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Saturday, August 01, 2015

MR PM, ART THOU KIDDING US?

THE NST PAGE 1 today carried this BLURB:

PM: Negative
perception
against 1MDB has
overshadowed
the good it's done

REPORT ON PAGE 2

Friday, July 31, 2015

Desi SPIES A PERFECT STORM FORMING IN THE NEAR HORIZON...

I have writtten about 1MDB under a few major headings the past few months  eg WHY I Say Malaysia is heading towards the ABYSS: the UNRAVELLING OF 1MDB; and A GATHERIING STORM Over Malaysia, and all the choruses seem to be building up TO A STUNNING CRESCENDO.

IN THE past few days the  LIGHTNING FLASHES Have Been MORE CUTting; the THUNDER CLAPS have been more DEAFENING. ALl the signs that a PERFECT STORM IS Forming in the NEAR HORIZON,  AND THE DARKEST CLOUDS ARE mostly centred on PUTRAJAYA, and the CHIEF TENANT OF THE HOUSE OF UMNO/(DENMARK) IN EX-PM DR MAHATHIR MOHAMAD'S WOrds of wisdom, is IN A PANIC MODE, Behaving like a drowning man clutching at the last straw.

NOW let Desi extract TWO ARTICLES SIGHted in today's MSM --the MALay MAIl, doing a reasonably GOOD Job since ownership shifted out of UMNO-Friendly hands almost a year ago -- WHIch lend weight to  DESi's weather prediction of an IMPENDING PERFECT STORM...

FROm mmail.com.my (I have a print copy, page 16), from experience I WON' be able to reproduce the PIC of NAJWA SINGS, followed by one-liner: "YOU've got to go,go, go, go, go, go, go, go" as things moved quickly in the last week.


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Got  to go

by TUNKU 'ABIDIN MUHRIZ 

in his column 
CONSERVATIVELY SPEAKING 


From the malay mail PRINT EDITION for which I Paid RM1.00

 

From page 16:(

THINGS are movingso rapidly that by
the time this is published some of the
issues raised here might have evolved,
escalted, been resolved, diverted or taken
over by other developments. WHat is
certain is thatthe widespread emotions of
frustration, shock
, confusion, despair and
disappointment will continue to reverberate
in political MAlaysia throughout the next
few days.


DESIDERATA:PLS NOTE that Iam copying out IN LONG HAND -- see how I pamer my ER! -- the FIRST PARA ONLY SINCe I COUld not find on its online edition to cut&PAstry :(, YL,DESi  PS: WILl try again to reproduce the online version, OK!

 

From Malay Mail, page10:

Malaysia close to becoming ‘failed state’ after PM’s revamp, TI-M claims

Thursday July 30, 2015
11:07 AM GMT+8
Datuk Akhbar Satar says the continuity of the 1MDB probes is definitely disrupted by the changes made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's administration. ― File picDatuk Akhbar Satar says the continuity of the 1MDB probes is definitely disrupted by the changes made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's administration. ― File picKUALA LUMPUR, July 30 ― The country is “dangerously close” to becoming a failed state after a major shakeup in the federal administration amid multiple ongoing investigations on troubled 1Malaysia Development Berhad (1MDB), Transparency International Malaysia (TI-M) said today.
Its President, Datuk Akhbar Satar, claimed that continuity of the probes is definitely disrupted by the changes made by Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's administration ― which include the removal of ministers seen critical of Putrajaya's handling of 1MDB and the sudden termination of Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail as Attorney-General (AG).
Akhbar stressed that Najib himself had pledged in April to make public the findings of the Auditor-General's audit of 1MDB's dealings and that the federal government will not accept “any abuse of power in 1MDB”.
“What has happened to date is directly opposite to the PM’s declaration – will the people now know or it is only for certain persons’ own consumption and filed in the cupboard?” Akhbar said in a statement.
On Tuesday, Najib removed Tan Sri Muhyiddin Yassin as deputy prime minister and education minister in what is seen as a culling of ministers who are said to have broken ranks in the ongoing 1MDB fiasco.
The reshuffle also brought in four members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) as new additions to the federal administration, potentially stalling a separate probe on 1MDB by the parliamentary committee.
Just hours before the Cabinet reshuffle was announced, Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa issued a statement announcing the termination of Abdul Gani's tenure as AG for “health reasons”.
Up to the point of his removal as AG ― which took effect on July 27 ― Abdul Gani was heading a multi-agency taskforce probing allegations of misappropriation linked to Najib and 1MDB.
Akhbar today stressed that the public cannot be blamed for taking a negative view of the situation with so much change having happened in such a short span of time.
“Given the snail pace of the investigations and halting of PAC activities coupled with the sackings on 29 July, how will intelligent Malaysians view the whole episode?
“Surely they will think it is clearly a concerted effort to stop the probe into 1MDB in its tracks,” he said, adding that it is not helped by the three-month suspension of The Edge Weekly and The Edge Financial Daily over their coverage of 1MDB.
- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/malaysia-close-to-becoming-failed-state-after-pms-revamp-ti-m-claims#sthash.i8wfxnK6.dpuf



