azhar Umar, one of the two condemned killers of Mongolian beauty Altantuya Shaariibuu, must be sending shock waves through Kuala Lumpur and the unknown parties who ordered her execution in October of 2006.

“This is going to be dynamite,” said a prominent Malaysian lawyer who preferred not to be identified. “There is lots of vibration going on in foot apparel,” a suggestion that top political figures in Kuala Lumpur might be shaking in their boots. Reporters and lawyers are feverishly trying to get Sirul to talk from his jail cell about who ordered the killing and why.

No Extradition for Mongolian Woman’s Killer: Australia

John Berthelsen, Asia Sentinel, 15/01/15 --

Azilah, he said, "noticed movements in the Chinese woman's arm and ordered me to fire another shot but the gun did not fire. I then emptied the weapon and loaded the gun again and fired another shot at the same area which was the left side of the woman's head. I then took a black plastic garbage bag and with Azilah's help put the bag over the Chinese woman's head to prevent blood from spilling."

With Sirul holding her arms and Azilah holding her legs, they carried Altantuya into the woods. "Azilah then carried the bag containing the explosives and handed it to me. I took the explosives and attached them to the victim's head while Azilah attached the explosives on the victim's legs up to the abdomen." After attaching a wire to the explosives, they blew her up.

Return of the Samy-style era

The Star, 201/12/14 -- Samy Vellu’s son Datuk Seri S. Vell Paari and former youth leader Datuk T. Mohan led a group of about 500 youthful demonstrators to the MIC headquarters, where they were feted with food, loud music and songs.

Some MIC staff members also joined in Thursday’s chaos – some of them condemned Palanivel for the ill that had befallen the MIC, while others condemned the crowd’s rowdy behaviour.

MIC in a Mess

 

Crony Corruption undetected by Transparency International’s CPI

 S.Ramakrishnan, 18/12/2014 -- Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak was jubilant that the government initiatives to combat graft, the efforts of the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC), Integrity and Standard Compliance Department (ISCD) in the police force and Performance Management Delivery Unit (Pemandu) has enabled Malaysia to moved up to 50th spot among 175 countries in the CPI 2014 ranking up from 53 last year

Moderate Malay Muslims Seek to Cool the Heat

Asia Sentinel, 14/12/14 -- "Given the impact of such vitriolic rhetoric on race relations and political stability of this country, we feel it is incumbent on us to take a public position," Noor Farida Ariffin, former Malaysian ambassador to the Netherlands, said in a statement issued on behalf of the 25 signatories.

Commission for pardon and not inquest

S.Ramakrishnan, 8/12/2014  -- This project IC was clearly done under the blessing of UMNO so that the political party of their choice will rule Sabah. UMNO wanted to neutralize and split Kadazanduzun and Chinese votes in Sabah so that they become politically weak, a game UMNO is good at.

Malaysia’s New Migrants

The New York Times, Dec 11, 2014 -- In the first four months of this year, 83 Nepali workers died in Malaysia from various causes, a rate of one a day, including a significant number of suicides. A recent study of the Malaysian electronics industry by the labor research organization Verité found that nearly a third of those surveyed — in a work force that includes about 200,000 foreign employees — had suffered conditions of forced labor. Most of them work in factories that produce components for many of the most recognizable brands on the international market (though Verité declined to specify which in its report, preferring to avoid a “name and shame” strategy).

Malaysia’s Investment Fund Disaster

Asia Sentinel, 09/12/14 -- In 2008, a boisterous young man by the name of Jho Low Taek, a Penang-born Wharton grad with a taste for Cristal champagne and Broadway blondes, approached Malaysia’s Terengganu state government with a proposal to use the state’s authority to sell RM10 billion (US$2.87 billion)  in bonds to start a state-backed investment fund. 

No political party ruled forever

S.Ramakrishnan, 5/12/2014 -- These fabrications show signs of desperations and fear that they are losing support of large sections within the Malay community. Umno general assembly has become a rattling and rhetoric ground for their delegates and leaders to let lose their belligerent noises and raise the insecurity and fear among of Malays. By doing so in every AGM, Umno leaders are able to divert the real economic and social issues in the Malay community to emotions and chest beating to keep the rural community ignorant and misinformed.

Myanmar businessman killed by Gang 21 member in revenge

The Star, 04/12/14 -- Angered by the abduction and murder of his brother, a Gang 21 member kidnapped and killed a 30-year-old businessman, in what police believe to be an act of revenge. On Nov 12, the Indian-Myanmar businessman was abducted in full view of his family by four men, armed with two pistols and two parang, at about 6.10pm in Pusat Bandar Sentul Utara. Eight days later, police arrested the 41-year-old Gang 21 member at Hospital Banting, Selangor, when he turned up to claim the remains of his brother, said Sentul OCPD Asst Comm R. Munusamy.

 

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Puzzling Delay in Anwar Verdict

Asia Sentinel, 03/12/14 -- Fears are rising among allies of Anwar Ibrahim that the Malaysian opposition leader will be sent to prison on what appear to be trumped up sexual perversion charges, weeks after the country’s highest court heard final arguments.

