Tuesday 30 June 2015

Mom's Heartbreaking Apology

As Amos Yee spends his second week in the Institute of Mental Health, his mother, Mary Toh, has posted a gut-wrenching post on Facebook, apologising for her...


Berita Daily : The troubles that beset Najib's administration are self inflicted. They are not caused by Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Anwar Ibrahim, not by Lim Kit Siang or by Hadi Awang. Nor were the Chinese or the Christians responsible.

Berita Daily

What WILL break the camel's back?
Scandal after scandal but still the ruling party and its leaders continue to hold control over us. What make Malaysians wake up to the rot that is now all around them?
Hussein Hamid
Last week saw the Mara Dudley House corruption story break in Melbourne and the arrest of Xavier Justo Andre in Bangkok. As in all things Malaysian, however tenuous and fragile the link, all things lead back to the Prime Minister Najib Razak - and rightly so.

The troubles that beset Najib's administration are self inflicted. They are not caused by Dr Mahathir Mohamad, Anwar Ibrahim, not by Lim Kit Siang or by Hadi Awang. Nor were the Chinese or the Christians responsible.

The state of the global economy can be labelled a contributing factor only because in good times corruption and bad governance by inept politicians can be ignored or simply papered over as the rakyat's attention can be distracted by the feel good spending by the government on projects that seemingly benefit the public.

But at a time when money is a premium and the lack of it is already being felt by those most in need of it - the millions being lost through capers such as the Mara Dudley House purchase and the 1MDB stretches the ability of the rakyat to tolerate anymore what Barisan Nasional is doing in the name of government.

The question is without doubt more pressing when the ailing opposition Pakatan Rakyat is in no position to offer a credible alternative.

click here to read more at Berita Daily

Correction : Oppss...Najib is NOT that Lucky a Guy after all!

Another Day another Malay Shamed!

What a misfortune at this age and time for the husband of a former minister to face charges of CBT. With RM 250 million awarded to him, and had he been truthful with is business of establishing a cattle farm, he would be a wealthy towkey lembu by now. Now, all that is gone and who would again trust him with another government project. For a charge of CBT, his life is in tatters and the same goes towards his reputation. The wife being an UMNO politician and a former minister, will he get a reprieve or some minor charges?

steadyaku47 comment : Saya setuju Pak!

Court to hear NFC chairman’s CBT charges in July

June 29, 2015 
Chairman Mohamad Salleh Ismail's appeal to set aside two criminal breach of trust (CBT) charges involving RM49.7 million will be heard on July 24.


KUALA LUMPUR: The hearing of National Feedlot Corporation Sdn Bhd (NFCorp) executive chairman Mohamad Salleh Ismail’s appeal to set aside two criminal breach of trust (CBT) charges involving RM49.7 million, which he faces, has been fixed on July 24 in the Court of Appeal.

This was disclosed by Deputy Public Prosecutor Muhammad Ilmami Ahmad when the case was mentioned before Sessions Court Judge Norsharidah Awang today. The court then set August 18 for remention of the case pending the outcome of the appeal.
Mohamad Salleh was not present at today’s proceedings.

On March 12, 2012, Mohamad Salleh (then director) of NFCorp, was charged with CBT amounting to RM9,758,140 to co-finance the purchase of two units of One Menerung Condominium in Kuala Lumpur.

He was alleged to have committed the offence using four cheques between December 1 and 4, 2009 at CIMB Islamic Bank Bhd, Jalan Burhanuddin Helmi, Taman, Tun Dr Ismail Kuala Lumpur.

He also faced another CBT charge for transferring RM40 million into the account of National Meat & Livestock Corporation Sdn Bhd between May 6 and November 16, 2009 at the same bank and address.

Mohamad Salleh and one of his children were owners of National Meat & Livestock Corporation Sdn Bhd.

Both charges under Section 409 of the Penal Code carry a jail sentence of at least two years and a maximum of 20 years, whipping and a fine.

Quickies : Thinking with your Dick!

Donplaypuks : On MARA, Dudley House and all the usual suspects!



by never mind being caught with the smoking gun, you are innocent, donplaypuks® intrepid correspondent for CBT affairs

The top cop's statement today that the cops found no element of Criminal Breach of Trust (CBT) in MARA Inc's 2013 $65 million purchase of Dudley House in Melbourne, Australia, does nothing to endear him in particular, and the cops in general, to the hearts and minds of the Rakyat (PEOPLE). Already, trust in the top cop, in particular, and the cops  in general, is at rock bottom. Where lower can their pride, dignity and integrity, slither?

MARA Inc is a wholly owned subsidiary of MARA, having been incorporated to manage MARA investments.

It took 'The Age', Fairfax Group's newspaper arm, which did the early investigative work, eight months of brilliant journalistic endeavour and snooping to uncover that top MARA officials and associated Malaysian businessmen had inflated the purchase price of Dudley House and pocketed some $14 million in bribes and fictitious "commissions".

The suspicious sale of Dudley House may have slipped public attention had not a project window making contractor, John Bond, raised the alarm. Fearing non-payment from the developer who had appointed an administrator to liquidated their assets, Bond blew the proverbial whistle. The vendors eventually admitted the crooked deal and payments to Malaysian officials and front businessmen. CLICK HERE.