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From

malaymailonline:~~

Only Gani Patail can say if charge sheets against PM are fake, PKR lawyer insists

Friday July 31, 2015
09:16 AM GMT+8
PKR’s Latheefa Koya says only Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail (pic) has the authority to say whether the purported drafts of charge sheets against the prime minister are fabrications. ― File picPKR’s Latheefa Koya says only Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail (pic) has the authority to say whether the purported drafts of charge sheets against the prime minister are fabrications. ― File picKUALA LUMPUR, July 31 — Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail is the only authority to determine if purported drafts of charge sheets against the prime minister are fabrications, said PKR’s head of legal affairs today.
Disputing newly-appointed Attorney-General Tan Sri Mohamad Apandi Ali’s statement issued today, PKR’s Latheefa Koya pointed out that Abdul Gani had been — until his unceremonious removal on Monday — the head of a special taskforce probing 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB).
As Attorney-General, Abdul Gani would have been the sole arbiter on the conduct of criminal prosecutions.
“Firstly, the authenticity of the draft charge sheet must be confirmed or denied by Tan Sri Gani himself. Gani was in charge of the investigations and was the key member of the 1MDB task force.
“In the public interest, it is hoped Tan Sri Gani Patail will come forward to clarify this matter,” she said in a statement today.
Latheefa also disputed Apandi’s claim that the draft charge sheets were evidence of a plot to topple Datuk Seri Najib Razak as prime minister, saying it was premature to arrive at such an assumption.
Putrajaya has cried political sabotage ever since the Wall Street Journal’s exposé claiming that US$700 million (RM2.6 billion) was diverted from 1MDB into the prime minister’s personal accounts.
“The AG must not jump to conclusions by claiming that there is a plot to topple the PM simply because of the appearance of this alleged charge sheet. Where is the evidence for such a plot?” Latheefa said in a statement.
Apandi today declared the documents published by Sarawak Report to be false and corroboration of Putrajaya’s claim of a conspiracy to criminalise the prime minister in a bid to force his exit from office.
This came after he declined to comment yesterday when asked to confirm the authenticity of the papers published by the UK-based whistleblower website.
Pictures of the document had been published yesterday by whistleblower site Sarawak Report, which claimed to have obtained a copy of corruption charges that were in the final stages of being drafted by Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail against Najib and one other person connected to the 1MDB controversy.
Abdul Gani was abruptly removed as AG in an announcement by the Chief Secretary to the Government Tan Sri Ali Hamsa on Tuesday, ostensibly due to health concerns.
However, the Sabah-born who served as AG nearly 13 years since January 2002 told Malay Mail Online that he had not been aware of his removal until the announcement.
Up to then, Abdul Gani was part of a multi-agency government taskforce investigating claims of misappropriated funds involving Najib and 1MDB.
- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/malaysia/article/only-gani-patail-can-say-if-charge-sheets-against-pm-are-fake-pkr-lawyer-in#sthash.nnMEpRrg.dpuf

 

 

Thursday, July 30, 2015

THE UNRAVELLING OF 1MDB CONTINUES -- almost reaching its peak! --PART II

DEAR ESteemedReaders, treat this post as PART II of my post dated:

 