Extremism, racism and indebtedness welcome to Malaysia

S.Ramakrishnan, 27/11/2014 -- Malaysia was once the land of honey and wealth called “swarnabumi” but now it has become a land of indebtedness. While the national debt, god know what percent, officially 55% and the household debt has risen to 87% of GDP which is one of the highest in the world. On top of the high indebtedness Malaysia is also confronted with rising inflation, weakening ringgit, capital flight out of the country, falling disposable income, low productivity, poor economic management and worst still is the rising extremism and narrow mindedness among Umno hardliners from the 57 year old ruling party.

The Yong Peng Tamil School Saga

S.Ramakrishnan, 25/11/2014 -- The India n community in Yong Peng is very upset with the 12 year delay in completing the construction of SRJK (T) Yong Peng building. After 12 years they still do not know when the school will be completed. Construction work was stopped around 10 months ago and still no sign of commencing building work.

‘Tiram Sasi’: Another slain gang leader with ties to MIC?

theantdaily, 12/09/14 -- Thirty-three year old Sasitharen Manicam, or better known as “Tiram Sasi”, who led the state’s “04” gang, was shot dead while sitting in his parked Honda City in front of a three-storey building in Taman Desa Cemerlang in Johor Baru on Tuesday night.

The late Sasi also headed the Johor wing of New Affirmative Action Movement (NAAM) – a MIC friendly NGO.

If you can’t beat them, charge them

The Economist, 5/9/14 -- Yet Malaysia’s sedition law is almost comically broad. It defines seditious statements as any that “excite[s] disaffection…against any Government” or “against the administration of justice in Malaysia” or “promote[s] feelings of ill will and hostility between different races or classes of the population in Malaysia”. 

Mahathir’s Case Against Najib Detailed

by John Berthelsen, Asia Sentinel, 21/08/14 -- The demands listed in the letter included one that Najib reform the controversial 1MDB sovereign fund, which is deeply in debt after having funded a long string of controversial projects. It is said to be a major scandal sizzling out of sight and involving controversial Chinese playboy Taek Jho Low and Najib’s wife, Rosmah Mansor.

Former Malaysian PM Mahathir Turns on Najib

by John Berthelsen, Asia Sentinel, 19/08/14 -- Najib is due to return to Malaysia on Aug. 22 for a day of national remembrance for the victims.  However, he has delayed requests to have the bodies of the victims sent back so that they can arrive when he does, according to well-placed source in Kuala Lumpur.  That has reportedly infuriated Mahathir.

Malaysian Prime Minister’s Mystery Holiday

Asia Sentinel, 13/08/14 -- “He has never flown on either MAS or AsiaAir in seven years,” a political observer in KL said. “Mahathir did, Abdullah Badawi did. But Najib has never once flown on either one.”

Requests by email, telephone and text the prime minister’s personal aide and press secretary, Azlin Alias, asking for the prime minister’s holiday itinerary also went unanswered.

Najib Waffles Over MH17 Disaster

Asia Sentinel, 22/07/2014 -- In fact, Malaysia’s involvement in behind-the-scenes bargaining with the rebels was very much second fiddle to the Dutch, who not only suffered the most deaths in the crash but were also better equipped to examine the evidence. Yet the Dutch showed no signs of letting their desire to negotiate the return of bodies get in the way of strong backing for European Union sanctions against Russia, predicated on the belief by all the EU members that Russia was ultimately responsible via its surrogates in eastern Ukraine, and perhaps more directly.

Harsh Islamic Law Loses Momentum in Malaysia

Asia Sentinel, July 11, 2014 -- Mahathir has been perhaps the strongest voice opposing any such law, ironically despite the fact that he has been a moving force behind the strident Malay nationalists who have been calling for its passage. It has once again shone a spotlight on Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak, who has once again backed away from taking a strong stance.

The tragedy of the Arabs

Jul 5th 2014, The Economist -- Why Arab countries have so miserably failed to create democracy, happiness or (aside from the windfall of oil) wealth for their 350m people is one of the great questions of our time. What makes Arab society susceptible to vile regimes and fanatics bent on destroying them (and their perceived allies in the West)? No one suggests that the Arabs as a people lack talent or suffer from some pathological antipathy to democracy. But for the Arabs to wake from their nightmare, and for the world to feel safe, a great deal needs to change.

Indonesia’s Prabowo Shows his Hand

Asia Sentinel, 01/07/14 -- The country only emerged into a true – if sometimes raucous – democracy a little over 15 years ago with the fall of Prabowo’s former father-in-law, the strongman Suharto, who had run the country for 31 years before his fall from power in 1998. Suharto’s family accrued corruption on a scale experienced almost nowhere else in the world. The family was accused of amassing a fortune estimated by Transparency International to be between US$15 billion and US$35 billion through KKN, the Indonesian acronym for corruption, collusion and nepotism.

Heaven can wait, but not JAIS or JAIPP

S.Ramakrishnan,16/6/2014 -- A strange phenomenon is being played out suddenly at weddings and funerals of late. Islamic religious authorities seem to be adamant on snatching dead bodies during funerals while grieving spouses and close relatives beg and appeal that deceased was not a Muslim when alive.

 

 
 
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