Court documents and testimony in Melbourne reveal a classic case of corruption, involving the usual suspects:

1. Mr.10% Bumiputra Malay businessmen (fraudtrepreneurs) fronting for government officials, and possibly, Ministers and BUMNO/SCUMNO, creaming off the top.
2. Top officials at mollycoddled Government Linked Company (GLC), MARA.
3. Top officials sleeping at the central bank.
4. False invoicing and documentation.
5. Off-shore companies to create a convoluted path to facilitate corrupt payments, bribes and kick-backs.

Implicated one way or another in this financial fraud, CBT, scandal and fiasco, yet another in a long list of shady financial deals occurring under the leadership of PM Najib, are:

1. Prime Minister, Najib Tun Razak.
2. Idris Jusoh, currently Education and Higher Learning Minister II and ex-Chairman of MARA between 2008-2013.
3. Current MARA Chairman and Ex-Rural Development Minister, Annuar Musa.
4. MARA Inc Chairman, Mohammad Lan Allani.
5. MARA Inc Chief Executive Officer, Abdul Halim rahim
6. "Businessman" Yusof Gani.
7. "Businessman" Ahmad Azizi and his two son's Erwin and Erwan.

Note too, that the IGP and MSM have been totally silent on the fact that it was Idris Jusoh, former Chief  Minister of Terengganu, who was chairman of MARA when the deal was struck. 

Approval for the overseas "investment" by MARA was eventually obtained from the MOF and National Economic Council where Najib is the Minister and Chariman, respectively. It is evident now that PM Najib is very, very poor at monitoring, controlling and managing the numerous positions, portfolios and agencies he heads - PMO, Ministry of Finance, Chairman of Advisors of the disastrous 1MDB, Head of NEC etc. This is largely the result of an inflated, swollen ego of a poor time manager with limited intelligence and know-how, who takes on too many responsibilities he cannot possibly handle equally well. The result is a resounding 'F' in Finance, Economics and Leadership for Najib.

When the shit hit the fan, MARA Chairman Annuar made all the right noises - shock, happened before I was appointed Chairman...all proper approvals and procedures were adhered to.....we will leave no stone unturned....full internal inquiry.....we will co-operate with all investigating agencies....ho hum!

However, Annuar sounded stupid when he announced that MARA's internal audit had been looking into the scandal since March 2015. Internal audit's function ceases BEFORE the external auditors step in. So, why would internal audit be busy on this contract two years after it had been signed, sealed and delivered?  More than likely, MARA was stunned into paralysis by a Fairfax request for comment on its expose, before publication. Annuar is also plying the usual government official's card when caught with his pants down - the 'Tak Mahu Kalah' (safe face) Ketuanan card - which can never admit a weakness or fault less their imbecilic, fake and false Ketuanan (Malay Supremacist) philosophy and image take a severe battering.

The MACC and the cops both claimed they were already aware of the case (as long as two-six months ago) and they were investigating - we will leave no stone unturned...blah...blah...Yeah, and my grandmother plays for Barcelona FC!

Everyone and his uncle Mat in government seems to have known about this fraud and yet all were sitting on it, afraid to make the decent and right move to investigate and bring to book the thieves.

In the mean time, Melbourne police had raided the homes and offices of  Dudley House vendors and developer. They were leaving no stone unturned, especially since, there is grave suspicion that more corruption, CBT, bribery could be involved in MARA's other acquisitions in Australia. CLICK HERE.

MARA bought 4 properties in Melbourne, Australia, totalling $260 million as follows:

1. 5-storey apartment, Dudley International House at Caulfield near Monash Uni - $67 million.
2. 12-storey apartment block at 746 Swanton St. (281 apartments) - $67 million.
3. Office Tower at 333 Exhibition St. - $66 million.
4. Property at 51 Queen St. property - $60 million.

CLICK HERE  for more on allegations of fraud on the Dudley House deal, involving UMNO politicians and MARA officials.

PM Najib did not waste a second in coming out in defence of MARA, pleading on TV about the rule of law and that a person is innocent until proven guilty. 

However, the double standards of PM Najib and the entire BUMNO/SCUMNO polity was laid bare, naked, when they all leaped and latched on the detention of Xavier Justo in Bangkok. They claimed with undisguised glee, and falsely, that Justo and Sarawk Report, had forged and altered documents and blackmailed Petro Saudi to the tune of $15 million, thereby besmirching, slandering and defaming 1MDB's good name, even though Thai police had not revealed a scrap of paper or evidence confirming any crime had taken place. 

It confirmed the hollow space that exists between the ears of this group of Malaysian politicians. How on earth could Justo, a senior director at Petro Saudi, have blackmailed his employer for $15 million with false and altered documents and emails? Are the Arab owners, Chairman and CEO of Petro Saudi green children, a rank amateurs?

Pray tell us Jibby, why is Xavier Justo then not entitled to the benefit of the rule of law and the dictum that a person is innocent until proven guilty?

A sure sign that a crooked deal took place is the fact that no one, particularly the Malaysians named in the Australian press, have sued 'The Age' for defamation and slander.

The top cop and his cop out is yet another marker of a massive crime and CBT. When the top cop washes his hands off a corruption scandal in less than 4 days, it can only be because the trail leads to some unpalatable end, possibly a door or desk in Putrajaya. The top cop, who is busy feathering his nest for sweet post-retirement rewards, does not have the cojones to go after a Malay and Bumiputra institution like MARA, an icon to government forced affirmation action.