Tuesday, July 07, 2015


THE UNRAVELLING OF 1MDB CONTINUES -- almost reaching its peak! Don't be like DESi -- lots of CUt&PAStrying these past few months, C! -_-  go read the first part before you continue reading a borrowed piece from mGf -- myGOODfriend, knot gal! -- KIM QUEK, viz:

 

 

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Freedom or totalitarianism?
By Kim Quek
29.07.2015

It is all too apparent that Prime Minister Najib Razak’s lightning move to remove the Attorney General and reshuffle his cabinet on July 28 was done for the singular purpose to neuter criminal investigations and impending prosecution arising from the 1MDB scandal and the RM2.6 billion in Najib’s personal bank accounts.
By removing AG Gani Patail and offering cabinet positions to members of the PAC (parliamentary account committee), Najib hopes to avert impending prosecution and postpone imminent PAC hearings on key players in 1MDB, which in all certainty, will expose the massive multi-billion heist that will grievously hurt Najib.
SACKING OF AG HIGHLY DUBIOUS
The so-called sacking of Gani is heavily tainted with unconstitutionality, illegality, deceit and malicious intent.
The circumstances of the announcement immediately aroused suspicion. It was announced on July 28 by national news agency Bernama through a one-sentence  tweet stating that Gani’s services as AG was terminated on July 27 due to health reasons, quoting the Chief Secretary of the government.
When asked on July 28, Gani said he had no idea that he had been sacked.
Questions galore: Why wasn’t Gani informed? Why wasn’t there a letter of termination from the Head of State Agong, who is the only authority to appoint or to remove the AG? If Gani had to stop work due to health reasons, why were we told that Gani would still continue to serve as a legal staff till his statutory retirement date in coming October? And why had Gani never complained of ill health?  And why didn’t PM Najib announce that he had “sacked” Gani?
As the AG is designated by the Constitution as the sole decision-maker as to whether a person should prosecuted, the independence of his position is guaranteed by mandating his termination through a tribunal appointed by the Agong. Hence, the currently unceremonious “dumping” of Gani is obviously an unconstitutional move.
SABOTAGING INVESTIGATIONS AND PROSECUTIONS
Conspiracy theories abound as to why Najib had to act like a desperado. Is it to avert an immediate prosecution which only the AG had the power to execute – keeping in mind that there have been a series of arrests arising from the investigations of the Special Task Force probing the twin scandals of Najib’s RM2.6 billion and the 1MDB fiasco?  The task force is made up of the chiefs of police, MACC and Bank Negara, co-ordinated by the AG.
Another body hot on the heels of these scandals is the PAC, which is due to grill the current and former CEOs of 1MDB starting from Aug 4, and also to hear two former directors of 1MDB who resigned in indignation over the theft of US$700 million immediately after signing a bogus joint venture agreement with PetroSaudi in September 2009.
Immediately after the cabinet reshuffle on July 28, where PAC chairman Nur Jazlan and three other members were offered positions in the cabinet, Nur announced a suspension of PAC hearings pending appointment of new members in the next parliamentary session commencing in October.
Thus in one lightning swoop, Najib had apparently incapacitated the pursuers of the scandals and immunise himself from harm, and perhaps hopefully, to bury these scandals.
If Najib succeeds, Malaysians will have to bury their heads in shame, and the credibility of this country will suffer a grievous and irreparable blow.
Who would still trust a country where the prime minister can escape unscathed with unaccounted for RM2.6 billion in his bank accounts and tens of billions of ringgit of public funds evaporated into thin air through a so-called sovereign wealth fund, of which he is personally responsible?

Can our institutions – the police force, the anti-corruption commission MACC, Central Bank and the attorney general’s chambers – stand the shame of being cowed and neutered by a tyrannical hand in contempt of our constitution and law?  

MUST DEFEND AGAINST TOTALITARIANISM
No, we must not allow this to happen, because we have too much too lose and too much to defend.
The Special Task Force must continue to discharge its sacrosanct duties honourably and diligently until the whole truth is uncovered and the culprits punished – with or without Gani Patail as AG.  They owe this to themselves and to the future generations of Malaysians.
As for the PAC, it should immediately resume hearings under the leadership of deputy chairman Dr.Tan Seng Giaw who shall act as chairman in the absence of Nur Jazlan.  With 9 remaining members in PAC (out of a total of 13), there is more than enough members to make up a quorum (minimum is 3).
This is the hour when all Malaysians must stand up to defend themselves against an onslaught, which if not repulsed, will turn the country into a failed state of corrupt dictatorship.

