Sunday, June 18, 2017

Remember when the US was accused of interfering?

Salleh Said Keruak

During the years of 1998 to 2003, Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad was very angry with the United States of America over what he alleged was that superpower’s interference in Malaysian politics. Mahathir was so upset that he called Anwar an American agent -- and in 2003 Anwar sued the NST for reporting that. Mahathir grumbled that when Anwar went to the US he received a 21-gun salute even though he was only the Deputy Prime Minister while, as Prime Minister, Mahathir did not receive the same red carpet treatment. The US then called Anwar a ‘Prisoner of Conscience’ and this angered Mahathir even more.

To Mahathir, Malaysia’s politics is Malaysia’s internal affairs and outsiders should not interfere in Malaysia’s internal affairs. In fact, this has been the international practice for a long time. Countries can, of course, comment about the internal affairs of other countries if it involves matters such as human rights, civil liberties, child labour, child sex, genocide, and so on. Other than that you respect the sovereignty of another country.

The problem with the United States Justice Department’s announcement of 15th June 2017, however, plus the first one on 20th July 2016, is that their statement is not confined to the subject matter: which is about an alleged crime committed on US soil. A large part of the DoJ statement talks about what is happening internally in Malaysia, and an even larger part has no relevance to the subject of whether a crime has been committed on US soil as alleged. The main issue here is not the US or the DoJ but that they are quoting from the complaint that they received. So the issue here is who are the parties who lodged that complaint with the US DoJ?

Friday, June 16, 2017

The DoJ announcement is meant to distract us from the opposition’s problems

Salleh Said Keruak

The opposition Pakatan Harapan is really bankrupt of ideas if they need to resort to inviting foreign intervention into Malaysian politics. Pakatan Harapan is also misleading Malaysians about the implications of the United States Department of Justice (DoJ) announcement yesterday.

The DoJ is acting based merely on the complaints it received. And the DoJ made it clear that “a civil forfeiture complaint is merely an allegation that money or property was involved in or represents the proceeds of a crime and that these allegations are not proven until a court says so.”

The implications to this is those against Datuk Seri Najib are trying to get the United States involved in Malaysia’s internal politics. This is an act of treason and during Tun Dr Mahathir’s time he would use the Internal Security Act (ISA) to detain such people without trial.

They did the same in July last year and the intention was to use the DoJ announcement to attack Datuk Seri Najib. It failed last year and they are trying it again, hoping that this time it will work. There is actually no substance in the allegation and even the DoJ said it is a civil action based on complaints and not based on any court decision. In fact, no court action has even been launched yet.

Pakatan Harapan is in mess and they appear to be on the brink of a breakup. So they need this distraction to take attention away from the problems the opposition is facing. And this is all that the DoJ announcement is: an attempt to smear the Prime Minister and distract Malaysians from the fact that the opposition is in dire straits.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

The Opposition is attacking Datin Seri Rosmah to camouflage its weaknesses

Salleh Said Keruak

After a quiet of about four years the Opposition has relaunched its anti-Rosmah campaign and is circulating fabricated stories not supported by any evidence alleging all sorts of things regarding Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor. In fact, many of these stories have already been proven false when they first came out years ago. So, again, Malaysia is being feasted with an orgy of lies.

The Opposition is hoping that by bringing back the old stories regarding Datin Seri Rosmah’s shopping Malaysians would focus on that issue instead and would not notice the confusion about who Pakatan Harapan’s Prime Minister-in-waiting is. Pakatan Harapan is at the most critical stage of its very short life and if it cannot resolve this matter Pakatan Harapan is going to disintegrate just like Pakatan Rakyat did not too long ago.

The Opposition needs a new distraction and as much as they try to resurrect the 1MDB issue they know it is a failed strategy because the issue is already dead and RM42 billion has not disappeared into thin air, as Mahathir had originally alleged. So now Malaysians are again being fed doses of lies regarding Datin Seri Rosmah. The question is has Pakatan Harapan resolved all its problems? They cannot even resolve just one issue, who their leader is. And they are hoping if Malaysians start talking about Datin Seri Rosmah the problems plaguing the Opposition can be swept under the carpet.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Mahathir’s strange confession today

Salleh Said Keruak

Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad made a strange confession today. He confessed that it cost hundreds of millions to win a general election. In fact, Mukhriz Mahathir said that the total actually comes to RM1.5 billion, which was also what the opposition alleged Mahathir had spent in the 1999 general election.

In 1999, businessmen known to be loyal to Anwar Ibrahim or to the opposition complained that they were facing discrimination and persecution. They alleged that Mahathir’s government was forcing them to sell their companies or banks and that they suffered blacklisting by government departments and ministries.

The way Mahathir is grumbling, he gives an impression that those who support the opposition are dishonest people who cheat the government by evading tax. That is why all the opposition supporters or financiers are being subjected to investigation involving income tax evasion.

Mahathir also says Najib won the 1999 general election because of the 2,000 military votes. Mahathir was also accused of winning his seat in the 1999 general election with 2,000 phantom votes. When the press asked him about this allegation during a press conference in the early hours of 30th November 1999, Mahathir never denied it and replied, “Even the opposition does the same thing.”


Salleh Said Keruak

1.  DAP akan menentukan siapa Perdana Menteri dan Timbalan Perdana Menteri jika Pakatan ambil alih PutraJaya. Ini adalah atas sebab DAP mempunyai kerusi parlimen yang terbesar dalam Pakatan Harapan. Kedudukan DAP dalam Pakatan sama saperti kedudukan UMNO dalam Barisan maka sebab itu UMNO duduki jawatan Perdana Menteri dan Timbalan Perdana Menteri.

2.  Amalan ini adalah konvensyen politik tanahair maka atas dasar inilah Perdana Menteri telah mengatakan pada Disember 2016 bahawa PRU 14 sebenarnya adalah bagi rakyat Malaysia untuk memilih antara "UMNO-led government" atau "DAP-led government".

3.  Perdana Menteri kita dengan bijak telah membaca dan menganalisa terhadap cara permainan dan percaturan politik yang dibuat oleh parti DAP. Beliau tahu bahawa Lim Kit Siang sangat takut jikalau orang Melayu tahu bahawa DAP paling berkuasa dalam Pakatan Harapan dan DAP yang buat keputusan2 penting ataupun "last word".

4.  Maka sebab itulah DAP mengalakkan parti Melayu contohnya Pribumi yang hanya miliki satu kerusi parlimen untuk mempamerkan cita2 mereka untuk jadi Perdana Menteri. Ini merupakan strategy DAP untuk mempamerkan "malay face" sebagai satu propaganda politik.

5.  Perdana Menteri kita jauh lebih cekap daripada Lim Kit Siang dalam gerak langkah percaturan politik pada masa ini. Sebab itu Dato Sri Najib lebih layak untuk memimpin negara daripada Lim Kit Siang.