In the end, a government of thieves continues to prosper because we have allowed a near-police state to develop and thrive. It's time to reverse the trend. We must eliminate the most perverse and destructive of regimes to bring to book the brazen murderers, fraudtrepreneurs, thieves, swindlers, looters, economic plunderers, thieves and con artistes who are running riot in our land.


Let me also clear up one matter which constantly irritates me. The utter lack of understanding of off-shore companies and their necessity, even by veteran politicians like Lim Kit Siang, Tony Pua, Ibrahim Ali and Lim Guan Eng and many Opposition and BUMNO/SCUMNO politicians, is astounding. The issue of investing abroad through off-shore companies is a huge red herring, especially in the 1MDB case. It is totally irrelevant.

Many reputable companies all over the world use off-shore set-ups and tax shelters for very sound reasons:

1. When investing overseas, it is usually advisable to do so through an off-shore company. Should any serious troubles and problems arise, the fall out -fraud, law suits, bankruptcy etc. - can be isolated to protect the holding company at home and its share values from being too adversely affected. 

2.  Dividends and repatriated profits are often subject to Witholding Tax. This can often be safely and legally avoided or minimised by incorporating a company in an off-shore tax shelter - Caymans, Bahamas, Virgin Islands, Mauritius, Guernsey, Jersey etc, - which has the benefit of a tax treaty with the country in which one's investments are situated. The tax savings can often run into millions of dollars.

3. Depending on the location, off-shore financing may often be more flexible, economical and less onerous. Also, when exchange rates go haywire, parking funds off-shore helps buy time to ride out the financial maelstrom from forex losses.

4. Tax on many types of income like royalies and copy rights, can be as little as 5%-10% when the company is domiciled off-shore. Many MNC's like Starbucks, MacDonalds, AIG, Apple etc., and our own Petronas, Felda, Sime Darby, Maybank, Tenaga, CIMB, Scomi, Genting, Tanjung, YTL, Public bank, Berjaya Group and a host of local public listed companies, have all taken advantage of these of-shore vehicles!

5. Our own off-shore finacial shelter, Labuan, generates quite a lot of money and business for us.

So, the real issue is NOT whether an investment is made directly in a foreign country by a Malaysian GLC, or indirectly through wholly owned off-shore set-ups and companies. The issue is that the GLCs should be forced by legislation to be transparent and accountable for their structure and performance. The management of GLCs should  not allow any person or party to use the device of an off-shore company to launder money and pay bribes, illegal commissions and kick-backs, and promote or condone any kind of criminal or shady activity.

Chairmen of bodies like MARA and 1MDB should not be allowed to hide behind the Official Secrets Act. Cops should be gainfully employed nabbing thieves, and not protecting and making excuses for them, or else, how could you distinguish between a cop and a thief?

But if, by example from the person right at the top of the highest public office in the land, corruption and thievery is given free reign and licence through omission and/or commission, and that has become the very culture and business of government, then, Malaysia's descent into organized crimes is assured - the government Mafia kind
Donplaypuks® with dud and fraudulent investments, man!

Monday 29 June 2015

Mamat Karim : 1953 to 1959

1953 to 1959

Trials and tribulations.

This was a new ballgame. After having been brought up all my life in the secured surroundings of a government house, we were now amongst real people. People who scrapped for a living, who were just thankful for a roof over their head. 4 ½ mile Old Klang Road was a Chinatown community. There were hardly any Malays in the rows of low-cost terrace houses which spreads out over a few acres. There was an Indian family opposite our row. My younger sister Ani and I got on famously with their son and daughter who were our age. Although I was 10 years old, I can still remember sitting in their living room listening to the radio commentary on the Thomas Cup final between Malaya and Denmark. For me, the most charismatic player was not our Wong Peng Soon but the tall Dane, Finn Koberro. Malaya retained the Cup with the score of 7-2, if I remembered correctly.

When it rained heavily, water rushed into the house and our kitchen would be flooded, knee deep. Although my parents, especially my mother would be scooping or sweeping, trying to minimise the flooding, I rather enjoyed the swimming pool effect. Thinking about it now, what with water from the drains and sewage system, it gives me the creep.

My mother applied for a position as Assistant to the Matron running the Selangor Children’s Home which was situated on a hill about half a mile from our house. She got the job. That was in 1955. At the same time, quarters were built for the staffs of the home. We moved into the new accommodation when it was ready. By then, my elder sister moved back with us, after having stayed with Teh (Chik Munah) for two years. She was then in Form 2. When things were looking positive, once again, father was struck down by illness and was retrenched, having taken excessive medical leave. His position was only a temporary one. There was no other options and Azizah had to look for a job.

She walked from one establishment to another, with just a Form 2 school leaving certificate, seeking employment. I salute her. She had guts. Finally she landed a job as a dental assistant. The clincher was she could speak Cantonese, besides Malay and English. Her Cantonese was passable and she related to us a funny situation where she had to tell a patient to breathe in normally as instructed by the dentist. So, what she told the patient was (literally translated word for word in Cantonese) “nose enter air”. She did good and really helped out the family’s economic situation. Ani and I were rather oblivious to the hardship and school kept us from the true reality.