Kim Quek

DESIDERATA: I will now highlight from my first post on this subject reproducing the following:
from THE MALAYSIAN-CHRONICLE.COM:~~~~



Tuesday, 07 July 2015 20:36

NAJIB TRIGGERS MARKETS BLOODBATH: MPs, civil society demand new polls as ringgit hits shock 3.81 level

Written by Malaysia Chronicle

KUALA LUMPUR - Amid plunging public confidence and a massive sell-off in the Malaysian shares and currency markets, Opposition Members of Parliament unanimously agreed to adopt demands made by NGOs and social activists following news that Prime Minister Najib Razak had allegedly 'bought' the country's 13th general election held in May 2013, and had some RM2.6 billion of 1MDB-linked funds illicitly transferred to his personal accounts.
"Najib has become a tremendous liability to Malaysia, yet his Umno party refuses to chastise him or take action to restore confidence such as demanding he go on leave to allow for a neutral probe," MP for Batu Tian Chua told Malaysia Chronicle.
"This sort of attitude and corruption are no longer tolerated by the people or investors and Umno must heed the wishes of the people or be held culpable for helping Najib destroy Malaysia's economy."
The Opposition MPs, led by PKR president Wan Azizah and DAP adviser Lim Kit Siang, had gathered at Parliament house this morning in a meeting that Najib's office had tried to foil by cancelling their booking for a meeting room.
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FRom the malaysianinsider.com:~~~


Bersih to march on August 29 to demand 

Najib’s resignation

BY HASBULLAH AWANG CHIK
Published: 29 July 2015 2:30 PM
 



Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah (centre) speaks during a press conference at the group’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, July 29, 2015. (DESi apologises for failure to reproduce pic of MARia CHin ABdullah speaking at the PREss COnference yesterday in PJ-- YL, DESi)


Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 will lead Malaysians in an overnight street rally from August 29 to 30 to call for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's resignation over his handling of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), the group announced today.

Its chairman, Maria Chin Abdullah, said the rally – to be held Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu –  would also demand for institutional reforms to end "prime ministerial corruptions" which it said had begun since the time of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

"All Malaysians are now paying a huge price for the RM42 billion scandal of 1MDB among other incidences of corruption, leakage and mismanagement.
"We invite all patriotic Malaysians to join the rally to demand for Najib to step down and the institutional reforms to be implemented so as to end prime-ministerial corruption," she said.
Maria, speaking at a press conference in Petaling Jaya today, said Najib was covering up alleged corruption and had crushed the people's hopes for justice and integrity.
"Najib is taking every possible move to protect corruption. He arrogantly ignores the humble wish of Malaysians for integrity and justice. He has lost every ounce of legitimacy to stay in office," she said.
Dubbed the "Bersih 4" rally, the coming demonstration will be the movement's fourth. Its earlier rallies in 2007, 2011 and 2012 were to press for electoral reform.
Maria noted recent "political moves" by Najib which "virtually ruled out all possibilities for truth on the 1MDB scandal to be unearthed and criminals to be brought to justice".
These were changes to the cabinet as announced by Najib yesterday, as well as the removal of Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail.
She said replacing Gani, while he was in the midst of probing 1MDB as a member of a special government task force, was "meant as a warning signal to the other three agencies" in the team.
She added that Gani's removal was being rejected or questioned by many parties who had doubts over its constitutionality.
Another move to prevent the truth about 1MDB from being uncovered, Maria added, was the **** "co-optation" (DESi believes the right word here is COOPTION, YL)of four members of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) by promoting them into the government administration.
"As PAC members cannot be holding executive positions, these appointments are Najib's unscrupulous plot to disable PAC, the only other public institution which is pursuing the 1MDB scandal with the support of the Auditor General's Office."
Maria also said Najib was concentrating power in himself by appointing Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as deputy prime minister, noting that Zahid had just ordered the suspensions of The Edge publications for exposes on the 1MDB scandal.
"That Najib and Zahid simultaneously hold two powerful ministries of Finance and Home Affairs depletes any hope of independent investigations without more attempts to cover up corruption and silence critics," she said. – July 29, 2015.
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/bersih-to-march-on-august-29-for-najibs-resignation#sthash.dLxUsU7f.dpuf

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DESIDERATA2: MAy  I Seek thy forebearance quoting from the OPENING PARA of a FOUR-PART ESSAY SERIES:~~~



Saturday, March 07, 2015


Why I say Malaysia Is Moving Towards the Abyss...