There were good times at the Children’s Home. The Matron, Mrs Babtist was a gregarious lady and we used to play and sleep with the kids in the home. When Christmas came around, we joined in singing the carols and be one of them, waiting for Father Christmas to come a calling. On Christmas Eve, we hung stocking by the bedposts and sure enough, in the morning, we got our gifts. Those were innocent days. It never crossed the elders’ minds about sacrilege of religion or conversion of faith. It was simply goodwill, happiness and love for the less fortunate. If this happens today, one can imagine total chaos.

I used to rummage through the 2nd hand and used clothes which the home acquired from time to time. And I happily wear them to school (whenever I get ones that matches the uniform colour). It was a real bonus from my point of view.

When I was in Form 3, mother got a better position as the Matron in Serendah Boys Home in the district of Rawang. This was 1959.

Khalid the PIG oinks again!

Cops clear Mara of CBT in Aussie land deal

Police found no element of criminal breach of trust (CBT) in Mara's controversial purchase of an apartment for its scholars in Australia.

As such, Inspector-General of Police (IGP) Khalid Abu Bakar said today any further investigation would only be carried out by the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC).

steadyaku47 comment: 

PDRM and this tweet of a PIG (Police Inspector General) or IGP  - whatever you want to call him -  takes their instructions from the Barisan Nasional government led by Najib Razak. 

They can clear MARA of any criminal breach of trust (CBT) in the purchase of the Melbourne property but that would not in any way stop the Australian Federal Police (AFP) from continuing with their investigation. 

All that this PIG will do by clearing MARA of any blame in this scam is to keep our rage burning and increase our disgust and contempt for these running dogs of Umno. 

I can wait for Umno to be toppled from government and then we shall look for this PIG and make him grovel amongst other PIGS who have feed from the trough that Umno filled.

Soon they will tire of him!

Quickies : Sarawak Report.

'Sarawak Report is an online publication created and funded by Neo-Colonialist Jewish NGOs through Open Society Foundation and Global Witness. It is part of the agenda of explicit purpose to systematically instigate ordinary people via the promotion liberalism and universal rights, challenge, provoke and eventual rise against philosophy, ideology, norms and values, culture and tradition and eventually politics and political system.

In this particularly case, to train their guns against Prime Minister Dato’ Sri Mohd. Najib Tun Razak’s administration after the attempts to get Sarawakians and Sabahans topple then Chief Minister Tan Sri Taib Mahmud and Chief Minister Dato’ Seri Panglima Musa Aman have miserably failed.

Sarawak Report has been systematically building stories to demonise so called ‘dealings’ within 1MDB, as part of the agenda to demonise Prime Minister Najib. The objective is to paint the picture of him being an incompetent leader and who also allowed or ‘endorsed’ mismanagement, embezzlement and shoddy dealings which got 1MDB into deep financial woes".

steadyaku47 comment

Really? I thought what Sarawak Report did was to bring our attention to what is not right in Sarawak, Sabah and Semenanjung....they print, we read and we decide! I do not even understand what this means : "to systematically instigate ordinary people via the promotion liberalism and universal rights, challenge, provoke and eventual rise against philosophy, ideology, norms and values, culture and tradition and eventually politics and political system".

Steady lah not get carried away with your own rhetorics. We can think and work out for ourselves what any body (including you) cool or you are going to be a fool!

Quickies : Najib is one hell of a lucky guy! NOT!


ASIAN BEAUTIES: Meet Asia’s 15 Most Beautiful First Ladies

2. Rosmah Mansor of Malaysia

Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor
Rosmah Mansor, wife of the 6th Prime Minister of Malaysia, was born on 10 December 1951. She is the President of the Welfare Association of Minister’s Wives (BAKTI). She holds the position of Patron for Children in Hope Foundation, Malaysian Nature Society, Society of the Orthopedically Handicapped Malaysia, Malaysia Aids Council, National Heart Institute Foundation and many more 

cakap cakap...LIFE.

I have known for a long time why people need GOD. It is for those times when things happen to you and to others for no rhyme nor reason - not only the good but also the bad. As rational as we are, we do not have an infinite capacity to understand every thing that happens to us. And when that limit to think for ourselves is reached then that is the time when GOD is needed.

It is just past 5 am and I am in one of those moments.

My wife has had a restless night. Come to think of it she has been having these restless nights more often than not these last few weeks. Her medication to allow her restful sleep is no longer working. What she does when she is awaken from her sleep is to lay there and look at me - whether I am beside her in bed or at my table nearby working on my blog. From the time I put her to bed until I get her out of bed she does not move from the position we lay her to bed earlier on - physically she no longer have the strength to move she lays there asleep or awake and only her eyes follow me wherever I am. So this morning when I myself cannot sleep and am at my desk writing, I see that she too cannot sleep and is looking at me. I am torn between writing and going over to her side to ask her to please try and sleep.

And in this kind of moment I am sometimes unable to fathom why life is the way it is.    

I am unable to understand why my wife has dementia. I do understand that people get sick and old age brings with it dementia and other burdens that we must all face but I cannot understand why it must be my wife. If there is some sense of order and karma in this world, in this universe and in life, then dementia is for others to suffer - not for my wife because all that she has done in her life is to give unconditional love to our children and be a good and dutiful wife to me. And it is in trying to understand what my wife is going through now that I start asking questions that I cannot answer. And so I lie awake in the early hours of the morning thinking and thinking  - but thinking without real answers.

As I have said many times before, I revel in my isolation from all things - from other people, from all things Malaysians and even from all things Australians. I am comfortable in my isolation. None more so in the early mornings when the deafening silence around me is the time when I can think. 

And some times I think of the futility of life!

I begin to understand why people are prepared to give their life for causes they believe in. They do so because there really is nothing left for them. No hope, no future and nothing but to try and make something of their life in any way that they can - and if a cause asks that they sacrifice their life for it - then they will do so. 

Whether to do so is a brave or a cowardly thing to do is for each and every one of us to decide in our own way but do not forget that in the end it is a brave thing that they do for they have the fortitude to do what they think they must do. How many of you will do what you think is right without fearing the consequences of your action? Not many!

It is now almost 6.30 am and I am beginning to tire and so I must to sleep. I will go to sleep with the girl I met when I was 21 and she 23....and that in itself says a lot about what life is all about. Love. 


Sunday 28 June 2015


Quickies : Everytime I think Stupidity has its Limits - Zahid Hamidi proves me wrong!

All illegal foreign workers will be deported before arrival of Bangladeshi workers, says Home Minister

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Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi says before bringing in 1.5 million legal workers from Bangladesh, the illegal ones, who now number about two million in the job market, will be taken out.

TAWAU, June 27, 2015:
Home Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Zahid Hamidi today said that the ministry had intensified efforts to deport all illegal foreign workers to their countries of origin before bringing about 1.5 million workers from Bangladesh to the country.

He said the ministry, through the Immigration Department, police, RELA and other agencies, had also intensified their cooperation to carry out joint enforcement to flush out illegal foreign workers in the peninsula, as well as in Sabah and Sarawak.

“Before we bring in 1.5 million legal workers from Bangladesh, we will first take the illegal ones out, who now numbered about two million in the job market.

“In the meantime, we will also seek cooperation from the embassies of the countries involved,” he told a press conference after attending the inculcation of Good Values Programme in the ministry’s staff here today.

The minister said the Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s effort to bring in the Bangladeshi workers was aimed at meeting the demands of employers in the plantation, construction, manufacturing and service sectors.
“Therefore, the matter should not be politicised… it will not be an uncontrolled dumping of foreign workers because we will take out all illegal foreign workers first before bringing in those with complete documents.
“There is no country that allows foreign workers to work without valid documents or to stay longer than their visa validity,” he said.
Last Thursday, Ahmad Zahid said about 1.5 million workers from Bangladesh would be brought to Malaysia in stages over three years to meet the demands of employers from various sectors.

steadyaku47 comment: You take out 2 million illegal ones to replace them with 1.5 million legal workers from Bangladesh? You can't argue with stupid idiots like Zahid...he  will argue you down to his level and them beat you with experience!

Quickies : Najib Razak

محمد شميل Sendiri buat masalah , sendiri jadi hero . Hindustaneyy

Saturday 27 June 2015

Najib a Warrior? What ethical or moral cause has this warrior championed? Which evil-doer has this warrior claimed to have slayed?

Berita Daily

26/06/2015 08:26 AM
Do not underestimate Najib, he's a warrior.
It is no exaggeration to say that Najib, Umno, our nation and our future are all now engaged in the fight of our lives
Hussein Hamid

“Do not underestimate me. I will work harder. The blood in me is not any blood. Sometimes I might look very diplomatic. But I have warrior spirit.” Prime Minister Najib Razak at 'Sarawak for Najib' rally in Kuching on June 4.

Warrior spirit? Warrior blood? What tribe, what race and what nation will have him as their warrior? What ethical or moral cause has this warrior championed? Which evil-doer has this warrior claimed to have slayed?

Has Najib defeated his detractors who accused him of complicity in the murder of Altantuya? Not by a long shot. Again he failed to front up in court and instead took an oath before God professing his innocence!

Now this warrior is in the fight of his life! A fight against a 90-year-old retiree - Dr Mahathir Mohamad and yet at the first opportunity of open debate with Tun, Najib flees!

In all the stories that Najib tells us of his trials and tribulations, he sees himself as the Umno warrior. Huh!

click here to read more at Berita Daily

Shafie Apdal

BONGKAR: Kehidupan Mewah Luar Biasa Skandal Shafie Apdal

WALAUPUN Ratu Botox, Zahida Mohamad Rafiq dan Menteri Top-Up, Datuk Seri Mohd Shafie Apdal menafikan hubungan sulit mereka, namun majoriti artis dan rakyat Malaysia yakin bahawa laporan media tentang hubungan mereka amat sukar disangsikan.

Gaya hidup mewah Zahida berbanding dengan pendapatannya yang 'ciput' (sedikit) tidak memungkinkan beliau menyara kehidupannya tanpa bantuan Shafie atau Datuk 'M' yang menggunakan Zahida sebagai 'Banker' dalam permainan 'Monopoly'.

Selama ini Zahida mendakwa bahawa beliau mempunyai pendapatan lumayan dan kukuh untuk menyara kehidupan mewahnya kerana memiliki dua syarikat masing-masing Noble Benchmark Sdn.Bhd (556710-V) dan Lembaran Putih Sdn. Bhd. (584803-A).