The Impending Unravelling of IMDB could lead towards the UNRAVELLING OF NAJIB RAZAK, described by many quarters as the "weakest PM" Negaraku ever had, including by none-other-than Dr Mahathir Mohamad -- love or hate hime PM who ruled Malaysia for 22 years, no joke! As a journalist-blogger for past 10 years, Desi takes Mahathir seriously, at least he quotes Shakespeare occasionally! Mahathir's nemesis now in-jail-on-trumped-up-sodomy-charges second time around, Sdr Anwar Ibrahim -- also quotes Shakespeare often enough, more than the good doctor around the Putajaya house!

Now the Opposition Leader once oppressed by Mahathir, continues to be persecuted by the current UMNO regime, but Anwar's salvation may come from a surprising quarter -- from the infighting within UMNO. The almigthy Vitamin M may save Najib from the EGM called by his "bodeking" division heads/supporters for tomorrow, but the looming national crisis brought on by the falling world oil prices, (and casuing Petronas to report its first loss of some RM8billion in the closing quarter of 2014), and the concurrent dwindling ringgit excahnge rate, is now compunded further by the UNRAVELLING OF THE FIVE-YEAR OLD 1MALAYSIA DEVELOPMENT BERHAD.



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WIth reference to this word,
**** "co-optation" in the news report about MARia CHIn's press conference: where I Noted that (DESi believes the right word here is COOPTION, YL), I had written in several pocts about UMNO"S political process as control via the  3 Cs: COoperation, COoption, COpulation, and the process of  CORRUPTION by UMNO IS COMPLETE!
 



Bersih to march on August 29 to demand Najib’s resignation





Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah (centre) speaks during a press conference at the group’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, July 29, 2015. Bersih 2.0 chairperson Maria Chin Abdullah (centre) speaks during a press conference at the group’s headquarters in Petaling Jaya, Selangor, today. – The Malaysian Insider pic by Seth Akmal, July 29, 2015. Electoral watchdog Bersih 2.0 will lead Malaysians in an overnight street rally from August 29 to 30 to call for Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak's resignation over his handling of 1Malaysia Development Bhd (1MDB), the group announced today.
Its chairman, Maria Chin Abdullah, said the rally – to be held Kuala Lumpur, Kuching and Kota Kinabalu –  would also demand for institutional reforms to end "prime ministerial corruptions" which it said had begun since the time of former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.
"All Malaysians are now paying a huge price for the RM42 billion scandal of 1MDB among other incidences of corruption, leakage and mismanagement.

"We invite all patriotic Malaysians to join the rally to demand for Najib to step down and the institutional reforms to be implemented so as to end prime-ministerial corruption," she said. Maria, speaking at a press conference in Petaling Jaya today, said Najib was covering up alleged corruption and had crushed the people's hopes for justice and integrity.
"Najib is taking every possible move to protect corruption. He arrogantly ignores the humble wish of Malaysians for integrity and justice. He has lost every ounce of legitimacy to stay in office," she said.
Dubbed the "Bersih 4" rally, the coming demonstration will be the movement's fourth. Its earlier rallies in 2007, 2011 and 2012 were to press for electoral reform.
Maria noted recent "political moves" by Najib which "virtually ruled out all possibilities for truth on the 1MDB scandal to be unearthed and criminals to be brought to justice".
These were changes to the cabinet as announced by Najib yesterday, as well as the removal of Attorney-General Tan Sri Abdul Gani Patail.
She said replacing Gani, while he was in the midst of probing 1MDB as a member of a special government task force, was "meant as a warning signal to the other three agencies" in the team.
She added that Gani's removal was being rejected or questioned by many parties who had doubts over its constitutionality.
Another move to prevent the truth about 1MDB from being uncovered, Maria added, was the "co-optation" of four members of Parliament's Public Accounts Committee (PAC) by promoting them into the government administration.
"As PAC members cannot be holding executive positions, these appointments are Najib's unscrupulous plot to disable PAC, the only other public institution which is pursuing the 1MDB scandal with the support of the Auditor General's Office."
Maria also said Najib was concentrating power in himself by appointing Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi as deputy prime minister, noting that Zahid had just ordered the suspensions of The Edge publications for exposes on the 1MDB scandal.
"That Najib and Zahid simultaneously hold two powerful ministries of Finance and Home Affairs depletes any hope of independent investigations without more attempts to cover up corruption and silence critics," she said. – July 29, 2015.
- See more at: http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/malaysia/article/bersih-to-march-on-august-29-for-najibs-resignation#sthash.dLxUsU7f.dpuf