Paparazzi telah menjalankan siasatan rapi di RAM Credit Information Sdn.Bhd (RAM) dan Suruhanjaya Syarikat Malaysia (SSM) untuk menilai keboleh upayaan Zahida menyara kehidupan mewahnya dengan menjalankan perniagaan yang kononnya mengaut keuntungan yang besar; dan bukannya ditaja oleh Menteri Top-Up.
Ternyata kenyataan mantan pemandunya, Noor Azman Azemi bahawa Menteri Top-Up telah membayar RM100,000 setiap kali menemui Zahida dan sehingga kini telah menyerahkan RM1.5 juta sukar untuk disangkal.

Artis Botox, Plastik dan Kolagen kacukan Melayu-Pakistan tidak dapat hidup mewah daripada lakonan kerana selama menjadi anak wayang, Zahida hanya membintangi enam buah filem antaranya Senario, Mami Jarum, Mami Jarum Jr, Anak Mami The Movie dan Kuliah Cinta dan mendapat bayaran kurang daripada RM10,000 bagi setiap filem yang dilakonkannya.

Namun Menteri Top-Up telah menyalahguna kuasa memberi peluang yang cukup luas kepada Zahida ketika menjadi Menteri Perdagangan Dalam Negeri dan Kepenggunaan (KPDNK) pada 31 Mac 2004 sehingga 17 Mac 2008 iaitu sebagai kontraktor Kempen Belilah Barangan Buatan Malaysia dan pembekal barang mentah untuk semua rangkaian Pasaraya Giant.

Syarikat Zahida, Noble Benchmark juga turut diberi peluang menghasilkan dua buah filem pendek berjudul 'Budi Bahasa' dan '1Malaysia' terbitan FINAS dan beberapa kontrak persembahan pentas ketika Menteri Top-Up menjadi Menteri Perpaduan, Kebudayaan dan Warisan Malaysia di antara 18 Mac 2008 sehingga 9 April 2009.

Setelah Menteri Top-Up menjadi Menteri Kemajuan Luar Bandar dan Wilayah (KKLW) Zahida tidak perlu bekerja keras lagi kerana mendapat durian runtuh setiap bulan; sebagaimana yang didakwa oleh Noor Azman Azemi, terutama projek Top-Up yang dilaksanakan melalui proksi dan nominee seperti Datuk Chin Su Phin, Wilfred Yong Chen Leong, Datuk Christopher Chiu, Haji Yusof Apdal, Azis Jamman, Marzuki Datuk Nasir, Datuk Peter Anthony dan sebagainya.

Melalui Projek Top-Up, terutamanya Projek Bekalan Elektrik Luar Bandar (BELB) dan Bekalan Air Luar Bandar (BALB), Menteri Top-Up akan mendapat antara 10% sehingga 25 % komisyen daripada kos projek berkenaan (Harga projek dinaikkan sehingga 60%); semuanya telah didedahkan oleh sebelum ini, terutama Projek Sistem Solar Hibrid Fasa II Pulau Banggi, Kudat.

Soal sama ada Zahida telah bernikah dengan Menteri Top-Up tidak wajar ditimbulkan untuk menutup Skandal Seks mereka kerana rakyat Malaysia mahu tahu dari mana Menteri Top-Up memperolehi wang tidak kurang RM500 juta (Rekod SPRM); setakat ini RM50 juta daripadanya telah diserahkan kepada Zahida.

Kerakusan Zahida membuat laporan di Ibu Pejabat Polis Daerah (IPD) Ampang Jaya polis pada 3 Mac 2012 membawa padah kerana RM200,000 wang yang kononnya dilarikan Noor Azman Azemi lesap; malah kes yang disiasat mengikut Seksyen 406 Kanun Keseksaan kerana pecah amanah masih belum dapat dibuktikan.

Lebih malang apabila pada 18 April 2012, Ahli Parlimen Ampang, Zuraida Kamaruddin memperoleh penyata bank peribadi Zahida dan mendedahkan kepada media di lobi Parlimen bahawa terdapat beberapa transaksi yang dilakukan Menteri Top-Up itu kepada Zahida di antara Oktober 2011 hingga Januari 2012.

Kata Zuraida, pada bulan Oktober 2011 sahaja ada dua transaksi iaitu RM36,000 dan RM26,000. Maknanya pada bulan itu sahaja sebanyak RM58,000 tunai yang diambil Noor Azman Azemi untuk dimasukkan ke dalam akaun Zahida Rafik.

Pada November 2011 pula terdapat RM118,000 dan pada Disember pula terdapat RM333,000. Pada Januari 2012 RM510,000. Jumlah kesemuanya lebih kurang RM1.4 juta dalam masa empat bulan.

Zuraida Kamaruddin turut mendedahkan Zahida Rafik mempunyai sebuah kereta mewah jenis BMW 6 Series, Porshe, Toyota Harrier dan juga rumah bernilai RM2.9 juta.
Sikap Zahida yang suka bercakap besar kepada wartawan menyebabkan beliau terperangkap dalam dunia ciptaan sendiri dan berbangga dengan wajah ASPAL (Asli Tetapi Palsu) hasil pembedahan plastik, suntikan botok dan kolagen.

“Saya bukan nak cakap besar, tapi London sudah macam rumah kedua saya. Sekurang-kurangnya setahun dua kali saya ke sana terutama pada waktu jualan murah musim Krismas. Saya juga sangat selesa dan mahir dengan jalan-jalan di sana. Lebih daripada itu, saya mempunyai ramai teman di London, jadi tak terasa asing,” ujar Zahida kepada wartawan yang mempersoalkan hidup mewahnya sedangkan beliau bukan artis popular yang berpendapatan besar.

Menteri Top-Up dilahirkan di Semporna pada 20 Oktober 1957 dari keturunan Bajau Sikubung (Pendatang Filipina) kerana bapanya Haji Apdal pernah menjadi tentera Filipina; kini merupakan salah seorang Naib Presiden UMNO; menikah dengan Shuryani binti Shuaib dan mempunyai enam orang anak.

Mamat Karim cira 1943 - 1962

1943 - 1962 (Pt.2)

Broken Family

While father was sick and on long medical leave, I had to walk to school. But I had friends living near the government quarters around Tanglin hospital who also attended Batu Road School.

We walked along the north bound railway line, through the pitch dark tunnel that runs beneath Bukit Aman. What we did was, before entering the tunnel (probable length 150 meters), we placed our ear onto the track for any vibrating sound of an approaching train. If there was none it was gung ho time. We ran for dear life into the tunnel for the exit at the other end. There were times when already in, we hear the chugging sound of an approaching train. Along the entire side walls of the tunnel there are indentations cut into the wall like standing coffins. As the train approached, we jump into the coffins until it passed by and scrambled after it. You can imagine what with the cobwebs and soot, the school uniform is a sight. But we never even thought about the danger. In fact we took it as great fun. We mosy along the track till we arrived at the back of the school. We had to cross the stream by balancing across a big piping. My friends were mostly indian boys whose parents worked in Tanglin hospital.

After dad's misfortune, our family brokeup. That sounds devastating. We are sibling of four...Zainon, Azizah, your's truly and the youngest, Ani.

Zainon (Kak Non), was never part of the family. Born during the onset of the 2nd World War in 1940, and being the eldest grandchild, she was cared for by my grand mother - Tok Tina  - so much so when the Japanese occupation was over, Kak Non remained with grandma. We saw her only when we spend school holidays in Kassipillay Kampong where grandmother stayed..

Fast forward to the house in Damansara.

After we moved in and faced reality, it was decided that Kak Jijah be taken in by Teh Munah (that was what we called Maimunah, Tun Ismail's of Bank Negara's wife).

So remained Father, Mother, me and Ani.

A few months later, Pak Anjang (Yaacob Latiff) was appointed as Director, Information Department. We moved to a new house in Swettenham Road. It was a two storey bungalow complete with adjoining servants' quarters. Looking back to those times, he gave us the huge and only room on the ground floor while he and his family occupied the upstairs floor.
From Swettenham Road, the route to school was the same as from Young Road but I did not need to go into any tunnel.

My senior at school was one Mani Jegathasen. During sports day we always commented "lari macam kuda".

I don't remember how Ani go to school. I will ask her one of these days. Tengku Abdul Rahman's official residence was also along this stretch of properties.

There were quite a number of mangosteen trees in the well trimmed compounds. Once I was apprehended by a gardener while plucking the fruits. I really had to squirm myself out of the situation by begging forgiveness.

Meanwhile father got employed as an Assistant Registrar in the State Registrar Dept. Selangor. With both my parents employed, we took our leave and rented a terrace house in 4th mile Jalan Klang Lama.

We gradually got back on our feet again. It was 1953.

Oh what a tangled web we weave. When first we practice to deceive.

If, like me, you have made the effort to read and understand the ebb and flow of this 1MDB scam that has contributed most generously to the gravy train that Najib Razak and his cohorts have been driving through his time in politics, you would by now know better than to stand it its way.

Greed does not stop for anyone or anything. Not even when our people are already bruised, battered and driven to their knees by the excesses of an irresponsible government led by a self serving prime minister and not even when our Nation has now not only sunk to the lowest level of nations considered corrupt globally but also begun to dig itself deeper into the abyss of a failed state.

This latest episode involving the arrest of  Swiss national Xavier Andre Justo not only insults our intelligence but makes us stop to think if maybe Najib Razak has already lost the plot.

This comment by Johan Muthahir says it all:
As we understand, criminal activities in a country is reported in the same country where the alleged crime took place and if there is proof of crime,  the country's police department will get the Interpol to extradite the criminal wherever he may be to the country concerned to face charges. Looks like Thailand Police are taking instructions from a private company to handle this Justo guy. It's kind of weird. Maybe some lawyers can comment.

Looks more like a drama being played for the Malaysian public.

Looking at Thailand police record, anything can be done with what one has in hand. Anyway, this Justo guy is a ''common criminal'', that is if he really is but why the police with big guns as though he is a terrorist. hahahaha
And of course New Straits Times Online gushingly have this to say on the same issue!

dramatic new development in the 1Malaysia

Read More :
"......dramatic new development....our exclusive report on the arrest of Swiss national Xavier Andre Justo has been followed by newspaper and online media around the world.....
What motivated this man, so disconnected from the nation of Malaysia, to launch such a callous attack on our people without a thought for the consequences?"

God it makes me want to vomit! This would be another reasons why this media is now only used as toilet paper by Malaysians!

Go read what Sarawak Report has to say about Xavier Andre Justo's arrest and make up your own mind what this all about.....another scam by Najib and his cohorts!