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

THE GATHERING STORM Over Malaysia: PART II

OF All the THUNDERCLAPS HEARD yesterday, I was hit by an "UNUsual" Lightning strike which at the time of HAPPENING, DESI was awestruck. WHY LAH, MR NAJIB, TAKE OUT THE ATTORNEY-GENERAL, GANI PATAIL?

TO My mind, after all moUrn of RUMINATION AT BF AND LUNCH TODAY< DESI was trying to solve the puzzle: all along since the 1MDB ISSue broke onto the MALAysian horizon several months ago, GANI had behaved admirably after doing a wonderful job with the help of a conscripted private sector lawyer SHafee somebody putting DS ANWAR IBRAHIM IN SUNGAI BULOh PRison. 

AMIDST ALL THE MINISTERIAL SACKINGS, GANI'S REMOVAL DID NOT MAKE SENSE!
THEN I MET up wit' my BUDdhist Matey at LIDo,  he believes it's KARMA COMing home to roost.

WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND!

 BUT THEre was a premonition of this event to come if you go back to what DESI
 wrote about sighting some lightning strike in some funny horizon:(~~~ IN MY POST OF mid-JULy, so TREAT TODAY'S POST AS PART II,  OK!>>>

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EXTRACTING THE relevant portion only (YOU lazy BUM, GO read the full post after this OK!)
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Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Gathering Storm Over Malaysia: UPDATED 21 JULY 2015


Via malaysiakini.com:(~~~

AG not part of probe team, says task force

Attorney-General Abdul Gani Patail was never part of the investigators in the special task force probing the allegations surrounding 1MDB, including RM2.6 billion being deposited into the prime minister's private bank accounts. (DESI's knotty thinking aloud: REALLY? AFTER functioning for weeks?)

The special task force said this in a joint press statement today signed by Bank Negara governor Zeti Akthar Aziz, inspector-general of police Khalid Abu Bakar and Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) chief Abu Kassim Mohamed.

"The special task force would like to clarify that the investigation is handled by the MACC, police and Bank Negara as the investigating agencies.

"The issue of Abdul Gani (photo) as attorney-general interfering and influencing the investigations does not arise.

"Instead, Abdul Gani is only referred to for guidance and legal advice to ensure the investigation is holistic and according to law," said the task force.

It was responding to reports which called for Abdul Gani to be excluded from the special task force.

This was the first statement by the task force which was only signed by the three investigating chiefs.

All previous task force statements included the attorney-general's signature.

The three agencies have different scope of investigation with Zeti, Khalid and Abu Kassim in charge at their investigation levels respectively, said the task force.
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DESIDERATA: ON HINDSight from reading the sacking of a pet poodle by NAJIb, the MID-STREAM EXCLUSION OF GANI FROM THE 4-MEMBER TASK FORCE TEAM WITHOUT a proper explanation means, IMHO:~~

(1) THE A-G must have been committed a MIS-STEP IN NAJIB,S EYES -- WAS GANI too independent minded in performing his ROLE In the TASk FORce inquiring in the greatest scandal in UMNO'S HIstory? ...and GANi felt it was time he maketh history for himself too.

ONLy trouble was, no one told NAJIB THAT according to CHInese beliefs, 4 in KAtonis sounds like SEI, meaning "DEATH"!

SO literarily, it prefaced the "Death" of the first member of the 4-person TASk FOrce.