IT'S A FRAUD: S'wak Report shows proof of Najib-linked CONSPIRACY against Dr M

Written by Sarawak Report

Inevitably slowly but surely everything begins to unravel in the days of yet another plot by Najib Razak to fool the Rakat once more time.

How many times have they fooled us? How many times!!!

It would be interesting how Najib will deal with the Army generals now administrating Thailand to try and make them do to Xavier what Najib wants them to do. For one Thailand is a foreign country and two, I do not think the Generals in Thailand will listen to Rosmah!

I have wanted to write more on this but I am really getting tired of this 1MDB thingy. I would rather hear about what really happened in Port Dickson many many years ago rather than all this that is happening in the present! What about you? 

Friday 26 June 2015

cakap cakap...Mamat Karim...the continuing saga!

Circa 1943 - 1962

The first abode I could recall was in Taylor Road...that's the one behind the old Istana Negara. If one drove further up they would be in Jln Bellamy. I was about 7 years old. That was sixty six years ago. I hope my memory does me justice and my recollections genuine. For many, it could be more than a lifetime.

I could not remember my father ever owning his own car. I saw in an old photograph him standing beside a open top 1940's roadster. I suppose it must be his and that was how he wooed my mother, a Chinese lass. It was quite unheard of in those days for a Malay like him, from a prominent family to marry a non Malay. But he was known to be unconventional and also the eldest among 9 siblings (6 boys and 3 girls), he follows his heart more than his head.

But he still had wheels, though not his own. First, one of his brother, Jamal Latiff was assigned to UK and he left his car, a Hillman California to my dad for safe keeping. We had the car for about a year. When my uncle returned to Malaya the car was returned to him. My father had a promotion and we moved to a bungalow in Young Road or Jln. Young. The house is in a side lane in today's Bukit Aman complex.

Life was good. During this period, father's brother-in-law, Ismail Ali (Tun) and his newly wedded wife Maimunah Latiff was posted to London. And he left his car, a Wosley in my dad's care. So he had no reason to get his own. We had the Wosley for about 2 years.

Inexplicably our world fell apart. I was 10 years old. I did not feel anxiety or anything much out of the ordinary. Perhaps the gradual buildup of impending hopelessness had softened the blow when the time came. My father was pensioned off at the young age of about 45..via medical board. My mother had got herself reemployed as a dental nurse in the govt. Dental clinic when dad was hospitalized for long period of time. Finally it happened. Jobless, we had to vacate the house in Jln. Young. (As an aside I was already aware of the Nasi Lemak Tanglin..their original stall in front of the kopitiam in Tanglin).

In time of despair this man and his family took us in. They did not put us in the servants quarters (govt. houses then had separate servant quarters from the main house) but gave us a big room in the main house. We ate whatever they eat together from the same dining table. The house was in Damansara. As one drive down the road from Carcosa, it was the house as one reaches the main road. I doubt the house still stands today. And this person I am talking about is my uncle, the late Ya'acob Latiff. 

To Mak Anjang, I never thanked you and your family for what Pak Anjang did for us. I can only pray that Allah swt bless you all.
There is so much to share.

 The man Himself : Mamat Karim

steadyaku47 comment : Sorry guys I missed this pre 1961 musings:
Pre 1961.

 When people ask me, "kampong mana?", I tend to give conflicting replies. One's kampong is always the village...hamlet...or where your parents lay down roots. I was born in Court Hill on 16 Nov 1943. The Maybank building complex occupies the site today. So in my confused sense of belonging and identity, I usually say that my kampong is Kassipillay Kampong in Sentul. Which is where my grandfather was from. To tell folks that I am from Court Hill will surely get me the funny look. And if I say Kuala Lumpur then they will assume I am really dumb. So grandpa's place was the safe bet.

My father passed away in 1962. He was in his early 50's. He was an Assistant Superintendent of Police when he was medically boarded out of the Force in his mid 40's. His health was always a negative factor. He was on medical leave often and there were days he was a patient at the General Hospital. I had to skip school to care for him when he was admitted. 

Yet I never really got to know him, as kids today where father and son are almost friends. Our relationship was, "children are meant to be seen, not heard"'s the way we were brought up. Tough, one may conclude today, but that is how it teaches us respect for your elders compared to what one sees today.

To put into perspective, the man was jobless, mom was a housewife having resigned from her nursing carrier after marriage, with 3 kids schooling and soon to vacate the big government quarters in Jalan Young. Sure did not look good by a long shot. But that was another phase in life.

When I was growing up till I was about 10 years old, I lived a privileged life. I and my sisters had personal 'chinese amahs' to care for us. We were then staying in a government bungalow at the back of the old Istana Negara. We used to play on the hill slopes in the cool pristine dawn where ferns with dew and fine spider webs cover the ground. When I started primary school at Batu Road School, I had a rickshaw puller who pulled all way from Kampung Attap to Batu Road to and fro 5 days a week, come rain or shine. Wearing shots and not even shoes but some foot ware that looks like Japanese slippers. They were actually stripes of old tyres tied together. He never showed any anger and always had a smile on his face. When school is over, he was there looking out for me. As I write this today, I can still visualize his face, wiping away the dripping sweat or dripping on his poncho during the rains. I now wonder who his children are? Maybe for him, that's life. I feel his pain. I hope he had a good life. He pulled the rickshaw for a year and changed to the new pedalling trishaw.

It's 2 in the morning. This is heavy.