DESI recalls reading AGAtha CHristie's "TEN LITTLE INDIANS", and the murder story taxing the sleuth HERCule POIrot (Right?) in gist shows his genius in solving the deaths of the ten INDIAns -- ONE By ONE!
SO Who's SEXT TO go from the TASK FOrce?
BANk NEgara governor, ZEti Akhtar AZiz, the least controversial of the remaining three? 


PLaying SHYLOCK HOMES HEre/hear, MY ADVICE TO HER: GET out of the TAsk FORce before the evil forces swallow thee! YOU need some help, ask for DR What'sON at this helpline FR 19991999. FR IS for FU RONG lah, why you must ask wan? FU ROng is CHInese for "SEREMBAN" LAH, DESi's cosy hometown where all the intelligent writers reside lah! -- YL, DESI, knottyaSSusual

TO BE CONTINUED AT AROund MIDNIGht:
 when DESi writHES bestlah, OK! NOW I Adjourn for a LONG LONG Dinner; JOIN me? COme to DE MIANG corner, bring your AMex, but not LINgam, OK! 


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FRom the malaymailonline.com:~~~



Gani Patail’s removal as AG reckless and unconstitutional — Eric Paulsen

Tuesday July 28, 2015
05:10 PM GMT+8

ICYMI

JULY 28 — Lawyers for Liberty views with extreme concern the sudden removal of Attorney General Gani Patail by the Prime Minister in a wide ranging reshuffling move that included members of his Cabinet. While it may be the PM’s prerogative to appoint and remove members of his Cabinet, the position of the AG is governed by the Federal Constitution.

Under article 145(6) of the Constitution, the AG’s security of tenure is protected and he “shall not be removed from office except on the like grounds and in the like manner as a judge of the Federal Court.”

Under article 125(3) of the Constitution, a federal court judge (and therefore the AG) can only be removed through a tribunal that is appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for breach of code of ethics, inability, infirmity of body or mind or any other cause, to properly discharge the functions of his office.

The sudden removal of Gani Patail as the AG at the whim of the PM is shocking to say the least, and can only fuel public suspicion of interference, that this was done in bad faith as he had then headed the high level task force investigating the massive 1MDB scandal that is currently engulfing the PM’s administration.

We call on the PM not to act recklessly and in contravention of the Constitution. If Gani Patail is unable to properly discharge the functions of his office, the right thing to do is to set up a tribunal in accordance with the Constitution, so that he can properly defend himself against any charges and if warranted, he can so be removed.  

*Eric Paulsen is the Executive Director of Lawyers for Liberty (LFL).
**This is the personal opinion of the organisation and does not necessarily represent the views of Malay Mail Online.
- See more at: http://www.themalaymailonline.com/what-you-think/article/gani-patails-removal-as-ag-reckless-and-unconstitutional-eric-paulsen#sthash.BaOn7NzW.dpuf
 



JULY 28 — Lawyers for Liberty views with extreme concern the sudden removal of Attorney General Gani Patail by the Prime Minister in a wide ranging reshuffling move that included members of his Cabinet. While it may be the PM’s prerogative to appoint and remove members of his Cabinet, the position of the AG is governed by the Federal Constitution.

Under article 145(6) of the Constitution, the AG’s security of tenure is protected and he “shall not be removed from office except on the like grounds and in the like manner as a judge of the Federal Court.”

Under article 125(3) of the Constitution, a federal court judge (and therefore the AG) can only be removed through a tribunal that is appointed by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong for breach of code of ethics, inability, infirmity of body or mind or any other cause, to properly discharge the functions of his office.

The sudden removal of Gani Patail as the AG at the whim of the PM is shocking to say the least, and can only fuel public suspicion of interference, that this was done in bad faith as he had then headed the high level task force investigating the massive 1MDB scandal that is currently engulfing the PM’s administration.

We call on the PM not to act recklessly and in contravention of the Constitution. If Gani Patail is unable to properly discharge the functions of his office, the right thing to do is to set up a tribunal in accordance with the Constitution, so that he can properly defend himself against any charges and if warranted, he can so be removed. 
*Eric Paulsen is the Executive Director of Lawyers for Liberty (LFL).
**This is the personal opinion of the organisation and does not necessarily represent the views of Malay Mail Online.
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